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Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: F, 1337-1352. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1904.

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Be it remembered that in the house called "la Bretask," (fn. 1) near the Tower of London, there are 7 springalds and 380 quarels feathered with "latone" and with heads; and 500 quarels feathered with wood, with heads and 29 cords called "strenges." Also 8 bows of ash for the same springalds.

Also at Alegate, viz.: beyond the gate thereof, 1 springald with 2 "strenges" and a "faussecord" for the same. Also 40 quarels feathered with "latone" and headed with iron.

Also in the Chamber of the Guildhall there are 6 instruments of "latone" called (vocata) "Gonnes," with 5 "teleres" (fn. 2) for the same. Also pellets of lead for the same instruments which weigh 400 lb. and a half. Also 32 lb. of powder for the said instruments.

7 Oct., 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], came John Lovekyn, "sherman," now draper and citizen of London, before Richard de Berkynge, Alderman, and Thomas de Maryns, Chamberlain, and acknowledged satisfaction of all debts due to him by Robert de Waltham.

Memorandum touching a springald with 80 quarels feathered with "latone" and headed with iron, and 2 "strenges" and a fauss[ecord]....... "bowes" of ash for the same, and 24 targes of the same pattern as other targes (de secta aliorum targiorum) delivered to William Haunsard, under penalty...... to the Commonalty, as he allowed before Henry Darci, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, .

Folio i.

L'ra Joh'is de Syndlesham et Walt'i de Mordon' ad conservand' Societatem Bardor' in dempn' de iiij xx x floren.'

sol. ijs. vjd.

Deed of acquittance by John de Syndlesham, called John de Bedyngtone, brother and heir of Sir Richard de Syndlesham, deceased, and Walter de Mordone, citizens and burgesses of London, to Dino Fozortti, of the Society of the Bardi of Florence, for the sum of 90 gold florins of Florence due to the late Sir Richard, and covenant to indemnify the said Dino and Society in respect of the said payment. Dated 19 July, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Eleccio custod' Pont'.

Friday before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337], Henry Cros elected Warden of the Bridge and sworn, &c., before Sir John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, John de Grantham, Gregory de Nortone, John Hamond, and John de Caustone, Aldermen.

De denar' a civibus mu tuat'.

A memorandum [inter alia] to the effect that the lord the King owed the good men of London for loans made in the Mayoralty of Andrew Aubrey and Richard Lacer the sum of £6,333 6s. 8d.

Folio i b.

De uno mes' cum pert' in suburbio London' quod co'itas London' pet' v' Ep'm de Bedelem.

The Commonalty of the City of London, by Ralph Pecok their attorney, demand against Hugh, Bishop of Bedleem, a certain messuage in the suburb of London. The said Bishop defends the right and puts himself on an inquest of the country, after the manner of a Great Assize, according to the custom of the City, as to whether he has not the greater right to the said messuage as the right of his church of St. Mary de Bedleem. Accordingly, let twenty-four be summoned against the next Court, &c.

Pleas of land held on Monday the morrow of H. Trinity [9 June], 25 Edward I. [A. D. 1297] Proceedings touching the above messuage After making default, the Bishop appears by his attorney, but fails to maintain his defence. Judgment for the Commonalty.

Folio ii.

The account of Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, of the receipt of 1,100 marks granted to King Edward III. for a fifteenth at his Parliament held at Westminster the morrow of the Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.], (fn. 3) the eighth year of his reign [A. D. 1334], which fifteenth was collected in the ninth year, viz.:

Of William Box and his fellows, collectors of Tower Ward, £56.

Of Adam Pykeman, &c., of the Ward of Billyngesgate, £30.

Of John Lovekyn, &c., of the Ward of Bridge, £51 18s. 8d., viz., of £53 assessed in the said Ward.

Of Maurice Turgis, &c., of the Ward of Alegate, £7.

Of Peter de Westone, &c., of the Ward of Portsokne, £8.

Of William de Sabrichesworth, &c., of the Ward of Lymestrete, 27s. 8d.

Of Laurence Sely, &c., of the Ward of Walebroke, £48 13s. 4d., viz., of £50 assessed in the said Ward.

Of Henry de Norhamptone, &c., of the Ward of Bisshopesgate, £22.

Of Robert atte Conduyt, &c., of the Ward of Cornhull, £15.

Of John de Sothereye, &c., of the Ward of Langebourne, £19 9s. 4d., viz., of £21 assessed.

Of Thomas de Wynton', &c., of the Ward of Candelwykestrete, £16

Of Henry de Prestone, &c., of the Ward of Douegate, £35.

Of Nicholas atte Mersshe, &c., of the Ward of Bradestrete, £26.

Of Thomas de Waledene, &c., of the Ward of Chepe, £72 9s. 4d.

Of Peter atte Corner, &c., of the Ward of Aldresgate, £4 14s. 8d.

Of John de Dallynge, &c., of the Ward of Bassieshawe, £6 18s., viz., of £7 assessed.

Of Alan de Tychewell, &c., of the Ward of Queenhithe, £22 3s. 4d., viz., of £23 assessed.

Of Simon de Turnham, &c., of the Ward of Castle Baynard, £9 16s. 4d.

Of John Kyng, &c., of the Ward of Colmanstrete, £19.

Of John de Gloucestre, &c., of the Ward of Bredstrete, £37.

Of John de Bredstrete, &c., of the Ward of Cordewanerstrete, £72 16s.

Of Henry le Palmere, &c., of Vintry, £43 3s. 4d.

Of Geoffrey atte Gate, &c., of the Ward of Farndone Within, £50 6s. 8d., viz., of £54 assessed.

Of Reginald de Thorpe, &c., of the Ward of Farndone Without, £30, viz., of £32 assessed.

Of William de Pertenhale, &c., of the Ward of Crepelgate Within, and of John Marchaunt, &c., of the Ward of Crepelgate Without, £50.

Sum total of assessment, £775 12s.

Whereof the Chamberlain received £754 16s. 8d., out of which there was paid £733 6s. 8d. to Master Paul de Montefiore (Monte Florum), the King's Clerk; and there remains £21 10s. Also paid for cloth and shearing for a surcoat for the King's Serjeant-at-Arms, 109s. 5d. Also to the King's messenger, to the Queen's rein-bearer (ductori freni), and minstrels, 68s. 8d., &c. (fn. 4)

Folio ii b.

The account of Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, rendered before Reginald de Conduit, and Ralph de Uptone, Alderman (aldermanno), and Richard de Welleford, commoner, auditors assigned by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty in the Husting of Pleas of Land held on Monday the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337], of payments and receipts made from Monday before the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.], 9 Edward III. [A. D. 1334-5], on which day he was admitted to the office of Chamberlain, to the Feast of the Ascension, viz., 29 May, anno 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Total of receipts, £104 19s.

Total of expenses, £103 and 22d.

Folio iii.

Money collected and borrowed for ships sent to sea temp Reginald de Conduit, Mayor, and Thomas de Maryns, Chamberlain, anno 10 Edward III. [A. D. 1336].

From John de Tholouse, 60s.; Andrew Portenar, 100s.; John Anketill, 100s.; John de Prestone, 60s.; William de Thorneye, 60s.; John de Stontone, 60s.; John de Gloucestre, 60s. William de Mordone, 50s.; William de Ware, 60s.; Robert Wynhelm, 60s.; Richard Costantyn, 60s.; John de Grantham, 100s.; John de Brendewode, 60s.; Richard de Lomhethe, 60s.; Richard de Kyselyngbery, 60s.; Bartholomew Thomasyn, 60s.; Richard Ascelyn, 60s.; Thomas de Holdene, 60s.; John de Oxon', 100s.; William de Briklesworth, 100s.; Simon de Mereworth, 60s.; Hereman le Skyppere, 60s.; Henry Wymond and William Box, 100s.; Andrew Aubry, 60s.; William de Stanes, 60s.

Total, £86 10s.

[Here follow particulars of disbursements, which are set out in Riley's 'Memorials,' p. 198.]

Folio iii b.

Depueris Walteri le Ussher.

Thursday after the Feast of St. Andrew [30 Nov]., 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337], came Philip Gentil, senior, before John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, and the rest of the Aldermen and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, and covenanted to answer for the property demised by Walter le Ussher, (fn. 5) tanner, to his daughters Sarah, Alice, and Johanna. Surety, Stephen le Cotiller.

Folio iv.

Names of those who lent the money underwritten for making presents to the King, the Queen, and other magnates temp. John de Pulteneye, Mayor, and Thomas de Maryns, Chamberlain, viz., at the Parliament held on Monday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1336-7]. (fn. 6) which money so lent each of them has a bill under seal of the Chamber in these words, viz. :-

There are due to Peter de Triple, spicer, of the assize next to be levied in the City of London 20 shillings sterling, which he lent for making presents to the King, Queen, and other magnates, Saturday before the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord [6 Jan.], 10 Edward III. [A. D. 1335-6]. In witness whereof the seal of the Chamber of the Guildhall to these presents has been set. Dated in the Guildhall aforesaid, the aforesaid day and year.

Folio iv b.

Peter de Triple, spicer, 40s.; Robert de Hennewode, vintner, 40s.; "Torro" Ody, Lombard, 20s.; Laurence de Braughynge, 60s.; Gore le Spicer, 60s.; John de Dallynge, 40s.; John de Aylesham, 60s.; Robert Swote, 20s.; John Gut, spicer, 100s.; Roger de Forsham, 100s.; Adam Lucas, 40s.; Ralph de Lenne, 40s.; Richard le Mirorer, 60s.; John Knopwede, 40s.; Goscelin Osbarn, 40s.; Thomas atte Wyche, 30s.; John Lovekyn, 60s.; Bartholomew Thomasyn, spicer, 100s.; William de Rothynge, 40s.; Henry de Prestone, 40s.; Bartholomew Deumars, 60s.; William de Mordone, 20s.; Henry de Braughynge, 60s.; Thomas Bole, "ferroun," 60s.; John de Oxon', 100s.; Geoffrey le Tableter, 40s.; Geoffrey Aleyn, fishmonger, 40s.; John Hauteyn, 40s.; William le Hore, 40s.; William Haunsard, 100s.; Richard de Lincoln, 40s.; William de Cave, 40s.; Thomas Hauteyn, 40s.; John de Godestone, 40s.; Richard le Long, "pessoner," 100s.; Simon de Bronnesford, 40s.; Walter Turk, 60s.; John Cotoun, 40s.; Robert de Eynesham, 40s.; Thomas Cavendisshe, 40s.; Robert de Thorneye, 60s.; William de Wyrcestre, "felmonger'," 40s.; Walter Neel, 60s.; John Syward, 40s.; John Fynch, "vineter," 40s.; Roger de Bernes, 20s.; Adam de St. Alban, 40s.; Gilbert le Palmere, 40s.; William de Thorneye, 40s.; Burnet Lespicer, 40s.; John Anketill, 40s.; Henry Cros, 40s.; Michael Mynot, 20s.; John de Westwyk, "chaundeler,"£3, John de Romeye, 40s.; William de Wetheresfeld, 40s.; Thomas de Wynton', 20s.; John Hablount, 60s.; John de Croydone, 40s.; John Lambyn, 30s.; William de Ware, 60s.; John Pecche, "taillour," 40s.; John de Triple, 20s.; Roger le Chaundeler, 40s.; Walter Paterlynge, 40s.; Walter de Moredone, 40s.; Richard de Stondone, 40s.; John de Tholouse, 40s.; Richard de Rothynge, 100s.; Nicholas Pongge, 20s.; Thomas de Holedene, 40s.; Hugh de Portesmouthe, 20s.; Geoffrey de Wyntertone, 40s.; Roger de Ely, 20s.; Henry Wymond, 20s.; the executors of the will of Walter le Ussher, 100s.; Robert de Manhale, 100s.; William Box, 40s.; Thomas de Worsted, 20s.; Hugh de St. Neot, 20s.; Nicholas Hotot, woolmonger, 20s.; Simon le Bakere, 40s.; William Brangwayn, 20s.; Robert le Ropere, 40s.; Gilbert de Mordone, 20s.; Richard de Lamhuthe, 20s.; Richard Double, 10s.; John de Ware, 20s.; Adam Aspal, 20s.; Nicholas de Dunstaple, junior, 20s.; Thomas de Bury, 40s.; John de Pastone, 20s.; Roger de Shorne, 20s.; Theobald de Caustone, 20s.; John Hosebond, 60s.; William Aylleward, 20s; Thomas de Waledene, 20s.; Richard de Carletone, 20s.; William de Neuport, 20s.; Roger atte Ponde, 40s.; Alan Gille, 40s.; Geoffrey atte Gate, 20s.; Gilbert Pany, 20s.; Adam de Wrastlyngworth, 20s.; Simon de Mereworth, £4, Henry atte Rothe, 40s.; James Gurnay, "sherman," 20s.; William de Hoo, "cordewaner," 60s.; John atte Sole, 20s.; William de Pertenhale, 20s.; John de Nortone, 20s.; Hamo le Barbier, 40s.; Henry le Cheyner, 40s.; Robert de Gildeford, 40s.; Gilbert de Bromele, fishmonger, 20s.; Richard de Reynham, mercer, 40s.; Hereman le Skippere, 20s.; William Clapitous, 40s.; John Trappe, 20s.; William de Stanes, 40s.; Walter de Lyndewode, 20s.; Thomas atte Vine, 20s.; John Thurgode, 20s.; Robert de Chesthunte, one mark, Richard atte Gate, 20s.; Alice la Northerne, 20s.; Simon atte Gate, 20s.; John Odyerne, 20s.; Stephen Lucas, 20s.; Robert atte Gate, 20s.; William de St. Helen, 40s.; Richard le Kyng, 20s.; William de Lyndeseye, 20s.; Thomas Broun, 20s.


Henry Darci, 100s.; Richard Costantyn, 40s.; Richard de Berkynge, 40s.; Hugh le Marberer, 100s.; Hugh de Dedham, 60s.; Richard de Welleford, 40s.; Maurice Turgys, 40s.; Ralph de Uptone and John Someresham, 60s.; Thomas de Swanland, 60s.; John de Keselyngbery, 40s.; Geoffrey le Botiller, 20s. Total, £30.

Folio v.

Philip Dykeman, 10s.; William de Caustone, 100s.; Robert de Wyke, Robert de Shordyche, John de Toppesfeld, £4; William de Grubbelane, 20s.; Henry de Denecombe, 20s.; William de Poumfreyt, 60s.; Gilbert le Tymbermongere, 20s.; Malyna atte Vine, 30s.; Thomas de Farnham, 20s.; Roger Madour, 20s.; John de Herewardstoke, 40s.; John Leche, 20s.; Richard Ascelyn, 40s.; Ralph de Grauntebregge, 20s.; Richard Denys, 20s.; Thomas atte Rededore, 20s.; John Oweyn, skinner, 20s.; Thomas Leggy, 20s.; Nicholas Crane, 60s.; John Bonet, 20s.; Ralph de Halstede, called Nunthay, 20s.; Richard Lacer, 100s.; Johanna, wife of William de St. Alban, 20s.; John Hamond, 100s.; John Deynes, 10s.; John de Grantham, 60s.; John Fychet, 20s.; Nicholas atte Mersshe, 13s. 4d.; John Myls, 20s.; William Bronne, "ferroun," 20s.; Peter de Westone, "pottere," 20s.; Agnes Lucas, 60s.; Thomas Curteys, 13s. 4d.; Gilbert de Sarum, 20s.; Adam de Kyngestone, 13s. 4d.; Henry de Combemartyn, 40s.; William Shep, 10s.; the executors of Geoffrey de Halywell, 20s.; Walter Page, 10s.; William Beauflour, 40s.; Adam Pykeman, 20s.; Simon Fraunceys, 60s.; John de Mockynge, 40s.; John de Prestone, corder, 60s.; Thomas de Ware, fishmonger, 13s. 4d.; John Cole, "brassour," 20s.; Nicholas de Caustone, 13s. 4d.

Sum total, £369.

[Here follow particulars of disbursements of the above money, all of which are printed in the 'Memorials' (pp. 198, 199), with the exception of the sum of 160 marks expended on obtaining a writ of acquittance for the citizens, and another sum of £14 expended on obtaining another writ for raising the cost of three ships sent to sea in aid of the King's war, and other writs affecting the City.]

Folio v b.

Also the aforesaid Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, received from a certain assessment made in the City by assent of Sir John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty before the Feast of the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337], for sending archers into Gascony in the King's service and other expenses incurred in obtaining a charter annulling a certain statute which was opposed to the liberties of the City, (fn. 7) and for the repair of the gates of Aldresgate and Crepelgate and the wall hard by, &c., viz :-

Of John Yon and his fellow-collectors of the Ward of Billyngesgate, £18.

Of Thomas de Waledene, &c., of the Ward of Chepe, £42 10s.

Of Nicholas Pong, &c., of Bisshopesgate, £14.

Of Henry atte Lanend, &c., of Candelwyk, £9.

Of Maurice Turgis, &c., of Alegate, £4 10s.

Of Simon Turgis, &c., of Tower, £28 10s.

Of Ralph de Cantebrege, &c., of Cornhulle, £9.

Of Richard de Welleford, &c., of Cordewanerstrete, £41.

Of Peter le Coffrer, &c., of Bradestrete, £15 17s.

Of William de Cave, &c., of Walebroke, £27.

Of John de Croydone, &c., of Bridge, £31 15s.

Of John Tiffeld, &c., of Bredstrete, £22 8s.

Of John Tornegold, &c., of Castle Baynard, £6.

Of William Pertenhale, &c., of Crepelgate Within, £21.

Of William de Wrotham, &c., of Langebourn, £11.

Of John Dallynge, &c., of Bassieshawe, £4 10s.

Of William de Neuport, &c., of Queenhithe, £14 13s.

Of John Kyng, &c., of Colemanstrete, £11 5s.

Of Robert de Cantebrege, &c., of Aldresgate, 60s.

Of William de Toppesfeld, &c., of Farndon Without, £15 8s.

Of Robert Shordyche, &c., of Farndon Within, £31 6s. 8d.

Of Henry Moncoy, &c., of Vintry, £21 10s.

Of Henry Denecombe, &c., of Crepelgate Without, £10.

Of Bartholomew Deumars, &c., of Douegate, £21.

Of John de Romeneye, &c., of Portsokne, £3 5s.

Total, £438 7s. 8d.

Folio vi.

Script' int' Henr' de Arderne de Henlee dimit tent' et Ric'm Rosse recipient' et.

Indenture of lease from Henry de Arderne de Henlee to Richard Rosse, corder, of a brewery, shops, &c., in the parish of St. Nicholas Olof in Bredstrete for a term of four years Sealed during the Mayoralty of John de Pulteneye, Knt., and the Shrievalty of John de Northalle and William Curteys de Briklesworth, R[ichard] de Rothynge being Alderman of the Ward, (fn. 8) &c. Witnesses, William de Ware, Richard de Ware, John le Coroner, Maurice le Ropere, &c. Dated Wednesday before the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Br'e pro quin gentis homini bus mittend' apud Portesmuth.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs for providing 500 foot soldiers armed with "aketone," bacinet, lance, &c., to be sent to Portesmuth by the eve of Pentecost [8 June] for transmission abroad. Witness the King at Westminster, 24 March, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1336-7].

Folio vi b.

Aliud br'e pro quingentis hominibus apud Portesmuth mittendis.

Writ to the same extending the time for the above foot soldiers to be at Portesmuth until Trinity Sunday [15 June]. Witness the King at Wyndesore, 10 April, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Br'e pro proclamacione quod homines d'ni Regis electi sint apud Portesmuth in festo Sc'e Trinitatis.

Writ to the same for proclamation to be made that the above foot soldiers, as well as the masters and seamen of ships seized for the King's use, be at Portesmuth with the said ships by Trinity Sunday. Witness the King at Wyndesore, 27 April, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Br'e ad supersedend' de ccc hominibus mittendis apud Portesmuth ad requisicionem d'ni Joh'is de Pulteneye Matoris et ad mittend' ibidem cc homines sagittarios.

Writ to the same complaining of their dilatoriness in executing the King's orders, as well as of the physique of the men selected for his service, and bidding them select 200 archers of the 500 men required, from among the strongest and healthiest men of the City, to be ready in the quinzaine of the Nativity St. John Bapt., the selection of the remainder being postponed at the request of John de Pulteneye, the Mayor. Witness the King at Staunford, 1 June, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Folio vii.

Br'e quod missio hominum extra civitatem non edat in prejudicium civitatis.

Letters patent to the effect that the aid furnished by the City for the Duchy of Aquitaine should not be drawn into precedent Witness the King at Staunford, 1 June, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Br'e ad delib' and' sagittar' d'no Joh'i de Norwyco.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs for the delivery of the abovementioned 200 archers to John de Norwych to proceed with him to the Duchy. Dated at Claryndon, (fn. 9) 1 Aug, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Folio vii b.

Names of archers sent to parts of Gascony by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of London in aid of the King's war with the King of France, 4 Aug., 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Henry Garlaund, vintainer (fn. 10) and centainer, (fn. 11) finds surety for himself and his vintaine, viz., Richard Costantyn and John le Kyng de Wodestrete, and has under him, viz. :-

Nicholas Esher, John Youn, John de Kyngeswode, William de Bardeneye, Henry de Egyntone, Walter de Wylleye, William de Lenham, Walter Somery, Nicholas de Went, Matthew de Went, John de Went, John de Shyngelton, John Alayn de Shyngelton, Richard de Kynebautone, Roger atte Chaumbre, Adam de Arderne, Richard de Whityngham, and Richard de Normanville.

Roger de Caxtone, vintainer, mainprised by John de Ikelyngham, and the said Roger mainprised a vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

John Burgeoys de Horsham, William Knyght, John de Waltone, John Reulebon, Richard de Parys, Thomas Priour, Henry Galeys, William de Redham, Thomas de Donstaple, John de Somersete, John de Maydenstan, John de Ebor', physician, John Priour, "bocher," John de Blounham, John Robert, Robert Devenisshe, Bartholomew de Okham, William de Redyng, and John de Shrouesbury, taillour.

Thomas de Dentone, vintainer, mainprised by William Sorweles, and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz.:-

John Fraunceys, Thomas de Wantynge, John Wyger, John, son of Robert le Cook, William Gase, Thomas de Westminster, Robert de Wardone, Richard Fisshe, Richard Cotel, Geoffrey de Pekham, Thomas Hendekyn, John atte Cros, William Travers, Thomas de Bartone, Stephen de Newcastle, John de Donewyche, John le Mareschal de Aynho, William Smert, and Thomas de Mynstretone.

Nicholas de Reymes, vintainer, mainprised by John le Cook, "chaucer," and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

William de Uptone, Robert Horn, Benedict atte Rothe, William Scot, Richard Vivien, John atte Hay, Nicholas Pycot, Ralph de Burtone, "diegher," Peter Lovel, William Herberd, John de Ebor', peleter, John de Picheford, John de Derby, John de Bedeford, "taillour," John de Stuntefeld, Thomas de Uphull, Laurence Russel, John le Long, Nicholas de Leghtone.

Folio viii.

John le Parker, vintainer, mainprised by Geoffrey le Barber of Queenhithe, Nicholas de Reymes, John atte Grove, John de Draytone, and Henry le Joynour, and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

Henry le Glover, John de Romford, John le Doo, Salomon de Laufare, James Wylcher, Robert Sergeaunt, John de Burgh, John atte Lee, John de Gloucestre, Henry de Hellyngeleye, Henry de Grenstede, Thomas de Crulfeld, Roger Boneye, William de Bryncheslee, Richard de Shiryngtone, Walter Dymmoke, John Gerveys, Thomas Hare, and John de Aukeland.

Thomas Hereberd, centainer and vintainer, mainprised by John le Clerk, Sheriff, and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

Roger de Herlostone, Roland de Colebroke, John le Chapman, Thomas de Piphurst, Richard Fauconer, William de Lodelowe, John de Norhamptone, John le Barber de Flete, John de Benyngtone, John de Malmesbury, Denny le Cook, John de Billebury, John Cook de Berkynge, John de Wykendene, William Kyng, Richard Wolf, Richard de Newyntone, Paulin Chaumberleyn, and Adam Grenelef.

John le Devenisshe, vintainer, mainprised by Henry Garlaund and Nicholas de Reymes, and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

Thomas Busshons, John le Marechal de Croydone, John de Wardone, William Baudry, John de Ottleye, Simon Bas, John de Kirkeby de Kendale, Gilbert Morice, John de Bedeford, "skinnere," Adam de Southam, John de Grimesby, Thomas de Cornubia, "ferrour," John de Bury, John de Bernyngham, Richard Dundalk, John Hervy, Nicholas Dirlande, Robert Kilpek, and Robert Bynde.

Richard de Stauntone, vintainer, mainprised by Roger de Pekesdene and William de Lodelowe, and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

William Crips de Bockebroke, John de Watford, "bowyere," William de St. Alban, William de Rotlond, John de Walshale, William de Kestevene, John de Wyndesore, John de Stoke, Thomas de Multone, John de Pedewardyn, Roger de Barewe, John de Rokyngham, John le Coupere, Henry de Pertone, John de Okthorpe, clerk, John de Bradelee, Alan de Cestre, Thomas de Mershetone, and William Bataille.

Folio viii b.

John Priour, armourer, vintainer, mainprised by Adam de Essex and John de Draytone, and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

Simon Hunte, Richard Cokey, John de Morland, Richard de Belcham, Thomas de Dallyngge, Thomas de Uske, Richard Cavenard, William Faunt, John Jordan, Thomas Walssheman, Ralph de Thorpe, Thomas de Stanes, Walter de Bolneye, William Shipman, John de Brykleswade, John Peverel, Thomas Jurdan, Richard Rose, and Thomas de Landaf, "carpenter."

Richard Derewent, vintainer, mainprised by Adam de Essex and John de Draytone, and he mainprises his vintaine, and has under him, viz. :-

Roger Broun, Adam de Wrotham, John Duraunt, Thomas de Melton Moubray, Alexander de Berdefeld, Thomas de Ebor', "copersmyth," William le Bakere, John de Pokelyngtone, John atte Grove, William de Coventre, Robert Derewent, John Ballard de Willesdone, Thomas de Pampesworth, Gilbert de Tauntone, John de Lincoln, goldsmith, William Dauncer, Robert de Wakerle, Richard le Bakere, and Hugh le Fauconer.

Carta d'ni Regis E tercii ad aanulland' quoddam statutum editum in contrarium libertat' civitatis.

Letters patent of Edward III. to the effect that whereas in a Parliament held at York on the morrow of the Ascension [25 May], anno 9 Edward III. [A. D. 1335], (fn. 12) it was enacted that all merchants, strangers and natives, might sell, if they would, to foreigner and native, save only the King's enemies, corn, wine, merchandise of weight (averium ponderis), flesh, fish, or other victual, wool, cloth, and other goods vendible, in cities, boroughs, vills, ports, &c., within the liberties or without; and whereas it was further enacted that no foreigner or native should be prevented selling such victuals and goods in such places, excepting wines imported into the realm, any charter of liberty to any such city or place as aforesaid to the contrary notwithstanding; and whereas in the statutes of the said Parliament, as of other Parliaments, it has been granted and established that the great charter of the liberties of England in all and singular its articles should be maintained and firmlv observed, and in the same charter it is contained, among other things, that the City of London should have its ancient liberties and free customs uninjured; and whereas it was the intention of us and our progenitors, as well as of the Prelates, Earls, and Barons in the aforesaid Parliaments, and is now our intention, that, by pretext of the statute aforesaid or any other, nothing should be to the prejudice or weakening of the said charter or of the ancient liberties or customs of the City aforesaid; we, wishing to declare our intention that the citizens of that City should not be unduly molested touching their liberties and customs aforesaid contrary to such intent, have granted, with the assent of the Prelates, Earls, and Barons in the present Parliament assembled, for us and our heirs, that the citizens of the aforesaid City and their heirs and successors shall have all their liberties and free customs uninjured and entire as before these times they more freely had the same, the aforesaid statute for the said merchants enacted in prejudice of the liberties and customs of the aforesaid City notwithstanding. Witness the King at Westminster, 26 March, 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337]. (fn. 13)

Folio ix.

Expenses and payments made in respect of two hundred archers sent to Bristol with their wages in the service of the lord the King in parts of Gascony, anno 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337]. (fn. 14)

Folio ix b.

Friday before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337], before John de Grantham, Andrew Aubrey, John Hamond, Richard le Lacer, and Simon Fraunceys, Aldermen, William Haunsard, Henry de Prestone, John de Dallyngge, Richard de Welleford, and Thomas de Waledene, Commoners, and other Aldermen and Commoners [not named], auditors of the Chamberlain's account, there was allowed to Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, the sum of 60s, which had been paid by him to John de Grantham for a horse which the said John lost on the business of the City in going to the Parliament at York (fn. 15) in the ninth year of the reign of King Edward III. [A. D. 1335].

And afterwards Richard de Berkynge, Alderman, and the aforesaid Thomas the Chamberlain, were appointed by John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, and the Aldermen to make a new wall adjoining the gate of Crepelgate, and to repair and cover with lead the said gate and the gate of Aldersgate, and to make two small houses under the said gates for lodging the gate-keepers therein.

Account of Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, up to the 7th Sept., 13 Edward III. [A. D. 1339], rendered before John de Caustone, Richard Lacer, and William de Brikelesworth, Aldermen, John de Dallynge, Richard de Welleford, Robert de Shordiche, Richard de Lomhuthe, John de Tiffeld, John de Brendewode, John atte Barnette, Thomas de Canterbury, Thomas de Waledene, and John de Ayllesham, Commoners, elected and appointed auditors by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty on Friday before the Feast of St. George [23 April], 13 Edward III. [A. D. 1339]. (fn. 16)

Among the receipts are the following, viz.: From Anketin Gisors and Robert Swote, late Wardens of the Bridge, touching their recognizance, £20.; from John de Pulteneye for discharge of the Chamber, 5 marks; money received for engines in the time of the war, £97 15s. 8d.; money borrowed for piles (pro pilis) and making a bretask, (fn. 17) £110.; receipts of murage, £29 3s. 8d.; arrears of account for armed men and archers and of the last account of Henry de Seccheford, 43s. 9d.;

Total of receipts, £493 6s. 2d.

Folio x.

Among the items of expenses occur the following, viz.: Payment of fees (feodorum), £108 12s.; small expenses and presents, £59 18s. 9¾d.; payments made for Aldresgate Ward for the fifteenth of wool and for Nicholas Crane in respect of a fifteenth for three years, 4 marks.

Total of expenses, £486 17s. 9½d.

And so the Chamberlain owes the Commonalty £6 8s. 4½d., out of which he is allowed his fee of 50s for the term between Midsummer and Michaelmas anno 13 Edward III. The balance he will account for in the next account, as also for the sum of 40s. received from John de Hardyngham, clerk of the Sheriff, in respect of an allowance made to the citizens in the Exchequer on the account of Hugh le Marbrer and William de Pounfreyt, late Sheriffs.

Folio x b

Br'e de mille marcis civibus Lond' per R' alloc'.

Writ to the Mayor, Aldermen, and the whole Commonalty of the City, intimating that at the urgent request of John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, the King permitted the sum of 1,000 marks, of the fifteenth voted for three years in the last Council at Westminster, to be fully allowed in the first year of the payment of the fifteenth. Witness the King at Thame, 25 Oct., 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Carta Joh'is del Brendewod per Rob' Missoh et ux' eius.

ijs. vjd.

Grant by Robert Missok, woolmonger, and Margery his wife to John del Brendewod, pheliper, of certain rents issuing from a tenement held by Theobald de Caustone, mercer, in the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, John de Pulteneye, Knt., being then Mayor, and Alderman of the Ward, (fn. 18) &c. Witnesses, Walter Nel, [Michael] Minot, William le Gauger, Henry le Palmere, John Hardel, John de Cressyngham, John le Freynsshe, William le Coroner, John de Ileford, Theobald de Caustone, John Amys, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated Tuesday the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337].

Eleccio abrocar'.

Friday after the Feast of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 11 Edward III. [A. D. 1337], came William de Cave, John de Bedeford, Laurence Sely, Walter Page, Simon de Pulham, and John de Oxon', skinners, before John de Pulteneye, Mayor, and Nicholas Crane, Gregory de Nortone, and Ralph de Uptone, Aldermen, and asked that John de Thorpe might be admitted broker of peltry. Request granted.


  • 1. Cf. infra, p. 16n. There was also a tenement so called in the parish of All Hallows the Less, in Dowgate Ward. Hust. Rolls 62 (102), 76 (262).
  • 2. This is the correct reading, and not "roleres," as misread by the editor of the 'Memorials' (p. 205), who on that account was led into a further mistake of supposing the guns in question to be heavy ordnance instead of hand guns fitted with "til lers" or stocks Another misreading of "vocitata" for "vocata" on his part led him also to remark that heavy ordnance "had then become comparatively well known," a statement open to doubt The fly leaf on which these memoranda are recorded is much creased, and some of the writing had already become obliterated in 1868, when the 'Memorials' were compiled. It is a matter, therefore, for congratulation that Sir Benjamin Stone, M. P., has recently succeeded in taking an excellent photograph of the folio.
  • 3. According to other authorities the second Parliament of 1334 sat from the 19th to the 23rd Sept. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 377n.
  • 4. For further particulars see 'Memorials,' p. 198.
  • 5. His will dated December, 1336; enrolled in Court of Husting in the following May. 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 420.
  • 6. Sat on the 3rd March. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 378n.
  • 7. A statute made in the Parliament held at York in 1335 permitting free trade to natives and foreigners alike, notwithstanding previous charters. By letters patent dated 26 March, 1337, the liberties of the City of London were especially conserved from the operation of the statute. (Vide infra, pp. 14-15.) In 1350 a statute was passed (25 Edward III. cap. ii.) confirming the statute of York notwithstanding any charter to the contrary. Vide infra, fo. cxcvii. Cf. 'Statutes at Large' (ed. 1758), i. 271.
  • 8. Queenhithe.
  • 9. Clarendon, co. Wilts.
  • 10. Commander of 20 men.
  • 11. A centurion or commander of 100 men.
  • 12. Parliament sat at York from the 26th May until the 3rd June. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 377n.; cf. supra, p. 9, note.
  • 13. The original letters patent with seal (nearly perfect) preserved at the Guildhall. Free trade (as already noted supra, p. 9n.) was re established in 1350 by statute 25 Edward III. cap. ii., and this statute was confirmed by the Parliament which sat from the 9th February to the 1st March, 1351.
  • 14. Particulars set out in 'Memo rials,' pp. 196, 197.
  • 15. The editor of the 'Memorials' gives the date of this Parliament as July or August, 1335. It sat, as already stated, from the 26th May to the 3rd June.
  • 16. Most of the items which follow have been set out in the 'Memorials' (pp. 206, 207). Only omissions have been supplied here, and then only if deemed of sufficient interest.
  • 17. Mentioned among the expenses as "a certain house called Bretask near the Tower." Cf. supra, p. 1.
  • 18. Vintry.