Close Rolls, Henry IV: November 1406

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry IV: Volume 3, 1405-1409. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1931.

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November 1406

Nov. 24.
To the escheator in Somerset. Order to take the fealty of Isabel late the wife of Henry Seint John, and to give her livery of the manor of 'Estluccombe' and the advowsons of the churches of 'Estluccombe' and Seleworthy, and the issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by Robert Grey late escheator, that by fine levied in the late king's court the said Henry at his death held the manor and advowsons aforesaid as jointly enfeoffed with her by grant of John Woderoue and William Bool clerk to them and their issue, and that the same are held of the king by knight service as of the honour of Pynkeney and not of the crown; and for one mark paid in the hanaper the king has respited her homage until Easter next.
Nov. 24.
To the escheator in Devon. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Stokeleghe Luccombe, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by William Talbot knight late escheator, that Henry Seint Johan at his death held that manor in socage of others than the king.
Nov. 11.
To John Hulle and his fellows, justices of assize in Devon. Order, upon petition of the plaintiff, to proceed in an assize of novel disseisin concerning a messuage, two tofts, two carucates of land, 12 acres of meadow and 100 acres of pasture in Axmouth and Vastorne by Roger Wyke arraigned against William prior of Lodres and others, the allegation of the prior notwithstanding, so that they proceed not to rendering of judgment without advising the king; as the plaintiff has shewn the king that the other defendants came not, and the prior came in person, and said that by letters patent (produced) the king committed to him by a mainprise, by name of William Burnell prior of the alien priory of Lodres, the keeping of the priory, which was in the king's hand by reason of the war with France, from Michaelmas 3 Henry IV so long as that war should last, rendering 81l. a year at the exchequers of Easter and Michaelmas, paying with the clergy tenths and quotas as often as the same should be granted, finding the divine services of old time appointed, maintaining the houses and buildings and bearing all charges, power being reserved to take the priory again into the king's hands if he should be forty days in default in payment of that farm, saying that the tenements put in view are parcel of the said priory, and that he is tenant thereof by grant of the king, wherefore the justices have deferred to proceed without advising the king.