Inquisitions
1586

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E. A. Fry (editor)

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1908

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84-99

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'Inquisitions: 1586', Abstracts of Inquisitiones Post Mortem for the City of London: Part 3 (1908), pp. 84-99. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=65894 Date accessed: 24 July 2014.


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Godfrey Isburd.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 7 February, 28 Eliz. [1586], before Wolstan Dixe, knight, Mayor and escheator after the death of Godfrey Isburd, citizen and haberdasher of London, by the oath of Robert Dyckynson, Thomas Russell, John Harryson, William Layre, George Gyene, John Jackson, William Povey, John Ireland, Peter Legate, Robert Elders, William Feake, John Bonde, William Styche, William Cooke, William Crowche, Stephen Porter, William Harve and Nicholas Hauxforde, who say that

Godfrey Isburd was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 corner messuage, with shops, cellars, sollars, &c, lately occupied by the said Geoffrey [sic] Isburd, lying at the corner of Old Jewry next the Poultry in the parish of the Blessed Mary Colchurch, London; 1 messuage called le Crowne lying opposite the parish Church called St. Michaels at Querne within the said City, now in the tenure of Thomas Lee; and 1 messuage now or late in the occupation of Robert Taylor situate in the street called Redcrosse street in the parish of St. Giles without Cripplegate, London.

So seised, the said Godfrey made his will, and thereby bequeathed as follows: I give to my daughter Jane Reve wife of John Reve, citizen and goldsmith of London, and to her heirs for ever all that my messuage now in the tenure of Robert Taylor, gent., situate in Redcrosse street, on condition that the said John and Jane pay to Bartholomew, John, Jeames, Godfrey, Dorothy, Jane, Elizabeth and Phebe Reve their children £80, that is, £10 each, at their several ages of 21, as by the said will dated 16 Oct., 1585, more fully appears.

The said corner messuage is held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, viz., by the 40th part of a knight's fee, and is worth per ann., clear, 40s. The said messuage called the Crown is held of the Queen in free burgage and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, 46s. 8d. The said messuage in Redcross street is held of the Queen in free burgage and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, £4.

Godfrey Isburd died 25 December last past; William Isburd is his son and next heir and was then aged 38 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 209, No. 20.

Robert Weynam.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 17 June, 28 Eliz. [1586], before Wolstan Dixie, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Robert Weynam, citizen and ironmonger of London, by the oath of Robert Dickenson, Thomas Russell, John Harrison, George Gyn, John Jackson, Roger Hole, Peter Legat, John Bond, William Stiche, William Crowche, Edmond Owen, William Harvy, Nicholas Hawkesford, Peter Noxton, Thomas Wig and John Thompson, who say that

Robert Weynam long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 messuage with all the shops, cellars, sollars, &c., situate in Basinglaine in the parish of St. Myldred in Bredstreat, London, late in the tenure of William Thomas, clothworker, and now in that of Robert Wilkinson and James Farrington: which said messuage William Boxe, citizen and grocer of London, lately sold to the said Robert Weynam and his heirs for ever, as by deed dated 31 March, 1563, more fully appears; 3 messuages lying in Pety Bryttayne in the parish of St. Butolph without Aldrighegate in the suburbs of the City of London, late in the several tenures of Thomas Ashe, Christopher Gryge and John Awdeley and now in that of Thomas Gryffyne, John Walker and Edward Cordwell: which said messuages now with a garden thereto belonging a certain Richard Emerson of Stondon in co. Hertford, gent., lately purchased to him and his heirs for ever of William Harvey, esq., alias Clarencieulx king at arms, as by the indenture of bargain made between the said William Harvey of the one part and the said Richard Emerson of the other part dated 12 May, 3 Eliz. [1561] more fully appears.

The said Richard Emerson, being so seised, by deed dated the last day of February, 4 Eliz. [1562] in fulfilment of certain covenants made between the said Richard Emerson of the one part and the said Robert Weynam of the other part, dated 13 February, 4 Eliz. [1562], sold the said 3 messuages to the said Robert Weynam and Elizabeth his wife and the heirs of the said Robert for ever: all which said evidences above declared were shown to the jurors by John Ford, citizen and merchant tailor of London, who married the widow of the said Robert Weynam.

So seised, the said Robert Weynam made his will as follows: I give to Elizabeth my wife my messuages, lands, &c., in the parishes of St. Myldreds and St. Buttolphs in the City of London, for her life; and after her decease, I give the same to Thomas Gryffyn, Richard Gryffyn, and to my cousin Anthony Porter son of Robert Porter and to their heirs for ever, as by the said will dated 18 January, 1584, more fully appears.

The premises in Basinglaine are held of the Queen in free burgage by fealty only and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £3. The 3 messuages in Pety Bryttayne are held of the Queen by fealty only in free socage and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £5.

Robert Weynam died 21 January, 1584; Anne Hiccokes wife of Charles Hiccokes of London, clothworker, is his sister and next heir, and was then aged 50 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 209, No. 53.

Simon Betaughe alias Betaghe.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 22 June, 28 Eliz. [1586], before Wolstan Dixie, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Simon Betaughe alias Betaghe, citizen and plasterer of London, by the oath of Robert Dyckinson, Thomas Russell, John Harryson, John Jackson, Roger Hole, Francis Gunter, William Povey, John Bonde, William Styche, William Crowche, Edmund Owen, John Adlyn, Nicholas Hauksford, Peter Noxon, and Richard Trafford, who say that

Simon Betaghe long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of 2 messuages lying together with a garden, lying in the street called Christ Churchstreate in the parish of St. Katherine Christchurch within Algate, London, and lately belonging to the priory and convent of the lately dissolved monastery of Holy Trinity, London, commonly called the priory of Christchurch in London, and formerly being parcels of the possessions thereof, and sometime in the several tenures of Thomas Kyrby, leatherseller, and Margaret Gryffyth, widow, and now 2 other messuages have been newly built by the said Simon Betaughe upon the said garden; all which said messuages are now in the several tenures of James Oliver, Moses Vinson, Gabriell Hunt, gent., and Simon Binckes: which said premises Robert Harris of London, esq., and William Barker of the same, gent., lately sold to the said Simon Betaughe and his heirs for ever, as by deed dated 2 March, 1561, more fully appears.

So seised, the said Simon Betaughe made his will as follows: I give to Alice my wife my 2 tenements in the alley called Black raven alley in the parish of Crechurch within Algate, London, and the rents and profits of the same for life for her dower; after her decease, I give the same to William Betaghe my son and the heirs male of his body; for default, to Thomas Betaghe my son and the heirs male of his body; for default, the remainder thereof to James Betaghe now living with me, the son of Patricke Betaghe my nephewe and the heirs male of his body; for default, to such heir male of the body of the said Patrick as shall then be living; and for default, the remainder thereof, to my right heirs for ever.

To the said William my son my other 2 tenements in the said parish of Crechurch at the end of the Black Raven alley "on the streat syd their" to hold to him and his heirs male; for default, the remainder thereof to the said Thomas my son and the heirs male of his body; for default, to the said James Betaghe and the heirs male of his body with such further remainders over as above as by the said will dated 22 March, 1585, more fully appears.

The premises situate in Christchurchstreet are held of the Queen in socage by fealty only, and are worth per ann,, clear, £4.

Simon Betaughe died 2 April last past; Thomas Betaughe is his son and next heir and is now aged 30 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 210, No. 63.

Thomas Cokkys, gentleman.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 17 June, 28 Eliz. [1586], before Wolstan Dixie, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Thomas Cokkys, gent., by the oath of Robert Dickynson, Thomas Russell, John Harryson, George Gyne, John Jackson, Roger Hole, Peter Legat, John Bonde, William Styche, William Crowche, Edmund Owen, William Harvye, Nicholas Hauckesforde, Peter Noxon, Thomas Wigges and John Thompson, who say that

Thomas Cokkys long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of 11 messuages now or formerly called le three fannes with 8 gardens to the same messuages belonging, now or late in the several tenures of Peter Bailie, Randolph Geanys, James Whyteley, John Dawhi, Richard Daye, Robert Hickman, William Mosse, . . . Morlowe, "le vidue de Johe Blonkartes," Thomas Dunwell, John Colmer, Robert Cooke, Thomas Shefeild, James Wrenche and Richard Wytrentes, situate in the parish of All Saints in the Wall in the ward of Brodstreat: which said premises are held of the Queen by the free service of 1d. by the year, and are worth per ann., clear, £10.

Thomas Cokkys died 20 May, 25 Eliz. [1583], in the said parish of All Saints in the Wall, without heirs.

The said Peter Balie and others above named occupied the said messuages and gardens from the death of the said Thomas Cokkys up to the taking of this inquisition, but who took the profits thereof the jurors know not.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 210, No. 65.

Humphrey Brook, Notary Public.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 17 May, 28 Eliz. [1586], before Woolstan Dixe, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Humphrey Brooke of the said City, Notary Public, by the oath of Robert Dyckinson, Thomas Russell, William Layer, John Jackson, John Irelande, William Povey, William Feake, John Bonde, William Cooke, William Crowche, Edmund Owen, Stephen Porter, Peter Noxon, George Newbold, Thomas Wygges, Richard Trafforde and Nicholas Hawcksford, who say that

Humphrey Brooke was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 tenement with 2 gardens, with all shops, cellars, sollars, ways and easements to the same belonging, now or late in the tenure of James Ingram, clerk in medicine, and Christopher Harebottell, situate within the lordship of the Friars Preachers called le Blackeffryers of the City of London, and late parcel of the possessions of the said house; 1 tenement in Cornehill in the parish of St. Mary Woolchurch called le signe de le Ploughe with all shops, cellars, sollars, &c., now or late in the tenure of Richard Harrison, late parcel of the possessions of the house of the Carthusians near the City of London; 2 tenements with shops, &c., lying in Soper Lane in the parish of St. Pancras within the said City, now or late in the occupation of John Lee, writer, and Hugh Robins, late parcel of the possessions of the late monastery of Hallywell in co. Middlesex; 1 tenement lying in the parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Old Fish Street, London, with shops, &c., now or late in the tenure of Joan Jane ats Silvester, widow, late parcel of the possessions of the late priory of St. Helens within the said City; 1 tenement in the parish of St. Olave in the borough of Southwark at the foot of London Bridge, called le Nonnes head, with all shops, &c., now or late in the occupation of William Eggleston late parcel of the possessions of the said late priory: all which said premises the said Humphrey Brooke purchased to him and his heirs of Richard Pauncefoote, esq., as appears by indenture dated 8 February, 4 and 5 Philip and Mary [1558] more fully appears; also of 1 tenement situate in le Alley called Myll Alley al[ia]s Goughes Alley in the parish of St. Stephen in the street called Colman street in the said City, now or late in the tenure of Hugh Dyer; 2 tenements or cottages with gardens adjoining lying in the said Myll Alley, now or late in the several tenures of John Carpenter and Richard Platton; 1 tenement with a garden adjoining the said 2 tenements or cottages, late in the tenure of John Sherbourne; 2 gardens in the said parish of St. Stephen, one whereof now is or late was in the tenure of Thomas Alsoppe and the other was late in that of Robert Essington, deceased; 1 other garden lying in Colman street near Horse Alley there, now or late in the occupation of John Malliarde; which said premises the said Humphrey Brooke purchased to him and his heirs of the said Robert Essington; also of 1 messuage or house lying in a certain lane called Fynckes lane in the parish of St. Benet Fynckes, now or late in the tenure of John Gybson; 1 yard called a timber yard lying in the parish of St. Botolph without Algate in the suburbs of the said City now or late in the tenure of . . . Smythe; also of 2 messuages in Fanchurch street in the parish of St. Katherine Christchurch within Algate, London, late in the tenure of Alvered Cutler and John Stephenson and now in the occupation of John Kymby and . . . Palmer, late parcel of the possessions of the late monastery or priory of Holy Trinity, London, commonly called "Le Priorie" of Christchurch.

So seised, the said Humphrey Brooke made his will as follows [here given in English]: I give to my wife [not named] the manor and demesnes of Gaytforth, viz., the manor house with the park and all other lands, meadows and pasture which were in the tenure of William Allyn, for her life; also my 2 third parts of hay and corn in Gaytforthe.

To Ales my daughter and to the heirs of her body all such lands and tenements as I have in Pomfret and other towns and places thereto adjoining which I lately bought of William Brooke and his sons, and all the lands and tenements lying in Kellington parish or elsewhere in co. York which I lately purchased of Thomas Dawney, deceased. If the said Alice die without heirs of her body, then the same to remain to my son Humfrey and the heirs of his body; for default, to the rest of my daughters and the heirs of their bodies; for default, to Gabriel my son and the heirs of his body; for default, to my cousin William Brooke son of my brother Charles and to the heirs of his body; for default, to my brother John and the heirs of his body; and for default, the same to remain to the Queen her heirs and successors for ever.

To Anne my daughter and her heirs my messuage wherein she now dwells lying in Fynckes lane in London; for default, the same to remain to my son Humphrey and the heirs of his body; for default, to remain to my daughters Katherine and Elizabeth and their heirs; if they all die, then the same to remain to my son Gabriel and the heirs of his body; for default, to my said cousin William Brooke and the heirs of his body; for default, to his brother John and the heirs of his body; and for default, the same to remain to the Queen and her heirs and successors for ever.

I give to my son Humphrey 2 cottages or small tenements lying in Fanchurch street near Northumberland Place in London: to hold to him and the heirs of his body; for default, to remain to my daughters Katheran and Elizabeth and to the heirs of their bodies; also during the continuance of the lease now in esse all the rent of the timber yard with the houses therein built, set without Aldegate, London, paying therefor yearly to my said son Gabriel and his heirs the old accustomed rent of 5s.; after the end of the said term I give to the said Humphrey 2 third parts of the said timber yard and other the premises for life; also the lease of my shop in Lumberde street, London.

To my daughter Katheran a lease of the house and garden lying within the Blackeffryers, London, for 60 years, she paying yearly therefor to my said son Gabriel 10s. and repairing the "howsen" and the water works thereto belonging, hoping that if she dies without issue of her body she will distribute the same to her sisters and her brother Humphrey, nevertheless the lease granted to my Lady Shefield must be allowed.

I will that my daughter Elizabeth shall have and enjoy the messuage wherein she now dwells, together with the tenement next adjoining, now in the occupation of Hughe Robinson, situate in Soper Lane, London, for 60 years, paying therefor yearly to my heir 10s.

The rest of my lands I give to my son Gabriel and the heirs of his body, with remainders as above.

I will that William Morret my servant and his wife have for their lives the messuage wherein they now dwell in consideration of his faithful service, as by the said will dated 15 Feb., 1585, more fully appears.

The premises in the several parishes of St. Mary Woolchurch, St. Pancras, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Olave Southwark and St. Stephen in Colman Street are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, but by what part of a knight's fee the jurors know not, and are worth per ann., clear, £8. The messuage in Fynckes lane is held of the Queen in free burgage and not in chief by fealty only, and is worth per ann., clear, 30s.; of whom the said timber yard is held the jurors know not: it is worth per ann., clear, 26s. 8d. The 2 messuages in the said parish of St. Katherine Crechurch are held of the Queen in socage by fealty only, and are worth per ann., clear, 40s.

Humphrey Brooke died 20 February last past; Gabriel Brooke is his son and next heir, and was then aged 22 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 210, No. 66.

John Blomer.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 30 April, 28 Eliz. [1586], before Wolstan Dixie, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of John Blomer, citizen and haberdasher of London, by the oath of Robert Dickinson, John Harrison, John Jackson, William Povey, Roger Hole, John Ireland, John Bonde, William Styche, William Cooke, Edmund Owen, George Robert, Stephen Porter, John Adlyne, Nicholas Hawckford, Peter Noxon and Thomas Wigges, who say that

John Blomer was seised in his demesne as of fee of 7 messuages with gardens thereto adjacent, now or late in the several tenures of Thomas Slater, John Loych, . . . Bodlowe, Gosom Magen, James Roper, Jervis Sawyer and Richard Whytinge; 1 large garden in the tenure of the said John Blomer, situate in Sho Alley alias Sho Lane in the parish of St. Bridget or St. Bride in Flytstreat, London, as by a deed dated 15 March, 24 Eliz. [1582] more fully appears; 1 messuage, lying in the parish of St. Martin in Bowyer Rowe alias the parish of St. Martin within Ludgate, London, late in the tenure of John Settill and now in that of Walter Bullocke, as by a deed dated 3 April, 19 Eliz. [1577] it may appear.

So seised, the said John Blomer made his will as follows: I give all my freehold lands, tenements and hereditaments to my son Edmond Blomer and to the heirs of his body; for default, the same to remain to my daughter Sara Heyton wife of Francis Heyton and to the heirs of her body; and for default, to my right heirs for ever, as by the said will dated 21 January, 1585, more fully appears.

The messuages and gardens in Sho Alley are held of the Queen by fealty only in free burgage and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £10. The messuage in the parish of St. Martin in Bowyer Rowe is held of the Queen by fealty only in free burgage and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, £5.

John Blower died 22 January last past; Edmond Blomer is his son and next heir and was then aged 20 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 210, No. 77.

Lawrence Bradshaw.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 7 November, 28 Eliz. [1586], before George Barne, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Lawrence Bradshawe, citizen and carpenter of London, by the oath of Robert Dickenson, Thomas Russell, John Harrison, John Jackson, William Povy, Roger Hole, Robert Eldar, John Ireland, William Feake, John Bond, William Cooke, Edmund Owen, William Harvy, John Adlin, Nicholas Hawkisford, Thomas Wigges, John Thompson, Peter Noxton and William Crowche, who say that

Lawrence Bradshawe long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 messuage wherein he then dwelt, parcel of 2 messuages lately built anew lying in the parish of St. Dunstan in the East near the Tower of London, with all cellars, sollars, rooms, &c., situate between the tenement late in the tenure of Richard Wood, barbersurgeon of London, and now in the tenure of Andrew Hinck, joiner, on the east part, and the messuage late of Benjamin Gonstone and now in the tenure of William Towse on the west and north, and the highway there called Towerstreet on the south, as by the deed indented of John Mey, S. T. P., and rector of the parish Church of St. Dunstan in the East near the Tower of London made to the said Lawrence Bradshaw and his heirs for ever, dated 26 June, 10 Eliz. [1568] more fully appears.

The said messuage is held in free burgage of the City of London, and is worth per ann., clear, 40s.

Lawrence Bradshaw died 24 May, 23 Eliz. [1581]; Thomas Bradshawe is his son and next heir, and was then aged 37 years.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 210, No. 104.

William Phillippes, Merchant tailor.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall before Wolstan Dixe, Mayor and escheator, 29 November, 28 Eliz. [1585], after the death of William Phillippes, merchant tailor of London, by the oath of Robert Dickinson, Richard Smith, Roger Hool, John Harrison, John Jackson, John Ireland, William Povye, George Roberts, John Bond, William Stytche, William Cook, William Harvy, William Layer, William Crowche, Edmond Owyne, Peter Noxton, Nicholas Hawkesford and Robert . . ., who say that

William Phillippes was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 capital messuage, situate in the cemetery of the Church of Bow called Bow Church yard; and so seised, made his will dated 16 October, 1585, as follows: whereas I owe to Richard Maye, merchant tailor, and to other persons large sums of money, I will that my executor shall within 2 years after my decease sell the great messuage in Bow Church yard, wherein I now dwell, and with the money coming therefrom shall pay all my debts; and the residue thereof I give to Sybell my wife for her own use.

Whereas I have already given to my son Myghell Fleminge with my daughter Alice in marriage £200, to my son Danyell Hills with my daughter Mary in marriage £200, and to my son Henry Phillippes £100, by means whereof they are excluded by the custom of the City of London from challenging any childs part from my goods, unless I shall mention in my will that I have already given them: I have therefore set down with certainty what they have had, willing them, with what they have already had, to have their full childs parts of my goods and the same to be put in "hotchpott" with the rest of my goods.

I make the said Sybell sole executrix, and desire the said Richard Maie and — Southerton to be overseers.

The said messuage is held of the Queen by the service of 1d., and is worth per ann., clear, £6.

William Phillippes died on the said 16 October; the said Henry Phillippes is his son and next heir, and is now aged 35 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 211, No. 196.

Richard Bowser, Citizen and Saddler.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 29 November, 29 Eliz. [1586], before George Barne, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Richard Bowsar, citizen and sadler of London, by the oath of Robert Dickinson, Thomas Russell, John Harrison, John Jackson, William Povey, Roger Hole, John Thompson, Robert Elder, Peter Legatt, William Feake, John Bounde, William Cooke, John Ireland, George Robertes, William Harvie, Nicholas Hawksford, Peter Noxton, Thomas Wiges and Edward Swaine, who say that

Richard Bowsar long before his death was seised in his demesne of 1 tenement containing 1 shop towards the street with 1 room over the said shop and upon the entry over the gate of the alley called Rame Alley gate, as they are now separated and divided from the houses on the west part of the said tenement, now or late in the several tenures of William Ridgley and Richard Grene; 1 small room over (super) the chief staircase (grad') of the said house, now or late in the tenure of Richard Grene; all those 4 rooms with cubicules under the same lying within the said Rame Alley, now in the tenure of the said Richard Bowsar; all that cubicule now or late in the tenure of John Taylor; 1 part of "Conclane" now or late in the tenure of the said Richard Grene in which there is a chimney, and so much of the room above the said Conclane as runs (occurret) with the inner part of the "funelli Latrare" there: which said tenement contains in breadth from the street there from the farthest part of one side of the foundation of the said house up to the inner part of the foundation of the said house on the west side 12 feet and 1 inch of assize. The said 4 rooms and the cubicule contain in length from the street there at the north end up to the farther part of the same at the south end 79 feet of assize; also 1 small house now occupied for a Crinosa house and 1 small parcel of 1 garden now in the tenure of the said Richard Bowsar lying within the said alley abbutting at the north end on the tenement now or late in the tenure of William Conyers; which said piece of the said garden contains in length from the north part up to the south part 13½ feet of assize, and in width from the east part up to the west part 18 feet of assize; 4 feet of land next adjoining the south part of the said Crinosa house, which said 4 feet are separated and enclosed at the proper costs of the said Richard Bowsar; also 1 stable containing in length from the north part to the south part 12½ feet of assize, and in breadth 9 feet and 6 inches: which said stable adjoins the chimney of the kitchin of John Perryn on the south part and the chimney of the room of Richard Smyth on the north part: all which said premises are situate in Fleete street in the suburbs of the City of London in the same Rame Alley in the parish of St. Dunstan in the West. The said Richard Bowsar was likewise seised of 4 tenements with 4 small gardens lying in a certain lane called Fewter Lane within the parish of St. Andrew in the street of Holburne, now or late in the tenure of Edward Dent, William Brassebridge, Anthony Bennett and John Clerke.

So seised, the said Richard Bowsar made his will as follows: I give to Alice Gryffin, my sister's daughter, now the wife of John Griffin, Vintner, my house in Fewter Lane now or late in the tenure of— Brassebridge: to hold to her and the heirs of her body; for default, the same to remain to my son John Bowsar and his heirs for ever. The residue of my freehold manors, messuages, lands, &c., shall descend to my said son John Bowsar and his heirs for ever, as by the said will, dated 13 June, 1585, more fully appears.

All the premises in the said parish of St. Dunstans in the West are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, but by what part of a knight's fee is not known, and are worth per ann., clear, £5. The premises in Fewter Lane are held of the Queen in free socage and not in chief by fealty, and are worth per ann., clear, £4.

Richard Bowsar died 16 October last past; John Bowsar is his only son and next heir, and was then aged 23 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 212, No. 13.

John Baker, Citizen and Mercer.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 2 December, 29 Eliz. [1586], before George Barne, Mayor and escheator, after the death of John Baker, citizen and mercer of London, by the oath of Robert Dickenson, Thomas Russell, John Harrison, William Lare, John Jaxson, John Stidderd, William Povy, Roger Hole, John Thompson, Robert Elder, John Bond, William Cooke, William Crouch, John Ireland, Edmond Owen, George Robertes, William Harvy, Nicholas Hawkesforde Edward Swaine, Peter Noxton, Thomas Wigges, Richard Trafford and James Dodson, who say that

John Baker was seised in his demesne as of fee of 2 messuages situate in the parish of All Saints in Lombardstreet in the City of London, now or late in the several tenures of Christopher Oswen and Robert Harell, formerly belonging to the late monastery of the Blessed Mary Overy in co. Surrey now dissolved; 1 capital messuage lying in the parish of St. Martin Owtwich in Byshipgatestreat, London, late in the tenure of the said John Baker, and now in that of Fardonand Clotherbucke, citizen and clothworker of London; 2 other messuages adjoining the said capital messuage now or late in the several tenures of Ellen Foster and John Foster, with all the buildings, gardens, shops, &c., thereto belonging.

So seised, the said John Baker by deed dated 28 February, 24 Eliz. [1582] sold all the said premises to William Holstock, esq., John Catcher, pewterer, and James Alkyne, ironmonger, and their heirs to their sole use for ever [indenture is here given in full in English].

All the premises in the parish of All Saints in Lombardstreet are held of the Queen by fealty as of her manor of Nonsuch in co. Surrey, and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £28. The premises in the parish of St. Martin Owtwich in Bishopsgate street are held of the Queen in free burgage, and are worth per ann., clear, £30: which said £30 during the lives of Peter Simondes and Anne his wife and Joan Bethell are to be paid to the said Peter, Anne and Joan, as by indenture dated 6 January, 24 Eliz. [1582] more fully appears.

John Baker died 2 Aug., 1584, but who is is next heir the jurors know not.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 212, No. 25.

Thomas Ravinscroft, Citizen and cordwainer.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 19 December, 29 Eliz. [1586], before George Barne, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Thomas Ravinscroft, citizen and cordwainer of London, by the oath of Robert Dickenson, Thomas Russell, John Jackson, William Povy, Roger Holle, John Thompson, Robert Elder, John Bonde, William Cooke, William Crouche, Edmond Owen, George Robertes, Nicholas Hawkesford and Peter Noxton, who say that

Thomas Ravinscroft long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of 3 messuages formerly 1 messuage called le Highouse and le Glene on the Hoop as by a deed dated 24 July, 8 Edw. 4 [1468] it may appear, and now called le Whit Hart, with all shops, cellars, &c., now or late in the several tenures of James Lether and Richard Morris situate in the parish of St. Stephen in Colman streat, London; 1 messuage newly built, wherein the said Thomas Ravinscroft was dwelling on the day of his death, lying in the said parish of St. Stephen, formerly called le Robine Hode, now in the tenure of Katherine Ravinscroft, widow; 3 messuages situate in the parish of St. Clements within the said City, now or late in the several tenures of William Haward, Thomas Gatherne and Radulphus Ive, formerly belonging to the parish Church of St. Clements; 4 tenements in Thames streat in the parish of St. Mary Somersett within the said City, now or late in the tenures of — Bodilowe and — Savage, widow, — Johnson and — Naylor; 4 messuages being in the parish of St. Michael at Quenhith within the said City, now or late in the several occupations of James Harison, Thomas Sawell, Richard Wheler and — Gilderne, widow; 2 tenements in the parish of St. Michael at Quenhith in the ward of Quenhith, next to the brewery there called by the sign of the Bull, now or late in the several tenures of Stephen Hardwick and — Cox; all that messuage sometime called le great shope, with a sollar thereupon built, now or late in the tenure of Thomas Waverley, situate in Old Fish street in the parish of St. Nicholas Coldabby and in the ward of Bredstreet within the said City, 2 messuages now or late in the several tenures of Richard Clark and John Coldwell being in the parish of St. Olave in the Olde Jury, London, and formerly belonging to the late priory of Holy Trinity of Christchurch, London.

So seised, the said Thomas Ravinscroft made his will as follows: I give to Katherine my wife all my lands, tenements and hereditaments lying within the City of London and elsewhere for her life, on condition that she shall pay all my debts and legacies, and also pay to Richard and Henry Ravinscroft my sons yearly out of my said lands £5 each. After the decease of the said Katherine, I give to Thomazine my daughter my messuage wherein I now dwell sometime called the Robine Hode in Colmanstreet, for her life; after her decease the said messuage to remain to Richard Ravenscroft my son for life; after his death, then to Henry my son for life; after his decease, I give the same to the Master, Wardens and commonalty of the mystery of cordwainers of the City of London and their successors for ever for the performing of my will. After the decease of Katherine my wife I give to my said daughter Thomasine my messuage called the White Harte, and 1 small tenement thereto adjoining lying in the said parish of St. Stephens in Colmanstreet now in the tenures of James Lether, innholder and Richard Morris "brownebaker": to hold to her and the heirs of her body; and for default, I give the same to Richard my son for life; after his decease to Henry my second son and the heirs of his body; and for default to the said Master, Wardens and Commonalty of the Cordwainers and their successors for ever to perform my will. I give my 2 messuages in the parish of St. Olaves in Old Jury now in the tenures of John Floyde, shoemaker, and Makin Sadler, and all the tenements which I bought of Thomas Fanshawe, esq., situate in the ward of Quenhith to my said son Richard, for his life; after his decease, the same to remain to his first born son and the heirs of his body; for default, then successively to the 2nd 3rd 4th 5th and 6th sons of the body of the said Richard and the heirs of their bodies; for default, the same to remain to the daughters of the body of the said Richard and their heirs; for default, to my said son Henry and the heirs of his body; for default, to Thomasin my daughter and the heirs of her body; and for default, to the said Master, Wardens and Commonalty of the Cordwainers and their successors for ever, they giving yearly out of the rents of the said lands for ever on the Thursday after Midlent Sunday to the poor householders within the said parish of St. Stephens 20 nobles, after the rate of 8d. a householder; and also 6s. 8d. to some godly preacher yearly for ever on the same Thursday for a sermon to be made within the same parish Church of St. Stephens; and also 40s. to the livery of the same company of cordwainers who shall be at the said sermon, to be spent the same day amongst them at their common hall; and also to distribute yearly for ever to the poor of the said company £5; and to the said Master and Wardens 5s., viz., to the Master 20d., and to each of the 4 wardens 10d.; and to the clerk of the company 12d. and to the bedells 6d. each; and also to pay to Henry, Josias and Sara Ravenscrofte late the children of my brother James Ravenscrofte £3 6s. 8d. for their lives.

After the decease of Katherine my wife I give to the said Henry my son the residue of my lands in the ward of Quenhithe, and my 3 tenements in the parish of St. Clements near Estcheape: to hold to him and the heirs of his body; for default, the same to remain to the said Richard Ravenscroft and the heirs of his body; for default, to the said Thomasine my daughter and the heirs of her body; and for default, to the said Master, Wardens and Commonalty of the said Cordwainers and their successors for ever, as by the said Will dated 16 October, 1581, more fully appears.

The messuages formerly called Highouse and le Glene and now called le Whit Hart in the said parish of St. Stephens are held in free burgage, and are worth per ann., clear, £5. The messuage called le Robinhod in the said parish of St. Stephen is held of the Queen in socage as of her manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent in free and common socage by fealty only and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, 40s. The messuages in the said parish of St. Clements are held of the Queen as of her said manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent in free and common socage and not in chief or by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, £3. The tenements in the parish of St. Mary Somerset and the 4 messuages in the parish of St. Michael at Quenhith now in the tenures of James Harison, Thomas Sawell, Richard Wheler and — Gilderne, widow, are held of the Queen as of her manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent in free and common socage by fealty only and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £12. The said 2 messuages adjoining in the said parish of St. Michael in the tenures of — Hardwick and — Cox are held in free burgage, and are worth per ann., clear, £4. The messuage formerly called le greate Shope lying in Old Fish Street is held in free burgage, and is worth per ann., clear, 20s. The 2 messuages lying in the parish of St. Olave in le olde Jury are held of the Queen in free burgage and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £3.

Thomas Ravinscroft died 24 January, 1583; Richard Ravinscroft is his son and next heir, and was then aged 30 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 212, No. 49.



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