Folios xxxi - xl
Feb 1354-5 -

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1905

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'Folios xxxi - xl: Feb 1354-5 -', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: G: 1352-1374 (1905), pp. 35-51. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33494 Date accessed: 19 September 2014.


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Folio xxxi - xl.

A general release granted by John Styward, girdler, to Richard de Cornhulle de co Middlesex. Witnesses, Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, Richard Russel, John Abraham, Walter Salman, Thomas atte Shoppe, and John Bartelot, girdlers. Dated Thursday, 26 Feb., 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5].

Br'e d'ni Regis pro fullonibus.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that no fuller sell cloth before the King's dues on it be satisfied. Witness the King at Westminster, 3 March, 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5].

Proclamation made accordingly by Nicholas de Abyndone on Thursday before the Feast of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March].

Br'e d'ni R' pro Joh'e de Harpesfeld.

Writ of certiorari to the Mayor and Sheriffs to bring up record of proceedings taken at the suit of Alice, late wife of Walter Neel, touching the production by John de Harpesfeld of Robert Hamound, kinsman and heir of the said Walter, before the Mayor, &c., to receive judgment. Witness the King at Westminster, 5 March, 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5].

Custodia Cecilie filie Ric'i de Basyngstoke.

Wednesday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5], the guardianship of Cecilia, daughter of Richard de Basyngstok, aged six years, committed by Thomas Leggy, the Mayor, Adam Fraunceys and Roger de Depham, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Johanna, late wife of Nicholas le Blake, vintner. Sureties, viz., Henry Pykard and Nicholas de Horewode.

Br'e pro Joh'e de Knyghtcote.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs not to keep in custody or otherwise molest John de Knyghtcote, lately convicted of aiding and abetting Henry Horn in unlawful assemblies, inasmuch as he had given sureties for good behaviour. Witness Roger Hillary at Westminster, 30 Jan., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1354-5].

The above writ remains in the possession of William de Tudenham, Sheriff.

Folio xxxi b.

Br'e contra monetam Scocie.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation against passing certain new money fashioned like the old money of Scotland, but of greater alloy and less weight. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 March, 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5]. (fn. 1)

Br'e contra operarios et eorum servi entes excessive capientes.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation for the due observance of the ordinance and statute lately made in Parliament against workmen demanding excessive wages. Witness the King at Westminster, 13 Feb., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1354-5].

Quiet' clam' Joh' is de Gone wardeby per Thomam de Grantham.

A general release granted by Thomas, son and heir of John de Grantham, late pepperer, to John de "Gonwardeby," pepperer, executor of the said John de Grantham. Dated 26 March, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Adnichilacio sigilli Thome de Grantham.

Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday the 1st April, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355], came the above Thomas before Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, and in the presence of Nicholas Chaucier broke and destroyed the seal with which the above acquittance was sealed.

Folio xxxii.

Quietumclam' Thome de Grantham per Joh'em de Gone wardeby.

A general release by the above John de Gonewardby to the above Thomas. Dated 26 March, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Ordinances of the Braelers. (fn. 2) [No date.]

John Mercier, Richard de Waltham, and Robert de Palyngtone elected and sworn to see the above ordinances duly observed.

Folio xxxii b.

Scriptum Ade Canoun per Amiam filiam Ric'i de Basyngstoke.

Lease by Amy, daughter of Richard de Basingstoke, "goldbetere," to Adam Canoun of a quitrent of certain tenements in Fridaystrete for a term of ten years from Easter Day [5 April], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. Dated the day and year aforesaid.

Acknowledged before Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, on Thursday before the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Scriptum Will'i Hunte Pursar' et Joh'ne ux' is ejus.

ijs. vjd.

Grant by John de Hatfeld, "chaundeler," and Richard Bacoun, "stokfyshmongere," Wardens of London Bridge, to William Hunte, pouchmaker (pursar'), and Johanna his wife, of a certain shop on London Bridge, situate near the shops of Richard Bisshope and Henry Exham, for the term of their lives, at an annual rent of 4 marks. Witnesses, Thomas Gandre, Thomas de Gloucestre, John Miccham, Richard Black, William de Gloucestre, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Wednesday the eve of the Ascension [14 May], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Folio xxxiii.

Custodia Nichi' i de Mockyngge.

Thursday after the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], 28 Edward III. [A.D.1354], came Nicholas, son of John "Mokkynge," late fishmonger, before Thomas Leggy, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, and declared himself to be of full age, and complained that John Wroth, fishmonger, who had been appointed his guardian according to the custom of the City, had appropriated property devised to him and to Thomas his brother by their father, the aforesaid John "de" "Mockyngge," and Nicholaa their mother. (fn. 3) Moreover, the said guardian had married the said Nicholas to Margery, daughter of John Malewayn, receiving from the said John a certain sum of money for which he ought to render account. Precept was accordingly issued to Walter de Greyngham, Serjeant of the Chamber, to summon the said John Wroth to appear at the Guildhall on a certain day, whereupon the said John came and declared that he was one of the executors of the aforesaid Nicholaa, who had appointed him guardian of the said Nicholas, that he had brought up the said Nicholas and had married him, without disparagement, to the daughter of John Malewayn, and that he was ready to render account of his ward's property and of the money received for his marriage. Auditors were thereupon appointed, viz., Adam Fraunceys, John le Little, and John de Chichestre, who found that the said John still owed the said Nicholas the sum of £100, which he paid into Court together with divers chattels, comprising cups of glass and silver, pieces of silver plate, ewers, covercles, silver spoons, &c., and demanded his discharge, which was granted And because the said Nicholas did not appear to be of full age nor able to take care of himself, the guardianship of him and his goods was offered to the above John Malewayn, on condition that he rendered an account of mesne profits, a condition which neither he nor any one else was found willing to accept, for the reason that English merchants were not making the same profit as they used formerly to make (quia mercatores anglici nullum comodum in mercandizando faciunt sicut ante hec tempora facere solebant); but he was willing to undertake the duty and render an account of rents received irrespective of any other profit, as well as to provide the said Nicholas and his wife with all necessaries. For this he found sureties, viz., Adam Fraunceys and Adam de Bury.

Folio xxxiii b.

Br'e d'ni R' pro indicta mentis H. Horn et alior' socior' suor'.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to return into the Chancery all indictments made before them in the City touching seditions, contempts, &c., perpetrated by Henry Horn and his associates. Witness the King at Westminster, 29 Oct., 28 Edward III. [A.D.1354].

Br'e d'ni R' ne aliquis ducat blada extra regnum preterquam Cales'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation against the exportation of corn except to the town of Caleys without special licence. Witness the King at Westminster, 14 April, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Proclamation made accordingly on Monday in the quinzaine of Easter [5 April]. The above writ remains in the possession of Richard Smelt, Sheriff.

Bre d'ni R' pro universi tate Oxon'.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs notifying the surrender of their rights, &c., made by the University and the City of Oxford to the King as a result of a recent riot between the students and the town's-men, (fn. 4) and subsequent restoration to the University of its ancient privileges, and bidding the said Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation accordingly. Witness the King at Westminster, 20 May, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Proclamation made accordingly on Saturday the eve of Pentecost [24 May]. The writ remains in the possession of William de Tudenham, Sheriff.

Folio xxxiv.

Br'e d' ni R' ne aliquis se transferat ad partes trans marinas.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding any one leaving the Port of London for foreign parts without special licence. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 June, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Proclamation made accordingly on Friday after the Feast of St Barnabas [11 June]. The writ remains in the possession of William de Tudenham, Sheriff.

Br'e d'm R' pro test'o Alani Gille.

Writ of certiorari to the Mayor and Chamberlain for particulars of the will of Alan Gille, proved and enrolled in the Husting. (fn. 5) Witness the King at Westminster, 6 June, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Br'e d'ni R' ne aliquis teneat cam bium monetar'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation against any one keeping an exchange for gold and silver money. Witness the King at Westminster, 18 June, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Proclamation made accordingly on Friday after the Feast of St. Botolph [17 June].

Custodia Nich'i fil' Joh'is "Merewe."

John "Merwe," skinner, by will proved and enrolled in the Husting Monday before the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], 26 Edward III. [A.D.1352], (fn. 6) committed the guardianship of his children to Agnes his wife so long as she remained a widow. She afterwards married Robert de Makeseye, and the guardianship devolved upon Walter Page, skinner. On Wednesday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355], the said Walter came before Thomas Leggy, the Mayor, Richard Lacier, Adam Fraunceys, Roger de Depham, William de Welde, Symon de Worstede, and William de Tudenham, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, and prayed that the guardianship of Nicholas, son of the aforesaid John Merwe, might be committed to William de Licheberwe, skinner. His prayer granted. Sureties, viz., John de Bedeford, skinner, John Devenysshe, skinner, John de Draytone, "taillour,' Robert Corn, "felmongere," Henry Brode, skinner, and William Credyl, "screveyn."

Folio xxxiv b.

Afterwards, viz., on the morrow of St. Martin [11 Nov.], anno 39, came the aforesaid John Devenysshe, Robert Corne, and Henry Brode, with Thomas Noket and Thomas Fant, administrators of the goods of William Credel, and delivered up the sum of £20 in gold, to be kept for the use of the above Nicholas.

Scriptum Joh'is de Bury et Lucie ux'is sue per custodes pontis London'.

sol' ijs. vjd.

Indenture of lease granted by John de Hatfeld, "chaundeler," and Richard Bacon, fishmonger, Wardens of London Bridge, to John de Bury, clerk, and Lucy his wife, of shops in Paternoster Rowe, situate near the shops of John Malemakere and William Halford, scrivener; to hold the same for a term of ten years at an annual rent of 48s. Witnesses, Adam Russel, Richard Russel, Robert Russel, William Laus, William de Gloucestre, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Saturday after the Nativity St. John Bapt. [24 June], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Scriptum Ade Russel "cierger" per cus todes pontis London'.

ijs. vjd.

Indenture of lease from the same to Adam Russel, "cerger," (fn. 7) of a shop in Paternoster Rowe, opposite the church of St. Michael le Quern, for a term of ten 'years, at an annual rent of £4. Witnesses, Robert Russel, Richard Russel, Richard Brente (Breute ?), William Laus, William de Gloucestre, clerk, and others [not named]. Date as above.

Folio xxxv.

Br'e de com putando de vinis arestatis.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs summoning them to render an account before the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer of all wine seized by reason of its having been sold at more than 6 pence a gallon, contrary to the King's orders of the 4th Dec., 28 Edward III. [A.D.1354]. (fn. 8) Witness G[ervase] de Wilford at Westminster, 13 June, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

And return was made by Richard Smelt, Sheriff.

L' ra patens pro Francisco Spy nola mercatore de Janua.

Royal letters of protection on behalf of Francis Spynola, merchant of "Janua," (fn. 9) who was being pressed by creditors to the prejudice of the King himself, to whom he was indebted in a large sum of money. Witness the King at Westminster, 14 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Br'e d'ni R' pro eodem

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to stay execution on behalf of creditors of the above Francis Spynola until the King had been paid what is owing. Witness the King at Westminster, 14 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Folio xxxv b.

Compotus Maioris et Vic' de anno xxix° de vinis vendit'

View of account of Thomas Leggy, Mayor, and Richard Smelt and William de Tudenham, Sheriffs, touching wine seized for being sold at more than 6 pence a gallon contrary to the King's orders, from the 7th December, 28 Edward III. [A.D.1354], the day they received the writ, viz., a quarter cask of red wine belonging to John de Duttone and 20 gallons belonging to William Doget.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they sell the above wine at the best price and pay the same into the Exchequer, together with the proceeds of any more wine they may seize, on the morrow of St. Michael. Witness G[ervase] de Wilford at Westminster, 17 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Br'e quod nullus transeat mare.

Writ withdrawing a recent prohibition touching persons leaving the kingdom without special licence. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 10)

Br'e pro hominibus de Flandria.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation against molesting Flemish artificers who had taken refuge in England. Witness the King at Westminster, 28 June, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 11)

Br'e blad' ducend' versus Cales'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for merchants to send corn to Calais, where there was great dearth. Witness the King at Westminster, 22 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 12)

Proclamation made accordingly on Monday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.].

Folio xxxvi.

Scriptum Decani et cap'li eccl'ie Sancti Martim magni London'.

ijs. vjd.

Deed of surrender by Roger de Wortham, Rector of Tythleshale, (fn. 13) and executor of Alice, relict of Roger de Forsham, to William de Cusancia, the Dean, and the Chapter of the church of St. Martin le Grand, of a certain shop in Sopereslane which Thomas de "Ufflete," (fn. 14) the late Dean, and the Chapter had formerly acquired by feoffment of the said Roger, (fn. 15) and had subsequently demised to the said Roger and Alice his wife for a term of twenty years. Thomas Leggy, Mayor, William de Tudenham and Richard Smelt, Sheriffs, Simon Fraunceys, Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 16) Witnesses, John Stable, Walter de Berneye, John de Wychyngham, Henry de Cove, Richard de Worstede, Symon de Reynham, and others [not named]. Dated Monday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Acknowledged before Richard Lacier, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, on Tuesday after the above Feast.

Br'e pro carnific' Sancti Nich'i ad macell'.

Writ to the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, and Commonalty, bidding them to provide some suitable locality where the butchers of St. Nicholas Shambles may deposit the entrails of slaughtered animals in place of the spot near the Flete from which they had lately been ousted. Witness the King at Sandwich, 28 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Returnum dicti brevis.

Return to the effect that the Mayor, &c., had provided a place on the Thames for the purpose aforesaid, the said place having been purchased by the butchers of the Shambles from William Baldewyn, tanner, and Alice his wife, and being situate between the wall of the Preaching Friars and the tenement of William Hercy, and orders had been given for the arrest and imprisonment of any one found disturbing the said butchers and their servants in execution of their duties.

It' br'e pro eisdem.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation to the above effect. Witness the King at Sandwich, 2 Aug., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 17)

Folio xxxvi b.

Proclamation made accordingly on Monday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.].

xx homines ad arma et D sagittar' d'no Regi missi.

Be it remembered that in the month of October, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355], Thomas Leggy being Mayor, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty sent the King 20 men-at-arms and 500 archers in aid of the war with France, and they took their wages for forty days. (fn. 18) Particulars are set out in the Rolls in the bag (baga) of Thomas Leggy for the said year.

Br'e tangens stapulam quod lane non hos pitantur in civitate London' etc.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding warehousing, exposing for sale, or selling wool anywhere except at the Staple, pursuant to the statute recently made in Parliament. (fn. 19) Witness the King at Sandwich, 25 July, 29 Edward III. [1355].

Proclamation made accordingly on Monday after the Feast of St. Peter "advincula" [1 Aug.].

Folio xxxvii.

Br'e Reg' pro armurar' non permittend' ad partes Vascon' neque adpartes exteras transmeare.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding armourers of the City and suburbs to cross the sea to Gascony or elsewhere in the retinue of great men, under pain of imprisonment. Witness the King at Northflete, 10 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Proclamation made accordingly on Monday before the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July].

Acquietancia sub sigillo Priorisse Sancte Elene pro redd' pont'.

Deed of acquittance by Margery de Honylane, Prioress of the House of St. Elena, and convent of the same, for the sum of 26s. 8d. received from John de Hatfeld, "chaundeler," and Richard Bacoun, Wardens of London Bridge, in discharge of arrears of rent due from certain shops of Henry de Gloucestre, goldsmith, in the parish of St. Michael "atte Coorne." (fn. 20) Dated 16 Dec., 28 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Scire fac' pro Jordano de Elsyngge.

Wednesday after the Feast of St. James [25 July], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355], precept to William de Greyngham, Serjeant of the Chamber, to summon John Edmond, Thomas Cheyner, William de Essex, Henry de Cove, William de Borewelle, and Adam de Wymoundham, mercers, to show cause why certain sums of money should not be levied on their property as being due to Jordan de Elsyngge, the guardian of Robert de Elsyngge, under a recognizance entered into by them before Adam Fraunceys, Mayor, Symon Fraunceys, Richard Lacier, and other Aldermen [not named], on Wednesday after the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 28 Edward III. [A.D.1353-4].

Afterwards, viz., on Friday before the Feast of Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.], the year aforesaid, the above Serjeant declared that he had duly warned the parties to appear by John Stable and Laurence Conestable. They, however, made default, and execution was granted.

Folio xxxvii b.

Afterwards, viz., on Friday after the Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov]., the same year, came John "Edmound" before Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, and paid an instalment.

Eleccio abrocar' Mesteri Pellipar'.

Wednesday after the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355], came Adam de Bury, John de Oxon', Richard de Carletone, and John de Bury, and with the assent of the whole Mistery of Skinners Thomas de Thame was elected and sworn broker of the Mistery.

Br'e quod nullustransea extra mare.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation against any vessel, great or small, or any man leaving the City for foreign parts, without special licence, before the Feast of St. Michael next. Witness the King at Suthwyk, 15 Sept., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 21)

Proclamation made accordingly on Tuesday the morrow of the Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.].

L'ra tangens ten' Henr' Wymond.

Writ to the Sheriffs to summon Henry Wymond before the Exchequer on the morrow of St. Michael to show cause why he should not pay certain custom due on wool. Witness G[ervase] de Wilford at Westminster, 13 July, 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

By Roll of Memoranda, anno 29, Trinity, it is recorded that John de Clynton is tenant of a messuage in the county of Surrey which belonged to Henry Wymond; and William de Tythynglomb is tenant of a messuage and 60 acres of land in the county of Kent belonging to the said Henry.

Folio xxxviii.

L'ra indemp nitatis.

Letters patent declaring that the appointment of Roger Hillari, Richard de Wylughby, Henry Grene, Thomas Leggy, Mayor of London, Robert de Thorpe, and William de Nortone to sit in the City as Commissioners to inquire into recent seditions, conventicles, &c., shall not be made a precedent to the prejudice of the City's liberties and customs. Witness the King at Suthewyk, 15 Sept., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

The above remains in the possession of the Chamberlain.

Br'e pro parliamento.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to represent the City in a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Thursday the morrow of St. Martin [11 Nov] next. (fn. 22) Witness the King at Portesmuthe, 20 Sept., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

The above delivered to Thomas de Brandone, Sheriff.

Br'e quod omnes homines ad arma et sagittar' sint apud Sandwycum.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all men-atarms and archers who were to join in the voyage to Calais to meet at Sandwich on Thursday next at the latest. Witness the King at Westminster, 30 Sept., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Proclamation made accordingly the same day as the date of the writ, which remains in the possession of Walter "Forster," Sheriff.

Folio xxxviii b.

Scriptum Walt'i 'Hedegroue" per Henr' Chauscier.

sol' ijs. vjd.

Quitclaim by Henry "Chauscer," vintner, and Juliana his wife, late wife of Simon Osekyn, to Walter "Hedecroue," pepperer, and Thomas de Macchyngge, "chesmongere," of a certain brewery and shops which formed the dower of the said Juliana in the parish of St. Bartholomew the Little in Bradestret, near the tenement of Adam Fraunceys, and rents of a tenement belonging to Laurence le Botoner in the parish of St. Michael de Bassieshawe. Thomas Leggy, Mayor, Walter "Forester" and Thomas de Brandone, Sheriffs. Witnesses, Ralph de Cauntebrigge, John de Harwardestoke, William de St. Alban, Robert de Hattfelde, John Flaoun, and others [not named]. Dated 6 Oct., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Br'e pro Octa viano Francisse

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to the effect that Octavian Francisse, a merchant of Florence, had complained that whereas he and other foreign merchants were subject only to certain payments, viz., 3 pence in the pound for general merchandise and for goods exported from England, and 40 pence on every sack of wool, he had been unlawfully compelled to make contribution towards defraying the expenses of the archers who were about to set sail, and had been assaulted by the collectors, who had ignored the King's writ on his behalf The said Mayor and Sheriffs are to inquire into the matter and make return into the Chancery Witness the King at Westminster, 7 Oct., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 23)

Folio xxxix.

Returnum.

Return to the effect that the above Octavian Francisse as well as Thomas de Same and other collectors appointed for the object mentioned above in the Ward of Langebourne, wherein the said Octavian lived, had been summoned, and, being questioned, the said Octavian had complained of the collectors having seized certain chattels for the sum of 5s., at which he had been assessed towards defraying the expenses of the war with France, to which he alleged he ought not to be called upon to contribute. To this the collectors had replied that the said Octavian resided continually in the City and trafficked there, and on that account ought to contribute with the rest of the citizens, and that they continued to detain the chattels until he should have paid his quota, as they were accustomed to do in such cases.

Br'e de parlia mento prorogand'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to proclaim the prorogation of Parliament until Monday after the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.]. (fn. 24) Witness the King at Sandwych, 22 Oct., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

The writ remains in the possession of Thomas de Brandone, Sheriff.

Nomina elector' eund' ad parliamentum.

Names of those elected to attend the Parliament, viz., Adam Fraunceys, John de Stodeye, Simon de Bedyngtone, and Adam de Acres.

Br'e de proclam' facta pro hominib ad arma et sagittariis.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all men-atarms and archers taking part in the expedition to Calais to be at Sandwych by Thursday next. Witness the King at Sandwych, 25 Sept., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Temp. Simon Fraunceys, Mayor, anno 29 Edward III.

Br'e d'ni R' pro Burgensibus Wiltonie.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs announcing the King's confirmation of the grant made by Henry [III.], the King's great-grandfather (proavus noster), to those burgesses of Wilton [co. Wilts] who were of the guild-merchant, of certain liberties, such as were enjoyed by citizens of London and Winchester, and bidding them see that the charter is not infringed. Witness the King at Westminster, 23 Nov., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 25)

Thereupon came burgesses of Wilton and showed the charter of King Henry II. [sic] to the Mayor and Sheriffs.

Folio xxxix b.

Carta libertatum pro Burgensium [sic] ville de Wylton'.

ijs. vjd.

Copy of charter of Henry II to the burgesses of Wilton, (fn. 26) which the aforesaid burgesses produced to the Mayor and Sheriffs, together with charter of confirmation by Edward III., which charter was allowed in the Chamber of the Guildhall before Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, and the Aldermen.

Ballivi Telar'.

John Payn and William Cook, weavers, elected and sworn Bailiffs of the Weavers.

John Marchaunt de Ipre and Leuyn Oliver, foreign weavers, elected and sworn to govern and chastise all foreign weavers for the preservation of the King's peace.

Eleccio Alder manni de Algate.

Be it remembered that on Tuesday before the Feast of St. Thomas, Ap. [21 Dec.], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355], came good men of the Ward of Algate into the Chamber of the Guildhall and elected Richard Smelt, fishmonger, to be Alderman of the said Ward in place of Richard de Berkyngge, draper, late their Alderman, &c. And the said Richard was sworn, &c.

Eleccio Aldermanni de Cordewaner strete.

Saturday before the above Feast came good men of the Ward of Cordewanerestrete and elected Thomas Dolsely, pepperer, to be Alderman of the said Ward in place of Andrew Aubrey, who had retired from the office by permission of the Mayor. And the said Thomas was sworn, &c.

Eleccio Aldermanni de Bassieshawe.

Saturday after the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355], came good men of the Ward of Bassieshaw, and elected Richard de Notyngham, mercer, to be Alderman of the Ward in place of William de Caustone, mercer, deceased. And the said Richard was sworn, &c.

Commissio pro fossato de Flete.

Letters patent appointing Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, Hugh de Appelby, and Robert de Charwaltone to survey the ditch surrounding Flete prison, and inquire as to who had built latrines over the said ditch and who were responsible for the accumulation of filth therein, &c. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 Dec., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355]. (fn. 27)

Folio xl.

Commissio pro deliberacione prisone de Neugate.

Letters patent appointing William de Shareshulle, William de Thorpe, Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, and William de Nottone, or any three or two of them (the Mayor being one), to be commissioners for gaol delivery of Neugate. Witness Thomas, (fn. 28) the King's son, Warden of England, at Wodestoke, 8 Nov., 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to put the men of the City in array for the defence of the kingdom, because if the King's enemies of France knew that the southern parts of the kingdom were not defended by an armed force they would gladly invade them. Witness the King at Newcastle-on-Tyne, 18 Jan., 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1355-6].

Inquis' capta pro hiis latrinas super forsatum juxta Flete habentibus et aliis sordid' et fetid' in eundem projecentibus etc.

Inquisition held at the Church of St. Bride in Fletstret, on Tuesday after the Feast of Epiphany [6 Jan.], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355-6], before Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, Hugh de Appelby and Robert de Charweltone, Commissioners appointed by the King to inquire into the state of the ditch which surrounds Flete prison, on the oath of Richard le Cok, Nicholas le Sporiere, Walter de Chetyngdone, Richard del Par, Richard Sothel, William le Chaloner, Robert le Masoun, Thomas le Glaswryghte, Robert le Coupere, barber, John de Laughtone, "seler," William atte Seler, and William de Bathe. The jurors say that the ditch ought to be 10 ft. broad and have sufficient water to float a vessel freighted with a tun of wine; that John de Chichestre has appropriated the King's land near the place of William de Wyrcestre, that Thomas de Tykhulle has done the same near the land of Richard de Wylughby and William de Horwode, and that both the said John and the said Thomas cast filth into the ditch and contaminate the water. They further say that the whole ditch throughout the circuit of the prison appertains to the King, and that the trees growing on its banks appertain to the ditch; that John de Bristoll, tanner, had erected two tanneries and a latrine, contaminating the water, and that John de Depham, "ismonger," Richard de Wylugby, Knt., John de Chichestre, goldsmith, William de Wyrcestre, Thomas de Mordone, and Edward Bereward had similar latrines; and that the course of the water had become so contaminated and obstructed as not to surround the prison as formerly. Being asked if the said John de Bristoll and the others having latrines there had any right to them, the jurors say, No. (fn. 29)

Folio xl b.

Deed whereby John de Refham, fishmonger, discharges certain lands and tenements formerly held by James Neuport, fishmonger, in Denesdene, in the parish of Sunnynge, co. Oxford, and now held by John de Hanewode, from the effect of a statute merchant entered into by the said James in favour of the said John de Refham, before Walter Turk, Mayor, and Thomas de Collee, clerk of the statute. Witnesses, Philip de Engelfeld, Knt, Adam de Louches, Knt, William de Harpedene, John Dyngelfeld, John Loveday, Thomas Blod, fishmonger, Nicholas de Horewode, William Holbeche, Robert de Reynham, fishmonger, Simon atte Gate, John Ingepenne, John de Cholseye, Walter Notehurste, Thomas de Hyvenden (?), Robert de Waltham, John Coterel, John Fayrman, and others [not named]. Dated the morrow of All Souls [2 Nov.], 29 Edward III. [A.D.1355].

Eleccio Alder'i Warde de Lymstrete.

Be it remembered that at the Husting for Common Pleas held on Tuesday after the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 30 Edward III. [A.D.1355-6], good men of the Ward of Lymstrete elected Adam Fraunceys to be Alderman of the Ward in place of John de Gloucestre, deceased. And the said Adam was sworn, &c.

Eleccio Alderm' Warde de Quenehethe.

Be it remembered that on Monday the eve of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], the same year, good men of the Ward of Quenehethe elected John Little to be Alderman of the Ward in place of Adam Fraunceys, translated thence to the Ward of Lymstrete. And the said John was sworn, &c.

Scriptum Henr' Douve dale et Matill' ux'is sue per Ric'm Sher man.

ijs. vjd.

Lease by Richard Sherman to Henry Douvedale and Matilda his wife of land and houses situate near the gaol of Neugate and the tenement of William de Langeford, Knt., in the parish of St. Sepulchre, and formerly belonging to Robert, son of John le Coteller de Holbourne. To hold the same for a term of thirty-six years at an annual rent of 10s. Witnesses, Master Richard Ferour, Henry Godchepe, John de Enefeld, Stephen Scut, John Chaundeler, and others [not named]. Dated Monday the eve of the Purification [2 Feb.], 30 Edward III. [A.D.1355-6].

Footnotes

1 Rymer, 'Fodera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 297. See Ruding, 'Annals of the Coinage of Britain,' vol. i. p. 443.
2 Set out in 'Memorials,' pp. 277-9.
3 The will of John de Mockyng, dated 9 Sept., 1347, was proved and enrolled in the Husting in the following December. 'Calendar of Wills,' i. 499-500.
4 The riot originated in a tavern near Carfax on the 10th Feb., 1354-5, and continued several days, with the result that about forty students were killed and the University was deserted. Both the University and the City sur rendered their charters to the King. The deeds of surrender, dated respectively the 15th and 19th May, are set out in Rymer ('Fodera,' vol. iii. pt. i. pp. 300, 301).
5 Enrolled in Nov., 1353. See 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Hust.,' i. 673.
6 See 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 659-60
7 Wax chandler.
8 These orders do not appear to be recorded in the Letter-Book.
9 Genoa.
10 The writ appears to be imperfectly recorded.
11 Printed by Delpit, op. cit., p. 78.
12 Ibid., p. 79.
13 Tittleshall, co. Norf.
14 More commonly "Useflete."
15 The deed of feoffment was en rolled in the Husting in 1348, having been executed in July, 1347. Hust. Roll 74 (87).
16 Cheap.
17 Printed in Rymer, 'Fodera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 311.
18 A letter from the Mayor, &c., to the King, notifying the dispatch of the force under Thomas Rose and five other officers, dated 3 Oct., is recorded in 'Cal. of Letters, 1350-1370' (printed by order of the Corporation), p. 67.
19 Stat. 28 Edward III. cap. 14. Cf. supra, p. 26.
20 Otherwise known as St. Michael le Quern.
21 Printed in Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 313.
22 Afterwards prorogued to 24 Nov. Infra, p. 47.
23 Cf. infra, p. 54.
24 Sat from 24 Nov. to 30 Dec.
25 Both Henry I. and Henry II. granted charters of similar effect to the burgesses of Wilton. See Gross, 'The Gild Merchant,' ii. 251, 389.
26 A copy of this charter, made from the original charter preserved among the archives of the Corporation of Wilton, is printed in Journal, British Archæol. Assoc., vol. xvii. pp. 311-12. The charter itself is in an imperfect condition, but this can scarcely justify some manifest errors of transcription.
27 Set out in 'Memorials,' p. 279.
28 Thomas of Woodstock, at that time a mere baby, having been born 7th Jan., 1355. (Walsingham, 'Hist. Angl.,' Rolls Series, No. 28, pt. i. p. 280.)
29 The Substance of the inquisition is set out in 'Memorials,' p.280.