Folios cxxi - cxxix: July 1364 -

Pages 166-169

Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: G, 1352-1374. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1905.

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Folio cxxi.

Indentura int' Joh' em Cantebrigge et Will' Ba'dok etc.

sol' ijs. vjd.

Grant by John de Cauntebregge, fishmonger, to William "de" Baldok, cordwainer, and Isabella his wife, of certain shops in the parish of St. Peter the Less (fn. 1) in Themesestret for their lives and one year after their decease at an annual rent of 4 marks. Dated Easter Day [17 April], 36 Edward III. [A.D. 1362].

sol' ijs. vjd.

Acquittance by John Wenduyt, brother and executor of Robert Wenduyt, to Nicholas Cortesely and John Baldewyne and their fellow-merchants of the Stroci (fn. 2) of Florence for 500 Florentine gold florins in full satisfaction of 800 similar florins, which the said Robert exchanged with the said merchants in London Dated 2 July, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364].

Processus Thom' Gentyl.

Whereas Thomas Gentil bequeathed the sum of £10 to each of his three sons, viz., Sampson, Robert, and Nicholas, with remainder to Alice their mother, and after the decease of the said Thomas the said Alice left the residue of her goods to the said three sons, and made Simon Gentil her executor; and whereas the said Alice and the said Sampson died, and the goods both of the said Thomas and Alice came into the hands of the said Simon, thereupon, at the suit of the said Nicholas, before the Mayor and Recorder in the Chamber of the Guildhall, an arrangement was made as to the payment of money due to the above Robert and Nicholas, by sureties of John Payn, "armorer," and Robert "Armorer."

Exon' acio.

Afterwards, viz., on the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364], came the above John Payn and Robert Armorer and delivered the sum of £8 to John de Cantebrugge, the Chamberlain, and asked to be discharged. The money was delivered by the Court to Robert Gylle, "upheldere," and Richard Berthyn, "shethere," in trust for the above Nicholas, who was still under age, and the said Simon Gentil and his sureties were discharged.

Folio cxxi b.

Afterwards, viz., on Friday the 18th Dec., 12 Richard II. [A.D. 1388], came the above Nicholas before Nicholas Twyford, Knt., the Mayor, and acknowledged satisfaction for £8, and the said Richard Berthyn and others were discharged.

Articulus de ponderacione Bladi.

Confirmation by the King of a former ordinance to the effect that corn coming from mills be weighed, and a charge made of one halfpenny per quarter, to go to the Mayor for the time being. (fn. 3)

Also whereas many countrymen (gentz de uppeland) complain to the Mayor and Aldermen that when bringing flour to the City they are charged with the payment of one halfpenny for every load of flour and a farthing for every horse, the former charge being recently levied (est ore de novel levez), whereas the latter is ancient, it was agreed by John Noot, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, that the former charge be no longer made, and order was given to Thomas de St. Alban, serjeant, to notify the takers of custom at the City gates to this effect.

Folio cxxii.

Custod' Johanne et Alicie filiar' Joh' is "Courtrey."

27 June, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364], the guardianship of Johanna and Alice, daughters of John "Coutroy," (fn. 4) late fishmonger, committed by John Noot, the Mayor, and John de Cantebrigge, the Chamberlain, to William "Courtroy," fishmonger, together with their money and divers chattels. Sureties, viz., William Bysshe, "stokfisshmongere," and John Poteman, "pessoner."

Folio cxxiii b.

Afterwards, viz., on the 1st August, 39 Edward III. [A.D. 1365], came John Houlet, "sherman," who married the above Johanna, and acknowledged satisfaction for her property before Adam de Bury, the Mayor, and John de Cantebrigge, the Chamberlain.

Folio cxxii.

Custodie Joh' is et Leticie fil' Joh' is "Courtrey."

On the above 27th June the guardianship of John and Leticia, children of John "Courtroy," was committed by the above Mayor and Chamberlain to John Rous, fishmonger. Sureties, viz., Ralph Double, John Horn, and John Fairher, "pessoners."

Folio cxxii b-cxxiii b.

Carta pro Pannariis.

Letters patent by the King and Council for regulating the Drapers of London. Dated at Westminster, 15 July, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364]. (fn. 5)

Folio cxxiii b.

Tuesday before the Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov.], 40 Edward III. [A.D. 1366], came John Payn, "fourbour," a surety for John Lubek, "sadelere," for 20 marks against John, son of John de Blythe, late saddler, (fn. 6) and testified that the said John Lubek had nothing in the City wherewith to satisfy the debt. Thereupon the said John Payn brought the money into court before John Lovekyn, the Mayor, William de Haldene, the Recorder, and John Cantebrigge, the Chamberlain, and 40s. thereof were paid to the said John, son of John de Blithe, for school expenses and other necessaries, and the remainder was retained by the Chamberlain quousque etc. And the said John Payn and his co-surety John de "Itillecote" were discharged.

Afterwards, viz., on the 14th Jan., 40 Edward III. [A.D. 1366-1367], John de Cauntebrigge, the Chamberlain, delivered the money in his hands to John, son of John de Blithe, who gave it to William Swalclif, vintner, to keep for him.

Folio cxxiv.

Br' e pro Pannariis.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation of the above letters patent to the Drapers of London. Dated at Westminster, 15 July, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364]. (fn. 7)

Billa pro wardemoto tenend'.

Precept to the Aldermen that they hold their wardmotes before the octave of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], to inquire into a disturbance raised by men of divers misteries on the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], and take steps for maintaining the peace. Dated at the Guildhall, 5 Aug., 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364].

Folio cxxv-cxxv b.

Writ to John Notte, the Mayor, that he summon all the men of the mistery of Fishmongers who are of the liberty of the Halmote and inquire on oath as to those fishmongers who had meddled in another trade, contrary to the statute made in the last Parliament. (fn. 8) Witness the King at Westminster, 24 July, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364].

Folio cxxvi.

Another copy of the above.

Folio cxxvi b cxxvii.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation for the due observance of the ordinance which forbids any one meddling in the fish trade unless he be of the mistery of Fishmongers, except that vintners bringing wine from Gascony may be allowed to purchase herring for exportation in order to keep their money in the country, &c. Dated at Westminster, 12 July, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364]. (fn. 9)

Folio cxxvii b-cxxviii b.

Carta pro Vinetarus.

sol' ijs. vjd.

Charter to the Vintners of London forbidding any one meddling with their trade unless enfranchised in the mistery, but allowing vintners of England to buy cloth and vintners of Gascony to buy cloth and fish for exportation in order to keep their money in the country, &c. Dated at Westminster, 15 July, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364].

Folio cxxix.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation for the due observance of the terms of the above charter. Dated at Westminster, 15 July, 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364]. (fn. 10)

Folio cxxix b.

L' ra mag' ri Joh' nis de Cauntebrugge clerici de vendicione jocalior'.

Deed of sale by Agnes Chalk, "spicer," to John "Caumbrugge," executor of Michael de Northburgh, late Bishop of London, of divers jewels. (fn. 11) Dated the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 37 Edward III. [A.D. 1363].

Liberacio joca lior' predictor' Henr' Fraunceys et Petronill' ux' ejus.

7 Aug., 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364], the above jewels were delivered by John "de" Caumbrugge to Henry Fraunceys, of Westminster, and Petronilla his wife, who received in exchange the sum of £12 for which they had been pledged to him, in the presence of Adam Fraunceys, William Holbeche, and John de Bernes, Aldermen, and John Lucas, the Common Clerk of the City.


  • 1. St. Peter, Paul's Wharf.
  • 2. Stiozzi.
  • 3. Vide supra, p. 104n.
  • 4. His will was proved and enrolled in the Husting in January, 1363. 'Cal. of Wills,' ii. 76.
  • 5. This so-called "charter" recites the ordinance in stat. 37 Edward III. cap. v., which forbade merchants to engross various kinds of merchandise (with the view of enhancing the price), and restricted each merchant to one branch of trade such as he might select before Candlemas, 1364.
  • 6. Vide supra, p. 155.
  • 7. Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. ii. p. 742. It is also printed by Herbert as a "charter" to the Drapers under date 14 July ('Twelve Livery Companies,' i. 480-1)
  • 8. Stat. 37 Edward III. cap. v.
  • 9. Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii pt. ii. pp. 741-2.
  • 10. Ib., vol. iii. pt. ii. pp. 742-3.
  • 11. Particulars set out in 'Memorials,' p. 313.