Escheator's Accounts: 1454-55

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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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1454–1455.: Accounts of John Combe, the Escheator, from Michaelmas, 1454, to Michaelmas, 1455.


Oblations of the dead 2s. d.
One gown, the mortuary of William, the servant of Thomas Downe 1s. 8d.
Mortuary of John Balch 4d.
Michaelmas term.—Obit of Mr. Richard Corden, for 20 years, this year the 3rd 1l. 0s. 0d.
Christmas term.—Obit of John Forest, late dean, for 20 years, this year the 9th 2l. 0s. 0d.
Obit of John Stortwayt 1l. 0s. 0d.
Lady Day term.—Obit of Henry Beauford, late bishop of Winton and cardinal of England 1l. 0s. 0d.
Collected from canons, vicars, altarists and choristers and the master of the schools, to satisfy John Tregodek, escheator of preceding year, for the excess of his account 7l. 14s. 6d.
Prebends vacant: Harptre, by the death of Master Hooper 10l. 0s. 0d.
Henstridge, by the death of Nicholas Sturgyon 17l. 8s. 8d.


Excess paid to John Tregodek, the escheator last year 11l. 3s. 2d.
Defect of rent of John Manston's houses, besides 12s. overpaid in 26s. 8d. for the obit of the said Manston, levied from lands in Depford 14s. 8d.
Distributed to 46 persons from the prebend of Harptre 5l. 8s. d.
half-tenth to king 8s. 0d.
portion of deceased 2l. 14s. d.
expenses of J. Tregodek and J. Combe in gathering the money of said prebend 2s. 8d.
the vicar of the stall 1l. 6s. 8d.
To 43 persons from prebend of Henstridge 8l. 13s. d.
the vicar of the stall 2l. 0s. 0d.
half-tenth 16s. 8d.
portion of deceased 4l. 7s. d.
Expenses in selling corn 11s. 3d.
in getting the money 14s. 10½d.
fine in Royal Court 1s. 0d.
Paid to vicar there, for levying payment for hay on Easter day 8d.
Tithe of hay of Nicholas Crese and John Anger, not paid because of floods 2s. 4d.
Distributed at Christmas term.—Obit of John Stortwayt at dirige to 44 persons 9s. 2d.
altarist d.
chorister d.
at Mass 9s. 2d.
altarist d.
chorister d.
Lady Day term.—Obit of Henry Beauford, cardinal of England, at dirige to 48 persons 8s. 0d.
altarist 2d.
chorister 2d.
at Mass 8s. 0d.
altarist 2d.
chorister 2d.
Bell at the exequies of Dean Forest 8d.
of John Orum 4d.
of Cardinal Beauford 6d.
of Richard Cordon 6d.
Repair of the pavement before John Roper's house 4d.
Repairs to Surray's house in Chamberlain St. 10d.
to Selborne's house 2l. 7s. d.
Journeys of the escheator and his servant and 2 horses, to Depford various times 8s. 10½d.
Letters to the noble John Mountpersant 1s. 0d.
Expenses of Richard Chocke, coming to Wells about Depford 6s. 8d.
Fee of John Fitzjames about the same 3s. 4d.
Expenses of J. Mountpersant, at Wells, to confer with dean and chapter 3s. d.
Messenger to Depford, to make an appointment for a conference 2s. 0d.
Pulling down Rodney's place in New St. 10s. 5d.
Expenses riding to Depford and elsewhere, with horse hire 1l. 2s. 8d.
Wages of 2 men threshing and winnowing wheat, barley and draget 11s. 0d.
Allowed to John Kent, because he is poor and only has 3l. 5s. 8d. for his crops 1l. 2s. 4d.