Ordinance of the Beadles of the various Wards touching Pollards.
Ordinacio Bedellorum diversarum Wardarum super pollard'.
Be it remembered that on Sunday before the Feast of the
Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 28 Edward I. [A. D. 1299-1300], the
serjeants of each Ward were summoned before the Mayor and
Aldermen to hear and execute that which should be enjoined
by the said Mayor and Aldermen, viz., that each Serjeant in his
Ward shall carry his staff, and that any one refusing to accept
two "pollards" for the sterling in payment for anything shall be
arrested by the said beadles together with the article sold and
the suit of the purchaser (una cum secta emptoris), and brought
to the house of the Sheriff, all which the said beadles swore to
observe, (fn. 1) viz., John, Serjeant of the Ward of Chepe; Richard,
Serjeant of the Ward of Walebrock; David, Serjeant of [the
Ward of] Nicholas de Farndone, within; (fn. 2) Roger, Serjeant of
the same Ward, without; John, Serjeant of "Alcheresgate"; (fn. 3)
John, Serjeant of the Ward of Langeborne; Ralph, Serjeant
of Bassingeshawe; John, Serjeant of Ferlingwarde; (fn. 4) Geoffrey,
Serjeant of Colemannestrate; Roger, Serjeant of Candelwekstrate; Hugh, Serjeant of the Ward of Bradestrate; Richard,
Serjeant of Dowegate; John, Serjeant of Crepelgate without;
Henry Bode, Serjeant of Bridge; John, Serjeant of Castle
Baynard; John, serjeant valet (serviens vallectus), David, Serjeant of Farndone; John, Serjeant of Billingesgate; Thomas,
Serjeant of the Ward of John de Canterbury; (fn. 5) Nicholas, Serjeant [of the Ward] of Farndon without the gate of Lodgate;
Henry, Serjeant of Vintry; Walter, Serjeant of Cordewanerestrate; William de Wycombe, valet of the Serjeant of the
Ward of Tower; Ralph de Alegate; William, Serjeant of
Bredstrate; John, Serjeant of Cornhull; Ralph, Serjeant of
Crepelgate within; Luter, Serjeant of the Ward of Bissopesgate.
Eleccio custod' de Blad.
Be it remembered that on Wednesday after the Feast of
St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1299-1300], before
Elias Russel, the Mayor, Geoffrey de Northone, Alderman,
and the reSt. of the Aldermen, Adam Wade, John de Brinkele,
Roger Hossebounde, Richard atte Holmes, Roger le Paumer,
[and] Roger ate Vine came and were sworn to see that no one
sold his corn at an unfair price, nor mixed mouldy corn with
good, nor committed any other fraud.
The same day Geoffrey de Gernemuta (Yarmouth) and
Richard de Wetherby were sworn at the Pavement. (fn. 7)
The same day Adam Lutekyn, Robert le Lou, [and] Clement
le Pestour were similarly sworn at Billingsgate and Graschirg'.
[Di]missio mercat' de forestall.
Monday after the same Feast [Walter atte Belhous, Robert
le Barbour,] John de Lewes, Gilbert de Gras, John his son,
Peter de Screpestone, the wife of Thomas Pelicar', Stephen de
Hadham, [William de Goringes,] Margery de Frydaistrate,
Mariota, residing in the house of William de Harwe, and
[William de Hendon] came before the Mayor and Aldermen
in a court held for pleas of land, and were removed from the
franchise of the City for forestalling corn, so that they should
be treated as foreigners, unless they found favour with the said
Mayor and Aldermen. (fn. 8)
The same day [William ate Bellhous, Roger le Mortemer]
and William Ballard ate Hole were forbidden to bring anything into the City except victuals, and the same day John Tilly
was disfranchised for forestalling.
Folio xl b.
Carta honoris de Walingeford.
Copy of Inspeximus Charter of Henry III. to the town of
Wallingford. Dated Westminster, 12 Jan., 51 Henry III.
[A.D. 1266-7]. (fn. 9)
Salamon de Basinge complains of Thomas de Basinge, for
whereas the said Thomas had been his guardian for a term of
sixteen years from Michaelmas, 7 Edward I. [A.D. 1279], he had
always refused to render an account. Pledges for prosecution,
William de Frydaystrete and Edmund de Teye.
Littera directa Maiori per custodes Nundinarum Campanie et Brie.
Letter from Peter de Fremeville, Knt., and Robert de Champagne (Campaniis), (fn. 10) Wardens of the Fair of Champagne and
Brie, to the Warden of London, or his deputy, reminding him of
a former letter in which they had asked him to seize the goods
and, if necessary, the bodies of "burgensis" Fauberti, a citizen
of Florence and horsedealer, Gydo Fauberti and "Unicus" (fn. 11)
Fauberti, his brothers, Master "Girald de Galaien," (fn. 12) a physician,
and James, son of the said "Nutus" [and] partner of the said
"burgensis," in order to satisfy a debt of 1,600 small livies
(fn. 13) due to "Puchius de Prato," late horsedealer in the
said Fair, Martin de Burgo Novo, and John de Burgo Novo,
on contracts (fn. 14) made in and upon the body (in corpore et supra
corpus) of the Fair of Bar-sur-Aube since the year A.D. 1292.
Dated 9 Sept., A.D. 1299. "J. de Sancto Nabore."
Folio xli b.
Be it remembered that on Wednesday next after the Feast of
the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1299-1300], before Elyas Russel, then Mayor, John le Blunt, Geoffrey de
Nortone, William de Bettoyne, William de Leyre, Richard de
Gloucestre, Walter de "Finchufud," and the reSt. of the
Aldermen there present, there were assembled six of the best
and more discreet men of each Ward to elect two citizens who
should attend the Parliament of the lord the King the second
Sunday in Lent, for whom the aforesaid Commonalty would
answer; and they elected Geoffrey de Norton, William de
Bettoyne, Aldermen, John le Bancker, and William de Red,
the same to have full power of the City aforesaid, so that whatever should be done by them the said Commonalty would ratify
Writ for the election of two citizens to attend the above
Parliament. Dated Berwyk on Tweed, 29 Dec., 28 Edward I.
Letter notifying the election of Geoffrey de Northone and
William de Bettoyne. Dated London, 28 Feb., 28 Edward I.
[A.D. 1299-1300]. (fn. 15)
Litera Tellar' pro solucione xxti marc' sub sigillo communitatis.
Be it remembered that on Saturday after the Feast of
St. Faith [6 Oct.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], before Elyas
Russel, the Mayor, William de Leyre, Walter de Finch[ingfeud], John the Coroner, (fn. 16) John de Armenters, Nicholas Picot,
Aldermen, a certain letter under the names of Simon de
Pourtepol and Vincent le Vinur was sealed with the seal
of the Commonalty for 20 marks sterling, which sum was
received from the said Simon and Vincent by Nicholas Picot,
the Chamberlain, for the Guild of Weavers, (fn. 17) and was paid to
Katherine le Fraunceys, as appears by her acquittance.
Ordinances of the Weavers made on Thursday after the
Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1299-1300]. (fn. 18)
Litera Regis pro refutacione monete.
Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Sheriffs for the arrest
of persons guilty of enhancing provisions, &c., owing to the
recent ordinance touching money. Dated Wyndesore, 10 Feb.,
28 Edward I. [A.D. 1299-1300]. (fn. 19)
Litera domini Reg' quod de cetera pollard non valeat ultra ob'.
Writ to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex for enforcing a former writ touching "pollards" and "crocards"
passing current for half-pence. Dated "Graham," (fn. 20) 20 Jan.,
28 Edward I. [A.D. 1299-1300].
Charter of Queen Eleanor, wife of King Edward I., to the
Friars of the Penance of Jesus Christ. (fn. 21)
Folio xliii b.
Alianora, by the grace of God Queen of England, lady of
Ireland, Duchess of Aquitaine, and by our lord the King Henry
Warden of the Bridge-House, (fn. 22) London, to all who shall see
or hear the present writing greeting in the Lord. Know ye
that we are bound and held for us and our heirs to defend
[and] warrant against all men for ever to the Prior and
Friars of the Penance of Jesus ChriSt. residing in London all
those tenements with their appurtenances which the same
Prior and Friars hold in the street called "Colcherchstrate,"
in the parish of St. Olave in the Jewry and in the parish of
St. Margaret de Lothebury in the City of London, by the grant
of confirmation which we have made to the said Prior and
Friars by this present writing with the assent and will of the
Friar Stephen de Folburn', the sub-warden of the Bridge-House aforesaid, and the reSt. of the Brethren of the said house
for 60 marks of silver, which we have received from the
aforesaid Prior and Friars of the Penance of Jesus Christ
towards the fabric of the said bridge, and for the providing of
a chaplain which the said Prior and Friars shall at their own
expense for ever provide to celebrate divine service for the
soul of Richard le Keu, who devised and assigned all the
tenements aforesaid with all their appurtenances to the Brethren
of the aforesaid Bridge-House for the maintenance of a chaplain
at their expense to celebrate divine service for his soul for ever.
In [testimony] whereof, &c. (fn. 23)
Charter granted to the Dean and Church of St. Martin le
Grand. Dated 4 Feb., 15 Hen. III. [A.D. 1230-1]. (fn. 24)
Carta Reg' H. facta decano Sancti Martini Magni London.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs enjoining them, for the
second time, to levy a sum of £29 on the property of Robert
de Rokesle, who had served as fellow-sheriff with Martin
de Ambresbury, if it should be proved that that sum was
due to the said Martin from the said Robert on their jointsheriffs' accounts. Dated York, 20 July, 31 Edward I.
Monday after the Feast of Assumption B. M. [15 August],
31 Edward I. [A.D. 1303]. Whereas it had been testified by
Thomas Romeyn, the auditor of the account between Robert de
Rokesle and Martin de Ambresbury, late Sheriffs of London,
touching arrears of the ferm of the City, that the said Robert
remained indebted to the said Martin in the sum of £29 2s. 11½d.,
as appears in the account aforesaid; and whereas several days
had been given the said Robert for producing his disbursements
made for their joint advantage, which the said Robert desired
to be taken into account, and he had failed to produce them;
it was adjudged by John le Blund, the Mayor, William de
Betoyne, John de Wengrave, William le Mazerer, Walter
de Finchingfeld, Thomas Romeyn (Hugh Pourte and Simon de
Paris, Sheriffs), John de Canterbury, Richer de Refham, Henry
de Gloucestre, and Nicholas Pycot, Aldermen, that the aforesaid Sheriffs should levy the said money on the property of the
said Robert de Rokesle to the King's use, in exoneration of
the City and of the aforesaid Martin, who found sureties for his
reimbursing the said Robert of all money reasonably spent for
their common benefit, &c.
View of Account between Robert de Rokesle and Martin de Ambresbury,
late Sheriffs of London, taken before Thomas Romayn, Thursday
before the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], 26 Edward I. [A.D. 1298].
Of Robert de Rokesle and Martin de Ambresbury, for arrears
of the ferm of the City of London, £213 3s. 1d.; out of which
there is allowed to the said Martin 100 marks which he paid to
William de Bettoyne, then Chamberlain, and £25 7s. 9d. which
he paid for casks purchased pursuant to the King's writ, and
£6 5s. 9d. paid for alms, and £8 6s. 8d. which the Sheriffs of Essex
and Surrey levied by writ of the King out of the Exchequer. The
sum total allowed the said Martin by the items aforesaid being
£106 13s. 6½d. So there remains upon the same £106 9s. 6½d.,
whereof Robert answers for £13 3s. 1d., and the said Martin
answers for £93 6s. 5½d., and so the sum will be complete.
Item, the said Robert and Martin owe for divers extracts and
sums £231 15s. 4½d., viz., for the Iter of John de Berewik
£181 17s. 6½d., and for small purprestures £7 10s. 4d., and for
the rent of the late Adam de Strattone £33 12s. 2d., and for
divers debts £8 0s. 10d., and for two debts 34s. as appears supra;
of which the said Martin will himself be responsible for the rent
of the late Adam de Strattone £33 12s. 2d., and for amercements of Berkingecherche £13 6s. 8d. under divers heads; and
the said Robert will himself be responsible for £67 6s. 2½d.,
which he levied by divers sums as for the Iter, issues and
other extracts And so they owe in common £117 10s. 5½d.,
still to be levied in London and the county of Middlesex.
Sum total of the burden demanded of them £444 18s. 5½d.,
of which Martin is himself responsible as of the ferm of the
rents of Adam de Strattone and the amercements of Berking'
for £246 18s. 10d., whereof allowances are made to them
as appears supra £106 13s. 6½d. And so they owe clear
£140 5s. 3½d. The sum for which Robert himself answers,
as appears supra, of the ferm, the Iter, and other extracts,
£80 9s. 3½d., whereon there is allowed him by a tally of the
Exchequer £19 7s. 5d.; and so he owes clear £69 15s. 9d. The
sum which they answer for in common for debts still to be
levied £117 10s. 4d. Moreover the said Robert is bound to the
said Martin on a certain account of the laSt. term of the year
they were Sheriffs in £29 2s. 11½d. Whereof the said Robert
demands allowance of certain costs and expenses by him
incurred for their advantage, as he reasonably can show, &c.,
and the said Martin likewise demands allowance of his expenses as justice shall dictate, &c.
Carta burgens' de Porthemue.
Charter of liberties to the burgesses of Portsmouth. Dated
"Portesmue," 2 May, 5 Richard I. [A.D. 1194]. (fn. 25)
Folio. xliv b.
Litera missa custodibus Nundinarum Campanie et Brie.
Letter from Elyas Russel, Mayor, and the citizens of London,
to Sir Peter de Fremeville, Knt., and Robert de Champagne
(Campania), Wardens of the Fair of Champagne and Brie, in
reply to their requeSt. that he should compel "burgensis" Fauberti, Guydo Fauberti, and "Nutus" Fauberti, brothers of the
said "burgensis," Master "Gylard" de "Galaron," physician, and
James, [son] of the said "Nutus" and partner of "burgensis," to
satisfy "Pucheus" de Prato and Martin de Novo Burgo and
other creditors of a debt of 1,600 small livres tournois due on
contracts (contractuum) made since A.D. 1292 at the Fair of Bar-sur-Aube. He informs them that he had made inquiries and
had found that the debtors had compounded with the said
Pucheus at the Fair of Bar-sur-Aube in 1293, as evidenced
by a document under the seal of the Wardens of the Fair of
Champagne and Brie, and the debtors were quit. Dated Saturday before mid-Lent, A.D. 1299.
Carta civium Exon'.
Inspeximus Charter of liberties granted to the citizens
of Exeter. Dated Westminster, 24 March, 21 Henry III.
[A.D. 1236-7]. (fn. 26)
Be it remembered that on Saturday the eve of St. Mark
[25 April], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], Nicholas Pycot was made Chamberlain of the Guildhall of London by Elyas Russel, the
Mayor, Geoffrey de Nortone, William de Betoyne, William de
Leyre, Salomon le Cotyler, Thomas Sely, John de Donestaple,
Richer de Reffam, Richard de Gloucestre, Walter de Finchingfeld, Nicholas de Farndon, William le Mazyner, John le Blount,
[and] Simon de Parys, Aldermen; and there were delivered
unto him all those things appertaining to the said Chamber by
John de Donestaple and Simon de Parys, the Chamberlains of
the Guildhall, (fn. 27) who were that day removed from the said office
by the Mayor and Aldermen aforesaid, as appears by indentures
between them made.
The same day and year precept was given by the above
Mayor and Aldermen to William Trente, Gerard Dorgoyl,
Bartholomew de Riparus, Peter de Muncuk, Bernard Johan,
Geoffrey Sygin, Remund de Margeys, [and] Arnald Barage,
that they for the future keep no hostels themselves for eating
and sleeping, but [they shall lodge] only in the hostels of free
men, on pain of forfeiture of all their movables; and for
keeping and doing the premises a day was given to William
Trente and Gerard Dorgoyl until the Feast of St. John the
BaptiSt. next, and to Bartholomew de Ripariis and the reSt. until
the Feast of Ascension next, after which the penalty runs. (fn. 28)
The same day and year a similar precept was given to
"Thetardo" (fn. 29) le Estreys, Bartram Brakele, "Arnado" Wassemod,
Godescalcus de Hudendal', Hanekyn de London, Tydiman de
Hane, Hildebrand de Nova Curia, Tydiman de Rone, John called
"le Swarte," Tydiman le Swarte, and they have a day until......
Charter of Sir Peter de Gavestone, Earl of Cornwall.
Carta dn'i Petri de Gavaston' Conutis Cornubie.
Edward [II.], by the grace of God, &c., to the Mayor and
Commonalty of his City of London greeting. Whereas, among
other lands and tenements which we by our charter lately gave
and granted to our beloved and trusty Peter de Gavastone,
Earl of Cornwall, (fn. 30) and to Margaret his wife, to hold to them
and the heirs of their bodies, we granted that 100s. of rent
which Philip de Kent, now deceased, enjoyed at your hands
for life by gift and grant of Edmund, late Earl of Cornwall,
out of a certain rent of £50 due for the Queenhithe (fn. 31) of London,
and which, after the death of the said Philip, ought to revert to
us and our heirs, should, after the decease of the said Philip,
remain to the said Peter and Margaret and the heirs of their
bodies, as in our aforesaid charter more fully i s contained:
we command you that ye take heed and answer for the said
100s. out of the aforesaid ferm of £50 to the said Peter and
Margaret in form aforesaid, for we wish you to be quit
thereof towards us according to right. In witness whereof
we have caused these our letters patent to be made. Witness
ourself at Westminster, the 28th day of August, the third year
of our reign [A.D. 1309].
Folio xlv b.
Convencio inter cives London' et mercatores de Amyas, Corbye et de Nele.
Agreement made between the City of London and the
merchants of Amiens, Corby, and Nesle, whereby the latter
covenant to pay yearly to the Sheriffs of London the sum of
50 marks sterling in return for certain trading privileges.
Dated Monday before the Feast of St. "Lucye," (fn. 32) iv Ides
of October [12 Oct.], A.D. 1237. (fn. 33)
Be it remembered that Henry the Chaplain, called "de
Malmesbyri," came before Elyas Russel, the Mayor, on
Thursday after the Feast of the Invention of H. Cross [3 May],
28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], and renounced all action and demand
against Henry Pudding, Floria his wife, and Philip, called "the
Tailor," on account of any debt or injury as contained in two
Bulls which the said Henry the Chaplain had obtained from
the Court of Rome the previous year; and the said Philip
was ordered to satisfy the said Henry of his demand within
eight days, inasmuch as the franchise of the City does not
permit any one of the City to be impleaded without the
walls. (fn. 34)
Abiur' ae officio brocar' cai rectarum.
Be it remembered that on the following Friday, before Elyas
Russel, the Mayor, Geoffrey de Nortone, William 'de Leyre,
Richard de Gloucestre, Walter de Finchinnfeud, Nicholas de
Farindone, Salamon le Cuteler, John de Donestaple, John le
Blunt, William de Bettoyne, Symon de Parys, and Nicholas
Pykot, Aldermen-John de Kirketone, John Bulichromp called
"le Bindere," Richard de Kirketone, and Robert de Stanforde
were convicted by inquest, to which they had appealed, of
forestalling and of brokerage of carts (abrocacione car ectarum).
Accordingly they were committed for contempt against the lord
the King. Nevertheless they abjured the business of brokerage
of carts (brocarie carectarum) for ever, and would no more meddle
Be it remembered that on Friday after the Feast of St. John
ante Portam Latinam [6 May], the year aforesaid, before
William de Leyre, the locum tenens of Elyas Russel, the Mayor,
William de Bettoyne, John de Kanterbury, Adam de Rockesle,
John de Donestapil, Symon de Parys, Nicholas Pyckoc, Nicholas
de Farindone, [and] Walter de "Fingfeud," Aldermen, it was
agreed by Roger de Lintone, Robert le Convers, Robert
Pipeherst, Andrew Mel, Symon Godard, William de Gartone,
William de Helwetone, John Heysone, Richard Jordon, John de
Parys, Nicholas de Neueport, Henry de Farinham, Geoffrey
"Sckot," John Fayrhod, Richard de Bolintone, Henry de Kele,
Robert Gangy, Peter de Hungrie, Geoffrey de Bocham, Elyas
de Brestolle, Peter de Blakeneye, William de Gylingham, John
de Dorkingge, Nicholas le Convers, Robert de Gloucestre,
Ralph le Massoun, William de la Marche, Adam Mulgar, Alan
de Suff[olk], Richard de Horham, Henry the Tailor of la Ryole,
Elyas de Suffolk, Robert de Worestede, Adam Trug, Walter
de Bredstrate, William Greylond, William de Bradewelle, John
May, William de Creshantone, Peter Berneval, Edmund Trentemars, Richard de Alegate, John le Poter, Hugh Purthe, William
Lambyn, Richard Horin, "ferour," Richard Horin, fishmonger,
John de Hestone, John le Mazerer, Edmund the Tailor, Robert
de Campedene, Walter le Marberer, Robert Pyckeman, Richard
Swothe, Ralph de St. Edmund, John le Coffer, William Delisle
(de Insula), Richer de Refham, taverner, John le Plater. Henry
le Jonne, Matthew le Caundeler, Yvo de Wetle, Richard le
Sawyer, John Bonquer, Paul le Bocceler, William Cosyn, John
de Halinburne, Adam de Horsham, Stephen le Chauser,
Walter de Wanloc, Henry de Merlawe, William de Hamme,
William Morys, [and] John de Hatfeud - that William de
Bettoyne, Geoffrey de Nortone, William de Leyre, Ralph de
Alegate, Geoffrey Hurel, [and] Hugh Purthe, should prepare
an account of 20,000 marks, expenses of the Commonalty, and
present it to the Treasury and Barons of the Exchequer at
York on Monday after Trinity Sunday.
Folio xlvi b.
Breve dn'i R' ad inquirend' pro transgr inonete.
The King's writ notifying the appointment of John Butteturte, John Delisle, and Roger de Hegham as Commissioners
to inquire into cases of exportation of sterling money, gold and
silver, plate, wool, &c., and the exchange of the same for base
coin which was imported into England and unlawfully changed,
with power to punish offenders, summon witnesses, &c. Dated
Westminster, 1 April, 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300].
Breve Just' pro eodem.
Writ issued by the above John de Butteturte, John Delisle,
and Roger de Hegham to the Sheriffs of London, bidding them
bring up before them at the Guildhall, on the day after the Feast
of Ascension [19 May], those who had been sworn before J[ohn]
de Cobham (fn. 35) and his fellow Justices in their several Wards
to inquire after those guilty of circulating base coin, together
with those who had been indicted for that offence and
their mainpernors. Dated Ipswich, 10 May, 28 Edward I.
Abbrocar' tur' de officio Peletrie.
Thursday after the Feast of St. John Bapt. [24 June],
28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], Nicholas de York and Robert Blaket
elected and sworn brokers of Peltry before the Mayor and
Breve Willelmi Inge pro appello probator' Glouc'.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to bring up Hugh the Parson of "Qwat" (fn. 36) and Thomas de Chalkeleye before William
Inge (fn. 37) and his fellow Justices appointed for the gaol delivery at
Gloucester to answer charges of divers robberies, &c., brought
by Thomas Maloysel. Witness, W[illiam] Inge, at Gloucester,
28 April, 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300].
Breve pro eodem.
A similar writ of the same date for bringing up Manckin
(or Mannekin) le Hewmer, Laurence le Polleter, Robert Clarel,
William "de la chundelrye," Geoffrey le Uscher, William de
Chalfhunte, Edmund le Criour, Elyas de la Wardrobe, servant
of John de Benstede, and Thomas "Quatrosoz," in the King's
gaol at Gloucester, before the Justices at Gloucester to answer
like charges brought against them by Robert Nurry, approver
Breve pro eodem.
A similar writ of the same date for bringing up Walter Scot,
of Wodestret, and John Russel to answer like charges brought
by the above Robert Nurry.
Compot' Joh' de Donestapil et Symonis de Parys.
Be it remembered that on Monday before the Feast of
Ascension [19 May], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], in the presence
of Elias Russel, the Mayor, William de Leyre, Richard de
Gloucestre, Salomon le Cutteler, John de Kent, Nicholas de
Farndone, [and] Walter de Fingfeud, Aldermen, there were
elected auditors of the account of John de Donestapil and
Symon de Parys, the Chamberlains of the Guildhall, by the
common consent of the whole Commonalty of the several
Wards, viz., John Baunquer (?), Andrew de Staunford, Roger le
Palmere, and Geoffrey le Hurel.
Littera Abbat' de Wautham pro soonereve.
Letter from Robert [de Elintone], Abbot of the Holy Cross
of Waltham, to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen of the City
of London, notifying the appointment of Geoffrey de Nortone,
citizen of London, to act as his soke-reve and claim the rights
of his court from the Abbey's tenants in London, according to
the laws and customs of the City, and asking the said Mayor,
&c., to receive the said Geoffrey in that capacity. Dated
Waltham, the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 28 Edward I.
Folio xlvii b.
Compot' pont' Lond', viz., Joh'le Benereet Will'i Jordan.
Be it remembered that Walter de Finchingfeud and William
de Leyre, Aldermen and auditors of the account of John le
Benere and William Jordan, Wardens of London Bridge, came
before the Mayor and Aldermen on Saturday after the Feast
of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], and
produced a certain schedule, wherein it appeared that the said
Wardens had rendered their account touching the bridge from
the Feast of Pentecost, 26 Edward I., until Midsummer, 28 Edward I., as set out in the rolls delivered to Nicholas Picot, the
Chamberlain, and that at Easter term, anno 28, they were
indebted to the extent of 19s. 2d., and at St. John's term, the
same year, to the extent of £12 11s. 11¾d.; and the said
Wardens remain in office, &c.
Returnum brevis pro appello probatoris Glouc'.
Return made to writs of William Inge, Justice for gaol
delivery at Gloucester, addressed to John de Armenters and
Henry de Fingrie, Sheriffs of London, anno 28 Edward I. (fn. 38) The
Mayor answers for himself that he has not the custody of
any prison in London nor ought to answer for prisoners. The
Sheriffs answer that Mannekyn le Haumer and Laurence le
Poleter are freemen of the City, and by reason thereof they
(the Sheriffs) had released them on mainprise for their appearance at the first assize at the Tower, or before the Justices for
gaol delivery of Newgate, to answer the charges brought against
them, and therefore they (the Sheriffs) could not act as requested
without an offence against the franchise of the City. [The
Sheriffs further answer that] Robert Clarel, William de la
Chandelerie, Geoffrey le Ussher, William de Chalfhunte, Edmund le Creyour, Elias de la Garderobe, and Hugh the Parson
of "Quat" were delivered to them by the King's Marshal, and
they could not send them out of the City without the King's
writ for costs and charges arising from such an act. [The
Sheriffs further answer that] Thomas de Chalkele had been
arrested in the City, and being appealed by divers approvers
before the King's Justices at Newgate had put himself on the
And because Elias Russel, the Mayor, and the Aldermen
were unwilling that the said John and Henry should suffer loss
for making a return in support of the City's franchise they
promised the said John and Henry an indemnity.
Inquisicio capta pro ponte juxta inurum in Warda de Bradestrate pro Mora.
Inquisition taken by the Mayor and Aldermen on Friday the
morrow of the Translation of St. Thomas [7 July], 28 Edward I.
[A.D. 1300], as to the liability to maintain two bridges in the
Ward of Broad Street and to find hinges for Bishopsgate (fn. 39) .
Inquisicio capta pro factura cursus de Walebroc contra cancelar' Sc'i Steph'i de Walebroc.
Inquisition taken before the Mayor on Wednesday the
morrow of the Translation of St. Benedict [11 July], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], as to who are bound to repair the covering
over the water-course of Walebroc, over against the chancelwall of the church of St. Stephen de Walebroc The jurors-
Robert de Parys, William Prior, John de Plumstede, John Paie,
William de Netlestede, William Reyner, Thomas Peccok,
William de Camerwelle, Symon de Brouctone, John de
Hackene, Roger de Coumbe, [and] William de Raningtone-
say that the parishioners of the said church of St. Stephen are
bound of right to repair the said covering. The Sheriffs,
therefore, are told to distrain the said parishioners to do the
building aforesaid. (fn. 40)
Carta fratrum predicatorum.
Confirmation by King Edward I. of grant formerly made,
at his request, by the Mayor and the reSt. of the Barons of the
City to Robert [Kilwardby], Archbishop of Canterbury, of two
lanes adjacent to his place of Castle Baynard and the Tower of
Montfychet, (fn. 41) for the purpose of enlarging the aforesaid place,
on condition that the said Archbishop should provide the citizens
with a more convenient way, as he had now done. This charter
of confirmation is expressed to have been granted in order to
prevent action being taken either against the Archbishop or the
Barons aforesaid by the Justices Itinerant at the Tower, on the
ground of purpresture Dated Westminster, 10 June, 4 Edward I. [A.D. 1276]. (fn. 42)
Districcio facta super mercatores de Brabancia.
Be it remembered that Peter de Blackeneye, John Beufleur,
John de Dorkyng, and William de Hackeneye came on Friday
the Feast of the Translation of St. Swithin [15 July], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], before Elias Russel, the Mayor, Geoffrey
de Nortone, and other Aldermen [not named], and complained
that the Duke of Brabant had seized and kept their wool of the
value of £177 6s. 3d. Precept was accordingly made to John
de Armenters, one of the Sheriffs. to arreSt. the goods and
chattels of the Duke's subjects, and to deliver no cocket (fn. 43) to
them until he had seized goods to the amount aforesaid.-Also
on Sunday the eve of St. Peter in Cathedra [22 Feb.] came
John Gumbard before William de Leyre, the Mayor's locum
tenens, and complained that the Duke of Brabant had taken
7½ pieces of cloth from him, each cloth worth 6½ marks.
Precept accordingly to the Sheriff as above.
Concessio facta Johanni le Bener' et Willelmo Jordan custodibus pontis London'.
Be it remembered that on Wednesday the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], the year aforesaid, it was agreed by Elias
Russel, the Mayor, William de Leyre, John le Blunt, William
de Bettoyne, Thomas Romeyn, Salomon le Cutteler, Symon de
Parys, John de Donestapil, Nicholas Pyckoc, and Henry de
Gloucestre, Aldermen, that John le Benere and William Jordan,
the Wardens of London Bridge, should be quit of all tallages
and all offices of the City so long as they remained Wardens of
Be it remembered that on Monday the Feast of St. James
[25 July], the year aforesaid, came Henry le Waleys and
Philip de Norhamtone, fripperer (pheliparius), before the Mayor
and Aldermen, and undertook, on behalf of Alice de Stistede,
late wife of Hugh Mulgas, to pay the sum of 10 marks to London
Bridge in the event of her failing to pay a similar sum to Master
Peter de Dene, she having formerly given pledges to the
Preaching Friars for such payment, as appears by an indenture
in the custody of the Chamberlain.
Folio xlviii b.
Charter of Henry I. to the Priory of Holy Trinity, London. (fn. 44)
Carta Priorat' Sancte Trinitat' London.
Henricus dei gracia Rex Angl' Archiepiscopis, Episcopis, Abbatibus,
Comitibus, Baronibus, Vicecomitibus et omnibus ministris et fidelibus
suis salutem Sciatis me concessisse et presenti carta confirmasse
canicatu' [sic] regularium canonicorum Sancte Trinitatis Lond'
quem uxor mea M[atildis] Regina sibi
instituit esse stabilem
inperpetuum et liberum a subjeccione omnium ecclesiarum.
ipsi canonici claudant viam que est inter ecclesiam suam et murum
civitatis concessi eciam eisdem canonicis pro anima mea et anima
M[atildis] regine coniugis mee viginti quinque libras blanch'
annuatim in puram perpetuam elemosinam de redditu ipsius
M[atildis] Regine in Exon'
quas ipsa M[atildis] Regina assensu
meo illis dedit in vita sua. Et ita ut quicunque Vicecomes fuerit in
eas reddat predictis canonicis ad Pach' et ad festum Sancti
Michaelis Lond' sicut unquam melius reddite fuerunt. Preterea
dedi eisdem canonicis portam de Alegate cum socca ad eam pertinente
Et concessi eisdem canonicis quod habeant soccam de Anglica cnictenegild cum terris et omnibus libertatibus suis ad eandem soccam
infra civitatem Lond' et extra pertinentibus. Volo et firmiter
precipeo [sic] quod predicti canonici et eorum homines omnes terras
et possessiones et feoda sua et elemosinas suas tam in ecclesiis quam
in rebus et possessionibus mundanis habeant et teneant cum omnibus
libertatibus et liberis consuetudinibus et quietanciis suis in bosco
et plano in pratis et pasturis in aquis et molendinis in viis
et semitis in stagnis et vivariis in mariscis et piscariis in
grangiis et virgultis infra civitatem et extra infra burgum
et extra cum soca et saca et tol et tem et infangenethyef. Et
quod ipsi canonici et omnes sui liberi sint et quieti inperpetuum de
omnibus gildis et scotis et wytis et assisis et de omnibus auxiliis
vic[ecomitum] (fn. 49)
et minister'lium [sic] eorum et de omnibus sectis de
Syris et hundredis et leth[is] et hustingis de placibis et querelis
et quieti sint et liberi de ydagiis et taylagiis de excercitibus et
equitacionibus de oneribus expedicionum et vigiliis faciendis de operacionibus castellorum parcorum poncium vivariorum murorum et
omnibus clausuris et de omni careto
et sumagio et navigio et domuum
regalium edificacione et omnimodo operacione et omni seculari
servicio et exaccione et de omnibus occasionibus: concessi eciam quod
prefati canonici et omnes sui sint quieti ab omni Thelonio in
omni foro et in omnibus nundinis et in omni transitu viarum
ponsium [sic] et maris per totum r[egnum] meum: et homines
qui tenent de predictis Canonicis tam in civitate Lond' quam
extra non placitent nisi in curia ipsorum Canonicorum ubi
placitare debent et proibeo super forisfacturam meam quod non
in placitum de aliquo suo tenemento nisi coram me vel
capitali Justic[iario] meo et quod nullus eis vel hominibus suis contra
hac [sic] cartam meam in aliquo forisfaciat quin ipsi et omnes terre
et possessiones sue et hominum suorum sint in custodia et speciali
proteccione mea. T[estibus] Rann[ulpho] Canc[ellario] G. de Clinton'
Radulpho Basset apud Northampto.
Writ of Edward I. to the Mayor and Aldermen of the City
forbidding them to exact tallage from the Prior of Holy
Edwardus dei gracia Rex Angl' etc. Maiori et Aldermannis de
civitate London' salutem. Quia dilectus nobis in Christo Prior Sancte
Trinitatis London' per cartas progenitorum nostrorum quondam
Regum Anglie quas inspeximus tenet terras et tenementa sua in
civitate nostra London' et in suburbio eiusdem libera et quieta de
tallagio per quod ad tallagium nobis inde prestandum non tenetur,
vobis mandamus quod demandam quam facitis prefato Priori de
tallagio in civitate predicta nuper assesso pro terris et tenementis
que ipse tenet in eadem civitate et suburbio eiusdem in pace permittatis.
Et districcionem si quam in ea occasione feceritis indilate relaxetis
eidem. T[este] W. de Carleton' apud Ebor' xxviij die Maii anno
regni nostri tricesimo secundo [A.D. 1304].
Charter of Henry I. to the Prior and Canons of Holy Trinity,
London, granting them a right to close a highway. (fn. 52)
H[enricus] rex Anglie Ricardo Episcopo Lund' et Alberico de
Ver' vicecomiti et omnibus Baronibus et fidelibus suis Lundon'
salutem. Sciatis me concessisse Sancte Trinitati et Normanno Priori
et Canonicis Sancte Trinitatis Lund' ut claudant muro viam que
erat inter ecclesiam et officinas eorum et murum Civitatis Lund' ex
utraque parte usque ad murum predictum civitatis. Et in pace
teneant. Et via que solebat ibi esse sit amodo ante ecclesiam suam
ex alia parte. Et hoc concedo eis pro animabus patris mei et matris
et predecessorum et successorum meorum et pro salute mea et statu
regni mei. T[estibus] Ranulpho Cancellario et Gaufrido de Clintona
et Radulpho Basset apud Norhamtonam.
Folio xlviii b.
Breve domini R' pro Vasconibus.
Writ of certiorari to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London
touching alleged restriction placed upon merchants of Bordeaux
as to their residence in the City, (fn. 53) and illegal exaction of
twopence for every cask of wine by way of pontage. Dated
Carlisle, 30 June, 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300].
Returnum istius Brevis.
Return to the above writ, viz.: Neither the merchants of
Bordeaux nor any other foreign merchants were wont to hire
and hold hostels in London at a time when the citizens enjoyed
their full franchise as they now do by confirmation of the lord
the King, nor to have other foreigners living in their house or
entertained at their table. Nevertheless they are able to hold
cellars and other houses for storing their wines and other
merchandise, and this for a fixed time according to the liberty
and custom of the City.
As regards the pontage demanded of them for their wines,
the lord the King granted to the aforesaid citizens that for the
repair and maintenance of London Bridge they should have and
take of every cask of wine passing under the bridge and beyond,
twopence, and this by charter of the King himself, which he
made to them for a certain time still running, &c.
Secunda litera Nundinarum Campanie et Brie pro Burgens' Fuberti.
Another letter from Peter de "Fremiville," Knt., and Robert
de Champagne, Wardens of the Fair of Champagne and
Brie, to the Mayor and citizens of London, denying that the
debt due to Pucheus de Prato had been satisfied as stated in
the Mayor's letter, and again requesting him to cause the
goods and persons of the creditors named in their former letter
to be seized to satisfy the debt and costs, lest. they should be
compelled to prohibit the Mayor and citizens from bringing
their goods to the aforesaid Fair. Dated May, A.D. 1300.
Concessio Simon' le Coteler.
Be it remembered that on Friday next after the Feast of
St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], before
William de Leyre [and] Walter de Finchingf[eud], the Mayor's
deputies, Henry le Galeys, Adam de Fulham, Salomon le
Coteler, John de Donestaple, Martin Box, [and] Nicholas Picot,
Aldermen, came Simon le Coteler, of London Bridge, and
agreed on behalf of himself, his wife, and John and William
his sons, that if he should receive the said John and William
into his house or, in future, maintain them in any way he would
surrender all right and claim to the house he held on London
Bridge to the said bridge.
Folio xlix b.
Breve dn't R' pro arestac' Will'mi de Sant.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to seize the merchandise of
William de Sant, merchant of Bayonne, found in the City, and
to keep it until further orders. Dated York, 13 June, 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300].
Tuesday the morrow of the Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.],
28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], before William de Leyre [and]
Walter de Finch[ingfeud], deputies of Elias Russel, the Mayor,
Richard de Gloucestre, Salamon le Coteler, John le Blund,
William de Betoyne, [and] Nicholas Picot, Aldermen-Geoffrey
de Hallingbire, Richard Baudechun,
William de Chalfhunt, Robert Orpedeman, "James" le Swayn,
Robert le Clovier, and Thomas le "Norreys"
came and put
themselves to an inquisition that they were not accustomed to
forestall. The inquisitors, viz., Alan de Suffolk, Adam Wade,
John Fairhod, Thomas le Blund, and others in the panel, say on
oath that the said Geoffrey and others are forestallers of wood
and coal, and have been accustomed so to be. Therefore let
the said Geoffrey and others lose the freedom of the City, and
be treated as foreigners until, &c.
(Afterwards, viz., on Friday before the Feast of St. George
[23 April], anno 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], came Richard
Baudechon and Thomas le "Northreve" and satisfied the
Commonalty of their trespass, and were admitted to the
freedom of the City and sworn, &c., as appears in the paper
of redemption of freedom.)
Litera respons' directa custod' Nundin' Campan'.
Reply made by Elias Russel, the Mayor, and citizens of
London to the letter of Peter de "Fremville," Knt., and Robert
de Champagne, Wardens of the Fair of Champagne and Brie,
declining to arrest the goods and bodies of the debtors mentioned
therein, inasmuch as they were not freemen of the City, except
by special order of the King, who was then engaged in war
with Scotland Dated Saturday after the Feast of Assumption
B. M. [15 Aug.], A.D. 1300.