Freemen's Roll book recording about 5,600 freemen admitted from 1835 (and including freemen qualified in 1835, admitted as long ago as 1780). See 'Index to the Freemen's Roll Book of Grimsby 1780-1980' (1994). Also annual pastures roll 1849-1925 (including enrolled freemen and widows) [1/370]; records of the Clerk and Treasurer 1860-1968 ; annual reports 1992-1993 [473 addnl]; annual accounts 1998-9 [483/4/24]; Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby: printed history/memoir, 1949-92, by D L Stephenson, former Treasurer; pastures rent account book 1812-37 [2/235); rental 1850-59 [2/516); enrolled freemen's fund balance sheets 1850-1908 [2/230]; cash account 1850-1912; ledger 1873-76; cash book 1873-79; dividend book 1884-91 [all 2/520]; admission papers 1734-1911 [1/360]; assorted bound records 1825-1913 including plans 1850-73 [2/920]; Freemen's letter book 1914-17 (1/462); 246 pastures building plans 1897-1948 [1/760]; plan of East Marsh pasture 1857 [1/922]; plan of Haycroft and Little Field estate 1876 [1/922]
Stephenson, D L, fl 1949-1992, Treasurer, Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby
Administrative / biographical background:
The enrolled freemen of Grimsby are the successors of those who, in the ancient borough, had rights of common in the manorial lands of the Corporation. Admission to freedom by gift or purchase was abolished in 1835 and since then admission has been by being born the son of a freeman, marrying the daughter or widow of one, or by seven years' apprenticeship to a resident freeman. Freemen claimed free education for their children at the Corporation Grammar Schools (closed in 1949). By the Grimsby Pastures Act 1849 the freemen received shares of profits in former common grazing lands (the Corporation received one-twentieth share), and the Corporation became trustees for the freemen. By the Grimsby Corporation Act 1949 the Corporation was released from being trustee, and the freemen elected their own officers in place of the Town Clerk and Borough Treasurer.
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