Lease by Richard Godchep, mercer, and Margery his wife,
daughter of Jordan Godchep, to John de Dallyngge, junior,
mercer, of a certain chamber in their seld in Westchepe in the
parish of St. Mary le Bow, together with chests and cupboards
therein, for a term of twelve years from Easter, anno 12 Edward II., at an annual rent of 13s. 4d. Witnesses, John de
Dallyng, John Poyntel, Hugh de Gartone, William de Hakford,
William de Caustone, Roger the clerk, and others [not named].
Read, Wednesday before the Feast of St. Matthew
[21 Sept.] [12 Edward II. A.D. 1318].
Custodia Walt'i fil' Ric'i le Keu tradita Andree Horn.
Saturday the morrow of the Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.],
14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain of
the Chamber of the Guildhall, by precept of Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, took into the City's hand Walter, son of
Richard the cook, a vagrant orphan, and on Sunday the Feast
of St. Matthew [21 Sept.] following brought him before the said
Mayor, and Nicholas de Farndone, Roger de Frowyk, Edmund
Lambyn, and Roger le Palmere, Aldermen, and a great Commonalty assembled for the election of Sheriffs as is the custom,
and by their assent the guardianship of the said Walter and of
his property was entrusted to the said Chamberlain until he
come of age. Sureties for the said Andrew, viz., John Saleman and Jordan "Laubel," fishmonger, &c.
Folio. cxii b.
Lease by Johanna, daughter of William de Harwe and late
wife of William de Asshindene, to Robert de Fordham, of co.
Cambridge, of a shop in the parish of St. Nicholas Shambles
for a term of seven years from the Feast of the Nativity of
St. John Bapt. [24 June], anno 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320]. Witnesses, Roger Husbond, John de Lyndeseie, Nicholas Crane,
Walter atte Belhous, Geoffrey de Langeleye, John Amis, clerk,
and others [not named].
Recognicio facta Joh'i fil' Ade de Bentlee.
Saturday before the Feast of the Translation of St. Edward
[13 Oct.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], came John Hereward, one
of the executors of Adam de Bentele, before the Mayor and
Aldermen, and acknowledged himself bound to John, son of
Adam de Bentele, in the sum of £8 on account of a legacy, &c.
Paid and is quit.
Folio. cxiii-cxiii b.
The same day came Ralph de Hegham, beadle of the Ward
of Crepelgate, and John, son of John de Fincheham, executors
of the said John Hereward, and acknowledged themselves
bound to John, son of Adam de Bentele, in the sum of £9 14s.
Letters patent confirming the Statute made at Winchester,
8 Oct., 13 Edward I. [A.D. 1285], enacting that cry be made of
felonies and "fresh suits" pursued from town to town, &c., for
the better preservation of the peace. Dated at Canterbury,
18 June, 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1320].
Breve R' ad inquir' de felon', etc.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs enjoining them to inquire
into felonies and other trespasses committed contrary to the
Statute of Winchester, a copy of which is enclosed under the
King's seal. Dated at Canterbury, 18 June, 13 Edward II.
Custodia filior' [sic] Joh'is de Wynton'.
Monday before the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], the guardianship of Cristina, Alice, Johanna,
and Agnes, children (puerorum) of John de Wynchester, barber, (fn. 2)
entrusted to Johanna, relict of the said John, by Hamo de Chigwelle, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, together with their property, comprising rents and tenements in "Berchernereslane"
in the parish of St. Edmund the King and Martyr, as well as
at Rotheresgate, (fn. 3) and in the parish of St. Dionis Bakecherche,
at one time belonging to Richard de Hodesdone, Thomas de
Perendone, Gilbert atte More, and Hugh de Waltham. Mention
made of Salomon, a son of the aforesaid John de Wynchester
by his first wife. Sureties, viz., Robert de Lemyngtone, John
de Bristolle, barber, and Reginald de Croidone.
Folio. cxiv b.
Temp. Nicholas de Farndone, Mayor, anno 14 Edwardi II.
Sunday before the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], Emma, daughter of William le Wirdrawiere, of York, arrested by William "Official," Serjeant of
the Ward of Cheap, and set in the Tun, for being found
wandering after curfew rung at St. Martin le Grand with a
certain fardel of cloth. (fn. 4)
De Rob'to de Foxton'.
Tuesday the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 14 Edward II.
[A.D. 1320], a letter of Privy Seal from the King to the Mayor,
Aldermen, and good men of the City read, complaining that a
pension of 100s. granted at his request to Robert de Foxtone
was in arrear. Dated at Westminster, 21 Oct., 14 Edward II.
[A.D. 1320]. (fn. 5)
Thereupon it was agreed that the aforesaid pension should
be paid to the said Robert for life, he making oath that he
would serve the City well and truly in every way he could,
in the presence of Nicholas de Farndone, the Mayor, Richard
de Gloucestre, Hugh de Gartone, Simon de Parys, Roger de
Frowyk, Simon de Abyndone, and Elias de Suffolk, Aldermen,
John Priur, senior, William de Bodeleghe, Robert le Callere,
Robert le Bret, Robert de Piphurst, Thomas Rys, Elias le
Callere, Roger Hosebond, John Sterre, William de Hakford,
Gilbert de Mordone, John Saleman, William de Elsynge, Geoffrey
Beauflur, Richard de Hakeneie, Richard de Rothyng, "pheliper,"
Henry de Norhamptone, Alan ate Warf, Nicholas Ponge,
Nicholas Dereman, Philip Lucas, Richard de Lomhethe, Simon
de Parys, junior, William de Dorkynge, Ralph de Blithe, Hugh
Matefrei, Henry "the hore," William atte Gate, Walter de
Elmedone, William Braie, Adam Pikeman, Wymond Broth[er],
Robert Podifat, &c.
The same day the freedom of the City was granted to the
said Robert, and he was admitted and sworn, &c.
Deed whereby Richard de Rothynge, pheliper, covenants to
find John Albon, son of Godwin le Pheliper, in food and clothing
for a term of two years from Christmas, anno 14 Edward II.
[A.D. 1320], as well as to instruct him in his own trade. Witnesses, Henry de Norhamptone, William de Grenstede, Bartholomew de Bordesle, Richard de Uggele, John de Biry, and
others [not named]. Dated Friday after the Feast of St. Martin
[11 Nov.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320].
Afterwards, viz., on Thursday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], came the aforesaid
John, and prayed that the above writing might be annulled, for
he had caused another writing to be entered, as appears afterwards in this same paper. (fn. 6)
Monday before the Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov.], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], meat belonging to John Perer, John Estmar,
and Reginald ate Watre, foreign butchers, seized for being
exposed for sale contrary to the custom of the City, and record
of subsequent proceedings thereon. (fn. 7)
Folio. cxv b.
Writ to the Sheriffs that they make preparations for an Iter
to be held at the Tower by the King's Justices on the morrow
of St. Hillary [13 Jan.]. Dated at Westminster, 20 Nov.,
14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320].
The above writ was delivered to the Sheriffs on Wednesday
before the Feast of St. Andrew, Ap. [30 Nov.], anno 14.
[Folios. cxvi blank.]
Folio. cxvi b.
Saturday the eve of the Feast of St. Andrew, Ap. [30 Nov.],
14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320], an inquisition taken by Adam de
Conduit, Thomas de Wyght, Richard de Berdefeld, Peter le
Pasteler, William de Cheiham, Adam le Sakkere, John de
Godestone, William le Chaundeler, Adam de Depedene, Alexander le Chaundeler, Robert de Farnham, and Thomas de
Crokesle, for the purpose of discovering whether Isabella, wife
of Walter de Conduit, broke a sequestration made on her goods
by Joice, the Serjeant of the Chamber, during the absence of
her husband abroad, and took and eloigned the goods sequestrated in Bredstrate, where her husband lived, or not. They
say on their oath that she broke no sequestration, nor took nor
eloigned any goods, &c. Accordingly let her go quit, &c.
Temp. Sir Robert de Kendale, Warden, anno 14 Edward II.
De remocione Alderm' die sc'i Gregor' pape.
Be it remembered that on Thursday the Feast of St. Gregory
[12 March], anno 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320-1], Robert de
Kendale, the Warden, (fn. 9) the Aldermen, and the Commonalty
being assembled at the Guildhall, the following Aldermen were
removed, viz., John de Gisorz, Alderman of the Ward of
Vintry, Simon Corp, Alderman of the Ward of Cordewanerstrete, William de Caustone, Alderman of the Ward of Bradestrete, and Stephen de Abyndone, Alderman of the Ward of
Douuegate; and in place of Simon Corp removed there was
elected and sworn Reginald de Conduit; in the place of the
aforesaid William de Caustone was elected Henry Nazard and
sworn; in the place of the aforesaid Stephen was elected John
Vyvyen and sworn; in the place of the aforesaid John de
William de Borham, "haberdassher," attached to appear
before Hamo Godchep and Robert de Swalclyve, deputies of
Sir Robert de Kendale, the Warden, on Monday the morrow of
Palm Sunday [12 April], the year aforesaid, to answer Thomas
de la Hay, serjeant of Reginald de Conduit, the Sheriff, for
that whereas the said Thomas, by precept of the said Sheriff,
[made] an execution upon the said William......[ends abruptly].
John Hurry, servant of John de Staneford, baker, attached
and taken to the Guildhall, on 6 April, before Richard de Gloucestre and Robert de Swalclyve, deputies of the Warden, and
Reginald de Conduit, Alderman, for that it was found, on the
testimony of Robert de Ware and William le Pestour, who
were sworn and examined, that he had used threats to Ralph
de Arwe, baker, and being unable to find sureties to keep the
peace he was committed to prison quousque, &c.
Be it remembered that on Tuesday after festum clausi, (fn. 10) anno
14 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], there were elected six men of the
City to go unto the lord the King as is commanded in the
aforesaid letter, viz., Hamo de Chigewelle, Hamo Godchep,
John Vyvyen, Edmund Cosyn, William de Hakford, and John
The same day it was agreed that William de Hakford should
go with a common letter (cum litera commum) to the lord the
King to obtain his favour touching the Quo Warranto and
other writs pending in the Iter. (fn. 11)
Folio. cxvii-cxvii b.
>Carta Burgens' de Colecestr'.
Inspeximus charter of liberties of the town of Colchester.
Dated at York, 4 Feb., 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318-19]. (fn. 12)
And be it known that the above charter was not accepted
by the Mayor and Aldermen, except so far that they should be
quit of murage only, &c.
Libertas Glouc' allocata.
Writ of Edward III. to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London
bidding them allow burgesses of Gloucester and their merchandise to be quit of toll, pontage, (fn. 13) stallage, (fn. 14) lastage, (fn. 15) murage, (fn. 16)
kayage, (fn. 17) pavage, (fn. 18) passage, (fn. 19) gildage, (fn. 20) and gild of merchants
(gilda mercatorum), (fn. 21) according to the terms of charters granted
to them by his ancestors and confirmed by himself. Dated at
Gloucester, 20 Dec., 2 Edward III. [A.D. 1328].
The above charter (carta) was seen and examined by John
de Grantham, the Mayor of London, Henry de Combemartyn
and Simon Fraunceys, the Sheriffs, and the Aldermen of the
said City on Wednesday next before Ash Wednesday [8 March],
anno 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1328-9], and it was allowed them
[i.e., the burgesses of Gloucester] as touching this article, viz.,
that they thenceforth be quit of murage, kayage, pavage,
passage, gildage, and the gild of merchants in the City aforesaid, &c.
[Fos. cxviii b, cxix blank.]
Folio. cxix b.
Peticio vinetar' London'.
Wednesday next after the Feast of Pentecost [18 May],
14 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], petition to the King and his Council
by the vintners, taverners of London, to the effect that whereas
the Mayor caused proclamation to be made at the time of the
last sale (vendenges
(fn. 22) ) that the said taverners should sell a
gallon of wine at 3 pence and no more, and this they have
hitherto done as best they could, there had now arrived some
wines from Rochelle (?) (fn. 23) which were dearer, selling usually at
60s. up to 100 marks the tun, so that the said taverners could
not afford to sell a gallon for less than 4 pence. The said
taverners, moreover, were every year heavily assessed before
the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer, and now in this
Iter in London, (fn. 24) to their great impoverishment. They pray,
therefore, a remedy.
Wednesday before the Feast of Translation of St. Thomas
[7 July], 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], Hamo de Chigewelle, the
Mayor, and the Aldermen summoned to appear before the
King at Westminster, and asked whether they were prepared
to keep the City for the King, seeing that dissension had arisen
between him and certain nobles of the realm. (fn. 25)
[Here follows a scheme submitted to the King on the following Saturday for safeguarding the City. (fn. 26) ]
On the following Monday the Mayor and Aldermen again
appear before the King, who expressed himself as satisfied
with the scheme and commanded them to carry it into execution.
Having neglected to carry out the King's orders, they were
summoned to appear again before the King at the Tower on
the following Friday, when the orders were renewed.
Thereupon, on Friday after the Feast of the Translation
of St. Thomas [7 July], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321], Hamo de
Chigewelle, the Mayor, Roger de Frowik, Richard de
Gloucestre, Hamo Godchep, Robert de Swalclyve, Richard
Costantyn, John Cotun, Reginald de Conduit, Anketin de
Gisorz, Roger le Palmere, John Poyntel, John Vyvyen, Hugh
de Gartone, Henry de Seccheford, and Henry Nasard, Aldermen, and a very great Commonalty being assembled at the
Guildhall, it was agreed that the keys of Neugate should be
entrusted to John de Lyndeseie and Roger Hosebond; the keys
of Lodegate to James le Palmere and Master Richard Larblaster; the keys of Aldresgate to Nigel de Whatele and Roger
de Wyndesore; the keys of Crepelgate to Richard le Cornmongere and John de Leycestre; the keys of Bisshopesgate to
Nicholas Ponge and Roger Hubert; the keys of Alegate to
Adam de Cobhambire and John ate Marche; and they were
to close the main gates at sunset, and keep them closed until
sunrise, whilst the wickets (guigetti) were to be left open until
curfew rung at St. Martin le Grand and then closed, not to be
reopened until the first bell rung at St. Thomas de Acon. It
was further ordered that each of the gates be guarded by
twelve armed men at the charges of the Wards assigned below,
and that the postern at the Tower and the river Thames
above and below the bridge be guarded in manner following,
Folio. cxx b.
Ludegate by the Ward of Cordewanerstrete and the half of
the Ward of Farndone within (infra) on the south side.
Neugate, by the Ward of Chepe, the Ward of Walebroke, and the half of the Ward of Farndone on the north
Aldresgate, by the said Ward and the Ward of Bredstrete.
Crepelgate, by the said Ward and the Wards of Bassieshagh
Bisshopesgate, by the said Ward, the Wards of Bradestrete
and Lymstrete, and by the Teutonics. (fn. 27)
Alegate, by the said Ward and the Wards of Langebourne
The postern at the Tower by the Ward of St. Dunstan. (fn. 28)
The river to the east of the bridge by the Wards of Billyngesgate and Douuegate.
The gate on the bridge by Bridge Ward and the Ward of
The river to the west of the bridge by the Wards of Vintry,
Queenhithe, and Castle Baynard.
And thereupon a letter was sent to the Alderman of each
Ward containing instructions as to the manner of keeping the