Holy Trinity Guild Accounts

Wisbech and Fenland Museum: Guild of the Holy Trinity in Wisbech 1379–1547 & Corporation Records 1564–1566

p 7 (26 May–15 June) (For the principal day)


⁌ In frumenti empto j quarterio presium iij s. iiij d. Item pro Bakynges ix d. Item pro ij dossenis aucas presio iiij d.

⁌ Item pro j quarterio auenarum et plus ij s. ij d. ob ⁌ Item pro lauacione panys vj d.

⁌ Item pro seruicia vj dossenis j kilderkin dicte melioris Item iij kilderkins dicte peioris summa x s.

Item In vitulis iiij s. Item in vij petit porsellis iij s. ij d. q. Item in angnis iij s. iiij d.

⁌ Item In porco iij d. ⁌ In ouis viij d. ob. ⁌ Item In butro j d. ob.

⁌ Item In spesiebus iij s. xj d. ⁌ Item in Caseo viij d. Item in focalibus xvij d. Item in sirpis, ij d.

⁌ Item in expensis de menstrall in die sabatti vj d. Item In sitrabartha pro labore suo iiij s.

⁌ Item In vinegra et aceto iij d. Item in allea ⸢& sepes⸣ ij d. Item In lakte et Creme viij d.

⁌ Item In conduccione coquine xij d. Item In veriuetoribus viij d. Item pro j Prest pro labore suo pro iij dies iiij d.

⁌ Item In coco ij s. Item in sale et claues ij d. Item pro j paparro de quercini viij d.

⁌ Item In (blank)

Summa xlviij s. xij d. Summa xlix s.


  • Footnotes
    • aucas: for aucarum
    • viij d.: v written over another character
    • quercini: for quercino
  • Record Translation

    p 7 (26 May–15 June) (For the principal day)


    ⁌ In grain bought, 1 quarter, price 3s 4d; likewise for baking, 9d; likewise for two dozen geese, price 4d.

    ⁌ Likewise for one quarter of oats and more, 2s 2 1/2d. ⁌ Likewise for the washing of the tablecloth 6d.

    ⁌ Likewise for ale, six dozen, 1 kilderkin of the said, better; likewise three kilderkins of the said, weaker; in total 10s.

    Likewise on veal, 4s; likewise on seven piglets 3s 2d. ⁌ Likewise on lambs, 3s 4d.

    ⁌ Likewise on a pig, 3d. ⁌ Likewise on eggs, 7 1/2d. ⁌ Likewise on butter, 1 1/2d.

    ⁌ Likewise on spices, 3s 11d. ⁌ Likewise on cheese, 8d; likewise on fuel, 17d; likewise on rushes, 2d.

    ⁌ Likewise on outlay for the minstrel on the Saturday, 6d; likewise on the harper for his labour, 4d.

    ⁌ Likewise on vinegar and (malt) vinegar, 3d; likewise on garlic and onions, 2d; likewise on milk and cream, 8d.

    ⁌ Likewise on the renting of the kitchen, 12d; likewise on turnspits, 8d; likewise on one Prest for his labour for three days, 4d.

    ⁌ Likewise on the cook, 2s; likewise on salt and cloves, 2d; likewise for one (sheet or roll of) paper of oak, 8d.

    ⁌ Likewise on (blank)

    In total 48s 12d. In total 49s.


  • Glossed Terms
    • panis, -is n f in CL bread; here the form has apparently been confused with pannus, -i n m cloth, tablecloth; panys
    • paparrus, -i n m var of papyrus [OLD, DML]
    • presium, -i n nt var of pretium [OLD, DML]
    • sepes, -is n f in CL hedge or fence; here the form has apparently been confused with caepa, -e n f onion
    • sitrabartha, -e n f likely harper; perhaps originally in error for citharista
  • Endnote

    The accounts record payments for the guild dinner, 26 May 1426. The payment for the minstrel was presumably for 25 May.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Holy Trinity Guild Accounts
    Repository: Wisbech and Fenland Museum
    Shelfmark: Guild of the Holy Trinity in Wisbech 1379–1547 & Corporation Records 1564–1566
    Repository location: Wisbech

    The guild of the Holy Trinity of Wisbech was one of three guilds with a presence in the village of Leverington; the other two were the guilds of St Mary and of St John. Holy Trinity was the largest and most important of the guilds, with a consistent membership of fifty-six to sixty-seven members, both men and women; it first appears in accounts in 1379, but entries there indicate it had existed for some time prior (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, pp 186–97, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/pp186-197). Holy Trinity was incorporated in 1453; after its dissolution in 1566, the guild's estates were taken over by the Corporation and thus preserved (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, pp 255-6, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/pp255-256). Records of the guildhall begin in 1423, but it is likely that it was in existence before then; its site cannot be definitively identified (VCH: Cambridgeshire, vol 4, pp 255–6, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/pp255-256). As Frederic Gardiner observes, 'the Trinity Guild is believed to have met in a primitive building, with thatched roof, supposed to have stood on the site of the present Grammar School, but its locality is not known with certainty' (Frederic John Gardiner, History of Wisbech and Neighbourhood, During the Fifty Years – 1848–1898 (London, 1898), 90–1).

    1379–1547, 1564–6; Latin and English; paper; iv + 139 + i; 414 mm x 301 mm; 18th-c. pagination; leaves extensively reconstructed, mounted into paper frames with some gauze reinforcement; late 18th-c. marbled paper binding with leather spine and front label and corner reinforcements, title on spine: 'Guld of Holy Trinity Wisbech 1379 – Annis Multis Intermissis – 1547, Records of the Corporation 1564 – 1566.'

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