20 April 1420
[i.e. the Common Council]
If 3 qualified persons cannot be found in any constabulary, candidates
may be elected from other constabularies. If anyone elected is not
qualified, then another may be elected in his place by the mayor,
alderman, majority of the 24, and majority of
the 27. The mayor has the power to remove
dissenters from office.
The common seal of the town is to be securely kept in the chest
intended for that purpose, under three different locks. The mayor is to
hold the key to one lock, another is to be held by a member chosen from
the 24, and the third by one of the 27 elected by all who are merchants.
All members of the council who are summoned by the sergeant to
attend [congregations] shall faithfully do so, upon
pain of removal from office and disbarment from future office-holding.
The last exemplification of certain ordinances and articles,
concerning the government of the town, to be sealed by the king shall be
held valid. With the addition that, in regard to election of the mayor,
the alderman of the Merchant Gild shall nominate the first 4 electors; he
shall first take oath before the mayor
and others present that he will, without favour or fraud, choose those 4
from persons who are impartial and not suspect.
If any burgess, of whatever status, infringes or acts contrary to
these ordinances, unless he swiftly makes amends and promises to adhere
to them in future, he shall pay £10 to the use of the community (and
not to any other use) each time he is so convicted by the council.
- Henceforth there are to be elected from each of the 9
constabularies, in the presence
of the mayor (if he wishes to be present, to prevent discord or argument),
3 of the more capable, wise and peaceable burgesses holding a suitable
residence in the town, to be present when business touching the town is
dealt with; viz. all taxes, tallages, tithes, fifteenths, loans, repairs
of houses, walls, bridges, fleets or ditches, and rendering of accounts,
as often as necessary.
[These articles are embodied in a tripartite indenture
whereby the Bishop of Norwich endorsed and confirmed a constitutional
settlement of 1417/18. The Bishop kept one part of the agreement and the
other two went to the two opposing parties in the