Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: I, 1400-1422. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1909.
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Writ to Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, to take steps to expel Matthew Pynner and his associates from certain lands and tenements they had forcibly seized belonging to Thomas "Freke," and to commit them to Neugate. Witness the King at Westminster, 15 Jan., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16].
Folio clxi b.
20 Nov., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], inquisition taken before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen as to particulars of property belonging to John "Frenche," late goldsmith, and as to his heir. The jury-viz., Richard Stanys, John Hille, John Broke, William Walsale, Thomas Shirwyn, John Drury, John Chestere, Thomas Clerk, William Aleyn, John Martin, Richard Spencer, and William Waltone-find (inter alia) that the said John Frenche died seised of a tenement called "Topfeldisin" in the parish of St. Bride, and of other tenements in the parishes of St. Matthew, Friday Street, and St. John Zachary, by feoffment of Thomas Extone, William Haper, John Forster, John Carbonell, John Palyng, Reymund Standell, and William Brace, chaplain. They also find that the said John Frenche died on Monday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug]., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], and that John his son is his next heir, being fifteen years of age. (fn. 1)
7 Dec., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], Thomas de "Albertis" condemned to stand on the pillory for fraudulently obtaining cloth of gold from William Bury, a mercer in the parish of St. Pancras, by connivance with Michael Peryn, a foreign broker. The punishment afterwards commuted for a fine of £20 paid towards the new work of the Guildhall. (fn. 2)
Folio clxii b.
22 Feb., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], came Robert Leghe, William Pycard, William Symmes, and John Sudbury, grocers, and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum of £207 12s. 3½d. bequeathed to Margaret, daughter of John Drew, late grocer, by her said father, and accruing to her by the death of Johanna and Albreda her sisters; to hold the same in trust for her and Richard Beke, mercer, her husband.
12 March, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], the guardianship of William, son of William Coventre, together with his patrimony, committed by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and John Hille, the Chamberlain, to John Coventre, mercer. Sureties, viz., Thomas Broun, grocer, and John Credy, esquire.
21 Feb., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], a jury summoned to inquire whether a house inhabited by Walter Pope, "sherman," in the parish of St. Christopher, stood in the Ward of Cornhill or Bradstrete. The jurors, summoned from the four adjacent Wards, viz., Martin Godard, John Sessyngham, and James Knyght, of Langborn Ward, Robert Scrace, Simon Seman, and Robert Whaplode, of the Ward of Bridge, William Kent, "peautrer," William Broker, and William Kent, skinner, of the Ward of Walbroke [the names of the jurors of the Ward of Chepe are omitted], find that portions of the tenement lay in each of the Wards of Cornhill and Bradstret, but the part in which the tenant and his family lived lay in Cornhill Ward, and therefore the tenement should contribute to the charges of that Ward, pursuant to the long-used custom recorded in the book with the "letter Horn," (fn. 3) fo. cccxxii.
Letter from Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and John Hille, the Chamberlain, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting John Mountfort, alias Burbrigge, a priest, for admission to one of the five chantries founded in the Guildhall Chapel by Adam Fraunceys and Henry Frowyk, vacant by the resignation of Sir William Holme. Dated 13 Kal. April [20 March], A.D. 1415[-16].
Folio clxiii b.
20 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], certain ordinances for regulating the Mistery of Brasiers (among them being one allowing them to elect yearly two or four Wardens, provided one at least be a worker in the craft and the others "chapmen") submitted to the Mayor and Aldermen, and approved. (fn. 4)
31 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Matilda, widow of Richard Wodecok, salter, Thomas Beaumont and William Edward, salters, executors of the said Richard, and Robert Trewlove, surveyor of the testament of the same, and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum of £561, in trust for William, John, and Johanna, children of the said Richard, in manner prescribed.
Afterwards, viz., on the 7th April, the same year, the sum of £60 belonging to William, one of the orphans, was delivered to John Wyot, draper, with whom the said William had been put as an apprentice Sureties, viz., Henry Rede, "armurer," Thomas Mountgomery, draper.
Folio clxiv b.
Afterwards, viz., on the 6th April, the same year, came Richard Nordone, tailor, who married Agnes, widow of Richard Payn, skinner, and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum of £60 out of the property formerly belonging to Thomas, son of William Wodehous, late skinner, appertaining to John, son of the said Thomas, who had married Agnes, daughter of Henry Wolryby, of Medborne, co Leices (fn. 5) The next day the sum of £20 out of the above £60 was delivered to the said John.
10 March, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], came Richard Merlawe, Alderman, who had originally been admitted into the freedom of the City in the craft (arte) of Ironmongers, but was now following the craft (arte) of Fishmongers, and who had been in the habit of receiving yearly and alternately (fn. 6) (et alternis vicibus) the livery and clothing of both crafts, contrary to the ordinance made on the 13th May, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], during the Mayoralty of Thomas Fauconer, (fn. 7) and prayed the Mayor and Aldermen to admit him to the freedom, clothing, or livery of the craft of Fishmongers His prayer granted. (fn. 8)
Recital of the ordinance above-mentioned forbidding any Mayor, Alderman, Sheriff, or other officer of the City receiving the livery or clothing of any craft or fraternity but one, under penalty prescribed, contrary to which ordinance William Cauntbrigge, an Alderman, who had been admitted into the freedom of the City in the craft of Ironmongers, had for some time past exercised both the craft of Grocer and that of Ironmonger, as was reported [ends abraptly].
Masters of Misteries sworn.
Folio clxv b.
Steynours : 7 Oct., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], John Moubray, John Clare, sworn to rule the mistery well and truly, sparing none for love nor molesting any from hate, and to present to the Mayor and Aldermen and the Chamberlain any defects they may find.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make public proclamation for masters of ships and vessels and seamen of the same to proceed to the port of Orewell with all haste, and remain there until further notice, inasmuch as the French and Genoese were threatening an invasion Witness the King at Westminster, 5 April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
22 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], proclamation made forbidding vintners, taverners, piebakers, and others to keep their houses open after 9 o'clock on the eves of St. John Baptist and SS. Peter and Paul, or to sell food or drink before 6 o'clock of the following morning, under penalty of imprisonment and fine, and further enjoining all those occupying houses on the high streets to hang out lights on the eves aforesaid.
23 May and 27 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], proclamation made for every soldier and seaman in the King's pay to serve in the coming voyage under the lord (monsyeur) of Huntyngdon (fn. 9) to be ready and apparelled by to-morrow at 11 o'clock in their vessels appointed to set sail from the ports of London.
20 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came John Shadworth, Thomas Aleyn, and Peter Givayn, executors of John Wodecok, mercer, and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum of 520 marks in trust for Felicia, (fn. 10) daughter of the said John Wodecok.
Folio clxvi b.
Alle maner of lordes knyghtes and squiyers that ben y poynted to goo with oure liege lord the Kyng in this present viage drawe hem home in to here contrees and make hem Redy to be with oure liege lord the Kyng atte Hamptone the Munday afor Myssomeresday next to come. (fn. 11)
Writ to the Sheriffs to the effect that whereas a proposal to place the town of Hareflieu in charge of the King of the Romans and the Duke of Holand, (fn. 12) under certain conditions, had failed owing to the opposition displayed by French nobles, then prisoners in England, (fn. 13) and others, the King had determined himself to proceed to France in order to succour and defend the town. (fn. 14) Proclamation was therefore to be made for all officers and men who were bound to accompany the King to meet at Suthamptone, on Wednesday after the Feast of St. John Bapt [24 June]. (fn. 15) Witness the King at Westminster, 13 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Oure lige lord the Kyng hot and comaundeth that all maner of mariners as well Maisters as other that bnth [sic] assignyd to passe in this present viage of our lige lord aforsayd be this same day be tweyne aftir none withynne here shippis here yn Temse to here what shal be declared to hem on the be halve of oure forsaid lige lord be his consaille on peyne of enprisounement and all that may be falle. (fn. 16)
Masters of Misteries sworn.
4 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Felicia, widow of William atte Wode, armourer, and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain, a sum of money and a cup in trust for Henry, son of the said William and Felicia.
Afterwards, viz., on the 7th May, the same year, the guardianship of the said orphan and his property was committed to the said Felicia. Sureties, viz., Walter Rideler, draper, Richard Justice, "fourbour," Thomas Moryce, "wexchaundeller," and John Asshtone.
14 May, the same year, in the presence of Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, John Hille, the Chamberlain, delivered to Robert Colbrook, "irmonger," who had married Johanna, daughter of Richard Wodecok, late citizen and salter, the sum of £200, his wife's property, one half of which the said Robert delivered to Thomas Beaumond and William Edward, executors of the said Richard, pursuant to a bond that had been entered into between the parties and entered in the Roll of Memoranda of the aforesaid Mayor.
6 April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came the Wardens of the Mistery of Goldsmiths as well as John Tyce, (fn. 17) "goldbeter," before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, in his mansion house in the parish of St. Laurence Pulteney, when the said John declared his wish to be thenceforth of the livery and clothing of the Mistery of Goldsmiths, and that he was prepared to undertake all necessary duties attaching thereto.
Folio clxvii b.
15 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Thomas, son of John Leget, "letherseller," apprentice of John Hert, haberdasher, and declared before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen that whereas he had been admitted into the freedom of the City in the Mistery of Haberdashers, when William Waldern was Mayor, and John Proffyt was Chamberlain, on the 11th Feb., 14 Henry IV. [A.D. 1412-13], he had long exercised the mistery of Goldsmiths, and not that of Haberdashers; he therefore prayed that he might be admitted into the freedom of the City in the Mistery of Goldsmiths. His prayer granted.
Folio clxvii b-clxviii.
19 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Elizabeth Fraunceys, widow of John Godman, alias Fraunceys, late goldsmith, and John Standelf and John Joce, two of the Wardens of the Mistery of Goldsmiths, before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and prayed that a certain deed might be acknowledged and enrolled, whereby the aforesaid John Standelf, John Bythewater, John Biernes, and John Joce, the four Wardens of the Mistery of Goldsmiths, by virtue of the will of Nicholas Farndone, late goldsmith, proved and enrolled in the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday after the Feast of Ascension [6 May], 35 Edward III. [A.D. 1361], (fn. 18) sold to the said Elizabeth Godman, alias Fraunceys certain tenements in the parishes of St. Vedast and St. Matthew in Fridaystrete, situate near the tenements called "le Cardenaleshat" and "le Flourdelys," to hold the same for life, with remainder to Robert Halle, goldsmith, and Johanna his wife in fee. To this deed the aforesaid John Standelf and John Joce had set their seals (but John Bythewater and John Biernes had refused theirs), in the presence of Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, Alan Everard and William Caumbrigge, the Sheriffs, and William de Louthe, Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 19) The witnesses were John Lever, Richard atte Lee, Peter Russell, Richard Sage, Thomas Waryn, and others [not named], and the deed was dated 15 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Afterwards, the four Masters or co-wardens (concustodes) of the Mistery of Goldsmiths aforesaid having agreed as to the enrolment of the above deed, as testified by three of them, viz., John Standelf, John Joce, and John Bythewater, before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and John Bartone, the Recorder, it was ordained that it should be read and enrolled in the Husting (fn. 20) according to the custom of the City.
Folio clxviii b.
22 April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came John, son of Thomas Wodehous, (fn. 21) before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and Aldermen, and being of full age demanded his property, and asked that Richard Nordone, tailor, who had married Agnes his mother, might be made to render account for money received as well in the time of Richard Payn, who had previously married the said Agnes, as at other times. Thereupon auditors were appointed, and an account duly rendered.
6 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], the guardianship of Johanna, (fn. 22) daughter of John Wodecok, late mercer, aged 19, together with her patrimony, committed by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Chamberlain to John Bacoun, "wolleman." Sureties, viz., Nicholas Wottone, draper, and William Sevenok, grocer.
15 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], the guardianship of Felicia, (fn. 23) daughter of John Wodecok, mercer, together with her patrimony, committed by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and John Hille, the Chamberlain, to Thomas Aleyn, mercer. Sureties, viz., William Waldern and John Middeltone, mercers.
Folio clxix b.
Precept to the several Aldermen to assess and levy in their Wards a sum amounting to a fifteenth, and to bring the money to the Guildhall by the Feast of Pentecost [7 June]. Under the seal of the Mayoralty. [No date.]
Precept to the several Aldermen to set an armed watch in their Wards on the eves of the Feasts of St. John the Baptist and SS. Peter and Paul, according to ancient custom, and to take the usual precautions against fire, &c. Dated 17 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Writ pluries to Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, bidding him to reopen the windows of the house of Richard Anable "peautrere"—which he had caused to be closed on account of an action brought by the said Richard in conjunction with John Russell, "wollemonger," and John Estone, "joynour," against Thomas Fauconer, mercer, late the King's Escheator in the City, (fn. 24) having been removed out of the City to the King's Court—or to show cause why he had disobeyed former writs to similar effect. Witness W[illiam] "Hangford" at Westminster, 4 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Return made to the above writ by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, to the effect that by immemorial custom any freeman of the City convicted of disobeying the orders of the Mayor and Aldermen was deprived of the franchise and prevented from following any craft in the City; that the above Richard Anable had refused to obey an order to appear at the Guildhall on the 29th Oct., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], and was on that account removed from the franchise and forbidden to follow his craft; that nevertheless the said Richard continued to exercise his craft openly in his shop, contrary to the liberty, custom, and franchise of the said City; and that thereupon the windows of his said shop were on that account closed, and not on account of the action mentioned in the writ. The windows, therefore, could not be reopened without prejudice to the liberties of the City.
Folio clxx b.
Writ (fn. 25) for the attachment of Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, to appear on the octave of St. Michael to answer for certain contempts. Witness William Hankeford at Westminster, 14 July, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Writ to the Sheriffs to attach Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, to appear on the octave of St. Michael [29 Sept.] and answer for his treatment of the above Richard Anable. Witness W[illiam] Hankeford at Westminster, 12 July, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].