Welcome to the Lincolnshire Archives ‘Elizabethans’ exhibition.
These web pages highlight only a few of the Elizabethan documents held at Lincolnshire Archives, ranging from lists of the personal possessions of a plague victim to orders from the queen.
By combining images of the documents with transcriptions in both original and modernised spelling, we hope to give you a view into life over 400 years ago. Use the links to find out more.
Sir William Pelham was sent to Ireland by Elizabeth I to organise the defence of the Pale.
Lord Willoughby was sent by Elizabeth I to help the French King Henry IV against the Catholic League.
This portrait of Elizabeth I was taken from the initial letter of a document called a ‘Letters Patent’.
A Glossary, or what do those old words mean?
Up to the 16th century most numbers in England were written as Roman numerals.
The clerk drew subjects including plants, animals, people and mythical beasts.
Probate inventories list personal possessions shortly after the death of their owner.
Two inventories of church furniture have been reproduced on this site - the inventory for Grantham and the inventory for Horbling.