Folios. lxx b-lxxii.
Allowance of the franchise of the town of Ipswich and
transcript of the charter of its franchises.
Be it remembered that on Wednesday after the Feast of
St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318],
there came one John de Whatefelde, a burgess of Ipswich, and
the rest of the burgesses of the said town, before John de Wengrave, Mayor of London, and the rest of the Aldermen, and
complained that John Priour and William de Fourneys, Sheriffs
of London, frequently distrained the burgesses of the said town,
contrary to the franchises granted to them by the lord the King
and his progenitors and contrary to its charter. Thereupon,
the charter having been read in the terms as set out, the said
Mayor and Aldermen allowed all the franchises here underwritten, and agreed to allow them in future. Precept was
accordingly sent to the Sheriffs to deliver up the distresses so
taken to the petitioners and not to distrain upon them in future.
[Here follows a transcript of the Inspeximus charter of the
town of Ipswich, dated at Westminster, 30 May, 10 Edward II.
(A.D. 1317). It inspects and confirms the following charters,
viz.: (I) charter dated apud Rupem Aurivall', (fn. 1) 25 May, 1 John
(A.D. 1200); (fn. 2) (2) charter dated at Westminster, 15 April,
40 Henry III. (A.D. 1256); (3) charter of restitution of liberties,
dated at Berwick, 23 June, 19 Edward I. (A.D. 1291). (fn. 3) ]
Folios. lxxii b.
Deed of release by William de Lothebyri, tailor, to Walter
Bullok, vintner, of a chamber, a garner (gerner), and dispensary (despense) within the house of the said Walter, situate in
the parish of All Hallows the Great in la Corderie, for the term
of his life, the said Walter paying an annual rent of 20s.
charged on a tenement in the same parish formerly belonging
to Roger de Rokesleye. Dated 13 May, 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].
Witnesses, Stephen de Prestone, John de Prestone, John Vivian,
Thomas de Spaigne, John Dode, the Chamberlain, John de
Stayntone, clerk, and others [not named].
Lease by John Sturmy de Dromundby, co. York, to Hamo Godchep, mercer, of a piece of ground in the great seld of Rohesia
de Coventre (fn. 4) in Westchepe, which ground lately belonged to
John de Middelburgh, (fn. 5) mercer, to hold the same for a term
of eight years from Christmas, anno 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1317],
at an annual rent of 20s. Witnesses, Richard Butt, William de
Caustone, Hugh de Gartone, Walter de Cavendisshe, Richard
Pymme, and others [not named]. Dated 29 May [A.D. 1318].
Acquittance by John "Spurny" de Dromundeby to the above
Hamo Godchep for the whole of the rent payable for the above
plot in the seld. Dated Friday after the Feast of St. Vincent
[22 Jan.], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20]. (fn. 6)
Folios. lxxiii b
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make inquiry as to the
seizure of a ship called "la Plente de Lenne," (fn. 7) belonging to
Adam le Clerk de Lenne, and laden with salt of "Peytou," (fn. 8)
lampreys of Nauntes, and bales of budge (fn. 9) (bugei), &c., on its
way from parts of "Peytou" to the town of "St. John Perth,"
in Scotland, by Henry de Riklinghous and other evil-doers of
the towns of Grippeswold, Lubyk, and Strellessund, (fn. 10) and to
report whether compensation had been made. Dated at Westminster, 17 May, 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].
Inquisition accordingly held by order of John de Wengrave,
the Mayor, on the oath of William de Leyton, William de
Durem, Adam Honteman, John Cosyn, Henry atte Huthe,
William Jetour, Walter de Donewych, John de Bradefelde,
Roger Accatour, John called "le litle," William de Pykeworth,
Thomas de Kemle, Thomas de Notfeld, John de Berlingham,
Walter le Hurer, and Stephen atte Gate, who found that the
above ship had been forcibly seized off the coast between
Yarmouth and Blakeneye and carried to Strellessund, and that
the King's letters addressed to the echevins and good men of
the towns of Grippeswold, Lubyk, and Strellessund, demanding
restitution, had been treated with contempt and left unopened.
Given under the seals of the jurors at the Guildhall of London,
27 May, 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318]. (fn. 11)
Folios. lxxiv b.
Acquietanc' Rob' i de Pipeherst per executor' mag' ri Will' i de Riv'es.
Acquittance by Richard Dyer, executor of the will of Master
William de Riveres, clerk, and his co-executors to Robert de
Piphurst, goldsmith, for all property belonging to the said
Master William. Given under the seal of the Dean of the
church of St. Mary "de Arcubus" III. Id. June [11 June],
11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].
Breve de proclamacione facrenda de falsis capell'.
Edward, by the grace of God, &c., to the Mayor and Sheriffs
of London, both present and future. We have understood that
certain cappers of the City fraudulently make from day to day,
and expose for sale in the City, divers caps of flocks, and wool
and flocks mixed, and of other wool not suitable for caps, and
that they redye old and used caps and sell them as new; and
whereas many merchant strangers bring caps deceitfully made
elsewhere into the City, to the deceit of the people and their manifest loss, and whereas merchants, freemen as well as strangers,
are becoming more bold in making such caps and bringing them
into the City for sale, for the reason that hitherto no adequate
punishment has been imposed :-We, being desirous of putting
an end to such deceits by every possible means, command you
to cause proclamation to be made in the City that no cappers
or others presume to make false caps of flocks, and of flocks and
wool mixed, and of wool not suitable for caps, under penalty of
their being burnt, and that if any such be found in your bailiwick ye proceed to burn them, and that ye make search and
examination for such caps as often as it may be expedient, or
cause others who are experts to do so on your behalf.
Witness ourself at Westminster, 15 March, 11 Edward II.
[A.D. 1317-18]. (fn. 12)
Writ to Richard de Clare, the King's escheator. William
de Waltham, a citizen of London, had petitioned the King and
his Council in the Parliament then sitting at York, to the effect
that whereas John de Export, late citizen of London, had
devised certain tenements for the purpose of a chantry in the
church of St. Mary de Aldemariecherche, the executors of the
said John, viz., John Paas and Silvester le. Cordewaner, had
failed to prove the will in the Guildhall, according to the custom
of the City, and had appropriated the property. The escheator
is bidden to make inquiry as to all particulars of the property
by oath of good men of his bailiwick, in order that in whosesoever's hands it may be found it may be devoted to the foundation of the chantry prescribed by the testator. Witness the
King at York, 12 June, 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1319].
The above writ forwarded by the escheator to the Sheriffs of
London with a request that they would summon eighteen good
men of the Ward of Cordwanerstrete to appear before him in the
church of St. Mary de Aldemariecherche on Sunday after the
Feast of St. James [25 July], to make an inquiry on oath as
to the premises. Dated at London, 23 July, 13 Edward II.
Return: The liberty of the City of London, according to the
ancient custom of the said City, does not permit of the escheator
exercising his office within the liberty of the said City in the
matter of the writ. (fn. 13) We are therefore unable to do anything in
The above return was made with the consent of the Mayor
and Aldermen, who agreed in their name and that of the
Commonalty to save harmless John Poyntel and John de
Dallynge, the Sheriffs, in respect of the return aforesaid.
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Whereas Robert Osekyn, carpenter, devised his mansion
house, &c., in the parish of Little St. Bartholomew to Robert
his son, by will enrolled in the Husting for Pleas of Land held
on Monday before the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.],
5 Edward II. [A.D. 1311], (fn. 14) to hold the same in tail, with
remainder to John, Roger, and Simon his other sons in equal
portions; and whereas the said testator appointed Johanna his
wife guardian of his children, and the said Johanna had since
died, whereby the guardianship of the said children had
devolved upon the Mayor and Aldermen by the custom of the
City; thereupon came John "Deveri," the King's clerk, and
said that the aforesaid Robert, son of Robert, had in his lifetime
leased to him his father's mansion house for a term of seven years
from Michaelmas, 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1317], and prayed the
Court that he might be reimbursed the money he had expended
on repairs. The Mayor and Aldermen consult the will and
find that the tenement was to be divided among the surviving
children. They also view the tenement, which they find would
lose in value if divided, as it was a mansion for a man to occupy
with his family. (fn. 15) And forasmuch as the children were still
under age and unable to give their consent to a partition, it was
agreed by the Mayor and Aldermen that the said John should
continue as tenant, paying to the said children the true value
of the premises according to an extent to be made of the same.
Particulars of an extent of the premises made before the
Mayor, Aldermen, and John Dode, the Chamberlain, by oath
of John Poyntel, Richard le Barber, Thomas le Northerne,
Roger Horold, William de Wynchelse, Walter atte Holte,
Anketin de Kateloyne, John le Hore, William de Manhale,
John de Wymondeswolde, John de Bery.
Be it known that the above Robert, son of Robert [Osekyn],
died about the Feast of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], the
year aforesaid [A.D. 1317-18], and the aforesaid John "Devery"
began to be tenant by demise of the Mayor and Aldermen at
Easter, anno 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].
Afterwards, viz., on 12 July, 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318], came
Thomas Wastel, "buscher," and Walter Overee, "fener," and
mainprised the said John touching the payment of rent, &c.
Inquisition taken before John Dode, the Chamberlain, on
Wednesday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June],
11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318], by the oath of the aforesaid jurors,
as to the value of the mansion house of the aforesaid Robert
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De custodia Thom' fil' Joh'is clerici zeynturer.
Wednesday after the Feast of the Nativity of St. John Bapt.
[24 June], 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318], came John de Den,
"chaundeler," and Margery "la Joven" his wife, relict and
executrix of John the Clerk, "ceynturer," before J[ohn] de
Wengrave, the Mayor, and found surety for dealing beneficially
(ad appruandum) with the money left to Thomas, son of the
said John the Clerk, during minority, viz., Henry Nasard,
The same day came Adam de Eystone, another executor of
the above John the Clerk, and found similar surety, viz.,
Richard le Mitere, Richard de Creplegate, and William de
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday before the Feast of the
Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318-19],
came Richard de Kent, "cordewaner," uncle and guardian of
the above Thomas, and asked the Mayor and Aldermen to consider the amount to be expended on the maintenance of his
ward. Thereupon it was ordered that the said John de Den
and Adam de Eystone should pay the said Richard 6d. a week
for maintenance and half a mark yearly.
Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday before the Feast of Nativity
of St. John Bapt. [24 June], 16 Edward II. [A.D. 1323], came
the above Richard de Kent and received the wardship of the
above Thomas from N[icholas] de Farndone, the Mayor, and
Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain. Sureties, viz., Nicholas de
Roodynge, "cordewaner," of Candelwikstrete, and Robert le
Custodia Is' fil' Alani le Bakere.
12 July, 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318], came Simon le Foundour
and Walter le Marchal, executors of Alan de Bedeford, baker,
before John Dode, the Chamberlain, and paid to Simon de
Acon' and Cristiana his wife the sum of 100s. in trust for
Isabella, daughter of the said Alan.
Pleas before the lord the King at Westminster, Trinity Term,
anno 11 Edward II., Roll xxix.:-Richard, son of Walter
Gubbe, attached to answer a charge of having forcibly seized
Ralph Gubbe in Bridge Ward on Sunday before Carniprivium,
10 Edward II. [A.D. 1317], and kept him in prison for six weeks.
The said Richard appears in person and defends. Thereupon
came William de Burgh, the attorney of the Mayor and Commonalty, and demanded the franchise thereon. Being asked
when and where the franchise had been allowed in such a case,
he referred to the cases of Thomas le Long v. John de Lincoln,
in Hillary Term, 9 Edward II., and Edmund Darel v. William
de Toppfeld, in Michaelmas Term, 10 Edward II. The franchise
allowed. Thereupon the said attorney named a day at the
In the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday after the
Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov.], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319], in
the presence of Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, Richard de
Gloucestre, Elias de Suffolk, Anketin Gisorz, Hugh de Gartone,
Richard Costantyn, John Cotun, and Robert Sely, Aldermen,
and Simon de Abyndone and John de Prestone, Sheriffs, the
guardianship of John, son of Walter le Freynshe, together with
a certain tenement in "la Riole" in the parish of St. Michael de
Paternostercherche, was given to William Pigeon, "pessoner,"
by mainprise of Hamo le Barbier and Henry Prodhome.
Monday before the Feast of Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318], Richard de Walyngford committed to
prison for hindering the King's business touching the providing
foot-soldiers for Scotland, &c.
Friday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 12 Edward II.
[A.D. 1318], came William de Dorkyngge and Agnes his wife,
widow of Henry de Merlawe, before John de Wenegrave, the
Mayor, and received the guardianship of Walter and William,
sons of Henry de Merlawe, and of Alice, daughter of the same.
Sureties, viz., Richard de Dorkyngge and John de Stansted,
Afterwards, viz., on 17 March, 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321-2],
the above Walter came before Hamo de Chigewell and the
Aldermen and claimed his property, being of full age, and
it was given to him. Thereupon he appeared before Andrew
Horn, the Chamberlain, R[obert] de Swalclyve, Reginald de
Conduit, and Roger le Paumer, Aldermen, and acknowledged
that he had received from William de Dorkyng the sum of
Afterwards, viz., on Monday the Feast of St. Barnabas
[11 June], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1330], came the above Alice
before Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, Gregory de Nortone,
Benedict de Folsham, Anketin de Gisors, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, and the Chamberlain, and being proved to be
of full age received her property.
Folios. lxxvii b.
L'ra d'ni Reg' sub privato sigillo ad inquirend' de ten' que fuerunt Will'i ae Somerfelde Cissoris Regine.
Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Sheriffs for an inquiry
to be made as to the property formerly held by William de
Somerfeld, late tailor to the Queen Mother, in Colmanstrete, of
the gift of the late King. Dated at Westminster, 9 June,
11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].
Pursuant to the above writ, inquiry made by John de
Wengrave, the Mayor, and John Priour and William de
Fourneys, the Sheriffs. The jurors-viz., Adam atte Chirche,
Richard Trugge, Robert de Hadham, Walter Sprot, Adam de
Mondene, Walter Gratefige, John Gentil, Simon Fraunk, Cristian
le Girdelere, Robert le Naylere, John le Kyng, and Thomas
de Wykham-make return to the effect that the above William
had no tenement in Colmanstret of the gift of the King's father,
but that two messuages and eight shops which became escheated
to the King's father on the expulsion of the Jews (fn. 16) were given by
him to Queen Eleanor, who in turn bestowed them on the said
William de Somerfeld, her tailor; that, further, the said William
gave the said tenements to Geoffrey Morri and Agnes his wife,
and that the said Agnes, after the death of her husband, gave
them to Thomas, William, Adam, and Roger, her sons by the
A general acquittance by John de Wengrave, the Mayor,
and the whole Commonalty of the City, to Luke de Haverynge,
the late Chamberlain, on his account rendered. Dated
12 Sept., 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].
For the above acquittance the said Luke gave to the Commonalty 100s., for which John Dode, the Chamberlain, will
Folios. lxxviii b.
Writ to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City
that they provide 500 foot-soldiers armed with "aketons,"
"habergets," "bacinets," and gauntlets (cirotecis ferreis), to serve
the King in Scotland for forty days. Witness the King at
Notyngham, 12 Aug., 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].
Another writ to the same, enforcing obedience to the former
writ. Dated at Notyngham, 16 Aug., 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318].