p 45 (16 April–8 April) (Gathering days and other payments)
|Item receavid of the mens gathering Wymens gathering and maydens gathering at hoctyde and vpon maye daye||xvij s. viij d.|
|Item receavid of the gathering vpon All hallodaye||ij s. ix d.|
|Item receavid at Whight Sondaye||xlj s. ij d.|
Belatedly, the parish begins to reassert pre-Reformation practices this year with payment for watching the sepulchre at Easter and expenses for 'hallowing of the Alters' (p 46). There are feasting entries not specified as Whitsun on p 46 that include 14d spent for pepper and 3d spent on cloves and currants.
Record title: St Mary's
Shelfmark: D/P 98/5/1
Repository location: Reading
The yearly accounts, in our period rendered on Good Friday, begin on p 33 with the accounts for 1555–6. The accounts to 1675 then follow on numbered pages. Subsequent accounts are also not paginated. The later parts of the book contain miscellaneous church records, including coloured plans for the church bound into the book at the year 1837. At the year 1885 there is a note on the improvement of the churchyard with a coloured plan.
1547–1907; English; paper with parchment flyleaves; ii + 415 + ii; 385mm x 275mm; modern pagination (4 unnumbered leaves, 128 leaves paginated 1–255 followed by 217 unnumbered leaves taking the accounts to 1907, these are followed by 66 blank leaves); some display capitals, later entries ruled in red; bound in tooled brown leather fraying at the edges, title stamped on front cover: 'Parish of St Mary | Reading | Churchwardens' Register | 1547 to (blank).'