The Chamberlains' parchment Rolls of Account unfortunately only
commence at the year 1685–6, (fn. 1) but from that date, with the exception of
the two years next following, they are nearly complete up to the time
of the Municipal Reform Act.
1685–6.—For the cover of the new velvet hat, 5s.
For new velvet for a new scabbard for the mourning sword, and
for gilding the handle of the said sword, embroidering the scabbard, and carriage down, 50s. 6d.
For the making of a new ducking stool, 55s. 8d.
For a new chair for the ducking stool, 4s.
1695–6.—Spent on Serjeant Saul and the soldiers when the rabble
was up, 14s.
For putting the reception of the King when he came into the
city in the Gazette, 15s.
To the King's Surveyor general, the King's coachmen, and the
King's cooks, when the King came to this city, 11l. 13s.
[Various payments on the same occasion to the Newark waits and
the city waits, and for links, candles, a bonfire, ale, cleaning the streets,
1699–1700.—For ale, tobacco, pipes, candles, and "kidds" for a bonfire on the news of the King's safe landing from Holland, 49s. 2d.
For meat, drink, wine, and several other things for a dinner to
the Bishop of Lincoln, 18l. 4s. 9d.
For eight Turkey-work chairs for the city's house, 48s.
For an engine for burning prisoners in the cheek, 10s.
1702–3.—For a hogshead of ale upon the news of Prince "Vgieon"
(!), 2l. 12s. 6d.
1709–10.—Spent upon three French prisoners, 2l. 2s. 6d.
1710–11.—Paid Mr. Hunton for refreshing the "pickters" in the
Town Hall and writing the sentences and whitening the Hall,
1727–8.—To the trustees [for the rebuilding the church of St. Peterat-Arches] for the painting the chancel [i.e., an altar piece by
Damini, an Italian who painted some fresco-portraits in the Cathedral], 75l.
1728–9.—To Mr. Rudhall [of Gloucester, for a peal of eight bells for
the same church], 381l. 16s.
To Abr. Hayward for land carriage of the bells and his journey,
20l. 8s. 2d.
To John Motley for carriage of bells by water, 10l.
[The cost of the bell-frames was about 84l.]
1746–7.—Expended at the Townhall on the 9th day of October
1746, on account of the victory over the rebels at Culloden.
23l. 4s. 7d.