Folios 242-250
Sept 1448 -

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Reginald R. Sharpe (editor)

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1911

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'Folios 242-250: Sept 1448 - ', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: K: Henry VI (1911), pp. 325-333. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33730 Date accessed: 25 July 2014.


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Folio 242.

2 Oct., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], John Birlyng, goldsmith, discharged by John Gedney, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from sitting on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.

7 Sept., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], came Thomas Grenehille, "pasteler," executor of John Fysshe, late "pasteler," John Stokwelle and Richard Tykeryche, "pastelers," Roger Estone and Walter Taillour, "cowpers," into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before John Gedney, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and entered into bond with John Chichele, the Chamberlain, in the sum of 100 marks, to the effect that the said Thomas Grenehille would sell, within the next seven years, a certain tenement formerly belonging to the said John Fysshe, in the parish of All Hallows de Bredestrete, and pay the proceeds into Court to be disposed of according to the last will of the said John Fysshe.

Folio 242 b.

24 Sept., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], petition by Richard "Cawdre," Rector of the church of St. Botolph without Aldrichgate, and Dean of the free chapel of St. Martin le Grand, (fn. 1) to John Gedney, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty in Common Council assembled, that a certain parcel of land might be granted to the said Rector and his successors for the enlargement of the said church. His petition granted.

Folio 243.

26 Oct., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], John Norys, "couper," discharged by John Gedney, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.

Eleccio Vicecomit'.

The Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], in the presence of John Gedney, the Mayor, Robert Danvers the Recorder, Henry Frowik, Stephen Broune, John Hatherle, Simon Eyre, John Olney, Thomas Chaltone, William Coumbes, William Gregory, John Suttone, John Norman, Robert Horne, John Derby, Geoffrey Feldyng, Stephen Forster, Thomas Canynges, William Abraham, Thomas Scot, William Cantlowe, and Philip Malpas, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned to the Guildhall for the election of Sheriffs for the year ensuing, William Marowe was elected one of the Sheriffs by the Mayor, and William Cantlowe, Alderman, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.

The same day John Chichele, grocer, was elected Chamberlain; Thomas Cook, senior, draper, and John Herst, skinner, were elected Wardens of London Bridge; John Norman and Geoffrey Feldyng, Aldermen, John Stokker, John Harowe, John Waldene, and Thomas Oulegreve, Commoners, were elected Auditors of the accounts of the said Chamberlain and Wardens.

Afterwards, viz., on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow of the said Feast were presented and admitted, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

11 Nov., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], receipt of the King's writ, dated 19 May anno 22 Henry VI. [A.D. 1444], by Stephen Broun, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, bidding them discharge John Lemynge from serving on juries, &c., if he be found to be over seventy years of age. Discharged accordingly.

Folio 243 b.

6 Dec., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], John Werk, goldsmith, discharged by Stephen Broune, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.

Folio 244.

Sunday the Feast of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], in the presence of John Gedney, the Mayor, Robert Danvers the Recorder, Henry Frowik, Stephen Broune, John Pattesle, John Hatherle, Thomas Catworth, Simon Eyre, John Olney, Thomas Chaltone, William Gregory, John Suttone, William Wetenhale, William Coumbes, John Norman, Stephen Forster, Robert Horne, Geoffrey Feldyng, John Derby, Thomas Scot, Thomas Canynges, William Abraham, William Cantlowe, and Philip Malpas, Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty summoned to the Guildhall for the election of a Mayor for the year ensuing, Stephen Broune was elected Mayor.

Afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], he was sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow was presented, admitted, and accepted, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

15 Feb., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448-9], came Thomas, son of Thomas Byset, "Pynner," before Stephen Broune, the Mayor and the Aldermen, in the Chamber of the Guildhall, and showed that whereas he had been admitted into the freedom of the City in the Art of "Pynners," temp. Simon Eyre, Mayor, and John Chichele, Chamberlain, viz., on the 21st March, anno 24 Henry VI. [A.D. 1445-6], he had long used, and was now using, the mistery of "Haberdasshers," and not the mistery of "Pynners." He prayed, therefore, to be admitted into the freedom in the Mistery of "Haberdasshers." His prayer granted at the instance of good men of the said Mistery.

Folio 244 b.

4 March, 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448-9], John Derby, saddler, discharged by Stephen Broune, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.

Indenture witnessing that John Chichele, the Chamberlain, had received from Robert Cristemasse, executor of William Halle, certain deeds relating to lands in Krayford (fn. 2) belonging to Cristiane, Margery, and Julyan, daughters of the said William. Dated 12 May, 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449].

28 April, 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449], John Whyte, "tymbermonger," discharged by Stephen Broune, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.

6 Aug., 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449], John Colvyle, "taillour," similarly discharged for like cause.

15 March, 27 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448-9], came William, son of John Aleyn, late vintner, into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before Stephen Broune, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and, being of full age, acknowledged that he had received from John Chichele, the Chamberlain, his patrimony of £40, together with silver plate, comprising spoons, salt cellars, and a second best standing cup with cover, called "xij mouthes." (fn. 3)

Folio 245.

20 Oct., 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449], came Thomas Queny, Reginald Darlington, fishmongers, John Lynde, "joynour," and John Pygot, fishmonger, into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before Stephen Broun, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and entered into bond with John Middelton, the Chamberlain, (fn. 4) in the sum of £40.

The above bond to be void if the said Thomas Queny, who married Johanna, the widow of Robert Brigge, late grocer, or any one on his behalf, pay the said sum into the Court of the City Chamberlain as soon as Margaret, daughter of the said Robert, shall have come of age.

Eleccio Vicecomit'.

The Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449], in the presence of Stephen Broune, the Mayor, Robert Danvers the Recorder, Henry Frowik, John "Alderley," (fn. 5) Simon Eyre, John Olney, Thomas Chaltone, William Gregory, John Suttone, William Coumbes, William Whetenhalle, John Norman, Robert Horne, Stephen Forster, John Derby, Geoffrey Feldyng, Thomas Scot, William Cantelow, William Abraham, and William Marow, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned to the Guildhall for the election of Sheriffs for the year ensuing, William Hulyn was elected one of the Sheriffs by the Mayor, and Thomas Canynges, Alderman, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.

The same day John Middeltone, mercer, was elected Chamberlain; Thomas Cook, senior, draper, and Thomas Davy, tailor, were elected Wardens of London Bridge; and Geoffrey Feldyng, John Derby, Aldermen, John Waldeyn, Thomas Wolgreve, John Middelton, and John Yonge, Commoners, were elected Auditors of the accounts of the said Chamberlain and Wardens.

Afterwards, viz., on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow of the said Feast were presented, admitted, and accepted, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

Folio 245 b.

Coblers.

Friday, 10 Oct., 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449], a re-enactment of ordinance (recorded supra, p. 182) touching Piecers and Cobblers (Picticiarii and Cobularii).

Folio 246.

4 March, 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449-50], came Ralph Vernay, John Sturgeone, John Penne, John Kirkeby, and John Barby, mercers, into the Court of the lord the King, before Thomas Chaltone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and entered into bond with John Middeltone, the Chamberlain, in the sum of £200.

The above bond to be void on condition the said Ralph Vernay pay into the Court of the Chamberlain for the time being the like sum of £200 to the use of Katherine, daughter of John Goodsone, late mercer, as soon as she comes of age or marries, the said money being the orphan's patrimony and the said Ralph being her appointed guardian.

Eleccio Maior'.

Monday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449], in the presence of Stephen Broune, the Mayor, Robert Danvers the Recorder, the Prior of Christchurch, Henry Frowyk, John Pattesley, John Hatherley, Simon Eyre, John Olney, Thomas Chaltone, William Gregory, John Suttone, William Coumbes, William Whetenhall, John Norman, Stephen Forster, John Derby, Geoffrey Feldyng, Thomas Scot, William Cantelow, Thomas Canynges, William Abraham, Philip Malpas, and William Marow, Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty summoned to the Guildhall for the election of a Mayor for the year ensuing, Thomas Chaltone, Alderman, was elected Mayor by the favour of the Holy Spirit.

Afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], he was sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow was presented, admitted, and accepted, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

Folio 246 b.

Carta de Haburdasshers.

18 March, 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449-50], came the Wardens of the Mistery of Haberdashers into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before Thomas Chaltone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and produced certain letters patent dated at Westminster, 3 June, 26 Henry VI. [A.D. 1448], granting licence to the men of the Mistery of Haberdashers in the City to establish a Guild or Fraternity in honour of St. Katherine, and to elect four Wardens to govern the same whenever necessary, the said Wardens and the brethren and sisters of the Fraternity having a yearly livery of clothing of one suit and keeping festival on St. Katherine's Day [25 Nov.]; and further, that the said Fraternity be a perpetual corporation capable of holding lands and tenements, and having a common seal, and that the said Wardens and their successors have full right of search in the said mistery and everything appertaining to it, &c.

Folio 247.

Pro civib' Parliamenti.

Wednesday, 1 April, 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450], ordinance by Thomas Chaltone, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty that thenceforth the citizens elected for the present Parliament, now adjourned from Westminster to the town of Leicestre, (fn. 6) as also all others to be elected in future to any Parliament, shall receive from the Chamberlain for their expenses the sum of 40s. a day, so long as Parliament continue to sit in some place remote from the City; the pay to commence from the day they set out from the City, and to continue until their reasonable return to the City, after the rising of Parliament, without deceit or fraud.

It was further ordained that all fees for enrolments of apprentices and admissions to the freedom, also all fees for enrolment of deeds and wills, should be doubled from the 1st April aforesaid until the end of May, and thenceforward for one whole year, in order to meet the Parliamentary expenses of the citizens. (fn. 7)

13 Nov., 28 Henry VI. [A.D. 1449], came John Rokesle, John Tyngelden, Thomas Gybbes, and Nicholas Priest, grocers, into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before Thomas Chaltone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and entered into bond with John Middeltone, the Chamberlain, in the sum of £20 for the payment of a like sum by the said John Rokesle to the Chamberlain for the time being in the year 1455, the said money being the property of John, son of Alexander Anne, late Recorder, of whom he had been appointed guardian, and whom he had received as an apprentice.

Folio 247 b.

Writ to Thomas Chaltone, the Mayor, John Fastolf, Knt., and Thomas Tirell, Knt., Thomas Catworth, John Fray, Henry Frowik, John Olney, William Coumbes, Robert Danvers, William Marowe, and William Cantelowe, and the Sheriffs of the City, touching a grant made in the last Parliament held at Westminster [sic] of a graduated tax on incomes arising from lands, tenements, offices, &c. (fn. 8) [ends abruptly].

[Folios. 248, 248 b blank.]

Folio 249.

Eleccio Vic' etc.

The Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 29 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450], in the presence of Thomas Chaltone, the Mayor, Henry Frowyk, Stephen Broune, John Hatherle, Thomas Catworth, Simon Eyre, John Olney, John Pattesle, William Coumbes, William Whetenhale, John Norman, Robert Horne, Stephen Forster, Nicholas Wyfold, John Derby, Geoffrey Feldyng, Thomas Scot, Thomas Canynges, William Cantelowe, William Abraham, William Marowe, William Hulyn, and Matthew Phelip, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned to the Guildhall for the election of Sheriffs for the year ensuing, William Dere was elected one of the Sheriffs of London by the Mayor, and John Middeltone was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.

The same day John Sturgeon, mercer, was elected Chamberlain; (fn. 9) Thomas Cook, senior, draper, and Thomas Davy, tailor, were elected Wardens of London Bridge; John Derby and William Cantelowe, Aldermen, John Yonge, William Gregory, junior, Thomas Gay, and John Feld, Commoners, were elected Auditors of the accounts of the said Chamberlain and Wardens.

Afterwards, viz., on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow of the said Feast were presented, admitted, and accepted, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

Folio 249 b.

Grant by Nicholas Wyfold, the Mayor, and the Commonalty to William Wetenhale, Alderman, late one of the Wardens of London Bridge, of an annual rent of £20 for a term of five years, charged on the tenement called "le Stokkes," in the parish of St. Mary Wolchirch, and other tenements in the parish of St. Magnus upon London Bridge and elsewhere, in repayment of disbursements made by him when in office as Warden of the Bridge. Dated 6 Nov., 29 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450].

Eleccio Maioris.

Tuesday the Feast of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 29 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450], in the presence of Thomas Chaltone, the Mayor, Thomas Billyng the Recorder, (fn. 10) the Prior of Christchurch, Henry Frowyk, Stephen Broune, Thomas Catworth, John Hatherle, Simon Eyre, John Olney, William Gregory, William Coumbes, William Whetenhale, John Norman, Nicholas Wyfold, Robert Horne, John Derby, Stephen Forster, Geoffrey Feldyng, Thomas Scot, William Abraham, William Cantelowe, William Marowe, William Hulyn, and Matthew Philip, Aldermen, William Dere and John Middeltone, the Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty summoned to the Guildhall for the election of a Mayor for the year ensuing, Nicholas Wyfold, Alderman, by the grace of the Holy Spirit was elected Mayor, and afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], was sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow was presented, admitted, and accepted, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

Folio 250.

Ordinacio Barbitonsor'.

25 Feb., 29 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450-1], came the Masters and Wardens and good men of the Mistery of Barbers into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before Nicholas Wyfold, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and presented a petition that certain ordinances (fn. 11) might be approved and recorded. Their prayer granted.

Folio 250 b.

4 Dec., 29 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450], came Bartholomew Bremsham, John Adys, William Rothele, John Bangore, and Henry Benet, goldsmiths, into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before Nicholas Wyfold, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and entered into bond with John Sturgeone, the Chamberlain, in the sum of £40, for the payment of a like sum by the said Bartholomew Bremsham to Jocosa and Beatrix, daughters of Bertraund Sauns, late vintner, the said money being the patrimony of the said orphans, of whom the said Bartholomew had been appointed guardian.

Footnotes

1 The Rectory, which had been in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of St. Martin-le-Grand, became appropriated by the latter in 1399. It was this Richard "Cawdray" who had defended so stubbornly the immunity of the precinct of St. Martin-le-Grand from the jurisdiction of the civic authorities in 1440, and won the day. Supra, pp. 241-6.
2 Crayford, co. Kent.
3 "Secundam meliorem stant' et coopert' vocat' xij mouthes." Probably a silver flower - holder with twelve orifices or mouths in the cover.
4 Mercer, as is seen in the record of his election which immediately follows. Sheriff, 1450-1; Alderman of Farringdon Without, 1456-8, and of Bread Street Ward, 1458-62.
5 Mistake for "Atherley" or "Hatherley."
6 Met on the 29th April. The names of the City members are recorded in Journal 5 (fo. 47 b), under date 2 Oct., 29 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450], as Henry Frowik, William Marowe, Aldermen; Richard Lee and John Harowe, Commoners.
7 Cf. supra, p. 292.
8 As a matter of fact, the grant was made by the adjourned Parliament sitting at Leicester. Only a small portion of the grant (recorded in full in 'Rot. Parl.,' v. 172-4) is recorded here, the folios on which the remainder should have been entered being left blank.
9 In place of John Middelton, elected Sheriff.
10 His election is recorded in Journal 5 (fo. 46 b) as having taken place on St. Matthew's Day (21 Sept.) last, with a memorandum in the margin to the effect that the Recorder was elected by the Mayor and Aldermen. He is noted in Beaven's 'Aldermen of London' (p. 272) as having sat as a member for the City in the Parliament of Feb., 1449. He had been appointed Common Serjeant of the City 5 Oct., 1444 (Journal 4, fo. 9); was created a Serjeant-at-law in 1453; resigned the Recordership in 1454 (Journal 5, fo. 196); appointed King's Serjeant in 1456; Justice of the King's Bench 1464, and Chief Justice in 1469 (Haydn, 'Dignities').
11 The ordinances which follow have been printed in full in Sidney Young's 'Annals of the BarberSurgeons,' pp. 44-7.