Cartulary of Trentham Priory: Dugdale (Warks)

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Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 11. Originally published by Staffordshire Record Society, London, 1890.

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Dugdale, Warwickshire (Folio p. 374–5).

"One of the Ardens enfeoffed the Canons of Trentham in ½ kt's. fee in Fenny Compton, and they passed it to Richard Peche, lord of Wormleighton (fn. 1), to hold by the same service, as may be inferred from an Inquisition of 7 Ed. I.: though in 20 H. 3 (1236), (but see deed preceding) no mention is made of this interpolated tenure of the Canons of Trentham, for at that date R. Peche held it immediately of the Earl of Warwick: but, about the beginning of Ed. I. time, upon an agreement made (W. Burton's coll.) betwixt Richard Prior of Trentham, and the Lady Hawisia, widow of R. Peche, the title of the Canons of Trentham begins to appear: For the said canons, at the request of Wm. Bishop, of Norwich (Wm. de Middleton, 1278–1288), Sir Hugh de Arden, Kt., (fn. 2) and others, granted to the said Hawise, the wardship of this part of Fenny Compton, with the relief of her son John, when he should come of age, which John in 7 Ed. (1279) was certified to hold this lordship of the Prior of Trentham, and he of Tho de Arderne, who held it of the Earl of Warwick, by the service of ½ kts. fee, having one carucate in demesne, and five villeins holding three yardlands, for which they paid severall rents, and did suit at his court."

Add MSS., B. M. (Original Deed).

Pateat universis per presentes nos Fratrem Nicholaum, (fn. 3) Priorem de Trentham, (fn. 4) et ejusdem loci conventum, recepisse a dilecto nobis in Xto domino Johanne Peche milite viginti solidos sterlingorum in quibus nobis tenebatur nomine cujusdam annui redditus pro tenementis que de nobis tenet in Fennikumton de termino Sancti Michaelis, anno domini mccclxix. (43 Ed. III.) De quibus quidem denariis dictum dominum Johannem quietum, et nos plene fore pacatos. fatemur per presentes. In cujus rei testimonium sigillum nostrum presentibus est appensum. Dat' apud Trentham VII., id' Oct' anni domini sup'dicto. [Small seal, vescica shape, 1½ inches long, green wax, design, the virgin bearing the Holy child on her lap, a figure kneeling in prayer beneath.] (fn. 5)


  • 1. Fenny Compton adjoins Worm Leighton.
  • 2. Who were Adam de Stocton and Maud his wife (consult Dugdale, &c.), were they Ardens ?
  • 3. Adam de Stocton attests a charter of Wm. son of Wm. Fitzalan in 1195–6. (Vol. X, p. 80, Eyton's Shropshire.)
  • 4. C. 1261 (v. deed) Peter de Arderne, Kt., attests a grant of Longeton lands to Trentham Priory, from Wm. de Fenton, Rector of Audley.
  • 5. This is the only specimen of the seal which I have met with. The inscription is broken awav on either side, unfortunately.