recording local history

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The village of Botesdale is situated in north Suffolk a few miles from the Norfolk border. In the medieval period it was a hamlet of Redgrave, a few miles to the north. Botesdale developed when the medieval market was sited here. In 1227 King Henry III granted the Abbot of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, who was lord of the manor of Redgrave, a charter to hold a market in Botesdale every Thursday and for a fair to be held once a year on the eve and day of St. Botolph (17th June). The market had probably been operating in Botesdale for several years before the charter was granted. This meticulously-researched book details the trades and tradesmen who did business in the market, and reconstructs from documentary sources the original market layout.

A5 size (14.8 x 21 cm), 80 pages, perfect bound



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