The Freedom of Sudbury is Manorial in origin, dating from Anglo-Saxon times, before the Norman Conquest. The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions 55 Burgesses (Freemen) living in Sudbury at the time of Edward the Confessor, others from the Manor of Sudbury lived in Hedingham. The Freedom made it possible to leave the Manor, thereby encouraging the development of trade. In the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries many Sudbury Freemen lived in Colchester.
- Sudbury Freemen c/o Council Offices, Sudbury Town Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1TL
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