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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 have been dissolved, the massive city of Bury St Edmunds remained unincorporated. those money owed exhibit how the feoffees (still basically the medieval Candlemas guild) experimented with city executive. The pre-Reformation landed endowments have been elevated in the course of the interval. This enabled the feoffees to deal with many facets of city existence. as well as funds for housing and garments the negative, and the supply of treatment, in addition they contributed to the price of supplying clergy (whose theology was once reminiscent of their very own) for the 2 city church buildings. To inspire alternate, they outfitted the town's first lined marketplace pass, 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 the various up and coming males effectively petitioned for a constitution of incorporation for Bury St Edmunds, in order that in 1606 town got the borough prestige which had eluded it for hundreds of years. until new assets are came upon, those debts, even though necessarily 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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191 Orders made by Justices of the Peace at Sessions held at Bury St Edmunds, 22 April 31 Eliz. I [1589], BL MS Harl. 364, fos. 144–52; photostat copy at SROB, Acc. 829. Lack of space has made it impossible to describe in detail the harsh regime set up by this document. 66. It deserves a properly documented paper. 192 Book of Orders, C2/1. 38r. xl INTRODUCTION now be discerned. However, meeting on 23 May 1594 the feoffees decided that the sum of £28 which had been received the previous year from the sale of wood194 and another £32, to make up £60 in all, was to be used to buy eighty cauldrons ‘of the great measure’ of sea coal for the poor.

In 1600 he was lent a confirmation of the abbey’s privileges made in 1516 to take to London to show to the 106 Similarly, although Thomas Bright was not among those who were re-enfeoffed in 1617, he nevertheless acted as receiver in 1619. 32v. 45. 109 Borough archives, legal papers, D10/5/1. 110 Complaint of Anthony Payne and others to Sir William Cecil and others, C7/2/9. 111 As for the cost of incorporating the town, most of the more influential townsmen paid dearly for it in both time and money.

221 From the twelve chief burgesses four assistants, or justices of the peace were to be elected every year. 24r. 219 Draft Decree in Chancery, H3/1/1. 220 Francis Pinner made his bequests to the feoffees on condition that the feoffment be renewed within three months after his death. 170–85. He had long been urging a renewal which was eventually made shortly before his death, H1/1/53. 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.

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