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 14 HENRY IV.
Pounde (John), "powchemaker."—To Katherine his wife lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Martin Pomers in Ismongerlane and S. Swithun in Gandelwykstrete for life; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses for the good of his soul, the souls of Johanna and Johanna his late wives, and others, in the respective churches of S. Martin and S. Swithun aforesaid, and in the church of S. John Zakari, for distribution among the poor prisoners of Ludgate, Newgate, Flete, Marshalsea, and King's Bench, repair of highways, and other charitable uses. His feoffees of lands and
tenements in the vills and parishes of Dagenham and Berkyng, co. Essex, to sell the same for charity, except his live and dead stock and wood, which he leaves to his aforesaid wife. Dated London, 14 October, A.D. 1412.
Roll 140 (21).
Guphey or Guppeye (Robert), mercer.—To be buried in the church of S. Thomas de Acon near the old Conduit, where the Master and Wardens of the Mistery of Mercers of London shall ordain. To the Commonalty of the said Mistery he leaves certain houses in the parish of S. Laurence in Old Jewry, in the lane called "Sevehodenelane," near a tenement called "le Cage," which he acquired jointly with others by deed enrolled (fn. 1) in the Husting, and which his joint feoffees subsequently released to him by deed also enrolled (fn. 2)—to be held by the said Commonalty upon condition they keep the property in repair and maintain thereout a chantry in the said church of S. Thomas for the good of his soul, the souls of John his father, Johanna his mother, Johanna and Johanna his late wives, and others. The residue of the profits, if any, to go to the relief of the poor of the aforesaid Mistery. If the said chantry be not so maintained, and if the surplusage, after discharge of dues, be put to any other use, or if the bequest be void by law, he wills that the property remain to the Mayor or Warden and Commonalty of the City of London for the maintenance of a chantry in the chapel of the Guildhall, and the residue or surplusage of the profits to be distributed among the poor of the Mistery of Mercers as aforesaid. Dated London, 12 July, A.D.1412.
Roll 140 (29).
Sutbury (William), draper.—To be buried in the church or churchyard of S. Mary de Bothawe. To the rector and churchwardens of the church of S. Mary de Abbechirche and their successors he leaves a certain tenement in Abbechirchelane, on condition they keep the same in good repair and devote the profits of the same to the use and benefit of the said church. In default the said tenement to go to the Mayor or Warden and
Commonalty of the City of London towards the repair of London Bridge. Dated London, 12 January, A.D. 1411.
Roll 140 (31).
Baret (William).—To be buried in the church of S. Dunstan near the Tower, to the rector and churchwardens of which he leaves his share of a tenement called "le Horsmelle "in the parish of S. Peter upon Cornhill (acquired by him jointly with others, (fn. 3) who had released to him their claim), together with other lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Dunstan and S. Margaret Patyns and elsewhere, on condition that they keep the same in good repair and maintain a chantry in the aforesaid church of S. Dunstan for the good of his soul, the souls of Alianora his late wife and others, the residue of the profits being kept for the ornaments of the said church and other necessaries. In default of the chantry being properly maintained, the property is to go to the Mayor or Warden and Commonalty of the City of London for the maintenance of a chantry in the Guildhall Chapel. Dated London, 7 September, A.D. 1408.
Roll 140 (49).
Knotte (Robert), tailor.—To be buried in the common churchyard of S. Paul's, where lies the body of his former wife. To Matilda his wife all his tenements and rents in the parish of S. Stephen in Colmanstrete for life, the reversion of the same being sold immediately after his death; also the residue of his goods and chattels, movable and immovable, in full satisfaction of her dower or share. Dated London, 12 December, A.D. 1412.
Roll 140 (50).
Wynter (Richard), "stokfisshmonger."—To be buried in the church of S. Magnus near London Bridge. To Elizabeth his wife an annual rent of one hundred shillings, issuing from a tenement in Thames Street in the parish of S. Magnus aforesaid, for life, so long as she remain a chaste widow. To John Michell, "stokfisshmongere," he leaves the aforesaid tenement for life; remainder to Richard, son of the said John, for life; remainder to the Abbess
and Convent of S. Clare of the Minoress Order near Algate, so that they have his soul in remembrance with Placebo and Dirige, &c. To the rector and churchwardens of the church of S. Magnus a shop in Briggestrete (which he jointly acquired with others by deed enrolled, (fn. 4) and afterwards his co-feoffees released the same to him), on condition that his obit be duly observed and other provisions fulfilled as directed, the residue of the profits being distributed among the poor. His tenement in the lane and parish of S. Botolph near Billyngesgate to be sold and the proceeds devoted to pious uses and the seven works of mercy, as his executors may think fit. Dated London, 5 September, A.D. 1412.
Roll 140 (53).
Masoun (Peter), tailor.—To be buried in the church of S. Peter upon Cornhill in the grave where Johanna his late wife lies buried. To the rector, churchwardens, and parishioners of the said church he leaves certain rents issuing from tenements in the parish of S. Mary de Colcherche near the old Conduit (which the testator had jointly acquired with others by deed enrolled, (fn. 5) and which his co-feoffees afterwards released to him), for the maintenance of a chantry in the aforesaid church for the good of his soul, the souls of Johanna his late wife and others; the chantry priest to be presented, on his election, to the Master and Wardens of the Tailors and Armourers of Linen Armour of the Fraternity of S. John the Baptist. If the bequest be misappropriated it is to go over to the Master and Brethren of the church of S. Thomas de Acon near the old Conduit, for the maintenance of a chantry in the said church. Dated London, 6 December, A.D. 1412.
Roll 140 (60).
Wodecok (John), mercer.—To be buried in the church of S. Alban in Wodestrete. Bequests to the fabric of the body or nave of the said church; for books, ornaments, and other necessaries; also for the maintenance of divers chantries therein for the good of his soul, the souls of William his father, Johanna his mother, and others. Bequests to the churches of S. Mary Magdalen de Mylkstrete, S. Michael de Bassyngeshawe, S. Stephen de Colmanstrete, the old work or fabric of S. Paul's, the priors and convents of S. Bartholomew de Smythfeld, S. Mary de Elsyngspitell, the Salutation of the Blessed Mary of the Carthusian Order without Alderichesgate, the house of Tanrigge, co. Surrey, &c.; to various hospitals and orders of friars; to the nuns in the house called "le Menoresse" without Algate, the nuns of the houses of S. John de Clerkenwell, Halywell, S. Elena within Bisshopesgate, and S. Katherine near the Tower; to the recluse at Westminster, to prisoners in Newgate and Ludgate, the Flete, Marshalsea, and King's Bench, &c. His funeral to be conducted without pomp; leaves fifty pounds for its expenses. To the box of the Art or Mistery of the Mercers of London in aid of charity he leaves twenty pounds, and a further sum of twenty marks to be distributed among those of the suit and livery (de secta et veste) of the Fraternity of the Art of the Mercers who have become poor. To the parish church of Edenbruge he leaves divers vestments, and forty shillings to be divided among the poor of the parish. Bequests to the churches of S. George and S. Mary Magdalen and divers religious houses at Doncastre; also for the repair and maintenance of a common latrine, and a cross in the market place, erected by his father in the vill of Doncastre; and to numerous individuals more or less connected with that place. To William Askham, late Mayor of London, John Walden, esquire, his servants, apprentices, and others, he leaves sums of money or chattels, chiefly consisting of gold and silver cups. To Felicia his wife, by way of dower and her reasonable part, he leaves two thousand marks sterling, and all utensils, ustilments, linen and woollen cloths, &c., appertaining to his house, together with certain chargeours, platers, silver saucers, a silver pouderbox, &c., specifically bequeathed; also his lands, tenements, and rents in the parish of S. Alban de Wodestrete, with which if she be not content she is to take nothing but what she can and ought to take according to the common law and the custom of the City of London and county aforesaid (sic). To John and William his sons, Johanna and Philippa his daughters, he leaves two thousand marks sterling, to be divided among them. His feoffees of the manor of Nobright, co. Surrey, to convey the same to his son John upon the said John coming of age; and in like manner his feoffees of the manor of Northstede are to convey the same to William his son. His tenements in Westchepe in the parish of S. Mary le Bow, his manors of Broxham, co. Kent, and of Berwe, co. Essex, and all his other lands and tenements in the counties of Kent, Surrey, and Essex, are to be sold to fulfil his last will. His executors not bound to pay any legacies till one whole year has elapsed since his decease. Dated London, 29 November, A.D. 1408.
—To John Preston, (fn. 6) Recorder of London, a flat cup (planum siphum), silver gilt, of the value of four marks. A chantry to be maintained out of his lands and tenements in Basynglane in the church of S. Alban aforesaid.
Roll 140 (61).