By Margaret Statham
In 1569, thirty years after its abbey have been dissolved, the big city of Bury St Edmunds remained unincorporated. those debts express how the feoffees (still basically the medieval Candlemas guild) experimented with city executive. The pre-Reformation landed endowments have been elevated through the interval. This enabled the feoffees to handle many features of city existence. as well as funds for housing and garments the negative, and the availability of remedy, additionally they contributed to the price of offering clergy (whose theology used to be comparable to their very own) for the 2 city church buildings. To inspire exchange, they equipped the town's first coated industry pass, whereas the purchase of the Shire residence enabled the assizes and region periods to maneuver into the city. After the flip of the century, the Charitable makes use of Act of 1601 was once used to recuperate land which had some time past been alienated. even as a number of the up and coming males effectively petitioned for a constitution of incorporation for Bury St Edmunds, in order that in 1606 the city obtained the borough prestige which had eluded it for hundreds of years. except new assets are came across, those debts, even though unavoidably slanted to the feoffees' actions, are the main revealing resource for the paintings of the hot company in its early years.
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This was in Master Andrew Street, which has become the present Bridewell Lane. So far the site has not been ascertained. The house was to be administered by wardens chosen annually at Easter, two of them by the justices from among the chief constables of the Liberty of St Edmund, and another two who were to be inhabitants of Bury St Edmunds. Hard times and financial problems The 1590s were notoriously difficult for the poor. Harvests failed and money must have been short. It seems certain that the winter of 1593–4 must have been a very hard one.
102 Two versions of parts of Sotheby’s speech have survived; one is in the Borough records, Town Clerk’s papers miscellaneous, D11/2/3 and the other is to be found in the feoffees’ miscellaneous papers, H2/4/1. 103 For instance the Candlemas guild was referred to, meaning the feoffees of the town land and, no doubt, other members of the company, in the will of Edward Reeve, 1597, IC500/1/56 (91). In correspondence about the Barton copyholds a letter dated in the 1630s is addressed to the alderman and brethren of Holy Trinity Guild, which perhaps does not count.
However, the feoffees had recovered much of the land which had been surrendered in 1549 together with some of the possessions of other dissolved guilds and chantries. Some of the former possessions of the abbey had come into their hands with Tassell’s gift. 358–60, photostat copy at SROB, P755/42. 119 For example preachers’ fees are recorded in the years ending Michaelmas 1573, 1574 and 1575 when many of the feoffees were still quite conservative in religious matters. 18r. , and demanded from John Higham and Thomas Peyton in the year ending Michaelmas 1571, but not, apparently, received, HD1150/1 fos.
Accounts of the Feoffees of the Town Lands of Bury St Edmunds, 1569-1622 (Suffolk Records Society) by Margaret Statham