THE RECORDS OF THE CORPORATION OF GREAT GRIMSBY.
These records are preserved at the Town Hall, in fourteen large tin
boxes, in the custody of the Town Clerk. They are for the most part
in excellent preservation, but the contents of several of the boxes are in
great disorder, the Fines and Sessions Papers especially being crumpled
up in their boxes like so much waste paper. Much of this disorder, it
is believed, is due to the unfortunate zeal of a former member of the
Corporation in collecting seals, at a time, many years ago, when the
Corporation had unrestricted access to the records; and the belief seems
to receive some support from the fact that almost every seal has been
removed from the Royal Charters and other deeds. The Court Books
and Court Rolls, also, were until recently scattered about in various
boxes, but this has now, with the permission of the Town Clerk, been
remedied, and the boxes have been roughly arranged in the order in
which they are dealt with in this Report.
The state of the Court Rolls, Sessions Papers, and Fines is such
that it has not been possible, consistently with the instructions of the
Commission, to do more than glance through the bundles in order to
separate from them any documents of a different or more interesting
character; and in this way many of the Royal letters, deeds, &c.,
calendared below, have been rescued from masses of comparatively valueless papers.
The thanks of the writer and of the Commission are due to the
Corporation officials for their courtesy in facilitating this enquiry, and
especially to W. Grange, Esq., the Town Clerk; also to Dr. E. L. Grange,
the son of the Town Clerk, who has been instrumental in preserving
several of the most interesting of the Royal and other letters printed
in this Report.
The contents of the boxes are, roughly speaking, as follows:—
I. Royal Charters and Letters. Free School Deeds. Bailiffs'
II. Court Rolls.
III. Court Rolls and Sessions Papers.
IV. Court Books.
V. Court Rolls and Court Books.
VI. Court Books and Admissions of Freemen.
VII. Court Books.
VIII. Fines or Final Concords.
IX. Sacrament Certificates.
X. Chamberlains' Accounts (modern). Sessions Papers.
XI. Chamberlains' Accounts (old). Election Returns. Admissions.
XII. and XIII. Printed Statutes.
XIV. Counterpart Leases.
Royal Charters, &c.
11 Hen. III., June 20 .—Charter granting to the men of
Grimsby the town and liberties, subject to a fee-farm rent of 111l.;
saving the King's purprestures and rents, if any. The seal is gone, but
the silk remains.
40 Hen. III., May 27 .—Charter confirming the grant of the
town, with purprestures, and reducing the fee-farm rent to 50l., but
reserving to the King the advowsons of the churches of Grimsby and
12 Edw. II., June 4 .—Charter inspecting and confirming the
preceding charter, and granting to the men of Grimsby the return of
the King's writs; immunity from being impleaded without the borough
for matters arising therein, and from toll, murage, &c.; a gaol, &c.
and extending the duration of the two yearly fairs. Endorsed with
memoranda of its production in the Court of Common Pleas in Easter
term 15 Edw. III. (rolls 112 and 240), and in the King's Bench in
Michaelmas term 16 Edw. III. (roll 83).
37 Edw. III., July 12 .—Letters patent exemplifying the
above charter (here called "letters patent") of 4 June 12 Edw. II.
15 Ric. II., Nov. 25 .—Letters patent inspecting and confirming a charter of 3 Nov. 43 Hen. III. , regulating the trade of
the borough, about which there had been disputes between the rich men
and the poor men thereof, and containing curious provisions.
17 Hen. [VI.] Jan. 1 .—Letters patent inspecting and confirming, with the assent of Parliament—.
Letters patent of 20 Jan. 2 Ric. II. , inspecting and confirming the above letters patent of 12 July 37 Edw. III.
Letters patent of 25 Nov. 15 Ric. II., as above.
Letters patent of 24 April 15 Edw. III. , granting certain
waste and marsh lands to the borough.
This document is beautifully illuminated; part of the Great Seal
1 Henry VIII., March 4 .—Royal letters to the Mayor,
Bailiffs, and Burgesses of Grimsby, touching the holding of sessions,
proclamations to be made thereat, offences to be dealt with, &c. Fragment of seal.
2 Henry VIII., June 29 .—Letters patent inspecting and
Charter of 26 May 40 Henry III. , granting to the townsmen immunity from arrest and distress for debt in cases where
the principal debtors can be made to pay.
Letters patent of 1 Jan. 17 Hen. VI., as above.
Seal gone. Endorsed with a memorandum of its having been allowed
by the Justices of Assize at Lincoln Castle, in a suit enrolled in Hilary
term 7 Hen. VIII. (roll 288). There is also a contemporary copy of
these letters patent.
2 Hen. VIII., Nov. 7 .—Pardon to the Mayor and Burgesses
of Grimsby. Seal gone.
1 Edw. VI., July 2 . A similar pardon. Seal gone.
1 & 2 Philip and Mary, 6 Feb. . Letters patent, of which
only the last skin remains, (fn. 1) inspecting and confirming—
Charter of 9 June 55 [Hen. III., 1271], inspecting and confirming
a charter of 11 March 2 John , being a charter of liberties to the town, of the same tenor as the Charter of Northampton.
 Eliz. [19 Feb., 1562.] (fn. 2) —Letters patent, of which only the first
skin remains, being an inspeximus and confirmation of the preceding
letters patent of Philip and Mary.
7 [Eliz. ?] March 26 [1565?].—Letters patent exemplifying the
charters of the town of Northampton, at the request of "the Mayor,
Bailiff (sic), and Burgesses of Great Grymmesbye." Only the last two
skins remain, and these are much injured by galls. The first charter
remaining in this portion is dated 14 March 38 [Hen. VI., 1460], (fn. 3)
which was confirmed by letters patent 10 July 2 [Edw. IV., 1462], (fn. 4)
and those by letters patent 11 Feb. 11 [Henry VII., 1496]. (fn. 5) Then
Letters patent of 2 May 18 Edw. IV. .
Charter of 22 Dec. 11 Henry VII. .
All the foregoing charters were confirmed to the town of Northampton
by letters patent 14 Feb. 2 [Hen. VIII., 1510], (fn. 6) which were confirmed
by letters patent 27 Oct. 1 [Edw. VI., 1547]. (fn. 7) These letters patent
of 7 [Eliz. ?], being a mere exemplification, are not enrolled on either
the Patent Rolls or the Confirmation Rolls.
4 James II., Sept. 15 .—Letters patent making the Mayor and
Burgesses of Grimsby a corporate body, with Recorder, Aldermen,
Coroners, Common Councilmen, Bailiffs, Common Clerk, &c., and conferring various privileges upon them. Three skins, with part of the
Great Seal, of green wax.
The Free School Lands.
These formerly belonged to Rayner's chantry in St. James's Church.
The deeds relating to them are in Box I.
16 Edw. [III.] June 5 .—Letters patent licensing Edmund de
Grymesby to give and assign to a chaplain in the church of St. James
of Grymesby ten tofts in Grymesby, and 13s. 4d. yearly from a
messuage late of Robert David in the same town; which premises are
held of the King in burgage, viz., the messuage by the service of six
marks and the tofts by the service of 3s. 4d. Seal gone.
Duplicate of the preceding, in a bad state.
16 Edw. [III.] Sept. 12 .—Letters patent licensing Edmund
de Grymesby to give and assign to two chaplains ten marks' worth of
lands, tenements, and rents, except lands held of the King in chief.
Endorsed: Carta E. Reg' de decem marc' pro ijbus capell' pro
Reyner chantr'. A large portion of the Great Seal remains.
19 Edw. [III.] March 12 .—Letters patent licensing Edmund
de Grymesby to grant to the said chaplain seven shops, twelve acres
of land, and five acres of meadow in Grymesby, held of the King
in free burgage, and worth 26s. 8d. yearly. Endorsed: Carta de
sept' seldis et xij acr' terr'—lee Rayner Chauntr'. Decayed; seal
1 Edw. VI. July 12 .—Letters patent founding a free
grammar school at Grymesby, at the request of Sir Edward North,
Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations; with one master and one
under-master, to be nominated by the Mayor and Burgesses. Power is
given to them to acquire lands and tenements to the yearly value of
forty marks for the support of the school. Also, licence to Thomas
Thomlynson, perpetual chaplain of the chantry called Raynard Chauntrie, in the parish church of St. James, to give and grant that chantry, and
all its manors, messuages, ornaments, jewels, lands, &c., to the Mayor
and Burgesses, in part satisfaction of the said forty marks; the same
being of the yearly value of 4l. 5s. 6d., over and above 9s. 6d. reserved
to the King as a tenth. Seal gone, but the silk remains; and it bears
the royal sign manual.
1 Edw. VI. Sept. 20 .—Deed of Thomas Thomlynson, chaplain of the chantry called Raynarde's Chantry in St. James's Church,
whereby, under licence from the King, and in consideration of 80l. paid
by the Corporation, he grants to them the said chantry and its
possessions, subject to a yearly rentcharge of 9s. 6d. payable to the
10 Eliz. May 25 .—Decree in Chancery in a cause between
the Corporation, complainants, and Jackson and others, defendants, as to
an annuity charged by Katherine Mason, widow, on the manor of
Goulceby, and lands there and at Asterby and Scamblesby, by deed dated
10 Oct. 5 Edw. VI. , in favour of the Corporation, for a schoolmaster to teach grammar and the Latin tongue at Grimsby.
9 Eliz. Aug. 4 . — Depositions taken before Sir Richard
Thimbleby, knight, and Thomas St. Poll and Edward Dighton, esquires,
in the same cause.
Edmond Fraunces of Golceby clerk, æt. 60, says one Stut had the
manor-house and rectory by lease from King Henry VIII. within this
10 years, and mentions several occupiers.
Other witnesses (Robert Fyshe of Golceby, æt. 35, John Jackson of
Asterby, æt. 40, Robert Wright of Grimsby, æt. 48, Robert Wyndell of
Holton, æt. 46, Robert Hundlebye of Grimsby, clerk, æt. 50, William
Ellarde, æt. 30, Wm. Wright, æt. 30, Wm. Bonde, æt. 80, Wm. Kent,
æt. 50, Robert Fotherby, æt. 33, and Robert Lorde, æt. 60, all of
Grimsby) depose that John Bellow, esq., held the manor of Golceby by
knight service, and sold the same to the Defendant John Hatton and
Clare his wife for 200l.
1616, April 22.—Office copy, dated 5 July 1619, of the will of John
Fotherby of Little Charte, co. Kent, clerk, giving 4l. per annum to the
poor of Grimsby.
There is also a contemporary extract from this will, enclosed with a
letter to the Mayor from the testator's nephew, W. Fotherby, dated
14 Feb. 1645.
1638, June 27.—Office copy will of Anthony Acham of Holborne, co.
Middlesex, gent., whereby he charged the manor and advowson of
Asterby, and lands there and at Goulceby and Randby, with various
annuities payable to the poor of St. Andrew's Holborn, St. Bride's
Fleet Street, Asterby, Goulceby, Knaresbrough, Lincoln, Stamford,
Louth, Grimsby, Nottingham, Northampton, and Grantham.
Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 9 June 1642.
1718, July 28.—Deed of Jane Dymoke, widow of the Hon. Charles
Dymoke of Scrivelsby, esq., deceased, and only daughter and heiress of
Robert Snowden, gent., and Dorothy his wife, deceased, which Dorothy
was formerly widow of George Acham, gent., deceased; whereby, after
reciting the will of the said Anthony Acham, the title, that the lands
descended to his brother Geo. Acham, and a suit against the said
Charles Dymoke, she confirms the said charities.
1658, Aug. 13.—Deed of William Thorold of Cuxwold, gent.,
granting to the Corporation, for binding poor boys apprentices, a rentcharge out of lands at Scartho, of which the deed recites the descent
by the custom of Borough English.
Ordinances of the Borough.
6 Hen. VII., Jan. 8 .—Be it known and had in mynd that
William Vicars, beyng the Mayer of the Burgh of Grymesby, and his
Comburges underwrytten, for the gude rewyll, governaunce, and savying
of conscience, pleasur of allmyghty God, and for mayntenyng of the said
Kynges Burgh and the Inhabitantez therein, hase be gude deliberacion
and a sadd councell and wysements of the seid Mayer and his Comburges;
that is to say, Peyrs de le See, William Lylburn, Stephan del See, Hugh
Edon, Thomas Bell, John Awnger, John Cuke, James Beverley,
Thomas Asseby, Robert Smyth, John Empryngham, John Wryght,
Cuthbart Wytton, William Peveryll, John Sheryff, Herry Benyngworth,
John Gayton, John Forman, Thomas Benyngworth, Herry de le See,
John Fraunkesh, William Rosse, John Cowhop, John Awldwyn, Robert
Swalowe, John Benman, and Richerd Beteneve, William Forman,
Stephan Hatclyff, William Ogle, Robert Walker, Stephan Palmer,
Thomas Williamson, Thomas Symkynson, Ranold Peter, Adam Carlton,
William Glasyner, and Andrew Bell, Laurence Johnson, John Whytley,
Robert Archer, William Awldwyn, Alexander de le See, John Burton,
Jacob Dynewell, Henry Drowry, Thomas Watson, Thomas Myffyn; by
a hole assent has stabled, ordand, and sworne of the Hooly Mesbuke
and the holy Canone wt the holy crucifix wt the figure of our Savyor
Jhe' therupon to theis artekyls folowyg, that is to say:
That thei shall be redy wtowtyn fere or drede of any man in any
degre to resort to ther Mayer for the tyme beyng to mayntene him and
his successors in all the poyntys and articculs contened in the Charters
graunted by the Kyng and his noble progenitorys, and in the Burges
othe, viz., ther shall no man provoke nor styrr to chose in Mayor nor
Baylyff from the day of the makyng of this presence but such as kan be
thoght shall be most proper profetable in kepyng of good rewyll and
governaunce for the said Burgh and the Inhabitance be the Eleccion
and wyll of the most parte of votes of the said Comburges.
Item, if ther happen any variance among the said Burges, than it is
agrede that ther shall iiij Burges of the forsaid Burgesses be apoynted
and indeferently chosyn to agre theym, and to seke nonc other mayntenance but ther Mayor, as it is more playnly contenyd in ther Burges
Item, if ther be any man of any degre that will vex, truble, hynder,
or do wrong to any of the seid Burges or inaubentez wtin the said
town, that then evere ylke one of the said Burges and all ther retenures
that one or all may mayke shall be redy in ther best array fensable to
wthstand all such mysdoers, and to mayntayne the Mayer, the Kinges
Burgh and Fraunches.
And evere sworn Burges shall be redy to cum and compleyn to ther
Mayer of all such defauts as has bene moved and done, and inespeciall
by John Myssynden, his breder, and his servauntes, and of eny gentilman
or yoman that has done wrong or shall do to the said Kynges Burgh
and the privelege and ryghte.
And all the articles befor rehersyd shalbe kept of evere manes by
half befor rehersyd, and to be redy wth body and his guds to mayntene
and performe the premesys evere man syngularly by hymself befor
rehersyd bynds hym in xlli sterlyng, to forfett if any of the said Burges
discover or puplysh the seid articles to eny person butte the seid Burges
wtout the assent of theym all; or if any of theme all be intreted the
contrary be any person of any degre, he or they so doyng or trespassyng
agayn the seid articles shall run in the contempt and forfet xlli to or
soveraign Lord Herry the vijt, to his Chaunceler of Yngland, the
parson of Saynt Marysse of Grymesby beforesaid, and to the vicar of
Saynt James of the same, to the byhove of mayntenyng of the ij parish
kyrkes of Grymesby befor said and devyne servise, als of[t] as it may be
praisd of hym or them.
In witnesse whereof the forsaid William Vicars, Mayer, wt all his
Comburges befor rehersyd, to this presence has sette ther seales. Geven
at Grete Grymesby, the viij day of January, in the yere of the reign of
Kyng Herry the vijti vjto.
Bond of same date from William Vicars, Mayor, and 27 of the
Burgesses to the King and his Chancellor for the time being, the Rector
of St. Mary's, and the Vicar of St. James's, in 40l., conditioned for
performance of the said ordinances. On vellum. A portion of the
Mayor's seal remains. Endorsed: Bond for performing of orders and
letters of the Earle of Westmoreland. Also: Artikles maid in the time
of Wm Vickers maior wch. we are bound to observe by or ould
There is a copy of these ordinances, &c. at fo. 57a of the earliest Court
14 Hen. VI., Oct. 3 .—Ordinances commencing, "In the
laude and joy of oure Lord Jhũ Crist, and of the most holy moder and
vyrgyne oure lady seynt Mary, and all the holy celestyns of heven, to
the releve and sustentacion of the kyngs burgh of Grymesby," &c.
These ordinances have been published in a little book on the town of
Grimsby, by Robert Walker, printed at Grimsby, by and for the Author,
The original vellum has been so much injured by the application of
galls, probably for the purpose of copying for Walker's Book, that the
writing is now all but illegible.
Royal and other Letters.
Most of these letters are without the date of the year, though it could
no doubt be supplied in many cases from internal or other evidence.
Several of the Royal letters relate to the fee-farm rent, which seems
always to have been a source of anxiety and trouble to the Corporation,
one of the mayors, according to Madox, having been imprisoned for its
nonpayment. The fee-farm rent continues to be paid by the Borough
Treasurer down to the present day.
1. Letters of Kings Henry VII. and Henry VIII., under the signet,
to the Mayor and Burgesses of Grimsby, and others.
By the King.
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you wel. And for asmoch as we
be enformed that certain Inhabitantes of oure town of Grymmesby, not
dreding the displeasance of God nor thoffence of us and oure lawes,
have made grete attemptatz on riotous wise ageinst oure paix upon the
religious persones the Freers Augustines situate in the same oure town,
and over this enditing certain of their brethern withoute eny reasonable
cause and ageinst alle good conscience, to their unportable charge and
cost; with the which demeaning we be gretly displeased, if it so be.
Wherefore we, having consideration unto the premisses, and not wolling
in eny wise such unlawful entresse to be had in to their place withoute
their licence unredressed, wol and charge you, asferforth as in you is, ye
see that by noon inhabitant bilonging unto oure said town from hensforth be doon eny such attemptatz ageinst the said religious persones,
employing youre diligence and laboure to the discharging of their enditement, to thentent that the forsaid religious men, withoute damage, los
of goodes, or bodyly harme, maye quietly attend unto their devine,
vertueux, and devoute occupations. And that ye faile not herof, as ye
wol avoide oure displeasr. Geven under oure signet, at oure manor
of Grenewiche, the first day of Octobre.
Addressed: To oure trusty and welbeloved the mair and thinhabitantes of oure town of Grymisby.
By the King.
We signifie unto you that we have understanden by piteuse and
lamentable compleint . . . . . . . . howe no consideracion
nor respect taken unto our letters writen unto you nor . . . . . .
to surcesse of the grete attemptatz that ye have doon ayenst our lawes
. . . . . . . . . . and certain his brethern, and in especiall
ayenst our welbeloved John . . . . . . . . . . . us for the
right of their Church by commaundement of the Abbot an . . . .
. . . . . . . taken upon you to offende our grace in that behalf,
in such wise as . . . . displesr and so . . . . . . plesed
as ye have geven us grete cause. Wherfore we write unto you . . .
. . . straitely charging . . . amonges othre thinges to surcesse
and leve your handes of such injuries and wrong . . . ye have
doon and attempted ayenst the said place contrary to the grauntes of
our noble progenitours and of us . . . . . . ye on alwise kepe
our paix ayenst the said Abbot, his brethern and servantes, and in
especialle ayenst the said John Aylesby, so that he may saufly ride and
goe for the prouffit of the said place, as his dewete is, and not to be
perturbed nor letted by you to sewe unto us for the wele of the said
Church. As ye wol answere unto us at your peril. Geven under our
signet, at our palais of Westm', the ix day of Nouembre.
Addressed: To the mair, bailiffs, and inhabitantz of oure towne of
Endorsed: The Kynges letter to the Maire of Grymsby tochyng the
Abbot of Wellow.
By the King.
H. R. [Henry VII.]
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you wele. And where we be
credibly enfourmed that there is graunted unto you by oure progenitors
diverse privilegies concernyng the good ordre and ruele of oure towne
there and thinhabitauntes of the same: we, willing you to enjoy almaner
yor said priviligies, liberties, and fredomes in as ample maner as it is
graunted unto you by our said progenitors, wol and therefore streitly
charge you, that, not sparing for eny maner favor or drede, ye take
upon you to se that it be duly . . . oceded according to the said
graunt and suche constitucions and usages as of olde tyme have been
accustumed there. And also that there be no liveryes nor clothyng
geven nor worne in or said Towne contrary to or constitucions and
ordinaunces provided in that behalve. And if eny persoon or persoons
wol attempt to interrupt you in execution thereof, we wol than that ye
immediatly thereupon do certifie us of his or their names, to thentent
that we may purveie for their lauful punicion in that partie; acertaynyng
you that for yor aide and strength in thaccomplisshing thereofe, we
shalbe unto you at al tymes herafter right tendre soverain lord. Geven
undre oure signet, at or castel of Tutbury, the xxvth day of Octobre.
Addressed: To oure trusty and welbiloved the Maior, Baliffes, and
Burgesses of or Towne of Grymmesby.
Endorsed: The Kynges letter frendly written to the Mair and
burgesses for the maynteinyng of there . . . . .
By the King.
H. R. [Henry VII.]
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you, lating you wite that it is comen
to our knowlege how that certayn cruell and avouable murdres have be
late comitted in sundry places in our countie of Lincoln, in the parties
of Lyndesey, and noo laufull redresse or punisshement had therin.
Wherfor, willing not such detestable offenses to passe unpunisshed, considering the abhomynabilite thereof before the face of God, [we] wol and
straitly commaunde you that in alle hast ye doo the said murdrers to be
enquired of from tyme to tyme unto they may be founde, and that soo
doon, ye see wthoute favor, affeccion, drede or parcialite thoffenders
sharply to be punisshed after the straitnesse of our lawes. And that
ye faille not to doo yor effectuell diligence herein as ye wol answere
bifor God and unto us at your perilles. Geven undre our signet, at or
citie of Lincoln, the vth day of Aprill.
Addressed: To our trusty and welbeloved the Justices of or pees in
the parties of Lyndesey wtin the countie of Lincoln. For murdres.
By the King. (Copy.)
Trusty and wellbeloved, we grete you wele. And where as the Danys,
under pretence of th' amyte we have wt or cossen the King of Denmarke, their souverain lord, robbe and dispoile on the see the servauntes
of or cosyns of Fraunce, Spain, of Portingaile, and of other kinges,
princes, and commonalyties wt whome we have also liege and peace, and
wt ther robberies and pillages doth resort unto or portes and crekes for
ther to make ther port saile of the same, and to refrech theme wt
victailles and other necessaries: We, hereing daily the grete suytes,
clamors, and complaintes made unto us by the lieges of or confiderates forsaid on the oon syde, and the requestes of or propre servauntes, howe
th' entrecours of marchaundis, throughe the pillages of the said Daynes, is
gretely lete . . . . . and to our no litle losses in or Custumes and
Subsidies, wt other evidentes inconv[eniences]. . . . . other syde
may of equitie observying or liegues wt the said kinges, princes . . .
subjectes of any of our confiderates to robbe or to make war on the
othres, and . . . . . ther can no saile be maid nor colour unto
pirattes and dispolers upon . . . . . wolle and estraitely commaunde and charge you, that frome hens forth ye give nether help,
releve, nor . . . . to any man Dane making war be see, or to any
other ther robbing, neither be bying ne bartering of any goodes
violently robbed from the lieges nor subjectes of any or frendes, thof the
same subjectes wold assent and desire you so to do; but that ye take
the said Daynes wher so ever they com wt any pryses to or port ther or
crekes of the same, and send the capytaines wt ij or iij others of the best
of theme up unto us, for to aunswere in that behalfe, ye keping holy
and entierly aswell the vassailes and goodes of the takers as of thos that
be taken unto the tyme ye shall have thereupon knowlege of or forther
plesour. And over this we woll and charge you that neither to Dane
pirate nor to any other pirates or robbers on the see [ye] give any manner vitaile nor other thing behovefull to theme for to make warr in
this caas, uppon pain unto hym or subject that bieth, bartireth, vitailleth, or supporteth any such piller of the sec, of restytution of the hole to
the parte robbed, and of confiscation unto us of asmoch his propre goodes
that bieth, barterith, vitailleth, or supporteth as [the] pillage amounteth
unto, wt his body to be commytted to prison, ther to rest for as longe
as it shall pleas us. And for the more seurty of theis, cause to have it
halwaies openly knowen, and not to be colored; we give and graunte
unto the fynder of the said forfator the moite of or parte, to have and
enjoye the same to hym for euer. Geven under or signete, at or manoir
of Shene, the xxiij day of May.
Addressed: To the Mair, Custumers, and Comptroller of Hull.
By the King.
H. R. [Henry VII.]
Welbeloved, we grete you wele. And wher as a tenement wt
thappertenaunces lyeing wtin that or towne of Grymesby, late belonging
to oon John Cook, otherwise called John a Chambre, and also all his
stuf and goodes, of the which, as we perceive, ye made an inventore
endented, bilonge justly unto us, by reason of his forfaicture: we late you
wit, that we of oure grace especial have geven and graunted the said
tenement, stuf, and goodes to or welbeloved servaunt Nicholas Smyth.
Wherfor we wol and charge you to make unto him juste and undilayed
deliveraunce of all the said stuf and goodes, and also to geve unto him
yor good and lieful assistence in taking seisin of the said tenement, and
in his contynuel possession of the same, as ye tendre oure pleasor. And
these or letters shalbe yor witnes in the premisses. Geven under or
signet, at or Palais of Westm', the last day of Octobre.
Addressed: To our welbeloved the Mair of our towne of Grymsby
wtin our countie of Lincoln.
By the King.
H. R. [Henry VII.]
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you wel. And soo it is as we be
credibly enformed that or cousin the King of Romayns is commen to
Mechlyns, orelles shalbe there; wherefore, as it is saide, our Rebelles take
courage, and doo prate and saye that within this oure Realme be certain
persones which wol not long tarye from theym, but goo unto them in
hast, uppon knowlege of the comming of the [King of] Romayns forsaid; and in asmoche as, be it soo or nat soo as it is befor written, good
pollecy adjugeth we shulde provide for the worst: Therfor we wol and
charge you that ye have sure and contynuel await uppon almanner of
vessailles wtin yor offices, and in especial wtin the crekes and in othre
small rivers hable to passe crayers or botes to the see, that no manner
suspect persone be suffred to passe, but that he be attached, and theruppon with the demeanyng and ground of his suspection be saufly sent
unto us; and we shal see to youre reasonable cost in that behalve. And
therefor faile ye not of the premisses, as ye propose to avoide or right
grevous displeasour, and the dangier that therupon to you may ensue.
Geven undre oure Signet, at our Castel of Windesore, the xxj day of
Addressed: To our trusty and welbeloved thofficers of the Towne
and Creke of Grymesby.
By the King.
H. R. [Henry VII.]
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you wele, lating you wit that we
been enfourmed that emonges diverses ordonances made by the Maior,
Burgeises, and Comonaltie of our towne of Grymesby for the good rule
and politique governance of the same, by virtue of such privileges and
confirmacions as by oure noble progenitours have been unto thaim
graunted and by us confermed, it hath been ordeyned and of longe tyme
used and contynued, that for thelleccion yerely of the Maire of oure
said Towne . . . . . personnes of the same, such as been
Bourgeises and of the Comon Counsail there, and moost suffisant and
able, shal name two personnes of thaim self; and therupon the said
Comonaltie, after their discrecions, to chose oon of thoos two to bee
maire as for the yere folowing; which ordonnances is to us right
aggreable. We therfore wol and straitly charge you that from tyme to
tyme ye see that the said ordonnances bee observed and kept, if it bee
according to the privileges, graunts, confirmacions and usages afore
expressed; nat suffring eny personne, of what degree or co[ndicion] soo
ever he bee, to doo enything that should sowne to the breche therof. And
if any personne [or] personnes presume to attempte to the contrarie,
that ye doo hym or thaim to be punisshed according to or lawes, or elles
to certifie us of his or thair names without failing, all . . . drede and
parcialitie leyde apart, as ye wil answere unto us and avoid our displeasour. G[even] undre our Signet, at Rippon, the xviij day of
August. (fn. 8)
(J. Harpisfeld) ?
Addressed: To our trusty and welbeloved the Coronors, Bailleifs,
Comon Counsail, and inhabitaunts of oure towne of Grymesby, and to
every of [them].
By the King.
H. R. [Henry VII.]
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you wele, And bee credibly
enfourmed that certain sommes of money of the rentes and revenues of
the landes and livelode which apperteyned to the late Erl of Westmrland and to his son the late Lord Nevil, in your receipt and charge, and
growen due unto thaym at Whitsontide last passed, and also to the
Lady Nevil by reason of hir joinctur, resten yit unpayed; wherupon we
wol and desir you, that with al convenient spede and diligence after the
sight herof, ye bring or suerly sende al the said sommes of money unto
the said Lady Nevil. And astouching such fees and annuities as were
graunted hertofor and assigned upon the said landes and livelode
appointed unto hir for hir said joinctur, we wol that ye doo spedily
levie and gadre the same, and thaym kepe and reteyne in your handes
without any payment therof making til ye shal undrestande our furthr'
mynde and pleasour in that behalve: Nat failling in th'execution of the
premisses as ye wol aunswer therfor as the caas shal require. Geven
under our signet, at our Monasterye of Stratford, the furst day of
Addressed: To our trusty and welbeloved the Mair of our Town of
By the King. [Henry VII.]
Right trustie and right welbyloved Cousyn, we grete you well. And
where as cure noble progenitor Edwarde the Seconde, sometyme Kynge
of Englande, gave and graunted amonge other thinges by his letters
patentes unto youre auncester Edmonde of Wodestok and to his heyres
an annuall rente by the name of Fee Ferme of fiftie poundes, which the
Maior and Baillieffes of oure towne of Grymmesby, wythin oure Countie
of Lincoln, have by vertue therof custumably payed unto youe and
youre auncesters yerely in oure Eschequer, wthin the quindene of Saint
Michaell th'archangell: We understande, by credible reporte made unto
us, that aswell by reason of there excessive and unportable charge in
that behalf, an of the grette desolation and decay that cure sayde towne
is now fallen in, and also of the poverties of the sayd Mayor and
Baylieffes they be not of power to contynew the payment of the sayde
Fee Ferme, but, raither then to be any further charged wyth the same,
entende to surrendre and yelde into oure handes all soch liberties and
fraunchesies as unto them were heretofore graunted by Henry the
Thirde and other oure noble progenitors, Kynges of Englande; which
we ne wolde shulde hapne in oure dayes, for, as we understande, yf any
soch surrendre sholde be made, the sayde annuitie and fee ferme, wyth
the liberties and frauncheses aforsayde, were lyke utterly to cesse and to
be of none effecte. Whereupon we entende, aswell for conservation
of the same as of the repayre of oure sayde towne, to directe oure letters
of Commission unto certayne persons, gevinge them in commaundement
to survey oure sayde towne, wyth all the members and commodities
thereunto belonginge, and them trulie to extende to a yerely value;
of the which surveyaunce and extent, when it shalbe appoynted, ye
shall have a reasonable knowledge, to th'intent that ye may conveniently sende soch of youre counsell as it shall lyke youe to be at the
same; and according to the sayde extent ye and youre heyres yerely
after to be content and payde wythin the sayde quindene in oure sayde
Eschequire by the Mayor and Baylyffes there for the tyme being, and
they to be discharged of any further payment, but onely after the rate
of the sayde extent: praying youe that wyth this direction ye wolde
holde youe content and pleased, for if the corporation be ones dissolved
and broken, ye can never after have any parte of the sayde fee ferme
by vertue of any graunte heretofore made to youe or any of youre sayde
auncesters. Geven under oure signet, at oure Palais at Westm', the xth
On parchment. Endorsed: The copie of the Kinges letter to therle
of Westmerlande for the discharge of xxli parcell of the Fee Ferme of
A copy of this letter is entered in the earliest Court Book, fo. 59b.
The date of the entry preceding it is 2 June 10 Hen. VIII. ; but
the date appears to be about 1488 or 1490. Compare entries on pp.
By the King.
Henry R. [Henry VIII.]
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you wele. And where as oure powr
subgiect William Thomlynson hath . . . . . us and oure Counsaill, how that he hath of the graunte of the late Maire and Burgesses
of . . . . of Grymmesby their sufficient letters undre the common
seel of our said towne the Spitelhouse . . . . . of Saint Mary
Magdalene wtout the Barregates there, and procuratorie of the same for
. . . . . . [? life], as by his said letters, which he shewed
unto us and our Counsaill, it may appere . . . . . . . . shewed
unto us that you now entende to expelle and put the said William out of
the same wtout . . . . . of cause reasonable, contrary to the
said graunte, right, and good conscience: We, entending justice indifferently to be ministred unto every or subgiettes, wol that ye permitte
and suffre the said Will[ia]m peasibly to enioye the said house as he hertofore
hath according to his said graunte wtout any manner of interrupcion to
the contrary, onles that ye have any cause reasonable to be shewed
before us and oure Counsaill why ye shulde interupte hym of the same;
and if ye any suche cause have, then that ye certifie us and or Counsaill
therof, to thentent that we, by thadvis of oure said Counsaill, may so
ordre the matier in eschewing of his further suyte and vexaccion. And
that ye faille not thus to doo as ye tendre or pleasure. Geven undre
or signet, at or Manor of Grenewich, the xiiijth day of Aprill.
W. Atwater. (fn. 9)
Addressed: To oure trusty and welbiloved the Maire of oure towne
of Grymmesby and to the Burgesses of the same.
Very dilapidated; good signature of the King at the top.
By the King.
Trusty and welbeloved, we grete you wel. And late you wite, that
it hath be do us to understande howe amonge diverse ordinaunces and
laudable custumes made by the Maire, Burgeises, and Comonalte of
oure towne of Grymesby for the good publique and paissable rieul and
gouvernaunce of the same, it is conteined as we . . . enfourm . .
. . . . . . . . . . for th'ellection of the Maire . . . . . .
our said towne . . . . . of the same, suche as be of moost habilite
and reputacion and of the Comune Consail . . . . . name two
personnes of theym selve, and therupon the said Comonalte, after their
discrecions, chose oon to be thair Mair as for the yere folowing; the
whiche ordinance is to us right agreable. Wherfore we write unto you
at this tyme, wolling and straitly charging you that fro tyme to tyme ye
se that the said ordinance be observed and kept, not souffering any
personne, of what degree or condicion soever he be, to do any thing that
might sowne to the breche therof. And yf any personne wol attempt
to do the contrary of this oure commaundement, that ye do hym to be
punisshed after oure lawes and custumes of oure said towne. And faille
ye not herof as ye wol eschue oure grete displaiser. Geven under oure
signet, at our Castel of Leycestre, the last day of Septembre. (fn. 10)
Addressed: To oure trustie and welbeloved the Maire, Coronners,
and Juratez of oure towne of Grymesby.
By the King.
Henry R. [Henry VIII.]
Trusty and welbiloved, we grete you well, lating you wit that callyng
to or remembrance the grete . . . . . . . idle and sturdy vagaboundes
within this or Realme, that will by noo gu . . . meane or commaunde me
. . . . to labor and travaill for their lyving, but being roted in idelnes
doo wander in all partes, both to the greate perill of or good and faithfull
subjettes, and to thinderaunce and damage of the pore impoten . . . .
sustenaunce and relief is moche diminished by thimportunate beggyng
of suche sturdy and idle . . . . . . th'entent order may be taken [in] tyme
that the weedes over growe not the corne, that is tha . . . . . . to
mischief and noughtines of lyvyng be not suffred to molest or trouble
our good . . . . . which desire to lyve lik true honest men in their
degres . . . as or pleasure and . . . . comm . . . . is that every of
you for yor partes shall have good and . . . . nt respect in all . . . . . . .
that or statutes for suche vagabundes may be duely put in . . . . . . . .
. . . quiett and the better repression of suche idle persons a . . . . . . ld
be noysom and harmfull [to the com]onwealth; we woll and straitely
charge and commaund you, that you shall not only cause watches to
be duelly kepte every night in all places accustomed wtin that or town
from ix of the clocke at night till fyve of the clocke in the mornyng,
from the day of the recept hereof or assone as ye can take order for the
same, untill the feest of Saint Michaell th' archaungell next ensuyng;
but also that you shall take certen direction with every parte of that or said
towne that shall kepe suche watches, that they shall nightly cause one
housholder at the leste of the honestest and best sorte to be presente
in theyr watche, to th'entent the same may be the more substancially
kepte for the quiet of or good subjettes and the repression and punnishment of the worste sorte that seketh . . . hing . . . . . . . . . of those
that in their degrees lyve after an honest godly fashon. Eftsones therfore
. . . . commande . . . . we specially trust you not only to see this or
pleasur put in due execution, but . . . . . respect and regarde that it
may be observed and contynued in all places as is a . . . . . tyme
prescribed, as ye woll answer unto us for the contrary. Geven under
or signet, . . . . Hampton Court, the xxth day of May.
Addressed: To or trustie and welbiloved the Maior and his brethern
of that or towne Grymysbye.
There is only one other royal letter of later date, as follows:—
1606, Jan. 4. Westminster.
Part copy of a letter from the King, addressed to the Sheriffs and
Justices of Peace in the Counties of Nottingham, Derby, and Lincoln,
the City of Lincoln, and the West Riding of Yorkshire, recommending
contributions for the repair of the haven of Grimsby.
Among the royal letters there is a copy on paper of "the charter of
Southwold." It is really a writ to all sheriffs, mayors, &c., dated 5
July 18 Hen. [VI. ?], commanding them to permit the men and tenants
of the town of Southwold, in the county of Suffolk, which Gilbert de
Clare, late Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, held, as appeared by an
Inquisition, temp. Hen. III., exemplified by King Henry [IV. ?], the
King's grandfather, to be quit from toll, pontage, passage, pickage,
pavage, and murage.
2. Letters of noblemen and others to the Mayor and Burgesses of
Grimsby and others.
[Before 1459.] Letter of John Viscount Beaumont.
Right trusty and welbeloved, I grete you wel. And forasmuch as it
is supposed that there shall now hastily ben a Parlement, which if it so
shall be I pray you right hertely, considered that my right trusty and
welbeloved servaunt Rauff Chaundeler is like newely to ben maund in
yor town at Grymesby, wherfor of reson he shuld rather shewe his
diligence in suche as shall be thought spedefull for the wele of yor said
town thanne sum other straung persone, yt may like you for my sake
in yor eleccion for yor Burgeises of yor said town to graunte yor good
will and voys to my said servaunt, to th'entent that he myght be oon of
yor Burgeises to apere for yor said town in the said Parlement. And
such as I may do for you I shall at alle tymes the rather perfourme to
my power, as knoweth God, which have you ever in keping. Writen
at Eppeworth, the xv day of Decembre.
Beaumont. (fn. 10)
Addressed: To my right trusty and welbeloved the Mayer and
Bailyfs of Grymesby be this delivered.
[1454–71.] Letter of William Skipwyth.
Worchipffull and welbeloved brother, I recommand me on to yow.
And for as mysche as y am enformed that Kyrstoffer Pycate, a tenaunt
and a man of myn, haeth don a forfette to the town, the wysche y am
fulle sory and ill a pays that any servant of myn schuld do howte that
were agaynest yowr . . . . of the town other wysse than the law wold
[warrant ?]; for y wold prey for to take the mater in to . . . . hand, and
that it lyke yow for to lette . . . . n and other . . . . . . . . he dyd
forffet to thesse to men, and lette hym Kirstofer ch[ose] other, and letten
theym sette a nende betwyx theym. And as for the forfette that he
dyd agayenst the town, whan ye and y mette to gedyr, the end schalbe
made in that wysse that ye schall hold yow content. No more y write
to yow at this tyme, but God have yow in ys kepyng. Writen at
Calthorp, this . . . . day of feverer.
Be youre brother
and frend, William Skipwyth.
Addressed: To the worshipffull and ryght tristy and welbeloved
brother and frend Hew Edon, mayre of Gremysby. (fn. 11)
[1474–80.] Letter of Dame Alice Rotherham.
Ryght worschypfwll Syr, I commende me unto yow and to all yowre
bredyr hertely with all my herte, dyshyryng to here off yowre wellffare,
prayng yowre maysterschyppe of yowre scharyte that ye be gwd frende
and wel wylher to the pwre hows of nownys of Grymysby off syche
serten dwtys os you can infwrme yow off; fore qwhy, me semys that thay
fawle into the generall sentens that wit howldys holy schyrche dwte, of
that qwhyche it is possesste in of holde tyme, and all that consentys yerto
or swpportys the wroyng; qwhare fore I pray yowe to supporte them in
thare ryght and to be fawerhabwll wnto tham, os my trwste is in yow,
and os ye wyll that I do honythyng fore yow in tyme to cum; and also
I schall pray my Lorde my swne to be gwd lord to yow in any matter
that ye haff to do, os in that that he may do for yow; qwhare fore I
pray yow tendyrly to remembwrme and thys pwre nownys, yowre pwre
beyd women. Nomore at thys tyme, bot grasiows god haffe yow in hys
mersyffwll kyppyng. Wrytyn at Nettylam, the iij day of Awgwst.
Be dame Alys Rothera'
moder to my lorde schansler. (fn. 12)
Addressed: To the worschyppfwll Mare of Grymsby and to hys
bredyr be thys deliverde.
[c. 1487.] Letter of John Saynton.
Ryght worshipfull and wt all my hert enterly belovyd maystre and
frendez, I recomaund me to yow as hertely as I can, praying you to
gyff faithfull credence to my fellow and frend Thomas Broghton, youre
neghpur, the brynger heroff, in all suche thyngez as he will say to you
on my behalff, as touchyng such . . . . . passid in the Parlement, and
for the worship and wele off yor toune for yor franchez. Written at
London, the xvj day of June.
Yor own man and
frend, John Saynton.
Addressed: To the ryght worshipfull and my full gode maysters &
frendez, the Mayre off the toune of Grymesby, and all the inhabitaunce
of the same.
[ ] Letter of Ralph Earl of Westmorland.
Right trusty and intierly welbeloved, we grete you ofte tymes well, no
doubting but [it] is in your freshe remembraunce how that in relieving
and helping of you and al othre inhabitantes of the towne of Grymesby
we, at the instance of the King or soverein lord, as long as it shall plese
us, pardoned unto you yerly of our duetee xli. And also we, of our
owne fre will, for the love and favour that we alway bar and yit ber
unto you, having compassion and pite of the povertee that ye alleged at
that tyme, at our]wil put in respite yerly xli, to th'entent that of the remanent of our said dutes furth wtall we shuld wtout delay be redily paied
when we sent therfor. Yit all this notwtstanding, we but late sent unto
you as for a knawn persone our servaunt John Kemp for the remanent
of or said duetee, to whome ye made delais and caused hym to tary
therefor, likly as he had asked our hole duetee. We therfor let you
plainly witte, that if ye at eny tyme heraftre enstraunge you to make
redy payment unto suche persone or persones as we send therefor,
bringing therof to you a sufficient acquitaunce, we shall frome thens
furth araise upon you our hole duetee, wt suche processe if nede be as
the lawe will geve us in that bihalf. Writen undre our signet, at our
Castell of Raby, the xxv day of Octobre.
Rauf erl of Westmerland
and lord Neville. (fn. 13)
Addressed: To our Right trusty and intierly welbeloved the Maire
and Burgeis of the towne of Grymesby.
[ ] Letter of Ralph Earl of Westmorland.
Right welbeloved, I recommaunde me unto yowe. And whereas I
understonde that youre towne of Grymesbye must send up to the Parliament two Burgessis of the same, wheche if ye do so wolle be to you no
littill charge in susteanyng ther costis and expensis; wherefor, aswell
for the welle of youre seid towne as other speciall causys, I advise and
hartely requyre you to send unto my hondes youre wrytte directed for
the electionne of the seid Burgessis, wheche I shall cause to be substauncially retoorned, and appoynt ij of my counsale to be Burgessis for
youre seid towne, who shall not only regarde and set forward the welle
of the same in suche causis, if ye have any, as ye shall advertise me and
theym upon, but also dymmynysshe yor chargis of olde tyme conswete
and used for the sustentacioune of there seid costes. And in this doyng
ye shall shewe unto me a singuler pleasure, and unto yor selffis convenient proffit; wherof I efftsons hartely requyre yowe not to faile as
ye intend to have my goode wylle and favor in lyke maner shewed
accordingly. Thus hartely fare ye welle. At my Castell of Brauncepath, this xvjth day of September.
[ ] A hastily written letter [to the Earl of Westmorland ?], without
Pleas it yor gode Lordchip to know that ther hath beyn wt me
dyvers of the inabetantes of the town of Grymsby from the Mayr,
desyryng me to writ to yow, besekyng yow to be to them good lorde in
helpyng of them to ther discharge owt of the Kynges Exchekir for
soche mony as thei pay to yor Lordchip as parcel of ther ferme, wer of
thei can in no wis be discharged wt owt the especial helpe and favor of
yor gode Lordchip; and yt it wol ples yow to writ to sum of yor councel
at London to helpe them to the same. My Lorde, pety it wer but thei
sholde hafe helpe theirin, for the lak ther of pittes many folkes in dreid
to com and inabit ther wtin the same towne, wiche shal be gretly to the
decay of the same, as divers of the said inabitans, berers heirof, wol
shew to yor good Lordchip. And thus almyghty God preserve [you].
No signature, the lower part of the paper having been cut off, perhaps
for the sake of the autograph.
[1520 ?] Sept. 27 [12 ?] Hen. VIII.
Sir Thomas Darcy, knight, Lord Darcy, "who married Edith relict of
Sir Ralph Nevyll, knight, son and heir apparent of Ralph Nevyll, late
Earl of Westmorland," acknowledges the receipt from John Fotherby
and Patrick Annesley, bailiffs of Grymesby, of 30l. fee-farm rent, viz.,
15l. for Easter 10 Hen. VIII., and 15l. for Michaelmas 11 Hen. VIII.
Signed, T. Darci. Seal gone.
[ ] Letter of Thomas Gryce.
I. H. S.
Ryght trusty frendes, aftr hertyst manner I recommend me unto yow.
And so hit is that my Lord Darcy hath send this berer John Halyle unto
yow, dysseryng yow to do so moch for hys Lordshyp att the tyme as to
levy and gedder his renttes & fermes of Grymsby & Beysby dew to his
Lordshyp att Ester last past ther, and the same to delyver unto the
same John Halyle, and suerly his Lordshyp weill deserve yor payns
therfor wth thankes, as knowth our Lord God, who kep yow in gud helth.
Scribylyd att Templehirst, this iiijth day of Aprill. I pray yow geve
further credance to this berer.
Yor luffyng frend to his power,
Addressed: To myn old frendes & luffers Robt Stevenson & Richerd
[Roch ?] and every of thame be this delivered.
[ ] Letter from John Lude (?) of the King's Exchequer, to the
Mayor of Grimsby.
Says that the town stands in arrear in the Exchequer, for which
process should have gone out last term, "as Catelyn can shew you," but
that he had paid 2s. out of his own purse to stay it. Begs that the
Bailiffs will bring the quittance from my Lord Darcy. The writer has
been 10 years attorney for the town, but for four years has had no fees.
"Wherefor I pray you to move my masters your brethren that I may
be somewhat recompensed therefor as reason wold."
[ ] March 15. "From the Kinges Honor of Hulle." Letter
from Mychaell Stanhope to the Mayor and Bailiffs of Grimsby.
States that the bearer, Anthony Fitzherberd, stands under arrest at
the suit of Sr Gey Gikell, priest, for 5l. 6s. 8d., and for 16 quarters
of corn, which came from Waltham, most of it from Mr. Robert
Skerne's ground, of whom he hired it. Last year "I was labored unto
by my cosayne John Babyngton, whow sent me a letter desieryng me
by the same to spare endyferently the corne that was at the parsonage
of Waltham, for that the parson, Mr. John Fitzherberd, one of the
Kynges majesties chaplenys, had wryte hym a letter decclaryng by
the same that he had lette the sayd parsonage of Waltham to ferme
unto the sayd Antony Fitzherberd. For further declaracion to veryfy
the truthe, this Fitzherberd was forsed to obtayne a letter from the
Kinges Counsayll to William Ustwayt of Waltham, that dwelt in the
sayd parsonage, for to expulce hym forth therof." The parson of
Waltham is uncle to the bearer, and also agreed to let him the parsonage
farm, so that he thought his uncle would rather blame the priest,
Sr Gey Gekell, than maintain him therein, and thus he is now destitute
not only of counsel but also of witnesses, &c.
, January 4. London.
Letter from "yours as yett unaqwaintyd, Richard Goodrick," to the
Mayor of Grimsby and his brethren, thanking them for electing him a
Burgess for Parliament, and professing his readiness to serve them
without any charge.
[1547 ?] January 14. Lincoln. Letter from George Saintpoll to his
loving frende, Rychard Hempryugham, Maior of the Towne of
Has received their letter requiring his advice as to the indictment of
a certain prisoner at Grimsby to be tried before him and Mr. Aycue,
Mr. Hennage, and others by commission. Can give no direct advice
until he sees them. Has to ride to London, but on his return will
let them know when he can come. Will see Mr. Chancellor shortly on
Mr. Bellow's business.
1552[–3], January 19. From the Court at Grenewich. Letter from
E. [Lord] Clynton to the Mayor and Aldermen of Grimsby.
Although the King's writ for election of burgesses has signified his
Majesty's pleasure, "yet nevertheless having some specyall knowlege of
his highnes desyre to have this Parliament assembled of men furnysshed
wt experyance of their owne countreys," &c., the writer advises them to
choose expert and discreet burgesses of their own borough as nigh as
[ ], Sunday. Helinge. Letter from Francis Mussynden to "the
right worshipfull Mr. Mighell Emperingham, the Quenes Majesties
Leifetennaunt of the towne of Grymsbye."
Was yesterday with my father-in-law, Sr Francis Ayscowghe, at
Lincoln, and he would desire you to choose for Parliament my uncle,
Mr. George Skipwith, and Mr. William Marberye, whom he doth think
very fit men for the purpose. I pray you to certify me by the bearer,
for I mean to speak with my father-in-law to-morrow. By yor assured
friende and coussin.
[1553 ?] Letter from Sir William Skypwith, Sheriff of Lincolnshire, to
his friend Mr. John Bellow.
Wishes to send precept for choosing burgesses for Parliament, but "at
thys present I have no presydent of the precepts." Desires them to
elect on authority of this letter. "As for your woode, I here my Lorde
Wyllybe ys a bowt to have all the . . . werfor I will take some counsell
, March 11. Kelsaye. Letter from [Sir] Francis Ayscough to
his loving friend Mr. Kingston, Mayor of Grimsby, and his comburgesses.
Has received from them an indenture sealed with their corporate seal,
whereby he perceives that at his request they have elected his cousin,
Thomas Hussye, for the Parliament to be held at Oxford 2 April next.
Thanks them, and promises that Hussye shall take no burgess fees. (fn. 14)
, Oct. 19, Philip and Mary. Lincoln.
Letter from Sir Francis Ayscough, Sheriff of Lincolnshire, to the
Mayor and Burgesses of Grimsby. Has received a writ from the King
and Queen for election for Parliament at Westminster on 12 Nov.
next, and also a letter from the Queen commanding him to admonish
the Burgesses to choose an inhabitant of their own town "and of the
wysest, grave & catholycke sort, syche as in deyd meyne the trew honor
of god wth the prosperyte of the comen welthe."
1555, Oct. 22. Kingston-upon-Hull. Letter from John Thorneton,
Mayor, to the Mayor and Aldermen of Grimsby.
Understands that there is one great ship late of Lubeck remaining at
their haven, lately brought thither by certain Frenchmen, being pirates.
The owners make most earnest suit for its restoration to them, and have
obtained letters from the lordes of Lubecke to the King and Queen, and
have applied to the Mayor of Hull, thinking it was in his jurisdiction.
Asks the assistance of the Mayor and Aldermen of Grimsby.
[1557 ?], Dec. 3. Lincoln. Letter from Sir Francis Ayscogh to the
Mayor and Burgesses.
After harty commendacions, wheras I ame enformed that ther will be
a Parliament holden immediatly after Christenmas, wherfor I shall
require you at this my request to chuse for one of yor burgeses Xp[ist]ofer
Winch, esquire, who ys a man very mete for the same, being both wise
and well-learned, and able fully to dyscharge that offyce. And yf you
have any thing to do with my Lord of Westmorland, as I suppose you
have, he may do as much with him as any man, for he ys of his
counsayll. And yf you do chuse him now at my request, the towneship
shall have a great treasure of him, and lykewise I fro my parte shalbe
glad to do for you any thing that lyeth in my power. Thus fare ye well.
From Lyncoln, the iij. of Decembre.
Yours, Francis Ayscogh.
I will undertake for him he shall take no fees of you for being
[1559,] Jan. 5, 1 Eliz.
Warrant from William Thorold, esq., Sheriff of Lincolnshire, to the
Mayor and Burgesses of Grimsby, for the election of Burgesses for
1558[–9], Jan. 8. Ketylbye.
Letter from Sir Robert Tyrwhyt to "the Ryght Worshipfull and
my lovyng fryndes Mr. Maior of Grymsby and to the rest of his
States that he is requested by his very good lord my Lord Clynton
earnestly to require them to commit the nomination of one of the
Burgesses for Parliament to his lordship, and my lord will appoint such
a gentleman as shall be able very honestly to supply the office and put
the town to no charges. "And for my brother Marmaduke, I have
stayd hym that he shall make no further sewtt to yow for the same."
1559, July 30. "From my Mannour at Kirkby Morshede."
Letter from [the Earl of] Westmorland to the Mayor and Aldermen
of Grimsby, upbraiding them for abusing his forbearance as to the
fee-farm rent, "as thoughe the same were clene forgotten," and
threatening them unless paid.
1562, Oct. 26. "Frome my Chambre in th' inner Temple."
Letter from Robert Halton to the worshipfull and his very frend
Mr. Hempringham, Mayor of Grimsby.
Understands that a Parliament is to be summoned, and asks to be
elected one of the Burgesses. Promises various services in return, and
to require no expenses, "except you se cause frelye to consyder me wth
some smalle pleasure."
1562, Nov. 30. From the Court.
Letter from E. [Lord] Clynton to his very loving friends the Mayor
and Burgesses of Grimsby.
Desires them to elect for Parliament Mr. Edward Tarrat, who is a
very discreet gentleman and one ready to further their interests, without
putting them to any charge, &c.
1575, Jan. 19. Swynnoppe.
Letter from E. Ayscogh to the worshipfull Mr. Leifetennent of Greate
Grimsbye and to the Bayliffes of the same.
Says that the bearer Mr. Underwoode arrested one Thomas Richardsonne of North Cootes for debt, which he acknowledged before the
writer, and agreed to pay at a certain date. Certifies that default had
1579, Sept 2. Tatersall Castell.
Letter from [Lord] Clynton to "my frendes Mr. Mayor and the
Burgesses of the towne of Great Grymsby."
States that his servant Richard Holmes had complained that he had
been disfranchised by the Corporation for serving certain process
directed to him out of the Court of Admiralty. Threatens pains and
1579, Sept. . . . Grimsby.
Copy of a proposed reply to the preceding, signed by 35 Burgesses
(Wm. Skailes, who was then mayor, signing amongst the rest, but
without any distinction), stating that they rely upon their charters,
which they offer to produce.
1599, July 7.
Council letter as to standards of weights and measures, &c., signed
John Canterbury, Tho. Egerton, Tho. Buckhurst, Nottingham, Wm.
Knowles, Robt. Sishell, Jo. Fortescue, and Jo. Popham, and addressed
to all mayors, &c.
[ ], March 27. Ashby.
Letter from Christopher Wray to the Mayor, returning the Charter
sent to him. Was afraid it would have to be pleaded, but through the
favour of the King's Attorney General, he had procured a "Nill pross."
(sic), which is a sufficient discharge, and prevents further question.
Asks no other recompence than love.
Bill of Costs of Geo. Clayton against the Mayor and Burgesses of
Grimsby, as to complaint exhibited to the Lord William Powlett, their
late Recorder, of grievances suggested in the management of the
Corporation affairs. Some of the items were:—
Copying and handing in an Address to the King in 1727.
Attending Sr Robt. Sutton in London in order to remind him of his
promise in contributing to the church.
Journey to Ashby to get documents signed.
Altogether, 36l. 19s. 4d.
S. D.—Ralph de ...ay of Grimesby to Wm. Rayner of same. Witnesses, J. Welbourn, Mayor, and others.
4 Edw. II. 1310. Monday after Assumpt. B.V.M.—Grant by Agnes
late the wife of Peter Reyner of Grimsby, to her daughter Anora.
Witnesses, William de Gronale, Mayor, and others.
10 Edw. II. 1317. Morrow of SS. Peter and Paul.—Grant by
Geoffrey, son of Gilbert de Wyum, rector of St. Mary's Grimsby, to
William Baril, burgess of Grimsby, and Dionisia his wife.
1326.—St. Agnes, Virgin.—Grant by Marjory, late the wife of Guy de
Wrangel of Grimsby, to Peter de Thorp of the same.
1343. Friday in Easter week.—Peter de Thoreñ of Grymesby
grants to Edmund Rayner of same, clerk, two shops on the south of
St. James' churchyard. Witnesses: John de Ryby, mayor, Ralph de
Ocle and Thomas Heylyng, Bailiffs, John Canon, Simon de Fountenaye,
Peter atte See, William de Skyrbek, Dionisius de Wathe, and William
1352. Sunday, feast of St. Matthias.—Grant by Richard atte See of
Grimsby to Peter de Halsham of same.
1374. Sunday after SS. Fabian and Sebastian.—William de
Benyngholm and William Marcand of Grymesby, chaplains, grant to
Peter de Halsham of same, and Agnes his wife, land in the east field of
Grymesby, near Dedemansheuedland. Witnesses: Richard de Aby and
Robert Emanson, bailiffs of Grymesby, John de Middeby and Robert
Broune, coroners, William de Bolyngton and Robert de Utterby, of
1382. Tuesday after St. Gregory.—Lease from the Mayor and
Burgesses to John de Covenham of Grimsby.
12 Ric. II. 1389. Monday, eve of SS. Peter and Paul.—Grant by
John Wynde of Boseworth, chaplain, to Sir William Luscy of Grimesby,
chaplain, subject to a rent payable to the Fraternity of the Hospital of
11 Hen. IV. [1410.] Feast of St. Gregory.—Power of attorney from
Robert Lordyng of Grymesby and Marjory his wife to Robert Dawlyn
of same to deliver to John de See of Little Cotes and William Lucy of
Grimsby, chaplain, seisin of certain land at Grimsby.
13 Hen. IV. [1412.] April 16.—Grant by Robert Lordin and
Marjory his wife, of Grimsby, to John de See, son of Peter de See, of
Great Cotes, and Sir William Lucy, chaplain.
2 Hen. VI. [1424.] March 4.—Bond by John Pye of Grymesby,
mariner, to John Harpour, rector of Scarthow.
9 Hen. VI. 1431. Thursday after Purif. of B.V.M.—Grant by
John Barrowe, burgess of Grimsby, to Isabella his wife, of a messuage
in Northsanctmarigate, which he had by feoffment of Robert Pyshale of
Grimsby, Walter Pyshale of Keleby, and Henry Cowper of Grimsby.
30 Hen. VI [1451.] Nov. 16.—Power of attorney from Thomas
Marflete of Kyngeston on Hull, maryner, to John Carleton of Grymesby,
to receive moneys due from William Lyen alias Furbether.
11 Edw. IV. [1471.] Sept. 10. — Indenture between Richard,
Abbot of Welhowe, beside Grymesby, and the convent of the same, of
the one part, and John Sheryff, Maire, and the Balliffs and Burgeses of
Grymesby, of the other part. Pursuant to arbitration by Robert
Sheffeld, it is agreed that the Abbey shall suspend for 80 years the
payment by the Corporation of 11l., part of the fee-farm due to the
King, and granted by him to the Abbey; and in consideration thereof,
the Corporation shall suspend for a like term the payment of
3l. 13s. 11½d. per annum by the Abbey in respect of certain houses, &c.
in Grimsby. The Corporation also grant to the Abbey, for the same
term, the third part of a marsh called Wulsoo, 6 acres and 1 rood of
waste in the East Marsh, near the Haven.
The Abbey seal remains, almost perfect.
Endorsed is a memorandum, dated 24th Sept. 1492, between Sir
Richard Humbleton, Abbot, and the Convent of Wellhowe, and William
Vicars, Mayor, and the Bailiffs and Burgesses of Grimsby, as to a yearly
payment to be made by the Abbey over and above the 3l. 13s. 11½d.
suspended by the deed.
20 Edw. IV. [1480.] Oct. 15.—Recognisance by Hugh Edon and
John Forman, churchwardens of St. Mary's, Grimsby, to Stephen See
of Grimsby, gent., in 20l., to abide by the arbitration of Richard, Abbot
of Wellow, William Glasyner, mayor of Grimsby, Master Thomas Rome,
rector of St. Mary's, John Saynton, recorder of Grimsby, and John
Bras, vicar of St. James's, between the said Edon and Forman, and the
1 Edw. V. [1483.] June 20.—Release by Wm. Grethed, burgess of
Hertilpole, to Sir John Byrde, canon of Wellow, and Sir John Brasse,
vicar of St. John's, Grymsby, administrators of the goods of Richard
Manfelde of Gremysby, deceased.
3 Hen. VII. 1487. Sept. . . . .—Lease of premises at Grimsby
by the Mayor (William Glasyner) and Burgesses to John Wright for
19 Hen. VIII. [1527.] Dec. 1.—Indenture between Bryan Curtis
of Great Grymesby, burgess, and Peter Bell, of Skarthow and Elizth
his wife, sister and heir to Thomas Kydger, late of Grimsby. Recites
that Philip Blesby and Jane his wife, late wife of the said Thomas
Kydger, have a rent-charge on all the said Bryan Curtis's land in
Weelsby, as jointure of the said Jane. Release.
1 Edw. VI. [1547.] Oct. 23.—Indenture between Andrew Nowell,
esq., sheriff of Lincolnshire, and the mayor, aldermen, and burgesses of
Grimsby, as to the election for Parliament of Richard Gouderyk, esq.,
and John Bellowe, esq.
1 Mary. [1553–4.] Proceedings at the suit of John Watson, son of
Richard Watson of Huthom, co. York, against Robert Wryght, burgess
of Grimsby, for "slanderously misreporting and calling the said John
villayn and knave in Great Grymisby in the church," &c.
1555. June 24.—Power of attorney from Richard Ayscough of
Asbye, gent., to Thomas Wyse of Brigsley, to receive a debt due from
John Graye of Great Grimsby, bocher.
1586. May 30.—Deed consolidating the Rectory of St. Mary and
the Vicarage of St. James in Grimsby; signed by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, the Bishop of Lincoln, George Portmort, mayor, and about
A fragment of the Corporate seal remains.
18 James I. [1620.] 20 June.—Counterpart lease for 18 years of
Grimsby Ferry, between Grimsby and Hull, by the Mayor and Burgesses
to Wm. Hallington of Grimsby, sailer, and Emm Craine, daughter of
John Craine, deceased.
The lessees to provide a boat at convenient times for passengers, &c.,
charging freemen, their wives and children, and their servants on their
business, 1d.; and foreigners and non-freemen 2d. each.
Rent—one good and well-fed brawn, one quarter of good sweete and
well-fed ox beef, a bottle of sack, and 20s.
15 Chas. I. [1639.] July 30.—Lease by the Mayor (Gervase Holles)
and Burgesses to Paul Willer of Grimsby, clerk and burgess, of land
adjoining the Vicarage, for 60 years, at 1s. rent.
1696. 30 Sept.—Articles of Agreement between Henry Hildyard of
Kelsterne, esq., and Christopher Hildyard his son, of the one part, and
the Mayor (Robert Alford) and Corporation of Grimsby, of the other
part, as to diverting the stream between Great Coates and Little Coates,
so as to supply Grimsby with fresh water and improve the Town.
1714. Aug. 21.—George Clayton of Grimsby, gent. (now Mayor) to
David Field of Saniehop, esq. Mortgage of 120 acres in West
Marshes. Satisfaction endorsed.
Inquisitions and Depositions, &c.
15 Edw. III. April 7 .—Inquisition ad quod damnum, taken
at Grimsby by the oath of Robert Maundavyle of Belesby, and others.
An imperfect copy, found amongst fragments of old Court Books.
"Ex Bundello Escaet' de Anno 15° regni Regis Ed. 3."
[23 Eliz. 1581.]—Proceedings in a suit between the Mayor (William
Scales) and Burgesses, Plaintiffs, and George Heneage, esq., Luke
Sutcliffe, Adam Sutcliffe, Salamon Sutcliffe, and John Sutcliffe,
The Bill states that Wellow Abbey anciently possessed a rent of 11l.
out of the fee-farm of the town, and by indenture dated 10 Sept. 11
Edw. IV.  granted the same to the Mayor (John Sheriffe) and
Burgesses of Grimsby for 80 years; and in return the Corporation
granted certain lands to the Abbey for the same term. The Abbey
was suppressed about 28 Hen. VIII., and its possessions granted by the
King to Sir Thomas Heneage and Dame Katherine his wife, and his
issue in tail male, with remainder to John Heneage. The said Thomas
having no male issue, the premises descended to George Heneage, esq.,
son and heir of the said John. The Defendants have entered on the
premises belonging to the Corporation.
23 Eliz. [1581.]—Interrogatories and Depositions in the same suit.
Depositions taken at Louth, 5 Sept. 23 Eliz., before Andrew Gedney,
William Metham, Robert Saunderson, and George Pormort, esquires.
The witnesses are: Robert Fotherby, æt. 47; Christr. Hatcliff, æt57; William Rose, æt. 55; Richard Cooke, æt. 63 (all burgesses of
Grimsby); Robert Empringham of Grimsby, gent. and alderman, æt.
34; John Sandall of Grimsby, tiler, æt. 67, sometime servant to the
Abbot of Wellowe; William Sutton of Clee, husbandman, æt. 54; John
West of Cleethorpp, husbandman, æt. 60; Richard Wells, æt. 60, and
James Lavorack, æt. 80, both of Clee, fish drivers.
Depositions taken at Grimsby before same Commissioners, 22 March,
Hector Wentworthe of Clee, gent., æt. 50, says about four years ago
he received from Mrs. Hatcliff, now or late wife of Mr. Stoke, late of
Camberwell, co. Surrey, a lease from the Mayor (John Sheriffe), Bailiffs,
and Burgesses of Grimsby to the Abbot and Convent of Wellowe of a
marsh called Wolso; and he delivered the same to Mr. Paton (late
belonging to Sir Walter Mildmay, knt.) to procure for himself and this
deponent certain arrearages amounting to 200l. supposed to be due to
Robert Fotherbie, æt. 47, says that when a child be heard Richard
Hempringham, gent., then æt. about 60, mention certain bounds in
William Lusbie, of Grimsby, burgess, æt. 70, also remembers this
about 36 years ago.
Depositions taken in London, 28 June, 22 Eliz.
Christr. Payton of London, gent., æt. 34, says he was privy to the
exhibiting of an Information by the Attorney-General as to a rent
of 11l. a year, formerly of Wellow Abbey, and detained by Hector
Hector Wentworth says that about five years ago Richard Themelbye
of Grimsby, gent., delivered to him the seal of the late dissolved Abbey
of Wellow, and that last summer or the summer before he sent the same
to Mr. George Hennage by one of his servants.
The following also give evidence:—Richard Curtis, æt. 66; Richard
Wallys of Clee, æt. 60; Robert Andesley, now Mayor of Grimsby,
Annexed to the proceedings is a plan or map of Grimsby, showing
the lands in dispute.
4 James 1. April 11 .—Inquisition by commission from the
Court of Exchequer as to the extent and value, &c. of the East and West
Marshes and Fitties, and as to a few private individuals having occupied
same under colour of a grant of 15 Edw. III.
10 James I., September 10 .—Depositions taken at Grimsby
before Wm. Reading, esq., Rd. Rossiter, esq., Thos. Bard, esq., Thos.
Curteis, gent., and Thos. Danbye, gent. by commission from the Court of
Exchequer in a cause between Sir Chas. Egerton, on behalf of the King,
and the Corporation, as to the East and West Marshes and Fitties.
The witnesses are:—Michael Spencer, gent., æt. 50; Robt. Husthwayte of Grimsby, gent., æt. 78; Wm. Kelke, gent., æt. 55; Barnard
Colton of Grimsby, gent., æt. 72; Rob. Hudson, æt. 60; Hy. Neave of
Cleethorpes, yeoman, æt. 66; John Fotherbie of Gt. Coates, yeoman,
æt. 70; Edward Barnistone [Barnardiston] of Great Coates, gent., æt. 60;
Michael Dynis of Great Coates, husbandman, æt. 76; John Brasebridge
of Bradley, labourer, who has known Grimsby 50 years.
The witnesses give evidence as to the Marshes, leases of same,
overflowing of the sea, charters, &c.
Depositions taken at Binbrook in the same cause:—
William Hansard of Grainthorpe, gent., æt. 41; and John Sutcliff of
Grimsby, gent., æt. 46.
Memorandum endorsed as to evidences taken to the Assizes at Lincoln,
9 July 1621, by Mr. Lyon Kirke, Mayor.
1624, Jan. 4.—Depositions taken at Grimsby before Michael Emerson,
gent., Wm. Marshall, gent., Robert Manby, gent., and Anthony Smyth,
gent., by commission from the Court of Exchequer, in a cause between
the Corporation and Hustwaite Wright, gent., for the recovery of outrents payable out of lands at Bradley.
Laurence Draper of Would Newton, yeoman, æt. 70, says Grimsby is
an ancient haven towne, and he hath known it 50 years, but it is not so
populcus nor so much frequented by merchants and mariners as heretofore it hath been. He knows Bradley; there are two manors there, one
of which was anciently called Lord Wells' manor, the other was sometime
one Hustwood's manor. Defendant is in possession of both, but Mr.
Pelham claims part of Lord Wells' manor.
The other landowners at Bradley are John Draper, deponent, John
Jeckhill . . . Tatam, widow, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Sir
Christopher Hilliard, knt.
Lord Wells' Manor place, containing 3 acres, adjoins Horner or
Ozias (also written Josias) Draper of Leyborne, yeoman, æt. 56.
Edward Atkinson of Theddlethorpe, gent., æt. 59, says there were two
manors; one Lord Wells' and the other called Tunstall's Manor, which
came to one Ustward, whose daughter and heir married James Wright,
Defendant's father. Deponent became a freeman about 36 years ago.
Thomas Scofield of Scarthoe, husbandman, æt. 60.
John Dalton of Barnaby, yeoman, æt. 86.
John Kirton of Grimsby, gent., æt. 54.
The said Laurence Draper says that there were two messuages
belonging to Lord Wells' Manor, one called the Lordshippe, now
decayed. Has heard that the Mayor and Burgesses had the privilege
of hunting a boar yearly on Holy Rood day in Bradley Woods.
James Curtes of Grimsby, gent., æt. 55, has known Grimsby about
1637.—Bill, &c., in a suit commenced by Trinity House, Hull, as to
Lodenage or Lowage, and Primage or Stowage, viz., 3d. per ton of wine,
oil, fish, or other merchandise brought into the Port of Grimsby,
claiming that Grimsby was dependent on Hull. Grimsby claims to be
older than Hull as a port, and disclaims dependence.
Extent Books and Miscellaneous Documents.
18 Ric. II. [1394–5.]—The Chamberlains' Account Roll.
There are many more of these Rolls in Box XI.
6 Hen. VII. Dec. 3 .—Contemporary copy of a Royal Commission to John Viscount Wels, Sir Thomas Burgh, Sir Thomas
Fitzwilliam, Sir William Tirwhyt, and Sir Robert Dymmok, knights,
Robert Sheffeld, Andrew Dymmok, and John Hennege, to enquire into
the particulars and amount of the quitrents, &c. payable out of Grimsby,
Clee, Bradley, and Swallow, on account of the alleged poverty and
desolation of the Borough.
7 Hen. VII. [1491–2.]—Bailiffs' Extent Book. A folio parchment
book of 14 pages, containing an account of the outrents payable to the
Corporation, and the houses and lands on which they were charged,
as returned by the Commissioners, Sir William Tirwhit and John
35 Hen. VIII. Oct. 9 .—Extent or Rent-roll of Grimsby. A
paper book stitched in an old parchment MS. cover.
(There are several 18th century Rent-rolls in Box XI.)
24 Eliz. May 28 .—Exemplification of a decree in the Court of
Exchequer in a cause between the Corporation and Mr. George Heneage
as to lands of the late dissolved Abbey of Wellow. Great Seal, nearly
13 James I. .—Exemplification of verdict and judgment for
recovery of the East and West Marshes and Fitties. The Charter of
24 April 15 Edw. III. is recited for the Corporation's grant of same.
34 Eliz. Sept. 4 .—Commission of gaol delivery to William
Kelke, mayor, William Willoughbie, esq., Sir Geo. Henneage, knt.,
Sir Geo. St. Poole, knt., William Wraye, Edward Morison, recorder,
Edward Skipwith, esq., Christopher Hatcliffe, Richard Cooke, John
Hatcliffe, Christopher Harrington, Richard Thimblebye, and John
Kingston, aldermen. Most of the Great Seal remains.
40 Eliz. July 3 .—A similar commission.
These include Mayor's Court Rolls proper (apparently the predecessors of, and in part contemporaneous with, the Court Books), Plea
Rolls, Hustings and Great Court Rolls, and Views of Frankpledge for
Grimsby, Clee, and Swallow.
They are for the most part in a state of great disorder, partly no
doubt owing to their being written on paper, which has become
dilapidated. An exception to this is a large roll dated from 14 Ric. II.
to 3 Hen. IV., which is written on parchment, and to which a petition
of the City of Lincoln, transcribed below, is attached as the first skin of
The earliest Rolls appear to be of the time of Edward III., and there
are large numbers of them for the reigns of Ric. II., Hen. IV., V., and
VI., Edw. IV., Hen. VII., and Hen. VIII.
In the same box there is also a small Court Minute Book of 13
Hen. IV., a bundle of Bailiffs' Account Rolls from temp. Hen. V.,
several Corporation Labour Account books of the 16th and 17th centuries, several lists of Burgesses, and a Poll of the Burgesses, 23 Oct.
1554, when John Bellow, esq., and Thomas Constable, alderman, were
elected Burgesses for Parliament.
Copy of a Petition of the Citizens of Lincoln, in the time of Richard
III., attached to the parchment Roll above mentioned:—
To the Kyng oure leige Lord.
[Humbly shew ?] . . . . . . . . . . unto youre Highnes
the Maire, his bredern, and Citezyns of yowr desolate and auncien Cite
of Lincoln, that yt wolde please youre benyngn grace to have in youre
gracious and full gracious remembrance the grete and long continued
desolacion, decaye, ruyn, and importun cherges . . . born and charged
upon youre seid Cite . . . . . . . . . . . . . to growe to the
utter . . . . . and destruccion therof, wythoute a reformacion
and releve by your piteuous and exuberant grace therin to be purveyd
and graunted. Souerayne lege Lorde, the meanez and causes of the
seyd decay and dystruccion of youre seyd pore Cite ar conteyned in the
bylle hereefter. The releve . . . whereof . . . . youre
grace is thoght by the sympull advyce of us the seyd Mayre, hys
bredren, and Citezins, youre treue lege men, expedient and behoffull for
the grete comfort and amendyng and sustentation of youre seyd Cite.
Th'efecte conteyned in thiez articlez then foloyng.
The causez of the ruyne of youre Cite of Lincoln.
. . . . . noble progenitours by theyre letteris patentez graunted
to the seyd Cite that noo Merchantez straungers or Esterlyngez northweyz that come into Lincolnshire that broght any marchandise to selle,
that they sulde bryng it hole to the seyd Cite, and to selle it in non
other towne, upon peyne of forfetor . . . . . . . . . .
tymes they sold, bought, and bartered wythin the seyd Cite with cloth,
wherupon was usede grete cloth makyng, and the people putt in occupation, wherby many wonnyng placez were inhabett that is nowe
playne felde in lakyng the premissez. And where that the Jewez
were in aunciaunt tyme enhabettaunt in the seyd . . . . . . .
. . . . . . rede brought all theyre marchaundyse to be solde as
Lumb'dn doth at this daie in your Cite of London, and as it nowe
schewith that the grettest heidplacez were of theyre beildyngez, as in a
boke of your Exchequer of record itt apperith; and now the grete
nowmbre of the seyd heidplacez be wasted and dessolate for lakke
of inhabytantez, and be . . . yoyd groundez.
. . . . . the stapull of woollez of Lincolnshyre, Northampton,
Leicestre, and Notingham schires was at Lincoln, and there stapulled,
custumyde, and poysed, wt other tollez therto be longyng, to the behoffe
and releve of the payment off the fee ferme of the seyd Cite; and
therupon no peny growes at thys daie, wich is one (sic) of the utterest
destruccion and ruyn thereof.
And also the grete mortalite that hath bene here by pestelance and
othere sekenez that in concurs of marchandyse is there, for wythin xxx
yeres was x or xii notabull marchandys be longyng to the Stapull of
Calez dwellyng in thys youre Cite, where nowe is at thys daye natt past
thre yong men wthal ar here abydynge. Here comyth no repayre
of lordes ne odur gentylmen, wher thorough that the craftmen and
vittelerz ar departied oute of thys youre Cite, and inhabett them in
odur placez in thys schyre where more recours of pepull is, as itt
daiely apperyth; soo that the stretez where they dwelled ar now
voied, and the howsyng down. And so at thys daye yowre seyd
legemen and pore inhabytentez in yowre seyd Cite ar yerly chargede to
the Cathederall Chyrche of Lincoln in iiijxx i., be siddez theire acompt
and feez in youre Exchequir and odur officies; wiche is unto ij men
yerly grete hurt or undoyng, for the Schereffez at thys daye can nott
gader toward theire chargez of theire tollez, courtez, finez, and amerciamentez nott to the summe of xx li.; and that causeth many men that
hath beene brought upp in thys Cite by prentishode, service, or oder
wyse, to avoyed and goo forth thereof, and to inhabett theime in oder
placez; and there ys nedere craft man ne soiourner that wille come too a
bide or dwelle here, for fere of the seyd office; and thus this Cite
dissolatez and fallith in grete decaye.
The Relief for the seid Cite.
For the wich grete dececes, desolacions, and lakke of inhabitantez, we
the seyd Mayre, his bredren, and Commonalte humble besechez youre
Highnez, of youre grete haboundant grace, that ye wolde graunte and
gyffe to yore seyd Cite of Lyncoln the patronagez of the chirchez of
Whassyngburgh, Ledenham, and Fulbek, in your Com' of Lincoln,
and Wadyngton, in youre Com' of youre seyd Cite of Lincoln, beyng
now of yor geft and collacion, that thei myght be appropriated to summe
spirituall place conveniently to be a vysed by lerned councell to the use
and behoffe of the Cathederall Chirch of Lyncolne, and to remayne for
ever in the dyschargynge of parcellez of the seyd chargez and fee ferme
yerely issuynge of youre seyd Cite.
Also that ye wolde graunte of yor grett grace, that all marchauntez
that use or wille a venture over the see, that ar or wilbe wonnynge or
abydinge within this yor cite, that aventure cloth or any odur marchaundice, that thei might be free of custome paynge both inwarde and outwarde
of theire merchaundice . . . iiid of the li., wolle and felle onely except,
and thereof thei to paye the custome and subsidie accordynge to the acte
of Parliament theropon made.
And that the Schereffez that here after schalbe and bere office be
discharged of any acomptes makynge in the Exchequiere, for be any
acompt makynge growyth no profit to yor gode grace, bott onely fees of
the Exchequier, to our greve and importune yerely vexacion and
Also itt wolde pleese yor gode grace that all such lyvelode as was
purchasede by owr predecessours by the lycenc of yowr noble progenitours, that is to seye, the Manor of Ingham and Cotez, and certayne land
and tenementez in the towne of Barkworth in yor Com' of Lincoln,
wich be nowe kept frome us at this day by Sr Robert Taylboys, knyght,
and the heires of Thomas Blount, that yt wolde please yor seyd
habundant grace that owr title in the seyd manor and laundez, and the
titlez of the seyd Sr Robert Taylboys and the seyd heires of Thomas
Blount, severally, may by yor high commandement be called be fore
the Lordes of the most discret Councell, theire to be sene, examyned, and
to take finall determinacion, in excheuynge of ferther gret and
importune chergez and expenes that myght growe to this yor pore Cite
be the meanez of the sute therefore of the longe processe of yor lawez.
And that yt would please yor haboundant grace to graunte to the said
Mayre and Commonalte of yor seyd Cite, in sustentacion and releve
thereof, the subsidie of xls. a lb. [on] wolle, yerely to be taken, hadde, and
perceyved for such tyme and terme as schalle please yor Hyghnez and
most discrete Councell to graunte, and to lymet to be schipped at yor
portez of Boston or Kyngston uppon Hull, in like wise as was graunted
to yor eid Cite for the relief thereof by Kyng Harry the Sixt, late in
dede and nat of right Kyng of Englande.
And where Henry the Sixt, late in dede and nat in right Kynge of
England, considerynge the grete poverte of yor seyd Cite, of his speciall
grace by hys letters patent graunted to the forseyd Mayre, Citezins, and
inhabitantez of yor seyd Cite, suburb', and precint therof, to be excempyd,
discharged, and aquitede of all and ichon dime and quinzyme, and every
parcell therof, from thensforth to be geffen or graunted by auctorite of
any Parliament to hym, hys heires, [and] successours kynges of
Inglande for the terme of xla yerez, as in the seyd letters patentes
more pl[a]ynely yt apperith; wych yor moste noble brodere, Kynge
Edward the iiijth, tenderly rememberynge the forseyd consideracions, by
his letters patentes ratified and confermed the forseyd grauntes to the
Mayre, Citezins, and inhabitantez of the seyd cite, suburb', and precint of the same and theire successours, as in hys seyd letters
patentes it playnely apperith. Wherefore, soveraigne Lorde, that yt
myght please yor most noble and haboundant grace to have in youre
moste pyteuouz remembrance the consideracionz aforseyd, and theruppon
to graunte dyscharge and perdone to the Mayre, Citezins, and Comonalte and inhabitantez of yor seyd pore Cite, suburbes, and schyre of the
same, of and upon any dyme and quynzime, and every parcell of thame,
to yow, soueraigne Lorde, yor heirez [and] successours from thys day
forth to be grauntede, for tyme and terme of lx yerez next folowynge to
enduer; any Acte of Parliament or ordinaunce made or to be made to
the contrary not wt staundynge.
And also that yt wolde please yor gode grace to graunte to the Mayre
and Commons of the seyde Cite of Lincoln, that of all wollez that shalbe
caried in any tyme hereafter owte of Lincoln shyre over Trente or
Humbre, that thay may be brought to the seyd Cite, and there to be
poysed at the commyn beame, paynge for every sakke weght to the
seyd Mayre and Commyns for poysage iiijd, and to have a certificate
under a seale there to be lymitte to what porte or towne it schalbe
caryed, upon payne of forfitour of the seyd wolle, the one halffe to yor
grace, the other halffe to be devyded to the Mayre and Commons of the
seyd Cite and the . . . . thereof be, by the meanez whereof it is thoght
wolde growe other grete profytez to yor Hyghnez, and grete wele to
yowr seyd shyre; wollez that sholde be schipped to the Stapull of Calez
Sessions Papers, &c.
This box, also, is in great disorder. Its contents consist chiefly of
Presentments and Verdicts at Sessions and Courts leet of the 16th,
17th and 18th centuries, all crumpled together; but it contains also
Bailiff's Account Rolls for 3 Hen. IV., 2 Hen. VI., and 5 & 6 Hen. VIII.
Also Views of Frankpledge, temp. Eliz., James I., and Charles I.;
Sacrament Certificates for 1684 and following years, and for 1720
(including Insolvent Debtors' papers); and Recognisances and Alehouse
bonds, temp. Elizabeth.
Court Book, commencing in 1453, and continuing with tolerable regularity
for about a hundred years, but containing also enrolments of deeds, wills,
and other documents of much later dates. A paper book of 354 folios,
bound in the original oak boards and sheepskin.
It commences with a list of the Burgesses in 29 Hen. VI. [1450–1],
which, being on the first page, is becoming illegible, and is therefore here
Nomina Burgensium existencium in villa de Grymesby anno Regni
Regis Henrici sexti vicesimo nono.
Richard Manfeld, Mayor.
John atte Hall.
Thomas Smyth, junior.
Thomas Smyth, senior.
Richard atte Hall.
John Tarry (?)
Thomas Whitworth. (fo. 1.)
No date.—Copy deed by John Dene and others (apparently acting
for the Corporation) releasing to Grimsby Abbey their claim to land
which the Abbey held by gift of Amia de Welesby and William Fitz
Drogo and John son of William de Welesby, knights. Witnesses,
Thomas Moigne and Richard Chedworth, parson of Swalowe. (fo. 9b.)
33 Hen. VI. 1454, Oct. 24.—Copy letter from Robert Bovill, Prior
of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, dated at
Clerkenwell, as to William Asseby of Grymesby, a tenant of the said
Hospital, as of the Preceptory of Wylughton, co. Lincoln. (fo. 10.)
6 Edw. IV. , Aug. 10.—Deed between Thomas Moigne and
John Newport, esquires, of the one part, and Robert Bele, son of William
Bele, and Josian his wife, and Janet Bele, sometime wife of Thomas
Bele, broder of the said Robert, of the other part; reciting that there
had been controversy as to messuages, &c., at Grimsby, late of William
Bele, parson of Irby, and Moigne and Newport had been appointed
arbitrators by Sir Thomas Burgh, knt. The said Robert is to have the
said messuages, as devised by will of the said Sir William Bele, parson
of Irby, to William Bele, father of the said Robert. (fo. 37a.)
10 Edw. IV. , July 12.—Richard, Abbot of Wellow, is
admitted a Burgess, "for certain causes the Mayor and Burgesses
thereunto moving," and does fealty.
21 Edw. IV. , March 20.—Grant by the King's Escheator to
Thomas Moigne, John Brasse, vicar of St. James's, and John Byrd, canon
of Wellowe, of all the goods of Richard Manfeld alias Grethed, late of
Grimsby, who in his lifetime was outlawed, and his goods forfeited to
the King. (fo. 11a.)
... Edw. IV. [ ], May 7.—A letter from the Abbot of Whitby,
read and allowed. Contents not stated. (fo. 11b.)
4 Edw. IV. , Oct. 1.—Receipt from Ralph, Earl of Westmorland and Lord de Neville, for 30l. in full payment of the fee-farm
of 50l. a year, over and above 10l. parcel of said fee-farm released at
the instance of the King. (fo. 14a.)
14 Edw. IV.—Quitclaim from Margaret, widow of Thomas Duffeld
of Grimsby, and Thomas Duffeld and Hugh Duffeld, their sons, to John
Kydyer, Thomas Moigne, William Grymesby, and Henry Moigue, as to
land in Hoole and Itterby in the parish of Clee, which they had by grant
of Thomas Spenser.
21 Edw. IV. , Oct. 9.—John Barbour, cap., does fealty for
lands in Grimsby late of Roger Barbour his father. (fo. 21b.)
22 Edw. IV. , Oct. 8.—Robert Haunserd, John del See, son
of Patrick del See, George Haunserd, Stephen del See, and Richard
Betenef do fealty as feoffees of lands in Grimsby, late of the said
Patrick del See, to the use of Patrick's wife for life, and then of the
said John del See.
22 Edw. IV. , April 16.—Alice Dyon, daughter and heir of
John Dyon, does fealty for her father's lands in Grimsby, and grants
same to her mother Joan Carlton, for life.
20 Edw. IV. .—Md that Tyseday, the xxiijti day of Januer'
in the [y]er of the rane of Kyng Edward the foritt xxti, it is confirmed
and ordened by Wm Glasyner, than the Mair . . . . . and by all
the Burges of the said town beyne in the Hall the forsade day, that no
man nor woman shall be arest for dett wtin any sewtwarre or Burges
howse of the forsede town, nor for dett, nor for trespass, on thies daies
undir written, viz., from Zelle Even that none be runge unto the day
aftyr Plugh day, Candelmas day, fastynggaugeven, from prime forward,
from Schere Thoresday at morne unto the day senyt, all Crose weyke,
the iij holydais in Penticost, Corpus Xp[ist]i day, Saynt Austyn day, nor
none shall pay tolle that day, or Mydsomer Even, nor on Saynt Petir
even, from none be runge of Mary Magdelyn, from none be runge nor
of hir day; but yff any do trespas or take any thyng and agrese not
wt the parte thai shalbe arest, and schall to the parte at cuv'abyll tyme
than foloyng. (fo. 29a.)
2 Ric. III. , July 26.—Md that the Tyseday, the xxvj day of
Juli, the secund [y]er of the rene of Kyng Rychard the therd, yt is
ordand and agred by Wm Glasyner, than Mair, &c. . . . . . that
evere Burges of Grimesby of whum any accyon is takyn of any maner
of playnt from he answer wt suretis relevid to xij men to wage his
Law, he shall fynd suffycyant sewryte to the Baillyes to safe tham
harmles agans the plancte, or elles he schall be kepyd so un Iorance [in
durance ?] for the mater, to the Baillyes be discharged of that accion.
And some further ordinances of a similar nature.
6 Hen. VII.—Andrew Bell of North Shelys in Northumberland,
yeoman, admitted a Burgess, and all his sons to be Burgess-born.
6 Hen. VII. , Oct. 5.—It is agreid that if the Erle of Westmorland or his councell, or eny other in theyr name, wyll rayes of the
seid John Hempryngham and Stephan Hattlyff [the Bailiffs] for the
fee ferme of the seid towne of Grymesby morover then xxxti li. sterlyng
for the fee ferme of the seid yere, that then the seid Mayer, Crowners,
Baylyffes, and all other Burgesses efter wryten shall surrender oop the
sayd towne of Grymesby to the Kynges handes, or els to fynd a better
meane for the seid towne in the discharge of the seid Baylyffes more
then the sayd somme of xxxti li. And the seid Baylyffes to have all
maner of rentes and revenyes that pertenyes to the Kynge, as is specyfied in the Kynges extent, of the seid Baylyffes to distrene, &c.
. . . . And the said Baylyffes to discharge the seid towne in the
Kynges Exchequer, and of all other charges belongynge to the sayd
office, and to delyver their acquietaunce in the Court byfor the Mayer
Signed by William Vicars, Mayor, and 21 burgesses. (fo. 34b.)
4 Hen. VII. [1489.] Feb. 12. Letter of T. Cheyne (?).—
Right welbeloued frendes, I comaunde me to yow. And wher as Sr
Thomas FitzWilliam, knyght, the Recordor of London, hathe a yerly
fee of v markes graunted of my Lord of Westmorland, by his lettres
pattentes, for terme of his lif, of the feferme of the towne of Grymesby,
whiche ys behynde unpaid for an hole yer ending at Mighellmes the
iiijth yer of the reigne of the King that now ys; I will and charge yow
that ye upon sighte of this writing, ye content and pay to the said Sr
Thomas, or to suche as he will therto assigne, the said v markes, whiche
ys in yore handes unpaid for the said yer ending at Mighellmes. And
so yerly from henc forwerd to content and pay the said Sr Thomas his
said fee, according to his said lettres patentes, as ye will have my good
wille and favor. Any restreynt or comaundement by my said Lord or
me hertofore made to the contrary notwithstanding. And this my
writing shalbe to yow in that behalfe a sufficyent warant and discharge.
Wreten at London, the xijth day of Februare, the iiijth yer of the Reigne
of King Henry the vijth.
Addressed: To the Mayre and Bayliffs of the Kinges Towne of
Grymesbye. (Sewed to fo. 41.)
17 Edw. IV. , Oct. 8.—Nicholas Halley produced in Court,
and desired to be enrolled, a testimonial letter dated 10 Sept. 1477 from
Sr John Stone, vicar of Earyth, William Miller, John Jurden, Thomas
Brunse, Thomas Poleryn, and John Brocke, of the county of Kent,
certifying the will of John Mason, "shepman," who died in the parish
of Grimsby, and that "one Nicholas Halley hath greid and boght his
ship of the awner. The name of the ship is called Thomas of London."
Will of John Mason, "shepman," 20 Feb. 1476[–7]. To be buried
where it shall please God. To the high altar of Earyth, for tithes
forgotten, 2 wax candles weighing 4 lb. The parish clerk, iiijd. The
sacrist, ijd. Residue of goods to Agnes, his wife, executrix. (fo. 42b.)
8 Hen. VII. , May 11.—Deed of Lady Elizabeth Tunstall,
widow, daughter and heiress of Sir William Fraunke, knt., and Thomas
Tunstall, her son and heir, manumitting Robert Abbot, of Itterby, in
the parish of Clee, son of William Abbot, late of the same place, with
all his family, as follows :—
Omnibus Christi fidelibus ad quos hoc presens scriptum pervenerit,
Nos, domina Elizabetha Tunstall, vidua, et filia et heres Willelmi
Fraunke, militis, et Thomas Tunstall, filius et heres dicte domine Elizabethe Tunstall, salutem in Domino sempiternam. Noveritis nos, predictos dominam Elizabetham Tunstall et Thomam Tunstall, ex nostra
bona et speciali voluntate, omnino pro nobis et heredibus nostris
manumisisse ac ab omni . . . . servitute et servicio liberasse Robertum
Abbot, de Itterby, in parochia de Clee, filium Willelmi Abbot, nuper de
eadem, nativum nostrum, cum tota sequela sua procreata et procreanda,
cum omnibus bonis suis et catallis, terris, et tenementis. Et quod idem
Robertus Abbot cum tota sua sequela procreata vel procreanda . . . . .
et imperpetuum gaudeat libertate sua, non obstante quod dictus Robertus
infra feodum nostrum in securitate [servitute ?] nostra fuerit oriundus.
In cujus rei testimonium huic presenti scripto nostro sigilla nostra
apposuimus. Datum undecimo die mensis Maij, Anno regui regis
Henrici Septimi octavo. (fo. 43a.)
22 Edw. IV. . 14 Jan. Memorandum.—Md the Tiseday,
xiiijti day of Januar', A° R. R. E. iiijti xxij°, that William Glasyner,
then Mair of Grimesby . . . . . . and dyvers odir Burges sold
to Steven del See and to dyvers mo iiij xx esch trese growyng in the
Spetyll Garthes of Grimesby for iijli vjs viijd, to the expenc' to be made
to our Sofferane Lord our Kyng, and to our gode Lord the Erelle of
Westmorland, and to his Consell, for the grete necessite and wellefare
of the said town. Proviso semper that as sone as the forsaid townchipe
may hafe godes in comon for the town, thai schall spend and ware on
and for the said Spetyll House at dyvers tymes 5 marcs. (fo. 46b.)
No date. Petition of the Mayor, Bailiffs, &c. to [the Earl of
Westmorland].—Besechyng mekely youre suppliantez the Maier, Baylies,
Burges, and inhabytantez of the Kynges towne of Grymesby, in the
shire of Lyncoln, that it please youre gracious Lordeship to understonde
that wher thei fynde, by olde remembrance, that the saide towne hath
bene of grete worshipp, and inhabyte wt many notable marchandes
maryners, and craftes menn to the nowmbr' of lij score housaldes and
mo, and all is now so decayde and waysted be infortoun off were and
waystyng of the see, wherby the haven is wrekyd and stopped, by the
which the resorte of marchandyes is destroyed, and the bygyng gone
doun, so that ther is not left within the saide Town xij men of substance
that is able to uphold and repare the seide Towne, and upp holde and
maynteyn the iij parysh kyrkes, ij howses of freres, an Abbey, and a
house of nonnes wt in the seide Towne. And also the grettest cause of
wastyng theroff has bene gret charge that thei have had of leveinge and
paying of a yerly rentt of 1 li. payd to yor Lordeshipp, over the charge
of xj li. that is paid to the said Abbay; the which charge hase pute
forth and waisted away the inhabitantez ther was wount to be, and yete
dayly it waystes and goys away, and none is lyke ther to abyde; and
that is grete pety, and to the Kyng and his heieres of grete hurte in
that parte of his Realme, for it has bene a grete strenght and shulde be
to all the countre a safe porte and a kay. And also it apperes be old
bokes of CC yeres sithen that it was in quired be dyvers inquestes of
the seide towne, that it was than in valour of the saide lxj li., and viij li.
over, that the Kyng gave yerly to the Bailles for the gediryng theroff;
for the which charge ther dar no people com therto to inhabit and
abyde, with owten yor gracious and abundant hynesses remedy in these
premesis in tyme passed, havyng consideracion heroff, has yerly abayted
theym xx li. of yor seide 1 li., the which thei have no certanty off, but att
yor pleasere; and yett the resydewe is to theym inportunable, and yerly
undose ij men that be chosyn Baylefe for the yer. Wherfor ther dar
no people cum ther to inhabyt, and so the towne is lyke utterly to go
away, wt owtyn yor gracious remedy be had in that behalfe, and blyssed
disposycion wold consider howe thatt yor saide suppliantez have the seide
towne in fe ferm of the Kynge, and yerly yeldys the rent to yor seide
Lordshipp. Wold it therfor please yor noble disposicion for to be
agreable to yor seide suppliantez to resave of them yerly xx li. and no
mor, and ther upon youre saide Lordshipp and yor heyres yerly to
aquyte the saide towne in the Kynges excheker at London by yor
aquietance, as ye doo at this day: this to be graunted to yor seid suppliantez, ther heires, and their successoures under yor grete seall for
ever more. Thiese premesis not hade, oure saide towne is utterly
distroyed, the which us must nedis shewe to the Kynges gude grace, if
so be it may be. And if it pleased yor gracious Lordeshipp to remember the premesis, and be agreable to theym, than thei truste to
Allmyghty God the Towne shall encresse and inhabett agen, to yor
grete pleasour, and all the inhabytauntez ther wellyng ever to be bounden
to pray to all myghty God for yor gude prosperite and longe tyme to
endure, to the pleasur of all myghty God, who have yowe in his blyssed
kepyng, both body and soull. (fo. 47a.)
3 Hen. VII. , May 31. Bolyngbrook.—Letter from Thomas
Thokheth, esq., feodary of the Duchy of Lancaster within the county of
Lincoln, certifying that Thomas Corteys of Clee, as a tenant of the
Duchy of Lancaster, was free from all tolls &c. by the King's letters
patent. (Sewed to fo. 51.)
3 Hen. VII. , Oct. 2. Memorandum.—Md the Teusday, the 2nd
day of October, &c. witness that William Glasyner, Mayor, John Glasyner,
William Forman . . . . . . and all the Conburges underwritten
conventyd and agrede that if the Erell of Westmorland, or any other in his
name, wyll rays of the forseid John Glasyner and William Forman for the
fee farm of the said Grymesby more than xxvjli xiijs iiijd, that then the seid
Mayor, Coroners, Bailyffs, wth all the Conburgesses undr wryten shall
surrender the seid town to the Kings hand, (fn. 15) or els to fynd a better mene
for the seid town in discharge of the seid Bailyffs; and the seid Baylyffs
to have all maner of rents and revenyes, and they to dyscharge the seid
town of all other charges belongyng to ther office. Subscribed by 30
burgesses. (fo. 52a.)
6 Hen. VII. , Aug. 2.—From henceforth no maner of man
inhabityng wtin the Burgh of Grimsby shall have nor kepe wtin hows
eny bussell skepp, whych is the iiijth parte of a quarter, to mete wt,
excepte a cole mesure. And that evere man having a mesure called
the London bushell, whych is viij parte of a quarter, that his said
London bushell be gude and able accordyng to the standerd, and sealed
wt the seall of the said Burgh of Grymesby. And who that doyth the
contrary, and be fun gylty thereof, shall forfytt to the said Burgh xijd
als oft as any ar fund thereof defectyff. (fo. 55b.)
10 Hen. VII.—It is agreed that no person shall be arrested, nor any
toll taken, on Wednesday, the market day. (fo. 56a.)
7 Hen. VII. , April 10.—It is found that William Glasyner,
burgeis, contrary to his Burgeis oath, hath behaved hymself contrary to
the Mayor and his Burgesses, whereas he went to William Lilburn,
gentilman and burgess, saying thies wordes folowyng: "William, I
requer yewe that Maister Myssynden and ye may be at one and frendes
as gentilmen, and if it be so hee and ye be frendes and luffers, he setts
littill by the Mayer and other his Burges of Grymesby." Notwithstanding, the Mayor and Burgesses, in common Hall, pardon and forgive
the said William Glasyner, on condition that he shall from henceforth
be of gude and trewe demeanor, &c. (fo. 58b.)
13 Hen. VII. , Aug. 4.—James Beverlay, Mayor. John
Clement of the City of London, son and heir of William Clement, did
fealty for his father's burgage lands and tenements.
The Discent and Petigrewe of the above wryten John Clement.
Md that William Canon, in the yere of Or Lord Ml CC and od yeres,
had issue lawfully begotten Peter, whych had issue Henry, and this
Henry had issue John and Isabell. John died wtowte issue, and Isabell
toke unto husband Walter Keleby, otherwyse called Stalyngbrought,
the whych had issue betwyx tham Robert, whych Robert Keleby had
issue Johane, whych Johane toke unto husband John Clement, the
whych Johane and John had issue betwix tham William Clement,
fader unto the said John Clement. (fo. 61.)
12 Hen. VII. , May 21.—At this Court William Enderby
produced, and desired to be enrolled, the will of John Enderby of
Grymesby, dated 27 Aug. 1496. To be buried in the churchyard of
St James, Grimsby. To Lincoln Cathedral, xijd. High altar and fabric
of St James's church, vjd each. Fabrics of St Mary's church, Sts
Augustine and Olave's church, Welhowe, and churches of St Leonard's
house of Nuns, of the Friars of the order of St Francis, and of the order
of Hermits of Grimsby, vjd each. To my wife Elizabeth, my capital
messuage and lands in Staynton in le Hole, and all other my lands elsewhere in co. Lincoln, for her life, with remainder to my right heirs.
My elder son John, all my lands in Elvyngton co. York. My younger
son John and my son Thomas a cow and 10 sheep each. My daughters
Margaret and Sibbell two cows and 10 sheep each. Residue of goods
to my wife Elizabeth, executrix. Witnesses: Master John Brasse,
vicar of St James's, Grimsby; John Empryngham, then Mayor of
Grimsby; Stephen de la See and James Beverley, then Coroners;
James Dynewell and Thomas Symkynson, then Bailiffs. (fo. 62.)
1500, June 11.—Award of Arbitrators between the right worshipful
Sr Richard Humbleton, Abbot of Welhowe, and Sr Robert Smyth,
parson of or Lady church in Grimsby. (fo. 62b.)
19 Hen. VII. [1504.] March 6.—Andrew Wodd of Lethe, merchant and maryner, charged by John Hattlyff of Grimsby with refusing
to accept payment for merchandise in current money, saying, "This is
but oaff." The said John answered and said "It is no oaff; it is the
Kyngis mynt currant in Yngland, that I and the Kyngis lege people
may not refuse." And the said Andrew answered and said, "And yor
Kynge were here prsent, I wold not take ther of one peny. I owe hym
neither dewte nor servece," &c. (A loose parchment, after fo. 62b.)
[4 Edw. IV., 1464 ?] (fn. 16) Letter of Ralph Earl of Westmorland and
Lord Nevill.—To my Right trusty and wele beloved frendes the Maire
and Bailefes of the toune of Grymesby.
Right trusty and wele be loved frendes, I grete yowe oftymes wel.
And as for my rent of yor toune of Grymesby, wherein yee have not onely
delayed and witholden my paymentes, but of [i.e. have] also sewed to Kyng
. . . . . intendyng therby to [put ?] me fro the substance of
my said rent, thowghe I truste in his gode . . . . that after myn
. . . . . services to his highness he wele be content and pleased
that I occupye and enjoye myn inheritaunce under his lawe and
gracioux supportacion, as wele as eny of his trew and louly subjectes
and liegemen within this his reawme; and nat withstaundinge yor
unkyndenes, at the reverence and contemplacion of the Kynges said
wryttyng, so that I at this tyme be truly paid and content of the
residewe of my said rent, I will for gyve and pardon yowe of my said
dewte xli fro this yer. And as from aftre this I will, duerryng my
pleasur, yerly do yow such ease and favoure like as I fynde cause and
redy payment of my sead rent at my termes and days. And if yee faill
of my paymentes atte this tyme, then in defawte I will take next way
and meyne to have my sead rentes, as the law will, without ony delaye
or favoure, ayther nowe or here aftir. [As] god knowth, who have you on
kepynge. Writtyn at my Castell of Brauncepath, the xxiij day of
Rawfe Erle of Westmorland and Lord Nevyll.
The following entry is dated 17 July 16 Hen. VII., but the next
page 2 Hen. VII. (fo. 71a.)
1344, March 18.—Deed from Edmund de Grymesby, clerk, granting
to William de Shropeshire, of Waltham, chaplain, seven shops, 12 acres
of land, and 5 acres of pasture in Grimsby which he had by gift of
Sir John de Grymesby, rector of Bynteworth, and which were formerly
of Gilbert Carter; upon trust to celebrate in St James's church for the
souls of the said Edmund's father and mother, brother and sisters, and all
Burgesses of the town, and for the good estate of the said Edmund,
"et domini Joh'is Rayner et Willelmi Rayner, fratrum suorum, ac
sororum, filiorum, et filiarum, nepotum, et consanguineorum suorum, et
Maioris et omnium Burgensium," &c. according to the tenor of letters
Chantry in the nave of Holy Trinity, commonly called Rayner's
Chantry. Then follow ordinances. (fo. 74b.)
16 Hen. VII.—Venit Robertus Garyng, qui conduxit in uxorem
Margaretam, qui nuper fuit uxor Roberti Swalowe, burgensis hujus
Burgi, defuncti . . . . and does fealty, and is admitted a Burgess,
for a fine of 6s. 8d. (fo. 79a.)
17 Hen. VII.—William Buttler, who married Joan, widow of John
Whytley, a burgess, is admitted. (fo. 80a.)
18 Hen. VII.—John Auncell, maryner, who married Joan, widow of
Robert Tailor, walker, is admitted. (fo. 80b.)
19 Hen. VII.—John Shefeld comes and prays that Lady Johan
Hyllyerd may be excused from being elected to the office of Bailiff in
respect of her lands, &c. Granted for a fine of 20s. The Court also
grants that Christopher Hillyerd, her son and heir, shall be a burgess
born, and likewise Peter and Richard, sons of Peter Hilyerd and the
said Lady Johan.
The Court in like manner excused Johan Toynton, widow, from the
same office. (fo. 81a.)
13 Hen. VIII.—It is agreed by hall the Burges beyng in the Hall at
that day, that John Atclyff, for unfyttand demener and ill wordes had
and donne to Mr. Richard Thymylby, then beynge Maire, and delygenly
doynge is offys, shall be obliged ether to set xl days in the Hall, or ever
to lose his fredom at this day; and if it forton that ever herafter he
trobull ongodely the Maire and the Kynges Cowrt herafter hodurwise
than be comys a trewe and fathfull Burges to be hav, it is agreid that
the seid John shall be takyn and kast over Barr, and lose is fredom
for ever. (fo. 104a.)
37 Hen. VIII.—It is agreyd that if it chawns Elizabeth Mawyn to
marry betwyxt this and Holy Roydd day next ensuyng, that then the
seyd man that marryeth the sayd Elizabeth be free burgeys by the sayd
monnay that Elizabeth shuld pay, &c. (Loose leaf, after fo. 107.)
It is ordenit that non unfreman shall opten or have the fredom of
this Burghe, bot such as will pay to the use of this Burghe xxs.; and
qhatt Burges procoris or grauntes his mynd the contrari, to pay all such
money as he so willith or desireth to be abaittyd. (fo. 125a.)
6 Hen. VIII.—It is ordeynid that no maner of person dwelling
within this Burgage from this day forward shall cume at no tyme into
Common Hall to drynke and make revyll with any person which sytts
in the said Hall at the commandement of Mr. Maier, except the said
Maier licence, &c. (fo. 161a.)
7 Hen. VIII.—Thomas priour of the monastery of Ormesby comes
and binds himself to build "an abull howse" on a holding near the
Cros in the Market Stead, belonging to the said place of Ormesby.
8 Hen. VIII.—It is agreid that Pettir Mason, mair, at anny tym
herafter schall hav his fre Liberte in goynge and commynge to and fro
his Backhows wthout anny Serjeant or Mas befor hym at any tym
wthin his year of his offic or in goynge and commyng to his next
nabor hows; and also Michael his son schall ber the Mas affor hym
unto that the said Peter Mason may convenyently get an abyll man to
be his Sergeant. (fo. 168a.)
1499.—It is recorded byfor William Vikers, then Mayer, and all
other Burgesses in the Court present, that John Smyth of Staynton,
tenaunt in Swallowe, hath graunted to the seid Mayer and burgesses
that he shall not resyne his holdynge to eny gentileman nor to none
other man whych shall by maistershipp take eny partie agenst the
Mayer, Bailyffes, and Burgesses, or theme to put to troble, or wthold all
or eny parcell of his rent, [or else] that the said John and his heyres
shall forfet his seid holdynge.
7 Eliz. Feb. 12.—Long deed by Silvester Bellow of Newsted, co.
Linc., esq., to Hugh Kirsocke of Kingston on Hull, yeoman. (fo. 188a.)
1573, Dec. 8.—Regulations for the Common Ferry to Hull, fixing the
fares for burgesses, &c. (fo. 191b.)
1530, Nov. 26.—Will of John Lyttyll of Grett [Grimsby]. To be
buried in the churchyard of St. James. To our Lady Church of
Lyncoln, xijd. The high altar, ijs. To Robert Hyll, my wife's second
gowne. Thomas Watson's wife, her third gown. My daughter Johan
Johnson, xiijs. iiijd., one brass pot, and two platters. To the Awstyn
Freers, to pray for me, iijs. iiijd. Saint Francis Freers, xijd. To
Patryck Hanslaye and his wife, my daughter, all my lands in Grimsby,
they keeping an obit for 50 years to the value of ijs. yearly, to be given
to six priests in the church of St. James Grimsby, for singing mass
and dirige on St. Martin the Bishop's day, viz., to every priest iiijd.;
"and the owner of the same tenementes and landes shall cawse the
bellman to go abowt the towne to warne all weldysposyd pepull to cum
thyther and to pray for all Crysten sawlles." If the said Patrick and
his wife fail to carry out this my will, I give my said lands to the
Mayor and Burgesses on the same conditions. Residue to said Patrick
Hansley, executor. Witnesses: the Prior of the Freers Austyns, Brian
Curtas, John Balyff, and William Bond. (fo. 204b.)
8 Eliz. , 30 April, is enrolled the Will of Robert Drowrie of
Grimsby, dated 26 Aug. 1562. To be buried in St. James's churchyard, at the west end, beside my wife and other friends. Son-in-law
John Hall, a house in North St. Mary's Gate, Grimsby. Daughter
Alice, a house on the east of the said house, and at her death to
her son Robert Hogge. Son-in-law John Graye, various furniture.
Daughters Isabell and Katherine, a chest. Alice Hall, daughter of
John Hall, a possenett. Residue to the said John Hall, executor.
Witnesses: Christopher Chappell, Paule Hall, and Steven Judgeson.
17 Eliz. , Nov. 9.—It is found by the jury that Agnes Gray,
Isabell Marshall, and Katherine Clarke are next heirs of Robert Drowrie
as to a house in North St. Marie Gate. (fo. 211a.)
1 Hen. VIII. , Jan. 13.—It is agreed that it shall be lawful
for Sir Wm. Tirwhit and Sir Robert Winkfeld to be Burgesses in Parliament for the town, or else to the said Robert with John Hennage, esq.,
notwithstanding the election; and that Bernard de le See and Philip
Myffyn shall go to Maister Tirwhit to Lincoln, to get a bond signed,
indemnifying the town against Knights' fees, &c.
Signed by John Empringham, Mayor, and 21 burgesses. (fo. 224a.)
13 Hen. VIII. , Jan. 31.—Deed by William Catterall of
Glamforth Briggs and Thomas Werisley and Janet his wife, late wife
and executrix of Robert Catterall of Grimsby. The said William
Catterall is to have the guardianship of Thomas, Anne, Barbara, and
Beatrice, children of the said Robert Catterall. (fo. 227b.)
14 Hen. VIII. , March 19.—John Hennych, junior, gent., and
Robert Lorde, of Grimsby, burgess, chosen Burgesses for Parliament,
each of them undertaking to bear his own expenses. (fo. 230a.)
Upon Relikque Sonday was William Hatclyff, the son of Stevyn
Hatclyffe, prest to go to the Kynges besynes, and he sayd "How
schuld I go to the Kynges besynes and leyffe my tytill ?" And Mr.
Hatclyff sayd to hym this, that he schuld mak William Hatclyffe his
son to be for hym and to deliver to hym all the ryght [and] tytyll that he
had as cowld be fon by Mast' Hennech at hys comyng. And so we,
Mr. Peter Mason and John Fotherby, with other sertan officers [met ?],
and so in owr presens he cam to thre grondes that he mayd tytill un to,
and gaff un to William Hatclyff, son of Mr. William Hatclyffe, all the
ryght and tytill that schall be fond in hym at the syght of Mr. Hennech,
as afor is sayd, to the intent to pay is dettes as the law wyll, yff so be
that the law wyll geve me owthe. (fo. 230b.)
6 Hen. VIII. , Sept. 6.—Deed by Wm Hatteclyffe, son and
heir of Stephen Hatteclyffe, to John Kyngston, as to lands late of Robert
Cattelyn and Alice his wife. (fo. 234b.)
26 Hen. VIII. , Sept. 1.—Regulations for fines payable by
persons seeking the freedom of the Borough by birth, marriage with a
freeman's widow, or by apprenticeship. (fo. 255b.)
32 Hen. VIII. , March 8, is enrolled the will of Thomas
Chalende of Great Grimsby, merchant, dated 3 Jan. 1540[–1]. To be
buried in St George Ile in St James's church. Our Lady of Lincoln iiijd,
and the altar of same iiijd. High altar of St James's, xijd. My wife
Emott, a third of my goods, and the house I dwell in, with my mylln
and brew howse, and the howse in Scharthow, &c., for her life. My son
Edward all my lands in Grimsby after my wife's death, except a howse
bought of Maister Schoppholm, which I give to Jenet my daughter after
her mother's death. Son Edward, various sheep, &c. Daughters Emott
and Jenet, two sheep each. Sir Peter Mundye, iijs iiijd, to pray for my
soul. An obit of vjs viijd to be done for my soul for x years. Residue
to wife and daughters Emott and Jenet, executrixes. Overseers,
Master Smythe and John Kyngston. To St James's church work,
vjs viijd. Witnesses, Master Cooke, Symon Semar, and Sr Wylliam
Grege. (fo. 265b.)
No date (previous entry 33 Hen. VIII.)—For Grymesby to pay. The
|Item for the seale||xxs||iiijd|
|Item for the velom skynne||xijd|
|Item for the lace and to the sealer||ijs|
|Item for the two maistres of the Chauncerye for
|Item for the enrollyng||xxs|
|Item for the wrytyng||xxvjs||viiijd|
|Item for the fyne of the said confirma&ctilde;on||xs|
The holle charge to conferm this charter. The cost of the man
expens wt charge xxjs. (Loose paper, at fo. 272.)
1549, Aug. 6.—The copy of the lettor of atornay of John Smyth of
Hull, marchand, directyd from Hanserdame in Holland.
To all theym that schall see or hear redd owr oppen lettors, grettyng.
Whe, Maior, Burghmasters, Rulers, and Counsayll of the towne of
Hanserdame, lat wett, certyfying wt knowleige of trewth that byfor us
dyd apper schypper Nanmynk Clarson, owr conburgeis, with the worshipfull circumspect Mr Henryk Diryksoon, owr comburgeis, Master at
this tym, and John Ysbrantson Holostoyt, or comburgeis, in Counsell,
owners and furth setters of the said [sic] schypp, comprehendyng
together all other owners of the schyp aforsaid, and have in that qualite
constituted and gyffen powre by theis presentes in all better fourm to the
discreit Jamys [sic] Smyth, schewer of theis, for theym constitutantes,
to warn, demaunde, and to receyve restitucion of such goodes as from
the said schypper Namynk Clarsson certayn tym passed have beyn takken
of on Rychard Olyver, schypper of the schypp namyd the Mykkell of
Hull, Royse of Grymysbe, and Robert Rachton of Scharbrugh, all
inhabitantes and subjectes of the kyngdom of Ingland, wt theyr adherrentes, wt all dommaiges and interest in the cawis of the said Namynk
sustenyd, and for the same to pleyt and to persue to an end byfor all
Juges, and to obserf all terms of the law, to mayk composicione and
doyng to gyf qwyttans of his receypt, and to keyp fre from all aftr
demaundes and harmleis, and on or more in his plays to substytute; and
further generally and specially to doo and levy herin all that wiche they
constitutantes in theyr own persons myght or owght to doo; promysyng
allso to keip and caws to be kept sure and of good worth for ever all that
wiche by theyr constitutyd and his substitutyd every of theym in the
forsaid cawse, wt all that may concern the same, shalbe doon or leyft, in
all condicion as if it wher downe by theym constitutantes in theyre own
persons; and all wtout frauyde or gyle. In witnes of trewith we have
causeid the seall of caussys of the said town of Hanserdame herunto be
appendyd. Geven the sext day of August in the yer of Or Lord
God mlo vc xl and ix.
Sett ouer owytt of Duche in Inglysch by me Hubbard, scryuen'(?),
notary, aftr my capacyte, manu mea. (fo. 285b.)
6 Edw. VI. , Nov. 13.—Bond by John Bellow of Newstead,
esq., to pay and deliver to John Dean, alias Lawrance, bastard son of
Sr Robert Lawrence, clerk, deceased, the sum of 50l., a silver salt with a
cover, a gilt cup and cover, 5 silver spoons, and a gold signet, when he
shall attain the age of 21, in satisfaction of the goods late of said Sr
Robert Lawrance, and Katherin Mayson, alias Lawrance, sister of the
said Sr Robert. Also to keep the said John Dean at school till 16.
1 Eliz. , Jan. 12.—Bond by John Bellow of Newstead, co.
Linc., esq., to indemnify the town against his costs and those of Master
Harrington, chosen Burgesses for Parliament. (fo. 291b.)
7 Eliz. , July 26.—Bond by Lawrence Meres, Recorder, to
come twice or oftener every year to keep the sessions, &c. (fo. 301b.)
9 Hen. VII. , 4 Sept. Letter from Henry Lacy to Master
Hempryngham.—Maister Hempryngham, in ryght gud herty maner I
recommend me unto you, hertely thankyng yow of all kyndnes. Ser,
the caus of my wrytyng unto yow at this tyme is that I may be bold on
you to have the over syght of all such howsyng and ground which I have
in Grimesby, that is to wyt, v schoppis by Sant James Chirch, and a
stabull wt a myln hous, wt a ground to the same by John Stopis hous,
and also a ground that was Wylsons adioinyng to the same; whych
stabull and myln hous betwix my broder Robert Lacy and William
Butler and or nebur must be repared, and scharply and schortly thei
haue promysed me; and so doon I hartely pray yow to se the said
howsing and ground orderd to the best, and that no person occupy yt
bot for the mony; and my v schoppes to lat thame . . . . as you thynk
good to honest and trusty persons. The rent off evere schop is iijs. iiijd.,
and me thynk better it is to gyff somewhat a gane than to mynych any
thyng theroff; but I fully remyt evere thyng to yor wysdom, and as yow
may resave any mony to repare the said schopes . . . . . . is also my
broder and I standes in bargannyng for the same, but not fully agreed
nor concludit; wherefor now, senc I depart out of this contre, ther is no
man wtin Grimesby I cane so fathefully trust, nor be so bold upon as
yow; and yf yt ly in my poure I trust to serve yor kyndnes. Also you
schall resave be this brynger iij kays to the schoppes, and tho that
wantes, my broder Robert praye Henry Skytt' his servaunt to mak
theme, and he will content hym for the same. And thus I pray Jh'u
have yow in his mersy and full kepyng; amen. At Kelby, on
Thursday, the iiij day of Septembr' A° ix. H. vijt.
Henry Lacy. (fo. 317b.)
1 & 2 Ph. & Mary , June 26.—Deed by John Bellow of
Newstead (de Novo loco) on Anckeholm, esq., to Philip Tyrwhytt, esq.,
Richard Hempryngham, Thomas Apleyerd, Henry Thryscrosse, John
Goldwell, Thomas Alldred, and John Apleyerd, gentlemen. Grant of
all his lands, &c. in Grimsby, Clee, Bradley, Little Cotes, and Stallingbro',
to the use of himself and Ursula his wife. (fo. 333a.)
No date.—Rental of Clee. (13 Hen. VIII. is the date of the preceding entry.) Rents due to the town of Grimesby:—
|Furst, of Henr' Moyn for||vs||viijd|
|It' of the same||(blank).|
|It' of the same for Idale in Klee||viijd|
|It' of Robert Slownt||iijs||ijd|
|It' of Henr' Grimesby||xxiijd|
|It' of Wat' Warne||iijs||iiijd|
|It' of Thomas Bell||ijs||xjd|
|It' of the nuns of Grimesby||ijs||vd|
|It' of the Abbot of Wellow||xd|
|It' of John Kygier for landes lat Fowler||ijs||viijd|
|It' of the same for landes lat Stellion (?)||iiijd|
|" " " Laceby||ijd||ob.|
|It' of Hurchyned||xvd||ob.|
|It' of Thomas Curtas||xiiijd|
|It' of Henr' Cowlbe||xiiijd|
|It' of landes late Cort'||xijd|
|It' of Margaret Laceby||vijd|
|It' of Henr' Dymbleton||jd|
17 Hen. VII. , May 31.—Robert Lacye, maior. To the
Court came Robert Gardner and Henry Hill of Walberdyswyk, tenants
of the manor of Blydbure, co. Suffolk, and produced Royal letters of
30 Jan. 1 Hen. VII. , which are recited.
They are addressed to all Sheriffs, and command them to permit the
men and tenants of the manor of Blydebure, in co. Suffolk, which is of
the ancient demesne of the Crown (as appears by certificate sent by the
Treasurer and Chamberlains into the Chancery of King Henry VI.), to
be quit from paying toll and contributing to the expenses of Knights
sent to Parliament, according to ancient custom.
Wherefore it was considered by the Court that the tenants of the
said Manor were free of toll within the King's town of Grimsby. (fo.
1305, xvii. kl. April.—Deed of Walter de Well and Walter son of
Richard Storme of Itterby, parish of St Saviour Clee, which is appropriated to Grimesby Abbey, as to tithes of fish, &c. (fo. 349.)
15 Hen. VII. . Feast of Pentecost.—Deed of Katherine Hyll
of Mych Glenn, co. Leic., widow, and Thos Hyll of Stowghton, co. Leic.,
leasing their mead in Baxstergate in Grymesby, north of a tenement of
Dame Elizabeth Cunstabull, widow, to Alexander Forrest of Grymesby,
burgess. (fo. 349.)
8 Hen. VII. , March 29.—Letters of the Mayor, Barons, and
Commons of Wynchelse, in favour of John Fermour.
1477, Aug. 17.—Will of John Sheryffe of Great Grimsby, merchant.
To be buried in the church of B. Mary the Virgin at Calesse. Lincoln
Cathedral, 6s 8d. St James's Church, Grimsby, 5 marks. Chapel of
the Stapyll in Calesse, 20s. Image of St Thomas there, 40d. High
altar of St James's Church, for tithes forgotten, 6s 8d. Humberston
Abbey, 20s. Wm Brown, 40d. Elizth Brown, 6s 8d. Katherine my
wife, my principal house wherein I reside at Grimsby for her life, with
remainder to my son Robert Sheryffe. I also leave him other houses
and lands (described) at Grimsby and Bradley. Son John Sheryffe, a
messuage in St Marygate, &c. Son Wm Sheryffe, a messuage in Brighowgate, &c. Daughter Elizth Sheryffe. Residue to wife and sons
Robert and John, executors. (fo. 353.)
25 Eliz.—It is ordered that no manner of person, beinge a laborer,
that dothe or shall come to dwell and inhabitte wthin this burroughe
shall not worke as a laborer there before he be admytted by Mr Maior
and his bretheryne to dwell here and to worke as a laborer, and paie to
the use of the townes chamber 2s for his furst amyttance.
Every shomaker, taler, cobler, glover, smythe, weaver, tynker, and
such like occupa&ctilde;ons paye to th' use of the townes chambre for their
saide furste admyttance, yf he be a maried person, 3s 4d, and yf he be a
syngler person, 5s.
Every pedder 5s, marcer 10s, draper 10s, and such like occupa&ctilde;ons 10s
Every marchant venterrer and such like 20s.
No owner of property in the borough to let any house or shop to any
person not an inhabitant of the borough.
3 Hen. VII. , May 20.—Contemporary copy of a long charter
as to grant by King Edward [III.] to John Duke of Aquitaine and
Lancaster and Blanche his wife of the possessions of Henry Earl of
Lancaster, father of Henry Duke of Lancaster. (fo. 354.)
11 Hen. [VII. ? 1496 ?], June 26.—Royal letters as to the inhabitants
of Tetney, Hole, Itterby, and Thrunscoe, parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster.
14 Hen. VII. , June 14.—Royal letter of protection for two
Scotch merchants, under the Signet.
Henry by the grace of God, Kyng of England and of Fraunce, and
Lord of Irland, to all mayers, scheryffes, bailyffes, constables, coustumers,
comptrollers, serchers, kepers of poortes and passages, and to all maner
other or officers, mynistres, and subgietes, as wele by see and fressh waters
as by land, to whome thies oure lettres shalbe shewed, and to evere of
theym, gretyng. We late you witt that of our grace especiall, for
certein consideracions us moving, we have by thiese presentes taken
Andrewe Mailnynge and Andrewe Swan, of the Realme of Scotland,
merchantes, theire factors and attorneyes, unto or proteccion, tuicion,
saufgarde, and defence, and have licenced them joinctly and severally to
come into this or Reyme, and all other places under or obeisaunce, withe
a shipe or shippes of the portage of oon hundred tonnes or undre, laden
wt almaner goodes and merchandises, and wt two maisters, sixtene
maryners, thre pages, and also wt harnesse and alle other thynges
lawfull and necessary for the defence of them and of their said ship and
goodes; and the seid merchandises to uttre wtin or said Realme and
obeisaunce for their most profitt and advauntages; and therupon to
recharge the same ship or shippes in the same or Realme and obeisaunce
wt all maner greynes, victailles, goodes, and merchaundises lieffull, and
theym to conveye or doo to be conveied into Scotland aforseid, their to
make like uttraunce of theym; and undre the same foarme to goo and
come, passe and repasse, as well by see as by land, abide and sujourne
wt in this or seid Realme and obeisaunce, as often as theim shall lyke,
durynge the space of oon hole yere next ensuynge the date herof.
Wherfore we woll and straitly charge you that ye quietly permitte the
said Andrewe Mailnyng and Andrewe Swan, and theire seid factors and
attorneis, to use and enioye the hole effect of thies presentes, wtout eny
lawfull lette or impedyment of you or eny of you to the contrarye, as ye
woll eschewe or grete displeasour and aunswere unto us therin at yor
perilles. Provided alwaies that of or custumes, subsidies, and other
duties to us rightfully belonging for the said greynes, victailles, goodes,
and merchaundises we be faithfully aunswered. Provided also that
undre colour hereoff they nor eny of theym doo or procur to be done
eny thyng prejudiciall unto us, or said Realme, or or subgiettes of the
same, upon peyn of forfiture and breche of this or sauf conduct, wt other
perilles and daungiers which may ensue unto theim in that bihalff.
Given undre oure Signet, att oure Manor of Shene, the xiiijth day of
Juyn, the xiiij yere of or Reigne. (fo. 356b.)
At the end of the volume are entered the original bonds, with their
signatures and seals, from the Members of Parliament for the Borough,
to indemnify the town against expense. Amongst them are:—
|Thomas Hatclyff of Hatclyff, esq.||27 Sept. 1597.|
|Thomas Ellys, junior, of Wyham, esq.|
|Thomas, Lord Clynton and Saye, 7 Oct. 1601.|
|Sir John Wraye of Blyton, knt.||22 March 1614.|
|Richard Towtheby of Healing, esq.|
|William Skinner of Thornton, esq., 2 March 1625.|
After fo. 361, the folios are numbered (apparently in error) 352, 353,
The second fo. 355 is in a bundle of fragments of Court Books in
Court Book, 1539–1548. A paper book of 125 folios, stitched into a
pre-Reformation MS. cover.
Most of these Court Books contain (besides the usual routine business
of the Mayor's Court) Sessions for hiring servants and apprentices
(when the names of masters and servants, &c. are entered), and Sessions
for weights and measures, and trade marks.
31 Hen. VIII.—Leonard Curteys, Mayor.
A deed of John Kyngston of Grimsby is entered, as to a ship called
the Anne of Cales, bought of John Skarlett.
Henry Whytgyft, (fn. 17) a juror.
37 Hen. VIII.—"One coytte, collour violet," praysed by Henry
Witgift and others.
1 Edw. VI.—William Bond, the Treasurer, to have for his pains, the
3rd penny that comes into this Court by frayes. (fn. 18)
John Bellow, esq., Alderman, agrees to serve in Parliament, and not
to make any charge for the same against the Borough.
Court Book, 1562–1575. A paper book of 281 folios, in parchment
Contains Views of Frankpledge and "Curia Dominæ Reginæ."
4 Eliz.—Michael Emp[r]yngham, Mayor. Richard Anderson and
Robert Robertes, fined for an affray and drawing blood, on the Queen's
John Cleatham and Richard Legerde fined for an affray and bloodshed.
Many similar entries about this time.
5 Eliz.—Peter Roes and Robert Hundilbie, clerk, fined for an affray
5 Eliz.—Mem., that at this Courte John Clatham hayth bowght the
townes house for the summe of iijli to be paid to the Chamberlaines at
the feaste of Philip and Jacobe th'appostilles next coomyng.
Robert Ascuge, son and heir of Beatrice, daughter and coheiress of
Robert Caterall, claims lands by descent.
Thomas, servant of Thomas Curtes, gent., and Edmund Sperman, fined
for an affray and bloodshed.
At this Cortte com Henrie Fotherbie and clamed the inerytans of
iiijor shopes late ys fatheres, John Fotherbie.
Robert Fotherbie comes and claims to be admitted to two shops in
Grimsby under the will of Thomas Fotherbie.
William Thomson of Kelbye and Richard Curtes of Clee—affray and
Martin Fotherbie, Alderman, and William Casse—affray and bloodshed.
6 Eliz.—Thomas Madison and George Hustwate—affray and bloodshed.
Thomas Madyson, Mayor.
Approbrous (sic) spoken by George Hustwayt, one of the Baylyffes
of Grett Grymsbie; viz., the 2 daye of Dec. A.D. 1564, he manyfestlye
seyde, before Mr. Mayor and his bretherne, he prayed God that the
puttyng in of Mr. Empyngham into the Hall, and the stoute doynges,
were not a further troble unto the towne.
The day and yere above specyfied, Mr Rychard Thymbleby, in the
Common Hall, seyd to Mr Mayor that (sic) these wordes as hereafter
folowyth: "Mr Mayor, I thanck you for my brothers cause; you have
called me a ruffyan, but you ar wythin yor lybertie nowe, but other
places will serve;" wyth such unsemelye wordes; presently came into
the Hall, and spak manye unsemelye wordes unto the Mayor and his
bretherne, and verye thretenlye; whose names ar Mr John Thymblebie
and Mr Edward Skypwyth.
George Hustwayt, Baylyf of the broughe of Grett Grymsby, spak
these wordes unto Thomas Lusom, clerck of the Cowrte, as hereafter
folowyth, on twelthe Even last past: "It were a good dede and verye
necessarie that the broughe of Grett Grymsby were ordred by the wyse
Justices of the countrie, and the lybertie taken clene from us."
Item, at the next Courte in the Common Hall the seyd George
Hustwayt spake these wordes to the Mayor: "You have placed and
unyted Mr Seyntpole unto you, as yt maye seme unto me and to others
of the howse, to impovreshe yor power neyhbors." And byd Mr Mayor
put it in for a pyke thanck.
Yt is payned by the Mayor and his bretherne that no man suffer his
cattall to go abrode in the streates wthout one folow them, apon peyn of
everye beast iiijd.
Geo. Hustwayt, when ordered by Mr. Mayor to go to the Bar to
answer for his ill demeanour, "sayd to Mr. Mayor that he was not at
his commawndment; 'I will aunswere it here; I will not stirre owtē of
this place;' wth many thretnyng wordes."
John Bolt keeps a dog for hunting hares, against the statute.
John Grey keeps arrows "in quodam bumberd vocat' a handgun,"
and a dog for hunting, against the statute.
7 Eliz.—Jur' presentant quod isti quorum nomina sequuntur ludebant
ad illicita joca, id est, ad boylyng, contra statutum, &c. Dominus Rob.
Hundylbie is one of the offenders.
Henry Fotherbe, Wm. Forsyth, Margaret Robertes, and others are
presented for playing "ad illicita joca, id est, ad alias [aleas] et cartas
pictas in domis suis, contra," &c.
Memdum that Sir Richard Thymbylbe, knyght, has bought and
brought into this haven a cray lodden with fyer wood and tymber.
Roger, servant of Silvester Bellowe, and Douglas, a Scotsman—affray.
8 Eliz.—William Graye, of Newcastle on Tyne, and Humphrey
More, maryner—affray and bloodshed.
9 Eliz.—Yt ys ordeyned that Mr. Robt Audesley, now newe elected
to the offyce of the Mayoraltie, shall remove his dwelling from his late
house at St James churche steele, unto his howse in Briggogate, or to
some suche other house or dwellinge mete and convenyent for the Quenes
levetenaunte of this burghe, before Martenmas next, and to contynue
there during his tyme of mayoraltie; and to decentlie repayre his said
house in Briggogate, and not to kepe or occupye any manner of
victualing during his mayoraltie, under payne of xxl.
13 Eliz.—No person to carry passengers from any part of the liberties
of the borough to Hull, or any place beyond the Humber, on pain of
6l. 13s. 4d.; no person to bring passengers across the Humber to
Grimsby without paying to the Chamber half the accustomed duty;
and no person to take for carrying any free man more than 1d there and
13 Eliz.—Assize of weights and measures. Curious sketches of
trade marks in the margin.
Court Book, 21 Eliz.—42 Eliz. A paper book of 515 folios, without
covers, but apparently complete, except the first 18 folios.
23 Eliz.—It is ordered and agreed that ther shall no occupier,
artificer, or handycraftesman wch shall happen to come to this towne
hereafter, beinge a forener, worke of his occupa&ctilde;on or sett uppe and
kepe a shoppe wthin this borrowe, or a man of any manner of trade
whatsoever, before he be thereunto furst allowed by Mr. Maior and his
26 Eliz.—John Southe, gent., is appointed to prosecute as attorney
for the town on a bond made to the Mayor and Burgesses by Robert
Storye of Conysbie and Thomas Risfurthe of Lowthe in 40l., for not
repairing St James's church, as in the condition to the bond.
27 Eliz.—Mem. that att this Courte it is agreed by the whole Courte
(Xpofer Hatclyf excepte) that Mr. Marke Holte shall putt in his owne
bonde for appeiraunce before Mr. Maior, when he shalbe called, and
that at Everingham in Yorkshire at the parsonage will he bee.
Also that wheras Marke Holte was in suspicion for teringe the proclama&ctilde;on latelie sett out by her Hieghnes for the suppression of
sedicious bookes, bvlles, or other thinges, in consideration wherof ther
was open proclamation made that yf any coulde saye that he tare yt, or
that he should reporte he wold tere it downe, but ther was not any
coulde impeache hym.
39 Eliz.—Sir Geo. St Poll, knight, fined 40l. for not appearing to take
upon him the office of Mayor when elected.
John Hatclyff, late Mayor, delivers into the hands of William Kelk,
the newly elected Mayor, the keys, seal, and mace, two charters (one of
the now Queen, the other of Northampton), one book of metes and
bounds, the old and new ordinances, two separate extents, and a book
containing two extents and other matters.
Court Book, 12 Chas. I.—1657. A paper book of 302 folios, rather
dilapidated, but apparently complete.
12 Chas. I.—Gervase Holles, esq., Mayor. Every attorney of this
Courte to have of his clientes of every of them xijd for his reteinor, and
six pence every Court day.
Every Alderman coming to the Church shall sitt in the seate for that
purpose appointed, wth Mr. Maior, in orderlie manner, in their gownes
of a sadd colour, uppon Sundaies, festivall daies, and Wednesdayes, upon
paine of every default, xijd. Every twelveman the like, on pain of vjd;
and the Chamberlaines, vjd.
12 Chas. I.—The Bailiffs are fined 20l. for disobeying the Mayor's
order to carry one Christopher Harlinge to prison for opprobrious
language, and carrying him to a tavern instead. Afterwards mitigated
to 20s, and paid.
Richard Fotherbie, Alderman, called to the Common Council in place
of Mr. Skelton, who is departed from the town.
13 Chas. I.—Arthur Brooke is disfranchised for breach of his Burgess
oath, according to a verdict, &c.
14 Chas. I.—The right Hon. Robert, Earle of Lyndsey, Lord High
Chamberlain, &c. is chosen a free Burgess and made High Steward, Sir
George Hennage having assigned over his place to him.
Mr Paule Willet [clerk], chosen free burgess.
Mr Francis Halton chosen Recorder.
15 Chas. I.—Richard Broxholme and Thomas Sea—affray and
Gervase Holles, esq., late Mayor, delivers to William Booth, now
Mayor, the keys, seal, and mace, four statute books, the new extent, one
old book of charters, four silver crests, and the old ordinance "et terrar
le Sipptlehowse" [? Spittlehowse].
Gervase Holles, esq., acknowledges that he hath the exemplification
of the Northampton Charter, and the Charters made in Queen Elizabeth's
reign and in King James's reign.
Robert Earle of Lyndsey is admitted Recorder; Mr Francis Mussendyne, who was Recorder afore, being put out for his disregard and
neglect of the Mayor and Burgesses.
16 Chas. I.—Eliz. Fotherby and Judith Sea—an affray and drawing
16 Chas. I.—Mr Prockter upon his oath hath enformed Mr Maior
that Mr Paul Willet, minister and twelveman, required him the said
Samuel Prockter to present William Booth, Maior, and Gervase Holles,
esq., for laughen in the Church, or else he would present him.
21 Chas. I. , Oct. 21.—Mr William Wray is chosen Burgesse
for the Parliament, in place of Mr Gervase Holles.
, March 3.—At this Court Collonell Edward Rosseter is made
a free Burgess, and is chosen for Parliament in place of Sir Christopher
Wray, who is dead. (fn. 19) And he gives 10l. to the Town Chamber. He also
signs and seals with his coat of arms a bond in this volume, indemnifying
the town against any expense in the matter.
22 Chas. I. , Aug. 4.—Mr Francis Halton, Recorder, is by
ordinance of Parliament declared to be uncapable of bearinge any office
in the Commonwealth, haveinge beene in actuall armes against the
Parliament. He is accordingly discharged, and Mr Edward King chosen
Recorder in his place.
23 Chas. I.—Mr Thomas Smyth chosen Schoolmaster for teaching
the free Grammar School, at 20 marks per annum.
Sessions for servants.—Margaret Gardiner in service of Hammond
Sutton, gent.; wages, xxxs per annum, and unum lynn apron.
Peter Mason is amerced for buying corn and keeling it away.
Richard Broxholme is disfranchised for using abusive language to
Thomas Beatniffe, the Mayor.
24 Chas. I.—William Eland, gent., and Willoughbie Guevara, gent.,
in right of his wife, claim a house in the occupation of the said Willoughbie; it is referred to the next Court Leet.
[1648,] Oct. 3.—Thomas Beatniffe, Mayor. At this Court Mr
William Crew, Alderman, is sworne Maior for the yeare following,
having received of Mr Beatniffe, late Maior, the mace, seale, and keys,
three silver crests, the top of the olde mace, four statute bookes, [and]
the copye of the old ordinance.
1650.—Easter, Alice, and Frances Hustwayte are entered coheires to
Leonard Hustwayte, lawfullie begotten of Elene his wife.
Frances Smyth is entered tenant to a house lately purchased of John
Cooke and others.
Att this Court Ed. Wells, sen., being formrly found guiltie of steelinge
1 sheepe from one unknowne, is adjudged to be stript from the wayst
upward and whippt in the Hall till blood come, on Thursday next.
1652 (at end of volume). — Bond by Matthias Yarburgh, Wm.
Gardiner and John Braden, inhabitants of Grimsby, in 20l., to indemnify
the town against the said M. Yarburgh on his wife or children becoming
chargeable to the town.
1652.—Robert Cooke is to put the Chauntry howse in repair, on pain
of forfeiting his lease.
1653, April 26.—Mr Edmund Smyth is admitted Schoolmaster for
the free Schoole, during the tyme of his good behaviour; his brother
resigning his place up.
Walter Lloyd is chosen the Parish Clarke, by consent of the Court.
1655.—It is ordered that whereas Christopher Claton, in the behalfe
of his mother An Alford, wid., hath bought one wessell of Raffe of one
Laurence Lamkey of Odwell in the kingdome of Norway, upon wch
private bargane there appears a breach of the priviledges of this Corporation, and therupon a fine accrues to be dew: yet nottwthstandinge,
the said coostome beinge for a certain tyme by somme remissnesse lade
asid, she hath libertie to injoye this hir said bargand, &c.
1656, July 24.—The "blew stone" is mentioned as a boundary in
an ordinance. "The street leading to Wellowgate nigh the blewstone."
Many Alehouse licences occur in the Court Books about this time.
1657.—Richard Wilkinson fined 6s 8d for abusing of Mr. Maior's
authoritye in releasing a man out of the stockes after Mr. Maior had
Wm. Halton, gent., found guilty of an assault and battery on Phillips
Phillips Weslyd, gent., presented for threatening to ride over
Thomas Newarke, and endeavouring soe to doc.
Court Book, 1738–1762. A large paper volume bound in leather
entitled, "Great Grimsby—Mayor's Court Book."
1737.—A lease of the Chantry farm granted to Mr. Christopher
Clayton for 11 years, under the same terms as Mr. Bransby lately held
Ann Davis pleads guilty to the felony whereof she stands indicted,
and the judgement of the Court is that she be comitted to prison till
six of the clock in the afternoon, and then to receive 28 lashes over her
naked shoulders, viz., 7 lashes at Seamore Bridge, 7 more against Mr.
Alderman Thompson's house (Mr. Thompson was on the Bench), 7 more
at the Markett Cross, and the other 7 at the corner of the Town's Hall;
and then be remitted to prison till her fees be paid.
1747, Sept. 15.—At this Court Ralph Tennyson, Alderman, is elected
and chosen Mayor for the year ensuing. Wm. Hildyard was Town
Clerk at this time.
David Clayton, son of George Clayton, late an Alderman, (being free
born,) is admitted to the freedom, paying 10 groats a year for three
Christopher Clayton, son of Geo. Clayton, late Alderman, admitted.
Sureties, Charles Pelham, esq., and David Clayton.
(The late Lord Tennyson was descended from these Tennysons,
Claytons, and Hildyards.)
This box contains Court Rolls, Court Books, and Views of Frankpledge from the time of Henry V. to that of Queen Anne. They are
in disorder, and many of them are much decayed.
Also, a bundle of local deeds and leases, chiefly temp. Elizabeth, but
some of the 15th and 17th centuries; Decrees of Sewers, made at Sessions of Sewers held by adjournment at Grimsby, 24 June 1697;
Bailiffs' Account Rolls, 9 Edw. IV.; a bundle of receipts to the Bailiffs
for the fee-farm rent paid to the Hon. Bapt. May, 1676–1697, Charles
May, Esq., 1706–1714, and Mrs. Jane May, 1734; similar receipts
temp. Commonwealth; a bundle of Bailiffs' Quietus Rolls, temp. Ric.
II., Hen. VIII., Philip and Mary, Eliz., James I., and Chas. II.; a
book of accounts temp. Eliz.; and a Roll of Oaths against Papal Supremacy and Transubstantiation, 1775–1783.
This box contains Court Books and fragments of Court Books (chiefly
Curia Forinseca) for 9, 10, 15, 24, and 36 Hen. VIII., 5 & 6 Ph. and
Mary, 12 Chas. I., 1689–1692, and 1724–5; Files of Proceedings in the
Mayor's Court, and Admissions of Freemen, 1721–1733; Bailiffs'
Quietus Roll, temp. Edw. VI.; and Rolls and Bundles of Admissions of
Freemen (giving nothing but the name and date) of the 18th and 19th
The following extract is from a fragment of a Court Book, dated
12 Chas. I. , Oct. 5:—"Upon conference betwixt Mr. Maior
and his Councell for the raisinge of a stocke for settinge the poore of
Grimsby on worke, beinge many in number and increasinge much uppon
us, it was agreed that the East Marshes should be lett, &c.; and that
the parish should have a particular warninge to be att the Churche uppon
Sunday last att eveninge prayer, where the said Mr. Maior did then
propound the former intencion before them all," &c. Signed by Gervase
Holles, Mayor, and many Burgesses.
Court Book (part of), 1660–1, containing only folios 34 to 63.
1660, Oct. 17.—Appointment of a committee for the restoration of
Grimsby Haven; signed by Edward Cooke, Mayor, and 75 others.
1661.—Mr. Thomas Beatniffe is chosen "Scholmaster of the Freeschole, soe long as he doeth welbehave himselfe." Colonel King, the
Recorder, gave 10l. towards the repair of the Vicarage house.
Court Book (part of), containing folios 18 to 287.
1659.—Receipt by Mrs. Alice Morley, for her late husband, for 4l.,
the cost of amending the Mace carried before Mr. Mayor, called the
18 Chas. II., Nov. 6.—Bond by Sir Henry Bellasys of Worlaby,
K.B., on election as Burgess to Parliament. (Seal of arms.) Also
Poll between him and Edward King, esq. (fo. 150.)
24 Chas. II.—Richard Bower admitted a free Burgess, having married
a freeman's widow; to pay three nobles.
Charles Pelham, esq., admitted a free burgess on payment of 10
marks; and Henry Fanshawe, esq., on payment of 10l.
24 Chas. II.—Theodore Walpole to officiate as Town Clerk till another
is provided. (fo. 219.)
25 Chas. II.—Poll for Charles Pelham, esq., and William Broxholme,
esq., as Burgesses for Parliament. And bond of Broxholme as to
expenses. (fo. 230.)
Court Book (part of), 30–32 Chas. II.
31 Chas. II. , Feb. 17.—Poll for William Broxh olme of
Barrow, esq., and George Pelham of Gray's Inn, esq., as Burgesses for
Parliament. And their bonds against expenses; with seals of arms.
George Pelham pays 10l. to be admitted to the freedom.
Same year, Aug. 26.—Poll for the same candidates. And bonds of
Broxholme and Charles Pelham of Brocklesby, esq., thereon.
Court Book (part of), 32 Chas. II., containing folios 336 to 446.
1688, Jan. 11.—Poll for Sir Edward Ayscoghe of South Kelsey and
Sir Thomas Barnardiston of Ketton, co. Suffolk, as Burgesses for
Parliament. And their bonds for expenses.
33 Chas. II.—William Broxholme of Barrow, esq., is elected Recorder,
in place of Edward Kinge, esq., deceased, and signs the declaration
against the Solemn League and Covenant.
Bonds by William Broxholme of Barrow, esq., and Charles Pelham,
esq., on their election as Burgesses for Parliament. (fo. 338.)
33 Chas. II.—Francis Beatniffe admitted to a messuage, as heir to
Mr. Thomas Beatniffe, deceased. (fo. 343.)
33 Chas. II., Sept. 26.—Mr. Alexander Wright elected Schoolmaster
during the good pleasure of the whole town. (fo. 347.)
Court Book, 1689–1720. A large book of about 1,070 folios, but
extremely decayed, and a great part of the leaves loose.
1688, Dec. 11.—An order dated 28th Oct. last, signed by Sir Edward
Ayscogh, knt., Vincent Grantham and Edward King, esquires, for
the towne of Grimsby, for setting out three foot soldiers.
1688.—Resolution to plead to a Bill of Quo Warranto lately exhibited
by the King against the Corporation. Various charters, &c., are taken
out of the Chamber, and sent to London, for the purposes of the defence.
1689–90, March 3.—Poll of the Burgesses for Sir Thomas Barnardiston, Sir Edward Ayscoghe, and John Chaplin, esq., on the election
of two Burgesses for Parliament.
1690.—Old Charters, which had been sent to London, are now restored
to the Chamber.
1691.—Nathaniel Gannock, citizen and fishmonger of London,
purchased of his brother John Gannock of Boston, gent., all his
messuages in Grimsby, bequeathed to him by the will of Ralph West,
late of Irby, gent.
1691.—Geo. Clayton, late Mayor, fined, 5l. to the Chamber, and 20s.
to the poor, for omitting to make the Election Feast and Michaelmas
1692, Oct. 4.—Bridgett, wife of Henry Deane, found guilty of stealing
a peticoat, and sentenced to be whipped at the whipping post, stripped
to the waist, till her body be bloody.
1710. Poll for Arthur Moore, esq., William Coatesworth, esq., and
Robert Viner, esq., as Burgesses for Parliament.
1713.—Poll for Arthur Moore, esq., Sir James Parke, knight,
Wm. Cotesworth, esq., and Matthew Boucherett, esq.
This volume consists chiefly of mere names. There are a few
admissions of Freemen.
Court Book, 1720–1738.
1720.—Poll for election of a Burgess to Parliament; Arthur Moore,
esq., and Robert Viner, esq. The former elected, in place of Sir
Robert Chaplin, expelled the House of Commons.
1720, June 14.—Geo. Clayton elected Town Clerk in the place of
Mr. Charles Bransby, deceased.
1721.—Mandamus to admit William Stampe to the Freedom. Resolved to show cause, and meanwhile not to admit the said Stampe.
1721.—Resolved to solicit a general Inspeximus and Confirmation of
the Corporation charters, and an alteration of the Market day from
Wednesday to Friday.
1729, Feb. 3.—An instance of disfranchisement for felony.
Court Book (Curia Forinseca), 1694–1727. Imperfect; first 52
pages wanting. Scarcely anything except names of jurors and parties
Court Book (Curia Forinseca), 1727–1733; containing similar
A bundle of fragments of Court Books and Views of Frankpledge,
from temp. Ric. III. to William and Mary.
Fines or Final Concords.
These are Fines acknowledged before the Mayor, Coroners, &c. for
the time being, on conveyances of lands or tenements within the Borough.
They are about 300 in number, and range in date from temp. Edw. III.
to Charles I., with a few later.
These certificates are not arranged, but appear to be all of the 18th
century. This same box contains also Sessions Rolls and Papers for
1741, 1775, and 1809; and a Roll of Subscriptions by the Justices in
Quarter Sessions to the Oaths against Papal Supremacy and Transubstantiation, 1761–1774.
Chamberlains' Accounts, &c.
This box contains bundles of Chamberlains' Accounts and Vouchers
between 1828 and 1836. Also, Oaths against Papal Supremacy, &c., and
other Sessions Papers between 1690 and 1781; Verdicts of Court Leet,
17th and 18th centuries; and Freemen's Admissions, 1824–1832.
A very dilapidated bundle of Chamberlains' Accounts, temp. Ric. II.,
and other bundles for temp. Henry VIII., Commonwealth, and Charles
II.; a few Election Indentures of the 17th and 18th centuries; Sessions
Papers and Admissions, 1737; 18th century Corporation Rentals; and
modern letters and vouchers.
(Boxes XII. and XIII.)
Contain only printed Statutes at large.
Counterparts of Leases of Corporation property between 1662 and
1825, and one of 1641.
Mayors of Grimsby.
The following list was compiled from the Corporation Records by
Colonel Gervase Holles, who was Mayor of Grimsby in 1636, 1638,
and 1663, and it is taken from his unpublished Collections amongst the
1202. B., Mayor of Grimsby.
1205. Edmund del Kal.
1206. William Clerk.
1207. John le Art.
1209. Adam Welby.
1210. William Russel.
1261. Philip de Wivelsby.
1287. William Fraunke.
1289. " "
1293. Richard Brisbancke.
1304. Hugh le Salter.
1307. Robert de Wath.
1309. William de Groule.
1311. Robert de Norton.
1312. David Taverner.
1313. Gilbert Rayner.
1315. Henry de Riby.
1316. William Russel.
1317. William Tinctor.
1318. Hugh de Killingholme.
1319. John de Rasen.
1322. William Basill.
1325. Henry de Riby.
1336. Simon de Funtenay.
1338. Thomas Skirbecke.
1341. Augustine Attwoode.
1342. John de Riby.
1344. Simon de Funtenay.
1346. Peter Atte See.
1347. " "
1348. Simon de Funtenay.
1352. Peter de Halsham.
1353. William Nevile.
1354. Thomas de Cave.
1356. William Herwike.
1357. John Ingson.
1360. Peter de Halsham.
1361. William Herwike.
1362. Ralph de Utterby.
1363. William de Bolington.
1364. Peter de Alsham.
1365. William de Bolington.
1366. Ralph de Utterby.
1368. Richard Atte See.
1369. John Rayner.
1372. Richard de Wetewang.
1374. Ralph de Utterby.
1377. William de Elmeshale.
1378. John de Cotes.
1379. Geoffrey Pedde.
1382. John de Newland.
1383. Geoffrey de Aschby.
1386. John de Heling.
1388. Walter de Slutheby.
1390. William de Elmeshale.
1391. William de Wele.
1392. Robert de Burton.
1393. William de Wele.
1394. William Duffeld.
1395. Richard de Misen.
1396. Simon White.
1397. John Pogge.
1400. William Duffeld.
1402. Simon de Grimsby.
1403. Simon White.
1404. William Duffeld.
1405. Robert Bolington.
1406. Robert Py.
1407. Robert Bolington.
1409. William Duffeld.
1410. William Fosse.
1411. J. de Stalingburgh.
1412. John Litster.
1413. Richard Barbor.
1414. William Fosse.
1415. Roger Granesby.
1416. Robert Py.
1417. Gilbert A Prestey.
1418. Roger Granesby.
1419. Robert Py.
1420. William Fosse.
1421. William Briggesley.
1422. Robert Py.
1423. William Barrow.
1424. Walter Manby.
1425. Roger Granesby.
1426. William Barrow.
1429. Simon Elkington.
1430. John Hyll.
1432. William Barrow.
1433. Roger Granesby.
1434. John Empringham.
1436. John Carbote.
1438. John Edon.
1439. Richard Fulnetby.
1440. Simon Elkington.
1441. Robert Sherriffe.
1442. Henry Bele.
1443. John Empringham.
1444. John Dene.
1446. William East.
1448. Roger Barbour.
1449. Henry Tomlinson.
1450. Richard Manfeld.
1451. John Empringham.
1452. John Dene.
" Henry Bele.
1453. John Atte Hall.
1454. Hugh Edon.
1456. Richard Manfeld.
1457. John Newport, Esq.
1459. Richard Alesby.
1460. John Sherriffe.
1461. John Newport, Esq.
1462. Hugh Edon.
1463. John Cooke.
1464. John Atte Hall.
1465. John Newport, Esq.
1468. Thomas Broughton.
1469. John Newport, Esq.
1471. Hugh Edon.
1472. John Sheriffe.
1473. Robert Harmer.
1474. John Newport, Esq.
1475. Stephen del See.
1476. John Newport, Esq.
1477. Thomas Broughton.
1478. Robert Constable.
1480. William Glasiner.
1481. Peter de la See.
1482. William Glasiner.
1483. " "
1484. Stephen de la See.
1485. Thomas Portmort.
1487. William Glasiner.
1488. Thomas Bell.
1489. William Glasiner.
1490. William Vicars.
1491. " "
1492. Thomas Alseby.
1493. Thomas Bell.
1494. James Beverley.
1495. John Empringham.
1496. Thomas Bell.
1497. Thomas Alseby.
1498. James Beverley.
1499. William Vicars.
1500. Henry Beningworth.
1501. Robert Lacy.
1502. William Vicars.
1503. " "
1504. Alexander del See.
1505. Bernard del See.
1506. " "
1507. John Empringham.
1508. " "
1509. " "
1510. Bernard del See.
1511. Christopher Ayscogh, Esq.
1512. Peter Mason.
1513. William Buteler.
1514. Philip Hamby.
1515. Thomas Barnardiston, Esq.
1516. Peter Mason.
1517. " "
1518. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1519. John Fotherby.
1520. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1521. William Hatcliffe.
1522. Philip Hamby.
1523. Bryan Curteys.
1524. " "
1525. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1526. John Fotherby.
1527. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1528. Bryan Curteys.
1529. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1530. Peter Mason.
1531. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1532. Michael Mason.
1533. Robert Cooke.
1534. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1535. Michael Mason.
1536. Richard Empringham.
1537. Richard Thymolby, Esq.
1538. Leonard Curteis.
1539. Michael Mason.
1540. Patrick Hansley.
1541. John Barnardiston.
1543. Robert Cooke.
1544. John Kingston.
1545. Richard Empringham.
1546. John Bellow, Esq.
1547. Richard Empringham.
1548. Richard Thymolby.
1549. John Bellow, Esq.
1550. William Simson.
1551. Robert Cooke.
1552. John Bellow, Esq.
1553. John Kingston.
1554. Richard Empringham.
1555. John Bellow, Esq.
1556. Richard Cooke (son).
1557. Robert Cooke (father).
1558. Richard Empringham.
" Robert Wright.
1559. William Royse.
1560. Robert Windyll.
1561. Martin Fotherby.
1562. Michael Empringham.
1563. Robert Cooke.
1564. Thomas Maddison.
1566. Michael Empringham.
1567. Robert Annesley.
1569. Richard Hansard.
1571. Robert Wright.
1572. William Scales.
1573. Richard Hansard.
1574. Robert Holdesworth.
1575. William Rose.
1576. Thomas Morison.
" William Scales.
1577. Michael Empringham.
1578. Christopher Portmort.
1579. William Scales.
1580. Robert Annesley.
1581. John Jackson.
1582. Christopher Hatcliffe.
1583. Robert Empringham.
1584. John Hatcliffe.
1585. George Portmort.
1586. John Jackson.
1587. Christopher Harrington.
1588. William Wray, Esq.
1589. John Hatcliffe.
1590. Richard Thymolby.
1591. William Kelke.
1592. John Kingston, Esq., son
1593. Godfrey Lawghton.
1594. Richard Waterhouse.
1595. Anthony Wilson.
1596. John Hatcliffe.
1597. William Kelke.
1598. Solomon Sutcliffe.
1599. " "
1600. Richard Colton.
1601. Edward Jackson.
1602. Anthony Wilson.
1603. Solomon Sutcliffe.
1604. Hamon Greathead and
1605. John Kingston, Esq.
1606. Bernard Colton.
1607. Edward Jackson.
1608. Solomon Sutcliffe.
" W. Gower.
1609. William Kelke.
1610. Robert Empringham,
1611. William Gower.
1612. Anthony Wilson.
1613. Michael Spenser.
1614. Edward Jackson.
1615. William Tod.
1616. Michael Spencer.
1617. William Gower.
1618. Daniel Somerscales.
1619. Paul Cooke.
1620. Leo (or Lyon) Kirke.
1621. Edward Heaton.
1622. William Tod.
" M. Cooke.
1623. Moses Cooke.
1624. William Gower.
1625. Thomas Lamson.
1626. Thomas Sea.
1627. Freschville Holles, Esq.
1628. Moses Cooke.
1629. Paul Cooke.
" Edward Heaton.
1630. William Gower, son of
1631. Robert East.
1632. Arthur Brooke.
1633. Edward Popple.
1634. Richard Brather.
1635. Richard Fotherby.
1636. Gervase Holles, Esq.
1637. Moses Cooke.
1638. Gervase Holles.
1639. William Booth.
1640. T. West.
" Zacharias Alford.
1641. " "
1642. Samuel Procter.
1643. Edward Heaton.
1644. T. Tod, son of William.
1645. Thomas More.
1646. W. Beardshaw.
1647. Thomas Beatniffe.
1648. William Crew.
1649. Thomas Morley.
1650. Thomas Tod.
1651. Thomas Newton.
1652. Richard Tod.
1653. Edward Thomas.
1654. Charles Weselhead.
1655. William Booth.
1656. Samuel Procter.
1657. T. Tod.
" William Beardshaw.
1658. " "
1659. William Draper.
1660. Edward Cooke.
1661. William Popple, son of
1662. Christopher Clayton.
1663. Gervase Holles.
1664. T. Heaton, son of Edward.
1666. Christopher Clayton.
1667. A. Booth, son of William.
1668. William Popple.
1669. Sir F. Holles, Knight.