Sts Peter and Paul Churchwardens' Accounts

Cambridgeshire Archives: P 11/5/2

f 22v (25 November 1503–7 February 1506/7) (Receipts)


Item Received in hockking mony anno domini Ml vC & v yer towardis þe Torches x s. iiij d.


f 23v (Receipts)


Item Received in hocckyng mony anno domini Ml vC & vj toward the torcheȝ off Gyleȝ asshewell wyff v s.
  • Footnotes
  • Endnote

    Isabel Ashwell was a benefactor to the church; she was married to Giles Ashwell (fl. 1496–1521), churchwarden, 1503–7. Both were heavily involved with the 1511 play, and Isabel handed over hocking money in 1506 and 1534 (Dymond, Churchwardens' Book, pp 238–9).

  • 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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