f 136 (29 September–29 September) (Allowances)
|Item payd at the comawndiment of master mayor vnto master Cowmmptons players||iiij s.|
The Mr 'Cowmmpton' referred to on f 136 is probably Henry, Lord Compton of Wyniates near Banbury, thirty miles north-west of Abingdon, who was called to the Lords as Lord Compton on 8 May 1572. Henry Compton (1544–89) was MP for Old Sarum in 1563 and knighted in 1567. His second wife was the widow of William Stanley, Lord Monteagle (History of Parliament, http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member /compton-henry-i-1544-89).
Record title: Chamberlains' Books
Shelfmark: TEMP ACC 245/174
Repository location: Reading
At the time of publication, this document was held at the Berkshire Record Office, where it was on temporary deposit from the Abingdon County Hall Museum.
1557–81; English; paper; ii + 181 + ii; folios with accounts for the year 1557–8: 415mm x 150mm, rest slightly irregular in size averaging 300mm x 200mm; modern foliation top right-hand corner with various other modern numbering at the bottom of each folio; each year a separate booklet pasted to a stub 15mm wide to make up the present book; rebound in 1912 in brown cloth with leather corners and spine, red leather patches on front and spine with title stamped in gold, title on front cover: 'Borough of Abingdon | Chamberlains Accounts | 1557–1581,' title on spine: 'Chamberlains | Accounts | 1557–1581.'