contra Thomam Simpson
Simpson de Steventon
perquisitus domo solite habitacionis suȩ viz. domo dicti Willelmi patris sui Comparuit iuratus et monitus &c/ ... ffurther he this examinate sayeth that vpon sundaye last was fortnight he this examinate goinge from church after eveninge prayer went presently to a lane
lane in the backside of the towne
a s quarter of a mile & better from
the church where he found william
Stevens sonne of Thomas Stevens of
London a daunsinge, who was
not at eveninge
f 51 (22 November)
Willelmum Stephens filium Thome
Stephens de Steventon
vide Examinacionem Thome Simpson filium Willelmi Simpson de eadem captam 25o die Novembris Vltimi
Comparuit dictus Willelmus in Registrario immediate ante Curiam et in iuratus fassus est that vppon the Sonday next after S ffaith Day last he was absent from Evening prayer by reason that he was at a Marriadge dinner that same day, viz. the marriage dinner of one of the servants of this examinates ffather which dinner that day was so late, that it fell in the Evening prayer tyme but he denyeth that he was dauncing or did daunce the same day in the Evening prayer tyme./
Against Thomas Simpson, son of William Simpson of Steventon.
Having been summoned at the house of his usual habitation, that is to say, the house of the said William, his father, he appeared. He has been sworn and warned, etc. (English).
f 51 (22 November) (St Michael's parish)
Against William Stephens, the son of Thomas Stephens of Steventon.
See the examination of Thomas Simpson, the son of William Simpson, regarding the same matter, taken on 25 November last.
The said William appeared in the registry immediately before the court and having been sworn confessed (English).
The date given for f 51 is that of the proceedings of the court held by the south bridge of the city of Oxford. There are two feast days dedicated to St Fides, virgin and martyr: 6 October and her translation 14 January. Given the date the court sat (22 November) it is more likely to be the major feast day on 6 October. The day of the offence would then be Sunday, 8 October 1609.
Record title: Archdeaconry of Berkshire Act Book
Repository location: Reading
1609–11; Latin and English; paper; 389 leaves; modern pencil foliation; approximately 291mm x 186mm (ff 182–3: 310mm x 202mm, ff 347–89: 320mm x 190mm); large folios dog-eared; original parchment front cover front end-paper (original back cover missing), originally bound with irregular size folios since the folio size changes in mid-session, now bound into dark-brown-cloth–covered boards with light brown leather spine and binding, title stamped on spine: 'LIBER | ACTORUM | 1609–1611 | Berks | c.54.'