Calendar: Accounts of Ministers on Certain Estates of William Worsley 1495-1498

The Estate and Household Accounts of William Worsley Dean of St Paul's Cathedral 1479-1497. Originally published by Shaun Tyas on behalf of Richard III and Yorkist Trust and the London Record Society, Donington, 2004.

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'Calendar: Accounts of Ministers on Certain Estates of William Worsley 1495-1498', in The Estate and Household Accounts of William Worsley Dean of St Paul's Cathedral 1479-1497, (Donington, 2004) pp. 113-123. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/london-record-soc/vol40/pp113-123 [accessed 5 March 2024]

12. Accounts of Ministers on Certain Estates of William Worsley 1495–1498

The estates included in this account are the three soke manors of Thorpe, Kirby and Walton, Heybridge, Runwell, Caddington and Kensworth, Bowes and Polehouse, Ardleigh, Nottingham, the Rectory of Winkburn and Offington, and Norton Folgate. It consists of seven sheets, 30 cm in width and 42 cm in length, inscribed on both sides of the sheet. There is no date or other inscription at the head of the first sheet and the seventh sheet is blank.

Walton manor
John Horward, farmer, for a year to St. Peter ad Vincula 1496.
Charges
Arrears, of John Toose, late farmer: £19 3s. 4d.
Farm of the manor: £38 6s. 8d.
Total: £57 10s. 0d.
Allowances and Payments
Part payment of arrears to Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley, mercer of London, to the use of the Dean, witnessed etc. by Edmund 4 February 1497: £9 0s. 0d.
To Edmund Worsley, by John Horward and George Fitton, vicar of Kirby, 17 August 1497: £4 6s. 6d.
To the Dean, by hands of Thomas Shaa, from John Horward in full payment of arrears: £5 16s. 10d.
By hands of Thomas Shaa, the Dean's servant, from the farmer, in payment of his farm for Purification term 1497: £19 3s. 4d. (fn. 1)
Carried forward: (fn. 2) £19 3s. 4d.
The rectory of Bancroft in Walton
William Carter, farmer, for the same term.
Charges
Arrears of £3 6s. 8d. from Purification term 1496, and £7 10s.
from the feast of St. Peter ad Vincula 1496:
£10 16s. 8d.
Farm of the rectory, as in previous years: £15 0s. 0d.
Total: £25 16s. 8d.
Allowances and Payments
Part payment to Edmund Worsley, by George Fitton, vicar of Kirby, of arrears from the farmer, 7 April 1497: £4 6s. 6d.
To the Dean, by hands of Thomas Shaa, in full payment of the arrears and in part payment of the farm: £10 13s. 6d. (fn. 3)
Carried Forward: (fn. 4) £10 16s. 8d.
Thorpe manor with the farm of the rectory
Robert Palmer, (fn. 5) farmer, for the same term.
Charges
Arrears: [–]
Farm of the rectory: £18 0s. 0d.
Total: [–]
Allowances and Payments
To Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley, in full payment of the farm for Purification term, on 16 November 1496: £9 0s. 0d.
Carried forward: (fn. 6) £9 0s. 0d.
'Kent's tenement' in Thorpe
John Harnes, farmer there, for the same term.
Charges
Arrears: £2 0s. 0d.
Farm of the tenement: £4 0s. 0d. (fn. 7)
Total: £6 0s. 0d. (fn. 8)
Allowances and payments
To [–] Fourth of Oakley and John Felix, butcher of Kirby, on the feast of St. John the Baptist as first part of an aid to the King: 2s. 4d.
To Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley, to the use of the Dean, full payment of the farm for the term of St. Peter ad Vincula last, witnessed by Edmund 13 March 1496: £2 0s. 0d.
To the Dean by the hand of Thomas Shaa: £1 17s. 8d. (fn. 9)
Carried forward: (fn. 10) £2 0s. 0d.
The office of the bailiff and collector in the soke
Thomas Bogas, bailiff and collector, for a year to Easter term 1497.
Charges
Arrears of £49 2s. 7½d., from the office of bailiff and collector, 18s. 8d. from profits of court: £50 1s. 3½d. (fn. 11)
Rents:
from Walton: £6 13s. 7¾d.
from Kirby: £12 0s. 4¼d.
from Thorpe: £19 1s. 3d.
from the new rent: 4s. 0d.
new rent of Thomas Bover for a water mill newly built on land in Thorpe, fifteen perches and one rod in length and one perch in width: 5s. 0d.
new rent from William Thurston for ½ acre of land lying in Thorpe, a piece of Hobbesdale, which was let to William by the court roll of the said year: 1s. 0d.
Farm of the rectory of Kirby: £21 0s. 0d.
Total: (fn. 12) £109 6s. 6½d.
Allowances and Payments
Tithes and decreases returned:
from Walton, Thorpe and Kirby, £1 4s., from the farm of 'Frevellandes', 1s.; from the decrease of the new rent of John Hykman, 8d., from six acres of the land of John Toose in Walton, 4d., and for last year from the farm of a bakehouse late in the tenancy of John Burgh, now in the lord's hand, 1s:
£1 7s. 0d.
The stipend of the bailiff, including 6s. 8d. for his reward for the year: £2 0s. 0d.
Repairs in the manor of Thorpe, £3 13s., to the pale of the park, £1 7s. 10d. and in the manor of Walton £2 5s.: £7 5s. 10d.
The expenses of Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley and three of their servants for one day and one night at the time of the settlement of this account: 4s. 0d.
To Roger Radcliff, late receiver, £3 on 22 October and £10 on 5 December 1496: £13 0s. 0d.
To Philip Booth, and Edmund Worsley, to the use of the Dean, witnessed by Edmund Worsley, £9 on 3 February and £14 on 14 March 1497: £23 0s. 0d.
The cost of one hundred ewes, at 16d. each, (fn. 13) paid to Robert Palmer, farmer of Thorpe manor, for the replenishment of stock lacking from the time of John Percy, late farmer: £8 0s. 0d.
The cost of two oxen also bought to replenish the stock: £1 6s. 8d. (fn. 14)
To the Dean by the hand of Thomas Shaa: £20 0s. 0d.
Unleviable amercements from various people from the previous year: 1s. 5d.
Reduction in the farm of the rectory of Kirby charged above at £21 p.a., but this year charged at the lower rate of £19: £2 0s. 0d.
Expenses of the steward, his clerk and his servant while at court at Kirby on the feast of St. Anne, and at court-leet on the morrow of St. Anne 1497. (fn. 15) The expenses also of the auditor, Thomas Shaa, and his servant staying there for the settlement of the account for three days and nights: 13s. 2½d. (fn. 16)
Carried forward: £31 8s. 6d. (fn. 17)
Thomas Bogas, as bailiff and collector of profits of Court Charges
Fines at court in Kirby on the feast of St. Anne 1496 – from Thorpe, £4 10s. 9d., from Kirby, £4 9d. and from Walton, £3 3s. 3d.: £11 11s. 9d. (fn. 18)
Fines at court in Kirby on the Monday before St. Thomas the Apostle 1497: (fn. 19) £2 5s. 0d.
Profits from a court-leet held there on the morrow of the feast of St. Anne 1496: 7s. 1d.
Total: £14 3s. 10½d.
Allowances and Payments
Paid to the Dean, by hands of Thomas Shaa, part of the fines of the first court, as appears in the estreats remaining in the hands of Thomas Bogas: £9 9s. ½d.
Part of the fines of the second court: £2 1s. 3d.
Carried Forward £2 10s. 7½d. (fn. 20)
Arrears of fines and amercements of various tenants in Thorpe: 4s. 9d.
Fines and amercements of various tenants in Kirby: £1 6s. 9d. (fn. 21)
From various tenants in Walton: 15s. 0d.
Amercements of various tenants (in Thorpe 2s. 6d., in Kirby 2s. 2d., in Walton 6½d.): 4s. 1½d. (fn. 22)
Paid to the Dean, by Thomas Shaa from a fine on three acres of land in 'Hobbesdale', a parcel of 'Kent's tenement' granted to him in the court roll of the soke held at Kirby on the feast of St. Anne 1497: 6s. 8d.
And quit. (fn. 23)
Heybridge Manor
Geoffrey Dallyng farmer of the mill and manor, for a year at the term of St. Peter ad Vincula 1497.
Charges
Arrears: £34 6s. 0d.
Farm of the manor: £43 0s. 0d.
Total: £77 6s. 0d. (fn. 24)
Allowances and Payments
A millstone for a corn mill, bought from William Herdyng of Maldon at Easter term 1497: £4 0s. 0d.
Repairs on various barns of the manor and on the mills: £2 10s. 0d.
To Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley, by the farmer £6 on 4 February 1497, by Edmund Worsley £10 on 12 February 1497, and £15 on 9 July 1497: £31 0s. 0d.
To the Dean, by Thomas Shaa, 29 July 1497: £3 13s. 4d.
Carried forward: £36 2s. 8d.
Heybridge mill
Robert Bette, farmer.
Charges
Arrears: £2 12s. 6d.
Farm of the mill: £7 0s. 0d. (fn. 25)
Total: £9 10s. 6d.
Allowances and Payments
To Philip Booth in part payment of the farm: £5 0s. 0d.
To the Dean by the hand of Thomas Shaa, on 29 July 1497: £2 0s. 0d.
Repairs to the mill and its staddles: £1 10s. 4d.
Carried forward: £1 0s. 2d.
Caddington
John Bray, farmer, for a year at the term of St. John the Baptist 1497.
Charges
Arrears: £18 0s. 0d.
Farm of the manor: £34 9s. 0d.
Profits of court: Nil
Sales: 18s. 5d.
Mesnalty, the price of a male sheep owing this year as extraction of stock: 7d.
Total: £53 8s. 0d.
Allowances and Payments
A gown for the farmer: 6s. 8d.
To Roger Radcliff, late receiver, by a bill of 18 November 1496: £5 0s. 0d.
To Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley, by a bill of February 1497: £9 14s. 6d.
And by another bill of 18 February 1497: £6 13s. 4d.
To Edmund Worsley, by Thomas Bray, £3 5s. on 12 April and £7 on 16 April 1497: £10 5s. 0d.
To the Dean, in subsidy for the church of St. Paul's, witnessed by Thomas Smith, chaplain, before the auditor: £5 7s. 3¾d.
On 7 August 1497: £11 0s. 0d.
Repairs in the manor: £2 18s. 0d.
Paid to the Dean by the farmer: 10s. 0d. (fn. 26)
Carried forward: £1 13s. 2¼d.
Paid to the Dean (fn. 27) at Hackney.
And quit.
Kensworth
Richard Wynche, farmer, for a year at St. John the Baptist 1497.
Charges
Arrears: £3 0s. 0d.
Farm of the manor: £34 9s. 0d.
Half of the profits of the court held that year: [–]
Total: £37 9s. 0d.
Allowances and Payments
To Roger Radcliff, late receiver, now deceased, in a bill of 18 November 1496: £3 0s. 0d.
To Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley, receivers, in a bill of 3 February 1497: £17 4s. 6d.
To the Dean, part of the farm, by a bill of 19 July 1497: £12 0s. 0d.
For a gown for the farmer: 6s. 8d. (fn. 28)
Carried Forward: £4 17s. 10d.
Paid to the Dean.
And quit.
Willesden prebend and grace
William Swete, farmer, from Easter term 1496 to Easter term 1497.
Charges
Farm of the prebend: £4 16s. 8d.
Farm of the grace at £12 p.a. (for the terms of St. Peter ad Vincula 1496, and Purification and St. Peter ad Vincula 1497): £18 0s. 0d.
Wood valued at £20 from 'Deane Wodde' in Acton, and at £10 from wood in the same wood and hedges in the prebend and grace of Willesden, sold to the farmer by Edmund Worsley: £30 0s. 0d.
Total: £52 16s. 8d.
Allowances and Payments
A gown for the farmer: 6s. 8d.
19 score and 14 rods fencing wood from a certain wood called 'Deane Wodde' in Acton: £1 12s. 10d.
For the safe keeping of the osier beds in the wood: 1d.
To Roger Radcliff, late receiver, £6 for the term of St. Peter ad Vincula and £2 8s. 4d. for Michaelmas term 1496: £8 8s. 4d.
To Edmund Worsley £2 8s. 4d. for Easter term and £6 for Purification term 1497: £8 8s. 4d.
In full payment of the sale of wood from Willesden: £10 0s. 0d.
Wood from 'Deane Wodde' paid for by the farmer, £6 13s. 4d. at Michaelmas, £6 13s. 4d. at St. Martin in Winter, and £6 13s. 4d. at Easter: £20 0s. 0d.
Received by the Dean at audit from the farmer: £4 0s. 6d. (fn. 29)
And quit.
Bowes and Polehouse
John Fox, farmer.
Charges
Farm for the terms of the Ascension and St. Peter ad Vincula 1497 (at £26 13s. 4d. p.a., viz. £5 at St. Martin in Winter, £5 at the Purification, £5 at Ascension Day, £11 13s. 4d. at St. Peter ad Vincula): £16 13s. 4d.
Profits of court: [–]
Total: [£16 13s. 4d.] (fn. 30)
Allowances and Payments
For two and a half carts of charcoal bought from the farmer and used in the Dean's household between Christmas 1495 and St. Peter ad Vincula 1496, price per cart 10s: £1 15s. 0d.
For four and a half bushels and another two bushels of coal bought from the farmer and used in the household between St. Peter ad Vincula and Christmas 1496: £1 16s. 9d.
For five carts of coal bought from him and sold into the house-hold between Christmas 1496 and St. Peter ad Vincula 1497: £2 2s. 0d.
For carriage and le tallyng, of eleven carts of wood called tallwodde at 16d. per cart, and nine carts of wood called pollewodde at 15d., carried to the household of the Dean at Hackney between Christmas 1495 and the term of St. Peter ad Vincula 1496: £1 5s. 11d.
For le tallyng and carriage of eighteen carts of tallwodde and four carts of pollewodde, priced as above, carried to the household of the Dean: £1 9s. 0d.
For repairs to manors, lands and houses over two years ending at the term of St. Peter ad Vincula 1497: £1 3s. 1d.
To the collector of the King for the first part of an aid on lands, manors and tenements in Edmonton and Tottenham, granted to the King in the last parliament held at Westminster: (fn. 31) 16s. 9d.
Peter's Pence paid on the feast of St. Peter ad Vincula 1497: (fn. 32) 4d.
A full tenth paid at the term of St. John the Baptist 1497 to the collectors of the King, viz. 13s. 4d. to Thomas Ayskows and John Turle, collectors of Edmonton and 6s. 8d. to William, one of the collectors at Tottenham: £1 0s. 0d. (fn. 33)
Carried Forward: £5 4s. 6d.
Paid to the Dean, to his servant Thomas Dey, on 8 October 1497, as written by the hand of the said Thomas Dey. (fn. 34)
And quit.
Runwell manor
William Aleyn, farmer, for a year at the term of St. Peter ad Vincula 1497.
Charges
Farm of the manor and profits of court: £36 10s. 0d.
The cost of lopping wood from trees for repairs, as written below: 6s. 0d.
Total: £36 16s. 8d. (fn. 35)
Allowances and Payments
For repairs in the manor: £21 10s. 8½d.
To Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley receivers there, as shown in a bill given on 3 February 1497: £9 2s. 6d.
To the Dean by the hand of Thomas Shaa, the Dean's servant, on 30 July 1497: £6 5s. 3½d. (fn. 36)
Carried forward, a surplus: 2s. 6d.
Cootes tenement in Wadende, Ardleigh
William Frost, farmer.
Charges
Arrears of the farm at £7 6s. 8d. p.a. from St. Peter ad Vincula 1496: £9 6s. 8d
Farm of the manor, £3 13s. 4d. for Purification term and £3 13s. 4d. for the term of St. Peter ad Vincula 1497: £7 6s. 8d.
Total: £16 13s. 4d.
Allowances and Payments
To Edmund Worsley in part payment of £9 6s. 8d. arrears, by a recognisance of the said Edmund and in front of [Thomas] Dey and Thomas Bunewell, on the road from Hackney to London: £3 0s. 0d.
Balance of a debt of £4 owing to the Dean: £3 10s. 0d.
To the Dean, as part of the said £4: 10s. 0d.
Carried forward: £9 13s. 4d.
Ardleigh
Edmund Bardolf, farmer.
Charges
Farm of £6 13s. 4d. per term (£20 p.a.) for St. Peter ad Vincula 1496, and for Purification, St. John the Baptist, and St. Peter ad Vincula 1497: £26 13s. 4d.
Ninety oak trees felled in the lord's wood called le Parke and sold to Sir Robert Litton, knight, by Philip Booth and Edmund Worsley at 2s. per tree: £9 0s. 0d.
Twenty-four oak trees felled for the reconstruction of half a barn and other repairs in the manor, (out of a lot of 36 trees felled on the orders of Philip and Edmund, the remaining 12 oaks of which were used for the reconstruction work): £2 16s. 0d.
Seven carts of wood from the areas where the trees were felled: 2s. 4d.
Total: £38 11s. 8d.
Allowances and Payments
To Roger Radcliff late receiver, on 1 December 1496: £5 6s. 8d.
To Edmund Worsley on 12 February 1497, in full payment for the term of St. Peter ad Vincula 1496: £1 6s. 8d.
By William Bardolf, brother of the farmer, on 16 February 1497, in full payment for Purification term 1497: £6 13s. 4d.
For the reconstruction of half a barn and repairs on the manor: £3 10s. 8d.
To Edmund Worsley, in full payment for the above trees: £9 0s. 0d.
To the Dean at Hackney, in full payment for the farm for the term of St. John the Baptist 1497: £6 13s. 4d. (fn. 37)
Carried forward: £6 1s. 0d.
The Archdeaconry of Nottingham
Richard Samesbury, collector, from Easter 1497 to Easter 1498.
Charges
For chevage and Peter's Pence, £11 at Michaelmas term, and £58 at Easter: £69 0s. 0d.
From inductions this year, to Master Robert Colyngham £2 6s. 8d., and to Simon Yates, deputy of Master [Robert] Wilby, 6s. 8d: £2 13s. 4d.
Total: £71 13s. 4d.
Allowances and Payments
Expenses at the time of visitation this year: £2 5s. 5½d.
The fee of the official there this year: £2 13s. 4d.
A gown for the said official: 13s. 4d.
A gown for his servant: 5s. 0d.
The fee of Master John Kendale, registrar there, for this year: 13s. 4d.
A gown for the registrar: 6s. 8d.
Cash wages of Ralph Langford, the brother of the Dean, at 1s. per week, and another 16d. for the year by the order of the Dean: £2 13s. 4d.
The wages of the collector for the year: £2 13s. 4d.
For two servants and two meals at Southwell at Michaelmas term and at Easter: 13s. 4d.
Paid to the Dean: £10 19s. 3d.
Total: [£23 16s. 4½d.] (fn. 38)
Carried Forward: £47 16s. 11½d. (fn. 39)
The Rectory of Winkburn and Offington
[…]
Charges
[…] at 6s. 8d. p.a. […]
[…] for their synodal dues […] (fn. 40)
Issues of office of collector for this year: £46 17s. 7½d.
Total: […]
Allowances and Payments
[…] for the expenses of the collector riding from Southwell to London for the render of this account. […]
Total: […]
Carried forward. £46 12s. 7½d.
Paid to the Dean at Hackney, May 1498.
And quit.
Norton Folgate
Joan Stephens, the relict of John Stephens, late farmer there, for a year at the Annunciation 1498.
Charges
Farm of the manor: £6 13s. 4d.
Allowances and Payments
The fee of John Saperton, auditor of the Dean: £3 6s. 8d.
Roofing various houses and barns of the manor over 12 days at 2s. per day in straw, le drawyng of works of roofing, and cash wages of two of his servants: £1 4s. 0d.
The work of two carpenters and one labourer for two days on propping the houses in various places and on le grondfillyng in the great chamber this year: 2s. 6d.
To the Dean, to his servant Thomas Bunewell, by John, then farmer: £2 0s. 0d.
Total: £6 13s. 2d.
Carried Forward: 2d.

Footnotes

  • 1. Total of allowances and payments, £38 6s. 8d.
  • 2. Margin: He promised to pay 100s. on the Feast of St. Martin in Winter next.
  • 3. Total of allowances and payments, £15.
  • 4. Margin: He promised to pay 66s. 8d. on the feast of St. Martin in Winter next.
  • 5. Cooke crossed out.
  • 6. Margin: He promised to pay 66s. 8d.on the feast of St. Martin in Winter next.
  • 7. 40s. crossed out.
  • 8. £4 crossed out.
  • 9. Total of allowances and payments, £4.
  • 10. Margin: he is to pay on the feast of St. Martin in Winter next.
  • 11. £49 2s. 7d. crossed out.
  • 12. Blank, but in margin £109 6s. 6½d.
  • 13. 120 sheep at 16d. calculates at £8; 100 sheep at 16d. calculates at £6 13s. 4d.
  • 14. Margin: £55 3s. 6d. paid, £54 3s. ½d. owing (recte: £56 3s. 6d. paid, £53 3s. ½d. owing).
  • 15. 26 and 27 July.
  • 16. These additional allowances and payments total £22 14s. 7½d.
  • 17. Recte £30 8s. 6d.
  • 18. Should read £11 14s. 9d.
  • 19. 18 December 1497.
  • 20. Recte £2 13s. 7d.
  • 21. 37s. 9d. crossed out.
  • 22. Recte 5s. 2½d. The sum 5s. 2d. has been crossed out.
  • 23. On the basis of the figures given in the account, the account would not be quit: 3s. 8d. would be carried forward. If the corrected figures are used in the calculation, then 1s. 10d. is carried forward.
  • 24. 10s. crossed out.
  • 25. 10s. crossed out.
  • 26. The total of allowances and payments is £53 8s.
  • 27. Hand here may be of William Worsley.
  • 28. The total of allowances and payments is £37 9s.
  • 29. The total of allowances and payments is £52 16s. 8d.
  • 30. The sum of £16 13s. 4d. is given in the margin, but is left blank in the account.
  • 31. Parliament of 16 January–13 March 1497.
  • 32. The total of allowances and payments at this point is noted as £10 8s. 10d. and the farmer is noted as owing £6 4s. 6d.
  • 33. The total of allowances and payments is £16 13s. 4d.
  • 34. This is in a different hand from the rest of the MS.
  • 35. Recte £36 16s.
  • 36. The total of allowances and payments is £36 18s. 6d.
  • 37. Total allowances and payments: £32 10s. 8d.
  • 38. MS damage. The total is given in the margin. Recte £23 16s. 1d.
  • 39. MS damaged. This sum is given in the margin.
  • 40. Synodal: an episcopal due representing a share in the cost of the bishop holding synods.