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Sessions files

Sessions files (usually one file per session), 1816-1971. The contents of the files vary, but most include indictments from 1816, recognizances from 1838, summary convictions, 1838-1915, statements and depositions from 1852 and printed calendars of prisoners from 1868. There are also rules of friendly societies, 1823-1846, declarations relating to printing presses, 1837-1838, jury lists (with street of residence), 1832-1852 and 1866-1933, maps and papers relating to the closure or diversion of footpaths, 1833 and 1890, a few mid 19th-century papers relating to settlements and apprenticeships, a licence for the New Theatre, 1847, and coroner's inquest verdicts for some years in the period 1895-1933. Some include oaths and and appointments of officers and deputies.

Most of the files numbered KL/C 22/15-265 have been sewn at the head without regard to papers already folded at the left hand margin, some of which are thus rendered partially illegible. Sewing holes in some files show that the documents were originally filed on a single thread through the centre.

Most of the documents numbered KL/C 22/266-283 were originally filed together by session, although groups of similar documents for one or more sessions were sometimes also sewn together and separately labelled (e.g. '1843 Summary Convictions'). Much of this original filing remains, but many of the files had been broken and their contents confused before the late 19th or early 20th century, when the files and loose papers and parchment were stabbed and threaded onto laces which were then tied round the outside of the partly-rolled documents to form larger rolls or bundles, usually one per year, and new wrappers made for them, stamped with the date of the bundle. Because this later filing cut through the text of the documents, preventing their being examined without further damage, the laces were removed in 1995. The order and composition of the bundles has, however, been retained as found. Files or loose documents survive for all four sessions of the year (Epiphany, Easter, Midsummer, and Michaelmas) except where otherwise indicated.

Banquet and presentation to Holcombe Ingleby

A banquet was held in honour of Holcombe Ingelby as he was outgoing as Mayor. A presentation was made of a coloured photograph of him that had recently been exhibited.

Contains a circular letter explaining the endeavour, a list of those who were invited, 4 invoices of expenses along with an invitation and menu

Individual Civic items

Assorted correspondence, circulars and an account statement from several different civic events. All were found loose together in a box.

1-8: The only series of records is from the household of Princess Maud and Prince Charles of Denmark. They were married in July 1896 and the Borough gathered subscriptions for a wedding present of an omnibus. This was presented to the Royal couple in Sandringham in November. The accounts are included with the correspondence along with a copy of the circular calling for subscriptions.

9: The reply from the Prince of Wales to the Corporation following a presentation given on 5th July 1869. The Prince and Princess of Wales were to visit to open the new docks. The address was copied into the Hall Book.

10: Letter from the Mayor of Lynn Massachusetts inviting the Mayor of King's Lynn to their 250th anniversary of the foundation of the town in 1879.

11: Letter from Mr D. Burlingham, a local silver jeweller, giving estimates for designs for the Silver Wedding presentation to the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1888.

12: Note book from the Town Clerk's office. It notes who was event to each event and the total number of people invited. Events range from 1932 to 1940

The other letters are individual items. The final piece is a small notebook that the

List of Standings

Lists of standings of stall holders during individual Marts. Draft plans included in 1921-1923. 1924 list is missing.

Total Mart tolls for the years 1905-1914 and 1919-1923 can bee seen in KL/TC 14/3/3.

Mart 1930 Indemnities

Indemnities signed by showmen with rides at the Mart. Also includes a draft copy and a copy of the letter sent out with the forms.

Mart 1936 Files

Correspondence, tenders and indemnities relating to the Mart of 1936. Occasional photos and advertising material also included.

Mart 1939 Files

A list of standholders for the Mart of 1939. Naming each showmen, listing the attraction they displayed and in which section.

Also contains the signed indemnities of the showmen.

The correspondence and tenders were lost in a fire in the Town Clerks office in 1946.

Mart 1946 Files

Correspondence and related papers concerning the Mart of 1946. During this year the Showman's Guild and the Corporation had a disagreement about the tender system. The Corporation were keen to maintain it and the Guild wanted to change it to a block rent instead. As no agreement could be reached the Guild formally put the Mart 'out of order' and banned its members attending, threatening them with sanctions if they did. This series has correspondence between showmen, the Guild and the Corporation in the run up to the Mart as well as after as they attempted to settle the dispute.

Neither the tender forms nor indemnities appear to have survived for this year.

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