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comen vs-xxte pounde of almons vijs-iiij pounde turnsowell vs-xj pounde stackerrens iij-ix pounde vargres xxx3-ij pounde graynes ijs viijd-iiij pounde gome vjs-x pounde brymstone iijs-viij pounde emerye iijs iiijd--x pounde course ynckle viijs—iij pounde fyne ynckle ix3-iij pounde cowlerde threde vj3 -iij pounde skene threde viij3-ij pounde black threde ijs-viij thowsande claspes and kepers iiija grosse and a halff of chyldrens bowstrings ijs-vij dosen menes bowstrings ijs-viij pounde anletts v-viij pounde sowger candye ix-x ounes of saffrone xv-x grosse of threde buttons ijs vjd-vj hundrethe elsone blads iiijs iiijd-vj clowts of cowrse neadles vs- sexe clowts of fyne neadles vijs-a clowte of seckneadles xiiijd-vj pounde crose bowe thread iijs—iij dosen of horne golde ijs-xij thowsande smale tacketts x-xix thowsand great tacketts xix3-xix dosen smale toles for Joyners xijs-a dosen compasses iijs-a dosen small compasses ijs vjd-xxj dosen fyles ij. Sum' xxv xijd. THE FREARS. Two chymneys xxvjs viijd-one beadsteade of wainscoot xxvjs viijd-a pulke of mazer xxvj3 viija— one wainscoot chyst va presser of fir v3-one mylke cowe xxxiij3 iiijd—a baye meare v1 x3. Sum' xj1 xiij3 iiija. SYLVER PLAYT. 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 with 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 lxvj1 xiijs iiijd. THE NAPPERYE AND LENEN. Three table clothes of dyaper iij x3-ij dosen naphkines of dyaper xx3-iij weshinge towells of dyaper x3-one dressinge clothe of dyaper iijs iiijd-three servinge naphkines of dyaper vjs viijd-a towell of dyaper iijs iiija—xviij table clothes shorte and longe of lynnen iiij x3-tenn towells of lynnen xls - xij dosen table naphkines of lynnen iiij1-xviij payer of lynnen sheats viij'-tenn payer of harden and straken sheats xxxiij iiijd-xxiiij codwayrs of lynnen xxx3-vij headsheats xiijs iiij xij handtowles vjs. Sum' xxvij' vjs. WAYRS


BOUGHT AT FLANDERS. Nyne tonn and a quarter of amyshe Ireone iiij iij'one bayll of madder weyinge xj hundrethe and a halff xxiij'-twoo hundrethe and a halff off hoppes at xij1 -twentie dosen fyne hempe and tenn dosen femle hempe vij1iiij dosen pepper vj-ij dosen brymstone vjs—one dosen halpennye skene xx3-halff a dosen fyne skene xviij-one dosen respes fyles iij-one dosen three squarde fyles iij. Sum' cxxxiij' x3. It'm more in DEBTES OWEN To the said thomas lyddell at the

hower of his deathe cxxxvj1 xjs ijd. It'm more owen to him in DESPERAT DEBTS lxxxxiij1 viij xa. Sum' cexxx'. It'm DEBTS OWEN BY the saide thomas leddell at the hower of his deathe ccxliiij xiiijs ijų.


In the name of god Amen The xxviijth daye of februarye in the year of of Lord god after the computation of the churche of England a thousande fyve hundred threscore and scaventene I James conyers of osmothly 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 full assured to have Remyssione and forgeuenes of all my synnes com'ytted by me a synner Besechinge hyme so to assyste me with 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 osmoth 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 xiijs iiijd It' I geve to Thomas graynge his children xiij vjs viija It' to Willm Bowes children xp'ofer & faythe I geue iij' vjs viijd 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 vj xiij. iiijd to be payd of Bartholomew pennyman It' I geue to Ellen floore my servaunte xijd It' I geue to marye pennyman xls also I geue to Thomas Grainge & will'm bowes th'elder whome I make my supervysores x 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.


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 ix1-vij stotts xvj'. vj3. viija.—iiijor twynters ij stotterells & ij whies iij'. viij.- v kye wthout calves at xxxiijs. iiijd- a pece viij. vjs. viijd. – iij spayned calves ij blacke & j hawked xxx-x kye with there calves at xxxj. a pece xv'. x3-two geld kye price liijs. iiijd—one hawked bull xxxiijs. iiijd. -one graye maire & one colt stagge iij xiij. iiijd. - one old blacke horse xxvj3. viijd—ix drawen oxen & one drawen bulle xvj. xiij. iiijd-fourscore ews al's yowes xix-seven toopes & one wether xxxij-ix shepe hoggs xviijs-one long wayne ij old cowpes vij yoiks v somes vj ashell nayles iiijor lyn puncts ij one gavelock ij Iron wedges ij shakells ij hatchetts ij plughts one cowter & one soche xxvjs viijd—iij newe axill trees ijs-ij sues iiijor spainlings & one boare xxiiij3—vij geese iiij3. viija—Sma. ciiij'. viijs. viijd. 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 iij-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 buckeram hangings xxxiij. iiij.—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 with olde hangings rede and yellowe xxx-v quishinges xijs-ij chaires wth ij quishings iiijor 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 xij3— one chamber pot of puther xijd-one old cupburde wth hangings red & yellow xvij3—Sma viij'. ix3. iiija. THE HIGHE CHAM

BER OVER THE P'LOR.-It'm iiijor paire of bedstocks thre of them with old clothes above head xj-iij mattresses xx3-iiij old bolsters & v old cods x-xij old coverletts & happings x3- two old double harden shets iiijs—one little bourde two trysts one credle and two litle formes iij-one wanded wisket for carying clothes viijd-Sma. lviijs. viijd. A LITLE CHAMB'R AT YE GRESE HEDE It' ij pair of bedstocks wth an old cloth above yt & buckeram hangings iijs—one mattresse iiij3—one bolster & two cods iiij— two old coverlytts a paire of blankets & a paire of old straking shetes x3-Sma xxjs. THE PERLOR. One Iron Chimpney a paire of tonges viijs-one Close pressor french panneled xl3one tryndle bed a fether bed an old tyke under yt two coverletts a paire of shetes one blanket one bolster & a cod xxvj-one Cownter with a Carpet clothe xijs-ij old litle Chairs & ij old quishings xvjd-thre other quishings ij-one kerved ambrye xxvj. viijd-one flanders chist & a bourd chist vs—all his apparell viijiiijor 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 xxiij3. iiija. -one stele cap cou'ed with blacke ijs. vja—the hangings about the said p'lor viij.-Sm'a xvj'. iiij3. xa. LYNNEN. viij pair of lynnen shetes liijs. iiijd-ij pair of straking shetes viijs-iiij double harden shetes x3-two straking bourd clothes iij. iiija— two lynnen bourd clothes x3-one old dyaper table cloth and two dyaper towells vijs-iij short lyn' table clothes for cownters iiij.v short lyn towells iiij-one long lyn towell ijs. iiijd-vij lyn cod pillowes ix3-two dosson table napkins xij3—one dosson course table napkings ijs-thre harden hand towells xija— Sm'a vj1. vjs. PUTHER. xiij puther doublers xxiiij dishes and seaven saucers by estimac'on xxxvijs-two basens & two ewers viijs -Sm'a xlvs. THE BUTTERYE. vj brasse Candlesticks viijs— one pynt puther pot a lytle salt and a puther fyell viijd-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 iiij'. xiiijs. ija—Sma v1. xiij3. iiija. THE HALL.1 One long table one dresser two carpet clothes vij

The Hall exists in its original extent, but its tables and dressers and carpet clothes and cushions 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.

quishings ij old chaires wth ij old quishings two other formes one paire of tables one speare staffe one black bill wth old grene hangyngs xxixs IRON GEARE IN THE KITCHING. One brew lead by estimacion xiij. iiijd-one old ambre & a cawell one litle folden borde one forme one lynt braike one swall above y lead one maske fat one spinning whele viijs-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 hand choppyng bill xxvjs-Sma xlvijs. iiija. BRASSE. One grete

brasse pot xiiij lesser brasse potts one possnet ij brasse pannes lagged one brasen morter & Iron pestell two Cawdrons one kettle two bigger and two lesser pannes liijs—iij skeles xija -one water soo xijd.—Sma iij'. xv3. THE SYDE CHAMBRE Lynt towe & yarne xls-one old litle tryndle bed one old arke one old hogshead wth some grotes in yt a litle olde Cupburde iiijs-two lynt heckells xijd-one Copper panne ijs--one lether male xvj-iiij marking Irons wth two paire of old wollen Combes iiijs Sm. lij. iiija. THE GRETE BUTTERYE. One long Chist viij barrells & iij standes v-two leven tubbs viijd-one bushell one pecke ij skepps and a skuttle xvja—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 ijs. viijd.—Sma. xvij3. THE LARDER. One salt tubbe wth thre Bushells of salt by estimac' iij3. iiija_ one beif tub & beafe in yt one other tub wth pork in yt xxx3iij lyng salt fishes ijs-xj newe wodd meales & boweles vj3chefe fats boweles & other wodd vessell iiijs-ij kyts & ij chirnes xij.-Sma. xlvjs. iiijd. The CORNE called Rye growing on ye ground by estimac' xj'. vj3. viija—all kyndes of grayn wthin ye barnes xviij'-one wynding Cloth iij Riddles a syve one old lepe of wandes ijs. vjd_sowen wodde in the barne x-ye hay by estimacion ix ij-one peacock & one peahenne ij, vjd.-Sma xxxix1. iij3. viija. Sm2 to' ciiijxxxix'. xvij3. vja. The FUN'ALL CHARGES, vj'. iijd1—It'm for charges of th' administrac’on viijs.

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. St. Marg. Reg.

The Register of St. Margaret's contains numerous entries of the family of Billingham; among the rest ·Bur 8. Sep. 1597, 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. II. 10 Jul. 1835.

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