On This Day: 15 April 1712

On this day in 1712, Thomas Gillotts landlord of the Kings Head Inn in Southwark signed a statement prepared by Bowrey admitting that he was unable to pay the quarter’s rent due the previous Lady’s Day. He agreed to pay the arrears due at the rate of one shilling (5p) a day.

The statement was witnessed by Joseph Noden, Bowrey’s servant.

Bowrey did not own the King’s Head Inn. He leased it from Peter Briggins. There are a number of entries in the diary of Briggins between 1706 and 1708 describing him searching for Bowrey in order to collect the rent he himself owed. Unfortunately, Briggins’ diary covering 1712 can no longer be located so it is impossible to know whether he was, in turn, made to wait for his payment.

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