Communar's Accounts: 1448-9

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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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1448–1449.: Accounts of John Pedwell, the Communar, from Michaelmas, 1448, to Michaelmas, 1449.

Paid to 10 canons resident last year 356l. 16s. d.


Received for 2 tenements in High St. of the new building 5l. 9s. 8d.
For sealing the manumission of Thomas Fowle of Wedmore 6s. 8d.
For sealing the appointment of a vicar to Stokegummer 6s. 8d.


Paid the commons of the bishop and canons 150l. 5s. 8d.
For 3 wagon load of stone, for 2 ropes (fn. 1) of wall of Westbury Park 1s. 6d.
To John Sawyer hired to make 2 ropes of wall, for 3 days 1s. 3d.
Expenses of a messenger to Burnham to Humfrey Courtenay, with the chapter's letter about the feast of St. Bartholomew 2s. 4d.
For 28½ ells of raw Flemish cloth, for making 1 tester, 1 sylo[?], 2 curtains and 1 cover for the court at Winscomb 15s. d.
For 12 ells of raw Flemish, for towels, at 8d. the ell 8s. 0d.
Cost of new mattress and new bolster 7s. 8d.
2 ells of canvas for the said bed
Expenses for over 3 days at Eton and London, to fetch Mr. Byconnill's bequest 10s. 8d.
Wooden coffer, wherein to place said jewels 6d.
Expenses at the Translation of St. Cuthbert 5s. 5d.
of Mr. John Shelford against the lord of Hungerford 1s. 5d.
Building a prison within the Canons' Barn in the Mountry 2l. 14s. 0d.
Paid to the king, being at Wells last year, in full payment of 40l. by consent of the chapter 20l. 0s. 0d.
Paid to 11 canons resident this year, 34l. 8s. 6d. each
Mending 3 thuribles 1s. 4d.
and the organ 8d.
16¾yds. braban for 4 albs and 4 amices for the tabulars and choristers 7s. d.
12 priests' girdles 4d.
6 do 4d.
2 pieces of buckram 1l. 3s. 0d.
A new staff for carrying the cross 6d.
Washing and hanging 4 costerior (curtains ?) of linen cloth before the high altar 1s. 0d.
24 yards of "thredyn frenge" for tunicles for the tabulars and choristers 1s. 8d.
— yards of do. for making the same 3s. 0d.
thread d.
¾oz. silk 1s. 0d.
1yd. of red buckram 2d.
9 pieces of "ruban" silk, weighing 9¼oz. 10s. d.
6 pieces of "thredyn ruban" 1s. 1d.
4oz. twist silk 4s. 8d.
1lb. thread of divers colours 1s. 6d.
New baldric for 3rd bell of new tower 1s. 4d.
1 piece of black "motle" velvet bought by the auditors 5l. 16s. 8d.
2lbs. of rush candles d.


  • 1. * A rope is 20 feet.