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cleare. The next weke endynge y^ xxij of Octobre, dyed in



124 stowe's memoranda.

London of y^ plage xc, and v parisliis clere. The next weke
endynge y^ xxix of Octobre, dyed in London of y^ plage ixC.v,
and one paryshe clere. The next weke endynge the v of
Novembre, dyed in London of y^ plage iijc.lxxx, and parishis
clere xvj. The next weke endynge j^ xij of Novembar, dyed in
London of y^ plage ijc.lxxxiij, and parishis clere xxvij. The next
weke endynge y^ xix of Novembre, dyed in London of y^ plage
vC.vj, and parishis clere xiiij. The next weke endynge y® xxvj of
Novembre, dyed in London of the plage ijc.lxxxj, and parishis clere
XX. The next weke endynge y*" iij of Desembre, dyed of y® plage
in London jc.lxxviij, and parishis clere xxx. The next weke end-
ynge y^ x of Desembre, dyed of y'' plage in y*^ citie ijc.xlix, and
parishis clere xxvj. The next weke endynge y^ xvij of Desembre,
dyed of y® plage in London ijc.xxxix, pariches clere xxviij. The
next weke endynge y*^ xxiiij of Desembre, dyed in London of y^
plage jc.xxxiiij, parychis clere Ij. The next weke endynge y® xxxj
of Desembar, dyed in London of y^ plage jc.xxj, parychis clere Ij.
The next weke endynge y*^ vij of Januarye, dyed in y® citie and
lybertys therof of y^ plage xlv, parichis clere Ixj. The next weke
endynge y^ xiiij of January, dyed in y® citie and lybertys ther of of
y® plage xxvj. The next weke end3rage y^ xxj of January, dyed
in y® citie and lybertys therof of y® plage xiij. The next weke
endynge y® xxviij of January, dyed in y*^ citie and libertis therof of
y® plage xj. The next weke endynge y° iiij of February, dyed in
y*^ citie and lybertys therof of y'^ plage x. The next weke endyng
y6 xj of February, dyed in y® citie and libertis of y® plage xviij.
The next weke endyng y^ xviij of February, dyed of y*^ plage in y«
citie and lybertis ther of xxxv. The next weke endynge y*^ xxv of
Fe[b]ruarye, dyed of y® plage in y« citie xiij . The next weke endyng
y'' iij of ]\Iarche, dyed in London of y^ plage ix. The next weke
endynge y^ x of Marche, dyed of y*^ plage in y® citie vj. The next
weke endynge y^ xvij of Marche, of y*^ plage vj. The next weke
endynge y xxiiij of Marche, of y*^ plage iij. Y^ next weke endynge
y® xxxj of ]\Iarche, of y*^ plage v. The next weke endynge y® vij of



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Aprlll, of y*" plnge iiij. The next wckc cndynge y'' xiiij Apryll, of
y'' plage v. The next wekc cndynge y" xxj of Apvyll, of y^" plage
iij. The next weke cndynge y'' xxviij of Apvyll, of y plage iij.
The next weke endynge y'' v day of iNfaye, of y'' plage 4. The next
endynge y'^ 12 of May, 3. The next endynge yM 9 of May, 5.
The n«xt endynge y*' 26 of Maye, of y" plage 1. The next endynge
y'^ 2 of June, of y<^ plage 4. The next weke endynge y ix of June,
of y'' plage iij. The next weke endynge y" xvj of rlune, of y°
plage ij. The nexte weke endynge y° xxiij of June, of y*^ plage j.
The ij next wekes dyed none of y*^ plage in London.

Anno 1563, y^ xxx of July, beyng Fryday, was one

whipt on a sckafFold at y'= Stondard in Chepe, his ncke, his hands,
and fett made faste to a stake a bove y^ sayd skafold with kolars of
iron by y*= bedeles of y^ begars; some tym one, som tyme ij,
some tym iij attonce whipte hym, and they strove who mowght
whype hym moste extremlye; it was for that he had betyn a boye
with a lethar gurdle havynge a buckle of yron, whiche buckle
smate in to y*^ fleshe of y*' boye very sore.

Anno 1563, y'' 29 of Julii, was Newehaven delyveryd up to the
Frcnche men.

The 8 of Awgust, Turnar, commonly cawlyd Turnar of Bullyn,
for tliat he had ben a prechar and ministar amongst the sowldiors
at Boloigne, and had remayned there so longe as Boloigne was
Englishe, so that he was called y*^ parson of Bolen, prechid at
Pauls Crosse, wher he made ij solome pettyssyons to my Lorde
Mayre of London. The one was that the deade of y^cittie shuld be
buryed owt of the citie in y*^ fylde; the othar was that no bell shuld
be toUyd for them when they lay at y« marcie of God departyno-e
owt of this present lyffe, affyrmynge that y^ ryngynge or tollynge of
y^ bell dyd y'' partye departyngc no good, ncthar affore theyr deathe
nor afftar.

Anno 1563, the 27 day of July, bcynge Tuesdaye, Elys Hawll,
of Manchestar, was whipt at Bcdlem by to mynysters or prechars,



126 stowe's memoranda.

Philpot," parson of Sent Myhells in Cornhyll, and Yownge,^ parson
of Sent Bartylmews y^ Lytyll, Fulckes y^ comon cryar of London
stondynge by.

In Anno 1564 (accoumptynge y® yere to begyn y^ xxv of Marche),
the xxv day of February, at xj of y^ cloke in y*^ nyghte, deseasyd
the abovesayd Eliseus Hawll, and was buryed on Shordche Churche-
yarde on y'' Twesday, and y^ xxvij day of February, at xj of y*
cloke before none.

Anno 1563, in Septembre, the old byshopes and dyver doctors
wer removyd owt of y® Towre in to the newe byshopes howssys,
ther to remayn prysonars undar theyr custody (the plage then
beynge in y® citie was thowght to be y^ caws), but theyr delyve-
raunce (or rathar chaunge of prison) dyd so myche offend y'' people
that y° prechars at Poulls Crosse and on othar placis bothe of y®
citie and cuntrie prechyd (as it was thowght of many wysse men)
verie sedyssyowsly, as Baldwyn at Powlls Cros wyshyng a galows
set up in Smythefyld and y^ old byshops and othar papestis to
be hangyd theron. Hym selfe died of y° plague the next weke aftar.

This yeare, 1563, was the tenauntis of the Chambre of London

callyd before y« Chambreleyn of London, beynge cawlyd

Sturgyn, Ser Thomas Lodge beyng Mayre, theyr renttis wer raysyd
duble and treble, and forsyd to take leasys and gyve fyns for the
same, or ells to for go theyr howsys, and they to have them that
wold gyve moste for them. That same Ser Thomas Lodge (to y^
great slaundar of y® wholl city) in y® ende of his maioralitie pro-
ffessyd to be banqerowpte.

This yeare 1563, in Septembre, the Quenes Majestic lyenge in
hir castell of Wyndsore, ther was set up in y'^ markyt place of
Wyndsore a new payre of gallows to hange up all suche as shuld

" John Philpot. He was deprived of his benefice in 1567.

'' Ilis name does not occur in Newcourt's list of the incnmbents. After Thomas
Taylor, collated 29 Nov. 1558, Newcourt gives Adrian Eedlegge, collated 13 Dec.
1669.



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come thcr from London, so that no parson or cny kynde of warrs
mought come or be browglit from London to or thrughe, ncthar by
Wyndsor, not so myche as thrughe y*^ ryver by Wyndsor to cary
wood or othar stuffc to or from London upon paync of hangynge
with owt cny judgement, and suchc people as rescyvyd cny wares
out of London in to Wyndsor were turnyd owt of theyr howsys
and thcyr howssys shut up.

Anno 1563, y*^ 26 of June, was a mynyster,"* parson of Sent I\Iaric
Abchurche, of Sent Martyns in larmongar Lane, and of one othar
benefice in y^ cuntrie, takyn at Dystaflfe Lane ussynge an othar
mans wyfFe as his owne, whiche was dawghtar to Ser Mylcs Par-
tryge and wyfTe to Wyllyam Stokebrege, grosar, and he beyng so
takyn at y^ dede doynge (havynge a wyffe of his owne) was caryed
to Brydwell thrughe all the stretes, his brechc hangynge aboute his
knes, his gownc and his (kyvar knave) hatt borne afftar hym with
myche honor; but he lay not longe ther, but was delyveryd with
owt punyshment and styll injoyed his beneflfysis.*^ They were
greatly blamed that aprchcnded hym and comitted hym.

Turnar, of BuUyn, prechinge at Powlls Crosse y" xxiiij of Octobre,
anno 1563.

Syr Thomas Lodge, beynge ]\Iayr of London, ware a beard, and
was y^ fyrst that (beynge Mayr of London) ever ware eny, y^ whiche
was thowght to mayny people very straynge to leve y"^ cumly
aunsycnt custom of shavynge theyr beards ; nevartheles he ware y''
comly aunclent bonet with iiij cornars as all othar his predysesowrs
had done before hym. This Sir T. Lodge braky and professe to
be banqwerooute in his maioralitie to the grcte slandar of y^ citie.
But y^ next yere afftar Ser John Whit, beynge mayre, ware bothe
a longe beard and allso a rownd cape that wayed not iiij ouncis,

" His name was George Barton.

'' He was, however, deprived of both his London benefices some years later, viz.
of St. Mary, Abehurch, in 1.5G7, and of St. Martin's, Ironmonger Lane, in L568.
But before the occurrence mentioned in the text a George Barton is said to have been
deprived of St. Swithin's rectory in London, in 156L



128 stowe's memoranda.

wlilche semyd to all men, in consyderation of y^ auncient bonyt, to
be very uncomly.

This yere of our Lord 1563 was great lytnynge and thundar in
Desembre from y® fyrst day to y^ xij lyglitly every evynnyng and
nyght, spesyally on y'^ xij nyght, beyng Sonday, from viij of y'^ cloke
tyll somewhat past ix, that gretar lyghtnyng hathe not bene lyghtly
sene at eny tyme.

Poynts of Devinitie: Anno 1564 (by order of the Kalendar), y®
yere to be accomptid from newe yers daye forward, on y'^ Wedyns-
daye, beynge y^ 26 of Januarie, wasse a solome sermon made at
Powlls Crosse by Coale/'^ Archedecon of Essyxe, wherunto was
warnyd y^ Lord Mayre of London with y° Aldarmen and Shrives,
with allso the crafFtis of y*^ citie in theyr lyveries. Wher in y*^
prechar dyd move y*^ awdyence to rejoyce that y® plage wasse cleane
sessyd, and that God had cleane takyn it awaye from us. He sayd
y° cawsse ther of was y^ superstysyows relygyon of Rome, whiche
was (as he sayd) so myche favoryd of y'^ sytysyns. He gave ws
warnynge to be ware therof, callynge it a fallce relygyon, worsse then
ethar y*^ Turkis or y® devyles relygyon. Moreover he sayd it stode
uppon iiij pilars which wer rotyn postis, that is to say, Luagis,
Purgatory, y^ Sacraffice of y® Masse, and Transubstansyation, agaynst
ye which he dyd invaye, and sayd that yf we dyd not beware of
falce relygyon, all thowght God had cleane takyn a way ye plage,
he wold send a worse apon use, that is to say, fyre and sword, which
shuld slee y'^ children at ther mothars brestes, y'' wyfFes shuld be
slayn from theyr husbonds, y*^ husbonds from theyr AvyfFes, and one
neyghbour shuld sleye an othar to have his goods. But to conclud
with all, he perswadyd all states of y*' citie to rejoyce for that y*^
plage was sesyd, for now, sayd he, shall yowr mayre ryde honorably
acco[m3panyed with y"^ aldermen and othar ther assystence y° wor-
shypffull of y® citie; now shulde y'^ lawyers be frequentyd and set a
worke, now shall y*^ skolles be openyd, now shuld the marchantis
have fre traffryke into all cuntries and nacions, wher as before all
" Thomas Cole, A.M.



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nasyons dyd abhorc them, now shall yow artylTysors rcjoyce, for yc
shall now sell yowr wares aboundantly, and now shall yc be sett a
workc even tliorowly, whcr as of longc tymc yc have had no workc
but lyvyd in great penurye. Xow, ye artyfyscrs, shall yc take
niony aboundantly. ye prentysys rcjoyce, for now shall yc have
yowr bellys full of mcate, whiche of longc tymc have bene starvyd
thrughe your mastars skarsytie.

On AVedyndyns daye, beynge Sent JMathews eve, and y'= xx day
of Septembar, anno 1564, was suche hye tydes that all y'' maryshys
abought East Hame, and so to London, was ovar flowyd with watar,
whiche dyd myche harme.

On the xxvj day of Septembar, in anno 1564, beynge Tweseday,
ware arraynyd at y*' Gyldhalle of London iiij personas and there
caste, for y'^ stelynge and reccyvynge of y*^ queens lypott,"* combe, and
lokynge glassc, with a bodkyn of gold to brayd hir hcarc, and suche
othar small ware out of hir chambar in her progresse. And on
Thursday next afftar, beynge IMyhilmas even, and y° xxvilj day of
Septembar, ij of them whiche had bene servantis in Chcpesyd, one
of them with Master Bakehowse, d welly ng agaynst y'^ Standard,
beyng a sylke man, were bothe hangyd before y'^ Cowrte gatte, upon
y*" gallows that stode on Haye Hyll, whiche was for that tymc
removyd for that purpose to Saynt James, before y*^ wall, beynge at
that tyme y*^ quee[n]s cowrte.

The xxix of Septembar, in Anno Domini 1564, was y*^ Lorde
Robart Dudleye, mastar of y° queens horsse, creatyd Baron of
Denbyghe and Erie of Lescestar at y° queens cowrtte, then beynge
Saynt James, be sydes Charing crosse.

The second day of Octobar, beynge Mondaye, in anno 1564, was
kepte at Paulls a sertayne kynde of evenynge prayer as an oscquye
or mcmoriall of y^ deathe of Fardynando, lattc Emperowr of Ger-
manye, where y^ Lorde Hyghe Tresorar of England was y° cheffe
mowrnar amongest dyvars othar, as y*^ Byshope of Cauntowrbery,

' Chamber pot.
CAMD. SOC. S



130 stowe's memoranda.

y^ Byshopes of London and Eochestar, with y^ Deane of Powles,
&ct. And on y^ morow, beynge y^ iij of October, was selebratyd a
comunyon to y'^ offatory and no farthar, and so y® Byshope of
London went to the pulpy t and prechyd a sermond, and y^ herce,
whiche was very fayr, of clothe, velvyt, and sylke, with frynge of
golde, and banars very many and fayre, but no lyghts of waxe or
othar wyse, stode tyll Monday next folowynge, whiche was y° ix
dai of Octobar.

The vij day of Octobar, beynge Satowrdaye, anno 1564, at viij
a cloke at nyghte, was sene comynge out of y° northe easte very
great lyghtes lyke great flames of fyre, whiche shott forthe as it
[were] gonepowdar fyeryd and spred out in a longe frome y^ northe
easte, northe, and northe west, in dyvars placis at once; and all mett
in y*^ mydes of y'' fyrmament, as it war ryght ovar London, and
desendyd somewhat west warde, and all y*^ flames beynge ther
gatheryd grew in to a rednys, as it were a very sangwyn or blode
cowlar, and this contynewyd tyll ix of y'^ cloke ; and all y*^ same
nyght was more lyghtar then yf y° mowne had shone moste bryght,
wheras no mone shone that nyght, for yt chaungyd but one day
before, whiche was Fridaye.

Anno Domini 1564, Master Newalle, Deane of Powles, preachyd
at PoUes Chrose y'' 19 of Novembar, where he protestyd that ther
was not one trew worde in Master Dormars boke latly browght ovar
from beyonde y'' seas.

The 20 of Novembar, beynge Monday, in y*^ mornynge, a bowt
vj of y® clocke, throghe neglygence of a mayden with a candell, y*^
snoffe ther of fawlynge into an hundryd wayght of gonne pothar,
thre howssys in Bucklersbury war sore shaken, and y*^ backar partes
of y® same howsys wer all to blewne and shattard in pecis, and y*^
afore sayde mayde was so byrnt that she dyede ther of with in ij
dayes afftar; yf this powthar had bene in a sellar, as it was in a
garret, it had donne myche more harme.

This yere 1564 was a sharpe froste, whiche began on Seynt
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STOWE's MEMOllANDA. 131

Tluirsdayc, and contynewyd tyll y^ 3 day of Jancwarie beynqe
Wednysdaye ; on y*' wliichc Wcdynscdaye it thawyd bothe y^ daye
and nyght folowynge, and y^ morow beyng Thursdaye allso this
fbrst as before is sayde bcgynynge on Sent Thomas day before
Cristmas was so sharpe that on newyers even men went ovar y"
Tlianis as safFe as on the dry hind, not only betwyxt Westmystar
and Lambythe, but in all placis betwyxt Lambethe and the Okie
Swane, they wcnte bothe ovar y^ Thames and alonge y*^ same from
London to Westmystar and from Westmystar to London, eomynge a
lande salfFelly (tliankis be to God) wher they wolde betwen West-
mystar and y^ Olde Swan, whiche is very nere unto y° brydge. And
y*^ same newyers even, beynge Sondaye, people playd at y*' footte ball
on y*^ Thams by great nombars. On newyers day beynge Monday,
and on Twesday and Wednyseday, dyvars jentyllmen and othars set
up pryckes on y*^ Thams and shott at y'^ same, and great nombars of
people beholdynge y® same standynge at y*^ prykis as boldly (and
thankis be gyvyn to God a saffly) as it had bene on y'' drye lande.
And I my selfFe who write this notte wentte on y^ Wedynsday before
namyd frome Lambythe to Westmystar and there dynyd with Master
Burre, who went thetar with me. And then we went agayne to y®
comon stayrs of Westmystar, and so upon y° Thames to y*^ Baynards
Castell, where we went a land (thankys be to God) as salffe as ever
I went in eny place in all my lyffe, where we sawe men shewte at
a payre of prykes set up agaynst y*^ qweens cowrte upon y'' Thams,
and costardmongars playnge at y^ dysse for aples, and y*' people
went on y° Thams in greatar nombars then in eny streat in Lon-
don. The people went ovar y'^ Thams on y^ Thursdaye at nyght,
and on y^ morow, beynge Fridaye, was -no yce on y'' Thams to be
sene, but that all men myght rowe ovar and alonge y*^ same, it was
so sodaynly conssumyd.

Anno 1565, y^ yere beginynge y^ first of Januarie. The xxvj
day of Januarie, beynge Frydaye, at nyght was ij tydes at London
brydge; and on y^ morow, beynge Satardaye, was ij tydes in y*^
mornynge and ij in the evenynge of y"^ same day, and y"^ morow,



132 stowe's memoranda.

beynge Sonday and y^ xxviij day of Januarie, was lyke wys ij in y''
mornynge and one in y'^ evynynge.

The iij daye of Februarye y^ Lorde Darley departyd toward Scot-
land, who afftarward maried y'' Quene of Scotts, &ct.

The vij of Marche beynge Asshe Wedensday, in anno 1564,
Master Newalle, Deane of Fowls, prechid at Westmystar before y®
Queens jMajestye, wher he so handelyd his mattar that the Quenes
Majestie spake to hym owt at a wyndowe and bad hym goo to his
texte, &ct.

The xxviij day of Aprylle in y® aiftar none, anno 1565, fell so
great an haylle that yt lay on y"^ grownd in many placys abowt
London more then xxiiij owres and ther with was iij or iiij great
clapps of thundar. The morow, beynge Lowe Sonday and y'^
xxviiij day of Aprille, was Wylyam Man, of Soffolke in Sudbury,
fownde hangyd with in Mistres Kyrtons palle in S. Andrews
Wndarshafft paryshe in London; he honge hym selffe with his
nyghte kercheffe on one of y^ pykes of y*' palle so that one of his
fett towchyd y® grownd. The morow, beynge Monday and y^ xxx
day of Aprill, one mane rode on two staves borne on iiij mens
showldars at S. Katheryns for that his next neybor sofFeryd his
wyiFe to beat hym. There went with hym ny iijc. men with hand-
gunes and pikes well armyd in cowrslytts.

On Lowe Sonday an Eryshe byshope of Irlande, beyng prison ar
in y*' Towr of London, went quietly frome thens, beynge sene and
spokyn with at his so goynge, and yet not knowne, whiche was
myche to be merveylyd at, but he cowld not be founde.

Anno 1565, y® 20 dyay of June, at vij of y*^ cloke at nyght, was
y'' Lady Lynyt ^ sent prisonar unto y^ Towr of London.

Anno 1565, the 16 day of Julii, at nyghte, beyng Monday, was
very tyrable lyghtnynge and thundar, that the lyke in many yers
hathe not bene sene ; y'^ moste force therof was frome xij of y*^ cloke
at nyghte unto iij of y® cloke in y" mornyng; whiche dyd myche
hurt in many placys of this realme.

* Lennox.



STOWE's iME^rORAN'DA. l^^-'J

Anno 1565, y 11 day of Septenibar, bcyngc Tcwsduye, the
K. of Swcdons systar " cam to London, and lodgyd at y'' Earle of
Bedfords place at Yve brydge, and was ther delyveryd of male
childe on y^ Saturday at nyglit next folowynge, or y° 15 day of
Septembre.

Anno 1565, y^ 8 day of Octobar, y" Mayre of London, beyng
Ser Richard Malarie, ridynge toward the Towr Hyll thorow Towar
Streate to take the niustar of sertayn horsmen, was mctt by Ser
Frauncis Jobson, Levetenaunte of the Towr (with a band of men
dyd assalt),'' who forsably wolde have taken the sword from the
swerdberar before y*^ mayre, in so myche that, the swcrdbcrar
holdynge the same very fast, the leflfetenawnt so pulld therat that
he pluckyd a way y*^ skabard, rcntynge the same with stryffe of
them and y« raayrs oiFysser, so that the mayre and his ofFysurs had
myche wyrke to deffend and kepe the sayd swerd, in so myche that
the lyfftenaunt callyd for more ayde and assystaunce out of y*= Towr,
and the offysars war myndyd to have rayssyd the Towre Streate,
and so the holle citie with wepons, but the lord maior made pro-
claymacion that no man shuld draw eny wepon or stryke eny stroke,
but every man to depart home, and all so the horssmen lyke wysse
to depart tyll they were warnyd agayn, whiche on y'' same daye
sevennyght, beynge lykewys Monday and the 15 day of Octobar,
they dyd ther mustar beffore the maior in that sam place on the
Towr Hyll before apoyntyd, and ther the mayr bare his swerd
peasably as it befor tyms had bene used.

A Noate of Divinitye.

Colle, Assedeacon of Essexe, prechinge at Powlls Crosse, anno
1565, the xj day of November, lykcnyd the pristes unto appes, for,
saythe he, they be both balld alyke, but y* the pristes be balld before,
the appes behynd.

" Cicely, wife of Christopher, Margrave of Baden. See Stowe's Chronicle, r>o9.
*> "(with— assalt) " This is an interlineation which spoils the grammar.



134 stowe's memoranda.

Anno 1565, y'' Lorde Ambros Dudley, Erie of Warwyke, y*^ 11
day of Novembar, maryed y" Earle of Bedfords dowghtar, named
Lady Anne, at Westmynstar. For y*^ space of iij wekes before, a
chalenge was set on y® cowrt gate at Westmyster, as folowythe:

Yow that in warlike ways and dedes of arms delight,

Yow that for cuntryes cawse or ells for ladyes love dare fyght,

Know yow foure knyghts ther be that come from foren land,

Whos hawtye herts and corage great hathe movd to take in hand,

With sword, with speare and sbild, on fote, on horse backe, to,

To try what yow by force of fyght, or otharwyse, can do.

Prepare yowr selves ther fore this challenge to defend,

That trompe of fame yowr prowes great abrod may sownd and send.

And he that best can do, y'' same shall have the piice.

Y'' day, y'' place, and forme and fyght, loo here before yowr eys.

The day was apoyntyd y^ iiij of November, wliiche was put of to
y'^ xj day of Novembar. At y*' tylt with eaclie one vj courses, at y'=
torney xij strokes with y^ swerd. Thre pusshes with the pounchen
staffe and xij blows with y° swerd at barryars, or twenty yf any be
so dysposed.

The same xj day at nyglit, sertayne peales of chambars was shot
of at y° bank ovar agaynst Westmyster, and one of y'^ chambars
brekynge slew y*^ quenes schefFe mastar goonnar of Engeland, which
was J\laster Robart Thomas.

The xxiij day of Decembar, beynge Sondaye, at nyghte, in anno
1565, was a greate tempest of wynde where thrwghe many persons
were drownyd on the Thams and othar placis, and the great gattes
at the weste ende of S. Pawls churche in London, wher is the
brasen pilar was blowne wyde open, the wynd beynge in y* west
was of suche force.

The xxij day of February, 1565, beynge Friday, the bowsys nere
to y*^ Cunduite in Cornhylle, abowt y*^ nombar of Ix housholds, poore
and ryche, were cryed by the bell man a bowte y"^ citie of London to
be soldo to them that wowld gyve moaste for them, and remove the
same from thens, that in that place y° marchaunts mowght buyld



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tlieyr biirsse, Thos howsys were dyvcrse tymcs so cryed and at y''
last solde, and they bei^aue to pull downe y^ same shortly aftar owr
Lady day in Lent. \n y'' pullynge downe wherof dyvcrse persons
were sore hurt and ij in great poryll of deathe; and by Whitsontyd
next followynge in 1566 y*^ same liowsys were all pullyd downe and
y*^ grownd clearyd: all whiche chargis was borne by y- citizens of
London, and then possessyon gyvcn by sertayn aldarinen to Syr
Thomas Gressham, who layed y'' fyrst stone (beynge bryke) of y®
fowndacion on y® vij day of June, beynge Friday, in y** aftar none
next aftar Whitson halydays, betwen 4 and 5 of y° clokc.

The xxvj day of Marche, in anno 1566, beyng Twesday, y^ parsons
and mynystars of y® churches in and abought London were (by
commaundyment) at Lambethe, before y° Archebyshoppe of
Caunterbury " and othar of y'' cownsell, wher charge was gyven to
them to sarve theyr churehis and were theyr aparayll accordyng to
y^ quens injunctions, or ells to do no sarvyce. And that same weke
or y*^ begynyng of y*^ next came forthe a boke in print subscribyd
by y*^ Archebyshope of Cauntorbury,^ y*' Byshopps of London,''
Wynchester,'^ Elii,*^ and dyvers othar, whiche apoyntyd y" sayd
mynistars to were theyre gownes and clokes with standynge colars
and corneryd capse, and at theyr servycc to were syrplysys, or els
not to raynystar, &ct. AfFtar this folowyd rayche treble with y^
niynystar of y*^ citie of London; for in moost paryshis y*^ sextyn of
y® churche dyd all shuche servys as was done, and that in his coate
or gowne as he comonly went about othar busynes. In sume placis
y'^ mynystars themselvs dyd servyse in theyr gownes or clokes with


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