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LIBER RUBER. (Section I.)

(All instruments in this volume already calendared in Liber Albus are here omitted.)

Letter of credence by W. Burnel dean of Wells and the chapter, addressed to King E[dward I]. in favour of Master W. de Haselshawe and Master Thomas de Gorges canons of Wells, whom they are sending, with Hugh Todmer precentor of Bath and William de Hampton monks of Bath, to crave licence to elect a bishop of Bath and Wells upon the death of bishop Robert, the right to elect belonging to them jointly with the prior and convent of Bath. Dated in chapter, etc.
R.II. f. 1.

Letter from Th[omas] prior of Bath and the chapter to W. dean of Wells and the chapter, formally notifying the bishop's death, and requesting them to send proctors to Fernton on Wednesday before St. Andrew to arrange with their proctors for jointly procuring a licence to elect, according to the provision of bishop Roger. Dated in chapter, etc.
R.II. f. 1.

Proxy by W. dean of Wells and the chapter, addressed to the prior and chapter of Bath, in favour of Master Thomas archdeacon of Bath and Henry de Ponte canons of Wells, to provide with their proctors at Fernton on Tuesday the morrow of St. Thomas M. for fixing a day according to the ordinance of bishop Roger for the election of a bishop. Dated in chapter, iiii kal. January.
R.II. f. 1.

Citation by William dean of Wells and the chapter to B. de Clara canon of Wells, to be present in the chapter at Bath on Wednesday after the Conversion of St. Paul to elect a bishop to succeed bishop R. deceased, they having with the prior and chapter of Bath obtained the king's licence to elect, and jointly fixed the day aforesaid according to the ordinance of bishop Roger. Dated in chapter, iii kal. January.
R.II. f. 1.

Similar citation to Master Henry de Newerk dean of York and canon of Wells, to be present as aforesaid or inform them if canonically hindered, committing his functions, if it please him, to one of the other canons. Dated in chapter, as above.
R.II. f. 1d.

Precedents drawn from the election of bishop Burnel, 1275.
R.II. f. 1d., 2. (See R.I. f. 91: above p. 113.)

Note that this book was produced 19 January 1802 at the examination of a witness in an Exchequer suit, Jarratt versus Bovet and others.
R.II. (portion of leaf between ff. 1 and 2: the rest cut away.)

Proxy by Thomas prior of Bath and the chapter, addressed to W. dean of Wells and the chapter and to their proctors, in favour of Philip de Bathonia their subprior and Richard de Warewik their almoner, to provide at Fernton on Tuesday the morrow of St. Thomas M. for fixing a day, according to the ordinance of bishop Roger, for the joint election of a bishop at Bath. Dated in chapter at Bath, St. Thomas M. 1292.
R.II. f. 2d.

Memorandum that Philip de Bathonia subprior and Richard de Warewik almoner of the monastery of Bath, proctors of the prior and convent of Bath, Master Thomas de Axebrugge archdeacon of Bath and Henry de Ponte canons of Wells, proctors of the dean and chapter of Wells, on Tuesday the morrow of St. Thomas M. 1292 met at Fernton to fix a day for the joint election of a bishop, this turn in the church of Bath, according to the ordinance of bishop Roger, and agreed upon Wednesday after the Conversion of St. Paul the same year. Sealed by the said proctors.
R.II. f. 2d.

Constitutions and provisions made at a special chapter, vii id, June 1273, in presence of bishop William [de Button] II, for correction of the ordinal, promotion of prebendaries, quarterly accounts and special meetings of chapter, and probation of vicars. (Rubricated).
R.II. f. 3. Reynolds, Wells Cathedral, 57–8.

Headings of charters, etc., according to the register thereof. (A rubricated table of the numbered charters, I—ccxlv, agreeing for the most part with the numbers in R. I. ff. 9–62, but with some variations.)
R.II. ff. 3d.-7.

List of instruments in that quire of the register of Wells which contains the plea of quo warranto and the archbishop's confirmation (i.e. R.I. ff. 110–1, 113–8). (Rubricated).
R.II. f. 12d.

Order of Reginald bishop of Bath, by assent and counsel of the archdeacons, that the fruits and obventions of vacant churches in his diocese during such vacancy be applied to the fabric of the church of Wells, and go towards the work thereof until it be completed. Done in the chapter of Wells, in presence of Richard the dean, William the precentor, T. archdeacon and almost all the canons.
R.II. f. 14d. (Interpolated at the foot of the page.)

Grant by William prior of the hospital of St. John Wells (Wellye) and the brethren to Richard de Buttun precentor of Wells for ever, of a daily service for the faithful in their hospital at the altar of St. John Baptist for the soul of William de Buttun late bishop of Bath and Wells and of the ancestors and successors of the said Richard, so that the same be performed by one of the brethren a chaplain of the said house thereto elected or by his substitute if necessary, submitting themselves to the jurisdiction of the dean of Wells to enforce the same, to whom such chaplain shall be presented every year at Michaelmas or within the octave thereof in the great church of Wells. Witnesses: Edward dean of Wells, Nicholas treasurer of Wells, Ralph de Lullingtun, Master Nicholas de Sancto Quintino, Stephen de Cicestria, Hugh Everard, John de la Pola canons of Wells.
R.II. f. 16d.

Inspeximus and assent by Peter dean of Wells and the chapter to a charter of Joscelin bishop of Bath, granting that the hospital of St. John Wells may have its chantry, bells, and churchyard for the burial of the brethren of the said house.
R.II. f. 16d. (See R.I. f. 43, clxviii; above p. 49.)

Statutes made on the morrow of St. Augustine the apostle of the English 1241, at a special chapter at Wells, in presence of J. bishop of Bath, concerning a quarterly account of the common fund and the distribution of the surplus; what shall constitute residence; the correction of the ordinal; the powers of the dean; the places of vicars in the choir; the prebend of Wynesham held by the archdeacon of Barc'; and the chapter bell.
R.II. f. 17. See Reynolds, p. 57.

Revision of the ancient statute, by which a yearly account was taken of the common fund of the dean and chapter of Wells, and the surplus was equally divided among the canons who had resided 26 weeks at least, made in presence of Edward dean of Wells, by the will and assent of William bishop of Bath and Wells, providing for a quarterly audit, but the postponement until after Easter of the distribution to follow the third audit at the Annunciation: that 50 marks of the manor of Northcury shall be ready for distribution at the exchequer, and whatever shall be due of farms or other rents: a quarter's residence to be reckoned for the dean and chief parsons of the church at 8 weeks and 4 days, [for other canons at 6 weeks] the quarter consisting of 13 weeks: residence in one quarter not to count towards another: terms to begin on the morrow of Michaelmas, St. Silvester, 1 April, and 1 July. Done in chapter at Wells, iii non. March 1259, in presence of Edward the dean, Gilbert de Byham precentor, John Fortis chancellor, Hugh de Rumen[al] treasurer, John de Axebrugge subdean, Richard succentor of Wells, Master John Odelyn, John de Hereford, Walter de Cusynton, Samuel de Mell' Roger de Shapewyk, Robert de Marescis, Richard de Haldesworth, Robert Giffard, Nicholas de Wauton, William de Pulton, Adam de Dorcestria, Walter de Purle canons of Wells.
R.II. f. 17. The words in [ ] added in the margin. Compare R.I. f. 105: above p. 141.

Letters patent of King Edward [I], being a licence to Robert bisbop of Bath and Wells to surround the churchyard and precinct of the canons' houses within the city of Wells with a stone wall, and to crenellate the same, with gates and posterns which shall be open every day from dawn to night. Tested at Wodestok, 15 March 14 Edward [I].
R.II. f. 18. Pat. Cal. p. 229.

Articles for the dean's visitation in the church of Wells.
R.II. f. 18d. Reynolds, App. D. p. 125.

Statutes of dean Walter de Haselshaw, passed at a special chapter on the morrow of St. Andrew 1298, and published on the morrow of St. Matthias the same year.
R.II. ff. 19–23. See R.I. ff. 215–220, above pp. 253–256: Reynolds, pp. 59–68, and p. 127. The assessment of prebends (ff. 22d, 23; above pp. 255–6) is omitted by Reynolds.

Statutes of dean John de Godelee, made at a special chapter held on Friday after the Purification, and published xvi kal. May 1331.

Note.—The proem and statutes 1–3 will be found in Reynolds, App. F. pp. 128–9: statutes 4–12 (4 with some variations, 11 and 12 in the reverse order, and 7 omitted) pp. 74–76: statute 13, App. M. p. 158: statutes 14 to 16, with the conclusion and date, App. F. pp. 129–131. Statute 6 has been struck out in the text. Statute 7, omitted by Reynolds, provides that certain of their charters, which are damaged by weakness or age, shall before Michaelmas be examined in presence of the chancellor (in whose custody they are) copied word for word in a register, and published under the hand of a competent judge. Statute 15 (Reynolds, p. 130) gives the names of the dean and fourteen canons then resident; but for Lawrence de la Garre should be read de la Barre.
R.II. ff. 24–27.

Ordinance of John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, made at the command of Simon archbishop of Canterbury at his visitation, and sealed by Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, concerning the farms of Congresbury, one mediety of the church of Whitchurch in Salisbury diocese, Cheddre, Stokgommore, Lidyerd, the canons' grange, Modeforde and Lovyngtone, and of the prebend of Bidesham. Dated Friday after the Annunciation 1332.
R.II. ff. 28d., 29. Reynolds, App. G. pp. 131–133.

Inspeximus and confirmation by Henry bishop of Bath and Wells of two statutes of the church of Wells, one beginning Decanus etc., the other a statute declaratory beginning Item quidam canonici etc. Dated the palace.

Note.—The former of these statutes will be found in Reynolds, p. 44, repeated p. 55: the latter, Reynolds, p. 75.
R.II. f. 30.

Questions to be asked by visitors (of parish churches).
R.II. f. 30d. Reynolds, App. D. p. 126. (Inquirant insitutoies—in pace).

Form of oath to be taken by a canon upon his admission, to obey the dean and chapter, observe the statutes, and defend the rights of the church to whatever estate he may be advanced, and to keep the secrets of the chapter.
R.II. f. 30d.

Proceedings of the dean and chapter of Wells in contesting the claims made by bishop John de Drokenesforde in regard to the visitation of the church of Wells, the canons, their prebends (except the church of Barton), the appropriated churches of Northcory, St. Cuthbert Wells, Lovyngton and Bishops Lidierd, and the churches of Nitherstaweye, Carampton, Westludeford, Evercriz, Westbury, Childecumpton and Bromfelde, in 1319.

Appeal by the dean and chapter against the bishop's pretensions: a violent scene at Nithersomerton chapel. Articles, eleven in number, served on them by the bishop, against which they make a further appeal. Scrutiny of registers and muniments, by resolution of a special chapter: Summary of records therein discovered. Answers made by the dean to the bishop's articles (a note of the bishop's confirmation in 1321 interpolated after the answer to the second article), also answers of Master Adam de Murimoth, Master John de Schordich doctor in civil law, and of Master William de Horlee official of the archdeacon of Wells (the last incomplete), and note that answers were put in by Master Richard de Plympstoke but not here copied.
R.II. ff. 31–39. Reynolds, App. H. pp. 133–145.

Copies of various charters, statutes, decrees, etc., relating to the dean and chapter, (ff. 40—47d.,) many of which have already been calendared in R. I.

Statutes concerning the powers and duties of the dean and other dignitaries of Wells, the oath of the canons, their penance, arrangements at their death and burial.
R.II. ff. 41–2. Reynolds, 44–46, and 55–57, (in each case with one small addition.)

Bull of Pope Adrian [IV] to Ivo dean of Wells and his brethren present and future, taking them under his protection, confirming them in possession of Wedmor with Mudesle, Merche, Bidesham, etc., Lutton, Witchurch, Cheolecote, Doultincote, Womestorre (sic), Wandestreu, Winesham, Cumba and the church of Lacton (sic) saving the authority of the papal see and the canonical jurisdiction (justicia) of the diocesan. Dated St. Peter Rome, xi kal. February 1157, by Roland cardinal priest and chancellor of Rome.
R.II. f. 45d.

Bull of Pope Alexander [III] to Richard dean of Wells and the canons present and future, taking them under his protection, and confirming them in possession of Wedmora with Modeslega, Mercha, Bidesham, Athelestone, Lecham and Thela, the church of Wedmora with the chapels of Merch, Blakeford, Bidesham, Alwarton and Mudeslega, etc., the church of Wochia, Hiwis, the church of Comptona, Lidtona with its chapel, Witchurcha with Benhangre, Chelechota and Dultingcota, Weremestorre, Wandestreu, Wynesham with Lega, Whetelega, Estret and the church thereof and Brumleg, the church of Jattona, Cumba with its appurtenances and church, with the addition of one hide called Clehangre; also the acquisitions of Reginald bishop of Bath, the churches of Piltona, Suthbrenta, Haselberga, and Boclonda, half a hide in Wittona with a virgate of land in Wellis towards the succentorship, half a hide in Welles towards the light of the church with three messuages around the church of St. Cuthbert, the tithes and cherset of the produce and wine of the whole parish of Wells, and the cherset of Herpetreu, which tithes and cherset are assigned to the common fund of the canons; also a pension of 3 marks payable yearly by the canons of Breutona to the church of Wells towards finding a candle to burn before the altar of St. Andrew for ever, in name of the churches of Banewilla and Wesbiria; also the site whereon is the canons' barn, and the meadow of Isaac: confirming further the institutions, customs and dignities granted by Robert bishop of Bath and his predecessors, the ordinance made by the said bishop, with their consent, concerning the offices of dean, precentor, archdeacon and other dignities, the divisions of prebends, etc., and the liberty of burial save of those under excommunication or interdict, saving the authority of the papal see and the canonical jurisdiction (justicia) of the diocesan. Dated Anagni, xvii kal. July 1176, by Gratianus subdeacon of the church of Rome and notary.
R.II. f. 46.

Inspeximus by Thomas prior of Bath and the convent of a charter of Roger bishop of Bath and Wells, confirming to the chapter of Wells, their lands churches and other possessions. (Incomplete).
R.II f. 47. For the charter of Bishop Roger see R.III. ff. 3d.-6: above pp. 306–8.

Memorandum of bishop Drokensford's claims: ix kal. August 1321.
R.II. f. 48. See R.III. f. 244d.: above p. 429.

The bishop's answer to the articles of the dean and chapter: iiii.kal. October 1321.
R.II. f. 48d. See R.I. f. 156: above p. 195. Reynolds, App. I. p. 146.

The bishop's commission of inquiry on certain points therein specified: non. October 1321.
R.II. f. 49. See R.I. f. 163: above p. 203.

Memorandum of the bishop's grant concerning vacant benefices: xviii kal. January 1321.
R.II. f. 49. See R.I. f. 163d: above p. 203.

Memorandum of the bishop's grant concerning the jurisdiction of the dean and chapter: same date.
R.II. f. 49d. See R.I. f. 163d.: above p. 203.

The bishop's bond for certain ornaments: same date.
R.II. f. 50. See R.I. f. 164: above p. 204.

Memorandum of the bishop's grant concerning the jurisdiction of the precentor and chancellor: same date.
R.II. f. 50. See R.I. f. 164: above p. 203.

Award of bishop Jocelin between the dean and subdean, concerning their jurisdiction.
R.II. f. 50d. See R.I. f. 43d., No. clxx: above p. 49.

Statute of 1268 concerning residence.
R.II. f. 50d. See R.I. f. 87d.: above p. 108.

Award of bishop Drokensford concerning the jurisdiction of the dean and subdean, 1310.
R.II. f. 51. See R.I. f. 156d.: above p. 196.

Memorandum that on Friday the Translation of St. Thomas M. 1340, Master John de Milton vicar in the church of Wells craved permission of dean Walter de London and the chapter for Sir Hugh de Alresforde his fellow to dwell with him according to the statute.—Granted, upon condition that Sir William de Walton, now dwelling with Master John, be not wronged. Present: (dean's side) the dean, the archdeacon of Wells, the chancellor, Master John de Orleton, John de Hywysch; (precentor's side) the precentor, Michael de Eston, Master Robert de Baldok, Henry Fulham, Geoffrey de Chelchehuth.
R.II. f. 51d.

The visitation of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells in the church of Wells, Wednesday after St. Nicholas 1337. (Carefully engrossed in double column).
R.II. f. 52. Reynolds, App. K. pp. 148–9.

Memorandum that a citation by bishop Ralph to the dean and chapter of Wells, to attend his visitation, was notified in chapter 5 September 1338 by master John de Carlton a canon. Their appeal against it, by Richard de Thitytemerssh (Ticemerssh) their proctor. Visit of the dean, accompanied by Master William de Salton, John de London and Master Nicholas de Bathonia, to the bishop at Blakeford to remonstrate: a compromise proposed, but rejected by the chapter. Their appeal notified to the bishop at Merk, where he was interfering with the dean's jurisdiction. (Incomplete).
R.II. ff. 53d., 54. Reynolds, App. L. pp. 149–50.

Record of a suit in the court of Common Pleas in Easter term 15 Edward III (roll lxx) between Walter de London dean of Wells plaintiff (by Geoffrey Martyn his attorney) and Walter de Frandon (Farndon) and Maud his wife defendants (by John Manshipp their attorney), upon a writ of entry concerning the bailiwick of bedel of the hundred of Bempston, claimed by the dean in right of his deanery, but demised to defendants by Nicholas de Langelonde who (as plaintiff alleges) wrongfully disseised dean Henry Husee his predecessor, which disseisin defendants deny. In Trinity term 16 Edward III a jury find for plaintiff, and further that the said bailiwick had been held by deans Henry Husee, Walter de Haselschawe, William Buruel, Thomas de Button, Edward atte Knolle in the time of King Henry III, and the deans before him time out of mind; and that there is no collusion between the parties. Judgment for plaintiff. Writ to the sheriff of Somerset accordingly, tested by J. de Stonore at Westminster, 6 June 16 Edward III.
R.II. f. 54d.

Quitclaim by Walter de Farndon to Walter de London dean of Wells and his successors, of the bailiwick of bedel of the hundred of Bempston by him recovered in the king's court. Witnesses: Anselm de Gornay, Adamar de Northlode, Richard de Countevyle, William de Modeslyee and John his son, Nicholas atte Pulle and Walter his son, Bertram de Dombleton, John Manshepe, William de Ssheldon, Richard de Morton, Robert le Clerk, William de Lyeth. Dated Wedmor, 19 January 16 Edward III.
R.II. f. 55.

Writ to . . . de Wellelegh bailiff of Bempston, directing him to cause Walter de London dean of Wells to have view of the bailiwick of bedel of Bempton which John de Langelonde claims against him, and to instruct four knights present at that view to appear at Westminster on the morrow of St. Martin to testify thereto; also to produce this writ on Thursday after St. Simon and St. Jude at the account with the sheriff.
R.II. f. 55.

Record of a suit in the court of Common Pleas in Trinity term 19 Edward III (roll ccxxxiiii), between John de Langelond plaintiff (by Richard Beyvyn his attorney) and Walter de London dean of Wells defendant (by John Moryz his attorney), upon a writ of formedon, concerning the bailiwick of bedel of Bempston, which (as plaintiff alleges) William de Countevile gave to Nicholas de Langelonde and Joan his wife and to the heirs of their bodies; from which Nicholas and Joan it descended to Sir Hugh their Son and heir, and from Sir Hugh to John his son and heir, now plaintiff. The dean produces a quitclaim with warranty under the seal of plaintiff, witnessed by Richard de Hampton, Walter le Yreys, Walter de Sutton, Anselm de Gournay, Almaric de Northlode, Bertram de Dumbeltone, John le Riche, John de Arderne and William de Legh, dated Merk, Monday before St. Gregory P. 19 Edward III, which plaintiff cannot gainsay. Judgment for defendant.
R.II. f. 55, and rider.

Accord between Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells and Walter de London dean of Wells, that no new right of possession shall accrue to the bishop in regard to his jurisdiction by reason of the citation to Thomas Tychemersh and John Cherde clerks, altarists and ministers in the church of Wells, to appear before him touching certain defaults and excesses committed in the church and city of Wells, made by Nicholas de Iford canon of Wells by the said bishop's command; but that the dean's jurisdiction in the said church over the canons, vicars and ministers shall remain unimpaired. Dated Wells, v id. July 1342.
R.II. f. 55d.

Declaration of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells to Walter de London dean of Wells, that the crimes of certain parishioners of Wedmor and Evercrich (subject to the dean), for which Master John de Middelton the bishop's commissary general had summoned them before him and ordered some to be flogged and others to purge themselves by compurgators, were found upon careful inquiry to have been committed outside the dean's jurisdiction; and that the bishop's intention is not to do anything derogatory to the dean or to his jurisdiction aforesaid. Dated Wells, v id. July 1342.
R.II. f. 55d.

Declaration of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells to the dean and chapter of Wells, that neither in making inquisition in his chapel by his clerks touching the vacancy of the vicarage of the prebendal church of St. Decuman, the right of presentation, etc., at the instance of Robert Feure the presentee, nor in the admission and institution of the said Robert, did the said bishop intend to do anything derogatory to the dean or to his jurisdiction. Dated Wyvelescombe, vi kal. July 1347.
R.II. f. 55d.

Memorandum of an accord between Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells and Walter de London dean of Wells, in regard to an inquisition made in the bishop's chapel by his clerks touching a vacancy of the vicarage of the prebendal church of St. Decuman, etc., and to the subsequent induction of Sir Robert Feure chaplain without consulting the dean; namely that the dean shall in future make such inquisitions of prebendal and other churches in his jurisdiction in the church of Wells as heretofore, and shall induct vicars, and that no new right or possession shall accrue to the bishop by the proceedings aforesaid to the prejudice of the dean. Done in the chapter house Wells, 30 September 1348, in presence of Master Walter de Hulle archdeacon of Bath, Master William de Littelton precentor, Master Michael de Eston succentor, Master Richard de Thistelden treasurer, Robert de Baldok, John de London, Henry de Fulham, John Hywisch, Geoffrey Chelcheth, William Kinardelegh, Stephen Tripp, John Wambergh, Richard de Sodbury canons of Wells.
R.II. f. 56.

Letter of J. de Middelton rector of Bleodon (not as the bishop's commissary, but as a rector of the diocese of Bath and Wells) to the dean of Poulet, requesting him to give notice to the beneficed clergy of that deanery to appear in person or by proxy in the cathedral of Wells on Wednesday after St. Lucy with the other beneficed clergy of the archdeaconry of Wells, to treat concerning a difference which has arisen between them and the dean and chapter and the archdeacon of Wells, who claim the autumn fruits of benefices in that archdeaconry vacated after the Annunciation, though by the custom of the diocese such fruits belong to the last rector; which difference the parties have agreed to submit to the bishop's award. Dated Wells, 1 December.
R.II. f. 57.

Similar letter (not in the same words) to the dean of Jevelchester.
R.II. f. 57.

Monition by Walter de London dean of Wells to William de Littelton precentor and canon of Wells, to pay within the quinzaine of Michaelmas next to Master Simon de Bristoll chancellor, Master Richard de Thisteldene treasurer, Master Michael de Estone succentor and Geoffrey de Chelch[eth] canon of Wells 100l., which he has judicially acknowledged to be due before the said dean, under pain of excommunication.
R.II. f. 57.

Letter of the archbishop of Canterbury to the bishops of his province, urging them in his own absence abroad to resist, especially in parliament, the demands of the Chancery for subsidies levied upon the clergy contrary to custom and without the king's knowledge or consent. Dated Andewarpia, 24 March.
R.II. f. 57d. Reynolds, App. M. p. 151.

Woky, 28 May 1338. Agreement between Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells and Master Roger de Mortuo Mari archdeacon of Wells, meeting in the bishop's chamber, concerning the ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the archdeaconry of Wells; namely that the archdeacon and his ministers shall have the correction and punishment of crimes committed by persons within the archdeaconry, as he and his predecessors used to have, if they can in their citations anticipate the bishop and his ministers, and the bishop or his ministers if they can anticipate the archdeacon and his ministers, with the exception of simple fornications (when both parties are unmarried, provided one be not a clerk, religious person or lay brother) the punishment whereof shall belong to the archdeacon to the exclusion of the bishop until the third offence, and then to the bishop: that when a plaintiff chooses to bring his adversary of the said archdeaconry before the archdeacon or his ministers, the archdeacon shall have the cognisance of his cause, as he and his predecessors used to have, but the bishop if he choose to bring him before the bishop or his ministers, provided that those subject to the archdeacon outside his archdeaconry may not be brought before the archdeacon but by consent of both parties: that the bishop shall not have an apparitor on foot in the said archdeaconry, but his general apparitor on horseback shall act, and the archdeacon shall have no apparitor on horseback but be content with one on foot: that the bishop and his ministers shall have the probate of wills of all in the archdeaconry who choose to resort to him during his visitation, the archdeacon and his ministers of those who choose to resort to them, and the passing of their accounts, as he and his predecessors used to have: and that the archdeacon shall have the examination and presentation for orders of those in the archdeaconry, reserving to the bishop the right to examine them further when he shall choose. Done in presence of Walter de London dean, William de Luttleton precentor, Simon le Botiller chancellor, Richard de Thisteldene treasurer and John de Wamberge canon of Wells; and attested by Walter de Hulle clerk of the diocese of Bath and Wells notary public.
R.II. f. 58.

Woky, 5 July 1338. Acknowledgment by Sir Walter de Rodenye knight, after debate in the bishop's chamber with Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells and Thomas Gene of Congresbury touching the bedelry of the hundred of Wynterstoke, that he had no right in the courts and halmotes within the said hundred held by the bishop's authority, nor in the profits therefrom arising, or the executions thereof, nor by reason of the enclosure of the park of Westbury, but is content with the said office and those things whereof he and Sir Richard his father in his life time was by reason thereof possessed, with undertaking that he would be ready at all times to make faithful executions for the enclosure aforesaid. Oath of Thomas Gene, appointed by Sir Walter to the said office, that he will faithfully execute the commands of the bishop, his steward and bailiffs concerning the said hundred, and answer for all profits due therefrom to the bishop. Done in presence of Master John de Wamberge canon of Wells, Roger de Brekebek, Roger atte Walle, John de Combe, John de Pulle, and of a notary.
R.II. f. 58d.

10 December 1337. Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells sitting in the chapter house of Wells to exercise his office of visitor, Walter de London the dean caused a certificate with schedule under his seal, dated Wells v id. December the same year, to be presented by Master John de London his official, which Master John de Carleton the bishop's clerk and official there received and caused to be read, wherein was recited the bishop's citation, dated Everecrich, xi kal. December 1337, and his mandate to cite all who ought to be present to his visitation on Wednesday after St. Nicholas, and the dean's execution thereof, and in the schedule the names of those cited, Master William de Littleton precentor, Master Roger de Mortuo Mari archdeacon of Wells, Master Richard de Thisteldene treasurer, Master Walter de Hulle subdean. Whereupon the bishop caused those persons to be preconised, and certain of them to be interrogated singly touching certain articles by him proposed, and their answers to be set down in writing. Done in presence of Master Stephen Tripp and Master William de Ludeford notaries public, and attested by William de Camel clerk of the diocese of Bath and Wells notary public.
R.II. f. 59: repeated f. 66.

4 December 1338. Master John de Carleton official of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, in the cathedral of Wells, delivered to Walter de London the dean a letter under the bishop's seal, dated Woky iiii kal. December 1338, stating that at his late visitation of their church it was found that the fruits of the church of Burnham appropriated to the chapter of Wells were not applied to the fabric of their church according to the terms of the appropriation, and an injunction was issued thereupon: that certain statutes of the time of dean John de Godeleghe were not observed, and an injunction was issued to examine and exhibit the statutes of the church before Easter, that the said bishop might approve or disallow the same, as the case might be: also that canons, vicars and other ministers taking part in the daily distribution were not present at the canonical hours, and an injunction was issued that they should attend, and absentee vicars should be more severely punished: and that it has since been found that the books and vestments need correction and repair, and an injunction was issued to correct and repair the same against Michaelmas, especially defects in the ordinal; and ordering the said dean to see that those his monitions are obeyed, and to report in writing thereupon before All Saints next. Done in presence of Sir William de Bathonia vicar, and John Benet: attested by William de Camel clerk of the diocese of Bath and Wells notary public.
R.II. f. 59d.: repeated f. 62.

27 October 1338. In the cathedral of Wells, before Walter de London dean of Wells, Master John de Middelton rector of Bloedon produced and read a letter under seal of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Everecrich, ii kal. October 1338, directing him to convey a monition to the said dean to present a vicar with a sufficient portion to the parish church of Merk, to him appropriated, within six months, according to the canons and constitutions, failing which the bishop would appoint by default: which the said rector did, in presence of Master William de Salton canon of Wells and Nicholas le Mason. Attested by William de Camel, as above.
R.II. f. 60.

7 March 1335. Master John de Carleton official and commissary of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, before the said bishop in his hall of Evercrich, set forth that he, by the bishop's authority, suspended Valentine de Gernevyle vicar of Wells (there present) during one half year for certain excesses by him judicially acknowledged, and he obeyed until Sunday last past, on which day he appeared in his habit in the church, though seven weeks of the said term yet remained, wherefore the said official made complaint to the president and canons, who ordered the said Valentine immediately to put off his habit, and so he did. The said vicar having acknowledged the truth, and submitted himself upon oath to the bishop's grace and order, the bishop ordered that he should stand suspended 8 days from Sunday next, and then resume his habit. Done in presence of Master Robert Hereward archdeacon of Taunton and canon of Wells, Master John de Risyngdone rector of Jevele, Master John de Middeltone rector of Scheptone Beauchamp, Stephen Trippe and William de Camel clerks notaries public: attested by William de Ludeford clerk of the diocese of Bath and Wells notary public.
R.II. f. 60d.

10 December 1337. Examination of Walter de London dean of Wells by Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells during his visitation in the chapter house of Wells. Consent by the said dean that the bishop should proceed against the canons touching their titles; and undertaking to produce his own title at the bishop's pleasure. Done in presence of Master William de Ludeford and Master William Camel notaries public; and attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 61. Reynolds, App. M. p. 152.

4 December 1335. Charge laid by bishop Ralph in the chapter house of Wells against Master Thomas de Haselschaue canon of Wells (there present), that at his late visitation it was found that the said canon too frequently drank in taverns in the city of Wells. Denial by the said canon, three occasions excepted, when he partook of breakfast therein at the invitation of certain great lords. Inhibition against doing so again, to which the said canon promised obedience, in presence of Master John de Carletone and William de Ludeford notary public.

Charge against Robert Ros vicar of Wells that he was found guilty of incontinence with Christina Coteners, whereof he purged himself, in presence of Master John de Middeltone rector of Scheptone Beauchamp and William de Ludeforde notary public.

Attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 61. Reynolds, App. M. p. 152.

30 October 1338. Bishop Ralph sitting in the chapter house at Wells to correct certain matters found in his late visitation, in presence of Walter de London the dean, William de Litteltone precentor, Richard de Thisteldene treasurer, Michael de Estone succentor, Robert Baldok, William de Seltone, William de Cleyhangre, John Martel, John de Wambergh, Robert de Stonore, Henry de Carletone, John de London canons, a visitation roll prepared by Master John de Carletone his official was exhibited and read.

As to the application of the fruits of Burnham church to the fabric of Wells, Baldok and others alleged that the church was charged with so many pensions and chantries that little was left, others questioned the terms of the appropriation. Order that the deed be viewed, and the fruits applied in accordance therewith.

As to the statutes of dean Godele (not specified in the roll): order that the statutes be examined and exhibited by Easter, and submitted to the bishop's approval.

As to the absence of canons and others from canonical hours, when answer was made for the vicars that in case of absence their daily allowance is withdrawn, counter allegation was made that it is allowed to them by favour: order that canons be present in future, and no favour be shewn to absent vicars.

As to books and ornaments, especially the ordinal, order that repairs and corrections be made before the Nativity of St. John Baptist, but the date altered to Michaelmas at the request of one of the canons in the name of the dean and chapter.

Done in presence of Master John de Middeltone rector of Bloedone and Roger Brykebek; attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 61d. Reynolds, App. M. pp. 152–3.

4 December 1338. The bishop's letter of iiii kal. December touching the above orders delivered by his official to the dean.
R.II. f. 62. See above f. 59d.: p. 540. Reynolds, App. M. pp. 153–4.

1 May 1336. In the chapter house at Wells, being assembled bishop Ralph, Master William de Littleton precentor, Master Roger de Mortuo Mari archdeacon of Wells, Master Thomas de Retford chancellor, Master Richard de Thisteldene treasurer, Master Walter de Hulle subdean, Michael de Estone succentor, Master John de Bryuton, Master Lawrence de la Barre, Thomas de Haselschawe, Robert de Stonore, Henry de Fulham and Richard de Rodeneye canons, the bishop set forth that one Cecily de Pountfrett, a woman of evil repute, was too familiar with some of the canons, who made divers excuses: monition to all the canons, under pain of excommunication, not to receive her in their houses. Done in presence of Master Simon le Botiller rector of Bartone in Lincoln diocese, Master John de Middeltone rector of Scheptone Beauchamp, Master Thomas de Ayssche rector of Cherletone Makerel, Master Stephen Trippe and Master William de Camel notaries public: attested by William de Ludeford notary public, and by the said William de Camel.
R.II. f. 63. Reynolds, App. M. pp. 154–5.

13 September 1333. Bishop Ralph. Master Thomas de Retford chancellor, Richard de Thysteldene treasurer, Lawrence de la Barre, Walter de Borthone (Berthon), John de Wambergh, John Martel, John Pymme and Robert de Stonore canons of Wells, and William de Tykhulle proctor of dean Richard de Bury (absent abroad) being in the bishop's chamber at Woky, after debate touching the manner of his visitation in the church of Wells, the bishop consented to visit the dean, canons, vicars and ministers in the person of the dean, or of his representative if absent, and keep the custom of the church.

The same day the bishop repaired to the cathedral for his visitation, and in the chapter house visited the canons, vicars and ministers in the person of Master Richard de Thistelden treasurer, in the dean's absence, putting questions which he answered, and ordered the answers to be written in the visitation rolls.

In presence of Master John de Carletone and Master Walter de Banewelle: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 63d.: repeated f. 68d. Reynolds, App. M. p. 154.

30 October 1338. Before bishop Ralph in the hall of his palace at Wells, Walter de London the dean, William de Litteltone precentor, Richard de Thistelden treasurer, Robert Baldok, William de Saltone, William de Cleyhangre, John Martel, John de Wambergh, Robert de Stonore, Henry de Carletone, and John de London canons of Wells propounded a form of accord touching certain appeals lodged by the chapter against the bishop, which was read by canon John de Carleton the bishop's clerk, namely that the bishop should on Friday next attend the chapter and correct what was found concerning the chapter at his late visitation and nothing else, not by virtue of any citation made by his official, saving always the rights and customs of the dean and chapter. To this the parties agreed. Thereupon Richard de Tychemers proctor of the dean and chapter read a written renunciation of all such appeals lodged since 1 September, save those lodged for the dean. Done in presence of Master John de Middeltone and Master Roger Brikebek: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 63d.

12 April 1338. In the parish church of Kynggestone by Tanton, Sir John rector of Legh dean of Tanton exhibited a letter, dated v id. April, to himself and the vicar of Tanton addressed by bishop Ralph, stating that, at the instance of Sir Maurice Pees rector of St. Lawrence Exeter, Sir Richard de Rokebere, pretending to be vicar of Kynggestone, was excommunicated, and the revenues of that church were sequestrated by authority of the bishop and of the archdeacon of Tanton, but for forty days he had been in contempt, and ordering them to publish such excommunication in the same and neighbouring churches, to cite the said Richard on Wednesday after quasimodo Sunday to shew cause why the bishop should not write to the king's majesty for a caption, and to inhibit the parishioners or others from communicating with the said Richard, or paying him any of the said revenues. In accordance with which letter the said dean published the excommunication, sequestration and inhibition aforesaid in presence of two hundred and more parishioners and others: but the said Richard immediately said 'If the bishop has excommunicated me, I excommunicate him,' and putting on his vestments celebrated mass. And the parishioners and others by force detained the said dean and his witnesses with closed doors till mass was over, threatening that they should receive the communion from the said Richard: after which the said Richard administered the communion to great number of the parishioners. Done in presence of Sir Maurice Pees, John Lokyer and Philip le Taillour; and attested by Thomas de Hulle clerk of the diocese of Wells, notary public.
R.II. f. 64. Reynolds, App. M. pp. 155–6.

3 November 1335. Master John de Carleton the bishop's official and commissary, sitting in the parish church of Axebrugge, laid a charge against Sir Valentine de Gernevyle vicar of Wells of incontinence with Alice Orum and Felicia Louelyn, which he confessed, pleading that in the former case he was corrected by the bishop after his visitation, and was now suspended for one half year. Done in presence of Master John de Middeltone rector of Scheptone Beauchamp and Robert de Mackenee vicar of Wells; attested by Stephen Trippe.
R.II. f. 65. Reynolds, App. M. p. 156.

4 December 1335. Charges against canon Thomas de Haselschawe, and Robert Ros vicar (as above f. 61; p. 541, with slight verbal variations): attested by William de Ludeford notary public.
R.II. f. 65d. Reynolds, App. M. p. 156.

10 December 1337. Visitation of bishop Ralph (as above, f. 59; pp. 539–540).
R.II. f. 66.

3 November 1335. Master John de Carleton the bishop's official and commissary, sitting in the parish church of Axebrugge, laid a charge against Valentine de Gernevile vicar of Wells of incontinence with Felicia Louelyn, which he confessed, and was suspended for one half year.

Afterwards, 17 November, sitting in the parish churoh of Chyw, the said commissary laid a charge against Nicholas le Bray called Lardyner of laying violent hands upon Master Byndus de Byndinellis* clerk within the parish of St. Cuthbert Wells, incurring thereby sentence of excommunication, which the said Nicholas denied, and was ordered to purge himself by five compurgators the day following, but at his request the number was reduced to three; and he so purged himself accordingly.

Attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 66d. *Occurs as Bindus de Bandinellis in Calendar of Papal Letters and Papal Petitions.

10 December 1337. Before bishop Ralph, at his visitation, dean Walter de London consented to exhibit his title at the will of the bishop, and that the bishop should proceed against the canons touching their titles; in presence of Master John de Carleton and Master William de Ludeford notaries public.

Afterwards, 15 December, Master Simon de Bristoll, collated by the bishop to the chancellorship of Wells by exchange, in the cathedral of Bath, before the said bishop, made oath to reside at Wells according to the statutes, to give or cause to be given lectures in theology or in decrees at the usual times for lectures in the University of Oxford, according to the bishop's ordinance, and to obey the bishop, his officials and ministers; in presence of Master John de Carletone and John de Wambergh canons of Wells and John de Middeltone clerk.

Attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 66d. Reynolds, App. M. pp. 160–1. For the ordinance see Reg. Ralph de Salopia, Somerset Record Soc. ix. 341.

2 December 1336. John de Middletone rector of Scheptone Beauchamp the bishop's commissary, sitting in the parish church of Evercrich, laid a charge against Joan Costentyn of Alwartone of adultery with Richard le Pighelare, which she denied since her last correction by the dean's official, and thereof purged herself.

Afterwards, 13 May 1337, the said commissary, sitting in the prebendal church of Wyvelescombe, laid a charge against Robert Ros of Clutone vicar in Wells cathedral of incontinence with Cecily Pountfrett, which he confessed within the city of Wells only, and was suspended from taking the fruits of the church of Clutone for one half [year]. Afterwards on the 14 May, before Master John de Carletone the bishop's official, and commissary in the church of the hospital of St. John of Bruges, the said Robert requested that the suspension aforesaid might be changed for another penance, which the said commissary did, with consent of his said fellow commissary also there present, and this the said Robert undertook to carry out.

Afterwards, 29 October 1337, Master John de Middeltone the bishop's commissary, sitting in the parish church of Evercrich, laid a charge against Henry Payn of that parish of adultery with Isabel Bighorn, which he denied since his last correction by the dean's official, and thereof purged himself.

Attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 67. For Payn's case see Reynolds, App. M. pp. 159–60.

15 September 1338. Master John de Middelton rector of Bloedone the bishop's commissary, sitting in the parish church of Banewelle, laid a charge against Alice Manschupe of Blakeford of fornication with Richard atte Pulle at Blakeford, which she confessed, and was ordered to go barefoot twice round the church of Banewelle.

Also against Cristina Cokes of Cockelake of the parish of Wedmor of fornication with John de Countevyle of Alwarton the younger, which she confessed, and was ordered the like penance.

This penance was immediately performed by both women.

Done in presence of Robert de Hulle and John Pride: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 67d. Reynolds, App. M. p. 160.

2 April 1339. Master John de Middeltone rector of Bloedone the bishop's commissary being in the bishop's chapel at Woky, Master John de London canon of Wells and Master Robert de Crassale clerks of Master Walter de London dean of Wells charged the said commissary with summoning before him Richard de Countevyle lord of Alwartone and others of the dean's jurisdiction named in a rescript by him obtained from the court of Canterbury, to the prejudice of the jurisdiction aforesaid; and he answered that some of them were administering the goods of one intestate, and were summoned for matters done outside such jurisdiction. In presence of Master John de Carleton and Master Stephen de Hulle clerks: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 67d.

28 December 1337. In the chapter house of Wells, Master William de Lutleton precentor of Wells (as president in the dean's absence) craved of Master Simon de Bristoll chancellor of Wells his oath of obedience to the dean and chapter, whose answer was that the chancellor and other dignitaries are subject immediately to the bishop and not bound to obey the dean and chapter; the said president after debate put on record (allegavit) the allegation and reply aforesaid; and the said Simon took an oath to preserve the liberties and customs of the church of Wells. Done in presence of Master Walter de Hulle subdean, Master John de Carletone, and John Pym of London canons, and Stephen de Hulle notary public: attested by William de Ludeford notary public.
R.II. f. 68. See Reynolds, App. M. p. 161.

13 September 1333. Debate at Woky between bishop Ralph, and Master Thomas de Retford chancellor and other canons and the dean's proctor, touching the manner of his visitation; and visitation the same day in the chapter house accordingly; Master Nicholas de Bathonia being also named as present.
R.II. f. 68d. (See above f. 63d., p. 543.)

10 December 1337. Bishop Ralph being in the chapter house of Wells at his visitation, before Walter de London dean, Master Roger de Mortuo Mari archdeacon of Wells, William de Lutleton precentor, Richard de Thistelden treasurer, Walter de Hulle subdean, John de Carleton, John de London, William de Cleangre and other canons forming the chapter, the dean caused a certificates of their summons to the visitation to be delivered to the bishop; which having been read, one of the canons in their name addressed the bishop, stating that the custom was for the visitation of the chapter and canons to be made in the person of the dean, wherefore they need not remain for the examination; whereupon all the canons withdrew except the dean and those who were of the bishop's household, and the bishop examined the dean, who made answer to divers articles: to the question whether the goods of the chapter were faithfully spent, he made answer that the fruits of the church of Bornham were not applied to the fabric of Wells according to the terms of its appropriation to the dean and chapter; and to the question of defects in books, vestments and ornaments, that books and vestments needed repair, and especially the books in the ordinal were not corrected. Done in presence of Master John de Carletone the bishop's official, Master Stephen Trippe and Master William de Camel clerks notaries public: attested severally by William de Ludeford clerk notary public, the said William de Camel, and Stephen Trippe.
R.II. f. 68d. Reynolds, App. M. p. 157.

1339. In the bishop's chamber at Woky, Walter de London dean of Wells, alleging that the term appointed him to exhibit the statutes and customs by his predecessor published that the bishop might approve or disallow the same had not expired, exhibited certain statutes and customs published by dean John de Godelee in writing. Done in presence of Master John de Carletone the bishop's official and John de London canons of Wells: attested by William de Camel notary public.
R.II. f. 69d. For these statutes, see ff. 25—6: above p. 532. The preamble, and arrangements for liquidation of debt, repairs, and the division of a deceased canon's revenue between his executors and successor (f. 24) are here omitted, also the order to copy damaged charters in a register (f. 25) and in the last statute concerning mass priests, the words in librario ejusdem ecclesie, and the word claustrum; while the first statute concerning residence begins with In primis instead of Item. See also Reynolds, pp. 74—76, where the order of the two statutes concerning vicars is inverted, and the last statute concerning mass priests relegated to App. M. p. 158.

1 July 1337. Master John de Middelton rector of Scheptone Beauchamp the bishop's commissary sitting in the parish church of Banewelle, Robert de Notyngham clerk made answer to the charge of administering the goods of Thomas de Retford chancellor of Wells deceased intestate in violation of a sequestration thereon interposed by the bishop's authority, and produced a will of the deceased, dated Saturday before St. Dunstan 1337, and proved before Walter de London the dean at Wells viii kal. June 1337, with a grant of administration under his seal to the said Robert, Sir Walter vicar of Kynggesbury and Sir John Anketil priest, the two latter ex officio, (Sir Hugh de Alresford and Sir Stephen de Kynggestone renouncing, and power being reserved to Sir Henry de Fulham the other executor in the will named,) Thomas Testwode citizen of Wells having mainprised for the said Walter who had no goods in the jurisdiction. This probate the said commissary annulled by decree. Copy of will, desiring to be buried in the chapel of the Virgin Mary in the upper part of the cathedral choir, with bequests to brother John de Retford his brother (germano), Master Richard de Retford doctor of divinity, Thomas de Retford his cousin, and brother Thomas de Retford, to John de Horspathe, John de Hamptone and John de Northryn creditors of Master Roger Drokenesford deceased, to Adam his brother, Alexander le Barbour and Isabel his niece; of plate to his cousin Robert de Notyngham, Sir Henry de Fulham, Sir Hugh de Alresford, Sir Stephen de Kynggestone, Sir Richard de Bray, and Sir Richard de Tychemersh, the residue to Robert de Notyngham; and naming the above executors, and Sir Richard Bray, William de Codeworthe, John Hywyssh and Sir Stephen de Kyngeston as witnesses to a gift made in his life time. Done in presence of Stephen Trippe notary public and Robert atte Hulle of Gloucester clerk: attested by William de Ludeford notary public.
R.II. f. 70d. Reynolds, App. M. pp. 158–9.

20 November 1337. Bishop Ralph, being in the chapel of his palace at Wells, collated Master John de Middeltone rector of Seeptone Beauchamp to the chancellorship of Wells, which he accepted, and swore that within one month of obtaining possession he would lecture or find a lecturer at Wells according to the bishop's ordinance, that he would reside, and that he would be obedient to the bishop. Done in presence of Master John de Carletone the bishop's official and Roger rector of Whitestaunton: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 71. Reynolds, App. M. p. 161.

31 March 1339, about the hour of vespers, Sir Richard de Tychemersh communar in Wells cathedral and Philip de Bristoll vicars of Wells, being before bishop Ralph in the hall of his manor of Woky, on behalf of the dean and chapter offered him one loaf, one pig, and one bladder of mead, being part of a yearly rent of two loaves, two pigs and two bladders of mead due (as they alleged) to the church of Wells from the abbot and convent of Glastonbury: which the bishop took as a moiety of the said rent due (as he alleged) to him in name of his church, and ordered the same to be divided among the poor by his household. Done in presence of Master John de Carletone the bishop's official, Master John de Rysyngdone rector of Jevele, and Nicholas de Kynardeseie: attested by Simon de Fareweye clerk of the diocese of Exeter notary public.
R.II. f. 71d. Reynolds App. M. p. 159.

19 June 1338. Master Richard de Bynteworthe clerk canon (it was said) of Wells and prebendary of Shaldeford, being at Ipswich in the great chamber of the dwelling house of John Irp in Seyntepetrestrete, resigned his canonry and prebend into the hands of bishop Ralph. Done in presence of Ralph Moygne clerk and Walter de Foxcote a literate person of the said Richard's household: attested by Robert called le Spicer of Farendone clerk of the diocese of Salisbury notary public.
R.II. f. 72. Reynolds, App. M. p. 160.

13 March 1338. Before bishop Ralph in the chapel of his palace at Wells, Robert atte Boxe made oath never to aid or favour John de Actone knight against the bishop, but to disclose and hinder any attempts to the bishop's harm. Done in presence of Master John de Carletone the bishop's official, Master John de Middeltone rector of Bloedone, Master Stephen Trippe rector of Camel, William de Camel rector of Jeveltone: attested by Simon de Fareweye clerk of Exeter diocese notary public.
R.II. f. 72. Reynolds, App. M. p. 160.

11 January 1338. Monition by John de Carletone the bishop's official, by command of the bishop being in his court at Woky, to Sir Robert de E pele vicar of the prebendal church of Milvertone to obey the bishop; and oath of obedience by the said Robert. In presence of Master Richard de Thisteldene treasurer of Wells, Master Robert Hereward archdeacon of Tanton and prebendary of Milverton, Thomas Jonge the said archdeacon's official, John de Middeltone rector of Bloedone, Simon Fareweye notary public: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 72d.

9 July 1341. Thomas de Haselschawe the younger, a literate person late of the household of Sir John de Shordich knight, being before bishop Ralph by a road of the town of Chyw leading to the Bristol road, made his submission and an oath to abide the bishop's order touching all offences laid to his charge. Done in presence of Sir Walter de Rodeneye knight, Master Nicholas de Cloebury, Master John de Middletone, John de Rysyngdone, Thomas de Rodeneye, William Camel: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 72d.

Decree of Walter de Hulle subdean and Master John de Warnbergh canon of Wells, subdelegates appointed by John archbishop of Canterbury primate and papal legate, the sole judge named by bull of the late Pope John XXII in this matter, appropriating to the table of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells the church of Chyw (the revenues whereof do not in ordinary years exceed 50 marks), and empowering him to take possession thereof upon the death or cession of the now rector, in accordance with his petition to the pope, supported by King Edward, wherein it was set forth that he could not maintain a becoming estate, for that the revenues of his see did not in ordinary years exceed 20l., and being held immediately of the king were liable to confiscation for disobedience to the king's commands, should they be repugnant to the canon law or to those of the pope. Recital of the bull or commission of the said pope to the said archbishop, dated Avignon, kal. May 18 Pope John XXII (see Cal Papal Letters, ii. 411); of a commission by the said archbishop to the precentor, the subdean and the said canon of Wells, dated Lameth, xii kal. June 1341, upon the death of a former subdelegate during the course of the proceedings; and of a further commission to the said subdean and canon, dated Maghfeld, iiii non. September 1341, with power to complete the matter, after inquisition made and their former decree. Done at Wells, 20 September 1341, in presence of Master John de Carleton and Simon de Fareweye: attested by Stephen Trippe notary public.
R.II. f. 73–4. Compare R.III. f. 273: above p. 442.

Ratification of the above proceedings, and decree by archbishop John (as above) addressed to the parishioners of Chyw and to all whom it may concern. Dated Maghfeld, v id. November 1341: collated at Coudhurst in the diocese of Canterbury the same date, in presence of John de Horsyngton and John chamberlain of Master John de Carletone.
R.II. f. 74d.

(Note.—The greater part of the next leaf has been cut out).

Petition of R. de Askeby to the pope, signifying that B. Brocas had been presented to a canonry of Wells and the prebend of St. Decuman contrary to a papal provision in favour of the petitioner. (Incomplete, the leaf being cut).
R.II. f. 75d. See the provision, Cal. Papal Letters, III. 342.

Form of proxy by [bishop] R[alph] to act for him in the court of Rome.

Instructions attached to the same.
R.II. f. 75 bis.

Reply of the subdean and chapter of Wells to a letter of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Claverton, xiii kal. October 1350, reciting the king's writ, tested at Wynchilse 28 August [24] Edward III, whereby the bishop was enjoined by examination of his register and of the register of the dean and chapter and otherwise to ascertain and certify whether the prebend of St. Decuman was vacant during the vacancy of the see after the death of bishop William de Marchia, and by whose death, who was next admitted thereto, upon whose collation, by what title, at what date, and how long the prebend and see remained vacant: testifying that the said prebend was filled and occupied by Robert de Glocestria canon of Wells in the time of bishop William de Marchia, during the whole vacancy of the see after his death, the whole time of bishop Walter de Haselschawe his successor, during the whole vacancy of the see after his death, and part of the time of bishop J. de Drokenesford his successor.
R.II. f. 75 bis, dorso.

8 March 1349. Robert Adymot claiming to be proctor of Master Bernard Brocaz, being at Wyveliscombe within the manor of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, exhibited and delivered to the bishop the king's writ, tested at Westminster 26 February 24 Edward III, of grant or presentation to the prebend of St. Decuman in the church of Wells, therein alleged to be vacant and in the king's gift by reason of the late vacancy of the see, in favour of the said Bernard, and craved that he would execute the same. And the bishop, being occupied with divers affairs, issued a commission, dated Wyveliscombe viii id. March 1349, to Walter de London dean of Wells, to proceed in the business of the said presentation, admit the said Bernard, take his oath of obedience, etc. Done in presence of Sir John de Risyngdon rector of Jevele, Sir John de Lyncoln vicar of St. Decuman, John Chestre and Roger de Tybrighton clerks of the dioceses of Worcester and of Coventry and Lichfield: attested by William de Modbury clerk of the diocese of Exeter notary public.
R.II. f. 76.

Same date. A second instrument recording the above proceedings, the bishop's commission to the dean not being fully recited: attested as above.
R.II. f. 76d.

Same date. A third instrument recording the same, and certifying that no man appeared before the bishop to oppose or gainsay the above commission, within three days before or three days after the date thereof. Attested as above.
R.II. f. 77.

6 September 1351. Protestation by Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, being in the chamber of his manor of Banewell, that he does not intend to oppose the just claims of Master Robert de Askeby, who has commenced a suit against him in the court of Rome for the prebend of St. Decuman, and for alleged contempt of Pope Clement, but to defend himself against charges of contempt, collusion, and other pretended grievances and wrongs. Done in presence of Master Robert de Netylton advocate of the court of Canterbury, Master Simon de Farewey notary public and John de Burton rector of Telesford: attested by William de Modbury notary public. (Indistinct).
R.II. f. 77d.

(The rest of this volume, consisting of a paper book of much later date, with separate pagination, is not here calendared.)