Ordinance Book

HRO: W/B1/4

f 85 (20 April)


The Race Cupp Item that the Cittie shall yearlie provide a Cupp of the value of xxiiij li. to bee rann for att the race in <..>he ‸⸢uppon⸣ wendesdaie in Easter weeke accordinge to the articles formerlie drawn


  • Footnotes
    • wendesdaie in Easter weeke: 24 April 1633
  • Document Description

    Record title: Ordinance Book
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: W/B1/4
    Repository location: Winchester

    The ordinance books contain ordinances dealing with the election of officials, granting of leases, and (again) regulations to do with trade and health. These books also include elections to membership of the Merchants' guild and incorporation of various other guilds, such as the Fishmongers' and the Tailors' and Hosiers'. These books can be seen as the official register of decisions made at the general assemblies, the boroughmotes, held twice a year in either the guildhall or in St John's House and attended by the mayor, the twenty-four, other freemen of the Merchants' guild and – supposedly – the commonalty, although it is doubtful whether the ordinary citizen had any formal say by this date or was even present, whatever may have been the case earlier. Many are ratifications of decisions already made at the more frequent meetings of the mayor and his brethren and initially recorded in the Proceedings Books. As the ordinances were amended or cancelled a marginal entry to that effect has been added.

    1617–47; English and Latin; paper; i + 170 + i, f 14 missing; 298mm x 192mm; contemporary foliation; contemporary brown suede leather binding, gold tooled title on spine: 'Fourth Book of Ordinances.'

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