The Dean and Chapter of Worcester
The collection of Documents, as distinguished from volumes, has
suffered heavy losses since it was examined by the antiquaries of the
seventeenth century. Charters described by Dugdale and Hickes are
no longer to be found in the muniment room, and a comparison of
Wanley's list with the documents still preserved leads us to form a most
unfavourable judgment of the fidelity of the guardians of these muniments in the years succeeding the revolution of 1688. Some of them, it
is known, passed into the hands of the first Lord Somers: others perished
of neglect, some, it is stated, within living memory. Those which
remain are chiefly preserved in drawers in two presses in the muniment
Of these Nos. 1–3, 5–8, and 13 contain presentments, letters of
attorney, minutes of court, and surrenders out of court, surveys, and
rentals, running from the 17th century onwards, relative to the maners
of Lindridge (cum membris), Boraston, Stoke Prior, and Wolverley,
with surrenders of the rectory of Stoke Prior; and papers concerning
the prebendal meadows.
No. 4 contains court rolls, views of frankpledge, and rentals of Stoke
Prior ranging from 7 Edw. II. to the reign of Henry VIII. with
some of later date. Among the papers included in this drawer are:—
Accounts of "a levie by the yard land in año 1647."
An account of Walter Hertylbury, almoner of Worcester priory,
Michaelmas, 11–12 Hen. VI. [1432–1433].
No. 9 contains miscellaneous papers which have been gradually accumulated here by some principle of selection of documents in one way or
another of special interest. Among them are:
A grant by the dean and chapter of the manors of Alveston, Tydyngton, and Icomb, and of the churches of Dodderhill and Lenchwick, to
the king, Henry VIII., in consideration of his acquittance of their
obligation to maintain students at Oxford. The copy was made in
1636, manifestly by an ignorant scribe, and runs as follows:—
"Omnibus Christi fidelibus ad quos presens Scriptum pervenerit
Decanus et Capitulum Ecclesie Cathedralis Wigorn. salutem. Cum
dominus Henricus octavus dei gratia Anglie, Francie, et Hibernie Rex
fidei defensor et in terra Ecclesie Anglicane et Hibernice Supremum
Caput per litteras suas patentes gerentes datum vicesimo quarto die
Januarii Anno Regni sui tricesimo tercio de gracia sua speciali erexit et
fundavit Ecclesiam Cathedralem predictam Ac per alias litteras suas
patentes gerentes datum vicesimo quarto die Ianuarii Anno Regni sui
tricesimo tercio dederit et concesserit nobis prefatis Decano et Capitulo
et successoribus nostris, diversa maneria terras tenementa territorias
ac alia possessiones et hereditamenta in eisdem litteris patentibus
expressa et specificata prout per easdem speciales (fn. 1) litteras patentes inter
alia plane liquet. Et ulterius cum dictus dominus Rex per ordinaciones
et statuta fundacionis Ecclesie Cathedralis predicte ordinavit et constituit quod nos prefati decanus et capitulum et successores nostri
Annuatim et imperpetuum invenire et sustentare deberemus duodecim
sacre Theologie studentes Et ad onus sustentacionis cuiuslibet eorundem duodecim studencium solvere teneremus Annuatim sex libras septem
solidos quatuor denarios et unum quadrantem legalis monete Anglie
Sciatis quod nos prefati decanus et capitulum in consideratione et
ca intencione quod dictus dominus Rex nunc heredes et successores
sui nos prefatos Decanum et capitulum et successores nostros de
onere et sustentacione studencium predictorum et eorum cuiuslibet de
Cetero Imperpetuum exonerare Acquietare et Indempnes totaliter Conservare dignaretur unanimi consensu et assensu nostris dedimus concessimus et hoc presenti scripto nostro confirmavimus prefato domino nostro
Regi totum illud dominium et manerium nostrum de Alveston et
Tydyngton Ac dominia et maneria nostra de Alveston et Tydyngton
cum suis Juribus membris et pertinentiis universis in Comitatu Warr.
Ac totum illud dominium et manerium nostrum de Icome cum suis
iuribus membris et pertinenciis universis in comitatu Wigorn. Ac
totam Rectoriam nostram et ecclesiam nostram de Dudderhyll et . . . .
Lenchewyke . . . . 20 Mart. anno Regni dicti domini regis nunc
Henrici Octavi Tricesimo sexto."
Two other copies of this deed are preserved in this drawer; and
there is a third in Reg. of D. & C. IV. f. 73b. The following memorial
relates to the same subject:—
"To the right honourable my verie good Lord Sir William Peryam
knight L. Cheife Baron of the Exchequer.
"Right honourable, accordinge to yor Lordshippes iust and favourable
order taken in her maties Court of Exchequer in Easter tearme last past
upon a motion then made by Mr Attourney generall, and other our
learned Cownsell, for the exoneration and extinguishment of an Arrer-
age of vijli xvis, whereby we the Deane and Chapter of Worcester be
wrongfully charged, and ought in lawe, equitie, and good conscience to
be long sithence dischardged Now if it may please yor good Lordshypp, and that honourable Court of Exchequer to be advertysed, We
have sent vp this bearer Mr Carington our Treasurer wth our principall
evidence to attend and satisfye your Lp and her maties officers Whereby
it shall appeare vnto yow that neyther by our Fowndacion from King
H. theight our noble Fownder, nor dotation wch We praise god was
made perfect, neyther by our imperfect local statute, wch never had
lieffe by the untimelie death of our sayde most worthie Fownder, nor by
anie other Record We stand bownd under reformation of the Cowrt
to maintayne anie students in Oxford & Cambridge wth an Yearlie
exhibition forth of our sayde Churches Lands and possessions as it is
pretended. But in trueth we should have beane dischardged of that
chardge before ye death of our sayde Soveraigne Lord the King in
consideracion of the surrender of the Lordshippes of Tyddington and
Alveston parte of our sayde Churches possessions in the Cowntie of
Warwicke and some other our Lands and tenements ells wheare, wh
We surrendered to the sayde late Kinge H. 8t ea intentione, yt we
should not be chardged wth the allowance to maintaine the sayde scholars
in Oxford and Cambridge, and our Land beinge of a better valew, than
the sayde exhibition was, we trust yor Honour, and yt honourable
Cowrt, will take order we shall be dischardged of the sayde exhibition
& of ye tenth of the sayde Lande surrendered, secundum equum et
bonum et serenissimi principis intentionem. We most humbly pray in
the right of our poore Church that we may not be wasted and consumed
wth contynuall and chardgeable suytes as we have beane of long time.
So we shall hartely pray to Almightie god for ye contynuance of yor
Hor in all honourable places of Justice and Judgement under her maties
most Royall person, and happie government, whom god preserve. From
our Cathedral Church of Worcester the xth of Octobr 1595.
Yor Lordshipps to be commaunded,
[The dean's signature is autograph.]
Endorsed:—D. Willis his letter to the Lo: Cheafe Baron, for discharg
from keeping of schollers in Oxford & Cambridg.
A draught statement of the dean and chapter's case (undated) mentions
that the 12 scholars ("students in divinitie") received each 6l. 7s. 4¼d.
Papers relative to the prebend in the church attached by King
Charles I. to the Lady Margaret's professorship of divinity at Oxford.
Among them is a letter from T. Gaisford, afterwards dean of Christ
Church, 25 Jan. 1827, relating to the vacancy in the chair caused by
the death of Dr. Collinson; it mentions that "There are several candidates in the field, and it is quite impossible to conjecture in the present
state of things which is likely to be successful. Fausset of Magdalen,
Symons of Wadham, Shuttleworth Warden of New Coll., Dr Nares of
Merton, and I believe Hawkins of Oriel will offer themselves." [The
first named was in fact elected.]
"An Inventorie of the plate and other things belonginge to the
Cathedrall Church of Worer taken by Tho: Wilsson D: of Dyvynyty
and Deane there and Tho: Bastard thresorer of the said churche and
others of the chapter the 3 day of Decemb. An° 1576, An° Eliz. xix°.
Imprimis, 3 gobletts with a cover all gylte.
Item, (fn. 2) 2 salts gylte.
Item, A flatt boule gylte.
Item, two cupps with covers parcel gylte.
Item, two white sylver cupps with covers.
Item, fyve spones with knupps, and one other to be Answered by
Item, ix (fn. 3) playne spones.
Item, A sylver possent (fn. 4) potte for the communion.
Item, two sylver Cuppes & a plate for the communion.
Item, three garnysshe of pewter vessell.
Item, 2 possent (fn. 5) pottes.
Item, three changers.
Item, 4 dos table napkyns,
and 5 odde lost at thaudyte 1578. (fn. 6)
Item, 3 new course tableclothes.
Item, 6 olde table clothes.
Item, 2 table towels."
In a second column:
"for the quyer.
Inprimis tenne velvet Cussyons.
Item, 2 cussyons of tyssue.
Item, 4 cussyons of freres.
Item, an olde cussyon to kneele upon.
Item, 2 pulpitt clothes of tysshew.
Item, 2 coverings for the communion table
the one of tysshew, thother of flowres.
Item, 4 white cussyons. and 3 of whyte and grene damaske.
Item, a paule of blacke velvett.
Item, a canopie bought when the quene was here.
Item, 3 Longe carpetts to sytt upon at Sermons.
Item, a white cope.
Item, one new clothe for ye communion table and an other old one for
Item, 4 new cupbord clothes bought by Mr Carington th resorer, 4°
decemb. an° 1578.
A gowne of freres gyrdles.
A Ks (fn. 7) cloke of Tysshew.
A lytill cloke of tysshew.
A Jerkyn of greene.
A womans gowne.
A Jerkyn and a payer of breches.
A gowne of silk.
2 cappes and the devils apparell."
[The writing is faded and the paper injured by damp.]
An account of 19 July 1661 gives the cost of making new plate afte
|"Two flagons wt 171oz 17dwt at 5s 7d p oz. is||47||19||7|
|one bason wt 82 4 at 5s 7d p oz. is||22||18||11|
|two cupps & two covers and one bread plate guilt
wt is 096oz at 7s 4d p oz.||35||04||0|
|for graueing the Armes||00||04||0|
|for a box to pack them in||00||02||6|
An inventory of plate and other utensils for the year ending 28 Nov.
1684, and others of later date.
Papers concerning the petition of the city of Worcester  against
the D. & C. and their management of the cathedral service; and concerning a dispute between the same [1671–2] with reference to the
immunities of the church.
Sundry accounts for repairs in the cathedral.
Petition from members of the choir to the D. & C. for compensation
for their loss of income in 1645 and 1646 "in regard of the said warres
and the king's enemies prevalency in the same times."
Plan showing "where to find the severall Graves of those that lye
buried within the Rayles at the Altar before it paved by Mr. William
Thorneburry the then Treasurer of the Colledge of Worcester" [temp.
Order by the dean and chapter:
"July the 26, 1672.
Wee whose names are subscribed do hereby Give our Consents, That
the Rich Arras shalbe sold to Dr Turner for One Hundreth & Filty
poundes in witness whereof we sett to or Handes.
Barnabas Oley, subd:
Papers relating to the leaden steeple on the N.E. of the cathedral
Account, Friday 18 Febr. 1647: "The Lords and Commons . . .
being informed that in ye Cathedrall Church Yard of ye said City there is a
steeple called the Leaden Steeple & fixed to the said Church, nor imployed
to any other use then a wood house, the lead and other materialls of which
steeple are estimated at above 1200lb," have therefore ordered and ordained
that certain persons be empowered to sell the steeple, and to employ the
money "for reedifying of ye said Almes-Houses . . . . & for ye
repair of ye Churches of St John in Bedwardine . . ., Dodderhall,
and Castlemorton." The steeple sold for 617l. 4s. 2d.
"By the Comittee for the County and Cytty of Worcester. Ordered
that Mr John Tylt shall forth wth paye unto Mr James Warwicke minister
of Handley Castle Ten pounds out of the overplus of meanes remayneinge in his hands raised by the sale of Lead for the repaireinge of the
Colledge Church at Worcester. Given vnder our hands this 15 daye of
Order to John Tilte from the committee for the city and county of
Worcester for the payment of 20l. "out of the overplus of moneyes
Remayning in his hands raised by the sale of lead for the repayring of
the Colledge Church at Worcester" to "Mr. Symon Moore Minister of
the Colledge att Worcester, being a very faithfull precher of God's word
and of singular good affection to the Government of this Commonwealth,"
who had "suffered greate losses by the Scotch Army at Worcester."
Signed by B. Lechmere and four others. 13 Sept. 1651.
Order for a further sum of 10l. to be paid to S. Moore out of the
"overplus of money raysed of lead taken of the Colledge church to
repaire and keepe the same for a publike meeteing place for the service
of god," 17 January 1652[–3].
A like warrant to "pay unto Henry Nason Clarke of the Colledge at
Worcester the symme of Ten Poundes out of the Remainder of moneyes
raised of the lead taken of the College Church," 10 Aug. 1653.
Many other warrants of like contents.
Warrant of Charles II. assigning rents for the repair of the cathedral
church, 9 Oct. 1660.
An estimate of "Damages done to the Cathedral Church of Worcester
(as is supposed by the late powers") dated 6 November 1660. The sum
is 16354l., whereof nearly one-half is charged for lead taken off all
the roofs, and priced at 20l. the fother. The "Bookes, Brazen Eagle,
Communion plate" are valued at 100l; the organ at 700l.
Copy of letters of privy seal of Charles I. revoking reversionary
almsmen's places, countersigned by Fran: Windebank, 31 Jan.
Resolutions of D. & C. 1 Feb. 1642–3, inter alia agreeing to supply
King Charles I. with 1000l. to be obtained by the felling of "timber
trees out of Cornwood."
"The bill for the Auditours supper at Talbout 25 Novemb. 1627,
|"for shoulder of mutton||1||2|
|for a Rabbet||0||8|
|for bread and beare||4||6|
The bill for the audit in Nov. 1763 was 76l. 07s. 02½d.
Other audit bills run from 1661 onwards.
Account for building "the newe double Organs in the Cathedral
Church"  with particulars of the registrature and a list of subscribers.
Letter to the D. & C. recommending one Bartholomew Mason for a
vicarage in their gift. Signed by
Dat. 14 March. s.a.
Letters missive from Elizabeth to D. & C. for the election of Richard
Fletcher bp. of Bristol to the see. Signed.
Dat. 13 Jan. 1592. Hampton Court.
Papers "touching the paymt of Tyth salt ariseinge out of the
Bullaries of Salt Water within the Burrough" of Droitwich. 5 Oct.
17 Jac. I. .
Notes of deodands [1678–1720].
Memoranda and accounts relating to Pentecostals or "Whitson
farthings," 17th and 18th cent.
Legal opinions, draughts, and miscellaneous papers and memoranda
on various subjects relating to the property and personal affairs of the
dean and chapter; including papers relating to the debts secured on the
bridge tolls at Worcester, 1777–1782, and to the leasehold houses
belonging to the dean and chapter which were pulled down "for the
purpose of Widening and making a better Entrance into the High
Street of Worcester from Sidbury," 1796.
Letters of George Morley [bishop successively of Worcester and
Winchester]. In one to [Barnabas] Oley [prebendary of Worcester],
dated "Lond. Aug. 13,"  the writer says:
"The King tells me he will certainly visit us at Worcester some
time betwixt this and Micklemas, but the precise time when he will
be there he cañot yet resolve on; Only he tells me it cañot be soe
soone as ye 3d of September, wch I am sorry for, because the only
end of this journey being to pay God his thanks upon. ye place
where he received yt great deliverance from his bloody and mallicious enemies, it were to be wished it might have bin upon ye
same day as well as ye same place yt it might have bin Opus diei
in die suo; wch though it cañot be in his Matyes presence yet I
hope yt day will be kept as a sollemne festivall, & that you will have
sollemne services and a sermon in ye Cathedrall Church for yt
purpose upon yt day. I send by Mr. Thisscrosse a Commission
under the great Seal to authorise severall Devines of severall parts
of my Diocese to demand & collect from all my Clergy such summs
as God shall enlarge theyr hearts to give unto the King by way
of Benevolence or a freewill offering; In wch service to God &
ye King I hope they will in proportion to theyr meanes be much
more forward & liberall then any of ye Laietie, partly because it
becomes us to be an example in this as well as in all other welldoing, & partly because we of all all [sic] other orders of men are
most obliged to his Maty & have most dependence on his Maty.
. . . . I must tell you likewise yt it is expected yt ye Dean and
Chapter of all Cathedrall Churches should make a present to ye
King as frō the whole body; And in this Capacity ye Dean &
Chapter of Westminster do (as I am informd) give the King
2000 l.; And it is hoped yt all Cathedrall Churches will do ye like
in proportion; wch I tell you of yt you may tell ye rest of yor
brethren yt are there." (fn. 8) Signed "Geor: Worcester."
Letter from W. Digby, dean of Worcester, written 28 August 1777
just after his promotion to the deanery of Durham: "I kissd the
Queens hand this day, It was rumored at Court that Philadelphia
was seized by the Quakers for Government, Some beleivd, Some not.
Lord Sandwich was there and congratulated me."
"Considerations touching the appeal from the Caball," an anonymous
contemporary tract, giving 20 reasons. It is taken from "England's
Appeal from the private Cabal at Whitehall to the Great Council of
the Nation" (1673), which was reprinted in "State Tracts printed in
the Reign of Charles II." (1693 folio), where the "Considerations"
begin on pp. 25. (fn. 9)
An account of "The severall branches of his Maties Revenue ordered
by the Com[m]ittee to be reported to the house: 3° Junii, 1663."
Drawers 10 and 11, the former labelled "Ancient Manuscripts,"
are filled chiefly with about 400 charters, those dated ranging from
44 Hen. III. to 20 Hen. VII., with a few of greater age and one
of 2 Car. I. They relate to lands and rents in the city of Worcester (where mention is made of Eport Street and Hulton Street)
at Alvechurch, Alveston [co. Warw.], Ancredam, Astewodefeld, Barrow
(or La Barewe), Batenhale, Bedwardyn, Birlingham, Blacwell, Bradeburne, Bradekote, Bradewas, St. Briavel, Bromwich, Burford [co.
Salop], Caluwhull, Canterton, Chorleton, Churchehille, Cliva, Clodeshale, Crombe Symond, Cropthorne, Crowel, Doddeham, Donastede (or
Dunhampstede), Druymerston, Grimel (Grymhulle or Grimley), Hallow, Herforton, Holwey, Horsham, Hynewick, Iccombe, Kekingwick,
Kelbury, Kemeseye, Knighton, Kynewick, Lawern, Lindriche, Marleclyve, Middlefeld, Nether Sapi, Netherton, Northwick, Oldfeld, Overbarrow, Overbury, Little Pakington, Pechesleye, Peneduk, Puclesdon,
Pydele, Schirnak, Shipston on Stour, Spechley, Stourbridge, Sydenhale,
Temple Lawerne, Thodintona [co. Glouc.], Tilleshope, Totesbache,
Tymberden, Westwood, Whitinton, Wikenhull, Wolverley, Wyke
Dabitot, and Wyke Episcopi.
Of these charters most of the first 51 are in drawer 11, the rest in
drawer 10. A manuscript catalogue of them was made by Peter Prattinton, M.D., in 1824, giving the names of the parties and places, with
the date, where any appears, and a note as to the seal. The charters
which bear no obvious date, in other words most of the earlier ones,
and fully one half of the whole collection, are left without any further
indication than "s. d." Some of the charters bear no number, and it
has not been possible to identify all those which are catalogued.
Among them may be noticed:—
No. 41. "Fama referente ad nos Offic' Wygorñ pervenit quod
Religiosi viri domini Prior et Conventus Monasterii beate Marie Wygorñ
in Ecclesia de Hallowe quoniam sibi appropriatam canonice asserunt et
pretendunt ius Archidiaconale sibi vendicant in eadem, Decanum creant,
apparitorem constituunt, capitula inibi convocant et celebrant, causas
audiunt, crimina corrigunt seu corrigere se dicunt, mulctas a delinquentibus exigunt et illas in usus proprios pro suo libito convertunt, exempcionem et libertatis specialem prerogativam pretendentes, quamquam
ad premissa de iure communi sint inhabiles indicandi. Vnde super hoc
ego officii nostri debito intendimus inquirere et quod iustum fuerit
statuere seu dictare." [Early 13th cent.]
No. 138. The original of the "Confirmatio W. de Bleys ep. super
pens. eccl." printed in Hale's "Registrum," f. 29b.
No. 153. Grant of "septem seyliones terre . . . in campo de Meuleye
iuxta Foulbroc" [13th cent.].
No. 177. "Universis Christi fidelibus ad quos presens scriptum pervenerit. Silvester dei gratia Wigorñ ecclesie minister humilis eternam in
domino salutem. Sanctam filiorum prioris et conventus Wigorñ conversacicnem attendentes et eorum paupertati pio patris affectu consulere
volentes. Ecclesiam sancte Helene cum pertinenciis suis cuius tam
patronatus quam personatus ad eos pertinere dinoscitur, intuitu dei eis
presentium auctoritate duximus conferendam in usus prioris perpetuo
iure convertendum. Volumus igitur ut dicti prior et conventus memorate ecclesie vel cuiuscumque porcionis illius cum vacaverit possessionem
ingrediantur nullius assensu requisito. Et de proventibus illius pro
voluntate sua disponant. Salva capellanorum in prefata ecclesia in
capellis suis debito modo deserviencium honesta sustentacione. Et in
prefatam ecclesiam cum omnibus pertinenciis suis cum omni libertate et
integritate sua, quiete et pacifice in perpetuum possideant. Salvo nobis
et successoribus nostris iure pontificali et parochiali. Et ut omnia
predicta perpetuum robur obtineant, ea presenti scripto et sigilli nostri
apposicione confirmavimus. Hiis testibus. Magistro Nicholao Hamptoñ tunc officiali nostro, magistro Johanne de Wichia. Regiñ
et Thom. Capellanis. Willelmo de Budiford et Helya et Waltero
Lench et Willelmo de Huntind clericis et multis aliis." [Parchment.
No. 196. Draught of a letter asking a favour, for which the
writer (apparently "T. de S.") hoped to have had the intercession of
"Meistre Johan de Stratford." French. [Parchment. 14th cent.]
No. 228. Draught of a summons [apparently by the prior of Worcester] for a chapter meeting to consider matters requiring correction,
"si quid compertum fuerit" in the bishop's late visitation, before the
bishop's return. [14th cent.]
No. 248. Letter of the sub-prior and canons of St. Sepulchre,
Warwick, 15 Oct. 1338, fixing 3 Nov. for the election of a prior in lieu
of brother Guy resigned.
No. 271 (fn. 10) . Exemplification of letter of prior and chapter of Christ
Church, Canterbury , reciting the composition of Archbishop Boniface  which confirmed the prior and chapter of Worcester in
their full episcopal jurisdiction and power sede vacante, but reserving
all rights to the chapter of Canterbury in the case of a vacancy also in
No. 285. Memorandum of an agreement between Mr. Thomas de
Cantilupo, rector of St. Austin's, Doderhulle, and sundry persons
(whose surnames are extremely curious), touching the titles of salt and
salt mines; the latter engaging to pay one quarter of salt from each four
vats unum quarterium salis de singulis quatuor plumbis), and so in
proportion in lieu of tithe. (Parchment. Late 13th cent.)
No. 311 (fn. 11) . Inspeximus by Roger bishop of Worcester, of charter of
Hugh son of Osbert, confirming to the prior and monks of "Wyrcestre,"
elemosinam patris mei Osberti quam ipse dedit eis, to wit, Burestona
and the church of Dudrenhulla, (fn. 12) and also granting them a salt mine at
Wich of 20s. "Teste Ailrico archidiacono. hugone archidiacono. frithorico. Colebrando decano. Wilfwio presbitero supranominate ecclesie de
dudrenhulla. Thancredo capellano meo. Adam fratre meo. Thurstino
avunculo meo. Ric. de escrop. Rad. de coleshulla. Ric. filio Hildewini. Aldewino de Bureford. Crusi de codderugi."
The inspeximus dated "a. inc. dominice. m. c. lxx. v. v. Id. Apr. in
cripta Wigorn. eccl. ante altare s&ctilde;i Petri. his testibus. Thoma suppriore. Gervasio camerario. Senato cantore. Alano. Johanne de
Beib[er]i. Waltero de omnibus sanctis. Magistro Moyse. Magistro
Silvestro. Magistro Godefrido. Abel. Rob. de Cliftuna. Hug. de
Saio. Rob. de luci. Hug. poer. Adam filio Edwini prepositi et multis
aliis, prefato hugone de saio presente et cum fratre suo osb. consensum
suum fide in manu nostra transposita confirmante."
No. 326. Confirmation by Walter [Reynolds] abp. of Canterbury
, of appropriation of the church of Doderhull to the prior and
chapter of Worcester .
Besides the earlier numbered charters drawer 11 contains miscellaneous charters, bonds, patents, appointments, mandates, congés
d'élire, &c. A large number of the charters are so torn or defaced by
damp as to be nearly illegible; few, if any, of these appear to belong to
an earlier date than the fourteenth century.
Among the contents are—
Charter of Edward II. confirming the privileges of the church of
Worcester. Joh. Cant., chancellor. York: 7 June, anno 9
The like of Edward III. H. Linc. chancellor. 6 Oct. anno 3
. Seal lost.
The like of Henry VI. Westminster: 20 July, anno 24 .
Pardon of Edward III. to the prior and convent for their appropriation without licence of the church of Dodderhill. Kenington: 22 May, anno 33 .
Drawer 12, labelled "Ancient Manuscripts, &c.," contains certificates, citations, indentures, and various other deeds ranging from
1331 to 1615. They were examined in 1881 by Bishop Hobhouse, who
has left a rough docket of each bundle.
Among them are—
"Rotulus Bonorum Temporalium in Episcopatu Wygorñ" with the
sums paid by each religious house. c. 1300. It is not copied (as
suggested by Bishop Hobhouse) from Pope Nicolas's Taxatio; but the
sums paid are calculated on the basis of 1/20 of the figures in that valor.
License of Henry [VI. ?] to the convent to make a conduit to supply
the convent with water from Hynnewyk [Henwick] over Severnbridge.
Citation by the abbats of Oseney and Rewley and the prior of St.
Frydeswyde [Oxford] in the diocese of Lincoln, appointed by John
XXII. to act in the matter, requiring the prior and monks of Great
Malvern to appear at Pershore to answer for their resistance to the
prior of Worcester's visitation sede vacante. 1333.
Valor of the property of the College Church of Worcester, as founded
by Henry VIII. Anno 32. The roll is wrapped in two leaves of a
handsome late twelfth century service book (propria sanctorum), of
which other leaves, once used as fly-leaves or wrappers, are preserved
among the muniments.
Injunctions ordered by Richard Davids, professor of divinity,
Thomas Tonge and Roland Meyrigg, professors of the laws, and
Richard Pates, professor of the comein lawes of this realme, Queen
Elizabeth's visitors, for observance by the dean and chapter. (n. d.)
Drawer 14, labelled "Ancient Charters," contains leases, grants,
quitclaims, &c. Many are of the 13th cent. They have been numbered
and briefly described by Bishop Hobhouse.
In other drawers and presses lie large numbers of compotus and
court rolls, and similar documents. These are entirely unarranged,
and it seemed inadvisable to enter upon what would necessarily be the
heavy task of examining them. It may be presumed that they relate
exclusively to the manors belonging to the chapter, though it is, of
course, possible that other documents have strayed in among them.
Besides the presses and drawers already described the muniment room
contains a box full of charters, many of which appear in strictness to
belong not to the dean and chapter, but to the bishop.
Among them are:—
Charter of John granting to master Mauger, elect of Worcester, and
his successors "tales libertates et quietancias et dignitates in maneriis
suis de Hertebery et de Hembyr' et de Aluithechirche cum
pertinentiis quales habeant in aliis maneriis suis Episcopatus Wigorn'
. . . . sicut bone memorie Ricardi Regis fratris nostri carta
testatur. Testibus Viviano Archidiacono Derebyeñ, Roberto Capellano
nostro, Johanne de Braoncestr., R. Com. Leicestr., W. Com. de Arundel,
W. Mariscallo, Com. de Penbroc, Willelmo de Aubeigny, Warino filio
Geroldi, Fulcone de Kantilupo. Data per manum H. Cantuar
Archiepiscopi Cancellarii nostri apud Sagium, Octavo die Augusti Anno
Regni Nostri Primo" .
Grant by Wm. Picot of lands to the convent. Witnesses: Thomas
Prior [de Sancto Se]pulchro, (fn. 13) . . . de Carevilla, John Matin [?],
Thomas de Cestreton, clerks: Jordan de Vir[?]ram . . .
ilespeth, Symon de la Newelaude, Huctred . . . Robert [C]auuin,
William Telneui, Geoffrey de Spechele. Very fragmentary. [c. 1200.]
Grant of Godfrey [de Lucy] bishop of Winchester to the church of
St. Thomas the Martyr de Lesnes [or Westwood, in Kent] and the
canons there of his house "de Stranda" with its buildings, &c.; "salvo
eo quod Johannes de Luci predictam domum cum omnibus pertinentiis
suis quoad vixerit habebit et tenebit reddendo inde annuatim predictis
Canonicis de Lesnes dim. Mar&ctilde; argenti." Winchester: 25 Aug. anno
pontif. xv°. . Test. "Gregorio Unfrido Capellanis. Ph. de
Luci, Rob. de Luci, Magistro Willelmo de Terri Clericis, Johanne de
Briws, Stephano de exclusa, militibus, et multis aliis."
Deed of sale by John de Luci to Mauger bp. of Worcester of certain
houses in the Strand, and of their rents, "unde Godefridus de Luci
pater meus antequam esset episcopus terram emit et domos fecit."
Witnesses: Goscelin Marshall, Master Michael de Bukinton', Peter
Caball', Master Anfr', Robert of Antioch, William Le Norreis, Abel de
Wigorn' John de Wigorn', Richard Camerarius, Warin le Goiz, Robert
Scrippe, Asegod, William Telneui, William Capett, Master Nicholas,
Alexander Le Gorgurer, Ingulf his brother, Ascelin Le Meirin, Stephen
Clerk, and many others. [c. 1200.] Seal.
Final concord between Henry son of John of Trochemertoñ and
Mauger bishop of Worcester, whereby the former acknowledges the
grant by the bishop of half a hide claimed by him at Fladebir' [Fladbury]
"de se hereditario tenendam salvo eidem domino meo Episcopo et
successoribus eius et domino Regi antiquo et debito servicio eiusdem
dim. hide," and half a hide "in hamello de Hulla," saving as before, et
preterea salvo ei novo servicio et successoribus eius quod ego pro illa
dim. hida debeo, scilicet octo solidos per annum," the grantee surrendering all claim to a virgate in Norwich [Northwick] and half a hide in
Upton. Witnesses: Ric. Louel parson of Fladbury, Rob. Pipart, Hug.
Pipart, Osb. of Lench, Simon de Noualanda, Will. de Mora, Will.
Egue, Rob. de Trochemertoñ, Jordan de Wicowañ, Mr. German, Thom.
Boet, Ric. Camerarius, and others. [c. 1200.]
License of King John to Bp. Walter [de Grey] to assart in his wood
of Fladbury. Witnesses: P. bp. of Winchester, Wm. Briwerr, Hugh
de Nevill, Walter de Lascy, William de Kantilup., Hugh de Mortuo
Mari, James de Poterna, Henry de Ponte Audomar'. "Dat' per manum
Magistri Ri&ctilde; de Marisco cancellarii nostri apud Turrim Londoñ xv
March a° 16." [1214–15.]
Privilege of Gregory IX.:
"Gregorius episcopus servus servorum dei Dilectis filiis magistro et
fratribus domus militie Templi in Anglia Salutem et apostolicam
benedictionem. Cum a nobis petitur quod iustum est et honestum, tam
vigor equitatis quam ordo exigit rationis ut id per sollicitudinem officii
nostri ad debitum perducatur effectum. Ea propter, dilecti in domino
filii, vestris iustis postulationibus inclinati, omnes libertates et immunitates
a predecessoribus nostris Romanis pontificibus per privilegia et alias
indulgentias domui vestre concessas, libertates et exemptiones secularium
exactionum a regibus et principibus ac aliis Christi fidelibus rationabiliter
vobis indultas, terras quoque possessiones et alia bona vestra sicut ea
omnia iuste ac pacifice obtinetis vobis et per vos eidem domui, auctoritate
apostolica confirmamus et presentis scripti patrocinio communimus.
Nulli ergo omnino hominum liceat hanc paginam nostre confirmationis
infringere vel ei ausu temerario contraire. Siquis autem hoc attemptare
presumpserit, indignationem omnipotentis dei et beatorum Petri et Pauli
Apostolorum ejus se noverit incursurum. Dat' apud Vrbem veterem
v. Id. Septembr' Pontificatus nostri Anno primo." [1227.]
[The seal is lost; but the red and yellow silk which tied it remains.]
Mandate of Innocent IV.:
"Innocentius episcopus servus servorum dei. Dilectis filiis . .
Decano ecclesie Warewykie Wigorniensis diocesis et Roberto de Cathebroc Canonico Lichefeldensi Salutem et apostolicam benedictionem.
Cum dilectos filios Egidium Decanum Capellanum nostrum et Canonicos
Herefordenses necnon et Herefordensem ecclesiam cum omnibus bonis
que impresentiarum ijdem Canonici omnes et singuli et ecclesia predicta
rationabiliter ac pacifice possident aut in futurum iustis modis dante
domino poterunt adipisci sub beati Petri et nostra protectione duxerimus
admittendos. Discretioni vestre per apostolica scripta mandamus, quatinus dictos Decanum et Canonicos ac eorum singulos necnon ipsorum
ecclesiam non permittatis contra protectionis nostre tenorem super
premissis ab aliquibus indebite molestari. Molestatores huiusmodi per
censuram ecclesiasticam appellatione postposita compescendo. Non
obstante si aliquibus a sede apostolica sit indultum quod excommunicari
aut interdici nequeant vel suspendi absque sedis eiusdem speciali
mandato plenam et expressam faciente de indulto huiusmodi mentionem.
Quod si non ambo hiis exequendis potueritis interesse alter vestrum ea
nichilominus exequatur. Dat. Perusii iij Non. Febr. Pontificatus
nostri Anno Nono." [3 Feb. 1252.]
[Tied with hemp: seal lost.]
Notarial attestation of bishop Nicolas of Worcester's letters patent
declaring the prior and chapter to have free power of action, administration, and jurisdiction sede vacante. Alvechurch: 6 Jan. 1266–7
(attested London: 22 Feb.).
Citation by Ottoboni cardinal deacon of St. Adrian and legate of the
apostolic see to [Boniface] archbishop of Canterbury requiring him to
appear himself or by his proctor to answer for the conduct of friar
Martin of Clyve, whom the archbishop had appointed his vicar and
commissary general for the creation of officials in vacant dioceses, and
who had in company with Mr. William de Rokelande appointed official
by him exercised sundry powers in the diocese of Worcester during the
vacancy of the see by the death of bishop Walter, to the manifest
prejudice of the established rights of the prior and chapter sede vacante.
Warwick: 19 August anno pont. Clem. IV. 2. [1267.]
"Memorandum quod convenientibus venerabilibus patribus dominis
Nicholao Wintoñ suffraganeorum Cantuar' provincie decano, Rogero
Coventr' et Lichefeld' Waltero Exonieñ Willelmo Bathoñ et Welleñ
Godefrido Wygornieñ et Iohanne Hereford. Episcopis, Anno Domini
m° ce° Septuagesimo apud Rading'. In crastino dominice qua cantatur
Letae Ierusalem ad tractandum super indempnitatibus suis et suarum
ecclesiarum ac suorum subditorum et precipue ecclesie sue metropolitane
sedis Cantuar'; necnon super hoc quod sede metropolitana vacante
monachi ecclesie Christi Cantuar' usurpare nituntur in personis et
ecclesiis et ecclesiis suffraganeorum episcoporum provincie Cantuar'
iurisdictionem metropolitanum contingentem, quam nunquam hactenus
obtinuerunt, in non modicum preiudicium dictorum suffraganeorum
ecclesiarum suarum et subditorum suorum, falces suas in messes alienas
mittere indebite tractantes, nichil iuris ex hoc, comodi, seu honoris
futuro metropolitano attribuentes seu adquirentes, licet per hoc colore
quesito presumpcionem suam querant palliare: Unanimi consensu
dictorum dominorum convenit ne quod inter eos salubriter et unanimiter
statutum fuerit ordinatum seu provisum super premissis tractu temporis
aliquorum vel alicuius dissensu valeat in irritum vel ad iniquum
revccari; Videlicet ut quod ab omnibus statutum fuerit ab omnibus
equanimiter supportetur et onere equali sustentetur et sub fidei
religione securitas legitima de inviolabili communis eorum provisionis
observacione prestetur. Salva in omnibus auctoritate sedis apostolice et
metropolitani Cantuar'. Ad que omnia et singula premissa fideliter et
plenarie observanda singuli predictorum dominorum Episcoporum sese
ad invicem obligarunt bona fide promittentes se omnia et singula
predicta observaturos et pro viribus suis et impleturos et super
sumptibus circa deffensionem predictorum factis, si quis fieri contingat,
pro rata seu porcione quemlibet eorum contingente plenarie satisfacturos.
In cuius rei testimonium huic presenti memorando dicti domini episcopi
sigilla sua fecerunt apponi." Seals lost.
Letters patent to Godfrey bp. of Worcester "quod domos suas infra
clausum suum Wygorñ et quandam domum suam infra manerium suum
de Wydyndon in comitatu Glouc' muro de petra et calce firmare possit
et keruellare ad modum castri." Westminster: 20 October 55 H. III.
Acts of the court of arches in proceedings against the dean and
chapter of the prebendal church of St. Mary, Warwick. [1284 ?]
A mandate of Robert [Kilwardby] abp. of Canterbury to the official
of the archdeacon of Gloucester declaring the action of the prior of
Worcester in exerting authority over Gloucester and Tewkesbury
during the last vacancy of the see to be null and void and contrary to
the composition made between abp. Boniface and the prior and convent.
The reference is to the high-handed proceedings of the prior in March
1302 in attempting to visit those monasteries, and then in issuing
excommunications against them for refusing to submit to his jurisdiction. (fn. 13) Fulham: 13 July, 1303. Seal in fair preservation.
Attested copy of the commission from Gwill' Testa, administrator of
the archbishoprick of Canterbury, to the prior as official during the
vacancy following the death of William of Geynesburh. London: 9
A strip of parchment containing copies of the following documents:—
a. Mandate of the prior of Worcester to the abbat of Gloucester
announcing his intention, as official and administrator of
spirituals sede vacante, of visiting the abbey and appointing a
day for the visitation (Sat. after St. Luke's day next ensuing).
Worcester: 2 December 1313.
b. The abbat of Gloucester's reply,
"Venerande religionis viro domino . . priori ecclesie
cathedralis Wyg', qui se dicit gerere curam offic[ialis] et
administracionem spiritualium in civitate et diocesi Wyg' sede
vacante, ut asseritur per eundem, Frater J. permissione divina
abbas monasterii Sancti Petri Glouc' et eiusdem loci conventus
salutem et fraternam in Domino caritatem: Litteras vestras die
Mercurii in vigil[ia] Sancti Nicholai hora vesperarum recepimus formam que sequitur continens: Prior et c. Vestro
mandato si, prout, et quatenus de iure tenemur et non alias
parere intendimus iure nostro et monasterii nostri predicti
semper salvo." Gloucester: 8 Dec. anno supradicto.
c. Commission of Henry, prior of Canterbury, appointing the prior
of Worcester official during the vacancy of the see with full
episcopal jurisdiction. Given in chapter: St. Katharine's
d. Monition of the prior of Worcester to the abbat and convent of
Gloucester because they refused him admission on his visitation: "Nos igitur Prior Officialis et administrator antedictus
vos Abbatem Sancti Petri Glouc', Priorem, Suppriorem,
Cellerarium, Precentorem, Hostilarium, Coquinarium, Infirmarium, et elemosinarium eiusdem loci, omnes et singuli eciam
de conventu memorato monemus primo secundo et tercio et
una monicione pro omnibus peremptorie."
e. The prior's sentence of excommunication of the abbat and
convent of Gloucester. [The list of obedientiaries is here
fuller than in the monition, "sacristam" coming after "suppriorem," and "camerarium" after "precentorem."]
f. This is followed by the effectus composicionis declaring the
powers of the prior sede vacante;
g. by the effect of the confirmation of the prior and chapter of
Canterbury, saving their rights if the sees of Canterbury and
Worcester chance to be void at the same time;
h. by the effect of archbishop Peckham's confirmation of the
i. by the effect of pope Clement's confirmation of the same.
On the dorse are copied:
k. Mandamus of Clement [V.] to the chancellor of the church of
Hereford to protect the rights of the abbat and convent of
Gloucester in the tithes of the church "sancti Cannoti de
Devennok" in the diocese of St. Davids, now threatened by
the prior and convent of the priory of Brech[on]. Avignon:
9 April 5 pont. [1310.]
l. The dean of Brech[on]'s promise to obey the chancellor's
mandate to attend in Hereford cathedral on a day appointed.
Brecon: Tuesday after St. Mathias 1311.
A copy of documents relating to the appropriation of "Estecherche in
Scapeya" to the abbey of Boxlee [Kent], with confirmation by archbishop Walter [Reynolds]. 1314.
Three fragmentary inventories (from a book cover) of the 14th
century, enclosed in an envelope with a letter from Sir Thomas Phillipps
[17 August 1843], who says "They contained when perfect a list of the
silver plate and jewells of the Cathedral or Priory, one of which articles
appears to have been given by Alianora, Queen of England, but whether
of Hen. 2 or 3 I cannot say." They contain also lists of vestments,
books, and furniture; but are almost illegible.
Commission of Guillerinus cardinal priest of St. Laurence in Lucina
to the subprior of Worcester to make enquiry into charges of
irregularity brought against prior John [Evesham]. Avignon: 23 Jan.
3 Urb. V. [1364–5].
Exemplification by Richard II. of the "carta" of the bishop of
Worcester showing his due amount of military service, as recorded in
the red book in the exchequer at f. 100. Patent. 16 May 10 Regni.
"Dimissorium Fratris Iohannis Stretforde custodis Capelle beate
Marie ecclesie Cathedralis Wygorñ factum Fratri Willelmo Duttone
succedenti in eodem officio iii° die Mensis Marcii Anno Domini millesimo CCCmo nonogesimo primo testatur que et quot rem[anent] in
dicta capella vȝ j casula dalmatica tunica cum alba stola et manipulo
de una secta de alba amita diasperat' de dono domini Godefridi
quondam episcopi Wygorn'. (fn. 13) Item j casula de rubeo serico cum ramis
et foliis de auro superintextis cum dorso de blueto felewet cum ymagine
auro superintexto ex dono Iohannis Glouc'. Item j casula de virid'
taffeta. Item j casula de rubeo felewet. Item j casula de opere
penetrato. Item j casula cum aquilis et leonibus superintextis cum
alba et amita de eadem secta. Item j casula de virid' serico cum
animalibus superintexta. Item j casula de filo blueto cum floribus et
Grifonibus argenteis superintextis. Item j alba cum amita preciosa
deaurat' cuius ymagines sunt de serico de passione sancte Katerine de
dono Fratris Willelmi Mose. Item j alba bona cuius ymagines sunt de
serico super eadem consute. Item j alba cum amita de rubeo felewet
cum ymaginibus et leonibus auri superintextis. Ex dono Fratris Iohannis Glouc.' Item j alba cum amita cum pavonibus et cervis de albo
serico et arboribus virid' superintext'. Item j alba cum amita stola et
manipulo de viridi taffeta cum rosis albis superintexta. Item j alba
cum alba stola et manipulo de viridi felewet cum scutis de armis domini
de Berkeleye de dono eiusdem domini. Item ij parure et due amite de
una secra cum floribus argent' superintext' de dono W. Goldesmyth.
Item j alba super quam sunt parure quondam Fratris R. de Henleye
cum leopardis rub[eis] et viridibus cum stola et manipulo de eadem
secta. Item j alba cum parur' de serico rubeo et croceo de opere indentato cum stola et manipulo de eadem secta. Item j alba cum amita
cum stola et manipulo de eadem secta, de (fn. 14) ceruis in eisdem contextis.
Item j alba cum amita in cuius parur' sunt angeli agni et episcopi de
albo serico superintextis. (fn. 15) Item j alba cum stola et manipulo de viridi
serico. Item j stola cum manipulo de albo filo superintexto serico.
Item j alia preciosa alba de viciis et virtutibus cum amita de eadem
secta. Item j stola cum manipulo de glauc' cum ymaginibus superintextis. Item viij zone quarum j est de rubeo serico et relique de
albo filo. Item j zona preciosa ex dono Cecilie Stoctoñ script' cum litteris
aurifriciat'. Item casus corporalis cum crucifixo de albo serico. Item j
alius de viridi serico. Item alius de rota fortune. Item j calix. Item
j baudekyn cum tuellis eidem consutis. Item ij tuell' cum frontell'.
Item ij frontell' ex dono Fratris I. Leomstre et R. Merstoñ. Item j
tuell' consut' albo filo diasperat'. Item ij tuell' ex dono W. Goldesmyth et Is' uxoris sue. Item vj tuell'. Item ij manutergia. Item
ij al' tuell' cum manutergio novo non dum sanctificato. Item xij
sup[er]pellicia pro Clericis unde vj debiles. Item j nova alba non dum
sanctificata. Item j frontell' de baudekyn cum leopardis aur' superintext'. Item j mappa bona de dono Cecilie Stocton non dum sanctificata. Item ij tapet' virid' cum bubonibus. Item j rubeum cum scutis
in angulis. Item j de opere Saricenorum. Item j de pilis camelorum
stragulat'. Item ij tapecia diversis modis stragulata cum lineis glaucis
et rubeis. Item circa gefynam j coronale preciosum cum pendulis
circum faciem unius secte valentis (fn. 16) xl. d. Item j pileum eiusdem secte
pro puero cuins precium ignotum est. Item ix anuli de auro xij deaurati et argent'. Item viij flameole de serico. Item j pix (fn. 17) eburneus. (fn. 18)
Item iij patelle enee pro cera fundenda. Item j thurribulum de cupro
deaurato cum cathenis argent'. Item ij bacine enee ad manus sacerdotum lavand'. Item j statera parva enea cum v ponderibus de plumbo.
Item j statera maior cuius folia sunt de corio cum iij ponderibus
magnis de marmore. Item iij cera filit' et non filit' xxxj lb cere.
Item tabula eburnea ex dono cuiusdam monachi de Teukesbur'. Item
j cista de Elmo ex dono Fratris Walteri Lye prioris. Item j novus
liber de organo et planu (fn. 19) cantu. Item j lagenum oleo pro lampad'.
Etpreter hec defic' de diversis catallis de tempore Fratris Johannis Whitechurch predecessoris nostri, videlicet j mappa. Item ij tuell. Item ij
superpellicia. Item ij virid' tapet' cum sert' in angulis vend' Waltero
Priori. Item ij tapet' stragulat'. Item j scanda sc. de plumbo pro
oleo. Item de cera cxlvj lb. cere. Item defic' de pecunia recept' x
marc' vij s. ij d. Item in manibus diversis ut patet in pede computi
viij s. vj d. in manibus Ric. atte Mulle iij s. Willelmi Bryan ij s. vj d.
Thome Belue vij s. Joh. Lynch xij s. vidue de Petteworthe."
Mandate of Boniface IX. ordering the bishop of Worcester, the
abbat of Gloucester, and the prior of Wormesley to assist with full
judicial powers the dean and chapter of Hereford in recovering the
goods and possessions whereof they complained that they were unjustly
despoiled. Rome, St. Peter's: 9 Kal. Jan. anno pontif. 15. [23 Dec.
1403.] Tied with string.
Grant by John abbat of Tewkesbury of a pension to John bishop of
Worcester charged upon the priory of Deerhurst lately appropriated to
the church of Tewkesbury. Tewkesbury: 3 May 1469.
Pardon of Henry VII. to prior and convent for diverse transgressions.
Westminster: 24 June. a° 1. .
In a strong box in the Bishop's registry are certain deeds relating to
exchanges of lands, awards, &c.; also some of the great instruments
confirming the possessions of the church to the capitular body,
The exemplification of privileges of Henry IV. Nov. 14 anno 2°
The charter of dotation of the D. & C. by Henry VIII. 24 Jan.
33 Hen. VIII. [1541–2.]
Deed of exchange of certain manors. 4 Mar., 1 Edw. VI. [1546–7].
Great seal in good preservation. Signed by the King, with signatures of E. Somerset, T. Cantuarieñ, W. Seint Johñ, J. Russell, J.
Warwyk, Will[ia]m Paget, A. Denny, W. Herbert.
Letters patent uniting the sees of Worcester and Gloucester, 8 Dec.,
6 Edw. VI. [1552.] Great seal in fine preservation.
Exhibited in the Chapter House are the following documents, some
of which appear to have been removed from the chapter muniments,
and others to belong to the bishop:—
1. Charter of Uhtred of the Huuiccas of land near the river Salwarpe, A.D. 770. Of this there is a photo-zincograph in
"Facsimiles of Anc. MSS." vol. II. It is printed in Hickes'
"Thesaurus," i. 170, and in Dugdale (ed. 1817), doc. ix.
2. Charter of bp. Wulfstan granting to the monastery 15 hides at
Witnesses: Thomas, prior, and the monks.
Coleman, monk and chancellor.
Fritheric, chaplain, and the bp.'s clerks.
Urso, sheriff and the knights of his shrievalty.
Ordric, dapifer, and the bp.'s court.
Alwin, bp.'s dapifer.
Ordric, provost of the town.
With seal (broken).
+ Ego Wulstanus.
3. King John's Will.
Printed by Thomas, app. 33, p. 19.
4. Grant by bp. of Coventry of Bromwich church to the monastery.
5. Grant by Thomas abbat of Evesham and his convent of pensions to
the bp. charged on the livings of Hillingdon, Weston, and Kinwarton. [1249.] Two seals.
6. Confirmation of the same by Henry III. 1268. Seal (fragm.).
7. Composition between bp. Godfrey [Giffard] and Gilbert de Clare,
earl of Gloucester, and Joan his wife touching a trench made
by the latter on Malvern Hill, 19 Edw. I. Seals.
8. Confirmation of the same by Edw. I. (in triplicate).
9. Letter of Edward VI. to the bp. of Worcester settling his style as
bishop of Worcester and Gloucester. 27 Sept. a° 6. 1552.
With the King's signature.
10. Letter of Elizabeth to D. & C. desiring a lease for Sir Wm. Lane
of lands in St. John's and Diglis near Worcester. 17 July 1602.
Signed by the Queen and J. Windebank.
11. Order from Charles I. to Nathaniel Tomkins, treasurer of the
church of Worcester, to pay to captain Francis Blunte the sum of
£200 "or thereabouts of churche rente due unto us." Signed by
the King, and by Edw. Nicholas. Oxford: 2 December 1643.
12. Letters of Charles I. to John Prideaux, vice-chancellor of the
university of Oxford, and, from Dec. 1641, bishop of Worcester.
i. [Docketed IIIa.] Warrant for the publication and dispersion in the university of "all the printed bookes sent herewith
conteyning all peticions and messages from our parliament
concerning the militia of the kingdome and our severall and
respective answers to the same."
Royston: 5 March 1641–2. Signed.
ii. [III.] Warrant for the publication in like manner of "all
the printed copies herewith sent conteyning our gracious message
of the 15th of March lately delivered in our high court of
Westminster upon our removall to our citty of Yorke."
York: 19 March 1641–2. Signed.
iii. [V.] Warrant for the publication in like manner of "all
the printed bookes herewith sent conteyning our gracious declaracion to both houses of parliament in answere to that of theirs
presented to us at Newmarket the 9th of this present."
York: 26 March 1642. Signed.
iv. [VI.] Warrant for the publication in like manner of "all
the printed bookes herewith sent conteyning the peticion of both
houses of parliament presented to us at our citty of Yorke the
26th of March by the Lord Willoughby and others with our
York: 2 April 1642. Signed.
v. [VII.] Warrant for the publication in like manner of "all
the printed copies herewith sent conteyning a peticion to us from
both houses of parliament for leave to remove the magazin at
Hull to our Tower of London and for taking off our reprieve of
six condemned preists in Newgate with our answere thereunto."
York: 16 April 1642. Signed.
vi. [VIII.] Warrant for the publication in like manner of
"all the printed copies herewith sent conteyning our gracious
message to our parliament of the 8th of this month concerning
our resolution to goe into Ireland."
York: 16 April 1842. Signed.
vii. [XVII.] Order to resign his patent of appointment to the
professorship of divinity at Oxford (on promotion to the see of
Worcester) to his successor "Doctor Sanderson (one of our chaplaines in ordinary)"; "the duties and proffits of which wee are
nevertheless willing you should performe and receave till the
21th of July next [at] the lodgings in Christchurch, the grasse
of the meadowes belonging to the said canonry, with the entire
proffits of the said rectory of Ewelme since Easter last onely
excepted, which we are pleased to graunt unto the said Doctour
York: 29 April 1642. Signed.
viii. [X.] Warrant to "receave and forthwith publish disperse
and cause to bee read in the severall parts and places in that our
university all the printed bookes and papers herewith sent conteyning our first and second messages to our parliament
concerning Sr John Hothams refusall to give us entrance into our
towne of Hull. And likewise the message of the 28th of Aprill
last declaring our reasons for not passing the bill concerning the
York: 7 May 1642. Signed.
ix. [XI.] Similar warrant relative to "all the printed bookes
herewith sent conteyning our parliaments answere concerning
Sr John Hothams refusall to give us entrance into our towne
of Hull with our reply thereunto."
York: 14 May 1642. Signed.
x. [XII.] Warrant to "receave and forthwith (by the assistance of the ministers and other officers) publish disperse and
cause to bee read in the parish churches colledges and other
publique places in that our university of Oxford all the printed
bookes herewith sent conteyning our answere by way of declaracion to a printed paper concerning the militia. And of your
performance of these our commands we require you to give an
accompt to one of our principall secretaries of state."
York: 21 May 1642. Signed.
xi. [XIII.] Warrant for the publication of "all the printed
bookes herewith sent conteyning a peticion presented to us from
our parliament the 23th of this instant (with three votes of both
houses) concerning the disbanding of our guard, and our answere
thereunto. And of your performance," &c.
York: 28 May 1642. Signed.
xii. [XIIII.] Warrant to "cause and require the printer of our
university of Oxford forthwith to print publish and disperse our
booke herewith sent conteyning our answere to a printed booke
intituled A Remonstrance of the Declaracion of the Lords and
Commons now assembled in parliament 26° Maii 1642 in
answere to a Declaracion under his Mats name concerning the
business of Hull: And our further will and pleasure is that the
said booke be read and published in the severall colledges, halls,
churches, schooles, and other publique places of that our university."
York: 14 June 1642. Signed.
xiii. [XV.] Warrant for the speedy printing of "all such our
messages Declaracions Propositions Answers and Replies &c.
as shall hereafter come from us and bee sent to you by either of
our Secretaries of State," and "particularly our late answere to a
booke intituled The Declaration or Remonstrance of the Lords
and Commons of the 19th of May, the copy wherof ye shall
York: 19 June 1642. Signed.
xiv. [XVI.] Letter thanking Prideaux for his "prudent and
discreet carriage concerning the order you receaved from our
house of commons," and ordering him to have printed and read
"all such declaracions of both our houses of parliament as are by
them set forth and answered by us, soe as at the same time you
cause to be read with it our answere to the same, that soe our
good people may not bee misledd by hearing onely of one side,
which some factious spirits endeavour who seek to set devision
between us and our good subjects."
York: 1 July 1642. Signed.
xv. [XVIII.] "Reverend Father in God, right trusty and wellbeloved, we greete you well. Whereas upon a false and scandalous pretence, (and which wee have sufficiently made appeare to
be such by our actions and declarations, and by the Declaration of
our lords and counsellours heere present with us) that wee
intended to make warre upon our parliament, horse is still leavied,
and plate and money is still brought in against us, notwithstanding our declarations and proclamation to the contrary, which
hath forced us out of a due regard to our safety and dignity, and to
the peace of the kingdome, to desire the assistance of our good
subjects for our necessary defence. And whereas our university of
Oxford is not only involved in the consequences of such dangerous
and illegal proceedings equally with the rest of our subjects, but
by our perpetuall care and protection of such nurseries of learning,
we have especiall reason to expect their particular care of us,
and their extraordinary assistance to our defence and preservation": asks that sums of money collected at Oxford may be paid
to Dr. Richard Chaworth.
York: 7 July 1642. Signed.
xvi. [XIX.] Warrant to the sheriff and other officers of the
county and city of Worcester,—"whereas the . . . Lord Byshop
of Worcester hath bin menaced to be sent for in a disgracefull maner
to the parliament, as if indeed he were a notorious malefactor
and delinquent, whereas we have most evident testimony of his
peaceable, loyall and prudent cariadge,"—requiring them to be
"ayding and assisting unto the said Lo. Byshop of Worcester and
by no meanes to permitt or suffer him to be forcibly or otherwise
taken out of the Sea or County by any power, authority, order, or
ordinance whatsoever, not warranted by us."
York: 16 August 1642. Signed.
xvii. [XX.] Letter asking a loan from the clergy of the diocese
to be "duely and speedily repayed with the Intereste of 8 li. per
cent. as soone as these distractions shalbe somewhat appeased."
Nottingham: 28 August 1642. Signed.
xviii. [XXI.] Letter desiring the bishop to take all possible
steps for the promotion of ecclesiastical order and discipline and
for the prevention of the "increase of Brownists, Anabaptists, and
other sectaries and persons mistaken and misperswaded in their
Oxford: 22 December 1642. Signed.
xix. [XXII.] Letter in support of Nathanael Marston, clerk,
for St. Nicholas' or St. Helen's, Worcester, the present parsons
whereof "have long continued to be very schismaticall and
seditious preachers, and . . . are now actually joyned to the
Oxford: 21 January 1642–3. Signed.
xx. [XXIII.] Letter of thanks to the clergy of the diocese
for "their readiness to contribute a good summ of money towards
the raysing of a troope of horse under the command of Sr James
Oxford: 12 February 1642–3. Signed.
xxi. [XXIIII.] Order for the institution of proceedings
against "Humfrey Hardwick, clerk, rector of St. Mary Witton,"
a seditious person now joined to the rebellious army.
Oxford: 24 February 1642–3. Signed.
xxii.–xxv. [XXV.–XXVIII.] Letters requiring the appointment of certain clergymen to benefices lately held by seditious
persons of the sequestration of them for the use of the king's
Oxford: 10 April-20 October 1643.
One of these letters is in favour of a Scottish clergyman,
"Andrew Collaie, parson of Dundee and preacher of Edinburgh."
I desire, in conclusion, to express my acknowledgments to the Very
Rev. the Dean and the Rey. the Chapter for their permission freely
accorded to make a full inspection of their muniments, and I take
pleasure in adding my hearty thanks to Mr. J. H. Hooper, M.A., chapter
clerk, for his great kindness and personal assistance offered to me during
my four visits to Worcester for the purposes of this report.
Reginald L. Poole.