Withens' Assignment of the Little Rose Lease to Henslowe

Dulwich College: Mun 15

single membrane (24 March)

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 Scriptoris
  • Footnotes
    • To all … this: in display script, with large ornamental initial T 11 lines high
    • Sixte … Sixte: 1552
    • To haue and to houlde: in display script
    • And where also: in display script
    • Seaventennth … Maiestie: 1574
    • To haue and to: in display script
    • yealdinge: written in a more formal script possibly by a different hand
    • The estate: in display script
    • Nowe knowe yee: in display script
    • pnte: for presente; abbreviation mark omitted
    • To haue and to houlde: in display script
    • And I the saide: in display script
    • And fynallie: in display script
    • In witnes: in display script
    • Sigillatur … Scriptoris: 'Sealed and delivered in the presence of me, Peter Blower, servant of Thomas Newman, notary'
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    To all people to whom this present writing shall come, Robert Withens, citizen and vintner of London, sends greeting in our lord God everlasting. Whereas Thomasyn Symonds, late of London, widow, late wife of Ralph Symonds, late citizen and fishmonger of London, deceased, by her writing or deed tripartite indented, bearing date the third day of December in the sixth year of the reign of our late sovereign Lord of famous memory King Edward the Sixth, knowledged and enrolled in the queen's majesty's court of Chancery, did give, grant, and confirm unto Ambrose Nicholas, William Box, Robert Sowle, Thomas Hall, salters, John Peers, Henry Blower the elder, Thomas Bryan, and John Welton, parishioners of the parish of St Mildred in Bread Street of London, all that of her messuage or tenement then called the Little Rose, with two gardens to the same, adjoining, set, lying, and being in the parish late called St Margaret's in Southwark, in the county of Surrey, and then and now in the parish of St Saviour in Southwark aforesaid, and all her houses, shops, cellars, chambers, entries, gardens, ponds, easements, lands, soil, and hereditaments whatsoever, with their appurtenances, in the parish of St Saviour in Southwark aforesaid, to the said messuage or tenement belonging or many ways appertaining, to have and to hold the said messuage or tenement and all other the premises with their appurtenances, unto the said Ambrose Nicholas, William Box, Robert Sowle, Thomas Hall, John Peers, Henry Blower, Thomas Bryan, and John Welton, and their heirs forever, as by the said indenture and enrolment thereof more plainly and at large it does and may appear, and where also the said Ambrose Nicholas, William Box, Robert Sowle, Thomas Hall, Henry Blower, John Peers, Thomas Bryan, and John Welton, by their indenture of demise dated the twentieth day of November, in the seventeenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lady Elizabeth, the queen's majesty, for diverse and good causes and considerations them moving, have with one assent and consent demised, granted, and to farm let unto William Griffen, citizen and vintner of London, all the same messuage or tenement, with the same two gardens, to the same adjoining, settling, and being in the parish of St Saviour in Southwark aforesaid, and also all their houses, shops, cellers, sollars, chambers, entries, gardens, ponds, lands, soil, profit, commodity, and hereditaments whatsoever, with their appurtenances in the parish of St Saviour aforesaid, to the said messuage or tenement belonging or appertaining, to have and to hold the said messuage or tenement, garden, shops, cellars, sollers, chambers, profits, commodities, and hereditaments unto the said William Griffen, his executors, administrators, and assigns, from the feast of St Michael the Archangel last past, before the date of the same indenture of lease unto the end and term of thirty and one years from thence next ensuing, and fully to be complete and ended, yielding and paying therefore yearly during the said term unto the said Ambrose Nicholas, William Box, Robert Sowle, Thomas Hall, John Peers, Henry Blower, Thomas Bryan, and John Welton, their heirs or assigns, or any of them, or to the churchwardens of the said parish church of St Mildred, for the time being, seven pounds of lawful money of England, at four feasts or terms in the year, peaceably as by the same indenture of lease, with diverse other covenants, grants, articles, conditions, things, and agreements therein contained more at large may appear, the estate, right, title, interest, and term of years of which said William Griffen of, in, and to the same indenture of lease, and have premises thereby demised. I, the said Robert Withens now have and enjoy by virtue of one poll deed thereof to me made, being date the eleventh day of December anno domini 1579, and the two and twentieth year of the reign of our said sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth, as by the same poll deed more at large. Likewise it does and may appear now, know you that I, the said Robert Withens, for and in consideration of a certain competent sum of lawful money of England, to me in hand paid before the ensealing hereof by Philip Henslowe, citizen and dyer of London, whereof and wherewith I acknowledge myself fully satisfied and paid, have bargained, sold, assigned, and set over, and by this my present writing do fully, clearly, and absolutely bargain, sell, assign, and set over unto the said Philip Henslowe as well the said indenture of lease and poll deed aforesaid, as also the estate, right, title, interest, claim, term of years to come and demand, which I the said Robert Withens have, may, can, might, should, or of right ought to have to, of, and in the said messuage or tenement and all other the premises by the said indenture of lease demise by virtue of the same indenture of lease and poll deed aforesaid, or either of them. To have and to hold the said indenture of lease and poll deed aforesaid and all my estate, right, title, interest, claim, term of years to come and demand, of, in, and to the term of thirty and one years, granted by the said indenture of lease. And I the said Robert Withens for me, my executors, and administrators do covenant, promise, and grant by these presents to and with the said Philip Henslowe, his executors, administrators, and assigns, that the said indenture of lease and premises thereby demised now are and been and so from henceforth shall continue, and be unto the said Philip Henslowe, his executors, and assigns, free, clear, and clearly acquitted, discharged, or saved harmless, of and from all and singular former bargains, sales, gifts, grants, arrearages of rents, and incumbrances whatsoever had made, committed, or done by me, the said Robert Withens (the rents, covenants, conditions, and agreements in the said indenture of lease specified from henceforth on the tenant’s behalf, to be paid, kept, and performed only except and foreprised. And, finally that the said Philip Henslowe, his executors, administrators, and assigns, for and under the said yearly rent and covenants, from henceforth to be paid, performed, and kept, shall or may peaceably and quietly have, hold, and enjoy the said messuage or tenement and premises by the said indenture of lease demised and by these presents bargained and sold, without any let, trouble, interruption, or eviction of me, the said Robert Withens, my executors, administrators, or assigns, or of any other person or persons by my means or procurements during all the residue now to come, and unexpired of the said term of thirty and one years granted by the said indenture of lease. In witness whereof, to this my present writing, I the said Robert Withens have put my hand and seal, given the four and twentieth day of March, anno domini 1584, and in the seven and twentieth year of the reign of our sovereign lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God queen of England, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, etc.

    'Signed and delivered in the presence of me, Peter Blower, servant of Thomas Newman, notary'
    (signed) By me, Robert Withens

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  • Endnote

    For an abstract of the document and details of its transcription history, see the related EMLoT event record.

    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 of London, for the Little Rose estate for twenty-one years provides more specific details of the dimensions of the property; see Appendix 2 for the full record.

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  • Document Description

    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 'History of the Rose Property.'

    William Griffen's thirty-one-year lease of the Little Rose, dated 20 November 1574, is also in the Henslowe-Alleyn collection at Dulwich. 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). See Appendix 1 for the full text of both leases.

    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.

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