Regesta 25a: 1261

Pages 374-376

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 1, 1198-1304. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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Regesta, Vol. XXVA. (fn. 1)

7 Alexander IV.

2 Non. Jan.
(f. 14.)
Confirmation to the abbot and convent of St.Peter's, Gloucester, of what has been done by G. and R. successive bishops, and R. dean, and the chapter of Hereford, in confirming the donation made to their monastery by Bernard de Novo Mercato, of the patronage of the church of St. Mary, Coura (Cowarne), in the diocese of Hereford; and in granting the church to be held to their uses; a perpetual vicar's portion being reserved. [Cartulirium S. Petri, Gloucestriæ, vol. iii., p. 16.]
3 Non. Jan.
(f. 15.)
Confirmation to the same of the donation made to them by Matilda de Wakele, lady of Tointon, of the patronage of the church of St. Laurence in that place, in the diocese of Hereford, which bishop G. Folliot, with consent of his chapter, granted to them to hold to their uses.
Kal. Mar.
(f. 36.)
Mandate to the bishops of Worcester, Lincoln, Salisbury Coventry, and Llandaff, on the reported cupidity of religious in getting churches appropriated to them, to the extinction in such churches of divine worship, the loss of episcopal rights, and the closing of the doors of promotion against poor and proficient clerks; the religious in some cases boasting that they have bought such churches. The pope, having received information from the above bishops about those who spread these reports, has directed them to make particular enquiry, which has resulted in the confession of simony, and to remedy this has ordered that examination should be made in to the motive for such appropriations, whether they have been obtained under pretext of poverty, and also what benefices have been annexed to episcopal and secular chapter uses, and whether vicarages with sufficient stipends have been instituted, and how many are served by the monks themselves; plurality also is to be restrained, and the proportion of proceeds of the churches distant four or five miles from the monasteries to which they are appropriated is to be regulated, an eighth or tenth part being set aside for poor parishioners. The above bishops are to apply fitting remedies, and papal letters are sent to the provincial of the Friars Preachers and minister of the Friars Minors, directing them to make enquiry in the several dioceses into the number of churches held by religious, and how they are served, perpetual vicars being appointed, and vicarages increased where necessary, with consent of the bishops. The said delegates are to make report to the pope, who will order what is to be done.
Ibid. Mandate to the provincial of the Friars Preachers and the minister of the Friars Minors, to make due enquiry, and see that vicars with fit portions are appointed to those churches held by religious, complaints having been made to the pope on this matter.
15 Kal. April.
(f. 59.)
Grant of protection and confirmation of possessions and privileges, to the prior of St. Mary's, Guildford, and his brethren present and future, namely, the site of their church and the churches of St. Mary, St. Thomas the Martyr, Birmingham, St. John Baptist, Blyth, and all their liberties and immunities.
4 Non. Mar.
(f. 63.)
Appointment of Roger de Wirecestre, prior of Graves, in the diocese of Coventry, to be a papal chaplain.
4 Kal. April.
Dispensation to Thomas de Leukenore, rector of Severnstoke, in the diocese of Worcester, to hold an additional benefice with cure of souls.
Kal. April.
(f. 81.)
Dispensation to Master Thomas de Ingaldthorp, clerk professor of civil law, chaplain of E. cardinal of St. Mary's in Via Lata, already dispensed by Otho, late cardinal legate, on account of illegitimacy, so as to hold a benefice, to be promoted also to the episcopal dignity.


  • 1. Copy of a fragment of the Regesta of Alexander IV., presented in the National Library, Paris, No. 4038, B., containing 46 balls, between the dates of 22 December 1260 and 9 April 1261 as described by M. Leopold Delisle in Vol 38 of the Bibliotheque de l'Écola de Chartes.