Sts Peter and Paul Churchwardens' Accounts

Cambridgeshire Archives: P 11/5/2

f 69v (12 September 1531–26 July 1534) (Receipts)


Item received of Eȝabell asshwell for hokyng monye vj s.
Item received of iij may alles & heynse obbett iij li. X s. ix d. ob.
Item received off Masteres lynn for hokkyng mony iiij s. viij d.


  • Footnotes
  • Glossed Terms
    • heynse adv hence
    • obbett n obit, a gift made to pay for a commemorative service for a deceased person [OEDO obit, n.1 2.b, 2.c]
  • Endnote

    Although the heading for this account notes that it was written on 26 July 1534, it also sets this date as 26 Henry VIII, which would be 1535. The dates for this record are thus based on the period during which Thomas Wrotham and Robert Betton, who composed this account, served as churchwardens (Dymond, Churchwardens' Book, p xxxiii).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sts Peter and Paul Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: Cambridgeshire Archives
    Shelfmark: P 11/5/2
    Repository location: Ely

    The manuscript is a collection of receipts and expenses from 4 May 1497–31 March 1538. Bassingbourn usually had two churchwardens, always male, elected at the same time for two to four years, save once in 1499–1501 when three wardens served a single term, 'probably because one died in office and had to be replaced' (Dymond, Churchwardens' Book, p xxx). The play accounts were kept separately from the accounts for the rest of that year. Most significant for dramatic records are folios 30v–2, recording the receipts and payments in connection with a play on St Margaret's Day (20 July) 1511 of the holy martyr Saint George, with twenty-eight parishes or townships in the surrounding area contributing to the endeavour. See the Introduction, ‘Performance Traditions: Civic Entertainment’ for further details of this performance.

    The accounts are included in the churchwardens' yearly accounts, made on 28 February 1511/12.

    The accounts are fully transcribed and edited by Dymond, Churchwardens' Book. There is a manuscript transcript by Alfred Rogers for Henry Bradshaw, c 1870, in CUL: Add. 2792.

    1496–1540; English; paper; iii + 59 + iii; 273mm x 190mm; modern pencil foliation 21–70, 70*, 71–80, earlier ink foliation (used here) 14–48, 56–69, 13, 70–77; in good condition but 4 leaves of the original 63 have been torn out.

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