Breve Reg' pro Richero de Refham.
Writ to the Sheriffs of London enjoining them to cause
Henry le Galeys to appear before the Barons of the Exchequer
three weeks after the Feast of St. John the Baptist to answer
Richer de Refham and Thomas Sely touching 50 marks which
the said Henry, at the time when he was Mayor and the aforesaid Richer and Thomas were Sheriffs of the City, (fn. 1) levied on
the goods and chattels of the merchants of Amyas, Corbye, and
Neyle, and unlawfully retains, which money appertains to the
City's ferm, and as such should have been received by the
said Richer and Thomas and accounted for to the Exchequer.
Witness, W. de Carltone, at York, 14 June, 28 Edward I.
Ordinacio de comp' Camerariorum.
Be it remembered that on Saturday after the Feast of Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], it was
agreed by Elyas Russel, the Mayor, Geoffrey de Nortone,
William de Leyre, John le Blund, William de Bettoyne, Richard
de Gloucestre, Salamon le Coteler, Adam de Fulham, John de
Donestaple, Henry de Gloucestre, Simon de Parys, Walter de
Finch[ingfeud], Nicholas de Farndone, Ralph de Honilane,
Nicholas Picot, [and] John de Canterbury, Aldermen, that all
Chamberlains of the Chamber of the Guildhall for the time
being should for the future, between the Feast of St. Michael
and the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude, render an account for the
time they had been Chamberlains before the Mayor for the time
being, or some other person elected by him and the Aldermen. (fn. 2)
It was further agreed that the names of all apprentices who
should not thenceforth be entered on the paper by their masters
within their first year should be enrolled in a certain schedule
and be exhibited at the next Husting to the Mayor and Aldermen, so that two Aldermen be elected by the Mayor and associated with the Chamberlain for the time being, so that the said
two Aldermen and the Chamberlain have full power to hear and
determine and receive the fines of the said apprentices.
Litera consignata de sigillo communitatis facta executor' custodum Pont' Lond' de comp' dicti Pontis.
Acquittance under the common seal of the City to the representatives of T[homas] Cros, Richard Knotte, and Edmund Horn,
late Wardens of London Bridge, on their accounts. Dated
Tuesday the eve of the Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.],
28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300].
Litera com' Cornub'.
Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, to the citizens and Sheriffs of
London, enjoining them to pay a life annuity of 8 marks out
of the ferm of Queenhithe to William de Cippeham. Dated
"Assecherugg," 19 Feb., 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1].
(And be it remembered that the above letter is delivered to
Nicholas Pecot, the Chamberlain, for safe keeping until, &c.)
Folio 1. b.
Be it remembered that on Friday the morrow of St. Michael,
28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], Richard de Caumpes and Luke de
Havering were presented for the Shrievalty of London and
Middlesex by Elyas Russel, the Mayor, and the whole Commonalty of the said City, before Sir Ralph de Sandewych, the
Constable of the Tower, and were admitted according to the
terms of the charter of the City.
The following Monday it was agreed and granted by Elyas
Russel, the Mayor, and the Aldermen there present, and by
good and lawful men of the craft of peltry and of the curriers,
that thenceforth workmen of the craft of curriers should not for
the future take, viz., for every thousand of grisevere, (fn. 3) more than
5s.; also for stranglin
(fn. 4) and polan
(fn. 5) and every kind of black work
(et cujuslibet alterius nigri operis), more than 5s. 6d.; and for
Roskyn, (fn. 6) more than 3s. 6d.; and for a hundred of conies of
England, more than 12d.; and for a hundred of conies of Spain,
more than 8d.; and for a hundred of Scrimpyns, (fn. 7) more than 7d.
And the aforesaid curriers agree that if it shall happen in
future, which God forbid, that any of the said craft of curriers
contravene this ordinance in any particular and thereof be
convicted, they shall make amends according to the amount of
their trespass as shall be adjudged by three men of the craft
of peltry and one man of the craft of curriers elected and
sworn for the purpose. And for the observance of this
ordinance there were elected by men of each craft, viz., Philip
de Northone, Simon de Bruchtone, John de Cornewaille,
skinners, and Martin le Coureour.
Breve pro mercatoribus ae Bordegal'.
Writ of certiorari addressed to the Mayor and Sheriffs of
London desiring further information as to whether merchants
of Bordeaux were allowed to reside on the premises which they
hired for the purpose of storing their wine and other merchandise,
and if so, whether they were allowed to receive other foreign
merchants, and for how long, &c. Dated at Carlaverok, (fn. 8)
29 August, 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300].
Return to the above writ to the effect that it was not permitted
to merchants of Bordeaux or any other foreign merchants to
reside on premises hired for storing merchandise, nor to receive
others therein, but they ought to reside in the houses of citizens
and within their close (clausum), and this for the space of forty
days and no more, so that they sell their wares within that time.
Eleccio Maior' London'.
Friday the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], by the common consent and assent of Elyas
Russel, then Mayor, Geoffrey de Nortone, John le Blund, William de Leyre, Walter de Finchingfeld, Richard de Gloucestre,
Nicholas de Farndone, Thomas Romeyn, William le Mazerer,
John de Donestaple, John de Vintry, John de Canterbury, Martin
Box, Hugh Pourte, Nicholas Pycot, Simon de Paris, Henry de
Gloucestre, Adam de Fulham, Aldermen, and the whole Commonalty of the City, Elyas Russel was elected to the office of
Mayor of the said City and sworn, and on the morrow was
received by the Constable of the Tower of London, viz., Sir
Ralph de Sandwych, without the outer gate of the Tower,
according to the terms of the charter granted to the City by
the aforesaid King.
Litera Archiep'i Cant' directa vic' Midd'.
Robert [Winchelsey], by Divine permission Archbishop of
Canterbury, Primate of all England, to his beloved son the
Sheriff of Middlesex greeting, &c. By frequent complaint of
officers of our manor of Harewes, (fn. 9) we have heard that you
voluntarily withdraw pleas of men and tenants of us and our
church in the said manor, which ought and were accustomed to
be tried in our court there within our franchise, to the county of
Middlesex beyond our said franchise, by releasing and setting
free distresses and attachments made by our bailiffs there,
whereby you have incurred the sentence of the greater excommunication as a wilful violator and disturber of the rights and
liberties of our church of Canterbury. Wherefore we bid you,
on peril of your soul's health, henceforth not to presume to
attempt such things to the prejudice of our franchise and that
of our aforesaid church, but by asking pardon for offences
committed, to give a suitable satisfaction to us and the church
you have offended, thereby consulting your soul's health as
speedily as possible, otherwise we shall not hesitate to exercise
due vengeance upon you for the defence of ecclesiastical law
and liberty. You will not delay informing us what you purpose
doing in the matter before the Feast of All Saints. Dated at
Otteford, viii Ides Oct, A.D. 1300, the seventh year of our
Custodia et manuc' Joh'nis de Gildeford pro Alicia fil' Will'i de Thele infra etatem.
Et dedit Cam'e pro ingressu ijs. vjd.
Thursday the morrow of All Souls [2 Nov.], 28 Edward I.
[A.D. 1300], the wardship of Alice, daughter of William de
Thele, was granted by the Mayor and Aldermen to John de
Gildeford, who found the following mainpernors-viz., John
Heyron, junior, Simon Gut, Simon de Northamtone, and William
le Brewere-that he would maintain, treat, and instruct the said
Alice as he ought, would not let her suffer disparagement nor
marry without the consent of the Mayor and Aldermen and of
her parents, and would faithfully answer to her, on her coming
of age, for her property, valued at 12 marks by the year.
Litera communi sigillo signata directa Archiep'o Cant'.
Letter from the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London
to Robert [Winchelsey], Archbishop of Canterbury, praying him
to excuse their attendance on the day named in his summons,
on account of their being engaged on various and pressing business of the King, and asking for an appointment with him after
the next Parliament, (fn. 10) according to his convenience. Dated
18 Nov., A.D. 1300.
Manucapcio Agnet' de Frowyk pro custoata Henr' filii Reginald' de Frowyk.
In full Husting of London for Common Pleas held on Monday
after the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], the wardship of Henry, son and heir of Reginald de Frowyk,
being under age, was granted-by Elyas Russel, the Mayor,
Richard de Caumpes, Sheriff, John le Blund, Geoffrey de
Nortone, Thomas Romeyn, John de Donestaple, Nicholas
de Farndone, William de Leyre, Hugh Pourte, John de
Canterbury, William de Betoyne, Walter de Finchingfeld,
Richard de Gloucestre, [and] Nicholas Pycot, Aldermen-to
Agnes his mother, who found mainpernors-viz., Manekyn le
Heumer, Odo de Essex, William Walraund, John Heyron,
junior, Robert de Kellesseye, Peter Adrian, William Passemer,
John Sharp, tailor, Nicholas Beaubelot, [and] Richard de Boningtone-that she would properly maintain and instruct the said
Henry, and would not let him be disparaged or marry without
the consent of the Mayor and Aldermen and of his parents
(parentum) on his father's side, and would render true account
of his property on his coming of age.
Carta libertat' de Radingg' R' Henr' tercii patris R' Edwardi nunc.
Charter of Henry III. to the burgesses of Reading. Witnesses, B[oniface], Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard, Earl
of Cornwall, Peter de Savoy, Ralph son of Nicholas,
Bertram de Crioillis, John de Grey, Master William de
Kilkenny, Archdeacon of Coventre, Henry de Wengham,
Henry [de] Baton', &c. Dated at Portesmuh', 5 July,
37 Hen. III. [A.D. 1253]. (fn. 11)
(Afterwards, viz., on Tuesday before the Feast of Annunciation B. M., anno 11 Edward II., came John le Acatour, Mayor
of the town of Radyng', before John de Wengrave, the Mayor
of London, and the Aldermen, and complained that the Sheriffs
had distrained Thomas le Clerk of Walyngford, a fellowburgess, for toll and custom on his merchandise, contrary to the
above charter, which being read, precept was issued to the
Sheriffs to surrender the distress so taken and allow the said
Thomas and all burgesses of the aforesaid town to be quit of
Johanne fil' Walteri le Blund.
Inventory of goods bequeathed to Johanna, daughter of
Walter le Blund and wife of Stephen de Abyndone, and
delivered to the said Stephen on Tuesday the eve of St. Andrew,
Ap. [30 Nov.], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300]. (fn. 12)
Bona legata Johanni fil' Walteri le Blund juniori existencia in custodia H. Pourte.
Inventory of goods bequeathed to John, son of Walter le
Blund, junior, and remaining in the charge of Hugh Pourte, and
surveyed on Tuesday the eve of St. Andrew [30 Nov.], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], by Elyas Russel, the Mayor, and Geoffrey
de Nortone, William de Leyre, Symon de Paris, Henry de
Gloucestre, [and] Nicholas Pycot.
Breve Reg' pro proclamacione et custodia facienda pro moneta veniente de partibus transmarinis.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London complaining that
the orders made in the Parliament at Stebenhethe (fn. 13) for the prevention of the importation of base money into the kingdom had
been imperfectly carried out, and enjoining that greater care be
taken in future. Dated Carlisle, 3 Nov., 28 Edward I. [A.D. 1300].
Folio lii b.
Manucapcio Laur' le Poleter.
Thursday after the Feast of St. Thomas, Ap. [21 Dec.],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300], Adam de Fulham, Alderman, Manekin
le Heumer, Richard de Welleford, and William Trente mainprised Laurence le Poleter to produce him before the Mayor
and Aldermen on the morrow of St. Hillary next, to hear their
judgment upon him for having beaten Thomas Atte Welle, the
King's serjeant, &c.
Litera Archi episcopi Cant' missa off' London' de citacione.
Letter from Robert [Winchelsey], Archbishop of Canterbury,
to the official of London bidding him see that the bailiffs of
London Bridge restored the pledges they had unlawfully taken
for pontage from John and Geoffrey Beauly, Richard Wytegos,
Thomas le Espicer de Sevenak, and John le Curceys, tenants of
his church of Canterbury, and that they cease from such exactions in future, and citing the offenders to appear before him
on the next law day after the Feast of St. Vincent the Martyr.
Dated at "Cringdone," (fn. 14) v Ides January, A.D. 1300.
Litera Archiepiscopi Cant' missa off' London' de cutando custod' pontis..
A similar letter touching a distraint made on Walter de Hull,
a tenant of the church of Canterbury at Orpingtone, for pontage, and citing the offenders to appear on the next law day
after the Feast of St. Hillary next. Dated at "Croingdone,"
vii Ides January, A.D. 1300.
Vad' Rogeri de Rokesle appreciata ad xjs.
Thursday after Ash Wednesday [15 Feb.], 29 Edward I.
[A.D. 1300-1], before Elyas Russel, the Mayor, and Aldermen,
there were appraised, viz., nine silver spoons weighing 8s. 6d.,
at 8s.; and a mantle of Bluet
(fn. 15) furred with Bisses
(fn. 16) at 3s., the same
being taken from Roger de Rokesle for 20s. of a tallage made
in London for £1,048, to be paid to the lord the King for divers
debts of the City of London, as the proportion due from the said
Roger, taken by Paul le Boteler and his fellow-collectors of the
tallage aforesaid in the Ward of Douegate. Which pledges
were delivered to Nicholas Pycot, the Chamberlain, to answer
to the Commonalty, &c.
Wednesday next before the Feast of Pentecost [17 May],
10 Edward I. [A.D. 1282], in the presence of H[enry] le Galeys,
Mayor of London, Stephen Assewy, Robert de Basinge, John
de Gisorz, Ralph [le] Blund, William de Durham, John Fitz Peter,
William de Farendone, Robert de Rokesle, Robert de Araz,
Nicholas de Winchester, John Addrian, William de Essex, Ralph
de Alegate, Robert de Meldeburne, Henry de Frowyk, and
Simon de Hadestoke, Aldermen, and Hugh Motun, then Chamberlain at the Guildhall, the underwritten ordinances were made:
Md ae provisione fac' qualiter suspecti inventi aebeant amoveri vel sub qua securitate morari.
First, touching search for suspected persons-by trades, viz.,
that each trade shall present the names of all members of the
trade and of all who serve the same trade, setting out where
they live and in what Ward. Also search to be made by Aldermen and two of the best men of their Ward touching those who
keep hostels and those residing in them separately from hostel
to hostel, that they may know who and of what kind or condition
they may be, whether cleric or lay, residing in their Ward of
the age of twelve years and more.
Secundo de custod' civit'.
Secondly, touching the safe custody of the City. All gates
of the City shall be open by day, and at each gate there shall
be two serjeants of experience and eloquence (scientes et
eloquentes), who shall keep careful watch over those that go in
and out lest evil befall the City.
At each parish church curfew shall be tolled the same hour
as at St. Martin, beginning and ending at the same time, and
then all gates as well as taverns, whether of wine or ale, shall
be closed, and no one shall walk the streets or places. Six competent persons shall keep watch by night by view of two of each
Ward, and two serjeants keep guard over the gates by day,
lying by night in or near the gates.
Serjeants of Billingesgate and Queenhithe shall see that all
boats lie on the City's side [of the river] by night, and shall keep
the names of all boatmen, and no one shall cross the Thames
by night. And each serjeant shall have his boat and four men
to watch the river by night on either side of the bridge. Serjeants at the gates shall each receive 4 pence per day, and each
boatman by night a penny (?).
Thirdly, touching the punishments and chastisement of malefactors and trespassers......[blank].
Litera communi sigillo signata missa duci Brebann' pro Petro de Blakeneye et sociis suis.
Letter from Elyas Russell, the Mayor of the City of London,
and Aldermen of the same to J[ohn], Duke of Louvain, Brabant,
and Lemburgh, (fn. 17) praying him to cause a sum of money due
to Peter de Blakeneye, John de Dene called "Gombard," and
John de Fulmere, citizens of London, to be paid according to
promise. Dated 19 Jan., A.D. 1300.
Breve Reg' pro civibus de Nova Sarum quoa sint quieti de pontagio, etc.
Solii' pro inrotulacione, ijs. vjd.
The King's writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London bidding
them restore distresses unlawfully taken from merchants of
New Sarum for toll, pontage, and passage charged on their
merchandise coming to London, and to cease exacting such tolls
in future, as the said merchants were quit of them by charter of
King Henry III. Dated at Northampton, 6 Jan., 29 Edward I.
By reason of the above mandate, precept was sent to the
Wardens of the Bridge on Thursday after the Conversion of
St. Paul [25 Jan.], the year aforesaid, that they should deliver
up any distresses they might have taken for pontage from citizens
of New Sarum, and cease from further exactions, &c.
Cementar' et Carpentar' jur' pro hiis que tangunt assisam.
Monday before the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1], before Elyas Russell, the Mayor,
and the Aldermen, Richard de Wytham, mason, was sworn to
give due consideration to all men in the City and suburbs touching stone walls between neighbours, party-walls and others in a
bad condition, &c., as often as requested, &c.
Monday before the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], the same
year, Robert Osekyn and John de Wrytele, carpenters, were
similarly sworn touching boundary walls in bad condition,
Folio liii b.
Extenta de tenementis Thome Prest pro recognicione.
Monday before the Feast of Purification B. M. [2 Feb.],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1], Richard de Caumpes, Sheriff of
London, by precept of Elyas Russell, the Mayor, caused an
extent to be made of the lands and tenements of Thomas Prest,
goldsmith, for money due on a recognizance to William Everard
The jurors-viz., John de Lyndesseye, Robert de Pampesworth,
William de Stanmere, William le Coteler, Roger de Laufare,
Hugh le Chaundeler, William de Cycestre, Stephen the Cordwainer, John Plot, Geoffrey de Chelchehethe, Roger atte Stoples,
and John de Rommesseye-say that at the time he made the
recognizance the said Thomas had, and still has, a house in
the parish of St. Sepulchre without Neugate of the clear yearly
value of 20s., of which 10s. is paid to Johanna, his wife's sister,
as his partner, and he had and has no other tenement in
the City or suburb. Dated Tuesday before the Purification,
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1].
Judicium pro Nautis.
Complaint made to the King by the Barons of the Cinque
Ports, by mariners of Yarmouth, and others, that Gregory de
Rokeslee, Henry le Waleys, and other merchants of England,
Gascony, and Ireland, had compelled the said Barons, &c.,
to appraise their ships, together with all tackle and rigging to
such ships appertaining, and the wine and other goods on board,
towards making good what had been lost by jettison, contrary
to immemorial custom. The parties heard. Judgment by the
King and his Council to the effect (inter alia) that the ship and
cargo should, for the future, be appraised-exception being
made of the ship-master's ring worn by him upon his finger,
the victuals of the sailors, the utensils in common use for preparing their meals, the neck-chain, belt, and silver drinking-cup
(if there be one) belonging to the ship-master-for making
good the loss by jettison through stress of weather. (fn. 18)
[Here follows an account of an inquisition held on Saturday
after the Feast of Conception B. M. [8 Dec.], 29 Edward I.
[A.D. 1300], as to charges customarily made at Queenhithe for
measuring and carrying corn. The record is incomplete. See
'Liber Albus' (Rolls Series), i. 241-2.]
Recognicio Richeri de Refham mercer'.
Friday the morrow of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1], came Richer de Refham, mercer, before
Elyas Russell, the Mayor, John le Blund, Geoffrey de Nortone,
Thomas Romeyn, Walter de Finchingfeld, William de Betoyne,
Salamon le Coteler, John de Canterbury, and Nicholas Pycot,
and testified and acknowledged that he had no right or claim,
nor made any claim, in that parcel of land containing the space
of two aumbries (armariolorum) in the corner of the great seld of
Roysia de Coventre (fn. 19) in the mercery of London, except a term
up to the Feast of St. John the Baptist next, up to which time
Peter de Sparham holds it to the joint profits of the said Peter
and Richer, and at the end of the term he will deliver up the
said place at the [said] hour and time so that he for whose benefit
Dame Johanna de Breaunzon has hired and taken the seld for a
term of years of the aforesaid Roysia de Coventre may enjoy
the benefit of it as he will at the said Feast.
Vad' app'c' Tres furrure capte super Robertum Persone app'c'.
Three furs, one of croppes
(fn. 20) and two of squirrel, which had
been seized upon Robert Persone, skinner, for 8s. of the tallage
of 6d. in the pound, and which had been delivered to Nicholas
Pycot, the Chamberlain, by indenture made between him and
John de Dunstaple, were appraised on Wednesday next before
the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], by
the oath of William de Nettlestede and Richard de Lungevile,
at 13s. 4d., &c. The aforesaid Robert Persone was summoned
to see the furs appraised, but did not appear, &c. Therefore
they are appraised by his default, &c. And he was warned to
acquit them within fifteen days or they would be sold, &c. And
because he did not acquit, &c., sold.
Folio liv b.
Manuc' executorum Testamentorum Thome Box et Cristiane uxoris ejus.
Monday before the Feast of St. Peter in Cathedra [22 Feb.],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1], came Stephen de Prestone and
Richard de Dorsete before the Mayor and Aldermen in full
Husting for Common Pleas and mainprised Richard de Wandlesworth and William Hardel, executors of Cristiana, late wife of
Thomas Box, formerly a Sheriff of London, to keep the City
harmless in respect of 20 marks deposited with the said
executors in case of any action in connexion with the late
Sheriff's term of office, &c.
At the same court came James le Botiller, Walter de
Wenlok, and Richard de Hodesdone and similarly mainprised
Thomas de Brencheslegh and Walter de la More, Vicar of
the church of Wandlesworth, executors of Thomas Box, in
respect of 20 marks.
De mensuris stricorum de rotis ad carect', etc.
On the grievous complaint made by ironmongers of the City
of London to Elyas Russell, then Mayor of London, and to
the Aldermen of smiths of the Wealds (de Waldis) and other
merchants bringing strakes of wheels (feruras rotarum) for
carts to the City of London of much shorter length than they
were accustomed to be, to the grievous loss and scandal of the
whole trade of ironmongers of the City aforesaid, and demanding
a remedy for the premises, an inquisition was held by lawful
and trustworthy men, who presented three iron rods of just and
of old accustomed length of strakes, and also of the length and
breadth of skids (groporum) for the wheels of carts, which rods
[were] marked with the mark of the Chamber of the Guildhall,
London; whereof one remains in the aforesaid Chamber, and
another rod was delivered to John Dode and Robert de Padingtone, ironmongers of Chepe, on Monday next before the Feast
of the Purification of the Blessed Mary [2 Feb.], 29 Edward I.
[A.D. 1300-1]; and the third rod was delivered on the Monday
aforesaid to John de Wymondham, ironmonger of Bridge.
The said John, Robert, and John swore upon the Holy Gospels
that from day to day they would warn all merchants bringing
such iron rims (ferramenta) to the City of London, as well from
the Wealds as elsewhere, to bring thenceforth no such iron
rims unless they be of the length and breadth aforesaid, upon
pain of forfeiting the said rims; and that such rims as should
be found contrary to the assize aforesaid after the Feast of
Easter next would be altogether forfeited, &c. (fn. 21)
Writ of certiorari touching the arrest of John son of
Andrew, Robert (le) Clutere, and John Cumbier, and also
of a ship of John Murs, burgesses and merchants of the
town of "Bicrultet" (fn. 22) (?). Dated at Wodestoke, 18 March,
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1].
Return to the above to the effect that the aforesaid John son
of Andrew, Robert le Clutere, John Cumbier, together with
Walter Jolyf, not named in the writ, were found carrying the
King's money, viz., 45s. sterling and 7s. of white Tournois, out
of the kingdom, contrary to the King's ordinance, and thereupon
Walter le Mouner and John de Romeneye, who had been
deputed to make scrutiny thereof in the City of London, arrested
them and committed them to prison until the King's further
orders, according to the terms of the statute recently put forth
by the King and his Council at Stebenhuthe. (fn. 23)
Literasigillata communi sigillo Ricardo de Caumpes pro debit' Vasconum.
Acknowledgment under the Common Seal of the City of the
receipt of the sum of £46 6s. of the City's ferm from Richard
de Caumpes, one of the Sheriffs of London, the King having
assigned the ferm of the City, &c., to the Mayor, Aldermen, and
citizens in order that they might recoup the money paid in discharge of the King's debts to certain Gascon creditors to the
extent of £1,049 13s. 11d.
(fn. 24) Dated Saturday before Easter
[2 April], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
The same day a similar acknowledgment for £47 15s., received
from Luke de Haveringe, one of the Sheriffs, was sealed.
Tuesday after the Feast of St. John ante Portam Latinam
[6 May], the same year, a similar acknowledgment for £45 7s.,
received from the aforesaid Luke, was sealed.
Saturday the eve of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], the same
year, a similar acknowledgment for £19 8s. 11d., received from
Richard de Caumpes, one of the Sheriffs, was sealed.
Folio lv b.
Breve Regis sub privato sigillo ad manuc' de De libr'.
Writ of Privy Seal addressed to the Mayor, Aldermen, and
other good men of the City of London notifying them that
merchants were refusing to supply the royal wardrobe with
wax, grocery, drapery, furs, linen, canvas, and other necessaries
because of the risk they ran of not being paid, and begging the
said Mayor, &c., to become surety for the payment of such
necessaries to the extent of £500 payable at Michaelmas
next; the said Mayor and citizens recouping themselves out
of the ferm due for the City and other debts to the King.
Dated at "Feckeham," 4 April, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Responsio communi sigillo signat.
Reply signifying the consent of the Mayor, Aldermen, and
other good men of the City, to become surety for the above sum
of £500, conditional on the tallages and other issues of the said
City and county of Middlesex being assigned to the Commonalty
to that amount, and praying the King to execute a letter according to the form enclosed, as was usual in such cases.
Quere infra in secundo folio literam Regis obligatoriam de
Cognicio facta Johanni le Blund.
Saturday after the octave of Easter [2 April], 29 Edward I.
[A.D. 1301], came Giles Jordan before the Mayor and Aldermen
and delivered to Sirs John le Blund and Henry de Gloucestre
six casks of wine for a trespass committed against them, to be
disposed of by them as they liked. The said John and Henry
pardoned the said Giles four of the casks, and desired that the
remainder should be retained in case he should commit another
Breve Reg' pro victualibus ducend' apud Berewycum.
Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, and the rest of the
citizens and good men of the City of London, for supplying the
King and army with food and other necessaries, to be delivered
at Berewyk by Midsummer Day. (fn. 26) Dated at "Fekenham,"
12 April, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
By reason of the above writ, twelve good men were summoned
before the Mayor and Aldermen from each Ward, and the
writ was read to them, and they were bidden to proceed to
Berewyk with their merchandise, &c.
Deliberacio £xv per Eliam Russel facta Thome filio Ricardi de Waledene.
Friday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 29 Edward I
[A.D. 1301], before Elyas Russel, the Mayor, John le Blund,
Geoffrey de Nortone, William de Leyre, Adam de Fulham,
Walter de Finchingfeld, Richard de Gloucestre, John de
Armenters, John de Dunestaple, Thomas Romeyn, William
le Mazerer, John de Vintry, Symon de Paris, and Nicholas
Pycot, Aldermen-came Thomas, son of Richard de Waledene,
and received from the said Mayor the sum of £15, bequeathed
to him by his said father and Margery, wife of the same, the
money being in charge of the said Elias Russel.
Proclamacio pro sigillo Richeri de Refham amisso.
Monday before the above Feast, in full Husting, public cry
was made that Richer de Refham, taverner, had lost his seal
with the impression of a cask thereon and his name written
around it, and that the said Richer would no longer be bound
by the seal aforesaid, and if an obligation were made therewith
it would be held as null, &c.
Folio lvi b.
Compot' executor' Gilberti de la Marche de bonis pueror' Johannis de Stertford.
Monday before the Feast of St. Peter in Cathedra [22 Feb.],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1], before Elyas Russel, the Mayor,
and the Aldermen-at the suit of John de Canterbury, Alderman,
William "Walraund," and Ralph de Stertford, executors of John
de Stertford and friends of his children under age-were summoned Margery, late wife of Gilbert de la Marche, John le
Botoner, junior, and their fellow-executors of Gilbert de la
Marche to render account of the goods and rents of the children
of the said John de Stertford, being under age, and the guardianship of whom belonged to the aforesaid Gilbert, as appears
supra, anno 27 Edward I.
[Here follow particulars of the property of Gilbert de Stertford, Adam, Cecilia, Margery the elder, and Margery the
younger, children of John de Stertford.]
Custodia Gilberti fil' Johannis de Stertford et Marg'ie filie junior' ejusd' J. tradita Johanni Lucas.
Monday before the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], in full Husting, the guardianship of Gilbert,
son of John de Stertford, aged twelve years, and Margery the
younger daughter, aged four years, was granted-together with
their property, comprising (inter alia) houses and shops in the
parish of St. Katherine, near the church of H. Trinity the
Great, and in Grobbestrete, in the parish of St. Giles without
Crepelgate-to John Lucas, "stokfishmongere," his sureties
being William de Braye and Gilbert de Mortone, stockfishmongers.
Manuc' Johannis le Botoner junior' pro custodia Ade fil' Johannis de Stertford et Marg'ie fil' senior' ejusdem et bonis, etc.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April] came
John le Botoner, senior, and Robert de Biry, mercer, before the
Mayor and Aldermen, and mainprised John le Botoner, junior,
who had been appointed guardian of Adam, son of John de
Stertford, aged three years, and Margery, elder daughter of
the same, aged nine years.
(Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday after the Annunciation
B. M. [25 March], 34 Edward I. [A.D. 1306], the said John le
Botoner came before Richard Poterel, the Chamberlain, and
paid William "Walram" and Ralph de Stertford the sum of £10
of the goods of the said Margaret, and on the Feast of
St. Barnabas [11 June] following the said William and Ralph
acknowledged the receipt of £4 5s. 7d.)
Folio lvii b.
Breve Reg' pro burg de Walingford.
Writ to the Coroners of the City of London to attach Elyas
Russel, the Mayor, and Luke de Haveringge and Richard de
"Caumpes," the Sheriffs, to appear before the King in the octave
of H. Trinity to show cause why they have paid no heed to
former orders and continue to exact toll and other customs from
merchants of Walingford, co. Berks, contrary to the charter
granted to that town by King Henry III. Dated at "Kemesseye," (fn. 27) 4 May, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
By virtue of the above writ the said Mayor and Sheriffs were
attached to appear at the time named. They appeared and
had a day by essoin in the octave of St. Michael, on which day
they made default.
Breve R Coronator'.
Another writ to the Coroners aforesaid to distrain the said
Mayor and Sheriffs by all their lands and chattels, and to have
their bodies before the King in the octave of St. Hillary to
answer the Mayor and burgesses of Walingford in a plea
of trespass, and to hear judgment on their many defaults
Witness, R[oger] le Brabanzon, (fn. 28) at York, 6 Nov., 29 Edward I.
Return made to the effect that the above writ arrived so late
that it could not be executed.
And Sir John le Blund, the Mayor of the City, Elyas Russel,
Walter de Finchingfeld, William de Leyre, Richard de Gloucestre, Geoffrey de Nortone, Nicholas Pycot, Luke de Haveryngge, and Richard de "Campes" undertook on behalf of the
Commonalty to save harmless John de Vintry, the Coroner, his
heirs and executors, from all costs, fines, amercements, trouble,
shame, &c., accruing by reason of the above return, &c., inasmuch as the return was made by common consent.
Litera Regis obligatoria de Dc libr'.
Letters patent assigning to the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs,
and citizens of London the ferm of the City and other issues
within the said City and county of Middlesex payable to the
King, as security for their undertaking to pay merchants finding
necessaries for the King's wardrobe to the amount of £500 up
to Michaelmas next. Dated at "Kemesseye," 8 May, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Letter from John de Drokenesford, Keeper of the King's
Wardrobe, to the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London,
nominating "Elys" Russel, the Mayor, and Ralph de Stokes
to be his deputies to receive the goods for the King's wardrobe. Dated 14 June, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Litera Ric'i de Caumpes communi sigillo signata de xxxj libr' xix solid' et iijd.
Acknowledgment under the Common Seal of the receipt of
£31 19s. 3d. from Richard de "Caumpes," one of the Sheriffs
of London and Middlesex, being part of the City's ferm, and
retained by the City in part satisfaction of the sum of £500 to
be expended on the King's wardrobe. Dated 19 May, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Folio lviii b.
Solucio facta Marg'ie fil' Johannis de Storteford.
Be it remembered that on Saturday after the Feast of
St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 10 Edward II. [A.D. 1316-17], came
Margery, daughter of John de Storteford, before J[ohn] de
Wengrave, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and demanded
delivery of her chattels which had been entrusted to John
Lucas, fishmonger, during her minority. After account
rendered and audited, the said John, on the judgments of the
Mayor and Aldermen, paid the said Margaret the sum of £20
and received an acquittance.
Precept to Richard de "Campes," Sheriff of London, to take
the bodies of James Copyn, Isabella his wife, and Hanekyn
Copyn, and keep them in custody until they paid Odo de Essex,
apothecary, the sum of £10 16s. 8d., due under a recognizance
The Sheriff returned that he had the body of the said
Hanekyn in custody, but that the bodies of the above James
and Isabella were not found in his bailwick.
Breve R' Ballivis Nundinarum Sancti Botulphi pro civibus London'.
Writ to the bailiffs of the Fair of St. Botolph confirmatory
of the chartered privileges of the citizens of London. Dated at
Kenilworth, 2 June, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301]. (fn. 29)
Placitum civium Norwici versus Vicecomites London'.
Wednesday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], Richard de "Campes" and Luke de
Haveringge, the Sheriffs of London, were summoned before
William de Leyre and Walter de Finchingfeld, the deputies of
Elyas Russel, the Mayor, and Geoffrey de Nortone and the rest
of the Aldermen, to answer the citizens of Norwich in a plea of
trespass, for that, whereas the said citizens were by charter of
King John and his successors quit of toll, pontage, passage, &c.,
the said Sheriffs had exacted the sum of 3 pence from Adam
Cadewold as toll on half a load of mercery imported from
beyond the seas, to their damage of 100s., and this they
The Sheriffs come and say that when they received their
bailiwick they found the King seized from time immemorial of
6 pence for custom on every load of mercery imported by the
said citizens, and they had continued the seisin, &c. And if the
aforesaid citizens, &c., demand an inquiry by jury, &c. And
the said citizens say that they neither can nor wish to put their
liberties to judgment, &c.
Folio lix b.
Friday before the Feast of H. Trinity [28 May], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], election made, by assent of the Commonalty, of men to go with Elyas Russel, the Mayor, to the
King at Kenylleworth, to treat with the King and Council
of the stay of foreign merchants and other matters touching
the City, &c., viz., John le Blund, Geoffrey de Nortone, William
de Bettoyne, Aldermen, John de Douegate, John de Lincoln,
Roger le Paumer, &c.
Breve R' promercator' extraneis.
The King to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London greeting.
Whereas we wish that the business touching you and the rest
of the citizens of the City aforesaid on the one part and
merchant strangers on the other part, by reason of the arrest
made by you of their goods and merchandise, shall remain in
statu quo until the quinzaine of St. John the Baptist next; we
bid you not to molest or disturb in any way those merchants
in the meanwhile. Witness ourself at Kenylleworth, 2 June,
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Thereupon precept was given to the Sheriffs to dismiss the
said merchants in peace until, &c.
Breve R' pro mercatoribus extraneis.
Another writ suspending matters touching merchant strangers
until the Feast of the Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.]. Dated at
"Morpath," (fn. 30) 28 June, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Wednesday before the Feast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist
[24 June], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], a letter under the seal
of the Mayoralty was sent to the Mayor and Bailiff of Cantebrig' on behalf of Roger Brunne and other citizens of
London distrained at Cantebrig' for toll, pannage (panagio)
and other customs, &c.
Litera communi sigillo signata missa Comitisse de Gloucestre.
Letter from Elias Russel, the Mayor, and citizens of London
to Johanna, daughter of the King of England, Countess of
Gloucester and Hertford, (fn. 31) complaining that merchant citizens
repairing to Henlee were distrained and their merchandise
seized whilst passing Merlawe (fn. 32) and other places within her
jurisdiction, and praying her to instruct her bailiff at Merlawe
to restore distresses so taken and to cease taking them in
future. (fn. 33)
A similar letter under the Common Seal was sent to the Earl
of Gloucester on Saturday before the Feast of St. Margaret
[20 July], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].