Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 6 Part 1. Originally published by Staffordshire Record Society, London, 1885.
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Banco Roll, Hillary, 9 E. 1.
Staff. Roger the Bishop of Coventry and Lychfeld sued Robert de Somerford for a messuage and eleven acres of land and two acres of meadow in Brewode, and he sued William le Paumer for half an acre of land and half an acre of meadow in the same vill, as the right of his Church; and stated that Hugh his predecessor was seised of the land in the reign of King Richard, etc.
Robert and William appeared, and William called Robert to warranty, who warranted his land to him, and defended his right to the whole, and stated that he held the said tenements together with others of the said Bishop and his Church by homage and service of 4s. annually and suit at his court at Brewode every three weeks, and he put himself on a great assize, and he gave half a mark for mention of the time. (fn. 1) A day is given to them at the Octaves of St. John the Baptist, when four knights are to be summoned, etc. (to select a jury). m. 53.
Staff. John Godsalin sued Hugh de Brok for a messuage and two hundred and twenty acres of land, etc., in Great Berkammestede by writ of entry, and Hugh called to warranty William de Audeleghe; and the bailiff of William appeared and produced the King's letters of protection which testified that William was in Ireland by the King's command. Adjourned sine die. m. 53.
Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to levy 100s. from the land and chattels of Nicholas the Baron of Stafford, and produce them in court on this day to pay them to Edmund de Stafford his brother, and which Nicholas had acknowledged to owe to Edmund, and which ought to have been paid at the Quindene of Easter, and the Sheriff had done nothing in the matter. He is therefore commanded as before, and to pay the money into court at the Octaves of St. John the Baptist, and to be present himself to hear judgment on his default. m. 73.
Staff. and Salop. William de Ryther and Lucy his wife sued William de Audidelegh for a third of the manor of Helley (Heleigh), Dymmesdale, and Boteresdon, and for a third of the passagium of Wrimestrete, and of the advowson of Audelegh; for a third of the manors of Betteley, Dunestall, and of the vills of Borewardeslyme (Burslem), Talk, Knotton, and Thurfeld, and for a third of a rent of 20s. and of a dozen knives (cutellorum), and of half a pound of cumin in Newcastle-under-Lyme, one-third of a water mill in Chaveldon, a third of 10s. rent in Ruston, a third of 2s. rent in Ridierd, a third of 12s. rent in Stanle in co. Stafford, and a third of the vill of Forde, and of two parts of Marchumley, Weston, Redcastle, Kentenesdon, Lakne, Wykeshull, and Haukeston, and of a third of 10s. rent in Moston in co. Salop as her dower, of the gift of Henry de Audidelegh her first husband.
William appeared and stated he only held a virgate of land in Dymmesdale, and 6d. rent in Boteresdon, and a bovate of land in Knotton, and that Ela the widow of James de Audelegh held a mark of rent in Newcastleunder-Lyme, and she also held a third of his tenements in Riston (Rushton), Ridiert, Stanle, Wymerstrete, and Audelegh and Moston; and in Lakne, Wykeshull, and Haukeston, he only held the services of John de Lakne, Robert de Wykeshull, and William de Haukeston; and this was the whole of his tenure when Lucy sued out her writ, viz., on 2nd November, 8 E. I., and he appealed to a jury, and William de Rither and Lucy likewise. The Sheriff is ordered to summon a jury for five weeks from Easter. m. 49, dorso.
Staff. Henry son of Henry (Wymer) de Stafford and Agnes de Phileby give half a mark for licence of concord with Henry Wymer of Stafford senior. (fn. 2)
Staff. Hervey de la Lee appeared in court to acknowledge the service by which he held his tenements in Bylington of Roes de Oyley, and which Roes had conceded to John son of John de Oyley and the heirs of his body. Hervey stated he held his tenements in Bylington of Nicholas the Baron of Stafford by homage and the service of 6d. yearly, and by the payment of 18d. yearly to Roes, which the ancestors of Nicholas had given to the ancestors of Roes. m. 12 dorso.
Banco Roll, Easter, 9 E. I.
Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon for this day (the Quindene of Easter) Richard de Turville and Albreda his wife to acknowledge what right they claimed in the tenements which they hold of the dower of Albreda of Henry Wymer of Stafford, in Bradeleye and in Homerwyk (Hammerwich). (fn. 3) He had also been ordered to summon at the same term Alice de Dokesye to acknowledge what right she claimed for term of her life from the said Henry in Cotes, which tenements the said Henry had conceded in the court of the King to Henry son of Henry Wymer and to Agnes Phyleby and the heirs which the said Henry son of Henry begot of the said Agnes, after the death of the said Richard and Albreda and Alice, by a fine levied between them. And the Sheriff had done nothing in the matter. He is therefore to produce them at the Octaves of Trinity. m. 7.
Staff. Robert de Dokeseye was summoned by Robert de Marisco (Marsh) to answer for the service which Nicholas de Stafford exacted for the free tenement which he held of the said Robert de Dokeseye in Merse, and of which Robert de Dokeseye who is medius between them ought to acquit him; and he complained that whereas he held of him two virgates of land in Mersse by the service of 2s. annually, and for which he ought to be quit of the service of venery due to the Baron of Stafford, and whereas the said Robert de Dokeseye ought to acquit him (Robert de Marisco) against everybody for the said service, Nicholas had distrained him for the keep of a hound (pro pastu unius canis) through the default of Robert de Dokeseye. Robert de Dokeseye stated he was not bound to acquit Robert de Marisco of the said service, and appealed to a jury; and the Sheriff is ordered to summon a jury for Michaelmas Term. m. 9.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain Robert son of Roger to appear at this date and acknowledge the service by which he held his tenements of Roes the widow of John de Oylly in Billington and Ronton, and which service the said Roes had conceded to John the son of John de Oylly and his heirs by a fine levied between them. Robert did not appear, and another writ of distringas was issued, returnable at the Quindene of St. John the Baptist. m. 21.
Staff. Roger de Burton gives a mark for licence of concord with John son of Simon respecting a messuage and half a carucate of land in Cherleton and Eccleshale. (fn. 4) m. 26, dorso.
Staff. Henry le Whyte of Acy sued Elena de Wymereston (Worston) for half a messuage, six virgates of land, and a mill in Wymereston as his reasonable purparty of the inheritance of Henry de Wymereston the father of Elena and grandfather of Henry, whose heir he is, and who had lately died, and he stated that the said Henry was seised of the tenement as of fee in the reign of King Henry the King's father, and from Henry the fee descended to Elena and Margaret, Joan and Lucy; and Joan and Margaret had died without issue, and the fee (sic) descended to the said Elena and Lucy, and from the said Lucy the fee descended to Henry as son and heir, who now sues. Elena appeared and called to warranty Henry de Wymereston, and Henry le Wyte stated she had no claim to warranty because she herself had entered into the said tenements after the death of Henry de Wymereston her father as his daughter and heir; but he afterwards withdrew this plea and admitted the right of warranty, and stated that one Henry de Wymereston had demised the said tenements to Elena for her life to be held of him, and to revert after her death to himself (Henry de Wymereston) and to his heirs. Henry de Wymereston is therefore to be summoned for Michaelmas Term. m. 67.
Staff. Ralph de Lymesy and Joan his wife sued Robert de Ver Earl of Oxford in a plea that he should acquit them of the service which Roger the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield exacted of them for the free tenement which they hold of the said Robert in Weford, and of which Robert, who is medius between them, ought to acquit them; and Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain him, and returned he held no lands within his bailiwick. It was testified to the court he held lands in co. Essex. The Sheriff of Essex is therefore ordered to distrain him to appear at the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 16, dorso.
Staff. The essoin of Thomas Pany and of Alice his wife appeared against Thomas de la Hide and Alice his wife in a plea that they should carry out the terms of a fine levied between them respecting a messuage, half a carucate of land, and the sixth part of the advowson of the Church of Blemenhull (Blymhill). The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff is ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 16, dorso.
Coram Rege Roll, Easter Term, 9 E. I.
Staff. The Prior of St. Thomas outside Stafford acknowledged that he owed to Ralph de Hengham (fn. 5) 250 marks, to be repaid within five years, viz., 25 marks on the next Octave of St. Michael at Lychefeld in the Great Church of St. Cedde, and 25 marks at Easter next following, and so on till the whole was paid. m. 20, dorso.
Staff. John de Hervile (Heronville) was summoned to show by what warrant he held the manor of Wodnesburi (Wednesbury), which was of the ancient demesne of the Crown, and of which Walter de Wymborne, who sued for the King, stated King Richard had been seised as of fee, etc.
John stated that King Richard never was seised of the manor, and held nothing in it except a rent of 20s. payable to the Exchequer annually according to the terms of an exchange made between King Henry and his ancestor; and that King Henry had formerly held the manor of Wednesburi and had given it to his ancestor in exchange for the manor of Stuntesfeld, which is of the manor of Wodestoke; and because the manor of Wodenesburi was more valuable than Stuntesfeld, the same King retained in his hands to be paid to him and his successors 20s. annually; and to verify this he produced an enrolment from the Exchequer in these words, viz.: Willielmus de Herovile tenet Wednesburi in escambium de Stuntingfeld de jure uxoris suæ et reddit per annum viginti solidos per manus Vicecomitis, et consuevit reddere quatuor libras infra firmam Comitatûs quod quidem recordum residet in ligula recordorum de termino Paschæ anno regni regis nunc nono." And he prayed for judgment as the King is now in seisin of the said exchange. Verdict for John de Heronville. m. 17, dorso.
Oxon. John de Parles was attached to answer a plea of Nicholas de Stafford that whereas John had stated to the King that all the land which William de Parles, who had been hanged for felony, held in Great Rolandrith was held of the said John and not of any other, so that after inquisition made into the matter the King had delivered the land over to him to hold saving the right of others, the said Nicholas had intimated to the King that the land was held of him and not of the said John, and ought to fall to him as his eschaet, and the King wishing to do full justice in the matter had taken the land again into his hands, and had summoned the said John for this day.
And John de Parles came and stated that two carucates of land in Great Rollandrith were held of him solely (integre) and not of the said Nicholas, because they together with the land which William de Parles formerly held in the vill of Honeswurth (Handsworth) by hereditary right, had formerly belonged conjointly to the ancestors of William and John, and they were afterwards divided between two sisters Juliana and Agnes, and to Juliana the eldest was assigned the said two carucates in Rollandrith as her purparty, and to Agnes was assigned the tenements in Honeswurth, and William descended from Agnes, and sometime after the division of the lands between the two sisters, an ancestor of William acquired half the tenement in Rollandrith from the ancestor of the said John, to be held by homage and the service of a farthing annually; (fn. 6) and as regards the other half he stated that he the said John being in good seisin had enfeoffed the said William de Parles of it, to be held by homage and the service of a farthing annually, and he appealed to a jury.
And Nicholas stated that whatever might have been pleaded by John respecting Honeswurth, the land of Rollandrith was divided between the said sisters so that the half which was assigned to Agnes descended to the said William by hereditary right, and not by the feoffment of an ancestor of the said John, and it was held of him as capital lord; and as regards the other half he stated that the said John had enfeoffed William of it, to be held of the capital lords of the fee, retaining no service to himself, so that William had died in the homage of him (Nicholas); and he appealed to a jury. The Sheriff therefore is commanded to summon a jury for the Quindene of Trinity. m. 9, dorso.
Staff. The suit of Hugh de Beaumes versus Robert de Frankeville and Hillaria the widow of William de Harcurt for damages and compensation owing to Hillaria having married herself to Robert without his permission, after her marriage had been given to him by King Henry the King's father, is adjourned to the Quindene of St. John the Baptist, the defendants not appearing. m. 2, dorso.
Banco Roll, Trinity, 9 E. I.
Staff. Nicholas le Barun of Stafford was summoned by Edmund de Stafford to aquit him of the service which the King exacted from him for the free tenement he holds of Nicholas in Norton de Mores (sic), and in which Nicholas is medius and ought to acquit him; and he stated that he held of Nicholas a carucate of land in Norton Mores by the service of a pair of gees for a falcon, and that the King distrained him to do suit to the Hundred of Pyrhulle every three weeks, and he produced the deed of Robert de Stafford the father of Nicholas (whose heir he is) which testified he had given the said land to him.
Nicholas appeared and acknowledged the deed, but denied that Edmund had suffered any injury, or had ever been distrained for suit of Hundred through any defect of acquittance by him, and he appealed to a jury. The Sheriff is ordered to summon a jury for the morrow of St. Martin. m. 42.
Staff. William de Boweles and Isabella his wife sue William de Eelynges for 26s. rent in Ruggeleye (sic, Rowley Regis), which Henry le Flemyng formerly held of them, and which should revert to them as their eschaet, Henry having died without leaving any heirs. William de Eclynges stated that Henry had held the tenement of him, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of St. Martin. m. 42.
Coram Rege, Michaelmas, 9–10 E. I.
Oxon. Robert the Vicar of the Church of Asthale was sued by William de Perton for taking his corn and hay at Esthall to the value of 60s. Robert appeared and stated he had taken no corn belonging to William, because it belonged to his Vicariate of Esthall, and he appealed to a jury. The Sheriff is ordered to summon a jury for the Octaves of Hillary. m. 11.
Warw. Richard de Stratton came before the Justices on the Thursday after the Feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude, and performed homage to Thomas son of Thomas de Estleye (Astley) for the lands and tenements he holds in the vill of Hullmorton (Hillmorton), and acknowledged that he held them of him by the service of a twentieth part of a knight's fee and suit at his Court of Hillmorton every three weeks. m. 18.
Staff. Richard de Acoure (Okeover) appeared against Vivian de Standon, Warine de Rushale, William de Erleton, Richard de Bissopeton (Bishton), John de Tymberlake, and two others, in a plea that whereas the custody of two parts of two carucates of land in Casterne belonged to him by a demise made to him by Robert de Aucore (Okeover), from whom John de Ippestanes held the land by knight's service, and he was in peaceable seisin of the said custody, Vivian and the other defendants had ejected him vi et armis, and taken goods and chattels belonging to him to the value of £40. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff is ordered to distrain and produce them on the Quindene of Easter. m. 51.
Staff. Ralph de Lymeseye and Joan his wife sued Richard de Thikeleon (sic, Thickbroom) for cutting down and carrying away their trees at Weford. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff is ordered to produce him on the Quindene of Easter. m. 45, dorso.
Staff. The Prior of St. Thomas the Martyr of Stafford acknowledged he owed to Thomas de Audelime 60 marks, to be repaid by three instalments specified, and Thomas de Audelime acknowledged a deed in these words: Omnibus, etc., Thomas de Audelime in Comitatu Cestriæ salutem. Noverit universitas vestra me concessisse, etc., fratri Nicholao Priori Sancti Thomæ juxta Stafford advocationem Ecclesiæ de Audelime cum omnibus juribus, etc., sicut aliqua elemosina liberius, etc., teneri poterit in perpetuum, etc. Hiis testibus: Domino Radulpho de Hengham, tunc Justiciario de Banco Domini Regis principali, Domino Gocelino de Badelesmere, tunc Justiciario Cestriœ, Dominis Willielmo de Audeley, Nicholao de Stafford, Willelmo Bagot, Willielmo de Stafford, Rogero de Peulesdon, Willielmo de Mere, Henrico de Kerswelle, Militibus, Radulpho de Burgo, Willielmo de Titteley, Willielmo de Burton, Ricardo de Hunsterton, et aliis. m. 5, dorso.
Staff. Nicholas the Baron of Stafford and Richard le Bedel were summoned to answer the complaint of the Abbot of Crokesdene that they had taken two of his oxen in the high road in the vill of Acle (Oaken) and had driven them to his park of Braddele, where he had illegally detained them until given up by the King's precept, and for which he claimed 40s. as damages.
Nicholas and Richard appeared and stated they had taken the cattle justly in a certain tenement which Theobald de Verdon held of him by homage and by scutage when it fell due, and that the said homage and scutage was in arrear.
And the Abbot stated he held the tenement from which the cattle had been taken in perpetual alms, and that Hervey de Stafford the grandfather of Nicholas, whose heir he is, had released and quit-claimed to the Abbey of Crokesdene and monks by his deed all forinsec service, scutages, etc., which he could claim by reason of the said tenement of Aka which was of his fee, excepting a service of 10s. annually, which they paid to the lords of Chertelegh (Chartley). Nicholas acknowledged the deed of Hervey, but stated that at the time he executed it the monks were not in seisin of the tenement from which the said cattle were taken, and he appealed to a jury. A postscript adds that twelve jurymen came at Easter, who stated on oath that the Abbot was in seisin of the tenement at the date of the deed of Hervey de Stafford. Verdict for the Abbot, and his damages are taxed at 20s. m. 19.
Staff. David de Pakyngton sued Peter son of Peter de Colcestre for two virgates of land in Pakyngton, and he sued William Sleyning for a virgate of land in the same vill, and he sued Joan the wife of John de Blaveneye for three virgates of land and 4s. rent in the same vill as her right, and in which they had no entry except by a demise which the said David had made to Robert Salveyn for a term now expired. The defendants appeared, and Peter stated as regards his tenement he could not answer without Alice his wife, who is alive, and who was enfeoffed together with him of the said tenement. David withdrew his plea.
And the said William stated as regards his tenement he could not answer without his wife Eda, who was alive, and had been enfeoffed with him of it. David withdrew his plea. And Joan, as regards her tenement, called to warranty William de Wymundeham who is to be summoned for Hillary Term, the summons to be made in co. Norfolk. m. 21.
Staff. The same David sued Robert son of Henry de Sueynefen (Swinfen) for a virgate of land in Pakynton and he sued Geoffrey son of Henry de Sueynefen (Swinfen) for a virgate of land in the same vill, and he sued Robert son of Nicholas for a virgate in the same vill. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff is ordered to take the land into the King's hands and to re-summon them for Hillary Term. m. 21.
Staff. Nicholas de Stafford gives half-a-mark for license of concord with Richard son of Richard Brun and Agnes his wife. (fn. 7) The half mark is remitted at the instance of Ralph de Hengham (the Justiciary). m. 42.
Staff. John de Parles and Cecilia his wife withdraw their plea of entry against John le Clerk of Great Hayford, Hugh de Brok, and others, respecting tenements in Great Hayford and Caldecotes. (fn. 8) m. 46.
Staff. A convention enrolled by which William de Dechtghull conveyed to Ralph de Hengham his manor of Ruleg (Rowley Regis) for a term of six years from the Feast of All Saints, 9 E. I., the said Ralph to render to William a reasonable value or as much as the men of the manor give annually; and the said Ralph will pay to William the term for two years at once. Witnesses: Sir William de Kavereswelle, Sir William de Morthon, Sir John de Hornville (Heronville), Sir Richard de Stratton, Richard de Esprigunel, William le Eschampiun, William atte Holte of Hilton, and others.
Staff. Deonisia the widow of Otvel Purcel sued Nicholas Baron of Stafford for a third of a messuage, a carucate of land, 20 acres of wood, and 50s. rent in Shareshulf (Shareshill) as her dower. Nicholas appeared and stated he held nothing except by reason of the wardship of Otvel son and heir of the said Otvel, and Deonisia withdrew her writ.
The same Deonisia sued Ralph le Tayllur for a third of three acres of land, and Ralph le Flemmeng for a third of a half a virgate and six acres of land in the same vill as her dower, and they did not appear. The Sheriff is ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hands, and to summon them for the Octaves of Hillary. m. 93.
Staff. Alice de Dokesey appeared against Henry Wymer in a plea that he should warrant to her the third of two water mills, 50 acres of land, and 30 acres of meadow in Lamescote, which Richard de Turville and Albreda his wife claimed of her as the dower of the said Albreda; and Henry did not appear. The Sheriff is therefore to take into the King's hands land of Henry to the value of the land in question, and to summon him for Hillary Term. m. 94.
Staff. (fn. 9) Richard de Stratton (Stretton) sued Richard le Marshall of Morton, Magister Andrew de Stratton, Henry de Lodyngton, and two others named, for services and customs due to him for the tenements they hold of him in Hull Morton (Hillmorton). The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff is ordered to distrain and produce them at Easter. m. 105.
Staff. Roger de Launton (Loynton) and Petronilla his wife sue Richard Corbet for ten acres of land in Thorelton as the right of Petronilla by writ of entry; and Richard called to warranty Robert Corbet, who is to be summoned for Easter Term. m. 105.
Derb. Petronilla the widow of John de Audeleye (fn. 10) sued William de Scardlowe for a third of a messuage and fifty acres of land in Scardelowe and 14s. of rent in Scardelowe and Thurlaston which she claimed in dower; and he did not appear. The dower claimed to be taken into the King's hands, and William to be summoned for Hillary Term. m. 118.
Staff. Margaret the widow of Henry le Flemyng sued William de Eclynge for a third of a messuage and a carucate of land, six acres of meadow, six acres of wood, and 100s. rent in Rouleye as her dower; and he did not appear. The dower claimed to be taken into the King's hands, and William to be summoned for the morrow of the Purification. m. 133.
Staff. Nicholas de Stafford sued Henry de Lacy Earl of Lincoln and William de Audethelega for suit and service owing to him for the free tenements which they hold of him in Caldon, Ryhston (Rushton), Hylton, and Burwardeslyme (Burslem); and they did not appear. To be attached for Easter Term. m. 134.
Staff. Thomas de Goldene sued William de Sogenhull and Doreya his wife for £100 owing to him; and they did not appear, and they were attached by Thomas Brian of Pesehall and Adam de Pesehall. They (i.e., the sureties) are therefore in miscricordiâ; and the Sheriff is ordered to distrain and produce them on the morrow of the Purification. m. 143.
Staff. The suit of Roger Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield versus Robert de Somerford for a messuage and eleven acres and a half of land and two acres and a half of meadow in Brewode, adjourned to Easter through defect of four knights of the jury, viz., Thomas de Barryngton, Geoffrey de Greselegh, Robert de Bromlegh, and William Wyther. m. 144, dorso.
Staff. Walter de Moreale and Alice his wife were sued by Walter de Widewarhamstal (sic, Rideware Hampstall) for customs and services owing for a free tenement which they held of him in Wydewerhamstal; and he stated that they held of him a messuage and a virgate of land for 12d. annually, and by the service of finding a man for the work of a water-mill in the same vill whenever necessary, and of which service William his ancestor was seised in the time of King Henry the father of the King by the hands of the said Alice, and from William, who died without issue, the right descended to one Roger his brother and heir, and from Roger to Walter, who now sues as his son and heir. Walter and Alice appeared, but gave no reason why they should not perform the said service. It is therefore considered that Walter de Wydewehamstal (sic) should recover seisin of the said service. m. 142, dorso.
Staff. Joan de Perton and John de Tresel, the executors of the will of William de Perton, were sued by Margaret the widow of John le Butiller for 9 marks of money; and she stated that the said William was bound to her for £10 on the day he died for certain lands which she had demised to him for a term; and the said executors after the death of William had rendered to her 6 marks of the said debt and refused to pay the residue. Joan and John appeared, and Joan stated she was not an executrix of the will, and appealed to a jury. The Sheriff is ordered to summon a jury for the morrow of the Purification. And John de Tresel stated that one Henry le Dekene of Totenhale is his co-executor, and he cannot answer the plea without him. Henry is therefore to be summoned for the same day. m. 130, dorso.
Staff. William de Burgo sued John de Pykestoke for a messuage and four acres of land and three acres of meadow in Burth; (fn. 11) and John called to warranty William de Pykestoke, who is to be summoned for the Quindene of Easter. m. 6, dorso.
Staff. Bevena the widow of William son of Reginald sued Thomas son of William de Derlaston for a third of a messuage and a virgate of land in Durlaston, and she sued Thomas atte Pyrie for a third of an acre and a half, and other tenants in the same vill for a third of their holdings as her dower. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff is ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hands, and to summon them for Hillary Term. m. 59, dorso.