Wills: 10 Henry VI (1431-2)

Pages 455-458

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.

This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.



Monday next before the Feast of S. Edmund, King [20 Nov.].

Mallyng (Cristina), relict of Thomas Cake, otherwise called "Mallyng," mason.—To be buried in the church of S. Mary de Wollechirche. To Cristina her god-daughter, daughter of Ralph Blakelowe, divers chattels, comprising her best mazer with silvergilt bands and a covercle surmounted with a stag, and a piece of silver with covercle standing upon Greyhoundes. Her executors to administer her lands and tenements in the parish of S. Mary de Wolchirche for a term of ten years next after her decease, and out of the issues and profits of the same to observe her obit and the obit of her late husband, to keep in repair the said property, and to distribute the residue among the poor, &c. The said property to remain to her aforesaid god-daughter, after the expiration of the above term, for life under like conditions, and also charged with providing wax tapers, each of thirteen pounds weight, to burn in the aforesaid church at the sepulchre in honour of Christ's resurrection. In default the aforesaid lands and tenements to go over to the Master and Wardens of the Fraternity of S. Giles without Crepulgate and commonalty of the same for the maintenance of the said fraternity, charged with certain payments for pious and charitable uses, in default of which the property is to remain to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London and their successors to the use of London Bridge. Dated London, 4 May, A.D. 1430.
Roll 160 (15).

Elsyng (Thomas), mercer, son and heir of Robert Elsyng, deceased, late mercer.—To be buried in the choir of the church of the Hospital of S. Mary de Elsyng within Crepulgate. The canons of the said hospital to hold a service immediately after his decease for the good of his soul, the souls of Robert and Alianora his father and mother, the souls of Roger, John, Margaret, and Avice [his children ?], and also to perform other religious duties as directed. To the nuns of Chesthunte he leaves certain rents in the lane of S. Laurence in the Jewry in accordance with the terms of his father's will. (fn. 1) Dated London, 15 March, A.D. 1430.
Roll 160 (17).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Vincent, Martyr [22 Jan.].

Seman (Bartholomew), "goldbetere."—To be buried in the church of S. Andrew upon Cornhull. To Elizabeth his daughter one hundred pounds sterling and silver cups and spoons to the value of ten pounds, the same to remain in the custody of Katherine his wife during his daughter's minority. To Margaret Halyday his servant an annual rent issuing from his tenement called "le Bole on the hoop" in the parish of S. Peter upon Cornhill for life, which tenement he leaves to his wife, together with another situate at the corner of Lymstrete in the parish of S. Andrew aforesaid. After the decease of his wife the said tenements to remain to his daughter in tail, saving to Margaret Halyday her aforesaid rent; remainder in trust for sale for pious and charitable uses. A certain tenement in the parish of S. Botolph without Algate to be also sold for like purposes. Dated London, 5 July, A.D. 1431.—Also his will is that his feoffees in trust of lands and tenements in the county of Essex shall make a life estate in the same to Katherine his wife, with remainder to his daughter in tail, reserving the reversion for the purpose of sale.
Roll 160 (27).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Cuthbert, Bishop [20 March].

Sokelyng (John), otherwise called "Sydyngbourne."—To Katherine his wife an annual quitrent, issuing from his brewery called "le Cokke on the hoop" in Colmanstrete in the parish of S. Stephen, for life. To Roger Gaynesburgh, vicar of the parish church of S. Olave in Old Jewry together with the chapel of S. Stephen de Colmanstrete annexed thereto, (fn. 2) and to the wardens and parishioners of the said chapel, he leaves the aforesaid brewery on condition they observe his obit, the obits of Margaret his late wife and Katherine his present wife, &c., in manner directed. In default the property is to go over to the Mayor and Commonalty and Chamberlain of the Guildhall of the City of London to carry out the terms of his will. Dated London, 3 January, A.D. 1431.
Roll 160 (41).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Dunstan, Bishop [19 May].

Gerveys (fn. 3) (George), grocer.—To the Master and Chaplains of the College of S. Michael in the Riole, London, founded by Richard Whityngton, late mercer, he leaves the tenement situate next to the college, which he acquired by demise and feoffment of John Carpenter, junior, executor of the said Richard, as appears by deed enrolled, (fn. 4) to have and to hold the said tenement for the enlargement of the said college. Also to the said master and chaplains he leaves a parcel of land with alley adjoining situate on the north side of the church of S. Michael in the Riole, for the purpose of a new burial-ground in place of the old one, in execution of the wishes of John Carpenter aforesaid. Also to the warden and poor inmates of the almshouse of Richard Whityngton he leaves a certain messuage, also acquired from John Carpenter by deed enrolled. (fn. 5) Also to the aforesaid master and chaplains an annual rent of sixty-three pounds sterling, acquired from the said John Carpenter, in the parishes of S. Michael in the Riole, S. Laurence in Old Jewry, S. Mary Magdalen in Milkstrete, and others, as appears by deed enrolled, (fn. 6) to hold to the said master and chaplains for their maintenance in return for prayers for the said Richard and Alice his consort, founders of the said college. To the warden and poor inmates of the almshouse of Richard Whityngton he leaves an annual quitrent of forty pounds sterling, also acquired by the testator from John Carpenter, issuing from the lands and tenements aforesaid. To the Prior and Chapter of Christchurch, Canterbury, he leaves an annual quitrent of thirteen shillings and fourpence, charged on the lands and tenements aforesaid, by way of compensation for their surrender of the patronage of the church of S. Michael aforesaid to the Wardens of the Commonalty of the Mistery of the Mercery, London, and their successors. (fn. 7) His will to be enrolled, as soon as possible after his decease, in the court of the lord the King in the Guildhall of the City of London, and that having been done, copies of the enrolment are to be made, which, according to the custom of the City, have the same effect as the original will, (fn. 8) and these are to be given to the parties interested. Dated London, 7 May, A.D. 1432.
Roll 160 (45).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Barnabas, Apostle [11 June].

Whatele (John), mercer.—To be buried in the church of S. Mary de Aldermanburi. To Roger Rouland, the rector, and churchwardens of the church of S. Christopher, his tenement formerly called "le Worme" in the parish of S. Christopher, and a tenement in the parish of S. Mary de Colcherch near the Conduit, charged with the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Christopher aforesaid in the chapel lately built by Dame Margery Nerford, and also with the repair of the said chapel and vestry when needful, the maintenance of chantries, &c., in manner directed. (fn. 9) ......Dated 4 January, A.D. 1425.
Roll 160 (51).


  • 1. 1 Enrolled Part I. p. 637.
  • 2. 1 Stow mentions that the church of S. Stephen, Coleman Street, having served for some time as a synagogue of the Jews, became first a parish church and afterwards a chapel to S. Olave's in the Jewry, remaining a chapel until 7 Edward IV., when it again was made a parish church. This date, however, is shown to be wrong by Newcourt ('Repertorium,' i. 535).
  • 3. 2 His will is to be found in an Inspeximus charter granted by King Henry VI. in the tenth year of his reign, A.D. 1432, touching the foundation of Whittington College. Mr. Hare, in his Report to the Charity Commissioners already mentioned (supra), p. 432), sets out an abstract of the Inspeximus at considerable length (pp. 40-41).
  • 4. 3 Roll 159 (30).
  • 5. 4 Roll 159 (36).
  • 6. 5 Roll 159 (88).
  • 7. 1 Touching the patronage of this church, Newcourt remarks that it remained with the Prior and Chapter of Canterbury till such time as it was made a college, when, although they continued patrons, yet the nomination of such person as they wished to present was in the Wardens of the Company of Mercers. After the suppression of the college the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury became patrons of the church, and have continued so ever since ('Repertorium,' i. 490).
  • 8. 2 See Part I., Introd., p. xxix.
  • 9. 3 The will is imperfect, the next membrane being wanting.