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Borough Government in Newton’s Grantham – The Hall Book of Grantham, 1649-1662

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Regulation of crafts and trades, setting the poor to work, upkeep of streets, the provision of godly ministers and schoolmasters and even the maintenance of the church fabric (notably its famous spire) were all matters of concern for the borough government in mid-seventeenth-century Grantham. The Hall Book (1633-1704), the earliest surviving record of the proceedings of the Alderman’s Court, has much to tell us about the way the Corporation administered the affairs of the town.

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Volume 106                             Borough Government in Newton’s Grantham: The Hall Book of Grantham, 1649-1662

Editor                                      John B. Manterfield

Publication Date                     2016

Size                                         235 x 155 mm

Language                                English

Publisher                                 A Lincoln Record Society publication published by the Boydell Press an imprint of Boydell & Brewer Ltd PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DF and of Boydell & Brewer Inc. 668 Mt Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620-2731, USA

Website: www.boydell.com

Printed & bound                     TJ International Ltd., Padstow, Cornwall

This publication is printed on acid-free paper

ISBN                                       978 1 910653 02 9

Content                                   Contents, 1 page

Illustrations, 1 page

Acknowledgements, 2 pages

Abbreviations, 1 page

Editorial Note & Conventions, 1 page

Introduction, 37 pages

Black & white illustrations, 16 pages

The Hall Book, 353 pages

Appendix 1 Courts and Assemblies, 2 pages

Appendix 2 List of Alderman, Comburgesses and Second Twelvemen 1649-1662, 4 pages

Index of Personal Names, 16 pages

Index of Places, 3 pages

Index of Subjects, 6 pages

Dust jacket blurb                    The minutes of the Corporation provide fascinating detail of the social and economic life of the town.  Regulation of crafts and trades, setting the poor to work, upkeep of streets, the provision of godly ministers and schoolmasters and even the maintenance of the church fabric (notably its famous spire) were all matters of concern for the borough government in mid-seventeenth-century Grantham. The Hall Book (1633-1704), the earliest surviving record of the proceedings of the Alderman’s Court, has much to tell us about the way the Corporation administered the affairs of the town.
This volume takes the story up to the Restoration settlement of 1660-2; it spans the time during which the young Isaac Newton attended the town’s Grammar School, lodging with William Clarke, a wealthy apothecary and prominent member of the Comburgesses, as the senior twelve of the Borough Court were known, and the restoration to office of former Royalists purged in 1647. It contains some 1,500 entries, along with an appendix, which will be invaluable to local and family historians, providing details of all those who served as members of the Corporation as Comburgesses and Second Twelve men during this period. The introduction examines the town in the seventeenth century, its ruling corporate elite and civic culture.
John Manterfield gained his PhD from Exeter University, studying the topographical development of Grantham between 1535 and 1835.

 

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