Memorials: 1405

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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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Proclamation made as to the sale of Faggots and Charcoal.

7 Henry IV. A.D. 1405. Letter-Book I. fol. xlvii. (Norman French.)

"Let proclamation be made, that no person, freeman or foreigner, who sells wood called 'fagot,' or charcoal, within the franchise of the City of London by retail, shall sell such fagot at a higher price than 4 shillings the hundred, or two fagottes for a penny, and one fagot for a halfpenny; and the quarter of charcoal for not more than 10 pence, and the half quarter for 5 pence; on pain of forfeiture of all the fagot and charcoal to the use of the Chamber, that shall be sold to the contrary hereof. And he who shall refuse to sell fagot or charcoal, in opposition hereunto, shall incur the forfeiture before mentioned."

Charge sent to the Aldermen by the Mayor, as to the Watch.

7 Henry IV. A.D. 1405. Letter-Book I. fol. xlvii. (Norman French.)

"We do command and charge you, strictly enjoining that, immediately on sight hereof, you do cause your Wardmote to be held; to the end that you may have the defaults which by inquisition before you shall be found therein, and as to the which you yourself shall not be able to make due correction, ready before us at the Guildhall, at our General Court, to be holden on the Monday next after the Feast of the Typhanye (fn. 1) next ensuing, that so we may make due redress therein, as unto the case shall pertain: further charging and commanding you, that you do order good and sufficient watch of folks, properly armed and arrayed, to be kept in your Ward every night during this solemn Feast of Christmas; going always, and passing, through all the streets and lanes in your said Ward, in manner as heretofore has been wont to be done. And that no persons shall go in the said city, or in the suburbs thereof, with visors or false faces, on the pain that awaits the same. And that on the outside of every house that is upon the high streets and lanes of the said city, every night during the solemn Feast aforesaid, a lantern shall be hung, with a lighted candle therein, the same to burn so long as it may last; on pain of paying four pence to the Chamber of the Guildhall, every time that default in such light shall be made. And this you are in no manner to omit. Written at London, under the Seal of our Mayoralty, the 13th day of December, in the 7th year of the reign of our most dread Lord, King Henry, now reigning."


  • 1. Or Epiphany, 6 January.