Berkshire, Reading, 1537–8
BRO: D/P 97/5/2

p 208 (29 September–29 September) (Receipts)


Received of the Men & women gaderyd at hocktyde xlvj s. ij d.


Received at the ffirst play in easter weke xxiij s. ij d.
Received at the Second play xj s. ij d.


  • Footnotes
    • hocktyde: 29–30 April 1538
  • Endnote

    The pagination skips from 204 to 206, skipping 205. Kerry, who paginated the manuscript, is here correcting a mistake he made back on p 69. The back of p 69 is not numbered and the next page (a recto which should have carried an odd page number) is numbered 70. By omitting p 205 he has established the correct pagination for the rest of the manuscript.

    Easter plays dramatizing the sequence of the Resurrection appearances of Christ were done elsewhere in England and some texts survive. Episodes were chosen from the Deposition from the Cross to the Appearance to Thomas in sequence (see Johnston, ‘Easter Play,’ pp 3-23). This year St Laurence performed one play on Easter Monday and another on Tuesday.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Laurence's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: D/P 97/5/2
    Repository location: Reading

    The churchwardens rendered their accounts on the feast of the Annunciation (25 March) until 1516 when they adopted the Michaelmas–Michaelmas pattern rendering their accounts on 29 September.

    1498–1626; English; paper; 250 leaves; 330mm x 225mm; modern pagination; some display capitals; pp 1–2, 490–3 are separated but have been repaired and put separately in a brown paper wrapper; bound in boards covered in parchment, title on front cover: 'The Book of the | Church-Wardens Accounts | of the Parish | of | St Laurence.'

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