STAC 5/C58/18 - C I D - 42 Eliz - Lincolnshire - Richard Carryngton v Henry Tompson, John Bull et al see STAC Carrington
Transcribed by Helen Good
Interrogatories to be ministered to witnesses to be produced on the part and behalf of Richard Carrington clark complainant against Henry Tompson John Bull and others defendents.
1. Inprimis whether do you know the parties plaintiff and defendants yea or no.
2. Item whether do you know the town of Threckingham in the county of Lincoln yea or no. If yea whether did you appoint the xxviij th day of June in the xxxix th year of the reign of the Queens Majesty that now is in the night time before the rising of the sun or about the rising of the same hear the bells (then hanging in the Steeple of the said Church) rung yea or no. And if yea were they not rung in such confused and disordered manner as you thought some scathe fire or some other such matter of danger or tumult had happened in the said town of Threekingham, yea or no
3. Item upon the said sudden hearing of the said bells being rung in such disordered manner as aforesaid, whether did you call to you some other neighbours of the said towne and repaired to the chancelll door of the said church yea or no. And whether upon youre comming to the same was the same door locked, yea or no. And if yea whether had not the lock then set upon the same door been lately set thereon, and an old lock taken off the same door yea or no. And if yea by whom or by whose appointment was the same new lock set upon the same door & the old lock taken away to your knowledge or as you have credibly heard.
4. Item upon your coming to the said church as aforesaid and looking through the windows of the same did you not see the defendants aforesaid ringing the said bells yea or no. And if yea whether did you and others in your company come unto the chancell door and other doors of the said church being fast locked and barred against you procured the same doors to be opened and upon your entring into the said Church whether found you the said defendents ther, yea or no. And whether had they or any of them barred the said door and set on the said lock and was not the same chancell door locked on the inside and whether was the same a bolt lock or a spring lock and whether were the south doors of Church barred in the inside, yea or no. And whether are they not usuall doors by which the said parishoners resort to the said Church to hear prayer at times appointed.
5. Item after you had used means to enter into the church whether did you upon the said xxviij th day of June find the said defendants assembled in the said church of Threekingham & if yea what sword or swords rapier dagger or daggers or other weapons as gavelocks hammers chesills and other instruments of iron and steel were there found upon your coming into the said church and if yea did you not find the lock which the said defendants or some of them had lately broken of the said church door yea or no.
6. Item whether do you know or have credibly heard that the said defendants in riotous manner aforesaid entred into the said Church of Threkingham upon the said xxviij th day of June yea or no. And whether do you know or have credibly heard that the said Popper is and was a Smith yea or no. And whether he came ththither to break off the old lock from the said Chancell door and to set on the now one as you know or have heard.
7. Item by whose procurement practize privitie or appointment did the said Henry Tompson or any other his confederates in such riotous and unlawful manner enter into the said church and ring the said bells the said xxviij th day of June as aforesaid as you knowe or have credibly heard.
8. Item of how many places or townships were the said persons for assembled and of what profession trade or mysteries, when did they first meet together there and to whose house did they resorte, or where did they stay before their said attempt done in the said church of Threekingham.
9. Tem of whom or by whose procurement had they their said Gavelocks chesills weapons or other instruments of steel and iron which they had and used about the said accompt as you know or have credibly heard.