Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/49

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f 14 (29 September–29 September) (Presents)

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Item payd to my lord of Arondelles menstrelles for there Reward xx d.

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  • Endnote

    This section of the accounts is titled 'Presenttes for ye kynges chefe Iuges' and all the payments seem to refer to expenses at the 'Sesyones,' which is written in the left margin at the top.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/49
    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.

    This manuscript brings together pieces presumably separated from accounts of other years: the first seven leaves are for 1551–2, the next eight for 1526–7, and the last four, 1511–12. The dating of sections of the accounts has been arrived at through analysis of handwriting, names of town officials mentioned in the accounts, and sections missing from other account books. The City Archives catalogue notes indicate that ff 8–15 should be the last 8 leaves of SC5/1/35, completing the payments for 1526–7.

    1511–12, 1526–7, 1551–2; English; 19 leaves; 295mm x 200mm; modern pencil foliation; 18th-c. paper cover originally read 'Steward's Book | No Date,' but more recent hands have added '1552' below in pencil and '1526/7' to the right in red ink.

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