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To all people to whome this preasente writinge shall Comme Roberte Withens Cittizen and Vintener of Londonne sendeth greetinge In our Lord god euerlastinge Whereas Thamasin Symondes late of Londonne widdowe late wiefe of Raphe Symondes late Cittizen and ffishmonger of london deceassed by her writinge or deede Tripartite Indented bearinge date the Thirde daie of December In the Sixte yeare of the reigne of our late soueraigne Lord of ffamous memory Kinge Edward the Sixte knoledged and Inrolled in the Queenes Maiestes Courte of Channery did give graunte and confirme vnto Ambrose Nicholas William Box Roberte Sowle Thomas Hall Salters Iohn Peers Henry Blower the elder Thomas Brian and Iohne Welton parishioners of the parrishe of Saincte Mildreede in Breadstreate of London All that her messuage or Tennement then Called the little rose with Twoe gardens to the same adioyninge sett lienge and beinge in the parrishe late Called Saincte margarettes in Southworke in the county of Surry and then and nowe in the parrishe of Saincte Saviour in Southworke aforesaide And all her howses shoppes Cellers sollers Chambers entries gardens pondes easementes landes soyle and hereditamentes Whatsoeuer with their Appurtenaunces in the parrishe of Saincte Saviour in Southworke aforesaide to the saide messuage or Tennemente belonginge or manny wies apperteyninge To haue and to houlde the saide messuage or Tennement and all other the premisses with their appurtenaunces vnto the saide Ambrose Nicholas, William Box Roberte Sowle Thomas Hall Iohn Peers Henry Blower Thomas Bryan and Iohn Welton and their heires foreuer As by the saide Indenture and Inrollemente thereof more playnelie and at lardge yt doth and maie appeare And where also the saide Ambrose Nicholas William Box Roberte Sowle Thomas Hall Henry Blower Iohnne Peers Thomas Bryan & Iohn Welton by their Indenture of demyse dated the Twentieth daie of November In the Seaventennth yeare of the Reigne of our Soueroeigne Ladie Elizabeth the Queenes Maiestie for divers god Cawses and concideracons them movinge haue with one assente and consente demysed graunted and to fearme letten vnto William Griffen cittizen and Vintener of london All the same messuage or Tennemente with the same Twoe gardens to the same adioyninge setlienge and beinge in the parrishe of Saincte Saviour in Southworke aforesaide And allso all their howses shoppes Cellers sollers Chambers entries gardens pondes land soyle proffytt Commoditie and hereditamentes whatsoeuer with their appurtenaunces In the parrishe of Saincte Saviour aforesaide to the saide messuage or Tennemente belonginge or apperteyninge To haue and to houlde the saide messuage or Tennemente gardeine shoppes Cellers sollers Chambers proffyttes Commodities and hereditamentes vnto the saide William Griffen his executors Adminstreetours and assignes from the ffeaste of Saincte Michaell the Archeaungell last past before the date of the same Indenture of Leasse vnto the ende and Tearme of Thirtie and one yeares from thence nexte ensewinge and fullie to be complete and ended yealdinge and payeinge therefore yearelie duringe the saide tearme vnto the saide Ambrose Nicholas William Box Roberte Sowle Thomas Hall Iohn Peers Henry Blower Thomas Bryan and Iohn Welton their heires or assignes or any of them or to the Churchewardens of the saide parrishe church of Saincte Mildread for the tyme beinge Seaven poundes of lawfull money of englaund at ffower ffeastes or tearmes in the yeare peaceablie as by the same Indenture of Leas with divers other Covenauntes grauntes articles Condicons thinges and agreementes therein conteyned more at lardge maie appeere The estate right title Intereste and tearme of yeares of which saide William Griffen of in and to the same Indenture of lease and premisses thereby demysed I the saide Roberte withens nowe haue and Inioye by vertue of one poole deede thereof to me made bearinge date the elevennth daie of December anno domini 1579 and in the Twoe and Twentieth yeare of the reigne of our saide soueraigne Ladie Qweene Elizabeth As by the same poole deede more at lardge Likewies Yt doeth and maie Appeare Nowe knowe yee That I the saide Roberte Withens for and In concideracion of a Certeyne competente somme of lawfull money of englaund to me in hand paide before thenseallinge hereof by Phillipp Hinchley Cittizen and Dyer of london whereof and wherewith I acknoledge my selfe fullie satisfied and paide haue bargained soulde assigned and setouer and by this my pnte writinge doe fullie cleirlie and absolutelie bargaine sell assigne and setover vnto the saide Phillipp Hinchley aswell the saide Indenture of lease and poole deede aforesaide As also all the estate righte title Intereste Clayme tearme of yeares to come and demaund which I the saide Roberte Withens haue maie can mighte shoulde or of righte owghte to haue to of and In the saide messuage or Tennemente and all other the premisses by the saide Indenture of leasse demysed by vertue of the same Indenture of leasse and poole deede aforeseide or either of them/ To haue and to houlde the saide Indenture of leasse and poole deede aforesaide And all my saide estate righte title Interest Clayme tearme of yeares to comme and demaunde of in and to the tearme of Thirtie and one yeares graunted by the saide Indenture of lease And I the saide Roberte Withens for me my executours and administratours doe Covenaunte promyse and graunte by theis presentes to and with the saide Phillipp Hinchley his executours administratours and assignes That the saide Indenture of lease and premisses thereby demysed nowe are and ben and so from hensforth shall continewe and bee vnto the saide Phillipp Hinchley his executours and Assignes ffree Cleire and Cleirlie acquited discharged or saved heermeles of and from all and singuler former bargaines sales guyftes grauntes arrereages of rentes and Incomberaunces whatsoeuer had made Comytted or donne by me the saide Roberte Withens (The rentes Covenauntes Condicions and agreementes in the saide Indenture of lease specified from hensforth on the Tennauntes behalfe to be paide kepte and performed onelie excepte and foreprised And fynallie That he the saide Phillipp Hinchley his executours administratours and assignes for and vnder the saide yearlie rente and Covenauntes from hensforth to be paide performed and kepte shall or maie peaceablie and quietlie haue houlde and Inioye the saide messuage or Tennemente and premisses by the saide Indenture of lease demysed and by theis presentes bargained and soulde without any lett trouble Interuption or eviction of me the saide Roberte Withens my executours administratours or assignes or of any other personne or personnes by my meanes or procuremente duringe all the reasidewe nowe to come and vnexpired of the saide tearme of Thirtie and one yeares graunted by the saide Indenture of lease In witnes whereof to this my presente writinge I the saide Roberte Withens haue put my hand and sealle yeeven the ffower and twentieth daie of March Anno Domini 1584 and in the Seaven and Twentiethe yeare of the Reigne of our soueraigne Ladie Elizabethe by the grace of god Qweene of englaund ffraunce and Irelaund defendour of the ffaith &c.
|(signed) by me Robart Wythens||Sigillatur et deliberatur in
presencia mei Petri Blower
servientis Thome Newman Scribe
For an image of the original MS, see the Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project Mun 1 Group 15.
By the terms of this assignment, Henslowe assumed the remaining twenty years (ending in 1605) of the original lease of the Little Rose to William Griffen. The assignment was co-signed by Robert Withens and Peter Blower, as representatives of the parish of St Mildred Bread Street, and the scrivener, Thomas Newman. A later lease document dated 7 August 1650 between the feoffees of the Thomasyn Symonds Charity, St Mildred Bread Street, and John Wallington, turner of London, for Little Rose estate for twenty-one years provides more specific details of the dimensions of the property: see Appendix 2 for the full record.
Record title: Withens' Assignment of the Little Rose Lease to Henslowe
Repository: Dulwich College
Shelfmark: Mun 15
Repository location: Dulwich
This lease assigned by Robert Withens to Philip Henslowe marks the beginning of
Henslowe's activities as a theatre impresario on Bankside. Henslowe was a long-term
resident, as well as owner of extensive properties in the Clink liberty on Bankside, but his
arrival date there is not yet known; see further the 'History of the Rose Property' section.
William Griffen's thirty-one-year lease of the Little Rose, dated 20 November 1574, is also in the Henslowe-Alleyn collection at Dulwich (see Appendix 1). Griffen subsequently transferred the remaining years of his lease to Robert Withens on 11 December 1579, in a document also held at Dulwich (DC: Mun 10).
For an abstract of the document and details of its transcription history, see the related EMLoT event record.
24 March 1584/5; English; parchment; single membrane; 474mm x 400mm; unnumbered; written 1 side only, large display initial, some key phrases in display script, indented with red seal attached at the bottom; good condition.