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Thomas Oken left a bequest for an annual sermon on election day for the aldermen and burgesses. This year it was preached by vicar Barton, who had been presented to the living by the Earl of Warwick in I 584 and gave satisfaction to the growing Puritan inflection of the corporation. Barton was one of the few incumbents in the county to win the whole-hearted approbation of the censorious Puritans - he must have been one of them himself: 'a preacher learned, zealous and godly, and fit for the ministry.

To Robert Lock, JS. 4d. ; for dressing of harness another time, JS. 4d. ; to the soldiers at their first muster, 4s. ; to Robert Joiner for a gunstock, 2s. ; to Simon Biddle for dressing of two pikes and a bow, 2s. ' 20 Eight men from the town were dispatched north to serve under the Earl of Warwick. The more famous crisis of Armada year, 1588, has left fuller evidences. That wet and stormy summer, which brought the English fleet back from the coast of Spain and the Armada into the Channel, was reflected in the inland water of the Avon.

In Henley Street a second child was born in 1562, called Margaret after another Arden aunt. In April 1564 the eldest son, William; in 1566 another son, christened Gilbert on 13 October, and named for neighbour Gilbert Bradley. A second Joan was baptised on 15 April 1569, and this one survived her eldest brother who left her in possession of the old home in Henley Street. Another girl was given an Arden name, Anne, and died at the age of seven in 1578. To complete the family there were Richard, born in 1574, and Edmund, who followed his eldest brother into the profession of player, born in 1580.

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