Br'e sup' statut' etc. de ingressu forti non faciend' pro Th' "Freek."
Writ to Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, to take steps to
expel Matthew Pynner and his associates from certain lands
and tenements they had forcibly seized belonging to Thomas
"Freke," and to commit them to Neugate. Witness the King
at Westminster, 15 Jan., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16].
Folio clxi b.
Exon'acio Thome Osberne civis et capper London'.
26 Feb., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], Thomas Banent, alias
Osberne, "cappere," discharged by Nicholas Wottone, the
Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing
to increasing old age.
Inquisic' de quib' ten' Joh'es "Frensshe" aur' obiit seisitus.
20 Nov., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], inquisition taken before
Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen as to
particulars of property belonging to John "Frenche," late
goldsmith, and as to his heir. The jury-viz., Richard Stanys,
John Hille, John Broke, William Walsale, Thomas Shirwyn,
John Drury, John Chestere, Thomas Clerk, William Aleyn,
John Martin, Richard Spencer, and William Waltone-find
(inter alia) that the said John Frenche died seised of a tenement
called "Topfeldisin" in the parish of St. Bride, and of other
tenements in the parishes of St. Matthew, Friday Street, and
St. John Zachary, by feoffment of Thomas Extone, William
Haper, John Forster, John Carbonell, John Palyng, Reymund
Standell, and William Brace, chaplain. They also find that
the said John Frenche died on Monday after the Feast of
St. Bartholomew [24 Aug]., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], and that
John his son is his next heir, being fifteen years of age. (fn. 1)
Kapmakers : 2 Oct., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], Thomas atte
Wode, Stephen Roo, Richard Flete, and John Volantyne sworn
Masters of mistery.
Sporyers : 6 Oct., same year, Robert Nothale and William
Chapman sworn Masters.
Inquisicio pro Rege pro falsit' et decepc' fact' per Th de "Albertes" et Judic' inde.
7 Dec., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], Thomas de "Albertis"
condemned to stand on the pillory for fraudulently obtaining
cloth of gold from William Bury, a mercer in the parish of
St. Pancras, by connivance with Michael Peryn, a foreign broker.
The punishment afterwards commuted for a fine of £20 paid
towards the new work of the Guildhall. (fn. 2)
Folio clxii b.
Exon'acio Will'i Burre fuller civis London'.
The last day of Feb., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], William
Burre, fuller, discharged by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor,
and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
Exon'ac' custodie Margarete filie Joh'is Drew etc.
22 Feb., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], came Robert Leghe,
William Pycard, William Symmes, and John Sudbury, grocers,
and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum of
£207 12s. 3½d. bequeathed to Margaret, daughter of John
Drew, late grocer, by her said father, and accruing to her by
the death of Johanna and Albreda her sisters; to hold the same
in trust for her and Richard Beke, mercer, her husband.
Custodia Will'i filii Will'i Coventre senioris etc.
12 March, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], the guardianship of
William, son of William Coventre, together with his patrimony,
committed by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and John Hille,
the Chamberlain, to John Coventre, mercer. Sureties, viz.,
Thomas Broun, grocer, and John Credy, esquire.
Inquisicio pro quodam ten' Walt'i Pope sherman situat' in paroch' Sc'i Christofori Lond' in qua Warda debet assidere.
21 Feb., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], a jury summoned to
inquire whether a house inhabited by Walter Pope, "sherman,"
in the parish of St. Christopher, stood in the Ward of Cornhill
or Bradstrete. The jurors, summoned from the four adjacent
Wards, viz., Martin Godard, John Sessyngham, and James
Knyght, of Langborn Ward, Robert Scrace, Simon Seman,
and Robert Whaplode, of the Ward of Bridge, William Kent,
"peautrer," William Broker, and William Kent, skinner, of the
Ward of Walbroke [the names of the jurors of the Ward of Chepe are
omitted], find that portions of the tenement lay in each of the
Wards of Cornhill and Bradstret, but the part in which the
tenant and his family lived lay in Cornhill Ward, and therefore
the tenement should contribute to the charges of that Ward,
pursuant to the long-used custom recorded in the book with the
"letter Horn," (fn. 3) fo. cccxxii.
Presentacio Joh'is Mounfort alias Burbrigge presbiteri ad capellam in Guihalda civitatis London'.
Letter from Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and John Hille,
the Chamberlain, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London,
presenting John Mountfort, alias Burbrigge, a priest, for
admission to one of the five chantries founded in the Guildhall
Chapel by Adam Fraunceys and Henry Frowyk, vacant by the
resignation of Sir William Holme. Dated 13 Kal. April
[20 March], A.D. 1415[-16].
Folio clxiii b.
Ordinacio mistere de Brasiers civitatis London'.
20 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], certain ordinances for
regulating the Mistery of Brasiers (among them being one
allowing them to elect yearly two or four Wardens, provided
one at least be a worker in the craft and the others "chapmen") submitted to the Mayor and Aldermen, and approved. (fn. 4)
31 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Matilda, widow of
Richard Wodecok, salter, Thomas Beaumont and William
Edward, salters, executors of the said Richard, and Robert
Trewlove, surveyor of the testament of the same, and delivered
to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum of £561, in trust for
William, John, and Johanna, children of the said Richard, in
Afterwards, viz., on the 7th April, the same year, the sum of
£60 belonging to William, one of the orphans, was delivered
to John Wyot, draper, with whom the said William had been
put as an apprentice Sureties, viz., Henry Rede, "armurer,"
Thomas Mountgomery, draper.
Folio clxiv b.
Exon'acio £xx pertinent' Joh'i filio Thome Wodehous.
Afterwards, viz., on the 6th April, the same year, came
Richard Nordone, tailor, who married Agnes, widow of Richard
Payn, skinner, and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain,
the sum of £60 out of the property formerly belonging to
Thomas, son of William Wodehous, late skinner, appertaining
to John, son of the said Thomas, who had married Agnes,
daughter of Henry Wolryby, of Medborne, co Leices (fn. 5) The
next day the sum of £20 out of the above £60 was delivered to
the said John.
Ordinacio de lib'atis capic' et vest' non utena'.
10 March, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16], came Richard
Merlawe, Alderman, who had originally been admitted into the
freedom of the City in the craft (arte) of Ironmongers, but was
now following the craft (arte) of Fishmongers, and who had been
in the habit of receiving yearly and alternately (fn. 6) (et alternis
vicibus) the livery and clothing of both crafts, contrary to the
ordinance made on the 13th May, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], during
the Mayoralty of Thomas Fauconer, (fn. 7) and prayed the Mayor
and Aldermen to admit him to the freedom, clothing, or livery
of the craft of Fishmongers His prayer granted. (fn. 8)
Recital of the ordinance above-mentioned forbidding any
Mayor, Alderman, Sheriff, or other officer of the City receiving
the livery or clothing of any craft or fraternity but one, under
penalty prescribed, contrary to which ordinance William
Cauntbrigge, an Alderman, who had been admitted into the
freedom of the City in the craft of Ironmongers, had for some
time past exercised both the craft of Grocer and that of Ironmonger, as was reported [ends abraptly].
Masters of Misteries sworn.
Folio clxv b.
Steynours : 7 Oct., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], John Moubray,
John Clare, sworn to rule the mistery well and truly, sparing
none for love nor molesting any from hate, and to present to the
Mayor and Aldermen and the Chamberlain any defects they
Tapicers : 8 Oct., the same year, William Bullok, Robert
Spayne, Thomas Besouth, John Bonauntre, similarly sworn.
Foreign Weavers : 20 Nov., the same year, Lucas Lender' of
Brabant, John de Bergham of Flanders, similarly sworn.
English Weavers : 21 Nov., Philip Sunnyng, William Michell,
Painters : 20 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], Thomas
Richer, John Northfolk, similarly sworn.
Brasiers : 31 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], Thomas
Piryngtone, John Bridde, similarly sworn.
Shermen : The same day, Thomas Clothman, John Horwold,
Walter Copshef, similarly sworn.
"Friturers" (?) : 12 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], John Graunt,
Geoffrey Whyt, similarly sworn.
Limners and Scriveners : 20 May, the same year, Roger Ybott,
John Carswell, similarly sworn.
Cutlers : 1 July, the same year, John Parker, Thomas Kyngtone, John Swalwe.
Cordwainers : 16 July, the same year, John Martyn, John
Goodmane, Richard Beaumonde, John Tebawde, similarly
Joynours : 28 July, the same year, Simon Serle, Richard
Resoun, similarly sworn.
Dyers : 30 July, the same year, Henry Fissher, William Ty,
John Lacy, John Vicary, similarly sworn.
Linen-Weavers : The same day, John Baltesore, John Malster,
Pouchemakers and Galochemakers : 4 Aug., the same year,
William Walsshe similarly sworn, loco...... Walter.
Girdelers : 20 Aug., the same year, John Nasynge, Walter
Colred, William Penne, Richard Michell, similarly sworn.
Lorimers : 21 Aug., the same year, Richard Fuller, William
Aleyn, Ralph Aleyn, similarly sworn.
Istud br'e proclamat' fuit viii° die April' anno r' r' Henr' quinti quarto.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make public proclamation for masters
of ships and vessels and seamen of the same to proceed to the
port of Orewell with all haste, and remain there until further
notice, inasmuch as the French and Genoese were threatening
an invasion Witness the King at Westminster, 5 April,
4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Proclamacio facta xxi° die Maii anno r' r' Henr' quinti quarto.
21 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], proclamation made prescribing the price to be charged for divers wines, poultry,
eggs, hay, and oats.
Proclamacio facta xxii
die Junii anno r' r' Henr' quinti quarto.
22 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], proclamation made forbidding vintners, taverners, piebakers, and others to keep their
houses open after 9 o'clock on the eves of St. John Baptist and
SS. Peter and Paul, or to sell food or drink before 6 o'clock
of the following morning, under penalty of imprisonment and
fine, and further enjoining all those occupying houses on the
high streets to hang out lights on the eves aforesaid.
Proclamacio facta xxiii
die Maii et xxvii
die Man anno quarto predicto.
23 May and 27 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], proclamation made for every soldier and seaman in the King's pay
to serve in the coming voyage under the lord (monsyeur) of
Huntyngdon (fn. 9) to be ready and apparelled by to-morrow at
11 o'clock in their vessels appointed to set sail from the ports
Custod' Felicie filie Johannis Wodecok nup' civis et mercer' London'.
20 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came John Shadworth,
Thomas Aleyn, and Peter Givayn, executors of John Wodecok,
mercer, and delivered to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum
of 520 marks in trust for Felicia, (fn. 10) daughter of the said John
Folio clxvi b.
Proclamacio facta viii° die Junii anno r' r' Henr' quinti quarto.
Alle maner of lordes knyghtes and squiyers that ben y poynted
to goo with oure liege lord the Kyng in this present viage drawe hem
home in to here contrees and make hem Redy to be with oure liege lord
the Kyng atte Hamptone the Munday afor Myssomeresday next to
Istud br'e proclamat' fuit xiiii
die Junii anno quarto predicto.
Writ to the Sheriffs to the effect that whereas a proposal to
place the town of Hareflieu in charge of the King of the
Romans and the Duke of Holand, (fn. 12) under certain conditions,
had failed owing to the opposition displayed by French nobles,
then prisoners in England, (fn. 13) and others, the King had determined himself to proceed to France in order to succour and
defend the town. (fn. 14) Proclamation was therefore to be made
for all officers and men who were bound to accompany the
King to meet at Suthamptone, on Wednesday after the Feast
of St. John Bapt [24 June]. (fn. 15) Witness the King at Westminster, 13 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Proclamacio facta xxix
die Junii anno quarto predicto.
Oure lige lord the Kyng hot and comaundeth that all maner of
mariners as well Maisters as other that bnth [sic] assignyd to passe
in this present viage of our lige lord aforsayd be this same day be
tweyne aftir none withynne here shippis here yn Temse to here what
shal be declared to hem on the be halve of oure forsaid lige lord be his
consaille on peyne of enprisounement and all that may be falle.
Masters of Misteries sworn.
Barbers : 2 Oct., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], John Brampton,
John Morysch, Richard Clerc, sworn in manner as recorded
supra, fo. clxv b.
Barber-Surgeons : John Parker, Simon Rolf, similarly sworn.
Shethers : 5 Oct., the same year, John Rasyn, John Richemond, similarly sworn.
Tapicers : The same day, John Selxtone, John Godyng, John
Tawtone, Robert Tropenelle.
Custodia Henrici filii Will'i atte Wode nup' civis et armurar' London'.
4 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Felicia, widow of
William atte Wode, armourer, and delivered to John Hille, the
Chamberlain, a sum of money and a cup in trust for Henry, son
of the said William and Felicia.
Afterwards, viz., on the 7th May, the same year, the
guardianship of the said orphan and his property was committed
to the said Felicia. Sureties, viz., Walter Rideler, draper,
Richard Justice, "fourbour," Thomas Moryce, "wexchaundeller,"
and John Asshtone.
14 May, the same year, in the presence of Nicholas Wottone,
the Mayor, and the Aldermen, John Hille, the Chamberlain,
delivered to Robert Colbrook, "irmonger," who had married
Johanna, daughter of Richard Wodecok, late citizen and
salter, the sum of £200, his wife's property, one half of which
the said Robert delivered to Thomas Beaumond and William
Edward, executors of the said Richard, pursuant to a bond that
had been entered into between the parties and entered in
the Roll of Memoranda of the aforesaid Mayor.
6 April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came the Wardens of the
Mistery of Goldsmiths as well as John Tyce, (fn. 17) "goldbeter,"
before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, in his mansion house in
the parish of St. Laurence Pulteney, when the said John
declared his wish to be thenceforth of the livery and clothing of
the Mistery of Goldsmiths, and that he was prepared to undertake all necessary duties attaching thereto.
Folio clxvii b.
Admissio Thome Leget in mister' Aurifabror'.
15 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Thomas, son of John
Leget, "letherseller," apprentice of John Hert, haberdasher,
and declared before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and the
Aldermen that whereas he had been admitted into the freedom
of the City in the Mistery of Haberdashers, when William
Waldern was Mayor, and John Proffyt was Chamberlain, on
the 11th Feb., 14 Henry IV. [A.D. 1412-13], he had long
exercised the mistery of Goldsmiths, and not that of Haberdashers; he therefore prayed that he might be admitted into
the freedom of the City in the Mistery of Goldsmiths. His
Folio clxvii b-clxviii.
De irrotulamento cujus dam scripti Elizabet Fraunceys.
19 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Elizabeth Fraunceys,
widow of John Godman, alias Fraunceys, late goldsmith, and
John Standelf and John Joce, two of the Wardens of the
Mistery of Goldsmiths, before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor,
and the Aldermen, and prayed that a certain deed might be
acknowledged and enrolled, whereby the aforesaid John
Standelf, John Bythewater, John Biernes, and John Joce, the
four Wardens of the Mistery of Goldsmiths, by virtue of the
will of Nicholas Farndone, late goldsmith, proved and enrolled
in the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday after the Feast
of Ascension [6 May], 35 Edward III. [A.D. 1361], (fn. 18) sold to the
said Elizabeth Godman, alias Fraunceys certain tenements in
the parishes of St. Vedast and St. Matthew in Fridaystrete,
situate near the tenements called "le Cardenaleshat" and "le
Flourdelys," to hold the same for life, with remainder to Robert
Halle, goldsmith, and Johanna his wife in fee. To this deed
the aforesaid John Standelf and John Joce had set their seals
(but John Bythewater and John Biernes had refused theirs), in
the presence of Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, Alan Everard
and William Caumbrigge, the Sheriffs, and William de Louthe,
Alderman of the Ward. (fn. 19) The witnesses were John Lever,
Richard atte Lee, Peter Russell, Richard Sage, Thomas
Waryn, and others [not named], and the deed was dated
15 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Thereupon the said John Bythewater and John Biernes, being
sent for, declined to acknowledge the deed (as they said) fide
media, and the Mayor and Aldermen declared the deed to be void.
Afterwards, the four Masters or co-wardens (concustodes) of
the Mistery of Goldsmiths aforesaid having agreed as to the
enrolment of the above deed, as testified by three of them, viz.,
John Standelf, John Joce, and John Bythewater, before Nicholas
Wottone, the Mayor, and John Bartone, the Recorder, it was
ordained that it should be read and enrolled in the Husting (fn. 20)
according to the custom of the City.
Folio clxviii b.
Exon'acio £ xliii vis. viiid. Joh'i filio Thome Wodehous pertinent'.
22 April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came John, son of Thomas
Wodehous, (fn. 21) before Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and Aldermen,
and being of full age demanded his property, and asked that
Richard Nordone, tailor, who had married Agnes his mother,
might be made to render account for money received as well
in the time of Richard Payn, who had previously married the
said Agnes, as at other times. Thereupon auditors were
appointed, and an account duly rendered.
Custodia Johanne filie Joh'is Wodecok civis et mercer' London'.
6 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], the guardianship of Johanna, (fn. 22)
daughter of John Wodecok, late mercer, aged 19, together
with her patrimony, committed by the Mayor, Aldermen, and
Chamberlain to John Bacoun, "wolleman." Sureties, viz.,
Nicholas Wottone, draper, and William Sevenok, grocer.
Custodia Felicie filie Johannis Wodecok civis et mercer' London'.
15 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], the guardianship of Felicia, (fn. 23)
daughter of John Wodecok, mercer, together with her
patrimony, committed by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and
John Hille, the Chamberlain, to Thomas Aleyn, mercer.
Sureties, viz., William Waldern and John Middeltone, mercers.
Folio clxix b.
Consimilis billa missa fuit cuil't Aldr'c.
Precept to the several Aldermen to assess and levy in their
Wards a sum amounting to a fifteenth, and to bring the money
to the Guildhall by the Feast of Pentecost [7 June]. Under
the seal of the Mayoralty. [No date.]
Consimilis billa missa fuit cuil't Aldr'o.
Precept to the several Aldermen to set an armed watch in
their Wards on the eves of the Feasts of St. John the Baptist
and SS. Peter and Paul, according to ancient custom, and to
take the usual precautions against fire, &c. Dated 17 June,
4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Br'e de aperiendo hostia et fenestras Ri'ci Anable.
Writ pluries to Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, bidding him
to reopen the windows of the house of Richard Anable
"peautrere"—which he had caused to be closed on account of
an action brought by the said Richard in conjunction with
John Russell, "wollemonger," and John Estone, "joynour,"
against Thomas Fauconer, mercer, late the King's Escheator
in the City, (fn. 24) having been removed out of the City to the
King's Court—or to show cause why he had disobeyed former
writs to similar effect. Witness W[illiam] "Hangford" at
Westminster, 4 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Retornum super br'e predict'.
Return made to the above writ by Nicholas Wottone, the
Mayor, to the effect that by immemorial custom any freeman
of the City convicted of disobeying the orders of the Mayor
and Aldermen was deprived of the franchise and prevented
from following any craft in the City; that the above Richard
Anable had refused to obey an order to appear at the Guildhall
on the 29th Oct., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], and was on that
account removed from the franchise and forbidden to follow
his craft; that nevertheless the said Richard continued to
exercise his craft openly in his shop, contrary to the liberty,
custom, and franchise of the said City; and that thereupon the
windows of his said shop were on that account closed, and not
on account of the action mentioned in the writ. The windows,
therefore, could not be reopened without prejudice to the
liberties of the City.
Folio clxx b.
Writ (fn. 25) for the attachment of Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, to
appear on the octave of St. Michael to answer for certain
contempts. Witness William Hankeford at Westminster,
14 July, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Br'e de attachiando Nich'm Wottone Maiorem.
Writ to the Sheriffs to attach Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor,
to appear on the octave of St. Michael [29 Sept.] and answer
for his treatment of the above Richard Anable. Witness
W[illiam] Hankeford at Westminster, 12 July, 4 Henry V.