Hampshire, Winchester, 1539–40

Chamberlains' Accounts

HRO: W/E1/70


mb [3] (29 September–29 September) (Payments and gifts)


Et in denarijs solutis ministralibus domini Regis hoc Anno nihil quia non venerunt...


  • Record Translation

    mb [3] (29 September–29 September) (Payments and gifts)


    And in money paid to minstrels of the lord king this year, nothing, because they did not come...


  • Glossed Terms
    • ministralis, -is n m a servant; here likely a minstrel
  • Endnote

    In this year and the previous (see Chamberlains' Accounts, 1538–9) one of the chamberlains included an entry for a payment to the king's minstrels even though they were paid nothing and this year's account suggests that is because they did not come to Winchester in this year, although they were expected to come as they had done previously. The accounts for 1541–2 contain no mention of minstrels at all.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Chamberlains' Accounts
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: W/E1/70
    Repository location: Winchester

    The chamberlains' account rolls record all of the city's income and expenditures. Income comes primarily from annual rents and rates, as well as special levies. Expenditures include the whole range of civic responsibilities, including construction and maintenance of civic structures, annual payments to civic officials, and rewards given to local nobility and gentry (and to their performers). The accounting year runs from Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1539–40; Latin; parchment; 3 membranes attached serially, writing continues on mb [3d], ending on mb [2d]; 525–685mm x 225mm; unnumbered; small hole in mb [3], otherwise in good condition; 19th-c. paper wrapping with date and names of mayor and city officers inscribed.

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