9 Oct., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439], Robert, son of William
Chirche, late hurer, who had been admitted into the freedom of
the City before Robert Large, the Mayor, and John Chichele,
the Chamberlain, in the Art of Hurers, having long used the
mistery or art of "Haburdasshers" and not the art of Hurers,
prays the said Mayor and the Aldermen to be admitted to the
freedom in the said Art or Mistery of "Haburdasshers." His
prayer granted at the instance of the Masters and good men
[not named] of the said Art.
9 Oct., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439], Thomas, son of Thomas
Basset, late girdler, shows that whereas he had been admitted
into the freedom of the City in the Art of Hatters temp.
Nicholas Wottone, Mayor, and John Bederendene, Chamberlain, viz., on the 22nd Jan., 9 Henry VI. [A.D. 1430-1], he had
long used, and was now using, the mistery or art of "Haburdasshers"; he prays, therefore, to be admitted into the freedom
in the said Mistery. His prayer granted ut supra.
6 Nov., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439], the guardianship of
Thomas, son of Nicholas Bowland, late "sherman," together
with his patrimony of 10 marks, committed by Robert Large,
the Mayor, the Aldermen, and John Chichele, the Chamberlain,
to Richard Berde, fishmonger. In the event of the orphan
dying under age, 5 marks to go to Isabella Berde [sic] his
mother, wife of the said Nicholas. Sureties, viz., Thomas
Hale and Thomas Hand, fishmongers.
Folio 181 b.
13 Jan., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40], John Grivet, tailor,
discharged by Robert Large, the Mayor, and the Aldermen
from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
The same day John Trillowe, "taloughchandeler," similarly
discharged for like cause.
Ordinance by Common Council held on Saturday, 9 Jan.,
18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40], that double fees should be paid
for two years for enrolment of apprentices, release of apprentices, and enrolment of all deeds and wills, in order to relieve
the poverty of the Guildhall. (fn. 1)
13 Jan., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40], came good men of the
Mistery of Writers of court-letter into the chamber of the
Guildhall, before Robert Large, the Mayor, John Reynwelle,
John Gedney, John Welles, John Broklee, Henry Frowyk,
William Milreth, Ralph Holand, Thomas Catworth, William
Gregory, John Olney, John Suttone, William Combes, and
William Wetenhale, Aldermen, and prayed that certain articles
might be approved to the following effect:-
That no man of the craft make any evidence or muniment
touching inheritance or other "feates of charge," or hold any
shop of the said craft, until examined and found able by the
Wardens and Freemen of the craft, or by the Mayor and
That every person enfranchised of the craft, and holding
open shop in the City or suburbs, shall pay yearly twelve pence
towards the support of the craft.
That no one enfranchised of the craft, without special licence,
shall occupy or hold open more than one shop, in order that
he may watch his apprentices and examine all "feates"
made by them.
That every person of the craft holding open shop be ready
to attend on summons by the Beadle of the craft.
Folio 182 b.
The above articles (inter alia) approved.
16 Feb., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40], came Nicholas Gille,
of co. Lincoln, upholder, before Robert Large, the Mayor, and
the Aldermen, in the Chamber of the Guildhall, and showed
that whereas he had been admitted into the freedom of the
City in the Art of Upholder (fn. 2)
temp. William Sevenoke, Mayor,
and John Hille, Chamberlain, viz., on the 4th Oct., anno
7 Henry VI. [A.D. 1428], he had long used, and was still using,
the mistery of "Peautrers," and not the mistery of Upholder.
He prayed, therefore, to be admitted into the freedom in the
Art of "Peautrers." His prayer granted at the instance
of the Masters and good men [not named] of the said Mistery.
14 March, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40], came John, son of
Robert Jones, of co. Northampton, before the same, and
showed that whereas he had been admitted into the freedom
of the City in the Art of "Girdelers" temp. Henry Frowyk,
Mayor, and John Chichele, Chamberlain, viz., on the 28th June,
anno 14 Henry VI. [A.D. 1436], he had long used, and was still
using, the mistery of "Lethersellers," and not the mistery of
"Girdelers." He prayed, therefore, to be admitted into the
freedom in the said Mistery of "Lethersellers." His prayer
granted at the instance of the Masters and good men [not
named] of that Mistery.
15 March, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40], the guardianship of
John, son of Thomas Humberston, late mercer, and of Johanna,
daughter of the said Thomas, together with their patrimony,
committed by Robert Large, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
John Chichele, the Chamberlain, to Richard Cote. Sureties'
viz., Thomas Bataille, mercer, William Taverner, "girdeler,"
William Foster, tailor, and John Carpenter, senior,
"Serjeaunt." (fn. 3)
17 March, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40], the guardianship of
Thomas and Alice, children of Ralph Hogman, grocer, together
with a sum of money bequeathed to them by Anable, widow of
John Furner, late grocer, committed by the same to the above
Ralph. Sureties, viz., John Maldone, Richard Ketrych, and
Ordinac' de Bowier'.
Thursday, 10 Dec., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439], the ordinances
of the Bowiers recorded in Letter-Book H, fo. ccxcvi, and G,
fo. cclxvi [b], (fn. 4) confirmed by the Mayor and Aldermen; and
Robert Crulle and William Atte Wode elected Wardens of
Folio 183 b.
Br'e pro tall' levand' de extran'.
Letters patent addressed to the Mayor and Aldermen bidding
them summon the Constables of each Ward and make inquiry
as to the names of householders, not English born, residing
within their Wards, with the view of levying the subsidy
(recently granted by Parliament) of 16 pence yearly on all
such householders, and 6 pence on all persons not English born
who are not householders. (fn. 5) Witness the King at Eltham,
28 Feb., 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40].
4 April, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], the guardianship of
Constance, Simon, Reginald, and John, children of John
Wedyhale, late goldsmith, together with their patrimony,
committed by Robert Large, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and
John Chichele, the Chamberlain, to Elizabeth, mother of the
said orphans. Sureties, viz., John Bederenden, Robert Bertyn,
Stephen Marchaunt, William Fyge, Matthew Foucher, citizens
of London, and William Seyvance, esquire.
Afterwards, viz., on the 10th Feb., 29 Henry VI. [A.D. 1450-1],
the above John Bederenden and William Seyvance having
died, their places were taken as sureties by Thomas Canynges,
grocer, and Thomas Thornton, draper.
4 April, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], the guardianship of
Thomas, son of Richard Widihale, late goldsmith, together
with sums of money bequeathed to him by his said father, by
Alice his mother, and by John his brother, committed to
Elizabeth, late wife of the said John Widihale. Sureties, viz.,
John Bederenden, Robert Bertyn, Stephen Marchaunt, William
Fyge, citizens of London, and William Seyvaunce, esquire.
Afterwards, viz., on the 4th Feb., 22 Henry VI. [A.D. 1443-4],
came the above William Seyvaunce before Thomas Catworth,
the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and on behalf of the above
Elizabeth delivered to John Chichele, the Chamberlain, the sum
of £100 due to the above orphan.
Extract from the will of Richard Widihale, whereby he
bequeaths 50 marks each to "Custance," Simon, Reginald, and
John, his children, and makes Elizabeth his wife their guardian,
and also bequeaths £20 to Thomas his (the testator's) brother.
His said wife, together with John Walsshe, goldsmith, and
Robert Kyngessone, vintner, appointed executors. [No date.]
18 April, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], David Brounyng, taverner,
discharged by Robert Large, the Mayor, and the Aldermen,
from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
1 July, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], the guardianship of
Johanna, daughter of Stephen Samptone, together with her
patrimony of 100 marks, committed by Robert Large, the
Mayor, the Aldermen, and John Chichele, the Chamberlain, with the assent of Alice Samptone, the orphan's mother,
to William Raulyn, grocer. Sureties, viz., Nicholas Wifold,
Saier Acre, and John Maldone. The above money was afterwards delivered to John Grenelane, who had the permission of
the Mayor and Aldermen to marry the above orphan.
Folio 184 b.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation of a
petition of the Commons in Parliament to the King to impose
restrictions upon alien merchants dwelling and trading within
the realm for the next seven years, (fn. 6) and of the King's reply
thereto. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 March,
18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439-40].
Precept to the several Aldermen to assess and levy in their
respective Wards a fourth part of a fifteenth, and to bring the
money into the Guildhall by a certain day. Dated 2 June,
18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440].
Folio 185 b.
Ordin' de Cowpers.
6 May, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], certain ordinances of the
Mistery of "Copers" or "Coupers" approved by the Mayor
and Aldermen at the request of good men of the Mistery. (fn. 7)
De officio collectoris reddituum pontis.
13 May, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], the office of collector of
rents appertaining to London Bridge granted, on the King's
request, by Robert Large, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, to
L'ra patens d'ni Reg' missa collectoribus quint'.
Letters patent appointing John Suttone, William Wetenhale,
Everard Flete, and Nicholas Wyfold collectors in the City of
the subsidy granted by Parliament, due allowance being made
to impoverished Wards pursuant to the ordinance. (fn. 8) Witness
the King at Westminster, 24 April, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440].
Folio 186 b-187.
Letters patent appointing R[obert Gilbert], Bishop of London,
and William Estfeld, Knt., Robert Cloptone, John Carpenter,
and Geoffrey Feldyng, the City's representatives in the last
Parliament, to apportion (inter alia) the sum of £76 15s. 6¼d.
among the impoverished parishes and Wards of the City contributing to the subsidy granted in the same Parliament.
Folio 187 b.
Br'e de pace.
Writ to the Mayor to take special precautions for preserving
the peace in the City, and to summon all absent Aldermen to
return to the City and render assistance. (fn. 9) Witness the King
at Westminster, 23 June, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440].
5 July, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], Peter Rowte, of co. Suffolk,
"letherseller," discharged by Robert Large, the Mayor, and
the Aldermen from serving on juries, owing to increasing
Pro cantariis Pulteney per parliamentum.
Letters patent touching a petition recently made to the King
in Parliament by the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, that
they might be allowed to distrain the lands and tenements
charged by the will of John Pulteney, Knt., with certain payments for the maintenance of chantries, &c., in the event of such
payments being in arrear, to which petition the King had given
his consent. (fn. 10) Witness the King at Westminster, 26 Nov.,
18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439].
De sigillo perdito.
Wednesday, 6 July, 18 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], came Thomas
Fetherstone before the Mayor and Aldermen, and stated that
on the eve of the Translation of St. Martin [4 July] he had
had his gold seal or signet and his purse cut away and
secretly carried off by some clever thief. (fn. 11) He gives notice
that he will not in future acknowledge any deed sealed with
that seal, which can be identified by a capital T engraved
Proclamation to be made on the King's behalf against any
gatherings in the City and suburbs by day or night which are
likely to lead to disturbance of the peace.
Also for able-bodied beggars to leave the City and go to
"þe parties of up land to serve and labour in þe present time of
Also for every householder to have before his front a barrel
of water in case of fire.
Also forbidding night walkers after curfew.
Also forbidding boatmen to fasten their boats on the further
side of the river or carry any person across the water after
Also that no taverner, brewer, hosteler, "cooke," or piebaker keep his door open after curfew.
Lastly, that no person "lene to no Rower of the Galeys
nether to no servaunt of the Galeys no maner of vitaylle nether
no oþer thynge wherþorwe þe seid Galeys or any persone to
hem longyng might be taryde of her passage or vexed in the
lawe but be suffisiant undertakyng of oone of þe patrons of the
seid Galeys on peyn of lesyng of alle suche vitayle or oþer
thynge so lent ayens the commaundment of owre soverayn
lorde the Kyng aboveseid."
Folio 188 b.
Deductions made from the amount due for the subsidy
granted in the last Parliament from certain impoverished
Wards, by William Estfeld, Knt., Robert Cloptone, John
Carpenter, and Geoffrey Feldyng, the City members, with the
consent of Robert [Gilbert], Bishop of London, viz., Cordewanerstrete, £18; Vyntrie, £11; Tower, £10; Dowgate, £8;
Chepe, £4 15s. 6d.; Bisshopesgate, £4; Farndone Within, £5;
Colmanstrete, 40s.; Portsoken, £3; Bridge, £3; Walbroke, £3;
Crepulgate, £3; Quenehithe, 40s.; Lymestrete, ¼d. (fn. 12)
At a congregation of the Mayor and Aldermen in the Guildhall on Friday, 2 Sept., 19 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], there being
present Robert Large, the Mayor, William Estfeld, John
Reynwelle, John Welles, John Gedney, Henry Frowyk, Thomas
"Wannesford," William Milreth, Thomas Chaltone, Robert
Cloptone, Ralph Holand, William Gregory, John Olney, John
Suttone, Nicholas Yeo, and William Combes, Aldermen, Robert
Marchall and Philip Malpas, the Sheriffs, and an immense
Commonalty of the City, the articles and ordinances which
follow were publicly read and confirmed, and agreed to be
strictly observed in the future.
In that Common Council there was proffered a certain
petition to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty by Robert
Marchall and Philip Malpas, the Sheriffs, as follows:-
"Unto þe Rigzth gracious lordes the Mair and Aldremen and
to þe right sad and discrete Co'ers of þe Cite of London in þis
Co'e councelle assemblede;-
"Shewen mekely Roberd Marchall and Philippe Malpas
Shirrevs of the same Cite That forasmoche þe seyde Phelippe
at þe court day holden to fore hym' in þe yeldehall after þe
custume of þe same Cite the Thursday þe First day of Septembre
last passed send a bille unto þe Kynges Gayle of Neugate by
John Norburgh officer of þe seyde court for to facche oon John
Knyght Soudiour þen prisoner in þe sayde Gayle unto þe seyde
court for to answere þen and þere un to John Bromley Soudeour
in a pleint of dette of xis. vjd. Biforce of which bille þe seyde
officer went un to Neugate and ther resceyved of þe keper þe
sayd prisoner purposyng to bryng hym un to þe court as he was
commaundede and as þe seyde officer was comyng toward þe
seid court in the Kyngys highway directly afore þe lane of
seint Martyn certein persones þat is to sey Richard Morys,
John Rede, William Janyver and "Cristofre" (fn. 13) Blakborne with
mony other which be knowe for errant and notory theves
felawes of þe sayde John Knyght which long tyme to fore
hadde hidde and kept hem in þe seyntuary of seynt Martyn for
þeir robberies felonyes and mysgovernaunces came sodenly
with force and armys þat is to sey with daggers drawe ayens
þe Kynges pees his croune and his dignite and maden asawte
un to the seyde officer and then and there þorugh þe help of þe
seid John Knyght toke and rescowed þe same John Knyght
out of þe possessioun of þe forseide officer and ledde hym in to
þe seyntuary of seint Martyns expressely bothe ayens þe comyn
lawe of this land and ayens þe liberties and Fraunchise of þe
same Cite And also to grete hurt and losse to your said
suppliauntz and shall be her after to þeir successours in like
case bot if this mesprisioun and offence be manly remedied and
withstonde as lawe wille wherfore like hit un to your right wise
and sadde discrecions in kepyng and observyng of þe libertees
and Fraunchises aboveseid to þe which every freman is sworn
that forasmoche as your seyde suppliauntz be grevously manased
and þat by the Dene of þe seide Seyntuary for the takyng of þe
seid John Knyght and his felawes out þ'of for to be vexed and
suede in temporell and spirituall lawes to þeir finell (?) hurt and
grevaunce o lesse þen wille restore hem un to þe seyde seyntuary That þis mater may be comynde with þe counceylle of þe
Cite and in especiall with John Carpenter, (fn. 14) and if hit be founde
and knowe by lawe þat your besechers have observed the
libertees and kept þe worship of þe Cite in þis parte lyke as they
be sworne to that þe cost if eny shalle he do hereafter for þe
right of this Cite to maynteyne and to defende þe evell Willes
of þem þat wolle maligne and attempte ayens your sayde
suppliantz or this Cite in this mater þat alle suche cost be do at
þe co'e cost of alle þis Cite for the love of God and in wey of
charite Consideryng þat this cause is every Fremannys cause
and þe gode and trewe kepyng and defendyng of the libertes
of this famous Cite is þe welfare of every man þat is inhabitant
The above prayer granted.
It was further declared in the same Common Council that
the Sheriffs for the time being shall at their own expense provide custodians of the gates of Neugate and Ludgate, to open
and shut and keep the same, and shall be always responsible for
the said custodians.
Also in the same Common Council a grant was made of
1,000 marks to complete the new conduit and repair the old
one, the same to be levied in the Wards, and any surplus
remaining over to be devoted to relief from subsidy.
Also it was ordained that all attorneys should be yearly
sworn as of old accustomed.
Folio 189 b.
It was further ordained that the Tasters of ale, commonly
called "Alkonners," should be elected in Wardmote and be
sworn before the Mayor and Aldermen as hitherto accustomed.
On the 14th Sept. [A.D. 1440], the lord the Mayor (dominus
Maior) (fn. 15) received royal letters, severe enough (satis exasperatas),
and also a royal writ as follows:-
"To oure trusty and Welbeloved the Maire Shirreffes and
Aldremen of oure Cite of London.
L'ra d'ni Reg' pro eccl'ia Sc'i Martini.
"Trusty and Welbeloved After many grete and grevous
compleintes made unto us this yere of divers mysgovernances
and mesprisions doon and of nowe usurped withinne oure Cite of
London ayens the places of oure fundacioun and the libertees
franchises and privileges by oure noble progenitours graunted to
the same and by us confermed Soo ferforth and in suche wise
þat it is opyn to every man of good entendement that nother in
the Kyng my lord and Faders ne in noon oþer of oure noble
progenitours days whom God absoille soo many inconvenientes
of right evel ensample have been in so short tyme attempted
ayens God & his churche whos right & libertees we be sworn
in oure coronacion to kepe and defende and so we shall by
Goddes might oure lif during and also after divers oure writinges
& messages in suche case for the redresse þerof sent by us un
to yow þe which in effect hath be take to no reputacioun nor
no fruyt ensuyd þerof It is now late commen unto oure knowlech þat þe first day of this present moneth of Septembre
Phelipe Malpas and Robert Marchall Shirreffes of oure said
Cite of London accompanyed with many hundredes of þe co'e
people entred oure Churche and Sayntuarie of Saynt Martyns
þe graunt in London and ayens the lawfull monicions of þe
Officers of þe place toke out with hem v. men which come þe
same day in to þe seyde seyntuarye and asked and had the
immunitees therof in forme accustumed & theym led fettred in
to the Countour & from thens cheyned by the nekkys ij. to
gedre al naked save theire lynnyn clothes þourgh Chepe un to
Neugate wher thei be yet under many Irnes & grevous prison (fn. 16)
Wherof we merveille us gretely & take þerof if it soo be right
grete displesance as we have cause soo to doo Seeyng such
exhorbitant noveltees thus boldly as hit were doone of menne
awles to be doon in oure days namely by such as we trusted wold
have yoven better ensample to alle oþer of oure subgettes of
reverence to God & dwe obeissance to us as they be bounden
un to Wherfore we havyng wele in oure consideracioun þat
howebe hit ye might by eny colour pretende þat by thentre of
þe said menne in to the seid Seyntuarie any thyng wer doon
unto you or ayens þe Fraunchises graunted unto you other wise
than right wolle ye ought in no wyse to take redresse or
execucion at your owne hande þe whiche ar partie & namely
in oure privileged place within the which ye have nought to
doon but rather þat it had fitten (?) you right wele to have made
your compleynt unto us or oure hede officers Wol & charge
you streitly as ye wol answere un to us at your peril þat in alle
hast possible after þe sight of thees oure lettres ye ordeyn þat
the sayde v. men be frely in alle wise unhurt restored unto oure
said priveleged Church & Seintuary of Saynt Martyns as thei
were taken oute þerof And þat suche noveltees & mesprisions
be not here after attempted ayenst any of oure privileged
places as ye woll eschewe oure displeasance & indignacioun
and other peyns suche as may & ought to Folowe þerof Yoven
under oure signet at oure Castel of Wyndesore the xj day of
Septembre" [A.D. 1440].
Br'e pro eccl'ia Martini.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs, on complaint made to the
King by the Dean and Chapter of St. Martin le Grand, bidding
them restore to the said Dean or his Commissary the persons of
John Knight, John Rede, "Thomas" (fn. 17) Blackbourne, William
Janyver, and Richard Morys, who had been forcibly removed
from sanctuary. Witness the King at the Castle of Wyndesore, 10 Sept., (fn. 18) 19 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440].
The above letter and King's writ having been seen and fully
understood, and the seriousness of the case having been taken
into consideration, it was decreed that the Mayor and eight
Aldermen should proceed with all speed to interview the lord
the King at Waltham, and defend themselves against the
charges brought against them; and on the following day they
arrived at the Abbey of Waltham, (fn. 19) where they received an
answer from the Bishop of Salisbury, the lord Bardolf, and Sir
Ralph Boteler, Knt., on the King's behalf, that the matter should
be duly determined at common law, and that the lord the King
did not wish that the City should suffer any prejudice. He also
promised that his royal majesty would be gracious to the City.
The men so taken in the church of St. Martin le Grand by the
Sheriffs continued to remain in prison until the Sheriffs received
out of Chancery a writ of corpus cum causa touching the
prisoners, who were thereupon conducted by the Sheriffs to the
Chancellor. And because those persons who had plaints
against the said prisoners were induced to declare themselves
satisfied, the Sheriffs had no further cause for prosecution.
Thereupon the lord the Chancellor, at the intervention of the
said Dean of St. Martin, remitted the prisoners to the said
church, as he well could do, and further process in that matter
was stayed. (fn. 20)
26 Sept., 19 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], the guardianship of
Richard, son of Richard Coltone, late girdler, together with
the sum of £20 and divers chattels, comprising silver spoons, a
"baslard" harnessed with an ivory handle, a girdle harnessed
throughout with "ostriche" feathers of silver, weighing with
tissue (cum tissut') (fn. 21) 10 oz.; also the guardianship of Robert,
another son, together with a sum of £20 and divers other
chattels, and of Agnes and Margery, daughters of the said
Richard, together with their patrimony, &c., committed to
William Spicer. Sureties, viz., Thomas Canynges, John
Maldone, John Somertone, grocers, and John Osyn, "letherseller."
At the Common Council aforesaid [2 Sept., 1440?] the
following petition was presented:-
"To the worshipfull lorde the Mair and Aldermen and
Comyns of the noble Citee of London
"Preyth and besecheth your pour servaunt William Symond
that hit please un to your lordship that he myght have the oversight and the rule of alle the Canelles and other thynges fro
temple barre un to the Toure with oute the walles in þe
subarbes of London like as the serjeaunt of the Canelles hath
withyn the walles & that he myght have a warrant that menne
myght knowe tht he were suche an Officer of the Mair & of
the Chaumbre for yef he sey eny thynge to eny defautes menne
sette nothyng therby withoute he had hyt in commaundemente
of yow Wherfor he praith yowe of an answer of this bille for
the love of god and in wey of charite."
Folio 190 b.
De signo pistoris.
3 Sept., 19 Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], came William Hobold,
baker, before Robert Large, the Mayor, and the Aldermen,
and complained of John Halle, a foreign baker of Southwerk, (fn. 22)
marking bread with his (i.e., the said William's) mark, viz.,
with three "prikkys," a mark that from time immemorial had
belonged to his house in Clement lane, whereas every baker
ought to have his own mark. (fn. 23) Thereupon the Mayor and
Aldermen forbade the said John Halle to use the said mark,
except for bread exposed for sale in the City, and so to be
weighed like all other bread made in the same borough.
Wednesday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 19
Henry VI. [A.D. 1440], in the presence of Robert Large, the
Mayor, William (fn. 24) Bowes the Recorder, William Estfeld, Knt.,
John Reynwelle, John Gedney, John Welles, Henry Frowyk,
Stephen Broun, Thomas Wannesford, John Pattesle, William
Milreth, Robert Cloptone, John Hatherle, Ralph Holand,
William Gregory, John Olney, Nicholas Yeo, William Combes,
[Aldermen,] Robert Marchall and Philip Malpas, the Sheriffs,
and very many Commoners summoned to the Guildhall for the
election of Sheriffs, William Wetenhale was elected one of the
Sheriffs by the Mayor, and John Sutton, goldsmith, was elected
the other Sheriff by the Commonalty for the year ensuing.
The same day John Chichele, grocer, was elected Chamberlain; Thomas Cooke, senior, draper, and John Herst, skinner,
were elected Wardens of London Bridge; and Nicholas Yeo,
William Combes, Aldermen, John Norman, John Sturgeon,
Geoffrey Feldyng, and Stephen Foster, Commoners, were elected
Auditors of all the outstanding accounts of the Chamberlain
and Wardens of London Bridge. (fn. 25)
Afterwards, viz., on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the
said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow
of the said Feast were presented and admitted, &c., before
the Barons of the Exchequer.
Petition of the Commons to the Mayor and Aldermen that
the sum of £327 9s. 10d. found on account rendered before the
above Auditors to be due to London Bridge from Thomas
Badby and Richard Lovelas, late Wardens, may be devoted
forthwith to the repair of the said Bridge; and also that a
further sum of 250 marks, borrowed from the City in time past
by Wardens of London Bridge, may be promptly repaid.