Royal charters found in town's archived papers

PUBLISHED: 19:00 23 January 2015

This charter from Queen Elizabeth I is part of the archive.

This charter from Queen Elizabeth I is part of the archive.

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ARCHIVED documents dating as far back as the 12th century have been unearthed in Axbridge.

Sue Berry, a retired senior archivist at the Somerset Record Office, has spent the past few years cataloguing the town’s extensive collection.

Among the documents are royal charters, house deeds from the 12th and 13th centuries and records of court cases from the late medieval period.

Also included among the documents is a charter from Queen Elizabeth I.

It was created in 1599 and includes a drawing of her within the lettering.

Sue will give a talk about the discoveries at Axbridge’s Town Hall in The Square on Sunday at 3pm.

Entry is free, but money is being raised for Children’s Hospice South West.

The talk has been arranged by the Axbridge Archaeological and Local History Society and the Axbridge Town Trust.

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