A list of the aldermen, late 13th century


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'Appendix: A list of the aldermen, late 13th century', Calendar of wills proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 1: 1258-1358 (1889), pp. 702-704. URL: Date accessed: 17 September 2014.


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The following is a copy of the earliest list of Aldermen of the City of London preserved among the records of the Corporation (Letter-Book A, fol. 116), together with the names of the wards they respectively represented. It is not dated, but there is good reason for conjecturing it to have been written circa14 Edward I. [A.D. 1285-6].

Nomina propria Wardarum Civitatis Londoniarum et nomina Aldermannorum.

Warda Fori (fn. 1) Stephanus Aswy.
Warda de Lodgate et Neugate (fn. 2) Willelmus de Farndon.
Warda Castri BeynardRicardus Aswy.
Warda de AldreidesgateWillelmus le Mazener.
Warda de BredstrateAnketinus de Betevile.
Warda de Ripa regineSimon de Hadestok.
Warda VinetrieJohannes de Gisors.
Warda de DouegateGregorius de Rokesle.
Warda de WalebrockThomas Box.
Warda de ColemanestrateJohannes filius Petri.
Warda de BassieshaweRadulphus le Blound.
Warda de CrepelgateHenricus de Frowick.
Warda de CandlewystrateRobertus de Basinge.
Warda de Langeford (fn. 3) Nicholaus de Wintonia.
Warda de CordewanerstrateHenricus le Waleys.
Warda de CornhullMartinus Box.
Warda de LimstrateRubertus de Rokesle.
Warda de BissopesgatePhilippus le Taylur.
Warda de AlegateJohannes de Norhampton.
Warda de TurriWillelmus de Hadestok.
Warda do BillingesgateWolmarus de Essex.
WardaJoceus le Achatur.
Warda de LodingeberiRobertus de Arras.
PorsoknePrior Sancte Trinitatis de Alegate. (fn. 4)

On Tuesday next before the Feast of S. Botolph [17 June], anno 21 Edward I. [A.D. 1293], the chief men of every ward, in the presence of Sir John le Bretun, Warden of London, elected for themselves an Alderman, whom they presented to the said Warden, saying that whatsoever the Alderman so elected should, in conjunction with the Warden, determine upon for the government of the City and the keeping of the king's peace, they would ratify and accept without challenge.

The following are the names of the Aldermen presented to the Warden by each ward on that occasion, being the next earliest list to the foregoing preserved among the Corporation Kecords (Letter-Book C, fol. vi):—

Warda Fori [

Warda Ludgate et Neugate presentat Nicholaum de Farndon.

Warda de Aldridesgate presentat Willelmum le Mazeliner.

Warda de Crepelgate presentat Walterum de Finchingfed.

Warda Castri presentat Ricardum Aswy.

Warda Ripe Regine presentat Willelmum de Bettoyne.

Warda de Bredstrate presentat Johannem le Blound.

Warda de Cordewanerstrate presentat Henricum le Galeys.

Warda de Douuegate presentat Johannem de Banquell.

Warda de Walebrock presentat Johannem de Dunstaple.

Warda de Candlewystrate presentat Robertum de Basinge.

Warda de Langebura presentat Adam de Rokesle.

Warda de Bassieshawe presentat Radulphum le Blound.

Warda de Cornhulle modo vocatur Bradestrate} presentat Martinum Box.

Warda de Lotheberi presentat Thomam de Stanes.

Warda de Bissoppesgate presentat Henricum le Bole.

Warda Turris presentat Johannem de Cantuaria.

Warda de Limstrate presentat Robertum de Rokele.

Warda de Alegate presentat Willelmum de Hereford.

Warda Porsokne presentat Priorem Sancte Trinitatis [+] (sic).

Warda Vinetrie presentat Johannem de Gisors.

Warda de Billingesgate presentat [ ].

Warda Pontis London' presentat Adam de Foleham.

Warda de Colemannestrate presentat Eliam Russel.

The only other list of Aldermen recorded (fn. 5) within the period embraced by Part I. of this Calendar appears in a general ward assessment for the purpose of raising a talliage levied for the King, anno 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20], which gave rise to some complaints by the citizens of London:—

Nomina AldermannorumWardarum Subscriptarum.
Simon de AbyndonTurris.
Simon CorpCordewanerstrate.
Johannes de GisorzYinetrie.
Hugo de GartonColmanstrate.
Rogerus de FrowikLangeburne.
Ricardus de GloucestreCornhull.
Robertus SelyLymstrate.
Ricardus CostantynBassieshagh.
Prior Sancte TrinitatisPortsokne.
Hamo de ChigwellRipa Regine.
Willelmus de HederseteBillyngesgate.
Elias de Suffolk{Crepelgate
Crepelgate Extra.
Edmundus LambynPontis.
Hamo GodchepBredstrate.
Nicholaus de Farndon{Farndon Infra.
Farndon Extra.
Johannes CotunWalebrok.
Simon de ParrysForum.
Stephanus de AbyndonDouuegate.
Galfridus HertpolCandelwikstrate.
[ ]Bradestrate.
Rogerus le PalmereCastrum Baynard.
Anketynus de GisorzAlegate.
Johannes PoyntelBisshopesgate.
Henricus de SecchefordAldresgate.


1 Or Cheap.
2 See note to the will of William de Farindon, supra, p. 112, note 2.
3 Or Langborne; so called, says Stow, from a "long Bourn" of sweet water which ran from Fenchurch Street, through Lombard Street, to the west end of S. Mary Woolnoth Church, where it took a sudden turn southward towards the river Thames.
4 The prior for the time being of Holy Trinity, called Christ Church, situate within Aldgate, was virtute officiiAlderman of Portsoken.
5 Letter-Book E, fol. 104 b. The names of the wards, with the respective sums of money levied on each, are given, and in the margin the names of the Aldermen are written in another hand.