The Cartulary of Holy Trinity, Aldgate. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1971.
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[f. 132] In the parish of St. Mildrethe
739. Note: Sprakelingus the priest (sacerdos) of the church of St. Mildred was made a canon of Holy Trinity in the time of Prior Norman, which Sprakelingus gave with himself the church of St. Mildred with the chapel of St. Mary in Poultry (Pultrie); Holy Trinity later granted these to Herbert, afterwards bishop of Avranches (Abriceri') for 12d. p.a. and afterwards to Alan nephew of the said Herbert for the same rent; Alan granted his 'patrimonium' in London to Richard (fn. 1) bishop of Winchester by reason of which the church and chapel remained in the hands of the bishop of Winchester as appears in a book (quanta) with the letter 'A' folio 26 and at length, at the instance of friends, Bishop Richard granted the church with the chapel to the canons of Southwark and to Holy Trinity a pension of 10s. p.a. therefrom as appears by the following charter.
740. [1174–84] Charter of Richard bishop of Winchester granting that the canons of Holy Trinity shall have 10s. p.a. from the church of St. Mildreth and the chapel of St. Mary from which they formerly received 12d. p.a. and that the canons of St. Mary Suthwerca, to whom he has given these churches, shall hold of Holy Trinity paying to it 10s. p.a. but nothing more; present, Bartholomew bishop of Exeter, (fn. 2) Master John de Sarum, (fn. 3) treasurer of Exeter, Robert (fn. 4) archdeacon of Surrey, John Cumin.
741. [1174–84] Grant and confirmation by the prior and convent of St. Mary Southwek of the 10s. p.a. [mentioned in 740]; witnesses, Bartholomew bishop of Exeter, Master John de Sarum and others.
742. Plea held at Westminster before John de Stonor and his fellow justices of king's bench, the quindene of Easter 1343.
The prior of St. Mary Southwerk is in mercy for several defaults and he was summoned to reply to the prior of Holy Trinity that he owed him £10 of arrears of a rent of 10s. p.a.; the prior of Holy Trinity said that Prior Richard de Wymbysh was seised of the rent and that it was twenty years in arrears on the day of the suing out of the writ, viz. 28 Sep. 1341; and the prior of St. Mary refused and refuses to pay and says that he is impoverished (deterioratus) and that he has loss (dampnum) to the value of 100s.; and the prior of St. Mary by his attorney, Richard le Frye, says that he is an ecclesiastical person and seeks judgment whether the court wishes to recognise in this case anything but a spiritual burden (si curia hie vellet cognoscere in loquela ista nisi aliquid spirituale) in the way in which the annual rent originally remains (supersit); the prior of Holy Trinity offers a chirograph which contains the disposition of Richard bishop of Winchester etc. ; the prior of St. Mary says that he ought not to be burdened because neither the prior of Holy Trinity nor his predecessors were seised time out of mind of the annual rent and he places himself on the country; and because the property is in London, a writ is sent to the sheriff that he should come on the quindene of Trinity; on that day, a respite was given to the octave of Michaelmas by R. de Kellhull at St. Martin le Grand; [f. 132v] afterwards, before R. de Kellhull, the jury says that the prior of Holy Trinity and all his predecessors until ten years ago were seised of the annual rent and the prior of St. Mary refused to pay to the damage of 100s. to Holy Trinity; the prior recovers the rent and arrears to the value of 125s.; the prior of Holy Trinity chose to free all the goods and chattels of the prior of St. Mary except the oxen and half of the lands and tenements [which he retains] up to the value of 125s. to hold against the arrears and he had a writ according to statute returnable in the octave of Hilary.
743. Total of this parish 10s.