Their vsage in the night. Cap. 24.
NOw, I think it not vnnecessary to make the Reader vnderstand how and in what maner they lodge a nights in barnes or back-houses, and of their vsage there, for asmuch as I haue acquaynted them with their order and practises a day tymes. The arch and chief walkers that hath walked a long tyme, whose experience is great, because of their continuing practise, I meane all Mortes & Doxes, Page [unnumbered] for their handsomnes & diligence, for making of their couches. The men neuer trouble themselues with that thing, but takes the same to be the duty of the wyfe. And she shuffels vp a quantitie of strawe or hay, into some prety corner of the barne where she may conueni∣ently lye, and well shaketh the same, making the heade some what bye, and dryues the same vpon the sydes and set lyke a bed: then she layeth her wallet or other little pack of ragges, or scryppe vnder hir head in the strawe, to beare vp the same, and layeth her peticote or cloke vpon and ouer the strawe, so made lyke a bedde and that ser∣ueth for the blanket: then she layeth her slate which is her shéete vp∣pon that, and shée haue no shéete, as fewe of them go without, then she spreddeth some large cloutes or rags ouer the same, and maketh hir ready and layeth her drousely downe. Many will plucke of their smockes and lay the same vpon them in stéede of their vpper shéete, and all her other pelte and trashe vpon her also, and many lyeth in their smockes. And if the rest of her clothes in cold weather bee not sufficient to kéepe her warme, then the taketh strawe or hay to per∣forme the matter. The other sorte that haue no slates, but toumble down and couche a hogshead in their clothes, these be still lou•y and shall neuer be without vermin, vnlesse they put of their clothes, and lye as is aboue said. If the vpright man come in where they lye, hee hath his choyse, and créepeth in close by his Dore, the roge hath his leauings. If the Mortes or Dores lye or be lodged in some Farmers barne, and the dore be eyther locked or made fast to them, then will not the vpright man presse to come in, vnles it be in barnes and out houses standing alone, or some distance from houses, which •e com∣monly knowne to them: as sainct Quintens, thrée Cranes in the •intrey. Sainct Tybbes, & Knapsbery. These foure be within one myle compasse neare vnto London. Then haue you foure more in Middlesex, draw the pudding out of the fyre, in Harrow on the hill parish, the Crosse keyes in Crayford parish, saynt In••ans in Thy∣stell worth parish, the house of pity in North hall parishe. These are their chief houses neare about London, where commonlye they re∣sort vnto for lodging, and may repayre thyther fréely at all tymes. Sometime shall come in some roge, some pycking knaue, a nimble Prygge, he walketh in softly a nightes, when they be at their reste & plucketh of as many garmentes as be ought worth, that hee maye come by, and worth money, and may easely cary the same, and run∣neth away with the same with great selerity, and maketh port sale at some conuenient place of theirs, that some be soone ready in the Page [unnumbered] morning, for wante of their Casters and Togemans. Where in stede of blessing is cursinge, in place of praying, pestilent pratinge with odious othes and terrible threatnings. The vpright men haue giuen all these nycke names, to the places aboue sayd. Yet haue we two notable places in Kent, not farre from London, the one is bet∣twene Detforde and Rothered called the Kinges barne, standinge alone, that they haunt commonly: the other is Ketbroke standinge by blacke heath •alse a myle from any house, there will they boldly draw the latch of the doore and go in, when the good man with hys family be at supper and sit downe without leaue and eate and d•ink with them, and either lye in the hall by the fyer at night or in y• barn if there be no roome in the house for them. If the doore be eyther bol∣ted or lockt, if it be not opened vnto them when they will, they will breake the same open to his farther cost. And in this barne sometime do lye xl. vp•ight men with their Dores togither at one time. And this muste the poore Farmer suffer, or els they threaten him too burne him, and all that he hath.