Folios cxi -cxx
Aug 1345 -

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'Folios cxi -cxx: Aug 1345 -', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: F: 1337-1352 (1904), pp. 132-143. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33539 Date accessed: 26 July 2014.


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Folio cxi.

Billa Ortolanor' tradita Maiori et de loco ordinato pro curtilagiis et al' vend'.

Wednesday before the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345], a petition presented to the Mayor by the Gardeners, praying that they may be allowed to sell garden produce (les courtelages) in front of the church of St. Augustine by the side of St. Paul's gate as of old.

On the following Friday, the petition having been considered by John Hamond, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Simon Fraunceys, John de Caustone, William de Pountefreyt, William de Thorneye, and John de Aylesham, Aldermen, it was agreed that they should no longer stand and sell their wares by the church of St. Augustine, as the noise they made was a nuisance to the clerks and laymen attending the church, but they should remove to the space between the south gate of St. Paul's Churchyard and the garden wall of the Friars Preachers at Castle Baynard. (fn. 1)

Br'e d'ni R' de sagittar' arraiand' et ducend'.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they hold the men-at-arms and archers who had been ordered to be at Portesmuthe three weeks after Michaelmas at the latest in readiness to set forth at a day's notice, as it was uncertain when the fleet would be able to set sail. Witness the King at Westminster, 19 Sept., 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Cognicio Maur' Turgis de bonis legat' pueris Ric' Denys.

Friday after the Feast of St. Andrew [30 Nov.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345], came Maurice Turgis before Richard Lacer, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and acknowledged that he was prepared to hand over certain moneys belonging to the children of Richard Denys, late goldsmith, to whomsoever the Court might think fit.

Folio cxi b.

De custodia Alicie fil' Petri le Convers.

Friday after the octave of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345], came William de Stretham before John Hamond, the Mayor, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, and received from William atte Conduyt, goldsmith, and Katherine his wife, late wife of Peter le Convers, goldsmith, the custody of Alice, daughter of the said Peter and Katherine, and of her property left to her by her father. Sureties, viz., Richard de Basingestoke and Adam de Walpole, goldsmiths.

Ordinacio de Custumis lanar' averii ponderis et aliar' rer' venalium percipiend' per vic' in vigilio Sancti Michaelis.

Whereas before this time, on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], dissensions have arisen between the newly elected Sheriffs of the City and the Sheriffs of the past year, their predecessors, on account of their being uncertain as to which of them the custom of wool, goods of weight (avern ponderis), and other things vendible that are subject to custom coming to the said City as well by water as by land on the said eve of St. Michael, or lying in the said City or its port at that time, ought to appertain; in order to settle such disputes it was agreed by John Hamond, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty, on Wednesday the eve of St. Michael, anno 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345], that every year thenceforth the Sheriffs retiring from office on the eve of St. Michael shall have the custom of wool weighed and shipped and of all things vendible lying in the City and port thereof up to the time of the striking of noon (nonam); and after noon struck the newly elected Sheriffs shall take the custom of wool to be weighed and shipped, and also of goods vendible coming to the City as well by land as by water, and leaving the said City, as is befitting.

Ball'i Telar'.

Monday before the Feast of St. Nicholas [6 Dec.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345], William le Keu, "webbe," and John Payn, "webbe," (fn. 2) elected bailiffs of their mistery for the year ensuing in the presence of the Mayor and Aldermen.

Folio cxii.

Quitclaim by John Hamond, the Mayor, and the Aldermen and citizens to Henry [ ], the parson of the church of St. Michael in "la Crokedelane," and John Lovekyn, Walter de Mordone, Adam Lucas, Ralph de Lenne, Adam atte Pole, and other parishioners of the same, of arrears of a certain rent due for a parcel of land, formerly belonging to Ralph Fitz Burghard, an outlaw, granted to the parishioners by the King. Dated Saturday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Grant under the Common Seal of the City by John Hamond, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and the rest of the citizens to Alan Gille, Warden of London Bridge, of a piece of waste land under the wall of the Bishop of London in the parish of St. Faith in the Ward of Farndone Within; to hold to him and his successors, Wardens of the bridge, for the purpose of the repair of the bridge. Dated Thursday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Writ to the Sheriffs that they make proclamation touching the taking of security from masters of ships freighted with wine for discharging the same at the accustomed places where the wine may be gauged by Thomas de Colleye, the gauger, or his officials, and for not landing the wine secretly, &c. Witness the King at Westminster, 15 Oct., 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Proclamation made accordingly on Saturday before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.].

Folio cxii b.

Indenture tripartite of the foundation of a chantry in St. Paul's Church according to terms of the will of Master William de Melford, Archdeacon of Colchester. (fn. 3) Sealed with the several seals of the Mayoralty of London, of Richard de Plessys, Archdeacon of Colchester, and of William de Stanesfeld, Rector of St. Stephen's, Walbroke, and John de Pykeringge, chaplain, executors of the aforesaid Master William de Melford. Dated at the Chapter House of St. Paul's, 4 April, A.D. 1345.

Folio cxiii.

Br'e pro Ric'o Lacer Maiore assoc' Justic' pro deliberacione gaole de Neugate.

Writ to Richard Lacer, Mayor, appointing him on a Commission of gaol delivery for Neugate, in conjunction with William Scot, Richard de Kelshulle, and William de Nottone, who had taken the place of John Hamond, late Mayor. Witness the King at Westminster, 29 Oct., 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Folio cxiii b.

Scriptum d'ni Joh'is de Hicchen' per Ric'm de Ware et ux'm ejus.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Grant by Richard de Ware, fishmonger, and Isabella his wife, to Sir John de Hicchen, Rector of the church of St. Antonin, of an annual quitrent charged on his tenements in the parish of St. Michael Queenhithe formerly belonging to John, son of John de Nasynge, late girdler, for a term of sixteen years. Richard Lacer, Mayor, John de Gloucestre and Edmund de Hemenhale, Sheriffs, Richard de Rothinge, Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 4) Witnesses, Andrew Aubrey, William de Thorneye, William de Hanamstede, Giles Spenser, John Bole, and others [not named]. Dated Wednesday after the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Acknowledged before Richard Lacer, Mayor, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, Tuesday after the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.].

Script' convenc' int' predictos d'um Joh'em de Hicchen' et Ric'm et Isabell' ux'm ejus.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Indenture of covenant that a bond entered into by the above Richard and Isabella in the sum of £60 in favour of the above Rector of St. Antonin shall be void if the terms of the foregoing deed be carried out. Dated Tuesday after the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], the above year.

Acknowledged the same day as the foregoing.

Folio cxiv.

Script' Will'i de Elsynge per Henr' de Reygate et Nich'm fratrem ejus.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Grant by Henry de Reygate and Nicholas de Reygate [his brother], girdlers, to William de Elsynge, mercer, of an annual rent of 6½ marks formerly granted to the said Henry by Robert de Bristowe, saddler, and charged on a tenement held by the said Nicholas and Alice his wife under Ralph de Haverynge, girdler, and other tenements of the said Ralph in the parish of St. Laurence in the Old Jewry; to hold the same for a term of six years. Witnesses, William Aylleward, Nicholas Blosme (Blosine ?), (fn. 5) John Russel, John Wygod, Richard Morager, William Credyl, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Thursday before the Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Acknowledged before Walter de Mordone, Alderman, and Thomas de Maryns, Chamberlain, Saturday the morrow of St. Katherine [25 Nov.].

Folio cxiv b.

Acquietanc' Joh'is de Coggeshale vinetar' per Ric' de Coventre et ux'm ejus.

A general release by Richard de Coventre, skinner, and Katherine his wife, daughter of Richard de Essex, to John de Coggeshale, vintner. Dated Tuesday the Feast of St. Nicholas [6 Dec.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345].

Acknowledged the following day before the Chamberlain.

Grant by Robert, the Prior of the church of St. Mary de Suthwerk, and convent of the same to Sir Geoffrey Belhofte, Rector of Holy Trinity the Less, of an annuity of 40s. Dated at the Chapter House, Suthwerk, 1 Dec., A.D. 1345.

Acknowledged before Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, on Tuesday the Feast of St. Lucia [13 Dec.].

Folio cxv.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to forward the men-at-arms, already ordered for the King's service abroad, to Portesmuth by mid-Lent instead of the 1st March. Witness the King at Redynges, 20 Jan., 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6].

Writ to the Sheriffs that proclamation be made for the arming of all able persons between the ages of sixteen and sixty, the same to be at Portesmuthe by mid-Lent. Witness the King at Leycestre, 20 Jan., 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6]. (fn. 6)

Folio cxv b.

De pueris Joh'is de Ayllesham.

Friday after the Feast of St. Thomas [21 Dec.], 19 Edward III. [A.D. 1345], came William de la Panetrie, one of the executors of John de Ayllesham, (fn. 7) before John Syward, Alderman, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged that he had in his possession the sum of £50 in trust for Thomas, son of the said John.

The same day came Elizabeth, widow and executrix of the said John de Ayllesham, and acknowledged that she had in her possession the sum of £40 bequeathed to Alice, daughter of the said John.

The above recognizances cancelled because the debts were satisfied.

Folio cxvi.

Ordinacio pro Abbrocariis.

Common Pleas held in the Husting, London, on Monday after the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6], in the presence of Richard Lacer, the Mayor, Andrew Aubrey, Simon Fraunceys, Roger de Depham, John Hamond, John de Caustone, Richard de Rothinge, William de Brikelesworth, Richard de Berkynge, William de Pountefreit, Walter Turk, John Syward, and Thomas Leggy, Aldermen. Agreed by the said Mayor and Aldermen, with the assent of the Commonalty, that no broker use brokerage in any mistery unless he be free of the City and be elected by the more honest men of the mistery in which he practises, and be sworn before the Mayor and Aldermen for the time being to faithfully discharge his duty between seller and buyer; and that no host (hospes) be a broker, and no broker be a host.

Concessio porte super pontem London'.

Grant by Richard Lacer, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and the rest of the citizens to John de Conduit of the custody of the gate on London Bridge; to hold the same during good behaviour. Dated Tuesday after the Purification [2 Feb.], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6].

De leprosis amovend' de civitate et suburb'.

Writ for proclamation to be made for the removal of lepers from the City within fifteen days. Witness the King at Westminster, 15 March, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6]. (fn. 9)

Proclamation made accordingly on Wednesday after the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March].

Folio cxvi b.

Writ to the Sheriffs for men-at-arms, hoblers, and archers to be forwarded to Portesmuth by the quinzaine of Easter next, as the King fully purposed to cross the sea at that date. Witness the King at Westminster, 18 March, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6]. (fn. 10)

Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be made for the archers who were to proceed to Gascony under Henry, Earl of Lancaster, to assemble on the morrow before Prime at Totehull, near Westminster. Witness the King at Westminster, 27 March, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346]. (fn. 11)

Approbac' Regis de decollacione certorum etc.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs reciting the fact of the King having formerly granted an indemnity to the Mayor, &c., for having ordered the execution of certain rioters in an affray between Fishmongers and Skinners, (fn. 12) and bidding them to put down any disorder that might arise in the City in consequence of their action. Witness the King at Westminster, 18 March, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6].

Folio cxvii.

Eleccio Joh'is Lambyn in servientem Camere.

Monday the morrow of St. Gregory [12 March], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1345-6], in the presence of Richard Lacer, the Mayor, Henry Darci, Andrew Aubrey, Simon Fraunceys, John Hamond, Roger de Depham, William de Caustone, John de Caustone, John de Northhalle, Thomas Leggy, Walter Turk, Geoffrey de Wychyngham, Walter Neel, and William de Briklesworth, Aldermen, John de Croydone, John de Bedeford, Richard Double, John Little, William Turk, and many other commoners [not named], in the Guildhall, John, son of William Lambyn, elected Serjeant of the Chamber and sworn, &c., taking for his yearly fee 40s.

Acquietanc' Asselini Simonet per Joh'em fil' Ric'i de Gaytone vilour.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Acquittance by John, son of Richard de Gayton, "vilour," (fn. 13) to Asselin Simonett' de Luca and Margaret his wife, mother of the said John, for all rights under his father's will. The seals of Thomas de Maryns and Francis Baudim attached. Witnesses, John de Bedeford, Bartholomew Thomasyn, William Credil, and others [not named]. Dated 5 April, A.D. 1346.

Bona deliberata pueris Rob'ti de Lambourne per Petr' Estmar.

Wednesday after the Feast of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346], came Johanna, Richard, Thomas, John, and William, children of Robert de Lambourne, late bureller, and Peter Estmar, executor of the same, the said children demanding that the proceeds of the sale of a certain tenement which the said Robert and Cristina his wife jointly acquired from William le Charpenter, apothecary, in the parish of St. Swithin, should be delivered to them according to the terms of their father's will. (fn. 14) Order for delivery, the said children being of full age.

Folio cxvii b.

Br'e quod Justic' non capiant' feoda necrobas magnatum.

Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be made that in future no Justice accept fee or gown from any party coming before him, and that equal law be administered without favour or hate, &c. Dated at Westminster, 28 April, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346]. (fn. 15)

Proclamation made accordingly on Sunday the eve of SS. Philip and James [1 May]. The writ, with seal, remains in the possession of John de Gloucestre, the Sheriff.

Folio cxviii.

De custod' £iiij xiijs.iiijd. legat' Joh'i fil' Joh'is de Hendon.

Monday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346], came Edmund le Archer, "stokfisshmongere," before John de Caustone and John Syward, Aldermen, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, and received a certain sum of money from Alice, widow of John de Hendon, and John de Frenyngham, executors of the said John, in trust for John, son of the aforesaid John. Sureties, viz., John Gentil and Nicholas Madefrey, fishmonger.

Thursday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346], a certain hamper (hanaperium) containing deeds, &c., affecting Edmund, Leticia, and Roisia, children of Ralph de Bury, late cordwainer, which had been delivered to Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, during the mayoralty of Hamo de Chigwell, for safe keeping, anno 15 Edward II., was delivered, in the presence of Richard Lacer, the Mayor, and John de Gloucestre, the Sheriff, by Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, to the aforesaid Edmund, and to Peter de Henle, "chaundeler," husband of the aforesaid Roisia, to the use of the said Edmund, Leticia, and Roisia.

Folio cxviii b.

De testamento Thom' de Worsted et de custodia pueror' ejusdem Thome.

Saturday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346], came Isabella, widow and executrix of Thomas de Worsted, mercer, before John de Caustone and Geoffrey de Wychingham, Aldermen, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged that she had certain moneys in her possession bequeathed by her late husband (fn. 16) to Thomas and Isabella his children, as well as a tenement devised to the said Thomas, and situate in the churchyard of St. Laurence, Jewry, and that she held them in trust for the said children. Sureties, viz., Simon Dolsely and John Notte.

The same day came Simon de Worsted, mercer, co-executor of the will of the above Thomas, and acknowledged that he had in his possession certain moneys in trust for Simon, son of the above Thomas. Sureties, viz., Geoffrey atte Gate, "hattere," and John de Hyngestone, goldsmith.

Exoneracio Simonis de Worstede.

Afterwards, viz., on the 10th May, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364], the aforesaid Simon, son of Thomas de Worstede, being of full age, came before John Noot, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and John de Cantebrigge, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged that he had received from the above Simon de Worstede all money due to him.

Folio cxix.

Br'e d'ni R' quod hobelar' et sagittar' comitatuum regni se divertant versus Portesmuth.

Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be made for all hoblers and archers equipped for the King's service abroad to proceed to Portesmuth with all speed. Witness the King at Westminster, 18 May, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346].

Proclamation made accordingly on Thursday before the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May].

Consimile br'e quod hobelar' et sagittar' se divertant versus partes Wynton'.

Writ to the same for proclamation to be made for the men to proceed to Winchester with all speed, and that the levy made for foreign service should not form a precedent. Witness the King at Westminster, 23 May, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346].

Proclamation made accordingly on Wednesday the eve of the Ascension [25 May].

Writ of Privy Seal to the same to make proclamation that all who were to serve abroad with the King be at Portesmuth by Tuesday after the Feast of St. John [24 June]. Dated at Porcestre, 20 June, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346].

The above was delivered to Edmund de Hemenhale, the Sheriff, by Richard de Podenhale, the King's Serjeant-at-arms, on Thursday before the Nativity St. John Bapt. [24 June]; and it was proclaimed the same day.

Ordinacio de vendicione piscis recent'.

Ordinance forbidding the forestalling of salmon, lampreys, dace, and other fresh fish taken in the Thames. [No date.]

Folio cxix b.

De custodia Thome fil' Thome de Gartone.

Tuesday after the Feast of Nativity St. John Bapt. [24 June], 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346], the guardianship of Thomas, son of Thomas de Gartone, aged seven years, and his property committed to Adam Fraunceys, mercer, in place of Idonia, the mother of the said infant, deceased. Sureties, viz., John de Caustone and Geoffrey de Wychingham, mercers.

Script' Ric'i de Herpesfeld de quodam puella appren tic' sua.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Deed whereby Margery, late wife of John Deumars, binds her daughter Hawysia as apprentice to Richard de Herpesfeld, corder, for a term of fifteen years from Easter, anno 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346], Richard Lacer being Mayor, and Edmund de Hemenhale and John de Gloucestre, Sheriffs. Witnesses, John de la Rokele, Bartholomew Deumars, Thomas de Ispania, John Brutyn, Richard de Wycoumbe, and others [not named]. Dated Easter Sunday [16 April], the year aforesaid.

Acknowledged before Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, on Saturday before the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July].

Folio cxx.

Br'e pro parliamento.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Monday after the Feast of the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.] (fn. 17) next. Witness Lionel the King's son, Custos of England, at Wyndesore, 30 July, 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346].

Pursuant to the above writ there were elected by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty Thomas Legy and Geoffrey de Wychingham, Aldermen, and John Lovekyn and Thomas de Waldene, Commoners, to attend the Parliament.

Nova missa per d'um Regem existent' apud Cadomum consilio suo in Angl'.

Letter from the King to his subjects informing them of the success of his military operations in France from the day of his landing at La Hogue, near Barfleur. [No date.] (fn. 18)

Folio cxx b.

Writ to the Sheriffs enclosing the above and bidding them proclaim the same in full Husting and elsewhere, and see that reinforcements were got ready. Witness Lionel the King's son, Custos of England, at Wyndesore, 3 Aug., 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346]. (fn. 19)

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that the gold money made at the Tower of London called the gold noble, of the value of 6s. 8d., and the half and quarter noble pass as currency and be not refused; and that informers against those passing false money should receive one-third of the value. Dated at Wyndesore, 10 Aug., 20 Edward III. [A.D. 1346].

Footnotes

1 'Memorials,' p. 228.
2 Weavers.
3 Will dated Aug., 1334, and proved and enrolled in the Husting of London in November, 1337. See 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 424. Cf. Appendix to Ninth Report Hist. MSS. Com., p. 46b.
4 Queenhithe.
5 One of the family, if not this Nicholas, probably gave the name to Blossom's Inn (corruptly called "Bosom's Inn" in Stow's day) in St. Laurence Lane, Old Jewry. In 1374 we find it recorded in the Husting as "Blosmeshyn," and a year later as "Blossemesin." Hust. Roll 102 (120); 103 (37). The name survives to this day as "Blossom Inn Yard," the booking and receiving premises of the Great Eastern Railway.
6 A similar writ addressed to the Sheriff of Kent is set out in Rymer's 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 67.
7 His will proved and enrolled in the Husting in November, 1345. See 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 483.
8 Cf. the following ordinance approved by the King in 1319: "Et quod abbrocatores aliquarum mercandisarum in civitate predicta de cetero non existant nisi per mercatores de mesteris in quibusipsi abbrocatores habeant officia sua exercere ad hoc electi fuerint et super hoc saltem coram Majore civitatis predicte prestiterint juramentum." Letter-Book E, folio xc b; cf. 'Liber Cust., i. 272.
9 'Memorials,' p. 230.
10 Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 76.
11 Id., ibid., 77.
12 Vide supra, p. 58.
13 Either a maker of viols or a player on the viol like "Richardin le Violour," who is described in a marginal note as a minstrel. See 'Cal. Letter-Book B,' p. 47. The Gayton family appears to have had some connexion in one way or another with musical instruments, for we find a William de Gaytone in 1311 described as a "tabourer," or maker of "tabours," i.e., small drums 'Cal. Letter-Book B,' p. 22. The will also of a William de Gayton, a "tabourer," was proved and enrolled in the Husting in 1337. 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 419.
14 Proved and enrolled in the Husting in 1329. See 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 346.
15 Set out in the 'Statutes at Large' (ed. 1758), i. 259, in the form of a statute made at Westminster, 7 May, 1346.
16 His will proved and enrolled in the Husting in July, 1346, being dated 2 Nov., 1345. See 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 489.
17 Sat from the 11th to the 20th September. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 395, note 3.
18 Printed from the Letter-Book in Delpit's 'Collection Générale des Documents Français qui se trouvent en Angleterre,' p. 71. M. Delpit (ibid., p. cxxv) gives the date of the letter as the 3rd August, 1346.
19 Cf. Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 88.