Berkshire, Reading, 1507–8
BRO: D/P 97/5/2

p 33 (25 March–25 March) (Receipts)

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Item receyvid on hok monday of the gaderyng of wymmen in halpens vij d.
Item receyvid on hok tewsday of the gaderyng of men Churchmen vj s. j d. ob.
Item receyvid of Raff Mylyngtons wyfe of hok money gaderyd of maydens xij d.
⸢Item receyvid of the gaderyng of Robyn hod play ⸢xvij s. ix d.⸣

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Item receyvid agayn wytsontyde iij busshelles ‸⸢& dimidium⸣ of malte price le busshell iiij d. Summa xiiij d.
Item receyvid in gaderyng of money at the same tyme ij s. iij d.

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Item receyvid for þe bogh in the market place iij d.

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p 35

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Item to payed to the same William for carying & recarying of bordes to the church for the pageaunt of the passion on ester monday & for swepyng of the church at the same tyme viij d.

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Item payed to Mores son the harper iiij d.

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Item payed for carying of a bough for the king play at whitsontyde iiij d.
Item payed to the taberer at wyssontyde for his labour iiij s. viij d.

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p 36

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Item payed for s lyvereys at whitsontyde x d.

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  • Footnotes
    • hok monday: 12 April 1507
    • hok tewsday: 13 April 1507
    • wytsontyde: 23–5 May 1507
    • ester monday: 5 April 1507
  • Glossed Terms
    • gatheryng vb n collection, here used to refer specifically to the act of collecting money for the parish; gaderyng gathering; gatheringe; gatherynge;
    • agayn prep against, in anticipation of
    • bough n branch, here likely a branch used to construct a bower for a king play; bogh; boughe; bow; see also king
    • 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
    • whetesonetyde n Whitsuntide; whisontide; wyssontyde
    • 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

    Ralph Millington, clothier, was a prominent member of the parish. Like Richard Cleche, he was a founding member of the Brethren of the Mass of Jesus and a witness of the will of Henry Kelsall, a wealthy clothier who was member of the Gild Merchant and had major business interests in Southampton (Kerry, Municipal Church of St Lawrence, pp 29, 173; Slade Reading Gild Accounts, pt 1, p xlviii). He was named as one of the burgesses to the parliament held on 25 January 1503/4 and again in 1509/10 (Guilding, Reading Records, vol 1, pp 102, 112–3). He died in 1510–11 and left 5s 4d 'for the great bell at his berying, and duryng the monethe, and at the moneth mynde' (Kerry, Municipal Church of St Lawrence, p 187). He is buried in the church (Dils, St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts, pt 1, p 57). There is no further information about his wife.

    'The same William' is William Poo, under-sexton. That year he was allowed by the vicar to sell nettles from the churchyard and keep the profits (BRO: D/P 97/5/2, p 35) and was paid 14d for cleaning the churchyard at Easter. He also rang the bells for the Corpus Christi procession that year. See also Dils, St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts, pt 1, pp 39–40.

  • 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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