Lady Anne Paulet's Household Accounts

Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO: 44M69/E4/42

f [22v] (4–11 January)

From the of Jenuary vnto the of the same⸢1589⸣

having ordinary personnes 15. extery ordinary at our owne table for j meall by estimation then at my t<.>ime the Christemas before are sett downe. this weeke Charlis Gylburt roger Coopre Thom fellder the masson and j day a hired boye with him. the wantkatchar and his boye iij dayes/ all the rest hear worke a day and holy daye. besides the minestrell hem almost j<.>jj whole worke a dayse ...


  • Footnotes
    • wantkatchar: second a and h written over other letters
    • j<.>jj: reading uncertain; some kind of correction has apparently been attempted
  • Glossed Terms
    • extery adj in phr extery ordinary extraordinary
    • mensterl n minstrel; mennystrelle; mensterell; mensterlle; menstreel; mentrelle; minestrell; mynesryle; mystrelle
  • Endnote

    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.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Lady Anne Paulet's Household Accounts
    Repository: Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO
    Shelfmark: 44M69/E4/42
    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.

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