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

BLAdd.Roll39660d (AD1533)

RAMSEY. VIEW [OF FRANKPLEDGE] WITH COURT HELD THERE ON THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF KING HENRY VIII AND THE TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR OF THE LORD ABBOT JOHN WARDEBOYS. [1]

1

ESSOINS: None.

2

PRESENTMENT INQUEST WITH THE HOMAGE [JURORS:] John Waltsheff, William Goslowe, John Ashton, William Pycard, John Ostler, Robert Person, Nicholas Meryell, Alwin Wylson, William Smyth, Patrick Patynson, William Crespe, John Heyne, Robert Varlet.

3

HEPMANGROVE [JURORS:] John Reddman, William Hawlyng, Thomas Dymbylbe, John Colyt, Thomas Skynner, William Campyon, John Huntyngdon.

4

COMMON FINE: 6 s. 8 d., by ancient custom.

ASSAULTS:

5

12 d. from John Drewry, butcher, for assaulting and drawing blood from Robert Farrynton, against the peace.

6

12 d. from John Yng for assaulting William Cole and breaking his skull.

7

4 d. from John Gerryell for assaulting John Smyth, recently of Bodsey, against the peace.

8

12 d. from Robert Marsyall for assaulting the aforesaid John.

9

4 d. from the same Robert for assaulting William Ellyn and striking him with a bridle, against the peace of the Lord King.

10

4 d. from John Yng for assaulting William Andrew and striking him with his fist on the face and drawing blood from him, against the peace.

11

8 d. from Jacob Sannde for assaulting and drawing blood from Nicholas Scott, against the peace.

12

6 d. from Thomas Brydelake for assaulting John Roson, against the peace.

13

6 s. 8 d. from the said Thomas Brydelake as penalty for lebyherde, as decreed at the last view.

14

12 d. from John Drewry, butcher, for breaking into the common park and taking and carrying away the cattle, against the King's peace.

15

BAKERS: 2 d. each from William Burton, Robert Gynge, Martin Oldmedow, [?Martin] [2] Wekyt, 1 d. from Alice Bundy, 2 d. from Richard Yngram, 4 d. from Richard [?Brege] [3] of Huntingdon,3 d. from William [?Elderiche] [4] of Huntingdon and 4 d. from Peter Aundell of St Ives, common bakers, for breaking the assize of bread.

16

BREWERS: 2 d. each from John Walsheff and Margaret Maysey, 4 d. from Robert Nelson, 2 d. each from William Gostlow and John Atston, 1 d. from William Weke, 2 d. each from Joan Wryght, John Ashton and John Brown, common brewers, for breaking the assize of ale.

17

GANNOKERS: [5] 1 d. each from Thomas Chapman, Henry Manson, Robert Person, 2 d. from George Canne and 1 d. from John Drewry, blacksmith, common gannokers, for breaking the assize of ale.

18

BUTCHERS: 1 d. each from Thomas Wryght and William Eylyt, butchers, for selling meat at too high a price, contrary to the assize.

19

TAILORS: 2 d. from Robert Emytt, 1 d. each from Robert Lyvvett and Christopher Thomas, common tailors, for breaking the assize of the King.

20

MERCERS: 3 d. from William Ensworth, 2 d. each from John Gowlyng and John Asshton, common mercers, for the same.

21

WEAVERS: 1 d. each from Thomas Chapman, Oliver Shilock and Robert Tomson, common weavers, for the same.

22

FULLERS: 1 d. each from John Heyne and John Rosun, common fullers, for the same.

23

COBBLERS: 1 d. each from Geoffrey Spendall, Robert Longe and John Ynge, common cobblers, for the same.

24

TANNERS: [...] [6] from Thomas Meyse, common tanner of leather, for the same.

[ORDINANCES]

25

Ordinance that no one shall tie up mares with foals in the fields of Ramsey unless he ties up the foals, under an individual penalty of 3 s. 4 d.

26

Ordinance that no tenant of Hepmangrove or Bury shall keep more sheep than he can watch nor which are not his own in Mitchwood [7] and Hallow at any time of the year, under an individual penalty of 100 s.

27

Order that the Master Cellarer and his associates will fence the lane from the end of the vill up to Biggin and make a strong fence there from Biggin up to le Tyle Kyll before the next feast of the Purification of Blessed Mary, [8] under a penalty of 40 s.

28

Ordinance that those who have pigs shall put them in le Coty or in their own orchard at night, under an individual penalty of 3 s. 4 d.

29

Ordinance that no shall keep any horse or colt called Gorsecoltys above the age of two years and less than 10 s. in value in Mitchwood [9] and Hallow, under an individual penalty of 40 s.

30

Ordinance that no fisherman in the common called a coman shall go to Ramsey Mere or Ugmere before sunrise after the feast of the Annunciation of Blessed Mary [10] and up to the feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, [11] under an individual penalty of 6 s. 8 d.

ELECTION OF OFFICIALS

31

Election and swearing-in of John Somerby and William Smythe as Constables, John Drewry, blacksmith, and John Byrd as ale-tasters, Geoffrey Spendall and Stephen Hunt as inspectors of meat and fish, and Richard Drewry and William Tyler as Fen Reeves.

32

COPY: Conveyance by the lord to Nicholas Meryell, at the aforesaid court, in the time of Brother Thomas Therfeld, Cellarer of the monastery of Ramsey, of one empty house with adjacent close at the end of the vill next to the White Cross [12] to be held by him and heirs [13] at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, rendering annually to the lord, through the hands of the Cellarer, 6 s. 8 d., and performing all other obligations, save providing lumber for repairs. Gersuma [14] paid, fealty performed and admitted as tenant.

33

Surrender back to the lord, through the hands of the Cellarer, by Richard Spenser of one half of one close beneath Mitchwood [15] called Wekyn, the other half of which John Goslo holds, and recently in the tenure of Stephen Hunt, to the use [16] of Robert Nelson, with two [..], [17] to be held by him, his heirs and assigns at the will of the lord, according [to the custom of the manor], rendering annually to the lord, through the hands of the Cellarer, [...] [18] s. at the feast of the Annuciation [19] and the feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, [20] performing all other obligations, and repairing all hedges and ditches [...] [21] at his own expense, receiving sufficient underbrush from the wood of Mitchwood [22] whenever necessity requires, by delivery of the Cellarer. Gersuma [23]paid, fealty performed.

HEPMANGROVE

34

BREWERS: 1 d. each from the wife of Thomas Wryght and the wife of John Huntyngdon, common brewers, for selling ale at too high a price and from breaking the assize [of ale.]

[ORDINANCES] [24]

35

Ordinance that no one shall keep nor tie up any cattle on the common balk before Pentecost, under an individual penalty of 20 d.

36

Ordinance that a penalty of 20 d. will be forfeited by anyone found breaking down hedges, unless they are his own.

37

Ordinance that no one shall put any cattle in Feldhold [25] unfettered or any unfettered horse from the feast of the Annunciation of Blessed Mary [26] up to the end of Autumn, under an individual penalty of 12 d.

38

Ordinance that no one shall put any cattle in Fen Holt [27] after the feast of the Purification [28] until the common cowherd yokes them, under an individual penalty of 20 d.

ELECTION OF OFFICIALS

39

Election and swearing-in of William Gwylyng as Constable, Thomas Skynner as ale-taster and William Wynde as Fen Reeve.

40

AFFEERORS: the whole homage.

41

Total, for both Ramsey and Hepmangrove: [Blank]

Notes

1. 26 September, 1533.

2. Damaged.

3. Obliterated.

4. Obliterated.

5. MS: Gannatrices.

6. Obliterated.

7. MS: Mychwod.

8. 2 February.

9. MS: Michwod.

10. 25 March.

11. 24 June.

12. MS: le Whygte Crosse.

13. Deleted: et assignatis.

14. Unrecorded.

15. MS: Mychwod.

16. MS: ad opus et usum.

17. Obliterated.

18. Obliterated.

19. 25 March.

20. 24 June.

21. Obliterated.

22. MS: Mychwod.

23. Unrecorded.

24. In margin: Pene.

25. MS: le Feld holt.

26. 25 March.

27. MS: le Fen holt.

28. 2 February.