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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Grant and quitclaim by William 'late' son of Master Peter Canutus to Sir Roger the chaplain parson of Chiuton of his manse at Wells, granted him for life by his said father under a yearly cess of 18d. payable to the chapter, in consideration of 6 marks. Witnesses: Peter dean of Wells, William precentor of Wells, Alardus chancellor of Wells, Lambert subdean of Wells, with other canons and vicars (not named), Roger le Flemeng, Richard de Maulesberg', Reginald de Hornigdun, Walter the chamberlain.
R.I. f. 161.
Grant in frank almoin by William Buche of Wells to St. Andrew and the chapter of Wells, for the souls of himself, Alice his wife and his ancestors, of his houses purchased of Miles vicar of Wells, late of John de Cardunvill, at Muntoria in Wells, subject to a yearly rent of 2d. payable to Joscelin Hubert chaplain and his heirs, and of 2d. to John Knuth and his heirs at Michaelmas, for all demands saving 6s. yearly towards the obit of grantor and Alice his wife, to be divided among the clerks of the choir present
at the office. Witnesses: P. prior of the hospital, Robert Gyffard, Geoffrey de Brideport, Hubert, Lawrence the reeve, Stephen Buch, Richard Norreys.
R.I. f. 162.
Grant by Roger Burgeys to Richard son of Ivo Code of a messuage with curtilage, formerly of William his father, between the house late of Ralph Preciosus and that late of John de Cardevill, with a curtilage ground next the said curtilage, purchased of Mirabel daughter of the said John de Cardevill, 40ft. in width and 80ft. in length, to hold of grantor and his heirs for ever at a yearly rent of 6d. payable quarterly to Sir John de Palton and his heirs, of 3d. to Sir Ernisius de Dunhevede and his heirs, and of 2d. for the ground last mentioned to Sir John de Palton and his heirs, with warranty; in exchange for a messuage late of the said Ivo the father, lying in the high street of Wells, between that late of Richard de Well' canon of Wells, and that late of Maud daughter of Arnold Code. Witnesses: Philip de Wik', Bartholomew de Emneberg' knights, Walter the chamberlain, William Buch', Lawrence son of William, John Mogge, John the spenser, John de Winton, Nicholas the dyer, Gilbert son of the archdeacon.
R.I. f. 162.
Grant by Richard son of Ivo Code to Sir William Archdeacon vicar of Wells of his messuage late of Roger Burgeys between the house late of Ralph Preciosus and that late of John de Cardevill, half an acre of land in Chaluecroft by the grove of Sir Philip de Wik, and three selds in the high street of Wells late of Ivo his father, to hold of grantor and his heirs for ever, subject to a yearly rent of 8d. payable quarterly to Sir John de Palton and his heirs, of 3d. to Sir Ernisius de Dunheved and his heirs, and to the bishop of 2d. for one seld and 8d. for the other two, with warranty, in consideration of half a mark paid when grantor went to Ireland, a quitclaim of all costs incurred on his behalf against Roger Burgeys, and competent food and clothing in Wells during grantor's life, and grantor will be faithful and obedient to him. Oath of said Richard in the hand of Sir Ralph de Button chaplain. Witnesses: Master Robert de Berkeley subdean of Wells, Sir Miles, Ralph de Button, Sir Clement, Sir Reginald de Well' vicars of Wells, Walter the chamberlain, William Buche, Lawrence son of William, John Mogge, Randolph the shepherd, Roger Boye.
R.I. f. 162d.
Grant by William called Archdeacon vicar of Wells to St. Andrew and the dean and chapter of his houses in Wells near those late of Ralph Preciosus, to be committed to whom they will successively to reside in, the tenant being answerable yearly for grantor's anniversary of the rent thence issuing, and they for the yearly rent of 11d. to the chief lords. Witnesses: Walter Hubert, Richard Lundr', John Mogge, John Annor', John the cook, Master imon de Sancto Albano, Richard Nor[reys].
R.I. f. 163.
Ratification by John bishop of Bath and Wells of a statute made by the dean and chapter of Wells at a special chapter, permitting every canon to have his books in the choir, with his own light, when he shall think fit, since they cannot know the hours by heart, provided the vicars may not sing by book, or become more negligent. Dated Banewell, kal. August 1323.
R.I. f. 163
Memorandum of a grant made by John bishop of Bath and Wells, to end the difference between himself and John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter touching the fruits of vacant benefices in the diocese, claimed by the dean and chapter by statute of John (sic) bishop of Bath and Glastonbury and by immemorial usage, that they may take the said fruits as in the days of his predecessors, Dated Wells, xviii kal. January 1321.
R.I. f. 163: II. f. 49. (Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 198). See note above, page 194.
Memorandum of a grant made by John bishop of Bath and Wells, upon the intervention of friends in a dispute between himself and John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, that the dean and chapter and their successors may exercise by the dean the jurisdiction claimed by them in the church of St. Andrew Wells and in all prebends and prebendal churches thereof in the diocese except Barton, in the churches of Nitherstawey, Caramptone, Westludeford, Winesham, Evecriz, Westbury, Childcomptone, Bromfelde, Lovynton, Bishop's Lydeyard, Northcury, St. Cuthbert Wells and Ceddre and the chapels to the same annexed, and upon the clergy and people there, causes of plaints and appeals excepted. Dated Wells, xviii kal. January 1321.
R.I. f. 163d.: II. f. 49d. (Reg. Drokensford, 198).
Commission by John bishop of Bath and Wells to Master Richard de Plumbestok and Master John Martell canons of Wells, William de Edingdon (Edingtone) and Robert de Wamberghe his clerks or three of them, to inquire and report touching the liberty and immunity of the dignities of the church of Wells, the names of places and the persons over which the dean of Wells used to exercise jurisdiction, whether the chapel of St. Columban at Ceddre was the king's free chapel when he held that manor, and who used to meddle with it in his predecessors' days, and the value of two old mitres, one pastoral staff, gloves with gilded buttons, and a gold ring. Dated Wevelescoumb, non. October 1321.
R.I. f. 163d.: II. f. 49. (Reg. Drokensford, 194).
Memorandum of a grant made by J. bishop of Bath and Wells, to terminate a dispute between himself and the precentor and chancellor of Wells, that during his time the precentor and chancellor shall have jurisdiction over the churches of Pulton and Kyngisbury, which are dignities in the church of Wells, and the
parishioners, as their predecessors used to have from time immemorial, causes of plaints and appeals excepted. Dated Blakeford, xviii kal. January 1321.
R.I. f. 164: II. f. 50. Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 199.
Bond of J. bishop of Bath and Wells to the dean and chapter of Wells in 23l. 6s. 8d. for two mitres received of them, one valued at 10l. the other at 13l. 6s. 8d., to be paid at Michaelmas 1323: and receipt for a pastoral staff valued at 6l. 13s. 4d., a gold ring with a sapphire, gloves with gold buttons, and sandals valued at 50s., to be given back at his death or the value aforesaid paid. Dated Blakford, xviii kal. January 1321.
R.I. f. 164: II. f. 50. Reg. Drokensford, 198.
Grant by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter (in consideration of the purchase for the church of St. Andrew by Robert Burnell formerly bishop of Bath and Wells of the churches of Jevelton, Burnham, Staunton Dru and Coleworth (sic) with the intent of appropriating the church of Burnham to the dean and chapter for his obit and towards the maintenance of the fabric; and of the gift by Walter de Haselschagh now bishop, in pursuance of that intent, by consent of the king, of two acres of land with the patronage of Burnham, after conference with the chapter of Bath, and by ordinance of bishop Walter) of 10l. of their common goods yearly to be paid in the cathedral church of Wells by their communar towards a service for the health or souls of King Edward, Queen Margaret, Eleanor late queen, her consort and children, bishops Robert and Walter, their predecessors and successors, the deans, canons etc. by two chaplains: 10 marks thereof to be paid quarterly to such chaplains (who shall not be vicars) towards their maintenance, and they shall daily celebrate two masses and service for the dead at the altars of St. Mary and St. Andrew by the entrance to the choir; 4s. yearly to them towards the maintenance of the light, ornaments, bread and wine for the said altars; 20s. yearly towards the anniversary of bishop Robert of St. Crispin and St. Crispinianus' day to be divided among the canons and vicars present at the service; 10s. to buy bread for the poor on that day; 20s. on the morrow of the Purification (or St. Blaise) to the canons and vicars who shall celebrate a mass with the office salus populi for the health of bishop Walter yearly during his life, and 10s. that day to the poor, and after his death the same sums on the day of his obit; 2s. to the said communar for his labour, and 8d. to the sacrist for sounding the gong. For this service bishop Walter has chosen Sir Robert de Derby and Sir Richard de Marchesleyg' chaplains: in case of removal the dean, or in default the subdean or chief dignitary, shall nominate a substitute, the dean and chapter submitting themselves to the jurisdiction of the bishop for the time being in this matter, and to his visitation. In triplicate: one copy to remain with the bishop, one in the treasury of Wells, the third with the executors
and heirs of bishop Robert. Dated in the chapter of Wells, 5 January 1306.
R.I. f. 164. See an inspeximus, original deeds No. 166; and compare Reg. Ralph de Salopia, Somerset Record Soc. ix. 256.
Declaration by the dean and chapter to all rectors and vicars throughout the deanery of Axebrug' that the tenth of their benefices, granted by them for an aid to the new fabric of the church of Wells, and for the translation thither of the body of William de Marchia late bishop of Bath and Wells, to be paid within two years after Michaelmas 1326, shall not be a precedent to their prejudice; and if within the said two years the papal see, or the archbishop by consent of the prelates and clergy, shall lawfully exact other tenths or any greater impost, the said tenth shall be postponed. Dated in the chapter house Wells, vii kal. January 1326.
R.I. f. 165.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, dated iii id. November the same year, of a grant made by John bishop of Bath and Wells, by assent of both chapters, to William de Belvero master of the house of St. Mark Bristol and the brethren, of the advowson of the church of Overstaweyey, with warranty; dated Banewell, 1 October 1326.
R.I. f. 165d.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, dated iv id. November the same year, of the appropriation of the church of Overstaweiey by John bishop of Bath and Wells, after conference with both chapters, to the master and brethren of the house of St. Mark Bristol, the patrons, for that they are bound (besides other alms) to feed a hundred poor, and part of their lands near the sea have been submerged by an inundation, to enter upon the death or cession of the now rector, saving to the dean and chapter for the fabric of their church 40s. yearly at Michaelmas in recompense for the sequestration of fruits during vacancies, to the bishop and his successors power of appointing a vicarage, the vicars to be by them collated, and the dues of the bishop and archdeacon; dated Blakeford, x kal. November 1326.
R.I. f. 165d.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, dated 1 July the same year, of an assignment made by Hervey de Stanton canon of Wells and prebendary of Dunden, by assent of bishop John and of the dean and chapter, to John now vicar of the said prebend, of a piece of land, parcel of the garden of the parsonage messuage of the said prebend, 5 perches in length and 4½ perches in breadth (16½ feet the perch), lying by the messuage late of Henry Calebat to the south, and extending upon the high street there on the west side, as divided
from the residue thereof by metes and bounds, to hold to the said vicar and his successors at the presentation of the prebendary for the time being for their dwelling, to be built etc. at their charges, for that in past times they had no fixed residence save from time to time in the parsonage houses by permission of the prebendary; dated Wells, 26 June 1327.
R.I. f. 166.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, dated 1 July 1327, with proviso that after the death of John Peche the land shall revert to the bishop and his successors in default of issue of the grantees, of a grant in form of an indenture made by John bishop of Bath and Wells to John Peche, Muriel his wife and the heirs of the body of the said John begotten upon the said Muriel, of 21 acres of waste in his manor of Compton county Somerset lying in the Schute (whereof 12 acres were granted to the said John by Walter the last bishop, and the residue are now first granted) at a yearly rent of 10s. 6d. payable at Michaelmas and Easter for all demands saving the king's service, to hold of the bishop and his successors; sealed by the parties, witnessed by Sir John de Clyvedon, Sir Matthew de Clyvedon, Sir Richard de Rodeneye, and Sir John Randolf knights, Hugh de Langelond, Roger de Hanam, Richard de Wolfereshull, William de Forde; and dated Blakeford, Sunday after St. Giles Abb. 12 Edward II.
R.I. f. 166d.
Mandate of the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Richard de Baak' vicar of Northcory their official to cite the abbot of Atelnye as one of the canons to appear in the chapter house on Wednesday after St. Peter and St. Paul in order to confer upon matters affecting the estate of their church and the secrets of the chapter. Dated Wells, 1327.
R.I. f. 166d.
Letter of the dean and chapter of Wells to John bishop of Bath and Wells presenting Sir Henry de Schireboourne priest to the second chantry of Master Henry Husee late dean. Dated in the chapter house Wells, iii kal. March 1327.
R.I. f. 167.
Letter of the chapter of Wells to the assembly of canons of Salisbury, praying information as to the manner of the bishop's visitation in their chapter, whether he should visit all canons or [only] dignitaries (personas in dignitate constitutas), and whether the bishop or any other except the dignitary himself should visit the corpora dignitatum; the church of Wells from its original foundation, by ordinance of Robert bishop of Bath, with counsel of archbishops, bishops etc., and at the instance of the canons thereof, having followed the statutes and customs of Salisbury in such matters. Dated in the chapter of Wells, 1 October.
R.I. f. 167.
Reply of the locum tenens of the dean of Salisbury (who is in distant parts) and the chapter to the above letter, stating that, though some bishops have attempted to visit their chapter, none has ever actually visited the chapter, the dignities, or the corpora dignitatum either in their days or in times past to their knowledge, but excesses of the canons are to be corrected by the chapter at the bishop's monition. Dated in the chapter of Salisbury, 4 October.
R.I. f. 167: III. f. 22d.
Memorandum that 20 August 1327, the brethren meeting in chapter, after ringing the bell, to confer upon a concord concerning the church of Stokgomer between themselves and Master John de Bruton canon of Wells, who craved the same for his farm due to him, as he alleged, by the custom of the church, it was agreed that the said John, in recompense for his costs for the suit, shall take for three years as much as a simple canon for his residence, the daily distributions excepted; the present year to be reckoned the first.
R.I. f. 167 (repeated f. 167d., but there cancelled).
Petition of the dean and chapter to Pope J[ohn XXII] that Master Alan de Conesburg' doctor of civil law may by papal provision of a canonry and prebend be added to their college. Dated in the chapter house Wells, 11 August.
R.I. f. 167d.
Letter of the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Alan de Conesburg', thanking him for past services, and praying his aid against the machinations of the abbot and convent of Glastonbury, whom they suspect of efforts to obtain divers exemptions and privileges harmful to the liberties of Wells, suggesting that it would be opportune to learn the truth of the pope's secretaries, and to inform them of the facts in order that they may come to the pope's ears; and stating that, having consulted the bishop and obtained his support, they have reason to hope a prebend will be conferred upon the said Alan when there shall be a vacancy, and therefore have for the present deferred writing on his behalf to the court [of Rome]. Dated in the chapter house of Wells, the morrow of the Conversion of St. Paul.
R.I. f. 167d.
Proceedings before the dean and chapter of Wells, Thursday the Beheading of St. John Baptist 1323. Andrew de Drokenesford prebendary of Jatton appeared and acknowledged himself bound to J. de Godelee the dean in 45l. 7s. 2½d. levied of goods of Master Richard de Abyndon prebendary of Jatton deceased, which came to the said Andrew, as by a bond in the custody of Michael de Eston may appear. Present, Master T. chancellor, Master Richard treasurer, Master R. de Plympstok, Michael de Eston,
W. de Cherleton, Matthew Huse, Hamelin de Godele, William de Cloppecot, Master J. de Wamberg', J. de Middleton, Richard de Bak, Luke de Harpetre and John de Bogelegh.
R.I. f. 168.
Receipt from the dean and chapter of Wells to Sir Henry rector of Burnham for 8l. 19s. 9½d. in part payment of the yearly pension of 10l. due from his church by grant of Walter bishop of Bath and Wells for Michaelmas 1323; and allowance of 20s. paid to the abbot and convent of Muchelneye, collectors in the city and diocese of Bath and Wells of the first year's tenth granted to the king for two years by Pope John XXII, and of 2½d. paid to the dean of Axebrigg for one convert teaching Hebrew at Oxford, namely ¼d. the pound. Dated Wells, iii kal. October the same year.
R.I. f. 168.
Audit by the dean and chapter of Wells of the account of Sir Hugh de Lymyngton and Sir John de Draycote priests, farmers of the brotherhood of St. Andrew Wells and of bequests throughout the bishopric of Bath to the fabric of the said church, finding that they have paid to the wardens of the fabric all money received to date except 2 marks each year remitted at the instance of friends, but reserving to the chapter henceforward such legacies. Dated in the chapter of Wells, the morrow of St. John Baptist 1323.
R.I. f. 168.
Certificate by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter that Sir Robert de Welles, canon in the priory of St. Mary in Southwerk London, is a free man, and lawful son of Reginald called Begeyn and Emma his wife, who were married at the church of St. Cuthbert Wells. Dated Wells in chapter, Sunday after All Saints 1323.
R.I. f. 168d.
Licence by John dean of Wells and the chapter to Luke de Harpetre, vicar in the cathedral and priest, to visit the holy places on pilgrimage, and return to his vicarage, provided he find a substitute in the mean time; and declaration that the said Luke has not been suspended, excommunicated, nor detected in crime. Dated Wells in chapter, iii non. November 1323.
R.I. f. 168d.
Grant indented by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter to Walter Spark and Cristina his wife, of a tenement with curtilage, which they had by gift of William de Bathonia the younger vicar of the said church, situate in Chamberlain street Wells, also of a curtilage on the south side of the said tenement, formerly held for life by John de Garslade and Joan his wife, to hold for their lives of grantors and their successors at a yearly rent of 16s. 8d. payable quarterly, with warranty. Witnesses: Adam
de Cheleworth, Edmund de Weleslegh, Thomas de Testwode, John de Palton, William de Quenyngton. Dated in the chapter of Wells, Sunday after St. Martin B. 1323.
R.I. f. 168d.
Receipt from the dean and chapter of Wells to Sir H. rector of Burnham for 9l., in part payment of the yearly pension of 10l. due from the church of Burnham by grant of bishop Walter for Michaelmas term 1324; and allowance of 20s. paid to the abbot and convent of Muchelnye, collectors of the second year's tenth granted to the king by Pope John XXII. Dated Wells, iii kal. October the same year.
R.I. f. 169.
Sale by the dean of Wells and the chapter to Alice who was wife of William Gyan of the custody of the lands which the said William held of them by knight service in their manor of Northcory, and the marriage of Robert his son and heir, with warranty. Dated in the chapter of Wells, Thursday before St. Katherine 15 Edward II.
R.I. f. 169d.
Letter of the dean and chapter of Wells to John bishop of Bath and Wells, presenting Sir John de Saltforde rector of Radestok to the vicarage of St. Cuthbert Wells, by exchange with Sir Richard now vicar. Dated in the chapter house Wells, xviii kal. February 1324.
R.I. f. 169d.
Citation by the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Thomas de Retfford canon to appear at a special chapter after St. Matthias to consider the grievances of their church. Dated the chapter house Wells, xiii kal. February 1324.
R.I. f. 169d.
Proxy of the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Alan de Conesborgh and Master Richard de Baac to obtain papal letters etc. Dated Wells the chapter house, ii kal. February 1324.
R.I. f. 170.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John dean of Wells and the chapter, dated Monday after St. Peter in cathedra 25 [February] the same year, of a grant made by John bishop of Bath and Wells to his yeoman John de Acres for praiseworthy service, and to John son of Robert de Strode, of the whole tenement with lands, feedings, meadows and pastures, late held in villenage by Alice Offre, in Puttingthrop in his manor of Banewell, to hold for their lives of the bishop and his successors freely etc. at a yearly rent of 26s. 8d. payable quarterly, for all demands saving the king's service, with warranty. Dated Northcory county Somerset, 16 February 1324.
R.I. f. 170. Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 240.
Appropriation by John bishop of Bath and Wells, with consent of the chapters of Bath and Wells, to Nicholas abbot of Keynesham and the convent of the order of St. Augustine, founded by William earl of. Gloucester (Gloucornia, Glovernia), of the parish church of Heglhington (Heghelitleton) whereof they are patrons, in consideration of their loss by fraud and oppression of great tithes at Stoke in the parish of Chyw assigned to them at the foundation of their house, also (by default of their trusted counsel, by their simplicity, and by the lordship of the then archbishop their adversary therein) of 12 marks yearly pension from the church of Bradestok' (Bradestede) in Canterbury diocese anciently granted to augment their kitchen, and damage by mortality of cattle, barrenness of lands and floods of waters; reserving to the archdeacon of Bath a yearly procuration of 10s. at his visitation, to the church of Wells a yearly rent of 5s. at Midsummer in recompense for the loss of vacancies, and saving to the bishop and his successors power to appoint a vicarage, the said abbot and convent to present, also the bishop's rights and those of the churches of Bath and Wells. Dated Wells, vi non. March 1324.
Confirmation by the prior and convent of Bath, same date.
Confirmation by the dean and chapter of Wells, same date.
R.I. f. 170d. Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 178, 242.
Acceptance and ratification by Nicholas abbot of Keynesham and the convent of the above appropriation to them of the church of Heghelitleton, and of the procuration and yearly rent of the fruits or proventions of the said church thereby reserved, with power to the dean and chapter of Wells and to the archdeacon of Bath to enforce payment. Dated in the chapter of Keynesham, vii id. March the same year.
R.I. f. 171: III. f. 181.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Godeley dean of Wells and the chapter, dated Sunday before St. Gregory the same year, of a grant made by the dean to Thomas de Haselchaw his yeoman for life of a messuage, 16 acres of arable land and 1 acre of meadow in his manor of Wedemor which Walter Geffray lately held of him; also 8 acres of pasture in Wedmor moor, whereof 3½ acres lie in the Ouemestforlang between Lacham Lake and Pulmedesdich, late held at will by William (Bile) le Waliche, and 4½ acres in the Middelforlang by the meadow of Bartholomew de Bourgh; also 2 acres of meadow in Tadham in his manor of Modesley by land of Robert atte Hethe, to hold of the dean and his successors freely etc. at a yearly rent of 6s. 5¼d. payable quarterly, with warranty: witnessed by Hugh de Longelond knight, Roger Hanam, Walter de Farnedon, William de Modeslehg', Nicholas atte Pulle, John Gyllyng; and dated Wedmor, Monday before St. Gregory P. 18 Edward II.
R.I. f. 171.
Letter of the dean and chapter of Wells to their friend Sir John de Grandi Sono, requesting him to present to the pope, or cause
to be presented by one of the cardinals, a petition for the canonisation of William de Marchia formerly bishop of Bath and Wells, and setting forth the merits of the said bishop, and his claims to that honour. Written at Wells, 5 June 1324.
R.I. f. 171d.
Letter of the dean and chapter of Wells to Master R. de Wamberg' canon of Wells, stating that they confided their counsels and desires to Master Lawrence de la Warr', believing that he had started as the king's ambassador to the court of Rome, concerning the business of the chapter and the canonisation of William de Marchia formerly bishop of Bath and Wells; but Master John de Bruton, their adversary therein, is about to go to the said court, and they fear his influence against them owing to his position as the king's messenger; and praying him to consult with friends in London about a remedy, and send a reply by Master Richard Back and Master John de Irigg' the bearers, their proctors in the court of Rome, and also to send word soon by Stephen Trippe what has been done in the matter. Copy of their letter to the chancellor enclosed. They have written to Master Thomas de Plumbstock to follow Wamberg's directions, if they find grace in the king's sight. Dated Wells, 4 June 1324.
R.I. f. 172.
Letter of the dean and chapter of Wells to their brother Master Robert de Baldok archdeacon of Medelsex and the king's chancellor, stating the claims of bishop William de Marchia to canonisation, praying his influence with the king to address letters to the pope and cardinals who are his friends at the court of Rome in that behalf, and recommending to him the bearer, Master Robert de Wamberg'. Dated in the chapter of Wells, 2 June 1324.
R.I. f. 172.
Letter of J. 'minister of the church of Bath and Wells' to Master William de Testa cardinal priest of St. Siriacus, stating the claims of bishop William called de Marchia his predecessor to canonisation and praying . . . . . (Incomplete.)
R.I. f. 172d.
Letter of the dean and chapter of Wells to Master J. de Yrigge and Master Richard Baak their proctors in the court of Rome, stating that Master J. de Bruton their adversary is about to go thither on the king's business, and praying their vigilance to defeat his machinations; stating also that they have resolved after conference with the bishop, to procure the canonisation of bishop William de Marchia, for which the bishop has written to William de Testa and Luke de Flisco (copies enclosed); and sending them letters to deliver to J. de Grandi Sono, with a roll of the miracles which have come to light in the diocese of Bath and Wells since the said bishop's death, and a request to forward the matter by procuring the appointment of the bishops of Salisbury
and Llandaff, the abbots of Glastonbury, Schirborn, Michelney, Athelney and Keynesham to examine the proof of the miracles aforesaid; with promise of payment for these and other services.
R.I. f. 172d.
Letter of the dean and chapter to the archdeacon of Wells, intimating the vicars' complaint that their stipends of the grange of Wells are not paid at the due times, and that bread is not provided for the Eucharist, suggesting that this cannot be with his knowledge, and requesting him to put it right at once.
R.I. f. 173.
Inspeximus and confirmation by the dean and chapter of Wells, dated Thursday St. James Ap. 19 Edward II, of a grant indented made by John de Godelee dean of Wells to Roger de Schutton and Nicholaa his wife of a messuage and 2 acres of arable land in his manor of Modeslee which Robert de Foghell formerly held in villenage, 12 acres of arable land and 2½ acres of meadow in his manor of Wedmor which Thomas the thresher (triturator) formerly held in villenage, and 6 acres of pasture in Wedmor moor lying between Lachamlake and Pulmedesweye, to hold of the dean and his successors freely etc. for their lives, at a yearly rent of 9s. 4½d. payable quarterly, with warranty; witnessed by John le Rich, Walter de Farnedon, John Piers, Nicholas atte Pulle, Richard the smith (fabro), Richard de Morton, John Manchuppe; and dated Wells, Wednesday after St. Mary Magdalen 19 Edward II.
R.I. f. 173.
Audit by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter of the account of Henry de Sandwyco archdeacon of Bath of vacant churches and vicarages within his jurisdiction, from Michaelmas 1321 to v non. July, finding that he has received 64s 3d. and paid them 42s. 10d., deducting his third share. Dated in the chapter of Wells, v non. [July] 1325.
R.I. f. 173d.
[Memorandum that, 30 October 1325 at the great account, it was appointed by the dean and chapter of Wells that the churches of Lydeyard, Stok'gomer, Ceddre and Congresbyry should be charged with the rent paid when they were let to farm, and that sum should be delivered to the communar, the surplus to the chancellor and treasurer towards the debts of the church of Wells, at the disposition of the dean and chapter: the same with the other farms, when they come to the chapter's hands.]
R.I. f. 173d. (cancelled).
Memorandum that on the vigil of St. Martin 1325, at the first hour, after ringing the bell, William de Pencriz canon of Wells was appointed steward of the dean and chapter.
Also it was appointed that the residue of the assessment of his prebend of Ilton should be paid to Master Geoffrey de Eton canon of Wells of the first money arising from vacant prebends; and Roger de Westebyry their escheator was charged with payment.
Also whereas the bishop has conferred a moiety of the proventions of his visitation upon the fabric of the new church, the dean and chapter specially deputed Master Robert de Wamberg' canon to collect the same.
Also whereas the stalls in the choir are ruinous and unsightly, it was ordained that every canon, dignitary and official should make his stall at his own cost, and if necessary by compulsion of the dean.
Also it was appointed by the dean and chapter the morrow of the Circumcision 1325 that every canon should pay for making his stall 30s., half in the quinzaine of the Purification, and half on Michaelmas day next.
R.I. f. 173d.
(Petition to the Pope for the canonisation of bishop William de Marchia.)
Sanctissimo in Christo patri ac domino suo domino Johanni, digna dei providencia sacrosancte Romane et universalis ecclesie summo pontiffici, sui humiles et devoti Walterus permissione divina Cantuariensis archiepiscopus tocius Anglie primas, Stephanus Londoniensis, Walterus Exoniensis, Johannes Cicestrensis, Henricus Lyncolniensis, Rogerus Coventrensis et Lichefeldensis, Johannes Bathoniensis et Wellensis, Thomas Wygornensis et Adam Herefordensis episcopi cum omni obediencia et reverencia subiectiva pedum oscula beatorum. Quoniam questionem fidei sacrorum canonum tradiciones sedi vestre beatitudinis cum sit de maioribus causis specialiter reservarunt, et miracula fidei attribuantur, questionem miraculorum, cum sit de fide, merito sanctitatis vestre sediattribuamur referendam. Ne igitur referenda subticuisse communicamur (? convincamur), in vestre sanctitatis iniuriam et confessoris Christi contumeliam, pro quo altissimus incessanter virtuosa miracula indies operari non desistit, celebria miracula que potencia fiunt ad laudem recolendi viri Willelmi de Marchia quondam Bathoniensis et Wellensis episcopi vestre sanctitatis culmini cum presentibus presentamus. Hic nempe zona iusticie vita vixit circumcinctus, et ideo corona glorie a domino meruit coronari ut speramus. Fuit enim vivens vir simplex et humilis, attendens quod superbis resistit Deus et humilibus dat graciam, laboribus multis continue deditus, ne angelus Sathane aliquando ipsum ociosum inveniens in imum (? vicium) duceret vel errorem, moribus castus ut animam suam domino commendaret cum fiducia, actibus strenuus, omnem enim etatem a puerilibus exordiis usque ad perfeccionis annos per discipline ecclesiastice stipendia transcurrebat ut regimen religionis augeret et discrimen reprimeret mundiale, et idcirco iuxta id quod scriptum est, 'Videant opera vestra bona, et glorificent patrem vestrum qui in celis est'. Oportet hec eciam presenti testificacione vestre sanctitati predicari, et bone fame preconiis non tacere. Et sane ut insinuatis de eo miraculis fidem adhibeat uberiorem, vestre beatitudinis cacumen, ea ex deo non ex arte, non secundum set contra
naturam, non vi verborum set ipsius hominis merito, et ad fidei corroboracionem attendere dignetur contigisse. Ne igitur pater sanctissime ulterius lateat granum oppressum palea, lucerna sub modio abscondita, corpus tanti confessoris fossum in terra, ad concurrencium catervatim undique turbarum devocionis augmentum, et nominis Christi exultacionem, vestre beatitudinis clemenciam genibus flexis extensisque manibus humiliter deprecamur quatinus ad attollendum tante sanctitatis virum, qui intencionis pure, perfecti operis et recti sermonis semper existens, oppressis opem ferri miseris, egentes alere, nudos vestire, quasi a primis cunabulis humiliter studuit et devote, vestre pie paternitatis aciem convertere, de solita benignitate dignemini graciose, et ex premissis informacione recepta ad eius canonizacionem procedendum fore discernere si libeat, cum effectu. Eternitas illa a qua fluunt eva et tempora multiplicet vobis proprios pacis annos. Datum apud Lamhuth, pridie nonas Decembres anno domini millesimo CCCmo vicesimo quinto.
R.I. f. 174.
Petition [of the king] to the pope on behalf of William de Marchia late bishop of Bath and Wells, and treasurer to his father, quatimus thessaurum huiusmodi a loco inferiori quo detinetur inclusum ad locum celebriorem cuntis fidelibus venerandum transferri vestra solicitudo precipiat et ascribere dignetur chatalogo sanctorum venerando.
R.I. f. 174.
Form of petition to the cardinals.
R.I. f. 174d.
Commission from John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter to Master Robert de Wamberg' canon and Master J. de Midelton clerk to collect the money for the new stalls from the several canons. Dated in chapter, iii non. January 1325.
R.I. f. 174d.
Agreement, dated ix kal. June 1326, between the dean and chapter of Wells, to whom the parish church of St. Cuthbert in the city of Wells was appropriated, on the one part, and Master Thomas de Cherleton archdeacon of Wells and perpetual farmer thereof on the other part, whereby Master Thomas grants to the dean and chapter from Michaelmas all the rents and profits during his life, for a yearly rent of 20 marks payable quarterly, and they shall pay the yearly rent of 100 marks due from the farmer for the commons of the vicars, and remit all action against him or his executors for any defect in the said church, the houses, closes etc. thereof, saving to him the fruits etc. up to Michaelmas. Dated in chapter, Wells, as above.
R.I. f. 174d.
Inspeximus and confirmation by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter, dated x kal. June (sic) 1326, of a grant made by John bishop of Bath and Wells to Michael de Eston canon of Wells
of a piece (placeam) in the garden of the bishop's manor of Wells adjoining the dwelling house of the said Michael, in length from the wall of the chapel of St. Mary of his said church newly built eastward 50 feet, and in length (sic) from the old wall of the said Michael towards St. Andrew's Well in the said garden on the south side 28 feet, (so that a tree commonly called a medler growing in the said piece towards the said well remain in the bishop's hands, and from the tree to the well a path 8 feet wide,) to hold to the said Michael and his successors the canons dwelling in the said house for ever, with warranty; witnessed by John de Godelee the dean, Master Richard de Thistelden precentor, Master Thomas de Retfford chancellor, Master Richard de Ford treasurer, Henry de Sandwico archdeacon of Bath; and dated Woki, 4 June 1326.
R.I. f. 175. Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 262.
Copy will of Alice Swansee, dated 7 November 1348, desiring to be buried opposite the chapel of All Saints by the cloister, near her son Philip Swaynsee late vicar in the church of Wells; bequeathing to the high altar two silver cups and one mazer with foot of silver gilt; to the use of the vicars dwelling in the new building of the bishop of Bath a brass pot, a basin etc., and a table for their hall; for her obsequies I mark, 10s. to be divided among the vicars present, and 10s. among the poor; to John Boys a gold buckle; to Sir Michael de Eston a gold ring with sapphire; to John Boys utensils in her house at Bristol; to John Merrey, Thomas Merrey, Thomas Otery, Alice Porter and John Boys her tenements in Bristol, to divide the rents during their lives, remainder to the escheators of St. Andrew Wells for ever, so that they and the said escheators pay yearly to the church of St. Wareburga Bristol 10s., and of St. Leonard Bristol 10s.; to John Merreye one nott with silver foot, Thomas Otery girdle, Joan wife of John Strode robe, Alice Porter robe etc.; the residue to John Boys, John Mereye and Thomas Otery; John Boys and John Merreye executors. Seal of the mayoralty of Bristol. Dated Bristol, Wednesday after the Conception 29 E[dward III].
R.I. f. 175.
Proxy from the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Wambergh archdeacon of Wells to appear for them in the church of St. Paul London a week after St. Faith, to hear matters concerning the clergy of the province of Canterbury, and a papal mandate addressed to archbishop Walter, and to confer thereon etc. Dated the chapter house Wells, iv kal. October 1326.
R.I. f. 175d.
Memorandum that 24 August 1327, present in the chapter house John de Godelee dean of Wells, Thomas de Retford chancellor, Richard de Thistelden treasurer, Hervey de Stanton, Michael de Eston, John Pymme, John Martel, William de Pencriz, and William de Cherleton canons, was granted to John Gylling of
Merk brigge and Juliana his wife a messuage, 12 acres 1 perch of arable land, and 1 acre of meadow in Merk and Merkham, formerly held by Christina atte Brugg' of the dean in villenage, also 7 acres of arable land of Hatholoslonde, and 6 acres of land in Foxham, during their lives, for 17s. 9d. yearly rent payable quarterly, provided that John or Juliana or their issue or any of them obtain no liberty of blood by reason of the said grant, and that after their deaths the said land be of the same condition as before the said grant.
R.I. f. 175d.
Letter from the dean and chapter of Wells to T. bishop of Worcester, on behalf of William de Clopecote canon of Wells, who has been summoned before the said bishop or his commissaries for non-residence in his church of Olveston in that diocese, stating that he is performing his residence at Wells, and therefore may be excused. Dated in the chapter of Wells, iv kal. March 1326.
R.I. f. 175d.
Citation from the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Thomas de Retforde canon to appear at a special chapter after the octave of Trinity, to find a remedy for the attempts of certain temporal lords to plunder their church. Dated in the chapter of Wells, the last day of April 1328.
R.I. f. 176.
Letter of John bishop of Bath and Wells to his official, dated Odestoke by New Salisbury, vi kal. November 1328, requiring him to publish in all churches of the city and diocese, and report before St. Hilary next, a mandate of Pope John [XXII] addressed to the archbishop of Canterbury and his suffragans, and an indulgence of 20 days, dated Avignon, xii kal. July 12 Pope John, to those saying certain prayers for the defence of the church against heretics and schismatics.
R.I. f. 176.
Proxy of the chapter of Wells, addressed to Simon archbishop of Canterbury, in favour of Master J. de Brabazon and Master J. de Wamberg' canons of Wells, to appear in the provincial council on Friday after the Conversion of St. Paul in the church of St. Paul London, to appoint remedies against disturbers of the peace, who wrong the church and slay ecclesiastics, and to confer about the correction of excesses, the reform of manners etc. Dated in the chapter of Wells, 18 January 1328.
R.I. f. 176d.
(A leaf wanting, which contained inter alia the body of an instrument, of which only the witnesses and date remain, namely) John de Clyvedon, Hugh de Langelonde, Geoffrey de Hautevile
knights, Richard de Lovenee, Helias de Godelee, William de Reyny, Walter de Rodeney. Dated Dunden, Wednesday xiii kal. May 1329.
R.I. f. 177. See below, note on p. 230.
Leave of absence granted by John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter to Walter Broun the subdean, to study in the schools for one third of a year, beginning at the Annunciation. Dated in the chapter of Wells, id. February 1330.
R.I. f. 177.
Citation by the dean and chapter of Wells to Master John Martell canon to attend a chapter on 4 September on business concerning the rights and liberties of their church. Dated Wells in chapter, xvi kal. September 1331.
R.I. f. 177.
Citation by the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Thomas de Retford canon, dated xiii kal. September 1331, to appear at the visitation of the archbishop, in accordance with a citation of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells addressed to the dean and chapter, dated Banewell, iv id. August 1331, to appear in their chapter house for such visitation, reciting a citation of Simon archbishop of Canterbury, addressed to the said bishop, dated Chardstok, vi id. September 1331, to appear himself on Monday after the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, and cite the dean and chapter for the Tuesday following, before the archbishop or his commissaries according to the custom of a visitation, anticipating the date fixed by former letters in order that he may be free to attend to other business concerning the church and realm.
R.I. f. 177.
Memorandum that on the Translation of St. Swithin 1329 Alan de Notyngham was presented by Master Thomas de Retforde then chancellor of Wells and prebendary of Cumba octava to his vicarage in the said church, vacant by death of Sir William de Ynmer, and was received the same day.
R.I. f. 177d.
Memorandum that xiii kal. August 1329 were granted to Sir Richard de Tichemerch vicar of Wells the houses by the tenement of John atte Stone Biestwalle wherein Sir Richard de Marchesley dwelt, he having left them for those late of Sir William de Ymmer in the Torrelane.
R.I. f. 177d.
Commission from John de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter to Master Walter de Hulle priest rector of Schipton Belli campi as their official, to hear and determine causes and punish offences within their jurisdiction. Dated in the chapter of Wells, v id. June 1329.
R.I. f. 177d.
Election of Master Ralph de Sallopia to the see of Bath and Wells, vacant by the death of John de Droknesford, Tuesday the Translation of St. Andrew 1329.
Letter of J. de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter to the prior and convent of Bath, notifying the death of bishop John on Tuesday after St. John ante Portam Latinam, and requesting them to appoint proctors to confer with the proctors of the dean and chapter on Saturday after St. Nereus, St. Achilles and St. Pancratius about procuring the king's licence to elect. Dated in the chapter of Wells.
R.I. f. 177 (schedule).
Proxy of J. de Godele dean of Wells and the chapter, addressed to the prior and convent of the cathedral church of Bath, in favour of Master Robert de Haselchawe provost of Wells and Master John de Orleton canons to meet their proctors at Fernton on the day and for the purpose above specified. Dated in the chapter of Wells.
R.I. f. 177 (schedule).
Proxy of Robert prior of Bath and the chapter, addressed to John dean of Wells and the chapter, in favour of William de Hampton and Thomas Christi monks, to meet their proctors at the place on the day and for the purpose above mentioned. Dated the chapter house Bath, 12 May 1329.
R.I. f. 177 (schedule).
Defeasance by Thomas de Retford chancellor of Wells and the chapter of a bond of John de Godelee the dean in 200 marks, payable at Wells on St. John Baptist next, provided that the dean shall acquire a yearly rent in the temporalities or spiritualities of the church of Wells for two priests to celebrate therein, and for his obit, and other alms yearly for ever, in accordance with letters under his seal. Dated in the chapter, Thursday St. Bertinus 1331.
R.I. f. 177 (schedule, dorso).
Petition of Thomas de Retforde chancellor of Wells and the chapter to John de Godelee the dean, fearing that he purposes to leave the church he has loved and built more becomingly, praying that he will alter his intention, and reminding him that he has the pope's dispensation for non-residence, with compliments upon his past munificence and the future advantage hoped for if he will remain among them. Dated in the chapter of Wells, 25 September 1331.
R.I. f. 177 (schedule, dorso).
Bond of the dean and chapter of Wells to pay Master Nicholas de Bathonia clerk, for his counsel and patronage, 26s. 8d. yearly for life at Michaelmas and Easter. Dated the chapter house Wells, vi kal. October 1331.
R.I. f. 177 (schedule, dorso).
Memorandum of receipt by the dean and chapter for 10l. of the pension of Burnham from the rector, for Michaelmas term 1331.
R.I. f. 177 (schedule, dorso).
Letter of J. de Godlee dean of Wells and the chapter to R. bishop of Bath and Wells, stating that they received his letter, and conferred in chapter with Roger de Brikbek the bearer, touching recent wrongs done to the bishop and his church, advising him to consult bishops and lawyers in the forthcoming parliament, and by good counsel to defend his church, and promising their assistance: touching their common goods, they have acted as was agreed before him.
R.I. f. 178.
Petition [of the dean and chapter] to the pope for special grace on behalf of a canon and priest, Master Lawrence de la Barr', master of arts, bachelor of civil law and doctor of decrees, who has no preferment but a small prebend of 6 marks, with one small church.
R.I. f. 178.
Grant by the chancellor, treasurer and other canons of Wells, at a special chapter, to John de Godele dean of Wells and his brother Hamelin de Godelee canon, of a piece (placea) within the churchyard by the high road on the west side thereof, lying between the churchyard wall on the north and the other churchyard wall on the south, containing in length 8 perches and in breadth 2 perches 8 feet, to hold for ever at a yearly rent of half a mark at Easter anciently due to the church, whereon the said John and Hamelin shall cause a house to be built for the dwelling of the vicars of the said church. Dated in the chapter of Wells, Friday after St. Matthew 6 Edward III. Witnesses: Roger de Midelton, Adam de Chelworthe, Thomas de Mertok, Thomas de Testwood, Bryan . . . . Nicholas Bak', John de Merk, Robert de Lovyngton.
R.I. f. 178.
Inspeximus and confirmation by the dean and chapter of Wells, dated Thursday before St. John Baptist 1308, of an agreement indented made between Walter de Haselschaue bishop of Bath and Wells and John de Godelee dean of Wells, (reciting that the bishop claimed right of common for himself and his men of his manor of Blakeford for all cattle over the dean's moor from Crokelake to Northelode in the dean's manor of Wedmor at all times of the year, and the dean similarly on the bishop's moor in the town of Blakeford, but the bailiffs of each impounded the cattle of the other,) whereby the bishop remised to the dean and his successors his right and his men's on the dean's moor of Wedmor, to hold to the dean and his successors in severalty, with liberty to enclose the same at his own will, and the dean similarly remised his right on the moor of Blakeford (except the common of six tenants dwelling above the moor, who had kept uninterrupted seisin thereof); dated Kyngesbury, Wednesday before St. John
Baptist 1 Edward II, and witnessed by Sir Thomas de Gornay, Sir Thomas de Welleslegh, Sir Lawrence de Hamelden knights, John de Hamptone, Baldwin de Countevyle, Philip le Ireis, Nicholas de Modeslee.
R.I. f. 178d.
Memorandum of an indenture (reciting that John de Godelee dean of Wells and his predecessors always had common of pasture in John de Northelode's wood of Baggelegh for all their cattle at all times of the year, and the said John and his ancestors had similar common in the dean's wood of Baggelegh, and that such common profited them little, and much damage was done for want of enclosure) whereby on Tuesday the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude 3 Edward II at Modeslegh, John de Northlode quitclaimed to the dean and his successors his common in their wood, so that they might enclose the same with dyke and hedge, and hold in severalty, and the dean made a similar quitclaim to the said John.
R.I. f. 179.
Grant by W. bishop of Bath and Wells to Master Walter de Haselshaue dean of Wells of free ingress and egress for 60 swine and one boar to the bishop's park of Westbury yearly from Michaelmas to St. Martin in winter, as his predecessors were alleged to have, though he could shew no better title, saving to the bishop and his successors the question of right, when they shall think fit to raise it. In presence of Master Thomas Georges precentor of Wells, Master Henry Husee chancellor, Master John de Lacy, Master Anthony de Bradeneie, William de Welyngton, Hugh Everard canons. Dated Wells, xvi kal. January 1298.
R.I. f. 179.
Grant by John de Godele dean of Wells and the chapter to William Joye master of the fabric of the church for good service, of 40s. yearly for life, payable by the warden of the fabric or works for the time being at Michaelmas and Easter, and 6d. each day he shall abide in the city of Wells and be engaged upon the fabric and works; and he shall be bound to oversee repairs in the said church, and give his counsel care and aid thereupon. Dated in chapter, Thursday after St. Matthew 13...
R.I. f. 179.
Ordinance by Thomas de Retforde chancellor of Wells and the chapter, made at a special chapter held on Friday after St. Agatha 1330, reciting the augmentation of their rents, proventions and possessions, and the defence of their liberties by John de Godelee the dean, and a licence in mortmain granted by the king at his procurement to acquire 20 librates of land and rent for finding two priests in the said church to celebrate daily for the souls of King Edward I and Margaret his consort, and for founding a perpetual chantry of two priests to celebrate masses daily for ever, one at the altar built in honour of the body and blood of Christ yet to be dedicated, the other in St. Mary's chapel by the cloister,
for the souls of Edward I and Margaret, Elias de Godelee, Joan his wife, Roger le Someter and Lettice his wife, and for the health of John de Godelee the dean, Master John de Brywtone and Hamelin de Godelee canons of Wells during their lives and for their souls—those namely deputed at the first named altar to celebrate on Sundays the mass of Corpus Christi, on Mondays of the Holy Spirit, on Fridays of Holy Cross and on other days the office of the dead, and at the other altar every Sunday mass of the Holy Trinity, every Monday of St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and All Archangels, every Tuesday of St. Thomas, St. Stephen, St. Lawrence and All Martyrs, every Wednesday of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Andrew, St. John and All Apostles, every Thursday of St. Edmund, St. Nicholas, St. Martin and other confessors, every Friday of St. Katherine, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Margaret and other virgins, every Saturday of the Virgin Mary, (feasts of nine lessons excepted, when there shall be a special celebration in the said chapel to be taken in turn,) and every day with the other chantry priests in the church, after the first peal for matins in the parish church of St. Cuthbert, they shall meet in the said chapel to say matins and the other canonical hours, immediately after which the said mass shall be celebrated, and likewise at the hour of vespers to say vespers, compline etc., the priest last named to be called archipresbiter, the other capellanus Christi, both to wear surplices at all services, the archipresbiter to report in writing to the dean or his official at every visitation the defaults of priests not present at canonical hours; upon any vacancy the dean to collate within fifteen days, or in default the chapter, and upon their default the bishop: the said priests to have yearly for ever of the manors of Northcory and Wynescombe 10 marks for stipend and maintenance, payable quarterly by the communar, and 12s. yearly for finding bread, wine and light, and to divide any surplus equally at the year's end: a mass to be celebrated yearly on ii id. March so long as the said dean live, and an anniversary on the day of his death for ever, and 20s. to be divided among the canons and vicars present, 6d. to be paid to the sacrist for sounding the gong, 4s. 2d. to be divided among poor clerks for saying the psalter, and 30s. in bread among the poor; with bond for performance of the above. Witnesses Sir John de Erlegh, Sir John de Clyvedone, Sir Hugh de Langelonde, Sir Simon de Furneaux knights, Walkelin Toner, Philip de Welleslegh, Robert de Somertone, Hugh de Draycote, Roger de Hanam, Adam de Chelewourthe, Thomas de Testwode. Dated Wells, 21 February 1330.
R.I. ff. 179d., 180.
Reply of J. de Godelee dean of Wells and the chapter to a petition of Dame Katherine relict of Sir Walter de Northwico knight, Sir John his son, and Dame Margery wife of the said John, granting them a share in all masses, prayers, alms, fasts etc., and that, when their deaths are made known, their names shall be written among those of benefactors in the martyrology of the church of Wells, and masses and prayers ordered for their souls
as for deceased brethren and sisters. Dated in the chapter of Wells, 2 May 1331.
R.I. f. 180d.
Memorandum that on Trinity Sunday 7 June 1332 the farm of the canons' grange of Wells was assigned to Master Thomas de Haselchawe canon, that of Ceddre to Master John Martell canon, that of Congresbury to Master Thomas de Retford chancellor, that of Stokgommer to Henry de Sandwyco archdeacon of Bath, that of Lydiard church to Michael de Eston succentor, that of Whitchurch to Richard de Rodeneye canon. Present in chapter, Master Richard de Thistelden treasurer, John de Bruton, John de Wamberg', Hamelin de Godele, Robert de Baldok, Henry de Fuleham, Michael Benet, John Pymne and Robert de Stonhor canons.
R.I. f. 180d.
Grant to farm by the dean and chapter of Wells to Master Thomas de Retford chancellor of Wells of the church of Congresbury, for a yearly cess of 45l. fixed at a special chapter, payable quaterly to their commnar, so long as he be a canon and perform his residence in Wells. Dated Wells in the chapter house, 23 June 1332.
R.I. f. 180d.