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What role do freemen play in contemporary Norwich?

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Timeline of our history

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Did you know...

Under the freemen’s governance, Norwich grew to become England’s second city after London for 200 years – 1525 to 1725.

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’

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.


The Great Feast – 29th September 2017

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