Hampshire, Winchester, 1419–20

City Account Roll

HRO: W/E1/14, item [4]

mb [1] (29 September–29 September) (Mayor's expenses)

...et de iij s. iiij d. datis ministrell' Ducis Gloucestrie...

  • Record Translation

    mb [1] (29 September–29 September) (Mayor's expenses)

    ...and (the chamberlains render account) of 3s 4d given to minstrels/a minstrel of the duke of Gloucester...

  • Document Description

    Record title: City Account Roll
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: W/E1/14, item [4]
    Repository location: Winchester

    The city account rolls record all of the city's income and expenditures. Income comes primarily from annual rents and rates, as well as special levies. Expenditures include the whole range of civic responsibilities, including construction and maintenance of civic structures, annual payments to civic officials, and rewards given to local nobility and gentry (and to their performers). The account rolls up to 1420 incorporate the accounts of several officials (including the mayor, bagmen, aldermen, and clerk of the market), as the chamberlains had not yet been recognized as responsible for all civic finances. The accounting period runs from Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1419–20; Latin; parchment; 3 membranes, attached serially; 370–680mm x 255–70mm; unnumbered; mbs [1] and [2] written on one side, mb [3] written on both sides, mbs [1] and [2] are the chamberlains' accounts, mb [3] is the account of the 'bagmen'and 'lagmen'; the 3 membranes are part of a composite city account roll for 1416–20.

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