ARCHDEACONS OF ESSEX
Theobald Preb. Portpool
Occ. as archdcn. of Essex only in prebendal cats. for Portpool, where he had been
succeeded some time before 1115/16. Therefore prob. archdcn. before Walter (see
below), and d. or res. before June 1102. Identified by Newcourt (1 70 n. a), with
Theobald, preb. of Caddington Minor, who occ, c. 1102-1111/12 (see below p. 34),
but no evidence for this identification, which on chronological grounds is unlikely.
[Walter Preb. Holbourn
Always called archdcn., but never with territ. title. First occ. 3 June 1102 (Gibbs
no. 178), and c. 1102 (Acta SS., Oct., III 754). Last occ. 19 July IIII (WD 4 fos.
53/57v-54/58r, pd. in Rep. pp. 67b-68a), and 1111/12 (A/24/521, pd. in Rep. p. 26a).
Perhaps to be identified with Walter the archdcn. who occ. [25 March × 4 Aug.] 1111
(Regesta II no. 981) and 1115 [after July] (ibid. no. 1089). Presum. archdcn. of Essex
because occ. together with archdcns. Reinger, Robert, and Quintilian (Gibbs no. 178),
thought to be archdcns. of London, Middlesex, and Colchester respectively. Prob.
father of Alexander 'filius Walteri archidiaconi de Waltham francigene', who occ. 5
May 1112 (Feudal Documents from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, ed. D. C. Douglas
(British Academy, Records of Social and Economic History viii) no. 172).]
Richard Ruffus I
(fn. 2) Preb[s. ?Consumpta,] Holbourn
Prob. appd. before Jan. 1127 by his uncle, Richard de Belmeis I, bp. of London
(1108-27) (suggested in G.F. p. 272). First certain occ. 1132/3 (WD 4 fo. 53/57r-v,
pd. in Rep. p. 67b), but may occ. earlier, [c. 1128 × c. 1138] (WD 4 fo. 52/56v, pd.
in Rep. p. 67a-b). (fn. 3) D. as archdcn. between 9 Apr. and 29 Sept. 1167 (Pipe Roll,
13 Hen. II (Pipe Roll Soc. xi) p. 154, discussed by H. G. Richardson, E.H.R., lvii
(1942) 128). Posthumously called Richard archdcn. of London (Pipe Roll, 20 Hen. II
(Pipe Roll Soc. xxi) p. 69), but prob. means of London dioc. Called Richard the
archdcn. in many occs. on office, but occ. as archdcn. of Essex [Apr. 1138 × c. 1152]
(W D 4 fo. 51/55r-v, cal. in Rep. p. 67a) (fn. 1) and with full name c. 19 Apr. 1142 (Gibbs no.
219). Brother of Richard de Belmeis II, bp. of London (1152-62) (WD 4 fo. 27/31r,
pd. in Rep. p. 63a), son of Robert de Belmeis and nephew of Richard de Belmeis I,
bp. of London (1108-27) (cf. below p. 53).
[?M.] Robert Banastre
(fn. 2) Prebs. unident., Islington
First occ. as archdcn. [c. 1167 × 1168] (G.F.L. no. 188). (fn. 3) Occ. c. 1192 (D.S.R. II).
Last certain occ. [21 Apr. × 30 Dec. 1196] (Gibbs no. 186), (fn. 4) but may occ. later, [21
Apr. 1196 × 10 Sept. 1198] (Cart. Clerkenwell no. 47). Possibly occ. [June 1199 ×
March 1204] (Gibbs no. 137, but see Richard de Hegham, below). Commem. 20 May
(Obits. I fo. 12r, II fo. 108r, III fo. 95v). ? Possibly to be identified with Robert
Banastr' who had land in Middlesex and d. between Jan./Feb. 1199 and Sept. 1200
(Curia Regis Rolls 1 74, 106, 360). Called magister once only (cart. of Monks Horton:
B.M., Stowe MS. 935 fo. 24r). Relative of Gilbert Foliot I, bp. of London (1163-87)
(G.F. pp. 43-5).
Richard de Hegham Preb. Caddington Major
First certain occ. [March 1204] (Gibbs no. 58), but may occ. earlier, [June 1199 ×
March 1204] (Gibbs no. 137). (fn. 5) Last occ. 1215/16 (A/39/1369) and perhaps later, [18
Sept. 1214 × Sept. 1216] (cart. of Stoke by Clare: B.M., Cotton MS. App. xxi fos.
54v-55r), (fn. 6) and [c. 1214 × Sept. 1216] (Gibbs nos. 145, 254; A/35/941, cal. in Rep. p.
37a). (fn. 7) Called only Richard the archdcn. and Richard archdcn. of Essex in all these
occs., but given full name and title in occ. before March 1213 (Innocent III, Cal.
Letters no. 914), and in prebendal cats. for Caddington Major.
Theobald de Valognes [Preb. Caddington Major]
First occ. 25 Apr. 1221 (B.M., Harley MS. 6956 fo. 164v, from an original deed
formerly in a St. Paul's pyx), but may occ. earlier, [c. 1216 × March 1226] (Gibbs no.
122). (fn. 8) Last occ. 20 June 1225 (Rot. Litt. Claus. II 77a). Presum. to be identified with
Theobald, preb. of Caddington Major.
Thomas de Fauconberg Preb. Mora
First occ. before Oct. 1228 (A/32/605). (fn. 9) Last occ. 7 Nov. 1243 (A/30/465), and
1243/4 (A/35/930 and A/35/946). D. by 23 March 1266 (A/76/2015).
'W. archdcn. of Essex' occ. 8 Oct. 1241 (C.P.R. 1232-47 p. 260). Presum. a mistake,
as Thomas de Fauconberg was in office at this time.]
M. Hugh de Sancto Edmundo
(fn. 1) Preb. Ealdstreet
First certain occ. 1 Aug. 1248 (B.M., Harley MS. 6956 fo. 126r, from an original
deed formerly in St. Paul's pyx 'K'), and Sept. 1248 (A/35/928, cal. in Rep. p. 36b, but
wrongly assigned to '1258'). Last occ. 24 Dec. 1250 (A/76/2016, cal. in Rep. p. 56b).
Possibly res. archdcnry. by 5 Jan. 1251, when occ. without title (A/30/461). Archdcn.
of Colchester before Aug. 1257.
M. Stephen de Sandwic Prebs. Weldland, Mapesbury
Presum. not appd. until after 21 May 1251, when still called can. (A/38/1222). First
certain occ. as archdcn. 19 Feb. 1253 (Reg. Innoc. IV no. 6311), but may occ. earlier,
1252/3 (A/9/281). (fn. 2) Last occ. 24 Aug. 1265 (Rot. Gravesend p. 90). D. by Apr. 1275
(A/35/947, cal. in Rep. p. 37a, but wrongly assigned to 'Easter 1265').
M. Richard de Gravesend [I] [Preb. Totenhall]
Occ. once only: 18 Jan. 1271/2 (C.C.R. 1272-79 p. 41). Presum. to be identified with
Richard de Gravesend I, preb. of Totenhall, and later bp. of London (1280-1303), but
if so, must have res. this archdcnry. in 1271 or 1272, perhaps on becoming archdcn. of
Northampton (Lincoln dioc.).
M. Adam de Faversham Preb. unident.
Occ. three times only: [Aug. 1268 × May 1271] (A/33/789), (fn. 3) 17 July 1271 (A/39/
1347-8), and [Aug. 1268 × Apr. 1274] (A/26/1; A/36/1026). (fn. 4)
Roger de La Legh Preb. Brownswood
First occ. 3 May 1274 (Westminster, D. & C., Ch. 6881). Dean, el. conf. 25 Oct.
M. Robert de Winchelsey Preb. Oxgate
First occ. 27 Aug. 1288 (Reg. R. de Swinfield, ed. W. W. Capes (Canterbury and
York Soc. vi) p. 90), and 1288 (Munimenta Academica, ed. H. Anstey (Rolls ser. 1) I
44). Abp. of Canterbury, el. Feb. 1293, cons. Sept. 1294.
Laurence de Fuscis de Bera Prebs. Oxgate, Brownswood
Possibly the unnamed archdcn. of Essex who occ. by proxy 11 Apr. 1295 (Statutes
p. 94). Depr. by 1 Sept. 1297 (Reg. Bon. VIII no. 2177).
Aldebrand Riccardi de Militiis Preb. Oxgate
Prov. 1 Sept. 1297, conf. 31 March 1299 (Reg. Bon. VIII nos. 2177, 2965). Occ. 28
Nov. 1301 (ibid. no. 4209).