The Paulet family was resident at Freefolk.
Record title: Sir Richard 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 hand on the front cover is different from that in the
accounts themselves, and the name Jervoise may appear because Richard
Paulet died in 1614 and the accounts may have been completed by or for
his ward and heir, Thomas Jervoise. Payments and receipts
were compiled monthly, with occasional indications of specific
1610–14; English; paper; 178 leaves; 145mm
x 96mm; mostly unnumbered, though page numbers appear irregularly and do
not correctly represent either foliation or pagination (editorial
foliation supplied from the payments' end at the back, based on the
writing on the cover, with the leaf headed 'A note of all
payementes...' counted as f [1v]):
payments ff [1v–47]; ff [48–135] blank; ff [136–78] receipts (written
from opposite end, with a few blank leaves); generally good condition,
but ink has bled through the leaves, and letter forms sometimes obscured
by the rather small writing with a rather wide or dull nib; parchment
cover with closure of leather thong and string, at top of front cover:
'Rental of Herriard | 1610– .... Jervoise,' HRO
shelfmark in pencil on the lower front cover.