1500 – 1599
The building of Newark parish church is finished
June: Thomas Magnus, rector of South Collingham, is appointed Archdeacon of the East Riding
Robert Kirkeby, described in a deed as a “singing man”, afterwards appointed by Archdeacon Magnus as Master of the Song School at Newark.
The carved rood screen at the entrance to the chancel in Newark parish church is completed.
Archdeacon Magnus stays at Sibthorpe as Warden of the college there.
15th March: Archdeacon Magnus purchases land adjoining the Chantry House in Newark for the Grammar School.
Cardinal Wolsey passes through Newark from Grantham to Southwell
June & September: Archdeacon Magnus conveys by deed land in various parishes for the endowment of Newark Grammar School.
4th September: Robert Browne, benefactor of Newark, makes his will and dies the same year.
8th July: Dispute between Anthony Forster, on behalf of the Bishop of Lincoln, and the populace of Newark relative to rights of pasture in Pyggesleys and Sandfields. A riot in which Forster was pursued to Balderton to the cry of “Tary, Traitor, tary”.
July: The Vicar of Newark, Henry Lytherland, is seized and tried at York for siding with the Pope against the King (Henry VIII). The vicar and two others are executed for High Treason.
First recorded Master of the Grammar School: Magister Haryson
King Edward VI and the Bishop of Lincoln exchange lands by which Newark Castle and the manor of Newark come into possession of the King. Thus ends the ownership of the Bishops of Lincoln.
21st December: Newark, having been transferred from the Bishop of Lincoln to the Crown (see entry for 1547 above), a Charter of Incorporation was granted (3 Edward VI) by which public affairs were to be conducted by an Alderman and 12 assistants. Anthony Forster (or Foster) was the first Alderman.
28th August: Death of Archdeacon Magnus at Sessay near York.
Epidemic of the ‘sweating sickness’ in Newark
Outbreak of Plague in Newark
18th March: William Phyllypot, benefactor of Newark, makes his will.
May: Death of William Phyllypot
Outbreak of Plague in Newark
Sir Francis Leeke of Sutton Scarsdale in Derbyshire obtains a lease of Newark Castle from the Crown for 21 years.
Grant of Arms to the town of Newark by Sir Gilbert Dethick.
9th July: Protest by the Corporation against having to find 100 men for the French wars.
Quarrel between two members of the Newark Corporation, one a magistrate. Both fined.
Lord Clinton, with part of the Royal forces at Newark, having brought together to check the conspirators in aid of Mary Queen of Scots.
Master of the Song School dies after holding the office for 42 years
Queen Elizabeth I grants a Court of Record to Newark. The first Recorder is Anthony Thorold (?). The Charter also grants a Coroner, the first being Edward Kelsterne.
22nd May: Inquest held into the death of Edward Pallett who was accidently drowned at the wheat mill tail.
14th February: The Earl of Rutland obtains a lease on Newark Castle and resides there.
14th April: Death of Edward, third Earl of Rutland and 15th Baron Roos, leaving an only daughter, Elizabeth, who succeeded in the female line as Baroness Roos.
30th January: Marriage in Newark Castle chapel of Elizabeth, Baroness Roos, as first wife of William Cecil, who succeeded as second Earl of Exeter
11th May: Death of Elizabeth, Baroness Roos, at Newark Castle. She was buried in Westminster Abbey. Her infant son, William, 17th Baron Roos, was baptised at Newark Castle on 4th June.
Contested election at Newark between Holles and Sir Gervase Markham; violent opposition.
Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th November: Assemblage of trained bands in Newark in readiness for the supposed Spanish invasion.
Newark’s Trent Bridge is repaired at the expense of Queen Elizabeth I.