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The Pell Office
Pell Office
was a department of the Exchequer
Exchequer
in which the receipts and payments were entered upon two rolls of parchment, the one called the introitta, which was the record of monies received, and the other the exitus, or the record of monies issued. [1] A statement of all moneys issued was entered by the Clerk of the Pells
Clerk of the Pells
on the issue roll. In 1552 the unreliable "Declarations of the State of the Treasury" were replaced by declarations made by the Clerk of the Pells,[2]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Location 3 Clerks of the Pells 4 References

Etymology[edit] Up to the reign of King James I entries recording Treasury transactions were made upon rolls, or pells,[3] from the Latin pellis meaning "skin, hide, pelt".[4] From the reign of James I Treasury records have been entered in books. Location[edit] The Pell Office
Pell Office
was situated on the eastern side of Westminster Hall until the beginning of the 19th century. Some early Treasury records were kept in the nearby Chapter House
Chapter House
of Westminster Abbey. The office was damp and was liable to destruction by fire due to the many wooden partitions within it and the many hearths used for heating. In 1820 the records were reported to be dry and well-aired, but were piled up on the floor of a room too small to contain them properly. In 1822 they were transferred to attic storage in Somerset House
Somerset House
and were "heaped in some places up to the ceiling and in an exceedingly dirty state". In 1840 the records were taken to the Comptroller of the Exchequer's Office in Whitehall Yard, where they were thoroughly cleaned and re-bundled. They were then placed on racks in Rolls House in 1841 where they were catalogued and labelled. They were then transferred to the new Public Record Office
Public Record Office
in Chancery Lane, from where they have more recently been moved to the National Archives site at Kew.[5] Clerks of the Pells[edit] This is a list of the Clerks of the Pells in the English Exchequer. Similar offices existed in Scotland and Ireland.

1516–1549: John Uvedale [6] 1555–1560: Edmund Cockerell [7] 1560–1570: Robert Hare [8] 1570–?1611: Chidiock Wardour (died 1611)[9] 1603-1611: Edward Wardour (jointly) [10] 1611–1637: Edward Wardour [10] 1637–>1643: Edward Wardour (jointly) (died 1646) [10] 1646–: William Wardour [11] Commonwealth 1660–?1698: William Wardour (restored)(died 1699)[11] 1698–1721: Henry Pelham
Henry Pelham
(died 1754) [12] 1739–?1784: Hon. Sir Edward Walpole
Edward Walpole
(died 1784) [13] 1784–1802: Isaac Barré
Isaac Barré
(blind 1784, died 1802) [14] 1802–1823: Hon. Henry Addington jnr (died insane 1823)[15] 1825–1834: Henry Ellis[16] 1834 Post abolished

References[edit]

^ Gentleman's Magazine, op.cit. ^ National Archives, notes on " Category E" Records of the Exchequer, and its related bodies, with those of the Office of First Fruits and Tenths, and the Court of Augmentations [1] ^ Gentleman's Magazine, vol.5, 1836, pp.18-22 [2]. A dubious etymology is provided in the same article thus: "Roll and pell mean the same thing, the latter word Petlh? indicates the substance upon which the entries were made, the former, Rotuli, the form of the Pell when not in use" ^ Cassell's Latin Dictionary ^ National Archives, notes on " Category E" Records of the Exchequer, and its related bodies, with those of the Office of First Fruits and Tenths, and the Court of Augmentations [3] ^ "UVEDALE (EVEDALE, UDALL, WOODALL), John (by 1482-1549), of Marrick, Yorks". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ "COCKERELL, Edmund (by 1510-59/60), of London". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ "HARE, Robert (c.1531-1611), of Bruisyard, Suff. and London". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ "WARDOUR, Chidiock (1542-1611), of Plaitford, Hants and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ a b c "WARDOUR, Sir Edward (1578-1646), of Chiswick House, Chiswick, Mdx. and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ a b "WARDOUR, William (1686-1746), of Whitney Court, Herefs". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ "PELHAM, Henry (?1729-1803), of Lee, Kent". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ "WALPOLE, Hon. Edward (1706-84), of Frogmore, Berks". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ "BARRE, Isaac (1726-1802), of Manchester Buildings, Westminster". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017.  ^ http://landedfamilies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/44-addington-of-up-ottery-and-erleigh.html ^ "ELLIS, Henry (1788-1855)". History of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 

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English Exchequer

Officers

Auditor of the imprests Auditor of the Receipt of the Exchequer Baron of the Exchequer Chancellor of the Exchequer Chamberlain of the Exchequer Chief Baron of the Exchequer Clerk of the Pipe Clerk of the Pells Comptroller General of the Exchequer Lord High Treasurer Queen's Remembrancer Teller of the Receipt of the Exchequer

Divisions

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Chamber Exchequer
Exchequer
Bill Loan Commission Exchequer
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of Pleas Exchequer
Exchequer
of the Jews Pell Office

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of Chester Dialogus de Scaccario Pipe rolls Red Book of the Exchequer Stop of the Exchequer Taxation i

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