Town Plate wooden trenchers; Post-Medieval; 1980.96.1365-7

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Abingdon County Hall Museum

Name/Title

Town Plate wooden trenchers

About this object

Wooden trenchers purchased in 1556. Ceremonial events often ended with an official dinner. The Corporation bought a large number of wooden trenchers for official use in 1556. The small depression in the corner was used for salt.

Maker Role

carpenter

Date Made

1500-1556AD

Date Made

Tudor

Date Made

Post-Medieval

Place Made

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, used

Place Notes

Used by Abingdon Borough for official banquets and formed part of the Town Plate.

Medium and Materials

wood

Style and Iconography

Post-Medieval

Style and Iconography

Tudor

Measurements

Square trencher height 160mm / width 170mm / depth 10mm.
Square trencher height 160mm / width 175mm. Round trencher diameter 240mm / depth 30mm.

Subject and Association Keywords

Abingdon-on-Thames

Subject and Association Keywords

trencher

Subject and Association Keywords

wood

Subject and Association Keywords

Tudor

Subject and Association Keywords

Post-Medieval

Subject and Association Keywords

Abingdon Borough

Subject and Association Keywords

food preparation and serving

Subject and Association Keywords

16th century

Subject and Association Description

The town acquired a charter in 1556 from Queen Mary. The Borough Corporation was composed of the mayor, nine principal burgesses, at least sixteen secondary burgesses and two bailiffs who collected rents and ran the weekly court. The Borough also had the right to elect a Member of Parliament, and to appoint Magistrates, a Town Clerk, and two Sergeants at Mace, and to undertake official business.

Collection

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council

Credit Line

On loan from Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council

Object Type

trencher

Object number

1980.96.1365-7

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