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Close Rolls, Richard II: February 1385

Pages 519-525

Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 2, 1381-1385. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1920.

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February 1385

Feb. 23.
Westminster.
To Simon de Burle constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports, or to his lieutenant. Order on sight etc. straightway to summon before him all who hold soil not built upon in perilous places in the town of Sandewich or within the liberty thereof, and for avoidance of peril to the town and better fortification thereof to direct every one of them to build thereon and fortify the same before 1 May next, and if being warned they will not so do, or shall expressly refuse, notice of the king's will, and licence by advice of the council to the mayor, the true men and commonalty of the town at their special request to build and fortify such soil at their own cost, and to hold the same, taking the rents and profits thereof until contented of the costs aforesaid; as the king is informed that the town is so much weakened by divers plagues and other losses and grievous calamities that the inhabitants are not sufficient to defend it against assaults of the enemy, for that without aid of the king they may not accomplish the fortification thereof, which they began at great cost, as in walls and ditches. By K. and C.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
To all sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs, ministers and lieges to whom etc. Order to suffer the prior and monks of Durham to be quit of toll, passage, forestage, pannage, of hundreds, 'tridenes' and 'wapentacues' and all other customs pertaining to the king, and wherever they have any tenements in England to have their court and all things thereto pertaining, sac and soc, 'tol' and 'theam' and 'infangenethef,' not troubling them in aught contrary to the charters of former kings; as among other liberties thereby granted it is granted that they and their successors shall everywhere be quit of toll and passage, that wherever etc. they shall have their court as aforesaid, with sac and soc, 'tol' and 'theam,' 'infangenethef' and 'wirth,' and shall be free of forestage, pannage, hundreds etc.; and the king has confirmed those charters with the clause licet.
Et erat patens.
March 8.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of York to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John del More lately elected, who has no lands in the county whereon he may dwell according to his estate.
March 3.
Westminster.
Like order for election of a coroner instead of John de Halthorp.
March 2.
Westminster.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Dorset for election of a coroner instead of Walter Mortymer, who is dead.
March 9.
Westminster.
Like order concerning the said Walter.
Feb. 16.
[Westminster.]
Order to the sheriff of York for election of a coroner instead of Richard Grethevede, who is too much engaged upon divers business in that county.
Jan. 29.
Westminster.
Like order for election of a coroner instead of John de Holthorp.
Jan. 30.
Westminster.
Like order for election of a coroner instead of John del More of Middelton.
Feb. 16.
Westminster.
Like order for election of a coroner instead of John de Mallom.
March 7.
Westminster.
Like order for election of a coroner instead of Richard Grethede, who is sick and aged.
Jan. 26.
Westminster.
Like order for election of a coroner instead of Geoffrey de la Ryvere one of the coroners in Berkshire, who is sick etc.
Membrane 18.
Feb. 24.
Westminster.
To the mayor of the city of London and escheator therein. Order to pay to the abbot and monks of St. Mary Graces by the Tower of London 16s. 8d. for Michaelmas term last, and a yearly rent of 5 marks at the usual terms so long as certain tenements in Douuegate in the parish of Allhallows by the 'Heywharf' London shall be in the king's hand: as at their suit, shewing that the late king gave them that rent of the premises, which were held by John de Norhampton late citizen of London and Parnell his wife in her right, and are in the king's hand by reason of his forfeiture, and that 50s. thereof was in arrear before his forfeiture, and 16s. 8d. is since in arrear, the king ordered Nicholas Brembre mayor and escheator to view the late king's letters patent and, if assured that he made that grant, to make inquisition by men of the city whether those 5 marks are the rent so granted, of what tenements it arises, how much was in arrear before the said forfeiture, how much since, whether the abbot and monks demised or released their estate therein, and other the circumstances; and by that inquisition it is found that the said Nicholas was assured that the rent was given as aforesaid, that 50s. thereof was in arrear before the forfeiture for three whole terms of one year, namely Christmas, Easter and Midsummer 7 Richard II, and 16s. 8d. since for Michaelmas term aforesaid, that by virtue of the said gift William Wardon the abbot and the monks were thereof seised and in possession, taking the said rent at the terms aforesaid, and were paid by John de Norhampton and others from 29 October 43 Edward III to Michaelmas 7 Richard II, and never released their estate to any man nor demised the same.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 26.
Westminster.
To all doctors, bachelors and scholars of canon law and civil law studying and dwelling at Oxford. Prohibition, under pain of forfeiture, against attempting aught or procuring any attempt, by colour of the king's licence to hold peaceable meetings in the university etc., which may tend to impair or bring to nought the statutes, privileges, customs or liberties of the university, or doing aught other there than they might lawfully do before the grant thereof; as for prosecution of their common business in his courts and elsewhere within the realm affecting their degrees and faculties the king gave them licence to meet in moderate numbers without disturbance, to treat together touching such business, holding counsel thereupon and appointing their proctors when they should think fit, any prohibition against unlawful assemblies or confederacies in the university notwithstanding, but upon further deliberation the king is aware that by colour thereof they might wax too bold, and make new attempts tending to the disturbance and ruin of the university, which the king would not endure. By K.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 15.
Westminster.
To Thomas Moreux constable of the Tower of London, or to his lieutenant. Order to have the body of Walter Sibille before the king at Westminster on Friday next in order to point out, if he will, the errors in the record and process and in the rendering of judgment of an assize of novel disseisin arraigned by William de Cogeshale knight before John Holt and his fellows, justices appointed for the purpose, against the said Walter, Thomas Necton, John atte Welle and John Dely, and of another assize before them arraigned by Nicholas Twyford knight against the same defendants, both concerning tenements in Ixenyng; as by their complaint the king has learned that there is manifest error therein, and that the said Walter is in the constable's custody.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Holand keeper of the king's forest this side Trent, or to his representative in Gyllyngham forest co. Dorset. Order to give John Haym livery of the bailiwick of forester there called 'forster de fee,' and the issues thereof taken since 24 November last, on which date the king granted to John Melbourne his serjeant for life the office aforesaid, lately held by John Haym, and the accustomed fees; as John Haym after shewed that by fine levied in the court of King Edward II William de Buggelee and Amice his wife granted that bailiwick to William Haym and Alice his wife and to the heirs of their bodies, with remainder to the right heirs of William Haym, that William Haym and Alice and Godfrey their son and heir successively held the same by virtue of that fine, continuing their estate all their time, and that after the death of Godfrey the said John Haym entered as his son and heir, and continued his possession until unlawfully thrust out by reason of the said grant to John Melbourne, praying revocation thereof and livery of the bailiwick; and the king ordered the sheriff to give John Melbourne notice to be in chancery on the morrow of the Purification last, to shew cause wherefore the grant should not be revoked and restitution made, at which day the parties appeared in person, and a day was given them until the octaves of the Purification last; at which day John Melbourne, by Robert Crukerne and Robert Bolyngbroke his attorneys, was brought to a final answer for himself and for the king, and neither he nor the king's serjeants could say or allege aught to the purpose, wherefore by advice of the justices and others of the council learned in the law it was determined that the said grant should be revoked, and livery given to John Haym.
Feb. 14.
Westminster.
To John de Feriby escheator in Lincolnshire. Order in presence of the next friends of the heir of William Deyncourt, a minor in the king's wardship, to assign to Alice who was wife of the said William dower of her husband's lands, and the issues thereof taken since 24 December 5 Richard II, on which date the king ordered William de Skipwith the younger, then escheator, to assign her dower, having commanded Henry Lescrope to take of her an oath etc.; as that escheator was removed from office before it was done.
The like to the following:
William de Rempston escheator in Notynghamshire and Derbyshire.
John Tyndale escheator in Norhamptonshire.
Thomas Couele escheator in Bukinghamshire.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To John Salveyn escheator in Oxfordshire. Order to take the fealty of Joan late the wife of Warin de Insula knight, and to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Shirburne, a messuage and one carucate of land in Shirbourne, delivering to her any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by Edmund Gyffard late escheator, that at his death the said Warin held the premises as jointly enfeoffed with her by gift of Henry Beek clerk, the said manor of the king as of the honour of St. Walery by the service of one bow of 'auburne' and three arrows without feathers or 12d. a year, and the said messuage and land of others than the king.
To John Gaweyn escheator in Wiltesir. Like order concerning the manor of Chilton Foliot, likewise jointly held by knight service of the king as of the honour of Walyngford; as the king has commanded John Salvayn to take the said Joan's fealty.
To John Aston escheator in Cornwall. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning the manors of Alwerton and Trewarnayl, held of Launceston castle as of the duchy of Cornwall by the service of 13s. 4d. a year.
To Richard Otery escheator in Somerset and Dorset. Order to take of Elizabeth who was wife of John Kayl an oath etc., and to assign her dower of her husband's lands.
To John Aston escheator in Devon. Like order, mutatis mutandis, to assign dower to the said Elizabeth, of whom the king has commanded Richard Otery to take an oath etc.
Membrane 17.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
To Stephen de Hales, Thomas de Berney, Martin Everard knights, Edmund de Clypesby, John Crispynge, Roger Maryot, Roger Reyes, John Fauconer, John de Gresham, John Cooke of Saxthorp, John Talman, Henry Pakenham, Peter de Bekhalle, Thomas Louell, John de Fyncham, Richard Dru, Simon Roberdesson and John Kirkeman, appointed with Robert Cayle collectors in Norffolk of the tenth and fifteenth granted to the king by the commons in the last parliament. Order to collect and answer for the same without awaiting the presence of Robert Cayle; as the king has discharged him for that he is too infirm to travail in that office without grievous bodily risk.
Writ of supersedeas omnino addressed to the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer in favour of the said Robert in respect of their demand upon him to answer for the collection aforesaid.
March 10.
Westminster.
To the prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, being admiral of the fleet to the westward, or to his lieutenant. Order, upon petition of Stephen Russel, William Penysance and Peter Fever merchants of Bordeaux, to dearrest a ship called 'la Katerine' of Dertemuth of 152 tuns burden, John Proute master, suffering it to pass to Bordeaux; as they have shewn that they freighted that ship with wheat to be taken thither for sustenance of the king's lieges there, and that the same is arrested by the admiral and his deputies for the king's service at sea.
March 4.
Westminster.
To George del Castelle escheator in Warwickshire and Leycestershire. Order to take a simple seisin within the gates of Kenilleworth priory, now void by the death of brother Walter Cherlton the last prior, and not to meddle with the priory, the manors, granges, property or goods thereto belonging, but to depart forthwith taking or carrying nought away, and delivering to the subprior and the convent any issues thereof taken, saving to the king during this vacancy the knights' fees and advowsons of churches; as by letters patent of 10 March 4 Edward III, confirmed by the king, the late king granted to the then prior and convent that at every vacancy the subprior and convent and their successors should have the keeping of the priory and all temporalities thereof and all goods and property thereto belonging as fully as any prior ever had, freely disposing thereof as should to them seem best, save (as above), rendering to the king for every vacancy if it should last one whole year 117l. 2s. 8d. whereat the temporalities are extended, as the king is assured by certificate of the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer sent into the wardrobe at his command, and if for a less time or for a greater 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 priory, the manors etc. thereto belonging, except that at the beginning of every vacancy the escheator or other minister of the king should in the name of his lordship take a simple seisin as aforesaid, not making his abode there longer than one day, and leaving no substitute in his room. Proviso that during this vacancy the escheator shall keep in the king's hand any lands and rents acquired by the priory since the aforesaid date, or which have come to the priors' hands since then by escheat or otherwise, answering at the exchequer for the issues thereof.
To Thomas Couele escheator in Bukinghamshire. Like order (omitting the direction to take a simple seisin).
The like to John Tyndale escheator in Roteland.
March 10.
Westminster.
To George del Castelle escheator in Warwickshire. Order to take the fealty of John Deyncourt of Blaunkneye, and to give him livery of the manor of Ansty by Combe, and the issues thereof taken since the death of Margery wife of Roger de Cuyly knight; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Roger held that manor in his demesne as of fee, and by charter gave it to John de Conynggesby parson of a mediety of Shepeye, Nicholas the chaplain his brother and William de Ansty chaplain, their heirs and assigns, that they being thereof seised gave the same to the said Roger and Margery and to the heirs of their bodies, with remainder to the said Roger and the heirs of his body, remainder to Thomas de Cuyly his uncle and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the right heirs of the said Roger, that he died in the life time of Margery without issue by her and without an heir of his body, that the said Thomas died without male issue, that the said Margery after married the said John, that Elizabeth who was wife of John de Stanop of Rampton, being cousin and heir of the said Roger, in her widowhood made a release of the manor to the said John, his heirs and assigns, and that it is held of the king as of his manor of Cheylesmore by homage and fealty and by suit at his court of Cheylesmore every three weeks; and the king has taken the said John's homage. By p.s. [3560.]
Jan. 31.
Westminster.
To Robert Tresilian and David Haunemere justices appointed to hold pleas before the king. Order by writ of nisi prius to cause an inquisition which remains to be taken between the king and Roger Corbet concerning the manors of Yokelton, Shelve and Wentnore and a third part of the forest of Caus to be taken before one of the justices.
Feb. 13.
Westminster.
To the same. Like order in regard to an inquisition between the king and Thomas de Moubray knight earl of Notyngham and Henry Seynt Johan concerning the manor of Estlucombe and the advowsons of Estluccombe and Sillyworthy churches co. Somerset.
Feb. 14.
Westminster.
To the same. Like order in regard to an inquisition between the king and Thomas West knight concerning the obstruction and closing of a road in Funtell Gyffard.
Feb. 9.
Westminster.
To the executors of William de Ufford earl of Suffolk, one of the guardians of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer in Suffolk. Order to deliver to Michael de la Pole and his fellows, now guardians and justices there, all indictments, records, processes, rolls and memoranda, and all other things relating to that office.
Feb. 14.
Westminster.
To Robert de Bealknap and Robert de Cherleton, justices appointed in Staffordshire and Salop to take assizes, juries etc. arraigned before justices of the king and of the late king. Order this time only to admit Thomas Neweport and Henry Broun, whom the king has joined with them to take the same, so that one of the first named justices be present, if both may not be, at the days and places appointed. The king has commanded the said Thomas and Henry with them to be busied thereupon this time only.