'The noate of corn and malte', 4 February 1598

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Description:A list of Stratford townsmen giving details of how much corn and malt they held in their barns.

During the mid 1590s there was a series of disastrous harvests due to bad weather. Thousands faced near starvation as the price of corn rocketed. Complaints were made about the use of barley for malt production when it could have been used for food; and also against those said to be profiteering by hoarding corn and malt and slowly releasing it onto the market at inflated prices. The government ordered enquiries to be made about the amounts of grain in store. This is the retun for Stratford.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reference: BRU 15/1/106