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In 1289 Hugh de London was fined 12d ‘because he buys and sells in the city and is not of the freedom’
Norwich Guildhall was built by the freemen to house the new city government, law courts, a gaol, assemblies and administrators set up in 1404. It was used as the centre of city government until 1937 when it was replaced by City Hall.
Anybody who wished to trade freely in medieval Norwich had to become a freeman.
Under the freemen’s governance, Norwich grew to become England’s second city after London for 200 years – 1525 to 1725.