Folios cclxxi - cclxxx: April 1371 -

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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 cclxxi - cclxxx.

Indentura int' Maiorem et co'itatem et Will'm Trippelowe Furbour et Alic' ux' emejus.

Nil sol' pro ingressu quia lang' co'itatem.

Grant by John Bernes, the Mayor, the Aldermen and Commonalty to William Trippelowe, "furbour," and Alice his wife, of a certain house extending from the high street of Neugate to "Hondesdiche," and situate near the tenement of John "de" Weymouthe, "smythe"; to hold the same for their respective lives, at an annual rent of 10s. Dated 26 April, 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371].

Folio cclxxi-cclxxib.

Particulars of plate bought as a present to the Prince of Wales on his return from Gascony, and delivered to Sir Peter Lacy on the Prince's behalf on the 16th Dec., 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371]. (fn. 1)

Folio cclxxii.

Articuli de mistero Haberdassheres.

Friday after the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], certain articles of the mistery of Haberdassheres presented before the Mayor and Aldermen and approved. (fn. 2)

Mag'ri jur' de mistero pre dicto.

The following Saturday, Thomas Botulston, Richard Spenser, John Polstede, and Richard Marchal elected and sworn to govern the said mistery and present defects, &c.

Folio cclxxii b.

Mollere Judicium collistrig'.

Saturday after the Feast of H. Trinity [1 June], 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], Nicholas Mollere, servant of John Toppesfeld, "smythe," condemned to the pillory and to have a whetstone hung from his neck for spreading false reports touching merchant strangers being allowed to trade as freely as freemen, &c. (fn. 3)

Folio cclxxiii.

Peticio exhibita cont a plumbar' pro quadam vacua placea.

A complaint made to the Mayor, Recorder, and Aldermen, by John Walkot, Richard Scut, Thomas Clenche, and others of Candelwykstrete and of St. Clement's Lane in Estchepe, of noxious fumes arising from certain plumbers carrying on smelting operations in a place called "Wodhawe," in the parish of St. Clement, and proceeding thereon. (fn. 4)

Hugh atte Chirche and Thomas Noket, drapers; Richard Halsted and John Gyle, weavers; and William Stoket and William Doder, fullers, sworn to examine defects of cloth and present them, &c.

Folio cclxxiii b-cclxxiv.

Commissio ad levand' de singulis parochiis cxvjs de quodam subsidio v m li [sic] in parliamento d'no R' concesso.

Commission under the Great Seal appointing the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen to raise the sum of £638 (being a portion of the sum of £50,000 recently granted by Parliament to the King) by assessment of the various parishes of the City, inasmuch as it had been ascertained that the sum of 22s. 3d., formerly appointed to be raised from every parish in the realm (except in the county of Chester), was not sufficient for the purpose, and the sum had been increased to 116s. Six or four of the wealthier inhabitants of each parish are to be summoned to give evidence on oath before them as to the amount of property held by each parishioner. Dated at Wynchestre, 8 June, 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371]. (fn. 5)

The number of parishes, 110.

Folio cclxxiv b.

Commissio ad supervidend' assessionem et levacionem denar' predictor' etc.

Commission under the Great Seal to Adam Fraunceys, John Piel, Bartholomew Frestelynge, and John Philipot to superintend the raising of the City's portion of the subsidy of £50,000 granted by Parliament to the King. Dated at Wyncestre, 12 June, 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371].

Folio cclxxv.

Assessio facta super Wardas pro predictis denar' levand'.

The number of City parishes, 110.

Be it remembered that, for the quicker levying of the above money, assessment was made on the Wards, with the assent of Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, viz.:—

Walbroke, £34; Douuegate, £30 12s.; Cornehulle, £13 12s.; Bradstrete, £22 19s.; Langebourne, £17 17s.; Candelwikstrete, £13 12s.; Bridge, £42 10s.; Billyngesgate, £27 4s.; Portsokene, £7 13s.; Lymstrete, 34s.; Algate, £5 2s.; Tower, £39 2s.; Bisshopesgate, £18 14s.; Chepe, £62 16s.; Cordwanerstrete, £62 16s.; Vintry, £30 12s.; Farndone Within, £45 18s.; Farndone Without, £29 15s.; Bredstret, £31 9s.; Crepulgate Within, £34; Crepulgate Without, £8 10s.; Aldrisgate, £5 19s.; Queenhithe, £17; Castelbaynard, £10 4s.; Colmanstrete, £16 3s.; Bassyngeshawe, £5 19s.

Total £635 12s., and there is wanting 48s.

Folio cclxxv b.

The account of Robert Wynchestre, carpenter, rendered before John Boseham and Elias de Thorpe, Aldermen, and William Eynesham, appointed auditors by Nicholas Brembre, the Mayor, on the 22nd April, 51 Edward III. [A.D. 1377], touching his guardianship of Edmund, son of Robert Jober, (fn. 6) for which he received his discharge.

Folio cclxxvi.

Folio cclxxvi b.

Br'e quod moneta Scocie non habeat cursum in regno Angl' post festum Sancti Mich'is prox' futur' etc.

The Statute of Westminster, 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371]. (fn. 7)

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation against paying or receiving money from the Mint of Scotland or from foreign parts, or any money other than that from the King's Mint, as currency after Michaelmas next. Witness the King at Wynchestre, 18 June, 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371]. (fn. 8)

Proclamacio de prisis victualium et emptor' eor'dem.

Writ to the Sheriffs that they enforce the observance of the Statute (fn. 9) ordaining (1) that the right of purveyance be exercised on behalf of the King and Queen, (2) that the hateful name of purveyor be changed to that of buyer, and (3) that payments be made in ready money, &c. Dated at Westminster, 7 July, 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371].

Folio cclxxvii.

Br'e pro Thom' atte Crouche sporiere quod non ponatur in assisis aut jur' etc.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs forbidding them to put Thomas atte Crouche, "sporiere," upon assizes, juries, &c., should he be proved to be over seventy years of age. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 July, 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371].

Folio cclxxvii b.

Me d de vendic'oe reddit pu'os Galfi Bonere conting'.

Memorandum of sale by the executors of Geoffrey Bonere, "paternostermakere," of the dower of Cristina, late wife of John Bonere, in a tenement called "le Horsheved" within Ludgate, (fn. 10) owned by Peter Marchant, and other rents of the same, and of payment of the proceeds to John Fysshe, "skynnere," and Isabella his wife, daughter of the said Geoffrey. (fn. 11) [No date.]

Custodia Ric'i fil' Joh'is Briklesworth.

2 Aug., 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], the guardianship of Richard, son of John Briklesworth, (fn. 12) aged thirteen, committed by John Bernes, the Mayor, and John Cauntebrigge, the Chamberlain, to William de Stodeye, "vyneter," together with money and household goods delivered by the executors of the said John Briklesworth to the said Chamberlain. Sureties, viz., Nicholas Brembre, "wolmongere," Robert de la More, "vynter," John Birlyngham, mercer, and Thomas Gysors, "vyneter."

Folio cclxxviii.

Custodia Joh'is fil' Steph'i Bradele.

23 Aug., 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], the guardianship of John, son of Stephen Bradele, (fn. 13) late leather merchant, aged six years, committed by the same to Isabella, late wife of the said Stephen, together with a sum of £60 and a tenement called "le Cage," in the parish of St. Michael de Bassyeshawe. Sureties, viz., William Horstone, "draper," William Craft, and Roger Crane, "haberdasshere."

Folio cclxxviii b.

Br'e pro Flandrens' bannitis ad t'm vite etc.

Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Sheriffs for the arrest of Flemings banished for their lives from Flanders, according to their discretion, by way of retaliation for the treatment of English merchants in Flanders. Dated at Marleberghe, 22 Aug., 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371].

Folio cclxxix.

Scriptum Nich'i Loveyne per Nich'm Brembre.

Nil sol'.

Deed whereby Nicholas Brembre covenants with Nicholas de Loveyne not to suffer any charge to be made on the manor of Notfeld and certain rents in Merstham, lately held by him jointly with John Stodeye, Robert de la More, and Thomas Albon, and conveyed to Sir William Cobbeham, Knt., William Harewelle, clerk, William Tarent, clerk, and Roger Asshebournham. Dated 12 Sept., 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371]. (fn. 14)

Folio cclxxix b.

A similar deed by John "de" Stodeye touching the same property. Same date.

Eleccio vic'.

Sunday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], Robert Hatfeld and Adam Stable elected Sheriffs of London and Middlesex for the year ensuing, in the presence of John Bernes, the Mayor, William Haldene, the Recorder, Adam Fraunceys, James Andreu, John Stodeye, Simon de Mordone, William Welde, John Litle, Bartholomew Frestlynge, John Mitford, John Warde, John Piel, and William Walworth, Aldermen, the said William Walworth and Robert de "Caytone," the Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty assembled at the Guildhall. The said Robert Hatfeld was elected by the Mayor, &c.

Folio cclxxx.

Custodia pueror' Will i West.

27 Sept., 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], the guardianship of William and John, sons of William West, late merchant, and of Johanna and Isabella, daughters of the same, committed by John de Bernes, the Mayor, and John de Cauntebrige, the Chamberlain, to Hugh Boys and Isabella his wife, mother of the said children. Sureties, viz., Walter Waldene, spicer, Hugh Sprot, "chesmongere," and Richard Sprot, spicer.

Folio cclxxx b.


Saturday before the Feast of St. Dionisius [9 Oct.], 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], William atte Lathe, Thomas de Wyndesore, Robert Hak, and Walter atte Forthe elected Masters of the mistery of Tapicers and sworn to survey and rule the said mistery, &c.

Memorandum bonor' permagr'm Joh'm de Cantebr' clericum lib'ator' Thome de Hoo chivaler.

Be it remembered that on the 7th Oct., 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], Master John de Cauntebrigge, clerk, delivered to Thomas de Hoo, Knt., by the hands of Robert de Hoo, son of the said Thomas, four cups with covercles of silver, three pieces of silver plain, and a plate of silver for spices (pro speciebus).

Eleccio Maioris.

Monday the Feast of the Translation of St. Edward the King [13 Oct.], 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], John Bernes elected Mayor for the year ensuing with the assent of the Aldermen and Commonalty.

Exon'acio Joh'is Bullok et Ric'i de Dancastre de custodia Joh'is fil' Joh'is Darke.

Monday after the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], came John Bullok and Richard Dancastre, sureties for Richard de Chesham, shearman, and Agnes his wife, touching the guardianship of John, son of John Darke, shearman, and of his property of £40, as appears supra, fo. xcvii, and said the said Richard de Chesham had died, and that neither the said Richard nor Agnes his wife had goods and chattels to the value of £40; but that a certain Gregory Willys owed the said Richard a sum of £38 10s., which they asked permission to attach to the use of the said orphan, and it was so attached by John Chamberleyn, "serjant."

Afterwards, viz., on Thursday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 45 Edward III. [A.D. 1371], the aforesaid Gregory came and said that he owed the said Richard only £30, and thereon found sureties for payment of the same, viz., Henry Wille, draper, and William Litylworth, "taillour." Therefore the said John Bullok and Richard Dancastre are quit.


  • 1. Set out in 'Memorials' (pp. 350-352), where the editor suggests that the regnal year here given is a mis take for 44 Edward III. But, mas much as the Prince of Wales did not arrive in England before Jan., 1371, the regnal year is probably correct.
  • 2. Set out in 'Memorials,' pp. 354-5.
  • 3. Particulars of proceedings against him are set out in 'Memorials' (pp. 352-3). The editor, however, appears to have been much puzzled as to the identification of "Le Olde jwherye" or "Le Holdjwherye," suggesting that it might mean a sign of the "Old Wheiry" or "Old Ferry," whereas there can be little doubt that it is nothing else than the "Old Jewry."
  • 4. Set out in 'Memorials,' pp. 355-6.
  • 5. Cf. 'Rot. Parl.,' ii. 304.
  • 6. Vide supra, p. 240.
  • 7. See 'Statutes at Large' (ed. 1758), i. 339. The most important provision of the statute was the renewal of the law of 1362, to the effect that no new impost should be laid on wool, woolfells, or leather without the assent of Parliament (cap. iv.). Cf. Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 414, 422.
  • 8. Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. ii. p. 919.
  • 9. The statute of 1362, recorded supra, fos. cv et seq.
  • 10. See the will of Geoffrey Bonere, enrolled in the Husting in 1369. 'Cal. of Wills,' ii. 132.
  • 11. Cf. supra, p. 239.
  • 12. The will of John Briklesworth proved and enrolled in the Husting in Nov., 1368 'Cal. of Wills,' ii. 119-20.
  • 13. The will of Stephen Bradele proved and enrolled in the Husting in April, 1371. 'Cal. of Wills,' ii. 140.
  • 14. "In the forty-fifth year of Edward III. John Stodeye and others (probably trustees) granted the manor and advowson and 4 marcs rent in Merstham to Sir William de Cobham and others" Manning and Bray's 'Surrey,' vol. ii. p. 270.