Liber albus II
Fols. 261-80

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'Liber albus II: Fols. 261-80', Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean & Chapter of Wells: volume 1 (1907), pp. 436-445. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=67390 Date accessed: 17 September 2014.


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Bull of Pope Innocent [IV ?] addressed to the dean of Christianity and the archdeacons of Worcester and Gloucester, ordering them to hear the dean and chapter of Wells, according to their petition and appeal, in a cause between the abbey of Glastonbury and the bishop of Bath and Wells, wherein it is alleged that the abbey, by false suggestions of damage incurred by reason of a composition between them and the late bishop touching certain manors, have obtained a bull addressed to the abbot of Gloucester and his fellow judges against the said bishop. Dated Lyons, id. December 4 Pope Innocent.
R.III. f. 261. Adam de Domerham, i. 253. See above, p. 360.

Bull of Pope Innocent [IV ?] addressed to the dean of Christianity and the archdeacons of Worcester and Gloucester, ordering them to hear the dean and chapter of Wells, according to their petition and appeal, in a cause between the abbey of Glastonbury and the bishop of Bath and Wells, wherein it is alleged that the abbey, by false suggestions of damage incurred by reason of a composition between them and the late bishop touching certain manors, have obtained a bull addressed to the abbot of Gloucester and his fellow judges against the said bishop. Dated Lyons, id. December 4 Pope Innocent.
R.III. f. 261. Adam de Domerham, i. 253. See above, p. 360.

Bull of Pope Gregory [X] addressed to the abbot of St. Augustine Bristol in the diocese of Worcester, ordering him to examine the allegations in a petition of the dean and chapter of Wells and the clergy of the city and diocese of Wells against the bishop of Rochester, for refusing to entertain their exception to a sum of money which they were ordered by the said bishop to pay towards an aid for the maintenance of certain nobles who said that they had been despoiled of their goods by the clergy of the realm, upon the mandate of O. cardinal deacon of St. Adrian (then papal legate), on the ground that the said bishop's jurisdiction had expired for that the said legate had departed from his legation.
R.III. f. 261d.

Bull of Pope Alexander [IV] addressed to the bishops of Worcester and London, ordering them to move the king to shew grace to the bishop of Bath and Wells, and not suffer him to be molested by his justices and bailiffs touching the patronage of the abbey of Glastonbury and certain fees, rights, liberties, etc., granted by King John to bishop Joscelin, a bull addressed to the king himself upon the petition of the said bishop having failed of its effect. Dated Viterbo, viii id. January 4 Pope Alexander.
R.III. f. 262. Adam de Domerham, i. 256.

Bull of Pope Innocent [III] addressed to S. bishop of Bath and Glastonbury, with indult to revoke without appeal certain acts done by his predecessor to the prejudice of his successors and the loss of the church, as the said bishop has signified in his presence. Dated the Lateran, kal. July 3 Pope Innocent.
R.III. f. 262d.

Bull of Pope Innocent [IV] addressed to the bishop of St. Davids, with indult to the bishop and chapters of Bath and Wells, wherein the number of parsons is fixed, not to admit anyone or assign a stall in the choir and a place in chapter unless there be a vacancy, without the pope's special mandate mentioning this indult. Dated Lyons, xv kal. July 5 Pope Innocent.
R.III. f. 262d. Cal. Papal Letters, i. 246.

Bull of Pope Boniface [VIII ?] addressed to the archdeacon of Oxford in the church of Lincoln, upon the information of the dean and chapter of Wells, ordering him to move all persons who are concealing and detaining lands, goods, etc. of the dean and chapter to make restitution, or otherwise to pronounce sentence of excommunication against such persons. Dated St. Peter's Rome, iii kal. March 5 Pope Boniface.
R.III. f. 263.

Bull of Pope Alexander [IV], dated Viterbo, v id. February 4 Pope Alexander, addressed to [William] bishop of Bath and Wells, being an exemplification of a bull of Pope Honorius [III], dated St. Peter's Rome, xvi kal. June 1218 (by Rayner vice-chancellor of Rome), addressed to the bishop of Bath, approving an accord made at Sestebyri in the octave of St. John Ev. before R[ichard] bishop of Salisbury and G. (sic) abbot of Radinges (deputy for P[andulf] bishop elect of Norwich, papal chamberlain and legate) by virtue of a bull or commission dated iiii id. June 2 Pope Honorius [III], between the said bishop of Bath and Wells and the prior and convent of Glastonbury, whereby the bishop retained of the portion assigned to him by Pope Innocent III the manors of Wynescumbe, Pukeleschirche, Blakeford and Cranemer (the monks releasing the suit of their hundred which Cranemer made), while the manors of Mere, Bokelande, Kynton, Cristemeleford, Badebyri and Aissebyri reverted to the said monks, with their appurtenances except the advowsons; as to knights' fees, the bishop was to hold those belonging to his share, and one knight's fee in Kamelarton, and the monks the rest, doing their service to the bishop, and he to the king: as to spiritualities, the parties submitted themselves wholly to the said commissaries, who awarded to the bishop the patronage of the monastery of Glastonbury (according to a charter of King John, which they inspected and exemplified), also the advowsons of Aissebyri, Cristemeleford, Kyngton and Bokelande (previously his), and that of Kamelarton, and full jurisdiction as diocesan in the said monastery; but granted to the monks the advowson of Mere (previously his own), and their ancient pensions of the churches of Pukelescherech, Wynescumbe and Kamelarton (whereof the advowsons were his): decreeing also that the union of the churches of Bath and Glastonbury should be dissolved.

R.III. ff. 263–265. Adam de Domerham, i. 259; and the bull of Honorius, i. 242 (with this reference), from which the names in [ ] are supplied.

Bull of Pope Alexander [IV], dated Viterbo v id. January 4 Pope Alexander, confirming the liberties conferred by a charter of King Henry [III] (here fully recited), dated Westminster 14 October 18 Henry [III], and witnessed by E. archbishop of Canterbury, R. bishop of Durham, H. bishop of Ely, W. bishop of Carlisle, Th. bishop of Norwich, H. bishop of Rochester, W. earl Warenne, G. Marescallus earl of Pembroke, H. de Burgo earl of Kent, H. de Bohun earl of Hereford, Ralph son of Nicholas, Godfrey de Craucumbe, John son of Philip, William de Pythefort (sic), Geoffrey de Cauc; being a grant in frank almoin to Joscelin bishop of Bath and Wells and his successors, that Robert abbot of Glastonbury and his successors should have throughout their lands toll and theam, infangenetheof and utfangenetheof: that they, their men and the men of their fees should be quit of passage, pontage, lestage, stallage, works of castles etc., enclosures, ploughings and other works, suits of shires and hundreds, mercies, murders, sheriffs' aids, escapes of thieves, oxen of seisin, pleas, plaints etc. to the king's sheriffs, constables and other his bailiffs belonging: that no sheriff, constable or other bailiff should have entry or power therein, but all should belong to the bishop except attachments of pleas of the crown, the said abbot, his lands and men answering to the bishop, and to none other save by his good will, as they would to the king or to his officers: power to the bishop to distrain, and confirmation of any such liberties he might have granted to the abbey: grant of the chattels of felons or fugitives of his lands or fees, or those of Glastonbury and Wells, of all amercements, fines for mercies, trespasses and licences to concord of the men of his lands and fees, the abbot and monks of Glastonbury, the dean and canons of Wells, the prior and monks of Bath, and the men of their lands and fees, with power of distraint: such liberties not to be impaired by non-user.
R.III. ff. 265–6. Adam de Domerham, i. 249.

Bull of Pope Alexander III, addressed to Rainaud bishop of Bath and his successors, confirming to the church of Bath all her possessions: the city of Bath with mint, toll, fairs on the feasts of St. Peter, hidage of 20 hides, pleas, etc., as freely as King William [II] or King Henry [I] held the same, or as they were granted to bishop Jo[hn]; the manor of Calveston to be in the hundred of Bath, and the bishop's jurisdiction, as granted by King Henry [I], also the park and warren, the Barton, Hanton, Ford, Claferton and Lincumb with mills, etc., to the said city adjacent: the church of Wells with its prebends, and the manor with Wochi, and Westbery with its park, the fees of knights and franklins (franchelanorum) and lands of villeins: the church and manor of Chyu: the towns of Jatton, Banewell, Cumton with Radeclive port, and the sharp of the town of Axebrigg' belonging to Banewell: the church of Ceddre and two hides in that town: the church and manor of Evercriz: the land of Merc, which is in Wedmore, granted by King Henry: the church, manor and hundred of Kingesbiry: the churches and manors of Cerda, Hiwis with fisheries, wood, etc., Walinton with Bochelanda: the churches and towns of Lidiard and Wivelescumbe with their hundreds and liberties, and Fifida likewise: the church and manor of Dochemerefeld with sac and soc, tol and theam, infangenetheof, and other liberties, granted by King Henry II, with houses at Winchester: the fee of Dinra granted by the same king, and quitclaimed (with Dochemerefeld) by Henry de Tilli: saltworks at Gatinton in the new forest, and two hides in Cherleton: two loaves of a certain quantity, two barrels of mead of a certain measure, and two kids or pigs yearly rendered by the monastery of Glastonbury from the time of St. Dunstan. Indult of power to remove the prior of his church [of Bath] for manifest cause, by counsel of the chapter or other men of religion, and the powers of his predecessors in monasteries of monks or nuns and regular churches of the bishopric: none to have a faculty to build a new church or oratory therein without the bishop's authority, saving by papal bull: power to sentence abbots, priors, etc., in case of disobedience and denial to patrons having the patronage only of conventual or parish churches of faculty to dispose the same without the bishop's authority: nor may the metropolitan (without special mandate from Rome) make any decree thereupon, or pronounce sentence against the bishop, save in an appeal, or as papal legate: also powers to censure abbots, priors, etc., failing without excuse to attend the bishop's synod, and to fix a reasonable time for appeals, with prohibition against the ministration without his leave of ecclesiastics who have taken orders of other bishops, power to expel or sentence monks, canons, clerks or laymen who have intruded without the bishop's authority upon churches belonging to their presentation upon the decease of the parsons, and confirmation of the bishop's rights of institution, ordination, etc., also over all the churches and parishioners of the bishopric. Sealed by Pope Alexander III, Hubald bishop of Hostia, Conrad bishop of Salzburg and Sabina, John cardinal priest of St. John and St. Paul entitled Pamachius, John cardinal priest of St. Anastasia, John cardinal priest of St. Mark, Theoduin cardinal priest of St. Vitalis entitled Vestina, Peter cardinal priest of St. Susanna, Peter cardinal priest of St. Grisogon, Cinthyirs [Cinthius] cardinal priest of St. Cecilia, Arduin cardinal priest of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, William archbishop of Rheims cardinal of St. Sabina, James cardinal deacon of St. Mary in Cosmidyn, Ardicio cardinal deacon of St. Theodore, Laborans cardinal deacon of St. Mary in porticu, Rainer cardinal deacon of St. George in Velabro, Grauanus [Gratian] cardinal deacon of St. Cosmas and St. Damian, John cardinal deacon of St. Angelo, Matthew cardinal deacon of New St. Mary, Bernard cardinal deacon of St. Nicholas in carcere Tulliano. Dated the Lateran, by Albert cardinal priest and chancellor of Rome, x kal. Madii (sic) 1178.

(Marginal note: Herein are confirmed the bread, mead and kids or pigs from Glastonbury, reckoned against the morrow of Easter.)

R.III. ff. 266d.–268. Church, Early History, App. F, pp. 364–370. The salt works were at Keyhaven (Arnewood) in Hordle. See the chartulary of Hath Abbey, Somerset Record Soc. vii.

Bull of Pope Adrian IV, addressed to Robert bishop of Bath and his successors, being a protection for his church and the possessions thereof, namely the abbey of St. Peter Bath conferred by charter upon the bishopric of Sumerset by King William [II] and King Henry [I] his brother to transfer the see thither, with its adjuncts in the city, towns and customs whereof the abbey was seised at the accession of William [II]; Linconba, Sudstoca, Cumba, Pristona, Evesceia, Welmedona, Stantona, Corstuna, Essewica, Cameleia, Eluestona, Aistona, ten hides in Westona, Nordstoca, Cherlecumba, a hide and a half in Estona, Forda, Hamtona, Wudewica, the churches of Bathentona, Dunestorra, and Brige with their appurtenances, the city of Bath with all things to the farm thereof belonging as given to the said church by charter of King Henry, with pleas, laws, judgments and customs, market, toll and fairs on either feast of St. Peter, judgments of the whole hundred, and hidage of 20 hides; also Clafertona, four hides in Hestona, Dochemeresfelda, salt works in the new forest called Hernemuda, and 5 hides in Westona wherein is a church. Sealed by Pope Adrian IV, Hymarus bishop of Tusculum, Gregory bishop of Sabina, Manfred cardinal priest of St. Sauina (Sabina), Julius cardinal priest of St. Marcellus, Hubald cardinal priest of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, Octavian cardinal priest of St. Cecilia, Gerard cardinal priest of St. Stephen on the Celian hill, John cardinal priest of St. John and St. P[aul] entitled Pamachius, Henry cardinal priest of St. Nereus and St. Achilles, Odo cardinal deacon of St. George in Velabro, Rolf cardinal deacon of St. Lucy in septa solis, Guy cardinal deacon of St. Mary in porticu, Jacint cardinal deacon of St. Mary in Cosmydyn, Odo cardinal deacon of St. Nicholas in carcere Tulliano, Bonadies cardinal deacon of St. Angelo, Ardicio cardinal deacon of St. Theodore, Albert cardinal deacon of St. Adrian. Dated the Lateran, by Roland cardinal priest and chancellor of Rome, iiii id. May 1156.

R.III. f. 268d. Adam de Domerham, i. 289. (Compare the bull recorded in the chartulary of Bath Abbey, Somerset Record Soc. vii. 68–70, and notes there.) Evesceia, in Domesday Evestie, in the chartulary of Bath Geofanstige on the river Camelar, has not been identified.

Inspeximus and ratification, with warranty, by Robert de Gurnay, of a grant made by William son of John de Harpetre to Joscelin bishop of Bath of the church of Westharpetre.
R.III. f. 269d.: repeated f. 368. For the charter see f. 355: below p. 478.

Surrender and livery of seisin by Richard Bruton chancellor of Wells to the dean and chapter of Wells of a messuage or manse in Torrelane by the Torreyate on the east side, reciting a gift lately made by the president and chapter (in the dean's absence) to Nicholas Danyel late chancellor and his successors, and to the dignity of the chancellorship for ever, of the aforesaid messuage, to the use of the master of the grammar schools and his successors to hold the said schools therein, in exchange for a house at the Mounterye wherein the same used to be held, the said chancellor having been compensated by another house sufficient for the said purpose. Witnesses: John Russell, Robert Honythorn, Peter Braynsford, William Taket, Stephen Webbe. Dated Wells, St. Lawrence' day 11 Henry IV.
R.III. f. 270d.

Indenture made between Master Richard Courtenay dean of Wells and the chapter on the one part and Thomas Frome canon of Wells on the other, witnessing that the dean and chapter, by assent of Richard Bruton the chancellor and of the said Thomas, have appointed an outhouse situate in the Mountery, on the north side of the entrance and parcel of the messuage held for life of the dean and chapter by the said Thomas as a senior canon resident in the church of Wells, to the use of the schoolmaster for the time being in Wells, to hold the grammar schools therein; and have discharged the said Thomas of the repairs thereof: that the schoolmaster shall pay yearly 12d. to the chapel of St. Mary in the said church, and may not make or have doors, openings or windows in the said house on the south side and the east; and that the dean and chapter give to the said Thomas and his successors henceforth inhabiting the said messuage 6s. 8d. of their common goods payable by the communar every year on the morrow of the Circumcision to indemnify him in that behalf. Dated Wells, the morrow of St. Lawrence 11 Henry IV.

Consent under seal of Richard Bruton the chancellor: same date.
R.III. f. 271.

Indenture quadripartite, made at Wells on Monday after the Assumption 8 Henry IV, between Gilbert Ston', Robert Somerford and John Prentis clerks, and singular the vicars of St. Andrew Wells, and the perpetual chaplain founded therein by Ralph Erghum late bishop of Bath and Wells to celebrate a second daily morning mass at the altar of St. Edmund for ever and his successors on the one part, and the dean and chapter of Wells, Peter Loueput and Thomas Byngham mass chaplains and now ministers of the new inn built in the Mounterye by the said bishop's executors to the use of them and twelve other their fellows and their successors on the other, reciting a fine levied in the court of King

Richard II, whereby the said late bishop caused a messuage called Cristeshamesyn in the Heighstret Welles and 4 acres of land to be acquired of Nicholas Cristesham and Maud his wife by Robert Hulle of Spaxton steward of his lands, John Russell bailiff of his liberty, and John Podymor his donzel (heir of John Podymor hereafter mentioned), in trust for pious uses, for the souls of the bishop and his parents, of John duke of Lancaster and his children, Agnes Rabaas the said bishop's sister, Thomas Terry canon of Wells, John Podymor and Joan his wife and other his benefactors (after the death of Agnes and such others as were then yet living); and feoffment thereof to them afterwards made in order to fulfil such his intent: and witnessing that they, being thereof so seised in trust, by licence of the king and others concerned, give the said messuage and land to the dean and chapter towards their maintenance and certain works of piety hereinafter declared, that is to say, the said mass priests dwelling in the said inn shall occupy the said messuage and land in name of the dean and chapter, and take the rents and profits thereof, with power to make leases; and every Saturday after vespers they shall meet in their said inn, or in the church, and appoint one of their company by course, week after week, to celebrate mass as aforesaid at the altar of St. Edmund in the nave after the gospel of every high mass, who shall for every such seven masses take 9d. of the said rents at the end of the quarter; the ministers or receivers of such rents shall find bread, wine, lights and other necessaries for such masses, and pay yearly 20s. to the chaplain celebrating the second morning mass founded by the said late bishop at the said altar, and 4d. to every vicar and the said chaplain celebrating on his anniversary, and shall find two candles to burn over the said bishop's tomb during such celebration, and at the mass for the dead on the morrow thereof; for every default of the said ministers the communar shall deduct or otherwise levy 12d. of their stipend as forfeit to the use of the canons, and for every default of the celebrant 8d.; the said ministers shall pay every Sunday 1d. to the chaplain of the week in the church of St. Andrew in the procession making mention of the said bishop among the other benefactors, and shall retain any residue to the relief of contingencies: lastly the dean and chapter and the said mass priests grant power to those interested as aforesaid severally to distrain in default of payment. One part, sealed by the said Gilbert, Robert and John, to remain with the dean and chapter and the mass priests; one with the celebrant of the said morning mass, one with the vicars, one with the communar and chaplain of the week, these three sealed by the dean and chapter.
R.III. ff. 271d.–273.

Bull of Pope Clement [VI], dated Avignon iiii non. August 4 Pope Clement, upon the petition of Ralph bishop of Bath and Wells, reciting a bull, dated Avignon kal. May 18 Pope John XXII, (see Cal. Papal Letters, ii. 411,) addressed to John archbishop of Canterbury; a commission of the said archbishop to Master Wybert de Litleton canon of Wells, his chancellor, dated Paris, ix kal. December 1334; a second commission to the precentor and subdean of Wells and Master John de Wamberge canon of Wells (upon the death of the said commissary), dated Lambeth, xii kal. June 1341; a report or certificate by Walter de Hulle subdean of Wells and John de Wamberge (two of the last mentioned commissaries) to the archbishop, of their inquisition and decree thereupon made, dated Wells, vi id. August the same year, and attested by Stephen Trippe notary public, in presence of John de Carleton and John de Horsyngton; a renewed commission of the archbishop to the said subdean and canon, for the furtherance of their said decree, dated Maghfeld iiii non. September 1341; a decree thereupon of the said commissaries, appropriating the church of Chiw to the table of the bishop of Bath and Wells, dated Wells 20 September 1341, made in presence of Master John de Carleton and Simon de Fareweye, reduced to writing and attested by the said notary (see R. II. ff. 73–4: below p. 549); and a notification and approval thereof by the archbishop, addressed to the parishioners of Chiw, dated Maghfeld, v id. November 1341; and confirming the appropriation thereby decreed.
R.III. ff. 273–277. Cal. Papal Letters, iii. 191.

Indenture of gift by John bishop of Bath and Wells, with the consent of the prior and chapter of Bath and of Master Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells, to John de Godeleh dean of Wells and the chapter [of 10l. rent, in lieu of] a yearly pension of 10 marks of lands, rents etc. in the manor of Middelton anciently paid towards the maintenance of two chaplains celebrating daily for the souls of bishops William de Button the first and the second and of John de Button long since provost, but now withdrawn, together with 5 marks yearly of the revenues of the church of Berwe, payable by the archdeacon of Wells (to whom the said church is now appropriated) by the hands of the communar, to make 'of the said 10l.' three chantries of three chaplains celebrating daily in the said church: and ordinance concerning the aforesaid chantries, namely that two chaplains, vicars of Wells ministering in the priest's office, to be nominated on the morrow of Michaelmas every year by the said archdeacon, or in his absence by the dean or most worthy parson present, shall celebrate every day in the church of Wells, at the altar where they used to celebrate, for the said bishops and provost Button and all bishops and canons of Wells, and take thereof the accustomed stipend; also that a third chaplain shall celebrate every day, at an altar hereafter to be dedicated to the body and blood of Christ, and in the mean time at that of St. Mark, for Master Robert de Wambergh, the said bishop John, and dean Godlee, and for Emilena, Letitia. and other the faithful dead, in return for their benefactions and especially for the archdeacon's pains and costs in obtaining the appropriation of the church of Berwes to the archdeaconry (much impaired by the loss of Middelton), and the perpetuation of the first mentioned chantry: the said third chaplain shall not be a vicar, and shall be collated by the bishop; he shall take yearly of the 10l. aforesaid 5 marks for his stipend and maintenance, he shall celebrate every Sunday a mass of the Trinity, with the second collect' Deus cujus misericordic non est numerus,' the third 'Deus qui inter apostolicos sacerdotes,' the fourth 'Quos domine pro tua pietate,' every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday a mass of the dead, every Thursday a mass of the body and blood of Christ, every Friday a mass of the Holy Cross, and every Saturday a mass of the glorious Virgin, provided that the collects be said every day in the order above mentioned; the said secular chaplain shall every day (double feasts excepted) say placebo and dirige with commendation for the persons aforesaid, and be sworn so to do at his collation; he shall not absent himself without leave, and then for three days only save for some necessary cause, finding a substitute during such absence; he shall take no other service, and shall be removable by the dean and chapter. Dated Banewell, v id. September 1328.

Confirmed by Robert prior of Bath and the chapter pridie id. Septemb.; and by Robert de Wambergh archdeacon of Wells, 17 kal. October.

R.III. f. 278d. An evident omission by the copyist is supplied by reference to the instrument on ff. 165d.–167; above p. 393.

Letters patent of King Edward [II], being a pardon to the dean and chapter of Wells for acquiring certain rents in Welles, namely 7s. 4d. of Lucy Lundreys, 21s. of William de Westbury and Simon Cotyn, 24s. of William de Bourne, 10s. of Hugh de Lymington, and 13s. 4d. of William de Bathonia, without a licence in mortmain from the late king. Tested at Faxflete, 6 July 16 Edward [II].
R.III. f. 279d. Pat. Cal. p. 305.

Gift by Maurice de Gant to the church and canons regular of St. Augustine Bristol, for the souls of himself, his parents, his wives, etc., of the manor of Poulet with the appurtenances and liberties thereof, acquitting them of the king's and other services, his mills of Wer' with fisheries, watercourses, etc., as William de Sumerford held them of grantor (with proviso that the said William may hold of them one called the little mill for his life at a yearly rent of 40s.), his mills of Radewik likewise (with proviso that Alexander and John de Striguill may hold the same for their lives at a yearly rent of 14 marks), and 4 marks yearly to be taken in Bristol, namely 2 marks of the house which was of Robert Harding and held by David Warr', 1 mark of the house which was of Peter Warr' in Bradestrete, and 1 mark of the house which was of Richard the cordwainer juxta pisam, to hold of grantor and his heirs in frank almoin, answering only to God in prayers, to a hundred of Christ's poor, and to one chaplain to celebrate daily for ever in the almonry built by grantor: with warranty. Witnesses: Sir William son of John de Harpetre, Sir Robert de Gurnay, Jordan Warr', Robert de Berkelay canon of Wells, Gilbert de Schipton, Adam de Budiford, William de Hida, Reginald de Camm', Gilbert de Camm'.
R.III. f. 280.

Confirmation by Robert de Gurnay of a charter (whereof a copy attached) and gift of Maurice de Gant his late uncle, provided that R. bishop of Chichester the king's chancellor, J. bishop of Bath and W. bishop of Worcester provide security for the maintenance of a chaplain and for feeding one hundred poor daily of the issues of lands, rents and mills in the said charter named, or more if it may be. Witnesses: R. bishop of Durham, J. bishop of Bath, R. bishop of Chichester and chancellor, Sir H. de Burgo earl of Kent and justice of England, Anselm [bishop] elect of St. Davids, Sir Stephen de Segrave, Sir John Marescallus, Master Hugh son of Richard, Jordan la Ware, Gilbert de Sipton, John de Campo Florido, Henri de Veni, Elias de Stamford, Ralph Russell, Terry the clerk.
R.III. f. 280d. The charter is not here copied: no doubt it was the one last above entered.

Indenture made between the dean and chapter of Wells on the one part and Master Richard Drayton canon and prebendary of Wiztlakyngton on the other, whereby the dean and chapter, in consideration of his gift and delivery of a sum of money, one chalice, manual and vestment, with other furniture for an altar of St. Edmund in the nave, to Hugh Morelonde and William Martyn mass priests of the church of St. Andrew and principals of their common hall and to the other mass priests, and of other gifts, by assent of the said principals and other priests, order that one of them, to be appointed every Saturday at vespers by the principals and their successors, shall daily during the week at the first peal of St. Mary's bell celebrate a mass of the Virgin Mary at the altar aforesaid for the said Master Richard, his parents and benefactors, and shall at the end of his course take 12d. for his pains of the rent arising yearly from their new tenement called the Crystyshamhyn in Wells by the high cross, which they have to the use of the said priests; in case of negligence etc. he shall lose for every default 8d. to be levied of his next commons or other commodities in the said church, whereof 4d. shall go to the use of the said priests in their common hall and other 4d. to the fabric of the church: the said priests shall repair, and if need be renew, the said furniture and ornaments. The dean and chapter bind all the tenements in the city and suburb of Wells which they have to the use of the said priests for the observance of the premisses, submitting themselves to the precentor, chancellor and subdean, with power of distraint for any default. Dated the chapter house Wells, 20 April 1414.
R.III. f. 280d., 281.