f 2v (25 March–25 March) (Payments)
|Item mr wayt to pay the trompeter and knyght marshalls mann 8te of November 1609||xiij s. iiij d.|
Despite his name, 'mr wayt' is connected with music only in this single entry. In the same accounts he is also paid for mending the stocks and prison, and pays rent for a shop in the hall. Probably this is Walter Wayt or Waite, who was selected as an approved man of the borough in May 1599, and served as bailiff in 1601–2 and 1618–19; his occupation was shoemaker (Spaul, Corporation of Andover, pp 2–3).
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). The accounts begin with a note that Richard Blake was chosen chamberlain 6 March 1604/5 and end with a folio (f 3v) of the auditing of Blake's accounts in a different hand, done 15 July 1612. The accounting year ran from Lady Day to Lady Day, but the accounts were rendered twice a year, at Lady Day and Michaelmas. Toward the end come very extensive repairs to the hall.
1604–12; English; paper; 6 leaves; 405mm x 155mm; modern pencil foliation (ff 4–6 unfoliated and blank); outside edges of leaves somewhat torn and faded, repaired by gluing onto heavy paper; 3 sheets folded together but no binding or cover, front (f 1) has the HRO shelfmark in pencil at the top right, and at bottom centre, upside down, the original title in ink: 'A booke of Account.'