Close Rolls, Richard II: January 1379

Pages 154-155

Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 1, 1377-1381. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1914.

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January 1379

Jan. 23.
To the justices of assize, the justices for gaol delivery, and the justices of oyer and terminer in Lincolnshire for the time being, and every of them. Order to suffer as well the abbot and monks of Fecamp as the dean and chapter of the church of St. Mary Lincoln to use and enjoy all liberties hereinafter mentioned, as they and their predecessors used to do; as in exchange for the towns of Wynchelse and le Rye King H[enry III] gave by charter to the said abbot and monks the manor of Chiltenham co. Gloucester with the hundred etc., the manor of Sloghtre with the hundred of Salemanbury, and the manor of Navenby co. Lincoln, to hold as freely as they held the said towns by gift of St. Edward and by later grants of King William and King Henry of the land of Stanynges with the appurtenances, and all laws, liberties etc., that the said land should be quit of servitude and of the lordship of princes, barons and others, that they and their ministers should therein have the king's liberty and custom and their justice concerning matters and business arising in their land, that no man should meddle therein because it is a king's fief, and that if any man should act contrary to that grant he should be haled to the treasury and pay 100l.; and in the time of King Edward I the said abbot and monks gave the manor of Navenby with all liberties in the said charter contained to the said dean and chapter and their successors, and that king by charter confirmed the gift and the liberties aforesaid; and the late king confirmed the said charter and gift with the clause licet, and on 16 July last the king by charter with the like clause also confirmed the same; and now on behalf of the dean and chapter the king has learned that, although the said abbot and monks had such liberties in the manor of Navenby and the manor and hundred of Chiltenham, and although the dean and chapter have and ought to have the same since the said manor came to their hands, and they and their predecessors used to have the same, namely view of frankpledge of all dwelling therein as well their own tenants as tenants of others, cognisance of pleas whatsoever as well of the crown as other, their own gaols of manslayers, thieves and other evildoers therein taken, to be delivered by their commissions and by their own bailiffs, the return and execution by such bailiffs of all the king's writs, the fines, amercements, issues forfeit and all other forfeitures arising within those lordships, the king's stewards and marshals not entering therein to do aught that concerns their offices, but the said abbot and monks within the manor and hundred of Chiltenham and the dean and chapter within the manor of Navenby by their bailiffs correcting and reforming all trespasses and evildoings therein committed and doing justice thereupon, and they and their men being quit throughout the realm of toll, passage, pontage, murage, picage, stallage, and all other customs, the said justices are now newly hindering as well the said abbot and monks as the said dean and chapter from having those liberties for themselves and their men within the said lordships, wherefore they have prayed the king for remedy.
To the sheriff of Lincoln for the time being. Like order, mutatis mutandis, to suffer the said abbot and monks and the said dean and chapter to enjoy those liberties throughout the realm in the districts and places of the said sheriff.