Celebrating 700 years of the Freemen of Norwich
It is exactly 700 years since the first freeman name was recorded in the earliest Norwich register in July 1317. His name was Walter Fleighe and he was a butcher. Freemen in Norwich existed long before 1317, but their admission to the freedom was only recorded from that date in a book created for the purpose. This entry is the start of a series of registers which include all the freemen’s names up to the present day.
Freemen700 is a programme of educational events taking place throughout 2017 and designed to celebrate this important anniversary.
As part of the 700 celebrations, the Norwich freemen have commissioned an online database of the old registers which will be available from September 2017.