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Memorials of London and London Life in the 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries. Originally published by Longmans, Green, London, 1868.

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The Melters excluded from Chepe.

11 Edward I. A.D. 1283. Letter-Book A. fol. cxxxi. (Latin.)

On Friday next after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], in the 11th year of the reign of King Edward, all the melters (fn. 1) received notice that they must remove all merchandizes touching such their trade from out of their selds in Chepe, (fn. 2) before the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist [24 June] next ensuing; they being at liberty to provide themselves elsewhere, if they see fit.

Names of the candlemakers who hold selds in Chepe.—Roger le Chaundeler holds three shops, his own tenements. The same Roger and William de Manhale, executor of Warin de Mimmes, hold two shops; namely, one of Roger the Chaplain, who says Mass for the soul of Roger Beynim, and another shop of the Prior of the Holy Trinity. Adam de Manhale holds two shops; namely, one shop of the aforesaid Roger, and another of the said Prior, Lucy de Manhale holds two shops. Richard de Lamhuthe holds one shop of John Partis. William de Manhale holds one shop of Michael le Oynter. John de Chelse holds one shop of the said Michael. Walter de Waldegrave holds one shop of the said Prior of the Holy Trinity. Richard de Kent holds one shop of the said Prior. Peter de Lamhethe holds one shop of the said Prior. Stephen le Chaundeler holds two shops of the said Prior.


  • 1. unctarii, renders of tallow and lard.
  • 2. Or "silds," seldas, extensive warehouses, open at the sides; and sometimes containing shops within, besides room for wholesale stowage. The Great Seld of the Lady Roisia de Coventre was situate in the "Mercery" of Chepe. The "Spicery" of Chepe was another locality. These "selds" probably resembled the Eastern Bazaars.