Boas identifies 'newyn' as 'New Inn'('Visits of Professional Players,' p 535). Although its location has not been determined, such an inn is mentioned again in these accounts on f 156 in the expenses for 1575–6 in connection with the presence of the justices in Whitsun week. The entries on f 22v are set out in paragraphs. This paragraph is concerned with food, drink, and entertainment. Boas also takes an entry from this folio about the 'quenes visiters,' but they seem to be those who had come for assessing of the queen's silver (p 535). The paragraph containing that reference reads, 'Item payd for master yeates drinckyng at his beyng here at the sessing of the quenes syluer ij s. ij d./ and payd more to master tonckes mony lackyng of his baylywick xxxj s. iiij d./ payd more vppon the quenes visiters in meat & drinck iij s. iiij d xxxvj s. x d.'
The date range of the accounting year is that given in the MS (f 21); it is inconsistent with the dates for 1559–60 (2 October 1559–7 October 1560).
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.'