L'ra missa d'no Regi per Maiorem Aldr'os et co'itatem.
Letter from Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
the Commonalty under the Common Seal to the King, enclosing
a copy of the above oath [omitting the clauses placed in
parenthesis], which they assure him they had taken and were
determined to keep, and commending to him Nicholas Brembre,
who would inform him as to the state of the City. Dated
5 Oct. [A.D. 1387].
Carta per donac'ois facta diversis personis.
Letters patent granting pardon, at the request of Nicholas
"de" Extone, the Mayor, to Richard Bone, "webbe," (fn. 1) William
Harowe, "webbe," Henry Nasse, "webbe," William Pykas,
"webbe," John Nook, "webbe," William Pypar, "webbe,"
and Thomas Wolf, "webbe," for felonies, &c. Witness the
King at Westminster, 20 March, 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386-7].
Presentac' Will'i Lokha capell' ad cantar' in eccl'ia Sancti Pauli pro a'ia Henr' Guld ford fundat'.
Presentation by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and Richard
Odyham, the Chamberlain, of William Lokha, chaplain, to the
chantry founded in St. Paul's Church by Henry Guldeford,
called "le Mareschal," in the place of John Albon, deceased,
the right of presentation falling to them pursuant to an agreement made on the morrow of the Purification [2 Feb.],
A. D. 1313[-14]. (fn. 2) Dated 28 Sept., A D 1387.
Concessio pro Will'o Courtray de non veniendo in assisis.
23 Oct., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], William Courtray, fishmonger, discharged by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Sheriffs from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing
Folio ccxxi b.
Custodia pueror' Will'i Knyghtcote.
27 July, 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], the guardianship of
Margaret and Margery, daughters of William Knyghtcote,
together with a sum of £1,471 7s. 1d. belonging to them and
to Idonia their sister, in the custody of Johanna, widow of the
said William and mother of the said Idonia, committed by
Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, to John Otteley, mercer. (fn. 3) Sureties, viz., Hugh Fastolf
and Adam de St. Ive, Aldermen, Thomas Otteleye, grocer, and
William Potenham, girdler.
Afterwards, viz., on the 6th Feb., 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388-9],
the said John Otteleye paid a certain sum of money to Thomas
Sampson, of co. Suffolk, and to Simon his son, who had married
the above Margaret; and on the 20th Feb., 13 Richard II.
[A.D. 1389-90], he paid another sum of money to Thomas
Aleyn, mercer, who had married the above Margery. Other
Afterwards, viz., on the 15th June, 17 Richard II. [A.D. 1394],
it was granted by William Staundone, the Mayor, and the
Aldermen that Richard Forster should marry the above Idonia,
and the said John Otteley and Thomas Aleyn covenanted to
pay them the sum of £500 by two equal instalments.
Letter of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London
bidding them appoint Thomas Usk, (fn. 4) the King's Serjeant-at-
arms, to be Under-Sheriff of the county of Middlesex in
the place of John Boterwyk, who was getting too old for
work. Dated at the King's manor of Clipstone, 2 Sept.
Letter of Privy Seal from the King to the Mayor, Aldermen,
and Commons, thanking them for their loyalty as expressed in
their letter under their Common Seal and by Nicholas Brembre,
as also for their efforts to bring about unity and concord in the
City. He exhorts them to continue these efforts, so that he
might the sooner pay them a visit in person. (fn. 5) It was his
intention, with the advice of his lieges in the City, to grant a
pardon to all who confessed their misdoings and prayed his
favour. He had been informed by Nicholas Brembre that
good and honourable men had been elected Sheriffs, and he
hoped that at the election of a Mayor they would choose one
who could be trusted to well govern the City, (fn. 6) otherwise he
(the King) would refuse to receive him on presentation. He
charges them to see that no one trouble him with petitions to
show greater favour to the traitors John Norhamptone, John
More, and Richard Norbury, but to learn particulars as to the
property of these men, and safeguard the same until further
orders. He is gratified that, in accordance with his request,
they have appointed Thomas Usk to the office of Under-Sheriff
of Middlesex, and promises that such appointment shall not
form a precedent to the prejudice of the City's franchise
Dated at the Abbey of Eynesham, 7 Oct. [A.D. 1387].
Proclamacio supra l'ram p'scriptam.
16 Oct. [A.D. 1387], proclamation made, pursuant to the
above letter, to the effect that no one urge the King for
greater favour to be shown to Northamptone, More, and
Compotus int' Thomam Austyn et Joh em Banham ser vientem ejus.
8 Oct., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], report made by William
Sheringham, John Loveye, John Ottele, and Robert Guphey,
mercers, as auditors of a commercial account between Thomas
Austyn, mercer, and John Banham, his servant.
Folio ccxxii b.
Masters of Misteries sworn.
Cordwainers: Walter Buk, John Lewes, Richard Pyrye, and
Richard Shote sworn, 2 Oct., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], to rule
the mistery, sparing none for love nor molesting any for hate,
and to present such defects as they may find to the Mayor,
Aldermen, and Chamberlain, &c.
Tapicers: William Tannere, Richard atte Welle, Thomas
Besouthe, and Hugh Riculf sworn, 7 Oct., the same year.
Fiecchers: William Aystone and Nicholas Minot sworn, 22 Oct.,
the same year.
Foreign Weavers: Peter Egelyn of Brabant and Reginald Van
de Lare of Flanders sworn, 20 Oct., the same year.
Butchers at the Stokkes: Richard Hoke and Richard Morkoc
sworn, 3 Dec., the same year.
Native Weavers: William Gorynge and John Willes sworn,
21 Nov., the same year.
Fulleres: William Wormestre, John Holbeche, Thomas
Mytone, and Geoffrey Brystowe sworn, 11 Dec., the same year.
Skinners: Edward Cambre, William Brichford, William Bowyere, and Richard Waltham sworn surveyors of the mistery,
16 Jan., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387-8].
Cardemakers: Nicholas Loffenham and Richard atte Celer
sworn, 23 Jan., the same year.
Barbers: John Shepey and Richard Canpolle (Caupolle?)
sworn, 16 April.
Acquietancia unius marce redditus ponti London' debit' de quod' gardino quod prior beate Marie de Suthwerk tenet extra barram Sc'i Georgii de Suthwerk per Maiorem Alder'os et co'itatem eidem Priorifact' etc.
Acquittance by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen,
and the rest of the citizens, to Friar Henry Colyngbourne, Prior
of the House of St. Mary de Suthwerk, and convent of the same,
for one year's quitrent due to the same and to London Bridge
for a garden belonging to the said religious house situate near
Kentstrete, in the parish of St. George without the Bar of
Suthwerk, and once the property of William de Exmuthe.
Dated the morrow of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 11 Richard II.
[A.D. 1387]. (fn. 7) 0
Custodia Joh'e filie Will'i Brykles.
31 Oct., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], the guardianship of
Johanna, daughter of William "Bricles," together with a sum
of £20 and a mazer bequeathed to her by Sabine, late wife of
Henry Yerdele, committed by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and
Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, to William Tonge, vintner.
Surety, viz., Thomas Wyght, pepperer.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday the 13th March, 13 Richard II.
[A.D. 1389-90], the said William Tonge having died, the above
guardianship was committed by William Venour, the Mayor,
and the above Chamberlain to William Wasshebourne, "sherman" Sureties, viz., Thomas Wyght and William Wyght.
Afterwards, viz., on the 2nd June, 16 Richard II. [A.D. 1393],
the said Johanna having died, came Katherine, widow and
executrix of the above William Wasshebourne, and John
Wyryng, her co-executor, and delivered the deceased's property to Stephen Speleman, the Chamberlain, and also certain
articles of silver bequeathed to John, son of William Brykles,
to keep quousque etc.
Custodia Isabelle fil' Will'i Brykles.
31 Oct., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], the guardianship of
Isabella, daughter of the above William Brikles, together with
a sum of £20 and a mazer bequeathed to her by the above
Sabine, late wife of Henry Yerdele, committed by Nicholas
Extone, the Mayor, and Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain,
to Thomas Wight, pepperer. Surety, viz., William Wyght,
Afterwards, viz., on the 1st Feb., 21 Richard II. [A.D. 1397-8],
came John Canynges, who had married [Cecilia], the widow of
the above Thomas Wight, (fn. 8) and delivered to Stephen Speleman,
the Chamberlain, the property of the said Isabella for safe
Afterwards, viz., on the 29th March, 21 Richard II. [A.D. 1398],
the above Johanna, daughter of William Brykles, being dead,
and Isabella being of full age, the property of the latter
was delivered to her together with a moiety of the property of
her deceased sister.
Afterwards, viz., on the 19th Sept., 5 Henry IV [A.D. 1404],
came the aforesaid John, son of the said William Brikles,
being of full age, and received his property from the said
Folio ccxxiii b.
Eleccio Nich'i Extone Maioris.
Sunday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.],
11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], in the presence of Nicholas Extone,
the Mayor, Nicholas Brembre, Knt., John Hadle, William
Cheyne, the Recorder, Nicholas Twyford, Knt., John Chircheman, William Venour, Hugh Fastolf, William More, William
Staundone, Henry Vanner, John Shadworth, John Rote, John
Hende, Adam de St. Ive, Adam Bamme, John Fraunceys,
Roger Elys, Thomas Wylford, and William Olyver, Aldermen,
and an immense Commonalty, as well of the Common Council
as of other good men of the Wards, summoned for the election
of a Mayor for the year ensuing, Nicholas Extone was elected.
Afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.],
he was sworn in the Guildhall, and on the morrow was admitted
and sworn before the Barons of the Exchequer.
Consimiles bille misse fuerunt cuil't Alder manno pro lio'ib' armor' con vocandis.
Precept to the several Aldermen to cause the men of their
Ward to be arrayed, each according to his estate, by Friday
next, and to return their names. Dated the Feast of St. Martin
Proclamacio de suscepc'oe d'nor' in pro teccionem d'ni Regis.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs for proclamation (fn. 9) to be made
in the City and suburbs to the effect that the King had taken
under his special protection his uncle Thomas, Duke of Gloucester, Richard [Fitz Alan], Earl of Arundel, Thomas [de Beauchamp], Earl of Warwick, and all their folk, as well as Alexander
[Neville], Archbishop of York, Robert [de Vere], Duke of Ireland,
Michael [de la Pole], Earl of Suffolk, Robert Tresilian and
Nicholas Brembre, Knights, who stood impeached of certain
charges, and all their folk, until the next meeting of Parliament at
Westminster on the morrow of Candlemas [2 Feb.]. (fn. 10) [No date. (fn. 11) ]
L'ra Regia q'd Maior et Aldr'i veniant ad Regem apud Wyndesore.
Writ of Privy Seal to Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, bidding
him attend the King at Wyndesore Castle, together with all
the Aldermen, on Sunday next [1 Dec.], in order to consult on
matters of great importance. Dated at Wyndesore Castle
[Thursday], 28 Nov. (fn. 12) [A.D. 1387].
Proclamacione quis male loquat' de Rege Regina nec aliis d'nis.
A royal proclamation forbidding any one to speak ill of the
King and Queen or of the lords who dwelt about the King's
person, for that the King himself would act as he thought best.
[No date]. (fn. 13)
L'ra Regia q'd quil't Aldr's salvo custodiat Wardam suam.
Writ of Privy Seal to Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, bidding
him to charge the Aldermen to take steps for safeguarding
the City on the King's behalf, and to make a return of the
names of all disloyal persons they may find. Dated at Wyndesore Castle, 3 Dec. [A.D. 1387].
Consimiles bille misse fuerunt cuilibet Aldr'o.
Precept to the Aldermen to take steps for keeping watch
and ward at Christmas for the preservation of the peace and
prevention of disturbance.
Proclamacio ne quis portat arma infra civitatem.
Proclamation against any one carrying a sword or other
arms unless he be an esquire or valet of a Knight, bearing a
single sword only after his master; also against any one going
as a "mummer" or playing any game with a mask or other
strange guise, whereby his identity may be concealed.
Breve regium ad eligend' iiij or cives pro parliamento.
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend
a Parliament to be held at Westminster on the morrow of the
Purification [2 Feb.]. No Sheriff to be returned. Witness
the King at Wyndesore, 17 Dec., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387].
Carta per donacionis civitat' London' etc.
Letters patent granting pardon to the citizens in respect of
recent disturbances caused by members of certain arts and
misteries, except those already convicted, and those who had
taken flight and had not yet returned to the City. (fn. 14) Witness the
King at Westminster, 22 June, 9 Richard II. [A.D. 1385].
Br'e ad delib' and' Thomam Austyn et ux'em ejus ac alios.
Letters patent appointing Robert Bealknape, John Holt, and
Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, or any two of them (the said
Mayor being one), to be Justices for the delivery of Thomas
Austin, mercer, Alice his wife, Hugh Lytherpolle, and other
prisoners in Neugate. Witness the King at Westminster,
29 Jan., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387-8].
Folio ccxxiv b.
Consimiles bille misse fuerunt cuil't Aldr'o pro Aldermannis et co'i consilio eligendis.
Precept for election of Aldermen, whether they have already
been Aldermen or not, and also of a certain number (fn. 15) of sufficient persons of each Ward to serve as a Common Council, the
names of those so elected being returned to the Guildhall by
Monday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March] next.
Judicium col listrigii pro imposicione unius pecie ferri in uno pane.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.],
11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387-8], Robert Porter, servant of John
Gibbe, a baker of Stratford, charged at the Guildhall before
Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, John Hadle, John Chircheman,
William Venour, Adam Bamme, Adam de St. Ive, Thomas
Wilford, William Wottone, and John Fraunceys, Aldermen,
with inserting a piece of iron into a loaf to add to its weight
and to deceive the said Mayor when making the assize of bread
Condemned to stand on the pillory with the loaf and piece of
iron hung about his neck. (fn. 16)
Proclamacio de vendicione viniet servisie.
21 March, 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387-8], proclamation made
for regulating the price of new wine and ale.
Judicium imprisonamenti Roberts Staf fertone propter rebellionem contra Aldr'm suum.
Friday before Palm Sunday [22 March], 11 Richard II.
[A.D. 1387-8], John Walcote, Alderman of the Ward of Walbroke, complained to Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, of an insult
having been offered to him by Robert Staffertone, whom he had
summoned by Robert Parker, the Beadle of the Ward, to
attend on a certain day at the church of St. Swithin in Candelwykstret, and for his disobedience had committed to prison
until the matter should be determined by the Aldermen.
On the following day the Mayor and Aldermen committed
the said Robert Staffertone to Neugate for forty days, but this
punishment was soon afterwards commuted for one of penance
and the presentation of a wax candle to Guildhall Chapel. (fn. 17)
Lra Regia prosecuritate quinque mille libr' d'no Regi per civitatem London' mutuat'.
Letters patent acknowledging a loan of £5,000 made by the
City to the King, to be repaid by the Feast of Holy Trinity
[24 May] next, out of the half tenth and half fifteenth (fn. 18) to be raised
in the City of London and county of Middlesex, the county of
Wiltshire, the parts of Lyndesey in the county of "Nicol," (fn. 19)
and the counties of Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Oxford, and Southampton. Dated at Westminster, 25 March, 11 Richard II.
14 Sept., 17 Richard II. [A.D. 1393], came John Otteleye
before William Staundone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and
paid to Stephen Speleman, the Chamberlain, certain sums of
money in trust for Idonia, daughter of William Knightcote;
and on the 1st Oct. the said Chamberlain delivered the said
Idonia's property to Richard Forster, who had married her. (fn. 20)
Folio ccxxv b.
L'ra d'ni Regis patens ad levand' unam medietatem unius xvme in civitate London'.
Letters patent appointing Thomas Austyn, William Wottone,
William Tonge, and John Furneux to levy in the City the money
granted by Parliament for safeguarding the sea and defence
of the realm. Witness the King at Westminster, 10 March,
11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387-8].
Consimiles bille misse fuerunt cuil't Aldr'o ad taxand' et levand' medietatem unius xve.
Precept to the several Aldermen to levy a sum of money
equal to half a fifteenth in their Wards, and to bring it to the
Guildhall by Monday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April].
21 April, 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], Edward Cambr[ege?],
William Brichford, William Bowiere, and Richard Waltham,
Surveyors of the mistery of Skinners, brought five [sic] furs,
which they declared to be false and deceitful and ought to be
confiscated, viz., one fur of "meniver" seized in the house of
Nicholas Waldegrave, containing 3 timbers, (fn. 21) appraised by oath
of William Wiltshire, John Titesbury, John Huwet, and Richard
Arderne, skinners, at 4s. a timber; one fur of meniver, cleaned
(pured), containing 18 timbers, seized in the house of Robert
Rybot, appraised at 3s. a timber; another fur of the same, containing 9 timbers, seized in the house of John Reynold, appraised
at 2s. 6d. a timber; another of 6 timbers seized in the house of
Matilda Penne, appraised at 3s. a timber. Total value, £4 19s.
and no more, because one fur was sold for less than its appraised
value. One-third of the aforesaid sum, viz., 33s., was given
to the Surveyors for their trouble, and the rest, viz., £3 6s.,
remained to the use of the Commonalty.
13 June, 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], William Asshford discharged by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
the Sheriffs from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing
Election of Aldermen.
Billinggesgate: Nicholas Extone, Mayor.
Lymstret: John Hadle.
Aldrichesgate: Nicholas Twyford, Knt.
Bisshopesgate: John Chircheman.
Bridge: Hugh Fastolf.
Tower: William Venour.
Cordewanerestret: John Fresshe.
Castle Baynard: William More.
Cornhulle: John Rote.
Algate: William Staundone.
Vyntre: Henry Vanner.
Bassieshawe: John Shadworth.
Farndone: John Fraunceys.
Queen Hithe: Thomas Wylford.
Bredestret: William Sheryngham.
Crepulgate: John Loveye.
Langbourne: Thomas Austyn.
Douegate: William Wottone.
Bradstret: Adam de St. Yve.
Walbroke: John Walcote.
Colmanstret: Thomas Carltone.
Chepe: Adam Bamme.
Candelwykstret: John Heende.
Br'e ad proclamand' quoddam statutum factum apud Ebor' de victualib' vendend' etc.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation of a
statute passed in the last Parliament (fn. 22) confirming statutes passed
in the ninth and twenty-fifth years of King Edward III., whereby
freedom of trade in all manner of victuals, &c., was granted to
foreigner and denizen alike in the City of London and elsewhere,
any charter, &c., to the contrary notwithstanding, and to see the
said statute observed. Witness the King at Westminster, 14 June,
11 Richard II. [A.D. 1388].
Folio ccxxvi b.
Judicium Ric'i Bole carnific' pro obprobri orib' verbissuis Will'o Wottone Aldr'o dictis.
Proclamation accordingly, 26 June, 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388]
Saturday the eve of Pentecost [17 May], 11 Richard II.
[A.D. 1388], Richard Bole, butcher, committed to prison for
asking too high a price for his meat and for insulting William
Wottone, the Alderman of the Ward of Douegate.
The matter being referred to the judgment of the Mayor and
Aldermen, they condemned him to six months' imprisonment,
and to do penance by humbly presenting a wax candle to the
Guildhall Chapel. The term of imprisonment was afterwards
remitted. (fn. 23)
Concessio ereccionis pinna culi conductus in Fletestrete.
12 June, 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], licence granted by
Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Richard
Odiham, the Chamberlain, to those living in the neighbourhood
to build a pinnacle (fn. 24) over the Conduit in Fletestrete, opposite the
house and tavern of John Walworth, "vynter," and near the
hostel of the Bishop of Salisbury, (fn. 25) in order to prevent inundations
owing to fractured pipes. The work to be done at their own
cost, and to be abated on notice being given them by the
Mayor, Aldermen, and Chamberlain, or by the Common Council.
Sureties, viz., John Rote, John Walworth, Robert Bryan, Thomas
Duke, George (fn. 26) Cressy, Reymond Standulf, John Chamberleyn,
Robert Ikford, Nicholas Simond, Adam Jurdan, Robert Wauter,
John Attehille, Walter Hoggeslade, Walter Dunmowe, William
Balle, Roger Kempestone, Richard Middelton, Alan Ulryk, Roger
Rabat, John Derneford, Robert Mauncel, and John Enmede.
Br'e ad de lib'and' Aliciam que first uxor Joh'is Coterelle a prisona.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to release from prison Alice,
widow and executrix of John Coterelle (committed to Neugate
for failing to satisfy the just demands of John Body and Johanna
his wife), she having been mainprised by Robert Wyclif, clerk,
John Appeltone, Walter Knolles, Thomas Sibsay, William
Clophille, Philip atte Vyne, and John Meire, in the King's
Chancery. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 June,
11 Richard II. [A.D. 1388].
Return made to the above by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor,
William Venour and Hugh Fastolf, the Sheriffs, setting out the
custom of the City in respect of orphans, and the jurisdiction of
the Mayor, Aldermen, and the Chamberlain over them and their
property, to the exclusion of other authorities. Nevertheless,
they had, pursuant to writs sent to them on the matter, released
the said Alice from prison so that she might appear before the
King (inasmuch as they could not themselves appear owing to
pressing business touching the City), subject to the preservation
of the City's liberties and customs and to her being remitted to
prison in due course.
Folio ccxxvii b.
Custodia Mar garete filie Will'i Herkestede.
2 July, 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], the guardianship of Margaret and certain goods belonging to Thomas (apprentice to
Mark Ernele, pepperer), children of William Herkstede, (fn. 27) late
pepperer, committed by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and
Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain, to John Vyne, mercer.
Sureties, viz., Stephen Spilleman and William Lyncoln, mercers.
Afterwards, viz., on the 14th Dec., 14 Richard II. [A.D. 1390],
the above Margaret having died under age and unmarried, her
property was delivered to the above John Vyne and Thomas,
executors of the said William Herkestede. (fn. 28)
2 July, 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], the guardianship of
Johanna, daughter of the above William Herkstede, together
with divers rents and other property, committed by Nicholas
Extone, the Mayor, and Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain,
to John Hanefeld, pepperer. Sureties, viz., Walter Neutone
and Thomas Knolles, pepperers.
Br'e pro sacr'o faciend' per civitatem London' de observando leges et statuta Anglie etc.
Afterwards, viz., on the 16th July, 17 Richard II. [A.D. 1393],
came Roger Culney, draper, who had married the above
Johanna, and acknowledged satisfaction for his wife's property.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs bidding them to take the
same oath as that recently taken by those who attended
the Parliament then sitting, and to administer the same to
the Aldermen and chief men of the City and suburbs according
to the form enclosed. (fn. 29) Witness the King at Westminster,
4 June, 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1388].
Exon'acio Rob'ti Kyng candellar' ab assisis etc.
17 July, 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], Robert Kyng, chandler,
discharged by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
Sheriffs, from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
Folio ccxxviii b.
Judicium col listrigii pro "Michale" Tropist.
Wednesday after the Feast of Translation of St. Thomas
[7 July], 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], a plaint made by John
Helstone, brewer, before Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and the
Aldermen, to the effect that whereas Michael Tropist had
covenanted with Laurence, an appealer (appellour
(fn. 30) ) in Neugate,
to appeal him (the said John) for receiving thieves, for which
the said Michael was to give the said appealer half a mark,
and whereas the said appealer had written a Bill and sent it
to the said John, threatening to appeal him unless the said
John sent him a noble, whereupon the said John had gone to
Neugate, and in the presence of the Coroner had asked an
explanation from the appealer, who said he had acted at the
instance of the said Michael, to the great hurt of the plaintiff,
who now prayed that the said Michael might be punished for
Thereupon the said Michael was attached to answer the
charge laid against him. He confessed himself not guilty, and
claimed a jury. The jurors of the venue of the parish of
St. Sepulchre without Neugate, viz., William Grene, John
Reynham, William Grandone, William Spicerer, William
Proude, John Trentmars, John Austyn, John Watvile, Hugh
Troght, William Bisshop, William Trymnel, and Michael
Wight, found him guilty of procuring and abetting the said
approver (fn. 31) (probatorem), and of causing him to appeal the said
John Helstone, whereby the said John might easily have lost
his life and property. Cur. ad. vult.
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday the Feast of Translation of
St. Swythun [15 July], the Mayor and Aldermen, sitting in the
Hall of the Guildhall, condemned him to stand on the pillory
for one hour on three consecutive days, and afterwards to be
committed to Neugate for one year unless, &c.
Afterwards, viz., on the 23rd Dec., 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388],
the said Michael was released.
Exon'acio Joh'is Blake in assisis.
4 Aug., 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], John Blake, "cornmonger,"
discharged by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
Sheriffs from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
Breve pro civib' eligend' ad parliatum.
Writ for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to
be held at Cantebrigge on the morrow of the Nativity of St. Mary
[8 Sept.]. (fn. 32) No Sheriff to be returned. Witness the King at
Oxford, 28 July, 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388].
Return of election of Adam Bamme and Henry Vanner,
Aldermen; William Tonge and John Clenehand, Commoners.
Amocio Simonis Terry ab officio suo Janitor' compularii.
Monday the 3rd Aug., 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], Simon Terry,
gate-keeper of the Compter of William Venour, one of the
Sheriffs, removed from office and committed to prison for
insulting Adam Bamme, an Alderman. The imprisonment
subsequently remitted. (fn. 33)
Amocio Will'i Asshwell ab officio Bedell'.
The same day, William Asshewell, Beadle of the Ward of
Cornhulle, was charged before the Mayor and Aldermen with
having spread false reports to the effect that John Chircheman
and Hugh Fastolf, Aldermen (the latter being also Sheriff), had
been arrested and carried to the Tower by order of the King's
Council, and that the said John Chircheman had had his head
broken by the Duke of Gloucester. Thereupon the said William
Asshewell was removed from office. (fn. 34)
Judicium Rob'ti Feltone.
Friday the 31st July, 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], a plaint made
by Robert Buk, goldsmith, before Nicholas Extone, the Mayor,
and the Aldermen, against Robert Feltone, a prisoner in Neugate,
to the effect that he had bribed Laurence the appealer (lappellour)
in Neugate to bring false charges against him, to wit, that
he should have been (dust avoir este
(fn. 35) ) with the said appealer at
the death of John de Clifford at Donnysmore, co. Warwick, and
at certain other felonies below "le Park de Etone," to the great
hurt of the plaintiff; that thereupon John Charneye, the Coroner,
had questioned the said Laurence on the matter, who had confessed that he had acted at the instance of Robert Feltone. The
plaintiff prayed a remedy.
Precept to David Berteville, the Keeper of the gaol of
Neugate, to bring up Robert Feltone before the Mayor and
Aldermen on Monday the 3rd August, when the said Robert
denied his guilt and claimed a jury. The jurors, viz., John atte
Shoppe, Thomas Martin, Richard Molle, John Huwet, William
Stanes, John Dewes, Simon Dustone, William Trymnelle, John
Coteswold, Nicholas Wyght, Richard Sulby, and John Pynchoun,
summoned by John Wykes, Serjeant of the Chamber, from
the venue of Neugate, declared the said Robert to be guilty,
notwithstanding his having produced the King's letters of protection. Cur. ad. vult, the said Robert being recommitted to
prison in the meantime. (fn. 36)
Folio ccxxix b.
L'ra d'ni Reg' patens pro Nicholas Extone Marore etc.
Letters patent to the effect that whereas it had been commonly reported in the City that Nicholas "de" Extone, the
Mayor, had in the last Parliament held at Westminster used
his endeavours with the prelates and magnates to prejudice the
City's liberties and to get Robert Knolles appointed Captain
over the said City, and whereas, at the request of the said
Mayor, the King had caused inquiries to be made among the
prelates and magnates attending the present Parliament (fn. 37) as to
the truth of such a charge and had found it to be wholly false
—the King hereby signifies to his lieges of the City the innocence of the Mayor, and forbids any further defamation of
him. Witness the King at Cantebrege, 4 Oct., 12 Richard II.
Exon acio Will'i Uptone in assisis etc.
6 Oct., 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], William Uptone, "peautrer," discharged by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, the Aldermen,
and Sheriffs, from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing
Exon'acio Simonis Walshman in assisis etc.
14 Oct., 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], Simon Walshman,
"taillour," similarly discharged for like cause.
Custodia pueror' Joh'is Thomlyn nuper civis et Grocer' London'.
30 Nov., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387], the guardianship of
Agnes, Henry, and Alice, children of John Thomlyn, late
grocer, committed by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and Richard
"Odyam," the Chamberlain, to John Cowlynge, grocer, who
had married their mother. Sureties, viz., John Halle, grocer,
and Thomas Sybsuy (Sybsay?).
Afterwards, viz., on the 21st Nov., 19 Richard II. [A.D. 1395],
came the above John Cowlynge before the Mayor and Aldermen, praying that the above Henry might be allowed to enter
the Priory of Lewes as a monk, and that his money might be
handed over to the Priory. His prayer granted.