Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean and Chapter of Wells: Volume 1. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1907.
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Charter of Edward Kyng (in Saxon, addressed to Harold corl, Egelnold abbod, Godwyn scherrue and alle mynes poegenes on Somerset) confirming to bishop Gyso his land 'also his forgeng aforen hym.'
R.III. f. 21d. Cod. Dipl. No. 834, iv, p. 195.
Writ of King Edward [I] to the dean and chapter of Wells, tested by W. de March' the king's treasurer at Westminster, 9 July 19 Edward [I], directing them to enter in their chronicles an instrument (in French, copy annexed) whereby Floress counte de Hoylaund, Roberd du Brus lord of Anauntdale, John Baillol lord of Gaweye, John de Hastynges lord of Bergeveny, John Commyn lord of Badenough, Patrik de Dounbar earl of la Marche, John de Vescy (for his father), Nicholas de Soules, and William de Ros, submit their claims to the throne of Scotland to the said king as sovereign thereof, dated Norham, Tuesday after the Ascension 1291: also a second instrument whereby the same persons grant to the said king to have seisin of the land and castles of Scotland, in order to execute his award between them, provided that he first give security to make the reversion thereof, with all the royalty, dignity, lordship etc., to him to whom the right shall be adjudged, saving to the said king his homage, that this be done within two months, and that the issues thereof in the mean time remain in the hands of the chamberlain of Scotland and of him who shall be assigned by the said king for that purpose, dated Norham, Wednesday after the Ascension 1291.
R.III. f. 22. (See Rymer's Foedera.)
Inspeximus and confirmation by King Henry [III], witnessed by Joscelin bishop of Bath and others named, and dated Westminster, 26 May 11 Henry [III], of a charter of King Henry [II] granting that the town of Glastonbury with its islands, namely Bekerie, Godnie, Martineseye, Ferningemere, Pathenebergh and Aldredesye should have greater liberties than the other lands of the church of Glastonbury, that no justice, sheriff, forester, bailiff, minister, or other of the king's men should enter to plead, inquire, seize etc., but the abbot and convent should have sole power in all causes.
R.III. f. 23. Charter Rolls, Cal. p. 43.
Charter of King Edward [I] granting to Robert bishop of Bath and Wells, the dean and chapter of Wells, and their successors free warren in their demesne lands of Northcury, Stoke and Hacche county Somerset. Witnesses: Godfrey bishop of Worcester, and. others named. Dated Winchester, 24 December 8 Edward [I].
R.III. f. 27d. Charter Rolls, Cal. p. 219.
Letters patent of King Edward [II], being a licence in mortmain to the dean and chapter of Wells to convey 100 acres of moor in Northcury to the abbot and convent of Athelingney, in lieu of common of pasture which the said abbot and convent have in
800 acres of moor of the dean and chapter in the said town, and to the said abbot and convent to acquire the same. Tested at Westminster, 12 July 4 Edward [II].
R.III. f. 27d.: repeated f. 406d. Pat. Cal. p. 265.
Demise and quitclaim by Margery de Stokes, in her widowhood, to John dean of Wells and the chapter of all lands and fees in the manor of Northcury, to hold in frank almoin, annulling any writings or muniments, should such hereafter be found, whereby their right or seisin might be disturbed; in consideration whereof the dean and chapter grant to the said Margery for life 11½ acres of their demesne land therein (namely 10 acres in a cultura called Luggeslonde (sic), and 1½ acres in a cultura called Lamlegh), and 2 acres of meadow in their park, and to Sibyl daughter of Simon de la Slo for life 11½ acres of their demense land (namely 9 acres (sic) in a cultura called le Ferling and 2 acres in a cultura called Dunforlang), and 2 acres in their meadow called la Haluepurde. Witnesses: Henry de Cerne, Hugh de Pimor, Roger de la Slo, Henry le Hundredman, Richard Blundus of Pereton, Adam de Murdon, Robert de Mere.
R.III. f. 28d.
Agreement between the dean and chapter of Wells on the one part and Sibyl daughter of Simon de la Slo (neptis of Margery de Stokes) on the other, dated the Purification 1247, whereby the dean and chapter, in consideration of the quitclaim made by Margery de Stokes of one hide of land in Meridon and all fees, lands, rents and services claimed by her in the manor of Northcury. grant to the said Sibyl for life 11½ acres of their demesne in the said manor (namely 9½ acres in a cultura called le Ferling and 2 acres in a cultura called Dunforlang), and 2 acres of meadow called la Halueperde, which the said Margery formerly held (and in exchange for which they granted the said Margery 11½ acres of land and 2 acres of meadow), at the yearly rent of 12d. Witnesses: John de Aura, Richard Tregoz vicar of Northcury, Adam de Meridon, Robert de Mere, Roger de la Slo, Hugh Pymore.
R.III. f. 29.
Agreement between the dean and chapter of Wells on the one part and Margery de Stokes on the other, dated St. Fabian and St. Sebastian 1247, whereby the said Margery in her widowhood quitclaims to the dean and chapter one hide of land in Meridon with all the lands, fees, rents and services claimed by her in the manor of Northcury, and the dean and chapter grant to the said Margery for life 11½ acres of land of their demense in Northcury (10 acres in a cultura called Dogelond (sic), and 1½ acres in a cultura called Lamlegh), and 2 acres of meadow in their park of Northcury, in exchange for 11½ acres of arable land and 2 acres of meadow formerly held by her, which they have granted for life to Sibyl daughter of Simon de la Slo. Witnesses: John de Aura, Richard Tregoz vicar of Northcury, Adam de Meridon, Robert de Merr', Roger de la Slo, Hugh Pymor.
R.III. f. 29.
Grant and quitclaim by Thomas de Gyuerney (son and heir of Roger de Gyuerney the second) to Edward dean of Wells and the chapter and their successors of all the land formerly of Cristina daughter of Thomas de Bononia his great grandmother in the manor of Northcury, in consideration of 4 marks. Witnesses: Philip de Button, Simon le Peyntour, Richard de London, Thomas le Chamerlayn, Richard Dikedale, William Blundel, John Annore, Philip Canoun, John le Specer, Adam le Irmongere, William de Merter (sic), Henry de Wynton, John le Mercer.
R.III f. 29d.
Gift by Walter le Frie to Edward dean of Wells and the chapter of the homage and service of Richard Bucel (son and heir of William Bucel) and his heirs for the free tenement which the said William formerly held of grantor within the manor of Northcury. Witnesses: Henry called hundredman, Walter then hundredman, William Gyen, Nicholas de Welynthon, Roger Huet, Simon de Mere, Adam de Meridon.
R.III. f. 29d.
Gift by Richard le Frye to Edward dean of Wells and his successors and to the chapter of 1½ acres 1 perch of arable land in Huldemede, 2 acres of arable land in Haliwelfelde, and 2½ acres of arable land in Laifeld. Witnesses: Robert de Mere, Henry the hundr[edman], Adam de Meridon, Walter le Fry, William Bussel, Walter Lacy.
R.III. f. 30.
Gift by Walter le Frye to Edward dean of Wells and his successors and to the chapter of 1½ acre of arable land in Hulledmede and 4 acres in Laifeld. Witnesses: Robert de Mere, Henry the hundr[edman], Adam de Meridon, Richard le Fry, William Bussel. Walter Lacy.
R.III. f. 30.
Gift by Walter le Frye to Edward dean of Wells and the chapter of the homage and service of Robert Farmey and Reginald de Pixton for the free tenement which they held of grantor in Westhacch, namely 12d., ¼lb. of pepper, and 1d. or one pair of gloves yearly, and 12d. yearly rent from the said Reginald. Witnesses: Adam de Meridon, Robert de Mere, Richard Frye, Henry the hundr[edman], Walter Kacy (sic), Laurence de Fonte.
R.III. f. 30.
Quitclaim by Richard le Frye to Edward dean of Wells and his successors and to the chapter of the croft called la Hamme with the wheat crop thereof, which croft the said Richard took of them in exchange for 5 acres of arable land in Hulledmede and Haliwelfeld. Witnesses: Robert de Mere, Henry the hundr[edman], Adam de Meridon, William Bussel, Walter le Frye, Walter Kacy (sic).
R.III. f. 30.
Indenture of quitclaim and abjuration by Henry son and heir of Henry son of Ingulf to Peter dean of Wells and the chapter of the land called Lamleg' at Stoke, one acre of meadow at Wrentisford thereto belonging, and one acre of land in Garstone at Northcury called Fotaker, formerly of Henry his father, the dean and chapter of their mere liberality having given to the said Henry and his heirs 2 acres of meadow in Smepemoresmede to hold freely of them with his other lands. Done 5 July 1233 before the hundred of Northcury. Witnesses: Hugh de la Burg', Master Jordan de Haliwell, Richard de Tresgoz, William Archidiaconi, Hugh de Northfolk, Hugh de Stoleg', Robert Mercandus, Robert de Mere, Gilbert son of Nicholas, Robert de la Lode, Osbern Quarel, Gilbert de Herford, Edward de le Burg'.
R.III. f. 31.
Undertaking by William Sylueyn and Ralph Abbe that they have mainprised for William de Meridon, son of Adam de Meridon, that if Ascelina late wife of the said Adam should implead the said William for her dower of the land which her said husband held in Meridon, the said William will not vouch the dean and chapter of Wells to warranty in such plea by reason of the feoffment of the said land which he had of the dean and chapter, with bond to save them harmless. Witnesses: Sir John de Acton, Sir Walter de Ortiaco, Sir Richard de Kam knights, Geoffrey de la Slo, Thomas de Mere, Robert Gyan.
R.III. f. 31.
Accord between the prior and convent of Montacute on the one part and Master Henry Huse dean of Wells and the chapter on the other, by consent of Walter bishop of Bath and Wells, touching common of pasture on the moor of the dean and chapter called Westhaymor in their manor of Northcury, namely from la Landlake to the rhine of the Tone, claimed by the prior and convent as belonging to their free tenement of Hamme by Criz; whereby the prior and convent quitclaim the lordship of the aforesaid moor, and the drift therein; and the dean and chapter grant that they, their men and tenants of Hamme shall have common of pasture on the moor of the dean and chapter of Northcory on the east side of the town of Hamme, namely from la Landlake to la Mulelake for all their own beasts, and hired beasts if necessary according to the quantity of their tenements, but only such as shall be required for tilling their land; but beyond the bounds of la Mulelake towards the rhine of the Tone they shall in future make no claim upon the moors or pastures of the dean and chapter: the dean and chapter to renew and make visible the bounds aforesaid when necessary, and when they make their drift thereon, the cattle of tenants of the prior and convent or of their men shall be separated from the rest, and delivered to them by the word of the men of Hamme; moreover the dean and chapter quitclaim all rights in the lands and tenements of the prior and convent or of their tenants in Hamme by Criz or the commons formerly claimed by them therein. Witnesses: Sir Robert Fitzpayn, Sir Henry de Vrnaco (sic), Sir John de Erlegh, Sir. John de Acton, Sir Robert de
Sancto Claro, Sir Gilbert de Bere knights, Richard de Nyweton, Gregory de Welyngton, William de Reigny, Robert Gyen, Hugh de la Hele, Walter de Cam, John de Knappe. Dated Wells, ii id. May 1303.
R.III. f. 31d.
Accord between the dean and chapter of Wells on the one part and the abbot of Athelyng[ney] on the other, made on Friday after the Epiphany 1263 in the chapel of St. Mary the Virgin, touching certain purprestures made in the common of pasture of the said abbot and convent on the moors belonging to the manor of Northcury; whereby the abbot quitclaims such purprestures already made by agreement between the dean and chapter and Sir John de Aura, provided that they be bound to surround the same with enclosure or dike; and the dean and chapter give in frank almoin to the abbot and convent, to enlarge their manor of Leng', a meadow called la Hocmede enclosed with a dike next the abbot's meadow in Leng', with the lordship thereof, saving that they shall pay to the dean and chapter for tithe at Michaelmas 7d. only, with warranty: the parties to meet in the same place on Wednesday after the Purification to seal and exchange instruments. Ralph de Lullyngton canon of Wells, and Adam de Marisco monk of Athelyng[ney] sworn on behalf of the respective parties to the observance of the premisses.
R.III. f. 32.
Agremeent made the Purification 1263, between Edward dean of Wells and the chapter on the one part and Robert abbot of Athelyngnye and the convent on the other, whereby the abbot and convent for themselves, their successors and their men of Corylond and Hunteham quitclaim to the dean and chapter and their successors all common of pasture in their meadows, closes and purprestures in their manor of Northcury, namely in Corymormede, Leueryemede Iete, Muridunesmede, Richemannesmede, Almeresye, Nielesmede, Henriesmede, Edwynesmede, Hugemede, Slomede, Babbemede, Curymede, Haymor, Stadmormede, Buggecrofte, Wyttenye, Haskymor, Pynkeham, Smedmor, Jalteshulles-more, 40 acres of moor (by the king's perch) newly enclosed in Corymore, and all enclosures heretofore made; and to Sir John de Aura and his heirs in 40 acres of moor in Stadmor, enclosed by a dyke, which he had of the gift of the dean and chapter; and if the cattle of the abbot and convent or their men stray thereon for want of enclosure, they shall be driven off and not impounded. And in return the dean and chapter give to the abbot and convent and their successors in frank almoin a meadow enclosed with a dike in Cury called la Hocmede with the lordship thereof to enlarge their manor of Leng', saving to the dean and chapter 7d, yearly at Michaelmas in name of tithe, with warranty. Dated the chapel of St. Mary in the cloister of Wells.
R.III. f. 32d.
Charter of Robert abbot of Atheling[ney] and the convent, whereby they, having received of John dean of Wells and the
chapter (by Hugh the subdean and Walter de Purleg' canon) the crop of 80 acres of alder of their moor of Stadmor for ever (in recompense for one boatload of brushwood daily which they used to take every year from Michaelmas to Hokeday where they pleased on the said moor), the blestiatus and katia of the herbage remaining to the dean and chapter, and common of pasture to both parties and others as before, quitclaim to the dean and chapter all their aforesaid right in the said moor, saving the moor belonging to the tenement of Hugh de Curylade their tenant, and Prior's moor which they hold of the dean and chapter: if any of the men of the dean and chapter holding of them in chief damage the said crop and be found in the manner and so attached, such attachment to be taken by the abbot's warden, and to be delivered by him to Hugh de Curylade to keep by view of his moorward, until William their bishop with two assessors (in accordance with the compromise between the parties) shall decide whether remedy shall be had in the dean and chapter's court of Northcury or the abbot and convent's court of Curylade, and unless found in the manner none shall be troubled; and whereas the abbot and convent had a right of way every third year in their east field by the meadow of the smith of Leng to drive their cattle to the pasture of Corymore, the men of the dean and chapter or any other, by licence of their bailiff, desiring to enter the said pasture with their cattle at the time of agistment shall have free ingress and egress by the said way, and in other years by the usual way; and the abbot and convent (for themselves, Hugh and Adam their tenants of Curylade and Huntham, and other their tenants) grant to the dean and chapter that all their purprestures made in Curymore, and of the whole island of Haymore, and the others new and old in their manor of Northcury shall stand and remain enclosed, renouncing all claims therein; and that the watercourse of Willaumsdich may remain in its new channel, reserving to the arbitrament of the said bishop the questions where the abbot and convent ought to fish, the making of an enclosure at Willaumsdich, and the repair of the stakyng at Baltyngemere. Witnesses: William Buscel bailiff of Northc[ury], Roger de la Slo, Henry le Hundrudman, Richard le Blun, Adam de Muridon, Richard de Angulo, Walter de Valletorta, John de Radebyri, Stephen de Staford, William Cornard. Dated iii id. September 1250, on the moor of Stadmore.
R.III. f. 33.
Memorandum of agreement indented, dated Wednesday after All Saints 1327, witnessing that after debate in the chapter house of Wells touching divers plaints of the dean and chapter against the abbot and convent of Athelyngnye: first, for detenue of 6d. yearly rent which their predecessors used to pay for Prior's moor, the abbot and convent acknowledged the same to be due, and agreed to pay it in future, with arrears: item for annexing to the court of Leng two attendances of the tenants of the dean and chapter dwelling in the town of Leng, with punishment for breaches of the assize of bread and ale and for bloodshed as at view of frankpledge,
which ought not to take place there but at the leet of Northcury, the abbot and convent granted the same, with undertaking to restore what had been so taken from the said tenants, saving to the abbot and convent two attendances of the said tenants at the two laghdayes of Leng every year: item for causing the cattle of the dean and chapter's tenants of Northcury to be attached and impounded owing to the defect of their enclosure at the stakyng towards Corymor, and levying penalties in their court, the abbot and convent agreed to make good the enclosure so that no further damage should arise: the composition between Edward late dean and the chapter and abbot Robert and the convent to hold good. Sealed by the parties.
R.III. f. 34.
Indenture of agreement made in the octave of St. John Baptist 40 Henry III, at the eyre of Sir Gilbert de Preston, Sir Henry Tracy, Sir Roger de Wicestre, Sir William de Cobham, and Sir William de Englefeld the king's justices at Ivelcestre, reciting proceedings on a writ of novel disseisin between John Golafre and the dean and chapter of Wells touching purprestures of common of pasture from the rhine called Peret to the town of Wrentihcford belonging to the manor of Northc[ury], whereby the said John quitclaims all right in the said purprestures in consideration of 2 marks; but if by defect of enclosures the cattle of the said John or his heirs break into the said purprestures or closes, they shall not be impounded, unless it happen so constantly as to constitute a claim of seisin. Witnesses: John Sylueyn, Walter de la Ford, Richard de Bureton, Alexander de Wike, Richard son of Neel, Roger de la Slo, Robert de Mere.
R.III. f. 34d.
Grant and quitclaim by Walter the hundred[man] of Northcury to his lords Edward dean of Wells and the chapter in frank almoin of a piece of land called la Fotacre in Garston to them leased by Henry his father during his life; in consideration whereof Walter de Lechelade succentor of Wells, then warden of the manor of Northcury, leases to the said Walter for life 2 acres of purpresture in Haskemore which his said father formerly held. Witnesses: Geoffrey de la Slo, William Gwyen, Lawrence de Fonte, Roger Huet, Walter le Frye.
R.III. f. 37.
Gift by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to Geoffrey de la Slo of one acre of meadow in la Smethemore in their manor of Northc[ury], formerly held of them by Juliana de Stokes, to hold of them and their successors freely for ever at a yearly rent of 6d. for all demands saving the king's service, with warranty; and further of power to enclose and hold 2 acres of moor in Stathmore between the Westeretrench and the land of Walter Berewold by the meadow of the said Geoffrey on the west at a yearly rent of 12d.: for which the said Geoffrey has granted them power to enclose all those meadows and pastures called Corymoresmede, Leuresmede Yethe, Merydounesmede, Richemannesmede, Almeresyeth,
Nelesmede, Henryesmede, Hughesmede, Slomede, Babbemede, Curymede, Haymore, Babbecroft, Wytenye, Pynkeham, Smethemore and the moor of Jaldehulle, Haskyemore, Edwynesmore, and all their purprestures in the manor of Northcury made before St. Dunstan's day 1280. Witnesses: Walter de Loueny knight, William de Bere, Richard de Nyweton, John de Marisco. James de Orchard, John de Pavely, Thomas de Mere.
R.III. f. 37.
Gift by Gilbert de Thorn to Edward dean of Wells and the chapter of 6 acres of wood in Thorn by their wood of Halshangre on the west, with warranty. Witnesses: Sir Philip de Cantilupo, Richard de Cam, Richard de London, Henry the hundred[man], William Buscel, Adam de Murydon, Roger Huet.
R.III. f. 37d.
Agreement between the dean and chapter on the one part and Dame Maud relict of Odo de Wandestreo on the other, granting that Dame Maud, so long as she live and dwell at Stade in the parish of Northcury, may have a chaplain at her cost to celebrate in the new built oratory at Stade, provided such chaplain first swear obedience to them, and take no oblation belonging to the church of Northcury or to the chapel of Stokes, nor any alms of man or woman of that parish, by reason of anniversary, trental, or any office for living or dead, without special licence of the chaplain of Northcury; in case of her absence from Stade such rites shall be suspended, and upon the day of her burial immediately for ever. Dame Maud has sworn to contrive nothing to the contrary, and Oliver Avenel has sworn likewise.
R.III. f. 38.
Gift by Roger Huzet to Edward dean of Wells and the chapter of 6 acres and one piece of arable land and one acre of meadow in Hunteham—whereof one acre lies on the east side of la Morelane, 4 acres together in la Breche, one acre in Smethmoresland, one piece in la Welleheye, one acre of meadow in la Brechmede, with warranty, on failure whereof they may distrain in the tenements held of them by the grantor in Northcury; also quitclaim of half a virgate of land in Meridon, formerly of Robert de Stokes his uncle. Witnesses: Richard de London, Geoffrey de la Slo, William Gyan, Lawrence de Fonte, Walter the hundr[edman], Walter le Frye, Richard le Frye.
R.III. f. 38.
Grant by Peter dean of Wells and the chapter to Richard de Treigoz clerk, in name of a perpetual vicarage, of all tithes and obventions great and small of the church of Northcury and the chapel of Hacch, except the sheaves of corn in garden or field, the tithes of their mills and fisheries, the tithe of hay, and of their courts of Cury and Hacch; the said Richard having bound himself to them by fealty to serve the said church and chapel by himself and a fit chaplain. Dated iii non. October 1234. Witnesses: Alardus the chancellor, Richard de Keningeworth treasurer, Master Robert de Berkelay, Richard de Well', John Chauuel canons of Wells.
R.III. f. 38d.
Fine levied at Ivelcestre in the quinzaine of Trinity 47 Henry III, between the dean and chapter of Wells plaintiffs and Geoffrey de Scoland and Eichard le Waleys, the latter having been summoned to shew by what right they claimed common of pasture on the plaintiffs' land in Northcury whereas plaintiffs had no such common on the land of the said Geoffrey and Richard, nor did the latter do them services by reason of which they ought to have common upon plaintiffs' land: plaintiffs acknowledge and grant that the said Geoffrey and Richard and their heirs may have common of pasture for all kinds of cattle upon their moor of Northcury called Seggemore for ever; that the dean and chapter will enclose their lands and meadows of Lutstok lying by the lands of Stawey and Cathangre of the said Geoffrey and Richard on the west, and if for want of enclosure the cattle of the said Geoffrey and Richard or their men stray thereon they shall not be impounded but driven off; and the said Geoffrey and Richard shall enclose their lands of Staweya and Cathangre, which lie everywhere towards the sun facing the said moor, with similar proviso: the said Geoffrey and Richard shall permit plaintiffs to have the watercourse of Cathangre spring as far as the dike between the said moor and the land of the said Geoffrey and Richard.
R.III. f. 39. (Somerset Record Soc. vi. 205.)
Demise and grant by the dean and chapter of Wells to Richard de la Well' and Cecily his wife of 6s. 8d. rent which Roger in la Toune used to pay them of the lands which he holds of them for his life in Northcury with all his service for the same, to hold the said rent and service and all the said tenement after the death of Roger freely of them for the lives of the said Richard and Cecily at a yearly rent of one rose, in consideration of a certain sum of money paid. Witnesses: Thomas de Mere, John de la Slo, Robert le Freys (de Ireys), John de Miridon, William Hughet, Robert Gyan, John de Cnappe(Knappe). Dated in the chapter of Wells, the conversion of St. Paul I Edward II.
R.III. f. 39d.: repeated f. 213.
Submission of William Colne to John de Godelegh dean of Wells; publicly acknowledging that he has entered against their will upon the soil of the dean and chapter in their manor of Northcury, and wrongfully levelled their dikes there made for the watercourse running towards their mill of Knappe to be new built, and has aided therein; and undertaking to hear and accept the dean's will thereupon on the feast of All Souls. William Gyan and William Boscel mainpernors for further security. Dated Wells, Tuesday before St. Simon and St. Jude 10 Edward II.
R.III. f. 39d.
Fine levied at Ivelcestre in the quinzaine of Trinity 47 Henry III, between Edward dean of Wells and the chapter plaintiffs, and John de Aure deforciant, of the judgments and execution thereof and of thieves within the plaintiffs' liberty of Northcury; whereby plaintiffs shall have in future attachments, judgments, executions of judgments of fugitives, outlaws and thieves taken and their chattels upon the deforciant's lands of Stathes; may enclose the meadows and pastures called Corymormede, Leuerymede Yetta, Meridonesmede, Richemannesmede, Almereshey (Alouereshey), Nelesmede, Henryesmede, Edwynesmede, Hughesmede, Slomede, Babbemede, Curymede, Haymor, Babbecroft (Bubbecroft), Wytteney, Haskymor (Haskymorere), Pynkeham (Pynkelegeham), Smethmor, and Jaldehull (Jaltehull) Moor, and 40 acres of meadow in Corymor (by the king's perch), and if plaintiffs or their successors be impleaded by the free men of deforciant or of his heirs of Stathe concerning common of pasture therein, deforciant and his heirs will warrant them: in return plaintiffs grant that deforciant may have 40 acres of moor (by the king's perch) in Stathemore on the north side of his meadow in Stathes, with power to enclose the same, saving the tithe thereof if converted into meadow or arable (cultura), and undertaking to warrant him if impleaded; the cattle of either party to be driven off when straying; they quitclaim all suits of deforciant to their hundred of Northcury, provided he and his heirs come there upon summons to answer any plaint made to the bailiff of the hundred, and any of his men likewise to answer any plaint except that of one of deforciant's men, saving to deforciant and his heirs their court of all their men for all manner of pleas save of the hue raised or shedding of blood: and grant that deforciant and his heirs shall have all their men of Stath in one tithing, to answer by their own tithingman yearly in the said hundred at two law days, and present without trouble all pleas which pertain to view of frankpledge, and shall have all mercies, fines, amercements and amends issuing from the sale of bread and ale, the hue raised, shedding of blood, and other trespasses of their men of Stath free or villeins, saving to plaintiffs 12d. a year for the redemption thereof, at the law day after Michaelmas 6d., and at the law day after Hockeday 6d.: deforciant's free men of Stath to perform their suit to the said hundred as they used to do.
R.III. f. 40: repeated f. 49. (Somerset Record Soc., vi. 189).