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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Pleas held before the Mayor, Saturday before the Feast of St. Vincent [22 Jan.], 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334-5].
Walter Turk and John de Hyngestone, Sheriffs, attached to answer Godfrey atte Rye in a plea of trespass for having, on Wednesday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334-5], attached twenty sarplers of wool belonging to the said Godfrey on "le Wollewharf" in Tower Ward, which they still detain. The Sheriffs plead in defence that, according to the custom and liberty of the City, no merchandise ought to be sold among foreigners within the City for resale under penalty of forfeiting the thing sold; and they say that a certain William atte Hulle de Briggenorth, a merchant stranger, sold the wool to the said Godfrey, a merchant stranger, in the house of Thomas Perle at "le Wollewharf," contrary to the liberty of the City, and that the said Sheriffs did on that account seize the wool, which they ask to be adjudged as forfeited, &c. And the said Godfrey says that he bought the wool as aforesaid from Thomas Perle, who is a freeman of the City, and not from William atte Hulle, and this he offers per quantum cur', etc. And the said Sheriffs say that as to the said Thomas having sold the wool to the said Godfrey, the wool, at the time of sale, belonged to William atte Hulle to traffic withal, and the said William's mark, and not Thomas's, was on the wool at the time. And as to this they ask for an inquisition by the country, and the said Godfrey likewise. The country therefore of the venue of "le Wollewharf" summoned for a certain day. Afterwards came Thomas Perle, the host of the said Godfrey and William, and on their behalf made fine with the Sheriffs for the trespass aforesaid. Thereupon the wool was delivered to the said Godfrey for his benefit, &c.
Deed of acquittance by Bauduchin Mascarelli, merchant of Luca, to Nicholas the Abbot and the Convent of Pippewell, co. Northampton, for the sum of £46 13s. 4d., in satisfaction of a recognizance for £100. The Mayoralty seal attached to the acquittance by Reginald de Conduit, the Mayor, at the request of the said Bauduchin. Dated Monday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 9 Edward III. [A.D. 1335].
Folio ccxxii b.
Writ to the Mayor and Bailiffs of London that they allow citizens of Hereford and those living in the suburbs of the City of Hereford, although they be tenants of the Bishop or of the Dean and Chapter or other person soever, to be quit of murage according to the terms of a charter to the said citizens dated at Hereford, 28 Jan., 8 Edward III. (fn. 1) [A.D. 1333-4], enlarging a charter granted to the same by his great-grandfather. Writ dated at Westminster, 22 Sept., 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334].
After examination of the above writ and charter on Tuesday after the Feast of St. Martin in Yeme [11 Nov.], 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334], it was agreed by Reginald de Conduit, the Mayor, John de Prestone, Andrew Aubry, John de Oxon', Henry Darcy, Henry de Secheford, and Richard le Lacer, Aldermen, that the said citizens of Hereford and their successors should be quit of murage within the liberty of the City of London.
Release by Gilbert Scot, skinner, and Wymarca his wife to John Mareis, "forbour," of a certain shop in Watlingestret, in the parish of All Hallows de Bredstrete, let by the said John to the said Gilbert and Wymarca for a term of nineteen years. (fn. 2) Witnesses, John de Bredstret, William de Cheyham, John de Tiffeld, Hugh de Depedene, Thomas le Barber, John Sprot, John de Draytone, Adam de Foleham, and others [not named]. Dated Tuesday before the Feast of St. Edmund, K. [20 Nov.], 5 Edward III. [A.D. 1331].
Monday after the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332], it was agreed by John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, and the Aldermen that Master William de Rameseye, mason, who is master of the new work of the Church of St. Paul, London, and has assiduously and entirely devoted himself especially to the affairs of the said church, shall not be put on assizes, juries, or any inquests, nor shall be summoned by the serjeants of the Mayor and Sheriffs or Beadles of the Wards to attend any special or ordinary summons at the Guildhall or elsewhere so long as he is engaged on the said church, unless his presence be urgently required for certain special cause.
Folio ccxxiii b.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 5 Edward III. [A.D. 1331], the guardianship of Henry, son of John le Yonge, aged thirteen years, together with certain goods, viz., £33 6s. 8d. in money numbered; two pairs of shears for shearing cloth, value 12s.; a mazer cup, value 4s.; a cup of silver plate, value 10s.; two silver spoons, value 2s. 6d.; a feather bed, value 3s.; two blankets and two sheets, value 5s.; a brass pot and dish, value 2s. 6d., was committed to Richard Fox, bureller, by John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, Gregory de Nortone, John de Caustone, Aldermen, and Henry de Secheford, the Chamberlain. Sureties for the said guardian, viz., John le Neve, Robert de Hatfeld, Thomas de Ronewelle, and Geoffrey de Haselwelle; and Simon de Merworth became surety for one-fourth of the aforesaid goods, &c.
Tuesday before the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], 5 Edward III. [A.D. 1331], the guardianship of Thomas, aged eight years, Richard, aged five, and Juliana, aged two years, children of Thomas de Kent, bureller, committed to Thomas de Canterbury and Margery his wife, late wife of the aforesaid Thomas de Kent, by the aforesaid Mayor, Aldermen, and Chamberlain. Sureties for the said Thomas and Margery, viz., Roger Chauntecler and Simon de Merworth.
Judgment delivered Michaelmas term, 5 Edw. III. [A.D. 1331], that John, son of Adam Baudry, late tanner, recover from Philip Dikeman, who married Johanna, the widow of John de Stoppeslegh, one of the executors of the said Adam, the sum of 10 marks, in satisfaction of bequests made to him by his said father.
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], the same year, the said Philip came to the Chamber of the Guildhall and paid the said sum of 10 marks to Henry de Seccheford, the Chamberlain, and so is quit.
Folio ccxxiv b.
Writ alias to the Mayor and collectors of murage, pontage, and pavage of the City of London that they suffer Reyner Perim and his fellow-merchants of the Company of the Peruchi of Florence to be quit of the said dues for their merchandise imported and exported pursuant to the charter granted to merchant strangers by the King's grandfather. (fn. 3) Dated at "Langale," (fn. 4) 28 Feb., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1331-2].
The above writ and aforesaid charter having been read and understood by John de Pulteneye and the Aldermen on Saturday after Ash Wednesday [4 March], it was granted to the aforesaid Reyner and his fellow-merchants of the said Company that they should thenceforth be quit of murage in the City.
Monday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], the year aforesaid, Robert, son of William Halleman de Cokthorpe, apprentice of John le Longe, "hattere," committed to Neugate by the Mayor and Aldermen for refusing to make oath that he would faithfully serve his master; afterwards, viz., on Tuesday after the Feast of St. Gregory, he came to the full Husting and was sworn, &c.
Lease by Sir Ralph Angot, Knt., to Nicholas Guilli[m] de Luca, citizen and apothecary of London, and Johanna his wife, of certain shops, hitherto held for a term of years by the said Nicholas and Burnet Guilli[m] de Luca his brother, and situate in the parish of St. Benedict Shorhog; to hold to the said Nicholas and Johanna for a term of forty years from Midsummer, anno 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332], at an annual rent of 60s.; John de Pulteneye being Mayor, John de Mockyng and Andrew Aubrey, Sheriffs, and Reginald de Conduit, Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 5) Witnesses, Thomas Hauteyn, Michael de Caustone, Peter de Grenewyc', Peter de Arraz, William de Stanes, William de Brunne, Richard de Lincoln, William de Donmowe, and others [not named]. Dated Tuesday the eve of the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].
Folio ccxxv bccxxvi.
Proceedings between John Spray and William de Rameseye for the guardianship of Robert, son of William Huberd.
Whereas the guardianship of the said Robert had lately been committed by the Mayor and Aldermen to John Spray, as appears supra, fo. clxxxvii b, the said John came before John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, and the Aldermen at the Guildhall, on Saturday the Feast of St. Clement [23 Nov.], 5 Edward III. [A.D. 1331], and complained that a certain Master William de Rameseye, junior, and Cristiana his wife, Thomas de Chacombe, William de Rameseye, senior, Nicholas de Rameseye, Nicholas, a kinsman of William de Rameseye, and John, the chaplain of Wolcherche, had come to the house of the said John Spray without Aldresgate, on Wednesday the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], the year aforesaid, and forcibly abducted the said Robert and caused him to be married to Agnes, a daughter of William de Rameseye, junior, in contempt of the Mayor and Aldermen and loss of 100 marks, and he asked a remedy. Thereupon precept was issued to the Sheriffs to attach the said William and the rest so that they appear before the Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday before the Feast of St. Andrew [30 Nov.] next ensuing. The Sheriffs made return that they had attached William and Cristiana and Thomas de Chacombe, but the rest were non inventi. On the day named the said William, Cristiana, and Thomas pleaded not guilty as to the abduction, and as to the marriage they said it had taken place with the assent of the infants, touching which abduction and marriage they put themselves on the country and were acquitted. Thereupon precept to the said John Spray that he produce the boy before the Mayor and Aldermen that day fortnight. On which day he failed to bring the boy, but afterwards, viz., on the eve of St. Thomas's Day, the Mayor took the boy into his keeping, and there he remained until Monday the morrow of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], when in a Court de scawyatoribus (fn. 6) held by the Mayor it was agreed by the Mayor and Aldermen that he should remain in the custody of Henry de Seccheford, the Chamberlain, until, &c., and that the aforesaid John Spray should render an account of the boy's property whilst in his custody, before John de Caustone and Hugh de Waltham as auditors, and Robert de Ely and Henry de Seccheford, Aldermen, as surveyors. An account rendered accordingly. As to the marriage, inasmuch as it could not be annulled and for other reasons, it was adjudged that the boy should choose whether he would remain in the custody of William de Rameseye, whose daughter he had married, or of John Spray. The boy thereupon chose to remain with the said William and his wife. Afterwards, viz., in the month of August, the same year, came John Spray and prayed his discharge in respect of the guardianship of the said Robert, and it was granted. Sureties for the proper performance of his duties as guardian by the said William were found, viz., Thomas de Cauntebregge, of the Ward of Aldresgate, Geoffrey de Hestone, Thomas Deu, and Robert de Clactone, "peyntour."
Folio ccxxvi b.
Inquisition held before Henry de Seccheford, Alderman and Chamberlain of the Guildhall, on Wednesday after the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332], by the following jurors, viz., Thomas de Grauntebregge, Geoffrey de Hestone, John le Peyntour, William de Salesbery, Thomas de Chacombe, Robert de Clactone, Roger Don, Thomas Deu, John de Lenne, Augustine le Herberer, William le Brewere, and Adam de Sarum, "hattere," as to particulars of the property of Robert, son of William Huberd.
Writ of Privy Seal addressed to Archbishops, Bishops, Bailiffs, &c., that they allow merchants of Coventre to pass quit of certain tolls. Witnesses, J[ohn Stratford], Archbishop elect of Canterbury, the King's Chancellor, H[enry de Burghersh], Bp. of Lincoln, R[oger de Northburgh], Bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, John [of Eltham], Earl of Cornwall, the King's most dear brother, John de Warren, Earl of Surrey, William de Roos de Hamelak, William de Montagu, Ralph de Neville, Steward of the King's Household, and others [not named]. Dated at York, 2 March, 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1333-4].
The above being read before John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, and the Aldermen on Monday the morrow of SS. Philip and James [1 May], the year aforesaid [A.D. 1334], it was agreed that merchants of Coventry should be quit of murage.
Saturday before the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334-5], inquisition taken before Reginald de Conduit, the Mayor, Henry de Secheford, the Chamberlain, and the Aldermen, as to the property owned by Richard, son of Laurence le Long, a minor, by the oath of William de Toppesfeld, Walter le Mareschal, William de Waltham, William le Cotiller, John de Pelham, Richard de Wyslingham, Richard de Lutone, Robert le Chaundeler, Gregory le Cordewaner, William de Passefeld, William de Shirbourne, and Alan de Wyght.
The property, as found by the jury, was delivered by Reginald de Conduit, the Mayor, Gregory de Nortone, Richard de Hakeneye, John de Caustone, John de Hynxstone, Anketin de Gisors, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, to Simon Marz, goldsmith, in trust for the said Richard until he should come of age. Sureties for the said Simon, viz., Nicholas le Clerk, Richard Sprot, Nicholas de Dunstaple, John de Ydeshale, John le Perler, and Robert de Herlawe.
Folio ccxxvii b.
Saturday after the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332], the guardianship of Roger, son of Thomas de Berkinge, aged twelve years, and of his property committed to Nicholas de Wyrlingworth, goldsmith, by Gregory de Nortone, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Caustone, John Priour, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen. Sureties, viz., Richard Denys and John de Mallinge.
Afterwards, viz., on Friday after the Feast of the Decollation of St. John Bapt. [29 Aug.], 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1333], it was adjudged by John de Prestone, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Reginald de Conduit, John Priour, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, that the above guardianship should be cancelled, for that the said Roger, son of Thomas de Berkyng, was dead, and John de Hynxstone and Geoffrey le Merourer, who had married the sisters of the said Roger, came and acknowledged satisfaction for all legacies under the will of Thomas de Berkyng. accruing to them on the death of the said Roger. (fn. 7)
Writ alias to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen of the City that they allow merchants of Spain to pass quit of murage, pavage, and pontage. Witness the King at Wyndesore, 28 Oct., 5 Edward III. [A.D. 1331].
The above writ was allowed to merchants of Spain by John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, as touching the payment of murage in the City, in the Husting on Monday after the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1331-2]. (fn. 8)
Folio ccxxviii b.
Deed of grant by Edmund, son of Walter Crepyn, to John de "Yakeslee," the King's tent-maker (pavilonarius), of a certain mansion (fn. 9) situate in the parishes of St. Peter de Cornhull, St. Benedict Fynk, and St. Martin de Oteswych, in the Wards of Cornhull and Bradestrete, secured by a bond of statute merchant. Witnesses, Hugh de Waltham, John Poyntel, William de Manhale, Henry de Norhamptone, William Deer, Peter le Coffrer, Walter Muriet, Ralph le Chaundeler, John de Totenham, John Amys, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Sunday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam, viz., 10 May, 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332]. (fn. 10)
Indenture of defeasance of a bond in £50 entered into by Walter Cok in favour of William Cros and Alice his wife, on condition of the payment of an annuity of 40s. 8d. Dated 12 March, 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3]. Witnesses, Hugh de Waltham, Walter de Stebenhuthe, William le Plomer, William Kenewy, John Clerk, and others [not named].
Folio ccxxix b.
Account of Henry de Seccheford, the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, rendered in the month of July, A.D. 1332, before Nicholas de Farndone and Reginald de Conduit, Aldermen, and John de Dallynge, junior, John Prior, junior, and Richard de Welleford, commoners, auditors appointed by the Mayor and Commonalty in the Husting for Common Pleas held on Monday after the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], the year aforesaid, to hear the account and make due allowance, viz., from Friday the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], to the Feast of the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332], that is to say, for two years less five days.
The following names are recorded, viz.: Thomas Eme, William, son of John de Kelseye, David de Kyngestone, brewer, John, son of Richard de Brayneford, Robert Saleman, "flouremongere," Walter de Athewyk, Thomas, son of Adam le Dorturer, Richard Cake, Robert de Huntyngdon, butcher, William de Langeford, clerk, Hugh Vicaries, John de Combe, Walter, son of Henry de Place, Richard, son of John de Middeltone, John de Wantenge, Margery, wife of Roger de Rokesle, Nicholas Sprot, "batour," and Pressa the washerwoman (lotrice).
The expenses comprise payments of fees to Gregory de Nortone, the Recorder, Hugh de Waltham, the Common Clerk, John de "Ilford," Clerk of the Chamber, and William de "Iford," the Common Serjeant; presents made to Sir Geoffrey Lescrop, John de Eltham, the King's brother, when guardian of England, Master Henry de Cliff, the Chancellor's deputy, and to the Bishop of Norwich; expenses incurred at the Guildhall, boat hire of the Chamberlain, the repair of the houses and wharf of St. Botolph, and money paid to Simon de Swanlond to meet expenses incurred at the coronation of Queen Philippa, anno 3 Edward III.
Deed of acquittance by Robert de Keleseye for the payment of the whole of the rent due for a term of years for a tenement in the parish of St. Benedict de Shorhog demised by the said Robert to Richard de "Nichole" and Elizabeth his wife. Dated Saturday the Feast of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 9 Edward III. [A.D. 1335].
Folio ccxxx b.
Bond entered into by Roger atte Sole, "corder," and Cristiana his wife in the sum of 80 marks in favour of Nicholas de Newcastle, "feliper," of London, and Isabella his wife. Dated Saturday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 19 Edward II. [A.D. 1325-6]. Witnesses, Arnold le Chaundeler, John Wylemyn, Simon de Kydemenstre, John Cotekyn, William Amys, Thomas de Spayne, Gregory de Fuleham, John de Neuburi, Thomas de Haveringe, Robert de Barsham, and others [not named]. And the aforesaid women forisaffidaverunt, (fn. 11) etc.
Indenture of defeasance of the above bond on condition that the said Roger and Cristiana maintain a chantry in the church of St. Bennet Gracechurch out of the issues of property lying in the parish, for the souls of the said Nicholas and Isabella and of Richard de Histone, late husband (Baron) of the said Isabella. Dated Monday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 17 [sic] Edward II. Witnesses ut supra.