Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean and Chapter of Wells: Volume 1. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1907.
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On the day of the assembly the bishop sent letters to the chapter, at the end of which were the words 'nisi ordinacioni nostre unacum aliquibus ex parte vestra supponere vos velitis': to which the chapter answered on the Epiphany, proposing in hope of peace that a proctor on either side should fix a day after Easter for the trial, to give opportunity for a conference in the mean time.
R.I. f. 101.
Protestation by Giles archdeacon of Berksire before the chapter of Wells, that he does not withdraw nor intend to withdraw from the right and possession of his archdeaconry or of his other benefices by reason of his election to the deanery of Wells, and appeal to the papal see and to Canterbury against any attempt to prejudice such rights.
R.I. f. 101.
Institution of William son of Thomas de Welinton to the parsonage of Benhangre by A. dean of Wells and the chapter, on presentation of Stephen de Tornaco canon of Wells of the prebend of Withcherech patron therof, saving to them 10 minae of winnowed corn which the said W. shall be bound to pay yearly in Lent. Witnesses: Thomas archdeacon of Wells, Thomas subdean of Wells, Adam succentor of Wells, Thomas de Cicestria, Master Richard de Cirencestria, Adam Magot chaplain, Stephen de Bradeford, Thomas the writer, Gilbert de Welinton, Adam Gihayne, William son of Simon de Marisco, Philip Magoth, William son of Walter de Worthe, William de Withefeld. Sealed by the dean, not by the chapter.
R.I. f. 101d.
Certificate by W. de Tornaco monk of Louth Park, formerly dean of Lincoln, addressed to the subdean and chapter of Wells, at the request of Th[omas] rector of Benhangre, that when he used to pay them 10 minae of corn due from that church by assent of the dean and chapter he never paid them save in Lent.
R.I. f. 101d.
Inspeximus and confirmation by [bishop] Joscelin, dated Wells the morrow of St. Hilary 34 bishop Joscelin, by Master Walter de Maydenestan, of a gift made by Peter dean of Wells and the chapter to Robert Gyfarde (* Giffard) chaplain of all tithes and obventions of the church of St. Cuthbert Wells (except sheaves of all manner of corn in garden or field, tithes of the bishop's vineyard, of the mills of that parish, of the white monks, and of hay), also the tithes of Pridie, Wuttenhill (*Wytenull) and Cherlecothe (*Chelecote), rendering yearly 20 marks, namely at Christmas 46s. 8d., at Easter 46s. 8d., at Midsummer 40s., at St. Peter ad vincula 66s. 8d., and at the Nativity of St. Mary 66s. 8d.; dated kal. April 1239, and witnessed by Alard the chancellor, Richard de Kenigwrthe (*Kenelworth) treasurer, Lambert the subdean, Elyas the chaplain, Master William de Dynra, Robert de camera, *Robert de Berkelay canons of Wells, Adam de Hereford, Ralph de Lechelad, William Bissop, Miles, Reginald Scory, William Arch[deacon] vicars of Wells.
R.I. f. 101d.: repeated f. 104 (where the names from * are found): see also R.III. f. 147.
Provision of Boniface archbishop of Canterbury, by counsel of the dean of Lincoln and brother A. de Marisco, that whereas the dean and chapter of Lincoln and also the archdeacons of that
church objected to his exercising episcopal jurisdiction in the city and diocese during the vacancy of the see of Lincoln by the death of bishop R., he will empower two indifferent men to receive proofs and instruments on either side, and before St. John Baptist next to pronounce a definitive sentence: the archbishop meanwhile without prejudice to exercise the same without let or hindrance.
R.I. f. 101d.
Memorandum that on Monday before the Translation of St. Swithun, iii id. July 1254, in presence of J. the chancellor, H. the treasurer, R. the succentor, J. provost of Cumba, Master E. de Cnoll, Master A. de Gessich, Master R. de Sapewik, S. de Melnes, W. de Bosinton, J. de Hereford, and W. de Pilton, depositions of Richard de Chyclet (brother of the testator) and J. de Hereford were taken, that J. de Theynton canon made his will about a year past, and appointed R. de Chyclet executor. H. the subdean (by order of the chapter) pronounced for the will, and granted the executor administration of the testator's goods in Wells and in his prebend of Hengestreng'.
R.I. f. 102.
On the same day Master E. de Cnoll, canon of the prebend of Hengestreng', acknowledged before the above named persons that he bought of the executor for 25 marks the fruits of the autumn following with the third part thereof for the next year (which belonged to the deceased according to the custom of the church of Wells), all defects of the prebend in books, ornaments and buildings (estimated at 5 marks) falling upon Master E.; and as the dean and chapter (by the chancellor and treasurer) had the day before at Evercriz sequestrated that sum, Master E. obtained a release of 10 marks thereof to the use of the brother of the said J., who for the said J. had put himself in jewry, 15 marks being retained.
R.I. f. 102.
On the vigil of the Assumption 1255, at the command of Master Giles de Brideport dean of Wells, was sealed with the chapter seal an inspeximus and confirmation by E. [Giles] dean of Wells and the chapter, of a grant made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to John de Olveston his servant and the heirs of his body of one virgate of land at Dundray in his manor of Chiw, and one fardel of land called Breche by the park of Berewe (which Roger de Strete the bishop's late carter beld of him) at a yearly rent of half a mark payable quarterly; also one virgate of land in the said manor of Chiw, and a pasture called Russeham on the south side of a road leading from the high street of Dundray between the said pasture and the pasture of Robert Arthur westward to the leat of water running outside the grove of Robert de Loscumb (held by Roger de Strete, and before him by Geoffrey de Hospital) at a yearly rent of one mark, saving Peter's pence, and the fencing of the bishop's park of Westbury; witnessed by Thomas de Auteville, Richard son of Hamon, John Mauruward, Luke de Barri, Richard de Bonevilla,
Hugh Womstrang', Peter de Gurnay, Osbert Nornere, Geoffrey the clerk, Robert the marshal, William Gernun, Andrew Nornere.
R.I. f. 102.
Letter of E.[Giles] dean of Wells and the chapter addressed to W. bishop of Bath and Wells, presenting John de la Pola chaplain of the archdeacon of Wells to the vicarage of St. Cuthbert Wells after the death of Robert Giffard, saving to them 20 marks a year, as confirmed to them by bishop Joscelin. Dated the morrow of the Annunciation 1256.
R.I. f. 102.
Letter of E. [Giles] dean of Wells and the chapter addressed to W. bishop of Bath and Wells, presenting Master Simon Gyen. after the death of Richard late vicar, to the vicarage of Northcury, consisting in all the small tithes and the obventions great and small to the church of Northcury and the chapel of Hach' except sheaves of any corn in garden or field, tithes of their mills and fisheries, of hay, and of their courts of Northcury and Hach'. Dated xiii kal. May 1256.
R.I. f. 102.
Assent of E. [Giles] dean of Wells and the chapter to the deposition of Roger de Ford abbot of Glastonbury by bishop William at his visitation thereof, in presence of John the chancellor, Hugh the treasurer, Walter archdeacon of Tanton, John the subdean, Richard the succentor, and Nicholas de Cranford canons of Wells. Dated in the chapter of Wells, x kal. March 1255.
R.I. f. 102d. Adam de Domerham, i. 255.
Memorandum that on xv kal. June 1256, issued the following letters from the chapter for the business of the deanery suspended by B. de Nymph' by the authority of papal letters:
Proxy by the chapter to Master N. de Cranford canon of Wells to act in the court of Rome, but not to contract a loan. Dated as above.
Proxy to Master N. de Cranford, Master J. de Cheyham canon of St. Paul's London, Sir Gilbert de Sarr' rector of Westbyri and Walter de Lechelade clerk vicar of Wells to act, but not to contract a loan. Same date.
Proxy to the same persons to petition the pope for their free election of a dean lately suspended by Master B. de Nympha the pope's chaplain, and to obtain a remedy in the court of Rome. Same date.
R.I. f. 102d.
Letter of the chapter of Wells addressed to W. bishop of Bath and Wells, presenting Thomas Corbyn chaplain to the vicarage of Wynescumb after the death of John de Kaynesham. Dated Wells, the feast of St. Sixtus, St. Felicissimus and St. Agapitus 1256.
R.I. f. 102d.
Letter of the chapter of Wells to W. bishop of Bath and Wells notifying their election of Master Edward de Cnoll one of the canons as dean upon the confirmation of Master E. [Giles] late dean as bishop of Salisbury, presenting him by Master Simon de Micham and W. de Purlee canons, and praying the bishop's confirmation. Dated in the chapter of Wells, Tuesday after the Exaltation of Holy Cross 1256.
R.I. f. 102d.
Request by E[dward] dean of Wells to the chapter to assign to Nicholas de Walton one of the canons, dwelling outside the city for lack of houses, the house of Master Adam de Gissich lately deceased, saving the rights of their church. Dated Wylton, before St. Febian and St. Sebastian 1256.
R.I. f. 102d.
Memorandum that on the Assumption 1252, by assent of the chapter of Wells, namely H. the precentor, H. the treasurer. W. archdeacon of Tanton, R. the succentor, H. the subdean, Master A. de Gessich, Master J. de Axebregg', Master R. de Sapewik, A. provost of Cumba, W. de Purle, R. de Marisco, J. de Teynton, J. de Hereford and W. de Cusinton, issued the following charters:
Inspeximus and consent by the chapter, dated Wells, St. Botulph 1252, to a declaration by J. Sarac[enus] the dean, at the request of the chapter, that John de la Sonde late his neif has been purchased for manumission with his issue etc. by Ralph de Chyu vicar of Wells, for one besant of gold; dated St. Laurence' day 1251, and witnessed by Master H. Tesson precentor of Wells, H. de London treasurer, N. the succentor, J. de Teynton, J. de Hereford, W. de Purle canons of Wells.
Inspeximus and confirmation by the chapter, dated Wells, the morrow of the Assumption 1252, of a grant made by John Sarac[enus] the dean to Richard de Renham for his service, of half a virgate of land in the manor of Luteleston in Wedmoreland (formerly held by Robert Simenl', by W. the chamberlain for life of the gift of the dean's predessors, and by P. de la Rokk' for life of his own gift) at a yearly rent of one pair of spurs at Easter, value 6d., provided that after his death it revert to the dean and his successors, with warranty during his life; witnessed by Sir Robert de Cuntevilla, Sir Matthew de Banton knights, Thomas Tryveth, Henry de Cuntevilla, Richard de Cuntevilla, Martin Wynegod, John Thurstayn, Peter son of Margery.
R.I. f. 103.
Memorandum that on the vigil of Michaelmas 1256, issued a proxy by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to William le Rus of Bristol clerk in all causes touching them and their church, dated Thursday before Michaelmas 1256.
R.I. f. 103.
Memorandum that at Michaelmas 1256 the chapter granted to Robert the spicer and Durand, their wives and children, during good behaviour, their houses which Walter the chamberlain assigned towards his obit, for 7s. a year payable quarterly to the communar towards such obit, saving to the chapter a rent of 2s. for the ground held by Christina Wakelyn of the same tenement, the tenants maintaining the said houses and the road before them, that it be not narrowed by the flow of water causing earth to slip down.
R.I. f. 103.
Reply of E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to a letter of W. bishop of Bath and Wells, assenting to the appropriation of the church of Baestun' [Bath Easton] to the prior and convent of Bath.
R.I. f. 103.
Inspeximus and confirmation, dated v id. April 1257, by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter of a statute made by William bishop of Bath and Wells, after hearing the abbot and convent of St. Augustine Bristol and consulting with the chapters of Bath and Wells, and considering the situation of the said monastery in a port frequented by strangers and foreigners, whereby he appropriates thereunto the churches of Portbury, Tykeham, Clivedone, Were and Poulet, saving the maintenance of vicars therein; dated Wells, v id. April 1257.
R.I. f. 103d.
Proxy by the dean and chapter of Wells to William le Rus clerk in all causes touching them and their church; dated Saturday after St. James Ap. 1257.
R.I. f. 103d.
Grant by Alexander Hose to St. Andrew and the dean and chapter of Wells, for his soul and his ancestors', of the tenement late of Henry Tracy in Wells in the street towards the Torr in almoin, with warranty. Witnesses: Peter prior of the hospital of Wells, Robert Blak' bailiff of the bishop of Wells, Richard Norr', Richard Brun, William Brun, William Mercer, John Machun.
R.I. f. 103d
Inspeximus and assent, dated xix kal. February 1259, by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, to a grant made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to Reginald la Weyte for life, for service to the bishop and his predecessors, of a messuage and ferling of land which Emma de la Brok held in his manor of Chyw at a yearly rent of 3s., saving to the said Reginald the crop of the year in which he shall die; witnessed by Sir Jocey de Bays, Sir Bartholomew de Emeleb', Sir Thomas de Altavilla knights, John Maureward, Luke de Barri, Roger de Stanton, William de Bonavilla, Robert le Botiller, Walter Badevent.
R.I. f. 103d.
Ordinance of W. bishop of Bath and Wells, reciting a grant of the advowson of Batheneston to the prior and monks of Bath made by Maud lady of Batheneston in her widowhood, and by assent of the chapters of Bath and Wells, appropriating the said church to them, (saving a vicarage to consist in the portions anciently assigned to the vicar, the ordinary charges to fall upon the vicar,) together with the chantry of the chapel of St. Katherine in the parish of Bath, to be performed daily at the vicar's charges, provided the chaplain celebrate mass every day except Sundays and the chief feasts with full service for the dead, and specially for the souls of the bishops of Bath and Wells, of the father and mother of the said Maud, her ancestors and successors, of the monks of Bath and canons and vicars of Wells, and of the parishioners of Batheneston; the prior and monks to present the vicar. Sealed by the bishop, and by the dean and chapter. Dated August 1258.
R.I. f. 104: repeated f. 105d. (where for Batheneston is written Bapeneston and Baxeneston).
Testimonial of the chapter of Wells to John Brether (dictus Frater) late vicar of Wells, stating that he, being desirous while youth remains to perfect himself in literature by study in the schools, has voluntarily resigned his vicarage to the subdean by their leave. Dated St. Mark's day 1259.
R.I. f. 104.
Quitclaim by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to John de Britford chaplain and vicar of the cathedral church of Salisbury, and Hamon de Lysewy citizen of New Salisbury, of 10s. yearly rent which Master Peter de Wylton clerk used to pay them for his tenement in the city of New Salisbury held of Master Adam de Gissach late canon of Wells, that they and their heirs may have and receive the same of John Amis rector of Pidel his heirs or assigns, in consideration of 8 marks 10s. Witnesses: Geoffrey Hamelin, bailiff of Salisbury, Gilbert Chinne mayor, Brian de Baddestane and John the spicer coroners, Richard de Montepessulano and Roger de Stok' provosts, Nicholas de Sancto Quintino, Elyas Buche, Albinus the tanner, William Pinnoc, Stephen de Ford, Master Richard de Aune, Henry le Dun, Hamon the clerk citizens of Salisbury.
R.I. f. 104.
Inspeximus and consent, dated Wells, St. Prisca V. 1259, by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter, to the ordinance made by Giles bishop of Salisbury touching a question raised before divers judges by papal authority, between John de Button provost in the church of Wells rector of Assebyri in Salisbury diocese on the one part and Master Geoffrey de Feringes precentor of Chichester rector of Chiselden in the same diocese on the other part, and by the divers their predecessors, concerning tithes, oblations, obventions, and parochial rights of the men and lands of Baddebyri, finally submitter to him by assent of William bishop of Bath and Wells patron of Assebyri and the abbot and convent of Hyde
patrons of Chiselden; namely that the cure of souls in Baddebyri shall pertain to the rector of Chiseldene, the inhabitants to receive all sacraments from that church, the rector to have all tithes great and small, etc., and pay yearly to the rector of Assebyri and his successors 50s. at Michaelmas on pain of 20s. towards the fabric of the church of Salisbury. Done the morrow of St. Luke 1259.
R.I. f. 104d.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated Wells, Innocents' day 1260, to letters patent of W. bishop of Bath and Wells, addressed to Master G. (in margin Gilbert) de Sancto Leophardo, expressing a desire to adopt him into the community (collegium) of the church of Wells when opportunity offers, and granting him a pension of 10 marks a year payable quarterly of the bishop's chamber until a prebendal benefice be provided for him; dated Dogemerefeld, vi kal. October 13 bishop [William].
R.I. f. 104d.
Provision made by the chapter, by assent of William bishop of Bath and Wells, that whereas by ancient dispositions of former bishops an account of the goods of the dean and chapter, especially of those belonging to the common fund, was taken once only at the end of the year, and equal division made of the surplus among the canons residing twenty six weeks at least, to the exclusion of others coming and abiding for a shorter time, the account be audited four times in the year, at Christmas, the Annunciation, the Nativity of St. John Baptist, and Michaelmas, provided that at the Annunciation audit division be deferred until Easter, and each term the administrator shall have 50 marks of the manor of Norcury ready at the exchequer to divide among the canons who have made up their residence, and whatever shall be due of the farms or other rents within eight days after: for the time of residence, eight weeks in every term are laid down for the dean and principal parsons of the church of Wells, for the rest of the canons six weeks and four days, every separate term consisting of thirteen weeks, and a canon or dignitary not being allowed to make up in one term the residence not completed in another: the first term to be from the morrow of Michaelmas to the vigil of St. Silvester, the second from St. Silvester's day to the last day of March, the third from the first day of April to the last day of June, the fourth from the first day of July to Michaelmas day inclusive. Done in the chapter of Wells, iii non. March 1259, in presence of Edward the dean, Gilbert de Byham precentor, John Fortis chancellor, Hugh de Rumen[al] treasurer, John de Axebrig' subdean, Richard succentor of Wells, Master John Odelyn, John de Hereford, Walter de Cusynton, Samuel de Mell', Roger de Sapuwyk, Robert de Marescis, Richard de Haldesworth, Robert Giffard, Nicholas de Wautun, William de Pultun, Adam de Dorcestr', and Walter de Purl' canons.
R.I. f. 105.
Inspeximus and confirmation by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated kal. July 1260, of a grant made by John de Button provost in the church of Wells and one of the canons to Walter de la Haya for his homage and service, of all his land of Cageber' within the close and without, namely that extending towards the said close on the south side and towards the hill, two acres on the west side of the said close in the bishop's field, and one acre of meadow in Wildemore, to hold of grantor and his successors at a yearly rent of 3s. payable quarterly; witnessed by Master J. de Axebr[igg] subdean of Wells, Nicholas de Cranford, Ralph de Lullinton canons of Wells, Valentine vicar of Welynton, Th[omas] de Gereberdeston, John de Bennecomb, John de Jordaneston, Richard son of Richer', Thomas le Waleys.
R.I. f. 105.
Grant of Geoffrey le Ferur of Wells to Sir Walter de Caticote chaplain vicar of Wells of his building (fabrica) with the seld on the north side thereof, and with all the sollar beyond the building, situate on the west side of the churchyard of St. Andrew, to hold to him his heirs and assigns of grantor his heirs or assigns, at a yearly rent of 6d. payable at the usual terms to the bishop as chief lord, and of 10s. on the anniversary of Isabel grantor's wife, namely the vigil of St. Gregory, to be distributed by the communar among the canons and vicars of Wells present at the service of the dead, but after grantor's death on the day of his anniversary, for his soul and the souls of Isabel and Edith his wives; with warranty, in consideration of 4 marks. Witnesses: Sir Peter prior of the hospital of St. John in Wells, Thomas de Lege brother there, Richard London, William Kardigan,
R.I. f. 105d.
Memorandum that whereas Geoffrey de Praule late vicar of Wells appeared in chapter, on the morrow of St. John Baptist 1262, craving the restoration to him of the vicarage held by Ralph son of the painter, or provision of a benefice of equal value, the said Geoffrey submitted himself to the dean and chapter, who appointed that, on the voidance of any vicarage to which they had power to collate, he should be admitted, provided his life and manners be approved, and if any canon should choose to present him he should be admitted. Sealed by the chapter.
R.I. f. 105d.
In August 1260, Master John Odeline canon of Wells, whose prebend is the church of Jatton, has bought 3s. payable yearly during his life to himself or his proctor, and after his death to his successor in the said prebend, by Peter prior of the hospital of St. John Wells, for 5 marks raised of the park of the said prebend which he caused to be assarted, the first payment to be made on the morrow of the Epiphany in the same year. Sealed by the parties.
R.I. f. 106.
Writing of Philip de Button, reciting that in January 1260 he obtained licence of the dean and chapter of Wells to have divine service in his chapel of Maulesberg', and their consent, with the assent of John vicar of St. Cuthbert Wells, that he should transmit all obventions in the said church at divine service to the mother church of St. Cuthbert, except one mass penny daily to be alone retained to the use of the chaplain, saving to the mother church the oblations of himself and family at the four great feasts, also customs which he is bound with his family to observe as other parishioners; and for such consent he and his heirs are bound to have regard to the vicar of St. Cuthbert yearly in 2s. payable quarterly. Sealed by the dean and chapter in token of their consent.
R.I. f. 106.
Grant by the dean and chapter of Wells to Robert the spicer, for his homage and service, of one house with curtilage, excepting certain ground which Cristina Wakelyn holds of them, situate by the house of John Gymyn on the west side in the chamberlain's street which Walter the chamberlain gave towards his obit, to hold of grantors and their successors to the said Robert his heirs and assigns at a yearly rent of 3s. payable to their communar, and to the chief lord 6d. Dated in the chapter of Wells, St. Gregory's day 1260.
R.I. f. 106.
Similar grant of another house in the chamberlain's street adjoining that of Robert the spicer made to John Mogghe and his heirs the same year.
R.I. f. 106.
Inspeximus and consent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to a grant made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to William Malet for his service, of a house and one fardel of land in his manor of Ceddre late of William Wytand with one acre and a half of meadow, to hold of him and his successors with common of pasture during his life at a yearly rent of 3s. 8½d. payable quarterly, 2d. churchset, and 1d. of St. Peter for all demands saving suit of his court and hundred. Witnesses: Sir William Everard, Thomas de Baioc' knights, Sir Gilbert de Sar', William de Berners, William de Smalebrok.
R.I. f. 106d.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated vi id. June 1261, to a grant made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to the prior and convent of Bath of the free election of a prior, whenever the office is vacant, from their own bosom or elsewhere, provided that licence to elect be sought of the bishop and his successors; dated Dogesmerfeld, xiv kal. June 1261.
R.I. f. 106d.
Copy of a charter of the church of Ceddre Hole.
Grant by John the king's marshal in almoin to the church of St. Mary of Bradenestok and the canons there of the church of Ceddre for the soul of grantor, his father, brethren and his relations resting there. Witnesses (not named).
Another charter appeared by which William Giffard, son of Gilbert the king's marshal, was presented to the church of Ceddre Hole, who was admitted by Godfrey bishop of Bath.
R.I. f. 106d.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated vi kal. October 1260, to an inspeximus and confirmation by William bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Dogemerefeld id. July 1260, of a grant and ordinance made by Adam master of the hospital of St. John Bath, the brethren and sisters, in memory of William de Wethamsted late provost of Cumba canon of Wells, that a secular chaplain to be maintained at their cost, or one of the brethren, should perform a special service daily for the soul of the said William in their chapel or infirmary, the commendation and mass before high mass, placebo and dirige afterwards, binding themselves under penalty of 40s. payable to the bishop: such chaplain or brother to be presented by them yearly to the bishop at his passage through Bath, this charter to be enrolled in their martyrology, with a note of the goods received by them from the said William and his executors, and read every year on his anniversary, when a solemn service should be performed, and the brethren and sisters present should receive 2s. for a pittance, to be levied of a seld which was of Estrilda in the market of Bath, and his name to be daily recited among the brethren and sistes and the poor in the infirmary: received from the said executors 53 marks 2s., wherewith have been purchased 1½ virgates at Tymbresbar', half a virgate at Litleton, one virgate at Halghetre and one fardel of land at Chestreblad: sealed in triplicate by the bishop and the chapters of Bath and Wells, one writing to remain in the bishop's treasury, a second in the treasury of Bath, the third in that of Wells: dated in their house at Bath, vii kal. October 1259.
R.I. f. 107.
Inspeximus and assent by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated xiv kal. July 1261, to an inspeximus and confiramation by William bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Dogemerefeld ii non. May 1261, of a grant made by John de Button provost in the church of Wells to Richard de Bagepath for his homage and service, of all the land with messuage and mill of Sutcherde with liberties and customs, which Robert the miller held, to hold of grantor and his successors to the said Richard and his heirs at a yearly rent of 23s. 4d. payable quarterly, and 1s. 4½d. at Martinmas; witnessed by Sir William de Staunton knight, Robert de Tattewrth, Thomas de Welinton, Henry de Hak'wll, Robert Avenel, Luke de Ponte:
the bishop saving to himself and his successors a yearly rent of 22s. payable quarterly, and 16d. at Martinmas to his larderer, also suit of his court of Cerde, and fencing of his park of Westbury.
R.I. f. 107.
Inspeximus and assent, by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter, dated Monday after St. James Ap. 1262, to a quitclaim made by William bishop of Bath and Wells to Sir Matthew de Stratton and his heirs of common of pasture in the said Matthew's lands of Cherlewode and Snedeston, so that they might enclose the same; in consideration whereof the said Matthew quitclaimed for himself and his heirs to the bishop and his successors the common of pasture he claimed in Derfold, Westbernette, Pleyham, Mulehammes, la Denemede, Langefurlang, Fulewellefurlang, Forhegge with meadow adjacent below Smaledone, saving that in Denemede after carrying the hay until the Purification, with warranty against all tenants, free or otherwise, of Evercriz and Stratton, except John le Rus of Lamiete; witnessed by Master Edward dean of Wells, John de Button provost of that church, Master Nicholas de Cranford, Sir Gilbert the chaplain, Richard de Baunfeld, Geoffrey de Stawell, Henry de Chaunflur.
R.I. f. 107d
Mandate of W. bishop of Bath and Wells to Ph[ilip] bailiff of Wyvelescomb, to give seisin of 4 acres of land in the manor of Stoke Gummer with the advowson of the church, which the bishop has granted to teh church of St. Andrew Wells and to the dean and chapter. Dated Chyu, iii id. September 15 bishop [William], by J. chancellor of Wells.
R.I. f. 107d. See f. 3d.
Quitclaim by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to Sir John de la Pole vicar of St. Cuthbert Wells and his successors, of half a mark yearly payment of the altarage of the said church, which they used to receive, to increase one mark of the letting of the said vicar's houses which were of canon Richard de Bamfeld opposite the said church, which mark the vicar and his successors shall pay to the said Richard yearly at Christmas during his life, and after his death to them and their successors, to be divided by the communar among the canons and clerks present at the said Richard's anniversary. Dated in the chapter of Wells, iv kal. January 1262.
R.I. f. 107d.
Undertaking by E[dward] dean of Wells and the chapter to give Master Simon de Mycham canon of Wells the refusal of the houses next to be vacant, those of Master Walter Giffard excepted; for that in ignorance of a deed of their predecessors, and in the belief that certain houses in Wells were at their disposal, being built on the soil of their church and bound thereto in an annual cess, they conferred them upon the said Master Simon, who could not hold them without prejudice to others. Dated Wells, v id. July 1264.
R.I. f. 107d.
Proceedings before Salomon de Roff' etc., justices in eyre at Winchester on the octave of St. Martin 8 Edward [I], upon a writ of quo warranto against Robert bishop of Bath and Wells as to his tenure of the boroughs of Axebrug', Ceddre and Wells, of the manors of Kyngesbury, Pukeleschurch and Cerde (*Cedder), all of the ancient demesne of the crown, of 50s. yearly rent of the hundred of Wythelegh (*Whytelegh) and one goshawk yearly due to the crown of a tenement which John de Hampton formely held in Baggeworth, of suits of the hundreds of Jatton, one third the town of Berton and two tithings in Hampton and Claverton twice a year at the sheriff's turn, damages 30s.; also of the return of the king's writs de namio vetito, wreck of the sea, waifs, gallows, free warrens, amends of the assize of bread and ale; also of the chattels of condemned persons and fugitives in his lands in somerset. Mention of a writ to the said justices at somerton ordering the record of all plaints between the king and the said bishop and his chapters to be sent before the king in the quinzaine of St. Martin, which were sent accordingly; and further order to them at Winchester to have the same enrolled.
Answer of the bishop, that Ceddre is not a borough but a manor, that King John gave the manors of Axebrig' and Ceddre to Hugh de Well' archdeacon of Wells in fee farm at a rent of 20l. yearly to the Exchequer, and the said Hugh (afterwards bishop of Lincoln) gave the manor of Ceddre to Jocelin bishop of Bath, which gift King H[enry III] confirmed to him and his successors: the said Hugh gave the manor of Axebrug' to Thomas Walensis, and he to Maurice de Gaunt, who enfeoffed bishop Jocelin, to hold to him and his successors for ever, which gifts were confirmed by King H[enry III]. The town of Wells was the ancient demesne of the church of Wells, and King John granted that it should be a free borough. Charters produced, and held to be sufficient.
The manors of Kingesbury and Cerde found by inspection of Domesday book not to have been of the ancient demense of the crown. Enrolment produced, and judgment for the bishop
As to the manor of Pokelescherch, there was long debate between the bishop's predecessors and the abbots of Glastonbury in the court of King H[enry III] of that and other manors; and by licence of the now king's court a fine was levied between the bishop and J. abbot of Glastonbury, whereby the said manor, by the king's assent, should remain to the bishop and his successors. Fine produced: William de Gislegh[am] (for the king) told he may sue on another writ if he choose, judgment on this for the bishop.
As to the rent of the hundred of Whitelegh, the bishop claims nothing therein, for that the abbot of Glastonbury is seised thereof by the same fine. Judgment for the bishop saving the king's right against the abbot.
As to the goshawk due of John de Hampton's tenement in Baggeworth, the said John used to render the same to the manors of Axebrug' and Ceddre as the service due of his tenement, which manors the bishop holds as aforesaid: this William Gysleham (for the king) cannot gainsay. Judgment for the bishop.
As to the suits of the hundred of Jatton etc., King H[enry III] granted to the bishops of Bath and Wells that they, their men, and the men of their fees should be quit towards the king, bis heirs, sheriffs, constables and bailifs, of suits of shires and hundreds, mercies, aids, plaints and exactions to them pertaining: charter produced. Also by grant of the same king, the bishop and his predecessors had the return of the king's writs, plea de namio vetito, wreck of the sea, waifs, amends of the assize of bread and ale in all their lands, and no sheriff, constable of the bailiff of the king should have entry or power therein, but all should belong to the bishops and their bailiffs, save attachments of pleas of the crown. Judgment for the bishop.
As to gallows King H[enry III] granted the bishop that he, the priod and monks of Bath and the dean and chapter of Wells should have throughout their lands infangenethef and utfangenethef: charter produced. Judgment for the bishop.
As to warren, charter of King H[enry III] produced, granting to bishop William and his successors free warren in the demesne lands of their manors of Evercriz, Cranemere, Woky, Blakeford, Congresbiry, Jatton, Chyw, Claverton, Hampton, Hywys, Kyngesbury, Cerde, Welyngton, Wyvelescomb and Lydiard country Somerset, their lands in the country of Gloucester, and their demesne lands of Dogemeresfeld county Southampton. Judgment for the bishop.
As to the chattels of condemned persons and fugitices in his lands, he produced a charter of King H[enry III] granting that if any man of his lands or fees, or of the church of Wells or Bath, should commit a crime or become a fugitive, the chattels should be of the bishop or his successors, without disturbance of the king's sheriff or bailiffs. Judgment for the bishop
R.I. ff. 108–9: II. ff. 7d. 9, where the readings marked * are found.
Proceedings on a writ of quo warranto against the dean and chapter of Wells as to their tenure of the manor of Northcury, alleged to be of the ancient demesne of the crown: they said they could not answer without Robert bishop of Bath and Wells, where-upon the bishop came by his attorney, and produced a charter of King Richard, whereby he granted to St. Andrew Wells, Reginald then bishop and his successors for ever in frank almoin the manor of Northcury with the advowson and hundred, a charter of King John confirming that grant, and a charter of King H[enry III] confirming those of Richard and John. Judgment for the dean and chapter, saving the king's right to plead, etc.
R.I. f. 109d.: II. f. 9d.
Proceedings on a claim to the advowson of Cungresbiry made by William de Gysesham (*Gyselham) for the king against the dean and chapter of Wells. The defendants said they could not
answer without Robert bishop of Bath and Wells, whereupon the bishop came by his attorney, and pleaded a grant by King John to bishop Jocelin and his successors of the manor of Cungresbiry with the advowson in frank almoin, and produced the charter, also a charter of confirmation by King H[enry III]. Judgment for the dean and chapter.
R.I. f. 110: II. f. 10.
Bond of Robert prior of Berliz and the canons (in recompense for 5 ferlings of land in their manor of Morba, with villeins and all that goes with them, rents, services and escheats, purchased by Walter de Lechelade succentor of Wells, as executor of Ralph de Lolinton canon of Wells, of the abbess and convent of Godistowe for 35 marks, and since the same would be most profitable to them, conveyed by him to them and their successors) to pay 30s. yearly at Midsummer, St. Andrew, and the beginning of March to the communar of wells for the soul of the said Ralph, secured espcially upon the said 5 ferlings, of which 4 are in Svyrigge and one in Grimskeye (Grinnsheye) within (by) the said manor, and by a penalty of 10s. to the fabric of the church of Wells. Dated in chapter, the day of St. Edward K. and M. 1277.
R.I. f. 110: III. f. 177, where for infra is real inxta.
Quitclaim by John Heuekyng' to Edward dean of St. Andrew Wells and the chapter and their successors, and to Walter Burnel vicar of the same, of a messuage in the suburb of Wells in a street leading to the Torr, between a messuage of the said John and one held by Nicholas de Benhangre of the dean and chapter, (whereof the said John has impleaded Richard de Button late precentor of Wells and the said Walter Burnel tenants of the dean and chapter on a writ of mort d' ancestor before Sir Henry de Monteforti and sir Salomon de Roff' justices) in consideration of 4 marks. Witnesses: Sir Philip de Wyk knight, Richard de London, Thomas le Frank, Richard de Dultingcot, John de Garselode.
R.I. f. 110d.
Grant by Edward dean of Wells and the chapter to Walter Burnel of the houses with curtilage which were of Luke de Membury in Wells on the south side of the houses of Richard de Bamfeld at la Montorie, to hold for life of them and their successors at a yearly rent of 6s. 8d. to the communar towards obits of the said Luke and of Alice Buche. Witnesses: Philip de Stanton precentor, Nicholas son of Nicholas treasurer, William le Rous subdean, Robert de Braundon, William de Welington, Hugh Everard, John de la Pole canons.
R.I. f. 111.
Letter of William bishop of Bath and Wells to Sir andrew de Grymstede his steward revoking his appointment to the custody of the deanery of Welles during its vacancy by the death of Master Henry Huse * last dean, after consulting counsel in London, the
chapter having shewn by ancient instruments that they are entitled to the custody thereof by grant of former bishops. Dated London, ii id. December 1295.
R.I. f. 111.
* Note in margin: William Burnell. Huse was chancellor in 1301, and dean in 1302: see f. 132d.
Visitation of the diocese of Bath and Wells by J. archbishop of Canterbury and primate, and confirmation of privileges granted by the bishop to the dean and chapter of Wells, liberties granted by Kings and others, and of their lands etc., namely the manor, church and hundred of Northcury, with the land of Hacche and Wrentich, given towards their common fund by King Richard and King John and confirmed by King Henry [III] and bishops Reginald, Savaricus and Jocelin: the manor of Wynescomb with the church granted to increase their common fund by bishop Jocelin as an endowment of the church at its dedication: the church and one hide of land in Lovinton (80 acres in one field and 80 acres in another) and a messuage near the church to the size of a capital messuage given by Robert Kary (de Cary) formerly lord, and confirmed by bishop Reginald: the church of St. Cuthbert in the city of Wells granted towards the common fund by bishops Robert and Jocelin (saving a vicarage to which they present): the church of Lydiard granted towards their common fund by bishops Savaricus and Jocelin: the church of Cungrebury granted to increase their common fund by bishop Jocelin: the churches of Mudiford and Ceddre towards their common fund by appointment of bishop Jocelin: 100s. yearly rent of the church of Karempton granted towards their common fund by bishops Reginald and Savaricus, the prior and convent of Bath, and Simon Buzun (Bozon) formerly parton: 35 marks yearly of the church of Chiwton to increase their common fund by appointment of bishop Jocelin, with the consent of the abbot and convent of Jumieges patrons: 40s. a year of the church of Staweya towards their common fund by appointment of bishop Jocelin, with consent of the prior and convent of Goldeclive to whom it was appropriated: 60s. a year of the church of Nony granted towards their common fund by bishop Jocelin: 40s. of the church of Northton under Hamedon towards their common fund by appointment of bishop Jocelin, with assent of the abbot and convent of Gresteyn patrons: a mediety of the church of Wytecherech, Salisbury diocese, towards their common fund by appointment of Robert bishop of Salisbury and grant of bishop Jocelin the patron: 2s. yearly of the church of Brumfield in the archdeaconry of Tanton: the custody and fruits of prebends of Wells during vacancies granted by bishop Robert (beyond that which falls to the deceased canon by ancient custom): two thirds of the sequestrations of vacant churches throughout the bishopric by grant of bishops Reginald and Jocelin: the barton of their common fund in the city of Wells by gift of bishop Reginald, free of rent save 12d. to the archdeacon: freedom from murders and amercements due to the king, sheriff, or his officers for the men, tenements and fees
of them and of every canon, by gift of bishop Jocelin: licence to pronounce sentence of excommunication or interdict upon those who infringe the rights of their church, or impose undue charges upon them, by indulgence of bishop Savaricus: 40s. yearly of the churches of Banewell and Westbury payable by the prior and convent of Briwton, to whom they are appropriated, to find one wax candle burning before the high altar of St. Andrew in the church of Wells, by appointment of bishop Reginald and grant of the said prior and convent: three wax candles every year on the vigil of St. Andrew before the high altar, (one of 3lb. the others of 2lb. each) of the land of Ralph Marere (Martre) in Dultingcote by gift of bishop Robert at the dedication of the old church: 10 marks yearly of the church of Chyw, and other 20 marks besides the provostry of Cumba, †towards the daily celebration of the service of the Virgin with all the hours in the church of Wells, and further 10 marks yearly of the said provostry† towards the daily service of the dead there, goods given by bishops and others for these purposes, and portions for the vicars then present, according to the appointment of bishop Jocelin: 3 marks yearly of the church of Chiwton towards the light of the Virgin in the church of Wells by appointment of bishop Jocelin: an ordinance of bishop Jocelin by consent of J. dean of Wells and the chapter concerning the common fund and the commutation thereof: the houses formerly of Ralph Preciosus in the city of Wells, to be assigned to a canon resident, according to the charter of the said Ralph: those of Lambert de Well' with his land rent free, conferred by him and confirmed by bishop Savaricus: those of Roger the chaplain canon of Wells in the city, conferred by him, to be assigned to a canon resident: those of the said Roger (before him of Reginald de Waltham) for the use of the school in the city of Wells: those of Richard de Attebury canon, conferred by him, to be assigned to a canon resident: those of Elyas the chaplain canon of Wells, conferred by him, to be assigned to a canon resident: 2 marks yearly payable by the archdeacon to the treasurer towards eight wax candles burning on the footstool of the crucifix above the altar of St. Andrew during divine service at all the greater feasts, of the rent which the archdeacon used to pay to the bishop, conferred by bishop Jocelin: 60s. payable similarly towards the daily service of the dead at the altar of St. Kalixtus for the soul of dean P., in recompense whereof his executors, with consent of his heirs, gave to bishop Jocelin the land of Merlegh in the manor of Woky, as the said dean in his lifetime die: 100lb. of wax yearly of the church of Weston near Worspring (of the bishop's advowson by acquisition of bishop Jocelin) payable by the parson to the terasurer of Wells, of the gift of bishop Jocelin, towards a light in the church of St. Andrew: a site in the city of Wells next the houses formerly of Elyas the chaplain on the south, by gift of William Buche: and all their prebends, dignities, liberties etc., saving to the archbishop and his successors the dignity of metropolitan. Dated Moretelak, xvi kal. November 1281.
R.I. ff. 111d.–113: II. ff. 10–12: III. ff. 6, 7, where the words † † are omitted. See Reynolds, App. C. p. 122.
Inspeximus and confirmation by Thomas dean of Wells and the chapter, dated iii id. December 1289, of letters of Robert bishop of Bath and Wells stating that Godfrey Giffard bishop of Worcester and hereditary patron of the parish church of Boyton in Salisbury diocese, by appointment of the bishop of Salisbury and confirmation of the chapter of Salisbury, has assigned the said church to the support of four chaplains for ever celebrating there for the estate and preservation of the universal church, the king, the queen and their children, the estate of the realm, etc., and annexing thereto the chapel of Radene in his diocese by assent of the said bishop of Worcester the hereditary patron, saving the right of the bishop and archdeacon; dated London, vii kal. December 1289.
R.I. f. 113.
Statute of Jocelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury, that upon the death or cession of the dean of Wells the chapter shall immediately notify the fact to the bishop and crave licence to elect another dean; whether their petition be granted, refused or postponed, they shall summon their brethren on a set day to elect, and present the elect person to the bishop for his confirmation; reciting that two persons have been thus elected in the bishop's own days to his knowledge, and others previously as he has been informed by clerks of the said church. Dated Bath, the feast of St. Basil 11 bishop Joceline.
R.I. f. 113d.–115 (f. 114 wanting).
Grant of Roger bishop of Bath and Wells, for himself and his successors, to the chapter of Wells for ever of the custody of the deanery when vacant. Done at Banewell, May 1246.
Inspeximus and assent to the above grant by Thomas prior of Bath and the convent. Dated Bath, in chapter, xiv kal. Sept. 1246.
R.I. f. 115.
[Memorandum that Master Th[omas] de Button dean of Wells and the chapter granted to Walter de la Roche for life a seld in Wells (Vell') in the high street which Augustine the cobbler formerly held of them, at a yearly rent of 4s. payable to the escheator of the said church towards the obit of Walter Huberd. Fine paid for entry 2s. Sureties for the said rent, John Fot and Augustine the cobbler. Dated Wells, Michaelmas 1289.]
R.I. f. 115 (cancelled).
Inspeximus and confirmation by the king, dated Norham, 4 June 19 Edward , and witnessed by J. archbishop of York and others named, of a grant made by Claricia prioress of St. Mary of Kyngton Monialium and the convent to Robert Burnel bishop of Bath and Wells and his successors of all their lands in West Compton, Aldeworthe, Hodicote and Nywenham counties Berks and Oxford, the hundred of Compton county Berks, and the patronage
of the chapel of Hodicote in the parish of Westchildesl[ey], to hold in frank almoin, with warranty: witnessed by Sir William de Mortuo Mari, Sir Richard de Coleshulle, Sir Henry de Shotesbrok, Sir Roland de Eylee, Sir Thomas de Auuers, Sir John de Sancta Elena, Sir Richard de Pesye knights.
R.I. f. 115d. Charter Roll, No. 13; under date Devizes, September 16.
Charter of King Edward  granting to Robert bishop of Bath and Wells a market every Monday at his manor of Bishop's Lydeyard county Somerset, a six days' fair every year beginning on the vigil of the Nativity of St. Mary, and another six days' fair beginning on the vigil of the Annunciation. Witnesses: J. archbishop of York and others named. Dated Norham, 7 June 19 Edward 
R.I. f. 116: III. f. 344d. Charter Roll, No. 46.
Memorandum that the prior and convent of Wrspring are bound to pay the dean and chapter of Wells or their communar half a mark at Michaelmas for the soul of R. Lollinton under penalty of 20s. to the fabric of the church: also at the four terms is due to them 16s. of teh rent of houses at Merkisbury—all to the use of the poor for the soul of R. Lollinton, etc.
R.I. f. 116.
Memorandum that the dean and chapter of Wells received of Master S. de Micham dean of Salisbury, ix kal. September 1291, the book of Hugh De Sacramentis and the book of Beda De Temporibus. These books the said Master S. had upon a bond in writing, which was given back to Walter de Merleburge clerk to deliver to him. Also of the bequest of Master John called Fortis late chancellor of Wells, the book of Augustine De Civitate Dei in one volume, his Epistolae in another, the book of Damascenus, the Speculum Gregorii and other books of Augustine bound up in a third volume.
R.I. f. 116d
Memorandum that xvi kal. June 1292, in the chapter of Wells, the precentor, chancellor, William de Welynton, Walter Burnel, and John de Wymborn gave the houses late of Sir William de Cherleton by the Montori to Master Thomas archdeacon of Bath.
R.I. f. 116d
Gift by Robert prior of Staverdale of the order of St. Victor and the convent to John de Axebrygg' subdean of Wells of a rent of 30s. a year payable quarterly in the great church of Wells during his life, and after his decease to the dean and chapter, so that it be delivered by the communar to a vicar appointed by the subdean celebrating daily at the altar of St. Mary Magdalen for the soul of the said John, with bond for payment: for this grant the subdean gave 40 marks to buy one virgate of land at Churchelesham in the parish of Wyncanton which was of Nicholas de Stanhuse. Sealed also by W. bishop of Bath and WElls: dated xiii kal. August 1263.
R.I. f. 116d.: III. f. 127.
Gift by John de Trubrugg' (Troubrigg') master of St. Mark of Bylleswyk (Hileswyk) by Bristol and the brethren to the dean and chapter of Wells (in consideration of 90 marks of them received and spent in the acquisition of a rent and in liquidation of debts) of 63s. 4d. yearly of the revenues of their house payable to them or their communar, 26s. 8d. at Christmas and 36s. 8d. at St. Barnabas, whereof 53s. 4d. shall be delivered quarterly to a chaplain to celebrate for the soul of John de Hereford late canon of Wells, and the residue divided among the clerks of that church present at his anniversary (the said sum being part of his goods, in accordance with his will); and bond for payment, with penalty of 20s. towards the fabric of the church of Wells, secured upon their manors of Poulet and Stocland and other possessions in county Somerset. Sealed by the grantors, the bishops of Bath and Wells and of Worcester. Dated in chapter at St. Mark, Friday after St. James Ap. 1272.
R.I. f. 117: III. f. 386.
Gift by John prior of Worspryng of the order of St. Victor and the college or convent to the subdean of Wells, (for the souls of William de Wethamstede provost of Cumba and Alexander de Bamfeld canons of Wells their benefactors, and for 100 marks provided by the executors of the said William and Alexander for the purpose, wherewith they have redeemed a yearly rent of 4l. 10s. which they were bound to pay to Sir Henry de Engayn knight and his heirs for the manor of Wrle,) of 53s. 4d. a year towards the maintenance of a chaplain to celebrate for the souls of the said canons at the appointment of the subdean, namely 50s. to his use and 3s. 4d. towards wax for the purpose aforesaid, payable quarterly to the subdean or communar under penalty of 20s., with bond for payment, and undertaking to perform a service in their own house on the morrow of St. Vincent with placebo and dirige in the choir for ever, and provide a pittance to the value of 4s. to be divided among themselves and the poor. This instrument in duplicate, one pair to remain with the subdean, the other in the treasury of Wells. Sealed also by Walter bishop of Bath and Wells, and with the seal of his officiality. Dated in chapter, xvii kal. September 1266.
R.I. f. 118: III. f. 178.
Memorandum that on Wednesday after the Translation of St. Andrew 1295, after ringing the bell to assemble the chapter, etc., those present demised their manor of Wynescumb with the church to farm to William Burnel dean of Wells, who at their request had demised the farm of their grange of Wells, which had been granted him, to the relief of the church and chapter, in gratitude for which he had a promise of the farm next vacant: to be put in possession by Thomas de Benhangre communar and Philip de Odiham their escheator, and to pay 110 marks at the usual terms.
R.I. f. 118d.
Memorandum that on Ascension day 1310 leave was granted by the dean and chapter to Master Th[omas] de Luggore chancellor of Wells to go to the king's court on the business of his dignity and the church of Wells, and be counted as resident for three weeks from the date of his departure.
R.I. f. 119.
Memorandum that the same day provision was made for felling trees and taking timber from Wynescumb towards making organs.
R.I. f. 119.
Memorandum that on Monday the feast of St. Valentine 1311, an ordinance was made by the dean and chapter that there be no confirmation by the chapter of any charter of houses, lands, rents, etc., granted by the bishops save only for life of the grantee and his wife.
R.I. f. 119.
Lydiard: Hundred court, Michaelmas turn: Thursday, St. Martin Bp. 8 bishop J., 10 Edward II.—Whereas, by information of the homage of Bishops Lydiard, the bishop, being at Lydiard on Thursday the vigil of St. Lambert 10 Edward , had heard that the lord's ox pasture was overburdened by the parson's oxen, and ordered Sir John de Clyvedon his steward to make inquisition, the said steward this day took inquisition by all the homage, who say that the parson should have 8 oxen pasturing with the bishop's oxen: the bishop's oxen should pasture with the parson's in all his lands in the open time, save the garden and a meadow called Langemede; and further by the oath of twelve free men, namely Robert de Herpford, Robert de Herpford, Robert Daledich, John de Dene, Walter de Hull, Nicholas de Ponte, Gilbert de Childecote, Walter le Frye, William de Membury, John de Crydilond, John de Bekynton, William le Taillur, Matthew le Bolour, Thomas le Clerk, who say the parson should have 8 oxen (as above), and the bishop should have no common in the parson's lands. The steward ordered the bailiff, reeve and hayward to allow the parson his common as usual.
R.I. f. 119.
Concerning residence of dignitaries and other canons.—Intimation by the subdean and chapter of Wells that in an ancient book of customs they find, under the rubric Ordo presbiterorum, the offices of dean, precentor, chancellor and treasurer; in another the dean, precentor, chancellor, treasurer, subdean and succentor to be continually resident; in a statute of Jocelin that residence, so far as concerns a share in the residue at the end of the year, is interpreted for canons as residence in the town during half the year, for the dean, precentor, chancellor, treasurer during two thirds of the year: these four parsons must be priests. Dated in the chapter of Wells, non. May 1313.
R.I. f. 119. Register of bishop Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 25.
Memorandum that on the morrow of St. Peter and St. Paul 1313, Ralph de Windelzore canon and prebendary of Wells was inducted to the prebend of Wedmore the fourth by Nicholas Burnel clerk his proctor.
R.I. f. 119d.
Receipt of John dean of Wells and the chapter to Sir Thomas de Herkelee (sic), Master Anthony de Bradenye and Richard de Rodenye executors of Master William de Marchia late bishop of Bath and Wells for 100 marks, which he bequeathed for a subsidy to the Holy Land, deposited in the church of Wells for safe custody until the next general passage to the Holy Land, according to teh decree of Robert archbishop of Canterbury. Dated in the chapter of Wells, vii id. September 1311.
R.I. f. 119d.: repeated f. 132 (where the name is Berkeleye).
Bond of John bishop of Bath and Wells to John dean of Wells and the chapter for 100 marks lent to him, of the money of bishop W. his predecessor in their custody, bequeathed in aid of the Holy Land, to be repaid at Easter next. Dated London, 13 September 1311.
R.I. f. 119d. Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 43.
Acquittance by the dean and chapter of Wells (subcollectors deputed by the bishop in the city and diocese of Bath and Wells of the six years' tithe imposed by Pope Clement V to the aid of the Holy Land) to Master Robert de Haselschawe provost of Wells and William de Lauton canon, who have collected 200l. to be deposited in the church of Wells, according to the papal mandate, by Sir Richard de Pencriz (substitute for the provost) and the said William. Dated in the chapter of Wells, v non. May 1314, in presence of the dean, precentor, subdean, Hugh de Pencriz succentor, Anthony de Bradenye, Master John de Bruton, William de Cherleton, Thomas de Haselschawe, Peter de Bremyngcourt, William de Lauton.
R.I. f. 119d
Acquittance by John bishop of Bath and Wells (collector of the above tithe) to the dean and chapter of Wells, his subcollectors, for 200l. Dated Chyw, id. April 1314.
R.I. f. 119d
Letter of John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter to Sir Thomas de Herkele (sic), statign that they are impeached by Master William de Balete the papal nuncio concerning the 100 marks deposited with them by Sir Thomas and the other executors of William la Marche late bishop of Bath, and are required to pay the same in London three days after the Ascension; and praying his presence and aid that day at the residence of the dean of St. Paul, and an answer by the bearer.
R.I. f. 119d
Inspeximus and confirmation by John dean of Wells and the chapter. dated v id. May 1314, of a grant made by John bishop of Bath and Wells to Master William de la Ford of Jatton canon of Wells and William called le Bonde of Jatton clerk, of a messuage and half a virgate of land in Jatton which Walter de la Ford father of Master William held, to hold for their lives of the bishop and his successors at a yearly rent of 15s. 6d. at Michaelmas, with warranty; witnessed by Sir John Randelf knight, Thomas Alwi bailiff of Wells, William le Veil, Sir Stephen de la More knight, John de Ken, William de Aurc, Nicholas de Ken, Nicholas Bynetheweie, Richard Maloisel, Henry le Lange de Reu; and dated Woky, v id. April 1314.
R.I. f. 120.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, dated Monday after St. Luke 1313, of a grant made by Master Thomas de Gorges precentor of Wells to Ralph de Stodlegh for 12l. of a messuage and fardel of land in Pulton containing 13 acres 1 rood arable land, 1⅓ acre meadow, whereof 1½ acre on the north side of the town is enclosed by a stone wall, 1½ acre 1 rood lies at Wolwardesbergh between land of John Uppehulle and land late of Richard Wolfrich, 1 acre above Wordeforde between land of William de Boreford and of John de Cadelesford, 1 acre called Fordeacre between land of grantor and the watercourse by the meadow, 1 acre in Middilforlang between land of Adam Boueweie and of Alice Parle, half an acre in Boreforlang between land of Ralph atte Brok and of Richard atte Churchegate. half an acre called Gildene helfacre between land of Richard le Wyte, 1½ acre in the south field above Bosonesheye, 2½ acres in the cultura called Uppehulle, 1 acre upon Southecyve between land of Adam Boueweye and land late of Adam the parson, half an acre by Houredesmede between land of John Poleyn and of Roger le Maan, half an acre of meadow in Roghemede, half an acre in the abbot of Glastonbury's park, and ⅓ acre by Depelake between the meadow of Stephen Henry and of Walter atte Broke, to hold for his life of grantor and his successors by the free service of 1lb. of cumin yearly at Michaelmas, with warranty; dated Wells, Wednesday after St. Thomas Ap. 5 Edward II, and witnessed by John Samuel, John Polayn, Robert de Folebrok, Walter Baudri, William de Molendino, Thomas de Gatewike, Thomas de Westleigh, Roger de Wottone.
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Receipt of the dean and chapter of Wells to Sir Henry rector of Burnham for 8l. 10s., in part payment of a yearly pension of 10l. of that church granted by Walter bishop of Bath and Wells, for Michaelmas term 1314; and allowance of 10s. by him paid to the abbot of Glastonbury as the second term's tithe thereof for the business of the Holy Land imposed by Pope Clement V for one year, and of 20s. paid them for both terms of the first year as collectors of the six years' tithe similarly imposed. Dated Wells, iii kal. October 1314.
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Similar receipt for 9l. for Michaelmas term 1315, and allowance of 20s. paid them as collectors in the city and diocese of Bath and Wells of a year's tenth granted to the king by the clergy for defence of the church and realm of England and the repulse of the Scots. Dated Wells, iii kal. October, 1315.
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Grant by John de Godelee dean of the cathedral church of Wells and the chapter to William le Veyl, Dionisia his wife, and Thomas their eldest son, ofa close called Gildenehurste and 2 acres of arable land in the manor of Welles and 1 acre of meadow in Watton in the manor of Pulton, all late of Robert Burnel vicar of the said church, to hold for their lives of them and their successors at a yearly rent of 13s. 8d payable quarterly, with warranty. Dated in the chapter of Wells, 11 July 10 Edward II intrante. Witnesses: Sir Matthew de Clyvedon, Sir John de Clyvedon, Sir Thomas de Welles Legh knights, Robert de Wodeford, Edmund de Welleslegh, William atte Withegh, Nicholas de Palton, Adam de Cheleworth, William Hokerstone.
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Memorandum that on the morrow of St. Thomas Ap. 1318, Simon de Cherde was admitted a vicar of the cathedral church.
Memorandum that on v non. July 1319, John de Boreford was similarly admitted.
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Dilapidations of the houses of the dean and chapter, assessed by Sir John de Wythlakington, Sir Robert de Derby, Sir Hugh de Lymigton, Sir Robert Burnel, Sir Robert de Avebury and Sir Roger de Collyford, Monday before St. Simon and St. Jude 1316.
Robert de Derby, house at the gate by the Thorre in good repair.
Nicholas Plecy, dilapidations 13s. 4d.
John Coterel late deceased, 2 marks.
William de Immere, in good repair, except a wall between him and William de Bath[onia] the elder: doubtful whether the wall belongs to one or both.
William de Bathonia the elder, 40s.
Sir William de Cloppecote, in the roofing of the new chamber 2s., of the stable 3s., repairs of the ball 6s. 8d., louvre of said hall 2s., porch 2s., kitchen to be rebuilt (28 ft. by 15ft.) 8 marks, repairs of hall chamber 2s. 6d.
Sir Thomas de Benhanger late deceased, 10s.
Thomas de Kelmescote. Peter de Brennygtoht', the chancellor at la Montorie, William de Westbury, William de Esdene, John de Wythlakinton in good repair.
The provost, precentor, Robert de Gloucestria, John de Miltone, Robert de Olveston, William de Borne in reasonable repair.
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Memorandum that on Saturday after the octave of the Epiphany 1316, the chapter granted that J. de Godelee the dean be counted as resident while engaged upon a plea raised against him, they believe, by writ of novel disseisin concerning common of pasture in the moor of Merk and Wedmore, and while at Northcury about the settlement of Cnappe mill.
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Memorandum that on the day of St. Augustine the great 1317, Adam de Sutton was made perpetual vicar in the church of Wells. Form of oath.
Luke de Harpetre similarly, on the vigil of St. Bartholomew the same year.
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