Folio cxxxi - cxl.
Custodie Will'i et Alicie fil' Joh'is Lynne.
20 March, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1380-1], the guardianship of
William, son of John Lynne, "stokfisshmongere," aged ten
years, and of Alice, daughter of the same, aged twelve years,
together with a tenement in the parish of St. Michael de la
Crokedlane, committed by William Waleworth, the Mayor,
and Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, to John Mockynge,
vintner. Sureties, viz., Benedict Cornwaille, "draper," and
John Wakele, vintner.
Furure forisfacte ad op' co' itatis.
13 March, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1380-1], William Horscroft,
skinner, attached to answer the Mayor and Commonalty, as
well as John Barry and other Wardens of the mistery of
Skinners, for mixing new work with old in four furs, viz., one of
clean fur (puratam) and three of "menyver," contrary to the
ordinance recorded in Letter-Book G, fo. clxii [b]. The accused
made no defence. Six men of the mistery summoned to appear
on the 15th March, viz., Walter Pykenham, Stephen Daubeny,
Andrew Coggeshale, Peter Mildenhale, John Tyderle, and
Thomas Lakford, who condemned the furs, which were therefore declared forfeited. The accused condemned to prison and
Folio cxxxi b.
Co'e solum concessum Thome Reynham pro quodam annuo redditu inde reddend'.
The Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 4 Richard II.
[A.D. 1380-1], at a full meeting of the Common Council of the
City in the Upper Chamber of the Guildhall, on the petition of
Thomas Reynham, Alderman of the Ward of Aldrichesgate, a
plot of the common soil of the City now built upon and situate
between the corner of Colmanstret and the Church of All
Hallows in the Wall, concerning which presentment had often
been made by the Wardmotes of the Ward of Colmanstret, to
the effect that it would have become an encroachment (quod
facta fuerit purprestura), was granted to the said Thomas and
his heirs by William Walworth, the Mayor, and the Aldermen,
with the assent of the Commonalty, subject to certain annual
payments to the City, and a deed under the seal of the
Commonalty was to be made to that effect.
Ordinacio de hominib' admittend' in lib'tatem civitat'.
Whereas divers losses had occurred to the Chamber of the
Guildhall and the whole Commonalty by reason of no one being
admitted to the freedom of the City for less than £3, (fn. 1) which
prevented poor persons from obtaining it, and they had withdrawn to Southwerk and Westminster and without the liberty
of the City, and many houses in the City on that account stood
empty, and the number of the citizens had diminished—it was
the same day ordained that thenceforth it should be lawful for
the Chamberlain for the time being, associated with two Aldermen, to admit any fit and proper person into the freedom by
redemption for a sum suitable to his estate, the procedure
recorded in the great charter of liberties of the City being
followed as of old accustomed.
Quod mag'ri supervisores seu custodes mister' nichil recipiant pro presentando aliquem in lib tatem dicte civitatis sub pena etc.
The same day it was ordained that thenceforth no masters,
surveyors, or wardens of misteries nor others should receive
any money fine for their own use, or the use of any one of their
mistery, for presenting any one to the freedom of the City,
under penalty of paying double the sum received to the Cham
berlain for the time being, as well as restoring the sum received
to the person from whom they received it, and the person so to
be admitted shall be questioned on oath on the matter before
he be admitted.
Concessio cs per annum Joh'i Marchaunt.
The same day, in the presence of the said Common Council,
John Marchaunt was sworn and admitted Clerk of the Chamber,
receiving yearly 100s. for his services from Michaelmas
[29 Sept.], 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1380].
Bille misse Aldr'is quod nomina omnium contribuencium subs' d'ni R' ponantur in Rot' coll' et ad inquirend' sup' victualibus etc.
Precept to the Aldermen that they take with them the late
Aldermen of their respective Wards, and two of the assessors
of the last subsidy and the rolls, and make a house-to-house
visitation in order to see that the names of all those who ought
to have contributed to the subsidy are entered on the rolls; (fn. 2) and,
further, that they inquire whether the bakers, brewers, and
other victuallers in their Wards have observed the ordinances
affecting their business. Dated 13 March, 4 Richard II.
Proclamation made 26 April, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381],
of regulations touching the sale of divers wines.
Election of Aldermen.
Tower: Hugh Fastolf.
Byllyngesgate: John Horne.
Bridge: Walter Sibyle.
Langebourne: John Southam.
Lymstret: William Knyghtcote.
Algate: William Tonge.
Bysshopesgate: John Chircheman.
Cornhulle: Thomas Irlond.
Bradstret: Adam Karlille.
Walbrok: William Baret.
Candelwykstret: John Hende.
Douegate: Edmund Olyver.
Vintry: Thomas Cornwaleys.
Cordewanerestret: John Heylesdone.
Chepe: John Boseham.
Colmanstret: William Kyng.
Bassyeshawe: John Fresshe.
Crepulgate: Robert Lucas.
Aldrichesgate: Roger Elys.
Farndone: Robert Boxford.
Bredstret: Thomas Welford.
Queenhithe: John Ragenelle.
Castle Baynard: John Redynge.
Compotus collector' de trib' gross' de qualibet persona laica Regi concessa prout patet per commissionem antea fo. cxxviii.
Account rendered by John Hende, Adam Bamme, John
Fresshe, Geoffrey Crymelford, Henry Herbury, and Henry
Mortone, collectors of the poll-tax in the City and suburbs,
under the supervision of John Brian and Richard de Aylesbury,
comptrollers of the subsidy.
They acknowledge the receipt of £1,019 17s. from 20,397
persons in the 24 Wards of the City and in the suburbs. They
received nothing from Gautron Barde, Master of the King's
Mints, and John de Leycestre, the King's Changer and
Assayer in the Tower, nor from 27 moneyers and officers of
the King's Exchange, nor from 28 merchants of Almaine, nor
from John Clerk, Thomas Derby, and Richard Assheby, unmarried, clerks of the church of St. Mary de Aldermaricherche,
by the King's orders. They are quit.
Folio cxxxii b.
Sigillum Maior at' de novo actum.
17 April, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], in a full assembly held
in the Upper Chamber of the Guildhall, by summons of
William Walworth, the Mayor, as well of those who were
then Aldermen as of those who had been, together with the
more powerful Commoners from the several Wards, (fn. 3) it was
agreed that the old Seal of the office of Mayoralty should be
broken up and a new Seal made, in which the City arms should
appear at the feet of the figures of SS. Peter and Paul, with a
lion guardant on either side, two serjeants-at-arms being placed
above, one on either side of the figures, and two pavilions with
two angels standing on either side, above, whilst between them
should be a figure of the Blessed Virgin seated. (fn. 4)
Presentacio ad Hospitale de Bethlem extra Bisshopesgate per Maiorem.
Appointment by William Walworth, the Mayor, and the
citizens of London, under the Mayoralty Seal, of John Gardyner,
chaplain, to be Warden or Master of the Hospital of St. Mary
de Bethlem without Bisshopesgate for life. Dated in the
Chamber of the Guildhall, 21 April, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Bille misse Aldr'is pro vigiliis faciend'.
Precept to the Aldermen that they see that a proper watch
and ward be kept by night, and that a tub of water be placed
outside every house in case of fire. Dated 28 May.
Custodia Johanne filie Joh'is Ussher.
25 May, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], the guardianship of
Johanna, daughter of John Ussher, aged five and a half years,
together with the sum of £106 13s. 4d., committed by William
Walworthe, the Mayor, and Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, to John Walcote, merchant. Sureties, viz., Thomas Gurdelere and John Leycestre.
Exon'acio custod' predicti.
Afterwards, viz., on the 14th May, 16 Richard II. [A.D. 1393],
came Walter Kyng, "grosser," who had married the above
Johanna, before William Staundone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and received from the above John Walcote his wife's
patrimony with mesne profits, and the said John Walcote and
his sureties are quit.
Judicium collistrigii pro columbellis putrid' exposit vendicioni.
31 May, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], William Fot, of county
Oxford, "pulter," condemned to the pillory for offering putrid
pigeons for sale. (fn. 5)
Folio cxxxiii b.
Custodia Rob'ti filn Rob'ti Hatfeld.
12 July, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], the guardianship of Robert,
son of Robert Hatteld, late grocer (grossar'), aged fifteen
years, committed by William Waleworth, Knt., the Mayor, and
Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain, to John Chynkeford, grocer,
and Johanna his wife, together with a sum of money and divers
goods and chattels. Sureties, viz., John Baas, called "Prentis,"
draper, and William Wottone, "wolmongere."
Exon'acio inde patet in tercio folio ex ambat' partib'.
Afterwards, viz., on the 12th April, 9 Richard II. [A.D. 1386],
came the above sureties and were discharged, and John Cosyn,
grocer, came and undertook to bring into the Chamber the
orphan's property before Whitsuntide next.
Md de insurreccione Cancianor' et Essexcensium.
Account of the insurrection by men of Kent and Essex under
Walter Tyler, and of his death at the hands of William Walworth, on Saturday, the 15th June, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381]. (fn. 6)
Letters patent appointing William Walleworth, the Mayor,
Robert Bealknap, Robert Knolles, John Philippot, Nicholas
Brembre, Robert Launde, and William Cheyne to be commissioners for safeguarding the City and suburbs and preventing
insurrections. Witness the King at London, 15 June,
4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Commissio pro insurrectoribus Essex' Kanc' Surr' et Sussex'.
Letters patent appointing the above or any six, five, four,
three, or two (the Mayor or Robert Bealknap being one) to be
Commissioners to investigate the recent outbreak and punish
offenders during the absence of the King, who was about to
visit the disaffected counties. Witness the King at London,
15 June, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381]. (fn. 7)
Folio cxxxiv b.
Diverse bille et ordinac' pro custodia civitatis post insurrexionem hominum Kanc' et Essex'.
Precept to the Aldermen that they summon before them all
who keep hostels in their several Wards, and hold them
responsible for themselves and their hosts and take their names
in writing Written. Sunday, 16 June, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Another precept for the Aldermen to cause the inhabitants
of their respective Wards to take an oath of fealty, the names
of those taking the oath being recorded in writing, and to arrest
those who refuse. Written 20 June, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381]. (fn. 8)
Custod' portar civitatis.
Precept to the Aldermen for guarding the several gates of
the City by day and night with armed men in manner prescribed. (fn. 9)
Test'm Joh'is Hothom quoad pueros suos.
23 Sept., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], came Richard Aylesbury,
Ralph Kestevene, and John Bradefeld, executors of John
Hothom, grocer, and brought his will, wherein he bequeathed
to John his son and Margaret and Johanna his daughters,
respectively, the sum of £80, and appointed Margaret his wife
Custodia eorund' puerorum.
Afterwards, viz., on the 25th Sept., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381],
the guardianship of the said children was committed by Sir
William Walworth, the Mayor, and Richard Odiham, the
Chamberlain, to Walter Sibile, who had married the above
Margaret, their mother. Surety, viz., John Chircheman.
Afterwards, the above Johanna having died in August,
8 Richard II. [A.D. 1384], her property was equally divided
between her mother and John her brother and Margaret her
Afterwards, the above sister Margaret having died in December, 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], her property was divided
between her aforesaid mother and brother.
Afterwards, viz., on the 15th Nov., 2 Henry IV. [A.D. 1400],
came Thomas, the Vicar of "Saham," (fn. 10) co. Cambr, executor of
the above John, son of John Hothom, and by virtue of his will
and of certain letters patent of Thomas Trivet, the Mayor of
Cambridge, to the Mayor and Aldermen of London, received
a sum of money from the above John Chircheman on behalf
of John Grace and the aforesaid Margaret his wife, formerly
wife of John Hothom, and on later occasions divers other sums
of money due.
Saturday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 5 Richard II.
[A.D. 1381], in the presence of Sir William Walworth, the
Mayor, William Cheyne, the Recorder, Nicholas Brembre,
John Philippot, Robert Launde, Nicholas Twyford, John Heylesdone, John Boseham, John Redynge, Thomas Cornwaleis,
Adam Karlille, Robert Lucas, Thomas Irlond, Roger Elys,
John Chircheman, Robert Boxford, Thomas Welford, Edmund
Olyver, John Fresshe, Walter Sibille, John Horn, Walter
Doget, and William Knyghtcote, and very many Commoners
summoned for the election of Sheriffs—John Hende was elected
Sheriff for the year ensuing, and John Rote was elected by the
Audit' compoti Cam'ar' et custod' pont' London'.
The same day John Boseham, Thomas Welford, Walter
Sibille, Adam Karlille, Aldermen, Robert Warbultone, William
Eynsham, Henry Vannere, and John Shadworth, Commoners,
were elected auditors of the accounts of the Chamberlain and
the Wardens of London Bridge.
Folio cxxxv b.
Br'e pro parliamento.
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend
a Parliament at Westminster which had been prorogued from
Monday after the Feast of Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.]
to the morrow of All Souls [2 Nov.]. (fn. 11) Witness the King at
Eltham, 22 Aug., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Pursuant to the above writ Sir John Philipot, John Hadle,
Hugh Fastolf, and William Baret were elected.
Indentura int' Joh'em Markeby aur' et Joh'am ux'em ejus ex parte una et Thomam Polle aur'.
Indenture of lease by John Markeby, goldsmith, and Johanna
his wife to Thomas Polle, goldsmith, of a shop, &c., in the
parish of St. Peter near the High Cross in Chepe for a term
of thirteen years, from Easter [14 April], 4 Richard II.
[A.D. 1381], at an annual rent of 4 marks.
The above indenture acknowledged 4 Oct., 5 Richard II.
Acquietancia Ricardi Odiham Cam'arii.
Acquittance under the Common Seal by Sir William Waleworth, Mayor, the Aldermen, and the rest of the citizens to
Richard Odyham, Chamberlain, on his account for one year
from Michaelmas, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1380]. Dated in the
Chamber of the Guildhall the morrow of St. Michael [29 Sept.],
5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Sunday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.],
5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], in the presence of Sir William
Walworth, the Mayor, William Cheyne, the Recorder, John
Boseham, John Heylesdone, Thomas Cornwaleys, William
Baret, Hugh Fastolf, John Horne, Walter Sibile, John Southam,
William Knyghtcote, William Tonge, John Chircheman, Thomas
Irland, Adam Karlille, John Hende, Edmund Olyver, William
Kyng, John Fresshe, Robert Lucas, Roger Elys, Robert Boxford, Thomas Welford, John Ragenel, and John Redynge,
Aldermen, John Hende and John Rote, the Sheriffs, and an
immense Commonalty summoned for the election of a Mayor
for the year ensuing—John Norhamptone (fn. 12) was elected Mayor,
and afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude
[28 Oct.], was sworn in the Chamber of the Guildhall, and on
the morrow was presented, admitted, and sworn before the
Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer.
Compot' de exitib' ten' pertinent' Johanne filie Ade Cope.
Account rendered in the Chamber of the Guildhall, 5 Oct.,
5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], by Richard Tiderle, skinner, and
Johanna his wife, late wife of Thomas Serjaunt, before auditors
appointed by Sir William Walworth, the Mayor, viz., Robert
Boxford and Roger Elys, Aldermen, Richard Odiham the
Chamberlain, and Ralph Strode, Common Pleader, at the
suit of Johanna, daughter of Adam Cope, skinner, an orphan,
aged seventeen years, apprenticed to William Horston.
Compot' ten'tor' Pauli Salesbury.
Account rendered 29 May, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], by
Agnes, widow of Adam Fraunceys, of her guardianship of Paul,
son of Thomas Salesbury, Knt., before John Boseham, John
Chircheman, and Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain, as auditors.
Recepcio £lxx xs. iiijd pro Rob'to filio Rob'ti Hatfeld cujus cust'ia patet ante fol. cxxxiii[b].
21 Sept., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], came John Cosyn,
grocer, into the Chamber of the Guildhall and paid the sum of
£70 10s. 4d. to Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, for the use
of Robert, son of Robert Hatfeld.
Afterwards, viz., on the 5th June, 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1387],
the sum of 20 marks was allowed by Nicholas Extone, the
Mayor, and the said Chamberlain for apprenticing the above
Masters of Misteries sworn.
Folio cxxxvi b.
"Cotelers": Edmund Wodhille, William Stanes, Richard Dyne,
and Thomas Northward, Masters, sworn 3 Oct., 5 Richard II.
[A.D. 1381], to rule their mistery, present defects, &c.
Fullers: Thomas Lavender and John Swift, sworn 5 Sept.,
the same year.
Weavers of Flanders: John Cobout of Flanders, sworn 20 Nov.,
the same year.
Weavers of Brabant: Peter Egelyn of Brabant, sworn the
Weavers of England: John Gile and John atte Hacche, sworn
the same day.
Skinners: William Lamblee, John Tiderlee, and Stephen
Daubeney, sworn 28 Nov., the same year.
Shethers: Richard Warde and John Kent, sworn 9 Dec., the
Pouchemakers: John Pount and Stephen Pettele, sworn 18 Dec.,
the same year.
Tapicers: William atte Lathe and John Kelshulle, sworn
19 Feb., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2].
"Verriers": (fn. 13) Richard Sauvage and William Pathe, sworn
25 Feb., the same year.
Pynners: Hugh Bromhille and William Coventre, sworn
28 Oct., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Glovers: Laurence Tilbury, John Gofaire, and John Goldesburgh, sworn 5 May, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1382].
Fullers: William Wermystre, Peter Peresholte, John Swyft,
Richard Sket, Thomas Lavender, and William Stoket. [No
Cutlers: Adam Fermer, John Twyford, Richard Jarkevile,
and Richard Sandwelle, sworn 18 June, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1382].
Exon'acio custodis Rob'ti filii Rob'ti Hatfeld.
Friday after the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], 14 Richard II.
[A.D. 1390], came Robert, son of Robert Hatfeld, being of full
age, before Adam Bamme, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and
demanded the rest of his property, and it was delivered to him.
Billa missa Aldr'o de Vinetria pro custodia porte de Ludgate.
Precept [to the Alderman of Vintry] that from Sunday next
he daily guard the Ludgate with 18 armed men of his Ward
from six o'clock in the morning until six o'clock (eight o'clock ?)
in the evening, when he is to close the gate and place the
keys in safe keeping, as he shall answer for them to William
Wircestre and "Phelipot" Walworthe, and at eight o'clock the
customary night-watch is to be set. He is further enjoined to
summon the good men of his Ward on Saturday morning to
consider how this precept can be best carried out until the
Parliament is ended. Dated the eve of All Saints [1 Nov.],
5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Billa missa Aldr'o de Castelbayn' pro custodia ejusdem porte.
Precept [to the Alderman of Castle Baynard] that he assist
in guarding the Ludgate with 14 armed men, &c. Same date.
Et Aldr'o de Cordewanerstret pro eodem.
Similar precept to the Alderman of Cordewanerestret to guard
the Ludgate with 18 armed men.
Custodia porte de Neugate.
Precept to the Alderman of Farndone that he guard the
Neugate with 20 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Chepe that he assist in guarding
the Neugate with 20 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Queenhethe that he assist in
guarding the Neugate with 10 armed men.
Custodia porte Aldrichesgate.
Precept to the Alderman of Aldrichesgate that he guard the
said gate with 10 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Walbrok that he assist in
guarding Aldrichesgate with 20 men.
Precept to the Alderman of Bredstret Ward that he assist in
guarding Aldrichesgate with 20 men.
Custodia porte Crepulgate.
Precept to the Alderman of Crepulgate that he guard the
said gate with 24 armed men, keep the keys, &c.
Precept to the Alderman of Colmanstret that he assist in
guarding Crepulgate with 16 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Bassyeshawe that he assist in
guarding Crepulgate with 10 armed men.
Custodia porte Byshopesgate.
Precept to the Alderman of Bysshopesgate that he guard the
said gate with 14 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Cornhille that he assist in
guarding Bysshopesgate with 18 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Bradestret that he assist in
guarding Bysshopesgate with 18 armed men.
Custodia porte de Algate.
Precept to the Alderman of Algate that he guard the gate
with 10 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Langebourne that he assist in
guarding Algate with 18 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Tower Ward that he assist in
guarding Algate with 22 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Bridge Ward that he guard the
Bridge with 22 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Billyngesgate that he assist in
guarding London Bridge with 14 armed men.
Precept to the Alderman of Douegate that he assist in
guarding London Bridge with 14 armed men.
Folio cxxxvii b.
Also the postern at the Tower was committed to the keeping
of the Alderman of Lymstret with 2 armed men.
Lagayte du Maii et des Viscontz.
And be it remembered that the Alderman of the Ward of
Candelwykstret shall keep watch with men of his Ward, armed
and arrayed, when the Mayor and Sheriffs pass through the
City. (fn. 14)
Br'e pro con servacione paris.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they take steps for the
preservation of peace in the City during the session of Parliament. Witness the King at Westminster, 2 Nov., 5 Richard II.
Proclamacio de pace ne quis portat arma.
Precept for closing the gates of the City at six o'clock in the
evening and keeping them closed until six o'clock in the morning,
and for all persons except those appointed to keep watch, to be
in their hostels at that hour of the evening.
Judicium pro carbonibus.
15 Nov., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], certain sacks of coal
brought to the City by William Benge, servant of John Bernard,
of Bishop Hatfeld [co. Herts], measured at the Guildhall and
found to contain less than eight bushels a quarter. The said
servant disclaiming all knowledge of the faultiness of the
sacks, the same were seized until the master should come and
submit to judgment, and the said William was sworn not to
bring faulty sacks to the City.
The same day, John Mason of Croidone sworn to like effect.
Proclamacio ne quis portat arma.
16 Nov., proclamation against any one bearing arms in the
City except peers of the realm and knights or esquires of the
King's household and retinue; against vagrants by night; (fn. 15)
against selling divers wines above the price prescribed, &c.
The Feast of St. Clement [23 Nov.], proclamation made
prescribing the price to be paid for ale, hay, oats, &c., and
forbidding beggars and lepers to walk the City.
Carta d ni Rob'ti Knolles et ux'is ejus per W. Walworth Maiorem et co'itatem de uno hautpas.
Licence granted by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty
to Robert Knolles, Knt., and Custance his wife, to build a
halpace (fn. 16) (hautpas) over (outre
(fn. 17) ) Syvendenlane in the parish of
All Hallows de Berkyngchirche near the Tower, connecting
two of their houses, one on each side of the said lane, the
grantees rendering therefor one red rose at Midsummer.
Dated 23 July, 5 Richard II. .
Commissio pro gaola de Neugate deliberanda.
Letters patent appointing Robert Tresilian, Robert Bealknape, John Norhamptone, the Mayor, William Walworth,
John de Middeltone, and William Cheyne, or any five, four,
three, or two (the Mayor being one), to be commissioners for
gaol-delivery of Neugate. Witness the King at Westminster,
18 Nov., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381].
Judicium pilorii pro mendaciis.
23 Nov., 5 Richard II. [A.D.. 1381], Simon Figge of Sarre,
near Sandwich, condemned to stand in the pillory with a whetstone attached to his neck for having falsely declared he had
witnessed the murder of a man belonging to the household of
the Earl of Northumberland, and the rescue of the murderer by
six men of a certain other lord. (fn. 18)
Judicium collistrigii falsis saccis [sic].
8 March, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2], John Botiller, servant
of John Mortymer, "colier," of "Bromle," brought before the
Mayor for selling coal in sacks that did not hold 8 bushels
to the quarter. The coal confiscated and the sacks burned.
Folio cxxxviii b.
Pleas held in the Chamber of the Guildhall, London, before the
Mayor and Aldermen, according to the custom of the City, 8 Jan.,
5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2].
Judicium pilor' pro fals' queel.
William Soys, "brouderer," attached to answer charges of
having cheated divers persons at play by means of a falsely
made chequer-board called "queek." The said William puts
himself on the country. A jury of the venue, viz., Henry
Hamond, Ralph Lubenham, Robert Pottone, "cordewaner,"
Robert Jolyf, "cordewaner," Stephen Verdyr, skinner, John
Suttone, "sadelere," Robert Sampson, "sadeler," William
Lidbery, William Aldewerk, "sadeler," William Dennyng,
"sadeler," William Campioun, "cappere," and Henry Baret,
being summoned, elected and tried with the assent of the
parties, found the said William guilty, and he was thereupon
adjudged to stand on the pillory. (fn. 19)
Judicium pilor' pro falsis talis.
The same day Richard Scot, "hosyere," attached to answer a
charge of having cheated John Thomson and William de Glendale of "Dounfriz," in Scotland, by false dice and "jonkerie." (fn. 20)
The said Richard put himself on the country. A jury of the
venue summoned, viz., John Boner, Thomas Frensshe, Peter
atte Pole, John Suttone, Eustace Chaundeler, Richard Albon,
Herman Coydale, Richard Garnowe, Richard de Cray, John
Gerard, John Langhorn, and William Waltham, who found the
said Richard guilty, and he was thereupon adjudged to stand
on the pillory. (fn. 21)
Judicium pilor' pro falsis talib' [sic].
The same day John Edward, otherwise called "longe Jacke,"
cordwainer, attached to answer a charge of having cheated
William Wermestre, fuller, in Christmas week in the parish of
St. Laurence Pounteneye, with false dice and "jonkerie." The
said John put himself on the country. A jury of the venue
summoned, viz., John Wyke, Bartholomew Neve, Peter Belde,
Reginald atte Pole, William Romeseye, William Horewode,
Thomas Westmore, John Campioun, John Higham, Henry
Austyn, Henry Swyft, and Peter Speresholte, who found the
said John to be a common "hasardour" and "jonkere," and
he was thereupon adjudged to stand on the pillory.
Proclamacio de vendic' allec'.
Proclamation regulating the sale of herring from Scone (fn. 22) and
Jernemouthe, "Holyland" (fn. 23) and the Sound. (fn. 24)
Proclamacio de vendic' ollei.
Proclamation regulating the sale of oil of "Lusshebone" (fn. 25) and
"Cyvylle." (fn. 26)
Qe nul vende par subtil pois.
Also that no one buy confections, powders, nor any other
"aver du pois," (fn. 27) by any weight used for fine goods (par nul subtile
(fn. 28) ), but only by the weight of our lord the King, on pain of
forfeiture of all confections, powders, and other "aver de
poys" so sold. (fn. 29)
Qe assises tenuz devaunt Vu' soient retournez en la chambre.
13 Feb., 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2], ordinance by the
Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, to the effect that all
the records of assizes held before the Sheriffs shall be returned
to the Chamber of the Guildhall, as well of those who have
been Sheriffs as of those who in future shall be Sheriffs, so that
all may know their right (droit).
Qe co'es fe'mes cient chaperons de Raye et ne usent pellure perreie ne revers.
Also it was ordained that common harlots and all women of
bad character shall wear rayed hoods and use no manner of
fur, either "perreie" or "revers," on pain of imprisonment
and the forfeiture of the fur to the Sheriffs. (fn. 30)
Folio cxxxix b.
Be it remembered that a certain judgment entered on
fo. lxi [b] is withdrawn and annulled temp. John Norhamptone, Mayor, the 13th February, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2],
with the assent and consent of the said Mayor, William
Cheyne, the Recorder, John Heylesdone, John Boseham,
Adam Karlille, John Horn, John Chircheman, Walter Sibile,
Robert Boxford, John Vyne, John Fresshe, Thomas Irlond,
Thomas Cornwaleys, Thomas Welford, Roger Elys, John
Ragenel, John Redynge, William Tonge, William Knyghtcote,
and William Kyng, Aldermen, and the whole Common Council
of the City, after good and diligent deliberation this day had,
inasmuch as it was testified that the said William Essex,
draper, John More and Richard Norbury, mercers, Robert
Fraunceys, goldsmith, and John Willardby, "taillour," in that
writing named are loyal and of good behaviour in all things
towards the City, and not suspects as the writing on the aforesaid folio declares. And it was thereupon agreed that the
aforesaid persons should exercise all their duties touching the
City whensoever they should be elected and ordained thereto,
the aforesaid judgment notwithstanding. (fn. 31)
Md de £cxl et uno cipho argent' que reni' in manib' Cam'arii de bonis pueror' Rob'ti Richard.
3 March, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2], Walter Sibile and
Robert Boxford, Aldermen, appointed by John Norhamptone
and the Court to examine the will of Robert Richard, brewer,
and learn what property he had left to his children. On the
morrow, after consultation with Agnes, widow and executrix of
the said Robert, and with John Longe, senior, cordwainer, and
John Doversete, butcher, her co-executors, they reported that
the sum of £140, a silver cup, and various debts had been left
to his three children. Thereupon the said executors delivered
up the money and the cup, and received orders to recover the
Afterwards, viz., on the 16th June, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1382],
the guardianship of Robert and John, sons of the above Robert
Richard, and the above property (Alice, the third child of the
said Robert, being dead) was committed by the Mayor and
Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain, to John Longe, senior,
cordwainer, one moiety of the money to be delivered to the
orphans on their coming of age and the other on their arriving
at the age of twenty-four, according to the terms of their
father's will. Sureties, viz., John Kestevene, mercer, Elias de
Westone and John Dorsete, "bochers," William Thomer,
tanner, and Nicholas Snypstone, cordwainer.
Afterwards, viz., on the 19th June, 14 Richard II. [A.D. 1391],
came the above Nicholas Snypstone before Adam Bamme, the
Mayor, and Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, and paid the
sum of £70 to the orphan Robert, who had arrived at the age
Afterwards, viz., on the 13th March, 17 Richard II. [A.D. 1393-
1394], came John Clerk, vintner, late servant of the above
Nicholas, and delivered to Stephen Speleman, the Chamberlain,
the sum of £20 in part payment of the above sum (of £70),
which sum of £20 was delivered on the 16th March to John
Kestevene, mercer, to keep for the use of the said orphan until
he arrive at the age of twenty-four. (fn. 32) Sureties, viz., Robert
Chircheman, "stokfisshmongere," and Bartholomew Neve,
Election of Aldermen.
Douegate: John Norhamptone, the Mayor, elected Alderman
of the said Ward by good men of the same Ward.
Bridge: Sir William Walworth.
Bredestret: Sir Nicholas Brembre.
Cornhulle: Sir John Philipot.
Tower: John Hadle.
Bradestret: William Wodehous.
Queenhithe: William Neuport.
Faindone: John Rote.
Colemanstret: John Organ.
Bassyngeshawe: John Estone.
Castle Baynard: John Brian.
Alegate: John Kirtone.
Langebourne: Adam "Seint Ive."
Lymstret: Hervey Begge.
Ciepilgate: Thomas Karletone.
Cordewanerstret: John More.
Chepe: Simon Wynchecombe.
Vintry: William More.
Byllyngesgate: Nicholas Extone.
Bysshopesgate: William Bys.
Candelwykstret: John Walcote.
Aldrichesgate: Adam Bamme.
Walbroke: John Sely.
Certeine ordinaunce et serement fait pur la pees garder.
4 March, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2], ordinance made by
the Mayor, Aldermen, and certain good Commoners for the
preservation of the peace in the City, to the effect that all the
good men of four or five of the best misteries should appear on
the morrow and take an oath in manner prescribed, (fn. 33) and so on
from day to day until all the good men of the City have taken
Folio cxl b.
Concessio unius ten' et gardin' Capelle Guyhaldefact'.
Indenture of lease by John Norhamptone, the Mayor, and
the whole Commonalty, to the Warden and College of chaplains founded in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin near the
Guildhall by Adam Fraunceys, Henry Frowyk, and other late
citizens (ceteri nuper concives), (fn. 34) of a certain house built upon the
common soil of the City and given to the said College of chaplains by the executors of Simon Fraunceys (and hitherto held by
the College at the will of the City) for a term of one hundred
years, at an annual rent of a red rose at Midsummer. Dated
11 March, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2].