Sub-series NCR 21f/1-45 - Topographical rough notes and diagrams re the tenure of properties in Norwich, arranged by parish within the Walls

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NCR 21f/1-45


Topographical rough notes and diagrams re the tenure of properties in Norwich, arranged by parish within the Walls


  • nd [c 1700-1728] (Creation)

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45 files of papers

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These take the form of folders of loose, sometimes large, often small scraps of paper with Kirkpatrick's rough notes and diagrams of individual property holdings and their abuttals, including streets and other topographical features. Some folders are very full, but others are slight in their contents, though this may be because of earlier 'borrowings' or loss of the contents.
Typically, the individual scraps of paper include the name of the parish, dominical or regnal year dates, and perhaps some indication of the source (a roll or rental, etc.). The language of the original source was retained, so most of these notes are written in abbreviated Latin, though references in English to 17th and early 18th century leases and surveys also appear.
Many of the notes are in the form of a diagramatical representation of holdings with their abuttals, indicating which were their north, south, east and west sides or using a compass symbol to do the same. Throughout these files, the diagramatic notes are often joined to each other by sealing wax to form a unified representation of the holdings in and around the area concerned, or have dark sealing stains on one or more of their edges, indicating that they were once so joined. Many files also include separate sheets of paper, or re-used loose folios from a volume (sometimes used as wrappers) bearing larger, single drawings of the plots in an area or parish, an example being the wrapper in the file for All Saints Fybridggate, which shows the holdings lying between Stump Cross, Botolph and Magdalen Streets.

The original sources used include the city's enrolled and original deeds, leet court rolls, city treasurers' and chamberlains' accounts, Assembly and mayor's court books, landgable rentals, the several books of evidences and leases as well as dean and chapter and diocesan registers and accounts.

In addition, the notes include occasional memoranda of direct observations made by Kirkpatrick (details of coats of arms, buildings, events).
Many files include old brown paper wrappers bearing the name of the parishes concerned. Some of these also bear John Kirkpatrick's name and a (different) number, and are perhaps, either later 18th or 19th century in date.

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  • Latin
  • English

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Created 16/03/2007 by Droip. Modified 18/09/2019 by Droip.


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