The Diaper Heritage Association
Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy - the Diapers of Itchen Ferry
The museum contains a permanent display of the town’s maritime history and many of the artefacts have connections with the Diapers. Use this trail to take you around the museum, it will finish at the ‘Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy – The Diapers of Itchen Ferry’ exhibit.

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John Diaper, Carter


From Brokage Books, printed in Southampton Records Series


1439 John Diaper, carter 2 carts with 14 bales of woad to Romsey in 2 carts on behalf of Angelo de Negri.


1443-4 Winchester x 7 trips, carrying biscuit, iron, lime, fish, woad, alum, canvas, madder, paving tiles, he carried for other people except for one trip when he took 6 bales of woad to Winchester on his own behalf.


1448-9 Winchester x 17 trips, carrying cloth and lime.


(He carried for following merchants Robert Ayllward, William Smith, John Lucayse, William Gowdale, John Kent, Robert Enford of the Soke, Richard Bole or Bowls, Thomas Sylvester, Thomas Gardiner, Richard Smyth, Peter Hyll, Richard Chandeller, John elmys, Thomas Madehyrste, Roger Lucayse Ballif of the Soke, John Bore of the Soke, Thomas at Feylde, William Osberne, Richard Bokmore, John Shapwyke, Kohn Cook and John Partrygge. (The Soke was in Winchester)


Black Book Vol 2 p103, the will of William Soper 1458, has a John Draper living in a shop and chamber on the east side Watergate tower (this lead out to Town Quay one of main quays of the town and a good site for a carter)


The Southampton Terrier of 1454 ed L A Burgess 1976 p57 has an entry:


The tenement and capital tenement containing on the High Street side three cottages wich William Bylot, Richard Page, Robert Tregony, Robert Hoton and John Draper now live.