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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Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated in the chapter of Wells xiii kal. Dec. 1263, to a grant made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to Stephen Russel and Joan his wife for their service of one fardel of land in Bocland of his manor of Welynton which William Russel formerly held, to hold for their lives of the bishop and his successors at a yearly rent of 6s. 8d.
payable quartely, and further 4½d. to the bishop's larderer at Martinmas, and at St. Peter ad vincula 1d. as Peter's penny, and 1d. called hundredespeni for all demands, saving suit of the hundred and of the bishop's court of Welynton as other free men of the manor, fencing of his park of Westbyri as much as the said William used to do, and two ploughings one in summer one in winter to be done yearly; witnessed by John Fortis chancellor of Wells, Master Thomas Franceis the bishop's steward, Henry de Wolaynton, Master William de Bosynton, Richard de Bamfeld, Ralph de Lullynton, Thomas de Welynton, John de Benecumb, John de Jordanestane.
R.I. f. 81.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated in the chapter of Wells Monday after St. Andrew 1263, to a grant made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to Richard le Fox his yeoman for his service of one fardel of land with a messuage etc. at la Clyve in his manor of Jatton, which Osbert the gardener formerly held, to hold of the bishop and his successors to Richard and the heirs of his body at a yearly rent of 20d. payable quarterly, and further 6d. at Martinmas to the bishop's larderer for all demands, saving suit of the hundred and of the bishop's court of Jatton as other free men of the manor, and fencing of his park of Westbiry as much as Osbert used to do; witnessed by Master William de Bosynton, Sir Gilbert de Sarum chaplain, Richard de Bamfeld canon of Wells, Sir Philip de Wyk, Richard de la More, Adam de Button, Richard de Ken, Bartholomew de la More, Thomas de Heghame.
R.I. f. 81.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated in the chapter of Wells vi kal. January 1263, to an appropriation made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to the prior and convent of Bath of the church of St. Mary de Stall's Bath, previously of their patronage, to enter upon the decease or cession of the rector, saving a competent vicarage therein, and a pension anciently payable to the sacrist of the said monastery, dated id. May 15 bishop William, by J. chancellor of Wells.
R.I. f. 81.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated Wells kal. January 1263, to a grant made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to Adam de Crokesleg his servant for his service, of one ferling of one ferling of land in Ceddre, which Robert Unthonk held for life, to hold of the bishop and his successors for life at a yearly rent of 2s. 6d. payable quarterly; witnessed by William de Aure, Roger Harold, Stacy de Batecumb, William son of Walter, Geoffrey Gyngelot, and dated Banewell, vi kal. January 1263.
R.I. f. 81d.
Form of oath of the vicars in the cathedral church of Wells, when they are to be made perpetual, according to the statute of the said church, swearing obedience to the dean and chapter in
canonical and lawful commands, to keep the secrets of the chapter, observe the statutes and customs of the church of Wells, and be diligent in learning the psalter, hymnal, and antiphonary.
R.I. f. 81d.
Citation by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to the prior and convent of Bath, to send proctors to Fernton on Thursday before Palm Sunday to arrange with their proctors about procuring from the king's court a joint licence to elect a bishop, according to the provision made by Roger bishop of Bath and Wells. Dated in the chapter of Wells, vi id. April 1264.
R.I. f. 82.
Proxy of E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, addressed to the prior and convent of Bath and their proctors, in favour of Master Nicholas de Sancto Quintino, Sir Gilbert de Sar' and Master Godfrey Giffard canons of Wells, for the above purpose. Dated v id. April 1264.
R.I. f. 82.
Proxy of W. prior of Bath and the convent, addressed to E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, in favour of their brethren Richard le Noreys the cellarer and Nicholas the precentor, for the above purpose. Dated in the chapter of Bath, Wednesday before Palm Sunday the same year.
R.I. f. 82.
Petition of E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to King H[enry III], notifying the death of William bishop of Bath and Wells, and their right of election jointly with the prior and convent of BAth, to be carried by Master Godfrey Giffard and Master Richard de Bamfeld two of the canons with Richard le Noreys the cellarer and John de Reding monks of Bath, praying his licence to elect. Dated in the chapter of Wells, Friday before Palm Sunday 1264.
R.I. f. 82.
Citation by W. prior of Bath and the convent to the dean and chapter of Wells to assemble by proctors with their own proctors at Fernton on St. Mark's day and fix a day for the election of a bishop. Dated in the chapter of Bath, the morrow of St. George 1264.
R.I. f. 82.
Proxy of E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, addressed to W. prior of BAth and the convent, in favour of Master Roger de Sapwyk and Sir Gilbert de Sarr' canons of Wells, to meet at Fernton on St. Mark's day for that purpose. Dated in the chapter of Wells, Thursday before St. Mark 1264.
R.I. f. 82d.
Letters patent of King H[enry III] granting licence to the dean and chapter of Wells and the prior and convent of Bath, at the prayer of Master Godfrey Giffard and Richard de Bamfeld canons
of Wells, Richard le Noreys and John de Rading monks of Bath, to elect a bishop after the death of bishop William. Tested at Notyngham, 15 April 48 Henry III.
R.I. f. 82d.
Proxy of W. prior of Bath and the convent, addressed to E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, in favour of Gilbert the subprior and Nicholas the precentor, to meet at Fernton on St. Mark's day, as above. Dated in the chapter of Bath, Thursday before St. Mark 1264.
R.I. f. 82d.
Memorandum that Master Roger de Sapwyk and Gilbert de Sarr' canons of Wells proctors of the dean and chapter, Gilbert de Dunstorr the subprior and Nicholas the precentor of Bath proctors of the prior and convent, met at Fernthon on St. Mark's day 1264 to fix a day for the joint election of a bishop in the church of Wells, and agreed upon Thursday after St. Dunstan. Sealed by the proctors.
R.I. f. 82d.
Commission by Walter prior of Bath and the convent, Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, in session in the chapter of Wells on Thursday after St. Dunstan to treat about the election of a bishop, to Edward the dean, William the archdeacon, John the subdean, and Richard the succentor of Wells, Gilbert de Dunstorr the subprior, Martin de Anna, John de Reding and Th[omas] de Anna monks of Bath to elect a bishop 'of the bosom or college of their said churches.' Dated in the chapter of Wells, the day aforesaid 1264.
R.I. f. 82d.
Formal declaration by the dean of Wells that in May 1264, in the reign of Henry [III], on Thursday after St. Dunstan, namely xi kal. June, the churches of Bath and Wells being destitute of a pastor by the death of bishop William, his body being first committed to the tomb, and a day fixed by the prior and convent of Bath the dean and chapter of Wells to elect in the chapter of the cathedral church of Wells, Gilbert de Dunstorr subprior, Martin de Anna, John de Reding and Thomas de Anna monks of Bath commissioners of the prior and convent, Edward dean of Wells, William archdeacon, John subdean, and Richard succentor of Wells commissioners of the chapter agreed upon Master Walter Giffard the pope's subdeacon and chaplain a canon of Wells; and decreeing the said Walter bishop elect. Sealed by both chapters.
R.I. f. 82d.
Citation by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to Hugh de Mot' one of the canons, to be present in the conventual church of Bath on St. Scolastica's day iv id. February, to treat of the
election of a bishop, Walter Giffard being translated to York, and the king's licence obtained. Dated in the chapter of Wells, iii id. January 1266.
R.I. f. 82d.
Petition of the dean and chapter of Wells (by the dean and Master William le Rus one of the canons) to King H[enry III] notifying their election jointly with the prior and convent of Bath of Walter Giffard as bishop, and praying his assent. Dated Wells, x kal. June 1264.
R.I. f. 83.
Similar petition (by William le Rus canon of Wells and clerk of the church of Bath and Master Robert de Phangfoss clerk) to B, archbishop of Canterbury primate of England, stating the circumstances of the election, and praying his confirmation. Dated Wells, x kal. June 1264.
R.I. f. 83.
Institution by Giles bishop of Salisbury of Geoffrey de Merkesbury chaplain to the vicarage of Bokland in that diocese, on the presentation of William de Button canon of Wells and rector thereof, being sworn to reside according to the new constitution of Ottobonus: to have his portion in all oblations to the church and dependent chapels and in all small tithes of the parish (Glastonbury manor excepted), a manse with curtilage and meadow adjoining, while the great tithes, mortuaries, and small tithes of Glastonbury manor, the rectory manse and demesne lands of the church are assigned to the rector and his successors. Dated Poterne. xiv kal. April 9 (sic) bishop Giles.
R.I. f. 83d. The episcopate of Giles de Bridport lasted about 6 years, 1256. 62.
Inspeximus by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated in chapter, v kal. November 1265, of a bull of Pope Urban IV with dispensation to Nicholas son of Nicholas rector of Dokemerefeud, Winchester diocese, to hold two other benefices with cure of souls together with the same, provided they be not defrauded of due services; dated Orvieto (apud urbem veterem) vi kal. March 2 Pope Urban.
R.I. f. 84.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated viii id. June 1266, to a grant made by Walter bishop of Bath and Wells to Randolf called the parker for his service of one virgate of land in the town of Westburi which John le Smok're held with a messuage etc., also 3 acres of meadow called overland, and 2 acres of arable land for oats in two fields which are likewise overland, to hold to Randolf and his heirs of the bishop and his successors at a yearly rent of 15s. payable quarterly for all demands, saving suit of the bishop's courts of Wells and Westburi, and fencing of his park of Westburi as other free men of the town are bound to do: relief 30s. at each succession: grantee and his heirs may not pledge the land to Jews, nor convey to men of religion: witnessed by Sir William Giffard, Sir Richard de la More, Sir Philip de Wyk, Master William de Bosinton and Gilbert de Sarr' canons of Wells, Master Alexander de la Cnoll, Sir Richard le Brun, Richard London, Adam Canun.
R.I. f. 84.
Inspeximus and consent, dated vii id. August 1267, by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, to an appropriation made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to Robert abbot of Glastonbury and the convent of the churches of Dulting and Est brente, already of their partonage, after the death or cession of the then rectors, saving portions for the vicarages of the said churches for their support and the maintenance of episcopal and other charges, and all pensions, (the bishop's, archdeacon's and other customs and dues being apportioned between the convent and the vicars,) and payment of 40s. yearly to the archdeacon in lieu of sequestrations upon vacancies, whereof 2 marks shall be payable by the archdeacon to the warden of the fabric of the church of Wells: dated vii kal. August 1267.
R.I. f. 84. Compare Adam de Domerham. i. 259.
Inspeximus and assent, dated iii id. April the same year, by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, to a Master Thomas de Button canon of Wells, upon resigning the office of precentor, of a yearly pension of 20l. from the bishop's chamber, payable half yearly at Wells, until he be provided with a benefice of equal value; dated March 1268.
R.I. f. 84d.
Inspeximus and assent, dated iii id. April 1268, by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, to a grant made by Walter late bishop of Bath and Wells to Robert Walerond, for his homage and service, of the wood in Pokeleschurch next the grantee's park of Siston to increase the said park, to hold to him and his heirs of the bishop and his successors at a yearly rent of 1d. at Michaelmas, with warranty; witnessed by William Giffard, John de Chiverel, John de Grymstede, Thomas de Sancto Vigore, John son of William, Roger de Clifton, Thomas de Daenton, Maurice de Salso Marisco.
R.I. f. 84d.
Bond of Geoffrey de Brideport to Edward dean of Wells and the chapter for 100s. yearly payable in the church of Wells of the land of Kerchel towards the maintenance of four priests vicars of the church of Wells, so that they perform two daily masses for the souls of Dame Agatha de Meysi and her ancestors, Geoffrey de Brideport, Margery his wife etc. in the chapel of St. Mary on the south side of the great church of Wells for ever, secured upon lands in Kerchel granted him by the said Agatha; grantor or his heirs to present. Witnesses: Philip de Button, Laurence de Cumpton, Richard de London the dean's steward, Richard de Dultincote, John Annore burgesses of Wells, John de Mourton, William de la Cnolle, Geoffrey de Lucy. Dated Wells, Wednesday after Palm Sunday 1268.
(In margin: 'Brideport, set nunc Chideok.')
R.I. f. 84d.: III. f. 130d. See original deed No. 95.
Ordinance of William bishop of Bath and Wells whereby, a question having arisen between E[d ward] dean of Wells and Richard de Bamfeld canon of Wells touching a yearly payment of 6 marks from the church of Merk, (which Richard claims as due to his prebend, while the dean claims that he and his successors should be freed thereof,) considering the poverty of the prebends of Wells, and also the burden upon the rector of Dogmerefeld (of his own patronage) touching a yearly pension of 20s. to the prebend which the said Richard holds, and for his affection to the church of Merk which he lately dedicated, and to its rectors the deans or Wells, he makes the chapel of Dinre (wherein he has the advowson) a prebend of the church of Wells, and assigns the same to the said Richard, to enter upon any vacancy occurring, saving to himself and his successors after the death or cession of the said Richard the appointment of the prebendary; and the said pensions of 6 marks from the church of Merk and 20s. from that of Dogemerefeld shall case; and whereas the parishioners of Dinre are buried at the mother church of St. Cuthbert Wells, by their consent and that of John vicar of St. Cuthbert, because canons of cathedral churches have to reside therein and are thus removed from the cure of souls in parish churches, such cure of souls shall remain with the vicar aforesaid, and the said Richard and his successors shall present a chaplain, to be maintained at their charges, and to swear fealty to the said vicar and his successors, who shall receive of the fruits of the said chapel one quarter of wheat and 8 bushels of good oats yearly at Christmas by the hand of the prebendary, saving to the vicar all he has been heretofore used to receive, and to the dean and chapter tithes and other rights in the parish of the said chapel. Dated in the chapter of Wells, ii non. April 1268.
R.I. f. 85.
Bond of Thomas de Vitery to Sir Reginald Scori vicar of Wells for 4s. yearly during his life payable quarterly, for houses granted by him in the new street of Wells between the tenement of Thomas the weaver and that late of William Buche, and after his death
for 4s. yearly payable to the communar on the obit of the said Reginald by the said Thomas his heirs and assigns, to be divided among the clerks serving in the church or Wells towards an anniversary. Witnesses: John de Hereford, Ralph de Lullington, Adam de la More canons of Wells, Richard of London, Roger Eustace, John Mogge, Richard de Dultincote, Adam Canun, William Blundel.
R.I. f. 85d.
Grant and sale by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to Cecily who was wife of Robert de Mere of the custody and marriage of Simon son and heir of the said Robert in Northcuri, or in case of his death of the brother or sister who shall be next heir, in consideration of 10 marks. Dated in the chapter of Wells, St. Alban's day 1268.
R.I. f. 85d.
Bond of Walter de Lechelade succentor of Wells to pay yearly on St. Faith's day 2s. 6d. to the communar of St. Andrew towards the obit of Reginald Scori vicar of Wells, and 2s. to the guardian of the altar of St. Mary to maintain one wax candle, of a rent of 4s. 9d. which William de Wedmore vicar of Wells bought of Sir Philip de Wyke, issuing from houses between the churchyard of St. Cuthbert and the houses of Robert Long the weaver, and granted to the said Walter and his successors for that the said houses are of the fee of the succentor. Dated Wells, Thursday after the translation of St. Thomas M. 1268.
R.I. f. 85d.
Bond of Robert prior of Berliz of the order of St. Augustine and the college or convent to pay for the soul of Hugh de Rumenal late treasurer of Wells 100s. yearly in the church of Wells at Easter and Michaelmas, (subject to a penalty of 20s. towards the fabric of the church of Wells,) 50s. towards the maintenance of two chaplains, vicars of the church of Wells, to celebrate in the said church for ever according to the yearly appointment of the dean and chapter at Michaelmas, 3s. 4d. towards the lights and ornaments, and 26s. 8d. towards his anniversary; the executors of the said Hugh having provided 200 marks with which they have procured the advowson of the church of Wynesford, 100s. yearly rents in villenage and half a virgate of land in that manor; undertaking further to perform a solemn service in their choir on iii non. March for ever with placebo and dirige, and provide a pittance of 4s. that day to be divided between them and the poor. Sealed by the convent, William bishop of Bath and Wells and his official. Dated Wells, vi id. November 1268.
R.I. f. 86, repeated f. 88d.: III. f. 130d. Compare original deed No. 96.
Bond of the bishop, dean and chapter of Wells to pay O.cardinal deacon of St. Mary in Via Lata a yearly pension of 100 marks of good new and lawful sterling (13s. 4d. every mark) payable in
London at Michaelmas to his proctors, until a dignity, parsonage or benefices of equal value be provided, or for his life. Dated Wells, viii id. January 1268.
R.I. f. 86d.
Bond of W. bishop of Bath and Wells, whereas the dean and chapter of Wells at his request have become bound with him to Octovian cardinal deacon of St. Mary in Via Lata for payment of 100 marks yearly, to pay the said sum to the said cardinal or his proctor at the New Temple London yearly at Michaelmas, and to save harmless the dean and chapter. Dated Wells, vii id. January 1268.
R.I. f. 86d.
Gift by Richard de Bamfeld canon of Wells to St. Andrew and the dean and chapter of Wells of the land and meadow with houses etc. which he had of the gift of Walter Magot of Wells in Wokihole, namely 14 acres to be sown yearly in one field and 13 acres in another, with a great sheepfold, and 2½ acres of meadow to be mown yearly; also the land and meadow which he had of the said Walter in Wells and Dultingcote, namely in one field 16½ acres to be sown yearly, in another 15½ acres, with 2 acres of arable land in Wells field, one called Carswell acre and one near the highway leading to Horngdone (*Horyngdon), with 6½ acres to be mown yearly in the meadows of Dultingcote and one acre of meadow near Carswell acre; also 1 mark yearly rent of houses belonging to the vicarage of St. Cuthbert Wells which the vicar has of his gift, 8 s. of houses adjoining those of William Fellard on the east side, half a mark of Richard son of Peter de Fonte in Touk'stre street (*Towkerstrete), and 3s. of the houses of Ralph de Meryeth in the same street; also his houses, at the head of the new street on the west side: to hold in frank almoin at a yearly rent of 4 d. to the bishop from the last houses, 50 s. to two priests vicars of the church of Wells alternately celebrating a daily mass for the souls of the grantor's father and mother, of William bishop of Bath and Wells, of William provost of Cumbe and of the grantor at the alter of St. Edmund Conf. in the nave (by which he has by leave of the dean and chapter chosen his place of burial), and 3s. 4d. towards the maintenance of two wax candles to burn during such mass, and of the vestments and ornaments of the said alter, also 8s. 4d. to divide among 200 poor ashamed to beg, on iii non. Oct. during his life (or if that day fall on Saturday or Sunday on the Friday before) and after his decease on his anniversary, by the communar and the said two priests, who shall have for their labour 12d.; the dean and chapter paying the communar 10 s. to be shared among the canons and other clerks present at the high mass of the Holy Spirit or (after his death) at the service of the dead on the day named, 6s. towards a wax candle to burn before the rood in the nave, after the second ringing for matins nightly until matins be said, also paying the vicar guardian of the alter of St. Mary in the said church on St. Andrew's day 4 s. towards the maintenance of one mortar to burn nightly before the same
to the sacrist 6d. and the subsacrist 2d. for sounding the gong on his anniversary and lighting and putting out the said candle and mortar; the vicars to be presented by the grantor or his proctor during his life, afterwards by the dean and chapter. If in any year all cannot be fulfilled. the obit or lights first to be withdrawn, but the mass in any case to be celebrated: any surplus to pious uses. The said mass to be celebrated daily before the commencement of the mass or hours at the altar of the Virgin. The said priests to collect the rents under a penalty of 1lb of wax towards the light of the high altar in case of any neglect. Warranty clause. Witnesses: Sir Philip de Wyke, Philip de Button, Walter le Flemyng, Richard de London, Richard de Dultingcote, Thomas le Fronc, John de Cerde, Peter de Wodeford, Richard Strecch.
R.I. f. 87: III. f. 125.
Grant indented by W. dean of Wells and the chapter to John de Ho their vicar of 14 acres of arable land in one field and 13 acres in another at Wokyhole, with one sheepfold and 2½ acres of meadow, which they had of the gift and feoffment of Richard de Bamfeld, at a yearly rent of 16 s. towards the service of St. Eadmund's alter for four years, after which time the said John shall pay yearly during his life, so long as he will hold the said land of them, 18 s. as above, and keep the sheepfold in repair: in presence (with the dean) of W. archdeacon of Wells, Th. archdeacon of Bath, P. the bishop's official, W. the succentor of Wells, W. de Welington, J. de Wynburn, R. de Gloucestria, H. de Ponte canons. Dated in the chapter of Wells, iii kal. April 1294.
R.I. (bound between ff. 87 and 88).
xvii kal. December 1268. Statute made in presence of E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, that every year at these terms all canons wishing to be counted as resident that year shall appear personally in chapter, or by proctors if unavoidably absent. to view the quarter's accounts etc., namely the morrow of the Circumcision, April 2, July 2, October 1.
R.I. f. 87d.: II. f. 50d.
Bond of John de Button provost of Cumba in the church ef Wells, (reciting the bond of W. bishop of Bath and Wells with the dean and chapter for payment of an annual pension of 100 marks to O.cardinal deacon of St. Mary in Via Lata, to pay the said pension to the said cardinal or his proctor in London at Michaelmas; also to cause the dean and chapter to have an acquittance for each payment, and to save them harmless. Dated Wells, id. January 1268.
R.I. f. 88.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated ii non. March the same year, to a licence granted by William bishop of Bath and Wells, by consent of the dean and chapter, to whom the church belongs, and of the vicar thereof, to Richard de Wygornia knight, in consequence of his distance from
the parish church of Lydiard, to have divine service celebrated in an oratory within his court of Wik for himself, his wife, children, household and guests, and for his heris similary, to the exclusion of all other parishioners, by a chaplain to be maintained at his own charges, receiving holy water and holy bread but no other sacraments or things pertaining to sacraments there: any gifts or oblations made to the chaplain to be paid by him to the vicar; he shall accept no anniversaries, trentals, or mass pennies; and first he shall be presented to the dean and chapter and to the vicar, and swear fealty, and to attempt nothing to their prejuidice on pain of suspension and interdict: the persons above mentioned to present or send their accustomned oblations to the church at the four principal feasts at least. Dated Woky, iv Kal. March 1268.
R.I. f. 88.
Inspeximus and acquittance by the King, dated Westminster, 12 April 53 Henry III, of an account (under seal of Master Walter Scamel treasurer of Salisbury, collector of the tenth granted to the king by the papal see in divers dioceses) rendered by Edward dean of Wells and Thomas precentor of Wells, collector in the diocese of Bath and Wells, for the first year, before Walter treasurer of Salisbury, Peter de Wynton and Giles de Audenard auditors, of 334l. 11s. 1d. received and delivered, 9l. 15s. 11(½)d. the tenth of certain parsons not paying, whose names have been given to the bishop to levy the same, 10l. 16s. which cannot be levied of churches of hospitallers, templars, monks of the Cistercian order, the abbot of Bec, and a certain cardinal, who are privileged, 1 mark of the church of Lutton which is of Walter de Merton who has compounded, and 6l. 8s. for three churches of Boniface de Foliano acquitted by the legate: total 362l. 4s. 4(½)d.
R.I. f. 88d.
Faculty granted by W. bishop of Bath and Wells, by assent of the dean and chapter, to Nicholas treasurer of Wells to attend the schools for three years in order to study theology. Sealed by the bishop and the chapter. Dated Dogmer[esfeld], x Kal. August 3 bishop W[illiam].
R.I. f. 89.
Leave of absence granted by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to Nicholas son of Nicholas the treasurer for five years for the purpose of study, and petition to bishop W. on his behalf. Dated Wells, Sunday after St. James Ap. 1269.
R.I. f. 89.
Submission by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, patrons of the church of Stok'gummer in the diocese of Bath and Wells, and Thomas Makerel rector of the same, to the award of W. bishop of Bath and Wells, Robert abbot of Glastonbury, the dean, and Master Thomas archdeacon of Wells, concerning a dispute between them. Dated Wells, the morrow of St. Jerome 1270.
R.I. f. 89(a defective copy f. 3d.).
Gift by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to Roger Hupet (*Huzet) for his homage and service of a messuage with curtilage, 5 acres of land and 2 acres of meadow in Northcury, formerly of Wymarc his mother, in exchange for 6 acres and one piece of land and 1 acre of meadow in Hunteham (*' late of Thomas Micheldever,' in margin) which they have of him in almoin, to hold to Roger and his heris of grantors and their successors at a yearly rent of 4s. payable quarterly for all demands, saving suit of their hundred and court of Northcury and the king's service. Witnesses: Richard de London, Geoffrey de la Slo, William Gyan, Laurence de Fonte, Walter Hundr', Walter le Frye, Richard le Fric. Dated in chapter, St. Valentine's day 1272.
R.I. f. 89d.: III. f. 23d. (where the words * are found).
Bond of E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to the prior and convent of Berliz in 100 marks payable at Wells at Easter next for a yearly rent of 5 marks bought of them. Dated St. Nicholas' day 1273.
R.I. f. 89d.
Bond of Robert prior of Berliz and the canons to pay 26 marks yearly to the communar in the name of the dean and chapter in the church of Wells, namely on the Nativity of St. John 4(½) marks, on kal. Sept. 8 marks, and on St. Andrew's day 13(½) marks, in respect of 520 marks advanced them by the bishop, the dean and chapter, and the executors of John de Button the elder provost of Cumba, wherewith they purchased the manor of Morba, offered for sale by Robert Burnel archdeacon of York, (of which manor they used to receive 100s. a year, and held the parish church to their own use, but the said R. so long as he held it ceased to pay such rent, and threatened them if they presented to the church ;) 6 marks thereof to be expended for the soul of William bishop of Bath and Wells, 15 marks for that of the said provost, 2(½) marks towards the anniversary of Matthew de Stratton archdeacon of Buckingham, 2 marks towards that of Henry de Bratton (Bracton), and half a mark towards that of Adam de Gissich late canon of Wells, among the clerks then present: secured especially upon the fruits of their churches of Brumpton, Wynesford and Hulleferun, with a penalty of 3 marks to the fabric of the church of Wells for default. Dated the vigil of St. Nicholas 1273.
R.I. f. 89d.: III. f. 176d.
Gift by William de Button bishop of Bath and Wells, heir of John de Button late provost of Cumba in the church of Wells, to Edward dean of Wells and the chapter and their successors in frank almoin, of all the service of Thomas de Button his brother and his successors archdeacons of Wells due to the bishop and his heirs of the tenement which the said archdeacon has of the said bishop's feoffment in Middelton, saving 10 marks yearly to be paid in the said church for the souls of the bishop's uncles William de Button his predecessor and the said John for ever. Witnesses: Sir Richard de la More, Sir Adam de Button Knights, Philip de
Button, Richard de London, Walter de Sutton, William called le Gyw de Wyvelescumbe, Adam Canun, Thomas de Hanum, William de Hanum. Dated St. Matthew 1273.
R.I. f. 90: III. f. 188.
Petition of Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to King Edward [I] for licence to elect a bishop jointly with the prior and convent of Bath upon the death of bishop William, sent by Henry de Monteforti and Master Robert de Braundone two of the canons, with John the precentor of Bath and Thomas de Wynton monks of Bath. Dated in the chapter of Wells, id. December 1274.
R.I. f. 90d.
Summons by W. prior of Bath and the convent to E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to meet by their proctors at Fernh' on Holy Innocents' day and fix a day for the election. Dated in the chapter of Bath, St. Stephen's day 1274.
R.I. f. 90d.
Proxy by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, addressed to the prior and convent of Bath, in favour of Master Henry de Esse and William de Welyngton canons to meet at Fernton (as above). Dated in the chapter of Wells, St. John Ev. 1274.
R.I. f. 90d.
Memorandum that on St. Gregory's day 1291 the farm of Lovinton and Modeford was granted to Master Henry Huse chancellor, of Wells, the deanery being vacant, in presence of the precentor, W. de Welinton, Hugh Everard, John de Wymborn, and Walter Burnel canons of Wells.
R.I. f. 90d.
Letter from E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to R. bishop elect of Bath and Wells, after receiving a form of accord between him and the monks of Glastonbury brought by Master W. the subdean and Master Philip de Staunton canons, stating after full consideration that so many agreements had been made, the provisions of which though enforced by the authority of courts ecclesiastical and secular did not hold good, that they could not but fear the future machinations of the other party, and possible objections (as in the summary to be exhibited by the bearers); but if these can be obviated, they would be glad that the accord should proceed.
(Summary of objections, endorsed on the above.)
Touching the form of accord, it may be feared that the contract between you and the king touching the exchange of the patronage of the monastery of Glastonbury for the city of Bath may be unlawful, a mere temporality being given for an annexed spirituality, wherefore if the business is to proceed, it should be well debated whether it be better to make mention of the exchange, or that a simple grant be made on either side, as is said to be done in like cases, having regard both to an ecclesiastical and a civil court.
Touching the contract between you and the monks, it may be feared that this may be unlawful, because, though that be not expressly contained in the letter, the monks may be consenting to the remise of the manors solely with the intention and upon condition that he whom they name abbot may retain the prelacy upon your withdrawing from the suit and making agreement.
It seems that before all the patronage must be fully restored to you, especially since the writing of agreement between you and the monks contains a clause that 'if it happen for you to demise the patronage' etc., and you cannot demise what you do not hold; and further objection also may be made to you or your successors by the king's heirs that you have demised nothing to the king for the city of Bath, because at the time of the exchange he held both the city and the patronage aforesaid.
Since as above suggested the abbot's chief aim is to keep his estate, it may be feared that, when the temporalities have been committed to him, he may choose to repudiate the agreement, even if a penalty should be incurred, especially because he was not in possession at the time of the agreement, and may seem not to be bound to the promise so made, and with the usual safeguards may be seeking means of escape, so that by delaying the business it may be hindered or annulled by the papal court or otherwise: whereof it seems a manifest proof that he is pressing with all his power for a diminution of the penalty attached.
Because the exchange, as aforesaid, does not seem lawful, and at another time the court was consulted by William the first, your predecessor, when he received a precise answer that it might not be done, lest a spirituality which had come to the hands of a prelate should return again to lay ownership; let it be ascertained whether this can safely be done without consulting the court, especially since our rivals would gladly accuse us if they could, or defame us by secret denunciation.
Since there is in the court a cause against the abbot touching his election, as he has acknowledged, and in the new constitution there is a plain provision that a cause effectively presented in the court may not be withdrawn without the pope's licence, let provision be made that we be not brought within the terms of this so recent constitution.
Since your predecessor's official inhibited the monks of Glastonbury from proceeding to an election without craving his licence to elect, and giving satisfation for divers wrongs done hi m by them, otherwise pronouncing sentence of excommunicate, who has procured his election contrary to such interdict, who has procured his election contrary to such interdict, as the act of the
archbishop of Canterbury makes evident, who has quashed his election for the said cause; wherefore it seems well to abstain altogether either from a contract or from any communication with him.
R.I. f. 90 (schedule).
Commission by Walter prior of Bath and the convent, Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, sitting in the chapter of Wells on the morrow of St. Vincent 1274 for the election of a bishop, to Richard subprior of Bath, Martin de Donesterre, Matthew de Donesterre, [John or Robert] de Redyng, Thomas de Wynton, Richard de Chermbury and John the precentor monks of Bath, Thomas archdeacon of Wells, Henry de Monteforti, Master Constantine, Master Philip de Stanton, William the subdean, Robert de Braundon and Roger de Cruk canons of Wells to elect per viam compromissi.
R.I. f. 91: II. f. 1d., where Matthew de Donesterre is omitted (no doubt erroneously), and Robert (not John) de Radinge is read.
January 1274, in the regin of Edward [I], on the morrow of St. Vincent, x Kal. Feb. Declaration by Thomas archdeacon of Wells, in the name of himself and the commissioners above named (Martin being styled prior of Donesterre, Matthew de Dunsterre and Robert de Radinge, but not John included), that they have elected Robert Burnel canon of Wells.
R.I. f. 91: II. f. 1d.
Same date. Decree of the prior and convent of Bath the dean and chapter of Wells, reciting the death and burial of William late bishop of Bath and Wells, the king's licence, and their agreement to elect per viam compromissi, and embodying the above declaration.
R.I. f. 91: II. f. 2.
Petition of Walter prior of Bath and the convent, E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, to R. archbishop of Canterbury, notifying the election of Robert Burnel as bishop, and praying his confirmation, with proxy to William the subdean and Henry Aky rector of Luttleton for the dean and chapter, Thomas de Wynton a monk and Master Walter de Bathonia for the convent, for that purpose. Dated Wells, ix kal. Feb. 1274.
R.I. f. 91d.
Petition of E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to the king, notifying that they have jointly with the prior and convent of Bath elected Robert Burnel as bishop, and (by their subdean, H. de Monteforti, and Master Philip de Stanton canons) praying his assent. Same date.
R.I. f. 91d.
Declaration by Robert archbishop of Canterbury and primate, whereas during the vacancy of the churches of Bath and Wells by the death of bishop William, the proctor of the prior and
convent of Glastonbury in that diocese craved his confirmation of their election of John de Tanton one of the monks as abbot, and he gave his commission to Master William de Middelton his official therein, and if the election were quashed to provide a fit person, and the said official had quashed the said election (not for defect of the person but of the election) and provided the same John, to whom the archbishop had afterwards given his blessing; at the request of Robert bishop of Bath and Wells, fearing future prejudice to him and his successors when the see should not be vacant, that he and they are not and ought not to be so prejudiced, but can henceforward as before exercise their jurisdiction in the said monastery. Dated Lambeth, ii kal. May 1275.
R.I. f. 91d. Adam de Domerham, i. 270.
Demise by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to Walter Burnel for life of the houses wherein he dwells with curtilage Biestewalle in the street leading to the Tor, at a yearly rent of 6s. payable to the communar on viii kal. Febr., towards an obit for Sir Richard de Button late precentor, subject to repairs.
R.I. f. 92.
Ordinance of the executors of Hugh de Rominal treasurer of Wells, by the counsel of the dean and chapter, that the succentor for the time being shall be guardian (under the dean and chapter) of all goods belonging to the morning mass established by them in the church of Wells, and shall deliver yearly to the chaplain celebrating the same 6 marks at the four principal terms for his stipend and his clerk's, and for finding a light at the same, retaining the surplus for his labour and for the preservation of the ornaments, and shall appoint or remove the said chaplain, and present him to the dean and chapter. The goods belonging to this chantry are: 40s. rent at Laverton, 20s. rent of the house of Bilesw . . . . . ., half a virgate of land at Dynre, 16 acres of land with 2(½) acres of meadow in Doultingcote, two houses in Wells paying —s. rent.
R.I. f. 92 (slightly defective).
In May 1277 the church of Lidiard was to farm let by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to Walter de Lechelade succentor of Wells for his life for 35 marks a year payable quarterly to the communar, bearing all the ordinary charges of the church, but the dean and chapter will recognise extraordinary charges, and maintaining the chancel and the houses belonging to the church, first to be put in repair by the executors of Richard de Button late precentor the last farmer Note, that none of the church land was fallow when the farm was taken over, but the said Walter has fallowed the whole at his charges.
R.I. f. 92d.
Memorandum dated Wednesday, St. Boneface' day 1314, that in the chapter of Wells, in presence of the dean, the precentor, the subdean, the succentor, John de Brwton, Master Thomas de Heselschawe, Master William de Lauton, William de Burne and
William de Cherleton, Master Anthony de Bradenei appeared in person, and being asked to give back a letter in his custody touching the appropriation of the church of Hamtone, answered that about the beginning of May last he gave back the letter to a minister of the church of Wells; and because he feared to incur expense and damage on that account, the dean and chapter undertook to save him harmless.
R.I. f. 92d.
The church of Wells, anciently called Fontanensis and at times Tudingtun, was the only cathedral in that bishopric, and the right of electing a bishop, who was styled episcopus Fontanensis and Wellensis, was wholly in the church and canons of Wells, until the time of bishop John; and he, after election by the canons of Wells, not the monks, fixed his cathedral in the monastery of Bath, where are monks and have always been, calling himself thenceforth bishop of Bath, and every bishop has since been so styled, and this withour consent of the canons of Wells. Pope Alexander III confirmed to the canons their ancient right of electing, so that on the vacancy of the see they and the monks of Bath should meet and jointly elect a bishop, the dean of Wells should make the declaration, and the person elect should be presented to the archbishop (see original instrument and copy sealed by three bishops). Subsequently, without notice to the canons, the monks alone elected Savaricus, and sent him to Rome for consecration. But on his death the canons recovered their joint right at the election of bishop Jocelin last deceased, xiii id. December 1242 (see the accord between the church of Wells and monastery of Bath, the decree of election sealed by both churches, and copies sealed by three bishops etc.), in contravention whereof the prior and convent of Bath are striving to exclude the dean and chapter; for after the death of bishop Jocelin and his burial in the church of Wells, the chapter sent proctors to Bath moving them to join in sending to the king in Gascony for licence to elect jointly, and appealed to the papal see against any attempt to act without them; but the monks drew them into protracted negotiations, and pending these sent secretly to the king and obtained his licence (which the king nevertheless granted saving the right of the church of Wells,) and thereupon sent the canons a summons to join them on Friday after the Purification and proceed to elect, while protesting against their right. The canons instead, taking exception to such short notice, sent proctors to appeal against any election attempted without them, while they were ready to proceed, as the accord provided, at a reasonable time: the proctors were refused admission to the convent, but lodged the appeal, and an appeal against such refusal; and again next day in the church, before the monks proceeded to elect, and before the prior and others entered the chapter, when the king's licence was read in English by Master Osmund the monks' clerk (who suppressed the words 'saving the right of the church of Wells'); also against sentence of excommunication pronounced by the precentor upon all hindering the election: appeal was also made against the refusal of all con
ference with the proctors, or even with three archdeacons sent to treat with the monks. (To be considered in court whether this clause should be inserted or suppressed.) But the prior and convent offered to permit their entrance to join in the election, under protest, their voices to count if they had the right to take part in it, otherwise not: but this was refused, on the ground that the canons present were not summoned for the purpose, or if they were, other canons not present were not, nor could be in the time, and without them it was impossible to proceed, and that they had not agreed upon the time and place, as laid down in the accord. The monks nevertheless, in contempt of them, their objections, and the appeal, proceeded to elect Master Roger precentor of Salisbury, and to proclaim his election; and on their part appeal was made against that election and the person elect. The chapter also sent immediately to him signifying all the proceedings, and copies of the instruments, that he might not assent to his election, and appealed against any such assent, whom the king received favourably. Lastly on the return of these proctors with the king's licence to the chapter to elect, saving the right of the church of Bath, they called a special chapter (from of summons, dated xii kal. May 1243), and summoned Thomas prior of Bath and the convent (summons, same date) to join in the election in their church of Wells on the morrow of the Trinity, or meet them at Ferentun on the vigil of St. Philip and St. James to fix the place of election. The monks did not appear; and at their special chapter the canons resolved not to proceed with the election until the election of Master Roger should be quashed, especially in view of their appeal to the papal see.
R.I. ff. 93, 94.
Memorandum that the dean and chapter of Wells have letters of Pope Nicholas II, addressed to the clergy of Wells, stating that he has ordained as priest Giso whom they have elected their bishop: letters of Pope Alexander, addressed to the dean and chapter, mentioning that they have elected R. archdeacon of Salisbury: letters of Pope Alexander confirming to the dean and chapter and to the church of Wells their canonical customs, liberties and immunities, and the elections of their bishops, as they had them for 200 years, to the time of bishop John who established his see in the church of Bath, so that the chapter and the monks of Bath should meet and jointly elect, and the dean proclaim the election: a composition between the churches of Bath and Wells touching the joint election of a bishop: a proxy of the convent of Bath touching the joint election upon the last vacancy, and the like addressed to the king: a proxy of the chapter at the same time: the decree of election made jointly by proctors of both chapters: approval of the prior and the whole convent touching such joint election, signed by the monks: a similar writing with signatures, addressed to the archbishop:
approval of the dean and chapter, addressed to the pope, with signatures of the monks: letters of the joint election of bishop Jocelin last deceased, and letters of nearly all the bishops under their seals addressed to Pope Innocent, and of the king's assent: similar letters addressed to J. cardinal deacon of [St. Mary] in Via Lata and papal legate: letters of King John addressed to Pope Innocent and the said legate, and of his assent: letters of the said king absolving the bishop elect from reckonings of the court, addressed to the said pope and cardinal (the see of Canterbury being vacant). Of all these the dean has a copy under the seals of three bishops.
R.I. f. 94.
Letter of the chapter of Wells to John Sarr[acenus] the dean, praying him to insist that four articles reserved in the papal letters may be decided in favour of Wells, leaving it to him either to obtain a commission thereon and return at once to England (after making presents to the pope and their other friends), or to remain there, not sparing expense in obtaining for them friends in the court and in getting the victory over their adversaries, according to the text "Make unto yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness," with acknowledgment of his services. Done on Monday before St. Matthew. Salutation by John Odeline.
R.I. f. 94d.
The dean and chapter request that, after inspection of the above, a petition be drawn up to bring the whole cause before the court of Rome, and quash the election by the monks of Bath of Master Roger precentor of Salisbury: that the sole right of election be restored to the church and canons of Wells for ever, as of old; or at least for this turn, and for the future by sentence, accord or ordinance between the two churches turn and turn about (first turn, if possible, for Wells): or that the canons of Wells and monks of Bath should elect jointly, first in the church of Wells, next in the monastery of Bath, and so turn and turn about: or that a third indifferent place* be assigned by the pope to meet for joint elections, provided that such place acquire thereby no right of election: or at least that the cause be committed wholly for decision to discreet men learned in the law outside England, such as the dean and chancellor of Paris or others, because of the power of the English nobles who meddle in every election, whereby all the churches of England incur grave perils and losses: or else that the parties be summoned to the court of Rome by a set term to appear by proctors, and the dispute be finally put to rest by the pope's sentence.
R.I. f. 94d. *As to this alternative, see the next entry.
It is plain that, until the time of John bishop of Wells, the right of election resided in the dean and chapter of Wells, and they alone enjoyed it: but John, after his election by the canons of Wells, established his see in the church of Bath. Pope Alexander III confirmed to the canons of Wells their ancient right, adding to them the monks of Bath to join in the election, so that the dean of Wells should, according to the ancient custom of the church, declare the election, and present the person elect to the archbishop. From this it appears that the pope meant the church of Wells to have the chief place in the election. If it be said that they alone elected Savaricus, in the absence of the canons of Wells, whom the pope confirmed and consecrated, whereby the canons of Wells lost possession of the election; it may be answered that even so, if that were not done surreptitiously, the canons of Wells returned to possession thereof by electing bishop Joceline jointly with the prior and convent of Bath, which is shewn by the composition between the churches of Wells and Bath sealed by both churches. And all this is shewn by the testimony of the king and all the bishops of England, whose seals and letters the dean and chapter have.
R.I. f. 95.
Let the said deed be shewn to a notary or abbreviator, and let him be employed to draw up therefrom the best petition he can for us, either summoning the other party to the court, that the pope may end the cause by his sentence, or in the best form possible, or by committing the business in France or England to judges named below.
R.I. f. 95.
The dean and chapter would prefer a summons to the court rather than a commission. But if there should be a commission, the judges they would choose are: in England, the bishops of Worcester and Norwich, the archdeacon of Suthbiry in the diocese of Norwich, the bishop, dean, and archdeacon of Lincoln, or the archdeacon of Huntingdon in the diocese of Lincoln: in France, the provost of St. Omer in the diocese of terouanne (Morinensis), the dean and schoolmaster of the diocese of Noyon, the archdeacon of Rouen.
R.I. f. 95.
Appeal by the chapter of Wells to the pope touching the reservation of four points in his award between the churches of Wells and Bath, that the bishop may not be installed at Bath before being installed at Wells: that if, to the prejudice of this appeal, the archdeacon of Canterbury, to whom the office belongs, or his deputy attempt to install him at Bath, or there first, or if the bishop procure his installation there, it may only be done saving the right of their church: that he be only installed at Bath if similarly installed in their church.
Proxy by the chapter of Wells to Master W. de Sancto Quintino archdeacon of Thanton and Hugh subdean of Wells to contract a loan of 100l. to advance their business in the papal court. Dated Wells, Saturday before St. Denis 1244. Nine pairs of letters issued in this form by them: one of 100l., another of 100 marks, a third of 40 marks, a fourth of 50 marks, a fifth of 40 marks, a sixth of 30 marks, a seventh of 30 marks, an eighth of 25 marks, a ninth of 25 marks. Also a tenth and eleventh of 40 marks, since no loan was contracted by these, for W. provost of Cumba.
R.I. f. 95d.
Proxy by the chapter of Wells, addressed to Pope Innocent, in favour of Master Walter de Sancto Quintino and Hugh the subdean, to proceed in the court of Rome touching the election of a bishop; ratifying their previous letters in favour of John Sarac[enus] the dean. Dated Wells, the morrow of St. Denis 1244.
[Memorandum of bonds of the chapter delivered to Richard de Marisco canon of Wells for the purpose of contracting a loan with foreign merchants in London: the first of 50 marks, to be delivered in the papal court to Master W. de Sancto Quintino archdeacon of Thanton and H. the subdean, to promote the business of their church; dated in chapter, viid. January 1244.
[Memorandum that on the morrow of the Purification 1244, issued 8, pairs of letters of the chapter concerning a loan to be contracted with merchants of Florence and Genoa in London in the above form: the first of 100l., the second of 100l., the third of 100 marks, the fourth of 50 marks, the fifth of 25 marks, the sixth of 25 marks, the seventh of 25 marks, the eighth of 25 marks; in all 550 marks to be delivered to the archdeacon of Tanton and the subdean of Wells, proctors of the chapter at the papal court.]
R.I. f. 95d. (cancelled).
[Memorandum that in April, on Thursday after St. Mark 1245, were sealed three pairs of letters of the chapter, concerning a loan to be contracted by the archdeacon of Tanton and the subdean, one of 21 marks, another of 50 marks, the third of 100 marks: also a fourth for Robert de Marisco of 30 marks, who was appointed their proctor for the purpose.]
R.I. f. 95d.(cancelled).
[The same day was deposited in the chest with the common seals a bond under seal of Robert de Marisco to the dean and chapter, binding himself and his prebend of Eston to save them harmless concerning the above letters of 30 marks loan.]
R.I. f. 95d. (cancelled).
[Robert de Marisco has one pair of 30 marks: the dean six pairs of 75 marks: the archdeacon of Wells three pairs, each of . . marks, and a fourth of 30 marks, which was granted to Robert de Marisco.]
R.I. f. 95d. (cancelled).
Petition of the dean and chapter of Wells to the pope, whereas they should with the prior and convent of Bath elect a bishop, and there is no set place for such election, that a place be provided, and judges: also whereas they have prebends and possessions distant from their church, and are often wronged by monks, clerks and laymen, neither can they approach the papal see with every complaint, that he will order such judges, when requested, to compel such evildoers in the province of Cantebury to make restitution, not withstanding the constitution de duabus dietis published in the general council: and for judges, the dean and chancellor of Salisbury.
Petition, whereas the abbot and convent of Glastonbury and others in the dioceses of Bath, Salisbury and Exeter are wronging them touching tithes, possessions, etc., for the dean, chancellor and treasurer of Lincoln as judges, notwithstanding the said constitution.
Petition, whereas there used to be two provostships in the church of Wells, one of Winesham the other of Cumba, the provosts whereof used to pay yearly 15 prebends of 10 marks to 15 canons of Wells, and 30 marks towards the service of the Virgin and the daily service of the dead in the church of Wells, and Jocelin late bishop of Bath, by their consent and that of the chapter of Bath, united the provostship of Wynesham to that of Cumba, that the pope would confirm this ordinance of the bishop.
Also the dean has one instrument touching the ordinance of the provostship of Cumba by consent of the chapter of Wells, and one touching the consent of the chapter of Bath.
R.I. f. 96: see also f. 2d.
[Memorandum that, on the vigil of the Assumption 1245, the dean and chapter of Wells granted letters under their seal to Robert de Marisco a canon, namely a proxy in favour of Andrew de Freskewatere chaplain and Roland the clerk to contract a loan for 30 marks for advancing their business in the papal court. He
now has two pairs in that form. The same day was deposited in the chest with the common seal and his former bond, a bond sealed by Robert de Marisco for the said letters of 30 marks.]
(Cancelled. A note that this letter was given back by the archdeacon of Wells.)
R.I. f. 96.
Memorandum that J.Sarac[enus] dean of Wells, the pope's subdeacon and chaplain, the day he left Wells, namely Sunday before the Beheading of St. John Baptist 1245, took with him six pairs of letters with the chapter seal concerning a loan, one of 20 marks, another of 20 marks, a third of 20 marks, a fourth of 5 marks, a fifth of 5 marks, and a sixth of 5 marks, sealed in presence of the treasurer, Master Luke, and John de Sutton, whereby he had a proxy to contract loans for advancing their business in the papal court. And he gave a bond for them to the chapter, dated in chapter, Saturday after St.Bartholomew.
R.I. f. 96.
Letter (received on Monday after St. Ambrose, iv id. April 1245) from R.bishop of Bath and Wells to the dean and chapter of Wells collating John de Derham to the prebend consisting of the manor of Lutton, vacant by the resignation of Master E. de Derham.
R.I. f. 96d.
Writ of pone per vadium, addressed to the dean and chapter of Wells in Easter term, directing them to answer the bailiffs of Exeter concerning a plea wherefore they take toll, stallage and other customs of the citizens of Exeter contrary to their liberties, and for failing to appear in Hilary term.
Notification by R.bishop of Bath and Wells to J.dean of Wells that Master Geoffrey de Chyuton chaplain has been presented by R.precentor of Wells to the vicarage of Pulton, ordering the usual inquiry in chapter.
[Memorandum that on Thursday after the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr 1245, the chapter of Wells was bound to W. de Cusington for the building and repair of their houses of Mudiford and Luvington in 30 marks, payable by instalments.]
Memorandum that on the vigil of the Assumption 1245, J.dean of Wells and the chapter sent by J. de Derham letters to Roger bishop of Bath and Wells, dated the morrow of St. Lawrence 1245, concerning the vicarage of Congresbiry, undertaking that whereas, according to the ordinance of bishop J. his predecessor, on vi kal. August 1245 at Banewell he appointed Sir J. de Teinton priest, but withdrew him at their instance, this should not be to the prejudice of his right of presentation.
R.I. f. 96d. See above, p 49.
Memorandum that on the vigil of the Assumption J. dean of Wells and the chapter sent letters, dated the morrow of St. Lawrence 1245, to Master N. de Euesham canon, by Serlo, who handed them to the vicar of St. Decumans to transmit to his lord, wherein they stated that the bishop at his late visitation by the archdeacon of Tanton having learnt by inquisition made in the hospital of Bruges that the vicar of his prebend of St. Decuman had long been bound to enter that order per verba de presenti obligatoria, and proposing to dispose of the vicarage as being of right vacant, summoned him to appear on the morrow of St. Lawrence; but that they, seeing such action to be to their prejudice, sent certain of their brethren to the bishop praying him to respect their liberties; and the bishop, alleging his ignorance that the church was a prebend, remitted the said vicar to the dean and chapter, enjoining them to do their part, and adding that as marriage is contracted per verba de futuroand also per verba de presenti, so is a vow contracted, intimating thus that the vicar, if he took such vow, could not remain secular or keep his benefice: wherefore they called upon the said canon to make inquiry and act upon it by Christmas, in his own interest and theirs, otherwise they would act for themselves.
R.I. f. 96d.
Memorandum that on Sunday after Michaelmas 1245, the chapter of Wells to farm let to Hugh the subdean the prebend of Bideham, which he took without oxen, stock, hay or fallow for five years at a yearly rent of 15 marks.
R.I. f. 96d.
Memorandum that on Friday after St.Bartholomew [1245 ?], in presence of J. dean of Wells, William archdeacon of Wells, Walter de Sancto Quintino archdeacon of Tanton, Henry de London treasurer, Hugh the subdean, Nicholas the succentor, Luke de Membyri, Walter de Cusington, John de Templo, John Odel[in], John de Teynton, John de Sutton, [R. de Din] ham, a statute was made that on the death of any canon two thirds of his prebend which fall to the chapter be sold to the highest bidder, if they should be sold, and not sold of grace to the canon succeeding him save by consent of the chapter, to which belongs that share of the fruits thereof.
R.I. f. 97.
Memorandum that lately there was debate between Master Richard le Chamberleng and John le Draper before J. Saracenus the dean, by reason of his jurisdiction in the city and suburb of Wells, touching a sum of money which Master Richard claimed by reason of a contract touching purchase of wheat, and the said John was suspended from entering the church for that he had not paid by the day fixed the sum which he acknowledged to be due: wherefore the said John appealed from the dean to the dean and chapter, from whom his jurisdiction was derived, on the ground that there had first been no canonical monition or citation. The subdean and chapter (in the dean's absence)took of him an oath that he would abide by the commands of the church, namely either prosecute his appeal on the day fixed or pay, and reconciled him to the church; and the dean on his return approved. Done in chapter on Friday after the Assumption 1245, in presence of the archdeacon of Wells, the treasurer, John Odeline, Hugh the subdean, Luke de Membiry, etc.
R.I. f. 97.
Memorandum that on Thursday after the Assumption 1245, in presence of J. the dean, the archdeacon of Wells, Henry archdeacon of Bath, W. de Sancto Qunitino archdeacon of Tanton, Henry the treasurer, Robert de Marisco, John de Sutton, Luke de Membiry, Nicholas the succentor, William de Kainesham and John de Derham, after debate upon a question raised by the precentor, N. the succentor, Luke de Membiry, W. de Kainesham and John Chauuell against Miles the communar touching arrears of his accounts, claiming their portion by reason of residence, the chapter recalled the parties and by the archdeacon of Tanton pronounced sentence, giving the said Miles quittance of all accounts to that day, but reserving to Luke and the others their right of action against such as received the money which they were entitled to share.
R.I. f. 97.
Memorandum that the bishop, who is the chapter's warrant against Henry de Montefort in a plaint of the advowson of Nuni, has a day against Dame Gritia, whom the said bishop vouched to warranty, in the quinzaine of St. Martin if the king comes to England, if he remain in Wales in the octave of St. Hilary, before W. de Eboraco, etc., at Westminster. The bishop's attorneys were essoined in the octave of Michaelmas.
R.I. f. 97.
Memorandum that on Monday after St. Katherine a chapter was held touching a loan, in presence of the dean, treasurer, subdean, succentro, W. the provost, John Odelin, Luke de Membiry, Joscelin the chaplain, William de Kaynesham, Richard de Dinam, John de Sutton and John de Derham, Walter de Cusington, Master John de Tanton, and Alexander de Bamfeld; and they being severally asked to apply the common fund towards discharging the church from year to year of debts contracted in the court of
Rome, namely 1775 marks payable between the Purification 1245 and St. Nicholas 1250, agreed that it should be wholly applied to that purpose the surplus to be divided at Michaelmas among those entitled; that 200 marks due at St. Nicholas next should if possible be paid of the new corn in the granges, and the surplus money divided; threshing to begin at once; and so from year to year till the whole be paid. (Slightly defective.)
R.I. f. 97.
Memorandum that on Thursday the vigil of St. Thomas Ap. 1246 a proxy issued from J. dean of Wells and the chapter, dated xv kal. [January] to Rey . . to act for them in the court of Rome, but not to make any contract. (Defective.)
R.I. f. 97.
Memorandum that on Saturday before St. Lawrence 1244 after vespers, and on Monday following, the chapter of Wells appealed against any injunction to them or any of them to carry out any command of R. prior of the hospital of St. John Northampton and Master Thomas de Skireford (subdelegates of the priors of Chaucumb and of Wrokston delegates of the pope), or any other strangers, especially since the archdeacon has appealed from them for manifest and reasonable causes, which they with his lawful exceptions have refused to admit, and have presumed to proceed against him without observing the order of law: appeal to the pope, and to the archbishop elect to uphold their appeal.
R.I. f. 97d.
Memorandum that, on Tuesday the morrow of the Beheading of St. John Baptist about the hour of vespers, a clerk, by name William de Nortcury, with an esquire (scutifer), brought to Wells letters of the prior of Northampton and Master Thomas de Skireford, and laid them on the high altar: which being found, the canons and vicars assembling in the chapel of St. Mary, before they touched the letters, in the presence of the bearers appealed singly and collectively to the pope, and to the archbishop elect to uphold their appeal, that whereas Master W. de Button archdeacon of Wells had appealed to him, they nor any of them should execute the commands of the papal delegates in a cause between him and Sir W. de Well', for that the commissaries have denied him justice by quashing his exceptions and refusing to admit his appeals, which the chapter has found valid and lawful.
Also whereas W. de Well', has been excommunicated for his contumacy by bell and candle in the church of Wells by authority of the ordinary, and the sentence published throughout all the churches of the archdeaconry, and remaining in the same hardness of heart had not been absolved, that the clerks of the church of Wells be not compelled to communicate with him, and the said subdelegates may not induct him into any ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the church of Wells.
Also that neither the arch bishop elect nor the abbot of Glastonbury or any of their men, nor any of the chapter, nor any other at the order of the subdelegates, may receive the excommunicate to a stall in the choir or a place in the chapter, nor to divine service in the church.
Also for a fresh cause is he to be shunned, for that his household, with his knowledge and consent, grievously wounded a clerk, by name Nicholas: appeal therefore that the excommunicate be not admitted amongst them. This exception the said archdeacon was prepared to prove.
Also against any sentence of suspension, excommunication or interdict by such judges, since the chapter has an indult of the pope against such sentence, save for manifest and reasonable cause and by his express command, seeing that to execute any order of the subdelegates is contrary to law and reason.
Also against being compelled to execute any command of the subdelegates without observing the order of law, for that they bave proceeded contrary to law, since after issue joined no man should be put in possession for the sake of preserving the property, but a true possessor made.
Also, whereas in the letter lately addressed to their lord elect it was stated that the subdelegates had decreed that he should be put in possession for the sake of preserving the property, and the lord elect shewed causes why their order should not be executed, they cannot nor should put him in possession by any other without first sitting judicially; appeal therefore against being compelled to execute their command.
R.I. f. 97d.
Letter of R. prior of the hospital of St. John Northampton and Master Thomas de Skireford, subdelegates of the priors of Chaucumbe and of Wrokston delegates of the pope, to the precentor, chancellor, treasurer, subdean, succentor and others canons and vicars of the church of Wells, ordering them, whereas in the cause before the said subdelegates touching the archdeaconry of Wells between W. de Well' archdeacon of Wells and Master W. de Button they have come to the production of witnesses, to appear before them at Wells in the great church on the morrow of the Exaltation of Holy Cross to give such evidence as shall be required: the third judge, namely the abbot of St. James Northampton, being lawfully excused. Dated Banebiry, Saturday after the Assumption 1244.
R.I. f. 97d.
Appeal to the pope because they have no power to compel witnesses or impose so great a penalty, either by the first letter or the second: because in the first citation, no monition having been previously sent to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . attached sub interminacione: because of the terms of the general citation, the canons and vicars being numerous and in divers parts
of England, and some [over] sea, and it cannot quickly reach them: because they summon an excessive number of witnesses. (Defective).
R.I. f. 97d.
Declaration by the chapter of Wells that whereas, when the letting to farm of certain manors of their community was discussed, John Sarracenus the dean craved one of them, he was refused, not for despite or prejudice, but solely for fear of the power of him and his in the court of Rome, the chapter protesting that otherwise they would grant him what is granted to the deans of other cathedral churches. Dated Wells, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul 1247, in presence of Master H. Tessun precentor of Wells, Master W. de Sancto Quintino archdeacon of Tanton, Nicholas the succentor, Master Luke de Membiry, Master John de Tanton, Master J. Odeline, J. the priest, W. de Cusinton, William de Pulton.
R.I. f. 97d.
Undertaking by P. dean of Wells and the chapter, at the request of Josc[elin] their bishop, to take to farm of Ildicius nephew of the late John cardinal priest of St. Praxed during his life his vicarage of Cristemeleford, by presentation of Matthew parson thereof, by assent of the said bishop patron thereof, and by admission of Richard bishop of Salisbury, at a yearly rent of 25 marks at Easter, to be deposited at the New Temple London subject to a penalty of 5 marks; also to maintain the church and ordinary charges, and pay the parson his pension. Done at Wells, xiii kal. October, in the first year of the translation of St. Thomas the Martyr .
R.I. f. 98.
Memorandum that on Wednesday the octave of the Assumption 1246, in presence of the treasurer, succentor, subdean, W. provost of Cumba, J. Odel[in], Luke de Membiry, Joscelin the chaplain, W. de Cusinton, and Alexander de Banfeld, William de Dynant, accused in chapter of fornication with Rose Fraperue, confessed: penalty respited, provided that if he be defamed again he resign his vicarge.
R.I. f. 98.
Memorandum that the same day W. de Cerde, accused of fornication with the same Rose, denied it: ordered to purge himself on St. Bartholomew's day, when appearing before the treasurer, Luke de Membiry, Joscelin the chaplain, and the subdean, in presence of W. de Lechelad, he failed so to do, and confessed his fault: penalty respited (as above).
R.I. f. 98.
Memorandum that on Wednesday the vigil of St. Luke, W. de Cobeham, defamed of fornication with little Henerith (?), and in presence of H. the treasurer, H. the subdean, N. the succentor, Luke de Membiry and Joscelin the chaplain, being accused thereof in chapter, confessed. To resign his vicarage if so defamed in future.
R.I. f. 98
Grant by J. dean of Wells and the chapter to Joan de la Slo that, whereas her marriage has come to their hands in their manor of Northcury, they will give her the preference in the sale of the said marriage. Dated Wells, ix kal. April 1247.
R.I. f. 98
Memorandum that, whereas it was provided that the accounts of the chapter should be audited year by year on the morrow of the octave of St. Kalixtus, for unforeseen causes by advice of bishop William, in 1248, the audit was ordered to proceed on the morrow of St. Kalixtus, without prejudice to the said provision in future.
R.I. f. 98.
Memorandum that on the vigil of St. Lawrence 1251, at the request of J. Sara[cenus] the dean, issued an undertaking by the chapter, whereas by virtue of an indulgence granted him by the pope to go for three years to the schools the dean had decreed to let to farm his deanery, and offered the same to them, to pay yearly 200 marks and no more, and bear the ordinary charges. (Defective).
R.I. f. 98.
Memorandum that on Friday before St. George 1245, John Saracenus dean of Wells returning from the court of Rome gave back to the chapter these instruments: Letters of Pope Innocent IV beginning 'Bone memorie'; Letters of the same to the prior and convent of Bath touching the provision of bishop Roger; Letters of the same to the king on the same matter; Letters on the same subject to the clergy of the city and diocese of Bath; Letters on the same subject to the people of the city of Bath; Letters of the same to the dean and chapter of Wells; Two pairs of letters touching the last ordinance between the churches of Wells and Bath; Letters of cardinal Richard touching 50l. received on behalf of the chapter as a gift; Two pairs of letters of merchants of Florence touching a loan of 200 marks (which loan did not proceed, and the letters were cancelled, but there remain the chapter's letters which should be given back); Letters of the chapter excommunicating the abbot of Bec for not paying his contribution; Ten pairs of letters of the chapter, proxies, etc., addressed to the cardinals.
R.I. f. 98d.
Memorandum that about the feast of All Saints 1251, W. de Sancto Quintino, archdeacon of Tanton, gave back to the chapter the grange with the fruits of last autumn therein, except the hay
which remained to him, on condition that if the corn should sell for 80l. he should be quit of that year's farm, namely Michaelmas term past and three terms to come, and he should give up to the chapter all receipts of rent for that term, and all corn threshed by his men, and all his men had received of tithes of mills etc.; if the corn should sell for more than 80l. he should have half the gain, and if for less should stand half the loss.
R.I. f. 98d.
[Proxy from the dean and chapter of Wells to Master William de Button archdeacon of Wells to contract a loan of 10l. to advance their business in the papal court. Dated Wells, Wednesday before Michaelmas 1245.
[Memorandum that on the day of Firmin M. John de Button, in presence of the dean, subdean, Luke de Membiry and the succentor, gave back the said two pairs of letters; and because the archdeacon had a pair granted to Robert de Mar[isco] of 30 marks, and had not given the chapter an indemnity, they retained his first bond of indemnity until he should make a new one. J. de Button gave back the letters of 30 marks on the morrow of Palm Sunday 1248, and took back his bond.]
R.I. f. 98d. (cancelled).
[Bond of W. de Button archdeacon of Wells to pay to the chapter of Wells a loan to be contracted by means of his instruments granted him by them to advance his business in the court of Rome, and to save them harmless. Done in the chapter of Wells, Wednesday before Michaelmas 1245.]
R.I. f. 98d. (cancelled).
Memorandum that on Thursday after Michaelmas 1245, H. subdean of Wells, sent to London on behalf of the chapter, took with him these instruments: A proxy by the chapter to contract a loan of 700 marks to advance their business in the court of Rome, dated Wells the morrow of Michaelmas: Another in the same form to contract a loan in London if possible: A proxy to compound with merchants of Siena for a sum in which they are bound by papal letters, the same date: Another to treat with merchants of Florence touching a sum in which they are bound, the bond being at the New Temple London; Another to compound or abide an award in a cause between Ildicius and the chapter: Letters patent to contract a loan of 1200 marks in London or the court of Rome, the same date: Letters of J. Monsell touching purchase of the corn of Scaldeford: Three pairs of letters touching a contract with merchants entered into by the archdeacon of Tanton and the sub dean: A tally against the king's officers concerning amercements: Letters of Bartholomew, bailiff in the king's time, about having the said amercements.
Memorandum that the chapter of Wells gave to W. provost of Cumba a receipt for all the money in which he was or could be bound by reason of H.de Rom[enal] the subdean advancing his business in the court of Rome with their money. Dated Michaelmas 1245.
R.I. f. 98d.
Memorandum that on Michaelmas day 1245, Serlo vicar of the church of Wells, who . . . . to the court . . . . took with him a charter . . . . . 30s. whereof he owes to . . and the subdean delivered to Sir Miles 10s. which he had received of him towards the said business, because he received in all 40s . . . . . him 10s (Defective).
R.I. f. 99.
Letter of the chapter of Wells, sent by J. de Keinesham within the octave of Michaelmas, to the archdeacons of Huntingdon and . . . . the judges in London delegated by the pope or their commissaries, stating that R. bishop of Bath and Wells was treating of peace between them and the prior and convent of Bath, and requested them to stay for a time proceedings pending at their instance before the said judges concerning violence offered to canons W. de Kein[esham] and John Odel[in], and desiring them by consent of the proctors on both sides, who will appear on the day after St. Denis, to appoint Thursday before St.Edmund K.M. Dated Wells, the morrow of Michaelmas 1245.
R.I. f. 99.
Memorandum that on Wednesday before St. Hilary 1245, by advice of the dean, it was resolved in chapter in presence of the dean, subdean, N. the [suc]centor, Luke de Membiry, J. Odelin' W.de Kainesham, Robert de Marisco W.de Cusinton and Richard de Dinam, that the following letter should be sent to the court, so that the chapter should spend 20s. in procuring this business and save 20sor 30s. . . . marks. The letter was made next day, and handed to Peronus messenger of Sir Henry the dean's brother (who had come from London . . . by the dean's leave kept him one day and at his departure gave him 12d.) and sent to the dean and Master R. de Stanford canon of St. Pauls touching the ordinance between the chapter, Sir IIdicius, Master N. de Euesham, and Robert . . . whereby J. de Kainesham was made their proctor in this business. A proxy was also sent, addressed to Pope Innocent, in favour of the bearer. Reynon the clerk, dated iv id. January 1245, and it was resolved that he should be given 40s a year. A petition was also sent, stating that the prior and convent of Bath threatened, after the pope's death, to upset his ordinance between the two churches touching the four points previously reserved, namely where the election should be held, which should be the cathedral church, in which the bishop
should be installed, and after which he should be named, and praying him to instruct the bishops of London, Winchester, Chichester and Exeter, or the dean of St. Paul's London, and G. de Bisnam canon of Exeter to compel them to observe the same; also praying letters . . . . to the archbishop of Canterbury, the clergy and people of the city and diocese of Wells, and of the city and diocese of Bath to that effect; and that the bishop of Bath and Wells . . . . . Also, by the dean's advice, letters were addressed to W.cardinal deacon of St. Eustace and to Bonacursus the pope's chamberlain and to the brother of Alexander canon of Wells, with the petition enclosed.
R.I. f. 99.Defective.
Memorandum that on the octave of Michaelmas Robert la Warre clerk, who by assent of the chapter had the prebend of Eston to farm of Robert de Marisco canon, had a receipt of the chapter in the name of the said Robert for 24 marks for the last autumn, dated Wells, St. Faith 1246.
R.I. f. 99.
Memorandum that on Saturday the vigil of St. Faith 1252, the precentor, treasurer, archdeacon of Tanton, subdean, W.de Cusinton, R.de Sapewik granted to Samuel de Meln[es] two portions of the prebend of Bokland falling to the chapter after the death of Alexander de Banfeld for 100s., provided that he support the charge of the vicarge, payable half at midsummer 1253, half at Michaelmas.
R.I. f. 99.
The same day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that on the morrow of St. Maurice 1250, the chapter conferred . . . . . of Master H. de Atrio Dei on . . . . . . of Nicholas de chiu and Nicholas de [?Cerd'] . . . . . . by Wilck[in] de . . . . . who was put in place of Gilbert de . . . . . . (Defective).
R.I. f. 99.
Memorandum that on St. Bartholomew's day 1251, the chapter confered the obit of Luke de Membiry on Wilckin brother of R. de Teynton and Janck[in] de Sutton; and the same day conferred the obit of R. de Dinam on Janckin de Bruges and the son of Mable Buch'.
Memorandum that on Monday before St. Perpetua and St. Felicitas appeared in chapter G. de Totten' before Master J. de Axebrigg', J. de Teinton, Robert de Marisco, and H. the subdean, and craved restoration to his vicarage, according to an ordinance made, as he said, by J. the dean and chapter concerning three years' absence, and was told that in the absence of the dean, H. the precentor, and the archdeacon of Tanton, who were present when the alleged ordinance was made, he should put his petition in writing: they would return at Easter, and a day was set about Thursday in Easter week 1251. The said G. appeared on Saturday in Easter week, and was told to wait for the dean's arrival.
R.I. f. 99d.
[Memorandum that on Saturday before St. Gregory 1251, Robert de Euesham deposited in the treasury of Wells according to his bond 25 marks, under the seals of himself and the subdean, in presence of H. the treasurer, H. the subdean, R. de Sapewick, J. de Teinton and R. de Marisco. The money was delivered by the treasurer to the care of William de Mertok warden of the treasury under him, given back to the said G. (sic) and afterwards paid in London.]
R.I. f. 99d. (cancelled).
Memorandum that on Sunday before St. Gregory 1251, H. the subdean in chapter in presence of H. the treasurer, R. de Marisco, W. de Purle, R. de Sapewick, J. de Teinton, admitted Walter the chaplain to the vicarage of Sir W. de Huniton at his presentation, and Stephen de Surreia to the vicarage of Master R. de Mar[isco] at the presentation of the treasurer, under power given by letter of Master R. produced.
Memorandum that whereas . . . brother of Master N. Tesson distrained the men of William le Buteler for a contribution towards payment of viagium for the justices' eyre, the said W. appeared and humbly besought that the same should be given up,
for that the tenants were freeholders by charter and never used to contribute, threatening to go to the sheriff, but confessing that he had two men who ought to contribute. The chapter caused the same to be given up until the arrival of Master N., on condition that if the said N. could shew they had previously contributed, or were bound so to do, the said W. is willing they should; otherwise they are to be friends.
R.I. f. 99d.
Memorandum that the chapter of Wells, about Easter 1252, let to the widow of John the smith (faber) two thirds of the houses which were his as their escheat at a yearly rent of 2s., the remaining third being previously assigned to here as dower; and she did fealty.
R.I. f. 99d.
Memorandum that, whereas . . . de . . . who was wife of Walter the chamberlain, about St. George 1252, was absolved in chapter by H. Tesson precentor, in presence of W. archdeacon of Tanton, H. the subdean, etc., for having distrained upon a house which the said W. had assigned towards his obit, being of the fee of St. Andrew, she caused the same to be given up, and it was agreed that one third the rent should thenceforth be paid her as dower.
R.I. f. 99d
Memorandum that, whereas on Tuesday after Martinmas 125] it came to the notice of the chapter that W. de Button their bishop has collated William de Button his nephew to their church of Congresbiry, though he could not of right do so, on Wednesday following they appealed to the archbisop of Canterbury or his offical. Present in chapter, Henry the treasurer, Master Adam de Gessich, Master Roger de Sapewik, Robert de Marisco, Wlater de Cusinton, John de Teynton, and John de Hereford canons of Wells, and Ralph de Chyu, William Bissopp', Henry de Sancto Laudo, William called Archdeacon, Robert de Wern', Robert de Well' called Dyer, William de Stan', Walter de Wedmore, Reginald Scory, Alexander de London, John de Ellewrth, Gregory Walensis, William de Milverton, Thomas de Kent, Richard de Clutton, Henry de Surreya, Wlater de Henton, Isaac the sacrist, Thomas de Mere, Ralph son of Simon the painter, Wlater de Lechelade, Roger de Pralle, John de Berewik, Stephen de Surreya and others vicars specially summoned for the purpose.
R.I. f. 100.
On Sunday the vigil of St. Edmund M., the appeal was renewed by H. the subdean in the chapter of Wells in presence of the canons, of J. de Button the bishop's brother, and of the vicars specially summoned for the purpose.
The same Sunday the subdean in the nave of the church by the stocks (iuxta stokk') in presence of the prior of the hospital of St. John, William Buch', and William Russell, publicly and solemnly renewed the appeal.
R.I. f. 100.
Also on the feast of St. Edmund K.M., John de Cerd' vicar of the church of Wells was made proctor of the chapter to appeal at Congresbiry. Form of proxy, dated the octave of St. Martin 1251, and of his appeal, stating that the church of Congresbiry was conferred upon the chapter by bishop Joscelin, made in writing in presence of Walter de Lechelade vicar of Wells, John the chaplain of Congresbiry, William Gormundus, John de Pulla, Walter servant of Adam the clerk vicar of Brente, Gilbert Kenel, William de Pull', Nerodinus, Walter de Chapflor' and others specially summoned for the purpose. The appeal was lodged in the church porch.
R.I. f. 100.
Afterwards on Tuesday the feast of St. Cecilia the chapter sent Master Adam de Gessich and Sir J. de Derham to the bishop at Crokel' humbly praying him to revoke his act, with letters of remonstrance, dated Monday the vigil of St. Cecilia 1251.
R.I. f. 100.
Sentence on Sir Walter de Purley canon of Wells, being defamed touching incontinence and failing in his purgation, that he absent himself from Easter next for a whole year, and the profit of his prebend be applied to the fabric of the church of Wells, namely 8 marks. This sentence the said Walter thankfully acknowledged. Done in the chapter of Wells, iii non. April 1257.
R.I. f. 100.
The said Master Adam and Sir J., as a precaution, took with them letters patent of the chapter of Wells addressed to the bishop, to renew if necessary the appeal already lodged. Dated Wells, the feast of St. Edmund K.M. 1251.
R.I. f. 100d.
Form of renewal of appeal before the bishop by Master A. de Gessich and Sir J. de Derham at Crokkelay on the feast of St. Katherine, stating that the chapter first became aware of the bishop's collation to Congresbiry on Tuesday after St. Martin 1251, and on the morrow appealed to the archbishop or his official,
R.I. f. 100d.
Because the bishop would not at the prayer of Master A. and Sir J., nor at the chapter's petition, revoke his act, the said appeal
being renewed, he offered two forms whereof the chapter might choose one, either that the truth of the whole proceeding touching the church of Congresbiry should be recited, and the question referred to the pope's decision, or else the chapter should send messengers with full powers, and submit themselves to his ordinance, provided that if they accepted such ordinance, provided that if they accepted such ordinance it should stand, otherwise the matter should remain as before. These forms were recited to the chapter by J. de Derham, who returned on the feast of St. Andrew; and they decreed a general assembly of the brethren. Form of summons to be present on Wednesday after the Circumcision, dated the morrow of St. Andrew Ap. 1251.
R.I. f. 100d.
Injunction of the chapter to Master A. de Gessich that, if the bishop would not revoke his act, he should cause him to be cited. Form of petition, which he took with him, stating that the chapter were in peaceful possession of the church of Congresbiry as rectors, and by ordinance of the archbishop of York and his colleagues Sir P. Sarac[enus] held it of them to farm for life, and it was not vacant. Form of citation, dated Otteford, Sunday after St. Andrew 1251, by Master E. de Lenn' official of Canterbury to the bishop of Bath and Wells to appear in the church of St. Mary le Bow London on Tuesday after St. Hilary, and to cite W. de Button clerk. The citation in duplicate: one pair Master A. sent to Master J. Fortis and R. the succentor at Crokel,' that they should cause him to be cited by two grooms; the other he brought to Wells on Friday after St. Nicholas, which by the consent of the treasurer, Master Adam de Gessich, Master R. de Sapewik, W. de Purle, J. de Hereford, J. de Teynton and the subdean was sent to Bath on Saturday following by John de Sutton clerk, Girrard, and two grooms of Master Adam de Gessich, who on the Sunday following laid it on the high altar during the procession.
R.I. f. 100d.
Memorandum that whereas on Thursday in Easter 1265, Robert Giffard canon of Wells, before Edward the dean and the chapter, being accused of incontinence confessed, and submitted to their judgment; the dean and chapter, remembering previous offences, decreed that the said Robert be exiled from the city of Wells until Michaelmas, not entering the choir or chapter, and counted absent in the daily distributions, and pay to the master workman 60s. for the fabric as an amercement, with this addition, that if he be again defamed among good and weighty men he shall pay 100s. every time, and if found incorrigible shall be deprived of his canonry.
R.I. f. 100d.