WEEKES, Anthony (d.1573), of Crane Street, Salisbury, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

m. Margery, da. of John Bartholomew, merchant, of Salisbury, 1s. Christopher.

Offices Held

City scavenger 1562, mayor 1565.


Weekes, a brewer, first came to notice in June 1561, endeavouring to recover from the executors a bad debt of £20 for beer consumed by a deceased canon of the cathedral. He was one of six named with the mayor on 3 Feb. 1553 to deliver the account ‘of the money for the wheat as also for the money of the gathering against the King’s Majesty’s coming last past’. In the course of the perennial battle between the city and the bishop, Weekes testified on 27 June 1565 that he had heard the bishop say that the mayor was his mayor and the citizens his subjects.

As well as his Crane Street brewery, Weekes and his wife had two tenements in Winchester Street; a house in the High Street leased from the mayor and commonalty; copyholds at Milford and tenements in Whiteparish. Weekes made his will 15 Feb. 1572, and died in the following year. He provided for his wife, his son Christopher the executor, Christopher’s children and the children of his sister Elizabeth. He also bequeathed money for the repair of the cathedral and of his parish church, St. Thomas’s, and for the relief of local prisoners.

Wilts. Arch. Mag. xlix. 451, 460; HMC Var. iv. 221-5; Hoare, Wilts. Salisbury, 696; C3/199/3; PCC 14 Peter; VCH Wilts. vi. 126, 127.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: S. T. Bindoff