Monthly Archives: January 2016

Beds. and Northants

As Wattpad is down for maintenance, I am putting a copy of today’s draft transcription here for safe keeping. It includes a final account for John of Shadworth, clerk, custodian of the Templars’ lands in Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire in … Continue reading

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Cheese! (and: calculations in Old Money)

I’ve put on to Wattpad transcriptions and translations of the sheriffs’ accounts for Temple Bulstrode in from Easter to September 1308 and from the end of September 1308 to March 1309. (There is also a .pdf file of the accounts from … Continue reading

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The Templars in Essex revisited

I’ve returned to Essex to tidy up the transcription and add some translation to the work Valerie Rudd has done: more coming soon. TNA E 142_95 Templars in Essex pt 7 transcribed V Rudd edited HJN

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Women working on the Templars’ estates

As I progress through the records of the Templars’ former estates I have been noting which jobs were done by men and which by women. So far it appears that although the bulk of employees on these estates were men, … Continue reading

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Templar treasure found!

Good headline, eh? Well — I haven’t exactly found Templar treasure; I’ve found what happened to some of it. It ended up in the royal chapel.

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Horse theft!

In the winter of 1308–9 one of the affers or draught horses was stolen from the Templars’ manor at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire. Some people have no respect for law and order. (With thanks to Phil Slavin for the photo of … Continue reading

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Villeins, cottars, and rent at Horspath

I have now transcribed the ‘extent’ (or list of tenants and rents due) for the Templars’ manor at Horspath in Oxfordshire in 1308. See my blogpost here. The rent was partly in cash and partly in work. As all the work … Continue reading

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