Bosbury School - 1548 Report to the Court of Augmentations:
Certificates of Colleges, Chantries and Similar Foundations


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The Court of Augmentations was one of a number of financial courts established during Henry VIII’s reign in 1536 to administer monastic properties and revenues confiscated by the crown at the dissolution of the monasteries. As part of the process, three surveys of the chantries and similar religious institutions were carried in 1546 and 1548. Commissioners in each sheriff’s jurisdiction were required to find out, and certify to the Court of Augmentations, the landholdings of those institutions which were under consideration to be dissolved. Information was recorded as to the purpose for which they were founded, the parish in which they were located and information about the lands, income and expenditure of the chantries and the value of any ornaments, jewels, plate and goods and chattels belonging to them. Rev. Samuel Bentley in his 1891 book gave the names of the King’s Commissioners as William Crouch, William Green, John Scudamore and John Borne and the date of their report as 6th February 1546/7. In the event, Bosbury’s modest school was allowed to continue.

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Acknowledgements

National Archives ref. E301/24. Document provided by Pat Matthews, transcription by Barry Sharples, 2013.

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