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Guild Surveyors, Richard Sotherton and Randoll Smyth and their successors' annual accounts, and also the annual accounts of the Company's treasurers, Alderman Robert Gostlyng and his successors

The surveyors accounts continued to run from Lady Day for one year, while the treasurer's annual accounts ran from mid-June or early July onwards. Also includes the account of William Blomefelde, 'Bedell' for the Company, for collection of monies from the brethren at the feast in 1589 and 1590,
Many pages bear auditors' 'abacus' marks.

Norwich Corporation; 1404-1974; Norwich, Norfolk

Cause papers relating to a dispute between the Corporation and the churchwardens and overseers of St Peter Mancroft as to who is liable to pay poor rates on the profits of marketplace-stall dues

Including a transcript of a hearing in the King's Bench, with writs, notices of appeal by the Corporation and case for counsel's opinion, 1827-1828, in which the Corporation accepted the court's judgement that it should be liable to be assessed, as the owner of the marketplace in Norwich, on the profits of stallage. Also includes further copies of case for counsel's opinion, brief for the appellants (the Corporation again) and notice to the Mancroft churchwardens to produce to court, a copy of the poor rate assessment, 1839-1840, in which, subsequent to the passage of the Municipal Corporations Act and the letting of the stallage dues to tenants, the city is counselled that the tenants are liable to be rated rather than the Corporation.

Case for counsel's opinion re Corporation vs Henry Cooper for libel and threatening behaviour

Being Alderman Browne's statement of facts concerning a complaint by Mr Town of being insulted and challenged to fight by Henry Cooper and Frederick Burton, Browne's investigation (being a city magistrate) and interview with Cooper and Burton, Cooper's subsequent insulting of Browne (calling him a liar and poltroon) and including the text of Burton's letter to Town calling him out and Cooper's insulting letter to Alderman Browne, and requesting the city steward 's opinion as to how to proceed against Cooper.

Town clerk's copies of papers of actions for breach of covenants re damage to the city walls: Corporation against Erasmus Greenwood, blacksmith, 1754-1755 and against Edward Daalman, bricklayer, 1755-1767

Both defendants being lessees on long leases from the Corporation of pieces of waste ground under (and inside) the city walls near, respectively, St Giles' Gates (Greenwood) and St Stephens' Gates (Daalman) and both being accused of allowing the walls adjacent to their premises to decay to a ruinous state, and both allegedly having actively destroyed and breached sections of the walls whilst erecting new buildings on to the walls. Documents include: copies of attorney's instructions, declarations of case, copies of the Assembly's and City Committee's orders to repair, draft schedule of Daalman's breaches of covenant, leases to both Greenwood (1750 for 86 years) and to Daalman (1752 for 100 years) and petition from Daalman offering money in return for cessation of legal proceedings, 1767.

Town clerk's copies of case papers re miscellaneous criminal indictments, including papers re the case against Thomas Savage

Includes copies of a return of a writ certiorari from the Norwich sessions to the court of King's Bench against William King indicted of assault, 1748, record of conviction of Joseph Steinden for assault, 1752 and return of certiorari, original and copy writs of subpoena, briefs for the prosecutor, copy of record, notices, printed copy of the jury list (60 potential jurors named with their parishes and occupations) and deposition of Richard Tinkler, apprentice to William Lepey, barber, all for the case, King vs Thomas Savage of St Peter Mancroft, hairdresser, indicted for indecent assault on Tinkler, 1789-1790.

Warrants of attorney by vouchees to suffer recoveries in pleas of land before the City court in Norwich re properties in city parishes and hamlets

Mainly mid-18th to early 19th centuries in date, these papers also include a letter of attorney from John and Isaac Burkin, London merchants, to John Cridewood of Norwich to recover debts incurred by John Walker of Norwich in unpaid rent for a house in the parish of St Gregory, Norwich, 1685, and quitclaim of all actions and suits by William Tabart of Norwich against Benjamin Westall, merchant and William Money, worstead weaver, both of Norwich, 1689.

Cause papers re Thomas Deek/Dekke vs William Caster/Castre of Norwich, butcher, re the keeping of their elderly mutual father-in-law, Thomas Lawes in his infirmity and the disposition of his goods

Includes an incomplete copy petition/bill of complaint to the mayor from Thomas Deek of Candish [? Cavendish], Suffolk stating that the issue as to which one of the brothers-in-law should look after Lawes in his illness was brought before Mayor Robert Leche and Alderman Thomas Codde, and they ruled that Caster/Castre should keep him, nd [c 1547], copy answer by Caster to Dekke's bill of complaint in which it is explained that William and his wife, Jane were the executors of Lawes' will [proved 1548], nd, Deeke's replication to the answer, nd, interrogatories ministered on Deke's part against Castre and examination of witnesses against Castre on 11 July 2 Edw VI [1548]

Town clerk's copies of cases for counsel's (sometimes the Attorney General's) opinion, mainly arising after the Municipal Corporation Act of 1836

Includes case papers re the question of an undertenant's liability to maintain or repair buildings on leased waste grounds under the city walls, which were erected after the commencement of the lease, 1834 (with a receipt from the town clerk's office for a lease of 1751 and accompanying case for counsel's opinion, September 1908), and re the eligibility of leaseholders [of city properties or perquisites] to be elected as councillors under the Act, with covering correspondence, 1835, the question of whether the existing sheriffs should resign after the passage of the Act, 1835, the compatibility of the aldermanic office with the role of councillor, 1836, assessment for burgess lists, 1836-1837, the role and authority of city magistrates with adjacent turnpike trusts, 1838, the Corporation's power to excuse Joseph Underwood from office as sheriff through his ill-health and how to appoint a replacement if they have the power (with doctors' certificates of Underwoods state of health), 1859, the question of whether or not the Corporation has authority to grant a pension to Robert Campling, a retired city constable and governor of the city gaols (apparently not), with his original warrant as a constable, 1836, 1861 and does the Corporation have the power to reimburse the town clerk's £100 expenses incurred through his abortive investigation of charges of bribery in municipal elections?, 1861.

Award of Edward Bokenham, Esq. in disputes between two parties respecting the administration of the wills of two citizens

Given in the college church of St Mary in the 'chapell of the feld' 1470/1. The award of an issue between William and Agnes Fuller of Norwich on the one part and John Furbusshour of Norwich, grocer, on the other part, arising from the administration of the last wills and testaments of John Estgate and Stephen Multon, late of Norwich, grocer. Both parties were to cease and withdraw from all suits and to make quittances to the other party from all actions of law in the matter by the 2 February 1470/1.

Cause papers concerning disputes with the Dean and Chapter re the parochial status of Tombland and Ratton Row and jurisdiction in the Close

Documents include: copy summaries of the hearings before the arbitrators with a memorandum of liberties granted to the Priory in 19 and 22 Henry VI, memorandum of City Assembly meeting of 1 October 'last past', copy pleadings for the City, the City's answer to the particular complaints of the Dean and Chapter to the Lords, an act of Assembly meeting of 25 October 1633, answers to the Dean and Chapter's charters of 21 Henry VI and 17 Henry VIII and to their exceptions to the drawing up of the decree by the Lord Keeper [Thomas, Lord Coventry], 14 May 1633 and statement of case re the magistracy both within and outside the Cathedral Precinct, especially in Tombland and re ownership of the soil and government of the Black Jack and the Rectory of St Paul's and re jurisdiction in Trowse Milgate, nd [1633-1634].

Cause papers concerning disputes with the Dean and Chapter re the parochial status of Tombland and Ratton Row and jurisdiction in the Close

The smaller-format file appears to contain copies of documents from the Dean and Chapter's case while the other file contains copies of case papers from the City's case, in part answering some of the statements from the other side. Documents include, a petition on the the Dean and Chapter's part to the assize judges of Norfolk requesting the cause be judged in the County of Norfolk rather than in the county of the City, July 1632, an act of the Dean and Chapter agreeing to abide by arbitration of Sir William Denny, Dr Hassall (the Dean) and Edmund Reve, Dec 1632, letters from the city's legal representative re their petitions to the Lord Keeper, Feb 1633, petition to the King from the Dean and Chapter asking that the Townesend vs Wharton suit be tried in Norfolk rather than in the City, 1633, list of persons (officials and employees) in the Close exempt from arrest by the city authorities or from service on city juries, nd, an act of the mayor's court re the petition, Oct 1633, the Dean and Chapter's petition to the Lord Keeper stating why the latter's order should not be decreed (claiming that such properties as St Cuthbert's churchyard, the Flower de Luce and the Popingaye capital messuage be not in Tombland, and that Ratton Row itself is in the parish of St Mary [in the Marsh] and St John in the Close, and that the order would deprive them of their court baron of the Manor of Normans, with the City's answer to their exceptions to the exemplification of the decree, nd [1634], and statement of order re the decree to be exemplified unless the Dean and Chapter show cause not to, May 1634.

Statements of case in Richard Townesend plaintiff vs Thomas Wharton, defendant, in a dispute about the City's right to levy poor rates in Tombland

7 Charles I. Duplicate copies of statements for the plaintiff, and include annotated instructions for counsel and other process comments in margins. The case notes recite that on 20 March 1631, the parish of All Saints not being able to maintain its own poor, the city magistrates rated Benjamin Forrest in the house called the Poppenjaye to pay the churchwardens and overseers of All Saints 2d a week. On this not being paid, a warrant for the distraint of Forrest, then to attach him until payment was made was served on him by Townesend (an overseer). Townesend was assaulted and imprisoned by Forrest, and afterwards, arrested by Wharton, a constable of the Close, and brought before the Dean. The case revolved around whether the Poppenjaye and the rest of Ratton Row was in a parish within the bounds of the cathedral precinct, or considered to be in a city parish, the parishioners of Ratton Row having then been adjudged to belong to St George's Tombland. The case states, however, that when the dean acquired magistrate's status in 1610, he extended by 'indirect means' the Chapter's circuit to include Tombland, and had inserted their pretended bounds into a book, the work of a 'grave preacher', long since dead, and which was, 'dedicated to the magistrates of this Citty of Kettes Camp'.

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