Assembly Book

Southampton City Archives: SC2/1/6

f 212 (6 February)

ffriday the sixt of ffebruary 1623



fforasmuch as the grauntinge of leave to Stage players or players of Interludes, and the like, to Act and represent theire Interludes playes and shewes in the townehall is very hurt full troublesome and inconvenyent for that the table benches and fourmes theire sett and placed for holdinge the kinges Courtes are by those meanes broken and spoyled or at least wise soe disordered that the Mayor and Bayliffes and other officers of the said Courtes Comminge thither for the Administracion of Iustice (especially in the pipowder Courtes of the said Towne which are there to be holden Twice a day yf occasion soe require) cannot so sit there in such decent and Convenient order as becometh and dyuers other Inconvenyentes doe therevpon ensue It is therefore ordered by generall Consent that from hensforth noe leave shall bee graunted to any Stage players or Interlude players or to any other person or persons resortinge to this Towne to Act shewe or represent any manner of Interludes or playes or any other sportes or pastymes whatsoever in the said hall/

  • Endnote

    Southampton's 'townehall' was the hall over the Bargate, the main gate into the town from the north, which still stands today.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Assembly Book
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC2/1/6
    Repository location: Southampton

    The assembly book is a minute or act book of the town council, recording its decisions on a variety of matters, including taxes and customs duties, poor relief, enrolling of freemen and burgesses, the election and duties of town officials (including the musicians), and offences such as selling goods or keeping an alehouse without a proper licence. The council met roughly once a week, normally on Friday. The date of the meeting heads each group of minutes or memoranda and the names of the mayor and aldermen present appear in the left margin. Frequently rubrics identifying each action occur just above or to the left of the main entries.

    12 March 1603/4–7 October 1642; English; paper; 331 leaves; 418mm x 281mm; modern pencil foliation followed here (original ink foliation begins on f 7 and leaves out f 9, then begins again with f 2 at the pencil f 18); good condition, first 16 folios damaged and repaired; heavy parchment cover with leather straps, no original title, '1602 to 1642' inked in same hand that has titled so many of the Southampton muniments.

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