|Item payd to Iohn howlat ‸⸢for⸣ a peyre of hose to Iohn Rogers for hys labur & hys sport||ij s. iiij d.|
|Item payd to Iohn Rogers for the cariage of the Tre from Bentley hey||x d.|
|Item paid to the whelewryght for Squaryng of the tre that Cam from Bentley hey||viij d.|
These two entries are enclosed at left by a large brace, with a pointing hand in the margin. The ‘tre’ was presumably intended for use as a Maypole. ‘Bentley hey’ was one of the administrative areas of Cannock Forest, an area centred on present day Bentley, based on the estates of the Bentley family. At one time it was a very large area including Willenhall and Wednesfield, running up to Cannock Chase in the north. Because of the scarcity of Wolverhampton records, the individuals named are not identifiable.
Record title: St Peter's
Shelfmark: Shaw Hellier MSS (in private hands)
Repository location: Stafford
The MS is in private hands and was temporarily deposited in Staffordshire Record Office for consultation by arrangement. It contains annual churchwardens' accounts, presented usually at Lady Day or Mid-Lent Sunday each year; in most cases the date of presentation specifies the calendar year. This is assumed to have been in Old Style and the year has been corrected accordingly (for example, 1520 has been given as 1520/1). There are several cases in which both the calendar and regnal year are specified; in these the year appears to be given in New Style and has not been corrected. The handwriting, presumably that of the parish clerk, changes several times in the course of the years covered by the document.
1520–1634; English; paper; iv + 418; 295mm x 208mm; contemporary and modern foliation begins with f 7 (on f 5, as 2 leaves apparently missing at beginning of book, 4 leaves also missing following f 29, 2 leaves missing following f 103), foliation has been followed where found; bound in contemporary dark brown calf; no title.