Liber albus II: Fols. 361-90

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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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Letters patent of King Edward [III], being a licence in mortmain to the abbot of Glastonbury to give and assign to Master Robert de Wamberge archdeacon of Wells one acre of land in Berewe and the advowson of the church, which are held of the king in chief, in order to find three chaplains to celebrate daily for ever in the church of Wells, two for the souls of William de Button formerly bishop of Wells and John de Button, the third for the said Robert and bishop John de Drokenesford; and to the said archdeacon to appropriate and hold the said church. Tested at Sempyngham, 5 April 2 Edward III.
R.III. f. 361d. Pat. Cal. p. 256.

Assessment by John bishop of Bath and Wells of a perpetual vicarage in the church of Berghes (appropriated to Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells and to his archdeaconry, towards the maintenance of three chaplains in the church of Wells to celebrate for the said bishop, certain his predecessors, and for John the provost and canons deceased, and in recompense for the loss of lands in the manor of Middelton), to which vicarage the said archdeacon has presented John de Hampton Meysy priest; namely that the vicars henceforth shall have one acre of arable land in Pynekescrofte for a dwelling house, all oblations and obventions to the church and altarage arising, all small tithes of wool, lambs, milk, cheese, calves, foals, apples, eggs, fishery, geese, doves, curtilages, mills, with the tithes of flax to the church belonging, of all the parish except the archdeacon's court, amounting to 10l. and more, and shall pay to the archdeacon and his successors 40s. a year at Michaelmas and Easter in name of a pension in aid of the maintenance of the aforesaid chaplains, and all else shall remain to the archdeacon, provided the vicar's portions amount to 12 marks; the vicar and the archdeacon shall bear the charges ordinary and extraordinary in proportion to their respective portions. Dated London, xv kal. March 1328.
R.III. f. 362.

Gift indented by Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells to Adam [abbot] of Glastonbury and the convent, by assent of John de Drokenesford bishop of Bath and Wells, John de Godlegh dean of Wells and the chapter, and Robert de Clopcote prior of Bath and the convent, of all his messuages, lands, rents and services of free men and villeins in the town of Middelton Abbatis by Ivelcestre, in exchange for one acre in Berghes with the advowson of the church given him by the said abbot and convent. Sealed by the parties, the bishop, the dean and chapter, and the prior and convent of Bath. Witnesses: Sir Geoffrey de Stawell, Sir Richard Pyk, Sir Robert de Brente knights, Walter de Chauton, Thomas Tryvet the younger. Dated Middelton Abbatis, Friday the Nativity of St. John Baptist 2 Edward [III].
R.III. f. 363.

Letter of attorney by Adam abbot of Glastonbury to William. Rosemund, to give seisin of one acre of land and the advowson of Bergh to Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells, in accordance with his charter. Dated Glastonbury, Friday the Nativity of St. John Baptist 1328.
R.III. f. 363d.

Inspeximus and ratification by Th. prior of Bath and the convent of a gift and assignment made by Joscelin bishop of Bath of 60s. yearly, in recompense for the land of Merlegh in his manor of Woki and half a virgate in his manor of Wells, assigned by Peter late dean of Wells for the perpetual service of the dead in the church of Wells and for his anniversary in the choir.

R.III. f. 363d. (See the charter of Bishop Jocelin R.III. f. 131d., above p. 378. This is probably the second charter there mentioned, since there is at one point an unimportant variation. The present instrument is without date.)

Copy return, dated vii kal. August the same year, to a mandate of John bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Banewell viii kal. August 1328, (reciting the presentation made by Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells of John called Treoute of Heyworth priest to the parish church of Bergh, alleged to be void and of his patronage,) made by the bishop's clerk the official of the archdeacon of Wells, of an inquisition under seal made in full chapter in the parish church of Axebrugge (to the deanery whereof the church of Bergh belongs) by Sir Andrew rector of Shepham, Sir Roger rector of Weston, Sir William rector of Uphull, Sir William rector of Rowebergh, Sir Thomas [vicar] of Wyvelescombe, Sir Bartholomew [vicar] of Kyustok and Lockyng (sic), finding that the church of Bergh is void in law and in fact, for that Sir Andrew Spryngeherse the last rector has been instituted to the parish church of Monketon in the same diocese; that the vacancy began about the feast of St. Barnabas last (exact date unknown); that Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells is the patron, as appears by a charter (produced) of the abbot and convent of Glastonbury, whereby they gave to the said archdeacon and his successors certain land in the name of glebe with the advowson of the said church, and seisin thereof by William Rosmond the abbot's attorney; that the said abbot and convent last presented thereto; that the church is not in dispute, nor pensionary so far as known, of the yearly value of 20l., and the presentee a free and lawful man of good life and honest conversation in priest's orders, and has a vicarage in the cathedral of Wells. Sealed by the bishop, iiii kal. August the same year.

R.III. f. 364d. For Wyvelescombe should probably be read Wynescombe, as on p. 480.

Gift indented by John bishop of Bath and Wells, with consent of the dean and chapter of Wells, to Master Thomas de Cherleton archdeacon of Wells, of 20 acres of pasture in his manor of Hywyshe by Langeport, lying in the Southmore between the new close called Lytilnye and extending lengthwise from the bishop's manor of la Hull to the rhine towards Muchelney, to hold to the said Thomas and his successors of the bishop and his successors enclosed and in severalty for ever; in consideration whereof the said archdeacon has released to the bishop and his successors the common of pasture which he used to have in the Southmore and the North-more, saving to the bishop and his successors the tithe of hay and of other profits belonging to his church of Hywysh. Witnesses: Sir John de Clevedon, Sir Matthew de Clyvedon knights, Richard de Loveny, John le Jew [Rewe], John de Gauelbrugge, Roger le Frye, John de Lambrok. Dated Hywysh by Langeport, Saturday before Midsummer 10 Edward II.

R.III. f. 365. (See inapeximus, R.I. f. 139: III f. 357d.: above p. 176).

Gift by Adam abbot of Glastonbury to Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells of the corn upon one acre of land on the west side of Pynekescrofte in Burghes which he has of the abbot's gift. Dated Middelton, Friday the Nativity of St. John Baptist 2 Edward III.
R.III. f. 365d.

Indenture of accord, made at Pulton on the morrow of the Epiphany 1327, between Adam abbot of Glastonbury and the convent on the one part and Master Robert de Wamberge archdeacon of Wells on the other, touching homage, fealty, scutage and other the king's services pertaining to the moiety of one knight's fee which the abbots had long claimed of the archdeacons by reason of lands and tenements held by the archdeacons of William de Middelton in Middelton by Ivelcestre of the abbots' fee; namely that the abbot and convent and their successors shall hold the same in demesne discharged of all rent by charter of the archdeacon (with warranty of the archdeacon or the ancient warranty of William de Middelton, as to the abbot's counsel shall seem good) with all other muniments concerning the same, and confirmation (to be by the archdeacon obtained) of the bishop, the prior and chapter of Bath, and the dean and chapter of Wells; and the archdeacon and his successors shall have in fee for ever by charter one acre of land in name of glebe in the abbot's town of Bergh, and the advowson of the church thereof, with warranty, and for his greater security the abbot shall cause a vacancy in the said church: either party to procure the king's licence, the abbot for the lands and tenements aforesaid, the archdeacon for the glebe and advowson, and all to be done before Michaelmas.
R.III. f. 365d.

Copy resignation of his cure by John de Worthe rector of Bergh to John bishop of Bath and Wells. Seal of the deanery of Axebrugge. Dated Wells, iiii non. August 1328. Sealed by the bishop, Jatton, iiii id. August the same year.
R.III. f. 366d. Reg. Drokensford, Somerset Record Soc. i. 290.

Sentence in favour of Walter archdeacon of Wells, that he is entitled by the statutes to his share of the residue of the common goods at the end of the year, if he has been in residence half the year, continuously or at intervals. Dated Fynnemere, Thursday the feast of St. Lawrence 1290.
R.III. f. 366d

Commission by R. bishop of Bath and Wells to Master Henry Heaee his official to pronounce sentence, in the form enclosed, between Walter archdeacon of Wells and his opponents, touching the distribution of the common goods among canons resident in Wells. Dated Fynemere, iiii id. August 1290.
R.III. f. 367.

Answer of John de Wambergh canon of Wells to a citation received from the dean and chapter of Wells, dated the last day of April, to be present at a special chapter on the next lawful day after the octave of Trinity, stating that he is unable to obey because neither the place, nor a fixed day, nor the year is inserted in the said citation. Dated Wauton, 3 June.
R.III. f. 367.

Indenture of agreement made 1242, between Sir Robert rector of Cumptone and Sir John Bretasche the elder, whereby the rector licences a chapel erected by the said Sir John in his court of Trubbewell, upon condition that such chapel be subject to the mother church of Compton, that the chaplain shall be presented to the rector and by him to the archdeacon of Bath to be admitted, and in their presence shall swear fealty to the rector and to save him harmless so far as in him lies, that the lords and ladies of the said place with their household shall in due course three times a year on the principal feasts visit the church of Empnete, which is a chapel of the mother church of Compton, if they be dwelling there; that then they shall have licence to hear divine service in their said chapel, provided the chaplain pay to the parson all obventions therein. Assent of J. bishop of Bath, Master H. Tesson archdeacon of Bath, Nicholas patron of the said church, and R. the rector aforesaid.
R.III. f. 367d.

Recital and confirmation by S. archbishop of Canterbury primate of all England and cardinal of the church of Rome, dated May 1226, of a charter of William Briwer giving to Joscelin bishop of Bath the advowson of Melverton.
R.III. f. 368. For the charter see f. 382d; below p. 489.

Quitclaim by Alan de Kyngeston, lord of a moiety of the manor of Codeworth, to St. Andrew and the dean and chapter of Wells, of his commons of 3d. which he used to take daily in the said church in the days of his coming to the city of Wells. Dated Wells, 8 November 24 Edward III. Witnesses: Master William de Lutleton (Lyttleton) precentor of Wells, Master Stephen de Hull, Master Henry de Folham canons of Wells, Ralph de Tyderleigh, Hugh atte Chapele.
R.III. f. 368d.: repeated f. 369d. and f. 374d.

Indenture of demise by Richard Harewell canon of Wells to John Veysy of Schirborn and Edith his wife for their lives, of a messuage with a mill thereto adjoining in Shyrborn in the lordship of Lutton and a croft with meadows, feedings, pastures and appurtenances, as fully as Robert Schirborn held the same, at a yearly rent of 13s. 4d., doing suit of court twice a year at Michaelmas and Easter, and paying a heriot upon the decease of either, with warranty. Witnesses: John Knyght, John Strode, Robert Wynde. Dated Lutton, Monday after Trinity 48 Edward III.
R.III. f. 370.

Agreement made, by assent of Rainald bishop of Bath and the chapter of Wells, between Thomas archdeacon of Wells and Stephen de Tornaco canon of the prebend of Witchirch and Roger de Palton, whereby the said Thomas and Stephen his brother grant to the said Roger a watercourse 8 feet wide through the midst of their land of Witchirch, to make his mill where it used to be of old time on his land, and a piece of land on the south side to make his pond; and in exchange the said Roger gives to the canon holding the said prebend for ever land worth 2s. in the town of Wells, free and quit of service as he held the same, to wit the messuage which was of Simeon next by the canons' barn, and the messuage now of German the clerk adjoining thereto, also a piece of land by the watercourse in exchange for the land to be drowned; and in case the said Roger or his heirs cannot warrant the exchange, the watercourse shall remain, unless they shall content the canon of land worth 2s.: also the chapter of Wells grants to him and his heirs brotherhood in the prayers of their church. Sealed by the parties. Witnesses: Alexander the dean, Thomas the subdean, William the treasurer, William de Dynra, Thomas de Haselberia, Adam de Lecton, Adam Magot, Roger de Bradford, Simon de Marisco, Walter de Dunehave, Anchetill de Chiutona, Geoffrey de Sancto Mauro, Jocelin the reeve of Witchirch.
R.III. f. 370.

Gift by George Desfeble (Desfuble) to the church of St. Andrew Wells. Joscelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury and his successors, of the patronage of the church of Estun, granting that the bishop may thereof dispose as of other prebends of Wells. Witnesses: Jordan Oliveri sheriff of Somerset and Dorset, William de Moreville, Matthew de Clivedun, Richard son of Arthur, Reginald de Alta Villa, Stephen the chamberlain.

R.III. f. 270d. A charter in the same terms, but with these witnesses: William de Hamm' precentor of Wells, William de Husseburn, Gilbert de Tanton canons of Wells, William Traian' chaplain, Ralph de Lidiarde, Robert de Stalesfeld clerks, Reginald de Alta Villa, Stephen the chamberlain, R.III. f. 391d. The sheriff named held office 1239–40.

Gift by Benedict abbot of Atheling[ney] (Alingeneia) and the convent to Jocelin bishop of Bath and his successors, of the patronage of the church of Sutton. Witnesses: Richard abbot of Mich[elney], Master John de Hicford, Master Richard de Fenna, William de Mertoch, Helias de Derham, John de Hiltona chaplain, Roger de Peretona, Alexander de Lenga chaplain, Thomas de Brente clerk, Nigel de Dilintona, William de Luveny, Thomas de Stapeltona, Ralph the abbot.

R.III. f. 372d. A second charter to the same effect, witnessed by Richard abbot of Muchelen[ey], Master Helias de Derham, Master John de lkeford, Master William de Well', Helias the chaplain, William de Hamm'. R.III. f. 404.

Grant by William Lungespeye to Henry de Bratton and his successors canons of Wells, that they may have and hold a close surrounded with a stone wall for coneys or other wild animals whatsoever upon their prebend of Wittchirch on the north side of Witchirch mill, so that the said William and his heirs may claim neither ingress nor egress by reason of their free chace in the county of Somerset. Witnesses: Sir John de Lessinton, Sir Henry de la Mare, Sir Jeremy de Caxton, Sir Geoffrey le Despenser, Sir Payn de la Mare, Sir Lawrence de le Brok.
R.III. f. 375.

Grant by Thomas Walensis to Joscelin bishop of Bath, that he and his successors may hold the town of Axebrigge in frank almoin quit of the said Thomas and his heirs; and quitclaim of Maurice de Gant and his heirs, in respect of their homage and service to him due. Witnesses: Gilbert de Tantun, Robert de Monte Sorell', Thomas de Altavilla, Stephen the chamberlain, William de Stok, William de camera.
R.III. f. 375d.

Proceedings in a suit between the dean and chapter of Wells and Sir Thomas atte Fenne vicar of Pokulchurche in the diocese of Worcester.

15 December 1400. Decree of John prior of the hospital of St. John Baptist Wells (deputy or commissary, with the abbot of St. Augustine by Bristol, the prior of Bruton, Master Thomas Southam archdeacon of Oxford, and Master Robert Bosoun chancellor of Exeter, of Master Ralph Tresgresion (Tresgreion) doctor of laws dean of Exeter appointed by Pope Boniface IX, by bull dated St. Peter's Rome, id. November 9 Boniface, with the dean of Salisbury and archdeacon of Gloucester, to preserve the rights of the dean and chapter,) in presence of Thomas Harewell and Thomas Barton bachelor of laws advocates of the consistory court of Wells, Richard Horsford and William Horseford notaries public, sitting in the conventual church of the said hospital, after the citation to the defendant had been read, defendant had been preconised (at the request of Master John Wycombe proctor of the dean and chapter) and appeared, and had craved a libel in writing of the allegations and counts made by the said proctor, ordering a libel to issue by Thursday after St. Thomas Ap. next, and appointing that day for further proceedings. (Copies, commission of the dean of Exeter to the said commissaries, dated 3 April 1398, reciting the said papal bull, and the complaint of the dean and chapter that tithes obventions, etc., are wrongfully taken and withheld by clerks and laymen: return of Geoffrey White cursitor, dated 15 December 1400, to a mandate of the said commissary, dated 25 November, addressed to John Bockyng the younger and Richard Hulle vicars of Wells, John Houghlot clerk and to himself, directing them to cite defendant: and proxy dated 3 November 1395, given by Thomas de Byngham subdean and president of Wells in the dean's absence and the chapter to Thomas Nywman vicar of the cathedral church and the said John Wycombe clerk notary public.)

23 December. The parties appeared as before, and the libel was given to defendant, who made answer in the affirmative, and made oath that he would every year so long as he should be vicar pay a certain spiritual payment of 50s. yearly to the abbot and convent or to the sacrist of Glastonbury, sustain the charges ordinary and extraordinary of his said church, and save harmless the dean and chapter the rectors thereof. After which, the parties expressly renouncing all intermediate proceedings, the said commissary appointed Tuesday after the Epiphany to hear sentence, and the defendant made John Sprey his proctor for that purpose.

11 January. The parties appearing by their proctors, sentence pronounced by the said commissary in favour of the dean and chapter, touching the withdrawal of a yearly pension or spiritual payment of 50s. due to the abbot or sacrist of Glastonbury from the church of Pokulchurch and of other charges, reciting the libel aforesaid (whereby it appears that the said church is appropriated to the dean and chapter, saving the vicar's portion therein), condemning the defendant to save harmless the dean and chapter in respect of the said yearly payment, and declaring that all charges ordinary and extraordinary shall be borne by the vicar and his successors, and not by the dean and chapter.

Reduced to writing and attested by Nicholas More clerk of the diocese of Wells notary public, and sealed by the commissary.
R.III. ff. 376–379.

Proceedings before Thomas Sperte doctor of laws official of John bishop of Bath and Wells, in the consistory court of Wells, between William Colvyle rector of the prebendal church of Barton in that diocese canon of Wells and prebendary of Barton therein (by Sir Thomas Newman priest his proctor) and Sir William Bruer rector of the parish church of Kyngton Maundevyle in the same diocese (by John Aystwyke clerk his proctor).

Libel of the plaintiff, alleging that the rectors of Kyngton were bound at the foundation of that church, or at any rate before the Lateran council, to make a yearly payment of 8s. to the rectors of Barton, whereof they have been in possession time out of mind, and defendant was thereto bound by his corporal oath or at any rate by his pledged word, yet he has for two years past refused to pay the same, namely 1383–4, thereby incurring sentence of excommunication [according to a constitution] in the council of Oxford beginning Autoritate, and that the premisses have been acknowledged in presence of the plaintiff. Defendant's proctor having replied thereto in the negative, and witnesses having been examined, sentence of the said official pronounced 18 October 1385 in favour of plaintiff, condemning defendant to pay the said pension and arrears, with 15s. costs; in presence of Master Lambert More and Master Thomas Harewell advocates of the consistory court.

(Copy commission of the bishop's official, dated London, iiii kal. March 1371).

Reduced to writing and attested by Robert de Wellesborne clerk of the diocese of Worcester notary public.
R.III. ff. 379d.–381.

Charter of William abbot of Bec and the convent, being an accord between themselves and S. bishop of Bath and Glastonbury and his church of Wells touching the church of Clive, claimed by the dean and chapter of Wells as a prebend of Wells and by the abbey as the right of their church, whereby the bishop, with consent of Alexander dean of Wells and the chapter, having made an ordinance in writing that the abbots of Bec should hold the said church as a prebend of Wells, the abbot accepts the same to possess to himself and his successors as a prebend of Wells, after the manner of the other canons (except that they shall not be bound to reside in Wells), with a stall in the choir, a place in the chapter, commons, and full brotherhood in life and death, finding a vicar ministering in the priest's office in Wells who shall receive yearly of him 4 marks and the usual allowances; and grants that the offices of humanity shall be paid for bishops of Bath at their death in the church of Bec as for their own abbots, and for canons of Wells as for their own monks. Witnesses: H. archbishop of Canterbury, Henry de Castell' archdeacon of Canterbury, Master John de Tinemue, Master William de Sumercot, John de Kenouilla, Master Edmund de Hampton, Master Richard de Alneto.
R.III. f. 381d.

Confirmation by Rainald 'minister of the church of Bath' of a gift made by earl de Roumara to the church of St. Andrew Wells of the church of Clive, to hold the same in frank almoin for ever. Witnesses: Master A[lexander] dean of Wells, Th[omas] archdeacon, Th[omas] subdean of Wells, Master Ralph de Lechel[ad], Jocelin the chaplain, Stephen and Thomas de Thorn[aco], Hugh de Well', Master Roger de Doueliz.
R.III. f. 382.

Gift by William Briwer to Joscelin bishop of Bath of the advowson of the church of Milverton in frank almoin, with warranty, in presence of King Henry [III], Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, Peter bishop of Winchester, Hugh bishop of Lincoln, William bishop of Exeter and Geoffrey bishop of Ely.
R.III. f. 382d.

Gift by Margery daughter of Robert le Marchand to John son of Philip de Insula, for his service, of her houses in Doddeleye between the house of Walter the miller and that late of Maud mother of the said Margery, also of her wood and moor, 9 acres of arable land, 2 in a field called Dunschidi, 2 in Pitthey, 1½ in Pishille, ½ in a field called Neththe, ½ in Flodlonde, two pieces in Doddeleye, ½ acre on the east side of Garsdich, ½ acre above the wood, one piece in Culvercrofte, one in Culverheye, ½ acre in Byenlond, and 2 acres of meadow in Brechmede, and her share of a dovecote, to hold of the said Margery and her heirs for ever at a yearly rent of 1d. at Easter, with warranty. Witnesses: William Gyan, Roger Huet, Adam de Muridon, Robert Odde, Walter Frye, Walter Franceys, John the clerk.
R.III. f. 383.

Ratification by L. dean of Wells and the chapter of a gift made by Iterius canon of Wells to Ernulf his nephew, of half a virgate of land of the prebend of Wandestreu for life, at a yearly rent of 12d. payable to the said Iterius and his successors canons of that prebend, the reversion to such canon after the decease of Ernulf. Done before the chapter, Wells, Wednesday after Michaelmas 1213. Present: Thomas de Tornaco precentor, Thomas the chancellor, Peter the treasurer, Master A. the subdean, S. the succentor, Master W. de Dinre.
R.III. f. 383.

Fine levied at Westminster by the king's command, on the morrow of the Ascension 22 Edward I, between Henry de Pontibus canon of Wells plaintiff, by John de (sic) Botiller his attorney, and Henry de Lacy earl of Lincoln and Margaret his wife deforciants, by John Turpin the earl's attorney, of the advowson of the chapel of Whyttecherche, assuring the same to the said canon and his successors, and to the prebendal church of St. Michael Hengstrigge, provided that yearly on the feast of the Assumption mass of the dead be celebrated for the said earl and countess, etc.
R.III. f. 383d. Somerset Record Soc. vi. 292.

Writing of Master Alexander canon of Wells, giving to R. dean of Wells and the chapter during his life all the arable land in demesne of his prebend of Hengestrigge with a moiety of the meadow thereto belonging, to wit the meadow of Rugehul, with the pasture adjoining, towards the fabric of the church of Wells, in lieu of the money he was bound to pay of his said prebend towards the building thereof; also one mark yearly of the altarage of Hengestrigge.
R.III. f. 383d.

Gift by Oliver de Tracy to St. Andrew Wells and Rainald bishop of Bath, of the church of Bovi for a perpetual prebend. Witnesses: Geoffrey de Wandestr[eu], Robert de Secheville, Master Robert de Geldeford, Joc' the chaplain, William de Well' the writer, Richard the chamberlain, Oliver Albus and Nicholas the carpenter.
R.III. f. 384. (Compare pp. 41, 364 above.)

Inspeximus and confirmation by William bishop of London, of charters whereby Gilbert and Richard his predecesssors ratified the gift made by Hamon son of Geoffrey and his heir to Reginald bishop of Bath and the church of St. Andrew Wells touching the church of Scaudeford, so that the same is now for ever a prebend of Wells; the canon paying to the bishop of London and his officials the customs after the manner of other churches, and after election by the bishop of Bath coming to the bishop of London for institution. Dated Stub[enhith], vi non. July 1207. Witnesses: Master Simon de Gloec[estria], Master Gilbert de Pleisset', Eustace de Norwico, Henry de Poterna, Master Michael de Barbefl', William de Hethfeld, Fabian de Ripton.
R.III. f. 384.

Submission by Master John Odeline canon of Wells, whose prebend is the church of Jattona, to the ordinance of the chapter of Wells, by counsel of the dean, touching the grove belonging to his said church, which he has caused to be uprooted by his own authority. Done at Wells, Friday after Pentecost 1255.
R.III. f. 384d.

Sentence of Edward dean of Wells, for himself and the chapter, that the conferment of holy water (fn. 1) of the church of Ceddre belongs to the chancellor of Wells, imposing perpetual silence touching the same upon Roger vicar of Ceddre. Done in the chapter of Wells, the morrow of St. Leonard 1258.
R.III. f. 384d.

Inspeximus, dated Bristol iii non. March 1284, by William bishop of Landaff and Hugh abbot of St. Augustine Bristol, of the confirmation by Gilbert bishop of London, witnessed by Ralph de Diceto archdeacon of Middlesex and others (including Master Ralph de Altabrey master of the school of London), of a grant made by Hamon son of Geoffrey and his heir after him to R. bishop of Bath and the church of St. Andrew Wells touching the advowson of the church of Scaldeford.
R.III. f. 385. (See R.I. f. 47d., No. clxxxvii: above p. 56.)

Gift by Hugh de Well', by assent of Jocelin bishop of Bath, to the church of St. Andrew Wells and the said bishop Jocelin, of a site (area) with houses in Wellis between that late of Odo and that of Nicholas de Well', to dispose thereof as of the sites and houses of the canons, with warranty. Witnesses: Hugh bishop of Lincoln, Master Ralph de Lecchel[ad] dean of Wells, Peter de Cicestria, Master Reginald de Cestria, Elias the chaplain, Roger the chaplain, Master William de Well,' Richard the marshal, William de Kainesham clerk.
R.III. f. 385d.

Memorandum of agreement between the chapter of Wells and Master Thomas de Bedeford, made in chapter the morrow of St. Katherine 1249, namely that the cause between them touching the institution of the vicar of Jattoun be postponed in hope of an accord to the morrow of St. Hilary, on which day the parties shall appear at Salisbury by proctors to negociate or proceed; moreover, at the instance of the chapter, the sentence of ex-communication and interdict sent by the archbishop to the lord [bishop] of Wells is likewise postponed, in hope of an accord between the said Thomas and the archdeacon of Tanton, which the chapter undertakes to promote.
R.III. f. 385d.

Inspeximus and assent by William dean of Wells and the chapter, to a gift made by Joscelin bishop of Bath to Elias the chaplain canon of Wells and parson of Cumpton, and to his church for an endowment at its dedication, of 10 acres in his moor of Cumpton, dated iii id. July 31 bishop Joscelin.
R.III. f. 388d.

Notification addressed by Robert 'minister of the churches of Bath and Wells' to all his parishioners, and others whose diocesans shall accept the same, of an indulgence for 40 days to all who shall visit the church of St. Andrew Wells and say the Lord's prayer with the salutation of the Virgin for the soul of William le Rous late subdean, who is buried before the altar of St. Mary Magdalen. Dated Wells, ii id. April 1290.
R.III. f. 389.

Welles, Easter day, 25 Joscelin bishop of Bath. Submission by W. archdeacon of Wells and Elias the chaplain canon of Wells of the prebend of Cumpton to the will of the said bishop, at his next coming to Somerset, touching the liberty of a portion of the said prebend called Hiwis.
R.III. f. 389d.

Institution by R. bishop of Bath of Thomas de Tornai as parson to the mediety of the church of Nieniz (Nunney) upon the presentation of Elias de Meisi and Geoffrey his heir. Witnesses: Richard bishop of Winchester, William de Sancta Fide precentor of Wells, Peter de Winton schoolmaster of Wells, Master Ralph de Lichel[ad], Jocelin the chaplain, Master T., Griff', Jocelin de Lisind (?), Geoffrey the clerk, Hugh the clerk, William the clerk.
R.III. f. 389d.

Return of G. official of the archdeacon of London, dated quadragesima Sunday 1248, to a mandate of the abbot of St. Augustine Bristol in the diocese of Worcester, dated Sunday before the Purification 1248, enclosing for his inspection a bull of Pope Innocent [IV] dated Lyons x kal. July 5 Pope Innocent, with directions to the said abbot to hear and decide upon the petition of the dean and chapter of Wells (who claim the right of institution to their prebendal church of Jatton during a vacancy of the see, and complain that Master Thomas de Bedeford clerk of the diocese of Lincoln, alleging the authority of the official of Canterbury, has removed Peter the clerk, whom they so instituted to the vicarage, and instituted William a priest of Great Britain); and directing the said official to cite the said Master Thomas and W. the priest before the abbot or his deputy in the church of St. Mary the Virgin New Salisbury on the morrow of St. John ante portam Latinam, with notice that the dean and chapter intend to use the papal rescript concerning publication. Not finding the persons above named, he has published the above mandate in the church of Master Thomas, and caused a copy thereof to be written to the chaplain of the parish.
R.III. f. 390.

Writing under seal of Richard bishop of Winchester, testifying that William son of William son of Walter, lord of Haselberga, has in his presence given to the church of St. Andrew Wells the church of Haselberga with its appurtenances for a prebend of Wells, quit of all service and secular demand. Witnesses: Henry and John brothers of the said William de Haselberga, Albert precentor of Wells, Thomas and Richard archdeacons of Bath (sic), Stephen prior of Tanton, Master Geoffrey, Socrates, John de Cumba, William de Gund', Paris, Randolph the chaplain, William de Cioestria canon of Salisbury, William de Cicestria canon of Chicester, Ernald de Broch, Jordan the clerk de Turre, Jocelin de Cheddeseia, Robert de Cedena, Adam the chaplain, Peter clerk of the bishop of Bath, Alvered de Lincoln sheriff of Somerset, Robert son of Bernard, William son of Osbert, William son of Bernard, William de Turberville, Bretill Inas, Hugh de Puntchard[on], Matthew de Wallop, Werimund de Cravcur, William his brother, Richard de Chartreia, Robert de Briewes, Richard de Ralega, Hugh the butler, Gilbert de Norfolc, Raher de Alra, Bald[win] Malet, Gilbert de Torna, Robert Bulenn, Peter Turlac, Humphrey Inas, Walter Giffard, Warin de Ralega, Robert Fichet, William de Stanton, William de Burci, Adam son of Roger, Jordan de Brocht', William Puher, Bald' de Ordcherd, Adam son of Durand, Ralph son of William son of Durand, Randolph de Ralega, William de Puntchardon, Randolph de Fluri, Robert son of Thomas, William son of Walter, Andrew de Lincoln, Robert son of Acel', Richard de Lisewig', Hugh Norr', John son of Matthew de Wallop.

R.III. f. 390d. The sheriff named held office 1170–5; bishop Richard was consecrated in October, 1174.


  • 1. The right of conferring the office or benefice of aqucebajulus. See Lyndwood (Oxford, 1679), pp. 142–3.