New PDF release: Accounts of the Feoffees of the Town Lands of Bury St

By Margaret Statham

ISBN-10: 0851159214

ISBN-13: 9780851159218

ISBN-10: 1846153522

ISBN-13: 9781846153525

In 1569, thirty years after its abbey have been dissolved, the big city of Bury St Edmunds remained unincorporated. those money owed convey how the feoffees (still primarily the medieval Candlemas guild) experimented with city govt. The pre-Reformation landed endowments have been elevated in the course of the interval. This enabled the feoffees to handle many facets of city lifestyles. as well as funds for housing and garments the bad, and the availability of treatment, additionally they contributed to the price of delivering clergy (whose theology used to be similar to their very own) for the 2 city church buildings. To motivate exchange, they equipped the town's first lined industry pass, whereas the purchase of the Shire condominium enabled the assizes and region 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 some time past been alienated. while the various up and coming males effectively petitioned for a constitution of incorporation for Bury St Edmunds, in order that in 1606 town obtained the borough prestige which had eluded it for hundreds of years. except new assets are came across, those bills, notwithstanding unavoidably slanted to the feoffees' actions, are the main revealing resource for the paintings of the hot company in its early years.

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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. Seven of these meetings were held in January and February 1571 when 77 out of a total of 225 cases were heard in little over a month. Even if no formal census of the poor had been taken before these meetings were held, it is obvious that the constables had been very busy discovering whether or not the poor were employed.

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. It was to be laid up in the yard between St James’s church and the Norman Tower, with John Cadge, or Cage, in charge.

16r. 17. 17, 18. 122. 17r. and 18v. It would not have been surprising to find a present for the Queen recorded in the accounts. xlviii and li below. 167 In 1582 the governors of the school, on behalf of and with a large financial contribution from the feoffees, bought St Peter’s Hospital. Why they bought the property at this juncture is not clear. From the earliest account, the feoffees had been making regular payments to the poor people in St Peter’s Hospital. 169 However, a well known clause at the end of the Bury chantry certificate indicated the feeling that much had been lost by the townsmen at the dissolution ‘and soe [they] petition for some foundation of an hospitall for the poore and schoole for the education of youth’.

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