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King's Lynn Borough Archives Series
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Plans and drawings

The records relate to the following sites, buildings and functions:

Air Raid Precautions (ARP), 1939-1943 and n.d.
Allotments, 1896-1935
Almshouses, n.d., 1907 and 1942
Cattle Market, 1862-1933
Cemeteries, 1885-1964
Corn Exchange, 1853-1956
Corporation Depot, yard and stable, 1884-1906
Electricity Supply, 1895-1955
Fire Brigade, 20th century
Footbridges, 20th century
Gas Works, 1898
Gaywood Hall, 1892-c. 1955
Highways, 1873-1952
Housing, 1896-1951
Lynn Museum, 1934 and n.d.
Police and Mortuary, 20th century
Public Health and hospitals, 1893-1938
Public walks, gardens and recreation grounds, 1901-1949
Quays, 1864-1960s
Railways, 1868-1898
Schools and educational facilities, 19th-20th century
Sewerage, 1888-1957
Swimming baths, 1911-1937 and n.d.
Theatre Royal, 20th century
Town Hall and Municipal Buildings, 1890-1954
Waterworks and water supply, 1854-1969
Queen's Street, 1965-1975
Individual plans, 20th century

Council and Commitee minutes

Printed minutes of proceedings of the Town Council and Committee meetings. Before November 1902 the Council, or Congregation, minutes were entered in the manuscript Hall Books (KL/C7/16-27): the original numbering of the volumes in KL/TC1 continues from the Hall Books series, although the numbers 32-36 were used twice. The minutes are signed and indexed except where otherwise stated.

Declarations and Oaths of Officers under Acts of Parliaments

The declarations and oaths given by officers of the Corporation (mayors, alderman etc.), recording their name, position they were entering and the date.

These oaths were taken and recorded due to the Sacramental Test Act in 1828, a copy of which is at the start of KL/TC 15/1. It allows an oath to be taken instead of receiving communion. It still requires the person taking the oath to declare upon the 'True Christian Faith' and not to weaken the Protestant Church.

This was replaced in 1868 by the Promissory Oaths Act, and subsequent acts. This oath simply required the person to swear allegiance to Queen Victoria and her successors according to the law.

Freemen and apprentices

The freemen, or burgesses, of King's Lynn owed their special status to a royal charter granted to them by King John in 1204. Newly admitted burgesses were even issued with a certificate which reminded them that they owed their privileges to the 'Charter of the Most Noble King John'.

A freeman was an inhabitant of a borough who was a full citizen. Only freemen were allowed to serve on the council, become Mayor or represent their borough in Parliament. They were also exempt from certain tolls and dues and enjoyed greater freedom to trade. These privileges were especially valuable to merchants, on whose business the port and town of Lynn largely depended for its prosperity.

Because the status of freemen conferred real benefits, anyone applying to become one had to prove that they were eligible, and their names were carefully recorded in the borough records. The eldest son of an existing freeman was entitled to the freedom. So was an apprentice to a freeman, once he had served his apprenticeship. In addition, 'strangers' might be allowed to purchase the freedom, and a small number of people were given the title in recognition of services performed for the town.

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