Calendar of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 1, 1258-1358. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1889.
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ANNO 7 EDWARD III.
Monday next after the Feast of Purification of V. Mary [2 Feb.].
Atte More (Walter), burser. (fn. 1) —To John, Robert, and Ralph his sons pecuniary legacies. To the work of London Bridge forty pence. Agnes his wife to have the custody of his said sons during minority. Also to his said wife for life a tenement in the parish of S. Giles without Crepelgate, charged with the maintenance of two chantries in the said parish church for one year after his decease; remainder to pious uses. Dated London, Friday next after the Feast of S. Martin in Yeme [11 Nov.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (9).
Vicari (William).—To Alice his wife brewhouses in the parish of S. Sepulchre for life; remainder to James his son in tail; remainder to pious uses. The said son to remain in the custody of his wife, together with all the goods bequeathed to him, to wit, five marks of silver, a cup of mazer, with enamelled bottom to represent a gilt falcon, a feather bed, sheets, &c. Dated London, Wednesday next before the Feast of Nativity of our Lord, A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (10).
Monday the Feast of S. Peter in Cathedrâ [22 Feb.].
Gloucestre (John de), Rector of Herdyngton (fn. 2) in the diocese of London.—To the religious brethren of Houneslawe (fn. 3) a tenement in Aldrichesgate Street, so that they provide chantries in their house and in the church of Herdyngton for the good of his soul and the souls of Master Richard de Gloucestre [his father?], Cristina his mother, and others. Also to Alice Walkeleyen, girdler, tenements in the said street near the tenements of William and Richard de Shordyche for life; remainder to the aforesaid religious brethren of Houneslawe. Legacies to Friars John de Stratford and William (fn. 4) de Hoghton, of the Carmelite Order, for their clothing, and a guardian appointed during their minority. Dated London, Thursday next after the Feast of H. Trinity [14 June], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (16).
Chigwell (fn. 5) (Hamo de).—To the Dean and his brethren (confratribus meis) of the aforesaid (sic) church of S. Paul all his tenements in the parish of S. Peter the Less for services at the altar of S. Thomas the Martyr in the said church for the good of the souls of Thomas his father, Cecilia his mother, Richard, Walter, and William [his sons ?], and all the faithful departed. His mansion in the parish of S. Mary Montenhaut, and all his other rents, tenements, &c., within the City and suburbs, to be sold for payment of his legacies, &c., set out in another testament relating to his movables. Also to the said Dean and Chapter all his houses in the parish of S. Matthew de Fridaystrete, for providing chantries both in the said parish church and in the church of S. Paul before the altar of the image of the Blessed Mary in the old work. Dated London, Tuesday next after the Feast of H. Trinity [14 June], A.D. 1332.
Whereupon came John de Pulteneye and put his claim upon the aforesaid testament, saying that the said tenements in the parish of S. Matthew de Fridaystrete were some time in the seisin of a certain Richard de Chigwell, who granted them to Hamond (Hamondus) de Dene, fishmonger, who now in his aforesaid testament calls himself Hamo (Hamo) de Chigwell, for life; that the reversion of the said tenements descended to Robert de Chigwell as son and heir of the said Richard, who devised the same to be sold, and the same were sold by his executors, by deed enrolled, (fn. 6) to a certain Henry de Iddebury, Rector of Islep, and John Baret, who in turn demised the said tenements by deed (fn. 7) to him the said John de Pulteneye. And inasmuch as he has shown in court the deed of the said Hamond, now calling himself Hamo in his aforesaid testament, which proves that the said Hamond had only a life estate, &c., and whereas the said Hamond had not in his lifetime challenged the testaments of the said Richard and the said Robert pursuant to the custom of the City, &c., he the said John de Pulteneye asked that execution as to the said tenements in the parish of S. Matthew de Fridaystrete might be stayed. And thereupon for the aforesaid reasons execution as to those tenements was stayed; but as to the rest of the tenements devised execution was ordered to issue, saving the right of any one, &c.
Roll 61 (17).
Monday after the Feast of S. Mathias, Apostle [24 Feb.].
Potyn (John), girdler.—Certain rents in the lane and parish of S. Laurence in Old Jewry to be devoted to a chantry in the said parish church for the good of his soul and the souls of Sibil his wife, William his father, Johanna his mother, and of Richard and Matilda the parents of his wife, and others. To the said Sibil for life tenements and rents in the said lane and parish; remainders to Nicholas de Thorneby, and to Johanna his niece, daughter of Nicholas Harlewyne, in tail; remainder to pious and charitable uses. To Laurence le Botoner eight shops in the parish of S. Michael de Bassyeshawe. To Nicholas and John, sons of Nicholas Harlewyne, a parcel of land as tenants in tail, with cross remainders; remainder to Johanna their sister. For the maintenance of the fraternity for providing wax tapers (fraternitatis cereorum) before the cross in the said church of S. Laurence four shillings annual quitrent of a house called "Gerdleresselde" in Westchepe, parish of S. Pancras, so long as the said fraternity shall exist and is faithfully supported; and if it be dissolved so that the wax tapers fail to be maintained, the said rents to go to the churchwardens for a similar purpose. Directions given for placing and lighting the said tapers: one large taper, more especially, to be placed near our Lord's tomb on the day of the preparation, to be lighted after the antiphon Caro mea requiescet in spe, and so to burn till our Lord's resurrection and throughout the octave; and if any of it be left after the completion of the octave, it is to be used in aid of the other tapers. This large taper to be renewed every year on the day of the preparation, and to burn in manner aforesaid. Dated London, Friday next before the Feast of S. Laurence [10 Aug.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (24).
Monday next before the Feast of S. Gregory, Pope [12 March].
Berkhampstede (William de).—To Johanna his wife his tenement in the parish of S. Laurence in the Jewry for life, so that she provide a chantry in the said parish church for one year. After her decease the same to be sold, and twenty pounds sterling of the proceeds to be divided equally among his aforesaid (sic) four daughters, and the residue to be devoted to pious uses. Dated London, Thursday next before the Feast of S. Thomas the Apostle [21 Dec.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (30).
Grenewych (Alexander de), cordwainer.—To Alexander his son an annual rent of a shop in the Old Fish Market in the parish of S. Nicholas Coldabbey in tail. Also to Hugh his son in tail rents in le Redecrouchstrate and le Morelane in the parish of S. Giles without Crepelgate; remainder to his right heirs. Dated London, Monday next after the Feast of S. Ambrose, viz. 8 April, A.D. 1331.
Roll 61 (35).
Monday the Morrow of the Feast of S. Mark, E vang. [25 April].
Maundevile (Johanna).—Her tenements in Sopereslane, which she acquired from the executors of Thomas Romayn and of Juliana his wife, to be sold for pious and charitable uses. Dated Friday, III. Nones March [5 March], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (44).
Donemowe (Robert de).—To Agnes his daughter a certain chamber and solar in tail. To Richard his son his dwelling-house, subject to certain payments to the church of S. Paul. To Philip and John his sons a certain house, the said Philip taking all the profits of the same for the first nine years; remainder, in default of heirs of their bodies, to pious uses for the good of his soul and the soul of Margery his late wife. Dated Monday the morrow of S. Lucia, Virgin [13 Dec.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (49).
Halgheford (Nicholas de).—To the Prior and Convent of S. Mary without Bisshopesgate in aid of their vesture he leaves tenements in Grenewychelane, parish of All Hallows the Great, so that his anniversary be kept. To Johanna his wife twenty shillings annual rent of a house in Friday strate for life; remainder to Margery his daughter. Dated at his house in the said Hospital of S. Mary, Saturday next after the Feast of S. Hilary [13 Jan.], A.D. 1331.
Whereupon came Nicholas, son of the testator, and put his claim, saying that his father could not devise the said tenements, &c.
Roll 61 (52).
Monday the Feast of Invention of H. Gross [3 May].
Chayham (Laurence de), girdler.—Tenements in Colemanstrete in the parish of S. Stephen to be sold, and forty shillings of the proceeds to go to Matilda his wife; and provision to be made for chantries in the said (sic) church of S. Olave, and for a trental (fn. 8) of masses by the Friars Minors of London for the souls of Hugh his father and Gennora his mother. A trental of masses by the Augustinian Friars to be provided for out of his movable goods, and one moiety of the residue of his said goods to go to his wife by way of dower. Dated London, 10 April, A.D. 1333.
Roll 61 (61).
Barber (Thomas le) de Bredstrete.—To Peter le Barber certain rents in Fletestrete in the parish of S. Dunstan West until he shall have received one hundred shillings; remainder to John and Agnes his children. Dated London, Wednesday next after Feast of Apostles Peter and Paul [29 June], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (62).
Monday the Morrow of the Feast of H. Trinity [26 May].
Wheteleye (Nigel de).—A tenement in the parish of S. Botolph without Aldresgate to be sold to fulfil his will, and Alice his daughter to be preferred as purchaser. Dated at his hostel, London, in the aforesaid parish, A.D. 1331.
Roll 61 (73).
Monday next before the Feast of S. Barnabas [11 June].
Luton (William de).—To Bona his wife all his tenements and rents in Manionelane in the parish of S. Dunstan for life; the same to be sold at her decease. Dated London, Monday next before the Feast of S. Mark, Evangelist [25 April], A.D. 1333.
Roll 61 (77).
Hale (Stephen de), "felmongere."—To Matilda his wife a tenement in Gaysporelane in the parish of S. Mary de Aldermannebury for life; remainder to Thomas and Johanna his children and the heirs of their bodies; remainder to pious and charitable uses. Dated London, Wednesday next after the Feast of Conception of V. Mary [8 Dec.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (78).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Barnabas [11 June].
Turk (Gtodwyn).—A brewhouse and shops at Smethefeld to be sold to pay his debts and fulfil the will of his testament (voluntatem testamenti mei). To Petronilla his wife for life all his tenements of which he and his said wife were jointly enfeoffed. To Andrew and Walter his sons tenements in Breggestrate and at Billyngesgate. His wife to apportion the residue of his tenements as she may think fit among his other children according to their condition. Dated London, Tuesday in Whitsun week, A.D. 1333.
Whereupon came the aforesaid Petronilla and put her claim upan a devise made of a certain tenement, wharf, &c., which she and the testator had acquired conjointly from John, son of Hugh Baudry, whereof she produced proof. Accordingly her challenge was maintained as to the said tenements, &c., the quitclaim whereof by the said John Baudry was enrolled (fn. 9) in the rolls of deeds and wills at the Husting held on Monday next after the Feast of S. James [25 July], 20 Edward II. [A.D. 1326].
Roll 61 (83).
Monday the Vigil of the Feast of S. Margaret, Virgin [20 July].
Bere (Richard de la) de Westcote.—To Johanna his daughter houses lately built by him in Phelipeslane for life; after her death the same to be sold for fulfilling his testament. Dated Aspele, in the parish of Suthlyngton, co. Beds, Wednesday the Feast of S. Martin, Bishop and Confessor [11 Nov.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (85).
Poyntel (Thomas).—To Johanna his wife all his tenements and rents in the City and suburbs of London for life. To Thomas his son and Amicia and Cristina his daughters the reversion of shops, rents, &c., in the parishes of S. Nicholas Shambles, S. Mary de Aldermanbury, S. Edmund the King in Lombardstrete, and S. Botolph without Bisshopesgate, with cross remainders. Dated London, Sunday next before the Feast of Annunciation of V. Mary [25 March], A.D. 1332.
Whereupon came John de Shirebourn, clerk, and put his claim upon the testament aforesaid.
Roll 61 (92).
Monday the Morrow of the Feast of S. James, Apostle [25 July].
Bosenham (William de).—TO Gilbert and Simon his sons tenements, &c., in the parishes of S. Botolph without Algate, S. Katherine within Alegate, and All Hallows de Berkyngcherche. Agnes his wife appointed guardian of his said sons. Dated 4 March, A.D. 1315.
Previous to this testament it is recorded that Simon, son of William de Bosenham, came to the Court of Husting of Pleas of Land beid on Monday the vigil of S. Margaret, and complained that the aforesaid Agnes had delayed proving the above testament for fifteen years, he himself being under age at the time, to the disherison of himself as to tenements devised to him in the said testament, and prayed a remedy. Accordingly the said Agnes, together with Gilbert Bonrouncyn, her husband, and John Chaplain, her co-executor, were summoned to appear at the next Husting, and to bring with them the testament, which they did; and when asked to account for the delay, the said Agnes declared that the aforesaid William her husband had died so much in debt that she was afraid to prove his testament or to undertake the burden of administration in that court, but she knew no reason why the same should not be proved. Whereupon the testament was admitted to probate, &c.
Roll 61 (97).
Monday next before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.].
Dallyng (John de), senior.—To Johanna his wife for life all his tenements in the City of London, so that she divide one moiety of the rents of the same among his children William, Hugh, John, and Nicholas, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Sarah, except his mansion house in the parish of S. Nicholas, which she is to enjoy for life exempt from such payment; remainder to his said children in successive tail; remainder to Katherine his daughter, her heirs and assigns. Also to his said children the reversion of tenements in the parishes of S. Margaret Moysi in Fridaystrete and S. Vedast in tail, with cross remainders. Also to the said Johanna his wife rents in the parish of S. Mary le Bow in Cordewanerstre (sic) for life, with remainders over. Dated London, Friday next after the Nativity of V. Mary [8 Sept.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (99).
Monday next before the Feast of S. Martin [11 Nov.].
St. Philbert (Sie John de), Knt.—To Hugh his son all his houses in the City of London and in the vill of St. Edmund (fn. 10) in tail; remainder to the testator's heirs in tail male. Dated Canefeld, (fn. 11) in the diocese of London, Thursday the vigil of S. Luke, Evangelist [18 Oct.], A.D. 1331.
Roll 61 (107).
Wyrcestre (Robert de), skinner.—Tenements and rents in the parish of S. Andrew to be sold by his executors, and one moiety of the proceeds to go to Alice his wife by way of dower, and the other to be devoted to pious and charitable uses. Also to his said wife for life by way of her free-bench (fn. 12) (liberi band) his dwelling-house in the said parish of S. Andrew; remainder to pious uses. Dated London, Friday next after the Feast of S. Dunstan, Bishop [19 May], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (108).
Pampesworth (John de), hosier.—To John le Keu, (fn. 13) his apprentice, shops in Cordewanerstrete in the parish of S. Mary le Bow. His rents and tenements in the parish of S. Sepulchre without Neugate, and in Fletestrete in the parish of S. Dunstan West, to be sold, and the proceeds devoted to the maintenance of chantries in the said church of S. Sepulchre. Dated London, Sunday the Feast of S. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], A.D. 1333.
Whereupon came William de Loughteburgh and Margery his wife and put their claim upon the said testament.
Roll 61 (110).
Darmentiers (Johanna, late wife of John (fn. 14) ).—To Isabella, daughter of Ralph le Balauncer, wife of John de Causton, mercer, her shop opposite Sopereslane, parish of S. Antonin, she rendering yearly to the church of the nuns of S. Elena on Easter Sunday forty pence for providing communion wine in the said church. Dated London, within the cloister of the house of S. Elena aforesaid, Wednesday next before the Feast of S. Peter in Cathedrâ [22 Feb.], A.D. 1331.
Roll 61 (114).
Coterel (Richaed), cordwainer.—To John, Richard, Thomas, and William his sons pecuniary legacies. Edith his wife appointed their guardian. Also to his said wife for life tenements and shops in the lane and parish of S. Nicholas Hakon, in Sopereslane in the parish of S. Pancras, and in Wodestrete in the parish of S. Michael de Hoggenlane. Should she sell the same during her lifetime one third of the proceeds to go to her by way of dower, and the residue to his aforesaid sons. Dated London, Sunday next after the Feast of Apostles Philip and James [1 May], A.D. 1333.
Roll 61 (115).
Ely (Robert de).—All his tenements and rents in the City of London to be sold to pay his debts. Dated London, Friday next before the Feast of S. Luke, Evangelist [18 Oct.], A.D. 1333.
Whereupon came John, son of Robert de Gloucestre, and put his claim upon the said testament; and similarly Margaret de Dokes-worth put her claim, &c.
Roll 61 (116).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Martin [11 Nov.].
Banquell (Thomas de).—Certain rents in the parishes of S. Dunstan towards the Tower, S. Botolph Billyngesgate, and S. Dionisius Graschurche to be devoted to the maintenance of chantries in the church of S. Michael de Bassieshawe for the good of his soul and the souls of John his father and Cecilia (fn. 15) his mother, &c., for the first twenty years after his decease. To Thomas his son all his rents and tenements in the City and suburbs within the liberty of the City in tail; remainders to Dionisia and Elizabeth his daughters and the heirs of their bodies. To Peter Walkelyn, "ceynturer," and to John Poyntere shops in the said parish of S. Michael for life. Dated London, Saturday next after the Feast of Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.], A.D. 1333.
Roll 61 (118).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Edmund, King [20 Nov.].
Hunteman. (Adam).—To Richard de Kent, vintner, a term of seven years in a tenement in the parish of All Hallows de Berkyngecherche. If the tenement be sold, he wills that one third of the proceeds go to Margery his wife by way of dower, and the residue be devoted to payment of his debts, and to pious uses for the good of his soul and the souls of his father and mother, Emma his [late] wife, and others. His executors appointed guardians of John his son, to whom he leaves two thirds of the profits arising from all his lands and tenements, and the residue to pious uses. Dated London, Tuesday next before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], A.D. 1333.
Roll 61 (121).
Clerk (Reginald le).—TO Cecilia his wife a tenement in the aforesaid (sic) parish of S. Andrew for life; remainder to Johanna his daughter and Thomas de Bryncheslegh in special tail; remainder to John his son in fee. Dated at Holebourn, in the suburb of London, Sunday the Feast of S. John, Apostle and Evangelist [27 Dec.], A.D. 1332.
Roll 61 (122).
Monday the Feast of S. Nicholas, Bp. and Conf. [6 Dec.].
Busshe (Master John), clerk.—Certain hereditaments in the parish of Fanchirche to be sold (saving to the monks of Bermundsey (fn. 16) thirty-two pence annual rent), and out of the proceeds chantries to be maintained in the churches of S. Dunstan at the Tower and S. Mary de Fanchirche for the good of the souls of Edward the King, son of King Henry; of Stephen, formerly priest of the said King Edward; of Simon his father and Alice his mother, and others. If the said messuages cannot be sold as his executors wish, he devises the same to the Hospital of S. Thomas the Martyr in Suthwerk. His houses in the parish of S. Dunstan near the Tower also to be sold, saving thirty pence to London Bridge, and the wardens of the bridge to be preferred as purchasers if they will by the value of one talent (fn. 17) (ad valentiam unius talenti). Dated Lincoln, Sunday, 6 June, A.D. 1333.
Whereupon came William Busshe, brother of the aforesaid John, and put his claim upon the testament as to the tenements in the parish of Fancherche, saying that he was brother of the testator, and as such entered upon the said tenements at the testator's decease, and was still so seised of them. He also alleged that the said tenements were demised by a certain Stephen de London, chaplain, to the aforesaid Simon, the testator's father, and his heirs lawfully begotten, and that at the decease of the said John Busshe they ought to descend to him as brother and heir by ormedon, (fn. 18) &c., and asked that execution should not issue. When questioned by the Court if he had any specialty to bring forward by way of proof, he said that he had not, but was prepared to verify his words by a jury, &c. Thereupon John de Lecheworth, executor of the testament, being asked if he had anything to say why execution should issue against the claim, &c., said that the tenements in question were some time in the seisin of one John called "Prest," a bureller, and Emma his wife, who by deed enrolled (fn. 19) in the fifty-fourth year of the reign of Henry III. granted them to Stephen de London (then chaplain to Sir Edward, the king's eldest son), who granted the same to Simon Busshe, the father of the said John and William, his heirs and assigns, by deed enrolled in the same year. (fn. 20) Whereupon he produced the said deeds enrolled, and asked that a simple uncorroborated assertion might not be admitted against deeds which are of record according to the custom of the City, and that execution might be decreed. And the rolls of deeds and wills being examined, the said deeds were found to be so enrolled; and the said William Busshe having nothing to say, plenary execution was granted, and the said William was in mercy for a false claim. (fn. 21)
Roll 61 (123).