Scriptum Joh'is Reyn' per Will'm Fetiz et Beatricem ux'em ejus.
Lease granted by William Fetiz, tailor, and Beatrix his wife,
to John Reyner, senior, blader, of a certain tenement which the
said William and Beatrix held by feoffment of Sir Thomas de
Walkefare, Knt., and Elienora his wife, in the parish of
St. Margaret de Frydayestrete, to hold the same for a term
of seven years. Dated Monday after the Feast of St. Michael
[29 Sept.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
Br'e tangens stapulam.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for the due observance of a statute made in the last Parliament held at Westminster to the effect that no wool should be exposed or sold
within three miles of a Staple under penalty, but that any one
might expose and sell wool of his own growing (de propria
crescencia sua) in his own house or elsewhere (fn. 1) Witness, &c.,
16 Oct., 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
Folio xxi b.
Writ to the Sheriffs forwarding a certain Statute made in the
Parliament summoned to meet at Westminster on Monday after
the Feast of St. Mark [25 April] last, and ordering proclamation to be made of the same. Witness the King at Westminster, 10 Oct., 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
Folio xxi b-xxii b.
Copy of Statute, 28 Edward III., (fn. 2) referred to above.
Compotum redditum per Joh'em de Stanhope exec' test'i Rog'i le Carpentere Piperar' Ric'o Vyncent executor' test'i Mazere que fuit ux' p'dicti Rog'i etc.
Pleas held before Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, and Aldermen, on Saturday after the Feast of St. Petronilla [31 May],
27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353] :— John de Stanhope, executor of the
will of Roger le Carpenter, pepperer, summoned to answer a
charge brought by Richard Vincent, executor of Mazera, late
wife of the said Roger, of having withheld from the said
Mazera one-third of her late husband's property, to which
she had a right by the custom of the City. The said John
came and demanded an account. Thereupon auditors were
appointed, viz., Thomas de Brandone, James Andreu, Symon
de Lyncoln, Richard Grace, John Flaoun, and Robert de
Hatfeld, some of whom the said John challenged, and thereupon Symon Dolsely, John Flaoun, and Robert de Hatfeld
were appointed. Afterwards, viz., on Saturday after the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4], there
were assembled in the Guildhall Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor,
Andrew Aubrey, Roger de Depham, Henry Pykard, Symon
Dolsely, William Welde, William de Todenham, William de
Caustone, and Symon de Worstede, Aldermen, when mention
was made of the account, but nothing was done, as no auditor
was present except Symon Dolsely. Afterwards, viz., on
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], came
the said Richard Vyncent and John de Stanhope before Adam
Fraunceys, the Mayor, Andrew Aubrey, Roger de Depham,
Henry Pykard, John de Stodeye, William de Welde, William
de Todenham, and Symon de Worsted, Aldermen, as also the
auditors, viz., Symon Dolsely, John Flaoun, and Robert de
Hatfeld, and delivered their account, whereby it appeared that
the said John de Stanhope owed the sum of £96 8s. 6d. as the
third part of the goods of Roger le Carpenter, which sum was
claimed by the said Mazera and allowed.
Folio xxiii b.
Scriptum Walt'i Doget.
Indenture of grant by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, the
Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City to Walter Doget,
vintner, and Alice his wife, of certain shops belonging to
London Bridge and situate in the parish of St. Leonard de
Estchepe, for the term of their lives and three years after their
decease, at an annual rent of 5 marks, payable to the Wardens
of the Bridge. Dated Tuesday before the Feast of St. Dyonisius
[9 Oct.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
One indenture of the above delivered to John de Hatfeld,
"chaundeler," Warden of London Bridge.
Scriptum Nich'm [sic] atte Wyke.
Indenture of grant by the same to Nicholas atte Wyke de
Stratford of two mills, one a mill for Fullers (fn. 3) and the other
a water mill, called "Spilemanesmelne," in Stratford, and
"Sayenesmelne," in the parish of "Westhunne," (fn. 4) which mills
belong to London Bridge. To hold the same for a term
of twelve years at an annual rent of 12 marks, payable to
the Wardens of the Bridge. Dated Monday the Feast of
St. Michael [29 Sept.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
One indenture of the above delivered to John de Hatfeld,
Warden of London Bridge.
L' ra sub privato sigillo pro reparacione et mundacione fossatus juxta Turrim London'.
Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Sheriffs bidding them
remove the filth which had accumulated in the Tower ditch
owing to the City's ditch in the vicinity not having been kept
clean, contrary to former repeated orders Dated at Westminster, 14 March, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4].
Billa d' no Regi porrecta per Maiorem et co'itatem pro hospitali Sancti Egidii.
The Mayor and Commonalty to the King and Council,
showing that whereas before the time of memory and afterwards they (the Mayor, &c.) had devised lands, tenements, and
rents to the value of £100 and more for the maintenance of
lepers in the hospital of St. Giles for lepers only, and a certain
person of the said City suffering from the disease had founded
the said hospital, and ordained that two persons of the City,
elected by the Mayor and Aldermen, should be Wardens of
the same, to see that the issues of the said lands, tenements,
and rents were properly expended for the benefit of the said
lepers; and whereas the said lepers had been thus maintained
up to the time of King Edward, the King's grandfather, who
gave the custody of the said hospital to the Master of Burton
St. Lazar, (fn. 5) who has ousted the said lepers therefrom and put
in their place brothers and sisters of his Order who were not
diseased, contrary to the will of the donors aforesaid and to
the great danger of healthy persons intermingling with the
said lepers, —they pray, therefore, the King and his Council
that a remedy may be found, and that the said poor diseased
folk may be restored to the said hospital according to the will
of the donors of the lands, tenements, and rents aforesaid.
Br'e Regis super dicta Billa.
Writ of certiorari to the Sheriffs touching the above, and
for the Mayor and Aldermen to appear before the King in
his Chancery on Monday after Palm Sunday [6 April], the
Master of the above Hospital of St. Giles being summoned to
appear the same day. Witness the King at Westminster,
28 March, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
Folio xxiv-xxiv b.
Indenture made between the Mayor and Commonalty of the
one part, and the Warden of the Hospital of St. Giles for lepers
in Holbourne of the other part, witnessing that whereas the
said hospital was founded exclusively for lepers by Matilda,
daughter of the Empress, late Queen of England, (fn. 6) and afterwards many good men of the City had given and devised divers
tenements and rents, amounting to £80 per annum and more,
for the maintenance of lepers of the said City and suburbs for
ever, under the supervision of two good men of the City
elected by the Mayor and Commonalty, and such lepers
had continued to be so maintained until the time of King
Edward, the present King's grandfather, when they were
ousted from the said hospital; and whereas the said Mayor and
Commonalty had presented a petition to the King in Parliament
in the twenty-second year of his reign (fn. 7) over England and the
seventh (ninth?) over France, praying that the lepers might
be reinstated, which petition was committed to the Chancellor,
who was ex officio visitor of the hospital, to examine the parties;
and whereas the petition was proved to be true—it is now
agreed, with the assent of the King and his Council, between the
Warden of the said Hospital and the Mayor and Commonalty
that thenceforth the said Mayor and Commonalty shall for ever
present to the Warden of the Hospital for the time being fourteen lepers of the City and suburbs, or if there be not that
number in the City and suburbs shall take them from the county
of Middlesex, so that the said number of lepers shall be for ever
maintained in the said Hospital in manner set forth. In the
event of further gifts to the Hospital by good men of the City,
the number of lepers to be increased in proportion. [No date.]
Letters of protection of Pope Alexander in favour of
the Hospital of St. Giles without London, confirming to the
lepers (inter alia) the building with gardens, &c.; the annual
rent of 60s. which Queen Matilda assigned to the Hospital out
of Queenhithe; a similar sum granted to the same by King
Henry [II.] out of his Exchequer at Michaelmas for the
purchase of clothing, and 30s. granted by the same King out of
his rents in Surrey for the purchase of lights; (fn. 8) a hide of land
which Roger Fitz Hubert gave; as well as the church and
land at Feltham given by Count Baldewyn de Redivers and
Countess Hawysia, &c. This grant and confirmation to be duly
observed under pain of excommunication. [No date].
Folio xxv b.
Letter of the Mayor and Echevins of Amiens notifying that
the merchants of that town had appointed Andrieu called
"Aideluye," burgess of Amiens, to be their proctor and
attorney in the realms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and
that the said Andrieu had appointed as his delegates Jean de
Coquerel, Colart Cambelleuc, Jehan de St. Suscien, son of the
late (jadis) Robert de St. Suscien, Johan de Tournay the Elder,
and Jehan, son of the late (jadis) Jehan le Mounier. Dated
Saturday after the Holy Sacrament, (fn. 9) A. D. 1333.
Folio xxv b-xxvi b.
Composicio inter cives London' et mercatores de Amyas, Corby et "Neele"
A new agreement made between the City of London and the
above proctors and attorneys, confirming and enlarging to
merchants of Amiens the privileges granted to the merchants of
Amiens, Corbie, and Nele in 1237, by Andrew Bokerel, the
Mayor, John Tolosan and Gerveys le Cordewaner, the Sheriffs,
Richard Renger, Ralph Asshewy, William Joynier, John Viel,
Gerard Bat, Joce le Fitz Piers, Robert le Fitz Johan, Henry de
Cokham, Jordan de Coventre, James le Blount, Waryn Fitz
Nichol, Ralph Sperlyng, Roger le Blount, Philip de Leycestre,
Henry le Fitz Willem, Robert de Basyng, Hamond de Chastel,
John de Woubourne, and John Wacher, the Chamberlain.
Dated in full Husting of London, Monday before the Feast of
St. Margaret, 18 July, A. D. 1334. (fn. 10)
Indenture testifying that the towns of Corbie and Nele not
having sent a deputation to the City of London as commanded,
they were debarred from the privileges granted to the burgesses
of Amiens until the said towns should agree to pay their share of
expenses incurred and of the rents due to the City of London.
Same date. (fn. 11)
Folio xxvii-xxvii b.
Ordinances promulgated by John de "Offord," Dean of Lincoln, Archbishop-elect of Canterbury, (fn. 12) and Chancellor, for the
future management of the Hospital of St. Giles without the Bar
of the Old Temple (fn. 13) for lepers. Dated at London, 13 Jan.,
Temp Thomas Leggy, Mayor, 28 Edward III.
Br'e R' pro Priore hospital' Sancti Joh'is Jer'lm' in Angl' pro quadam kaia sup' aquam de Flete juxta gaolam ibidem mundand' Maiori et vic' directum etc.
Writ to Adam Fraunceys, the late Mayor, and William Welde
and John Little, Sheriffs. The Prior of the Hospital of St. John
of Jerusalem had exhibited a petition before the King and his
Council in Parliament, setting forth that his predecessors, Priors
of the said Hospital, had always held a certain wharf on the
water of the Flete, near Flete Prison, until Symon Fraunceys,
late Mayor of the City, had ousted Philip de Thame, late Prior,
from the same, and had let the same wharf to butchers of the
parish of St. Nicholas within Neugate for the purpose of
cleaning and depositing there the entrails, &c., of cattle slaughtered by them, the said butchers rendering annually therefor a
boar's head. The stench arising therefrom was so bad as to be
injurious to the health of the inhabitants of the free prison (fn. 14) of
the Flete and neighbourhood, and the civic authorities had
ignored a petition for some remedy, on which account the
matter had been brought before the King's Council in Parliament. The Mayor and Sheriffs are bidden to do speedy justice
touching the said wharf. Witness the King at Westminster,
26 May, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
Aliud br'e de eadem materia.
Another writ on the same matter. [No date.]
Return made to the effect that on account of complaints
having been made of the noisomeness arising from butchers
of the parish of St. Nicholas within Neugate throwing entrails
on the pavement near the Friars Minors, the Mayor, Sheriffs,
and Aldermen had ordained that in future the said butchers
should carry the entrails of slaughtered beasts to a certain
public place of the City extending as far as the water of the
Flete, and there clean them in the water, where the Thames
ebbs and flows, and that neither the Prior of the Hospital of
St. John of Jerusalem nor his predecessors possessed a wharf
there as suggested, nor had they ever contested the matter at
law, as the City was prepared to do if they were willing to
prosecute. The writ, therefore, could not be executed.
Folio xxviii b.
Custodia Joh'is Fabe.
Friday after the Feast of St. Andrew [30 Nov.], 28 Edward III.
[A.D. 1354]. William Horwode and Avice his wife, late widow of
John atte Brome, tanner, to whom (i. e., Avice) the guardianship of
John Fabe had been committed by Adam Fraunceys, late Mayor,
as appears in fo. xvii [b], came before Thomas Leggy, the Mayor,
Roger de Depham, William Welde, William de Tudenham,
and Symon de Worsted, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene,
the Chamberlain, and asked to be relieved of her guardianship,
for the reason that neither the said William nor Avice exercised
any trade or craft to teach the said John Fabe. The guardianship was thereupon transferred to John de Arlicheseye,
"peautrer." Sureties, viz., Robert atte Brome, clerk, William
Holbeche, draper, Richard Dyk, draper, Richard Bromme,
"ismongere," and William de Spaldynge.
Custodia Juliane filie Joh'is atte Brome.
Monday before the Feast of St. Lucia [13 Dec.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354], the guardianship of Juliana, daughter of
John atte Brome, tanner, aged seven, committed by Thomas
Leggy, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas
de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Thomas atte Hale, together
with a tenement in the parish of St. Alphege within Crepulgate
and certain rents and chattels. Sureties, viz., Adam Prichet,
tanner, William Neweman, "coureour," and Walter Draper,
Scriptum Thome de Irlond per Steph'm Godwyne.
Indenture of covenant that a certain bond entered into by
Stephen Godwyne in favour of Thomas de Irlond, pepperer,
shall be void on condition that the latter be allowed peaceable.
enjoyment of a certain shop on Cornhull in the parish of
St. Mary de Wolcherchawe. Dated 10 Feb., 29 Edward III.
Acknowledged before Richard de Notyngham, Alderman,
and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, Tuesday after the
Feast of St. Agatha [5 Feb].
Proclamacio facta die Martis in festo Sancti Martini anno regni R' E' tercii post conq' xxviii°.
Ordinances proclaimed Tuesday the Feast of St. Martin
[11 Nov.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354], for the government of
the City to the following effect: (1) that no one wander in the
City or suburbs after curfew, unless he be of good repute or
the servant of such a one, and then only for good cause and
with a light; (2) that no one carry arms in the City except the
King's Serjeants-at-arms and others; (3) that hostellers warn
their guests to lay aside their arms on entering their hostels;
(4) that any one of the King's peace may arrest felons and
others and convey them to the Sheriffs; (5) that no one maintain or join outlaws; (6) that victuallers and others continue to
follow their trade [as before the pestilence]; (fn. 15) (7) that no
taverner mix good and bad wine, and that customers be allowed
to see whence their wine is drawn, &c.; (8) that brewers sell ale
at prices specified; (9) that no cornmonger sell corn at Billingsgate, Queenhithe, Gracechurch, or on the pavement at Newgate before the hour of Prime; (10) that no merchant stranger
sell corn by sample; (11) that no one forestall corn or other
victual; (12) that no corn-meter be a broker; (13) that all
filth deposited before houses be removed within a week;
(14) that pigs be kept from wandering in the streets; (15) that
no one forestall poultry or other victual, &c. (fn. 16)
Folio xxix b.
Carta custod' et canonicor' Capelle de Wyndesore.
Extract from a charter granted to the Warden and Canons
of the Chapel of Wyndesore (fn. 17) and their tenants to the effect that
they and their successors be quit of all manner of toll, custom,
and services. Dated at Westminster, 6 March, 27 [Edward III.],
Br'ed' ni Regis pro Rog'o Bernard.
Writ of certiorari to the Mayor and Sheriffs touching an
alleged grievance of Roger Bernard, who had complained that
the Sheriff of Mountevyler (fn. 18) and others had unlawfully seized
and sold a cargo of merchandise which he had shipped from
Newcastle-on-Tyne to the port of "Harflet" in Normandy on
the 20th July last. Witness the King at Westminster, 3 Dec.,
28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].
Inquisicio capta per virtutem dictibrevis.
Inquisition thereon made before Thomas Leggy, the Mayor,
and William de Tudenham and Richard Smelt, Sheriffs, on
Monday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 28 Edward III.
[A.D. 1354-5], by oath of Robert Haunsard, Richard Greylond,
John Paterlinge, Andrew Pykeman, Richard de Kent, Richard
Marchal, Thomas atte Blakelofte, William de Shepeye, John
Wyrhale, Adam Marschal, John Sowy, and Ralph de Mortone,
who found that the above Roger Bernard freighted two vessels
at Newcastle-on-Tyne, named respectively "La Seinte Pere"
and "La Seint Martyn," both of the port of "Hareflet" (their
masters being John Peytevyne and Ralph Gyno), with "grindstones" and sea-coal, to be carried to "Harflet"; that on their
arrival on the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.] last the said
Roger sold the cargoes for 600 crowns (scuti), but that the
Sheriff of Mountvyler, Roger Castebien, Robert de Seynt
Marc, Geoffrey le Boucher, and John Poulyn of Normandy,
under the jurisdiction of the King of France, finding that the
said Roger was an Englishman, seized the goods and sold
them for 290 crowns, and on that account certain vessels of
merchandise at the towns of Hamptone and Caleys belonging
to the said Sheriff and the rest had been arrested. And be it
known that three letters—viz., one under the Common Seal
of the town of Newcastle, another under the seal of the
Mayoralty of the same, and a third under the seals of twelve
merchants of the said town—had been sent to the Mayor and
Aldermen of London touching the above writ, and the letters
remain in a box in the possession of Thomas de Waldene, the
Br'e d'ni Regis de vinis.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation for
vintners and taverners to sell their wines openly and at specified
prices. Witness the King at Westminster, 30 Jan., 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5]. (fn. 19)
The above writ delivered to the Mayor and Sheriffs on the
Proclamation made accordingly by Nicholas de Abyndone
on the 1st Feb.
Folio xxx b.
Custodia Rob'ti filii Will'i de Deveneshire.
Monday after the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354], the guardianship of Robert, son of
William de Deveneshire, aged seven, committed to Ralph
Makenheved, "goldsmythe," by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor,
Symon Fraunceys, Richard Lacer, Roger de Depham, William
Welde, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain Sureties,
viz., William de Berkyngge, Adam de Chipstede, John Botoun,
and William Aucra.
Br'e ne aliquis peregrinus transeat ad partes transmarinas.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that no pilgrim
leave the port of London for foreign parts without special
licence. Witness the King at Westminster, 6 Feb., 29 Edward III. [A.D. 1354-5]. (fn. 20)
Proclamation made accordingly on Sunday after the Feast
of St. Valentine [14 Feb.]. The above writ remains in the
possession of Richard Smelt, Sheriff.
Br'e d' ni R' pro burgensib' Bedeford.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they allow the burgesses
of Bedeford to enjoy their chartered rights and privileges.
Witness the King at Westminster, 12 May, 28 Edward III.
Carta liberta tum burgen sium de Bede ford.
Charter of Richard I. granting to the burgesses of Bedeford
the same laws and customs as those enjoyed by citizens of
"Hoxeford." (fn. 21) Dated at Westminster by the hand of William
de Longchamp, Bishop elect of Ely and Chancellor, 12 Nov.,
1 Richard [A.D. 1189].
sol' ijs. vjd.
Thereupon the above burgesses produced two charters, viz.,
one granted to them by Henry III. and another by Edward III.