Norfolk debtors

About the debtors

The history detectives investigated the cases of individual debtors.

Thomas Knott's discharge

Discharge of insolvent debtors book, showing Thomas Knott's release under the 1778 Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors

John French's oath

Oath sworn by John French as part of the conditions of the 1781 Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors

William Margetson's court hearing

Record of the court hearing of William Margetson under the 1781 Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors

William Margetson's schedule

Schedule of the property of William Margetson

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