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Woodbury festivals

Festivals
Locality Woodbury
Vicinity 11 km SE of Exeter
Coordinates 50.677222222222, -3.3988888888889
Adm. div. Devon
Began 1540/41
Ended 1581/82
Events Robin Hood and Little John, wardens; coat for Little John; Willyam Downam, being Robin Hood, and Water Holwill, being Little John, made ale and gathering (twice); Robert Hood's house (Robin Hood's house) made from canvas; two green coats made.
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Woodbury.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2015-08-27. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Records

[1540/41:]

And thereof payde ffor Robert Hode & lytyll lohn
Cott viij s & ffor ther Wardyns Labor as the Custom
ys                                  ij s[1]


[1573/74:]
Item that Willyam Downam beynge Robyn Hoode &
Water Holwill lytle lohn made an ale & gatheringe &       xl s
brought yn redie monye                          ij[2]


[1574/75:]
Item p for xxvty yeardes of canvas after x pens the yeard xx s x d
Item p to androw peyrs for maken of Roberte
Hoodes Howse                              xvj d[3]


[1576/77:]
Item receaued of William Dounom & Water Holwill the
monye that they made with ale when he was
Roberte Hood &c                            xl s[4]


[1581/82:]

Item Receued of william Ryder for Towe grenne Cottes        viij s[5]

Source notes

All items from St Switbin's Churchwardens' Accounts. 1540/41: accounts rendered 8 October; ale wardens' account.
1573/74: ale wardens' account.
1574/75: under heading "Payments". Both items: "p" = 'payd'; abbreviation mark missing
1576/77: under heading "Receipts".
1581/82: under heading "Receipts.

IRHB comments

The Woodbury accounts for this period also include payments for gear and costume for a fool.[6] There were church ales in the period 1541-1606.[7]

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Background

Notes

  1. Wasson, John M., ed. Devon. (Records of Early English Drama) (Toronto; Buffalo; London, ©1986), p. 284.
  2. Wasson (1986), p. 285.
  3. Wasson (1986), p. 285.
  4. Wasson (1986), p. 285.
  5. Wasson (1986), p. 286.
  6. Wasson (1986), pp. 284, 285.
  7. Wasson (1986), p. lxii.