Folios xli - l: Feb 1355-6 -

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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 xli - l.

Precept to each Alderman to put the men of his Ward in array pursuant to writ supra. (fn. 1)

Ces sount les ordenaunces et les articles touchauntz le mestier des masouns.

Ordinances made at an assembly of the Mayor and Aldermen on Monday before the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1355-6]—there being present Simon Fraunceis, the Mayor, John Lovekyn, Thomas Leggy, Adam Fraunceis, John Peche, William atte Welde, Richard Notyngham, Roger de Depham, Simon Dolsaly, William de Tudenham, Simon de Worsted, Bartholomew Frestlynge, and Thomas Dolsely, Aldermen, Thomas de Brandone and Walter Forester, Sheriffs, and John Little, Simon de Benyngtone, and William Holbeche, Commoners—for allaying disputes between mason "hewers" on the one part, and mason layers and setters (masouns legers et setters) on the other part, &c. (fn. 2)

Folio xli b.

Quedam billa missa d'no Regi et ejus consilio pro libertate civitatis London'.

Petition to the King and Council that, notwithstanding the Statute made at York in the ninth year of his reign, and renewed by Parliament in the twenty-fifth year, (fn. 3) granting the right of free trading to merchant strangers without tax or tallage, the citizens may enjoy their franchises pursuant to the terms of a charter granted since the said Statute of York, a copy of which is recorded in Letter-Book F, fo. viii [b]. (fn. 4)

Quedam pro clamacio facta de vendicione cervisie in civitate I on don' die mart' prox ante festum cinerum anno tricesimo.

Proclamation renewing ordinances touching the sale of ale, to the effect that no brewer nor brewster sell a gallon of the best ale for more than 1½d. and other ale for more than 1d., and these only by measure sealed with the seal of the Alderman, under penalty of half a mark and forfeiture of the ale for the first offence, and of 10s. and forfeiture and imprisonment for the second offence, and that if any retail dealer do the contrary he or she shall lose 2s. for the first offence, and 2s., forfeiture of the ale, and imprisonment for the second. (fn. 5)

Br' e ne merca tores vinetarii vel alii ducant ad partes extraneas.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding the importation of wines of Gascony to any other country than England. Witness the King at Westminster, 13 March, 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1355-6].

Proclamation made accordingly on Monday after the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March]. The writ remains in the possession of Walter Forester, Sheriff.

Folio xlii.

Br'e ad certificand' Thes' et Baron' de Scaccario si Joh'es Maleweyn obligatur Nich' Mokkyngge pro aliquib' terris ten' bonis vel catall'.

Writ of certiorari to Simon Fraunceys, Mayor, and the Chamberlain of the Guildhall touching particulars of the property of John Mockyngge, deceased, descending to Nicholas his son, and whether John Malewayn was responsible for it. Witness G[ervase] de Wilforde at Westminster, 11 Feb., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1355-6].

Returnum predicti Brevis.

Return made to the effect that on Thursday after the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354], the guardianship of Nicholas, son of John "de" Mokkyngge, was committed by Thomas Leggy, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and the Chamberlain to John Malewayn, whose daughter the said Nicholas married, together with divers chattels, rents, &c., belonging to the said Nicholas, the said John Malewayn binding himself to render account thereof by sureties, viz., Adam Fraunceys and Adam de Bury.

Scriptum Joh'is Someres ham et ux' is ejus per Will'm de Wodehalle et ux'm ejus.

Indenture of lease by William de Wodehalle, of co. Middlesex, and Isabella his wife to John de Someresham and Alice his wife of certain shops in the Ward of Langebourne, in the parish of All Hallows de Stanyngecherche, for a term of twenty years from Easter [24 April], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], at an annual rent of 100s. Witnesses John Bullok, John Pyriel, Thomas Andreu, Giles de Kelseye, Roger atte Basket, Thomas de Sauntone, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated 20 March, 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1355-6].

Acknowledged before Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain.

Folio xlii b.

Processus Rogeri Torold pro vituperio Maioris.

Tuesday the Feast of the Epiphany [6 Jan.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5], Roger Torold, vintner, uses opprobrious words against Thomas Leggy, the Mayor, in the house of William Brangwayn in the Ward of Langbourne, in the presence of John de Draytone, John Warender, and Thomas Same, who repeated the words to the Mayor the following day. Thereupon precept was issued to Thomas de Guldeford, Serjeant of Richard Smelt, Sheriff, to summon the said Roger to answer for his conduct on the following Thursday. The said Roger duly appeared before Andrew Aubrey, Simon Fraunceys, Richard Lacier, Adam Fraunceys, Roger de Depham, Thomas Perle, Ralph de Lenne, Adam de Bury, John de Gloucestre, Henry Pykard, Simon Dolsali, John de Stodeye, John Costantyn, William de Welde, Richard de Notyngham, and Simon de Worstede, Aldermen, William de Tudenham and Richard Smelt, Sheriffs, and very many good men of the City, and pleaded guilty Cur. adv. vult. On Wednesday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.] the said Roger was brought up in custody, and released on his giving the Mayor 100 tuns of wine for his contempt and consenting to be bound over for good behaviour. (fn. 6)

Folio xliii.

Br'e Octaviano Fraunceys de exonerando etc.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they cease to exact a contribution towards expenses of the war from Octavian Fraunceys, a merchant of Florence, who, besides paying to the King 3 pence in the pound like other merchant strangers, is also of the franchise of the City, and in lot and scot with the men of the City. Witness the King at Westminster, 8 April, 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356]. (fn. 7)

Returnum brevis predicti.

Return made by Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, and Thomas de Brandone and Walter Forester, Sheriffs, to the effect that the above Octavian lived in the Ward of Langebourne, where he was assessed by Thomas de Same and other collectors of the Ward at 5s. towards the war, which he refused to pay, and inasmuch as he had long held a hostel in the Ward and carried on business there by wholesale and retail like the citizens of the City, he ought to contribute with the citizens; and therefore the collectors had seized his goods to the value of 5s. until he should pay, and the Mayor, &c., refused to give them up.

Scriptum Rod'i de Cauntebrege.

ijs. vjd.

Deed of gift by Thomas de "Kauntebrigge" to Ralph de "Cauntebregge," his son, of all his movable goods in the City. Witnesses, John atte Loke, Richard Walpol, Roger de Woxebrigge, John atte Barnate (?), Stephen de Stanford, John de Berdene, John de Mundene, junior, and others [not named]. Dated in St. Vedast Lane, Sunday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 22 Edward III. [A.D. 1348].

Acknowledged Wednesday before the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Finalis concordia int Joh'em de Harpesfeld et Ric'm Smelt plurimar' racione dissencionum et discordiarum facta.

John de Harpesfeld, corder, and Richard Smelt summoned to appear in the Chamber of the Guildhall before the Mayor, Aldermen, and good men of the City on Saturday after the Feast of Conception B. M. [8 Dec.], 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1355], and to appoint arbitrators to arrange then differences. Thereupon the said John appointed Thomas Dolsaly and William de Wandelesworth, and the said Richard appointed John Wroth and Simon de Bedyngtone, Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, being appointed umpire.

Afterwards, viz., on Monday the Feast of St. Thomas [21 Dec.], terms were arranged between the parties without prejudice to the right of Richard Smelt and Alice, late wife of Walter Neel, to sue John de Harpesfeld on a certain bond, and the said John, who had for certain reasons been deprived of the freedom of the City, had his freedom restored.

Folio xliii b.

Presentacio Rector' eccl'ie S'ci Mich'is s'r Cornhull' et parochian' ejusdem Maiori et Aldr' de custod' Alicie fil' quond' Joh'is le Leche cum bonis et cat' eid' Alicie legat' tradita Matill' ux'i ipsius Joh'is etc.

Presentment made to the Mayor and Aldermen by the Rector of the church of St. Michael on Cornhulle, Simon le Palmere, Richard de Claverynge, and other parishioners [not named] to the effect that John le Leche, "ismongere," had—by will proved and enrolled in the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday after the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 23 Edward III. [A.D. 1349] (fn. 8) —left the guardianship of Alice his daughter to Matilda his wife, who died in mid-Lent, anno 23 Edward III. [A.D. 1348-9], and that thereupon Stephen le "Northrene," executor of the said John, had seized and wasted the property of the said Alice, to the prejudice of certain chantries, and had eloigned the said Alice, aged eight years, out of the City, contrary to the custom of the City, &c. Thereupon precept to William le Zonge (Yonge), Serjeant of the Chamber, to warn the said Stephen to appear before the Mayor and Aldermen on Friday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], and to summon a jury of the venue, to inquire into the truth of the premises On the said day the Serjeant testified that he had warned the said Stephen by William le Chaundeler and John le Chaundeler, but he made default The jurors, viz., Richard de Claveryng, Hugh atte Marche, Henry Clement, Adam le Whaite, John Dunstere, John Chapman, John Gille, John de Walkerne, William le Peyntour, John Hirltone, "peautrer," John Benet, and Henry Curteys, find the facts of the case, and thereupon orders are issued for the Serjeant of the Chamber to take the property of the said Alice into the City's hands and to attach the said Stephen; and, inasmuch as the said Stephen could not be found in the City and would not render himself to justice, his property was seized and delivered to Simon le Palmere and William Sunnyng for safe custody.

Folio xliv.

Acquietancia Thome de Lincoln filii Ric'i de Lincoln facta Simoni Chaumb'leyn et Galfr'o Adam exec' test'i dicti Ric'i.

sol' ijs. vjd.

Saturday after the Feast of St. Augustine [5 May], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], Thomas de Lincoln, son of Richard de Lincoln, "felmongere," whose age had been proved before the Mayor and Aldermen at the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1355-6], came into the Chamber of the Guildhall before Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, Adam Fraunceys, Roger de Depham, and Simon Dolsely, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged he had received certain property from Simon Chaumberleyn and Geoffrey Adam, his father's executors, and thereupon he made an acquittance as set out Dated 23 May, A.D. 1356.

Br'e pro proclam' fac' pro mercator' et vinetar' ducatus Aquit' de vino gaugeando.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to the effect that whereas Edward the King's grandfather had by charter, since confirmed by King Edward III., granted to merchant vintners of the Duchy of Aquitaine that for each tun of wine gauged the seller should make good any deficit, whilst the buyer should pay for any surplus according to the price of the tun, and whereas the buyer and seller each paid a halfpenny on every tun gauged, the same custom should be observed, and the said Mayor and Sheriffs are to make proclamation accordingly. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 June, 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

The above remains in the Chamber of the Guildhall among the files of the aforesaid year.

Folio xliv b.

Custodia Steph'i fil' Will'i Double tradita Joh' i de Zakesle.

Wednesday after the Feast of St. Petronilla [31 May], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], the guardianship of Stephen, son of William Double, aged ten, committed to John de Zakesle (Yakesle), "pessoner," (fn. 9) of Bruggestrete, by Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, Adam Fraunceys, Roger de Depham, and William atte Welde, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, together with property in the parishes of St. Magnus and St. Dunstan towards the Tower. Sureties, viz., Robert de Rameseye, "pessoner," and Edmund de Lenham, "pessoner".

Commissio Regis pro Rob'to Arnald Will'o Cherchegate et Ric'o Turk pro operarus capiend'.

Writ to all Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs, &c., notifying that Robert Arnald, William Cherchegate, and Richard Turk had been commissioned to provide sufficient caipenters and workmen for the building of two vessels (flunorum (fn. 10) ) which the citizens of London had been called upon to get ready for the King's use by the Feast of the Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June], and bidding them render every assistance to the said commissioners. Witness the King at Westminster, 6 April, 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Symond pris'.

Thursday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], John Symond, "shipwrith," attached by Antony the Serjeant, by the Mayor's order, and committed to the prison of Neugate for rebelling against the masters of the King's work and refusing to obey them according to contract.

Dancastre pris'.

Friday before the Feast of Pentecost [12 June], the same year John de Dancastre committed to prison for divers affrays in the Ward of Billyngesgate, of which he had been convicted by the Alderman of the Ward, being unable to find surety.

Moot pris'.

William Moot, brewer, servant of William de Draytone, "saltere," attached for having, on Monday before the Feast of St Barnabas [11 June], broken a sequestration made on the said William de Draytone for the sum of 2s. 6d. at which he had been assessed for the repair of vessels (flunarum) for the King's use. The said William Moot acknowledged his fault before the Mayor and Aldermen, and was therefore committed to prison.

Folio xlv.

Bona et catalla Steph'i le Northen' appreciata et sub salva custodia tradita quousque etc.

A schedule of goods and chattels of Stephen le Northerne found in the house of John (le) Leche, in the parish of St Michael de Cornhulle, the 6th June, 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], and appraised by oath of William Sunnyng, carpenter, Robert de Blithe, "brasyere," Robert Russe, "brasiere," Henry Clement, "lokyer," Stephen Basham, "lokyer," and Adam Wayte, "upheldere." (fn. 11)

Custodia Alicie fil' et heredis Joh'is Leche.

Afterwards, viz., on Saturday the eve of St. Barnabas [11 June], the above goods, together with certain shops belonging to John le Leche in the parish of St. Michael de Cornhulle, were delivered to Simon le Palmer, "pelter," and William Sunnyng, carpenter, by Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, Richard Lacer, Roger Depham, William Welde, and Richard de Notyngham, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to safeguard the same for the benefit of Alice, daughter of the said John le Leche.

De expens' factis etc.

Memorandum of divers expenses incurred on a house formerly belonging to John le Leche on account of a fire which occurred about the Feast of St. John Bapt [24 June], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], by view of Simon Dolsely, Alderman of the Ward of Cornhulle, Thomas de Weldene, the Chamberlain, John Lucas, and William de Greyngham, Serjeant of the Chamber.

Ralph de Cantebrige, Ralph le Chaundeler, and John Cantebrigge, the Chamberlain, appointed auditors of an account between William Sunnyngge and Alice, daughter of John (le) Leche.

Folio xlv b.

Particulars of expenses incurred in consequence of a house formerly belonging to John le Leche having been injured by fire.

Folio xlvi.

A congregation of the Mayor and Aldermen in the Guildhall on Tuesday before the Feast of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1355-6], there being present Simon Fraunceys, the Mayor, John Lovekyn, Adam Fraunceys, Henry Pycard, Adam de Bury, John Pecche, Thomas Perle, Bartholomew Frestlyng, John de Stodeye, Richard de Notyngham, Roger de Depham, Thomas Leggy, Simon de Worstede, William Welde, William de Todenham, Richard Smelt, John Little, Simon Dolsely, the Prior of "Crichirche," and Thomas Dolsely, Aldermen, Walter Forester and Thomas de Brandone, Sheriffs, and many of the wealthier and wiser Commoners of the City, whose names are underwritten, viz:—

Chepe: William de Rumburgh, John de Toppesfeld, William Fromond, Robert Lightfot, Thomas de Matchyng, Thomas atte Bowe, spicer, Richard de Wrotham.

[Collectors—not named.]

Cordewanerstrete: James Andrewe, William de Essex, John Bernes, Simon de Lincoln, William de Hanamstede, Nicholas Chaucer, John "Bole," John Gonewardeby.

Collectors—John "Bol," Walter Bachel', William Herkestede, John Writle.

Bredestrete: Thomas Frere, William Dik, draper, Robert de Guldeford, John de Kirkeby, William Passeware, William de Aungre, John de Bryncheslee, William de Draytone.

Collectors—Simon de Godestone, William Gubbe.

Vintry: Thomas de Ebor', Thomas Vannere, John de Cressyngham, Geoffrey Beauflour, John de Rothyng, Thomas de Sharnebrok, John de Dunstaple, Robert de Lincoln.

Collectors—John de Wendovere, John Chaucere. (fn. 12)

Queenhithe: John Monkoy, John de Refham, John Reyner, William Strokelady, Richard Curteys, John le Clerk, William de Berkyng, Richard de Thame.

Collectors—Henry Brenge, Simon Posse.

Castle Baynard: Robert de Reynham, Henry Brenge, Stephen de Stanford, Richard de Stanford, John de Somertone, Philip Sergeaunt, William atte Corner, Thomas de Suttone, William Bonet, Gilbert Koo.

Collectors—John Bisshope, Andrew Vernoun.

Farndone Without: John Syward, "peautrer," Nicholas Peautrer, Thomas atte Crouche, Nicholas Sporier, John de Langetone, Walter de Chetyngdone, Thomas Brix, William atte Wyle, Richard Clerk.

Collectors—John de Hedyngham, William Moshache, William Persshore, Walter le Brewere.

Farndone Within: John Hiltof, Thomas Frithebek, Geoffrey atte Gate, Hugh de Secheford, Simon atte Gate, Robert de Huntyngdone.

Collectors—Richard Syward, William Badewyn, Robert Taverner, Thomas de Reynham.

Aldresgate: John Peyntour, Robert Hubert William Beauver, Lapyn de Kyngham, John de Croydone, Nicholas de Bedyngtone.

Collectors—Lapyn de Kyngham, Thomas de Salesbury, William de Leycestre.

Cripulgate: John de Chichestre, Thomas de Uptone, John de Worstede, Thomas de Welford, William de Burtone, Richard de Worstede, Thomas Cheyner.

Collectors— Peter de Trent, Thomas Wicchirche, John Sterre, Nicholas Harpesfeld.

Folio xlvi b.

Bassyngeshawe Henry "de" Bradele, Thomas Cornerth, Thomas Pentyk, John de Tudenham, John Tonewelle, John de London.

Collectors—John de Toppesfeld, Henry Bradele.

Colmanstrete: John Stable, Henry de Ware, John Deynes, William Dykeman, John de Yerdele, Walter Wirdrawer, John atte More.

Collector—William de Welde, Alderman of the Ward.

Bradestrete: Thomas Starkolf, John Herwardestoke, John de Hardyngham, William Laurence, Roger Wenlok, John Burre.

Collectors—Nicholas Rombold, Roger Wenlok, William de Derby.

Bisshoppesgate: Nicholas Ponge, John de Romenhale, William Dalby, John Warender, John Asshewelle.

[Collectors—not named.]

Cornhulle: Ralph de Cauntebrigge, Richard de Claverynge, Simon Palmer, Thomas Spraye, Robert de Manhale.

Collectors—Thomas de Spraye, Hugh atte Marche.

Langebourne: Thomas Andrewe, John Bullok, Thomas Same, John de Somersham, John de Draytone, John de Wodegate, Robert de Stratford, Giles de Kelseye, John atte Belle, Thomas de Bissheye, Laurence de Silkestone, Alexander Avenelle, Thomas Gatyn, John Pyrel.

Collectors—Giles de Kelseye, Richard atte Wyche, Richard Chesham, John de Tame.

Algate: Richard atte Celer, Thomas atte Hale, John Baas, Robert Rydere, William atte Hale.

Collectors—Richard atte Celer, William atte Hurst.

Tower: Richard Turk, John Bradmedewe, Thomas de Cressyngham, John Colle, John atte Walle, Robert Jobour, Henry Hurer.

Collectors—John Bredecote, Roger Hyntone, Thomas Pagenham, Richard de Carltone.

Lymstrete: Robert de Manhale, Thomas atte Walle, Geoffrey Proude.

Collectors—Thomas atte Spence, Thomas atte Walle, Gerard Andrewe.

Portesoken: William Cosyn, John de Nortone, Thomas Crouchman.

Collectors—Thomas Crouchman, Nicholas Longge, Thomas Copyn.

Walbroke: John de Bures, Nicholas Hotoft, John de Oxonford, Nicholas Bole, Richard de Carletone, Walter Page.

Collectors—Nicholas Bole, Robert Makeseye, Roger Hotoft, Salamon Faunt.

Douuegate: Richard de Prestone, William de Wandesworthe, Richard Stoke, Thomas atte Marche, Richard de Romeseye, John de Horsford.

Collectors—William de Wandesworthe, Geoffrey Coupere.

Bridge: Richard Bacoun, Simon de Mordone, Richard de Croydone, Robert Furneux, Robert de Rameseye, William Bys.

Collectors—Thomas atte Wyche, Guy Lambyn, Thomas Saundre, Roger de Mordone, John de Hadenham.

Billyngesgate: Richard de Evere, Henry Boseworth, John de Pounfreyt, John de Coggeshale, William de Shirbourne, Roger atte Stone.

Collectors—Robert Whyt, John Wirhale, Nicholas Storme.

Candelwykstrete: John Lemman, Richard Dale, Richard Chaundeler, Richard Dyche.

Collectors—the same.

Folio xlvii.

Concessio duor' parcium quin tedecime ad opus d'ni R' levand'.

At the above congregation a letter of Privy Seal was read for the repair of two vessels (flunas) in aid of the war. Whereupon it was agreed that two-thirds of a fifteenth should be raised in each Ward.

Al Auderman de la garde de Chepe par le Maire.

Form of precept sent to each Alderman for levying assessment of his Ward, the money to be at the Guildhall by Monday after the Annunciation B. M. [25 March] at the latest.

John de Hiltoft, John Bole, John de Chichestre, Simon de Mordone, John de Tryple, John Deynes, Robert Furneux, and John de Rothyngge elected to receive the above assessment and to see that the proceeds, as well as the money levied on brewers and retailers and other men of the several Wards for men-atarms and cleansing the Tower ditch, be properly expended.

Assessment of the Wards touching two-thirds of a fifteenth, viz:—

Walbrok, £13; Douuegate, £24; Cornhulle, £10 13s. 4d.; Bradestrete, £18; Langebourne, £14; Candelwikstrete, £10 13s. 4d.; Bridge, £33 6s. 8d.; Billyngesgate, £21 6s. 8d.; Portesoken, £6; Lymstrete, 26s. 8d.; Algate, £4; Tower, £30 13s. 4d.; Bisshopesgate, £14 13s. 4d.

Total, £200 33s. 4d.

Chepe, £48 10s. 8d.; Cordewanerstrete, £48 10s. 8d.; Vintry, £24; Farndone Within, £36; Farndone Without, £23 6s. 8d.; Bredestrete, £24 13s. 4d.; Cripulgate Within, 40 marks; Cripulgate Without, 10 marks; Aldrichegate, £4 13s. 4d.; Queenhithe, 20 marks; Castle Baynard, £8; Colmanstrete, £12 13s. 4d.; Bassieshawe, £4 13s. 4d.

Total, £280 34s. 8d.

L'ra tradita per Henr' Godechepe Th' atte Sloo et Joh' Wygan Maiori Ald'ris et vic' pro transgr' per ipsos facta cum taxatores xvme perdonand'.

Petition to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs by Henry Godechepe, Thomas atte Sloo, and John de Wygan, convicted of extortion in the collection of a fifteenth in the Ward of Farndone Without, praying a favourable consideration of the judgment passed upon them as it was exceptionally severe and greater than that passed upon John de Waltham and John Pycot, collectors in the Ward of Bisshopesgate, and that they may be restored to their franchise, and that the tablet that was so prejudicial to them may be removed from the Guildhall, (fn. 13) inasmuch as they had made restitution and paid their fines.

Folio xlvii b.

Concessio facta eisdem Henr' Thome et Joh'i deperdonacione transgr' pre dicte et deliber tate sua reha benda in futur' etc.

Thereupon, after due consideration, it was decreed that the tablet in the Guildhall should be taken down and destroyed, that the aforesaid judgment should be annulled, and that the above Henry, Thomas, and John should be restored to their franchise.

Compotus civium London' pro villa de Suthwerk.

Extract from the Great Roll, anno 29 Edward III., Surrey: the citizens of London render account for the fee ferm of the vill of Suwerk, total £30; and for an annuity due thereout to William Altekar, valet of the King's Wardrobe, granted to him by the King on the 18th June, anno 9. And they are quit.

Custodia Alicie et Valentine filiar' Will'i Glovere.

Monday after the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], the guardianship of Alice, aged ten years, and Valentina, aged seven, daughters of William Glovere, committed to Gilbert de Hoo by Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain Sureties, viz., John Leycestre and William Bernard.

Afterwards, viz., on the following Monday, the guardianship of the said Alice and her property was committed to Robert de Bedeford and Petronilla his wife, cousin (consanguinea) of the said Alice and Valentina. Sureties, viz., Gilbert Poyntel and Edmund Harengeye, leather merchants; and the aforesaid Gilbert was discharged.

Afterwards, viz., on Saturday after the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], the same year, came the aforesaid Gilbert and paid to the Chamberlain the sum of 40s. to safeguard the same, quousque etc.

Afterwards, viz., on Thursday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], the Chamberlain delivered the above money and the guardianship of the said Valentina to Thomas Purser by surety of Henry Brode and Henry de Hathfeld.

Folio xlviii.

Articles of the Mistery of "Pynners" approved by the Mayor and Aldermen.

The same articles granted to the Mistery of "Kardemakeres" with the exception of the first, to the effect that no foreigner shall hold house or shop in the City or suburbs, or sell or buy things touching the mistery until he be made a freeman of the said City, and further, be examined by the masters of the said mistery if he be able and expert for the trade and business (office et estat) or not.

Two other articles are recorded as having been cancelled with reference to the "Cardemakers," although remaining in force with the Pynners, viz:—

(1) That no one of the said mistery set to work any woman except his wife or daughter.

(2) That no one of the said mistery presume to work in the said mistery by night nor on the Saturday nor the eve of a Double Feast (fn. 14) after the hour of "Noune" sounded in the parish where he may be living.

John atte Hulle, Stephen Child, John Stafford, and Ralph de Weltone elected and sworn to keep the aforesaid articles for the Pynners.

John Coteler, "cardemakere," John de Caunterbury, Robert Bordmakere, and Roger Cotoun elected and sworn to keep the aforesaid articles for the "Cardemakers."

Folio xlviii b.

Proclamacio de milit' faciend'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that all persons holding £40 a year in land and rents for three whole years, who had not become knights, take up the order by the Feast of St Michael [29 Sept.] next, and to make a return of those found holding such property in their bailiwick. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 Aug., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Proclamation made accordingly on Thursday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.].

Proclamacio quod ho'ies ad arma et alii se festinant versus d'um Regem.

Writ to the same to make proclamation for hastening the men-at-arms and others who were to accompany the King and nobles abroad. Witness the King at Westminster, 20 July, 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Proclamation made accordingly on Thursday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.].

Both of the above writs remain with Walter Forester, Sheriff.

Br'e pro reparacione unius pedis pontis ultra fossatum de Flete versus "Secollane" .

Close writ (breve clausum) to the Mayor and Sheriffs bidding them erect a support for the King's bridge over Flete ditch towards "Secolelane" for the use of the public, as in duty bound, or to show cause to the contrary in the Chancery before the following Saturday. Witness the King at Westminster. 8 Aug., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Pursuant to the above writ an inquisition was made before Simon Fraunceis, the Mayor, Thomas de Brandone and Walter Forester, the Sheriffs, on Friday after the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356], by the oath of William Debelyn, John de Idenham, John Joye, "sporiere," John de Bristowe, William atte Chaunbre [sic], William atte Seler, John de Pynworth, "cook," John atte Welle, William Forester, Richard de Jernemouthe, John de Edelmetone, and William Mousehacche, who say that the Commonalty of the City ought to make a support for the King's bridge over the said ditch, namely, towards "Secollane," and that the King ought to make the bridge and the support towards Fletebrigge, and that there is a public way over the bridge.

The above writ remains among the files in the Mayor's bag for anno 30, viz., temp. Simon Fraunceis, Mayor.

Folio xlix.

Proclamacio ne quis teneat cambium monete modo mercatorio preterillos qui deputati sunt perd'um Regem.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding any one keeping an exchange for gold, silver, or bullion (billionis), to profit thereby like a merchant, in the City or suburbs, except those specially appointed. Witness the King at Westminster, 15 Aug., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Proclamation made accordingly on Friday after the Feast of Assumption [15 Aug.].

Br'e quod co'itas civitatis London' reparari fac' pedem cujusdam pontis apud Flete versus "Secolane".

Writ alias to the Mayor and Sheriffs insisting upon their causing a support to be made for the King's bridge over Flete ditch towards "Secolelane," as in duty bound, under penalty of the sum of £10, or else to show cause why they should not do so. Witness the King at Westminster, anno 30 Edward III.

Br'e ne aliquis ad arma sive sagittarius se divertat ad partes exteras .

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that no man-atarms or archer quit the kingdom without the King's special licence. Witness the King at Westminster, 23 Aug., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Proclamation made accordingly on Tuesday the eve of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.]. The writ remains in the possession of Walter Forester, one of the Sheriffs.

Confirmacio carte Zonari orum.

Letters patent under the new seal, confirming letters patent under the old seal (fn. 15) granted to the Girdlers, as set out in the Red Book marked with the letter F on fo. lxxxviii (fn. 16). Witness the King at Westminster, 25 Feb., 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4].

Afterwards, a writ close was sent to the Mayor and Sheriffs to the effect that—whereas on a petition of the Girdlers of the City to the King and his Council in the Parliament held at Westminster after the Purification [2 Feb.], in the first year of his reign, (fn. 17) an ordinance was confirmed forbidding any one of the said mistery to make girdles of silk, wool, leather, or linen thread with any metal inferior to latten (auricalco), copper (bateria), iron or steel (calibe), and any girdles found to have been made of lead, pewter, tin, or other false material within the City or without were to be burnt, and ordering the election of officers to make scrutiny of the same—proclamation of the said ordinance should be made. Witness the King at Westminster, 17 Aug., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

Folio xlix b.

Proclamation made accordingly on Wednesday after the Feast of Decollation St. John Bapt. [29 Aug.]. The writ remains among the files, temp. Simon Fraunceis, Mayor.

Br'e de supersedend' de execucione fac' brevis prece dentis.

Writ of supersedeas to the Mayor and Sheriffs touching the above writ until the quinzaine of St. Michael or until further orders, inasmuch as certain Saddlers had complained of its unjust effect upon their trade. Witness the King at Westminster, 6 Sept., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

The above writ was remitted to the Chancellor by his orders.

Folio 1.

Grant by Peter Fanelore, Adam Fraunceis, and Henry Frowyk to William de Bramptone, chaplain and keeper of a certain chantry recently (de novo) founded by them in the Chapel of St. Mary at the Guildhall, and to four other chaplains serving the same, of certain tenements called "Horshed" and "Sarazineshed" in the parish of St. Vedast in the Ward of Farndone; shops, &c., in the parish of St. Giles without Crypulgate, and a messuage, &c., situate between the said Chapel and Bakkewellehalle. Dated at the Guildhall, Sunday after the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], A. D. 1356. (fn. 18)

Folio 1 b.

Br'e pro Will'o de Newerk clerico admit tend' ad officium recognicionum debitor' accipiend'.

Writ to Simon Fraunceys, Mayor, notifying the appointment of William de Newerk, clerk, as Keeper of the smaller part of the King's Seal for recognizances of debts under the Statute of Acton Burnell, (fn. 19) in place of Andrew Aubrey, deceased. Witness the King at Westminster, 4 Sept., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].

L'ra patens proeodem Will'o.

Letters patent making the above appointment. Date as above.

Br'e de super sedend' de execucion fac' br is super Cel lar confecti etc.

Writ of supersedeas to the Mayor and Sheriffs touching a writ to destroy unlawful girdles made by Saddlers until the dispute between the Girdlers and Saddlers has been heard and determined by the King's Council at the quinzaine of St. Michael. Witness the King at Westminster, 8 Sept., 30 Edward III. [A.D. 1356].


  • 1. P. 49.
  • 2. Set out in 'Memorials' (pp. 280- 282), where the editor supposes "legers" to be an adjective qualify ing "masouns," translating the pas sage "light masons and setters," whereas it is more probable that legers represents the layers (cf A. S. legge, to lay) of rough stone. See Conder's 'The Hole Craft and Fellow ship of Masons,' p. 64. Later on in this volume we meet with "tilers laggers masons" (see 'Memorials,' p. 322), where the editor more correctly ex plains "laggers" in a note to be "layers of stone or the flat bricks then used."
  • 3. See 'Cal. Letter Book F,' p. 229.
  • 4. Id., pp. 14-15.
  • 5. Cf ordinances of 1352 touching false measures, id., pp. 245-6.
  • 6. 'Memorials,' pp. 275-7.
  • 7. Cf. supra, pp. 46-7.
  • 8. Sec 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 524.
  • 9. Fishmonger.
  • 10. Light boats known as "flunes" or "floynes." See Du Cange, s. v. "Flouin." The term frequently occurs in a feminine form.
  • 11. Set out in 'Memorials,' pp. 282-4
  • 12. Probably the poet's father.
  • 13. As to this custom, vide supra, p. 23, note.
  • 14. "A Feast on which the antiphon was doubled, i. e., said twice before and after the Psalms, instead of only half being said, as in simple Feasts" (Orby Shipley, 'Glossary of Ecclesiastical Terms,' s. v. "Double").
  • 15. The former letters patent, bearing date 10 March, 1 Edward III. [A.D. 1326-7], bore the seal first used by Edward III., differing but slightly from that used by his predecessor. It was apparently used only tem porarily by Edward III. while the second seal was being prepared, and was destroyed in October, 1327. See Wyon's 'Great Seals of England' (1887), p. 28.
  • 16. See 'Cal Letter Book F,' p. 108.
  • 17. It met on the morrow of the Purification, i. e., 3 Feb., 1326-7, and con tinued to sit until the 9th March.
  • 18. 'Memorials,' pp. 289-90.
  • 19. See 'Cal. Letter Book A,' p. 79n. Cf. 'Cal. Letter Book F,' p. 111.