And then you can do the experimental archaeology and repair to the pub and
re-enact the quaffing of 2520 gallons. Maybe thats how they got through so
much - Terry Pratchett defines quaffing as like drinking but you spill a lot
more so maybe the seemingly excassive amount is partly spillage.
----- Original Message -----
From: Martin Brown <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: monetary values

The deposition also mentions 10 casks, if that helps!  But 2520 gallons does
help quantify it a bit
more in terms of demi-johns or contents of off-licences.  I've asked my
contact at the local and
very excellent brewery to give me an idea of how much their coppers and vats

We're not far from the sea here and Lewes was a port but we're also close to
Seaford and Winchelsea,
both Cinque Ports importing wine, so maybe transport on-costs weren't huge,
but even so...

Frankly, having heard the volume of drink involved, I'm tending towards
thinking it was partly an
insurance job and partly wanton vandalism, rather than a case of the rebels
slurping the lot!

The complaint the Earl made to the crown appears never to have resulted in
action against those
named, perhaps because the Bolingbroke rebellion got in the way; they seem
to have got away with it!

Everyone's information will all be useful tonight, I'm doing a guided walk
that includes the
Peasants' Revolt.  I can amaze everyone thanks to all your help.


-----Original Message-----
From: Clark, John [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 11 July 2002 10:31
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: monetary values

>>In 1381 the Revolting Peasants of ewes broke into the castle, stole 40 of
the lord's goods and
drank 100 worth of his wine.

Can anyone tell me what that 100 might be worth?  Should have been a good
party, I imagine.<<

>Cheap French wine was selling at a penny a pint in London in the late 14th

... in 1377 the official London tavern price for Rhine wine was set at 10
pence a gallon and Gascon wine at 6 pence a gallon.  In the same source
(Plea and Memoranda Rolls) there's a reference to a pipe of red wine valued
at 5.

Wine prices varied according to quality and source (and year by year - the
tavern price for Rhine wine was 12 pence a gallon in 1373) - and carriage
from the sea-port would add considerably to the cost.  But it looks as if
your man's 100 might have bought him as much as 20 pipes of wine = 20 X 126
gallons = 2520 gallons.  That's a lot of drinking!

John Clark
Curator (Medieval)
Museum of London


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