New money for old!

We were on holiday earlier this year down in Northumberland then Shropshire, both beautiful, both entirely different landscapes.

Benefactors listed in St George's Church, Clun, Shropshire

Benefactors listed in St George’s Church, Clun, Shropshire

We were boring our long-suffering teenage son by looking round an(other) old church – this time St George’s Church in Clun, Shropshire – so he decided to wait in the church porch and play games on the phone.  Whilst watching swallows flying in and out to their nests he was totally unimpressed by the amount donated to the poor of the parish, listed on boards.  How many alms can £100 buy, after all?

Well apparently it could buy a lot more than he thought: in 2005 values it would be worth £5,603.

The site that converts is is on the National Archive site:

This is the first time I’ve used it, but I can see it being really useful when reading wills and looking at rents so thought I’d share it!

2 thoughts on “New money for old!

  1. pastsmith

    I’ve bookmarked the currency converter. Definitely a handy thing to have in one’s genealogy toolbox. In fact, I think I’ll add it to my online toolbox. Thank you.


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