This is another small excerpt from Mark Girouard’s wonderful book the English Town:
“Colchester was a thriving textile town, the centre of the East Anglian baize industry but by the early 18th century was financially embarrassed, its properties mortgaged to Daniel Defoe. It ceased to function in 1742 and until resuscitated by a public spirit of an attorney, Colchester had no local government. ”
This is intriguing, as it has echoes as to what happened in England as a whole when courts ceased between 1640-1660. Did everything stop or did locals step into the breach?