Prebendaries: Pratum Maius

Pages 54-55

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

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Since the preb. mentioned in the taxation of pope Nicholas IV of c. 1291 as being endowed with an acre of meadow valued at 6d is stated to have been held then by M. Richard, archdcn., it is clearly the preb. of Pratum Minus, because it is named as such when Richard's successor in the preb. was relinquishing it to take another one (see list 29). Therefore Pratum Maius must be the preb. held by M. Alan de Crepping at the time of the c. 1291 taxation, whose revenue consisted of a truss of hay valued at 2d in the manor of Marden (Taxatio p. 169a), and may also be the preb. of Pratum listed in the prebendal taxation list entered in 1294 into bp. Swinfield's register (Reg. Swinfield p. 305: the value of the preb. is effaced). Valor III 11 assessed the value of Pratum Maius at 41s 8½d, of which only 4s was revenue from the preb., the remainder consisting of small commons.


M. Alan de Crepping (fn. 1)

Can. of Hereford, preb. unspecified, by 9 Aug. 1272 (Hereford ch. no. 2868); ordained pr. at Tottenham 13 June 1278 (Reg Cantilupe p. 304); is prob. the Alan can. of Hereford who occ. at Orvieto 26 Apr. 1291 (Reg. Swinfield p. 270); occ. as can. of Hereford, holding 'in the name of a preb.' one truss of hay in the meadow of Marden worth 2d, c. 1291 (Taxatio p. 169); occ. as can. of Hereford, 14 March 1292 (CPL I 557); occ. as resident can., preb. unspecified, 29 Sept. 1295 (Capes, Charters p. 169); occ. as can. 14 Apr. 1297 (Cal. Chanc. Rolls 1277-1326 p. 29). D. 24 Feb. 1297 (app. 1 fo. 7r-v), bequeathing 6 volumes of canon law to the cath. Immediately after the first anniversary of his d., 25 Feb. 1298, the dean and chapter of Hereford issued an ordinance establishing an anniversary service and annual distribution of money to commem. him (Capes, Charters pp. 171-2). The preb. which Alan had held was gr. 22 Aug. 1300 to Philip Talbot (Reg. Swinfield p. 547).

M. Philip Talbot

Archdcn. of Shropshire by 22 Aug. 1300 (list 7); coll. 22 Aug. 1300 to an unnamed preb. previously held by M. Alan de Crepping (Reg. Swinfield p. 532; 2 Fasti II 41 identifies this preb. as Pratum Maius). Had d. by Apr. 1309 when his successor as archdcn. of Shropshire occ. in office (2 Fasti II 6-7).


  • 1. For his career, see Biog. Ox. I 512.