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Monday, 17 December 2012

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The Contents of a Library: St Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Palaeography, the study and transcription of sixteenth and seventeenth century handwriting known as Secretary Hand is a branch of Linguistics rather than History according to Library Cataloguing.  The subject is one taught at the University of Essex as one of four modules contributing towards a ‘Certificate in Local History’.

The example above is taken from “Extracts from the Church Wardens’ Accounts of St Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn from the year 1616 to the Restoration of His most Sacred Majesty King Charles the Second (1926)”. 

The book was one from our surplus stock which was offered and sent to the Norfolk Record Office for accession. 

Should I attempt a transcription, or leave this as a teaser for our readers to solve?

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