Hampshire, Winchester, 1469–70

Chamberlains' Accounts

HRO: W/E1/27

mb [4] (29 September–29 September)

...Et in solut' ministrall' in vigellia Sancti Iohannis Baptiste ij s. Et in dat' ministrall' domini Regis nihil quia comput' maiore...


  • Record Translation

    mb [4] (29 September–29 September)

    ...And in payment to minstrels/a minstrel on the vigil of St John the Baptist, 2s. And in gifts to minstrels/a minstrel of the lord king, nothing because accounted by the mayor...


  • Endnote

    The computus is missing from the head of this account but the date has been established by the HRO archivist using the names of mayors and other internal evidence: 'The heading is missing, but the document has been dated from internal evidence to 9–10 Edward IV. In the list of expenses, there is a payment to William Colvyle Mayor for his journey to London to take the Sacrament in the King's treasury; and there is also a payment to Richard Bole, Mayor for his journey to Guildford to speak to Lord Arundell. William Colvyle was mayor in 1458, 1461, 1463 and 1470. Richard Bole was mayor in 1462, 1469, 1479 and 1488. The roll can therefore be dated either to 1461–1462 or 1469–1470. The latter seems likely as the tenant of the George Inn is the same man in this roll and in W/E1/28 but different in W/E1/23' (Hampshire County Council, Hantsweb, http://calm.hants.gov.uk/Record.aspx? src=CalmView.Catalog&id=W%2fE%2f1%2f27&pos=1).'nihil' is a consensus view of various archivists at the HRO. It actually looks like 'nlhi,' with the 'l' superscripted. The sense is that the payment for the king's minstrels is accounted for in the mayor's accounts.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Chamberlains' Accounts
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: W/E1/27
    Repository location: Winchester

    The chamberlains' 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 accounting year runs from Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1469–70; Latin; parchment; 9 membranes attached serially; 90–680mm x 210mm; unnumbered; written on one side only; modern paper wrapper, torn, with dates of the roll and names of some city officers.

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