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Close Rolls, Richard II: October 1388

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 3, 1385-1389. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1921.

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October 1388

Oct. 2.
Cambridge.
To Margaret Mareschall countess of Norffolk. Order upon her allegiance, at the petition of the poor men and tenants of Magre and Rothewyk, to suffer John ap Jake, William 'of the More' forester, Philip ap Raulyn parker, John Frenssh, John Huchoun and other her officers and ministers to commit no hurt, grievance or excess against the petitioners or others for any cause or pretence whatsoever, as she will answer it before the king and council and save herself harmless, knowing for a surety that the king's purpose is so to chastise according to their deserts all evildoers and disturbers of the peace who have inflicted hurt upon his said men and tenants that it shall be an example to others, and in case she shall feel aggrieved by any grievances and misdeeds of his said men against her or her officers or ministers, order to repair to the king's court where remedy shall be ministered to her; as their complaint shews that it is found by inquisition, taken by command of the king and council at Magre and Rothewyk and at Portyngton, Pille and Porterton before William de Hampton escheator in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, that the king is their chief lord, that they are his tenants, seised by the escheator in his name and sworn to hold of him, and are his bailiffs there deputed on his behalf to do what is required, that on the morrow of the Nativity of the Virgin last the said John ap Jake and the others named and other officers of the countess with great number of accomplices by force of arms repairing to the town of Magre assaulted, beat and wounded the king's men and tenants and feloniously slew John Porter, William Hany and Robert Lanybeme and, ceasing not their malice, have beset the town so that the inhabitants dared not issue forth, nor dare they now, whereby some of the king's tenants there are imprisoned, and some have fled from their holdings out of that lordship to the king's person for succour, to the discredit of the king and in breach of the peace. By K. and C. in parl.
Oct. 11.
Cambridge.
To the mayor, sheriffs, aldermen, good men and all the commonalty of the city of London. Order upon their allegiance and under pain of forfeiting life and limb etc. peaceably without disturbance to assemble as the manner is for election of a mayor in the accustomed place in moderate numbers, joining with them no strangers nor servants not free of the city, treating and taking counsel together, and without favour, corruption or affection, without unlawful assemblies or confederacies in the city, electing and appointing a sufficient and indifferent person of whatsoever estate or condition who shall be faithful to the king and useful to the city, according to the liberty and free custom thereof, and when elected and sworn obeying him, as they will avoid the king's wrath; and order to the sheriffs on sight etc. to cause proclamation to be made forbidding any man under the pain aforesaid to sow discord, make unlawful assemblies, or do or attempt aught else which may tend to disturbance of the peace or rioting of the people of the city, knowing of a surety that if by their default and unwise election harm or peril shall happen to the city the king will impute it to their negligence, and is purposed so grievously to punish them that it shall be a terror to such as resist his commands; as by report which has come to his ears the king is informed that now by colour of the election there is growing discord and strife by some of the city, who fear not to break the peace thereof, being confederate together and purposing to make unlawful assemblies furnished with arms, and that greater discord is like to ensue if the king lend not a helping hand, whereby not only is the peace of the people there dwelling disturbed but there is danger of their sudden destruction if not speedily restrained by the king's power; and by advice of the prelates, great men and lords of the realm in this parliament, being aware that such assemblies and excesses may tend to his discredit and contempt and to the ruin of the city, the king's will is to resist with his might the malice and covin of such confederates and their adherents, as to his dignity belongs.
Et erat patens.
[Letter Books of the City of London, H. f. 234b. See Calendar, p. 335.]
Oct. 12.
Cambridge.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Writ of supersedeas, upon petition of Eleanor who was wife of Thomas Driffelde deceased, in respect of their demand upon her to answer for 26l. 4s. 4d., and order thereof to discharge her, the mainpernors of her husband and others whatsoever, suffering her to keep the said sum; as her petition shewed that by reason of arrears of the farm of the alien priory of Andewelle, lately committed to the said Thomas by the king to hold during the war, all his goods and chattels were seized after his death, and appraised at the sum aforesaid, and that she has to support her four infant children by him, and of his compassion the king has granted and remitted the same to her. By K.
Oct. 17.
Cambridge.
To the sheriff of Notyngham. Order by mainprise of Thomas Maperle of Notyngham to set free John de Stoke of Wydmerpool chaplain; as his petition shews that he is imprisoned in Notyngham gaol at suit of certain lieges upon pretence that he preached divers heresies contrary to the catholic faith; and the said Thomas has mainperned in chancery under a pain of 20l. to have him whenever warned before the king and council, the archbishop of York, or the archbishop's commissaries.
Oct. 19.
Westminster.
To the mayor and sheriffs of London. Order to dearrest and deliver to the merchants of Prucia or their attorneys all goods and wares of theirs by the mayor and sheriffs or by others of the city arrested, that no new strife arise between the king and Conrad Zolver of Rothensteyn master general of the order of St. Mary of the house of Teutons, and that the agreement made by the king on behalf of himself and his subjects with the master on behalf of himself and Prucia and of his subjects touching strife and debate between them by reason of ships, goods and merchandise arrested by subjects of either party be not broken on the king's side, warning all those within the city who, after the parliament holden in 8 Richard II had goods arrested in Prucia, or felt aggrieved by reason of hurt inflicted on them by subjects of Prucia, upon their allegiance and under pain of forfeiture to leave all else and be before the council in chancery on the morrow of Martinmas next, or to send one man at least of the city with full power to act and consent to such order as shall be taken by the council with common consent of those who shall be there for ending the matter. The king's will is that the goods of those who appear not that day and refuse to send a man as aforesaid shall be forfeit. By C.
The like to the following:
The mayor and bailiffs of the city of York.
The bailiffs of the city of Norwich.
The bailiffs of St. Botolphs town.
The mayor and bailiffs of Lenne.
The mayor and bailiffs of Kyngeston upon Hull.
The bailiffs of Colchestre.
To the mayor and bailiffs of the city of Salisbury. Order to give notice to all those within the city who, after the parliament etc. (as above, mutatis mutandis).
The like to the following:
The mayor and bailiffs of Notyngham.
The bailiffs of Beverley.
To William Inge citizen of Winchester. Order, under pain of forfeiting his goods, which the king will assuredly cause to be seized if he appear not, to leave all else and be before the council etc. to consent etc. (as above), sending again this writ; as the king etc. has made agreement with the master etc. (as above).
The like to the following:
Henry Kele of Coventre.
John atte Hulle of Haddele.
John Lambe of Stanewelle.
Membrane 37.
Sept. 27.
Cambridge.
To the customers in the port of London. Order without taking custom or subsidy to suffer James Dardani the pope's nuncio and collector in England to have three beds (cultras), 180 ells (alas) of web of Flanders, 15 ells of 'goball' for the table, 500 ells of wardenappes, 1,500 fells for furring, six cushions and two silver salts bought over sea for his use and for the needs of his household in England, which he has brought to that port. By C.
Sept. 22.
Cambridge.
To Thomas Kempe escheator in Kent and Robert de Kent. Order, upon petition of the abbot and monks of St. Mary Graces by the Tower of London, by mainprise of Gilbert Moughfelde of London and John Podras parson of Allhallows in 'Honylane' London to deliver to the petitioners or their attorney the goods and chattels hereinafter mentioned; as at their prayer, shewing that the late king founded that abbey, and by letters patent granted to John king of Castille and Leon duke of Lancastre and other feoffees certain manors, lands and rents by him purchased, as by divers fines levied in the Common Bench at Westminster may appear, for endowment of the petitioners and other persons of his foundation, that the feoffees, desiring to perform this will, granted the manors of Gravesende, Lenches, Bikenore, Parroke, Leyburne, Wateryngbury and Gore co. Kent with live stock and dead to the petitioners and their successors for forty years, and the reversion of the manor of Gomshulfe co. Surrey after the death of Thomas Stanes tenant for life, to the intent that within that term the premises should be conveyed to the abbey in mortmain, that the petitioners obtained possession of the same, and continued it no small time, that they demised the said manors and stock to farm to Simon de Bureleye knight for a term not yet ended, that at the untrue averment of the lessee the king made him a gift of the said manors, and that they were seized as forfeit by reason of a judgment against him rendered in the parliament last holden at Westminster, with assent and advice of the council the king lately gave to the petitioners all issues, rents and profits thereof since the lessee's forfeiture for which answer was not made to the king, and all thenceforth arising until order should be taken for their sufficient endowment of the premises or of other possessions; and it is found by divers inquisitions, taken by the said escheator and Robert, that on the date of the said judgment the said Simon held the manors of Gore, Wateryngbury, Leyburne and Parroke to farm of the petitioners for a term not yet ended, that at his death he had in the manor of Gore twelve horses for the plough price 5s. a head, 880 ewes price 12d., 200 hoggasters, tegs and rams (hurtardos) price 8d., 330 lambs price 5d. a head, two boars, two swine and fifteen sucking pigs price 12s., one wain with wheels bound with iron price 13s. 4d., two weak courts price 3s., two ploughs with gear price 6s. 8d., a hundred pieces of timber price 16s. 8d.; in the manor of Wateryngbury one horse price 13s. 4d., four stots price 20s., five oxen price 70s., two steers price 10s., two heifers price 8s., 160 wethers price 8l., five ewes price 4s. 2d., nineteen hoggasters and tegs price 12s. 8d., 36 lambs price 18s., a boar and two swine price 9s., eight pigs price 21s. 4d., 21 young pigs price 10s. 6d., one wain with wheels bound with iron price 10s., one weak court with unbound wheels price 18d., one cart with gear price 4s., two ploughs with gear price 6s. 8d., two harrows price 16d., one seedlip, two sacks and one basket price 18d., one bushel, one 'pek,' one spade, two hoes and one fork price 20d.; in the manor of Leyburne two cart horses price 16s. 8d., six plough oxen price 4l. 10s., two kine price 16s., one wain bound with iron with harness for two horses price 13s. 4d., and timber for an arched tresance (tresancia cum forne) price 20s.; in the manor of Parrok two horses price 26s. 8d., two stots price 10s., thirteen oxen price 10s. 3d. a head, one wain with wheels bound with iron price 20s., one court and two ploughs with wheels and gear price 6s. 8d., one 'courtebede' price 6d., fifty 'slottes' price 16s. 8d., one 'boket' with one rope price 2s., timber in hall price 10s., in garden 6s. 8d., timber fashioned for an 'aleye' price 26s. 8d., for a 'bastyle' 6l. By C.
To the same. Like order, mutatis mutandis, upon petition of the prior and convent of Childrenlangele co. Hertford, by mainprise of Thomas Sewale of London 'vynter' and William Gelot of London 'bocher,' in regard to the manors of Preston, Elmeston, Overlond, Wedlynge, Hamme, Westgate, Gadeneston, Waltessalde, Herietesham, Beaurepere and Pakmanston, and upon the finding of an inquisition that the said Simon had in the manor of Preston two horses price 20s., six stots price 40s., 412 ewes price 12d. a head, 50 lambs price 20s., one boar, eight swine and seventeen young pigs price 31s., two swans and two staggards price 20s., four peacocks price 2s. 8d., five geese price 20d., 28 woolfells price 2s. 3d., one wain with wheels bound with iron and harness price 20s., one weak wain with old wheels likewise bound price 7s., one weak court with harness price 12d., four leads (two in the bakehouse) price 60s., three tuns price 5s., four 'coveris' price 16d., two 'knedyngtroghus' price 3s. 4d., three empty pipes price 2s., five weak broken chests price 5s., five ladders price 2s., four boards with trestles (two of them 'dormantz') price 10s., three chairs price 4s., six beams price 3s., one weak broken pair of organs price 3s. 4d., one 'andfeld,' one 'nayltol,' one 'bicorne,' two 'tonges,' one 'gryndstone' and three 'hameres' price 40s., one 'ostcloth' price 2s., two mortars and one weak tripod price 3s. 4d. By C.
To the same. Like order, mutatis mutandis, upon petition of the dean and canons of the college of St. Stephen within Westminster palace, by mainprise of William Sleforde dean, William Beverley, Robert Gloucestre and John Corby canons, in regard to the manors of Asshatesforde, Barton, Bukwelle, Eslynge, Meree, Langele, Elham and Colbrugge, a parcel of meadow in Eynesford co. Kent and the reversion of the manor of Wynchefelde co. Suthampton, upon the finding of an inquisition that the said Simon had in the manor of Eslynge nine stots price 4s. 6d. a head, two cart horses price 6s. 8d. a head, one boar and three swine price 2s. a head, fourteen young pigs price 8d. a head, one wain with wheels bound with iron price 7s., one court price 8d., two ploughs with gear price 4s., and three harrows price 12d.; in the manor of Elham timber fashioned for a new gate price 53s. 4d., for a standard and other timber for new building a mill lately burnt price 30s.; that he unlawfully ousted the dean and canons from those manors, and had of their goods in Eslynge corn, horses, sheep etc. to the value of 30l., which he unlawfully eloigned except those above appraised. By C.
Oct. 12.
Cambridge.
To the abbot and convent of Coggeshale. Order to send to the chancery a strong horse not bought to carry the chancery rolls, so that it be there on the morrow of All Souls, to be delivered to John de Burton the king's clerk keeper of the said rolls.
Membrane 36.
Sept. 7.
Cambridge.
To John Thame escheator in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with 8 marks of rent to be taken of the tenements in the inquisition hereinafter last recited at the four terms of the year usual in Oxford, delivering to the chaplain of a chantry in the church of Allhallows in Oxford called 'Stodeleyeschaunterye' any moneys thereof taken since the forfeiture of Robert Tresilian knight deceased; as it is found by inquisition, taken before the escheator and John Dautry clerk, that the said Robert [held] thirty messuages, twenty shops, six solars, twelve cellars, 34 acres of land, 10 acres of meadow, 60s. of rent and a fishery in the river Thames, all in the town of Oxford, and the advowson of the said chantry, sixteen messuages, 6 acres of meadow and 100s. of rent in the suburbs of Oxford in Berkshire which by fine levied in the king's court he purchased of Richard Preston and Agnes his wife, paying to them during the life of Agnes 40 marks a year, and to the said chaplain and his successors 8 marks a year, and that by force of a judgment against him rendered in the last parliament the premises are seized as forfeit into the king's hand; and it is found by another inquisition, taken before the escheator, that on Monday after St. Peter's Chains 45 Edward III John Stodeley gave to Agnes his wife, Walter le Serjaunt and William Stodeley his own brother, their heirs, executors and assigns, the 8 marks of yearly rent aforesaid, namely 20s. of a messuage now called 'Stodeleysyn' wherein the grantor lately dwelt in the parish of Allhallows, 20s. of a messuage called 'Maugerhalle' in the parish of St. Martin Oxford wherein John Beyne now dwells, 20s. of a messuage called 'Somonouresyn,' now 'Patysyn,' 13s. 4d. of a shop, cellar and solar now in the tenure of Nicholas Spycer, 6s. 8d. of a tenement then held by William Brustowe, 6s. 8d. of a tenement sometime held by John Brut, all in the parish of St. Martin, 6s. 8d. of a shop in the parish of Allhallows by the great gate in the spicery formerly held by John le Goldsmyth, now by Robert Latoner, 6s. 8d. of a shop in the parish of St. Martin in the tenure of Joan Gersyngdoun wherein Thomas Smert dwells, 20d. of a tenement in the parish of St. Peter in the Bailey in the tenure of John le Colles, 40d. of a tenement in the parish of St. Aldate by a messuage of the abbot of Abyndoun on the west, and 20d. of a tenement there by a messuage of the said abbot on the west and a tenement of John de la Wyke on the east, upon condition that they should appropriate those 8 marks to a chantry in the said church in honour of the Trinity, finding that by virtue thereof the said Walter, Richard de Preston and Agnes gave that rent by charter to Richard de Rysyngdoun chaplain and his successors celebrating in the said chantry.
Aug. 30.
Westminster.
To the collectors in the port of London of the petty custom and of 12d. in the pound. Order for his expenses to suffer Herman Bergham without payment of either to pass to Skone taking merchandise to the value of 56l.; as the king has charged the said Herman to carry a commission to his commissaries in Prucia, and that land is twelve days at least distant from Skone as the king has learned. By C.
Sept. 18.
Cambridge.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Notice that, although by writ under the exchequer seal the king lately ordered Richard Thurgrym escheator in Worcestershire under a pain of 1,000l. to be in person at Westminster on the morrow of Michaelmas in order to answer and content the king for all that pertains to him of the forfeitures of Alexander late archbishop of York and others, who in the parliament holden at Westminster on the morrow of the Purification last were convicted of divers treasons, and for other forfeitures in that county, with assent of the treasurer the king's will is that he be excused of coming at that day, so that under the aforesaid pain he be at Westminster one month after Michaelmas.
Sept. 23.
Cambridge.
To Thomas Couele escheator in Bedfordshire and Bukinghamshire. Order to take the fealty of Eleanor late the wife of Reynold de Grey of Ruthyn knight, and to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manors of Harewolde, Podyngton, Leyghe, Brokburgh, Northwode, Wrast and Flytte co. Bedford, Great Brykhulle, Stoke Hamonde and West Blechele, a fourth part of the manor of Woketon, the advowsons of Great Brykhulle, Seveneston and Walton, and the manor of Bragenham co. Bukingham, delivering to her any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Reynold at his death held the premises as jointly enfeoffed with the said Eleanor, the residue by gift of Robert Kilby parson of Hemyngby and Henry Janyn vicar of Harewolde to them and the heirs of their bodies, and the manor of Bragenham by gift of Humphrey Warde late parson of Sulbury to them and their heirs, and that the manor of Harewolde is held as of the honour of Huntingdon of the earl of Pembroke, a minor in the king's wardship, the other manors etc. of others than the king.
To John Sibille escheator in Huntingdonshire. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning the manor of Hemyngforde, which is held of others than the king.
To John Rokelle escheator in Hertfordshire. Like order concerning the manor of Holwelle, held of others than the king by grant of Roger Grey lord of Deffrencloyt, father of the said Reynold.
To Walter Scarle escheator in Norhamptonshire. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning the manor of Canons Ashby, 18s. of rent of divers tenants in Boseyate, and a leet of the said tenants to be holden twice a year, all held of others than the king.
Sept. 24.
Cambridge.
To the sheriff of Norhampton for the time being. Order every year to pay to Thomas Wodecroft the king's serjeant, one of his archers, 3d. a day during his life, and the arrears since 25 February last, on which date, for good service to the late king and to the king, with assent of the council the king granted to the said Thomas 3d. a day of the issues of that county for life or until the king should take other order for his estate.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 10.
Cambridge.
To the constables of the town of Ikelyngton. Order to arrest and safe keep until further order all horses and all goods and chattels within the town which were of Thomas Tryvet knight deceased, who was bound to the king in a great sum.
Oct. 8.
Cambridge.
To Amandus Mounceux escheator in Cumberland. Order in presence of John de Scardeburgh, to whom the king has committed the wardship of the land and heir of John de Warthewyke knight, to assign to Richard Morthynge and Maud his wife, late wife of the deceased, dower of her husband's lands taken into the king's hand by his death and by reason of the nonage of George his son and heir; as for a fine paid by the said Richard the king has pardoned his trespass in taking the said Maud to wife and her trespass in marrying him without licence of the king.
Oct. 6.
Cambridge.
To John Sibille escheator in Cambridgeshire. Order to assign to John de Hevenyngham knight and Margery his wife, late wife of John de Chalers knight, dower of her first husband's lands, taken into the king's hand by his death and by reason of the nonage of Thomas his son and heir; as for a fine paid by John de Hevenyngham the king has pardoned his trespass etc.
Vacated, because otherwise below.
Oct. 18.
Cambridge.
To William Hampton escheator in Gloucestershire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the fifth part of one knight's fee in Shenyngton, delivering to Joan who was wife of John Salesbury knight any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said John, who forfeited to the king, held the same at his death in her right of others than the king.
Oct. 20.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to make no allowance to escheators, sheriffs, collectors of customs or subsidies, receivers, farmers or other bailiffs or ministers of the king until further order of any sums now or hereafter paid by virtue of the king's command to any persons who have letters patent of the king, or of the late king and the king's father confirmed by the king. By C.
Oct. 23.
Westminster.
To the constable of the Tower of London or to his lieutenant. Order to receive John Penros and Richard Louche from John Hereforde serjeant at arms, and to keep them in safe custody in the Tower until further order.
Membrane 35.
Sept. 23.
Cambridge.
To the bailiffs of Kyngeston upon Thames. Order, for particular causes laid before the king and council in this parliament at Cantebrigge, to cause John Barton, John Cornewaille and Alice 'Jonesservant Barton,' imprisoned in the bailiffs' custody, to be brought to the Flete prison and delivered to the custody of the warden thereof until further order. By C.
Sept. 24.
Cambridge.
To the warden of the Flete prison. Order etc. to receive from the (said) bailiffs John Barton etc. (as above), and to keep them there in safe custody until further order. The king has commanded the bailiffs etc. By C.
Sept. 22.
Cambridge.
To William Hampton escheator in Herefordshire. Order to deliver to John Godmanston canon of Hereford cathedral, to be applied to repair of that church, five pieces of lead which were of Simon de Burle knight, and are forfeit to the king by reason of a judgment against him lately rendered in parliament, provided that the canon pay as much as another would for the same.
Sept. 20.
Cambridge.
To the mayor and sheriffs of London. Order to dearrest divers merchants of the Hanse dwelling within the realm, by them lately arrested by virtue of the king's writ, suffering them at pleasure to make their advantage of goods and wares of theirs likewise arrested, and to go at large, and not troubling them contrary to the charters of former kings, confirmed by the king, whereby (among other liberties and quittances) it was granted that merchants of the Hanse in Almain and their goods should not be arrested or aggrieved within the king's realm and power by reason of any debt for which they were not sureties nor debtors, nor of any trespass by others committed, although at suit of certain lieges of London, Norwich, Lenne, Great Jernemuth, St. Botolphs town and Kyngeston upon Hull, averring that their men and servants and all their goods at la Sounde are arrested by men of Lubyk, Rustok, Wissemere, Sounde and Hamburgh in Almain, and are yet under arrest until those men be contented for alleged wrongs and damage done them by Englishmen at sea and elsewhere, by his said writ the king ordered the mayor and sheriffs to arrest all men and goods of the towns aforesaid and of other parts of Almain which are or shall be in the port of London or elsewhere within their bailiwick and jurisdictions, and to keep them under arrest until they should find security not to eloign themselves or their goods out of the realm without licence of the king, but to be ready to answer touching what should be laid against them on behalf of the king and his merchants; as Herman Vynthorp, John Pape, William de Borne, Herman Husman and Matthias Walkemele have before the king in council mainperned for themselves and their fellows, merchants of the Hanse, under pain of all their goods which are or shall be in London or elsewhere within the realm, that merchants and other lieges of the realm may come and go with their goods and merchandise whatsoever within the towns of Lubyk, Rustok, Wissemere and Hamburgh and the districts thereof as they used of old time, without hurt, wrong, arrest or violence by men of those towns. By C.
The like to the following:
The bailiffs of Great Jernemuth and the collectors of customs and subsidies in that port.
The bailiffs of St. Botolphs town and the collectors there.
Sept. 25.
Cambridge.
To Henry de Percy earl of Northumberland. Order with advice of the great council, upon his allegiance and under pain of forfeiture of life and limb, not to set free James de Lyndesey of Scotland knight, a prisoner of war newly taken by the king's party, by ransom, surety or otherwise, but to keep him in safe custody until order be taken by the king and the great council, and especially until further order of the king. It is not the intent of the king and the said council that the earl be prejudiced thereby. By K. and the great council.
[Fœdera.]
Sept. 18.
Cambridge.
To the sheriff of Berkshire. Order to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John Warefelde, who by colour of his office has inflicted divers grievances, extortions and excesses upon the people of the county as the king has learned by credible witness, wherefore the king has removed him.
Oct. 2.
Cambridge.
To the king's lieutenant, justice, keeper, governor, chancellor and treasurer in Ireland for the time being, and to their representatives. Prohibition against the grant of any confirmation of the estate of William Bragan clerk now incumbent of the vicarage of St. Peter Drogheda it is said, or any future incumbent, so as to disturb or hinder the king's right, knowing that any such confirmation contrary to this command is of no force; as lately the king presented William Grene chaplain thereto, as void and in his gift, who has prayed the king's aid, shewing that he must needs incur great cost in suing for the king's right, but after long suit is like to be hindered from the effect of his advancement by a confirmation under the great seal of Ireland to be obtained by the incumbent.
Oct. 3.
Cambridge.
To the keeper of the prison of Ely of the bishop of Ely, or to his representative there. Order to deliver by indenture to the custody of the keeper of the prison of Lenne of the bishop of Norwich William Starke 'scryvener,' lately convicted of felony before certain justices, challenged as a clerk by the ordinary of the bishop of Norwich, and committed by the justices to his prison, as the liberty of the church demands, for safe custody at the bishop's peril, although by virtue of the king's commands he was after delivered to the keeper of the prison of Ely.
Oct. 20.
Cambridge.
To the wardens and bailiffs of the fairs and markets of Okeham for the time being. Order to pay to John de Overton esquire 10 marks a year and the arrears since 4 May last, on which date the king granted him 10 marks a year of the issues and profits of the said fairs and markets for life or until the king should take other order for his estate.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 22.
Westminster.
To archbishops etc. and all other ecclesiastical persons holding any dignity or office, notaries public and all others to whom etc. Prohibition against any attempt which may tend to the prejudice of the king, or to impair a judgment whereby Thomas Ascardby clerk lately before the justices of the Bench recovered against John Radyngton prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England and John Herry clerk his right of presentation to the church of Rudpakston, lately void and in his gift, or to impair his presentation of Thomas de Whiston clerk, who by virtue of the said presentation and judgment was admitted, instituted and inducted, and is yet in possession of that church, lest the king have matter for wrath against them as men who impugn the rights of the crown; as the king is now informed that certain persons, striving to impair his right and to render the said judgment and presentation of none effect, have in contempt of the king made inhibitions, citations, appeals, instruments etc. to the prejudice of the crown.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 24.
Westminster.
To William Brampton governor of the staple of Midelburgh. Order at his peril to be in person at Calais on 1 December next, there to deal as pertains to his office, bringing with him the rolls, writs, memoranda, weights etc. which concern the same; as in the parliament last summoned at Cantebrigge order is made that the staple be removed from Midelburgh to Calais, so that it be there on 1 December. By C.
Oct. 26.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Holand earl of Kent constable of the Tower of London, or to his lieutenant. Order to receive John de Drayton knight, and to keep him in safe custody in the Tower until further order. By C.
Oct. 30.
Westminster.
To Nicholas Twyforde mayor of the city of London and escheator therein. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with a messuage and appurtenances in the parish of St. Dunstan by the Tower of London, delivering to Eleanor late the wife of Reynold Grey of Ruthyn knight any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by Nicholas Exton late mayor and escheator, that the said Reynold at his death held no lands etc. in that city in chief in demesne nor in service, but held the premises as jointly enfeoffed with the said Eleanor by gift of William de Stanes citizen and spicer of London and Joan his wife to them and their heirs, and that the same are held of the king in free burgage.
Nov. 3.
Westminster.
To Thomas Duke skinner of London. Order of the king's kindness, upon petition of Joan who was wife of John de Salesbury knight, to deliver to her certain cloths for her raiment, lately delivered by her husband to the said Thomas in pledge for a sum of money, as she has shewn, which by reason of a judgment against her husband rendered in the parliament last holden at Westminster ought to pertain to the king as forfeit, namely a short cloak of scarlet furred with 'menever,' two gowns of 'baudekyn' and cloth of gold furred with 'menever,' two plain gowns, one of 'baudekyn' the other of black velvet, one 'cote' of 'baudekyn' furred with 'pople,' and one mantle of bluet furred with 'menever.'
Membrane 34.
Sept. 28.
Cambridge.
To the farmers, bailiffs, receivers or leviers of the issues and profits of the manor of Preston co. Sussex. Order to pay to William Wynslawe yeoman of the king's chamber 10 marks a year for life so long as that manor shall remain in the king's hand, and the arrears since 11 October last, on which date the king granted him for life so long etc. 10 marks a year of the issues and profits of that manor, held in chief by Robert Tregos knight, which is in the king's hand by his death and by reason of his heir's nonage.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 8.
Cambridge.
To the mayor and bailiffs of Dertemuth. Order to compel, and if need be to distrain, all men and burgesses of the town who ought so to do, according to the agreement, order and grant by them made, to contribute to the building of a fortalice by the sea at the entrance of that port, unduly sparing none, and from time to time certifying the king and council of the names of any who rebel; as in consideration of the hurt and peril which might happen to the town in this war by assault of the enemy, the mayor and bailiffs and certain good and able burgesses have purposed to build the same for defence of the town and parts adjacent and [of ships] of other parts of the realm which touch there, and by their common assent promised and granted an aid, to be levied for the purpose of the owners, possessors, merchants, masters of ships, barges, balingers, boats etc. to the town pertaining, the seamen and fishers of the town, binding themselves with an oath speedily to accomplish these things, as by their letters patent under the common seal of the town may appear; and now the king is informed that a few individuals, scheming to bring their intent and agreement to nought, refuse to contribute, and are procuring others to refuse, delaying the work, which manifestly concerns the common weal; and writ of aid accordingly to the sheriff of Devon.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 6.
Cambridge.
To the collectors in the port of London of customs and subsidies and of the subsidy of 12d. in the pound. Order, upon petition of Nicholas Crossowe of Dansk in Prucia, merchant of the Hanse in Almain, to suffer him without a second payment of custom or subsidy to unlade and sell to any who will buy the residue of his goods and wares brought to the city of London; as his petition shews that he laded a ship called 'la Marieknyght' of Dansk, whereof he is master, with 1,302 bundles of 'boghestaves,' brought it to Sandewich, and there sold great part of the same, and that though he paid to the customers there custom and subsidy upon all, as may appear by letters of cocket which he has with him and has produced in chancery, the said collectors are newly demanding of him custom and subsidy upon the residue as if it were not already paid; and among liberties etc. granted to merchants of the Hanse by charters of former kings, confirmed by the king, it is contained that, when they have once paid custom for their merchandise in one place within the realm and power of England, and have their warrant, they shall thereby be quit of payment for those wares in all other places therein, whether the same remain there or be exported, except wine which shall not be exported without licence of the king; and full agreement is made between the king, for himself and his subjects, and Conrad Zolver of Rothenstein master general of the order of St. Mary of the house of Teutons, for himself and Prucia and the subjects thereof, touching disputes which arose by reason of the capture and detention of ships and wares on either side in name of marque or reprisal. By C.
Oct. 13.
Cambridge.
To the mayor and bailiffs of the city of York for the time being. Order to suffer the dean and chapter of the cathedral church of St. Peter York and their free tenants, and also other their men and neifs, to be quit of payment of toll in that city, releasing any distress made for that cause; as among other liberties granted to the dean and chapter by charter of King Henry [III], it is granted that they and singular the canons and their successors and all their men shall be quit of toll, tallage, passage, pedage, lastage, stallage, hidage and wardage whatsoever in city and borough, markets and fairs, passing of bridges and seaports and in all places throughout England, Ireland and Wales and all his lands and waters; and when certain men, striving to impugn those liberties, of malice averred that they were granted to the dean and chapter for themselves and their neifs only, and ought to refer to such neifs and not to their free tenants, willing to remove the ambiguity, the late king by charter granted and declared that the same should be understood as well for their free tenants as for other their men, and that the dean and chapter and their successors shall so use and enjoy the same, without let of the king, his justices, escheators, sheriffs, bailiffs or ministers; and these charters the king has confirmed with the clause licet.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 11.
Cambridge.
To the king's lieutenant, justice, guardian, governor, chancellor and treasurer of Ireland for the time being, and to their representatives. Prohibition, upon petition of William Grene chaplain whom the king lately presented to the vicarage of Terfeyghyn as void and in his gift, against granting or suffering to be granted any confirmation of the estate of Stephen Staunton clerk now incumbent it is said, or of any future incumbent, to disturb the king's right and the effect of his said presentation, knowing that any confirmation so made is of no force; as the said William has shewn the king that he must needs incur great cost in suing for the king's right, but that he is like to be hindered from the effect of his advancement by a confirmation under the great seal of Ireland to be obtained by the said incumbent.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 12.
Cambridge.
To archbishops etc. and all ecclesiastical persons holding any dignity or office, notaries public and others to whom etc. Prohibition against attempting inhibitions, citations, summonses, appeals etc. whereby the king's right may be impugned, prayers, alms or works of piety withdrawn, or the charter of King Athelstan to the church of St. John Beverley and the king's charter of confirmation impaired, and if any such attempt is made, order to revoke the same, that the king have no matter for wrath against them as men who violate his right and the right of the crown; as the cognisance of pleas concerning charters and writings in the realm specially pertains to the crown, and that king gave to the said church and the ministers serving God there for their maintenance and for support of prayers etc. for him and his heirs certain thraves of corn and moneys in lieu thereof in certain places in the Estrithing in Yorkshire, and although the provosts, canons and ministers have ever since been seised of the same, certain men of religion and others, scheming to impugn the king's right and of malice to hinder the now provost etc. touching the receipt thereof, have made and are purposing to make inhibitions etc., and thereby in contempt of the king to subject his right to alien jurisdiction.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 33.
Oct. 25.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order by mainprise of Thomas Humbleton 'taillour,' John Crosseby 'tapiser,' Richard White 'barbour' and Walter Hereford 'taillour,' all of London, to set free Richard Coupelande, imprisoned at suit of the king and John Cusake for leaving John Cusake's service before the term agreed.