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Worcestershire Quarter Sessions: 1617

Petitions to the Worcestershire Quarter Sessions.

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Phillippe Wilkes. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/71 (1617)

To the right worshipfull, the Kinges majesties justices of the peace, for the countie of Wigorn.

The humble peticion, of Phillippe Wilkes

Shewinge, that he beinge borne in Ombersley and beinge maryed unto one Christian [Maneley?] borne at Holte, who ar charged withe the kepinge of three small children, which have not ben any way chargeable unto eyther of the said parishes, yet they ar unprovided of houseroome which is to their con=tinuall greiffes whereof they crave youre grave con=sideracions that these creatures whom Christe Gesushathe dearelye bought may have some convenient cotage for themselves and theire poore inphantes to be shrowded therein, who ar now constrained to lodge in the highe wayes and fieldes for wante of order to be taken herein for their comforte, which order, they humbly crave, may spedely be by youre good worshipps sett downe, and therein bothe he and his poore distressed wief shall ever pray for the longe continuance of your happye healthes.

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Sir Samuell Sandis knight and John Fleet esquire are desired to peruse the contentes of this petition and to take order accordinge to justice per Trinity 1617

per [curiam?] Thomas Simondes

[m?] 1617 ordered that the overseers of Holt shall provide etc

Sir Samuel Sands and Master Fleet

John Smyth constable of Sadbury. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/73 (1617)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace for the countye of Worcester

The humble peticion of John Smyth constable of Sadbury in the said countye.

Sheweinge that your peticioner since his beinge constable hath disbursed and layde out for the carriage of cripples the some of twelve shillinges six pence which chardge from tyme to tyme hath benn borne by the inhabitantes of Whittington and paide by the constable of the same village whoe nowe absolutely refusethe to make payement hereof

Yt would therefore please your good worshipps that the said village maye bee ordered to paye the said chardge as usually they have don otherwise your peticioner shall lose the same

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The constable to shew cause to Master Barkley why they will not paye

An overseer of the poor of Longdon on behalf of William Taylor. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/78 (1617)

Wigorn sessions

October 1 1617

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace for this countie

The humble peticion of one of the overseers, of the poore of the parish of Longdon in the behalf of a poore man.

Sheweth to your good worshippes. That whereas one William Taylor of Longdon in the said countie carpenter, beinge a verie poore man, haveinge a wief and fyve smale children, who hath heretofore allwaies dwelt within the said parishe and nowe beinge destitute of a house or habitacion, for himself wief and famyly in consyderacion whereof may it please your worshippes to graunt licence in this your open sessions, that the said William Taylor may remaine and dwell with his foresaid famyly, in a certen cottage or tenement by him lately erected in Longdon aforesaid wantinge thereunto fower acres, untill such time the said Taylor can provide him a better place, and this poore man with his wief and children will ever praie to God for you in worshipe longe to continue.

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Richard Colles of Lulsley. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/79 (1617)

To the Kinges majesties justes of the peace of the countie of Woster the humble pettyssion of Rychard Colles.

In moste humble maner your pore pettyssioner sheweth unto your good worshypes that he was bred and borne in [illegible] Lulsey withein the parishe of Suckley and ys charged withe awyffe and towe smalle chyldren and that he ys lame and impotente and canott worke nor labore to gett any thynge to mentayne him sellfe nor hys famelie but ys soe lame that he cannotte put one his owne clothes and he ys redie to peryshe for wante of relyffe his humble desyer to your worshippes ys to take soume good order amounge the parishenors of Lulsey that he maye have soume mentenence weeklie as your worshipps that shut thynke good and your pore pettyssiner will daylie praye to God to blesse and prosper youe and all yours

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To thowerseers of Lulsey to relive hym secundum legem per vi pence wiekly.

Fraunces Horner of Newland, spinster. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/80 (1617)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace for the county of Worcester

The humble peticion of Frauncis Horner of Newland in the county of Worcester spinster

Shewenge that your peticioner is a poore impotent person and is placed in a howse in Newland wherein twoe howsholdes more are which persons whoe deny your peticioner the use of the fyer and many tymes constrayne her to lodge in the fieldes.

Humbly craveth that your worshipps would bee pleased to take some course that your poore peticioner maye bee provided of some poore howse in the said parish where shee maye have the use of the fyer and lodgeinge and this for Godes love

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ordered that thoverseers etc.

The inhabitants of the Foregate Street and tithing of Whistones. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/85 (1617)

To the right reverent, and the right worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the countye of Wigorn.

Theese are to certifye you that accordinge to your charitable order for the relieffe of our poore of the tithinge of Whistons we have receaved of the overseers for the poore of Tibberton vii shillings vi pence and of the overseers of Quinnell we have receaved v shillings and wheras it was ordered that we should receave of the overseers of Inckborow vi pence weeklye which now comes to vii shillings v pence, they have refused to pay [yus?] anye, further Master John Bridges denieth to pay us anye, which by your order was due unto us, both before before the laste quarter sessions and ever since, soe that hee is now behinde with us xxix shillings iiii pence thus hopinge that in your charitye yow will cosider of it that we may be relieved accordinge to your former chari=table dealinge orders made in open court on our behalfes with us, we shalbe alwayes bound to pray for the con=tinuance of your happye healthes and prosperitye.

your poore peticioners of the the inhabitantes of the Forgate Streete and tithinge of Whistons.

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[illegible] proces against Master Bridges per contempt and a warrant to thoverseers of [Longdon?] to distreyne

William Lyes. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/86 (1617)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace for the countie of Worcester

The humble peticion of William Lyes.

Shewinge that your peticioner 27o Aprilis 1616 paid unto Master William Bliszard then undersherieffe of the said countie the some of fyftye shillinges resadue of a greater some recovered by one Thornbury [against?] the inhabitantes of the hundred of Oswaldslowe that your peticioner is a verie poore man and farr indebted and borrowed the same l shillings to release his cattell then distrayned for the same l shillings and the same fyftye shillinges is yet owenge by your peticioner and your peticioner verye like to bee sued for the same

Yt would therefore please your good worshipps that some speedie course maie bee taken for the satisfyenge of the said fyftye shillinges unto your peticioner otherwise the same will extend to your peticioners further damadge hee beinge in great dainger to be sued for the same by him of whom he borrowed the same fyftie shillinges

Thomas Stanton, constable of Crowle. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/92 (1617)

Part of Crowle

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices at the generall sessions holden at Worcester the xxx tieth of September in the yeare of our lord 1617

Most humbly sheweth that wheras in Aprill last Thomas Stanton the bearer herof constable of part of Crowle, receaved a precept from the high constable for the payment of x shillings vii pence obulus towards the provision of the Kings majesties most honorable howshould, the sayd Thomas did forthwith paie the said money to Edward Clent according as he was comaunded by the precept now it was soe, that on Hughe Rice deputy to Thomas Gunner purvier for this county came to Crowle to demaund the x shillings vii pence obulus of the sayd Thomas Stanton, and hadd him before a justice, soe the sayd Thomas was constrayned to pay the money agayn to the sayd Hugh Rice, and twenty shillings more in charges as apeareth by an aquittance made by the said Hugh Rice, to the utter undooing of the sayd Thomas Stanton if no remeddy can be had by your worships good meanes in examining the cause to know where the fault is.

The precept came from Master Broad the high cunstable and the sayd Thomas Stanton did paie it the money to Edward Clent according as the precept did direct him, and the said Clent paied it in to the high cunstable, and receved an aquittance from him as apeareth in the said precept, as the said Thomas Stanton hath to shew soe it seemeth that the fault is in Master Gunner or Master Broad soe beseeching your worships favours that the bearer herof may have his money agayne to paie it where he borrowed it else he had gonn to the gayle for the sayd Hugh Hugh Rice was so importunat that he constrayned the said Thomas Stanton to borrow the money before hee would leave release him.

By me Thomas Stanton cunstable of part of Crowle.

James Browne of Areley Kings, linen weaver. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/93 (1617)

To the right honorable and worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace within the county of Worcester.

Most humbly sheweth unto your honours and worships your poore and daily orator James [Brow...?] of Arley Kinges in the county of Worcester linnen weaver, that where he [ha...?] served in the warres in Ireland eleven yeares being prest out of this [illegible] of Worcester as sargeant of Sir Thomas Williams and Sir Henry [F...?] knightes their bandes and now being retourned from the warres [hath?] lived in Arley aforesaid ever since thoughe mayhemed in his body and [lim...?] never having any allowance nor pencion of this shire to releve his necessities and wantes and is now to be put out of his dwelling [illegible] landlord: so as he is destitute of a dwelling howse in [Arl...?] [illegible] where he hath remayned with his wife and three small [illegible] yeares. Most humbly praieinge your honours and worships [ai...?] [illegible] hearein that your peticioner maie have a dwellinge howse in [illegible] aforesaid for his rent: he havinge remayned and [illegible] above twelve yeares last past: And he shall [illegible] children daily praie for your honours and worships.

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ordred that he shall remayne where is that the overseers shall provide a house for his rent yf the refuse Sir William Walsh knight is desired to bynde them to answere their [contempt?]

Margaret Thomas, wife of John Thomas of Rederycke. Ref.110 BA1/1/27/95 (1617)

To the Kinges majesties justys of peace of the countie of Woster the humble pettyssion of Margrete Thomas the wyffe of John Thomas of the parishe of Coderyche in this countie of Woster

In moste humble maner your pore pettyssiner shewethe unto your good worshypes thate she ys a vere pore woman and was bred in Coderyche and there brought upe of achyld and aboute fower yeare laste paste was laufullie maried unto one John Thomas and aboute thre yeare laste paste the sayd John Thomas dyd goe awaye frome your pore pettyssonor withe out any ocasion geven hym and leafte the charge of a chylde and apore ignorant woman to the charge of this pettyssoner and lefte her nothynge to menteayne them but be her hard labore [whiche?] hathe kepte them ever sence be her worke and nowe she hathe not any housse to dwell in and her humbele desyer to your good worshypes that she maye have some housse or soume convenyente plasse withein the sayd parishe to dwell in wherby she maye worke and labore to mentayne her sellfe her chyld and her pore innorante syster and that she will nott be burdensome to the parishe and she will daylie praye to God to blesse and [prosper?] youre good worshypes withe all happienes in this world and in the world to come withe lyffe ever lastynge

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order to the overseers for necessary dwellinge and relief secundum formam statuti before All Saintes

Richard Clementes. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/24 (1617)

To the right worshipfull, the Kinges majesties justices of the peace for the countie of Wigorn

The humble peticion, of Richard Clementes

Shewinge, that whereas Edward Sidney of the tithinge of Whistance, hath a longe time kept a dogge, which hath oftentimes bitt diverse christy=an people, which dogge, did soe sore byte one John Thomas, your peticioner his servante, upon the xvith day of this instant June, that sithence, he is not able, to holde fast his nedle in his right hande, which is bytten in five severall places, which is to the continuall greif of the said Thomas and to the greatt hinderance of youre peticioner against whom, the said Sidney gevethe out suche raylinge speaches, as ar undecent to be repeated, the consideracion of which premisses youre peticioner humblye referrethe unto youre worshipps, for suche course therein to be taken, as to youre wisedomes shall be thought fitt, wherein he shall ever praye for the longe continuance of your happye healthes.

Jane Hill widow. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/25 (1617)

To the right worshipfull, the Kinges majesties justices of the peace, for the countie of Wigorn

The humble peticion of Jane Hill widowe

Shewinge, that whereas it was ordered by some of your worships that she shulde have receaved the weekely paye of fowerteene pence, towardes the kepinge of an orphane, borne in the parishe of Saint Nicholas in Droitwich whereof there is behind and un=paied thirtie seven shillinges and fower pence and forasmuche as she beinge a very poore widowe is not able to undergoe the charge of kepinge the said orphane, unlesse the arrerages may be to her trulye paied, and also the weekelye allowance of fowerteene pence henceforthe, therefore she beinge now in greatt wante, moste humblye besechethe youre good worshipps to tender her poore estate, for some suche spedye course herein to be taken, as to youre mercifull consideracions shall be thought fitt, wherein she shall ever pray, for the longe continuance of youre happy healthes.

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[Referred?] to the overseers to take order uppon the assesment of the inhabitantes and [ph.tes?]

Margaret Bedell. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/26 (1617)

To the right worshipfull, the Kinges majesties justices of the peace, for the countie of Wigorn

The humble peticion of Margarett Bedell

Shewinge, whereas at quarter sessions here holden at Trinitye tyde, it was by youre worshipps orde=red, that the overseeres of the poore in the parishe of Saint Andrewe in Droitwiche shuld have allowed her a competent maintenaunce whereupon the over=seeres promised her fowerteene but eight pence weekely in the eleaventh yere of the Kinges majesties raigne, since which time Thomas Baggett and John Yernolde have stood indebted unto her in the some of eight shil=linges eight pence, and after them Robert Handley and Richard Patricke were arreraged in nyne shillinges and after them Robert Hodgkins and Henry Dippell (beinge succedinge overseeres there) were arre=raged in eight shillinges over and above nineteene shillinges which had ben formerlye due to her, which ar to her greatt hinderance, beinge charged with the aydinge of her poore father, aged one hundred yeres or thereaboutes which charge she is altogether unable to undergoe, unlesse some suche spedye course may herein be taken for their more ne=cessarye comfortes, whereof she cravethe your pitifull consideracions, and therein they shall ever praye for the longe cuntinuance of your happye healthes.

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The justices which appointed the overseers are desired to examyn this petition and to order

Alice Jacksons. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/29 (1617)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace within the countie of Worcester

The humble peticion of Alice Jacksons

Humbly sheweth and informeth your good worshipps that whereas your said poore peticioner was bredd by Master [Sloughe?] parson of Bredicot from her age of sixe yeares untill shee was about eighteene yeares of age aboutes which time shee came to dwell with Edward Archbold gentleman where shee did dwell for the space of seaven yeares duringe all which time shee behaved her selfe very honestely without any imputacion or aspersion thereof, soe it is if may please your good worshipps that one Robert Parker that aboutes lent was twelvemonth [illegible] [illegible] and sythence shee came from the service of the said Master Archbould did make greate protestacions of love towardes your said poore peticioner promising by many great vowes to marry your said peticioner and by meanse thereof prevayled soe with your said peticioner that hee begott her with childe which childe was borne abouetes twelftide last but the said Roberte Parker by the presavacion of one Katherine Parker his mother whoe dwelleth at Grafton Fliford within this countie hath ever sythence absented himselfe and eyther liveth privatlie with his said mother or els at some other place that shee hath purposely provided for him that hee should neyther mary with your said peticioner accordinge to his faithfull promise nor keepe his said childe

The premisses considered shee humbly beseecheth your good worshippes that you would bee pleased to take such order with the said Katherine that shee maye bringe in her said sonne to marry with your said peticioner accordinge to his promise or els that shee the said Katherine maye bee ordered to keepe the said childe untill shee bringe in her sonne to performe the same

William Dench of Longdon, labourer. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/56 (1617)

To the right worshippfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace for the county of Worcester

The humble peticion of William Dench of Longdon laborer.

Humbly sheweth that whereas your oratour beeinge a very poore man and havinge a wief and seaven small children all borne within the saide towne of Longdon, was at Michaelmas 1612 destitute of any habitacion; whereupon one William Parsons of Longdon aforesaide yeoman in charity withoute any consideracion gave unto your orator freely forever a litle sheepcote of his within the saide towne which sheepcote your orator with the consente of the churchwardens and overseers of the poore of Longdon aforesaide for the tyme beeinge converted to habitacion and dwellinge for youre orator and his saide family. Sithence which because your oratour had noe license in open quarter sessions nor under the handes and seales of the lordes of the mannor of Longdon soe to doe, and for that the saide sheepcote standeth on William Parsons freeholte and not on the waste or comon contrary to the actes of Parliament 43o Elizabeth chapter 2 and 31o Elizabeth chapter 7 therefore youre oratour was shortly after indited upon the statute againste cottages, and hath thereupon (as hee is informed) beene sued to an outelary. Nowe foras=much as youre orator is very poore soe as hee is not able with his hard laboure to provide bread for himself and his family withoute the charitable relief of the saide parishe of Longdon, much lesse to procure himself a house, or to pay the forfeytures or chardges which in extremity of lawe hee hath hereby loste and incurred may it therefore please your worships to allowe unto your saide orator the benefitt of the Kinges majesties pardon for the saide forfeytures and chardges and further to grant youre license in open cessions for continewance of your oratours habitacion in the same shepcote, and your orator will daylie pray for you, in worship longe to endure.

  • John Pynnocke
  • Christopher [Tovey?]
  • John Mychell
  • William Hill
  • Nicholas Phelps
  • Richard [Godwine?]
  • Thomas Cooke
  • John Jefferis
  • Thomas Wrenford
  • William [illegible]
  • James Gilbert
  • Giles Gilbert
  • William Jefferis

Margery Wright of Little Comberton, widow. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/59 (1617)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace for the countie of Worcester

The humble peticion of Margery Wright of Little Comberton in the countie aforesaid wydowe

whereas your peticioners husband dyed aboutes twoe yeares past and left your peticioner three smale children to bee maineteyned of her owne labour which children from their byrthes, were by your peticioner and her husbandes hard labour bredd in Comberton aforesaid where your peticioner and her said husband did dwell and cohabitt together for aboutes eleaven yeares before and att his death, since which tyme your poore peticioner cannot have anie certeine place of dwellinge.

Her humble peticion therefore unto your good worships ys that you would bee pleased in comiseracion of her poore estate and great chardge of children that shee maye bee provided of some small cottage within the said parish for succor of her selffe and children and this for Godes love.

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warrant etc to provide secundum legem yf they refuse Sir Thomas Russell or Master Dingley to bynde etc [vidd?] precept

Frauncis Hughes. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/60 (1617)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace for the countye of Wigorn.

The humble peticion of Fraunces Hughes.

Most humbly sheweth, that whereas your peticioner uppon the xth daye of this instant moneth of June, beinge appointed a watchman and noe hirelinge for his owne howse, it happened that certaine idle persons in the night season fell att difference amongest themselves, and thereuppon your peticioner with three others of the Kinges watchmen desired them to preserve his majesties peace, and thereuppon brought one Roger Tayler one of the misdemeanours to his owne howse, who reviled at the watchmen, and called them base roagues. Afterwardes your peticioner still [eppectinge?] his majesties peace, the saide Tayler with his wife came forth and gave your peticioner many blowes and hurtes for comittinge him to the stockes, then came one John Smith and Thomas Smith Reynoldes and with greate oathes sware they would have him forth or breake upp the stockes, and uppon the same your peticioner was by the saide Reynoldes knockt downe with a staffe as may appeare.

He most humbly beseecheth a reformacion by your worshipps herein for that he hath nothinge to maintayne himself his wife and children but his daylye labour by his trade.

And as dutye bindeth he will daylye pray for your worships healthes and prosperities.

Robert Garret and Marget Garret his wife. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/61 (1617)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace for this countie of Worcester

The humble peticion of Robert Garret and Marget his wyefe

Humbley shewinge unto your good worships that divers times heretofore your poore peticioners have [binne?] much wronged and theire esteate all together quite over throwne by one Edmund Wynsmoore of Howswell in the parish of Leygh and about Ester last your poore peticioners haveinge anne estate in a howse and grownd in Howswell the said Edmund Wynsmoore by indirect practizes got the possession of the same and doeth as yet howld the same and your poore peticioners haveinge certeyne goodes in the same howse cannot tell howe to come to gett the same from him and youre poore peticioners haveinge noe place to dwell or inhabitt in no nowe and havinge one little child cannot tell howe or what shyfte to make to maynteyt ourselves and our child and in regard of our grete povertie cannot take course of lawe against him he beinge welthye and of great habillitie the premises beinge duely considered may yt please your good worships to order him to appere be fore some of your worships at some certeyne day and place when your worships will app apoynt and to examyne the cau cause from the begininge and that your poore peticioners may have notize to meete him there and your poore peticioners shalbe ever dayly bound to pray for your worships healths and prosperitie longe to continewe

and this for Godes love

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To Master [Washb...?] [illegible]

John Cullambine, a very poor man. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/62 (1617)

Wigorn sessions

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace assembled at the quarter sessions houlden for the saide countie.

The humble peticion of John Cullambine, a verie poore manne

Moste humblie shewinge unto your worshipps that your peticioner beinge committed to prison the 30th day of Aprill last past and at the laste quarter sessions houlden for the peace, for the said countie, and a fine of fortie shillinges imposed upon him at the same time, for matter of incontinencie there ob=jected againste him, for which cause offence he laye in the common gaole five dayes.

May yt please your good worships in regard of your peticioners povertie that you would be plesed to qualifie the said fine, and to give warrante to the sherife to restore to him parte of the said fine. And your peticioner shall as in dutie bounde alwaies pray for your worships happie estates longe to continue.

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William Jefferies, an overseer of the poor of Longdon. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/64 (1617)

To the right worshippfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace for the countie of Worcester

The humble desi peticion of William Jefferis one of the overseers of the poore of the parish of Longdon in the behalf of a poore man

Sheweth that one Jeffre Cockshott a day labourer haveinge a wief, and fower smale children beinge, an inhabitant, in the parish aforesaid for these fyfteene yeares last, in consyderacion whereof the parish is chargable by the lawe to finde him a dwellinge

May it therefore please your worshippes to graunt licence in this your open cessions, that this poore man may continue and dwell in the cottage wherein he nowe dwelleth and hath dwelt for these leaven yeares last past (the said cottage not haveinge fower acres de terris mensurandis accordinge to the statute) wold be otherwise overthrowne, and the parish charged to finde him a newe dwellinge, which if it please your worships to graunt, this poore man his wief and children shalbe ever bound to pray to God for you in worshipe longe to continue

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the freeholder that oweth the cottage beinge present is in court, is contented to let him there dwell rent free

This partye and his wyffe with his children are not to be removed but must remaine in the parishe

ordred to [contnyue?] per [licenc?]

  • Leonard [illegible]

William Jefferis. Ref.110 BA1/1/29/67 (1617)

To the right worshippfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace, for the countie of Worcester.

The humble peticion of William Jefferis.

Sheweth to your worships, that whereas the inhabitantes and youth of Longdon have every yeare, upon the saboth daie, [in?] the sommer time used to sport themselves, with Maygames, morrices and dawncinges, by reason whereof many rude ruffions, and drunken companions, have comen thither from other townes adjoyneinge, to the said sportes, and have made much quarrellinge, redye to murther one an other. As upon a saboth day 1614 some of Fortingtons men comeinge to the said sportes, made an affray there, and gave one a broken heade, and upon a saboth daie 1615 some of Elsfildes men comeinge to the said sportes, made an affray upon the Smithes man of Longdon, whereby the townesmen there, have beene much troubled, to parte the said affrayes, to keepe the peace and to bringe them before, some of his majesties justices for this countie, the principall actor, in which last mencionyd fray, was one Sandye of Elsfield, who sythence hath cut of his neighbours arme, for doeinge the office of constable upon him a litle before. And whereas on a saboth daie 1615 there was much sport made in Longdon, by morrices, and dawncinges, and because at eveninge prayers the same day, they were forced to cease their sportes, some of the youth of Longdon, procured a poore woman then beinge excomunicated, to goe into the church in service time, and made an other poore boy to followe after her into the church, and there to tell the minister (beinge then sayinge the service of allmightie God) that this excomunicate person was in the church, hopeinge thereby to put an end of Godes service, that soe they might againe retorne to their sportes, all which beinge done by this excomunicate person and poore boy, as they were directed, the minister was thereby interrupted in Godes service, and the whole congregacion much disturbed and whereas upon Trenitie Sunday 1616 the dawncinge again takeinge place in Longdon aforesaid, your poore peticioner beinge then constable there, for the presentinge and suppressinge of these abuses, endevored peaceably to take the minstrell there playinge, and to punish him upon the statute against rogues thereupon one of the dawncinge companie, strake up your peticioners heeles and said he wold breake your peticioners necke downe the stayers there if I departed not from them, and lett them alone, whereby your peticioner beinge thus terrified by them departed. And afterwardes many other abuses were committed that yeare, by the said companie, to longe here to relate unto you. And whereas now againe this present yeare 1617 they use againe their dawncinge sportes upon everie saboth daie, whereby it is to be feared the like quarrelles may ensue as afore, to the greate dishonor of almightie, and contempt of his majesties lawes and proclamacion against the same. May it therefore please your worshipes the premisses consydered to make some order in this your open sessions, for the suppressinge of the prophanacion of the Lordes daie and withall to give comaundment to the highe constable of the limmit to see the same executed and your peticioner shall ever pray to God, for you, in worshipe longe to endure.

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bene [ger?] per [illegible] Sandy and the constable to bringe all morrice dauncers which daunce in tyme of divine service before Master Jefferey. Unlawfull games etc.