ROGERS, William (1497/98-1553), of Norwich, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. 1497/98. m. Catherine, ?s.p.1

Offices Held

Common councilman, Norwich 1527-31, keeper of the keys 1530-1, sheriff 1531-2, alderman 1532-d., auditor 1532-5, 1546, 1548, 1551, chamberlain’s council 1541-6, mayor 1542-3, Nov. 1548; commr. relief 1550.2


William Rogers, grocer, an apprentice of Alderman Robert Jannys (who was to name him executor), was sworn a freeman of Norwich on 6 Dec. 1525. Elected to the common council at Easter 1527, he progressed rapidly in wealth and civic status; within ten years he was able to lend money to the corporation for the erection of a council chamber. His election to the Parliament of 1542 was quickly followed by his first mayoralty, which he signalized by obtaining from the assembly for himself and his successors the power to dismiss city officials who were negligent in their duties. In the Commons he doubtless helped to procure the Act of 1542 protecting the Norwich worsted industry (33 Hen. VIII, c.16). It may have been his concern for the public good which gained for Rogers the support of the commonalty when in November 1548 the mayoralty became v