Illustrative Documents
Laud's Visitation of Canterbury Cathedral, 1635

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W. Sparrow Simpson (editor)

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1873

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'Illustrative Documents: Laud's Visitation of Canterbury Cathedral, 1635', Registrum Statutorum et Consuetudinum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Sancti Pauli Londiniensis (1873), pp. 422-423. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=49185 Date accessed: 23 July 2014.


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XIX. CERTAINE PROPOSICIONS AND QUERES WHERVNTO THE ANSWER OF THE DEANE AND PREBENDARIES OF CHRIST-CHURCH CANT: IS DESIRED BY THE MOST REVEREND FATHER IN GOD WILLIAM BY GOD'S PROVIDENCE LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY HIS GRACE. (fn. 1)

1°. Whether the Boyes be suffered to play in the Cathedrall Churchyard, whereby ye Church windowes are sometimes broken ?

2°. Whether a Prebendarie resideing within 3 or 4 miles of that Church may not be compelled to come to a Chapter there, being lawfully summoned ?

3°. Item to informe his Grace what Offices and Reversions within the Church have bin sold, and to take speciall care yt none be sold hereafter.

4°. Whether it be a Custome for the singing-men to be absent every third week, and to provide carefully yt noe such abuse be suffred hereafter.

5°. That they give a strict charge, that ye Porters doe kepe ye gates of the Churchyard, and to answer why they are not Barbers ? (fn. 2)

6°. They are to take speciall care to shut vp all ye Posterns about ye Church.

7°. The Deane and Prebendaries are to keepe residence vpon yr Cures and asmuch as may be.

8°. They are to weare square Capps in the Church.

9°. They are to take care yt their Steeple and their houses bee sufficiently repayred.

10°. They are to set downe wt cowrses may be taken concerning sincks and stables in and about ye Churchyard.

11°. They are to give an especiall charge to all that preach in yr Church to giue thanks to Almighty God for ye Saints departed in ye Fayth of Christ, according to ye Canon.

12°. They are to expresse their opinions concerning the buying in of some or one of ye Houses in Lease, built within ye Church yard, euery yeare.

13°. They are to answer whether any be priviledged by their Pattents to be absent, and who they are.

14.°. They are to give a reason why ye Mr of the Choristers is mainteined out of the Boyes wages.

15°. Why the Com[m]on-Table is not kept in the Mynstr.

16°. Whether all or any of the Quire-men have houses belonging to their places, and (if any) who they are.

17°. They are to deliuer their opinions whether West and Williams be fit to serue in ye Quire by reason of ye frequent absence of ym both, and the Trade of West being a Butcher.

18°. They are to set downe the particuler wages of every particuler Quire-man, not omitting the allowance of ye King's Schollers and of the Choristers.

Na. Brent.

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1 Printed from MS. No. 943, preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth.
2 Janitores, qui et Barbitonsores, as it is expressed in the Statutes given to Canterbury Cathedral by Henry VIII.