The Joy of Account Books

There is a little recognised pleasure in old account books – the deciphering of handwriting and interpretation of the minimalist phraseology and terms. These of the 7th Cambridge, from 1922 to 1940 and on in part to 1945, give a clear picture of the steady worth of the troop (County School).

Throughout this period Subs remained at 2/6 a term, possibly higher than other troops, and they subsidised these with money making enterprises. The strength of the Troop can be identified by the 16/- (sixteen shillings) spent on the 300th Anniversary of the Court of Honour.

Many existing pages are being extended by the details in this book. Account books are rare, often only batches of receipts survive and increasingly accounts are equally obscure electronic versions – if they survive.


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