Manuscript describing two unlawful incidents: c.1557
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Manuscript, incribed on one side. It served as an informer's report. This manuscript shows how the Tudor government relied on informers to maintain the law. This document describes two incidents that took place in 1557. The first entry describes the illegal preparation of a "pygge dysshe" in the house of Richard Ashton in Charterhouse Lane during Lent. The informer is unable to say whether the pig was "rosted or eaten there" and moreover "who was at the eating of it". The second presentment refers to William Sapperton of Clerkenwell, gentleman, who has allowed his servant to maintain a "tippling house" beside the "pysse" (public lavatories) in Clerkenwell contrary to Statute and without obtaining a licence.
1557 AD - 1557 AD