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

BLAdd.Roll34394, m.1d (AD1582[2])

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

1

ESSOINS: William Servington by John Godley, John Cakebread by John Pooker, Andrew Thoroughgood by William Nokes.

2

HOMAGE [JURORS:] Robert Godfrey, William Mascoll, William Andrewe, Edward Clarkson, Thomas Pallmer, Edward Fydgett, John Horledge, John Phillipp, William Woodde, Anthony Lansdall, John Bowmer Senior, William Bowth, Richard Hillar, Robert Gowler.

3

COMMON FINE: 6 s. 8 d.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE JURORS]

4

Notice that William Servington and the ancestors of Henry Borowe encroached upon a certain ruined pond and its bank adjacent to two free cotagia in separate tenures or occupations of the said Henry Borough and Giles Essex, and [upon] customary tenements held by Robert Oldmedowe.

5

Notice of another encroachment by the ancestors of William Servington upon the privy of a vacant fee of the lord adjacent to the free cotagium held by Matthew Armsbie. Therefore, it is ordered by the homage that all the aforesaid encroachments be removed before the feast of All Saints [2] and their fences be taken down under an individual penalty of #5.

6

Order that the lord seize all the goods, chattels and customary lands of Thomas Johnson because he killed and murdered [3] his wife with a knife before the last court.

7

2 s. from John Tompson for keeping two geldings on the common.

8

2 s. 6 d. from William Armsbie and Nicholas Oldmedowe for taking hay in Stocking Fen [4] beyond the allowed amount, contrary to the ordinance.

9

4 d. each from John Freman and William Day, alehouse-keepers, for selling victuals at excessive prices.

10

4 d. each from John Sharpp, Henry Bradshawe and Robert Dawson, bakers, for breaking the assize.

11

2 d. from John Bassett, lavius, [5] for selling meat [unfit] for human consumption.

12

2 d. from Robert Many, miller, for excessive tolls.

13

2 d. each from Richard Chappell, Patrick Thomas, Robert Catlyn and Richard Aynsworth, innkeepers, [6] for charging too much for victuals.

14

6 d. from John Cakebread, brewer, for breaking the assize.

[CONVEYANCES]

15

Determination by the homage that Nicholas Wills, before the last court, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of William Andrewe and John Arlath, tenants of this manor, one tenement with appurtenances, to the use [7] of Robert Bett 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. 8 d. and four ducks annual rent, suit to court and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: [Blank.] Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

16

Conveyance by the lord to Francis Baker, in person, of one customary messuage with appurtenances, to whom the lord, through his Steward, granted seisin, to be held by the said Francis and his assigns for life, 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: [Blank.] Fealty postponed until Francis is of full age. Admitted as tenant.

Notes

1. 24 September, 1582.

2. 1 November.

3. MS: occidit et murderavit.

4. MS: Stockinge Fen.

5. Or: lanius.

6. MS: tenent diversaria.

7. MS: ad opus et usum.