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. Peter ----- 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 hold. 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. Thanks! -----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 century!< ... 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This message is intended for the use of the addressee only and may contain confidential or privileged information. If you have received it in error please notify the sender and destroy it. You may not use it or copy it to anyone else. E-mail is not a secure communications medium. Please be aware of this when replying. Although East Sussex County Council has taken steps to ensure that this e-mail and any attachments are virus free, we can take no responsibility if a virus is actually present and you are advised to ensure that the appropriate checks are made.