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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.
In 1289 Hugh de London was fined 12d ‘because he buys and sells in the city and is not of the freedom’
Anybody who wished to trade freely in medieval Norwich had to become a freeman.
Ed Balls’ ancestors were Norwich Freemen between 1404 and 1913, but the succession has lapsed and he is no longer eligible.