f [22v] (4–11 January)
From the 4.th of Jenuary vnto the 11.th of the same⸢1589⸣
|having ordinary personnes 15. extery ordinary at our owne table for j meall
by estimation then at my t
The Paulet family was resident at Freefolk.
These lists of people present in the household for meals the week of 4–11 January are followed by a folio and a half of foodstuffs expended on them over that week. The minstrel appears only this week, though the mason and the 'wantkatchar' (mole-catcher: OED, sv 'want, n 1') appear frequently in this set of accounts.
Record title: Lady Anne Paulet's Household
Repository: Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO
Repository location: Winchester
Sir Richard Paulet (c 1558–1614) was the grandnephew of William Paulet (1474/5?–1572), first marquess of Winchester and longtime lord treasurer under three Tudor monarchs. Richard Paulet inherited estates at Herriard, south of Basingstoke, and Freefolk, near Whitchurch. He served multiple times as sheriff of Hampshire and in parliament for Whitchurch. For further details see the section on Hampshire families in Historical Background.
The household accounts, compiled by Lady Anne Paulet, are mainly for foodstuffs and other expendables. The
accounts were made up weekly and headed by a listing of the number of
people in the household each week, distinguishing between 'ordinary'
members of the household – that is, family members – and 'extery
ordinary' visitors – outsiders, often those who did work for the family,
such as a mason and molecatcher. This account contains an inventory of
household goods and clothing.
1598-1601; English; paper; 49 leaves; 269mm x 185mm; unnumbered; no cover, ff [1–33] payments written from front, ff [34–49] receipts written from back, but ff [34-42] stitched together at outer edge and thus unseen.