Prebendaries: Piona Parva

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

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Pion or Pyon was one of the 4 manors given to the church of Hereford in preConquest times by Wulviva and Godiva; in 1086 3 of the bp.'s clks, held 4½ hides of the manor. The preb. of Piona Parva is prob. a survival of one of these 3 holdings. The preb. is referred to as Pionia Stephani (assessed at 20s) in the prebendal taxation list entered into bp. Swinfield's register in 1294 (Reg. Swinfield p. 305), and the Stephen in question may be the Stephen who occ. holding Lyde, near Pyon, c. 1160 × c. 1170 (Herefordshire Domesday p. 28), and may also be identifiable with the Stephen who occ. as can. in the mid 12th cent. (list 36). In the taxation of pope Nicholas IV of c. 1291 the preb. of Pyon was assessed at £1 (Taxatio p. 169a); Valor III 12 assessed the preb. at 36s 8d.


? Stephen

Possibly held the preb. of Pion in the third quarter of the 12th cent. (see comment above and list 36).

M. Robert Folet

Previously preb. of Woolhope, i.e. Gorwell and Overbury (list 16); occ., prob. as preb. of Piona Parva, Aug. 1230 × 7 Aug. 1234 (EEA VII no. 341). Robert does not occ. after 1234 but his date of d. is uncertain; is prob. to be identified with the can. Robert Foliot who was commem. 17 June (app. 1 fo. 23r), for it is unlikely that Robert Folet would not have been commem. at Hereford, and the names Folet and Foliot were confused by another late medieval scribe, the copyist of the 15th-cent. cart. II.

M. William of Hay II (fn. 1)

First occ. as can. of Hereford, preb. unspecified, 1271 × 1274 (Reg. Swinfield p. 57) and 25 March 1272 (Reg, Swinfield p. 163); occ. as resident can. 24 June and 30 Sept. 1273 (Capes, Charters pp. 138-9); d. by 31 May 1290 when his preb. of Pion was gr. by bp. Swinfield to John de Shelvinge (Reg. Swinfield p. 528). He is evidently the William of Hay, can., commem. 31 May, who left 10m 12s payable from two houses in Castle Street for the church fabric and other bequests for a perpetual vicarage at the altar of St Francis (app. 1 fo. 20v).

John de Shelvinge

Previously coll. to preb. of Hinton (list 18), but coll. void; coll. to preb. of Piona Parva, vac. by the d. of M. William of Hay 31 May 1290 (Reg. Swinfield p. 528); occ. holdingpreb. of Pion c. 1291 (Taxatio p. 169); coll. to preb. of Nonnington 3 Feb. 1295.

M. Roger of Canterbury

Archdcn. of Shropshire (list 7); occ. with mag. title, as resident can., preb. unspecified, 29 Sept. 1295 (Capes, Charters p. 169); occ. holding preb. of Little Pioyne (Piona Parva) 2 March 1297 (Cal. Chanc. Rolls 1277-1326 p. 25). Coll. to preb. of Hinton 4 Aug. 1299 (list 18).

M. Thomas of Cobham (fn. 2)

Not can. when he occ. 16 Feb. 1297 (CPL I 569); coll. to preb. of Fiona Parva 5 Dec. 1299 (Reg. Swinfield p. 531); retained preb. of Fiona Parva until he became bp. of Worcester, prov. 31 March, cons. 22 May, temps. 20 Nov. 1317; his successor in the preb. was M. Roger of Northburgh (2 Fasti II 39). Also can. of Wells (1 Fasti VII 74, 2 Fasti VIII 70), archdcn. of Lewes (ibid. VII 13), preb. of St Paul's (ibid. V 34) and prec. of York (ibid. VI 10, 48).


  • 1. Prob. from Hay on Wye. Younger kinsman of M. William of Hay I (see list 36).
  • 2. D.Cn.L. (Biog. Ox. I 450-1). Cobham, Kent, or Cobham, Surrey.