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Churchwardens' Accounts of the Parish of St. Peter's Ipswich, 1563-1664

Title details

SN: 5766
Title: Churchwardens' Accounts of the Parish of St. Peter's Ipswich, 1563-1664
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5766-1
Depositor: Wolfe, R.D.
Principal investigator(s): Wolfe, R.D.
Wolfe, A.S.
Other acknowledgements: Dr John Blatchly, Chairman of Suffolk Records Society
Dr David Dymond, former General Editor, Suffolk Records Society
William Serjeant, former County Archivist, Suffolk County Council
Dr David Allen, former Archivist, Suffolk Record Office
Michael Begley, local historian
George Pipe, local historian and bell ringer
The Suffolk Records Society
The British Library


The citation for this study is:

Wolfe, R.D., Wolfe, A.S. (2008). Churchwardens' Accounts of the Parish of St. Peter's Ipswich, 1563-1664. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5766,

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Subject Categories

Administrative history - History
Community and urban studies - Society and culture
Ecclesiastical and religious history - History
Local history - History
Religion and values - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This project's aims were to create an electronic version of transcribed materials of Churchwarden's accounts for the Parish of St Peter's in Ipswich. The original document is held at the British Library (Addn MS 25344); a copy of this is also held on film at the Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich JC1/1(4). The accounts are in English and show a gradual and often uncertain transition from the use of Roman to Arabic numerals.

Main Topics:
The accounts give a detailed insight into the life of an urban parish adjusting to the demands of changing religious and civic life from the early part of Queen Elizabeth's reign to the restoration of the monarchy. Phraseology used in the early years of the accounts suggests the residual influence of the old (Roman Catholic) religious beliefs and practices, far removed from the congregational-centred Protestantism evident in later years. In addition to finding the money to provide for a minister and sexton, regular inventories of parish property show the additional obligation of providing items such as books and equipment for the conduct of services and items for maintenance of the church fabric. Expenditure on tools, building materials and the services of local craftsmen is recorded in detail, as are payments for routine jobs such as street cleaning. The management of charitable bequests is recorded and there are occasional disbursements to the poor. The attempts of the parish to recover 56 years of arrears of payments from Viscount Hereford of Christchurch towards the provision of 'an able minister' ended unsuccessfully in court.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1563 - 1664
Dates of fieldwork: 2001 - 2007 - Date file created
Country: England
Geography: Ipswich
Spatial units: Parishes (Ecclesiastical)
Observation units: Institutions/organisations
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Universe: Subnational
Accounts of wardens of the parish of St Peter's, Ipswich, Suffolk
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
Weighting: no weighting used
Data sources: British Library Addn MS 25344

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 24 January 2008
Copyright: Copyright Roger David Wolfe
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Study documentation (portable document format) guide.pdf 31
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5766_Information.htm 17
READ File read5766.txt 1


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