Agreement to indemnify the City against fire, and to roof houses with
30 Edward I. A.D. 1302. Letter-Book C. fol. lxv. (Latin.)
Thomas Bat came before John le Blund, Mayor of London, and
the Aldermen, on the Friday next before the Feast of St. Hilary
[13 January] in the 30th year of the reign of King Edward, son
of King Henry, and bound himself, and all his rents, lands, and
tenements, to keep the City of London indemnified from peril of
fire and other losses which might arise from his houses covered
with thatch, in the Parish of St. Laurence Candelwykstrete; and
he agreed that he would have the said houses covered with tiles
about the Feast of Pentecost then next ensuing.
And in case he should not do the same, he granted that the
Mayor, Sheriffs, and bailiffs, of London, should cause the said
houses to be roofed with tiles out of the issues of his rents aforesaid.