Record title: St John the Baptist's Churchwardens' Accounts
Shelfmark: D/XP 149/1/1
Repository location: Reading
This volume was used by Elias Ashmole for his antiquarian
work but then was lost. At the beginning of research for this
collection, the editor wrote to all the rectors of ancient parishes in
Berkshire explaining her work. In response, the Rev. D.N. Griffiths,
then rector of the parish church in Windsor, undertook a search for the
book and located it among the documents of the Ironmongers of the City
of London in the Guildhall Library (Ironmongers 17,142). The editor
consulted the book there, but it has since been deposited in the
The dating in these accounts is uncertain. The churchwardens often served for two or three years and their accounting was done at the end of their term of service with only the rendering date given.
1531–84; English; paper; 47 leaves; 300mm x 210mm; pencil pagination on first gathering, foliation in 18th-c. hand to f 37 where writing ends; original parchment binding much tattered and disintegrating, no title.