Simon Mewse's inventory 1736



NOTE: This inventory is spelt as it was written by a third party - it is not in the handwriting of either of the appraisers. It presents a mystery. In the first paragraph Samuell Mewse is named as an appraiser for the estate. But at the end is written, where one would expect Samuel's name to appear, "Simon Mewse". My assumption is that Samuell wrote "Simon" in error - signing documents in those days was a rare occurrance, and the entry was written by someone other than Samuel/Simon, who was less likely to get it wrong. Samuel was nephew to Simon,and was the son of Thomas Mewse and Elizabeth Canham. He is recorded to be a butcher, but the information that he carried out his trade in Norton (Subcourse) does not appear elsewhere.

Some of the words need explanation:

Foreiron...............Fireguard to prevent sparks falling on the hearthrug
Purr........................Pair
Jack Spitt............a revolving mechanism used for roasting meat etc.
Scrutore...............a writing desk (variation of Escretoire)
Tee Kittle.............Kettle for tea

An Inventory of the Goods Chattles Rights and Creddits of Simon Mewse late of Lowestoft in the County of Suffolk, butcher, deceased as appraised by us, Samuell Mewse of Norton in the County of Norfolk, Butcher and John Peach of Lowestoft aforesaid, Beerbrewer this eighteenth day of November in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Six as followeth:

description s d
Ffirst his wareing apparrell Wollen and Linnen010 0000
In the Garrett

A bedd as it stands and other goods and a chest of Linnen

0080000
In the Kitchen Chamber

A bedd as it stands and drawers and a looking glass and other things

0050000
In the best chamber

A bedd as it stands
Seaven Cane Chairs two table a looking glass a pair of drawers and Linnen five silver spoons a salt and a silver pott and other things


005

014


00

05


00

00

In the parlour

Six cane chairs two tables a looking glass a couch a Table fire grate foreiron purr tongs and other small things


004

07

00
In the Pantry

Four pewter dishes and eighteen plates


001

05

00
In the Forehouse

A Cole Great fire pann Tongs purr foreiron Jack Spitt weights seven chairs Two Tables a screen a scrutore with Linnen


006

15

00
A watch0011000
A looking glass pictures box iron heats and other small things0010200
A Bell metal pott two boilers a Skillett Tee Kittle Saucepan and Iron Kittle0020000
In the Kitchen

A napkin Press table and Gill Colegreat purrtongs foreiron and other small things

000

15

00

In the Brewhouse

Two coppers and brewing things and other small things

004

005

00

..........To a parcell of sheep 0150000
..........To a parcell of Cattle 0311000
..........To Horses 0100000
..........To Hay in the Chamber 0011000
..........To two Shotts 0010500
..........To Scales and weights and other things in the Shopp 0011000
..........To Bills Bonds and Book Debts 3071007
..........To Cash in the house 0500000
........................................Summ Total 4820907
Signed

Simon Mewse

John Peach