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

BLAdd.Roll34405, m.1 (AD1591[1])

RAMSEY. VIEW OF FRANKPLEDGE WITH COURT BARON OF HENRY WILLIAMS, ALIAS CROMWELL, KNIGHT, HELD THERE ON THE FIRST DAY OF APRIL, IN THE THIRTY-THIRD 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:] John Thorogood, William Snarsdalle, William Manye, Thomas Palmer, William Daye, John Sharpe, George Godfrey, Robert Hunte, John Chicheley, Thomas Leache, Laurence Martyne, Edward Avery, John Crowder.

[DEFAULTS]

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2 d. each from Richard Taylor, Jacob Grooves, Humphrey Penell and Richard Foxe, tenants of this manor, for default.

[CONVEYANCES]

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Determination by the homage that John Mariott, before the last court surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Jasper Awdrianson, tenant of this manor, one cotagium with appurtenances and with the road to Stocking Fen, [2] to the use [3] of John Mariott, 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 5 s. and one capon 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 Addams, before the last court surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Robert Nokes, tenant of this manor, one customary tenement and orchard with appurtenances, to the use [4] of Christopher Aspland 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 9 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 Nicholas Galian and Elizabeth, his wife, before the last court and after Elizabeth had been examined alone by the Steward, surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Edmund Triplett, tenant of this manor, one tenement lying in Little Wyght [5] with four selions in le Holt and six butts in Powles Croft, [6] and two rods of meadow lying in Chevery, to the use [7] of John Hill 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, 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 Hill, before the last court surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Thomas Stretley and William Gosloue, tenants of this manor, one tenement with appurtenances, to the use [8] of Francisca Hill, his wife, and her 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 5 s. annual rent. Fine: [Blank.] Fealty performed, admitted as tenant.

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Surrender into the lord's hands, at this court, by the said Francisca [Hill], in person, of the said tenement with appurtenances, with the intention that the lord regrant the said tenement to her for the term of her life, with remainder to Richard Hill, son and heir of William Hill, under the following condition: that Richard Hill, his heirs, executors or assigns shall pay or cause to be paid to the said Francisca, her executor or assigns #6 of legal English money now or in the following manner: 20 s. at the next feast of St Michael the Archangel [9] or within one week after that, and thereafter 20 s. annually until the full #6 is paid. Seisin granted by the lord, through his Steward, to the said Francisca and Richard, to be held by Francisca for life with remainder to Richard and his heirs, under the aforesaid condition, by the rod, at the will of the lord, according to the custom of the manor, for 5 s. annual rent. Fine: [Blank.] Fealty performed, admitted as tenants. And [10] it is agreed in the court that the said Richard Hill shall have from year to year a little kitchen parcel of the said tenement now in his tenure or occupation during the natural life of the said Francisca, paying only but the lord's rent and keeping all repairs. And if any contention shall occur between the said Francisca and the said Richard Hill, then the same [is] to be decided and ended by the court of the town and the Constable for the time being.

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Determination by the homage that William Hill, before the last court surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of William Stretley and William Gosloue, tenants of this manor, one close called Anoysyers Holt, to the use [11] of Richard Hill 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 4 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 Thomas Palmer, before the last court surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of Robert Nokes, tenant of this manor, half of one close with appurtenances called Fen Close, [12] to the use [13] of William Taylard, gentleman, 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 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 Henry Avery, before the last court surrendered into the lord's hands, through the hands of William Maney and William Warde, tenants of this manor, one tenement with pond, to the use [14] of Thomas Woddam 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 2 s. 6 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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Conveyance by the lord of one cotagium with appurtenances in Ramsey to the use [15] of Robert Hall and the legitimate heirs of his body, 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. 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 John Gowler, who held for himself and his heirs according to the custom of the manor one customary tenement with appurtenances, died seised thereof, and that William Gowler in his son and heir and of full age, 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 10 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]

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20 d. from Robert Inges for cutting down wood and willows on the common, contrary to the ordinance.

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20 d. from John Crispe for the same.

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2 s. 6 d. from Ralph Marshall for failing to clean a certain ditch, contrary to the ordinance.

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2 s. 6 d. from John Gotrich for the same.

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7 s. 4 d. from Patrick Thomas for not contributing his alms to[...] [16] of this manor, according to the ordinance.

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20 s. from [Blank] for putting [Blank] Barnard in hiscotagium within the precincts of this manor, who is not of good repute or governance, nor can he find mainpernors, according to the ordinance.

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3 s. 4 d. from Jacob Potton for selling sedge outside the manor, contrary to the ordinance.

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3 s. 4 d. each from Thomas Woodham, Robert Hendrye, Henry Averye, William Fryer, John Moseley Junior, Nicholas Oldmeadow and John Wright for the same.

Notes

1. 1 April, 1591.

2. MS: Stockyn Fenne.

3. MS: ad opus et usum.

4. MS: ad opus et usum.

5. MS: Littell Wight.

6. MS: Powles Crofte.

7. MS: ad opus et usum.

8. MS: ad opus et usum.

9. 29 September.

10. In English.

11. MS: ad opus et usum.

12. MS: Fenne Close.

13. MS: ad opus et usum.

14. MS: ad opus et usum.

15. MS: ad opus et usum.

16. Obliterated.