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C 275/94, folios 44 verso and 45 recto

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Date: 1613-1614
Repository: The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call number and opening: C 275/94, fols. 44v-45r

Item Date
1613-1614
Repository
The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call Number
C 275/94, fols. 44v-45r

Institution Rights and Document Citation

 

Images reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England.

Terms of use
The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided.
Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education.  Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU, Tel: 020 8392 5225   Fax: 020 8392 5266.

Document-specific information
Date: 1613-1614
Repository: The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call number and opening: C 275/94, fols. 44v-45r

In March 1613 William Shakespeare and three associates agreed to purchase the Gatehouse of the former Dominican priory in London known as “Blackfriars” from Henry Walker for the sum of £140. The indenture of bargain and sale is dated March 10. The same group agreed to a mortgage, dated March 11, for the property in the amount of £60, implying that the buyers put up only £80 at the time of sale. For a discussion of these transactions, and a description of the property, see “Shakespeare purchases the Blackfriars Gatehouse.”

On March 11, 1613, after all relevant documents were signed, Walker went to the Rolls Office on Chancery Lane to have the indenture of bargain and sale enrolled.

Alphabetical indexes to the enrollments, somewhat crude by modern standards, were maintained by office clerks as finding lists. Shown here, in the Index to Grantors, the relevant entry occurs for the year 11 James I, or 1613, under “W”:

Walker Henricus et Skakespeare Willelmus & alii.

This entry replicates the marginal flag found in the enrollment, or official transcript, but with forenames added, and with a “k” substituted for the “h” in Shakespeare’s surname. This entry may be compared to the three entries in the Index to Grantees.

For more about Shakespeare’s purchase of the Blackfriars, please see Alan H. Nelson and the Folger Shakespeare Library staff’s essay.

Co-written by Alan H. Nelson and Folger Shakespeare Library staff

Sources
James Orchard Halliwell-Phillips, Outlines (1887): 1:238-40, 2:37-41.
James Orchard Halliwell-Phillips, Outlines (1889): 2:37-41.
E.K. Chambers, William Shakespeare: a Study of Facts and Problems (1930): 2:154-9, 168.
J. Leslie Hotson, Shakespeare’s Sonnets Dated, and Other Essays (1949).
B. Rowland Lewis, Shakespeare Documents: 2:435-48, 467-71, 531-4.
Samuel Schoenbaum, William Shakespeare: A Documentary Life: 220-6.
Samuel Schoenbaum, William Shakespeare: Records and Images: 39-48.

Last updated January 10, 2018