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Traditional Trades And Cottage Crafts Listed In
The Austrey Parish Register 1558-1600

By Alan Roberts




Elizabethan blacksmiths


We have to thank Elizabeth I for providing us with an impressive and comprehensive list of Austrey's sixteenth century inhabitants. Towards the end of her reign the old Queen enacted that the parish registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths that Thomas Cromwell instructed to be kept safely in the parish test should be copied into parchment books for better preservation. So we have through the diligence of the vicar a very full record of Austrey's Elizabethan inhabitants, with the names of their marriage partners and in most entries their occupations from 1558 onwards. Not all of those listed in the register actually settled in the parish. The entries seem to have been swollen by people from outside parishes, which appears to have been a fashionable place to marry. Some were outsiders marrying Austrey brides and then departing, or servants and itinerants registering a baptism or marriage before returning to their home village. Jeffrey Howe, the "traveller" recorded marrying Elizabeth in 1600 probably stayed only a day or two before moving on. This is a list of those who did not work in the fields, the traditional tradesmen and cottage-craft workers recorded in the Austrey register from 1558 to 1600.


Elizabethan tailor



1559

George Petcher

Blackmith

m. Margery Kinge

1559

Thomas Bladon

Carpenter

m. Alis Payne

1559

Thomas Chetle

Weaver

m. Agnis

1560

Thomas Cooke

Blackmith

m. Margaret

1560

John Snape

Fletcher & Labourer

m. Elizabeth Bloare

1569

John Swanne

Weaver

m. Alice

1565

John Harfocke

Butcher

m. Joane

1571

William Hull

Glover

m. Joane

1575

Roger Taylor

Wheelwright

m. Joane

1580

Richard Archerd

Tailor

m. Alice Taylor

1580

Cipprian Holte

Freemason

m. Margaret Brooke

1581

Roger Holte

Freemason

m. Elnor

1582

David Evans

Sawyer

m. Joane Holmes

1582

Robert Arnolde

Weaver

m. Agnis Mason

1582

Dennis Swanne

Weaver

m. 1. Joyse, 2. Alice Juthley

1583

William Watson

Roper

m. 1. Elizabeth Eedes, 2. Isabell

1583

Robert Royle

Joiner

m. Elizabeth

1585

Henry Taylor

Tailor

m. Alice Merymouth

1586

John Hewarde

Tailor

m. Isabell Kendall

1586

Christopher Wilson

Baker

m. Christian

1588

Robert Taylor

Wheelwright

m. Margaret Molde

1589

Robert Broomfield

Carpenter

m. Sarah

1589

Thomas Orton

Weaver

m. Agnis

1589

Raphe Wright

Carpenter

m. Ellyn

1591

John Garratt

Carpenter

m. Margaret

1591

Thomas Snape

Tailor

m. Dorothy

1592

John Wilson

Carpenter

m. Agnis Foxe

1593

Thomas Lagoe

Freemason

m. Anne

1599

Robert Hollande

Nailer

m. Agnis

1600

William Hull

Joiner

m. Agnis

1600

Henry Taverner

Carpenter

m. Margery


Alan Roberts, August 2013



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