Wills: 2 Richard II (1378-9)

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Calendar of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2, 1358-1688. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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Monday next after the Feast of S. James, Apostle [25 July].

Dachet (Johanna).—To be buried in the church of the Preaching Friars. (fn. 1) To Johanna Katewaye, whom she places in charge of Hugh de Ware, fishmonger, she leaves her tenement in the lane called "Petreslane," near Pouleswharf, in tail; remainder to Robert her son in tail; remainder to Alice Perers (fn. 2) to dispose of for the good of her soul. Also to her aforesaid son a white bed embroidered with hounds (fn. 3) (cum leporariis), with tester and half canopy (cum tester et demi silur); another bed of double worstede with blanketz, sheets, canevas, matraces, &c.; also a dosser for the hall with heads called "ladihevedes" worked in tapestry; dishes of peautrer, and four large chargeours. To the aforesaid Johanna bequests of similar chattels, and to the aforesaid Hugh a silver cup called "chalicecoppe" with silver covercle. The residue of her goods to be at the disposal of the aforesaid Alice Perers and John de Fordham, clerk. Dated London, Sunday next after the Feast of S. James, Apostle [25 July], A.D. 1375.

Roll 107 (22).

Monday next before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.].

Flete (John), "goldbetere."—To be buried in S. Paul's churchyard. Bequests to the old fabric of S. Paul's Church, the beam light in the church of S. Peter in Chepe, the belfry of S. John "Sacre," (fn. 4) &c. To Johanna his wife he leaves certain rents in Godurnlane, parish of S. Vedast, for life; remainder to John and Thomas his sons in successive tail. William Hapir, "goldbetere," to have all his implements of handicraft for the sum of six marks. His tenement near le Flete in the parish of S. Brigid in Fletestret to be sold and the proceeds divided equally among his daughters. Dated London, 13 February, A.D. 1377. Roll 107 (58).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Agatha, Virgin [5 Feb.].

Nunthey (Ralph) de Halstede.—To be buried in the chapel lately erected by him in the churchyard of the Hospital of S. Thomas the Martyr in Southwerk. Bequests to the said hospital, to the poor prisoners of la Mareschalesy and of the King's Bench, the prisoners in Neugate, and the five orders of friars in London; to Sir John Wyndman, chaplain of the parish [church] of S. Dunstan Est, and others. To John his son he leaves all his lands and tenements in London in tail; remainder to Edmund Halstede his kinsman for life; remainder over. To Margery his daughter twenty marks sterling. Also to his said son and daughter all his household goods and chattels, with the exception of two beds which he leaves to John Broune. Dated at Southwerk, 23 December, A.D. 1378. Roll 107 (87).

Monday the Feast of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March].

Potenhale (Walter), woodmonger.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Andrew near Castle Bernard (sic), near the tomb of Agnes his late wife. Bequests to the church of S. Andrew aforesaid and ministers therein, and directions for funerals, observance of obit, &c. Bequests also to the lights of the Fraternity of S. Erkenwald, the Fraternity of S. Anne, divers orders of friars, &c. A chantry priest to be appointed in the aforesaid church immediately after his decease for the good of his soul, the souls of Agnes and Johanna his wives, and others. To John and William his sons, and Johanna his daughter, respectively, he leaves the sum of ten marks. Agnes his wife appointed guardian of the same, and her husband is to give security before the Chamberlain at the Guildhall for their portions in the event of her marrying again, which if he refuses to do the said children and their property are to be placed under the care of John Asshlee. Also to his said wife he leaves a tenement and wharf for life; remainder in trust for sale. Dated London, Friday next after the Feast of Annunciation of V. Mary [25 March], A.D. 1378.

Roll 107 (96).

Penwaryn (John), tailor.—To be buried in the church of S. Mary de Aldermariecherche. Bequests to the said church and ministers therein. To Isabella his wife he leaves all his utensils belonging to his hall, pantry, butlery, and kitchen; and all his lands and tenements in the parish of S. Dunstan in the Ward of Tourstrete for life; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Dated London, the morrow of S. Alphege, Abp. and Martyr [19 April], A.D. 1378. Roll 107 (105).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Gregory, Pope [12 March].

Strokelady (William), fishmonger.—To be buried in the church of S. Michael, Queenhithe. To Matilda his wife all his lands, tenements, rents, and services within the City of London and suburbs. Dated London, 10 March, A.D. 1378.

Roll 107 (107).

Monday the Feast of S. Benedict, Abbot [21 March].

Payn (Robert), "fuster."—To be buried in the church of the new Hospital of S. Mary without Byschopesgate, near Elena his wife. Bequests to the said hospital, the prior and canons thereof, to divers orders of friars in London, and the work of the church of S. Mary de Rouncyvale. (fn. 5) Directions for burning tapers and torches at his funeral, and subsequent disposal of the same. To Henry Payn his kinsman, Richard Cotel, Agnes his daughter, Katherine and Alice, daughters of the said Agnes, and others, he leaves sums of money and clothes. All his lands and tenements to be sold by his executors, and the proceeds devoted to the maintenance of two chantry priests in the chapel of S. Katherine in the church of the aforesaid Hospital of S. Mary. Dated London, 13 March, A.D. 1378. Roll 107 (121).

Monday next after F. of S. John ante portam Latinam [6 May].

Spencer (Thomas) de Bradstret, cutler.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Peter's in Bradestret. Bequests to the said church and ministers of the same. To Agnes his wife all his tenements in the parishes of S. Peter aforesaid and S. Mary de Aldermaricherche, to hold until Thomas his son arrive at full age. To William Peter, carpenter of Bradstret, six shillings and eightpence of silver. Dated London, Saturday next after the Feast of S. James, Apostle [25 July], A.D. 1378. Roll 107 (152).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Dunstan, Bp. [19 May].

Berneye (Walter de).—To be buried in the churchyard of the conventual church of H. Trinity, or in the cloister of the cathedral church of Norwich if he should happen to die at Norwich. Bequests to the said churches; to the priors and convents of Wymondham, (fn. 6) Bynham, Westacre, (fn. 7) and Cokesford; (fn. 8) the nuns of Shouldham, (fn. 9) the Hospital of S. Giles in Norwich, the work of the chapel of S. Mary in the fields at Norwich, (fn. 10) the prioress and nuns of Carhowe, (fn. 11) the rector of the church of All Saints de Oldeswynmarket (fn. 12) in Norwich, the church of S. Laurence in the Jewry of London, the collegiate clerks of Baliolehalle, Oxford, and the Hospital of S. Paul of Normanespitel in Norwich; (fn. 13) the churches of S. Thomas de Acon, S. Antonin, S. Mary de Aldermariecherche and Paternosterchirche in la Riole of London; the churches of Runhale, (fn. 14) Heylesdon, (fn. 15) and others; also to divers orders of friars in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Norwich, Babwelle, (fn. 16) Colchester, Canterbury, Lynn, Yarmouth, and Ipswich; to prisoners in Neugate, and in the castle and tolhows of Norwich; the chapels of the Guildhall, London, and of S. Mary de Walsyngham, and the shrines of S. Thomas of Canterbury, S. Augustine, and S. Edmund. To John de Heylesdon he leaves all his vessels of brass, wood, lead, &c., and his green hall (fn. 17) with costers and quyssynes, his best cup of mazer, a silver ewer (aquarium) and a silver poudrebax; and to Johanna, wife of the same, a cup called "Cokille" with silver covercle. To William de Norton all his books of the canon and civil law, a portifory, and forty pounds. To Friar Thomas de Elsyng ten marks, his book called 'Summa de Abstinencia,' and his Legend of the Saints, which are in London. To Sir John de Merstone, rector of the church of S. Michael in Coslane, (fn. 18) sixty-six shillings and eightpence by way of heriot. To the rector of the church of H. Trinity twenty shillings, and to the parishioners of the same for making a vestment forty shillings. He also leaves two pairs of Orfreys and a cloth of white Rakemas, and ten pounds wherewith to make two copes for S. Paul's Cathedral. To Richard de Tasburgh, John de Folsham, and Richard, son of Ralph Trench, forty pounds for prosecuting their studies (ad excercendas scholas) at Oxford and Cambridge. Pecuniary bequests to divers individuals too numerous to mention. Dated at Norwich, 23 February, A.D. 1377.—A codicil whereby he leaves to John atte Bek de Norton twenty pounds, and also twenty marks for paving the cathedral church of Norwich.

Roll 107 (164).


  • 1. 1 Dominicans or Black Friars.
  • 2. 2 If this be the notorious mistress of the late King Edward III. and wife of Sir William de Windsor, the confidential trust here reposed in her by the testatrix is remarkable. Stow records how, anno 48 Edward III., as Lady of the Sun, she rode from the Tower, through Cheap, accompanied by many lords and ladies, every lady leading a horse by the bridle, till they came into West Smithfield, where a tournament was held, lasting seven days. She acquired considerable real estate in the City, her name frequently occurring in deeds enrolled in the Court of Husting. History has scarcely done her justice. See Notes and Queries, 7th S. vii. 449.
  • 3. 3 Strictly speaking, harriers.
  • 4. 4 I.e., Zachary.
  • 5. 1 Near Charing Cross; a hospital or chapel serving as a cell to the alien priory of Rouncival or De Rosida Valle, in the diocese of Pampelon, Navarre.
  • 6. 1 Or Windham, co. Norfolk.
  • 7. 2 Or Acra, co. Norfolk.
  • 8. 3 Parish of East Rudham, co. Norfolk.
  • 9. 4 Or Suldham, co. Norfolk.
  • 10. 5 "About the year 1250 was built a chapel in the fields on the south-west part of the city, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary ... ... which at first was design'd only for an hospital, but in a short time became a noble college" (Tanner's 'Notit. Monast.,' p. 361).
  • 11. 6 Or Carow, co. Norfolk.
  • 12. 7 All Saints, Green in Norwich came to be known as the "Old Swine Market" from the hog-market formerly kept there, but afterwards removed to Hoghill and "Castle Ditches" (Blomefield's 'Norfolk,' iv. 129).
  • 13. 8 The Hospital of S. Paul, called Normanspitel from Norman the monk, the first procurator or master of it. Herein, says Tanner, were at first both men and women, but in later times only women, fourteen in number, seven called Whole Sisters and seven Half Sisters of the Normans ('Notit. Monast.' pp. 346-7).
  • 14. 9 Runhall, co. Norfolk.
  • 15. 10 Harleston, co. Norfolk.
  • 16. 11 Now the Toll-gate, situate just outside the bounds of Bury St. Edmund, co. Suffolk, where a body of Grey Friars were permitted to settle after being expelled from the town (Tanner's 'Notit. Monast.,' p. 527).
  • 17. 12 I.e. halling. See note supra, p. 199.
  • 18. 1 Coselany Ward, Norwich, contains the several parishes of S. Martin, S. Mary, and S. Michael.