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 17 HENRY VI.
Monday next after the Feast of Conversion of S. Paul [25 Jan.].
Sprot (Alexander), vintner.—Testament touching his lands, tenements, rents, and services in the parish of S. Botolph without Algate. To the Prior of the Church of H. Trinity de Crichirche within Algate, rector of the church of S. Botolph aforesaid, and churchwardens of the said church of S. Botolph, he leaves certain tenements, called respectively "le Ship" and "le Wollesakke," and also a tenement where formerly dwelt Robert Burford, (fn. 1) late bell-founder (campanarius), situate in the parish of S. Botolph aforesaid, charged with the maintenance of a chantry for the good of his soul, the souls of John. Romeney, late potter, Robert Burford, and others. In default the property to go over to the Master and Brethren of the Church of S. Thomas the Martyr de Acon near the Conduit, to execute his wishes aforesaid. Dated London, 21 June, A.D. 1438.
Roll 167 (15).
Scraynham (Richard), tailor.—To be buried in S. Sepulchre's churchyard without Neugate where Johanna his late wife lies buried. To Agnes his wife tenements and rents in the parish of S. Stephen in Colmanstret for life; remainder to William Hall, mercer, his kinsman. Also to his said wife his leasehold tenements and gardens in the parishes of S. Sepulchre aforesaid and S. Andrew de Holbourne. Dated London, Friday, 21 March, A.D. 1437.
Roll 167 (19).
Monday next after the Feast of Invention of H. Cross [3 May].
Louthe (Robert, son of Robert, late "joynour").—To Isabella his wife, by way of dower of his lands, tenements, and rents, he leaves a certain tenement in the parish of S. Mary de Aldermariechirch for life; also rents in the same parish and in Bircherlane in the parish of S. Michael upon Cornhull for life; remainder to Robert his son in tail. Also to the said Robert tenements in "Seint Sydes lane" in the parish of S. Antonin and elsewhere, charged with the observance of his obit in the church of S. Michael de Paternosterchirch; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Dated London, 1 August, A.D. 1419.
Roll 167 (42).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Petronilla, Virgin [31 May].
Hunte (William), butcher.—To be buried in the church of S. Nicholas at the Shambles. Bequests to the said church and ministers thereof, and the parish churches of Chidyngfold (fn. 2) and Hampstede; also to Agnes Hunte his kinswoman, John Grenehode, his servants, apprentices, and others. To Alice his wife a certain tenement in the parish of S. Nicholas aforesaid for life; remainder to Walter Hunte, grocer, his son. Also to his wife a tenement in S. Michael's Lane in the parish of S. Michael de Crokedlane, and shops, &c., in the parish of S. Nicholas aforesaid, for life. After her decease certain shops are to be sold for pious uses, whilst other property he leaves to the rector and churchwardens of the church of S. Nicholas aforesaid, charged with the maintenance of a chantry and other conditions, in default of which the property is to be sold by his executors and the proceeds devoted to pious and charitable uses. His wife is also to enjoy a life estate in certain of his lands and tenements, held by free deed (per liberam cartam) or by court roll, in Kylbourne and elsewhere in the county of Middlesex, without impeachment of waste; remainder in trust for sale for pious and charitable uses. Dated London, 15 April, A.D. 1438.
Roll 167 (43).
Monday next before the Feast of S. Barnabas, Apostle [11 June].
Wedyngton (Robert), grocer.—To be buried in the church of S. Magnus near London Bridge where his parents lie buried. Bequest for the maintenance of a chantry in the said church for the space of three years next after his decease. The residue of his goods and chattels, after bequests to his executors and others, he leaves to Elizabeth his wife. Dated 1 August, A.D. 1437.—Also he wills that his feoffees in trust of the manors of Snodelond and Hallyng, co. Kent, convey a life estate in the same to his aforesaid wife, that his executors sell the reversion and his feoffees make a good title to the purchaser thereof. The proceeds to be devoted to the repair of foundrous ways (viarum profundarum) and other pious and charitable uses.
Roll 167 (50).
Meryvale (Richard), vintner.—To be buried in the church of S. Mary Magdalen de Suthwerk. Certain cellars and solars near Palmereslane (fn. 3) and Erberlane (fn. 4) in the parish of S. Martin in the Vintry (which he had formerly acquired jointly with others, who had afterwards released the same to him) to be sold, and the proceeds devoted to bestowing marriage portions upon poor girls, the repair of highways, and other pious and charitable uses. Dated London, 5 April, A.D. 1437.—Also he wills that if the men of the Mistery of Vintners of the City of London become incorporated by the King, and capable of holding lands and tenements, within two years next after his decease, his feoffees in trust of certain houses and shops in the parish of S. Edmund the King and Martyr in Lombardstrete (fn. 5) shall so arrange matters that one of them shall become solely seised of the said property, so as to be able to devise the same to the wardens or masters of the said mistery, to hold the same for the relief of the poor of the said mistery, (fn. 6) otherwise the individual so solely seised is to devise the property to the Wardens to the use of London Bridge and their successors by the name of the "Mayor or Warden and Commonalty for the maintenance of London Bridge," for pious uses in the chapel upon the bridge. His executors to sell his lands and tenements at Lytlyngton (fn. 7) and Stepilmordon (fn. 8) for pious uses, and his feoffees in trust thereof to give a good title to the purchaser.
Roll 167 (55).
Note.—The above will was made an exhibit in Chancery in re Attorney-General v. Fishmongers' Company.
Monday next after the Feast of S. James, Apostle [25 July].
Barre (John), otherwise called "Markeley," skinner.—To be buried in the church of the Friars Minors. To Alice his wife the residue of his goods and chattels. To Master William Kyrkeby, the rector of the parish church of S. John upon Walbrook, and to John Milton and others, skinners, Wardens of the Fraternity of the Blessed Mary in the Art of Skinners of London founded within the said parish church, an annual quitrent issuing from lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Stephen upon Walbrooke and S. Mildred in the Poultry, for the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. John aforesaid for the good of his soul, the souls of Robert Markeley, late skinner, and others. Also to Alice his wife he leaves the aforesaid lands and tenements, charged with the above quitrent, for life; remainder to the rector and wardens aforesaid, charged with the maintenance of a chantry, observance of his obit, &c., in manner directed, the residue of the issues and profits to be devoted to the maintenance of vestments, lights, &c., belonging to the said fraternity, and to the relief of poor brethren. In default the property is to go over to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty pf the City of London to carry out the terms of his will. Dated London, 8 June, A.D. 1439.
Roll 167 (59).
Sprot (Alexander), vintner.—Testament touching lands and tenements in the parish of All Hallows de Honylane and in Berchenlane in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate, which he leaves to Sir Robert Oppy, the rector, churchwardens and parishioners of the church of All Hallows aforesaid, charged with the maintenance of a chantry in the church of All Hallows aforesaid for the good of his soul, the souls of John Furneux, Katherine, wife of the same, and others, as directed. In default the property to go over to the Mayor and Commonalty for like purposes. Dated London, 16 September, A.D. 1430.
Roll 167 (65).