or Great Rolls of the Pipe. The series of Great Rolls of
the Exchequer, beginning 2 Henry II., and continued to 1834, when the
Pipe Office was abolished. These rolls are now in the Public Record
Office, Chancery Lane.
“Take, for instance the Pipe Rolls, that magnificent series of
documents on which, from the middle of the 12th century until well on
in the 19th, we have a perfect account of the Crown revenue, rendered
by the sheriffs of the different countries.” —Notes and Queries, June 3, 1893, p. 421.
Office of the Clerk of the Pipe.
A very ancient office in the Court of Exchequer, where leases of
Crown lands, sheriffs' accounts, etc., were made out. It existed in the
reign of Henry II., and was abolished in the reign of William IV. Lord
Bacon says, “The office is so called because the whole receipt of the
court is finally conveyed into it by means of divers small pipes or
quills, as water into a cistern.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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