Prebendaries: Moreton and Whaddon

Pages 47-49

Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 8, Hereford. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 2002.

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The churches of Moreton (Valence) and Whaddon, both in Glos., were gr. to the church of Hereford as a preb. by Roger Parvus 1148 × 1155 to support his brother William as can. (Capes, Charters p. 12). The mid 13th-cent. cath. statutes laid down that the holder of this preb. should not receive small commons, the only member of the chapter not to be allowed to do so (LS II 58). The preb. of Moreton and Whaddon is not mentioned in the main list of Hereford prebs. in the taxation of pope Nicholas IV of c. 1291, but the two churches are assessed at £13 6s 8d (Taxatio p. 224a); in 1294 the preb, of Mortone et Waddone was assessed at 20m in the list entered into bp. Swinfield's register (Reg. Swinfield p. 305). Valor III 11 assessed this preb. at £13 6s 8d.


William Parvus

Occ. 1148 × 1155 as brother of Roger Parvus, in a gr. by the latter of the churches of Moreton and Whaddon to Hereford cath. as a preb. to be held by his brother on his entry into the chapter as a can. (Hereford ch. no. 722). Commem. 11 Aug. (app. 1 fo. 30v). The date of his d. is uncertain, but it presumably happened before 19 March 1177, when a case brought by Roger's son Hugh Parvus against Hereford cath. to claim the patronage was decided in favour of the cath. by bp. Roger of Worcester (M. Cheney, Roger Bishop of Worcester 1164-1179 (Oxford, 1980) pp. 260-2, 363; Capes, Charters pp. 28-30). Certainly William must have d. before Dec. 1184, by which time Richard de Barre had been instituted in this preb.

Richard de Barre (fn. 1)

Preb. of Salisbury from before 1177 (1 Fasti IV 79); archdcn. of Lisieux, in which office he last occ. 1188 (Diceto II 51, cited in 1 Fasti II 50); then archdcn. of Ely, from before 4 July 1190 to after 9 Aug. 1202, or perhaps until after 1208 (1 Fasti II 50-1). Inst., titled archdcn. of Lisieux, in the preb. of Moreton and Whaddon by bp. Baldwin of Worcester, 10 Aug. 1180 × Dec. 1184 (Hereford ch. no. 2775). Occ. as archdcn. of Lisieux in a ch. concerning cans. of Hereford, therefore prob., though not necessarily, as a can. of Hereford, 6 Oct. 1174 × 31 Dec. 1183, prob. after 10 Aug. 1180 (EEA VII no. 168). Commem. 1 Apr. (app. 1 fo. 12v).

Peter Eymer

Inst. to Morton near Gloucester c. Oct. [1268] (Reg. G. Giffard (Worc.) II 13). Occ. as can. of Hereford 16 March, 25 Apr., 7 May and 1 and 18 Sept. 1278, while proceedings were under way against him for holding another benefice besides Morton, which had cure of souls (i.e. evidently Moreton and Whaddon, since neither Moreton Magna nor Moreton Parva had cure of souls), and for farming his preb. without licence (Reg. Cantilupe pp. 198, 141-2, 186-7). Had res. his preb. of Moreton with the chapelry of Whaddon by the hand of M. Adam de Fileby, by 28 Oct. 1279 (ibid. p. 225).

Ralph de Hengham (fn. 2)

Coll. 28 Oct. 1279 to preb. of Moreton and Whaddon vacated by Peter Eymer (Reg. Cantilupe p. 225); letter of Cantilupe requesting bp. of Worcester to induct him in preb. 29 Oct. 1279 (ibid. p. 225); inst. 7 Nov. 1279 (Reg. G. Giffard (Worc.) II 118); occ. as can. of Hereford 8 March 1289 (Reg. Swinfield p. 215). Res. by 20 Feb. 1311 when he was succeeded by Hamo of Sandwich in this preb. (ibid. p. 540, with comment that Ralph had d. before 20 Feb., which is wrong (see below)). Can. of St Paul's (1 Fasti I 34); archdcn. of Worcester (ibid. II 106); can. of Lichfield (Reg. G. Giffard (Worc.) II 327); judge (DNB IX 410-11; Foss, Judges III 261-4). D. 18 May 1311, buried at St Paul's 27 May (Chrons. Edw. I and II I 270).


  • 1. On Richard's career see Ralph V. Turner, 'Richard Barre and Michael Belet: two Angevin civil servants', Medieval Prosopography vi (1985) 25-49: Richard prob. originated from La Barre to the east of Lisieux, performed diplomatic missions and other services for Henry II from 1170, and was a protege of William Longchamp, chanc. of Henry II's son Richard in Poitou and then bp. of Ely (1189-97), who made him archdcn. of Ely (see also Sharpe, Handlist no. 1286).
  • 2. Hengham is prob. Hingham (Norfolk): cf. 1 Fasti I 34.