Rexroth argues that the main objective of wardmote inquests in particular was not the punishment--through fine, imprisonment, or exile--of transgressors, but instead to rehearse the relationships of power and conformity that bound respectable London together.
In fact, it is quite possible, and probable, that wardmotes did--as Rexroth argues--rehearse the distinction between licit and illict society in the city, reinforce the bonds of authority and power among "respectable" Londoners, and inflict an unofficial, but still doubtless very effective, punishment on those individuals who were presented for their transgressions.
Each ward had an alderman, common councilors, constables, scavengers, and a wardmote
2) The first such attempt appeared in the official report by the town, the Wardmote Book of Faversham:
But the Wardmote reading is not an obvious error, while the 1592 title-page's purpose is to sensationalize and moralize female wickedness for commercial purposes.