Berkshire, Windsor, 1582–3
BRO: D/XP 149/1/1

f 35 (23 April–7 April) (Receipts)


Item the sayd Churchwardens do Charge them selfes with mony receaued at hoctyde beyng xviij s. xviij s.


f 35v

Item the sayd Churchwardens do Charge them selfes with xvij li. iij s. vij d. gayned Cleare by ther pastyme at Whytsontyde all thynges dyscharged xvij li. iiij s. vij d.


  • Footnotes
    • hoctyde: 23–4 April 1582
    • Whytsontyde: 3–5 June 1582
  • Glossed Terms
    • clere adj and adv clear, without encumbrance, liability, debt, etc; net profit [OEDO clear adj, adv, and n 16.a]; cleare; clearely; clearlie; clearly; cleere; cleerelye; cleerlye; cler; clerely; clerelye; clerly; clerlye
  • Endnote

    The church ale receipts for this year are extraordinarily high. In 1583 the parish undertook a major repair of the fabric of the church and a special effort seems to have been made to generate income in anticipation of the building expenses.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St John the Baptist's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: D/XP 149/1/1
    Repository location: Reading

    This volume was used by Elias Ashmole for his antiquarian work but then was lost. At the beginning of research for this collection, the editor wrote to all the rectors of ancient parishes in Berkshire explaining her work. In response, the Rev. D.N. Griffiths, then rector of the parish church in Windsor, undertook a search for the book and located it among the documents of the Ironmongers of the City of London in the Guildhall Library (Ironmongers 17,142). The editor consulted the book there, but it has since been deposited in the BRO.

    The dating in these accounts is uncertain. The churchwardens often served for two or three years and their accounting was done at the end of their term of service with only the rendering date given.

    1531–84; English; paper; 47 leaves; 300mm x 210mm; pencil pagination on first gathering, foliation in 18th-c. hand to f 37 where writing ends; original parchment binding much tattered and disintegrating, no title.

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