Berkshire, Reading, 1558–9
BRO: D/P 98/5/1

p 49 (8 April–24 March) (Gatherings)


Item receyved of the mens gatheringe vij s. v d. iij d.
Item of the womens gatherynge xxvij s. v d.
Item for the gatheringe at whytsontyde xxxviij s. xj d.


p 50 (Payments)


paied for wheate & flower for whitsonday at soiper iiij s. vj d.
paied for a barrell of bere xxij d.
paied for a pound of peper xx d.
paied for mace ij d.
paied for mutton & veale viij s. viij d.
paied for a quarter of lambe vj d.
paied to mother Iohnson for ale viij d.
paied for butter iiij d.
paied for spyce more iiij d.
paied hayle for his paynes viij d.


payed to Chapman for his wayges more then was gatheryd by the men and maydens at wytsonntyd v s.


  • Footnotes
    • womens ... gatherynge: ie, at Hocktide, 18–19 April 1558
    • whytsontyde: 29–31 May 1558
    • whitsonday: 29 May 1558
  • Glossed Terms
    • gather v inf to collect, here used to refer specifically to the act of collecting money for the parish; gathered, gatherid, gatheryd pass;
    • gatheryng vb n collection, here used to refer specifically to the act of collecting money for the parish; gaderyng gathering; gatheringe; gatherynge;
    • soiper n supper
  • Endnote

    Hayle's pains are presumably for preparing the feast; he appears as a cook in 1556–7 and 1559–60.

    The hand changes midway between the entry about Hayle and the entry about Chapman.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Mary's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: D/P 98/5/1
    Repository location: Reading

    The yearly accounts, in our period rendered on Good Friday, begin on p 33 with the accounts for 1555–6. The accounts to 1675 then follow on numbered pages. Subsequent accounts are also not paginated. The later parts of the book contain miscellaneous church records, including coloured plans for the church bound into the book at the year 1837. At the year 1885 there is a note on the improvement of the churchyard with a coloured plan.

    1547–1907; English; paper with parchment flyleaves; ii + 415 + ii; 385mm x 275mm; modern pagination (4 unnumbered leaves, 128 leaves paginated 1–255 followed by 217 unnumbered leaves taking the accounts to 1907, these are followed by 66 blank leaves); some display capitals, later entries ruled in red; bound in tooled brown leather fraying at the edges, title stamped on front cover: 'Parish of St Mary | Reading | Churchwardens' Register | 1547 to (blank).'

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