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Royal Charters and Letters Patent

Charter of King John, 1204, and subsequent royal charters of confirmation and of additional rights, including incorporation, 1524, change of name from Lynn Bishop to King's Lynn, 1537, and the annexation of South Lynn to the borough, 1555 and...

Charter of Edward II

Inspeximus of charters of 29 November 1280 and of 5 April 1305 with further grant that burgesses shall be free burgesses in the same manner as their ancestors, and quit of pavage, murage, quayage, pikage and rivage, saving the rights of the Bishop...

Charter of Edward II

Inspeximus of charters of 29 November 1280 and of 5 April 1305 with further grant that burgesses shall be free burgesses in the same manner as their ancestors, and quit of pavage, murage, quayage, pikage and rivage, saving the rights of the Bishop...

Letters patent of Henry VI

Inspeximus of letters patent of 6 June 1404 granting English merchants in Scandinavia the right to govern themselves.Finely illuminated initial; part of great seal.Harrod reference: Ae 6.

Letters patent of Henry VI

Inspeximus of charter of 20 May 1414.Elaborately decorated initial and first line, including ship and borough arms, borne by an angel. Great seal.Harrod reference: Ba 1.

Letters patent of Henry VIII

Grant of a new constitution for the borough. The governing body was henceforth to comprise a Mayor, twelve aldermen, eighteen common councilmen, a recorder, a town clerk, nine constables, two coroners, four serjeants-at-mace and a clerk of the mar...

Charter of Henry III

Grants to the burgesses of Lynn that they and their goods should be free from arrest for debt wherof they are not principals or sureties, with conditions. Dated at Windsor, 39 Henry III.Part of great seal.Harrod reference: Aa 3

Letters patent of Philip and Mary

Revokes Letters patent of 27 February 1555; grants annexation of South Lynn in perpetuity; also grants lordship and manor of King's Lynn to the Mayor and burgesses.Decoration includes royal portrait. Great seal.Harrod reference: Ab 3.

Letters patent of Elizabeth I

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 follow...

Letters patent of Charles II

Inspeximus of previous charters from 1204 onwards, and additional grant of the office of High Steward for life to Horatio, Lord Townshend. This is the first reference in any of the charters to a High Steward, although the Mayor and burgesses had m...

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