We are the Freemen of Norwich

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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.

In 1289 Hugh de London was fined 12d ‘because he buys and sells in the city and is not of the freedom’

During Queen Elizabeth I reign, Norwich Freemen devised one of the earliest schemes of poor relief in the country. It later served as a model for national schemes.

Anybody who wished to trade freely in medieval Norwich had to become a freeman.

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