Wills: 21-38 Henry VIII (1529-47)

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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'Wills: 21-38 Henry VIII (1529-47)', in Calendar of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2, 1358-1688, (London, 1890) pp. 634-651. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/court-husting-wills/vol2/pp634-651 [accessed 14 April 2024]

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ANNO 21 HENRY VIII.

Monday the Feast of S. Lucia, Virgin [13 Dec.].

Hyll (Henry),"haberdassher."—To the Dean and Chapter of S. Paul's an annual rent of twenty marks, and penalty of one hundred shillings with distress, issuing out of lands and tenements belonging to the Master and Wardens and Commonalty of the Merchaunt Taillours of the Fraternity or Guild of S. John Baptist in the City of London, in trust for the maintenance of a chantry in the chapel in S. Paul's Cathedral Church where the reverend father in God, Richard Fitz James, Bishop of London, (fn. 1) purposes to be buried, together with observance of obit, &c., in manner as directed. In case of default made in carrying out the terms of the legacy the said annual rent, &c., is to go over to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London under like conditions. Dated 16 June, A.D. 1521.
Roll 240 (28).

Hyll (Henry), haberdasher.—Another will, whereby he leaves to the Dean and Chapter of S. Paul's an annual rent of twenty shillings, and penalty of ten shillings with distress, issuing from tenements belonging to the Master and Wardens of the Marchaunt Taillours A.D. of the Guild or Fraternity of S. John Baptist in the City of London; the same to be divided and distributed by the Chamber lain or some other officer of the cathedral in manner as directed. Dated 15 June, A.D. 1523.
Roll 240 (29).

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

Harselar (John), haberdasher.—To the Master and Wardens of the Guild or Fraternity of S. Katherine of the Craft of "Haberdasshers" in the City of London fifteen messuages in the parishes of S. Swithun and S. Mary Wolnothe in fee. Dated 16 December, A.D. 1525.
Roll 240 (41).

ANNO 24 HENRY VIII.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Barnabas [11 June].

Billesdon (John),"grocer."—To the Wardens of the Commonalty of the Mistery of the Grocery of London he leaves certain messuages, comprising "the Weyhouse," (fn. 2) in Cornhill in the parish of S. Michael, held by him in trust, so that the said wardens maintain two chantries, in the chapel erected by Sir Thomas Lovell on the south side of the priory church of Halywell without Bysshoppisgate, for the souls of the said Sir Thomas when dead, Isabell, late wife of the same, and others, with observance of an obit, &c., in manner as directed. The sum of three hundred pounds he declares to have handed over, on behalf of the said Sir Thomas Lovell, to the wardens aforesaid, for repairing the above messuages. In case of default made in carrying out the terms of the devise the property is to go over to the Master and Wardens of the Marchaunte Taillours of the Fraternity or Guild of S. John Baptist of London under like conditions, with further remainder to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London. Desires that his will be enrolled of record before the Mayor at the Guildhall, there to remain for ever. The will made tripartite: one part to remain with the Wardens of the Commonalty of Grocers, another with the Prioress of Haliwell, and the third with Sir Thomas Lovell and his heirs. Dated 18 December A.D. 1522.
Roll 240 (54).

Drayton (John), grocer.—To the Wardens and Fellowship of the Mistery of Grocers of the City of London he leaves certain lands and tenements, of which he had become solely seised in trust, in the parishes of S. Dunstan in the East and S. Martin, Ludgate, so that the said wardens, &c., maintain a chantry in the church of S. Peter in Cornehull in accordance with the will of Henry Adye, late grocer, for the souls of the said Henry, Julyan and Margaret, wives of the same, and others, in manner as directed. The said wardens to pay yearly the sum of forty shillings, out of the issues and profits of the tenements aforesaid, for the hire of a barge to convey them to Westminster, "as the maner and Custome ys and hath been used, to geve their attendaunce ffyrste upon the Sheryffes and eftsones upon the Mayre at their severall goynges to Westminster whan they take their othes." Dated 26 June, A.D. 1523.
Roll 240 (55).

ANNO 25 HENRY VIII.

Monday the Feast of S. Faith, Virgin [6 Oct.].

Exmewe (Thomas), Knight and Alderman. (fn. 3) —To John Hardy, Alderman (fn. 4) of London, and Master of the Guild or Fraternity of S. Katherine of the Craft of Haberdashers of the City of London, and wardens of the same, a certain tenement of which he had become solely seised in Hogenlane in the parish of S. Michael in Wood Street, charged with the observance of an obit for the souls of John Mathewe, late Yeoman of the Chamber to King Henry VII., citizen and baker of London, Katherine, wife of the same, and others, with distribution of sums of money, &c., in manner as directed. In case of default the property is to go A.D. over to the Master and Wardens of the Craft and Fellowship of Whytte Bakers of London under like conditions, with further remainder to the parson and churchwardens of the church of S. Michael aforesaid. Dated 17 December, A.D. 1528.
Roll 241 (9).

Lynne (Stephen), haberdasher.—To the Master and Wardens of the Guild or Fraternity of S. Katherine of the Craft of Haberdashers in the City of London he leaves certain tenements in the parishes of S. Augustine and S. Vedast in fee, which tenements he had formerly acquired from Henry Whyte, one of the Under-Sheriffs of the City, and Etheldreda, wife of the same, daughter of Robert Fenrother, late Alderman. Dated 3 August, A.D. 1528.
Roll 241 (10).

Colyns (Robert), haberdasher.—To Robert Aldernes, Master of the Fraternity or Guild of S. Katherine of the Haberdashers of London, the wardens and brethren and sisters of the same, certain messuages in Thamystrete in the parish of S. Benedict at Powleswharffe, which he acquired from Thomas Thornton, surgeon, and Aveline, wife of the same, to the use and maintenance of the said fraternity, so that they pray for his soul. Dated 31 October, A.D. 1521.
Roll 241 (11).

Monday next before F. of SS. Tiburcius and Valerian [14 April].

Bully (William), saddler.—To the Wardens of the Craft or Mistery of "Sadlers" in the City of London and commonalty of the same he leaves sixteen messuages, of which he had become solely seised, situate in the parishes of S. Alban and S. Michael in Wood Street, to hold the same to the use of the said wardens and commonalty in fee. Dated 20 November, A.D. 1532.
Roll 241 (13).

ANNO 26 HENRY VIII.

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

Brokett (Robert), baker.—To the Dean and Chapter of S. Paul's an annual rent, with penalty and distress, charged on all tenements belonging to the Wardens and Commonalty of the Craft or Mistery of Saddlers in the City of London, for the maintenance of two chantry priests to serve in the long chapel at the north end of the cathedral in manner as directed for the soul of Master John Whethers (or Wythers), clerk, canon "Residentiary Stagyary" of the same cathedral, with whose advice and assent he thus makes his will, the souls of John and Agnes, parents of the same, and others. The said chantry priests to be at bed and board within Peter College, otherwise called "prestes house," (fn. 5) in Paul's churchyard, in two chambers there provided for them by the said Master John Wythers. The obit of the said Master John to be duly observed by the Dean and Chapter aforesaid. Dated the last day of February, A.D. 1532.
Roll 241 (18).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Faith, Virgin [6 Oct.].

Prud (William), draper.—To the Master, Wardens, Brethren and "System" of the Guild or Fraternity of our Blessed Lady of Drapers within the City of London he leaves certain messuages in the parish of S. Stephen in Colmanstrete, charged, among other things, with the distribution of four pounds sterling at four terms of the year, that is to say, forty shillings to poor householders of the Company or Mistery of Drapers, and forty shillings to poor householders of Candelwykestret Ward, for a term of eighteen years; and also with the observance of an obit or anniversary in the church of the College of Corpus Christi, commonly called the College of S. Laurence Pulteney, otherwise the parish church of S. Laurence Pulteney, for the souls of Hugh Umpton, late draper, and others, with distribution of coals to poor parishioners of S. Laurence Pulteney and S. Mary Abchurch, in manner as directed. In case of default the whole of the property is to go over to the master and chaplains of the aforesaid college under like conditions. Dated 2 December, A.D. 1533.
Roll 241 (26).

Monday next before F. of SS. Tiburcius and Valerian [14 April].

Feldyng (Richard), mercer.—Pursuant to the terms of the will of William Browne, (fn. 6) late Alderman, dated 27 May, A.D. 1514, he leaves to the Wardens and Commonalty of the Craft or Mistery A.D. of Mercers of London certain tenements and wharf called "Corbettes Kay," situate in Thamystrete in the parish of S. Dunstan in the East, which he acquired from Sir John Shaa, for the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Mary Magdalen in Milkstrete for the souls of William Browne aforesaid, Katherine and Alice, wives of the same, and others, and also for the observance of an obit, &c., in manner as directed. In case of default the property is to be "admortized," and made sure to the Chamberlain of the City of London and successors, to the common use of the City for ever. Dated 26 May, A.D. 1519.
Roll 241 (29).

Draper (fn. 7) (Thomas), mercer.—To the Wardens and Commonalty of the Mistery of Mercers of the City of London two messuages in the parishes of S. Olave in the Old Jewry and S. Stephen in Colmanstrete, to the intent that they provide a sufficient "parsone" or "parsones" for the time being to dwell therein, subject to certain tithes, charges, and assessments according to the custom of the City. Remainder in case of default to the Prior and Brethren of the Hospital of S. Thomas of Acon on similar terms. Dated 2 March, A.D. 1520.
Roll 241 (30).

Laykyn (Richard), mercer.—To be buried according to directions contained in his testament touching his movable goods made or to be made. To his son-in-law William, son of William Browne, late Alderman, (fn. 8) he leaves, in satisfaction of a sum of money due to the said William on his marriage with Elizabeth the testator's daughter, all his lands and tenements in the city of Canterbury and the sum of one hundred marks. To Alice his wife his lands and tenements in the City of London, in Chelsehyth, co. Middlesex, and Dartforde, co. Kent, for life; remainders to the aforesaid William and Elizabeth, and to Margaret, another daughter of the testator, charged with the observance of his obit in the church where he shall be buried; further remainder to the Master, Wardens, and Fellowship of the Craft or Mistery of Mercers of the City of London, charged with the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Thomas the Martyr called "Acon," in the Mercers' Chapel there, and also with the observance of his obit, &c., in manner as directed. Dated 4 September, A.D. 1509.
Roll 241 (31).

Colet (fn. 9) (John), Dean of S. Paul's, citizen and mercer of London, freeman of the City, son and heir of Henry Colet, late Knight and Alderman. (fn. 10) —To the Wardens and Commonalty of the Mistery of the Mercery of the City of London certain lands and tenements in Soperlane in the parishes of S. Antony and S. Pancras, and also in the parish of S. Magnus the Martyr. Also to the said wardens and commonalty he leaves his grammar school, chapel, and house for the master and other officers on the east side of S. Paul's churchyard; the grammar house or messuage lately called "Poules Scole," and four shops under the same, near Seint Austen's Gate; two tenements in le Olde Chaunge, and six tenements in the parish of S. George in Podynglane near Estchepe, near a tenement belonging to the Mistery of Salters called" le Scaldynghous," and formerly called "Fanners Hall," to hold the same in trust for the continuance of the grammar school and for the uses contained in certain indentures made between the said wardens and commonalty and the testator. Dated 10 June, A.D. 1514.
Roll 241 (32).

Browne (fn. 11) (William), Alderman, and "now" Mayor of the City of London.—His executors to expend the sum of two hundred and thirty-eight pounds (the residue of the goods and chattels lately belonging to Sir John Browne, Knt., and Dame Anne, wife of the same, the testator's father and mother, and remaining in his hands) upon the purchase of such lands and tenements within the City A.D. as, together with those already belonging to him in the parishes of S. Dunstan and S. Mary Magdalen in Mylkestrete and in Woodstrete, shall be of the clear yearly value of forty pounds; a sufficient estate in the said lands and tenements is then to be made to some freeman of the City for the purpose of being devised to the Wardens and Commonalty of the Craft or Mistery of Mercers. The same to be held charged with the maintenance of chantries in the churches of S. Mary Magdalen aforesaid and S. Thomas de Acon for the good of his soul, the souls of Alice his wife, Katherine his late wife, his father, mother, and others; also with the observance of obit, &c., in manner as directed. Dated 27 May, A.D. 1514.
Roll 241 (33).

ANNO 27 HENEY VIII.

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

Butler (Sir William), Knt., Alderman (fn. 12) of the City of London.— To the Wardens or Keepers of the Commonalty of the Mistery of Grocers of London divers tenements, comprising his capital messuage called "the Baskett" and three shops in the parish of S. Dunstan in the East, two messuages, five cottages, and garden and shed in the parish of S. Michael Bassieshawe, together with a quitrent of twelve shillings. To hold the same charged with the maintenance of a chantry in the parish church of S. James at Bidenham, co. Bedford, for the good of his soul, the souls of Dame Elizabeth and Elizabeth, late his wives, Richard and Grace his father and mother, and others; with the distribution of sums of money among the poor of the parish of Bidenham aforesaid, the observance of his obit in the church of S. Thomas de Acon, and distribution of twelve shillings in charcoal among the parishioners of S. Mildred in the Poultry, (fn. 13) &c., in manner as directed. Dated 6 August, A.D. 1529.
Roll 241 (35).

Smyth (Isabel, relict of John, stockfishmonger), freewoman of the City of London.—To the Master and Brethren of the 'Fraternity of "Saynte Cherytie and Saynte John the evangelyst of pape" (fn. 14) within the said City she leaves a messuage called"the panyer on the hoope,"situate in an alley called"panyer Aley" in Paternoster Row in the parish of S. Michael at Querne, so that the said master, &c., pray for her soul. Dated 18 February, A.D. 1527.
Roll 241 (36).

ANNO 28 HENRY VIII.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Lucia, Virgin [13 Dec.].

Lunde (Robert), dyer.—To the Wardens and Commonalty of the Craft or Mistery of Dyers of the City of London certain lands and tenements in the parish of S. Peter the Less in Thames Street near Powleswharfe, charged with an annuity of six pounds and four yards of broadcloth of the suit or livery of the craft to Sir John Nycolson, clerk, and also with the observance of the obit of the said Sir John after his decease in manner as directed. Dated 20 November, A.D. 1516.
Roll 241 (48).

ANNO 29 HENRY VIII.

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

Speight (Thomas), "merchaunt Taillour."—To the Master and Wardens, Brethren and Sisters of the Fraternity or Guild of S. John Baptist of the "merchaunt Taillours" of London he leaves thirty-six messuages, sixty "solers," sixty-eight "celers," two gardens, a wharf and a crane situate in the parish of S. Martin in the Vintry, to have and to hold to their own proper use, profit, and behoof. Dated 10 December, A.D. 1527.
Roll 242 (9).

Benett (John), "merchaunt Taillour."—To the Master and Keepers or Wardens of the Fraternity or Guild of S. John Baptist of Merchaunt Taillours of the City of London divers tenements in the parishes of All Hallows the More in Thames Street near the lane called "Wolsy Lane," S. Stephen in Colmanstrete, and S. Michael in Bassieshawe, charged with the maintenance of a chantry in the chapel of S. Francis in the church of the Grey Friars for the souls of Sir Stephen Jenyns, Knt., Dame "Margre," Joane, and Margaret his wives, and others; also with observance of obit, &c., in manner as directed. In case of default made in carrying out the terms of the devise the whole of the property is to go over to the Prior and Convent of Elsyngspittell under like conditions. Dated 24 January, A.D. 1527.
Roll 242 (10).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Michael [29 Sept.].

Hombull or Humble (Stephen).—To Alice his wife his dwelling-house in the parish of S. Bartholomew the Little for life; remainder to Richard, son of William his brother, in tail male, subject to certain charges, comprising the distribution of thirty shillings yearly in coal among the poor of the above parish; eight shillings to the poor of the Craft of Broderers, and thirteen shillings to poor householders who have been apprenticed to freemen of the said craft; (fn. 15) remainder to Stephen, another son of the aforesaid William, under similar conditions; remainder to the Wardens and Fellowship of the Craft of Broderers (fn. 16) and the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost of the City of London; further remainder in case of default, or in case the wardens, &c., aforesaid change their name of Broderers or Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost, to the parson and church wardens of the parish church of S. Bartholomew aforesaid. No date. (fn. 17)
Roll 242 (11).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Ambrose, Bishop [4 April].

Chamberleyn (Johanna), widow, citizen and brewer and free-woman of the City of London.—To Thomas Broke her brother her lands and tenements in the parish of S. Michael in Bassingeshawe for life, subject to certain charges for observance of obit for the good of her soul, the souls of John Chamberleyn, brewer, late her Husband, and others, in the church of S. Alphege, and with the distribution of ten shillings yearly in coals among the poor, &c., in manner as directed; (fn. 18) remainder to John Broke her cousin of the parish of Brawghing, co. Herts, he being son of John Broke her eldest brother, charged, among other things, with the payment by him to Johanna his daughter, servant to the testatrix, of the sum of twenty pounds for his said daughter's marriage; remainder over in case of default to the parson and churchwardens of the church of S. Alphege afore said, charged with the distribution of twenty shillings yearly in coals among the poor of the parish. Dated 9 September, A.D. 1504.
Roll 242 (19).

ANNO 30 HENKY VIII.

Monday next after the, Feast of Purification of V. Mary [2 Feb."].

A Woode (John), stockfishmonger.—To Alice his wife the reversion of certain leasehold messuages in the parish of S. Martin Orgar; remainder to the Wardens and Commonalty of the Mistery of Stockfishmongers of the City of London, charged with the observance of an obit in the church of S. Michael in Crokedlane in manner as directed. In case of default the property to go over to the parson of the church of S. Michael aforesaid and his successors to the use of the said church. Dated 2 December, A.D. 1524.
Roll 242 (28).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Chad, Bishop [2 March].

Englyssh (Simon), skinner.—To Master John Taylour, D.D., parson of the church of S. Peter upon Cornhill, and churchwardens of the same and their successors, two messuages in the parish of S. Andrew Hubbard absolutely. Dated 5 January, A.D. 1538.
Roll 242 (29).

ANNO 31 HENRY VIII.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Botolph, Abbot [17 June].

Wydollson (William), mercer.—To be buried in the chapel he built in the churchyard of "Myhelham," (fn. 19) co. Surrey, where Johane his late wife lies buried. Directions for keeping his obit. "The churchemen" to have the rule of his lands at Peteryschfeld and Mapull Dorham, (fn. 20) co. Southampton, and to pay certain charges, giving an account of the same to Sir John Mordaunt. To Elizabeth his wife all his goods and chattels, and a house in the parish of S. Andrew in Cornhill for life; remainder to the Worshipful Fellowship of the Mercers of the City of London for the purpose of providing a breakfast for such of the livery of the Mercers as attend the Mayor when he goes to take the oath and yet dine not at the Guildhall. (fn. 21) To Robert Donam his cousin twenty shillings and a chased piece of silver. Directions for his funeral: his body to be carried from his house on a horse litter to the church of S. George in Southwark, accompanied by Augustinian Friars; torches used at his funeral to be carried in the horse litter and distributed among the churches of Newyngton, Totyng, (fn. 22) Codyngton, Hewell, (fn. 23) Epesham, (fn. 24) Ashestede, Letherhed, Mykelham, and other places without the City of London, as also to certain churches within the same. The residue of the rents of the lands in Peteresfelde and Mapull Durham to be distributed among the poor of Mykylham, Dorkyng, and Letherhed. Dated 10 February, A.D. 1524.
Roll 243 (8).

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

Mylard (Richard), saddler.—To the four Wardens of the Craft or Mistery of "Sadelers"of London and commonalty of the same certain messuages in the parish of All Hallows, London Wall, of which he had become seised by gift of John Cokkes, feoffee in trust for John Wythers, Canon Residentiary Stagiary of S. Paul's; to hold the same to the said wardens and commonalty to their own proper use. Dated 6 August, A.D. 1533.
Roll 243 (24).

Monday next before the Feast of S. George, Martyr [23 April]..

claymond (Olyver), clothworker. (fn. 25) —To Anne his wife certain messuages in the parishes of S. Christopher "next the Stokkes of London," S. Olave near the Tower, and S. Nicholas Acon for life; remainder to the Wardens of the "Mystery of Clothwerkers" in the City of London, charged with the payment of an annuity to Thomasyn his daughter and with providing the Paschal light and Sepulchre light at Easter within the church of All Hallows Staining, as well as with finding yearly four staff torches and the garnishing of twenty-four other torches within the said church to accompany reverently the Sacrament upon Corpus Christi Day, &c. Dated the last day of February, 31 Henry VIII. [A.D. 1539-40].
Roll 243 (26).

ANNO 33 HENRY VIII.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Wulstan, Bishop [19 Jan.].

Asshe (William), pewterer.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Michael in Cornhill. To Nicholas Woodehous, pewterer, certain tenements in S. Laurence Lane in the Old Jewry, and in Byrchen Lane in the parish of S. Michael in Cornhill, which formerly belonged to Richard Grene, "mynstrell of London," (fn. 26) charged with providing yearly a trental of masses for the good of his soul, and with the payment of his debts and legacies. To the Fellowship of his Company of the Pewterers, being of the livery, he leaves forty shillings. Dated 12 October, A.D. 1541.
Roll 243 (62).

Monday next before the Feast of Purification of V. Mary [2 Feb.].

Asshe (William), pewterer.—Another enrolment of the above will.
Roll 243 (64).

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

Davyson (George), citizen and freeman of the Fellowship or Craft of "Ghurdelers"of the City of London.—The custom of the City of London having been time out of mind that a freeman sole seised of lands and tenements within the said City in his demesne as of fee may lawfully by testament and last will devise the same into mortmain without licence of the king or other lords first had and obtained, he leaves to the master and wardens of the fellowship aforesaid certain lands and tenements in the parish of S. Katherine Colman, charged with the observance of an obit for the good of his soul, the souls of Johanna his late wife and others, in the church of S. Brigid in Fletestrete, with the distribution of thirty shillings in coals and wood among the poor of the parish of S. Brigid aforesaid, and other payments, in manner as directed. (fn. 27) In case of default the property to go over to the Wardens and Fellowship of "Sadlers" of the City of London under like conditions. Dated 24 March, A.D. 1541.
Roll 243 (69).

ANNO 34 HENRY VIII.

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

Babham (William), grocer.—To John Kyte, clerk, parson of the church of S. Stephen upon Walbrook, and churchwardens of the same, an annual quitrent issuing from a messuage in the parish of S. Margaret in Bridge Street, for the maintenance of an obit, charitable gifts to the poor, and works of the said church, in manner as directed. In case of default the said rent to go over to the parson and churchwardens of the church of S. Mary Woolchurch for like purposes. Dated 30 July, A.D. 1513.
Roll 243 (82).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Mathias, Apostle [24 Feb.].

Johnson (Leonard), stockfishmonger.—To the parson and wardens of the church of S. Martin le Orgar his tenement in S. Clement's Lane in the parish of S. Clement near Estchepe, so that they cause prayers to be said for the good of his soul, the souls of John Bell, late dyer, and others. Dated 12 April, A.D. 1542.
Roll 243 (104).

ANNO 35 HENRY VIII.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Hilary, Bishop [13 Jan.].

Cooke (John), the elder, citizen and mercer.—To the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London and their successors he leaves his capital messuage called "the Duke of Norfolkes place," and other messuages at Broken Wharf in the parish of S. Mary Somerset, formerly belonging to Sir Richard Gresham, Knt. and Alderman, who bought the same of Thomas, Duke of Norfolk; (fn. 28) to hold to the said Mayor and Commonalty and their successors to their own proper use and behoof. Dated 16 October, A.D. 1542.
Roll 243 (128).

ANNO 36 HENRY VIII.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Mildreds Virgin [20 Feb].

Watson (John), "bruer."—To be buried near the cross in S. Paul's churchyard. Bequests to the high altar in the church of S. Albone, where he is a parishioner, and to the Fraternity of S. Albone therein; to John Revet and Agnes Revet his cousins, John Jugson his sister's son, his apprentices, and others; to S. Bar tholomew's Hospital; to the church of Cave, co. York, and to Clyf Chapel (fn. 29) within the parish of North Cave, where he went sometime to school; and to the four orders of friars attending his funeral for masses. Among other bequests he leaves ten marks for the mending of Duckettes Lane, six shillings and eightpence for making a cross at the end of the same lane, and three pounds for the mending of "Wallingfeld Cawsey." To Johanna his wife tenements in Grobstrete in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate for life; remainder to the Wardens and Commonalty of his Craft of Brewers of London in aid of the poor almsmen of the craft. Also to his said wife his lands in the parish of "Totnham," co. Middlesex. The wardens and men of the livery of his craft are desired yearly, when they come to S. Paul's churchyard on Christmas Day to wait upon the Mayor and Aldermen according to custom, (fn. 30) to turn towards his grave there and say Pater noster, and Ave Maria for his soul. Bequests for bread and ale for poor prisoners in the Marshallsey and the King's Bench in Southwerk, the "Counters," (fn. 31) and the prisons of Ludgate and Newgate. Dated 12 May, A.D. 1522.
Roll 244 (2).

ANNO 28 HENRY VIII. (fn. 32)

Monday next before the Feast of S. Wulstan, Bishop [19 Jan.].

Bromwell (William), mercer.—To the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London he leaves divers tenements, with wharf called "Holy Roode Wharff" in the parish of S. Mary att Hyll, in support of the burdens of the said City. Dated 12 December, 28 Henry VIII. [A.D. 1536].
Roll 244 (20).

ANNO 37 HENRY VIII.

Monday next after the Feast of Visitation of V. Mary [2 July].

Storre (William), saddler.—To the Wardens of the Craft or Mistery of "Sadelers" in the City of London and commonalty of the same a certain messuage in Gutterlane in the parish of S. Vedast, and the reversion of others in Westchepe, of which he had become solely seised, to hold to the use of the said wardens and commonalty. Dated 20 March, A.D. 1532.
Roll 244 (52).

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

Momforde (James), freeman of the City of London.—Decree of John Crooke, Doctor of Laws and Commissary of the Bishop of London, in favour of a disputed codicil of the said James Momforde, whereby he leaves three tenements, viz., one occupied by Master Charley, another called "the whyte beere," and another occupied by a waxchandler, to his wife, to "the Church" (for distribution of coals to the poor), and to Robert and John Awsten his two sons-in-law (stepsons) respectively. The devise to the last-mentioned he made because the chiefest thrift that he had had came by their mother, his first wife. The codicil was ordered to be annexed to the testator's will, and Emma his widow, who opposed probate of the codicil against the said Robert and John Awsten, was condemned in costs. Dated 6 February, A.D. 1544.
Roll 244 (69).

ANNO 38 HENRY VIII.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Faith, Virgin [6 Oct.].

Momford or Mountefford (Emma, widow of James, barber surgeon).—To be buried in the churchyard of S. George's in Bothulphe Lane near her late husband. To Elizabeth Atkynson an annuity of twenty shillings. To the parson and churchwardens of the church of S. George aforesaid she leaves a "Backehowse" called "the Signe of the Beare," then let at an annual rent of five pounds, charged with expending the sum of twenty shillings yearly on an obit, the distribution of four cartloads of coal to the poor of the parish, (fn. 33) and other pious and charitable uses, in accordance with the terms of the will of her late husband. In default the property to go over to the Wardens and Company of "Barbours and Surgeons." To Richard Cloose, grocer, and Elizabeth his wife, a natural (fn. 34) sister of the testatrix, a capital messuage in Bothulphe Lane, tenanted by John Charley, citizen and cooper of London, and a certain other tenement in the same lane, to hold the same in tail; remainders over. Dated 21 March, A.D. 1544.
Roll 244 (81).


Certificate of probate of the above, and of administration of goods and chattels, having been granted to executors named in the above will.

[Roll 245 is wanting in the series.]

Footnotes

  • 1. 1 Ob 15 January, A.D. 1521-2.
  • 2. 1 Where merchandise was weighed at the King's Beam. As to the connexion which the Grocers' Guild had with the business of weighing goods brought into the City, see note supra, p. 145. This weigh house was built by the Sir Thomas Lovell mentioned in the testator's will, and he gave it to the Grocers of London, of whose fraternity he was a member (Stow's 'Survey,' Thoms's ed., p. 73). The exclusive right of weighing at the Great Beam was at the date of this will (and for long after) claimed both by the municipal authorities and by the Wardens of the Grocers. Both parties applied to Cardinal Wolsey for assistance, the office having in the mean time been disposed of by letters patent to Sir William Sidney, who eventually had to hold it under the Corporation at an annual rent (City Records, Rep. 6, fol. 15; Rep. 7, fol. 223 b; Rep. 8, fol. 167, 202 b, 216).
  • 3. 1 Of Cripplegate Ward.
  • 4. 2 Of Aldersgate Ward.
  • 5. 1 The house or houses in Pardon churchyard, situate at the north of the cathedral, where dwelt the Minor Canons, whose college was called after S. Peter (Dugdale, p. 390).
  • 6. 2 Enrolled infra, Roll 241 (33).
  • 7. 1 In the margin "The testament of my lady Bradbury declared by Thomas Draper." The name of Dame Jane Bradbury only occurs once in the will, viz., as one to whom a copy of the testator's testament tripartite is to be given.
  • 8. 2 Of Cordwainer Ward.
  • 9. 1 This will is not printed in Knight's 'Life of Colet.' Another will of the testator, however, touching his movable goods, and dated 22 August, A.D. 1519, is there printed (pp. 464-7), the original (copy?) of which is preserved among the archives of S. Paul's Cathedral (Hist. MSS. Com., Ninth Report, Appendix, p. 48 b).
  • 10. 2 Of the Wards of Farringdon Without, Castle Baynard, and Cornhill.
  • 11. 3 Alderman of Cordwainer Ward; Sheriff, 1504; Mayor, 1513-14. Ob. 3 June, 1514, during his year of office. Another will of the testator, dated 29 May, A.D. 1513, is at Somerset House, an abstract of which will be found printed, together with much genealogical information respecting the testator's family, in Notes and Queries (Seventh Series, 24 December, 1887, and 25 February, 1888).
  • 12. 1 Of Cheap Ward.
  • 13. 2 Mr. Hare reported to the Charity Commission in 1860 to the effect that the Grocers' Company continue to pay the sum of twelve shillings a year, which was given away with other small charities by the churchwardens to poor persons belonging to the parish, but rarely living in it.
  • 14. 1 "Then come you to the Papey, a proper house, wherein sometime was kept a fraternity or brotherhood of St. Charity and St. John Evangelist called the Papey for poor impotent priests (for in some language priests are called papes), founded in the year 1430—for a master, two wardens, &c., chaplains, chantry priests, conducts, and other brethren and sisters that should be admitted into the church of S. Augustine Papeyin the wall" (Stows' Survey,' Thoms's edition, p. 55). The brotherhood was suppressed in the reign of Edward VI. The church of St. Augustine Papey was afterwards annexed to that of All Hallows, London Wall.
  • 15. 1 The sum of l1. 10s. is still paid by the Broderers' Company to the church wardens of S. Bartholomew the Less, and the sum of l1. 1s. to the poor of the Company. The property on which the charge was made was sold by the Company in 1764 to the Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Appendix to Comiaissioners' Report on Livery Comp., 1884, vol. iii. p. 200).
  • 16. 2 The "Broderers" or "Browderers" (Embroiderers) were not incorporated by charter till 1561. The earliest ordinances for governing the craft in the City, as far as can be ascertained, were approved by the Mayor and Aldermen on the Feast of S. Matthew, Apostle [21 Sept.], 6 Henry VI. [A.D. 1427], and are set out in full in the City Records (Letter-Book K, fol. 89 b).
  • 17. 3 The date of the will as given in the Company's Return to the Commission of 1880 is 27 November, A.D. 1535.
  • 18. 1 According to Mr. Hare's Report on the charities of the parish of S. Alphege in 1860, a charity was founded in 1504 by Jane Chamberlain, and endowed with a rent - charge of 13s. 4d. for the poor in faggots, which sum, he says, was paid by the Paper Stainers' Company. His account thus differs in some respects from the terms of this will. He goes on to say that a, distribution of coal takes place annually on Christmas Eve, at a cost of nearly 9l., including the above rent-charge, and that the number of recipients exceeded one hundred (Appendix to Report City Parochial Charities Com., 1880, vol. iii. p. 19). The charities of the parish of S. Alphege come within the purview of the London Parochial Charities Act, 1883, by virtue of which a scheme has been drawn up and approved.
  • 19. 1 Mickleham.
  • 20. 2 Maple Durham, near Petersfield.
  • 21. 3 Stow gives a list of the companies that attended the Mayor's feast at the Guildhall a few years prior to the date of the enrolment of the testator's will, viz. 23 Henry VIII., together with the number of messes awarded to each (the Wardens of the Mercers and seventeen others attending were allowed five messes). This information, he quaintly informs his readers, was not obtained as an eye-witness, he having never been himself a "feast follower"('Survey,' Thoms's edition, p. 197).
  • 22. 4 Tooting.
  • 23. 5 Ewell.
  • 24. 6 Epsom.
  • 25. 1 It was not till 18 January, 19 Henry VIII. [A.D. 1527-8], that the guilds of the Fullers and of the Shearmen of London became united, and were incorporated under the name and style of "the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty of Freemen of the Art or Mistery of Clothworkers of the City of London."
  • 26. 1 Or one of the City "waits," so called from their having been originally-watchmen (Fr. gayte) who patrolled the streets, provided with trumpets wherewith to raise an alarm. In course of time they came to be known only as musicians, or "Minstrels Waits." They formed a fellowship among themselves, and in 1442 petitioned the Mayor and Aldermen that they might be allowed a livery, like waits in other cities and towns (Letter-Book K, fol. 206 b). It appears from the accounts of the churchwardens of S. Michael's, Cornhill, for the year 1589, that the City Waits were asked to "take the note" of a new church bell, for which they were paid eighteen pence; but the parish authorities, not being quite satisfied with their judgment, called in another company of musicians "to take a ffurther noute of the same bell."
  • 27. 2 It appeaxs from a report made by a committee of the Company in 1747 that the property here devised had been sold, some time previous to that year, subject to a rent of 40s., and that 30s. a year was at that time regularly paid to the parish of S. Bride; the other payments, consisting of small sums to the churchwardens, and the wardens and beadle of the Company, had been discontinued ('The Endowed Charities of the City of London,' reprinted from Charity Comm. Reports, 1829, p. 222). Mr. Hare reported in 1855 that the said sum of 30s. continued to be regularly paid by the Master and Wardens of the Girdlers' Company, and was charged on a house, No. 106, Fenchurch Street (Appendix to Report of City Parochial Charities Commission, 1880, vol. iii. pp. 121-2).
  • 28. 1 Touching this place, Stow writes:— "By this Broken wharf remaineth one large old building of stone, with arched gates, which messuage, as I find, in the reign of Henry III. the 43rd year, pertaining unto Hugh de Bygot; and in the 11th of Edward III. to Thomas Brotherton, the King's brother, Earl of Norfolk; in the 11th of Henry VI. to John Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, &c." He further speaks of it as belonging in his day to the City of London, and as having been partly converted into a brewery ('Survey,' Thoms's ed., 1876, p. 135).
  • 29. 1 The parish of North Cave (Huns-ley Beacon Division, in the East Riding of Yorkshire) comprises the townships of North Cave, Drewton with Ever-thorpe, and South Cliff.
  • 30. 2 "The days of attendance that the fellowships do give to the Mayor at his going to Paules were seven, as followeth: (1) Alhallowen day, (2) Christmasse day, (3) St. Stephen's day, (4) St. John's day, (5) New Year's day, (6) Twelfth day, (7) Candlemasse day" (Stow's 'Survey,' Thoms's ed., p. 197).
  • 31. 3 See note supra, P. 501.
  • 32. 1 A curiously irregular enrolment.
  • 33. 1 Under the heading "Mounford's Charity," Mr. Hare reported in 1860 as follows:— "This is an endowment under the will of James Mounford, dated the 5th October, 1544, of a tenement of the yearly value of 5l. to keep an obit, bestowing yearly at the same obit 20s., and with a direction every year to buy four cartloads of coals, two to be given to the poor on All Saints' Day, and two about Christmas. This is supposed to be the origin of a payment of 10l. 10s. a year which is annually paid to the parish by the treasurer of St. Thomas's Hospital.......The parish pays to the rector 1l. 2s. 8d. for a sermon on the 5th November, but I cannot find from which endowment it proceeds. It might possibly have been regarded as a commutation for the obit" (Appendix to Report City Paroch. Charities Com., 1880, vol. iii. p. 168).
  • 34. 2 Probably meaning legitimate. Cf. "filii naturalis et legitimi" in a deed, Hust. Roll 232 (22).