BRO: D/P 118/5/1

f 47 (Receipts)


Inprimis of Thomas Earley, for woodd vppon the bowrye xviij d.


Item taken at the neighboures meetinge at Whitsuntyde vij li.


  • Footnotes
    • Whitsuntyde: 23–5 May 1613
  • Glossed Terms
    • bowrye n bower, here a space artificially enclosed with branches; bowerrye; bowrie; in phr Robin Hoodes bower a bower constructed during Robin Hood games from which Robin Hood presided
  • Endnote

    No date is given for the beginning of the tenure of the churchwardens in 1613. There is no mention of a Whitsun event in 1612–13. Few beginning or rendering dates are given for the rest of the accounts. The year date is sometimes recorded in the margin in a contemporary hand but sometimes in an antiquarian hand. By tracing the regular election of the churchwardens it is possible to work out the sequence of the years. Following the Whitsun entries there is again a long list recording a parish levy. This year the expenses include a shilling for 'sendinge the Register to Salisburie,' and 4d for a book of articles and expenses for visitations at both Newbury and Abingdon (f 47v). There are no Whitsun events recorded for the next four years.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Denys' Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: D/P 118/5/1
    Repository location: Reading

    This is a very tidy and well-kept book. On the end-papers are various handwritten notes about the church and a printed version of the inventory made for Edward VI's commissioners. Written on the inside cover are the words 'for Chr. Wordsworth DD | vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale | Gt Faringdon | Diocese Oxon | County Berks | to be kept in the Parish Chest.' The book proper begins with a mid-sixteenth–century inventory of vestments and books (including the paraphrases of Erasmus). Then follow several cancelled folios of names with sums and fees attached from the 1560s. There are also two other unusual sections: the first is a rent roll of all the lands owned by the parish; the second is, apparently, a communion register. The churchwardens' accounts proper then occupy the rest of the book. The dating is not tied to any feast day. The accounts were rendered for the most part in April.

    1552–1725; English; paper; ii + 131 + ii; 412mm x 140mm; modern foliation, first 11 ff unnumbered; bound in tooled brown leather, title stamped in gold on spine: 'Stanford | in the | Vale | Church- | Wardens | Accounts | 1552–1725.'

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