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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Lease by John Bretoun, of the county of Cambridge, and Alice his wife, daughter of Laurence Hardel, late citizen of London, to Walter Turk, fishmonger, and Idonia his wife, late wife of Robert de Dorkynge, of certain tenements, wharves, &c., in the parishes of St. James de Garlekhuthe, St. Martin de Garlekhuthe [sic], and St. Martin of the Vintry, for a term of thirty years, at an annual rent of 10 marks; Simon de Swanlond being then Mayor, Henry de Gisorsz and Richard le Lacer, Sheriffs, and Anketyn de Gisorsz, Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 1) Witnesses, John de Oxenford, Walter Neal, Richard de Rothinge, Richard Gubbe, John de Denham, John de Ware; John Amys, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Monday before the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330]. (fn. 2)
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Account of Henry de Seccheford, the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, rendered in the month of July, A.D. 1330, anno 4 Edward III., before Nicholas de Farndone, Reginald de Conduit, and Thomas de Leire, Aldermen, Thomas de Chetyngdone, William Haunsard, and Henry de Prestone, commoners, the auditors given and assigned by the Mayor and Commonalty in an assembly at the Guildhall on Tuesday before the Feast of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], the year aforesaid, to hear the account and to make just allowances to the said Henry, viz., from Monday the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], anno 2 Edward III. [A.D. 1328], up to Friday the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], anno 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
Among the particulars which follow are sums of money received from William Fosshard de Warneford, William de Farnherst, Thomas Canun, armourer, Stephen atte Holmes, brewer, Stephen, son of William de Zeddynge, William, son of Richard de Uptone, Richard, son of Margaret Stanhard, William, son of Alexander atte Hyde, Ralph, son of Stephen de Shernhale, Roger Power, "coureour," Hugh le Spenser, Richard, son of Julia de Draytone, and others in respect of apprenticeships and the freedom of the City; also sums received from Alice, late wife of Thomas de Cobham, Richard de Brisyngham, William de Gartone, and others, in respect of recognisances of debts.
Allowance of 6 marks made to the said Chamberlain for the loss of a horse whilst he was following the King for the purpose of obtaining writs to allow the citizens of London to hold pleas touching their fellow-citizens at Fairs, (fn. 3) the King being about to cross the sea to render homage for Gascony. (fn. 4) The said allowance granted by Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Grantham, Gregory de Nortone, Reginald de Conduit, John de Caustone, and Thomas de Leyre, Aldermen, and Stephen de Abyndone.
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Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs and the collectors of murage, pontage, and pavage in the City, that they allow citizens of Exeter to be quit of toll, passage, pontage, murage, pavage, pickage, (fn. 5) anchorage, strandage, (fn. 6) and harbour dues (segeagio). Dated at Northampton, 1 Aug., 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
Saturday the morrow of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], the above writ read before Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Gregory de Nortone, Thomas de Leyre, John de Caustone, John de Prestone, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, and a great Commonalty, and its purport allowed.
Inspeximus charter of the city of Exeter, dated at Eltham, 1 March, 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1328-9]. It inspects (1) a charter dated at Westminster, 6 Nov., 44 Henry III. [A.D. 1259], which inspects a charter granted by Richard, King of the Romans. Dated at London, 7 Nov., the third indiction, the third year of his reign [A.D. 1258?]. (fn. 7) It inspects (2) a charter dated at Westminster, 12 Nov., 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], which inspects a charter dated at "Estone," near Stamford, 4 May, 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300]. (fn. 8)
Inspeximus charter of liberties to the city of Oxford, dated at Notyngham, 10 May, 1 Edward III. [A.D. 1327]. It inspects and confirms (1) a charter of Henry II. (fn. 9) [date not recorded], granting (inter alia) to the citizens their guild merchant as in the days of King Henry I. It also inspects (2) a charter dated at Westminster, 14 June, 1 John [A.D. 1199]; (3) a charter dated at "Caldestrem," (fn. 10) 20 July, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], which inspects (a) a charter dated at Westminster, 16 Feb., 13 Henry III. [A.D. 1228-9]; (fn. 11) and (b) another charter dated at Westminster, 26 March, 41 Henry III. [A.D. 1257].
Lease by John le Yonge de Shordich and Roysia his wife, daughter of Stephen de Uptone, to Stephen de Berkynge, hosier (calligator), of a portion of a shop in the parish of St. Mary le Bow in Cordewanerstrete for a term of six years from Midsummer, 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
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Be it remembered that on Tuesday next after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], came burgesses of the vill of Salopesbyre (fn. 12) before Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Grantham, Gregory de Nortone, Reginald de Conduit, John de Prestone, Richard de Hakeneye, Thomas de Leyre, John Priour, and Henry de Seccheford, Aldermen, and asked to be quit of murage in the City of London according to the terms of a charter dated at Winchester, 22 Sept., 49 Henry III. [A.D. 1265], (fn. 13) and confirmed by another charter dated at New Sarum, 25 Oct., 2 Edward III. [A.D. 1328].
Acquittance by Johanna de Stodleye to Reginald de Conduit and Laurence le Botoner, executors of John de Asshford, (fn. 14) woolmonger, for the sum of £20 bequeathed by the said John to Alice and Johanna his daughters begotten of the aforesaid Johanna; and covenant to expend the same for the benefit of the said children. Sureties, viz., Nicholas Pyk and William Cros de Martelane. Dated Tuesday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330-1].
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday before the Nativity St. John Bapt. [24 June], 9 Edward III. [A.D. 1335], came Johanna, daughter of the above John de Asshford and of Johanna de Stodleye, before Reginald de Conduit, the Mayor, John de Pulteneye, Gregory de Nortone, Richard de Hakeneye, Henry Darcy, John de Oxon', Richard de Rothinge, Andrew Aubrey, John Hamond, Ralph de Uptone, Henry de Secheford, Richard de Berkynge, William de Caustone, and Richard le Lacer, Aldermen, and received all the money bequeathed to her by her father for her marriage, and the executors were acquitted.
Be it remembered that on Thursday after the Feast of St. Dionisius [9 Oct.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], came Richard de la Pole and William, son of William Charles, before Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, and delivered to Henry de Seccheford, the Chamberlain, a certain statute merchant (statutum de mercatoribus) sealed with the seal of the said Richard of green wax and the King's seal of red wax, and dated at Norwich, 30 Sept., the year aforesaid; by which statute merchant the said Richard stood bound to pay to the said William the sum of £1,000 in London at Christmas next by way of a deposit, according to the terms of certain tripartite indentures sealed with their seals and the seal of the Mayoralty of London.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday before the Feast of St. Andrew [30 Nov.], the same year, came the aforesaid William Charles before Henry de Seccheford, the Chamberlain, and gave up the part of the aforesaid indenture in his possession, and consented to the statute aforesaid being delivered to Richard de la Pole. On the morrow came a certain Peter de ...... before John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, John de Grantham, Richard de Hakeneye, John de Caustone, John de Prestone, John Priour, Gregory de Nortone, John de Cherletone, and Robert de Kelseye, and proffered a letter of the aforesaid William, dated Monday the morrow of St. Katherine [25 Nov.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], authorizing the delivery of the statute to the said Richard.
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Lease by Friar William de Banham, procurator general of the Order of Bethlehem, to Richard de Swanlond, fishmonger, of a house called "la Stapeledehall," (fn. 15) with shop, &c., adjoining, in the parish of St. Botolph without Bisshopesgate, situate near the tenements of John Geryn and John Brid; to hold the same for a term of twelve years from Michaelmas, 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], paying annually to the nuns of St. Helen in London the sum of 3 shillings. Dated 4 Aug., 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
Lease by the same to the same of a tenement called "de Bethlehem," together with houses and shops built over it and 20s. annual rent payable by William de Beauchamp, in the same manner as the Friar held the property under the Chamber of the Guildhall, the said tenement being situate without Bisshopesgate near the tenement of Adam de Burgoyne and the gardens of Roger Huberd, William le Rous, and of Sir Henry [de Colne], the Rector of St. Botolph's without Bisshopesgate, and extending from the tenement of Stephen de Abyndone and the Hospital of St. Mary without Bisshopesgate up to the common moor; to hold the same for a term of eleven years from Michaelmas, 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], paying yearly to the Chamber aforesaid the sum of 40s. The grantor reserves a portion of the property for himself and his brethren. Dated 4 Aug., 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
Lease by John de Wymondham, ironmonger, to Stephen Lucas, "stokfisshmongere," of a tenement and wharf in the parish of St. Magnus the Martyr, situate near the tenements of Stephen de Abyndone and Hugh de Waltham to hold the same for a term of twenty years from Michaelmas next at an annual rent of 2 marks, the lessor reserving to himself sufficient room on the wharf for two casks. Dated Monday before the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
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Lease by Gilbert Cros and Agnes his wife to Thomas de Cauntebrege, mercer, of shops in Westchepe in the parish of St. Mary le Bow; to hold the same for life at an annual rent of £10. Dated Monday the morrow of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330].
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Letters patent appointing John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, to be a Justice, in conjunction with Richard de Wylughby, for gaol delivery of Neugate in place of Simon de Swanlond, the late Mayor. Witness the King at Westminster, 8 Jan., 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330-1].
Ordinances of the Tapicers (fn. 15) made by the good folk of the said mistery and approved before John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty in the Court held for Common Pleas on Monday the morrow of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330-1]. (fn. 15)