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The 'four and twenty gentlemen' of Ribchester
« on: Sunday 26 June 22 15:19 BST (UK) »
In 'A History of Ribchester' by Jonathon Shortt and T C Smith, the authors talk about an old custom in the towns of Ribchester, Goosnargh, Preston of having a group of 'sworn men' who would act to 'help and counsel the mayor.'  They state that, 'The records of “the gentlemen and four-and-twenty" of Ribchester are preserved for an unusually long period. From 1650 down to the present day, with but few intermissions, the churchwardens' accounts and the minutes of “the gentlemen” are contained with much fulness ; and are also in an excellent state of preservation.'
However, they do not say where these records can be found!
I am interested in the Seed families in Ribchester, and wonder if these records might prove a useful resource.
Has anyone come across any information concerning this group and their records?

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Re: The 'four and twenty gentlemen' of Ribchester
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 26 June 22 15:28 BST (UK) »
GENUKI says that Ribchester has a Local History Society and that Local Studies information is held at Clitheroe library.   :-\
Transcriptions and NBI are merely finding aids.  They are NOT a substitute for original record entries.
Remember - "They'll be found when they want to be found" !!!
If you don't ask the question, you won't get an answer.
He/she who never made a mistake, never made anything.
Archbell - anywhere, any date
Kendall - WRY
Milner - WRY
Appleyard - WRY

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Re: The 'four and twenty gentlemen' of Ribchester
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 26 June 22 17:15 BST (UK) »
The records office, Bow Lane, Preston holds the archives for Lancashire and beyond. Try this link to search for documents relating to Ribchester.

https://archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk/calmview/Advanced.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog

Also https://www.lfhhs.org.uk/home.php

A Facebook post might help too https://www.facebook.com/groups/246782725701714/

Simon
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Bimson
Walker, Halifax
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Bentley, Halifax
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