Berkshire, Reading, 1522–3
BRO: D/P 97/5/2

p 144 (29 September–29 September) (Receipts)


Received of the women & men at hoketyd clere xxij s.


p 149 (Expenses)


Item payd for makeyng of playeres garmentes vij d.


Item payd to Iohn paynter for makeyng of geyre for the play iij s. iiij d.
  • Footnotes
    • hoketyd: 13–14 April 1523
  • 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
    • geyre n gear, here likely apparel used in the performance of a play
  • Endnote

    The Paynters were a prominent family in the parish. John died in 1524–5 (BRO: D/P 97/5/2, p 155; Dils, St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts, pt 1, p 140) and his wife Alice seems to have taken over his business since she was paid that year for gilding the St Vincent tabernacle (BRO: D/P 97/5/2, p 157; Dils, St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts, pt 1, p 142). Alice died in in 1533–4 (BRO: D/P 97/5/2, p 192; Dils, St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts, pt 1, p 187). Both are buried in the church. Another John was prominent in the construction of the statue of St George in 1535 (BRO: D/P 97/5/2, p 198; Dils, St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts, pt 1, p 195). An entirely new generation was active in 1568 when one Edward Paynter was paid 3d for colouring the communion table (BRO: D/P 97/5/2, pp 329–30; Dils, St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts, pt 2, pp 166–7).

    The payments for the building of costumes comes in the list of expenses for Easter suggesting the play in question was the parish Easter play.

  • 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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