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The Great Feast – 29th September 2017

20 Oct 2017

The Great Feast – 29th September 2017

The Great Feast took place on Friday 29th September and was attended by 120 Freemen and family.

 

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Norwich Freemen Records Online

20 Oct 2017

Norwich Freemen Records Online

To access the records go to:

http://nfro.norwichfreemen.org.uk

 

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My freeman history: Philip Yaxley

20 Oct 2017

My freeman history: Philip Yaxley

‘My ancestor was admitted to the freedom when he was apprenticed to a coachmaker in 1881’

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Tripadvisor feedback on our free days

20 Oct 2017

Tripadvisor feedback on our free days

Our free days are proving very popular and this review gets our second week off to a great start.

 

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Free admission days

20 Oct 2017

Free admission days

The Freemen are offering free-admission days where the public can visit the Strangers Hall Museum and The Museum of Norwich.

 

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Storytelling in Schools

20 Oct 2017

Storytelling in Schools

“If I were a Freeman I would be a chocolate seller because people like chocolate and I would get lots of money”

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My freeman history: Patrick Boswell

20 Oct 2017

My freeman history: Patrick Boswell

‘My ancestor William Boswell was admitted as a freeman in 1808’

Artist Patrick Boswell can trace his freemen links back more than 200 years. His ancestor William Boswell was apprenticed as a carver and gilder in Norwich in 1808 which earned him the right to become a Freeman of Norwich and pass the title through the generations to the present day.

 

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Freemen fund new play called ‘Come Yew In’

20 Oct 2017

Freemen fund new play called ‘Come Yew In’

A new play funded by the freemen’s charity, the Town Close Estate Charity, will be performed in Norwich this summer.

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Update on the Norwich Freemen Records Online

20 Oct 2017

Update on the Norwich Freemen Records Online

As part of the 700 celebrations, the Norwich Freemen have commissioned an online database of the freemen registers from 1317.  The database will be officially launched at the Norfolk Record Office on 6 September 2017.

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Great Norwich History Competition

20 Oct 2017

Great Norwich History Competition

Norwich High School pupil wins prestigious history competition
Sixth former Grace Jackson has won a prestigious history competition designed to showcase the city’s history.

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Prestigious competition celebrates the history of Norwich

20 Oct 2017

Prestigious competition celebrates the history of Norwich

A new event, designed to help young people learn more about the history of Norwich, brought together more than 100 sixth-formers from city schools.

The Great Norwich History Competition is part of a programme of events to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Freemen of Norwich.

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Merchants’ marks

20 Oct 2017

Merchants’ marks

You may have spotted the merchants’ marks dotted around this website. These strange markings were used by merchants, most of whom were freemen of Norwich, to identify their goods.

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New freemen of Norwich admitted

20 Oct 2017

New freemen of Norwich admitted

A traditional annual ‘Court of Mayoralty’ was held at City Hall, Norwich on 17 February 2017 to admit 26 new men and women to the Freedom of Norwich. (See pictures, taken by Jeff Taylor).

 

 

 

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Just who was the Norwich Whiffler?

20 Oct 2017

Just who was the Norwich Whiffler?

It’s the name of a Norwich road and a Wetherspoons pub. Most Norwich residents are familiar with the name Whiffler – but not many know much about its origins as well as its links with the Freemen of Norwich.

 

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My freeman story: Oliver Quinton

20 Oct 2017

My freeman story: Oliver Quinton

Oliver Quinton, 34, from Foster Road, Norwich, is proud to carry on the family tradition of being a freeman.

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‘Why I am proud to be a freeman’ by Kelly Eadie

20 Oct 2017

‘Why I am proud to be a freeman’ by Kelly Eadie

Kelly Eadie, wife of former Norwich City footballer Darren Eadie, was admitted to the Freedom of Norwich in 2014 and says it is an honour to be part of this ancient tradition.

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Norwich welcomed its 1000th freeman

20 Oct 2017

Norwich welcomed its 1000th freeman

A medieval tradition largely unchanged for 700 years was recreated as Norwich welcomed its 1,000th freeman of the city, reported the Eastern Daily Press.

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New mayoral-chains

20 Oct 2017

New mayoral-chains

The Freemen of Norwich have funded new mayoral-chains that will be worn by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich when they attend events in civic regalia.

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