Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: A, 1275-1298. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.
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Monday after the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], 16 Edward I. [A.D. 1288], were read letters patent addressed by John de Northwode to the Master and Brethren of the Hospital of St. Thomas de Acon, notifying that he had demised, by fine made in the King's Court at Westminster, to Sir William Peyforer and Lora his wife an annual rent of 18 marks for the lifetime of the said Lora. Dated at Suthework, Wednesday the morrow of the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul.
Thursday the morrow of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], 17 Edward I. [A.D. 1289], was read a certain writing whereby Petronilla, daughter of Peter Gisorz, demised to Elias Russel and Juliana his wife an annual quitrent of 36s. 8d. issuing from a house held by Robert the Tailor in the parish of St. Michael within Alegate. (fn. 1) To hold for a term of thirteen years from Midsummer. Witnesses, John de Bretun, Warden of London; John de Canterbury and William de "Betton," Sheriffs; William de Hereford, Alderman of the Ward; (fn. 2) Gilbert a la Blakelofte, William de Suffolk, Thomas the Tailor, Robert Lorechun, "poter," Stephen Clerk, and others [not named].
Folio 81 b.
Tuesday after the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], 17 Edward I. [A.D. 1289], Sir John le Bretun, Warden of the City; John de Canterbury and William de Betoynne, Sheriffs, John de Batquille, (fn. 3) Ralph le Blunt, (fn. 4) Joce le Acatur, (fn. 5) Richard Assewy, (fn. 6) William le Mazeliner, (fn. 7) Thomas Box, (fn. 8) Robert de Rokesleghe, (fn. 9) and William de Farndone, (fn. 10) Aldermen, were present and adjudged that the sum of 60 marks—entrusted to Sir Anketin de Betevile by Sir John de St. Mary to keep until Mat[ilda], the wife of John de Reyle, should come in full Husting and surrender her claim to a certain house which the aforesaid John had sold to her—should be delivered to the Chamberlain of the City to satisfy the deceased's creditors [sic]. Afterwards the said Mat[ilda] received the aforesaid money in the presence of the Warden and Aldermen. Accordingly the Chamberlain is exonerated.
Judgment of the Aldermen, Wednesday after the Feast of Translation of St. Thomas [7 July], 17 Edward I. [A.D. 1289].
Whereas a certain privy (cloaca) erected near Crepelgate is a nuisance to the neighbours and likely to cause further risk and damage, it is adjudged by Sir John le Bretun, Warden of London, John de Canterbury and William de Betoynne, Sheriffs; Gregory de Rokesle, (fn. 11) John de Batquill, William de Hereford, (fn. 12) Ralph le Blund, Robert de Arraz, (fn. 13) William de Farndon, Richard Aschwy, Joce le Acatur, Thomas Box, and Robert de Rokesle, and in the presence of Sir Henry le Waleys, that the said privy should be removed, &c.
Friday the Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov.], 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1289], a writing was acknowledged whereby Sir William de Hameltone demised to Walter de Castello all lands and tenements which the said William had in the manors of Gingg' (fn. 14) and Witford, (fn. 15) formerly belonging to Sir Reginald de Gingg', who held them under Sir William de Montchesney in chief; which lands, &c., the executors of the said Sir William de Montchesney demised to the said Sir William until the heir of the said Sir Reginald should come of age. To hold to the said Walter for the same period at an annual rent of £34, his sureties being Roger le Paumer and Robert de Wilebek. Dated the Feast of St. Edmund [20 Nov.], 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1289].
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Edmund, King [20 Nov.], 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1289], a writing was acknowledged whereby Robert de la Tur confessed to having received the sum of 100 marks, which Emma Baynel his wife had recently transferred at his request from the house of John de Linlleye to a safer place. This acknowledgment he makes with his own mouth in the Husting of London, and asks that it may be enrolled on the registry paper.
Monday after the Feast of St. Peter in Cathedra [22 Feb.], 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1289-90], a certain writing was acknowledged whereby John de "Schaftesbere" was bound to John de "Wideton," clerk, and Isabella his wife in the sum of 11 marks, the balance of 23 marks due in respect of a tenement bought and sold, to be paid at Easter. Sureties on behalf of the said John de "Schaftesbere" and Roesia his wife, viz., Robert de Wetheringeseth, chaplain of Sir Nicholas de Wynchester, and Gilbert called "le Palmere," Marshal of London. Witnesses, Nicholas de Wynchester, John Breban, Simon de Paris, and others [not named]. Dated London, the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 17 Edward I. [A.D. 1289].
Folio 82 b.
Saturday in Easter week, 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1290], came Geoffrey de Northon, clerk to the Warden of London, and acknowledged himself bound to William Oggel, Henry de Belhus, and Dionisia, relict of Walter "attecherche," executors of the said Walter, in the sum of £7, which he will pay by quarterly instalments of half a mark until, &c.
Thursday after the Feast of St. James [25 July], 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1290], was read a deed of covenant between Alexander de Fordich, master of la Juenette of Warham, and Peter Barnavile de Bordeus to commit their disputes about certain wines, &c., to the arbitrament of Sir John de Ried, clerk to the lord the King, Remund Adreman, merchant of Bordeus, Richard de Wimburn, and John de la Vinetrie, clerk, of London. Witnesses, Rauf de Sandwis, Warden of London; Fouke de Seint Emaund, Salamon le Cotiler, Sheriffs; Alein de Suffolk, taverner, Alayn de Suffolk, cordwainer, Robert le Escot, Robert Hardel, and John le Clerk.
Saturday before the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.] Petronilla, daughter of Peter de Gisors, grants to Elyas Russel and Juliana his wife an annual quitrent of 36s. 8d. issuing from a house held by Robert the Tailor in the parish of St. Michael within Aldgate. (fn. 16) To hold for a term of sixteen years from Midsummer, anno 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1290]. Witnesses, Sir Ralph de Sandwych, Warden of London; Salamon le Coteler and Fulk de St. Edmund, Sheriffs; William de Hereford, Alderman of the Ward, Gilbert de Blakelofte, William de Suffolk, Thomas the Tailor, Robert Lorechun, "poter," Stephen Clerk, and others [not named].
Michaelmas Day, anno 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1290], Thomas, Marshal of the Conduit of London, grants to Druet le Armurer a certain shop in the parish of St. Mary de Colcherch for a term of ten years, for which the said Druet pays 10 marks in hand for the first four years, and covenants to pay 2½ marks annually for the rest of the term. Witnesses, Sir Ralph de Sandwych, Warden; Salamon le Coteler and Fulk de St. Edmund, Sheriffs; Thomas Romeyn, John le Cofferer, Adam le Chandeler, Richard le Furner, John le Platener, Hugh Clerk, and others [not named].
Folio 83 b.
Saturday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 18 Edward I. [A.D. 1290], came Reginald le Chandiler, living at St. Michael le Quern, and William his son, and acknowledged themselves bound to Ponce "Raby" and Peter Remond, "Peytevin," merchants of Toluse, in the sum of £14 for wine; to be paid, viz., 100s. at Michaelmas, and 60s. at the three following quarters; and unless, &c. (fn. 17)
Seizure of Wines bought by Foreigners of Foreigners, and Letter thereupon made, &c.
Know all, &c., that I, Henry atte Hole, master of the ship called "Larche de Sandwyz," and I, John atte Hole de Sandwys, acknowledge ourselves bound to Master Girard de Quartiers, Archdeacon of Aunis (?) (fn. 18) in the bishopric of Sayntonge, (fn. 19) and to Helys Barbarel his merchant, in the sum of £21 for wine bought of him and seized in the City of London; to be paid at la Hokeday in the year of the reign of King Edward, son of King Henry, for which we pledge all our goods, movable and immovable, wheresoever they may be found. Witnesses, Robert le Scot, Robert de Suffolk, Thomas de Conduit, Philip le Clerc, and others [not named].
Tuesday before the Feast of Pentecost [10 June], 19 Edward I. [A.D. 1291], Robert de Sutton, guardian of Robert, son of John Deumars, Cristiana Deumars, mother of the said ward, and other friends came before Ralph de Sandwych, Warden of London, John de Cant', John le Blunt, and William de Betoynne, Chamberlain of the Guildhall, and acknowledged that they had entered into an account with William de Laufare, cutler, touching the goods and chattels of the aforesaid Robert Deumars entrusted to the said William, and they had found remaining over in his custody the sum of £32 sterling in money of the cutlers (in denarns cotellariorum), for which he would render an account, as also for the increase thereof (de appruamento), on the coming of age of the said Robert. And be it known that all writings and other muniments formerly entered into were by consent cancelled.
Saturday the Feast of Translation of St. Thomas [7 July], 19 Edward I. [A.D. 1291], a certain writing was enrolled whereby Hugh de Freningham (or Freninham) and Margery Heyrun his wife demised to William de Helweton a tenement in the parish of St. Antonin, situate near the tenements of Simon Godard and Robert de Arraz. To hold for a term of three years from Michaelmas next for the sum of 10 marks in hand paid. In case the lessors desire to sell or let the said tenement for a longer period, the lessee to be preferred. For greater evidence of the matter the lessors desire that the writing may be enrolled in full Husting. (fn. 20) Witnesses, Sir Ralph de Sandwych, Warden of the City; Thomas Romeyn, William de Leyre, Sheriffs; Simon Godard, William de Bettoyne, William Beck, William Mazeliner.
Inquisition for the Bridge of Walebrok near Bokerelesbiry.
Folio 84 b.
Friday the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], 19 Edward I. [A.D. 1291], in the presence of Ralph de Sandwich, Warden of the City; Thomas Romeyn and William de Leyre, Sheriffs; William de "Betonia" and Walter Hauteyn, Aldermen, an inquisition was made on oath by John Patrik, John de Strogoil, (fn. 21) Thomas de Conduit, Augustine le Gaunter, John May, "poter," William de Dunstaple, "seler," Adam le Chaundeler, Peter le Furbur, and Nicholas le Barber, of the Ward of Chepe; Adam de Burton, Thomas de Oxford, Walter de Reda, William Bochard, and Geoffrey le Botoner, of the Ward of Walebrok; Thomas le Batour, Walter de Lothebere, Matthew le Paumer, William de St. Christopher, Reginald le Seler, and Martin le Barber, of the Ward of Thomas de Stanes; (fn. 22) William le Lou, Robert de Leycestre, William Smythiot, and Henry le Perler, of the Ward of Cornhill, as to who is or are bound by right to repair the bridge of Walebrok near Bokerelesbere, and who had been accustomed to do it and in what manner, &c. The jurors say that a certain tenement formerly belonging to Richard de Walebrok, and now held by Thomas Box; another tenement in the same street formerly belonging to John de Tulesan, senior, and now held by John de Tulesan, junior; another tenement formerly belonging to Laurence Fitz Michael, and now held by the Society of Luka and John le Mazerer; and the tenement of Bokerelesbere held by the heirs of Roger Beyvyn, are bound to repair the bridge aforesaid, and have been accustomed so to do in common. They further say that of old four stones used to be placed opposite the aforesaid tenements, one stone before each tenement, in token of their duty to repair the bridge; but these were afterwards removed by Walter Hervy, the then improver (aprouator) (fn. 23) of the City; and at that time he caused the bridge to be repaired at the cost of the tenants of the tenements aforesaid, &c. Therefore precept was given to the Sheriffs to distrain the aforesaid tenants of the said tenements for the repair of the said bridge, &c.
Monday before the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 20 Edward I. [A.D. 1291-2], came Robert le Norreys, painter, and John de Rothinges, "coureur," executors of Margery, relict of Nicholas de Netton, and acknowledged that they had received the sum of £20 from Adam Bidick by the hands of Richard de Stanlewe his servant; in which sum the said Adam stood bound to the said Margery by letter obligatory, which is given up to him.
Tuesday before the Feast of St. Matthew, Ap. [21 Sept.], 19 Edward I. [A.D. 1291], came John de Thornham and Emma de Laufare (fn. 24) his wife and Gilbert le Marescal and caused to be enrolled a writing whereby the said John de Thornham, co. Norfolk, and Emma de Lawefare his wife, daughter of Eustace Fitz Walter, formerly of "Groschurche," demised to Gilbert called "le Paumer," marshal, and William Amys, fishmonger, three shops in St. Clement's Lane, in the parish of St. Clement, near the tenements of the aforesaid Gilbert and Gilbert de Colecestre. To hold for a term of ten years from Michaelmas for £9 and half a mark, besides half a mark to be paid annually to Nicholas de Wynchester, the chief lord of the fee.
Folio 85 b.
Monday before the Feast of St. Botolph [17 June], 20 Edward I. [A.D. 1292], came John de Meleford and Agnes his wife before William le Mazeliner (fn. 25) and Thomas Box, (fn. 26) Aldermen, and acknowledged a writing whereby they demised to William de Bettoyne an annual quitrent of 18s., viz., 9s. from the tenement of Thomas Sely in the parish of St. Mary de Aldermariberi and 9s. from a tenement called la hoderesrente, (fn. 27) occupied by Roger le Loung, "feliper," in the parish of St. Alphege, near Crepelgate. To hold for a term of six years from Midsummer. Witnesses, Ralph de Sandwych, Warden of the City; Ralph le Blound and Hamo Box, Sheriffs; Walter de Finchingfeud, Alderman of the Ward; (fn. 28) Bartholomew de Castello, Adam de Hallingeberi, Stephen Hauteyn, Walter de Borewelle, Thomas Sely, Gerin le Fruter, Richard Poyntel, John le Chaundiler, John le Pestur, (fn. 29) and others [not named].
Saturday the eve of the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], 20 Edward I. [A.D. 1292], a writing was acknowledged in the presence of Robert de Rokesle (fn. 30) and Thomas Box, Aldermen, whereby Walter de Burwelle, merchant, and Johanna his wife demised to William de Bettoyne an annual quitrent of 18 marks issuing from a tenement held by Joce atte Welle in the parish of St. Sepulchre without Neugate, and a tenement held by Joce le Pestur in the parish of St. Margaret de Lotheberi. To hold for a term of four years from Midsummer. Witnesses, Ralph de Sandwych, Warden of the City; Ralph le Blound and Hamo Box, Sheriffs; William de Farndon, Alderman of the Ward; Joce atte Welle, William Ediman, William le Taylur, William Beck, Stephen Hauteyn, Ralph Godchep, and others [not named].
Friday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 20 Edward I. [A.D. 1292], was read, acknowledged, and enrolled a writing wherein Roger de "Faringdon," goldsmith, servant of William de "Farindon," goldsmith, covenants to make for the Chapter of St. John de Beverle a shrine (feretrum) 5½ feet in length and 1½ feet in breadth, and of proportionate height, in honour of St. John, the patron of the church of Beverle; (fn. 31) the shrine to be made of gold and silver provided by the Chapter and refined by the said Roger; to be adorned with columns and cunningly worked statues, in size and quantity as the Chapter may direct; and to have tabernacles and pinnacles and other ornaments of goldsmiths' work both behind and before. Other materials, such as quicksilver and charcoal, necessary for constructing the work, with the exception of silver and gold, are to be provided at the said Roger's own expense. Should any statue or other work belonging to the shrine not meet with the approval of the Chapter on account of material or workmanship, whatever it may be, it is to be remade, without extra charge. The Chapter binds itself and its successors to pay in money or in bulk (in pecunia numerata vel in massa) the amount of metal used in each column, statue, &c., and no more; the said Roger offering William de "Farndone," goldsmith, as surety for any damage that may be occasioned to the Chapter through his default. Dated Beverle, 18 Kal. Oct. [14 Sept.], A.D. 1292.
Folio 86 b.
Thursday before the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 20 Edward I. [A.D. 1292], came John de Thele, butcher, and demised to Luke de Ware, butcher, two shops in the parish of St. Nicholas Shambles. To hold until Easter next for the service of one penny.
The following form (forma) was written by order of Sir John de Banquelle and William de Bettoyne and other Aldermen, Monday the morrow of All Souls [2 Nov.], 20 Edward I. [A.D. 1292], viz., an agreement made between John de Buterle and John le Coffrer touching a pentice attached to a chamber belonging to the said John de Buterle.
Lease by Henry le Noreys and Johanna his wife to Roger de Arderne and Alice his wife of a tenement near Holeburne bridge in the parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate. To hold for a term of ten years from Easter next, together with free access to a wardrobe (fn. 32) and herbary (erbarium) as often as need be. If the lessees wished to extend the term for their lives they could do so by an annual payment of 40s. to the lessors, and in case of sale they were to have pre-emption by 1 mark. Witnesses, Simon de Warewyk, William Ediman, Joce de Fonte, Gerard le Barber, Roger de Wymbeldon, Robert Clerk, and many others [not named].
Lease by John de Meleford, junior, fruiterer, and Agnes his wife, daughter of Thomas de Hereford, to Reginald de Meldeburne, gorget-maker, (fn. 33) of a tenement in the parish of St. Mary de Aldermanburi, near the tenement of Henry de Kent. To hold for a term of ten years from Christmas next, paying to Matilda Modi an annual sum of 12 pence of silver. In case of a sale or grant for a further term, the lessee to be preferred by 40s.
Folio 87 b.
Saturday after Feast of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 21 Edward I. [A.D. 1293], John de "Thorham," co. Norfolk, and Emma de la Mare (fn. 34) his wife, daughter of Eustace Fitz Walter, formerly of Garscherch, demise to Gilbert called "le Paumer," marshal and citizen of London, three shops in St. Clement's Lane, in the parish of St. Clement, situate near the tenements of the aforesaid Gilbert le Mareschal and Gilbert de Colecestre. To hold for a term of forty-eight years from Friday before Midsummer Day for a sum of £20 in hand paid. Witnesses, John Bretun, Warden of the City; Elias Russel and Henry le Bole, Sheriffs; Adam de Rokesle, Alderman of the Ward; (fn. 35) Ralph Jurdan, Gilbert le Taylur, Walter de Kent, William "Amuz," (fn. 36) fisherman (piscatore), Walter de "Kidemimstre," John de Arraz, Thomas Maderman, and others [not named].
Thursday after the Feast of St. James, Ap. [25 July], 21 Edward I. [A.D. 1293], was read a certain writing of acquittance by James de Benthaum to Hugh Mulgas for the sum of 84 marks, for which sum Norman Darci stood bound to Bernard Herlot and "Lot Bon pary" and their fellow-merchants of Florence in respect of six sacks of wool at 14 marks the sack, together with clause of indemnity. Witnesses, Sir John le Bretun, Warden of the City; "Elis" Russel and Henry le Bole, Sheriffs; John le Clerk, (fn. 37) coroner; William de Hereford, William de Bettoyne, Adam le Taylur, and others.
Folio 88 b.
Statutes made temp. Gregory de Rokeslee, Mayor, and by the Twenty-four Aldermen. (fn. 38)
That each Alderman cause to be elected in Wardmote four reputable men usually residing in the town to keep the pavements and obstructions (a garder les pavimens e les desturbances), such as dung in the streets. And that these four cause the same to be repaired, put down, or raised as they shall see fit, and that they be empowered to levy distress upon those who shall do to the contrary; likewise, where they find dung opposite a tenement, they shall make distress or take 4 pence. And if they can discover at any time by whom the dung has been so placed they shall take 4 pence of him, and let the other be in peace, and the dung shall be removed at his expense. And if it happen that the four men refuse to act as commanded, the Alderman shall distrain upon them for a similar penalty. And if the Alderman do nothing after warning given by the neighbours, the Sheriff shall distrain the Alderman by grievous distress, which shall not be given up except on payment of a heavy fine.
[Here follow Ordinances as to the wages of carpenters, masons, plasterers, daubers, and tilers, commencing De chaipentiers, de masons, &c., and ending pus ke il soyt ateinl, printed and translated with little variation in 'Liber Custumarum' (Rolls Series), i. 99, 100; ii. 541-3. —Editor.]
Tuesday the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 12 Edward I. [A.D. 1283-4], it was ordained by Henry le Galeys, Mayor; Martin Box and Jurdan Godchep, Sheriffs; Stephen Aswy, Gregory de Rokesle, Philip the Tailor, John Fitz Peter, Wolmar de Essex, Ralph de Alegate, Robert de Basinge, William de Farndon, Nicholas de Winchester, and Robert de Arras, that in each ward there should be two good and honest men assigned to discover what masons or carpenters take wages in the City contrary to the Statute of the City, and to report their names to the Mayor and Sheriffs with the view to their being punished, viz., the payer of wages contrary to the statute by fine of 40s. for each offence, and the receiver by imprisonment for forty days. (fn. 39)
Monday the Feast of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], 26 Edward I. [A.D. 1298], it is agreed between John Peper, plaintiff in a plea of imprisonment, and Thomas Box—in the presence of Henry le Waleys, Mayor; John and William de Storteford, Sheriffs; Geoffrey de Northon, (fn. 40) William de Betoigne, (fn. 41) John le Blund, (fn. 42) John de Canterbury, (fn. 43) Thomas Sely, (fn. 44) John de Donestaple, (fn. 45) Salomon le Coteler, (fn. 46) Nicholas Hauteyn, (fn. 47) and William de Leyre, (fn. 48) Aldermen—that, whereas the said John had been seized and imprisoned at the suit of the said Thomas for the sum of £28, in which the said John was bound by form of the new statute of the lord the King touching recognizances, (fn. 49) the said Thomas consents to the said John appearing on a certain day in the Guildhall to render an account, sureties being found for his appearance, viz., Robert de Beregholte and Adam de Warewyk. The said Thomas further consents to the said John being released from prison, and he is released accordingly.