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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Gift by John bishop of Bath and Wells to John Forest dean of Wells and the chapter and to their successors, of a gate with free ingress and egress thereby to a close of the dean and chapter called the Camery at Wells, lying on the south side of the choir,
which gate is situate, and by special leave of the bishop new built, in a wall extending from the door of the cloister southward between the said close on the east and the bishop's outer palace on the west near and by the said cloister door, to hold of the bishop and his successors rent free; also grant of free ingress and egress by all gates and entries of his said outer palace on the east, west and south sides, and by the gates of his park near Kuerbrigge and Torrehill to and into the Camery, with all manner of materials for the repair or new building of the church, cloister, churchyard or anything thereto belonging, for themselves and their successors, their ministers, hired servants and carters whenever required, and leave to have keys made of the said gates and entries; provided that they shall make good any damage so done to the wall aforesaid, the ground or pavement of the bishop's market in the city of Wells, the bishop's said outer palace or any part thereof, or the bishop's manor of Wells, by survey of a canon residentiary and of the bishop's receiver general. Dated Wells, the Assumption 1433.
R.III. f. 331.
Gift indented by Nicholas bishop of Bath and Wells to the dean and chapter of Wells, in accordance with a licence granted by King Henry VI by advice and assent of his great council, of the advowson of Bokeland Abbas of the bishop's patronage by right of his bishopric, wherein a vicarage has been of old time endowed, towards the support of certain charges and works of piety to be by the bishop appointed. Witnesses: Sir William Palton, Sir Thomas Beauchampe, Sir Thomas Stowell knights, John Warre, John Arthur, Philip Hampton, John Palton. Dated Woky, 16 October 3 Henry VI.
R.III. f. 331d.
Indenture of four parts, made between William prior of the cathedral of Bath and the convent on the one part and John Trethek esquire on the other, being a grant and bond by the prior and convent that they and their successors for ever will every year on a day within the octave of the Epiphany keep an obit of the said John in the choir of the priory church, with services as for special benefactors, for the souls of King Richard, Tuddemannus late bishop of Worcester, the said John Trethek, Joan his wife, his parents and benefactors, and will distribute to every monk there resident 1d., and for every default pay to the dean and chapter of Wells 100s., or if they fail to levy the same, to the bishop, submitting themselves and their manor of Asshwik county Somerset to the bishop to enforce the same. Dated the chapter house Bath, 3 September 23 Henry VI.
R.III. f. 332.
Indenture made 10 January 37 Henry VI, between Thomas bishop of Bath and Wells on the one part and Nicholas Carent dean of Wells and the chapter on the other, being the defeasance of a bond in 400l. given by the dean and chapter to the bishop
and his executors, dated 8 January 37 Henry VI, upon condition that the dean and chapter fulfil all statutes and ordinances to be by the bishop made and sealed, and all charges to be imposed concerning his chantry by the high altar in the cathedral church, as they and their successors are bound to do; or that after they have, by demise and grant of Master Thomas Boleyn, his heirs or assigns, an estate in certain lands and tenements next the churchyard by the bishop new built or to be built, they shall when required thereof enfeoff the bishop, his heirs or assigns for ever.
R.III. f. 332d.
Bull of Pope Alexander [III], confirming to Rainald bishop of Bath the fee of Dindra, which had been wrongfully taken from his predecessor by William son of John, but abjured by William his son, and confirmed by a ring of gold. Dated Anagni, iiii kal. Madii (sic).
R.III. f. 333.
Grant and bond indented in three parts, made by John prior of the cathedral church of St. Peter and St. Paul Bath and the chapter or convent to Nicholas Bubbewyth bishop of Bath and Wells their patron, in recompense for 320 marks by him given for houses to be new built upon their land to the yearly value of 7l, 16d., and vestments to the value of 200l., namely a chasuble and two tunicles with their furniture of crymesyn velvet with orfreys powdered with pearls, three copes of cloth of gold of one suit, two with orfreys woven with the twelve Apostles and clasps set with pearls rose fashion, the third with an orfrey with figures in two rows (cum ymaginbus de duplici historia), and other ornaments, gifts and favours, that he shall have two monks priests of their convent to celebrate two daily masses in the chapel which he has caused to be new built within the cathedral on the south side of the nave, at the altar therein by him erected to St. John Baptist, St. George, St. Fabian, and St. Sebastian, the first summer and winter at the seventh hour of the day according to the devotion of the celebrant, the second a mass of St. Mary between the tenth and eleventh hours, and the celebrant after putting on his alb before the confession shall publicly say in the vulgar tongue, so long as the bishop live, "For bisshopp Nychol, and for his fader et moder saulis, and al his goode doerys sawlys, and al the goode doers sawlys of this chirche," and after his death "For bisshopp Nychol saule," etc. (as before,) Pater noster, Ave Maria, the Lord's prayer, the angelic salutation, and certain specified collects and prayers; and to pay such monks every week 2s. 4d. (14d. each); to find bread, one book and chalice, vestments, lights, pall and ornaments, and repair the said chapel; that there shall be no respect of persons in such weekly distribution, but all the monks shall take the same equally in turn, and shall be put upon the boards every Saturday for the ensuing week; in case of sudden illness or other impediment, notice shall be given to the prior, subprior or third prior, who shall appoint a substitute: on whatsoever day the said bishop shall die the anniversary of his obit shall be kept the next
year (or if that be inconvenient on the day following) in the church of Bath, namely placebo and dirige shall be chanted in the choir the night before by the prior and all the convent, and next day a solemn mass of requiem at the high altar, with ringing of bells, and so year by year; and every year 20s. shall be divided among the monks present; their successors professing the order of St. Benedict (every prior at his confirmation, and the monks at their profession) shall be sworn to the fulfilment hereof, and themselves when required by the bishop; (form of oath;) and for every default the bishop at his next visitation shall take 100s. over and above his procurations. One part, sealed with their common seal, to remain with the bishop, one with the dean and chapter of Wells, the third, sealed by the bishop, to remain with them. Dated the priory chapter house, 16 October 1424.
R.III. ff. 333d.–335.
Letter of attorney by John Forest dean of Wells and the chapter to Master John Cole their brother, steward of their church, to receive seisin of the manor of Bikenalre county Somerset of John Juyn knight, John Stourton the elder, John Reynald and John Codeford clerk or their attorney, according to a charter indented by them made. Dated the chapter house Wells, 1 January 8 Henry VI.
R.III. f. 335d.
Sentence of Thomas bishop of Salisbury in favour of the appropriation of the parish church of Bokeland in his diocese to the dean and chapter of Wells, by them exhibited. Dated 18 May 1489.
R.III. f. 335d.
Gift by Richard son of Richard le Touker to Th[omas] dean of Wells and the chapter of 5s. rent, payable yearly at the Purification by him, his heirs or assigns, of his messuage in the Fullers' street in the town of Wells, between the messuage of William the fuller and that late of Richard Horn', to be divided among the poor by the communar of Wells for the soul of Roger de Cruk late provost of Wells on his anniversary, nor may grantor alienate the said messuage so that such rent be not paid, with warranty, in consideration of 5 marks paid by the said Roger's executors. Witnesses: Master Philip de Stanton precentor of Wells, Master Ralph de Wyhcam archdeacon of Bath, Sir John de Wymburn canon of Wells, Sir Philip de Wyk knight, John de Wyk, Adam Canon, John de Garsel', Nicholas the baker, William de Legh, Thomas de Merkesbury.
R.III. f. 336.
Quitclaim by John de Bello Campo lord of Lillesdon knight to Master Stephen de Penpel dean of Wells and the chapter and their successors, of all lordship, rents and services in the lands and tenements of la Hele, and all lands, rents, houses, rights and appurtenances to the lordship and lands held by Hugh atte Hele,
Thomas atte Hele or the heirs or assigns of the said Hugh, in the lordships or manors of Northcory and Knappe. Witnesses: Sir John de Clyvedon, Sir Edmund de Clyvedon, Sir Richard de Acton, Sir Walter de Rodeneye knights, Matthew de Clyvedon, Hugh Cauce, Henry Hacche. Dated Wells, Saturday the morrow of St. Katherine 36 Edward III.
R.III. f. 336.
Ordinance of J[osceline] bishop of Bath, by consent of the chapter of Wells, whereas no prebends have hitherto been annexed to dignities in the church of Wells except the deanery and the archdeaconry of Wells, joining the whole church of Milverton to the archdeaconry of Tanthon to remain thereto annexed for ever in name of a prebend, that the church and archdeaconry may be a single benefice, saving that the said archdeacon shall of the said church and the obventions of his archdeaconry make two prebends in the church of Wells, one of 10 marks the other of 100s., and that Master W. de Sancto Quintino shall hold during his life his prebend in the said church of 22 marks, which prebend upon his decease or cession shall be reduced to 10 marks. Dated Woky, 3 April 1241.
R.III. f. 336d.
Inspeximus and assent by Thomas prior of Bath and the convent to the above ordinance.
R.III. f. 336d.
Gift by Richard Harewell canon residentiary of Wells to St. Andrew Wells, dean Thomas and the chapter of Wells, of a messuage with houses and curtilages on the east side of Newe strete, which he had of the gift and feoffment of John Bovyndon, and the said John of the gift and feoffment of Master Richard Horsford. Witnesses: Master Roger Harewell canon, Ralph Canon canon, John Russell, Thomas Horewode, Simon Bayly. Dated Wells, 1 August 3 Henry IV.
R.III. f. 337.
Letter of attorney by Richard Harewell canon residentiary to William Hope clerk, to deliver seisin of a house in Newe strete, formerly of Master Richard Horsford, to Thomas dean of Wells and the chapter, according to the said canon's charter. Dated Wells, 3 August 3 Henry IV.
R.III. f. 337.
Letter of attorney by Nicholas bishop of Bath and Wells to Robert Burgh clerk, William Dudecote clerk and John Long, to deliver seisin to the dean and chapter of Wells of the advowson of Bokeland Abbas in the diocese of Salisbury, according to a charter by him made. Dated Woky, 16 October 3 Henry VI.
R.III. f. 337.
Letter of attorney by John Stafford dean of Wells and the chapter to Master Richard Harewell and Master Stephen Morepath canons residentiary, to receive seisin of the advowson of Bokeland Abbas county Dorset from Nicholas bishop of Bath and Wells or his attorney. Dated the chapter house Wells, 16 October 1424.
R.III. f. 337d.
Admission and institution by John bishop of Salisbury of Sir John Axebrege chaplain (in the person of Sir Robert Burgh chaplain his proctor) to the rectory of Bokeland Abbas upon the presentation of the dean and chapter of Wells. Dated his manor of Remmesbury, 22 December 1424.
R.III. f. 337d.
Inspeximus and assent by Roger bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Chyu, iiii non. October 2 bishop Roger (by Master Richard de Haldeswrth), to a bond given upon oath by Robert de Euesham rector of Cristemeleford in the diocese of Salisbury (in the said bishop's patronage), that he will every year during his life within the quinzaine of Easter deposit in the treasury of Wells 25 marks for the dean and chapter, to the use of Ildicius vicar of Cristemeleford, for the farm of the vicarage which the dean and chapter hold of the said Ildicius, as in the charter which the said Ildicius thereof has, and in the institution of the said rector by Richard late bishop of Salisbury; which portion he professes to hold in name of the dean and chapter, and undertakes to save harmless the dean and chapter, and to be answerable for any loss, granting them power to enter and hold the same church for their security, provided that upon the decease or cession of Ildicius the whole church shall revert to him as parson; and submission to the archdeacon of Wiltisire to enforce this bond: done in the chapter of Wells, in presence of Hugh de Rumenal subdean, Henry de London treasurer, Master William de Badeston chancellor, Master W. de Sancto Quintino archdeacon of Tanton, Nicholas de Seleburn succentor, Master Nicholas de Euesham, Luke de Membyri, Jocelin the chaplain and John de Derham canons of Wells, v non. October 1245.
R.III. f. 338d.
Petition of Roger With, 'his parishioner,' to R. bishop of Bath, to confirm his grant of the church of Sthoche to the church of St. Peter Bath and to the prior and monks there, made by assent of Giffard his heir and of Julitta his wife. Witnesses: chaplains Angod de Salford, Albin de Niwet[on], James de Pegeling, Robert de Sancto Laudo, Durand de Bath, Dame Christina de Pageling, Thomas the mason, Henry, Robert, Master Ernald, William de Richemunt, Hubert.
R.III. f. 339d. Wythent in the Bath chartulary ii 808 (p. 167).
Gift by Hugh bishop of Lincoln to his brother Joscelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury and to his successors, of half a knight's fee in Rugeberg and Dreicot, lately held of him by Maurice de
Benington and Geoffrey Maureward, and by him of the king, with quitclaim of the homage and service of the said Maurice and Geoffrey. Witnesses: Geoffrey son of Baldwin the grantor's steward, Master Hugh de Wilton, Master William de Keynesham, Peter de Wilton, Peter de Bathonia, Stephen de Baddebiry. Dated Stowe, v id. July 5 bishop Hugh, by Master William de Thornaco archdeacon of Stowe.
R.III. f. 339d.: repeated f. 349.
Charter of King Henry [III], granting to Joscelin bishop of Bath and his successors that, at whatever time of year they may die, they shall have all their fruits until Michaelmas following; and that their executors shall have easements of courts, granges, presses and granaries to store the same until it be necessary to deliver them up for the fruits of the ensuing year. Witnesses: Roger bishop of London and others named. Dated Oxford, 15 July 15 Henry III.
R.III. f. 340d.: repeated f. 348. Charter Rolls, Cal. p. 137.
Gift and quitclaim by Maurice de Gaunt to Joscelin bishop of Bath and his assigns, for 100 marks by him paid, of his right in the town of Axebrigge (Axebrege), rendering to him the charter thereof made to the said Maurice by Thomas Walensis, the charter made to the said Thomas by Hugh bishop of Lincoln when archdeacon of Wells, and the confirmation by King John, with warranty against all women who might claim dower therein. Witnesses: Ralph bishop of Chichester the king's chancellor, Sir Martin de Pateshull, William de Ralegh, Henry de Gaunt clerk.
R.III. f. 341d.: repeated f. 351d.
Grant by Hugh bishop of Lincoln to his brother Joscelin bishop of Bath and his successors, that.they shall hold the town of Axebrugge (which is of his fee) in frank almoin, quit of suit of the foreign hundred which the said town used to owe him and his heirs, and likewise quit of half a mark due therefrom, and of all service and demand. Witnesses: Master Roger de Lacok, Master Amauricus de Buggeden, Master William de Winchecumbe canons of Lincoln, Roger the chaplain, Master Adam de Clenefeud, Gilbert de Tanton, Robert de Monte Sorelli canons of Wells, Stephen the chamberlain, Thomas de Hauteville, William de Stoke, Philip de Wike, Peter de Cotingtun, Walter de Abbodestun, John the chamberlain, Roger le Waleis. Dated Tinghurst, vii id. November 18 bishop Hugh, by Ralph de Waravilla canon of Lincoln.
R.III. f. 342: repeated f. 350d.
Gift by Robert de Gurnay to Joscelin bishop of Bath and his successors, of 4 acres of land in the manor of Chiu in a cultura called Stafordcroft (Stafordesost) and 2 acres of meadow on the west side of Smethemede, in frank almoin.
R.III. f. 342: repeated f. 353.
Gift by Hugh bishop of Lincoln to his brother Joscelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury and his successors, of the advowson of Axebrige. Witnesses: Geoffrey son of Baldwin the grantor's steward, Master Hugh de Wilton, Master William de Keynesham, Peter de Wilton, Peter de Bathonia, Stephen de Baddebiry. Dated Stowe, iiii id. July 5 bishop Hugh, by Master William de Tornaco archdeacon of Stowe.
R.III. f. 343.
Acknowledgment by Geoffrey Chaumpeneys lord of Wylmyndon that the grant of free warren in his manor, obtained for him by Robert bishop of Bath and Wells, is without prejudice to the said bishop, but that he and his successors may hunt and fowl in the said warren at their pleasure. Witnesses: Sir John de Sancto Laudo, Sir Adam de Button, Sir Hubert Husee knights, Robert de Wulton, Roger de Sthok'wyk', Thomas de Cumbe, Gilbert the tailor of Bath. Dated Bath, xi kal. April 1280.
R.III. f. 343.
Assent of Robert archbishop of Canterbury to an accord between King Edward [I] and Robert bishop of Bath and Wells concerning the patronage of the monastery of Glastonbury, (as R.I. f. 129d.: above, p. 166; but in addition) reciting a grant and quitclaim, dated Lambeth v non. May 1275, made by bishop Robert to the king, of the service of all lands and fees now of the abbey of Glastonbury, with the patronage or custody of the said abbey, which his predecessors had by grant of King Richard, King John and King Henry III, the mercies and amercements of the abbot when he should fall into the king's mercy, and the moiety which remained to Walter Gyffard formerly bishop of Bath and Wells and his successors (by a composition with Robert then abbot of Glastonbury) of amercements, fines, escapes of thieves, chattels of fugitives and condemned persons, murders and oxen of disseisin arising from the lands and fees of the men of the abbey and of all their fees and men, and other liberties which the bishops likewise had, (saving to the said bishop and his successors, and to their churches of Bath and Wells, the manor and advowson of Pokeleschurch in county Gloucester, the manor and free chapel of Blakeford, the manor and advowson of Wynescumbe, and the manor of Cranemere in county Somerset, the last named quit of all suit of courts and hundreds, one knight's fee in Camelerton, and the fees to the manors aforesaid pertaining, the advowsons of Cristemelford and Kyngton in county Wyltes, Assebury in county Berks, and Boclonde in county Dorset, and the amercements, fines, etc. arising from the manors above mentioned and the fees and men thereto belonging,) ϵo that the abbot and convent shall be immediately answerable to the king in all things concerning their abbey, fees and liberties; in exchange for the city and suburb of Bath, with houses, garden and meadow below the said city on the east side between the Avon and the said city, the advowsons of churches if any there be to the king belonging in the city and suburb, and other appurtenances, except the Barton which the
prior and convent of Bath hold of the king in fee farm, and also for certain liberties concerning the said city granted by the king's charter; saving other rights, possessions and liberties granted by the kings of England to the bishop and his said churches, and his diocesan jurisdiction and authority in the said abbey.
R.III f. 343d.
Copy, under seal of the cathedral of Bath, of letters patent of King Edward III, tested at York 4 July 8 Edward III, being a licence in mortmain to Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells to give the site of his palace, 170 feet by 130 feet, with a house called Bisschopesboure situate thereupon, to the prior and convent of Bath to enlarge the priory, reciting the finding of an inquisition ad quod damnum thereupon taken before Ralph de Middelneye his escheator in Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall and Devon. (See Pat. Cal. p. 559).
Also of a grant dated Blakeford 1 July 1336, made by bishop Ralph to the prior and chapter of Bath, of the use of a place in the city of Bath called Bisschopesboure and a piece of ground adjoining to build thereon; reciting that the same has proved useless and expensive to his predecessors, that the buildings are ruinous, and that it is only divided from the priory by a wall; reserving to the bishop and his successors the use of such dwelling when they should come to Bath.
Also of a letter of attorney, dated Blakeford 1 July 10 Edward III, by the same bishop to Richard Springeheose his bailiff of Claverton, to put the prior and chapter in corporal possession thereof, in pursuance of the above grant.
Notification by Thomas prior of Bath and the chapter to all whom it may concern, dated Bath, the morrow of the Conversion of St. Paul 1336, that the dean and chapter of Wells have seen these documents and heard them read, and have allowed sealed copies to be placed in their treasury, with undertaking to defray expenses.
R.III f. 345d.
Award of Joscelin bishop of Bath in a dispute between Robert abbot of Glastonbury and the convent on the one part and Master Martin de Summa the pope's subdeacon on the other; that the abbey shall pay the tithes due and accustomed of the church of Bodeclya, to wit of hay, mills, vaccaries, fisheries, etc., and the usual log against Christmas, also the tithe of Domerham park according to the custom of parks in the archbishopric of Canterbury, and shall pay 100l. at Domerham in ten half yearly instalments for rents, arrears, costs, an exhibition of four horses and as many servants, and all other disputed claims, under pain of 5 marks at each term to the fabrics of Wells and Salisbury: Master Martin shall withdraw all plaint and action, shall before Midsummer give up all instruments concerning the same, and if any be hereafter produced to the prejudice of the abbey they shall be of no effect; the said Martin shall save the abbey harmless, and in such case the payments aforesaid shall cease: if he die during
the next five years, he may dispose of the unpaid instalments by will: payment shall if necessary be made of the rents of Domerham, Marton and Ydomeston, and the steward of the abbey, the servants and reeves of those manors shall be sworn to keep back enough of such rents to content the same, and the pain if incurred: any error or obscurity herein to be corrected by the bishop and his successors. Accepted by the parties, submitting them to the bishop to enforce this award, the said Martin being sworn that he has not parted with any instruments, and Albert his nephew abjuring all claim. Done in the chapter of Glastonbury, the morrow of St. Benedict 27 bishop Joscelin.
R.III. f. 346d.
Grant by Hugh bishop of Lincoln, that all the fees, lands and tenements held by his brother Joscelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury in the hundreds of Ceddre and Wintestoke, and the men thereof, shall be for ever quit of suits of the said hundreds, and enjoy all such liberties and free customs as his other lands and men have. Witnesses: Geoffrey son of Baldwin the grantor's steward, Master Hugh de Wilton, Master William de Keynesham, Peter de Wilton, Peter de Bathonia, Stephen de Baddebiry. Dated Stowe, iiii id. July 5 bishop Hugh, by Master William de Thornaco archdeacon of Stowe.
R.III. f. 347d.
Gift by Hugh the chaplain, minister of the poor of the hospital of St. Bartholomew London, to Joscelin bishop of Bath, of the advowson of St. George of Heanton.
R.III. f. 347d.
Acknowledgment by Thomas Avenant, that Joscelin bishop of Bath has granted to him and his heirs, for his service, the whole tenement at Cantok belonging to Lydiard called Bissopeswod, to hold of the bishop and his successors by the service of 5s. a year, except the wood of demesne there, and except the hill (montana); and in the wood he has granted that they may have 20 swine quit of pannage, fencing, and brushwood to burn by view of the bishop's servant, and upon the hill they and their men may have pasture for their own beasts, and fuel likewise for their fire: but the residue of the wood and hill (claimed by the said Thomas of the gift of the bishop's predecessors) shall remain to the bishop and his successors, except 20 acres next the close of the said Thomas, which shall remain to the said Thomas and his heirs.
R.III. f. 347d. (NOTE.—The ordnance survey shews a narrow strip of the parish of Bishops Lydeard extending right across the ridge of the Quantocks, and including a height known as Lydeard Hill, below which on the north eastern slope is a farm called Bishpool.)
Grant and demise by William the chaplain, proctor of the hospital of St. Bartholomew London, the brethren and sisters thereof, to Joscelin bishop of Bath and Wells for ever in final sale, of 10s. quit rent which the bishop used to pay yearly of part of his messuage in the parish of St. Clement de Denissemannecherch,
on the south side of the church towards the Thames, paying to Richard son of Edward and his heirs a yearly rent of 1lb. of pepper at Michaelmas, in consideration of 9 marks. Witnesses: Andrew Bukerel mayor of London, Richard Renger, Roger le Duc, Terricus de Colonia, Stephen de la Strande, Richard son of Edward.
R.III. f. 348d.
Indenture made 18 April 40 Edward III, between the dean and chapter of Wells on the one part and Hugh Caucey of Northcuri on the other, being the defeasance of a bond in 100l. given by the said Hugh, upon condition that he shall within a certain time content the dean and chapter of their costs and damages for his wrongful hunting in the warren of their manor of Northcuri, whereof there was a plea in the king's court, and that he shall either produce a judgment of Henry de Persay in favour of his right of fishery in Tone and other waters, or make amends for his wrongful fishing at their discretion. Dated the chapter house Wells.
R.III. f. 349.
Gift by John de Abbodestun to Joscelin bishop of Bath and his successors of all the wood he had in the manor of Puklescherch called Bradelegh, with the arable land within the wood, 1 acre outside, and all his meadow in Redmore and Hey, to hold in frank almoin, with warranty, in exchange for the wood of Clehangre which is near Abbodestun, given to him with warranty by charter of the said bishop at a rent of 10s. a year, which he must keep enclosed lest the bishop's cattle be impounded. Done at Bath, 3 October 25 bishop Joscelin.
R.III. f. 349d.
Gift by Hugh bishop of Lincoln to Joscelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury and his successors of half a knight's fee in Nortun, held of grantor by Stephen de Altavilla, and after him by Reginald his son, and by grantor of the king, with the homage and service of the said Reginald and his heirs; also quitclaim of such service, and grant that the said half fee and all other fees, lands and tenements held by bishop Joscelin in the hundreds of Ceddre and Wyntescombe (sic), and all the men thereof, shall be quit of all suits of the said hundreds, and enjoy the same liberties as his other manors. Witnesses: Geoffrey son of Baldwin the grantor's steward, Master Hugh de Wylton, Master William de Keynesham, Peter de Wilton, Peter de Bathonia, Stephen de Baddebiry. Dated Stowe, iiii id. July 5 bishop Hugh, by Master William de Thornaco archdeacon of Stowe.
R.III. f. 350.
Quitclaim by James de Moiendinis to John bishop of Bath and Wells and his successors of a messuage and one virgate of land, also of 3½ acres of overland formerly held in villenage by Joan who was wife of Martin at Bergh in Kingsbury Episcopi, and after by the said James (by gift of the said bishop, confirmed by the dean
and chapter of Wells and by the prior and convent of Bath) with warranty. Witnesses: Sir William de Weylond knight, Roger att Wall, Roger le Frye, John de Gauelbrogg', William Loue, Hugh at Bergh, Thomas Peroun. Dated Kingesburi aforesaid, 22 February 18 Edward II.
R.III. f. 350.
Gift by Robert prior of Bath and the convent to Joscelin their bishop of the advowson of Stoke Giffard. Done in the chapter of Bath, xv kal. April 1214.
R.III. f. 350d.
Gift by William son of Walter de Scremeby to William bishop of Bath and Wells, of all lands, tenements and meadows which came to him by inheritance in the manor of Wells by the death of Richard le Norreys his uncle, performing for him the service due to the chief lords, with warranty, in consideration of 15 marks. Witnesses: Sir Bartholomew de Empnebergh, Amis' de Bayuse, William de Cameria, Robert de Ceddre, Peter de Wodeford, John le Mazun, John de Gersingdon.
R.III. f. 351.
Bond of P. prior of the hospital of St. John Wells to R. bishop of Bath and his successors, that he will not raise the mill pool of the mill by him built upon the land of his house at Hilemore in the bishop's manor of Wells so high as to damage the mills of the said manor; also that he will receive to multure no customary tenant of the said bishop who ought to grind at the bishop's mill: power in case of contravention to the bishop's bailiffs to take the sluices of the said mill. Witnesses: Master W. de Badeston the bishop's official, Hugh de Atrio dei, Michael de Childrinton the bishop's steward, Sir R. vicar of St. Cuthbert, Master Geoffrey de Wyke.
R.III. f. 351.
Inspeximus and approval by Robert archbishop of Canterbury and primate, dated Otteford ii kal. September 1274, of a notice by his official, that he does not intend to proceed in the matter of election of an abbot by the prior and convent of Glastonbury, by reason of an appeal made before him iiii id. July 1274 in the church of St. Mary le Bow London by the subdean of Wells (as proctor of the bishop of Bath and Wells), in presence of Hilary de Lodres proctor general of the said prior and convent, against their election of Robert Taunton (corrected in the margin to John de Taunton) without the bishop's licence to elect; reciting the said appeal, the proxy given by the prior and convent of Glastonbury of the order of St. Benedict to Sir Hilary de Lodres their clerk dated pridie kal. June 1274, and that given by the bishop to the archdeacon and subdean of Wells, dated London xvii kal. June 1274.
R.III. f. 351d.–353.
Acknowledgment by Geoffrey de Stanewell that he holds immediately of Walter bishop of Bath and Wells and of his successors all the lands late of Sir Matthew de Stratton archdeacon of Buckingham in Evercriz, Stratton and Prestel[egh] which he has of the feoffment of the said Matthew. Witnesses: Sir Ralph Sansaver, Sir Elyas de la Mare, Sir Elyas Cotel knights, John le Hus', Henry de Nunny, Peter de la Mare, Hugh Wytang' of Cranemere.
R.III. f. 353.
Ratification by Thomas prior of Glastonbury and the convent of the gift made by the prior and convent of Bath to Joscelin their bishop, of the advowsons of Stoke Giffard and Dokemerefeld, and of 20s. which they used to receive yearly of the church of Dokemerefeld; and assent to the renunciation by the said prior and convent of their right in the church of Chiu.
R.III. f. 353. Adam de Domerham, i. 238.
Grant and quitclaim by Walter de Dunheved and Walter de Wyka to Joscelin bishop of Bath and his successors, of all the land, meadow, and whatever they had within the close of Wells park, with 5 acres of land on the south side of the street which was the usual way to Dulting', whereon has been raised the park wall and a road made outside it; in exchange for two messuages in the town of Wells Biestwall, one which Christina Pighele and one which Chuderic Pighele held, and two small parcels of land, one on the north the other on the south side of the road to Horningedon, 10½ acres of the bishop's demesne at Karswell, 3 acres below Stabergh which Adam Grenun held, 17½ acres of the bishop's demesne at Staburgh, 4 acres at Beriall, 1 acre at Ailtredehull, 7 acres of his demesne meadow of Horningdon, and fencing of the bishop's wood every other year to enclose the said meadow. Witnesses: Thomas de Cicestria, Richard de Meauleberg', Reginald de Wodeford, William the forester, Helyas son of Richard, William the cook.
R.III. f. 353d.
Indenture of grant and quitclaim by Richard son of Walter de Hentun to Joscelin bishop of Bath and his successors, of 8 acres of arable land and 2 acres of meadow outside the borough of Wells, (parcel of half a virgate which the said Richard held of the said bishop for 2s. a year,) whereof 5 acres lie on the north side of the road to Burcot at the head of a cultura of the bishop's demesne called Portcroft, 3 acres and the 2 acres of meadow on the north side of the fulling mill near the watercourse, with warranty, in consideration of 5 marks and the bishop's quitclaim of a rent of 12d. yearly, so that of the residue of the said half virgate the said Richard and his heirs shall pay only 12d. a year to the bishop and his successors. Witnesses: William de Stratton, Walter the chamberlain, Philip de Wyk, Robert de Litletun, Geoffrey de Wodeford, Philip de Cnoll.
R.III. f. 353d.
Inspeximus and ratification by William bishop of Bath and Wells, the prior and convent of Bath, and the dean and chapter of Wells, dated November 1252, of a composition made on Saturday before the feast of St. Barnabas, June 1236, before the abbot of Evesham, the chancellor and the dean of Oxford (judges appointed by the pope), and witnessed by Sir John de Sancto Petro Oxon', Sir John de Cauntel', Sir John Bereford, Sir L. the chaplain, Sir W. the chaplain and Henry the clerk, between Robert rector of Cristemeleford on the one part and the prior and convent of Bradene-stoke on the other, upon a claim made by the said rector for the tithes of their two mills in his said parish, of the meadows called Mulleham and Scirrevemad, of the feedings of their cattle within the parish, and of that rood of land whereon is their withy bed, namely towards the west side, as belonging to his mother church; whereby it was agreed that the rector should remit all action upon his said claim, the prior giving him for an accord and for arrears and costs 50s. less 8d., and in other points they should stand to the old composition made at Oxford on Sunday after St. Peter and St. Paul, July 1229, before Master Humfrey de Milers, Master Nicholas de Heuesham, Master R. de Bunewell, Master Clement de Milcheburn', Master W. de Werministre, Master R. de Stanford, John de Berelane, Robert de Sulinton clerks and Richard de Husborne layman, touching the tithes of the said mills in the town of Cristemeleford, of hay and the feedings of cattle in the said parish, and of the said virgate, namely that the prior and convent should pay the rector 16s. a year for the said tithes at Easter and Michaelmas, with proviso that this personal composition should be made a real ordinance, but excepting the clause that in default of payment the rector's right of action should be restored, and substituting a pain of two besants; moreover the said rector made oath that he would use all diligence that the composition should be made real, and the prior and convent in that case agreed to pay him 5 marks 16s. less 8d.
R.III f. 354.
Notification by Maurice de Gaunt to the men of Axebrugge that, for 100 marks by J. bishop of Bath paid, he has granted and quitclaimed to the said bishop the town of Axebrugge, wherefore they are to be answerable henceforth to the said bishop.
R.III. f. 355.
Grant by William son of John de Harpetre to Joscelin bishop of Bath, of the church of Westharpetre, that he and his successors may dispose thereof at their pleasure, with the appurtenances and liberties, and of the advowson, with warranty. Witnesses: W. de Ralegh, R. de Lexintun, Thomas de Muletun justices of the Bench, Roger Tyrell, John de Campo Florum, Thomas de Altavilla.
R.III. f. 355.
Proxy by Ildicius vicar of Cristemeleford to Gerard Ricobaldi merchant of Florence, to receive from the dean and chapter of
Wells 25 marks which they are bound to pay at the New Temple London in the octave of the Lord's Resurrection for the farm of his said church. Sealed by the said vicar and by Leo archbishop of Milan. Dated Milan, 25 November 1246.
R.III. f. 355d.
Gift by Robert de Barnevill patron of the church of St. George Jorihampton (in margin, Hampton) to the house of the hospital of St. Bartholomew Smethefeld in the suburb of London, towards the maintenance of priests therein ministering, of the said church so far as pertains to a lay person. Witnesses: Richard de Valle Baddonis, Richard de Ware, Richard de Vadis, Helias de Eswelle, Geoffrey son of Eustace, Bartholomew de Sancto Bartholomeo, William de Hely.
R.III. f. 355d.
Gift by Thomas Walensis to Maurice de Gaunt, for his homage and service, of the town of Axebrugge with liberties, to hold to the said Maurice, his heirs and assigns, of the said Thomas and his heirs as freely as Hugh de Wulles (sic) formerly archdeacon of Wells gave, and King John confirmed the same to the said Thomas, (which confirmation has been delivered to the said Maurice,) at a yearly rent of half a mark, in consideration of 100 marks. Witnesses: William Briwer the younger, Thomas de Berkele, Robert son of Richard, Hugh Trevet, William de la Hyda, Henry de Veym, Gilbert de Hendun, Stephen the clerk.
R.III. f. 356.
Bond of Hugh son of Hugh atte Hele of Northcory to the dean and chapter of Wells in 100l. payable at Wells on the day he shall, without their licence, alienate in fee simple, fee tail or for life the lands and tenements or any part thereof which his said father acquired of them in the manor of Northcory, and which descended to him as son and heir. Witnesses: John atte Slo, Thomas de Mere, John de Knappe, William Busscel, John de Muridone, William Gyan, William Huwet, Dated Northcory, Wednesday after St. Tiburtius and St. Valerianus 8 Edward [I ?].
R.III. f. 356.
Undertaking by J. called prior of the Carthusians and the priors and brethren of the whole order for a general chapter assembled, that J. bishop of Bath, for his benefits to their brethren of Wittham and their order, shall be a partaker in all the goods of their order, and that on his obit they will perform as for a brother of the order.
R.III. f. 356d.
Grant by Hugh de Well' archdeacon of Wells to his brother Joscelin the bishop and his successors and to their churches for ever, that their manors of Banwell and Cumton with their appurtenances and the men and tenants thereof shall be quit of suit of the hundred of Wynterstoke, and of all pleas, plaints and demands
to the said Hugh and his heirs belonging by reason of the said hundred. Witnesses: Master Ralph precentor of Wells, Master Helyas de Derham, Thomas de Thorn[aco], Simon de Elmham, Hugh de Well', Peter de Cicestria, Robert de Mandeville.
R.III. f. 356d.
Gift by Julitta Hwiteng to St. Peter and the church of Bath, for the soul of Roger Hwiteng her lord, of the church of St. Bernard Stokes, as the said Roger gave the same, and in addition the tithe of hay of the meadows of Stokes. Witnesses: Henry de Monte forti, Robert de Sancto Laudo, Ernald the parson, Master Robert, Robert Hwiteng, German the chaplain, Angod the chaplain, Albert de Estona, Roger de Monte forti, Alexander de Monte forti, Swife de Stokes, Richard Brand.
R.III. f. 357d.
Renunciation and quitclaim by Robert prior of Bath and the convent to Joscelin their bishop and his successors, of all right in the church of Chyu, giving up to the said bishop all instruments touching the said church which they obtained from the papal see or from bishop Savaricus. Done in the chapter of Bath, xv kal. April 1214.
R.III. f. 357d.
Copy return to a mandate of John bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Banwell non. December 1328, (reciting the presentation made by Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells, of John de Hampton Meysi priest to the vicarage of Berghes, the parish church whereof is appropriated to his archdeaconry, and desiring information with a view to the appointment of such vicarage,) made by his clerk Walter de Hull rector of Schepton Belli Campi and commissary of the bishop's official, of an inquisition taken in the parish of Axebrugge xv kal. February the same year by Sir William rector of Lymplesham, Sir Andrew rector of Schepham, Sir Adam rector of Axebrugge, Sir Adam rector of Hotton dean of Axebrugge, Sir William rector of Rowebergh, Walter vicar of Were, Thomas vicar of Wynescombe, Henry vicar of Lokkynge, finding that the oblations of the altars of the church of Berghes, with the tithes of wool, cheese, milk, lambs, calves, foals, apples, eggs, fisheries, geese, curtilages, hay and mills to the said church belonging are of the yearly value of 16 marks, but the tithes of corn of 25 marks: and that notice has been given to the archdeacon. Dated Axebrugge, as above. Sealed by the bishop, London, xiii kal. March the same year.
Gift indented by Adam abbot of Glastonbury and the convent to Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells, of one acre of land in Berghes, in name of glebe, and of the advowson of the church of that town, in exchange for the messuages, lands, tenements, rents and services of free men and villeins which they had
of the gift of the said archdeacon in Middelton Abbatis by Jevelchestre, to hold to the said archdeacon and his successors of the chief lords, with warranty. Sealed by the parties, and by John de Drokenesford bishop of Bath and Wells, Robert de Clopcote prior of Bath and the convent, and John de Godelegh dean of Wells and the chapter. Witnesses: Sir John de Clevedone, Sir Robert de Brent, Sir Hugh de Langelonde knights, Richard Barbe, Thomas de la More. Dated Berghes, Friday the Nativity of St. John Baptist 2 Edward III.
R.III. f. 859.
Grant and undertaking indented by Adam abbot of Glastonbury and the convent to Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells, by reason of lands and tenements in Middeltone Abbatis by Jevelchestre, which they had of his gift, in exchange for one acre of land in name of glebe and the advowson of Bergh', that if they and their successors ever be thereof impleaded so as to vouch the said archdeaoon and his successors to warranty, and the archdeacon consequently shall vouch the heirs of William de Myddelton, they will produce one ancient charter of the said lands and tenements made by William de Middeltone to John de Buttone formerly provost of Wells and his heirs, with warranty by the said William, and another made by William de Buttone to Thomas de Buttone archdeacon of Wells and his successors, which two charters the said archdeacon has to them delivered, and will deliver them to the archdeacon until such warranty be deraigned in the king's court; also by the archdeacon that, when such warranty be so deraigned, he and his successors will deliver them again to the abbot. Dated Middelton Abbatis, Friday the Nativity of St. John Baptist 2 Edward III.
R.III. f. 359d.
Decree of Richard bishop of Bath and Wells (upon the representation of Master John Gunthorp dean of Wells and the chapter that archdeacons and others collated by the bishop's predecessors to dignities, parsonages and offices in the church of Wells were installed, inducted and put in real and corporal possession, not by the dean, subdean or president of the chapter, but by some other at the will of the bishop, whereby they were not sworn to observe the statutes, ordinances and customs of that church) that henceforth the installation and induction of all such persons, as of the canons, shall belong to the dean and chapter, and none shall be installed or inducted but by the dean, subdean, or (in their absence) by the president and chapter, and shall previously in the chapter house be sworn as aforesaid; and further that every archdeacon shall be sworn to collect the fruits of vacant benefices in his archdeaconry and render an account thereof to the chapter every year on October 1 or within 15 days after, and to pay over two thirds to the dean and chapter; annulling any installation or induction contrary to the premisses made or attempted. Dated Warwick, 17 May 1493.
Ratification by John Cauntlowe prior of Bath and the convent, dated 20 June; and by John Gunthorpe dean of Wells and the chapter, dated 22 June 1493.
R.III. ff. 360–1.