For details on the Cambridge waits (f 132), see Nelson, Cambridge, vol 2, pp 738–45.
Record title: Dean's Treasurer's Accounts
Shelfmark: EDC 3/1/1
Repository location: Cambridge
The treasurer's accounts of Ely Cathedral, the college, the cathedral school, and the Dean and Chapter are all held in the Ely Dean and Chapter archives at Cambridge University Library (CUL EDC). Covering the period from 974 to the present day, the archive includes manorial court records, endowments, charters of foundation, rights, statutes, order books, and chapter minutes. The cathedral treasurer's accounts (1537–1873) are in good shape and provide continuous payments to entertainers over the course of the early modern period.
Regular payments appear to the waits of King's Lynn, Newmarket, and Cambridge. The Cambridge waits, whose payments are for playing at the old and new Ely fairs, seem to have travelled to Ely from the Reach Fair outside of Cambridge. The Reach Fair was held around Rogation Monday. The old fair was held for one week around the feast of St Etheldreda (23 June), running from 20–26 June. The new fair, celebrating the feast of the Ascension forty days after Easter, would run for twenty-two days, beginning on the vigil of the Ascension (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, p 50, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/p50, accessed 16 September 2021). See the Introduction, 'Historical Background,' for further details about Ely Cathedral, the cathedral priory, and the many annual fairs in the county.
1587–1641; English; paper; i + 191; 380mm x 150mm; modern foliation; good condition; parchment binding; title on front cover: 'Longbook I | Eleemosina Calcetee A<..> | Pensiones Expensee forinsecæ | 1586 | to 1641 inclusiue,' label on spine: 'Treasurer | 1587–1641 | EDC 3/1/1.'