Berkshire, Reading, 1554–5
BRO: D/P 96/5/1

p [101] (25 March–25 March) (Expenses)

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paied the yong men for ther paynes for gatheryng on May day ix s. v d.

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paid when the Churche lord was chosen in charges ij d.
paid to the Mynstrelles vij s. j d.
paid for makyng of the ffreris Cote & for lyvereys ix d.

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  • Glossed Terms
    • gatheryng vb n collection, here used to refer specifically to the act of collecting money for the parish; gaderyng gathering; gatheringe; gatherynge;
    • lyverey n livery, here a badge used as proof of payment for entry to a fair; lever; liuerrei; lyueray; lyuerei; lyuerey; lyvere; lyverie; lyverye
  • Endnote

    The expenses for 1553–4 included the purchase of a mass book and the painting of the rood (p [100]). A page is missing in the manuscript resulting in the loss of receipts for 1554–5.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Giles' Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: D/P 96/5/1
    Repository location: Reading

    These accounts begin with an accounting year based on Easter. The first three accounts run from Good Friday to Good Friday. Good Friday in 1521 fell on March 29, only four days after the fixed feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day), March 25. The churchwardens took advantage of this small discrepancy and, despite the fact that the heading for the 1520–1 accounts specifies that the account would run until Good Friday 1521, the account for 1521–2 clearly states that it begins March 25. Dating from March 25 became the custom of the parish from that year. St Giles was a parish that followed the custom of wardens serving staggered two year terms. It is likely that the warden who served both these years, Richard Hayne, was instrumental in making the change.
    This volume is very fragile and was consulted only by special permission. The transcriptions were made from a microfilm copy. The first four folios are taken up with rents suggesting that the parish had considerable property holdings. The accounts indicate a full liturgical life with processions on Ascension Day and Corpus Christi with streamers and the ringing of bells. The patronal feast day for St Giles was also celebrated with a procession with banners. The bells were rung when royalty passed through.

    1518–1808; English; paper; i + c 500 + i; 402mm x 287mm; unnumbered; display capitals; binding now broken, originally boards covered in white imitation parchment, title written in script on front cover: 'St Giles Parish in Reading beginning | 1518,' followed by printed title: 'Churchwardens | Register | 1518.'

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