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

BLAdd.Roll39636 (AD1397)

RAMSEY. VIEW OF FRANKPLEDGE HELD THERE ON MONDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF THE INVENTION OF THE HOLY CROSS, IN THE TWENTIETH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF KING RICHARD II AND THE FIRST YEAR OF THE LORD ABBOT THOMAS. [1]

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[INQUEST/JURORS:] John Ravele, William Colyn, Thomas de Coquina, John Staunford, [2] John Bevereche, William Claxton, William Barbor, John Somersham, William Pudyfer, Robert Sewer, Richard Heryng, Thomas Pycard.

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CAPITAGE: a half-mark from the whole homage as common fine.

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3 d. each from Thomas atte Croos, Thomas Rideman, John Caumvyll, John Augstyn and Thomas Wakyr [3] for failing to come to the inquest when summoned.

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12 d. from Thomas, son of William Freman, naif of the lord, for licence to live at St Ives, at the will of the lord, practicing the tanner's art and rendering annually 12 d. and suit to the leet. Pledge: William Freman.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE ALE-TASTERS]

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12 d. from Joan Bray [20 times], 6 d. from Maria Heymes [six times], 12 d. each from Christina Robyn [20 times], Orframia Bodeseye [four times], and Katherine Clerk [20 times], 6 d. from Joan Bere [four times], 10 d. from Agnes Leygton [12 times], 6 d. from Beatrice Barbor [eight times], 12 d. from Emma Berforde [12 times], 8 d. from Emma Barbor [20 times], 12 d. from Alice Dodisthorp [40 times], 6 d. from Katherine Chaumberleyn, 12 d. each from Isabelle Cok [24 times], Ellen Tylere, Alice Turnor [eight times], Agnes Putyfer [16 times], 3 d. each from Joan Bury[three times], Agnes Wakyr [three times], 18 d. from Alice Osegod[24 times], 12 d. from Ellen Clerk [12 times], 8 d. each from Joan Oxeborow [eight times] and Ellen Franceis [16 times], 18 d. from Margaret Wakyr [24 times], 8 d. from Emma Bocher [seven times], 6 d. from Emma Kyng, 12 d. each from Alice Caumvyle, [4] and Agnes Coupere for regularly brewing and selling ale contrary to the assize [of ale.]

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6 d. each from John Somersham, John de Bury and John Clerk, bakers of white bread, for selling [bread] contrary to the assize [of bread.]

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6 d. each from Joan Bray and Ellen Tylere, [5] bakers of horse bread, for the same.

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3 d. from Henry Smyth for not prosecuting a plea of debt against William Lokyere.

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3 d. from John Taillor for trespass against John Berdewell, to his damages of 20 d., and with the obligation to repair his tunic well and competently at his own expense.

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A half-mark from Thomas Wakyr for disclosing the counsel of the jurors of the last leet, to the King's prejudice, and to that of the lord of the liberty and of the whole community.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE JURORS]

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6 d. each from Richard Heryng, John Staunford and Thomas Pycard, ale-tasters, for not performing their office.

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6 d. from Walter Schepherd for deliberately destroying the grains and herbage of the communities of Ramsey and Hepmangrove with all the sheep he has in his keeping, to the serious damage of the whole community.

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6 d. from the same Walter for breaking the attachment of William Godale, messor of the community of the said vills.

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6 d. from the same Walter for a hue and cry justly raised on him by the said William. Pledge: the Constable.

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6 d. from the same Walter for annually pasturing the above-mentioned sheep as much in the meadows and on the lands of diverse men.

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3 d. each from Margaret Helmesle and Matillis Thatcher of Hepmangrove for breaking the attachment of the said messor. 3 d. each from the same Margaret and Matillis for a hue and cry justly raised on them by the messor. Pledges: Henry Thatchere and John Helmesle.

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Ordinance that henceforth no shepherd shall pasture any sheep on sown lands, either arable or meadow of either community from the time of sowing up to the storage of the grains in Autumn, under penalty of 6 s. 8 d.

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3 d. from Walter Schepherd for having his sheep lying in fold in the fields of Upwood and pasturing them in the fields of Ramsey and Hepmangrove.

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Note that the said Walter owes 40 d. towards the repair of the new causeway. Order that it be collected.

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6 d. from John Skynnere for drawing blood from William, cousin of William Barbor. Pledge: John Burton.

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3 d. each from John Skynnere and John Charwolton for being rebellious to the Constable, against the peace.

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6 d. from John Burton for drawing blood from Michael Worm, against the peace of the lord King. Pledge: Richard Heryng.

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6 d. from the same John for the same from Henry Worm, against the peace. Pledge: the same. [6]

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6 d. from Robert othe Pantree for the same from William Hottot, against the peace. Pledge: the Constable.

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6 d. from Robert Wayte for the same from William Elmere of Warboys. Pledges: John Leighton and Thomas Taillor.

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[No amercement] from Lord John Fletton for not cleaning his gutter next to the King's road leading to Huntingdon, in front of the tenement once held by William Briselaunce.

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3 d. from Walter Glovere for not cleaning his gutter in Lepers Lane End, [7] in front of his own land, to nuisance.

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3 d. from John Leighton for the same in front of the tenement of John Ballard.

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3 d. from John Cosyn for the same in front of the tenement of John Grene.

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3 d. from William Coupere of Bury for the same in front of Graunfrays Croft. [8]

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3 d. each from John Grene, John Ballard and Richard Monstrell for the same there.

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3 d. from Robert Wayte, tailor, for the same next to the croft of John Ballard.

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3 d. from John Morton for the same in front of his tenement.

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6 d. from John Harefeye of Hepmangrove for appropriating and enclosing one croft called Crosses Croft, [9] to nuisance.

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3 d. from the same John for making a stile and an improper path on the land of Thomas Pycard, to nuisance.

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3 d. from Christina, wife of John Harfeye for a hue and cry justly raised on her by John Augstyn. Pledge: the Constable of Hepmangrove.

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3 d. from Joyce Haliwell for not cleaning his gutter in front of New Field. [10]

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3 d. each from John Sawyere, Thomas Wrighte and Robert Outy for not cleaning their gutters at Powles Croft. [11]

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3 d. from William Wilimot for not cleaning his gutter at [12]Priest's Well. [13]

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12 d. from Joyce Haliwell for not cleaning his ditch below Fesaunt Croft. [14]

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12 d. from the same Joyce for holding one croft called Fesaunt Croft [15] in severalty for the whole year, in which the whole community is supposed to have common from the time of the storing of the grain in Autumn to the feast of the Purification of Blessed Mary. [16]

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3 d. from William Randolf for not cleaning his gutter in front of the croft of St Mary.

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6 d. from John Egelyne for putting his dung heap in Turvers Lane, [17] to nuisance.

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3 d. from Reginald Tilere for narrowing the common lade behind his tenement, to nuisance.

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3 d. each from Reginald Tylere, John Cok, Robert Coupere, Robert othe Moor, John Parkyn, John Milnere, son of Simon Millere, John Barbor, Henry Jannes, Simon Sege, Agnes Milton, (Little) John Taylor, Alan Colewyk, Richard Rudham, Alice Oxeborough and Andrew Spendelove [18] for putting ashes and dung at the door and window of the Chapel of St Thomas the Martyr, to the greatest nuisance of the whole community.

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2 s. from Little John Taylor, in that on two occasions this year he forestalled nets coming to the vill and sold them at an excessive price.

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6 d. from John atte Cros Senior for knocking over and cutting down one bridge at Stocking Fen [19] at the end of the vill.

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6 d. from John Leighton for narrowing the common lade behind his tenement next to New Field Holt, [20] to nuisance.

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3 d. each from John Gavelok, Margaret Stoute, John Borell, John Revenale, William Haiward, John Wayman and Thomas Bere for putting dung heaps in the common lane next to the bridge recently erected by Lord John Fletton.

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6 d. from Thomas Howden for selling unclean meats, to the serious damage of the whole community.

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3 d. each from John Bocher, John Heymys, Simon Abbot, Thomas Howden and Richard Bere, butchers, for selling [meat] at too high a price.

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6 d. from John Augstyn for selling unclean meats, against the Statute. [21]

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3 d. from Richard Heryng, tanner, for charging too much for his craft.

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6 d. each from Walter Glovere and William Glovere for putting hides and pelts in the common lade, to nuisance.

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6 d. from Robert othe Moor for charging too much for victuals, diverse kinds of merchandise, for repairing old shoes, and for nails and other iron works.

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6 d. from William Ropere of Walton for charging too much for his craft.

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3 d. each from Thomas Rideman, John Caumvyle, John Augstyn Senior, John, son of William atte Cros, Thomas atte Cros, John Bere, Thomas Wardebusk and Alan Colewyk for default.

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6 d. each from Thomas Howden and Simon Abbot, butchers, for putting carcasses in the common lade next to New Field Holt, [22] and for tying those carcasses with rope and keeping them in the lade for feeding their dogs during Lent, to nuisance.

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3 d. each from Michael Worm, William Wythberd, carter, John Coston, John Charwolton, John [...], [23] Henry Smyth of the abbey, Henry Worm, John Clerk, baxter, John Milnere of Whittlesey, [...] [24] Braban, John Conyngton, weaver, William Sawyere, servant of Master John Cotes, [...] [25] of Whittlesey, William, former servant of Andrew [...], [26] John Hamylde, and John Elles[?worth] [27] for being out of tithing.

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3 d. from Alice, wife of John H[...]lden [28] for taking and carrying off from the marsh the peat of diverse men, against the peace.

Notes

1. 7 May, 1397. Thomas Butterwyk, abbot of Ramsey: 1396-1419.

2. Deleted: Thomas atte Croos.

3. Deleted: Johannes Claxton.

4. No frequency indicated.

5. Deleted: Isabella Cok.

6. MS: predictus.

7. MS: Lepereslanesende.

8. MS: Graunfreyescroft.

9. MS: Crossescroft.

10. MS: le Newefeld.

11. MS: Pouliscroft.

12. Deleted: contra.

13. MS: Presteswell.

14. MS: Fesauntescroft.

15. MS: Fesauntescroft.

16. 2 February.

17. MS: Turvereslane.

18. Deleted: Ricardus Feror, iii d.

19. MS: Stokynfen.

20. MS: Newefeldholt.

21. See "Judicium Pillorie" in Statutes of the Realm 1, p. 202.

22. MS: Newfeldholt.

23. Torn away.

24. Torn away.

25. Torn away.

26. Obliterated.

27. Torn away.

28. Obliterated.