Historical references to London's sounds

A database of several hundred historical descriptions and references to London's sounds. They're drawn mainly from primary sources such as autobiographies, diaries and statutes, as well as novels written around the times they depict.

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Period referred to: 1450s

Sound category: Political > Political violence

Title of work: Calendar of letter-books of the City of London

Type of publication: City records

Author: Unknown

Year of publication: 1456

Page/volume number: Folio 296

Tradesmen try to incite a riot against Lombard merchants

First John Bailly s'vaunt of Henry Warer Sherman examyned confesseth and seith tht in the said Fest of Corpus Christi Thomas Graunte departed and gone and Thomas Thurston s'vauntz of Rauf Marche m'cer & William Robynson s'vaunt of William Leytone poyntmaker with othere malefaitours and troublers of the Kinges peas were confedered and enterallied to gidre in the Toure of the Ryall of London to have sleyne & murdred Galiot Scot and othere merchantz estraungers the said Friday aboute XJ of the clok in Lumbardstrete & othere stretes of London.

Wheruppon the saide malefaitours contynuyng their saide malicieux purpose in the said Fest of Corpus Christi lest their Counceill shuld have ben understand & knowen afterward departed oute of the saide Citee and came to Hoggesdon where they and othere assembled in greater noumbre were confedered and sworn to gidre upon the crosse of a grote everiche of theym to lyve and dye with othere in executyng of their wiked ententz abovesaid seying then among themself they douted not but when they shuld begynne the saide fete they shuld mowe have help ynough of the people.

Inasmuche as myche people thenne hated dedely the saide marchantz estraungiers as they seyden for they bothe were fals extorcioners comon lechours and avoutrers. Wherfore they thought it a goode dede to sle and murdre them &c.

And also the said John Bailly confesseth and knowlicheth that he was first excited and moeved & abbetted to assent and be sworn unto the saide confederacye in maner & forme aboveseid purposed to have be doon by the forsaid Thomas Graunte and William Robynson.

Item it is notoirely knowen that the said Thomas Graunte purposyng to have made a commocion among the people on Wendisday then next suyng came oute of the selde called the Croune in Chepe with his armes full of staffz and them cast adowne in Chepe seying then openly Go we hens for ther is an Englisshman sleyn by the lombardes in lumbardstrete. And the same Thomas Graunte was fortwith restraynt of his malicieux purpos by Hugh Wyche mercer and other.