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

BLAdd.Roll34392 (AD1580)

RAMSEY. VIEW OF FRANKPLEDGE WITH COURT BARON OF HENRY WILLIAMS, ALIAS CROMWELL, KNIGHT, HELD THERE ON THE THIRTIETH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, IN THE TWENTY-SECOND 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:] William Andrewe, William Snarsdall, William Booth, Anthony Landall, Edward Clarkson, William Wodde, Robert Mandy, William Whitwell, William Nokes, Nicholas Phillipp, Thomas Palmer, Robert Oldmedowe, John Bulmer, Thomas Johnson.

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COMMON FINE: 6 s. 8 d.

[CONVEYANCES]

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Determination by the homage that William Mydleton, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of William Andrewe, tenant of this manor, in the presence of Edward Clarkson, one-(half) close with appurtenances called Fen Close, [2] to the use [3] of Thomas Pawmer and his heirs, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to beheld from the lord, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 3 s. 4 d. 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 William Charitie, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Nicholas Clifton, tenant of this manor, in the presence of John Bowmer Junior, one customary tenement with appurtenances, to the use [4] of Thomas Charitie, his son, 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 7 s. 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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Surrender into the lord's hands by Stephen Legatt and Joan, his wife, one of Henry Corbett's daughters, in person, after Joan had been examined alone by the Steward, of five acres of meadow lying in the fields of Ramsey, to the use of the lord of the manor and his heirs.

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Determination by the homage that John Godley, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Edward Fidgett, tenant of this manor, in the presence of John Chicheley, one customary tenement and two pingles and 11 leasows of land and one fishpond called Baxters Weir [5] and Fenners Weir [6] and one le Settinge under North Bridge, to the use [7] of John Nicols 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 14 s. annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: (#5.) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that John Coles, who held for himself and his heirs one customary tenement, died seised thereof before the last court, and that Robert Coles is his brother and heir and is of full age, who, present in court, seeks admittance, 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 12 s. annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: (#3.) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that Reginald Nursse surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of John Lukyn, Steward of the manor, one tenement with appurtenances recently held by Nicholas Oldmeddowe, to the use [8] of Thomas Nursse, his son, 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: (#5.) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant. Further, the same Reginald surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of the same John Lukyn, one close called Copel Hall with appurtenances and four adjacent leasows lying in Powles Croft, [9] to the use of the same Thomas Nursse, his son, 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: [see above.] Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Determination by the homage that Richard Martyn, who held for himself and his heirs one tenement with appurtenances, died seised thereof before the last court, and that Thomas Martyn is his son and heir, who, present, seeks admittance, 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 5 s. and one capon annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: (13s. 4 d., one capon.) Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE JURORS]

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3 s. 4 d. from William Myles for not repairing his fences, according to the ordinance made in the last court.

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3 s. 4 d. each from William Wolman, Robert Inges, Edward Whelewright, Robert Wright, Jonas Smyte, Anthony Browne, William Leach, John Olde, Richard Oldmeddowe, Walter Whaley, William Pearson, Robert Prowde, Robert Chamley, Richard Hemsworth, Thomas Streightley, Ralph Phillipp and William Pearson Junior for the same.

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20 d. from William Mascall for assaulting the servant of Andrew Thorogood.

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20 d. from William Mascall for assaulting the servant of William Day.

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20 s. from Thomas Potton for permitting Jacob Potton to live with him in his house and to pasture his beasts in the commons, contrary to the ordinance made in the last court.

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3 s. 4 d. from John Buttler for selling straw outside the manor, contrary to the ordinance.

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3 s. 4 d. each from William Pearson, Robert Chambley, Richard Chappell, Thomas Potton, Jacob Potton, Nicholas Wells, Thomas Streightley, John Preest, Maurice Phillipp, William Curbye, John Smyth, John Sowtham, John Mosley, [Blank] Addames, widow, Robert Nokes, William Mosley, Humphrey Tayler and Stephen Leighton for the same.

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2 s. 6 d. from Robert Godfrey for mowing straw, called fodder in English, in the common marshes before the customary day and contrary to the ordinance.

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3 s. 4 d. from William Pearson Senior for permitting his cattle to pasture on le loade bank contrary to the ordinance made in the last court.

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#5 from Nicholas Phillipps for taking outside cattle for pasturing, contrary to the ordinance made in the last court.

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6 d. from Hugh Powlter for assaulting John Olde.

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12 d. from Thomas Dawson, common regrater.

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4 d. from John Crispe for illicitly taking a net called, in English, a bowe nett.

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4 d. each from Robert Meney and Thomas Dawson, millers, for charging excessive tolls.

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4 d. each from John Sharpe and Thomas Dawson, 2 d. each from Richard Chappell, Richard Aynsworth and Robert Tyler, bakers, for breaking the assize.

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2 d. each from Francis Smyte, William Whitwell, William Day, Henry Bradshawe, Seth Ashton, William Pilgrom and John Freman, hostellers, for selling victuals at excessive prices.

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2 d. each from Thomas Johnson, Thomas Hunt and William Butcher,lavii, [10] for selling meat unfit for humans.

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2 d. from John Drenge, mercer, for using false measures.

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Total: #13 5 s.

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Swearing-in of Robert Maney as Constable.

Notes

1. 30 September, 1580.

2. MS: Fenn Close.

3. MS: ad opus et usum.

4. MS: ad opus et usum.

5. MS: Baxter Ware.

6. MS: Fenners Weare.

7. MS: ad opus et usum.

8. MS: ad opus et usum.

9. MS: Poules Croft.

10. Or: lanii.