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Pleas of the Manors of the Abbey of Bec in the Third and Fourth Years of Edward I.


Bledlow [Northamptonshire]. Court holden on the Monday next before the feast of S. Luke.

Hugh le Pee in mercy (fine, 12 d.) for concealing a sheep for half a year. Pledges, Simon of Newmere, John of Senholt.

William Ketelburn in mercy (fine, 13s. 4d.) for divers trespasses. Pledge, Henry Ketelburn.

Hugh Derwin for pature, 6 d. Richard Hulle for divers trespasses, 12 d. Henry Stanhard for pasture, 6 d.

John Churchyard for subtraction of work. Hugh Osmund for pasture, 6 d. Alice Andrew's widow, 6 d.

John Osiet in mercy for a trespass; fine, 12 d. Gregory Miller for a trespass, 4 s.; pledge, Robert Serjeant.

William Derwin for a trespass, 6 d.; pledge, William Sperling.

Hugh Hall gives the lord 12 d. that he may have the judgment of the court as to a tenement and two acres of land, which he demands as of right, so he says. And it being asserted that the said land is not free[hold] let the court say its say. And the court says that the tenement and one of the two acres are of servile condition and that the other acre is of free condition. The case is reserved for the lord's presence. Pledge, John Brian.

John Palmer is put in seisin of his father's tenement and gives the lord 53 s. 4 d. as entry money.

William Ketelburn gives the lord 6 s. 8 d. that he may be removed from the office of reeve. Pledge, Robert Serjeant.

William Frith for subtraction of work, 6 d. John Reginald for the same, 6 d. John of Senholt, 12 d. William Ketelburn, 12 d.

For the common fine to be paid on S. Andrew's day, 100 s.

Richard Hulle, 6 d. Alan of Burthorpe, 6 d. Smith's widow, 6 d. Maud Martin, 6 d. Alice Coterel, 6 d. Robert Miller, 6 d. Philip Chapman, 6 d. Peronel Street, 6 d. Hugh Squire, 12 d. Simon of Newmere, 6 d. William Frith, 6 d. Hugh Wiking, 12 d. [Probably amerced for breaking the assize of beer]

It is presented by the chief pledges that Godfrey Serjeant has made default; also that John le Pee has unlawfully thrown up a bank; therefore let it be set to rights.

Robert Smith is put in seisin of his father's tenement and gives the lord four pounds for entry money. Pledge, Robert Serjeant.

William Ketelburn for a trespass, 13 s. 4 d.

Total of monies due, fourteen pounds, three shillings, eight pence.

 

Cottisford [Oxfordshire]. Court holden on the Tuesday next before the feast of S. Luke.

Ralph of Croultham in mercy for a trespass; fine, 6 d. [Pledges] William Roger's son, Roger Smith.

Richard Ford is put in seisin of the tenement and land which Robert Parmenter held and gives the lord 10 s. for entry money. Pledges, Guy, Roger Smith.

For the general fine of the vill payable on S. Andrew's day, 20 s.

A certain unknown man gives the lord 20 s. for leave to contract [marriage] with a certain widow. Pledge, John of Serjeant.

Total of monies due, 50 s. 6 d.

 

Weedon Beck [Northamptonshire]. Court holden on S. Luke's day.

For the general fine payable on S. Thomas' day, 10 marks. William Fleming gives four pounds for leave to contract [marriage] with widow Susan. Pledge, Richard Serjeant.

John Mabely gives the lord 3 s. to have the judgment of twelve men as to certain land whereof Noah deforces him; pledges, Richard Smith, Ralph Bernard. The said jurors say that Noah the Fat has right; therefore etc.

Agnes Stampelove gives the lord 2 s. for leave to come and go in the vill but to dwell outside the lord's land. Pledge, Richard Smith.

Richard Plumer for a trespass, 13 s. 4 d. Walter Wide for the same, 13 s. 4 d.

Godfrey Tailor the younger for a trespass, 2 s.

The plea between Stephen Franklain and John Tailor is adjourned to the next court, when no essoin is to be allowed.

Whereas Godfrey Tailor the younger has demanded against Noah a farthing land, now the action is compromised in manner following:--Godfrey for himself and his heirs remises to the said Noah and his heirs all right and claim which he has or can have in the said farthing land by reason of the gift made by his grandfather John Tailor.

Agnes Mabely is put in seisin of a farthin land which her mother held, and gives the lord 33 s. 4 d. for entry money. Pledges, Noah, William Askil.

The full court declares that in case any woman shall have altogether quitted the lord's domain and shall marry a free man, she may return and recover whatever right and claim she has in any land; but if she shall be joined to a serf, then she cannot do this during the serf's lifetime, but after his death she may.

Robert Wide gives the lord 6 s. 8 d. for releasing his suit [of court] until Michaelmas next. Pledge, Colin Chambers.

Total of monies due, fourteen pounds, zero shillings, four pence.

 

Atherstone [Warwick]. Court holden on the Sunday next after the feast of S. Luke.

William Alice's son is put in seisin of a bakehouse in the King's Street, and shall keep up the house at his own cost and gives 12 d. for entry money, and 10 s. annual rent payable at three terms, viz. 3 s. 4 d. at Martinmas, 3 s. 4 d. at Lady Day, 3 s. 4 d. at Christmas. Pledges, Adam Clerk, JOhn Deboneir.

Ralph Marshall is put in seisin of his father's tenement and gives for annual rent 12 d. and 2 s. for entry money. Pledges, Robert of Overton, Adam Clerk.

Sarah Laundress surrendered her burgage into the lord's hands and Thomas of Fulwood is put in seisin of it and gives 4 s. for entry money and finds pledges that [the Abbot's] franchise shall suffer no harm from him, to wit, William Alison, Thomas Julian, Thomas Baker.

Hawise gives the lord 6 d. (pledge, Lawrence Fuller) to have the judgment of the court as to a place which she has let to farm and gives the lord 12 d. to have seisin. Pledges, Alexander Wheeler, Thomas Lucas.

Dulcia gives the lord 12 d. to have the judgment of the court as to her dower. Pledges, Hugh Tulluse, Thomas Lucas.

It is presented that Stace Hulle (fine 12 d.) has received [strangers] contrary to the assize, also Godfrey of Widon (fine, 6 d.) and Hugh Tulluse (fine, 6 d.), also they say that Geoffrey Turner has committed a trespass (fine, 6 d.). Robert Meke for a trespass, 12 d. Thomas Baker, 12 d.

For the general fine of the vill payable on S. Andrew's day, 30 s.

Total of monies due, four pounds, zero shillings, ten pence.

 

Tooting [Surrey]. Court holden on Monday before the feast of S. Leonard.

John son of Alma demands a cottage which Henry Fleming holds and gives the lord 12 d. for the oath and recognition of 12 men; pledge, Richard Jordan. The jurors say that Henry Fleming has the better right.

Baldwin Cobbler's son finds [as pledges] Walter Cobbler, Roger of Broadwater, Robert Linene, William Frances, that notwithstanding his stay in London he will always make suit with his tithing and will at no time claim any liberty contrary to the lord's will and will come to the lord whenever the lord wills.

 

Preston [Sussex]. Court holden on the day of S. Martin.

Simon Patrick gives the lord 12 d. to have the judgment of the court as to a cottage of which the widow of Geoffrey Dogers deforces him; pledge, Simon of Strode. The said jurors say that the said Simon has the better right. And the said Simon remises and quit-claims all his right to his sister Maud and her husband John Horin, [who] gives the lord 10 s. for entry money; pledges, Simon Patrick, John Talk.

 

Swincombe [Oxford]. Court holden on the vigil of SS. Philip and James.

Richard Cross in mercy for bloodshed; fine, 6 d.; pledge, Peter Cross.

Henry Dene 12 d., John Forester 6 d., Ralph Muncy 6 d., John Ash 6 d., Adam Wille 12 d., Henry Bunting 12 d., John Carter 12 d., John Fountain 12 d., Widow Wace 6 d. [Probably amerced for breaking the assize of beer]

 

Bledlow [Buckinghamshire]. Court holden on the feast of SS. Philip and James.

Robert Cross for pasture, 6d.

Hugh Wiking for not making suit at the lord's mill, 12 d.

Richard Hulle 12 d., Robert Cross 6 d., W. ketelburn's widow 6 d., Maud Martin 12 d., William Moor 6 d., Robert Miller 6 d., Peronel Street 12 d., Hugh Wiking, Henry of Loksborough 6 d., William Frith, Lucy Blackstone 6 d., Alice Harding, 6 d. [Probably amerced for braking the assize of beer]

It was presented that William Derwin and John Derwin (fine, 12 d.) committed a trespass against Agnes Dene, and the cry was raised, therefore etc.

Hugh Churchyard contracted [marriage] without the lord's leave; [fine] 12 d.

Let Juliana Forester be distrained for her default, also William Moor.

John Kulbel in mercy (fine, 12 d.) for not producing Gregory Miller, and he is commanded to produce him at the next court.

Hugh Andrew's son gives the lord 4 s. for leave to marry; pledge, Robert Serjeant.

Juliana Forester gives the lord 12 d. in order that for the future no occasion may be taken against her for neglect of suit of court.

John Franklain is put in seisin of his father's tenement and gives the lord 20 s. for entry; pledge, Robert Serjeant.

Henry Cross gives the lord 4 s. for license to marry; pledge, Robert Serjeant.

 

Tooting [Surrey]. Court holden on Saturday before Ascension Day.

Hugh Ellis has demised and let to William Smith the acre of land called Lusemead for a term of nineteen years, and in case the said Hugh shall die within the said term and so be unable to warrant the said meadow he has obliged himself by plighted troth to keep the said William indemnified and to secure him his chattels. And for the making of this entry on the roll the said William gives the lord 2 s.; pledge, Robert Serjeant.

 

Cottisford [Oxford]. Court holden on Tuesday after Trinity Sunday.

Isabella Warin gives the lord 4 s. for leave to give her daughter Mary in marriage; pledge, John Serjeant.

It is presented by the whole township that Ralph le War has disseised the lord of a moiety of a hedge, whereas it had often been adjudged by award of the court that the said hedge belongs as to one moiety to the lord and as to the other to Ralph, and the said Ralph claims and takes to his use the whole to the lord's damage etc. Also they say that the said Ralph holds Overcolkescroft, which land by right is the lord's.

 


This text was taken from: Maitland, F.W. ed. Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts: Volume 1--Reigns of Henry III and Edward I. London: Bernard Quartich, 1889.