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comen v-xxte pounde of almons vije —iilj pounde turnsowell vs-xj pounde stackerrens iije-ix pounde vargres xxx—ij pounde graynes ije viijd_iiij pounde gome vje-x pounde brymstone iijs—viij pounde emerye iijo iiija--x pounde course ynckle viije—iij pounde fyne ynckle ix®_iij pounde cowlerde threde vis -iij pounde skene threde viijs—ij pounde black threde ijs —-viij thowsande claspes and kepers iiij -a grosse and a halff of chyldrens bowstrings ijs - vij dosen menes bowstrings ije—viij pounde anletts ve _viij pounde sowger candye ix-x ounes of saffrone xv-X grosse of threde buttons ij* vj«-vj hundrethe elsone blads iiij inja--vj clowts of cowrse neadles vs - sexe clowts of fyne neadles vija —a clowte of seckneadles xijd—vj pounde crose bowe thread iij&—iij dosen of horne golde ijs --xij thowsande smale tacketts x-xix thowsand great tacketts xix_xix dosen smale toles for Joyners xije-a dosen compasses iije-a dosen small compasses ijs vją—xxj dosen fyles ij Sum' xxvi xija

THE FREARS. Two chymneys xxvjs vinje_one beadsteade of wainscoot xxvjø viijd —a pulke of mazer xxvj viija— one wainscoot chyst vs—a presser of fir vs—one mylke cowe xxxiije iiij-a baye meare vi x'. Sum’ xj' xiij iiij". THE

Fower sylver salts wth two coverings—three dosen spownes saue one-twoo sylver potts duble gylte-twoo stone potts layde wth sylver gylte-a hanse pott of sylver gylte a neste of gobletts duble gylte-a neste of whytt bowles wih a cover-two standinge cowps wth two covers duble gylte-a sponnge peace p'cell gylte-one mazer wth one edgle of sylver. All theis p'cells of playte above named is valewede by the praysers abowsaide to the some of lxvj' xiij ijd. THE NAP.

Three table clothes of dyaper iij' x-ij dosen naphkines of dyaper xx—iij weshinge towells of dyaper x-one dressinge clothe of dyaper isje jijd—three servinge naphkines of dyaper vjø viijd—a towell of dyaper iijs inja-xviij table clothes shorte and longe of lynnen ij' x _tenn towells of lynnen xl -- xij dosen' table naphkines of lynnen iiij –xviij payer of lynnen sheats viij'—tenn payer of harden and straken sheats xxxiijs iija—xxiij codwayrs of lynnen xxx-vij headsheats xiijs iiij—xij handtowles vj”. Sum’ xxvij' vj$.

WAYRS BOUGHT AT FLANDERS. Nyne tonn and a quarter of amyshe Ireone iijxx iij! —one bayll of madder weyinge xj hundrethe and a halff xxiij —twoo hundrethe and a halff off hoppes at xij? - twentie dosen fyne hempe and tenn dosen femle hempe vij inj dosen pepper vj'—ij dosen brymstone vj$—one dosen halpennye skene xx_halff a dosen fyne skene xviij--one dosen respes fyles iijs —one dosen three squarde fyles iij*. Sum' cxxxiij

' *x*. It'm more in DEBTES OWEN to the said thomas lyddell at the

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hower of his deathe cxxxvj' xjo iju. It'm more owen to him in DESPERAT DEBTS Ixxxxiij' viljø xa. Sum' ccxxx!. It'm DEBTS OWEN BY the saide thomas leddell at the hower of his deathe ccxliiij' xiiijs iju.

CCCX. JAMES CONYERS, OF OSMOTHERLEY, GENTILLMAN. In the name of god Amen The xxviijth daye of februarye in the year of or Lord god after the computation of the churche of England a thousande fyve hundred threscore and seaventene I James conyers of osmoth'ly in the county of Yorke gentillman seike in bodye yett thanked be god of good and p'fytt memorie calling to remembraunce the mortalytie off this transytorye worlde And that yt app'tenythe the dewtye of every christyane man before he depart out of this transitorie Lyfe to set in dew order the worldlye thinges com’ytted to his chardge ffyrste I commytt my soule to the hands of almyghtye god my onlye redemer and creatoure by whose p'cious bloude I am fuil assured to have Remyssione and forgenenes of all my synnes com’ytted by me a synner Besechinge hyme so to assyste me wth his grace in the Declaratione of this my laste will and testament concludinge in the same that ytt may be to the honor and glorye of god the increase and advauncement of charitye

The Dyspositione of all my goods and chattles in maner & forme ffolowing that is to saye ffyrst I will that my bodye shalbe buryed in the chaunsell or queare of osmothr ley aforsayd wth honest and co’venyent funeralles at discretione of Johane my wyffe It I geve to the poore folke of the P'ashinge xiij inija It I geve to Thomas graynge his children xiij' vjø viija It to Willm Bowes children xp'ofer & faythe I geue iij' vjø viija a pece It to younge Will’m Bowes I geue my colte twynter stagge and my beste golde Rynge It I geue to Will’m gayle my graye mayre wch I vse to Ryde on It' I geue to Leonard Seviore my gaye fylleye It’ I geue to Thomas Rawsone th’elder one cowe It I geue to alyce Turner vjl xiij®. ijd to be payd of Bartholomew pennyman It I geue to Ellen floore my servannte xijd It’ I geue to marye pennyman xls also I geue to Thomas Grainge & will'm bowes th'elder whome I make my supervysores xs apece It to Thomas Rawsone the younger I geue my Blacke nagge The Resydew of my goods nott bequethed my funeralls & debts payd i geue to Johane

1 Descended from the family of Conyers, of Sockburne, of whom Mr. Surtees has printed a full account in his third volume.

conyers my wyffe whome I make my sole executryce of this my last will & testament. Wytnesses Alexander Blakelocke, Thomas Rychesone Cuthberte Lakinge wth others Mark Rawson.

CCCXI. JOHN BILLINGHAM, OF CRUCKE HALL, GENT.' An Inventorie of all ye goods and cattells moveable and vnmoveable of John billingh’m lait of Crucke hall gent deceassed at ye houre of his deathe praysed the tenthe daye of Januar' Anno D'ni 1577 By George Com'inge Alderman of the Citye of Durh’m Thomas Johnson al's Waineman Thomas Watson & Rob't Heed.

Impis fortye wether shepe ixl_vij stotts xvj'. vj*. viij.-iijor twynters ij stotterells & ij whies iij?. viije. -- v kye wthout calves at xxxiij®

. iiij- a pece viij. vj“. viij". - iij spayned calves ij blacke & j hawked xxxs-x kye wth there calves at xxxjo. a pece xv'. x*:--two geld kye price liije. injaone hawked bull xxxiij®. iiija. -one graye maire & one colt stagge iij' xiij®. iiij". -- one old blacke horse xxvjø. viijd—ix drawen oxen & one drawen bulle xvj!. xiij. iiijd-fourscore ews al’s yowes xix'-seven toopes & one wether xxxij"—ix shepe hoggs xviij—one long wayne ij old cowpes vij yoiks v somes vj ashell nayles injor lyn puncts ij one gavelock ijo Iron wedges ij shakells ij hatchetts ij plughts one cowter & one soche xxvjø viija — iij newe axill trees ijs —ij sues injor spainlings & one boare xxiiijs — vij geese iiij'. viija — Sm“. ciiij'. viije. viija.

THE HIGHE CHAMBER. One bedde wth pannell & teaster, a coueringe ij coverletts a fether bed a bolster a pillow one paire of blankets a paire of shetts & rede hangings iijl-One paire of bedstocks wth a newe pannell above yt of oke one litle fether bed with bolster & pilloo one pair of blankets one coverlet one happing a paire of grene and rede buckerám hangings xxxiij. iiija.—an other bed stede wth pannell a course tyke wth fethers in yt one old bolster a pillowe a pair of lyn shetes one old covering an old happing a pair of blanketts wth olde hangings rede and yellowe xxx-v quishinges xijs—ij chaires wth ij quishings iiijór olde formes one buffet stoole & ij

1 John Billingham, of Crook Hall, in the suburbs of Durham, married first. Alice, daughter of Ralph Claxton, of Wynyard, Esq., and secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of Roger Swinburne, of Edlingham, Esq, and widow of John Hall, of Conset. The Billinghams of Crook Hall, were descended from John the Cowhird, of Billingham, who had the luck to marry a sister of Richard Kellaw, Bishop of Durham, in the time of Edward II. From this period the family assumed the local name of Billingham, and settled at Crook Hall, where, until the year 1657, they resided, and ranked among the principal gentry of the county.

little foote stooles iiij':-two cownters wth cover cloths xij?

— one chamber pot of puther xija-one old cupburde wth hangings red & yellow xvijs — Sma viij. ix'. inja. THE HIGHE CHAMBER OVER THE P’lor. It'm injor paire of bedstocks thre of them with old clothes above head xjRiij mattresses xxiiij old bolsters & v old cods x-xij old coverletts & happings x— two old double harden shets inije —one little bourde two trysts one credle and two litle formes iije—one wanded wisket for carying clothes viija —Sma. Iviij®. viija A LITLE CHAMBÄR AT YE GRESE HEDE It’ ij pair of bedstocks wth an old cloth above yt & buckeram hangings inje—one mattresse injs—one bolster & two cods iiijetwo old coverlytts a paire of blankets & a paire of old straking shetes xs-- Sma xxjø. The Perlor. One Iron Chimpney a paire of tonges viij—one Close pressor french panneled xone tryndle bed a fether bed an old tyke under yt two coverletts a paire of shetes one blanket one bolster & a cod xxvje-one Cownter wth a Carpet clothe xij$—ij old litle Chairs & ij old quishings xvid—thre other quishings ije - one kerved ambrye xxvj'. viij" -one flanders chist & a bourd chist vs—all his apparell viijjiijor old cotes of plait two skulls one rede stele cap cov’ing one hand gonne two flasks one longe bowe one quiver one arrowe bagge a shaffe of arrowes & one sworde xxiij. inja. —one stele cap cou'ed with blacke ij$. vjd—the hangings about the said p’lor viij :-Sm'a xvjl. injo. xd. LYNNEN. viij pair of lynnen shetes liij*. iiijd—ij pair of straking shetes viij — ij double harden shetes x—two straking bourd clothes iij®. injetwo lynnen bourd clothes x-one old dyaper table cloth and two dyaper towells vijo_iij short lyn' table clothes for cownters iiij',—v short lyn towells ilije—one long lyn towell ij*. iiija— vij lyn cod pillowes ix-two dosson table napkins xij'

—one dosson course table napkings ijs—thre harden hand towells xija-Sm'a vjl. vj. PUTHER. xiij puther doublers xxiij dishes and seaven saucers by estimac'on xxxvije—two basens & two ewers viijs

-Sm'a xlvs. THE BUTTERYE. vj brasse Candlesticks viije one pynt puther pot a lytle salt and a puther fyell viija—.v beare barrells & one stande vj-.—one old almerye iiij':-thre dosson trenchers vjd—one sylver salt weyng viijth vnces & a halfe vnce xiiij sylver spoones weyng xiij vnces and a quarter of an vnce at iiijs. iiij. eu’ye vnce iiijl . xiiij.ijaSmä v'. xiij*. inja.

THE Hall. One long table one dresser two carpet clothes vij quishings ij old chaires wth ij old quishings two other formes one paire of tables one speare staffę one black bill wth old grene hangyngs xxixs IRON GEARE IN THE KITCHING. One brew lead by estimacion xiij. iija-one old ambre & a cawell one litle folden borde one forme one lynt braike one swall above ye lead one maske fat one spinning whele viije—v spetes two pair Iron racks one paire of tonges iij hangynge crukes two broyling Irons one frying pan one tropping pan v pair pot clips one

| The Hall exists in its original extent, but its tables and dressers and carpet clothes and cuchions and green hangings, and its spear, staff, and black bill are matters of history. It is used as a wash-house and lumber-room. Its roof and windows prove it to be not later than the reign of Edward III. The shape of the latter has given to it the name of the Chapel, by which alone it is now designated.

hand choppyng bill xxvj$

_Sma xlvije. iija. Brasse. One grete brasse pot x8 - iiij lesser brasse potts one possnet ij brasse pannes lagged one brasen morter & Iron pestell two Cawdrons one kettle two bigger and two lesser pannes liijo— iij skeles xija

-one water soo xijo. --Sma iij'. xvs. THE SYDE CHAMBRE Lynt towe & yarne xl-one old litle tryndle bed one old arke one old hogshead wth some grotes in yt a litle olde Cupburde inje—two lynt heckells xijd—one Copper panne ije —one lether male xvje_iiij marking Irons wth two paire of old wollen Combes ijs Smo. lije. inja. THE GRETE BUTTERYE. One long Chist vs—iij barrells & iij standes ve—two leven tubbs viija-one bushell one pecke ij skepps and a skuttle xvjd_one wood mele v milk bowles and a milke syle xxd_one little guyle fat wth a cou’inge one chese presse one chese bourd a painted Cloth a leven shete & ij pokes ijo: viij".—Sm. xvijo. THE LARDER. One salt tubbe wth thre Bushells of salt by estimac' iij®. iija one beif tub & beafe in yt one other tub wth pork in yt xxxs– iij lyng salt fishes ijs — xj newe wodd meales & boweles vję – chefe fats boweles & other wodd vessell iiij® – ij kyts & ij chirnes xijd.-Sma. xlvjø. iiijd. The corne called Rye growing on ye ground by estimac' xj'. vjø. viij-all kyndes of grayn barnes xviij-one wynding Cloth iij Riddles a syve one old lepe of wandes ij$. vją_sowen wodde in the barne x8-ye hay by estimacion ix? ijo-one peacock & one peahenne ijs

: vjų.--Sma xxxix'. iij®. viija. Sma to' ciiijxxxix'. xvijo: vją:

The fun’ALL CHARGES, vj!. iij" — It'm for charges of th' administrac'on viij®.

wthin ye

This Inventory is particularly valuable for the light which it throws upon the domestic economy of a person of this rank at the period. The deceased farmed a portion of his own land. He grew his own corn, and he heckled, or combed, and then spun his own flax and wool; he killed his own beef, and there are numerous other curious inferences to be drawn from this document.

| Bur. 30 Dec. 1577. Mr John Billingham. Si. Marg. Reg.

The Register of St. Margaret's contains numerous entries of the family of Billingham ; among the rest Bur 8. Sep. 1697, Relicta Bellingham, ex peste (the widow of John above) — Magistra Elizabeth Billingham vidua sepulta 10 die Januarii 1610, senectâ confecta (Eliabeth, daughter of ... Forcer, of Arbourhouse, and widow of Ralph, the son of John) and -21 Jan. 1614, bur. Mr Francys Billingham heres de Crokehall [his grandson).

C. 11. 10 Jul. 1833.

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