Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: H, 1375-1399. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1907.
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Folio xxxi - xl.
Wednesday, 6 Aug., 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376], with the assent of the Mayor, divers Aldermen, and the Commonalty, as appears infra, fo. xlv [b], Adam de Bury, who was Alderman of Langebourne, was for certain reasons removed, and Adam de St. Ive was elected Alderman by good men of the said Ward, and was presented to the Mayor and Aldermen, accepted and sworn, &c.
16 March, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1375-6], came John, son of Nicholas Horn, citizen and fishmonger, before John Warde, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and complained that, although a freeman of the City, the Sheriffs, viz., John Haddele and William Neuport, had made him pay custom on a dozen baskets of lampreys, by reason of a judgment given temp. Hamo de Chigewell, Mayor, anno 13 Edward II. [A. D. 1320], as recorded in Letter-Book E, fo. cviii.
Thereupon, after consideration by the said Mayor and Aldermen, it was ordained that thenceforth custom on lampreys should not be exacted by the Sheriffs from any freeman, and that the former judgment should be annulled.
4 March, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1375-6], came John Frosshe, (fn. 1) mercer, who married Juliana, late wife of Nicholas Pluket, mercer, before John Warde, the Mayor, John Pyel, and other Aldermen [not named], and prayed that the balance in the hands of the Chamberlain of a sum of money lent to the King anno 49 Edward III. (of which a moiety had been repaid to the said Nicholas) might be delivered to him. Ordered accordingly.
Folio xxxi b.
Pleas held before John Warde, the Mayor, William Waleworth and John Norhamptone, Aldermen, William Essex, Geoffrey Cremelford, Adam Carlille, and John Bosham, Commoners, to determine certain complaints touching usury, when Walter Southous was attached to answer Ralph Cornewaille in a plea of having made an usurious contract with him. (fn. 2)
Another record of the above proceedings. (fn. 3)
Folio xxxii b.
Pleas held before John Warde, the Mayor, and the Aldermen in the Chamber of the Guildhall, on Thursday after the Feast of St. Matthias, Ap. [24 Feb.], 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1375-6], when Nicholas Prestone, "taillour," and John Outlawe were found guilty by two separate juries of having cheated John atte Hill and William his brother, William Caboche and Robert Geffroun with false tables and dice, and were adjudged the pillory. (fn. 4)
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Augustine [26 May], 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376], proclamation made against carrying arms and wandering by night after curfew sounded at St. Mary atte Bowe, Berkyngchirche, St. "Bride," and St. Giles without Crepelgate.
Folio xxxiii b.
Lease by John Broun, woolmonger, and Johanna his wife to William Dawe, "whittawyere," and "Anabla" his wife, of houses and shops in Thamysestret, in the parish of St. Dunstan near the Tower, situate between the tenements of Peter Ferie and John de Stodeye; to hold the same for a term of eight years, John Warde being Mayor and John Haddele and William Newport being Sheriffs. Witnesses, Reginald Love, William Permay, John de Bartone, Richard Marchal, Martin Seman, and many others [not named]. Dated at Christmas, 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375].
Memorandum to the effect that whereas William Huberd, by his will enrolled in the Husting held on Monday the morrow of SS Philip and James [1 May], 2 Edward III. [A. D. 1328], (fn. 5) left certain tenements to Mabel his wife for life, with remainder to Robert his son in tail; and in the event of his said son dying without heirs of his body devised the same to be sold, and out of the proceeds the sum of £20 to be devoted to making a gate at "la Barbekane" without Aldresgate, and the repair of the highway; and whereas the said Robert had so died, and the property had been sold to John Rameseye, "marberer," and the sum of £20 out of the proceeds had been allotted to the Chamberlain for the purposes aforesaid; and whereas the said John Rameseye had died, there came before the Mayor and Aldermen on the 20th March, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1375-6], Henry de Thame, who had married Felicia, the daughter of the said John, and John de Thorntone, co-executor with him of the said John, and paid to William de Eynesham, the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, the said sum of £20.
Afterwards, viz., anno 10 Richard II., Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain of the City, charges himself with the above sum in his disbursements for the defence of the City by reason of the war with France.
Lease by John Norhamptone, draper, and Petronilla his wife to John Wakerlee, merchant of Staunford, of a house formerly held by John Hethyngham in the parish of All Hallows at the Hay, (fn. 6) for a term of seven years, at an annual rent of 22 marks. Dated 10 March, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1375-6].
Folio xxxiv b.
Assignment by Walter, son of Sir Walter Chesthunte, Knt, and Alice his wife, to John Donat, apothecary, and Amy his wife, of an annual rent of 22 marks issuing from a tenement, &c., having access to Bogerowe and Bokeleresbury, in the parish of St. Stephen upon Walbroke, sometime held by Nicholas Maryn and the merchants of the Society of the Bardi, and let for a term of fifteen years by the said Walter and Alice to Nicholas Donat, apothecary, and Elizabeth his wife, at the aforesaid rent. Dated Wednesday the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], A. D. 1375[-6].
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they make proclamation against the exportation of armour, and that they diligently search the shops of armourers and seize all armour they find destined for exportation. Witness the King at Westminster, 10 May, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376].
Monday the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 50 Edward III [A. D. 1376], proclamation made to the effect that no taverner or other person sell a gallon of wine of Gascony or "Ryve" (fn. 7) for more than 10d.; or a gallon of wine of "la Rochele" or of France for more than 8d.; and further that no taverner keep his hostel open after the tenth hour has been sounded by the bell called "la clocke," under penalty.
The same day a precept was sent to each Alderman to the effect that no hosteler in his Ward was to take more than 2d. for a night and a day's supply of good and sufficient hay for a horse, nor more than 6d. for a bushel of oats, on pain of forfeiture.
Folio xxxvb - xxxvi.
Pleas held in the Chamber of the Guildhall before John Warde, the Mayor, William Waleworth and John Norhamptone, Aldermen, William Essex, Geoffrey Cremelford, Adam Carlelle, and John Bosham, Commoners, appointed to hear and determine plaints touching usury, Monday before the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375-6], on which day came Ralph Cornwaylle and complained of Walter Southous having sued him for payment of the sum of 40s by way of usury on a loan of £10 effected through the mediation of John de Seint Marymount and "Aldebrand Gascone,' (fn. 8) Lombard, for which loan the said Ralph and John Tettesbury, "skynner," had entered into a bond for the sum of £24. Being summoned to appear, the said Walter declared that the money so lent belonged to a certain Bartholomew Bosam, a Lombard, at whose request the aforesaid bond was entered into in order that the said Walter might recover the money in the event of the said Bartholomew being abroad. A jury summoned, viz., William atte Forde, Peter Cove, Robert Webbe, Benedict Cornwaille, Roger Canoun, Roger Caustone, Simon de Ware, John More, "brewere," John Ferant, Thomas atte Noket, Roger Claverynge, and Roger Crede, who find the said Walter Southous guilty of exacting usury contrary to the ordinance, (fn. 9) and he is committed to prison until he has made restitution to the said Ralph and forfeited to the Chamber the amount of usury he would otherwise have gained. (fn. 10)
Folio xxxvi b.
Pleas held before the same on Thursday before the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1375- 1376], when John Edward made a similar complaint against Walter Southous and the brokers aforesaid. The said Walter offers the same defence as before, but is found guilty by a jury composed of John Ive, John Snetesham, Richard Wyllesdone, John Bostone, John Lokes, Robert Wyttone, draper, John Bedford, Luke Felstede, Thomas Serjaunt, Reginald Colman, Andrew Smyth, and John Gylle Judgment as before.
1 Dec., 4 Richard II. [A. D. 1380], account rendered by John Bryan, fishmonger, before John Estone and Richard Aylesbury, Aldermen, Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain, and Ralph Strode, the Common Pleader, of the goods and chattels of Alice, daughter of John Reigner, cornmonger, an orphan, at the instance of Richard Fraunceys, fishmonger, her husband. (fn. 11)
Folio xxxvii b.
25 July, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376], precept sent to each Alderman to see that a large vessel of water be kept outside every house in case of fire, the season being very dry and hot, and further that ladders and hooks be provided and that the thoroughfares be conveniently made. (fn. 12)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of a truce having been entered into with France until the 1st April next. Witness the King at Westminster, 7[blank], (fn. 13) 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376].
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to allow the Prior and Convent of the church of St. Bartholomew to hold their customary Fair for three days in Smethefeld, and to afford protection to those resorting there. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 Aug., 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376]. (fn. 14)
Folio xxxviii b.
14 May, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376], the guardianship of Ralph, son of John de Rameseye, aged nine years, committed by John Warde, the Mayor, and William Eynesham, the Chamberlain, to John Thorntone, together with the property of the said Ralph devised to him by his father, (fn. 15) according to an inquisition made by William Leycestre, John Bockynge, John Smythe, Stephen Bokbyndere, John Yakesleye, John Lesenys, John Wendlyngburgh, Richard Spayne, Philip atte Vyne, Richard Gillynge, Robert Nichol, and William Clophulle. Sureties, viz., John Bathe, "webbe," Thomas Medelane, and Hugh de Waltham.
Robert Markeby, skinner, attached to answer the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, as well as John Rote and other Wardens of the mistery of Skinners, for that whereas it was lately ordained that no one of the said mistery should mingle bellies of "calabre" with pure fur (in fururis puratis) nor with "menyver" or "bysshe," (fn. 16) under penalty of imprisonment and fine, the said Robert had offered violence to the Masters of the said mistery and to John Cobbe and Robert Fetherby, the scrutineers of the mistery, when they came to his house on the 7th May, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376]; and when certain "fosshes" (fn. 17) of "menyver" were shown to the Mayor and Aldermen as falsely mixed with bellies of "calabre" and made by the said Robert, he acknowledged the same to be his, but denied that any bellies of "calabre" were mixed with "menyver," and asked for an inquiry by three other good men of the mistery. A day named, and the said Robert mainprised by Ralph Coo, Thomas Usk, and William Depyng. On the appointed day all parties appeared, and also Robert Brente, John Manyngtone, and Roger Mordone, skinners, who certified that the said "fosshes" were falsely made Thereupon judg ment that the fur be confiscated and that the said Robert be committed to Neugate and fined.
Writ to the Mayor to give up certain harness made by John Wardelawe of Scotland for the Earl of March of Scotland (fn. 18) which had been seized, viz., five "bacynettes," four pairs of "plates," five "brestplates," six pairs of "braciers," six garnishments (garnesturas) for lances, eight pairs of gloves of iron, two shields, and six bastard saddles (fn. 19) (sellas bastardes).
Folio xxxix b.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs bidding them, for certain reasons discussed in the existing Parliament, to seize and safeguard all the goods and chattels belonging to Richard Lyons, (fn. 20) and make a return into Chancery of their true value. Witness the King at Westminster, 11 June, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376].
Writ to the same bidding them appear before the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer on Friday the 4th July to answer for the property of Richard Lyons. Witness H[enry] Asty (fn. 21) at Westminster, 3 July, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376].
Account of John Thorntone, rendered by Henry Tame his attorney, before Thomas Wilford, Alderman, Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, and John Vautort, auditors, appointed on Friday, 19 March, 12 Richard II. [A. D. 1388-9], by Nicholas Twyford, Knt, the Mayor, for the time that he was guardian of Ralph, son of John de Rameseye.
Proclamation bidding all those who had suffered loss at sea at the hands of the French, since the truce, to come to the Guildhall on Thursday the eve of the Assumption [15 Aug.] and state the amount of their los, before the Mayor and Aldermen.
1 July, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376], the guardianship of John, son of Roger Longe, late vintner, aged nine years, committed to Thomas Medelane, vintner, by John Warde, the Mayor, and William Eynesham, the Chamberlain. Sureties, viz., Adam Carlille, spicer, William More, "vynter," and Walter Waldene, spicer.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding the exportation of wool, leather, woolfells, lead, tin, "worstedes," cheese, butter, feathers (plumam), gall (gaulam), honey, felt (felpariam), or tallow, except to Calais, pursuant to an ordinance made in the last Parliament. (fn. 22) Witness the King at Westminster, 24 July, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376].
Folio xl b.
2 Aug., 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376], the guardianship of Thomas, son of Roger Longe, late vintner, committed by John Warde, the Mayor, and William Eynsham, the Chamberlain, to Gilbert Bonet, vintner. Sureties, viz., John Sandwych, cornmonger, Nicholas Brichford, fishmonger, and John Mark, cornmonger.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday after the Feast of Translation of St. Benedict [11 July], 13 Richard II. [A. D. 1389], came the above Gilbert and rendered account before Adam Bamme and Thomas Wilford, Aldermen, Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, and John Tremayn, the Common Pleader, auditors appointed by Nicholas Twyford, Knt, the Mayor.
The same day, viz., 2 Aug, 50 Edward III. [A. D. 1376], the guardianship of William, son of Roger Longe, late vintner, committed to William Sharpyng, vintner Sureties, viz., Thomas Medelane, vintner, Gilbert Bonet, vintner, and John Sandwyche, cornmonger.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday aforesaid, came the above Thomas, son of Roger Longe, before Nicholas Twyford, Knt., the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and asked that, inasmuch as the aforesaid William his brother had died whilst yet under age, and his brother's property descended to him by virtue of their father's will, the said William Sharpyng should render his account. Account rendered accordingly.