Berkshire, Reading, 1515–16
BRO: D/P 97/5/2

p 103 (25 March–25 March) (Receipts)

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Item Receyvyd of the wyves for the gatheryng at hocktyde xxij s.
Item Receyvyd of the men for the gatheryng at hocktyde viij s. vj d.
Item Receyved of the yong men for the gatheryng on Saynt philipp & Iacobs day vj s. iiij d. ob.
Item Receyved of the yong men for the kyng play xliij s. xj d.

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p 106

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Item payd for nayles to Caymes pageaunt in the mercatplace iij d.

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  • Footnotes
    • hocktyde: 16–17 April 1515
    • kyng play: likely held at Whitsuntide, 27–9 May 1515
  • Glossed Terms
    • gatheryng vb n collection, here used to refer specifically to the act of collecting money for the parish; gaderyng gathering; gatheringe; gatherynge;
    • 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
    • cayme n Cain in the Genesis story of Cain and Abel; kayme
  • 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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