Vatican Regesta 427: 1453

Pages 246-252

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 10, 1447-1455. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1915.

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Vatican Regesta. Vol. CCCCXXVII. (fn. 2)

De Curia.

7 Nicholas V.

Prid. Non. July.
(6 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 17.)
Confirmation and exemplification, as below. Lately the present pope, at the petition of the abbot and convent of the Benedictine monastery of St. German, Sewy (fn. 3) (rectius Selby), in the diocese of York (setting forth that its buildings were in need of costly repair, for which their means were too slender, and that it was heavily in debt) ordered the prior of the Cluniac priory of Lenton in the said diocese, if he found the above to be true, to appropriate in perpetuity to the said monastery the parish church of Stanfford in the diocese of Lincoln, of the patronage of the abbot and convent, so that on the death or resignation of the rector they might take possession, a fit portion being reserved for a perpetual vicar. Their recent petition contained that John Medilburgh (fn. 4), prior of the said priory, carried out the appropriation, decreeing moreover that a perpetual vicarage should be instituted, served by a secular priest presented by the abbot and convent to the ordinary, with a yearly portion of 10l. sterling in ready money of England, to be paid by the farmer of their domain of Stanfford, half at Whitsuntide, half at Martinmas in winter, and that he and his successors should have an enclosure commonly called “le person holme” in the fields of Swynfforde in the parish of Swynfford in the said diocese of Lincoln, all profits from the willows with which the said place was enclosed, all pence from weddings and collections, legacies made to the vicar personally by parishioners of the said church, and a competent manse, to be built at the expense of the abbot and convent, [on two tofts of the abbot and convent lying between the tenement of Edward Ade on the east and the lane (venellam) called ‘le Bakhouselane’ on the west, abutting on the high road towards the south and on another way called ‘le hallane' towards the north] (fn. 5), and to be kept in repair at the expense of the vicar and his successors, with a hall, chamber, cellar, kitchen and a stable big enough to keep a horse's hay and fodder (fn. 6), that the vicar should serve the cure of the said church and reside in person on the said cure, provide the wine, bread and wax for divine offices and communion, and bear at his expense all the ordinary burdens which pertained to the said church before the appropriation, the abbot and convent bearing all others: that in the event of delay or non-payment of the said sum of 10l. at the said terms or within twenty days, the abbot and convent should pay 6s. 8d. to the fabric of the said church etc. At the said petition, which added that there is a doubt whether the said prior had under the pope's said letters sufficient power to do all the foregoing, especially in regard to the founding, ordaining, endowment etc. of the said vicarage, the pope hereby confirms the said appropriation, founding, ordaining, endowment etc. Exemplification is given of the letters of appropriation ‘Christi fidelibus universis’ of the above John Medilburgh (fn. 7), dated the year of the Incarnation according to the computation of the English church 1450[–1], indiction 14, anno 4 Nicholas V, the month, days [viz. Jan. 11 and 13] and place mentioned below, and drawn up in the form of a public instrument sealed with the seal of the said prior and with the sign [manual] and subscription of Master William Bispham, notary public, in the presence of Nicholas Hall, prior of Pontefract, Masters Richard Wetwang’, a canon of St. Paul's London, John Lancastre, advocate of the court of York, Richard Rudde, chaplain, and Robert Aukland, clerk, and other witnesses of the diocese of York. The said letters, attested by William Bispham, clerk, of the diocese of York, notary public, themselves exemplity the above-mentioned letters of Nicholas V (addressed to the prior of the priory of Lenton in the diocese of York, beginning Pia consideratione, dated at St. Peter's, Rome, 1449[-50], 4 Id. March, anno 3), state that the said prior, in pursuance of the said letters. on January 11 sat as a tribunal in the conventual church of Sewy (sic) and heard the sworn evidence of the following:—Thomas Crull’ and Robert Whitwod, for many years monks of the said monastery, John Dalby [and] Thomas Cave, of Stanfford, Robert Clogh, Edmund Brighton, Richard Fangeffex, John Coup, George Brighton, Peter Byngeley, John Pye, Thomas Coup, John Welles, William Crobrayne, Richard Gedefalfe (rectius Godesalfe), John Clast, Richard Belowe, and Laurence Welston, of the parish of Selvy (sic), by which he learned that the said church of Stanfford is of the patronage of the said abbot and convent, and that the latter have erected and are daily obliged to erect, in order to avoid the guilt of dilapidation, great and necessary buildings, namely the north side of the cross of the conventual church to a value of 200l.; the south side of the same cross to a value of 80l.; a house for the keeping of wheat and malt (fn. 8), destroyed and rebuilt, and the repair of the guest chambers and the common kitchen to a value of 200 marks; another house commonly called the ‘Bakhous et Brewhous (fn. 9),’ in part rebuilt and in part to be rebuilt, to a sum of 100 marks; in other manors, namely Friston 100l., Staner 20 marks, Thorpe 20l., Hillome 20l., in the manor of Rawclyff 10l. and of Brayton, Acaster [Selby], Stormesworth and Conyngburgh 200l. (fn. 10); that the abbot and convent are unable to levy or obtain the rents of their tenements etc. on account of the poverty of their tenants and the harassments (fn. 11) caused by insurrections; the damming of the waters of the Ouse, Trent, Ayre, Wharffe and Mardicke, costing 50l. a year more or less; and that on account of the multitude of guests and heavy yearly payments which for many years the abbot and convent have made and will make in future to the king of England, and their other inevitable burdens, the monastery is so heavily in debt that it will probably be only able to get relief by a great alienation of its immoveable possessions; wherefore on the 13th day of the said month he made the above appropriation and assigned a vicar's portion etc. as above. Ad fut. rei mem. Hiis que pro felici. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. S. de Monte. G. de Puteo.) [In the margin: Jul(ii). 10¾ pp.]
10 Kal. Sept.
(23 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 25.)
Exoneration etc., as below. The recent petition of John, cardinal bishop of St. Rufina's and archbishop of Canterbury, contained that before and after the death of Richard Scrope, archbishop of York, and during the consequent voidance of that see, a number of persons invaded the palaces, castles, manors, houses, meadows and pastures etc. of the archiepiscopal mensa, drove off all their implements, namely cattle and sheep etc., and otherwise plundered and devastated them; and that, although Richard's successors, provided to the see, namely the late Henry Bobbet (rectius Bowet), on his death the above cardinal John, and on his translation to Canterbury, the present archbishop William, sometime bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, have failed to recover the said implements, the said cardinal fears lest he or his heirs or his successors and their executors may be molested on account of the said implements. The pope therefore exonerates and acquits etc. hereby the said cardinal John and archbishop William and their successors etc. in respect of the said implements. Ad fut. rei mem.Pontificalis auctoritas. (Pe. de Noxeto. | l. S. de Monte.Je. [sic] de Sala.) [In the margin’ Aug(usti). 2 pp.]
10 Kal. Aug.
(23 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 43.)
To John, cardinal bishop of St. Rufina's, archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England and legate of the apostolic see. Faculty to confer the office of notary public on ten clerks in the priesthood, if he find them fit after examination, provided that they be not married, and in such wise that if they be in the priesthood they may exercise it in pious and ecclesiastical causes only; with the form of oath appended. Ad personam tuam. (Pe. de Noxeto. | G. de Puteo. Gratis pro persona domini cardinalis.)
Ibid. To the same. Faculty to dispense ten persons dwelling in the realm of England, related in the third and fourth and fourth degrees of kindred or affinity, to marry. Adcardinalis), as in the preceding.
Ibid. To the same. Faculty to dispense ten persons, born in any wise of an unlawful marriage (fn. 12), to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure. Ad …. Puteo, as above, i.e. without ‘Gratis pro persona domini cardinalis.
7 Id. Aug.
(7 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome
(f. 57.)
Confirmation, in third instance, of a sentence delivered, in second instance, by William de Fondera, now bishop, then bishop elect, of Oloion as papal auditor, confirming a sentence which William Freston doctor of laws commissary-general of Thomas Liseux (dean and canon of St. Paul's, London, official and guardian of the spiritualities during voidance of the see), had delivered, in first instance, in conformity with a constitution (exemplified) of Roger Niger, bishop of London [in Wilkins. Concilia, Vol. III, p. 231], against Robert Wright, a parishioner of St. Edmund's in Lombardstrete in the city of London, who refused to pay the oblations wont to be paid on certain feast days by the inhabitants of the said city, to wit, the second instalment of the payment due from the house inhabited by him (secundam ratam pensionis domus sue quam inhabitat). The pope hereby makes the said payment obligatory upon all the inhabitants of the said parish. Ad perp.rei mem. Ad onus apostolice servitutis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | Aug(usti.) l. Jo. de Collis. S. de Monte.) [14 pp. See Cal.Papal Lett., vol. VI, pp. 107, 108, and above, pp. 165, 166.]
10 Kal. July.
(22 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 68.)
To John Merston, lord of the place of Horton in the diocese of Winchester. Indult. at his recent petition (containing that the above place, situate in the parish of St. Martin's, Ebbescham, is very distant from the parish church), for him, who is keeper of the jewels of king Henry, and for his successors lords of the said place, to have in the chapel of St. Mary situate in the said place mass and other divine offices celebrated by their own or other fit priest, and for the said priest to minister to the said lord and his successors all ecclesiastical sacraments and sacramentals, but not (preter) burial. Eximie devotionis. (Marcellus. | xxxxv.P. de Legendorff. Julius. [A. de] Magio.) [In the margin:Junii.]
6 Non. Oct.
(2 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 71d.)
To the bishop of Zamora (Zamoren.), the abbot of Scone in the diocese of St. Andrews and the official of Brechin. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Richard Willi, perpetual vicar of Kirimur in the diocese of St. Andrews, contained that formerly, on the voidance by the death of Richard Trag of the perpetual vicarage of Dunde in the diocese of Brechin William Carnis, perpetual vicar of Glammis in the said diocese of St. Andrews, made, in virtue of a special commission from John, bishop of Brechin, collation and provision of the said vicarage of Dunde to the said Richard Willi, who in virtue thereof obtained and is still in possession, but now doubts their validity. At the petition of the said Richard (who alleges that the abbot and convent of the Benedictine monastery of Lindores in the diocese of St. Andrews, claiming that the said vicarage is of their presentation, have presented John Tiry, priest of the diocese of St. Andrews, and that the above bishop. alleging that the collation and provision belong to him and the bishop of Brechin for the time being, has refused to admit the said presentation; and whom the pope hereby absolves from all sentences of excommunication etc. as far only as regards the taking effect of these presents) the pope hereby orders the above, after summoning the said abbot and convent and John de Tiri. to collate and assign to the said Richard the said vicarage, with cure and value not exceeding 30l. sterling, howsoever it became void. upon obtaining which he is to resign that of Kirimur, as he has offered.Vite etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxviii. A. de Veneriis. S. de Monte.) [In the margin: Oct(obris). 3 pp. Theiner, Vet.Monum. Hibern. et Scot., p. 390, no. 767, from Reg. Tom.xliii, fol. 71,’ i.e. the present Register.]
Prid. Id. June.
(12 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 75.)
To the prior and chapter of the church of Ely, of the order of St. Benedict. Confirmation of the appropriation made to their capitular mensa by Walter, bishop of Norwich, of the Augustinian priory of Spyney, to which is annexed the parish church of Wykyn [see Monasticon, I, p. 498, VI, p. 480], and of the Benedictine priory of Malycourt and the parish church of Fedeston (sic), in the diocese of Norwich, dependent on the said priory of Malicourt (fn. 13) [see ibid., I, pp. 490, 494], made by the said bishop, with consent of king Henry and John, earl of Worcester, patron of Spynnei priory, and Thomas Bampre, esquire, patron of Malyncourt priory, on the ground that the fruits etc. thereof had been so diminished by pestilences. barrenness and the negligence of the priors and other misfortunes that they were insufficient for the support of their priors and convents and rectors, wherefore it was feared that they might come to profane uses and their possessions fall into the hands of laymen, and on the ground of their nearness to the said church of Ely; the said bishop and his successors being compensated by the yearly payment by the said prior and chapter of 13s. 4d. from Spynney and 3s. 4d. from Malyncourt priories, and 6s. 8d. from Wykyn and 3s. 4d. from Fondeston (sic) churches: in virtue of which letters of appropriation the said prior and chapter obtained and now hold possession, keep four monks in Spiney priory, and are making great repairs in the said benefices. etc. Ex iniuncto nobis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | l. S. de Monte. Julius.) [In the margin: Julii. 2 pp.]

6 Nicholas V.

Id. March.
(15 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 249d.)
To the chancellor of Lichfield. Mandate (relating the circumstances of the illicit consecration of Michael Trigowre, to whom the pope made provision of the church of above, Reg. Vat. CCCCXXV, f. 90d) to make decree of suspension etc., as ibid., alike in the case of the said Michael and of the bishop of Llandaff, who consecrated him, until they obtain absolution and reconciliation from the pope and the apostolic see. Licet per nounullos. (Pe. de Noxeto | de Curia. Jo. de Vulterris. [1⅓ pp. Theiner, Vet.Monum. Hibern. et Scot. Hist. Illustr., pp. 388, 389, no. 765, from ‘Reg. de Curia Tom. xliii, fol. 249,’ i.e. the present Register.]

7 Nicholas V.

6 Kal. Oct.
(26 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 267.)
To William Auenyg (fn. 14), a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Malmesburi. Dispensation to him, a priest, at his own petition and that of Robert Botil, prior of the priory of St. John of Jerusalem, to hold for life any benefice with or without cure, wont to be governed by monks of the said order or by secular clerks, even if a parish church etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases.Religionis etc. (P. Candidus. | xxx. A. de Veneriis.A. de Magio.) [In the margin: Oct(obris).]


  • 2. On the back of the volume is the usual red label, with ‘Nicol. V. de Curi. Lib. xxii. T. xxxxiii.’ On a parchment flyleaf, consisting of half an original draft bull of Martin V about the archdeaconry of Angles (de Angulis) in the church of Tarbes (Tarvien.), is ‘Quartus Rotulus’ in a contemporary hand and, in the hand of Bissaiga, ‘Nicolai V. de Curia.Lib. xxii. Tom. xxxxiii.’ The rubricelle follow, headed ‘Sequuntur Rubricelle vicesimi secundi libri de Curia sanctissimi domini nostri domini Nicolai divina providentia pape quinti, incepte de mense Augusti mccccliii.' The text comes next, ff. 1-290.
  • 3. So spelt several times, an attempt at correction in one place giving 'selvy.’ In places it is written ab initio ‘Selvy.’
  • 4. Corrected from ‘Mediwurgh.’
  • 5. The part in square brackets is supplied from the prior's own letters as exemplified below.
  • 6. … et quod idem vicarius et sui successores haberent unam clausuram vulgariter nuncupatamle person holmein campis de Swynfford in parrochia de Swynfford dicte Lincolniensis diocesis, et eciam omnes commoditates proventuras de salicibus quibus locus antedictus funt inclusus, ac omnes denarios intuitu nuptiarum et quorumlibet nuntiorum seu questorum feudales necnon legata intuitu persone ipsius vicarii per parrochianos ipsius ecclesie sibi limitata, ac unam competentem mansionem, habentem aulam cameram celarium coquinam et stabulum continens largitatem pro feno et pabulo equino conservando, sumptibus corumdem abbatis et conventus construendam.
  • 7. Here correctly written.
  • 8. frumenti et brasii.
  • 9. The ‘w’ is not clear.
  • 10. Item in aliis maneriis scilicet de Friston ad summam ventum librarum, et de Staner viginti marcharum. et de Thorpviginti librarum in tenementis suis, de Hillomviginti librarum. Item in manerio de Rawclyft decem librarum ac de Brayton Acastre Stormesworth et Conyngburgh ducentarum librarum.
  • 11. infestationes.
  • 12. qualitercunque ex illegitimo matrimonio procreatis.
  • 13. parrochialis ecclesia de Fedeston Norwicensis diocesis a prioratu de Malicourt dependens.
  • 14. The last letter but one is obscured, apparently by correction.