Manor of Beaminster (Dorset) part of pre-Conquest episcopal estates of
Sherborne (see AS Chs. Sherborne pp. xxxviii-xxxix, lvii, lviii, 47; DB I 77b).
One of 'villas preter militum terras' given to cans. by bp. Osmund in 1091
(carta). Conf. by pope 26 Nov. 1146 (PUE II no. 53 p. 209).
Two prebs. prob. in existence by c. 1150 (Psalter list). In 1220s called
'Beymenistr' Valentin' and 'Beymenistr' Rogeri' (C. 462, pd. Sar. Chs. p. 207;
cf. RSO II 72; cf. also C. 511, of c. 1284). Called Prima and Secunda c. 1270
(C. 461) and 1284 (app. 2). Both prebs. called 'Beyminister' without
distinction 1291 (Taxatio p. 181b).
Both dcn.-prebs.; decani side; terms of residence c. 1270: Prima Jan.-Mar.,
and Secunda Oct.-Dec.
1220s 16m.; 1226 16m.; c. 1284 10m.; 1291 £13 6s. 8d.
This preb. said by Jones, Fasti p. 357, to be called 'in an ancient document
"Beminster Savarici"', but this source has not been traced. Savaric occ. as
archdcn. [? of Salisbury], 1174 x 84 (list 9) and as treas. from before 1188 to
his el. as bp. of Bath 26 Dec. 1191 (list 5); preb. Heytesbury in 1180s (list
[M. Roger de Worth
Already a Master, but not yet can. 1219 (RSO I 357; cf. Reg. Malmes. I
398); last occ. without title of can. 26 March 1222 (RSO I 323). First occ. as
can. 29 Sept. 1225 (ibid. II 38). (fn. 1) Occ. preb. Beminster, perhaps this preb., Oct.
1226 x Feb. 1227 (app. 1), and preb. called 'Beymenistr' Rogeri' 1220s (C.
462, pd. Sar. Chs. p. 207). Occ. several times. Last occ., by proxy, 9 Sept.
1228 (RSO II 104, 110; cf. HMC Var. Coll. I 354).]
Thomas de Ripton
First occ. as can. 4 Oct. 1262 (Sar. Stats. p. 100, also pd., but with
defective date, RSO I 354; cf. Sar. Chs. pp. 336-7, of Dec. 1262). Occ. this
preb. May-June 1284 (app. 2). Occ. frequently (cf. app. 3). Resident can. 29
Aug. 1285 (HMC Var. Coll. I 344). Transf. to preb. Coombe (list 28), presum.
some time before 3 March 1298 (see below).
M. John de Polbergh
Preb. Warminster (list 60), transf. to this preb., d. as this preb. before 3
March 1298 (Reg. Gandavo II 571).
M. Richard de Bello (fn. 1)
Coll. to this preb. 3 March 1298 in succession to John de Polbergh (Reg.
Gandavo II 571). Exch. with Henry de Nassington for preb. Grantham
Australis, pres. 10 June, adm. 27 June 1298 (list 32). Also preb. of Hereford,
coll. 1305, d. by 1326 (2 Fasti II 38). No evidence for identification with
Richard de Hadingham or Lafford, of Hereford 'Mappa Mundi', and not to be
confused with man of same name (who does not occ. as Master), who was
preb. Lafford and treas. Lincoln, who d. perhaps 4 Nov. 1278 (1 Fasti III 20,
M. Henry de Nassington (fn. 2)
Coll. 10 June 1298 (Reg. Gandavo II 576). Transf. to preb. Grantham
Australis, pres. 11 Aug., inst. 26 Aug. 1298 (list 32).
William de Braybrok
Preb. Alton Australis (list 13), transf. to this preb., coll. 11 Aug. 1298 (Reg.
Gandavo II 579). Last occ. as can. 16 July 1319 (Sar. Stats. p. 136).
Commem. 17 Jan. (ibid. p. 3).