Item 9 - Charter of Henry VI for Garlic Fair

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Charter of Henry VI for Garlic Fair


  • 15 March 1438 ('Teste me ipso apud Dertfort quintodecimo die Marcij anno regni nostri sextodecimo'.) (Creation)

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Henry VI, the only son of Henry V. Reigned 1 Sept. 1422-4 March 1461 and 30 Oct. 1470-11 April 1471

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The King grants to the Prioress and Nuns the right to hold an annual fair in the town of Cambridge, on the three days of the vigil, the feast and the morrow of the Assumption of Our Lady, "nisi feria illa sit ad nocumentum vicenarum feriarum" (unless the said fair should be a nuisance to neighbouring fairs). He also grants exemption from tenths or other quotas upon all the lands, possessions etc. of the Priory. Written at Dertfort (Dartford? Hertford?), witnessed by the King himself.

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Great seal attached (white and green cords; green wax; on the obverse side the figure of a king enthroned, on the reverse a mounted warrior)

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Caryl A.13

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