Hampshire, Andover, 1606–7

Town Accounts

HRO: 37M85/4/AC/3

f 2 (25 March–25 March) (Payments)


payd the kinges trumpeter the 4erth of september 1606 xiij s. iiij d.
payd vnto the kinges gentlemenn of the garde the 7 of september 1606 xlv s.
payd our hye steward the Lord of South hamptonn the 8 of october 1606 at the hart iiij li.


  • Document Description

    Record title: Town Accounts
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: 37M85/4/AC/3
    Repository location: Winchester

    Andover was an ancient borough and received a new charter from Queen Elizabeth in 1599 (VCH: Hampshire, vol 4, pp 345–58, British History Online, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol4/pp345-358, accessed 22 April 2018). Although its prosperity was in decline, Andover was still one of only ten Hampshire towns with populations over one thousand in 1600 (Peter Clark and Jean Hosking, Population Estimates of English Small Towns 1550–1851, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, Working Paper No 5 (Leicester, 1989; rev 1993), 61–6). The accounts begin with a note that Richard Blake was chosen chamberlain 6 March 1604/5 and end with a folio (f 3v) of the auditing of Blake's accounts in a different hand, done 15 July 1612. The accounting year ran from Lady Day to Lady Day, but the accounts were rendered twice a year, at Lady Day and Michaelmas. Toward the end come very extensive repairs to the hall.

    1604–12; English; paper; 6 leaves; 405mm x 155mm; modern pencil foliation (ff 4–6 unfoliated and blank); outside edges of leaves somewhat torn and faded, repaired by gluing onto heavy paper; 3 sheets folded together but no binding or cover, front (f 1) has the HRO shelfmark in pencil at the top right, and at bottom centre, upside down, the original title in ink: 'A booke of Account.'

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