Did you know...
Anybody who wished to trade freely in medieval Norwich had to become a freeman.
New freemen have to swear an oath to be ‘buxom’ to the mayor. This is a medieval way of declaring obedience and loyalty to the mayor.
It’s an old tradition that freemen had the right to be hanged with a silk noose!
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.