King John in 1215 granted them freedom from toll throughout England except the city of London, and in 1227 Henry III conferred several new rights and liberties, among which were a gild merchant with a hanse.These early charters were confirmed by several succeeding kings, Henry VI granting in addition Assize of Bread and Ale and other privileges.
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The burgesses were additionally granted two fairs: a yearly fair on the feast of the Translation of St.
Leonard and three following days was granted in 1359, and in 1630, Charles I granted them licence to hold another fair on the Thursday before the first week in Lent and two following days.
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The couple are said to have later set the man up in a flat 30 miles away.