Sts Peter and Paul Churchwardens' Accounts

Cambridgeshire Archives: P 11/5/2

f 14v (4 May 1497–10 March 1498/9) (Receipts)


Item Received off Mistress Alys lynne in hockyng money vj s. viij d.


f 16v (Expenses)


Item payed toward the a Torche besides xl d. off hokyng money þe whiche was Received off the wiff off Robert Bolnest. þat he & his cumpany gadered þe last hocke twesday xx d.


  • Footnotes
  • Endnote

    Alice Lynne (d. 1546) (f 14v) married, successively, Richard Lynne (d. 1509) of Bassingbourn, churchwarden, 1497–9, vice-chamberlain to Lady Margaret Beaufort, steward of Richmond's manor, JP and royal commissioner, and Antony Malary (d. 1539) of Papworth Agnes, JP and royal commissioner (Dymond, Churchwarden's Book, pp 248–9). Richard Lynne's father, John Lynne (d. 1487), a London merchant, held land at Bassingbourn by 1455. After Richard's death in 1509, Alice received his half-manor and lands for life, an estate she held until 1538, when it was settled on Richard's son Thomas (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 8, pp 12–30, British History Online,, accessed 22 September 2021).

    Katherine Bolnest (f 16v) was a benefactor to the church; she was married to Robert Bolnest (d. 1499), of the prominent Bolnest family, whose members are 'difficult to disentangle' (Dymond, Churchwardens' Book, p 240).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sts Peter and Paul Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: Cambridgeshire Archives
    Shelfmark: P 11/5/2
    Repository location: Ely

    The manuscript is a collection of receipts and expenses from 4 May 1497–31 March 1538. Bassingbourn usually had two churchwardens, always male, elected at the same time for two to four years, save once in 1499–1501 when three wardens served a single term, 'probably because one died in office and had to be replaced' (Dymond, Churchwardens' Book, p xxx). The play accounts were kept separately from the accounts for the rest of that year. Most significant for dramatic records are folios 30v–2, recording the receipts and payments in connection with a play on St Margaret's Day (20 July) 1511 of the holy martyr Saint George, with twenty-eight parishes or townships in the surrounding area contributing to the endeavour. See the Introduction, ‘Performance Traditions: Civic Entertainment’ for further details of this performance.

    The accounts are included in the churchwardens' yearly accounts, made on 28 February 1511/12.

    The accounts are fully transcribed and edited by Dymond, Churchwardens' Book. There is a manuscript transcript by Alfred Rogers for Henry Bradshaw, c 1870, in CUL: Add. 2792.

    1496–1540; English; paper; iii + 59 + iii; 273mm x 190mm; modern pencil foliation 21–70, 70*, 71–80, earlier ink foliation (used here) 14–48, 56–69, 13, 70–77; in good condition but 4 leaves of the original 63 have been torn out.

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