Yorkshire North Riding, Richmond, 1608/9–1609/10

ff [13v–14] (7 January) (Accounts of Matthew Metcalf, warden)


Mony disborsed by hime the sayd ij yeares


payd att the former Warden dinner xiiij s. viij d.
payd for an After shott iiij s. viij d.
payd for vij quartes of sacke vij s.
payd for vij quartes of Aquavite vij s.
given the waytes ij s.
payd att the second Warden dinner xiij s. iiij d.
payd for an After shott iij s. viij d.
payd for wyn att the dinner viij s.
given the waytes att dinner xij d.
given henry Crook for his fee iiij s.


  • Endnote

    The Metcalf family was prominent in the guild's administration: Matthew served as warden in 1608/9–1609/10 and was reimbursed for twenty-four meals in 1615, John was elder warden in 1611 and 1615, and Steven was paid as a musician in 1619.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Mercers, Grocers, and Haberdashers' Minute Book
    Repository: NYCRO
    Shelfmark: ZZH 1/1
    Repository location: Northallerton

    The officers of the guild include the elected warden and underwarden, who served for a year but were eligible for reelection, and a number of 'searchers' (that is, inspectors). Most of the payments recorded in the guild's minute book concern the twice yearly warden's dinners, though dinners were also held to welcome new guild members. The accounting of disbursements ends in 1619.

    Because the Covid-19 pandemic has made the manuscript temporarily inaccessible, the transcription has not yet been checked for accuracy

    7 January 1580/1–3 January 1884; English; paper; v + 335 + ii (ii a paste-in, 2 small paste-ins between ff [18] and [19]); unnumbered; 300mm x 200mm; 19th-c. leather binding, title in gold letters on a red leather rectangle on front: THE ARCHIVES | OF YE MERCERS| GROCERS AND | HABERDASHERS | COMPANY.

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