Hertfordshire


Hertfordshire accounts: Chelsing, Lannock and Dinsley

Posted on 17 February 2016 by Helen Nicholson

I have transcribed the 1308 accounts drawn up for the Templars’ former estates in Hertfordshire — Chelsing, Lannock and Dinsley, and the market dues received from Baldock —  by the sheriff John of Shadworth, clerk. I haven’t yet made full translations, but the attached .pdf file includes some translations and comments on the accounts. This also
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Women workers on the Templars’ estates

Posted on 19 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

A quick glance through the accounts of the Templars’ estates while they were in King Edward II’s hands suggests that there were very few women employed. The cook who made the porridge for the farmworkers was described as a ‘garcio‘ or lad at Temple Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire (Easter to Michaelmas 1308: TNA E 358/18 rot. 7): at Horspath
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Feeding the workers: potage and mixture

Posted on 6 October 2015 by Helen Nicholson

Let them eat porridge! In her study Temple Balsall, The Warwickshire preceptory of the Templars and their Fate (Chichester: Phillimore, 1995), Eileen Gooder discussed the payments to farm workers: cash for specified full-time roles such as bailiff, plough overseer, carter, cowherd, etc., and potage and a grain mixture (pp. 31–2). She did not differentiate between the
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