Communar's Accounts: 1478-9

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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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1478–1479.: Accounts of John Menyman, the Communar, from Michaelmas, 1478, to Michaelmas, 1479.


Received of the rents of Shepham manor, given by Bishop Beconton 8l. 16s. 8d.
Fees of the seal: Will of Thomas Lerebeke, vicar of Winsham 2l. 3s. 4d.
of Dean Gunthorp, for confirming tenants in Merke and Wedmore 3l. 13s. 4d.
manumission of William Edward of Westhatch 10l. 6s. 8d.
presentation of the vicar of Pokelchurch 6s. 8d.
will of Robert Martin, vicar of Winsham 13s. 4d.
manumission of Robert Estemere of Monkton 6l. 13s. 4d.
Vacancies of churches in the archdeaconry of Wells 4l. 3s. 8d.


Paid for petty commons of the canons 149l. 7s. 0d.
Obit of Cardinal Beaufort 13s. 4d.
To the escheator, obit of John Maynstone 1l. 0s. 0d.
Writing evidences about lands and tenements of Peter Orum [cancelled] 5s. 0d.
Expenses of men and scholars taking possession [cancelled] 1s. 4d.
The king's half-tenth at the Purification, paid to the prior of Bridgwater 17l. 19s. d.
To Thomas Morton's servant, for carriage of a doe given by Morton 3s. 4d.
3 pecks of flour bought for the venison pasty 1s. 3d.
1/2lb. of pepper for the same 7d.
To the king's players 6s. 8d.
To the prince's messenger 3s. 4d.
Bydesham. Paid for chimes and watch 6s. 8d.
Masses in the chapter 4s. 4d.
Cleansing candlesticks 2s. 10d.
Cleansing the basin before the altar of Holy Cross and remaking its bowl 1s. 0d.
Cord for a basin at the high altar 3d.
Binding one antiphonary 2s. 0d.
2 books in which choristers psalmodize 1s. 0d.
Mending 2 texts [texta] and gilding them 13s. 4d.
21yds. of buckram for 3 albs and amices for the high altar 7s. 0d.
making them 2s. 0d.
Silk fastenings [fibule] for the copes of Henry Perci 4d.
Mending 2 chasubles at the altar of Thomas de Bekenton 4d.
Ribbon and thread for boys' vestments 1s. 0d.
12 "tucking gurdells" for the treasury 6d.
Key for the door of Bishop Bekenton's chapel 4d.
Mending a latten sconce in the choir 2d.
Note.—January 24, 1667. This parchment rolle was shewed unto Nicholas Dowthwaite, gent., at Wells, at the execution of a commission there yssued out of H.M. Court of Exchequer, for the examination of witnesses in a cause there depending between the dean and chapter of Wells, plaintiffs, and Charles Thirlby, clerke, defendant, before us, John Harvey, John Prickman.