Wigan Parish Church Accounts, April 1700

The accounts of William Smith and John Rigby, churchwardens of the Towne and parish of Wigan, beginning the second day of Aprill, 1700, and ending the two and twentieth day of April, 1701.

A couple of points to note are that Wigan was overrun by foxes many years ago, and the accounts show "a price set upon his head", proving that they were a nuisance, and there was a firm determination to get rid of them. Also, the biggest single spend during the year was for wine!

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Impres.   Recd. of the Township of Wigan..................................................................... £15 00 00
  Itm.         Recd. of the Constables of Haigh and Aspul................................................... 7 10    
  Itm.         Recd. of the Constables of Hindley, Abram, Billinge, Winstanley, and Orrell 7 10    
  Itm.         Recd. of the Constables of Ince and Pemberton.............................................. 7 10    
  Itm.         Recd. of the Constables of Upholland and Dalton.......................................... 7 10    
   
 
    52 10 00  
    The disbursements of the said William Smith and John Rigby, churchwardens,
are as ffols. (vizt.) :-
 
  2nd of Aprill 1700. Impris. paid for ale and other things with the parishioners at
     the chooseing of churchwardens...............................................................................
£00 15 00  
  Itm. pd. for ringing on the 11th of Aprill, 1700, being the king's birthday................... 00 08 00  
  Itm. pd. for ale and meate at sweareing of the sidesmen............................................... 00 14 00  
  Itm. pd. to Thomas Barton for iron worke about the bells as appears by bills............ 01 04 00  
  Itm. pd. to Charles Banks for lead and worke done about the church.......................... 02 01 00  
  Itm. pd. for new bell ropes to John Carter.................................................................... 00 17 00  
  Itm. pd. for a ffox head to James Langshaw.................................................................. 00 01 00  
  Itm. pd. for twoe ffox heads to John Grimshaw........................................................... 00 02 00  
  Itm. pd. for a ffox head to Ellen Ryding....................................................................... 00 01 00  
  Itm. pd. to Wm. Parr..................................................................................................... 00 01 00  
  Itm. pd. to Edward Bayley for makeing a new Press for poore's bread and for mending
     beeres........................................................................................................................
03 12 00  
  Itm. pd. for ringing on the 29th of May, 1700.............................................................. 00 06 00  
  Itm. pd. for a new paire of surplices and for makeing them.......................................... 02 17 00  
  Itm. pd. for church clerk and for washing the church linen........................................... 01 00 00  
  Itm. pd. to John Laithwaite for dressing ffag lane and for mending the bell ropes, and
     making the church yard cleane..................................................................................
00 08 00  
  Itm. pd. at the Parish meeting........................................................................................ 00 05 00  
  Itm. pd. out on the several constables at receiving of the money.................................. 00 03 00  
  Itm. pd. out on Mr. Holt and other gents. of the parish at the time when Mr. Holt gave
     the poore's bread........................................................................................................
00 09 00  
  Itm. pd. at two meetings................................................................................................. 00 02 00  
  Itm. pd. to Peter ffairhurst for slateing stiple (steeple) and vestry and for naeles......... 00 10 08  
  Itm. pd. to church clerk for wire for the church clock and for other things..................... 00 05 00  
  Itm. pd. for one half yeare's ringing................................................................................. 00 13 00  
  Itm. pd. to Mr. Grime for two large prayer books and paper booke and sheete
      almanack....................................................................................................................
01 10  
  Itm. pd. to the clerk for sweeping the church................................................................. 01 00 00  
  Itm. pd. to Mr. Carter with the sidesmen....................................................................... 00 04 00  
  Itm. pd. at a meetinge at the Bishopp's court................................................................. 00 14 00  
  Itm. pd. to Thomas Cronelly for Teaseing of the Steeple and other work...................... 00 10 00  
  Itm. pd. to the Church Clerk for Coppying out the Registers........................................ 00 10 00  
  Itm. pd. for Communion bread for the whole year......................................................... 00 05 00  
  Itm. pd. to Henry Taylor for mending the Church yard stile......................................... 00 01 06  
  Itm. pd. to George Greene for mending of the church yard gate and for wood............... 00 05 08  
  Itm. pd. to James Molineux for mending of the church windows for the whole yeare... 01 05 02  
  Itm. pd. to Adam Young for white lyming in and about the church................................ 00 05 00  
  Itm. pd. for 3 loads of lyme............................................................................................. 00 05 00  
  Itm. pd. to Adam Young for work done in and about the church.................................... 00 11 08  
  Itm. pd. for ringing at the king's return............................................................................ 00 05 00  
  Itm. pd. for ringing on the 4th and 5th Novmeber........................................................... 00 17 00  
  Itm. pd. for neales and other things for the new Presse................................................... 00 02 02  
  Itm. pd. for oyle and other things to Mr. Baldwin.......................................................... 00 04  
  Itm. pd. for the Cannons of the Church........................................................................... 00 01 06  
  Itm. pd. ta the Bishopp's Court for ffees......................................................................... 00 08 10  
  Itm. pd. for ringing on the 11th Aprill, 1701................................................................... 00 08 00  
  Itm. pd. for warrants........................................................................................................ 00 02 06  
  Itm. pd. for 18 quarts of wyne to Upholland.................................................................. 01 10 00  
  Itm. pd. for 12 quarts of wyne to Billinge Chappell........................................................ 01 00 00  
  Itm. pd. for 6 quarts of wyne to Hindley........................................................................ 00 10 00  
  Itm. pd. for Communion wyne for Wigan, being Lent wyne........................................... 17 18 00  
  Itm. pd. to Mr. Martin for mending the church clock..................................................... 02 10 00  
  Itm. pd. for work done about the bells to John Smith and John Laithwaite................... 15 04 00  
  Itm. pd. for attending the church clock one quarter......................................................... 00 10 00  
  Itm. pd. for 2 prayer bookes for ffast day...................................................................... 00 01 04  
  Itm. pd. for mending the little Beere (Bell ?)................................................................... 00 00 04  
  Itm. pd. to Mr. Greenough for painteing and laying gold letters upon the Presse.......... 05 00 00  
  Itm. pd. for drawing these accounts................................................................................ 00 02 00  
  Itm. pd. for making the yard in sd. ffagg lane.................................................................. 00 04 00  
  22nd of Aprill, 1701.        
       These accounts before written were then seen and allowed by us whose names are hereinafter subscribed, and we doe find there to the sd. churchwardens, Mr. Wm. Smith and Mr. John Rigby, from the Towne and parish of Wigan, the sum of three pounds and ninepence, and doe hereby order the same to be paid by the pr'sent churchwardens, Mr. John Harvey and Mr. James Leyland, ffullos., out of the ffirst Leyes that shall be laid for the use of the sd. Towne and parish.  
 
  ZACH. TAYLOR, Cur.
  WM. WOOD.
  JOHN BALDWIN.
  GERRARD FFORD.
  ROBERT FFELLINGHEAD.
  WM. ARROWSMITH.
  ROGER BULLOCKE.
  ROGER BULLOCKE.
  his R. B. mark.
  GER. BANCKS.
  JOSEPH HIND.
  his + mark.
  RA. BANCKS.
 

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