The Berkshire Record Society

Registered Charity No: 1027976

President: Mr James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire

Chairman: Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

General Editor: Dr Peter Durrant

Volume 7 Cover

Reading Gild Accounts, 1357-1516 (Part II)

Edited by Cecil Slade

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2002

ISBN: 0 9524946 7 1

Volumes six and seven contain a full transcript, with translation, of the important mediaeval accounts of the Reading merchant gild. The accounts record in rich detail the gild’s income from rents, fines and admission fees, and its expenditure on stipends and wages, lawsuits, the cleaning and repair of town buildings and other amenities, public entertainments, and hospitality provided for important visitors. They also shed valuable light on the town’s relations with the abbey.


READING GILD ACCOUNTS, 1450/1-1515/16 1
Appendix A: Extracts, printed in HMC, 11th Report 185
Appendix B: Information from 14th-century rolls 189
Appendix C: List of mayors and cofferers/chamberlains, 1302-1516 192
Appendix D: Kings and their regnal years 200
Appendix E: Glossary of English words 202
Appendix F: Some prices 208
Index to names and places 213
Index to subjects 231