Exemplification of Act of Parliament establishing the Mart.
Concerns the renewal of a fair in the borough of King's Lynn and recites that, in the Parliament which began on 23 January 1558/9, prorogued until 25 January, it was enacted as follows. Whereas Henry VIII, by letters patent of 7 July 1537, had granted to the Mayor and Burgesses of King's Lynn two yearly fairs or marts, one beginning the next day after the feast of the Assumption (15 August) to contiue for for the six days following and the other the day after the feast of the Purification (2 February) also to continue for for six days thereafter, these grants were afterwards repealed by an Act of Parliament, January 1542, on the grounds that trade in saltfish was diverted from the fairs at Stourbridge, Ely and other fairs in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire to the Lynn fair held after the Assumption. However, the two Lynn fairs had brought great profit to the King in the form of customs and to large numbers of his subjects, because of the quantities of herring, iron, pitch, tar, salt, hops, figs and raisins which came from Flanders and the salmon, saltfish, Scottish salt, bay salt from France and Brittany, canvas for shipping and other canvas, wine, vinegar and other merchandise which were brought into King's Lynn and from there distributed widely, and although the fair after the Assumption might be prejudicial to the Stourbridge and Ely fairs, the one beginning after the Purification took place fourteen weeks later than the ones at Stourbridge and Ely. Following a petition of the Mayor and Burgesses, the two fairs, as granted by Henry VIII, were to be restored, provided that this did not extend to the fair beginning after the Assumption, which was to remain repealed and void.
Text of Act in English.
Badly damaged: some text illegible. Great seal.
Harrod reference: Ae 9.