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 8 HENRY IV.
Shrouesbury (John).—To be buried in S. John's Chapel in the church of S. Andrew in Holbourne. To Alice his wife all his lands and tenements in Holbourne in the parish of S. Andrew aforesaid for life. His feoffees of lands and tenements in co. Surrey to convey a life estate in the same to his said wife. After the decease of his wife the whole of the property aforesaid to be sold, and certain chantries to be maintained in the aforesaid church out of the proceeds. Dated London, the Vigil of S. Bartholomew, Apostle [24 Aug.], A.D. 1406. Roll 134 (2).
Shilford (John), draper.—The reversion of certain lands and tenements in the parish of S. Margaret de Lothebury, accruing to him after the decease of Alice his wife, to be sold at his death to fulfil his testament. The residue, &c. Dated London, 27 July, A.D. 1406. Roll 134 (16).
Ratteseye (Adam), vintner.—To Peter Gyveyn, rector of the church of S. Dionisius de Bakchirche, and parishioners of the same, and their successors, he leaves the tenement wherein he dwelt, so that they observe his obit and that of Cristina his wife, and maintain divine service, &c., out of the issues of the same as directed. Dated London, 16 February, A.D. 1405.
Forster (John), goldsmith.—His feoffees of a tenement and shops near the tenement called "le Walschrente" and elsewhere in the parishes of S. Peter in Westchepe and S. Michael de Wodestrete to convey the same to Alice his wife for life. He wills that certain rents of the said property should after her decease go to his god-daughter Johanna, daughter of John Curraunt, goldsmith. The reversion of the above tenements to be sold for pious uses, saving the above rents. Dated 6 May, A.D. 1406.
Atte Vyne (Andrew), draper.—Bequest of a certain rent to Sir Adam Warldesworth, parson of the church of S. Margaret Patyns, and his successors, for providing a chantry in the said church for the souls of William atte Vyne, Isabella, wife of the same, Thomas atte Vyne, the testator's father, and Alice, wife of the said Thomas, Amia, the testator's wife, and others; the said bequest being made according to the terms of the will of Thomas atte Vyne, late woolmonger, proved and enrolled in the Husting of London for Pleas of Land held on Monday next after the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 23 Edward III. [A.D. 1349]. (fn. 1) To Amia his wife he leaves all his lands and tenements in the parish of S. Margaret Patyns, subject to the above rent-charge, for life; remainder to Andrew his son in tail; remainder to the poor of the Hospital of S. Thomas in Southewerk and for observing the obits of the aforesaid Thomas and Andrew in the church of S. Dunstan en le Est. Dated London, the Feast of S. Katherine, Virgin [25 Nov.], A.D. 1406. Roll 134 (44).
Brampton (William), "stokfisshmongere."—To be buried in the church of S. Magnus near London Bridge. To Alice his wife a tenement and wharf in Thamisestrete in the parish of S. Magnus for life and one year more; remainder to Sir Thomas Overton, rector, and churchwardens of the church of S. Magnus aforesaid, and their successors, for the maintenance of a perpetual chantry, observance of his obit, &c.; remainder, in case of default, to the Mayor or Warden and Commonalty of the City of London and their successors to the use and maintenance of London Bridge. The Mayor or Warden of the City for the time being to see that the chantry is properly maintained, and to receive six shillings and eightpence therefor. Also to his aforesaid wife a brewery called "le lampe on the hoop" in the parish of S. Ethelburga within Bisshoppisgate for life; remainder to James his son in tail male; remainder in trust for sale, and the proceeds to be divided among the surviving daughters of the said James. Also to his said son tenements at the corner of the lane of S. Michael de Crokedlane. Dated London, 5 June, A.D. 1405.
Brampton (William), "stokfisshmongere."—His other testament, touching all his lands and tenements within the City of London and without, to be duly fulfilled, with the exception of his lands and tenements in the parish of S. Olave de Suthwerk, (fn. 2) concerning which he now wills that his feoffees of the same convey the same to Alice his wife for life and sell the reversion. One fourth of the proceeds to go to James his son, and the residue to the maintenance of chantries in the churches of S. Olave aforesaid and S. Magnus. Dated London, 6 November, A.D. 1406.
Dyk (John), tapicer.—To be buried in the porch of the church of S. Dionisius Bakchirche. To Johanna his wife lands and tenements in the parish of S. Dionisius aforesaid for life; remainder in trust for sale, except a brewery called "le Christofre on the hoop," and a portion of the proceeds to be devoted to the maintenance of a chantry in the aforesaid church for the good of his soul, the souls of Johanna his wife, Robert his father, Agnes his mother, and others. His wife to observe his obit as directed. His lands and tenements in co. Kent to be sold by his feoffees and executors, and the proceeds devoted to fulfilling this his testament. Dated London, 18 September, A.D. 1405. Roll 134 (64).
Sandwich (Lucy), widow of Walter Mayne, moneyer or minter.—Her executors to sell her tenements in the parish of S. James de Garlekhithe for pious uses. The residue of her goods, &c. Dated 1 July, A.D. 1405. Roll 134 (76).
Lodewyk (Robert).—Leaves certain lands and tenements in the parish of S. John upon Walbrooke to Sir Robert Brome, clerk, John Trenche and John Brokhole, chandlers, and William Broun, clerk, absolutely. Dated London, 12 March, A.D. 1406.
Cresewyk (William).—To William Pycard, grocer, tenements in the parish of S. Clement near Estchepe for life; remainder to Thomas Tollerton, rector, and the churchwardens of the church of S. Martin Orgar near Candelwykstrete and their successors, to whom he also leaves the reversion of other tenements in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate; charged with the maintenance of certain chantries in the church of S. Martin aforesaid for the good of his soul, the souls of William Hyde, late grocer, John Curteys de Wymynton, and others, and also with the observance of his obit, &c. In default the whole of the aforesaid property to go to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London for maintaining chantries in the chapel of S. Mary at the Guildhall. Dated London, 19 October, A.D. 1406. Roll 134 (88).
Wilford (Thomas), fishmonger.—To Elizabeth his wife lands, tenements, and rents in the parishes of S. Anne within Aldrychgate, S. Mary de Colcherche, S. Mary Somerset, S. Margaret in Briggestrete, S. Mary atte Hull, and S. Mary Fanchirche for life; remainder in trust for sale, and the proceeds devoted to poor and sick in divers parts of England upon Upland, (fn. 3) viz., ploughmen, carters, orphans, widows, and others. Other tenements in the parishes of S. Dunstan in le Est and S. Michael in Wodestrete, jointly held by himself and his wife, to be likewise sold, either by his executors or by members of the art of Fishmongers in Oldefisshstrete and Briggestrete with the advice of the Mayor for the time being, and the proceeds similarly disposed of. His feoffees of property in other parishes in the City and Suthwerk, and in the vills and parishes of Charlewode (fn. 4) and Thorley, (fn. 5) the parish of S. Mary de Newenton, the vill and fields of Pekham in the parish of Camerwelle, co. Surrey, to convey a life estate in the same to his aforesaid wife; remainder in trust for sale for uses aforesaid. His lands and tenements in the vill and parish of Torlaston, co. Notyngham, to be sold, and the proceeds distributed among his poor relations. A chantry to be maintained in the chapel rebuilt by him in the church of S. Mary Somerset. Dated London, 8 November, A.D. 1405. Roll 134 (100).
Wakele (John), vintner.—To Matilda his wife lands, tenements, and rents in the parishes of S. Martin Oteswych, S. Benedict Fynk, S. Edmund, King and Martyr, in Lumbardestrete, S. Andrew near Baynardescastell, and S. Brigid in Fletestrete for life, on condition that she content herself with the portion of goods left to her in his will touching his movables by way of her share, according to law and the custom of the City of London; otherwise she is to take nothing of the aforesaid lands, tenements, and rents, but only her portion of his movables according to law and custom. John his son to have the reversion of the aforesaid lands, tenements, and rents in tail. Also to his aforesaid wife he leaves certain chambers in the tenement wherein he dwelt, situate in the said (sic) parish of S. Botolph, together with an easement of a wharf appertaining to the said tenement. After the decease of his wife and son without an heir of the body, the aforesaid property is to be sold, and the proceeds devoted to the repair of churches and highways, bestowing marriage portions, and other pious and charitable uses. The reversion of certain tenements held by John his son and Margaret, wife of the same, situate in Berebyndereslane in the parish of S. Mary de Wollechirchehawe and in Wodestret in the parish of S. Michael de Hoggenlane and elsewhere, to be sold for pious uses. Dated London, 2 April, A.D. 1407. Roll 134 (103).
Cresewyk (William), citizen and freeman of the City of London.—To Alice his wife lands, tenements, and rents in the parishes of S. Martin Oteswych and S. Dionisius de Bakchirche for life, so that she maintain during her lifetime a chantry in the chapel of S. Katherine within the churchyard of the church of H. Trinity called "Crichirche" within Algate, and observe his obit as directed. After her death certain rents to go to the church of H. Trinity aforesaid and prior and convent of the same for pious uses for the souls of William Cresewyk, Alice, wife of the same [the testator and his wife?]. Henry and Richard, Agnes and Agnes, the fathers and mothers of the said William and Alice, Thomas, late husband of the aforesaid Alice, Robert, brother of the aforesaid William, and others. Also to the said Prior and Convent of H. Trinity he leaves the reversion of tenements in the parish of S. Martin aforesaid, charged with the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Katherine aforesaid; also an iron-bound chest with locks and keys, his messebook, vestment, chalice, his two new books called `Greylles,' (fn. 6) and a large Porthors. His name and the names of his wife and others to be inscribed above the altar with orate pro animis, &c. The chantry priest is directed every day at mass before office to face the congregation and say in English: "For Williaum Soule Cresewyk and Alice his wif, and for alle these paresshins lyves and dedes, and for alle cristen soules pater noster pro charyte," (fn. 7) and then to say a pater noster to himself and proceed to mass. His will, when proved and enrolled as is the custom in the Guildhall, to be placed in a box and deposited in the chest before mentioned. In default of the maintenance of the aforesaid chantry as directed, he wills that the property so devised remain to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London and the Chamberlain of the Guildhall for the time being for maintaining a chantry in the Guildhall Chapel. Also to Alice his wife he leaves lands and tenements at le Barbican in the parish of S. Botolph without Aldrichesgate for life; remainder to the Hospital of S. Bartholomew at Westsmythefeld, charged with the maintenance of a chantry, observance of the testator's obit, &c., as directed. To the poor church of S. Augustine Pappey near Bewesmarkes, (fn. 8) the rector and parishioners thereof, he leaves the reversion of a certain tenement and shops on condition that he be had in remembrance; and in default the same to go over to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London for the maintenance of chantries in the Guildhall Chapel. To the church of S. Leonard in Fasterlane and parishioners of the same certain rents in Morelane near Grubstrete in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate, on condition that his obit be duly observed; and to the church and parishioners of S. Sepulchre without Newgate certain rents in the said parish. Also to his aforesaid wife he leaves lands and tenements in Seintlaurencelane in the parish of S. Laurence, Old Jewry, in Fynkeslane in the parish of S. Benedict Fynk, and in Tourstrete in the parish of S. Dunstan Est, for life; remainder to John Cresewyk de Shefeld, co. York, his kinsman and right heir, being son of William Cresewyk, brother of Henry, the testator's father. To John Wodehous, clerk, his kinsman, a tenement in S. Botolph without Bisshoppesgate. To Thomas Skelton, chevalier, a tenement and reversion of a "Pyebakersshop" in the parish of S. Benedict in Greschirchestrete, after the decease of Johanna, wife of Robert his brother. His wife to have a life interest in his manor or place called "Douedale" (fn. 9) in the parish of Camerwelle, co. Surrey; remainder to John North his kinsman in tail male, with remainders over. The same John North to enjoy a similar estate in a tenement called "Whitynges" near Douedale. His feoffees of his manor of Coldabbeye, co. Surrey, to convey a life estate in the same to Alice his wife; remainder to John Wodehous, his kinsman and clerk, in tail, with remainders over. Similarly his feoffees of a certain new tenement called "le loge," in the hamlet of Pekham in the parish of Camerwell, are to convey a life estate in the same to his wife; remainder to John Wodehous in tail, with remainders over, as in the case of his manor of Coldabbeye. Other devises respecting a house called "Malcotes," opposite "le loge" aforesaid, land at Strode near Heyghbury, co. Middlesex, and in "le Sterte" in the parish of Camerwell, a tenement in Pekham with land appertaining to the same in the fields of Werthe, his manor called "Halles" in the vill of Heston, co. Middlesex, &c. Dated London, 3 November, A.D. 1405. Roll 134 (105).
Odyham (Richard), grocer.—To be buried in the church of S. Antonin near Avelina his former wife. To Agnes his wife a certain tenement in the parish of S. Antonin for life; remainder to Elizabeth his daughter. His feoffees of a certain rent of a tenement at the corner of Sopereslane in the parish of S. Antonin to make a good estate in the same to his wife for life; remainder to his daughter. His feoffees of houses in the parish of S. Alban de Wodestret to convey a life estate in the same to Dionisia, wife of John Olneye, grocer; remainder to William Dyere, clerk, vicar of the church of Bray, (fn. 10) son of Richard Dyere of Abyndon. To Robert his son shops in the parishes of S. Mary de Aldermarichirche and S. Nicholas at the Shambles; and to Richard his son the reversion of property in the parish of S. Bartholomew without Aldrichesgate. (fn. 11) Dated London, 12 May, A.D. 1407.
Coventre (William), mercer.—To Alice his wife, by way of dower and her share of his lands and tenements, he leaves an annual rent issuing from a tenement called "le Cage" in Westchepe in the parish of S. Mary le Bow, which tenement he leaves to John, Richard, and Robert his sons in successive tail; remainder to pious uses. Also to his said wife a leasehold tenement in the parish of S. Stephen in Colmanstrete, with remainders to William his son, Stephen Causton, son of the aforesaid Alice, and to John his son in succession. Dated London, 23 March, A.D. 1406.
Oxenford (Thomas), carpenter.—To Alice Andrew his servant an annuity charged on his tenements in the parish of S. Botolph without Algate. To John and Richard his sons shops in the parish of S. Dunstan Est near a lane called "Porteslane." His leasehold tenements in the parish of S. Botolph aforesaid to be disposed of for the good of his soul. Dated London, 24 April, A.D. 1401. Roll 134 (109).