The Building of Lincolns Inn Chappell[1]

Price the Ioyners woorke in the newe Chappell at Linc: Inne & his rates required.

20. Iune. 1623

                                                                                                        £       s     d

For 21 yards of setteinge at 3s 4d the yard comes to                                       3—10— 0

for the worke Called french panell

round the Chappell 39 yards in mesure

Comes at 7s the yard to                                                                      13—15—4

for the playne worke round about the Chappell

            Called sypher and square

Comes to 120 yards 2 foote at 3s 4d the yard                                    20—0—0

The lower skrine in mesure 27 yards

3 foote  at 12s the yard Comes to                                                       16—8—0

The nine long perticions in mesure

84 yardes at 5s the yard Comes to                                                      21—0—0

The perticions that parte the meedle pewes

16 yaryd at 5s the yard Comes to                                                         4—0—0

The soyle boards[2] in the windowes 10 yards

at 2s 6d the yarde Comes to                                                                  1—10—0

The dores and Carued[3] heads in the meedle

pewes on both sides in mesure 38 yards

at 10s the yarde Comes to                                                                   19—0—0

The dores and Carued heads for the sid pewes

in mesure 56 yards and a halfe and a foote

and a halfe Comes to                                                                          28— 6—6

For the vpper skrine in mesure 13 yards

and a halfe at 12s the yard comes to                                                     8— 2—0

For the vpper part of the vpper skrine

being doble Carued worke Comes to 14

yards in mesure and a halfe at 20s the yrd                                         14—10—0

The long Pew in the Chancell being put Close

to the wall in mesure 16 yardes and 6 foote

at 8s the yarde Comes to                                                                      6—13—4

Halfe a foote of worke Cutt to wast[4] round

the Chappell amoynteth[5] to 109 foote makes

12 yards and a foot at 3s 4d the yard Comes to                                              2—0—0

For allering[6] the upper Pew in worke man

shipp 13 dayes comes to                                                                                 1— 6—0

For new laying the bords under the

Communion table for stuffe and workmanshipp                                            1—7—0

For stuffe workemanshippe turning and Coorving[7]

the Pulpitt                                                                                                        2—6—6

For Raysing the reders pew the Coobord[8] and

and [sic]  the new flower[9] Comes to                                                              0—16—0

For 8 dayes worke in cutting downe the worke

round about the Chappell Comes to                                                               0—16—0

For 160 deales[10] for the flower                                                                                  9—0—0

For 6 loade of Tymber[11] 28s the loade                                                                       8—8—0

For sawing the timber and Carraige[12]                                                                         1—10—0

For playning the bords and laying the

            groundplate[13] Iaysts[14]                                                                                    7—0—0

For tymber spikes and worke manship

            To fitt the pauements                                                                                      1—10—0

For nayles for the same worke                                                                                    2—0—0

For the seates kneeling boards bracketts

nayels and workemanshipp in the 30 side

Pewes at 6s a peece                                                                                         9—0—0

For the seates kneeling boards bracketts

nayles and workemanshipp in the 20 meedle

pewes at 5s a peece                                                                                         5—0—0

For stuff and work lost in all the

            perticions in Cutting them 2 inches

            lower amoynteth to 6 yards and 6 foote

            at 5s the yarde Comes to                                                                                 1—13—4

Payd for Cutting of them to a worke man

            for 6 dayes worke                                                                                           0—12—0

Payd for Caruing of the pannells

in euery bencher’s Pew 3s 4d the Pew                                                           1—10—0

For the Chappell dore and the

Communion table                                                                                            7—10—0

The totall sume is                                                        220—0—0

For the dores and Carued heades because I

gaue you an estimacion of them at 10s  the yeard

I sett downe no mor in mesure but they stooud

me in 12s the yard at the lest by reson of the varietie of

the Carving wch comes to £9 8s

more then I haue sett down for them in

my Reconing the wch I defer to your

Worshipps Concideracions

                                                                        230 £

besides we payd him for the litle pulpit that

standes in the midst of the chappell in the                 

vpper part of the Chappell[15]                                 

                                                                                                            } 10 £


[1] Transcription of Lincoln’s Inn ms. A1d1/2/3 in the Saunderson Papers. We are grateful to Steven May, Adjunct Professor of English, Emory University and Visiting Seiior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield, for his help with this transcription.

[2] Sills, i.e., window sills

[3] Carved

[4] waste

[5] amounteth

[6] altering

[7] carving

[8] cupboard 

[9] floor

[10] “In the timber trade, in Great Britain, a deal is [a board] understood to be 9 inches wide, not more than 3 inches thick, and at least 6 feet long.” (OED, s. v. “deal,” n 1)

[11] timber

[12] carrying

[13] Literally a groundplate is, according to OED, the “lowest horizontal timber in a framing; a ground-sill.” (s.v. “ground-plate,” 1)

[14] Joists. The architectural historian Peter Guillery has suggested to me in private correspondence that the phrase “groundplate joists” should be read as a “term used loosely to refer to the framing of [the chapel] floor.”

[15] This item is in a different hand from the rest of the document.