Acquietancia Joli'is Hoyron cordaru.
A general acquittance granted by John de Padyngtone and
Agnes his wife to John, son of Alexander Heyron, corder.
Witnesses, Roger de Stowe, Roger de Arderne, Edward de
Warewyk, Roger le Mareschal, junior, Hamo atte Welle,
Nicholas de Kertlyng, Alan le Pestour, Luke de Haverynge,
Stephen de Rokesle, Stephen de Prestone, Roger de Haverynge,
Richard de Dorsete, John de Prestone, Nicholas de Rokesle,
John Dru, John de Langgele, Walter le Clerk, and others [not
named]. Dated 14 Nov., 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311]. For enrolment 2s. 6d.
De forisfactura ferramentorum pro Rotis super Walt m Hughlot.
Be it remembered that on Wednesday the morrow of
St. Thomas, Ap. [21 Dec.], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311], came
John Dode and other good men of the craft of ironmongers and
brought before John de Gysors, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farendone, Richer de Refham, John de Wengrave, Richard de Gloucestre, John de Wyndesore, and Henry de Durham, Aldermen,
and Simon Corp, Sheriff, fourteen strakes (strokos) of iron for
cartwheels taken from Walter Hughlot de Wodherst, as not
being of sufficient length by three inches according to the
standard measure ordained for such iron instruments, of which
more appears in the Black Book of Memoranda, temp. Elyas
Russel, the Mayor, anno 29 Edward I. (fn. 1) And because it was
found before the said Mayor and Aldermen that the said
strakes (stroka) were not of the right length they were declared
forfeited, and the said Walter was warned not to bring the like
to the City for sale under penalty of forfeiture.
Folio cxli b.
Scriptum Will'i de Ware stokfisshmongere.
Bond entered into by Gilbert le Mareschal and Hugh, called
'Pikard," to pay to William de Ware, "stokfisshmongere," the
sum of 17 marks on the Feast of the Purification next ensuing,
under penalty of paying to the collector for the Holy Land for
the time being in the City and Diocese of London the sum of
40s. for every week they are in default. Dated Christmas Eve,
5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311] For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Satisfactum est Will'o de Ware de isto debito sicut ipsemet cognovit.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday before the Purification [2 Feb.],
5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12], the said William received of the said
Gilbert 8 marks in part payment of the above debt; and on
Monday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.] following the
said William acknowledged satisfaction for the whole debt.
Scriptum Johannis de Nasyng'.
Bond entered into by William de Nasyng', girdler, in favour
of John de Nasyng', girdler, in the sum of £30, whereof £20 to
be paid at Easter next. Dated Saturday before the Feast of
Epiphany [6 Jan.], A.D. 1311. For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Acknowledged before Henry de Durham, Simon de Paris, and
Henry de Gloucestre, Aldermen, and John le Mazeliner, the
Friday before the Feast of St. Vincent [22 Jan.], 5 Edward II.
[A.D. 1311-12], Margaret de Hontyngdone, "Marion" de Honytone, and Henry le Beste attached in the Ward of Bradestrete
by Richard le Kissere, serjeant of the Ward, and committed to
the Tun, (fn. 2) as being of bad character Mainpernors for the said
Henry, viz., William de Louthe, of the Society (Societas) of the
Friscobaldi, and William Sailleben. (fn. 3)
Capcio quorumdam Walensium in Fletestrete.
Wednesday the Feast of St. Thomas the Martyr [29 Dec.], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312], there were assembled at the Guildhall
John de Gisors, the Mayor, John de Wengrave, Richard de
Gloucestre, William de Leire, John de Wyndesore, John de
Lincoln, William Servat, Henry de Gloucestre, Henry de Durem,
Geoffrey de Conduit, Aldermen, and Richard de Welleford,
Sheriff, and many other good men of the Commonalty, for the
purpose of considering the arrest of Tyder Thoyd, a Welshman,
Edmund the Welshman, Merit de Berdeche, Mereduz de Beauveir, and Herlal de Theder on a charge of burglary brought by
Dyonisia la Bokebyndere, and the King's demand for their
release. (fn. 4)
Breve R' sub privato sigillo de civitate custodienda ad opus suum.
Writ of Privy Seal addressed to the Mayor, charging him
on his allegiance to safeguard the City for the King. Dated
at Knaresburgh, 9 Jan., 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12].
Ordinacio facta pro custod' civitatis.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], the same
year, ordinances made for safeguarding the City, viz., each
Alderman to cause the best men of his Ward to assemble in the
parish church of his Ward or elsewhere; the hostels of the Ward
to be searched for suspects, and the owners of such hostels to
be made responsible for inmates; each City gate to be guarded
by night by twelve strong and well-armed men; and the
Aldermen to ascertain the number of men in their Ward capable
of bearing arms on horseback or otherwise according to their
Folio cxlii b. [et seq.]
Letters of King Edward II. sent to John de Gisors, the Mayor,
the Aldermen, and the Commonalty, from York, in the fifth
year of his reign, for safeguarding the City of London on his
behalf; and ordinances made thereon. (fn. 5)
Folio cxliii b.
Breve R' missum Maiori et Aldermannis.
Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Aldermen repeating
former charges to safeguard the City on the King's behalf, and
bidding them to permit any Earl or Baron desirous of entering
the City to do so, provided he does not bring horse or arms,
and is not suspected of mischief. Dated at York, the last day
of January, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12].
Breve R' ad proclamand' quod ordinaciones et leges et cons' teneantur.
Writ to the Sheriffs of London for proclamation to be made
of the King's wish that the ancient laws and customs of the
realm, as well as the ordinances recently made for the benefit
of the realm, (fn. 6) which did not redound to the prejudice of the
Crown, should be observed. Dated at York, 26 Jan., 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12]. (fn. 7)
Breve R' de providencia facienda in Turri.
Writ to the same to assist in provisioning the Tower of
London with 60 quarters of corn, 100 quarters of malt, 10 casks
of wine, 40 quarters of oats, 20 quarters of salt, 10 carcases of
oxen, 40 bacons, 1,000 stockfish (duris piscibus), and 5 "mays"
of herring. Dated at York, 28 Jan., 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-1312].
Return made to the effect that the Sheriffs were unable to
execute the King's mandate at present, inasmuch as the whole
of the City's ferm and other issues in the said City and county
of Middlesex were, by a previous order, being expended on
satisfying the King's creditors.
Scriptum domini Joh'is de Waltham vicar' de Wyndesore.
Recognizance by Adam de Tyndale, fishmonger, of debt of
£47 due to Sir John de Waltham, Vicar of Wyndesore, to be
paid at Easter next. Dated Saturday after the Feast of
St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12].
Acknowledged the same day before John de Mazelyner, the
Chamberlain. Paid 2s. 6d.
Scriptum Joh'is Dachet facta Joh'i de Sellyng.
Recognizance by John, son of John Dachet, butcher, of debt of
£40, to be paid to John de Sellyng, viz., one moiety at Christmas
next and the other at the Christmas following. Dated Tuesday
the Feast of St. Peter in Cathedra [22 Feb.], 5 Edward II.
Acknowledged the same day. For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Breve domini Regis de quietacione muragu pro civibus Ebor'.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London that they allow
citizens of York to pass free from payment of murage, pavage,
"skewynge" (or "skewenge" (fn. 8) ), and other customs demanded in
the City, according to the terms of the King's charter granted
to the citizens of York. Dated at York, 16 Feb., 5 Edward II.
Breve R' pro proclamacione facienda de Societate Friscobaldor'.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London that they make
proclamation throughout the City that all persons having in their
hands or custody any goods and chattels belonging to merchants
of the Society of "Friscombaldi" certify the nature and quantity
of such goods between now and Easter next, under penalty in
case of default; and further that no one thenceforth deliver
up such goods to "Pieres de Friscombaud." Dated at York,
8 March, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12].
By virtue of which writ command was given to the Sheriffs
to make the proclamation 15 March the same year.
Scriptum Hug' de Waltham.
Recognizance by Nicholas Dereman, butcher, of debt of £10,
to be paid to Hugh de Waltham, clerk, at the Feast of Pentecost next. Dated Thursday before the Feast of Annunciation
B. M. [25 March], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12].
Memoranda temp. John de Gysors, Mayor, anno 5 Edward II.
Folio cxliv b.
Wednesday after Clausum Pasche, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312],
came William de Portesmuth, Robert de Warham, William
Tobbynge, John Child, Peter de Pampeloygne, Peter Drynkwater, Peter Norman, Arnald Barache, John de Kynggestone,
brokers [of wines], before John de Gysors, the Mayor, and the
rest of the Aldermen, and were bound over to keep and preserve all the articles appertaining to their office, which articles
are contained in the 43rd folio next preceding; (fn. 9) and thereon
each of them took his corporal oath, &c.
Litera domini Reg' pro libertate concedenda Antonino de Geneetsoc' suis.
Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty
of the City to admit Antonyn "Pessaygne" de Gene, (fn. 10) Manuel
and Leonard his brothers, and Gabriel "Pauzan," his cousin,
to the franchise. Dated at York, 23 Jan., 5 Edward II.
Item alia litera pro eisdem.
Afterwards, inasmuch as the above Antonyn and his fellows
were not admitted pursuant to the above writ, the said Antonyn
brought another letter from the lord the King to similar effect.
Dated at Malton, 26 Feb., 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12].
Responsio literar' predictar'.
Reply to the above, to the effect that the Commonalty had
been summoned and had heard the King's letters. In reply
they had set forth how on a former occasion a certain William
Lamy, an alien, had received the franchise of the City, and
had obtained goods and merchandise without number in places
beyond the sea and had failed to pay for the same on the days
appointed, to the great loss of many merchants of the City of
London, who had never since dared to attend any Fair abroad.
They further declared that if the above Antonyn were received
into the franchise he would avow (fn. 11) the goods of many other merchants, and thereby the King's sheriffs and officers would lose
the custom payable on such goods. They further said that there
was a certain John Pysaquile (fn. 12) who at the desire of certain folk
had been received into the franchise, and was now under arrest
in Paris for large sums owing to divers persons, who would
probably suffer great loss.
The above letter was sealed with the common seal, Wednesday before the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 5 Edward II.
Ordinacio facta de placers ad le Stolles.
Be it remembered that on Wednesday after the Feast of
St. Gregory [12 March], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12], an
assembly was made of good men of the Commonalty before
John de Gisorz, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farendone, John de
Wyndesore, William Trente, Roger de Frowyk, Nicholas Pikot,
and Henry de Gloucestre, Aldermen, for the purpose of regulating and considering the status of butchers and fishmongers
tenanting places at "le Stokkes"; on which day it was agreed
by the whole Commonalty that all those who took their places
by demise of John le Benere and the other six good men to
whom Henry le Galeys, a former Mayor, and the whole
Commonalty had granted the house called "le Stokkes" for
the term of the life of the said John le Benere and his fellows
for a certain sum of money which they paid yearly to London
Bridge, (fn. 13) so that the said John and others could demise those
places to butchers and fishmongers, as is more fully contained in a certain writing indented between the aforesaid
Henry of the one part, and the said John le Benere and his
fellows [of the other part], made and enrolled in the Husting (fn. 14)
-should hold and occupy the places they received from
the said John or any of his fellows, provided they can prove
here in Court before the Mayor that they took the places of
the said John or any of his fellows, and this for the term of
their life, &c. It was likewise agreed that other butchers who
hitherto had taken their places by demise of other Wardens
of the Bridge and herein had paid a fine for their lifetime, and
could prove this, should have and hold, &c. And that in
future places not so held should be taken into the City's hand
and demised by the present Wardens, to be held yearly at
the best price they can fetch. And it was agreed that no
Wardens for the future should have power to demise any places
for life without the assent and will of the Mayor, Aldermen,
and Commonalty for the time being, &c.
Breve domini R' de custod' pacis.
Writ to the Sheriffs of London to inquire as to who had
taken upon themselves to appoint guardians of the peace in the
City, thereby usurping the King's prerogative. Dated at York,
28 March, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312]. (fn. 15)
Folio cxlv b.
Premunicio facta mercatoribus alienigenis quod non morentur nec teneant bonasua devendita ultra xl. dies.
Be it remembered that on Tuesday next before the Feast of
St. Mark [25 April], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312], all merchant
strangers in the City of London came before John de Gisors,
the Mayor, John de Wengrave, William de Coumbemartyn,
John de Lincoln, Geoffrey de Conduit, Simon Bolet, Aldermen,
and Richard de Welleford, Sheriff, by summons, and were
warned on behalf of the lord the King not to remain thenceforth in the City with their goods and merchandise longer than
forty days from the time they entered the City, and not to retain
goods and merchandise unsold beyond that time, under penalty
of forfeiture of the articles not sold to the use of the Sheriffs of
the City, &c.
Petitiones communitatis facte Maiori et Alder mannis concesse et ordinate.
Donum per communitatem factum Joh'i de Gisorcio Maiori.
Be it remembered that on Wednesday before the Feast of
Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12], a
congregation of good men of the City was held in the presence
of John de Gisors, the Mayor, William Servat, John de Wengrave, Nigel Drury, Richard de Wyrhale, John de Wyndesore,
Henry de Gloucestre, Anketyn de Gisors, [and] John de Lincoln,
Aldermen; on which day the good men of the Commonalty
desired the articles following, viz., Imprimis, that thenceforth
no stranger be admitted to the freedom of the City except
with the assent of the Commonalty as (ut
(fn. 16) ) in a common
assembly or in full Husting in the presence of the Commonalty. Item, that no letters whereby the Commonalty
can or ought to be burdened or bound towards any one be
made or sealed with the seal of the Commonalty before the
Commonalty be assembled for the purpose and have given
unanimous consent thereto. Item, it was desired that the
Common Seal should thenceforth remain in a certain chest
under six keys, whereof three should be kept by three Aldermen, and three good men of the Commonalty should have the
other three. Item, the same day it was granted and agreed by
common assent of the whole Commonalty then present to give
to the said John de Gisors, the Mayor, in aid of his household
£40 out of the sum of £43 16s. 3½d., then in the custody of John
le Mazelyner, the Chamberlain of the City's Treasury, viz., out
of the money which Luke de Haverynge, the late Chamberlain,
received to the use of the Commonalty, and had paid to John
le Mazelyner by order of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty on rendering his account.
Afterwards, viz., on Saturday after the quinzaine of Easter
next following, the good men of the Commonalty came and
prayed the Mayor and Aldermen that the aforesaid articles
might be granted and confirmed. And all the aforesaid articles
were granted the same day in the presence of J[ohn] de
Gisors, the Mayor, John de Wengrave, Thomas Romayn,
N[icholas] de Farendon, R[ichard] de Gloucestre, J[ohn] de
Wyndesore, Anketyn de Gisors, Henry de Durham, Nicholas
Pycot, Geoffrey de Conduit, Henry de Gloucestre, Nigel Drury,
Roger de Frowyk, R[ichard] de Welleford, Simon de Mereworth.
Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen that they safeguard the City for the King against any peril that may arise
from meetings of the Earls and Barons, bearing in mind their
letters promising fealty to King Henry III. and his heirs. Dated
at York, 8 Feb., 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12]. (fn. 17)
Ordinacto declericis et servientibus civitatis.
4 June, 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1310], ordinances made by Thomas
Romayn, the Mayor, J[ohn] de Wengrave, William de Leire,
Richard de Gloucestre, Nicholas de Farndone, Henry de Gloucestre, John de Windesore, Nigel Drury, and William Cosyn,
Aldermen, for the removal of Sheriffs and their officers found
negligent in the execution of precepts and other duties; (fn. 18) also
it was ordained that outstanding debts to the City should be
forthwith levied in order that the City's debts might be paid,
and citizens and merchants attend markets without fear of
having their goods seized in satisfaction, &c.
Dimissio cujusdam dom' facta Agn' Poyntel per J. le Mazelyner.
Monday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam
[6 May], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312], Agnes Poyntel took of John
le Mazelyner a house which Paul le Boteler devised to Walter,
son of the said John, situate in Martelane, for 5 marks by the
year. Sureties, viz., Matthew le Nailer de Bassieshawe, William
de Leycestre, clerk, and John Jylle.
Folio cxlvi b.
Ordinacio super assesstone et colleccione tallagiorum in civitate ne quis alibi taxetur quam in Warda ubimanet.
Whereas a certain ambiguity has lately occurred in the City
of London between certain Aldermen of the said City and divers
citizens of divers Wards, and especially between William Trente,
Alderman of Bradestrete, and Richard de Gloucestre, whom he
claimed to be of the said Ward, and as such to be tallaged, and
also between the said Richard de Gloucestre, Alderman of Cornhill Ward, and Richard de Farnberewe, whom he claimed to
be of his Ward, and as such to be tallaged,-so that strife has
oftentimes arisen between divers Aldermen and men of divers
Wards on that account. And in order that this ambiguity may
henceforth be removed and a fixed rule be maintained between
the Aldermen and men of the Wards in such tallages and assessments, it was ordained and established on Monday next after the
Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 4 Edward II. [A.D. 1311], in the
presence of Sir Richer de Refham, the Mayor, Thomas Romayn,
Nicholas de Farndone, John de Wengrave, William de Leire,
Richard de Gloucestre, William Trente, Nicholas Pikot, Henry
de Durham, Simon de Paris, John de Lincoln, and Thomas
Sely, Aldermen, and Simon "de" Corp, one of the Sheriffs, and
of others of the Council (de consilio) of the said City-that whenever any tallage or any collection ought to be made in the City
for the use of the King or any one else for any cause, and it
shall happen that a citizen of the said City has his mansion in
divers Wards, or has the entrance and exit of his mansion in
one Ward, and the hall, chambers, and kitchen in another Ward
(in reliqua warda); and further if he have his mansion as aforesaid in one Ward, whilst his merchandise and goods for sale lie
in another Ward (in alia warda), the citizens of the said City shall
henceforth be taxed, tallaged, and assessed in those Wards
wherein their halls, chambers, and the rest of their houses are
situate, and where they eat, rise, and sleep, for all their goods
and chattels which they possess within the said City, and where
of old they were accustomed to be taxed and assessed. But as
touching Aldermen, it was agreed and ordained that thenceforth
they should always be taxed and assessed in those Wards where
they reside with their wives, children, or families, and not in the
Wards where they are Aldermen. And the same was to be
done respecting making the watches.
Ordinaciones tempore parliamenti a° v to.
Friday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311], it was ordained by Richer de Refham, the
Mayor, Thomas Romayn, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Wengrave, William de Leire, Richard de Gloucestre, John de Wyndesore, William Trente, William de Leire, [sic] [William] Servad,
John de Gysors, William Cosyn, Simon Bolet, Nicholas Pikot,
and Simon de Paris, Aldermen, with the assent of twelve good
men then summoned from each Ward of the City before the
Ordainers appointed by the lord the King for the good of the
realm-that every Alderman who refused to consult the men
of his Ward, to hold his Wardmotes as he ought, and to do
other things appertaining to the office of Alderman, should be
removed from his Aldermanry and another appointed in his
place. Likewise that those summoned to keep watch on occasion and failing to appear be fined. Likewise that watchmen
when watching should be strong and well-armed men, under
penalty of a fine to the use of the Chamber of the City. Likewise that whensoever any assault be made in any place of the
City, all those in the City who saw and knew of the assault
should act like men in bringing about a peaceful issue and
arresting the misdoers, under pain of imprisonment.
Ordinaciones de custodia portarum civitatis a° v to.
Ordinances (fn. 19) made in the Chamber of the Guildhall by the
Mayor and Aldermen on Saturday the eve of the Assumption
B. M. [15 Aug.], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311], in the presence of
Richer de Refham, the Mayor, Thomas Romayn, Nicholas de
Farendone, John de Wengrave, Richard de Gloucestre, William
de Leire, William Servad, John de Lincoln, John de Wyndesore,
Nicholas Pikot, Simon Bolet, [and] Simon de Paris, Aldermen, the
lord the King being at the time at Westminster, and the Earls
and Barons of England lying in London and around the City,
against (contra) the King's Parliament (fn. 20) [summoned] for the
purpose of completing and confirming the ordinances made for
the benefit of the whole realm. (fn. 21)
Folio cxlvii b.
Common Memoranda temp. John de Gysors, Mayor,
anno 5 Edward II.
Breve R' ad inquirendum de transgres sionibus factis inter mercatores Angl' et Flandr'.
Writs to the Sheriffs of London that they take measures for
the safety of Flemings coming to London to obtain redress of
grievances, Commissioners having been appointed on the part
of England and Flanders to adjudicate upon differences which
had arisen between merchants of those countries. Names of
the Commissioners, viz., Robert de Kendale, Constable of
Dover Castle and Warden of the Cinque Ports, Henry de Cobeham, junior, John de Northwode, senior, and John de Frisyngfeld, appointed by the King of England, and William de
Nyvelle, William Pesson, Baldewyn de Arsebrek, and John de
Menyn, Knts., by the Count of Flanders. Dated at York,
21 March, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311-12].
Recognicio Ric'i de Wymbisshe pottarn facta Priori Sancte Trinitatis.
Friday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 5 Edward II.
[A.D. 1312], a deed of covenant by Richard de Wymbisshe,
potter, to make a bell for the church [of the Priory] of Holy
Trinity, London, according to specifications. (fn. 22)
Recognicio £c facta Nich'o Pikot per Cristianam que funt ux' Egidn le "Qwylt'".
27 April, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312], came Cristiana de Evre,
formerly wife of Giles le Quylter, before John de Gisors, the
Mayor, John de Wengrave, Richard de Gloucestre, William de
Coumbemartyn, John de Lincoln, Henry de Durham, and John
de Wyndesore, Aldermen, and John le Mazelyner, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged herself bound to Nicholas Pikot in
the sum of £100, to be paid at Midsummer next.
Scriptum indentatum int' Nich'm Picot et Cristianam q' fuit uxor Egidii le Quylt'.
Indenture between the above Cristiana and Nicholas, whereby
the latter covenants that the above recognizance shall be void
provided he enjoy peaceable possession of certain shops,
garden, &c., in the parishes of Little St. Bartholomew and
St. Christopher demised to him for a term of years. Dated
Monday the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312]. Witnesses, Sir John de Gisors, the Mayor,
Simon de Mereworth and Richard de Welleford, Sheriffs, John
de Wengrave, Richard de Gloucestre, Henry de Durham,
Robert de Keleseye, Henry de Merlawe, Richard Doche, Hugh
de Waltham, Roger le Clerk, and others [not named].
Folio cxlviii b.
Common Memoranda temp. John de Gysors, Mayor,
anno 5 Edward II.
Scriptum Nich'i Pikot factum per Cristianam de Evre.
Indenture of lease by the above Cristiana to the above
Nicholas of the said property. Dated 12 April, 5 Edward II.
Friday the morrow of the Ascension [4 May], 5 Edward II.
[A.D. 1312]. Proceedings as to the disposal of certain hides
purchased by the Mayor and Sheriffs on the King's behalf, but
never taken or paid for. (fn. 23)
Folio cxlix b.
Deliberacio scriptorum facta Joh'i de Selby clerico.
Be it remembered that John de Selby, clerk, came before
John de Wengrave and Anketyn de Gisors, Aldermen, in the
Chamber of the Guildhall, 3 June, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312],
and demanded the delivery to him of two written contracts
made between him and Richard de Normantone, skinner,
touching a house in Holebournestrate, the said documents
having been entrusted to John le Mazeliner under certain
conditions. The said Richard being summoned to show cause
why the documents should not be given up, and failing to
appear, it was adjudged that they should be given to the said
John de Selby upon his finding sureties of indemnity. The
names of the sureties, viz., Walter de Walpol, goldsmith, and
William de Lynton, saddler.
Tuesday before the Feast of Nativity of St. John Bapt.
[24 June], 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312], came John de Wengrave,
William Trente, Master Adam le Peyntour, and William de
Fingrie, "braceour," before the Mayor, and became sureties
for Master Alexander le Imagour, that he would complete his
contract made with William de Estone, parson of the church
of Stanewell, before the Feast of All Saints, &c.
Breve R' ad venire faciend' duos cives ad parliamentum Lincoln'.
Writ to the Sheriffs of London for the election of two citizens
to attend a Parliament to be held at Lincoln on Sunday after
the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen next [22 July]. Dated at
York, 3 June, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312]. (fn. 24)
Afterwards, on Saturday after the Feast of SS. Peter and
Paul [29 June] the same year, there were assembled at the
Guildhall T[homas] Romayn, N[icholas] de Farendone, and John
de Wengrave, deputies of the Mayor, because he was infirm,
William de Coumbemartyn, William Trente, John de Nicole,
Roger de Frowyk, Simon de Paris, William Cosyn, Nigel
Druri, John de Wyndesore, Anketin de Gysors, and Simon
Bolet, Aldermen, Richard de Welleford, Sheriff, and twelve
of the better men of each Ward, &c., for the election of
two or four good men for the business contained in the writ,
&c. And thereto were elected Nicholas de Farendone, John de
Wengrave, Robert de Keleseye, John de Sellyng, (fn. 25) or David de
Cotesbrok, to go to Lincoln to the Parliament, &c.
Also the same day it was agreed by the Aldermen and
Commonalty that debts owing on account of Sheriffs, for which
the City has satisfied the lord the King, be levied by the Sheriffs
to acquit the City toward the lord the King. And it was agreed
that Simon Bolet should now pay to the Commonalty £30, part
of £50 wherein he made fine with the Mayor, Aldermen, and
Commonalty temp. Richer de Refham, late Mayor, for all and
singular debts demanded of him on account of tenements held
by him which belonged to Luke de Batencourt, late Sheriff, viz.,
for a moiety of the sum of £276 which was demanded of the
said Luke, and that an acquittance should be given him for his
The King by William de Wengrave, his prosecutor, demands
from William de Toppesfeld and Johanna his wife a certain
messuage in the suburb of London which John, son of Benedict
le Sporiere, held of King Edward I., and which the present
King now claims as escheat, owing to the said John having
become an outlaw for felony. The said William and Johanna
defend the force, &c. Thereupon the Mayor and Commonalty
claim their liberty, declaring that Edward I. had by charter
granted that no citizen should plead outside the City's walls in
any plea, except pleas of outside tenure, save moneyers and
the King's officers, and they produced the charter (fn. 26) to that effect,
&c. They further say that it was granted to the same citizens
by the Great Charter of Liberties of England, that they should
have all their ancient liberties and customs unimpaired, and that
the custom of the City is that such pleas of escheats of tenements within the liberty of the City should be pleaded before
the Justices Itinerant at the Tower, and not elsewhere. A
further day given. In the meantime parley is to be held with
the lord the King, &c.
Breve Regis missum Marori London' ad cap' civitatem in manum Regis.
Writ to the Mayor to take the City forthwith into the King's
hand and to seize all war-horses (equos ad arma) and armour
for the King's use, and not allow them to leave the City.
Dated at York, 26 June, 5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312].
The King to the Mayor and Aldermen, notifying his intention
of coming to the City, and enjoining them to keep the City for
him and not allow armed men to enter therein. Dated at Schelford, (fn. 27) 11 July, 6 Edward II. [A.D. 1312].
Folio cl b.
Scriptum Theobaldi de "Merk.".
Recognizance by Vincent de Storteford, woolmonger, of a debt
of £100 due to Theobald de "Mierk" at Michaelmas next. Witnesses, John le Mazerer, John Vincent and Roger his brother,
Hugh de Blithe, Alan de Caustone, and others [not named].
Dated Tuesday after the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June],
5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312].
For enrolment 2s. 6d.
Afterwards, viz., on Thursday before the Feast of Pentecost
[3 June], 6 Edward II. [A.D. 1313], came the aforesaid Theobald
and acknowledged satisfaction.
Breve R' adinquirend' sidri's Rex dare possit quandam placeamvacuam juxta Sc' m Paulum.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to hold an inquisition ad quod
damnum, touching a proposed grant by the King to Master
William de Maldone of a piece of waste land in the City situate
near the tenement of John of Brittany, Earl of Richemund, and
houses belonging to Henry le Waleis in the vicinity of Ivylane and Eldedeneslane (fn. 28) and the north wall of the Bishop of
London's palace. Dated at York, 10 March, 5 Edward II.
Inquisition held before John de Gisors, the Mayor, Richard
de Welleford and Simon de Mereworth, the Sheriffs, on Thursday after the Feast of Nativity of St. John Bapt. [24 June],
5 Edward II. [A.D. 1312]. The jurors find that the proposed
grant would be prejudicial both to the King and the Queen;
to the King, because any building on the spot would render the
King's passage through Chepe to Westminster too narrow;
and to the Queen because in the event of her wishing to take
the same route in her chariot she would find difficulty in turning
it or passing another vehicle. It would also be prejudicial to
the Bishop of London, inasmuch as the Bishop has a wall hard by,
and if he desired to build thereon, or to make a passage through
it to the highway, as he might well do, any building on the
ground aforesaid would prevent him. Moreover, there would
arise a risk of fire to the church of St. Paul if the new buildings
were to take fire. The jurors further find that the proposed
buildings would be prejudicial to the free entry and exit of the
tenement of Sir John of Brittany, would hinder carts carrying
woad from Castle Baynard Wharf, and would prevent the proper
defence of Ludegate and Neugate in time of war, &c.
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of two citizens to attend
Parliament in London instead of at Lincoln on Sunday after the
Feast of Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.] next. Dated at Spaldyng,
8 July, 6 Edward II. [A.D. 1312].
Nicholas de Farendone, John de Wengrave, and Robert de