Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs: 1246-7

Pages 13-14

Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London 1188-1274. Originally published by Trübner, London, 1863.

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A.D. 1246. Sheriffs.: Symon Fitz-Mary,; Laurence de Frowyk,

In this year, the citizens of London took Queen-Hythe, they paying a yearly rent of fifty pounds to (fn. 1) Earl Richard, and sixty shillings to the Sick of Saint Giles's without London. In the same year, Peter Fitz-Alan was made Mayor; and in the same year, that is to say, in the year of Grace 1246, on the 20th day of February, there was an earthquake at London about the (fn. 2) ninth hour. In this year, on the 16th day of April, namely, the sister of his lordship the King, on the mother's side, the daughter of the Count de la Marche, came to London, and was married to the Earl of Warenne.

In the same year, on the Monday next after (fn. 3) Hokeday, it was adjudged in the Guildhall that a woman who has been endowed with a certain and specified dower may not, nor ought to, have of the chattels of her deceased husband, beyond the certain and specified dower assigned to her, unless in accordance with the will of her husband. And this befell through Margery, the relict of John Vyel the Elder, who, by numerous writs of his lordship the King, demanded in the Hustings of London the third part of the chattels belonging to her said husband.

In this year, the Prior and Canons of Saint Bartholomew's, by counsel and aid of William de Haverille, Treasurer of his lordship the King, and of Johnde Koudres, their (fn. 4) Sokereve, and of Nicholas Fitz-Jocey, set up a new (fn. 5) tron, on the Vigil of Saint Bartholomew [24 August], refusing to allow any one to weigh except with that tron; and this, in contravention of the liberties and customs of the City. Wherefore the principal men of the City, together with their Mayor, Peter Fitz-Alan, and a multitude of the citizens, on the morrow went to the Priory of Saint Bartholomew, and advised the Prior and Canons of that place to make amends for that act of presumption, and to desist therefrom; whereupon, they forthwith gave up the practice, and by the Mayor and Sheriffs of London it was published that every man was to sell, buy, and weigh in that market, just as they previously had been wont to do. In the same year died Ralph Eswy, (fn. 6) Mercer, on the Feast of Cosmas and Damicanus [27 September].


  • 1. Earl of Cornwall.
  • 2. Three in the afternoon.
  • 3. See page 10 ante.
  • 4. Bailiff, or agent for the business of their Soke, or place of exclusive jurisdiction.
  • 5. Beam, or scales, for the weighing of wool and heavy goods.
  • 6. In page 10 ante, he has been styled "Goldsmith." But see p. 7.