Report by Sir John Peyton on the state of the Tower of London

Object Title

Report by Sir John Peyton on the state of the Tower of London

Report by Sir John Peyton on the state of the Tower of London

Date

October 1597

Reference

TOL LIEUTENANTS [3]

Level

File

Scope and Content

'A declaration of the state of yor Highnes Tower of London at such tyme as it pleased yor Matie to command mee hor Highness most humble, loyall, devoted servaunt, unto the service of the same,... October 1597'. Signed by Sir John Peyton at the foot of page 6, The report discusses the function of the Tower of London, the duties of its governor and the weaknesses of its organisation. It goes on to make recommendations intended to improve security and strengthen the defences of the Tower, including the usual suggestions of increasing the watch. It mentions the duty of the 'dyverse Hambletts... beelonging unto the Tower' to contribute to its watch in return for immunity from service in the militia outside 'their own lybertyes', and cleaning the ditch and preventing encroachment in the area of the liberty, Probably connected with the famous 'survey' of the Tower Liberties by Haiward and Gascoyne, which is dated 1597 and was carried out on the orders of Sir John Peyton

Extent

1 manuscript

Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements

Written in a secretary's hand, on six sides of two folded sheets of foolscap. The paper has been extracted from a bound volume. 12.7 inches x 8.5 inches (32.3 cm x 21.56 cm)

Access Conditions

Open access

Associations

Creator(s) Sir John Peyton