BL: Sloane 2581

f 24v


Item for makyng of the whele to the getbell ij s.
Item to William Curges for iij yerys pypyng iiij s.

f 25v (Receipts)

<....> Regno Regis Henrici viij <....>

Reseyuyd of <.>hyr ale of heryard by Iohn le <...>

Item at Tuelfytyde of Gaderyng mony ij s. x <.>
Item at Ester of vantapyr Syluyr ij s.
Item at the gaderyng of the conteray v s. iij d.
Item of the Ale more a holy thurrysday xxiiij s.


  • Footnotes
    • getbell: for gretbell
    • Tuelfytyde: ie, Ascension Day, 1 May 1516
    • Ester: 23 March 1515/16
    • holy thurrysday: either Ascension Day, 1 May 1516, or Maundy Thursday, 3 April 1516
  • Glossed Terms
    • conteray n country
    • gatheryng vb n collection, here used to refer specifically to the act of collecting money for the parish; gaderyng gathering; gatheringe; gatherynge;
    • gretbell n great bell, the largest bell in a church tower
    • syluyr n silver
    • tuelfytyde n Twelfthtide
    • vantapyr n font-taper
  • Document Description

    Record title: St Mary's Churchwardens' Accounts
    Repository: BL
    Shelfmark: Sloane 2581
    Repository location: London

    The main text of the manuscript (ff 5–22) is a list of medicines compiled from ancient authors in a careful fifteenth-century hand. The last few leaves contain memoranda of the owner c 1516, including an account of sheep owned at Basingstoke in 1515 (f 22v) and monies paid and received for St Mary's Herriard in 1516 (ff 24v–5v). The account for Herriard parish church appears to be a churchwarden's account, perhaps entered at the end of a parchment book for presentation: all the entries in the account appear to have been written at the same time, probably from loose bills. No accounting year is indicated.

    15th c.–1516; English with some Latin; parchment; 170mm x 115mm; iv + 26 + iv; modern pencil foliation (ink foliation, probably by same hand as marginal notations, crossed out, begins with f 57, suggesting that current MS was latter part of a longer MS since divided); the medical text is in good condition, carefully written with rubrics throughout and marginal notations in a different hand, the last few leaves are more discoloured from damp but still legible; brown leather-covered board binding with Sloane crest front and back, title on spine: 'SLOANE MS.2581 BRIT. MUS.MEDICAL RECIPES, XV CENT.'

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