Wills: 18 Henry VI (1439-40)

Pages 489-490

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. Luke, Evangelist [18 Oct.].

Trystour (William), saddler.—To be buried in the church of S. Vedast de Westchepe. To Rosa his wife certain lands and tenements in the parish of S. Vedast in Groderounlane for life; remainder to Sir William Jakes, the rector of the said church, and his successors, on condition they maintain a chantry in the said church, and observe his obit, &c., in manner directed. In default the property is to go over to the Mayor, Commonalty, and Chamberlain of the Gruildhall, to carry out the terms of his will. To John his brother certain rents issuing from tenements held by the Prior and Convent of S. Neot (fn. 1) in the county of Huntyngton. Dated London, 12 April, A.D. 1425.
Roll 168 (1).

Monday next before Feast of S. Edmund, K. and M. [20 Nov.].

Sylkeston (Ralph), grocer.—To be buried in the church of S. Dionisius de Bakchirch. To Thomas Shrubbe, grocer, and Katherine his wife, daughter of the testator, a tenement called "le Squerell" and shop in the parish of S. Dionisius aforesaid for their lives; remainder over. Mention made of William his son and Johanna his daughter. Dated London, 14 October, A.D. 1434.
Roll 168 (7).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Valentine, Martyr [14 Feb.].

Chichele (Robert), grocer.—Leaves all his tenements in the parish of S. Antonin to the Master or Warden of the College of S. Mary and SS. Thomas the Martyr and Edward the Confessor, newly founded at Hieghamferrers (fn. 2) by his brother Henry, Archbishop of Canterbury, for the relief of the poor in the hospital there, so that the said master or warden, chaplains, and poor pray for his soul, the souls of Thomas and Agnes his parents, William More, Elizabeth, Agnes, and Agnes his wives, William Chichele his brother and Beatrix, wife of the same, and others, and also keep his obit with services and charitable distributions as directed. Dated London, 17 December, A.D. 1438.
Roll 168 (14).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Alphege, Bishop [19 April].

Farnell (Alexander), tailor.—To be buried in the church of S. Michael in Crokedlane. To Margaret his wife his lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Michael in Crokedlane and S. Giles without Crepulgate for life; remainder in trust for sale for charitable uses. His lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Martin in the Vintry, S. Nicholas Acon, S. "Oluff" in "Syrverstret," (fn. 3) and S. Alban in Wodestrete to be also sold to fulfil his testament. Margaret his wife to be paid an annuity of twenty pounds by his executors, and in default of such payment she is to "reiose" (fn. 4) the tenements in the parish of S. Michael aforesaid in fee. To John his brother an annuity of five marks. Dated 4 September, A.D. 1439.
Roll 168 (39).

Note.—The above will is in English, and is the first of the kind on the Rolls.


  • 1. 1 A cell to the Abbey of Bee, in Normaudy.
  • 2. 1 Co. Northampton. Abp. Chichele here founded a college for eight secular chaplains or canons (whereof one was to be master), four clerks (whereof one was to be grammar master and another was to teach music), and six choristers. The college was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, S. Thomas of Canterbury, and S. Edward the Confessor (Tanner's 'Notit. Monast.,' p. 388).
  • 3. 2 Silver Street.
  • 4. 3 Rejoice or enjoy.