St Mary's Churchwardens' Accounts

Cambridgeshire Archives: L95/14(6)

f 6 (10 April 1579) (Receipts)


paid ouer more by Robertus Richardson for thvse of the towne house which certayne players paid him iiij d.
Item more by him for mony which he receyued of plaiers for the vse of the towne house vj d.


  • Footnotes
  • Endnote

    The guildhall, known as the Townhouse after the 1530s, following the suppression of the guilds of Our Lady, St Lawrence, and Trinity, was used for parish functions (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 6, pp 80–105, British History Online,, accessed 15 September 2021; see the Introduction 'Performance Traditions: Playing Places, Linton Townhouse,' for further details).

    The Richardsons of Linton were a 'prosperous yeoman family,' which included Dr John Richardson (c 1564–1625), master of Peterhouse, 1609–15, and Trinity College, 1615–25, and a translator of the Authorized Version of the Bible (Vivienne Westbrook, 'Authorized Version of the Bible, translators of the (act. 1604–1611),' ODNB, 23 September 2004, accessed 11 March 2022; VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 6, pp 80–105, British History Online,, accessed 15 September 2021).

  • Document Description

    Record title: St Mary's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: Cambridgeshire Archives
    Shelfmark: L95/14(6)
    Repository location: Ely

    The St Mary's churchwardens' accounts, collected and given by Robert Milsent ('ex dono Roberti Milsent generosi datus 14o die Julij Anno Domini 1577') are found in a minute book in the W.M. Palmer Collection. This comprises primarily the Linton churchwardens' accounts, but also includes copies of leases of the Guildhall, Linton, by Pembroke Hall (to John Mylsent of Linton and others for ninety-nine years, 26 March 1564, and to Robert Pitches and others for forty years, 25 March 1656), memos of audits of various accounts, mainly churchwardens' and constables,' from 14 July 1577, memos of charitable gifts and bequests, memos of distributions of revenue from charitable endowments, and memos of briefs, 1680–92. The records are fairly continuous from c 1590–1692, with a few records dating to 1710. For the earliest entries (1577–c88) the accounting year appears to follow a Michaelmas format, with rents covering 29 September–28 September, and accounts being rendered in late September or early October (as seen on f 5v). From the 1590s onward the entries become more erratic, with no clear systematic entry of accounts, and no detailed entry of monies in and out; however, between 1588 and 1592 the entries are dated in mid-November.

    1577–1710; English; paper; 167 leaves (3 leaves cut out); 300 x 210mm; modern pencil foliation, blank leaves left unfoliated but counted: 1–51, 53, 53–8, 95–6, 155–62; good condition; original parchment binding.

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