Folio xii - xx. (fn. 1)
Pleas at Westminster before Robert de Thorpe and his
fellow-justices of the King's Bench, Michaelmas Term, 32 Edward III. [A. D. 1358]: Edmund Fitz Johan attached to answer
John Malewayne on a charge of having forcibly abducted
in the Ward of Langeborne, in the parish of Fanchirche,
with the assistance of Robert Martell, an orphan, viz., Nicholas,
son of John de Mokkynge, (fn. 2) late fishmonger, from the custody of
John Malewayne, whose daughter the said Nicholas had
married, and to whom the guardianship of the said Nicholas
had been committed by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Chamberlain, according to the custom of the City, during minority.
The said Edmund appears, denies the custom, and says that
at the time of the alleged abduction the said Nicholas was more
than sixteen years of age and was married.
A day given, &c., the said Edmund being mainprised by
William Tank, Clement Brykenham, John Hamelyn, and John
[Folios xii b blank.].
Scriptum Joh'is Watlyngtone de quodam gardino etc. per co'itatem.
Lease by William Waleworth, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
Commonalty to John Watlyngton, "Serjeant," of a garden in
Tower Ward, near "Londonwal," formerly held by John
Scot, and situate between the gardens held by Geoffrey Puppe
and William Lambourne; to hold the same for a term of thirty
years, at an annual rent of 10s. Dated Monday after the
Feast of the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 49 Edward III
[A. D. 1375] (fn. 3) .
Scriptum ejusdem Joh'is ae quadam mansione supra portam Crepulgate etc.
Grant by the same to John Watlyngton, Serjeant Common
Crier (fn. 4) (serjaunt communis proclamator), of a mansion over the
gate of Crepulgate, with stable, &c, to hold the same for life.
Dated Monday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375]. (fn. 5)
Concessio posterne facta Joh'i Cobbe s'vienti Cam'e ad t' minum vite etc.
Grant by the same to John Cobbe, Serjeant of the Chamber,
of the houses, &c., at the postern near the Tower, with the
custody of the gate thereof, to hold the same for life. Dated
Monday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375].
Folio xiii b.
Concessio unius stalle mobilis sub porta de Ludgate.
Lease by the same to Robert de Lenne, "juweler," and
Johanna his wife of a movable stall beneath the gate of
Ludgate for a term of ten years, at an annual rent of 40s.
Dated at the Guildhall, the last day of March, 49 Edward III.
[A.D. 1375]. (fn. 6)
The amount which each Ward in London ought to pay for a
fifteenth, as entered in the King's Exchequer, (fn. 7) viz.—
Tower, £45 10s.; Billyngesgate, £31 10s.; Bridge, £49 10s.;
Dougate, £34 10s.; Walbrook, £39; Candelwykstret, £16;
Langebourne, £20 10s.; Lymstret, 40s.; Algate, 100s.;
Portsokne, £9; Bisshopesgate, £21 10s.; Cornhulle, £16;
Bradestret, £25; Vintry, £35 10s.; Quenhithe, £20; Castle
Baynard, £12; Chepe, £72; Cordewanerstret, £72; Bredstret,
£35 10s.; Farndone Within, £53 6s. 8d.; Farndone Without,
£34 10s.; Aldrichesgate, £7; Crepulgate Within, £39 10s.;
Crepulgate Without, £10; Bassyeshawe, £7; Colmanstrete,
Total, £732 6s. 8d.
Folio xiv b-xvi.
A proclamation made temp. John Warde, Mayor, Wednesday
after the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 49 Edward III.
[A. D. 1375], for the preservation of the peace and regulation of
divers trades, cleansing of streets, fixing the price of poultry, &c. (fn. 8)
A proclamation made temp. Adam Stable, Mayor,...... 50 Edward III., prescribing the duties of brokers, forbidding forestalling, prescribing the price to be charged for ale, hay,
and corn, and forbidding hostelers to bake bread in their houses
for man or beast, (fn. 9) &c.
Folio xvi b.
Test'm Joh'is Reyner.
Extract from the will of John Reyner, dated 25 July, 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375]. Bequests of money to John, son of John
"Brian," his godson (filiolo meo), to Johanna, daughter of the
same, and to Margaret his servant. To the said Margaret and
to Alice his daughter divers household goods. Also to the said
Alice the sum of 100 marks in trust for her marriage, and
10 marks for her apprenticeship if need be. To William and
Thomas, sons of the above John "Bryan," fishmonger, 100s.
de £ccxl tem in manib' Cam' ar' ad opus pueror' Rogen Longe.
A recognizance entered into by Thomas Medelane, "vyneter,"
William Sharpynge, and John Tilneye, executors of Roger
Longe, late vintner, on the 23rd January, 49 Edward III.
[A. D. 1375-6], for the payment of a sum of money to John
Warde, the Mayor, and William Eynsham, the Chamberlain, in
trust for the children of the said Roger, cancelled and the
Afterwards divers sums of money were delivered to the above
Thomas Medelane, to Gilbert Bonet, vintner, and to the above
William Sharpynge in trust for John, Thomas, and William,
sons of the above Roger, (fn. 10) as appears infra, fo. xl [b].
Q'd hoi'es armati et sagittar' retenti se trahant d' nis suis ad proficiscend'.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation for
all men-at-arms, armed men, and archers in the retinue of lords
and magnates to proceed to the coast by Wednesday next at
the latest, under penalty of imprisonment. Witness the King
at Westminster, 22 Jan., 48 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5].
Proclamation made accordingly on Thursday the Feast of the
Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5].
Qi q' troew faucon ou laner ou laneret le porte a visc' du counte.
Another proclamation made the same day touching the observance of an ordinance made by Parliament (fn. 11) to the effect that
whoever should find a falcon, "terselette," "lamer" [sic] or
"lanerette," (fn. 12) "austoure," (fn. 13) or other falcon which had lost its
master, should report the matter to the Sheriff of the county,
who should thereupon make proclamation in all the towns that
he had such a bird in his keeping, so that the owner might
recover it on payment of costs, on pain of the finder who shall
act otherwise being treated as a thief who carries away a horse
or other thing.
Br'e pro Coronatore.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to admit Henry "de Mortone," whom William Strete, the King's Butler and ex officio
Coroner in the City, had appointed to be his deputy. Witness
the King at Westminster, 24 Sept., 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375].
Thereupon the said Henry "Mordone" was sworn into office
in the Chamber of the Guildhall before the said Mayor and
Folio xvii b.
Br'e de lib' tate Ep'i Decam et capituli London allowand.
Tuesday after the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.],
49 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5], Thomas Algode, junior, of Storteford, brought a writ forbidding Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs, &c.,
to exact toll from the Bishop of London and the Dean and
Chapter of St. Paul's, dated 1 July, 41 Edward III. [A. D. 1367],
and he complained that the City's Bailiffs had exacted toll from
him and other tenants of the said Bishop contrary to the
aforesaid liberties. Thereupon precept was issued to the Sheriffs
to restore all distresses so taken.
Compotus Will'i Stodeye de bonis Ric'i fil' Joh'is Brillesworth.
Monday after the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.],
49 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5], account rendered before John
Torngold and John Aubrey, Aldermen, and William Neuport,
Commoner, by William de Stodeye, "vynter," of money and
goods which he had received on the 2nd August, 45 Edward III.
[A. D. 1371], with the guardianship of Richard, son of John
Briklesworth, as appears in Letter-Book G, fo. cclxxvii [b].
Custodia Cecilie fil' Will'i Waryn webbe.
8 Feb., 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5], the guardianship of
Cecilia, daughter of William Waryn, "webbe," (fn. 14) aged seven
years, committed by William Walworth, Mayor, and William
Eynesham, Chamberlain, to Peter Spersholte, fuller, and Johanna
his wife, mother of the said Cecilia, together with the sum of
7 marks, originally left by her father to William Beltone,
"webbe," in trust for the said Cecilia.
de denar' lib' Camerar' legat' fil' Thome Slynnere.
12 Feb., 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5], came Custance, late
wife of Thomas Skynnere, and delivered to William Eynesham,
Chamberlain of the Guildhall, the sum of £15 in trust for Alice,
Cecilia, and Johanna, daughters of the said Thomas, during
Exoneracio quinque marcar' inde.
Afterwards, viz., on the 28th September, 2 Richard II
[A. D. 1378], by order of Nicholas Brembre, the Mayor, the sum
of 5 marks out of the portion belonging to the above Alice
was paid by Robert Hugefeld, goldsmith, who had married the
above Custance, to William Lambourne and Beatrice his wife,
to whom the said Alice had been bound as apprentice.
The discharge of the said Alice for her portion appears
infra, fo. cxc [b].
Br'e pro Epo Wynton' de libertate allo cand'.
Writ to Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs, &c., that they allow William
de Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, and all the men and
tenants of the fees of the said Bishop, and all their goods, to be
quit of toll, &c. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 Sept.,
44 Edward III. [A. D. 1370].
Folio xviii b.
Hadele Aldr'us Turr'.
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5], John Hadele elected Alderman of
Tower Ward loco Richard de Croydone, deceased.
Peticio de Bowiers eis concessa.
Monday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1374-5], petition to the Mayor and Aldermen
by good men of the mistery of Bowyers for the enrolment,
among other articles of the mistery, of one forbidding the
sending of new bows to Cornhulle for sale, under certain
penalties. Their prayer granted.
All the Masters of the above mistery having agreed to the
said article except William Gildenmelle, "bowyer," the said
William was summoned by John Strecche, Serjeant of the
Chamber, before the Mayor and Aldermen, on Monday the
Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], but made default.
Richard Stonham, Henry Asselyn, Elias de Westone, John
Tykhill, elected Masters of the mistery of "Bochers" at
the Shambles of St. Nicholas, and sworn to rule the said
Bartone ex on' at' de Inquisic'.
Monday before the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], John de Bartone, of Billyngesgate,
discharged from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing
Coggere exon at'.
Wednesday after the above Feast Roger Coggere, of
Byllyngesgate, similarly discharged for like cause.
Obligac' lib at' per Cam'ar' Joh'i Phelipot.
11 April, 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], William Eynesham, the
Chamberlain, by order of the Mayor and Recorder, delivered
to John Philipot, Roger Shipbrok, and John Horn a certain
box containing bonds which the said John, Roger, and John,
together with John Wrooth and Walter Doget, on the 26th July,
48 Edward III. [A. D. 1374], had delivered to John Cantebrigge,
the late Chamberlain, to safeguard.
Custod' Ric'i fil' Ric'i Russel.
Friday after the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], the guardianship of the body of Richard,
son of Richard Russell, "paternostrer," transferred by order of
William Walworth, the Mayor, and William Eynesham, the
Chamberlain, from John Leycestre, a Changer in the Tower of
London (to whom it had been committed, as recorded in LetterBook G, fo. cccxix), to Thomas Norreys to be taught the art
of "paternostrer," the orphan's property being placed in the
custody of the Chamberlain.
Afterwards, viz., on the 4th July and on the 8th Oct. following, certain household goods, &c., were delivered by the said
Chamberlain to the orphan.
Folio xix b.
Exoneracio Aldr'i de Chepe et eleccio ejus demin Alderm' de Lymstret.
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], William Haldene, Alderman of the Ward
of Chepe, prayed to be discharged of his Aldermanry, and
surrendered it into the hands of William Walworth, the Mayor.
Thereupon the said Mayor discharged the said William Haldene,
who was immediately elected Alderman of the Ward of
Lymstrete, and was admitted and sworn.
Exoneracio Aldr'i de Col manstrete.
Friday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], the year
aforesaid, Adam Stable, Alderman of the Ward of Colmanstrete, prayed to be discharged of his Aldermanry, and surrendered it into the hands of the aforesaid Mayor. Thereupon
the said Mayor discharged the said Adam, who was immediately elected Alderman of the Ward of Chepe, and was
admitted and sworn.
Br'e de mun dacione cujusd' vici juxta Fratres Carmelit'.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs, on a complaint made by the
Prior and Brethren of the Order of St. Mary of Mount Carmel (fn. 15)
and the Commons of Fletestrete, that they cause a certain lane
near the house of the said Prior to be cleared of filth that had
been allowed to accumulate there, and keep the gate at the
entrance to the lane locked at night, to prevent such an accumulation in future. Witness the King at Westminster, 20 May, 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375].
Twiford Aldr'us Col manstret.
Tuesday after the Feast of the Nativity of St. John Bapt.
[24 June], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], Nicholas de Twyford
elected Alderman of the Ward of Colmanstrete, and presented to the Mayor, admitted, and sworn.
Proclamacio treugarum inter Reges Angl' et Franc'.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of a truce entered
into between England and France (the terms of the truce being
enclosed (fn. 16) ) to last until sunrise of the 30th June, A. D. 1376.
Witness the King at Westminster, 13 July, 49 Edward III.
[A. D. 1375].
Proclamation made accordingly, 18 July.
Deliberacio £xxv per preceptum Maioris fact' Margerie fil' Will'i Credil.
19 July, 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], William Eynesham, the
Chamberlain of the Guildhall, by order of the Mayor and
Recorder, delivered to Margery, daughter of William Credil,
the sum of £25 which Thomas atte Nokette, administrator of
the goods of the said William Credil, lately had in his custody,
the said Margery being now of full age.
Custodia fil Ric'i Aslote.
21 July, 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], the guardianship of John,
Richard, and Alice, children of Richard de Askote, late
"plomer," (fn. 17) committed by William Waleworth, the Mayor, and
William Eynesham, the Chamberlain, to Lucy, late wife of the
said Richard and their mother Sureties, viz., William Dykeneswell, "plomer," and John Croydone, goldsmith.
Eleccio co is derici.
Wednesday before the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.],
49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], Henry Perot elected Common Clerk
of the City by William Waleworth, the Mayor, the Aldermen,
and Commonalty, and sworn.
Arbitrium Ep'i Roff' int' exec' Jacobi Andren et Joh'em Dony.
Acquittance by John Dony, (fn. 18) mercer, and Katherine his wife,
natural and legitimate daughter (filia naturalis et legitima
(fn. 19) ) of
James Andreu, draper, for the sum of 850 marks received
from John Vyne, Andrew Vyne, and William Vyne, executors
of the said James, pursuant to an award made by Thomas [de
Brinton], Bishop of Rochester. Dated the eve of the Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.], 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375].
Folio xx b.
Northamptone Aldrus de Cordewanere stret.
Monday after the Feast of Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.],
49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], John Northamptone elected Alderman of the Ward of Cordewanerestrete, and presented to the
Mayor, admitted, and sworn.
Quedam in dentura int buscar London et Joh'em Baddeby.
Indenture between certain Woodmongers of London and John
Baddeby de Tappleawe, co Bucks, who owned a "loke" on the
Thames called "Baddebyesloke," whereby the said John disclaimed any right to take toll of vessels passing through his
"loke." Dated 28 June, 49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375].
Janitores portar' jur' ad bene custod' quod leprosi non intrent civitatem.
Monday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.],
49 Edward III. [A. D. 1375], William Averhurst, "barbir," gatekeeper of Algate, William Taunton, gate-keeper of Bisshopesgate, John Spencer, gate-keeper of Crepulgate, Peter Warewyk,
gate-keeper of Aldrichesgate, John Quenewelle, gate-keeper
of Neugate, Hugh Amerose, gate-keeper of Ludgate, John
Bowyere, gate-keeper of the Bridge, John Gardyner, gatekeeper of the Postern, sworn before the Mayor to safeguard
their several gates and not allow lepers to enter the City. (fn. 21) .
William Cook, "forman" at "le loke," (fn. 22) and William Walssheman, "forman" at Hakeneye, sworn to prevent lepers from
entering the City.