Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: L, Edward IV-Henry VII. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1912.
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At a Common Council held on Saturday, 1 Oct., 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1485], there being present the Mayor, the Prior of Christchurch, Thomas Fitzwilliam the Recorder, John Broun, William White, John Mathew, Ralph Astry, John Swanne, and John Tate, Aldermen—John Hawgh was elected one of the Under-Sheriffs by the said Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council (fn. 1) loco John Watno, deceased.
Letter from John Warde, the Mayor, and William Purchas, the Chamberlain, to Thomas [Kempe], Bishop of London, presenting John Norhander, chaplain, for admission to one of the five chantries founded in the Guildhall Chapel by Adam Fraunceys and Henry Frowyk, vacant by the death of Sir John Cotes Dated, under the seals of the Mayoralty and the Chamberlain, 5 Oct., A.D. 1485.
Thursday the Feast of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1485], in the presence of John Warde, the Mayor, the Prior of Christchurch, Thomas Fitzwilliam the Recorder, Robert Drope, Richard Gardyner, John Broun, Robert Billesdone, Hugh Brice, Robert Tate, Richard Chawry, John Mathewe, William White, William Martyn, Ralph Astry, John Swan, and John Tate, Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty summoned to the Guildhall for the election of a Mayor for the year ensuing—Hugh Brice was elected.
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8 Nov., 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1485], ordinance by Hugh Brice, the Mayor, and the Aldermen that the Yeomen of the Mayor and the Chamber may be elected Serjeants of the Mayor for the time being, or of the Chamber, any ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding. (fn. 2)
Also, in order to avoid infirmities which daily occur from uncovering the heads of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Council of the City when they sit in Court, as well as to save trouble and time (quam alia tedia et dispendia temporum), it was agreed the same day by the Mayor and Aldermen that neither the Mayor, Aldermen, nor any of the Council, so long as they sat in the Court of the Inner Chamber, should uncover their heads (except for paying respect to strangers) under penalty of forfeiting one penny as often as they acted to the contrary.
21 Nov., 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1485], ordinance by the Mayor and Aldermen that two Wardens be assigned by the Mayor for the time being for the conduits of Fletestrete and Aldermannebury, viz., one for each.
At a Common Council held on Friday, 16 Dec., 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1485], Thomas Butside was elected Coroner of the City loco John Grene, (fn. 3) deceased.
19 Jan., 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1485-6], came Richard Dunce, John Broke, Richard Noneley, Benedict Trotter, grocers, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and entered into bond in the sum of £100 for payment into the Chamber by the said Richard Dunce of a like sum to the use of Robert, son of William "Thomson," at the age of 24, the said money having been bequeathed to the said Robert by John Parys, late "peautrer".
The same day came Richard Dunce, John Broke, Richard Noneley, and Benedict Trotter, grocers, and entered into bond in the sum of £100 for payment into the Chamber by the said Richard Dunce of a like sum to the use of John and Margaret his children when they come of age or marry.
Folio 214 b.
False nets condemned to be burnt by "my lord Maire (fn. 4) and my Maisters Thaldermen" as a warning to those fishing in the Thames with unlawful nets. [No date.]
4 April, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], came Katherine White, widow, Henry Somer, haberdasher, John Devereux, "plommer," and William Grey, fuller, and entered into bond in the sum of £30 for payment into the Chamber by the said Katherine of a like sum to the use of Agnes, Elizabeth, and Johanna, daughters of John White, late carpenter, when they come of age or marry.
6 April, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], ordinance by the Common Council that thenceforth distresses taken for non-payment of fines imposed for negligence in cleansing the streets, &c., should be sold by the Chamberlain if not redeemed within a year and the fines paid, the Chamberlain retaining out of the proceeds the sums due, and keeping the residue to the use of the owners of the distresses.
Folio 215 b.
"FORASMOCHE as the Sergeauntes and yomen bothe of the Maire Shireffes and Chamberleyn of the Citee of London yeerely have their lyverey at the Festes of Cristmas and Pentecost and thereof make their gownes soo longe and so syde (fn. 5) that they may not do service in this Citee if nede required as they shuld doo Therfor it is ordeigned in this Comune Councell that no sergeaunt nor yoman of the said Citee shall make any lyverey gowne geven unto hym by the Maire Shireffes or Chamberleyn of the same Citee any sydder, but the hemme of the same gowne be a foote above the soole of the Foote upward uppon peyne of losyng of their offices.
"ALSO it is ordeigned and enacted in the same Comune Counceill that no Freman be made by Redempcion freely without any thyng payng within the Citee of London at the Request of any persone, (fn. 6) but it be by thassent of the Comune Counceill".
11 May, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], came Simon Stephenson, Richard Stukeley, John Hylle, drapers, and Roger Barlowe, tailor, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and entered into bond in the sum of 100 marks for payment into the Chamber by the said Simon of a like sum to the use of Johanna, daughter of Thomas Pelham, late "sherman," when she comes of age or mariies. (fn. 7)
Tuesday, 23 May, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], ordinance by the Common Council prescribing the size of various kinds of fish (fn. 8) to be taken in the Thames and exposed for sale, and ordering that immature fish taken be put back into the river.
The same day came Hugh Acton, John Stodard, Henry Clowgh, and John Spereman, tailors, and entered into bond in the sum of 80 marks for payment into the Chamber by the said Hugh of a like sum to the use of Johanna and Agnes, daughters of Richard Elys, late tailor, when they come of age or marry.
Folio 216 b.
13 June, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], came John Atkynson, "talughchaundeler," Thomas Colyn, fishmonger, Thomas Watt, draper, and Nicholas Partriche, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and entered into bond in the sum of £16 19s. 5d. for payment into the Chamber by the said John Atkynson of a like sum to the use of Richard, son of Robert Hudgrave, late scrivener, when he comes of age, the said money having been bequeathed to the said Richard by Johanna Hudgrave his grandmother.
27 June, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], came Matilda "Frosten," widow, Roger Mone, Henry Clough, tailors, and Hugh Colstonsok, fuller, and entered into bond in the sum of 400 marks for payment into the Chamber by the said Matilda of a like sum to the use of Robert, John, Grace, and Agnes, children of Robert "Frosten," late "stacioner," when they come of age or marry. (fn. 1)
Folio 217 b.
18 June, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], the guardianship of William, Martin, Katherine, and Johanna, children of Martin Blundell, late fruiterer, and of Johanna his wife committed by the Mayor and Aldermen to William Robynson, "bruer," together with a certain brew-house and contents in the parish of St. Mary Somerset, to the use of the said orphans, pursuant to their father's will.
Schedule of utensils belonging to the above brew-house, (fn. 10) viz. :—
A 'bruyng ketyll of coper with a courbe of waynscot''; a "masshe fatte (fn. 11) with a lowse (fn. 12) botom and a tappe trowe (fn. 13) of ledde"; a "wort fatte"; two "kelers (fn. 14) for wort"; three gutters of Tree; three "stotyng Baskettes of wykers and vj Roders of Tree"; (fn. 15) three "hande ketils" of brass; two "sesterns of ledde for licoure"; a "fyrehoke," a "rake," and a "pyke" of iron; twenty little "Tubbes" for yeast, a little "messhe Tubbe," a "water Tubbe," and a "Flete"; (fn. 16) a "clevyng axe"; a "Fanne"; a "stepyng sestern' of lead; twenty-four "kilderkyns"; a malt mill with all apparel; a "Bere dray" with two pair "wheles"; and a "Blacke haire for a kiln." (fn. 17)
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2 July, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], the guardianship of Thomas, Henry, Margaret, and Elizabeth, the surviving children of John Sygar, (fn. 18) late fishmonger (his wife Margaret and his son William being dead), together with tenements in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen at the old fish-market, at the corner of the lane called "Lamberdesham" (fn. 19) and elsewhere, committed by the Mayor and Aldermen to Philip Payne, fishmonger, on his entering into a bond in the sum of £100.
Thursday, 6 July, 1 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], ordinance by the Common Council that thenceforth no stranger should make any bargain in the City without paying brokerage for the same to the Fellowship of Brokers under penalty.
Letter from the Mayor and Chamberlain to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's presenting Sir John Beneakir, chaplain, for admission to the chantry of Henry Guldeford, vacant by the resignation of Sir John Chesewright, the last chaplain. Dated 4 Aug., A.D. 1486.
31 Aug., 2 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], came good men of the Craft of Marblers, and presented a petition to the Mayor and Aldermen praying that certain ordinances for the better government of their Craft might be approved, among them being the following :—
"That every persone occupying the said Crafte within the Fraunchise of the saide Citee that maketh any Stone-werk of Marbyll, laton' werke or coper werk belongyng or perteynyng to the same Crafte not sufficient wherethurgh the same werke of Stone laton' or coper is or shalbe by the Wardeyns of the same Crafte for the tyme beyng presented and forfaited to the said Chambre shall pay and make fyne in money the iiij part of every stone so forfaited after the rate of the price that it coste as the byer thereof shall confesse and also shall pay and make fyne for every pounde of laton' or coper werke forfaited as it is aforesaid iiijd. to be applied and devided in maner and fourme abovesaide".
The same day came the Wardens and Fellowship of the "Fruterers" of the City, and prayed that the "Fruterers," freemen of the City, may be allowed to stand with the foreign fruiterers in the market-places as freely as they did before the making of the ordinance anno 3 Edward IV [A.D. 1463], temp. Thomas Cooke, Mayor. (fn. 20)
Folio 220 b.
7 Sept., 2 Henry VII. [A.D. 1486], came Thomas Parker, "iremonger," John Smert, grocer, Roger Bartlot, "iremonger," and Thomas Stone, "wexchaundeler," and entered into bond in the sum of £137 6s. for payment into the Chamber by the said Thomas Parker of a like sum to the use of Richard, Sibil, Stephen, and Henry, children of William Abell, late "irmonger," when they come of age or marry, the said money having been bequeathed to them by Elizabeth Denys, widow, mother of the said children. (fn. 21)