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1573 and 1578
Court of Common Pleas, Plea Roll; action by Henry Higford against John Shakespeare and John Musshem for debt, 20 Eliz I Easter part 2
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November 19, 1578
Meeting of the Stratford-upon-Avon Corporation at which John Shakespeare is excused a weekly payment towards the relief of the poor
From the late 1550s until the mid-1570s, John Shakespeare’s service as a member of the Stratford Corporation, first as a capital burgess and then as an alderman, had been exemplary.
February 12, 1579
July 8, 1579
October 15, 1579
Bond between John and Mary Shakespeare and Robert Webbe concerning the sale of their premises in Snitterfield
At this time, when property was conveyed from one party to another, it was typical for the vendors to enter into a bond that they would perform all conditions as specified in the accompanying deed of conveyance. This bond would be signed by the vendors or, in this case, certified by their marks.
Foot of Fine recording the conveyance of property in Wilmcote between John and Mary Shakespeare, George Gibbs, Thomas Webbe and Humphrey Hooper
Foot of Fine recording the conveyance of property in Aston Cantlow by John and Mary Shakespeare to Edmund Lambert
October 15, 1579
Conveyance by John and Mary Shakespeare to Robert Webbe, for £4, of their share in two messuages in Snitterfield
John Shakespeare's wife was born Mary Arden, the daughter of Robert Arden. In 1550, Robert Arden settled two properties he owned in Snitterfield on trustees, to be divided among six of his daughters after their mother’s death.
An abstract of fine made in Easter Term, 22 Elizabeth, between Robert Webbe and John Shakespeare of estates in Snitterfield
Foot of fine recording the conveyance of property in Snitterfield by John and Mary Shakespeare to Robert Webbe