During the English Civil War, Parliament started confiscating the estates of people whom it classified as enemies. This process was called sequestration, and its victims were labelled delinquents. They didn’t necessarily have any affection for the King, and hadn’t necessarily done anything to help him or his armies, but the criteria for sequestration kept getting broader. The sequestration system had a long and messy development that I tried to sketch out in my book. The first national sequestration ordinance was passed on 27 March 1643, and you can read it free at British History Online. The ordinance authorized the seizure of all of a delinquent’s real and personal estate. Rents and debts, which were to be paid to the state, were probably the main sources of money, but goods were also inventoried and sold. The inventory below is for the goods of Lady Wotton and Sir Philip Musgrave. Musgrave was a commander for the King in north-west England (you can read a biography of him at the Internet Archive), but I’m not sure where this inventory was taken. ‘Kent’ has been written on the manuscript in pencil but there’s no explanation of why. Maybe someone who knows the background can confirm or deny it. By the time I was half way through transcribing this document I’d decided that it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be, but here it is anyway. For me, the most interesting part is towards the end, where it lists the animals in the park.
TNA: PRO, SP 28/217A, part 1, ff. 104-7 (the quoted text is all in Crown Copyright and released under Open Government Licence. Click the thumbnails to see page images on Flickr, for non-commercial use only). As the folio numbers don’t add up, there may be some pages missing.
An Inventory of all the good of the ho[nourab]le the Lady wotton or of S[i]r Philip Musgrave in the Pallace, prised by John Pawlin Alderman Peter Parlin & George Harriso[n] taken the 27th daye of Maye 1643
In my Lords Chamber
one bedsted w[i]th a testerne, one Round Table, one paire of Creep[er]s xi pictures iii blanketts, one Chaire ii stooles 1 warming pan 05 – 00 – 00
In the studye
one great Iron Chest, one small one, iii great Chests, two double shelves for bookes, one Case for glasses, one blankett seven boxes w[i]th writinge, & other writings & bookes 06 – 00 – 00
One half headed bedstid gilded & one picture 00 – 10 – 00
Mr Clabornes Chamber
one halfe bedstid gilded, w[i]th a Canipie, one Marble table one fether bed boulster blanket Ruggs, one Couch bed fowre Cuishions, three Chaires 9. peeces of Irish hangings & one paire of Cobiornes 16 – 00 – 00
In the Gallerie
Twelve Pictures, ii Trunks, one table, one Close stole i screene 03 – 00 – 00
Two great Trunks ii Irish harpes, 5. other Instruments iii greate Chests ii Chayers, ii Close stooles, 5. boxes one paire of Cobirons & tong[es] one half headed beadstid blanket mat & Corde, one scouse, one dish & sawcer. 1. table 03 – 00 -00
[th]e Maides Chamber
one bedstid, one Round table, one Court Cupboard. 6. Chares one forme, one paire of Cobirons, ii pare of Tonges, & divers hangings 01 – 10 – 00
In the next Chamber.
one slight bedsted, one Trundle bed ii blanketts, one Rugg, Curtaynes, one flock boulster, one Table, & other Lomber 01 – 00 – 00
In the next Roomes
one Trunke iii lether shapers, one forme, one [greene?] Rug 00 – 15 – 00
one litle Table one paire of Tables 00 – 06 – 00
one bedsted Curtaynes & Rug one Court Cupbard 01 – 00 – 00
two safes one Round Table, one great looking glass w[i]th lumber 02 – 00 – 00
In the Chamber over the Kitchen
one Joyned Table 12. greene Chayes one paire of Cob Irons one Couch bed with the furniture 07 – 00 – 00
In the Buttery
one Bynne one Table & forme, one brass sconce & one pressor 01 – 00 – 00
In the sellors
11 Butts, 3. stilling[es] one shelfe 02 – 00 – 00
4. stilling[es] & one Hogshed 01 – 00 – 00
5 stilling[es] 01 – 00 – 00
In the Hall.
4. Tables. 6. formes, ii Perches for Hawkes. 4. Piks 1. Range of Iron 05 – 00 – 00
In the Greate Rome
one Joyned table one Table of Marble, one side table one Court Cupbard one paire of Organs, one marble [sestorne?] 12. Chaires one footestoole, one pare of virginalls one paire of Creep[er]s 16 – 00 – 00
In the with drawing Roome
one paire of Organs and virginalls, one drawing table one side table, one Court Cupbard 12 Chaires w[i]th Covers two lowe stooles ii pictures, ii paire of Andiornes one paire of tonges one fire shovell 12 – 00 -
In the litle Parlor.
one Ovell Table one Court Cupbard one screene. 12 Chaires of Turkey worke, one paire of Aundiorns one paire of Creep[er]s one fire pan 06 – 00 -
In the Chamber next [th]e Garden
one Marble Table 19. Chares & stooles w[i]th Covers, ii pictures iii Curtaynes one Court Cupbard one paire of Aundiorns one paire of Irons for Aundiorns one fire pan 20 – 00 -
In the guilted Chamber.
one table one greene Carpett 7. Chaires & stooles one picture one paire of Aundirons, the Lether Hangings 05 – 00 -
In the Mourning Chamber.
one Table one bedsted ii beds iii boulsters one quilt with the mouring Courtaynes & vallance one paire of Creepers the Mourning hangins one Close stoole 08 – 00 -
In the Blew Chamber.
one bedsted guilded one litle Table iii stooles iii Chares sutable w[i]th Covers one paire of Tong[es] warminge panne one Close stoole & one paire of Creep[er]s 04 – 00 -
In the Lower Chamber
one bedsted two fether beds iii boulsters one blanket iii Ruggs iii Trunks one Table one Carpet ii stooles one forme 05 – 00 -
In the Chamber next the Chapell
one Round Table iii Chaires one stoole ii Trunks one picture one paire of Creep[er]s fire pan & tong[es] one Close stoole 01 – 10 -
In S[i]r Edmund Crispe hs Chamber
one bedsted Courtaynes & vallance w[i]th the hanging[es] one Rugge one litle Table one Chaire one Joyned stoole 00 – 10 – 0
In the Chamber neere the Tower.
one Canipie bedstid one flock bed one Carpet one Cushion two Joyned stooles, one Chair one Round table one square table one paire of Creep[er]s fire pan, bellowes & other lumber 01 – 10 – 0
In the Wardrup
iii presses ii Carpets ii Chayers one stoole. 5 formes two pictures 6. Cushions one hower glas one plush box Case one long box & other lumber w[i]th a head of a Canipie lether hanging[es] one Trunke 05 – 00 -
In Mr Dawneys Chamber.
one bedsted iii blanketts one Rugg one boulster one pillow one fether bed rope & matt one Table one Carpett one Chushio one Chare w[i]th other Lumber 03 – 00 -
In the next Chamber
one Table 7. pictures one bedsted Curtaynes & vallance ii stooles 3. Chaires one paire of Creep[er]s one Court Cupbard old hanging[es] & other Lumber 03 – 00 – 0
In the now lodging Chamber of S[i]r Ed: Crispe
one halfe headed bed, fether bed, boulster Rugge blanket & pillow one table one pair of Creep[er]s fire pan & peece of hanging[es] & other Lumber 02 – 00 – 0
one halfe heded bedstid rope matt & one old table 00 – 03 – 0
In the Baylies Chamber
one bed one boulster one pillow, Rugg w[i]th the bedstede Courtaynes & vallance & ii formes 02 – 10 – 0
In the Clock howse
one Clock 02 – 00 -
In the Wine seller Chamber
one halfe headed bedstede w[i]th a Canapie, one quilt one Rugg one old table one Chaire 00 – 12 – 0
In the footemens Chamber.
one halfe headed bedstid one bed two boulsters one greene Rugg one litle table one forme & a litle other lomber 02 – 00 – 0
In the servants Chamber
one bedstedle Curtyans & vallance, rope & mat one paire of tonges one pair of Creep[er]s fire pan & bellowes one Round table three Chaires & Joyned stooles 01 – 00 – 00
In the wash howse
one table ii formes 1 bucking tub iii washing [keelers?] other lumber 01 – 00 – 0
In the Kitchin
ii Coopes one Table one forme one leather Chaire vi litle peeces of pewter 1 tacke of Iron to hang potts on & Roast meate one paire of bellowes fire pan & tong[es], a brass pott ii spitts 02 – 00 – 0
In the porters Lodge
one bedsted one bed and one boulster 01 – 00 – 0
In the Brewhowse
one brass Copper two brewing Tunns ii Coole backs 20 – 00 – 0
sea Coles 05 – 00 – 0
one querne 23. Casks & other lumber in the brewhouse 02 – 10 – 0
one Rake one Iron slice & one Iron [beame?] 00 – 10 – 0
In the Brewers Chamber
one halfe heade bedstid one feather bed ii boulsters one Rugg and blankett 01 – 06 – 8
In the bake howse
one kneding troffe one brake iii pailes one litle ketle one brass pan iii [tubes?] one table one paile one shovell 00 – 10 – 0
In the boulting Roome
The boulter to boult flower & a wooden beame 01 – 00 – 0
In the further Chamber over [th]e stable
one bedstid one table one paire of scales 00 – 12 – 0
In the midle Chamber over the
two flock beds one fether & one flock boulster & one quilt 01 – 00 – 0
In the next Chamber
one halfe headed bed one feather bed boulster ii blanketts one old Rugg one table, a forme, one sidesadle 02 – 00 – 0
In the Corne Loft
one bushell one halfe bushell 7. leden weights a shovell 00 – 10 – 0
In the greene Court
Three wood stacks of faggotts 15 – 00 – 0
In the Barne
The Haye 15 – 00 – 0
In the Granery
ii [scryes?] one bushell 5. tubb[es] ii funnels & one shovell 01 – 00 – 0
In the Rome under the Granery.
All the wood there in the valte 20 – 00 – 0
In the Parke.
Three Cowes 08 – 00 – 0
Wethers Lambes & yewes 127 37 – 00 – 0
Two Maires and fower Coults 11 – 00 – 0
one waggon ii Courts 2. lodes of Wood 03 – 00 – 0
7 stockes of Bees 01 – 00 – 0
A bout two hundred Deers remayninge in [th]e Parke [54?] – 00 – 00
Theise good[es] were valued and apprised by us whose names are hereunder written.