The Aldermen of the City of London Temp. Henry III - 1912. Originally published by Corporation of the City of London, London, 1908.
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The succession of Aldermen in the foregoing Ward Lists is traced back to the early years of the reign of Edward I., with the exception of Portsoken, where the Aldermanry was held ex officio by the Priors of Holy Trinity, Aldgate, the names of whom can be obtained from an earlier date. Of the 23 other Wards existing at that time, I have begun with the year 1276 in the case of fourteen; in three (Bishopsgate, Castle Baynard and Walbrook), the earliest date given is 1277, in one (Broad Street) 1278, in two (Bassishaw and Lime Street) 1279, and in three (Cheap, Coleman Street and Cornhill), 1282. These are the earliest dates to which it is possible from the Corporation records to carry back a practically unbroken succession.
The Liber Trinitatis (I. fo. 57 b), shows that John de Northampton was acting for Aldgate as early as the year 1268–9 (when W. Hervey and W. de Durham were Sheriffs). From the same source (the references being to the transcript in the Guildhall Library), I have found the following Aldermen of the Wards named below at the dates indicated:
The late Mr. J. J. Stocken, whose MSS. collections are in the Guildhall Library, gives the following names as those of successive Aldermen of the Ward, afterwards known as Farringdon:—
James Blund, in 1225.
Laurence de Frowyk, in 1252–3 [Sheriff 1246–7 and 1251–2].
Richard de Ewell, in 1259 [Sheriff 1256–7].
Adam de Bruning [Sheriff 1259–60.]
He quotes the Liber Trinitatis as his authority, but I have not been able to verify the statement; Blund appears as acting for the parish of St. Martin Outwich in Liber Trinitatis III., 572 b, and this parish included portions of Bishopsgate and Broad Street, but not Farringdon.
Mr. Stocken also gives John Tolesan as Alderman of Walbrook, but he was certainly acting for another Ward in 1253, during his Mayoralty, when Alexander le Ferrun was serving for Walbrook.
The following names occur in the Liber Trinitatis as Aldermen of Wards in which property was situated in the parishes appended to their names; I have added in brackets the Wards comprised in those parishes.
Robert le Blund (II. 303 b), St. Clement Candlewick (Candlewick and Langbourn), at some date between 1221 and 1248.
Thomas de Dureme (fn. 1) (II. 302 b), St. Clement Candlewick (Candlewick and Langbourn), at some date between 1221 and 1248.
Joce Junior (fn. 2) (II. 323 b), St. Mary Abchurch (Candlewick and Walbrook) at some date between 1221 and 1248.
John Viel (fn. 3) (III. 461 b), St. Nicholas Coleabbey (Bread Street and Queenhithe) at some date between 1221 and 1248.
Peter Aungier (fn. 4) (III. 576 b) St. Martin Outwich (Bishopsgate and Broad Street) in 1262–3.
Walter de Insula (III. 577 b) St. Martin Outwich (Bishopsgate and Broad Street) no date.
Peter le Blund (fn. 5) (I. 135 b) St. Olave Tower (Aldgate and Tower) no date.