Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean and Chapter of Wells: Volume 1. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1907.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.
Grift by John Wareyn canon of Wells to Master Thomas Byngham, Master Ralph Berners, Master Robert Rugg', and Master Robert Sloo canons of Wells, their heirs and assigns, of the messuage above described, to hold of the chief lord for ever by the services due and accustomed, with warranty. Witnesses: Thomas Tanner, Thomas Mertok, Nicholas Cristesham, John Cokhulle, John
Orchard. Dated Wells, Monday the morrow of the Nativity of the Virgin 16 Richard II.
R.III. f. 121.
Gift by Stephen de Surreye to Hugh de Lymyngton and Robert de Chydyngfold vicars in the cathedral of Wells, of his houses in the city of Wells, between the houses of the abbot of Mochelnye and the tenement late of Walerand de Welleslegh, rendering the services due and accustomed, namely 18d. yearly to the chief lord and 4lb. of incense at Michaelmas to the church of St. Andrew, with warranty, in consideration of 12l. Witnesses: John de Garslade, William de Legh, Geoffrey de la Hokerstane, Geoffrey de la More, William de la Wythegh, Simon de Kyng', Thomas de Bacwell. Dated Wells, Thursday after St. Petronilla 27 Edward [I].
R.III. f. 121d.
Gift by Robert de Chidyngfold vicar in the church of Wells to Master Richard de Thistelden treasurer of the said church and Sir Hugh de Oppehull vicar therein, of his houses wherein he dwelt in Wells towards the Mountery, between the house of the abbot of Mochelnye and that of Sir Hugh de Lymyngton, with closes and appurtenances, rendering to the chief lords the services due and accustomed, with warranty. Witnesses: John Samuel, Roger de Estrete, Roger de Middelton, William Stot, Thomas de Oppehull.
R.III. f. 121d.
Gift by Hugh de Uppehull vicar in the cathedral of Wells to Master Walter de Hulle archdeacon of Bath of his whole tenement with closes and appurtenances in the town of Wells, which he had of the gift and feoffment of Robert de Chidyngfold late vicar in the said cathedral, situate between the tenement of the abbot and convent of Muchelnye on the north and the tenement late of Hugh de Lymyngton on the south, to hold of the chief lords rendering the services due and accustomed, with warranty. Dated Wells, Saturday St. Luke 22 Edward III. Witnesses: Sir Walter de Rodeneye, Sir Walter de Pavele knights, John le Boghiar, Thomas de Draycote, Thomas de Testwode, Richard Everard, John Picher.
R.III. f. 122.
Quitclaim by Hugh de Uppehulle vicar in the cathedral of Wells to Master Walter de Hulle archdeacon of Bath, his heirs and assigns, of a tenement with closes and appurtenances in Mounterye street in Welles (as above). Sealed with the seal of the exchequer of the bishop of Bath and Wells. Dated Wells, Sunday after St. Luke 22 Edward III. Witnesses: Sir Walter de Rodenye, Sir Walter de Pavele knights, John le Boghiare, Thomas de Draycote, Thomas de Testwode, Richard Everard, John Picher.
R.III. f. 122.
Quitclaim by Richard de Thistilden treasurer of Wells to Master Walter de Hulle archdeacon of Bath, his heirs and assigns, of a tenement, closes etc. in Wells in the Mounterye street, between the tenement of the abbot and convent of Muchelnye and that late of Hugh de Lymyngton vicar of Wells, whereof Sir Hugh de Uppehulle has enfeoffed the said Walter and his heirs in fee simple. Sealed with the seal of the bishop's exchequer. Dated Wells, Sunday after St. Luke 22 Edward III. Witnesses: Sir Walter de Rodeneye, Sir Walter de Pavele knights, John le Boghiar, Thomas de Draycote, Thomas de Testwode, Richard Everard, John Picher.
R.III. f. 122d.
Quitclaim by Richard de Thistelden treasurer of Wells to Sir Hugh de Uppehulle vicar and subtreasurer of Wells, of the houses to him formerly given by Sir Robert de Chudyngfold in the Mountery. Sealed with his own seal and that of the mayoralty and commonalty of the city of Wells. Dated Wells, Friday before Michaelmas 11 Edward III.
R.III. f. 122d.
Agreement between Robert de Cudyngfold and Hugh de Lymyngton vicars in the church of St. Andrew Wells, joint tenants of a tenement by the house of the abbot of Muchelnye on one side by feoffment of Stephen de Sorreye late vicar there, touching the partition of their said tenement, whereby the said Robert quitclaims to the said Hugh his heirs and their assigns the moiety thereof wherein the said Hugh then dwelt, and the said Hugh similarly the moiety wherein the said Robert dwelt, to wit that next the houses of the said abbot, as by bounds between them made, saving that the draw well therein with the way to go and return to draw water therefrom shall remain to them and their heirs in common for ever, the services due to the chief lord to be paid in equal proportions. Witnesses: William de la Wythegh, Geoffrey de la Moure, John de Palton, Nicholas de Palton, John de Veysey, Robert Bouch', William Stot. Dated Wells, Sunday after the Annunciation 33 Edward I.
R.III. f. 123.
Gift by Hugh de Lymyngton vicar in the church of St. Andrew Wells to Master Walter de Hulle vicar there, for 10l. paid, of his houses in Wells in Somerset, in a street extending from the Mountery to the street leading direct from Biestwalle to the said church, between the tenement late of Walerand de Welleslegh on the south and grantor's tenement on the north, paying to the chief lord a yearly rent of 9d., and to the church of St. Andrew 2lb. of incense, with warranty. Dated Wellys, 5 April 16 Edward II. Witnesses: Roger de Middelton, Adam de Cheleworth, Edmund de Welleslegh, William le Ferour, Master Richard de Baak, Master Luke de Harpetre clerks, John de Surr'.
R.III. f. 123.
Quitclaim by Hugh de Lymyngton vicar in the church of St. Andrew Wells to Master Walter de Hulle clerk, his heirs and assigns, of a messuage in Wells in a street leading direct from the Mountory to the church of St. Andrew, whereof he has by charter enfeoffed the said Master Walter, with warranty. Dated Wells, 16 April 16 Edward II. Witnesses: Roger de Meddilton, Adam de Cheleworth, Thomas de Mertok, Edmund de Welleslegh, Robert de Wodeford, Walkelin Tonere, Master Richard de Baak, Sir Luke de Harpetre, John de Surr'.
R. III. f. 123d.
Quitclaim by William de Gosestrode, cousin and heir of Sir Robert de Chedyngfold late vicar of St. Andrew Wells, to Master Richard de Thistelden treasurer of Wells and to Sir Hugh de Uppehulle vicar in the said church their heirs and assigns, of a messuage in Wells between the tenement of the abbot of Muchelnye and that of Sir Hugh de Lymyngton in a street towards the Mountery. Witnesses: Roger de Middelton, Stephen de Wedmor, Thomas Testwode, Master William le Ferour, John de Gosestrode in county Surrey, Master William Stot, Thomas Devenish. Dated Wells, St. Lawrence 7 Edward III.
R. III. f. 123d.
ORDER declaring the DAILY MASSES to be conferred upon vicars on the feast of St. Jerome in the church of Wells, the priories in the chapel of St. Mary and of St. Martin, and in what manner they shall be performed. (ff. 124–136d.)
Appropriation by William bishop of Bath and Wells, by assent of his chapters, to the dean and chapter of Wells, upon their petition and in consideration of their narrow means, of the church of Stokgummer, of their patronage, upon the decease or cession of Thomas Makerel the rector, saving a perpetual vicarage therein at their presentation, subject to a yearly payment of 100s. of the revenues thereof to the clerks of their choir and to the poor for the soul of bishop William his predecessor (who conferred upon them the patronage aforesaid), namely 50s. payable quarterly to a chaplain, to be chosen yearly at Michaelmas by the bishop and his successors, to celebrate daily mass with full service for the dead for the soul of the said late bishop at St. Mary's altar where his body lies, and 50s. on the anniversary of his deposition to the clerks assembling to celebrate his obit and to the poor who beg in equal portions, payable by the communar who shall convert the portion of the poor into bread; saving the rights and customs of the archdeacon and the right and dignity of the bishop and his churches. Dated Woky, vi non. October 1271.
R.III. f. 124. See also a defective copy, R.I. f 3d.
Provision by the executors of John de Button provost of Wells for a chantry at the altar of St. Nicholas in the Lady chapel by the cloister.
See R.I. f. 22: above p. 23.
Foundation of a chantry at the altar of St. Mary Magdalen for John de Axebrugg' subdean.
See R.I. f. 63: above p. 72.
Foundation of canon Bamfeld's chantry at the altar of St. Edmund in the nave.
See R.I. f. 87: above p. 107.
Gift of the prior of Staverdale towards Axebrugg's chantry.
See R.I. f. 116d.: above p. 152.
Appropriation of the church of Chilterne to the priory of Bruton, subject to a charge of 12 marks yearly for Button's chantry at the altar of St. Nicholas above mentioned.
See R.I. f. 127: above p. 164.
R.III. ff. 125–128.
Statute of Joscelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury, that in the church of St. Andrew in Wells a mass of the blessed Virgin shall be daily celebrated by thirteen clerks, vicars of the said church, of whom three shall be mass priests (sacerdotes annui) and celebrate in turn week by week, and shall take to themselves ten vicars to assist in turn, week by week; such vicars during their turn shall sing matins and the other hours of the Virgin before her altar; each of the thirteen vicars shall have 1d. a day of the said bishop's provision, and the three priests, by assent of the chapter, shall have full commons instead of half commons which they used to have, but any of them altogether absent, save for sickness, shall lose his penny, and if absent through infirmity may find a substitute. Dated Wells, Ash Wednesday 1 bishop Joscelin.
R.III. f. 128d.
Indenture made 5 December 1394, between John Wareyn canon of Wells on the one part, Master Thomas Byngham subdean, Master Gregory Butteleigh, Master Thomas Frome canons, John Alampton, John Bouyngdon and John Axebrigge vicars on the other, reciting a charter of feoffment by the said John Wareyn lately made to the said canons and vicars of divers tenements in Wells returning yearly from the tenants therein dwelling 31s. 6d. (sic), (namely a messuage and curtilage in a street called Southovere 8s., a void place and curtilages adjoining in Chamberlain street 2s. 6d., which formerly when built upon returned yearly 10s., three messuages Byestewall with small curtilages adjoining 21s., the tenement wherein John Broun dwells 12d.,) and of yearly rents of 23s. 4d. of his two tenements Byestwallys in Wells, and witnessing the condition of such feoffment, namely that the said canons and vicars shall cause a daily mass to be celebrated in the cathedral at the altar of St. Mary Magdalen on the north side of the choir, at the hour of chapter or immediately after, for the souls of the said John, his parents and benefactors, the vicar celebrating the same to take 12d. weekly (or less should the aforesaid rents prove insufficient), subject to a penalty of 40d. to the fabric of the church and to the common table of the vicars' hall equally for every such
mass omitted in the place aforesaid, or in the oratory of the said John's residence in Wells during his life should he be too infirm to attend the church: provision for supplying new feoffees, until a licence in mortmain be obtained: one part of this indenture to remain with the feoffees, one with the said John and his heirs, the third in the treasury of Wells, and to be entered in the common register. Witnesses: Master Thomas de Sudbury dean, Master Thomas Spert chancellor, Ralph Bruers, Richard Drayton canons, Thomas Tanner, Thomas Hore, John Blythe burgesses of Wells.
R.III. f. 128d.
Indenture made between the dean and chapter of Wells on the one part and Walter Wyncaulton canon of Wells and prebendary of Wormynstre otherwise Luxevyle on the other, reciting that the said Walter has given and delivered to Roger Melles and John Pagenham vicars of the same and principals of the vicars' common hall and to the other vicars in frank almoin 100l., a chalice, missal, vestment and other furniture for an altar to be set up at his cost before the image of Holy Cross in the church of Wells on the north side of the high belfry; and in recompense for these and other benefactions, ordaining that a perpetual vicar in the said church, to be nominated every Saturday at vespers by the said principals and their successors, shall daily during the ensuing week celebrate a mass immediately after the first stroke of prime for the said Walter, Ralph de Salopia late bishop of Bath and Wells, the parents, friends and benefactors of the said Walter, taking at the end of his course 12d. for his pains of the yearly rent issuing from their new tenement called the Vykershyn in Wells by the Horspoole, which they have for the use of their said vicars, forfeiting for any omission 8d. to be levied of his next commons, whereof 4d. shall be applied to the use of the vicars in their common hall and 4d. to the fabric of the church, the vicars to repair and replace such furniture when necessary; and further charging all their tenements in the city and suburb of Wells for these purposes. Dated Wells the chapter house, 9 September 1406.
R.III. f. 129d.
Bond of Geoffrey de Briddeport for 100s. yearly for two daily masses in St. Mary's chapel on the south of the great church for Agatha de Meysi, the said Geoffrey, Margery his wife, etc.
See R.I. f. 84d.: above p. 105.
Bond of the prior of Berliz for treasurer Hugh de Romenal's chantry.
See R.I. ff. 86, 88d.: above p. 106.
R.III. f. 130d., 131.
Gift and assignment by Joscelin bishop of Bath of 60s. yearly, in recompense for the whole land of Merlegh in his manor of Woky and half a virgate in his manor of Wells (which are conveniently placed for him, and therefore retained to the use of him and his successors) held of him by Peter late dean of Wells, and by the said Peter assigned for the perpetual service of the dead in the church of Wells and for his anniversary in the choir, by assent of the said dean's executors, namely 1d. a day to a vicar chaplain to perform such service with placebo, dirige and commendation at the altar of St. Kalixtus, with mass for the faithful at high morning, ½d. a day to another vicar not a chaplain to assist, and 5s. a year towards the light and other necessaries; also 10s. yearly to the clerks of the church of Wells present at the said dean's anniversary: the vicars to be changed yearly at Michaelmas by the archdeacon of Wells, who shall pay yearly to the bishop 4l. 10s., and the 60s. aforesaid, and so be quit of the 7l. 10s. heretofore payable to the bishop, unless the said bishop shall assign 60s. of rent elsewhere for the purposes above mentioned. Dated Banewell, the morrow of the Annunciation 32 bishop Joscelin, by Master William de Maydeneston.
Note of a second charter of the same tenor.
R.III. f. 131d. Compare the inspeximus, R.III. f 303d.; below, p. 483.
Ordinance of Thomas de Button archdeacon and Roger de Cruk provost in the church of Wells, executors of William II late bishop of Bath and Wells, concerning 10 marks yearly payable by the prior and convent of Worspryng of the order of St. Augustine, whereof in pursuance of his will they have procured an assignment to the dean and chapter of Wells or their communar: 4 marks to be paid to a priest to celebrate a daily mass and service of the dead in the chapel of St. Mary by the cloister, 2 marks to be divided among the canons and vicars present at the service of the dead in the choir upon the said bishop's anniversary, 3½ marks in bread for the poor on that day, and ½ mark towards the maintenance of two wax candles in the chapel of the Virgin behind the high altar, all at the discretion of the chancellor, subdean and succentor, who shall select a priest of the vicars or outside as they think fit, or in case of default the dean, precentor and treasurer. Dated October 1279.
R.III. f. 132.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Charleton dean of Wells and the chapter, dated 22 April the same year, of a charter indented made between Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells (by licence of King Edward [III] and consent of his chapters of Bath and Wells) and the vicars of his cathedral church dwelling in the new building by him erected and taking their repast in the common hall thereof, whereby the bishop granted to the said vicars and their successors a messuage, one carucate of land, 24 acres of meadow, 6 acres of wood and 26s. 8d. rent in Welleslegh, Dultecote and Eston, the reversion of a messuage, 8 acres of land and 1½ acres of meadow in Dultecote after the death of John de Welleslegh, of a messuage in that town after the death of John the carpenter, of a messuage in the same town after the death of Robert le Marlere, and of a messuage, 10 acres of land and ½ acre of meadow in Eston after the death of William Frankelayn, all late in the seisin of Master Walter de Hull archdeacon of Bath, which the bishop had of the gift and
feoffment of Master Thomas de Bokton and William de Cammell, to hold with reliefs, escheats and marriages to the said vicars and their successors celebrating divine service in the said church, but the bishop and his successors should have cattle called waifs and strays, the goods and chattels of felons, fugitives and condemned persons, fines and amercements for trespass, and fines for licence to concord in the king's courts of the tenants in the lands aforesaid, and all liberties and profits anciently due to the bishopric: and the bishop further ordered that the said vicars should at their own cost daily celebrate a mass at the altar of Corpus Christi, where the said archdeacon Walter was buried, for the said bishop, the said Walter, Master Thomas de Button and William de Cammel, their parents, ancestors and benefactors, namely each of them in rotation week by week for ever if in priests' orders, and if not by a substitute, without interference with the due celebration of the divine office by the vicars in the church of Wells, subject to a penalty of 40d. for every default, and distraint upon the said lands at Welleslegh for satisfaction thereof, and should also daily after their refection in the common hall chant an antiphon in honour of the Virgin: warranty clause: witnessed by Sir Walter de Rodeney, Sir Walter de Pavele knights, John de Somerton, John de Combe, Walter de Tentebury; and dated Wyvelescombe, 17 April 1354.
R.III. f. 132d.–134.
Inspeximus and confirmation by William archbishop of Canterbury and papal legate, dated Wells, at his provincial visitation, 16 September in the 4th year of his translation, of the appropriation of the church of Kyngeston (whereof William Odecombe canon of Wells, John Tyntenhull, John Baryngton and Richard Wynchecombe vicars of Wells were patrons) by John bishop of Bath and Wells (confirmed by the dean and chapter of Wells, the prior and chapter of Bath, and Master Thomas de Southam archdeacon of Exeter (rectius Oxford) in the church of Lincoln, proctor of the cardinal archdeacon of Taunton in the church of Wells) to the dean and chapter of Wells, upon the death or cession of Robert Sheterne now rector, to the use of the vicars of that church and to the common fund of their hall built by bishop Ralph his predecessor, upon the petition of William Odecombe and William Cokham canons of Wells, after deliberation with both chapters and inquisition duly made, the fruits of the said church being valued at 20 marks a year according to the assessment of the tithe, reserving a portion for a resident chaplain to be nominated by the clean and chapter to maintain divine service and the cure of souls, also to the bishop a yearly cess of 2s., to the dean and chapter 4s., and to the archdeacon of Taunton a yearly pension of 2s. payable at Michaelmas by the communar of Wells in recompense for the loss of their emoluments: all revenues over and above 9l. 6s. 8d. to go to the said common fund, and the said sum of 9l. 6s. 8d. to be applied by the communar of Wells as follows, namely one vicar in priest's orders to celebrate daily mass of the Assumption at the
altar of St. Katherine by the Jesina (fn. 1) at the first stroke of St. Mary's bell called knollyng, another vicar chaplain of the said church daily mass of the commemoration of St. Mary in All Saints' chapel by the cathedral at the slower stroke of St. Mary's bell, such vicars to be nominated from week to week by the principals of the said hall, and to make mention in their masses and prayers of King Richard, Anne his consort, the said bishop, and John Chynnok abbot of Glastonbury, Sir Hugh Courtenay late earl of Devon, Sir John Chydiok knight, John his father, Lucy his mother, Isabel his wife, John son of the said Sir John and Joan his wife, Master Edmund Seynlow, William Odecombe, William Cokham, their parents, friends and benefactors (as set out in a missal appointed for the purpose by William Odecombe), and take 12d. a week each of the communar, and for every default to pay 4d. to the fabric of the church and as much to the receiver of the said common hall; 5s. to be divided among the canons and vicars present for the procession on the day of the Assumption before the image of the coronation of the Virgin, 10s. on the octave of the Assumption (which William Odecombe has chosen for his obit) among the canons and vicars assembled to sing a mass for the said William, 10s. for bread and 5s. among twenty bedridden poor in the city of Wells on that day, 8d. to the sacrist for sounding the gong, 4d. to the escheator, and 9d. to the communar for his pains; 10s. yearly to maintain a light before the image of the coronation aforesaid; 20s. among the canons and vicars assembled on the obit of William Cokham to say the office of the dead for him with a mass on the morrow, 13s. 2d. in bread and 6s. among twenty bedridden poor, 8d. to the sacrist, 4d. to the escheator, and 9d. to the communar, with power to the bishop to distrain in default: subscribed and published at the bishop's mandate by Master Robert Sloo notary public; dated Woky, 12 August 1384, in presence of John Grene canon of Wells, John Walrond rector of Jevelton, John Brokman vicar of Huyssh. Attestation by Robert atte Sloo notary public. Consent by Thomas de Sudburia dean of Wells and the chapter dated 14 August, by John prior of the cathedral of Bath and the chapter dated 17 August, and by Thomas de Southam archdeacon of Exeter (sic) in the church of Lincoln and proctor of the cardinal archdeacon of Taunton dated Salisbury, 19 August.
R.III. ff. 134–136. (Compare R.I. f. 289.)
Statute of Savarious bishop of Bath and Glastonbury, by counsel of the chapter of Wells, that a daily mass be celebrated in their church in honour of the Virgin, and a second for his predecessors the bishops, the brethren and benefactors of the church, assigning 10l. towards the maintenance of those appointed to celebrate the same, namely 100s. of the revenues of the archdeaconry taken by Maurice de Berkel', and 100s. of the church of Cerda, the chaplains to be appointed in future by the chapter, and each to have a canon's full commons of bread.
R.III. f. 136d.
[Portions assigned to vicarages, ff. 137–159.]
Inspeximus and confirmation by Nicholas bishop of Bath and Wells, dated at his palace Wells 2 August 1419, of a public instrument subscribed by Master William Brett clerk notary public, exhibited by Master John Orum doctor of divinity canon of Exeter and Wells (proctor of the dean and chapter of Exeter) and Sir Richard Spicere perpetual vicar of Estcoker, dated in St. Mary's chapel by the cloister of Wells cathedral 11 January 1418, attested by the said notary, Master Thomas Stevenys, Master John Orum, Master John Storthwayt canons of Wells, Thomas Barton bachelor of laws, and John Burny bachelor of decrees, whereby after reciting that Master John Boghe clerk notary public, proctor of the president and chapter of Exeter (in the dean's absence) in all suits concerning the parish church of Estcoker to them appropriated, (copy of proxy to him, with John Orum and Hugh Kene clerk, dated 7 January 1418, empowering the said proctors to agree to the arbitration of Master Thomas Harewell, Master William Richard, and Master Thomas Warde clerks, or others substituted for them, in a matter between the said chapter and Sir Richard vicar of Estcoker by reason of a composition by him not observed,) and Sir Richard Spicer vicar of Estcoker, alleging the withdrawal by the dean and chapter of Exeter of certain portions or emoluments in particular mortuaries, rents of all cottages and tenements formerly belonging to the rectory, and the celebration of divine service in the chapel of St. Mary within his parish with the charge thereof, belonging to him and his predecessors according to the appropriation of the said church to the said dean and chapter, made 24 June 1385 by John Harewell formerly bishop of Bath and Wells (a copy whereof follows, for which see notes to R.I. ff. 287–8: above, pp. 294–5), against which the said proctor alleged that by the true and authentic appropriation of the above date made by the said bishop Harewell (a copy whereof follows; see R.I. ff. 287–8: above, pp. 294–5) such portions belonged to his lords and their predecessors and not to the vicar, agreed upon oath to abide the award of Master John Hody precentor of Wells, Master Thomas Warde, Master Thomas Harewell, and Master William Richard rector of Westcoker bachelors of laws: and the arbitrators, sitting in the cathedral of Wells on 9 March the same year, in presence of the said notary, Master John Orum, Sir William Purs and Sir John Dunnyng priests, pronounced the instrument produced by the vicar to be fictitious and of none effect, and that produced by the dean and chapter to be true and authentic, and gave sentence that the dean and chapter should thenceforth take all mortuaries within the parish of Estcoker, and the rents of all cottages or tenements formerly belonging to the rectory thereof, with the charge of repairing the same, and the vicar should at his own cost celebrate the usual services in the chapel of St. Mary within the said parish, and over and above the yearly pension of 59s. contained in the instrument produced by the dean and chapter, should take 12d., in all 60s.: attested by the said William Brett.
Confirmations by the president and chapter of Wells (in the dean's absence), and by the prior and chapter of Bath, dated 11 and 12 August respectively, 1419.
R.III. ff. 137–145.
Inspeximus and confirmation by Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Welyngton 11 July 1357, of a record of proceedings before Master William de Beere clerk the said bishop's commissary, by authority of a commission dated Blakeford 26 October 1356, addressed to him and to Master Hugh de Penbrugge learned in the law, to make inquisition and certify him concerning the vicarage of St. Cuthbert Wells; wherefore after summoning the dean and chapter of Wells, Sir John de Hywyssch farmer of the canons' grange, and Philip de Norton vicar of St. Cuthbert to appear in St. Mary's chapel by the cloister, and after inspecting two documents under seal respectively of Peter formerly dean of Wells and the chapter and of Joscelin bishop of Bath and Wells, and after making inquisition of the value of the revenues to the church of St. Cuthbert belonging, the said commissaries assigned to Sir Philip de Norton and his successors for their portion all tithes and obventions to the said church, except the tithes of all manner of corn in garden or field, the tithes of the bishop's vineyard, of the parish mills, of the white monks, and of hay throughout the parish, which the dean and chapter and the farmer of the canons' grange shall have (save that of the hay of the meadows and places of Prydie, Whitenhull and Chelecote, which shall remain to the said vicar), assessing the said portion for the tenth in ordinary years at 15l., being valued by the said inquisition at 46l. 4d., out of which the vicar should pay to the dean and chapter of Wells or their communar 20 marks yearly pension (namely 46s. 8d. at Easter, 40s. at Midsummer, 66s. 8d. at St. Peter ad vincula, 66s. 8d. at the Nativity of St. Mary, and 46s. 8d. at Christmas), and to the fabric of the church of Wells 20s. in case of any default, and shall be sworn before the dean and chapter within a month of his appointment, to perform divine service and have the cure of souls, declaring that the portion thus assigned was sufficient for keeping hospitality, for payment of the said pension and supporting all charges: (copy of the gift made by Peter dean of Wells and the chapter to Robert Giffardi chaplain, dated 1239, and of the inspeximus by bishop Joscelin above mentioned, for which see R.I. ff. 101d., 104: above p. 135:) reduced to writing and published by Master Richard Horsford clerk notary public under seal of the archdeacon's official: dated St. Mary's chapel by the cloister Wells, 30 April 1357, in the presence of Master Stephen de Hulle canon of Wells, Master John de Farman rector of Cherleton Makerell, Master Walter de Hulle rector of Haukechirche, John de Boclaunde clerk, of the dioceses of Bath and Salisbury, and attested by the said notary.
R.III. ff. 145d.–147.
The first few lines of the record above confirmed. Incomplete, with note in margin 'videatur superius.'
R.III. f. 147d.
Commission by Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells to Master Hugh de Penbrugge and Master William de Bere learned in the law, to make inquisition and certify concerning the portion assigned (if any) to the vicarage of St. Cuthbert Wells, to ordain and declare the same perpetual, or if none to make inquisition of the value of the revenues belonging to that church, and to assign a fit portion, not to exceed 22 marks according to the assessment of tithe to be by them made, summoning the dean and chapter of Wells, the farmer of the said church or of the canons' grange, and Philip de Norton the vicar of St. Cuthbert aforesaid. Dated Blakeford, 26 October 1356.
R.III. f. 147d.
Proxy by the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Thomas Spert chancellor of Wells and John Frysby proctor of the court of Canterbury in all causes, and especially in a cause concerning the yearly pension due to them from Sir Walter Hamme vicar of the parish church of St. Cuthbert Wells. Dated the chapter house Wells, 10 June 1394.
R.III. f. 148.
Sentence pronounced 17 December 1388, in presence of Robert Churche clerk of Norwich diocese notary public (registrar and recorder of the acts of the court of Canterbury), by Master John Barnet official of the said court sitting in the church of St. Mary le Bow London, the parties appearing by their proctors, upon the plaint of the dean and chapter of Wells against Sir Walter Hamme vicar of St. Cuthbert in the city of Wells concerning a yearly pension of 20 marks to them due from the said vicar: (copy of the bill of John Fryseby clerk, proctor of the dean and chapter, alleging that the said vicar refuses to pay the said pension, in accordance with an ancient ordinance and with their prescriptive right:) after examination of witnesses and production of documents, declaring that the dean and chapter have made out their case, and condemning the said vicar in the said pension and costs. (Copies of the proxy given by the dean and chapter to Master John Frys[eby], Master Richard Upton proctors of the court, and Sir Thomas Newman vicar of the church of Wells, dated 26 April 1384; and of the proxy given by Walter Hamme vicar of St. Cuthbert to Master William Styuecle and Master Thomas Pays proctors of the court, dated London xi kal. May 1384, sealed with the official seal of the dean of Berkyng in the diocese of London.) Done in presence of Master Richard Brynkele and Master John Cateby examiners general of the court, John Lynton and John Perche notaries public, and attested by the said Robert Churche.
R.III. ff. 148d.–151.
Award made, with consent of the parties, by Master Philip de Staunton, official of the lord [bishop] of Bath and Wells and vicar general during his absence from the realm, between the dean and chapter of Wells rectors of Bishops Lydiard and Robert rector of
Bagebergh, touching the tithes great and small of Lydiard Ponchardon; namely that the dean and chapter shall take all tithes, paying yearly at Bishops Lydiard on All Saints' day by their farmer, proctor or bailiff to the said rector and his successors 7s., upon his renouncing all right therein, binding themselves to make up any damage or cost the rector may sustain by default of such payment, and submitting therein to the jurisdiction of the bishop or his official. Dated Wells, Monday before St. Matthew 1278.
R.III. f. 151.
Ordinance of John bishop of Bath and Wells, upon the presentation by William master of the house of St. Mark Bristol and the brethren of a certain priest to the vicarage of Stokelond, assigning a portion for the vicarage thereof, namely the chaplain's houses (built originally at the cost of the said master and brethren) with curtilage, 15 acres of arable land in the town field, whereof 8 acres lie in a croft called Langelond, 5½ acres in Pannecrofte, and 1½ acres in Pesecrofte, 2½ acres of meadow in Fyhspole (sic), 2½ acres of several pasture in Langemede, the tithes of two windmills, of hay and of the reed beds of the whole parish except the demesne meadows of the said master and brethren, of wool, milk, apples, hemp, flax, lambs, calves, foals, swine, geese and doves, the obventions, oblations and small tithes to the church belonging as well of the court of the said master and brethren as of the parishioners, except the tithe of the swans of the said master and brethren; all rectorial charges belonging to the church, chancel or ornaments to be borne by the said master and brethren, but two processional candles to be maintained by the vicar. One part to remain with the bishop, one with the master and brethren, the third with the vicar. Dated Wyvelescombe, kal. June 1317.
R.III. f. 151. (Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Reoord Soc. i. 129).