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KING'S LYNN TOWN WAITS 1362 - 1746

(1527 - 1746 supplied by Peter Sykes)



Surname Forename First mentioned Last mentioned
month year month year
DE BOYES Johannem 1362/1363 1366/1367
LE WAYTE Willelmo 1364/1365 ????
 
WAYTE Petro 1370/1371 1414/1415
WILDE Willelmo 1394/1395 1414/1415
Unnamed Waits mentioned 1431/1432 1433
AUDELE Johannes Oct 1436 ????

PORTOUR

Thomas

Oct

1436

????

Unnamed Waits mentioned

1437/1438

1438/1439

2 Waits' chains passed from Mayor to Mayor Dec 1512 1513

3 Waits' chains passed from Mayor to Mayor

Sept 1514

1520


Alternative names or spellings

Johannem de Boyes Johanni Wayte, Johanni de Doys, Johannem Wayte, Johannem le Wayte
Willelmo le Wayte Willelmo Wayte, (this is probably William Wilde)

Petro Wayte

Petro Whaite, Petro Whaytte

Willelmo Wilde

Willelmo Wylde, Willelmi Wylde, Willielmo Wylde

(William Wilde is frequently mentioned in association with his servants, sons, or apprentices - thus:& sociis suis, & seruentibus suis, & Servientis suis, & pueris suis, & puersis suis)


SHELLER

John

Sept

1527

1529/1534

NORMAN

James

Sept

1527

May

1528

NORMAN

Thomas

Sept

1527

1529/1534

CONYNGESBY

Thomas

May

1528

1528

NEWMAN

Thomas

Aug

1528

still Head Wait Aug 1541

SHELL(E)

John

Aug

1534

1535

ESSEX

Richard

Aug

1534

1536/37

BRIGGS

William

Aug

1534

1536/37

HOWTON

Nicholas

Aug

1535

1537+

GALE

Thomas & Co

Oct

1580

Mar

1583

ALLYN

John & 4 more

Oct

1583

????

WHITEHEAD

John

Oct

1593

????

SENELIE

Matthew

Oct

1593

????

EXCELBIE

Denis

Oct

1593

????

HAWKYN

John

Oct

1593

????

HARGRAVE

William

Oct

1593

????

KYDD

Robert

Sept

1634

Nov

1635

TAYLOR

Edmund

Sept

1634

Nov

1635

BARETT

John

Nov

1635

????

HILL

William

Nov

1635

????

BRADLY

John

???

1646/7

????

Waits were paid but not named over the next few years

LOE

Richard

1659

1663

EBESON

Francis

1659

1663

STONE

James

1659

1663

GOLDBERY

Robert

1659

1663

PAGETT

William

1664

1668

SUTTON

John

1664

1668

GREENE

John

1664

1668

TROTTER

Walter

1664

1667

EDWARDS

John

1667

1668

No Waits from 1668 to 1674

ROE

Charles & 3 others

1674

1706

There are no extant Chamberlains records between 1707 & 1715/16. From then to 1724 they were paid a total of �25 a year [presumably five at �5 each], but no names are given. Hall Book 13 Mar 1726/27 records the discharge of the waits:

ROWE

John

????

Mar

1727

BURTON

Robert

????

Mar

1727

LOW/LOE

Charles

????

Mar

1727

BEVIL

Richard

????

Mar

1727

The lists reappear in Chamberlain accounts 1729-30:

LEMON

A. G.

1729

1746

BURTON

Robert

1729

1733

ROW

John*

1729

1734/35

BROWN Charles 1729 1729
LOW Charles 1729 1729
NORRIS John 1731 1746
LOW Nathaniel* 1732 1732
LOW Charles* 1730 1734
CALDECOT John 1735 1743/44
JENKINSON John 1735 1737
HINTON William 1737 1746
DRAPER Joseph 1738 1742/43
SPATBOROUGH John 1744 1746
CANHAM Benjamin 1744 1746


On 21 July 1746 the Hall Book recorded that the Waits were to be discharged from Michaelmas, and their wages paid with an extra 50 shillings each when they handed in their badges and chains.

*In 1734-35 reduced payments were made to representatives of John Row & Charles Low


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