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Pre-1835 City of Norwich records

Many of the records in this summary are available on microfilm and microfiche.

Copies of these may be viewed at, or purchased from, the Norfolk Record Office (NRO).

Document references to the main series are given, but please consult our searchroom lists for precise references to individual documents.

The ‘NCR Case’ references relate to the cupboards in which the documents were once kept at Norwich Castle. They have been preserved as a means of identification.

  • Royal charters and letters patent, c1158-1974 (NCR Case 26a)
  • City Court rolls (enrolled deeds and wills), 1285-1854 (NCR Case 1)
  • Assembly rolls, 1365-1426 (NCR Case 8d)
  • Assembly minute books, 1492-1835 (NCR Case 16c)
  • Assembly folio books of proceedings, 1434-1835 (NCR Case 16d)
  • Committee minute books 1716-1835 (NCR Case 19 a-d)
  • Freemen’s rolls, 1317-1837 (NCR Case 17c)
  • Freemen’s rolls, 1837-1981 (available on microfiche only - originals in City Hall)
  • Freemen’s admission books (giving more detail than Freemen’s rolls), 1841-1934 (NCR Case 17c, N/TC 72)
  • Apprenticeship registers, 1510-1749 (NCR Case 17d and elsewhere)
  • Original apprenticeship indentures, 1515-1734, 1759, 1826-38, 1867 (NCR Case 10a, 15g)
  • City treasurers’ account rolls, 1375-1436 (NCR Case 7a-d)
  • Chamberlains’ account rolls, 1411-13, 1457-64, 1489-1524 (NCR Case 7 c-g)
  • Chamberlains’ account books, 1384-1835 (NCR Case 18 a-b)
  • Coroners’ inquests, 1263-85, 1669-1835 (NCR Case 8a, 6a)
  • Sheriffs’ tourns, 1541-1720 (NCR Case 5d)
  • Mayor’s court books, 1424-49, 1510-1835 (NB: The Mayor’s Court was in effect a Petty Sessions Court, meeting several times a week - NCR Case 16a)
  • Quarter sessions minute books, 1511-50, 1553-56, 1561-1618, 1629-1846 (NCR Case 20a - later records are listed at N/S 2-4)
  • Quarter sessions files (indictments and recognizances) temp. Henry VIII-1619 (odd documents only), 1620-1838 (NCR Case 11a-g - later records are listed at N/S 1)
  • Quarter sessions files (interrogations and depositions), 1549-1600, 1684-1790 (NCR Case 12a-b - later records are listed at N/S 1, 5)
  • Oaths of allegiance and similar documents, 1591, 1644-1844, including sacrament certificates, 1713-1827 (NCR 13c-f)
  • Alehousekeepers’ recognizances, 1596-1604, 1760-1807 (NCR Case 14e)
  • Deposited plans (navigations, railways, tramways, etc) and other documents deposited with quarter sessions, 1818-1937 (N/S 17)
  • Guildhall Court: rolls, 1556-1771 (NCR Case 8b - other records as yet unlisted):
    • Files of pleadings, c1588-1794
    • Proceedings books, 1595-1720
  • Papers regarding litigation between City and various parties, principally Prior and Convent (later Dean and Chapter) of Norwich Cathedral, 1273-1840 (NCR Case 9a-n)
  • Books of evidence (‘Domesday Book’, Liber Albus, Book of Pleas, Mayor’s Book, City Revenues and Letters Book, Town Close Evidence Book and Book of Customs), compiled 1396-1886 (NCR Case 17b)
  • St George’s Guild records, 1421-1731, including rules, regulations and lists of members, 1441-1729 (NCR Case 8e-g, 17b)
  • Leet rolls, tithing roll and views of arms, 1287-1391, 1552, 1554 (NCR Case 5b-c)
  • Militia and military records with lists of all able-bodied men aged 16-60 (including Dutchmen and Walloons), 1511-1734, 1789, 1795 (NCR Case 13a-b)
  • Assessment rolls (subsidies, hearth tax, royal aid, poll tax) c1350-1702 (NCR Case 7i-k, 13a/48)
  • Window tax assessments 1708-67 and land tax assessments 1712-1832 (NCR Case 23)
  • Trade and merchandise documents, including by-laws of various trades, 1286, 1449-1799 (NCR Case 10a-b, 17d)
  • Books of aliens, 1492-1686, including orders for Dutch and Walloon Strangers, 1564-1643 (NCR Case 17d)
  • Debtors’ papers, 1614-1781, including schedules of individuals’ property, 1678-1781 (NCR Case 15d-e)
  • Guardians of Poor court books, 1712-14/15, 1723-1804, 1813-33 (NCR Case 20e - later records are listed at N/TC 3.)
  • Maintenance of poor records, 1570-80, including 1570 census of poor (NCR Case 20c)
  • Registers listing paupers and vagrants examined regarding settlement, 1754-1811 (NCR Case 20e)
  • Register of settlement examinations, 1828 (N/S 15/1)
  • Overseers of Poor accounts, 1633-1718 (NCR Case 15b, 20c)
  • Poor rate assessments, 1718-1824 (N/T 33)
  • Poor rate books, 1825-44 (N/T 33)
  • Repairs of city bridges papers (with gaps), 1621-1700 and 1785-1844 (NCR Case 22a)
  • New Mills and Waterworks papers, 1490-1732 (many gaps), 1786-1803 (NCR Case 22a)
  • Corporation maps and plans, 1743-1845, 1904, 1909 (NCR Case 16e)
  • City lease books (relating to Corporation properties), 1537-1828 (NCR Case 22d)
  • Title deeds to Corporation estates, medieval period to 20th century (NCR Case 22b-c, 26d-e, N/TC/D)
  • Private deeds (ie, title deeds to privately-owned properties deposited with Corporation for safe-keeping) arranged by parish, medieval (NCR Case 4a)
  • Great Hospital (founded c1250 by Walter de Suffield Bishop of Norwich) records, c1250-1985 (NCR Case 20d, 24-25, N/MC), including:
    • Accounts, 1306-1985
    • Manorial records, c1300-1943
    • Title deeds, c1260-1951
    • Lease books, 1530-1845
    • Trustees’ minutes, 1708-1947
    • Records of inmates, 1794-1953
  • Boys’ Hospital (founded 1620 under will of Thomas Anguish dated 1617) records, 1192-1967 (NCR Case 25e-f, N/MC 1-2, N/CCH), including:
    • Accounts, 1620/1-1668, 1712-1951
    • Title deeds, 1192-1935
    • Trustees’ minutes, 1708-1938
    • Foundationers and exhibitioners registers, 1904-1967
  • Girls’ Hospital (founded 1652 under will of Robert Baron dated 1649) records, 1584-1951, (NCR Case 25f, N/MC 1-2, N/CCH) including:
    • Accounts, 1652/3-1722, 1726-1951
    • Title deeds, 1584-1796
    • Trustees’ minutes, 1708-1938
    • Admission registers, 1849-1940
  • Doughty’s Hospital (founded under will of William Doughty dated 1687) records, 1461-1957, (NCR Case 20f, 25g, N/MC 1- 2, N/CCH) including:
    • Accounts, 1726-1910
    • Title deeds, 1461-1936
    • Trustees’ minutes, 1708-1957
  • Records of various charitable donations (including Barnham Brook Estate and Swordbearer’s (alias Preachers’) Charity), medieval-20th century (NCR Case 20f, 25f-i, N/MC, N/CCH, N/ED 2)
  • John Kirkpatrick’s antiquarian notes, compiled early 18th century (NCR Case 21f)