Dimissio balli'e de Suthewerk.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340], the bailiwick of Suthewerk demised to
Thomas le Porter by the Mayor and Aldermen; to hold for
one year from Christmas next at a rent of £12. Sureties for
the said Thomas, viz., John de Bredstrete, John Russel, and
John atte Barnette, "bakere."
Custodia Joh'is fil' Walt'i Burdeyn.
The same day the guardianship of John, son of Walter
Burdeyn, aged five years, committed by Andrew Aubry, the
Mayor, Roger de Depham, and Thomas de Maryns, the
Chamberlain, to Avice his mother. Sureties for the said
Avice, viz., John atte Barnette, girdler, and Geoffrey Punte,
Mem d de scac cario de m l mar cis pro lanis R' conc'.
Extract from the Great Roll of the Exchequer, reciting a
writ addressed to the Treasurer and Barons of the same, anno
14 Edward III., to the effect that the citizens of London had
paid the sum of 1,000 marks in lieu of wool granted to the
King anno 12. (fn. 1)
Folio xlii b.
Scriptum Nich'i le Clerk armurar' per Isabell' God chep'.
sol ijs. vja.
Lease by Isabella, daughter of Ralph Godchepe and of
Margery his wife, to Nicholas Clerk, armourer, of tenements
in Westchepe in the parish of St. Mary le Bow, for the term of
her life at an annual rent of £6 6s. 8d., Andrew Aubry being
then Mayor, Adam Lucas and Bartholomew Deumars, Sheriffs,
and Simon Fraunceys, Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 2) Witnesses,
Richard de Berkynge, John de Kelyngworth, Robert de
Hanewode, Thomas de Cantebruge, Thomas Meel, William
Grubbelane, William de Shrouesbury, John Marchant, Henry
atte Rothe, and others [not named]. Dated Thursday the
Feast of St. Clement [23 Nov.], 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
sol ijs. vja.
Recognizance by the above Isabella of debt of £13 8s. 9d.
due to the above Nicholas; the same to be liquidated by the
said Nicholas subtracting an annual sum of 20s. from the rent
due for the above tenements. Witnesses as above. Dated
Sunday after the Feast of St. Andrew [30 Nov], 14 Edward III.
Letters patent reciting a writ dated at the Tower 12 May,
12 Edward III. [A.D. 1338], summoning the Mayor, Sheriffs,
and Aldermen, and many other citizens to Westminster touching
the safeguarding the City during the King's absence abroad,
and the ordinance made by the civic authorities thereon. (fn. 3)
Witness, Edward, Duke of Cornwall, &c., at "Berkhamstede,"
20 Aug., 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Folio xliii b.
Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen for steps to be
taken for safeguarding the City during the King's absence
abroad. Witness, Edward, Duke of Cornwall, &c., at Berkhampstede, 20 Aug., 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340]. (fn. 4)
The same writ entered a second time.
Folio xliv b.
Monday after the Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov.], 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340], Geoffrey le Cotiller, William atte Gate,
Richard de Toppesfeld, John de Laufare, Richard Baldewyne,
John atte Watre, John de Gaunt, and John de Thrillowe, cutlers,
sworn to safeguard everything belonging to the craft.
Approbacio de collacionis duorum hominum in Chepa.
Writ of Privy Seal addressed to the Mayor, Aldermen,
Sheriffs, and Commonalty of the City, commending them for
their prompt execution of Thomas, son of John Haunsard, fishmonger, and John le Brewere, porter, for attempting to rescue
certain persons arrested in a disturbance in the City between
the Fishmongers and Skinners. Dated at Gaunt, 6 Dec.,
14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340]. (fn. 5)
Letters patent of indemnity for the course taken by the
Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, &c., to put down the late disturbance between the Skinners and the Fishmongers, and for
having executed the two men above mentioned. Witness the
King at the Tower, 4 June, 15 Edward III. [A.D. 1341].
Folio xlv b.
Writ of Privy Seal to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be
made to the effect that all who had been aggrieved by the
various officers of the Exchequer in levying of aids, &c.,
were to make known their grievances to the King in writing,
and that the Alderman of each Ward should take steps to discover the precise sums levied and paid by each inhabitant of his
Ward, and whether they tallied with the sums entered on the
collectors' rolls, inasmuch as the King had been defrauded of
much of his dues. Dated at the Tower of London, 1 Dec,
14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Another writ of Privy Seal to the same, for all Sheriffs, taxcollectors, and others who owed the King any money to appear
at Westminster on New Year's Day to render account. Dated
at the Tower, 1 Dec., 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Folio xlvi b.
Another writ of Privy Seal to the same, for all collectors,
comptrollers of customs, weighers of wool, &c., to appear at
Westminster on New Year's Day. Dated at the Tower, 1 Dec.,
14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Another writ of Privy Seal to the same, for proclamation to
be made against any great one of the land or member of the
King's Council quitting the country without the King's special
leave. Dated at the Tower, 1 Dec., 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Another writ of Privy Seal to the same, for proclamation to be
made for all merchants who had exported wool not cocketed (fn. 6)
to come and answer for the same. Dated at the Tower, 5 Dec.,
14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Writ to the Sheriffs, enjoining them to render every assistance to Robert de [sic] Burghcher, (fn. 7) the Chancellor, William de
Kildesby, (fn. 8) Keeper of the Privy Seal, Robert "Parvynge," (fn. 9) the
Treasurer, and Robert de Sadyngtone, (fn. 10) Justices appointed to
inquire into the misdoings of the King's ministers and others
during the King's absence abroad. Witness the King at the
Tower, 10 Dec., 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Folio xlvii b.
Writ to the same, from the above Robert Burghcher, William
de Kildesby, Robert "Parvynke," and Robert de Sadyngtone,
bidding them summon twenty-four of the better men of each
Ward to appear before the said Justices at the Guildhall on
Wednesday the eve of St. Thomas the Apostle [21 Dec.] next,
to assist them in their inquiry, and to make solemn proclamation
for all others who have grievances to appear at the same time
and place. Witness, W[illiam] de Kildesby, at the Tower,
16 Dec., 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Thereupon the Sheriffs made proclamation accordingly; but
on the aforesaid Wednesday the above Commission was challenged by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, by the
mouth of Roger de Depham, the Recorder, as also the session
of the aforesaid Justices, on the ground that the Commission
was contrary to the City's franchise, which allowed no Justices
to sit within the liberty of the City except at the Tower when
an Iter was being held, and at Neugate for gaol delivery, and
at St. Martin le Grand for correcting errors and taking inquisi-
tions. And the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty asked that
the said franchise might be allowed them, as allowed beyond
the memory of man. Thereupon the Justices, having heard the
challenge and the arguments of the said Mayor and citizens,
appointed the 16th January next, so that in the meantime they
might consult the King. On which day the Justices came to
the Guildhall and, by the King's orders, ceased to use their
Commission, and on the 17th the King ordered a writ to the
Sheriffs for holding an Iter at the Tower, which writ is recorded
Securitas virtute testamenti Joh'is de Lenne facta per Simon' de Worsted.
Friday in the octave of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 15 Edward III. [A.D. 1340-1], came Simon de Worstede before John de
Northhalle and William de Poumfreyt, Aldermen, and Thomas
de Maryns, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged the receipt of
the sum of £20 in trust for Alice, daughter of John de Lenne
and of Roesia his wife. Sureties for the said Simon, viz.,
Thomas de Worstede, mercer, and Geoffrey atte Gate,
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday the Feast of St. Vincent
[22 Jan.], 16 Edward III. [A.D. 1342-3], came John de Parys
and Roesia his wife, mother of the above Alice, and acknowledged the receipt of 66s. 8d. from the above Simon for the
nurture of the said Alice.
Other receipts follow for the years 17, 19, 20, 21, and 22 Edward III.
Folio xlviii b.
Breve pro Itinere sum'.
Writ to the Sheriffs of London to summon divers persons,
according to custom, to attend before the Justices Itinerant at
the Tower on Monday in the second week of Lent next ensuing.
Witness the King at Westminster, 18 Jan., 14 Edward III.
[A.D. 1340-1]. (fn. 11)
The above writ proclaimed on Sunday the morrow of
SS. Fabian and Sebastian [20 Jan.].
Returnum br'is de Itinere predicto.
Return to the above writ by Adam Lucas and Bartholomew
Deumars, the Sheriffs. (fn. 12)
Be it known that Robert Parvyng and his fellow-Justices
Itinerant sat at the Tower and held pleas from the 5th March,
15 Edward III. [A.D. 1340-1], until the 17th, on which day they
adjourned the session of the Iter until the 16th April, when it
was again adjourned until the morrow of the Ascension [17 May],
owing to a Parliament being held at Westminster. On the lastmentioned day the Iter ceased through the absence of the
Justices. Afterwards the King released the citizens from the
Carta de perdonacione Itineris.
Letters patent granted on the petition of the Mayor and Commonalty releasing them from the Iter, which was now to be
considered as ended. Witness the King at the Tower, 3 June,
15 Edward III. [A.D. 1341].
Pleas of the Crown before Robert Parvyng, William Scot, William
Basset, Thomas de Heppescotes, Roger de Baukewell, Justices of
the lord the King Itinerant at the Tower of London on Monday
in the second week of Lent, 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].
Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, and Aldermen on behalf of the
Commonalty claim to have their own porter-usher and serjeants
at the Iter, as allowed before William [de Eboraco], Bishop of
Salisbury, and his fellow-Justices Itinerant the morrow of
St. Michael, 36 Henry III. [A.D. 1252]; also before Master Roger
de Seytone and his fellow-Justices the morrow of the Purification
[2 Feb.], 4 Edward I. [A.D. 1275-6]; also before Hervey de
Stauntone and his fellow-Justices the morrow of Hillary [13 Jan.],
14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320-1]. The Rolls having been searched
and the claim found to be substantiated, (fn. 13) it is allowed.
Thereupon the Mayor and Aldermen, on behalf of themselves
and the Commonalty, appoint John Laurence, "Barber," to be
porter without the gate, &c., Nicholas de Gascoigne, usher
without the door of the hall where the common pleas are held;
William Simond, usher of the place of the Justices for the same
pleas; Bartholomew de Bray, marshal in the same place;
Thomas le Porter and Adam de Heyworth, cryers (proclamatores) of the same place; John de Risle, cryer for pleas of the
Crown; and Robert Duke, usher for the same.
[Folios l blank].
Folio l b.
Carta Joh'is Russel zonar' per Elyam de Braughhyng.
Grant by Elyas, son of Ralph de Braughing, late girdler, to
John Russel, girdler, of a tenement in the lane and parish
of St. Laurence Jewry, situate near the tenements of the
Minoresses of the New Abbey without Alegate and of Robert
de Keleseye; to hold the same for the lifetime of the grantor,
at an annual rent of 4 marks. Andrew Aubrey, Mayor,
Adam Lucas and Bartholomew Deumars, Sheriffs, and Simon
Fraunceys, Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 14) Witnesses, William de
Elsynge, senior, Geoffrey le Tableter, Roger de Astwode,
William Ayleward, and John Bokeler. Dated Monday, being
Christmas Day [25 Dec.], 14 Edward III. [A.D. 1340].