Town Accounts

HRO: 37M85/4/AC/5

p 24 (25 May) (Payments)


Item the 25th of maye to mr Twithen baylef to give vnto a companey the Kinges playeres the somm of 0 10 0

p 25 (13 October)


Item the 13th october to wigmor for mr twitchen he paid the museck att Scilicet harry uallesy feaste 0 5 0
  • Endnote

    'mr twithen' was Andrew Twitchin, bailiff of Andover 1624–5 (and is so identified in the manuscript in the left margin of p 23), 1633–4, and 1643–4, tenant of the town mill, and son of Alexander Twitchin, the master of Andover Free Grammar School (Spaul, Corporation of Andover, pp 2–3). Neither Spaul nor the editor of this collection can identify 'wigmor.'

  • Document Description

    Record title: Town Accounts
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: 37M85/4/AC/5
    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,, 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). Pages 1–12 contain the chamber rents, collected semi-annually at Lady Day and Michaelmas. Pages 13–16 contain other receipts, entered consecutively, without arrangement into semi-annual sections. Pages 18–35 give the expenses, with the new year date usually written in the left margin at the point where Lady Day would occur in these consecutive accounts. Page 40 is a list without amounts of the annual rents and leases due the city, written 5 September 1646.

    1622–8; English; paper; 40 leaves; 190mm x 150mm; modern ink pagination (pp 38–9 unpaginated, pp 17, 36–9 blank); repaired with attachment to heavy paper – presumably some deterioration around the edges, but no writing lost, and no bad fading, though original writer seems to have made some lines quite faintly, terrible hand, with unusual 'R's and a number of other problems; original paper cover, now reinforced in same way as leaves, cover has a few ink numbers contemporary with the accounts scattered around on it, and on front upper left, the HRO shelfmark in pencil.

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