BRO: D/P 118/5/1

f 44v (31 March 1611–18 April 1612) (Receipts)


Item at the neighboures meetinge at whitsuntyde vj li. viij s. viij d.


Item of Thomas Early for the boughes vppon the bowrye xij d.


  • Footnotes
    • whitsuntyde: 12–14 May 1611
  • Glossed Terms
    • bough n branch, here likely a branch used to construct a bower for a king play; bogh; boughe; bow; see also king
    • 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

    The normal receipts are followed by a record of a levy of the members of the parish (ff 44v–5). The expenses indicate a significant building project. 'Mr ffrauncis Knollys' is recorded as contributing a shilling for a bell rope (f 46).

  • 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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