The Court Rolls of Ramsey, Hepmangrove, and Bury, 1268–1600

BLAdd.Roll39654 (AD1461)

RAMSEY. VIEW OF FRANKPLEDGE WITH COURT HELD THERE ON MONDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF ST ANNE, THE FIRST YEAR OF THE REIGN OF KING EDWARD IV AND THE TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR OF THE LORD ABBOT JOHN STOWE. [1]

1

ESSOINS: None.

2

[JURORS:] Thomas Cok, John Asplond, William Clerk, Thomas Ballard, William Abbot, John Betcod, Richard Baker, William Wayte, John Fen, John Ridman, Richard Toute, Robert Sower, Robert Pycard.

[PLAINTS]

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Complaint of trespass by Richard Weston (essoined) against John Coupere, charging that John dug up peat in the croft assigned to Richard by the Warden of the Peat, to his damages of 6 s. 8 d. Postponed, with the consent of both parties, to the next leet because the matter is put to the arbitration of Richard Vicory and Robert Pycard for the defendant and Henry Brampton and Philip Aleyn for the complainant.

4

Complaint of trespass by John Couper against Richard Weston postponed to the next leet for the same reason as above.

5

CAPITAGE: 6 s. 8 d. from the whole homage as certain fine.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE JURORS]

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3 d. from Thomas Tyler for not purging the common ditch near Huntingdon (Way), [2] opposite the land he holds.

7

2 d. from Thomas Wenyngton for the same there.

8

[No amercement recorded] from the Sub-cellarer for the same there.

9

2 d. from Richard Merwyk for the same at Beterestrete.

10

2 d. from Thomas Cok (Cooke), [no amercements recorded] from Roger Russell and the Prior of Ramsey for the same there.

11

12 d. from Thomas Tyler for making an encroachment by ploughing from the common balk on Pilcham, which is a common road up to the turf fen and elsewhere.

12

3 d. each from Thomas Goldsmyth, John Cheker Senior and John Awbys Bocher for not purging their ditches opposite the land they hold next to Beterestrete.

13

2 d. from John Hikson for the same at Cole Lane. [3]

14

3 d. from Agnes Gase for regularly building a fire dangerously and negligently beneath the solar of her house in the Wyght, frequently frightening her neighbors.

15

2 d. from Isabelle Newman for regularly washing animals' entrails in the (great lade in the Wyght), making the water bad, polluted and unhealthy for her neighbors.

16

6 d. from William Ryngston of Upwood for assaulting Walter West, against the King's peace, with a lance and a drawn dagger and for striking him with his dagger in the side, so that his life was endangered.

17

1 d. from John Brouse Senior for assaulting William Ryngston and striking him with his fist, against the peace.

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1 d. from the same John Brouse for assaulting William Warde and striking him.

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1 d. from John Boyse for assaulting John Toppyng and striking him with his fist, against the King's peace.

20

12 d. from William Dally for assaulting Margaret Berford and attempting to strike her.

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3 d. from Gilbert Skynner for assaulting Robert Skynner with a cudgel and drawing blood from him, against the peace.

22

1 d. from William Berlycorne for assaulting Laurence Belamy and drawing blood from him, against the peace.

23

6 d. from John Water for taking and carrying off four nets called Stanetts, valued at 20 d., from the goods and chattels of Laurence Thomison of Benwick.

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3 d. from the same John Water for regularly [...] [4] [staying up late] in his house with other vagrant and dishonourable persons, with the result that on several occasions they almost set the house on fire, terrifying the neighbors.

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2 d. from William Ridman for putting fish-traps in the common lade below Northeye, towards Bury.

26

A half-mark each from Thomas Goldsmyth and Henry Shirwode for putting traps [5] in the common lade leading from Ramsey to Bury, where there should be no traps, as was decreed.

27

6 d. from Thomas Rolf for being a common malefactor, drawing up his neighbors' nets in the marsh and carrying off the fish. Order to him and John Water that henceforth they not fish in the common nor do anything else on feast of ferial days, unless they associate themselves with some other honest type of behaviour, under penalty of 20 s.

28

20 d. from John Symmes for brewing and selling ale at 1 1/2 d. a gallon, when the ale-tasters had valued the ale at 1 d. a gallon.

29

12 d. from the same John Symmes for not sending his ale to the ale tasting on several occasions.

30

3 d. from Alice Couper for the same.

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3 d. from John Faukes for putting a dead dog in the common lade, to the nuisance of the neighbors.

32

12 d. from Thomas Botiller for dangerously making a fire in his thatched dwelling, to the nuisance of his neighbors.

33

The following are 12 years old or older and are sworn into tithing: John Weber Junior, Thomas Cok, [6] William Clerk, Thomas Symmes, William Abbot, Robert Pycard, Richard Toute, William Ridman, John Hunt, John Whete, John Cryspe, John Bronne, John Dalby, John Couper, Matthew Kelow, Henry Fuller, William Wotton, Reginald Newman, Richard Beverych, Thomas Baron.

34

8 d. each from Joan Overton and Marion Baveyne, 6 d. from Marion Amy, 8 d. each from Agnes Depyng, Alice Couper and Agnes Faunte,(no amercement) from Joan Filhous (because she is a fugitive), 8d. each from Agnes Symmes and Audrey Notecorn, 4 d. from Katherine Harpor (twice), 1 d. each from the wife of Lovedaye, Agnes Denys, Agnes Rede, Margery Biggyng, Matilda Swankley, Joan Gelam, Juliana Baker and Margaret Ridman, brewers, for breaking the assize of ale.

35

2 d. each from Finetta Water, Joan Brampton, Margaret Skynner, 1 d. [7] from Alice Riston, 2 d. each from Alice Hunt, Ellen Erle, Agnes Denys, Marion Tiler, Agnes Gelam, Alice Awbys, Joan Warde,1 d. from Margaret Berforth, 2 d. each from Margaret Baker, Katherine Brouse, Joan Shirwode, Alice Dixy, Agnes Webster, [1 d. from Katherine Fowler], [8] [no amercement] from Joan West (dead), 3 d. from Agnes Botheby, 2 d. from Isabelle Betcod, [no amercement] from Margaret Lode (pauper), and (2 d. from Juliana Baker), common retailers, for breaking the assize of ale.

36

20 d. each from Thomas Plomer and John Asplond, bakers of bread, for selling bread and breaking the assize.

37

12 d. each from William Faunt, Thomas Cok and John Awbys, butchers, for charging too much in selling meat.

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4 d. each from Thomas Cok, William Faunt, John Hunt and John Awbys Bocher, 1 d. from Marion Amy, 4 d. each from Walter Pamplion and John Asplond, 1 d. from Alice Keteryng, 2 d. from John Whete, 1 d. from Finetta Water, 4 d. from Thomas Plomer, victualers, for charging too much.

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4 d. from William Wayte, 2 d. from Richard Wayte, 1 d. each from Robert Grene and John Sowle, 12 d. from Richard Toute, 4 d. from Robert Taillor, [...], [9] from John [...], [10] and 1 d. from John Hill, tailors, for charging too much in their art.

40

3 d. each from William Clerk and John Fenne, ale-tasters, for not performing their office.

41

6 d. from Richard Geyte, 2 d. from John Missangle, 6 d. from John Danby, [no amercement] from John Gerveyse (fugitive), and [no amercement] from William Flemmyng (fugitive), cobblers, [11] for charging too much in their art.

42

4 d. from Robert Skynner and 2 d. from Gilbert Skynner, skinners, for charging too much in their art.

43

2 d. each from John Webster, John Faukes, Thomas Hyde, 1 d. from Richard Faukes and 2 d. from Matthew Kelew, weavers, for charging too much.

44

2 d. each from Roger Glover and John Peecok, glovers, for charging too much in their art.

45

Election and swearing-in of William Stedeman and Philip Aleyne as Constables.

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Election and swearing-in of John Betcod and Richard Toute as ale-tasters.

47

Election and swearing-in of Henry Brampton and Thomas Symmes as tasters of meat and fish.

48

Election and swearing-in of John Purdy, in place of William West, and John Couper, in place of Robert Stone, as Capital Pledges.

HEPMANGROVE

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[No amercement] from the Cellarer, 3 d. each from John Cheker Senior and John Cheker Junior, [no amercement] from the Sacristan of St Ives, and 3 d. from Henry Baker of Upwood for not purging their ditches in Fyssheres Lane.

50

2 d. from John Brouse for the same in Stone Cross Lane. [12]

51

2 d. from Thomas Baron for the same there, at a place called Asshtonnes.

52

[No amercement] from the Prior of Ramsey for the same near Huntingdon Way. [13]

53

Election and swearing-in of John Salford as Constable.

54

Election and swearing-in of John Ridman Junior as Capital Pledge, in place of John Ridman Senior.

Notes

1. 27 July, 1461.

2. MS: Huntyngdon Weye.

3. MS: Colane.

4. Torn away.

5. MS: les Stampes.

6. Deleted: Clerk.

7. Deleted: ii d.

8. Deleted.

9. Torn away.

10. Torn away.

11. MS: sutores.

12. MS: Stonecrosse Lane.

13. MS: Huntyngdon Weye.