and growing be given to 13 poor men of the same parish
every Good Friday for evermore, if they will receive it, or else to be
disposed unto other poor folks.
(P.C.C., 8, Holder.)
William Gilmin of Whitstable, who died in 1528, being buried
in that church: That after the death of his wife, then John Hokkin (who
married Margery, daughter of this William) and John Poort his ex’ors, or
their assigns, shall give yearly for five years to poor people in alms
upon Good Friday and in Rogation Week, 3s. 4d., for his soul, wife, etc.
(Archdeaconry vol. 18, 7.)
The most usual yearly payment left to the widow was 20s., but
generally with the use of a house.
Richard Fanting in 1495 left 53s. 4d. yearly to his wife.
Robert Hawlott in 1515 40s. paid equally by his two sons, and a room in
the house. William Ivye of Hoath in 1526, one daughter to pay 20s. and the
other 26s. 8d. yearly.
Aula, Camera., and Kitchen.
In none of the wills are these three rooms left to the widow
(see Archaeologia Cantiana, Vol. XXX., p. 127), but Henry
Fanting in 1484 reserved one "camera" to his wife Joane in his
chief messuage, bequeathed to his two sons, and they were to provide their
mother with food and drink, also pay her 5s. every quarter and the profit
from the milk of two good cows.
Thomas Yong in 1484 gave his tenement at Bishopston to Isabel
his wife, receiving for his mother Joane a chamber, with free coming and
going at all times necessary to her.
The contents or furniture, as "utensilia" probably
means, of these three rooms are mentioned in several of the wills :—
John Rechefield in 1462; and Henry Germyn in 1476, to his
wife and son.
William Berye of Hoath in 1484, to the three daughters of his