Records of the Churchwardens of Mildenhall

July 2011
9 black and white, 3 line illustrations
318 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Suffolk Records Society
ISBN: 9780851155784
Format: Hardback
Suffolk Records Society
Boydell Press

Records of the Churchwardens of Mildenhall

Collections (1446-1454) and Accounts (1503-1553)

Edited by Judith Middleton-Stewart

Edition of ecclesiastical records from a parish church offer a rich source of knowledge for life at the time.
The documents in this volume bring to life the day-to-day business and upkeep of the large church of Mildenhall, belonging to a parish whose manor was the richest in the possession of Bury St Edmund's Abbey. The Collections record the weekly offerings gathered in aid of church building and maintenance. The churchwardens' accounts provide evidence for such matters as repairs to vestments and books, the cost of candles, and payments to the various tradesmen employed. The later accounts also show the impact of the Reformation on the church, with the pulling down of the rood, destruction of the stone altar, and erasure of Thomas Becket's name from service books, and so forth. Many of the people in the accounts are also known from their wills, reproduced as an appendix.
The documents are set into context with an introduction, which covers the history of the church during the period, and notes.

The late Judith Middleton-Stewart gained her doctorate from the University of East Anglia; her book on death and remembrance in the Suffolk deanery of Dunwich, Inward Purity and Outward Splendour, is also published by Boydell.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Parish of Mildenhall
Contents of the Collections and Churchwardens' Accounts
Editorial Conventions
The Collections 1446-1454
The Churchwardens' Accounts 1503-1553
Appendix 1: Mildenhall under Queen Mary
Appendix 2: Mildenhall wills transcribed
Appendix 3: Extracts from Lyndwood's Provinciale [1534]
Feasts and festivals mentioned in the text
Notes on People


A fine production that should be taken as a model by anyone attempting similar tasks elsewhere. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 128, no. 533, August 2013

With the recent release of the Records of the Churchwardens of Mildenhall, Judith Middleton-Stewart, editor of the volume, has provided a true gift to scholarship.Middleton-Stewart has.brought the late medieval Mildenhall parish to life. Although she was unable to see her efforts in print, this book stands as a lasting memorial to her work. ARCHIVES

Everyone interested in our county's medieval and early modern history owes an enormous debt to Judith Middleton-Stewart for her life's work in exploring the spiritual dimension of those times, and will find much of interest in her final volume.Judith's fine volume will be of principal interest to church historians. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SUFFOLK INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORY

A welcome addition to the parish scholarship. [...] It is a thorough and useful edition. MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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