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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ANNO 11 HENRY VI.
Monday next after the Feast of S. Luke, Evangelist [18 Oct.].
Seman (Bartholomew), "goldbetere."—To be buried in the church of S. Andrew upon Cornhill. To Sir William Byngham, the rector, and churchwardens and other parishioners of the church of S. John Zakary, he leaves certain rents charged on tenements and rents in the parish of S. John aforesaid and elsewhere, on condition they maintain a chantry in the said church for the good of his soul, the souls of Katherine his wife, John Frenssh, late goldsmith, Margaret, wife of the same, and others, and duly observe an anniversary, viz., on the 25th August, in manner directed. In default the said rents are to go over to Wardens and Masters of the Mistery of Goldsmiths of the City of London and commonalty of the same under like condition; and again in case of default the said rents to remain to Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London. To Katherine his wife lands, tenements, and rents in the parishes of S. Sepulchre and S. John Zakary for life; remainder to John, son of the above John Frenssh, subject to the above charge, with further remainders in case of default to the aforesaid Wardens and Masters of the Mistery of Groldsmiths and to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London. Dated London, 25 July, A.D. 1431.
Roll 161 (1).
Seman (Bartholomew), "goldbetere."—To the Master and Scholars of the House of S. Michael (fn. 1) in the University of Cambridge and their successors he leaves a certain tenement in the lane and parish of S. Laurence in the Jewry, and rents issuing from a tenement at the corner of Mountenhautlane in the parish of S. Mary Somerset, on condition the said master and scholars receive into their house two poor scholars of good fame, to be known as "Turkeschildren" (who shall especially pray for the souls of Sir Robert Turk, Knt., Alice and Beatrix, wives of the
same, and others), and provide for the same a chamber to be called "Turkeschildre chambre," and a livery of coloured cloth every year, and also give each one of them forty shillings for his food and drink in common with other scholars in the same house. The said master and scholars to observe the obit of the aforesaid Robert Turk, and Alice and Beatrix, wives of the said Robert, &c., on the 28th December in each year, upon which day the sum of thirteen shillings and fourpence is to be distributed among the said master and scholars. In default in carrying out the terms of this devise the above tenement and rents are to go over to the Master and Scholars of the House called "Clarehalle" (fn. 2) in the same university for like purposes. Also to Sir Nicholas Pope, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Hicchen (fn. 3) in the diocese of Lincoln, he leaves divers rents for the maintenance of chantries in the said church for the good of his soul, the souls of Robert Turk, Alice and Beatrix aforesaid, Robert Kendall, Knt., and Margaret, wife of the same, and others, in manner directed; remainder over to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London, in case of default, for the maintenance of chantries in the Gruildhall Chapel. Dated London, 12 March, A.D. 1429.
Roll 161 (2).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Andrew, Apostle [30 Nov.].
Olyver (William).—To Matilda his wife tenements called "le Sterre" and "le Cheker," and rents in the parish of All Hallows de Bredstrete, for life; remainder to the Master and Brethren of the House and Church of S. Thomas the Martyr of Acon, for the maintenance of chantries, observance of obit, and maintenance of a chorister to be called "Olyveresquerestre," who shall attend divers religious services daily in the said church so far as can be reasonably expected (quatinus humanitas patitur). In default the said tenements and rents to go over to the Mayor, Commonalty, and Chamberlain, to carry out the terms of the will. No date. (fn. 4)
Roll 161 (16).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Maur, Abbot [15 Jan.].
Tetford (John), brewer.—To be buried in the church of S. Laurence de Pulteney. To John his son and Johanna his daughter ten pounds sterling respectively. To Margaret his wife a quitrent issuing from a certain tenement at the corner of the lane called "Arundellane," in the parish of All Hallows aforesaid (sic). Also to John his son the reversion of all his lands and tenements in the parish of All Hallows upon the Solar in Thamisestrete, after the death of his wife, for life; remainder to Johanna his daughter for life; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Dated London, 10 June, A.D. 1421.
Roll 161 (26).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Valentine, Martyr [14 Feb.].
Lagage (John), goldsmith.—To be buried in the church of S. Pancras. After bequests to the high altar of the said church and to his executors for their trouble he leaves to Elizabeth his daughter one hundred marks sterling for her marriage, and an entire bed with cilour and curtains and furniture for a chamber. To Elena his wife, by way of dower and of her share of his goods and chattels movable, three hundred pounds sterling and divers household goods, comprising a chaufre of silver, a poudrebox of silver, salt-cellars, spoons, mazer cups with bands of silver and bosses on the bottom (cum burcellis (fn. 5) in fundo), all his napery and le latonware of his butlery, and all his beddyng and sheets, saving that bequeathed to his daughter. To Sir Richard Granger, the rector, and churchwardens of the church of S. Pancras aforesaid, a certain rent issuing from his dwelling-house in the parish of S. Pancras, for keeping his obit and other pious uses as directed. Also to his said wife he leaves his said dwelling-house for life; remainder to his aforesaid daughter in tail; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Dated London, 12 December, A.D. 1432.
Roll 161 (33).
Marwe (William, son of William), smith.—To Johanna his wife all his lands, tenements, &c., in the parish of S. Botolph without Bisshoppesgate for life; remainders to William his son and Agnes his daughter, his daughter's portion being charged with an annual payment of eight shillings towards the maintenance of a lamp in the said parish church. Dated London, 8 June, A.D. 1430.
Roll 161 (34).
Sevenoke (William), grocer.—Testament as to certain rents in Tourstret and Mynchounlane in the parish of S. Dunstan near the Tower, which he leaves to Master Thomas Brouce, the rector, churchwardens and parishioners of the church of S. Dunstan aforesaid, for the maintenance of its fabric, ornaments, &c. Dated London, 20 December, A.D. 1426.
Roll 161 (35).
Monday the Feast of S. Chad, Bishop [2 March].
Sevenoke (William), grocer.—To be buried according to directions contained in his testament touching his movable goods. To William Doune, the rector, and churchwardens of the church of S. Martin within Ludgate, a certain quitrent of five marks, charged on a tenement called "le Cowpe on the hoop," &c., in Fletestrete in the parish of S. Martin aforesaid, in aid of a chantry in the said church for the good of his soul, the souls of John Flete, capper, John Shawe, vintner, and others, the said quitrent being parcel of six marks six shillings and eightpence annual rent left by the said John Flete to John his son by will proved, proclaimed, and enrolled in the Husting of London, anno 8 Edward I. [A.D. 1279-80]. (fn. 6) Dated London, 17 June, A.D. 1432.
Roll 161 (40).
Monday next before F. of S. John ante portam Latinam [6 May].
Boton (William), goldsmith.—To be buried in the church of S. Vedast. To Johanna his wife certain tenements in the parish of S. Vedast in Westchepe for life, charged with the observance of his obit; remainder to William Boton junior, his kinsman, in tail; remainder to the Wardens of the Mistery of Goldsmiths
of London and commonalty of the same. (fn. 7) He wills also that the said wardens and their successors observe his obit and perform other religious duties in manner directed, with gifts to the poor of the mistery and of the parish of S. Vedast aforesaid. In default the property to go over to the Mayor and Citizens of London and the Wardens of London Bridge to the use and profit of the said bridge, subject to the observance of the terms aforesaid. Dated London, 15 August, A.D. 1431.
Roll 161 (45).
Cambrugge (fn. 8) (William), grocer.—To be buried in S. Stephen's Chapel in the parish of S. Mary atte Hill. To Edith his wife tenements in Mynchonlane and a brewery called "le Mayden on the hoop" in Tourstrete in the parish of S. Dunstan near the Tower for life; remainder to John Mapelstede, Prior of the House of the Salutation of the Mother of God of the Carthusian Order without Aldrichesgate, and convent of the same, on condition they pray for his soul and the souls of Johanna and Anne his wives, Luke his father, Alice his mother, and others. Also to his said wife tenements in the parishes of S. Dunstan Est and S. Dionisius de Bakchirche for life; remainder to John and Alianora his children in tail; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses and the seven works of mercy, (fn. 9) the repair of roads in the neighbourhood of London and in the country where most needful, the repair of poor churches, &c. Dated London, 27 December, A.D. 1431.—Also he wills that the reversion of his lands, tenements, and rents in the city of New Sarum be sold by his executors, and his feoffees thereof in trust make a good estate therein to the purchaser.—Also be it remembered that in another testament touching the movable goods of the testator he leaves to Edith his wife his leasehold tenement wherein he dwelt in
the parish of S. Mary atte Hill for life; remainder to Richard Warbulton, "iremonger."
Roll 161 (47).
Monday next after the Feast of S. Dunstan, Bishop [19 May].
Costantyn (John, son of John, esquire).—To be buried near his father in the parish church of S. Mary de Aldermanbury. To William his son in tail his lands, tenements, and rents in the parishes of S. Mary de Aldermanbury, S. Mary le Bow, S. Mary de Aldermarychirche, S. Michael in Bassyngeshawe, and elsewhere; remainder to his executors for the purpose of founding a chantry in the church of S. Mary Aldermanbury for the good of his soul, the souls of Elizabeth his wife, William his son, John and Katherine his father and mother, and others, for observance of their obits, and other pious and charitable uses. Dated London, 3 March, A.D. 1431.
Roll 161 (53).
Monday the Feast of S. Alban, Martyr [22 June].
Gosselyn (Richard), "irmongere."—To be buried in S. Katherine'a Chapel in the church of S. Mary atte Hill. To Beatrix his wife tenements in the parish of S. Mary atte Hill, comprising a tenement called "le Stuehous" in the lane called "Lovelane," (fn. 10) for life, so that she maintain a chantry in the said parish church for the good of his soul, the souls of Rosa his former wife, John Weston, William Weston, and others. To Nicholas his son he leaves the reversion of one of the above tenements, and also a large painted chamber with panelled ceiling (cum tabula cilurata), and a small chamber called "Porteres chambre," in tail; remainders to John, Thomas, and Richard his sons, and Johanna and Katherine his daughters, in successive tail. Also to his said sons and daughters he leaves the reversion of the rest of the above tenements in tail, with cross remainders; ultimate remainder in trust for sale, and one hundred pounds sterling to be devoted to the fabric of the church of S. Mary aforesaid, and the residue to be distributed among the deserving poor, being householders, in the Ward of Billingesgate
or elsewhere in the City of London. To Sir William Spark, the A.D. rector, churchwardens and other parishioners of the aforesaid church, he leaves the reversion of lands and tenements in S. Vedast Lane after the decease of his wife, for the maintenance of a chantry and wax tapers in the said church in manner directed, and for distribution of alms every week to two of the poorest men or women of the parish, &c. (fn. 11) The residue of the issues and profits of the said lands and tenements to be to the use of the fabric of the aforesaid church. In default in carrying out the terms of his will the property is to go over to the rector, churchwardens, and parishioners of the church of S. Botolph near Billingesgate for like purposes, and again in default to the Wardens of London Bridge for the time being, in the name of the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London, for pious uses in the chapel upon the said bridge. Dated London, 26 April, A.D. 1428.
Roll 161 (57).
Monday the Feast of S. Margaret, Virgin [20 July].
Joye (John), chandler.—To be buried in the church of S. Dunstan in the East. To William Brunse, the rector, churchwardens and parishioners of the said church, and to the masters or wardens of the chantry or fraternity in honour of the Blessed Mary in the same, he leaves the reversion of a certain messuage in Cosyneslane in the parish of All Hallows at the Hay, in aid of the maintenance of a perpetual chaplain of the said chantry or fraternity for the souls of members of the said fraternity, and for the souls of Thomas Southam, Sabina, wife of the same, and others. Dated London, 5 August, A.D. 1430.
Roll 161 (61).