The municipal history of Orford can be traced back to the grant of a charter to the town by Henry III. This original charter is lost but was confirmed by successive sovereigns (see Section I). The Borough returned two members to Parliament from the reign of Edward I until the Reform Act of 1832. The town was not affected by the Municipal Reform Act of 1835, but in 1886 the Corporation was abolished under the Municipal Corporation Act of 1883. Thereafter, the town was administered by the Orford Town Trust, directed by the Charity Commissioners.
EE5/1 CHARTERS, 1421-1688
EE5/2 ACT BOOKS, 1574-1701
EE5/3 ADMISSIONS OF FREEMEN, 1693-1788
EE5/4 COURTS, 1589-1885
EE5/4/1-4/5 Borough courts, 1589-1885.
EE5/4/6-4/35 Sessions papers, 1626-1844.
EE5/4/36 Assizes, 1858.
EE5/5 FINANCE, 1584-1890
EE5/5/1-5/3 Chamberlain's account books, 1713-1890.
EE5/5/4-5/14 Chamberlain's vouchers, 1670-1759.
EE5/5/15-5/21 Rents, 1670-1679.
EE5/5/22-5/23 Chapel Lands, 1687-1706.
EE5/5/24-5/25 Rates, 1644-1668.
EE5/5/26-5/30 Town clerk's accounts, 1831-1874.
EE5/5/31-5/52 Miscellaneous accounts, 1584-1861.
EE5/6 DOCUMENTS OF TITLE AND RELATED PAPERS, 1361-1828
EE5/6/1-6/133 Deeds, 1361-1828.
EE5/6/134-6/148 Wills, 1468-1790.
EE5/6/149-6/158 Manorial, 1401-1625.
EE5/6/159-6/168 Bonds, 1506-1817.
EE5/6/169-6/180 Copies of mediaeval evidences of title etc. re castle and town.
EE5/7 LEGAL, c.1528-1835
EE5/8 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS. 1553-1826
EE5/8/1-8/39 Election indentures, 1553-1826.
EE5/8/40-8/58 Oaths of returning officers, 1745-1826.
EE5/8/59-8/62 General, 1553-1826.
EE5/9 PARISH, c.1545-1841
EE5/9/1-9/6 Poor rate, 1661-1841.
EE5/9/7-9/8 Churchwardens, 1636-1639
EE5/9/9-9/21 Apprenticeship, 1624-1631.
EE5/9/24-9/27 Tithes etc., c.1545.
EE5/10 TOWN TRUST, 1887-1921
EE5/10/1-10/16 Charity Commissioners' circulars and orders, 1889-1914.
EE5/10/17-10/66 General administration, 1887-1921.
EE5/10/67-10/145 Management of Trust properties, 1888-1938.
EE5/10/146-10/165 Financial, 1887-1910.
EE5/10/166-10/185 Town Hall, 1891-1913.
EE5/11 MAPS, 1770-1881
EE5/12 FISHERY, 1491-1915
EE5/12/1-12/20 Acts, etc., 1491-1903.
EE5/12/21-12/31 Legal disputes, 1791.
EE5/12/32-12/50 Correspondence, 1883-1908.
EE5/12/51-12/66 Accounts, 1855-1915.
EE5/12/67-12/75 General, 1861-1913.
EE5/13 SHIPPING AND HARBOUR, 1588-1913
EE5/14 CHARITIES, 1661-1719
EE5/15 FAIRS, 1873
EE5/16 MISCELLANEOUS, 1540-1935