A Modbury Churchwardens' Account

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries, vol. IV, 1906/7

Transcription prepared by Jonathan Frayne

"28A Modbury Churchwardens' Account. Miss Elizabeth D. Andreas, of Traine, Modbury, has been good enough to send me a leaf which has evidently come from an account book of the Wardens of the Church of St. Peter, at Modbury. We have transcribed this for our readers and print it herewith. There are some entries that are of interest, such as the Annuity. Local knowledge will, no doubt, inform us what this was, or is, as well as the entering of the fine of one penny, in respect of which, near the end of the account, four shillings was paid. The Catechism costing two shillings, no doubt was the Catechism of Dean Nowell, the use of which was begun in 1570, and the Articles were the well known ones of Archbishop Whitgift, which about that time were passed as Canons. The payment of sixteen pence, too, For Peter's penny is very curious; these payments are discussed in an interesting article in the Transactions of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural, &c., Society, vol II, 3rd ser., p. 132, by Rev. Edward V. Freeman.

The accompt of John Edgecumbe and Phillipe Hille Wardens of the Church of Modbury had and taken the third daye of December yn the xxiiit yere of the Rayne of oure Soverayne lady Elizabeth by the grace of God of England fraunce and Ireland queen defender of the ffaythe.
It Recd at the Comynge yn of oure offyce of the pishyoners  ij
It Recd of Thomas Baker for his mothers grave vjsviijd
It Recd of Richard ffuterell for the Annuytye dew the yere past for one yere and halfe Dewe at Mychelmas last   
It Recd of the newe Ratement set downe by the pishyonersviijlixsiiijd
#It of John Swete for his fathers and mothers buryall xiijsivd
Itm the brothern [word illegible]   
*Sm totall recxxlixviijsijd
#Itm more of ffutterell of Annytie Dewe before oure as will appear by his accompt   
It paid to Michell Oldryffe for candels for the Church  vijd
It paid to Phyllype Osborne for bryngyng Welche to Brydewell vjsjd
It paid to the archdecon's vysitation in expenses  xijd
It paid to the glasyer for mending the Church wyndowes xixsijd
It for dry wood for the glasyer  iijd
It to a man tendyng the glasyer three dayes  xijd
It lyme for the glasier  jd
It for High Rent payd to John Luger  iijd
It for entrying the fyne  jd
It payd for a bell coller  xxd
It for mendyng of bell collers  viijd
It Paid to James Coker for gresse for the bells  xijd
It payd to Mr. Honychirch for the prisoners of Exetter vsvd
It payd for bred and Wyne for the Comunyon the hole yere  xiijd
It for washyng the Church clothyng the whole yere  xijd
It for the wardens and sidesmen expenses at the Archdecon's Vysytatyon at Plymton vsijd
It for Peter's peny  xvjd
It payd for the articles  xijd
It payd to the Deane  vijd
It payd to a haylar and his boye for one dayes worke fyndyng himself  xijd
It for makyng of the pulpyt clothe  vjd
It payd to the Mawdlen house of plymton for Clyncheiijliosvjd
It payd to Mystres mary for healyng of Elytt's legge vjsivd
*It lent to John Gye for healyng of his man is legge xxs 
It payd for Cathechisme bookes ijs 
It for mendyng of the Cloke  ijd
It payd for the ffyne iiijs 
It payd for a stone and halfe of Ropes for the bells vjs 
It for feccyng home of the same  viijd
It for makyng of thys Accompt ijs 
*Sm of all expencsviijlivijs 
Also we aske Alowance for that we have Receyted of the Newe Statement as is specyfyed yn a byll Declaryng what they be that have not payd.   
#Item the said Wardens pray to be respited of [ blank in orig.] of the newe ratement for that they are denyed of the same by such psones as they are to shewe by an escrowe   
* These entries have been struck through
# In a different handwriting