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Close Rolls, Edward III: June 1375

Pages 139-141

Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 14, 1374-1377. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1913.

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June 1375

June 8.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order, upon petition lately made on behalf of Stephen Philip an alien, by mainprise of John de Stoke clerk and brother Michael prior of Longbenyngton to set him free from Neugate prison without delay; as the said petition shews that without the king's licence he lately entered the realm by the port of London, that he was by the keeper of the port taken upon suspicion that he so entered to spy out the king's secrets and reveal them to his adversaries abroad, and was delivered to the sheriffs to be kept in the said prison in safe custody until command should be given by the king for his deliverance, and that he is there detained although he entered not for that nor for any evil cause, praying for deliverance; and the king ordered the sheriffs by inquisition or otherwise to take information touching the behaviour and condition of the said Stephen therein, and if they should find him not suspect or guilty and detained for that cause and for none other, to take of him security for his good behaviour toward the king, his realm and subjects, and to set him free, certifying in chancery what they should do at that command; and they certified that the said Stephen entered the realm without licence in order to visit a certain monk his friend born in Normandy and dwelling at Longbynyngton for maintenance and livelihood, and not to spy out nor reveal the king's secrets, that he is of good behaviour and condition as they have made careful inquisition, and that they deferred to set him free for that he might not find security according to the form of the king's command; and the said John and Michael, appearing in person in chancery, have mainperned for his good behaviour, and that he shall attempt nought which may tend to the hurt or prejudice of the king, his realm or subjects.
June 4.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Illeston escheator in Sussex. Order to remove the king's hand, and not to meddle further with 60 acres of land in Eldebury taken into the king's hand by the death of Thomas atte More, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Thomas atte More at his death held no lands in that county in chief in demesne nor in service, but held that land of others than the king, and that John his son aged 19 years is his next heir.
June 18.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Northumberland. Order to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Nicholas Ingowe; as Henry de Percy has testified in chancery that the said Nicholas is insufficiently qualified, wherefore the king has removed him.
Like order to the same sheriff for election of a coroner instead of John Walyngton.
Like order to the same sheriff for election of a coroner instead of William Hidewyn.
June 24.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Surrey to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John Amondesham, who is too aged to labour in that office.
Membrane 30.
June 12.
Westminster.
To Richard Waterden escheator in Norfolk and Suffolk. Order to suffer the now dean and chapter of the church of St. Paul London to have the keeping and full disposal of the bishopric of London, now void by the translation of Simon the last bishop to be archbishop of Canterbury, and of all temporalities thereof in that bailiwick, with all property and goods to the same belonging, delivering to them any issues thereof taken since that vacancy began, saving to the king the knights' fees and advowsons of churches to the bishopric belonging and escheats which shall fall in during this vacancy, also the keeping during this vacancy of any lands by the bishops acquired and annexed to the bishopric since 19 December in the 11th year of the reign; as on that day the king by letters patent granted to the dean and chapter that at every vacancy of the said bishopric they and their successors should have the keeping thereof and of all the temporalities with all property and goods thereto belonging as fully as the bishops had when the see was filled or as the king might or ought to have had if the keeping thereof were kept in his hand, saving the knights' fees and advowsons and the escheats falling in during such vacancies, which escheats at the end of a vacancy, namely after the fealty of the bishop elect and confirmed or appointed, should be delivered and remain to the bishop and his successors, and saving to the king and his heirs the keeping of any lands and rents by the bishops thereafter acquired in fee, to be kept by the escheators and other ministers of the king during such vacancies, rendering to the king for every vacancy, if it should endure one whole year, 1,000l. whereat the bishopric is yearly taxed, and if for a greater or less time in proportion.
The like to the following:
Roger Keterich escheator in Essex and Hertfordshire.
Thomas de Illeston escheator in Surrey, Sussex and Middlesex.
William Walworth mayor of the city of London and escheator therein.
June 27.
Westminster.
To Thomas Walssh escheator in Leycestershire. Order to deliver to Thomas son of Giles de Erdyngton and to Margaret his wife the manor of Barwe upon Sore taken into the king's hand for the causes hereinafter mentioned; as Henry de Erdyngton lately acquired of Ralph Basset to him and his heirs a fourth part of the said manor, which is held in chief, and of John Lestraunge another fourth part, and after Giles de Erdyngton (now deceased) entered the said manor without due process or livery of the king's court, and thereof enfeoffed William le Walssh late parson of Upton and Thomas Wylde chaplain and their heirs, and having full and peaceable seisin thereof the said William and Thomas after gave the said manor to the said Giles and Elizabeth his wife for life, with remainder to the said Thomas son of Giles and to the said Margaret and to the heirs of their bodies, with remainder for lack of such an heir to the said Giles and his heirs, the king's licence for these things not having been obtained, and the manor is by the escheator taken into the king's hand as well by the death of the said Elizabeth as by reason of the trespasses aforesaid; and the king of his favour and for 20l. by the said Thomas son of Giles and by the said Margaret paid has pardoned those trespasses, granting by letters patent so far as in him lies that Thomas son of Giles and the said Margaret shall hold the said manor to them and the heirs of their bodies with remainder to the heirs and assigns of the said Giles without let of the king or his heirs, their justices, escheators, sheriffs or other bailiffs or ministers whatsoever.
June 27.
Westminster.
To Thomas Walssh escheator in Leycestershire and Warwickshire. Order to remove the king's hand, and not to meddle further with the manors of Knossyngton co. Leycester and Erdyngton co. Warrewyk taken into the king's hand by the death of Elizabeth who was wife of Giles de Erdyngton, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Elizabeth at her death held no lands in chief in her demesne as of fee, but by gift of Henry de Cobynton and John Wynnshurst chaplain held the said manors of others than the king, and that Thomas de Erdyngton her son is her next heir and of full age.
June 3.
Westminster.
To Richard Husee and John Shottere vendors of underwood within the king's forest of Melchet. Order to deliver by indenture to Robert Bunte and George Joce, whom the king has appointed to repair his manor of Claryndon and the paling of his park there, for the purpose of such repairs, all moneys in their hands of the sale aforesaid.
The like to the following:
John Lokeharm and John Justice vendors of underwood within Claryndon park.
Thomas Wysdam and John Wydeford vendors of underwood in Grovele forest.
June 27.
Westminster.
To Walter Cyfrewast escheator in Dorset. Order to remove the king's hand, and not to meddle further with the manor of Corfe Malyn, taken into the king's hand by the death of Elizabeth who was wife of Gyles de Erdyngton, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Elizabeth at her death held no lands in that county in chief in her demesne as of fee, but held the said manor of others than the king, and that Thomas de Erdyngton her son is her next heir and of full age.