Series Y/C 22 - Freemen and Apprentices

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Y/C 22


Freemen and Apprentices


  • 1660-1892 (Creation)

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Following a reorganisation of the borough government in 1426, entries recording payments for the admission of freemen occur, from 1429 onwards, on the borough court rolls. Later, lists of freemen admitted are to be found on the court rolls, in the court books, and in the Assembly books. No separate register of admissions seems to have existed until the freemen's roll was begun in 1706.

The freedom of the borough was obtained by grant, by purchase, by birth (as the son of a freeman) and by apprenticeship to a freeman. In 1664 a register of freemen's apprentices was commenced to prevent the antedating of indentures and the serving of nominal apprenticeships. Before this time the binding of apprentices had been noted in the Assembly books and apprentice indentures had been recorded on the court rolls. In 1848, following an election scandal, the freemen were disfranchised. There have been few admissions since that time.

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'A Calendar of the Freemen of Great Yarmouth, 1429-1800' was published by the Norfolk Archaeological Society in 1910.

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Created 21/07/2004 by Droip. Modified 03/01/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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