Certain officers, who once worked in Abingdon Abbey, were called the Obedientiars. Their accounts have been recorded in Latin in a book edited by R E G Kirk published in 1891. In it, Kirk explains that the Obedientiars were the Abbey’s principal officers and were so called because they were under subjection to the rule. Several officers had separate gardens of their own within the Abbey walls, in addition to the large garden of the abbey. The Gardener, like others, would have a team of servants and workmen.
For the first time as far as we know, the Accounts of the Obedientiars have been translated into English (by Eva Race) – and Michael and Gillian Harrison have created a web page of Three Accounts of the Obedientiars of Abingdon Abbey – consisting of the Gardener’s Accounts for three separate years between 1388 and 1451.