Calendar of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2, 1358-1688. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.
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ANNO 2 HENRY IV.
Horscroft (William).—To be buried in the chancel of the church of S. Andrew de Holbourne. Bequests to the said church and to divers orders of friars for trentals of masses. Also to Hugh Sprot, rector, and the churchwardens of the aforesaid church, he leaves an annual rent, issuing from his lands and tenements in the parish of S. Andrew, for pious and charitable uses, a life interest in the said lands and tenements being left to Matilda his wife, with remainder to Johanna his daughter, wife of Alan Symond, in special tail. To Richard his brother a sum of money and his best cloak and hood. Dated London, 1 April, A.D. 1399.
Smyth (Andrew), "pyebaker."—To be buried in the church of S. Michael upon Cornhull. Bequests to the said church and the Fraternity of S. Anne therein; also to the rector and parishioners of the said church and their successors he leaves tenements in the parish of S. Clement near Estchep, on condition that they maintain a chantry for the good of his soul, the souls of Hugh Smyth and Felicia, wife of the same, the testator's parents, Johanna his late wife and Robert and Johanna her parents, Johanna his present wife, and others. Also to Johanna his wife a life interest in his tenements in the parish of S. Michael aforesaid, and in his tenement called "le Flynthalle" in the parish of S. Olave in Sylverstret; remainder to Margaret his daughter in tail. To Isabella his daughter, wife of William Blount, a sum of money. Dated London, the last day of May, A.D. 1399.—By way of codicil he appoints James Remyngton chaplain to the above chantry, the control of which is to be in the hands of his executors.
Whaplode (John).—To be buried before "le Poolpet" in the church of S. Margaret de Briggestrete. Bequests to the said church and the church of S. Mary Magdalen de Suthwerk, their chaplains, &c. His executors to sell the reversion of certain tenements in the parish of S. Nicholas Coldabbey, and devote the proceeds to pious uses for the good of his soul, the souls of Margery, Margery, and Johanna his wives, Richard Yonge, and others. His said executors are also to sell the reversion, and rent of a garland of red roses, of a shop in the parish of S. Leonard de Estchepe for like purposes. To John his younger brother in co. Lincoln twenty shillings. Dated London, 9 August, A.D. 1400.—His executors also to sell his lands and tenements in the vill of Stratford Langthorn in the parish of Westhamme, (fn. 1) and his feoffees to make a good estate of the same to the purchaser. Bequests out of the proceeds for rebuilding the belfry of the church of S. Margaret aforesaid, and also to Robert and Hugh his brothers.
Yeuele or Yevele (Henry), "masoun," citizen and freeman of the City of London, and parishioner of the church of S. Magnus at London Bridge.—To be buried in the said church in S. Mary's Chapel, where his tomb is already prepared. Katherine his wife to enjoy a life interest in certain tenements, rents, &c., comprising le Fisshwharf at le Hole in the parish of S. Magnus aforesaid, charged with the maintenance of two chantries in the said parish church for the good of his soul, the souls of Margaret his late wife, Roger his father, Marion his mother, and others; remainder to the rector and churchwardens of the said church for the time being, for similar pious uses as directed. Under certain circumstances the aforesaid property is to remain to the Mayor or Warden and Commonalty of the City of London to the use of London Bridge for the maintenance of two chantry priests in the chapel upon the same. Also to his aforesaid wife a brewery called "le Glene" in the parish of S. Magnus, tenements in Basynglane and Cordwanerstrete in the parish of S. Mary de Aldermarichirche, and tenements in the parish of S. Martin Otyswich for life; remainder in trust for sale for pious and charitable uses; also his lands and tenements at Wenyngton and Alvythele (fn. 2) or elsewhere in co. Essex for life; remainder in trust for sale, a part of the proceeds being especially devoted to assist the rebuilding of the ancient Isle within the church of the Hospital of S. Thomas the Martyr of Suthwerk, where the poor inmates lie. Dated London, 25 May, A.D. 1400. Roll 129 (7).
Salesbury (Paul), Esquire.—To be buried in the church of S. Katherine near the Tower. Bequests to the said church, to the professed friars and poor bedefolk (cuilibet pauperi oratrici) there, and for the maintenance of a chantry therein for one year. To Elizabeth his daughter a tenement in Candelwykstrete in the parish of S. Mary de Bothawe, and rents in Sopereslane in the parish of S. Antonin; also divers chattels, comprising half a dozen peawtervessell, a red embroidered bed, materas, blankettes, &c. Dated London, 25 July, A.D. 1398.—Also his will is that his feoffees of the manor of Higham in the parish of Walcumstowe (fn. 3) give an estate tail therein to his aforesaid daughter.
Bradford (Margaret, relict of John, Knt.), formerly wife of Adam de Wymundham, mercer, and daughter of Richard Staundon, late "cofrer."—To be buried near Adam her former husband in the parish church of S. Michael de Basyngesawe. Bequests to the said church, to four orders of mendicant friars in London, and the Friars of H. Cross near the Tower, the Hospital of S. Mary without Bisshopisgate, the church of S. Botolph without Bisshopesgate, &c. Among other bequests she leaves to Margaret her servant her entire bed, viz., three curtains with selur (fn. 4) of blue card, (fn. 5) a coverlet with testur of green, a pair of sheets, two blankets, and a quylt. To Richard Brompton, mercer, a shop in the parish of S. Margaret de Lothebury. To William Bradford her son all her lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Margaret de Lothebury and S. Stephen in Colmanstrete in tail; remainder in trust for sale for pious and charitable uses. Her tenements in the parishes of S. Dionisius de Bakchirche and S. Michael de Bassyngeshawe to be sold for the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Michael de Basyngeshawe and other pious and charitable uses. Thomas Wilford, Alderman, appointed surveyor of her testament. Dated London, 25 October, A.D. 1400.
Bussh (John), chandler.—To be buried in the church of S. Nicholas at the Shambles, wherein a chantry is to be maintained for the good of his soul, the souls of William and Johanna his father and mother, and others. Bequests to the old work of S. Paul's, the five orders of mendicant friars in London, the inmates of hospitals and prisons, the poor and bedridden in the parish of S. Nicholas aforesaid and elsewhere, the fabric of the church of Southflete, co. Kent, and his poor kinsmen in the said parish, &c.; also to Alice his sister, his apprentices, and others. To John Simond, chandler, he leaves a cask or two pipes of best oil, provided the said John will undertake the duties of his executor. To Emma his wife a tenement in S. Michael's Lane in the parish of S. Michael de Crokedlane for life; remainder to Johanna his kinswoman, wife of Richard Stratton, in tail; remainder in trust for sale for pious and charitable uses. Dated London, 4 December, A.D. 1398.—Bequests also to the Fraternity of S. John of the Tailors of London and the Fraternity of SS. Fabian and Sebastian without Aldrichesgate.
Pateney (John), Rector of the parish church of Tangemer (fn. 6) within the jurisdiction of Canterbury.—To be buried in the minster of S. Mary de Boxgrave (fn. 7) in the diocese of Chichester. Bequests for funeral and observance of his month's mind and obit. Also to the aforesaid church of Tangemere and fraternity thereof, the convent of Boxgrave, and to Richard Mallyng, John atte Nasche, and others, he leaves sums of money or divers measures of corn and barley. His executors instructed to sell his tenement in Oldechaunge, his tavern near S. Nicholas Fleschamelus, and his tenement in Adlyngstrete, and devote the proceeds to the good of his soul. To Juliana Sall a tenement in Bredstrete for life; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Dated the morrow of All Saints [1 Nov.], A.D. 1400.
Somersete (Robert), draper.—To be buried in the church of S. Margaret de Lothebury. Bequests to the said church for chantries, &c., to the fabric of the church of S. Thomas de Acon, the five orders of friars in London, the inmates of various hospitals, the three houses of lepers near London, viz., of S. Thomas de Watring, (fn. 8) Hakeney, and S. Giles de Holebourne; to every anchorite in London, the nuns of Stratford, Haliwell, and Clerkenwell, to the alms of the Fraternity of S. John the Baptist of the Tailors of London and their beadle, the prisoners in Neugate and the Marshalsea in Suthwerk, the Abbey of Graces upon Tourhill, the Fraternity of the Drapers in the church of S. Mary atte Bowe and their beadle, &c. To Agnes his wife his lands and tenement in the parish of S. Margaret aforesaid for life; remainder in trust for sale (Henry Julyan, "iremongere," to have the right of preemption), and the proceeds to be devoted to masses, maintenance of highways, &c. His wife also to have a moiety of all his goods and chattels by way of dower and her reasonable part. To Thomas Fresheford his brother he leaves his second-best tunic (armulausam (fn. 9)) and a cloak. Dated London, 18 July, A.D. 1400.
Senesterre (John), brewer.—To be buried in the church of S. Mary de Wulchirchehawe. Bequests to the said church, its ministers, lights, and Fraternity of the Blessed Mary therein; also to divers orders of mendicant friars in London, the inmates of certain hospitals, &c. To William and Nicholas his sons and Agnes his daughter he leaves sums of money and household goods, which are to be kept in safe custody until they come of age. Certain tenements in Old Jewry and West Smythefeld to be sold, and out of the proceeds a chantry priest to be maintained in the church of Wulchirchehawe aforesaid and one in the church of Asshewell (fn. 10) for the good of his soul, the souls of Alice and Alice his wives, Alan his father, Alice his mother, and others. Dated London, 11 November, A.D. 1400.—Also his will is that his feoffees of lands and tenements at Ashwell, Henxteworth, (fn. 11) and Gildenmordon (fn. 12) convey to John his son the lands and tenements called "Senesterresplace," and to Nicholas his son his interest in lands and tenements called "Otewys" in Asshwell and in Henxteworth aforesaid. To the Fraternity of Corpus Christi at Asshwell forty shillings. Roll 129 (75).
Bussh (John), "curreour."—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Giles without Crepulgate. Bequests to the church of S. Giles aforesaid, its clerks, the new work of the belfry, and the alms of the Fraternity of S. Giles founded by the lord the King therein; also to the five orders of mendicant friars in London, the fabric of the parish church of Totenham, and for the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Giles aforesaid. To John his son, Elizabeth his daughter, Alice his sister, and others, he leaves sums of money and household chattels, and to Emma his wife the residue of his goods and chattels. His debtors who are unable to pay their debts to him are to be forgiven. Also to Emma his wife he leaves his tenement in Grubbestrete in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate for life; remainder to his aforesaid son and daughter and the heirs of their several bodies. Dated London, 18 September, A.D. 1396. Roll 129 (113).