The date for the beginning of this accounting year is given twice on f 3: once as 3 April 1555, and once as 3 May. One of the two is obviously incorrect. The May date is more likely to be correct: 3 April was Good Friday, while 3 May was the fourth Sunday after Easter. It also seems more reasonable that a clerk would accidentally write in the month it had been only four days before the accounting, rather than jumping ahead a month.
Record title: St Denys' Churchwardens' Accounts
Shelfmark: D/P 118/5/1
Repository location: Reading
This is a very tidy and well-kept book. On the end-papers are various handwritten notes about the church and a printed version of the inventory made for Edward VI's commissioners. Written on the inside cover are the words 'for Chr. Wordsworth DD | vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale | Gt Faringdon | Diocese Oxon | County Berks | to be kept in the Parish Chest.' The book proper begins with a mid-sixteenth–century inventory of vestments and books (including the paraphrases of Erasmus). Then follow several cancelled folios of names with sums and fees attached from the 1560s. There are also two other unusual sections: the first is a rent roll of all the lands owned by the parish; the second is, apparently, a communion register. The churchwardens' accounts proper then occupy the rest of the book. The dating is not tied to any feast day. The accounts were rendered for the most part in April.
1552–1725; English; paper; ii + 131 + ii; 412mm x 140mm; modern foliation, first 11 ff unnumbered; bound in tooled brown leather, title stamped in gold on spine: 'Stanford | in the | Vale | Church- | Wardens | Accounts | 1552–1725.'