Accounts of the Fraternity of St John

HRO: W/H1/205

mb [1d] (29 September–29 September) (Accounts for St John's supper)

...insolut' ministral' xij d....

  • Record Translation

    mb [1d] (29 September–29 September) (Accounts for St John's supper)

    ...paid to minstrels/a minstrel, 12d....

  • Document Description

    Record title: Accounts of the Fraternity of St John
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: W/H1/205
    Repository location: Winchester

    The fraternity of St John the Baptist was an organization which began as a guild of tailors but developed into an organization including the entire ruling elite of the city, its membership probably identical to the merchant guild's. The fraternity's activities focused on contributing to the care of the poor and sick of St John's Hospital and on celebrations of Corpus Christi and the Nativity of St John the Baptist. The office of warden of the fraternity was considered an important civic office and the warden was appointed by the mayor. The burghmote, the assembly of freemen, met three times a year in the hall of St John's Hospital rather than in the guildhall, and in the fifteenth century the city's deeds and other records were kept in a chest there (Keene and Rumble, Survey of Medieval Winchester, vol 2, pts 2–3, pp 816–19).

    1536–7; Latin; parchment; 1 membrane, writing continues on dorse from the foot of membrane; 575mm x 185mm; unnumbered; modern paper wrapping with title, date, and names of some city officers inscribed.

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