Giles Moore, in 1659, paid his mowers sixteenpence an acre. In 1711 Timothy Burrell, Esq., paid twentypence an acre; in 1686 he paid Mary his cook fifty shillings a year; in 1715 he had raised the sum to fifty-five shillings. (Sussex Archaeological Collections, iii. pp. 163, 170.)
For wages in the reign of Henry VIII., see preface of vol. i. Letters and Papers of the Reign of Henry VIII., edited by J. S. Brewer, pp. 108-119.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894