The entries following the transcribed one are nearly all for bread, with dates from 6 November to 11 March, suggesting that these are payments for the half-year beginning at Michaelmas 1603.
Although 'fee' sounds like a payment to an employee, these accounts use it where others might use 'gift' or 'reward,' as in the next year's payments, when 40s was given to 'my Lord of Southamptons his fee'(f ).
Record title: Town Accounts
Repository location: Winchester
Andover was an ancient borough and received a new charter from Queen Elizabeth in 1599 (VCH: Hampshire, vol 4, pp 345–58, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol4/pp345-358, accessed 22 April 2018). Although its prosperity was in decline, Andover was still one of only ten Hampshire towns with populations over one thousand in 1600 (Peter Clark and Jean Hosking, Population Estimates of English Small Towns 1550–1851, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, Working Paper No 5 (Leicester, 1989; rev 1993), 61–6).
In these accounts the receipts are listed first, including rent of borough land and buildings, and for shops in the hall. Payments follow for repairs to buildings, occasional gifts to important people, and many entries to 'goodwyfe Ashlye' for baking bread for the poor (f 3).
1598–1604; English; paper; 20 leaves (small book of 10 sheets folded in half); 205mm x 150mm; modern pencil foliation (ff 11–20 unfoliated, ff 16–20 blank); good condition, except first 2 leaves torn, several leaves repaired or strengthened with heavy paper; rebound with a modern cover of brown cardboard, HRO shelfmark in pencil on front cover, on what little remains to be seen after repair of f 1: 'A Booke of the Ch<.....> | Rentes and <........> | <..>erof in Anno 1598: 1599: 1600 | 1601 1602 1603: 1604 | Ande<....>.'