Folios ccxxxi - ccxl: June 1369 -

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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 ccxxxi-ccxxxii.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of the statute enacted in the Parliament held at Westminster in the octave of Holy Trinity, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], abolishing the Staple at Calais, and establishing Staples in England, owing to the breach of the peace between England and France. Dated at Westminster, 11 June, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 1)

Folio ccxxxii b.

Custodia Joh' is fil' Joh' is Spaldynge.

27 July, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], the guardianship of John, son of John Spaldynge de Briggestret, "haberdasshere," committed by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and John de Cauntebrige, the Chamberlain, to John atte Broke, "hurer." Sureties, viz., Thomas de Same, William de Bromholm, tapicer, William de Gatesby, "brewere," and John "Oxewyk," grocer.

Exoneracio superioris recogn' per compotum.

Account rendered 10 April, 4 Richard II. [A.D. 1381], by the above Thomas de Same and John "Exwyk," before Andrew Pykeman, John Horn, and Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain, appointed auditors, when a balance due to the above orphan was paid in the presence of the said auditors and of Ralph Strode, Common Pleader (communis narrator (fn. 2) ), and the sureties were discharged.

Folio ccxxxiii.

Another writ for the removal of "Bochersbrigge," near Castle Baynard. Witness the King at Westminster, 2 August, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 3)

Fos ccxxxiii b-ccxxxiv.

Processus de fieri fac' £xxiiij legat' pueris Henr' Sket de terr' et ten' que fuer' Andr' de Orewell.

Wednesday before the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], Elias Leke and Johanna his wife pray the Mayor and Recorder that the sum of £24 of the goods of Henry "Scket" in the hands of Andrew de Orewell, baker, in trust for the said Johanna may be given up to her, as she was the surviving daughter of the said Henry, her sister Amy (fn. 4) being dead. Thereupon, after examination of Letter-Book G, fo. clxx [b], precept was issued to John Chaumberleyn, Serjeant of the Chamber, to summon Andrew de Orewell and John Fraunceys to appear on the following Wednesday, when report was made that the said Andrew had nothing in the City whereby he could be warned, and that the said John was dead. Thereupon precept to summon the tenants of land belonging to the said Andrew on the day he was appointed guardian and also the executors and tenants of the said John. On the day named, viz., Saturday after the Translation of St. Benedict [11 July], report was made that Simon atte Grene, a tenant of the said Andrew, and Emma, widow and executrix of the said John, had been summoned. All parties appear, when the said Simon says he has no land of the said Andrew except conjointly with Alice his wife, and asks that she may be warned, and the said Emma says that she has nothing that belonged to her husband at the time he was appointed guardian. Afterwards, viz., on Monday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], the said Simon and Alice showed no cause why the amount should not be levied on their holdings, and a precept for fieri facias issued.

Afterwards, viz., on the 9th Jan., 44 Edward III. [A.D. 1370-1371], came the above Elias "Leyke" before John Bernes, the Mayor, William Haldene, the Recorder, and the Aldermen, and acknowledged satisfaction. Therefore let execution cease, &c.

Folio ccxxxiv b.

Consider' pro racionabili parte, bonor' que fuerunt Henr' de Bretforde secundam ux' em suam conting' etc.

Wednesday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], judgment given by the Mayor and Aldermen as to the right of Lucy, widow of Henry Bretforde, to a moiety of her late husband's goods, notwithstanding his having left children by a former wife and none by the claimant. The claim upheld as being according to the custom of the City. (fn. 5)

Folio ccxxxv.

Acquietanc' Will' i Estwyk et Kat' ine ux' i sue per Marg' iam fil' Hem Passelewe.

A general release by Margery, daughter of Henry Passelewe, deceased, to William Estwyk, chandler, and Katherine his wife, widow of the said Henry. Dated 24 Aug., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

A similar release by William Estwyk and Katherine his wife to the above Margery. Date as above.

Arbitrium factum int' ball' os Telar' Flemyngor et al' telar' etc.

20 Aug., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], came Robert Payn, Simon Hosteler, William Stoket, John Kemp, Fleming, James van Naker, and Lambekyn Ruthe, arbitrators appointed to settle two disputes between John van Everegame and Henry van Anegar, bailiffs of the Flemish weavers, on the one part, and Peter Crayman, Laurence van Derlft, William "the Meir," and Laurence "the Goute," weavers, on the other part, and recorded their judgment before Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen.

Folio ccxxxv b.

Received by John de Cauntebrige, the Chamberlain, for writings and indentures for one year from Michaelmas, 42 Edward III. [A.D. 1368], 17s. 6d.

Assessment made by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, Adam Fraunceys, John Stodeye, Stephen Cavendysshe, John Pecche, James Andreu, John Bernes, William Tudenham, William Welde, John Chichestre, John Mitford, John Tornegold, John Warde, Bartholomew Frestelynge, John St. Alban, Walter Forster, William Walworth, Richard de Croydone, William Haldene, the Recorder, and John Pyel, Aldermen, with the assent of other Aldermen and the Commonalty, for raising the sum of £2,000 by three fifteenths, which the City agreed to give the King on Friday after the Feast of the Decollation of St. John Bapt. [29 Aug.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], for furnishing 240 armed men and 240 archers, to be sent in three ships and one "flune" (fluna), with wages, &c., for one month, and other matters touching the City, viz. :—

Walbroke, £120; Cornhill, £48; Douuegate, £108; Bradstret, £81; Langebourne, £63; Candelwykstrete, £48; Bridge, £150; Billyngesgate, £96; Portsokene, £27; Lymstret, £6; Algate, £18; Tower, £138; Bisshopesgate, £66; Chepe, £218 8s.; Cordwanerstret, £218 8s.; Vintry, £108; Farndone Within, £162; Farndone Without, £105; Bredstrete, £111; Crepulgate Within, £120; Crepulgate Without, £30; Aldrichesgate, £21; Queenhithe, £60; CastelBaynard, £36; Colmanstret, £57; Bassyeshawe, £21.

Sum total, £2,236 16s.

Whereof the sum of £2,000 was delivered by Stephen Cavendisshe and William Welde, Aldermen, to Thomas de Orgrane (Orgrave?), clerk to the King's Treasurer, and John Seles, servant to John Bernys, Alderman, sent by the said Treasurer to receive the same, on Sunday before the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

Folio ccxxxvi.

Names of the Collectors of the above three fifteenths.

Walbroke : Salamon Faunt, John Hende, John Beneyt, Henry Makeseye, John "Seynt Need," William Horscroft.

Cornhill : Roger Cavendisshe, Thomas atte Swan, John Gylle, William Wangeford.

Douegate : Walter Uweyn, John Cloptone, Henry Baret, John Oxewyke.

Bradestret : Walter Southous, William atte Forthe, William Wodehous, John Strattone.

Langebourne : Thomas Same, Giles Kelseye, Peter Whappelode, Thomas atte Noket.

Candelwykestret : Robert Corn, Thomas Clenche, Richard atte Dyche, William Lambourne.

Bridge : Edmund Oliver, William Bys, Robert Rammeseye, John Croydone, Thomas Potesgrave, John Cotlond.

Byllyngesgate : Richard atte Gate, Richard atte Crouche, senior, Henry Derby, William Moteshunte, Ralph Evenynge.

Portesokne : Simon Haverille, William Burford, John Nortone, John Bradele.

Lymstrete : John Conesburgh, John Clapshethe, William Chyvele.

Algate : Richard atte Celer, John Fysshe, Robert Rydere.

Tower : Thomas Cressyngham, Henry de Cauntebrige, Michael Treuthenek, Richard de Carletone.

Bisshopesgate : John Besouthe, William atte Chapel, William de Uptone, John de Asshwelle, Thomas de Kent.

Chepe : John Maryns, Richard Godchild, Philip Yonge, Stephen Kyng.

Cordewanerstrete : Thomas Thorneye, William Herkestede, Peter Mildenhale, Hugh atte Chirche, Richard Chippenham, Richard atte Boure.

Vintry: Thomas Cornwaleys, Gilbert Bonet, Thomas Lyncoln, John Northfolk.

Farndone Within : William Fraunceys, Robert Yonge, William Gerard, William Ryffe.

Farndone Without : John Rote, Robert Spencer, John Squyer, John Roger, John Totenhale.

Bredstrete : Richard Knowesle, William Whetele, Ralph Prote, William Rome, Thomas Bygod, John Waudene, William Jurdon, William Draytone, William Passeware, Robert Lambard, John Graveshende.

Crepulgate Within : Thomas Brauhynge, Richard Lamb, Robert Payn, Nicholas Herpesfeld, Edmund Herngeye, Benedict Wakeleyn, William Penne, Gilbert Lyrp'.

Crepulgate Without : John Phippe, John Besouthe, John atte Mersshe, Richard Groom.

Aldrichesgate : William Tyngewyk, John Rameseye, Richard Plumouth, John Bathe.

Queenhithe : William Kershulle, John Yerdele.

Castelbaynard : John Asshurst, John Somertone, Robert Berdene, John Fremele.

Colmanstret : Roger Streyt, Roger atte Strete, John St. Ives, John atte More.

Bassyeshawe : Stephen Bradele, William Horstone, John Mangyl, William Willesdone.

Folio ccxxxvi b.

Eleccio Vic'.

Friday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], John Pyel and Hugh Holbech elected Sheriffs in a congregation of the Mayor, Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty, the said Hugh being nominated by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and the said John by the Commonalty. Afterwards, viz., on Friday the eve of St. Michael, they were admitted and sworn before the Mayor and Aldermen, and on the following Monday were presented before the Barons of the Exchequer and admitted, notwithstanding the said John not being able to attend through illness. (fn. 6)

Eieccio Maior'.

Saturday the Feast of the Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], John de Chychestre elected Mayor, in the presence of Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, William Haldene, the Recorder, Adam Fraunceys, John Stodeye, John Pecche, Stephen Cavendysshe, Richard de Croydone, William Walworth, Bartholomew Frestlynge, John Warde, John Lytle, John de St. Alban, Walter Forster, John Tornegold, John Piel, John Bernes, William Welde, John de Mitford, and William Tudenham, Aldermen, and the Commonalty. And afterwards, viz., on Sunday the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], he was admitted and sworn at the Guildhall, and on the following day was admitted and sworn before the Barons of the Exchequer at Westminster.

Folio ccxxxvi.

Acquietanc' Rob' ti de Wyttone pannar' per Joh' em Waket et Alic' ux' em ejus.

sol. ijs. vjd.

A general release by John Waket, tailor, and Alice his wife, widow of William Sporle, wardrobe-keeper of Sir Bartholomew de Burghersshe, Knt., to Robert de Wyttone, executor of the said William. Witnesses, Walter Bacheler, Odo Purchas, John Shalyngford, William Horstone, Thomas Fourneys, Walter Owayn, Richard Knouslee, and many others [not named]. Dated 8 Oct., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

Folio ccxxxvii b.

Scriptum m' cator' Hanse Alemann' per Maiorem et Alder' os eis factum de rec' c marc' peripsos mercatores dat' etc.

Deed under the seal of the Mayoralty entered into by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and William Haldene, the Recorder, on behalf of the Commonalty, to the effect that a gift of 100 marks spontaneously made by the merchants of the Hanse of Almaine occupying the house known as the Guildhall of the Teutonics (fn. 7) in aid of the war should not prejudice their rights. Dated Thursday the eve of the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

Folio ccxxxviii.

Br' e pro subsidio ulnag' pann' solvend'.

Writ to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex to make proclamation forbidding the sale of any cloth before it has been sealed and the subsidy due thereon to the King paid, which subsidy had been let to ferm to Richard Baret. Witness the King at Westminster, 3 Oct., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

Folio ccxxxviii b.

Br' e de venire fac' quatuor ho' ies civit' ad consilium apud Westm' etc.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs for the election of four citizens experienced in naval and mercantile matters to attend a Council to be held at Westminster in the octave of St. Martin [11 Nov.], for the purpose of devising means for protecting merchant ships against French attack. Witness the King at Westminster, 26 Oct., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 8)

Names of those elected, viz., Adam Fraunceys and John Stodeye, Aldermen; John Aubrey and John Philipot, Commoners.

Proclamacio de vino renisc' et servisia facta in vigil' omnium sanetor' a° xliij°.

Proclamation (made on the eve of All Saints [1 Nov.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]) to the effect that after Sunday next a gallon of Rhenish wine shall not be sold for more than 10d.; that white wine shall not be kept in the same tavern with Rhenish; that a gallon of the best ale shall not be sold for more than 2d., the second best for more than 1½d., and this by measure sealed with the standard seal of the Chamber of the Guildhall, or with the seal of the Alderman of the Ward; and that the doors of taverns be not kept open after curfew sounded at the church of St. Mary le Bow, under penalty.

Folio ccxxxix.

Commissio pro deliberacione gaole de Neugate.

Letters patent appointing John Knyvet, Robert de Thorpe, Thomas de Lodelowe, John de Chichestre, the Mayor, and William de Haldene, or any four, three, or two (whereof the Mayor is to be one), to be commissioners for gaol-delivery of Neugate. Witness the King at Westminster, 10 Nov., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

Friday the Feast of St. Clement [23 Nov.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], Bailiffs of Weavers elected and sworn to superintend the mistery, viz. :—

English Weavers : William Goryng, William atte Castel.

Weavers of Flanders : Peter atte Broke. Henry "van the Necke."

Weavers of Brabant : Peter Eglyn, John "van atte Noue."

Proclamacio de bladis auro arg' arcub' sagittis vel al' armatur' non ducend' ad partes exteras etc.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation monthly against the exportation of corn, gold and silver, bows and arrows, &c., and to return the names of all delinquents. Witness the King at Westminster, 26 Nov., 43 Edward III. [A. D. 1369].

Folio ccxxxix b.

Br' e Reg' pro Petro de Ecclesne ponatur in assisis etc.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs forbidding them to place Peter de Eccles, cutler, on any assize, jury, &c., if he should be proved to be seventy years of age, according to a decree of the Council of the realm. Witness the King at Westminster, 29 Nov., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

Br' e de venire fac' quatuor homines de civitate ad cons' R'.

Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Sheriffs for the election of four citizens experienced in naval and mercantile matters to attend a Council to be held at Westminster the morrow of St. Hillary [13 Jan.] to consult about measures to be taken against France. Dated at Westminster, 12 Dec., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].

Folio ccxl.

Names of those elected, viz., John Pecche and William Walworth, Aldermen; Fulk Horewode and John Fyfhide, Commoners.

Billa per Fullones lib'at' etc.

Petition of certain Fullers, viz., William Stoket, Nicholas Mortone, and William Bedelle, on behalf of themselves and others of the Mistery, to the Mayor and Aldermen that they may be spared the trouble of examining cloth for defects when such cloth has been purchased after examination by the purchaser himself. The petition granted, Saturday before Christmas, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 9)

Acquietancia Joh' is Shaftes bury et Agn' ux' is ejus per Joh' em Bernes et Edith' ux' em ejus.

A general release by John Bernes, skinner, and Edith his wife to John Shaftesbury, merchant, and Agnes his wife. Dated 9 Jan., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369-70].

Folio ccxl b.

Pleas in the Chamber before John de Chichestre, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, Monday after the Feast of the Conception B. M. [8 Dec.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], on which day John Wryghte de Borham, an orphan, presented a bill to the effect that Geoffrey le Botiller, late draper, had devised a certain tenement to Katherine his daughter, in tail, with remainders to John, son of the said Geoffrey, in tail, (fn. 10) and to John, son of William Macchyng, in fee; that the said Katherine and John had died without heirs of their bodies, and that John Macchyng had also died, whereby the tenement descended to him, John Wryghte, as cousin (cosyn) and heir of the said John Macchyng, being son of John, son of Mabel, sister of William, the father of the said John; and that a certain John Walcot holds the tenement, contrary to the said devise, and therefore he prays a remedy. The said John Walcot, being summoned and appearing, showed no cause why the said tenement should not be taken into the City's hand in trust for the orphan.

Custodia Joh' is Wryghte de Borham.

Afterwards, viz., on the 10th Jan., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369- 1370], the guardianship of the said orphan, aged twelve years, was committed by John de Chichestre, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and John de Cauntbrige, the Chamberlain, to William Bys, "stokfysshmongere," and Alianora his wife. Sureties, viz., Richard Toky, grocer, and Henry Petipas, "stokfisshmongere."

Afterwards, at the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], 44 Edward III. [A. D. 1369-70], came Agnes Wryghte de Borham, mother of the orphan, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and agreed that the said William Bys should have the guardianship of the said orphan.

Afterwards, viz., on the 22nd June, 8 Richard II. [A.D. 1384], came the above John Wryghte, being of full age, before Nicholas Brembre, Knt., the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and acknowledged satisfaction. Therefore the above William Bys and Alianora were acquitted.

Md de ten' Edward' Siende smythe.

Monday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369-70], a report made to the Mayor and Aldermen by Richard Shropshire and Thomas Fant, sworn carpenters of the City, and Richard atte Cherche and Thomas atte Barnet, sworn masons of the City, as to the dimensions of a tenement near Holbournebrugge purchased by Edward Siende, "smythe," from Sir William Rooke and Sir Thomas Eydone, chaplains.


  • 1. 'Statutes at Large' (ed. 1758), i. 337-9.
  • 2. Otherwise known as Common Serjeant, the chief executive officer of the "Court of Orphans" in the City 'Cal. Letter-Book D,' Introd., pp. xiv-xv.
  • 3. 'Memorials,' pp. 339-40. Cf. supra, p. 246.
  • 4. On fo. clxx b the name can be read either as "Anna" or "Amia."
  • 5. A marginal note in a later hand "no such custome." The case is recorded in the 'Liber Albus' (fo. 224b), with the marginal note, "Quod secunda uxor habeat medietatem bonorum viri etc.," and nothing more; but in the Elizabethan copy of the work preserved among the archives of the City there is added a marginal note in a hand of the seventeenth century, to the effect that this custom only held good in cases where the children by the former wife had already been fully advanced by the father. See 'Liber Albus' (Rolls Series), i. 392-3.
  • 6. In 1313 the Barons of the Exchequer had received orders from the King to admit Sheriffs to office whether they actually appeared or not, and to fine those who failed to attend. See 'Cal. Letter-Book E,' p. 25. Cf. 'Cal. Letter-Book D,' pp. 19-20.
  • 7. The Guildhall of the Teutonics or Hanse merchants was more generally known as the "Steelyard." Stow's 'Survey' (Thoms's ed., 1876), p. 88.
  • 8. Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. ii. p. 880. On the following day the King sent his writ to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex to furnish 1,000 sheaves of arrows before Easter next. The writ is not recorded in the Letter-Book, but is printed in Rymer's 'Fœdera' (ibid., p 881).
  • 9. 'Memorials,' p. 341.
  • 10. See the will of Geoffrey le Botiller enrolled in the Husting in 1349, where John Macchyng appears as the testator's godson. 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 544.