Paying The Servants
They also get bed and board and 2 or 3 suits of livery clothing per year.
Some servant wages for 1550, Ingatestone Hall, Essex,the country manor of Privy Secretary Sir William Petre:
The Queen's Maids of Honor get a stipend of £40 per year. The Privy Secretary gets an annual income of £100, exclusive of fees, fines, bribes, doucers, etc.
Royal accounts show the Queen's household expenses at about £55,000 per year. For the period of July 1566 to April 1567, her master embroiderer, David Smith, was paid £203/15/7 from the Privy Purse from the Privy Purse to cover his salary and all expenses of his office. His assistant, William Middleton, got £25/11/11.
Henslow's Diary shows actors being paid 10s a week in town and 5s on the road in the 1590s. Actors!
27 March 2008 mps