Berkshire, Thatcham, 1575–6
BRO: D/P 130/5/1A

f 26 (11 April 1575–29 April 1576) (Receipts)


Item receaved at Whitesonntyde xxxix s.



Item for william smithe a newe dublet & the makinge of a payre of hoose for the same man iij s. iiij d.
Item for the same william smithe a hate, & a payre of shoes ij s. v d.
Item for ye same william smithe a hoose clothe, & lyneinge iij s. vj d.


Item for one dossen of bels iiij d.

f 26v


Item two els of canvesse for a shirte for smithe xviij d.


f 27


Item william smythe two els of canves more for one other shirte xix d.
  • Footnotes
    • Whitesonntyde: 22–4 May 1575
  • Glossed Terms
    • bele n bell, here to be tied around a Morris dancer’s knees; bel
    • lyneinge n lining, used here for a doublet
  • Endnote

    William Smith was churchwarden this year. It seems likely that the payments for clothing to Smith are costume entries for the Whitsun event, similar to the costume for the 'vice' paid for in 1568–9. This may indicate that the custom in Thatcham was similar to that in Somerset where the wardens acted as the organizers of the summer festival often assuming the character of Robin Hood. See Johnston, 'Robin Hood,' p 38.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Mary's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: D/P 130/5/1A
    Repository location: Reading

    This book also contains the accounts of the almshouse. The accounts were rendered on Low Sunday.

    1561–1633; English; paper; iii + 170 + ii; 302mm x 190mm; modern foliation; gatherings irregular, badly damaged by damp; bound in cardboard covered with parchment and paper stained to look like parchment, 2 dark brown leather patches on spine, title on paper sticker on front cover: 'No 1 Per In | ventory of | Sundries | Churchwardens | account Book | from 1561 to 1633.'

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