Crime In Tudor and Stuart Epsom and Ewell
Sources for Epsom
and Ewell History
Hat 2 to 5s
Shirt 3d to 6d
Apron 1d to 5s
Pairs of stockings 1 or 2s
Pairs of shoes 1s
The assize records have been edited in two volumes:
Calendar of Assize Records: Surrey Indictments, Elizabeth I, ed J.S. Cockburn (HMSO, 1980).
Calendar of Assize Records: Surrey Indictments, James I, ed J.S. Cockburn (HMSO, 1982).
Ewell, Epsom and Cuddington extracts have been transcribed from these volumes. The number at the beginning of each entry is Cockburn's reference number for then indictment.
The background to assize trials is discussed in:
J.S. Cockburn, A History of English Assizes, 1558-1714 (Cambridge UP, 1972).
John Briggs et al, Crime and Punishment in England: An Introductory History (UCL Press, 1996).
For the Skeete family, see:
Edwina Vardey, History of Leatherhead: A Town at the Crossroads (LDLHS, 1988)pp81-2.
For Robert Cole and Nicholas Saunder, see:
The Loseley Manuscripts, ed Alfred John Kempe (John Murray, London, 1835) pp255-7.
Michael L. Walker, 'The manor of Battailles and the family of Saunder in Ewell during the 16th and 17th centuries', Surrey Arch. Coll. 54 (1955) pp76-101 at pp94-5.
For John Rowse, see
John Taylor, The Unnatural Father: Or, the Cruel Murther, Committed by One John Rowse, of the Town of Ewell (1621), frequently reproduced - e.g. in Aubrey's Surrey 2 pp228-43 - and discussed in David Cousines, The Unnatural Father (Nonsuch Antiquarian Society Occ. Paper 2, 1973).