History of Lynn Waites

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History of the Waites (& other musicians) of Lynn

Unless otherwise stated, information originates from the Hall Books or Chamberlain’s accounts in the archives at King’s Lynn Town Hall. All mistakes, especially in the ham-fisted attempts at translation from the Latin, are entirely my own responsibility!   Chris Gutteridge.

Sources 1095-1399 1400-1499 1500-1599 1600-1699 1700- King's Lynn Waites today

Information supplied by:-

Cal = Calendar of the Freemen of Lynn (held at Trues Yard)

JC = James Cummings Work in progress

AF = Antonia Fraser, 'The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England'

GG = Gerald Gifford, Royal College of Music

CG = Chris Gutteridge

Hil = Hillen, 'History of King's Lynn'

DJ = David Jackson, '19th & 20th Century Brass Bands and Wind Bands In King's Lynn' (unpublished paper)

SM = Susan Maddock, Archivist, Norfolk County Council

Mal = Malone Society, Collections, Vol XI, Records of plays and players in Norfolk & Suffolk, 1330-1642. Edited by Eric Buckley.

JM = James Merryweather 'York Music'

DP = David Pitcher

AR = Alan Radford Leeds Waits

PR = Paul Richards, 'King’s Lynn'

T = William Taylor 'The Antiquities of King's Lynn, Norfolk' (Lynn, 1844)

TY = True's Yard

Other East Anglian towns possessing waits included Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich, Cambridge, Thetford and Swaffham. See The Waits Website for further details. 'When accounts are in English the distinctions among kinds of entertainers seem clear enough.......but the Latin equivalents turn out not to be equivalents' G. R. Proudfoot, The Malone Society.

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