Calendar: Receiver's Account 1489-1490

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 1489-1490', in The Estate and Household Accounts of William Worsley Dean of St Paul's Cathedral 1479-1497, (Donington, 2004) pp. 91-96. British History Online [accessed 29 February 2024]

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8. Receiver's Account 1489–1490

The roll is damaged at the head, but is apparently complete. It consists of seven sheets 28cm wide. The first (badly damaged) sheet is about 31 cm long and the seventh sheet 24 cm long. The remaining sheets measure 37–38 cm.

Arrears: Nil

Receipts from Rents and Farms

Prebend of York
Nothing received, because all to the Dean's hands: Nil
Archdeaconry of Nottingham Nil
Prebend of Norwell Overall with the rectory of Eakring
Nothing received, because the Dean received all revenues: Nil
Thomas Bunewell, collector, received all issues and profits, worth £16 p.a., and must answer to the Dean: Nil
Master Odeby, one of the residentiaries must answer, for he received all issues and profits: Nil
John Shaa, farmer: £45 0s. 0d.
Bowes and Polehouse
Edward Westby and John Fox, farmers: £18 8s. 2d.
London with a certain parcel of the Deanery of London
John Clerk, late collector, and William Trent, now collector: £28 0s. 3d.
George Retford, farmer of the manor, £13 6s. 8d.
William Frost, farmer of Wadende, £7 2s. 3½d.
Thomas Bunewell, collector rents and farms, £10 13s. 4d. (fn. 1)
Sale of wood, £2 9s. 5½d.
Total: £33 11s. 9d.
John Bek, farmer: £32 0s. 0d.
Caddington and Kensworth
John Bray, £38 15s. 4½d.
Edmund Counteys, £11.
Total: £49 15s. 4½d.
William Northcote, for the prebend, £3 15s., (fn. 2) including a parcel of £1 13s. 4d.
William Swete, for the farm of the grace, £12.
William Swete, for the sale of wood, 6s.
Total: £16 1s. 0d.
The Deanery
Issues, including £2 15s. 3d. from the correctors of the Deanery, by the hand of Master Nicholas Colles: £71 15s. 11d.
Belchamp St. Paul
Geoffrey Downing, farmer, £20.
Thomas Watson, farmer of the rectory, £13 6s. 8d.
Thomas Watson, as collector of rents of assize, £22 2s. 8d.
Total: £55 9s. 4d.
Thorpe, Kirby and Walton in the soke
Thomas Bogas, bailiff and farmer of Kirby rectory, and appruator of the rectory of Bancroft in Walton, £57 1s. 9d.
John Percy, farmer of Thorpe manor and rectory, £19.
William Saver junior, farmer of 'Kent's tenement' in Thorpe, £4.
John Toose, farmer of Walton, £48 2s. 11d.
Fines and amercements, £5 1½d.
Arrears of John Carter, (fn. 3) £4 15s. 4d.
Total: £138 0s. 1½d.
Norton Folgate
Edmund Hill (£1 6s. 8d.), John Stephens (£1 6s. 8d.), farmers there, by the hand of John Saperton at the time of audit without bill: £2 13s. 4d.
Wickham St. Paul
John Grene, farmer: £20 0s. 0d.
Richard Bower, farmer, in one payment: £16 9s. 9d.
Geoffrey Dallyng, farmer of the manor and mill: £13 6s. 8d.
Edmund Prentesse, farmer of the manor, £24.
Clement Cook, farmer of the mill,
£0 20s. 0d.
Total: £25 0s. 0d.
Total Receipts: £565 11s. 8d.
To the Bishop of London, a quit rent for a year ending at Michaelmas 1489, to the manor of Chadsworth, by one acquittance, £1 13s. 4d.
To the heir of Sir Richard Charlton, knight, for the manor of Bowes and Polehouse, by another acquittance, £1 2d.
To Edmund, Lord Roos, for the manor of Bowes and Polehouse, to Edmund's manor of Shingleford in Essex, by an acquittance, 19s.
Total: £3 12s. 6d.
Daily Expenses
On beef, veal, pork and other victuals, stuffs and necessaries, as shown in twenty-four folios of the paper book, from 7 August 1489 to 17 July 1490: £60 0s. 9½d.
Necessary Household Expenses
Goods and stuffs, as shown in one paper folio including £3 6d. for making and carriage of fuel, 4s. 2d. spent on hedging and ditching at Willesden to keep the woods there, and 16s. for a hedge and its making.
Total: £10 11s. 2¾d.
Necessary Expenses for the Dean's apparel
Goods and stuffs for the Dean's apparel and other necessities, as appears in half a paper folio of the large book: 18s. 1d.
Stipends of servants
Wages at Michaelmas, Christmas, Easter and the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, as appears in the steward's book: £22 6s. 8d.
From [William] Bukke, draper of London:
For medley-coloured woollen cloth, for the livery of the Dean's servants, as shown in Roger's book of payments, £9 5s.
For one medley-coloured woollen cloth, for the summer livery of certain servants, as shown in a paper bill, £5 11s. 9d.
Total: £14 16s. 9d.
The Brewer
To the brewer of 'le Herteshorne', London, for ale, as shown by various tallies: £18 7s. 9d.
From Charles Vyntener:
Two casks and one hogshead of red wine, at £7 per cask, £15 15s.
Three hogsheads claret wine, at £1 15s. per hogshead, £5 5s.
Two roundlets sweet wine called Malmsey, containing 36 gallons per roundlet, at 12d. per gallon, £1 16s.
Total: £22 16s. 0d.
Spices, as shown in the accountant's book: £2 0s. 9d.
The Clerk of the Bakehouse of St. Paul's
To Martin Jolyff, late clerk of the bakehouse, and to Laurence Butler and John Farman, now clerks, for wheat for making bread, £95 3s. 1d.
To Martin, for 32 qr. wheat, yearly issuing from the manor of Heybridge, £8 1s. 10d.
Total: £103 4s. 11d.
The Chamberlain of St. Paul's
To Martin Jolyff, late chamberlain of St. Paul's, and to Laurence Butler and John Farman, now chamberlains, for the estates held in farm by the Dean, as shown in four bills of indenture: £230 3s. 6½d.
Chaplains' salaries
For the terms of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Michaelmas, Christmas, and Easter, as shown by acquittances:
To Robert Combes, £3 6s. 8d.
To John Farman, £3 6s. 8d.
To William Roke, £2 13s. 4d.
Total: £9 6s. 8d.
To Sir Thomas Montgomery, knight, at £4 p.a., cancelled because paid by the Dean himself.
To William Clarkson, steward of the court of the demesnes of Thorpe, Kirby and Walton at £1 6s. 8d. p.a., cancelled because allowed at the foot of the account of the previous year.
To Thomas Watson, chaplain, collector of Belchamp St. Paul and Wickham St. Paul, £2 p.a.
To John Saperton, auditor of all lands and tenements of the Dean, at £2 p.a.
Total: £4 0s. 0d.
To the mill of Ratcliff and the tenements annexed to the mill, along with £5 for a mill-stone, as shown in four bills, £13 3s. 2d.
To various water-ditches leading from the Thames to the mill, 382 rods at 18d. per rod, £28 13s.
To defects in the mansion of the Dean in London with 13d. spent on the repair of the tenement of Master Nykke in Ivy Lane, as shown in one paper folio, £3 3s.
Total: £44 19s. 2d.
Total Paid: £547 4s. 9¾d.
And he owes: £18 6s. 10¼d.
To Thomas, prior of Holy Trinity, London, collector of the second half of a subsidy granted to the King in the last convocation of prelates and clergy for the prebend of Willesden, as shown by an acquittance made on 5 October 1489, 8s.
To the collector of the King by the hand of William Swete, farmer of the grace of Willesden, by an acquittance, 4s.
To the abbot of Abingdon before 1 November, collector of the second half of a subsidy granted to the King in the last convocation of prelates and clerics, for the church of Lambourn, by an acquittance, £5 6s. 8d.
To the lord of Edmonton for release of a suit of court and for money called Peter's Pence, as shown in Roger's book, 16d.
Grant by the Dean to five farmers (6s. 8d. each, as in the preceding account) on the taking of their farms, viz. to the collector of rents of Belchamp St. Paul, to the farmer of the rectory there, and to the farmers of Wickham St. Paul, Drayton, and Willesden, £1 13s. 4d.
To a certain smith for shoeing horses of the Dean, by a tally and at the recognisance of Thomas Morys, the keeper of the horses, before the auditor at the time of the audit of this account, 8s. 6d.
To William Wyle, hosier of London, for three pairs of shoes, (12d.) and for four pairs of socks (8d.), and three pointed doss (6d.), bought for the apparel of the Dean, as shown in a bill of particulars, 8s. 2d.
To Richard Milen, saddler of London, for mending saddles and other things and stuffs, as shown in another bill, 6s. 11d.
To the wife of Thomas Shaa for her work in washing linen sheets and other things for the Dean, as shown by a tally, 14s. 7d.
Gifts on order of the Dean to various mimes and minstrels of the King and other lords and to other persons bringing gifts, as shown in half a folio of Roger's book of payments, £1 8s. 8d.
On the order of the Dean the price of 3 qr. of woollen cloth bought to make a hood for John Slade, chaplain, 2s. 3d. (fn. 4)
And he owes: £6 19s. 5¼d. (fn. 5)
Paid to the Dean at Hackney on 17 July 1490, by the recognisance of the Dean, before the auditor, without bill.


  • 1. ½d. crossed out.
  • 2. 61s. 8d. crossed out.
  • 3. Late farmer of the rectory of Bancroft.
  • 4. In margin: Total, £11 7s. 5d. and he owes £6 19s. 5¼d. The sums allowed at audit total £11 2s. 5d.
  • 5. Recte £7 4s. 5¼d.