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Office Records

These are listed in the following order: Ledgers; Cash Books; Petty Cash; Wages; Time Sheets, Diaries etc.; Deeds of Partnership; General correspondence files; Insurance papers; Survey Books; Sketch Books; Specifications; Printed Books.

Financial Records

Including the following:

General accounts, 1898-1927 (4 volumes)

Wages accounts, 1930-1969 (14 volumes) Most of the volumes in this series have been damaged by damp and mould.

Pilotage accounts, 1919-1979 (18 volumes)

Tolbooth deeds and papers

Lists of tolls and customs of the tollbooth, 14th century-1853, suit papers 1316-1857, documents concerning the liberties of the Bishop of Norwich in Lynn, 15th century-1537, accounts and papers relating to income from the tolls, 1588-1860, leases by the Corporation of the tolls and tollbooth house, 1656-1819 and leases to the Corporation of the fourth part of the tollbooth belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall, 1735-1858.

The list below is an interim one: please check with the Norfolk Record Office before citing references.

'Manuscript Documents relating to Lynn Toll Booth', assembled for use as evidence in lawsuits, and bound into two volumes in the nineteenth century:

Volume 1
Ec 5

  1. Notes of references to Lynn extracted from the calendar of patent rolls in the Tower of London, nd (watermarked 1807).

  2. 19th-century extracts from the plea rolls.

  3. 15th-century copies of three writs and a memorandum relating to a suit between Henry Dispenser, Bishop of Norwich, and the Mayor and burgesses concerning the Bishop's claim to the ownership of waste ground etc. in Lynn, 1404.

  4. 15th-century copies of documents relating to a royal inquisition into liberties claimed by the late Bishop of Norwich in Lynn, 1346.

  5. 15th-century copy of the composition between John, Bishop of Norwich, and the Mayor and community, 1309.

  6. 15th-century copy of letters patent of Henry IV, nd [16 March 1410], confirming grants to Lynn of lands and privileges by his predecessors from King William [inspeximus of letters patent of Richard II, 9 February 1378]; memoranda of enrolment of the liberties of Lynn in the court rolls of Southampton in 1344 and of the number of years of each king's reign from William to John, 15th century.

  7. Exemplification by the burgesses of Lynn Bishop of the privileges of the borough, including admiralty jurisdiction from German's bridge at Wiggenhall to Blakeney Haven and copy petition for royal confirmation of privileges and grants confirmed in letters patent of Richard II on 9 February 1378, 15th century. With attached unrelated letter from George Munford, 1840, re purport of a document of 1419 relating to a dispute with the Bishop about the government of Lynn.

  8. Copies made in 1633 of documents relating to tolls: schedules of the customs of the tollbooth of Lynn, nd (in French) and 1606 [copy of volume 1 no. 22], and exemplification of the customs, 1364.

  9. Extracts from 'an old ms': notes from 14th century chamberlains' accounts relating to rents paid for the tollbooth, 19th century.

  10. Copy letters patent of Henry VIII appointing William Fitzwilliam as High Admiral, 1536.

  11. Answer of Thomas Miller, John Greenwell and William CAS tell to the bill of complaint of Christopher Bran tell in suit re distress levied by Bran tell, a water bailiff, for non-payment of tolls claimed to be excessive on keels and millstones, nd [? 1529].

  12. Memorandum re case against the bailiffs of Lynn, including Christopher Bran tell, for wrongly taking tolls on keels from burgesses of Lynn at St. German's bridge or Magdalene bridge, including list of tolls taken, nd [early 16th century].

  13. Copy answer to 'Mr. Brig stock's letter' (not present) , reciting grant of Henry VIII by letters patent of 1537 to the Mayor and burgesses of the tollbooth court with jurisdiction from St. Edmund's Ness to Staple Ware, its profits and tolls, and the right to appoint bailiffs, with note that one fourth part of the tolls and tollbooth was owned by the Prince of Wales in virtue of the Duchy of Cornwall, together with the office of ganger and the profits of the fishery, nd [18th century].

  14. Incomplete copy of Act transferring the temporalities of the Bishopric of Norwich, including the manor of Lynn, to the Crown, 1536.

  15. Draft translation into English of exemplification of the rights of the Bishop of Norwich in Lynn as established in 1525, 18th century.

  16. Abstract of and extracts from an exemplification of the record of a judgement in King's Bench in 1525 as to the rights of the Bishop of Norwich in Lynn, early 19th century.

  17. Information of John Brigade, Attorney General to the Duchy of Lancaster, against the Mayor and burgesses for wrongfully receiving all the profits of the tollbooth, 1589.

  18. Answers of the Mayor and burgesses to the Attorney General's bill of complaint, 1589.

  19. Tollhouse account book (account of receipts, naming ships, masters, and owners of goods), 1588.

  20. Tollhouse account book, 1598.

  21. List of documents relating to the toll booth sent up to London, 1601.

  22. Schedule of tolls, 1606.

  23. Tollhouse account book, 1607.

Volume 2

Ec 6

  1. Schedule of wharfage and tollage, nd (17th century).

  2. Account of small tolls to and from seaward, 1632-1634.

  3. Copy extracts from Hall book 1655-6 re negotiations for lease of a fourth part of the tollbooth, 1840s.

  4. Abstract of bargain and sale to the Mayor and burgesses by trustees under an Act for the sale of the late King's lands of a fourth part of the tolls and tollbooth, 1650 (watermarked 1844).

  5. Acknowledgement of receipt from Philipp Skippon of purchase money for the fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, 1650.

6, 7. Draft indemnity against costs etc. by the Mayor and burgesses to Philipp Skippon following the latter's sale to them, and Skippon's order for delivery of the conveyance of the Tollbooth and tolls, 1650.

8, 9. Bill of complaint of Francis Ludlowe in a suit of the Solicitor General and Ludlowe, the late King's lessee, v. the Mayor and burgesses concerning the ownership of the fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, etc.; and copy order of Court of Exchequer, declaring that the disputed fourth part be settled in the Keepers of the Liberty of England, 1651.

  1. Attorney General v. the Mayor and burgesses: brief for the defendants, 1651.

  2. Copy extracts from the Hall books relating to tollage and wharfage, 1583-1667.

  3. Notes as to the definition of lastage (extracts from documents, 1652-1709).

  4. Abstract of lease of 1724 by 'H.R.H.' to Robert Britiff, Recorder, of a fourth part of the tolls and tollbooth for 31 years, endorsed with related letter from John Powell to Robert Underwood, 1735.

  5. Extracts relating to suits between Lynn and London concerning the tolls, temp. Elizabeth to 18 George II.

  6. Draft lease for 21 years by the Mayor and burgesses to James Fysh of the Tollbooth House, 1743.

  7. Case for the Mayor and burgesses in a suit of Thomas Whall v. John Bacon concerning wharfage, 1726.

  8. Case and opinion for the Mayor and burgesses in relation to the petty tolls, in particular respecting wharfage and the toll on cheese, including schedule of ancient and modern tolls, 1750.

  9. Draft case and opinion concerning toll on cheese due to the Mayor and burgesses, 1750.

  10. Case of the Mayor and burgesses in relation to tolls and dues payable to them, especially on cheese, 18th century.

  11. Draft case in suit between Thomas Whall, wharfinger, and Giles Hutton, starchmaker, 1738.

21, 22. Two copy cases relating to the same suit, 1738.

  1. Notes relating to Whall v. Hutton concerning toll on wool, 1736-7.

  2. Account of Thomas Whall's demands on Giles Hutton for tollage on wool, 1736-7.

25, 26. Copy and draft petitions by the Mayor and burgesses to the Lords of the Treasury re Hutton suit concerning wharfage on wool, nd

  1. Order of congregation constituting a committee to consider regulating and collecting dues, tolls and wharfs, 1751.

  2. Report of same committee, 1751.

  3. Extracts from Hall books relating to the town dues, tolls, etc., 1688-1754.

  4. Copy lease of fourth part of the tollbooth by George II to the Recorder of Lynn, 1755.

  5. Town Clerk's report to the Mayor and aldermen about the freemen of Cambridge paying tolls to Lynn, ?1758 [date partially concealed in binding].

  6. Draft abstract of Corporation's title to the tolls, 1762.

  7. Two letters from Richard Gray in London with accounts, 1774-9, of rent from the tollbooth due to the King, 1779.

  8. Copy account of receipts and expenses of the tolls from 1761 to 1780, 1781.

35, 36. Two letters to George Chadd from Richard Gray, auditor, re tollbooth accounts, 1783.

  1. Letter to Scarlet Browne from George Chadd re tollbooth account and enquiring as to business expected at the next Quarter Session, 1783.

  2. Draft lease of the tollbooth by the Mayor and burgesses to Gurney and Co. for 21 years, including sketch plan by William Tuck (chamberlain) of the tollbooth in King's Staithe Yard, 1788.

  3. Copy lease by the Prince of Wales to George Chadd of a fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls for 28 years, 1784.

  4. Letter from Robert Gray to the chamberlain concerning a proposed sale of the Duchy of Cornwall's interest in the tollbooth, 1798.

  5. Copy of chamberlain's acknowledgement to Gray's letter, 1798.

  6. Draft letter of reply re proposed sale, 1798.

  7. Letter from Robert Gray to Mr. Whincop re same, 1799.

  8. Note of income from the town dues and tolls, 1798.

45, 46. Two copies of an account of tolls collected, 1781-1798.

  1. Letter to the Mayor from Robert Abbot at the Duchy of Cornwall Office concerning the renewal of the lease or purchase of the fourth part of the tollbooth, 1809.

  2. Copy of chamberlain's reply, 1809.

  3. Letter of reply from Robert Gray at the Duchy Office stating that the Duchy was no longer offering to sell the fourth part of the tollbooth, 1809.

  4. Order of congregation referring the obtaining of a renewal of the lease to the Select Committee of the Market Tolls, 1811.

  5. Report of the Select Committee to the congregation on the Tollbooth lease, 1811.

  6. Letter to the chamberlain from Robert Gray at the Duchy Office concerning the Corporation's account of receipts of tolls, 1811.

  7. Copy of chamberlain's letter to Mr. Gray concerning the valuation and lease of the fourth part of the tollbooth, 1811.

54,55. Further letters to the chamberlain from Gray re terms for the renewal of the lease, 1814.

  1. Copy of lease for 31 years of one fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls by the Prince of Wales to the Recorder of Lynn, 1814.

57, 58. Further letters from Thomas Abbot at the Duchy Office to the chamberlain and to Whincop and Lane about the lease, 1815. With notes by Whincop and by Newham (chamberlain) re sums of money sent to Mr. Gray for the renewal of the lease, 1815.

  1. Memorandum of the execution of an agreement for the lease of the Tollbooth House by the Mayor and burgesses to Gurney's bank, 1819.

  2. Draft lease of the tollbooth by the Mayor and burgesses to Messrs. Gurney and Co. for 26 years, 1819.

  3. Note of the names of the places at the limits of jurisdiction, nd [19th century].

  4. Town Clerk's memorandum of Hall order about the proposed renewal of the lease of a fourth part of the tollbooth, nd (on a postal cover dated 1844).

  5. Statement of tolls collected at the toll house on the Boal, 1841-1844.

  6. Letter to the Town Clerk from the Duchy of Cornwall Office about an enclosed extract from a document defining 'lovecope', with the extract relating to lovecope from Jeake's charters of the Cinque ports, 1845.

  7. Town Clerk's draft report about the Prince of Wales's interest in the tollbooth, nd

[End of volume 2, Ec 6]

Letter from Robert de Monthaut, Steward of Chester, to John de Thornech, Mayor of Lynn, asking for speedy payment of money due at All Saints, but not yet levied because of trouble and disturbances at Lynn, dated at Shouldham 5 November no year [endorsed, 19th century, as 9 Edward II, i.e. 1315]. List on dorse of names of 12 men in connection with an election, nd
[Ee 2]

Acquittances from Robert de Monthaut to the Mayor and community for part payments of ?4,000 which he recovered against them in the Court of King's Bench in the Easter term 1314, 1316-1323. Twenty one parchments.
[Ee 2]

Acquittance from John, Bishop of Norwich, to Lambert de St Omer and other burgesses of Lynn for ?32 11s., part of ?140 in which they were bound for their amercement by the Commission of Oyer and Terminer for trespass against Robert de Monthaut and pardon of the remaining ?107 11s., 1320. Bishop's seal [incomplete].
[Ee 2]

List of customs of the tollbooth, nd [14th century].
[Ee 3]

List of customs of the tollbooth, n.d; summaries of the profits of the tollbooth and of the proportions of the profits due to the Prince, the Queen, Orby and Suffolk and account for the latter by Simon de Gunton on behalf of the community, 1361-2; memorandum respecting the harassment of Lynn merchants by bailiffs of a court set up by Robert de Monthaut at the bridge of Wiggenhall St German in 3 Edward II, n.d; petition to the Lord Chancellor for relief from excessive demands by the bailiffs of the Lynn tollbooth, nd File of six parchments.
[Ee 4]

Receipts to the Mayor and Community for the farm of part of the profits of the tollbooth from the auditor of the Duke of Brittany [two], 1396, the receiver of the Duke of York, 1398, and the receiver of the Duke of Lancaster, 1399.
[Ee 5]

Extracts from pleadings and copies of evidence in suit between the burgesses of Lynn and Henry Despencer, Bishop of Norwich [1370-1406]. Dates Dec 1401-Dec 1402 occur. A more complete record is held at TNA, see JUST 1/611.
[Ee 38]

List of tolls, nd [?late 16th century].
[Ee 28]

List of petty tolls belonging to the Mayor and burgesses as applied by Clement Pilgram, one of their water bailiffs, to strangers, 1604.
[Ee 27]

Deeds of bargain and sale by the Commissioners under the Commonwealth Act to the Mayor and burgesses of a fee farm rent of 20 marks for the profits of the King's Tollbooth Court, the Leet and Assize of bread, ale, etc., a fee farm rent of ?14 33s. 4d. for the parish of South Lynn, and the manor of King's Lynn and of a quarter part of the tollbooth and tolls, with particular of the ancient possessions of the Crown respecting King's Lynn extracted from the fee farm roll for the sale to the Mayor and burgesses, 1650. Two parchments; one paper file.
[Ee 6 and 61/1 and 2]

List of petty tolls, copied in 1656.
[Ee 29]

Lease for 1 year by the Mayor and burgesses to Thomas Carter, gentleman, of wharfage, cranage and petty tolls, 1656.
[Ee 18/1]

Copy lease for 5 years by the Mayor and burgesses to Doughty Wormell, alderman, and others of the custom or duty of 12d. and 4d. a chalder of coals, 1657.
[Ee 22]

Letters patent of Charles II: lease for 31 years to Robert Steward, Recorder, in trust for the Mayor and burgesses, of a fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, 1662.
[Ee 7]

Lease of lastage by the Mayor and burgesses to Simon Taylor and Arthur Evelyn, merchants, for 3 years, 1676. With counterpart.
[Ee 16]

Lease for 7 years by the Mayor and burgesses to Repent Hinman, grocer, of the Custom House, adjoining garden plot, a small house called the pantile booth, and two small warehouses, all in Common Staithe Yard, with the wharfage, cranage, and petty tolls, 7 years, 1679.
[Ee 18/2]

Lease for 3 years by the Mayor and burgesses to Christopher Scott, innholder, of the wharfinger's house, adjoining plot, small house and two small warehouses, the wharfage, cranage, and petty tolls, 3 years, 1685.
[Ee 18/3]

Table of petty tolls, 1689.
[Ee 20]

Letters patent of William III: lease for 31 years to Daniel Beddingfeild in trust for the Mayor and burgesses of a fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, 1697.
[Ee 8]

Lease for 7 years by the Mayor and burgesses to Francis Kirby, gentleman, of the weighhouse and two small warehouses with chambers over in Common Staithe Yard, the staithes belonging to the Mayor and burgesses, the wharfage, cranage, and petty tolls, excepting the sole use of the crane, with schedule of tolls, 1711.
[Ee 19/1]

Account of arrears of lastage on corn, 1718-1720.
[Ee 39]

Lease for 7 years by the Mayor and burgesses to Francis Kirby, gentleman, of the weighhouse and two small warehouses with chambers over in Common Staithe Yard, the staithes belonging to the Mayor and burgesses, the wharfage, cranage, and petty tolls, excepting the sole use of the crane, with schedule of tolls, 1719.
[Ee 19/5]

Lease as previous, to Thomas Whall, grocer and chandler, 1721. With counterpart.
[Ee 19/2 and 3]

Lease as previous, 1728. With counterpart.
[Ee 19/4 and 6]

Counterpart lease, as previous, 1735.
[Ee 19/7]

Counterpart lease as previous for 1 year to William Langley, merchant, 1742.
[Ee 19/8]

Counterpart lease as previous, 1743.
[Ee 19/9]

Counterpart lease as previous for 3 years, 1744.
[Ee 19/10]

Counterpart lease for 21 years by the Mayor and burgesses to James Fysh, merchant, of the Tollbooth house in King's Staithe Yard, abutting west on the harbour, 1743.
[Ee 12]

Town Clerk's report as to tolls levied by the Bishop of Norwich before 1536, especially the petty tolls on cheeses, etc., including schedule of the ancient tolls, and the modern tolls claimed by the Corporation, 1748. Endorsed as first draft of case about tolls and wharfage.
[Ee 40]

'The State, right, privileges etc. of the Tolboothe in the Town of Lynn, collected from ancient authentic records etc. by Cha. Parkin': translated extracts and transcripts from documents dated 1242 onwards relating to the tollbooth and to the Mayors, St Margaret's Priory, and the Trinity and other gilds, with note by H. Partridge that this account of the tollbooth was transcribed from the collections of the Rev. Charles Parkin, Rector of Oxburgh, in 1749. With marginal annotations by Partridge and later annotations and additions including (at back) pedigrees of the de Hauville family, 19th century.
[Ee 34]

Letters patent of George II: lease for 31 years to Henry Partridge, Recorder, of a fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, 1755.
[Ee 9]

Extracts from the Hall books relating to the town dues 'under the collection of Mr John Vancouver from 17 March 1650', 1650-1757, attested by the Town Clerk, 1757, with further entries for 1762 and 1764 attested by the Town Clerk, 1802.
[Ee 36]

Lease for 31 years from 1786 by the Prince of Wales to George Chadd, Recorder, of a fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, 1784.
[Ee 10]

Counterpart lease for 21 years by the Mayor and burgesses to Messrs Gurney, Birkbeck and Taylor of the Tollbooth House in King's Staithe Yard next the wall of James Fysh's estate in the use of John Birkbeck on the south part, and the open part of King's Staithe Yard on the north and east parts, abutting on the haven, west, built with brick walls nine inches thick and 211 feet high mixed with oak studs and ceiled within, the west gable standing on the top of the cess next the haven, and containing 20 feet in length from east to west and 14 feet in breadth from north to south, as shown in plan and elevation on dorse, 1788. Endorsed with memorandum that Messrs Gurney, Birkbeck and Taylor are to erect rails in front of the new building to guard the stonework towards the north, 1788.
[Ee 13]

Copy memorial of Thomas Blackburne of King's Lynn, merchant, concerning his loss of part of a cargo of salt on the ship William and his inability to find the master or mate to testify to the damage and so obtain an allowance against the customs duty paid, 1803.
[Ee 41]

Lease for 31 years by the Prince of Wales to Robert Bevill, Recorder, of a fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, 1814.
[Ee 11]

Counterpart lease for 26 years by the Mayor and burgesses to Messrs Gurney of the former Toll Booth House or its site in King's Staithe Yard, now called King's Staithe Square, and now butting on the Bank Long Room of James Fysh in the occupation of Henry Birkbeck, east, 1819.
[Ee 14]

Account of receipts of tolls on merchandise carried up the river, 1848-1849.
[Ee 42]

Statement of petty tolls received for goods going up the river from 1846 to 1852, 1853.
[Ee 43]

Copy of authorised list of tolls from a printed notice suspended on the Toll House on the Boal, nd (watermarked 1853).
[Ee 44]

Account of annual revenues from tollbooth, 1856-1860.
[Ee 35]

Account of annual revenues from tollbooth, 1856-1863.
[Ee 37]

Copy of Chancery decree in suit, Prince of Wales vs the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses as to the former's entitlement to a fourth part of the tolbooth, 1857.
[Ee 17]

Lease for 21 years by the Prince of Wales to the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of a fourth part of the tollbooth and tolls, 1858.
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