LONDON EYRE, 1276 PLEA ROLL
(British Library Add. Charter 5153)
1. [m. 1] Pleas before Master Roger de Seyton, Ralph de Fremingham, John de Cobham, Geoffrey de Leukenore and Master Thomas de Sodington, justices itinerant for pleas of the City at the Tower of London on the morrow of the Purification 4 Edward i [3 feb. 1276].
2. Be it known that it is found by the rolls of the last eyre (fn. 1) of the itinerant
justices at the Tower of London that it was allowed to the barons of London
that they might begin pleas before the justices as soon as they had their
door-keeper outside the gates of the Tower and the king's door-keeper was
inside the gates; and likewise that they might have their usher outside the
door of the hall where the pleas are to be heard to introduce the barons and
others of the City who have to plead and of whom he has notice; and the
king's usher is to be inside the door; and that they are to have their serjeants
with their rods, and no serjeant is to meddle on the king's behalf before the
justices in any matter touching the office of serjeant.
||No record of the eyre of 1251 survives, but the wording in this paragraph differs
little from London Eyre, 1244, no. 2.