Folios ci - cxi b: March 1319-20 -

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Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: E, 1314-1337. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1903.

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Folio. ci.

Wednesday the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20], seventeen pieces of hide belonging to John de Portesmuth were seized in the house of Robert de Gloucestre by Richard Lussher and his fellows sworn to survey hides in the City, who say that the aforesaid hides are not well tanned nor fit for making shoes, and that the aforesaid John brought them to the City for the purpose of making shoes, &c. And this they offer, &c. The said John came not, nor did he say anything, &c. A jury sworn, viz., Walter Baudry, Richard le Long, John le Long, Alexander Baudry, William Beleverge, John Neweman, John Prichet, John de Assherugge, John de Berdefeld, John de Wynchestre, junior, Roger Poyntel, John de Harengeie, and Richard ate Gate, tanners, who say that the aforesaid hides are false and badly tanned. Accordingly they are declared by the Mayor and Aldermen to be forfeited to the Sheriffs.

Afterwards, viz., on Friday the Feast of St. Benedict [21 March], the same year, the aforesaid Richard caused three girdles (zone) called "croupers" belonging to Richard le Coffrer to be seized by Joice, the Serjeant of the Chamber, and one piece of black hide belonging to John de Bikleswade, which the said jurors say are false and badly tanned to the deception of the people. Accordingly they are declared forfeited as above, &c. (fn. 1)

The same day divers shoes, the property of various persons named, were seized by Richard le Cordewaner de Grascherch, Richard le Coupere, Thomas de Coventre, Richard Coterel, John Coterel, and Robert de Norhampton, sworn to survey shoes, and are condemned as being made of a mixture of bazen and cordwain. (fn. 2)

Allocacio more extra Bysshopesgate.

Wednesday before the Feast of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20], Thomas Cros (?), called "de Hakeneye," hired (allocavit) the moor near Bisshopesgate of Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, to hold the same from Easter next for one whole year, at a rent of 4 marks. Surety, William de Hakeneye, residing without Newegate.

Monday the eve of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], came Robert Pavy and John de Salesbire to the Guildhall, and by precept of Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, delivered to Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, one mark of silver issuing from a certain small garden adjoining the Leadenhall (fn. 3) (aule plumbi), opposite the choir of the church of St. Peter on Cornhull, the said money having been taken from the aforesaid Robert and John for completing the pavement appertaining to the court (fn. 4) (curia) of the Leadenhall aforesaid, &c. Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday following, came Bartholomew the Clerk to the Mayor, and by his precept received the aforesaid mark from the Chamberlain for completing the aforesaid pavement. And be it known that the said Robert and John are quit of the payment of rent for the aforesaid garden for a term of two years from Christmas the year aforesaid.

Folio. ci b.

Breve Regis pro Will' mo de "Wodeslade."

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs for an inquiry to be held as to whether Herman Swart de Sussalt, Conred ate Broke de Grippeswold, and Tideman ate Way de Grippeswold were merchants of the Hanse of Almaine in England at the time that the Sheriffs attached their goods to compensate William de "Wydeslade," a merchant of London, for the seizure of certain goods of weight (de averio ponderis)-comprising bales of almonds, casks of loaf sugar (zucri in pane), cubebs ("quibibbes"), pepper, &c.-on board a vessel near Wynterton, off the coast of Norfolk, or not; inasmuch as John le Longe, Alderman of the said Hanse in England, had testified that they were merchants of the Hanse, whilst the Sheriffs, who had already inquired into the matter, and William de Wydeslade had testified to the contrary. Witness the King at Westminster, 20 Feb., 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20].

Folio. cii.

Inquisition accordingly taken before Hamo de Chiggewelle, the Mayor, and Simon de Abyndone and John de Prestone, the Sheriffs, on Friday before the Feast of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20]. The jury, viz., William de Flete, Reginald de Conduit, John Saleman, John de Pampesworth, Thomas de Donlee, William de Garton, William le Carpenter, spicer, Roger de Suthcote, Wymund Brother, William de Bray, William de Derham, Walter le Foundour, Thomas de Haverynge, John de Benyngho, John le Walsshe de Salop', Nicholas William de Lukes, Stephen Soret de Montpellier, and Stephen Cyvade of the same, find that the above Herman, Conred, and Tideman were not merchants of the Hanse at the time their goods were seized by the Sheriffs, as John le Longe, the Alderman of the merchants of the Hanse, avowed.

Folio. cii b.

John, son of Henry Pile de Bolyngham, arrested by Thomas Payn, Serjeant of the Ward of Walebroke, and others of the same Ward keeping watch, and committed to the Tun for being a night vagrant against the King's peace on Tuesday in Easter week, anno 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320]. Afterwards, viz., on the Wednesday following, he was taken before the Mayor and Aldermen at the Guildhall and released, as there was no evidence of his having done anything wrong.

Friday in Easter week, anno 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], William Bullok and Juliana de Donecastre, both of Graschurche, summoned for forestalling hay. The said Juliana pleaded guilty, and was committed to prison until she shall have satisfied the lord the King. The said William pleaded not guilty, and demanded a jury. A jury accordingly summoned from the neighbourhood of Graschurche and Cornhull, and the said William mainprised by Philip de Hadham and Richard de Bromfeld. The jurors, viz., William de Wynchelse, John de Bury, Robert Pavy, John le Longe, Henry le Gaunter, John le Hosteler, John Petewardyn, Robert de Suthreie, William de Hakeneie, William de Cornwaile, Laurence de Oxenford, and Philip le Sadeler, find him guilty, and he is committed. And the aforesaid Juliana, being brought from the gaol of Newegate, made fine to the King in 20d., and was mainprised by the aforesaid mainpernors and released.

Wednesday before the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], precept by the Mayor and Aldermen to the Chamberlain to take into the City's hands a small plot of ground, enclosed with an earthen wall, on the west side of Crepelgate without the gate. Thereupon the Chamberlain proceeded to take the place into the City's hands, but was opposed by a certain William de Waltham, who was dwelling in the said gate. Being summoned to answer for his conduct, the said William failed to show any title to the said gate or land. Order therefore was given by Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Geoffrey de Hertpol, Anketin de Gisorz, John Poyntel, R[ichard] de Gloucestre, Robert Sely, Elias de Suffolk, Simon de Abyndone, Richard Costantyn, and Edmund Lambyn, Aldermen, to take possession of the said gate and land. (fn. 5)

Folio. ciii.

In the Husting held for Pleas of Land on Monday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], came John Potrel and complained to the Mayor and Aldermen of Joce de Spaldyngge and Johanna his wife, for that whereas by the custom of the City the wardship of children under age should not be given to any one to whom the property of the said children could descend by inheritance, the said Joce and Johanna held the wardship of Robert, son of Hugh de Garthorp, the property of the said Robert being capable of descending to the aforesaid Johanna. He prays a remedy, and asks that the said Robert and his property may be taken into the City's hands. Precept issued to the Chamberlain accordingly until the said Joce justified himself. Afterwards, viz., on the following Wednesday, the said Joce produced a letter under the King's seal appointing him guardian. And because the said Mayor and Aldermen were unadvised on the matter, the child was delivered to the said Joce until they should be better advised.

Tuesday after the Ascension [8 May], 13 Edward II. [A. D. 1320], in the presence of Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Gisorz, Geoffrey de Hertpol, Hamo Godchep, Stephen de Abyndone, Simon Corp, Richard de Gloucestre, John Poyntel, Simon de Abyndone, John Poyntel [sic], R[ichard] Costantyn, Ank[etin] de Gisorz, William de Hedersete, Roger de Frowyk, Elias de Suffolk, Henry de Seccheford, and Roger le Palmer, Aldermen, and of a great Commonalty assembled at the Guildhall, Michael Mynot, vintner, questioned as to his having been an adherent of Robert de Keleseie and others, enemies of the City since the Feast of the Purification last, and endeavouring to annul the liberty of the City, (fn. 6) contrary to the oath he took on admission to the freedom. Thereupon he refused to acknowledge his guilt, but renounced the freedom of the City of his own will. It was therefore ordained that he should not be readmitted to the freedom without the assent of the Mayor, Aldermen, and twelve men from each Ward. (fn. 7)

L'ra Thom' Ris de xx libr'.

Bond entered into by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty under the Common Seal in the sum of £20 in favour of Thomas Ris, goldsmith, the same to be paid at Michaelmas. Dated 18 July, 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1320].

Deed of covenant by the said Thomas to annul the above bond on the payment to him of 100s. due to him by the Commonalty at Christmas next. Same date.

Folio. ciii b.

Grant by Richard de Haveryngge and Johanna his wife to Richard le Coffrer and Mary his wife of a quitrent of thirteen marks charged on a tenement in the lane and parish of St. Laurence, Jewry, held by Sewal de Spryngfeld and Alice his wife for a term of years from the grantors. (fn. 8) Witnesses, Walter de Kavendishe, John Potyn, Ralph de Braghynge, Andrew Brunne, William le Haubergier, John Amys, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated 9 April, 13 Edward II. [A. D. 1320].

Folio. civ.

The manner to be followed in the City and suburbs by the taxors of the twelfth granted to the lord the King in his Par liament at York in the month of Easter (fn. 9) (au mois de Pasche), anno 12 Edward II.; to wit, that the said taxors shall summon before them the richest and most sufficient inhabitants of the City and suburbs, and put them severally on their oath that they will loyally confess what goods and chattels they have within their house and without, as well on the sea as elsewhere, in merchandise, in debts clear, and in jewels of gold and silver, or other property, save only their chattels arising from their foreign lands and tenements and appertaining to the same; and that they will conceal nothing under pain of heavy forfeiture prescribed by the King and his Council. And if assessment be made on the King's behalf, they shall cause the most loyal and substantial men of each Ward or parish to appear before them, for the selection of six or more, who had never acted as taxors before, to make the taxation, and shall put them to their oath that they will loyally and fully inquire what goods and chattels each has in the City and suburbs, and tax them at their true value, saving the exceptions underwritten, and enter them on rolls, which they shall deliver under their seals to the chief taxors, receiving the counterparts under the seals of the said chief taxors. And when the latter shall have received the Rolls, they shall carefully examine them, and rectify any default or misprision, so that nothing be concealed, nor any reduction of taxation made for gift or favour other than as reason demands. And the taxation of the sub-taxors shall be made by the chief taxors and other good men elected for the purpose, so that their goods be taxed well and truly in the same manner as the rest. And as soon as the chief taxors shall have received the returns of the sub-taxors they shall levy the twelfth for the King's benefit without delay and without showing favour to any, according to the terms of their commission. And be it known that in this taxation of goods in the City and suburbs there shall be exempted one gown for the man and one for his wife, and a bed for both; a ring and a bracelet (fermail) of gold or silver, and a girdle of silk for daily use, and also a hanap of silver or of "mazre" from which they drink. No levy to be made on goods under half a mark in value. (fn. 10) [No date.]

Writ to Master John de Everdone, John Abel, Robert de Wodehous, and Augustine de Woxbrigge, appointed assessors (fn. 11) of the twelfth to be raised in the City. Whereas it had been ordained among other articles contained in the King's recent letters patent regarding tallages and aids that assessments made by men elected for the purpose from the Wards should not be raised except by the common consent of the Mayor and citizens, complaint had been made that such assessments had been raised by certain emulous citizens to the no small detriment of the rest. (fn. 12) They are hereby instructed to correct the evil in such a manner that the citizens be not unduly burdened. Witness the King at York, 28 Jan., 13 Edward II. [A. D. 1319-20].

Folio. civ b.

[Here follows a schedule of the amount levied in each Ward, the names of the Aldermen being entered in another hand.]

Simon de Abyndone, Tower £67 13s. 8d.
Simon Corp, Cordewanerstrate £73 15s. d.
John de Gisorz, Vintry £94 10s. 11¼d.
Hugh de Gartone, Colmanstrate £6 19s. 1d.
Roger de Frowik, Langeburne £25 4s. 10d.
Richard de Gloucestre, Cornhulle £21 16s. 10d.
Robert Sely, Lymstrate 24s. 3d.
Richard Costantyn, Bassieshaghe £4 9s. d.
Prior of H. Trinity, Portsokne 79s. d.
Hamo de Chigwelle, Queenhithe £41 9s. 6d.
William de Hedersete, Billyngesgate £45 15s. 6d.
Elias de Suffolk Crepelgate £77 4s. 11d.
Crepelgate Without £16 5s. d.
Edmund Lambyn, Bridge £41 9s. d.
Hamo Godchep, Bredstrate £35 17s. 10d.
Nicholas de Farndone Farndone Within £41 4s. d.
Farndone Without £19 6s. 4d.
preter Rogerum Chauntecler.
John Cotun, Walebroke £80 19s. 2d.
Simon de Paris, Chepe £57 6s. d.
Stephen de Abyndone, Douuegate £106 3s. [Od.]
Geoffrey Hertpol, Candelwikstrate £17 12s. d.
Bradestrate £37 18s. d.
Roger le Palmere, Castle Baynard £16 [0s.] 19d.
Anketin de Gisorz, Alegate £4 18s. d.
John Poyntel, Bisshopesgate £4 16s. 8d.
Henry de Seccheford, Aldersgate 108s. 4d.
Sum total £916 [Os.] 18¼d. [sic].

Folio. cv

ijs. vjd.

Grant by William de Cheyham, corder, and Katherine his wife, to Alice, late wife of Stephen le Espicer, called "le Hornere," of an annual quitrent of 20s. by way of her dower of a tenement formerly belonging to the aforesaid Stephen, in the parish of St. Dunstan West in Fletestrete, to hold the same for life. Witnesses, Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, Simon de Abyndone and John de Prestone, Sheriffs, William Passemer, Hugh Armourer, Roger Chauntecler, Robert "Saly," John atte Crouche, John de Bredstrate, Henry Bonmarche, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Thursday before the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 13 Edward II. [A. D. 1320].

Folio. cv b.

Quitclaim by Roger, son of William de Kynebautone, the King's late pantler (panetarius), to Master Roger de la Bere, clerk, of certain houses in the lane of St. Botolph de Billinggesgate, in the parish of St. George de Estchep, which the said Master Roger had purchased from Sir Silvester, the Rector of the said parish church; the said property having once belonged to the aforesaid William de Kynebautone and Petronilla his wife, and being situate near the tenements sometime held by John le Mareschal, Robert Youn, and Peter de Cumbe. Witnesses, Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, Simon de Abyndone and John de Prestone, the Sheriffs, William de Hedersete, Alderman of the Ward, (fn. 13) Hamo Godchepe, John Sterre, Robert Youn, John Saleman, William Simond, John Fresfissh, Robert Swote, John Cros, Thomas de Kanefeld, William de Wyncestre, John Amys, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Wednesday after the Feast of H. Trinity [25 May], 13 Edward II. [A. D. 1320].

De putrid' carn'; unde ad collistrigium.

At the Husting for Common Pleas held on Monday after the Feast of St. James [25 July], 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1320], William le Clerk, of Hegham Ferrers, was brought before Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Roger de Frowyk, Elias de Suffolk, Richard de Gloucestre, Edmund Lambyn, Robert Sely, and Henry de Seccheford, Aldermen, with putrid meat unfit for human food. The said William was ordered to stand in the pillory and the meat to be burnt under him, &c. (fn. 14)

Tuesday before the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1320], Thomas "the Smythe" de Stebenhethe brought before Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, Geoffrey de Hertpol, Hugh de Gartone, J[ohn] Poyntel, Henry de Seccheford, and William de Caustone, Aldermen, and John de Prestone, the Sheriff, charged by Nicholas Schyngel with having bought putrid meat from Alice la Coureors. The said Thomas brings a counter-charge and claims a jury. The jury by William de Wrotham, brewer, and others [not named], find the said Nicholas guilty, but the said Thomas not guilty. The said Nicholas to stand on the pillory and the meat to be burnt under him. (fn. 15)

The same day. John de Marchyntone committed to prison by the said Mayor and Aldermen for keeping a baker's shop after abjuring the business of a baker in the City for ever.

Folio. cvi.

Be it remembered that on Tuesday before the Feast of St. George [23 April], 13 Edward II. [A. D. 1320], it was agreed and ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty that every one who contributed towards the loan of £1,000 made to the King in the tenth year of his reign by the names underwritten should forego one half of the sum advanced by him in order to lessen the burden of the City and for the acquittance of its debts, and the creditors of the aforesaid sum of £1,000, being present, gave their assent. It was likewise ordained by the aforesaid Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty that those who had been paid their share in full towards the said sum, and those who had subscribed nothing towards it, should contribute if possible a reasonable amount for discharging the aforesaid debts, &c. And that from each Ward one honest and trusty man should be elected by the men of the Ward "ad supervidendum ad quod proficuum denarii deveniunt," &c.


Folio. cvi b.

Henry le Gaugeour, William de Staneforde, Geoffrey Pourte, Richard Horn, Roger de Ely, Nicholas le Keu, John de Braghyngge, Ralph de Billyng', Richard de Thorp, "pelleter," William Tovy, Walter de Hallyngberi, William de Braye, woolmonger, John Page, William de Leytone, John Brond, William de Wynchelse, William de Carpenter, spicer, William de Poumfreit, William de Wynton', Robert de Knapwelle, Gervase de Hundesdiche, Robert de Borham, John de Wymundham, Robert de Dodeford, Peter de Newcastle, Nicholas Ponge, John Pake, John de Coumbe, Nicholas de Gernemuthe, Henry ate Frethe, John de Wymundeswold, John de Triple, William Lambyn, Alan Annore, Richard Swote, John de Wrotham, John Froshe, Simon le Cotiller, John Freshfishe, John le Brewere, Robert de Bray, Wymund Broth[er], Roger de Waltham, Geoffrey le Brewere, Walter de Papworth, Thomas le Cordwaner, John de Strode, Peter de Staundone, Reginald de Aillesberi, Henry de Hacchesham, Robert de Lamburne, John le Yonge, Alan de Roub[er]i, John de Wynton', William de Mortone, William de Brekendone, John Saleman, Peter de Hatfeld, Adam Hunteman, Robert de Derbi, Henry de Shorne, Stephen de Wynton', Gerard de Flete, Simon Fitz Robert, Robert de Lyncoln, Maurice Turgis, Robert Austyn, John de Colewelle, Thomas de Wynton', William de Fulham, Nicholas de Newcastle, William le Fourbour, William Wolf, Alan Aspal, Richard de Yetyngge, William de Hockele, Walter de Stebenhethe, Thomas Prentiz, Cambin Folberd, (fn. 16) John Cros, John le Mareschal, Bartholomew le Spicer, Richard de Hakene, Thomas le Hornhere, William de Codyntone, Roger de Notyngham, William le Cotiller, Richard Asselyn, Thomas de Ispannia, Robert de Asshe, Benedict de Shorne, Richard le Barber, Simon de Hakeneye, Robert Swote, Robert Pamy, Walter de Bedefonte, John de Gustede, John Nonnes, John Sterre, William de Pariz, shearman (tonsor), Walter de Waltham, Robert le Treiere, Robert Ilger, William Launce, Stephen Horn, Walter de Chesewik, John de Codyngtone, Henry Darcy, Thomas Coke, John Simian, Henry de Stowe, John de Nonnes, John de "Seistede," John de Pulteneye, Richard de Hereford, William Filers, William de Parys, William de Combe, William Dirry, Walter de Mordone, John "Vimian" (Vivian?), Thomas de Spaigne, Edmund Cosyn, Henry de Bury, Elyas de Thorp, Reginald de Conduit, Walter le Moleward, Thomas de Combe, John Prior, junior, William de Derham, Adam Hunteman, Robert Swote.

Folio. cvii.

Thomas de Campes, Thomas de Crokesle, John atte Crouche, John de Dallinge, junior, Geoffrey de Caumpes, Bartholomew de Hindringham, Ralph de Braghinge, Henry le Hore, William atte Roche, Thomas le Ropere, Walter le Furmager, Thomas le Barbir, "lepere," John de Burgoigne, Bartholomew de Honilane, John Potyn, Robert de Worstede, Roger de Bernes, John de Stebenhethe, William de Aroundel, Adam de Sarum, Robert de Weleford, Adam de Conduit, Alan de Chigwelle, Richard de Berdefeld, Robert Podifat, Adam de St. Alban, Robert le Callere, Richard de Hodesdone, Richard Jordon, Andrew de Broune, Robert de Whigh, taverner, Ralph de Berqueye, Richard de Beton', Thomas de Enefeld, John de Pikeman, Richard atte Roche, Richard atte Holmes, Richard atte Vigne, Peter Piebakere, Adam Snowe, Richard de Bolyntone, Robert de Lenne, William de St. Alban, John de Chelesee, Guilot le Hauberger, Richard de Farneberg, William le Taverner, chaucer, John de Lindeseye, Salomon le Coffrer, John de Lenesham, Robert de Limintone, Reginald de Conduyt, Roger Hosebonde, Oliver Bremynge, Gilbert de "Lesues" (Lesnes?), William Joye, Robert de Waye, John de Wynton', senior, William Denis, Roger Lespicer, Richard Dokeswoit, Walter Kynge, Walter Gorst, Roger de Lenne, Osebert atte Arcubus, Roger de Arcubus, Roger de Southcote, Roger de Edelintone, Richard Gubbe, Richard de Shordiche, Ralph de Blithe, John de Colcestre, William Prodhomme, Gilbert de Istelworth, Roger Sauvage, William atte Lamme, John de Stoppesle, Hugh le Fourbour, Roger de Chipested, Roger de Lyntone, Walter atte Belhous, Adam atte Bowe, Robert le Bret, William Sprot, William Edmund, John de Parys, Robert le Hutherne, John de Bereford, Walter le Foundour, Simon Foundour, Ralph Picot, Laurence Longe, Richard Ussher, Thomas atte Brome, John Baron, Richard Trugge, Geoffrey le Cotiler, Thomas de Berkynge, William de Bidik, John Spraye, Nigel de Whatele, "Reynus" Piggeflesshe, Hugh de Assheburne, John Hosebonde, John Giles, John Hereward, Thomas de Hales, Robert de Ely, Umfrey Staci, John de Ailesham, Elyas le Callere, James le Palmere, Alan "Lauen," Walter de Bardeneye, Robert Newcomyn, Hugh de Hereford, John de Castelacre, Geoffrey atte Gate, John le Disshere, Roger Chauntecler, Geoffrey de Notyngham.

Monday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20], the underwritten sums of money were lent by those whose names are subscribed for sending presents to the lord the King, the Queen, and other nobles arriving from York, &c., viz.:-

Walter Gorst, 20s.; (fn. 17) Roger le Palmere, 20s.; (fn. 18) William atte Rothe, 20s.; John Priour, senior, 20s.; John Priour, junior, 20s.; John atte Crouch, 20s.; John Vyvian, 20s.; Henry de Prestone, 20s.; Roger de Ely, 20s.; William de Bodele, 20s.; Reyner Piggesflesh, 20s.; (fn. 19) Walter Neel, 20s.; Robert de Ely, 20s.; Robert le Bret, goldsmith, 20s.; Simon de Abyndon, Alderman, 20s.; (fn. 20) Gilbert de Mordone, 20s.; Walter de Mordone, 20s.; Thomas Rys, 20s.; Richard Gubbe, 20s.; William Prodhomme, 20s.; Thomas de Enefeld, 20s.; John de Grantham, 20s.; John de Oxenford, 20s.; Adam de Salesbire, 20s.

Folio. cvii b.

Scriptum Will'i le Clerk Pottere London'.

Deed of sale by Guy Jacobi, "Lombard," citizen and spicer of London, to William le Clerk, citizen and "potier" of London, of his interest in a certain shop, held under Henry le Paumer, in the parish of St. Stephen on Walbrok, together with assignment of John de Alegate, son of the said William, his apprentice. Dated at London, Sunday before the Feast of the Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.], 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1320]. Witnesses, Hugh de Gartone, John Peche, tailor, William de Brighwelle, "sherman," Peter de Grenewich, Stephen Talp, Simon le Hodere, Robert de Rahgtone, "potier," Robert de Barsham, and others [not named].

Breve de Parliamento.

Writ to the Sheriffs of London for the election of two citizens to represent the City in the Parliament to be held at Westminster on Monday in the octave of St. Michael. Dated at Westminster, 5 Aug., 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1320]. (fn. 21)

John de Sloghtre, chaplain, placed in the Tun (fn. 22) for being found wandering about the City against the peace, on the night of Friday before the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1320]. Afterwards, viz., on the following Saturday, he was brought before the Mayor, and because he was carrying arms against the peace and against the proclamation (clamorem) (fn. 23) before made in the City, he was committed to Newgate, (fn. 24) &c.

Wednesday before the Feast of Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], Hugh ate Coke, residing at Fancherche, came before Hamo de Chigewelle, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged himself bound to John, son of Robert de Holand, aged twenty years, in the sum of 100s., for payment of which Adam "in the lane" and Richard ate Cokke became sureties. Saturday before the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], the said John de Holand appoints as his attorney Walter de Stebenhethe, and a year later John ate Vigne, clerk. On Tuesday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 16 Edward II. [A.D. 1322-3], the balance of money still owing is paid and the above recognisance is cancelled.

Folio. cviii.

At the Court of Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, held on Monday after the Feast of Ascension [8 May], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], it was forbidden by the said Mayor and the Aldermen that Robert de Amyas, Roger le Ceynturer, Henry de Flete, Thomas ate Hide, and Anselm le Latoner, retailers of ale upon the Bridge, should any longer sell ale upon the Bridge under penalty prescribed. (fn. 25)

Simon de Abyndone and John de Prestone, the Sheriffs, summoned to answer John Pynel, fishmonger, in a plea that when the said John came to the City with lampreys on Tuesday before the Feast of St. George [23 April] the said Sheriffs demanded payment of custom for the same, viz., for every dorser (fn. 26) (dossero) a.lamprey, which they ought not to have claimed, and on this he asks judgment. The said Simon and John come and say that other Sheriffs took custom of all kinds of fish except mulvel (mulvello (fn. 27) ), ray (raio), conger, dory (dorre), turbot, bass (barz (fn. 28) ), and surmullet (sormulet (fn. 29) ), wherein no mention is made of lampreys, as is found in the book of socage (fn. 30) in the Chamber of the Guildhall, and they ask judgment as to whether they. ought to take custom of lampreys or not, &c. And inasmuch as it is found in the said book of socage that the Sheriffs ought to take custom of lampreys, and it was testified that other Sheriffs had taken custom, it was adjudged by Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, and the Aldermen that the aforesaid Sheriffs should take custom of lampreys as of other fish not excepted in the aforesaid book of socage, &c. (fn. 31)

Be it remembered that on Monday the eve of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], 780 spear-heads of iron and not gilt, and 91 gilt heads were appraised, viz., at 2s. a dozen heads gilt and not gilt, [or] 16s. a hundred, on account of a certain recognisance made on Saturday in the octave of the Epiphany [6 Jan.], whereby William de Croidon, "cotiller," acknowledged he owed to Adam de Masschebury, "cotiller," the sum of £30, which he ought to have paid at the following Pentecost and failed to pay. Wherefore the said heads had been sequestrated as well as other property found in the house of John de Parys, corder, tenanted by the said William, which property, comprising knives and clubs, was claimed by Hugh de Croidon, "cotiller," before Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, John Poyntel and Simon de Abyndone, Aldermen. And be it known that the aforesaid heads were appraised by Mankin le Heaumer, Gillot le Hauberger, Hugh le Fourbour, Reginald le Hauberger, Bartholomew le Cotiller, Geoffrey le Cotiller, &c.

Wednesday before the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], Warin de Waldene, "bucher," charged before the Mayor and Aldermen, on the oath of John le Clerk, John Gervais, Thomas de Ware, William Sandone, Roger Aleyn, Richard Shail, William ate Grene, Richard de Brikhulle, and William le Kynge, with exposing putrid meat for sale. Condemned by Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, J[ohn] de Gisorz, A[nketin] de Gisorz, H[enry] de Seccheford, Simon de Abyndone, S[imon] Corp, H[ugh] de Gartone, W[illiam] de Hedersete, and Roger le Palmere, Aldermen, to stand on the pillory and there remain until the meat be utterly consumed by fire.

Folio. cviii b.

Tuesday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], William le Freynsh, servant of Geoffrey de Conduit, came before Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, and complained of William Beaufiz, a sailor, having used threats to him at Billyng[esgate] on Monday last. The defendant called upon to find sureties for keeping the peace. Sureties accordingly, viz., Thomas le Ropere, Adam Pikeman, Roger de Nettlestede, Adam de Biry, Simon Turgis, Robert Ilger, and Edmund Cosyn.

De false proponentibus scripta seu acquietanc' in Cur' Vic', etc.

Monday the eve of St. Botolph [17 June], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], it was declared to Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, and the Aldermen in full Husting, by Simon de Abyndone and John de Prestone, the Sheriffs, that certain persons impleaded before them in their courts for debt and other contracts proffered writings and acquittances made outside the City (in forinseco), whereof the court could not have cognisance, to the deceiving of the court and exclusion of plaintiffs from their actions. Thereupon it was ordained by the aforesaid Mayor and Aldermen that if any such writing or acquittance made outside the City, on any contract whatsoever whereof the court could not have cognisance, were proffered, such writing or acquittance should be held for nought. And if the party proffering the writing should refuse to make further answer, he should be considered as having no defence.

De Steph'o ate Stoples attincto de denar' injuste per ipsum capt'.

Saturday before the Feast of Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20], Stephen atte Stoples-who had been deputed by John de Wengrave, the Mayor, to make certain collections in the Ward of Cornhulle in conjunction with John de Wymundeswold, Robert de Poumfreit, and William de Wynchelse for providing 200 foot soldiers for the King against the Scots-charged with having appropriated certain sums received from William de Cotes, John de St. Neot, and Philip de Dunstaple. He confesses he received the money. Judgment by Hamo de Chigewelle, then Mayor, and the Aldermen and Commonalty there assembled that the said Stephen make good to the aforesaid William, John, and Philip the sums he had received, and suffer imprisonment for his trespass, and never be employed in like manner again in the City.

Folio. cix-cxi b.

Inspeximus charter confirming the liberties of the City. Dated at York, 8 June, 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1319]. (fn. 32)

Folio. cxi b.

Be it remembered that on Sunday the Feast of St. Matthew, Ap. [21 Sept.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], there were elected Nicholas de Farndone, Anketin de Gisorz, Aldermen, and Roger Hosebond and Henry Moncoi (fn. 33) to attend the Parliament at Westminster in the octave of St. Michael, the year aforesaid, by virtue of a certain writ (fn. 34) addressed to the Sheriffs of London, &c.

Thursday the Feast of St. Dionisius [9 Oct.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], Richard de Walyngford committed to the custody of Reginald de Conduit, the Sheriff, for using threats to Richard Edward, as testified by John de Stistede, "chaundeler," and Richard de Witham.


  • 1. 'Memorials,' pp. 135, 136.
  • 2. Id., p. 136.
  • 3. Riley ('Memorials,' p. 138, note) remarks that "this is a very early mention of the Leaden Hall." It is mentioned, however, as early as 1296 in the will of John de Gisors. See 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 128.
  • 4. The Leadenhall (as the editor of the 'Memorials' points out) was occasionally used as a court of justice. See 'Chron. Mayors and Sheriffs,' p. 221. After the flight of Edward II. the citizens assembled there in force to confer with the Constable of the Tower. 'Fr. Chron.' (translation), p. 264.
  • 5. 'Memorials,' pp. 136, 137.
  • 6. Possibly (although this is mere conjecture) Mynot and Keleseie might have been among those who sought to curry favour with the King by illicitly raising the assessment for the recently granted twelfth after it had been fixed by those duly appointed for the purpose from each ward. Their conduct was reported to the King, who gave orders for the correction of the abuse. Vide infra, p. 124.
  • 7. 'Memorials,' pp. 137, 138.
  • 8. Vide supra, p. 98.
  • 9. Easter Day in 1319 fell on the 8th April. The Parliament sat at York from the 6th till the 25th May. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 344n.
  • 10. Cf. the manner of taxation of the fifteenth in 1315, and of the tenth in 1322, printed in 'Rot. Parl.,' i. 450- 451, 457-8. Also cf. infra, fos. ccxlii, ccxlii b.
  • 11. Vide supra, p. 106.
  • 12. "Eodem anno [A. D. 1319] die Sancti Edmundi archiepiscopi [16 Nov.] sæva contentio orta est in gialda Londoniis inter communitatem civitatis et quosdam alios super incremento tallagii occulte facto. Unde directi sunt nuntii per communitatem ad dominum regem Eboraci." 'Chron. Edw. I. and II.,' vol. ii. p. 287.
  • 13. Billingsgate.
  • 14. 'Memorials,' p. 139.
  • 15. Id., pp. 139, 140.
  • 16. More commonly "Fulbert." A nuncupative will of "Cambin Guidonis [i.e., Guy's son] Fulberti" was proved in the Husting in 1346. 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Hust., London,' i. 488.
  • 17. A note inserted to the effect that this money was repaid, as appears on the thirteenth folio preceding, by John Sterre, who had a letter from the Commonalty to the Sheriffs.
  • 18. A note that this was paid by Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, by precept of Hamo de Chig[welle], the Mayor.
  • 19. A note that this was repaid, inasmuch as he was released from an assessment of 20s. at the Iter, anno 14.
  • 20. A note that he is quit for the reason given in the preceding note.
  • 21. Printed in Palgrave's 'Parliamentary Writs,' vol. ii. pt. ii. p. 224 (from the original writ at that time preserved among the Tower Records). The result of the election made pursuant to the writ is recorded infra, p. 134. The Parliament sat from the 6th until the 25th October.
  • 22. A "round-house" or prison on Cornhill. See 'Cal. Letter-Book B,' p. 244 n.
  • 23. Vide supra, p. 70.
  • 24. 'Memorials,' p. 140.
  • 25. 'Memorials,' p. 137.
  • 26. A basket adapted for carrying on the back. Formerly called a "dosser.'
  • 27. See Glossary, 'Liber Cust.,' p. 816.
  • 28. Cf. "bars de meer," or sea bass. Glossary, 'Liber Albus,' p. 295.
  • 29. Ibid., p. 360.
  • 30. No such book is known among the City archives. Cf. the following customs levied at London Bridge: "La nef qe meine milvel saunz autre pessoun dorra ii milvels horspris fraunch[ise]. La nef qe vient ou milvel ou Raies dorra i milvel et 1 Raie horspris fraunch[ise].... .La nef qe meine bars de meer, sormulet, cungre, dore, turbut, aloses, anguiles, nule custume deit paier fors pur la nef iid pur strandage." 'Liber Albus,' i. 234.
  • 31. A marginal note states that this judgment was annulled so far as related to freemen [in 1376], as appears in Letter-Book H, fo. 31. The taking of custom on lampreys had previously been forbidden by the Justices at the Iter of 1321. 'Liber Cust.,' i. 384.
  • 32. The original charter preserved at the Guildhall (Box 4). Cf. 'Liber Cust.,' i. 255-268, where the date given is the 18th June.
  • 33. Printed "Moncor" in Palgrave, 'Parl. Writs,' vol. ii. pt. ii. p. 224
  • 34. Supra, p. 130.