Berkshire, Reading, 1530–1
BRO: D/P 97/5/2

p 179 (29 September–29 September) (Common receipts)


Receyuedof the kyng game & morece dauncers that yere xxix s. xj d.
Receyued of the men & women in gaderyng at hocktyde that yere xxvij s. ij d.


p 181 (Necessary Expenses)


Item to the f Carpenter for ijo dayes to make a laddar of the maypoole & for his mete & drynk xiiij d.
Item for tymber to make the stepps of the same laddar ij d.


Item for iiijor Cotes for the morece daunceres for a yerd of blew bockerham & for the makeyng of the same iiij s. j d.
Item for a grosse of belles for the morece daunceres iij s.


  • Marginalia
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    • a
  • Footnotes
    • kyng game: likely held at Whitsuntide, 28–30 May 1531
    • hocktyde: 17–18 April 1531
  • Glossed Terms
    • bockerham n buckram, a linen or cotton fabric
    • kinge n in phr kinge ale, kingal, kingale, kingalle, kingeale, kyng ale, kyngale, kyngalle, kynge ale, kyngeale king ale, an inversion of order event in which a king — typically a local young man or farmer — was appointed to preside over the festival; kyng game, kynges game, king play, kynges play, kyng play synonymous with king ale; in phr king halle, kyng halle king hall, likely a bower built for the king of the king ale
    • mores n morris; morec; morece; moreys; morreyce
  • Endnote

    The scribe reversed the normal (and chronological) order of the two entries for Hocktide and Whitsun. This emphasizes that the accounts were all entered into the permanent record at the same time from running accounts kept by the wardens. The payment for the making up of the account is usually the last expense item.

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Laurence's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: D/P 97/5/2
    Repository location: Reading

    The churchwardens rendered their accounts on the feast of the Annunciation (25 March) until 1516 when they adopted the Michaelmas–Michaelmas pattern rendering their accounts on 29 September.

    1498–1626; English; paper; 250 leaves; 330mm x 225mm; modern pagination; some display capitals; pp 1–2, 490–3 are separated but have been repaired and put separately in a brown paper wrapper; bound in boards covered in parchment, title on front cover: 'The Book of the | Church-Wardens Accounts | of the Parish | of | St Laurence.'

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