The Building Accounts of the Savoy Hospital, London, 1512-1520

November 2015
8 black and white, 4 line illustrations
490 pages
24x17 cm
Westminster Abbey Record Series
ISBN: 9781783270668
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC ARC005000, HIS037020, HIS015000

The Building Accounts of the Savoy Hospital, London, 1512-1520

Edited by Charlotte A. Stanford

First printed edition of the building accounts of one of London's most remarkable edifices.
Founded by Henry VII, the Savoy hospital was designed to execute corporal works of mercy and commemorate the king through prayer by housing one hundred poor men every night in palatial surroundings. The building complex, one of the landmarks of early Tudor London, was unique for English hospitals in its adoption of a cross-shaped ward, but its structural details have remained obscure.
Published for the first time here, the building accounts record, edited here for the first time, provides detailed evidence of that structure, as well as of the hundreds of craftsmen and laborers who toiled to complete it. In addition to the accounts themselves, this volume contains a thorough contextual introduction, elucidatory notes, and a glossary of building terms.

Charlotte A. Stanford is Associate Professor of Comparative Arts and Letters at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

Workers' Wages from 27 September 1512 through 21 July 1515
Materials and Piecework from 22 August 1513 through 29 April 1520


These important accounts [...] throw much valuable light on the appearance of the hospital at its creation.... Of enormous value for historians of the late medieval and the early sixteenth century building trade, and those interested in building materials and economic activity in the London area. ARCHIVES & RECORDS

An admirable piece of work [that] will be an invaluable source for economic historians. THE RICARDIAN

Stanford's edition of the building accounts is a welcome addition to the Westminster Abbey Record Series. She has transcribed the complete account, and her introduction provides a variety of contexts for understanding the accounts. The index of last names also means that individual workers can be tracked, which would allow for further analysis of the work habits of skilled and unskilled laborers. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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