Folios ccii - ccxvi
July 1351 -

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Reginald R. Sharpe (editor)

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1904

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'Folios ccii - ccxvi: July 1351 -', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: F: 1337-1352 (1904), pp. 232-249. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33548 Date accessed: 29 July 2014.


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Folio ccii.

Br'e protec cionis homi num Holand' et Zeland'.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs notifying that the King had taken the men of "Holand" and "Zeland" under his protection, and ordering that proclamation be made to that effect. Witness the King at Westminster, 17 July, 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Liberacio £xl.

Thursday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351], John de Rothynge, son and executor of Richard de Rothynge, delivered to Isabella, widow of the said Richard, the sum of £40, which the said Richard had bequeathed to Alice his daughter.

Folio ccii b.

Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be made of the restoration to the King's favour of John Mautravers, convicted of implication in the death of Edmund, late Earl of Kent. (fn. 1) Witness the King at Westminster, 22 July, 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Br'e pro mercatorib' de Hansa Alemann'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation to the effect that although the King had issued a writ for the seizure of goods belonging to merchants of the Hanse of Almaine found in the City, it was not his intention that any bodily injury should be inflicted on them. Witness the King at Westminster, 7 Aug., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Bre adarrest and' omnia bona et catalla mercator' de Hansa Aleman'.

Writ to the same to make proclamation for the seizure of goods belonging to all merchants of the Hanse of Almaine except those of Tideman de Lymbergh and Alwin de Reuele, and to deliver them to John de Westone, Richard de Caustone, Richard de Prestone, and Richard de Wycombe, whom the King had appointed to inquire into the amount of property in the hands of citizens belonging to merchants of the aforesaid Hanse. Witness the King at the Tower, 30 July, 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Folio cciii.

Br'e de treuga capta int d'um Regem Angl' et ho mines de terra maritima Ispann'.

Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be made of a truce having been concluded between England and Spain for a term of twenty years from the 1st August last, and for favour to be shown to all Spanish merchants. Witness the King at Henele, 10 Aug., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351]. (fn. 2)

Script' appren ticietatis Joh'is fil' Joh'is de Totenhale senior'.

Deed of covenant entered into between Thomas Levelyf, executor of John de Totenhale, late fripperer, and John Robynet, fripperer, touching the placing of John, son of the aforesaid John de Totenhale, as apprentice with the said John Robynet for a term of twelve years. Richard de Kyslyngbury, Mayor, John Nott and William de Wyrcestre, Sheriffs Witnesses, Ralph de Cauntebregge, Richard de Claverynge, Hugh de la March, and others [not named]. Dated 12 July, 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Sureties for the payment of a sum of £8 12s. 9d. to the apprentice at the end of his term, viz., Walter le Forester and Richard de Claverynge, skinners, and William Laurence, fishmonger.

Folio cciii b.

Script appren ticietat' Joh'is fil' Joh'is de Totenhale junior'.

Deed of covenant between the above Thomas Levelyf and Hugh de la Marche, fripperer, touching the placing of John, the younger son of the above John de Totenhale, as apprentice with the said Hugh for a like term Witnesses, Ralph de Cauntebrugge, Richard de Claverynge, William Credil, and others [not named]. Dated 15 July, 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Sureties for similar payment, viz., William Lawrence, fishmonger, and Thomas atte Noket, "drapier".

Eleccio vic' et communis servient.

Thursday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351], there were assembled in the Guildhall Richard de Keslyngburi, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty to elect Sheriffs for the year ensuing. And the aforesaid Mayor elected Gilbert de Steyndrop, and the Commonalty elected John Wroth. In the same congregation Adam de Acres was elected Common Serjeant of the City.

Folio cciv.

L'ra pro xx mill' marc' concess' d'no Regi sub sigillo co'itatis ex mutuo.

Vacat quia laceratur per R. de Kyslyng bure tunc Maiorem.

Letters patent under the Common Seal of the City by Richard de Kyslyngbury, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City, notifying the appointment of the said Mayor, and of Simon Fraunceys, Henry Pycard, Roger de Depham, and William Welde, Aldermen, and Thomas Dolsely, Richard de Wycombe, John Wroth, John de Stodeye, Richard de Caustone, James Andreu, William de Iford, John de Horwode, John de Oxenford, Simon de Bedyngtone, and John de Hiltoft, Commoners, to go to the King and signify the City's assent to advance him the sum of 20,000 marks on the security of the customs and subsidies of wool, hides, and woolfells (fn. 3) issuing from the Port of London. Dated Thursday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Br'e pro xx mill' marc' assedend'.

Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, and the Commonalty of the City, notifying the appointment of Simon Dolsely, William de Totenham, John Pecche, John de Gloucestre, John de Westone, spicer, Richard de Caustone, mercer, Richard de Croydone, "pessoner," William de Aras, "draper," Henry atte Strete, 'vyneter," John de Cicestre, goldsmith, Walter Forester, "pelter," and John de Drayton, "taillour," as commissioners of assessment for raising the above sum of 20,000 marks. Witness the King at Eltham, 25 May, 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Folio cciv b.

Scriptum Joh'is Lygh fote, bladar', et Alicie ux'is ejus per Gal fr'm Denneye pissonar' et Cecilie ux'is ejus.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Lease by Geoffrey Denneye, fishmonger, and Cecilia his wife to John Lighfote, blader, and Alice his wife of a shop in Bredestrete, situate near the property of Thomas de Brusyngham and the Hospital of St. James near Westminster, for a term of ten years. Witnesses, Adam Brabazon, John de Brynchesle, John Botiller, Robert de Ivyngho, William de Dreytone, John Clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Tuesday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Scriptum Rob'ti de Thame civis et merceri London' per Thom' Piperecivis[sic] et locular' London' et Joh'am ux'm ejus.

sol ijs. vjd.

Grant by Thomas Pipere, pouchmaker (locular'), and Johanna his wife, late wife of Philip de Shrouesbury, to Robert de Thame, mercer, of his wife's interest in certain tenements formerly held by the said Philip under John de Draytone in Lombardestrete in the parish of St. Edmund. Witnesses, William de Tudenham, Nicholas de Bedyngtone, William Dyk, William Spark, William Credil, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Saturday after the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Proteccio de mercatorib' de Hansa Ale mann' excepto Hildebrand Suderman.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that the King had taken under his protection the merchants of the Hanse of Almaine then within the realm, with the exception of Hildebrand Suderman, until Christmas next, in order that they might have an opportunity of going to Flanders and consulting with their fellow-merchants of the said Hanse in that country, who had been charged with procuring the death of Robert Curteys, a merchant of Bristol, at Lescluse. Witness the King at Westminster, 28 Sept., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351]. (fn. 4)

Folio ccv.

Custodia I home fil' Joh'is Andreu furbour etatis quatuor annor'.

Friday before the Feast of St. Dionisius [9 Oct.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351], the guardianship of Thomas, son of John Andreu, "furbour," aged four years, committed by Richard de Kyslyngbury, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Henry Horn and John Horn, apprentices of Jordan Horn, late fishmonger. Sureties, viz., John Wroth and Ralph Double, fishmonger. (fn. 5)

Br'e tangens xx mill' marc'.

Writ to the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, and Commonalty that they cause all proceedings against John de Westone and Richard de Wycombe for their action in levying the sum of 20,000 marks recently granted to the King, under pretext that such grant had been made without the consent of the Commonalty, to be stayed until the whole matter shall have been heard and determined by the King and his Council. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 Oct., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

L'ra tangens xx mill' marc' sub privato sigillo.

Letter of Privy Seal to the same, notifying the issue of the above writ, and calling upon them to see that its contents are carried out. Dated at the Tower, 11 Oct., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Folio ccx b.

Acquietancia Rob'ti South erne de Kyldesby per Joh'em Ferth ynge de Sulle stone etc.

A general release by John Ferthynge de Sullestone, appointed administrator of the goods of Henry de Caustone, late mercer, by Simon de Worstede, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Robert Southerne de Kyldesby. Dated 24 Oct., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Br'e de treug' capt' int' Regem Angl' et adversarios nostros Franc'.

Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be made of a truce having been concluded with France for one year from 11 September last. Witness the King at Westminster, 26 Oct., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351]. (fn. 6)

Temp. Andrew Aubrey, Mayor.

Folio ccvi.

Monday before the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351], the following bill was sent to the two men named below of each mistery, viz:-

Assemble the good men of the said mistery, and cause them to elect by common assent four good men of the said mistery, the wisest and most able to treat with the Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs of certain important business touching the state of the said City. And neglect not this on the fealty you owe to our lord the King. And have the names and the persons of those so elected at the Guildhall on Thursday, the eve of St. Martin.

Drapers: William Welde, John de Bures.

"Spicers": Andrew Aubrey,.

Mercers: Simon Fraunceys, Richard Lacer.

"Pessoners (fn. 7) ": John Lovekyn, John de Gloucestre, John Wroth [sic].

Goldsmiths: Gilbert de Steyndrope, John de Hiltofte.

"Laners (fn. 8) ": Thomas Perle, Nicholas Hotot.

"Vineters": John de Stodeye, Henry Vannere.

"Pelters": Thomas Leggy, John Bole.

"Celers (fn. 9) ": Thomas Frithebek, John de Blithe.

"Taillours": Robert de Gildeford, William de Derby.

"Cordewaners": William de Bristowe, Henry de Asshebourne.

"Ismongers": John Deynes, Richard de Evre.

"Bochiers (fn. 10) ": Robert de Huntyngdone, John Vannere.

Names of those elected from the aforesaid misteries to attend at the Guildhall on the business touching the City when summoned on behalf of the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen, (fn. 11) viz.:

Drapers: Simon de Bedyngtone, John de Kelyngworthe, Stephen Cavendisshe, William de Holbeche.

"Grossers": John de Gonewardby, William Hanampstede, Nicholas Chaucer, William de Wandlesworth, Bartholomew Frestelyng, (fn. 12) John de Ofham.

Mercers: Richard de Notyngham, Walter de Berneye, John de Henele, Robert de Strode, William de Essex, Thomas Cornerthe.

"Pessoners": John de Cauntebrugge, John de Refham, William Turk, John Monkoy, Robert Fourneux, Simon de Mourdone.

Goldsmiths: John de Hiltoft, James de Thame, William de Burtone, John de Gravelee.

"Laners": Nicholas Hotot, Nicholas de Wandlesworth, James Andreu, Thomas de Brandone.

"Vineters": John de Stodeye, (fn. 13) John Osekyn, John de Rothynge, John de Wendovre.

"Pelleters": John Bole, John de Oxon', Richard de Carletone, Walter Forester.

"Celers": Thomas de Frithebek, John de Blithe, Robert de Herlawe, William Baldewyne.

"Taillours": Giles de Westmelle, John de Tarente, William de Derby, Robert de Gildeford.

"Cordewaners": Robert de Stratford, William de Bristouwe, John de Crepelgate, Richard de Carletone.

"Ismongers": Henry de Ware, William Fromond.

"Bochiers": Robert de Huntyngdone, Richard Syward, John Lemman, John Vannere.

Folio ccvi b.

Scriptum Will'i Credil per Wili'm Spencer pisce nar'et Margar' ux'em ejus.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Lease by William Spencer, fishmonger, and Margaret his wife to William Credil of a tenement called "le Brodegate," with houses built thereon held by John Walkerne, in the parish of St. Michael on Cornhulle; to hold the same for a term of four years from Michaelmas, 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351]. Witnesses, Ralph de Cauntebrugge, John de Oxenford, Richard de Claverynge Walter Forester, Thomas Levelife, William Laurence, Ralph le Chaundeler, John Walkerne, and others [not named].

Acknowledged on Monday after the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351], before Rogei de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain.

Br'e pro Bur gens' Oxon'.

Writ of certiorari to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and other good men of the City touching their right to assize of bread and ale, and to take the issues and profits thereof in aid of discharging the City's ferm, inasmuch as the burgesses of Oxford had claimed the same right before the Barons of the Exchequer, on the ground that they enjoyed the same franchises, customs, &c., as the City of London. (fn. 14) Witness G[ervase] de Wylford (fn. 15) at Westminster; 5 Nov., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351]. (fn. 16)

Folio ccvii.

Bre pro Hilde brando Suderman et alus mercatorib' ae Hansa Ale mann'.

Writ to the Sheriffs notifying that the King had taken under his protection Hildebrand Suderman, who had been charged with procuring the death of Richard Curteys, a Bristol merchant, at Lescluse, and of insulting the English nation, and commanding proclamation to be made against inflicting any injury upon the said Hildebrand or other merchants of the Hanse of Almaine. Witness the King at Westminster, 15 Nov., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Br' e ad eligend' duos cives civitatis ad Parliamen tum.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of two citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Friday the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.] next, (fn. 17) subject to the same limitation as in the last writ. Witness the King at Westminster, 15 Nov., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Afterwards, viz., on Monday before the Feast of St. Thomas, Ap. [21 Dec.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351], Simon Fraunceys and Simon de Bedingtone were elected to attend the Parliament.

Folio ccvii b.

Br'e quod omnes illi qui victualia ha bent et ea vendi voluerint ea ad civita tem secure deferant.

Writ [to the Sheriffs?] to make proclamation to the effect that victuallers may freely come and sell their wares at Westminster at the sitting of the coming Parliament, and that neither the King's purveyors nor others shall force them to sell except at a price agreed upon. (fn. 18) Witness the King at Westminster, 28 Nov., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

The above writ remains in the possession of Gilbert de Steyndrope, Sheriff.

Br'e quod omnes capitanei et ductores bannitor' a partib' Flandr' non morentur in fra regnum Angl'.

Writ [to the Sheriffs] to make proclamation to the effect that a recent order given by the King for the seizure of the leaders of those Flemings in England who had been banished from their country and had attempted to capture the town of Gravelynge (fn. 19) was not to apply to other Flemings residing in England who took no part in the attack upon the town. Witness the King at Westminster, 28 Nov., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Br'equodblada aliqua non transeant ex a portum civitatis ad partes exteras.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding the exportation of corn from the City without special permission. Witness the King at Westminster, 4 Dec., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

The above Writ remains in the possession of John Wroth, Sheriff.

Folio ccviii.

Wednesday before the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2], proclamation made forbidding the wearing of furs, silk-linings, &c., by women of bad character in the City. (fn. 20)

Alia procla macro facta eodem die.

Another proclamation prescribing the places for exposing for sale divers kinds of fish. (fn. 21)

Custodia Agn' filie Steph'i atte Holte.

Friday after the Feast of St. Lucia [13 Dec.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351], the guardianship of Agnes, daughter of Stephen atte Holte, aged seven years, committed to John de Berholte, carpenter, by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, together with the sum of money and a tenement bequeathed to her by her father. (fn. 22) Sureties, viz., John Litle, fishmonger, and William de Cokham, cordwainer.

Exoneracio manucapcionis predicte Agn'.

Afterwards, viz., on Monday before the Feast of St. Thomas, Ap [21 Dec.], 31 Edward III. [A.D. 1357], came the above John de Berholte before John de Stodeye, the Mayor, Roger de Depham and William Welde, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, and prayed that he and his sureties might be discharged, inasmuch as he had married the above Agnes. His petition granted.

Folio ccviii b.

Proclamacio quod nullus portat arma.

Proclamation restricting the carrying of arms and forbidding horse-play in the City of London and Palace of Westminster during the session of the coming Parliament. (fn. 23)

Br'e pro Burgens' Oxon' etc.

Writ alias (fn. 24) to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and other good folk of the City touching the claim put forward before the Barons of the Exchequer by the burgesses of Oxford to enjoy the assize of bread and ale and other franchises enjoyed by the citizens of London. Witness G[ervase] de Wylford at Westminster, 18 Jan., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Return'.

Return: The Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs of London have the assize of bread and ale in the City aforesaid, and have had it from time immemorial to the use of the aforesaid City.

Br'equod blada aliqua non transeant ex a portum civitatis ad partes exteras.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation against the exportation of corn from London. Witness the King at Westminster, 22 Jan., 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

The above writ remains in the possession of Gilbert de Steyndrope, Sheriff.

Folio ccix.

L'ra patens factad' no Ric'o Dammory.

Letters patent under the seal of the Mayoralty testifying that Thomas de Horwold, pepperer, had appeared before Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, and had acknowledged that Richard Dammory had satisfied a debt of £200 under a statute merchant by the hand of "Otes" de Houlond, his attorney. Dated 4 Feb., 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Br'e pro burgens' Oxon'.

Writ alias to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and other good folk of the City to make a further return before the Barons of the Exchequer as to the City franchise of assize of bread and ale, inasmuch as the burgesses of Oxford claimed the same franchises as those enjoyed by the City. Witness G[ervase] de Wylford at Westminster, 1 Feb., 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Folio ccix b.

Petition to the King from the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City, praying the re-establishment of the clause in the charter (fn. 25) (granted with the assent of Parliament) declaring that the City's franchise was in nowise to be disturbed by the ordinance made in the Parliament at York, anno 9 Edward III., to the effect that foreigners might freely trade, which ordinance had recently been re-enacted by the last Parliament, contrary to the liberties of the City. [No date].

Custodia Nich'i fil Thom' Gentil.

Monday after the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2], the guardianship of Nicholas, son of Thomas Gentil, aged four years, committed to William de Chestre, fripperer, by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, together with the sum of £10 bequeathed to the said Nicholas by his father. Sureties, viz., Robert "de Herthethe" and Ralph de Cauntebregge.

Afterwards, viz., on the 15th Oct., 41 Edward III. [A.D. 1367], the aforesaid Robert "Erethe" and the executor of Ralph de Cauntebregge paid the aforesaid Nicholas the aforesaid sum of £10, and they are quit.

Be it remembered that Katherine, daughter of Alan Prat, received from Cristina Cambyn the sum of 40s. by bequest of the said Alan on Saturday after the Feast of St. Scolastica [10 Feb.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Folio cci.

Saturday before the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2], the sum of 42 florins, called "Nobles," worth £14, received from William de Leycestre, "forbour," executor of Alice, late wife of John Andreu, mother of Thomas, son of John Andreu, was delivered to Henry Horn, fishmonger, the guardian of the said Thomas, (fn. 26) in the presence of Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and John Wrothe, one of the Sheriffs; to be held in trust for the said Thomas. Sureties, viz., John Horn, Hugh Horn, John de Yakesle, fishmongers, and Thomas de Same, "taillour".

Letters patent appointing William de Wyrcestre, Richard de Mallynge, Nicholas Ponge, and John Bole, Commissioners for receiving in the City the fifteenth and tenth granted to the King for three years by the Parliament meeting at Westminster on Friday the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.] last, (fn. 27) as also the fines, &c., arising from breach of the Statute of Labourers, and granted by the King in aid of the Commons, with full powers of distress and imprisonment over recalcitrants. Witness the King at Westminster, 25 Feb., 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Folio ccx b.

Petition of the Commons for the appointment of the above Commission.

Folio ccxi.

Writ to the Sheriffs that they render every assistance to the above Commissioners. Witness the King at Westminster, 25 Feb., 25 [26?] Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Folio ccxi bccviii.

Statute made by the Parliament at Westminster which met on the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351- 1352], commencing A Parlement somonz a Westm' en la feste de Seint Hiller and ending ne soit par tant grevez nempechez etc. (fn. 28)

Br'e ad legend dictum statu tum in pleno Hustengo.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the above statute to be read in the Husting of London and for its due observance. Witness the King at Westminster, 6 March, 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Folio ccxiii.

Br'e ne quism'cator aut alius indigena vel alienigena non educant blada aliqua ex a portum civitatis exceptis etc.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding any one to export corn from the City without special licence, except Ralph, Earl of Stafford, Bernard Ezii, Lord of Lebret, (fn. 29) and John Charnels, (fn. 30) who had already obtained permission to export corn to Gascony for the King's lieges. Witness the King at Westminster, 10 April, 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

Folio ccxiii b.

Indentura int' Thom'de Glouc' cirotecarium et custodes Pontis Lond'.

Nil quia pro comodo Pont'.

Grant by John Litle and James Andreu, Wardens of London Bridge, to Thomas de Gloucestre, glover, of a shop on the Bridge situate between the shops of Thomas Ledrede and John de Mucham, to hold the same for life at an annual rent of 36s. 8d. Witnesses, John Mucham, Robert Goldeburgh, Thomas. Paterlinge, Thomas Ledrede, William Scot, and others [not named]. Dated Monday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 25 Edward III. [A.D. 1351].

Acknowledged by the above Wardens before Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, Richard Lacer, Roger de Depham, William de Caustone, and Adam Brabazon, Aldermen, and John Wrothe and Gilbert de Steyndrope, Sheriffs, on Wednesday before the Feast of St. Alphege [19 April], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

Scriptum Will'i de Bris touwe ailutar' per Ric'm de Waletone de com Surr' et Margeriam ux em ejus.

sol. ijs. vjd.

Lease by Richard de Waletone, co. Surrey, and Margery his wife, daughter of John de Colewelle, late mercer, to William de Bristouwe, cordwainer, of a tenement in the parish of St. Mary de Aldermannebury, situate near the tenements of Richard and John Lacer, for a term of twenty-four years, he paying yearly to the Prior and Convent of Cricherche (fn. 31) the sum of 3s. 4d., and to the Hospital of St. Katherine near the Tower 10s. Witnesses, Richard Lacer, Thomas de Lyncolne, John de Shirbourne, Henry Prat, Henry Turneye, and others [not named]. Dated 21 March, 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1351-2].

Folio ccxiv.

At a congregation of the Mayor and Aldermen on the morrow of the Ascension [26 May], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], there being present Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, Simon Fraunceys, John Lovekyn, Thomas Leggy, Roger de Depham, John de Gloucestre, Adam de Bury, William de Todenham, Simon de Worstede, and William de Welde, Aldermen, and John Wrothe and Gilbert de Steyndrope, Sheriffs, it was agreed and decreed by the said Mayor and Aldermen that each time that a brewer or brewster sells ale by false measure, the measure shall be burnt and the seller of the ale go to prison and be amerced 2s. for the use of the Commonalty.

Also that a taverner who sells wine, red or white, or Rhenish wine by false measure, his measure shall be burnt and the seller go to prison and be amerced 40d. for the use of the Commonalty.

Also that a taverner who sells wine of Vernaccia (vyn Vernache (fn. 32) ), wine of Crete or of the river (de la Rivere (fn. 33) ), or other kind of sweet wine by false measure, his measure shall be burnt and the seller go to prison and be amerced half a mark for the use of the Commonalty.

Also that no taverner shall hang a cloth (fn. 34) before the door of the cellar where the wines are stored, so that the purchasers may see whence the wine is drawn, that is to say, that one of each company may see that the vessel into which the wine is drawn be clean and from what cask his wine be drawn, (fn. 35) on pain of imprisonment and payment to the Commonalty for the first occasion half a mark, for the second 1 mark, for the third 20s., and each succeeding time the penalty to be increased by half a mark.

Also that measures be standing upright (soient esteantz) and sealed with the seal of the Alderman of the Ward, and that he who shall sell by other measures shall go to prison, and afterwards be amerced half a mark for the use of the Commonalty.

Folio ccxiv b.

Custodia Joh'is fil' Barth't Baudry.

Thursday after the Feast of St. John Bapt [24 June], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], the guardianship of John, son of Bartholomew Baudry, aged ten years, committed by Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Robert Neweman de Edelmetone, together with tenements formerly belonging to the said Bartholomew his father and John Baudry his uncle. (fn. 36) Sureties, viz., Thomas Wilcher, John de Yerdele, John Fisshs, "pursere," and John de Wrechesbury.

Custodia Sampsonis fil' Thome Gentil.

The same day the guardianship of Sampson, son of Thomas Gentil, aged seven years, committed by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Simon Gentil, "hostiller" Sureties, viz., Benedict de Fulsham and John Flaom, "grosser".

Br'e ad arraiand' civitatem et suburb'.

Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen of the City for a general array of the City and suburbs against an invasion contemplated by the King of France. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 June, 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

Eleccio Alderm'.

Wednesday after the Feast of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], Ralph de Lenne elected Alderman of the Ward of Billyngesgate, and sworn, &c.

The same day, Bartholomew de Frestelynge elected Alderman of the Ward of Douegate, and sworn, &c.

Folio ccxv.

Presentacio Cantarie in eccl'ia Sc'i Pauli Lond' pro ai'a Joh'is de Pulteneye.

Letters patent under the seal of the Mayoralty from Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, to the Dean and Chapter of the church of St. Paul, presenting Sir William Mason, priest, to the chantry founded in the said church by testament of Sir John de Pulteneye, Knt. (fn. 37) Dated Thursday after the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352]. (fn. 38)

Quedam billa missa cuil' Alderm'.

Wednesday after the Feast of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], precept sent to each of the Aldermen to put his Ward in array.

Br'eadeligend' duos cives ad cons' d'ni R'.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs for the election of two citizens to attend a Council (colloquium et tractatum) to be held at Westminster on the morrow of the Assumption B. M. [15 Aug]. (fn. 39) Witness the King at Westminster, 20 July, 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

And be it known that the above writ remains in the possession of Gilbert de Steyndrope, the Sheriff.

Afterwards, viz., on Monday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], Adam Fraunceys, Alderman, and John Litle, commoner, elected to attend the Council of the lord the King.

Eleccio Alderm'.

Saturday after the Feast of St. James [25 July], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], Adam Fraunceys elected Alderman of the Ward of Queenhithe, and sworn, &c.

The same day, John de Stodeye elected Alderman of Vintry, and sworn, &c.

Folio ccxv b.

Proclamacio facta pro mer catorib' de Hansa de Ale mann' etc.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation to the effect that, notwithstanding a recent order of the King for the arrest of merchants of the Hanse of Almaine and their goods, (fn. 40) the said merchants were to be allowed free intercourse with England, with the exception of Hildebrand Suderman. (fn. 41) Witness the King at Wyndesore, 20 Aug, 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

Be it known that the above writ remains in the possession of Gilbert de Steyndrope, the Sheriff.

Scriptum Thome atte Park carpenter per Marorem Ald' et cives Lond' de una blacea juxta le Tourhull.

nichil quia pro commodo com munitatis.

Indenture of lease by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and the rest of the citizens, to Thomas atte Park, carpenter, of a certain garden at "le Tourhill," situate near the gardens of William de Bryklesworth and the Crutched Friars, and the enclosures (bercellas (fn. 42) ) of the latter community; to hold the same for a term of fifty years at an annual rent of 10s. Dated Thursday after the Feast of the Dec.ollation of St. John Bapt. [29 Aug.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

Folio ccxvi.

Custoaia Alicie fil' Nigelli de Hakeney.

Thursday before the Feast of Exaltation of Holy Cross [14 Sept.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], the guardianship of Alice, daughter of Nigel de Hakeneye, aged four years, committed by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, Richard Lacer, John Lovekyn, Roger de Depham, Henry Pycard, Simon Dolsely, John Pecche, and John de "Stoday," Aldermen, to Sir Thomas Moraunt, Knt, of co. Kent, uncle and next friend of the said Alice. Sureties, viz., John de Stoday, vintner and Alderman, John de Gonwardby, grocer, Geoffrey Beauflour, and Robert atte More, vintners.

Scriptum Henr' Pycard Alderm' per Nich'm "Bolietti" et ux'em ejus.

Grant by Nicholas "Bulietti," of Florence, and Elizabeth his wife, to Henry Picard, vintner, of an annual rent of 20 marks charged on their tenements in the parish of St. Stephen de Walbroke for a term of eight years. Witnesses, John de Stoday, William Nichole, Henry Palmere, John Chauucer, John de Wendovre, and others [not named]. Dated Friday the Feast of Exaltation of Holy Cross [14 Sept.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

And he pays nothing for the fee, because an Alderman.

Folio ccxvi b.

Ball' Telar' jur'.

Monday after the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], John Payn, an Englishman, and Henry Worre, a Fleming, elected bailiffs of the Weavers, and sworn before Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, and the Aldermen.

Custodia Rob'ti fil' Thome Gentyl.

Friday before the Feast of St. Edward the King [13 Oct.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352], the guardianship of Robert, son of Thomas Gentyl de Nortone, aged seven years, committed by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Simon Gentyl, "hosteler." Sureties, viz., Richard atte Boure and John Beneyt, weavers.

Footnotes

1 The Earl had been arrested in 1329 by Mortimer for agitating on behalf of his brother the late King, who, he was persuaded to believe, was still alive, and in March of the following year he was tried and executed. This high handed action on the part of Mortimer opened the eyes of the young King to the danger besetting his throne, and in the fol lowing Oct.ober he seized Mortimer and others of his adherents at Not tingham. Mortimer was soon after wards hanged Rymer, 'Fædera,' vol. ii. pt. ii. p. 799; 'Chron. Edward I. and II., 'vol. ii. p. 100. According to the last mentioned authority (p. 101) Mautravers was among those seized by the King at Nottingham Castle, but according to others he had already fled to the Continent, fearing the consequences of the part he had taken in compassing the death of the late King whilst under his charge. Walsingham ('Hist. Anglic., 'vol. i. pt. i. pp. 188, 189); Murimuth (Rolls Series), pp. 52, 54.
2 Cf. writ of even date (but dated from Westminster), and to the same effect as the above, addressed to Henry, Duke of Lancaster, Admiral of the Fleet. Rymer,' Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 229.
3 The Parliament which had sat from the 9th Feb. to the 1st March had granted a subsidy on wool for two years. 'Rot. Parl.,' ii. 229.
4 Rymer, 'Fædera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 232. From a letter written by Richard de Kyshngbury, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City to the Burgomasters, &c., of Bruges, we learn that Suderman or "Southerman" and other merchants of Almaine had brought an action against Curteys for robbery at Lescluse, at a time when it was proved that he was at Bristol, and had put him to death in a horrible manner (fut mys a horible mort) See 'Cal. of Letters from the Mayor, &c., A.D. 1350-1370' (printed by order of the Corporation, 1885), pp. 19-20.
5 Cf. infra, fo. ccx.
6 Printed by Rymer ('Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 233.), but the date is there given, strange to say, as the 1st October.
7 Fishmongers.
8 Woolmen or woolmongers.
9 Saddlers.
10 Butchers.
11 In 1347 the men summoned for a similar purpose were elected from the Wards, and represented, it is believed, the first elected Common Council of the City. (Vide supra, p. 162.) On this occasion they were to be elected from the Misteries. This appears to be the only occasion when the Common Council was elected from the Misteries instead of from the Wards before 1376, when an ordinance was passed to the effect that the Council should be so elected (Letter-Book H, fo. xlvi. b). The Council continued to be elected from the Misteries until 1383, when the right of election was restored to the Wards (Letter-Book H, fo. clxxiii).
12 Name struck out on account of his being an Alderman.
13 Name struck out on account of his being an Alderman.
14 By charter dated Westminster, 16 Feb., 13 Henry III. [A.D. 1228-9]. See 'Liber Cust.,' ii. 671-3.
15 Chief Baron of the Exchequer.
16 A marginal note states that no return was made to the writ.
17 Sat from 13 Jan. to 11 Feb., 1352. A proposal was made, in order to save time and trouble, that the Commons should delegate twenty-four or thirty members to confer with the King and Council on public business, but the Commons refused, and appeared in full force. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 408.
18 By the Statute of Purveyors, passed in the next Parliament, it was enacted that things taken for the King's House should be appraised at their true value, and tallies made between the Purveyor and the owner of the goods. 'Statutes at Large,' i. 273.
19 Gravelines. The writ printed by Delpit, op. cit., p. 76.
20 'Memorials,' p. 267.
21 Ibid., pp. 267-8.
22 See 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Hus ting,' i. 537-8.
23 'Memorials,' pp. 268-9.
24 Vide supra, p. 239.
25 Dated 26 March, 11 Edward III. [A.D. 1337].
26 Cf .supra, p. 236.
27 Vide supra, p. 240. Cf. 'Rot. Parl.,' ii. 238.
28 Printed in 'Statutes of the Realm,' i. 319-24 Styled 'A Statute of Purveyors' in 'Statutes at Large,' i. 273.
29 Title derived from Albret, Le bret, or Labrit, a small town in the Landes of Gascony. In March, 1351, the King had granted him an annual rent of £1,000, charged on the customs of the Port of London, in recognition of his services Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 213.
30 The King's Constable of Bordeaux. Vide supra, p. 224.
31 Holy Trinity or Christchurch, Aldgate.
32 A red Tuscan wine. See Glos sary, 'Liber Albus,' s.v. 'Vernage'.
33 "Probably a sweet wine, and not wine of the Garonne or the Rhine" (Riley).
34 By way of circumventing previous orders to keep tavern doors open.
35 Cf. supra, pp. 77, 78, and 'Memorials,' p. 255.
36 The will of this John Baudry, where he is described as a "tannere in la More," was proved and enrolled in the Husting in Jan., 1351. 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 641.
37 See 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Hus ting,' i. 609.
38 'Memorials,' p. 269.
39 This Council or Parliament sat from the 16th to the 25th August. The form of this writ shows that whatever diminution there may have been in the number of town repre sentatives summoned on this occasion, the City of London returned the same number as before. See Stubbs, 'Const Hist.,' ii. 408.
40 Supra, p. 233.
41 Cf supra, p. 240.
42 Bersa = a fence enclosing a plot of land or park. Possibly the enclo sures may refer to "a large open place. having Pallisado Pales" in the vicinity of the Crutched Friars, mentioned in Strype's Stow ('Survey,' bk. ii. p. 82).