Calendar: Receiver's Account 1479-1480

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: Receiver's Account 1479-1480', in The Estate and Household Accounts of William Worsley Dean of St Paul's Cathedral 1479-1497, (Donington, 2004) pp. 43-46. British History Online [accessed 29 February 2024]

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1. Receiver's Account 1479–1480

The roll is damaged at its head and consists of five sheets of paper 30 cm wide sewn end to end. There are no surviving returns from York, Nottingham, Norwell Overall, Bowes and Polehouse, London, Ardleigh, Runwell, or Hackney. Sheet one measures 32 cm in length and sheet four 37 cm. The remaining sheets are 41 cm long.

Receipts from Rents and Farms

[Caddington and Kensworth]
Total: (fn. 1) £70 8s. 3½d.
John More, farmer, in two payments, as shown on the first folio of the quarterly paper: £12 1s. 4d.
Belchamp St. Paul
John Lokear, vicar, in three payments, as shown in [–] folio of the quarterly paper: £17 14s. 8d.
Thorpe, Kirby and Walton in the soke
James Raderford, collector of rents of assize, for Michaelmas term 1479, £18 15s.
For Purification term 1480:
John Carter, farmer of the rectory of Bancroft, in two payments, £8.
Matthew Cook, farmer of Thorpe Hall, £9.
John Toose, farmer of Walton, £19 3s. 4d.
John German, farmer of the rectory of Kirby, £9.
Total: £63 8s. 4d. (fn. 2)
Wickham St. Paul
The vicar of Belchamp St. Paul, farmer of the rectory, for Purification term 1480: £10 0s. 0d.
John Lindsey, farmer, for all rents and farms for Purification term 1480, including 20s. received from John Candish for part of the farm of the mill: £12 6s. 8d.
From the improvement of rents and farms, as shown in the declaration made thereof: £28 11s. 8½d.
Added to the account
From sale of a silver-gilt cup with an ostrich egg (le grypege), £4 3s. 4d.
From Richard Breych, by the hands of Thomas Orston, and Thomas Leyke, for the Archdeaconry of Nottingham, £20.
Total: £24 3s. 4d.
Total receipts £560 14s. 4d. (fn. 3)
To the Bishop of London, £1 13s. 4d. quit rent to the manor of Chadsworth, and £1 13s. 4d. paid for the creation and installation of the Dean: £3 6s. 8d.
Daily Expenses
On beef, veal, pork and other victuals, stuffs and necessaries, as shown in 41 folios of the first part of the quarterly paper, where the particular daily and weekly sums were noted: £44 8s. 11½d.
The Chamberlain of St. Paul's
To William Steward for the manors, demesnes and lands held in farm by the Dean, as appears by five bills: £172 7s. 7¾d. (fn. 4)
The Clerk of the Bakehouse
To Adam Friday, for wheat to make bread, as shown in four bills: £17 3s. 2¾d.
The Clerk of the Bakehouse
To Thomas Skypwith, now clerk, £37 8½d., with another
£8 16s. for 22 qr. wheat at 6s. per qr.: (fn. 5) £45 16s. 8½d.
The Brewer
To John Essenwolde, brewer of London, for ale, as shown in various bills and tallies, £11 17s. 5d.
To [Alexander] Berebrewer of London for beer, as shown by a tally of 25 December 1479, £1 4s. 4d.
Total: £13 1s. 9d.
Payments by order of the Dean
To Isabella Worsley as her marriage portion on 1 May 1480, £40.
To Richard Lee on 13 July 1480, £50.
To the Dean in his parlour in the Deanery, £10.
Total: £100 0s. 0d.
To William Bukke, draper of London:
On 11 July 1479, for woollen cloth bought for two liveries, winter and summer, for the Dean's servants, as shown in two bills, £17 8s. 6d.
To [—] for two horses bought from him, now in the Dean's stable, £1 12s. 6d.
Total: £19 1s. 0d.
Necessary Expenses
To three people on the order of the Dean, £30.
To the Bishop of London for the acquisition of a marsh at Stepney, according to an agreement made between certain people and on the order of the King, £9 15s.
For fifty-one baskets of salt fish bought at Canterbury for the household, £3 6s. 8d.
Total: £43 1s. 8d.
The Goldsmith
To Nicholas Flynte, goldsmith of London, for 22½ oz. silver at 3s. 4d. per oz. (75s.) used for repairing and making two salt-cellars; also paid for the repair of two salt-cellars, (30s.), with 6s. 8d. paid for silver by the oz. and for his work in burnishing the salt-cellars, as shown in one paper bill, £5 11s. 8d.
To Thomas Fitzwarren for a gilded cup bought on 15 July 1480, as shown in a bill, £3 13s. 4d.
Total: £9 5s. 0d.
Carriage of wood
To Roger Frende, John Chalk, and the Prioress of Kilburn for the carriage of seventy-one carts of wood from [–] to London, at 12d. per cart, as shown by three tallies: £3 11s. 0d.
Necessary Expenses
For goods and stuffs bought for the household of the said Dean, as shown in twelve folios of the quarterly paper: £73 1s. 10½d.
Fees Paid
The accountant's fee, for the terms of Easter and the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, £1.
To Thomas Bunewell, Marmaduke Cressy, William Lokkey, servants of the Dean in part payment for their fees, for Easter term, each receiving 6s. 8d.
To Stephen Holt, servant of the Dean, in part payment of his fee, for Easter term, 9s. 2d.
To John Fuldon, servant of the Dean, in part payment of his fee, for the terms of Easter and the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 13s. 4d.
Total: £3 2s. 6d.
Sum Total Paid £547 8s. 0d.
And he owes £13 6s. 4d.
He is allowed
Paid from a surplus he had at the last account, £17 12s. 2¾d.
Paid for a hood with a liripipe of velvet bought for the Dean, 8s. 6d.
Surplus carried forward. £4 14s. 4¾d. (fn. 6)


  • 1. Only the total of the return survives. The revenue rendered suggests that this amount issued from Caddington and Kensworth.
  • 2. Recte £63 18s. 4d.
  • 3. If the missing sum of 10s. is included [see n. 2, above], this sum should read £561 4s. 4d.
  • 4. £179 6¾d. crossed out.
  • 5. The calculation is incorrect. Twenty-two qr. at 8s. instead of 6s. per qr. would give £8 16s.
  • 6. The correct balance, taking into account n. 2, is a surplus of £4 4s. 4¾d.