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Accounts of the Feoffees of the Town Lands of Bury St by Margaret Statham

By Margaret Statham

In 1569, thirty years after its abbey were dissolved, the big city of Bury St Edmunds remained unincorporated. those money owed exhibit how the feoffees (still primarily the medieval Candlemas guild) experimented with city govt. The pre-Reformation landed endowments have been elevated through the interval. This enabled the feoffees to deal with many elements of city lifestyles. as well as funds for housing and garments the bad, and the availability of remedy, in addition they contributed to the price of offering clergy (whose theology used to be similar to their very own) for the 2 city church buildings. To inspire alternate, they outfitted the town's first lined marketplace go, whereas the purchase of the Shire condominium enabled the assizes and zone periods to maneuver into the city. After the flip of the century, the Charitable makes use of Act of 1601 used to be used to get well land which had in the past been alienated. whilst many of the up and coming males effectively petitioned for a constitution of incorporation for Bury St Edmunds, in order that in 1606 the city received the borough prestige which had eluded it for hundreds of years. except new assets are came across, those money owed, notwithstanding unavoidably slanted to the feoffees' actions, are the main revealing resource for the paintings of the recent company in its early years.

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One of the clerk’s tasks was to enter the orders (minutes) of the company. He or his deputy also copied the accounts into the account book from the loose paper accounts which were first drawn up. 20. The Inspeximus Baker took to London is A1/1. 549. 0d. of this was the rent for Frenze’s gift for the lepers and other property may also have been added in. Memorandum of rents to be received by the Keeper of the Guildhall, H1/1/15. 114 Ibid. 115 This appears to have been the case with the guild merchant in the mid-thirteenth century.

221 Charter or, technically, Letters Patent of Incorporation dated 3 April 1606, D1/1/1. 14–37. xlvi INTRODUCTION to the new Corporation, along with the fundamental rights of incorporation: the right to sue and be sued, to have a common seal, to make by-laws and to hold land to the value of £100. On that day in 1606 Bury St Edmunds had at last become an incorporated borough, but those things the town leadership most desired, the churches, the tithes, the fairs and markets and parliamentary representation, were still denied them.

10r. 9r. 42. 125 Outstanding among these was the bequest of Edmund Jermyn. 126 This was an exceedingly valuable gift, and members of the Jermyn family from time to time were involved in its application for the relief of the poor. 129 Gifts of money to buy a stock of materials, especially wool, to provide employment for the poor were made frequently at this time. 130 A Book of Orders made by the body sometimes called ‘common conference’ sheds light on administrative affairs in the town. This body met on forty-two occasions between 14 January 1571 and 11 December 1575.

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