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The Wadhurst Charter

 

Henry by the Grace of God King of England Lord of Ireland Duke of Normandy & Earl of Anjou To the Archbishops Bishops Abbots Priors Earls etc Greeting

Know Ye that We have granted, & do by this our Charter confirm, to the Venerable Father Boniface Archbishop of Canterbury Primate of all England that he and his successors archbishops of Canterbury for ever shall have a Market at Wadhurst in the County of Sussex on the Saturday of each week and that they shall have there a Fair every year to last for three days namely on the Vigil the Day & the Morrow of the Feast of the Apostles Peter & Paul unless such Market & such Fair be to the prejudice of neighbouring Markets & neighbouring Fairs

wherefore we will formally decree for us & our heirs & the aforesaid Boniface & his successors Archbishops of Canterbury for ever shall have a Market at Wadhurst in the County of Sussex on the Saturday of each week & that they shall have there a Fair every year to last for 3 days namely the Vigil, the Day, & the Morrow of the feast of the Apostles Peter & Paul with all liberties and free usages to such Markets & Fair belonging unless such Market and such Fair be to the prejudice of neighbouring markets & neighbouring Fairs as aforesd.

These being witnessed John Maunsell etc by Our Hand at Westminster the 8th day of May in the 37 year of our Reign

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