Folios xxxi - xli b: Feb 1339-40 -

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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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Folio xxxi.

Breve pro parliamento.

Writ to the Sheriffs of London for the election of two citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Wednesday after the Sunday in mid-Lent. (fn. 1) Dated at "Herewyz," (fn. 2) 21 Feb., 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1339-40].

Returnum brevis.

Return: We send you William de Brikelesworth, Richard de Rothynge, and Richard de Berkynge, so that three or two of them may attend the Parliament.

Folio xxxi b.

Allocacio muragii facta civibus Norwyci.

Thursday after the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], came William de Blakeneye, Alan de Sharlyngtone, William de Dunstone, and John Blaunchard, citizens of Norwich, and complained of murage being demanded of them in the City of London, contrary to the liberties granted to them by the King's predecessors. Thereupon, their charter being read, it was agreed by the Mayor and Aldermen that citizens of Norwich should thenceforth be quit of murage.

De allocacione murag' facta Burgensibus de Lenne.

Friday before the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], came Thomas de Melchebourne, and other burgesses of the town of Lenne, (fn. 3) before Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and brought the King's writ, dated at Kenyngtone, 28 Jan, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1339-40], reciting that burgesses of the said town were quit of murage by charter of the King's father, &c. Thereupon it was agreed by the said Mayor and Aldermen that the said burgesses should in future be quit of murage, &c.

Allocacio muragii facta civibus de Corl in Hibernia.

Tuesday the morrow of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], came good men of the town of Cork in Ireland and complained of being subjected to murage, and produced the charter of liberties granted to them by King Henry III., whereby they were to be quit of murage. Exemption allowed.

Allocacio facta civibus Dub linee de muragio pres tandoper brev.

Friday after the Feast of the Invention of H. Cross [3 May], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], came William Foyl of Dublin and made a similar complaint, and produced the King's writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London, dated at Westminster, 1 May, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], that they allow citizens of Dublin to be quit of toll. Exemption allowed.

Folio xxxii.

Custodia pueror' Ric'i Denys aur'.

Friday after the Feast of St. George [23 April], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], came Roisia, late wife of Richard Denys, goldsmith, before Andrew Aubri, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, John de Caustone, and the rest of the Aldermen [not named], and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged she had the guardianship of Richard, Thomas, and John, her children, and of the property left to them by their father under the will of the said Richard Denys, (fn. 4) and she found sureties, viz., Maurice Turgis, and Nicholas, son of William de Bray.

Custodia Thome fil' Thome de Gartone.

Monday the morrow of the Feast of St. George [23 April], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], the guardianship of Thomas, son of Thomas de Gartone, aged two years, and of his property, committed to Idonia, late wife of the said Thomas de Gartone, by Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, John de Grantham, Roger de Depham, John de Caustone, John Hamond, Ralph de Uptone, William de Brikelesworth, Richard de Rothynge, and John de Refham, Aldermen, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain. Sureties for the said Idonia, viz., William de Grantham, pepperer, and William Clapitus, vintner.

Folio xxxii b.

On Ash Wednesday [1 March], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1339- 1340], came Sir Robert de Askeby, clerk of the lord the King, to the Guildhall, and announced to Andrew Aubri, the Mayor, on the King's behalf, that he and all the Aldermen, together with the more discreet and wealthier men of the City, were to appear before the King and his Council at Westminster on the following Thursday to treat of certain matters. Upon their appearing on the day named the King desired a loan of £20,000, and allowed them until the next day to consider the matter. On Friday the Mayor, Aldermen, and a great Commonalty, after consulting together in the Chapter House at Westminster, agreed to advance the sum of 5,000 marks and no more. This sum was rejected as inadequate, and they were ordered to bring the names of all the wealthier citizens in writing, to be sub mitted to the King and his Council for purpose of assessment on the following Sunday. On which day there were assembled at the Guildhall a little after sunrise Andrew Aubri, the Mayor, John de Grantham, Henry Darci, Roger de Depham, John de Caustone, William de Caustone, John de Oxon', Simon Fraunceys, John Hamond, Richard Lacer, Richard de Hakeneye, Ralph de Uptone, John de Northhalle, Roger de Forsham, Nicholas Crane, Richard Costantyn, and Richard de Berkynge, Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty of the wealthier and more reputable men of the City, and after much debate it was agreed to advance to the King the sum of £5,000, and Sir John de Pulteneye, Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, and Roger de Depham were dispatched to the King to learn if he would accept that amount The offer being accepted, the following were appointed to assess the inhabitants for the amount, viz., John Hamond, Ralph de Uptone, and Richard de Hakeneye, Aldermen, Henry Prestone, William Haunsard, Adam Lucas, John de Dallynge, John de Brendewode, Thomas de Canterbury, Robert de Shordiche, John Tornegold, and John de Bedeford, Commoners, (fn. 5) and they made the assessment as follows :-

Folio xxxiii.

Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, £100; John de Oxon', £300; Simon Fraunceys, £300; John Hamond, £120; John de Grantham, £60; William de Brikelesworth, £60; Simon de Brunnesford, £40; Richard de Hakeneye, £50 Henry de Combemartyn, £30; Richard de Rothynge, £200; John Anketil, £20; John Lovekyn, £30; Bartholomew Deumars, £60; Walter de Mordone, £80; William Box, £40; William Brangwayn, £10.

The above paid beyond the sea to James de Artefeld (fn. 6).

Folio xxxiii b.

William de Thorneye, £20; William de Caustone. £400; Richard le Mirourer, £100; Richard de Berkynge, £20; Nicholas Crane, £100; John atte Barnette, £10; Roger de Ely, £10; Robert de Hennewod, 100s; Hugh atte Cokke, 100s; Walter de Bamptone, 100s.; Simon de Hestone, 100s.; Richard Chaucer, (fn. 7) £10; John de Gartone, £10; William de Henhampstede, £10; Richard de Lincoln, £10; Giles de Bergholte, £10; Elyas Musshe, £10, Edmund de Femenhale, £10; John Trappe, £7; John Bole, 100s.; Richard de Totyngtone, £10; John de Kelyngworth, 100s.; Simon Rote, 100s.; Roger le Carpenter, £7; John Houlyn and his partner, 100s.; John Dynbegh, 100s.; Richard Lacer, £100; Richard Costantyn, £10; Thomas de Worstede, £10; William de Poumfreyt, £30; Henry Cheyner, £20; Nicholas de Caustone, £10; Simon de Berkynge, £10; Richard de Basyngstoke, £10; John de Colewell, 100s.; John de Kyselyngbery, £10; Roger de Frowyk, 100s.; John de Totenham, chandler, 100s.; Thomas de Norhamptone, draper, £10; Simon de Worstede, 100s.; Reginald Baudry, 100s.; Walter Baudry, 40s, Robert Haryngey, 100s, Walter Neel, £100; Michael Mynot, £40; Walter Turk, £20; William Clapitous, £20; John Fynche, £10; Adam de Dodeford, £10; Roger Madour, 100s.; Theobald de Caustone, 100s.; Ralph de Uptone, £40; Torr[us] Ody, Lombard, 100s.; John Deynes, 100s.; John Busshe, 100s.; John de Dallynge, £10; John Husebond, £60; John Syward, £40; John de Ayllesham, £20; John de Toppesfeld, £10; Gilbert Palmere, £25; Adam Brabazon, £10; Hamo le Barber, £10; John de Godestone, £20; William de Aungre, 100s.; John de Ware, £10; Robert de Gildeford, £7; John de Gloucestre, £25; William de Ware, £25; Richard de Kyselyngbery, £25; Geoffrey de Bodele, £10; Richard Rous, 100s.; Roger de Bernes, £10; Gilbert le Dieghere, £15; Stephen de Staneford, £10; Nicholas de Burgh, 100s.; William de Neuport, 100s.; Geoffrey le Mirourer, £20; Thomas de Cavendisshe, £80; Nicholas le Girdelere, £10; John de Knopwede, £20; John de Enefeld, £10; Roger de Astewode, £10; William de Grubbelane, £15; Bartholomew Thomasyn, £50; Burnet Lespicer, £10; John Pecche and his partner, £25; Gore Lombard, £20; John de Nortone, 100s.; Henry le Glovere, called "le Fanere," £10; John de Romburgh, £10; Henry atte Rothe, £10; Thomas Bole, 100s.; Thomas de Macchyng, 100s.; John de Beseville, 100s.; Thomas de Waledene, £10; William de Elsyng, Junior, 100s.; William de Skeltone, 100s.; Jordan de Elsyng, 100s.; Gilbert Curteys, 100s.; Richard Ruthyn, 100s.; Thomas de Brandone, £10; Roger Chauntecler, £160; Hugh le Marbrer, £20; Hugh de Brandone, £10; Richard Kyng, £10; Simon atte Gate, £10; William Sporon, 100s.; Geoffrey atte Gate, 100s.; Robert le Roo, 100s.; Thomas Hardy, 100s.; Andrew de Seccheford, 100s.; Walter de Harewedone, 100s.; Robert le Mareschal, goldsmith 100s.; William de Pertenhale, £10; Philip Dykeman, 100s.; Walter Mosehacche, 100s.; Robert Albon, 100s.; John Swift, 100s.; Richard de Toppesfeld, 100s. Roger Wenlok, 100s.; William de Rammeseye, £10; John Smart, 100s.; John Bonet, 100s.; William Haunsard, £40; Richard Ascelyn, £20; Henry Wymond, £20; John atte Pole, 100s.; Nicholas Pyk, (fn. 8) £20; Laurence de Braghyng and his partner, £10; Geoffrey de Wyntertone, £7; Henry Cros, 100s.; Edmund de Saunford, 100s.; Thomas Broun, £10; John de Caustone, £30; Alan Gille, £30; Robert le Ropere, £10; Adam Pykeman, £20; Richard de Lomhethe, 100s.; Goscelin de Clive, 100s.; John Joye, 100s.; Henry Sterre, 100s.; Richard Double, 100s.; Thomas de Ware, 100s.; John Yon, 100s.; William Turk, 100s.; William Doget, 100s.; John de Mockyng, £80; Robert de Thorneye, £20; John de Croydone, £15; Thomas de Bery, 100s.; John Lambyn, £10; Adam Lucas, £15; Roger Chaundeler, 100s.; John Turk, 100s.; Ralph de Lenne, £10; Richard Paterlyng, 100s.; Reginald le Fourbour, 100s.; John de la Rokele, £50; Henry de Prestone, £10; John de Westone, £10; Thomas de Holdene, 100s.; Arnald de Lenne, 100s.; William de Wyrcestre, £30; John Bretyn, £15; William de Stanford, 100s.; William Swift, 100s.; Geoffrey le Mauner, 100s.; Herman Skippere, 100s.; Henry de Braughyng, £40; Geoffrey le Botiller, 100s.; Thomas de Wyncestre, 100s.; John Odierne, 100s.; Walter Paterling, 100s.; John de Northhalle, £30; Reginald de Conduit, £60; Geoffrey Aleyn, £25; John Hablond, 100s.;

Folio xxxiv.

Thomas Leggy, £20; John de Brendewode, £10; Ralph de Cantebregge, 100s.; William de Kent, "tannere," 100s.; John Levelif, 100s.; Robert de Manhale, 100s.; Adam Aspal, 100s.; John Owayn, 100s.; Maurice Turgys, £10; Andrew Portenar, £20; Nicholas Ponge, 100s.; James Sherman, 100s.; Henry Darci, £40; John Hauteyn, £10; John Herewardstoke and his partner, £15; Richard de Staundone, £10; Simon Brunne, £20; John le Chaundeler, £10; Roger de Forsham, £20; John de Yakeslee, £10; William le Hore, 100s.; Nicholas atte Mersshe, 100s.; William de Cave, £10; Simon de Mereworth, £20; Richard le Long, £20; John de Bedeford, £10; Richard de Carletone, 100s.; Thomas de Farnham, 100s.; John le Neve, 100s.; Thomas de Canterbury, 100s.; Walter Page, 100s.; Simon le Bakere, 100s.; Adam de St. Alban, £10; Robert de Eynesham, £10; William de Wetheresfeld, 100s.; John de Coggeshale, 100s.; Simon de Stoppeslee, called "Semen," 100s.; John Marchaunt, 100s.

Sum total, £5,000.

Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday after the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1339-40], Master William de la Zouche, Dean of York and the King's Treasurer, sent a letter (billam) to the Mayor, Aldermen, and citizens, bidding them deliver the sum of £5,000 thus raised to Sir John de Thorp, clerk to the said Master William de la Zouche. Pursuant to which letter the money (less the sum of £20 owing by Nicholas Pyk) was paid to the said Sir John as follows :-

Folio xxxiv b.

By John de Pulteneye, on behalf of John de Gaunt and "Colo" Coluche, £1,200; by Richard de Grymmesby, goldsmith of York, for making of the great seals, £20; by the Earl of Oxford, £193 6s. 8d.; by Conraud Clippyng and his partners, £200; by the hands of the Earls of Salisbury and Suffolk, £72; by Martin Dansete of Bayonne and Pelegrin de Luka, £200; by Reymond Boner, "Nuncius" of Gascony, £8 16s.; by Simon de Hale, £1,500; by James de Artefeld, £1,500; by Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain of London, 16s. 4d.; by Thomas de Eynefeld, 100 marks; by Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain of London, in money counted, £18 6s. 8d.

A recognizance entered into by John [Stratford], Archbishop of Canterbury, William la Zouche, Dean of the church of St. Peter at York, Henry de Ferariis, Knt., William de Kildesby, clerk, and John de Pulteneye, Knt., for the above sum of £5,000 as due to Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, John de Oxon', Simon Fraunceys, Walter de Mordone, Henry Wymond, and Thomas de Maryns; the same to be paid on the Feast of the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June] next ensuing. Failing which they agree that the money be raised on their lands and chattels in the county of Kent and elsewhere Witness the King at Wyndesore, 24 March, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1339-40].

Thursday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, John de Grantham, Roger de Depham, John Hamond, and John de Resham [sic], Aldermen, William de Thorneye, the Sheriff, John de Hardyngham, William de Iford, and Adam de Bury appeared on summons before the King at the Tower, and were informed of certain liberties which the King had granted to the men of Flanders, and which he desired to be confirmed by the seal of the Archbishops, Bishops, Earls, and Barons, and the common seals of the cities of London, York, Lincoln, and Norwich, the town of Bristol, and of the Cinque Ports, for the honour of the Crown and welfare of the realm After due consideration of the same it was agreed by all the Aldermen and the wealthier and more discreet men of each Ward that the Common Seal should be put to the grant, the terms of which are set out; and the seal was so put on Monday before the Feast of St. Petronilla [31 May], the year aforesaid.

Folio xxxv-xxxvi b.

Grant, with the assent of Parliament held at Westminster Wednesday after mid-Lent, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], (fn. 9) of certain liberties, &c., to the inhabitants of Gaunt, Bruges, and Ipre in particular and of Flanders generally, comprising (inter alia) the establishment of the wool staple in Brabant, the free importation of cloth into England, and the exportation of wool from England at the toll hitherto accustomed, &c. Such privileges not to be prejudicial to the franchises, customs, &c., of the City of London, or of other cities, boroughs, or towns within the realm of England. (fn. 10)

Folio xxxvii.

L'ra de credenc' missa Maiori, Vic', Alder'is et co'itati pro d'no Thoma "de" Wake et al' aud'.

The King's letter of credence to the Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City in favour of Sir Thomas Wake de Lidell, Sir Nicholas de la Beche, and Sir William de Beauchamp, Knts., who would tell them of the King's wishes touching the navy, the soldiers, victuals, &c. Dated at Ipswich, 12 June, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340].

Item al' l'ra direct' eisdem de navibus non permittend' exireextra portum London'.

Another letter to the same bidding them prevent any vessel leaving the Port of London for foreign parts before the King sets sail. Dated at Ipswich, 13 June, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340].

Comissio facta d'nis Ep'o Coventre et Lich' Thome Wak' et al' prout patet pro navibus arrestand' et muniend'.

Letters patent appointing R[oger de Northburgh], Bishop of Coventre and Lichefeld, Thomas Wake de Lydell, William de Beauchamp, and Nicholas de la Beche commissioners to seize and fit out for war all vessels of forty tuns of wine and more burden, (fn. 11) and ships called "flunes" ("fluves" ?), found in the Port of London or elsewhere, and to have them in the Port of Orewell on a certain day. Dated at Ipswich, 11 June, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340].

Folio xxxvii b.

The above letters having been read on the 14th June, before the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, and in the presence of Sirs Thomas de Wake, William de Beauchamp, and Nicholas de la Beche, the said Mayor, &c., agreed to send to the King at Orewell three hundred armed men at the King's own expense, and eight Aldermen and sixteen [sic] commoners were elected to make an assessment for raising and dispatching the force, viz.:

Aldermen: Richard Lacer, Richard de Rothyng, William de Brikelesworth, Richard de Hakeneye, Simon Fraunceys, Richard de Berkynge, John de Northhalle, Ralph de Uptone.

Commoners: Walter de Mordone, William Haunsard, John de Croydone, Adam Lucas, John de Bedeford, Henry Graspays, Henry Wymond, William Box, Thomas Broun, Thomas de Canterbury, John Anketil, Richard le Rous, Adam Hurel, Andrew de Seccheford, Robert de Shordyche, William de Mordone, Richard de Lomhethe.

Folio xxxviii.

Breve pro parliamento.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of two citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Wednesday after the Feast of the Translation of St. Thomas [7 July], the King being about to cross the sea for the recovery of his rights and crown. (fn. 12) Witness the King at Westminster, 30 May, 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340].

Carta cissor London'.

Charter of liberties to the Tailors and Linen-Armourers of the City, permitting them to hold their guild once a year for the regulation of their craft and servants subject to the survey of the Mayor for the time being, or his deputy, and good men of the said craft, and forbidding any to hold a table or shop for exercising such craft, unless free of the City, &c. Witness the King at Westminster, 10 March, 1 Edward III. [A. D. 1326-7].

Folio xxxviii b.

Nomina pre dictorum xxiiij cissorum.

The above liberties allowed by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, and Aldermen on Friday after the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340]. Further, it was ordained by the said Tailors and Armourers, and allowed by the said Mayor and Aldermen, that no one of their crafts should be admitted to the freedom of the City unless certified as a fit and proper person by six out of the twenty-four men whose names are subscribed, viz., Henry de Cauntebregge, Giles de Westmelle, Robert de Gildeford, Thomas de Cornewaylle, William de Lendefeith, William Spark, Henry atte Shawe, John Kyng, Robert de Uttokeshatere, John de Martinescroft, John le Walshe, Richard de Carlele, Henry de Chestre (mortuus), Alan de Fisshbourne, Adam de Essex, John de Draytone, John Pynchebek, John atte Broke, Alexander de Waldeby, Stephen de Roystone, John de Debenham, Walter de Bedeford, John de Farle, Robert de Grandone, Giles atte Ponde (mortuus), Hugh de Portesmouth.

De Kayo Sancti Bo tulphi dimisso.

Thursday before the Feast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist [24 June], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], the wharf of St. Botolph demised by Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, to John Sperlyng and Richard de Evere for one year at £12.

Alloc' in scaccario fact' civib' pro xv a triennali.

The Mayor and citizens in their account with the Exchequer touching a fifteenth and a tenth for three years granted to the King by the laity anno 11.

Script' d'ni Walt'i de Chesthunte milit' per Will'm de Stanes.

Deed of surrender by William de Stanes, spicer, to Walter de Chesthunte, Knt., of all his goods and chattels, amounting in value to £100, in part payment of the sum of £277 due under a bond. Witnesses, Bartholomew Thomasyne, Nicholas William, John Pecche, Thomas de Holebeche, John de Coggeshale, and others [not named] Dated at Bokeleresbery, 12 Aug., 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340].

Nomina cissor' de novo elector' temp Joh'is Lovekyn Maior'.

John de Coloine, Giles de Westmelle, William de Derby, Robert de Gildeford, John Beseville, Roger de Coloyne, John de Creytone, John Walshe, Richard de Karlyl, William Spark, Ralph de Portfolk, Adam de Essex, John de Pynchebek, John atte Broke, Stephen de Roystone, William de Passeware, John Medeford, Walter de Fencote, John Yrisshe, William de Romburch, Thomas de Bernam, John Devenych, Thomas de Sam, Richard de Stoke.

Folio xxxix.

Deed of acquittance by Alice de Pommesbourne, Prioress of Kellebourne, to Nicholas, called "Blakecoll," vintner, for an annual charge of 20s. on the rent of a tenement in "la Bowelane" in the parish of St. Michael de Paternosterchurche. Dated in the Chapter at Kellebourne, Thursday the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], A. D. 1339.

L'ra d'ni R direct' filio suo Duci Cornub' de bello supra mare percusso die Nativit' Sc'i Joh'is Bapt'.

Letter from King Edward III. to his son, the Duke of Cornwall, giving an account of the battle of Sluys, fought on Midsummer Day, A. D. 1340. Dated on board the cogg "Thomas," Wednesday the Eve of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June]. (fn. 13)

Folio xxxix b.

L'ra directa Pli'o de Valoys per d'um Regem Ed wardum ter cium.

The same to Philip de Valois, laying claim to the crown of France, and offering to support his claim by a duel between themselves, or with 100 men on either side, or with their whole armies, so that the war might be finished in ten days. Dated at "Chyn sur les champs deleez Turneye," (fn. 14) 27 July [A. D. 1340].

Responsio dicti Ph'i de Valoys.

Reply of Philip de Valois to the above letter, notifying his intention of expelling Edward III. from France. Dated on the field near the Priory of St. Andrew, 30 July, A. D. 1340. (fn. 15)

Folio xl.

Writ to the Mayor that he cause four of the more discreet and wealthy men of the City to attend a Council to be held at Westminster or London on Monday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.] next ensuing. Witness, E[dward], Duke of Cornwall and Earl of Chester, guardian of England, at Andevere, 15 Sept., 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340].

Thereupon the following were elected to go with Andrew Aubrey, the Mayor, viz., Simon Fraunceys, William Briklesworth, Walter de Mordone, and John de Dallynge.

Brevedetieuga capta et procla mata int' d'um R' Angl' et Franc' et Ph'm de Valoys.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London for proclaiming a truce that had been made with Philip de Valois until Midsummer Day next ensuing. Dated at London, 6 Oct., 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340]. (fn. 16)

Folio xl b-xli.

The account of Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, touching receipts and disbursements up to the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], rendered before William de Brikelesworth, Richard de Berkynge, John de Northhalle, Aldermen, John de Ayllesham, Thomas de Canterbury, Reginald de Thorpe, Richard de Kyselyngbery, John de Kelyngworth, Robert de Shordiche, John de Croydone, John de Bredstrete, and Richard de Lambhuthe, commoners, appointed [auditors] by the Mayor, Alder men, and Commonalty, Thursday the Feast of St. Matthew, Ap. [21 Sept.], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340].

Total of receipts, £274 3s. 3½d.

Total of expenses, £283 9s. 7¼d.

Among receipts there occur the following :-From the last account and from John Hardyngham, 118s. 4½d.; from redemptions of freedom and apprenticeships, £96 19s. 4d.; from Alan Gille and his fellow-Wardens of the Bridge, by loan, £30; from arrears for springalds, £13 9s.; from ox-hides and tallow, 30s.; from John de Portenar for a fine, 40s.; from Ralph de Uptone for arrears on account of armed men on the sea, £7 0s. 10d.; from money for deficiency of men sent to Orewell, £11 5s.; from Anketin Gisors and Robert Swote, late Wardens of the Bridge, £19; receipts of murage, £53 17s. 10d.; the bailiwick of Suthewerk, £15.

Among expenses there occur the following, viz. :-For presents sent to the Archbishop and William de la Pole on their return from abroad, temp. Henry Darci, £26 5s. 10½d.; for robes for the Earl of Salisbury and others and presents sent to Elizabeth de Mountagu and to the Pleaders of the Bench, £40 8s. 6d.; a present to Henry de Ferers and other expenses, £21 0s. 19d.; courtesies given by Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, to Geoffrey Lescrop and others, £34 12s.; for gifts to the Bishop of London on his enthronement, £37 3s. 4d.; expenses of mangonels, £24 9s. 7½d.; and payments made to William Altecar touching the ferm of the bailiwick of Suthewerk, £15.

Folio xli b.

Custod' Walt'i fir Joh'is de Oseneye.

Saturday after the octave of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 14 Edward III. [A. D. 1340], the guardianship of Walter, son of John de Oseneye, aged fifteen years, committed by Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, and the Aldermen to Henry Fot, skinner, together with a tenement in the parish of St. John de Walebroke Sureties for the said Henry, viz., Adam de Bury and Simon de Pulham, skinner.

Afterwards, viz., on Friday after the Feast of St. Alphege [19 April], 21 Edward III. [A. D. 1347], came the above Walter before the Chamberlain and quitclaimed the said Henry.

Custod' Alicie filie Hug' de Mockyng.

Wednesday before the Feast of the Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.], 13 Edward III. [A. D. 1339], the guardianship of Alice, daughter of Hugh de Mockyng, aged thirteen years, committed by Andrew Aubry, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, and Thomas de Maryns, the Chamberlain, to Nicholas de Bokehurst and Alice his wife, mother of Matilda, who was mother of the above Alice, together with a messuage and divers household goods, as set out. Sureties for the said Nicholas, viz., Simon Turgis and Thomas Broun, woolmongers, Richard de Lomhuth, fishmonger, and Simon de Wymondham.


  • 1. Sat from the 29th March, and again (by adjournment) from the 19th April until the 10th May. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 381n.
  • 2. Harwich, where the King had recently landed on his return from France.
  • 3. Lynn, co. Norf.
  • 4. His will was proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting in March, 1340. See 'Cal. of Wills,' vol. i. p. 437.
  • 5. Set out thus far in 'Memorials,' pp. 208-210.
  • 6. James van Artevelde, the famous Fleming who had recently brought about a treaty between England and the Flemings, by virtue of which the latter acknowledged Edward's title as King of France.
  • 7. Probably the third husband of Mary, the grandmother of Geoffrey Chaucer the poet. See 'Cal. Letter-Book E,' Introd., p. xxv.
  • 8. This name struck out, and a mar ginal note added to the effect that he paid nothing quia dominus Rex misit pro eo.
  • 9. Vide supra, p. 44, note 1.
  • 10. The French antiquary the late Jules Delpit ('Collect Générale des Documents Français qui se trouvent en Angleterre,' Introd, pp. cxxiv- cxxv) appears to have fallen into a chronological error in supposing that the favour here shown to the Flem ings, and the saving clause with refer ence to the rights and privileges of the City of London, were in any way the result of the King's victory at Sluys, which did not take place until Mid summer Day following.
  • 11. Vide supra, p. 41, note 2.
  • 12. The crown of France, to which he laid claim.
  • 13. Printed in Delpit's 'Collection Générale des Documents Français qui se trouvent en Angleterre,' pp. 67, 68.
  • 14. Chin lez Tournai. The letter is printed in Rymer's 'Fodera' (Vol. II. part ii. p. 1131), but the date there given is the 26th July. Sandford ('Genealog. Hist.,' p. 161) gives the date as the 17th July, and is followed by Barnes ('Life of Edward III.,' p. 189).
  • 15. Printed in Rymer's 'Fodera,' Vol. II. pt. ii. pp. 1131-2.
  • 16. Id., Vol. II. pt. ii. p. 1137.