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Manuscript Indenture on Vellum
Concerning the district of King's Lynn
Birthplace of Pacific Navigator
Captain George Vancouver
Between Stanhoe and Barwick in Norfolk
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  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:
Barrett de Barwick.... Burnham Market:
From the reign of Queen Elizabeth:
Annotations to verso: