LIST 19 PREBENDARIES OF BEDFORD MAJOR
One hide of land wrested by bp. Remigius from church of St. Paul, Bedford, by
1086 (D.B. I 209a); presum. part of land within and without the borough conf. to
cans. of Lincoln by pope 28 Apr. 1139 (R.A.L. I no. 249), and to be identified with
one carucate in Bedford held by 2 prebs. of Bedford Major and Minor 'from time
out of mind' in 1331 (Placita de Quo Warranto (Rec. Commission, 1818) p. 51);
this land was Ford End, north of the River Ouse in Bedford (see V.C.H. Beds. III
21-2), certainly preb. by 1230s or 1240s (Bedford R.O., D.D. W. 3/1, also nos. 4-7,
12-13, 17 etc.). (fn. 2)
Chapel of St. Mary, Herne, Bedford, res. by Nicholas archdcn. of Bedford to
Newnham priory, before 1181 (Cart. Newnham no. 196), but prob. preb. by 1230s
or 1240s (Bedford R.O., D.D. W. 3/1), and certainly by later 13th cent. (R.A.L. III
no. 643). (fn. 3) See also Bedford R.O., D.D. TW. 149-62.
Portion of tithes of Kilsby (Northants), conf. as preb. by pope 6 Feb. 1146 (R.A.L.
I no. 252 p. 199) and 5 June 1163 (ibid. no. 255 p. 206); said to have been bp.'s manor
from T.R.E. (ibid. no. 43 = Regesta II no. 732), but Coventry abbey in 1086 (D.B. I
222c). See also R.A.L. III 2-3.
Moiety of church of Kirkby Underwood (Lincs.), first mentioned as this preb.
6 Jan. 1251 (Rot. Grosseteste p. 126; cf. Val. Norwich p. 246); called preb. of Kirkby
20 Nov. 1298 (Reg. Sutton VI 122-3). See also R.A.L. III 2-3.
1254 £7 10s.; 1291 £8 (Taxatio p. 35a)
Occ. as this preb. 1230s or 1240s (Bedford R.O., D.D. W. 3/1). (fn. 1) Perhaps to be
identified with either M. Walter of Warminster (unident. preb., p. 147) or M. Walter
de Sancto Edmundo (treas., list 5).
Benedict de Burgo
Still clk. 25 March 1247 (Rot. Grosseteste p. 428). First occ. as can. July 1247
(ibid. p. 104). Occ. as this preb. 6 Jan. 1251 (ibid. p. 126). Presum. to be identified
with Benedict, bp.'s clk., who became Aug. can. at Dunstable 9 May 1252 (Ann.
Dunstable p. 185). This preb. called 'prebenda Benedicti in Bedfordia', 1254 (Val.
Norwich p. 279).
M. Stephen de Tawell
First occ. as can. 19 June 1286 (Reg. Sutton I 85). Transf. from this preb. to preb.
Buckden, coll. 10 Jan. 1291 (Reg. I fo. 354r-v; list 24).
[? M.] William de Stockton
Coll. by bp. 10 Jan. 1291 (Reg. I fo. 354v). Transf. from this preb. to preb. Lafford,
coll. 18 Nov. 1293 (ibid. fo. 356v; list 40). Prob. to be identified with M. William
de Stoketon who had been coll. by bp. to church of Mere (Lincs.), 10 Oct. 1280
(Reg. Sutton I 7).
William de Henevere
Coll. by bp. 18 Nov. 1293 (Reg. I fo. 356v). Last occ. c. 2 Nov. 1296 (C.C.R.
1288-96 p. 518). D. by 11 Oct. 1299 (Reg. I fo. 362v).
John de Schalby
Registrar of bp. Oliver of Sutton (1280-99) for 18 years, and author of lives of
bps. of Lincoln (Schalby pp. 193-216, esp. p. 210). Coll. by bp. 11 Oct. 1299 (Reg. I
fo. 362v). Transf. from this preb. to preb. Welton Beckhall, coll 22 March 1302
(Reg. II fo. 276v).