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

BLAdd.Roll34404 (AD1590[2])

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

1

ESSOINS: Thomas London by John Godley, John Goslowe by John Godley, William Servington by William Nokes, William Gamon by Thomas Palmer, John Oke by John Johnson, and Ralph Marshall by Humphrey Pennell.

2

HOMAGE [JURORS:] John Thorogood, John Cakebread, William Snarsdall, Thomas Palmer, William Maney, William Daye, George Godfrey, Richard Aynsworth, Robert Hunt, William Nokes, John Chicheley, Laurence Martyn, Thomas Leache, William Miles, Edward Avery, Thomas Wheeler.

[CONVEYANCES]

3

Determination by the homage that Thomas Ansell, who held for himself and his heirs according to the custom of the manor one tenement and one close called Horse Close, died seised thereof, and that Ellen Dowse, wife of William Dowse, and Dorothy Pye, wife of Thomas Pye, are his daughters and heiresses, and that Ellen Dowse died before the last court, and that Thomas Dowse is her son and heir, which Thomas and the said Dorothy seek 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 18 s. annual rent, suit to court, and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: [Blank.] Fealty performed by Dorothy. Thomas' fealty postponed until he reaches full age. Admitted as tenants. Further, at this court, the lord, out of his special grace, grants to Dorothy and her husband, Thomas Pye, licence to demise all the aforesaid properties for a term of four years from the feast of St Martin next. [2]

4

Determination by the homage that John Nicols, before the last court surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of William Maney, tenant of this manor, in the presence of William Day, one customary tenement and two pingles, 11 leasows of land and one fishpond called Baxters Weir [3] and Fenners Weir [4] and one setting [5] under North Bridge, to the use [6] of Roger Willett 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: [Blank.] Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

5

Determination by the homage that Margaret Rawlens, former wife of Thomas Smyth, who held for herself and her assigns for a life term one tenement called Hungery with remainder to Joan Smyth, Maria Smyth and Susanna Smyth, daughters and heiresses of the said Margaret Smyth, daughter and sole heiress of John Bowmer, [died seised thereof], to which daughters 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 4 s. annual rent. Fine: [Blank.] Fealty postponed until the girls reach full age. Admitted as tenants. Further, 40 s. is paid, for the children, by Michael Smyth in full court to Edward Bowmer for his interest, right and part in the said properties.

6

Determination by the homage that Roland Dawby, who held for himself and his heirs according to the custom of the manor two acres of land lying in Long Newfield [7], died seised thereof before the last court, and that Christopher Dawbye is his son and heir and is more than half a year old, 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 16 d. and one hen annual rent, suit to court, and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine: [Blank.] Fealty postponed until he reaches full age. Admitted as tenant.

7

Surrender into the lord's hands by Edward Avery, in person and in full court, of one messuage with appurtenances, to the use [8] of the same Edward and Joan, his wife, for the term of their lives and for the life of whoever lives longer, with remainder to George Avery, 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 10 s. annual rent. Fealty performed by Edward and Joan but postponed for George until he reaches full age. Admitted as tenants.

8

Surrender into the lord's hands by Andrew Nokes, in person, of one fishpond called Covuches, alias Old Lode, [9] and another fishpond called Paysilver, [10] alias Paddock Weir, [11] with appurtenances, to the use [12] of John Maney 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 25 s. annual rent, suit to court, and all other customs and services owed therein. Fine:([Blank.] Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE JURORS]

10

12 d. from Ellen, wife of Bartholomew Gillow for making an affray (upon John Cakebread) within the jurisdiction of the manor and for drawing blood.

11

12 d. from William Cakebread for the same (upon Bartholomew Gyllow.)

12

12 d. from Edward Triplett for the same (upon Richard Basset.)

13

[...] [13] from Roger Ringe for erecting a cotagium against the Statute published on this matter.

14

20 d. from Bartholomew Gyllow for taking away other men's rudders, contrary to the ordinance.

15

3 s. 4 d. from John Dawbye for impeding the way for boats with a bent tree.

16

3 s. 4 d. from Patrick Thomas for erecting a hoggescote and a privy, to the detriment of the water, contrary to the ordinance.

17

12 d. from Henry Keye for cutting down trees in the Lott Fen, [14] contrary to the ordinance.

18

12 d. each from John Wilson, William Booth, William Butler, Samuel Balsham and William Pearson Senior for the same.

19

5 s. from the said William Pearson for keeping horses and cows in other men's lots of grass.

20

5 s. from Richard Harnesse for the same.

21

2 s. 6 d. from John Moseley for taking sedge beyond this manor, contrary to the ordinance.

22

10 s. from Bartholomew Gillow for receiving an associate into his house without the licence of the homage and contrary to the ordinance.

23

10 s. from William Fryed for the same.

24

[?3 s. 4 d.] [15] from Nicholas Woode for not keeping order in serving his neighbors with sedge.

Notes

1. 2 October, 1590.

2. 11 November.

3. MS: Baxters Ware.

4. MS: Fenners Ware.

5. MS: le Settinge.

6. MS: ad opus et usum.

7. MS: Longe Newfeild.

8. MS: ad opus et usum.

9. MS: Olde Loade.

10. MS: Paysylver.

11. MS: Paddock Ware.

12. MS: ad opus et usum.

13. Obliterated.

14. MS: Lotterd Fenne.

15. Damaged.