Berkshire, Reading, 1528–9
BRO: D/P 97/5/2

p 171 (29 September–29 September) (Receipts)

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Item Received of Men & women at hoktyde xxxiij s. iiij d.
Item of the kyng game at whytsontyde xx s.

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pp 174 (Common expenses)

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Item for x garters of belles for morec dauncers ij s. iiij d.

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Item for iijd yerdes of braunched ffostyan for the mores dauncers ij s. xj d.

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  • Footnotes
    • hoktyde: 5–6 April 1529
    • whytsontyde: 16–18 April 1529
  • Glossed Terms
    • kinge n in phr kinge ale, kynge ale king ale, an inversion of order event in which a king — typically a local young man or farmer — was appointed to preside over the festival from a bower built for the occasion; kyng game, kynges game, king play, kynges play, kyng play synonymous with king ale; in phr king halle, kyng halle king hall, likely the bower built for the king of the king ale
    • mores n morris; morec; morece; moreys
    • fostyan n fustian
  • Endnote

    This year is the first time expenses for dancing gear are explicitly recorded as for morris dancers in the records. They did pay 12d to dancers for bells earlier in 1514–15 (p 101). Over the next few years they acquire a complete set of costume and bells.

  • 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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