1552 (July - Dec)
The furst day of July ther was a man and a woman on the
pelere in Chepe-syd; the man sold potts of straberries, the whyche
the pott was nott alff fulle, but fyllyd with forne; (fn. 1) the man nam
ys Grege; sum-tyme he con[terfeited] ym selffe a profett, for he
was taken for [it, and] sett by the pelere in Sowthwarke.
The xj day of July hangyd one James Ellys, the grett pykke
purs that ever was, and cutt-purs, and vij more for theyfft, at
The xij day of July was bered ser Robartt Do[rmer] knyght, a
grett shepe-master in Oxford-shyre, with standard and a penon of
armes, and ys cot and target, and crest, and elmett, and mantylls,
and vj dossen of skochyons.
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. . . . . . the mornyng with-owt syngyng
butt . . the clarke, and with-owtt any more serves done.
The xv day of July was wypyd (fn. 2) a yong man and ij women for
vyssyones and synes; and the [woman] she was putt on the
pelorie, for she wold [have] poysenyd her husband, for the same
woman [permitted] her servand to com in to here.
The xvj day of July was bered master [Cowper's] wyff, behyng
the shreyffe of London, with [as great funeral] as ever was on (fn. 3) a
shreyff('s) wyff; doyctur Kyrkman dyd pryche there for her.
The xxij day of Julij was bered master . . porvear of wyne
for the kyng, the wych was warden of the Fysmongers, and he fell
in a . . at the berehyng of master Cowper('s) wyff, and cared
unto hys brodur('s) howse hard by, and was cared [to the] paryche
of saynt Marten organes, wher he . . .
The furst day of August was chossen the shreyffe of London,
master (blank) Grymes, clothworker, dwellyng in saynt Laurans
lane; and the vj day of August he was dysmyssyd of the shreyffshyp; and in ys sted was chossen Thomas Clayton, baker, the
wyche master Grymes gayff for ys fyne ij C lb.
The x day of August was bered masters Basseley (fn. 4) Cowper, late
the wyff of master Hontley, haburdassher, late shreyff of London,
and after the wyff of master Towllys, lat alderman and shreyffe of
thys nobull cete of London,—the vj kyng Edward the vjth.
[The same day were three dolphins taken up between Woolwich
and Greenwich. One was sent] to the courte to the kynge, and
the [others were sold in Fish] strette to them that wold by them.
The iij day of August was ther born [in Oxford] shyre, at a
towne callyd Myddylltun Stonny [eleven miles] from Oxford,
dwellynge at the syne of the Egyll, was the good wyff of the
howsse deleverd of a chyld be-gotten of her late hosband of John
[Kenner] of the towne of Myddylltun Stonny late dyssessed,
. . . forme and shape as youe have sene and hard, and boyth
the for parts and the hynder partes of the said . . . sam chylderyn havyng ij heds, ij bodys, iiij armes, [iiij] hands, with one
bely, on navyll, one fondamentt at [which] they voyd both uryne
and ordure; and then thay have [ij] leges with ij fett, one syd,
and on the odur syd, on leg [with] ij fette havyng butt ix tooys—monstrus!
The xv day of August was dysmyssed of the shreyfshype
master Thomas Clayton, baker, and for hym was chosen master
John Browne, mercer, the wyche was the [son?] of sir Wylliam
Browne, and late mere of London, the wych [sir] Wylliam Browne
ded mer, (fn. 5) and for hym was chosen [to serve] owt ys tyme sir John
Tate, behyng mayre by the tyme of kyng Henry the vij, and bered
at saynt Antonys; he dyd byld be-syd Freres Augustynns; and for
fyne master Clayton payd ij C lb.,—the vj king Edward vjth.
The xv day of August ded the nobull knyght ser [Anthony]
Wynckfeld, comtroller of the kynges honorabull howsse, [and of]
ys preve consell, and knyght of the honorabull order of the garter; the wyche he ded at Bednoll Grene, at yong sir John G[ates]
plasse,—the vj king Edward vjth. And (in) ys sted master Cottun
The xvj day of August was taken up a' Broke Warff iij grett
fysses, and in odur plasys ij more, and sold in Fysh [strete] to
them that wold by them.
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clothes or carsseys and wollencloythe . . butt onlly
Blakewell-hall, a-pon forffett of all ther cloyth, but only Blakewell. . . .
The xviij day of August ded the dobull chelderyn, one, and the
th'odur ded the xix day; I pray God have mersy!
The xix day of August ther was a mon on the [pillory] in Chepe
for spykyng (fn. 6) agaynst the mayre and ys br[ethren.]
The sam day was dysmyssed of the shreyffe[ship] master
Browne, and in ys sted was choyssen master . . Maynard, marser, the wyche master Browne payd for ys . . .
The xxj day of August was the monumentt of ser Anthony
Wynckfeld knyght, and controller of the kynges h[owsse], bered
at Stepnay with a grett compeny of mornars, [with] prestes and
clarkes syngyng, and a harold ys ys (fn. 7) M. . . . and so cared
from Bednoll Gren over Mylle End; with ys standdard and a
grett baner of armes, and [his helmet] and ys targett of the garter, and ys sword, crest a [bull] gold and sabull; and at the communyon dyd pryche [the vicar] of Sordyche, a Skott; and after
a grett dener for all that cam; and alle ys gayre (fn. 8) was offered,
the elmett, and then the targett, (fn. 9) and then the sword, and the
standard, and then ys baner of armes; and after dener yt was sett
up over hym, the wyche a goodly shyth to (fn. 10) , and alle was offered
to the prest,—the vj king Edward the vjth.
The xxvjth day of August ded ser Clementt Smyth knyght, and
unkull unto owre soverayn lord and kyng Edward the vjth, the
wyche ser Clement mared qwyne Jane('s) syster; and he ded in
Essex, at a plasse callyd Badow.
The v day of September was a proclamasyon that the bochers
of London shuld selle beyffe and motun and velle, the best for 1 (fn. 9)
fardyng the lb., and nekes and legs at iij fardynges the lb., and the
best lam the [quarter] viijd. and yff thay wyll nott thay to loysse
ther fredom for ever and ever.
The vij day of September ded ser John Jas . . . by-syd
Hunsdon, in Essex, and bered (blank)
The viij day of Seytember was bered master Pagm . . of the
grencloth onto owre soverayne lord kyng Edw [ard, the] wyche
he gayff to evere clarke of ys xl shepe and odur . . . ij lb.
and a good geldyng, and to ys maydes xx shepe a-pesse.
The x day of September ther wher iij grett [fishes] dryffyn
up to London bryge with a grett nom[ber of] botts, (fn. 11) sum
with netts, sum with bylls, and sum with m . . ; and then they
retornyd downe a-gayne, and botts [after] them, be-tweyn iiij
and v of the cloke at after-none; for that same day was thurnderyng, and after grett [rain?] and after that they wher sene.
Ther wher hangyd ix women and ij men for the . . . the
xij day of September.
The xix day of September was had to the Towre master
Wallay, authetur (fn. 12) and reseyver of Yorke-shyre.
The xxij day of September was bered in saynt Dennys parryche
in Fanchyrche strett my lade Ley.
The xx day of September was browth to the Towre of London
one of the north contrey.
The xxvj day of September was the lyttyll barke ager (fn. 13) goyng in
too Spayne, and as sche was goyng ther mette with her ij great
schypes of the Frensche kynges, and bere her down sore, and
stroke her great mast a-sunder as sche was in fyght; the great
barke ager followed her and rescwed her, and so over-came them
bothe, and browght them in-too the havne of Portysmouthe, and
ther they doo lye.
The xxx day of September the mayre and the aldermen, and the
new shreyffes, took barges at iij Cranes in the Vyntre, and so to
Westmynster hall, and ther they toke [their] hoyth (fn. 14) in the
escheker, and then thay came to de[ner]. Ther was a grett dener
as youe have sene; for ther wher mony gentyll men and women.
The ij day of October cam to London owte of Skottland ij
(blank) sunnes, late of the kyng of [Scots?] and dyd lye at the iiij
Swanes with-in Bysshope-gate, and ther they have ther coke (fn. 15)
and ther cater, and dress . . . seylff.
The iiij and v day of October was the good bysshope of Dorham (fn. 16) whent unto Towre-hylle [to the] late monestery of whyt
monkes, the wyche place ys gyffyn (fn. 17) unto ser Arthur Darcy
knyght, and a-ffor the chyff justes (fn. 18) of England, Chamley, and
master Gudderyke, and master Gosnolle and odur, master Coke
and master Chydley.
The viij day of October was a proclamasyon that no man shuld
not selle ther grett horssys.
The ix day of October was taken and brought thrugh and undur
London bryge and so to Parys garden, and the next day up to
Westmynster thes ij grett fysshes, the one the malle and the
The xiiij day of October was depossyd of ys bysshope-pryke
the good bysshope of Duram, and whent unto the Towre agayn,
and so remanyth stylle.
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. . . . . . hangman . . . styll and
. . . . owtt the mydylle of them bowth with . . . from
one syd to the th'odur syd of the . . .
The xvij day of October was made vii serjants of the coyffe; at
ix of the cloke they whent to Westmynster halle in ther gownes
and hodes of morrey and russet, and ther servants in the sam
colers, and ther was gyffyn a charge and othe by the kynges
juges, and the old serjants. This done, they retornyd with the
juges and the old serjants, and men of law, unto Gray-yn to
dener, and mony of the . . . for ther was a grett fest, and my lord
mayre and the [aldermen], and many a nobull man; and the
new serjants gayf to [the judges], and the old serjants and men of
the law, rynges of gold, every serjant gayff lyke ryngs; and after
dener they whent unto Powlls, and so whent up the stepes, and
so round the qwere and ther dyd they ther homage, and so
[came unto] the north-syd of Powlles and stod a-pone the stepes
ontil iiij old serjantes came to-gether and feythchyd iiij [new],
and broght them unto serten pelers, and left them, and then
dyd feyched (fn. 19) the resedue unto the pelers; and ther was an oration
red unto them by the old sergants, and so done they whent unto
Gray('s) in; and her be (fn. 20) ther names, master [Brook] recorder,
master Gaude, master Stamford, master Dyer, master Carrell.
The xxj day of October was the feneralle of a gentyll knyght,
ser Thomas Jarmyn, the best housekeper in the contey of Suffoke, with ys standard and ys penone of armes, cot-armur, target,
and sword, and skochyons; and he kept a godly chapel of syngyng
men, for the contray have a gret loss of ys deth, as any contrey
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . a grett bage off . . . and so ys here (fn. 21) was
naylyd to the pelory . . by-syd syd of ym hangyd a bage of
contu . . ys neke hangyd a-pone strynges a gret nombur . .
The xvj day of Dessember was stallyd at Wy[ndsor] therle of
Westmerland and ser Andrew Dodley off the nobull order of the
The xv day of Desember was (buried) good master Deyffenett,
marchand-tayller of London, and . . warden of the Marchandtayllers, and he gayff . . . gowne for men and women of rat
coller (fn. 22) of . . . yerde, and he gayffe as mony blake gownes
. . . and he gayff iij prest (fn. 23) gownes of blake, master (blank),
master Samsum, and ys curett; and ther was the master and ys
compeny in ther leverer, (fn. 24) and the compeny of Clarkes a xxx, and
Samsum dyd pryche at (the) berehyng . . on the morowe affter
The xix day of Desember was bered master John Semer, the
eldest sune unto the duke of Somersett latt dyssesyd, and bered
at the hospetall of Savoy, and ther was a dolle.
The xxj day of Desember rod to Tyborne to be hangyd for a
robery done on Honsley heth, iij talmen and a lake. (fn. 25)
The xxiij day of Desember the Kynges grace removyd from
Westmynster unto Grenwyche to kepe ys Crystymas, and so he
begane to kepe Halle, and ys grasse had a lord of myss-rulle,
keepyng goodly pastyme, for ys grace('s) plesur, and with alle
passtyme as have bene sene.
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. . . . chylderyn of hospetalle to . . . chylderyn
men-kyns and women in fry[se, and the] boysse red cape skotys, (fn. 26)
and every boy a pe . . ; and master Maynard the shreyff had a
lord of [misrule, and] the mores dansse, with a good compeny.