Wills: 34 Henry VI (1455-6)

Pages 528-530

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. Valentine [14 Feb.].

Ongham (Cristiana, relict of John).—To be buried in the church of S. Christopher in Bradstrete. To William Geffrey, the rector, and churchwardens of the said church she leaves her dwelling-house and shops situate within the parish in aid of a chantry of the Vernacle (fn. 1) of the H. Trinity in the aforesaid church, and for the due observance of her obit, &c., in manner prescribed. To Robert Ongham, citizen of London, all her tenements in the parish of S. Mary atte Naxe for life, on condition he distributes annually two shillings among the poor for the good of her soul; remainder to Robert and Thomas his sons, together with divers household chattels. Her lands and tenements upon le Stewysside, (fn. 2) in Grenewiche, Writylmarssh, or elsewhere in the county of Kent to be sold for pious and charitable uses. To Johanna, wife of John Wossell, tailor, her silver girdle inscribed with In principio erat verbum. Dated 15 June, A.D. 1455.
Roll 184 (2).

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

Malt (Richard), "stokfisshmonger."—To be buried in the church of S. Magnus de Briggestrete. To Johanna his wife for life a tenement and a portion of a wharf situate in Stepheneslane, otherwise called "Chirchawlane," in the parish of S. Magnus aforesaid; remainder, together with the rest of the said wharf, to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London and their successors for the use and maintenance of London Bridge, provided the said Mayor and Commonalty or their successors or the Wardens of the bridge repair the aforesaid tenement and wharf at their own cost within three years and a half after his decease; otherwise the whole property is to go over to his aforesaid wife for life, with remainder to William his son in tail. Dated London, 24 May, A.D. 1455.
Roll 184 (10).

Andrewe (William), "pulter."—To Master John Dalton, perpetual vicar of the church of S. Sepulchre without Newgate, and churchwardens of the same and their successors, he leaves certain rents in the parish of S. Sepulchre aforesaid and also a tenement in the parish of S. Margaret de Lothebury, charged with the due maintenance of a chantry for the good of his soul, the soul of Alice his late wife, the welfare of Alice his present wife and of Paul Stephen so long as they live and for the good of their souls when dead, and the souls of Elizabeth, late wife of the said Paul, and others, in manner prescribed. The chantry priest at every mass is directed at his first going to the lavatory at the end of the altar to turn towards the congregation and say: "Ye shull pray for the soules of William Andrewe and of Paule Stephen, of Alice and Alice the wyfes of the said William, and of Kateryne and Elizabeth the wyfes of the said Paule, and for the soules of all tho for whom this Ghauntry is founded, and for all Cristen soules," and afterwards he shall say a De Profundis and collect Fidelium. Alice his wife to have a life interest in his mansion house called "le Andrewcrosse" in the parish of S. Sepulchre aforesaid, and remainder to the aforesaid vicar and churchwardens. In case of default made by the beneficiaries in carrying out the terms of the devise the whole of the property is to go over to S. Bartholomew's Hospital or to the Warden and Fellows of the College of the Guildhall for the maintenance of a chantry in the said college church. Dated London, Thursday, 12 April, A.D. 1453.
Roll 184 (11).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Luke, Evangelist [18 Oct.].

Bridde (Geoffrey), "brasyer."—To Margaret his wife a house and shops opposite Hundesdich in the parish of S. Botolph without Algate in fee, provided that within two years next after his decease she pay to John Belwyn, citizen and "Foundour," and to John Lambard, citizen and "peautrer," ten marks sterling respectively. Also to his said wife certain other lands and tenements in the same parish absolutely. Dated 10 February, A.D. 1454.
Roll 184 (20).


  • 1. 1 A name given to the sudary ([soudarion]), or napkin, which a Jewess gave to our Saviour on his way to Calvary with which to wipe his face, and which thereupon became impressed with his image.
  • 2. 2 A row of houses of ill fame situate on the Bankside in Southwark, which, strange to say, were at one time under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Winchester. They were attacked by Wat Tyler and the Kentish rebels, but this may have been owing to the fact that William Walworth, who was then Mayor, was known to have an interest in the houses. They were suppressed, says Stow, in 1546 by the King's commandment, proclaimed by sound of trumpet.