Folios cxxi - cxxx: Sept 1321 -

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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 cxxi.

Respons' Regi dat' per civitatem.

The City's answer to the King, assuring him of their allegiance and of their readiness to live and die with him. They at the same time pray an answer to their petition, as well touching the place situate before the postern as the misteries of the Fishmongers and the Vintners, and further that they may be allowed to govern the misteries and redress defaults therein according to ancient usage, and that the citizens may be relieved from the inconveniences of the King's Marshalsea. (fn. 1) [No date.]

Letter to the disaffected lords, begging them not to believe the evil reports touching the City, for the citizens would not aid the Despensers, nor any other enemy to the King and country, nor would they oppose any measures taken by the lords. They are not to be offended with the citizens for placing the City in a state of defence by day and night, inasmuch as it was done for the preservation of the peace on the King's behalf and on their own. (fn. 2) [No date.]

Folio cxxi b.

Auditores comp' custod' pont [et] Camerar'.

Monday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 15 Edward II. [A. D. 1321], Nicholas de Farndone, Anketin de Gisorz, and Reginald de Conduit, Aldermen, and William de Hakford, Robert le Bret, and Robert de Pipehurst, commoners, elected auditors of the account of John Sterre and John Vyvyen, Wardens of the Bridge, and also auditors of the account of Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain.

Folio cxxii.

Temp. Sir Robert de Kendale, Warden.

Grant by Walter de Wynchester, cordwainer, and Sabine his wife, daughter of Thomas de Derby, to William de Partenhale, blader, of a tenement in the parish of St. Alban de Wodestrate for a term of twelve years, at an annual rent of 2 marks for the first six years, and 2½ marks for the last six. Witnesses, Robert de Suttone, Alexander Lorbatour, John de Wynchester, Adam le Barber, John de Hegham, John de Luda, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Sunday the Feast of St. Peter in Cathedra [22 Feb.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320-1].

[Folios. cxxii b blank.]

Folio cxxiii.

Temp. Hamo de Chigewelle, elected Mayor for the second time on Wednesday before the Feast of St. Augustine [26 May], anno 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1321].

Deed of assignment by Richard de Gaytone, "violour," to Frisot de Montclar of certain rents and shops in the parishes of St. Antonin and St. Benet Fynk, which had come into the grantor's possession through default made by John Vanne under a bond. Dated 22 April, 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1321]. Witnesses, Simon Corp, Hugh de Gartone, and others [not named].

Saturday before the Feast of St. Augustine [26 May], 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1321], came Stephen, son of Simon de Hadestoke, before the aforesaid Mayor, and of his own free will offered half a mark for not being in scot and lot, like other freemen of the City; and because he is poor and helpless (impotens) and free-born his trespass was discharged by the aforesaid Mayor for the aforesaid half-mark, &c.

Grant by William de Kaneforthe, saddler, and Agnes his wife to John, the eldest son of John de la Chaumbre, and John his brother, of certain rents and tenements in Cosyngeslane and the Ropery in the parish of All Hallows in the Ropery, for a term of twelve years, and afterwards for the lifetime of the grantors, paying by the year the sum of 2 marks to John de Gildeforthe, his heirs and assigns, for all demands. Dated in. the house of John de la Chaumbre in the parish of H. Trinity the Less on Thursday in paraceve, (fn. 3) the year aforesaid. Witnesses, Mankyn le Heaumer, John de Leuesham, William Trompeor, Henry ate Ryole, William Barri, and others [not named].

Folio cxxiii b.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of two of the more discreet of the citizens to represent the City in a Parliament to be held at Westminster three weeks after the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June]. (fn. 4) Dated at Westminster, 15 May, 14 Edward II. [A. D. 1321].

And be it known that this writ was delivered by the Sheriffs to the Mayor and Aldermen the 8 July, 15 Edward II. [A. D. 1321]. And return was made in these words, viz.: We send you Nicholas de Farndone, Hamo Godchep, John Sterre, and Thomas Prentiz, all, three or two of them having full and sufficient authority to act as in the writ is commanded.

ijs. vjd.

Agreement between Richard de Rothyng, pheliper, and John Albon, son of Godwyn le Pheliper, as to terms on which the said Richard is to find the said John in board, lodging, and clothing, and teach him his trade. Witnesses, Henry de Norhamptone, William de Grenstede, John de Bury, Bartholomew de Bordesle, and others [not named]. Dated Thursday before the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 15 Edward II. [A. D. 1321]. (fn. 5)

Folio cxxiv.

Custodia Joh'is fil' Joh' is de Beverle.

Thursday after the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 15 Edward II. [A. D. 1321], the guardianship of John, son of John de Beverlee, aged five years, entrusted to Simon de Parys the elder by Hamo de Chigewell, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Robert de Swalclyve, Roger le Palmere, Robert Sely, and Reginald de Conduit, Aldermen, together with the property of the said infant.

Thursday after the Feast of Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.] inquisition taken before the above Mayor and Nicholas de Farndone, Richard de Gloucestre, Robert de Swalclyve, Anketin de Gisorz, Reginald de Conduit, Roger le Palmere, Hugh de Gartone, and Henry de Seccheford, Aldermen, as to the extent of the property aforesaid by oath of twelve good men, viz., Randolf de Louthe and others [not named]. The following names mentioned in the return made by the jury, viz., Gilbert de Stratford, William Newecoke, James "Maucovenant," Alexander and Robert le Chaundeler, John de Essex, and Agnes his wife.

Tuesday in the octave of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], in the presence of Hamo de Chigewelle, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Robert de Swalclyve, Richard Costantyn, Elias de Suffolk, John Cotun, Anketin de Gisorz, Roger le Palmere, Henry de Seccheford, Robert Sely, and John Poyntel, Aldermen, the Commonalty were asked whether they agreed to murage being levied for the repair of the City's walls and the cleansing of the ditches, and if so, they were to appoint collectors for the purpose as well as Wardens of the Bridge. They accordingly elected John Sterre, who before was Warden, and Robert de Piphurst to keep ward of the bridge. They likewise elected Hamo de Chigewell, the Mayor, Reginald de Conduit, Edmund Cosyn, and John de Wymundesham to be collectors of the murage, &c.; and each Alderman in his Ward, together with two of the better men of the Ward, were to assess every inhabitant for providing men for cleansing the ditches.

The same day John de Prestone, corder, was elected and sworn Alderman of Douuegate, and Robert le Callere, Alderman of Cordewanerstrete.

Folio cxxiv b.

It was agreed that on the Wednesday following the inhabitants of the Wards of Bisshopesgate, Bradestrete, Cornhull, Tower, and Billyngesgate should provide men for cleansing the said ditches on that day.

The inhabitants of the Wards of Bridge, Lang[bourn], Candelwikstrete, Walebroke, and Alegate should provide cleansers for the Thursday following.

The inhabitants of Douuegate, Vintry, Cordewanerstrete, Colemanstrete, and Lymstrete for Friday.

The inhabitants of the Wards of Chepe, Bredstrete, Crepelgate, Bassieshawe, and Castle Baynard for Saturday.

The inhabitants of the Wards of Farndone, Queenhithe, Aldresgate, and Portsoken for the following Monday.

William de Touuetone, who had been sworn to go to Ledes (fn. 6) in place of Simon Turgys, attached and brought before the Mayor and Aldermen on Saturday before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], for that the said William......[blank].

Be it remembered that on Saturday before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], there being assembled at the Guildhall Hamo de Chigwell, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and a very great Commonalty, the question was put to the Commonalty by Robert de Swalclyve, the Recorder, as to what punishment they wished to inflict upon those who disobeyed the summons to attend, and if they wished the defaulters to be fined (in misericordiam incidere). The Commonalty answer and say that they do not wish defaulters on this summons to be fined, but that if men be summoned from each Ward, and they do not all appear, those that appear should have authority to make such ordinances for the whole Commonalty, in conjunction with the Mayor and Aldermen, as may seem for their good, and that such ordinances shall become confirmed and established, &c.

Ordina to assessionis mille libr' a° xv°.

Wednesday the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], in the presence of Hamo de Chigewell, the Mayor, Richard de Gloucestre, Robert de Swalclyve, John Cotun, John de Prestone, Simon de Abyndone, Roger de Frowyk, Robert Sely, John Poyntel, Elias de Suffolk, Hamo Godchep, William de Hedersete, Reginald de Conduit, Roger le Palmere, Henry de Seccheford, and Richard Costantyn, Alderman and Sheriff, Hugh de Gartone, Robert le Callere, Anketyn de Gisorz, Aldermen, and Richard de Hakeneie, Sheriff, and a very great Commonalty, it was agreed that an assessment should be made of rents and movables, viz., on every pound a certain sum, according to the discretion of the said Mayor and Aldermen, up to the amount of £1,000; so that out of the said sum of £1,000 payment might be made to the Serjeants who were at the Iter as well as to those having the seal of the Commonalty for money owing, and all others to whom the City was indebted; and that out of the said £1,000 Hamo de Chigewell, the Mayor, should have 200 marks for his expenses incurred for the City's honour; that Reginald de Conduit should have 100 marks for his great trouble at the time of the Iter when he was Sheriff; and that those who served on juries (qui de duodenis erant) at the Iter should have a portion for their trouble, &c.

Afterwards, viz., on Monday before Easter [11 April] the same year [A.D. 1322], there being assembled at the Guildhall Hamo de Chigewell, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Richard de Gloucestre, John de Boreford, Elias de Suffolk, Robert de Swalclyve, Roger de Frowik, Roger le Palmere, and Hugh de Gartone, Aldermen, Richard Costantyn and Richard de Hakeneie, Sheriffs, and the Commonalty, it was agreed that 3s. in the pound on rents should be levied, so that the sum arising out of rents may amount to £1,000, and that on movables 500 marks in all should be levied, so that out of the said money the debts of the City might be fully discharged, and satisfaction likewise done to the jurors at the Iter.

Folio cxxv.

De kaio Sc'i Botulphi, etc.

Wednesday before the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1322], it was agreed by Hamo de Chigwell, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty that John Sterre and his fellow Warden of London Bridge should out of the money of the Bridge repair well and sufficiently the wharf of St. Botolph's and houses, so that the said wharf and houses remain in the hands of the said Wardens and others for the time being, until they shall have levied out of the profits of the same the amount expended, &c.

Adhuc de kaio Sc'i Both'i.

Afterwards, viz., on Tuesday the morrow of St. Mary Magdalen [22 July], 19 Edward II. [A.D. 1325], it was again agreed by Hamo de Chig[well], the Mayor, N[icholas] de Farndone, R[obert] de Swalclif, R[eginald] de Conduit, R[ichard] de Hakneie, J[ohn] de Oxford, R[obert] Sely, J[ohn] de Grantham, W[alter] de Pappeworth, H[enry] de Secch[ford], R[oger] le Palmere, Aldermen, and Benedict de Fulsham, one of the Sheriffs, that whereas the houses and wharf of St. Botolph near Billyngsgate were in such a ruinous state that they brought no profit to the City, John Sterre and Roger atte Vigne, the Wardens of London Bridge, should cause them to be repaired out of the issues of the Bridge, the money to be repaid as the Mayor and Aldermen for the time being may ordain.

Folio cxxv b

Letters patent granting a royal pardon to the City for neglecting to keep watch on those taking sanctuary in churches, provided that in future such fugitives be safeguarded in the City according to law and custom, in the same manner as in other parts of the realm. Witness the King at Westminster, 3 June, 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1321]. (fn. 7)

A memorandum to the effect that the above letters patent are preserved with the Roll of Exigenda in the chest wherein the Great Seal is commonly kept.

Br'e missum Justic' Itin' ant' apud Turr' pro duodenis, etc.

Writ to Hervey de Staunton and his fellow-justices itinerant at the Tower to the effect that whereas many dozen jurors (quamplures duodene juratorum), elected by the citizens from the twenty-four Wards for Pleas of the Crown, had attended each day at the Tower before them at their command, and had been prevented from attending to their own business and merchandise as theretofore, and thereby had incurred no little expense and loss day by day, the King, wishing to indemnify the said jurors as far as possible without offence to justice, commands the said Justices to pay the said jurors their reasonable expenses according to the time of their attendance, as is the custom to be done at other Iters in like case, &c. [No date.]

Folio cxxvi.

Inspeximus Charter confirming charter granted by Edward I., anno 13, to the burgesses of St. Omer in Flanders. Dated at Westminster, 28 Feb., 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20].

A note to the effect that the above Charter was enrolled by order of Hamo de Chigwell, the Mayor, Wednesday after the Feast of All Souls [2 Nov.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Litera R'missa Maiori de les Mortymers qualiter se reddiderunt.

Letter of Privy Seal to the Mayor and citizens of London notifying them that the King had arrived at Shrewsbury, where the Mortymers, uncle and nephew, (fn. 8) had come to him on the 22nd January, and had made submission, and that he was proceeding to "Lodelawe" (fn. 9) for the purpose of executing justice and comforting his people. The citizens are therefore charged to bear themselves well on the King's behalf, for matters promise well for the King with God's help. Dated at Shrewsbury, 22 Jan., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321-2]. (fn. 10)

Folio cxxvi b.

Script' Rob' de Brandone.

ijs. vjd.

Acknowledgment by Robert de Brandone, late apprentice of Geoffrey de Brandone, mercer, and Johanna his wife, daughter of the said Geoffrey, of the receipt of the sum of £40 paid by Robert the parson of the chapel of Islyngham, (fn. 11) Alice, wife of the aforesaid Geoffrey, William de Elsyngge, mercer, and Thomas de Cauntebrigge, executors of the aforesaid Geoffrey, who left the money by will in trust for his aforesaid daughter. Dated Monday after the Epiphany [6 Jan.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321-2].

Scriptum Joh'is de la Chaumbre, clerici.

Grant by Adam Silvis, blader, and Agnes his wife, to John de la Chaumbre, clerk, of a parcel of land situate near the property of Henry le Coupere for a term of ten years from Christmas, anno 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], for the sum of 5½ marks in hand paid. Witnesses, William Barry, John de Leuesham, Thomas Schial, Matthew le Haumer, William de Waltham, baker, William Trompour, and others [not named]. Dated the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, in the parish of H. Trinity the Less, in the house of John de la Chaumbre aforesaid, in the aforesaid year.

Folio cxxvii.

Die Mercurii prox' ante festum Sc'i Edmundi Confessoris anno r' R. E. xv° missa fuit Maiori hec littera in hec verba Edward.

Letter of Privy Seal from the King to the Mayor of London. He had been given to understand that some great men who were opposed to him (qe nos contrarient (fn. 12) ) had been received in the City within the last three days. He therefore bids the Mayor to make inquiries on the matter and to inform him of the result of such inquiries. The Mayor is further charged to prevent these great men and their allies from taking up their abode in the City, and forthwith to send the King an answer in respect of those matters about which they had been instructed on the King's behalf by his dear cousin the Earl of Pembroke, no such answer having yet been made. Dated at Stratford atte "Boghe," 17 Nov., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321]. (fn. 13)

Pursuant to the above command the two letters following, one of them being under the seal of the Commonalty and the other under the Mayor's seal, were sent to the lord the King.

Quomodo communitas remisit d'no R' causam de non faciend' literam obligatoriam.

The Aldermen and good folk of London to the most high and most excellent Prince Sir Edward, &c. They had been given to understand by the Mayor and others that he had desired to have security given to him under the Common Seal according to a form prescribed. He is reminded that the writers had already undertaken in his presence to safeguard the City under penalty, than which there could be no higher obligation, as it seemed to them; whereas the Common Seal binds everybody, good and otherwise, and would imperil the good men in case of the bad men being guilty of misprision, an evil which they were sure the King did not desire. They pray therefore to be excused. Dated 19 Nov., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Hamo de Chiggewelle, the Mayor, to the King. Search had been made for the great men who, the King had been given to understand, had taken up their abode in the City, but they could not be found. If they should be found at any time they should be dealt with as the King had commanded. Touching the matter of the security which the King had charged him to submit to the Commonalty, (fn. 14) the Commons (le Commun) would certify the King under their Common Seal; and as regards the sum of £20 12s. which Roger atte Watre, the King's Serjeant, demands on account of those who were in the King's service at Ledes, it was understood that this was given of the King's courtesy, but the money would be returned if the King would signify his pleasure. The writer concludes with an oftrepeated request that the King would grant a commission for the punishment of the King's enemies (contrariaunz) found in the City, according to the discretion of the Mayor and Aldermen. [No date.]

Folio cxxvii b.

The King to the Sheriffs of London, commanding the arrest of all persons circulating infamous reports or writings about the King. Dated at "Rumford," 18 Nov., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321]. (fn. 15)

Letters patent authorizing Hamo de Chigewell, the Mayor, to punish by imprisonment or otherwise those found disobeying orders made for the safe custody of the City. Dated at Aungre, (fn. 16) 20 Nov., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Folio cxxviii.

Quomodo dn's Rex voluit omni modo liabuisse literam obligatoriam de communi sigillo signatam.

Letter of Privy Seal to the Mayor acknowledging the receipt of his letter and reiterating the King's commands touching the safeguarding the City. As to the security under the Common Seal which the King had formerly demanded, he insists upon having it. With respect to the sum of £20 12s. paid to the men sent by the City to Ledes, it was paid by the King's Serjeant, Robert atte Watre, on his own account, and as a favour, and the King desires that it be repaid. As for the commission for punishing contrariants, the King had ordered it to be made out, and it would be sent by the bearer. Dated at Aungre, 22 Nov., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321]. (fn. 17)

Responsio civium de non faciend' novam obligacionem contra antiquum statum civitat'.

Hamo de Chiggewell, the Mayor, to the King. Inasmuch as the King had commanded him to send an answer in writing as to the wishes of the Commonalty, he is informed that the whole Commonalty had been summoned before the Mayor, and that, whilst expressing their willingness to live and die with the King as in duty bound, they were of opinion that the promise made before the King himself to safeguard the City for him ought to suffice, and they beg to be excused giving any other security. Dated 3 Dec., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Folio cxxviii b.

Litera Maioris de ccc peditibus R' concessis.

Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, to the King, notifying that the citizens had agreed of their good will to send 300 armed men to the King's aid, with which number he hopes that the King will be satisfied. The citizens pray to be excused from attending the King in force (aforceement) as commanded, (fn. 18) and desire him to grant a writ of Privy Seal (brief desough la targe) to the Chancellor to the effect that neither this grant nor the grant sent to the King's assistance at Ledes shall be to the prejudice of their franchise or become a precedent. Lastly they pray that their franchises and free customs which were being considered by the King and his Council may meet with favour. [No date.]

Litera d'ni R' missa Maiori Lond' de peditibus habendis versus Circestr'.

Letter of Privy Seal to the Mayor, complaining that the City had only sent 300 men to the King's assistance, whereas they had formerly sent 500 men to assist the King in the North and 400 to Ledes. Moreover he had given no particulars as to the time of their arrival, their length of stay, nor who was to pay them, whereby it seemed that the citizens took the King's affairs less to heart than they were accustomed. The Mayor is straitly enjoined to come to the King with the great men of the City in a body with horses and arms as previously ordered. A final answer is to be sent to the King, wherever he may be, on Saturday next. Dated at "Langele Marroys," (fn. 19) 10 Dec., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Litera Maioris missa d'no R' de peditibus sibi concessis versus Cyrcestre.

Reply to the above. The King is assured of the good will of the citizens, who have granted him a force of 400 and more armed men, and will endeavour to raise the number to 500; the men to start on Wednesday next at the latest and to remain with the King forty days at the City's expense. He is again asked to issue a writ of Privy Seal to the effect that neither this grant of a military force nor that granted in respect of Ledes shall be drawn into a precedent, and that the franchises and free customs of the citizens may meet with favourable consideration by him and his Council. [No date.]

Folio cxxix.

Breve d'ni R' diversis magnatibus Anglie per Regem missum ne aliquas congregaciones cum Comite Lancastr' facerent.

Writ sent to Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and others, forbidding them to attend a meeting of the Earl's adherents at Doncaster, summoned for Sunday after the quinzaine of St. Martin [11 Nov.] next. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 Nov., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321]. (fn. 20)

Litera d'ni R' de acceptacione peditum de London.

Letter of Privy Seal thanking the City for furnishing 400 armed men and their promise to endeavour to increase the number to 500. They are to be dispatched to the King as soon as possible. The City is assured of the King's favour, and that instructions had been given to the Keepers of the Great Seal to make out letters under the said Seal to the effect that neither the contingent sent by the City to Ledes nor the present assistance sent to the King should be drawn into precedent, according to their expressed wish. (fn. 21) As to the City's franchises, the King would take counsel and would give reasonable satisfaction. Dated at "Aldermanstone," (fn. 22) 13 Dec., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Folio cxxix b.

Litera d' ni R' ut exilium d' ni Hugonis Jumoris le Despenser revocetur.

The King's letters patent addressed to all his bailiffs and liegemen, &c., to the effect that whereas Hugh le Despenser the younger had been, by judgment of the great ones of the realm, exiled and disinherited, and the said Hugh, by petition to the King, had suggested reasons for revoking the sentence pronounced against him, and had prayed that justice might be done, as the King was bound to do by reason of his coronation oath and the terms of the Great Charter, &c., the said Hugh had been taken into the King's special protection. They are warned, therefore, not to molest the said Hugh wherever he may be found in the King's realm, and to restore anything taken from him. This order to remain in force for one year. Dated at Westminster, 8 Dec., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321]. (fn. 23)

Litera communitatis missa d'no R' de gratia liabenda de libertatibus pendentibus coram cons', etc.

Letter from the Commonalty of the City to the King praying him to restore to the citizens the Mayoralty in the same state as before the taking of the City into his hand, and to allow the other franchises of the City then under the consideration of his Council. He is further prayed to delay levying the estreats adjudged at the Iter held at the Tower until the quinzaine of Easter, in consideration of the charge incurred in safeguarding the City. Dated 20 Jan., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321-2].

Writ to the Sheriffs of London to the effect that whereas the King had taken under his special protection both Hugh le

Breve Reg' pro H. le Despenser seniore et juniore suscept' in proteccionem suam.

Despenser the elder and Hugh le Despenser the younger, who had been sentenced to exile by the great ones of the realm and had surrendered themselves to prison for justice to be done, as was more fully contained in the King's letters patent thereon to have effect for one year, (fn. 24) they (the Sheriffs) are to see that the said letters be duly proclaimed and observed. Dated at Cirencester, 25 Dec., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Br'e R' directum vic' ad capiend' Barth'm de Batlesmere.

Writ to the Sheriffs of London for the arrest of Bartholomew de "Batlesmere" wherever he may be found in their bailiwick. Witness the King at Cirencestre, 26 Dec., 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

Folio cxxx.

L'ra Maiorat' missa d'no R' pro quibusdam utlagandis et quibusdam negociis tangent' Maiorem.

Letter from the Mayor to the King to the effect that the civic authorities being unable to proceed with the outlawries of those who were put in exigent at the Iter at the Tower until they could report to the King that such outlaws had been demanded in the King's Husting, according to the custom of the City, (fn. 25) they now report that such demand had been made, and nothing remained but to proceed to outlawry, and they pray the King to give them orders accordingly. They further pray that the King will give orders to the Chancellor that speedy justice be done to them in respect of certain Flemings against whom they had obtained judgment. Dated 20 Jan.. 15 Edw. II. [A.D. 1321-2].

Processus Phiperariorum (fn. 26) de Cornhulle.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to the effect that whereas Simon "Ricoungay," (fn. 27) Richard le Taillour and Johanna his wife, William de Plomptone, William de Abyndone, John de Smalwode, Henry Avelyne de Kyngestone, Thomas le Chapman, living near Richard le Taillour, William Pilard, "oystermonger," William le Hosiere, Richard le Cartere de Suthwerk, Walter Radioun, living at Clerkenewelle, Roger Panyfader de Houndesdiche, Richard de Ware, John "Bithe Walle," William de Abyndone and Alice his wife, John de Suthwerk, "bribour," John [le] Bribour de Houndesdiche, James de Essex, Robert de Grantle, Ralph de Lenne, Peter Borel, Richard de Meltone, William de Alegate, Adam de Essex, Walter de Oxon', William Joye, "gurdeler," Nicholas de Ounde, William de Kent, William "ate White Chapele," Robert de Haderston, William de Beverle, residing at Suthwerk Barre, Henry de Litellond, John Michel, John Yorpp' (de Thorp), Roger le Hosier, Roger of the parish of St. Sepulchre, Peter of the same parish, Thomas de Cripelgate, Robert de Parnnslond, John Michel and Juliana his wife, John de Warewyk, John Pecok, John de Grauntebrigge, and John de Bedeford had sold old clothes, hose (caligas), and other wares by night at Cornhulle contrary to the established custom of the City, and had been forbidden to do so in future by order of Hervey de Stantone and his fellow-justices itinerant at the Tower, (fn. 28) they nevertheless continued to sell their wares, and forcibly to hold markets after vespers, the said Mayor and Sheriffs are to inquire into the matter and punish the offenders. Witness the King at Westminster, 25 Sept., 15 Edw. II. [A.D. 1321].

Folio cxxx b.

An inquisition accordingly held in the presence of Hamo de Chigewelle, the Mayor, and Richard Costantyn and Richard de Hakeneie, Sheriffs, on Monday before the Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321]. The jurors, viz., Richard de Uggele, William de Bery, Richard de Are, William de Grenstede, John de Notingham, Richard Swift, Edmund de Mohaut, Richard Deveneys, William de Grantebrigge, John de Bery, Laurence le Barber, and William de Manhale, find the following guilty of unlawfully exposing wares for sale, viz., Simon Ricoungay, Richard de Oxon', taillour, Matilda his wife, Richard de Barwe, Thomas Champioun, William de Abyndone, John [de] Smalwode, Robert de la Valeie, Sarah his wife, Henry Avelyne de Kingestone, Thomas de Hodesdone, Margery his wife, Thomas le Chapman, William Pilard, "oistermonger," Daniel le Peleter, Philip de Donstaple, Margery his wife, Richard le Cartere de Suthwerk, Andrew le Long and Margaret his wife, Nicholas de Donstaple, John le Bribour de Houndesdiche, Nicholas de Yepeswyche, Margery his wife, Robert de Stowe, John le Clerk, Cristina his wife, Richard de Ware, John "Bithewalle," Thomas de Buntingford, Robert de St. Ives, Geoffrey de Hicchen, Henry Peronele, Simon le Blake, William de Abyndone and Alice his wife, John le Bribour de Suthwerk, "Yon" le Bribour de Hundesdiche, James de Essex, Robert de Grantle, Richard de Lenne, Peter Burel, Richard de Meltone, William de Donstaple, " Amflusa" his wife, William de Alegate, Adam de Essex, William "ate Whitechapele," William de Beverle, residing at the Bar of Suthwerk, Juliana de Bassieshawe, John Michel, John de Thorp, Roger le Hosiere, Thomas de Crepelgate, John de Warwyk, Simon de Hodesdone, John Pecok, John de Grantebrigge, William Osbern, John de Bedeford, John de Dounham, Clarice his wife, Robert Ramage, Simon del Crokedelane, John de Caunterburi and Leticia his wife, Agnes de Caunterburi, and Margery le Chapman.


  • 1. Referring apparently to questions that had arisen at the Iter of 1321. See 'Liber Cust.,' i. 297, 301-2, 362-5, 385-406.
  • 2. Printed in 'Chron. Edward I. and II.,' vol. i. p. 296, where the date given is 1 Aug., 1321.
  • 3. Thursday "in the preparation" for the Passover, i.e., the day before Good Friday.
  • 4. Parliament sat from 15 July to 22 August. 'Chron. Edward I. and II.,' vol. ii. p. 258 n.
  • 5. Cf. supra, p. 137.
  • 6. The wife of Sir Bartholomew de Badlesmere had recently closed the doors of Leeds Castle, co. Kent, against Queen Isabella in the absence of her husband, and the King had, with the assistance of a contingent sent by the City, avenged the insult by laying siege to and capturing the castle. ('Chron. Edw. I. and II.,' vol. i. pp. 298, 299.) William de Touuetone appears to have been sworn a member of the City force as a substitute for Simon de Turgys and to have made default. That the City's conduct on this occasion in supplying the King with a military force to serve outside the City should not be made a precedent was guarded against by a special charter dated 12 Dec., 1321. (Preserved at the Guildhall.)
  • 7. Printed in 'Liber Cust.' (i. 346) among the proceedings recorded of the Iter. The original letters patent are preserved at the Guildhall.
  • 8. Roger Mortimer of Chirk and Roger Mortimer of Wigmore, his nephew, the former being a son and the latter a grandson of Roger Mortimer, the friend and ally of Edward I. Both had joined in the general outcry against the King's new favourites, the Despensers, father and son; but taken by surprise at the King's activity, and disappointed in not receiving help from the Earl of Lancaster, they yielded themselves prisoners to the King at Shrewsbury, as described in this letter. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 346n., 347, 349; 'Chron. Edward I. and II.,' vol. ii. p. 264.
  • 9. Ludlow, co. Salop.
  • 10. Another copy of the letter appears infra, p. 161.
  • 11. Isleham, co. Camb.
  • 12. In the accounts relating to the possessions of the Earl of Lancaster and his adherents, and preserved in the Public Record Office, they are not styled rebels or traitors, but "contrariants."
  • 13. On 15 Nov. the King had issued a writ to the Sheriffs, notifying his intention to put down sedition in various parts of the country, and ordering them to safeguard the City in his absence. Rymer's 'Fodera,' vol. ii. pt. i. p. 460.
  • 14. This was probably one of the matters discussed with the Earl of Pembroke, concerning which the King had expressed surprise in his letter that he had received no answer.
  • 15. Printed in Rymer's 'Fodera,' vol. ii. pt. i. p. 460.
  • 16. Ongar, co. Essex.
  • 17. At the close of the month the King dispatched another writ to the Mayor informing him of a convocation about to assemble in London (for the purpose of getting the clergy to declare the recent proceedings by the lords against the Despensers to be illegal), and bidding him keep a watchful eye over those who make the convocation a pretext for gaining admission to the City. Rymer's 'Fodera,' vol. ii. pt. i. p. 461; Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 348.
  • 18. This probably refers to a charter of "service," i.e., a charter binding the citizens to serve the King in future wars, which the King wanted to impose on the City. Aungier, 'French Chron.' (Riley's translation), pp. 254, 255.
  • 19. Langley Marish, co. Bucks. The King was on his way to Cirencester, where he kept Christmas. 'Chron. Edward I. and II.,' vol. i. pp. 300. 301; vol. ii. p. 264.
  • 20. Printed in Rymer's 'Fodera,' vol. ii. pt. i. p. 459. The Earl had called a meeting of the prominent members of his party at Doncaster for the 29th Nov.
  • 21. The letters patent (or charter) to this effect, already mentioned, bear date the 12th Dec. Cf. supra, p. 147n.
  • 22. Aldermaston, co. Berks.
  • 23. Printed in Rymer's 'Fodera,' vol. ii. pt. i. p. 463.
  • 24. It will be noticed that the letters patent recorded just above make no mention of the elder Despenser.
  • 25. The whole procedure relative to outlawry in the City was made the subject of an inquiry at the recent Iter, and the questions and answers are fully recorded in the City's 'Liber Cust.' (i. 333-338).
  • 26. Or "Reconiai." Vide 'Liber Cust.,' i. 426, 427.
  • 27. Phelipers or fripperers, dealers in old clothes and furniture.
  • 28. On 15 July a writ of certiorari touching a presentment that had been made of the doings of these fripperers had been sent to Hervey de Stantone; and on the 30th the King had sent orders to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation against these fripperers carrying on their business after vespers had been sounded in the church of St. Thomas de Acon. See 'Liber Cust.,' i. 426, 427.