Holy Trinity Guild Accounts

Wisbech and Fenland Museum: Guild of the Holy Trinity in Wisbech 1379–1547 & Corporation Records 1564–1566

p 13 (27 May 1432–15 June 1433) (Expenses for the principal day)


In pane empto vj s. Item v dossenis seruicie vij s. vj d. Item in iiij porsellis ij s. iiij d. Item in vitullo iij s. v. d. Item in ouis vij d. Item in lacte & Crema vij d. Item in xix aucas iiij s. vj d. Item in Chekyns xxiij s. xviij d. In caseo vj d. Item in melle & vinegra vj d. Item in pork v d. Item in spyses iij s. ij d. Item in ffygos iiij d. Item in sale & in butro ij d. Item in ffocalibus viij d. Item in seg ij d. Item in fflour xv d. Item in vno carpentario pro labore suo ij s. Item in veriuetoribus iiij d. Item in cirpis j d. ob. Item in j harper pro labore suo iij s. Item in oynons & verius iij d. Item in alio coquo iiij d. Item in conduccione coquina vj d.


  • Footnotes
    • aucas: for aucis
    • coquina: for coquine
  • Record Translation

    p 13 (15 June–7 June) (Expenses for the principal day)


    On bread bought, 6s; likewise, five dozen of ale, 7s 6d; likewise on four piglets, 2s 4d; on a calf, 3s 5d; likewise on eggs, 7d; likewise on milk and cream, 7d; likewise on nineteen geese, 4s 6d; likewise on chickens, 23s 18d; likewise on cheese, 6d; likewise on honey and vinegar, 6d; likewise on a pig (or on pork), 5d; likewise on spices, 3s 2d; likewise on figs, 4d. Likewise, on salt and on butter, 2d; likewise on fuel, 8d; likewise on sedge, 2d; likewise on flour, 15d; likewise on one carpenter for his labour, 2s; likewise on turnspits, 4d; likewise on rushes, 1 1/2d; likewise on one harper for his labour, 3s; likewise on onions and verjuice, 3d; likewise on a second cook, 4d; likewise on the renting of the kitchen, 6d. ...

  • Glossed Terms
    • ueriuetor, -oris n m turnspit, one who turns a spit, var of veruvertor [DML]; ueriueter
    • cirpus, -i n m var of scirpus [DML]; sirpus
    • veriows n verjuice; vegews; vergeous; vergeows; verious; veriouse; verius
  • Endnote

    The accounts record payments for the guild dinner, 27 May 1431.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Holy Trinity Guild Accounts
    Repository: Wisbech and Fenland Museum
    Shelfmark: Guild of the Holy Trinity in Wisbech 1379–1547 & Corporation Records 1564–1566
    Repository location: Wisbech

    The guild of the Holy Trinity of Wisbech was one of three guilds with a presence in the village of Leverington; the other two were the guilds of St Mary and of St John. Holy Trinity was the largest and most important of the guilds, with a consistent membership of fifty-six to sixty-seven members, both men and women; it first appears in accounts in 1379, but entries there indicate it had existed for some time prior (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, pp 186–97, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/pp186-197). Holy Trinity was incorporated in 1453; after its dissolution in 1566, the guild's estates were taken over by the Corporation and thus preserved (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, pp 255-6, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/pp255-256). Records of the guildhall begin in 1423, but it is likely that it was in existence before then; its site cannot be definitively identified (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, pp 255–6, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/pp255-256). As Frederic Gardiner observes, 'the Trinity Guild is believed to have met in a primitive building, with thatched roof, supposed to have stood on the site of the present Grammar School, but its locality is not known with certainty' (Frederic John Gardiner, History of Wisbech and Neighbourhood, During the Fifty Years – 1848–1898 (London, 1898), 90–1).

    1379–1547, 1564–6; Latin and English; paper; iv + 139 + i; 414 mm x 301 mm; 18th-c. pagination; leaves extensively reconstructed, mounted into paper frames with some gauze reinforcement; late 18th-c. marbled paper binding with leather spine and front label and corner reinforcements, title on spine: 'Guld of Holy Trinity Wisbech 1379 – Annis Multis Intermissis – 1547, Records of the Corporation 1564 – 1566.'

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