File WLS XVII/1, 410X5 - Letter-book of Sir Bassingbourne Gawdy of West Harling

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WLS XVII/1, 410X5


Letter-book of Sir Bassingbourne Gawdy of West Harling


  • 1588-1602 (Creation)

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Comprised: Ashwellthorpe; Aslacton; Bunwell; Carleton Rode; Forncett St Mary; Forncett St Peter; Fritton; Fundenhall; Hardwick; Hapton; Hempnall; Moulton St Michael; Morningthorpe; Shelton; Stratton St Mary; Stratton St Michael; Tasburgh; Tacolneson; Tharston; Tibbenham; Wacton.

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Comprised: Bressingham; Burston; Dickleburgh; Diss; Fersfield; Frenze; Gissing; Roydon; Scole; Shelfanger; Shimpling; Thelveton; Tivetshall St Margaret; Tivetshall St Mary; Thorpe Parva; Winfarthing.

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Comprised the townships of: Alburgh; Billingford nr Diss (alias Pirleston; Brockdish; Denton; Earsham; Langmere; Lincroft, Mendham; Needham; Pulham St Mary Magdalen; Pulham St Mary the Virgin; Redenhall with Harleston; Rushall; Starston; Thorpe Abbotts; Wortwell.

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Comprised: Bodney; East Bradenham; West Bradenham; Cockley Cley; Great Cressingham; Little Cressingham; Didlington; Foulden; Gooderstone; Hilborough; Holme Hale; Houghton-on-the-Hill; Langford; Narborough; Narford; Necton; Newton; Oxborough; South Pickenham; North Pickenham; Southacre; Sporle with Palgrave; Swaffham.

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Comprised: Buckenham Tofts; Colveston; Cranwich; Croxton; Feltwell; Hockwold; Ickburgh; Lynford; Methwold; Mundford; Northwold; Santon; Stanford; Sturston; West Tofts; Weeting.

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Comprised: Banham; Blo Norton; Garboldisham; Gasthorpe; East Harling; West Harling; Kenninghall; North Lopham; South Lopham; Quidenham; Riddlesworth; Rushford.

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Comprised: Arminghall; Bixley; Bramerton; Caistor St Edmund; Framingham Earl; Framingham Pigot; Holverston; Kirby Bedon; Poringland; Rockland St Mary; Saxlingham Nethergate; Saxlingham Thorpe; Shotesham All Saints; Shotesham St Mary and St Martin; Stoke Holy Cross; Surlingham; Trowse Newton; Whitlingham; Yelverton.

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Comprised: Attleborough; Besthorpe; Brettenham; Bridgham; New Buckenham; Old Buckenham; Eccles; Great Ellingham; Hargham; Hockham; Illington; Kilverstone; Larling; Rockland All Saints and St Andrew; Roudham; Shropham; Snetterton; Wilby; East Wretham; West Wretham.

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Comprised: Ashill; Breccles; Carbrooke; Caston; Little Ellingham; Griston; Merton; Ovington; Rockland St Peter; Saham Toney; Scoulton; Stow Bedon; Threxton; Tottington; Thompson; Watton.

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The letters are almost all official and relate to County administration inc. justices' and deputy lieutenants' business, musters, taxation, recusancy, sea breaches, and Privy Council matters; also to Gawdy's activities as Sheriff in 1593-1594 and 1601-1602. Contents include detailed subsidy assessment for the hundreds of South Greenhoe, Shropham, Giltcross, Wayland, Grimshoe, Diss, Henstead, Depwade, and Earsham, 1598; various muster rolls, 1599-1602; agreement listing houses of correction in the County, 1600, and orders re that at Swaffham; list of MPs elected to the 1601 Parliament; Norfolk assessment for tenths and fifteenths (parish totals), 1601; assessment for arms, Shropham hundred, 1602; view of Yarmouth muster giving total of men aged 16-60, 1602. Inc. also, as precedent, order of 1395 listing beacons within the County and letter from Sir Edward Coke inviting Gawdy to his eldest daughter's wedding, 1602. The volume is in two sections, the first covering the years 1588-1599 and the second (much longer) covering 1599-1602; each is preceded by a table of contents.

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Created 31/07/2002 by Droip. Modified 14/11/2018 by Droip.


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