Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean and Chapter of Wells: Volume 2. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1914.
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Master of the fabric: Pomeray.
Escheator: by the vicars, Bawdewyn, Aleyne and Clavelsay; by the canons, Bawdewyn.
Auditors: Harries, Vowell and Stevens.
Scrutators of canonical houses: Stevens and Austell.
Keepers of the library: Austell and Vowell.
Auditors for the choristers: Bocat and the precentor.
1491, Oct. 4.—On the king's mandate, sede vacante, (fn. 1) William Bocat was installed in person as sub-dean and parson of Woky.
1491, Oct. 20.—John Gunthorpe, the dean, appointed the special agent of the chapter, to conduct certain business before the king and the magnates; he is to be allowed his absence up to the Nativity of St. John Baptist next, without cotidians.—ƒo 37d.
1491, pridie Kal. Nov.—Richard Lewys admitted as an altarist, on the nomination of Thomas Harries, the treasurer; he took the oath of canonical obedience, and the keys and habit of his office were handed to him.
1491–2, Feb. penult.—John Vowell, canon residentiary, proctor for Richard Nykke, LL.D., canon, and prebendary of Yatton, declared his intention of residing [protestatus est de residendo] in the said church according to the statutes and customs, and prayed that his principal [dominus] might be admitted a canon residentiary, and deposited for him the caution money of 100 marks. He was admitted in the person of his proctor, and collated to the canonical house where William Chokke late lived, and was granted a close adjoining the said house at the accustomed rent.—ƒo 37d.
William Northern, vicar choral, on account of his old age and weakness of body, and especially because he is often confessor for the greater part of the canons, is granted license not to come to matins in the night time [ad horas matutinales tempore nocturno]; nevertheless he may share in the moneys, notwithstanding the statutes.
1492, April 21.—Resolved that all fruits arising from the vicarage of the parish church of Wedmore, as well to Roger Jannys [?], late vicar, before his death, as to the dean and chapter by reason of the vacancy, shall be received by John Ustwhate, and kept until it be known what belongs of right to the said Roger and his executors; and, when divided, one half of the dean and chapter's share shall remain for the use of the future vicar towards sustaining the burdens of the vicarage, but the expenses of the time of vacation shall be deducted from the whole fruits.
Master of the fabric: Pomeray.
Escheator: by the vicars, Seward, Clawsay and Bawdewyn; by the canons, Clawsay.
Auditors: Bocat, Stevens and Nykke.
Scrutators of canonical houses: Nykke and Stevens.
Keepers of the library: Austell and Vowell.
1492, Oct. 2.—John Lefman, the tabular, sworn to fulfill his office well and faithfully; and also diligently to note all vicars coming to matins at night and leaving the choir before the end, and on Saturdays, at the reading of the table, he will notify the dean, sub-dean or president of the chapter thereof, that they may be corrected.—ƒo 40.
Every existing canon residentiary, whether present or not, proposing to make actual residence in the year following, may have 50 days of grace in complement of his residence, to be used at pleasure before Michaelmas next, without cotidians.
John Gunthorpe, the dean, appointed special proctor of the chapter for certain business before the king and the magnates of the realm, and is to be allowed his absence until the nativity of St. John Baptist next, without cotidians.—ƒo 40d.
1492, Oct. 9.—All the vicars choral appeared. They had lately asserted that each vicar who was present at matins five times in a week ought by ancient custom to receive his whole commons for that week. They submitted to the dean and chapter, humbly asked pardon and were received into favour on renouncing that opinion.
1492–3, March 7.—Simon Lane, chaplain and vicar choral, was charged with adultery with the daughter of William Welmote, burgess of Wells; he admitted it. He must go before the procession on Sunday next, March 10, with bare feet and head, with his surplice only over his gown, with a wax taper in his hand, in the manner of a penitent, and at the finish of the procession he must offer the taper at the image of St. Andrew standing near the high altar; he is also suspended from his habit for 6 months, and in the meantime shall take nothing for vicars' commons nor for any other emoluments as vicar. Afterwards the processional part was remitted.
1493, April 4.—One month granted to Richard Nykke in complement of his residence, with cotidians if he shall be absent on the business of the church to be done by him with the lord bishop; and especially that mandates for the induction of archdeacons, provosts, and other dignitaries, obtaining prebends annexed to them, should henceforward be directed and committed to the dean or sub-dean, or in their absence to the president of the church [sic], as was wont to be by the laudable customs and statutes of the said church.
Confirmation of a writing of the manor of Compton Bishop, co. Berks, to John Morcote for life; also letters patent of Bathe Inne or the hostel [hospicium] of the lord of Bath without Temple Bar, London, to the same John Morcote and his partner [socius], for their lives and that of the survivor.
1493, April 30.—Master John Retforde, S.T.B., admitted a canon and installed in person in the prebend of Combe VIII, on the death of John Taillour: pursuant to the mandate of Richard, bishop of Bath and Wells.
Confirmed and sealed grants from the bishop of the offices of bailiff of the liberty and bailiff of the city of Wells, to William Fulforde, esq., for life; and of keeper of Dogmersfeld park to John Blackford for life.
1493, May 30.—Master Walter Knightlay, canon, has absented himself from the church since Michaelmas last, and has not begun his residence for the present year. Ordered that he shall have nothing for cotidians or for great commons, nor any share of the 100 marks paid by John Manyman.
1493, July 19.—Confirmation of a grant by the bishop of the offices of keeper of Westebury park and master of the game [magistri deductus] of all the bishop's parks in the counties of Southampton, Gloucester and Somerset, and of steward of the manor of Dogmersfelde, to Sir Giles Dawbenay, lord of Daubenay, for life, with a yearly pension of 10l. issuing from the manor of Westebury.
1493, Aug. 17.—Read a mandate from Richard Nykke, canon residentiary, and vicar-general in spiritual matters of the bishop, addressed to the dean, sub-dean or president, and the chapter, etc. By the authority of this mandate, John White, the sacrist, has summoned all parsons of the cathedral church, who ought to undergo visitation of this kind, to appear according to custom.
John Spereman, for his good service to the cathedral church in the office of common labourer, appointed to the office of common labourer, with a yearly fee of 6s. 8d. to be paid by the master of the fabric on Michaelmas day, beyond his old wages.
1493, Sept. 7.—Baldwin Howse admitted an altarist on the nomination and presentation of John Touker, the precentor; he took the oaths of canonical obedience and to observe the statutes; and his keys and habit were handed to him.
1493, Sept. 17.—Thomas Wade, scribe of the chapter acts, appointed proctor of the chapter to prosecute certain appeals at the court of Canterbury. Master Thomas Goldwegge, notary public, John Touker and John Aleyn, witnesses.