53 Henry III.
Assizes taken at Lancaster on the . . . . in
the fifty-third year of the reign of King
Henry son of King John [1268–9] before Gilbert
de Preston, John le Bretun, Walter de Helyun
and John de Oketon, Justices in Eyre.
There is no Lancashire roll for this Eyre. That for Northumberland
commenced at Newcastle on the 25 June 1269, 18 months after the writ
that follows was issued. It is quite possible that the Justices never
reached Lancaster, especially as we find other Justices in Eyre there in
1271; indeed, a note on the Northumberland roll (Surtees Society, vol. 88,
p. 188), indicates that the pleas at Leicester (whither the Justices proceeded from Newcastle), which should have been taken on the Octave
of S. Michael (6 October) were suspended by order of the King, most
probably to enable the Justices and others to be present at Westminster
at the Translation of the relics of Edward the Confessor, which took
place on the 13th October. Lancashire Lay Subsidies, p. 91.
1267, December 7. Clarendon. Writ to the Archbishops, etc. and
others of the Counties of York, Westmorland, Northumberland, Cumberland, Lancaster, Nottingham and Derby, Warwick and Leicester, Lincoln
and Rutland, notifying the appointment of Gilbert de Preston, John le
Bretun, Walter Helyun and John de Oketon as Justices in Eyre to take
Pleas this turn in the said Counties. Patent Roll, 52 Henry III, m. 33.