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

BLAdd.Roll34391 (AD1579[1])

RAMSEY. VIEW OF FRANKPLEDGE WITH COURT BARON OF HENRY WILLIAMS, ALIAS CROMWELL, KNIGHT, HELD THERE ON THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, IN THE TWENTY-FIRST YEAR OF THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH, BY THE GRACE OF GOD QUEEN OF ENGLAND, FRANCE AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH. [1]

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ESSOINS: [Blank.]

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HOMAGE [JURORS:] Thomas Ensworth, William Snarsdale, Edward Fidgett, Richard Martyn, Thomas Bonde, Edward Claxton, William Woodde, John Chicheley, William Daye, William Whitwell, William Nokes, Nicholas Phillipps, Thomas Palmer, Robert Oldmeddowe.

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COMMON FINE: 6 s. 8 d.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE JURORS]

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10 s. from Robert Nokes for mowing hay in the fen on Brake Day, contrary to the ordinance.

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10 s. each from Jonas Smithe and Robert Godfrey for the same.

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10 s. from Edward Avery for polluting the lade, contrary to the ordinance.

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10 s. from Edward Avery for collecting [Blank], contrary to the ordinance.

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10 s. each from John Freman, Thomas Fryer and William Pearson for the same.

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20 d. from Henry Hyde for breaking the common park on 16 October last. [2]

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12 d. from John Preisle for the same on 2 November last. [3]

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6 d. from John Sculthorpe for the same.

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4 d. from Michael and Katherine Downham for making rescue from the parker.

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6 d. from John Cakebreade, ale-brewer, for breaking the assize.

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4 d. from John Freman, brewer, for the same.

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4 d. each from William Pilgram, Francis Smyte, William Whitwell and William Day for the same.

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4 d. from Thomas Johnson, lavius, [4] for selling meat unfit for humans.

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4 d. each from Thomas Smyth and William Butcher of Whittlesey and 2 d. from John Basset for the same.

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4 d. from Thomas Dawson, baker, for breaking the assize.

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4 d. each from John Sharpe and Henry Bradshawe, bakers, for breaking the assize.

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4 d. from Robert Many, miller, for charging excessive toll.

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6 d. each from George Sandiver, [Blank] Rysley and William Taylard for the same.

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3 d. from John Drage for using illicit measures.

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3 d. from William Nokes for the same.

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20 d. from Thomas Hill for assaulting and drawing blood from Edward Fidgett.

[CONVEYANCES]

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Surrender into the lord's hands by Nicholas Baxter, in person and in full court, of one tenement with appurtenances, to the use [5] of John Arlorthe and his heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 10 s. and three geese annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: (40 s.)Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that Richard Leache, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Robert Gowler and Robert Oldmedowe, tenants of this manor, one customary tenement and the fourth part of one close called Middle Field [6] with appurtenances, to the use [7] of Thomas Leache and his heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 20 s.4 d. and one capon annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: (#4.) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that Richard Leache, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Robert Gowler and Robert Oldmedowe, tenants of this manor, one customary tenement and one piece of an adjacent vacant fee with appurtenances, to the use [8] of William Leache and his heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 13 s. 4 d. and one capon annual rent. Fine: (40 s.) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that Robert Proude, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of William Snarsdale and Maurice Phillipps, tenants of this manor, one messuage recently a vacant fee, to the use [9] of Jasper Audrian, alias Audrianson, and his heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 18 d. annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: (6 s.) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that Bartholomew Raby, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of William Whitwell, in the presence of Maurice Phillipp, tenants of this manor, one close called Copte Hall with appurtenances and four adjacent leasows lying in Rolles Croft, to the use [10] of Reginald Nursse and his heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 11 s. annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: ([Blank.] Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that Christopher Styles and Margaret, his wife, outside the court and before the last court, and after Margaret had been examined alone by the Steward, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of the Steward, one tenement with adjacent croft lying in Ramsey next to White Crosson the north, and two pieces of land lying in the northern field between Ramsey and Biggin, of which one piece lies upon Pilcham, on the north and the other piece, called Le Harpe, lies next to the land called Pilcham and extends to Stewkley Leys, once held by Lappinge, to the use [11] of Eleanor Mascall and Ursula Mascall, two daughters of William Mascall, and their heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 25 s. and two capons annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: (#4.) Fealty postponed until Eleanor and Ursula are of full age. Admitted as tenants.

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Determination that William Raven and Alice, his wife, after she had been examined alone by the Steward, surrendered into the lord's hands one tenement with appurtenances now held or occupied by Nicholas Oldmedowe or his assigns, to the use [12] of Reginald Nursse and his heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 16 s. annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: ([Blank.]) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Oath by William James Junior that he will be a true subject of the Queen.

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Election and swearing-in of Thomas Aynsworth and John Chicheley as Constables.

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Total: #4 18 s. 6 d.

Notes

1. 26 September, 1579.

2. 1578.

3. 1578.

4. Or: lanius.

5. MS: ad opus et usum.

6. MS: Middellfeild.

7. MS: ad opus et usum.

8. MS: ad opus et usum.

9. MS: ad opus et usum.

10. MS: ad opus et usum.

11. MS: ad opus et usum.

12. MS: ad opus et usum.