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An Inventory of Ancient Sacramental Plate in the County of Berks.

By Arthur Irwin Dasent.

(Continued from page 82.)


(1 and 2) Elizabethan chalice and paten cover with usual belt, stem swelling out into a circular knob covered with a reeded pattern, which is also repeated on one of the mouldings of the foot. Height 7 inches, width at the rim 34 inches, and at base 34 inches, weight of chalice 1034 oz., of cover 34 oz.

Marks 1.




Small black letter T [London date letter for 1576.]

Leopard's head crowned.

Lion passant.

Maker's mark, the letter H transfixed by

an arrow.

The marks are repeated on the paten cover.

There was formerly another Elizabethan chalice at Aldermaston by a different maker and of the year 1570. I believe it is now in the possession of the Goldsmith's Company, though how and when removed from the parish is a mystery.

(3 and 4) A plain chalice and cover silvergilt, weighing 1 lb. 1234 oz. (avoirdupois), the cup standing 91⁄2 inches high, diameter of bowl 41⁄2 inches. Inscription round bowl, "The gift of Sr. Humphrey Foster and ye Lady Anna his wife."

Only mark.

R.M. with cinquefoil beneath in an irregular shield. Circa. 1630-35, see "Old English Plate" where Mr. Cripps notes a pair of plain communion flagons of the year 1634 by this maker belonging to Trinity College, Oxford.

(5 and 6) A pair of silvergilt flagons with dome-shaped lids, one weighing 32 oz. 3 dwts., and the other 32 oz. 6 dwts., and each bearing an inscription on the under part of the base "The gift of Dame Judith Forster to Aldermaston Church anno dom. 1718." Height 9 inches without cover.

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Maker's mark on handle, and marks repeated on the lid.

(7) A silver alms plate bearing the same inscription as the flagons above-mentioned and weighing 14 oz. 3 dwts.

Marks 1. Roman letter capital C [London, date letter for 1718].




Lion's head erased.

4. Maker's mark. A half obliterated H.

(8, 9 and 10) A very massive silvergilt chalice paten and alms dish, weighing respectively 2 lb. 191⁄2 oz. and 4 lb. 31⁄2 oz. (avoirdupois) "The gift of Wm. Congreve, Esqre., to the Church of Aldermaston, A.D. 1809" (into whose family the Forster heiress had married), and purchased of Messrs. Rundell and Bridge in 1809.

For a small country parish Aldermaston thus possesses an unusual variety of sacramental vessels, including typical examples of the silversmith's art in four successive centuries.


(1 and 2) A plain silver chalice and paten to match.

Marks I. Small Italic letter




for 1632].

[London, date letter

Leopard's head crowned.

Lion passant.

Maker's mark, D.W., with a mullet be


(3) Tall pewter flagon, the lid missing, marked on the handle R.M. with the figure of a bird in a circular punch.

(4) A plated flagon "The gift of Revd. J. T. Austen, 1840."


(1) Large plain paten inscribed "Richardus Hayes, hujus Ecclesiæ, Rector, D.D., Anno Domini 1793."

Marks 1. Small Roman letter r [London, date letter

for 1792].

Leopard's head crowned.

Lion passant.




Maker's mark [R.S.].

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(2) Small paten with foot, quite plain, with same marks and inscription. Remainder modern.

At Arborfield Hall are preserved two old pewter plates and a flagon, marked "John Home, London, superfine,” ř Ĭ й, and the letter X surmounted by a crown.


Chalice and paten modern (1850 and 1851).

The only old ecclesiastical vessel in use here is a pewter flagon (which has been electro-plated by the present vicar), inscribed :

"James Breach,

Robert Green,


Mark on base I.N., with a fleur de lis beneath.

(To be continued.)



(No. IV.)

By Rev. F. T. Wethered, M.A.


ITH reference to the leaden cross mentioned in No. II. of these papers on Hurley, it is interesting to notice that when S. Mary's Church was undergoing restoration in the year 1852, it was discovered that the leaden case which enclosed a cross of wood (then, as now, surmounting the bell turret) was worn out, and, as upon examining the woodwork the date "1040" was discovered, the late Vicar decided to preserve carefully this splendid old relic by having a new leadwork case made by the plumber to perpetuate it. This wooden cross was no doubt originally placed in the midst of the Burial-yard, and furnishes very clear evidence indeed of the Saxon origin of Hurley Church. Harold (Harefoot) and Hardecanute, sons of Canute, were the reigning kings of England in 1040. I conclude these papers on my native parish by publishing the subjoined list of Clerics and Patrons of Hurley. I cannot but express regret that no earlier list of institutions should be extant in the Diocesan Registry of Salisbury than that commenced in the time of Bishop Simon de Gandavo, consecrated as Bishop of Salisbury at the end of the thirteenth century (October, 1291). Our Hurley list, however, has every appearance of completeness from 1304 downwards, with the exception of two of the succession entries, viz.: There may possibly be the omission of an Incumbent's name altogether immediately before the institution of Willûs de Cornwall on April 15th, 1351; but, it is much more probable that Hebbotastel is a wrong name, crept in by error, as Cornwall's immediate predecessor; or, possibly, Hebbotastel is an 'alias' for Woketon? And similar remarks apply with regard to the predecessor of Edmundus Spencer, instituted on April 15th, 1453; in this case, too, there is either the omission of an Incumbent's name in the list, or else Nichi Pardon has crept in by mistake! In this case there can be no question of an 'alias' between Pardon and

Whatebrede as the Christian names of each are not identical. On to a Deed* whereby Prior Alexander of the Hurley Monastery along with his monks granted the Manor of Harefield, Middlesex, to one Richard Weltekart, of Louth, &c., there is attached the seal then in use at the Hurley Convent. There is no date to the Deed, but it may be assigned to the reign of Edward 1st or of Edward 2nd (1272 to 1327). The principal device is the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Between the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin, there is a vase with a lily placed upon the apex of a pointed arch which forms a compartment in the lower part of the seal; within this is a kneeling figure of the Prior holding a Crosier, his eyes uplifted towards the Virgin. On one side of this figure there is a mullet of six points, and on the other a flower of as many petals. The legend is as follows: + S. CONMUNE (sic) CA(PITULI) It is unusual for a Prior to carry a crosier.





14 Kalends April, Charge of Vicarage given to Adam de Schire1304 lome by the Bishop, owing to impotency of the Vicar (not named).

8th February, 130 Religious men,-Prior | Adam de Schirelome.

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and Convent of Hurley

Abbot (sic) and Con

vent of Hurley.
No Patron mentioned.

Willm de Wytteneye.

Waltru de Helmeden, per resig: Willi de Wytteneye.

Prior and Convent of Adam de Wytteneye,


per exchange with Waltru de Helmeden.

8th April, 1349... Prior and Convent of Willus de Woketon.


15th April, 1351... Prior and Convent of Willus de Cornwall, per

22nd February, 1362

12th October, 1376

7th July, 1400 ...


Bishop instituted upon
report of vacancy. No

Patron mentioned.
Prior and Convent of

liberam dimissionem Willi Hebbotastel. Johes Athelard, per mort: Willi Corn. waille. Johannes Grene, per exchange with Johannes Athelard.

Prior and Convent of Godefrus Petyt, per

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* Archæological Journal, Vol. VIII., p. 74.

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