Worcestershire Quarter Sessions: 1620s

Petitions to the Worcestershire Quarter Sessions, 1592-1797.

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In this section

Thomas Pirkes and eight others of Fladbury. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/75 (1620)

To the right worshipfull Sir [illegible]
knight lord of the manour of [Fladbury?] [illegible]

Whereas the berer hereof Katherine [Emmes?] [illegible]
of Richard Emmes was born in our sayed [town?] [illegible]
and her sayed husband being now common servant [illegible]
worship and other inhabitants (and having lived in [Fladbury?]
afforesayed in good name and fame for manie yeares now [last?]
past is now become destitute of a dwelling howse for
himself and his family. We therefore your worships
neighbours and tenants whose names are subscribed
do humbly request your worship to nominate and [appoint?]
out at your worships discretion some fit place [within?]
your sayed lordship for the sayed Richard Emmes to
erect and build him a dwelling howse for himself his sayed [wife?]
and family so long as they keep themselves according [illegible]
honest behaviour. Given at Fladbury this iiiith of April
anno domini 1620.

Your worships neighbours and tenants

  • Thomas Pirkes his marke

  • John Hopkins senior
  • John Pirkes marke

  • Thomas Currier
  • Richard Blake marke

  • William Parker his markes

  • John Hopkins junior

  • Marget Farrie
    hur marke

  • Thomas T B Blake

[illegible] [have?] consented that he shall
[have?] a parcell of grownd above the [widoe?]
Massys cottage

  • [illegible] Sandys

Florice Rock of Eldersfield, labourer. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/76 (1620)

To the right worshipfull the justices of the
peace for the county of Worcester.

The humble peticion of Florice Rock of Eldersfield
in the sayd county labourer.

Humbly sheweth.

[illegible] whereas your poore petitioner hath for many
[yeares?] togither, lived in the parish of Eldersfield,
[where?] he was borne, and hath a poore wife and two
[...le?] children, and is willing to labour to mayntayne
[illegible] poore family by his labour, if he had a convenient
place to dwell in, as he hath hitherunto done; but
now being to be putt out of the house where he
hath heretofore dwelt, the owners being them
selves to make use of it. He humbly craveth
that your worships would be pleased to graunt
your warrant to commaund the overseers and inha=
bitantes there to provide him a place speedily, that
his poore wife and children be not driven to lie
in the open streetes, without any succour, which is
very likely unles you be pleased to pitty the
case of your poore petitioner and he and his
shall most hartyly pray for worships good
and happy prosperity.

to provide or coram [L. J?]

The neighbours and tenants of the lord of the manor of Fladbury. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/77 (1620)

To the right worshipfull [illegible]
of the peace with the [illegible]
the humble petition of the [illegible]
in the behalf of Richard Emmes [illegible]

That whereas Richard Emmes and Katherine [illegible]
lived manie yeares last past together in the town [illegible]
and he being now hayward there a very poore [illegible]
manie children destitute of a dwelling howse and [illegible]
of himself to take one hath latelie obtained of his [illegible]
greater part of them to desire Sir William Sandys [king?] [illegible]
farmer of the manour there to appoint him out a place fitting to [illegible]
upton which his worship hath vouchsafed to do (as appeareth [illegible]
his hand writeing: but now so it is (if it like your good
worships) that this poore man feareth to set in hand to build
there as is appointed by reason that only twoo yong men being
freeholders of and in the sayed towne have threatned to [distroy?]
the building unles it be erected where they have [appointed?]
under their handes.

Our most humble petition therefore to your good worships [illegible]
the behalf of this poor man at this time is that an order
may be entered by the authority of the worshipfull bench
this generall sessions whereby this poor man may be [relieved?]
in this his distressed case according to equitie and justice [illegible]
shall hee his poore wyfe and children be ever bound to pray
for your worships.

[...] of Upton super Severn. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/84 (1620)

To the right worshipfull [his majesties?] justices [illegible]

The humble peticion of [illegible]
of Upton super [Severn?]

Sheweing that uppon the xviith daie of [th...?] [illegible]
Henry Sparry of Upton aforesaid att [hen...?] [illegible]
did stryke the peticioner and afterwardes [illegible]
with intent to stryke the peticioner [aga...?] [illegible]
constable of Hanley in savegard [of?] [illegible]
unto the said Sparry chardgeinge [hi...?] [illegible]
his majesties peace whoe refuseinge to [illegible]
his dagger and offered to throwe his [illegible]
the peticioner and the said Sparry [illegible]
to kill the peticioner or any of his sonnes [illegible]
presente daye he did lay way the [pet...?] [illegible]
drawen, and the said Sparry [lyv...?] [illegible]
in lawe Robert Clea clerke hath not [b...?] [illegible]
church in the parish whereof he is a [par...?] [illegible]
space of one whole yeare last past

Humbly craveth that your good worshipps [wo...?] [illegible]
please that some speedie course may be taken [illegible]
for the peticioners safetie and due punishement [illegible]
awarded for his misbehaviour

John Nend. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/85 (1620)

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

The humble peticion of John Nend

Sheweinge that the peticioner haveinge benn comorant
in Moore in the countie aforesaid for the space of
thirtie yeares last past and now not able in
regard of his age and impotencie to provide himself
a howse and mainetenance aboutes twoe yeares past did
peticion this worshipfull bench for a dwellinge place in
Moore aforesaid the consideracion of which peticion
beinge then referred unto the worshipfull Fraunces Dingley
esquier after, some speeches thereuppon had, in that
he the said Master Dingley could not finally order it
left it, casu quo prius. And after uppon a newe
peticion it was referred unto the worshipfull Robert Barkely
esquier whose order therein, this peticioner doth not
now remember nowe for that the peticioner is
altogether destitute of a howse and friendes

He humbly craveth that your good worshipps of
your accustomed clemencie would bee pleased
to order that the towne of Moore doe
and maie provide him some place of dwellinge
otherwise the petitioner shalbe forced to lye in
the fieldes

the mony behinde

more to pay xx shillings of the former agreement and then Edward Fisher
receave and to kepe him during his lyfe

[illegible] [...nt?] [...?]

Jone White. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/86 (1620)

To the right worshipfull the justices of peace
and corum for the countie of Wigorne

The humble peticion of Jone White

Shewing that whereas divers well disposed people hearetofore
have given mayntieneiance towardes the poore of the parishe
of Wellon yt is now detayned from them and they that
chould releave the distressed there, are they that injoy
those charitable giftes which is the cause that with grife I
am inforced to complayne to your worships for releefe
being a poore widdowe allmost fower score yeares of
adge impotent and blinde borne in theyr parishe
and being there neglected I knowe not eleswhere
to complayne that I may be releaved according the
Kinge of Heaven and Earth injunctions but att this
[honourable?] sessiones for I hope by your charitable order I
[shalbe?] releaved and one widdowes prayers more added
[illegible] number of the rest by your worships [releave?] for [the?]
[prosperitie?] of you all

  • Jone White


[gard?] si non tunc [just?]

Jane Leech, wife of Thomas Leech. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/87 (1620)

To the right worshippfull his majesties justices of the [peace?]
for the county of Worcester

The humble peticion of Jane the
wieffe of Thomas Leech

Right worshippfull

whereas yt pleased your worshipps att the last generall sessions of
the peace houlden for this county of Worcester to bynde Thomas
Sandy uppon his good behaviour

Maie it please you that the said Thomas sithence hath
greatly abused your peticioner in callinge her hore and pocky
hore and that daily and nightly manie tymes haveinge uppon
him sometymes a longe javelyn staffe and some tymes a [huntinge?]
staffe he doth haunt and lurke aboutes the peticioners howse
puttinge her and her children in great dread and feare [and?]
giveth out, that when he is att libertie and release he [wi...?] [illegible]
the welkyn fly, yf he be hanged att Tiborne and likewise
threateneth to kill the peticioners sonne Henry Leech

In consideracion whereof the peticioner humbly
craveth that your peticioner worshipps would
be pleased that the good behaviour maye
be continued against him the said Thomas
Sandye and this etc.

Master Jefferey

Thomas Cartwright and others. Ref.110 BA1/1/33/88 (1620)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges
majesties justices of the peace and quorum in his
highnes county of Worcester.

Pleaseth hitt your worshipps to be advertised, that
whearas theese petitioners [videlicet?] Richard Woodwarde
and Elizabeth his wieffe hath bine heartofore inhabitinge
within the parishe of Hanbury, and from thence put upon
the parishe of Bradley, and receaved by on Elizabeth
Aston widdowe, without the consente of the parishioners
there, and was dischardged by the churchwardens [and?]
overseers of the poore of the parishe of Bradley [illegible]
shee should not receave them, and nowe would [c...?]
them upon the parishe for an other house, Thus [h...?]
desiringe yor worshipps that these poore [petitioners?]
may continue where they are payinge the rent [a...?]
have done heartofore, thus humbly takinge [lea...?]
wee rest, from Bradly the xxvth day of [April?]

Your worshipps in all duty to commaunde

  • Thomas Cartwright, Frauncis Dison
  • John Cooke, Thomas Paddye
  • Henry Jones and Anthony Garrett
  • William Hobday alias Lach.

ordered that they shall remayne in the house where they [are?]
receaved by widow Aston payinge the rent they now pay
aliter ad bene [ger?]

Elizabeth Ewens, widow. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/67 (1620)

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

The humble petition of Elizabeth Ewens

The petitioner beinge very poore and aged wo
lyved in Frogmorton with her husband William Ewens
sixteene yeares or theraboutes and her husband being
slayne under a rick of pulse in Frogmorton
aforesaid she this petitioner was put forth of
her howse and in hope of a convenient place
to sett upp a smale cottage there by the consent
of the parishioners and with the help of charitable
people she caused a frame to be made which she
yett hath, but by the meanes of some fewe
of the same parish she cowld not have any place
to erect her said frame but was enforced
to take a roome for rent in Wyer Pyddle
[whe?] she hath spent that little she had left and
beinge no longer able to pay rent humblie
prayeth that by your worships meanes she may
be placed somwhere accordinge to the lawe
that she be not enforced to wander contrary
to the lawe.

[ord?] est.

Margaret Gardner. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/68 (1620)

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

The humble peticion of Margaret Gardner.

Sheweth unto your worships that whereas it was your
peticioners misfortune to bee gotten with child by one
George Harris then servant in howse with your peticioner att to the
worshipfull Sir Samuell Sandes att his howse in Ombersley in
this countie, whoe was brought to bedd aboutes three
weekes past beinge not yet churched. All which tyme your
peticioner hath maynteyned herselfe in that extremytie
beinge poore that shee hath beene forced to sell her clothes
to succour herselfe and her child, not haveinge any
allowance att all from the sayd George Harris.

Most humbly therefore beseecheth your good worships
to order the sayd George Harris to give
securitie to dischardge the parishe of Saint Johns
where the child was borne; and alsoe to allowe
c such competent meanes of mayntenance
towardes the keepeinge of the said child as shalbee
by your good worshipps thought meete and
convenyent your peticioner beinge but a poore servant
and not able to maynteyne soe greate a
chardge, and your petitioner will pray [for?] worships
healthes and happines.

Elioner Williams. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/69 (1620)

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

The humble peticion of Elioner Williams

Shewinge, that she beinge charged with the kepinge
of a yonge childe, is now unprovided of houseroome
for herself and her poore childe, for that her house=
bande hathe leafte the soile where they latelye
dwelled, and is gone to some place to her unknowen,
and forasmuche as she is willinge to relieve her
said childe by her painefull laboure, but wantethe
a place for her abode, therefore she moste humblye
besechethe youre good worshipps, to tender her distressed
estate, and to take some speadye course, that she may
be provided of some convenient house roome, at some
reasonable rente in the parishe of Suckley, where
she was borne, for her self and her litle one, to be
therein shrowed, in this their extremitie, wherein she
shall ever pray, for the longe continuance of youre
happye healthes.

to overseers

Isabel Brooke, widow. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/70 (1620)

To the right worshipfull Sir Samuell
Sandes knight. And to the rest of
the worshipfull gentilmen, his majesties
justices of peace, for the countye
of Wigorn.

May it please you, right worshipfull, and worthy gentilmen
out of your charitable disposition, to have some
considerate, commisseration, of the distressed
estate of poore widdow Brooke, who, (not onelye
myselfe) but also my fower smalle children
are left destitute, of all comfort, and releife.
And soe, like to perrish, in want, and miserye,
if that, by your worshipps good meanes, wee be
not releeved. The thing, I humbly desier, is
this. My father, Master Marshalle, minister of the worde
of God, in the parrish of Awedingley, hath hitherto
in part, sustayned my want, and my childrens
likewise, by his allowance unto us of two shillings
weekelye, the which, hath ministred great comfort
unto us, for the which, his fatherlye charitye, I doe
[remaine?] thankfull. But I have byn latelye, infor
[med?] that, he is determined, to detaine, and witholde
[illegible] saide allowance from us hereafter. By what
[...ations?], or, for what cause, I am ignorant of.
Therefore, my hummble suite unto your good worshipps
is, that, you would vouchsafe, out of your clemencye
in the behalfe of me, and, my poore children to take
such course, for the continewaunce of the foresaide
two shillinges weekelye, as shall be best seeming
unto your wisedomes, in soe dystressed a case.
Otherwise, wee are like to remaine, in great want
and soe utterlye to perrish. Which is a case, most
lamentable. And this comfort, I hummbly
crave, and that, for Gods love.

Your poore distressed peticioner.
Isable Brooke widdow.


Jane Prior, a poor widow. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/71 (1620)

May it please your worships favour good Sir
Francis with the rest of the bench to
take pittye of a poore widdowe, by name
Jane Prior who committed a fault with John
Freeman in Ingberrow parrish and having
chardge by him, denieth mee to pay the
monye which he promised for the keeping of yt
he is behind in payment 20 shillings viii pence
I beseech you to bee good unto mee for I have
a great chardge and cannot keepe yt

[memorandum?] process for disobeying thordre

The inhabitants of Stoulton. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/72 (1620)

Whereas the said parishioners to their former charge of theire poore
had one Thomas Baker his wife and a child of foure yeares old
sent to them by order att the last quarter sessions to be kept and
succoured. And that then Kempsey cum membris (which includeth
the said parisioners to a fourth part) was rated to pay to the poore
of the Foregate Streete. And also that since, one Anne Redding
borne in Stowlton, but dwelling in the parish of Breeden as a
servant by the space of two yeares last past, and there unlawfullie
begotten with childe, hath bene sent to the said parishioners to
be kept, and there to be delivered of her childe. In regard of the
great charge the said parishioners now have by their owne poore
so encreased, their humble peticion is. That they
may be eased of their part of payment to the Foregate Streete.
And that the sayd Anne Redding may abide in the parish of
Breeden where she was setled, and from whence she had
not bene sent as a vagrant, if she had not there bene
begotten with childe. All which referring to your grave consi=
deracions with our continuall prayers for Godes holie
direction to the same, we the minister and parishioners
abovesaid do humblie end.

sent back to [Breedon?]

William Marshall of Oddingley, clerk. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/73 (1620)

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

The humble peticion of William Marshall of
Oddingley in the said county clerke.

Whereas your peticioner in November last was twelve monethes by the entreaty
of friendes did pay and undertake to pay the some of tenne poundes
for and towardes the mainetenance of twoe of the children of John Brooke
deceased begotten on the bodie of Issabell the peticioners daughter and borne
att Oddinley abovesaid and alsoe was from tyme to tyme after the
entermarriage of the said John and Issabell burthened aswell in succoringe
them their children and family with provision of howse keepeinge as in
undergoeinge of the payement of his debtes to his the peticioners chardge
of a hundred poundes att the least and whereas your peticioner
his meanes was not att any tyme heretofore nor nowe is abouve xx pounds
per annum and himselffe hath a wieffe and three small children and
his wieffe great of the fowrth besydes a familye to keepe and maineteine
therewith; and neverthelesse, yt pleased this worshipfull court att the last
sessions of the peace to order the peticioner to paye viii shillings monethly [to...?]
the mainetenance of the said Issabell and her children, one of which [is?] since
dead which payement the peticioner unto this presente [hath?] [illegible] [...rfor...?]

Humbly prayeth that your good worshipps [wo...?] [illegible]
into your grave consideracion the [illegible]
in comiseracion thereof and of his [do...?] [illegible]
and the great chardge and losse the [p...?] [illegible]
att from tyme to tyme in succoringe of [illegible]
her husband and their children and [p...?] [illegible]
the said order of the last [sessions?] [illegible]
peticioner is ordered to pay the [said?] [illegible]
aforesaid may be reveresed [A...?] [illegible]

ordered to contynue the payment etc

Nicholas Baylyes. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/74 (1620)

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

The humble peticion of Nicholas Baylyes

Whereas Nicholas Baylies hath had a smalle dwellinge
in the said parish of Ripple for twenty years and upwardes last past
and nowe is dispossessed of the said howse soe that he
his wieffe and children are like to perish perrisse unlesse there
maye be some course taken for some howse for the comfort
of him his wieffe and children.

Yt maye please your good worshipp that an
the parishioners of Ripple may be ordered
to provide the peticioner some place of
abodde within the said parish and this for
Godes love

The inhabitants of Dormston. Ref.110 BA1/1/45/75 (1620)


To the right reverende and worshipfull beinge
of the quarter sessions etc.

May it please your honour and woorships to be advertissed that one
Lucke [Bacheller?] with his wiffe and familye nowe inhabitinge
within the parishe of Dormston to the great disquiettnes
and anoyance of the neibours ther: for his abode ther
hath not bein att noe tim of himself ther usuall, but
since he was maried to his nowe wiffe, he hath bin in
service in diverse places as it is most probable, in tender
consideration of the disquiettnes of those parties towardes their
neighbours, may it please your worship may it ple
some good order, may be had to the quiettnes of the neibours
that they may be removed to the place where he was borne
thus refferinge of corse to your worships directions, and your
warrant to the protection of thallmighty wee rest.

the 9th

Your worships in all duety
to comaunde

  • Thomas Poole
  • Thomas [Up...n?] overseers

  • Arnall Greene
  • Henry Griffin ser
  • Hunffrey [H...?]
  • John [Pate...?]
  • [John?] [illegible]

The inhabitants of Bayton. Ref.110 BA1/1/44/33 (1621)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices
of peace within the countie of Wigorn

The humble peticion of the parishioners and
the inhabitauntes of Bayton in the said
countie shewinge

That wheareas one William Bryan and Thomas Morley of
Bayton afforesaid beinge alfellows and keepinge of alehowses
as it is thought without lycence whoe continuallie harboreth and
suffereth vagraunt and leaude persons in theire howses and keepeth
divers disorders at dyvine service time, by which meanes
manie quarrels and frayes doe arise in the sames howses, whoe use
to harboure mens servauntes and children in the night time, and at
incovenient seasons, and those leaude persons in theire drunckennes
will rowle mens tymber in the night time, into the highe
wayes with plowghes and harrowes out of theire places
and pull upe mens palles and styles and rayles, which
they have used a longe time to the great disquietinge
and inconvenyences of the whole towne. Wee whose
names are under written doe humbly crave your worshipes
favours hearein, that theise disorders may be suppressed
and good order taken for theme and so wee shall as in
duetie bounde ever pray for your worsheppes preservacion

Our humble request unto your worships is
that you will send some warrant by this
berer for the speedie reforminge
of theise desorders

Your worshipes ever to comaunde

  • Thomas Wysies
  • John Hooper Humfrey Heycoxe
  • Thomas Oseley
  • Richarde Watyes constable
  • Humfrey Moreley John Jorden
  • Walter Coomes Robert [Hulet?]
  • John Bryan Roger Tymberlake

Billa vera

[illegible]. Ref.110 BA1/1/83/41 (1621)

[illegible] [pleased?] [illegible]
[illegible] parishioners of [illegible]
[illegible] [peticioner?] a howse in [wit...?] [illegible]
and order conceaved to the [illegible]
things ready for [the?] [illegible]
opposed and hindred [illegible]
the nowe [churchwardens?] of [illegible]
meanes your peticioner is destitute of a [illegible]
part of her poore howshold stuffe lost [illegible] of [illegible]
howse to putt the same in.

It would therefore please your good worshipp in [consideration?] [illegible]
of the peticioners poore estate to take some [speedy?]
course that your peticioner may have a howse erected
accordinge to the order of this worshipfull courte in [def...?]
whereof your peticioner shall perish for want of
succour and this for Godes love

Merrell Alcoke, widow. Ref.110 BA1/1/83/42 (1621)

To the right worshippfull his majesties justices
of the peace for this county of Worcester

The humble peticion of
Merrell Alcoke widdowe


That whereas Roger Alcoke [husband?] unto the
said Merrell late deceassed [havinge?] [illegible]
in dureaunce in his majesties gaoile [so?] [illegible]
as prisoner for debte for the [span?] [illegible]
yeares and beinge willinge to [illegible]
contente to the uttermoste of his [power?] [illegible]
was the extremity of them that [nothing?] [illegible]
satysfie them but theire whole due soe [th...?] [illegible]
he was deteined in prisone untill he had [illegible]
and consumed all he had: and have lefte [nothinge?]
to susteine his poore wyfe and child wherefore
moste humbly desiringe your worshippes for Godes
cause to comesserat our poore and lamentable
states whereby there may be some good course
taken throughe your worshippes meanes for our relyfe
otherwise wee are throughe wante of mayntenance
like to perishe: thus referringe our pittifull and
poore distressed cases unto your worshipes further
consideracions: soe shall wee ever be bound to
pray to the Lord for your worshipes increase of
happines for the same

overseers of Sucklye

Humfrie James, a poor day labourer. Ref.110 BA1/1/83/43 (1621)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of
the peace of the county aforesayd

The humble peticion of Humfrie James
a poore day laborer

Shewing that he [was?] borne and berdd upp in Norton
juxta Kemsey and there hath dwelled and kept howse
being a married man for the spece of viii yeres last
past in the rent of one Daniell Gyles of Norton aforesayd
and for a bare howse without any profytes thereunto
belonging hath yerely for the tyme aforesayd payd unto
him xiiii shillings yerely and within the sayd tyme hath had and
yet hath 3 children which were borne in the [sayd howse?]
and one 2 other children at his coming to the [sayd howse?]
to dwell so that this poore peticioner ys now [charged?]
with a wyfe and 4 5 children and noe [mayntaynaunce?]
but his hard laboure and now in most [distressed?]
estate for that the sayd Daniell Gyles hath [unt...?] [illegible]
the parte of the peticioners sayd howse and [int...eth?] and
voweth within this 3 wekes to throw the peticioner [his?] wyfe
and children out of dores which hee will suerly doe
wherby the peticioner his wyfe and poore children shalbe
constrayned to lye in the streetes without your worships
ayd in justice be speedely shewen and some order
taken according to the forme of the statute for the [illegible] harbor
of the peticioner his wyfe and poore children

The peticioner most humbly desiereth your worships
that in some convenient place amongest the rest of the
almeshowses errected in the sayd parish that some smalle
cottage or dwelling place may be sett upp and appoynted
for the releefe and sucker of him selfe wyfe and small
children and the peticioner will ever pray for your worships

in regard that Daniell Giles did receave him at first
to suffer him to contynue or to fynde hym a howse

Richard Catte. Ref.110 BA1/1/83/46 (1621)

The humble peticion of Richard Catte
sheweth unto your goode worshipps that I beinge a [porre?]
lame impotent person borne and bread in the [parish?]
of Crapthorne and beinge somwhat lame in [illegible]
be reson of a takinge that I had and a [illegible]
[presd?] for a souldier into into Ireland [illegible]
[illegible] my lyinge upon the ground and other [illegible]
fell into so great lamenes that I am [illegible]
able to helpe [illegible] selfe for I am [illegible]
to stand to [la...?] [illegible]
to besech your goode [worshyppes?] to [illegible]
for my releffe for Godes cause I was [illegible]
from the parish of Great Ealen with a passe [illegible]
to the law from custable to custable [being?] [illegible]
in a carte not able to goe and did bide the [pu...?] [illegible]
of the lawe but I have noe releffe in the [par...?] [illegible]
that I am like to perish unlesse your [good?] [illegible]
worships in your acustomed clemency comiserate [my?] [illegible]
most lamentable and poore estate yf it myght [please?] [illegible]
your good worships to grante me a passe to goe to [illegible]
to the Kynges majesties hospitall I should be in [g...?] [illegible]
to recover some parte of my lamenes I havinge
eight great holles in my legge above and belowe [illegible]
Thus hoppinge your good worships will consider my
most miserable estate I shalbe ever bounde to
[illegible] worshipps health with [encreass?]

Thomas Griffine and others, prisoners. Ref.110 BA1/1/83/47 (1621)

To the right [worshipful?] [illegible] [majesties justices?]
of the peace at the quarter sessions
houlden for the county of Wigorn

The humble peticion of Thomas Griffine Roger
Smithe Rychard Watsone Fraunces Richardsone
Joyce Dankes and Anne Smithe reprives nowe
remayninge in gaole in the county aforesaid

Your peticioners some of them [having?] [illegible] in gaole [of?] [illegible]
sythence there reprive and some of them beinge [trad...?] [illegible]
havinge chardge of wyfe and children desirous to [f...?] [illegible]
trades for there mayntenance [a...e?] beinge [convicted?] [illegible]
and pettie offences: havinge nowe nothinge to maynteine [illegible]
only one penny a day in bread at the chardge of the [illegible]
lyinge idle in messery without imploymentes

Humbly beggeth of your worshippes for Godes
cause in your charitable disposicions eyther
by your certyficate or otherwise as in [your?]
wisdomes shall seme conveniente that soe
your peticioners may obteine from his [majesty?]
pardone for theire offences and your peticioners
shall ever pray for your worships healthes and

The overseers for the poor and inhabitants of Bransford and Leigh. Ref.110 BA1/1/46/76 (1623)

To the honourable and right worshipfull the
Kinges majesties justices of the peace
and quorum of this county if Wigorn.

The humble peticion of the overseers for
the relieffe of the poore and of the inhabitantes
of Braunsford and Leigh in the countye

Humbly sheweth, that John Cox of Norton
juxta Kemsey, havinge a cottage in the said
village and hamlett of Braunsford in the parishe
of Leigh hath placed there in his said cottage a
man and a woman which woman hath two smale
children and is the wieffe of a strainger, that
lyveth not with her who are like to prove very
daingerous and chardgable to your peticioners yf she
should depart thence, leavinge her said children
or either of them behind her upon the said parishe,
or should cohabite there longer tyme then is
requisitt, and further it is not knowen to your
peticioners where her husbandes abode is, or from
whence they come, or of what name, livelod, mistery,
or condicion he is of and as for the man aforemencioned
commorant there with her, he is not knowen unto
your peticioners by any certen name or where he was
borne or last dwelt.

Wherefore your peticioners doe supplicate
this honourable courte, that it wilbe pleased
to order the said John Cox, to geve bond
with sufficient surety, to the church wardens
and overseers of the poore of Liegh and Braunsford
within a tyme lymited to secure the said parishe
of all chardge and future incombrance of
his said tenantes, or to avoyd them by a day
prefixed by this honourable courte. And this
for Gods love.

S Walker

[illegible] the sayd Coxe to [illegible]
[the to?] des save the parish harmeles and the man
and woman to be suffered to remaine ther

per curiam [illegible]

Frauncys Allexander, one of the constables of Droitwich. Ref.110 BA1/1/46/77 (1623)

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

The humble peticion of Frauncys
Allexander of Droytwich one of
the constables of Droytwich in the said

Sheweinge that your peticioner uppon the comaund
of the bailieffe of Droytwich on the fowertenth day
of February last past nere aboutes eleaven of the
clocke of the night of the same day repayred unto
the then dwelling howse of Humfrey Glover a
victualler in Droytwich with intent according to
the comaund of the said Bayliffe to cleer the howse
of certeine unrulely persons whoe were there drinking
and swaggering where and when (amongst
other disordered persons one Thomas Wattes and Margarett
the wief of one George Lane being in the said
howse they the said Thomas and Margarett did assault
the peticioner, the said Wattes by draweing his knieffe
offering to stabb your peticioner therewith the said Margarett
kyckeing and spurneing the peticioner with her feete and
buffitting him uppon the face in soe much that your peticioner
was forced to leave them to their disordly course

Humbly prayeth that your worshipps would be
pleased to graunt proces of good behaviour
against the said Wattes and Margarett Lane
and this etc

[ben?] [p.t?] [super?] [summ...?] [constabul?]

John Wrenford of Longdon, gentleman. Ref.110 BA1/1/48/182 (1625)

The petition of John Wrenford of Longdon in the county
of Worcester gentleman to the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace
of the same county desiring the good behaviour
against David Powell servant unto Nicholas
Terrett clarke for the causes following:

First for that the said David Powell doth beare an
inveterat hate and mallice against the said John Wrenford
and most of his family: the said John doth verily thinke
and feare that he the said David will doo unto him the
John his people goodes or cattell some hurte or mischiefe
for he the said Powell did once lay voyolent handes
made an assault and would have fought with him the
said John Wrenford when he was his servant.

Secondly ther have died of late some 7 or 8 swine of the
said John Wrenford or there about and for as much when some of the
said swine were fleaed their flesh did appeare blacke
and brused and maimed and the said Powell hath beene
seene with staves and stackes to beate and stricke the swine
of the said John Wrenford and to throwe them in a
most violent manner from an uper grounde into a lower
ground over the hedges of the said Nicholas Terrett
the said John Wrenford with most of his family doo
verily thinke and belive: that he the said Powell hath
beene the occasion of most of their deathes

Thirdly about a yeare and halfe since the said Powell did
with a picke hurte two of your petioners carte horses soe
that they were not well able to worke in the time of

Fourthly upon Sunday last past beeing the 16 of this instant
October by reason that the mound of the said Nicholas
Terrett did lye broken downe unto the ground
the horses of your said petioner when as the [carter?]
followed them to water did goe over into the [gro...?]
of the said Nicholas Terrett: where upon your [petioners?]
said carter going in fresh pursuit to fetch [illegible]
back againe into the fould of your petioner the
said Powell beeing in the same ground did presently
runne after the said horses in a most furious manner
with a picke in his handes: to have beaten or maymed
the said horses and with all sware to your petioners
carter by God his woundes that yf thou didst
bring them back that way (as they did come in)
I will panch some of you: meaning eyther him
the said carter or the horses: and soe forced the
said carter to bring the said horses a great way
round about an other way.

Fiftly likewise upon the day aforesaid being Sunday last
past ther being two swine of your petioners in
the same ground of the said Nicholas Terrett: the said Powell
with stackes did soe beate one of the said swine, that
he was scarce able to goe out there hence: and
sithens ther hath died one of the swine of your
said petioner: and as most of the servantes of
your said petioner doo verily thinke and beleve it
was the very same swine that was by him the said
Powell soe beaten

Sixthly beeing asked at the same time by one other of the
servantes of your said petioner which did see him the
said Powell soe beate the swine upon Sunday
last past being the 16 of this instant October as
[...fore?] said why doest thou beate my masters swine
when as your hedges lye soe open as they doo: the
[said?] Powell replied with a dreadfull oath Godes woundes
thou rogue doo thou come over the hedg and I will
give thee as much more.

For these and many more opprobrious and threatning speches
[illegible] misdemeanors committed by the said David Powell
being of lewd live and conversation and meane condition
not able to make satisfaction for his wronges allreddy
doone as aforesaid and that the saftie of your said
petioner his family goodes and cattell may be the better
secured and provided for your petioner doth leave all
to your worshipfull consideration to be therin dealt with all
as you in justice shall thinke most fitting

To the 1 and 2 article


  • John Wrenfor
  • To the 3rd Richard Wilkes

To all the rest

  • Hugh Davies
  • and John Brook


Evan Ivon the younger. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/29 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of Evan
[Ivon?] yonger.

Humbly shewethe your good worships that your
peticioner dwelling within the parishe of Norton
by Kempsey where hee hathe lyved for the
space of forty yeares last past be and
being nott able to relieve himselfe or his
wyfe by his paynfull labour as formerly
hee hathe donne beinge bothe of them very
aged and unable to worke, the yongest
of them being above eightee yeeres olde.

Wherefore may yt please your good
worships to order the overseers of
the poore of the sayd parishe of Norton
to yeeld them somme weekly
allowance and they will ever
pray etc

William Spender and Christopher Matley, overseers of St. Michaels in Bedwardine. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/30 (1628)

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

The humble peticione of William Spender
and Christopher Watley overseers for
the poore of the parish of Saint Michaell
in Bedwardine in the said county

Whereas att the last presse of souldiers for his majesties warres
albeit the constable of the said parish brought before his majesties
deputy lyvetenantes for this county severall able men: neverthelesse
yt pleased the said deputy lyvetenantes to choyce for the same service
one Henry Chamberlayne of the parish of Saint Peeter in Worcester
he voluntaryly offering himself for the said parish of Saint Michaell

And whereas the wief of the said Henry Chamberlaine doth
endevour to obtaine out of the said parish of Saint Michaell weekely
mainetenance for and towardes the keepeing of her self and child onely
uppon suggestion that her said husband was pressed for the same
parish where in very truth hee went voluntaryly

The premisses therefore considered your worships wilbe
pleased to free the said parish of Saint Michaell of
the alloweing of mainetenance towardes the keepeing
of the said mother or child and this etc

St Michaells to be discharged.

Andrew Colles and Hughe Perkes, overseers for the poor of Lulsley. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/31 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of Andrew Colles and
Hughe Perkes overseers for the poore of
Lulsley in the parish of Suckeley in
the said county for and on the behalf of
the inhabitantes of Lulsley

Shewe that aboutes fower monethes last past one John
Warre of Whitborne in the countye of Hereford weaver
and Margarett Davys of Lulsley aforesaid spinster were
marryed together in Lulsley aforesaid and shortely after their
intermarriage departed thence unto Whitborne aforesaid and
where ever since untill the tenth day of this instant June
they cohabited together uppon which tenth day of June the
said Margarett being great in child repayred to Lulsley
aforesaid and brake into a howse in Lulsley aforesaid
wherein her mother formerly had dwelt, sayeinge that shee
intended therein to contynue and bee; whereof the church
wardens and said overseers beinge informed they with the
ayde and assistance of the tytheinge man of Lulsley removed
the said Margarett out of the said howse and shee nowe
remayneth in the custody of the said tythingeman

All which the peticioners thought fitt to noetyefye
unto your worshipps: and for that they are already
overchardged with poore and by all likelyhood the
said Margarett in case shee bee delyvered in the
said hamlett will bring a further chardg uppon
the said hamlett they humbly praye your worshipps
ayde and assistance for the removeinge of the
said Margarett and sendinge of her backe unto
Whitborne where shee last lyved, and this etc

Elizabeth Hayes, a prisoner in the house of correction. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/32 (1628)

To the right worshipfull Sir John Bucke knight and the rest
of his majesties justices of the peace for the countie of
Worcester, att this present sessions assembled

The humble peticion of Elizabeth Hayes a poor distressed
prisoner in the howse of correction for the countie aforesaid

In all humblnes sheweth unto your good worshipps that your poor pettitioner hath
endured a longe and cruell tyme of imprisonment, beinge lame in her
limbes and not able to gett her livinge to releve her selfe and her smale
infant haveing from Ribsford to helpe to maintaine her twelve pence
a weeke the which she your pettitioner can not have payed in any [illegible] reasonable
tyme by the overseers of the poor of Ribsford, so that your poor pettitioner
doth humbly request your worshipps to sett your poor pettitioner att libertie and to
appoynt the overseers of the poor to provid your poor pettitioner any place of abod
for her selfe and her poor infant beinge almost reddie to perrishe

Maye yt therfor please your good worshipps to commiseratt this
my poor and lamentable case and to shewe your acostomed
pittie to suche poor distressed people, as to graunt me this my
humble [illegible] peticion, that I do not remaine any longer in
prison. And this I humbly bege att your worshipps handes
and that for Godes sake

Margaret Randle. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/33 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of Margarett
Randle nowe present
in court

Sheweth that shee being in peaceable and quyett manner
in the howse of John Marman in Ombersley
was by Richard Smith attendant of the worshipfull the
Lady Sandys sett uppon and cruelly beate and
brused soe that she hath benn in great hazard of loss
of her lief

Her humble peticion unto your worshipps ys that yow
would vouchsafe to graunt a warrant for the
apprehension of the said Smyth to answeare
the said his misdemeanor as to
justice apperteyneth and this etc

Margaret Evettes, a prisoner in the house of correction. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/35 (1628)

To the right worshipfull Sir John Bucke knight and the rest of
his majesties justices of the peace for the countie of Worcester

The humble peticion of Margarett Evettes
a poor prisoner in the howse of correction for
the countie aforesaid

In all humblnes sheweth, to your good worshipps that your poor pettitioner
havinge endured a longe tyme of imprisonment, to the utter
undoinge of your poor petitioner beinge so weake that your pettitioner is not
able to worke for her livinge, by reason of griefe that your
poor pettitioner hath taken for her faulte committed; for the which
your pettitioner is hartely sorry being overcome by the lewd and
viel enticment of a ile disposed person your pettitioner having a
poor child that is keept by a cruell mother in lawe of
your peticioners who dothe greatly abuse and wronge your poor pettitioners
childe to her great greife and sorrowe.

May yt please your good worshipps to commiserat the
lamentable case of your poor pettitioner and that she
maye have her libertie wherbye she might worke for
to helpe to releve your poor pettitioners child, beinge
almost pined for want of sustenance, but yf
your worshipps will not condiscend to this your pettitioners request
that then your worshipps will be pleased that your pettitioner
may have some reliefe from the father of your poore
petitioners child, [illegible] or from Mitton in the parishe of
Kiderminster for your pettitioners father is so poor that he
is not able to keep the child, and this I humbly
bege att your worshipps handes and that for Godes love.

Frauncys Mann, prisoner in the house of correction. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/37 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of Frauncys Mann nowe
remayneinge prysoner in the howse of
correccion for the said county and in great
distresse of sickenesse

Sheweth that the peticioner (aboutes the feast of All Saintes last past
was apprehended uppon suspicion for the stealeinge of a horse
of Master Milwardes of Alchurch in the said county and brought to
the goale for the said county and att the assizes last holden for
this county being for the said felony arraigned was thereof
acquyted howbeitt afterwardes committed to the howse of correccion
for this county where hee ever since hath and yet doth remaine

Wherefore his humble peticion unto your worshipps in that
the peticioner hath endured soe great penury by soe longe
imprysonment hee being formerly acquyted of the felony
your good worships wilbe pleased to acquyte him of his
imprysonment, that (uppon the recovery of his [former?]
health he make betake him to somme good service for
his mainetenance and this etc

The inhabitants of Flyford Flavell. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/42 (1628)

Flyford Flavyle

One Thomas Tanner hath an interest in a
cottage in Flyford beinge the freehold of
George Simondes gentleman.

Richard Kingley of Abberton pretendinge
informynge the said Tanner that he had the
consent of thinhabitantes of Flyford the said Tanner
did graunte the cottage to the said Kingley
and theruppon Kingley placed his wief in the
cottage where she contynueth kepinge the dore
alwayes locked

The inhabitantes humblie pray that the said wief
may by ordre of this corte be sent to her
husband unles the said Kingley shall before the
feast of Saint John Baptist next gyve sufficient
securytye to the over inhabitantes of Flyford to
save the parish harmeles of all future chardge
etc according to justice and former ordres of
this corte in like cases or yf Kingley refuse yt
may be so ordred that the next justice of the
peace may be desired to bynde the said Kingley
to his good behaviour or as otherwise shall
apperteyne to justice

William Paine. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/44 (1628)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties
justices for the countie of Worcester now present

The humble petition of William Paine

In most humble manner sheweing unto your good worshipps
whearas your petitinor maried with one Susana Find
of Uppon uppon Sevorne within the countie of Worcester
wyddow, haveing fower small children left upon
her handes and beinge left far in debt by her
former husband Robert Find, unknowne to your poore
petitinor for which debtes your petitinor dare not
shewe his head for feare of troubles and imprison=
ment, it hath pleased God to call your petitinors
wife to his mercy out of this world, one Whitson
Monday last, and formerly your petitinor placed
twoe of his wifes children in London to trades
men to your petitinors great cost and hinderance
nowe at the decease of his wife, had three
small children left him, wherof twoe of them
were by her former husband, your petitinor beinge
verie poore and not able to releeve them, brought
them unto Upton aforesaid where they ware borne
where your petitinor left them, which children now
being brought back againe to this cittie to your petitnour
hee beinge a poore man and not able to keepe them
doe most humbly crave your good worships to bee
pleased to consider of his poore estate and that somme
good order by your worships may be set downe for the
releefe of these twoe poore children in the parishe
where they ware borne, your petitinor haveing paid
alreddy in parte of their fathers debtes xl pounds to
his utter undoeing, and maney debtes more unsatisfied
your petitinor his wife and family have not beine
absent from his habitation in Upton but since Michalmas
last, and in his wifes sicknes was faine to [illegible] [all?]
the goodes he had to releeve her in her extrematie
and to bring hir home humbly craveing your good
worshipes to consider of his poore estate soe shall
he be bound in dutie ever to pray for your worships
and this for Godes love.

Margery Carpenter. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/47 (1628)

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

The umbell petition of Margrie Carptener a poore widdowe
beinge a good fower score and ten yeares or there a bowtes

In all umblnes sheweth to your worships that your peetitioner havinge noe meanes
the over seres of the poore and the in habetence of Eckington did
a gree with your peetitioner to have towardes hur maintaince vii pence a wicke
duringe hur liffe and for that your peetitioner is nowe in greate wante
and can not have this smalle porcion to be performed with owt your worships
speedie order here in takinge do nowe moste humblie desier your worships
that the redges maye be had beinge longe due to your sayd peetitioner
and in so doinge your poore ageed peetitioner shall ever aknowledge hur
sellffe in dutie bownd to praye for your worships good healthes with all
happines heare in for the same and this for Godes love


Henrie Cottrell, a maimed soldier. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/49 (1628)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace of the
county of Worcester etc.

The humble peticion of Henrie Cottrell a meyhemed

Beseecheth that because it is great charge to your peticioner
to come hither from London quarterly to fetch his
pension you will yeeld him this halfe yeares pay
and also [illegible] graunt him an order under your
worships handes that whosoever in his behalf shall shewe
the said order may have power and recieve his said pencion
at all tymes as it shall be due.

And he will pray for your good worships health
hartes content and perpetuall happiness

Johanne Pattericke, widow. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/50 (1628)

Wigorn sessions

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

The humble peticion of Johanne Pattericke widowe

Whereas your peticioner is a very poore woeman lame and
impotente and of the age of three score yeares and upwardes
haveing not anie meanes to releive your [popeticioner?]
but is like to perishe for wante of mainetenaunce
unlesse some course be forthwith taken by your good
worshipps your peticioner haveing but six pence a weeke which is shee
is not able to live of

Your peticioners humble desier is that it would
please your good worshipps to take some course
whereby your peticioner may be releived have some more mainetenaunce out of
the parishe Greate Shellesley where your peticioner doeth inhabite and as in dutie shee
is bound will ever praie for your worshipps prosperitie

Master [Salvey?] is desired

Giles Dawe. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/51 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of Giles Dawe.

Whereas your poore peticioner hath bene
constrayned to make divers peticions to your
worshipps, as are readye to be shewen forth,
and your worshipps knowinge his greate

Your poore peticioner nowe most
humblye desireth, that hee maye
receave the xxv shillings which the church
wardens and overseers for the poore of
Powick have all yelded to paye
beinge but xii pence a weeke before they
goe forth of their office.

And as duetye bindeth he shall
daylie praye for your worshipps

James Winton of Sutton Sturmey, gentleman. Ref.110 BA1/1/52/60 (1628)

Wigorn sessions

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties
justic of the peace for the counte
of Worcester

The humble peticion of James
Winton of Sutton Sturmy in the
countie of Worcester gentleman

May it please your worshipps that wheras
your peticioner was retorned [uupon?] the
grand jury att the last Easter sessions
of the peace holden for this countie and [lost?]
issues only hee haveinge noe sommans
given him; notwithstanding Thomas
Fitzer tooke his oath that hee sommoned your
peticioner to appeare upon the same

Your peticioners humble desier
is that it would please your
worshipps to examine the said
Thomas Fitzer concerneing
his false informacion to your
worshipps and as in dutie
hee is bound will alwaies
praie for your worshipps prosperitie

Jurat in curia quod non [habet?] [intr?] etc
fuit apud [illegible]
xv dies.

quod non fuit apud Bromyard ad aliquod
[mercatum?] [tempore?] xl [illegible] sunt Fitzer
[affirm?] in curia

both parties to attende the next sessions

Constables of Dodderhill, Wychbold and Elmbridge. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/81 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of William Moulton
William Holmes and John Brooke, constables
of the parishe of Doderhill Wichbolde and

Most humbly sheweth, that whereas your
peticioners have everye one served the Kinge in their
severall parishes, and have taken greate paynes

Their humble requestes unto your worshipps is
that three others maye be chosen in
their places, and that your worshipps will
be pleased to grante a warrant to bringe
them in to take their oathes by any justice
of the peace of this countye, and the
rather for that in the minoritye of
Sir John Packingtons heire, noe court
is held that your peticioners may be

And as duetye bindeth them, they
shall daylie pray for your worshipps

[war fact?]

Thomas Harley and Samuel Kings of Saint Peters. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/82 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of Thomas Harley and
Samuel Kings two of thinhabitants of the parishe
of Saint Peters within the county of Worcester.

Sheweth that whereas there were heretofore divers issues retorned
against the said parish of Saint Peters for not repaireinge their highe
wayes amountinge to the somme of fower powndes and tenn shillinges
which was charged in the accompt of Sir Walter Devereux knight
and baronett late high sherrife of the said county and by his
inferiour officers levyed of the goodes and cattells of your peticioners
and payd into his majesties receipt sithence which tyme your peticioners
have often intreated the inhabitantes of the said parishe of Sanct
Peeters to leavye the said iiii pounds x shillings equally within the said parishe
soe that your peticioners might have restitution of the said fower
powndes tenne shillinges deductinge soe much as your peticioners
ought to paye; which the said parishioners refuse to doe.

May it therefore please your worships the premisses considered
to order the said inhabitantes of Saint Peters to
levye the said iiii pounds x shillings by their usuall course
of lewens and to make payment of it forthwith
to your peticioneres, and deductinge soe much
as your peticioneres ought to pay for their partes.
And your peticioneres shall dayly pray etc.

A lewne to made and the justices thinke
fytt that those that dwell within the
liberties and will not pay to be bound to
ther good behavyour yf they may be taken
without the cittie

John Sampson. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/83 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of John Sampson.

Your good worships that wheras your poore suppliant hath bin in the tyme
of her late majesties Queene Elizabeth a souldier for the full
space of eight yeares, [and?] beinge diverse times wounded and
therby very lame and impotent uppon his peticion hath allowed
him but one xiii shillings iiii pence per annum and the reversion of the next pensioner
soldier being then promised him and wheras one Hollins
and one John Mandevile are since dead being soldiers pensioners
and that your peticioner is charged with a lunatike wife and
a poore weake childe, your peticioner beinge ould lame and unable
to do any thinge for his and their succoure.

It may therfore please your good worships in tender
compassion of his [infermitie?] to augment his

And he doth and will dayly pray for your
goode healthes and happines etc

[xx?] shillings

Elizabeth Hayes. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/84 (1628)

To the right worshipfull Sir Roberte Barkley knight
and the rest of his majesties justices for the
countie of Worcester

The humble peticion of Elizabeth Hayes

In all humblnes sheweth unto your good worshipps that
your poor pettitioner hath enduered a longe tyme of imprisonment
in the howse of correction for the countie aforesaid
the which tyme hath bine a year and two monthes and
somwhatt upwardes beinge then imprisoned all this
tyme with her poore infant, who are both nowe
almost reddie to perrishe for want of succor and
reliefe your poor pettitioner having her legges reddie to
rott of bye reason of her cold and hard lodging

Maye yt therfor please your good worshipps to
commiserate the poore and lamentable case
of your poor pettitioner as that she maye have her
libertie wher bye she may by the helpe of some
frendes procuer some meanes for the reliefe
of her selfe and her poor infant and also
for the recovery of her lamenes, and
this I humbly pray and that for Godes


William Spender and Christopher Watley, overseers of the poor of Saint Michael's in Bedwardine. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/86 (1628)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of
the peace for the county of Wigorn

The humble peticion of William
Spender and William Christopher Watley
overseers of the poore for the
parish of Saint Michaell in
Bedwardine in the countye

The peticioners shew that they are chardged with many poore
people and smale other meanes to maineteine them but what
cometh out of labouring mens getteinges, they nor any of
them haveing any landes or tenementes within the said parish
neverthelesse soe it may yt please your worshipps that the last
yere there was a newe payement imposed uppon the said
parish videlicet the payement of vi shillings ii pence towardes the Kinges
provision. Wherebie and for that there are [not...?]
feedeinges groundes within the said parish w out of [illegible]
which the said payement should be raysed and that the [illegible]
said parish was never chardged with the said payement [illegible]
untill the last yeare your worshipps wilbee that the [sa...?]
parish may be freed of the said payement and the [illegible]

no [illegible]

Robert Baylys, prisoner. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/88 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of John Robert Baylys prisoner in
his majesties gaole of the countie of Worcester.

Humbly sheweth that your poore peticioner being chardged
by a leud woeman lyving in Gloucestershere for begetting of
a bastard child borne in Overbury was bound over to
this present session of the peace for the county of Wigorn
by the right worshipfull Sir John Buck knight and ys sithence
committed to the gaole by Master Doctor Charlett uppon
the same accusacion

Now prayeth that forasmuch as your poore peticioner
is like to perishe having noe meanes of livelyhood but by
his labour: yt would please your worships to have
commisseracion of his myserable estate and to take
such course for his delivery as may seeme fitt in your grave
wisdomes in charitie and mercye.


Alice Mendose, widow of John Mendose. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/90 (1628)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges
majesties justices for the countie of
Worcester now present.

The humble petition of Alce Mendose
wyddow late wyfe of John Mendose deceased

In most humble manner sheweing unto your good
worships wheras your petitinors late husband
beinge a pentinor for his servis donne in the
warrs now being deceased three weekes since
before his decease laye long sick one your
petitinors handes being an aged woman past
her bodilye labor, and brought her far in
debt in the tyme of his sicknes, and for his
buryinge, doe most humbly crave your good
worshipps, that your petitinor maye have that
small pention for this tyme, that was due
to her late husband, towardes payement of
parte of her debtes soe shall she bound ever
to praye for your worships long increase
of happienes and this for Godes love


Peter Kinward of Alfrick. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/91 (1628)

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

The humble peticion of Peter
Kinward of Alfrick in the said county

Humbly shewing unto your worshipps that about three yeres now since past
one John Caradine of Alfrick aforesaid being a very poore man haveing
a great charge of children and h being harbourlesse and destitute of a
habitacion the overseers of the said parish prevayled with your peticioner to
permit the said Caradyne to inhabite in a tenement of your said peticioners
in Alfrick afforesaid and they the said overseers promised to pay your said
peticioner his rent therefore which they did accordingly for sixe weekes
and then refuced and there upon the said Caradine [your peticioner?] obteyned an order at sessions here
holden about three yeres since that the said overseers of the said parish should
provide a howse for the said Caradine and there upon that the overseers then of
the said parish agreed with your peticioner to pay him x shillings yerely for rent for
his said howse for the said Caradine whoe ever sithence hath lived in the said
howse and your peticioner is altogether unsatisfied of his said rent except ii shillings vi pence
and your peticioner further humbly sheweth your worshipps that at sessions here
holden this time twelve moneth the same matter (being heard) was referred
unto Sir Walter Devereux knight and baronet to determyne whoe
thereupon ordered that the said then overseers of the said parish should pay
unto your peticioner the arrerages of his rent being then xvii shillings vi pence which the said
overseers have altogether refuced to doe and the said Caradine is yet inhabiting
in the said howse and your peticioner yet unsatisfied of his rent due since this time
twelve moneth being x shillings more

He therefore humbly prayeth your worshipps that you wilbe
pleased now at this present sessions to take such order
that your peticioner may as well be satisfied the said xvii shillings vi pence
arrerages at this time twelve moneth as alsoe [illegible] x shillings
since that time hitherto due the rather for that your peticioner doth
pay rent for his said howse himselfe and your peticioner
shall ever pray for your worshipps happines.

Sir Walter D

Wigorn sessions

Ad generalem sessionem pacis [ten...?] [illegible]
Wigorn xxxo die Septembris anno [domini?] [illegible]
Caroli Regis

Itt is ordered that the peticioner and the churchwardens and overseers for
the poore of the parishe of Suckley shall attend Sir
Walter Devereux knight and barronet whoe [illegible]
desired to examine and order as hee in his discrecion
shall thinke fitt and convenyente

Edward Pitman. Ref.110 BA1/1/53/96 (1628)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices

The humble petition of Edward Pitman

Sheweing unto your good worshipps that your poore petitioner
was a bastard borne of the bodye of one Joyce Pitman in
the parish of Elmebridge, and there hath bene commorant ever
since, but bred upp amongst them in the nature of a begger
and soe continueth to this present: and that your petitioners
mother married with one Hall to whom she brought great
store of goods, which Hall died in Worcester goale: his wyfe
this petitioners mother surviveing him: but shortly after
dyed: then a sister of the sade Hall one Francis the
wyfe of Francis Webb of the parish of Elmeley Lovett
tooke all the goods of the sayed Hall into her possession
which in right and good conscience your petitioner hopeth belongeth
unto him. And further sheweing, that there is a certayne
tenement with an acre of landes thereunto belonging scituate
att the grange in the parish of Upton Warren, purchased
by your petitioners mother, giveing for the same nyne
pounds which one sayde tenement one Elizabeth Boorne widow
now possesseth which allsoe in good conscienc your petitioner
hopeth belongeth unto him. Now may yt please your good
worshipps in tender pittye of your petitioners estate to call the
sayde partyes before you to shew by what right they holde the
same: as allsoe the parishioners of Elmebridg, that they
may be compelled to provide a maister for your distressed
petitioner, as by the law is requirable; and as to your grave
wisdomes shall be thought convenient. And that for
Godes sake.

[r?] Master Wyld

A constable, overseers of the poor and churchwarden of Acton Beauchamp. Ref.110 BA1/1/54/71 (1628)

To the right worshippful the justices
for the county of Worcester

The humble peticion of George Hales cunstable
of the parish of Acton Beachampe in the county of
Worcester, Hugh Hide and John Riley over seers of the
poore of the same parish and William Dagget one of
the churchwardens of parish aforesaid

Humbly sheweth unto your good worships that whereas the said
George Hales now cunstable of the said parish of Acton Beachampe
in the county aforesaid Hugh Hide and John Riley over seers
of the poore of the same parish hath paied and laied out
for match and powder for traine souldiers and muster masters
pencions and other thinges concerneing training the somme
of lv shillings and ix pence which said somme the said cunstable hath paied
and laied out of his purse and hath caused the inhabitants
of the said Acton Beachampe to lay a lewne for the payment
thereof unto the said cunstable at the rate of ii shillings iii pence the
yarde which some of ii shillings iii pence hath bine demaunded by the
cunstables and others of John Hide which hee utterly refuce
to pay and alsoe hee hath utterly denied diverse other sommes
unto the churchwardens and overseers of the poore and
others beeing lewened uppon him to pay, whose
names are here under written. And whereas the said
John Hide and his predicessors beeing possessed of one water
corne mill within the said parish of Acton Beachampe in the
county aforesaid for the space of fiftie or lx yeares or
thereaboutes last past with certaine landes thereunto
belonging hath usually paied for the said water corne mill
and premisses after the rate of one yeard of land to all
taxacions lewens and paymentes dureing the foresaid terme yet
notwithstanding the said John Hide doth now deny the payment
thereof contrary to justice and equity and many other lewnes
for the space of two or three yeres last past and not above
but hee hath paied the same formerly. Soe wee
humbly praieth your worshipps to graunt your order
unto the said John Hide chardging him thereby to pay
the lewnes and imposicions imposed uppon him according
to justice and equitie. And your peticioners shall ever
pray for your worships prosperity long to continue.

  • George Hales cunstable
  • Roger Hemming
  • John Spooner
  • Hugh Hide
  • William Dagget
  • Richard Whiting
  • John Riley sessors

Wigorn sessions ad generalem sessionem pacis [tent?] apud [w...?]
vito die Junii anno [s...?] Caroli Regis

This lewne is confirmed according to the [illegible]
within written [illegible]

[William?] Coventrye

Hee hath paid for a yard land mill and
certen land after the rate of a yearde
lande hath alwaies paied soe

xiiio [H7?] the [the...?]

[...alker?] I pray you spe remember Master
[...ock?] concerning be Richard Ballard
[...ognisance?] and looke what the what how
[...uch?] the recognisance is I will see him
satisfied he promised me to forbeare the certy
fing untill the next