It was common practice for many churches to charge ‘bench rent’, which would reserve a pew or seat in the church. This was especially important during busy periods such as Easter and Christmas. At the Richard Burton Archives records exist for bench rent in old time money. Old time money was introduced after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and remained in use until the early nineteen seventies. It was divided into pounds, shillings and pence. There were also nicknames given for certain amounts of money.
Pounds were written using the standard pound sign (£), Shillings are ‘s’ and pence are ‘d’. For example, to write one pound five shillings and twelve pence it would look like this: £1- 5s – 12d. For five shillings and twelve pence it would be written as: 5/12. Five shillings alone would be written as: 5s or 5/- and twelve pence would be written as 12d.
Below you can find a link to a PDF activity involving old style money and its nicknames. Using the information from this guide, children are asked to complete ten questions. Also attached within the PDF are the answers.
You can download or view the quiz as PDF file here: Bench Rent Maths Quiz