Folio xciii - c.
"Yee shal swere that ye shal wel and trewly have yow in
your offis and dewe execuciouns doo of all that yee shal be
chargid be the Mayre Aldremen and the Chamberleyn and of
jugementes yovyn in the Mayres coort execucion ye shal do:
And no fynys ne mercementes gretter than be to yow delyveryd
be the coort ye shall nat rere, extorcion be the colour of your
offis shal ye non doon and good men and trewe in inquisicions ye
shal retorne and no men suspect ne procurid as fer as ye knowe:
And the profit of the Cite in that yow is ye shall increce and
ayen the pepil wol and trewly ye shal have yow: (fn. 1) And the
stretes and lanes wt in the Cite and the subarbis of this Cite ye
shal oversee that they be wel and honestly clensid of filthis and
dunghille: And the finis for suche causes made trewly ye shall
rere sparyng no persone for favour: (fn. 2) And trewe counte ther of
to the Chamburleyn make that shal be for the tyme whan ye be
assignyd: And in alle oþr thynges that to your offis longith to
do wel and lawfully ye shall have yow and do as god yow helpe
and alle seyntes."
Oath of Ale Conners. (fn. 3)
Folio xciii b.
"Ye shal swere that ye shal wete no Brewer ne Brewster
Hukster cook ne pibaker with in your Warde that sillith owt of
here hows a galon of the beste ale a bove jd ob' a galon of the
secund ale above jd: ne oþr wise þan be mesur enselyd and ful
of cler ale: Ne þt brewith lasse þan þey were wont to don or
þt withdrawith hem from usyng of þer mystere þe mor be cause
of execucyon of þs ordinaunce but ye shal certefye þe namys
of alle suche personys to þe alderman of your warde: And ye
shall be redy to make your tast of ale anon whan ye be requirid
be þe brewer or brewster [And if ye know eny brewer þt owtith (fn. 4)
eny ale be fore hit be tastid in forme above seyd ye shall
certefy all such to your aldermen (fn. 5) ]: And if hit be nat good and
able to þe seid pris ye shall be þe avys of your alderman set
þr on a resonable pris after your discrecion: And if eny persone
after sille above þt pris ye shal him certefie to þe seid alderman:
And for yefte promysse favour ne hate ne non oþr cause ye shal
nat concele no brewer ne brewster hukster cook ne pibaker
þt doþ ayens eny poynte above seyd ne hem spare ne wrongfully: greve ne whan ye be requirid to taste ye shall nat yow
absente wt owte a trew cause and resonable: And in alle þyngis
þt to your offis longith to do wel and trewly ye shal have yow
also god yow helpe and alle seyntes."
Oath of Searchers of Wines.
"Ye shal swere þt ye shal wel and lawfully overe see alle
þe wynys wt in þe fraunchise of þis Cite of London celerid to
sille: And hem preve and assaie in presence and overe sight
of the Sergeantes to yow be þe mayr and aldermen assignyd
and deput þt they be hole and able for mannys body [and in no
wise medled one wyne wt an oþr except Tires and White
Rommeneis: (fn. 6) ] And hem þat ye fynde corrupt and nat hole [or
medled except Tyres and White Rommeneis above rehersed (fn. 7) ]
to the Mayr and Aldermen wt owte concelement ye shal
presente there to be jugid after the olde custume of this Cite:
And ye shal the Mayr and Aldermen certefie of the numbre of
the vesselles of olde wyn conteynyd wt in the seid celers:
sparyng no man for favour ne grevyng no man for hate: And
alle the pottis of peuter that ye fynde in tavernys nat a selyd
to the Chamberleyn of þs Cite with owte concelement yee shal
presente; these thynges be fore seid wel and lawfully ye shal do
as god yow helpe and alle seyntes."
Notes of Rolls of Deeds and Wills enrolled in the Court of
Husting and their respective regnal years, temp. Edward I. -
Folio xciv b.
Oath of Under-Sheriffs and Clerks of Sheriffs. (fn. 8)
"Ye shal swere that ye shal wel and lawfully serve your
mastris that ben chose Sheryvys of London and of Midd' for the
yer' next comyng: And ye shall nat lette for favour ne for
promisse ne for hate but þt evne lawe and Right ye shal do
to all peple as well to pore as Riche deyndeseyns as straungeres
þt be fore yow shal plete wt owte mayntenaunce of eny quarell:
And ye shal nat suffre after your power othir peple to be
sumnyd in enquestis ne juriis but that ben god and lawful and
nat of affinite ne procuryd be party: And alle the pleis that
be fore yow shall be pletid lawfully ye shall recorde and
your diligence ye shall do to oversee þt the pleis be wel and
lawfully entrid and enrollid at þe sute and preyere of þe party,
takyng resonably for the entre: Ne Right shal ye noon
desturble, ne extorcion to no persone be colour of your offis ne
the offis of your mastris shal ye non don and jugement shal ye
non tarye wt oute resonable cause: Also the fraunchise of this
Cite ye shal kepe and mayntayne be your power: And obeshaunt
ye shal be to the Mair and þe Jugis of of [sic] the Cite and
good councell to hem aftir your power and wit in alle thyngis
towchyng þe governaunce of þe Cite and comyn profit of the
peple ye shal yeve and her' cowncell kepe: And no persone
ye shall amerce hier than hit is ordeynyd be the comyn cowncell
of the Cite: And the fynys of affrays and blodshed wt owte eny
concelement wt the chamburleyn lawfully ye shall accownte in
maner therof ordeynyd: And ye shal nat suffre your fermoures
take non othir Custumys than ben dwe and resonable and of old
tyme usid in this Cite: And the writtes that to yow come
towchyng the stat and fraunchise of this Cite ye shal nat retorne
till ye have shewd hem to the mayr for the tyme beyng and
the councell of the Cite and of hem have avysement: And the
issus fynys and mercementes þt to yow comyth under the grene
wex or from the pipe lawfully ye shal rere and no parcell þr of
encrece and hem þt have payd wel and lawfully ye shal
discharge and oft hit nat aske: And that ye charge the
serjantis men takyng kariage in the Cite þt they be here othe
take ne more kariage than þey owe to take: And that they
greve nat the peple comyng to the Cite wt vytaylis be wey of
kariage to have of here: And þt no Jugement ayens eny ordinaunce made be the Mair and Comyn Cowncell of this Cite ye
shal nat yeve but hit be be the same cowncell uttrid or amendid:
And in alle othir poyntes towchyng your offis wel and lawfully
ye shal have yow as god yow helpe and alle seyntes and be the
Oath of Bailiff of Southwark.
"Ye shall swere that ye shall well and lawfully behave yow
in thoffice of þe baillifwik of the borough of Suthewerk and
extorcioun under colour of your office shall ye non do: And all
the liberties and Fraunches concernyng the same Borough
graunted unto the Mair and Cominaltie of the Citee of London
by the Kyng (fn. 9) our soveraign lord or his noble progenitours ye
shall kepe and mayntene after your witte and powere. And this
ye shall do as god you help and alle seintes, &c."
Oath of Serjeants of Mayors and Sheriffs. (fn. 10)
"Ye shal swere that ye shal wel and lawfully have yow in
your offis and obesaunt ye shal be to the Mair and the Jugis of
this Cite and here worshep in al that in yow is save: And no
fynys ne mercementes gretter than suche as shal be conteynyd
in the estraytes (fn. 11) that to yow be the coort be delyveryd of no
persone pore ne riche ye shal nat take: Ne non extorcioun be
colour of your offis to no personne ye shal doo: And dwe and
diligent execucioun of all that ye shall be chargid of be your sovereynys of this Cite lawfully and wt owte delay ye shall performe:
And in enquestis good pepil and lawfull ye shal retorne and nat
suspect ne procurid wt your assent: And non execucion for
your synguler profit ye shal nat tarye: And the ordynaunces
wherof the comyn cowncell ben accordid for the pes of owr
lord the Kyng and for the comyn profit of the peple be your wit
and power ye shal mayntayne and kepe: And ayens the comyn
peple feyre and pesibly ye shal have yow as god yow helpe and
alle seyntes and be the b[ook]."
Oath of Aldermen. (fn. 12)
"Ye shal swere that ye shal wel and lawfully serve owr lord
the Kyng in the Cite of London in the offis of Alderman in the
Warde of N. wher of ye be alderman chosyn [and in every
oþr warde þt ye shalbe chosen aldreman hereafter (fn. 13) .] And lawfully ye shall trete and enforme the peple of the same warde
of suche thyng as to hem perteynyth to doo for the warde (fn. 14) of
the Cite and for maynteynyng of the pes in the Cite: and the
lawis usagis and fraunchise of the same Cite ye shal kepe and
maynteyne wt in the towne and wt owte after your wit and
power: And tendaunt ye shal be to save and maynteyne the right
of orphaneris aftir the lawis and usagis of the Cite: And redi ye
shal be and redily come at the summaunces and warnynges of
þe Mayr and minystris of the Cite that for the tyme shal be to
spede the assises pleys and Jugementes of hustynges and othir
nedis of the cite if ye be nat lett be the nedis of owr lord
the Kyng or be sume resonable cause: And good and lawful
cowncell ye shall yeve to suche thyngis as towche the comyn
profit of the same Cite [And ye shal sille no maner vitayle in
retaile þt is to wite bred, ale, wyn, fische ne flesche be yow
your apprentiz allowes servauntes ne ben non oþr in no maner:
Ne profit schal ye non take of no suche maner vitaile so sold
duryng your offis (fn. 15) ] And wel and lawfully ye shal have yow in
the same offis and in all other thyngis towchyng the seid Cite
as god yow helpe and all seyntis."
Oath of Attorneys. (fn. 16)
"Ye schal swere þt ye shal wel and lawfully do your offis of
attorne and wel and lawfully examyn your cleauntes and here
quarelles wt oute champartye and wt oute procuryng of eny
Jorour' or eny enquestis enbracyng and þt ye chaunge no quarell
owt of his nature after your understandyng: And þt ye plede nat
ne alegge ne suffre be pledid ne aleyd be your assent no foreyn
Reles acquitaunce payment arbitracion pleyn accounte ne non
oþr mater' what so evere hit be to owte þe corte of his Jurisdicioun But hit be suche a mater' þt ye may fynde Rightful
and trewe be þe informacion and othe of your cleauntes And ye
shal nat enforme ne enforce no man to swe falsly aens eny
persone be fals accion or forgid on peyne to be punyshid be
þe discrecion of þe mayr and aldermen þt for þe tyme shul be
And þt wel and lawfully ye shal do alle suche þyngis þt to thoffis
of attorne perteyne to do as god yow helpe and alle seyntes
and be þe book."
Folio xcv b.
Oath of Sheriffs. (fn. 17)
"Ye schal swere that yee shall be good and trewe to owr
sovereyn lord kyng Henry (fn. 18) [VI.] kyng of yngland and his
heiris kyngis And the fraunchese of the Cite of London ye shal
save and maynteyn wt in the town (fn. 19) and wt owte aftir your power
And ye shal wel and lawfully kepe the shiris of London and of
Middelsex: And the offises that to the same shiris perteyne to
be doo wel and lawfully ye shal doo aftir your wittis and power
And Ryght ye shal do as wel to pore as Riche: And good
custom shal ye noon breke ne evell costome arere: And the
assis' of bred and ale and alle oþr assis' that to yow belongith
wt in þe frawnchise of þe Cite and wt owte wel and lawfully ye
shal kepe and do be kept: And the jugementes and execucions
of your cort ye shal nat tary wt owt cause resonable: Ne Right
shal ye non desturble: And the writtes þt to yow come towchyng
the stat and fraunchise of this Cite ye shal nat retorne till ye
have shewd hem to þe mayr for þe tyme beyng and to the
cowncell of þe cite and of hem have avysement: And redy ye
shal be at resonable warnyng of the Mayr for þe pes and maintaynyng of the stat of the cite:And alle othir thyngis that longe
to your offis and to þe kepyng of þe seid shiris lawfully ye shall do
wt yow and yowris: And the seyd Cite ye shall kepe from harm
aftir yowr wit and power: And þe shire of Middilsex ne the gaol
of Newegate ye shal nat lete to ferme: And alle þe ordenaunces
be the Mair Aldermen and comyn cowncell made (nat repeled (fn. 20) )
wel and lawfully ye shall kepe and do to be kept (fn. 21) as god yow
helpe and alle seyntes and by this book."
Oath of Under-Sheriffs of Middlesex.
"Ye shall swere that ye shall wel and lawfully serve youre
maisters that ben chosen Shereffes of London and of Midd'
for the yeere next comyng. Ne right ye shall noon disturble
Ne extorcion to any persone by colour of youre office ye shall
not doo. And ye shal not lette for favour ne for promisse ne
for hatte but that evyn lawe and right ye shal doo as well to
poore as riche. Also the frauncheis of the citee ye shal kepe
and maynteyne by youre powier and obediant ye shalbe to the
mair and the Juggis of the Citee And the writtis that to you
come touchyng the state and Fraunchise of this Citee ye shal
not retorne til ye have shewed hem to the maire for the tyme
beyng and the Counsell of the Citee and of hem have avysement
And the issues fynes and amerciamentis that to you comyth
under the grenewexe or from the pipe laufully ye shall arere
and noo parcell therof encrece nor conceille And theym that
have paiede well and lawfully ye shal discharge and ofte hit not
aske. And ye shal not suffre after youre power oþr people be
summoned in enquestis ne Juris but that bene goode and lawfull
and not of affinite ne procured by partie."
Temp. N[icholas] de Farndone, Mayor, anno 3 Edward II.
Concordia inter Rich'm de Refham et Thomam Seli.
Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Coroner of the City of
London to examine into a complaint made by Thomas Seely
that he had been defrauded of certain sums of money amounting
to 200 marks received by Richer le Botoner [otherwise Richer
de Refham] out of the profits of their joint Shrievalty. (fn. 22) Dated
Westminster, 13 Sept., 3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309].
By virtue of the above writ the said Richer appeared before
John de Wengrave, William de Leyre, Simon de Paris, William
Trente, Nigel Drury, John de Wyndesore, William Cosyn, John
de Gysors, and Simon Bolet, Aldermen, acting in the place of
the Mayor, and James le Boteler, one of the Sheriffs, on
Thursday before the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the year
aforesaid; and the said Thomas being asked what complaint
he had against the said Richer, acknowledged that he had no
claim against the said Richer except as regards the moiety of a
sum of £48, the proceeds of an attachment made by the said
Richer on a certain Nicholas atte See, "estreys," (fn. 23) for which
Adam de Rokesle became surety. In reply the said Richer
acknowledged the attachment, but declared that he had received
nothing as he was on the point of going out of office, and as to
this he made oath with the assent of the said Thomas, and was
by the Aldermen declared quit. Thereupon the said Richer
brought several complaints against the said Thomas, and more
especially touching the said Thomas's recent accusation of
fraud Eventually it is agreed that both sides shall cease to
bring charges in respect of their Shrievalty, and that the said
Thomas shall give security in the sum of £10 for future behaviour,
and further make a present of a cask of the best wine of the
next vintage of the value of 5 marks to the said Richer.
Folio xcvi b.
Litera d'm R' missa Maiori et Aldr'is pro Joh'e Albon.
Letter from the King to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs
of London desiring that a certain office lately held by Thomas
Juvenal, deceased, may be given to John Albon. Dated at
Knaresburgh, anno 3 [Edward II., A. D. 1309].
Respons' lr'e sup'scripte.
Reply to the above, informing the King that the above office
had already been conferred on Thomas de Kent. Dated 9 Nov.,
3 [Edward II.0, A. D. 1309]. (fn. 24)
L'ra P. de Gavaston'.
Letter from Peter de Gavastone, Earl of Cornwall, to the
Mayor, &c., in similar terms to that from the King. Dated
at York, 21 Oct.
Respons' lr'e sup'scripte.
Reply to the above, expressing regret that the office had
already been filled up. No date. (fn. 25)
Ordinacio facta de modo ponderandi per balanciam a° R' E. fil' R' E. tercio.
Whereas frequently aforetime many and divers contentions
used to arise between foreign merchants selling and free
merchants (mercatores privatos) buying divers goods of weight
(fn. 26) ) and spices which used to be weighed as well
by the great balance as by the small, inasmuch as there was
uncertainty in the draft of weight (super tractu ponderacionis),
for that the weigher gave to some more and to some less as
was reported; for avoiding and removing which contentions in
future it was agreed the day, &c., by Thomas Romayn,
the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and with the assent of Luke de
Haverynge, William de Bydik, Ralph le Balauncer, Peter
Adrian, William Fourneys, Roger de Arcubus, William le
Boteler, William le Barber, John Godelmynge, Richard de
Dorsete, Richard de Spain, citizens and merchants of London,
and John le Lung, Hildebrand de Nova Curia, James Fisshe,
John Pope, Richard Sware, Bertram de Coloigne, John de
Sterneberwe, Henry de Colon', Lambekyn Heved, Roland de
Colonia, Henekin atte Nwe, merchants of Almaine, and John de
Pitleacre, Francis de Gene, Antonin de Gene, John de Cotesawe,
Nicholas de la Spade, Bartholomew Lespicer, John de Perem,
Ymbert de Luka, Peter le Rous, and Chonel de Luka, merchants
of Lombardy and Provence, that all merchandise of weight
(mercandise averii ponderis), as of wax, almonds, rices (riseis),
copper, tin, and the like, which are weighed by the balance,
shall for the future be weighed evenly; that the weigher remove
his hands therefrom, so that the weigher when he weighs, in
weighing place the balance even and remove his hands therefrom, so that neither to the seller nor to the buyer he shall
appear to give or take anything but what is fair in any way;
and that each hundred of such grosses (grossis) of aver de pois
(averii ponderis) shall contain 112 pounds, and each hundred of
small spices, viz., ginger, saffron, sugar, maces (mazis), and others
of the kind which are sold by the pound (per libi am), shall contain
104 pounds. And the weigher was enjoined not to weigh otherwise
under penalty of imprisonment, &c. And further it was forbidden
that any merchant, stranger or free (privatus), should sell or
buy otherwise than by the balance, and not by retail (ad detall'),
under penalty, &c. Saving always the estate of the lord the
King and of his Wardrobe when they wish to weigh that they
weigh as before has been accustomed, if they please, until it be
ordained otherwise by the King himself and his Council, &c.
And this ordinance was made on Monday the eve of St. Martin
[11 Nov.], the third year of the reign of King Edward, son of
King Edward [A. D. 1309]. And the weigher shall take for the
use of the Sheriff of every thousand weighed 1d., and the
weigher shall have for his trouble of every hundred weighed a
farthing. (fn. 27)
Dimissio More Nich'o Pikot.
Be it remembered that on Tuesday the Feast of St. Katherine
[25 Nov.], 3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309], Thomas Romayn, the
Mayor, Nicholas de Farendone, John de Wengrave, William
de Leyre, Simon de Paris, and Henry de Durham, Aldermen,
demised to Nicholas Pikot, Alderman, the moor without
Bisshopesgate (fn. 28) appertaining to the Chamber of the Guildhall,
at an annual rent of 40s. so long as he should hold the
Preceptum factum vic' pro vigiliis super vidend'.
The same day a precept was issued to Roger le Paumer and
James Fitz Fulk, (fn. 29) Sheriffs, by Roger the Clerk and William de
Wengrave, clerk, to cause watch and ward to be kept by night
throughout the City for the avoiding of danger, so that they
(the said Sheriffs) personally superintend such watches.
Querela Steph'i fil' Steph'i Asshewy.
Friday the eve of All Saints [1 Nov.], 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309], came Stephen, son of Stephen Asshewy, being under
age, before Thomas Romayn, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone,
John de Wengrave, William de Leyre, John de Wyndesore,
Simon de Paris, Nicholas Pikot, Henry de Durham, Aldermen,
and complained that whereas, after the decease of his father,
his mother Isabella, whilst a widow, and also her second husband
Sir Roger de Hegham, (fn. 30) had the custody of the complainant's property, without rendering any account, as they ought to
have done according to the custom of the City, the executors
of the said Roger now threatened to remove the property,
and he demanded a remedy.
Thereupon precept to the Sheriff to attach the goods of the
said Roger, if any, &c. Afterwards the Sheriff comes and
declares that he has found no goods except a closed chest, the
contents of which he knows not, which chest he has sequestrated.
Verificacio Lucie fil' d'm R. de Hegham.
Afterwards, viz., on Tuesday the Feast of St. Katherine
[25 Nov.], came Lucy, daughter of the above Roger de Hegham,
and identified certain moneys in the said chest as hers, viz., the
sum of £20 and 5d. in one canvas bag, and 4½ marks in another
This she did on her own oath and the oaths of John de St. Alban
and John Blondel, and the money was given up to her, the
residue of the contents of the chest remaining in sequestration.
Afterwards, viz., on Thursday before the Feast of St. Dunstan
[19 May], 3 Edward II. [A. D.1310], came the aforesaid Isabella
before the said Mayor and Aldermen, and agreed that the
residue of the contents of the chest, viz., ten silver dishes, six
saucers, and two silver cups of the value of £20, should be
given up to the executors of the above Roger. She also agreed
to keep the Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs harmless against all
Folio xcvii b.
Ordinacio facta pro custod' portar' civitatis et aque Thamisie.
Monday in the octave of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309], there assembled at the Guildhall Nicholas de
Farndone, the Mayor, John de Wengrave, John de Wyndesore,
William de Leyre, Richard de Gloucestre, Nigel Drury, Simon
de Paris, and Simon Bolet, Aldermen.
The same day the custody of the City was ordained as follows:-
The custody of the water of the Thames, [committed to]
Billynggesgate, Bridge, Douegate, Vintry, Queenhithe, Castle
The custody of Bisshopesgate-Bisshopesgate, Cornhulle,
The custody of Creplegate-Chepe, Creplegate, and Bassieshawe.
The custody of Aldresgate-Aldresgate, Bredestrete, Cordewanerestrete.
The custody of Neugate-Candelwykstrete, Walebrok.
The custody of Ludegate-Farndone within.
The custody of the gate of Alegate Ward-Tower, Alegate,
Portsokne, Langbourne, Lymstrete.
Dimissio parve balancie Edm' o le Lorymer.
The same day the small balance whereby silk and divers
other spiceries (speciarie) are weighed was demised to Edmund
le Lorimer for £10 sterling yearly. Sureties, viz., William
Lefchild, "seeler," and Simon le "Botener," mercer. (fn. 31)
Breve de App'llo sup' Rich'm de [sic] et Retorn'.
Writ to the Sheriffs to take Richer le Botoner, who had been
appealed by Richard "Seyntcler," a prisoner in Berkhamstede
gaol, of divers robberies and larcenies, and to commit him to
the said gaol. Witness, H[enry] Spigurnel, London, 6 Sept.,
3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309].
Return to the effect that Richer le Botoner is a freeman of
the City of London, and the freedom of the said City does not
allow that any freeman of the same should be taken out of it to
answer any matter. Accordingly we cannot carry him before
Preceptum factum de custod' portar' civitat'.
Tuesday the morrow of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.],
3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309-10], injunctions were given by the
Mayor and Aldermen to Simon Bolet, Alderman of the Ward
of Candelwikstrete, and William Servat, Alderman of the Ward
of Walebrok, and other good men of the said Wards, that every
night during the existing Parliament (fn. 32) they should cause the gate
of Neugate to be guarded by six armed men from each of the
said Wards. In the same manner injunctions were given to
every Alderman to safeguard the gates to which they had been
assigned under penalty of forfeiture, &c.
Scriptum Joh'is "Nel," aurimalliator.
Agreement made at Michaelmas [29 Sept.], 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309], between John "Neel," goldbeater (aurimalliator),
Matilda his wife, and Elias le Toundour and Agnes his wife of
the one part, and William de Welle, hosier (caligarius), of
the other, whereby the said John, Matilda, Elias, and Agnes
grant certain rents issuing from tenements formerly belonging
to Robert de Kedemenstre, father of the aforesaid Matilda and
Agnes, in the parish of St. Mary le Bow, and to Gilbert de
Lesnes, goldbeater, to the said William de Welle for a term of
eight years Witnesses, Richard de Welleford, John Hayroun,
Robert de Uptone, Clement le Settere, Thomas le Brok, Elias
le Chaucer, Ralph the Clerk, and others [not named]. Paid
for enrolment 2s. 6d.
Ordinacio facta circa custod' civitatis.
Friday before the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309-10], it was ordained by T[homas] Romayn, the
Mayor, John de Wengrave, Nicholas de Farndone, W[illiam]
Servad, William Trente, Richard de Gloucestre, Henry de
Durham, Nicholas Pikot, John de Wyndesore, William Cosyn,
Simon de Paris, Thomas Seely, Simon Bolet, Geoffrey de
Conduit, and Richard de Wirhale, Aldermen, that on Wednesday next after the above Feast each Alderman should cause to
be assembled either in his parish church or in his own house
the more trusty and discreet men of his Ward and warn them
not to harbour any strangers unless they were prepared to be
answerable for them.
It was likewise ordained that during the sitting of the
Parliament which was to meet after the Purification six strong
and well-armed men should guard each gate of the City by
night for the preservation of the peace, and each Alderman
should levy the sum of one penny or one halfpenny upon every
house in his Ward according to the wealth of its owner; and
that the citizens should hold their arms in readiness for the
defence of the City, &c.
Folio xcviii b.
Scriptum Hugon' de Oxon', cissoiis.
Demise by Hugh de Oxford, tailor, and Matilda his wife to
Dame Matilda Fullette, a nun of Aumbresbure, (fn. 33) of an annual
quitrent charged on a tenement formerly belonging to Walter
de Harwe in the parish of St. Michael le Quern, to hold the
same for life. In the event of her decease within twelve years,
the rent is to remain to the Abbess of the Sisters of the Order
of St. Clare (fn. 34) without Alegate, to be used by her at the discretion
of Brother Thomas de St. Dunstan, if alive, or the Warden of
the Friars Minors of London for the time being. Witnesses,
Thomas Romain, the Mayor, Roger le Palmere and James Fulk,
the Sheriffs, Nicholas de Farendone, Alderman of the Ward,
Martin de Aumbr[esbure], Robert de Pipeherst, Roger de
Lyntone, Roger Hosebonde, Richard de Shorediche, William
de Caustone, Robert le Convers, Richard Jordan, Roger "le
graunt barbier," William de Herlawe, &c. Dated London,
Monday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309-10]. For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Breve Regismissum Thom' Romain Maiori London' ad castigand' malefactores.
The King's writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London,
enjoining them to make diligent search for armed vagrants
who disturb the peace of the City by day and night, and to
inflict upon them adequate and speedy punishment. Dated at
"la Grove," 14 Jan., 3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309-10].
Scriptum Thome de Boloigne.
Deed of covenant by Thomas de Boloigne to save harmless
Ralph de Billinggesgate, taverner, for giving up a certain deed
of feoffment of a cellar in Grenewicheslane, in the parish of
All Hallows at the Hay, made to him (the said Thomas) and
to John his brother by Fromund de Dunstaple and Margery de
Depe his wife. Witnesses, Geoffrey Hurel, Alexander Pik',
Walter le Mouner, Peter de Coumbe, Adam Ludekin, and
others [not named]. Dated Tuesday after the Feast of Decollation of St. John Bapt [29 Aug.], 3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309]. For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Scriptum Rob'i Sely fil Thom' Sely.
Deed of grant by John de Wendlingburgh and Alice de
Thelvetone his wife, widow of John de Wandlesworth, (fn. 35) to
Robert, son of Thomas Sely, of a certain tenement in the
parish of St. Andrew de Holebourne built beyond (ultra) Holeburne bridge, opposite the house of the Earl of Lincoln, (fn. 36) and
situate between the lane leading to the house of the Abbot of
Messendene (fn. 37) and the tenement of Robert Hardyng; to hold the
same for a term of ten years from Christmas, anno 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309]. For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Folio xcix b.
Comp' exec' test'i Joh'is le Cuver de bonis Elene fil' predicti Joh'is.
Be it remembered that on Thursday before the Purification
B. M. [2 Feb.], 3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309-10], came Robert le
Cuver, Alice, wife of Walter le Cuver, and Ivo his son,
executors of John le Cuver, (fn. 38) before Thomas Romain the
Mayor, John de Wengrave, John de Windesore, William de
Leire, Henry de Durham, and Simon de Paris, Aldermen, and
rendered a final account of the goods, chattels, &c., of Elena,
daughter of the aforesaid John, for the time of their guardianship. It was found that they owed £7 to the said Elena.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], the said Elena came and asked for an
execution against the said executors for the money, and
precept was issued to Philip de Merdele, Serjeant of the
Chamber, to attach. Thereupon goods were attached upon
Alice, relict of Walter le Cuver, viz., 200 hoops of old casks
and other goods, which were appraised by oath of Peter le
Cuver, Adam Snowe, "coupere," and Roger le Joignur. Other
goods (fn. 38) were attached upon Robert le Cuver, and were delivered
to the said Elena.
Scriptum Petri le Barbier.
Demise by William "le Spicer," skinner, son of Matthew
"Lespicer," to Peter le Barber, ropemaker (cordelarius) in Bredestrete, of a hall, &c., in the parish of St. Michael upon Cornhulle,
situate near property belonging to John his brother and Elena
his sister, and the tenement of Nicholas Pikot; to hold the same
for a term of ten years from Christmas, anno 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309]. Witnesses, William le Wole, Henry de Notingham,
John Mayn, "coffrer," Thomas Coffrer, and others [not named].
Breve Regis pro Jacobo Fisshe.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London, reciting that
whereas a previous writ had been sent enjoining them to arrest
Herman Steyding and his accomplices-who had carried off a
ship belonging to James Fisshe when lying in the "Elve" off
the coast of Friesland and taken her to Scotland-whenever the
said Herman and his fellows were found in their bailiwick; and
whereas the said Mayor and Sheriffs had succeeded in arresting
the culprits and their goods, but had failed to give satisfaction
for damages to the said James Fisshe, they are again enjoined
to carry out the orders directed to them. Dated Westminster,
10 Feb., 3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309-10].
Return, to the effect that the existing Mayor and Sheriffs
had never arrested the above Herman or his fellows, for the
reason that they had received no such writ as alleged; the
writ had arrived when Nicholas de Farndone was Mayor and
William de Basynge and James le Boteler were Sheriffs,
and what they (their predecessors) had done in the matter
they knew not. Therefore nothing could be done.
Scriptum Rad'i fil' Walteri Fox.
Deed of covenant by Ralph, son of Walter Fox de Malteby,
co. Lincoln, late apprentice to Hugh de Gartone, mercer, of
London, from whose service he had withdrawn himself before
the expiration of his term, not to appropriate any property or
debts, &c., of his late master, nor to practise the trade of mercery in London, &c. Dated London, 23 Feb., 3 Edward II. [A. D. 1309-10]. For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday before the Feast of Nativity of
St. John Bapt. [24 June], the year aforesaid, the above Hugh
permitted the above Ralph to practise the trade of mercery in
the City aforesaid, notwithstanding the above covenant, &c.
Folio c b.
Placitum inter Henr' Nasard et Will'm de Basyng nuper vic' London'.
Friday the eve of St. Thomas, Ap. [21 Dec.], 3 Edward II.
[A. D. 1309], came Henry Nasard before Thomas Romayn, the
Mayor, Nicholas de Farendone, John de Wengrave, John de
Wyndesore, William de Leire, Henry de Durham, Richer de
Refham, William Trente, Richard de Gloucestre, Simon Bolet,
Geoffrey de Conduit, and Thomas Sely, Aldermen, and complained that William de Basingges, Sheriff of London, had
come to his house with John le Mire, William de Hallingbery,
John de Roqesle, and Richard de "Wandlesword," collectors
of the twentieth in the Ward of Douegate, and had seized and
carried away a silver cup of the value of 10 marks. The said
Sheriff came and declared that he had been charged to raise
a sum of money due by the Mayor and Commonalty to William
Trente, and that the cup had been delivered to him by the said
collectors for 100s., the amount in which the said Henry Nasard
stood assessed for the tallage aforesaid. And the said Henry
Nasard declared that he was not liable to pay the said tallage,
inasmuch as at the time it was granted to the King, viz., at
Pentecost, anno 34 Edward I. [A. D. 1306], he was not a freeman
of the City. He therefore prays judgment thereon. This
being found to be true after examination of the paper in the
Chamber of the Guildhall touching redemption of freedom, &c.,
it was adjudged that the said Henry might recover the cup
delivered to William Trente for the sum of 100s., and that the
aforesaid John le Mire, William de Hallingberi, John de
Roqesle, and the executors of Richard de "Wandlesworth"
should distrain in order to satisfy the said William Trente of
the above sum, &c.
Afterwards, viz., on 10 Feb., anno 4 Edward II. [A. D. 1310-
1311], precept was issued to Luke de Haverynge, the Chamberlain, by Richer de Refham, the Mayor, Thomas Romayn,
Nicholas de Farndone, J[ohn] de Wengrave, William de Leire,
W[illiam] Combemartin, Richard de Gloucestre, John de Lincoln,
and Nicholas Picot, Aldermen, to forthwith pay to William
Trente the sum of 100s. aforesaid, and the said William was
told to deliver the aforesaid cup to Henry Nasard without taking
any payment from him.
Scriptum Thom' Cros de £xl factum per Rob'm Cros.
Indenture whereby Robert Cros, fishmonger, acknowledged
the receipt of the sum of £40 from Thomas Cross, wherewith
to trade for a term of two years, and binds himself to restore
the money at the end of the term together with one moiety of
the profit made, keeping the other moiety for his pains. Witnesses, Walter Cross, Henry Sterre, fishmonger, Walter Diri,
Thomas de Waledene, Ralph de Beverley, clerk, and others
[not named]. Dated London, 12 March, A. D. 1309[-10], 3 Edward II.