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


Walter Rodes, a carpenter, deposes in Richard Samwell the elder's case against Oliver Woodliffe. Rodes says that when he was preparing to build a story over the old long gallery, Woodliffe suggested to him that 'if the case were mine, as it is Samwell's,' he would pull down the old gallery and rebuild it four feet closer to the stage in the yard in order to fit more spectators. Rodes says the stage was moved five or six feet to allow for the enlargement of the yard and galleries. Upon Woodliffe's advice Samwell tore down the old gallery to rebuild it, though it was not extended as far into the yard as Woodliffe suggested 'by a foot at least.'

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
Mago, John chief carpenter
Woodliffe, Oliver defendant
Rodes, Walter deponent
Samwell, Richard, the Elder plaintiff

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business