f 114v (29 September–29 September) (Allowances)
|Item payde vnto my lorde of laysyters players at the commaundment of master mayor||x s. iij d.|
|Item paide at the
commaundiment of master
|Item paid at the commawndyment of master mayor to my lord Monges players||ij s. viij d.|
‘my lorde of laysyter’ is Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, the queen’s favourite and an important connection between the Berkshire gentry and the court (see Historical Background). Riley has mistaken the sum on f 115 for the entry on f 114v ('Corporation of Abingdon,' p 150). In this same year the chamberlains of Coventry record a payment to Mr Smith's players (see Ingram, Coventry, pp 251, 577–8).
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.'