Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 7, Part 1. Originally published by Staffordshire Record Society, London, 1886.
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Banco Roll. Hillary, 35 E. I.
Staff. Isabella formerly wife of William de Birmyngham sued William de le Hil of Malefeld in a plea that he should render to her a reasonable account for the time he was her bailiff in Akoure (Okeover); and he did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest him and produce him at the Octaves of Trinity. m. 38.
Staff. Thomas son of Thomas atte Welle of Chilynton sued John son of Robert de Somerford for illegally taking and detaining his cattle. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him on the Octaves of Trinity. m. 39.
Staff. In the suit of Ralph de Hengham versus Katrine formerly wife of Nicholas de Aldytheleye and executrix of the will of the said Nicholas, for a debt of 178 marks, and which the said Katherine had acknowledged at York at Easter 31 E. I., the Sheriff had returned that he had taken goods belonging to her to the value of £10, but had not yet found purchasers for them. He was therefore ordered to pay the proceeds into Court at Easter, and to levy the residue on her lands and chattels. m. 45.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to levy 26 marks 6s. 8d. from the lands and chattels of Thomas son of Thomas de Hampstede, part of a debt of 40 marks which Thomas his father had acknowledged to owe John de Radenore before John de Berewyk and his fellow Justices last Itinerant in co. Stafford. m. 50.
Staff. John son of William de Ipstanes sued William son of William de Stalbrok, John de Casterne, and Hugh de Casterne for a messuage and twentysix acres of land and four acres of meadow in Grendon (Grindon) by writ de avo. William prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned till the Quindene of Trinity. m. 54.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to summon for this day Robert le Champiun and Agnes his wife to acknowledge what right they claimed in eighty acres of land and ten acres of meadow, fifty acres of pasture and £9 10s. of rent in Stretton, which Richard son of Hervey de Stretton had conceded in Court to Walter the Bishop of Coventry and Lychefeld by a fine. Robert and Agnes did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and to produce them at three weeks from Easter. m. 75.
Staff. Geoffrey de Wastenays sued Philip de Chetewynde for illegally taking and detaining his cattle. Philip did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Quindene of Trinity. m. 162.
Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Adam Hanselyn sued Walter son of Adam Hanselyn for the third of a messuage and nine acres of land, and three acres of meadow in Yoxhale; and she sued Hugh le Pestur for the third of three acres, and Stephen Dicun for the third of three acres in the same vill as dower. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them for three weeks from Easter. m. 219.
Staff. Ralph de la Wodehuse sued Lettice formerly wife of Thomas de la Wodehuse for causing waste and destruction in houses in la Wodehuse near Acovere (Okeover) which she held in dower of his inheritance. Lettice did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach her for the Quindene of Trinity. m. 219.
Staff. Alice formerly wife of John Griffyn of Colton sued Richard de Bishopeston for the third of a messuage and three acres of land in Colton, and she sued Juliana de Barton of Colton for the third of a messuage, and Robert Wymer for the third of a messuage, and she sued William son of John Griffyffyn (sic) of Colton for the third of a messuage, sixty acres of wood, twenty acres of meadow, and forty acres of moor in the same vill which she claimed as dower. None of the defendants appeared, and they had previously made default, and the dower claimed had been taken into the King's hand. Alice is therefore to recover seisin. m. 222.
Staff. A jury was ordered for this day to make recognition if Alice daughter of Thomas de Norton, when she demised to Matilda daughter of Thomas de Norton half of two acres of pasture and an acre of moor in Norton near Cannockbury, and which the said Alice claimed as her right against William son of William de Norton, was under age, as she averred, or not. And the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late; he is therefore ordered to summon a jury for the morrow of St. John the Baptist, unless W. de Bereford came first into those parts. m. 305.
Staff. Constance formerly wife of William de Audeley sued Adam de Mucleston and Scolastica his wife in a plea that they should render to her the custody of the heir and land of Thomas son of Thomas Meverel which belonged to her inasmuch as the said Thomas held his land of her by military service. Adam and Scolastica did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Octaves of Trinity. m. 322, dorso.
Staff. Agnes formerly wife of William de Norton sued Richard son of Jordan de Alrewych and Matilda his wife in a plea that they should warrant to her half of three acres of land and of three acres of pasture in Norton near Cannockbury, which Alice daughter of Thomas de Norton claimed against her; and they did not appear, and a day had been given to them after summons. The Sheriff was therefore commanded to take lands of Richard and Matilda to the value of the tenements claimed, into the King's hand, and to summon them for the morrow of St. John the Baptist. A postscript further adjourns the suit to the Octaves of St. Martin. m. 254, dorso.
Staff. Robert Dunch of Stafford and Alice his wife sued Milisent formerly wife of Richard del Neuport, the custos of the person of Nicholas son and heir of the said Richard, in a plea that they should produce the heir in Court, to warrant to him the third part of eighteen acres of land in Coten near Stafford, which Milisent formerly wife of Richard del Neuport claimed as dower. Milisent did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to the heir to the value of the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon her for three weeks from Easter. m. 140, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to arrest John de Somerville of Whichenore, lord of Stocton in co. Warwick, and Philip de Somerville of Whichenor in co. Stafford, if they are laymen, and to keep them in safe custody until they had rendered to William le Fullere and Robert de Kynton four sacks of wool or the value of them, at ten marks a sack, and which wool at the above value, they had acknowledged to owe to the said William and Robert, and which should have been paid at the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 34 E. I. The Sheriff returned they could not be found within his bailiwick. A writ of scire facias to be issued. m. 135, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain Philip de Somerville, Robert Herny, Richard Herny, and John de Wyrley, four men of the Court of Edmund de Somerville of Alrewas, and to whom had been given the record of the suit which was in the said Court by the King's writ of right, between Adam son of Robert Gode, plaintiff, and Richard son of Nicholas son of Amice of Alrewas, tenant of a messuage and a virgate of land in Edenynghale, and in which the said Adam complained a false judgment had been pronounced in the said Court, and to produce them at the Quindene of Trinity. m. 99, dorso.
Staff. Richard son of Richard son of Philip de Rugheleye, sued Agnes formerly wife of Roger de Somery for the manor of Rughleye (Rowley Regis). Agnes prayed a view; and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Trinity. m. 50, dorso.
Staff. William son of Robert de Hugeford recovers two acres in Hildelveston (Hilderstone) from Walter Hap, and a messuage and three acres and half a virgate of land in the same vill from William Oldman, and two acres from John Page, and a messuage and three acres from John de Huggeford, and a messuage and one acre and half a virgate of land in the same vill from Ralph son of Adam, by default of appearance of the defendants. m. 18, dorso.
Banco Roll. Trinity, 35 E. I.
Staff. William son of Robert de Huggeford sued William son of Richard for four acres and a half in Hyldolveston (Hilderston), and he sued William de Stonihegge for five acres, and William Jorden for half a virgate of land, and Robert son of Walter de Melewyz and Elena his wife for five acres, and William le Bercher for a messuage and three acres, and Richard le Spenser for two acres, and Robert le Spencer for one acre and a half, and William le Spenser for one acre, and John le Hayward for one acre, and Elyas atte Lone for one and a half acre, and John atte Lowe for one and a half acre, and Nicholas Spanderay for four acres, and Roger de Bradeheved for three acres, and Robert son of John de Pulton for two acres, and Thomas son of John de Pulton for two acres, and William son of John de Pulton for two acres in the same vill, which Matilda de Hugeford gave to Robert de Hugeford and heirs of the body of the said Robert, and which after the death of the said Robert should descend to the said William the heir of Robert by the form of gift, and he stated that the said Matilda in the time of King Henry the King's father was seised of the tenements as of fee, and had given them (as above), and he produced his proofs, etc. And the said Robert son of John de Pulton and Thomas son of John de Pulton, called to warranty William son of John de Pulton, who was under age, and the suit against them is therefore to remain till the full age of William.
And the said William son of Richard, William Jordan and John le Hayward pleaded the action would not lie against them, because the tenements claimed against them were alienated before the date of the Statute. William denied this, and appealed to a jury.
And William son of Robert de Huggeford acknowledged that the deeds had been executed by his father, but stated they should not prejudice his claim, for he held nothing by hereditary descent of the inheritance of the said Robert his father. The defendants denied this, and stated he held lands and tenements in Hildulvestone, which had descended to him from his father, and they appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of All Souls. m. 12.
Staff. Alan de Acovere sued Robert de Acovere (Okeover) of Denstone for causing waste and destruction in the houses, woods, and gardens which he held by courtesy of England of his inheritance in Denstone. Robert did not appear, and is to be attached for the morrow of All Souls. m. 30.
Salop. William son of Robert de Huggeford sued Walter de Huggeford in a plea that he should acquit him of the service which William de Chetewynde exacted of him for the free tenement he held of the said Walter in Hildulvestone in co. Stafford, and in which he was mesne tenant between them and ought to acquit him. Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him on the morrow of All Souls. m. 30.
Staff. Richard de Herthull sued Roger son of Richard Wysel of Nether Elkesdon for thirty acres of land, four acres of meadow, and twenty acres of wood in Nether Elkesdon as his right and inheritance, and in which the said Roger had no entry except by a demise which Thomas de Ednesoure the great grandfather of the said Richard, whose heir he is, had made to Philip de Estwell for a term which had expired; and he stated that the said Thomas was seised of the tenements in the time of King Henry the King's father, and from Thomas the right descended to Amice and Joan as his daughters and heirs, and from Amice, who died s. p., the right of her purparty descended to Joan as her sister and heir, and from Joan the right descended to one Adam as her son and heir, and from Adam to Richard who now sues as son and heir, and he produced his proofs.
Roger defended his right, and stated that Thomas had not demised the tenements for a term as stated by Richard, for he had demised them in fee, and he appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of St. Martin. m. 74.
Staff. William Corbyn of Byrmingham sued Adam Watterserjant, John Michel, and William le Suur of Bobyngton, for taking his growing corn vi et armis from Lutheleye to the value of 100s. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest them and produce them on the morrow of St. Martin. m. 89.
Staff. The suit of Roger Illary of Waleshale versus Thomas le Rus for a debt of 113s. and 4d. remanet sine die, because the said Thomas was in the retinue of John de Hasting (fn. 1) in the King's service by the King's command in Scotland, and had letters of protection to last till Michaelmas. m. 172.
Staff. Christiana formerly wife of Geoffrey de Tixhale of Stafford sued Petronilla formerly wife of Robert de Hexton of Stafford, the custos of the land and of the heir of Robert de Hexton, for a third of a messuage in Stafford as her dower. Petronilla did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon her for three weeks from Michaelmas. m. 249.
Staff. Robert de Ernesford and Bertram son of Thomas de Draycote sued Isabel de Tunstal for a messuage and twenty acres of land and four acres of meadow in Tunstal, and they sued William son of Isabel de Tunstal for two acres of land in the same vill as their right, etc. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned that both Isabel and William were dead, and it was testified that they were both alive and living at Tunstal within his county. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon them for the Octaves of St. Martin. m. 252.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to produce Hawise formerly wife of William Bagot to acknowledge what right she claimed in the third part of the manor of Bromley Bagot which John Bagot had conceded in Court to John de Mountjoye by a fine levied between them, and she did not appear. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to distrain and produce her at a month from Michaelmas. m. 333.
Staff. Philip de Chetewynde and Isabella his wife give 40s. for license of concord with Robert de Chetewynde respecting tenements in Motton, Rowel, and Rugge, Breredon, Ingestre, and Gretewych. (fn. 2) m. 280, dorso.
Staff. William de Nevvill and Felice his wife sued John de Swynnerton and Avice his wife for a third part of the Bailiwick of the Stewardship of the forest of Canoc with appurtenances in Wednesbury, Dorlaston, Wilnenhale, Wodnesfeld, Newbrigge, Oxeleye, Mollesleye, Bissebury, Esington, Pendeford, Covene, Shareshull, Hulton, Great Shardon (Sardon), Little Sardon, Bentleye, Fetherstone, Teddeleye, Pilatenhale, Huntingdon, Wolgaveston, Pencrich, Alrewas, Orgrave, Fordleye, Bromleye-Regis, Little Corburgh, Elmhurst, Gaueleye, Kinwaston, Eton, Otherton, Rodbaston—Hamelet, Haterdon, Oggeleye, Overe Stonhale, Nether Stonhale, Alrewyz, Russehale, Peleshale, Great Blockeswyz, Little Blockewyz, Hopewas, Bollenhull, and Cheteling, which they claimed as dower of Felicia. The defendants did not appear, and they had a day given to them at this date prece partium They afterwards appeared. (Sic, left unfinished.) m. 263, dorso.
Staff. John son of Roger de Kintone of Newcastle-under-Lyme, sued John Whytling of Newcastle and Anabel his wife in a plea that they caused waste and destruction in the houses and gardens of his inheritance in Newcastleunder-Lyme, which they held as dower of Anabel. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Quindene of St. Martin. m. 257, dorso.
Derb. William de Nevyle and Felice his wife sued John de Swynnerton and Avice his wife for a third of two messuages, three virgates of land, forty acres of wood, and 10 marks of rent in Repindon as dower of Felice. The defendants had made default at the last Octaves of St. Martin, and the process had been continued till this day; and the Sheriff had been ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand; and the Sheriff now returned he had done so; and John and Avice now appeared, and William and Felice by their attorney claimed the dower by their default; but John and Avice denied the summons, and offered to wage their law; they are therefore to come with their compurgators at three weeks from St. Michael. m. 206, dorso.
Staff. The Abbot of St. Ebrulph sued Agnes formerly wife of Henry Wymer in a plea that she should render up to him the custody of the land and person of Henry son and heir of Henry Wymer, the wardship of whom belonged to him, inasmuch as the said Henry had held his land of him by military service. Agnes did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain her, and he now returned that she held nothing within his bailiwick, because she had demised away all her lands and tenements before the writ reached him; and it was testified that the said Agnes held sufficient lands, etc., on the 14th October, 32 E. I., when the Abbot originally sued out his writ. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to distrain on her lands and tenements, in whosoever hands they might happen to be, and to produce her on the morrow of St. Martin. m. 146, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain John atte Lowe and Amice his wife to produce them at the Quindene of St. Michael to acknowledge what right they claimed in three and a half acres of land and the fourth part of a messuage in Pedemore (Podmoor), which John de Shelton and Emma his wife had conceded by a fine levied in Court to Robert le Eyr of Pedemore and Cecily his wife. m. 86, dorso.
Staff. John de Somerville sued Richard le Puz in a plea that he should warrant to him four acres of land in Stocton which he holds and claims to hold of the said Richard, and for which he has his deed. And he did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain, and he now returned that Richard held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was testified that he held sufficient at Ruggeleye. The Sheriff was therefore ordered as before to distrain and produce him on the morrow of All Souls. m. 27, dorso.
Staff. William de Mere gives half a mark for license of concord with Alexander de Norton respecting tenements in Trentham. (fn. 3) m. 7, dorso.
Coram Rege Roll. Trinity, 35 E. I.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to arrest Gilbert de Bradhull for not prosecuting his appeal against Ralph le Botiller, junior, Roger le Loverd of Levyngton, and William le Wodeward, for the death of William de Cliderhowe formerly Parson of Nortbiri (Norbury), the uncle of the said Gilbert, and to produce him at the Quindene of St. Michael. m. 49.
Staff. Geoffrey Gryffyn sued Richard the Prior of Trentham, Brother William de Hereford, Brother Peter le Yelewe, Brother John de Verdoun, Brother Ralph de Leycester, Brother John de Colton, Brother Richard de Dulverton, and Brother Richard de Wyco, fellow canons of the same Prior; John de Cokenage, John Balle of Blorton, William Brun, Richard le Deniour, and Richard Cut, for reaping and carrying away vi et armis his corn at Clayton Gryffin to the value of £40, sic (left unfinished).
Staff. Richard Bigod of Aston sued William Felice, senior, William Felice, junior, Walter Buffrey, Robert Buffrey of Netherpenne, William Moigne of Wolvernehampton, Roger son of Robert Buffrey, Robert son of Robert Buffrey, Richard son of Roger Felice, William de Chetewynde, Gregory de Trescote, John le Pistour, Richard de la Lynde, and Lodewyne (Louis) le Galeys of Overton in a plea of trespass. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 29, dorso.
Staff. The suit of Agnes formerly wife of Henry Wymer of Stafford versus Roger Suel of Coten, William le Hayward, Thomas de Hughtesdon of Stafford, John and William sons of the said Thomas, Adam Gilberd of Stafford, and others, for a trespass, is respited till the Quindene of Michaelmas, through defect of a jury. m. 8, dorso.
Staff. The suit of the same Agnes versus Richard the Prior of St. Thomas the Martyr near Stafford, Brother Richard de Cocton, Brother Adam Giffard, Brother William of the Ree, Brother Robert de Weston, Brother Henry de Huttesdon, Brother Thomas de Huttesdon, fellow canons of the said Prior; William Croket, and others, is respited till the same date, through defect of a jury. m. 8, dorso.
Staff. The Coroner of Stafford was ordered to distrain Elias de Bromleye and Ralph de Bromleye, and to arrest Hugh Bussi lately bailiff of the Hundred of Pirehull, and Adam de Prayers his sub-Bailiff, and four others named, to answer to the lord the King and to Geoffrey son and heir of Geoffrey Griffyn in a plea of trespass and contempt; and they did not appear. The Coroner was ordered to distrain those who had found security, and to arrest the others and to produce them at the Octaves of St. John the Baptist. m. 6, dorso.
Assizes taken at Stafford before W. Martin, R. de Bellafago,J. de Motford, Justices assigned, etc., on the Friday afterthe Quindene of Holy Trinity, 35 E. I. (From Assize Rollsof divers Counties.)
Staff. An assize, etc., if William son of Richard de Berdemor and Robert brother of William, had unjustly disseised Richard son of Richard de Berdemore of two messuages, thirty-three acres of land, five acres of meadow, and 10s. 4d. of rent, and the rent of a pound of cummin in Littehay. William and Robert answered as tenants of the land, and stated that one Richard father of the said Richard son of Richard, whose heir he is, had enfeoffed them in the said tenements to hold in perpetuity, and they appealed to a jury. The jury say that the tenements were formerly in the seisin of one Richard de Berdemor the father of Richard who now sues, and the said Richard (the father) had married one Matilda, by whom he had the said Richard; and he enfeoffed the said Richard his son in the tenements in question to hold to him and his heirs; and he put him in seisin of them, and the said Richard continued in seisin of them until he was twelve years of age, when he conveyed the same tenements to his father to hold for his (i.e., his father's) life; and after the death of Matilda, Richard the father married another wife named Philippa, by whom he had the said William and Robert; and Richard the father when infirm had executed the deed of feoffment in favour of the said William and Robert, who were then under age, and he had assigned for them one William Coygne as custos, to receive seisin in their name of the said tenements; and William Coygne had entered into them by virtue of the said deed and of his own authority without any livery of seisin from the said Richard, and they say that the said William, as custos, had held the tenements and taken the profits for fifteen days before the death of the said Richard the father; and after the death of the latter, Richard the son, who now sues, and who was under age, entered into the tenements, but was ejected by William and Robert; and because it appeared by the assize that the said William and Robert held nothing in the tenements except by the occupation of William Coyne their custos, who had entered of his own authority by virtue of a deed and not by livery of seisin, it is considered that Richard should recover seisin, and his damages were taxed at 40s. William and Robert are in misericordiâ, but their fine was remitted because they were under age. (fn. 4) m. 12.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Thomas son of Walter de Rydeware Hampstall, Thomas son of Thomas de Arderne, Nicholas, John, and Ralph, brothers of the said Thomas son of Thomas, Hugh son of John in le More, Robert de Melburne of Horecros, John Neel, William atte Mor, Robert le Wodeward, John le Bonde, William son of John Symund, and Richard Hardi of Rydeware Hamptall, had unjustly disseised Roger de Ridewarehamptall, Chaplain, of a messuage, nineteen acres of land, three acres of meadow, and half an acre of moor and pasture in Ridewarehamptall.
None of the defendants appeared, but William Burdelys answered for them as Bailiff, and stated that none of them except the said Thomas son of Thomas made any claim to the tenements; and on behalf of the said Thomas son of Thomas, who was tenant, he denied any injury to Roger, and put himself on the assize. The jury stated that all the defendants except Thomas son of Thomas had unjustly and by force of arms disseised the said Roger of the said tenements, and the said Thomas son of Thomas had unjustly disseised the same Roger of them. Roger is therefore to recover seisin, and his damages are taxed at £20, and the defendants first named are to be arrested; and Thomas son of Thomas is in misericordiâ, but his fine was remitted because he was under age; and Robert de Melbourne and the other defendants afterwards made fine for 30s. for their release. m. 12.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert de Esenyngton and Margaret his wife had unjustly disseised William Hillary of common of pasture in Esenyngton appurtenant to his freehold in Waleshale, viz., of common of pasture in eighty acres of moor, heath, wood, and pasture with all manner of cattle throughout the year.
Margaret did not appear, but Robert answered for her as Bailiff, and stated that the tenements in question were a certain waste of which he and Margaret were capital lords, and they had approved the waste according to Statute, leaving sufficient pasture to the said William, and free ingress and egress, and they put themselves on the assize. The jury said that William had not free ingress and egress to the pasture, and he is therefore to recover seisin of his common of pasture by view of the recognitors, and his damages were taxed at 10s. m. 12.
Staff. An assize, etc., if William son of Roger de Ilum and Walter Wyther had unjustly disseised Adam Foucher of a messuage, four cottages, four bovates of land, and four acres of meadow and an acre of wood in Okoure (Okeover).
Staff. Richard son of Richard le Wodeward of Hatherdon not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin versus Adam Othehethe and others respecting tenements in Hatherdon, he and his sureties, viz., Robert Flemyng of Sareshull, and Thomas de Kenyllworth of Sardon, are in misericordiâ. m. 12.
Staff. Richard de Stretton not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin versus Robert de Knyghteleye respecting tenements in Knyghteleye, he and his sureties, viz., Robert de Say and John de Craswalle, are in misericordiâ. m. 12.
Staff. Geoffrey de Denston of Wotton not prosecuting his writ of mort d'ancestor against John de Prestwode, respecting tenements in Prestwode, he and his sureties, viz., Henry de Schene and Thomas de Wotton, are in misericordiâ. m. 12.
Staff. Alice daughter of Thomas de Norton and Richard de Benetlegh and Matilda his wife, not prosecuting their writ of mort d'ancestor versus John Doyli respecting tenements in Norton near Canocbury, they and their sureties, viz., Robert le Keu of Norton and Roger Alwyne, are in misericordiâ. m. 12.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Thomas de Guldeford and Margaret his wife, John of the Castel and Avice his wife, and Richard Slegh of Gnoushale, and two others, had unjustly disseised Margaret wife (sic) of Geoffrey de Aston of a messuage in Stafford.
Staff. Philip de Chetewynde not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin against Hugh de Haveneyate and others respecting tenements in Ingestre, he and his sureties, viz., John the Provost of Ingestre and Richard de Whitegreve, are in misericordiâ. m. 12, dorso.
Assizes taken at Brome before the said Justices on the Friday, the Vigil of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 35 E. I.
Staff. An assize, etc., if William le Seneschal the uncle of Robert son of Hervey de Gretewych, was seised in demesne as of fee, etc., when he died, of a messuage, fifty acres of land, and two acres of meadow in Le Horecros and Moxhale, and whether Robert was his nearest heir, etc., and of which William son of William le Seneschal held two parts, and Agnes formerly wife of William le Seneschal held a third.
William and Agnes appeared, and Agnes stated she held her tenement in dower of the inheritance of the said William son of William, and she called him to warranty; and he was present and warranted the tenements to her; and with respect to the tenements in question, he admitted that William le Seneschal died seised of them, but he stated that after his death he had entered as son and heir of William. Robert stated that William could claim nothing in the tenements as son and heir, because he was a bastard, as he was prepared to prove. A day was given to the parties in Banco at Westminster at the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 12, dorso.
Staff. An assize had been arraigned elsewhere before William de Mortimer and Roger de Bellafago, to make recognition if Richard de Dokeseye and Margaret his wife and John Machen had unjustly restricted (arcaverunt) a certain road in Dokeseye, to the injury of the freehold of John Vicar of the Church of Cestford (Seighford), in Dokeseye, and respecting which John the Vicar complained that whereas he had been accustomed to have a wide road from his house in Cestford as far as Dokeseye, and also as far as Stafford with horses, carts, and wagons for conveying his tithes of Dokeseye as far as Cestford, and also other necessaries from his house of Cestford as far as Stafford, the said Richard and others by the raising of a certain mill-pool had unduly narrowed his right of way.
Richard appeared and answered for all the defendants, and stated that the Prior of Ronton was Parson of the Church of which John said he was Vicar; and he took exception to the writ on this account; and a day was given to the parties to hear judgment at Stafford on the Sunday after three weeks from St. John the Baptist, on which day the suit was again adjourned, and it was now considered that the assize should proceed. The jury stated that Richard had completely blocked up the road in question, and the Vicar had no road at all. The Vicar was therefore in misericordiâ for a false claim. (fn. 5)
Staff. An assize, etc., if Thomas de Shireford the father of Henry de Shireford was seised as of fee, etc., of a messuage, a mill, a carucate of land, six acres of meadow, and two acres of pasture, and 12 marks of rent in Ethelaxton (Ellaston) when he died, and whether Henry is his nearest heir, etc., and of which rent Theobald de Verdun had deforced him. Theobald appeared by attorney, and stated he held the tenements by a demise made to him for life by Nicholas de Verdun, and he called him to warranty.
And Henry pleaded that by calling the said Nicholas to warranty Theobald admitted he had no claim, because the said Nicholas had never held anything in the tenements in question after the death of Thomas, as he was prepared to prove, and he appealed to a jury. The jury found that the said Nicholas was seised of the tenements after the death of Thomas, and had demised them to the said Theobald. Therefore let the call to warranty stand good, and Theobald is to produce the said Nicholas with the assistance of the Court at Westminster before the Justices of the Bench at the Quindene of Michaelmas; and Henry put in his place William de Courson and Richard son of Herbert de Twycros; and Theobald put in his place William Burgess of Alveton and William Hoddelone of Alveton. m. 12, dorso.
Staff. Philip de Chetewynde not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin versus Geoffrey Wasteneys of Tyxale and John le Hayward of Tixale respecting common of pasture in Tixale appurtenant to his freehold in Ingestre, he and his sureties, viz., Richard de Whitegrave of Ingestre and Stephen de Ingestre, are in misericordiâ. m. 12, dorso.
Staff. John son of John de Schelton and Emma his wife withdrew their writ of mort d'ancestor versus William Dadus of Podmore, the brother of the said Emma, respecting tenements in Chatkulne. m. 12, dorso.
Staff. John Doylly, who brought a jury of twenty-four to convict twelve in a suit against Richard de Benteleye and Matilda his wife and Alice sister of Matilda respecting tenements in Norton, near Cannokbury, did not appear to prosecute it. He is therefore to be arrested, and his sureties, William de Say of Wirelay and Adam Whethales, are in misericordiâ. John afterwards fined 20s. for his release. m. 12, dorso.