Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Edward Alleyn vs William Henslowe: Alleyn asserts his claim to the Bear Garden


Edward Alleyn sues William Henslowe in Chancery, claiming that he has conspired to take possession of the Bear Garden and its tenements, and that Henslowe 'insinuated himself' into the company of 'plaintiffs, tenents, and other persons' to secure access to the 'mansion house called the Beare Garden.' Alleyn argues that the Bear Garden has legally belonged to him since Agnes Henslowe's death. Henslowe denies Alleyn's right, arguing that the Bear Garden is his by rightful inheritance.

Date Event Recorded

From: 16 June 1617 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 5 June 1617 (Source of claim: original)


Bear Garden


Name Event Role(s) Document Role(s)
Henslowe, William defendant
Alleyn, Edward plaintiff

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business
  • playhouse context