Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Lease rates in rural England1663From the Portsmouth areahttp://www.portsdown.demon.co.uk/copiholders.htm
Part of the website for the "1642 Living History Village"
STOCK & GOODS IN A "LESS THAN MODEST HOUSEHOLD"
"My Goods and Money at August 1658 (Will Blundell)
-- 9 horses: £37 — 8 oxen and steers feeding: £40 — 2 bulls: £8 — 9 heifers: £30 — 113 sheep and lambs: £26 — malt: £6 — groats and oat meal: £1.15s — bed frames, twenty five: £11 — trunks, chests, boxes, desks and presses: £11 — tables, chairs, forms and cupboards: £19 — 1 lead cistern: £4 — 16 featherbeds, sixteen: £48 — 6 chaff beds: £1.4s — bolsters and pillows, blankets and coverings curtains, cushions: £51 — linens for the housewife: £48 — jewels, a watch and odd knacks: £9.15s
“I have so far paid my debts that the value of my goods exceeds them by £64.14s not reckoning new corn and hay. But reckoning new corn and hay, I am worth £208.14s.4d.”
How would a "less than modest" household have 25 bed frames, with bedding for 22?
Gotta be a Brit thing. I'll never understand 'em.
Perhaps 3 bedframes are for chance visitors or travellers who are expected to bring their own bedrolls with them? Or, maybe, you just fill an extra few sacks with straw when unexpected bods arrive.
16 feather beds used, worth 3 quid a piece. In those days one had many extended family to run a place with that number of horses and livestock. Have need of many "off" spring and milking maids and lads to plough the fields and feed the other members of family who may or may not be pulling their weight. The 6 chaff beds were for the ladds rubbing down the 9 horses and keeping the sheep from mowing the flowers.note the watch .
from SP price of work in silver bible which cost me 6s. 6d. the making, and 7s. 6d. the silver, which, with 9s. 6d. the book, comes in all to 1l. 3s. 6d. Friday 2 November 1660
From Liza Picard's Restoration London..
“He (Sam, 13th Jly 60) had, unknowingly, an indirect contact with the most prominent woman artist of the time…he had to pay £9 to a Mr. Beale whose wife Mary became the family breadwinner in 1670, charging £10 for a three-quarter portrait in oils, £5 for a head and shoulders.”
taxes on inports along with strange weights:Link to above quote: http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:mIrOUDRJh6...
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