Did you know...
From the early 15th century, the freemen governed Norwich in relative harmony for 250 years – in marked contrast to other large rival towns in England such as Bristol, York and Newcastle.
It’s an old tradition that freemen had the right to be hanged with a silk noose!
In 1289 Hugh de London was fined 12d ‘because he buys and sells in the city and is not of the freedom’
The annual freemen’s outing is a popular event which now attracts hundreds, including freemen from overseas. Visits are often to properties which have received substantial grants from the freemen’s charity.