Catalogue description Office of the Auditors of Land Revenue and predecessors: Views of Receivers' and Ministers' Accounts

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Details of LR 8
Reference: LR 8
Title: Office of the Auditors of Land Revenue and predecessors: Views of Receivers' and Ministers' Accounts

This series mainly consists of views of the accounts of receivers and ministers of crown lands for England and Wales dating from the mid-sixteenth. These accounts were audited by the auditors of the Court of Augmentations from 1536 to 1554, and by the auditors of land revenue thereafter.

Also found are a few views of ministers' accounts from the late thirteenth century as well as seventeenth century views of accounts of recusants' lands, lands assigned to Charles I when Prince of Wales, and lands held in jointure by queens consort: Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Mary of Modena.

There are also a few stray books of arrears on ministers' and receivers' accounts; declarations, and brief declarations, of the accounts of receivers general; a volume of loose debentures for fees and pensions of the reign of Charles I; and a receivers' book of rents received of 1714.

Date: 1294-1714
Related material:

The more detailed accounts to which the views of account relate will mainly be found in:

LR 6

LR 7

and LR 12

Separated material:

Some records have been transferred to SC 6

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: Latin
Physical description: 461 bundles, files and volumes
Administrative / biographical background:

The purpose of the view of account was for the Auditor to have ready access to the state of the account of each of the receivers and ministers for whom he was responsible and as a basis to set their yearly 'charge', that is the rents and profits for which each accountant was himself responsible. The view also enabled a year on year view of the 'discharge', that is allowances, such as fees, pensions and costs of repairs, etc, that each accountant was claiming.

The view of account served, therefore, as a working document rather than as a formal record of account.

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