Memorials: 1299

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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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Punishment for defaming the Aldermen.

27 Edward I. A.D. 1299. Letter-Book B. fol. 38. (Latin.)

On Tuesday next after the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle [24 February], in the 27th year of the reign of King Edward, it was agreed by Henry le Galeys, Mayor, and the Aldermen, that Strago the sweeper of litter in the Ward of Chepe, should be taken and imprisoned until etc.; because he, the said Strago, had scandalized the Aldermen, by saying that they take the money of the commonalty at the Guildhall under pretext of wardship of orphans, and then waste such money for their own profit. And he was committed to the Tun, (fn. 1) until etc., at discretion of the Mayor.

Suspension, and pardon, of a Ward Bedel.

27 Edward I. A.D. 1299. Letter-Book B. fol. 38. (Latin.)

Hugh, Bedel of the Ward of Bradestrate, (fn. 2) who had been removed from his office by Henry le Galeys, then Mayor, for a certain trespass against him, the Mayor, committed; being now pardoned, was restored to his office by the said Mayor, William de Leyre, Nicholas Pyckot, Nicholas de Farindone, and other Aldermen, on the Thursday next after the Feast of St. Pancras [12 May], in the 27th year [of King Edward].

Conduct of the Sheriffs to the Mayor.

27 Edward I. A.D. 1299. Letter-Book B. fol. 38. (Latin.)

Be it remembered, that on Friday in the week of Pentecost, in the 27th year of the reign of King Edward, in presence of Geoffrey de Norton, Adam de Fulham, Thomas de Romeyn, William de Betoine, William le Mazerer, Nicholas de Farindone, Walter de Fin[chin]gfeud, William de Leyre, Richard de Gloucestre, Nicholas Pyckot, Adam de Hallingbyry, John Wade, and John de Donestapil, Aldermen, appeared Richer de Refham and Thomas Sely, the Sheriffs; and granted that if they, while holding the Shrievalty of London, should in future be convicted of having in contempt committed trespass, either by deed or word, against Sir Henry le Galeys, while Mayor of London, they being such Sheriffs, then in such case, they shall be bound to pay to the commonalty of London 100 pounds; one half of the same to be paid in the Chamber of the Guildhall of London, to the use of the said commonalty, and the other half to the wardens of London Bridge, towards the repairs of the same.

Donation to the Brethren of the Pui, for a Chaplain at the new Chapel of the Guildhall.

27 Edward I. A.D. 1299. Letter-Book E., first fly-leaf. (fn. 3) (Latin.)

Common Pleas holden on Monday the morrow of the Holy Trinity in the 27th year of the reign of King Edward, son of King Henry.—

At this Court, Henry le Waleys gave and granted unto the Brethren of the Pui 5 marks of yearly quit-rent, to be received from all his tenements in London, towards the support of one Chaplain celebrating divine service in the new Chapel at the Guildhall of London.


  • 1. A round prison, so called, on Cornhill. Prisons are said hence to have had the name of "round house."
  • 2. Broad Street.
  • 3. An entry made in probably the latter part of the succeeding reign. This Society of the Pui was a brotherhood of French and English traders in London, united for certain charitable purposes, and the cultivation of music and poesy: the original society being said to have been formed at the city of Puy in Auvergne. In the Liber Custumarum, preserved at Guildhall, a very curious code of their rules and regulations is given: (see page 216 of the printed edition, and page xlviii of the Introduction to that volume). From this we learn that the Society had received from the City great privileges in respect of the Chapel of St. Mary near Guildhall, which was building towards the close of the reign of Edward I. Hence this donation in its favour by Sir Henry le Waleys, who had been Mayor both of London and Bordeaux; and in this latter capacity would no doubt have felt an additional interest in this musical society of French merchants and their English friends.