Berkshire, Wantage, 1591–2
Bodl.: MS. Top. Berks c.44

f 35v (Rendered 9 April) (Receipts)


Imprimis made at whytsonntide iiij li. x s.


Item made of the somner pole iiij s. iij d.
Item made of bowerrye xviij d.


  • Footnotes
    • whytsonntide: 23–5 May 1591
    • somner: for sommer
  • Glossed Terms
    • bowrye n bower, here a space artificially enclosed with branches; bowerrye; bowrie; in phr Robin Hoodes bower a bower constructed during Robin Hood games from which Robin Hood presided
  • Endnote

    The beginning of the accounting year is uncertain. The only date on f 32b is 2 May, but it is in a memorandum separate from the the formulaic memorandum about the old and new churchwardens. This memorandum records the payment of a debt by a member of the parish to another member of the parish. Neither is one of the named churchwardens for 1590–1 or 1591–2.

    The receipts from taxation this year rose to 36s 11d. In 1592 when no ale was held they totalled £4 6s 3 1/2d (f 36). The dean's 'parrator' was in Wantage probably before the festive season in 1592.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Peter and St Paul's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: Bodl.
    Shelfmark: MS. Top. Berks c.44
    Repository location: Oxford

    The rendering dates of the accounts are not tied to feast days. Before 1600 they were rendered mostly in April but in the seventeenth century they were sometimes rendered later in the year. Four churchwardens were elected each year – two from Wantage and one each from the village of Grove and the combined communities of Charlton and (West) Lockinge. The date when the new wardens were elected and the date when they received the accounts for the preceding year from the old wardens is often not the same, so it is not always possible to provide exact accounting years. The dates of the election of the chuchwardens have been noted in endnotes when they are known.

    1565–1656; English; paper; i + 154 + i; 296mm x195mm; modern foliation (including ff 32a and 32b, 36a and 36b); bound in boards with modern maroon vinyl covering, gold-stamped title on spine: 'Wantage Churchwardens Accounts | MS | Top. Berks. | C.44.'

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