St Leonard's Churchwardens' Accounts

Wisbech and Fenland Museum: LEV/CA/1

f 2 (1 February 1567/8–31 January 1568/9) (Payments)

Item on ye tuysday in whytsonday weeke by consente of ye parishyoners that was bestowed vppon spaldinge men commynge with ye baene of a playe ⸢to drynke iiij d.
Item paid to thandes of Thomas anderson by the lyke consente of the paryshyners that haryed to spaldynge playe iij s.


f 3


Item paid on Chrystmas day to ye players at ye appointmente of ye parychyoners xij d.


  • Footnotes
  • Glossed Terms
    • baene n ban, a public proclamation [OEDO n.1]; bayne
    • haryed v pa hurried
  • Endnote

    For possible play performances originating in Spalding in the mid-1500s, see records included in James Stokes (ed), Lincolnshire, REED, 2 vols (Toronto and Buffalo, 2009), particularly the St Mary's churchwardens' accounts, Long Sutton, vol 1, pp 225, 227, 229 and vol 2, pp 425–6. Stokes notes that 'the many players who cried the banns of their plays in other towns were by definition usually amateur actors (though some might have been companies of professional waits), as in the players of ... Spalding'; these performances would have included 'history, saint, biblical, passion, morality, and (in Lincoln) Pater Noster plays' (Lincolnshire, vol 2, pp 404, 406).

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Leonard's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: Wisbech and Fenland Museum
    Shelfmark: LEV/CA/1
    Repository location: Wisbech

    St Leonard's Church is the parish church of Leverington. Built in the mid-thirteenth century, the lower stages of its tower and part of the south wall and arcading between the chancel and the south chapel date from this period; the south aisle and porch from the fourteenth century, and a fifteenth-century nave and north aisle replaced the original thirteenth-century construction (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, pp 186–97, British History Online,, accessed 18 September 2021).

    1487–1620; English; paper; 153 leaves; 290–318mm x 183–215mm; modern pencil foliation (ff 38–83 originally a separate MS and include accounts from 1497–1530); good condition; extensive repairs c 1950, leaves mounted into paper frames, rebound out of chronological order, burgundy cloth over boards; title on spine: LEVERINGTON PARISH BOOK–VOLUME I.

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