Taxing times for Tudor manuscript

By David Newble

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Taxing times for Tudor manuscript

The Elizabethan manuscript featuring the Isle of Wight, which was sold at auction in Shropshire.

AN Elizabethan manuscript aimed at raising taxes on the Isle of Wight and written just eight years after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, has sold for thousands of pounds at auction today (Thursday).

The document, a tax register for the Isle of Wight, was written in 1596 when the Isle of Wight was at the forefront of the country’s defences against threats from France and Spain.

It is believed the taxes raised could have been used to improve defences at Carisbrooke Castle or to replace the heavy losses to both the army and navy during raids on the Spanish Main.

The document was sold by Shropshire based auction house, Mullocks, to an unknown buyer for £2,300 — more than double the estimate.


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