The Charter Project

Higham Ferrers Town Council, supported by Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership, is working to restore and safely house the five Royal Charters of the Ancient Borough of Higham Ferrers.

The original Charters are rarely seen. The parchment on which they are printed has sadly deteriorated due to age and inadequate storage facilities, making them too fragile for display.

The Town Council is applying for Heritage Lottery funding and, if successful, together we aim to:

  • restore and preserve the five Royal Charters in a safe environment for future generations
  • create copies to exhibit in the town and present online so all can see and enjoy
  • develop activities and events to encourage everyone, young and old, to find out about the importance of the Charters in the history of our town.

What is a charter?

The Charters of a Borough are the title deeds of the Burgesses, and each Charter is the result of a series of historical events and marks the new phase of self government for the Town.

To find out more

See our five display boards which have kindly been shown in local businesses around the town.

The Charter Project Display.pdf