By Margaret Statham
In 1569, thirty years after its abbey have been dissolved, the massive city of Bury St Edmunds remained unincorporated. those debts convey how the feoffees (still primarily the medieval Candlemas guild) experimented with city executive. The pre-Reformation landed endowments have been elevated in the course of the interval. This enabled the feoffees to deal with many facets of city lifestyles. as well as funds for housing and garments the bad, and the availability of treatment, in addition they contributed to the price of delivering clergy (whose theology was once reminiscent of their very own) for the 2 city church buildings. To motivate alternate, they outfitted the town's first coated industry pass, whereas the purchase of the Shire residence enabled the assizes and region classes to maneuver into town. After the flip of the century, the Charitable makes use of Act of 1601 was once used to get well land which had some time past been alienated. while 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 bought the borough prestige which had eluded it for hundreds of years. except new resources are found, those money owed, notwithstanding unavoidably slanted to the feoffees' actions, are the main revealing resource for the paintings of the recent company in its early years.
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Xxxix INTRODUCTION first two years. Then both Mr Hill and Mr Moss seem to have been attached to St James’s. For some reason Mr Mosse was not paid for the whole year; perhaps he was taking the sixteenth-century equivalent of a sabbatical, in trouble with the authorities or even travelling abroad, as William Bedell did in the seventeenth century. Sometimes in the early years the feoffees received contributions from the parishioners towards clerical stipends. 189 These offerings may not have been given entirely of the freewill of the townspeople, for on one occasion Mr Mountford is recorded to have paid 6d.
185 This document is in very poor condition, and holes in the paper mean that some words or phrases have been lost. The first clause of this agreement could well mean that twenty townsmen who were not feoffees should elect those who were to be enfeoffed and it is clear that each year they were to meet with the feoffees for the account, and that four gentlemen who lived in and about the town ‘at their will and pleasure’ should be present at elections and audits. From the second clause it appears that the inhabitants who had been elected were to approve the feoffees who were to keep the keys of ‘the howse, chamber and chests wherein the evidence, treasure and suche other things belonginge to the towne dothe [space] soe that the said feoffes be inhabitinge within the town of Burye’.
202 Where it is known that a feoffee (or other person) gave a book, or books, to the library, this has been mentioned in that person’s entry in Notes on People. xli INTRODUCTION Image not available Plate 2. Title page of Calvin’s In Librum Jobi Conciones (Geneva, 1593). Given to the library in St James’s church by Sir Robert Jermyn in 1595. Reproduced by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. charges of the working house or house of correction. He would pay the rent, and repair it, so that the arrears which were then due could be discharged and the house maintained.