Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/37

f 21v (29 September–29 September)


Gefftes for the towne

Item payd to the kynges barward ij s. vj d.
Item payd to the kynges playeres vj s. viij d.
Item payd to the dewke of soffokes playeres v s.
Item to the quenes playeres v s.
Item to the erell off Westmarnes barward iij s. iiij d.


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  • Glossed Terms
    • barward n bearward; barod(?), bererd, berewood, berherd, berode, berrerd
  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/37
    Repository location: Southampton

    The accounts run from Michaelmas to Michaelmas and cover all areas of civic receipt and expenditure, from land rents to annual payments to civic officials, costs of construction and repair of town structures, and rewards to visiting performers. See the introduction to Thick (ed), Southampton Steward's Book, pp iii–xlvi. Thick's edition of the 1492–3 accounts includes full transcriptions of those documents, including records relating to drama and minstrelsy.

    There is some confusion about the date of this account, with an eighteenth-century note on the cover indicating 1531 to 1532, but the original title on the cover gives the date in regnal years as 22–3 Henry VIII, that is, 1530–1, the date now followed by the City Archives catalogue.

    1530–1; English; paper; 31 leaves; 305mm x 210mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; original parchment cover.

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