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Close Rolls, Richard II: February 1378

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

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February 1378

Feb. 1.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of the suburbs of Winchester. Order by distraint of their goods and otherwise to compel Roger Snell, Thomas Lavyngton, John Bromley, John Chamberleyne, Walter Bolore and Richard Littelton merchants of the said suburbs, who are richer than great part of the men named dwelling within the walls as the king is informed, every one according to his estate and means, with John Haywoud the mayor and others to contribute to the expenses of building a small barge called a 'balyngere' with from forty to fifty oars which the king lately appointed the said mayor and a number of other men and merchants of the commonalty of that city to build at their cost before 1 March; as now on behalf of the said mayor and men the king has learned that they are so burdened with building of the city walls, with payment of the two tenths last granted to the king by the commons of the realm, and divers other charges to which they are daily subjected, that by reason of their narrow means they may not without grievous impoverishment [build] the same unless with other support. By pet of C.
Membrane 15.
Feb. 4.
Westminster.
To Edmund earl of Cantebrigge the king's uncle constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports, or to his lieutenant. Order as he most speedily may to compel the men of Sandewich and Faversham within the liberty of the said ports to repair the barges of those towns in their gear and otherwise, so that by 1 March at latest they be ready to sail on the king's service in defence of the realm with the navy then appointed to be at sea. By C.
Feb. 4.
Westminster.
To the same. Order to compel the men of the said ports whatsoever who have bought or otherwise had and now hold goods and merchandise of the king's enemies of France lately taken at sea in ships of Flanders by Thomas de Percy knight and other lieges in his company and by men of those ports, and now newly brought within the liberty of the said ports, to content the masters and seamen of Flanders therein for their freight and damages and for the costs of their suit to the king and his court thereupon and otherwise, and order to content the said Flemings and suffer them to go their way, so behaving that no complaint shall come to the king's ears. By C.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Essex. Order at his peril, upon complaint of the men of Colcestre, Maldon and Herewych, to compel the more able and richer men of the town of Manytre to contribute with them to building of a small barge called a 'balingere' according to their estate and means, not charging middling people or those of lower estate, that the building thereof be not delayed; as the said complaint shews that the king lately commanded the men of those towns and of Manytre before 1 March next at the cost of the more able and richer men to build such a barge with from forty to fifty oars, ready to serve the king in a voyage at sea, but that the men of Manytre refuse to contribute with them, wherefore unless a speedy remedy be applied the barge may not be ready by the aforesaid term.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the king's butler for the time being, or his representative in the port of Bristol. Order to deliver to the prior and convent of Wytham of the Carthusian order or to their attorney one tun of wine every year, according to the letters patent of 2 November 37 Edward III, confirmed by charter of the king, to pray for the late king, Philippa his wife and their children, for their souls after death, and the souls of former kings their forefathers.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Gloucester to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Robert Southorle, who is insufficiently qualified.
Membrane 14.
Feb. 1.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Norhampton for the time being. Order henceforward to pay to Richard la Zouche 60 marks a year; as the late king by letters patent, confirmed by the king, granted him of the issues of the county of Norhampton for life or until the said king should take other order for his estate, 40 marks a year which the said king formerly granted him at the exchequer for his fee; and for his good service granted him 20 marks a year more of the issues of that county for life or until etc. as aforesaid. By C.
Et erat patens.
Jan. 18.
Westminster.
To the king's butler for the time being or his representative in the port of Bristol. Order to deliver to the abbot and convent of Henton of the Carthusian order and to their attorney one tun of wine every year according to letters patent of 1 November 37 Edward III, confirmed by charter of the king, (as to Wytham, above).
Et erat patens.
Feb. 6.
Westminster.
To Walter Holt escheator in Leycestershire. Order to take a simple seisin within the gates of the abbey of St. Mary de Pratis Leycestre otherwise called Leycestre abbey of the king's patronage, now void by the death of William de Cloune the last abbot, and not to meddle by reason of the vacancy with the abbey, or the priories, cells, manors, goods or property thereto belonging, restoring aught which he shall levy, saving to the king during the vacancy the knights' fees held of the abbey and advowsons of churches thereto belonging when they shall fall in, and the keeping of any lands acquired since 6 November 37 Edward III; as on that day for his affection to the late abbot, that the abbey and its goods might be the better governed to the peace of the canons there, the late king granted that at every vacancy the prior and convent and their successors should have the keeping thereof and of the temporalities, goods and property thereto belonging as fully as any abbot had, saving the knight's fees and advowsons aforesaid, rendering to the king for every vacancy if lasting four months or less 4 marks, and if longer in proportion, so that no sheriff, escheator, bailiff or minister of the king should by reason of such vacancy meddle in the keeping of the abbey or the manors, granges etc. thereto belonging, except that at the beginning of every vacancy the escheator in Leycestershire should take a simple seisin within the gates and straightway withdraw taking nought away, and if he would not depart and should stay more than one day, or if any other escheator or minister should meddle therein, he should be thrust out, and no man should be impeached for removing him. By C.
To John king of Castille and Leon and duke of Lancastre, or to his representative in that duchy. Order not to meddle with the said abbey etc. being now void. The king has commanded Walter Holt to take a simple seisin within the gates etc. (as above). By C.
The like to the following:
John Carnels escheator in Norhamptonshire.
Thomas Staunton escheator in Derbyshire.
John Poucher escheator in Lincolnshire.
March 5.
Westminster.
To the keepers or farmers of the king's mills of Oxford castle for the time being. Order of the issues or farm of those mills to pay to Master William Holme the king's surgeon 10l. a year for life, according to letters patent of the late king confirmed by the king.
May 30.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Bukingham for the time being. Writ de intendendo, directing him of the issues of the county to pay to Thomas de Wodestoke the king's uncle 20l. a year and the arrears since 16 July last; as on that date, namely on his coronation day, the king gave the said Thomas the name and honour of earl, making him earl of Bukingham and his heirs for ever, and therewith investing him by girding on the sword, further giving and by charter confirming to him and his heirs 20l. a year of the issues of the said county.
[Fœdera.]
May 6.
Westminster.
To the keepers or farmers of the manor of Haveryng for the time being. Order of the issues or farm of that manor to pay to John Culvere 2d. a day for life; as the late king by letters patent, confirmed by the king, granted to the said John for life the keeping of Writtele park, taking for his wages 2d. a day.
Membrane 13.
1378. Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To Nicholas Brembre mayor of the city of London and escheator therein. Order, upon petition of John More citizen and mercer of London, to suffer him to have and enjoy his term in a tenement and houses (domiciliis) adjacent in the parish of St. Mary le Bow London which were of John Hiltoft late goldsmith of London, according to a lease made by John de Freton clerk and Robert Brom of Warewyk from St. Bartholomew then last to Michaelmas then next and thenceforward for 20 years at a rent of 10 marks yearly, and to the advice of the council, releasing the distress made upon him, and restoring any levy made over and above his said farm, provided that during that term he shall answer at the exchequer for the said yearly farm, shall keep the premises without waste, and support all charges, the reversion being reserved to the king; as his petition shews that upon the finding of an inquisition taken at the king's command before the mayor, that the said John de Freton and Robert were enfeoffed of the premises to the use of Alice Perriers, who by a judgment in parliament has forfeited her lands, goods and chattels to the king, the said lessee is now hindered from having his term; and the matter being shewn to the justices and their advice had, it seems to the council that he ought to enjoy his term in the king's freehold, with the reservation aforesaid. By pet. of C.
Feb. 13.
Westminster.
To Isabel who was wife of Edward le Despenser farmer of the manor of Sobbury co. Gloucester. Order of the issues of that manor to pay to David Hunte 2d. a day during his life so long as Sobbury park shall remain in the king's hand and the arrears since 29 April last; as on that date the late king by letters patent granted to the said David the keeping of the said park, which was of Edward le Despenser and with the manor of Sobbury and other lands of the said Edward was in the king's hand by his death and because of his heir's nonage, taking for the same 2d. a day by the hands of the keepers, farmers, bailiffs or reeves of the manor.
Et erat patens.
Jan. 27.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs of the town of Cantebrigge for the time being. Order of the farm of the town henceforward to pay to Robert Rous knight for life or until the king shall take other order for his estate 100 marks a year according to the late king's grant; as the king has confirmed the same, and has retained the said Robert to abide with him.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To all sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs and ministers of cities, boroughs, towns etc. within the realm to whom etc. Order to desist from distraining and disturbing the tenants of the king's manor of Mere which is parcel of his duchy of Cornwall, suffering them to be quit of payment of toll as they ought to be, and as their ancestors have been time out of mind, and releasing any distress made; as on behalf of the said tenants it is shewn the king that they are distrained and unlawfully troubled to pay toll upon goods brought to and from divers places within the realm, although they and their ancestors time out of mind used to be quit of such payment throughout the realm.
Et erat patens.
[Fœdera.]
Jan. 30.
Westminster.
To John Karnell escheator in Norhamptonshire and Roteland. Order to cause William Morwode to have seisin of a messuage, a cottage and 18 acres of land in Stokedrie held by Thomas Warde of Stokedrie outlawed for felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by John de Tyndale late escheator, that the premises were in the late king's hand a year and a day, that the said Thomas held the same of the said William, and that the late escheator had the year and a day and the waste thereof.
Feb. 11.
Westminster.
To John de Grysleye (fn. 1) escheator in Salop. Order to cause Roger son and heir of Richard Payn tenant in chief of the late king to have seisin of his father's lands, saving his marriage if it ought lawfully to be the king's; as the said Roger has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [237.]
March 6.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of the city of York for the time being. Order to pay to Robert de Swylyngton 10l. of yearly rent during his life and the arrears since the late king's death; as for his good service the late king gave the said Robert that rent of the 20l. of rent which the said king formerly granted to William de Denum knight (then dead), which gift the king has confirmed.
Et erat patens.
March 7.
Westminster.
To all to whom etc. Grant during pleasure to John Rose the king's servant of the keeping of the bailiwick of Bourley in the New Forest, which Richard Paunsfot lately held by the late king's grant, taking the accustomed wages and fees, provided that none other have an estate for life therein by grant of the late king. By p.s. [269.]
Vacated, because upon the Patent Roll of this year.
March 6.
Westminster.
To all etc. Like grant to Roger Bygge the king's servant of the keeping of Lyndhurst park in the New Forest, taking the wages and fees pertaining to that office, provided that none other etc (as the last). By p.s. [268.]
Vacated (as the last).
Feb. 22.
Westminster.
To Walter Craumford escheator in Bukinghamshire. Order, upon the petition of John de Rodeston, to deliver to him the office of warrener of the manor of Wendovere with the fees and appurtenances; as his petition shews that John de Freton clerk and Robert Brom of Warrewyk lately gave him that office for life, taking a livery of corn every three weeks as at that time did other serjeants of the manor, and that upon the finding of an inquisition, before the escheator taken at the king's command, that the said John de Freton and Robert were feoffees thereof to the use of Alice Perrers, who by a judgment in parliament has forfeited her lands, goods and chattels to the king, the said manor is now taken by the escheator into the king's hand, and John de Rodeston is hindered from having and exercising the said office; and the matter being shewn in chancery and advice fully had, it seems reasonable that he shall have the office according to the grant, if there be no other impediment.
March 4.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Stafford for the time being. Order henceforward to pay to Thomas de Stafford serjeant at arms 12d. a day for life for his good service, according to letters patent of 28 July 34 Edward III and the king's confirmation, in recompense for the wages which he used to take in the late king's household.
Et erat patens.
March 4.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Wiltesir for the time being. Order henceforward to pay to John Wyle 6d. a day for life, according to a grant made him for his good service by the late king, and confirmed by the king.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 12.
Feb. 16.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs and true men of Beverley. Strict order under a pain of 100l. with the mayor and bailiffs and true men of Kyngeston upon Hull to cause a barge called a 'balyngere' to be built and made ready with all possible speed according to the king's former command, contributing without difficulty to the building thereof a discharge or grant of the late king notwithstanding; as lately by assent of the knights, citizens and burgesses in parliament order was made that such barges up to a set number should be by the cities and good towns of the realm built and made ready before 1 March to sail with the king's navy for defence of the realm, and the king appointed the mayor etc. of Kyngeston and the bailiffs etc. of Beverley to cause one small barge with from forty to fifty oars to be so built at the cost of the richer and more able men of those towns, not charging any middling people or men of lower estate; and although the late king by letters patent granted the bailiffs and men of Beverley that they should not be compelled to build ships, barges or boats or contribute to such works, and the king likewise has made them letters patent of discharge, in consideration of the special need at this time it is the king's will that they be not spared. By the great council.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs of the city of York. Order for particular causes laid before the king and council, as they love the king and his honour and desire the safety of the realm, and as they would save themselves harmless toward him, to cause the city barge to be speedily repaired in rigging and gear and otherwise, ready by 1 March at latest to sail with the king's navy on his service for defence of the realm.
The like to the following:
The mayor and bailiffs of the city of Lincoln.
The bailiffs of the town of St. Botolph.
The mayor and bailiffs of Lenne.
The bailiffs of the city of Norwich.
The bailiffs of Gippewich.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs of Oxford for the time being. Order speedily to repair the walls, towers, gates, ditches and enclosures of the town, and moreover to compel persons whatsoever, religious and secular, who now or hereafter have lands, rents, merchandise or goods within the liberty of the town to contribute to the expense of repairing and building the same, every man according to his means and possessions, sparing none save poor beggars; as the king has particular information that the walls and towers of the town, which was of old time fortified, are so weak and ruinous, and the ditches which were broad and deep are so stopped up, that if the king's enemies of France should invade England it is in great peril, and that although the mayor and bailiffs and other citizens and true men thereof are minded and purpose to repair the walls, towers, and gates, scour the ditches, and at the public expense do other things needful for securing the town for their own advantage and the advantage of others of the parts adjacent flocking thither if danger threatens, certain men of ill will, though sufficient in means and possessions, refuse altogether to contribute, and will not be justified by the mayor and bailiffs.
Et erat patens.
[Fœdera.]
Feb. 24.
Westminster.
To the mayor and sheriffs of London. Order, for particular causes laid before the king and council by Richard Clayton of Yorkshire and John del Chambre of Cumberland, to arrest and keep under arrest until further order a ship whereof Hugh Jonesson is master, now in the port of London it is said, which was lately taken at sea by the king's enemies, and was rescued by the said Richard and John as they aver.
Feb. 16.
Westminster.
To Ralph de Wyke escheator in Huntingdonshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with a toft and 30 acres of land in Weresle taken into the late king's hand by William de Otteford late escheator, delivering to William Noppe now chaplain of a chantry there any issues thereof taken; as lately the king commanded the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer to certify in chancery the cause wherefore the premises were taken into the late king's hand by William de Otteford late escheator, and they certified that he so took them for that he found by inquisition, before him taken of his office, that the same were with licence of the late king appropriated to the celebration of a chaplain in the town of Weresle, which chantry was of none effect; and the king reckons that cause insufficient.
The like, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Huntingdon.
Feb. 23.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs and true men of the town of St. Botolph. Order to compel all men of that town who have goods and chattels to the value of 40 marks or more, every man in proportion to the value thereof, to contribute with them to the building of a small barge called a 'balyngere,' so that the same be built and made ready by 1 March, and that the men of that town not having goods and chattels to that value be not compelled to contribute; as the king lately commanded the said bailiffs to build such a barge with from forty to fifty oars at the cost of the richer and more able men of the town, not charging middling people or those of lower estate; and it seems to the king and council that men who have goods and chattels to the value aforesaid or to greater value ought to contribute.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the collectors of customs and subsidies in the port of Berewic upon Twede. Order to reserve wholly to the king from his coronation day and henceforward until further order the customs of 6s. 8d. from natives and 10s. from aliens of the ancient custom upon every sack of wool and every 240 woolfells laded in ships in that port, the custom upon hides, tin, lead and other petty customs whatsoever, although lately the king commanded them to reserve for the expenses of his household the said customs upon wool and woolfells laded since the feast of St. Nicholas last, paying from time to time to the treasurer and chamberlains at the receipt of the exchequer the custom upon hides, tin and lead so laded and other petty customs with the issues of the cocket. By bill of the treasurer.
[Fœdera.]
The like to the collectors in the port of Newcastle upon Tyne and in twelve other ports.
[Ibid.]
March 8.
Westminster.
To the reeve or keeper of the manor of Cokeham for the time being. Order to pay to John Godeshipman 12d. a week for life and the arrears since 4 March last, according to the king's letters patent, confirming letters patent of 14 August 43 Edward III, whereby for good service to Queen Philippa the late king granted to the said John 12d. a week for life of the issues of the said manor.
Et erat patens.
March 6.
Westminster.
To the abbot and monks of Hayles. Writ de intendendo, directing them of the fee farm of Pynnokshire which they were bound to render to the late king at the exchequer to pay to William Archebaud the late king's esquire 16l. 16s. 10½d. a year for life, according to letters patent of 18 December 47 Edward III, which the king has confirmed, retaining the said William with him. By the great council.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 11.
Feb. 28.
Westminster.
To all admirals and their lieutenants, sheriffs, stewards, mayors, sovereigns, provosts, bailiffs, ministers and other the king's liege subjects in England, Wales and Ireland by land or sea to whom etc. Order to cause the king's letters hereinafter recited to be read, and proclamation to be made that all merchants and others who will come by the water of Raudouam with ships and boats laded with goods, wares etc. to the town of Rosponte and city of Waterford in Ireland shall freely come and unlade and sell the same at either place whereat they shall touch, returning thence and passing whither they will; as by letters patent the late king in the 14th year of his reign granted to the burgesses of Rosponte that all willing to come thither as aforesaid should so do as theretofore they used, any other grant or ordinance unduly made to the contrary notwithstanding; and the sovereign and burgesses of that town after petitioned the late king to revoke his letters patent of the 30th year of his reign granting to the mayor and citizens of Waterford that all ships and boats entering the port of Waterford with merchandise between Raudowan and Rudibak', and all other ships and boats between those bounds, should be laded and unladed at the said city and nowhere else save with licence of the citizens, shewing that by colour of that grant and of a proclamation thereupon made merchants and others coming as aforesaid by the water of Raudouam, which is the river flowing between Raudowan and Rudibak', were by the said mayor and citizens hindered from coming to Rosponte not only to the ruin of the town and country adjacent but to the loss of merchants willing to come to Ireland, wherefore the late king gave notice to the mayor and citizens of Waterford to be in the chancery of England at a day now past to shew cause wherefore merchants and others willing so to come to Rosponte should not come and unlade and sell their goods and depart as aforesaid according to the former grant as they used to do, and wherefore the said letters patent ought not to be revoked; and the parties appearing on that day arguments were heard on either side, and the cause was sent for determination before the late king, and was after continued before the king, and it is determined that all merchants etc. may freely come as well to Rosponte as to Waterford, unlade and sell their goods at either, and depart, any grant of the late king or his forefathers to the mayor and citizens of Waterford to the contrary notwithstanding.
Et erat patens.
The like, mutatis mutandis, to the mayor and bailiffs of Plummouth, the mayor and bailiffs of Dertemouth, and the provost and bailiffs of Fowy.
The like to the following:
The mayor and bailiffs of Hareford, the mayor and bailiffs of Pembroke, and the mayor and bailiffs of Tynbeygh.
The mayor and bailiffs of the city of Cork, the sovereign and bailiffs of Youghell, and the provost and bailiffs of Kynsale.
The mayor and bailiffs of the city of Dublin and the mayor and bailiffs of Drouda.
March 12.
Westminster.
The justice of Ireland for the time being or his representative there.
To the collectors of customs in the port of Berewic upon Twede for the time being. Whereas the late king by letters patent granted to Edward de Letham knight deceased 200 marks a year of the issues of the county of Berewic by the hands of the chamberlain there until provision should be made to him and his heirs of 200 marks a year of land or rent; and whereas the said king after by divers letters patent gave to the said Edward and his heirs the town of Little Swynton and other lands in Scotland to the value of 135 marks a year in part thereof, and ordered the chamberlain of Berewic upon Twede . . . . to Robert de Cla . . . . Incomplete.
[Vacated.]
March 4.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Cornwall. Order, upon petition presented before the council by the collectors in Cornwall of two fifteenths granted to the king in the last parliament, to repair in person to the town of Truruburgh, to make inquisition concerning the estate and power of the town and the men and residents thereof in goods, property and possessions, and by other means to inform himself as best he may touching the premises, whether they and others possessing goods therein be sufficient to such fifteenths or no, and concerning all things else which affect the business, and before the feast of St. John ante Portam Latinam next to send such inquisitions and information into chancery under seal; as the said petition shews that the said town is so heavily assessed to such fifteenth, the greater part being left without inhabitants by plagues, and the men remaining so poor, that they are not sufficient to pay two fifteenths, nor may the collectors levy aught to the king's use, praying for remedy. By C.
March 7.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of Retford for the time being. Order, according to letters patent of 4 May 30 Edward III and the king's confirmation, to pay to Thomas de Stanes for life the yearly fee farm of 10l. which the true men of the town are bound to render at the exchequer for the town.
March 16.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Essex. Order to repair in person to the town of Manytre, and to distrain and compel all men of that town who have goods and chattels to the value of 10 marks, or lands or rents to that yearly value or more, to contribute every man in proportion to his estate and means to the building of a small barge called a 'balynger' equally with the men of Colcestre, Maldon and Herewych, not compelling middling people or those of lower estate to contribute, that the building thereof be not delayed, nor the men of Manytre have matter of complaint; as lately the king commanded the bailiffs of those four towns before 1 March last to cause such a barge with from forty to fifty oars to be built and made ready at the cost of the richer and more able men of those towns only; and now by complaint of the men of Manytre the king has learned that by colour of another command the sheriff favouring the other towns has assessed an excessive sum not only upon the richer men thereof but upon middling people of lower estate, and is purposing to levy the same, wherefore they have prayed for remedy; and it seems to the king and council that men of the town who have goods or lands to the yearly value aforesaid may reasonably contribute. By C.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 10.
Feb. 21.
Westminster.
To Robert de Tresulian steward of Cornwall and his representative or either of them. Order, upon petition of the prior and convent of Lanceston, not to distrain their tenants and farmers of lands conferred upon them by King John which were parcels of the manor of Clymmeslond to be tithingmen, or by reason of such lands or of their persons to contribute to any charge to be borne by the tithingmen or the tithing, though they be other than neifs of the said manor, and whatsoever estate they now or hereafter have in fee, for life or years, releasing any distress made upon them; as the petitioners have shewn that, though for the health of his soul and the souls of his ancestors and successors King John gave by charter to the church of St. Stephen Lanceston and the canons there certain lands within the said manor, being then parcel thereof, the steward by reason of the king's view of frankpledge therein has distrained and does daily distrain the prior and convent and their tenants who hold those lands at will from year to year to find tithingmen when elected to the tithing, to do service to the said view, and to contribute as aforesaid, praying quittance of those secular services; and the said charter having been viewed and understood by men learned in the law and lords of the council, by advice of the council it is the king's will to aid the petitioners. By pet. of C.
Jan. 27.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order to view the bill enclosed, which was lately presented to the king and council on behalf of John de Surreye knight, containing certain goods and furniture of his arrested among goods of Alice Perrers by virtue of the king's late command to the sheriffs addressed, and to give up to the said John or his attorney, or to Thomas bishop of Exeter with whom he is now dwelling, all goods therein contained.
Goods of Sir John Surrey: (fn. 2) one pair of coffers, 4 small towels, a remnant of linen cloth, 20 buttons with eagles, 20 buttons with the letter S, two small gilt basins, one 'spicedissh' gilt, one salt gilt, one ouch (muscle) gilt, one dozen silver dishes, one 'almysdyssh' price 31s. 3d., one 'gipser' with ring of silver price 2s., one 'chapelet' with four crowns of pearls price 4s., two 'lanterns' of silver, one little 'forser,' 33 little hawks' hoods (velx), one collar with letter N, another of silver broken price 12s., four gold buttons price 10s., one pair of 'bedes' price 12d., two 'paniers' covered with 'velwet' and bound with silver price 13s. 4d., one pair of gloves with 'daysies' price 4d., one little 'forser' price 6d., one 'yolowe cappe' price 4d., 5 yards of damask ribbon price 33s. 4d., 1 yard of ribbon price 16d., 5 yards of narrow damask ribbon price 5s., 5 yards of cypress ribbon price 9s. 2d., 2½ yards of orphrey of Ridemore price 10d., one 'yolowe cappe' price 4d., 51 beads (aunes) of gold price 7l. 4s., one pair of sleeves (manses) of white 'camaka' price 12d., one pair of 'bedes' [and a pair] within (de degeon) price 6d., three garters of the letter N gilt, two collars for little dogs with 'cokebelles' of silver, six silver 'spones' price 20s., one red 'primer' price 4s., one other 'primer' covered with cloth of silver price 3s. 4d., one other book with red cloth embroidered price 5s., one little 'gite' of 'camaka' with a 'revers' price 3s. 4d., one 'rede cote' price 2s., two 'sloppes' of 'rede velvet' price 6s. 8d., one 'kirtel' of 'camaka' price 4s., one 'slop' of 'camaka' price 2s., one 'hedeschete' of 'camaka' furred with trimmed minever (pured) price 20s., six white carpets of tapestry price 40s., one 'celure' with a tester joined in one piece of white 'satin' rayed with gold and cords price 5l. 6s. 8d., three 'curtyns' of white taffeta price 26s. 8d., one feather bed with one 'bolster' price 40s., two linen sheets price 6s. 8d., one coverlet of white 'fustian' and one 'canevas' price 6s. 8d., two cushions of white 'worstede' price 12d., one coverlet of silk cloth price 13s. 4d., two sheets and one 'canevas' price 6s. 8d., one coverlet of red cloth and bluet in panels furred with minever half trimmed price 40s., one 'materas' with one 'pilwe' from 10s., two 'pilwes' of white 'camaka' stuffed with 'doun' price 13s. 4d., one 'mantel' of divers colours (medlet') price 5s., one 'mantel' of white price 20d., 2 'quysshyns' of 'baudekyn' rayed price 3s., one coverlet of red cloth furred with minever trimmed price 40s., two coverlets of white 'fustian' price 13s. 4d., four 'pilwes' of linen cloth price 2s., three 'quysshynes' of white 'camaka' price 5s., one coat (costero) of white tapestry powdered with 'boterflies' price 26s. 8d., six carpets of red 'worstede' and bluet in panels price 13s. 4d., one tester with half celure of 'baudekyn' rayed in one piece price 40s., three 'curtyns' of red 'sarsinet' and bluet in panels price 26s. 8d., one coverlet aud one tester with celure joined in one of 'tartaryn' bluet price 53s. 4d., three curtains of taffeta bluet price 10s., one 'slop' of black cloth powdered with gold price 6s. 8d., four 'quysshyns' of white 'camaka' price 10s. 8d. Mostly French.
Jan. 27.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of the city of Norwich. Order under pain of forfeiture to compel all citizens of Norwich who have merchandise, goods and chattels or lands to the value of 10l. and more to contribute to the expense of building a small barge called a 'balinger' so that it be ready by 1 March next, not compelling middling people of lower estate or poor men to contribute; as with assent of the knights, citizens and burgesses at a parliament at Westminster in the quinzaine of Michaelmas last order was taken that before that day certain such barges should be built and made ready by citizens and true men of Norwich and other cities and good towns to sail with the king's navy on his service for defence of the realm, and the king appointed the bailiffs and other the citizens of Norwich to build one with from forty to fifty oars at the cost of the richer and more able men of the city only; and now the king is informed that great number of merchants and other citizens refuse to contribute although sufficient in goods, merchandise and other possessions.
[Fœdera.]
Feb. 1.
Westminster.
To John Carnell escheator in Norhamptonshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with a messuage, 9 acres of land and ½ acre of meadow in Aldewyncle taken into the king's hand by death of Robert de Holand knight, delivering to John de Holand knight any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by Nicholas Seymor late escheator, that the said Robert at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the premises for life jointly with Elizabeth his wife likewise deceased, with remainder to Gilbert and Thomas their sons and to their heirs, that the said Thomas died, and the said Gilbert took the habit of religion in the said Robert's life time, that the premises are held of others than the king, and that the said John, brother of the said Gilbert, is his next heir and of full age.
Feb. 9.
Westminster.
To John Lucy escheator in Herefordshire. Order to assign dower to Margaret who was wife of John Aubrey, of whom the king has taken an oath that she shall not marry without licence.
Feb. 24.
Westminster.
To the aldermen of the town of St. Edmund (in margin, Bury). Order to compel the inhabitants thereof to pay their proportions towards the repair of the 'Gildehalle'; as a house so called was long ago built by the inhabitants at their cost for holding conferences and councils, and as well for the aldermen, his predecessors and successors elected by the commonalty of the town, and for the rule and reformation thereof as for assessing tenths, fifteenths etc. granted to the king and for speedy levying of the same, and the inhabitants have since been used to repair it when need was at their own costs by the aldermen levied of every one of them; and the said house has now become weak and ruinous, for neglect of repair, so that part of it has fallen, and the premises may not be done therein as they used to be, as the king has learned by the report of many.
Feb. 28.
Westminster.
To the constable, bailiffs or farmers of the manor of Marlebergh for the time being. Order, upon petition of Philip Olney now warden, if assured that by grant of King Henry III the warden and brethren of the infirm of St. Thomas Marlebergh were used up to the beginning of the reign to take 50s. yearly of the issues of that manor, henceforward to pay them that yearly sum, according to the said king's grant to them and their successors for maintenance of a chaplain celebrating for the soul of Queen Isabel his mother; as by certificate of the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer it is found that John Bradeham late constable of Marlebergh and Gloucester in his account at the exchequer accounted for 50s. paid to the said hospital.
Et erat patens.

Footnotes

  • 1. In the warrant Breseleye.
  • 2. Compare the lists above, p. 45.