Peterborough Civic Society

Plaque 8    Sessions House, Thorpe Road
Between the 10th and 14th centuries, the Abbots of Peterborough gradually gained various legal powers and freedoms from crown jurisdiction so that they exercised almost absolute legal control over eight of the administrative "Hundreds" in Northamptonshire. This lasted until the dissolution of the monasteries and when Henry VIII established the Diocese of Peterborough, he granted to the Bishop the power to hold prisoners and bring them to trial across an area known as the Hundred of Nassaburgh (also called the Liberty of Peterborough).
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