Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: E, 1314-1337. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1903.
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Saturday after the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1328-9], there being assembled at the Guildhall John Grantham, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Richard de Betoyne, Gregory de Nortone, Reginald de Conduit, Benedict de Folsham, Thomas de Leyre, John de Cotoun, Richard de Hakeneye, John Priour, Richard Costantyn, Aldermen, and the Chamberlain, Robert le Bret, goldsmith, pledged to the Commonalty ten casks of wine for the Mayor's favour, for that the said Robert had secretly withdrawn himself from the society of his fellows who had been sent as messengers for the City to the lord the King at Wyndesore, and it was agreed that he should pay to the Chamberlain one cask for the use of the Commonalty in respect of his trespass aforesaid.
At the same time a quarrel between the said Robert le Bret and John de Castelacre was made up, on the understanding that whichever of the two should be proved an offender against the other at any future time should pay two casks of wine into the Chamber for the good of the Commonalty. (fn. 1)
Saturday after the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], 3 Ed ward III. [A.D. 1329], came Roger de Abyndone, "peleter," before John de Grantham, the Mayor, Gregory de Nortone and Henry de Combemartyn, Aldermen, and Henry de Secheford, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged himself bound to the Commonalty of the City in the sum of £10 in case he should be convicted of a trespass against John de Aynesham or other of his neighbours.
Tuesday the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], the guardianship of William, son of Robert de Norhamptone, aged fourteen years, committed to Walter de Walpol by John de Grantham, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Gregory de Nortone, Thomas de Leyre, and Reginald de Conduit, Aldermen. Sureties, viz., John Hardel and Henry Langar.
The same day the guardianship of John, son of John de Halstede, aged ten years, committed to Robert le Mar[eschal], goldsmith, by the aforesaid Mayor and Aldermen. Sureties, viz., Robert le Hende and Reginald le Clerk.
Folio cxcii b.
Deed of assignment by Roger de Redbourne and Alice his wife to Richard Baldewyne and Agnes his wife, sister of the said Alice, and to Katherine, another sister of the same, of their share of a certain quitrent paid by Robert de Arderne, taverner, and Johanna his wife, in respect of a tavern situate in a corner of a tenement formerly belonging to Thomas le Palmere, father of the said Agnes, Alice, and Katherine, in the parish of St. Peter de Cornhulle, and now let to the said Robert and Johanna for a term of seven years from Midsummer next. Dated Tuesday after the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].
Lease by Roger de Redebourne, armourer, and Alice his wife, Richard Baldewyn and Agnes his wife, and Katherine, sister to the said Alice and Agnes, daughters of Thomas le Palmere, to Hugh de Waltham and Juliana his wife, of certain shops in the parish of St. Peter de Cornhulle, situate near a tenement sometime the property of Nicholas Pycot; to hold for a term of seven years from Midsummer next, quit of any rent. Dated Monday after the Feast of Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].
Be it remembered that on Friday before the Feast of St. Alphege, Bp. [19 April], viz., 14 April, A.D. 1329, it was agreed and granted by John de Grantham, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Anketin de Gisors, Gregory de Nortone, Richard de Hakeneye, Adam de Salesbery, John de Caustone, John Poyntel, John Priour, senior, and Henry de Seccheford, Aldermen, and others, commoners of the City then present in the Chamber of the Guildhall, that Hugh de Waltham, the Common Clerk of the said City, and his assigns should receive from Nicholas de Grenewych, or any other person soever holding the small balance for silk (fn. 2) to ferm, the yearly sum of 50s., more or less according to the terms on which the balance is let to ferm; to enjoy the same until the said Hugh or his assigns shall have received the sum of £13 10s. 2d. due to him by the Commonalty for arrears of his fee, as appears by two schedules touching the account of Andrew Horn, the late Chamberlain (one being sealed with the seal of the Chamber of London), which schedules the said Hugh had possession of, and which are delivered to Henry de Seccheford, the present Chamberlain.
Precept to Nicholas de Grenewych, the keeper of the small balance, by the Mayor and Commonalty of the City, that he cause to be paid to Hugh de Waltham, Common Clerk of the City, the money due for the ferm of the said balance from Michaelmas last, and so from term to term and year to year until the said Hugh shall receive the amount of arrears of his fee. Dated at the Guildhall, 19 April, A.D. 1329.
Lease granted by Richard Baldewyne and Agnes his wife (now possessors of certain shops formerly let by them and Roger de Redbourne, armourer, Alice his wife, and Katherine her sister, to Hugh de Waltham and Juliana his wife, for a term of seven years) to the said Hugh and Juliana of the same shops, situate in the parish of St. Peter de Cornhulle, for a further term of four years after the expiration of the former lease. Dated 31 March, A.D. 1333.
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Monday after the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], 3 Ed ward III. [A.D. 1329], Thomas de Leyre and Edmund Cosyn elected by John de Grantham, the Mayor, Gregory de Nortone, John de Polteneye, Henry de Combemartyn, John de Caustone, Anketin de Gisors, and John de Cotoun, Aldermen, and a great Commonalty to receive the money arising out of murage from the Wardens of the same (de custodibus ejusdem), and to spend it as they think best on the repair of the City walls, &c.
Another writ to the Sheriffs to summon a jury of twenty-four knights of the venue of London to inquire whether perjury had been committed or not in an inquisition held touching an alleged trespass against Richard le Chaucer and Mary his wife by Geoffrey Stace, Agnes, wife of Walter de Westhale, Thomas Stace, and Laurence "Geffreyesman" Stace. Witness, G[eoffrey] le Scrop at Westminster, 12 Oct., 2 Edward III. [A.D. 1328]. (fn. 3)
Return made to the effect that, according to the liberties and ancient customs of the City, no attaint can be taken on citizens touching any matter arising in the City, therefore execution of the above writ could not be done without prejudice of the liberties and customs aforesaid.
Wednesday before Easter, viz., on the Feast of St. Alphege [19 April], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], came Estmar Coker and John Wychard, citizens of London, together with Ralph Bourghard, Serjeant of the Chamber of the Guildhall, and brought before the Mayor and Aldermen at the Guildhall John Jacob de Erhuthe, Edmund Dode de Reynham, Thomas Wychard de Erhuthe, William Nute de Stokflete, Robert Scot de Erhuthe, John Noreys de Erhuthe, Alan le Spenser de Reynham, and Alexander de Dagenham, fishermen; for that they had been found fishing in the water of the Thames with twelve nets called "tromekeresnet," (fn. 4) a species of kydel, (fn. 5) the interstices (foramina) of which, called "mastles," (fn. 6) ought to be an inch and a half in size, whereas they were scarcely half an inch, wherewith the said fishermen caught every fish, and even small fish called "fry" could not escape. The said fishermen, being unable to deny the charge, were committed to prison until they should have made fine, and the nets were ordered to be burnt in Chepe, &c. (fn. 7)
Indenture of defeasance of a bond entered into by Edward, son of Sir John le Blound, in favour of John de Grantham, pepperer, in the sum of £200, on condition that the tenements which the said John de Grantham acquired from the said Edward in the parish of St. Antonin be discharged of all dues to the King. Dated Wednesday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].
The above indenture was entered here in the Chamber at the request of the said John and Edward before Gregory de Nortone, Alderman, and Henry de Seccheford, the Chamberlain, on Monday after the Feast of St. Dunstan, anno 3 Edward III.
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A proclamation ordained by the Mayor and Aldermen on Saturday the morrow of St. Dunstan [19 May], anno 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], and proclaimed in the City on the Sunday following, for that the lord the King was about to cross the sea to the parts of France on the following Friday to do his homage, and to the end that the King's peace should be strictly observed whilst there. (fn. 8)
Friday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], came Matilda, widow and executrix of John le Yonge, and Thomas de Kent, buriller (burlar'), to whom the guardianship of John, son of the said John le Yonge, had been left by will, before Gregory de Nortone, Thomas de Leyre, and Richard de Hakeneye, Aldermen, and Henry de Secheford, the Chamberlain, and agreed that the guardianship of the said John, aged seventeen years, should be committed to Cristina, widow of Robert de Lambourne. Sureties, viz., Walter de Mordone, William de Burgh, clerk, William Lenfaunt, "felmongere," and Simon de Thorp, "pelleter."
Appointment under the Common Seal by John de Grantham, the Mayor, and the commune (communa) of the City, of John de Polteneye, William de Elsinge, Ralph de Uptone, Richard de Welleford, Thomas Harwold, Thomas de Grauntebrigge, and John de Dallinge, to be their Wardens and Attorneys at Winchester Fair. Dated 18 Aug., 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].
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Saturday after the Feast of St. Faith [6 Oct.], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], the guardianship of John, son of Richard de Gloucestre, clerk, aged twelve and a quarter years, and of Nicholas, another son of the same, aged ten years, committed to Katherine de St. Alban, their mother, by John de Grantham, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Richard de Betoyne, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen. Sureties, viz., Master Simon le Armourer and Elias de Bamptone, "pelleter."
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London that they cease to distrain on the Prior and Brethren of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem for murage, &c., but that the said Prior and Brethren be quit of such exactions as the Templars had been, to whose property they had succeeded. Dated at Worcester, 2 Oct., 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].
Writ to the Sheriffs. Whereas they had lately been ordered to cause Agnes, late wife of Walter de Westhale, to be demanded from Husting to Husting until, according to the law and custom of the City, she should be waived (wayviaretur (fn. 9)) if she did not appear, and if she did appear to take and safe-keep her in prison and produce her before the King in the octave of St. John the Baptist, for her to give satisfaction for a certain trespass by force and arms committed on Richard le Chaucer and Mary his wife, of which she has been convicted by a jury; and whereas they had made return that the said Agnes had been demanded from Husting to Husting up to the Husting held on Monday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 3 Ed ward III. [A.D. 1329], and that she had been demanded for the fifth time (fn. 10) and had not appeared, and had in consequence been waived in judgment; and whereas the said Agnes had appeared before the King at the octave of St. John the Baptist, and being asked about the waivery aforesaid, if she had or knew aught why the said waivery should not be proceeded with against her, had said that on the Monday when the waivery ought to have been pronounced against her she had surrendered herself to the Marshalsea prison, where she was kept in custody; and whereas they [the said Sheriffs] had made a return that on the aforesaid Monday before the Feast of St. Barnabas she had been waived, although the custom of the City is to pronounce judgment of outlawry or waivery against a man or woman on the Tuesday following, so that the aforesaid waivery ought not to injure her, as she says. -The King, being desirous to be more fully informed before proceeding further to execute the judgment on the waivery against her, commands them, as before, to more fully inform him, under their seals, fifteen days from Michaelmas, wheresoever [he may be], &c., in order that justice may be done in the matter, the Sheriffs having made return on Thursday the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July] that the King's precept had arrived too late for execution. Witness, R[ichard] de Wylugby at Westminster, 20 July, 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].
Folio cxcvi b.
The above writ being read and enrolled in the Husting for Common Pleas held on Monday before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], before John de Grantham, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Gregory de Nortone, Benedict de Folsham, John de Caustone, Thomas de Leyre, John Priour, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, and a great Commonalty, it was agreed that the merchants and burgesses of Malynes should thenceforth be quit of pontage, pavage, murage, &c.
Monday the morrow of H. Trinity [18 June], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], a bill of complaints delivered to John de Grantham, the Mayor, against Hugh de Hecham, "lymbrennere," for unlawfully enhancing the price of lime and threatening the lime-workers of "Grenehuthe." (fn. 11)
Folio cxcvii b.
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday the eve of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], there being assembled at the Guildhall Nicholas de Farndone, locum tenens of the Mayor, Gregory de Nortone, John de Prestone, John de Caustone, Richard de "Hekene," John Priour, Simon de Swanlond, Henry de Secheford, and John de Cotoun, Aldermen, Simon Fraunceys, the Sheriff, and a great Commonalty, the price of lime was fixed by common consent, and the said Hugh was mainprised by Richard de Wyrhale, John Hardel, William le Trompour, John de Borham, "purser," John le Bokeler, Geoffrey de Venys, John le Brewere de Estsmethefeud, William de Herlawe, John de Assherugge, tanner, John Prichet, tanner, Thomas de Peterborough (de Burgo Sancti Petri), "taillour," Simon Seman, tanner, Nicholas de Reygate, and William de Sabrichesworth, "bruer."
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday before the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], complaint was made by William Haunsard and Walter le Mulleward and others [not named] that the said Hugh did not observe the prices recently fixed for lime. Thereupon he was summoned. On appearing he denied the charge and demanded a jury. The jurors, viz., Henry de Prestone, Elias de Thorp, John de Tiffeld, Ralph de Berquei, Thomas Poyntel, Richard Denys, Robert de Lenne, Thomas le Barber de Bredstrete, Richard de Prestone, William Box, Henry Wymond, and Roger de Lenne, find him guilty, and he is deprived of his freedom and committed to prison. (fn. 12)
Lease by William le Botiller, vintner, and Agnes his wife, daughter of Henry Box, to Alexander de Thomastone, cordwainer, of an annual quitrent of 20s. issuing from their tenement in the parish of St. Dunstan, near "la Tourstrete," situate near the tenements of Godwyn Turk and Alexander Pyke; to hold the same for a term of ten years from Michaelmas last. Dated Monday after the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].
Friday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30], the guardianship of John, son of Walter "Overhee," aged fifteen years, and of Roesia his sister, aged eleven years, committed to Richard de Gloucestre, saddler, by Nicholas de Farndone and Thomas de Leyre, Aldermen, and Henry de Secheford, Alderman and Chamberlain. Sureties, viz., Hugh, son of Roger the goldsmith, John Somer, mercer, and John, late servant of John le Callere.
Folio cxcviii b.
Saturday after the Feast of the Conception B. M. [8 Dec.], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329], there being assembled in the Chamber of the Guildhall Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Grantham, Richard de Bettune, Reginald de Conduit, Richard de Hakeneye, John de Caustone, John de Prestone, Thomas de Leyre, John de Oxon', John de Cotoun, John Priour, John Poyntel, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, and a great Commonalty, it was agreed that Gregory de Nortone, the Recorder of the City, should thenceforth receive 100s. yearly by way of increase of his fee, and a gown of the same suit as that of the Aldermen (de secta Aldermannorum). (fn. 13)
Wednesday after the Feast of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30], Richard de la Pole, the King's butler, elected Alderman of the Ward of Bisshopesgate, and sworn, &c., for that John Poyntel came before the Mayor and Aldermen on the preceding Monday and surrendered the said Aldermanry, and asked to be discharged from the custody of the Ward on account of his old age.
A general release granted by John de Beltone to Richard, son of Geoffrey Thomelyn de Westmulne, (fn. 14) co. Herts. Witnesses, Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, John de Oxenford, William de Toppesfeld, John de la Marche, John Trolle, and others [not named]. Dated in London at the house of James "despayne," in the parish of St. Sepulchre without Neugate, 22 Feb., 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30].
Writ to the Sheriff for the election of two citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Winchester on Sunday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March] next. (fn. 15) Dated at Eltham, 25 Jan., 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30].
Letter under the Common Seal from Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, the Aldermen, Sheriffs, and the whole Commonalty of the City, notifying the King of the above election. Dated 8 March, 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30].
Licence under the Mayoralty Seal granted by Simon Swanlond, the Mayor, the Aldermen and Commonalty of the City, to Isabella, late wife of Hamo Godchep, to construct a wharf between the wharf of the Abbot and Convent of St. Augustine, Canterbury, on the east, and the wharf of the churchyard of the church of St. Olave, Suthwerk, on the west, in order to keep off the water of the Thames from the houses of her late husband in the parish aforesaid. Dated 8 April, A.D. 1330.
Folio cxcix b.
Acquittance by Elizabeth Drake, late wife of Thomas de Blakeneye, draper, to Stephen, (fn. 16) the rector of St. Laurence de Candelwykstret, and John de Beinio, executors of the said Thomas, for 50 marks by way of her dower. Dated Tuesday after the Feast of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
Writ to the Sheriffs that they cause twelve Knights and others of the venue of London to appear before the Justices itinerant at Northampton in fifteen days, to decide on oath as to whether a certain deed of acquittance which Isabella de Aldewyncle had proffered to the Justices in the name of Master John Clarel was actually the deed of the said Master John, as the said Isabella declared, or not, as the said John affirmed. Witness, G[eoffrey] Lescrop at Northampton, 24 Feb., 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30].
Return made to the effect that, according to the liberty of the City of London, all inquisitions to be taken by Justices and other of the King's ministers touching men of the said City ought to be taken at St. Martin le Grand, London, and not elsewhere, except inquisitions in Eyres at the Tower of London and for gaol delivery of Neugate, (fn. 17) and therefore they could do nothing in execution of the above writ without prejudice to the liberty aforesaid.
A similar writ to be returned before the same, on the same day, between William de Lettone, executor of the will of John de Stoktone, executor of the will of William Servat, merchant "de Caturco" (of Quercy?), late citizen of London, and John de Waldegrave, cousin and heir of Richard de Waldegrave, "chevaler," touching a writing obligatory. Returned ut supra.
Writ to the Sheriffs on behalf of William Buntinge de Pynchebek, who had been committed to Neugate for a trespass committed against Andrew le Criour. The said William had complained that although he had paid the said Andrew the damages adjudged and had received an acquittance made, as he declares, at Houdene, (fn. 18) the Sheriffs had refused to acknowledge the said acquittance because made, as aforesaid, in the county of Lincoln [sic], and the said William still remained in prison. The Sheriffs are ordered to make a return of the proceedings and to summon the said Andrew and have the body of the said William before the King in the quinzaine of Easter. Witness the King at Winchester, 18 March, 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30].
Return to the effect that the above William Buntyng de Pynchebek had exhibited no acquittance in the name of Andrew le Criour before them, nor did there exist any proceedings before them on any acquittance touching the said William as suggested, and therefore nothing could be done on the above writ.
Writ to the Sheriffs to have the bodies of Fulk Fitz Waryn, John Pecche, Nicholas Pecche, Nicholas de Dauncy, John Caupeland, Thomas de Stauntone, Walter de Woxebrigge, Adam de Wedenhale, Thomas Craunk, Richard de la Chaumbre, Nicholas de Sandwyc, Roger de Audeleye, Henry Wygod, Wadyn Crok, John Harsik, Benedict de Braham, William de Mareny, Stephen "Donhesd," Juan ap Griffyn, Robert de Wedenhale, Peter Bernard, John de Mosdene, Richard de Hull, Roger de Reyham, John del Ile, William Daumarle, Henry de Cauntebr[ege], John de Everwyk, John de Aspale, Giles de Spayne, John Gymyng, John de Toucestre, John Hauteyn, George de Percy, Friar Richard de Pontefract, Friar Richard Vavacour, Friar Henry Domeram, Friar Thomas de Bourne, William de Clif, "Resus" ap Griffin, and Richard de Wuselade, who stood charged with being adherents of Edmund de Wodestoke, late Earl of Kent, confessedly a rebel, (fn. 19) and to bring them before the King a month after Easter. Witness the King at Wodestoke, 31 March, 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
Return made to the effect that the Sheriffs had arrested John Hauteyn, Henry de Cantebr[ege], and John de Everwyk, citizens of London, but that the others mentioned in the writ were not in their bailiwick nor had any property therein. Further, that they had seized property found in their bailiwick belonging to John Hauteyn and John de Everwyk (de Ebor'). As to the bodies of the above John and Henry, the Sheriffs could not remove them out of the City inasmuch as they were free citizens.
Folio cc b.
Tuesday after the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], the guardianship of John, son of Ralph de Wandlesworth, aged seven years, committed to John de Neubery by Simon de Swanlond, Mayor, Gregory de Nortone, Thomas de Leyre, John de Caustone, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen.