The Church Warden's Accounts


Only ca. 6% of the original Churchwardens Accounts for the Diocese of Bath & Wells still exist. Tintinhull is unique in the Diocese in that it has an almost unbroken sequence of accounts covering the period 1432 to 1672.The accounts summarize activities and responsibilities of people of the parish and are not simply financial summaries of income and expenditure.
The value of these documents is that they reflect everyday life and organisation of the parish over a period which includes the reformation. Their detail also shows how the Church Warden's functions changed from being purely ecclesiastical to including civil responsibilities with the reforms introduced during the reformation.

Go to the Tintinhull Local History Group web page to explore the accounts in more detail.

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The first page of the 1433 accounts

Transcription from Latin.

Accounts of William Strecche and John Aste, wardens of the goods of the church of Tintinhull, from the feast of Easter in the 11th year of the reign of King Henry VI up to the same feast in the 12th year of the same king.

Item received of the arrears of the preceding account – 2s. 8d.
Item received from the collection of holy wax – 3s. 5d.
Item received from the profit of an ale made by William Strecche – 6s. 8d.

Sum – 12s. 9d.

Whereof in expenses

First item first for making holy wax – 3s. 10d.
Item for the visitation – 6d.
Item for binding of 1 ordinal – 10d.
Item for washing vestments – 1d.
Item for oil – 1d.
Item for a cord – 7d.
Item for a latten pyx to put on the body of Christ – 10s.
Item paid to John Capell for celebrating for the souls of all people – 8d.

Sum of all expenses – 16s. 7d.

And thus in expenses plus all receipts – 3s. 9d.