18th Century, Document, Museum Highlight, On Display, Whittlesey History

Replica of Whittlesey’s Town Charter, 1714

A copy of the Charter granted by George I giving Whittlesey the right to hold a weekly market and three annual fairs.

This Charter is known as Patent Roll I, George I, Part 9, No. 4: Of a grant to a Downes gentleman.

It was witnessed by the King at Westminster on the 17th day of February, by writ of privy seal, although the request originated from “a certain indented inquisition taken at Royston in our County of Cambridge on the 11th May in the 13th year of the reign of our late royal sister Anne Queen of G. Britain etc. before Roger Pepyes Esquire Sheriff of the County.

The photographs show a sample of the original text and the translation.