• 1589 VELLUM LAND DEED - Burnham Market - KING'S LYNN - HOME of CAPTAIN VANCOUVER

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  Elizabethan Era Manuscript Indenture on Vellum Concerning the district of King's Lynn Birthplace of Pacific Navigator Captain George Vancouver Burnham Market Between Stanhoe and Barwick in Norfolk Feudal England 1589 Burnham Market [in the district of King's Lynn, Norfolk], 1589. Manuscript indenture on vellum, outlining a conveyance of land in the environs of Burnham Market, from Edward Clarke of Stanhoe to John Barrett of Barwick, with a monogram magenta red wax seal. Text is in Latin. Document measures approximately 47 x 9 cm, with wax seal affixed to vellum pendant. Some age-toning, otherwise in very good condition. Latin indenture made in the thirty-first year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I [1589] concerning land in the area of Burnham Market, very near to Stanhoe, with which John Barrett of Barwicke acquires land from Edward Clarke of Stanhowe. A William Baxter is also mentioned in this document. The wax seal features imagery of a sword or staff within monogram letters, suggesting a notable status of service to the king. This is an exceptionally scarce and consequently significant concerning property rights in the sixteenth century feudal era of England, dated only thirty years from the earliest parish record held in Norfolk registry archives, and featuring a most interesting wax seal. Stanhoe is a village and civil parish in the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, only 19 miles from the seaside village of King's Lynn which would later be the birthplace of Captain George Vancouver the great navigator of Pacific Northwest America fame. Information is scant at best for Barrett ancestry, which is also seen as Barritt, and even sometimes Barwick. Geneologies record some of the Barritt lineage in Northampton and Norfolk back to the 1730s. Records of births, marriages and deaths were kept by the government from July 1837 to the present day. The 11th century church of St Michael in Flordon, holds genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials from as early as 1559 and bishop's transcripts from 1698. The Edward Clarke of Stanhoe involved in this transaction could be a relation to Edward Clarke (died 1628), an English courtier, politician and diplomat employed by Charles I of England and George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, who served as MP for Hythe, Kent, in the short-lived parliament of 1625, and the king's agent at the Siege of La Rochelle. Cropped close-up views of the document: Edward Clarke de Stanhowe: John Barrett: Barrett de Barwick.... Burnham Market: From the reign of Queen Elizabeth: Annotations to verso:
 

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1589 VELLUM LAND DEED - Burnham Market - KING'S LYNN - HOME of CAPTAIN VANCOUVER

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