This charter was given by Henry II to the citizens of the Winchester merchant guild, granting them freedom from tolls, passage and custom. It can be dated to 1155 or 1158.
The witnesses are Thomas the Chancellor (in other words Thomas a Becket), Earl Ragnold, the Earl of Gloucester, Richard de Humetis, the Constable, Garin son of Girald, the chamberlain, William, son of Hamo and Jocelin of Baillol.
The charter is written in Latin on parchment. Its seal is missing but a vellum seal tag still remains attached to the item.
This is the oldest document in Hampshire Record Office, but you can still visit the office to look at it and handle it.
Catalogue record for W/A1/1/1 The First Winchester Charter
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