Rauphe Brocket of Alton - The Broket Archive

Will and Inventory of
Rauphe Brocket of Alton Shoemaker 1593

Rauphe lived and worked in Alton which lay on the main London-Winchester road. Following is his Will, written 16 May, proved 27 Oct 1593 in Winchester, and associated inventory:1

1. In the name of God Amen . the .xvjth daye of maye And in the xxxvth yeare of the reigne of our souereigne
2. Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of god Queene of englande Fraunce and Irelande defendour of the feithe &c I Rauphe
3. Brocket of Alton in the countie of southe Shoemaker / beinge of whole mynde / and in good and perfitte
4. remembrance laude and praise be vnto almightie god / Make and ordeine this my last will Testamente
5. in maner and forme followinge / First I commende my soule to almightie god my maker and Redeemer
6. and my bodie to be buried in the parishe churche or churche yarde in Alton / Item I geve and bequiethe
7. toward the reparations of the churche of Alton – ijs vjd Item I geve to Edward Hacker of Readinge
8. in the countie of Berke Tailler for to buie for his twoo children Roger Hacker and Elizabethe
9. hacker the some of Fiftie shillinges in currannt money to be bestowed in a Cowe / Item I geve to
10. my sister Cornellis – vjs viijd / Item I geve to Henrie Cornellis vj Dossen of Lestes in condition
11. he will begynne shoemakinge / or els the same to remayne to Jesses housband / Item I geve vnto
12. Jesse Cornellis – vjs viijd / Item I geve to John’ Bande thelder for the vse of all my god children xijd
13. a peece to buye a sheepe to make them a stocke withall / Item I geve to Dennes Hall of hetherell
14. j poddindish and one Platter / Item I geve to my brother Walters twoo children twoo shillinges a peec
15. Item I geve to John Robertes the sonne of Robert Robertes / barber – vjs viijd to buie a sheepe Item I geve
16. to Christian Hall and Agnes Hall xijd a peece / Item I geve to my brother Robert Brocket a last
17. kniffe a little hatchet and a Sise Item I geve to John Rowe my watchinge staffe / Item the
18. Residue of all my goodes and Chattels moviable or vnmoviablie my debtes payed my funnerall
19. expences performed and my Testament fulfilled I geve and bequeth to margeret my wife / whome
20. I make my full executerixe / And also I make my overseers my brother Robert Brocket / Symmon
21. Hall / William goodderige and Richard Pratt to se all thinges herein mencioned performed
22. and kepte / In witnes whereof I haue heere vnto sette my marke 1593
John Rowe the writter hereof
Probate: 27 Oct 1593 oath of relict Margaret

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Following is the inventory of Rauphe’s goodes and chattels. It reveals a middling 16th C craftsman. Local yeomen would have probably lived in a similar sized house but their assets would have been worth more—Rauphe’s were worth c £15. It had more rooms than many houses in the town but we do not know how large they were:

  • The house had a second floor over both hall and workshop—the latter probably used for storage or an apprentice—an inner chamber, a back chamber and a kitchen—perhaps a separate building.
  • He had painted clothes—imitation tapestries—in the rooms, some of the beds were of feather and not flock and utensils were brass, but there was no silver.
  • The back house could have been a lean-to or a separate building.
A .Iuinitorie . of the goodes and chattels of Rauphe
Brocket of Alton in the countie of Southe Shoemaker

Praised and vewde the viij th daye of June 1593 /
by Christopher Payne / Robert Brocket / Thomas
Walter / Symon Hall / and Richarde Pratt as
here after followitheIn the hall
Imprimis. j longe table with a fraime
and twoo Formes ………………………………………………. vs
more the painted clothes one stoole twoo
benches and a lettes ……………………………………… xviijdIn the Shoppe
Item all his workinge geire & his lestes …………………… xs
more the lomberd in the Shoppe …………………………. xijd
more j paire of Tables / & j blacke bill …………………. xviijdIn the chamber over the hall
Item one fether bed / one flocke bed a fether
bolster twoo floke bolsters twoo coverletes
and a Quilt ……………………………………………………… xls
more ij Joyned bedsteedes / a trouckell bedsteed
and iij mattes ………………………………………………… xviijs
more j dresser table with a olde chaire one
stoole / and a planke ………………………………………… iiijs
more the painted clothes -………………………………… ijs vjdThe Lynninge
Item v paire of sheites good and bad and three
Table clothes …………………………………………………… xvs
more j pillebeer and v table napkyns ……………………….. ijsIn the loft over the shope
Item his apparrell ………………………………………………. xs
more j cowbbord and iij cofers ………………………………. xs
more ij olde bedsteedes …………………………………….. xxd
more j capp one heade peece / j sworde twoo
Daggers / and j olde hanger ……………………………… ijs vjdIn the ynner chamber
Item j fether bedd / one flock bedd / iiij pillows
one bolster & ij coverletes …………………………………… xxs
more ij bedsteedes certeyne painted clothes
ij Testers / ij mattes one olde Coffer ……………………….. vsIn the Backe chamber
Item ij flock bedes / ij fether bolsters one
flocke bolster iij coverletes / one thrommed
twilt /and j blanket …………………………………………… xxxs
more j Joyned bedsteed / j Trowckell bedsteed
and ij mattresses ………………………………………………. xs
more j table / ij stools / ij formes / & one benche …. iijs iiijdThe backe house /
Item one Table / a forme one benche a painted
clothe / and olde lomberd ………………………………. iijs iiijdIn the kitchinge
Item one Fornis …………………………………………………. xs
more iij kettels / j olde brasse pott one chaiffyn
Dishe /v candlestickes of brasse one skymmer
and j baistinge Laddell ……………………………………….. xvs
more ij drippinge pans of Iron a girge
Iron / j fleshe hooke / ij shredinge knyffes ……………….. vs
More ij Ange Irons / ij brotches / j paire
of tonges / j Fyer showell ij paire of
hangers / one paire of potthookes and a
tostinge Iron …………………………………………………….. vsPewtter /
Item viij platters ………………………………………………. viijs
more viij pottingers ……………………………………….. vs iiijd
more viij sawsers …………………………………………….. xvjd
more v salt sellers & ij olde dishes ………………………… xijd
more iij quart potes one pynte pote
and one chamber pot …………………………………………. iiijs
more all the woodden vessell ……………………………….. xijd
more j dossen spounes ………………………………………. iiijd
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The bruynge vessell
Item j brewinge Faite / v Covers and
one kyve ……………………………………………………….. viijs
more all the lombert a boute the kitchinge ……………….. ijs
more j axe / j sawe / ij wedges & a hatchett ………………. ijs
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In the Butterie /
Item vj Towbbs the benches / j olde cowbbord
iij shelves / j trowe a stande to set aile vppon ……………. xs
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In the backesyde
Item all the woodde ……………………………………………. ijs
more j sowe and viij pigges …………………………………. xxs
more j olde borded house …………………………………….. ijs
more j stall of Bees …………………………………………….. ijs
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              Some tot’ – xvli iiijd

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[1] HRO A013 /1-2.