Communar's Accounts: 1392-5

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Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean and Chapter of Wells: Volume 2. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1914.

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1392–1393. Accounts of John Baryngton, the Communar, from Michaelmas, 1392, to Michaelmas, 1393.

Arrears 272l. 15s. 9d.
Paid to 19 canons, 272l. 15s.d.; remainder, 4½d
Received of farmers and from pensions as in 1343–4 190l. 0s. 0d.
Of Arnald Brocas, farmer of Canons' Barn 66l. 13s. 4d.
De cantu de Milton, from the same barn 6s. 0d.
Of T. Spert, farmer of Whitchurch in Dorset 20l.
Pension of the church of West Ludeford 6s. 8d.
Pension of a house cawete 2s. 0d.
Pension of Harpetre Church 6s. 8d.
Pension of Henton Monachorum Church 6s. 8d.
From the house of James the mason 3s. 4d/.
Pension of Crych Church 6s. 8d.
From houses of Walter Compton 7l. 6s. 8d.
From shops of Walter Compton at Jacobswell 6s. 0d.
Pension of Winkalton Church 3s. 4d.
Pension of the vicarage of Stoke sub Hamden 3s. 4d.
Pension of Norton Veel Church 13s. 4d.
Pension of Meryet Church 6s. 8d.
Pension of Est Coker Church 13s. 4d.
Pension of Bradford Church 6s. 8d.
Pension of Coryryvel Church 1l. 0s. 0d.
Pension of Kingston Church 4s. 0d.
Pension of Buddeeley Church 13s. 4d.
Of Thomas Wilmot, reeve of Cory 149l. 4s. 8d.
All Souls Day 16l. 0s. 0d.
by Adam Palmer 2s. 0d.
William Pyk, reeve of Westhacche 29l. 15s. d.
John atte Yerde, reeve of Bikenalre 9l. 0s. 0d.
John Mayhew, reeve of Burnham 42l. 0s. d.
Robert Berde, reeve of Wynescombe in several payments 62l. 5s. 10d.
John Rok, reeve of Knappe 10l. 0s. 0d.
Total 572l. 13s. d.
Fees of seal, &c.:
Thomas Croke of Malmesbury, for sealing his manumission 2l. 0s. 0d.
William Westerly, late master of the schools, for tithe 5s. 0d.
the squire of the succentor for oblations 4d.
Perquisites of Wynsham paid by Thomas Barton, official principal 4s. 6d.
Total receipts 575l. 3s. d.
Pension from Kingestayn allowed to the vicars of Wells until the death of the late rector, Robert Sheterne 4s. 0d.


Commons of the bishop, dean and canons 223l. 14s. 4d.
Canons' procession 5l. 19s. 4d.
Commons of the vicars 58l. 19s. 5d.
Wine for altars, 1 quart a day at 8d. a gallon 3l. 0s. 10d.
Wine for cena domini and Easter 15s. 8d.
The canon of Cory 1l. 0s. 0d.
Fetching crism oil from Wyvelescombe 1s. d.
Rogations and St. Mark's day 7s. 4d.
Chaplain for the souls of King Edward, Queen Margaret, Elias de Godeley, &c. 3l. 6s. 8d.
The other chantry vacant because rent insufficient.
Other chantries as before, but omitting Bruton's and Martel's.
Paid treasurer for wax in exequies of Cecily, John, John and Alice Beauchamp, 2s.; and to sacrist, 6d. 2s. 6d.
Chaplain for Walter Compton 2l. 13s. 4d.
The bishop for rent of a tenement of W. Compton 3s. 4d.
To the escheator for the obit of John Hubard, from the same tenement 8s. 0d.
Obit of Walter Compton 1l. 6s. 8d.
Chaplain for Stephen Hull 5l. 0s. 0d.
Total 364l. 17s. d.

Foreign Expenses.

Paid papal nuncio, his 4th year 7s. 0d.
Vicar of Modeford, to augment vicarage 2l. 0s. 0d.
Rent to Walter Clopton, from Knapp manor 1l. 0s. 0d.
Boys for obits 3l. 0s. 0d.
Archdeacon of Wells, pension from Burnham 4s. 0d.
Procurations of Modeford and Burnham 15s. 4d.
Precentor of Glaston, pension from Winscomb Church 13s. 4d.
Annual gift for life to William Mason 1l. 0s. 0d.
Steward, John Bevyn's fee, 2l., and gift, 13s. 4d. 2l. 13s. 4d.
Clerk of Cory's fee 1l. 0s. 0d.
Thomas Barton, chapter official and advocate in consistory court 1l. 0s. 0d.
John Russel, chapter attorney's fee, 13s. 4d.; gift, 13s. 4d.; expenses, 9s. 3d.; his clerk, 2s. 1l. 17s. 11d.
John Fytelton's fee 1l. 0s. 0d.
William Stourton's fee 1l. 0s. 0d.
Sheriff, 2l., and Walter atte More, 6s. 8d., by order of the dean 2l. 6s. 8d.
Half tenth to the king 17l. 19s. d.
Tithe of Whitchurch in Dorset, 14s. 8d., and Karampton, 5s. 19s. 8d.
Wine in the exchequer 5d.
Bishop's registrar, for condemnation by the vicar of Burnham, and citation 5d.
William Barrow, bailiff of Wells and receiver of green wax, pro averis in banco for a false claim against Richard Lynde of North Cory 2s. 0d.
Walter Wynkalton and Robert Rygge at Glaston, returning from North Cory 2s. 0d.
Steward's servant twice to assizes at Ilchester 1s. 6d.
Expenses of others, to Forde, Cory and Athelney 9s. 0d.
Installation of Nicholas Slake, archdeacon of Wells, and Thomas Maddyley and Gilbert Stone 2s. 8d.
Total 40l. 4s. d.
Total expenses 407l. 5s. 8d.
The communar owes 167l. 17s. d.
For canons at compotus, 33s. 4d.; auditors' expenses, 8s. 2d. 2l. 1s. 6d.
Computant for his manifold labour 1l. 0s. 0d.
Received by him, account closed 1s. 8d.
And he owes 164l. 17s. d.
Owed by the reeve of Cory 82l. 9s. d.
the reeve of West Hacch 7l. 3s. 0d.
the reeve of Bykenalre 1l. 12s. 7d.
the reeve of Wynescombe 10l. 10s. d.
the reeve of Burnham 25l. 8s. 5d.
the reeve of Knapp 14l. 18s. 4d.
Total 142l. 2s. 5d.
20 canons in residence receive 15l. 7s. each; remainder¼d.
Total for commons 307l. 0s. d.
Names of canons: T. Sudbury, dean, R. Berners, succentor, R. Sloo, T. Spert, chancellor, J. Wareyn, J. Grene, J. Byngham, subdean, W. Hethenand, R. Perle, T. Bockyng, W. Wynkalton, R. Rygge, Gr. Botteley, J. Upton, Richard Harewell, Richard Drayton, T. Frome, Roger Harewell, Richard Bruton, R. Clyst.
Bydesham. Arrears 3l. 5s. d.
Rents, and from the reeve 13l. 18s. 10d.


Master of the schools, 26s. 8d.; sacrist, 4s. 4d.; coal, 7d.; torches for the high altar, 9s.d. 2l. 0s. 11½d.
Ell of canvas for veil of dedication and small bell 9d.
For bells, grease and repairs 14s. 8d.
Keepers of the church, 20s.; of the clock, 10s.; of the organ, 10s. 2l. 0s. 0d.
2 great candlesticks of brass for the high altar 2l. 11s. 0d.
The rest of their cost, 5l. 1s., being paid by the dean, Canon Botteley and vicar John Tyntenhall.
Linen cloth for the high altar 2s. 7d.
Repairing corner de textu principali 1d.
Binding and mending an antiphoner 5s. 0d.
Mending a thurible and a paschal, new key for treasury 1s. d.
Iron basin for coals 1s. 0d.
Mending the great organs 1s. 0d.
Silk and thread bought by the treasurer 10d.
Total 7l. 19s. 3d.
The communar owes 9l. 4s. d.
Paid Thomas Carsebrook for service 1l. 0s. 0d.
Divers expenses approved by the auditors 1l. 7s. 11d.
Computant for manifold labour beyond his office 1l. 0s. 0d.
John Stafford, for writing the account 3s. 4d.
Paid in after account closed by John Sewy 2s. 11d.
Owed by the communar 5l. 15s. d.
Berlych. Arrears 18s. 2d.
Received of prior, 25l. 3s. 4d.; of Berwe Church, 10l. 35l. 3s. 4d.
Nicholas de Bathon's houses 10s. 0d.
Total with arrears 36l. 11s. 6d.
Chantries of Provost Button, St. Quinton, W. de Button, Romenale, Lullington, Bracton, Gyssich, Stratton, Greenford, Wambergh, almost as before.
Wax for candles in the nave and behind the high altar 16s. 8d.
To the poor from Nicholas de Bathon's rents 10s. 0d.
Total 35l. 4s. 0d.
The communar owes 1l. 7s. 6d.

1394–1395. Accounts of John Boningdon, the Communar, from Michaelmas, 1394, to Michaelmas, 1395.

Arrears.—Paid to 20 canons in residence 308l. 15s. 1d.


Walter Wynkalton, farmer of Lydiard 23l. 6s. 8d.
John Wareyn, farmer of Cheddar 26l. 13s. 4d.
Walter Hethenand, farmer of Congresbury 30l. 0s. 0d.
Thomas Bocking, farmer of Stokegommer 26l. 13s. 4d.
Thomas Byngham, farmer of Modeford and Lovington 23l. 6s. 8d.
Arnald Brocas, farmer of Canons' Barn 66l. 13s. 4d.
From Cantus de Milton of ditto 6s. 0d.
Thomas Spert, farmer of Whitchurch in Dorset 20l. 0s. 0d.
William Wreyntmore, farmer of Okampton 5l. 0s. 0d.
Walter Hospinel, farmer of Southbarwe 4l. 6s. 8d.
Roger Bynedon, reeve of Cory 126l. 0s. 0d.
John Colyns, reeve of Hacche 27l. 5s. d.
Richard Oldeman, reeve of Bykenalre 9l. 10s. 8d.
John Bademan, reeve of Wynescomb 68l. 0s. 0d.
Thomas Peny, reeve of Burnham 40l. 7s. d.
John Roke, reeve of Knapp 16l. 13s. 4d.
Pensions: From St. Cuthbert's, Wells 13l. 6s. 8d.
Chewton Church 23l. 6s. 8d.
Karampton 5l. 0s. 0d.
Nether Stawey 2l. 0s. 0d.
Norton sub Hamdon 2l. 0s. 0d.
Other pensions as in 1392–3 13l. 8s. 8d.
Total 573l. 5s. d.
Manumission of Peter Pyllerish, the bishop's neif, confirmed 6l. 13s. 4d.
Sealing letters for indemnification of the Church of Longlete 6s. 8d.
Sealing letters of chantry of annuellar Thomas Trybulas 6s. 8d.
Sealing letters about John Barton's house in Tor lane 6s. 8d.
Total receipts besides arrears 581l. 8s. 11¾d.
Defaults of rent as before, houses, 2l.; Kingston Church, 4s. 2l. 4s. 0d.


Commons of the bishop, dean and canons 253l. 18s. 2d.
Canons' procession 6l. 16s. 4d.
Commons of vicars 61l. 14s. 9d.
Ditto of chaplains of Blessed Mary 2l. 5s. 6d.
Ditto of keepers of the church, 1 altarist's place vacant for 1 week 2l. 11s. 8d.
Ditto of breviators 1s. 5d.
Wine for altars, 38s. 6d., at 8d. a gallon; ditto for cena domini and pasch, 7s. 5d. 2l. 5s. 11d.
Canon of Cory 1l. 0s. 0d.
Chrism oil, fetched from Wyveliscombe 2s. 1d.
Bringers of St. Dunstan's exennium 8d.
Rogations and St. Mark's day 6s. 6d.
Wages of communar and tabellar 2l. 0s. 0d.
Vicar of St. Cuthbert's house 6s. 8d.
Chantries in 1392–3, except Edward II and Godelee, one chantry vacant 6l. 4s. 10d.
Chantry of Stephen Hull not served.

Foreign expenses

Papal nuncio, 6th year, and acquittance 7s. 2d.
Other payments as 1392–3, but hereafter the vicar of Burnham to have the 4s., not the archdeacon, according to the ordinance, and no extra gifts to Bevyn and Bussel
To John Perle, king's escheator 13s. 4d.
Installation of Hugh Hygolin and John Maxnysfeld, provost of Wells 1s. 4d.
To John Wycombe, proctor for the chapter 3s. 4d.
King's half-tenth, paid to the abbat of Keynesham for the archdeaconry of Wells and of Bath 14l. 14s. d.
Ditto to the prior of Taunton, for the archdeaconry of Taunton 3l. 5s. 0d.
Ditto to the abbat of Glaston, for all 3, after the Nativity of St. John the Baptist 17l. 19s. d.
To the papal nuncio, Bartholomew de Novaria, at½d. per £ 14s. 11¾d.
Payments for a canon's horse and messengers to North Cory and Muchelney and pro caniculis portandis (? pipes) and transcribing a bull 9s. 4d.
To Walter Wynkelton, for a fine at York before the King's justices for incarceration and spoiling of a neif, Henry Crey 3s. 4d.
The dean for the visitation of Cheddar, Lydiard and Lovington 2l. 0s. 0d.
The archdeacon of Wells for the visitation of Modeford and Burnham Churches 15s. 1d.
To Geoffrey Larkestoke for expenses for the vacancy of Wrington Church 6d.
[Side note.] Henceforth the vicar of Burnham to be paid for procuration of the said church.
To Thomas Spert, the chancellor, 11l. by grace of chapter on 3rd Oct. Cancelled because in account of Bettesham, vid. infra.
To expenses against Chancellor Spert, messenger to Wiveliscombe 3s. 4d.
Getting inhibition at London, with journey to and fro, on last Sunday in Lent, by order of the dean in his chapel 2l. 0s. 0d.
To John Moyne for copy of citation of the dean and chapter, at the instance of the Chancellor Spert 1s. 0d.
For journeys to Taunton, Wyveliscombe, Exeter and London 2l. 7s. 5d.
Paid in London to Mr. Denys Lopham for the same business 6s. 8d.
To Mr. Thomas Spert for 2 half-tenths to the king for the farm of Whitchurch 1l. 9s. 4d.
Prior of Dunster for 2 half-tenths to the king for Karampton Church 10s. 0d.
The subdean's expenses to meet Sir Peter Courtenay and treat with the abbat of Mochelney on the vacancy of Ilminster vicarage 2s. d.
Expenses of the steward's servant in distraining for arrears of the reeve of Cory 10s. 0d.
Total expenses 456l. 12s. d.
Owed by communar 124l. 16s. d.
Received of the executors of Mr. J. Mere, precentor, for burial in church, the more both because he was a dignitary and because he left nothing to church 5l. 0s. 0d.
of annuellar Thomas Tribulas, for leaving his chantry for Stoke Giffard 13s. 4d.
of annuellars J. Palton and Richard Ludford, for leaving chantries unserved 13s. 4d.
Owed by communar 131l. 3s. d.
Paid to W. Atwater, annuelar of Charley, disallowed the previous year, for not serving chantry, but paid by John Baryngton, communar, the second time, because he received the money in 1393 1l. 13s. 2d.
Paid to same, part of his wages, because for one quarter of the year the chantry was not served 2l. 0s. 0d.
Expenses of the steward 5s. 11d.
Canons at the audit 1l. 17s. 4d.
Expenses of auditors 11s. 10d.
To the communar 1l. 0s. 0d.
Owed by the communar 124l. 6s. d.
by the reeve of Cory 121l. 2s. d.
by the reeve of Cnappe 4l. 5s. 6d.
by the reeve of Bekynalre 12l. 5s. 11d.
by the reeve of Burnham 1l. 12s. 6d.
by the reeve of Wynscomb 16l. 11s. d.
Paid to each of 20 canons residing 13l. 19s. 8d.
Names of canons: Th. Sodbury, dean, Th. Bingham, sub-dean, Th. Bokkyng, Gregory Bottalegh, Richard Drayton, Richard Bruton, Th. Madynglegh, J. Mere, precentor, R. Harewell, R. Berners, J. Wareyn, W. Hethenam, W. Wyncaulton, J. Upton, R. Cliste, R. Sloo, J. Grene, R. Perle, R. Harewell, Th. Frome.
Bydesham. Arrears 5l. 1s. d.
Total receipts 12l. 11s. 2d.


The master of the schools, 26s. 8d.; the sacrist, 4s. 4d.; guardians of the church, 20s.; organ keeper, 6s. 8d.; clock keeper, 10s.
One ell of canvas for the dedication veil, and purchase of small bell 9d.
Mending the organs 7d.
Repairing 'Jhesuscote' 4d.
3 bags (saccul') of white leather 9d.
Carpenter for 5 bars of iron for the door of cawete, &c. 1s. 10d.
4 planks to make a muniment chest in cawete 1s. 4d.
Lock, key, white and black nails for chest and pins to support till in cawete 1s. 11d.
Hinges for chest and for till 1s. 2d.
Carpenter for 2 days and his `nonsynch' making chest 1s. 1d.
Expenses at Glaston about tenants at Bydesham 6d.
Repairing 3 bells in old northern bell-tower with `nonsynch' 17s. 8d.
2 new posts for bells, 1 clapper, and carpenter 5s. 4d.
Nails, ferules, baudrics for same, against the Ascension of B.M. 1s. 11d.
Mending lock of Lady Chapel door, and thuribles 1s. 3d.
Making 4 boys tunics and 2½ yards of buckram 5s. d.
Silk and thread for treasury 1s. 5d.
Binding 2 portifories, 3 graduals, 9 legenda and tropar with 3 skins of calf, 1 of sheep 14s. 8d.
Lead for house gutters, 5s.; 1½ yards of russet cloth to cover exchequer in cawete 5s. d.
Mending lock and key of door of southern bell-tower and of cawete behind high altar to keep books in 6d.
2 lines for placing and removing a painted board above the high altar 2d.
To Th. Madyngle for a roll 4d., and to the rotularius, 12d. 1s. 2d.
Total, 6l. 17s.d. Owed by communar 10l. 15s. d.
Expenses of auditors, more because they are this year separate from the canons 1l. 12s. d.
2 quires of 24 leaves for transcribing the customaries of Cory, Wynscombe, Hach, Bidsham and Bykenalre 6s. 8d.
Paid for chapter business shewn in parcels destroyed before the auditors 11l. 0s. 0d.
Excess of payments 1l. 16s. d.
Berlich. Arrears 1l. 12s. d.
Total receipts 35l. 13s. 4d.


Chantries and obits as before, but Romenale's 7l. 6s. 8d.
Wax for the nave candle and behind the high altar, "wax being dearer" 16s. 9d.
To the poor, from Nicholas de Bathon's houses 10s. 0d.
For fetching pensions 7s. 8d.
Remains clear 11s. d.