An inventory of all the Goods and Chattels of Samuel Mintern late of Hook – 18th October 1746

Wills, Administrations and Inventories
of The Mintern Family
of Hook, Chedington and Batcombe, Dorset

This following Inventory was compiled by my 8x great grandmother Hannah, widow of the late Samuel Mintern a Clothier and gentleman of Hook, Dorset shortly after his death. It’s incredible to see listed their belongings but rather sad at the same time. In my mind these possessions belong to Hannah too, but due to the difficulty with woman inheriting in 1700’s their home and all it’s contents need to be sold.

An inventory of all the Goods and Chattels of Samuel Mintern late of Hook – 18th October 1746

Name: Samuel Mintern
Residence Date: 18 Oct 1746
Residence Place: Dorset
Event Type: Inventory
Probate Court: Dorset Archdeaconry
Reference Number: Ad/Dt/I/1746
Event Record Number: 10

An inventory of all the Goods and Chattels of Samuel Mintern late of Hook in the County of Dorset Gent deceased and appraised by Samuel Gundry and William Crane the 18th of October 1746
In the Kitchen
1 cupboard1 table board
An old settee
3 chairs
A stool box
2 gran dogs
2 small dogs
A pair of bellows
3 pair tongs and a fire pan
A frying pan
2 flesh pikes and a dripper
2 pot hooks
2 spits
2 pothooks, a gridiron, a small fire pan & a cheese toaster
A Jack
2 small brass skillets
2 old pails
A warming pan
A cheese plate
2 kettles
A brass pan
One small boyler and one pot
1 bell mettle skillet a sauce pan and I chaffing dish
2 dripping pans
1 pestle and mortar
5 pewter dishes and 2 plates
A box and Irons
1 boyler, 1 kettle & a small pot and a skimmer

In the Milk House

An old half hogshead and 2 old quarter barrels
1 kettle and a pot
2 small dishes and 2 plates
2 old tubs and old barrel and 2 ranges

In the Hall

Three table boards
6 old tubs
1 chair
2 old ???

In the chamber over the milk house

A bedstead bed, sheets a pair blankets and a rug
An old side bed, 1 rug, 1 blanket and bolster
2 old chairs without bottoms
2 boxes and small cheese rack

In the chamber over the kitchen

One bedstead, curtains, and valances, 1 pair sheets, 2 blankets
1 quilt and 2 pillows
2 leather chairs
2 stools and 1 chair
A looking glass
A small board
1 trunk and 2 boxes
One bedstead, curtains and bed
One old bedstead, a rug, a bolster and 2 pillows
6 chairs
4 ???? Empty bottles
A stool, 3 tubs and a pail
A coffer and a stool
5 sheets, 2 board cloths and 1 ??? Napkins
10 pewter dishes
7 pewter porringers and 2 flagons
1 pewter chamber pot, 3 pewter candlesticks
An old couch needs a brush

In the passage

13 small pewter plates
An old table
A chest and a small trunk
6 chairs
A range
A clock
Half a dozen of knives and forks
A sheet
60 sheep at 8 a piece
The mills for 2 lives
2 tubs, a stove, blanket, a furnace
30 sheep sold to George Nobs
Oats sold to William Crane
Money in house
And money due
2 silver spoons & 3 tea spoons

This Inventory totals in value: £158:57:1

Signed; Sam Gundry
The mark of William Crane

This Inventory was exhibited on the twenty seventh day of October in the year of our lord 1746 by Hannah Mintern the administratrix of the said deceased, for a true, full and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased, but under protestation of adding ???

(Transcribed by Stephen Dawe-Kuta – 15 June 2014)

(Transcribed by Trudy Norbury – 19 June 2014)

The Mintern manuscripts is out of copyright, but the compilation, the annotation and the textual, editorial, and introductory matter are the copyright of the editors, whose work should be acknowledged in any quotation or reproduction of this work.

An inventory of all the Goods and Chattels of Samuel Mintern late of Hook – 18th October 1746

An inventory of all the Goods and Chattels of Samuel Mintern late of Hook – 18th October 1746

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6 thoughts on “An inventory of all the Goods and Chattels of Samuel Mintern late of Hook – 18th October 1746

  1. Very cool!! What would 158 pounds be worth in today’s money? This doesn’t look like a wealthy person’s inventory, but it is a lot of stuff.

    • Hi Amy,
      I didn’t think about looking how much this would be worth today so thank you for the comment 🙂

      I had a little look on the site Measuringworth.com to get an idea of the value of £158:57:1
      this is what the site gave me as an answer;
      A simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is £21,840.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying £160.85 by the percentage increase in the RPI from 1746 to 2013.

      The labour value of this would be; £280,400.00

      The average labourer would probably only afford a table, four chairs, the odd cooking utensil and a bed.

      • Can you explain the difference between the relative value and the labour value? That’s a term I am not familiar with. Thanks!

  2. Hi Amy,
    Labour Value is measured using the relative wage a worker would use to buy the commodity. This measure uses one of the wage index. So there income would reflect what they could buy.
    Relative value is what there worth would be today. Although most of the items listed in the inventory and their value in 1746, seems a lot more expensive compared to what we could buy today. For instance I have everything I need in my home, I live comfortably but I don’t think my Household contents calculate to anything close to – £21,840.00 (not including my property). Then again, I have never thought about adding the value of my contents together, I would probably need to sit down afterwards

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