The first petition of Mathew Bakewell of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, July 1656

To the wor[shipfu]l the Justices of the Peace for the Countie of Stafford.

Your poore petitioner Mathew Bakewell late of Burton now of Vttoxeter humblie sheweth that yo[u]r said petitioner being in Burton aforesaid when the towne was taken by the Queenes Armie he was spoiled of all that he had and [illegible] not long after his onely sonne in law was slaine in the parliament seruice at Tutburie and left two children who being both fatherles and motherles yo[u]r petitioner was glad to p[ro]vide for them and soe hath done vntil now yt he is fallen into extreame pouertie by Reason of age and impotencie so that he is not able anie wayes to obteyne sustenance for himself being verry aged soe that he is not able to worke. He therefore humblie petitioneth this wor[shipfu]l bench that you would be pleased that some order may be taken for the said two Children as in yo[u]r discretions shall seeme meet soe that they may be sustained. Soe will yo[u]r petitioner eu[e]r pray for you wor[ship]s health p[ro]speritie & happines.

We whoe names are subscribed Inhabitants of Vttoxeter doe humblie Certifie the truth of this petition.

Thomas Asbury

Edmund Chamberlane

Constables                                          Tho[mas] Lightfoote vic[ar]

Sampson Alkyn                                 Laurence Dawson

Peter Lightfoote

Tho[mas] Gilbert} Church

Will[iam] Burton} wardens           Lawrence Bradshawe

Robert Smith                                      Edward Moore

Tho[mas] Smyth:

John Scattergood

Nicholas Mynors

John Wakefield

James Sergeant

Turne over                                          [illegible] Vttox{eter}


Key Facts

Date of petition

July 1656

Name of petitioner

Mathew Bakewell

Type of petitioner

Other Dependant

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    County of Staffordshire (exact location undefined/uncertain)

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Tutbury Castle, 1643
    Assault on Burton on Trent, 2 July 1643

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Staffordshire Record Office

Shelf mark

Q/SR/295, fol. 23