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February 21,
1622

C 54/2471, item 15

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Creator: Chancery and Supreme Court of Judicature
Date: Februrary 21, 1622
Repository: The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call number and opening: C 54/2471, item 15
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Chancery and Supreme Court of Judicature
Item Date
February 21, 1622
Repository
The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call Number
C 54/2471, item 15

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Creator: Chancery and Supreme Court of Judicature
Date: Februrary 21, 1622
Repository: The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call number and opening: C 54/2471, item 15
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Dated February 21, 1621/2, this is the fourth of five enrolled indentures of bargain and sale for the Globe site, naming William Shakespeare as a leasee. The Globe playhouse was first built in 1599 on land leased from Sir Nicholas Brend. Though the lease of February 19, 1599 has not survived, it is referenced in nearly a dozen legal documents including the five indentures: two from 1601 (October 7 and October 10) and one each from 1608, 1622, and 1624. Though the originals are lost, their full texts are enrolled in the C 54 series of Close Rolls now held at The National Archives.

This fourth indenture is wide-ranging, covering properties in the parish of All Hallows, Breadstreet, London, including a public house called the Star; and on Maid Lane, Southwark, including the “playhouse.” Here, properties in Bread Street, London, and Maid Lane, Southwark, are “sold” by John Bodley to Matthew Brend. In truth, this was not so much a sale as a return of the property to its rightful owner. As reported in the indenture itself, the Court of Wards had negated Matthew Brend’s sale of the property while he was still a minor. Collett and Bodley were nevertheless recompensed in the amount of  £750. As in the preceding indentures, Richard Burbage and William Shakespeare are named as leasees of the playhouse in Maid Lane, despite the fact that by now both had died.

While the “playhouse” is not given a name in this indenture, its association with “Richard Burbage and William Shakespeare, gentlemen” is sufficient to identify the playhouse as the Globe. In the fifth indenture (1624), the property is positively identified as “the Playhowse comonly called or knowne by the name of the Globe.”

Semi-diplomatic transcription

[Transcription by Alan H. Nelson. This transcription is pending final vetting]
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[Left margin:] Bodley mil' et Brend

This Indenture made the one and twentith day of ffebruary in the yeares of the raigne
of our Soveraigne Lord James by the grace of god of England Scotland ffrance & Ireland
king defendor of the faith &c that is to say of England ffrance and Ireland the nynetenth
and of Scotland the five and fiftieth 1621 Betweene Sir John Bodley of Streatham in the
County of Surrey knight and John Collett late of London marchant taylor of thone part [And]
And Mathew Brend of Westmoulsey in the said County of Surrey Esquier of thother part
witnesseth that whereas in Hillary Terme last past before the date of theis presentes yt
was amongest other thinges decreed in his maiesties Courte of Wardes & lyveries in a cause
there then depending betweene his maiesties attorney generall of that Courte on the behalfe
of the said Mathew Brend late his maiesties warde by Informacion Plaintiffe against them
the said Sir John Bodley & John Collett defendantes concerning the landes and tenementes hereafter in
theis presentes mencioned that the said Mathew Brend should well and truly pay vnto the
said Sir John Bodley the somme of seaven hundred and fiftie poundes [=L750] of lawfull money of
England and therevpon they the said Sir John Bodley and John Collet should by sufficient
conveyances & assurances in the law convey and assuer the land and tenementes hereafter mencioned
vnto the said Mathew Brend his heires and assignes to the only vse and behoofe of
the said Mathew Brend his heires and assignes forever as by the said Decree more
at large it doth and may appeare. Now this present Indenture further witnesseth that they
the said Sir John Bodley and John Collett aswell in ob[+e]dience and part of performance of
the said Decree as alsoe for and in consideracion of the somme of seaven hundred and fiftie
poundes of good and lawfull money of England to him the said Sir John Bodley in hand paid
at and before thensealing and delivery hereof haue graunted bargained sould aliened and
confirmed and by theis presentes for them and their heires doe graunt bargaine sell alyen and
confirme vnto the said Mathew Brend his heires and assignes forever All that Messuage
or Inne with thappurtenaunces whatsoever heretofore or now comonlye called or knowne by
the name or signe of the Starre scituate and being in or neare Breadstreete in the parishe of
Allhallowes in Breadstreete within the Citty of London heretofore in the tenure or
occupacion of John Dunscombe deceased or his assignes and late in the tenure or occupacion
of Peter Jefferies or his assignes and all and singuler yardes backsides halls chambers stables
hey  loftes roomes lightes easementes watercourses commodities & hereditamentes whatsoever to the said
messuage or Inne belonging or in any wise apperteyning  and alsoe all and singuler warehouses
roomes yardes void groundes & hereditamentes whatsoever of the said Sir John Bodley and John Collett
or either of them in the said parish of Allhallowes in Breadstreete aforesaid late in the
tenure or occupacion of Johane [=Joan] Dunscombe widowe wife of the said John Dunscombe
deceased And all those twoe messuages or tenementes with theire appurtenaunces scituate lying and
being togeather in Breadstreete aforesaid in the said parishe of Allhallowes in Breadstreete
[aforesaid in the said parishe of Allhallowes in Breadstreete] London on the south side of the
gate roome or way leading out of Breadstreete aforesaid into the said messuage or Inne
called the Starr and all other the landes tenementes & hereditamentes with the appurtenaunces whatsoever
late of Nicholas Brend ffather of the said Mathew Brend scituate lyinge and being in
the said parish of Allhallowes in Breadstrete aforesaid in the said Citty of London and
which were heretofore bargained or sould or mencioned or intended to be bargained or sould
by the said Nicholas Brend vnto the said John Collet  And alsoe all those messuages tenementes
houses edifices buildinges chambers roomes playhowse gardens orchardes void groundes and
other landes & hereditamentes whatsoever with all & singuler their appurtenances now or heretofore
in the severall tenures or occupacions of ffrauncis Carter tanner John Oldfeild tanner
Hugh Tucker waterman, John Kene dyer, Henry Draper bearebrewer Avery Butcher waterman
Hendrick Sturman armorer Nicholas Zetchwell baker John Treherne gent’ Georg Archer porter
Lawrence Bushe draper John Johnson taylor John Knolles Abraham Campion bearebrewer
Richard Burbage and William Shakespeare gent' John Bingham sadler & Robert Bromfeild gent’
and of every or any of them their or every or any of their assignee or assignes or in the
tenure manuraunce holding or occupacion of any other person or persons scituate lying and being
in Mayden Lane in the parishe of St Savior alias St Mary Overies in Southwarke in the said
County of Surrey and which were heretofore bargained or sold or mencioned or intended to
be bargained or sold by the said Nicholas Brend vnto the said John Collet and
alsoe all other the messuages landes tenementes & hereditamentes whatsoever of them the said Sir John
Bodley and John Collet or either of them scituate lying and being in the said parishe of
Allhallowes in Breadstreete aforesaid in the said Citty of London and in Mayden Lane in
the said parishe of St Savior alias St Mary Overies in Southwarke aforesaid or either of
them which at any tyme or tymes heretofore weare the landes or tenementes of the aforesaid
Nicholas Brend and by good and sufficient assureancees or conveyances comen or vested in them
the said Sir John Bodley and John Collet or either of them  And all rentes paymentes profittes
and sommes of money whatsoever reserved payable or covenanted to be paid in vpon or
by force of any demise lease or graunt leases or grauntes made or graunted of the said
messuages landes tenementes & premisses and every or any of them or of any part or parcell of them
or any of them  And alsoe the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders whatsoever
of the said messuages landes and hereditamentes and premisses and of every part and parcell thereof  together
with all and singuler deedes charters evidences escriptes fynes exemplificacions counterpartes of leases
writinges and mynumentes whatsoever touching or concerning the said messuagees landes & premisses
or any part or parcell of them or any of them To haue hold and enioy the said messuage
or Inne called the signe of the Starr and all and every other the said messuages tenementes
houses edifices playhouse yardes gardens orchardes landes hereditamentes and all other the premisses
herein before bargained or sold or mencioned or intended to be bargained or sould with their
and every of their appurtenances vnto the said Mathew Brend his heires and assignes to the
only proper vse and behoofe of the said Mathew Brend and of his heires & assignes
forever.  In witness whereof the parties first above named to theis present Indentures their
handes and seales interchangeably haue set the day and yeare first abovewritten 1621
Et memorandum [+est] quod die et anno suprascriptis prefatus Johannes Bodley Mil'
& Johannes Collett venerunt coram dicto domino Rege in Cancellaria sua et
recognouerunt Indenturam predictam ac omnia & singula in eadem contenta et specificata in
forma supradicta
Irrotulata vicesimo primo die ffebruarij Anno predicto

To learn more, read Alan H. Nelson's essay on the 1599 lease of the Globe playhouse site.

Written by Alan H. Nelson

Last updated February 20, 2018