Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Francis and Richard Langley vs Woodliffe: Court stays Woodliffe's Common Pleas suits


Francis and Richard Langley sue Oliver Woodliffe in Chancery Court. Francis purchased a lease of the Boar's Head on 7 November 1599 for £400, paid by £100 in hand and three £200 bonds. Woodliffe, in turn, bonded himself for 1,000 marks for security on the lease. The Langleys complain that they cannot enjoy their lease on the Boar's Head, 'by reason of an encumbrance done by the defendant.' Woodliffe, however, is proceeding in Common Pleas against Richard Langley for failure to pay the terms of the first bond, though in his reply to this Chancery suit, he offered to deliver up the three bonds and repay the £100 in return for the lease. The Langleys agree, and offer to deliver up Woodliffe's bond of 1,000 marks, provided Woodliffe also reimburse the Langleys for their costs in repairing and improving the Boar's Head. Woodliffe's suits in Common Pleas are stayed by the Court, and he is given one week to provide good reason why the issue should not be referred to and settled by Master Hunt of Chancery.

Date Event Recorded

From: 6 May 1601 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 7 November 1599 To: late April 1601 (Source of claim: transcription)


Boar's Head


Name Role
Hunt, John Master in Chancery
Woodliffe, Oliver defendant
Langley, Francis plaintiff
Langley, Richard plaintiff

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business