Series KL/C 7 - Hall Books

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KL/C 7


Hall Books


  • 1372-1902 (Creation)

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1 paper, 31 volumes

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Minutes and memoranda of proceedings at congregations of the Mayor and community held in the Trinity Guildhall, including annual elections of the mayors and other officers, admissions of freemen, regulations for the conduct of the community's business, orders relating to trade, public health and local amenities and services and, in the earlier books, efforts to resolve disputes between Lynn merchants and their overseas trading partners. This series of minutes on paper probably originated as drafts for the Hall rolls (KL/C6) but became the final record in the 1420s. The manuscript Hall Books continued after the Municipal Corporations Act as records of Council meetings; they were replaced in 1902 by printed Council minute books (KL/TC 1). All except the Hall Book 1431-1450 have indexes either compiled either by Henry Harrod in 1867-8 or by contemporary or later Town Clerks. There are also separate translations or transcriptions of the Hall books 1422-1429, 1450, 1497-1570 made by Holcombe Ingleby in 1922-4.

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Some extracts from the Hall books are published in J.C. Jeaffreson's report on the King's Lynn manuscripts (Jeaffreson allocates numbers to the Hall Books which differ from those on the volumes as well as from the modern numbering) in Historical Manuscripts Commission, Eleventh Report, Appendix 3: Manuscripts of the corporations of Southampton and Lynn (1887) and in D.M. Owen, 'The Making of King's Lynn' (Records of Social and Economic History, new series 9, 1984).

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Created 03/06/2003 by Droip. Modified 14/03/2017 by Droip.


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