Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Samwell vs Woodliffe: Mago deposes


John Mago, a carpenter, deposes on behalf of his employer Richard Samwell in Samwell's suit against Oliver Woodliffe. Mago says that Woodliffe found fault with the small size of the galleries Samwell built, and pointed out to him how far into the yard he would have built the galleries. Once Samwell and Woodliffe had agreed to rebuild the galleries, Woodliffe directed Mago and Mago's workman Walter Rodes on the size and situation of the galleries to be built. Woodliffe moved the stage 'which stood in the yard' another six feet away from the gallery to provide room for Samwell to build. Mago notes that when the stage was moved, there was a great deal of dung and rubbish in the yard, most of which had been thrown under the stage. Mago says that Samwell erected three galleries, one each on the east, north, and south sides of the great yard. Mago deposes that Woodliffe never questioned Samwell's right to build in the yard until such time as the new improved galleries were finished, except for one story of the gallery on the west side of the yard. When Mago began to remove the roof of the gallery, Woodliffe asked him to forbear until he and Samwell had discussed the story that remained to be built. Mago gives the expenses for the rebuilding: the timber came to around £140, the nails to £20, and the workmanship to no less that £100.

Date Event Recorded

From: 2 February 1600 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: July 1599 (Source of claim: original)


Boar's Head


Name Role
Rodes, Walter chief workman
Woodliffe, Oliver defendant
Mago, John deponent
Samwell, Richard, the Elder plaintiff

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business