John was a glove maker
and an alderman
of Stratford-upon-Avon (rather like a town councillor
One of John's duties was to attend meetings.
Here a committee would make decisions on the pressing
local issues - like improving Stratford's roads.
The woodcut suggests how these meetings might have
looked - at least before John was expelled
in 1586. He had turned up only once in ten years!
However, his religious beliefs and a breakdown in
his business may have equally been at issue. [Click
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