Holy Trinity Guild Accounts

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

p 18 (11 June–27 May)


Item ad principalem dyem in qwete emto vij Boschelle iiij d. ob. Item in pane xx d.
Item in ye gryndyng iij d. Item in ye Bakyng v d.
Item sereuicie vj dussenis ix s.
Item in ij kilderkins of j d. alle iiij d. somma
Item in aucas xxj pre le aucas iij d. v s. iij d.
Item in vetellinis emtis ij s. Item vetellin' xij d.
Item in angnis emtis xx d.
Item in porcellu' emtis iij xxj d. ob.
Item in eggys v d. j d.
Item in Bottiro 1 d. ob.
Item in honni iiij d. ob.
Item in specibus ij s. iiij d.
Item in sal<.>e j d.
Item in venegra & allegra ij d.
Item in verius j d.
Item in galleyc & onnionis ij d.
Item in porke ij d.
Item in lakte & gremio vj d.
Item in fewelle x d.
Item in vertutoribus iiij d.
Item in strowyn of ye halle ij d.
Item in ye menstrall iiij d.
Item in ye coke pro labore suo xvj d.
Item in pro lauacionis panis iiij d.
Item cheysanis ij dussenis xx d.
Item in casu iij d.
Item in ellemosynas prepent<.>tat Iohannes clerke ij d.

somma of alle expences xl<...>j s. viij d. ob

Somma of alle exspences <......>s. viij d. ob.

Somma xxxvij s. v<..> ...

  • Footnotes
    • aucas: for aucis
    • pre: for per
    • aucas: for aucam (?)
    • porcellu': for porcellis
    • v d. j d.: j d. likely an additional payment
    • gremio: for crema (?)
    • vertutoribus: for veriuetoribus
    • in pro: one word or the other for deletion
    • lauacionis: for lauacione
    • cheysanis: for cheycanis (?)
    • Somma xxxvij s. v<...>: written at right margin; letters lost in binding
  • Record Translation

    p 18 (11 June–27 May)


    Likewise for the principal day on wheat bought, seven bushels 4 1/2d; likewise on bread 20d.
    Likewise on the grinding, 3d; likewise on the baking 5d
    Likewise six dozen of ale 9s
    Likewise on two kilderkins of 1d ale 4d in total
    Likewise on twenty-one geese, per goose 3d, (in total) 5s 3d
    Likewise on calves bought 2s Likewise calf (or calves), 12d.
    Likewise on sheep bought 20d
    Likewise on three piglets bought 21 1/2d
    Likewise on eggs 5d 1d
    Likewise on butter 1 1/2d
    Likewise on honey 4 1/2d
    Likewise on spices 2s 3d
    Likewise on salt 1d
    Likewise on vinegar and alegar 2d
    Likewise on verjuice 1d
    Likewise on garlic and onions 2d
    Likewise on pork 2d
    Likewise on milk and cream 6d
    Likewise on fuel 10 d
    Likewise on turnspits 4d
    Likewise on strewing of the hall 2d
    Likewise on the minstrel 4d
    Likewise on the cook for his labour 16d
    Likewise on the washing of the tablecloth 4d
    Likewise chickens, two dozen 20d
    Likewise on cheese 3d
    Item on alms <...> John Clerke (or John, clerk) 2d

    Total of all expenses <......> s 8 1/2d

    In total 37s <...>


  • Glossed Terms
    • casus, -us n m in CL fall, a falling or throwing down; here the form has apparently been confused with caseus, -i n m cheese
    • 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
  • Endnote

    The accounts record payments for the guild dinner, 11 June 1441.

  • 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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