Holy Trinity Guild Accounts

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

p 16 (12 June–3 June) (Expenses for the principal day)


Item in pane empto iiij s. v d. Item in seruicia v dussenis ⸢vij s.⸣ vj d. Item xviij aucas xviij iij s x<..>

Item in checkyns iij dussenis ij s. x d. Item in iiij porcellis presium ij s. ij d. Item in porke iij d.

Item in vitullo ij s. vij d. Item in lambe xix d.

Item in pork' in specibus Item in ffiges iiij d. Item in caseo v d.

Item in honi ij d. ob Item sale ob. Item in venegra ij d.

Item Onions i d. Item in butro j d. Item in lacte & gremio vj d.

Item in focalibus xij d. Item in quarterium of red iij d. Item in siharista a harpor xvj d.

Item in coko pro labore suo xiiij d. Item in vertutoribus viij d. Item in cirpis j d.

Item in verius j d. Item in sanderes j d. Item pro lauacionis panis iiij d.


  • Footnotes
    • x<..>: one or two characters lost in binding
    • Item … xix d.: it is unclear why this entry is centred on the page relative to the other entries
    • gremio: for crema (?)
    • siharista: for sitharista
    • vertutoribus for veriuetoribus
    • lauacionis: for lauacione
  • Record Translation

    p 16 (12 June–3 June) (Expenses for the principal day)


    Likewise on bread bought, 4s 5d; likewise on ale, 5 dozen, 7s 6d; likewise eighteen geese, 3s 10d.

    Likewise on chickens, three dozen, 2s 10d; likewise on four piglets at the price, 2s 2d; likewise in pork, 3d.

    Likewise on veal, 2s 7d; likewise on lamb, 2s 7d.

    Likewise on spices Likewise on figs, 4d; likewise on cheese, 5d.

    Likewise on honey, 2 1/2d; likewise salt, 1/2d; likewise on vinegar, 2d.

    Likewise on onions, 1d; likewise on butter, 1d; likewise on milk and cream, 6d.

    Likewise on fuel 12d; likewise on a quarter of reeds (?), 3d; likewise on the harper 'a harper' 16d.

    Likewise on the cook for his labour, 14d; likewise on turnspits, 8d; likewise on rushes, 1d.

    Likewise on verjuice, 1d; likewise on sanders, 1d; likewise for the washing of the tablecloth, 4d.


  • Glossed Terms
    • cirpus, -i n m var of scirpus [DML]; sirpus
    • panis, -is n f in CL bread; here the form has apparently been confused with pannus, -i n m cloth, tablecloth; panys
    • ueriuetor, -oris n m turnspit, one who turns a spit, var of veruvertor [DML]; ueriueter
    • veriows n verjuice; vegews; vergeous; vergeows; verious; veriouse; verius
  • Endnote

    The accounts record payments for the guild dinner, 12 June 1435.

  • 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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