Calendar: Receiver's Account 1484-1485

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 1484-1485', in The Estate and Household Accounts of William Worsley Dean of St Paul's Cathedral 1479-1497, (Donington, 2004) pp. 73-78. British History Online [accessed 29 February 2024]

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5. Receiver's Account 1484–1485

This roll is damaged and incomplete. Returns for Norwell Overall and the Archdeaconry of Nottingham are missing, as are the returns from the estates of Bowes and Polehouse and London. The first, but damaged, return is from Ardleigh. (fn. 1) This return contains the first legible references to the date of this account, viz. 'xv die Junii a[nn]o s[e]c[un]do regni dicti regis' and 'viij die July anno r[egni] r[egis] predicti iij'. (fn. 2) The roll consists of seven sheets, 31 cm wide. The undamaged portion of the first sheet is 15 cm wide and 15 cm long. The remaining sheets are 41–42 cm long.

Receipts from Rents and Farms

from …St. John the Baptist last… £6 13s. 4d.
from William Frost farmer, five payments, £7 1s. 8d.
first 29 […1484] £2 2s. 4d.
second time 20 January 1484, 20s.
third time 20 […1484] …6s. 8d.
fourth time 21 […1484…]
fifth time 15 June 1484, 25s.
from John Fuldon, collector, £2 6s. 8d.
….August 1484 by his own hands 40s.
…2 Richard III by his own hands 6s. 8d.
from Thomas Bunewell, collector, £6 in three payments, first on 22 April, £3.
second time 22 April […]
third time 8 July 1485 […] (fn. 3)
Total: £35 8s. 4d.
Received from John at [Hey] and John Herde: £26 1s. 0d.
Caddington and Kensworth
John Bray and Edmund Counteys, farmers, in six payments: £55 0s. 0d.
Nothing came to the accountant's hands: Nil
William Northcote, farmer, in two payments, £4 16s. 8d.
Sale of wood, viz. of nine cart-loads of dolwod at 1s. 7d. per cart (14s. 3d.), and for bakens sold by him in gross (8s.), £1 2s. 3d.
Total: £5 18s. 11d.
Belchamp St. Paul
John Lokear, collector: £52 14s. 8d.
Thorpe, Kirby, and Walton in the soke
Thomas Bogas, bailiff, including £5 8s. 2d. in fines, £33 2s. 6½d.
John Carter, farmer of the rectory of Bancroft, in four payments, £20 6s. 8d.
John German, farmer of the rectory of Kirby, in three payments, £24.
Thomas Smith, farmer of Thorpe Hall, in two payments, £18.
John Kent, farmer of the tenement (fn. 4) of Thorpe, £5 6s. 8d.
John Toose, farmer of the manor of Walton, in eight payments, £34 16s. 6d.
Total: £135 12s. 4½d.
Wickham St. Paul
John Lokear, farmer, in two payments: £20 0s. 0d.
Robert Nevyll, farmer: £24 0s. 0d.
Edmund Prentesse, farmer, £24.
Clement Cook, farmer, £2.
Total: £26 0s. 0d.
John Lindsey, £34 14s. 8d., and John Pere, £8 6s. 8d., from the farms of the mill and manor, in eight payments.
Total: £43 1s. 4d.
Norton Folgate
William Hill, farmer, in two payments: £6 13s. 4d.
John Bernard, procurator of the rectory of Chepyng Lambourn, in five payments, £61 19s. 11d. (fn. 5)
John Hewet, miller of Ratcliff, in four payments, £14 13s. 4d.
Roger Frende, farmer of Acton manor, including allowances of 25s. for making a hedge and 6s. 8d. for a gown, £4 2s. 4d.
Total: £80 15s. 7d.
Total Receipts: £568 1s. 3½d. (fn. 6)
To the Bishop of London, quit rent, for the manor of Chadsworth, £1 13s. 4d.
To Sir Richard Charlton, knight, for the manor of Bowes and Polehouse as shown in one bill, £1 2d.
To the Earl of Essex, from the same manor, as shown in one bill, 19s.
Total: £3 13s. 6d.
Daily Expenses
On meats, other victuals, stuffs and necessaries, as appears in thirty folios of the paper book: £66 12s. 11½d.
To the Chamberlain of St. Paul's
For the estates held in farm by the Dean, as shown in three bills: £208 10s. 4¼d.
The Clerk of the Bakehouse of St. Paul's
To Martin Jolyff, as shown in four bills, for wheat for bread, £74 3s. 1d., and for 32 qr. wheat issuing from Heybridge, £7 19s.
Total: £82 2s. 1d.
The Brewer
To William Witheney, brewer of London, for ale, as shown by three tallies: £15 1s. 9d.
To Alexander Berebrewer, for 12½ barrels of beer at 2s. a barrel.
Total: £1 5s. 0d.
To Charles Vyntener, for two casks of red wine £10, for one pipe of claret wine £2 15s., and for two roundlets, £1 16s.
Total: £14 11s. 0d.
Livery of servants
To William Hulme, draper of London, for:
Tawny-coloured woollen cloth for the livery of the Dean's servants at Christmas, £11 10s. 10d.
One piece of medley-coloured woollen cloth for certain servants on 14 July 1485, £4 8s.
Total: £15 18s. 10d.
Necessary Household Expenses
Goods and stuffs for the household, as shown in one folio of the large paper book: £14 3s. 9¼d.
Expenses for the Dean's apparel
For various goods and stuffs for the Dean's apparel and other necessities, as appears in one folio of the large book: £2 8s. 6d.
Chaplains' salaries
To Robert Combes and Thomas Turnour, each of them receiving £3 6s. 8d. p.a., for the terms of the Nativity of St.
John the Baptist, Michaelmas, and Christmas 1484 and Easter 1485, as shown by eight acquittances, £6 13s. 4d.
To William Roke, as shown by four acquittances, £2 13s. 4d.
Total: £9 6s. 8d.
Fees Paid
To Sir Thomas Montgomery, knight, £4 p.a., as shown by an acquittance.
To Robert Forster, steward of the court of Thorpe, Kirby and Walton in Essex, £2 p.a.
To John Hewyk, auditor of all lands and tenements of the Dean, at £3 6s. 8d. p.a.
To John Lokear, collector of Belchamp St. Paul and Wickham St. Paul, at £3 p.a.
Total: £12 6s. 8d.
Stipends of servants
For wages and rewards at Michaelmas, Christmas, Easter and the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Total: £27 8s. 4d.
Repairs to the mill at Ratcliff, as shown in four paper bills: £2 1s. 9½d.
Sum Total Paid: £475 10s. 2½d.
He owes: £92 11s. 1d.
Paid to minstrels of the King and other lords and to other persons bringing gifts to the Dean, as shown in one folio of the book, £2 12s. 8d.
For expenses of Robert Forster, John Hewyk, Roger Radcliff and other officials riding through the demesnes of the Dean to hold court, as shown in the large book, £2 1s.
Paid for spices, £2 3s. 5½d.
Paid for a pound of saffron bought at one time in gross, 13s. 4d.
Paid for four gowns bought for four farmers by the steward according to the terms of their indentures on taking their farms, all at 6s. 8d. each, viz. Master John Lokear as farmer of Belchamp St. Paul, and as farmer of the rectory there, John Grene, farmer of Wickham St. Paul, and Edmund Prentesse, farmer of the manor of Drayton, £1 6s. 8d.
Paid on the order of the Dean for repairs to the Dean's mansion in the tenure of Doctor Jane, as shown in two paper bills, 17s. 6d.
Paid for necessary repairs to the house of the Dean in the city of London, as shown in one bill, 3s. 11d.
Paid to the collector of the King as a whole tenth for the King granted at the feast of St. Martin (fn. 7) 1484 for the prebend of Willesden, 8s.
Paid for the expenses of Roger (1s. 4d.) and of Robert Stykeswolde riding to and from 'Wympill', (fn. 8) over two and a half days, and for the expenses of Thomas Shaa (4d.) going to Eltham on the order of the Dean, 1s. 8d.
Paid for his expenses for riding from London to Heybridge in Essex, and remaining there for four days in order to hold a court and receive money for the Dean, 8s. 4d.
Paid for the expenses of Master Marke, and of his men and other tenants there, for a court on the Monday before Michaelmas 1484, 7s. 11d.
Paid for the fee of Master Marke as steward of Heybridge, 8s. 4d.
Paid for expenses and costs incurred for mowing and reaping of corn at Heybridge and for various arrears from Heybridge in the time of John Lindsey, as shown in one bill, £2 5s. 4d.
Paid for expenditure on the storage of grain, as shown in one bill, £1 6s. 6d.
Paid for shoeing the horses of the Dean and his servants before this account 13s., and within this account 16s. 2d., as shown in four tallies, £1 9s. 2d.
And he owes: £75 17s. 3½d.
Paid to the Dean at Hackney.
And quit.


  • 1. The total of £35 7s. 4d. is in line with other returns from Ardleigh. The name William Frost is legible and he appears in other accounts as a farmer of Wadende in Ardleigh. John Fuldon, collector for Ardleigh also appears. Thomas Bunewell contributed £6. These persons appear in the context of Ardleigh in accounts for other years.
  • 2. 15 June and 7 July 1485.
  • 3. Totalling £22 1s. 8d.
  • 4. 'Rectory' crossed out.
  • 5. This sum has been written over an erasure.
  • 6. The sub total of the surviving entries is £511 5s. 6½d.
  • 7. 11 November 1484.
  • 8. 'Wikampaule' crossed out. Possibly Wimpole, Cambs., which belonged to the Charltons.