File NCR 18a/1 - Treasurers' and chamberlains' accounts and related memoranda

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NCR 18a/1


Treasurers' and chamberlains' accounts and related memoranda


  • 1384-29 Sep 1448 (Creation)

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7 Rich II-26 Hen VI. Pasted into the front endpapers is a note by city archivist, Mary Grace re dating of this account, nd [c 1934].

Commences with an incomplete, receipts account without heading but including the farm of stalls in the butchers' market, followed by various memoranda, including grouped lists of city ward agisters for the supply of guns of 16-20 inches in the year 7 Rich II, [1383-84], lists of wardens of the gates, towers (on the city walls) and 'dongeon' and copy texts of indentures of leases of market stalls between: the citizens and Norwich priory, Sep 1385, certain named citizens and the prior of Horsham St Faith's Priory, March 1386 and certain named citizens and the master of St Giles' Hospital, Nov 1385.

Then follows annual receipt accounts from Michaelmas (Mm) to Michaelmas each year beginning with that of treasurers, Thomas Gerard and John de Trous from Mm 10 Rich II [1386-7] being receipt and payment accounts, but also including detailed entries of rents and farms of city properties.

Treasurers' receipt accounts
Also includes accounts of treasurers, William Everard and William Blakemoore from Mm 11 Rich II [1387-8], John Worstead and Roger Parker, 12 Rich II [1388-9], Thomas Parlet and Henry Pikyng, 13 Rich II [1389-90], Thomas Leveriche junior and William Sporle, 14 Rich II [1390-1] with the farm of woolshops and houses (as at Mm 10 Rich II), Richard Whyte and John Wolrik, 15 Rich II [1391-2], John Bilawe and John Shotesham, 16 Rich II [1392-3], Roger Silveron and John Furbo[ur], 17 Rich II [1393-4], John de Lenn, pelter and John de Mendham, 18 Rich II [1394-5], Alexander Cobbe and Adam Elsyngg, 19 Rich II [1395-6] with occasional marginal references to payments, Robert Donston and Richard Bonde, 20 Rich II [1396-7], followed by:

Supervisors of the Commonalty statements of the farm of the market (income)
i.e. The farm of butchers', fish stalls, wool shops, houses, poultry market and the ropery at Mm 22 and 23 Rich II [1398-9] and again at Mm 1 Hen IV [1399-1400] in the time of supervisors of the Commonalty, John Danyell and Thomas Leverich, and in the time of supervisors, Richard Wate and Robert Dunston, 1-2 Hen IV [1399-1401] and of Robert Brasiere and Thomas Fyncham, 3 Hen IV [1401-2], of William Crakeford and Thomas Salenger (with treasurers, John Shotisham and Thomas Cok) 4 Hen IV [1402-3], of William Sedman and William Crakeford 5 Hen IV [1403-4] and the farm income for years, 6-11 Hen IV [1404-1410], the statement for year 11 including reference to the farm of the [market] cross and shops, and also being totalled quarterly for the first time, then:
on f.55, a list of freemen entries (giving occupations) 1410, followed by:

Chamberlains' receipts accounts
for the years, 12-13 Hen IV [1410-12] and 1-9 Hen V [1413-1422] with copied texts of three leases from the City of the common inn and murage loft, May-July 2 Hen V [1415] with the account of year 2 Hen V, and copies of leases of stalls and shops in 5 Hen V [1417], and receipt accounts in years, 1-21 Hen VI [1422-1443], and the texts of leases with the accounts of years 2, 7, and 11 (with reference to supervisor, Robert Toppe, 1433), and in the account of year 13 [1434-5] a summary list of the sources of revenue being: the butchers' market, water mills, common quay, the 'old and new' rents, landgable, the Castle [fee] rents, poultery, stone 'molar', the city entries, arrears of previous treasurers, farm of the city gates at St Giles, the worsted seld and rents of assize.

Treasurers'/collectors receipts and payments accounts
From f. 111d Accounts of receipts from city collectors and sergeants with payments by the treasurers from years 4-9 Hen V [1416-1422] including the receipts for year 5 Hen V [1417-18] (for which the rolled account of the NCR 7a series is missing)'
f. 140 account, headed the payments of money made by [named] treasurers 1-2 Hen VI [1422-24], then receipts and payments (annotated in pencil, 'Roll lost') for 2 Hen VI, the receipts including those from the poultery in the market, the common staithe with old and new rents, etc.) and the payments of pensions, rents resolute, fees and wages and expenses, followed by receipts and payments for the years 3-16 Hen VI [1424-1438]. Those of 6 Hen VI [1427-8] being made by treasurers, Simon Walsoken and Robert Toppe, and then follows the accounts of 8 Hen VI [1429-30] and 13-14 Hen VI [1434-36] including long sections re the expenses of the newly reconstructed and repaired New Mills, with weekly details of carpentry and labour costs.

A gap in coverage follows before the receipts and payments accounts resume for the years 21-26 Hen VI [1442-48], with clerk, John Hauk referenced in the account of 24 Hen VI, and that of 25 Hen VI including an itemised list of the market stalls and the account of 26 Hen VI being incomplete (with only two entries).

After these accounts is a folio bearing memoranda of debts (some cancelled) owed to the City 1405-1426.

At the rear of the volume on ff 235d-236r is a list of the 10ths tax-payers in Norwich arranged by the leets of Conisford, Mancroft, Wymer and Ultra Aquam for 7 Hen V [1419-20], incomplete because of loss of text through damage to the feet of the folios.

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Large paper volume of 236 folios, with a 19th-century, rough calf binding, detached front board and water-stained folios and soft paper edges to the textblock in general. Folios 53-130 have suffered from old water-damage and have been patched with newer paper, often over, and obscuring, existing text. From f 134r, the top right corners of successive folios are frail. Some of the papers used in Henry IV's reign bear a griffin watermark.
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On microfilm MF/RO 690/2 (all) or MF/RO 394/5 (f.146-176 only).

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For a continuation of the Chamberlains' Accounts, Michaelmas 1447-Michaelmas 1458, see NCR 17d/1 register of apprenticeship indentures, 1548-1581. See also NCR 7a for engrossed copies in roll form of treasurers' accounts.

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See also Mary Grace's article, 'The Chamberlains and Treasurers of the City of Norwich, 1293-1835' in NNAS vol. XXV, pt II, pp181-201.

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Created 13/09/2007 by Droip. Modified 30/09/2019 by Drott.


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