Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/40

f 19 (29 September–29 September) (Various incidental payments)


Item to the kyngs berwarde ij s. iiij d. besyde ij s. viij d. gatheryd att the Ryng iij s. iiij d.


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    The bearward apparently baited his bear at the town bull-ring, where he collected 2s 8d, to which the town officials added 2s 4d to bring his total to 5s.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/40
    Repository location: Southampton

    The accounts run from Michaelmas to Michaelmas and cover all areas of civic receipt and expenditure, from land rents to annual payments to civic officials, costs of construction and repair of town structures, and rewards to visiting performers. See the introduction to Thick (ed), Southampton Steward's Book, pp iii–xlvi. Thick's edition of the 1492–3 accounts includes full transcriptions of those documents, including records relating to drama and minstrelsy.

    1542–3; English; paper; i + 42; 305mm x 210mm; original ink foliation; good condition, but only half of original vellum cover survives; 18th-c. paper cover on outside.

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