That for avoydinge of great concourse of people, Which causeth increase of thinfection, yt were convenient, that all Playes, Bearebaytinges, Cockpittes, common Bowlinge alleyes, and suche like vnnecessarie assemblies should be suppressed duringe the tyme of infection, for that infected people, after theire longe keepinge in, and before they be clered of theire disease and infection, beinge desirous of recreacion, vse to resort to suche assemblies, where throughe heate and thronge, they infecte manie sound personnes./
Record title: Articles regarding the Plague for the Privy Council
Shelfmark: Lansdowne 74
Repository location: London
The Burghley Papers include an undated list of twelve
advisory provisions sent by the Privy Council to London authorities to
prevent the spread of the plague. The eighth provision suggests that all
plays, bearbaitings, cockpits, bowling alleys, and 'suche like
vnnecessarie assemblies' be suppressed. The suggested dating is during
the plague year 1593 but the Privy Council Register needed to confirm
the date is missing from 26 August 1593 to 1 October 1595.
For an abstract of the document and details of its transcription history, see the related EMLoT event record.
c 1593; English; paper; single sheet; 335mm x 440mm; unnumbered; good condition; endorsed on verso: 'Aduices to decrease the Plage & to relieve the poore vagarant people.' Now folded in half, foliated ff 75–6, mounted on a binding strip and bound with other Burghley papers in a brown cloth binding with brown leather spine and corners, title on spine: 'BURGHLEY | PAPERS. | 1593| BRIT. MUS. | LANSDOWNE| MS. | 74.'