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Charters: Nos. 101-200 (temp. Henry III - 1321)

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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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Nos.101–200 (temp. Henry III - 1321)

101. [Temp. Hen. III or Edw. I.]—Grant by John, called Fortis, chancellor of Wells, to Sir W[alter] de Lechelade, succentor of Wells, of a tenement in Wells in Biestewalle, bought from John de Hereford, to him and his successors, paying yearly to the chief lords, viz: to the lord of Dunheved ½lb. of cumin and of columbar', two pairs of white gloves to the heir of Sir Walerand de Welesleye, and to the communar of Wells 10s., for all service except royal service. After John's death, the 10s. is to pay for services for his soul on his anniversary. Witnesses: Sir Philip de Wykes, Richard de London, Richard de Dultingcote, [and others].

102. [Temp. Hen. III or Edw. I.]—Grant by Laurence Wodelond to Juliana, his eldest daughter, her heirs and assigns, except Jews, of the third part of his tenement in Chaumberleinestrete, Wells, paying yearly 4d. for all service; she gave two marks. Witnesses: Richard de Dulticote, Richard Dikedale, John le Especer, Niol the priest's son, [and others].
Pointed oval seal; a 4-leafed flower. s' lavranc' wodeland.

103. [Temp. Hen. III or Edw. I.]—Grant by Robert son of Thorgod to Geoffrey de Brideport, and his heirs, of a meadow in Wells, in Ysaackesmede, paying 6d. to St. Andrew's church, Wells, for all service; Geoffrey gave 26s. 8d. Witnesses: Sir Hugh, sub-dean of Wells, Walter Huberd, William Cardigan, [and others].

104. 1271.—Document by Walter de Lechelade, succentor of Wells, setting forth the terms of a gift by John called Fortis, chancellor of Wells, of a tenement in Biestewalle St., which he bought from John de Hereford, to the succentors, on condition of a yearly rent of ½lb. of cumin and two pairs of white gloves to the chief lords, and 10s. to the communar of the cathedral, which 10s. was to be employed, after the chancellor's death, on his anniversary, as appears by his charter; and setting out certain conditions, made with the consent of William, bishop of Bath and Wells, and of the dean and chapter, for securing the payment of the said rents. Dated, St. Laurence, 1271.

105. 1271.—Lease for 20 years by Ralph Randalf to Thomas Ponich and Alice his wife, of a house in Southovere, Wells; rent 6d.; the lessees to pay the rent due to the chief lord; they gave 29s. Witnesses: Richard de Dultingcote, Richard Dykedale, Thomas de Wudeford, [and others]. Dated, Michaelmas, 1271.

Round seal; a crescent moon enclosing a star. s' thome ponike.

106. 1272.—Acknowledgment by the master, Brother John de Troubrigge, and the brethren of St. Mark's House, Byleswikes, near Bristol, of the receipt of 30 marks from the dean and chapter of Wells, for payment of debts, etc.; giving in return 20s. yearly to be bestowed on a chaplain celebrating for the soul of the late Hugh de Romenal, treasurer of Wells, from whose goods the said 30 marks came, as ordered by his will; and giving power of entry upon their manors of Poulet and Stocklond in default of payment. Dated, Chapterhouse of St. Marks, Tuesday after St. James the Apostle, 1272.

107. 1272.—Acknowledgment by Brother John de Troubrigge, master of the House of St. Mark of Bileswykes, near Bristol, of the receipt of 90 marks, from the dean and chapter of Wells, for settlement of loans due to creditors and usurers (feneratores), giving in return a yearly rent of 6s. 4d., on condition of commemoration of the anniversary of John de Hereford, canon of Wells, &c. Dated, Chapterhouse of St. Mark's, Friday after St. James, 1272.

Fragment of seal of the bishop of Bath and Wells.

108. [Temp. Hen. III or Edw. I.]—Grant by Philip de Pulton, called Canun, to Gilbert de Bruges, vicar of Wells, and Martin de la Forde of Wynescumbe, their heirs and assigns, of a messuage in Suthovere St., Wells, near St. John's hospital; paying yearly a rose on the feast of St. John the Baptist for all service; Gilbert and Martin gave 40s. Witnesses: Richard de London, Master Simon Pictor, Nicholas called Preust, [and others].

109. 1274.—Grant by William de Chedmers to John de Bykenaure and Clarice his wife, their heirs and assigns, of 3 acres of land in Chaldewille, which William had of the gift of Ralph de Treberge, situate nearest La Holeweye, on the south, except one acre; paying yearly 3 peppercorns to the grantor and 1d. to John Safyn, for all secular service. Warranty against all mortals, Christians or Jews. John and Clarice gave 6 marks. Witnesses: Geoffrey de Hywis, John de Corendone, William de la Roche, Jordan de Wlforstone, Ralph le Frie, [and others]. Dated, Friday, feast of St. David, 1274.

110. 1274.—Recital by R[obert Kilwarby], archbishop of Canterbury, of depositions by William de Smalebroke, canon of Wells, envoy of the dean and chapter, that Brother John de Tanton had been elected by the monastery of Glastonbury to be abbat of the same, without the assent of the bishop of Bath and Wells; followed by the appointment of Master Constantine de Mildehale (who is acting during the vacancy of the see of Bath and Wells) to inhibit the further action of the monastery in the matter. Dated, Wednesday after St. Nicholas, 1274.

Fragment of a pointed oval seal of the archbishop; the martyrdom of St. Thomas the archbishop. At the top, a figure of Our Lord, in the base the archbishop kneeling in prayer.

111. 1274–5.—Memorandum of an agreement in settlement of a dispute between Sir William de Fyennes and Robert de la Fenne, made by the mediation of W., abbat of Ford, Richard de Bolon, Peter de Fauconberge, Phar[amond] de Wydet[on], and others on the part of Sir William, and of John de Muriit, and Hamond Denebanc, N. Bessy, and others on the part of Robert, whereby Robert retains possession of certain lands and meadows which he holds in La Fenne in the fee of Martok; regulations as to common of pasture, stray cattle, impounding, etc. Robert has paid 10l. to William de Fyennes. Tested by the aforesaid friends of both parties. Dated La Fenne, 6 Id. March, 1274 [1275].

112. 1277.—Settlement made before the official of the bishop of Bath and Wells of a claim by Sir Nicholas FitzNicholas, treasurer of Wells, against Sir Guy de Schevyndon, rector of the church of Westun-juxta-Worl, for 100lbs. of wax, the arrears of a yearly payment of 100lbs. of wax, due from the said rector to the said treasurer by an ordinance of Jocelin, sometime bishop of Bath and Wells. Dated, Monday after St. Scolastica, 1277, in majori ecclesia Wellensi.

113. 1277–8.—Grant by Walter de Lechelade, succentor of Wells, proctor and conservator of the morning mass, with the assent of the dean and chapter, to Alexander the Fuller, his heirs and assigns, of two parts [thirds] of a burgage in Southovere St., paying yearly 8d. to the bishop, and 4s. 10d. to the succentors for the support of the said mass, for all service. Alexander charges the remaining one third equally with the said two thirds. Witnesses: Richard de Londonis, Richard de Doultingcote, Nicholas Pistor, [and others]. Dated, Wells, St. Gregory's day, 1277 [Jan. 13, 1278].

114. 1280.—Bond of Hugh son of Hugh Attehele of Northcori to the dean and chapter of St. Andrew's, Wells, in 100l., that he will not alienate his inheritance of lands and tenements within the manor of Northcory, without their permission. Witnesses: John atte Slo, Thomas de Mere, John de Knappe, [and others]. Dated, North Cory, Wednesday after SS. Tiburtius and Valerian, 8 Edw. I.

115. 1280.—Indenture whereby Edward, the dean, and the chapter of Wells, grant to Geoffrey de la Slo, and his heirs, one acre of land in the Smethemor in the manor of Nortchor[y], lately held by Juliana de Stokes, paying yearly 6d. for all service save the king's; and power to inclose land on the moor of Stathmore, near the Westeretrenche, paying yearly 12d. for all service. In return the dean and chapter may inclose certain meadows and pastures and all purprestures made by them in the manor before St. Dunstan's day, 1280. Witnesses: Sir Walter de Loveny, knt., William de Bere, Richard de Nyweton, [and others].

Ornamental initials from A to L cut through at the indenting.

Pointed oval seal. A hand to the sinister, with a falcon thereon. s. galfridi de la slov.

116. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Walter le Bakelere, with the assent of Beatrice his wife, to Henry son of William de Edeston, and Gonilla his wife, and John son of Henry de Edeston, their heirs and assigns, of 2 ac. of land in the manor of La Wike, doing all services to the chief lords. Henry grants to Walter and Beatrice a messuage in Stokscurcy, as appears by his charter. Witnesses: William de Edeston, Walter de Chaldecote, Robert Chandel, [and others].

117. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Recital by William Broun, son and heir of Nicholas Broun of Wells, of his obligation to acquit Master Thomas de Haselshawe of services due for a messuage on the north side of Biestewalle and for 1 ac. of land adjoining, and subjecting his tenements in Wells to be levied on by Master Thomas, his heirs and assigns, in case of any distress being levied against them. Witnesses: Richard de Rodeneye, John de Palton, Robert de Wodeforde, [and others].

Fragment of a seal.

118. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Ingram de Bykenaure, chaplain, to William de Bykenaure, clerk, his heirs and assigns, of the tenement of Bykewille, in the manor of Bykenaure, and free common for all cattle on the hill of Cantok, and furze, fern [jaones, feogeram] and turf for fuel; to hold of the chief lords, William and his heirs paying nothing, and his assigns paying 18d. yearly, and causing three masses to be celebrated yearly for the souls of the ancestors and successors of Henry de Wayvile, late lord of Bykenaure, for all service. Witnesses: Simon de Craucom, William de Chedemers, Jordan de Walforston, [and others].

119. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Richard de Collake to Hugh de la Hele and Alice his wife, and the heirs of Hugh, of 1 ac. of land in Scherpham, held of the gift of Walter Fraunceys, paying yearly one peppercorn for all service; Hugh and Alice gave 33s. Witnesses: Robert Gyen, John de la Slo, Robert le Yreys, John de Cnappe, [and others].

Fragment of seal, an ornamental quatrefoil.

120. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Release by Richard de Contevile of Axston to Master Thomas, the dean, and the chapter of Wells, of all his right in the tenement which Adam de Melles lately inhabited in Wells, which the dean and chapter have of the gift of Sir Richard de Baunfelde, their co-canon. Witnesses: Philip le Ireys, William de Northlade, Elias Rossel, [and others].

Broken seal; a profile bust. s' . . . aschendone.

121. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Henry de Erlegh to William de Plessetis, his heirs and assigns, for his homage and service, of 39 ac. of meadow in La Haymore in the manor of Northperton, paying yearly one pitcher of wine [unum pitherium vini] on St. Martin's day, for all service. Witnesses: Sir Thomas Trivet, Sir Thomas de Regny, Jordan de Bradenye, [and others].

122. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Cristina Lonelyne, in her lawful widowhood, to Philip de Pulton, his heirs and assigns, of the moiety of a messuage in Wells situate next to the "Priority" [prioritatem] of Wells, paying yearly ½d. for all service; Philip gave one mark. Witnesses: Richard Londrays, Master Simon Pictor, Richard le Noreys, Robert Gingelot, John Mogge, [and others].

123. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Maude daughter of Turold le Machun, deceased, to Elias de Cumba, vicar of Wells, his heirs and assigns, of her part of her father's messuage, paying yearly 2½d. to Sir Walter de Wyka, and to Maude a clove gillyflower, for all service; Elias gave 22s. 3d. Witnesses: Richard Norensis, Master Simon Pictor, John de Wintonia, [and others].

124. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Ralph Plumbarius of Wells to Cicely Garlond, his wife, of a tenement in Chamberleynstrete, Wells, to hold to her for life, if she survive Ralph. Witnesses: John the Baker, John Vayrander, Walter Gymyn, John Vayranter, Richard le Lang, Walter Muchegros, [and others].

125. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by William son of Walter de Scremeby to the venerable father, William, bishop of Bath and Wells, and his successors and assigns, of all his lands, tenements and meadows in the manor of Wells, inherited from Richard le Norreys, his uncle; the bishop gave 15 marks. Witnesses: Sir Bartholomew de Empnebergh, Amys' de Bayuse, William de Camera, [and others].

126. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by John le Spenser, son and heir of John le Spenser, to John de Surreye, vicar in Wells church, his heirs and assigns, of two messuages in Wells, viz. one in magno vico, on the south side, between the messuage of Richard de Doltyngcote on the east and the lane leading to the bishop's mill on the west, and from the great street on the north to the bake-house [pistrina] in the said lane; and the other in Sothoverest., between the messuages of Walter le Hopere and Robert vinee cultoris; also three acres of land, in Stobury Field, and land in the east field below Oldehulle; paying yearly 2 marks. John de Surreye gave 10 marks. Witnesses: Sir Adam de Mora, Master Henry de Esse, canons of Wells, Richard de Doltyngcote, John de Ilmenystre, [and others].

127. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by William Warham, knt., lord of Welleslegh, to William Poupe, in frank-marriage with Alice, daughter of the said William Warham, of a cottage in Doultecote; to hold to William Poupe and Alice, their heirs and assigns, paying yearly 2s. to the vicars of St. Andrew of Wells, and doing service to the chief lords and to my court of Welleslegh once a year upon reasonable summons, for all secular service. For greater security I have procured the seal of St. Andrew of Wells to be affixed to this charter. Witnesses: George Welleslegh, John Welleslegh, Geoffrey Burgeys, [and others].

Round seal; a shield of arms, three chevrons within a border, above the shield a castle or tower.

(2) A pointed oval seal; St. Andrew on his cross between a crescent and estoile.

128. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Award in a case between Richard de Plumstokes, perpetual farmer of the church of Stokegomer, plaintiff, and John de Wikes, farmer of the manor of Syndercombe, defendant, who has refused to pay the "churcheset" or dues in kind of grain, due to the said church. Master Robert de Mallyng, official of Bath and Wells, being appointed sede vacante by R., archbishop of Canterbury, and William de Grendene, official of the precentor of Wells, pronounced judgment for the plaintiff, and ordered the defendant to pay all arrears within 8 days, on pain of excommunication, with 19s. costs.

129. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by William Warham, knt., lord of Welleslegh, to William Poupe, in frank marriage with Alice his daughter, of lands in Hangerhull, Doultecote, &c.; To hold to William Poupe and Alice, their heirs and assigns, paying yearly to St. Andrew's church, Wells, 1lb. of wax at the feast of St. Andrew, and doing service to the chief lords and suit of court at the grange of the canons of Wells once a year on reasonable summons, for all secular service. For greater security I have procured the seal of St. Andrew of Wells to be affixed. Witnesses: George Welleslegh, William Lamberd, Geoffrey Burgeys, [and others].

  • (1) Round seal:—A shield of arms, three chevrons within a border, above the shield a castle or tower.
  • (2) Pointed oval seal of St. Andrew's, Wells. A representation of St. Andrew on his cross, between the sun and the moon; in the base a kneeling worshipper. sigil . . . well ad cavsas.

130. 1281.—Indenture between Agatha, relict of Robert Stroche of Comyz, and William de Bere, son and heir of Peter de Bere, whereby she assigns to him for her life all her dower in Edeston and Comyz, and he will provide for her reasonable sustenance in his house, quantum ad mensam suam sicut decet hujusmodi feminam invenire, and a half mark yearly for her clothing and other necessaries; if she be not content with William's sustenance, William shall grant her a messuage in Comyz and lands in the same. Witnesses: John de Eston, William Gyvernay, Walter de Canthoo, [and others]. Dated, Michaelmas, 9 Edw. I.

131. [Temp. Edw. I, before 1282.]—Grant by Ralph son of Randulf, burgess of Wells, to Sir E[dward], dean and the chapter of Wells, of two portions of a burgage in Suthovere Street, Wells, extending in length to the wall of the bishop's park; paying yearly a rose to the grantor and his heirs, and to the bishop 8d., for all service. The dean and chapter gave 40s. Witnesses: Sir Walter de Lecchelade, succentor of Wells, John de Wymburne, Stephen de Surreye, vicar of Wells, [and others].

132. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Ralph son of Randulf, burgess of Wells, to Gilbert de Brug' and Martin de Lafforde of Wynescumba, executors of Hugh de Romenal, late treasurer of Wells, and their assigns, of two portions of the same burgage in Suthovere Street, Wells; paying yearly a rose to the grantor and his heirs, and to the bishop 8d., for all service. Gilbert and Martin gave 40s. Witnesses as in No. 131.

Round seal; a wyvern or cockatrice, to the right. s' radvlphi randel. . . .

133. 1284.—Grant by William de Bathon', vicar in St. Andrew's church, Wells, to William de Eluy, vicar in the same, his heirs and assigns, of an area of land in Wells, Byestewall, in the street called Torlane, paying yearly 3s. 4d. to John Henekyng and his heirs, for all secular service. William de Cluy [sic] gave 40s. Witnesses: Richard Lundreis, John de Garcelade, Nicholas Pistor, [and others]. Dated, Wells, xiii Kal. May, 12 Edw. I.

134. [1256–1284.]—Grant by William, prior of the Hospital of St. John, Wellye, and the brethren of the same, to Sir Richard de Buttun, precentor of Wellye, of an annual service at the altar of St. John Baptist in the said hospital, for the souls of the above Richard, and the venerable father, William de Buttun, sometime bishop of Bath and Wells, and of Richard's ancestors and successors; with regulations for the appointment of a chaplain, being a brother of the Hospital, for the performance thereof, and power to the dean of Wells to inforce the same. Sealed with the common seal of our house. Witnesses: Sir Edward [de la Cnoll], dean of Wells, Sir Nicholas, treasurer of Wells, Sir Ralph de Lullington, Master Nicholas de St. Quintin, Sir Stephen de Cicestre, Sir Hugh Everad, Sir John de la Pola, canons of Wells.

Pointed oval seal, fragment only: full length figure of an ecclesiastic, with a staff. . . . iohan. . . .

135. [1284–1292.]—Grant by Richard son of Richard le Touker to Thomas [de Bitton], the dean, and the chapter of Wells, of a rent of 5s. to be paid out of his messuage in the street of the Fullers, in Wells, to be distributed to the poor by the communar of the church of Wells for the soul of Roger de Cruk, on the day of his anniversary; the executors of the will of the said Roger gave 5 marks. Witnesses: Master Philip de Stanton, precentor, Master Ralph de Wycham, archdeacon of Bath, Sir John de Wymburn, canon, Sir Philip de Wykes, knt., John de Wykes, [and others].

136. 1290.—Award by a person unspecified [probably the bishop], that having heard the reasons alleged as well on behalf of our beloved son Walter, our archdeacon of Wells, as of certain other canons, in respect of the distribution of the residue of common goods yearly among the resident canons, we declare that the archdeacon ought to take his share thereof, according to the statutes of the church of Wells, if he has been in residence for half the year continuously or by instalments; imposing silence upon those who deny it [contradictoribus]. Dated, Fynnemere, Thursday the feast of St. Lawrence [10 August], 1290.

Fragment of seal, bearing an ecclesiastic with mitre, under a canopy adoring St. Andrew and another saint.

Legend . . . rici.

137. 1295.—Certified copy by Geoffrey de Bramtone, clerk, of the diocese of Lincoln, notary public, of an exemplification of the bull of Pope Boniface VIII, arranging the causes between the archbishop of Canterbury and the abbat and convent of St. Augustine's, Canterbury. Dated at the Lateran, xiiii Kal. April, 1st year of the Pope.

Mutilated.

138. 1295–6.—Bond by William [de Marchia], bishop of Bath and Wells, to repay on demand the sum of 1000l., a loan advanced to him, Thomas, the prior, and the convent of Bath, and W. dean and the chapter of Wells, by O[liver Sutton], bishop of Lincoln, agent, deputed by the papal see in England, together with J[ohn de Pontoise], bishop of Winchester, with regard to the tenths granted as subsidy for the Holy Land to the king, because the 1,000l. had come to his [the bishop of B. and W.] hands alone, and had been expended on his business and that of the bishopric; he undertakes to indemnify the prior of Bath and the dean of Wells and their chapters. Dated, Doggemerfeld, xiiii Kal. Feb., 1294–5.

(Printed in Church's Early History of the Church of Wells, p. 290.)

Fragment of the bishop's seal, pointed oval; a full length figure in ecclesiastical vestments.

139. 1296.—Release by Robert le Brun to Thomas de Mere of North Cory and Avice his wife, daughter of Sir Walter de Loveny, and the heirs and assigns of Thomas, of the lands given by Thomas to Robert in North Cory, Mere, and Sloule. Witnesses: Sir Walter de Loveny, knt., Richard de Loveny, Robert Gyan, Geoffrey de la Slow, [and others]. Dated, Lillesdon, Monday after SS. Simon and Jude, 24 Edw. I.

Round seal: a lion dormant beneath a tree. s . . . de ryngesburn.

140. 1297.—Grant by John, abbat of St. Peter's, Gloucester, and the convent of the same, to Agnes de Prestebury, of duos panes monachorum et unum panem esquierii, cum duobus ferculis potagii ipsius de quo habet conventus, et duo fercula carnium grossarum de duobus generibus, videlicit, de carne bovina porcina, seu omnia frisca seu sallita set cruda, ad quantitatem duorum generalium que coram duobus monachis apponentur in infirmaria diebus carnium, et unam pitanciam crudam qualem coram duobus monachis in infirmaria apponetur, videlicet quum conventus deservitur de Jussel, pro pitancia recipiet predicta Agnes sex ova per diem pro pitancia sua; et quum conventus deservitur de aucis, predicta Agnes recipiet unam aucam vivam pro suis pitanciis quatuor dierum quum carnes comeduntur; et quum conventus de aliis deservitur pro pitancia in infirmaria, de aliis fiet ejus pitancia que cruda ei possit liberari; diebus autem piscium, recipiet prefata Agnes unum ferculum generale quale ponetur in refectorio coram duobus monachis ibidem reficientibus, videlicet piscem, allecia vel ova, set omnia cruda servi quia conventui deservitur, et unam pitanciam crudam qualem apponitur coram duobus monachis in refectorio; et duas lagenas cervisie implendas de butta in refectorio nostro de eadem cervisia de qua bibit conventus. To have and to hold the said livery to Agnes all the days of her life. They also grant to her a robe yearly, like their clerks [de secta clericorum nostrorum] containing 9 ells, with a girdle [penula], worth ½ mark, or ½ mark in lieu thereof, while she lives. For this grant Agnes released to the abbey a livery of ½ qr. of wheat per quindinam due to her yearly by the abbey, and paid 20 marks for the urgent business of the monastery, and will pay other 20 marks at the end of four years. Witnesses: Henry le Draper, Hugh the clerk, bailiffs, German de Thonebrugg, [and others]. Dated, Gloucester, 7 Ides Jun., 25 Edw. I.

141. 1298.—Grant by John de Wytteneye, vicar in the church of St. Andrew, Wells, to Edmund de Wellesleye, hundredar of the foreign hundred [hundredario hundredi forinseci] of Wells, his heirs and assigns, of a tenement in Chamborleynestrete, Wells, which John had of the gift of William de Clone, chaplain. Edmund gave 4 marks. Witnesses: Thomas de Wellesleye, knt., Adam Canon, [and others]. Dated, Thursday before St. Andrew, 27 Edw. I.

142. 1298.—Release by John de Wyttenye, vicar in the church of St. Andrew, Wells, to Edmund de Wellesleye, hundredar of the foreign hundred of Wells, his heirs and assigns, of the said tenement. Witnesses: Thomas de Wellesleye, knt., Ralph de Rodenye, bailiff of the liberty of Wells, Walter de Sutton, John de Garselade, Robert Burnel, — Marye, Maurice de Esse, vicars in the church of Wells, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Sunday, St. Andrew's day, 27 Edw. I.

143. 1298–9.—Inspeximus by Walter [de Haselshaw], the dean, and the chapter of Wells, of an inspeximus by William [de Marchia], bishop of Bath and Wells, of a grant by Henry, the abbat, and the convent of Clyve, to Robert de Wyldemerse and John de Mapwyk, the secular chaplains of the chapel of the Blessed Virgin in the churchyard of Wollavynton church, of 10 marks yearly for their support and maintenance in celebrating masses for the soul of Gilbert de Wollavynton, who built the said chapel, and one mark for lights and repairs. If the same be in arrear, the chaplains or their messengers [nuncii], with 3 horses and 3 grooms, shall be admitted to the abbey, and there lodged and found, until payment. The abbat and convent undertake to increase the number of 26 monks now there, and to receive two more in memory of the said Gilbert, and to pay to their monk porter every Easter, 60s. to buy summer cloth for 15 cowls for 15 monks, one mark for the pittance of the convent, and 10s. to the poor to be distributed in bread on the Annunciation B.V.M. Appointment of the monk porter to do this, and assignment to his office of the church of Cammel, which church is put under the control of the bishop of Bath and Wells and his ministers, to see that these things are done. Dated 4 Nov., 1297. Witnesses: Dom. John de Cogan, Robert Martin, William Trivet, Robert de St. Clair, Gilbert de Bere, knights, [and others]. Dated, Wells Chapterhouse, Tuesday, feast of SS. Fabian and Sebastian [20 Jan.], 1298[–9].

The bishop's inspeximus was dated at Wyvelescome, Wednesday, the morrow of Epiphany, 1298[–9].

144. 1299.—Grant by Stephen de Surreye to Hugh de Lymyngton and Robert de Chydyngfold, vicars in the cathedral church, Wells, their heirs and assigns, of houses in Wells, between the abbat of Mochelnye's houses, and the tenement late of Walerand de Welleslegh, paying yearly to the chief lord 18d., and to the cathedral 4lbs. of frankincense at Michaelmas, for all service. Hugh and Robert gave 12l. Witnesses: John de Garslade, William de Legh, Geoffrey de la Hokerstane, [and others]. Dated Wells, Thursday after St. Parnell, 27 Edw. I.

Pointed oval seal, broken. An ecclesiastic, full length, over his head a hand of blessing.

145. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Richard de Bamfeld, canon of Wells, to the dean and chapter of Wells, of land, meadow and houses which I have of the gift of Walter Magot of Wells, in Wokyhole, including a large sheepfold [bercaria]; also land and meadow in Wells, and in Dultingcote; also one mark rent, from houses belonging to the vicarage of the church of St. Cuthbert in Wells, which the grantor has of the gift of the vicar, and 8s. rent from houses adjoining the houses of William Fellard on the east, and ½ mark rent from Richard son of Peter at Well [de Fonte] in Toukerstrete, and 3s. rent from houses of Ralph de Meryeth in the same street; also grantor's houses at the head of the new street on the west side. To hold in free alms, paying 4d. yearly to the bishop for the houses at the head of the new street, for all service, and paying 50s. to two priest-vicars of the church of Wells for a daily mass for the souls of the above Richard, his father, and mother, William [? de Bitton II], bishop of Bath and Wells, and William and Alexander, provosts of Combe, at the altar of Blessed Edmund the Confessor in the nave of the church of Wells, near which I have elected, with the consent of the dean and chapter, to be buried; and 3s. 4d. for two wax candles to burn at the said mass and for the sustentation of the vestments and ornaments of the said altar; also 8s. 4d. yearly to 200 poor people, ½d. each, and 20d. among the sick and those who are ashamed to beg; during Richard's life on the 3rd nones of October, but if that day be a Saturday or Sunday, then on the Friday before, and after his death on his anniversary, by the hands of the communar and the said two priests, who shall have 12d. yearly for their labour. Witnesses: Sir Philip de Wykes, Philip de Button, Walter le Flemyng, Richard de London, Richard de Dultingcot, [and others.]

146. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Richard Dykdale, with the assent of Sabina his wife, to Henry de Blakeforde, his heirs and assigns, of two messuages in Toukaresstrete, Wells, paying yearly 3s. for all service. Henry gave 22s. Witnesses: Richard de London, Richard de Dultyngcot, Adam Canun, John de Garselade, William Fellard, [and others].

147. [Temp. Edw. I.]—Grant by Richard Digedale to John de Ho and William Puntington, their heirs and assigns, of a yearly rent of 3s. arising from two messuages in Fullers st., Wells, which Henry de Blakeforde held of him; they gave 35s. Witnesses: Adam Canun, John de Garselade, Nicholas the Baker, [and others].

148. [Temp. Edw. I or II.]—Grant by Walter d[e C]aam to John de Cnappe and Margaret his wife, for their lives, of a tenement and land in Cnappe, paying yearly 18d. for all service, except royal service, and doing suit at my court of Cnappe. Witnesses: . . . de Mere, Robert Gyan, William de Miridon, [and others].
Indorsed:—Walter de Caam.

149. [Temp. Edw. I or II.]—Grant by Walter de Caam to Henry le Deye and Gunnilda his wife, for their lives, of a messuage and land in Cnappe, paying yearly 2s. for all service except royal service, and doing suit at my court of Cnappe. Witnesses: Thomas de Mere, Roger Huet, John de Cnappe, Robert le Yreys, [and others].

150. [Temp. Edw. I or II.]—Grant by Walter de Caam to William Hughet and Emma his daughter, for their lives, of land in Cnappe, paying yearly 3d. for all service except royal service, and doing suit at my court twice a year, at Michaelmas and "la Hockedaye." William and Emma gave 28 marks. Witnesses: Sir Walter de Loveny, Sir Baldric de Nonyngton, knts., Hugh de la Hele, Thomas de Mere, Robert Gyan, [and others].

151. [Temp. Edw. I or II.]—Grant by Ascelina de la Lade to Simon de Domerham, his heirs and assigns, of her land in the vill of Wrentich in the manor of Northcory, which she inherited from Alice, her mother, after the death of Walter de la Lade, her father, paying yearly 18¾d. to the chief lords and doing all services. Simon gave 10 marks. Witnesses: Roger Hughet, Geoffrey de la Slo, Thomas de Mere, Walter the Hundredar, [and others].

152. [Temp. Edw. I or II.]—Grant by Margery daughter of Robert le Marchant of Wrentyh, in her pure widowhood, to Robert de Mere, his heirs and assigns, of half an acre of land in Wrentyh, in the culture called Langelande, to hold of the grantor and her heirs, quit of all service, intrinsic or forinsec, except a payment of ¼d. yearly at Christmas, with permission to inclose the land with a quickset hedge [viva claustura], and to build as he pleases upon it. Witnesses: Gylibert de Thorne [?], William Buscel, Adam de Miridon, Roger Huhet, Henry le Hundredman, [and others].

153. [1316–1335.]—Grant by Henry le Bakere, burgess of Wells, to Masters Thomas de Retforde, chancellor of the cathedral church of St. Andrew, Wells, and John Martel, canon of the same, their heirs and assigns, of a messuage in the Mulelane, Wells. Witnesses: Edmund de Weleslegh, Adam de Chelewourthe, Thomas de Thestwode, Richard le Eyr, Thomas le Devenyssch, [and others].

Seal, broken; a stag lodged at the foot of a tree. s' h . . . back. . . .

154. [1285–1291.]—Grant by William de Pontyngton, rector of the church of Hardyngton, and John de Ho, vicar in the church of St. Andrew, Wells, to the dean and chapter of Wells, of a rent of 7s. yearly, for commemoration of the obit of Roger de Cruk, late provost of the church, yearly arising out of a tenement in Gropecuntelane and another in the street of the Fullers, according to the writings of Henry le Chamberleyen of Schyreburn and Richard Dykedal of Wells. Witnesses: Master Walter de Haseleschawe, archdeacon of Wells, Master Ralph de Wykam, archdeacon of Bath, Sir Philip de Wyke, knt., [and others].

155. 1301.—Grant by Gilbert de Scheptone, baker, and Maude his wife, to Simon called le Kyng, citizen of Wells, and Juliana his wife, their heirs and assigns, of a tenement in Southovere st.; Simon and Juliana gave 5 marks. Witnesses: Adam Canoun, Robert Bouche, William Fellard, Geoffrey de Badecombe "le Bowyar," [and others]. Dated, Wells, Friday after St. Mathias, Apostle, 32 Edw. I.

Two round seals. (1) an ornamental star; s. gilbert' de shaptone. (2) An 8-pointed star; s' matilidis de wodeforde.

156. 1301.—Assignment by Ralph de Wermunstre, plomer, to Cicely Garlond, his wife, at the door of St. Cuthbert's church on his betrothal to her, of a messuage on the south side of Chamberlain's st., as her dower, with reversion to his heirs. Witnesses: John de Paltone, Thomas de Surreye, Nicholas de Paltone, [and others]. Dated, Wells, 6 April, 29 Edw. I.

157. 1301.—Grant by Richard de Welewetone, son of Davit de Welewetone, to Maurice de Essa, chaplain, vicar in the church of Wells, his heirs and assigns, of a tenement in Wells, with houses, garden and croft in Chamberlenestrete, Wells, between the tenement of Hugh le Rus, vicar, and that late of John de la Pole, canon, paying yearly 8s. to John de Hoo, vicar in the church of Wells, for all service. Maurice gave 45 marks. Witnesses: Sir John de Wyke, Thomas de Welesleghe, knts., Adam Canun, Geoffrey de la Hokerstone, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Sunday after St. Andrew, Apostle, 30 Edw. I.

Hexagonal seal, a shield of arms; four fusils in fesse, dimidiated with 6 roses 3, 2 and 1. s' ricardi de weletone.

158. 1301.—Release by Nicholas de Plecy, vicar in the church of Wells, to Maurice de Asch, vicar in the church of Wells, his heirs and assigns, of all the grantor's right in a tenement which he holds for life of Richard de Welweton, son of David de Welweton, in Wells, lying between those of Hugh le Rus, Richard de Welweton and John de la Pole, late canon. Witnesses: Sir John de Hoo, Thomas de Benhangre, Philip de Hodiam, vicars, Thomas de Merkesbury, burgess, [and others]. Dated, Wells, first Sunday in Advent, 30 Edw. I.

159. 1302–3.—Inspeximus by Walter [de Haselshaw], bishop of Bath and Wells, of a grant by Roger, bishop of Bath and Wells, to the chapter of Wells, of the custody of the deanery of Wells, during vacancies, with all its appurtenances, spiritual and temporal. Dated, Banewell, May, 1246.

Nos autem predictam donacionem et concessionem, recognicione homagii, et finibus pro overlandis a dicto homagio hujusmodi vacacione durante per ipsum capitulum levandis, que futuro decano in qualibet vacacione decanatus volumus reservari, duntaxat exceptis, ratas habentes . . . confirmavimus.

Dated, Woky, 8 Id. Jan., the Epiphany, 1302 [1303], 1st year of the consecration of the bishop.

160. 1304–5.—Letters patent granting licence to Master William de Kilkenny and Walter de Totton, chaplain, to grant 2 acres of land in Westansty and the advowson of the church of the same vill, to the dean and chapter of St. Peter's, Exeter, notwithstanding the statute of mortmain. Westminster, 20 March, 33 Edw. I.

Great seal, green wax, imperfect.

161. 1306.—Inspeximus by Robert, the prior, and the chapter of Bath, of a grant by Walter de Heselschawe, bishop of Bath and Wells, to John [de Godelegh], the dean, and the chapter of Wells, of 2 acres of land in Burneham, with the advowson of St. Andrew's church there. Dated at Cherde, xii Kal. Apr., [21 March] 1305 [1306], 4th year of his consecration. Witnesses: Sir Gilbert de Cnovyle, Sir Nicholas de Langelond, Sir Thomas de Welleslegh, knts, [and others]. Dated, Bath, Chapterhouse, Kal. April, 1306.

162. 1306.—Grant by William called Brodwode, and Agnes called Canun, his wife, to William le Ferrur, of the moiety of a tenement in Gropecountelane, Wells; he gave two marks. Witnesses: William atte Wythye, Geoffrey de la More, Robert Bouche, [and others]. Dated, Wells, 11 April, 34 Edw. I.

Two round seals. (1) A star of 6 points; s' willi brodwod'. (2) A star-like ornament; s' agnetis canones.

163. 1306.—Memorandum of agreement between Sir John de Godelee, dean of Wells, and the chapter, on the one part, and Masters Roger Huse and Robert de Milvertone, clerks, and others, executors of the testament of Master Henry Huse, late dean of Wells; the dean and chapter have delivered and granted to the executors their manor and church of Wynescumbe for a term of years, as contained in letters made between them (no. 164), in this manner, that if the dean and chapter shall, at the feast of St. Lawrence, make full security to the executors for 10l. to be spent yearly for the soul of the said Master Henry Huse, in celebrating at his obit and in making distribution at his anniversary, as may be ordained by the executors, and shall pay to the executors 50 marks at the same day, which, together with 200l. for having the said perpetuity, paid beforehand to the dean and chapter, the said executors delivered as a loan; or if they shall fully pay the said 200l., together with 50 marks; then the executors shall restore the said manor and church. Dated, Wells, Tuesday after the octave of Trinity, 7 Ides of June, 1306.

Seals. (1) Fragment of a gothic seal; a bust. (2) Round seal; an ape riding on an ass, holding an owl on his right fist, in his left a glove [?]. more . . . d . . . s'. (3) Heater-shaped seal; a lion rampant, over his head prive sv.

164. 1306.—Indented agreement between John de Godelee, the dean, and the chapter of Wells, on one part, and Masters Roger Huse, Robert de Milvertone, clerks, Roger de Mideltone and John de Bamptone, laymen, executors of the will of Master Henry Huse, late dean of Wells, on the other part, whereby the dean and chapter, with the consent of Walter, bishop of Bath and Wells, then present, lease the manor of Wynescumbe and the church of the same place to the said executors for three years, as fully as Master William Burnel, late provost of Wells and farmer of the same place, held the same while he lived. The executors have given 200l. to the dean and chapter for their urgent business and to the great utility of the church and chapter of Wells, and shall give yearly 10 marks for the manor; and shall hold the same for another year if 50 marks, lent to the dean and chapter for their urgent business and to the great utility of the church of Wells, be not repaid at the feast of St. Lawrence next; the residue of 110 marks, namely 40l., the executors shall pay in the said fourth year, at the four principal terms by equal portions. Dated, Wells, Monday after the octave of Trinity, viii Ides June [6 June], 1306.

Seals: (1) Oval, an oval gem within a cusped border; a cupid holding a hen in his arms, by his side a cock. p. . . . vlptvm . . . ege . . . ego. (2) Oval, a pointed quatrefoil, the device broken away. . . . rob'ti de . . .

165. 1306.—[?] Inspeximus and confirmation by Robert, the prior, and the chapter of Bath, of the grant by Walter de Heselshawe, bishop of Bath and Wells, of the church of Bornham alias Burnham to John de Godeleye, dean, and the chapter of Wells, their common goods being insufficient for their needs, and their manors of Northcory and Wynescumbe being greatly burdened on account of the heavy expenses incurred by the dean and chapter about the construction of their chapter [house] and other things for the perpetual utility of the whole chapter; also of a pension of 10l. received yearly by us [? the bishop] from the rector of the said church, out of which the dean and chapter shall pay yearly 10 marks to two chaplains to say two masses for the good estate [pro salubri statu] of Edward, king [of England], the Lady Margaret, his consort, and all his children while they live, and for the soul of the Lady Al[ianore], late queen of England, and for their souls [? when dead], and for the soul of Robert Burnel, [late bishop] of Bath and Wells, and for our soul when we shall die, and for the souls of our predecessors and successors and of the deans and canons of Wells and of our benefactors. Dated, Chyu, 12 Kal . . ., 1306, 38 Edw. I.
>Dated. . . .
Much mutilated.

166. 1306–7.—Inspeximus by Robert, the prior, and the chapter of Bath, of a document whereby Sir John de Godeleye, the dean, and the chapter of Wells, in consideration of the gifts by the late Robert Burnel, bishop of Bath and Wells, of the churches of Jevelton, Bournham, Staunton-Dru, and Cheleworth, etc., grant in accordance with the ordinance of Walter de Heselshauwe, bishop of Bath and Wells, a sum of 10l. yearly to be applied towards services for King Edward [etc., as in no. 165], and for the celebration of an anniversary of the said bishop Robert at the altars of the Blessed Virgin and St. Andrew the Apostle near the entrance to the choir ad hoc constructa in Wells Cathedral, the details of which are recited. Executed in triplicate, one part to remain with the bishop, another in the treasury at Wells, and the third with the executors and heirs of Bishop Robert. Dated in the Chapterhouse, Wells, 5 Kal. Jan. [28 Dec.], 1306, 35 Edw. I.

Dated in the Chapterhouse, Bath, 6 Kal. Feb. [27 Jan.], same year.

A small fragment, of the seal of Bath Priory.

(See for the dean's grant vol. 1, p. 204.)

167. 1307.—Inspeximus by Robert, the prior, and the chapter of Bath of a grant by Walter Haselschawe, bishop of Bath and Wells, to the dean and chapter of Wells; whereas the dean and chapter, in exoneration of the bishop, have been paying an annuity of 10l. to Sir William de Cherleton, canon of Wells, out of their manor of Northcory, which he used to have of the bishop's gift out of the church of Burnham; the bishop, wishing to indemnify the dean and chapter, grants that he and his successors will pay them 10l. a year so long as the said Sir William shall live. Dated, Wells, Thursday after Christmas, 1306.

Confirmation by the prior and chapter of Bath. Dated at Bath Chapterhouse, vii Ides of October, 1307.

168. 1307.—Grant by Ingram, son and heir of Robert le Spycer of Wells, to William de Bathon' the younger, vicar in the church of St. Andrew, Wells, his heirs and assigns, of a tenement in Chaumberleyne st., Wells, which Walter called the Chamberlain formerly gave to the dean and chapter of Wells for his obit, paying 3s. yearly to the escheator or communar of the said dean and chapter, and undertaking for them all burdens, ecclesiastical and mundane, belonging thereto. Witnesses: John de Wythlakynton, Richard de Chepmanslade, Robert de Dynre, vicars, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Wednesday the feast of St. Lucy the virgin [13 Dec.], 1 Edw. II.

Round seal: a vested hand and arm holding a falcon; ie svy sellel [?].

169. 1308.—Demise by the dean and chapter of St. Andrew's, Wells, to Richard de la Welle and Cicely his wife, for their lives, of a rent of 6s. 8d., paid by Roger "in La Toune" for lands and tenements held by him for life in Northcori; and of the reversion of the said lands and tenements in the event of the death of the said Roger during the lifetime of the above Richard and Cicely, or either of them; paying yearly a rose for all service; they have given a sum of money. Witnesses: Thomas de Mere, John de la Slo, Robert le Ireys, [and others]. Dated, Chapterhouse, Wells, Thursday, the Conversion of St. Paul, 1 Edw. II.

170. 1308.—Inspeximus and confirmation by John [de Godelegh], the dean, and the chapter of Wells, of letters of Walter [de Haselshaw], bishop of Bath and Wells, granting to Thomas Franceys of Bath and Geoffrey his son, for life, a tenement in Norhtyetestrete, Wells, at a rent of 2 marks a year; and to Geoffrey le Boye and Adam Brunyng, his son, for life, of another tenement, at a rent of 8s. 8d.; and granting also a market in North street, Wells, to the citizens of Bath. Dated, Chyu, Sunday, Martinmas, 2 Edw. II.

Dated in the Chapterhouse, Wells, morrow of St. Edmund the King, 1308.

171. 1309.—Grant by Ralph Meryeth, plumber, to Walter de Modeslegh, clerk, his heirs and assigns, of a tenement in Chamberleynestrete, Wells; Walter gave 100s. Witnesses: William de la Wythye, John de Palton, Robert Bouche, John Vayraunter, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Sunday before the nativity of St. John Baptist, 2 Edw. II.

Round seal; a star of eight points. s' radvlfi d' wentebvr' [?].

172. 1309.—Grant by William Brodwode of Wells, with assent of Agnes his wife, to William le Ferur of Wells and Christina his wife, their heirs and assigns, of a house intrinsecam cum pynone pertinente, situate in Gropecuntelane in Wells, and formerly the kitchen of Adam Canon; William and Christina gave 2 marks. Witnesses: Robert Bouche, John de Palton, William de la Wythie, Nicholas de Palton, [and others]. Dated, Wells, 10 Oct., 3 Edw. II.

Round seal: a star of 6 points s' will'i brodwod'.

173. 1309–10.—Release by Maude relict of Gilbert de Sheptone, baker, in her lawful widowhood, to Juliana, relict of Simon called "Le Kyng" of Wells, his heirs and assigns, of a messuage in Southovere st., adjoining that of Robert de la Churchestighele. Witnesses: Robert Bouche, John de Paltone, John le Norreys, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Saturday after the Epiphany, 3 Edw. II.

Round seal; a star of eight points. s' matilidis de wodeforde.

174. 1311.—Agreement whereby Osmund, the abbat, and the convent of Athelneye, for themselves, their successors, and their tenants in Corylode and Huntham, surrender to John [de Godelegh], the dean, and the chapter of Wells, their common of pasture in 886 acres of land in Corymor, Boterlak and Stathmor, about to be enclosed by the dean and chapter, with the consent of all the commoners [communiariorum], but reserving their rights of common in the rest of the moors not inclosed. For this the dean and chapter have granted to the abbat and convent, 41 acres in Stathmor and 41 acres in Corymor, to be measured by the royal perch, to hold of the dean and chapter, with liberty to inclose the same, paying yearly 19s. 6d., for all service. The dean and chapter shall not hereafter make agistaciones nor take havagium in the said moors for the common of cattle of strangers not having common, and the abbat and convent, and their tenants and servants may put such cattle found feeding on the moors into the dean and chapter's pound. The dean and chapter reserve all fair and reasonable emends, together with strays, attachments and impoundings by their haywards [messores] and other servants. The dean and chapter may also inclose other 20 acres in Stathmor, outside the portions assigned to the abbat and convent and others, and may cut and take away all the alderbeds [totum alnetum] growing in the portions assigned to the abbat and convent and their tenants, within one year after they have full seisin. Witnesses: Sir John de Bello Campo, Sir Henry de Urtiaco, Sir John de Erlegh, Sir Gilbert de Bere, Sir Hugh de Popham, knts., [and others]. Dated, Wells, Tuesday [at head], Wednesday [at foot] after Decollation of St. John Baptist, 5 Edw. II, 1311.

175. 1311.—Similar agreement, whereby Walter le Freye (fn. 1) surrenders the like to the same in consideration of a grant to Walter, his heirs and assigns, of 4 acres in Stathmore, paying yearly 2s. Witnesses and date as in no. 174.

176. 1311.—Similar agreement, whereby Robert (fn. 2) le Hyreys and Simon de Domeram and John Dreu (fn. 3) surrender to the same, their common rights in the same, in consideration of a grant to Robert, Simon and John, their heirs and assigns, of 4½ acres in Corymor, paying yearly 2s. 3d. The clause as to cutting alders is omitted. Witnesses and date as in no. 174.

177. 1311.—Similar agreement, whereby Richard Broun (fn. 4) surrenders the like to the same, in consideration of a grant to Richard for life of 2 acres in Corymor, paying yearly 12d. Witnesses and date as in no. 174.

178. 1311.—Grant by John de Loxstone to Sir William de Weylande, knt., and Elizabeth his wife, their heirs and assigns, of all his lands, etc., in Loxstone. Witnesses: Roger son of Payn, John de Bellocampo, Nicholas de Langelonde, knts., [and others]. Dated, Loxston, Thursday the morrow of the Translation of St. Thomas the martyr, 5 Edw. II.

179. 1311.—Will of Richard de Chepmanslade, vicar in St. Andrew's cathedral church, Wells. To be buried in the churchyard of St. Andrew, near William de Nortone. To the fabric of the church of Wells, 6s. 8d.; to the poor on the day of my burial, 40s. in bread; to Agnes my sister, 6s. 8d.; to Robert le Coke, 6s. 8d.; to Master William de Jattona, subdean of Wells, all wooden vessels lent to him; to Agatha Ploure one cuva of one quarter, one small beche and a small barrel; to John de Maresco, my nepos, 6s. 8d.; to Robert de Pola, 6s. 8d.; to blessed Mary in the chapel in the cloister of Wells, my best coffer; to the sacrist of Wells, a counterpane [chalo] and a sheet [lintheamen], and to the three altarists and the sacrist's boy [garcio], 6d. each; to Beatrice Joscelin, 2s.; to Cicely le Hoperes, 2s.; to John Wayfer, 6s. 8d.; to Godfrey de Chepmanslade, my brother, his heirs and assigns, my tenement in Wells which I had by devise [ex legato] of Hugh de Dychegate, vicar of Wells, so that he and they maintain two wax torches at the elevation of the Body of Christ at the high altar in St. Andrew's church, Wells, and pay 40d. yearly to the light of Blessed Mary where Salve sancta parens is sung behind the high altar of the said church, and 40d. to buy bread and to distribute to the poor on my anniversary; to the Holy Land, 10s. for my soul, and 10s. for the souls of Reynold my father and Mabel my mother; to my executors, 20s.; the said Godfrey to have all timber, stones and other necessaries bought for the repair of the said tenement; all my goods not bequeathed, movable and immovable, to be sold for the best price possible, and thereout to be sung three annalia, or four if it can be done, for the souls of me, my father and mother, all my benefactors, and all faithful departed; and if anything shall remain over [excesserit] it shall be distributed among my poor relations [pauperibus parentibus] at the discretion of my executors, namely, Godfrey de Chepmanslade, my brother, John de Bogelegh, chaplain, and Robert le Coke. Dated, Thursday after St. Bartholomew, 1311. Proved before William de Jatton, subdean of Wells, by Sir Maurice de Esse, Sir Robert de Pola, vicars of the church of Wells, and John Wayfer, clerk, ii kal. September, 1311.

180. 1312.—Release by Joan called Canun, widow of Roger Goibel, in her lawful widowhood, to William le Ferur of Wells, his heirs and assigns, of all her right to the moiety of a tenement in Wells, in Gropecuntelane, which Thomas de Chiw, carpenter, formerly held by devise [ex legato] of Christina Canun. Witnesses: William de la Withie, John de Palton, Richard Curteys, [and others]. Dated, Wells, 4 April, 5 Edw. II.

Round seal: a star. s' iohanne canone.

181. 1312.—Release by Joan called Canun, widow of Roger Goybel, in her lawful widowhood, to William le Ferur of Welles, his heirs and assigns, of all her right to a house and land in Gropelane, Wells. Witnesses: William de la Withie, John de Paltone, Richard Curteys, [and others]. Dated, Wells, 4 April, 5 Edw. II.

Round seal, as no. 180.

182. 1312–3.—Grant by Mabel relict of William de Westbury, in her lawful widowhood, to William de Westbury, her son, his heirs and assigns, of a messuage in Welles, in Suthovere st., paying 8d. yearly, to the chief lords for all service. He gave a certain sum of money. Witnesses: William atte Wythie, Richard Curteys, Walter called Le Somenour, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Monday, the feast of the Circumcision, 6 Edw. II.

Round seal: an ornamental star. s' mabilie de westbvri.

183. 1312–3.—Agreement between Robert Wayfer and Ralph de Schipton, concerning certain shares in the manor of Meulesberwe which their wives inherited, whereby Ralph grants to Robert his [? Ralph's] share in the above manor. Release of all actions, etc. Witnesses: Edmund de Welesleye, William le Veil, Robert de Wodeford, Reynold Poleyn, Reynold de Northcote, [and others]. Dated, Cyrencestre, the morrow of the Circumcision, 6 Edw. II.

184. 1313.—Recital by John [de Drokenesford], bishop of Bath and Wells, of:—

  • (1) Bull of Pope Clement [V], respecting the collection of funds to prosecute the war against the Saracens, &c. Dated, Avignon, kal. Dec., viii anno. [1312].
  • (2) Another bull of the same, relating to the same subject. Dated as above.

Followed by the appointment of the dean and chapter of Wells, to be sub-collectors in the diocese aforesaid of the sums appointed to be raised. Dated, London, xii kal. Nov., 1313, 4th year of the bishop.

185. 1313–4.—Grant by Larenc', relict of William de Cowmiche, to Robert Chandel and Edith his wife, for their lives, of 3 acres of land in the field called Tonfurlang in [? no place named], paying 1d. yearly to the grantor. Witnesses: William de Edyguston, Michael de Edyguston, John de Norhurne, and John Chandel. Dated, Stocurcy, feast of St. Lawrence, 7 Edw. II.

186. 1314.—Transcript of two documents:—

  • (1) Letter of Edward II to J[ohn de Drokenesford], bishop of Bath and Wells, urging payment of 500 marks of the first year of the six years' tithes imposed by the late pope Clement V (the sum having been advanced by the merchants of the society of the Bardi of Florence to the king) at an early date. Dated, York, 26 Sept., 8 Edw. II [1314].

  • (2) Letter of Thomas, earl of Lancastre and Leycestre, and steward of England, to the same, relating to the same matter. Dated, York, 3 October [same year]. French.

187. 1314–5.—Grant by John de Morbathe-juxta-Brideport, co. Dorset, with the assent of his wife, Margery, daughter and co-heir of Robert de la Fenne, to Henry de Morbathe, his son, and the heirs of his body, of Margery's purparty in the lands, &c., of La Fenne-juxta-Mertoke, including the reversion of lands held in dower by Joan de Casewis (?), widow of Robert de la Fenne. Witnesses: Sir William de Faucumberge, knt., Peter de Bolonia, John de Widecumbe, William Aumbesas, [and others]. Dated, Mertoke La Fenne, Wednesday, Circumcision of Our Lord, 8 Edw. II. Much decayed.

188. 1315.—Release by John le Kyng of Wynterolowe and Agnes de Gorselade his wife, to Agnes David of Dultecote, her heirs and asigns, of their right in two houses and land in Dultecote, which Reynold de Weleslegh formerly held. Witnesses: William de la Wythie, Robert de Weleslegh, John de Duddesden, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Thursday after the Nativity of St. John Baptist, 8 Edw. II.

Two round seals, (1) An ornamental cross [? a cross raguly]; s' joh'is le [k]yng. (2) An ornamental fleur-de-lis [?]; s' agnet' de garslad'.

189. 1316.—Grant by Simon de Domerham of North Cury to Thomas de Mere of Northcury, his heirs and assigns, of all the grantor's land in Wrentich in the manor of Northcury, which he had of the gift of Ascelina de la Lade; Thomas gave 20l. Witnesses: Richard de Loveny, Peter de Boloygne, John de la Sloo, John de Cnappe, [and others]. Dated, Northcury, Wednesday after Palm Sunday, 9 Edw. II.

190. 1316.—Undertaking by John [de Drokenesford], bishop of Bath and Wells, principal collector in the diocese of the sexennial tithe imposed by the late Pope Clement V, and of the yearly tithe granted to the king for the defence of the realm, by the clergy of the province of Canterbury; relating to the postponement of the collection, and indemnifying the dean and chapter of Wells, subcollectors, for the loan of the same to the king to help in repelling the Scots. Dated, Banewell, ix kal. Jul., 1316.

Fragments of episcopal seal.

191. 1316.—Release by William le Mareys of Loxtone to Sir William de Welonde, knt., lord of Loxtone, his heirs and assigns, of all right to all his lands and tenements in Loxtone, granted to him by the same Sir William for life. Witnesses: Sir John de Beauchamps of the Marsh, Sir Adam le Walsche, knts., William Artur, Philip le Iryssche, [and others]. Dated, Loxtone, Monday after St. Bartholomew, 9 Edw. II.

192. 1316.—Exemplification by Edward II of the letters patent of Edward I Super prisis bonorum cleri, in his 3rd year, as enrolled at length on the Statute Roll in the Tower, membr. 33 dors. Dated, York, 24 Nov., 10 Edw. II; per ipsum regem et consilium.

Much injured by damp.

193. 1317.—Instrument, drawn up and attested by Roger de Clisseby, clerk of the diocese of Lincoln, notary public by Apostolic and Imperial authority, of the admission by John, bishop of Bath and Wells, of Sir Roger de Northburgh, clerk of the king of England, by his proctor, Master William de Euston, clerk, to be a canon of Wells, in the presence of Sir Richard de Alesford, Sir Robert de Taunton, and Master Adam de Riston [?], clerks, and in pursuance of letters of Pope John XXII. Dated, in manerio domini Roberti filii Pagani, militis, apud Chedene, 5 June, Indict. XV, 1317.

Notarial signum.

194. 1318.—Grant by John de Godelee, the dean, and the chapter of Wells, to Sir Godfrey de Chepmanneslade, for his life, of a messuage in New st., Wells, paying yearly to the grantors 6s. 8d. to maintain two torches before the high altar at the elevation of the body of Christ, and 3s. 4d. to maintain lights in the chapel of Blessed Mary where Salve sancta parens is sung, and 3s. 4d. on the anniversary of Richard de Chepmanneslade in bread to the poor, for all service. Witnesses: John de Palton, Nicholas de Palton, William Markaunt, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Friday the morrow of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr, II Edw. II.

195. 1318.—Agreement in settlement of a dispute between Roger de Middelton and Juliana his wife on the one part and Walter de Ludeforde, cook, on the other part, concerning the right to and ownership of a wall dividing their two tenements on the west side and the south end of Gropecountelane, Wells, which Roger and Juliana have of the gift of John le Norreys, and which Walter has of the gift of Edith Fogheles, which wall was and is the north pyno of the first named tenement, and the timbers of both parties go into it. Walter releases all claim to the wall, and Roger and Juliana grant him the right to insert his timbers into it. Witnesses: William de la Wythye, Edmund de Welleslegh, William le Markant, Thomas le Devenyssh, [and others]. Dated, 1 Aug., 12 Edw. II.

Round seal: a 6-leaved flower; crede michi.

196.—Duplicate or counterpart of no. 195; seal lost.

197. 1319.—Grant by Richard son of Richard le Carpenter of Wreyntych to Robert de Somerton and Joan his wife, and the heirs of Robert, of 2 acres of land in Wrentych, in exchange for other 2 acres in the same vill. Witnesses: Thomas de Merre, John atte Sloo, John de Knappe, Richard le Frye, [and others]. Dated, Wreynth, Thursday after Trinity, 12 Edw. II.

Round seal: a couped bust in two interlaced squares, with an uncertain legend between the points.

198. 1321.—Grant by William de la Wythyegh, burgess of Wells, to John le Smyth of Childe Compton and Maude his wife, and the heirs and assigns of John, for a certain sum of money, of a messuage in Biestethewalle st., Wells, a rood of land adjoining, and a rood of land situate at "la Aisshenecroyce." Witnesses: Roger de Middelton, Edmund de Wellesleygh, Adam de Chelewourth, Walkelin Tonere, [and others]. Dated, Wells, 10 April, 14 Edw. II.

Round seal: a 6-pointed star on a field crusily. s' WILL' D' LAWYTHYE.

199. 1321.—Commission by John [de Drokenesford], bishop of Bath and Wells, to Masters Richard de Plumstoke and John Martel, canons of Wells, and William de Edington and Robert de Wamberge, his clerks, to enquire concerning the liberty and immunity of the dignities of the church of Wells, the jurisdiction of the dean, and whether the chapel of St. Columbanus at Cheddar was a free chapel of the king's when he held that manor, and who was wont to intermeddle therein in the time of the king and of our predecessors; and also as to the value of two old mitres and one pastoral staff, gloves with gilt knots [cum nodis deauratis], and a gold ring. Dated, Wyvelescombe, nones of October, 1321, 12th year of the bishop.

Fragments of a large pointed oval seal, red wax; in the upper part the Blessed Virgin Mary and Infant; in base, under a canopy, a figure of the bishop, mitred, kneeling in profile to the right.

200. Release by Agnes called Canoun, relict of William Brodwode, in her lawful widowhood, to William le Ferrour, his heirs and assigns, for a certain sum of money, of her right to a tenement on the east side of Gropelane, Wells. Witnesses: Nicholas de Palton, Edmund de Welleslegh, Adam de Chelewourth, [and others]. Dated, Wells, Monday after St. Andrew, 15 Edw. II.
Round seal: a star-like ornament. s' agnetis canones.

Footnotes

  • 1. This name is struck out, and "William de Calne" written above it; Walter's name remains elsewhere throughout the document.
  • 2. Crossed out, Philip written above it, here and in one other place.
  • 3. Crossed out, quia mortuus written above it; the name is crossed out in one other place. At the top of the document is written, heres Johannis Dreu est infra etatem.
  • 4. Crossed out, John de Ralegh written above it; not altered elsewhere; indorsed J. de Ralee.