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Close Rolls, Henry IV: December 1406

Pages 171-173

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

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December 1406

Membrane 25.
Dec. 12.
Westminster.
To Richard Whityngton mayor of the city of London and escheator therein. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with a tenement in the parish of St. Michael Bassynghawe now in the tenure of John Parker valued at 20s. a year, a tenement in that parish at 14s., three shops there at 15s., two shops there at 12s., 40s. of quit rent issuing from a brewhouse inn there called the 'Swan on the hope,' two shops in 'Adellane' in the parish of St. Alphege at 24s., and two shops in that parish at 20s. a year, delivering to the prior and convent of 'Elsyngspetil' any issues thereof taken; as upon information that without licence of the king John Bryan gave divers lands etc. in that city to a chaplain to celebrate divine services in that priory, the king ordered John Wodecoke, late mayor and escheator, to make inquisition therein what lands he so gave, when and how, and to send such inquisition into chancery; and it is found by inquisition, before him taken, that by will, enrolled in the husting of London for common pleas holden on Monday before St. Botolph 35 Edward III, the said John did without such licence bequeath the said tenements etc. towards the maintenance of a chaplain to celebrate in the said priory in the chapel of St. Mary, and that the prior and convent did occupy the same contrary to the statute of mortmain; and that inquisition being read before the justices, serjeants at law and others of the council learned in the law, and the matter understood, arguments and allegations were heard on either side, and proclamation made for any who would give information to the king, the council or the said serjeants, and when no man appeared it seemed to them that the seizure of the premises was of no force, wherefore by advice of the council it was determined that the king's hand should be removed, and livery thereof given to the prior and convent.
Nov. 28.
Westminster.
To the justices of the Bench. Order, upon petition of Ralph Symonde, to proceed in the plea hereinafter mentioned, the allegation of John Cornewaille knight and Elizabeth his wife notwithstanding, so that they proceed not to rendering of judgment without advising the king; as in the quinzaine of St. John Baptist 4 Richard II a fine levied at Westminster between John de Hauney, Nicholas Rounhey, William de Calseby clerks and Henry Hichene of Hauney plaintiffs and William de Wyndesore knight deforciant of the manor of 'Esthauney' called Philiberdes, whereof John Holande knight was tenant for life, whereby the deforciant acknowledged the right of William de Calseby, assuring the reversion of that manor to the plaintiffs and to the heirs of William de Calseby; and lately by averment of the petitioner the king learned that John Holande is dead and so are the said plaintiffs, and that John Cornewaille and Elizabeth have entered and are holding the manor contrary to the note of that fine, and he ordered the sheriff of Berkshire to give John Cornewaille and Elizabeth notice to be in the Bench in the octaves of Trinity last in order to shew cause wherefore the manor ought not to remain to the petitioner as cousin and heir of William de Calseby, namely son of John his brother; and he appeared by John Bradwelle his attorney, and John Cornewaille and Elizabeth by William Rothewelle, the sheriff returning that he gave them notice by Roger Bosse, John Otale, Richard Rose and John Whyte, and they protested that John Holande was thereof seised in fee simple and not for life as by the fine suggested, and alleged that Warin Waldegrave esquire and Robert Feriby were long ago seised thereof, and gave the manor to John Holande late earl of Huntyngdoun and the said Elizabeth then his wife and to the heirs of the said earl's body by her, with remainder to his right heirs, that in 1 Henry IV the earl forfeited to the king, and that the reversion after the death of Elizabeth belongs to the king and his heirs, wherefore they took it that the justices would not proceed without advising the king, and that plea and allegation notwithstanding the plaintiff was told by the court to sue with the king for licence to proceed.
Dec. 26.
Westminster.
To Robert Claydoun the king's clerk, keeper of the hanaper of chancery. Order without taking the great or petty fee for the great seal to deliver to Robert Chalouns the king's knight letters patent in the hanaper in his keeping whereby the king has granted divers lands to the said knight and his heirs. By K.
Dec. 17.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order by mainprise of William Swynbourne and John Euyas of Kent, John Gerard of Derbyshire and John Blumvyle of Hertfordshire to set free Thomas Jueler, otherwise called Thomas Virly, by them taken and imprisoned; as lately the king ordered the sheriffs to have the prisoner in chancery at a day now past with the cause of his imprisonment, and they signified that before that writ came he was by name of Thomas Virly of Makesey taken in the city of London and imprisoned upon suspicion of larceny and because at the time of his capture counterfeit groats after the fashion of the king's coin were found upon him, and that thereupon they took an inquisition, and he was found not guilty; and William Swynbourne and the others have mainperned in chancery body for body to have him before the justices of gaol delivery at their next coming for delivery of Neugate gaol.