1 Sept., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], John Salesbury, Keeper
of the water of the Thames, brought before Sir Nicholas
Brembre, the Mayor, John Hadle, John Boseham, John Orgon,
John Rote, John Fresshe, Thomas Welford, and John Shadworth, Aldermen, a net belonging to Richard Weyn of
Wolwyche, declaring it to be destructive of "fry." The net,
being examined and found to be unlawful, was ordered to be
Judrium uni' retis.
The same day another net belonging to John Doo of Berkyng
was condemned for the same reason.
Bille misse cuil't aldr'o pro ho'ib' armand' et me suras super vidend'.
Precept to the Aldermen to see that the men of their several
Wards be put in array according to their estate; that all
weights and measures be of the proper assize; and that all
victuals conform with the ordinances made concerning them.
Dated 4 Sept., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Bille misse cuil't aldr'o q'd illi quisunt exa civitatem se tra hant ad eand' infra c'tum temp' et quisunt infra non se absentent sine licencia.
Proclamation for all those of the City who had left the City
to return to the same within twelve days after the Feast of the
Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.] next ensuing, in view of an expected
attack by the enemy, (fn. 1) and forbidding those remaining in the
City to leave the same without permission. Dated 5 Sept.,
10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Folio cci b.
Bille misse cuil't aldr'o q'd sufficientes ho'ies h'eant victualia pro iij mensibus.
Precept to the Aldermen to summon the householders of
their several Wards and charge them to lay in a stock of
provisions for three months. They are further to make a
return by Sunday next of the names of the inhabitants of their
Ward who were absent, and to prepare a "pynoun" (fn. 2) of
their arms well arrayed as before ordained. Dated 13 Sept.,
10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Friday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 10 Richard II.
[A.D. 1386], in the presence of Sir Nicholas Brembre, the
Mayor, William Cheyne, the Recorder, John Hadle, John
Organ, John Chircheman, Nicholas Extone, Robert Warbultone, John Shadworthe, Thomas Welford, Henry Vannere,
John Hende, John Fraunceis, William Staundone, Richard
Prestone, William Olyver, John Estone, Adam St. Ive, and
John Rote, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned
for the election of Sheriffs at the Guildhall—William More was
elected Sheriff by the Mayor and William Staundone by the
Commonalty for the year ensuing.
Afterwards, on Friday the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the
said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on Monday
after the said Feast (and not on the morrow of the said Feast,
the morrow being Sunday) were presented before the Barons
of the Exchequer.
Br'e pro parliamento.
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend
a Parliament to be held at Westminster on the 1st October (fn. 3)
next No Sheriff to be returned. Witness the King at Oseneye,
8 Aug., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
No'ia elector' pro parliamento.
Pursuant to the above writ John Hadle and John Orgon,
Aldermen, and Adam Karlille and Thomas Girdelere, Commoners, were elected.
Auditores electi pro com pot' Com'arii et custod' pont' London'.
Friday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 10 Richard II.
[A.D. 1386], John Shadworth, and Thomas Welford, Aldermen,
and William Tonge, John Burwelle, John Loveye, and Henry
Herbury, Commoners, elected auditors of the accounts of the
Chamberlain and the Wardens of London Bridge.
Recogniciones facte Ric'o Odiham Cam'ar'.
24 Sept., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], the following entered
into a bond in the sum of £10 with Richard Odyham, pepperer,
in the presence of the Mayor, the Aldermen, the Recorder, and
the Common Council, for replacing in the chest of John Biernes, (fn. 4)
late mercer, lying in the Chamber of the Guildhall, the sum of
£500 (fn. 5) borrowed from the funds deposited in the said chest, in
order to safeguard the City, by Michaelmas, 1387, the money to
be raised out of the issues of murage or in some other way, viz.:
Nicholas Brembre, Knt., John Hadle, Robert Warbeltone, John
Shadworth, Hugh Fastolf, John Chircheman, William Staundone, Roger Elys, Richard Prestone, Henry Vannere, Nicholas
Extone, John Fresshe, Thomas Wilford, William More, John
Hende, William Olyver, John Rote, Adam de St. Ive, John
Organ, John Estone, John Fraunceys, John Boseham, William
Venour (Aldermen), William Shiryngham, Henry Bamme,
Thomas Rolf, Henry Herbury, William Tonge, Geoffry
Crymelford, William Anecroft, Richard Whityngtone, Geoffrey
Walderne, John Mokkynge, John Loveye, William Badby, John
Sely, William Spaldynge, John Burwelle, John Ragenel,
Thomas Austyn, John Bronnesbury, Nicholas Snypstone, Adam
Karlille, Thomas Reynham, Geoffrey Grigge, John Furneux,
John Sibyle, John Pountfreyt, John Bathe, John Tilneye.
Folios cciii b.
Scriptum Rad'i Strode factum per Maiorem Aldr'os et co'itatem de iiijor marcis.
Grant by Nicholas Brembre, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
Commonalty to Ralph Strode, late Common Pleader of the
City, of an annuity of four marks during his life in compensation
for the loss of the mansion house over Aldrichesgate granted to
him under the Common Seal by Nicholas Brembre (during a
former Mayoralty), the Aldermen, and Commonalty, and of
which he had been unlawfully deprived during the Mayoralty
of John Norhamptone. (fn. 6) Dated 4 May, 9 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
The above writing was delivered to the said Ralph the
18th Oct., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Indentura facta int' eos dem Marorem etc et Rad'm Strode.
Indenture between Nicholas Brembre, Knt., Mayor, the Aldermen, and the whole Commonalty on the one part, and Ralph
Strode, citizen of London, on the other part, whereby the said
Ralph is retained as standing counsel for the City for a term of
seven years, receiving annually 20 marks and the same livery
as the Chamberlain and the Common Pleader. The said Ralph
may not plead against any freeman of the City during that
term, except in a cause affecting the City or some mistery of
the Commonalty, or the orphans (fn. 7) of the City or himself, and
after that term his services may be determined by a year's
notice on either side. Dated 23 May, 9 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
The several parts of the above indenture were interchanged
on the 18th Oct., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Scriptum Joh'is Fekyn ham factum per Maiorem et co'itat de £iij annui redditus.
Grant by Nicholas Brembre, Knt., the Mayor, and the Commonalty to John Fekynham of an annual rent of 60s., with
power of distress in case of default, on a wharf held by William
Anecroft and Alice his wife in the parish of St. Botolph, Billyngesgate, and a brewhouse lately held by John Sterlyng,
brewer, near the church of St. Laurence Pulteneye. Dated in
the Chamber of the Guildhall, 6 Oct., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Scriptum Joh'is Starlyng factum per Maiorem et co'itatem de posterna juxta turum.
Grant by the same to John Starlyng, Serjeant, of houses, &c.,
appertaining to the gate called "la posterne," near the Tower,
together with the custody of the said gate; to hold the same
for life, on condition that he keep the same in repair, and
that the Mayor and Commonalty resume possession in case
of need for safeguarding the City. Dated 4 May, 9 Richard II.
Proclamacio facta de fenis avenis et vendi cione c' visie etc.
Proclamation regulating (inter alia) the sale of hay, oats, ale,
poultry, &c., and forbidding armourers, bowyers, flecchers, and
horsedealers (corsouis) to sell arms, bows and arrows, and
horses at an enhanced price owing to the present expedition.
The Aldermen to see that these orders are duly observed in
their several Wards. [No date (fn. 8) ].
Any one feeling aggrieved by any of the above ordinances is
to lay his grievance before the Alderman of his Ward and
right should be done, and if not, the matter is to be referred to
Ordinance forbidding any stranger or foreigner to carry
sword, baselard, dagger, "hache," or other arm, unless he be
an esquire of a lord or a knight's valet, who may carry his
lord's or master's sword in their presence.
A quarter of coal to be sold for no more than 9d., on pain of
Folio cciv b.
L'ra archiep'i Cantuai' pro lib'tate ho'ium suor' de Hargh' Hese Trynge et Rusburghe.
Letter of William [Courtenay], Archbishop of Canterbury,
desiring all Mayors and other officers of cities and boroughs to
allow his tenants at "Hargh," (fn. 9) "Hese," (fn. 10) Trynge, (fn. 11) and Rusburghe (fn. 12) to pass free of toll, &c. Dated at his manor of
Lamhithe, 17 Oct., A D 1386.
Q'd nullus sit ad elec' Maroris nisi illi qui sunt sum moniti pro eadem.
Proclamation forbidding any one to attend the election of a
Mayor except the Mayor, Aldermen, and good folk that had
been summoned, (fn. 13) and also forbidding assemblies that may lead
to a breach of the peace.
Saturday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.],
in the presence of Nicholas Brembre, the Mayor, John Hadle,
William Staundone, Robert Warbultone, John Hende, John
Rote, Hugh Fastolf, Richard Prestone, Adam St. Ive, John
Fraunceis, Thomas Welford, Roger Elys, William More,
Nicholas Extone, John Fresshe, John Organ, John Chircheman,
Henry Vannere, John Shadworth, William Venour, John Estone,
William Olyver, Aldermen, and the aforesaid William Staundone and William More, the Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty summoned for the election of a Mayor for the year
ensuing—Nicholas Extone (fn. 14) was elected.
Afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.],
he was sworn, and on the morrow was presented, admitted,
and sworn before the Barons of the Exchequer.
Scriptum Ric'i Forster.
Grant by Nicholas Brembre, Knt., the Mayor, the Aldermen,
and Commonalty to Richard Forster of the mansion over Algate
for life, on condition that he keep the gate in repair, and that
possession be resumed in case of need for safeguarding the City
Dated in the Chamber of the Guildhall, 5 Oct., 10 Richard II.
Scriptum Ric'i Odyham per Maiorem et Aldermannos.
Acquittance by Nicholas Brembre, Knt., the Mayor, Aldermen, and the rest of the citizens, to Richard Odyham, grocer
(fn. 15) ), the Chamberlain, on his account for one year
from Michaelmas, 9 Richard II. [A.D. 1385]. Dated in the
Chamber of the Guildhall, the morrow of the Feast of St. Michael
[29 Sept.], 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Ordinacio de port' civitat' et vacuis placeis ejusdem.
Resolution of a Common Council held on Thursday next after
the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386],
to the effect that thenceforth no grants should be made of the
City gates nor of mansions over the gates, nor of the gardens
or vacant places adjoining the City's walls, gates, or ditches,
but that the same shall remain in the hands of the City. (fn. 16)
Allocacio facta Nich'o Brembre pro expensis suis etc.
Be it remembered that on Thursday before the Feast of
SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], in a
congregation of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of
the City assembled in the Chamber of the Common Council in
the Guildhall, it was agreed by common assent that the sums of
money disbursed by Nicholas Brembre during his Mayoralty
for the benefit of the City and allowed by the auditors should
be repaid out of the first money that came into the hand of
Richard Odyham, the Chamberlain, and his successors, and
that this order shall stand without any repeal or contradiction
in time to come.
Folio ccv b.
Custodia pueror Joh is Maryns.
9 Nov., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], the guardianship of John
and Edward, sons of John Maryns, (fn. 17) late apothecary, committed
by Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and Richard Odiham, the
Chamberlain, to Ralph Parles and Mary his wife, mother of the
said orphans. Sureties, viz., John Furneaux, "draper," John
Edmund, and Henry Markeby, goldsmith.
Afterwards, viz., on the 14th Nov., 18 Richard II. [A.D. 1394],
came the above John, now of full age, before John Fresshe, the
Mayor, and the Aldermen, and received his patrimony.
Afterwards, on the 26th Oct., 7 Henry IV. [A.D. 1405], came
the above Edward, now of full age, before John Hende, the
Mayor, and the Aldermen, and received his patrimony.
Masters of Misteries sworn.
(fn. 18) and Wyrdrawers: William Wyrhale and John
Stonle sworn the 4th April, 9 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], to govern
their misteries, and present defects to the Mayor, Aldermen,
and Chamberlain, &c.
Barbers: John Pacoun, John Levelyf, sworn 13 April, the
Cordwainers: Robert de Yorke, Thomas Brehille, Thomas
Gloucestre, William Mildenale, sworn 6 Oct., 10 Richard II.
Tapicers: William Tannere, Thomas Besouthe, Hugh Ricolf,
Richard atte Welle, sworn 8 Oct., the same year.
Girdeleres: William Reymond, Thomas Fysshe, Stephen
Wasthuys, sworn 23 Oct., the same year.
Flecchers: Stephen Sethere, Robert Verne, sworn 25 Oct.,
the same year.
Bowyers: John Derneford, Thomas Cotoun, Robert Lincoln,
William Barelle, sworn 26 Oct., the same year.
Fulleres: Simon Gardiner, William Stokes, John Holbeche,
Peter Persholte, sworn 31 Oct., the same year.
Pynneres: John Hereforde, William Callere, Benedict Milys,
sworn 20 Nov., the same year.
Webbes of England: William Newman, John Bakere, sworn
21 Nov., the same year.
Sporiers: Gilbert Pirman, Hugh Leycestre, sworn 17 Jan.,
10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386-7].
Folio ccvi b.
Indentura int' Maior' et Aldermannos et Joh'em Charneye et Joh'em Bote kisham.
Grant by Nicholas Brembre, Knt., the Mayor, Aldermen,
and Commonalty to John Charneye and John Botkysham of the
mansion, and also the custody, of the free prison (fn. 19) and gate of
Ludgate for their lives without any payment of rent, &c., but
subject to certain reservations. Possession to be resumed by
the grantors if any attempt at extortion be proved against the
grantees. Dated 11 July, 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Imprisona mentum quia noluit venire ad sum' ser vient' Maior'.
Sunday before the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.],
10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, sent
Richard Jargeville, a City Serjeant, to summon Richard Reed
to appear before him on the following day, but the said Richard
came not. On the following Wednesday the Mayor caused
him to be again summoned for the next day, but the Serjeant
could not find him and left word with his wife. The said Richard
again failing to appear, the Mayor sent a third time, but he
flatly refused to come and used abusive words to the Serjeant.
Thereupon the Mayor ordered his arrest, and he was taken by
force and lodged in the compter of William More, one of the
Sheriffs. Being brought to trial, he acknowledged his misconduct, and was thereupon committed to Neugate for one year
from Tuesday after the Feast of St. Katherine [25 Nov.],
10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], and ordered to lose the franchise
unless greater favour be shown.
Afterwards, viz., on Friday the 14th Dec., the same year, the
said Richard was mainprised for good behaviour by Elias de
Westone, John Durham, John atte Shoppe, and John Dorsete.
Billa provigil' faciend'.
Precept to the Aldermen to cause an armed watch to be kept
in their several Wards at Christmas, and to make a return of
the number and names of brewers and breweresses to the
Mayor's Court (a nostre court) to be held on Monday next after
the Feast of Epiphany [6 Jan.]. (fn. 20)
Proclamation to be made against the wearing of masks and
playing with dice; against walking the streets after a certain
hour without a light; against brewers and victuallers enhancing
the price of ale; against officers of the City practising extortion, &c.
Exon'acio Cam'ar' de xls pertiment' Joh'i filio Will'i Aubrey.
28 Jan., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386-7], the sum of 40s.
bequeathed by William Aubrey, "quyltemakere," to John his
son, (fn. 21) is delivered to the said son, being now of full age, by
order of Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, and William Cheyne, the
Folio ccvii b.
L'ra d'm Regis patens pro securitate quatuor mil' librarum d'no regi per civi tatem London' mutuatar'.
Letters patent touching a loan of £4,000 made by the Mayor
and Commonalty to the King, of which the sum of £316 had
been paid to John [Fordham], Bishop of Durham and late
Treasurer, and the residue to John [Gilbert], the present Tieasurer The King, with the assent of his Council, covenants to
repay the loan by Michaelmas, viz., £2,000 at Candlemas next
[2 Feb.] out of the money paid by the City and the counties of
Middlesex, Kent, and Essex for the moiety of the tenth and
fifteenth granted by the last Parliament, (fn. 22) and the residue to be
repaid out of the subsidy on wool in the Port of London from
Easter next A royal ciown to remain in the hands of the
Mayor and Commonalty by way of further security for repayment of the loan. Dated at Westminster, 29 Nov., 10 Richard II.
Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons
for the delivery of the royal crown, mentioned supra, to the
King's Treasurer and Chamberlains of his Exchequer, together
with indentures and letters patent touching the above loan, as
the loan had been repaid. Dated at Westminster, 25 Oct.,
11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387].
Acknowledgment by John Hermesthorp, one of the Chamberlains of the King's Exchequer, of having received the above
royal crown by the hands of Richard Odyham, the City Chamberlain. Dated 30 Oct., 11 Richard II. [A.D. 1387].
Folio ccviii b.
Br'e de errore.
Writ to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs to bring up the
record of proceedings of a suit between John de Brenchele and
Simon Stacy in the Court of the Chamber at the Guildhall—when Simon Wynchecombe, a former Sheriff, received an
indemnity trom Thomas Boton', "baker," for permitting the
said Simon to escape from his compter (fn. 23) on pretence of a writ
addressed to the Sheriffs—in order that the matter may be
determined in error by Robert Bealknape, David Hannemere,
and William Burgh, the King's Justices, sitting at St. Martin le
Grand. Witness the King at Westminster, 23 May, 9 Richard II.
Preceptum Justic' inde.
Precept by the above Justices to the Mayor, Aldermen, and
Sheriffs (as well as the former Sheriffs) to attend, with record of
proceedings and all parties concerned in the above proceedings,
at the church of St. Martin le Grand, on Tuesday after the
quinzaine of St. Michael next, before the said Justices sitting in
error. Dated at Westminster, 6 July, 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386].
Return made to the above in common form. (fn. 24)
Returnum de errore.
The return repeated, with note appended to the effect that it
was made in a suit between John Body and Johanna his wife
and Alice, late wife of John Coterelle, anno 11 Richard II.,
temp. Nicholas Extone, Mayor. (fn. 25)
Judicium collistrigii pro Thoma Stokes.
Saturday before the Feast of our Lord's Nativity [25 Dec.],
10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386], Thomas Stokes condemned to the
pillory for pretending to be the King's officer and taker of his
ale (captor cervisie), and marking with a mark called "arewehede" several barrels of ale in the houses of John "al Cok on
the hope" near the Crutched Friars, William Roke at Graschirche, John atte Blakeloft in the Vintry, and other brewers. (fn. 26)
Folio ccix b.
Custodia Will'mi filii Ade Haket.
24 Jan., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386-7], the guardianship of
William, son of Adam Haket, (fn. 27) late "bowyere," aged nine years,
together with the sum of £252 17s. 11d, being one-third of the
residue of his father's goods and chattels, committed by Nicholas
Extone, the Mayor, and Richard Odiham, the Chamberlain, to
William Wodehous, skinner, the grandfather of the orphan,
and Roger Shirreve, chaplain, executor of the aforesaid Adam.
Sureties, viz., Adam de St. Yve, Adam Carlille, grocer, Roger
Payn, sporier, and Richard Pulle, cutler.
Custodia Will'mi filii Tho'e Codham.
24 Jan., 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386-7], the guardianship of
William, son of Thomas Codham, "founder," committed by the
same to Alice, mother of the said orphan Sureties, viz., William Wodeward, "foundour," and William Patenham, "girdeler."
Folio ccx ccx b.
Pleas held in the Chamber of the Guildhall, according to the
custom of the City, before Nicholas Extone, the Mayor, Nicholas
Brembre, Knt., John Hadle, William Cheyne, the Recorder,
John Bosham, Robert Warbultone, John Hende, John Chircheman, Henry Vanner, John Shadeworth, John Organ, William
Venour, William Olyver, John Franceys, John Estone, Richard
Prestone, Adam de St. Yve, Thomas Wilford, Roger Elys
[Aldermen], William More and William Staundone, Aldermen
and Sheriffs, on Wednesday after the Feast of St. Hillary
[13 Jan.], 10 Richard II. [A.D. 1386-7]—when William Hughlot
was charged with having assaulted John Rote, an Alderman,
abused Nicholas Extone, the Mayor (saying that perhaps in
years to come he would find all his lords and friends forsaking
him), and with having declared that the Court of the Guildhall
of London was the worst in the kingdom.
On the following Friday he was sentenced to lose his right
hand for his assault on the Alderman, but at the request of the
Alderman this sentence was remitted; for his striking John
Wilman, a constable who came to the Alderman's rescue, he
was sentenced to imprisonment for a year and a day; and for
his abuse of the Mayor and the Court of the Lord the King in
the City, redounding to the contempt of the King's governors, (fn. 28)
his officers and Courts in the City, he was condemned to the
pillory with a whetstone hung from his neck.
This sentence was afterwards remitted on his finding sureties
for keeping the peace and presenting a wax candle weighing
three pounds to the Church of St. Dunstan, West, in which
parish the assaults had taken place.