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Charter of Charles II 1666
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Charter of Charles II 1666

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/14
Charter of Charles II 1666, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/14). Confirmation of the 1568 charter with additional privileges including the election of four constables; the election of Anthony Ettricke [of Holt Lodge, Wimborne] as recorder for life; the major, recorder and 4 burgesses to elect JPs; the right to hold the court of Quarter Sessions; the sheriff and water-bailiff to be elected from the in-burgesses; fish caught in the liberty to be sold at the Fish Shambles; rates to be levied to support bridges, walls and banks; all offices to take the oath of allegiance and supremacy; and the recorder and town clerk to be appointed by the King. Associated documents: Letters patent (DC-PL/A/1/14/1); Copy translation of the charter of Charles II, with several gaps in the text (DC-PL/A/1/14/2).
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Charter of Elizabeth I 1568
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Charter of Elizabeth I 1568

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/13/2
Charter of Elizabeth I 1568, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/13). Letters patent including an Inspeximus and Confirmation of the 1433 Henry VI, 1453 Henry VI, 1462 Edward IV and the 1511 Henry VIII charters with additional privileges including the rights of an incorporated corporation with a major, two bailiffs, burgesses and commonalty; the right to hold various markets such as the County Court, General Sessions, Court of Pie Powder and Weekly Court; the right to imprison; the right to elect a mayor, bailiffs, sheriff, coroner and two constables of the Staple; and the authority to purchase land. Associated documents: Petition requesting that Poole be granted separate county status as well as a list of other privileges they wished to obtain (DC-PL/A/1/13/1); Letters patent (DC-PL/A/1/13/2); Undated copy translation of the charter of Elizabeth I - unfit for production (DC-PL/A/1/13/3) Transcription from 'History of Dorset' by Rev. John Hutchings.
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Charter of Henry VI 1433
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Charter of Henry VI 1433

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/5/1
Charter or Henry VI 1433, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/5). Charter granting the fortification of the town and creating Poole as a Port of Staple at the expense of Melcombe Regis which was unable to protect merchants' shipping due to its small population. Associated documents: Letters Patent (DC-PL/A/1/5/1); 17th century copy of a petition dated 1432/3 requesting the fortification of Poole and to grant it the Port of Staple because the population at the port of Melcombe Regis was too small to defend it (DC-PL/A/1/5/2). Transcription from 'Story of Poole: Vol. 1' by H. P. Smith
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Charter of Henry VI 1453
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Charter of Henry VI 1453

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/6/1 and DC-PL/A/1/6/2
Charter of Henry VI 1453, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/6). Charter granting the privilege of holding a market on Thursday and two annual fairs on the Feast of the Apostles Philip and James [1 May] and the seven days following and All Souls Day [2 Nov] and the following seven days, with the right to hold a court of Pie Powder to settle any disputes arising from the market or fairs. Associated documents: Letters patent (DC-PL/A/1/6/1); 19th Century translation of the 1453 Henry VI charter with contemporary amendments (Dc-Pl/A/1/6/2); Extract from a copy of the charter of Henry VI 1453, with a memoranda regarding the ownership of property, mentioning John Keynes, William Lapp, Thomas Hayward and Thomas Cudie on the reverse, accompanied by a modern transcription (DC-PL/A/1/6/3) Transcription of 19th Century translation by Marjorie Ellis, edited by Gary Edwards.
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Charter of Henry VI 1453

Museum Ref No: PLA 942.337
History of the Borough and County of the Town of Poole by H. P. Smith, Poole, J. Looker Ltd., vol. 1 1948. Illus. Pages 193-195.
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Charter of James II 1688
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Charter of James II 1688

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/16
Charter of James II 1688, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/16). On 27 Jun 1683 James II issued a writ of Quo Warranto calling upon the Mayor to show what authority the Borough had to exercise its privileges. No new charter was granted during his reign. On 15 Sep 1688 James II granted Poole a charter which the burgesses refused to accept because of many encroachments into their liberties. A new charter was issued on 8 Dec 1688 completely restoring the ancient privileges. Associated documents: Letters patent - Restoring the privileges granted in the 1666 charter of Charles II (DC-PL/A/1/16/1); Undated copy of the Charter of James II (DC-PL/A/1/16/2).
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Charter of William Longespee 1248
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Charter of William Longespee 1248

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/1/1 and DC-PL/A/1/1/2
Charter of William Longespee, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/1). Charter granting the burgesses of Poole all manner of liberties and free customs including their goods free from toll; to elect six burgesses and a port reeve; and to hear breaches of measures and assize six times a year at Poole. Associated documents: 1791 copy with translation by John Lester (DC-PL/A/1/2); 19th century copy with translation (D1/2477). Transcription from 'History of Dorset' by Rev. John Hutchings.
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Charter of William Montacute 1371
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Charter of William Montacute 1371

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/3/1 and DC-PL/A/1/3/2
Charter of William Montecute, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/3). Charter confirming the Longspee Charter and also granting additional privileges including fines, such as defaults of assize of bread and amerciaments of measures, formerly paid to the lords of the manor, to be paid to the burgesses of Poole, with a contribution to the steward of Canford and an annual sum of 14s 2d to the Lord of Canford Manor; the portreeve to become mayor and the rights to gather fuel granted in the wastes of Canford and Poole. Associated documents: 1791 Latin copy with English translation by John Lester (DC-PL/A/1/3/2). Inspeximus of Arthur Plantagenet 1526, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PLL/A/1/10), confirmed the details of the William Montacute Charter and in addition exempted the Major, Brethren, Bailiffs and Burgesses of Poole, and all their possessions and liberties by land and sea, from the jurisdiction of the Admiral of England. Transcription from 'History of the Town and County of Poole' by John Sydenham.
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Winchelsea Certificate 1364
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Winchelsea Certificate 1364

Museum Ref No: DC-PL/A/1/2/1
Charter of the Lords and Barons of Winchelsea 1364, held at Dorset History Centre (DC-PL/A/1/2/1). Charter confirming that the waters between Redcliffe Attwell and the North Haven belong to the Mayor and Barons of Winchelsea and are not part of the admiralty jurisdiction of the Mayor and Burgesses of Poole. With attached 1667 translation. Transcription of the 1667 translation by Gary Edwards Original document translation from 'History of the Town and County of Poole' by John Sydenham
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