Berkshire, Reading, 1502–3
BRO: D/P 97/5/2

p 9 (25 March–25 March) (Receipts)


Item receyvyd of the gaderyng of men & wymmen at hoktyd xxiij s. v d.
⸢Item receyvyd of the kyng play ⸢xlv s.⸣
Item receyvyd of the parissh in gaderyng at alhalow tyde ix s. ix d. ob.
Item receyvyd of the parissh at Crystmas x s. iij d.


p 11 (Expenses)


Item payed for bred & ale on hok monday & tewsday ij s. iiij d.
Item payed for fflessh & spyces at the same tyme xiiij d.
Item payed for a Capon vj d.


Item payed for flessh for the wymmen soper vj d. ob.


  • Footnotes
    • hoktyd: 4–5 April 1502
    • kyng play: likely held at Whitsuntide, 15–17 May 1502
    • hok ... tewsday: 4–5 April 1502
  • Glossed Terms
    • gatheryng vb n collection, here used to refer specifically to the act of collecting money for the parish; gaderyng gathering; gatheringe; gatherynge;
    • 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
  • Endnote

    Kerry mistakenly has the receipts for the king play this year as only 11s (Municipal Church of St Lawrence, p 235).

  • 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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