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TOWN AND SOCIETY
Godalming's first charter, granting a right to hold a market, was given in 1300 by Edward I. It is likely that this was the beginning of its development as a town. A second charter was granted by Elizabeth I in 1574 and allowed tolls (or charges) to be taken from market traders and used by Godalming's 'Warden' for the town's benefit (an early version of the Council Tax). In the centuries that followed, Godalming grew in size and prosperity and the items in this exhibit, relating to its official and unofficial institutions, are evidence of its strength as a community.
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