Fonds DN/DEP - Diocese of Norwich: Consistory Court Deposition books and files

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Diocese of Norwich: Consistory Court Deposition books and files


  • 1499-1788 (Creation)

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86 volumes and files

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The Diocese of Norwich was established when Bishop Herbert de Losinga transferred the see from Thetford to Norwich in 1095 or 1096. At that time the diocese contained Norfolk (except Emneth, which was in the diocese of Ely), Suffolk (except for parishes in the peculiar deanery of Bocking) and part of south-east Cambridgeshire. This remained the case until 1837 when the Cambridgeshire portion along with the Archdeaconry of Sudbury (comprising West Suffolk) and the Liberty of Bury St Edmunds passed to the Diocese of Ely. In 1914 the Archdeaconry of Suffolk (except the deanery of Lothingland, i.e., the area around Lowestoft in north-east Suffolk), became part of the newly-created Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich whilst at the same time the Fincham and Lynn Marshland deaneries were transferred to the Diocese of Ely.

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Depositions, informations and examinations at the bishop's Consistory court. Typical causes involved such subjects as marital and probate complexities, along with societal and moral issues such as defamation and adultery or fornication. Priests might also be disciplined at hearings of the Court.

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  • English
  • Latin

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Some early volumes are UFP.

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Available on microfilms MF/X 187-188. The first two surviving volumes are calendared in NRS Vol. X, Norwich 1938, Norwich Consistory Court Depositions, 1499-1512, 1518-1530.

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Created 15/10/2018 by Drott. Modified 26/02/2019 by Droip.


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