Category Archives: Great Dunmow 1526-1621

Transcripts of Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts 1526-1621

Essex Local History talks

I am pleased to announce that I now give talks all over Essex and Suffolk on various aspects of local history (full list as below). A fully illustrated PowerPoint presentation accompanies all my talks and I will bring all the … Continue reading

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Henry VIII and the looting of the monasteries

It is widely known that following Henry VIII’s break with Rome in 1533, he went on to forcefully dissolve and destroy all the numerous religious monasteries across England. This he achieved by the end of the 1530s. Dissolved religious houses … Continue reading

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Transcript fo. 7r: Tudor Great Dunmow 1527-1529

Transcription of Tudor Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts (1527-9) [in the left margin]The churchwardens Choson Anno xxjmc [21st regnal year of Henry VIII sometime between April 1529-April 1530] Thom[a]s Savage John Clark John Cooleyn [Collin?] John Dygby [This margin note appears … Continue reading

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Balancing your books in pounds, shilling and pence

How is your mental maths? When doing your household budgeting, can you quickly and easily add together pounds and pence (or dollars and cents)? In this modern day and age, the task is relatively easy – especially when using calculators … Continue reading

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Transcript fo. 6v: Great Dunmow’s Corpus Christi pageant

Transcription of Tudor Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts (1526-7) 1. Item ffor ij scaynys of whyte threde ffor ye copys [Item for 2 skeins of white thread for the copys (corpus?) 2d] iid 2. Ite[m] for lyne & pakthrede & whepcorde … Continue reading

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Transcript fo. 6r: Easter celebrations in late medieval parish

Transcription of Tudor Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts (1526-7) 1. The mony & the renttys ych we Thomas Savage & [The money & rents which we Thomas Savave &] 2. John clerke John skylton & john nyghtyngeale [John Clerke John Skylton … Continue reading

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Transcript fo. 5v: Building a late medieval church steeple

Transcription of Tudor Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts (1525-6) 1. Item payde to John Smethe ffor ye scaffalde tymber [Item paid to John Smith for the scaffold timber] iis vd 2. Ite[m] for iiij day warke of Thomas Ventu[n] & won[e] … Continue reading

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Transcript fo. 5r: Great Dunmow’s Tudor dialect

Transcription of Tudor Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts (1525-6) 1 Item to Rychard scoryar for pavynge in ye cherche[Item to Richard Scoryar for paving in the church] xd 2 &ffor mendyng of a hole on ye fuvll(??)[& for mending a hole … Continue reading

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Transcript fo. 4v: Great Dunmow’s Morris Dancing

Transcription of Tudor Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts (1525-6) 1. Layde owte for ye cherche [Laid out for the church] 2. In p[r]im[s] ffor iiij galuns oyle ffor ye lampe [In primis (Firstly,) for 4 gallons oil for the lamp] vijs … Continue reading

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