Close Rolls, Edward III: July 1371

Pages 239-242

Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 13, 1369-1374. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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July 1371

July 10.
To the same. Like order in regard to the inquisition whereupon Nicholas de Derby of Horsleye, John de Ilkeston of Horsleye, Ralph de Wodehouse of Horsleye, Nicholas son of John de Horsleye and John de Burleye have put themselves, being indicted for harbouring John de Derby of Horsleye outlawed for the death of John Derby of Duffeld. By C.
To the same. Like order in regard to the inquisition whereupon Richard Coselyn and Henry Coselyn have put themselves, being indicted for harbouring Richard le Wright of Horsleye outlawed for the death of Thomas Warde of Langeleye. By C.
Membrane 19.
July 12.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to stay altogether execution and further process against the prior of Holy Trinity Gippewic, their judgment hereinafter mentioned notwithstanding, releasing any distress made upon him for that cause; as Roger de Wolfreton late escheator in Suffolk certified in chancery that he took into the king's hand a messuage, 30 acres of land, 7 acres of meadow and 20 acres of pasture in Gippewic for that it was found before Edmund de Thorp and his fellows, justices appointed to make inquisition in Suffolk concerning wards, marriages, reliefs, escheats and divers other articles, that Robert Brisete commissary at his death was seized of the premises in his demesne as of fee, that after his death the same came into the possession of the said prior and the convent, that they took the issues and profits thereof from the death of the said Robert until Tuesday after Palm Sunday in the 42nd year of the reign, and that the said prior's occupation thereof was in fraud of the statute of mortmain; and after the said prior appearing in person in chancery alleged that with the king's licence and not in fraud of the said statute he acquired the premises of Robert parson of Martelesham, Richard Manser chaplain and John de Hemelyngton, wherefore the king sent the business for debate before him; and now by a plaint on behalf of the said prior it is shown the king that, though by an inquisition of the country, whereupon Michael Skillyng who is suing for the king and the said prior put themselves before the king, it is found that the premises are parcel of the lands contained in the king's licence granted to the said prior, and that they are held of the earl of March as of the honour of Clare and of the prior of St. Peter Gippewic and not of the king, as John Knyvet chief justice has witnessed before the king in chancery, by colour of an inquisition taken by the said Edmund and his fellows and sent before them at the exchequer by the king among other inquisitions, the treasurer and the barons by writ under the exchequer seal commanded the sheriff of Suffolk to give notice to the said prior of Holy Trinity to be before them in the exchequer at a set day now past to shew cause wherefore the premises ought not to be seized into the king's hand, and for that he came not at that day have determined that by his default the same should be taken into the king's hand, wherefore he has prayed for remedy.
Aug. 8.
To R. bishop of Coventre and Lichefeld. Order upon his allegiance before Michaelmas next, according to the will of the late king and to the indult given him by the pope, to appropriate to some ecclesiastical persons for making and maintaining chantries and other works of piety for the souls of the king's forefathers as hereinafter mentioned the churches of Cestreton co. Warrewyk and Worfeld co. Salop, knowing of a surety that in case after that feast the same be not effectually so appropriated it is the king's purpose thenceforward to present to the same as void and belonging to his presentation, and by all lawful means to proceed against the said bishop to recover the presentation thereto and otherwise as shall seem fit to him and to the council, and certifying in chancery under seal before the Nativity of the Virgin next what he will do in regard to this command; as recollecting how the late king was desirous that King Edward I should perpetually be remembered in prayers, and observing the zeal displayed by Walter de Langeton late bishop of that see, treasurer of the said king and his executor, to make chantries and other works of piety for his soul, how the late king gave to the said bishop Walter and to his successors the advowsons of the said churches to the end that he or his successors should appropriate the same to ecclesiastical persons, men of religion, or others within that diocese for the support of chantries and other works of piety for the said king's soul and the souls of his forefathers, how at the late king's request the pope granted a faculty for such appropriation to the said bishop not mentioning his name, and how the said bishop Walter having died before he might effect that purpose, the late king willing to accomplish what they began after granted licence to bishop Roger the said bishop Walter's successor or to his successors to give the said advowsons as aforesaid, and to the grantees to receive the same and appropriate those churches in frank almoin, whereof nought is yet done by the now bishop or the said Roger his predecessor, but contrary to the will and intent of the said kings fraudulently retaining the said advowsons in their hands they both have taken no heed to proceed to the appropriation of the said churches, whereat the king is moved to wrath not without cause; and though by reason of the negligence and default of the bishop and of his said predecessor the king may revoke the late king's gift seeing that it is notoriously applied to a use which is contrary to the will and purpose of the grantor, it is his will to fulfil the late king's pious intention. By K. and C.
June 13.
To the collectors of the custom upon wool, woolfells and hides in the port of London. Order to stay altogether the levying from merchants or others of imposts and other charges whatsoever upon wools, woolfells or hides taken from that port after the first grant of the subsidy thereupon, suffering the merchants and others without let to take the same to the staple of Calais quit of all and singular such imposts and charges after the said first grant; as although in the parliament last holden at Westminster, at the petition of the commons of England therein presented, it was agreed that no impost or charge over and above the custom and subsidy formerly granted thereupon should without the assent of parliament be laid upon wool, woolfells or hides, and that any impost or charge so laid upon them should be revoked and annulled, it was and is the intent of the king and council that any such impost or charge thereupon laid after the first grant of the said subsidy be revoked and annulled.
July 11.
To John Olney escheator in Bedfordshire. Order to cause William de Kynwell prebendary of Leghton to have seisin of the moiety of a messuage in Leghton and 12 acres of land there held by John son of Richard Byndyng outlawed for felony it is said; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said moiety and land have been in his hand a year and a day and are yet in his hand, that the said John held them of the said prebendary, and that the king had the year and a day and the waste thereof, and the escheator ought to answer to him for the same in his account.
July 20.
To the sheriff of Lincoln. Order altogether to remove and abate a ferry over the river Humbre at Barowe set up upon the ground of the abbot of Thornton, according to a judgment of the justices of either Bench; as lately it was found by inquisition, taken at the king's command by Thomas de Kydall knight and Walter de Kelby, that Richard earl of Arundell and Eleanor his wife have and hold a ferry over the said river at Barton upon Humbre with the profit thereof in dower of the said Eleanor, with reversion to John son and heir of Henry de Beaumont a minor in the king's wardship, that they and all other the lords of the town of Barton time out of mind have had and been wont to have the same, and that none other heretofore has used to have a ferry within the bounds of Radclif and Twygrayn, save that at Barowehaven within the said bounds there is and ever has been an easement for the tenants and men of the town of Barowe to pass themselves, their property and merchandise over the said river, at their own costs to carry them elsewhere at their pleasure, and to bring them thither without payment of toll or custom to the lords of Barton, and that one Thomas Crispyn has now newly, to wit on Ascension day in the 43rd year of the reign, set up a ferry over the said river within the said bounds at the town of Barowe upon the said abbot's ground, from that date and yet taking the profit thereof, namely of one man passing over with a horse 2d., of one man only sometimes ½d. and sometimes 1d., and great number of profits more, and so he has thereof taken 10l. since that ferry was set up, that the said new erected ferry is to the prejudice of the said earl and Eleanor and to the disherison of the said John, and that the said Thomas is daily withdrawing from the said ferry of Barton divers men willing to pass over with horses and divers goods, bringing them to the ferry of Barowe, and so the said earl and Eleanor are losing the greatest part of the profit of their ferry of Barton, namely 10 marks every year, wherefore they have prayed the king for remedy as well for themselves as for the said heir being in the king's wardship; and the king by writ ordered the sheriff to give notice as well to the said Thomas Crispyn as to the said abbot to be in chancery in the octaves of St. John Baptist last to shew cause wherefore the said new erected ferry at Barowe should not be abated and the ferry at Barton held as of old time it used to be, and further to do and receive as the court should determine in that behalf, and the sheriff returned that he gave them notice; at which day the said abbot and Thomas Crispyn came not, wherefore by the assent of the said justices it was determined that the said ferry at Barowe be removed and utterly abated.