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WARWICKSHIRE: Feet of fines for 44/45 Eliz I Mich
1602

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Creator: Court of Common Pleas
Title: WARWICKSHIRE: Feet of fines for 44/45 Eliz I Mich
Date: 1602
Repository: The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call number and opening: CP 25/2/237/44/45ELIZIMICH
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Court of Common Pleas
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WARWICKSHIRE: Feet of fines for 44/45 Eliz I Mich
Item Date
1602
Repository
The National Archives, Kew, UK
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CP 25/2/237/44/45ELIZIMICH recto

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Creator: Court of Common Pleas
Title: WARWICKSHIRE: Feet of fines for 44/45 Eliz I Mich
Date: 1602
Repository: The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call number and opening: CP 25/2/237/44/45ELIZIMICH
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Item Creator
Court of Common Pleas
Item Title
WARWICKSHIRE: Feet of fines for 44/45 Eliz I Mich
Item Date
1602
Repository
The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call Number
CP 25/2/237/44/45ELIZIMICH verso

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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.

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Creator: Court of Common Pleas
Title: WARWICKSHIRE: Feet of fines for 44/45 Eliz I Mich
Date: 1602
Repository: The National Archives, Kew, UK
Call number and opening: CP 25/2/237/44/45ELIZIMICH
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This is the foot of fine, one of the three copies of the final concord ratifying Shakespeare’s purchase of New Place in 1602. It has been filed with other Warwickshire “feet” among the records of the Court of Common Pleas since 1602. Shakespeare's name appears in the middle of the fifth line (in the accusative case) as "Will[elmu]m Shakespeare gen[er]osum" (William Shakespeare, gentleman). The text is in Latin and is written in a style of handwriting used solely for Court of Common Pleas documents. 

Most legal documents that transferred property consisted of three copies: one for the buyer, one for the seller, and one for the court. For final concords, the agreement was copied out three times on a single membrane of parchment, which was then “indented,” or cut apart along wavy lines. In case of future disputes, they could be fitted together again to prove their authenticity. The final concord of 1602 is remarkable for the fact that all three copies survive. The buyer and vendor copies are in the Folger Shakespeare Library. 

Shakespeare purchased New Place, one of the largest houses in Stratford-upon-Avon, from William Underhill in 1597. Shortly after the sale, Underhill died, apparently poisoned by his eldest son, Fulke, who was prosecuted for the crime and hanged in 1599. Fulke's estates reverted to the crown until his younger brother, Hercules, came of legal age in 1602. In that year, Hercules confirmed the sale of New Place to Shakespeare, probably arising out of Shakespeare's concern to protect his investment.  

See Shakespeare purchases New Place for further details about the 1597 and 1602 final concords.

Last updated January 18, 2018