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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The following is a copy of the earliest list of Aldermen of the City of London preserved among the records of the Corporation (Letter-Book A, fol. 116), together with the names of the wards they respectively represented. It is not dated, but there is good reason for conjecturing it to have been written circa14 Edward I. [A.D. 1285-6].
|Warda Fori (fn. 1)||Stephanus Aswy.|
|Warda de Lodgate et Neugate (fn. 2)||Willelmus de Farndon.|
|Warda Castri Beynard||Ricardus Aswy.|
|Warda de Aldreidesgate||Willelmus le Mazener.|
|Warda de Bredstrate||Anketinus de Betevile.|
|Warda de Ripa regine||Simon de Hadestok.|
|Warda Vinetrie||Johannes de Gisors.|
|Warda de Douegate||Gregorius de Rokesle.|
|Warda de Walebrock||Thomas Box.|
|Warda de Colemanestrate||Johannes filius Petri.|
|Warda de Bassieshawe||Radulphus le Blound.|
|Warda de Crepelgate||Henricus de Frowick.|
|Warda de Candlewystrate||Robertus de Basinge.|
|Warda de Langeford (fn. 3)||Nicholaus de Wintonia.|
|Warda de Cordewanerstrate||Henricus le Waleys.|
|Warda de Cornhull||Martinus Box.|
|Warda de Limstrate||Rubertus de Rokesle.|
|Warda de Bissopesgate||Philippus le Taylur.|
|Warda de Alegate||Johannes de Norhampton.|
|Warda de Turri||Willelmus de Hadestok.|
|Warda do Billingesgate||Wolmarus de Essex.|
|Warda||Joceus le Achatur.|
|Warda de Lodingeberi||Robertus de Arras.|
|Porsokne||Prior Sancte Trinitatis de Alegate. (fn. 4)|
On Tuesday next before the Feast of S. Botolph [17 June], anno 21 Edward I. [A.D. 1293], the chief men of every ward, in the presence of Sir John le Bretun, Warden of London, elected for themselves an Alderman, whom they presented to the said Warden, saying that whatsoever the Alderman so elected should, in conjunction with the Warden, determine upon for the government of the City and the keeping of the king's peace, they would ratify and accept without challenge.
The following are the names of the Aldermen presented to the Warden by each ward on that occasion, being the next earliest list to the foregoing preserved among the Corporation Kecords (Letter-Book C, fol. vi):—
The only other list of Aldermen recorded (fn. 5) within the period embraced by Part I. of this Calendar appears in a general ward assessment for the purpose of raising a talliage levied for the King, anno 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20], which gave rise to some complaints by the citizens of London:—