About 15 years ago, April was goin to U of A and I went over there and used their library for research quit a bit.
Back then, the copy machines left something to be desired and were not cheap to use. So....I checked out the books, took them home and read them. Then I copied things that I really wanted by hand....No computers or scanners either.
I ran across a book about the Tudor half timber houses in Exeter, England. It was especially useful because it had lists of what went into the houses and what kind of rooms they had and what they were used for.
The best part was, they had complete inventories that had been done back in the 16th century.
I copied several and then went to the trouble of "translating" them. They didn't have standard spelling for anything back then...Some of it was pretty difficult.
This first one was from Richard Hedgland. He was a joiner(furniture builder). As you can see, the inventory is dated 1596.
All of his worldly goods were worth three pounds and change! Talk about the low cost of living!
The first photo is of the original inventory with all of the interesting, to say the least, spelling. The second one is my "translation". Some of it, I still couldn't figure out...I am of English decent, but that makes no difference.
If you poke the photos, you will be able to reat it more easily.
This guy didn't have a lot of stuff.
By the way, when you are reading these, read bed as mattress. Read flock or flocke as wool. And dust is waste material or rags. At least they call feathers, feathers.
Every time I read this I picture someone making a matress out of rags and dryer lint...Oops...No dryer lint. Strike that!
I did find the weaver's inventory. John Dynham was his name and he was a bit more well off than old Richard. Evidently he was doing well in the weaver's trade.
His inventory consists of almost three pages and very thorough....It even lists "a heap of stones" in the garden. They were estimated at 8d. Maybe some of my British friends can remind me....What is d? I know it was small change in old England, but I can't remember what the "d" word is. Used to know it, but the mind wanders....
I can't do his house unless I just do the workshop part. He lists three loom and a LOT of other stuff in the two shops.
I am guessing that he also dyed his material. There are four tubs listed...
It is amazing what you can learn from these old inventories.
I am only showing you the first page of Dynham's inventory and translation....I am already boring you to tears....
I also have the inventory of a yeoman, which is just a bit lower than the gentry....This guy had a big house and lots of good stuff... I know....Bored now.
At least it will keep you busy whilst I pack for Carmel.
I am taking the laptop and the camera. Hopefully, there will be no breakdown in communication.
See you tomorrow, from beautiful Carmel!