|| Lady Day 1538 to Lady Day 1540.
|| Possibly the clothes worn by one of the players in the miracle plays performed in the
church (vide pp. 28, 60), or else some clothes used to dress up an image or statue of the
|| Westminster was made a Deanery in 1539, a Bishopric in 1540; Mary restored it as
an Abbey, and Elizabeth recreated the Deanery.
|| vide Item 6 on p. 64.
|| i.e. paschal light.
|| the next parish clerk.
|| qy. an inn.
|| Vicar since June 1522. Succeeded by Edmund Watson for a very short time, as
Robert Beste became vicar in Dec. 1539.
|| Sold probably in accordance with the Injunction issued in 1538. vide n. 1, p. 62.
|| vide pp. 28, 58. Both before and after the Reformation more or less secular dramas
and tableaux used to be performed in churches. This may very well have been a kind o
passion play such as was common at Easter time.
|| vide n. 2, p. 3. There was a chapel there.
|| an inn probably.
|| used for the reservation of the Sacrament—it was generally in the form of a dove and
was sometimes kept in the "Tabernacle" proper, or, as here, was suspended by a cord
from the frame of the canopy over the altar. Vide note p. 27, and note I, p. 147.
|| waxchandler, to judge from the size of his bill.
|| 1538, Injunction of H. viii that "no candles, tapers or images of wax be set before any
image or picture, but only the light that commonly goeth across the church by the rood
loft, the light before the sacrament of the altar, and the light about the sepulchre, which for
the adorning of the Church and divine service they shall suffer to remain." vide n. I, p. 60.
|| The first mention of the use of the bells on such an occasion.
|| The shaft on which the basin stood.
|| qy. the wine for the Mass.
|| For the perpetual light; vide n. I, p. 62—generally oil—on p. 72 a new lantern is
mentioned. The 'branch' suggests candles, but on p. 12 this light is called a 'lamp'—
There may have been both.
|| qy. fees.
|| Brushes of horse hair which were dipped in the Holy Water and then shaken over the
person or congregation.
|| Rogation week, during which, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the parish bounds
were beaten. From an ecclesiastical festival this became a very secular business; during
the Commonwealth the religious part of the ceremony was abolished.
|| is perhaps the vicar who had the 'cure' of souls in this parish.
|| cf. pp. 74, 83, 149. The wooden cross on which were placed the 24 candles used
for the Service of "Tenebrae"; sometimes called the "Lentenhearse," vide Answer
to Martiall, p. 300 (Parker Society).
|| vide the first item of receipts in the 2nd year on p. 59.
|| The length of the line suggests that this was hung outside the chancel.
|| To shut, perhaps to weld or join together. The stirrups were the iron bands which
bound the shanks of the bell wheel (Halliwell).
|| i.e. Sanctus bell, vide n. I, p. 30.
|| Stood in the middle of the choir facing the altar.
|| Small portable service book containing the sacramental and other services administered
or performed by the priest. (Lee's Dictionary).
|| An alb.
|| i.e. maniple—first it was a strip of linen fastened by a loop to the priest's arm and was
used for wiping the chalice; later it was embroidered and became ornamental only, and
was worn on the priest's arm at the celebration of the mass.
vide note p. 16.
|| i.e. 6 April, 1540.