Nicholas Groves


It was required by the XXth Canon of 1603 that the parish should provide ‘a comely surplice with sleeves’ for the parson, and most of the Inventories record this—but they also seem in many cases to have provided the hood as well. Some of the listings are less than useful—‘a hood’. Others tell us a great deal. In passing, we should note that these Inventories were compiled by the churchwardens who, then as now, did not always appreciate the finer points of ecclesiastical nomenclature. Also, the coverage is uneven—some parishes have more surviving Inventories than others, some are more fully completed than others. [Excerpt].