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The MSS. noted in this Report are partly origioal docamentSj 
aud partly copies as they have beea entered from time to time in 
the official Registers, the Liber AlbiiB I. and III., and the Liber 
Ruher IL, and in later volumes. 

The great value of Lib. Alb. and Lib. Rub. had always been 
recognised, and they have provided iorormatioQ and whole docu- 
mentfl for the Anglia Sacra, Godwin de Prceaulibua, Le Neve's 
Fasti, the Codex Diplomaticus, and otiier standard works, but no 
attempt has liitherto been made to give a complete calendar of 
their contents so that the stores of information buried in them 
and in ttie later volumes of whinh hardly any, if any, notice has 
ever been taken, might become available for general uba. This 
waut I have sought to supply by giving some note, longer or 
shorter, upon every entry in Lib. Alb. L and Lib. Alb. III., and 
in Lib. Rub., except so Jar as the latter volume has been dealt 
with by Ml-. H. E. Reynolds, in his book on Wells Cathedral. 

The titles Lib. Alb. I., Lib. Bub. IL, Lib. Alb. III., are due to 
Dt. Archer, Archdeacon of Wells, who died 1739, the friend and 
correspondent of T. Heai-ne. They seem eomewhat awkward, but 
practically the numbers correspond with the nature of the con- 
tents. Lib. Alb. I. and Lib. Rub. 11. ought to come together, 
and Lib. Alb. III. to stand by itself; and na it has been necea- 
fiary very often to give references copied from the Archdeacon's 
marginal notes, I have followed his arrangement. Dr. Archer, as 
the margins of these volumes and several MS. books of notes in 
the Cathedral Library show, was a most diligent and accurate 
student of the archives of hie cathedral; his labours have lightened 
mine considerably. 

The origin^il documents of this collection, upwards of a 1,000 
in number, have been brought to light and reduced to order 
within the last 15 years. For this it would seem that the His- 
torical HSS. Commisijion is, to some extent, responsible, under 
whose directions the late Mr. H. T. Riley visited Wells in 1870 
(see Eleport I.). The 'interest then awakened led to a search 
among the cathedral archives, with the result described by 
Mr. Riley in Report HI. and in its Appendix, p. 351. He ex- 
amined, he tells us, every one of these deeds, but after giving a 
description of 128 in the order in which they came to him, he 
ohuiged his plan and chose out and dealt in the same manner 
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with 011I7 64 mote, leaving the rest without any notice. Within 
the last three or four yearu the whole of these documents have 
been examined agtun, properly arranged, and catalogued, at the 

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counties (temp. H, VIII.) gives a wference to the Lib. l?ig., 
identical with the entry on that page in this Lib. Alb. 

The early part of this volume, Mr. Eiley says, was written in the 
reign of E, I. or posaibly E. II. The earliest entry is of the reign 
of Edward the Confessor, the last belongs to the year 1393, and 
here the book ends abruptly, some pages having been lost. 

In its first intentioa it seems to have been meant to be a 
cartulary. Amongst its charters are EOme. of Edward, Edith, 
Hnrold, and otJiers of early date, as well as a curious letter from 
William I. to "William de Oourcelle in Snxon, with a Latin trans- 
lation. But even in the early part, where charters prevail, other 
documents relating to the cathedral nnd its interests are inter- 
mingled, and these increase more and more until the book becomes 
a register of chapter business of all kinds rather than a cartulary. 

It is evident also that there has been a general intention to keep 
the entries in chronological order, hut this, always imperfect, has 
been much broken in upon by the practice of making entries at a 
later date upon pages or parts of pages previously letl blank. 

The information scattered throughout its upwards of 1,200 
documents, as also in the early Computus rolls to be noticed 
presently, by direct statement and incidental allusions, is of t^ 
most varied character, touching upon civil and ecclenastioal 
history, ritual, architecture, manners and customs in general, aa 
well aa upon the history of Wells itself. 

There are also in this volume copies of the Great Charter, the 
Charter of the Forests, the Statutes of Merton, Windsor, Eenil- 
worth, Marlborough, and Westminster, and of the guarantee given 
by Edward, son of Henry IIL, to Humphrey de Bohun and his 

Lib. Rub. II., pp. 130-150. 

Liber Kuber II. is a smaller volume, partly vellum, partly paper, 
bound in boards and red leather. This, says Mr. Riley speaking 
of the first 77 folios which alone are vellum, is probably oldw 
than Lib. Alb. 1. Its contents are o£ much the same nature and 
the same general description will apply to it. 

In both there are some good examples of early calligraphy. 

At both the beginning and end there are eight pages of an old 
Service Book with coloured cajntal letters ; and there is also a 
table of contents made by Dr, Healy. 

At the end of the 77 vellum folios, however, the nature of the 
book is alt<^ether changed, as though two diifexent documents had 
been included in one binding. There is an interval of 138 years. 

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pardunent gives way to paper, and the rest of the volame, 300 
folios, 18 Minply ft Book of Chapter Acts extending in unkroken 
order from 1487 to 1613. 

Lib. Alb. III., pp 151-222. 

The Liber AlbuB, III. is probably the real Lib. Alb. described 
npon pp 24ft-247 of this report ae " The White Book," and the 
" Album Hej^tnim." 

It ia a fine large volume, bound in white, written in the first 
part of the 15th century. It contains 456 folios and about 900 
documents, and Dr. HeeJy has added to this volume also a tal>le 
of contents. 

The oonienta of this, as of the other two books, are very varied. 
Papal bulk, Saxon and later charters, ordinary business transac- 
tions, establishment of chantries and vicarages, tlie regulation of 
services, perambulations of the forests of Somerset, early cnstu- 
mals of some of the chapter manors, choice of representatives for 
Parliament and Convocation, nmuumissions, &c. are all mixed up 
tt^ether, with, here and there, examples of the use made by the 
cb^ter of the power of excommunication which had been granted 
to it by Bp Savaric as a measure of police in its own pro- 
perties. Some of these are very curious, as when in Lib. Alb. I., 
fol. 277 in dors, certain unknown poachers of North Cory are 
denounced in all the churches round with bell, book, and candle ; 
or as in this volume (fol 213), some 40 years earlier, one 
B. Oyan, also of North Cory, has to submit to IS processional 
whippings on six several Sundays in the Cathedral, and to a similar 
coarse of discipline on other six Sundays tn bis own parish church. 
Of the Saxon Charters I have copied out several in full because 
they are somewhat different here from the copies in the Codex 
Diplomaticus, and one because I believe that it has neveryetbeen 
printed at all 

A will nude by Hugh Bishop of Linedn in the time of his exile 
in A.D. 1212, is also given at full length, because the only printed 
copy which I have met with, that in ColUnion's History of 
Somerset, is very imperfect, 

Lidentuie Books D., E., pp. 222-241. 

In these two vnlnmes I have passed by the greater part of the 

documents which are merely copies of leases, &Xi^ only givii^ 

the names of the manors to which they belong, and have made 

notes of those only which touch upon matters of more general 

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These Toluinea introduce ua for the first time to inataaces of 
the alientition of church oiGces, presentations, and property of 
which the most prominent examples are found in the appointment 
of Thomas Cromwell as Dean, under preasure from the King (a 
copy of whose letter is given here), and in the dealings of the 
Duke of Somerset with the Bishopric. 

Chapter Act Book H., pp. 241-248. 
This is the missing volume. It supplies the gap hetween 
1571-1599, and from this date the books of Chapter Acts, 
allowing fur the necessary interruption of the Commonwealth 
period, run on in unbroken succession to the preaent time. My 
notes upon them, as has been explained already, end with AD. 

Ledger G^ pp. 257, 259. 
The only documents taken out of this volume, which ia one of 
the aame series as D. and E » are some letters of Charlea I. and 
Archbishop Laud* 

Bishop Godwin's Kegister, pp. 265-270. 

This volume is another discovery. It supplies the Begister for 
four of the six years of Bishop Godwm's epiEinpate. The Registry 
until now had had only that of the other two years. 

Pp. 271, 272 give the contents (^ a few loose papers, one of 
Ijiem the surrender of the Deanery in A.D. 1547. Others show 
the value pat upon the Chapter House and Deanery hy the 
governing powers iu Somerset in A.D. 1649, and how nearly they 
were lost to us. 

The Communar's Accounts, pp. 272-280. 
The Eschaetor'i Accounts, pp. 280-285. 
The Fahrick Master's Accounts, pp. 285-292. 

These three officers, the agent of the Chapter, of the Vicars of 
the Cathedral, and of the Fabric iiind, cover with their several 
accounts all the sources of revenue and items of expenditure of a 
great calhedral body. It was not witliin the scope of such a 
report as this to give them all at full length, or even bU those 
items in the accounts which would be of interest. I have there- 
fore only given one roll of each series almost in full as a specimen, 
and a few extracts from others where any entry seemed of an 
onuBual character. 

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Orlglaal Charters, pp. 292-312. 

These have been described already io this Preface. 

P. 312. — The customs of North Curry Feast have been taken 
from a copy made within the last 50 yeAve, and they are ffvea 
here not only because they are curious in themselves, but because 
they eeem to preserve something of a personal reminisceace of 
King John. The Charters shovr his connexion with the manor ; 
the Itinerary shows that he was at Curry or in the neighbourhood 
three or four times ; there seems also to be a possible connexion 
between these summer riaits and the curious custom of the manor 
(p, 161), which directs one of the tenants to superintend the hay 
making in the King's mead alone in white gloves and witha white 
rod in hvi hand. 

All the above-mentioned documents and hooks, as well as a 
quantity of Manor Rolls which are not noticed here, are in good 
order, and are now arranged in boxes in the Cathedral Library. 

It is hardly necessary to add that a Dean and Chapter who have 
already done so much for the proper^ arrangement and care of their 
muniments have ^ven me every assistance in the work of drawing- 
up this account of them, 

I have alstf to thank Mr. Harris, the Chapter Clerk, in whose 
cnstody many of them, have been, for his land aid in soarcbtng out 
and making useof mimy of the Books sod Account BoU& 


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Imperfect. The raai^n of the lower half of the page torn oC About fol- i 
the obit of H. Tesaan, as iu III., fol. 180. 

Petition of the D. & C. of Wkllb to the Popk. 

Signiflcant sanctitat! vestre decanua ct capitulum Wellen qaod cum 
ipsi una cum Pri<n% et conventn Batbon debeaot sibi epiacopam 
eligere, nee sit certaalocae determinatus ad dictam electionem feci- 
endam, petunt quod de certo loco q\io ad hoc auctoritate veatra pro- 
videatnr, etpetuntjadices non obstante coDstitutioae de duabus dietis. 
Significant a.v. decanua et capitl™ Wellenais ecclesise, Bathon diocesis, 
quod cum plures habeant prebendaa ct poasessiones ab ecclesia sua 
remotas, et freqaenter a monachia, clericis, laicis, gravibus siat dampnia 
et injnriis laceasiti, et pro singulis querelis apostolicain sedem adire 
sit eis valde tediosum, supplicant quatinua paterna soUicitudine eiadem 
providere volcQtea detie in mandatis judidbus quatinue cum ab uni- 
versitate ipsa Tel singnUs fueriut requisiti maleiactores .eorum in pro- 
vincia Cantnane constitutos nt eis ablalA restituant, et de dampnia 
et injuriis irrogatis eisdem necnon irrogandis in fiituro eatis&ciant 
competeiit«r monitione premissa per ceosuram ecclesiasticam sub appel- 
lationia obataculo compellant dou obstante constitutione de duabus 
dietia edita in concitio general). Petuut judices Epiacopum decanum 
Aprecentorem Sarum {cancellai' in foL 96). 

Significant 9.t. Dec. et Cap. Well, quod Abbas et CoDvent. Qlaatou, 
et quidam alii Bathon, Sar, et £son. dioc. super decimis poeaeaaioni- 
bae et rebus aliia injuriautur eisdNU. Petunt judices Ep™, Detf**, et 
ArchidiaC^ Lincoln, non obstante Soa. ut supra. 

Signify . . . quod Abbas et Convent de Alegnye et quidam alii 
Bathon, Sar, et Wygom super decimis &c. ut supra. Petunt jndices 
Dec™, Cancellar :, et Thesaur : Sar :, non &a. &c. 

Signif ■^ s.v. Dec : et Cap : Well : quod cum conaueTerint ease 
due prepodture in eccl : sua Wellen ; una de Wineaham et altera de 
Cnmba, de quibns prepoaituris cum pertinentiis prepositi earundem 
reddere conaueverunt quinde<um prebendaa annuas quamlibet de decern 
mucis quindecim canonicia in eccl : Wellen : quibua £p^ suus easdem 
prebendaa, duxit conferendaa, et nichotominua triginta marcas annuas 
ad pknuinm servitium Beate Yirginis, et similiter ad plenarium ser- 
vitium defunctorum, aingulis diebus in perpetuum in dicta eccL sua 
Wellen : sollempniter &ciendum, bone memorie venerab : pater Ep' 
eorum Jocelinua nnper Bathon Ep* de consensu suo et Ci^ituto 
Bathon propter tenuitstem et insii6icientiam prepoeituro de Wynesham 

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ad ouei'A sibi imposita aiidlinenila ip^niu prepositure <]c Cumba duxit 
uniendom. Ita qnod »t una prepontura et udus prepositus utriusque 
eic unite in perpetuum, viz. propositus de Cumbo, et sustineat in per- 
petnum onera qiuc utrique prepositure prius eotebant incumbere. St 
quia dicta unio, et ordinatio dicti Ep' sui super dicta unione factn 
eccl : sue Wellen : per quam necessaria existit et utilis, petunt sibi earn 
et eccl" sue Wellen per vos auctoritate aedia apoatolice confirmari aeeun- 
dum tenorem ipsius ordinationis, in pupplicis instrument is ipaiua Ep' 
et Capituli Bathon et sno que vobis ai placet inspicienda tranamit' 
tuntur, supplicantes at tenor ipsiax ordinationis littere vestre confirma- 
tionis plenius inseratur. 

Walter de Andely, miles, grants to the Bishop of Bath and Wells 
four acres o£ land in Stokgummer together with the Advowson of the 
Church of the said manor. 

Wltnegses, W" de Fortibus ; Nich : Puinz ; Phil : de Columbar . . . 
Henr: Luveli.Tohnde Aure ; W"" Everard; W" Marmiun . . . 

Final concord made 40"' H. IIL, before . . . Turiceby ; Gilbert 
de Preslon ; John de Wyrill ; justiciaries ; between W^" Bp. of B. and 
Walter de Andely concerning the above grant. 

The Bishop to pay 40 marcs. 

Grant of the above by the Bishop to ihe Dean and Chapter. 

Witnesaes, Kenr ; de Eri^h ; John de . . . W^" Everard ; 
Symon de Grindham. 

Edward the Dean, and the Chapter, patrons of the church of Stogumber, 
and Thomas Mackerel, rector, submit a question which has arisen about 
the said church, to Bishop William in co^junction with Bobert Abbot 
of Glaston ; the Dean, and Thomas the Archd" of Wells. 

In crastino S** Jeronimi A.D, 1270, 

Permission by the Bishop to the D. & C. to ^propriate the 
Church oi Stogumber, upon the departure of the present rector Thomas 
Mackerel, they paying annually clericis de chore, and to the poor on 
bchHlf of the soul of Bishop William, who gave the patronage of the 
Church, 100 solidi of its revenues, to be distributed by the communarius 
as follows : 

To a chaplain appointed by the Bishop, to celebrate daily masses with 
a full service for Uie dead, at the altar of the Blessed Virgin, where the 
said Bishop W" lies, 50 solidi a jeai- is 4 quarterly payments ; and on 
the anniversary of hia burial 50 solidi to be divided in equal portions 
between the clerks who are present at his obit, and the mendicant poor 
in bread. The Bishop to have power to enforce this by sequestration, 
or eccleuastical censure. 

Given at Woky vi, Kon. Oct. A.D. 1271. 

Final concord. Made at Westminster before Thomas de Weylond, 
aud John de Lovetoe, and W" de Brompton and Hog. de Leycestre, 
Justiciaries ; between Rob* Andelay, on the one part, and Magister Th" 
de Button, the Dean, and the Chapter of Wells, on the other (Hugo 
de la Hele being their representative) concerning the above land at 
Stogumber and the Advowson of the. Church. The D. & C. are to hold 
them on payment of 100 solidi to Robert. 13 E. I. 

Final concord. Made at Wilton, 33 H. III., before Hen. de Bathon, 
Alan de Waland, W" de Wilton, Beginald de Cobhara, and W" le 
Breton, Justiciaries, between Thomas, parson of the church of Stogumber, 
and Henry, the prior of Goldclive, concerning certain pastures, Ac 



Uem. A.D. 1287 or the vigil of the AsBumptioD, ad resperas, a Vnu 
golenm proceasion was made to the altar in the Blessed Virgin's ^'^jkU'*" 
Ch^iel, on the petition of Hngh BufuB of D^chesgate, who bad given — 

to the D. & C, for the honour of the glorious Virgin, half a m^ of ^oL 4 in don. 
annual revenue, charged npoD his dwelling house, to be distributed 
among those who are present at the procession. 

Missing. fol. S- 

Table of contents of folios 8-61. lU. «, 7. 

From this fol the material is parchment. 

The entries on this fol. are in a different hand, and later than the fbl. B. 
rest in this part of the book, and all difficalt to read. 

A. — Partially torn. 

B. — Mandate of King H. to the baliivns of Northcory to call upon 
Robert do Columbariis to answer for the dues upon two camcates of land 
in Hach. 

C. — A- short and difficult entry. 

Mem. tliat Thomas the Prior of Bath and John .... brought . 
a letter abont the agreement made between the two churches of Batb and 
WeliB. A.D. 1243. 

D. — Mem. that CHlbert de Dunstorre brought several parialitteraram, 
upon the same subject. The entry difiicutt. 

E. — Other letters received abont a visitation which is to be held, and 
the confirmation of an arrangement about South Stoke. 

F. — Other letters upon the same subject of South Stoke, and about 
Cumbe, brought by the Sacristan of Bath. 

Q. — Other letters received from Bath on the same subject. 

H.— An illegible entry. 

J. — A short entry, partly torn off. An order to the ballivns of Nortji fol. S in don. 
CoiT. An iuqubition is to be held by order of the king. 

X. — The B. & C. to the Archd" of Sarum. Inasmuch as the care of 
collecting the monies payable to the Pope devolves upon them sede 
vacante, they have appointed proctors to receive the dues from the Abbey 
of Glaatonbuiy, &c. A.D. 1247. 

L. — Mem. that the fruits of vacant benefices belong to the D. & C. 

M.~Allotment of a canon's house. A.D. 1251. 

N. — A similar entry of the same date, 

O. — Rights which the Vicar of Pilton has within and without the 
Park of Pilton cum bobus doraini, viz., 8 oxen, 5 cows, 1 bull, 1 horse ; 
and 30 pigs cum porcis domini free of pannage. Outside the park one 
onus daily de Morboscis; unum stipem contra Natale Domini, and 
corredies for 8 men, half a measure of oats for his horse, unnm dena- 
rium cum alba virga ad capistrum emendum, et closturam ad cartilh^um, 
et ad prata sua. 10 hens for Chirset on S. Matin's Day, and at the 
Feast of the Ascension, that is, ad procesBum nostrum, a cheese, and a 
bndiel of wheat at Easter. 

P. — Two vicars ask for leave of absence. It is refused. Part of this 
entry torn off. 

Charter of King Richard granting Noilh Curi manor to Bp. Reginald, fol. 9. 
At Canterbury, ifov. 27"" A.D. 1189. 

Test : Hugh Bp. of Durham ; Godef. Bp. of Winton ; Hugh Bp. of 
Chester ; Hubert Bp. of Sarum ; Ea^I Hamelin de Warrene ; Earl 
Bob' de Leicr* ; EarLRic. de Clare ; William Mariscall; John his brother ; 
Will, de ffora (?) : Henr. de Longo Campo ; R<^ de Pratello ; John his 
brother; Will, de S'. John; Qaufr. fil : Peter; Rad. fll: GodefV, 


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wmui Camerarins ; Hugh Bard; Bob. de Witefeld. Per manus EUeaeis Electi, 
0^™"^ Canceliar. Anno r^ni 1". 

The king to the men of North Cnii announcing die above grant. At 
Caoterburj, Dec. 4. 

Confirmation of the above by Sng John, cnm terra de Hatche et de 
WrentiB, Sept. 30, A.D. 1 199. Given at Caen. Test : Gaufr : Arehbp : 
of Tork; R<«er, Bp. of S*. Andrews; Enrl David; Will. Earl of 
Arundell; Will, de Httmett Const: Norm:; Hugh de Gornaco; per 
manus Simonis Archid : Wellen : and John de Qrei^ 

King Bicbard to. the Sheriff of Somerset, on the above. 

Confirmation of the above by King John, with grant of a market on 
every Wedoesday. 

Test: J. Archbishop of Dublin ; Will. Mareecall, E^arl of Pembroke; 
Bfenry Earl of Hereford; Earl David; Alberic de Veer, Earl of 
Oxon ; Sayher de Qnency ; Peter de Stok. Per manus Hug : de Well ; 
Archid : WeUen : At Bristol Sept. 10*, A.D. 120^. 

101. 9 in (ton. Charter of King John, de qnietatione thelonei, to S*. Andrew's Wells, 
& the Dean '&. Canons there^; to SiK Peter of Bath & the Prior and 
Monks thereof ; and to Bishop Joceline ; and their successors. 

Test: B. Eari of Chester; De Qnency, Earl of Winton; W-. Bri- 
were ; Walter de I^scy ; W" de Braosa j W"" de Cantilnpe ; Bad : 
Gemiu ; Thomas de Erdington. Dat : per manus Walt : de Gray, chan- 
cellor, at Marlborough; Nov. 26"', A.D. 1208. 

Ratification by John, Count of Mortaigne, of King Bicbard's Charter 
of North Curi. 

Test : Hugh, Bp. Coventry ; Stephen Bidel, Chancellor ; Bob^ de 
&«toil ; Ham : de Valum ; Hugo de Malalnoi ; Theobald son of Walter ; 
W" de Buchet ; M^ister Peter de Littol. 

fol. 10. Confirmatioh by John, Count of Mortaigne, of a grant by King Henry 

IT. of North Curi & Hatch to Bishop B^uald and the Cauons of Welle. 
Test : Rob'. Earl MeOent ; W» Earl of Sarum ; Stephen Bidel, && 
At Marlborough. 

Confirmation and ratification by Jotm, Count of Mortaigne, of King 
Richud's grant of Hatch. 

Test : Stephen Bidel, Chancellor ; Roger de NovoBurgo, &c. At S^. 

Letter of John, Count of Mortaigne to the Sheriff, Ac. de saysina 
facienda Beginaldo Ep°. of North Cu'i. 

Test: W» de Wendevall. At Marlborough. 

John, dominus Anglie, to the men of North Curi, to the same 
effect. King Bichard is now bone memorie. 
Teste me ipso, at Beandeford, April 17^. 

Gaufrid, fil. Petri : Justiciary, to the men of Nortii Curi, stating the 
grant of John, &c 

At Westminster, April 29*. per breve d"" Joh", d"' Angliffi de Ultra 

foL 10 in anrm InspeximuB and confirmation of the above grants by Henry III. 

^^* Test: Eustace, Bp. of London; Bichard, Bp. Sarum; Hubert de 
Buig, Juitidary ; per manua Bad. Cicesf Ep', Cancell ; at Westminster, 
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Charter of Henry, de deafforestatione of North Curi Manor, to Joce- vm 
line the Bishop, and Peter the Dean, & to the Chapter. ^*™ 

Test : Ric :, Bp. of Durham ; Walter, Bishop of Karleon, Treasurer ; — 

Hubert de Burg, Justiciary Ac ; per manaa Had ; Cicesf : Epi. At Fule- 
hftm. May IS"* anno i-egni 13". 

Charter of Kin^ Stephen. Grautof the Churches of North Curi and fol. li. 
Perreton to establish prebends. 
Test: H. Bp. of Winton ; Eic. de Luci j & W» Mart. At London. 

Confirmation of the above bj Theobald, Archbp. of Canterbury and 

Letter of Beginald, Bp. of Bath, concerning the above grants. 
Test ; Aler, Dean of Weils ; Thomas of Wells 4c, 

Confirmation by Savario, Bp. of Bath & Glaston ; of the above grants, 
with freedom frcnn all archidiaconal payments &c. 
Test s William, Abbot of Betenesden ; Gilbert son of Will" &c. 

Charter of Badnlf son of Bernard. fol. ii u 

Has received from Bp. Reinand and the Church of Wells, Hacche, a 

member of North Curri Manor, to hold for life, on payment of duos 

cereos iiii" libramm on S' Andrew's day. 
Test. Alex., Dean of Wells; Sob' de Geldeford, Archd" of Bath &c. 

Sworn to in the Chapter. 

Charter of the above R. granting to Baldwin Cocna, his servant, for 
his service, a half virgate of land m Hatch, in fee tuid , hereditary right 
OD payment of oue pound of cummin. 

Test. Stephen Flandrenaie. 

Grant by the above R. to Eadmnud, his huntsman, of a ferling of 
land in Hacche, which Ric. de Serrees formerly held, as reward for his 
services, on payment of one pound of cummin yearly on S* Michael's day. 

Test. Stephen Flandrensis. 

Agreement between the D. & C. and Richard the son of Bernard^ the 
said Richard is bound to satisfy his brother William in the matter of 15 
marcs silver paid by the D. & C. as part of 30 marcs agreed upon before 
the Justiciaries, to be paid to him for his claim npon Hacche. He gives 
his revenues from Liminton as a pledge, the D. £ C. to return the deed 
when payment has been made. 

Executed in full Chapter. 

Hugh de Gundevill restores to the Church ot Curi all the lands called 
hunilmdes which he had wrongfully taken in the Manor of Curi. 
Test. John de Bathon ; Bob* de OundevUle &c, 

Richard eon of Radulf son of Bernard warrants to the D. & C. the 
Manor of Hacche against his brother William or any one who may 
make a claim through his father or mother. If he fails in this he will 
give to the D. & C. in exchange all his lands in Limington. 

Test. Hugh of Wells, Archd" of Wells ; Joceline his brother; Sy- 
mon de Patesbyll ; Eustace de rncnnberg ; James de Foteme ; E^ de 
Mulcegros, Justiciaries, &c. 

Final concord made in the king's court at Porecester A,D. 1206, tol 12. 
before the king himself, and the above named four justiciaries, 
between Richard son of Bernard, and Aiex., Dean of Wells & the 



CAnu^Ai. Chapter. The said Richsrd givea up all claim to the Manor of Hacche, 
MB6. tnd will warraat ihe D. & C. against his brother William and all of hia 

race, on payment of 30 marcs, silver. 

Gilbert Gule and Christina hia wife, the daughter of Thomas de 
Bolonia, grant all the land which Thomas de B.,and they after him, 
held in Xortli Curi to S* Andrew and the Church of Wells, and swear 
to give tbem assistance whenever it may be needed in defending their 
right to the said load. 

Sealed in the Chapter at Wells in die octavarum npostolonim Pet. et 
Panli, anno a translatione beati Thome Martyris iii°. 

Test. Walter, Capellaniis North Curi ; Godetrld de Wedmore, Ac. 

Controversy between Peter the Dean ft the C. of Wells, and John de 
Aire, & Agneta his wife. 

The D. & C. complt^n that the said John has wrongfully erected a 
fence [fossatum] in Salt-More ; impoanded tlie animab of the D. &. C. 
&c. where they claim a right of fishery; has wrongfully fenced in his 
wood of Stathe, and occupied some land near the chapel of S' James, 
and obstructed a right of way at Stathemore between the s^d chapel 
and the sud wood. The said John and Agneta complain that the 
D. & C. have vrrongfully destroyed the s^ fence, and stopped the right 
of way for animals through Stathmore to Saltmore ; have wrongfully 
made certain lands into meadow land where the said J. So A. ased to 
have a right of pasture, 
fol. 12 In don. Agreement ; In order that the D. & C. may more readily fence 
in their wood Stockwode and a part (^ Finkehnm, the said J. & A. 
grant to them 15| acres, i.e.; 2^ and J between Stockwode to the 
east and north. In Bradelega 12} acres within Stockwode. They 
grant also a right of pasturing 4 score animals in Saltmore, and 
that the D. & C. may take to thenuelves SO acres in Stathemore which 
belong to the X>. & C. but where J. & A. had pasture rights, begin- 
ning at Childesmorweye & imparking westward ; saving however that 
there is to be no imparkatio against the animals belonging to J. and hia 
men, but that after the hay is carried, they may finely pasture there. 
Hie Baid J. A A. also withdraw all rights which th^ may have as 
Kgardc fencee, fcc^ the D. 4; C. granting in return a right of way 
into Sedgmore. In retom the D. & C. give to J. & A. in exchange 
15i acres, i.e., 8j acres in Merstowe, and 5^ acres near Bodweye, 
and 3^ nnd ^ acres in Estcrclive ; and in the meadow near the wood 
of Stathe 2} acres and ^ of an acre. Also 1} aci'es in the same 
meadow exchange for I acre of meadow in Hullemede, and ^ an acra 
in the croft of Wodebreche. The said J. & A. may also enclose 
their wood of Stathe, and also a part of Saltmore, and bring it 
into meadow and fence it, saving to the D. & C. the right of pasturing 
80 animals as above. J. & A. also to have a right of way for their 
aaimals going to Saltmore by the way from Stathe by the bank of the 
Peret as far as Sfdtmore, and by the Curilade way to th s^ Saltmore. 
The above agreement to be enrolled in the king's court. Walter 
Camerarius makes affidavit for the J). & C. and J. iS; A, in person. Two 
deeds are prepared and sealed. Any question which may arise is to be 
settled by the arbitration of some good man. A.D. 1233, on S» Mark's 
day, in the Chapel of S' Gregory of Stoke at North Curi, in the pre- 
sence of Peter the Dew of Wells ; W. the Snb<l«an ; Magister R. de 
Berkelay ; John Kannel ; dn' John de Beyni ; Gilbert dacus ; Will 
Malet ; Tbomns de Begnye, 

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Final Concord between P«ter the Dean and the Cb^ter of Wells, wbllb 
repteBented by John de Templo, and John de Alra and Agneta SS.*" 
his wife, made at Westminster in Hilary tenn, before Will: de Ralegh; , , — 
Thom. de Muleton ; Rob. de Lexinton ; Will, de Ebor ; Rad. de "■ 
Horwic ; Will, de Insula ; Adam son uf WilUiun ; Will, de St. Edmunds ; 
Juaticiaries, 18 H. III. 

Details as in the above agreement. 

Final Concord, made at the same time and place, between Rob* son of foL 13 in dors. 
WiU. Odde, and the D. & C. The sud Rob<^ gives to the D. C. all his 
rights in 30 acres of land in Hunteham for 100 sol. sterling. 

Cliarter of Nicholas, clericus, son of Will, of Elmeham. Qrants all 
Lis land in Lamlegh in the Manor of North Curi, and 1 acre of meadow 
on the West side of Wren^cbes ford, lying next to the land of Ric. 
Herebert, to the D, A G. on their paying 12^ a year to Henry the 
Handredfman for all dues, and 5 marcs silver to himself. Test. 
Walter, Camerarius ; Philip de Wylee, &c. 

InspeximuB and confirmation of the above by William the father of 

"Hec iiii" carte in Angljco infra sunt translate." foL 14. 

Charter of King' Edward in Saxon, Printed in Cod. Dip. IV. N" 838. 

Charter of King Edward in Saxon. Printed Cod. Dip. N" 839. 

Charter of King Edward in Saxon. Printed Cod. Dip. N° 835. 

Charter of King Harold in Saxon. Printed in Cod. Dip. IV. N» 976. 

The above Charters are also given in Latin. 

Charter (£ William II. about the Abbey of Bath. Printed in the Mod. 
Ad^ and in Adam de Domerfaam, Vol. I. p. 278. 

Grant by King Stephen of the bishopric to Robert, " Canonica foi. is. 
" prius electione precedente et communi nostro consilio voto et favore 
" prosequente, &e " ' 

Audientibus et coUaudantibus omnibus fidelibns meis hie sub- 
scriptis apud Westmonasterinm in generalis consilii celebradone et 
Pascbalis festi solemuitate hoc actum est. 

Test. Witt. Archiep" Cantuar:; Thuratan, Arcbiep". Ebor ; ; Hugofi, 
Arch' Roch,' &c. 

On the margin 1136. 

. Confirmation by K. Duke of Nonnandy of the grant made by his 
brothers, Kin g William and King Henry, to S' Peter, and to Bishop John, 
of the city of Bath. 
Printed in Adam de Domerham, Vol. I. p. 286. 

Grant by King Henry to Bishop Robert of permission clandere omnes 
parcoB suos per totam terram suam, sicnt fiierint clausi tempore 
Henrici regis avi nostri. 

Test. Ricard. Pictavie, Archid ; Given at Gloucester. 

Confirmation by Henry II. of the grants made by H. I, 
Test. Henr. Baioc : ; Froger : ; t'agien. Ep", &c. 

Letter of King Henry to the sheriff, &c. 

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J^^ Pennigston has been given to Bishop Bc^nald nt habeat canee buos 

iS. ad fugandam, sicut predeceesoras meliuB habuerint per totam Sumersot. 
~ Test Rob' fil Bernapdi. Given at Clai^Qilon. 

Charter of King Bicfaard granting to Reginald, Bishop of Bath, and 

his successors, leave to have lead mines wherever they can find them on 
their lauds in Somerset, 

Also that they may create a borough in terra sua de Kadeclive, with 
a market. Any interference with the above is to be liable to a penalty 
of £10. 

Test. Walt. Archiep" Bothom j Hug. Dunclm, & Hug. Coventr. Ep", 

in don. Charter of King Richard concerning the Bishop's dogs. Simitar to 
the charter above. 

Test. Hug. Dunelm ; Hug. Cestr. Ep". Ac. 

Per manus Will*. Elyensis Electi, Cancellarii nostri. 

Apud Cant: 26 Nov. anno regni nostri primo. 

Another charter similar to the last, but in fuller terms. The Bishop 
to have the right "ad capiendum omnes bestiaspretercervumeicervam, 
et damum et damam .... per totam Sumerset." And also, "de 
omnibus bestiis in parcis Buis fii^tie eiexierint. , . , libere snum 
habeat percessam," &c. 

Test: Bald: Cant: Arcbiep"; Dunelm, Ep, &c. 

On the mai^in, A.D. 1189. 

D don. Confirmation by King Bichard of grants made to the Bishops and to 
the churches of Bath and Wells by his predecessors, King William, and 
bis brother Henry, and by King Henry II., of the City of Bath, and 
the manor of Dogmersfield. 

1". Becites first the charter of William II., addrewied to^O. Bishop of 
Sarum, and T., Abbot of Qlaston. Print^ in Adam de Domerham, 
Vol. I., p. 283. 

2°. Conannation of the said grant by H. I., A.D. 1101, in the 
presence of the Queen ; A. Archiep : Cantuar : ; T, Archiep : Ebor : ; 
M. Ep : London. 

Given at Windelsora in die ordin S. Gregor. iii. Non, Sept'. Printed 
in Adam de Domerbam, Vol. I. p. 284. 

3". Charter of H. I., addressed to A. Arcbiep Oantnar : ; G. Archiep 
Ebor : Ac, &c. 

At Tedinton in die Apost. Pet. et Pauli. Printed in Adam de 
Domerham, Vol, I. p. 285. 

4°. Another charter of H. I. speaks of " Sedem Episcopatue que olim 
" erat apud villam que dicitus Well'," granting the city of Bath as 
above, and 20 hides belonging to it. Teat. B. Sarum : W. Exon : W. 
Winton : E. London : E. Lincoln, Ep", &c. 

5', Charter of H. I. confirmed at Waltham by the king and queen, 
A.D. 1181, vi°. Id. August!. In transitu r^s Ncvmantilam anno 
xii*. regni sui. Signed by the king and queen: Q. de Aquila; R. 
Sarum, Ep, &c. 

6". Charter of H, II. ConfirmatioD of previous grants. At Argeu- 
tum. Test. H. Brioc ; F. Sag. Ep" ; W. de Hum, (kfOBf, &e. 
D dors. 70. Charter of H. I., gi'anting Dogsmerfield to Bishop Godfry, scut 
B. Ep* Dunelm et ego per eum melius et plenius habuerimns. At 
Winton. Test. Q. Cancellar, &c. 

8°. H. II. Agreement between Reginald, Bp. of Bath, and Henr. de 
Tilli, concerning the manor of Dogmersfield, which the bishc^ claimed 

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to be in dominio sno et de feodo de Dinre, qaod sicut dicebat Ep* cat^dbIu. 
Godefridos de Dinre de eo debebftt tenere in capite, et quod Hen'. ^f- 
clanubat tenere de Epo. H. resigns the nmnor of D. into the king's 
hands, the king gives it to the bishop Reginald. The same is done with 
Dinre, and the Bishop pays to Henry 100 marcs, and the said H. de 
'mii is to hold Dinre of the Bishop per servitium unius militis. 

Test. R. Archiep. Ebor : G. Ep. Elyen ; J. Ep. Norwic ; at Gadinton, 
per manum Const ; Arch : Oxenes tunc sigitlar :. 

9°. H. II. gntnts to Bp. Ranald leave to make a park at Dogmers- 

Test. E. fil : Steph : Camer : T. fll : Bernardi, &c., at Winton. 

All the above eonfirmed anno regiti nostri primo. Test. Baldewin, 
.Archiep Cant : ; Walt, Rotsmag, Archiep", per manum Will'. Etyens : 
electi, Cancellar, Nov. 26, at Canterbury. 

Letters patent of King Henry. The prelates of the province of fol. 17. 
Canterbury have made an offer of half a mare upon every carucate of 
domun laud ; and of 2 solidi upon every camcate held by their military 
tenants, and Iree tenants and rustics ; and similarly upon those held by 
the SQb-tenants of these, towards the kin);'s service when be was 
bending Falk de Breaute in the castle of Bideford. The same levy 
has beeu made upon the lands of abbots, priors, and other prelates, who 
do not hold portions s^arate fVom their houses [separ&tas portiones a 
conventibus suia] and upon the lands of their tenants. They have 
aUo freely granted the services of the men upon their domains ad 
trabenda ingeuia, and for other labour iu the siege. Ail the aforesaid 
aid was offered &eely and only of their liberality, and it ts not to be con- 
adered a precedent. 

Teste me ipso nt Bideford, Aug. 10, anno regni viii"., in the 
presence of H. de Burgo, Justiciary ; W. comes Sarum ; W. comes 
Warrena ; G. comes Gtovecestr & Hereford, Ac, 

Grant by Eeginald of CornhiU son of Reginald of Cornhill to *>■■ " "> *<^- 
Sighop Jocelin of alt the land and messuage which belonged to his 
faliier, lying opposite the Church of St. Helena in London, and 
between the land which belonged to Hen' de S* Helena, and Hugh de 
Sibeton on the south, and the land which belonged to Roger Horloc and 
Jocey speciariua, and Master Gregory on the North ; which land with 
the garden extends a vico eastward towards Bisopesgat« as far as the 
vicam de Bradestrate, and to the land of Master Gregory, and the 
land of Jocey Javenis towards the west ; upon payment of one pound of 
Vkx yearly, or 4d, infra quindenam Natalis D^". For this the Bishop has 
paid 200 Marcs sterling " in gersumam ". 

Test : P. Winton, Ep° ; Comite W. Marescall, rectore d'^ regis et regui. 
Hebert de Burgo, Justiciary &c. 

Charter of King Edward m Saxon. Printed Cod. Dip. IV. No. 837. 
The same in Latin. 

Charts* of Eadgytfa. Printed iu Cod. Dip. 
The same in Latin. 

Charter of King Edward, in Saxon. Printed Cod. Dip. IV. No. 
The same in Latin. 

Charter of Eadgyth printed in Cod. Dip. 
The same in Latin, 

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^ VxLLs Charter of William. Willelm ifng Willelme de Ourcello gret frraid- 

'**§»"**' liehe. And ic bidde pefpyiof bis Horn feoh fort! cume of minam 
■ — maun, & BySSan alchen )>egene aQdhiremannii tet)>isse Michfelis maesen 

bifnllan yite, & ton cyte pis to mttnt acaht and to bristoje. |>at 
mann J>e lilt midon habben f hit don, & fsr hit fortS ne cumeS 
Betbe se bp and pu bar after, & tec ic beode )>at namman ne sy 
Byo Jiearf f njrme oenige name in Gyse Bp lande ler hjt to foran 
h^m Bvfe cume, ne |>u ae nan pitme manna Gcd j>e gebealdc. 

Will" rex Will" dc Curcell salt. Mando te qualenus intromittae ut 
denarii Bom golvantui' ad instans featum S** Michael de bominibua 
meia et preterea de libcris et servis. Et hoc notum &ciaf> aput montem 
BCntum et Briatoll; ut qui uondum solverunt salvant. £t de hiis 
qui non solverunt fiat inquisitio per dcm epm et preteiea per te. 
Frohibeo et ut nullus sit ita temerarius quod capiat mannum snper 
ternim G. £pi antequam veniat coram eo, nee tu nee aliquis tuonim. 

Grant by E. the Dean and the Chapter to Hugh de la Hele and the 
heirs of his body of a messuage and ferdel of land in North Curi, 
formerly held by Ills father Ric^ de la Qelei upon an annual payment of 
11«. Id. ia lieu of all secnlar services saving Hundred and U^nor Court 
dues, and services due to the crown, and a relief of 5 marcs ; heirs 
minors to be wards of the J>. and C. 

Test : Walt, de Lovenay. Baldric de Noneton A.D- 1289. 

Bond of Hagh de la Hele that he will observe the above ander a 
penalty of £60 sterling, to be enforced by distraint upon all bis property 
in North Cari. The same witnesses, 

10. License by H. III. to Bp. Jocelin and his succeBsors to dispose by 

will of all ueir goods, mobiles et immobiles, tarn de bladis in terris 
seminalibus quam aliis, etc 

Test ; F Winton, Ep° ; Steph. de Setgrave Justiciary : Job, comite 
Lincoln et constabular : Cest^; Hugon: dispensario : Itad" fil Nichol; 
Rad". germm : ; Godcfr de Crawecumb ; Galfr. dispensario ; Oalf: de « 
Kaniz ; Job de Flesset, &c Fer man : Radnlfl, Lycestr, Ep. et Cancellar : 
Given at Westminster, March 27, Anno regni nostri 18°. 

19 in dor». Charter of Bishop Joceline, 

Nicholas de Wells having given to the cbarch of St. Andrew his 
land and bonses in Wells ante mt^nam portam csnonicomm, they 
are to come under the same rules as other canonical houses, viz. that 
they are always to be assigned to a canon, and be Iree from all secular 
dues as the old canonical houses are, 
. Test : Hugh, Archd" Wells. 

Charter of the above by Nicholas of Wells. 

Charter by Badnlf preciosus of a uiessuage and houses at Wells lying 
between the house which belonged to Leoberti clerk, and the land which 
belonged to Ada de Lectuuia, to the Deans and Chapter on payment 
of an annual rent of 18 pence ta Walter de Dunheve, and to Walter 
de ^^cha, and their heirs, for all services. The said messuage to be 
let by the D. and G. to a resident canon, and the rent to be divided 
equaUy among all the canons and vicars who are present at the 
anniversary of the said Kadnlf. 

Charter of Malger, presbyter vicarius of Wells, granting the above 
named messuage, &c. to Radulf preciosus canonicus ^ Wells. 
I'est : Bichard de Athber ; Ada Magot^ &x. 

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Another and fuller charter hj Badulf precioaus concerning the eaue wbll* 
mMsuage, &c. *'*^M8l"' 

Kobert Bishop of Bath to the D. and C. *jj gj 

Robert our Archd" has Tranted one acre in Wells *' which we had 
given to him " to Qilbert Cawele and his heirs, subject to an annual 
rent of 12 pence to he paid to the Archd" and hie euccesBors, &c. 

Tftst ; Kicard, Pictav, Arciid". 

Charterof Eadulffil: BBrnardi. Grants to the church of St. Andrew 
and to Bishop Reginald tho churches of Holecambe and Lameia. 

Charter of the grant of Holecumbe by Rodulf, &c. 

. Charter of Letitia widow of Radulf fll Bernard). toi. 30 In don. 

Inasmuch as dominus mens Radulfus SI Bernardi in ultima voluntate 
sua restituit Stephano capellano de Dund [Dandry or Dundon] confessori 
HQo et coram me et Jordano de Wethemede, et Will" de Liffi>rd et 
mnltid aliis, Deo et beato Kichol et Eccleaie de Holeuumb, totam 
terrem etboGcnm&c.,cnm rustico Semaro nomine terram illam tenento, of 
which he confessed that he had wrongfully depiived them ; and inasmuch 
a8 he had given the manor of Holecumb to me in dotem, he prayed me 
to consent to the said restitution ; I consent, &c. 

Confinnation by Robert de Renni of the grant made to S' Nicholas 
of Holecambe by his father William de Renni throngh Robert his 

Boundaries of the land. 

A cruce Edric Borda usque ad dnctum aque ex parte anstrali, et 
de ductu, omnes terras et dumeta que sunt inter viam de Birigg et 
inter aquam de Cotteleg' usque ad stratam ferratam, &C. 

A.D. H50. Presidente domino Rob*" Ep" Exon EccL 

Arohid : Waltero ; Hug de Auco, &m. 

The rubric calls this the Charter of Bobt. fil Fagaci. 

G. Bishop of lOxon to Joceliue, Bishop of Bath and Glaston : A to the 
Dean & C. of Wells. He has upon their petition admitted and instituted 
Henry de Gicestr: to the Church of Holecumb. 

Addition to the above grant of William de Renni, ai' Keigni. Robert 
de Renni now grants lands a cruce Edricsbord and omnes terras que 
sunt inter viam de Herbethleg et inter aquam de Cordeleg usque ad 
stratam ferratam. 

A.D. 1160. Presidente domino Rob" Ep" Exon;Archid: Waltero; 
Hugo de Auco ; Will" de Cucussel. 

He also gives to the chaplain of the etud Church paachua communia foL 21. 
per totam terram meam de Holecumb. 

Testes sunt canonici S^ Petri, Exon., scilicet Ricard £lius Bams'. 

Charter of Richard de Camville gruiting to the church of S' 
Andrew at Wells & to Bp. Reginald to form a perpetual prebend, the 
church of Hengstrig Or Hengeatring, saving the rights of the present 
parson : John 61 : Luce. 

Charter of Gerard de Canville made in the presence of Richard, 
Archbp. Cant.; John, Bp. of Norwicb; Baldwin, Bp. of Worcester; 
Sefrid, Bp. of Chichester, and Randulf de GlanvUI, confirming the 
above grant of his father Richard. 

Given at Westminstor. A.D. 1182. 



Charter of Enstake de CamTiU; qnod cam ego in languore poBita, 
eaaem apnd Hengeatr propter demandtun Walteri de Dunatanvill de 
manerio de Scandeford quod exigit a domino meo et me et essem 
sine servitio ecclesiastico fed banc cartam canonicis Wett Eccl" et 
mHgistro Alexandro canonico prebeode de Hengeatr, ut ei promiseriat 
me habere servitinm meam in loco competenti extra ecclesiam et 
capellam, promitto eis in bona fide, et per cartam preeentem me 
obligo, quod completo termino languoris istius nunquam de cetera 
vendicabo servitinm predictam, et hoc obBerrandnm fide mediante. 

I. Testimony of Archbishop Richard and the other witnesses of Qerard 
de Camvillc's charter, above. 

Confirmation b; Archbishop Richard of all donations made to St- 
Andrew's at Wells. 

Confirmation by Bishop Reginald of Richard de Camville's charter. 
Test ; Alexander, Dean of Wells. 

Testimony of Roger, Wigom Ep", that Richard de Camvill 
executed his charter in the presence of Archbishop Richard of Cant : , 
and the Bishops ; Gilbert of LondoQ ; B. ofEsoa; Robert of Hereford ; 
John of Chichester ; Richard of Chester ; Adam of S' Asaph. 

Similar testimony of Archbishop Richard, mentioning the Bishops R. 
of Winton and G. of Ely, in addition to the names in the last. 

Confirmation of Richard de Camville's charter by Hugh Peter, Dei 
gra : S'' Angti diac : card i Apti : sedis legatns. 

, In a different hand from the rest. 

Dispoeition of the Exor> of the will of John de Button, senior, of 
is marcB payable annually by tbe Prior tuid Canons of Berliz. Upon 
the anniversu'y of the burial of the said John on 4"* of September, 2 
marcs are to be divided among the Canoss and Clerks of the Church of 
Wells who shall be present at the service, by the hands of the Commu- 
nariuB. 2 marcs to be given on the same day in bread to the poor. 
16 marcs to four chaplains for celebrating on behalf of the soul of the 
s^ John, and of the souls bone memorie of his brother William, and his 
nephew William, Bishops of Bath aud Wells, at the altar of S' Nicholas, 
budt at the expense of the said John in the chapel of S' Mary juxta 
Claustrum, &c 

Two marcs to be expended for two wax candles, one in lucema coram 
cnice erecta de bonis ipsius defoncti ; the other before the altar of the 
Blessed Vu'gin, nt prebeant lucem euntibns et redeuntibus a pulsations 
matotinarum usque ad consummationem earundem. At cereus Beate 
Virginis similiter ad missam cjnsdem. 

Twenty shillings quinque Coristis cantantibus antiphonam in honore 
gloriose Virginia ante ymaginem ipsius erectam in navi ecclesiae. 

To the communarius for his labour two shillings. 

To the sacrist for lighting the candles, and ringing the bell, two 

The 16 shillings of residue to be expended upon the lights and orna- 
ments of the altar of S* Kicholas. 

One among the chaplains is to be appointed as principal to receive and 
distribute the stipends of them all, and to withold the doe proportion if 
there have been any negligence, one half of the fines to be spent upon 
the service of the altar, the other to go to the principal chapliuu. 

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Charter of Bob»t de Bcdeville. ^ith the consent of his wife iVbiu 
Beatrice, and on the petition of Hobert, Bishop of Bath, he gives ^*''^^ 
his chtuch of Lideford after the decease of William, the priest, to make - — 

a prebend, saving the rights of a ricarage given by me to my clerk ' '• 

Test : t Bob* Archd" of Wells ; William, Prior of Briwetua ; Roger, 
presbyter of Aldideford ; William of Eli, presbyter ; Galfrid of Curi ; 
QUbert of HombUnnetiiD ; Pei«r, bordarius ; John fll : Will ; WalkeUn, 
and Eggwin. 

Final concord made at Oxford in cnria regis die veneris proxima post 
octabis Apl Petri et Pauli, anno regal H. 11. 33° in the presence of 
Sann de Blsnville, Jnstiniary : Hubert Walt, Dean of York ; Rad : fil : 
Stejiban ; William Buffus ; Bobert de lagtesham, Archdo of Gtoncester ; 
William fll. ; Stephan, vie t of Gloucester; Robert Marmiun } E*d : de 
Arden ; Bad : Murdac ; Henr. de OornhuU ; &c., between Reginald, 
Bishop of Bath, and John de Bonevilt, aa to the advowson of Lideford 
church. The said John to present a fitting person to the prebeod, 
whom the Bishop will accept and inEtitote as a canon, according t« the 
castom of the church of Welb. But the said canon is not to have any 
share in the communa by reason of hia holding that prebend, except 
by favour of the Bishop and the Chapter. 

Confirmation by Bishop Reginald of the above grants made by Robert 
de Boteville and his brother John. 

Test ; Alexander, Dean of Wells j T. Archd" of Wells ; Joe ; C^ella- 
UQs ; Master Nicholas de Limer ; Hugh de Wells ; Rtwer de Godestow ; 
Stephan and Thomas de Tornac ; Will : de Winton ; Will : de Mertok ; 
B(^er de Bradeford, &c 

Notification of the grat^ of Lidford by Bishop Reginald. 

Charter of Henry, Abbot of Olaston :, and the Convent concerning the 
Chnrcb of pilton granted by them to the Church of S* Andrew, Wells, 
and to the Bishop Reginald. 

Test : Hugo, Bishop of Durham, and Hugh, Bp. of Chester. Printed 
in Adam de Domerham, Vol. I. p. 263. 

Charter of Savaric, Bp. of Bath and Glaston, granting the Ohurcb foL 23 in don. 
of Pilton to the Canons of Welb for their use whensoever it shall 
be vacated by Roger of Winton, Archd". Two jpriests to be msJntained 
to offer daily masses in the Church at a stipend of 2J marcs, and commons 
in bread the same as the vicars. On Savaric's anniversary 100 poor are 
to be fed in the said Church, and all others who in accordaace with the 
custom of the said Church are present at his obsequies lure to have a 
ebtae in the common distribution. Canons are to receive of the common 
innd 4 pence, vicara 2 pence. 

Test : Alex : the Dean ; Will : the Precentor ; Thomas the Snbdean. 

Printed ia Adam of Domerham, Vol. I. p. 236. 

Another copy of Abbot Henry's charter. 

Confirmaticm by Bishop Reginald of the gi'snts of Pilton and foL St. 
Snth Brente Churches made by Robert Abbot of Glaston in order to 
form three prebends : of the Church of Haselbergh made by William 
ion of William, to form one prebend ; of the Church of BoUand by 
Oliver de Dinan to form one prebend ; of the Church of Hengstrigg by 
R* de Camvill to form one prebend ; of iho Church of Scandefbrd by 
Hamo fil Ganfrid, to form one prebend ; of the Churches of Cumtnne 

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CiTSSw. ""'^ Brnmfeld, by Girbert de Perci wid Matbild his wife to form one ; 
Kse. and of the Chnrah of E9tharpet% by Willitun fi). Will-, fll. Jolin, to form 

one prebend. Also of 3 marcB pftjuble annnall)' by the Church of 
Ilriutun for the maiatennnce of & wax candle to bum continaally before 
the High Altar in the Cathedral ; and a nmilar payment due from 
Brintun to tiie Church at Bath secured on the revenues of the Churches 
of BoDewell and W«atbury. 

Charter of Simon Bozun, granting the Churches of Korentun te form 
a prebend. The appointment resting with Simon for his own life, and 
then to fall to the Bishop. 

Test. Savar, Archd" of Northampton ; Dalmatius, seneschal Lungdnn. 

Confirmation of the last by Bishop Ranald. ' 

Test. Savaricus, Archid : of Northampton ; Alex, Dean of Wells : 
Thorn, of Wells ; Master Kobert, and Master Godfrid, Arelud : of Bath, 
fol. 34 ID don. Confirmation by Biihop Savaric of the appointment of Robert Buzun 
to the prebend of Karetitun, made by Bishop Reginald. 

Test. Rob*. 6f Dina; John de Rainmesibus. 

G. prior of Bath and the convent covenant to pay annually to the 
Canon of Wells who holds the prebend of Korentun the 100 shiUings 
which Simon Buzun reserved when he granted to the Prior and Convent 
of Bath the Churches of Karentnn to be held by them on the same terms 
as they were held by Holberan (or Hosburn) and Robert, the parsons of 

Test. David, presbyter of Westun. 

Exemption by Bishop Savaric ab omni onere Episcopal) of Robert 
Bazan's prebend. 

Confirmation by Henry, Abbot, and the Gdnvent ot Glaston : of the 
grant erf" IMlton Church nuule by Abbot Robert. 

Test. B^ Hugh of Durham ; Hugh of Chester. 

Printed in Adam de Domerham, Vol. I. p. 283. 

fo), ss, Conflrmation by Bishop Reginald of the grant made by the Abbey 

of Glaston, of Pilton, and Suth Brent Churches. Printed in Adam 
of Domerham, Vol. I. p. 235. 

Confirmation by King Henry, of Abbot Robert's grants of Filton, to 
form two prebends, one of 10 marcs, the other of the residue of the 
value. The abbot to pay 10 mcffcs to the prebendary and 3 marcs stall 
wages to the vicar who shaQ serve for the Abbot in the Church of Wells; 
the reudue to go to the Abbot as a prebendary. During a vacancy in 
the Abbey, one moiety of the Abbot's prebend to be paid to Uie Canons, 
the other to the Abbey. 

fbl. 35 in dors. Confirmation also of the arrangement made by Bishop Ranald 
by which the Abbot of Glaston is 1« be Archdeacon of the Churches 
of S* John in Ghiston ; Mera ; Stret ; Bndekeleg ; Siapewick ; Sow! ; 
Meriling t Filton ; Fennard ; Dichesieta ; and be accountable in all 
tilings to the Bishop, as other archdeacons, save only the Paschal 
customs, to which they have not been liable of old, as to the 7 churches. 
The Church of Suthbrente is surrendered by the Abbey to Thomas the 
Archdeacon of Wells to form a prebend, in consideration of his loss by 
this arrangement, &c. &c. 
Test. Bob' CanceUar. 
Printed in Adara de Domerham, Vol. I. p. 229. 

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Charter of Mathillis de Arundel, wife of Herbert de Perci, gnmliag Vilu 
to Bishop Reginald and the Church ot S* Andrew, the Church of *'*'£^*" 
Bnmfetd (Bromlield) Baviag the rights therein of the presbyters, — 

Oaofrid and Philip. 

Test. Henry, Archid. Eson ; Kic^. Archid. Bath. 

Confirmation of the last by Bishop Reginald. 

Charter of Bishop Reginald, granting to the canonx freely a barton, 
for which they used to pay 12 nummos annually. 

Charter of Bisiiop Robert to the Church of Hiwye. fol. 26. 

[Marginal note, Hywin in Brente marisco, membr. tnanerii de Ban- 
welL] Addressed to Tlieohsld, Archbishop of Canterbury, to the 
Bishops, to the Abbots and Priors of Somerset, to the Dean and 
Chapter of Wells, to the Archdeacons, and to all the clerks and people 
of the diocese of Bath. 

Confirms the church in the possession of one hide of land membrum 
mannerii nostri de of Banwella. Spealcs of Walter de Moretania as 
holding EJywis at the time of the Bishop's appointment, and magister 
Alured after him, as a grant from the Bishop, and then Magis(«r Bic^i 
de Monte Acnt*). Hywis is made a prebend of Welln, in order that it 
may not become lay property and be lost to the Church. 

ii. Nonas. Nov., &c. Anno regpi Henrici junioris v°. Anno Epis- 
copatus xxiiii. t.e. A.D. 1169. 

Test', et conanlentibns, Ivo the Bean and the Canons of Wells; 
Peter the Prior, and the monks of Bath ; Benedict, Abbot of Adhe- 
ligen ; Robert, the Prior of Olaston ; William, the Prior of Montacute ; 
Stephen the Prior of the Canons of Tanton ; William, the Prior of the 
Csnons of Bmton ; and also the Archdeacons Robert and Thomas, Ac. 

Grant by Bishop Robert of a croft of land to the church of our fol. 26 in don. 
manor of Cumtun, which lies near our pomerium, bat upon the other 
side of the road, on the north side of it. A.D. 1IS9. 

Grant by Bishop Joceline to Helias, capellano canonico rostro 
Wellen, persone ecclesie de Cumtun, of the right to enclose 10 acres 
in the moor at Cumtun, and to ran 8 oxen with the bishop's oxen. 
A.D. 1236. 

Grant by Bishop Joceline. The land of Hywis formerly a member ">'■ ''• 
of Banwell Manor be free of suit to the Court of Banwell. 
Given at Banwell, A.D. 1228. « 

InspeximuB of the last, and confirmation by Thomas the Prior and the 
Convent of Bath. 
Also by the Dean of Welb and the Chapter. 

Bishop Jocelin, in the 26**' year of his episcopate, decides in the 
Ch^ter of Wells, in a case which has been submitted by both parties, 
that Hywia is exempt from the jarisdiction of the Archdeacon of Wells, 
AD. 1232. 

Maths ; the Prior, and the Convent of Bradenstock, give to Alexander 
the Dean of Wells, and the Canons, all their rights in the Church of 

Test. Walter the Prior of Bath. 

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Ou^iuL Grant to HeliM capetl : canon i Welln ;, by Lucia, daughter of Master 
usa. John de KnrdumaUa, of the land given to her by her father, which 
fol STin dora ''** between the land given by him to her brother John and her 
sister Hirabella, and the land which belonged to Walter Maimer, 
called the Muntoris, saving the lord's rent of 12 pence a year in Uea 
of all Bervices, upon payment of two marcs silver. Lucia has re- 
nounced all her rights to the above in pleno hundredo de Wellea, and 
hue given to Helias the charter of Lord Walter de Dunhevede concerning 
the said land. 
Test. Master Lambert, Subdean of Wells. 

A similar grant by John and Mirabella of their land and a colum- 
barium. They warrant it contra omnes homines et feminaa qui 
mori possunt. 

Test. Peter, Dean of Wells. 

Grant by Helias, Canon of Wells, of the aforesaid lands and houses 
to the Chapter of Wells, to form a canonical refiidence saving a rent of 
12 pence to Walter de Wyke pro omni servitio. Thirteen shillings and 
fourpence to be divided upon the day of the anniversary of Helias 
among the canons and vicars present there. If per consuetudinem 
regni the Chapter cannot keep that mansum, volo qood capitulnm 
provideat aliqnem de Canonicis suis reddentem, vel residere in hoc 
manso volentem .... cui . . . illud mansum vice mea .... in 
perpetuum liberetnr. 

Test. Peter de Cicestr., Dean of Wells. 

Grant by Walter de Dunhevede, his wife and heirs assenting, to Adam 
de Lectou, sacerdoti, cc^nato meo, of an acre of ground in Wells, lying 
to the north of his house. 

Test. Thomas, nepos. Ep*. 

Grant by the same to Malger, presbyter at Wells, of the land between 
my garden and the land of Adam de Lectun, 15 perches less two feet in 
lei^^ and breadUi. 

Test. Dn" Odone. 
fol. 28 in Aon. Savaric, Bishop of Bath and GUaton : 

Prebends " contra morem aliarum prebendarum subjectas" to be exemp- 
ted from archidiaconal jurisdiction upon the decease of the present 

Given in the Chapter A.D. 1203 in Oct. S" MichaeUs. 

Savaric to all ecclesiastical persons in the diocese. Has given licence 
to the Chapter of Wells, non ezpectata presentia nostra, to excommnni- 
cate or interdict Al who invade Uieir rights. 

The same to all men in' the diocese, "quia ad multa distrahimur et 
preter volnntatem nostram in locia remotaoribus demoramur, &c." 
"''• 2^' A similar order by Savaric 

H. de Wells, Archdeacon of Wells in accordance with the act of 
Savaric, exempts all prebends of Wells from archidiaconal jurisdiction. 

Given in the Chapter, anno regni r^is Johannis 7". 

R. Dean of Sarum to J. Dean of Wells. 

Our brethren and your children E. the Cantor and Master H., 
have begged us to write to you concerning the dignities and privi- 
leges of the Dean of Sarum in the city of Sarum. The Dean is 
Archdeacon of the city and suburbs and of all prebends, which are 

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uiswerable to the Bishop only for Peter's Peace, and for this only Tbu« 
throGghtheDew. *'^^'"' 

The Dean of Sarum to Iro the Dean and to the Convent of Wella and fol. as in doM. 
to the church there. The rule with us is that the Archdeacon has no 
power over the prebends, super canonicos vel eoram ciericos aut ipsorum 

The canons are archdeacons in their own prebends, et ciericos snos 
debent preeentare Decano ad ordines, et Uecanus Episcopo. Ex 
hiis liqnet omnino esse contra noetras conauetndinea ut presbetri vel 
clerici canonicorum snbmonitores aint archidiaconi vel apparatores. 

Conventos Samm ecclesie K. Epo, Bathon. 

In answer to the questions of the Canons of Wells concerning the 
customs of our Sarum chnrch. 

For every deceased brother each canon presbitcr facit trentenale 
misBarum, et qui inferioris ordinis sunt xz psalteria, et preter hoc 
in communi faciunt omnea uni iTp anniversale missarum scilicet unus* 
quiaque canonicus cujuscunqiie ordinis sit x missas ; et unusqmsque 
canonicorum archidiaconus est hominum suorum in prebenda sua, et 
ocdesie prebendarum in nullo obnoxie sunt archidiacono. Ubicun- 
que sint canonici per licentiam Decani in communis participiant. 
Et omnes indifferend : Ticarium habere debent preter ill<« qui in ecotas 
BOQt, vel Bomam vadunt pro utilitate ecclesie. Licet tamen Episcopo 
tres habere canonicos capellanos, unum presbiterum, et unum dia- 
connm et nnum subdiaconum absque vicaiio, nullus tamen ab officio 
septimane immunis est. In omnibus solemnitatibus, ubicunque pre* 
sentes sunt, canonici cum Episcopo, capelloni sunt, et omne jus capellani 
oom capellanis eqne participiant. In oblatione priocipaliB altaris, sive 
csntet Eps. sive non, nnnqnam participiant capeUani nisi fnerint ca- 
nonici. Nunqnam abesse debent canonici sive licentia. 

IL, the Dean and the Chapter of Samm to the D. & C. of Wells. 

Our custom ia that the prebend of the deceased, whoever he may be, 
cornea in for the use of the canons for one year, 2 parts go to the canons, 
one part is expended for the soul of the deceased, or in paying hie debts, 
or in charity. Decanatus vero vel quilibet personatus ad univeraitatem 
non transit canonicorum nee respicit ad.defunctum, sed Decanus vel 
persona telem debet relinquere decanatum vel personatum qualem 
recepit, cum tali videlicet instauramento quam receperit, et ita eum 
successor ipsins obtinebit. Verumtamen si plus relinquerit qutun re- 
ceperit pro anima ipsins debet erogari. 

Grant by Bishop Joceline of the Manor of North Curry and the 
Church, which hitherto the D. & C. have held, towards the augmenta- 
tion of the communa, saving due provision for a vicarage, of wmch the 
presentation is to be with the D. & C. 

Given at Woky. in crastino S. Michael, by the hand of Master Walter 
de Maydenestan ; Pontlficatus nostri uino tt4°. 

Similar concession of the Church of Cheddar, given at Wells die 
Bead Thome Martyris, in same year. 

Similar grant of the Chnrch of Mudeford upon the resignation by 
Oohn Channel of the personatus, and by Eadulfus de Warevill of the 
vicBiage, saving the rights of the Archdeacon. Given at Chiu. A.D. 

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vuLtt A slip inserted, coDtaining the evidence oF some of the villains of the 

*'*mIs'.*" Bishop of Bath and Wells concerning the homi^ of Lydyard. 

-:— Similar concession of the Church of Lideard. Given at Chin, In 

fol. 80 in don. ^^^^ g g philippi & Jacob!, hy the hand of Master Walter de Mayde- 
nertan, pontificatua nostri anno ii". 

Similar concession of S* Cuthbert's, Wells. Given at Engahnry by 
the hand of Master Walter de Maydenestan, in craatino S. Germani, in 
the same year. 

Charter of Richard de Wrotham. 

Bishop Joceline, his successors and his men and the men of his fees 
and churches, are free de espeltamentia canum, et de pecunia danda 
pro espeltamentis. 
ibl. 31. Charter of Bishop Robert de ordinatione prebendamm :— 

We have found that the Church of Wells is intolerably afflicted by 
exactions ; and, having taken conndl with the Archbishop, Bishops, and 
other religious persons of England, we divide the possessions of the 
church into prebends, in order to save them to the church and to escape 
lay exactions and intrnsions. 

We therefore make of Wedmoreland six prebends and the Deanery ; 
and we assign the Chnrch, &c. of Wedmore, &c. to the Sub-dean. A 2»* 
prebend we make of Bidesham, excepting one virgate of land, which is 
specially reserved for the repairs and ornaments of Sc Andrew's Church. 
The prebend is to find a vicar. 

The Deanery is to pay £20 per annum to 4 Canons, i.e., £5 to each. 
All surplus revenues and the Chnrch of Woky to belong to the Deanery, 
Lntthune to be one prebend, attached to the Deanery. Withechurch 
one; Dultingchot and Chellecott one; Wrmeatorre one; Wandestreu 
one ; Wineslwm five, of which the church is one ; the vill three, and 
this a canon is to hold and pay out of it two prebends, of 100 solid! 
each per annum, reserving the residue for himself. A 5"" prebend is' 
Bromley ; Gumbe is assigned as one prebend to Reginald the Precentor 
in recognition of the benefits done to our Chnrch by his uncle, of happy 
memory, Bishop John ; upon the decease of Reginald three prebends 
and a cliantry are to be formed of the vill itself, and the Chnrch is to 
make a fifth. We ourselves give the Church of Tatton to form one ; 
Hiwis also in Brentemarsh, ana the Church of Cumton we give to form 
one. Half a hide in Wotton, with a virgate which Bishop Gyso gave 
to the Chapel of tlie Blessed Mary ; and another half hide which Bishop 
Gtodefrid gave to S* Cuthbert's Church in sua dedicatione, decimam 
quoqne vini of onr church of S* Andrew, we grant. 

Amplius ut nocturne canonicomm vigilie i^iquid solatium sortiantur, 
de Chirsetis et decimis ad sepedictam S. Andree eccl°> pertioentibns 
panem fieri constituimus canonicorum qui matutinis intertuerint, 8(C. 

Given in the presence of Henry, Bishop of Wintoo, and afterwards 
confirmed by William of Canterbury, and Thurston of York, Arch- 
bishops; Roger of Samm; William of Exon ; Symon,'&c. A.D. 1136. 

A diflerent and inferior hand, 
fol. 81 in dors. Petition of the Chapter to the Bishop for leave to elect a Dean in the 
place of Edward de la Cnoll deceased, die sabbati prox. post, feslum 
cxaltationis 8. Crucis, sent to the Bishop by the hands of Master 
T. de Button, Arohdn. of Wells. li. kaL Oct. A.D. 1284. 

N.B.— T. de Button is chosen. » 

The Licence granted by Bishop Robert. 

Given at , kol. Oct. A.D. 1284. 

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Mem. that a citation was Bent to summon all Canons to the election of q^^^ 
the Dean on Wednesday prox. post. feet. S. Mardni. USS. 

The foUowingare the namea of the Canons who where absent, quorum 
littere citatorie tradite fuerint singulis vtcariia eornndeoi. Ex parte 
Decani Nicholas de Crauford; Will' ill. WitI'; Henr. de Grandisono; 
MalcolmuB; Bobt. de Fangfbs; Xich. de S.Quiatino; Thorn, de Cherle- 
ton; Bobt. de Waye; R^. de Turkeby; Bogo. de Clare; Wills de 
Hameledon; Wills de Midelton; Walt, de Hagelschagh ; Walt, de 
BsthoD ; ex parte Precentoris, Abbas de Michel ; Wills Barnell ; Reg. 
de Legh ; Joh. de Dereby ; Henr. Hasee ; Barth* de Castell ; Symon de 
Hicham; GkJf. de Haspale; Beymandus deRadiug; Bad. de Freningh; 
Hich. de W^eford ; Rog. Baret ; John de Kyrkeby ; Bic de Bamfield ; 
Jacob de Hispan ; Lodovic de Bello Campo ; Thorn, de Midelton ; Gtlbt. 
de S. Leof. : Abbas de Atfael : ; Th. de Gndyngton. 

Cat out. tol. 83. 

This and fol. 31 in dors are insertions of a later date on leaves which fol- 33. 
had been left blank. 

Mem. On S. Mark's Day, A.D. 1308, it was ordered in a general 
convocation of all the Canons of Wells, hy J. de Godele the Dean and 
die Chapter, that at all celebrations of the maas at the high altar omnea 
c&nonici, vicarii, et alii habitum portantea in chorO) flectent devote 
geaaa. dam eleratur bostio, et dam elev»tur calix cum sanguine 

Item , . . quod sacrista ecolesie pulset novam campanam dum 
elevatar bostia, et hoc quotlenscamque celebrator missa ip magno 

Item . . . qaod 0rmarii commHoiam boDoram eccl. : Wellen non 
totrentea flrmas debitas sais termiais, are not to share in the communa 
or offerings, antil the arrears are ptud. 

Mem. Master Walt, de S. Quintin, Archdeacon of Tanton, and 
Prebendary of the Church of Milvertan, annexed to the Archdeaconry, 
died XT. kal., Jannar A.D. 1263. 

The early good hand begins agun, tol. 33 !n 

Charter of B<^^, capellanus. Canon of Wells and Rector of Chyuton, 
granting to the Church of S' Andrew and to the Chancellor for the 
use of the schools, his houses, &a, which had belonged to Reginald de 
Waltham. Edward de Eienelword ia Chancellor. 12 denarii to be paid 
nmually by the master of the school to John de Salton and his heirs, 
and 12 to Henr. de Waltham and his heirs, and 7 denarii are to be 
ipent at the obit of Boger, 1 to the sacrist and 2 to the boys who are 
present, and 6 to the poor. The master to keep the school buildings in 
repair: a survey of them to be made annnally by the Chancellor and 
other Canons. The master and scholars to be present at a celebration 
of tiK office of the dead annually on the anniverBary of Roger, or upon 
■ome other fitting day. The scholars tihall daily before they leave the 
school pray for the soul of Roger and his family ; on every Wednesday and 
Friday when they come to school they shall sing an antiphon in honor 
of the Blessed Virgin. 

Test. Bicar. de Wells ; Master Walt, de Derbam ; Dn' .Tosceline, &c. 

Charter of John de P^ton de eodem. 

Charter of Thomas Jiock. son of Master Adam Lock, cementartus, '»'■ ^*- 
with the assent of his mother Agneta, and of Lambert the Sub-dean, 
uut of Richard de Wells, Canons of Wells, ezors of A Look ; grants 




vblls to Bofner of ChTnton, cbaplaiQ to Bisliop Joceline, the aforee«d houseS) 
^^ dbc &c. in consideration <^ the paymeut of 7 marcs to Thomas, and 3 to 
— Agneta. Sealed by Th' ; Lambert ; and Ric. de Wells. 

Charter of Agneta de eisdero. 

Test. lAmbert, Subdean ; Master Elyas de Derham, Senascbal of 
Bishop Josceline ; Ricard. de Wells, Will, de Bechamstede, Canons of 
Wells ; Master Vincent, Walter de Bridport, Ric. da Langport, Vicars 
of Wells ; Walter the Cbsmberkin [ Lawrence and Ivo prepositi of 
Wells ; DeodatuB and Thomas Koieis cementarii. 

foL 3* in dore. In another band, Mem. There ought Co be left in the Deanery npon 
a vacanCT 24 bovea of the value of 1 marc each ; for, . . . Church 
land 6 bovea, at 2 marcs eadi ; 2 afiri, worth 20 shillings ; 1 taunis, 
value 12 shilUngs ; 1 vacca, value 10 shillings ; 1 aper, value 40 pence ; 
1 sus, value 2 shillings. 

Item at Pilton which belongs to the Precentor, there ought to be 8 
boves left for the successor. 

Item at Wandestreu upon decease of the prebendary, there should 
remain 8 boves ; 1 vacca ; 1 affer; 1 careta ferro ligata vel unus curras, 
and una patella cum tripode. 

These three entries are printed in Adam de Domesbam, VoL I., pp* 

fol. S4 in Son. A separate parchment sewed on has been torn off here, 

Ordiuatio dai Joscellni super Thesauraria Wellen, A.D. 1226. 

Faded and difficult to read. Receipts. 

From Martock Church Tithes. Equal in money £4 10° 0^. 

There is also the tithe of hay. 

E^B at Easter. Wool. Lunbs. Cheese. 

Titbe of cows ; the Columbarium, and the garden. 

Also on S. Lawrence's day, received of the Prior of Otritton (Ottering- 
ton), apud Mertok 100 shillings. Inde priori de Merton 53* 4'^. 

Item dictus Rector percipiet annuatim de Friore de Bruton de 
Ecclesia de Westbuir 40". 

Item de Archid. Well. 26*8^; tenentium B' Andrete de redditibos 
tenement! Eichardi 4lb cere, et residuum cere proveniens cum mortuis 
in ecclesia S' Audree. The rents of the Canons' Grange. From the 
Rector of Wootton (? in Pilton) 100 lbs of was .... &c. The 
Treasurer shall pay aa stipend to a sacrist 20* per annum ; to a Clerk 
of S. Mary 7' 8'^ ; shall keep in repair the vestments, aud supply mats 
[nata] in the choir to the value cj 3*; shall pay a stipend of 3° for a 
washerwoman for the vestments. Item inveniet focura pro cera 
facienda cum uncto et ad eukaristiam faciendam ; Item inveniet 
lumen ardens in moi'tar; Item cordas pro componis pulsandis, et ad 
velum qnadragesimale ; Item cirrpos per estat^m. Item 4'"'lb cere et 
amplins coram magno altare, et in ecclesia thus. 

Ista copia seripta fuit et extracta de quodam cKteriori folio veteris uiis- 
salis de Mertok, tempore Magistri Thoma de Retford, Cancellar, et seripta 
hie per manus Roberti de S^otingham^ clerici dictt domini Cancellar. 

fy, 3s, Charter of Peter the Dean, and the Chapter. 

Roger the canon to hold, and dispose as he will of our houses which 
had belonged to Master Peter Canute, in consideration of 20 marcs 
which the said B(^er paid on our behalf to Hemisius de Duneheved, 
who bad made a clum upon ua in the King's court ; saving to us 6 pence, 
and to the lord of the fee 12 pence rent. 

By the hand of Master Richard, the Chancellor, A.D. 1235. 

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Charter of Soger. Granting to the D. & C. the said housea fo be a ^ J|^ 
cuLonical house, saving the above named rente, and 10 gbiUings to be xf 
spent npon hift own annlTeraary, in the neual manner. ~ 

Test. Bic. the Chancellor; Henr. the Treasurer j WiU. the Subdean ; 
Ric. de Wella, Bad. de Warevillaj Canois; Walter de Bridport, 
Walt, de Wedmore, Daniel! de Briatoll, Vlcare of Wells. A.D. 1235. 
Id' Jan. 

luBpeximuB of the above bv the D. & C. A.D. ' 1235. 19*'> k a 


Decision of Bishop Joceline de Suth-barwe. 

AlwreduB son of Robert dePonsand, lord of Suth-barwe, and Matilda 
liis mother who held tbe same w dowrj, and Thomas de Alditheford, 
derk, whom they had presented to the said church, on the one part ; 
and the D. & C. of Wella who claim the preseotation as having had a 
grant of it from tbe grandfather of the said Alwredus, confirmed by 
Bishop Keginald on the other part. 

The parties submit tbe case to the Bishop) who decides that inasmuch 
as the 1). & C. have had ab antique a pension of 2 solid! from tbe said 
church, and that Alwredus de Fonsond, lord of South Barwe, grand- 
father of the present A. granted the church to tbe H. &■€., all presenta- 
tions ate theirs, but that for this turn they present the said Thomas de 
Alditheford. Because the church is poor, it shall no longer pay the 2 
solidi mentioned above. 

Oinsn at Wells. Id. Marci, A.D. 1237. 

Charier of Alwied de Fonsot de eodem. 

Charter of Stephen the Prior, and the Canons of Taunton. (y_ je, 

Biahop Reginald and hie snccessoi-s to have full jurisdiction over their 

churches, excepting the Chapels of S. James, and S. Qeorge de fonte, 

and of S. Margaret of tbe Sick, and of S. Peter de Caetello. 
The Chmt^ of Aissa in capitulo de Spakest, and tbe Church of 

Wi|>ele in capitulo de Dunestor tanquam matrices eccleeie respondeant. 

C&Dons who hold our benefices to be answerable to the Bishop. 
, Test. Will. Abbot of Keynsham ; Galfrid, Sanim ; Thorn. Wellen ; 

Rnd. Batbon; Ric. Constance, Arcbid. ; Master Walter, Prior of Berliz; 

Joceline tbe Chaplain, Will, the Chaplain; Master Alexander; Master 

Gilbert de Asebrige : Master Roger, &c. 

Agreement made between Beinald, Bp. of Bath, and William son of 
Bichard de Mauleberg, about 7 acres near the wood of Wokiole, and a 
meadow of 5 acres at Foulesham. 

Test Joceline, Bishop of Sarum ; Master Walter, precentor of Sarum ; 
Thomas, Archdn. Wells ; Baldwin. Sar. EancelL ; Master Bad, de 
Lechlade; Joceline, Chaplain; Oalfride de Northweg; Master Robert 
de Geldeford ; Stephau de Torn, Canon of Wells ; Daniel de ponte ; 
Galfrid, clerk ; Master Roger ; Stephau de Bading ; Bad. de S. Georgio { 
Galfrid de S. Georgio ; Ada de Erleg ; Matthew de Gorm'ton, Philip de 
Wyka i Ric. de Ken ; Peter de Chiu Ac. 

Henr. filius Pagani de Fanebrige, constitutus in preeentia .... 
Boberti quondam Bath, et Bogeri, Wingorn, episcoporum, tacto S. Evan- 
gelisto et S™™ reliquiis cum patre meo Pagano, et coneanguineis meis 
Bog. Witenig scilicet cum fratribus suis. Will., Robt., & Gilbt. de Almari, 
Osbert quoque de Bathon, et Bad Denebold cum fratre suo Robt, 
KnouDces all claims which they had made in Winesham, Wenaeslorra 

Cgl zed ./Google 


vmuM Modealega, and to a virgate in BideBhsnu, and Merke, and to the aerviea 
MM.*" of Ewner do Wandeatrou, and afterwardfl confirmed this before Biahop 
~— B^inald. 

Test. EuBtach filina Stephani ; SavaiaooB de Vana, Ac. 

fol. 96 in dOTB, "Ei&et de eodem. A.P. 1164. Id. MarcL 

The above-named Henry &c. are nepotes Benoaldi preaentoris. 

In consideration of the eaid renunciation, mc, the Deem and the 
Canons fide-jussoriam eia de 70 marcia numerandis cautione prestiteront, 
ex qoibus eodem die reddiderunt quindecim maroaa et decern aolidoa. 

Test. Bicard, the Dean of Wella ; B^inald, the Precentor; Gal&id, 
the Succentor ; Godefrid, Wingorn. 

Compoeitio super eccl. de Stavreia. 

William, the Prior of Godclive and the Convent on the one part, and 
IieoniuSf Dean of Wells & the C. on the other submit to J. Bishop of 
Bath and Gloaton, their claims to the above. 

The Bp. decides t^t the Convent of G. is to hare the church, and pay 
40 solidi sterling yearly to the Chapter of Wells. 

Teat. Maurice, Archid. Land; Morinus, Dec' de Langiet; Durand, 
Ghobia, William, obapliuns : Matilda de Condoa. 

Letter of the convent to the Bishop. 

fol. 87. Charter of Savaric, Bp. of B. & G. 

On the presentation of Symon Buzum, Icnight, has given to Runald, 
his son, a clerk, lOO eolidi in ecelesii^ de Karent«n, nomine Wellensis 
prebende, to be paid yearly by the hands of Gilbert Gomel in the name 
of the Convent of Bath. 

Test. Galfrid Berluz, Aichid. ; Master Alan ; Master Boberti &c. 

William the Abbot of Kainesham, and 0-., the Prior of Bruiton 
announce to Bobert the Archdeacon that they have been ^pointed by 
Pope Celestine to adjudicate between Boger the parson of Staweia and 
Bobert, chaplain of Utterhameton upon a question concerning the small 
tithes of Haiesheg. It is decided that Bobert is to have the tithes, but 
find a wax candle qnatuor denariomm. 

Commiaaion ieaued by Pope Urban to R. de Ford and W. de Binedon, 
abbots, and to B. Dean of Wells, to adjudicate in the above caae, con- 
cerning decimationea de mozilla. 
fol. 87 in dors. Test. William a monk of Ford ; Master Bichard chaplain ; Master 
William de Spacheaton. 

Confirmation by Bishop Joceline of the grant made by Mathildia de 
Chandoa to St. Andrew's, Wella, of the church of Staweia. 

Test. Master Bad. de Lechdale ; Master Boht, de Gildefort ; Joceline, 
chaplain ; Hermann de Wivelscumb. 

Inspeximus by Henry de Tracy of a grant made by Oliver de Tracy, 
his falber, of the church of South Bovey to Bp. Joceline and to S. 
Andrew's Wills. Test. Galf. de Wandeatren; Bobt, de Sechevill; 
Master Kobt. de Gieldeford ; cToceline, cliaplain. 

Teat, to the Inspeximus Bobt. de Courtenay ; Hear, de Lapumeraye. 

iiH- 88. Inspeximus of the last by John, Bp. of Bxon. 

Test. Walter, Prior of Bath ; Bobt. de GUdeford, A;rohd. of Bath, 



Charter of Robert de Kui, dominuB dfi Luintnne (LoTington). Vmllb 

Grants to S' Andrew the Advowaon of Lovington and I hide of land, "^"iSS."*' 
de centum et Bexaginta acria, nee de meliori nee de pejori, in two parts — 

o( 80 aeres each, and also a messita^ near the church, ad magnitndi- 
nem domiaici messuagii. 
Test. Alexander the Dean of W. & Master Bobt. de Doneheved. 

Charter of JN'ichol. de Burewe. 

In eoDBideration of the good convergation of the Canons of Wells, et 
surgentis eccle. sue laudabilia strnctura, he gives to augment their com- 
muna his church of Lufinton for the term of his life, upon an annual 
pBfment of unam aureum vel duos sol. Has sworn to this in Capitulo 
apud Kari. Cf. fol. 61. 

Confirmation hy Bishop Reinald of Kobert de Lovintan's Charter. 
Test, Master Alexander the Dean of W. 

Charter of AJanus de Funiell. foL 88 in dors, 

(grants with the assent of Galfrid his heir, to S, Andrew, Cudworth 
md the chapel of Cooll. 
Test. Helya fil Robti. Will. Malherba, Ac. 

Confirmation bj Aalicia de Yallibus of the grant of the Advowson of 
Aisbnlle, made to Bp. Joceline bj her son, Bobt. de Yallibus. 
Teat. ICic&rd. Abbas de Mucbelne^, 

Charter of Alan de Furnell ; same as above. 

Test. Mastsr Walter, Prior of Bokland ; Will, persona de Cerd ; 
Joceline, chaplain &c. 

Confirmation by Bishop Beginftld of the grant made to S. Andrew, 
hj SymoD Briton of 8. I>ecunian's church. 
Test. Alex, the Dean of W. &c 

An extra sheet sewed on to foot of page, in a amaller hand. 

Charter of Benedict, Abbot of Aliug. . . granting to Bp. Joceline 
the Advowson of Ilton. 

Test. Bic. Abbas de Muchelney ; Master Helias de Derham ; Master 
John de Ileford ; Master WilL de WoU ,■ Helyas, chaplain ; Will, de 
Hamme, &c. 

Charter about Btou, very indistinct. 

Agreement made between Bobert, Abbot of Align, and John the 
Chancellor of Wells, concerning lands &c at Ilton. 

Charter of Gilbert de Perci granting to S. Andrew on the petition f^^ 39. 
o£ Bp. B^nald, the Clinrch of Childecumton. The " Child " crossed 
ont in ir. foi. 388. 

Test. Henr. Exonde, &c. 

Confirmation of the last by Bp. Be^nald. 
Test. Alex, the Dean of W. 

Conf. by Bp. Beginald of the grant of Cudworth ntade by Alan de 

Charter of Bobt. de Wells granting to Bp. Joceline the Advowson oi 
Test. J. Bp. of Korwich. 

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Conflrmation b7 Bp. Be^inald of the Charter of James de Monte 
Son^ graating the church m Withlackiugton. 

Charter of James de Monte Sorello de eodem. 

Charter of Bobert fll. Urn graatmg to S, l>ecamAn'B, 20 acreR of 
arable and 2) acrea of meadow; i.e. 2 acres bj the Cross towards 
Weat«het ; in Dlnindone 3i acres; in Willeburg 6 j ; in lAnglode 4; 
ad capnt de la Cnoll 3 i in Firgrave 2 ; in Smedem^e 2^ of meadow. 
Also one acre que Tocator acre ad capud de lapole ad faciendam unam 
Mansionem capellani qni dlvina celobrabit in capella de Wilintoa. 

The advowsoQ of the chapel ofWileton is also given to S. Decuman's. 

Test. Wia. Tunerfi. 

Charter of Simon Briton, son of Simon Briton, granting S. Decumaa'a 
church to Bp. Beginald. 

CoaBrmation hj Bp. Reginald of the grant of the church of Tim- 
berscume made to S. Andrew, hj Cecilia de Timberscume, & Cristina & 
Alice & Saira, Bisters, with the consent of their husbands B. 01 Durand, 
J, de Columpstodc, & Nich fil Willehni. 

Charter of Cecilia, Cristina, Alicia, Sarra de eodem. The husband's 
names are Boger fll D ; John de Columpslock ; & Nich. fil Willi, 

Charter of Bicard. de Cnoll resigning all clum to the Advowson of 

Confirmation by Savaric, Bp. of B. & Q. of the grant made to the 
church of Wells dt Bp. B. of the tithes of all mills in the Manor (^ 

Chart«r of Bp. 'Reginald, de eodem. 

Confirmation bj Bishop Saveric of the gift of house and land in Wells 
made to S. Andrew bj IJambertand Surtheva or Surcheva his wife. 

Charter of Boger, Abbot of Atheling, granting to Bp. Joceline the 
tithes in Putlenye [Pitney] and Wem in the parish of Kiwis, ipse vero 
predictas decimas dedit in dotem ecclesie de Hiwia in dedicatione ipslns. 
Given at Athelney in Chapter die S. Mauricii et sociorum, ponti&atns 
EpiSff". A.D. 1231. 

Charter of Sibilla de Ewias, domlna de Bnmeham, recognizing the 
rights of Helias the chaphun and the Canons of Wells^ in Hywis in 

Charter of Savaric. South Brent and Hiwis to form one prebend, 
annexed to the Archdeaconry. Test. Alex, the Dean. 

The same. 

Charter of Henr. Abbot of Glaston, granting to S. Andrew the 
church of S. Brent. The Arcfadn. who holds it as a prebend to do 
fealty to the Abbey. 

Test. Dns Hugo Dunelm. Ep. 

Printed in Adam de Domerhnm. VoL I, p. 234. 

Another copy of Savaric's charter. 

Confirmation by Bp, Reginald of the grant of Pilton and S, Brent 
dmrchea made by Abbot Henry. 

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Cbarter of Mai tin de ^rscnmb. Gives to S. Andrew 8 marcs, ^ver, Tblu 
for Oie new building, and 2 ma«8 for the repairs of the Chapel of S. ^bI."" 
Mary there, to be paid out of the revenues of Maperton aes^ned to me — 

hy domns. H. de Novo Meroatu in payment of a debt, &o, 

TeM, Baldwin chaplain. 

Charter of Bic. Abbot of Mncheloey. Grants to S. Andrew the 
choroh of nimiuistre. A,D 1201. Masses will be celebrated 4t 
Mnchelney on the decease of a Dean or Precentor of Wells, as for tbeir 
own Prior ; on the decease of a Bishop, as for th^ own Abbot. 

N^ote. Desunt quatuor Cartn d'e Clyve, No. 161-164. Vide Reg. II. fol. 42. Uiu- 
uve Lib. Rub. fol. 35. iug. 

Charter of fJ. Bp. of R.&G. fol. 48. 

TJpoD the decease of Master Hugh de Wilton, pareon of Ghiu, and of 
Stephen de Tomaco parson of Welinton, these two chnrchee to pay 10 
nurcB each, nomine benefidi, for the service of the glorious Virgin in 
Dur Chnrch at Wells. 

Given at Donteysare. A.D. 1215. 

Confirmation of the ket by the D. & C. of Wells. 

Charter of Wilis, Fains Arturus granting to Josceline, Bp. of Bath, 
the advowBon of the Church of Weaton. 

Test. Thomas de Cirencester, Vicecom, Somerat & Dorset; John de 
Feanton ; Henr. de Campo Florido { Wills, Seneschal of the Bp. ; Baldwyn 
de Wayford; Thorns de Altavilla; Will, de Bonevill, Ac 

Charter of Bp. Josceline de domibus Decani Willi de Merton. The 
Dean to have the houses, &a, which Peter de Cycester, formerly Dean, 
had, and which lie between the houses of Bichard the Chancellor, and 
Henr. of London, Canons. By the hands of Master Walter de Maydene- 
Btan, in the Chapter 13 kal. Oct. A.D. 1236. 

Charter of Bp. Josceline. The HoBpital of S* John to hare a chantry, 
8Dd bells, and a cemetary for the burial of brethren qui signati sunt, et 
Bub BigDO Tiventes, ibidem conversati. Saving sU rights of the D. & C, 

A leaf sewn on has been cut tS. fbl. 48 in ion. 

Charter of Bp. Josceline. Grants to the D. & C, the Chnrch of 
Cmigresbury to augment the communa. A vicar to be appointed with 
one third of the revenues, viz. in omnibus minntis decimis, legatis, et 
obventipnibua altaris, et in tertia portione decimamm bladi vicario qui 
pro tempore fuerit remanaura, quatenus minute decime, legata et obven- 
tiones aJtoris ad plenam tertjam partem non sufiiciunt. The parson's 
curia to belong to the D. & C. and another house near the church to be 
found for the vicar. A lawful taxation of the benefice reserved to the 
Bishop. Arrangements are made about wbods and payment of fees. 
Given at Wells in feslo S. S. Fhinp. & James, A.D. 1237. 

Charter of Bp. Joceline de jurisdictione urbis et suburbii. The Dean M, 44. 
debet cognoscere causas. In bis absence the Subdeao. The honsehold 
of the Bishop to be judged by him or his officers, and all fines inflicted 
upon any one subject to the Bp, to go to the fabric of the Church with- 
out diminution. Fines inflicted upon others to go to the presiding 
{' 1^, dedncting the stipend of the common apparitor. The officiab to 
eep a common roll of their Acts, 
^me date as the last. 

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nJJ^* Camrtar of Ale»tna« de |tud4«le«f about W CTChiuim of iMtds wifh 

"m^^ Peter the Dean. 

Soundaries g^ren. 

Test, lUc de CnnleviU ; Wati. Cuoentr. 

A commiBflion has been issued by the Pope to John, Abbot of Ford, 
Unfred the Prior there, and to Baldwin the Prior of Axminster, to 
decide a qaeetian between Alex the Dean & the C. of Welle cm the one 
nut, and fimiaius, a Canon of Wells on the other, conceming land at 
Bidraiham, which he held as a prebend. 

rol. 44 in don. Bp. Savaric's conSrmatioQ of the decision, yiz., that the land is to 
be held for life by Ernisius, and then be applied to the use of the 
&Mc of the Chnrch ; E, meanwhile paying 40 solidi ycarlj to the 
fiibrie. E. to have all the privil^es oC a oaiuMi, but is not bound to 
reside, nor to {vovide a vioar at Wells. 

Similar charter by Aler the Dean, 

Charter of Bp. Joscbline. 

The Chorch of Evercreech which until now has belonged to the 
Treasnrershlp is to revert to the Bishop, and the Treasurership is to 
hare the Church of Mertek, saving the interest therein of the Abbey 
of S. Michael de periculo mai'is &o. 8cc. 

bl. 4S. Charter of Bp. SavariC) grants, for the angmention of the conunnna 

oi tiie canons, the Churoh of Lydeu^ 

Charter of Alex, de BodoUo and Wills de Safuble al' Desafuble. Grant 
of the Church of Bstun to S. Andrew & theBp. in prebendam. 
Test. Wills. Blvens. Eps. ; Godcfr. Wmt. 

Confirmation by Bp. Reginald. 

A question about precedence bad arisen at a Synod held in the 
Cathedral at Bath in the mondi of April in the 4*** year of Honorins 
III. between Peter, Dean of Wells, and R. Prior of Bath. The Bp. 
decides that the Prior is to sit npcHi his right baud, but that this is not 
to carry any jorisdictitHi or increase of authority, Ac. A.D. 1219. 

oL 49 In don. Charter of Bp. Joceline about Lydiard, 

Confirms Savaric's grant. The Churcb is to go to augment the com- 
muna, & a vicar is to be provided. 

Given in the Chapter at Wells. Crastino S. Mich. A.D. 1213. 

Charter of Bp. Raiitand. Grants and confirms to S. Andoew the 
40 solidi which the Canons of Bmton are bonnd to par annaally out of 
the Church of Btmwell and the Church of Westbere, for the supply of 
a wax taper to bum continually b^ore the High Altar at Wells. 

Charter of Bp. Robert about Bidesham. 

The Prebend of B. given to Herbert of Uchester on this tenure, tliat 
if the prebend which bas been given to Richard Pictavensis fall vacant, 
he is to have it, and restore B. to the Church of Welle ; and meanwhile 
he is to pay 20 solidi yearly for the use of the Church. 

Charter of Ric. Bp. of Wynton addressed to the Justiciaries. 

Has decided a qnestion which had arisen between the Church of 
Wells and Walerand de Wellesleg, his wife and her sister about land at 
Bideshun. The Church accepts » money payment, and W. receives 
^ solidatfl of land. 


QI8I0BI0AL KJkSueaamB oouuibsion. 37 

Conflrmation by Bp. Bainald of the ^ to S. Andrew of half a viinate ' ^ Taui 
Ji Kortham, made by Galfrid Talebot. °'^*" 

Ctartor of Philip, Prior of Briwton, aoknowled^og their obligation fol. 46. 
to pay 40 eolidi yearly to Wells. 

Ito the DeoQ &c. Oonfinu the grant of half a hide, and half a 
virgate at Dultinchote made to Badulf Martire by Bp. Robert. B. is to 
■apply yearly one wax candle 3 Ibe, weight, and two of 2 lbs. each. 

Teat. Beg. Precentor. 

Charter of Bp. Robert as above to Bad. Martire " qui per Imiga tuapora 
nobis Bervierat, be." 

Charter of J. Bp. of B. & G. provides, with the assent of the D. M- «< in don. 
A C, that if the vioarage of Kingsbury now held by Badulf, chaplain, 
iklls vacant during the life of 'Diomas, now Chancellor of Wells, the 
presentation shall tolong to the D. & C, after the death of the Chan* 
cellOT the presentation diall belong to his successors. 

Given in the Chapter in Croatino S. Mich. A.D. 1213. 

Bp. Savaric. The saints are the friends of sinful man, " inter omnes 
uitem sanctos memOTia Dei genetricis eo jocundius agitur, quo pro 
fidelibus sedula oreditur interventrix existere, et apud IDeum m^orem 
noBcitur gratiam optinere " ; wherefore having taken counsel with the 
Chapter we ordain that " in Eccleeia ipsa continua ejusdem Dei genetricis 
Virginia habeatur memoria, et in eJuB veneratione missa diebus singulis 
solempoiter o^bretur " ; and also a daily mass for all b^tefaotorB, 

Ten pounds to be paid to the chaplains appointed for this service ; 
five of them to be paid out of the revenue of the Archdeaconry which 
Maurice de.Berkely holds : and five by the Chnrch of Chard. Future 
chaplains to be appointed by the Chapter. 

Charter of Josceline Bp. of B. & G. 

Robert the Prior of Bath, &c. having granted to the Bishop all their 
rights in the advowson of Di^mersfield and 20 solid! of yearly pension, 
he with the consent of L. the Dean and the C. of Wells makes a prebend 
of this 20 solidi, and appoints to it Luke one of the Canons. 

Given in the Chapter, in Pascha, Pontificat anno nono. 

InspezJmns by ArchbiBhop Richard of a Chartw of Henry Q, There 
has been a suit between R. Bp. of Bath, and Henry de TilU couceming 
the Manor of Dogmerefield which the Bp. claims as part of his 
demesne ; and concerning the fee of Dinra, which the Bp. says that 
Godfrid de Dindra ought to hold of him in capite : but which Henry 
' claims to hold of the Bishop. Talis concordia facta fiiit. 

Henry lesigiiB into mj bonds the Manor of Dogmersfield, £c., and I 
[according to the grant made by my grandfather Henry to the Church 
of Bath which I have inepected] have given it to the Church of Bath, 
and to Bp. Reginald as demesne. Henry also in sunilar manner resigns 
the fee of Dinra, and I give it to the Bishop to be 'held of him in c^ite 
by G. de Dinra & his heirs per servitium unius militis. The Bishop 
pays 100 marcs to Henry de Tilli, &c. 

Teat. Rog. Archid. Ebor. 

H. Bp. of Exon, has upon the presentation of Bp. Savaric, admitted 
Sobfi de 'iTinemnth to the Church <^ Aulescnnib ; quam ecdesiam e;^- 



y»iM inspectione inBtrnmentormn domini ftmdl et bone memorie J. pre- 
"^^S"" deoessoris noatri Wellensis eccle nommB prehende novimus esse colU- 
— :- tam. 

Giv&a at Fereodon 8*^ kal. Marc FontUicat nostri anno Bexto A,D, 

Charter of Joaceline Tresminet*. 

GivoB to S. Andrew and to Bp. Bunald the Church of Anlescumb in 

. 47 In don. CoDfirmatioB by John Bp. of Exon of the last, which had been made 
*' in preaentia noatra." 

Another copy of the Charter of Bp. H. abore. 

Charter of Bp. Savario. 

On the petition of Hugh Lnmbard, Canon of Welle, parson o£ War* 
minster, has given to Stephen clerk of Haversham the share which 
WilliMn brother of Stephen had in that church, saving a pension of 
4 marcs which Stephen pays to the stud Hngh. 

Confirmation by G. Bp. of London of the grant to S. Andrew in 
prebendam, of the advowson of the Church of Scaldeford made by the 
noble Hamo SL Galfr. and Bobert his heir to his venerable brother 
Reginald Bp. of Bath and to the Church of S. Andrew, Wells. 

The last two lines of this charter follow on the top of fol. 49. Fol. 4d 
is in a diffei'ent band, and anoth^ fol. here has been cut out. 

, 48, Charter of Hamo fil Gaufr. granting Scaldeford Chorch. 

His wife is Agneta. Bichard is the parscoi and holds it for life. 

Hanc autem conceasionem iod in mannm venerabilis patria mei 
Be^naldi Bath £pi per aureum annulnm. 

Test. Bic, Archid. Bath ; Teste presente et consentiente ]Kob. herede 
meo ; Simon fil pon ...;... tro do Wynton; . . ; . . clerico fil 
Bal. . . . Beg. russ . . . . de Dunep ; Test' et hiis, Walter Giffard t 
Bad. fil Savar ; Ivo de 6art«n ; Martin de Wellen. 

Charter of Bobert fil Hamonis fil Gaufr. de eodem. 

Test JoBceline Bp. Sarum ; Bic. Archid. Bath ; Bobt. Prior ; Jordan 
Sub-Prior Briuton j Will. Sacrist, Sireburne; Pet«r de Wynton; WilL 
fil. Bald; Gilbert de Exon ; Walter chaplain; Philip deS.Edwardo; 
Baldwin clerk ; Bad. fil Sbt. ; Daniel and Peter, brethren ; Gauir. & 
Will, de S- Georgio, &c. 

IsBpeximuB of the confirmation of G. Bishop of London above by Bic. 
Bp. of London. 

Test. Gilbert, Archid, Middelsex; Bic. de Windr* and John Wrcens, 
canons ; Master Boger, and Alan, and Berenger, chaplains ; Master 
Alex. WUI. de Ely ; Bad. de S. Paulo ; Bic. chaplain ; WiU. de 
Harfold ; Hugh, clerk ; Gerbase and Bobt., chaphiins ; John de 
Waltham, &c. 

Edward tlie Dean of Wells and the C. accept the bequest of Hugh 
the Treasurer, and establish a missa matutinalis for his soul, for which 
the Succentor is to be responsible. The stipend is 6 marcs. SibiUa 
relict of John de Laverton is mentioned, apparently as executrix. 

^g Resumes the original hand. 

Inspeximus bv Uie D. £ C. of Wells [a space left vacant for the 
Dean's name] of a Charter of Bp. Savan<^ granting to the Abbey o! 

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hi8tobk:al uiLmrsaiOFTS cohhisbion. S9 

Uachelne/, on ftccQunt of its poverty, omnes^garbe of their chnrch 

Bt SnmertoD, saving to the vicar or to ]jie monkB who serve the cburch, us 

totum altelagium in terris arabilibuB, and the small tithes, &c. 

Inapeximns by Bobt. Prior of Bath of the same- 
Charter of Savuic. Grants, with the assent of the D. & C, that 
Abbot Benedict of Atbelney and bis eiiccessora become Canons of Wells, 
holding the prebend of Sutton ; and that they have the stall next to the 
Sab Dean. Tbey are not (o be bound to residence, but most provide a 
Ticar with 4 marcs stall wages. 

Charter c^ King WiUiam addressed to Abbot Alhiod and Tovi Vice- 
comes, &c. Has granted the vill of Wynesham to Bp. Giso for the 
nse of the Canons of Wells. 

Confirmation by Bp. Savaric of the grant made by Bishops Robert 
uid Bainald of the Manor of Cumbn to the office of Cantor and to the 

Test. Helyag, Chaplain. 

CoDfinoatJoii by Thomas the Precentor and the Chapter of an ordi- 
nance made by Bp. Joceline (in partibns transmarinis) witli the consent 
of Rad., t^e Dean & some of the brethren j viz., that, after the depar- 
ture of Will., of Cerd, out of the Manor of Cumba 100 solidi be paid to 
one prebend ; 10 inarcB each to 10 prebends ; and a prepositnra be 
made and given to one of the above 10 prebends. The propositus to 
pay 10 marcs to the Canons of Wells, and retain 10, besides the 10 
which he has from the prebend ; he shall also have any residne *' nomine 
prepositnre." Canons to pay 2 marcs to their vicars as stall wages. The 
prepoeitus shall also have Uie Church of Cumba to enable him to bear 
the burdens of the office. 

In order to prevent any change in the number of prebends It is 
■greed Uiat upon the cession of Richard, (the officer who receives th^ 
value of one prebend " do camera Bjn " oat of the receipts from the 
Archdeaconry of Wells,) the Bishop shall be freed fam that pay- 
ment, &c. 

Charter of P. the Dean, W. the Sub Dean, and the C Consent ^oL 50. 
to the anion of the Prepositure of Cumba and Wynesham. 

Charter of Badnlf dl. Willi, granlmg to S. Andrew and to Bp. 
Beginald In prebendam, the ChnrSi of Warminster. 

Inepeximus by Will. Bp. of Ely, Legate, and Chancellor of the Kng, 
of the charters of King Henry I. and King Bichard, granting to Robert 
de Piron the land and the Church In Wanninster ; and of the grant 
made as above by his heir Radnlf fil Willi : and conduaion of a con- 
troversy between Bishop Reginald, and Hugh de Haverelham then 
possessor of the Church. Given at Windlesora. 7 isi. Mali. 

Wills. Malet has settled a controversy about a hide and a half of 
land with the Church of S. Dionisius of Warminster, by giving a 
virgate in Babington, " et rusticum qui earn tenet." Will, fil Begin, is 
advocatna ecdesie. ^ 

End of a controvei-sy between the Church of Wells and Gerbert de 
Perd concerning lands on the hounds of Wyteohurch prebend, and 
Chilecumton. G. to hold one half upon an annual pajrment to the 
pieboidwy of 1 lb. of pepper, and swearing fealty to mo Ohtmh of 

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OiTrraui. ^^^ ^"^ ** ^^^ canoa who holds that prebend. PaTment to be 
H8S. enforced " ecdesiastica districcione." 

Letter of P. Archbishop and Legate to B. Bp. of Bath. Has beard 
that Philip de Furnel the adrersarj of the canoDS of Wells, haa not 
ob^ed cttstions, refuses to acknowledge the rights of the Ohnrch 
of Wells, &c., if it is so reatrain this wicked man " ecdesiastica nententia 
a tanta temeritate," and see that the same is done by onr brother B. Bp. 
of Exon. 

Charter of Bp. Josceltne about the Manor and Church of Wyneecumb. 
'Bedtee, " in dedicadone eccle noatre Wellen. quam die S. Bomani mense 
NovembriB, A.D. 1239 in honore S. Andree Mostdornm mit' ' * ' '* 
caTimos," Printed in Adam de Domerham YoL I. p. 252. 

-,]. 5], Chatter of Bp. Josceline. 

Bichard de Dynam, Bector of Merk, which is in onr present^oa, 
reaigued it "in majori eccla Wellen" on W;edn6eda7, prox pgst fest 
S.S. Symon & Jude A.D. 1242, we in consideration of the long con- 
btiver^ between the D. & C. on the one part and the Bectors of M. on 
the other, with the consent of John Saracenus and onr Chapter of 
Wells, ordain that the said church be benceibrth annexed to the Dean's 
prebend of Wedmore ; " et quod una cnm qnatnor prebendis deriginta 
libris quas Decani Wellen &cere solent et debent de dignitate de^na- 
tos in eccla Wellen ad donationem nostram et sncceesoram nostram 
spectantes, faciat de cetero quicunque pro tempore fiierit Decanus Wel- 
len quintam prebendam de quatuor libris de dicta prebenda de Wedmor 
et eccleeia de Merk in eccla. Wellen quam conjnngendam duximns pre- 
bende de viginti solidis in eccla. Wellen qui csnonico dicte ptebeaio 
reddi BCdent . . . de ecclesia de Dogmeresfeld, &c." 

TWa united prebend to follow tiie same rules as all others, though it 
Is attached to the Deanery. 

Giveofin the Chapter A.D. 1242 & same day as above. 

Charter of Bp. Josceline. 

Becites his auxions desire &om the first to promote the honour and 
glory of the worship of Qod, by building, &c. ws Church. 

Seeing that this has now In great part been accomplished ; and that 
whereas the Church was formerly poor, it has now been ranch enriched, 
the allowances may be increased. Seetog then that the Dean, John Sar- 
racenus and the Chapter have placed the matter in my hands absolutely I 
therefore order that in place of all former arrangements and daily dietii- 
bntion of bread, as follows ; 

We and our successors Bhril receive for CTery day we are at Wells or 
eoming or going thence, *■ octo denarios pro communia cotidiana et quin* 
que denarios pro pane quern prlus habere solebamus per diem sex 
denarios et quatuor panes albos." The Dean, Precent«»', Archdeaoon, 
Chancellor, and Treasurer, who used to receive per diem 6 pence for 
daily commons, and two white loaves and two black, shall for uie future 
have for every day they are in Wells or coming to it^ or going from it, 
8 pence for daily comtnons and 4 pence for br^d. 

All other canons shall in Itice manner receive 4 pence for commons, 
and 2 for bread, who formerly received 3 pence and one white and (me 
black loaf per day. 

Th^.vicara shall each, in lioi of the eommona of b'cad which they 
need' te r^c^ve according to the scale of the Grange, have 1 penny, 
provided that they are present at matins and other canonical hours, 

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imlees they are absent for sufficient causa and in the town and have tblu 
bs»e from the Dean or Subdean. *'^af" 

Every one elae who osed to have bread commons daily from the — 

GniiKe, shall receive 1 penny ; those who had half commons shslt have 
& hal^ienny, 

Bnt if it should happen, (quod absit,) that the receipts of the Grange 
oat of which the bread used to be provided tHil, [ad dictam distribn- 
tionem denarii pro pane per annum non passe suSLcere] let the payment 
of pence in place of breaid cease from the time that the supplies failed, 
SDtil the end of the year. 

We hope however and believe that sufficient provision has been made 
for all. 

As regards the distribution of the residue at &a end of the year 
■mong the parsons and the canons resident in the town, it is to be 
made according to the above rules, reeerving a sufficient instaaiamentom 
md other necessary things. 

SesidentiarieB who are entitled to share in the residue, are the canons 
who have resided in the town per medium annum aive continue sive 

But the Dean, Precentor, Chancellor and Treasurer shall participate 
only if they have been resident for two thirds of the year continnouBly 
a mterpollatim, &a. 

Seal^ by the Bishop, and the Dean and C. 

Given in the Chapter of Wells 16 kal. Not. A.D. 1242. 

Auo&er hand mid also iol. 63. ' fol. M. 

J. de Godele, Dean & the C. to Bp. William. 

Have presented John Tappyng to the first chantry founded for Dean 
Uetsry Hosee, &&, & beg for his institntion. 

V. Id. Nov. A J). 1307. 

Similar presentation of Thomas de Milverton to the second chantry 
foonded foe the soul of the said Dean H. Husee. 

A.D. 1307. Oouvention between the D. & C. and Bic. de Flymstocke ; 
Rog. Hnse ; Bobt. Favremay ; Bog. de Milverton ; & John de Hampton ; 
eiors of the will of Dean Husee, The D. & C. to pay £10 sterling 
jearly to the two chaplains John Tapping and Thomas de Milverton, 
ud their enccessors : £6. 16*. 8d. of it to the chapltuns for food and 
taiinent, 20 ehillingB to them for celebrating the obit in the choir; 
40 shillings to the poor ; 8 pence " ad opus sacnste pro clasaicis in memo- 
ria dicti H. Hnse pulsandb ; " 2 shillings to the communarins and 8 
pence to the eschaetor for mt^ing the distribution. 

The said chapltuns shall daily and in person say placebo, dirige, and fbL 52 ui dors. 
ctHnmeudatio ..." ante pulsationem secunde prime " for the sonls of the 
Bud Henry and his family ; of Bobt. Bumel and Will, de Marchia, Bps. 
of B. £ W., of Peter ;^. of Exon ; of the King and Margaret bia 
consort; his eldest son Edward, and all hia children; of Walter Bp. 
ofB. £W.; and John de Godelee, Dean, and of all the canons "cum 
BDbtracti fuerint ab hac luce." For the soals also of John de Button 
" qaondam prepoaitus " Well. ; of Beginald Huse j of John de Bremmor ; 
of Thomas Oweyn, and Alice his wile ; Ac. 

They shall alao celebrate duly masses at the two new altars near the 
etiti'ance of the choir. 

The chaplains are bound by oath to these duties ; and are perpetual, 
not vicars. 

Detuled regulations for appointment <rf chaplalosi iu, 



rwiua A.D. 1811. die S. Mich. dmna. H. da Corston, Raotor of Buroham, 

^"^^ pwd to the D. & C. of Wells, a pension of £10, &c. "pro expenslB 
— ■' procoistomm missomm ad condlinm, &c" 

foL S8 in dor*. Another hand. 

Edward the Dean & the C. of Welle, omnibua, Sec. 
William son of Boger de Barton " natdvns manerii nostri de Wynes- 
cumh," has been bought into liberty &om ns by Thomas Corb^m, near 
of Wynescumb. He and his are free. 
AJ). 1262. 

InspesJmuB by Edward the Dean of the Charter of Bp. Wiltiam in 
-which he granted to William Buscel son of Bichard Buscel a Tirgate o£ 
land in Cumpton, &c,, &c. 

Test. Do' Jordan la War ; Adam le hyreis ; Beginald Long ; Ric. Vassal ; 
WiU.Ruflsel; Pagan de Lodewellej Will, de WolfareshuU j Simon de 
Britton ; Kich. Coppe. 

A.I>. 1262. 

£,1, 94, The old early hand again. 

Bobert, Prior of Bath and the Conveat, announce to Pope Innocent, 
that in conjunction with the Dean aad Chapter of Wells they have 
exercised their ri^t, and chosen Joaceline to be bishop, &c. 

Ask for his confirmation. 

Note. " Hanc cartam sequnntur subscriptiones Dmnium Monachorom 

A similar letter from Dean Alexander of Wells. 

Similar notification to the Archbishop, made by the Convent of B., 
imd the Chapter of Wells. 

Tol 54 in dors Similar notification made to the Pope by the Bishops W. London ; 
' E. Hereford ; B. S' Asaph ; H. Land ; B. Bangor ; T. Menevens. 

Process of the Election. 

TTie convent of Bath chose Bobt. their Prior ; John, the Sub-prior j 
Master Hammo and Brother .Martin, monks, to. exercise their powere in 
conjunctioa with the D. Sa C. of Wells. 

Petition of Eing John to the Legate J. for confirmation of the siud 

At Dokermaresfeld, 23'^ April. 

fol. 55. The seme Bishops as above notify the election to the L^^te, the 

consent of the king, and pray for confirmation of it. They are thus 
acting because the see of Canterbury is vacant. 

A eimilBr notification by the D. & C. to the Pope, with grievous 
complains of the ills which have followed from the length of time the 
see has been vacant. They cannot be ignorant of the worth of Joceline, 
" cum in sinu ecclesie nostre a primo lacte coalnerit." All have joined 
in approving the choice, both clerks and people. They earnestly pray 
for confirmation of it, 

fol. fiS in don. ^ similar notification and petition to the Legate by B. Bishop of 

Notification by the above prootora of Bath Abbey. 

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Notification bj the Convent of their appointment of proctors. Waua 

The form of election agreed upon between the Churches of Bath ' 

Md Wells, fo). 56. 

The Prior & Convent of Bath and the Dean & Canons of Wells, are 
lo meet together in some fittinji; place. The Prior is to take the lead 
and announce the name of the person elected. But if the Prior be 
chosen then the Dean is to make the announcement, &c. 

TheBisbopsW. of London; T. Boffen; H. of £xoa ; U. of Sarishnr ; 
E. of Eiyen ; T. of Covent. ; M. d" Wygorn ; J. of Norwic ; W. of 
Liocoln; S. of Cicest'; P. of WintoQ; to the Pope pi-aying for the 
coDfirmatioii of Joceline. 

The Bishops to the same effect, to the Legate. fd. 56 in dora. 

B. Bp. of Bangor the same, to the Pope. 

Notification by the Convent of Bath to the King of their choice of 

Appointment of proctors by the Chapter of Wells, viz. Alex. fot. 57. 
the Dean: William the Precentor; Thomas the Subdean ; and Master 
liad. de Lechlade, canon. 

The above elect Joaceline. 

Qaite a different but early hand. 

ConflnnatioD by Pope Gregory of the election of Dean J. Saracenus, 
sod of the right of Uie Chapter to elect a Dean from among their 

Process for the appointment of a Dean, by Joceline Bp. of Bath & fo|, 67 in dors. 
Olaston, anno episcopatua 11**. A.D. 1216. 

Confirmation of the last by the Legate Otho. 

At London, ii. kal. Feb. Pontif. Fope Gregor. anno nndecimo. 

Charter of King Henry I. to Godfrey Bp. of Bath. The manor fol, 58. 
of Galveston belonging to the Abbess of S, Edwards is in the Bp.'s 
Hundred of Bath. Merk in Wedmore is of the Bp.'s demesne. 

Test. T. the Chancellor. 

Charter of H. IL to Ivo the Dean of free warren at Wedmore. 
Test. Cancell. apud Pacem. 

Charter of M. Begtna addressed to W. de Moiun vicecomes &c. At 
her requB^ Osbert Eps. Easecestrensis has granted to Bp. Giso the 
Church of Wedmore to which he has often laid claim. 

Order made by Bp, Josceline for the good of the Church which 
he loves so well. 

The Church of Wedmore, which had belonged to the Sub-deaneiy, 
to becwne a prebend of the Deanery and to pay to a vicar in thf; Ch. of 
Veils 4 marks a year. 

The Church of Woky which had belonged to the Deanery is to 
belong to the Subdeanery, and the Subdean to pay at least two marcs 
» year to his vicar in Wells. 

Given with the consent of the D, & C. at Wells 3° non. Junii fol. SB in don. 
Pontif. anno 4°. 

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y«T.Tj Charter of Joeceline with coDsent of the D. & C. 

f*™g"" The revennes of vacant prebeads, except that of Wedmore, to belong 
— to the Chapter. The Bishop to have the revenues of the Deaneiy, 

Precentorehip, Chancellorship, Treasury, Subdeanery, Succentorj', & 
of any Prepositnra or Archdeaconry, when vacant. Also rules for 
preseDtations at such times to vicarages, &e. &c. 
Dat in capitulo. 14 kaL Oct. Fontificat. anno 8°. 

fol. 59. Charter of Josceline to Dean Peter, &c. 

The D. & C- esempt from all lines, &c. to the King and answerable 
only to the Bishop. 

Given at Wells, in Octavis. S. Mich. Pontificat. anno 22°. 

Robert Malerbe son of Henry de Mudesleg quit claims to Peter the 
Dean & his eaccessors a hidf virgate in Wedmore in Bemestoo 

Test. Ric. do Cuntevill. 

Bp. Josceline after consultation with Dean L. & the C grants to the 
common fund the two thirds of the revenues of vacant benefices which 
the Bishop used to have The Archdeacons W. de Bardeney ot Wells, 
and W. de Wrotham of Tanton to have the coatoily of vacant benefices 
subject to this payment, " quia sacramentum corporale coram nobis presti- 
terunt," but Uie Archdeacons Thomas of Glaeton, and Hugh of Bath 
" quia nondum sacramentum prestiterunt contenti sint tercio denario 
suo " of vacant benefices " per manum nostram sicut prius fuernnt." 

Given in Capitulo 5° Id. .Tulii. Pontificat. anno 10°. 

Printed in Wells Cathedral by H. E. Reynolds, p. 122. 

fol. 69 ID dors. Charter of Reginald about the Bertona. Conf. fol. 25. 

Charter of Alicia R<^s, granting to the Chnrch of S. Andrew, &c. the 
Church of Wynesford. 

Charter of Bp. Savaric granting to the canons in augmentation <^ 
their common fund which is small, the Church of Wivelescumb. 

Charter of Bp. Joceline, making the Church of Wivelescumb with the 
Chapel of Fif hide a prebend. 

Given in the Chapter at Wells in Crastino S. Michaelis, Pontificatus 
Dostri anno 8°. 

fol. 60. Charter of Bp. Savaric 

If the Abbots of Cirecester and of Athelingen give the Churches of 
Melebume and Sutton respectively to form prebends of the Church of 
Wells, they and their.successors sluiU enjoy all their fmite saving a com- 
petent allowance to their vicars in Wells. 

Chartor of Richard son of William de Haaelberg, gives to the Blessed 
Mary a charge of 6 shillings upon the laud held by his son Thomas, for 
the soul of his father, and to keep a lamp burning day and night before 
S. Mary's altar in the Chapel of Haselberg. The money to be paid 
before the parishioners to some sufficient man, who shall in return for 
this be free of service. Test. Rob* de Curtanay. 

Charter of William de Herpetre son of Williun son of John. Grants 
to S. Andrew's and to Bp. B^inald the fee of Godefrid de Dinra, fcc 

The said Godefrid has done homage to the said Bp. Rflginald in my 

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C(»ifirmalion by Bp. Beginald o£ grant of the Cburdi of Herpetre Wu 

made to S. Andrew's by William de Herpetre. "ms 

T^. Alexander the Dean, &c. — 

Charter of W. de Hecpeti-e fil Wifl fil John of the above named 
Test. WilL Sarnm. 

Charter of Oliver de Dinair, granting to S. Andrew's at tbe request 
of Bp. Re^nald, <&%., the Chnrch of Bofcelond. 
Tesl. Stephen, Prior of Tanton. 

Charter of the same granting the titbe of all the hay of his Manor of 
Test. Henr. Exxm &c. 

Confirnifltion of the above by Bp. fieginald. 
TBBt. A. Dean of Wells. 

Bp. Reginald confirms to the Church of Yatton a virgate ("quefol. 61. 
fiiit sogar al% que fuit )^ar") which is claimed for his Church by 
William de Yatton. 

Test. Eic. Dean of Wells, fce. 

Charter of William, prepositus of Cnmbe. 

The Abbot, &c. of S. A.ugustine's, Bristoll have taken the Church of 
Yatt<Hi ad flrmam for a term of 10 years, from ^. Michael's day 
AD. 1236, from John Odolmer, Canon of Wells as holding tbe prebend 
of Yatton, and have let it to me for 45 marcs annually, beginuing with 
the year 1287, &c. William the Dean and the Chapter become sureties 
for this payment, and William the prepositus hereby pledges all his 
property as security to them. 

Test. E. the Chancellor; H. Arebd" of Tanton; W. the Subdean ; 
R. the Succentor ; Luca de Membury a caooD. In Octavis S. Martini 
A.D. 1236. 

Charter of Ifichohis de Barewe. Conf. fol 38. 

Confirmation by Bp, Regindd. Conf, fol. 38. 

Test. Alex. Deau of WSts ; Roger de Boveliz ; Bad, Dean of Qer- 
lingetona ; Kog. de Bradeford, Clerk ; Henry de Tracy ; Will, de Mertoc ; 
Hamelin, Seneschal ; Bic. de Ken ; Steph. de Waleton ; Bic, cametarius ; 
Seilo, pincemar ; Bic, marescallus, &c. 

Charter of Alnred de Punsot. Con. fol. 35 in dors. 

Charter of Bob' de Meysi, clerk, granting to S. Andrew aud Bp. 
Joceline, tbe Advowson of the Church of Berton, and tbe half Advowson 
of the Church of Nnniz, which belong to him. 

Test Will, de Hamme, Precentor of Wells ; Peter, Treasurer j Master 
John de Weford ; Master Bobt. dp Berkelay ; Bog., Chaplain ; Master 
Ada, Canon of Wells. 

Mem., on Tuesday next after the Feast of Holy Trinity, Heliae de la 
Mere came with a servant to the house of the Dean of Wells about the 
riith hour to claim the above half Advowson of Kuniz, but when he had 
wen the charter he renounced all claim to it, in the presence of the 
Dean; Will- de' Button, Archd. of Wells ; Master C^^dius, Archdn. 
Beikesr; Henry the Treasure ; &c. "cum pluribus alus qui dicta die 
camederunt cum predicto decano." 

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^ Chfti-ter of John, Prior of Worspring. 

In coDiideradon of the gifts made br WilUiun de Button, Bp. of 
Bath & WeUs, the 2°^, and of a legacy of 210 marcs, the priory founds 
a chantry in the Cathedral of the value of 10 marca yearly. The Bp's 
legacy had eome at a time of need, and enabled the convent to redeem an 
annual payment of £10 due to the Lord John de Eugayn, knight, upon 
the Manor of Worle. 

Given in the Ch^ter at WorepriDg, July 4, A.D. 1277. 

Charter of the Exors of Bp. Button's will, with directions for the 
services of the Chantry. 
Oct. A.D. 1279. 

Manumission by Edward the Dean & the Chapter of Will. Gyan of 
North Cory. A.D. 1264. 

Concord made between the D. & C. and Robert bod of the above W. 
C^ynu super hosbote et heybote in carta sua contenta. Robert is to have 
sex plaustralafl busce in Stathemore, annually, to be fetched by him 
between the day of the Exaltation of Holy Cross and S. Michael's day ; 
aud he quitclaims husbote and heylmte. 

Test. Qalfr. de la Slo ; Thom. de Mere ; Waltr. le Frye ; Ric. le Frye ; 
Ting, de la Hele ; Ric. de Fonte, &c. 

Charter by D. & C. granring to Will. Gyan a meBHu^e & 3 ferddls 
of land in North Cory, in the parish of Sookes, at a rent of I2s. 8d. pro 
omni servitio, &c., saving to the D. & C. the secta of the Hundred, and 
the custody of minors. If the heirs are of age on the decease of any 
tenant they shall pay a fine of 12(. Sd. &c. 

A.D. 1264. 

The Hospital of S.John of Bristol, of which Eliafl is the Master, 
founds a Chantry of 30 shillings at the altar nfS. Mary Magdalen in the 
Cathedral for the soul of John de Asebrugge, Subdean of Wells. 

Charter of the D. & C. Bp. Roger had claimed the sequestration of 
all vacant benefices, but withdrew his claim upon examination of our 
chart em. 

We then made a free gift to him for life of our share, in consideration 
of the debts of the Bishop and Bishoprick, i.e. two parts, in such 
I'evennes, saving to the Archdn. the third part. But this Js not to bind 
future times. 

Given 9* ksl. June. A.D. 1246. 

Mem. that when A.D. 1247, on Sunday at tbeFeaatof the Purification 
in continuation from the day before, there were gathered together in 
Chapter, chiefly for the purpose of deliberation upon the election of s 
bishop which was to be held at Bath on the following Tuesday, 
Hugh Teswn, Precentor; W. de Lincoln, Chancellor ; H. de London, 
Treasurer; H. de Rom. Subdean; H. de Solebnrn, Succentor; 
Math. Archdn. Bukingham ; Mgstr. B. de Marisc ; Mgstr. Gilbert de 
Byham ; Mgst. J. de Tanton ; Mgst. A. CJessich ; W. preposit. de Cumbe ; 
J. de Baker ; Phil de Sideburi ; W. de Cusinton ; W. de Purl ; J. de 
Hereford ; J. de Teynton ; E. de Haldeworth ; Eli de Badestr ; H. de 
Langelegh ; J. de Button ; Alex, de Banfeld ; J. de Sutton ; Luc. de 
Memburi ; J . Odelmer ; K, de Marisc ; J. de Derhwn ; & Ric de Dynam, 
Canons; certain arrangements were made about a piece of land at 

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Mem. on Monday Crastino TriuitiB A.D. 1243 at the general council iRnu 
of the fraternitj (fratrum) held for the purpose of electing a Bishop ''"HiB&^ 
there wkb fii-st of a11 a general sentence pronbunced as follows. iur~7 

Excommunication of all who reveal the secrets of the greater or * *" 

]>uer Chapter, especially in the matter of the election. 

Excommunication of all in the Chapter who maliciouBly impede that 

Kxcommunication of all those of the Chapter who ^ve aid to our 
adversaries, i^., the -Monks of Eath. 

Mem. that on S.S. Peter A, Paiil'H day A.D. 1243,'the following 
sentence was pronounced in the Cathedral. 

Excommunication of all who in any way invade the rights of the 
Church, save the King & Queen, their proctors & Count Ric and the 
King's Council. 

^cornm. of all who interfere with the Church's rights in the Church 
of Cungersbnry, with same exceptions. 

Mem. that on Saturday before the feast ofS. John the Baptist, Will 
Ae Bruges and two vicars were sent by the Chapter to Brent to protest 
and upped. 

Appeal was made before the Archdn. of Wells at Asebridge in a full 
Chapter summoned nd hoc to declare whether the Church of Cungers- 
bary is vacant or no. 

Appeal to the I*apal see to forbid the admission of Peter Saraeenus or 
any oUier to the said Church, Ac to prevent the Arch- 
deacon who is " juratus capituli nostri " from admitting Peter or any 
other, &c. &c. 

Mem. that A.D. 1243 a question had arisen about the burial of 
William de Cbyw, a canon. It was determined that for the future 
reudent canons should be buried according to their rank in the cloister, 
beginning from the south door of the church. No layman or vicar to 
be buried among them. The vicars to be buried in the cemetery to the 
east of and behind the chapel of S, Mary, and elsewhere in the ceme- 
tery ! but laymen to the west, beginning by the " hnlmollos plantatos " 
OB the side where "consuevit essR hostillai-ia," and so westward. 

For the future no laymen to be buried before the west door of the 
church. The greater people who belong to the church may be buried 
within it, if it is wished, unless they have otherwise ordered during their 

In the same year it was ordered that for the future no vicar should live 
alone, but always two together. Disobedience punished by exclusion 
fi'om the choir, and from share in commons. 

It is also ordered that if any of those who live alone can be convicted 
of incontinence they are to be punished by loss of all their portions. 
Those who had concubines and children are forbidden to allow the 
visits of the mothers to the children, or to go to any place where the 
mothers are likely to be present, or to have any intercourse with them 
except in public, and in the presence of wilnesses " nou Buspectis." 

An Act of Chapter on Wednesday next after the feast of S. James bjl- W. 
A.D. 1243 calling into residence John de Sutton. John does not 
appear cither in person or by proxy to answer the chaise of non 
reudence, and John de Campton his vicar resigned his office into the 
liands of the Dean in Chapter. 

A.D. 1244, on the vigil of S. Peter ad vincula Galfrid de Toteneis is 
accused of adultery. He in full chapter cleared himself upon oath of 
the charge. His compurgatores were present but were excused fnta 

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Vblu tnking the oath, " qnU vehementer presamebatar pro dicto G. quod aon 
<^™»*» esset in culp4." 

— On the lollowiDg Ae,y John de Cerde was aooused of adultery vHh 

the wife of David (tinctoris) who had lately gone to the H<df lAnd. 
The said J. gives to the chapter letters patent nudertaking to eubmit to 
the loss of his vicar's office if he should sin t^ain, &c. 

A copy of the letter. 

On the same day Dn' W. de Kaynesham was charged with haviiig 
established an oratory in his honse at Wdls without the consent of the 
Chapter, & to the prejudice of the Church. He promises that it shall 
not be done again. 

On the day after the Assumption A.D. 1248, and on the Monday 
following, William de Hoytand was accused before the Chapter of 
incontinence [John de Sutton appears among the rest] upon certain 
specified occasions. He confesses, and, because of the publio scandal, 
he is to stand among the boys until the feast of the Nativity of the 
Blessed Mary, and give letters patent aa in the case of J. de Cerde. 

The D. & C. A.D. 1247 desire their chaplains to denounce excom- 
munication upon those who infringe the rights of the Church, espedally 
in the case of Litton prebend, according to the form of tlie provinci^ 
council of Ozon. 

Mem. That J. Sarracenus the Dean and the Chapter grant R. de 
Berton hominem dicti capituli dn° Walt" de Cusyntou [a canon] toto 
tempore dicti Waited. 

Mem. On Ascension Day after vespers two messeugera came from the 
Prior and Convent of Christ Church Canterbury, with letters patent, 
and brouglit the letters into our Chapter. The Chapter did not accept 
the letters until protest had been made that it did not acknowledge any 
authority upon the part of the said monks. If there should be in the 
letters anything of the nature of command, the Chapter before accepting 
them appeals to the Apostolic See against it, and against any seutenoe 
which may be pronounced against them. 

Names of those present in Chapter. 

Mem. Protest made by Sarracenus and others & in Chapter agfUDst 
the election of the Precentor ; not on account of any objection to the 
person but because the election has been made in contravention of the 
rights of the Church. 

Mem. On Wednesday in the Week of Pentecost A.D. 1243 the 
Proctor of the Abbot of Bee, came, and after many argumenta about 
the sums and fines' payable by him, for the non payment of which he 
had been suspended, an agreement was made, by which the fines already 
inflicted & will be remitted if the abbot pays that which may be doe 
according to the usual rules, before a certain day. 

Mem. Upon the same subject. The Priorof Hokehum is the Abbot's 

Mem. If the King should cimm the presentation of Cungersbury on 
the ground that l^ing Richard presented Peter Sarracenus, answer shall 
be made that the £ng had that presentation " ratione vacantis epis' 
copatus.'' The manor Ac. was granted by £ing John to Bp, Josceline 
and his snccessors, as the charters prove, and the Bp. gisnted it to tbe 
Charter " in angmentnm commnnte." 



Mem. On the day after the Feast of S.S. Simon ft Jude A.D. 1243, -wbh 
wifli the conseQt of the Kbg, in the Manor Court the Chapter by its ^^^ 
{Hoctors Walter de Cosinton and John de Derham, received possesEion — 

of the Church of Cuugersbury at the hands of B. Paaselewe "custodia 
episcopatuB," and Galfrid de Were, dean of the place gave them poeaes* 
MOD, and this by the authority of W. de Button, Archdn. of Wella. 
And H. the Suhdean was the proctor of the Chapter to grant it ad ' ' 
finDBm to P. Sarracenua in the presenw of the whole parish and many 
others who had come there for lUverse reasons. He also delivered the 
oroamentB and the boobs of the church, to the stud P. in the ohapel of 
the church, on the day following, 

Bp. Roger desires of the 1), & C. conflnnation of his charter to fol. 66. 
Thomas de Gargilade and Edith his wife. 

Confirmation by the D. & C. reciting the Bp's charter which grants 
lo the said T. & E. all the land in Wells, one ferdel & a half, & a piece 
of moor held by Bichard de Cargilade. 

Confmiation of a similar grant made to Wttliam de Aure & Mabilia 
his wife, formerly held by Richard son of Robert Franoeys at Chedder, 
I.e., a mill &c. 

Saving to Domina Agatha de Corscumb, &c one marc a year. 

Test. Robt. fil. Pagani; Altavill ; Bobt. Malherbes Nicli. 
de Cheldrinton (tunc senescallus noster) Gait. Fassal ; Bad. de Bagpnz ; 
Eobt. de la Sale ; Will, de Clafford j Will, de Camera ; I'hil. de CnoH ; 
& Gilbert de Sarura, clerks. A.D. 1246. 

Inspeximus by the Chapter of a Charter of Hugh de Romenal Snbdean fol. 66 in 
and Bector of Woky, granting to John le Foch de Exon clerk, and 
Juliana de Woky his wife, two acres at Woky, &c, A.D. 1246. 

All crossed out. 

John the Sean & the C. omnibus, &c. 

In order to promota the honour of Grod and of the GlorJoas Virgin 
Mary, we assign 20 shillings yearly due from the chapel of Stokea, to 
Richard Tregoz, vicar of North Cury, & his successors, for a daily mass 
in the chapel built and dedicated to the honour of the Glorious Virgin 
in the cemetery of North Cury. This payment to cease if the service 
ceases. A.D. 1246. 

Inspeximus by the D. & C. and coniirmation of a grant by foi. 67. 
Bp. Roger to Will de Wrangheye of certain lauds, &c. at Wolynton 
(Wellington) at a rent of 20 shillings a year in lieu of all services except 
the fencing (claustura) of our Fark at Westbury, which he has been 
wont to do. He may enclose the lands. For this grant he pays 10 
marcs in gersumam. 

Test. Ntch. Goffin, Archdn. of Bath ; Robt. de Tefford & Bic. do- 
Haldesworth, dominis ; Gerbert de Welynton & Ranulf de Flcury, 
jniLitibus ; Steph. de Welynton ; Will de Laford ; Will Thursloo ; and 
John Bennecumb, £c. Given at Woky, per nianum Ricaril de Haldes- 
worth. 14° kal. Feb.Pontific anno 3°. Confirmed 13°kal.March, A.D. 

Similar inspeximus and confirmation of a grant hy Bp. Boger to Will 
de Dure of 8 acres nt Axebrugge, &c. A.D. 1247. 

Similar confirmation of a grant by the Bishop to William, pre* foi. 6g, 
positnB of Cumb and Bector of Chard of the mill at Chard " qnod noB 
levari fecimns ibidem," and which is an injury to the iuill granted tohim 



wblu by our predecessor Bp. Jooeline ; at a rent of 6s. Sd. Given at Chm 
^mU"" A.D. 1247. And confirmed in September of the Mune year. 

Mem. with a marginal not«, both crossed out. 

The Chapter seal attached to an authority given to the Archd° of 
Wells, and Master J. Odelmcr & Philip de Sadenham to borrow in curia 
Romana 100 Marcs for the use of the church. 

Given od the kiJends of March, A.D. 1247. 

Mem. that Robert de Marisc, has paid a debt for which the Chapter 
was surety, and may therefore have the firma of his church at Eston. 

Confirmation by the Chapter of the manumission granted by J. Sarra- 
cenuB the Dean to Galford Penwyne on payment of 5 shillings. 

Test. Nich. de Cuntevill ; Bobt. de Cuntevill ; Mathew de Barton ; 
Henry de Cuntevill, &c. A.D. 1247. 

Richard Billing is also manumitted. 

Security given by W. de Sutton, Archdn. of Wells for whatever 
money he may receive of the loan he & the others are to raise. [Crossed 

Litterm procuratorise in curia Komana, on the above business. 

fol. 69, Mem. That three letters have been written upon the same subject. 

Mem. that another letter was carried by J. de Button to the Archdn. 
upon the same subject of the loan, on Monday next before Pajichall Feast, 
A.D. 1248. And also letters had been written concerning the provision 
of pastors for the churches. 

Inspeximus & Confirmation by the Chapter of a grant made by 
Master William de Lincoln, the Chancellor, of a messuage &c. in 
Kingsbury, to William de Sucsezia, Ac. A.D. 1248. 

The position of the land is defined. 

Acknowledgment by Robt. de Columbariis, Miles, of the receipt of 
10 marcs from the D. & C. by tJie hands of Roger de Wynesham, for 
the linal concord made in a suit concerning the Manor of Hatch. Given 
at Wells on the Saturday next alter the Feast of St. James the Ap. 
A.D. 1247. 

In^eximus by the D. & C. of a grant by Bp. W^ (Button) to Philip 
de Button of a burgage in Wells, Ac. A.D. 1251. 

n dors. Mem. that J. Sarracenus and the C. let ad firmui to Walter de 
Purlegh, Canon, the Church of Ceddar with all that appertains to it in 
spiritualities & temporalities, for five years for 50 marcs " stirhngorum no- 
vonun vel veterum equivalentium." Walter to keep up the houses Ac. and 
leave everything in as good a state as he received it. Full details of the 
agreement. A.D. 1248. 

A line inserted between two entries in different ink. 
Mem. Canonicos nolentes solvere quintam prebendarum suaram ad 
magnam necessitatem eccl cathedralis. 

J. Sarracenus the D. and the C. to their brother Canon N. de 

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If had been lately decreed in Chapter iJiat a fifth of all prebenda and *"^'f^ 
cuiDnries be pud for 7 years in order to relieve the church of aii in- hss. 

tolerable burden of debt. Some of the greater and lesser canons have 
made the payment, bnt very niany [quom plures] have not. " Cum 
gecandnm naturam cujuscunque rei sit, ut ipsos seqiiatur onus quoB 
Bequitur emolumenCum ; " if payment is not made by the Feast of the 
Porificatioii, the prebends will be sequeatrated into the hands of the 
Ch^ter, &c. 

Given at Wells on St Martin's Day, A.D. 1248. 

The same to W. Bp. of Sarum on tlie same subject, [the levf of 
one fifth had been made with the consent of Bp. Joscelino], beting of 
him to allow this decree to take effect within his diocese. 

Given at Wells prid. non. Decembr. A.D. 124B. 

Mem. It is ordered by the Dean J. Sarracenns & the C. con- *"'■ '"■ 
cerning certain vicars of the Church of Wells, viz. W, de Cohhani, 
G. Pranll, Ric. de Langport, Thom. de Cantia, & Roger nephew of the 
late Chancellor, inaemaeli as they have been accused of certain great 
offences, [criminibus enormibue] and it remains to pass sentence upon 
them, that for the fake of the good name of the Chapter, and for their 
ami, no further proceedings be taken against them, but that the said W. 
de Cobeham and G. Pranll, " rccepta cruce adeund vel mittend in terram 
Banctam resiguatione ab eisdem facta quod non utentur privilegio crucesig- 
natomm in hac parte, suisvicariis et communis per triesnium privarentur, 
quibus elapsis recipiant snaa vicarias qualiter circa easdem'sit ordinatum 

Mem. W. de Hoyland, once vicar of Wells, is accused of incontinence 
and assault, and confesses. Letter patent of W. in which he. confesses 
and binds himself to resign his office if he sins again, dated A.D. 1248. 

Scandal again arises, be refuses the opportunity of clearing himself, 
lesiens, and his stipend is allowed to him until the following 
Chnstmas ; and he may stand in the choir untjl the Circumcision; 
provided that he bears himself well meanwhile. The Chapter will 
also make him an allowance in lieu of daily commons. 

The ezors. of N. de Eveaham appear before the Chapter to inquire 
the amount of arrears due from him. The writing is faded, but it 
appears that he was prebendary of S. Decumans ; that he owed 6 pounds 
tor aix years to the fabric ; that he had held Cristemelford ad firmam, 
and that the D. & C. had sold his goods to satisfy their claims upon 
him in that matter. 

Dated S. Geoi^'s Day. A.D. 1248. 

Inspeximus and confirmation by the D. & C. of a grant made by Bp. 'oL 10 "" dora. 
W, concerning the Church of Samford Arundel. 

The Prior and Convent of Legh in Exon diocese had, under an 
agreement with Bp. Josceline, been in the receipt of 20 shillings a year 
from that church. John Arundel, knight, had claimed the advowson 
and taken the 20 ebiUings, " sua auctoritate." After a long suit the 
folbwing agreement was made before the justiciaries Roger de Turkeby ; 
Gilbert de Preston ; William de S. Edmund's ; Alan de Fomauns ; at 
Tvelchester in Oct" Purificat, 27 H. III. The advowson to belong to 
the Convent, and the Bp. in consideration of their poverty which checked 
tbeia in the exercise of hospitality &c. grant«d the church to them, 
aaving Episcopal & Archidiaconal rights. 

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Test. Master John le Fort ; Master Bobt. de S. Quinten ; Adam de 
Nutated, Owion of Wells ; Rio de Button, Vicar of Wells ; Stephen 
parson of Cjrppestaple, &c. 

At Welyngton in craat. 8. Andr. A.D. 1248. 

Confirmed at Wells on S. Stephen's Day, A.D. 124S. 

On S. QiOTory'a Day, A.D. 1248. Rob. de Evesham, Rector of 
Cristemeleford, came into the Chapter to treat upon the subject of the 
security given by N^. de Evesham for the flrma of the vicarage of 
Cristemeleford, &c. 

On Monday after S. Edward the King & Martyr's day, John de 
Scryvcnah, a vicar of WeUs, sought licence to go to his lord G. de 
Laugelegh "cum quo aliquamdin stcterat et capere litonoiam suam ab 
eo " and retm'n to Wella. Apparently this is refused but leave given until 
Easter or Hokday. 

This entry and the next are very &int. 

This entry seems to refer to the vicarage of Lydiard. 

Mem. On the Monday after S. Benedict's Day, A.D. 1248. Alex 
le Banfeld, a canon, having heard that his vicar W. de Cobham 
had resigned came and presented J. de Cumbe. The Chapter (whose 
names are given) will take the matter into consideration. 

A Note ; J. is admitted for a time, but under oath to resign at the 
end of the term. 

Summons to certain vicars to appear, &c. 

Mem. April 8, A.D. 1249. Robt. de Evesham, Rector of Cristemele- 
ford, came and paid to the D. & C. 18 marcs, and 10 shillings of the 
25 marcs due from the firm of Cristemeleford to nditius. He has 
ptud 6 marcs, 3 shillings, and 4 pence ad snbsidium dni papce as a fourth of 
what was demanded (exigibatur) " ab eodem Ilditio sicut ab aliig ytalicis 
auctoritate dni paps, de quibus sex marcis tribus solidis et quatuor 
denariis debet conservare predictos D. et G. Wellen indempnes, et nicbil- 
ominus predictas decern et octo marcas et decern aolidos deportare 
London sumptibus suis et periculo, ut apud novum templum Lond, 
deponantur, prout in obligatione qn&m fecit dictis D. ot C. pleniua con- 
tinetur." The Chapter put their seal to this. 

A receipt given to the above Robt. by the C. 

Mem. that A.D. 1249 Robt. de Evesham, "liberavit D. et C° xi instru- 
menta super solutionibua factis a tempore ordinationis dni. Dec. London, 
ot Magistri Ric do Stanford facta! inter D. et C. et llditium perpetuum . 
vicarium eccl. de Cristemeleford usque ad Fascha A.D. 1249." 

The Chapter (whose names are given) grant to iT. de Button, brother 
of the Bp. " ob ipsius Epi reverentiam," their two parts in the prebend of 
S. Decumans, accoi'ding to the taxation of the said prd)end, of which the 
taxation is £20. " Ita quod dictns J. refuudat capitulo sumptus quos ibi 
posuit in Wannagis tremesii." They grant to him also that ho may 
keep the oxen, which belonged to Master K. de Evesham, at that place, 
and at the value at which they are held by the Chapter, scit £4, the 
money to be paid to the Chapter, &c. 

Dominica in albis. A.D, 1249. 



A cltiiin made In H. da Mertock upon the demesne of Jangetord. Wblu 

The same H. is accused of adultery, confesees and gives lettore patent ^f^- 
» in other cases. 

He is also accused of diihoneety and a day is fixed on which he is to 
make his answer. 

The Abbot of Athdiney aammoned to appear before the Chapter in ^^ 'l '■» ^<«s. 
cnatano S. Gleoi^ AJ). 1249, sent a monk as his proctor with 
letttN patfflit. [Letter is given]. 

The Chapter decline to accept the monk as proctor because be is not a 
anon, and because certain secretB of the Chapter are to be deliberated 
on in the presence of the said Abbot. The Abbot is to be summoned 
peremptorily to appear on the following Monday the vigil of the Feast 
of S.S. Philip and James. 

The Abbot came, and in the presence of the canons having been 
cautioned as a canon under pain of excommunication, not to reveal 
irhat he might hear, he is charged with breach of the chapter law & 
custom, whidi is this. If a oanon bring a complaint against a canon, 
or the Ch^ter against a cantm, or a canon against the Chapter, that 
complaint should first be made in the Chapter and not before any one 
else. The Abbot had broken his rule in thet, when lately his nets had 
been seised by the Chapter Moor-warden in the Burwere fishery, he had 
[in contravention of the liberties of the Chnroh which the Chapter 
v^ne at XlOO and more] brought the case before the lord B. de 
Wrotfaam without first making aj^licalJon to the Chapter, and their 
tenant's stock had been seized and driven irom Cheddar to Northweton 
and detuned there, Ac. The CSiapter had been ob%ed to appeal to the 
lung's court for the liberties of their Manor, and desire that their 
cipences therein be repaid- by the Abbot in his capadty of canon. 
After mnt^ discuBsioi], the Abbot asked for time for consideration, 
"alioquin appellavit ad episGOpom." It is granted. The two parties 
cune to an agreement ; meanwhile the nets are restored and the cattle. 

H. de Mertock a[4>ears before the Chapter in crastino S. Mark, Evang. 
to answer ivhetJier he will resign his vicar's place, or await the sentence 
rf the Chapter according to tiie letters patent given by him above, on 
account of the charge of adultery brought against him. He desires to 
be tried before the Archdeacon and in the city of Wells. 

" Item de 20 marcia provisiim fuit quod Mogister Robt. de Tefford 
qoem epecialite ipsum tangit n^iotium nt in crastino S.S. Xereus et 
Achillens compareat in capitulo Wellen si aibi indictnm visurum et 
aaditarum qualiter capitulnm procederet contra dictum Henrictun, &c," 
When the appointed day came H. was aocused of adultery with a 
ffonian at Lidiard, whose husband had gone to the Holy Land five years 
before. He strenuonely denies the charge, and W. de Purl is appointed 
to make inquiries. 

Mem. in ci'astino Aficensionis the said H, when asked the same ques- 
tion as in the last, requested that the case might be deferred until tho 
anival of the Bishop. This is refused by the Chapter. Then he asked 
lor delay until the return of the Dean, and this is granted. Meanwhile 
it is ordered that he remain outside the church, and that he is not to 
ahare in the communa, &c. Hie dominua is also to appoint another to 
officiate in his place. 

The Abbot of Athelney appears in his character as a canon, and 
aosnera as to the case above that he had not yet taken advice. That 



he is under the protection of the Pope, the King, and the Bishop, and 
he asks, that the case should stand over until the return of tlie 
Bishop, that he may decide what shall be done. Meanwhile ho begs 
for the immediate restitution of hie nets as was agreed upon, &c. 

The Chapter disclaim ttof intention of interference with the Abbot's 
lay fee, or his rights as Abbot. The Abbot disclaims any intention of 
injuring the Chapter, he had acted in ignorance. The Chi^rter answer 
" quod nimis fuit crassa hi^usmodi ignorantia quod debuit sciviese quod 
jurasset, vel postea diligentiseime inquisivisse ne aliquo modo iuciderec 
in peijurium." They desire time for deliberation and appoint Monday 
next befc»% the coming Feast of S. Barnabas, aa the day for going on 
with the case. 

A page cot ont. 

Mem. A.D. 1230, die dominica prox ante fest. H. Andree. 

H. Subdean of Wells paid over to Will de Beaumont de Brisloll, 
propositus Tille de Bristoll, one hal^nny which he had taken of 
Walter son of the lat« Simon of Heanton his man, " pro theloneo pro 
pisce vendito ibidem." J. de Serham paid over three farthings which bs 
had received from his men as toll for corn and other ibings bold by them. 
This was done by the Bridge of Avon ante soldam Willi, Anrifabri, 
&c. Hora autem erat vespertina, qnum veapere tunc pulsabantur, &c. 

But the said William de Beaumont after examination allowed that by 
royal charter the men of the church were free from UAl and explained 
that payment luid been exacted because they had not declared them- 
selves to be such. 

On the day following the subdean declared all these things in domo 
thelonearia, as also did the said William, in the presence of Simon, clerk, 
at that time Mayor of the city, and many other burgesses. The King's 
charter was read before them by Fordann the clerk, and then, leave 
having been given by the Mayor and others, the Subdean and John 
retired, with Uie money restored to them. 

Charter of Robert de Evesham, Sector of Cristemelford. He is 
bound to pay 25 marcs a year into the Treasury at Welle to the D. & C 
for Ildicios perpetual vicar of the Church of Cristemeleford, " pro firma 
dicte vicario," which the D. &, C. hold of the aforesaid Ildicins. Robert 
acknowledges that he is responsible for this payment, and for the 
carriage of it to London, and for the expenses if the D. & C. think fit 
to send anyone to go with his messengers. He pledges all his property 
and the incumbency itself to the D. & C. saving only the income he has 
as the parson. 

Given in the Chapter in the presence of Henry de Tesson, Precentor; 
Henry de London, Treoeurer ; Hugh, Subdean ; Masters John de 
Tanton ; Gilbert de Binham ; Adam de Gessich ; & Eliaa de Baddes- 
ton } John de Button j Luke de Memberie ; John de Hereford ; Ricard 
de Dinham, Conops of Wells. April 8. A.D. 1249. 

Mem,, that on Thursday next before the Annunciation A.D. 1250 
the Chapter wrote to Reyner de Piperona by the hands of their brodier 
who bad eome for his allowances [pro salario sue] to recall their pro- 
curation ; and aiKO to Peter " quod compurgaret cum dicto Reynero 
quern amovemt a pi-ocurittionc sua ex parte capituli diu ante ut dice- 
bat, et quo<l reciperet ab ipso litteram c^ituli pi-ocuratoriam. Et qnod 
facta computatione signarat capitulo in quanto ei teneretur, et capitulum 
benigne ei responderet et satisfaceret sicut deceret." 

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Mem. on the Vii^. S. Qngot. A.D. 1250. J. de Hereford called cJ^mil 
npoD the under written witDeases [manj words illegible.] The entrjr .Kss. 
mparently refers to the will of Bp. E. and to a sum of ;E14 in the will 
-« W. de Badeston. 

' Proxy given to (iilbert de Ssnim, and Th. de Alditheford to foL ts in ioa. 
represent uie Chapter in certain matters before the Pope, 
Given Satarday prox poet clans. Pascb. A.D. I2f0. 

Letter of iuBtmctions to G. de Sarum and Tbomaa de Alditheford the 
two proctors of the Chapter and of the ole^;y of the diocese of B. & W. 

"Cnm omnia que fuerant Oxon in crastino clausi Pasche proviso 
jam per tractatum episcopomm Anghe nuper habitum Lond. circa 
qDindenam PasoJie per quos debuistis trangitnm fecisse, sunt com- 
mutata, prout in crastino translationis beati Andree primo nobis 
iiULOtuit vobis mandamus finniter iujungentes, ac per aspersionem 
Banguinis Jhesu Christi firmiter inhibentes ne in auquum eventum 
Bliqnani procurationem nostrarum que concepte aunt ad agendum 

et transigendnm domino pape seu ulicui de cardinalibus 
'cefeaditis, sed potius atatim visis litteris istis omnes hujusmodi pro- 
cnnttioiiea et singulas cassetis qnas ipsae insolidum renuuciamus. Et si 
forte dn* papa vel cardinales aliquo casu vos vellent recipere tanquam 
procoratores per litteras suas ad agendum contra dn™ Cantuar. 
dqUo modo nujuBmodi prociir^»rium in vos recipiatis. Scribunt 
autem onrnes Episcopi Anglie ipai dn" Cantuar. hnmiliter snpplicando 
ut ipsoB vel eorum capitula seu clernm indebite non molestet cum 
iimt puitti in hiis in quibus eidem divino jure tenentur in omnibns 
et super omnia nbedire. Temm cum ita omnium procuratorum qS 
bansitum lecerunt per ipsos Lond. ait suspensum quouaque a dicto 
do" Cant certnm habuerunt responsum, nullo modo ad curiam 
Kcedatis sine aliis et maxima absque majori parte procuratorum tarn 
capitulornm qutun cleri, sed potius statim ad nos revertatis, cum 
nolumus in iato fecto eeae aut videri aingulai'ea. Sperant vero 
firmiter ipai Episcopi optant ab ipso dn°. Cant reportore responsum 
per qnedam que eisdem de novo sunt intimate, vemm si aliquo 
modo vobia poaait innotescere quod annuat incontinenter 

redeatis, Ac." 

The renuuning instructions apply to certain contingencies and to 
die return by the bearer of any proxy letters which should be 

The instructions are subtle and intricate, and the alternative 
powers are to be used or cancelled according to circumstanceB. 

Instructions to W. de Button, and W. de S. Qnintin, Arohd' of foi. rs. 
Wells and Tanton, and W. de Maydeacston, proctor for the Chapter, 
to announce t^ the Prior and Convent of Bath the death of Bp. Josceline, 
and to take steps in conjunction with them to obtain permissioa from 
the king to proceed to the election of a successor, &c. Given at Wells 
on Saturday next after the Feast of S. Eadmund. A.D. 1242. 

Citation to all canons to appear on Monday next before S. Thomas' 
Day in the Chapter, to proceed to the election. " Et si placet temporis 
vDcationis brevitatem causari nolitis ; cnm nobis in hac parte nonuulle 
Vonantur insidie ; et impedimenta qnamplnrima preparentur a prioro et 
moQBchis Bathon sieut indubitantur scitis vel scire debetis. 

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r.^'SSiS. ■ CoDunisBbn to Master FhiUpdeGUdefotde to cutytlie fattera'&om 
°*S^ the Chapter to the king. 

Eoi 73 in Aon. letter of the Chapter to GaUrid de Wlward, cl^rk to tlie hoBg, 
There has been some unavoidable deUv in making application to 
the kii^, they , pray Q. ton^ort timi o«i§e and werent tlie 
monks of Bath from fravdulently obtwin^aBoeKce' toNeotwithtnt 
them, ■ ■■■ ' 

Another letter to the a^mp e 

Similar letter to Philip de Gildeford ; desiring him also if It is pos- 
sible to associate with him*el£ duS; Hugo de VivonA find Peter Cliace- 
pork, and Galfrid Wlward, Ac ■ , 

Letters patent frt.m the D. fc C; to the ttonks 6f Bath. The 
election of a Bishop ought to be held in common ; desires them to jdn 
in sending a messenger to the king. for licence not later than Christmas 
or the daj following, if they will not join in this, the D. & C will 
nevertheless send a messenger of their own. Warns them not to 
attempt to do anything in this without the D. & C, "sicut alias die 
sepulture Epi nostri in ecclesia nostra Wellen, presentibus quibuedam 
monacbis veatris et aliie quamplurihus, et postes apod Bath. .... 
Appellavimus, Ac." Given on Monday in ctast. S. Thoid. Ap. A.B. 

Letter to Philip de Q^ildeford, Kmilar to the former one. OroBsed 

Msm. That on Tuesday next after the Feast of S. Thomas, AJ); 
1242, the letter was sent out by (be D. & C, and on that day tiien 
came to Bath Hugh, dictus Subdean of Wells, Lake de Memberie, 
Canon of Wells, with the aud letters, and four vicars with them, viz., 
Walter de Sarum ; Bic. de Buttop, phftpTaina ; John de C^de. & 
Will, de Brugees, deacons ; and I>avid the clerk. Abont the third hour 
they entered the hall of the Priory, and found the Prior there with 
certain of his monks, and Master Robt. de Thetford, and Henr. de 
Bathon, with them. The names of the monks are Thomas de Then- 
kesburi, Richard quondam eleemosinarins, John Kaddok, Riob^ de 
Kanning, junior, Walter, and two others unknown. In tbeir presence 
the Subdean read the letters, and asked for an answer, and Uirice be 
warned the Prior that it was their du^ to send messengers in conuam 
with the D. A C. to the king. 

'I'be D. & C. to W. Archlasbop of York to obtain his assistance in 
this dispute with tbe monks of Bath. 

The D. & C. have seat the Dean J. Sarracenns ; and Canon Rob* de 
Maiiscis to the king for the licence, and they pray the Arcbhishop to 
give them leave libere transfretandl, and also himself to inform the kii^ 
of the truth of the case, 

The D. & C. to W. Bishop of Karleon asking tor his good offices that 
justice may be done, &ti. 

Similar letter to their brother and fellow canon S. de Everdop, clo'k 
to the King, &c. 

Fnblic protest by the D. & C. against any independent action on tbe 
part of the monks of Bath. 
Similar to tliat in bA. 73. 



To the Pope. 

J. Sarracenns 
tors for the D, & C. at Rome in this cause. Given at Wells on S. 
John the Svangl daj, A.D. 1242. Corrected in another hand AJ). 

The D. & C. to Cardinal O. S. Nichohu in carcere, Tull, be^g for 
lii§ assistance in the sune matter. 

Thomas the Prior, and the Convent of Bath to the D. & C. They foL 7S to iare, 
intend to proceed to the election of a Bishop on Monday next after the 
Pnriflcatjon. Invite the D. & C. of Wells lo join, " licet tieque de jure 
oeqiie de consnetudine ad voa una nobiscum ejusdem electio pertinere 
noscator, &c." 

Given at Bath Jan. 30, A.D. 1243. 

The Chapter of Wells by their proctors inform the monks of Bath 
that appeal has been made to Rome againtt any attempt upon the part 
of the monks to keep the election in their own hands. 

Qiven at Wells on S. Agatha's Day, A.D. 1242. 

A meeting had been held at Ferenton upon the question in dispute 
between the two Churches, but the question had not been sufficiently 
treated owing to the absence of the friend of the Chapter. The 
Cbspter thei«fore now send the Archd" of Bath, Wells, & Tanton to 
treat of the matter at Bath. 

Given at Wells on S. Agatha's Day, A.D. 1242. 

A marginal note that on S. Agatha's Day about the hour of vespers 
the Chapter proctors, H.the Subdean,and H. de ac'o dei, came to Bath, 
and read the above protest to the Prior &c, and asked for a conference, 
which was refused. 

"Post hec autem cum intravissent in ecclesiam sederunt ante ostium 
chori petentes instantor quod haberent colloquium cum conventn, quod 
eis denegatum fuit per magistros liobt. de Teford, Henry de Bathon, 
et Simon physician : qui procuraverunt quod omnes monachi qui erant in 
ecclesia intrarent claustrum sunm et sic serravemnt hostia. 

The said proctors made protest in the presence of the sud Masters, 
the Precenter, and two servants, whose names were Henry & Robert. 
On the day following they also made protest against the sentence of the 
Precentor, pronounced against all who impede their election, in the 
presence of the Archdns of Bath & Wells, & Tauten, and many more 
whose names are given, and they also made public their protest. 

The D. & C. to W. de Eboraco, preposit Beverlasenais, frater et con- f<A- ^s- 

The monks of Bath have fraudulently anticipated ua in obtaining the 
King's licence, and have chosen the Fi'ccenter of Sanun, bishop, notwith- 
standing our protest and appeal to the apostelic see against any such 
proceeding. All members of the chapter are therefore summoned te 
meet on Monday proz. post caput jejunii, to deUberate on this matter. 
Nothing mar be revealed of what passes in the Chapter except to a 
CanoD, and, if it please you, te R. de Lexinton and S. de Everdon. 

The statement of the case by the D. & C. (61 76 in dors. 

The D. & C. to the Pope. foL 77. 

Have appointed J. Sarracenus the Dean to be their proctor at Rome 
in his matter, 
feb, 16. AJ). 1212, corrected to 1243 in another hand. 

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fol. 77 ID dore. Letter of the Chapter to their Dean J. Sarracenus " subdiaconnB et 
capelknus dni pape" (the "pape" rubbed out pnrposeiv). The 
Chapter have received letters patent from the Prior &c. of Bath, on 
Saturday next before the Purification. Have called « Chi^ter for 
Monday after Ash Wednesday, in order that they may have die beat 
advice, and that no one may be able to complain tliat anjfthing has been 
done privately without their knowledge. The letter of citation which 
describes the preaent state of things, is quoted. 

'""'■ ^8. The King to the D. & C. Has granted to the monka of Bath 

the licence they sought for, but had do intention of interfering with 
the rights of the D. & C. Thinks that he has not done so. Is 
ready to attend to their representations. 
At Burdeg, Jan. 28. 

The D. & C. to the monks of Bath. 

Have obtained the King's licence and now summon them to be pre- 
sent in the Church at Wells in crast S. Trinitatis, to make the electioo. 
If that place is not convenient they are summoned to meet at Ferenton for 
S.S. Philip & James Day, to fix upon some more suitable place where 
the election may be held on tht! day appointed, and on the following it 
necessary. If they do not come the Chapter will proceed to the election 
by themselves. 

Given at Wells, April 20. A.D. 1243. 

Marginal note that the above was carried by certain of the Chapt«r 
(whose names are given) and read to the monks of Bath. 

The King to the D. & C. 

licence tc elect, saving the rights of the Church of Bath, and desire 
that they choose a fitting man, and one usefal to the state. 
At Burdeg. March 10. Anno r^ni noatri 27°. 

Another copy of the same. 

Their proctors, J, Sarrocenns the Dean, and B. de Marisco had come 
to Bordeaux. 

fol. 78 in don. The King to the D. & C. 

John de Derham, Canon of Wells, and Alexander de London, Cleric 
of the Church of Wells, had come with the Chapter letters concerning 
the right of election, desiring the king's support, and announcing that 
they have appealed to the Pope. So long as the difference with the 
monks of Bath [who in the presence of their messengers have presented 
Koger the Precentor of Sarum as their elect] lasts, the king will do 
nothing to prejudice the rights ot the Chapter. 

At Bnrdeg. March 24. Anno r^ni Sf7°. 

Marginal note that the above was received by the Chapter in Wells 
on S. Mark the Evangl. Day. 

Mem. Appointment of proctors to treat with the monks of Bath at 
Ferelon, as proposed atrave. 

Mem. that there were also present on Thursday before SS. Philip 

' ' gt James' Day at Ferenton together with the proctors, W. de 

Button, Arohdn. of Wells; W. de S. Quintin, Archdn. of Tanton; 

dns. H. the Treasurer of Wells j Master Bpbt. de S. Quintin & 

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Wileminas, Clerks of the Archdu. of Ttinlon ; Dftvid, tho clerk o£ Tst 
H. the Trewurerj Nicholaa, the Qerk of the Archdn. of Wells j '^"SU 
Thmnas the Venator of the late Bishop ; Walter de Bavent ; Bobt. — 

Marfflion, Armiger dicti domini Archd* Wellon ; Wills, de Bureford, 
Capellsn de P&ltoti ; Vigeroys vallet Archd' Tantun ; Gilbert de Len- 
temiy, vallet Archid' Wellen; Dudeman, clerk, vallet of H. the 
TreMDrerj Wells de Eston, junior ; Eic, de Gnertrie vallet of H. Sub- 
DeBD ; Henry de Pridie vallet of Thomas the venator. 

Maiginal note that the procuratorial letters were sent out by the 
Chapter on the "Vigil of S.S. Philip & Jamei). 

The D. & C. to the King. A long letter. 

In answer to the letter brought by S. Bussinoli they reply that upon 
the day after the Holy Trinity which was appointed for the election, 
they had after much cousidei-ation, having first taken the opinions of some 
of ^e most learned men in England, unanimously determined that it wsh 
better not to proceed to an election then, especially because appeal had 
already been made to Rome against the election of Roger. 

When the fitting time shall have come they will elect a pastor apt to 
mla, and a man useful to the realm. 

An addition to the letter introduces J. Mansell to the notice of the 
king as a good and trustworthy friend of the Chapter, and prays for the 
king's fiivoutable consideration of their case. 

The D. & C. to the Queen. "Encellentie vestre litteris semel etfol. 79. 
ilenim et pluries receptis et per enadem pro dilecto et fideli clerico dn' 
r^ et vestro N precibua crebro crebrius inculcatis vobis duximua 
respondendum," as in the last that they had decided not to proceed to an 
elecdon until the election made by the monks of Bath shall have been 

The D. & C. to the Pope. A long document. 

Have appointed proctors (as before) and state the case as before. 

A similar announcement to all men. fol- 79 in 

Given at Wells on the Vigil of S. Peter ad Vine. A.D. 1243. 

KotificatioD to all that the Chapter have empowered the Dean 
3. Saracenus to borrow 100 marcs for (he expenses at the Roman court. 
Sealed on S. Peter ad Vine. Day. A.D. 1243. 

Mem. that there are four similar letters. The first of which speaks 
of 100 marcs; the second 25 marcs ; the third of 25; the fourth of 50. 

All this entry is crossed out. 

The ]). & C. petition John de Columbar, Cardinal presbyter, to assist 

The monks have eleMed Roger a second time. 

A similar letter to their fellow Canon John de Offinton. 

Mem. that on IVieaday next after the Assumption, A.D. 1243, fol. eu. 
the Cli^ter, the Sec being vacant, confirm the election of Richard, 
Canon of Kaynesham, formerly parson of Stoke, to be Prior of 
Worsping, in the place of Reginald deceased. 

26 canons, whose names are given are present. 

Hem. that the Subdean holds five deeds for borrowing money in the 
same form aa thosa held by the Dean. 

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wiLM The first for 100 marM ; tlio second for 50 j the third for 25; and the 

'^^'mss!"'' fourth for 25 ; & the fifth for 20 luarcs. 

I. 80 in dors. The Pope has conSnned the electioD of Koger, and iianoimced his 
deciHion to the King, the archbishop elect, and to the church and 
diocese of Bath ; Roger has gone to the King to obtain possession, the 
Chapter is therefore summoned to deliberate. If an; member cannot 
come he is to send a prox]r. 

In crast. S. Mark. Evang. A.D. 1244. 

At the request of the D. & C. of Lincoln, the D. ft C. of Welb 
petition the Pope, A.D. 1244, against undue interference on the part of 
their Bishop in the Lincoln Cathedral. 

A.D. 1244, die dominica pros post nativ beatfe Maria a convention 
was held in the Conventual Church of Beading for the consecration of 
Bp. Roger. Tliere were present four of the greater Canons of WetU, 
named] and others of the Canons, and many Bishops, Abbotts, Priors, 


The papal letters to Boniface the elect of Cantuar were first read ; 
letters also from the Pope to the D. & C. of Wells in which it was 
decided that tbe D, & C. of Wells and the monks of Bath were to have 
an equal share in alt future elections, but that the election of Roger 
should hold good ; lett«rs also in answer to the questions asked by tbe 
1). & C. as to the place where the election should be held ; which church 
ought to be called the cathedral, and be the place of installation ; after 
which church the Bishop is to be named. 

Then when the hour of consecration drew near,'* nullaque facta posto- 
tatione secundum morem ecclesie Anglicane, dns. W. de Ralegh tunc Eps 
Wynton ad consecrationem deputatus, ad exarainationem processit que 
sic incipit ' Antiqua sanctorum patrum, &c' 

£t cum dns. £ps. Bathon tunc consecrandus snom suisque in ipsius 
ezaminatione ut moris est interpellatur facere professionem ecclesiiE 
Cantnar in professione sua facienda, usns est bac forma Terborum Ego 
Rogerus de plenitudine potestatis apostollce datum Episcopatum Bathon 
profiteer tibi B. Cantiuir electo et tue ecclesie Cantuar, et snccessoribua 
tuis canonice substituendis canonicam obedientiam tibi et eis servaturus." 
Another line stating that he seals this declaration, is scratched out. 
f^^^ g| Inspeximus & confirmation by Edward the Dean, and the C. of 

a Charter of Bp. William granting to Stephen Rusael and Jovma 
his wife a ferdel of land in Bocland, in Welyington manor, pro 
servitio suo ; formerly held by W. Kussel, at a rent of 6s. 8d. a year, 
besides Peter's penny, the Hundred penny, &c., and the duty of fencing 
' Westbury Park. Saving also a winter and a summer ploughing to be 
done by them. 

Test. John Forti, Chancellor of Wells ; Thomas Eranceis, seneschal 
of the Bishop 1 Henry de Wolaynton ; Master Will de Bosynton; Ric. 
de Bamfeld ; Bad. de Lulhngton ; Thorn, de Wolynton ; John de Bane> 
cumb ; John de Jordanstane, &c. 

Given in the Chapter, Nov. 13, A.D. 1263. 

A similar confirmation of a similar grant by the same Bishop to 
Bic. le Fox his vallet, of a ferdell of land and messuage, &c. at la Clyve 
in Tatton manor, on Monday nest before S. Andrews Day. A.D. 

fill. 81 in dors -^ similar confirmation of the appropriation of the church of S. Mary 
' de Stall, at Bath, to the monks of Bath, made by the same Bishop. 
Dec. 27. A.D. 1263. 

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A. similar coDfirtnation of e, similar grant by the same Bishop Dec, 27, ^^ 
A.D. 1263, to Adam tie Crokesley of a ferling of land, &c, io Cedder, * msI 
formerly held by Eobt. Unthonk. 

The vicar's oath " cum debeant perpetuari." 

Will obey the Dean and Canons in all lawful commands : will keep 
the secrPts of the Chapter ; will obey the Statutes, will be diligent in 
learning Psalter, Hymnary and Antiphonary. 

Edward the Dean and the C. to the Prior & Convent of Bath, calling fol. 83. 
upon them to send proctors to Ferenton to deliberate with the proctors 
of ihe D. & C. about eending to ask for the King's licence to proceed 
to an election of a Bishop. Given in the Chapter April 8% A.D. 1264. 

The D. & C. to the Prior & Convent of Bath, have appointed 
Canons Nicholas de S. Quintin ; Gilbert de Sarum, & Godfrey GiSard 
to be their proctors in obtmning the licence from the King. April 9*'', 
AD. 1264. 

W. the Prior & the Convent of Bath to the D. & 0. 

On their demand have appointed Ric. de Noreye the Cellfrar, & 
Nicholas the Precentor, to be their proctors, to treat with the proctors 
of Wells at Ferenton on Thursday next before the Sunday in ramis 
paltnamm. Given at Bath on Wednesday next before that Sunday, in 
the same year. 

The Chapters' petition to the King, in which they speak for the monks 
of Bath as well as tor themselves. Given on Friday next before that 

The Prior and Convent of Bath to the D. & C, formal notice of the 
meeting at Ferenton in Crast S. Georgii. 

Another letter to the- same effect. f^l^ g3 j, 

The King to the D. & C. and to the Convent of Bath. 

In answer to the prayers of their proctors, Godfrey Giffard, and 
Richard de Bamfield, Ricarde de Norreys, and John de Bading, grants 
the licence. Given at Notyngham, April 15, anno regni 48o. 

The Prior & Convent of B. to the U. & C. 

Have appointed two proctors to treat with the Chapter proctora at 
Ferenton about a day of election. Given on Thursday before S. 
Mark's Day. A.D. 1264. 

Mem. that Master Roger de Sapwyke, & Gilbert de Sarum, canons & 
proctora for Wells, met Gilbert de Dunstor the SupprJor, & Kicholas the 
Precentor of Bath at Ferenton on S. Mark's Day, and agreed upon the 
Thursday next after the Feast of S. Dunstan, as the day of election. 

The D & C and the Convent appoint four proctors each to make the 
election, " de ipsis, vel de gremio, seu de collegio ecclesiarum nostrarum 
predictarum." Eodem die. A.D. 1264. 

Mem. A.D. 1264. On the Thursday in May next after the Feast of 
S. Dunstan, May 22'"*, Walter Gifford, Subdeacon and papal chaplain, 
& canon of Wells was chosen Bishop in the place of Bp. William deceased. 

The announcement is made by ^e Dean. 

Note. Summons issued by the D. & C. to Cnuon Hugh de Mot' to be 
present on S. Scholastics' s Day in the Convent at Bath, i.e. Feb. 10"', to 




Vblu treat of the election of a Bp. la the place of Bp. Walter tianslated to 

— ' Givea at Wells, Jan. ll"", A.D. 1266. 

fol. S3. IfotificatioQ of the Election of tValter Gi&rd. 

Notification to the King. May ZS'^, A.D. 1264. 

Xotification to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Same date. 

fol. 88 in dors. Notification to the Pope, on the same day, "Data ad cautelam," in 
the margin. 

Confirmation by the Archbishop. Given at S* Clodoald on Saturday 
after the tranalation of S. Thomas, the Martyr, A.D. 1264. 

Institution by ^gidius Bp of Sarum of Gfilfrid de Merkesbury to the 
Vicar^e of Bookland in Sarum diocese, on the presentation of Will, de 
Button the Bector, A, Canon of Wells, Detail of the vicar's rights. 
The manor belongs to Glaston. 

Given at Pott«rne, March 19*, Anno Episcop. 9°, 

fgl gj The D. & C. have read a dispensation granted by Pope Urban to 

Nicholas son of Nicholas rector of Dokemereeend to hold another bene- 
fice in plnrality. 

Given apud urbem veterem vi". kal. Marcil Pontif. anno 2°. 
Signed by the D. & C, Oct. 28, A.D. 1265. 

Inspeximus & confirmation by the D. & C. of a grant made by Bp. 
Walter of one Virgate of land in Westbnry to Randnlf percarius formerly 
held by John le Smokyre ; (Uso some overland. 

Test. Will. Gifford ; Bic. de la More ; Phil, de Wyke ; Will, de 
Bosynton & Gilbert de Sarum Canons j Alex, de la Cnoll; Ric, de 
Briun ; Ric, London, 

Given at WelU, May 25*^ AJ). 1266. 

Inspeximus and confirmation by Edward the D. £ the C. of the 
appropriation to Glastonbury of the churches of Dulting and Estbrente 
by Bp. W. as a proof of goodwill after the long dissension between the 
churches, and for the purpose of increasing their means of hospitality Ac., 
saving Episcopal and Archidiaconal rights, &c. &c., and an aonuni 
payment of 40 shillings towards the fiibric of the Cathedral, to be made 
through the Archdn. Dated July 26, A,D. 1267. Anno pontif. nostri. 1"- 

Confirmed by the Chapter on the same day. 

Printed in Adam de Domcrham, Vol. I. p. 259, 

fol, 84 IB dors, Inspex. and Conf. by the D. & C, of a pension of £20 granted by Bp. 
William, "de camera nostra," to Thomas de Button, the Precentor, 
who bad resigned his office rather than that the Church should suffer 
while he is alisent from his duties for the purposes of study. The 
pension to be paid until he is provided with an equivalent benefice. 
Given in March, and confirmed April 11">, A,I>. 1268. 

Inspex. and Conf. by the D, & C. of a grant of a wood in Pokeles- 
cherch, lying by the park (formerly belonging to Bobt. de Siston, and 
made by Bp. Walter) to Bobt. Walerond, to be added to tiie park, 4c. 

Teat. Will. Giflard ; John de Chiverel ; John de Grymstede ; Thorn. 
de S. Vigore; John fil Willi; Bog. de Clifton; Thom. de Daenton ; 
Maurice de Salso Marisco, &c. Confirmed April 11"', A.D. 1268- 

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ObligatioB of Galf. de Brideport to pay 100 shiUings a year from cato^u. 
land in Eerchel [Gritchill] to fonr priests tor two annualia each jear, ia MSB. 

the chapel of S. Mary <hi the south of the Great Church Wdls ; on 
behalf of the souls of Lady AgttCba de Meyai, of Galfirid de Bridport, 
wd Mai^erie his wife, ftc^ &c. 

Teat. Phil, de Button ; Laurence de Cumpton ; Ric de London, 
Seneachat of the Dean ; Ric. de Dnltincote, & John de Dusore, bur- 
gesses of Wella J John de Mourton ; Will, de la CnoU i Galf, do Lucv, 

Given oD Wednesday next after Palm Sunday, A.D. 1268. 

Note " Bride|xirt nunc Chideok." 

Imprebendation of Dynre [Dindei*]. 

There had been a difference between the Dean and Richard de 
Bamfeld a Canon of Wells as to a revenue of 6 marcs claimed by 
Bichard as of his prebend of Merk. Both have submitted the question to 
the decision of Bp. William. The Bp. in consideration of the poverty 
of the Wells prebends, and the inconvenience of the payment of 20 
shillings by the Church of Dogemersfeld, in his own patronage, to the 
prebend which the said Richard holds, and for the sake of Merk 
Church, [quam nuper dedicavimus] gives Dinre (in his own patronage) 
le a prebend to the said Richard. The pensions from Dogmersf'eld and 
Merk to cease. Burials from Dinre to take place in the Mother Church 
of S. Cuthbert, Wells. 

The Canons are not to have cure of souls in their prebendal chinches fo'- 8S in dors. 
but the -ricara, Ac., &e. 
Given in Chapter April 4, A.D. 1268. Pontif. nostri. l". 

Obligation of Thom. de .... to pay 4 shillings a year to 
Begini^d Stori, vicar of WeUs, during his life for ceriain houses, and 
sfter his death the same to be ptud to the communarius to be dis- 
tributed among the clerks in the Cathedral on his anniversary. 

The D. & C. sell to Cecilia widpw of Robt. de Mere the custody of 
the land & marriage of Symon son of the said Robt. in North Curry. 
If the said Symon should die before he comes of age, the said Cecilia 
ehall have the same rights towards his brother and sister, whichever 
luay be his heir, until the heir come of age. For this Cecilia pays 10 
mates silver. 

Given in Chapter on S. Alban's Day, A.D. 1268. 

Widter de Lechlade, the Succentor, binds himself to pay the rents of 
the houses of Reginald Stori, above named. 
Datfld Thursday nest after S. Cuthbert'a Day, A.D. 1268. 

Robert the Prior and the College or Convent of Berliz, in return ft*'- 86. 
for benefits received from Hugo de Rumenal, ■ formerly Treasurer 
of Welts, in the aid be gave them towards their building, and in the 
Bum of 200 marcB Stirling which he bequeathed lo them ; bind them- 
Klves to pay 100 shillings a year to a chaplain at Wells who sfmll 
celebrate on behalf of the sout of the said Hugo, and of all the faithful 
dead. They have spent part of the 200 marcs in acquiring the 
Advowson of the Church of Wynesford, and a rent of 100 shillings 
from that manor ; the rest upon other pressing needs. The said rent 
of 100 sbilUnge is approprinted to the D. & C. as above. 

A sum of 20 shillings as interest, and a fine is to be paid to the 
fabric of the cathedral if over there should be any default in the regular 



They also bind tbemselves to hold a solemn service in their own 
choir, with placelio and dirige, on the 5*^ of March, and provide a pitance 
to the value of 4 Bhillings, on that day, in memory of the deceased ; to 
be divided between thetOBelves and the poor. 

If this deed becomea worn out or is destroyed they will renew it 
as often as may be required. 

Sealed by the Convent, by the Bishop WllUam, and by his Official. 

Given at Wells, Nov. «, A.D. 1268. 

The D. &. C. in recognition of past benefits and with the hope of 
fnture aid, give to Cardinal O. a pension of 100 marcs sterling of new and 
legal money at 13/4 the marc, to be paid in London, until tbey Bhall 
have provided him with some benefice or dignity of equal value. 

Given at Wells, Jan. 6, A.D. 1268. 

A similar obligatory letter from the Bp. binding the Charch to pay 
this pension. 

Given at Wells, Jun. 7, A.D. 1268. 

The will of Canon Kichard de Bamfeld. 

To the Church of S* Andrew and to the D. & 0. all the lands he had 
of Walter Magot in Wnkihole ; viz, 27 acres arable, a bercaria and 2j 
ac. of meadow. Also the lands which he had of the same Walter, in 
Wells and Dultingcote, viz, 34 acres. Fart of it in Carswell field, and 
one acre on the King's Highway at Hornyngdon. And 7^ acres of 
meadow. Several houses. Masses to be said at S, Edmund's the Con- 
fessor's altar in the nave of the Cathedral, near to which he has, with 
the leave of the D, & C., chosen his burying-place. Details of services 
on his anniversary, &c. A candle to be Kept burning before the cross in 
the nave. Also a mortarium to be kept burning at nieht before the altar 
of S. Mary within the Church. He will provide all this at once and 
keep it np during his lifetime. 

^ If after his death the rents should ever prove insufficient for all 
the observances at his obit, the lights may be omitted but by no 
means the celebration of the mass and the gifts to the poor ; and if 
one of these must be omitted it must not be the mass. Any surplus 
to be given to pious uses a') the D. & C. may appoint. Adjures 
the D. A C. to t^e care that none of these several foundations be ever 
anne:sed to any prebend, or to any person for life or for a term. If any- 
one of those who are appointed to serve are negligent, they shall payas a 
fine one lb. of wax for Uie High Altar light for Mch offence- 
All the revenue is to he paid to the Communarius and be distributed 
by him. 

Test. Philip de Wyke ; Philip de Button; Walter le Flemyng; 
Richard de London ; Richard de Dultingcote ; Thomas le Front ; John 
de Cerde ; Peter de Wodeford ; Bichard Stretche, &c. . , 

Nov. 15th, A.D, 1268, the following days were appointed by the D. 
& C. for the attendance in Chapter of all Canons who should wish to 
be acconnt«d residentiaries for that year, either in person, or by proxy 
if there is sufficient cause for their absence, in order to look into the 
accounts, and decide upon the amount to be distributed to each of 
them ; and for other business. Any business transacted at other times 
must be confirmed upon one of these days. Except in cases of necessi^. 
The days are the morrow of the Circumcision ; April 2°^ ; July 2" f 
and Oct. I*. 

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A small leaf inserted coataining the mem. of the lease of the land at CiTHBoBiL 
Woky, 27 ac. ar. and 2i ac. of meadow given bj &ic. de Bamfeld, to Km. 

John the vicar for 16 Ehillings a year for 4 years, and 18 shillings a 
yeai afterwards, fw the term of his life, or for such time as he may 
vish ; he must keep in repair the bercaria. 

March 30, A.D. 1294. 

John de Button, prepoeitus of Cumbe undertakes to pay the peusion fol. S8. 
of 100 marcs to Cardinal O. 
Jan. 13, A.D. 1268. 

Inspei. and Conf. by the D, & (.1. of licence given by Bp. William to 
lUchard de Wigornia and. his family to hare divine service in his own 
chapel at Wyfce becHuse of the distance of the parish Church of 

He abo bad, after consultation with the D. & C. impropriators of the 
said church, aud with the vicar, granted to him and his own family that 
ib^ may receive the holy water and holy bread but no other saeramen* 
Mlia in the chapel. None of the parishioners of Lydiard may attend 
the chapel. Any offerings made to it must be paid hy the chaplain to 
the vicar of the church. 

Details of services which may not be held in the chapel, &c. 

Given at Woky, Feb. 26, A.D. 1268. Confirmed March 6*. 

Acquittance of Edward the Dean and Thomas the Precentor of foL es in dot*. 
Wells collectors for the first year of the tithe granted by the Pope 
to the King in every diocese, and accoanted for by them to Walter 
Ihe Treasurer ; Peter de WyntOD ; and .Sgidius de Audenard ; 
the king's eervanta. The sum collected is £334 lU. Id. The amount 
not paid they estimate at £2 15s. H^d. The names of the defaulters 
have been given to the Bp., that the money may be raised. Besides 
tUs £10 16*. Od. due was not paid by certain of the churches of the 
Hospitallers, Templars, Cistercian monks, the Abbot of Bee, and a 
certain Cardinal, because they are privileged. One marc due from the 
Cburch of LuttOD has been compounded for hy Walter de Mertou with 
tiie King himself. The legate has also given an acquittance for 
£6 Ss, Od. dne from three churches which belong to Solianus. 

The whole enm is £362 4i, i{d. 

Given at Westminster April 1 2"^, anno regni -53°. 

The letter of the Prior of Berliz similar to that on fol. 86. 

Leave of absence given by Bp. W. with the consent of the D. <& C. to fol. 89. 
Nicholas the Treasurer, for three years for the purpose of study. 

Given at Dogmersfeld, July 23. Pontif. nostri. anno 3°. 

Similar licence granted to the said N. fil Nich. by the D. & C. (but 
they speak of 5 years) and addressed to the Bp. 

Given at Wells on Sunday next after S. James, Ap. A.D. 1269. 

Letter of the D. & C. They have submitted a question which has 
arisen between themselves, the patrons, and Thomas Mackerel, the 
Sector of the church of Stokgumber, t4) the decision of the Bp. in council 
with Robert, Abbot of Glaston, the Dean, & Thomas, the Archdn. of 

Given at Wells on the morrow of S. Jerom. A.D. 1270. 

Grant by the D. £ C. to fUtger Huzet of 5 acres of land and a mes* fol. se in dors. 
KUKge in North Cury. 
Given on S. Valentine's Day, A.D. 1272. 

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Wblu Bood for 100 insrcs duo from Berliz to tlic D. & C. 

'^^K^""' Given on S. Nicholas Day, A.D. 1273. 

The Priory of Berliz. 

W)ieD Robert Buroel, Archd. of York wished to sell hia manor of 
Mot'ba, in which wa had a rent of )00 shillings, and also the parish 
church appropriated to our use ; we in consideration of that which 
would be advantageous to the manor, and of the fact that the said 
Kobert had always refused to pay the said 100 shillings, and moreover 
questioned our riglit to the church, deliberated about buying the 
manor. But inasmuch as this was beyond our own means, we had 
recourse to the Bp. and to the D. & C, and to the Exors. of the Will 
of John de Button, senior, the prepositus of Cumbe, in Wells Cathedral, 
as was often our wont in our difficulties. They lent to as 520 marcs 
sterling to make the purchase of the whole manor with all its appur- 
tenances. In return we promise to pay for ever 26 marcs yearly to the 
said I>. & C. [at certain dates named]. Six marcs of the sum to be 
expended on masses for the souls of Bp. William, but 15 for the iMul of 
the aforenalbed prepositus, &c. &c. 
fol. 90. The churches of Bmrnptou, Wynesford, and Hulleferun, are especially 

charged with this payment. 

A. tine of 3 mai'cs to be paid to the fabric of the cathedral for any 
default in the payment. 

Given on the vigal of S. Nicholas, A.D. 1273. 

Grant by William de Button, Bp. of B. A W., nephew and heir of 
John de Button prepositus of Cumbe, to the D. & C. oiE all the ser- 
vitium due from his brother Thomas de Button, Archdn. of Wells, and 
the Archdn' his successors, upon a tenement in Middleton given to 
the Archdn. by him, saving an annual payment of 10 marcs to that 
Church, to be expended on behalf of the soul of William de Button his 

Test. Richard de la More, and Adam de Button, ku^hts ; Fhilip 
de Button ; Richard de London ; Waller de Sutton ; William called 
le Gy w de Wynescumbe ; Adam Caynn ; Thomas de Hamm ; William 
Haymun, &Q. 

Given on S. Mathew's Day, A.D. 1273. 

fol. 90 in dors. Petition by Edward the Dean fc the C. to the King for leave to elect 
a Bishop in room of Bp. William de Button, the second, deceased. 
Given at Wells, Dec. IS"-, A.D. 1274. 

Licence given by King ^Edward. 
At Oveston, Dec. 20, Anno regni 3'^. 

Citation sent by W. the Prior of Bath to the D. & C. to i^penr by 
their proctors at Femham on Holy Innocents day for the purpose of 
electing a Bp. 

Given at Bath on S. Stephen's Day, A.D. 1274. 

The D. & C. have appointed William de Welyngton, and Henry de 
Essex, Canons as their proctors. 

Given at Wells on S. John's Day, A.D. 1274. 

Mem. That the firm of Lovinton and Mudford was giunted to Henry 
Huse, Chancellor of Wells, in the presence of the Precentor, and the 
Canons W. de Wdinton ; Hugh Everard ; John de Wymbome ; Waller 
Burnel. Decanatu vacante. 

Given on S. Gregory's day, A.D. 1291. 

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A amtU parcbment ioBerted containing af^tarently legal opinions upon Wbixs 
the qaesUon of the patronage of Glastonbury Abbey. ^*^|b,"''' 

On the back. The opinion of the D. & C. addressed to the R. Bp. — ' 

elect of B. & W. upon a proposed agreement with Glastonbury. They 
voulil recommend it tor the sake of peace, but experience has taught 
them to distrnst the monks, and that thev have no security that ob- 
jections will not be raised by them hereauer to any agreement which 
maj be come to now. 

Letter of Walter the Prior of Bath and Edward the Dean of Wells fol. 91. 
to all men. 

On the morrow of S. Vincentius, A.D. 1374, we having come together 
in the Chapter at Wells for the purpose of electing a Bp., appointed 
lUchard Supprior of Bath ; Martin <le Donestor ; Matthew de 
Dooeslre ; John de Redyng ; Thomas de Wynton ; Bichard de 
Cbemibury ; and John the l^eeotor ; Monks of Bqth ; Thomas the 
Archdn. of Wells ; Henry de Montefort ; Masters, Constantine, Philip 
de Stantcn ; William the Subdean ; Bobert de Braundon ; and Roger 
de Cmk ; Canons of Wells ; to make the election of one of themselves, or 
of one of the members of the two churches [de ipsis de gremio, seu do 
eollegiis eccl" nostr" predictr"]. We undertake to accept whomsoever 
13 or 12, or 11, or 10 of them at the least, may agree ujwn. 

N.B. The Martin above is Prior of Dunster. 

The above-named 14, appointed by the Convent of Bath and the 
D. & C. of Wells to be the electors, report that they have chosen Robert 
Bamell, a Canon of Wells ; and Thomas, Archdn. of W^lb adds his 
assent for himself and his'fellow electors. 

Jan. 23^ A.D. 1274, on the morrow of S. Vincentius. 

A longer formal recital of the last. 

Notification sent hj the D. & C. & tho Convent of Bath to the fol. 91 in dors. 
Archbishop of Canterbury about the election. 
Jan. 24* A.D. 1274. 

Also to the King on the same day. 

Archbp. Robert, at the desire of Robert Bp. of B. & W., disclaims 
utf right to the patronage of Glaelon. During the vacancy of the see 
of fi. & W., the Archbp. had been desired to confirm the election of 
John de Tanton as abbott. He had by his official William de Middleton 
quashed the election, not for any objection to the person, but for irregn- 
laritj in the election, and had then himself appointed the said John de 

Given at Lambeth April 30a>, A.D. 1275. 

Printed in Adam de Domerham. Vol. I. p. 270. 

A canonical house, situated towards Torr, given to Walter Bumell fol. 93. 
for life at a rent of 6 shillings ; the said W. B, to keep it in repair. 

The exors. of the will of Hugh de Eomenol, by the advice of the 
D. & C, charge the Succeutor with the care of the Missa Matutinalis 
of the said H. de R., and allow G marcs to the chaplains who celebrate. 
Details of revenues belonging thereto. 

The Church of Lydiard granted ad finnam to the Succentor for foL 93 in dors. 
35 marcs yearly. He is to undertake all the ordinary charges which 
wonld fall upon the D. & C. Keep in repair tlie chancel, and the houses 
&c. &c Details. 



CATHnui. ■^ mem. of A.D. 1340. Concerning the appTopriation of the Church 
M88. of " Hamtone." 

fol. 93. Mem. The Church of Wells, anciently called FuntAneneis and 

at one time Tndington, was the only cathedral in the bishoprick^ 
and had the sole right of choosing the Bishop, whwe title was Fon- 
tsneneis or Wellensis, and who resided with the Canons in Welle, until 
the time of Bp. John who placed his seat in the Monastery at Bath of 
which be was a monk. From that time the Bps. were named of Bath, 
though the Canons of Wells did not consent tn this. Pope Alexander III. 
confirmed to the Canons of Wells their right of election in conjunction 
with the monks of Bath. After a time the monks without notice to the 
Canons of B. & W. elected Savaric, and obtained the papal confirmation, 
the canons being left in complete ignorance of the whole transaction. 
Upon the death of Savaric the Canons regained their rights, and joined 
with the monks in the election of Joceline^now lately deceased. In 
the 36^ year of the said Bp. J. i.e. A.D. 1242 on the 19^ of Nov. the 
monks of Bath, in contravention of the right [of which there is doca- 
mentary proof] sought to exclude the D. & C. from sharing in the 
election, &c. 

Statement of the steps taken by the D. & C. to the same effect as 
already described in former pages. 

fol. 93 in don. Becitation of earlier elections. The D. & C. have the letters of 
and fol. 94. Pope Nicholas II. that he has ordained priest Giso, whom the clergy 
had elected. 

Letters of Pope Alexander to the D. & C. assenting to their election 
of B., Archdn. of Sarum. 

Letters from Pope Alexander confirming to the D. & C. their rights, 
&c. which they had had for 200 ye»rs, until the time of Bp. John. 

And others of later date which have been already mentioned, bearing 
upon the rights of the D. & C. in the election of Bishops. 

fol. M in dors. The Chapter to their Dean J. Sarracenus at Borne. Vrga 
him to press on their business, especially with regard to (£e 
4 questions, and return home as quickly as possible. Authorise him to 
expend money freely rather than that the adversary should prevail ; and 
that we may have useful friends at the Coort, &c. 

The D. & C. propose that the election of Roger should be quashed. 

Also they make several propositions for future elections. That the 
ancient right of sole election shonld be restored to the D. & C. of 

That the election should belong alternately to the D. & C. and to 
the Convent of Bath. 

That it should belong to them both in common, and be held alternately 
at Wells and Bath. 

That some neutral place should be named by the Pope where the 
election may be held by both together. 

That the matter should be wholly referred to arbitrators, not in 
England [e.g. to the Dean and Chancellor of Paris, or others at the 
appointment of the Pope] because of the power of the magnates of 
England who will intrude themselves into any election. All the 
Churches of England both in spiritual tilings and in temporalities Iiave 
suffered very much and are in great danger, both in the head and in 
each of the members from th^e great men. 

Or that both sides should appear in the Roman Court by their 
proctors, who shall be fully instructed beforehand, as it is difficult to 

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send witnesses and the Deceasary documeDts b; raason of the many perils Vij j 
ofthejonniey. "^^^f" 

Marginal note in the same hand. fol. gs. 

Nomiaentur loca media. Non ecclesie conventuales. Loca aut«m 
media sunt hec solum. Parochitdes ecplesie; Norton canonicorum ; 
Ferentun; Witechireche ; Dultingea; Chnrton ; Stonestun. 

The right of proclaiming the name of the person elected and of pre- 
senting for examination & to the Archbp. belongs to the Dean of Wella, 

The whole case to be submitted a nolary or abreviator that he may 
draw up the best case he can, to be submitted to the Pope, or that the 
case may be submitted in France or in England to any of the judges 
named below. 

The D. & C. would prefer that the case should come before the curia, 
but if there must be a commission, these are the judges they would wish 

Kin England. The Bpa. of Worcester and Norwich, and the Archdn. 
of Suthbury in Norwich diocese. Also the Bishop, Dean, and Archdn. 
of Lincoln, or the Archdn. of Huntingdon in Lincoln diocese. 

If in France. The Prepositus of S* Adomar, Moriaensis dioc. The 
Dean, and the master of the scholars Novionensia dioc, and the Archdn. 

Protest by the D. & C. agidnst the installation of Bp. Roger at Bath, 
before it has been celebrated in Wells. 

Note at the top of the page concerning the letters which W. the fol. 95 in don. 
Archdn. of Tanton, and the Sub-dean conied with them when they 
went to France. 

The D. & C. have appointed W. de S. Quintin, Archd. of Tanton, 
and Hugh the Sub-dean, their proctors to borrow £100 sterling, to 
be spent on business ifi the Roman Court. 

Given at Wells on Saturday next before S. Dionisius, A.D. 1244. 

Nme "paria " of similar letters were carried by them. One for £100; 
a second for 100 marcs ; a third for 50 marcs ; a fourth for 50 marcs ; a 
fiAh for 40 marcs ; a sixth for 30 marns ; a seventh for 30 ; an eighth 
for 26; and a ninth for 25 marcs. An lO"" for 40 marcs, on behalf of 
W. preposit de Cumb. 

Notdflcaticm to the Pope of the appointment of these proctors to 
represent Uie D. A C. at Borne. 
Given at Wells on the morrow of S. Dionisius, A.D. 1244. 

The four following entries are all crossed out 

The first authorises Bobt. de Marisco to borrow for the D. & C, 
50 marcs to be spent at Kome. 

The 2°^ states that on the morrow of the Puri6cation, A.D. 1244, the 
D. & C. issued 8 parift of letters for borrowing money at Florence and 

The 3'^ that in the following year 3 paria of similar letters were 

The fourth that B. de M. deposits certain documents with the 
D. & C. 

Petition to the Pope for the appointment of judges at home. And foL 96. 
also entries about tithes and the prepositura. 



wsua Mem. that the Desn has one document dealing with the prepositara of 

MSB. Cnmbe put forth by the Chapter of Wells, and another wliich coDtaina 

— the conaent of the Chapter of Bath, 

An entry, dated A.D. 1245, of a loan of 30 marcs, crossed out. 

On the day when the Dean J. left Wells, viz., on the Sunday next 
before the Decollation of S. John, he took with him six sets of letters 
for loans. Three for 20 marca each, and 3 for 5 marcs each. 

A.D. 1245. The Dean gives security to the Chapter. 

to). 96 in dors. At the top of the page a mem. that the following letters were received 
on Monday next after S. Ambrose, i.e., April 10, A.D. 1245. 

R. the Bp. to the D. & 0. The prebend of Lutlon is vacant by the 
resignation of R. de Derham, he confers it on John de Derham, and calls 
upon the Chapter to admit him as a Canon, &c. 

Breve regis to the D. & C. to show cause why they have taken 
tolls, he, 

R. the Precentor has appointed Galf. de Clinton to the perpetual 
vicerage of Pultou. The Bp. calls upon the Chapter to do their part. 

Breve regis. The D. & C. to appear on the complaint of Jac de 
Tfaurlebere that they have impounded his animals wrongfully. 

Concerning the vicarage of Congesbury. A.D. 1245. 

The D. & C. to Master H. de Evesham about the vicarage of S. Decu- 
mans. The Bp. had learnt during his late visitation of the Archdnry. of 
Tanton, in the hospital of Bruges (Bridgewater) that the Vicar of H. de 
Evesham's prebend of S. Decuman's, had for a long time been under an 
obligation to enter that order, and that he proposed to deal with the 
Vican^ as though it were vacant. The Prebendary to appear before the 
Archdn. that order may he taken in his presence. And the D. & C- will 
appear in order to protect their righta in the pi-ebend. A.D. 1245. 

On Sunday next after S. Michael's, A.D. 1246, the D. & C. grant the 
prebend of Bidesham to Hugh the Sub-dean ad firmam. 

fol. 97. Mem. OD Friday next after S. Barnabas the Chapter [the names 

are given] determine that on the death of any canon the two parts of 
the prebend which belong to the D. & 0. be sold, &c. 

A cause between two citizens, Richard le Chamberleag and John le 
Draper, bad come before the Dean, as having jurisdiction over the city, 
and the said John had been tbrbidden entrance to the church because 
he had not given satisfaction nithin the time appointed in the judgment. 
He questions the judgment and appeals to the Chapter from whom the 
Dean derives his jurisdiction. The Sub-dean in the absence of the 
Dean having taken an oath of the said John that he would prosecute 
his appeal or submit, the Dean on his return approved of his action. 
A.D. 1245. 

A dispute between Milo the communar and some of the canons, 
settled by the D. & C. A.D. 1245. 

The Bp. to appear for the D. & C. at Westminster in a suit with 
Henry de Montefort concerning the Advowson of the Church of Ham. 

A chapter held on Monday week after 6. Katherine's (the niunes of 
those present giveii) when each one is asked " si vellent accomodare 

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communam " from year to year for the payment of the debt of F"^ 
1775 marcs contracted in Curia Bomana, and which hae to be paid in uea, 
5 years from the day of the Purification in A J>. 1245. They answer — ' 

imammonsly"quodcommunatotaacGomodetnr," but any surplus should 
be divideil among them. If it could be done conveniently the 200 marcs 
which ought to be paid at S. Nicholas Day next coming of the new 
corn which was then in the granges, should be distributed, otherwise 
the denarii should be kept for payment at that time, &c. 
A part of the page torn off. 

On Thursday, the Vigil of S. Thomas, A.D. 1246, the D. & C. appoint 
Bey [torn offi their proctor "ad impetrandum, contrudicendnm, et 
Jtidices eligendum in CuriS Boman&." 

NoIamuB tamen quod per literas istaa idiquem &ciat contractum, &c. 

Appeal of the Chapter against the Papal Delegates. M. 97 in don. 

Mem. On Saturday next before S. Laurence, A.D. 1244, after the 
hour of Vespers, and on the morning of the Monday following, the 
Chapter of Wells, iu full chapter, made appeal against any orders what- 
soever on the part of B. Prior of the Hospital of S. John, of North- 
ampton, and Master Thomas de Shereford, sub-delegates of the 
Priors of ChauDcumbe, and Wroxton, del^ates of the Pope, &c. ; 
" Maxime cum dictus Archidiaconus [no Archdu. has been mentioned 
before] ob causas manifestas et rationabiles ab eis appellaverit, quas 
ipsi, una cum exceptionibus snis legitimts, recusaverunt admittere, et 
juris ordine uon observato contra ipsum temere presumpsemnt 
procedere. Appellavit autem dictum capitulum ad dmn. Papam et 
ad tuitioDem appellationis sue ad dmn. Cantuar electum." 

Mem. That ou Tuesday the morrow of the Martyrdom of S. John 
Bapt., at about the hour of Vespers, a clerk William of North Curry 
byname, " uua cum scutifero," brought letteii from the Prior of North- 
ampton, and Master Thomas de Shereford to Wells, and laid them upon 
the High Altar. As soon as this was known the cunons and vicars 
met together in the Chapel of S. Mary and before they touched the 
letters with their hands, or looked at them, they made appeal in the 
presence of the messengers in the following form. 

The Chapter appeal for each and all [as in the last] inasmuch a W. de 
Button, Archu. d Wells, formerly made appeal solemn and public, 
against any command on the part of the papal delegates in a cause 
between himself and W. de Wells, for that the said commissaries had 
refiued to do him justice by quashing his exceptiones legitimas, and 
by not admitting his le^timate appeals [which the Chapter has in- 
spected and hold to be good], the Chapter appeal gainst being called 
upon to act against the said Archdn. by way of suspension, excom- 
munication, or interdiction, 

Mem. W, de Wells has been solemnly excommunicated by the 
ordinary for that he has shown very much contumacy in ringing the 
bells and lighting the candles, and this has been published in all 
churches in the Archdeaconry. His hardness of heart continues. Lest 
therefore the clerks of Wells should incur peril to their own souls by 
being compelled to associate with him, the Chapter appeal to the Pope 
gainst the interference of the said sub-delegates. 

Also that none of their own body, nor the Abbot of Glaston, nor any 
of hie, Dor any person whatsoever be compelled by the said sub-dele- 
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B KBt ia the Chapter, or to divine service in the Cathedral at Wells, 
or knowingly U> commnDicate with him. 

It appears that one Hubert, a clerk [but pait of the entr; hae been 
erased] has been exoommanicated for being present at the murder or 
manslaagbter of some one, as an accessory, the Chapter appeal against 
being coosidered an in any way involved in the scandal, or Against being 
compelled to admit him against their will. 

The Chapter being exempt from any sentence of excommunication 
pronounced by any save the Pope hitiiBelf " nisiez canB& raanifestA," ap- 
peal against a sentence pronounced agaiost them by the said sub- 

Another appeal on the gronnd that the said sub-delegates have mani- 
festly ucled ill^ally. 

Another appeal [very difficult to read]. It seems that the snb- 
delegates have given sentence in foivour of W, 

Letter of the sub-delegates addressed to the Chapter clerk. The 
litijration they say is between W. de Wells, Archdeacon of Wells, and 
William de Button who claims to be Archdeacon of Wells. The 
Chapter is summoned to appear before the sud sub-delegates in the 
Cathedral [Major Eoclesia] on the morrow of Exalt. S.Crucis [apparently' 
to hear the sentence, but the writing is verj indistinct and the page torn]. 

Given at Banbury on Saturday next before the Assumption, A.D. 

A short entry of three lines, very difficult to read. 

Mem. The Dean J. SarracenuB bad wished to obtain the firm of one 
of the Chapter properties, but it had been refused him by the Chapter 
solely on accoont of the power that he and his friends have at the 
Boman Court, otherwise it ought and it would be granted to him as it 
is to the Deans of other CaSiedrals. The names of those present are 

In Oct. S.S. Peter and Paul, A.D. 1247. 

Charter of P. the Dean and the C. of Wells. At the request 
of Bp. Josceline they have accepted, ad finnarium for life Ilditius 
nephew of John, Cardinal presbyter S. Praxidis bone memorie, Ticar 
of Cristemeleford, at a rent of 25 marcs, Ac. Sept. 19. Auno transla- 
tionis S. Thome Martyris, primo. 

Receipt by the D. & C. of two marcs from Walter Arcbdn. of Tanton 
tor the prebend of Master Hugo de Ac'u dei. A.D. 1245. 

On Wednesday next to the Assumption, A.D. 1246, before the 
Chapter (whose names are ^ven) William de Dynam is accused of forni- 
cation. If he sin again he is to lose his office of Vicar. 

W. de Cerde who was also accused, denied the charge. S. BartholO' 
mew's Day is appointed for him to appear before the Chapter and clear 
himself. He appeared, failed and conJessed his guilt. Sentence as 

A third case treated in the same way. 

Maritagiom of Johanna de la Slo of NorUi Curry granted by the 
D. A C. to her. March 24, A.D. 1247. 

A yearly audit ordered. A.D. 1248. 



Ad entry, much of it rubbed out, apparently the grant by tlie Chapter CiT^lS^ 
to Dean J. Sarranenus at hia request, and for the term oE hie holding HSS. 

tfae Deanery, of .... ad acolas . . ad Armam. A.D. 1251. 

Mem. On Friday next before S. George's Day, A.D. 1245, the *''■ "* * *""• 
Dean J. Sarracenua having rbtarned from Rome gave back to the 
Chapter the documents he had taken with him, viz., the letter of 
Pope Innocent IV., beginning " bone memorie." A letter of the ssue 
to the Convent of Bath upon the election of Bp. Soger. A letter of th<« 
wme to the King on the same subject. Another to the Clerka of the 
Ci^ and to the Clerks of the diocese. Another to the citizens 
of Bath. Another to the D. & C. of Wella. Two sets of letters 
npon the final decision wliich had been come lo. A letter of 
Cardinal Richard acknowledjring the receipt of £50 as a gift from 
the Chapter. Two sets of letters from the Merchants of Florence 
about a loan of 200 marca, which had not been raised, nnd the letters 
witiidrawD. The Chapter's letter upon that subject remains to be 
restored. Tlie letters of the Chapter by which they excommunicate the 
Abbot of Bee for not paying hie contributions. 10 sets of letters from 
the Chapter some procuratorial, and some to the Cardinals. 

Mem. About ihe time of the Feast of All Saints, A.D. 1250 or A.D. 
1251, W. de S. Quintin, Archdn. of Tonton, restored to the Chapter 
their Grange with that autumn's harvest in it, excepting the hay which 
he retained, on the condition that if the com were worth and conld be 
Bold for £i he shoold be free of rent for one year. If the corn sella for 
more than £4 he. shall have half the snrplas, if for less he will make 
good half the loss. 

Two letters [both crossed out] of credit given to W. de Button tor the 
purpose of loans for use at Rome. 

Mem. On Thursday next after S. Michael, A.D. 1245, H. the Sub- 
dean was sent to London bearing letters of credit for the n^otiation of 
ft loan of 700 marcs in the Roman Court ; and of a loan of 700 marca in 
London, if perchance he could effect one there- Also to treat with the 
merchants of Florence about a previoua loan, of which the proofs are in 
the New Temple, London. And also to treat about a question between 
the Chapter and Ilditius. 

Item. Other similar letters, one about the purchase of corn, another 
an account de amerciament is. 

These letters are returned to the Chapter by the Sub-dean when he 
came back from London. 

Receipt for all money due from W. prepositus of Cumbe. 

A very faint entry, seems to record the death of John faber on the 
night of Sunday, the morrow of the Birth of S. John, Bapt. A.D. 

An entry of two lines, very faint, A.D. 1245. Seems to record W- *'■ 
the payment of 10 shillings dn" Miloni, out of 30 dne to the King. 

Letter sent by J. de Kenesham to I^ndon, apparently in the matter of 
R difference with Bath. 

A long entry, very difficult to read, containing procuratorial letters 
(ibout the payment of sums of money, and the dispute with Ilditius, in 
which R. de Staviton and nuother canon of S. ^ul's are interme- 
diaries, &c. 

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Catb^ul Mem., that Robt. la Warre, derk, firmarius of Eston, received this 

MBS. letter from the Chapter, viz., that he holds the prebend of Eston, 

ad firmam from Bobt. de Mariaoo, Caoon of Welle, at 24 marca. 

Mem. that A.D. 1250, "contulit capitulnm obitum Magistri E. de 
Badestan Galfrido de Sutton." Two short entries verj difficult, and two 
fol. 99 in doM. Mem. on S. Bartholomew's Day, A.D. I2.i0. Contulit capitulum 
obitum of Lucas de Membury to Walchin, brother of B. le Tejnt, & 
Janck de Sutton, &c. 

On Sunday next afler S. Vincent contulit thesaurario et cuidam cum 
eo, obitum prepositi de Cambe; Petri de Bristol; and Willeek de 
Ham tone. 

G. de Totten appears in the Chaptei' on behidf of his vicar, but those 
present will not decide the caae because those members of the Chapter 
who de^t with it before are not present. 

A.D. 1250. Eobert de Evesham paid into the treasury 25 marcs. . 

Admissiou to office of a vicar. 

A question of homage and service, in the case of W. le Buteler. 

The two following entries very difficult. Apparently on the same 
subject as the lost. 

On Tuesday next after S. Martin, A.D. 1250, the D. & C. having 
found that Bp. W. de Button had given their Church of Congres- 
bury to his nephew William de Button, appealed to the Archbishop of 
Canterbury on the Wednesday following in a Chapter to which certain 
vicars (named), 24 in number, had been specially summoned. 

A similar appeal was made in the Ciiapter of Axebrigg by Adam de 
Gessich, Roger de Sapewick, W, de Purly. 

On Sunday, the Vigil S. Edmund the appeal is entered formally in the 

On the same day the Snb-dean, in the Church of Ham by Stoke, 
" evocatis omnibus kicis et clericis qui aderant," read the protest publicly 
in the presence of the Prior of the Hospital of S. John ; William Buth, 
and William Bussell. On S. Edmund's Day John de Cerd, vicai' at 
Wells, read the appeal at Congresbury in the presence of many pet^le 
(10 named) who have been specially summoned. 

A deputation sent to the Bishop at Crokely to humbly beg him to 
recall his act on Tuesday, S. Cecilia's Day. 

AJ>. 1257. Walter de Purley, a canon, accused of incontinence, 
agrees to absent himself for a year, and that the proceeds of bis prebend 
should go to the fabric, 
, The supplication to the Bishop continued. 

" Ad oautelam " they idso read the appeal before him. 

A similar entry. 



The Bishop is not willing to recall his act, but he maltes certain q^^^^ 
propoBols. The Chapter is c^ed together. HSS. 

Mem. That a csoon convicted of incontinence, was hanished from 
the Church and city from East«r to Michaelmas, is to lose bis portion of 
the daily distribution, pay a fine of 60 shiilinga to the master workman 
of the Cathedral, and will be fined still more heavily, and be deprived 
of bis canonry if he proves incoiri^ble. A.D. 1265. 

Another statement'of the Chapter about Congresbury. Upon which fol. loi' 
the Bp. is to be dted. Entrusted to Adam de Gessich. 

Citation issued by the official of the Archbp. of Canterbuiy on the 
petition of theD. AC. to the Bp. to appear at S. Maiy'a deArcnbus. W. 
de Button is also to appear. 

Given at Otteford on Sunday next after S. Andrew, A.D. I2il. 

Mem. that a duplicate was issued, one to the Eaid Adam at Crokel and 
the other to J. Fort and to the Succeutor, " ut per duos gratiores facerent 
ipsum citari." 

Another copy is sent to Bath and placed ou the High Altar. 

This citation arrived in Wells on Friday next after S. Nicholas. 

Propositions for 8 compromise made by the Chapter in answer to a 
letter irom the Bp. 

Protestation of .^IgidiuB Archdn. of Berkshire " quod pretextu electionis 
de ipso facte in decanum Wellen a jure et possessione Archid. sui Berke- 
(ire vel aliorum beneficiorum suorum non recedit nee recedere intendit. 
Si forsitau anctoritate sedis Apostolice dictum decanatum confbrri con- 
ti|erit vel de ipso aliter ordinari," he appeals to the Apostolic see 
against any deprivation of benefices, &c. which he now holds. 

Mannmissiou of W. Gyan. Gonf. fol. 62 in dors. 

The D. & C. on the presentation of Stephen do Tomaco, Canon of to\. loi in dor». 
Wells, of the Prebend of Withchirche, admit Will, son of Th. de Welyn ton 
(o the Church of Benhangre, saving to them an annual payment i^ 10 
minie of winnowed corn. 

Charter of W. de Tomaco, monk de parco jud, formeriy Dean of 
Lincoln concerning these miuEe. 

Inspex. by Bp. Josceline of a Charter of Dean Peter & the Cbc^ter, 
granting to R. Gy&rde certain tithes arising from S. Cuthberl's, and the 
White Monks, on an annual payment of 20 marcs. A.D. 1239. 

Boni&ce, Archbp. claims jurisdiction at LincoLa, sede vacante. 

Ihe Chapter, the Dean not present, confirm the will of Canon J, fol. 103. 
de Theynton, of which the ezors are his brother R. de Ohyclet, and J. de 
Hereford. A.D. 1254. 

E. de Cnoll, prebendary of Hengesti'eng, has bought the off going crops 
of the said prebend for 25 mu^ and states that the repairs required 
are worth 5 marcs, &c 

On the Vigil of the Assumption A.D. 1254, at the order of >£gidius de 
Bridport, then Dean of Wells, the Chapter seal was affixed to an Inspex 
& confirmation of a grant of land at Dundry in Chew Manor made by 
Bp. W. to John de Olveston. 

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Test. Tbom. de Anttevill; Ric. fil Hamonis; John Msuruward, 
Luca de Wnrri j Eio. de Bonville ; Hugh Womstrang ; Pet de Gurnay, 

PresentatJon of John de la Fota to the vicarage of S. Cuthberfs. 
A.D. 1266. 

Freaeiitatioa of Symon Qjas to (he vicarage of North Curry. AJ). 

I. Ratification by the D. & G. of the deposition of Roger de Ford, 
Abbot of GlastoD, at a viaitatiou held by Bp. W. in the Moaas- 
tAry, in the presence of John the Chancellor, Hugh tbe Treasurer, 
'Walter the Ajchdn. of TantoOj John the Subdean, Richard the Suc- 
centor, and Rich de Cranford, as representatives of the Chapter. 
Given at WeUa, Feb. 20. A.D. 1255. 
Printed in Adam de Domerham, Yol. I. p. 255. 

Mem. May IS"* A.D. 1256, the Chapter put forth the following lettern 
" pro n^^ocio decanatua suspense per B. de Nymph auctoritate Itterarmn 
dni pape." 

1", Canon N. de Cranford or Cranford appointed proctor for tie 
selection of judges in the Roman court. 

2^. The same N, and also J. de Cheyham, Canon of S. Faal'B London ; 
Gilbert de Sarr, rector of Westbury ; Walter de Lechldse, vicar at Wells, 
are appointed proctors in the same business. 

3"C The same are appointed to petition the Pope on behalf of the 
Chapter's right of free election in the matter of the D«ui lately suspended 
by the said B. de N. 

Presentation of Thomas Corbyn to the vicarage of Winscombe vacant 
by tbe death of John de Eaynesham, A.D. 1256. 

Edward de Cnoll elected I>ean in the place o£ .^gidins, elected and 
confirmed Bp. of Sarum. 

Notification to the Bp. on Tuesday next after tbe Feast Exalt. S, 
Cnicis, A.D. 1256. 

£. tlie Dean to the Chapter, advises that the house of the late Adam de 
Gessich be given by the Chapter to Ificholas de Walton who cannot 
reside in his own canonical house on account of its bad condition. 

Given at Wylton, before the Feast of S.S. Fabian and Sebastian, A.D. 

Mem. On the Feast of the Assumption A.D. 1252, tbe following 
letters were sent out by the Chapter. 

1. Manumission of John de la Sande, bis freedom has been bought 
from Dean J. Saracenus by Radulf de Chyu, Viear of Wells, with one 
bisant of gold. 

2. Inspex. of a grant of a virgate of land at Luteleston in Wedmoie- 
land, made by J. Sarracenus to Ric. de Benham. 

The Chapter seal affixed to the appointment of William le Bus de 
Berstall to be the Chapter's pi-octor in general business. A.D. 1256. 

Letting of the houses bequeathed by Walter the Chamberlain for the 
support of his obit. A.D. 1256. 

The Church of Weston appropriated to Bath Convent. 

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LiBpes. and confirmation by Edward the Dean & the C. of the appro- Wflm 
priation of the Churches of Portbury, Tykeham, Were, and Paulet, to "mS,"^ 
the Abbey of S, Augustine, Bristol, by Bp, William, after solemn and — 

(wefnl consultation with the Chapters of Bath and Wells. This is WLioamaoH. 
granted partly because the Abbey is situated upon the high way and 
therefore receives an unusual number of guests. A.D. 1257. 

William de Bus appointed proctor ag before. A.D. 1257. 

Charter of Alex. Hose, granting to the Church of St. Andrew, cer- 
tain houses which lie towards Torre, and which once belonged to Henry 

de- Tracy. 

Inspez. and conf. by the D. & C, of a grant of Bp.'s land in Chiu to 
Esginald la Weyte. A.D. 1259. 

Appropriation by Bp. W., after consultation with the Chapter, to fbl. 104. 
tlie Coavent of Bath, of the Church of Batheneeton, of which the 
kIfowsou had been given to them by Lady Matilda, of Batheneston, 
dnring her widowhood. A.D, 1258. 

John dictus frater, Vicar of Wells, the bearer of this commenda' 
tor; letter, on account of his want of learning, and in the hope that he 
can redeem this by study in the schools while he is still young, has 
resigned his office, with the permissioa of the Chapter. A.D. 1253. 

Peter tJie Dean's grant of the tithes of S. Cuthbert's, as in fol. 101 in 


The D. & C. quitcWm to John de Britford, vicar in the Cathedral foL 104 in Hon. 
of Sanim, a rent of 10 shillings, payable by Peter de Wylton, on a 
tenement in New Samm, formerly belonging to Adam de Gessich. 

Test. Oalf Hamelin, ballirus Sarum, Grilhert Chinne, then Mayor, Brian 
de Badeston, and John Spetiar, then Coronator, Peter de Montepossulaoo 
iai Roger de Stok, then prepositi, Nich de S. Quintin, Ellas Bucbe, 
Albia tanator, &c. 

Inspex. bythcD. &C. ofan agreement made by B p. .^gidius, between 
the John de Bucton, prepositus in the Church at Wells, and rector of 
Aasebur, in Sarum diocese, and Qalford de Ferington, Precentor of 
Chichester, and rector of Chiselden, concemine certain tithes, A.D, 

1259. : 

Inspex, and Conf. by the D. & C. of the grant of a pension of 10 marcs 
niade by Bp. W. to G. de S. Leophard, until such time as he can pro- 
vide him with a prebendal benefice. 

Given by the Bp. at Dogmersfeld, Sept. 26, A.D. 1260. 

An act of Chapter about the communa. ■ fol. los. 

Division used to be made per viginti ct sex septimanas ad minus. It 
is now ordered that an audit shall be held four times a year. The 
administrator shall always have 50 marce from the revenues of North 
Carry, ready for division among the reside ntiaries each year. Rents to 
be pud within 8 days of the 4 terms. Each tei-m to be 13 weeks. The 
Dean and principal canons to reside only 8, other canons G weeks and 4 
days ia each term. Non-residence partial or compkte in any one term 
may not be made up in another. The first term shall begin on the mor- 
cow of S, Michael and last until the Vigil of S. Silvester, both days in- 
cluded. The second shall end with the last day of March. The third 
with the last day of June, &c. 

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Given in the Chapter, present Edward the Dean ; Crilbert de Bjhom, 
Precencoi ; Jofaa Forti, Chancellar ; Hugh de Rumen, Xreaaurer ; John 
de Axebrnge, Subdeui; Bichsrd, Succeotor i Master John Udelja; 
John de Hereford ; Walter de Cns^nton ; Samuel de Mells ; Boger de 
Sapnwjke ; Robert de Marescis ; Richard de Haldelworth ; Robert 
Oifiard ; Nicholas de Wantum ; William de Pulton ; Adam de Worcester; 
Waller de Purly. March 5, A.D. 1259. 

Confirmatjon of the Charter of John de Button, prepodtns, granting to 
Walter de la Haya, Und at Cadgborjr. A.D. 1260. 

I. Charter of GaUnd le femr of Wells, granting to Walter de Ctdir 
cote, Vicar of Welle, " toism fabricam meam, . . cum selda parte 
boreali, et cum toto aolario^ &c." on the west side of the cemetery. 

Bathestoa Church appropriated. Oonf. foL 104. 

Mem. Gal&id de Fraule seeks for the restitution of a vicar's place 
formerly held hy him, but now by anallier. The Chapter promise hin 
one. A.D. 1262. 

Canon John Odeline, prebendary of Vatton, provides for an annual 
payment to himself and ius snccessors in the prebend, of three shillings, 
for which he gives to Peter the Prior of St. John's Hospital, Wells. 5 
marcs, raised upon a part of the park of the said prebend, which he 
had assarted. Augnst, A.D. 1260. 

Philip de Button in the month of January, A.D. 1260, obtained leave 
fi'om the D. & C. for the celebration of divine service in his chapel at 
Maulsberg ; John, the Vicar of S. Cnthbert's, assenting, on the condi- 
tion that all ofierings, his own, or his iamil/s, or those of other people, 
made at the four great Feasts, and those which he is bound to pay as a 
parishioner, shall go to the Mother Church of S. Cuthbert ; saving only 
one penny a day ror the Chaplain. For this privilege he is to pay 2 
shillings a year. 

Walter the Chamberlain's houses let. Conf. foL 103. 

Another similar letting of a house. 

I, Confirmation by the D. & C. of a grant made by Bp. William of a 
messuHge and ferdel of land, &c., in Chedder to Will. Malet, at a rent of 
3*. 8irf. 

Confii-roation by the D. £ C. oFa licence to elect their Prior given by 
Bp. William to the Convent of Bath. Given at Dogmerafeld, May 19, 
A.D. 1261, and confirmed on June 8 in the same year. 

Transcript of a charter of John, regis marescallns, granting to the 
Canons of S. Mary's, Bradenestoke, the Church of Cheddar. 

" Alia carta appamit per quam presentatns fait ad ecclm de Ceddre- 
hole Wills Giffitrd 61 Gilleb, regis marescal, qui erat admissus per Godefr. 
Epm. Bathon." 

Confirmation by D. £ 0. of a Confirmation by Bp. W., given at 
Dngmerafeld, July 15, A.D. 1260, of an act of Master Adam and the 
brothers and sisters of the Ho^ital of S. John, Bath, establishing a 
special service daily in memory of their bene&ctor, Canon Will, de Wet- 
hampsted, preposit. de Cumh., to be celebrided either in their chapel, or 
in the infirmary. 

Details at length. 

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Coufirtnation by the D. & C. of a grant made by John de Button, pre- niKUSir. 
poeitua, to Bio de Bagepath, of a mill at Sutoberd, £c A.D. 1260. hsb. 

Confirmation by the D. & C of an exchange of lands between Bp. f<^ 107 in Ian. 

William tind Dn> Matthew de Stratton. Cherlewode, Suedeston, Dcrfold, 

Westberaette, Plexham, Milehammes, Smalcdone, ore mentioned, and 
wreral details. A J>. 1262. 

Bishop ofW. to the ballivns of Wivelescombe. He is to give posses- 
BJon, in the presence ofwitnenes, to the D. & C. of 4 acres of lanil and 
Mx adrowBon of the Church of Stoke. 

The D. & C. quit claim to John de la Pole, Vicar of S. Cnthberta 
lulf s marc de annua pensione Altilagil Ecclesie predicte &k. A.D. 

Assignment of a CanMi'a House. 

A writ Quo Warranto agiunet the Bp. concerning Axbridge, Chedder* 
Wells, Kingsbury, Fncklechurch, Charde ; 40 ehilliiigs on Wythelegb 
Hundred, " nuum auetercum Joh' de Hampt" in Badgeworth ; courts 
h^ in the Hundreds of Yatton ; one third of Berton ; and " duarum 
Moguum " in Hampton and Clarertou ; two Sheriffs turns ; Retnma 
brevinm ; wrecks &c. A.D. 1280. 

The Bp. answers that Azebridge and Chedder were granted as a fee 
by the Crown to Hngh de Wells, Archdn of Wells at £20 per annum, 
snd diat the said Hugh, afterwards Bp. of Lincoln, granted Cheddar to 
Bp. Josceline, and that this was confirmed hy the King. The same 
Engh gi-anted Axebridgs to one Thomas Walensis, and he to one 
Maurice de Gannt, and he to Bp. Josceline. Wells in ancient dayn 
Vflg of the demesne of the Church, and afterwards King John granted 
that it should be a free borough. 

The answer is sufficient. 

Domesday Book is sufficient evidence that the Manors of Kingsbury, 
and Cerde were not rc^al demesnes ah antiquo. 

Pokeleschirche the Bp. received iVom tiie Abbey of Glastonbury by 
arrangement in the King's Court. 

As to the SO shillings or Whit«legh Hundred it stands on the same 
tooting OS Pokeleschirche. 

As to Austerciun due on the tenement of John de Hampton in Bag- fi>L 109. 
feworth, it is answered that that service haa always been among the 
^tpurtenancies of Axebridge and Cheddar. 

The answers as to the rest are all sufficient. 

All the Bp.'s Msjiors are here named. M. 109 in dors. 

As to felons goods the answer is sufficient. 

The D. Sc C. answer to a quo warranto concerning North Curry by 
prodDciug the charters of Kings Bichard and John, 

To one concerning the advowson of Congresbury by producing the fol. lio. 
Chsrters of John, and Henry HI. 

Charter of the Prior and Canons of Berliz by which they bind them- 
ulvea to pay 30 shillings a year to the D. & C., in consideration of the 
benefits received from Waiter de Lechlade, Sucfentor of Wells, wiio had 
bought (nomine exor" Radi de LoUnton) from the Abbess and Convent 
of Godstowe 5 ferUngs of land in our Manor of Morba for 35 marcs, but 
seeing that it would be very advaniageous to us had caused the land to 
he made over to us. Given on King Edward the Martyr's Day A.D 


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wnu A long docmueut, with conditions of distraint for nOQ>pa7ment ot the 

«^»5g»" above 30 shillings, &c. 

toLiioiadon Charter of John Hevekyog granting a bouse in Torr Looe to the 
' D. & C. 

Test. Philip de Wyk, miles; £ic de London; Thomas le ffrank; 
Bic 6s Dultingcote ; John de Garselode, &c. 

fol. 111. A cuion's house apud la Montorie grtmted to Walter Bamell, at 6 

shillings rent to be paid to the obits ot bis predecessor Lucas de 
Membury and Alice Bouebe, " cum evenerint." Edirard is Dean. Other 
canons are named. 

Bp. William to Andrew de Orimstede, his seneBchal and custodian of 
the Deanery during vacancy, by the Bp's. appointment. 

The Deanery is vacant per mortem magri Henrici Huse,.ultimi 
Decani. [But fol. 132 in dors. U. H. was Chancellor in A.D. I80I 
And Dean in 1302. Should it not be William Bumell 7] 

The D. & C. claim the right of custody during vacancy, and the Bp. 
allows the claim. Dec. 13, A.D. Ifi93. Given in London. 

fol. lllindott. Visitation of Archbp. Peckham. 

Confirms the Chapter in their rights and possessions, viz., The Manor 
of North Curry with the church ; and the Hundred ; and the land of 
Hacche and Wrentich, &c., granted to them by Kings Richard and 
John, and confirmed by Henry III. and BpB, Reginald, Savaric,, and 

The Manor of Wynescumb with its church, given by Bp. Josceline 
in angmentatjon of the commana, "in dotem ecclesie sue, in dedications 

The Church of Lovinton &c and one Hide of land there which 
measures 160 acres, &&, given by E* Kary. S* Cuthberf s Church in 
Wells, given and confirmed ad communam by Bps. Bobertand Joscelin^ 

The Church of Lydiard given and confirmed by Bps. Savaric and 
Josceline, ad communam. 

The Church of Congresbury given by Bp. Josceline ad communam. 

The Church of Mudiford and the Church of Ceddre, amilarly. 

100 shillings revenue from Carhampton Church, granted and con- 
firmed by Bps- Reginald and Savaric, the Prior and Convent of Ba^ 
and Symon Buzun, the patron. 
fol 113. 35 marcs revenue from Chiwton Church, on the appointment of Bp. 

Josceline with the consent of the Abbot and Convent of Jumieges, the 
patrons ; 40 shillings similariy from Stawey Church, with the consent 
of the Priory of Goldcliv^ who held the s^d church "in proprios 


60 shillings from Nony Church, given by Bp. Josceline. 

40 shillings Irom Kortbton sub Hamedon Ch. from Bp. J. with the 
consent of the patrons the Abbey of Greateyn. 

One half of Whitchurch Ch. in Sarum diocese from R' Bp, of Sarum, 
with the conaeat of the patron Bp. Josceline. 

2 shillings from Brumfeld Ch. in Tanton Archdeaconry. 

The custody and profits of vacant prebends in Wells, " preter ea que 
canonicum defunctum contingunt secundum antiquum ejusdem eccl^ie 
cbnsuetudinem, que habeut ex concess. Robti quondam Epi." 

Two thirds of the sequestrations of vacant benefices throughout the 
diocese, granted by Bps. Reginald and Josceline. 

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The barton for their comronna in Wella, given bj Bp. B«g[nald, y»m 
wring a rent of 12 pence to the Ardin. of Wells. "*^^" 

Also that all their properties and men are free de omnibns mnrdris ^ 
&e. qoe ad regem &c. pertinere debent, by the grant of Bp. Josceline. 

Also the power of pronouncing a sentence of excommunication and 
interdict upon all who invade their rights idthout the authority of the 
Bp. given by Bp. Savaric. 

40 shillingg a year payable by the Priory of Briwton on their churches 
of Banewell and Westbury, for tJie support of a wax light to born 
before the High Altar, given by the said Priory. 

3 candles, 1 of 3 lbs, the others <k 2 lbs. weight, to hum before the 
High Altar on the Yigil of 8. Andrew charged on die land of Rndulf de 
Htfere of Dultingcote, and given by Bp. Robert " in dedicationem reterie 

Also 10 marca a year from the Ch. of Chyu, and 20 more from the 
prepositura of Curob, for the solemn eerrice of ^e Blessed Virgin " cum 
omnibns boris singulis diebus in ecdesia Wellen celebrandis." 

And 10 marcs from the same prepoaitura for a similar daily service 
for the departed. 

Details of assignment of houses, and of smaller rents and bequests foLlllindoM. 
■Hotted to various services in the CathedraL 

Given at Mortehik, Oct. 17, A.D. 1281. 

Marginal note. " Salv& dignitate metropolitic4, non vero episcopal!." 

Printed in " Wells Cathedral " by H. E. Reynolds. 

Inspex. and Conf. by Thomas the Dean & the C. of Wells, of foL 118. 
the Charter of Robert, Bp. of B. & W. giving his confirmation to the 
aanexation of the Chapel of Radene, B. & W. diocese, by Godefirid 
Giffard Bp. of Worcester the patron of it jure hereditario, to the Church 
of Boyton, in Sarum diocese ; which the same patron has given for 
the support of 4 chaplains who are to pray for the Universal Church, 
the futhful departed, the King and Queen, and their children, and the 
vhole realm. 

Given in London Nov. 25<i> A.P. 1289, and confirmed by the D. & C. 
Dec. ll"* in the same year. 

The right of Excommunication given to the Chapter as on fd. 28. fo^ "> in dors. 

Charter of Josceline Bp. of Bath and Glaston concerning the election 
of a Dean. 

Leave to elect must be songht from the Bp. and the elected person 
mnst come to him for confirmation. 

There have been two elections during hia time (diebus nostris) con- 
dinted in this manner. 

Given at Bath on S. Basilius Day. Pont, nostri !!"■ Anno. A.D. 

Letter of Bp. Soger, grants tbe cnatody of the Deanery when vacant f<^ US. 
to the Chapter. 

Given at Banewell A.D. 1246, in May. 

Confirmation of tbe last by Thomas the Prior of Bath. A.D. 1246. 

Grant by Thomas de Button, Dean of Wells, and the C. of a " selda 
qnam Augustin sutor quondam tenuit " in Wells to Walter de la Roche at 
a rent of 4 shillings a year, " ad obitum Walteri Hubard cum evenerit ;" 
and 2 shillings for entry. A.D. 1289. All this entry crossed out. 

Inspex. and Conf, by King Edward of a Charter of Claricia ^iorees fol. US m don. 
of ETiigton & to Robert Bnmell Bp. of B. & W., granting all their 

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WiLM lands in Wert Coapton, Aldeworth, Hodieoto wid Newenham in Berks 

'Saf** and Oxon &c., the Hundred of Compton in Berka, nnd the patronage of 

— the Chapel of Hodicote in the parish of Westchildesl, &c. Test. Will. 

de Mortuo Mm! ; Hie de Coleshulle ; Heor. de Shofeabrok ; Roland de 

Gyiee ; Thom. de Aimera ; Joh. de S'Elena ; Rio. de Pesye ; knights, &e. 

Teet. J. Archbp. of York ; A. Bp. of Dnrham, and W. Bp. of Ely ; 

Edmund our brother ; Will de Walenc, our uncle ; John de Warenne, 

Earl of Surrey ; Henr, de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln ; R<^r Bygod, 

Earl of Norfolk, and Marshall of England ; Robt Tybotot; Walter de 

Bello Campoj Peter de Cbamnpnent, &c. 

Given at Northampton Jnne 4*''. A.D. 1291. 

fcl, 116. Charter of Edward to Robert Bp. of B. & W. 

Grant of a market at Lydiard on every Monday, and a fair for 6 days 
beginning with the Vigil of the Annunciation. 

Teet, the Aichbp and Bps. Edmund, Will de Talence ; as tibove, and 

Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hereford ; Kenr. de Lasey ,- 
R. le Bygod; Robt Tybotot; Hugh le DespeuBer; Walter de bello 
Campo ; Gyudon Feire ; Bic. de Bosco ; Ehas de UamuU, &e. 

Given at Northampton June 7*^ A.D. !291. 

Mem. Bond of the Prior &o. of Worspinng to pay certain aumB to the 
D, & C> for the obit of B. Lofunton. 

fol. lieindon. Acknowledgment by the D. & 0. of the receipt of the following booka 
from S. Dean of Sarum on August 24"' A.D. 1291. Hugh de Sacra- 
mentis ; the Books of Bede de temporibus ; " quos quidem libroa, idem 
Mas^tit. S. aliquando precario acceperat per literatoriam cautionem que 

Waltero de Merleberge clerico fuerat dicto Magr" S. 

per eundem deferenda. 

The D. & C. receive from him also at the same time the following 
books, as a legacy from John diclus ffortis, formerly ChanceUor of 
Wells. Augustine de Civitate Dei, in one volnme. Hie Epiatles in 
another volume. Libnim Damaeceni et Speculum Gregoril, cum mulds 
aliis libris Augustini in tertio volumine comprehensis. 

W. de Cherleton's bouse assigned to Th. Archd of Bath. 

Robert the Prior of Staverdale &c. Ordinis S. Yictoris, will pay 30 
shillings a year to John de Azebrigge, Subdean of Wells, their bene- 
factor, for his life, and after bis death to the D. & C. for masses at the 
Allar of S. Mary Magdalene on behalf of the sonl of the said John, Ac 

He bad given them 40 marcs to buy one virgate of land cum per- 
tinentiis, at Churchelesham in the parish of Wyncanton, the property of 
Nicholas de Stanhuse. 

Details of steps for enforcing payment of the above. 

Given July 20, A.D. 1263. 

Brother John de Trubrugg, Master of the House of S. Mark de Byl- 
leswyk near Bristol, and the brethren, acknowledge the receipt of SO 
marcs from the D. & C. of Wells. 

In return they establish a chantry in the CathednJ of 63 shillings 
and 4 pence on behalf of the soul of Canon John de Hereford, deceased, 
from whose goods the said 90 marcs was derived, 
fol. ll7indon. Details of steps for enforcing payment, &c 

Sealed by the Bps- of B. & W. and Worcester, and by themselves. 

Given on Friday next after S. Jamw Ap. A.D. 1272. 



A simil&r charter of John the Prior & of WorBpring, Ordinia S. Tictoris. viiua 

Inratorn for many benefits received during iifefrom William deWicham- ^^^^^^^^ 

Blede, prepositua of Oumbe, and Alex, de Bamfeld, Canon of Wells, and -^ 

for a bequest of 100 marcs, they found a chantry of 63 shillings and 4 "*■ 
pence, in the cathedral on behalf of the souls of their benefactors, &c. 

Details as ia the last. They promise to observe the obit in their own m, its in ion. 
bouse also. 
Given m their Chapter Aug. 16, A.D. 1266. 

The Manor and Church of Winscombe let ad finnam by the Chapter 
to Dean William Bamell for 110 marcs. "Premiasft polsatione csmpaoe 
ptout moris est ad capltulum congregandum." The Dean had at the 
request of the Chapter given up the firm of their O^range in WoUb, &c. 

Given CD Wednesday next after the Translation of S. Andrew. A.D. 


Dispensation from residence granted to Th. de Luggore, the Chan- fol, 119. 
cellor of Wells, for 3 weeks, that be Oiay attend the King's Court on 
busincHs connected with his office, and the Church of Wells. 

Given on Ascension Day AJ). 1310. 

On the same day it was ordered by the D, & C. " quod capiatar de 
maeremio de Wynescumb," under the eye of the woodman, " ad organa 

Mem. That on Monday in the Feast of S. Valentin, A.D. 1^11, the 
Chapter determine that no episcopal grant of houses, lands, &c. he 
confirmed by them save only for the life of the grantee and his wife. ■ 

Question about the rights of the parson of Lydiard. 

Complaint had been made to the Bp. when at L. oh Thursday the 
Tlgi! of S. Lambert, anno regis E. 10°, that the parson ran too many 
oxen with the Bp's. herd. 

John de Clyvedon the Bp's. Seneschall calls a jury of 12 men of the 
Manor [named] to give evidence on oath, who prove that the parson 
should have 8 oxen to feed with the Bp's. 

Extract from Bp. Dr<&ensford Better, fol. 26. 

"De tesidentia dignitatnm et aliomm canon**." 

The order of the presbyters in one ancient ordinary vras The Deanery j 
theCantuaria; the Oancellaria ; Thesanraria; in another there is added 
Subdecanatus and Snccentor, residentes sint assidue in eccl* Wellen, 
remota omni excusatioais specie nisi necessaria, &c." 

Inastatste of Bp. JoeceJine it is ordered that all canons who have 
leuded per medium aoni sive continue sive inter pollatim, and those 
vhom we call re^dents, viz. the Dean, Precentor, Chancellor, Treasure, 
if they have resided two thirds of the year " sivo continue, &o." shall 
participate in the residue of the communa. These 4 must be sacerdotes. 

Given m the Chapter May 7. A.D. 1313. 

Bad, de Windelzore Canon and Prebendary, inducted into possession fol. lI9indorB. 
of Wedmore, the fourth portion, by his procto5 Nich. Burnel, clerk. 
On the morrow of S.S. Peter & Paul A.D. 1313. 

Acknowledgement by John the Dean & the C. of the receipt of 100 
iDsrcs from Lord Thomas de Berkelee, Master Antonio de Bradenye, 
and Richard de Kodenye, exors. c£ the will of William de Marchia, Bp. 
of B. & W. to he held for safe custody, " usque ad geuerale passagium 



ad temtm sJuctaiii proz. fadeodiini qnas l^avit Ep" in subsidiiun 
terne saDctee." 
At WellB, Sept. 7*. A. D. 1311. 

Extract from Drokensford'a Begieter, fol. 37. 

The above 100 marcs borrowed by Bp. John until Easter. 

Given in London. Sept. IS**". A.D. 1311. 

Acknowledgment bj the D. & C. as collectors decime sexeonaliB, 
ordered by Pope Clement in auxilium terrte sancta for the diocese of 
the receipt of £200 from their sub-collectors, Robert de Haselechawe 
prepositos of Wells, and Canon William de Lauton, &c. 

Given in the Chapter May 3. A.D. 13 U. Names of the Chapter 

Similar letter from the Bp. 

Letter in French from Thomas de Berkelee to John de &odelee, Dean 
of W. and the Chapter. , 

About the 100 marcs legacy above. It is to be sent to London, 

luspex and C6nf. by the D. &C.of& grant made by Bp. John to 
William de U Ford, Canon of Wells, of a messuage at Yation and half 
a virgate of laud, &c. A.D. 1314. 

Similar Inspex. and Couf. c£ a grant by Thomas de Goi^es, the Pre- 
centor, to Bad. de Stodlegh, of land and a messuage at Pulton. 
Boundaries given, A.D. 1313. 

Acknowledgement by the D. & C. of the receipt from Henry rector 
of Burham of £8 lOa. in part payment of a pension of £10 given to the 
D. & C. by Bp. Walter. 

He has paid 10 shillings to Uie Abbey of Glaston as the tithe of this 
for the Holy Land. 

A similar receipt for the year A.B. 1313 of £9. £l has been paid 
to ibe King as a tenth for the defence of the church, and the repulse 
of the Scots. Sept. 29, 

>. Lease for their lives to William le Veyl, Dionisia his wif^ and 
Thomas their eldest son, of land at Gildenehurate, and Wotton. 

Symon de Cherde, admitted a Vicar, and also John de Boroford, 
A.D. 1319. 

Valuation &c. of repairs needed in the Canons houses, and statement 
of their condition. 

Admission and oath of Adam de Sntton, a Vicar of Wells. 

Mem. A procession to the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin. As on 
fol, 4 in dors. 

Inspex. by the D. & C. of a settlement made between Bp. William, 
and the Lady Johanna de Vynona Lady of Chiweton, about their 
boundaries on Menedep, in the presence of Peter de Insula, Canon of 
Wells, the Bp's. official, and Andrew de Grymstede his Seneschal, 
and Henry de Somery the Lady's Seneschal, and Walter Tonere her 

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commenflalis, oq Sunday next after the Nativity of the Blesfled Virgin c^'^Jl^ 
A.D. 1295. M89. 

The boundaries. From Soaiappeldoreatok to Selverputte : thence 
id forcas, &c. And from Sourapperdorestok westward to the ffajrre- 
wtH, thence to Bocfolde to Sugheberewee, thence to Stondenestones to 
Gretehole-Weberewea, thence to Scholdeputtes, thence to Oldedyche 
by the croft of Rad. de la Pole of Pridie. 

Test. Gsl&id de Stawetl, Richard de Cumebergh, Richard de Rypariis, foL 121 in dors. 
Bartholomew? Peytenyo, knight; William de Welyngton, Henry de 
Ponte, Canons ; John de Fraxino de Stonyeston ; Adam Canon ; Richard 
de EynemerBdon, &c. 

A.D. 1296. 

Monition to W. de Winton, Robert de Avobnry and William le 
Joiner, " qnia nod habent vocem multum delectabilem apponant diligen- 
liam im^ annum ad faciendam psalterium, et cetera spectantia ad 
eervifium ecclesie, sub pena statuti.'' 

On the same day Jolm Mayle, Ric. de Chapmanslade ; Maurice . . ; 
Itobert de Childingfold ; Gilbert de Welwe, and Master John de Gon- 
gresbury, and Richard de Mora receive the same order, " quia non 
babent vocem placabilem." 

May 29. A.D. 1298. 

Installation of William do Molendinis as Archn, of Tanton, and Canon 
ofWeib. Dec. 16*, A.D. 1298. 

A vicar's, William de Bath, stipend snapended until he pays a fine of fol. 1 22. 
£12 5s. vhich has been laid upon him. The master of the fabric is 
prosecutor. A.D. 1298. 

The same day Stokgomer and Lydiard are let; the prebend of 
WyveloBcumb is sold to H. Huse for 20 marcs, and the succentor is pro- 
mised the first vacant firm of the same value as Lydiard. 

Gilbert de Molendino installed Archdn. of Tanton, on the 16"' Dec. 
u above. 
Eight iastaUations to prebends, and one deprivation of a vicar. 

A.D. 1308. Hugulin son of Francis de Iteramia collated to Gump- 
ton prebend by Boniface viii. 

Confirmation by the D. & C. of the grant by Bp. Walter of one £>!. 189 in dors, 
portion of the Church of Backwell to the Hospital of S. John, at 
Bristol, on account of their great poverty. Thomas atte Wynel, the 
rector, consents, and the Bp. has taken council with the Chapters of 
Bath Mid Wells, " sicut decuit." A.D. 1306. 

Confirmation by the D. & C. of a grant by John de Godelee the Dean, j^j_ jgj 
of laDds and a messuage to Richard de Rodenye, and Lucia liis wife and 
their heirs, in Merke pariah, at Merklia and Rodenye, formerly held by 
William de Rodenye. 

Test. Baldwin de Contevile ; John le Hamptone ; Philip le Ireys ; 
Nicholas de Modesiegh, &c. A J). ]307. 

Confirmation by the D. & C. of the grant by Bp. Walter de Hasel- 
ahaw of the bedeUaria of Wioteratoke Hundred, to Richard de Rodenye. ^°^- '28 in dors, 
AJ). 1307. 

Leave of abaecce to the Dean John de Godelee to attend to Chapter foL 1S4. 
hosinegg in London. A.D. 1308. 

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Vblu a diepnte A.D. 1362 betw^een John Lombwrd, rector imd prebendary 

^^S!"" of Est Harptree, and John Deneroae lord of Est Harptree, and certain 

— tenants, abont certain pieces of land. A jury, on oath, give decision in 

favonr of the rector. 

fol. 124 in doH. Thomas Gontej, and earlier Thomas ap Adam, bod been lords of Est 


foL ISS. A dispute between two of the vicars aboat monies is settled by the D. 

& C> Part of this entry is concerning the payment of the one-ten^ 
oF prebends given by the D. & 0. to the fabric. A J>. 1295. 

A similar question about the sum of one marc payable by Backlaod 
prebend to the &bric. 

fbl.iaSiodoTB. The manor of Wyneacumb like that of N<h^ Curiy to be applied to 
the use of the residentiaries. A.D. 1295. 

Fonr Anscultatores appointed for certain vicars, named, 20 in number, 
each to receive from each one of hia scholars tiro shillings for one year's 

foL 13S, Correctiones. A.D. 1297. A vicar accused of incontinQnce promises 

to avoid all suspected places. 


Ticars ordered to dwell not less than two in one honse. They are 
also warned to attend to their teachers sub pena statuci. 

It is also ordered that the great door of the Church nnder the Cam- 
panile towards the cloister be kept shut day and night, except when it 
has to be opened for a procession or other necessary reason. 

That the two doors de la Karole on either side of the choir be shut at 
night ;. but that the one on the library side be open from the first stroke 
of matins until at the third Birlking the door of the choir is opened. 
That the said door be always closed by day" propter concultationem lib- 
rorum eccleae que fit per eztraneos," and that ^e laymen may be pre- 
vented from hearing the secrets of the Chapter. That after the Gloria 
' Patri of the first psalm the door of the choir be shut during Matins, 

foLlseindon. A question about the Precentor's house. A.D. 1296. 

A list of II obits (that of Peter de Insula, Jan"? 24''', A.D. 1302), 
with several names against each, probably those of the vicars appointed 
to each service. 

Mem. Leave of absence to Dean John, upon the business of the 
election " domini/' and of Bumham pension, &c. Given on Friday next 
after S. Dionysius. A.D. 1309. 

fol. 1S7. Promise by the D. A C. of the next vacant firm to G. W. Blibergh, 

a resident canon. AJ>. 1311. 

Confirmation by Bp. William of the appropriation of Cilteme to 
Bruton Priory, by the patron by private right, Thomas de Button, for- 
merly Dean of Wells, now Bp. of Exon ; and of the establishment of a 
cantaria in Wells Cathedral for himself, for Joiin the late pr^csitus of 
Wells, his brother (geimanus), and for Nicholas, formerly the Treasurer. 
The Bector of Cilteme, Galfiid de Lucy, gives his consent. The pat- 
ronage of the Ticarage is to be with the Priory. The appropriation (as 
alwaya) is to take place only on the decease or cession of the rector. 



The Priory is to pay 12 marcs annoally to the D. £ C, of wbich -weub 
5 marcB goes to the chaplain, and 3». id. for the ornaments Ac. of the ^^^^^ 
aaid chantry. 46 Bhillings to be divided among the canons and — ^-i 

Ticars present in the chou- on the morrow of S.S. Simon and Jude, ^^ ^'^ "» ^'■■ 
during the life of the said Bp. and afterwards on his anniversary. 12 
pence to the sacrist for ringing the bell on that day. 40 shillings to the 
^ric. 2 shillings to the .drchdn. of Wells as compensation for the 
thud part of the seqnestration of the said Church of CSlteme. 12 pence 
to the Gommunarius for his labour in making the distribution, &c. 

Given at Woky, AprU 30, A.D. 1301. 

The Friory being on the high road is overbardened with the number 
of people seeking hospitality and is therefore very poor. 

The firm of South Barrow Church let to Fhilip de Odiham, the tbt 128. 
vicar, for 5 marcs a year. The D. & C. allow him 5 marcs for the 
first year for the building of a grange, and the repair of the houses of 
Ibe Church. Afterwards the vicar must keep them in rep^ himself, 
March 16, A.D. 1298. 

The Will of Lucia Lundregs wife of Nicholas, dated Tuesday next 
after S. Valentine, A.D. 1298. To be buried in 8. Cuthhert's cemetery. 
Legacies to S. Cuthbert's and to the Cathedral for obits. She gives 
nnnm plumbum to S. Cuthbert's and 5 sheep for the supply of one wax 
caudle, before the image of the virgin in the Cathedral near the altar of 
the Saviour. To Nicholas her husband she leaves unum ferroactum 
Bureum, et nnam zonam de serico auro textam, hemesiatam wgento. 

To the image beate Marie in capella retro magnum altare in the fol. ISSindon. 
Cathedral, unum Eeverchef de serico, value 6s. To my sister Margaret 
Duam sapertnnicam de blueto de yprea, et unum capucin de scorleto 
penulatum minute, vario. A great number of simitar small bequests 
we given in detail, e.g. a capucia de gandegeme, a rochet, a mappa, 
and a manutergium. A ciphum de mazer cum XU capitibus in eodem 
fixis. A cochlear argenti. To her servant Sue a firmaculum argenti 
et unum tapetnm. JE*roved in the presence of W. the Dean, on S.S. 
Ferpetna and Felicitas Day. A J). 1298. 

Nicholas dictus le Frest, a dtizen of Welle^ husband of the abov^ ibL 129. 
named Lucia, adds to her bequest of Ss. 8d. for obits, id, 

Mem. All crossed out. An arrangement made for the payment of a 
debt of :£10 8s. Off. to the Chapter by Thomas de Benhanger, by yearly 
mstalments of 51. 6s. 8d. 

Statement by Bobert Archbp. of Canterbury of the case between the fol. 129 in dors. 
Bps. of B, W. and the Abbey of Glaston and the final concord, 

Bp. Savaric had petitioned King Richard that the Bps. of Bath might 
have the patronage of the Abbey, and that they might be intermediaries 
between the Crown and the Abbey in temporalities. This had given 
ri«e to much dispute and injury to both the Bps. and the Abbey. 

The monks now, on the decease of Abbot Robert, have sought for 
permission to elect, and for confirmation after the election of John de 
Tsnton, &om the King as patron, and have entirely passed by the Bp's. 
rights. An agreement has been come to by the contending parties. 

The Abbey gives up to the Bp. the Manor of Fokeleschyrch, Wynes- 
comb, Blakeford, Cranemere, &c. The advowson of Ayschebury in 
Berkshire, Kinghm, and Cristemeleford, in Wilts, Bochind in Dorset, 
Comelarton, with a knight's fee there { saving certain pensions to the 



Vbiu The Abbej to retain the Manors of Asseburj' in Berkshire, Badde- 

'""iMfl"** bury, Kyngton, Criatemeleford in Wilts, Bocland in Dorset, Mere 

— " with its church in Somerset. The Bp, to remit a payment of £11 5s. a 

to\. ISO. , year payable by the Abbey on the Hundred of Wystan and Wytelegh, 

and the moiety of alt fines for murders, &c. &c. paid on the Abb^ lands, 

Ac Ac. April, A.D. 1275. 

fol. isoin doTS. The Bp. yields the patronage of the Abbey to the King in exchange 

for the city of Bath, 
fol. 131 -^'^ these arrangements are made with the consent of the aeTeral 

chapters. April A.D. 1275. 
Printed in Adam de Domerham, Vol. I., p. 261. 

fol. ISlindon. Mem. That deeds relating to the churcbes of Bath and Wells, to 
North Cuiry, Wynescumb, St. Cuthbert's, Congresbury, Lovington, 
Modiford, were delivered to Edward the Dean t« be carried to London, 
at the command of the Archbp,, on Saturday next before S. Michael 
A.D. 1281, and were brought back by him on S.S. Crispin and 
Crispenna's Day. 

Leave of absence to the Dean for Chapter business. 

Presentation to the vicarage of Modiford vacant by the cession of 
Will de Bremesgrove, of John de Aumbresleie, by Canon Bobt. de 
Gloucester. Sept. 4, A.D. 1311. 

fill. 13S. Lydiard let ad firmam for 35 marcs to Canon Antonio de Bradeny. 

Dec. 1, A.D. 1304. 

Stok^;ummer let for iO marcs to Canon Ric de Flumstok. 
A J>. 1304. 

The Grange at Wella let for 100 marcs to the Arehd. Th, de Cherleton. 
A.D. 1305. 

The first vacant firm promised to Master Jordan de Insula. April 6, 
A.D. 1305. 

The £40 payable to the King for the church of Bumham is deposited 
"in quodam fortario viridi." A.D. 1306. 

On the same day the bond of J. the Dean for £233 6f. Sd. was 
deposited in the same strong box. 

Receipt given by the D. & C. for the 100 marcs left by Bp. W. de 
Marchia for the Holy Land. As before. 

foL 18S in doTs. The Grange let to Archdn. of Wells, Peter de Insula, for 110 marcs 
for so long as he is a canon. Ten marcs of this is to depend on the 
pleasure of the Chapter and may be remitted. A.D. 1300. April IS. 

Congresbury Church let for 70 marcs to Th, de Cherleton, at same 

Whitchurch, Dorset, let to Th. de Lugovere for 30 marcs, 

Lovington and Modiford let to Henry Hnse, the Chancellor, for 35 
marcs. A.D. 1301. 

Lydiard let for 35 mares to Peter de Avebury, Archdn. of Tanton as 
long as be is a canon. The same year. 

Cheddar with the pension of the vicarage, let to William de 
Cherleton, snccentor for 42 mares, A.D. 1301. 

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Stogomberto I&c de WTUton, Subdeon for 40 marcs. A.D. 1302. Vwuu 


The next vacant fiim promised to Anthonv de Bradenye. A.D. — 


The Grange in Welle, let to the Dean, H. Huse. A.D. 1302. 

Lovington, and Modiford let to Bobt. de Gloucester for 35 marcs. 
A.D. 1302. 

Begietrum Caacellarii Thome de Bedford. A.D, 1370, fol. 133. 

Procuratorial letters to Peter de la Burghe to act for the Chapter at 

Appeal against the Bp. to Borne about Hamton Church. Conf. Beg, 
Drok. fol. 100, 101. 

The Chapter undertake at the Bp's. order tlie collection of tenths 
for the King. 

Litterae credenti» to the Bp, fol. 138 in don. 

Z^ttem credentife et supplicalorue to Gilbert de Middelton Canon of 
Wells, and official of Canterbury, as to a difficulty which has arisen 
ftbont the appropriation of Hampton Ch. to the Monastery of Bath. 

Confirmation by the D. & C. of a confirmation made by Canon W. de 
Cherleton, firmarius of Ceddi-e Church of a grant made by a formei- 
firmariua to the grant«e for life. 

Test. John de Clyredon, Matthew de Clyvedon, Richard de Bodenye, 
knighta. John de Hampton ; Philip le Yreya ; Soger de Hanam ; 
William de Aula. A.D. 1316. 

Littene credentiie to John de Boffa, professor of canon and civil law, fol. lU. 
cancemiug Hampton Church, which (with some very strong language) 
the D. & C. compltun has been appropriated by the Monastery of Bath 
though it is in the patronage of the Bp. 

Another form of same. 

The Dean John de Godelee, John Martel, and Hugh de Penser 
appointed to negociate with the monks of Bath on this business. A.D. 

Littene credenliEe to Roger Bp. of Sarum on behalf of Canon 
Willitun de Laut^ne who comes, to explain about the Sexanualis tenth 
collected for the King. March 15. 

Congresbnry Church let to the Dean. 
Bydesham to the Subdean. Both A.D. 1316. 

Nicholas de Bath, clerk, appointed by Canon John de Bmetonc, the 
Chapter's proctor in legal matters, to act for him when he is absent on 
Chapter business. 

Sealed by the said K. and also, inasmuch as his seal is unknown foi, iss. 
to many, by the Archhp. of Canterbury, " ad rogatum meum persona- 
leni, filo medio per medium colationis preienti est apposhum." 

Given at Lamehuth, March 21, A.D. 1316. 

The D. & C. withdrew from all pi-oceeding in the matter of Hampton. 
April 9, AJ). 1317. 



Cii^MiL Inspex. and Conf. by the D. & C. of the appropriation of HMBpt4Mi 
M88. to the monastery of Bath made by Bp. Walter, on account of their great 

poverty and their difficulties on account of the exactioss "que im- 
poDuntur viris eccleaiastics hiia diebus." 
ftd. 185 in dors. Given at Woky May 1, A.D. 1308. Confirmed on May 2. 

Pension of lOOahillingB granted by Bp. John to Roger de Suttoti 
for life. 

Given at Chywe, April 8, A.D. 1317. 

The Monastery of Bath withdraw all proceediogB in the Euit ahout 

Confirmation of a pension of 10 m&rcB given by Bp. John to Ricbard 
.deBodeuye son of Richard de Rodenye, until such time as he is provided 
with a prebend. 

Given at Woky, July 9, A.D. 1319. Confinned Aug. 14. 

fol. 136. Withdrawal of proceedings about Hampton. A.D. 1317. April 8. 

Mem. Adam de Horleton is accepted per mandatutn apoEtolicum for the 
first vacant dignity which he will accept, and the first vacant prebend. 
April 2, A.D. 1817. 

Similarly Hugo Ricbard. April 14, A.D. 1317. 

Walter de Hull appointed proctor in legal matters. A.D. 1317. 

Gilbert de Bruera accepted as above. June 5, A.D. 1317. 

Similarly Roger de Northbnig. June 8, A.D. 1317. 

fol. ise in dors. John de Bogle appointed proctor in legal matters. Jane 15, A.D. 

An agreement made between the D. & C. and William de Eos acting 
for John de Ros, as to certain grants made by order of Pope Clement in 
Wells Cathedral. June 18, A.D. 1317. 

ibi. 137. John de Middelton and John de Hampton, clerks appointed by the 

D. & C. to be their proctors " in curia Bomana vel ubicunque sedem 
apostolicam tunc esse contigerit." Feb. 8, AJ>. 1316. 

Another similar deed of appointment. 

A canon is not to receive the fruits of any vacant vicarage " quod 
qui hahet emolumentum babeat et onus'." 

fol. 137 in don. PFOcnratorial letter to J. de M, and J. de H. as above. Jan. 31, 
A.D. 1316. 

The D. £, C. to the Bp. Recite a letter which they have received 
from the Bp. to this effect. The Bp. has received a letter from the 
King sub privato sigillo ordering the collection of the money agreed 
upon in the Parliament at Lincoln. He sends this letter by the hands 
of John de Clyvedon, seneschal, Richard de fioi'd, and John de 
Womberg notary, who were present at that Parliament. 

Given at Banewell, April 17, A.D. 1316. 

fol. 138. They answer that they will appear by their proctors in the Parliament 

now sitting in London, and act in the same way as the others who sre 



A.D. 1316. 

The D. & C. to John Bp. of EI7 and the King's Treasurer. 

They received on ' Sept. 21 by the hand of Qregor; Blaunk de But-- 
degaliis a royal letter as follows. 

The tenths granted to the king by the clergy of vhich the D. & C. are 
the collectors in the dioceee of B. & W., are to be paid forthwith to 
Stephen de Abendon, pincema, £100 is flowed for expenses. They 
are tovrite at once to the Treasurer and inform him how they intend 
lo proceed. 

The Bp. is the chief collector. 

Note at the foot of fol. 137 in dors, concenaing Congresbnry Chnreh 


Appointment of N'ioholas de Bath to be the Chapter proctor in legal 
mutera. A.D. 1319. 

Presentation by the D. £ C ef Robert de Cotes to the vicarage of idL 188 in ion. 
Ceddre. Dec. 19, A.D. 1317. 

John de OrIel«n, Canon c^ Wells, appoints three proctors to attend to 
hie interests in the cauoniy and prebend he holds by the iavour of the 
Apostolic See which Adam, Bp. of Hereford, formerly a canon of Wells, 
it (he time of his promotion obtained for the Church of Hereford. 

The writing is much destroyed and parts are illegible. 

Confirmation by John the D, and the C. of a grant made by Bp. J. (oL 139. 
to Thomas de Cherleton, Archdn of Wells, of 20 acres of pasture at 
Hywysch by Langport. Oct. 24, AJ). 1317. 

Conf. of a similar grant at Hywysch to Hugh de Berhe. 

Confirmation of another giant at Hywisch to Th. Litdegard. fol. 189 in dors. 

It haviog been slanderously reported that the Dean John de fol. 140. 
Godelee has not kept due residence, the Chapter hare caused the book 
to be examined and certify that the report is false. 

Nov. 23, A.D. 1317. 

Acquittance to the exors. of Bp. Walter de Haselschawe for tlie pay . 
ment of £10 a year given by die siud Bp. to the D. <& C. AJ). 1317. 

The D. 8e C- to the Bp. Hare received his Iett«r. It is de^ that 
the Bp. cannot admit Gilbert to a canonry " juzta formam gratis per 
aammnm pont^fioem facts^" but he has not written to the O. & C. to di»ct 
them to receive him. 

May it please yon to give ns direcdons, inasmuch as the ctdlation, &c. 
belongs to you. 

June 6. 

3, Martel, a canon, appointed by the D. 8c C. their proctor to appear 
on their behalf before the Archbp. 
April 6, A.D. 1320. 

Appeal made by the Snbdean and Chapter agunst John de Bos, fol. I40 in dors. 
whom they had duly appointed canon at the mandate of Clement V., 
and who is also the domestic clerk ot Amahl, Cardinal presbyter. 



Vblu The sud John de Ros has exceeded hia rights in demanding a. share 

5S**'' "> ^^ distribution of quotidians, (which are expreasly excepted in such 
— appointments,) and threatens the Chapter with excommunicatdon if the 

demand is not complied with in 6 dOTS. 

They appeal to the Holy See, and to the protection of the Court of 

Protest made by tlie Chapter in the same matter. The Dean is 

toL 141. Conf. by the D. A 0, of a charter of Bp. J. Drokensford, granting 

to WiU. de Boteleria the younger a tenement at Cnmemere, formerly 
beld by Henry de Alum. Test. Matthew de Clyvedon, John de 
Clyredon, John de Bello Campo de Nortbone, Bicbard de Bodenye, 
Knights. William de Begni ; John fflory ; John Samwell ; Reginald de 
ffrome ; &c. 

Given at Bokebume, Feb. 13, A.D. 1817. Conflrmed same year. 

Receipt for the pension of 10 marcs a year payable to the D. & G. 
from theCharchofBumbun. A.D. 1319. 

foL HI in dora. The Bp. to the D. 8e C. as sub-collectors of the decima sezannalis. 
Has been ordered to send to London all arrears within 15 days, they 
must therefore, under penalty of distraint, send them to him within S 
days, either to London or to wherever he may be. 
Given in Iiondon, Jan. 15, A.D. 1317. 

The D. & C. to the Arcbbp. Canterbury. 

In obedience to his summons to a Syuod at S. Paul's in Loudon for 
Thursday, the morrow of the Feast of 8. Peter in Cathedra, they have 
appointed Canon John Martd to be their proctor. 

Feb. 16, AJ). 1317. 

The answer of the D. £ C. to the king £., concerning a loan made by 
them to J. Bp. of Wynton, the TVeaanrer. 

The D. & C, summon all the members of the Chapter io decide uptm 
certain weighty matters [not described] which have been discussed, bat 
ought not to be settled finally without the presence of all, inasmuch as 
they concern all the Chapter. 

April 3, A.D. 1818. 

Conf. by the D, &C, of a grant by Bp. J. to one Joba Dacree, hiB 
Tallet, of a tenement in Wells, lately beld by Isabella widow of Richard 
de Carslade. A.D. 1317. 

fol. 143 in dors. The D. & C. to the Bp. concerning the payment of the Tenttis. 
Have been much disturbed by the threatening tone of a royal lettef, 
of which they send a copy to the Bp., and they beg fw his protectitoL 
A portion of Ceddre Moor is that to whidt the disputed payment 
belongs. They cannot decide such questions without consultation with 
the full Chapter. Hence the delay. A Chapter has been summoned. 
Their deliberations have taken place in the presence of the lords J. 
Randolf) J. de Clyvedon, and Matthew de Clyvedon. 
Jan. 5*^. 

The D. & C. appoint William de Bath, clerk, to be their proctor to 
appear before the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer and pnt 
in their account of Uie Tenth collected for the King. S. Hillary, 
A.D. 1318. 

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Mem. The D. & C. order that William de Wertbiny rtitaiii his office c^^^l^j^ 
at North Corj, as before, for one year from Michfldmas A.D. 1322, hbb. 

except that ia holding the court there, the D. & C. will fq)poiiit an 

A general convocation of the Chnrch of Wells, Monday, May 8, fol> 1^< 
AJ). 1318. 

First Article. Canon John de Roe to enjoy all the rigbta of a canon 
vhile he IB detained on business at Rome. 
Besponsio. Beeidenlfl and non-reeidents shall share expenses equally. 
Article. The tenants of North Cory ask for land in exchange ior 
common rights. 

£«sponsio. The Dean and 4 or 6 of the Canons are to examine and 

Article. Walter a tenant inqnietat D. & C. per breve nove dis- 
dsseiiie saper quatnor acras prati de eomm dominico. Qnale melius 
defendendum poterit negotium, Ac ■ 

Besponsio. The esiA Walter and his wife shall have 5} acres in 
Article and Kesponse, similar to Hie last. 

Article. How to proceed against those who have not paid the decima 
qainquennalis, a? agreed apon in the last Convocation, chained upon all 
piebends for die new Campanile. 
Beitponsio. By ecclesiastical censure, and sequestration. 
Article. Inasmuch aa large sums arise de decimia et oblationibns 
S. Willelmi, allotted by the Fraternity of S. Andrew to the &bric and 
lb« Campanile, ought there not to be an audit of the accounts P 
Besponsio. Two canons are to audit the accounts of each collector. 
I Article. The last Convocation determined that a house should be 
prorided for the vicars. Where shall it be ? 

Besponsio, Between the house of William de Cherleton and the pent 
bnse (penticum) where the cemeutarii work. 
The Dean to arrange about the expenses. 

Article. Cum alias in convocatione concordatnm foiseet quod cloaca 
JQXta claustmm ponetur in loco remotiori propter fetorem qni est in 
iimte S. Andree in claustro, Ac. 
Respon, It is to be kept dean. 

Article. Because of the number of canons who are present at the 
!^«rvice3 there is too much walking about and conversation. It is 
pioposed that those who attend the services at night may have their 
books and a light in the choir. 
BespoDsio. This is allowed to Canons, but not to vicars. 
Article. Commemoratio b*" Maiie et V Andree sint cum regimine 
Besponsio. Concessum est. 

Article and Beaponse. Finns are not to be let to laymen. It is con- 
tniT to the Statutes. 

For the future no letters Ac, of the D. A C. to be confirmed until a 
Chapter has been specially summoned. 

The Bp. to be consulted about the offerings at S. Columbon's chapd 

All the Canons were present in person or by proctor in this con- 
vocation except the prebendaries of Compton, Baselbere, Cudworth, 
Cnmbe 12'*, Harpetre, Tyrabrescumbe, Milverton 2*, and Barton, who 
^ not answer to the summons ; and the prebendaries of Ashill, Eatonj 
Coinbe 13*'', Dinre, Wedmore 4"', Clive, Holecumbe, and Wedmore 2*, 
■l<ii fdenmt extra Begnum or Regimen. 




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ffMM There were other matters dealt with, but as they were not settled 

"^M^"* *^7 *"• •"■* inserted here. 

DiapedeatioD from lesidfiDoe to Canon Tboinaa de Haselshaw in 
rdiurn for the servicee he has done the Church. A.D. 1323. 

io\,\H. Canon. Richard - de Flumstoke appointed proctor for the ConTtv 

cation to be held in S. Paul's. 
May 1, A.D. 1319. , 

Summons to Thomas de Hetford, Chancellor, to attend at a full 
chapter called to consider matters of consequence to them all. April 19, 
A J). 1319. 

A house allotted to two vicars for life. And it is resolved that any 
vicars houBes which may come into the hands of the D. •& C. be allotted 
to two vicars together, "propter honestatem," Ac. A.D. 1319. 
fol.1441ndon. Cot^ of an order from the King to John de Walewayne Esceator 
citra Trentam. 

The D. & C. have represented that they had possessed a rent from 
various men in Wells of £6 14s. Orf. for long before the passing of the 
Statute of Mortmain. He is to caU a jnry, and examine into the whole 
case. March 2*, A.D. 1318. 

The King to Richard de Clare esceator ultra Trentam. He is to 
restore to the D. & C. the above-named revenue to which they huve 
proved their right. John de Walewyn is now spoken of as " Nnper 
Esceator Noster." June 6, A.D. 1319. 

Conf. by the I>. & 0. of a grant by Bp. J. to Richai'd de Bodenye, 
clerk, son of the noble man Richard de Bodenye, knight, of a pension of 
10 marcs. 

Given at Wokey, July 9, A.D. 1319. 

fbL 149. '^'ic D. A G. to the Bp., as to the answer he is to give to the King's 

demand for payment of tiie £00 marcs residue of the Tenths. They will 
not delay, but must take council with their brethren. 

Inspex. and Conf. by John the Dean and the G. of a grant made by 
the late Bp. John of umds, £c., for life at Cheddar. Confirmed A.D. 

fol. 145 in dois. Inspex. by the D. & C. of a final concord made between Bp. John 
and John de Membury, lord of Westbaggebergh, as to a piece of waste 
land on Cantok (Quantock) claimed by tihe former as part of Lydiard, by 
the other as bdonging \a Bagborough. The case had been tried in 
the King's Court at Cerde before John de dbxle, and John de Bat«sforde, 
and William de Homer, justiciaries. It is decided tliat it belongs to 
the Bp.'s Manor of Lydiard, but with commoners rights to the men of 
Bagborough-. ' 

The boundaries are from the east comer of Robert de Calewe's croft 
under Cantok ; Eastward along the fossatum called Boledich; eastward 
to the secunda bunda cfUled Is Fennyslo ; thence north (a little west of) 
to the third bunda called Alferoiie ; eastward to the fourth bnnda called 
la RedeweUe ; eastward to the fifth bunda called Coleslade, which is the 
outside (forinseca) bound between Wcstb^gebergh and AsshehoJte 
Manors. The men of Bagborongh may not exercise common rights 
ebstword of Coleslade. The bounds across the mountain to Estbagge- 
bergh within which they have rights are from Coleslade south to the 

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second bonda called Ozenham; direct eonth to the third c^ed la tbum ' 

Bowebei^, through the middle of the buada ; thence direct south ; Oitbidku, 

thance d^ect south to the fourth called Bulgoaescroe, and so to Estbag- — . 
gebergh to Eobt. de Calewe's croft. 
Given at G^euewyc juxta IrfindoD. A.D. 1314. 

Henry de Schavynton, Archdn. of Taunton, gives to BobL de Esper- 
l^h, Yicar of Milverton, a house more conveniently aitoated than the 
old vicarage houBO. A.D. 1814. 

Presentation by the D. & 0. of Bobt. de Lee to the vicarage of foLlUiadon. 
Winescombe, vacant by the death of Bobt. de Codeford. A.D. 1316. 

The Bp. to the D. & C. A very urgent appeal to press on the 
coUecdon of the Tenths. Use every effort Ezerdse your powers of 
excommniucation and suBpenrion, &c. Given at Eston Croks, April 8, 
AJ>. 1314, 

Confirmation by Elng Edward of an exchange made by the House foL 147. 
of S. Mark, Bristol, with Bp. John, of a mill at Netherwere, with 
glaices and water course, for 40 acres of pasture and 60 acres of moor 
in Compton and Ceddre. 

Given at Westminster, Feb. 8. Anno regni 6>, 

Licence from the Eing to the House of S. Marie, Bristol, to a^iro. 
priate their Chnrch of Stockland. 
Feb. 7*. A,D. 1314. 

Appropriation of Stockland to S. Mark's by the Bp. in consideration foL 14Tiudon. 
of the poverty of the house, and their losses by inundations on the 


Given in London, Feb. 11*^, AJ). 1314.. 

Receipt by the D. A C. for £9 5s. Od. part of a pension of jSIO payable 
by Henry, the rector of Homham. They pay 10 shillings as Tenth* to 
the EIng, and 6 shiUinga to the Dean of Ajcebri^e for the proctor of 
Gancelin (?) presbyter, and Elluca (?) papal nuntii in England. That is 4 
pence in every marc. 

Sept? 29, A.D. 1317. 

The appropriation of Stockland as above. ^o^ "»• 

The p<^son of Lydiard has the right to run 8 oxen with the Bp.'s 
herds in Lydiard. 

, Concordia litium. 

On Friday next after the Translation of S. Thomas the Martyr, A.D. 
1316. Captus fuit dies araoris in capitulo, Ac between Will, le Veyl 
and the D. & C. " super quidam aeeisa nove disseisine liberi teDemeutt in 
Welles, Ac." 

The matter is left to the decision of Uie D. & C. 

In a similar question between the D. & C. and William Malh^rbe. 
Antony Bnidnye, and ^filliam de Bowne are appointed by the D. & C. 
to meet two of W. Malberbe*s iriends at the place, and there to call a 
jnry of 6 men, who shall give evidence on oath, and the four shall decide 
the case. 

A similar case at Korth Curry. 

The D. & C. send Richard de Plumstoke to go as quickly as possible 
to John y^aleweyn, the Eiog's Escheator, uid seek to obtain the wardship 

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of tlie hein of John Berkelee who are minon, which belongs to the 

TheD. A 0. wishto«Dcloseamoor inNorthCory. If the Escheator 
^^*'' cannot be, found at Bristol, leave is to be asked of John Snge, aub- 

eadbaator in Somerset. 

B. de Flnmstock, Hugh de Fencers, and William de Bourne appointed 
by the D. A 0. to measore the said mow, and to assifn portions to the 
nee tenants and to the villains, and especially to the lenaDts of 

The tenants of Mourdon to have one acre of the new enclosnre more 
thw tbe share ,allqtte4 in the said .moors,, and 30 acree by the bridge in 
Cory mocirJn c(\ni;(aon, ^d a right of way frqm Botecl^e to Folkes- 

Tbe Cottarii to have one acre in seporali ; they, and the other tenants 
of the D, A C, and the sons of thdr viUaina are to have common rights 
in the commons cia the moon. 

Each villain to pay 6 pence for each acre of moor. 

Tbe Frecoitor and the Succentor 1o go as qnickly as possible to Mod- 
tacute Priory to ^eek licence to make a new water course for Enam>e 

Mm. '■ ■ 

A qnestion about a certain charter, not described, between tbe D. & 
C, and Hugh ^ Bello CompOt a^d Bobt^. de Pndele, treated of " in die 
•mow.",, , .. 

foL Hi in don. The D. & C. grant a rent of a half a marc upon a house in Chamber- 
lain Street to William le Veil for an obit pro animA suA, &c. 

A umilar grant to John de Snrrey, Vicar, 

Four canons, viz., the Arcdn. of TantoB ; W. de Lannton ; Tbomasde 
Haselschawe ; and William de Charlton, appointed toi audit tfie accounts 
of Biobard de Fenser, Snbtreasnrer to Jordan Moraot tha Treasurer. 

The Chantry of S. Mary in the chapel at Northcory, with honBea and 
lands ^ipertaining gruitod by the U. & C. to Boger de Moleyns the 
chaplain, for life. A.D, 1317. 

Beedpt for £8 19*. 4^., part payment of the £10 pension from 
Buraham Church. £1 allowed which is to be pud by Henry tbe Rector 
to the Abbey of Olas^ou as collectors in the di^^eese <^ the King's Tenths 
granted to him by John XXII. for the war against the Scotch. And 
Tid. to be ptud by him to the Dean of Axebrugge " »d c^us Cancellarii et. 
UniversitatJs Ozonie " ; that is at the rate of one id, in the marc, A.D. 

&L ISO. Conf. by the D. 8e C. of the exchange made between the Bp. and the 

House of S. Mark, Bristol. With the boundaries of the lands, 
tol. ISO in dors. Test, to the original deed, John de Erie ; John de Meriet ; Matthev 

de Clyvedon; John de Bello Campo d^ Norton; John de Clyvedon; 

knizhts ; and John de Hampton ; John de N^orthlode ; Philip le Irraj 9 ; 

Wiwam d9 Brntton } B^inald de Hauam ; John de Ardenie, &c, 

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The appropriation of Stocldand Cbnrch also confirmed, saving a p»y- c^S^Su, 
meut of S sluJliDgB to the Chnrcb at Wells " pro eequestris tempore hss. 


Bp. John had made public declaradon of his inteniion to make a foLisl. 
lidtation of the Prebends and Finns of the Cathedral. The D. & C. 
olaim the aole right to make such visitation and hold a special 
chapter to consider the matter, in which thev determine to appeal against 
the Bp.'B olaim. Wednesday next after me feast of the Translatioa 
[this word oarefiill; erased, and entered again in a very mnoh later 
band] of S. Thomas the Martyr, AJ>. 1319. 

Another Chapter held, "ad pnlsationcin msgnecampane pront moris est," 
on Thursday next after t he Awamption, in the same year, confirms tlie 

The ardoleB sent by the Bp. to the D. & 0. are declared to be without 
■Dthority in another Chapter, and all canons who have been resident 
during the past and present year are summoned to consider the question 
on Monday next before Ash- Wednesday j and canons who are absent are 
to be informed, so that they may advise what had better be done. 

All charters, &c. are to be examined, and produced on that day. 

Notification of the facts and request for their advice, addressed to fol. 151 in don. 
members of the Ghi^ter, 

The D. A C. to W. the Archbp. of Canterbury. foL isa. 

Have received his letter in which he claims the power of calling into 
residence all ecclesiastical persons in the province, and complains of their 
delay in obeying his mandate to call into residence John de Bruyton, 
Cucellarins and their Treasurer, and summons them to appear before 
lum. They answer that the bearer, J. Martel, will explain why they 
samiot comply with the order. As to appearing in ajiewer to the Archbp's 
lummons they are ready to obey " qnatenus de jure tenemnr, &o." 

April 5*, A.D. 1320. 

J. Bfartel apptnnted proctor to appear in this case before the Ajchbp. 
May 23, A.D. 1320. 

Similiter. April 6, A.D. 1320. foj, isaindors. 

Mandate from the Bp. to the D. A C. to install as Treasurer and 
Canon, Willism de Oopton, Iat« rector of the Church of Tidd S. Mary, 
in lincoln diocese, who has made an exchange with John de Bruyton. 
Given at Wyvelscnmb. May 8, A.D. 1320. 

Acknowledgment of receipt &om Henry de Schavington, Archdn. of 
Tanton, on the Bequestratioiis of vacant benefices in the diocese given to 
the Cathedral by Bp. Josceline, from his Archdeaconry for the years 
AJ). 1304-1320, X4 18*. lid. Also from Cbedesey Church £10 in 
part payment of 20 marcs, our share of the payments during vacancy. 
And from several smaller churches 12t. Id. A.D. 13^. 

Conf. by the D. & ■ C. of the numumission of William son of fol. 158. 
Richard Bichnian de Benhangre granted to EUas de Corscumbe by John 
de Grandisona, Archdn. of Nottingham, and prebendary of Whitchurch. 
July 10, A.D. 1821. 

The prebend of Combe lO"" given to Hugh de Pencris by Bp. Walter 
on the resignation of his nephew Xhomas de Haselschawe. 0<^ 2, A.p. 



Lake de Harpetre appointed by the D. & 0. to he oscheator for the 
receipt of the revenues for one year of all prebemlB vacant by death. 
A.D. 1820. 

' The Dean (Henry) and C. desire the celebration of a general obit, and 
hospitality for Gilbert Waweyn the bearer of their letters to this effect, 

A suit in the Court of Canterbury between Canon Thomas de Hasel- 
shawe and Master William de Tatton. The former claims the firm of 
Congresbury, vacant by the death of Canon Thomas de Gorges, on the 
ground that, it has always been the custom to grftnt firms to those who 
have first kept their resideuce. 

Articles which tbe Snb-dean William de Yatton puts in to prove that 
there has been no such invariable custom. 

A long list of firms granted at different times to prove this. 

Audit of Bichard de Fencers accounts. A.D. 1320. . 

Manumission of William Brigge of Stokegummer by Richard de 
Flymatok the firmarins, and conf. by the D^ & C. A.D. 1321. 

A snnunooB to attend at a chapter meeting on nrgent busineas, not 
desciibed. No names or dates. 

1. An urgent summons to a chapter for the Monday next after Trinityj 
to consider what st«pB are to be taken in consequence of the Bp. having 
claimed the J of the fruits of the vacant benefice of Bawdrip, which 
.belongto the D. & C. by the grant of Bishop J. May 12, A.D. 1321. 

Recounts the grant of Bp. J., and appeals to Rome and Canterbury 
against the Bp's. action. 

In spite <£ the appeal William de Edyngtau the Bp's. official 
has sold the proceeds of Bawdrip Charoh ; John de Bogelegh the 
Chapter proctor appeals to the Bp. to withdraw from bis position 
for die sake of peace, and to give directions to the Dean of Paulet, in 
whose Deanery the sale took place, that the Archdn. is to receive, the 
UioDey and pay it to the D. & C. 

The Bp. not having consented, or having d^yed his answ^." pins 
' debito," the D. & C. appeal againat his'act. 

John de Middleton and Adam de 'ffagenham appointed by the D. & G. 
to be their proctors in the case. A.D. 1321. 

Acknowledgment of the receipt by the D. & C. of £9 15s. 8d., irom 
Henry de Sandwyc, Archdn. of Bath, as the proceeds of their portion 
all benefices which have been vacant in his archdeaconry from the lime 
of his appointment until this date ; His own portion, one third, is 
£i 16s. lOd. 

Dec. 17, A.D. 1321. 

k The D. & C. to their brother Gilbot de Middleton, praying for his 
advice and ud. 

John de Bruton and Bichard de Flnmstok, canons, appointed by the 
D. & C. to be their proctors in the Parliament at Westminster to be 
bolden on the Nativity of S. John the Baptist, &o. A.D. 1321. 

Receipt ^ven by the D. A C. to Robert, Vicar of Milverton, and 
Simon Cotyn, vipar of the Cathednd, exora, of Henry de Scbavyntoq 



lite Archdn.' of Tsntou, ibr 5 marcs ; the proceeds of the Chnrch of . Vblu 
Cawdefley, dnring racaaey. A. D. 1321. ^^*" 

Bond of the D. & C. to Richard called Bichioan, for £40 lent by him 
Uirongb the hands of Richuil' de Baker costodian of the fabric, for the 
goodoftbe&bric. A.D. 1321. 

Freseotatioa by. the D. & 0. of Bichsrd de Baac to the vicarage foL 156. 
of North Cory. A.D. 1321. 

The Bp. orders his official to pay to the Archdn. for the D. & C, the 
fruits of Bawdrip Churchi during vacancy, collectfid and held by the 
DtttD of Poulet, &c. Aug. 17, A.D. 1321. 

The Bp, ackaoffledgea the ancient rights of the Chapter. 

The D. & G- forgive on injury which haa been done to them by 
Walter called the Barber, on his hnmble petition. 

The jurisdiction of the Dean and Sab-dean, tol. ISSindtei. 

They had differed about the power of visiting Woky Church which is 
unexed to the Sub-dean's office. The strife had cause much scandal 
uuong the people. The Bp. summons the two parties before him, and 
after much altercation in his presence, he decides that the jurisdiction 
belongs to the Dean, the Sub-dean has authority only in the absence of 
the Dean. But as a compromise with the consent of the Dean, the 
Snb-dean is to have authority in Waby, and is to be answerable only to 
the Bp. ; he is to have authority in the city and suburbs only when the 
Dean is absent. A.D. 1810. 

The D. & C to John de Mohun, in French. fol. 137. 

Are sending to him Sir William de Weston to treat of matters tonch- 
iDg Stokegummer. 

The D. & C. to all. 

The Rectors and Vicars and other ecclesiastical persons of the Deanery 
of Tanton have given one penny in the pound on the value of their 

beueflces for the roofing of the new campanile, but this is not to be con- ' 

ndered as a precedent, 

Dec 23, A.D, 1321. 

The D. & C. renew their request to the Bp. to remove his official, who 
has been tlie cause of all die differences between them. 

TheD. & C. to the Archbp. Have received his summons for a &>1- 1ST in don. 
Convocation in S* Paul's on Dec. 1^. 

The house of the late Canon Robert de Gloucester, given to Canon 
Mathew Husee. Names of those present in Chapter are given. 
A.D, 1321. 

Inspex. and Conf. by the D. & C. of an agreement between Bp. John 
ud Richard Bodenye, knight, concerning certain lands at Ceddre, on 
April 15, AJD. 1318. Confinned in the year A.D. 1322. 

Similiter. Concerning lauds in Stoke Giffard, Draycot, Fridie, tol, 198. 
Wooky, Westbnry, Easton. 

Test John de Bello Campo de Marisco, John de Clivedon, William 
Malherbe, Thomas de Grornay, Thomas de Weleslegh, knights ; and 
William Arthur ; John de Northlode ; John de Draycote, &c. ■ 

Confirmed A.D. 1321. . . 

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vqua Iq a Chapter held on Wednwda; Majr 18, A.D. 1382 and the next da^, 

"'^^^^ after much dlscuBBion the firms <^ Lovington and Modiford were let to 
'^ the Dean John de Godelee for £28 8*. o£ a jear. 

The names of those pieaeot on both dft^s are given. 

fol. iQSiqdon. LTdiard let at the same time to William de Borne. 

Notification of the above to the men of Lovington, 

General notification <^ the same. 

The D. & C, request Canon Hemioua de Stanton to examine into a 
disputed sum of 115*. l\d. claimed by the King's Exchequer. 

A pension of 10 marcs granted to William de Gherleton " de communa," 
for BO long as he )B a canon. A.D, 1322. 

William de Ch^leton reeigns the firm of Ceddre. A.D. 1322. 

(ol. IS9. The D. & C. to the King. 

Bave received his request, brought hj Bobert de Cantuar, and John 
de Schordich, for a loan of thelOOinarosleft bj Bp. William de Marchia, 
tmd kept at Wells " usque ad generate paasagiom ad terram sanctam." The 
money has for a long time been in the Bp.'s hands. They are willing 
to lend it to the King for two years, and pray for soch an acknowledge 
ment as may be a sufficient answer to the Pope and all men. 
Given on the morrow of the Assumption. 

The D. £ C. to the Bp. on the same matter. They had answered to 
the King's messengers that they could not comply withont consultation 
with him. The meseeDgerB, " qnara iracundia moti," pressed us to make 
the loan for they mast go back at once, and we gave our consent so far 
as we have the power, for we did not dare to resist the King's jaea- 
sengers, &c. 

Written tai the same day. 

foLmindon. Inq>ex. [and Con£ by the D.&C.ofa grant <^ a tenement, Ac at 
Banwell miade by the Bp. of John to bis vallet, and his wife, fiir lif^ 
A.D. 1322. 

Inspex. and Conf. by the C, of a grant made by Dean J. de Godelee 
of lands in Wedmore, Merkham, Modnlegh, Tadhsm. A.D. 1322. 
fal.160. Many details about the lands, and names of persons. 

A letter of introdnction for their messenger William de Bourne fhna 
tlie D. & C. to W. Bp. of Exon, the King's Treasnrer. 

The D. & C. to tbe Bp. 

They have been much troubled by die importunity of the Prioress, &c. 
of Kington in Sarnm diocese, who " aviditata femineA," wishes ns to 
assent to the appropriatiou made to them by yon of tbe Church (J 
Twyverton. We in consideration of tjie inconveniences which arise 
from such appropriations, and of the decisions of the Legates Otto and 
Octobcoius, decline to give onr content, and we have said so openly 
whenever the request has been made. 

The said religiose are making use of the fruits of tbe benefice. We ad- 
vise yon, "nttenemur," to revoke whatevermay have been done towards 
the appropriation ; and we pray for an answer by the bearer of this. 
Given on (he piMTow of tlie Sunday when JUiwricwdia Domini ia 6iuig> 

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The D. & C. to Sir Hi^be 1o DespeoBer, Earl ofWyntcm in French. Vnxs 
EftT6 rec0?Ted Us tettePB about ttie qipropriatioii of Twyverton, and **msb!.''*'' 
veseDdine to him Canoa John Martel, . , ,—r . 

Appointment of John de Tvellon to be auditor of all the Chnpter 
Rcoounte. A.D. 1817. In French. 

PenmoQ to W, de Gherleton, As on fol. 158 in dors. 

John Waivnjn the Escheator to William de Braybroke. 
Tha D. A C. are not to be iot^end irith, without special orders 
from the Wmg, In Ftimcb. 

Charter of Agnes Lock as on fol. 34. fo). im. 

Charter of William (quondam) son of Peter Canute, granting to Roger 
the parson of Chiuton the house, Ac. which his father bad leased to 
iheD. &C. Conf. fol. 36. 

Charter of Roger as on fol. 35. A.D. 1235. 

Charter of Lucia de Eardumulla as on fol, 27 in dors. 

Charter of John her brother as on fol. 27 in dors and 28. 

Charter of William Bache of Wells grantmg to the D. £ C. the tbl. iss. 
houses which he bought of Milo, and which had belonged to John de 
CardnmuU, Ax. 

Charter of B(^r Bn^^s to lUcbard son of Ivo about the same. 

Charter of Biobard son of Ivo to William called the Archdn. and faI.iS2iniloT>. 

Charter of W. called Archdn. to the D. & C. about the some. fol. les. 

BatificatioQ by the Bp. of the allowance made by the D. & C. of the 
use of candles for reading in the choir during the nig^, and also of the 
nse of books there in the daytime. 

Given at BanewelL Ang^. 1. 1323. 

Beo^nitioD by the Bp. of theD. & C. rights in the fruits of vacant- 
Dec. 26. A.D. 1321. 

Conf. by the Bp. of the jurisdiction of the D. & 0. through the Dean fol. les in ion. 
over the Cathedral, all I^ebends and their Chnrcbes [save only the 
prebended Church of Barton], the Churches of Nither Stawey, Caramp- 
tane. Wept Ludeford, Winesham, Bvercreech, Westbnry, Childcompton, 
BromEelde, Lovingten, Bishop Lydiard, North Cory, S. Cuthbert's 
Wells, Ceddre and its cbapeb. A.D. 1321. 

Commission issued by the Bp. to Bichard de Flumsteke and John 
Hortell, Canons of Wells, and to William de Ed^ngton, and Robert de 
Wombarg, clerks, to inquire into the jurisdiction, Sk. of the D. & G. 
A.D. 1321. 

The Bp. confirms pro tempore nostro, the jurisdiction of the Precentor fol. 164. 
ia Pulton, and of the Chancellor in Kingsbury. 

The Bp's. bond to the D. & C. for £23 6s. 8d., for two mitres received 
&om them, one valaed at £10, the other £13 6<. 8d., to be paid at 
MiohaelmaB A,D. 1323 unleBS tbe D. & C. consent to defer the 



Ci^^ui, P^y™™*- He baa received abo a pastoral staff, eBtimat«d at £6 18*. 4d. ; 
HBS. a g(dd riag with a sappire ; gloves com nodis aureis and samlalB, estimated 

at £2 10s,, to be restored or their value paid at his deaUi. Given 
Bt Blakeford, Dec Ifi, AJ). 1321. 

Ill consideration of the benefits done to the Cathedral by the former 
Bp. Robert Bnrnell, and by the present Bp- Waiter dq Hasleshaw : ;for 
the said Bp. Robert prtK^ored for the Church of S. Andrew, the ChurcheB 
of Penelton, Burnbam, StaDton Dru, and Coleworth, and thie said Bp. 
Walter obtained for it the patronage of Bumham ; the D. tt C. establish 
a cantaria of £10 for the King, the Qaeen, the Qaeen Alienor, the Bpa.' 
&c. at the altars of the Blessed Virgin, and S. Andrew, near the 
entrance of the choir. 

fbl. 164 b dora. Details at lengtji. 

toL IBS. JanT. 5. A.D. 1306. 

The D. & C. to all Rectors and Ticare in Azebroge deanery. One 
tenth of all benefices had been &eely given " infra, biennium a festo 
S. Michaelis A.D. 1326," for the new buildings of the Church, and for 
the removal and honourable burial of the body of Bp. William de 
Marchia. This is not to be considered a precedent. If within the two 
years a tenth is called for by the Fope, or the Archbp. with the consent 
of the clergy, the payment of the gift to the Cathedral may be deferred. 

Dec. 26. A.D. 1326. 

fid. 16t indors. lospex : and Conf ; by the D. & C. of the grant by Bp. John to S. 
Mark's Honse, Bristol, of the Advowson of Over Stawey. 

Given at Banewell, Oct. 1, A.D. 1326. Confirmed Nov. 11. 

IbL IBS. Inspex. and Conf. of tfae appropriation of the last io S. Mark's; 

By Bp. John : saving a pension of 40 sbilliDgs to the fabric of the 
Cathedra] in lien of Uie D. & C. clum to their portion of the proceeds 
on vacancies. 

A vicar to be appointed as usual. 

Given at Blakeford, Oct. 33, A.D. 1326. Confirmed Nov. 10. 

Conf. by the D. & C. of a grant of land for a vicarage bouse at 
Dundon made by Henricus de Stanton the canon and prebendary of 
Dundon. AJ). 1326. 

(di. IBBin don. Inspex. and Conf. by tbe D. & C. of a grant by Bp. John, of lands 
at Compton to John Pecbe and Murielle his wife and their children. 
A.D. 1327. 

A peremptcoy summons, sent tbrongh tfae D. & C.'s official Bichard 
de Baaker vicar of North Cory, to the Abbot of Athelney to attend at 
a Chapter where secret and important matters are to be discussed. 
AD, 1327. 

M. 167. Presention by the D. & C. of Hen. de Schirebonme to the second 

chantry of Dean H. Hnsee. A.D. 1327. 

The D. <tc C. to the Chapter of Samm. 

Inasmuch as the Church of Wells since its foundation by Robert, Bp, 
' of Bath upon the same statutes as the Church of Sarum, has always 
followed the same, we ask for your advice upon a matter which may 
turn out very much to our prejudice. 

Fray let us kaow what is the rule with you for a visitation of the 
Chapter by the Bishop. Ought he to visit all the canons uid dignj^ 
taries? CJn|^t fae to visit the "corpus dignitatum 7" &c Oct. 1. 



Answer of the Chaptw of Sarum. cSimVii, 

The Bps. have sometimefl attempted to make a Tisitation, bat we have jgag. 
neyer heard of any iiiBtaace of their making a visitatioii of the digni- — 

taries or the " corpora dignitatnm." Any &ult8 among the canona are cor- 
rected, " ad commonitionem Epi," by the Chapter itself. Oct. 4. 

At a Chapter held Aag. 20, AJ). 1327, it was agreed that in con- 
sequence of the expenses which Canon John de &atou has been pnt to 
in porsuing hia clum to the firm of Stokegnmmer, he shall have the pay 
d a canon for three years, excepting only the quotidians. 

Petition to Pc^ J. to confer a canonry and prebend in Wells on Alan f oL 1 S7 in dori. 
de Conesbnrg juris civUis professor, in retom for all his services to Wells. 
Ang. 11. . 

The D. & C. to Allan de Conesbuig. Praying for his advice and aid 
with regarcl to certain exemptions songht hy the Abbey of Gtaston. 

An eatrj about Steckland. Croeeed out. AJ>. 1327. 

Andrew de Drokensforde, ' prebendary of Tatton pays to the foL 1B8. 
Chapter £45 7>- 2d. nused upon certun goods belonging to tbe late 
ivebendary Bdchard de Abyadon. 

The names of those present in the Chapter are given. 

Becdpt for £8 19*. 9\d. from Bumham. £1 is to be piud to tbe 
Abbey of Mnchetnye, collectors of the tenths granted to the king for two 
fears by Pope John XXII. and 2\d. is to be paid to the Dean of Axe- 
bridge " ad opus unius conversi docentis Oxon in lingnft Ebralcs pro 
ntilitate tocins regni." 

Audit of the receipts of tbe flrmaiii of the Fraternity of S. Andrew, 
and of the receivers of legacies throughout the diocese, and of money 
given for the maintenance of the &bric. 

The Bums are not stated. A.D. 1323. 

Iicgitimacy of Canon Bobert de Wells, eon of Beginald called Begeyn fyi. lesiudoM' 
aod £nania his wife, declared by the D. & C. AJ). 1323. 

Leave to Luke de Harptre, Vicar in Wells, to visit the holy places as a 
pilgrim. A.D, 1323. 

Anotment of a house in Chamberlain Street to Walter Spark and his &1. 1S9. 
irife, Ac A.D. 1323. 

Beceipt for the Bumbam pension. £9 to themselves, £ 1 to the Abbey 
c^Uachebiey for the King's Tenth. A.D. 1324. 

The D. & C. have sold to Alice vridow of W. G^an the custody of all foL l69 in don. 
the lands which he held in. Hortii Gory on military tenure, and the 
miritagium of her son Bobert. A.D. 1321. 

A general Chapter called to consider the poverty and miserable state 
of tbe Church. AD. 1324. 

Alan de Gonisborg, and Richard de Baac appointed proctors for the fol. l7o. 
D. & C. in legal matters. A.D, 1324. 

Iiupex. and Conf. by the D. £ C. of a grant made by Bp. John of 
luds, &c. in Banwell at Futtmgthrop, to bis vsUet John de Acres, and 
to Robert Strode. 

Given at North Cory, Feb. 16, A.D. 1824. Confirmed Feb. 26. 



vblu ChBTter of Bp. John to Nicholas the Abbot of KoTiieshaiii, which was 

™^ founded by William comes Gtoucornie. 

— The monastic rerenuea are not snfflcient for modern needs ; they haTe 

foL 170 in dors, also been depriTed of the Tithes of Srtio in the parish of Cliiffw which 

they have held from the time of the foundation of tbeir house, and of a 

pension of 1 3 mtrcs &om Bradestoke in Canterbury diocese, the Archbp. 

being Bgaimt them ; their flocks have Buffered much mortality ; their 

land is sterile, and they have su&red by floods. Therefore the Bp. 

^propiiates to ibem tbe church of Heghditletcn, &c. And the Chapter 

confirms it. A.D. 1324. 

fol. 171. The Charter of the Abbey ondeTtaking to pay the procnratioa reaerred 

to the Arcbdn. of 10 ahillings, and 5 shillings a year to the D. & C 

fol. If I in don. Oonf. of a gr^nt of lands in Wedmore made by the Dean. Many 
names of persons and places are given. A.D. 1325. 

The D. & C. to John <fo Grandisoso. 

The general voice of this diocese and of the &eigbboiiring'dioce8e8 have 
pronounced that Bp. William de Marchia was a man of good reputation, 
and a good pastor, one who had to sustain many burdens and injories in 
defence of hie church and flock ; signs and miracles are daily wrought at 
his tomh, &c. They pray bim therefore to use his influence with some 
one of the Cardinals that this good man may be canonized, "quern Dens 
tantis miracnlia disposnit comscare. 

fol. 173. Th^ D. A C. to Canon R. de Wamberg. 

Laurence de la Waar having been sent by the King as his Ambatsadm 
to Rome, the D. &, C. had entmsted him with the care of their business 
there j and especially with regard to the Canonization of Bp. W. de 

We hear that our enemy John de Britton is also going to Rome, and 
we fear lest he stir up others to oppose us. ■ ■ 

We pray you therdbre after consultation with onr friends in London 
to devise some defence t^iainst the machinations of the said John. 

The bearers of this are our proctors in the Court of Rome, Richard 
Baak and John de Grigg, and we pray you to commit to wriSng what 
you may advise, and give it to them, having attached your seal. That 
yc-u also write to us by Stephen as soon as possible. We enclose 
copies of letters ifhich we have sent to the Chanoellor to b^ for 
letters from the King to the Pope, and to the King's friends among the 
CardJnab in the Curia. We have also written to Master Thomas de 
Plumstoke that if he is In favor with the Eling we pray him to act 
fen- us in the same manner as we pray yon. Fdicissime valeatis. At 
Wells, June 4, A J>. 1324. 

The D. & C to Master Robert de Baldok Arcbdn, of Middlesex and 
Chancellor to the King. 
A letter similar tq that sent to John de Grandeaono. 
fol. 173 in don. Dated at Wells, June 2, A.D. 1324. 

Bp. J. to William de Testa, Cardinal. 
A letter amilar to the last. 

The D. & C. to J. de Origge and Richard de Baak. 

Our adversary John de Britton is going to Rome. Be on the Watch 
agtunst him. They send copies of the letters which have been written 
as above about the canonization, and a list of the miracles [not given 
here] which have been done in the diocese since the death of the Bp. ; 


msTOBicAii uAKuaoBiPTa ooumsiAii. 95 

they are to obtain as examiners of the list Htd pIOiaQtera the BpB; of q JJ^^ 
Sinun and Landaffj the Abbots of Gkston, Sherborne, Mnchelney, ubs. 
Alhebey, and Keyneebun. — 

The D. A C. to the Archdn. of Wellfl. foL 178. 

The complaJnt of the tIcbib that Huar stipends and aUowanoes from 
ihe Onuige, and the " panis pro eukadstiB " are witheld. Poinbly he does 
Dot know the truth. Beg him to take the proper meaenrea. 

Inspex: and C<»if : hjthe D. ,^ C. of agisntof UBd.-&c«tMode8lB5r 
mais by the Dean to one Roger de Schntton and Nichola bis vife. 
AJ). 1326. 

Andit of the receipts by the Arohdn. of Bath, Henry de Sandwykj 
from vacant benefices in bia Archdeaconry from Michaelmas A. D. 1321 
to Wednesday Jnly 8 A.B: 182S. Total sum is £3 4t. 3d. The 
D, A C. portion is £2 2». lOrf. 

An entry ord»ing that certain revenuea from Ceddre, Lydiard, 
Stokgomer, and Congresbnry, be paid in discharge of debts. A.D. 
1325. All crossed oat. 

Mem. On the Vigil of S. Martin, AJ). 1325, Caoon WiUiam de 
Peasers was appointed Seneschrd at the request o( the P. & C. 

Item. An allowance was made to. Canon G^Sid de £ton of the 
residue of the taxation on iiis prebend of Ilton, and Boger de Westbnry, 
the Escheator is to see to it. 

Item. The Bp. gave one half of the proceeds of bis visitation to the 
Dew work of the Cathedral, and the D. & 0. appoint Canon Bobert de 
Waobeig to collect them. 

Item. The stalls in the chcdr being in a had condition each dignitary 
is to keep his own in repair. 

For tluB purpose each canon la to pay 30 shillings. 

Hie Arcbbp. Walter, and the Bishops, Stephen of London, Walter fol- IH 
oF Exon, John of Chichester, Henry of Lincoln, B<^r of Coventry 
Md Lichfield, John of Bath and Wells, Thomas of Worcester, 
uid Adam of Heref<H^, petition the Fope for the canonization of 
William de Marchia, on account of his virtues and the many miracles 
vMch are being wronght at bis tomb, Ac. 

Given at Lainhath,I>ec. 4, A.D. 1325. 

The Queen to the Pope, de eodem. 

Arimilar letter to the Cardinals. firl.l74in< 

Commission given by the P. £ C. to Canon !Robert de Wamherg, and 
to J. de Midelton, to collect from the canons the sums determined for 
the new stalls. A.D. 1326. 

A question between the D. 8t C. and the Archdn. of Wells abont the 
finnariuB of Cnthbert's, Wells. A.D. 1826. 

tospex: and Conf : by the D. & C. of a grant made by Bp, J. toi. 176. 
to Canon Michael de Sston of a place in a garden in our manor of Wells 
wd adjacent to his house, SO feet in length eastward from the wall of 
the Chapel of S. Mary newly built — and in the direction of onr St. 
Andrew's fountain in the said garden from the old wall of the said 
Michael, 28 feet. A tree in the said garden " vulgarly called Medlar " 
neai' the Fouatun is to be preserved. 

Apathof 8 feet in width to be kept up. AJ). 1326. 



c^^^ . The wiU of Alice Swansee, 

H88. ' To be buried by her boq Philip, late a vicar, opposite tlie Chapel of 
— All SainU new (jiurta) the Cloister. 

Many small beqnesta of articles of furnitore and dress. A.D. 1348. 

fol. iTSin don. A proctor appointed for the ^nod to be held ia S. Paul's on the 
seventh day after S. Faith. A.D. 1326. 

A grant by the D. & C. of land at Merk, and Merkham to John 
Oylling of Merkbri^;e and Juliana his ink. A.D. 1327. 

The D. AC. to T. Bp. of Worcester. Pray that Canon William de 
Clopcote may be excused &om rendenoe at his benefice of Olveston, m 
he is resident at Wells. Feb. 26. A-D. 1828. 

IbL iTe. Summons addressed to Canon Thomas de Retford to attend at a 

Chapter. AID. 1328. 

The Bp. John, commnnicates to the D. & C. the papal mandate which 
be .has received from Pope John, calling for special solemn maaaes and 
prayers, on Hcconnt of the disturbed state of all Christian kingdoms, 
and the attacks of heretics and schismatics upon the Church, 
fbL lit in don. Details of the aervicea and prayers to be ns^. 

Given at ATinion, June 20. Pontif. nostri anno 12" 
Given at Odeatoke near New Sarum, Oct. 27, 1326. 

The D. & 0. to Archbp. Symon. In answer to his summons (which 
is recited) te i^ipear at a provindal council to be holden in S. Paul's oa 
Friday next aaei the Oonveraion of 8. Paul, Ac, they have appmnted 
Canon Philip de Brabazon and PhiUp de Wamberg to be their proctors. 
A.D. 1328. 

foL 177. ^ P'%^ ''^ ^^^ ^"* **"*' ^"'^ ''''' '^ be|;inB with tbe witnesses of 

some deed which ia lost, A.D. 1329. John de Clevedea, Hugh ds 
Longlande, Galfrid de Hancombe, Knights ; and Richard de Lovenee, 
HeliaB de Godelee, William de Beyny, Walter de Rodeney. Given at 
Dunden, on Wedneaiay, April 19, A.D. 1329. 

Leave of absence for one third of the year to Sabdean Walter Brown 
for the purpose of study in the schools. A.D. 1330. 

Summons to a Chapter. A.D. 1381. 

The D. & C. to Canon Thomas de Retford. Have received from 
' '■ ' Bishop Ralph the following notice from Archbp. Symon of a visitation. 

He and others are therefore summoned to a Chapter. 
foLlTTindon. ^he Bp. appoints a day for the visitation in the Cathedral. A.D. 
Au entry .here bae,been carefully and absolutely erased. 

Mem. Presentation of Alan de Notyugham to be hia vicar by Thomis 
de Betford, Qhaucellor, and Prebendary of Combe 8*'', A.D. 1329. 
A house yh>tted to'B. de Ticbemerch, vicar. A.D. 1329. 

Widter- De Hulle, Bector of Shepton Beaucbamp aj^inted that 
official by the D. & C. A.D. 1329. 

A loose folio sewn on. 

Very faint "writiag. The subject a sum of £10 payable to the 
Cathedral. A.D. 1331. 

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A humlile petitioa to the D. & C. All very faint und very difficalt Wblm 
to read. A.D. 1331. ^*^"*'' 

Two liaea about a sum of i!10. 

The process of the election of Bp. Kalph de Salopia on Tuesday 
during the Feast of the Translation of S. Andrew. A.D. 1329. 

The Prior of Bath, &c and the D. & C. of Wells call Chapters for 
the Saturday next after S.S. Nereus, Achilles, and Fancratius for the 
purpose of the election. 

■ Oq that day tlie D, & C, appoint Robert de Haselschaw and tlie pre- 
posituB of the Cathedral and Canon John de Orleton to ohtain the licence 
from the King. 

The Prior and Convent of Bath also appoint two proctors to meet the 
others at Ferindone. 

The D., J. de Gk)delee, to the Bp. R. £ol. 178. 

Have received his letters complaining of certain injuries done to the 
Church ; they have considered the matter and will co-operate with the 
Bp. and he will take council and act with the other Bpa. in the coming 

Apparently a petition to the Pope that a prebend may lie conferred 
upon a Bachelor of Civil Law. Difficult to read. 

Grant by the D. & C. of a placea near the cemetery. 

luspez. by the D. & C. of a final concord entered into between Bp. fo). ITSmdor^ 
Walter and Dean John de Godelee with regard to certiun rights in 
Wedmore, Blakeford, Baggeley. 

Bp. W. allows the Dean, Walter de Haselahaw, to run €0 pigs in his fol. 179. 
park at Westhury from Michaelmas to S. Martin's. Dec. 19, A.D. 

Several canons names are given. 

A pension given by the J)., J. de Qodelce, and the C. of 40 shilliojjs a 
;ear to William Joy, master of the fabric. 

Thomas de Ketford the Chancellor and the Chapter, in con- £„], ugin^oH. 
Etderation of the merits of the Dean, J. de Godelee, and that he 
procured from the" King licence to acquire 20 librates of land, and 
the revenues for two presbyters to perform daily service on behalf of 
the souls of the King and his father, and the Queen Margaret, in a 
general convocation establish a chaniry of two preehytera, one at the 
altar of the Body and Blood of Christ, the otlier at the altar in the 
Chapel of S. Mary by the cloister, for the souls of Edward, grand- 
father of the King and of Queen Margaret, of Elyas de Godelee and 
Johanna his wife, of Roger la Someter and Letitia his wife, and fur 
the good estate of John de Godelee the Dean, and of John de Briwton, 
and Hamelin de Godelee, canons, during life, and for their souls afcer 

Details of the services to be held at each altar on different days, &c. fol. lao. 

Test. The noble men John de Eilegh; John de Clyvedon; Hugh do. 
Langelonde j Simon de flurneaux j knights. Walkelin toner ; Philip de 
Welleslegh ; Robert de Somerton ; Hugh do Draycote ; Roger de 
Hanam ; Adam de Cheleworthe ; Thomas de Teatwode, &c. 

Given at Wells, Feb. 21, A,D. 1330. 

4. long, and interesting document, of two pages. 

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CaJS."ii. TheD. &C. grantthe Lady Katerine, widow of Walter de Northwik, 

Has. knight ; and to their son John and Margaret his wife, on their petition, 

fol iSoTndors P^'^'i^'P*''*''' ^'^ *'^^ benefit of all masses, prayers, alms giving in the 

Cathedra], &c. And that after death their names shall be inscribed in 

the Martyroiogy of the Church. May 11, A.D. 1331. 

A similar grant to Henry de HamhiU, knight. 

June 7, A.S. 1332, various firms allotted to several canons, &c. 

Congesbury let to firm for £45 a year. A.D. 1332. 

ful. ISI. BispeDBation from residence to Walter de Hnlle, Ticar. A.D. 1329. 

Pension of 36a. 6d. to W. Joye [conf. fed. 179] beyond his present 
stipend, for life. He is to supervise all repurs, and give hia aid and 
advice when needed. A.D, 1329. 

The D. & C in consideration of benefits received from the late Bobert 
Cormaillcs, appoint two chaplains " perpetuo celebrandos " in the chapel 
of S. Eaterine, S. Mary Magdalene, and S. Mai-garet, on behalf of the 
souls of the said Robert, of Bp. John de Droken^ord, of Canon Blcfaard 
de Alresford, &c. 
£)].181indon. Details are given, A.D. 1329. 

' The D. & C. grant to John de Monham, knight, in return for benefits 
received, full participation in the benefits of all prayers, fcc. in the 
Cathedral both during life and after death. A.D. 1330. 

The D. & C. to the Pope. 

The high character of Bp. Kalph. 

We have heard that some seek to bring him into disrepute, and ques- 
tion his position. This is the truth. He answered fdl the questions 
duly, and we would not have ele^d him, nor would he have proceeded 
to consecration if there had been any irregularity, &c. We had an 
excellent report of him and have elected him " concorditer." They pray 
therefore for the papal confirmation. 

&L 183. ^^ ^'* ^ ^" *" ^P' ^' H*'^ received bis letter, in which he 

states that hie predecessor had pledged a mitre tvith a London burgess 
for a large sum of money, and this the king's ministers now seek to ap- 
propriate to the king, as he hears from some of th^n who care for the 
honour and repute of our church. If the D. & C. unanimously desire 
it the Bp. will use his best efforts to recover it, on the condition that it 
remains for the future in the Cathedral, &c. Given at Dogmersfeld, 
Oct. 1.5. 

The D. & C. assent, and also eend lo the Ep. one mitre of the value 
of 100 shillings ; ft pnstoral staff, value 10 marcs ; a silver thurible, 
volue 4 marcs ; two silver candelabra, value 12 mai-cs, to be restored on 
S, Michael's Day next after the present cousecration. Oct. 23. A.D. 

Bond and oath given by John Duyn, to whose care the above were 
committed, that be has i-eceived and will restore them to the D. & C. 

M. 183 ID dor* Hugh de Alresford appointed seneschal by the D. & C. A.D. 1330. 

Quitclaim to the D. & C. by William son of William atte fferlyng of 
3 acres in North Coiy at Cnappe. A.D. 1330. 

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Receipt given by the Up. for the above iocalin st Dogmersfeld, Nov. „ Wbiib 
13, A.D. 1329. • *'*MS8 

Mem. After 34 years he died luid was buried at Wells before ihe 
Bteps of the Choir and the High Altar. 

Appointment by the D. & C. of John Hilebrond of Alveaton in the 
pari^ of Shirboume, t« he receiver of all gifts and legacies throughout 
the diocese made to the fraternity of S. Andrew for the fabric, except- 
ing only those which are more than half a marc, and those irhich come 
^m the canoDB, vicars, or citizens of Wells. Dec. 20, A.D. 1329. 

Frocunttorial letters about the same. fol. IS3. 

The said J. Hilbrond to provide sureties, viz., Stephen de Wedmore, 
John Crase, Bobert le Salter, William Whynde. 

Mandate of 6p. Ralph about the Archdeacon'd office, and the answer fo). 183 in dors. 
of the D. & G. thereto. 

Charter of Hugh of Limington, vicar, conveying to the D. & 0. a tene- 
ment, fcc. in Wells foi- the support of his obit. 

Adam de Sutton lent by the D. & C. to the Bp. of Exon. " ad petendum 
oleum per vestras sacras mauna . . . consecraadum pro ecclesia 
nostra Wellen : et to ta diocese Bathonsuis temporibuset locispront decet 
auis temporibuB utendum." &c. April 8. 

Mem. A honse allotted to Thomas de Lechlade, vicar, on Jaly 21, Col. 181. 
and Bicbard de Braye, victu-, is given him as bia associate in the same 
honse. A.D. 1330. 


Charter of King Edward to John de Draknesford, "nuper episcopo, 
B. &, W.," allowing him to hold lands to the value of £10 and the advow- 
80D of a church, &c., and to give them to a chantry. And confirmation 
of a grant made by Hamelio de Godelee of certain lands in Stokegummer 
tor a chantry in the cathedral, to the value of £3 13». id. At Notyng- 
ham, Sept. 13, Anno regni 4°. 

The above was placed in the Treasury. A.D. 1338. 

Final arrangement made between the Abbey of Glnston : Sectors of tol- iBliniors. 
S. John's Gtaeton : and Dean John de Qodolee, Rector of Wedmore, 
about tithes payable by John de Nortldode, Lord of Norihlode, under 
the arbitration of their mutual friends, Nicholas de Lauglonde, knight: 
and Antony de Braduye, and William de Bourne, Canons of Wells. 

Se^ed at Glaston : and Wells on Monday, June 15, A.D. 1330. 

A similar agreement come to under whiiA the Dean may enclose 600 
acres in Wedmoro Moor. A.D. 1330. 

Agreement between the same about Godney, Yelemore, and Oxemoor. fd- 18S. 
The Dean claims the Moor of Yelemore, from Fadenebercheslake 
dike on the east, to the water of Ferlingmere pool, and thence to 
Liehlake on the west, as part of Moderslee Manor. The Abbot too 
daiiQB rights therein and bad cut down trees and pulled down buildings. 

The uninclosed portion is to be divided into two parts of equal value ; 
the one bounded' by Liehlake to belong to the Dean, the other which 
lies nest Padenesberchlake to the Abbey. 

The Abbey may always take a reasonable amount of land when it maj 
be necessary to repair their hatches (gurgites) at Hachwere, Bordene- 




were, and Fariswere. The Abbey to have the sole right of fishery in 
Ferlingamere pool and in the watercourse, [aive rinus,] from the said 
— pool to Lichl^e. 

fol. iSSindon. Details about pasture rtghta, rights of way, &c., &c. 
■ fol. 1B6. Test. Hugh de Courteneye ; Jolia de Bello Campo de Somerset ; 

John de Columbariis ; John de Erlee ; John Wake ; Hugh de Lang- 
londe; Simon de fforneaux; Beginald le Jeu; Nicholas de Bonsvyle ; 
knights; &c. 

Given at S. Thomas' ctiapel, by la Sauweye. May 18, E. III. A.D. 

Similar agreement about Yelemore Moor, &c. 
fol. 186 in dors. Details of boundaries and pasture-rights &c., flic, 
(ol. 187. Test. Hugh de Courtenay ; Robert Finzpayn ; John de Bello 

Campo de Somerset ; Philip de Columbariis ; Richard Dauel (or Davel) ; 
John de Clyvedone ; John de Erlegh ; John <le Wroxhale ; Simon de 
ffomeaus; Hugh de Langeloude; Nicholas de Bonevyle, he. 
Both indentures signed May 38, 1 E. III. A.D. 1327. 
Attestation of Stephen Tiyppe, notary. 

foJ, isTindorB. A similar agreement between William de Grandison and his wife 
Sibilla, and the Dean of Wells, about a watercourse at Burnfaam. 

fol. 188. Agreement as to the jui-isdictioD of the Dean and the Sub-dean, 

in the city and suburbs, and in the Churches of Evercricb ; ChU- 
decompton ; Westbnry ; and their chapels, £c. ; and also in Dyare ; 
Warmester ; Doultyngote, &c. 

(bl. ISSindon. Given by the Bp. at Banewell, Jan. 19, A.D. 1310. 

Conf : by the Ch^ter of a grant of land in villainage at Modeslee by 
the Dean. A.D. 1333. 

ftj igg Presentation by the D. & C. of John de Tanton to the vicarage 

of North Cory. 1328. 

Final concord made between John de Bello Campo de Somerset, 
knight; and Dean John de Godolee, about the Manor of Knappe. 

John de Bello Campo is son and heir of the Lady Cecelia de hello 
campo. Hamelin de Godelee is brother of Dean John de Godelee. 
fol. 189 in dors. Details of the agreement. 

lol 190, Summons to a Chapter called to consider the attempts of the 

Prior of Montecute to invade the rights of Wells Cathedral. A.D. 

fol. 190 in dors. Order made by the D. & C. about the apportionment of firms among 
the canons, &C., and summons for a general Chapter to consider and 
confirm this, according to the advice of Artlibp. Symon who has held 
his visitation while the subject was stiEl under discussion. 

Congre8buryfirm,£45. Wbitechureh Church (the half of) £33 6s. 8rf. 
Ceddre,i;36 13s. 4rf. Stokegummer, £50. Lydiard, f 35. The Grange 
in Wells, il80. Modiford and Lovrington, £35, to be paid to the com- 
munar at the 4 terms, &e. 

fi>l. 101. The Chapter minounces tbe death of Dean John de Godelee. Feb. 6, 

A.D. 1332. 

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The Chapter appoint Canon Henry de Fuleham to be their proctor in Varu 
>II matters vhich concern their rights in the vacant Deanery. Feb. 5, mss"' 
AJ>. 1332. — 

Simitai- procnratorial letters. Feb. 5, A.D. 1332. 

The Chapter petition the Bp. for the nsoal licence to elect their Dean. fol. 191 in don. 
Feb. 5, A.D. 1332. 
It is given. 

Summons to a genera) chapter sent out by Thomas de Retford, the 
Chancdlor, for the purpose of the election for Monday, March 8, 
A.D. 1332. 

Similar snmmoDs. 

The King's letter to the D. & C, demanding a sobsidy for the 
marriage of his sister Alienora with the Count of Grcrlero (Guetdres). 
Feb. 12, anno regni 1°. 

The Chapter answer. 

Our Dean, without whom we can do nothing, i 
parts engaged upon arduous public affairs. 

Our cathedral church is in such a ruinous and dilapidab^d state that 
bU the common fund for three years would be scarcely sufficient for the 
necessary expenses. The calls upon our funds are very heavy, and the 
Church has no goods save those which have been given in puram & 
elemosiuam ab antiquo, &c. We therefore pray you to excnse us, &c. 

Eichard de Thistleden, Treasurer, acting for the Dean Richard de 
Bnry. All this entry very faint. 
Summoiis to a chapter, June 2, A.D. 1333. 

Letter from the Treasurer & the Chapter to Canon Reginald. All 

very faint. 

On Sept. 15, A.D. 1333, John de Carleton, deputed by Bp. Ralph, fol. igs. 
made a. Visitation of William de Bubland, the Precentor; Thomas 
de Betford the Chancellor; Richard de Thistelden, the Treasurer, 
in St, Catherine's Chapel where the late Bp. J. de Drokensford is 
baried, in the presence of Stephen Tripp, Notary. 

The Treasurer acting for the Dean (who is in a distant country) 
and the C. appoint proctors to defend their privileges against the Bp. 

A Chapter summoned by T. de Betford the Chancellor for Feb. 23, . . ,., . 
to elect a Dean in the place of Bicbard de Bury made Bp. of Durham. 
If the canon cannot attend he may appoint anotlier canon to be his ^rr^ 
proxy. J^r-'. 

Given on the Purification, A.D. 1383. \S,i t; 

Letter to the Bp. on the same day for licence to proceed to the 

Appeal by the Chnpter, by way of precaution, against any possible 
interference on the part of the Bp. with their right to the custody of 
the Deanery during vacancy. 

Appointment of a proctor to take charge ot the vacant Deanery revenues, 
Ac. on behalf of the Chapter. 

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Licence for the electioo from the Bp. 
GivEQ at Woky, Feb. 3, A.D. 1333. 

fol. 194. AppoiutmeDt of a proctor to take chaise of the vacant office. 

The Chapter to tho Bp. to annonnce the election of Canon Wybert 
de .Littleton "nulla instigatione hominis precedents statim, subito, et 
repente, omnes nnanimiter Spiritus Sancti gratia ut firmiter credimus, 
inspirati, nnllo penitus discropante." April 22, A.D. 1334. 

Grant by Bp. Ralph, to Walter de Bodency, knight, of 12 acres of 
land at Dynre, on payment of one rose. A.D. 1335. 

fol. 194 in don. A decision come to by the Justiciarea in A.D. 1230 thst the Adrov- 
Bon of Burnham Ch. is to belong to the Abbey of S. Peter's, Gloucester, 
and they have given to the Priorj of Ewyas the Chorch of Ffoye on 
the reqnest of Sir John Creygar who had claimed it. 

Concerning the same church of Burnham, A,D. 1222. The adrowson 
ia claimed by Roger de Clifford against the Abbey of Gloucester 
through his wife, daughter of Robert de Ewyas, who gave it "domui 

fol. 193. . Another question about land at Burnham, dealt with at an Aauie 
at Somerton in A.D. 1280. 

Petition of the Chapter to the Pope for the confirmation of the election 
of Wilbertc de Littleton. Jan. 16. 

fol. issmdora. The homage of Wedmore and Modeslee prove that John de Ascbe- 
bury, proctor for Dean B. de Bury, received from the exors. of John 
de Godelee " nomine implementi," 24 oxen for 3 carrncie, each valued at 
ISs. id. ; also as implements for the Church land 2 osen, worth 26s. 8d. ; 
2 affri worth 20*. One bull north 12^. ; one cow lOf . ; one boor, 3x. 4d. ; 
one BOW, 2s. Summa, £20 I4s. Od. 

Also for dilapidations in the buildings, £lti lOs, Od, 
Also 1 plough bound with iron, with a hempen rope ; one carruca 
bound with iron, another with all its belongings, with 8 men and 2 iron 
chains of the length sullicient for 8 oxen. Two tables and tressles in 
the hall. 

A similar list for Modeslee. 

fol I9e Ratification by the Chapter of the election of Wybert de Littleton to 

be Dean, Jan. 17, A.D. 1334. 

The Chapter to King Edward, in French. 
Notify to him the election. 

fol. 196 iu don. The Cha])ler appoint proctors to publish the result of the election. 
The names of the canons present are given. June 27, A.D. 1336. 

fol. i96iQdor«. Appeal of the D. iS: C. to the apostolic see in the question between 
fol. 197. themselves and the Priory of Montacute, and in the matter of Wivalis- 

combe prebend. 

foL 197 in don. Licence to elect a Dean in the place of Wybert de Littleton, deceased, 
sought by the Chapter from the Bp. Aug. 20, A.D. 1335. 

The Chapter of Wells appeal to the Bp. of Exon in these circum- 

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The Chnrch of Wells has of old time held the churches of Wynesham, well* 
Cerfe, Combe, and Welyngton, &c., and theur revenues were applied to ^"SSS'*^ 
the adTSDcemeat of divine service in the Cathedral in the formation of — 

IS prebenda each of the value of eight marcs, 15 canons in the said 
cliurch were appointed to pray for ike souls of the King, &c., and also 
IS vicara, each with two marcs a year, to celebrate daily masses, &c. 
£20 a year was also assigned to those who aay the daily masses in the 
chspel of the Virg^ for the dead. Any residue to be divided amongst 
them all by the prepositus. Under your orders the above have been 
seqacBtrated by the Prior of Taatoui and many of the parsons of Wells. 
men of good repute, are reduced to mendicancy, and excuse is given 
tbem for vrandering about the oonntry. 

Appointment by the D. & C. of proctors to act in the Court of Arches 
on their behalf. A.D. 1836. 

The D. & G. to tiieir fellow canon John de OfTord, Dean of Arches, M. 198 in don. 
to sollicit bis assistance in their case before Bernard Cystre, papal 
DDDcio, in a suit about the proceeds of the vacant deanery. 

Mem. Thomas the Dean and the C. in the year 1286, called a full 
cb^ter in due form, at which it was agreed that a contribution should 
be made for the cathedral by the canons, for the completion of the new 
work, "jam diu iucepta," and repair of the older parts, at the rate of one- 
tenth, according to the taxation ot Korwich, for five years. 

Inspex : and Conf: by the D. & C. of the appropriation to the Abbey f^], jgg, 
of Eeynsham of West Harptree Church. 

The Abbey is in great poverty, because they depend upon rents in 
Ireland, and these, on account of the variety of races, and the wars 
there, and the incursions of the enemy, have altogether failed. Not 
only have they lost houses and goods, " sed quod horribile est audire 
ecclesie Deo dedicate appropiiate nobis, penitus aunt combuste." No 
nnall part of their lands also, both there and in Wales have been injured 
b/floods, " fluentes et reflueutes." Sir Walter de Eodenye, pitying their 
distress, has with the ' King's consent, given West Harptree advowsuu, 
and the Bp. after careful consultation with the Chapters of Bath and 
Wells,*' quod requiritur in hac parte," and with their consent, appropriates 
it to the use of the Abbey. A sum of 6g, Sd. is to be paid annually to 
the fabric of the cathedral ; and 2g. to the Archdn. 

Details about the vicarage. A.D. 1337. fol. l99indort, 

Beceipt given by the D. & C. for the above pension of 6s. 8d. 

Walter de London to John Everard, vicar, and escheator. Becites fol. 300. 
the rights of the Dean in summoning chapters. The agreement 
come to in John de Godelee's time for the restoration of the fabric 
The oath taken by all members of the church on admission, that they 
will maintain all that may be rightful and beneficial to the church. 
The fact that the church suffers much injustice and oppression in these 
times. That the fabric of the church " pro magna parte restauranda nee 
aliqua portio pro defensione sen restauratione hujusmodi facienda 
ezslitit deputata " ; that the canons resident have spent £1,000 and more 
upon Buch works ; and that the church is still £200 in debt for such 

That the non-resident canons who hold the richer prebends, have not 
contribnted at all. 

That all this is notorious to all men and to the Chapter. 

The Chapter therefore determine that a suni of £200 be paid by the fol. soo in dorf . 
non-resident canons, &c. A.D, 1837. 

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-^Buj Allotment of a Canon's House. A.D. 1337. 

M*^ - A Bimilar entry. 

Mem. On Nov. 2(1, A.D. 1337. Bp. Balpb conferred (m John do 
Middleton, rector of Shepton Beauchamp, the cbancellorBhip, vacuit bj 
the death of Thomas de Retford, And the said chancellor takes oath 
that within a month of bis obtaining possession he will give a lecture 
or find a lecturer, according to the will of the Bp. 

Mem. at the bottom of the next page. 

Dec. 15, A.D. 1337. Symon de Bristol to whom the Bp. gave the 
Chancellorship, by an escbangp, there in the Cathedral, in the presence 
of the Bp. took an oath that he will read at Wells or cause to be read 
a lecture in theology, vel in decretis, at the times when a lecture of this 
kind is given in the University of Oxford, in accordance with the Bp'a 

fol. 201. Summons to Willin'n de Littleton, the Precentor, tn a general chapter 

to consider the incroachments on their rights, and the state of the fabric 
A.D. 133S. 

Roger de Mortuo Mari Archdn : of Wells to the Dean of Prome, 
Certain men have violated Ibe sequestration of Chywtou Church which 
is claimed by the Abbey of Jumieges, but is sequestered on the petition 
of the D. &C. Cause these men to be cited peremptorily to appear before 
us on a certain day in the Cathedral, to answer to the D. & C. for this 
violation. A.D. 1338, 

fol.aoi iodMs- Hevocation of a commission given to Gilbert de Sbepton, rector of 
Crych, by the tenant of North Cory in a question abont ecclesinstical 
jurisdiction. A.D. 1338. 


Bicbard de Thystelton, Treasurer; and Walter de Hull, Snbdean, to 
John, vicar of North Cory, and W. de Lavelye, vicar in Wells, concerning 
certain scandals at North Cory. 

Walter le Eyr, Adam le Eyr, Robert le Spycer, and John Jolyf, of 
Sowy, together with certain accomplices, in Feb., A.D. 1337, as- 
saulted Robert Gyan, a clerk, knowing that he was a clerk, "et in 
possessione clericatus," in the presence of William de Littleton the 
Precentor, Robert de B^dok and John de Wamberg, Canons, and many 
more clerks and laymen, in contempt of God, the Church, yea even of 
humanity, and to the peril of their souls through the excommnnication 
pronounced by a canon on the occasion. 

All this being notorious, the ofienders are to be cited to appear and 
answer for their conduct before the D. & C. on a day to be appointed. . 
April 6, A.D. 1338. 

fol. BOB. Tiie Chapter to the King in answer to a command brought to them 

by Robert de Wyvill, to deliver up the ](» marcs bequeathed by Bp. W. 
de Mnrcliia. It is no longer in iheir hands. They send Canon Henry 
de CarJelon to explain. Jan. 28. 

Mem. John de Middleton, vicar, sought leave of the Chapter, that 
Hugh de Alresford might live with him. Granted on condition tbathis 
present associntR William de Wallon suffers no loss by the change. 
A.D. 1340. Names of ihose in Chapter given. 

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Chsrter of Bp. Josoelino gnndng the Charoh of CongreBbory and CiraSLj, 
eome land to the catJiedral. H8S. 

Given at Congresbury on the Feast of the Traasl. of S. Benedict 
A.D. 1218. 

Letting of the house in Wella, given in former times by Gaaon William fol. aos in don. 
de Pulton. A.D. 1340. 

Concerning the Bame property, which had been left to the Church 
before the Statute of Mortmain. A.D. 1340. 

Concerning the same. fol. jqs. 

The Canons' Grange let for £80 a year. A.D. 1347. 

Upon the petition of John Canestoke, vicar of Modeford, the D. & C. foL 203 in don. 
gmat him certain tithes in augmentation of bis income, viz., Rents on 
houses and gardens on the S. side of the church ; the tithes of tho 
foiling and water mills, vineyards, warrens, gardens, pastures, woods, 
within a certain distance of the church : the tithe oE the young of all 
cows, mares, geese, hens, pigs, bees, goats, doves, geese, swana, peacocks, 
and of all other animals ; saving to the D. & C. the tithe on the com. 
A.D. 1340. 

The D. & C. summon John Abbe of North Cory parish to answer fol. SO*. 
for his having appropriated all the tithes of Lillesdon and Mere for. 
theyear A.D. 1337, estimated at £20. The said John is a notorious 
eoemy. Because the amount of the said tithes do not form a fourth part 
of the goods of the parish church we cannot proceed against the said 
John ... in " foro eccle.iie per viam notorii, ex officio nos velle 
proo«dere proteatamus." The D. & C. therefore command their officials, 
Canon Kobert de Baldok, and William de Laneiee, vicar in Wells, that 
if they can find him, and approach him with safety they are to serve him 
with a citation In person, if not then to serve it at his domicile in the 
parish, if this cannot be done with safety, then it may be published in 
the parish church, if this is not safe then in the Cathedral at Wells, 
according to the constitutions of the Archbp. and Bps. " zelari oporteat, 
&o." lately put forth, &c. March 13, 1338. 


The assault upon Robert Gyan at North Cory, aa on fol. 201 in dors. fol. aoiiodori. 

Commission to inquire into the matter. 

The office of Prepositus. foi, 205. 

A.D. 1340. Oct. 23 in the Bp.'s chapel at Evercrich and in his fol. 205 in dors, 
presence, and before the undersigned notary Stephen Trippe, John de 
S. Paul, prepositus by exchange with Alan de Conesboregh, took 
the oath of his office. The oath. Test. John de Carleton, Walter 
de Hull, John de Wamberg, Canons ; and John de Middleton, Sector 
of Bleadon ; John de KyJehurst, and Stephen Tripp, notaries. 

Kecttntion of the orders made by Bp. Josceline, by which he united 
the two prepositnrsg, one of Cumbe Manor and Church with the Churches 
ot Cerde and Welyngton, the other of the Manor and Church of 


A. very humble petition from the D. <& C. to the Pope that he will toL 306, 
provide for John de Carleton, the most famous profeasor of Civil Law. 
A.D. 1340. 

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wnat The D. & 0. to the Earl of Cornwall, guardiaii of England, about 

Msir" the lOO marcs left by Bp. William. Dec. 3, A.D. 1340. 

foL 306 in don. The King concerning the grant made by the Parliament at 
Westminster of the 9^ sheaf, the ^ skin, and the &"• lamb for the 
expenses of the foreign war, to the assessors and vendors of them in the 
county of Somerset. 

The t). & C. have complamed that these are exacted, though they 
have paid the biennale tithe, and ought therefore to be exempt, X^t 
them be so. 

GHven by T. custos at Walyntord, Kov. 15, Anno regni Anglie 14°, 
regni vero nostri ffi-ancie prime. 

Letter of credeaco from the D, & C. to the Bp. for two of the Canona. 
to). 307. The D. & C. appoint proctors to appear before Bernard Systre 

p^al nuncio in England and answer to the claim to the 100 marcs left by 
Bp. William, put forwanl by Robert Urry. Feb. 12, A.D. 1340. 

Keqaest by the prepositiis for a conference with the Chapter. Written 
at Berkhampstead, March 11, A.D. 1340. 

&1. S07indon. j^ commissioa appointed by the D. & C. to inquire into irregularities, 
inc. at Combe and Wynesbam. A.D. 1340. 

Statement about the firm of Lovinton and Modiferd. A.D. 1341. 

Allotment of a Canon's House at Torregate. A.D. 1342. 

fol. 808. Copy of the decision given by William d« Balatto, Archdn. papal 

pro-nuncio in England and collector of legacies and aids for the 
Holy Laud, May 6, A.D. 1313, in the presence of Walter de Haselsbaw, 
proctor for the D. & C. oi' Wells, viz., that the.D. & C. are to pay the 
100 marcs of Bp. William's legacy to Robert Urry the Bp.'s nephew ; 
under penalty of exeommnnication, •] 

Bernard Systre, {mpal nuntio, to the official of B. & W. diocese. 
Inasmuch as the D. & C. of Wells have not complied with the order to 
pay the 100 marcs to Robert Urry, nephew of John de Marchia, to 
whom it was entrusted for the service of the Holy Land by his brother 
Bp. William, they are to be warned thrice to pay' it within one month. 

Given in London, Jan. 9, A.D. 1340. 

foL a08 in dors. Oi'der by Bernard Systre. The proctor of the D. & C. of Wells had 
not put in an appearance within the appointed time, but not desiring 
to deal rigorously, we extend the time until the first hour of the 
Wednesday following. March 14, A.D. 1340. 

fol. 209. The answer put in by Nicholas de Bath, proctor for the D. & C. 

The decree was that the said 100 mm'cs were to be paid to the sud 

Robert Urry if they were not expended on the next expedition to 

the Holy Land. The time therefore for the payment has not yet come. 

Asks for costs against Robert Urry. 

Further argument in the same ease. 

fol. a09 in dors. Procuratorial letters to Wilham de Nyweton. A.D. 1841. 

Charter of William de Arderne, recognizing the D. A 0. right to 
common pasturage nt Hywish in Lovington, of which he is the lord. 
A.p. 1342. 

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! Tha name of WiUUm de Arderoe ioecribed hy the D, & C. ia the 

I MutjrologT amnDg the Charcb's beneractors. A.D. 1341. oiTsuia 


j The Bp's. official lo the Dean of Yvelcestre, directiag him, on the , — ' 
I petition of the D. & C, to cite Peter de Cota, Boctor of Cyaelberge, '<^''* 
: to appear at Wells, and answer for having appropriated to himself 
the two thirds of the vacant benefice of Eztoo, which belong of right to 
I theD. &C. A.D. 1341. 

A. similar citation sent to Robert Hereward, Archdn. of Taoton, to 
uuwer for the proceeds of all the benefices which have been vacant in 
hi* Archdeaconry. 

Another dtation to Peter de Cote. 

Proceedings in the Consistoriat Court at Wells against Thomas vicar . , , . 
of Welj-ngton for appropriating to himself the fruits of Badyalton ""•*>"*'' 
Cbarch during a vacancy ; worm £10. 

Allotment of a Canon's House. A.D. 1341. 

The Chapter send John Coker to beg for a general obit throughout , , _„ 
ihe country and desire that he may be received hospitably, A.D. 1342. 

Inspex; and Conf : by the D. £ C. of a Confirmation by 6p. Ralph, 
I of a grant of small tithes [all specified] at Pilton, made to the vicar 
I William Atte Boxe, by William de Carleton, the Precentor. A.U. 134S. - 

! The Chapter summoned by the OfBcial of Canterbury, to give evidence 
in the Court of Arches about the prepositura of Combe, as to which the ™->ll"' 
prepositns John de S. Paulo, complains that the Bp. Ralph will not 
intOTpret the meaning of an ordinance ali'eady made. A.D. 1342. 

The D. & C. answer that they have searched their registers and 
onnot find any evidence which may help to make ao interpretation 
other than that which ihey have already sent. They do not remember 
that any prepositus held a prebend before Robert de Hoselshaw who 
W Wyve'escumb. Alan de Conesbergh who came after him had none. 
When Robert de Tanton was associated with Allan, he held the prebend 
of Wjvelescumb, but he died during the course of a law suit with the 
Mid Alan. They know no more. 

Conf : by the Chapter of a grant in villainage made by the Dean to 
Bertram (te Dombollon of land in the moor of Calongo, Jan, 15. 
13 E. m. 

The D. & C. appoint Hereward the Archdn : of Tanton, to receive 
for fliem the proceeds of the vacant benefice of %tinton, "ingrangiis fo). Sl2indor». 
severreis prefate ecclesie ... in scuario et infra acnarium ejusdem 
repodti," &c. 

A similar entry. A.D. 1341. 

Inspex : and Conf ; by the D. & C. of a grant of lands Ac. in Wells, 
mitde hy the Bp. A.D. 1336. 

Order made by the Bp. of Worcester vrith the consent of the D. & C. ^^ j,g 
of Wells about houses, lands, dove-cote, &c. attached to the Vicarage fjj; 31 ji„aort. 
of Pokeleschirch, and about the tithes. If arable land is turned into 
putuie, or the reverse, it shall still pay tithe as before. 

fol. 21s. 



The allowaDces given oa S. Martin's Dsj. 
_ To the Treasurer — Four white loaves. Foar pieces (pecias) of raw 

meat. Two sextars of beer. 

" Et inveniet nnam caudelam cere vel unam libram cere." 

The Bp's. baUiTDH — Four white loaves. One fair piece of flesh. 
Two sextars of beer. 

The Sacrist who carries the aforesaid canctle, or wax, two shonlderB 
[spatnlffi] of mutton. 

The Berebrette, two white and two black loaves, four piecea of flesh, 
and one sextar of beer. 

The Frepositns forinsecus, and the Farcarios, each the same as the last. 

Two Seminatores or 8 Seminatorea, fonr white, fonr black loaves, and 
two sextars of beer. 

Four Carucarii, each the same as the Berebrette. 

Two Hajwards scit, Two Forestarii, each as tlie last. 

The Yenatores (not stated how many) twice as much as the last. 

Moleodinarius the same ae the Berebrette. 

Paber pro croco, sive nnco, the same, "Si crocum aive uucnra det." 

Prepositus burgi, the same. 

CatchpoUus, the same, et inveniet duas cu^ ad cervisiem imponend 
et unam Sextariam. 

The Htindreman, one white, four blade loaves, eight pieces of flesh, 
one meribon, one cheese, and two sextars of beer. 

The Multarius, two white and two black loaves, four small pieces 
(frusta) of flesh, and one sextar of beer. 

Com received on the same day, i.e. Martin's wheat. 

i>e feodo Epi de Eston duas minas frnmenti bene excassatas et 
cumulatas, una cnria et unus prepositus. 

De feodo fratrum de Eston nnam minam nt supra. 

De f. dn> Fbilippi de Milton lam apud Eston qnam ibidem, Septem 
et dimid. minas frnmenti, una cnria, unus Wodewardus, el unus pre- 

De f. Ivonis Deneband duas et dimid minas, una curia et unus pre- 

De f. de Wormestorro quatuor et dimid minas, unus prepositns, nnas 
serviens sicut pro uno magistro duobus carucis sicut pro nn& min&. 

De f. de Dynre duas minaa et dimid, unns prepodtus et nulla apnd 
West nu ton. 

De f. de Est Homjugdon duas minas, una curia, et prepositus. 

De f do' Ep' de West Homyngdon unam minam. 

De t. da' Kicard. Beribale unam minam. 

De f. Will' de Wellesleye duas partes unius mime. 

De f. Henrici tertiam partem uniua minte, nulla curia, nullus pro- 

Hec est liberatio que debetur pro qualibet mina frnmenti, viz., unus 
panis albus et quatuor nigri, octo pecie camis, unum meribon, unus 
caseus pan'us et due sestarie ceviaie. 
in dors. De feodo de Est Harpetre octo mine avenanim duo preposit, due curie. 

De t. de West Harpetre septem avenanim due curie, unus pre- 

Et DOtum quod pro singulis minis avenarum dabitur unus panis albus 
et quatuor nigri, novem pecie carnis, unus caseus . , . bone cum . , . 
et due sextar cervisie. 

Item singulis curiis . . . duabus euriis de Est Harpetre, novem 
vanes albi, novem nigri, octodecim pecie camis et sex sextarie cervisie. 

item duabus curiis de West Harpetre, the same. 

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Prepositus ibidem Labebit uaum panem album et quatuor nigros. q^„ 

Due curie ibidem sicut aupradictum est de aliis curiis. ^ 

The Sacristan of S. Cnthbert's Church the same as the Berebrette. 

At Pridier nine men receive nine white loaves, and , , , , of them 
one white aud one black loaf for collecting the Tithe. 

AtHope and Hadesdon seven mea receive as above, and the same as 
sbove for the Tithe collection. 

At Whitenhull five men as above. 

At Hakedone four men as above. 

Note. Each loaf shall weigh xx'. 

Order of Bp. Josceline. The Church of Weaton near Worle to pay 
lOOIbs. of wax to the Treasurer of Wells. A.D. 1234. 

The Statutes of Dean Walter de Haselshaw agreed to at a general J"'- *' 
MOTocation on the morrow of S. Andrew. A .V>. 1298. 

Printed in " Wells Cathedral, its Foundation, Ac," p. 69, bj H. E. 


The Ordinale to be corrected and emended and then "illud et fbl. 319 in dor*. 
Martylogium dupplicentnr propter pericula que poterunt eveoiro." 

Id order to remove all reason for discord in the singing, the Anti- 
pbonaria, Graduatia, and Troperia are in the like manner to be 

Inorder thatthe Escheator of tbe'Chapter may not pleEid ignorance 
ofthe minimum price at which he may sell the proceeds of benefices 
during the first year after the death of a canon the following valuation 
ofthe prebends is given. 

Wedmore £40. Milverton 50 mares. Ayshull 22 m. Cumpton fo'- 220. 
i20. Tatton 50 marcs. Hengeatrigg 25 m. Haselliergh 20 m. 
Wendeatreu 10 m. Eston 20 m. Ilton 26 m. Wyvelescumb 
40 m. Dnnden20m. Hywis and Brente £40. S. Decnman'a 50 m. 
Wytlakyngton 10 m. Wyteohurch 20 m, Cnddeworth 10 m. Lutton 
2S m. Harpetree 20 m. Dultingcote 20 m. Worraesterre 16 m. 
Bocland £10. Tymbercumb 8 m. Werministre 20 m. Dynre 8 m. 
Btrlon 12 m. Holecumb 4 m. Meandeford 20 m. 

Hem. The proceeds are never to be sold for less than the above, for 
more if possible. 

Item. Inasmuch as it is Idd down by the Council of Maguntum that the t"'- S8I 
holders of ecclesiastical benefices, ought to help in the repairs of the 
foofe (tecta) of their churches, and of the churches themselves, it is 
ordered that all canons contribute one tenth of tlieir benefices for five 
feus for the repair of the Cathedral. 

The above statntea to be interpreted if necessary by the D. & C. 
Given on Wednesday, the morrow of S. Matthias. A.D. 1289. 

At the same time the Dean publicly cited John de Charlton ; John 
ie Schrivenham ; John de S. Edwards ; John de Coneresbury j Jordan 
<le Watenye; William de Westbyrie; to 'appear within 15 days and 
come into continuous residence, and to undergo the i>eaalty incurred by 
lieir long absence. 

Confirmatioa of Magna Carta by Ednard I. in the 25 year of his fbl. 213. 
A few verbal differences from the copy printed in "Select CJiarters," fol. 223iDdi>rs. 

1. 484. 

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C^uDKu A cop7 of the {(uiiraiitee given by the King's son as lieutenant in 
— England to Hamfrey de Boun, Earl of Hereford, B<^r Bygot, Earl of 

foL 334. Norfolk, John de Ferer and all their party. 

foL 384-336 in j^ ^^y o£ Magna Carta as confirmed by H. III. in his second year, 
aow. for the moBt part the same as the Copy of the Charter printed in " Select 

Charters," p. 330. 

In the names of the Councillors at the beginning, that of Gnalo is 
omitted, but W. Archbp. of York ia added. All the other names are 
omitted except that of William MareHchall Ear! of Pembroke, and there 
is added aftei* his name " rectoris nostri et regni noetri." 

The 18 Arlicte of John's Charter, becomes here " fuerimoB ; cspitalea 
justiciarii nostri mittent justiciarios per uaumqnemque comitatum semel 
in anno, qui cum militibus comitatus capiant in comitatu BssiBas 
predictas. Et ilia que in illo adventn sue in oomitatu per justiciariot 
illoB ad dictas assisas capiendas misses per eosdem terminentur alibi in 
itinere suo ; et ea que propter difBcultatem aliqnorum articnlorum 
terminari non possunt referantur ad jnsticiaros de Banco et ibi 
terminentur." Compare " Select Charters," p. 335. 

The 19 Article inserted in " Select Charters," p. 332, is omitted here. 
The 27 Article of John omitted in S.C. is inserted here. 

The 28th runs " alicujus, qui nou sit de villa ubi castrum situm est, 
nisi Btatim inde reddat denarios aut respectum inde habere possit per 
Toluntatem venditoris, Bi autem de villa ilia fuerit infra xjj dies pretium 

The 30 is the same as in S.C. p. 332. 

In the 38th the words " nee ad juramentum " are added. 

In die 4lst " maUs " is omited before " toltie." 

42 is omitted. 

At the end of Article 43 there is added " nee occasione talis baronie 
vel escheate, habebimus escbaetam vel custodiam aliquorum hominum 
nostromm nisi alibi tenuerit de nobis in capite ille qni teniierit 
baroniam vel eschaetam." 

Next there follows the Article agunst alienation of land as in S.C. 
p. 337, No. 39. Next the Article about the patronage of Abbeys ; and 
the Article No. 54 of John's Charter. S.C. p. 295. 

The rest of the document is the same as that printed in S.C, pp- 
837, 338, as far as the words " stati'm diniantur." Then there foIlowJi 
" Pro hie autem donatione et concessione libertatum, et aliamm conten- 
tamm in carl& nostri de libertatibus foreste, Archiepiscopt, Episcopi, 
Abbates, Priores, Comites, Barones, Milites, et Libere tenentes, e( 
omnes de regno nostro, dederunt nobis quiotam decimam partem bono- 
mm suorum mobilium. Testibas prenominatis et multis aliis. Qui> 
vero sigillum non habemus presentem cart»m sigillo venerabilis patriiG. 
Thes'. S. Martini preabyteri cardinalis et Apostolice Sedis legati, et Sub- 
marescalli comitis de Penebroke, rectoris nostri et regni, fecimus wgillBn. 
Testibus predictis et multie aliis." 

" Datum iier manum vcQerabllis patris nostri R. Dunelm Epiacopi, 
Cancellarii nostri apud Sanctum Paulum, Londoniis ti. die NovembnB, 
anno regni nostii secundo. 

" Defunctorum autem de supellectilibus, que ib! invenit pro voluntate 
sua disponet, hoc excipit quod bancos, tripodes, mortaria, de domo non 
amovebit sed suo relinquent successori ... ibi sic solo cedet." 

fol. 226 indors- The Charter of the Forests. Confirmed by H. III. 
^^B' The copy the same as that printed in S.C. p. 339 as far as the sen- 

tence ending " erga sues " in the final clause. Then there follows " pro 

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hac autem donattooe ct conceesione, libertatum ipsarum et aliamm con- vilu 
lentarum in Magna Carta noutra de aliis libertalibus, Archiepi, &C." have ^^'gH'" 
given the IS"" aa in the last. • — 

Concessimus et eisdem pro nobis et heredibua nostris quod nee nOB 
Dec heredes noatri aliquid percontriremur per quod libertatei in hac 
carta contente infriugaotur vei infirmeotur, Et si ab ab'quo aUquid 
contra hoc fuerit percontrisitnm nihil valeat, et pro nullo habeatnr. 
Hlis testibus predictis. 

Sententis lata in tranegressores cartamm predictarum. 

A.D. 1253, Id. Mail, ia M^ori Aul& Weetm., &c as printed S.C. p. 
364. Except that this copj has " R " and not " H " comitis Oxon. ; 
an(i"N"not "W." Ep. Horwic. 

A copy of the Statutes of Merton. . fol.SSB in dors- 

fol. 330. 

A. copy of the Statutes of Windsor. May 9, anno regni nostri 44 tul. aso. 
De anno bissextili, " dies ille et dies proxima precedeus pro iino die 

A copy of the Statutes of Kenyngworth. fbl. sso-sss. 

A copy of the Statutes of Marlebnrg. M sss-sss. 

A copy of the Statutes of Westminster. 3 E. I. foL S35-2S8 

A list of the ornaments of the Chantry at S. Martin's Altai- in the f;,!. sasiu dors. 
Cathedral, established on behalf of the lato Bp. Ralph, and John dc 
Somerton formerly Abbot of Muchelnye, when a visitation was made by 
the Bp's. official on April 9, A.D. 1377. 

William Pnrehas is the perpetual presbyter. 

" Unum missale notatum. Unum calicem bonum altrincece deauratura, 
Tria paria vestimentorum cum totidem apparatibus- 

Tna pai'ia corporalium cum tribus cnsia de serico contextis. Tria 
paria tnellarum pro altare. Duo manutergiu. Due flole. Unum 
Candelabrum de stanno (or stagno). Unam pyxidem pro eucaristia 
<Ie panno serico circnmtextAm, et ulium pyxidem dc ligno pro pane 
imponendo. Unam tabulam osculatoriam depictam; et unam cofferam 
Rratam ferro ligatam, pro dictis ornameutatis conservandis. 

A copy of this inventory is to be kept by the priest. 

July 9, A.D. 1380. John Silvester alias Godeford inducted by fol..239. 
William Camel the Precentor, " et tunc presidens ecclesie," into the 
canonry and stall, &c. of Cumbe. 

Canon William de Camera, because there is no canon's house vacant 
ukgofthe Chapter, decsno absente, leave to keep his residence "in 
hospitio Margarete Moners ad hoc condncto et reservato, per mensem." 

Formal resignation of his office of vicar in the cathedra! made by frl. SBSindcw. 
John de Wyke, Hector of Bowrclere, Winton diocese, on the condition 
that if he loses Bowrclere, not foi' any fault of his own, he may reclaim 
the office of vicar. A.D. 1383. 

Bp. John allots a chamber in the New Vicar's Close to W. Camel. 
GHven at Woky. A.D. 1382. 

Chnrter of Edward III, concerning the privileges of the Bishop, upon fol, 240-243. 
the report made to him by a commission appointed to examine into 
certain claims to jurisdiction, &c. made by Bp. Balph. 

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The Commiasionera were Hugh de Courtenye, Earl of Devon; 
riTHBDBu, Thomas de Berkele ; William de Sharesfaull ; Simon de fibrneaux, flnd 
*^^ - William de Chiltenliam. 

The points in question are the Bp's. right to hia Coui-ts Leet 
CdI. 341. ,u,d Baron. To hold four fairs annually. Four of theCommiasionersare 

to inquire into a charge iigainBt certain men (named) of having assaulted 
the Bp's. officera. The asaizetobeheld at Bathenetston. The riots bad 
arisen oa distresses levied for claims made on account of the Bp's 
Courts and Fairs in Wells, 
fol. ii48 in do™. £3000 damages given to the Bp. 

foL 24S. Compared with the original in the Chancellery of the King. Anno 

regni regis, Edwardi 17"- Nov. 8. 

foL 243 in dors. Charter ofEdwardlll. to Ralph "nuper Ep" " for the recovery of 
the £3000. 

fol. 244. Enumeration of the privileges of the Mayor ond Burgesses of Wdb. 

They are to appear in the Chancellery, and show cause why their 
Charter should not be taken froia them. 

Given at Stanford, teste me ipso, Nov. 16) anno r^ni noetri, 15°. 

fol. 845. The answer of the burgesses. 

(bl. S46. The sentence. The Charter of the city is annulled because it con- 

flicts with the rights of the King, and of the Bishop. 

fol. S46indarE. tiiven at Westminster, teste me ipso, Nov. 20, anno regui 17°, anno 
regni vero nostri Francie 4°. 

Bond of the City of Wells to pay to the D. & C. 20 dolia boni viol 
10 E. III. 

A short entry of three lines. Very faint. 

fol. 247. At a Chapter held Sept. 18, A.D. 1360, with William Camel the 

Snb-dean as preaident, and in the presence of almost all the vicars, 
the vicars are called upon to say according to their oaths whether 
Stephen fferrors who has served as a vicar for more than a year on 
trial ought to be confirmed in the office. After consultation they 
anawer that " in scienti& cantus ct lecture fore habilem, aed quoad 
morea . . . taliter se gessit . . . qnod tolaliter csset repel- 
lendus." Inasmuch therefore as the statutes say nothing about pro- 
ficiency in singing, &c., but speak only of the mores of probationers, the 
said Stephen is ordered to give up his vicar's garment " et quod alibi 
aibi pi-ovideret." 

On Sept. 17. Another probationer had been confirmed. 
The names of canons present at both these Chapters are given. 

The Chapter to the Dean, desiring him not to send an answer to 
certfun letters from the King until hia return to Wells. Nov. 22. 

Nov. 30. John Wodenham admitted to the vicarage of the prebend 
of Tanton on the presentation of Adam Trewelove the prebendary. 
A.D. 1360. 

Dec. 3. John Benet made sacrist. 

fo!.34rinfior«. Blank. 

foLa48. Summons to a Chapter for the election of a Dean in the place of 

John de Carleton deceased. Both Deanery and Sub-deanery are vacant- 
Licence given for the election by Bp. fialph. 
Given at Wivellscfmbe, Sept, 6, A.D. 1361. 

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PreBentetioii by Bp. Ealph erf William de Camel, rector of Pokeles- W«iu 

chMch to B canonry, vacant by the reaignation o£ Edmond Gouniay. *'^^S*" 

Both the Deanery and Snbdeanery are vacant. — 
oiTen at WiTeliscombe, Aug. 23, AJ). 1361. 

Mmnnd Qonrnay the Precentor collated by Bp. Ralph to the prebend 
of Wormyniaterre, vacant by the death of Richwd de Eodenye. Auff. 
23, A J). 1361. 

A aimilar collation of John de Pnlle, rector of Hemynton to the foj aigiailort 
prebend of Wedmore 5% vacant by the resiBnatioo of William de 

Given at Wiveliscombe, Sept. 1, A.D. 1361, 

Walter de Aldebnry, rector of Honespulle, collated to the prebend of 
Combe 14*, vacant by the death of Pontius de Verreriro. Aug. 23. 
AD. 1361. 

The King to the Chapter. 

BecommendB William de Loughteburgh to them for the Deanery. 

Written at the Abbey of Beaulieu, Sept. 6. 

The Chapter to the King. 

They are bound to elect a man who will be profitable to the Chureh, 
and they have already chosen one whom in their conscience they believe 
to be a fit and proper person, Sept. 28. 

Collation of William Whyte, acolyte, to the vicarage of the prebend fol B«9. 
Given at Wyveliscombe, Sept. 14, A.D. 1361. 

John de Horsyngton the Chancellor, and president of the Chapter, 
nuumons the Chapter for the election of a. Dean, in liie place of 
Jrfin de Carleton. 

Appointment of his vicar by John Beneyt, prebendary of Combe. 
Sept. 10, A.D. 1361. 

Similar appointment by Canoa Robert at Sloo. 

A frenb tummotiB to the Chapter for the purpose of electing a Dean, fol. 349 in dori. 
William de Camel who was chosen having refused the dignity. 

Installation U the prebend of Dultingcote, vacant by the death of 
Kicholae de Drokensford. 

Two Mem^ about the coming election of a Dean. 

Collation to the Vicari^ of Westbury of Robert de Edyngton. ft,] gs© 

Given at Wiveliscambe, Nov. 5, AJ). 1361. 

John de Honyngton, and the C. appoint two of their number to 
present the newly dected Dean, Stephen Pympel. Nov. 3, A.D. 1361. 

Presentation of the Dean Elect to the Bishop. 

Presentation to the vicarage of Wedmore of John Browning by Dean 
S. Pympel, Dec 15, 1361, 

The Chapter to the Bishop. fol. 260 in don- 

F(«mal notice of the election of S. Pympel. Nov. 4. 

Dgiizcdb, Google 


oi^DBU. Collation of Nicholas CoUton to the vican^ of Hengestridge vacant 
Has. hj the death of Ralph Tomer. 
— Given at Wyveliscomb, Kov. II, A.D. 1361. 

Aq illegible entry, apparently about some firma. 

fol. 2S1. Simon Archbp. Cant, to Canon Robert de Netolton, of Welle, his 

official and custodian of the apiritoalities of the See of B. & W. 
during vacancy. 

The Chapter of Bath have petitioned against a sentence of excom' 
munication pronounced against them by the prebendary of Chiw, as 
official, for refusing to send to Wells the forma! notice of the 
election of Walter de Monyngton, Abbot of Glaaton, to be Bishop 
of S. & W., which bad lately been made by the Chapter of Wells. The 
BCntence is to be annulled forthwith, and the author cited to the 
Consistory Court in Wells. 

foL3Sl indon. Given at Chringg, Jan. 9, A.D. 1363. 

Resignation of a Vicar. 

ft>L 358. Petition by the Chapter of Wella to Pope Urban for conflnnation 

of their election of Stephen Pempel. 

Agreement made between the D. & G. and Hugh de Remyngton end 
Matilda his wife, with regard to a rent of 16 shillings bequeathed by 
Radulph de Lullington for distribution every year among the poor by the 
Cathedral Commu nanus, and charged upon certain houses"juxta occiden- 
talem scaleram cimiterii Ecclesiffl Wellen," Ac. A.D. 1362 or 5. 

fol. ass in dors. Manumission by the Chapter, in the absence of the Dean, of John 
Chamber, iiativue. AJ>. 1364. 

Similar manumission of William Chamber. 

Indenture concerning a tenement in Tor Lane. A.D. 1364. 

£>I. 153. Indeuture between the Chapter, the Dean being absent in retuotis, 

and Wiiliam Wynesford, latbamus, concerning a tenement in Byest 

Grant to him also of a pension of 40 shillings a year for life, and for 
each day that he shall be in the city of Wells and engaged upon the 
fabric of the Cbiu'ch 6 pence. William undwtakes to be " bonus et 
fldelig servitor ad superintendendam fabricam," £c Feb. 1, A.D. 1364. 

Letter of the Chapter of general recommendation for Richard Hol^ 
broke whom they have appointed to be their " cursor generalis " in the 
provinces of Canterbury and York. 

Convocatio, Sept. 26, A.D. 136S. Present, the Dean, ^Iliim 
Cammel the Precentor, John de Horsington the Chancellor, and many 

It was ordered 

1. that the fruits of the Deanery during the late vacancy be i 
from those from whom they are due. 



2. that an esamioation be made as to the amount due on the peDsion Veu.s 
payable by Berlych Priory. ^* M^f" 

3. that the arrears of Worspring pension be remitted, but fall payment — 
be demanded for the future. 

4. that the Dean have a personal iaterview vith the Arcbdeaccns of 
Wells and Tanton upon the subject of the two thirds of vscaDt benefices 
due to the Cathedral. 

5. that the Dean has promised to speak himself to our Attorney iu the 
King's Court, and warn him that unless he attend to our business 
better, another will be appointed in his place. 

6. that Bobert Dunyngtou, Esor. of Thomas Avebucj, see th^ Dean fol.SSS indium. 
Bndacuount for the peas ion due from the Church of Norton sub Homedon 

daring the time that it v&n held by tbe said Thomas. 

7. that the Rector of West Ludeford, in the Dean's jurisdiction, be 
summoned before the Dean to answer for the retention of the pension 
doe from that Church. 

8. that the firm ofSidesham be inquired into. 

9. that it be asked of John att« Ya firmarius of Okehampton wliy he 
keeps back 6^ of the rent. 

10. that a chest [pisis] be placed at the tomb of Bp. Ralph with two 
locks and keys, one to be kept by J. Lombard, tbe other bj R. Brerc, 
and that the oblations gathered in it be placed in a similar chest with 
Eimilar precautions, in the Treasury. The proceeds to be spent by 
the D. & C. upon a frontal for tbe high altar, and tbe residue as thej 
EDsy think fit. 

U. that the Seneschal have one kef of the cheats placed for the 
reception of offerings of the fabric. 

12. that the Precentor and the Communarius have each one key of 
the chest which contains the common fund. 

13. that tbe house in Tor Lane, lately occupied by Hugh de Monyng- 
t«D, be offered to the Canons in turn. 

14. that the Dean consider the subject of the repairs vi Knapp Mill, 
aad the appropriation of certain houses which support two obits. 

15. William de Odecumhe to pay 2 tihilliugs " caweti " and 6 shillings 
de Cantu de Milton to the communarius. 

16. The Communarius to pay for the repairs of the school. 

17. that the Messor of Cory" corrigntur per seneschal, et quod veniat 
coram domino Decano respondere." 

18. that the sub-treasurer have the offerings made at the Cross in 
tie Chapel of the Blessed Mary for one year for 6«. 8ii. and that be 
ehall declare upon oath at tbe end of the year bow much he has 

19. that £100 of the monies received during this year from the 
Church's Manors be allotted " ad instaurandum Manerium de Cory cum 
TRccis et porcis." 

30. that an inquiry be made about the foss between the lands of the 
Earl of Sarum, and the Church's lands at Cory. 

21. that Walter de Cory shall pay for his offence in caiTying away tol. 2S4. 
oak trees out of the park of Stoke 6«. 8rf. to the use of the fabric, 

and shall appear at the next Court holden at Cory, and give security to the 
■mount of seven marcs to be paid "in cusu quod se male gerit." The 
Bean is to warn hJm that he behave himself well, " sub pena escommuni- 
catoDiB primo, sccundo, et tertio, et in vii'tute juramenti eui, alias in 
hac parte &c." To this Walter assents. 

22. that the exoi-s. of ihe late Bp. are ready to pay his legacy of £10 
to the Cathedral and to give a new cross, or the value of the old one 
vhich the Bp. received from the Church ex accommodato. 



23. that the common pastnres be not allowed to the tenants of 
Hamme until the King's Charter about Cory has been received, and 

~~~ the matter has been further considered. 

24. that John Aunger deid as quickly as possible with Richard, for 
the redemption of the wardship of the son and heir of Lawrence de 

25. that the Chuitry of John de Godele be for the future celebrated 
according to tlie mles of that chantry. 

26. that Ralph de Carleton, the chaplain, be called upon to auswa- 
for » chalice and missal missiDg from the altar of the Ho^ Cross. 

Confirmation by Bp. John Bamet of certain agreements made be- 
tween Bp. Balph and Robert de Cbeddre. 

Installation of three PrebMidaries. 

M.SS4in don A chantry and obit established by the D. & C. on behalf of the bod! 
of Walter de Compton a bmgess of Wells, in acknowledgment of his 
good deeds, and legacy to the Church. 

feL >5B. Not. 6, A.D. 1369. An audit before Dean Stephen and the Chapter. 

Canon Robert Sainbome was chosen seneechal. 

John Waiyn was appointed to supervise John Hulle the master of 
the works of'^ the fabric, and his workmen, and to attend to the fabric 

On Nov. 7 the burial place which he had chosen was granted to 
' William the Precentor. 

On Kov. 6 Thomas Surteys, vicar, was chosen commnnarins with 
John Tyntenylle, vicar, as his assisttmt. 

It was ordered that any canon residentiary, when sent abroad [missoB 
ad extra] on the business of the Church, should receive only the quoti- 
dians for their expenses " cum allocatione diemm pro tempore quo fderiot 
extra, absque plurj, et idem de canonico in dignitate." 

On Feb. 21, A.D. 1369, Dean Stephen inducted Walter Boketon, 
Canon of Chichester into possession of the prebendal stall of the Arch- 
deaconry of Well* OS proctor of Symon, Cardinal presbyter of S. Sextus, 
to whom it was giren by the provinon of Pope Urban. 

Induction of Thomas Fort, D.L.^ and Roger Holme to a prebend, and 
to the office of prepositus. 

foLsesindon. Computos of Nicholas de Pontesbury and Thomas Bockyng custo' 
dims of the receipts at Bp. Ralph's tomb, from the day of their ap- 
pointment to March 1, AJ). 1368. 

£88 2s. 8d, received by them from John Iiombard, and Rjcbiid 
Brere, custodians of the chest ^m the day of their appointment to the 
Peast of S. Callixtna A.D. 1366 per unam talliam. £15 2*. 5d. from 
the stud Feast until the Feset of Pentecost next following per unam 
tslliom, and £148 17«. Od. received of the said J. Lomba^ William 
Cammel, Symon Erchefibnt, and Richard Carieton, custodibus dicle 
pixidis diveraimode deputatis, until the said last day of March, per 
talliam. Snmma £252 2s. Id. 

Of which sum they paid to John Hulle, Master of the Worb 
.£34 4s. 5^d, per unam talliam, and £12 more per talliam, et eidem 
mutno jH-ecept capituli £14 per talliam, et eidem £5 per talliam. Sununs 
£65 4s. SJrf. 

Et debent £186 17». yjrf. Postea ouerantur per auditores viz, - • 
de £74 12*. Od, per talUam inventam inter predictos tallias per Johsn- 
nem War^n et alios executores te^wnenti dn' Johaonis LomtMtf" 


scriptmn contra Nich. PonteBbury et T. Bockyng de oblationibiis pro- yyua 
Tenientibiis . . . . de annis 65 et 66, uade predicti Nich. et Thomas *'^^|Sf" 
■ • . non se onerant. Item onerantur per predicts auditores de — 

£22 5t. Od. receptis de Job&ime Spaldyng, vicario S. Cuthberti, Wei- 
len, [Hvut predlctus Bockyng fatebat se recepiase coram prefatis audi- 
tonbns. Item onerantnr per eoedem da £30 rec^tia de Johanne 
Annger. Et sic debent ;^13 lit. 7^d., onde predicti computant«a 
habenl in aoro et argento in the&auraria per teatiinonium sapradic- 
toium auditorom £186 18s. 9d. Et sic debent £126 I5t. U^d. £ qui- 
bnB libris Thomas Bockyng in auxilinm pro campanis fJEiciendis, 
mide idem Thomas est computatoruB £9. Et sic debent de daxo 
£117 I6a. lOid. 

Mem. Qnod dn> Deoanna maoncepit in cajdtnlo de £265 6t. Id. ex 
istis in thesauraria, &c. 

At a chapter [names are given] ihe aoditors report " qnod prefati fill. sue. 
receptores oblationum jnste onerandi et re&ponenri . . . capitulo 
de Utta pecnnia contenta in tribus talliis factis per Johannem Lombard 
contra eosdem et pro eo predpne quod dictus T. Bockyng tarn in pre- 
sentia dictornm anditorum ad ecaccarium qaam in snpradicto capitido 
fotebatur dlctas tres tallias manu sua propria fore scriptas, sed diacit 
quod prima tallia onerata et talliata fuit in una tallia ^ctarum trinm 
Bcriptarum Bine data sic ut dicit onerandus non est nisi cum duabus 
talluB contra Jcdiannem Lombard. 

Item T. Bockyng in capitulo .... quod nullus vivens scivlt 
de Bupradicta talliacione flacta ah nna tallia in aliam niai ipse et udub de 
familiaribns suis. 

Iteni ad scaaccarium . ... IS. PonteBbnry dixit quod fuit pre- 
sens in camera hospitii Willelmi Camel Precentoris, in confectione qjns- 
dem bulie fiicte de oblationibus Ep* per T. Bockyng inter ipsum et 
Thomam et W. Cammel Frecentorem, et dictns Thomas e coutrario 
dixit quod Kicholas non fuit prosens in coniectione. 

Item. The auditors are to examine and settle the qnestion. 

Mem. Quod idem T. Bockying responsua est decano et cap., in 
13(. ll^d. et de 3t. O^d. stagni 1 libr. minuB pretii £4 is. Ad., et de 16 
petr. cnpri ponderis quelibet petra 14 libr. et continet in toto 128 libr. 
cupri pretii £6 6t.8d.,£7 Ot. 2d. Et idem r* (P reus) est de i oUa 
enea de dono Johannis Hulle, et de i lavatore de dono Johannis Tyn- 

Summa pecnnie debite £11 18*. 5^d. et i olla et i lavatorius. Onentr 
tns ultra cum £9 sibi liberatis per anditores sues in auxilium pro 
campanis fadendis proutpatet in pede ccmpoti Nicb. Fontesbnry, &c. 

Bond for £100 from Hugh Tanoy of Xortb Cory to the D. & C. for 
enpenses and damages at North Cory, 

Appointment by the D. & C. of two proctors to represent tiiem at a foL SSB in dors. 
Parliament to be held at Westminster. Oct. 7, AJ>. 1372. 

I^ease by the,D. & C. of a house in Tor lane to Thomas de Schepton, 
Sector of Melles. He to repair and keep it in repair under a penalty of 
a fine of 20 marcs to the fabric of the Cathedral. 

The said Thomas may not sub-let without leave. If the rent falls fcl. 167. 
in arrear the D. & C. may re-enter at the end of one month. July 6, 
AJ). 1372, 

Oct. 12, AJ). 1372. Formal deed "de rec<m¥ilia(i9ne Eccl* Welleii 
SWgnihe pollute," 

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ViLLS The offenders Philip Sderslegh, and Richard Brere, vicar, nnder- 

^'^^M^"" t^Jte in the presence of the Chapter (whose names are given) to pay 
- , TT , tlie expenses of this raconc illation. The money, £5, is lent by the 
fol. 25T in don. '^ ■ .1 1 > v 


The chapel of S. Mary in the cemetery at North Cory lately held by 
John de Stanwegg is given by the D. & 0. to William May, A.D, 
John Sing and John Reny to pay £20 to the treasury. 
fol, ass. Another copy of H. Tancy'a bond. 

Jan. 14. Tlie Chapter give £10 to the Bp. " in auxilinm cujusdam 
cissure per enm apiid Bcdeclyve faciende. Ita tam quidem de cetero 
non trahatur in conseqaentiam." 

On the same day the Seneschal is ordered to ride to North Cory to 
learn how and how far the tenants are injured by the new purchase of 

Tlie D. & C. appoint three proctors to represent them in the Convo- 
cation to be holden at S. Paul's on May 30, &c. 
May 20, A.D. 1373. 

foL 25s in don. Final concord made between certain men of North Cory concerning 
a mill and messai^e. A.D. 1351 & 53. 

foL 359, On Oct. 1, A.D. 137S, the following paper was presented to the 

Chapter on behalf of the Dean. 

Mem. that the Dean was in Wells until the morrow of the Translation 
of S. Thomas (erased), uid afterwards remained in London on business 
connected with the rights of the Deanery and the Cathedral until the 
beginning of August, and wae in London, and on his journey to Wells 
until the Feast of the Martyi-dom of S. John Baptist, and has remained 
at Wells since then, except 6 days at Modeslegh. 

The Chapter after deliberation allow him only the days that he waa 
actually present in Wells, viz., 35. 

On the same day the revenues of the vacant prebend of Wyveliscombe 
are let for £51 6s. Sd. for one year. 

Presentation by the D. & C. to the Chantry of H. Husee: 

Similiter. A.D. 1375. 

foL 899 in dors. Promise on oath made by John Horn, Hector of Weston-supni- 
Mare, in the presence of Bp. John Harewell, at Woky, to pay 100 lbs. 
of wax Biinnally to the Cathedral as a peufnon. Oct. 1, A.D. 1376, 

The solemn confirmation by the Bp. of the appointment of John 
Chynnok Abbot of Glastonbury, and the Abbot's profession of obedience, 
in the Bp.'s Chapel at Woky on August 12, A.D. 1375. 

fol. 260. Certificate by Robert de Welisboro, notary, that the above ceremony 

was duly performed. 

Rc^er of Gloucester appears before the Chapter and seeks for the 
office of Vicar of the prebenda! stall of Luskevill promised to him by the 
Dean, subject to the approval of the Chapter, He is appointed on con- 
dition that he submits to examination " super organs," and stands among 
the other vicars as a probationer for 15 days. Oct. 13, A.D. 1375, 



Mem. UuU the Dean was ia Wells until the morrow of the Translation q^'^'' 
of S. Xhomas (ensed) the Martyr, &c. As in the former statement hbb^ 
sboat his residence. — 

Afem. Tliat the Dean Stephen Penpel " devillavit versus London " on 
Thursday next before the Feast of S.S. Simon & Jude and returned on 
April ]. 

Appointment bj the Chapter, in the absence of the Desn, of Canon foLseoindon. 
John Waryn to be Seneschal over all the Chapter manors, Ac. Doc, 4, 
A.D. 1375. 

Appoiotmeut bj the Chapter of a proctor, and protest made by him fbi. sei. 
in their names agdnst the suit instituted with the consent of the Chapter 
by the Dean against the Sp,, which has proved to be not for the 
advantage of the Church, but only for the personal advantage of the 
Dean. The litigation has proved tedious and injurious. 

He also declares in the name of the Chapter that when the Dean shall 
keep his residence duly the Chapter will give to him as to any other 
dignitary his proper portion of the communia, but not otherwise. 

The above is published in the Cathedral, and attested by notaries in 
due form. Jan. 6, A.D. 137fl. 

Order made by the Chapter for the repairs of a Canon's Honse on the Mseimdars. 
Bast of the Canon's bam. 

The firm of Burnham Church let by the Chapter to Canon Richard 
deCarleton, for life, at a rent of i:4l. The said Kichud to build a new 
Orange and granary at the end of it within two years at his own 
expense, but with a grant of timber from Bykenalre. The Chapter 
mil also find the reed for thatching, and allow £10 towards the cost, &c. 
A.D. 1375. 

A commission appointed by the Chapter to inquire into the repaint, f(j. 26s. 
&c needed at Stobeeommer, and Bykenalre Chapel. Jan. 16, A.D. 


A chantry establish for T. Bockyng on his own petition, and a burial ft,l. sea in dors, 
place granted to him subtus magnum campanile, in front of the image of 
S. Andrew. In return for this he gives " unum preciosum gradale et 
unum calicero argentenm optime deauratum poiideris fere qnadraginta 
Eoiiaornm." Dec. 8, A.D. 1375. 

The firm of Stokegommer Church assigned by the Chapter to Canon 
T. Bockyng, who has duly kept his residence, for £26 l$s. 4d. On the 
vigil of the Nativity A.D. 1375. 

A canon's house allotted by the Chapter to Canon William Cokham. 
The Dean is said to be present at the Chapter, but this appears to be a 
mistake on the part of the scribe. Jan, 13, A.D. 1375. 

The firm of Congresbury Church let to William de Cokham for £30 fol. aes. 
a year. Jan. 13, A.D. 1375. 
The Dean is not present according to this entry. 

The Chapter appoint Canon Thomas Spert to value and receive the 
two thirds of the autumn harvest of Wyveliscombe prebend which falls 
to than by the death of Canon Robert Carswell alias Craswell ; the 
I'eaiabing third belongs to the exors. of the deceased. Jan. 30, 
AD. 1376. 

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fol. 163 io don. 


The CHapter a|^int Tliotnas Spert to be their representative in the 
Parliameut to be holdett in Hillary term at Weatminster. Jon. 12, 
A.D. 1376. 

Thej also appoint the Bame T. Spert to be their representatiTe at a 
Council to be holden in S. Paul's on the morrow of the Purification. 

The same day as the last. This is addressed to the Arebbp. tlie 
former to the Ejng. 
fol. aS4. Inspex. by the Chapter of a Charter of Bp. JTohn, in which he in 

censideration of the poverty of the prepoeitus and brethren of Stoke 
sub Hamedon who are much weighed down by the expenses of hospitahty 
and by losses tmiong their cattle, for the sake also of compodne the 
long-coDtinaed strife between them and the Vicar of Stoke about btbes, 
Ac, and on the petition of the Lady Alice de Bello Campo, and with 
the consent of all who are concerned, consolidates the Bectory and the 
Vicarage, upon the deceaae or resignation of Thomas Horn the vicar. 
The brethren are to And a resident secular parish chaplain, or one of 
their own nnmber to serve the chapel; and are to have the cure of 

They are also to pay annually Sa. 4d. to the Bp., and 3«. id. to tiie 

GKven at Woky Oct. 1, A.D. 1375. 

Confirmed by the Chapter Oct. 6. 

The firm of Bomham Church let to B. de Carleton as above. 
A.D. 1875. 

foL 264 in don. Indenture made between the Chapter and John Bokyn^, Vicar, 
and Prior of the Priory of the Chapel of S. Mary in the Cathedral, 
about a house in Chamberlain Street, next to one <^ which the rent 
is "duos toroios ad deserviendom in dicta capella in elevatione cor- 
poris Domini." A.D. 1376. 

Indenture about the Canon's House let to Thomas de Shepton. 
A.D. 1372. 

fuL 365. The Chapter appoint Thomas Spert to be their representative in the 

Parliament to be holden at Westminster in Michaelmas term. 
Oct. 1, A.D. 1377. 

The Chapter consent to an exchange between W. Mey priest of 
Ibe Chapel of North Cory, and John Porter, rector of Olleworth 
[? Closworth]. 

A place for burial granted to Canon John Wareyn on the north side 
of the image of S. Maiy by the entrance of the choir. A.D. 1377. 

The chantry at the altar of Corpus Christi, under the Campanile, 
established on behalf of William de Welynton, late a canon, is vacant and 
is presented by the Chapter to John Seward. AJD. 1378. 

John le Boper bequeaths to the D. & C. a rent on a honse in Grope 
lane of 13<. id., for an obit on the Feast of S. Edmund. 

fol. 365 in don. Acceptance of the above legacy by the Chapter and recitaUon of the 
terms of the will. 

The Dean is absent July ISfi; A.D. 1378: 

foL266. Inspez. by the Chapter of an agreement made at Litton aboat 

a mesEui^e Uiere, hj Bichard Harewell, the prebendary of latton, 



The exors. of the vnU of John le Boper cany ont his intentions. vblu 


Allotment of a bouse Id Tor lane bj the Chapter. >^- 

The Dean ia still absent. Sept. 10, JLD. 1378. fbl. S6S in don. 

A diBpute between two CanoDS, Edmund Salowe and Richard Spfoer, 
is submitted to the arbitration of the Chapter, who decide that the said 
Richard should offer to the said Edmund 100 marcs, of which 20 are 
q>ent on a dolium of wine, and the rest is to remain in suspense. 

Dean Stephen Fempel dies in the Deanery oa Feb. 2, A.D. 1378, foL 367, 
and was buried (" dam ") secretly on the &'^ before S. Stephen's altar, 
in the presence of some of ttie canons and vicars, his servants and his 

I more intimate friends. 

i The Chapter appoint two of the vicars to tahe possession of the 

' Deanery and its revenues, for their own sakes and for that of creditors 

i and le^iteee. Given on Thursday S. filuse, A.D. 1378. 

1 Canon E. Carleton appcuntcd by the Chapter receiver of the revenues fol. asT in don. 

of the Deanery. Feb. 4, A.D. 1378. 
Receipt given to the exors. of the late Dean Walter de London for £20 
doe from him to the Chapter. A.D. 1381. 

licence given by the Bp. in answer to the petition of the Chapter, to 
; pwceed to tJie diectioD of a Dean. Given in Iiondon, Feb. 11, 
f A.D. 1878. 

j The Chapter to the non-resident prebendaries [named] summoning fbl. isg. 

I them to the election which is to be held in the Chapter House on 
Feb. 22. 

SammoBB by King Richard to the Bp. to be present at a Parliament 
at Northampton. 

The Bp. is to summon the Chapters of Bath and of Wells, and the 
Archdeaoons. The Prior, the Dean, and the Archdeacons are to appear 
in person, and the Chaptora are each to appoint a representative, Given 
Aug. 21, anno regis quarto. 

Process of election of the Dean. All the formalities recounted. ibl-SSSiDdors 

After Mass at the High Altar [the names of those present are given]. foL ^M. 
All the various documents, relating to the election are read aloud and ^^- ^^' ■" "**"• 
sealed. The Chapter unanimouBly choose John Fordham. The "J^^ toi.iJOiaAim. 
Detun is sung, and a procession is made to tho High Altar. The elec- 
I tion is then announced in public in the vulgar tongue. 

The ^lectors then return to the Chapter House and notifjr the election 
I to the Dean elect. 
I Conflrmatioa of the election is sought from the Bishop. tot 971. 

L Certificate sent by the Bishop recounting the formalities observed in fol. 371 in don. 

i (be election as above. ^^j ^^^ 

,.,.,. -. t 1. fol. 378 in dors. 

I A commission issued to inquire into the dilapiuationa ot the houses gj, 273, 

and manors of the Deanery. Those of the manors come to £232 16$. 5d^ fd. 373 in don. 
of the houses in Wells to £15 0*. Od. 

Summons to a Parliament to be held at Easter at Westminster addressed foi, 374. 
by the King, ;^chard, to the Bishop. The Dean of Wells, the Prior 
« BaUi and the Arohdeacvos to ^pear in person ; each of the Chapters 

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Ku of Bath ftnd Wells to sppoiat one represeatadve, and the clergy to 

18.'" appoint two. 

~ Giren at Westminater, Ffib, 17, a&no regni secundo. 

Letter from the Bp. to the Chapter of Wells &ad to the Archdn. of 

The Archbp. has iasaed a ennimons for a convocation of the clergy to 
be held on May 9 in S. Paul's. 

Abbots, Friors, Deans, Prepositi, Archdeacons, aliique ecclesiarum 
prelati, are to appear in person ; bnt Collegea and Convents are to send 
each one representative, and the rest of the clergy d the diocese to send 
in dot's. Do Tou therefore make this known thronghont yonr Archdeaconry, 
and order the clergy to appear I^ their proctors before us in the Chapel 
of S. Mary joxta cUnstrum for the purpose of choeing their two 
representatives, et transmittentes et consentiendos super espenaas et 
stJaiias eoniudem, ac anbeundnm condempnationem debitam in hac 

Given at Dogmersfield, April 8, AJ). 1379. 

The Chapter appoint Thomas Spert to be their representative at the 
Convocation, summoned to consider matters concerning the realm and 
the Church. April 22, A.D. 1379. 

The some Thomas Spert chosen for Parliament on the same day. 

The Chapter to the Bishop begging for his goodwill in certain suifs 
in which they are engaged at North Cory, 

A similar very urgent appeal. 

Presentation by the Chapter [the Dean is absent^ of William Aylwsrd 
to the Chantry at North Cory. A.D. 1379. 

Instructions from the Chapter to their official at North Cory to institnte 
the said W. Aylward. 
Ddon. Confirmation by the Bp. of the election of John Fordham and direc- 
' tions to the Chapter to institute him, March 9, A.D. 1379. 

The Dean to the Chapter. A complimentary letter. Given at 
London, Oct. 31. 

The Chapter to the Dean. Have sent John de Stourton to communi- 
cate with him on urgent business touching their Chs^tcr, &c. 

Summons to a Parliament at Easter, addressed by the King, Richfvd, 
to the Bishop, and through him to the clergy of the diocese. 
Given at Westminster. Feb. 16. Anno regni regis seenndo. 

The Bishop's Mandate to the Ch^ter of WeUs, and to the Archdeacon 
of Tanton in accordance with the above royal mandate. 

Ldora. Appointment by the Chapter (the Dean is absent) of a seneschd to 
supervise all their manors. Nov. 1, A.D. 1379. 

Letter sent by Peter de Barton apparently from the Dean to the 
Chapter with reference to the repairs of Thomas de Schepton's house. 
lAindon, Dec 13. 

Summons from the Archbp. to attend at a Synod to be holden in 
S. Paul's on Feb. 4, addressed to the Chiqiter, and appointment d 
Thomas Spert as their proctor, tm Jan. 22. AJ). 1379. 

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A small document inserted in which the King, Richard, gircs the vjoiu 
Trmary in the Cathedral Chiirch of Wella, of which he is patron, to "mIS."' 
IFitilam lAngbrook. Given at Westminster, March 6, Aanoregni 12°. — 

Commission issued hy the Bp. to the Abbots of Mochelnje and fo). 977 in don. 
Athelnye, the Prior of Tanton, the perpetual vicars of North Cory 
(Tsaton?), Crick, and Lenge, and to my lords Thomas Newman, John 
Baryngton and Philip de Erdesleigh, vicars in the Cathedral, and 
Chspluss in the Chapel of Stoke and Westhache. Inasmuch aa certain 
persoits, unknown, have taken many fish in the river conunonly called 
Tone, within the manor of North Cory, to the prejudice of the Chapter 
of Wells to whom it belongs, to the peiil of their own souls, emd to 
the encouragement of evil doers. Wherefore -'vobis . . . man- 
^us quatinus omnes et singulus temeratores hujusmodi .... 
necDon eisdem prebentes auxilium .... in debitam majoris 
exGommunicationis sententiam incidisse et ea ligatos fuisse et esse in 
BiDQaiiteniB , . . capellts, &c., antedictis, singulis diebus dominicis 
et festis inter missarum solemnia cum major nSuerit in eisdem cleri et 
populi multiftudo, cruce in manu erecta, pulsatis campanis, candelig 
Kcenais et in vituperium hujusmodi reproborum in terram demum 
projectis et extinctia, cam omai qua decet solempuiute adhibila, 
pnblice denunciatjs, et faciatis simili modo per alios publice et solemp- 
Diter denunciari a denunciatione hujusmodi non cessautes douec alind 
a nobis receperitia in mandatis. 

They are to report what they have done, giving the names of the 
colprits if they can be foiuid. 

Given at Dogmerafield, March 24, A.D. 1879. 

The president and the Chapter [the Dean absent], present William 
Piston to the Yicari^e of S. Cuthberl^B, vacant by the death of John 
Spaldyng. April 22, A.D. 1880. 

A abort entry, veiy faint. Apparently about the appointment of a 
proctor, Jan. 13, A.D. 1379. 

At the same time one Walter Hanloo presented letters from the Pope fbL 378. 
"anper gratiam sibi faetam de Canonicatu," &c. 
TJie appointment of a Vicar. 

The King to the D. A C. The judgment of the Court at Westminster 
upon a snit between the D. &. C. and Thomas de Schepton about his 
tonse in Wells. April 25, Anno r^ni 3", 

Indenture made Feb. 15, Anno regis Ei<^ 3". fbL278Indon. 

Peter de Tevelton had claimed against the D. & C. rights of hunting, 
fowling, fishing, and common pasture, in their manors of North Cory, 
Westhache, and Xnappe, as belonging to Mere which he holds under 
them. He also claims " quoddam gestum quolibet anno in die Natali 
Domini, de ipsis D. & C. in eorum camera apud North Cory." 

An agreement is made by which the said Peter retains the rights of 
psstnre, and the Christmas feast, and resigns all other claims. 

Receipt given by T. Spert for £5 as part payment of a loan of 20 

letter of the Bishop from Banwell on S. Stephen's Day. He foL 878. 
tmderstanda that one Robert de Stratton has claimed to be Dean 
^unst John de Fordham. The dispute has been settled amicably by 
tile mediation of the Duke of Lancaster and the Archbishop. 

The Sp. supports J. Fordham. 

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OiinMUK Conflrmfttion hj the Chapter of a lease made by Soger, son of Roger 
H8B. Harewell, Canon of Wells, of a part of his canonical biuldings. A.D. 

f<)1.3f9iiidon. Foundation of the chantiy of Walter de Compton; as on fol. 254 
in dors. 

fel. 880. ^B appoiotment by Bobert de Stratton, Canon oS York, of 

Bichard Chesterfylde, Ouion of York; Eobert Braybroke, Archd" of 
Cornwall ; Bobert Bradegu', Canon of London ; Bobert Worhtbani, 
Sector of Brysele, Norwich ; Henry WyBterton, Archd" of Essex i 
Peter Fawe, Vicar of Walton, in London diocese ; Thomas Page, clerk 
of Norwich diocese, to prosecute before the pap^ del^ates his rights 
under the grants made to him by tlie Fope. 

toL 880 in don. Inspex. by William the Prior of St. Swithin's, Winchester, of ao 
loBpex. by John Bp. of Winton of Uie Charter of King Bichard granting 
to the D. A C. of Wells the Manor of North C017, ftc. 
The charter is recited at length. A.D. 1290. 

The Bishop to all men. A faint and difficult entry. It appears that 
Canon Thomas Spycer had applied for permission to go to Borne to 
appeal gainst a sentence of excommunication pronounced upon him for 
an aasaiut with bloodshed made upon two chapluns. A.D. 1880. 

The Chapter (the Dean is absent) establish a chantry for Canon 
William Odecombe, in return for hia gifts of rich vestments (enumerated 
and described) to the Cathedral A.D. 1380. 

fol. 881 in don. The Feasts ab operibns which are to be observed and ao otiten 
according to the orders of the Archbp. of Canterbury and his Sof- 
fhtgans. The Lord's Day, from the hour of Vespers on Saturday, aa 
on Feasts which have vigils. The Nativity of the Lord. SS. Stephen ; 
John; Innocents; Thomas Martyr [erased]; the Circumcision; the 
Epi[diany ; the Pnrif cation ; S. Matthias ; the Annunciation ; ^ 
ParasceTes; Fascha, with the three days following; S. Mark; SS. 
Philip and James ; ^vent. S. Cmcis ; S. John ante portam Lat. ; the 
Ascension ; Pent«cost, with the three following days ; Corpus Christi; 
Nativ. S. John Bapt. ; the Aps. SS. Peter and Paul; S. Mary Magda- 
lene; S. James; the Assumption; S. Lawrence; S. Bartholomew; 
Nativ. S. MaiT ; Exalt. S. Crucis; S. Matthew; S. Michael the Aicb- 
angel ; S. Luke ; SS. Simon and Jude ; All Saints ; S. Andrew ; S. 
Nicholas; Concept. S. Mary ; S. Thomas ; the dedications of parodiial 
churches, and ^e days of the Saints in whose honour they are 

Two canons, Th, Mount and Th. Harewell, acting for the Dean, to 
the Vicar of Cheddre. Notice that they are about to hold a visitation 
of the Church. A.D. 1380. 

Chuter of Henry Parker, vicar of Donlting, made vrith the content 
of the Atfl>ot John and the monks of Glastonbury, granting to the D. A 
C. of Wells for the use of the &bric, one acre o! glebe land lying in 
Esthay fnrlong, bounded on the West by the high road to Cbevelinch, 
the South side \6 perches and 8 feet in length ; the North 16 perches; 
the Eastern, 9 perches 6 ft. ; the Western, 8 perches 4 ft, to be held by 
them in perpetuity for the use of the ftbric on payment (£ li,6d,» 

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Hie Chapter agree that the siud Henry may enter npon the said acre Oiin^u 
called Wottyngsmead, and recover any arrears of the rent A.D. 1381. M^^ - 

Lease by the Chapter [the Dean is absent] of a toft, " sive vacua '"'■ ^**- 
placea," in Mill I^ne, Anno regno Bic. fi". 

Confliznation by the Chapter of a lease by the Bp. of a tenement in foLassindon. 
Wells. A.D. 1382. 

Admissioii of Adam Davenport to a canonry in Wells, and to the 
prebend of I>ynre. May 6, A.D. 1382. 

Admissioo ef d" John de Middleton to a canonry and the [O^bend of 
Combe 1**» »de maadato domini." May 22, A.D. 1382. 

Obitas of John de Horsington, Chancellor, Prebendary of Compton 
Epi and Finnarins <k Gheddre. 

Bond of Bobert de Cheddre de firiBtoU to pay to Bp. Ralph £200 on foL 383. 
St. Michael's Day next following, in the Chorch of WyreliBCombe. 

CKven at Wyveliacombe on Tuesday next after Nativ. S. Mary. 
AJ>. 1S62. 

The above sealed by the said Robert " in qnadam camera infra curiam 
dn' £p* B. A W. apnd Wyreliscumbe pro hospitibus assignata." 

On Sept. 10, 1362, the said Robert, a burgess of Bristol, appeared 
before tlw Bp. in his chapel at Wyreliscumbe, pro tribuoali sedeute, and 
acknowledged that as exor. of the Will of William Husee he was bound 
to the Bp. for the Church of Wells in £200 left to the church by the 
sud William. The Bp. makes answer through hie official Bobert de 
Nettleton, " organum vocia ane," 

A. chantry established in the parish church of Cheddre of the annual fbL 9fl3 in don. 
value of 10 marcs, on behalf of our present King Edward, See., and the 
benefit of his soul after his death, pro satisfactione pleoaria summe 
pecone predicte m the last entry. 

Certificate (^ the notary to the above. 

Begistrum Capitull Eccl* Wellen Confectnm per magiatrum Thomnn fol. 284. 
Spert ecde Cathed. Wellen Caacellarium. 

He succeeded John de Horsington as Chancellor and was installed 
Aug. 7, AJ>. 1882. 

On August 8, Canon W. Camel in the presence of the Chapter 
[named] presented libmm antiphonarinm sive legendarium et qnendam 
pannum aureum quern habnit de done domine comite^ Cantie, et unain 
amictam gamieitam, et duas pecias de Bokeram rubeam, et borduras 
ac quandam orCresuram aliam per Badulfum £p™ ad ejus procura- 
tionem prefate ecclesie legatam, ad fadeudum ex omnibus predictis 
unam capam, promittens ae velle sumptibus anis propriis capam eandem 
vita et sanitate .... respemando tunc usum suum dum vizerit 
et usum diet! libri et dicte cape, Et subsequitur tunc ibidem excusavit 
se fide media super quadam dausula inecripta in Begistro scripto tem- 
pore dicti Johaonia Horsynton Canceller, continente inter cetera quod 
Johannes Aunger nuper canonicus dicle ecci* et senior capitulo pro 
tempore, dixit quod ipse tradidit dicfo Willelmo Camel £20 de pecunia 
proveniente ad tumbam d'^ Badulphi nuper Ep> Wellen. Quod quidem 
juramentum aive excusationem dictum capitulem admiserunt et ipsum 
auper non rec^ttionem dicte peconie exousatnm habnerunt. 

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OiiTOMii AuguBt 9. The Chancellor T. Spert receivea the firm of Whitchurch 
USB. from the Chapter [named] vacant by the death of Richard de Corleton. 
A Canon's houae allotted to the same, 
fol. !84iudors. Further entries about the Canon's house. 
The firm of Burnham let. 

Richard Harewell installed ae cauon uid Prebendary of Litton on 
Oct. 1 A.D. 13fi6. 

fi>L aes. BUmk. 

f ol. 385 in dow. Leave of absence for seven years study at Oxford given by Beau 
Thomas de Sudbury aDd,the chapter to Thomas Parker vicar of the 
prebendal ataU of Yatton. Jan. 2, A.D; 13S4. 

fol. 286. Blank, 

fol. 286 in dors. Process on the part of the D. & C. against Widter Harame, Vicar 
of S. Cuthbert's, about the 20 marcs pension payable by him auDually 
to the D. & C. He has refused to pay and the amount now due is 
£100. Anno regni regis nunc 7°. 

The D. & C. recover 40 marcs and excuse the rest, 

fol. SBJ. Appropriation by Bp. John of the church of East Coker for the 

chantry of Hugh de Courtenay in Exeter Cathedral. The petition 
is made by Fbilip de Courtenay, miles ; and master Robert Broke. 
Mentions Hugh de Courtenay and Margaret his widon-. Il is to be a 
chantry of four presbyters to celebrate masses and other divine offices 
daily at the tomb in navi . , . Exon' Eccl" decenter constructam, 
for the soul of the eaid Hugo, &e., for the good estate of the said 
Margaret, et Rogeri in Chriato patris, and of Lord William de Courtenay 
his son, Archbiefop of Canterbury, and of the said Philip, and of Lord 
Peter de Courtenay, &o. 

Besides the Rectory of East Coker that of Honington in Exeter 
diocese is appropriated. 

Masses are to be celebrated at the tomb daily, Et precipue infra 
nominatas, viz., die domlnica de Sancta Trinitate ; die Lune, unam de 
Angelis ; die Martis de S- Thoma ; die Marcurii de Omnibus Sanctis ; 
die Jovis, unam do S. Spiritn : die Veneris nnam de Sancta Cnice ; et 
die Sabbati unam de l^ta Vir^ne, alteram de . . . . et alias 
mis^as de die , . . . pront ex devotions eis fuerit i'ospiratum, 

foL SB^indors. Two p^s of details about the services and the ornaments, &C., of 
fol. 888. the chantry, and about the provision made for the vicar of East Coker. . 

foLsasindora. Given at Woky, June 24, 1385. 

Certificate by Robert Sloo, public notary of Bath and Wells to the 

Confirmation of it by the Chapter of Wells on June 35. 

Confirmation aleo by the Chapter of Bath on June 26. 

Appointment by the Chapter, Thomas de Sudbury the Dean is 
present, of Canon John Upton to exercise their disciplinary powers 
over the canonical body if occasion should arise. July 10, A.D. 

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from him to the'commu nanus. July 24. 

AppropriatioQ by the Dsaii and Chapter of the church of Kingston i foL sgs. 
of which Robert Chetyrne was lately rector, to the use of the Vicara of 
tlie Close. 

The deed is addresged to Thomas Elwell and Nicholas Saace, com- 
munis aule novt clausi vicariomm principalibiis. Sept. 19, A.D. 

The D. & C. appoint Master Lamhert More to act for them for one 
year, in their suit against certwo persons at North Cory. Sept 24, A.D. 

At a visitation of the diocese made by the Bp. the claim made fol. 289 in dots, 
by the Abbey of Glaatonbuiy to jurisdiction over seven churches and to 
certain pensions is confirmed by the Bishop. At Woky, Sept. 12, IbHS. 

Printed in Adam de Domerham, Vol. I., p. 273. 

Confirmation of the last by the Chapter of Bath. Sept. 14. foL 390. 

Siinilar confirmadon by the Chapter of Wells Sept. 24. Sudbury Dean of Wells "et sacri palalii apostolici causarum 
auditor " to Canon Andrew Baret " confi-atri nostro dictiqne palatii 

In return for his good ofiices and labours, the Chapter will receive 
him into residence on receipt of jG40 pro iine et redemptione communii 
vestri in eadem eccle ju^tta statuta et consnetudines in principio vestre 

nore residentie; ac vos a predicto convivio 

tenendo libenmus. 

Fe is not however to share in the sreat distribntion hut only in the foLSSOindon. 
quotidians, until he comes into personal residence, &c. 

On Dec. 23, A.D. 1385. Canon Richard Spicer is formally chai^d 
before the Chapter with having used opprobrious language to the Dean, 
and is suspendM for a time " aalvis statu ct beneficiis." 

At another Chapter he is absolved on his promise of good behaviour, fol. ssi. 

At a Chapter the death of William Cammel the Precentor is an- 
noonced, and his firm of Mudford and IJovington given to Canon Th. 
Bingham. April 20, A.D. 1386. 

Allotment of a Canon's house. 

Avery indistinct entry, apparently about the improper behaviour of tol. 991 in dors. 
one (£ the vicars during a procession. He promises amendment. 

Grant by the D. & C. of a Canon's House and the firm of their 
Grange to Edmund Seyntloo the senior resident who has not any. 
They are vacant by the death of William Odecumbe. A.D, 1386. 

The beginning only of an entry about the establishment of Hngh foL 392indoTB. 
Conrtenay's Chantry. 

A letter in French irom the King recommending Eichard Medeford 
his sed'etary to the Chapter as Inshop. 
Given at Windsor, Dee. 14. 



The D. & C. give leave of absence for the porpose of study to a 
vjcar, allowing huu to draw his stipend meanwhile, provided that be 
— find one to do his duty for him. Oct. 1, A.D. 1888. 

At a Chapter held on Sept. 24, A.D. 1388. Canon Richard Harewell, 
prebendary of Litton, came and declared that he wished to be a resident 
according to the statutes, &c. On Feb. 12 he was admitted accordingly. 

1, J1B8. At a Chapter held on Aug. 20, A.D. 1387 fthe Dean not present], 

Bobert Ru|^, Chancellor of Oxford, and prebendary of Dalcol^ 
sought to be a resident and was admitted. 

On Nov. 5 the D. & C. allot to the said Robert Rn^;e a honee and 
a firm for so long as he shall be a resident. 

At a Chapter held May 26^, A.D. 1388, T. Newman, vicar, reports 
that he has cited Canon Richard Spicer at his own house, and in his 
stall, to appear before the Chapter and answer a chai^ of having laid 
violent hands on W. Hepe a chaplain of Wella. 

He doea not appear and for his contumacy he is forbidden entrance to 
the Cathedral and suspended from receipt of a portion of the commuoia, 
and is l^in summoned to appear before the Chapter. 

1,393 indon. On Sept. 19, A.D. 1388. Thomas More proctor of Ralph Bp. of 
B. & W. appeared before the Chapter [the Dean is absent] and exhibited 
the Papal letters " more curi% Romane bullatas," concerning the transla- 
tion of the said Bp. and desired obedience to them. 

A copy of the said letters (all crossed out). 

The Fope has transhtted the Bp. of B. & W. to Durham, and now 
translates Bp. Ralph from Salisbury. 

J, Sf4, Formal protestation of Richard Harewell that he wishes to become a 

residentiary. Sept. 24. 

On Oct. 1. A vicar still on trial is warned because ho has not given 
sufficient attention to learning the Antiphonarium, Fsalterium, and 
Ympnarinm, and is allowed a further space of time. 

Licence of non-residence for three years granted to two vicars at the 
desire of the King and the late Bishop. Sept. 8, A.D. 1388. 

1 394 in dore ^^ -^'"S claims the right of presentation to the Treaanrership, and 
' ' ' prohibits the Chapter from seeking in any way to infringe this right. 

He had appointed William Langbrook. 

Given at Westminster March 6, anno regni 12". 

Admission by T. Spert, acting during the absence of T. de Sudbury 
the Dean, of John Deize to the Chantry of Cheddre vacant by the death 
of John Ashefolde. Sept. 13, A.D. 1389. 

Licence to a Vicar to go to Rome and keep hia office in S, Mary's 
Chapel juxta claustram to which he was presented by Dn'. John Chediock, 
miles. Jan. 14, A.D. 1389. 

Dl. 295. Tl»e Archbp. to the D. & 0. 

A question has been raised in the King's Court whether the holder of 
the Prepositura of Wells can also hold a benefice. The Court applies to 
the Archbp, for information because the Bp. of B. & W. is one of the 
parties in the suit, and the Archbp. desires the Chapter to send to him 
evidence from their Archives. AJ). 1390. 

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Ute Chapter reply to th« Archbp. Uiat they wQl campfy with hk ci^^Li. 
mudate. v^- 

A Mandate from the King to the Chapter, eimilftr to that sent by the 

The Cbapt«r reply to the King, fclSBSIndoM, 

They have sent all the infonuation they poesess. 

The answer of the Cb^ter aa to the statuB of the Prepositus. f<d.s96. 
He need not be a priegt ; nor a resident ; nor need he have cure of 
sools, or any gpiritaal jnrisdiction, nor has he a voice in the Chapter or 
right of entry by reason of his ofBee. The foIlowiDg persons have in 
previoos times held benefices with the office, viz., J<^n de S, Paul, 
Archd" of Cornwall ; Andrew Ufford, Arcbd" of Middlesex ; Adam 
Hjlton, Treasurer of York j WUliam Wykeham, Archd" of Lincoln ; 
John NewenbamJ Rector of Fenny Staunton ; Walter Trelond, Rector 
of CriBtemaleford. 

Acknowledgment of the receipt of the King's mandate. 

Confirmation by the Chapter of the manumission by the Dean of 
Niidiolas Eyng of Merk Bri^e. Dec 5, A.D. 1390. 

lospex: and conf : by the Chapter of a lease by Bp. Balpb to Henry fol.S96indorE. 
Spertegrove of a fulling mill at the bottom of his garden in Wells. Feb. 
20, anno regni re^s, 14°. 

Leave of absence for three years, for the pnrpose of study at Oxford 
given by the Chapter to one of the vicars. June 19, A.D. 1S91. 

There is none. foL 997. 

A short note about the vicars. fol_ ^ia. 

The presentation to the vicat^s office belooge to the canon of each 


A cBDon presents a young relation to be his vicar. The Chapter 
commit the duty of examining " in lectura et cantu " to the whole body of 
vicars then present. They examine him qnrt, and report that he is 
" babilis in lectura et cantu, turn vocem juvenilem habet." On the fol- 
lowing day the Chapter order him to be habited as a vicar and installed, 
and then leave of absence for one vear is given to him that he may study 
in the school. A.D. 1391. 

John Hewyssch Abbot of Athehiey installed as a prebendary. A.D. 

Mem. that a chantry of the value of 4 marcs at S. Nichdas's altar 
jnsta claustrum is in Uie patronage of the Cbancellor, the Succentor, 
■nd the Subdean, in torn, each for one year. 

Confirmation by the Chapter of a manumission by Bp. Ralph of John fol. 398 in ion. 
Skete and bis family. A.D. 1391. 

The D. & C. ex parte meraorie d"* Johannis Harewell nuper B. & W. 
Ep', consent to the total removal of the palace at Blackford, " voluptuose 
constrocta et in nullo penitus necessaria." 

Also of buildings at Congresbury. The materials may be sold, and fol. 3J9. 
the Bp. is freed from the expence of dil^idations. A.D. 1391. 

Leave (£ absence to a Vicar. 
U 30941. I 



. ^BLU The Chapter admit Boeer HBrenell, Archd. of B&th to be a resident. 

"^^■^ A.D. 1392. 

M. SB8 in don. ] nspex. and Conf. by the Chapter of certnin loanumisBions hy Thomas 
Waller, Rector of Cristemaleford. 

A vicar ie accused before the Chapter of migconduct during service in 
the Choir, of wandering about among the pillars and talking vith laj 
pCQple, of growing hie hair long, of not using a tonsure, of not keeping 
his ettjl properly, of not being diligent in learning Psalter, Autiphonar;, 
and Hymnary. 

He IB also charged with using opprobrioas langu^e about the 

Ends abruptly at the bottom of the page, the rest of the book is 


j^j_ ]_ The petition of Dean Bumell and the Chapter to King Edward for 

licence for themselves and the Monks of Bath to elect a Bp. in the 
place of late Bp. Robert 

Sent by the hands of W. de Haselahawe and Thomas de G-orges. 

Tfa6 Chapter of Bath to the Chapter of Wells de eodem. 

The Chapter of Wells similarly to the Chapter of Bath. Dec. 39. 

fbl. I in dors. Summons issued by the D. & C. of Wella to Caaon H. de Clare to be 
present in the Chapter at Bath on Wednesday next after the Convw- 
sion of S. Paul for the purpose of the election. Dec. 30. 

A similar summons to their fellow canon H. de Newark, Dean of 
Yoik. If he is canonically unable to be present be may appoint one of 
the Canons to be his proxy. There is no such provision in the case of 
Canon H. de Clare. 

Letter of Walter the Prior of Bath and of Edward the Dean of 
WelU, as in Lib. Alb. T. fol. 91. 

Election of Robert Bnrnell, as in Lib. Alb. L foL 91. 

to\. 2. A formal recital of the last, as in Lib. Alb. fol. SI. 

fbl. s in duTB. The Chapter of Bath to the Chapter of Wells, that they have (^pointed 
their proctors for the dection, on S. Thomas the Martyr's Day. 
A.D. 1292. 

The said proctors meet at Feringdon the following day and fix upon 
Wednesday next after the Conversion of S. Paul for the ejection. 

fol. 3. Upon June 7, A.D. 127<% at a general Convocation of the Canons 

of the Cathedra], in the presence of Bp. WilUam II., the following 
constitutions were made. 

The ordinate was corrected. 

No one is henceforth to add or subtract from it without the consent 
of the Bp. and the whole Chapter. 

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Item, " qnod de cetero nulle matutioe in sero dicantur in choro eiceptia OAiHBDBiL 
festivitatibus S. Trin, NaL S. Job' Bapt. et S.S. Petri et Panli." MSS. 

Item, "quod canonicus quilibet de cetero ad pinguiorem prebendam 
forsitaD promovendus fhietus prebende auo prions percipiat sicut priua 
donee cesBantibus impedimentis qae secundum coneaetudinem eccleeie 
coalingunt fructus percipere possit ex prebenda que sibi fuerit permu- 

Four days in the rear appointed for the transaction of the more 
important business of the Chapter. If a canon is absent, and is not 
represented by a vicar " ad hoc instructum," he shall receive nothing for 
(be last and the following quarter. 

"Item. Ad Titandi peijurii periculum quod hactenus admissi vicarii 
hnjns ecdesie quasi inevitabi liter incmrerunt, si presentandns ad qoam- 
cunqne vicariam persona nota fuerit et expert qnod scilicet tarn scien- 
tiam habeat cantandi quam etiam inatru men turn, concedatur ei atatim 
percipere omnia ad niodum aliorum vicariorum. Ita tamen quod extuuc 
stet in probaticne morum suonim et diligentie quam exhibebit de sciendis 
corde tenns Antiphonario, psalterio, et ympnario per totum annum 
lequentem. Deputato sibi nichilominns ouscultatore super hoc per 
piecentorem presente capitulo. In cnjus fine anni si idem presentatns 
per rei evidentiam et testimonium predict! auscultatorts et ceterorum 
clerieorum ecclesiamm, ipso amoto, bene morigeratus espertna fuerit et 
diligens in hac parte perpetuetur ut ceteri vicarii in ecctesia memorata, 
alioquin rejioiatur omnino. Idem fiat de persona qualibet non experta 
eicepto quod hujusmodi persona autequam ingrediatur annalem proba- 
tionem hujusmodi stabit in probatiune sine perceptione qualibet per quin- 
decim dies ante ad minus lectura et cantatura per se et cum aliie qnotidie 
ad sue modulationis psallendi et cantandi scientiam comprobandam. 
Quarum altera si sibi defuerit repellatur omnino. 

The above constitution is confirmed but not recited in the Statutes of 
Writer de Haselshaw on fol. 21 of this Liber Buber and in Lib, Alb, 
but the words referring to Bp. Button are omitted at p. 66 in the copy 
of the Statutes printed in " Wells Cathedral, &c,," by H. £. Bejnolds. 

A' list of the charters and other documents in the Cliapter Register, ibl. 3 in dorB. 

The list is the same as that in Lib. Alb. I. fol. 6, &c., and the docn- to fol. 7 in dois. 
ments are there and, with the exception of 3 or 4, not in Lib. Bubcr. 

The list is printed in " Wells Cathedral, Ac," by H. E. Reynolds, 
p. 115. 

The Writ Quo Warranto as in Lib. Alb. 1., fol. 108. fol. 7 in don. 

Writ of Qno Warranto against the D. & C. about North Cory. fol- 9 in dors. 

Similarly about the Advowson of Cungresbury., &c. 

ConfirmataoD of the rights o£ Wells by Archbp. John as in Lib. Alb. 
I.,fol. lU. 

A. short list of charters, &c., rubricated, and witli quaint heads drawn ioL 12 in dors, 
in red at the end of each paragri^h. 

De oidinatione prebendamm, &C; as in Lib. Alb, I,, fol. 31. fol. 18. 

Charter about Cumbe, as in Lib. Alb. I., fol. 49 in dors. fol. u. 

The Charter of Bp. Joceltne about vacant prebends, as in Lib. Alb, 
I, fol. 68. 



vrtLLi That the Archdeacon's answer to the Chapter ia this matter. As in 

MS8. Lib, Alb. I., fol. 59. 

A Charter, at the bottom of the page in a different hand, Bp. Bigia 
grants, vnth the consent of the Archdeacons, all the frnits of vacaot 
benefices for the &bric until the work is completed. 

Given in the Chapter in the presence of Bichard the Dean, William 
the Precentor, T. the Archd", and almost all the Canons. 

fol. 15. Grant of the proceeds of vacant benefices to Bp. Roger for a time as 

in Lib. Alb. I., fol. 64. The canons are named, 

fol. 15 indora. Bp. W. de eodein. A.D. 1249. 

f^_ IS, Bp. W. restores these frnits to the D. & C, and ap[voves of their 

appropriation to the Mmc. At Banwell Jan. 12. Anno Pontif. IS". 

fol. 16 b dors. William the Prior of the Hospital of S. John, in Wells, and the 
brethren promiee to Richard de Bntton the Precentor to perform a 
f\ill service annnalJ^ at the AltAr of S. John in their house for the 
soul of the said Richard, of Bp. W. de Button, and bia auceetors, Ac, 
The Bean to have power to enforce tbis. Test. Edwttrd the Dean; 
Nicholas the Treasurer, &c. 

Confirmation by the D.&C. of the grant bj Bp. Josceline of a chanli;, 
bells, and cemetery to S. John's Hospital. 

, At a general convocation held on the morrow of S. Augustine's 

the Apostle of the English, A.D. 1241, in the presence of Bp. J. 
an order was made about the distribution of the communa, &c. Two 
thirds of a year constituteB residence, and no simple canon is bound to 
residence unless he wishes it, 

The revised ordinale is to be followed. 

It is decided that the Dean, or Sub-Dean in his absence, has the 
power of giving leave "Exeundi villam, vel fleobotomandi, transfer- 
reodi aliquem in primnm gradnm, vel in secundam formam. Item 
statutum est quod vicarii ... ad slationem in choro sequantur pre- 
beadas ad quas admissi fuertmt vicarii eo non obstante, et si prebends 
fuerit collata persone in dignitate ex altera parte." 

The prebend of Winsham held by the Archdn. of Bath is to minister 
in the priest's order as it used to do. 

A bell is to be sonnded f<»' Chapter meetings. 

fol, 17 in dors. New arrangements about the distribution of the commons made A J). 
1259. The canons present are named. 

fol. IB. Letter Patent of King Edward for walling the Liberty. 

Edwardos Dei gratia Rex Angl. &c. he. ad honorem Dei et hone- 
statem ccclesie CatbedEalis Wellen, ac sanctorum quorum corpora 
requiescunt in eadem, aecnon ad Be9uritatem et quietem canonicornm 
et ministorum predicte ecclesie, et auonim ibidem residentium, con- 
cessimus pi-o nobis et heredibus nostris venerabile patri Roberto Bathon 
et Wellem Ep" quod ipse cimiterium ecclesie predicte et procinctaiD 
domorum canonicorum predictorum infra civitatem anam Wellen 
muro lapideo circumquaqne includere, et murum ilium Kimellare, et 
procinctum ilium sic iuclusum eidem Ep° et successuribuB suis ad 
suam et dictomm canonicorum securttatem majorem tenere possit sine 
occasione vel Impedimento nostri vel heredum nostrorum justiciariorum 
seu aliorum ministrorum nostrorum quorum cumque in perpetnum. 



Its qnod in Btratis et locis aliis necesBarlis et competentibus ibidem Wills 
porCas et posternag fieri, et stratea quas ipsum in prociucta ilto in- ''^"b^"" 
cludere contjgerft ad proprias et commodlus quod pro tranBefintibus — ' 

fieri potuerit .... fsdet. Et ita quod porte iUe et pOBtenie singnlia 
dieboa ab anrora diel usque ad noctem aint aperte^m utilitat« tran- 
senntium per portas et poaternas Bupradictas. Ita etiam quod porte 
iUe et poet«me de nocte dandantnr, et in aurora die! aperiantur sicnt 
predictnm eat, 
Teste me ipso i^nd Wodestok Uaroh 15 anno regni 14°. 

Articlea of viaitation in the Cathedral by the Dean. Printed in tol 18 in don. 
" Wells Cathedral, Ac." by H. E. Reynolds, p. 125. 

The Statutes of Walter de Haselshaw as in Lib. Alb. L fol. 216, &c., (d. 1», &c 
ami printed in " Wellfl Cathedral, &o." p. 59. Ac 

The Statutes ot Dean John de Godelee. toL M, *«■ 

Printed in « Wells Cathedral, &c.," p. 126, &c., as Ear as the end of the 
■rtide "annas post mortem," p. 129. 

The next two articles, viz., " Item at vestigiis .... procnrori," and 
" Quod gennlectura," are printed at p. 74. The next " De Percossioni- 
bns Camp&narum," is here crossed out. 

Then there foUowa an article here which Is not printed. " Item quia 
qsedam carte noatre que aunt velut thesanms ecclesie in parte sunt 
debilitate, quedam yero quasi vetustate conaumpte, Totumns quod per 
discretOB viroa concanonicoa noatroa preaente ecclesie cancellario qui 
mruQ et custodiam habet earuudem circa festum S. Michaelis examinen- 
nir et in uno regiatn) de Terbo ad verbnm conaoribantur et prout 
i^tina comode fieri potuerit sub mann (publica?) auctoritate judicia 
competentis ad perpetuam rei memoriam publicentur, saltern ille de 
qiurum conanmptione magis timetur. 

The next 3 articles " Qnod non sint ladi " ; " Quod canonici 
teneaut " ; " Additio in jnrament^" are printed pp. 75, 73. 

Then there follow the two articles, printed on p. 76, " Quod ricarii," 
ind " Quod ait in arbitrio," but in the rererse order. 

The next is " Quod annellarii" is printed at p. 158. 

The rest b^inuing with "ad perpetnum futororum, &c." are printed 
pp. 129--1S1. 

Blank. toL as. 

Order made by John de Crodelee the Dean, and the Chapter about fol. 38 in dora. 
firms, printed in Appendix G., pp. 131-133 of « WeUa Cathedral, &c." *c. 

Articles of visitation from *' Inquirant visitatoree primo " to " Audi, fol. so in don. 
ridi, tace, si vis Yivere in pace," printed in "Wella Cathedral, Sec.," 

p. 126, 

The Canon's oath of obedience and fidelity. 

A chapter summoned to consider the attempt of Bp. John de Drokens- tol. 81, flw. 
ford to interfere with the Dean's righU as visitor of the prebendal 
churches, &c. 

The proceedings which follow fill 8 folios. They are described, and 
the greater part printed in <* Wells Cathedral," App. H. p. 133, 

Bp, Soger's order about the Frebendfi as on fol. 13. fol. to, 



Witu Statutes concdrDing each one of tlie officers of the Cathedral, priirted 

^'"m^^ in " Wells Cathedral," pp. 55-56 as far as the tenth line on p. 56 
— endine " in tabula lectores notare." 

f,)l. M) & 41 in 

dois. The next line and a half " Et cantor .... veruntarum " is not in 

fol. 48. thg ^s., but the rest of the MS. b as it is printed on pp. 56, 57, sa 6a 

as " illorum faciant," 

fel. 49 in don. Prebends exempt from Archidiaconal viaitation. Lib. Alb. I., fol. 28. 

H. the Archd*; carries out the last order. Lib. Alb. I., fol. 29. 

fbl.4S. The pcmer ct exoonununicati<a raven to the Chapter. Lib. Alb. L, 

fol. 28. 

Charter about Kiwish and Brente as in Lib. Alb. I., fol. 41. > 

to\ 48 in don. 1^ Charter of Bp. Josceline abont Wedmore prebend, as in Lib. 
^ Alb. I., fol. 58, 

£}L 44. Bp. Josceline about Merke and Wedmore as In Lib. Alb. I, 51. 

fol. 44 in don. ^P- Joscdine about the quotidians, &c. as in Lib. Alb. I., foL 51. 

fol 49 in doT8 Pope Adrian to Dean Ivo aod the brethren confirming to the Cathedral 
its poseeedoDS, epecifiod. 

Dftt ; Rome apud Sf^ Petrum per manum Bolandi S. Bomane ecd* 
presbyteri Cardinalis et CancellariL xi. £al. Feb. Indie, sexta, A.U. 
1157. Pontif. vero dn' Adriani p^ie iiii anno quarto. 

fol. 46, &o. Pope Alexander to Dean Bichard and the Canons. 

A similar document. 

Dat Anognie per manum Oraciani S. Romane ecde Subdn. et 
notarii, xvii. Kal. Julii, Indic. 8* A.D. 1176, Fontif. Alexandri 
pape iii, anno xvii°. 

lUBpex ; by Thomas the Prior of Bath, as Lib. Alb. IIL, fol. 3. 

The exemption of prebends, as Lib. Alb. III., fol. 3. 

About the fruits of vacant benefices, as Lib. Alb. III., fol. 244. 
Commission issued by the Bp. about various rights and possessions of 
the Chapter. Printed in " Wells Cathedral, &c" App. I., p. 146. 

Commisaiou issued by the Bp., as in Lib, Alb. I., fol. 163. 

Confirmation by the Bp. of the privileges of the D. & C. as in Lib. 
Alb. I., foL 163. 

The jurisdiction of the Dean, &c. confirmed by the Bp. as in Lib. Alb. 
L, 163. 

foL fiO. The Bp.'s bond to the D. <!:; C. for 23/. 6s. 8d. as in Lib. Alb. I., foL 


The jurisdiction of the Precentor in Pulton, as in Lib. Alb. I., foL 
fol SO in don. The deci»on of Bp. Joceline about the jurisdiction of the Dean and 
8nb-dean, &c., as in Lib. Alb. I., foL 43. 
Order about attendance in Chapter as in Lib. Alb. I., fol. 87. 
fol. 51. About the inrisdiction of the Dean and Sub-dean as in Lib. Alb- I, 

foL 156. 




47 in 





48 in 



49 in 




AJ>. 1340. John de MQtoD, vicar, petitions the Chapter to allow Vbllb 
Hugh de Alresford to live with him, according to custom and statute, ^^"^m^ 
Leave ia given provided that his present companion W. de Walton , , -:— 
Boffers no loss. f"'- ^1 « d*"*- 

Yiaitation b^ the Bp. in the Cathedral A.D. 1337. Printed in fol. ss, &c 
"Well* Cathedral, Ac." App. K, p. 148. 

Slank. foL 53. 

A citation issued by ths Bp. A.D. 1338, and protest bv tbe D. & O. fill- SS in don. 
Printed in " Wella Cathedral, Ac" App. 4, p. 149. foL **■ 

A soit before R, Hillai^ and other justiciaries in the Court of King's foL M in don. 
Bench betvreen Walter de London the Dean, and Walter de fEamdon 
and Matilda, bis wile, about the office of ballivus of the bedellaria of 
Bempstoa Hundred, which they claim tbrough Nicholas de Langelonde, 
is decided in favour of the Dean. 16 E. III. 

Qaitclaim by the said Walter de ffamdon^of the above to the ftil. 55. 
Dean. Teat Anselm de Gornay; Adamar de Nortblode ; Richard, de 
Countevyle; William de Modealee and John, his son ; Nicholas at Pullo 
■nd Walter, bis son ; Bertram de Dombleton i John Manshepe [Walter's 
attorney], William de Sheldon ; Richard de Morton ; Robert le Clerk ; 
WilHam de Eoch, &e. At Wedmore, Jan. 19. 16 E. III. 

SommoDS issued by P. de Wellegh to the Bailiff of Bempston ex 
parte re^ to aummon four of the knights qui visui illi iuterfuerunt at 
Westminster, to appear and give evidence before the justiciaries at 
Somerton in order to aasess amounts due to the King. 

A suit before J. de Stonore and other iosticiaries by John de Lange- 
bnd against Walter de London the Dean for the bedellaria of Bempstone 
Hnndred. William de Conntevill had ^ven it to Nicholas de Lange- 
loade and Johanna hia wife, and to their sons Nicholas and John, and 
»fter the death of the said Nicholas and John, and of Hugh their 
heir [it is not said whose son he was, he bafterwards described "cuidam 
Hugoni ut fiUo et heredi] it ought to descend to John, son and heir of 
the said Hugh. 

The Dean prodncea a quitclaim given by the stud John, witnessed 
by Richard de Hamptoue; Walter le Yreys; Walter de Sutton; Aun- 
celin de Goumay; Almaric de Northlode ; Bertram de Dumbeltone; 
John le Riche ; John de Ardeme ; William de Legh ; at Merk on 
Monday next before the feast of S. Gr^ory. 19 E. ID.. 

A controversy had arisen between Bp. Ralph and Walter de London fol. S6 in don. 
the Dean, the Bp. having cited two of the clerks Thomas Tychemersh 
»nd John Cherde, Altariste of the Catliedial, to answer to hun for 
c»tain irregnlarities. It is settled in a friendly spirit that this citation 
Bhall stand, the Bp. not gaining and the Dean not losing any rights or 
jurisdiction thereby. July 11, A.D. 1342. 

" Badnlf as, Ac., &q. Ep" dilecto illio Waltero de London, Decano, 8cc. 
Cam occasione correctionis criminnm et ezcessuum quorundam 
parochiMiomm Ecclesiarum de Wedmore et Evercrich vobis ut pre- 
teoditnr immediftte subditoram, quorum aliqnos discretus rir Magister 
Johannes de Middelton noster commissarins generalie coram eo respon- 
B^TDB ad auditum dicitur evocaase, et aliquibus certos fuatigationes certis 
ueboa et lods more primal! peragendas , . . injuuxiase et quibusdam 
csclani purgatioiiem cum oerfo niimerp compurgatbrum indiztsse, 

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136 HISTpBip^I, UAIT^OBIPTO opBanssioiT. 

et alios fiistigasm eea Aistigari m&ndaese vel feceese ; " and a qaeation of 
jurisdiction has arisen between Qxe said Dean and the said commisaiy 
from this. The Bp. has made inquiry and finds " quod dictus noater com- 
missBrius predictos parochianos coram eo pro criminibua . . . extra 
loca vestre jurisdictioni sabdita .... ad judicium evocavlt^ fasti- 
g^ionea iqjunxit et ipaos aicat licuit fuaUgavit et fustigari miaadatit." 
WhateTer liad taken place had been done " extra looa vobia Bubdita, Sue" 
At Wella, July 11, A.D. 1342. 

AdmiatdoD by the Bp. Balph of Robert fienre to the vicarage of. S. 
Decumana on the presentation of the D. & C. Given at WyTclescombe, 
Jane 26, Anno Fonti£ 18°. 

Mem. by the Bp. upon a queation of jarisdictios which had 
arisen from an inquisition made on the vacancT of S. Decuman'a Vicarage. 
The Dean is to keep all the jurisdlctioQ whi<m ihe Deans have heretofore 
ezerciaed aa to the Ticorages of vacant prebends, and the Bp. never 
intended to interfere with this when be made the inquiaition. G-tven in 
the Chaptw at Wells [the Canoira present are oamedj, $ept, 30, A,Ji, 

tol S7. A letter to the Dean of Foulet. 

The custom cf the diocese has been that if a Bector vacatea his living 
after the Feast of the Annunciation he has the next autumn's harvest. 
T^e I>. & C. and the Archd" of Wells now claim these fruits. Tt is 

Sroposed to Gulfmit the question to the arbitration of the Bp., and the 
)ean of Foulet is to give notice and summon all whom tt may concern 
to appear in person at by proxy in the cathedra] and treat' of the matter ; 
"et licet DOn vobis aciilwmuB ut comnoiaarius domim sed ut liector de 
dioeesi, coocorditer tamen bubeatur istud n^;otium quia magis arduuni 
Doetris temporibns non est visum." 
Written at Wells, Dec. 1, by J. de Middelton, Bector of Bteodon. 

A simitar letter to the Dean of Yevetchester. These two entries are 
in die same haad as the next. 

The Dean Walt«r de London adjudf^a that William de Littelton the 
Frecentor "juxtaspontaneamconf^Bionem tuam in judicio coram nobis" 
pay £100 to Simon de Bristol! the Chancellor ; Bichard de Thisteldene, 
the Treasurer ; Nicholas de Estone, the Snccentor; and Galfrid de 
Chelch, a Canon, under pain of excoipjuunication. 

ftd. 6T in don. The Archbp. to the Bpa. complaining that aids have been exacted 
from the clergy by mere mandate from die King's Chcmcellery, whereas 
hitherto aids have never been given except by a grant from the Con- 
vocation upon a demand addressed to the Archbp. He calls upon the 
Bpa. to resist this, not to abstain from attendance in the pailiament, but 
to give good advice there and publish its ill doings. 
Given at Andewarpia, March 24. 

This is printed in " Wells Cathedral, Ac." App. M. p. 151. 

fol, 9S. ^Q insti'ument containing the agreement come to, between Bp. 

Balph and Boger de Mortuo Mari Archd" of Wells as tojorisdiction 

Given at "Wok^r, A.D. 13S8, 



by Walter de Hnlle, Notary. 0.^"^ 

A queetjoa about the Hundred of Wiuterstoko between the Bp. and ^^ 

Walter de Bodeoye, knight. A.D. 1338. M- SB ia don. 

Foiat and difficult to read. 

The same mandate about jurisdiction as that on fola, 52 and 66. M. 56. 

A mandate by the Bp. after he has held a visitation in the Cathedral. foL S9 ia don. 
All faint and difficult to re^. 

Mandate to the Dean to endoir a vican^e at Merk, A.D. 1338. foL <o. 

A.D. 1335. The Bp's officii Canon John de Carleton appears fol. flo bi don, 
before the Bp. Balph in his Hall at Evercreech and reports that one 
Yateatine de Gemevyle a vicar of the Cathedral has been sns- 
pended for certain offences, by the said Bp., from veering his habit in 
the cathedral for a certain time. Said Valentine had ventured to 
reeume his habit before the ezpiratiou of the time, he now submits and 
a farther period of suspension is imposed bj the Bp., in the presence of 
Bobert Hereward, Archd" of Tanron ; John de Bipingdon, rector of 
Yivele; John de Middelton, rector of Shepton Beanchamp; and S. 
Trippe, and W. de Camel, Clerks, Notaries of the diocese. 

Attestatiou of the last by William de Ludeford, Notary. (bl. 6i. 

Visitation by the Bp. on Dec. 10, A.D. 1337, "in domo capitulari 
ecclcsie .Wellen officium visitatioois sue actualitcr exercens." He 
examined the Dean Walter de London upon various artides touching 
the canons, vicars, and other ministers of the Cathedral, and amongst 
others " de certis articalis titulos canonicorum . . . concernentibus." 
The Dean answers that he is willing that the Bp. should thus call for 
Ihe canons titles, and is ready to exhibit his own whenever it shall 
please him. 

Attestation of Stephen Trippe. 

Certificate by Stephen Trippe, notary, that on Dec. 4, A.D. 1335, fbl. Clindon. 
Bp. Balph came into the Chapter and objected (objecit) to Canon 
Thomas de Haselschawe then present, that he had been detected during 
the course of the visitation lately held, in freqnentiug and drinking in 
taverns. He denied the charge distinctly with the exception of three 
occasions, when he had accepted invitations from certain great men to 
feasts given by them. The Bp. forbad him to do the like again, 
and he promised obedience. One of the vicars was then charged 
irith incontinence. He denied it and " ad suam petitionem coram 
dn' Ep" tunc ibidem puigavit, quern Ep* .... habuit pro 
pnrgato, 8ic." 

Attestation of S. Trippe. 

On Oct. 30 A.D. 1338, Bp. SAph pro tribunali sedena in the Chapter 
for the correction of certain things which he had discovered in the 
visitatioD, in the presence of Walter de London the Dean, the Precentor, 
the Treasurer, the Succentor, and 8 other canons, declared that he 
baring the intention of visiting the diocese, had taken the cathedral first. 
He then caused his official John de Carleton to read the following list of 
^Qgs requiring amendment. 

1. That the revenues of Bomham Church which had been appropriated 
for the support of ^e &bric are not so applied. Some of tJie canons 

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CatstoLl ■"s^^i" tJ*** t**® revenueB of Bomlum are dmost entirely sw&llowed up 
UBS. by pensionfl and chKntriee, othere qnestioned if it had ever been appro- 

priated to tbe aopport of the fabric. The£p> ordered the deeds to be 
fol. 63. 2. That certain of the Statntee of John de Godelee are not observed, 

but it is not stated which statotea are meant, TheBp. therefore orders 
them to be examined, and thrai he will be able " approbanda approbare 
et reprobanda reprobare." 

3. That the canons, vicare and other ofBcers are not preeeot at the 
canonical hours. It is answered on behalf of the vicars that absence is 
punished by forfeitore of quotidians, but against them the * ex gratia ' 
they are allowed thouKh the vicars have been absent. The Bp. ordered 
the canons to attend for the future, and that no allowances should be 
made to vicars who are absent. 

4. That the books and vestments need repair. The Bp. ordered this 
to be done before S. John B^>tiBt's Say, bat on the petition of some of 
tbe canons the date is deferred to S. Michael's Day. 

Attestation of S. Trippe. 

fol. 6S in dors. Upon Dec. 4 in the same year tbe Bp.'e official J. de Carleton delivered 
to the Dean letters patent from the Bp., contwning tbe above orders. 
Given at Woky, Nov. 28, AJ). 1S38. 

ft>L 68. Attestation of William de Camel 

On May 1, A.D. 1336, Bp. Ralph in the Chapter heard sundry 
accaeations made aganist some of the canons of too much familiaritr 
with a certain Cecilia, and warned them not to allow her to enter their 
houses, under pain of excommanication. 

Attested by the Notaries W. de Ludeford, and W. de Camel. 

fol. 63 ID don. On Sept. 13, A.D. 1333, Bp. Balph in his camera at Woky treated 
with 8 of tbe Canons, and the proctor of the Dean, Bichard de Bury, 
who is absent on business, as to the manner of his visitation of the 
Cathedral, and promised at the desire of the canons, that he would 
make his visitation of tbe members of the Cathedral body only in the 
person of the Dean or his substitute, and in ^1 things follow in the 
visitation the practice of his predecessors. They then all proceed to the 
Cathedral and the Bp. makes his visitation tn the manner agreed upon 
above, canonicis presentibus et patienter tolerantibus. 

Attestation of S. Trippe. 

fol. 64. On Oct. 30, AJ). 1338. In the hall of tho Bp's. palace in Wella, 

the Dean Walter de London and the Canons proposed a form of agree- 
ment between themselves and the Bp. ■viz., that any irregularities which 
may have been found by the Bp. in the course of his visitation of the 
Cathedral are to be corrected by him only through the Dean, and this 
not by virtue of any citation issued by the Bp's. official, and saving all 
tbe rights of the Chapter, 

Atteated by S. Trippe. 

Instrument by tho Notary. John Hector of Legh, Dean of Tanton 
had exhibited letters from Bp. Balph in the Church of Kynggestone 
excommunicating Richard de Bokebere the pretended Vicar, and for- 
bidding the parishioners to communicate with him or pay him ogerings 

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&c. Immediately the said Eichord cried aloud. "If the Bp. haa ex- Wicu 
coDUQiinicated me I excommunicAte him," and having forthwith vested mss.'*^'' 

himself he celebrated the mass with a loud voice in the said Church in — 

the presence of 200 of the parishioners, who locked the doors " commin- 
utes quod communionem viatici eodem die simul cum ipeia ab eodem 
in? Ricardo recipere deberemns,'' and then he administered to a great 
namber of the people present, &u, Printed in " Wells CathedraV' ?• 

On Nov. 8, A,D. 1335, the Bp's. otltdal aits jodicialljr in Axebridge ftl. SB. 
Church and punishes b^ suspension a Vicar of the Cathedral for in- 

The correotiwi of T. Haselshaw, Ac. as on fol 61. foL ts in don. 

On Dec. 10, A.D. 1337 the Dean Walter de London, in the presence fd, 6«. 
of the Bp. in the Chapter pro tribunoll sedens, presented a formal 
document to the Bp. acknowledging the receipt of a document from the 
Bp. citiug the Chapter to present themselves for the visitation of the 
Cathedral about to be held, dated Nov. 21, A.D. 1337 at Evercrich, and 
promised obedience. 

The Bp. immediately commenced his visitation. 

Attestation bj W. de Camel. (bL 66 in don. 

The Bp's. commissar; sitting judidally at Axebrugg Church, sus- 
pended Valentine de Gemevyle a Vicar of the Cathedral for half a 
fear for incontiuence, Nov. 3, A.D. 1335. 

He also sitting judicially in Chiw Church tried the case of Nicholas 
le Bray called Lardyner accused of laying violent bands on Master 
Byndan de Byndinellis a clerk in the parish of S. Cuthberts Wells. 
llie said Nicholas denied the charge, and the commissary "ad pur- 

findum SB sexta manu de premissis . . . eidem assiguavit. 
tatim idem Nicholas , . rogavit instanter quod numerum purga- 
torum sic sibi indictum diniinueret, &c. Idem master commissarius 
. . . indixit purgationem quarta manu, £c" Et statim Nicholas 
" quarta manu judicialiter se purgavit." 

Attestation of the last by S. Trippe. 

On Dec 10, A.D. 1337. When the Bp. was in the Chapter and 
abant to make bis visitation, the Dean Walter de London deckred his 
^liugnesB to produce his titles and that the canons should also be called 
upon to do the like. 

On the 15"' of the same month Symon de Bristol who had been fij. 67. 
appointed Chancellor by the Bp. in the presence of the Bp. in the 
Cathedral made oath of obedience to the statutes, and that he would 
deliver or cause to be delivered lectnres in Theology or in the Decrees, 
At the times usual in the University of Oxford, according to the orders 
of the Bp. 

Attestation of S. Trippe. 

On Dec. 2, A.D. 1336. John de Middelton, rector of Shepton Beau- 
champ, the Bp's. commissary sitting judicially in the Church of Ever- 
crich charged one Jolianna with adultery. She cleared herself. 
Afterwards on May 13, A.D. 1337, the game commissary, sitting at 
Wyvelescombe Church tried one Robert Eos de Clutton a Vicar of 
the CaUtedral for incontinence. The said Robert confesses that ho 



viLu has committed the offence in Wells but not elsewhere ; he is suspended 

"^^ Wi£"" for half a year ftom receipt of anj- of the revenues of Glutton. On 

— the 14"' of the month the same Robert is the Ohurch of the Hospital 

of S. John de Bruges begged the Bp's. offidal John de Carleton to 

change the punishment, and he with the consent of John de Middelton 

consented to do so. 

fol 67 in doiB. On Oct. 9 the same J. de Middelton in Evercrich Chnich tried 
Heniy Payn of Evercreach " qui ibidem se purgavit." 

Attestatiw of S. Trippe. 

On Sept. 15, A.D. 1338. John de Middelton, Rector of Bloedon, and 
general commiseary of the Bp. for the correction of offences sitting 
judicially in the Church of Baaw«ll (tenteoced one Alice giulty of for- 
nication at Blakeford, to walk with bare feet twice round the Church at 
Ban well. 

Tliia and another Bimilar penance were carried out. 

fol. 68. On April 2, A.D. 1339, in the Bp'a. chapel at Woky it waa objected 

to die i^OT»-named conunisiary, that he had infringed the Chapter's 
jnriBdiction in the above proceedings. " Reapondet quod ipse illos coram 
se fecit evocsri super eo quod qnidam ipiorum dtatomm administrabant 
bona cuiusdam interfecti; et super commiBsis extra jurtsdictionem 
Decani, et super illos qui pertinebant ad cognitionem dicli dn' Ep'." 

On Dec. 28, A.D. 1337, the president of the Chapter, the Dean 
being absent, called upon Symoii de Bristol the Chancellor to take an 
oath of obedience to the D. & C. He refuses on the ground that the 
Chancellor is answerable immediately to the Bp. and not to the D. & C. 
After some debate the said Simon took the usual oath that he would 
defend the rights, &c. of the Chapter. 

On Sept. 13, A.D. 1333, the Bp. with the canons [named], and 
the proctor of Dean Richard de Bury, absent, in the Bp's. camera at 
Woky treated about the Tisitation. After much deliberation the 
Bp. promised to recaU whatever he may have done which infringed the 
rights of the Chapter, and wonid only visit the members of the Cathedral 
through the Dean, &c 

*"'■«*■ On Dec. 10, A.D. 1337, the Bp. appeared in the Chapter for 

the purpose of making his visitation. After the Dean had handed 
in a certificate of the citation, certain of the canons addressed the Bp. 
and said '' quod capitulum, &c., debent in persona Decani per snum Ef^ 
visitari ; sic quod non oportebit canonicos occasione examinatioois 
faciende dintius hie morari, et statim omnes canonici . . . recesse- 
runt de domo capitulari, ezceptis Decano et canonicis illis qui fuerant 
familiares, commensales cum dn" Ep°." 

The Bp. then interrogated the Dean upon certain articles tonching 
the persons belonging to the cathedral, and he answered. The Bp. 
made particular inquiry about the revenues and their expenditure. The 
Dean answered that the revenues of Bomham Church were not devoted 
by the fabric as they should be ; and also that the books and vestments 
needed repair. 

Attestation of the notaries. 

Mssindors. ^ ^■^- l^^^i ^^^ I>e»u Walter de London appeared in the Bp's, 
camem at Wok^ uai stud that the time within which he had beei) 


* HISTOEIOAL MANtJSdBtfTfl (lOiMMigetON. l41 

ordered to produce the Bt&tutes had not yrt elapsed. He produced, how- imta 

ever, the statnteB of John de Godelea as at fol. 24, wi^ an additional '^^'^^^ 

artide printed in "Welts Cathedral, Ac." p. 168, " Item qoia a quam — 
plnribQS . . . canonice compellat." 

Attestation of W. de Camel, &c. fbl. 7i m don. 

Un Jnlj 1, A.D. 1337, a question aboat the will of Thomas de Betford 
is tried before the Bp.'s commieBary in Banwell Church, 
The will is printed in " Wells Cathedral, &c^" p. 168. 

On Noy.20,A.D.1337,Bp. Ralph collated to the chancellorship John foU7l. 
de Middleton, rector of Shepton Beaaetmnp. 

Attestation of S. Trippe. 

Marcb 31, A.D. 1339, about the hour of venters, two messengers from foLTiindMs. 
the Chapter delivered to the Bp, in penwi in his hall at Woky, " nnnm 
panem, nnum porcum, et unum nlrem medone plenum," aa due for half 
a year from the Abbey of Olastonbury to the church of Wells. The 
Bp. accepted them and ordered his servants to distribute them among 
the poor. 

Attestatian of Simon de Fareweye notary of Ezon diocese. 

On June 19, A.D. 1338, at Gypwich in Norwich dioceee in the great fol 72. 
chamber of John Irp'a house in Sayntoetrestrete Bichard de Bynteworth, 
canon of Wells and prebendary of Shaldeford resigned these prefer- 
ments into the hand of Bp. Balpb of B. & W. 

Attestation of Bobort le Spicer notary of Samm diocese. 

On May 13, A.D. 1338, Robert atte Boze appeared before Bp. 
Bitlph in the chapel of the palace at Welb and took oath that he wonld 
give no aid to John de Acton, Knight, against the Bp., and that he 
would inform the Bp. if he should know of anything attempted against 
him, &c 

On Jan. II, A.D. 1338, in the Bp.'s camera at Woky his official fol. 72 in ion. 
warned Robert de Espele perpetual vicar of Milverton to be obedient to 
the Bp. The said Robert promises obedience on oath " qnantnm de 
consQetndine et de jure tenetur, &c." 

On July 9, A.D. 1341, Thomas de Haselschawe, junior, " vir literatns " 
met the Bp. near the road which leads lirom Chiw towards the road to 
Bristol and submitted himself to the Bp's. discipline. 

The said Thomas was "nuper fomiliaris dn' Joh' de Shoredich, 

The Sub-dean, Walter de Hnll and Canon John de Wambeigh, foi, 73. 
sub-delegates of Archbp. John of Cant, have seen letters of Pope 
John XXII., sent out to the Archbp., on the petition of Bp. Ralph of 
B. & W., who has represented that his average revenue is not more than 
£20, so that he cannot without the temporalities of certain Churches 
maintain his position with decency, " et qnod contingit interdum tem- 
porales proventus aliarum ecclesiarum Cathedralis illarnm partinm , 
a carissimo &c., rege illustri tenentur immediate cum eamm prelati regiis 

mandatis jure caoonico quamqoam dissonis parere 

recusaut, de facto per curiam regiam consistere et ad manns postmodum 
rtgias pervenire." Wherefore the Bp. seeing that he hu no place 



Vnu appropriated menBe sne Episcopali, where he maj lay his head, if, in 
USB. the execution of the mandates of the holy see, or of the Coart of 
Canterbury Ac, " contlngoret dictis carere temporalibas, prout alii 
Episcopi aliarum partium faactenus carn^runt," desires that the Church 
of Chiw may be appropriated to the see. The value is fiO marcs a 
year. The above Canons are to act as commissioners and inquire into 
the whole matter and take the evidence of all who are interested, and 
report. Given at Mughfeld, Sept. 2, A.D. 1341. The Church is »ppri>- 
priated. A long document which fills two closely written folios. 

foL 74 in dors. The beginning of a document relating to a disputed presentation to 
... the prebend d 8. Decnman's. 

Great part of the page is cut off. 

fol. 75. A fonn for the appointment of proctors to attend to the Church's 

business in the Roman Court. 

fiiL f fi in don. Acknowledgment by the Chapter of the receipt of a letter from King 
Edward communicated to them by Bp. Balph concerning the Prehend 
of S. Decuman's, which it seems had fallen vacant during the vacancy 
of the see on the death of Bp. William de Marchia. 

foL 7S. On March 8, A.D. 1349, the proctor of Bernard Brocas presented 

to the Bp. at Wyrelescumb a royal brief with the presentation of the 
prebend of S. Decuman's to the said Bernard, and prayed the Bp. to 
execute it. The Bp. excused himself on the plea of having much 
business on hand, and appointed Dean Walter de London to act for him. 
The said Bernard is instituted and admitted to a stall in the choir. 

Attestation of William de Modbniy, notary of Exon diocese. 

Another document of the same date and similar to the above, about 
St. Decuman's, 

fill. 77. Another (very faint) about the same appointmenL 

fol. 77 in dort. Two more entries about the same appointment. All very faint. 

The parchment documents end here and the rest of the hook, consist- 
ing of some 300 paper folios, contfuns the Chapter Acts in an unbroken 
series from A.D. 1487 to A.D. 1513. 

The first five folios have been torn out, but a portion of a marginal 
note shows that the first entry was about the admission of ... of 
Wellow to 1^ an altarista in Uie Cathedral. 

foL 6. Andreas Grantham perpetnatus est in Cantaria sua, is the first com- 

plete entry. 

Each year begins with CoUationesPrioratumjCantariamm, OfficioruTn, 
in domo Gapttulari Eccl° Cath. Wellen, &o,, &c. These annual lists are 
printed in tabular form in " WeUs Cathedral, &c," p. 241. 

The Dean John Gcnntborpe appointed to represent the Chapter in 
business transactions. 

Forty days grace allowed to certain reeidbntiaries. This and the nest 
entry partly tomofl".- 

Feb. 3. Appointment of proctors to a convocation in S. Paul's. 



The Chapter at the request of Bp. Eobert appoint Thomas Oold- 
weyge to the Vicarage of Cheddre. USS. 

On Feb. 23 the Vicara Choral report that W. Allen latdy admitted fcL 6 in dor«. 
lias born hims^ well and has a soffidently good Toice, &c The Chapter 
confirm him for one jear, and give him an anscultor " at est moris." 

March 2. John Tiglys installed as prebendarj' of Combe XJIII. 

This entry much torn and crossed out. 

Admission bj the Chapter <^ Kchard Childe to the.chantr; of Bp. td. 9. 
Srghum at the altar of 8. Edmund in the nave on the presentation of 
John Vowel. 

AprU 9. The D. & C. [the Dean has been absent till now] grant the 
presentation to the vicarage of Cheddre, vacant hj the death of Thomas 
Marsh, to Canon John Vowel, on the specual request of Kng Henry. 

On the same day a canon and a vicar choral are appointed master of 
llie new building m New strete, to carry it out. 

John Austell appointed Chapter Official on the same day. 

April 18. The D. ft C. and the Abbot of Athelney agree to submit 
their difibrences about land in North Cory to the decision of two eccles- 
iastics uid two laymen. 

An entry crossed out but repeated more fully on the next page. foi. y in dors. 

Chapter Acts with reference to the violation of their statutes and 
customs by the installation of Bicbard Worthyngton as prepositus and 
prebendary of Combe XII. by virtue of a mandate of Bp. Robert. 

April 19. The Chapter comihupicate with Hugh Sugar the Treasurer 
"super injustaetfurtivaiustallatione . . R*. Worthyngton," and deter- 
mine to call upon the Bp. pro refonnattone eorundem. 

April 20. The chapter, Hngb Sugar alone being absent, sign the 
letters te the Bp. and nnaoiinously engage to observe and defend all 
Chapter privil^ee, protesting at the same time that they do not seek to 
infringe the Bp.'a rights. 

They also appoint some of their number to be their proctors in this foi. s. 

A Frovocatio ad papam is read, and the Chapter f^point two of their 
number to obtain the third key of the Common Seal from H, Sugar. 

April 21. The proctors report that they have asked for the key in the 
presence of many witnesses, but that H. Sugar refuses te deliver it up. 

April 24. John Monyman, a vicar choral, the proctor of the Chapter, foi. 8 in iota. 
immediately after the chanting of prime, read te R, Worthyngton in 
his stall the monition and protest of the Chapter. 

Printed in " WelU Cathedral, Stc," p. 164. 

April 27. The Chapter appoint William Corbet chaplain of the 
Hospital of S.' Saviour, &c. in Wells. 

April 28. Perpetuationof John Qyles, vicar choral. ' ibl. 9. 

"Et quia idem J. propter infirmitatem psalterium corde teuus non 
reddidit ut est moris, deconus monuit . . . ut infra breve redderet 
dictum psalterium sub pena incumbente." 



May 2, The Chapter grant to Richard Hygona inBtmctor of the 
choristers an angmentation of 26s. 8d. a year for life. 

May 3. Sobert Botter admitted as a canon and to the prebend of 


May 8. Admiseion by the D. & C. of John Combe a vicar choral to 
the hUU of the prebend of Compton Ep*, "ad ipeorum collationem jnre 

May 12. Tje Chapter recount to Canon John Vowel all that has been 
done in the case of H. Sugar and R. Worthyngton and he assents to it. 

May 19. The D. & C. agree that pending the suit with R. Worthyng- 
ton the third key of their common seal shiul not remain in the hands of 
H. Sugar, althongh he is the senior residentiary, and that he shall not 
act as president of the Chapter when the Dean and Sub-dean are 

On the same day leave of absence is given to J. Vowe! until Michael- 
maa that he may attend to this bnsineBS before the king. 

May 22. Ratification of the last. 

May 34. The D. & C. bind themselves to pay the third of the rent (£ 
a mill at Iforth Cory to the Gxora. of R. Swan, late propositus. 

May 25. The Ch^ter allow to the Dean six o^b from tJieir wood at 
Wynescomb for bis building at Bytesham. 

Leave to J. Vowel to remove an old bnilding and rebuild witJiin two 

June 1. John Jenyn admitted as e^ vicar for one year, &c. 

The next fonr entries relat« to the case of R. Wothyngton and are 
printed and described in " Wells Cathedral, &c." p. 166. 

The rest of the entries in the Liber Enber are of a nature similar 
to the above examples, and are for the most part sufficiently described 
in Appendix M. of " Wells Cathedral, &c," 

But it has seemed desirable to add here a few of the more impor- 
tant or interesting entries which are either omitted or^ven very ahoitly 
in that volume. 

Oct. 17, A.D. 1497. The Prior of Bniton appeared In the Chapter 
to explain the non-payment of the pension due on their appro- 
priated Church oE Chiltren Dummer. The rectory had become im- 
poverbhed, they say, per defectum arationis terranim arrabilium, et 
propter sterilitntem eanindem in prasentt et diu ante hac dicta rectoria 
fuit in tanta exilitate, quod dicta snmma 8 libranim .... peuitus levari 
non poterit , . . . et quod ita fuit per spatiixm 40' anuorum et ultra, 
et quod hoc fuit per negligenciam parochianorum .... pro clausaris 
terrarum arabilinm per ipsos factis. 

A commission, consisting of John Dyer, rector of Higham ; John 
Peny, rector or vicar of Milton Podemore ; and ^gidiua, or Giles, rector 
of Kylmyngton, is ^reed upon to make inquiries, and the following 
letter is written. ' 

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Sight Worshypfdll we commaUDde us to you and where a variance TTblm 
Md trouble as yet depends betwixt ub the Deao and Chapitre of the ''"mmI"'^ 
Cathedral! Church of Welles of oon parte and the prior and convent of — 

Brutoti of the other parte, we the foresaid both partes desyring to have 
fcnonlieg of the true valor of all maner comodities profectes and fructes 
in any wys© belongyng as well to the paraonat^ of the churohe of 
Cbil<lreii Duinmer as to the vicarage of the same, have compromised to 
joa by us the forsaid parties chossen indifferently to make a due in- 
qnisicion in the said church, as wel by the inhabitants ther as other 
such persones as have best knowlieg in that behalf. Where ffore we 
ptay yon and ich on of you to take the labour to go to the said 
church som day this nex weke to make a due inquisicion on that behalf 
83 aforesaid, and that doon to certifie us of all such as ye shal fynde, 
and that it will lyke you that the parishioners may be warned lo awayte 
npon you at such tjme as ye shal apoynte. And that ye will acertayne 
lis of the said day be you to be apoynted to be ther to theutent that such 
provision may be made for you ther as shsl aparteyne. And thogh 
this be payneful for you yonr labours and peynes shalbe remembred, 
uid we both parties aforesaid as glad to do at moche for your and ich of 
yoni pleassour in things tliat we may do hereafter, &c. 

On July 3, A.D. 1498, IV Richard Hatton, Canon of Welts, came to\..69. 
iato the Chapter House as the messenger of the king at the hour 
of Tespers, and said that the Deanery being vacant the king wished 
[roluit et effectavit] the Chapter to place the election in his hands ; 
farther that it was his intention to nominate one of their own bod^, a. 
doctor; and also he proposed that if the chapter wished to deliberate 
on this matter rather than consent at once to the king's wishes, that at 
least they should not proceed to the election until the king should have 
had sufBcient notice of the day appointed for the election. To the lirst 
the Chapter answer that very many of the Canons are absent from 
Wells in many parts of England, that they must be summoned and 
llial the election cannot proceed without their consent, it is not x>ossible 
therefore to agree to the king's wishes. Also they reply that the Chapter 
cannot proceed to an election without licence from the Bp., and that they 
cannot for this reason also give any answer at present. 

A letter missyve sent to My Lord of Wynchester by the Brethren of fol.ll4indorF 


Bight reverend fader in God an to ua moate singuler gode lord in our 
mooste humble wyse we recommende us. Please it the same to under- 
Btande howe that dyveree of the Brethren of our Chapitre were with 
jonr officers at our myll ot Hoithcory and ther hard the gretes and 
complayntes which your tennants made, and wber as it is thought by 
theym that our said myll sbulde be the occasion of the grete floods and 
drowning of the medews which in our mynde was not thought possible 
to be. Nevertheless to have you good lord unto us as ye have ever 
heen and also to cesae thcyr clamours we shalbe contented to Jose a quarter 
Sent. And for that tyme to cause the floodgats of our said myll to be 
polled up, BO that the water shall have his full course, wberby it shal 
appere hereafter whether thfit our myll be the occasion of eny euche 
floods and drownyng of the medews. And as for bote passage your 
said officers knowe right well that in all the said season the water was 
80 lowe and so many shelpes and bayes in the rjver betweene our myll 
and Taunton that it was not possible to convey eny bote that way. 
And in the wynter season the medewes be so filled and replenyshed 
with water that the boots may go over at every place so that they shal 
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Velu DOt be lett by the myll. My Lord theae things coneidered we trast 
^'^Msif*'' *''*'' r^ ^"'^ contynae as good lord nowe unto us aa ye have been be- 
— former tyme. And thus the holy Trinite contynue you accordyng to 

your noble desires. 
foL 115. ffrom Wells iiii"" day of November. 

By your dayly oratoura the brethren of the Chi^itre of Wells. 

A letter from the Chapter to the Prior of Montacute informing him of 
the complaints made to the Bp. of Winchester against " oar mill and 
your miller," and of the propostd 'which they have made as above. 

ft>l. llSindoTB. A letter from Sean W. Cousyn to the Chapter. 

Itight honorable brethren I recommende me unto yon certifying you 
that according to yonr myuds concluded in the Chapitre I have apoken 
with my Lord of Winchester for our myll, and have moved hym both 
with resons and prayers to be good lord unto us for the said myll, but m 
noo wyse 1 can not have his lordshipp at no conclusion but that he will 
have downe the bay of stone made by the prior. And at one season he 
said he wold be content to Eemytt his action but he wold h»ve a com- 
mission of sheywers by the reason whereof he said he was sure to have 
his mynde. And after my porre mynde it were better to putt the 
matter into gentilmens hsnnds then to laborying men of fhe cuntrey for 
they do speke upon will and make a grete clamour without reson as ye 
may knowe opynly by the copy of a bill the which I send yon by my 
servant, the which my lord of Winchester toke me to redei and I in the 
moste haste I cowde make caused it to be wrytten and gave xxx^ ther- 
fore to thentente ye shuide knowe the complaynte, and also the dob- 
lenesse of the prior of Mountacn or ells of his t«nannta. Wherfor 
after this my writyng with the copy of the complaynte I prey you send 
me your mynde howe ye wold I sbnld doo and whedder I shuld conclnda 
uppon a commission of the sheywers or upon gentilmen of the cuntrey 
to the which I thynk it wilbe hard to be brought. And as towchyog 
the openyng of the floode gats as yet I can not bryng his lordshipp to 
apply therto for he seith that he will not beleve his trusty counsell in 
saying nay, and me nor none of us in saying soo. Wherfor in this mat- 
ter I pray you send me yonr mynds and the best I can doo possible I 
shal do. And if I may I shal c&nse hym to bee content ta prove the 
experyenee of the plukking up of the floode gata, but as yet 1 can not 
have hym at no conclusion nor I thynk shal not tyll the season mayster 
firoste be come to London. The which was not come aa this day at 
nyght at the whych season I spake with my lord of Wynchester aa God 
knowelh who preserve you. Wrytten at London the xiii*^ day of 
November with the hand of your brother William Cousyn, Deane of 

I pray you kepe the copy of these complaynts aa secretely as ye can 
for if it were knowen that I did copy theym it mygte peraventure tume 
to my rebnke. 

fill. 117 in dote. The Chapter answer that if their proposal of pulling np the floodgates 
is not accepted, that then they are willing that the Bp. may at his own 
will decide whether the matter shtdl be settled by sheywers or by 
cerKun gentilmen of the country. 

There have been great floods, as there have been time out of mind, 
but no drowning of the country. Nov. 18. 

fol. il8. The bill of complaint addressed by the tenants of the tithing of 

Ruysshton to the Bp. of Winchester. 

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A similar compltuut from the men of Taunton. Time out of mind Wblls 
they haTo had iree passage upou the water of Toon, Bathepolii myll, and uss. 

Brigewater, for all manner of merchandiBe, until the building of Ham , , ,,7^ . 
myll. This is now stopped, and in de&ult of this in the winter season 
we can have no carriage the ways be soo foundered by overflowing of 
tbe vater, and that is " better chepe hy 11' then the c&riage is to carj 
by land." 

Tbe piteous complaint of the tenasta near tbe mill. foL 119. 

A report made to the Bp. cf Winchester. fol> 1 SO. 

ftinted in " Wells Cathedral," &c., p. 218, but the words " the said 
infamy," " and before all," " of the measures," " no way will," should be 
"the said meaaur," "and before allalowetyde," " of the nusances," "no 
nun will" 

A letter from the Chapter to Cuthberte Clawsy and John Birt of fol. 123 in don. 
South Petherton. Feb^ 9, A.D. 1505. " firenda bothe. We recom- 
mende db. So it is we be infourmed that a certeyn tennant of ours 
wifJiyn our lordship of Gregory Stoke is -departed unto God by a 
ittjsfortune of his ploughe, by reson whereof the enquyr of his dethe 
apperteyneth unto ns accordyng to our liberties and ffrauncheses which 
fe have within the said lordshyp." They therefore desire the said 
men not to meddle with their rights, which they will defend. 

Letter from M' Beamont, Archd» of WeUa to the Chapter. A.D. fol. 1S6, 

After due recommendation. So it is that nppon Monday the last day 
of Aprile, M' Deane and I spake with my lord of Wyncheatre. The 
c&use why we spake with him no sooner was for his beyng at his 
Manier of Assher, wher he gave ondres on passion Sonday eve. When 
ve badde moved hym in suche maters as we come for we found 
bym somewhat* roughe saying that he was dyvers tymes mysenformed 
by us. And that the King on the ood part partie suflred wrong by 
reason of the stoppyDg of bis commyn streme, and also that his tenants 
vere grevously hurt by the reson of our myll, with as soft manner 
and word as we cowde pacified his mynde for the tyme. The morae 
afler we were with hym agenu and then he shewed ns howe it was 
rnson for hym ae well to give credence uuto his counsell as to us, 
and that be wolde sneke with tbeym in the cause. Neverthelesse he 
Rive us gentil and kynde words lyke a nobleman, but as yet we have 
Bot our fynall answer. Te wolde wondre what causes he bathe to do 
■nd therefore we muate abyde his leyser. 

As to M' Hatton we have not as yet spoken with hym, but have 
dyverse tymes sought bym, and also made messyogers unto bym, which 
We spoken with hym. And as we can understand be proposeth to 
coaple us with the King's counsell in this matur, which we wolle 
avoyde and if we can to the best of our powers. We have moved 
my lord of Wjfnchestre in this cause and he will not moche mell theryn 
because it toucheth the Kyng, hys mynde is we shulde not be hasty 
upon the said Doctor Hatton but to take hym at tymes convenyent and 
to handle hym ae wysley as we can. 

We have in lykewyee made serche in the Chancery for the aramortys- 
ment of Alverton and as yet we cannot fynd it. Tbe VI. clerks of ■ 
the said Chauncerye be so besyed in the Kyng's causes that they can 
attend no pore men yet. I assure you by ther licence Humfrey my 



Tkllb servant hadd a sight of oon boke ab »nno VI" Henrici sexli UBque 

^'"i^"" annum XVIII. ejusdem. Ye must pardon ua thoughe we can make no 

— perfite answere to you at this tyme. And thus our Ijord spede both you 

and us. Written at London this ffridsy third of Aprile. Your brother 

' Thomas Beaumont. 

foL 127 in doi[B. Letters from the Chapter to the Dean. A.D. 1506. 

Eight Worshipfull M' Deaae. We brethren of the Chapitre of Wells 
commende us unto you thanking the same for your letter and labours 
that ya have hadde aboute our matters, so it is ye have aent ua the copy 
of the privey seel that ye must apper by, &c. If it so be that it be 
for eny matter of your owne we knawe ye can answer for yourself. 
And in case it be belongyng and touching us of the Chapitre, then 
our mynds bee that ye shuld desire copyes of such matters and things 
as been layde agenst us. And that ye may have reseonable space and 
leyser to com and common with your brethren here at Wells and to 
have tber mynds and at a certen day reseonable by you assigned thay 
shal have answer in such matiers as they lay and propose ^east us by 
God's grace who ever preserve you. 

Prom Wells iiii* day of Maye. By [he brethren of the Ch^ter of 

(oL issindon. I^etters &om the Chapter to M' Richard Hatton. A.D. 1S06. 

After due recommendation, so it is that John Ustwayte co-exor. with 
you unto the right honourable Maister John Gunthorpe, whose sowle 
God pardon, aheweth unto us howe that the King's grace demsndeth 
of you and hym cc marks for the benyvolence accordyng as ye 
have written unto us afor ty;ne. And that neyther ye nor he can 
fynd remedy or discharge for the same. Wberuppon be thynketh that 
the King's grace will have this money contented unto him or ells 
that by your meanes ye may fall to some compromyse with the com- 
missioners for the same. And by cause as ye bothe affirme that ye 
have disposed the goods of the same M' Gnnthorp and have not to 
content or to paye any suche somes of money of his goods left or 
remaynyng in your hands, the said John Ustwayte with good mynde 
hath instaatly moved us that we wold be contrifautorie unto the payment 
of the same by parte of suche lyvelode as the said M'' Gunthrop gave 
and amortysed unto our Churche. Maister doctor this it is. We 
knowe well and considre the good and faithfull mynde of this honor- 
able man departed, howe he purchased this lyvelode and theruppon 
for the helthe of his sonle at his grete labour and coste and by reason 
of a certeyn graunte made unto us by the King's grace sufficiently 
amortesied the same as we have to shewe by our writyings. Never- 
thelesse as the said John Ustwayte hathe amoved usseyng that ye have 
not of his goods to content the King's grace but that ye must levy 
hit of suche lands as he left to his kynfolke and gave unto us, we must 
for a season surcesse of suche suffrage as we dayly doo for hym. And 
so to take a portion yerly of his said lyvelode towtu-ds the payment of 
the same some. And the remanent to remayne for his masse and 
obit«. Sir we trust considerying the grete mynde and favour he hadde 
unto yon, remembryng also ye be oon of the brethren of our Chm'che 
that ye will take of the same lyvelode for the tyme as litle as ye may. 
And thus orderyng yourself we shalbe as gladde to folowe your 
mynde as ye shal desire us, praying jou that ye will give credence to 
our brethren berers herof in that they shal move unto you in our behalf, 
to whom we gevo lull auctorite to conclude with yon for this matter and 
other we have to do. And thus Jhesu have you in his blessed kepyng 

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At Wells the Tirx"* day of May. By your loTyine brethren, Deane „T"im 

andChi^itreofWella. *'"^'^ 

To our welbeloved brother M' Richurd Hatton Cbapela^o to our — 

Bovereigne ]ord the king. 

Letter from the Chapter to T. Kovthall, aectelary to the King. M. 137. 
A.D. 1506. After due recommendation, so it is that the parsonage of Poke- 
church with the advocation of the vicariage in the diocese of Worcester and 
inyour jurisdiction ever apperyd unto our Cath. Churche, your official 
ther at his visitation asketh and desireth to see our improperation 
and is very hard agenst us. Wliidder he mult ua in eny some of 
money or not we are not certyn. Sir we have the improperation ailer 
due ordre and forme of lawe, and liave been ia peasable possession of the 
same tyaie out of mynde. Wherfoi'e hertily pray you of your favour 
uid that it will lyke you to send some letter to your said official 
commamidyng bym to cesse and not to make eny more besynesse in that 
behalfe. And we sbal be gladde to do you the pleasure we can. And 
thna Jhesu preserve you. ffrom Wells iii'*" day of Decembre. By the 
deane and Chapitre of the Church of Wells. 

To the wor&hipfull M^ Thomas Rowthall secretary to our sovereign e 
lord the kynge. 

Letter from the Chapter to the Bp. of Winchester. Jan. 19, A.D. toL 140. 

.... And where as we understand that by the meAues of your 
kynde and lovyng neec Maietresse Mylle and hyr husband ye are esspeciaU. 
good lord nnto us towchynge the matur of our Mylles .... we 
ihaunk your good lordship itv^ &c. 

Letter from the Chapter to John ffitz James the Elder or to his son 
]Q his absence, April 16, A.D. 1507. 

After dewe recommendations. It is not unknowen to yon of the 
Commiesion which ye were named to sit uppon at Taunton for the 
matier betweene my lord privy seal and us towchyng our myll at 
ITorthcory, ye knawe also right welt that at the tyme of your syttlyng 
ther was neyther verdyte opynly geven nor yet sentence ordcryd by you 
nor by the other commissioners, but that both ye and they at that tyme 
ireir conl«ntyd to take respyte in the same matier. 

The Chapter then thank him for the favour then shown to their 
brother John Edmunds, and inform him that they now understand that 
a scire facias has been directed to the Sherive on the authority of 
M' ffioste alone, " wherof with muche peyne we have gottyn withyn 
these three or foure days." They ask for hia opinion and advise. 

Letter from John the Prior of Montague to the Chapter. The fol. US. 
Archd'and the Steward of Wells had been to "our pore place" to 
have friendly communication about the mill. The prior had made no direct 
HDsver then because he had not taken advice, but had sent answer shortly 
afterwards by the Prior of Eerswell. And appointment bad been made 
for a meeting at Cory, " and thidder I came," but the Chapter did not 
keep the appointment and the matter was put off until May l** in order 
that M' Mylles might look into it. He desires to know what they think 
best to be done. Written on Sunday. 

The Chapter's answer to the last. jbl. 143 in dors, 

Tbey intend ' ' to pull up sucbe thjnga as we bee commaunded to doo 
by the k^ngs commiiundment." 

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Weil* The Chapter to Richard Philips, under ahereffe of Somerset. Q-iven at 

CiiggRii. ^^^jj ^^ Wytsonday in haste. A.D. 1507. 

— They have obeyed the writ to remove the building mode in tlie water 

fol. 14 . ^£ Tone, and beg him to come and inspect the place, 

fol. US in dors. Extractfl from the books in the cuBtody of John Clerk one of the 
auditors of the benevolence payed to Thomaa PurEon, dtc, in A.I). 

From John Gunthorpe, Dean of Wells de benevolentia sua propria 
£106 13a. id. 

Upon two tallies for the Archdeaconry of Dorset and the Diocese of 
B. & W., in ready money 40 marcs, from the collectors of the tenths in 
the said Archdeaconry £40, from those of the said diocese 100 marcs; 
Total £133 fo. 8rf. J. Clerk. 

" This bill witnesaeth that 1 Thomaa Pierson depntie to Sir Raynold 
Bray, knight, Tresourer of the kyngs warres have receyved of Midflter 
John Gunthorpe, Clerk, deane of Wells in Eedy money XL marcs in 
party payment of CC marca of his benevolence grannted to the kyngs 
grace towards his grete vtage in to bis Reaume of Sraunce. 

" Item I have receyved of him II tallies levyed at the kyngs Receipt 
pro denariis mutuatis of the collectors of the dymes of the Arch- 
deaconry of Dorset and of the diocese of Bathe and Wells, conteynyng 
CVIli. XHI' IIII^ to behadde of the said collectors for the perfour- 
myng ofhia sayd graunte if it may be hadd in convenyeut tyme for the 
forsayd cause of graunt. In witnesse wherof to this bill I have sub- 
scrit)ed my name the XXIIII day of ffebruary Anno regni regis 
Henrici VII"* VII".— T. Pierson." 

fol. 146. fol. 146. " VI die fiebruar. Somerset. De collectoribua unius X™ 

Begi a clero anno VI' concesse in diocesi B. et W, de eadem X* 
C marc. 

" Fro Magistro J. Gunthorp, clerico, pro denariis ab eo mutuatis 
XVIII" die Mail ult . . . per manus proprias XVIII die fiebruar; 
Dorset. De coll. unius X"* Regi a clero anno VI" concess in Archid. 
Dorset de eadem X"", XLli . Pro J. Gunihorp, clerico pro denariis 
ab eo mutuatis XIX" die Junii amio V" per maaus proprias. 

" In scaccario dn> Regis, Somst. De Coll. unius X"" Regi a clero 
anno VI" concess in dioc, B. et W. de eadem X"", LXVIH. XIII' IDI-^. 

" Alloc. [Mich.] ? sexto die ffebruar anno VII" Henrici VIP^ pro 
Johanne Gunthorp clerico pro denarib mutuatis. 

" Dorset. De Coll. unius X"" R^ a clero anno VI" concess in 
Archid. Dorset de eadem X" XLli. 

" Alloc. [Mich. ?] XVIII" die fTebruar anno VII" Regii Henrici 
YUmi pro Johanne Gunthorp clerico pro denariis mutuatis." 

fol. Ufi ia don. Receipt i^ven by Roger Lupton, one of the commissioners for the 
receipt of the benevolence granted in the 7"" year of the king's reign, to 
Dean W, Cosyn and the Chapter for £50, in the name of the Exors. of 
the late Dean J, Guntborp, as part payment of 200 marcs due from 

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Index Alphabeticas, 27 pages, by Healy. TimkAL 

Table of Contents, 20 pages, part of the original MS. ^' 

Carta B^B Henrici de diversis libertatibus concessiB Eccl ; Wellen : M- 1- 

Confirmation to Bp. Joscelise and to the Churches of Wells and Bath 
of all previous grants and privileges. 

Grant to them of Tholl and Theam, &c., &c., prefer attachiamenta de 
placitia corone; on the condition that the said two Churches answer to 
the Bp. for all these dues, as they would to the Crown. fol. 1 Id don. 

The Crown will also confirm grants made by the Bp. All the tenants 
ofthese Churches are to be free de omnibus juratis et assisb et re- 
H^itionibus .... preterqnam in attingendis propriis domiuicis 
nostris .... si opus faerit .... infra coroitatiun ubi manentes 

If any of the men of these Churches, or of Glastonbury, shall have 
inenired the penalty of the confiscation of goods as a fugitive from 
justice, or of loss of life of limb, his goods shall belong to the Bp. ; as 
liso all fines which otherwise would have belonged to the Crown. 

Test. Waltero Karleoenei, thesaurario noatro ; Thorn : Norwic. fol. 2. 
Epis. ; Hnberto de Burgo, comit Cant, justiciario ; Godefrido de 
Cracecumb, Senescfaallo ; Hugone, dispensatore ; Heurico de capella, 
&c. Dat per roanum .... Badulfi Cicestr : Epi., Cancellarii apud 
Oion, 14° die Julii, anno r^ni 15°. 

A ^milar Charter by King John, given at Taydyngton, March 3. 
Anno regni 8°. 

Test. F. WyntoD, Epo. ; Galfrido, fil : Fet ; comit : Essex ; Sabero de 
Qaency, comit : Wynton ; Will, comit ; Warenn ; Tlog. de Thoeny ; WUl. 
Bruer ; Hugh de Nevyll ; Galf. de Nevyll, seoesch^, &c. 

Carta regis Johannis de theloneo cf. Lib. I. fol. 9. At Merleberg, fol. 2 in don. 
Nov. 26. Anno regni 9°. 

Conslmilis sub sigillo Walter! B. and W. Epi. 

Confinnatio cf. Lib. I. fol. IS and 16. 

Charter of Eobert, Bp. of B, and W. 

1. Two-thirds of tie fruits of one year of a prebend vacant by death fol. 3. 
to belong to the Canons ; they shall perform the proper services for the 
deceased during that time. The remaining third may be disposed of by 

the will of the deceased prebendary. 

2. Every canon to pay a tithe of liis prebend to the Church cui juxta 
ejusdem prebende territorii situm jure dare debnerit. With a special 
warning against any undue favouritism to friends or relations, &c., which 
may injure the prebend, snch as, e.g., might arise from the conversion of 
the terra rusticorum . , in liberum servitium. If any one find that 
such baa been done he is to nse his best endearpurs to remedy it. 

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WiLu Carta Edwardi r^is de restitutione libertatum subtractarum in 

"^"" diversiB locis in hundredis de Wyuterstoke ; Ceddre ; YatWo, et Ohyu. 

, „r-; Criven at Westmiiister. July 12. Anno regai 9°. 

1. 3 in dora. / o 

1. 4. Confirmatio bonomm Eccle : per Bogemm Epm. Th^ consist of the 

Manor and Church and Hundred of Northcury ; with the land of Hach 
and Wrentisse, by the grant of King Richard, &c. The Manor and 
Church of Wynescomb, granted by Bp. Josceline in dedicatione Eccle ; 
The Church of Luvyngton nnd one Hide of land with a Measuage. 
The Churches of S. Cuthbert's, Wells j of Lydyard ; of Cungresbjr j 
of Mudiford ; and of Ceddre, 

1. 4 in dors, Also a Pension of 100 Bolidi from Karempton Church ; of 35 Marcs 
from Chynton Church ; of 40 solidi from Staweja Church ; of 60 solidi 
from Nuny Church ; of 40 from Norton sub Hamedon Church ; of the 
half of Whyt«church Church ; of 2 solidi from Brun&eld Church ; also 
the custody and fruits of vacant prebends ; and two-thirds of the fruits 
of vacant benefices throughout the diocese ; a barton in Wells for the 
Communa at a rent of 12 pence to the Archdn. The Chapter has also all 
fines and forfeitures which might be due from any of their tenants, &c. 
to the Crown ; and the power of ExconmiunicatiDg all who iniringe 
their rights in any way. 

il. s. It has also 40 solidi a year from Banewell and Westbury 

Churches, payable by the Prior of Bruton, for the provision of a vrax 
candle to bum before the High Altar ; and three other candles to be 
provided by Radulf Martre's lands in Dultingcote, by the grant of Bp. 
Kobert, in dedicatione veteris Eccle : 

Ten marcs a year from Chyu Church ; and 20 marcs besides from the 
prepositus of Cumbe for the daily services of the Blessed Virgin in the 
Cathedral; and another 10 marcs from the same prepositus for the daily 
• services for the departed in the Cathedral. 

Three marcs from Ghyuton Church for the light of the Blessed Virgin. 
Also they have bouses in Wells from Kadulf Preciosus ; from Lambert ; 
from Canon Roger ; and the houses which had beloi^ed to Reginald of 
Waltham given by the said Roger for the Schools. Also houses from 
Canon Richard de Attebyre ; and from Canon Elyas. 

1. S in dors. There is also a payment of two marcs made by the Arcbdn. ad octo 
cereos in scabellis crucifix! desuper altare S, Andree; and one of 60 
solidi for the obit of Dean Peter, &c. j for which the exors. of bis will 
have made over to the Bishoprick the land of Merlegh in Woky 
Manor. 100 lb. of wax from Weston Church, and also a small piece of 
ground near the houses of Canon Elyas, &c. Given at Staweia in the 
parish of Chyu, Aug. 13. A.D. 1246. 

I. 6. Confirmation of the last by the Fiior, &c of Bath. 

I.T&7in Conf. by Archbp. John. Given at Moi-telake, Oct. 17, A.D. 1281. 

J"^ cf. Lfol. 111. 

Ordinatio Joscelini Epj. super mutatione commune canonicorum et 
vicariorum de pane in denarioa. The Bp. is to have 8rf. a day pro 
communa, and 5t/. pro pane, in lien of the former allowance of 6rf. and 
4 while loaves. The Dean, Precentor, Archdn., Chancellor, Treasurer 
8^. and id. in place of the former 6f^. and 2 white and 2 black loaves. 
Other Canons id. and 2d. in place of the former 3d. and 1 white and 
one black loaf. 

The Vicars who used to have only an allowance of Id. from the 
Grange on every other day when they bad been present at the seprices 

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in the Choroh shall have Id. each day. Oae portion of commana from n.iS^.. 

tbe Grange is valued at Id. ICBS. 

Given in the Chapter, Oct. 17. A.D. 1242. — 

Conf ; Ricardi. Cant. Archiepi. super posaessionibns coUatis Eccle : M. i. 
Wellen : o£ I. fol. 21. 

Carta Eoherti Epi de diviaione prebendarum. ct. I. fol. 31. ^V I'. , 

•^ •: foL 9 in don. 

Carta Joscelini Epi, de Ubertatibus concessis Petro, Decano, et f"^- •*- 

capitulo Wellen. cf. I. fol. 58-59. 

Conf ; Beginaldi Epi de tibertatibas &c. cf. I. fol. 24. to\. lo in dors. 

Carta Bogeri £pi de aequestris eccleaarum episcopatus. cf. I. fol. fol- 11- 


Consimilis Carta Willelmi Epi. At Wells. Dec. 13. A.D. 1246. 

Carta WiUehmi Epi de restitutione seqaestmrum. fol. li in dors, 

Carta Savarioi de auctoritate indulta Wellen: Eccle: de Excom- 
municatione. cf. I. fol. 28. 

Sunilar to last. fol. IS. 

Carta H. de Wells, Archid : Wellen ; super eodem. cf. I. fol. 29. fol. la in dors. 

Carta Joeeelini Epi de sequestris eccleaiamm vacantium ad opus 
cf. I. fol. 59. 

Conanetndines Sarum Eccle de Mortuis. cf. I. fol. 29. fbl. i 

Carta regis Ricardi de prebendis et terris de novo adquisitis, viz. the fol. 1 
Churches of Pylton and South Brente given by Robert, Abbot of 
Glaston ; of Hengestrigh given by BichaM de Camvill ; of Bokeland 
by Oliver de Dynham ; of Eatharpetre by Will, fil Will, fil Jobs, de 
Harpetre ; of Haselbei-gh by Will. fil. Willi. ; of Scandeford by Hamo 
de Blakeford ; of Compton and of Bronfeld by Gerbert de Percy, and 
Matilda Arondel ; of Codeworth with the Chapel of Knolle by AUq de 
Fomellia ; of Wythlakington by James de Monte Soreli ; of Aules- 
comb by Josceline de Treiminet; of Bovy by Oliver de Tracy; of 
Holecomb and Lameia by Radulf fil Bernard ; of Ceddre by the sisters 
Cristina, Alicia, and Sarra ; ol: Tymberscomb by Robert de Bolevil ; of 
Lideford by Radulf Wae ; of Doveliz by Simon Bozun ; of Earenton by 
8th. fil David J the half of Waleton by Matildis de Chandos; the 
Church of Staweia by Alored de Puntford; of Berewe by Badulf fil- 
Villi; of Werministre by Gal&id Talebot; half a virgate of land at 
Norham cum toto prato suo; the Manor and Church of Nortbcory by 


Test. Walt : Botomag : Archiep ; ; Hugone, Dunelm ; Hugone Coven- 
Ire ; Eps. ; Job* Decano Rotomag ; N. Decano Cenoman ; Bobt. Comite 
Leie : ; Will" Com : Amndell ; Will" Marescall ; Joh* fratre suo ; Hug : 
Bard : &c. Given at Canterbury by the hand of William Bp. Elect of 
Ely, Chancellor. Nov. 26 Auno regni primo. foL 1 

Carta regis Henrici de qnietancia tholonei tacta Jocelino Epo. in the 
persona of the Bp., tbe Abbot and Monks of dlaston, tlie Deau and 

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VtLu Canons of Welle, and the Prior and Monks of Bath and all their men, 
*'*^mB.*"' saving those tenants who do not hold of them in capite, &c. 

— Test. Bic: Dundm Ep°, et Walt. Earleolen Epo, thesanraiio: 

Hnberto de Burgo, Com : Cant : Justiciar ; John de Monnemnth ; Stbo 
Segrave ; Had. de Trublevill ; Hag. dispensatore ; Heoric fil Aucker ; 
Ric. de Gray ; Hear de Capell ; &c. Given by the hand of Bad. Bp, 
Chichester, Chancellor, at Fnleham. May 15, Anno r^ni primo. 

fol. 14 ia dort. Carta re^ Johannis super eodem. 

Test. Will, de Gray, Chancellor ; Will. Bruer. Given at Marieberg 
Not. 26. Anno regni nono. 

Carta Edwardi filii regis Henrici de novo anxilio non prestando. 
" Anziliam novum nobis ex voluntate domini nostri regis provisnm." 
Given at Bristol, Dec. 10. Anno regni patris nostri 52°. 

foL IS, FriTileg:indu1t :Epo.Bathon:perHenricDmregemJn8pex:byBobert 

Bp. of Sarum ; W. Bp. of Exon, and W. of Wygom of the above named 
grant made to Bp. Joceline viz. the patronatus of the Abbey of Glaston, 
and that the Abbots are to receive from the Bp.'s hands the temporalia, 
que regalia appellarentur si ad uos pertioeret patronatus. The Abbot 
is also to render to the Bp. the services due to the Crown. If the Abbey 
should fall vacant during a vacancy of the see, the Crown shall have the 
custody of it, so long as the see remains vacant, as in the case of 
other Abbeys of the realm, andan Abbot shall be appointed only with the 
assent of the Crown. But if the see is not vacant then the Crown has 
no rights in the abbey, but only the Bp, in whose custody it shall be 

(bl, 15 in don. during the vacancy, &c. 

Test. Eio. Dunelm ; , Walt, Karleolen : Eps ; Hilbt de Borgo Com. 
Cant : ; Phil, de Albiniato ; Bad. fil Nich ; (jodefr de Craucumb ; Sen- 
escallis nostris, Ac. Given by the hand of Badulf Bp. of Chichesler, 
the Chancellor, April 25. Anno regni 19''. The Inspex : is dated 
A.D. 1242. in August. 

Agreement made between the Church of WeUs, and the nephews of 
Begmald the Precentor concerning lands in Wynesham, &c. 

Carta H. de Fenbrigg de eodem. Cf. I. fol. 36. 

Littera Capitnli Glaston snper depositione Bogeri de fford nnper 
abbatis ibidem. 

Have decided to proceed to the election of a New Abbot per viam 
IdI. 16 in doTs. compromissi, and have chosen Adeuu de Bodekeleye, John de Ambres- 
bury, Walter de Kabie als de Kaln, Adam de Domerham, and Walter de 
Tefunt, to elect. Feb. 18. A.D. 1255. 

Inspex : by Eobert Bp. of Sarnm, W. Bp. of Exon, and W. Bp. of 
Wygom, of the Chiwter of King J<^n de patronatu Eccle : Glaston : 
Test. The Archbp : Cant ; the Bps. W. London, P. Wynton, E. EU. 
E. Hereford, H. Line, and die Bps. Elect, W. Coventr. and B. Cicestr. ; 
fol. IT. The abbots W. Westmonast ; B. de Bamen ; H. de bello loco, and 

Reginald; The Earls W. Arundell, W. Warren, S. Wynton, W. de 
Fenw, and W. Bruar, Bobt. de Bos, John Harcscall, Thorn, de Er- 
djngton. Given by the hand of Eic. de Marisco, Chancellor, at Novum 
TempIiUD, London, Jan. 9. Anno regni 16o. Inspex ; A.D. 1242. 

fbl. 17 in ion. -^ similar Inspex : of the Confirmation by King John of the union of 
the Church of Glaston with that of Bath. Given at Novum Templum 
Nov. 21. Annor^nil6°. Inspex: A.D. 1242, 

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Carta Edwardiregia Johanni de Drokensford Epo B. & licentia Wzllb 

BCquirftndi decern libratss teiTe,advaloreULdeceQilibrsrum Annuarum,and hbs.^^^ 

the advowson of one church, and to convey them to whom he will to form , , .„ — 
chaotries, statato ... ad manum mortuam non obstante, he. 

Teste me ipao apud Westm : Nov. 8, Anno regai 14°. 

Carta regis Edwardi delibertatibusconcessisEccle WelleuetminiBtria 

Sciati3 qnod cum Celebris memorie dns. E quondam Rex Anglie 
pater noster, in primo parliamento buo apud Westm anno regni eui 
tercio inter cetera ordinaTit . . , quod nullus blada atiqua triturare et ea 
Tel Tictualiaaut aliqna alia bona prelatorum. . . Rectorum Ecclesi- 
itnim. . . sub colore emptioois vel alio modo quocunque infra 
Tillam mercatoriam vel extra, nee etiam equos, boves, plaustra, carectas, 
naves aut batellos suos ad carigia aliqna inde facieuda. asportare. 
presumerent contra voluntatem illorum quorum forent. , . under 

penalty of imprigoament and restitution to double the amount of the 
injury, &c., &c. 

Many complaints have been made that the statute has not been fol-lBindon. 
observed by the Kiug's OfScers, they are therefore commanded strictly 
to abstain from all such proceedings, &c. fol. 19. 

Teste me ipso apud Ebor. Nov. 24 anno regni 10°. 

Quieta daman tia Abbatis Ad. Glaston super ecclesia de Fokelchurche 
et diversis maneriis facta eccl ; Wellen :. A long document of three folios, 
coDtaJning fuU details of the arrangement and the respective rights of 
the two parties. 

Tert. Pbilo. Basset; Robto, Anguilun. Robto. Walrond; Willo fol- 21 in dor*, 
de Aele ; Nicho. de Haveresham ; Hug. Pevcrellj Bad. deBagepuz; 
Willo. Bellet ; "Walto. de Burgee ; Nicho de Leuekenor ; Willo. Everard ; 
Eico. do Wyrec«str ; Gaufr de Staweil, &c. 

Given at Northampton June 7. Anno regni. H. fil. Johs. 50°. 

Copy of Edward the Confessor's Charter t« Giso. cf. I. fol 17. 

Submissio illorum qui jus vendicabant in jure regni Scotie, facts fol. aa. 
Edwardo Regi Anglie. fol. 32 in dor*. 

Swled at Norham on Wednesday after the Ascension. A.D. 1291. 
Sent to Wells to be enrolled July 9. A.D. 1291. 

Letter from the Chapter of Sarum cf. I. fol. 29. 

Carta Re^s Henrici de Ubertatibus ville Glaston cum insnlis suis. foi, 23, 
Given at Westnunster. May 26. Anno regni ] ]°. 

Pinal Concord between the D and C and Eobt, fil : Will ; Odde. cf I. tol. as in dors 
fol. 13. 

Similar to the last. 

Carta feofamenti Rog. Huzet. cf. I. fol, 89. f^j ^ 

Blank. foi. 34 „ dors. 

Carta regis Richard de Northcory. Cf. I. fol. 9. foi. 25. 

Carta de seisina cf. 1. fol 9. 

Charter of John de eodem. cf. I. fol. 9. fol. 25 in dors. 

And two more with same references. 

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foL 27. 

fill. 37 ii 

a don. 


JSSLi Another de Mercatu. o£ I. fol. 9. 
Conflmation. cf. I. fol. 10. 

Charter of Stephen de Ecd: Northcor; et Ferretou. cC I. fol. 11. 
Theobald Archiep. de eiBdem. cf. I. fol. 11, 
Charter of Savaric de eisdem. cf. I. fol. 11. 
Carta de deafforestatione, Northoory. of. I. fol. 10. 
Confirm: by the Prior of S. Swythen, &c. cf I. fol. 280. 281. 

Carta regis Edwardi do libera Warenna in Northcory, Stoke el 

Given at Wynton, Dec. 24. Anno regni 8°. 

Carta regis E. concessa D et C. quod posaiut assignare centum acnu 
more Abbati Athulynguy. 

Teste me Ipso apud Westm. Jaly 12, anno regni 4°. 

Charter of John de Northoory. cf. 1. fol. 10. 

Litterajasticiarii Ganfr: fil: Petri de eodem.. cf. I. foL 10. 

Letter of Bp. Bainaud de eodem. cf. I. fol. 11. 

Confirmatio Josdlini Epi de eodem. cf. I. fol, 30. 

Quieta clamantia Margerie de Stoke de . . . terria in Nortbcory coo- 
cesB : Decano et Cap. 

Convention concerning the same between Sibilla daughter of Simon 
de la Slo, nephew of Maxgeria de Stoke, and the D and C. 

Conyention between the T> and C and Mai^eria de Stoke. Test : John 
de Aura ; Sic : Tr^oz Ticar of Northcory ; Adam de Meridon ; fiobC. 
de Meridon ; Bog : de la Slo ; Hugh Fymor ; &c. A.D, 1247. 

Charter of Thomas de Gynerny son and heir of Roger de Gynemy 
the second to Edward the Dean &c, granting lands in Northcory que ali- 
quando fuerunt Cristine filie Thome de Bononia proave mee. — Test 
Phil : de Button ; Simon le Pe^tour ; Bic: de London ; Thomas le 
Chamberlayn ; Bd. Dikedale; Wm. Blundell; John Annore; FhiL 
Canon n ; Johnle Specer ; ^dam le Irmongere ; Wm. de Mercer; Hen, 
de Wynton ; John le Mereator ; Sec. 

Carta Walter! le firie de homagio &c. Bid Bnt«l in Northcory. 

Charter of Richard le flrie de terris in Northcory. 

Charter of Walter le flrie. 

Two more charters by the same Bichivd and Walter. 

The D. and C. and B. Gyan de HuaboU. cf. T. fol. 6S. 

The D. and C. to W. Gyan de messuagio in Stokes, ci. I. £6L 62. 
AJ). 1264. 

Inspex : by Will, de Elmbam of the charter of his son Nichols^ 
(£ L fol. 13, 



Scriptum Henrici fll : et hered : Henrici fil : lognlfi lactam D. et C. de vscts 
terra Lamleg apud Stoke et una aera in Garstone apud Northcury, ''"51s""' 
J«ly5,A.D.1233, ^^^-^ 

Will. Sylven and Bad : Abbe de quadam manucaptlone . . . pro terra 
in Meridooe. 

Mentions William sou of the late Adam de Merldon, and Ascelina 
widow of Adam. 

Test, the knights John de Acton ; Walter de Ortiaco ; and Eic. de 
Kam J Galfr. de la Slo ; Thomas de Mere ; Eobt. Gyan, Ac. 

Agreement come to between the Prior &c. of Montacute and the 'ol- 31 »n dore. 
D. and C. about a certain pasture called Westhaymore in Northcory 

Test, the knighta Bobt. fil. Pagan ; Henr. de Umaco ; John de Erlcgh ; 'ol- 33- 
John de Acton ; Bobt. de Sancto Claro ; GUbert de Here ; and Bic. de 
Nyweton ; Gregor. de Welyngton ; Will, de Beigny ; Bobt. Gyen ; 
Hugo de la Hele j Walt, de Cam. ; John de Znappe ; &c. 

Given at Wells, May 14. A.D. 1303. 

Agreement come to between the Abbot of Athelyng and the D- 
and C. about certain pastures. 

The Abbey yield to the D. and C. certain lands lying next to those 
of John de Aura, and they give to the Abbey a meadow in Leng. 

Given in the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin on Monday nest after the 
Epiphany A.D. 1263 ; and an oath that it shall be duly observed taken 
by Canon Radulf de Lalhngton for the D. and C, and by brother to\. 33 in don. 
Adam de Marisco on behalf of the Abbey. 

Indenture between Abbot Robert of Athelney and the D. and C. 
about certain pastures &c. in Northcory Manor, &c. AJ). 1263. 

Carta Roberti Abbatis et Conv : Atheling : de 80 scris alneti in mora foL 38. 
de Northcory, receplis a D. and C. in compensationem unius batellate 
busci quam annuatim singulis diebus capere consuevimus in dicta 
mora sua de Stadmore passim ubi nobis placuit a festo S. Michael, 
usque ad Hokeday sequentes Blestlatum et.katia de herbagio predicta- 
rum acrarum, &c. 

Given in mora de Stadmore, Sept. 11, A.D. 1250. fol. S3 in dura. 

Another agreement between the same about certain rights in the tol. S4. 
moor. A,D. 1327. 

Agreement made before the Jnstici^es Gilbert de Preston, Henry foL 34 ia dote. 
Tracy, Roger de Wicestre, William de Cobham, and William de Engle- 
feld, at Ivelcestre, between John Golafi^ and the D. and C. about 
certain pasture rights in Wrentichford. 

In Oct; S.Joh'Bapt: Anno regni H. fil: Joh" 40°. 

Charter of Hugh Gundevill concerning the lands called Hunniland in ful- ss. 
Northcory quas malo consilio de ecclesia de Cury subtraxi. 

Test. John de Bathont Bobt. deGuudevil; Hamelin de Gundevil ; 
Gaufrid i Hibernensis ; Eustace de Horsintone ; William de Horsintone ; 
Bobert Marshall, •&c. 

Carta Johannia de AIra et Agnetis uxoris. cf. I. fol. 12. fol. 35 in dors. 

Final concord, cf. I. fol. 13. fol. 36&36in 

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CAT^EiL Charter of Nicholas bod of William de Elman about land at Lamleg. 
Hsa. cf. I. fol. 13. 

Charter of Walter )e Hundred to Edward the Dean and to the C, of 
ft piece of land in Northcoty called Fotiu:re. 

fol. 87 ID dois. Scriptum D. et C. factum in modum indenture inter eos et Gralfr. de 
la SIo, about an acre of land in Northcoi7. A.D. 1280. 

Chart«r of Gilbert de Thoru to the D. and C. about 6 acres of wood 
in Thorn. 

tol.s9. Convention between the LadjMatill: relict of Odo de Wandestreo 

and the D. and C. At her earnest request the D. and C. allow her to 
have a chaplain to celebrate in the chapel newly built at Stade in the 
pariBh of NortiicoiT, who shall firat awear due obedience to the D. and 
C. and that he will not receive any oblation which may be due to Nortb- 
cory church or Stoke chapel. Divine service in the said chapel is to be 
suspended whenever the Lady M. is absent from Stade, and altogether 
from the very day of her decease. Her heir acquires no rights from 
this concession. It is sworn to by the lady and by Oliver Avenel. 

fol. 38 in don. Charter of Roger Hazet to the D. and C. about lands at Huntebam 
and Meridon. Mentions his uncle llobert de Stokes. 

Ordinatio Vicarie de N'orthcniy. Richard de Tregoz the vicar is to 
have all the vicarial tithes great and small preter garbas cujuscumque 
bladi sjve in orto sive in agro, et preter dedmas molendinorum. . . . 
piscariarum . , . feni . . . decimas de curii^ A.D. 1234. 

Carta Gilberti Gule.— Cf. I. fol. 12. 

foL 39. Final concord entered into before the justiciaries Robert de Brywes; 

Richard de Middleton ; John de Bire ; and William de Staunton, at 
Ivelcestre a die S Trinitatis in xv dies A.D. 1263, between the D. and C, 
and Galfrid de Scoland and Richard de Waleya, concerning lands in 

fol. 39 in dom. Scriptum D. and C. factum Ricardo de la Well et Cecilie nxorl de 
eex sohdatis et octo denarratis redditus in Iforthcory. A.D. 1307. 

fol. 40, Submission of W. Colne that he has wrongfully destroyed the water- 

course to the mill at Knappe. Et ad majorem securitatem premissorum * 
Wilhn. Gyan et Willm. Bostel inveni manucaptores. A.D. 1317. 

Sabmissio Willelmi Gyan . . . 

Submissio WiUelmi Bostel. 

Final concord entered into at the same date laid place as the last and 
fol. 40 in dors, before the same justiciaries, only that John de Bire is now written John 
*"'' ^'- de Aure, between the D. and C. and John de Aure about rights in 

Northeory. A.D. 1263. 

fol. 41 in dors. Order of the King's Court in favour of the D. and C. against Robert 
the Abbot of Athelnye, Elyas Spelly and Richard Brice, with regard to 
certain pastures in the moor. A,D. 1S86. 

A Eimilar order against John Beanchamp de Litlesdon, knight. 

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Ordinatio Vicarie de Boklond, with institntion of Galfrid de Merkes- ^J^^ 
buy, bj Bp. ^gidius of Sarum on the presentation of the Itector, h88. 

Canon W. de Button. £^j ^^ 

AngmeotatioD by the D. and C. of the vicEu^e of Modeford, on the fol. 42 in dots, 
petition of the vicar John de Taveatoke, by 40 shillings in addition to 
e in domibus et ortia . , decimb de molendmis fuUonicia et 

squaticis, vivariis, warrennis, parcis, gsrdinis, pascuis et pasturla, et 
silvis ; et etiam in decimia de fedbus omnium . . . animalium, &c. &c. 
I^ecnon in decimis de piscationibua, aucapationibus, raercBtiouibus, 
venationibns, oegociadonum lucris, et de carpeutariorum, sciaaomm, 
&broram, texteriorum et pandoxateriorum ac quornmcumque alionim 
parochianonim dicte parochie ecclesie artificia ac de bonis aliis juate 
scquiBitis que inter dictam parochiam renovantur per annum prove- 
nieatibus. Necuon in oblationibuB mortuariis consuetis, tegatia omnium 
parochianorom, . . . decimis garbamm et feni dumtaxat exceptia, &c. 
.... The vicar ia bound to provide a priest to assist him, &c. A.D. 

Final concord between B. Gyan and William de Luttleton, &g. — tol is. 
cf. I. fol. 258. 

Inspex : bj John Mohoun de Dunstesre of a release of his grandfather fol. 43 in don. 
John de Mohoun to the D. and C. of aU rights in Bikenalre. 

Test ; John de Clyvedon, John de Erlee, Hugh de Langlond, Badulf 
de ffissure, Simon de Boche, John Brett«, John de Derburgh, Will de 
Cnmbe, &c. 

Given at Dtmsterre on Sunday next after the Feast of S. John ante 
port. Lat. A.D. 1330. 

Confirmed at Dunsterre April 8. A.D. 13S9. 

Test ; John de Kalee and Edward Stradljng, knights ; Thomas de 
Kale, John Roche, and Simon Brette, &c. 

Boundaries between Wells and Glastonbury. fol. it. 

This indenture made at Wokey on Monday next after the nativity of 
S. John the Bapt : A.D. 1352 in the presence of Balph Bp. of B. and fot. it in iIote. 
W. ; the D. and C. and Walter Abbot of Glaston. 

Composition between the D. and C. and John the Abbot of Athelney fol. 45. 
as to certain rents and lands in Northcory made at the instigation of fol- 4R In don. 
Peter de Courtenay, knight. 

Teat ; Peter Courtenay, John Lorty, Robert Tevelton, knights ; M. 46. 
John ffitelton, Peter Yevelton, John Mountagu, Hugh Cancy, &c. ^"^ *^ ■" <!<"*• 

Given at Korthcory, June 9. A.D. 1394. 

Composition between the D. and C. and John de Cnappe of NorHi- fol. 47. 
cnry concerning certain mill rights. A.D. 1370. 

Composition between the D. and C. and William Beauchamp Lord of 
the half of the Manor of Lillesdono and Stathe, concerning Ssbery 
rights in the Tone, . et de absdsaione spatularum . . . crescentium in fol. 47 ia dora, 
^versis moris, and pasture rights, &c. 

Test J Thomas Broke, William Bonvill, Walter Rodenye, Baldwin 
Malett, knights ; John Manyford, John Stourton, Thomas Stotwell, &c. 
A.D. 1402. 

Compositioa between the D. and C. and John Beauchamp de Lilies- f"'- <8- 
don, knight ; Richard de Clyvedon, and Elyas Spelly (Richard ia son 
and heir of Matthew de Clyvedon) concerning Saltemore in Northcury. 

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oJSSSLl Test; John ffjpayn, John do Eodenye, Thomas Broke, John de 
M88. Lartye, knights; ffrancon Stolond, Peter de Yvelton, Hugh Cancy, &c. 
A.D. 1389. 
A long document of three pi^B. 

fol- <9- Compoaition between the D. and C and John Aura. cf. fol. 40. 

fol. so. ^ iQQg document of three pages, followed bj a list of the tenants and 

their rents and services, 
fol. 51- The list of the tenants of Xewport about 49 in number, no one hold- 

foL 52. ing more than 5 acres and most only one, fills three pages. 

Joh' faber tenet I daynam terre ad terminum vite sue et uzoris <le 

regali via, ex traditione domini Fhilippi de Odyham tunc seneschalli. 

Beddit per annum 6d. pro oumibus serritiia, et postea levavit in eadem 

dayna quandam fabricam. 

Summa totalis of rents at Newport £2 lOs. 9d. 


Beutale tenendum personatns ibidem faotum et examinatum per 
dominum Robertum <ie Perle, senescallnm, Nich" Gregory, Job™ 
, Mayhu, Job™ Quyk, Robt : Quarine, Th : Peny, et Ed. Hulet, tenentes 
ejusdem personatus, in festo S. Margate, A.D. 1392. 

Job' Mayhu pro 12 acris terre edificat de aotiquo astro iiii.' 

Ed. Huelet pro 3 „ „ „ xv.'' 

P. Edins pro 5^ acris de overland - • • iL' ix.'' 

Job. Hervy pro 2 ac. terre edificat. de antique astro - ii.* 

Relicta Th. Snaylisham pro 6 ac. tr. de overlond - iili.* 

Th. Peny pro 12 ac. tr. edif. de ant. astro - - iiii.' 

Idem Thomas pro 3 ac. tr. de overlond - - xviii.' 

Job. Quyk pro 12 ac. tr. edif. de ant, astro - - liii." 

Kich. Gregory pro 4 ac, tr. ,i » ■ - i'ii-' 

Bobt. Quarine pro 6 ac. tr, „ „ " - "''-' 

Will. Marys pro 3 ac. et dim. tr. de overlond - - ii.' 

Eic. Peter pro 4 ac. „ „ „ in Huwich ii.' 

Job. Mody pro 1 ac. „ ,, « - - Jcii.^ 

Walt. Hardyng pro 1 ac „ „ - - xii.* 

fol. 52 ill dots. Compositio inter D. et C. et Abb, de Athelnye. About fishery rishts 
in the Tone and certain rinee, pasture lands, and tithes, 8co. A.D. 

fol. 53. Charter of Bp. Josceline about Wynesoumbe. cf, I. fol. 50. 

fol. 53 ID dors. ^ ■' 

fol. 54. Compositio Vicarii de Pokelchurch. A detailed account of the pro- 

fol. 5i in dors, vision made for the vicar John Manston, by the D. and C. of Welto as 

Bectors, upon the demand of Tydemanu Bp. of Worcester. 

fol. 55. Consuetudinarium tenentium Eccl" de Nortbcory. 

fol. 55 in dors. pols, 65 and 65 in dors, are partly printed at the end of the Index 

Vol, A.D, 1876 of the Som. Ai^ and Nat. Hist. Soc. Transactions. 
£ 1. 59 m ion. The list of tenants fills 6 folios- 
Mem, quod nnllns homo de homagio predicto nisi sit liber potest 
habere nisi unum solum cotsetle, et si plures habuerit dominus habebit 
pro unoquoque 6rf. excepfo uno. 

Mem. quod quando aliquis de hominibus domini nativis descesserit, 
nnior filius ^ns Becondum conBuetndinem manerii teneme&tum quod 



faerit patris sui priueqnam aliqnis alius si jus ad eadem habeat, its Q^^^^i^- 
qntyd eatisfacit domino pro ingi'essa babendo ic eudem, vidlt ad volun- itxi. 

tatem domiDi, 
Summa totalis. £ '■ ''• 

Solvend : ad 4" terminos - tencutes eccle ; de gablo - 4 17 11 
„ ad gulam Aug : - denair : S. Petri - - 1 3 

„ infeet:Purif: - de Moreryght - - 1 5 

„ in feat: Nat! fi. Job* deleseselver • - 6 

„ med : at Pasch : et med : at S.Micb : - de Wedegablo 4 6 

Solum ad (estam S. Martioi - Cbnrset gaUinanun 40 

Churset frumenti Iv &>" 
Consuetudinarinm A.D. 1814 according to the testimony of a jury of *<>•• *>. 
10, named, cbosen by the whole of the homage, ond giving evidence on 


The Hundredarius is to receive and execute with certain assistants 
breria regis, &c. 

He shall have id. for every priioner apud le Stochonse. Also the 
haodredpeny de qnolibet homine vel garcione de faundredo intraute in 
Bssisam, &c. 

His geetnm at Christmas is to be two good white loaves of wheat, as 
much eood beer as he likes to drink as long as daylight lasts, a good 
dish of beef with mustard, and another broweti de gallinLi, and cheese. 
Enough fuel to cook his own and the allowances of the other tnnanta 
de antiquo dominico is to be given, and also enough fir a fire to burn 
before them from their first coming to dinner until the evening ; after 
dark they are to have a further supply of firing and two candles de 
BEsisa ; and they may sit if they please and drink so long as the two 
candles burning one afW the other shall last. 
He also has two virgates of land and pastore rights, &c. 

TheBrevitor, the whose duty it is to execute the briefe, *C. holds *>'■«'''■' *<•"■ 
half a virgate and a messu^e, and pays I lb, of cammim. He must 
bIm attend the courts and serve their orders, &c, 

Thomas de Mere has a virgate and a messuage. And lie must come 
in white gloves and with a white rod in his hand to Kyngesmede to 
superintend the mtfwers, and also those who make the hay. 

Simon de Domerham must serve in like manner. fbl. SI. 

Ttnentea in Villenagio. f"'- <•> "> *°"- 

Robert de la Chamhre the tenant of a half virgate among other ser- t°^- 62- 
vices must come with his rod in band to superintend the mowing and 
hay making in Eyngesmede, which is estimated to last for two days, fol. 62 in dors. 
and also the making of the mow. 

He must serve as Propositus or Berebritt, 

The Berebritt has (II allowances the same as the Prepositus save 
only ihe keep of a horse. 

W. Brygge tenant of one ferdel must bring his own napkin, cup, W- 88. 
and dish to the Christmas dinner, and may carry away in his napkin 
anything that is left. 

And moreover he shall have for himself and his neigbbonrs one 
wastell divided into three parts to play with at the old Christmas 
games, '' I waatetlum in Ires partes cissum ad antiquos ludos natales 
cntn dicto wastello Indendos." If he is impleaded in the Kinj^s Court 
about his land, " a^udicabitur per 12 jura tores," as Robt de la Cbambra 
(fol. 61 in dura) "adjudictibitur per pares, ut in alio placito." 

William the smilb holds one ferdel, makes the iron work of two carts, 
the iron and coals to be found by the lord, and shoes the lord's horse, 
''ad pedes anierioiee." 

U 30541. T. 

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C±™1i^ii CnBtumarium de Wyneacumb. A.D. 1290. 5 folios. 

Hss. Mem. i the ploughing of one day ie worth 2{d, 

M. sslu^dora. Ploughing one acre 4rf. Harrowing Irf. Sammagium 2d. Mowing 

Id. a daj. Carrying id. Reaping t^ Dayon ^d. 
fol. 67. "^^^ tenant of a ferdell ia called a fulingus. 

fol. 67 ia ion. The tenant of a half ferdell is called a Cotarina. 
^i' ** ■ A Some Cotarii hold only a meseu^^ and 2 acres. 

fol. 68 ID dore. ^|,g parsonage receives from tiie tenants of two mcEsuoges and 7J 
acres of land, Qt. id, 

toL 69. Indenture between the D. and C. and Jobs Beanchnmp cf. fol. 48. 

fol. 6B in don. Consuetudinarium Manerii de Hacche. 5 folios. 

fol, 70, Amongst other services the villanus faciet domino nnam cladem ad 

faldam de pnlis et virgis domini qoos colliget, et habebit euum averocum, 
viz. 30 vtrgas cissaa pro clade, v^oris quar : ultra reprisam. 

foL 71. Habebit gentacutam, viz. panem et caBenm. 

The value of the Manor of Hacche is 161. 16(. S^d. 

fbl. 74 In dors. Bidesham manor. A.D. 1332. 

The value of the Conrts per aim., half a marc 

„ „ the Chacia in le Warthe, 8d. 
5 acres of Bosetum are worth 25rf. 

The Capilagii, are 10 in number. The first pays J lb, of was, the 
rest sums fixim Id. to I2d. 

Total Value 12/. 19*. lOJrf. and 4 lb. of wax. 

fol. 75. Consnetudinarium Nativorum ejusdem manerii. 

Among the nsual services veniet ad terram dominomm grftpiandsm 
per duos dies cum duobns hominibns, pretiam operis obolum. 
Sumn'.a valoris manerii 21/. 6t. 5d., besides fines and heriots. 

fol. 76 !d doni. ' Extcnta de Bikcnalre. 

The tenant pays 4°' slabbes et dim. ferri, pretium 11^., 2^iL each. 

The Cotarii hold each a-cottage. 
fol. 78. There are 12 Capital i nativorum who pay each 1 slabb ferri, and 

2 capitagii liberorum who also pay each 1 slabb. 

Summa valoris manerii 6/. 6«. 3\d. besides fines, &c. 

fol- 79. Charter of Walter de Cadamo to Dean John de Godilee of the 

foL79in;dor8. Mnnor of Knappe. A.D. 1306. 

Many parcels of land, and their tenants are named, 
fol. 80 and 80. A similar charter. 

Final coucord between John de Gudelee, Hamelin de Grodelee, wboH 
agent is Elyas de Godelee, and Walter de Cadaioo, about the Manor of 
fol. 81. Knappe, A.D. 1306. 

Caria regis Kdwardi de licentia ingredjendi manerinm de Knappe to 
Hamelin de Godeley on behalf of the CIiapt«rj[iiotwithstandiDg the 
Statute of Moitmain. 

Teste me ipso spud Lnnercost Jan|22, anno regni 34**. 

Carta H. senioris de terra|^de~CnappeXdata|[in escamb : pro terra de 
Wliitcham quam illi de Charthons lenent. 

Grants to Gilbert de Norfolk 8 liberate of land in Northcory, in «i' 
change for ihe laud in Little Witham which the king has given to tht 
bretliren de Chartosa, to be held by him of Gilbert Malet on the 8»a>e 
l«rm6 as he held the lands in_Witebam,^viz. : Svirgates in demeene Aff 



42 sliilliDgs, and in the same Manor Wolward and Meawold with one Wblu 
Titrate for 12s. id. ; and John and Richnrd and Gannund and Selebrith ^"ss,""" 
with one vii^ate at I2s. 4rf. And Esegar and John with the Bsme; — 

iDd Edel a widow with the eame ; and Eva a widow and Ailward, and 
Aldwyn with 1| viroate for 11 shiliings, and at Huma, Thudric and 
Martin and Ordric Salet with ont« virgate at 125. id.; and Bannulf de 
la hille and Richard and Balwin, with the same, and Hurdith and 
Eobert Vela with the same ; and Swein Vela with jc a virgate and 
5 acr, for 6*. 91rf. ; and Edwy Borgeis, with n ferling and four 
denariats of laud for 28 pence ; and Osmar with ono ferling for 2 shil- 
lings! &e. 

Test: Richard Bp. of Wynton; Gaair Bp. of Ely; S., Bp. of fo!. 82. 
CMcheater ; Hubard, Archn : Cant. ; Earl William de Maudevill ; 
ViUiam de Aubeigni, Eail of Susaez : Banulf do Glanrill ; Patric 
de t^awort ; Radulf til : Steph, Camerarius ; William de ijtutevill ; 
Bobert de HtuteriU; Gilbert Fiperd ; Kobert fil. Bexii; Thomas fil: 
Beiii { William de Moiun ; William bl : Aid ; Gaufrid de Siy ; William 

Given at Waltham. 

Charter of W. de Cadamo to John de Godelee de redditibus et *<>'■ 83. 
servitiis, &c. de £nappe. A.D. 1306. 

Another Charter by the same to the same about Kuappe. 

Letter of the same to the same about his goods in Enappe. 

letter of the same to give possession to John de Godele. A.D. 1306. 

Perambulation of Menedip Forest. A.D. 1298. 
Printed in Collinaon's Hist, of Somei-set. Vol. iti. p. 58. 

Perambnlfttion of Seiewode Forest A.D. 1297. Hist. Som. Vol. lii. fol- 84. 
p. 56. 

Perambulation of Neraochieh Forest A.D. 1297. Hist. Som. Vol. iii. fo"- 85- 

Perambulation of Exmoor Forest. A.D. 1297. Hist. Som. iii. p. 57- fol. 85 in don. 

ftil. 86. 
Charter of Walter CnamofCnappe to Will, atte ffcrthjng about lands foi, seindow. 
at ChaldoweU in Cuappe. 

Charter of William to Dean John de Godelee about the same. loi, 87, 

Helease of the swd land to the Dean. fol. 87 in dow- 

A copy of the Agreement between the D. and C. and the Abbey of foL BS. 
Glaston : cf. I. fol. 185. 

Quitclaim of Pokeleachirche 8tc, cf. fol. 19. fol. 89, &c. 

Appropriation of Pokelchurch Church, valued at 880 Marcs, to the fol. si. 
D. and C, by Pope Boniface. 
May 10. The whole purposely much smudged over. 

Foundation of Bp. Ralph de Erghum's Chantry, by himself, at S. fol. 9!. 
Edmund's Altar in the Have of the Cathedral, of the value of £4, &c. ^l- »* '■» ^°^- 
Qiven at Wyvelescombe. Jan. 20. A.D. 1308. 

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Tblls Acceptance of the chantry by the Chapter, Feb. 8. 

"^M^*^ And confirmation by the Chapter of Bath. Mawh 3. 

tcA. 93. Bp. Erghum's grant of the advowson of Pokeleschnrch to the B. and 

C. 20 R. 11. 

?}■ *f ". . Other documents about the eame. 

M. 94 ip dore. 

fol. 9S. Inatrument declaring the manner of taking possession. 

fol. 95 in dore. 

fol. 96 & in Confirmation by the Prior and Chapter of Worcester. 

^^ gj Charter of Bp. Josceline about the Manor and Church of Wynescumb, 

given by him at the dedication of the Cathedral. Canon Walter de 
Cusington, resigns it into the Bp.'s hands. A.D. 1241. 

fel. 97 ID doTt. The first arrangement made about the Church of Wynescumb. A.B. 

fol- 98. Inspex ! by Bp. Boger of the grant by the Chapter to Walter de 

Cueington of the revenues of Lnvingtou and Mudiford, in A.D. 1241. 

foL 98 in doM. Conflrmation by Bp. Roger of the Charter of Bp. Josceline about 
«''•'"■ Wynescumb. ^ ^ '^ 

Charter of Bp. Josceline about Wynescumb. of. I. fol. 60. 

ConSrmatlon by King Henry to Bp. Josceline of the Manors of 
Wynescumb, Pucklechurch, Blachford and Cranemere with transference 
of certain Military services in Cranemere fi-om Glaston : to the D. and C. 
Jao. 22. A.D. 1226. 

Charter of Bp. William about Wynescumb, given at Dogmersfold. 
Oct. 1. A.D. 1261. 

fol. 100. Charter of Henry Lovesestre to Bp. Josceline about 4 awes in 


Charter of the same about a meadow given by him to the church of 
8. James, and to William de Kayuesham tlie parson of Wynescumb. 

• Charter by the same and to the same church, (when it was dedicKted 
by Bp. Josceline on August 26, Anno pontificatus 80°) of a small wood. 
Similar charter. 

tbl 100 ia dors. Charter of Robert de Sandford son and heir of Albretfaa who was Uie 
wife of Gilbert Wrench, to the D and C of a wood called Lovesestre's 
Scrohet, als. Cuy twinsewode. A was the daughter of H. de Lovesestre. 
Given at Ivclcestre in itiuere, Gilbv'rti de Preston, Rogeri de Wyoestro 
Ac. Anno Henrjci fil : Jobs. 40°. 

Charter of Albretha. A.D. 1256. 

CoU IDI. Charter of Cristina Wrench daughter and heiress of Henry Wrench 

de Wodesberwe, widow, of half an acre to William de la Wye, vicar of 

Charter of W. de la Wye abont the same. 
(oL 101 in dora. ^^^ - 1^^'' ^ ' Psgani ; Thomas la Warre, Lord of Rolvestoc : 
' Robert i& Warre; Walter de Monteforti ; Robert Malherbe; i^nights 


Release by Philip Loveschest de Wynescumb. A.D. 1319. 



Agreement between the D. and C. and Galfrid de Motendinis about wills 
pMturos in Wyneacumb. A.D. 1307. *'*'^8S."'' 

The King to the Sheriff of Somerset. fol. J0~ 

The D. and C. have complained that Maurice de Berkele, Eva his vife, 

Thomas his bod, and Maurice son of Thonias> have invaded certain 

rights of theirs in Wyoescnmb, &c. 
Given at Ewelle. Feb. 3. A.D. 1307. *ol- lOBindow. 

Letters patent appointing Hernicus de Stounton, and John Randolf 
to examine into this case. Given at S. Alban'i June 16. A.D. 1306. 

The case of the nephews of Precentor SegioaU cf. fol. IS. 

William de la Ford, junior has cat down two oaks on the boundarj of Fol. 103. 
his and the D. and C. lands at Wynescumb. It is adjudged by a jury on 
the spot that the trees belonged to the D. and C. and t^t W^. is to pay 
to them ID pounds silver, and restore the wood. A.D. 1325. 

The Manor of Winscombe Ac conveyed by the D. and C. totheexors. fol. losindow. 
of the Will of Dean Henry Huse, for the full term of three years, on 
the same terms as it was formerly held by William Bomell, prepositus 
of Wells, and flrmarius of the atad Manor. For this the said exors. have 
paid £200 sterling, and will also pay 10 marcs a year. A.D. 1306. 

Similar arrangement about the Church. The D. and C. undertaking 
to provide for the obit of H. Hasee, 

The Qoxt f(dio is numbered 108. It seems to be merely an error, for 
there are not any folios miaung. 

The D, and C. appoint two of thdr number to represent them at an fol. lOS. 
inquiry about to be held, at the instance of the Abbey of Glastonbury, 
by the papal commissaries the Abbots of Gloucester and Pershore, and > 
the Prior of Evesham, about the Manor and Church of Wynescumb, 
A,D. 1246. 

Order of Pope Innocent IV. About the respective rights of Bath foi. 108iiidor«. 
and Wells in the Election of a Bishop. They ore to have equal rights 
is the election. The installation is to take place in each church 
alternately. Both the names are to be used together as the title of the 

Given at Lyons. Jan. 3. Pontif. Anno 2°. 

The whole of this entry smeared with red chalk. 

Four folios here are cut out, but the paging, which is of much later foi, 109. 
date than the MS., goes on in unbroken order. 

The D. and C. to the royal council, in the absence o£ the King, to ask 
for permission to proceed to the election of a Bishop. A.D. 1242. 

Inapex : by H. de Tracy, cf. I. foL 37. ; 

Final csncord made at Exeter before Joscetine Bp. of Bath and fol. logindora. 
GlastoD : and Roger Cole, Robert Cardmon, John de Briwes, and Osbert 
fil: Will: justiciaries, between ihe said Bp. and Henry de Tracy about 
the Advowson of South Bo vi. The Advowaon is to belong to the 
Bishop, and he grants to the said Henry and his heirs, quod participes 
sint omnium orationam que fient in Eccla; Wellen;, A.D. 1219.^ 

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tblu William de Ralegb, Treasurer of Exeter, te B. Bp. of Durham, He 

OATHB^EiL iviia pienent when the arrangeaient was made between J. Bp. of Bath, 
— and Thomas Mauduit, and Nicholas Avenel and his son and heir W.' 

ia the presence of the said Bp. B, and remembers that lliou^h it was 
ii(>t inserted in the deed, that the Bp. of Bath expressly made mention of 
a sum of 4 Marcs arising from a piece of ground in Wermineti-e as part 
of the revenue of one of the vicars in Welts. 

Dean John San-acenus to all Abbots, parsons &c. &e. of the diocese, 
announces the order made by John de iiolum, Archdn. of S. Alban's, in 
the name of the Abbot and Prior of S. Alban's, find the Dean of London, 
giving authority to the Archdn. of Tnnton during the vacancy of the see 
of B. and W., annulling all orders and acts of Thomas de BedcforJ, and 
ordering him to pay as expenses to the Archdn. of Tanton 60 marcs, 
under paiu of excommunication ; The said T> is excommunicato until 
he shall have given satigfaction. They are to procl^m this order in al^ 
foL lioin doM. their churches. 

Given at Wella on the day of the Transl. of S. Thomas. AD. 1250. 

B. Abbot of Clhtston : to J. Bp. of Bath. 

He will remember that when lately the Chnrch of Hamme was' 
vacant he had requested the Abbey to give it to B. de Iiexington, quod 
et fdcimus quantum ad nos pertinuit, but the transaction has not been 
completed. But now the Bp. has written to them and ordered them in 
accordance with a Rlandate of the Bope addressed to him, to provide for 
Benedict, " Scriptor Pape," 

They are willing to present the said Benedict instead of the said B., 
if it please the Bp., on condition that this is taken as the fulSlmeat of 
their previous promise. . . . ■ 

foL 111. Agreement made between the Bp. and Thomas Mauduit &c. About 

Werminstre prebend, and the advowson. A.D. 1235. 

fol. Ill in dom. Nicholas, papal Legate to alt men, 

. When lately we were at Glastonbury, a certain clerk came and prayed 
us to cause him to be admitted as a monk and brother. We therefore 
have desired (monuimus diligenter) Josceline, Bp. of Uath and Grlaston, 
qui in eodem mancrio vices gerit Abbatis, to cause this man to be 
accepted, he has acceded to our wish, and the Prior and Convent have- 
accepted him. We at the desire of the said Bishop have issued this 
letter, and attached our seal to it. 
Given at Bath, April 12. 

Presentation by the Abbey of Lnnlen (X^oulay) of prior P. to their 
house at Stokecurcy. 

Charter of Herbert de Stowa to Bp. Josceline, of his land at Herthor 
in the Manor of Welts. Test: Hugh Bp. Lincoln; William, Archdn :' 
of Lincoln ; William, Precentor of Wells ; Williwn Ajchdn : of Bucking- 
ham ; Xhomas de ffiskerton ; William de Lincoln ; Peter de Bathon j 
Canons of Lincoln; Roger, Chaplain ; Adam de Clanefeld ; Kadulf de' 
Warrevill ; Gilbert de Panton ; Canons of Wells ; Galfrid fit ; Eadutf ; 
Bichard Cutele ; Kegni de Altavill &c. 
foL 112. Inspex: by the D. and C. of a Charter of Canon Hugh Everard, 

firmarius of Ceddre, about a messuage there. 

Inspex : and Confirmation by Savaric,Bp. ofBathandGlaston: of the' 
Charter of Henry de Hardyngton given to the Canons of Keynesham 
the Gliurch of Hard^ton. Test: Bichard, Abbot of Hichelney, &c. 

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Ctuflnnstioii by King Edward Goncerning cerlaia hoasea iu TVcUb. caTSdIii, 

rf.I.fol.254. ° ^ "'«■ 

CoDf : br Bp, J. concemiDS the same. Given in London. Jan. 10. 
A.D. 1866, 

Inquisition held at Wells before John de Bekjnton, Escheator for the 

inquisition neid at tVeUs before John de Bekjnton 
CoaaXj, concerning the sftme. Feb. B. 41 E. III. 

Chuler of Sobert Boret and Juliana hie wife oonvejing to Adam 
Totteborn, burgess of Wells, dnas seldas &c. 

Charter of Jcdin de Chidiock, knight, to Walter de Compton conrej- fol i U in dors> 
ing certain bouses in Wells. A.D. 1S62. 

Charter of Walter de CtHnnton oonvevintt to Alicia Croterys, a ehopin fol. lis. 
ffeUs, A.D. 1363. 

Belease \>j Robert Boret as above. A.D. 1363. 

Charter of William de Chelleworth son and heir of William de Chelle- 
worth of Wells, to John de Chidiock ; William Anmale, knight ; Kobcrt 
de Panes ; and William de Bjrngham ; heirs and assigns of W. de Byng* 
bam ; granting of all his tenements &c. in Wells. Test; John de fol. lisindan. 
Heriet ; Walter de Bomeseye ; knights ; John Atte fTorde ; Thomas de 
Panes; William de Weldej John fauconer; John Leddrcd, junior; 
John Lengh ; Thomas de Mertoke de Welles ; Thomas Draycote ; 
Bobertfforde de Yevele; JohnleDoo; Kobert de Coktr ; William le 
Doo &c. Given at Sutton Byngham, on Thursday next after the 
MBTtjrdom of S. John Bpt. A.D. 1362. 

Chftrter of Walter da Compton to Henry Boreditch of the tenement fol iie 
which formerly Adam de Cheleworth held in Wells. A.D. 1363. j^, ueiadorB. 

Beletse by William de Chelleworth to the D. and C. of a burgage im. 
in Wells. A.D. 1364. 

Final conoord between William Lullok, Margery Moners, and Margery, fol. iiT. 
relict of Watt i de Compton, and W. de Chelleworth, abouttwo messuages 
&c, in Wells. A.D. 1364. 

Releaseby Chelleworth to the same W. Lullok f^c. A.D. 1364. 

Charter of Bobert Boret and Juliana his wife, widow of William de fot-Ilfindon'. 
CbelewOTth. AJ). 13fi5. 

Charter of William bod of WilliAm de Cheleworth. A.D. 1362. fol. lis. 

Charter of William de Byngham to Walter Compton. A.D. 1362. fti, UBiadrrs. 

Inqnisition to be held by John de Bekyngton, Escheater, aa to a 
burgage &c. bequeathed by W. de Compton. 

Charter of B. Boret to A. de Telteboncne, as before. f^l ug 

Charter of W. de Byngham to W. do Compton, as before. 

iHabella de Toryngton daughter and heiress of Eborard le fCraunceys, fol. iisindom. 
late a burgess of Bristd, and John her son, make over to the D. and C. 
certain bonds entered into by William Chelleworth tn the presence of the 
Mayor of Bristol. A.D. 1383. 



VitM Jolin ^0 Rodenyo, Icnight quit claims to the D. and C. an annual rent, 

CiiHBDUL payable by cert«ia lenemenis lately belongiog to W. Compton, o£ one 
— pair of yUt spars. A.D. ia94. 

Charter ot John de Weleslt^h, knight, to Walter de Hull, clerk, of a 
piece of land in Wella. A.D. 1324. 

ludentnre made between John Wareyn, Canon of WelU, and Thomu 
Byugham, Badulf Bernero, Bobert Rugg, Bobert Sloo, Canons of Wells, 
aUout a mesBUBga in Welta. A.l>. 1392. < 

foL isi. Charter of John Wareyn about the same, A.D. 1398. 

fol. 121 in don. Charter of Stephen de Surreye to Hugh de Lymyngton and Bobert de 
Cbydyngfold, Vicars in Wells, about certain houses. A.D. 1299. 

Charter of R. de Chydyngfold to Richard de ThUtelden, Treasurer, 
and to Hugh de Uppehill, vicar of Wells, about the same. 

foL 1S8 Charter of H. de Uppehill to Walter de Hulle, Archdn. of Bath, about 

the same. A.D. 1348. 

Belease by H. de Uppehill. A.D. 1348. 

fol. isa in don, Release by Richard de Thisteldeo, of the aune. A J>. 1348. 

SiroiUr deed of R. de T. 

fol. 183. Agreement between Robert de Cudyngfold and Hugh de Lymyngton 

BB to their shares in the tenement which they bold in commoa. 
A.D. 1303. 

foL 188 in don Charter of H. de Lymyntoo to W. de HuUe, Vioar ahout his hoase, 
A.D. 1324. 

The same about the same. 

(bl. 184, William de Costrode, relative and heir of Robert de Chedyngtonfold, 

about a messuage in Wells, A.D. 1333. 

Ordo subsequens declarabit omnea anuales Vicariis cooferendas in 
festo S. Jeronimi in Eccl : Wetlen : ; ac etism PriorAtua in capella B. 
Marie, et S. Martini, qualiter et per qnos debent fieri in eccl. predicts- 

1. Appropriation of the Church of Stokgummer by Bp. William. 
foL 1S4 in don. And establishment of a Chantry of the value of £5. 

2. Ordinatin Ezor™ testamenti J. de Button, cf. I. fol. 22. 

foL 185. 3. Ordinatio Elie. magist : Hoapitol : S. Jobs., Briatol. cf. I. fol. 23. 

Test ! Roger de fiercham ilayor of Briatol ; John de Berwick j 
foLl8£indors Reginald Gloolde, then propositus of Bristol; John Gilbert; 

William de Berwick ; Oalfr : le Cape &e. 
4. Ordinatio Bicardi de Bamfeld. cf. I. fol. 87. 
Amongrt other giris"20d. inter languidos et alios pauperes qiiipro 

pndore mendicare erubescant." 
toL 187. 6. Ordinatio Itoberti, Prioib de Staverdale. cf. I. fol. 116, 117- 

July 20. A.D. 1263. I 

fol. 1^7 indoTs. 6. Ord : Tfaome de Button. Eson : Epi : cf I. fol. 127. | 

7. Old ; Joscelini Epi : Three prioats to be appointed, with 13 vicars, 

who shull in turn celebrate the MaM de B. Virgine, every dsf. 

These priests are to have one whole share of communu, insCeod I 

of the half which otherwise they would have, ut libentins rt I 

derotins ministerio suo insistaat. A.D. 1206. 



8. Ord : Joh* WaryDe, Caaonici, who has gtvea certain rente in Welle vbllb 

for a daily Bervioe. A.D. 1394. ''^'Slaf*' 

9. Ord : Walterl Wyncaultrtn, Canonici) et prebendarii de Wormynistre — " 

aU. Luivyle. He has given to the biidy of vicars f 100, a chalice, '"'■ "* '" ^^^ 
a missal, a TestmenI: and other things ad ilecentor oruandum quod- 
dam altare, coram imagine S. Crucis in eccl : nostra Wellen : ex 
parte boreali alti campauilis, &c. A.D. 1406. 

10. Ord : Galfridi de Briddeport. cf. I. fol, 84. fol- 180 in dora. 

11. Ord: Hugonis de Somenal. cf. I. fol. 86. 

12. Ord; Petri, Decani, who had given land at Merlegh in Woky for fol. 131 indora. 
a perpetual Bervice for the departed. 

Con&nned by Bp. Joscetine, at Banewell on the morrow of the 
Annnuciation. A.D, 1238. 

13. Ord: of tbeExora; of the Will of William 11., Bp. of B. and toLiss 

W. of. 1. fol. 62. 

14. Ord : pro vicariis. 

IndentDFe hetween Balpb, Bp. of B. and W., and the vicars inhabiting 
the hooses and nsing the hall newly built by him. Certain lands are 
giren tu the vicars, and they are to celebrate a mass daily for the good 
estate of the said Bp,, &c,, and for the souls of the departed, &c. 

Given at Wyvelescumb. April 17. A.D. 1354. 

Inspex ; and conf : by Archbp. William, of the appropriation of the t"!. IM. 
Chorch of Kyngeston to the vicars of Wells by John Bp. of B. and W. 
A long document of tbroc folios. 

Inatilntion by Bp. Savaric of the celebration of a daily Moss in honour fol. 136 in don. 
oftbeYirgin. £o jocnndius .... quoprofidelitnisaedulacredilur 
interventrix exlstere, et apud Deum majorein noscitur gratiam obtinere, 

Appropriation of the parish church of Est Coker to the D. and C. of ^o^- 1^7. 
Ezeier lor the foundation of four chantries there, cf. I. foL 287- 
AD. 1419. 

A long document of 9 folios. 

Composition between the D. and C. and the Vicar of S. Cuthbert's, fi>l- 145 in dor*. 
lia to the rights and revenues of the vicarage. i 

Confirmed by Bp. Ealph at Welyngton. July 11. A.D. 1357. cf . I. 
Fol. 101. 

A commission issued by the Bp. to inquire into the state of the fol. MB. 
ricar^e of S. Cuthbert's. A.D. 1366. 

Appointment by the D. and C. of Thomas Spert, the Chancellor, and 
Canon John flrysby ta be their proctors in a suit with Walter de 
Hamme, Vicar of S. Cuthbert's. A.D. 1894. 

Sentontia contra W. de Hammo .... in curia Cant, htta super fol. 145 in dors. 
pensione 20 marcarum Ecde: Cathed: Wellen: ab oodem vicario debitis. 
AD. 1388. 

Order made by Philip de Staunton, acting for the Bp., who is in fol. ISl. 
foreign paits, in a dispute between the D. and C. and Bobert, Hector of 
Bagi^bergh about the tithes of Lydiard. The D. and C. to have the 
titliM and pay 7 sliUlinga a year to the rectors of B. A.D. 1278. 

Ordinatio Vicarie de Stoclande per Johannem Epm. The lands and 
tithes enumerated which are to belong to the vicar, the rest to the 



Wblu Honse of S. Mark of BnBtol, of which William is the Master. A.D. 
Cathbdbil 1360. 

A similar order about the Vicarage of Tattoo. Walter the vicar has 
complained that hb reveuae is not eofiicieiit for the support of hinuelf 
and two chaplains, and others dependent upon him. The Bp. therefore 
inasmuch as it is his iatj to take care that vicars baye Bu£G.cient for 
their own support and for hospitality, and that the value of the prebend 
is fnlljr 100 marcfl) while the vicar receives not more than 12, orders 
that certain amall tithes, of which a long list is given shall belong to the 

This order is made vocatia omnibus quorum interest 

ooncurrentibus omnibus qui in hac parte requiruntur. 

Given at BaneweU. June 14. A.D. 1327. 

fol. 152 in don. A similar arrangement about the church of S. Mary de Stallo and 
its dependant chapel Wydecomhe, which is appropriated to the Abbey 
of BaU), and of which John Dudemerton is Vicar, 
Given at WTveliscnmbe. Feb. 13. A.D. 1322. 

(ol. US. ^ similar arrangement about the Vicarage of Olive, of which the 

Church is appropriated to the Abbey there. 

The Vicar amongst other duties shall be present every Sunday at 
Leigh Chapel, and shall read the Gospel, and provide aquam et 
panem benedictum for the parishioners, and shdl celebrate the Mass 
there three times in the year, viz., at ChriBtmaSf Easter, and on S. 
.£gidiuB' day. 

fbl. IM. -^ simihu- arrangement about Corston Church, which was appropriated 

to Bath Abbey by Bp. Walter "our last predecessor," and to which 
Henry de Everdon is now presented. 
Given at BaneweU. Nov. 1. A.D. 1321. 

fol. 154 in dow. ^""^ * ^ *'*^ ^' "*"* ^' °^ Wells of the arrangement about the tithes 
of Somerton, made by Bp. Savaric. cf. I. fol. 49, 

Test : Benedict, Abbot of Athelney i Durand, Prior of Montacate ; 
Gilbert, Prior of Bruton ; John, Prior of Tanton ; Baer, parson of Aire., 
&c., to the original grant by Bp. Savaric 

fol. 155. Similar Confirmation by the Abbey of Bath. 

fol. IS5 ID dors. Similar arrangement made about the Vicarage of Est Gammel, after an 
fit\. 15G. inquiry had be^ held on the spot by a commission called together by 

the Archdn. at the Bp's desire. A.D. 1380. 

The Commissioners are Thomas, rector ot Trent i Thomas, rector of 
Bympton i Richard, rector of Sandf ord j James, rector of West Cammel ; 
Symon rector of Chilton ; Thomas, rector of Ashington ; Bobert, vicar 
of Modeford ; and Richard, vicar of Merston. They report ^lat the 
rectors receive 23/. 14*. lOd. including scnne tithes "de parco domini 
regis"; and the vicar 9/. 18*. &d. 

Similar document about S. Decuman's. 

Given at Wyvelescumb. March 19. A.D. 1320. 

fol. 1&7. Similar document about Paulet to which the Abbey of S. Augustine's, 

Bristol presents Antoniua. 

fol. isrindoTs. Letter of Stephen de Tomaco to J. Bp. of B. and W. givmg the 
value of the Vicarage of Bokelood. 

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:nie Vicarage of Eiagsbnry. of, I. foL 46. Wxllb 


Order by Bp. John about the Vicarage and Parish Church of Wybe MSS. 

neat Bath, to which the Rector Peter de Inkpenne has presented as 

Vkar John Marleward of Bath, with the consent of the patrons, the 
Abbesa, &c., of Where well. 

Given at Yevele. Feb. H. A.D. 1320. 

Appropriation to the Abbey of Bath of the Church of Hampton. /ol, 1S9 in dots. 

GiyenatChiu. Oct. 21. A.D. 1317. 

Commission issued by Bp. Ralph to two of the Canons to examine 
ioto the state and value of the vicarage of Burnham to which John do 
Barford has been presented by the D. and C, 

Given at Northcory. Nov. 6. A.D. 1334. 

Inapes : and conf : by the Piior Thomas of Bath, &c., of the appro- 
priation by £p. Josceline to the Hospital of S. Jofan Bapt. in Wells, of 
Ibe Church of Evercriz in A.D. 1231. 

Charter of Bobei-t Cotele, son of Hamo Cotele de Stokeliiich of 
one acre of Meadow in Wtdton to the Church of S. Andrew, Wells. - 
A.D. 1248, 

Charter of B. de Camville about Hengestridge. cf. I. fol. 21. 

Charter of G. de Camville. cf. I. fol.. 21. fid. 160. 

Conf: by the Archbp. cf. I. fol 21. 

Similar document, cf. I. fol. 22. ' fol. 100 in dars. 

Conf; by Bp. Reginald, cf. I. fol. 21. 

Testimony of the Bp. of Worcester, cf. I. fol. 21. fol. 16L 

Charter of Henry de Lascy, Earl of Lincoln, Constable of Chester, 
utd Margaret his wife granting the Chapel of Whitchurch in Hengee- 
tri^ tfl Henry de Pontibus the prebendary of H. 

Test William Bp. of Ely; Tvbottotj Richard de Hedon; Thomas fol. 161 indora. 
ie S. Vigoro ; Peter Mallore ; knights ; Walter de Wyke ; John de 
Saddon, &c. *• 

Given at London. Feb. 6. Anno regni Edwardi 20°. 

Confirmation by the king of the last. 

Appointment by H. de Lascy of Thomas de fflssehurn to give poa- foi, i62. 
Kodan to Henry de Pontibus, 

Resignation into the hands of H. de Lascy by John do Mount Gauter 
Medicus, of the chapel of Whitchurch, to which he had been presented 
by the said H. 

Given at Kyngeston in Dorset, Feb. 25. Anno regni, E, 2Cf , 

Exemplification of the case of the D. and C. and the Vicar of 
S. Cnihbert's, Wells, Two folios. 

Letter of Pope Boniface upon the same subject. Ibl. 164. 

The £rst four lines, and the last five smudged with i-ed chalk. 
Given at Rome, at S. Peter's, May 16. Anno Pontif. 7°. 

Bull of Pope Boniface IX. 

Understands that according to an old custom every Canon who cotnes 
into residence, is expected to feast the Bp., the D, imd C, the Vicars, 



Wells oaA all other Uinistera of the Charch, at the excegnve cost of 150 or 

CATHBDRkL cveii 200 iDiircs. This has produced disputea and scaodal, and ^ to be 

MSS. altogether abolished. For the future every simple prebeodary is to pay 

~~~ 100 and every dignitary 150 marcs to Uie fabric of the Chatch, oa 

comiag into residence. 

Given at Borne, at S. Peter's, March 18, aano Fontif. 12°. 

fol 165 in don. Appropriation by Bp. John of the Church of Berwe to the Arch- 
deaconry of Wells sniyect to a p^ment of 10/. for the support of three 
chaplains, two of them for the Chantry of the two Dps. William de 
Button, and John de B., and one for the good estate Ac., of the Arch- 
deacons, Ac 

fol. 167. Given at Banewell, Aug. 8, A.D. 1828. 

Appropriation to the Abhey of Glaston : of the Church of Boddeclegh 
with the chapel of Baltenesborgh, by Pope Boniface. The T>. and C. 
have protested, and the Abbey agrees to pay them a penuoo of IZt. id. 
in satiation of their claims. 

Given at Glastonbury July 31, A.D. 1892. 

Ibl. 168 in dar«. Decision by Bp. Balph that tiie B«ctor of Norton tmb Hamedon 
(Robert Raulyo) most pay the ancient ^luioD due to the D. and C. <^ 
40 shillings. 

Robert de Caunteloo is rector of Wynfrith. 

Given at WjrTeliBcumbe, Aug. 11. A.D. 1363. 

M. 169 in dors. John the Prior de Longa Leta to all men. 

Balph Bp. of B. and W. has appropriated to the Frioiy the Chnrch 
of Laliyngton of which it is patron. A pension of 6$. 8d. is reserred 
to the h. and C. of Welle. 

Given in the Chapter of Longleat, Jan. 8, A.D. 1894. 

ful. noindon. Inttpex: by Dean Stephen Pempel of the Union of the Vicarage of 
Wyncaulton with the Priory of Stavordale by Bp. John, when it shall 
be vacated bj the present vicar Jolin Bryan. The Priory is to find a 
secular parochial chaplain, or if necessary one of their own canons with 
cnre of souls and to minister to the parishioners, for a quarter, or one 
half of the year at most. One of the canons shall also celebrate doil; 
a mass for the dead in the choir of the Priory, in the chapel of the 
Blessed Virgin, and of SS. Peter and Paul and S. James, under the 
campanile, for the sou] of Philippa the late queen, for ttie good estate 
of the Bp., and for his soul and for the souls of his parenta Boger and 
Johanna, and similarly for John de Stourton, Alice his wife, Richard 
Bisschop vi«ar of the Pariah Church of Meere, in Sarum diocese, and 
for John de Bekynton ; also for William de Stourtone and Johanna faia 
wife the parents of the aforenamed John de S. ; for the brothers and 
sist«rs of the same John de S.> and Letitia and Alicia their wives, for 
Gilbert de Bokebume and Johanna his wife, and John their son ; ibr 
Master Walter de Sbireborne; Walter £ingsettele ; Thomas and Alice 
the parents of the said R. Bisschopp j for W. Ryby, Chaplain and John 
and Emma his parents ; for William de Milleborn, knight, and Margeris 
his wife ; and for all the faithful dead, The sud canon shall receive 7d. 
at the end of each week. _ 

Each canon of the said Prioiy, 8 in number, shall have annually 
6s. 6d. for their clothing beyond the usual allowance. 

On the day of the Circumcision, the Prior and brethren shaU celebrate 
the usual service for the dead, and en the same day divide equally 
amongst themselves 13«. id. 

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to the Eleemounarius of Wells. 

The Friorf is to pajr a pension of S«. 4</. to the Bp. and 3«. Ad. to 
D. and C. March 18, A.D. 1874. 

Upon the petition of the monks of Henton, whose lands are hilly fol. 173. 
and poor nnd whose mills, whence they derive the chief part of their 
rerenoe, nre less profitable than formerly, but not through any Fault or 
neglect npoa their part^ who have to pay tithe upon the fruits of their 
labour to more than the value of the profits, who are also burdened 
with corrodies and debt, the Church of Henton which has been given 
to them by William de Lilelton, Precentor of Wells, its patron in his 
own righ^ is appropriated to their hotue. 

The usual conditions about a house for the vicar and an income, and 
payment of pensions Ac. 

Qiren at length on two folios. A.D. 1344. 

Certificate by PbnthaleoD de Bredis . . . cansamm curie camere apo- fy\, i7siud<WB. 
Btolice auditor generalis &c. to a copy of the bull of Pope Boniface fol. 174. 
■bout residence. Qiveu at Florence A.D. 1420. The entry is smudged 
with red and black chalk, with special attention to the obliteration of 
the name "Boniface," and to the words " sanctissimum in Christo 
patris et domini DOstri domini Martini divina providentia . . ."this 
word quite illegible. 

Charter of John, Prior of Worspring to John de Axebrugge, Sub- foi. 174 in don. 
dean of Wells, and to the D. and C. after him, of an annual payment of 
20 shillings, to be expended in masses for the soul of the said John, in 
the Cathedral, A.D. 1266. 

Charter of the same about the pension of 10 marcs for the obit of*"'- >?5indors, 
Bp. W. de Button, cf. I, fol. 62. 

Instrument about the 26 marcs payable by Berliz. ct. I. fol. 89-90. '"•■ HG in docs. 

Charter of Robert, Prior ofBerUz. cf. I. fol. 110. fol. 177iiidorM. 

Letter of John, Prior of Woraprying. cf. I. fol. 118. fol. 178. 

Confinnation by Robert Prior of Bath of the appropriation of fol. nsindora. 
Cbilteme Church to Bryweton. cf. fol. 127. 

Letter of Tsahella Huse, Prioi-ess of Eyngton, about a pension of foi. 179. 
10*. payable to the Cathedral from the Church of T^verton. A.D. 

Letter of Thomas, Abbot of Keynesham about a pension of 3s. 4d, foL i79lndor«. 
payable from their Church of Keynesham. Not. 17. A.D. 1396, 

Letter of the Master and Brethren of S. John's Hospital, Bristol. fo\. 180. 
Forasmuch as the late Henry Tessun Precentor of Wells, Canon of 
Sarum, and Prebendary of Bedmynstre, built at his own expense the 
Chapel of the Holy Spirit in the cemetery of S. Mary Redclifi; in order 
that the divine offices for the dead might be continuously celebrated 
there, and in consideration of his good will' towards us, we undertake 
the support of the said chapel, and will provide a secular chaplain with 
a clerk, or one of our own brethren to Eerve therein daily, preatito prins 
Sacramento Rectori Frebende de Bedmynstre de indempnitato predicts 
prebende, and to sing Placebo, Dirige, and celebrate the mass, summo 
mane, according to the Use of the Church of Sarum, for the souls of 
HsrWt, Robert, and William, Bps. of Samm; of Josceline, Roger, 

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V»u and William, Bps- ofB. andW. of the said Precentor and his fomilj 
Ci^lg"" &c. They will provide also u dail7 mass at the Altar 8ancti Salva- 
— ■ toris, in the Cathedrol at Wells, which was erected by the said Precen- 

tor. They will also provide bread and wine, in perpetuity pauperculis 
capellls et eccls. de ^chidiaconatu Batbon. caritative sibi dari hec postu- 
luntibus. They will also pay to the Commnnaiius at Wells one marc 
every year on the vigil vf the obit of the said Precentor, viz. Aug. 13, 
to be divided among the Canons and Clerks who ttdie a pergonal share 
in the anuiTerBary Bervices, &c. Further details about the rents given 
by the said Precentor to the Hospital. A.D. 1254. cf. I. fol. 2. 

fol. IBi. Letter of Nioholas Abbot of Keyneaham about a pension payable on 

their Church of Heighelitleton. cf. I. fol. 170, 171. 

fol. 18!. Similar letter of the same about a pension of 6«. Sd. payable on their 

Chnrch of Westharptre. cf. I. fol. 199. 

foLlsaindon. Charter of Bp. John about a pension of I3<. 4(f., payable to the D. 
and G. by the Church uf Est Coker. A.D. 1386. 

fol. 188. Bond of William the Prior of Berliz, &c. for the payment of £20 to 

the D. and C. A.D. 1367. 

The same bind themselves to pay a pension of 6s. 8d. on their ttp- 
propriated church of Bradeford. A.D. 1387, 

fol issindots. Charter of Bp. Josceline about Chyuton Church appropriated to the 
Abbey de Gemetico, and about the vicarage. Simon de S. Petro in the 
Rector. A.D. 1211. 

fol. 184 in dors. Letter of the Abbot William accepting the last. A.D. 1241. 

Appropriation to Glastonbury Abbey by Bp. Walter (after con- 

sultttUon with the Chapters of Bath and Wells as u.sual) of the Churches 

fol. IBS. of Dultynge, Dichesgate, Budekleya and Est Brent, with their chapels, 

subject to the establishment of a vicart^e in each case as usual, Ac. 

A.D. 1266. 

Order by Bp. Josceline about the Church of Norton juxta Hamedoiii 

of which the Abbey of Gresteiu is patron, and Silvester de Everdon, 


tbl. issbdon. The Church is appropriated to the Abbey, and the Rector is to 

receive 12 marcs a year until the Abbey provide him with a sufficient 

Given at Voqui, Feb. 14. AJ). 1241. 

Confirmation by Bp. Walter of an arrangement by which W. de 
Cherleton is to receive 10 marcs auanally from the D. and C. from 
Northcory Manor, instead of the same sum teom the Bp. &om Bum- 
bam, which pension is now made over by the Bp. to the D, and C. 
A.D. 1306. 

Inspex : by Bp. William of the grant by Baldwin, lord of Thome, of 
2 acres of laud wUb the Advowson of the Church of S. Margaret at 
Thome, to the Church of S.Mary, and S. John the Evang:at Leigh in 
Devon, and to the Canons there. Test : Johele de Valletort, then 
Sheriff of Somerset ; Henry de Chanflur ; Ileury, parson of Stanton; 
Thomas de Tettebume ; Simon de Luccumb ; John de Arundel; 
Robert de Wilecestre ; William de Oreweye ; Nich. de Hallehey ; &o. 

Also of the grant by the said Canons of the same to the Archdn. of 
TantoD, Walter de S. Quintin, in return for benefits received from him, &e. 



The Bp. decrees that the above-named land and ohurct and the c^^l^it 
■ppurtenaDces of the pariah chorch of Milverton 'wbicb is a prebend of usa. 
Welle, be annexed to the Archdeaconry, subject to a payment of 40s. 
for a chantry at Wells, &c. A.D. 1251. 

, Heginald of the gift of Staweia Church by fd.i87iDdorB. 

ef. I. fol. 37. 

Grant by John Sarracenos of a shop in Wells. 

Grant by Bp. W, de Bntton of cectain services, &c. in Midelton. cf. 
I. fol. 90. 

Bond of Eobt. do Wnmberg, Archda. : of Wells to return two deeds fol. lasin dors. 
about the land of Midelton near Ivelcestre, which he has borrowed. 
A.D. 1329. 

The Abbey of Bath abont Carentutn. cf. I. fol. 24. 

Grant by Hugh Bp. of Lincoln of his Church of Gosebertkirke to toL 189. 
Richard de Attebei^ as parson, saving to Hagh Burgundia the vicarage 
for Ufe on payment of 13 marcs a year to the said R. as paraoD, &c. 

Test. : Josceline Bp. of Bath and Glaston : ; William de Hammes, Pre- 
centor of Wells ; Th, de ffiskerton, chaplain ; Walter de Well ; Roger de 
Bohu .... and Steph. de Ciceatre ; Canons of Lincoln ; Adam de 
Claoefeld ; and Badulf de Warevill ; Canons of Wells ; Will, de Lincoln ; 
Bic. de Tiughurst ; Oliver de Chedueco, Ac. 

Given by the hand of Will, de Thomsco Archdn ; of Stow, at Dorke- 
eestre. Nov. 3. Pontif anno 9°. 

Nicholas Sherman parson of Norton sub Hamedon is sued by the D. 
and C. for £4 arrears of the annual pension of £2. 

Assignment to John de Wamberg, rector of Bocland in Serum 
diocene, by W. de Cherteton of his pension of £10. A.D. 1322. 

Quit claim to Bp. Josceline of land in Wells and at Merlegh by fol. 190, 
William de Maulesberg son of Richard and Margery de M, 

The pension of £2 payable by S. Mark's, Bristol, cf. I. fol. 166. 

Final Concord between the D. and C. and the house of S. Mark de fol. leoindors. 
Billiswike, about a pension of £4 3*. id. on Fonleth and Stockland. 
A.D. 1272. 

Agreement between the Exors. of the Will of Hugh de Romenal, foi. isi. 
Treasurer ; J. de Hereford, Canon of Wells, and the House of S. Mark 
de Byleswyke. The latter are to pay !« ihe D. and C. the pension of 
£i 3*. 4rf., and the former will pay to them 120 marcs. A.D. 1272. 

Order from the Papal Legate Otto to the Bp. of Bath to call upon all 
ecdeBiaalical prelates in the diocese to pay the aid which had been 

Cmised to the Pope, first at Reading and again in London, evep as it 
been done by the Galilean Church. There has been ranch delay in 
mining this payment, he is willing however to proceed with mildness, 
and therefore the Bp. is to summon all Deans, .Arcbdns., Abbots, and 
Priors to appear in person ; all Chapters, Abbesses and Prioi'eases by 
proctors, before the Legate in Octabis Omnium Sanctorum, and then 
they are to satisfy the demands made upon them. 

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Tblu "^0 lesBcr Deans, Rectors, and vicars, the Bp, is to orge to have 

GtTgiDBAi. compasBlon on the difficnlties of the Apostolic See which it haa incnrred 
_ in defence of the common foith, and to make offerings, 
fol. 191 In don. AH are to be invited to give at least a twelfth of their rerennes. A.D. 

Agreement made between the D. and C. and Nicholas son of Martin 
and laabelta, about the advowson of West Lideford; the latter are to 
have it and pay 30 morca to the D. and C, and the recton diall pay a 
pension of half a marc to the D. and C. A.D. 1277. 

William de FlnmptoD, rector c^ West Lideford, consents. A.D. 
fol. 193. Bp. Beginald about Carentoa Churches, cf. I. 21. 

Canon G. de S. Leofardo, who cannot be present in person at the 
Election of the Dean, appoints Canon Eadolf de Wich^, to be hia 
proxy. A.D. 1284. 

Consent of the D. and C. to whatever Bp. Josceline may determine 
about Chyuton Church. A.D. 1241. 

fol. leaindors. lostitntion by Bp. Josceline of Richard deAtteberto be parson of 
Charleton Makerel, saving to Robert de Meyst the perpetual vicarage 
which he bas in it, subject to an annual pension of SOs. to the parson 
and his successors. A.D. 1217. 

Hugh Bp. of Lincoln confirma to his snccessora the Chnrch of 
Ham^on, a pension of 20t. from S. Feter*0 at Stanford and from 
the Chapel of Branteston. 

Given in the Old Temple, London, May 17. A.U. 1232. 

foim. Licence of King Edward to the Abbot, &c. of Gloucester, to gnat 

the AdvowsoD of Bnrneham to Bp. Robert of B. and W. 

Test« me ipso, at Westminster, Feb. 27. A.D. 1285. 

General pardon, 3. H. T. 

foL 194. Confirmation by King Edward about Bumeham. A.D. 129L cf. foL 


fol. 194iii dors. Licence by the King to Bp. Walter to grant two acres of laiii! and 
tiie Advowson of Bumhani Chnrch to the D. and C. 
Teste me ipso at Winton, May 16. A.D. 1306. 

kl. 199. Confirmation by King Richard of the appropriation to the D. and C. 

of Pokelcburch. 
Teste me ipso at Westminster. Feb. 8. Anno regni 20°. 

Licence by King Richard in the same matter, given in couHideration 
of £40 which the D. and C. have paid to him. 
fcl. 195 in dorg. Teste me ipso at Westminster, Sept. 24. Auno regni 20". 

Carta Hennci VI. snper licentia amortizandi Bokelond. Licence is 
given to Bp. Nicholas to appropriate the Church to the D. and C. 
in coQsidcraliou of £50 paid to the treasury. 

Teste me ipso at Westminster, Nov. 26. Anno regni 2°. 

fol. 196. General pardon of Henry VI. in his 15th year in Parliament. 

Teste me ipiso at Westminster, March 37. Anno r^ni 16°. 

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Confirmation by King Edward of the order made by Bp, Kalph about f,J^^^ 
Ihe Vicarage of Chyu. HSS. 

Recites aU the details of the arrangement on two folios. 1^, ^^ 

Teato me ipso at Westminster, June 20. Anno regni, Anglie 23°. 
Prancie 10°. 

Licence by the King to Richard Pettys, Clerk, to give to the D, and C. foL 199. 
30 acres of land and pasture for 80 sheep in Depford for the Anniversary 
of John Maneton. 

Teste me ipso at Westminster July 4. 4 H. IV. 

General pardon by Edward lY. foL 199 in ion. 

Appropriation of the Chnrch of Cory Revel to the Canons of Bu8- ftUSOI. 
telestwm, in Sarum diocese, by Bp. Ralph. 

Great part of tbeir house still remains to be built. The house is on a 
road much frequented by rich and poor who seek for hospitality, and by 
noble men who have to be I'eceived in a manner suitable to their 

It is situated on the bank of the Thames, and its land is therefore 
much eutgect to injury from floods iu winter, and even some of the 
buildings have been destroyed byfloods. Wherefore with the consent of 
the king, Richard 11., and the Lord John Dnke of Aquiiaine and Lan- 
caster, nunc fundatoris duadem, of the D. and C. of Wells, of William 
de Monte Acute Rarl of Sarnm, the patron of the Church of Cory 
Bevel, John Toly the rector having resigned, it is appropriated. 

Details of the arrangementu as usual. 

Given in the pariah church of Moueketon, June 14 A.D. 1391. 

Confirmation of the last by the Notary ; by the Chapters of Wells fol. 909. 
luid of Bath, and by Ralph Erghum Archdn : of Tantoo. 

Agreement between the D. and C. and John de Murdene about some foL 309 in dori. 
pastures in North Cory Moors. 

Test : John de Bello Campo ; Henry de Urtiaco ; John de Eriegh ; 
Gilbert de Bere ; Hugh de Fopham ; Knights ; Nicholas de Melles ; 
Philip de Columbariia ; MathewdeClyvedone ; Henry de Urtiaco ; John 
fle Burton; W.tlter Lyfe. A.D. 1311. 

Charter of the D. and C. to Hugh de la Hele. cf. I. fol. 18. fo). SOS. 

Letter by the D. and C. to their bailiff* at North Cory, Walter de 
Cnolt«n to give poasession to Hugh. A.D. 12i$4. 

The D. and C. sell to Cecelia widow of Hugh atte Hele, the custody, fol. aoa jo 4or*. 
&c. of their son Ralph and of his lands ; Alicia was Hugh's Mother, and 
the landa came from her. 10 E. III. 

Quit claim by John sou of Mabilia Rowelea to Hugh de la Hele of a 
messuE^e and certain services in North Cory. 24 E. 

Indenture between the D. and C. and the Ezors. of the Will of the fol. 304. 
late Bp. Ralph. 

The D. and C. have received iVom them, 

Unum missale notatum ad magnum altare. 

Unura par vest! mentor um alborum cum toto apparatu ad usum cEipelle 
B. Marie ; And £10 for the fabric. 

Trcs capos de cammaka rnben, quarum unahabetunum morauift argen- 
teum deauratum, et ammelat ; ; uuitm casulam ; unam dalmaticam cum 
tunica ejusdem secte; tres albas; tres amic. ; duas stolas; trcs 
U 2054U M 



' Vbiu manipulDB ; tres zouaa, quazum una de serico viridi ornata ardent, et 

''"hss^ deaurat ; ; unum par saodalium pjusdem Becte ; uatua dalmaticam ; uuom 

— , tunicam de cammeka rubea ex parte uoa, et nigra ex altera, ex dono 

domihi Epi. mpndicti. Et etiam unum gradale et unam cambucam 

pretii 40 morcarum loco et nomine uniascambuce pretii lOlibrarum; et 

□nam mitram prelii 100 solid, quas dictns dominus Eps. habuit ex 

prestito de ecdesia nupradicta. Remiserunt dicti D. et C. 

dictis ezut'* unum gradije pretii 10 solid, que dictue dmos. Epa.recepit 

ex prestito de eccl* Ac etiam oninimodas actiones 

quas dicti D. et C. babuerunt contra dictum Epm vd 

habere potemnt Fro qua relaxatione dicli 

Exors. remiserunt .... dictis D. et C. 25 marcas qae supererant 
lOlibrarum in qnibos cambuca quam dictus Eps. habuit de ecclesia 

ex prestito fuerat appreciata, quas quidem alias dicti D. el C, 

Bolvere tenebantur, et unam cofram magnam in thesauraria bene ferro 
ligatsm eia venditar pretii 40 B(^d., et unam legendam Banctorum eis 
venditur pretii 13s. 44. Item unam aurifrisum uobitcm protii 4 libra- 
rum, Tcnditiir eisdera sub ea conditione ut canonici dicte eccleeie animam 
foL 204 ID doia. ^^ <^i- ^P>- '° 9^ missis et aliis orationum suffragiis in futurum 
babeant ex debito commendatam, et etiam dicta pecuniaerit eiseteornm 
singulis in soludonem et satisfactioaem in distributione residui bonoram 
dicti Epi. in Aiturum saltern in quantum ilia summa peounie se extendit 

Given on Thursday next after S. Mark's Day, A.D. 1368. 

Charter of Robert Gyan of Bristol gives to Robert son and heir of 
William Gyan and to Cristina his wife, a mesaua^, windmil] and all his 
lands in North Cory, a moor, &c. in Cliereleyestath, &c. with the rever- 
sion of all lands which ha^l been the dowry of Matilda wife of Robert 
grandfather of the sud Robert Gyan, &c. 
fol. aoa. Givea at Chereleye, July 16, A.D. 1339. 

Charter of Margerie at Sloo gives to three of the Canons certain small 
rente &c. in North Cory. AD. 1385. 

Grant by Walter the Dean and the C. to Walter le Eyr and to the 
first wife whom he shaU many, for their lives, of certain lands in North 
Cory. A.D. 1347. 

fol, 20S in don. Release to the D. and C. by Thomasia daughter of Robert le Whyte 
de Enappe of all claims to certain properties in North Coiy. A.D. 

fol, 206, Mandate of King Richard addressed to Urofrid Stafford, Sheriff of 

Somerset, qnod jnste et sine dilatione habere facias Decano et Oapitulo 
Henricum Grey nativum et fugitivum suum cum omnibus catallis euis 
et tota sequela sua nbicumqne inventos fuerint in balliva tua nisi sit in 
dominico nostro, qui fugit de terra sua post coronatiimeni dni. Henrid 
regis filii re^s Jobannls, et prohibemus super forisfactionem nostram ne 
quis enm injnste detineat. 
Teste me Ipeo apud Westm., April 29, A.D. 1381. 
Similarly about William son of William Grey and Henry his brother. 
And also about John son of William and William son of John Grey. 

fol S06 JD dors The Sheriffs to bis bailiffs in tbe above matter. 
Given at Wells, Dec. 29 A.D. 1392. 

Grant by the D. and C. to Bichard de Acton, knight, in return for 
benefits received, of certain pastures in North Cory. A,D. 1355. 

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JUoQdate horn the Official of the Aichbp. of Caoterbury to Gosbert wkuj 
de Ihlesham official of the Archdn : of Wells, Mandamus vobb sub *^ss."*^ 
pena canonica firmiter injungentes quatinus cum sitis beneficiati iu EpI- . ~ 
scopatu Cantuar:, to cite William de Button, nephew of the Bp. of Bath, '"'■''**'■ 
to appear at the church of S. Mary de Arcubus. A.D. 1251. 

Letter of William Gjan about bouses and rents in Northcory. Test : 
Bicbard the succeutor ; Philip de Canteleo, Knight ; Henry Hyngolf, 
hiutdredarina de Northcory, Adam de Merydon, Robert de Merydon ; 
John de Marisco ; Robert le Taylur, &c. 

Agreement between the D. and C. and William Baesel and Agneta fol.20Tindars. 
hiB wife about certain pastures in Northcoiy. Given at Wells. Test ; 
John de Bello Campo ; Heory de Urtiaco ; John de Erlegh j Gilbert de 
Berej Hugo de Fopham ; Knights; Nicholas de Meles; Philip de fol. 208. 
Columbariis ; Mathew de Cly vedon ; Henry de Urtiaco ; John de 
Burton j Walter de Lyfe, &c. March 15, A.D. 1311. 

Charter of Gilbert Thome, fol. 37. 

Receipt for 4 Marcs given by Robert Gyen. A.D. 1286. 

Charter of Thomas Faya and Richard Craddok to Margerie atte fol. 308 iu do». 
Sloa A.D. 1375. 

Charter of lUchardfll: Rad. fil ; Bernard (cf. I. fol. 11.) Warranting to 
the D. and C. the manor of Hacche, against his brother William and his 
aher relations. Test : Hugh de Wells, Archdn : of Wells ; Josccline his 
brother J Simon de Patesbylle ; Master Eustace de Facunberg ; James 
deFotema; RicharddeMulcegi-os, justiciar : j Master Roger de Sanford ; 
Hugh Nicbol, Canons of Wells ; &c. 

Charter of Walter de Kam granting to Roger de Stokelinche and to foL 209. 
Agneta who was the wife of Richard Bussel, the custody of the lands 
which the eaid Bicbuxl held of him at la Hill in Northcory, aud of their 
sun and heir Adam. 

Agreement between the D. & C, and Robert de Somerton. He is 
to have the lands Ac. lately held on military tenure by William Colne of fol. 209 in -lors. 
Northcory of the D. and C, until the heir of the s^d William is of age. 
The stud Robert most keep all houses and fences in repair &c, and pay 
£1. iOs. Od. April 20. A.D. 1333. 

License by the D. aud C. licet communi consilio regni statutum 
Bit quod non liceat religioeis vtris laicum feodum ingredi sine licentia . 
dni. regis et capitalium dominorum de quibus feodum illud immediale 
teneatur in capite, to Etyas Spelly ; Walter Derby; Thomas Beaupyne 
de Bristoll, to grant in puram. . . elemosynam to Thomas the I'rior 
of Wocspryng and to his canons, a messnage, dovecote, and lands which 
Richard Dacton, knight, now holds in Wells, and in Hantrych in 
Northcory, of us in capite. A.D. 1383. 

Hugh son of Hugh atte Hele of Northcory. Has been absent from fol- aio. 
the county of Somerset for some time, and the D. and C. have dealt with 
and cultivated his lands iu Northcoi-y as hue seemed fit to them. He 
now yields to them all the fruits which they Lave received from the day 
"S his departure until the dny of the execution of this deed. Given at 
Northcory, on Wednesday next after the Feast of S.S. Tiburtius and 
Valerian; 8 £. 

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CAiirB^iL Final concord between the D. and C. and Bobert de Colambariia 
H8S. about tno csmcatea of land at Hoccbe. The D. and C. pay 10 mans 
— to Eobert. A.D. 1247. 

fol.SlOindon. Indenture between the D. and C. and John de Tronbrigge, Vicar of 
Kortbcorj' A.D. 1355. The D. and C. augment the vicarage with 
certain lands, and give coppice wood annually aa an eudownment for r 
chantry. The vicar is to pay one rose annutitly on the ffativitjr of S. 
John tne Bapt :,and shall duringthe term of his life celebrate or causelo 
be celebrat«d a mass every WedneBday and Friday if a duplex feBtnm 
sball not fall upon those days, and if the Lord or Lady of Lillesdone shall 
be present, for whose good estate and for whoee souls the siud ^juuttry 
is established. If a duplex festum fklls upon those days the mass is to 
be celebrated on the morrow. If that day shall also be a duplex festum 
then only a memoria shall be said on the Wednesday or Friday itself. 
The Lord of Lillesdone shall at his own expense provide a chaplain and 
all things necessary for the mass, pane per dictum vicariura quotiens 
opus fuerit ministrando dumtaxat excepto. 

foL 311. The Chaplain who is to say the mass or memoriadomiuumveldomiiiam 

de Lillesdone oltra completam horam dieipr imam ibidem expectare minime 
teneatnr, tben he may depart without celebrating, but if he is celebrating 
elsewhere during ttie day he shall bear in mind those soals for whom 
this chantry is estublished. Test : Badulf de Middelneye ; John de 
Clyvedone ; Richard de Acton ; Knights ; Matthew de Cl^edone i 
John de Somerton ; John Houndsmor ; John Atte SIoo ; Thomas 
Cnappe; W. Hacche &c. 

foLSllindora. William Parle parochtanus ecclesie de Northcory, confesses that he bis 
taken certain tithes garbamm which belong to the rectors, and mixed 
them with others and thereby has ipso facto incurred excommunication. 
He is penitent, makes restitution, and prays for reconciliation. A.D. 

fol. 312. On Friday, Nov. 10, the said WiUiam signed tbc above in the house 

of Canon Jolm de Wamberg Cusfoniian of the Deanery during vacancy. 

Indenture between the D. & C. and Hugh Cancy of Northcory. The 
said Hugh gives a bond for £100 as security , that he will pay the 
expenses of the suit instituted against him by the D. and C, and ss 
damages for trespassing on their rights of fishery in the Tone and else- 
where in Northcory, *c. AprU 18. A D. 1367. 

fol. 212 b dors. Robert Gyan a layman of Northcory is summoned before the D. and 
C. to answer the charge of having wilfully cut down their timber, and 

fol. 213. beaten their servants. He appears, has no defence to offer, and his 

offence having been notorious and of ill example be is excommunicated. 
But afterwards having made his submission and taken an oath to abstain 
from injury and to support the D. and C.'s rights, he is ordered to i-estore 
within two months the timber to the value of i!10 publickly to the place 
whence he took it ; he shall also tribus vicibna circa ecclesiam de North- 
cory per tres dies dominicas infra duos menses predictos, et tribns 
vicibus circa ccdcsiam Wellensem per alios tres dies dominicas ante 
proces^ionem, nudus prefer femoralia fustigetur, deferens in maDibos 
suis unum cereum illumiuatnin ponderis unius libre singulis diebus 

fol.2l3indois. quibus pouiteotiam feccrit. supradictam, ct ilium teneat manibus suis 
propriis in navibna predictarum ecclesiamm a tempore processionam 
factarura quousque dicatur seu celebretur offertorium, et tunc ad magnum 
altare earundem ecclesiarum personaliter accedat et ilium cereum o^nt 

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bnmiliter mlssam celebranti, ct statim tern celebnuiB qaam ipse peni- oatobdui. 
lencie caasam et oblatiouis hujos coram clero et popalo in lingua hsk. 

maternk omnibiu intelligibili publioe distiDCte et apte dicant et 

The said Robert Gjan shall give eatiafaction to Robert Coppe the 
Berrant whom he assanlted to the amount of 40 shillings ; and for the 
ecclesiastical ofience, he shall again be whipped around the said churches 
other six Sundays, and make an offering of a wax candle as aforesaid. 

For damages by poacluDg he is to pay 8 marcs, and for the ecclesias- 
tical offence go through the same course of discipline for another 6 Sun- 
days. He is forbidden by himself or his agents to enter upon any of the 
properties of the D. and C. without permission, or to aid or abet those 
who do so, &c. He is also to give a bond for £20. He shall also take 
oath to the observance of all these conditions, and shall appear in public foL ais re- 
in the cathedral and shall pray that he may be bound to obey all these peated by an 
conditions, and shall give his consent that a sentenceof excommunication ^"^r> 
shall be pronounced against him if he offend in the future, £c. 

Given at Wells, July 5. A.D. 1337. And sealed by the said R. Gyan. 

The D. A C. to R. de Is Welle, as on fol. 39. 

Indenture made 4 E. II. between the D. and C. and John de Acton fol- 313. 
Nicholas Brannch ; John Cliveden ; Knights ; Hugh de Bello Campo 
and Idonea his wife ; John de Berklee, and Winter le Bote, about fol. 314. 
pastures and alder beds &c. in Statbraore. 

Charter of Walter Portefer granting to John atte SIoo, his wife fol. 314 in dors. 
Maijorie, and their son John, a burgage and a half at Nywport. A.D. 

Letter of Ralph de Middelnye about the bounds of hie and the D. 
and C. lands. A.D. 1339. 

A list of separable meadows, and common lands &C. in North Cory, fol. 215. 
Haccbe, Knapp. 

Letter of Hugh de U Wyche to Robert Gyan, tiiat he has granted to 
Hugh de la Hele a rant of l^d. &c. A.D. 1286. 

Similar letter of the same that he has made a grant to the same of the fol. 315 in dors, 
custody of land in Huntsham, during the minority of Adam son and heir 
of Richard Bustel, or if he die a minor, until the majority of his brother 
William. Test: Walter de Loveny, Knight; William de Thornej 
Galfrid de la Sloo ; Thomas de Mere &e. 

Cliarter of tbe same granting to the same a rent of 1^. in North 
Cory Ac. 

Charter of Mabilia Rowles of North Cory granting to Hugh de la fol. 21<i. 
Hele and Alice his wife a messuage £c. in North Cory. A.D. 1296. 

Charter of Walter Fortifer granting to fid. Craddock and Nich. 
Uansel, Clerk, a burgage in North Cory. A.D. 1371. 

Charter of Ralph fll: Bernard to Edmund, cf. I. fol.'ll. 

Final concord between Ralph fil : Bernard au( 
Tol 11. 
A warraoty given hy the same. cf. I, fol. II. 

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Final concord between Ralph fil: Bernard and the D and C. cf, I. fol. a le in dors, 
fol 11. 



John, the Abbot of Athelney appoints a proctor to represent the 
Abbey in their suit with the D and C. A.D. 1394. 

Bond for the repayment of a loan of £20 to Iha D. and C. by William 
Colne of North Cory. A.D. 1324. 

Setlleiuent of questions which have arisen between the D. and C, and 
Hugh de Bello Campo and Idonea his wife, about a Chantry of 3 days . 
in tl)e week at S. MRftin's Chapel in Lillesdon, and about water rights 
&c. . . The D. and 0. will build two bridges. A.D. 1317. 

fol. 318. Certificatcof John Copleston, Sheriff of Sotnerset, that the D.andC. have 

certain pastures in Saltmore, about which there had been a suit with the 
Abbey of Athelney, Elias Spelly, and Richard Brice, and that he gave 
them possession on June 7, A.D. 1386 in the presence of John Lorty, 
Edward Seyntloo, and John Wareyn, Canons of Wells; Williiun 
Whyttok, Thomas Miles &e. 

fol.2i8mi1ara. Charter of Roger de Molis granting to Hugh de la Hele the custody 
of the Innds of William de Insula in Stathe during his minority. 

Given at Cadbury on Wednesday next after the Translation of S> 
Benedict. A.D. 129*. 

. , Indenture between the D. and C. and Peter of Yevelton Cofyn nephew 

and heir of Thomaa de Somerlon, about tenements in North Corjr. 
AJ). 1362. 

fol. 219. Agreement qiade between the D. and C. and the Lady Idonea de 

Beauchamp and Henry de Lillesdone, to the same effect aa on fol. 211. 

fol. 219 in dors. Charter of Richard Collate granting to Hugh de la Hele, and Alice 
his wife an acre &c. in Scherpham. 

To]. 220. Charter of Walter de Kaam granting to Hugh de la Hole a tenement 

in Hountsham. A.D. 1294. 

Charter of H. Bpof Wjnton granting to Robert deColumbariia, "My 
Knight," the land of Hacche which I bought from Bemerius de fferraria 
for the uBe of the Church of Wynton, and which was confirmed by King 
Stephen, to be held by him and his heir on the service of one 
knight &c 

Test; Henry nephew of the king; Robert de Cornevilla ; Bernard, 
fol. 220 in dors. Richard, William, and William, " My Chaplains " ; Master (iaufrid, and 
Master William, and Master Anschetill, clerks; Henry nephew of the 
king ; Henry de Portu ; Robert de Novo Burgo ; Hugh de Fiscanno j 
Roger de Meleford; Ganfrid de ffurnell; Thomas de Monte Acuto; 
and Hamo liis brother ; Radulf de portu ; Osbert de Capenoll ; Richard 
de Fiscanno; Gislibert fil : Odonis; Gislibertfil: Aufrid; Gislibertfil: 
Hunfiid de Sartilli ; Engelard the Chambeilain, and William his 
nephew ; Peter diapensator ; William de Stana ; Robert his brother ; 
Patrick fil: Walter de Sarnm ; Robert fil ; Atbericdo Ver; Richard fil : 
Ceroid de Tantona. 

The Confirmation by £. Duke of Normandy as in I. fol. 15. 

Acknowledgment by Robert de Columbariis. cf. I. fol. 69. 

Letter of W^ter de Kaam to Robert de Hountsham that he has 
granted certain rents and services to Hugh de la Hele, and that they 
Are nnw to be paid to blm. A.D. 1294, 



Charter of WUliam Oaegod granthig to the D. and C. all rights which Wiua 
he may have in the propertieB of Hugh, or William de la Hale or *^mm"" 
their heirs. A.D. 1363. — ' 

foL 321. 
iDdenture made between the D. and C. and Humphrey Shiliere, 
chaplain ; the latter is to have all the Altilagiaia of the Chape! of Stoke 
S. Gregory in North Cory parish, with house and tithes, for seven 
years, or paj jient of 100 sluUings a year &c. The said 11. may also 
assign an aque b^ulnm in the presence and with the consent w the 
D. and C.'s Seneschal to the Borvtce of the said chapel. A.D. 1395. 

Charter of Thomas, Prior of Worspring about the payment of a 
corrody of a quarter of wheal. A.D. 1383. 

Charter of Walter de Caam, lord of Enappe, granting to Richard de foi. asa. 
]a Welle and Cecilia his wife, and to Margaret who was the wife of 
Richard Tml of Tanton 18 acres of land Sx. at Soallard, for their lives. 
Anno regni Edward! 80°. 

Bichard de Caam surrenders to Margerie Cotele land which the D. ful. 2sa in ion 
■Dd C. had leased to him in North Cory. A.D. 1337. 

Richard Craddok, parson of Cory Malet Church, and Nicholas Mancel, 
Chaplain, grant to Margerie at Sloo the burgage granted to them by 
Walter Portyfer. A.D. 1372. 

Convention made between the D. end C. and William Hnghet andbis 
daughter £mma, about pastures iu North Cory. A.D. 1311. M 938. 

A similar agreement made with Robert de Oohnun. A.D. 1311. 

General pardon by Henry VI. foL S34. 

Teste me ipso apud Westm : Feb. 20. A.D. 1458. fol- 22s. 

Licence from King Henry to the D, and 0. to acquire 40 marcate of 
land, which are not held of the crown incapite. John Storthwaite, John 
Godeford, and .John Reynold, Clerks, may make over lands and rents in 
Stokecursy and Edestoo, to the value of SO shilKogs per annum, upon 
the report of William Ponlet the Eachaetor, to the D. and C, for the fol, SSOiudors. 
beoeflt of the bouI of the late Bishop, and for their own- 
Test; Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Cuslos Ai^lie, at Westm. 
May 20, anno regni 8°. '"^^ 

The i>. and C, have paid 20 marcs for this licence. 

A similar licence granted by Edward IV. \;. , . :/ fol. S26, 

Teste me ipso, at Wycombe, Nov. 8, anno regni 4°. '^ii:-> 

Per breve do privalo sigillo, et de dato predicto, anctoritate parlia- 
menti et pro centum et quadrnginta libris solutis in hanaperio. 

Pardon by Edward IV. lo Richard Swan, prepositns of Wells tol. S2S in 
Cathedral, canon resideotiary, parson of Yeveltou church, and £xor. of 
the Will of the lafe Bishop Thomas Bekyngton of B. and W. ; Exor. 
of the Will of ihe late Richard Prnty, Bishop of Chichester, &c. 

Teste me ipso at Westminster, March 7. Anno regni 12^. 

A similar pardon by King Edward to Hugh Sugar, John Pope, and fol. 327. 
Bichard Swan, clerkti, the Exors. of the Will of Thomas de Bekynton, fol. 328. 
late Bp. of B. and W. 

After a long list of subjects in general to which the pardon extends, 
it is provided that it shall not extend to any transgressions committed 
sDbseqnent to Msroh 4, anno regni 6°; nor to Humphry Nevyll, 



miles; Thomas Malorie, mileB ; Robert MarchaU late of Culveham in 
Oxford couutjr, armiger ; noi* to Hugh MuUe, late of London, Grentil- 
man ; Gervase CiyBton, late of London, milee ; William Verdon, late 
of London, scrjTener ; Peter House, late of London, armiger ; Morgan 
ap Tbomaa ap Gruffath, lat« of Kermerdyn, in the count}' of Kertner- 
dyn, Genttlman ; Henry ap Thomas ap Grufiutb, late of the same- place, 
Gentilman ; Oyrjn ap Gruffuth ap Nicholas, Iste of the same place, 
armiger ; Maurice ap Owyn ap Gruffuth, late of the same place, 
Gentiliusn ; Thomas Philip late of Rye, in the county of Gloucesl«r, 
Yebmnn, nor to any other person attainted of high treason by any of 
our Parliaments, and not received back to the benefit of the law by the 
authority of any Parliament, or by our letters patent, nor to their 
heirs .... Nor to our enemy Henry VL late de facto et non de 
jure king of England, nor to Margaret bis wife, nor to Edward the 
son of Margaret,- nor to any persons who consort with the said Mar- 
garet and Edward beyond our realm, nor to the rebeb who hold the 
Castle or town of Hardelaugh in Northwall against us. 

Exceptions also about the treasury, Calais, the officers of the garde- 
robe, &c., &c. 

Teste me ipso at Westminster. Ang. 24. Anno regni 8°. 

PivdoD by E. IV. to John Pope, Prebendary of S, Decnroan's parson 
of Shyre Church, Exor. of the Will of the late Thomas de Bekyngton, 
Bp. of B. and W. 

No list of names of persons excepted as in the last. 

Teste me ipso at Westminster. March 12. Anno regni 12°. 

Exemplificatio processus facti pro aquis et Wareona de Norlji Cory, 
tempore Bicardi secundi. 

An account of an inquisition which bad been held, the names of the 
jurors, and of those who are charged with having illegally entered upon 
the lands of the D. and C. vi et armis, and taken fish et alia bona et 
catalla, to the value of £200, and also bares, rabbits, pheasants and 
partridges, and corn and grass to the value of £40 ; with haying made 
a watercourse upon the I>. and C. land, imperilled tbeir cattle, and 
beaten their servants, so that they dared not stay for fear of their 
lives. They had come in with swords and bows and arrows and had 
Ti et armis taken salmon, peel, pike, lampreys, lamprons, eels anil 
flounders . . . 2,000 bares, 10,000 rabbits, 1,000 pheasants, 1,000 par- 
tndges, wood and com, &c., together worth £240, and had pastured 
stock there. The names of the 1 1 servants who had been beaten and 
mtdtreated are given, and of 6 others who had to fiy to save life or 
limb, and an account of the courts which could not be held, &e. The 
D. and C. had been kept out of their rights for 13 years and have 
suffered lose to the valne of £2,000. 

The detaiU with the ai^uments on both sides are given at length on 
7 folioH. The parties are summoned to appear before the Justiciaries 
B, Bealknap, &c. at Welb on Wednesday, and the sheriS' is to sammon 
a jury of 24 from the locality. The pwties appeared, but the sheriff 
had not summoned the jury. The case is adjourned to the nest day, 
on Thursday, at Strete near Glastonbury. Again the parties appear, 
but sufficient notice had not been giyen for the gathering together of 
the 24 jurors, they are therefore ordered to appear before the etdi 
Justiciaries on the nest day, Friday, the Feast of the I>ecollatioD of 
St. John Bapt., at Fontyiigdon. The jury this time came, but 
BO late that the case is adjourned to Saturday at Yevelcheatre vbere 
a JQiy is formed. Some of the accoaed fail to appear and are e^' 



denmed id default; others are acquitted upon some and condemoed wblli 
upon others of the charges, and are ordered to pay damages to the cusEDixt 
D. and C. : for the game 40 marcs, for the fish 100 marcs, for the ^' 
timber, &c, £10, for Uie pasturage, &c., £10, for the watercourse 100 
marcs, for the assault on the serTants' £20. 

It appears that some of the defendants appeal against the amount 
of the damages. The case is heard at Gloucester, Some of the 
Tvelchester jurors give evideace on oath and the verdict is confirmed. 

Ttatfi me ipso at Westminster Apg. 1. Anno regai 3". 

Confirmation by Sdward III. at the Pai'liament held at Westminster foL 989. 
St Easier anno regni 15°, of the liberties of the Church, of Magna Carta, 
Carta de forestis, &c. Printed in the Statutes. 

Acquittance by King Edward for money borrowed. 

On July 17, anno regni 8<*, John de Sandale, locum tenens the- 
saurarii; Robert Baiguard, miles; and our merchants Antonius Fes- 
sangue, John de Bureford, William Conmartyn, William Trent, William 
Servat, William de Duncastre, and John Vaune, bound themselves to 
John Bp. of B. and W., and to the Chapter of Wells for 500 marcs 
payable at Easter ; we have granted to the said Bp. and Chapter the 
power uf collecting and retaining the said sum out of the aid about to 
be^Ten by the clergy of the province of Canterbury, if it shall be given 
before that date. 

Teste me ipso at Langele March 21, anno regni 9". M. MI, 

Privelegium Begis Edwardi [Contessoris] de omnibus possessionibos 

Prioted in Cod. Dip. iv., p. 163, 

Carta regis Edwardi concessa prv libertate Ecclesie Anglicane. foL 243. 

Gives the Articles, 18 in number, agreed to in the Parliament at 
lincoln, anno regni 9^. 

Teste me ipso at York, Nov. 24, anno regni 10°. Printed in thq 

Agreement between John, Bp. B. and W., and the D. and C. fbl. 344 in don. 
■bout their share in vacant benefices. The D. and C. are to retain the 
fraits of all benefices notorie vacantium. They have Jurisdiction in 
their own prebends and churches. The Ai'chdeaoons retain their former 
rights and jurisdictions. A.D. 1321. 

Charter of Henry VI. contra provisores suos. to'- 24S. 

It has been agreed in the Parliameut at Westminster, anno rc^ni. avi 
aostri 14°, that no servant of the Crown take any of the corn, hay or 
cattle of ecclesiastical persons, and that no requisitions be made upon them 
for the entertainment of the king, or for carriage for his use. There 
have been grievous complaints that sucii exactions are common. For 
the future all such ofTenders are to be arrested at once and brought 
before " us and our council " &c. 

Teste me ipso at Weatmmster, Oct. 7, anno regni 7°. Per ipsum 
regem et consilium. Billyngford. 

Charta of Bp. Bobcrt forbidding fairs lo be held in the cemetery at fbl. 245 in dors. 

"Nonnullorum autem constat experientie quod tumultus nundinarum 
que in eadem ecclesia et in atrio ejus hactenus esse consueverint ad 
dedecus et incommodum ejusdem ecclesie accedit cnm in ea ministran- 
tibus quam maxime sit importuniis et eorum impedit detociones, et 
olatioiium quietem perturbat, verum ne contra vocem divinam domum 



Tblu orationis spcluDcam patiamnr fieri negociftctonis, stattiitnuB . . . ut 

^**m1s""' qwicnnqno illie in ti'ibuB festivi'tatibuB, viz. Invent : S. Crucis, io Feet S. : 

— ' Cnlixti, cl in ceiebritate S. Aiidree, negociaturi convenerint in plateia 

foL 346. yUIb illius negociationes suns securi et ab omni prava consuetudine et 

in qai^tudine liberl exerceant, et nuHatenuB eccleBiam vet atrinm 

ecclesie violarc presumant. 

Test : Ivo, the Sean, R«gni the Precentor, Robert and Thomas, the 
Archdns., Edward, Master Eustace, William de S. Fide, Bodulf Marlre, 
William de Atebera, Peter de Chiu, Walter pistor &c. 

fol. S46 in don. 

Charter of King William I. 

In the mar^D ; Sis is Sere xxx. hyda Sat boc mt Banayelle )<€ Willhelm 
^y^S gebocade et" Andrea Apto iu to t>am biscoprice set j^e a on ece 

Frioted in thn Proceedings of the Som. Arch, and Nat. Hist. Soc. 
vol. xxiii., p. 49. 

foL 847 m dots. Protection to the D. and C. given by Edward I. Teste me ipso apud 
Toroester, Sept. 14. Anno regai 18°. 

foi. 348. 

granted to the D. and C. by king Henry VI. 
fol. a*8 in dor*. Teste me ipso at Westminster, April 30, anno regni 5°. " Per ipsoro 

regera et consilium. Bubbewyth," 

Testamentum domini Hngonis Lincoln. Epi. 

•f< In nomine Sancte et indiTidne Trinitatia, Ego Hugo dirina 
miacratione Lincoln. Eps. ecclesie qualiscnmque minister, condidi testa- 
meutum meum de bonis meia que michi restituenda sunt in Anglia, in 
hnnc modum. Imprimis volo ut reddantnr dcbita subscripta, scilicet 
CCLXt. marce et dim., si non fuerint solute, de quodam debito qaod s^t 
dominua Bath domino [" pape " obliterated] quod ei debetur do Episco- 
patu Lincoln, de tempore meo de denariia beati Petri ; domino r^i 
Anglie dc. marce, et viii. maree, et viiL soHdi et unns denarius de 
diversia particulis quas scit dominaa Bath, preter ea si qua debentur de 
Ludingeland ; lego autom pro anima mea d. marcas ad fabricam eccleeia 
Lincoln., et d. marcas ad emendas terras, redditus et possessiones ad ang- 
mentaudom communam ejusdem ecclesie ; vtcariis Lincoln, ecclesie Ix. 
marcas, et ccc. marcas ad distribuendum per domotj rellgiosas episcopstus 
Lincoln. ; et centum marcas ad distribuendum per domos leprosorum 
ejusdem episcopatus ; et centum mwvas per domos hospitales episcopstus 
ejusdem ; et ccc. marcas distribnendas ecclesijs quos habemue ad libros 
et ornamenta emenda, Domui de Stanleg xxx. marcas, Domui de 
Quarrel xx. marcas. Domui de Polestlon xxx. marcas, Domui de 
ffemleg decern marcas, Domui de Flinton cent, tsarcas ; pro anima relicte 
Galfndi de Maud xx. marc. : Thome de Maud xx. marc., Willelmo de 
Maud xl. marcas, Ricardo de Argenton iii. marcas, cuidam militi de 
Kotingehamsire tenenti de archiepiscopatu Ebor., cujus filiam Gatyes 
habere voluit ad opus filii sui xl. marca-t, Ricardo cujus fuerat Hill 
quam Robertus de Maud xxx. marcas, Willelmo capellauo de 

Niweton quondam peraone de Trent x. marcas, ad hospitale conslruendum 
pro anima Jordan! de Turry, vel ad alias elemosynas pro anima sua 
iaciendas per executores testamenti sui et per consilium cxecntorum 
hiyus testamenti ccc. marcas, relicte Simonis de Bugedeu xx. marcas. 
Chrispjne relicte Hugonis fabri et filie sne iii. marcas; M^We 

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Blnnde de Wells iii. raarcas; Matillde filie Chrispine Sudoure iii. Wklu 
marcaa ; Domui leprosonim de Selewiid iii. mnrcas ; Domni moaialium ^^^'Slgf ^ 
de Berwe x. marcas ; Domui An BitHz iii. marctiH ; ad fiibricam — 

ecclesie de Boclaad zx. marcas; Domui de Canniton v. marcae; ad 
construendum hoepitale apud Wells d. marcas; hospitali ButhoD. vii. 
marcus et dimid. ; Domui leprosorum extra Bath iii. marcas ; leprosb 
extra iTelceatre iii. marcas; monialibus do Stodleg in Oxenefordsire 
Tii. marcas et dim.; Matilde de Berewich que fuit cum C. Wac vii. 
marcas et dim., ad se maritandam ; Belicte Bicardi Foliot de Stok viL 
marcas et dim. ; pro anima Eve fiHe Algari de Wells vii. tnarcas et 
dim. i Magiatro Johanoi de Ebor. nisi a me beoeficiatus fuerit centum 
marcaa ; fBliabus Wiltelmi de Stratktn ceo. marcas ad eaa maritandas ; 

Saelle de S'" Edwardo centum et l. marcas ad se maritandam ; puero 
} Evercriz xl. marcas, ad eum exhibendum ; pauperibus de con- 
Banguinitate mea centum marcas ; Johanni de Mertoc Ix. marcas ; 
Hereberto de Camera i. marcas i Rogero Mariscall xxx. marcas j 
Ricardo Mariscall xl. marcas ; Walensi Coco xxx. marcas ; Bicardo 
de Camera x. marcas ; Matheo dc coquina iii. marcaa ; Galf. filio Petri 
vii. marcas et dim. ; et siDgulis oliis garcionibns meis mecum eunti- 
bus. V. marcas ; Gralfrido Gmend ii. marcaa ; Alano le Nottere ii. 
marcas ; Willelmo homini Bogeri Capdlani v. marcas ; Willelmo 
HTiptori meo x. marcas; Volo autem quod reatituantur bominibns 
meis tarn militibns quam aliis ^lota mibi restitutione que me et eos 
contiugit omoia que ab eis capta sunt injuste in hoc interdicto. Item, 
lego Canon i CIS de Moreton ix. marcas; Canonicis de S" Barbara xx. 
marcaa ; pro anJma fill! Stephani persone de Dokemeresf. vii. marcas et 
dim. ; hujos autem testamenti mei executores constituo dominam Bathon., 
et Magistrum Hel. de Derham ad recipienda omnia et distribuenda ut 
predixi, et dominum Cantuar., et confratres, et coexules meos FOgo 
quatinus pro Deo et honore Ecclesie Dei, et pro salute animaruna 
Boaium et mee cum requisiti fuerint consilium et auxilium efficax 
apponant nt boc teatamentnm meum compleatur. Quod autem ultra 
hec omnia prediota remanserit tam de his que micbi restituenda snnt 
quam do aliis bonis meis et his que michl debentur volo quod per pre- 
dictoa executorea mei testamenti diatribuatur pro anima mea tarn 
pauperibus per Episcopatum Lincoln, quam alibi, sicut magis viderint 
eipedire. Qui etiam nichilominus de libris, pannis, et vestibns meis 
dJBponant sicut commodius noverint faciendum. Si vero interim de 
domino Bathon. humanitns contigerit, qnod Dominus avertat, volo qnod 
Magtster Het et Magister Beginaldns de Cestre omnia cxequantur cnm 
consilio domini Cantuar., et domini Elyenais. Et si de i^istro Het 
ita contingat humanitus, volo quod dominua Bathon. omnium sit ex- 
ecntor habito inde consilio domini Cantuar. cum viderit expedire. Ad 
hec lego ad fabricam Ecclesie Wellen. coc. marcas, et ad communam 
ecclesie ipsius augmentandam, tarn ad opus vicariomm quam canoni- 
corarn ccc. marcas, et xl. marcas distribuendas vicoriis ecclesie 

Actum apud S*™ Martiuum de Qarenn', in die S** Bricii, pontifi- 
catas mei anno t«rtio, prefentibns domino J. Bathon. Episcopo ; 
Magistro Het de Dorbam ; Magistro Johanne de Ebor., Magistro R^ni 
de Cestre, Magistro Willelmo, Hogero, et Het, capcllanis, Petro de Cic. 
et Willelmo de Ham. 

Oeneral sentence of Excommunication against all who infringe the fDl.a49iiidon. 
liberties contained in Magna Carta and in the Carta de forestis. 
As on I. fol. 228. Dated 3° Id. Mail A.D. 1253. 
Printed in Select Charters p. 364. ' 

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Wnu Confirmation by M. de Chondos of the grant to S. Mary's Ohnrch at 

"S^"' Staweia by Silvanus, of 3\ acres in Betescnmb at the dedication of tbe 

* I <ii[7~~ Church ; And also <^ the grant at the same time of 1 acre at Bueli by 

f*i. asa ^^^ j^ p^g^ ^ 

Teat: Walter the Prior ofBocland; Archdn: Bichard de GiUeford ; 
Master R. de Lech; ; Josceline and Walter the Bp's. Chaplains ; H. de 
Vinel ; B. Dean of Spachestou and of Modiford; B. Fichet ; Philip de 
Horsi ; H. de Gahiste ; G. fil Walter, &c. 

Bull of Pope BonifiKW VIII., reconuting and confirming the liberties 
and privileges of S. Augustine's, Canterbury. — Anno pontif. 9°. 

fol.S5l in dore. inspex: by W, Bp. of B. and W. of the Charter of King John, de 
theloneo. A.D. 1249. 

Grant by Bp. BeckiDgton to the burgesses of Wells of Conduit Water 
from S. Andrew's Well. Sept. 20. A.D. 14fil. 

fol.isaindon. Confirmation of the last by Thomas Lacock, Prior of Bath, &g. 
Sept. 27. 

Conf : of the same by ITichoIas Carent, Dean of Wells, &c. . . Same 

The banning of a letter :^om the D. and C. of Sanim to the D. and 
0. of WfsSa about the cuBtoms of Sarum. Similai- to the letter in I. 
fi>l. 29 as fiir as it goes, but a folio has been cut out here. 

fiiL S34. A document, the earlier part missing, about a disputed right of pre- 

fi)1. SS5. aentation, and the decision given apparently by a commission issued by 

the Pope. The D. and C; o£ WelJs bad claimed by ancient right to 
institute to the Vicarage of Yatton prebend, sede vacante, and hod iosd- 
tuted Peter. Thomas de Bedeford, clerk of Lincoln diocese, and acting 
as official for the Archbp. of Canterbury had removed the sud Bichud 
and instituted William Majoris Britannie. The decision is in favour of 
the D. and C. with costs 10/. against the said Thomas. 

ro).26&indora. Charter of the purchase of Combe by Bp. Giso in Saxon. Printed 
in Som. Arch, and Nat. Hist. Soc. Proceedings, Vol. XXIL, p. 107. 

tot. 2S6. Inspeximus and Confirmation by King Edwaid of the Wells Cathe< 

dral Charters, beginning with that of Richard 1. Fills 3 folios. 

Test: S. Bp. of Ely, Chancellor; and J. of Worcester, Treasurer j 
John Duke of Lancaster, Edmund Earl of Cambridge, '■ filiis nostris 
cariseimis "; the Boris Bichsrd Arundell, William Sunim, and Thomas 
de Veer, Ozon, and Edward le Despenser ; John at Lee, seneschal 
hospitii noatri ; &c. 

Given per manum nostram at Westminster, Dec 11, Anno regni 37° 
per ipsum regem. 

(ol. 359. Composition between the chapl^n of Ottrinneton and the parson of 

Staweye. As on. L fol. 37 m dors. 
Fresente capitnlo apnd Beminstre. 

(bl. 260. Inspex : by King Henry of a grant by Thomas Bp. of B. and W. to 

Thomas Boleyn, clerk, and John Trevenant, clerk, of a piece of gronnd 
in Wells &c. on Sept. 27. A.D. 1451. 

Confirmed Dec, 5, Anno regni, 30°. Pemberton. 

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Confirmation hj Pops Clement (^IIL), addressed to B.Bp. of Bath Tilm 
of tfie new poBseasloDS of the charch of Wells. Smudged with red *^£**^ 

chalk. — 

Letter from Pope Innocent (IV.) to the Archdn. of Gloucester of 
Worcester diocese. He is to give hisassistanee to the Bp. and Chapters 
of B, and W., against those who invade their rights. 

Given at Lyons, June 20. Fonttficatos anno 5°. 

Partially emudged as the last. 

Confirmation by Pope Alexander (IV,) of the appropriation of Pllton, fol. 361. 
South Brent, and Bokeland, to be prebends. 

Given at the Lateran, March 4. Anno pontif. 2°. 

Partially smudged as the last, with special attention to the words 
"apostolica" and " papa." 

Commission 'issued by Pone Innocent (IV.) Decano Christian it atis, 
and to the Archdns : of Worcester and Gloucester, to support the D. and 
C. of Wella against the Abbey of Glastonbury which biH falsely alleged 
that it has suffered wrong in the composition entered into between it 
and the Chapter. 

Given at Lyons, Dec. 13. Pontif. uino 4°. 

Partially obliterated like the last. 

Commission issued by Pope Gregory (X.) to the Abbot of 8. Angus- fbl. Ssiin<lor«. 
tbe's, Bristol!, to inquire into a complaint made by the D. & C. of 
Wells and the clergy of the city and diocese, "quod .... Eps. 
Roffenais asserens quod [Othobonus] . . . legatus e! manda- 
verat ut qnibusdam nobilibus, qui se dicebant bonis suis omnibos 
spoliatos a clero regni AngUe fiiceret pro sustentatioue sua subsldium 
aliquod exbiberi predictis Decano etCapitulo et clero predictarum civitatis 
et diocesis mandavit ut pro dicto snbsidio quandam solverent pecunie 
quantitatem. They object that the legate's authority had expired, 
before the Bp. made this order, and appeal against it. 

Given at the Lateran, April 4, Pontif. auno 1°. This entry also 

Letter of Pope Alexander (IV.) to the Bps. of Worcester and fol. 26S. 

Complaint has been made to him by the Bp. of B. and W., that in 
the matter of the patronage of Glastonbury Abbey, the King's otHcere 
have done much injury to the rights and properties of the Uishop. 
They are to represent the case to thd King and beg of him that he 
prohibit his officers from such interference. fol. 362 in dors. 

Given at Viterbo, Jan. 6. Pontif. anno 4°. 

Much damaged with black chalk. 

Pope Innocent (III.) to S. Bp. of Bath and Glaston. The Bp. has 
represented in person, that the See has suffered much by the action of 
bis predecessor who multo ad jus eptscopale spectantia, propria volun- 
late diatraxit ; the bishop may therefore by this authority recover these 
things, sublato appellationis obstaculo. 

Uiven at the Lateran, July 1. Ponljf anno .'1°. 

"Glastonie episcopo" smudged with black chalk, and the rest of the 
entry somewhat marked. 

Pope Innocent (IV.) Epo. MeuevensL 

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welu Inasmuch as there is a fixed number of personE in the chm'ches of 

^^mB^^'' -^^^^ ^^^ Welis, he ia to take care that no Wger number be forced upon 

— them, unless by special papal mandate, 
fol. 263. (jiv^Q at Lyons, June 17. Pontif anno 5°. 

Boniface VIII. to the Arahdn : of Oxon. 

The D. and C. have complained that certain persons, unknown, have 
been doing them injury in their lands, &c., &c., revenues, &c., legacies, 
ecclesiastical books, chalices, brass, silver, and gilt vessels, vestments, 
&c., &c These persons are to be summoned to appear, &C. under pain 
of excommuoication, and this is to be published until satisfaction is 

Given at S. Peter's Borne, Feb. 21, Pontif. anno 5°. 

The first three lines much smudged. 

Alexander (IV,) [the rest of the line carefully erased, as is also the 
name in the margin ; the next three tines smudged]. 

Confirmation by him of the letter ot Pope Honorins (IIL), about the 
union of Bath and Glastonbury churches. 

Decrees the dissolution of the union which has been the cause of much 

Details of the arrangement. 

Given at 8. Peter's Rome, May 17. A.D. 1218. [The word "papa" 
carefully erased.] 

The confirmation ia given thus. " Quia prout asseris apud sedem 
aposlolicam, et in regno Anglie nti hujusmodi litteria te oportet nobis 
humiliter supplicasti, ut providere tibi super hoc patema solticitudino 
curaremus. Nos itaque tuis supplicationibus inclinati, litteras ipsas de 
verbo ad verbum transcribi iecimus, et eamm transcripto bullam nostram 
apponi, nolentCB per hoc tibi vel ecclesiis tuis aliquod jus acquiii de 
novo, sed antiquum tantummodo conservari ; nee volentes Glastoniensi 
monasterio quomodolibet prejudicium generari." 

Given at Viterbo, Feb, 9. Pontif. anno 4°. 

fbl. ses. Confirmation by Pope Alexander (IV.) of the liberties of the churches 

of Glastonbury and Bath. 

Given at Viterbo, Jan. 9. Pontif. anno 4°. 

The first page, and the confirmation clause at the end, crossed outand 
smudged with red chalk. 

tbl aceindors. Confirmation by Pope [Alexander III. the name is carefiilly erased] 
to Bp. Eeginald, of the possessions of the church at Wells ; of the Bp.'s 
power to remove the Prior of Bath for sufficient reason after consultation 
with the Chapter or other religious men, and of his jurisdiction over 
other religious bouses. Prohibition against the erection of any church 
or oratory without the Bp.'s sanction ; and definition of the Bp.'s 
authority in religious houses and churches. Authority to compel the 
attendance at bis synods of Abbots, Priors, and other who are hound to 
attend. None to officiate in the diocese without bis permission. If 
(Add allow- any Monks or other religious men, clerks, or laymen, are presented to 
anccs.) or present themselves to any benefices without the Bp.'s consent, he may 

remove them, dummodo excessus eorum sit publicus et notorius. Many 
details about the Bp.'s authority. 

Sanctus Petms, S. Faulus, Alexander papa III. 
Attested by Alexander Catholice Eccle, Eps. 
Hubald Hostiensis Eps. 

Conrad, Salzburg. Eccle : humilis minister et Sab : Eps : 
And 17 more. 

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Given at the Lateran, April 22. A.D. 1 179, Fontif. anno 20^. Wuu 

A mtirginal Qot« at the beginniag; adds, In hoc privilegio confirmatur tug.^^ 

psnia, medo et cap'oli seu porti que computaotur in crast. Paech de. — 


P(q» Adrian (IV.), (erased,) to Robert, Bp. of Bath. fol. 268 indow. 

Confirmation of the possessions of Bath Abbe^, all enumerated. 
Amongst tbem " Salinas in nova foresta que dicuntnr Heroemuda." 

" S. Petrus, S. Paulus, Adrianus papa HIT," erased. 

Attested by Adrian, Hymar Tuscul : Eps.; Gregory, Sab : Eps; and 
IS more. 

Given at the Lateran, May 12. A.D. 1 156. Fontif. anno 3°. 

Inspes : and conf: by Bobert de Gnmay of a charter o£ William, son fol 969 in dors. 
<^ John de Harpetre, granting to Bp. Joweline the church of Harpetre ; 
Teat ; W. de Baleg, B. de Lexington, Thorn, de Muleton, Justiciaries de 
Banco; Roger Tirel; John de Campo Florido; Thomas tie Alta Villa, 

Letter of Henry Parker, Vicar of Dultyng, that he has granted to fol- S'O- 
Dean John Fordham and the Chapter, one acre for a quarry. A.D. 

Charter of Richard of Bruton the Chancellor of the Cathedral. The fol. 370tii dors. 
Chapter (in the absence of the Dean) had given to his predecessor 
Nicholas Danyel a hou^e in Ton-elane for theuse of the Master of the 
Grammar School for the School, in exchange for the house in the 
Mounterye where the school used to be held ; and the said Richard 
now gives possession to the Chapter of the said house at Torregate to 
be used as the school. Anno regni regis H. IV. 11°. 

Indenture between Bicbard Courtenay, the Dean and the Chapter, fol. 271. 
and Canon Thomas Frome about the house used as a school at the 

The same date as the last. 

Indenture between the vicars and the D. & C. and others about the tol.27l indora. 
secnnda matutinalis missa. 

Two Chaplains mentioned are, annellarios et ad piesens ministros novi 
hospitii per exors. bone memorie . . . Badulfhi nnper Epi . . 
ad nsum dictomm miniatromm iw aliornm duodecint coosociorum 
Buonun annellariorum . . . in lu Mounterye erectum et honorifice 
de novo confitmctum. 

Mentions a messuage called CristeshamcByn in the High Street. 

The document describes all the arrangements made for the service of 
the said Mass. 

Anno regni regis H. IV. 8". 

Confirmation by Pope Clement [name erased] of the appropriation to 
Kalph, Bp. of B. and W. of the Church of Cliiw, in consideration of the 
great expenses of his table and tbe small revenue allotted to it, at the 
most not more than 201. The Church of Chiw is worth 50 marcs. 

A long document of 4 folios, reciting the steps which have been laken 
aad the arrangement about a vicarage. 

Given at Avignon, Aug. 2. Fontif. anno 4°. 

The foundation of H. Husoe's Chantry, as on I. fol. 52. fol. S7T in dors. 

Order made by Bp. John, with the consent of the chapters of B, and fol.sT8iiidors. 
W., about the pen&ion of 10 marcs paid to the Chantry founded for the 

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CUt^^u, ^^^ ^P"-' ^'•li*™ 'Je Button, and tor John de Button the preposittiB, 
H88. snd the service of the cbuitry. Aboat the approprintion of Berwea 
Church, and of land at Middleton to the Archdeaconry, &c 
Given at Banewell, Sept 9. A.D. 1328. 

Confirmed by fiobot the Prior of Bath, and sealed also fay Bobert de 
Wamberg, Arohdn. of Welle. 

foL S79 Id don. Patdoh by King Edward to the D. and C. for acquiring certMn lands, 
named, notwithstanding the statute of Mortmain, &c. 
Given at Ffaxflete, July 6. Anno re^i 16°. 

foL seo. Foundation of the Chantry of Manrice de Gant at S. Augnstine'a, 

Bristoll. He gives all his Manor of Foulet, and a mill at Were, and 
one at Badewik held for life by Alexander and John de Strigaill; 
and certain rents in Bristol, one of them one marc on the bouse of 
Richard Cordweuar juzta pisam. 

Test : William £1 : Jobs, de Harpetre ; Robert de Gumay ; Jordan 
Warr; Robert de Berkelay, Canon of Wells; Gilbert de Schipton; 
Adam de Budeford ; William de Hida ; Reginald de Camm ; Gilbert 
de Camm, &c. 

fol.ssoiodon. Inspex: and conf : of the last by Robert de Gnmay for himself and 
his heirs. 

Test: R. Dunholm; J, Bathon; et B. Clcestr, dni r^is Cancellar ; 
Bps. ; Dno. H. de Burgo, comit Cant, et Anglie justiciar ; Anselmo, 
electo Meneven ; Dno. Stephano de Segrave : Dno. Johanne Marescall : 
Magisti-D Hugone fil Eicardi; Jordano la Ware ; Gilbferto de Sipton j 
Johasne de Gampo fiorido ; Henrico de Vein; £lga de Staford ; Rad. 
Russell ; Tervic, clerico, &c. 

The I>. and C. in consideration of the liberality of Canon Richard 
Drayton, Prebendary of Whit-Lakeyngton, who has given to Hugh 

fol. 381. Morland and William Martyn, the principalescommunisanle et omnium 

annellariorum of the church, and ta the whole body, no small sum of 
money, and a chalice, a manual, a vestment, and other sufficient orna- 
ments far the altar of S. Edmund in the nave of the cathedral ; with 
the assent of the said two principals and of the whole body order 
that one of the annellarii be nominated each week to say one mass de S. 
Maria Vii^ine, for the good estate, and for the soul of the said Canon, 
for which there shall be paid I2d. This is to be charged on the rent 
de novo tenemento nostro vuigariter appcllalo le Cry stywiMnhyn, situate 
in Wells justa Altam Crucem, quod babemns ad nsum dictorum annel- 

fol. 231 in dor*, lariorum nostrorum. April 20, A.D. 1414. 

About the candle supplied by Bmton. cf. I. fol. 46. 

About the 100 lbs. of ivax supplied by Weston, cf. I. iri. 214. 

fol. 2B2, A composition between the D. and C. and the Treasurer about the 

offerings made in S. Mary's Chapel juxta Ctaustrum. The TVeasurer i» 
to have all offerings made on the day of the Purification between the 
lirst stroke of the bell for matins, quousque dicatur cotnpletorium secun- 
darum vesporarum ; all other offerings to go to the Chapel and the 
Chaplains. A.D. 1269. 

Guydo de Schevyngdon, Rector of Weston-by-Worle, summoned and 
ordered to pay arrears of the 100 lbs. of wax to the Treasurer. A.D. 
. 1277. 

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Charter of William Clavyne de Cote granting to the Church of Mertok Wblls 
and to Hugh the Eector a piece of ground by hia house for 20d. A.D. "^"mIs"" 
1262. — . 

fol. S83 m dors. 

Tndenttire between Walter de London, the Dean and the Chapter, and tbi, ass. 
William de Litellon, the Precentor, and Thomas Husebonde als. 
Martel and their heirs, to whom the D. and C. are bound lo pay 4/. a 
year for 25 years. If the 1), and C. establish a chantry and pay for the 
support of the chantry five tnarcs a year for 25 years they shall be dis- 
chaiged from their bond. A.D. 1346. foLSSSindora. 

Licence granted by Thomas Stanle the Bean and the Chapter to 
Canon Walter Wyncaulton, to erect an altar before the Crucifix on the 
north side of the great tower. A.D. 1406. 

Inspex : and conf : by Thomas the I^lor of Bath of a charge made by foL 3U. 
the D. and C. of Wells of 10/. a year on their Manor of North Cory 
for an obit for Canon William be Welyngton, in return for his great 
liberality towards the Church and to the fabric of the Chapter House. 
Details of the services, &c. March 24. A.D. 1300 intrante. 

Prohibition issued by King Edward against the attempts which £,1. 285. 
have been made to question his right to appoint the Treasurer, Jordan 
Moraunt. , 

Teste me ipso at Beygate, June 1, Anno regni 3°. 

The Dean of Axbrygge to the ofBcial of the Archdn; of Wells. 
Has received his mandate addressed to the Dean of Axebrygge, the 
Rector of Uphil}, and to the Vicars of Klyustoke and Worle, to com- 
pel Joha the Eector of Weston to pay to the Ti-easnrer the arrears 
of the wax due from him, under pain of suspension and excommu- 
nication, and seqnesliation, until the debt is pai«L A,D. 1349. 

Jordan Morand the Treasurer to the D. and C. 

Gives authority to any two of them to examine the accounts of the M- SS6. 
late Sub-Treasurer, and to appoint another. 
Given in London. Oct. 24. A.D. 1311. 

On Jan. L6, A.D. 1341, Canon John Martel, deposited 100/. in the 
Treasury of tiie Cathedral (in the charge of certain Canons named), 
for the purpose of founding a perpetual chantry of five marcs for 
himself, &c., at the altar of S- Katherine and other Virgins, where 
Bp, John de Drokesford is buried. 

The said money is to be expended by the D. and C. in acquiring a 
patrimonium which will produce the five marcs annually. The D. and 
C. are to supply vestments, chalice, missal, ornaments of the altar, 
bread, Trine, and a candle. The patronage of the .appointment to 
belong to the said John for his life, afterwards to the Dean and 

Another document upon the same subject. fol. 287. 

Confirmation by Thomas the Prior of Glastonbury and the Brethren, 
ot the grant to Bath Abbey of the Church of Weston, made by Bp. 


Certificate by Bp. Kalph that tlie Church of Mertok is annexed to 
the Treasury of Wells. Kichard de Thystelden is Treasurer. A.D. fol. SSTiodotii. 




CimSL* ChM-ter <rf Ralph dictaa Abbw Montis S. Michaelis de periculo 
USB. Maris, &e. GraDdnir to Bp. Joeceline the Advowson of Mertok Cfauich. 
— A.D. 1226. 

fol- ass. Lease br the D. and C. of land at Woky hole. Addo rwni, 

E. lU., r. 

Order of Bp. B^nald about the 20(. payable by the Prior of BmtoD. 
cf. I. fol 43. 

Inqtex : and conf : by Bp. William of the Glwrtfir of Richard Bani' 
feld. A.D. 1269. 

foL28si])don. The foltoiring Charter ia iwinted in Cod. Dip., Vol. TL, No. 416, 
but there are many poinU of difference between the two copies. 

|ns is |>ara preora bida boc set pest hacanan hamme 3 sdglind lea fe 
£adred cyng gobocade Eadmunde his ^^ene on ece yifc. 

+In nomine Dei aununi et altissimi Jesn Cfaristi. Maaifestam est 
cnnotta quod omnia celestia et terreetria providentia Dei gubernatitiir 
que sollicitudo mortalis vite totis nisibos in carorom amicoramque 
amissione conqueritur ac defletar. Ideo cert is adstipulationibus 
meJlita ontcala divine clamatioais nos frequentinia ortacionibus suadet 
ut cam his fugidvis et sine dabio transitoriis possess! uncnl is jagiter 
mananra r^^a Dei sufirogio adipiscenda sunt. Qoam ob causam Ego 
Sadredus rex Anglorom ceterammque gentium in circuitu persisteo- 
tinm gnbemator et rector, cnidam fideli meo miaistro vocitato nomine 
Sdmnndo pro ejus amabili obedientia, ejnsque pl&cabili pecnnia qua 
mich) in sue devotioois obsequio detulit, iii. mansas ageUuU ei libenter 
largiendo donavi in illo loco abi jam dudum solicole iUins regionia 
nomen imposuerunt set hanacan faamme, quatenus ille bene perfruatnr 
ac pcrpetuaUter possideat quaoidia istius caducis seculi vitam tenere 
presumet. Et post se cuiconqoo volnerit cen corroboravimus perenniter 
heredi derelinquat cen supra diximns in etemam hereditatem. Sit 
antem predietnm ma Uber ab omni mundiali obstaculo cum omnibas ad 
8e rite pertinentibns, campis, pascuis, pratis, Bilvia, ezcepto commani 
tabore, expeditione, pontis arcisve constructione. Si quia autem, qaod 
non optamUB, hanc nostram diffinitionem elatioEis habitu incedens 
infringere temptaverit, perpearas ait gelidis glaciarum flatibus et pennino 
excpcitn malign<»:um apiritum, nisi prins in riguis penitentiat gemitiboB 
et para emendatione emendaverit. Isqoe tcrminibus predicta terra 
circnmgirata esse videtnr: pissyndon ]iara )>reora hida land gemteta 
topest hanecan hamme 3 to glind lea seresr of t>iere landriSe and ]sng 
rode o9 gienea ri|ie spafiest iammor bemidde Jiearde more oS nueres 
hammes gemaera 8|)anor^ hemiddan ftenne 08 gi&ecis hammes genuera 
s|ia to borages genuero |ranan minSone land fleet 3 ansealteam yip pefcnes 
ea benor)>an land fleote. 

Acta est bee prefnta donatio auno ab IncarnatioBe Domini nostri Jesti 
Christi dccocxlvh., Indictione t. 

+Ego Eadredns rcK Anglomm prefalam donationem sub ^gillo 
sancte Crucis indeclinabiliter conseusi atque roboravi. 

+ Ego Eadgifu ejusdem regis mater cum eigillo sancte crucis con - 

-f Ego Oda DorobornensiB Ecctie Archiepns. ejuadem regis priaci- 
patum et benevoleutiam cum ai^llo sancte crucis conclusi. 

+£go |>eodred Lundoniensis ecctie Ej>s. corrobontvi. 

-]-Ego .£lfheah ptntaniensis ecctie Kps. testudinem sancli crucis 
subscripsi et confinnari. 

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+ Ego Ceupald Eja. predictam doiiiim consensi. Wekb 

+ Ego iElfric Eps. consignavi. "S^ 

+ Ego ^thelgar Eps. roboravi, ~ 

+ Ego Alfred Eps. confirmaTi, 

+ Ego pulfsuge Eps. consensi. 

+ Ego .^^Istan, dux. + Ego Eadric, dux. + Ego iEthelston 
dux. + Ego pulfgar dux. + Ealdhelm dux. 

+ Athelmund, dux. + .^Ifgar, dux. + .^Ifatan mis. 

+ pulfric mis. + -^U^e mia. + pulfric mia. + .^Ifric fol. 3S9. 

+ .Sthetsige mis. + MipahmS mis. .£|>elgeard mia. 

+ .Mfbeah mia. + .£lfred mb. .£)>ered mis. 

Another charter printed in Cod, Dip. No. 1244, but there are several 
points in which this is different from that copy. 

fiis is fxre aure hyde land hoc »t Mouapyr|iige pa Eadgar cyng 
gehocade iEilfrice hia |>egene on ece yrfe. 

+ Annuente altithront Moderatoris imperio totiua Albionia trimatum 
potitus ro^tnine non immemor ob hoc michi recidiva fore conceasa ut 
hia strenue Bsterna lucrarei- ; Quapropter Ego Eadgar totiua Brittaniuie 
baaileus quandam telluria particulam 1 videlicet msnsam, excepta 
dimidia pertica loco qui eebritet monopyrt)ige nuncupatur vocabulo 
enidam miniatro michi oppido fideli qui ab hujuace patrie gnosticia 
Dobili Aelfric appellatur vocabulo pro obsequio ejus devotisaimo, 
perpetoa largitus sum hereditate, ut ipse vita comite cnm omnibus 
ntensilibue pratis videlicet, pascuis, silvia, voti compos habet, et post 
vile sue terminum quibuscumque voluerit clerouomia immunem 
derelinquat. Sit autcm predictum lua omni tfirrene servitutia jugo 
lifaenim tribus exceptia rata videlicet expeditione pontb arcia ve 
restauratione. Si quia igitur hanc nostram donationem in aliud quam 
eonstituimus transfeire voluerit prtvatus conaortio sancte Dei ecclesie 
eternia baratri incendiia lugnbris jugiter cum Juda Ohriati proditore 
ejuaque complicibua puniatur, si non aatisfactione emendaverit congroa 
qnod contra nostram deliqnit decretum. His metis prefatum rus hinc 
inde giratur. {lia synd fere are hyde land gemtera to monapurtbige 
terust an monapurSiges ford of tham forda up on atrem an leatcumb of 
lestcambe anriht gemasre an pendancumb up an pendancumb to there 
piUe of than pille on riht gemfere man)>ene )>yrlan[ESt of Satnsate 
monbeottelea put of Sam pytte onriht gfemtere to pam fsegran pille of 
Sun pylle ondune anatream to cod pieala forda of |«m fbvda andunes* 
tremu on amalabroc and land smalabroces to lihtenea ford of lihtenes fol. SSSic 
forda up on stream to beclceler stile of beclcelea atilo on riht gem»re 
Uk thahola die of )rere die suS on ftRae berpoS ^nne andladherpofies to 
henntune su^peurdon of henntune on riht gemtere to ptere bradau 
apulduran ongeriht mtere on ]iet bpit« styb, of ^m stybbe antleoao mor 
ptestepeame of clsve (or clsene) morepfest epeardan an |>ane stream, 
thanne up on stream eft on monapyriSiges ford -j citeva mor eal iiitro- 
raona purthige et rupa mor bealf ] seolses on etoccum -j seopurteddenou- 

Anno dominice Incarnationls dcccclxtii. scripts est ha^c carta his 
teatibuB consentientibus quorum inferiua nomina notantur. 

+ Eadgar rex Anglorum concesai. 

+ Ego Dunstan, Arcbieps. corroboravi. 

+ Ego Oscytel, Archiepa. coufirmavi. 

+ Ego Osulf, Eps. conaolidavi. 

+ Ego Byi'htebelm, Epa. corroboravi. 

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+ Ego Alfpcdd, EpB. conflnnavj. 

+ Ego Byrhthetm, Eps. adqaievi. 

+ Ego Athelwdd Abbae. + Ego .Mfhere, dux. 

+ Ego Alfbeah, dux. + Ego iEthelstan, dux. + Ego .^thelpine 
dux. + Ego Eadmund dux. + Ego Beorhnod, dux. + Ego 
BTThtFerd mi. + Ego .£llVine mi. + ^o .^teleige mi. + Ego 
pulhielm, mi. + £^ .Mfsige, mi. + Ego Offerd, mi. + !Ego 
.^Ifhelm, mi. 

A Charter not in Cod. Dip. 
Burlielinee boc a on ece ene. 

In nomine cosmi ealTRtoria et bumani generis redemptoris Jesu 
Chriati, domini nostri, qui Hotus cum Patre et.ciun Spiritu Sancto Tegnam 
tenet immortale, aseidue coatingere solet ut bene preceasomm decreta 
per mOTJmeta temporum spatia veiut quodam fume caliginis nube 
tegantur nisi cyrographiorum cantionibus fideliumqne pergonarum sub 
testimonium plurimorum adstipulante roborata fuerint. Qua de re 
Ego Eadred rex Anglorum cetorarumque gentium in circuitu persisten- 
tinm gnbemator et rector dedi cuidam meo ministro vocitato nomine 
Burlielin vi. mansas agelluli in ilio loco ubi ruricole appellativo usu 
ludibundisque Tocabulis nomen imposuerunt Spinford ; quaUnus habeat 
ac perpetuiditer possideat quandam vinat (or uniat) et post se cuicnmque 
Tolnerit eternaliter derelinqnat alien! vel extranei, cum campis pascuia 
pratia silvis, sit hoc predictum rus liber ab omui muadiali obstaculo 
cum omnibus ad se rite pertiuentibus pretcr arcem, atcjue ponteni, 
Bgonisque obseqnium. + His metis prefktum rus lunc inde giratur. 
^re8tonSpynfcaNilofS|'ynfordaonpecgesford,of pecgesfordaon Seonsan- 
ford, of SeoDsanford in deonflincford of deonfliiicforda in holan 
biece of liolan bcece in Eorsbrycge, of Eorthbrycge in tigpellan f spa in 
ymmaii holig, of y mman hoQgne in cudao dene, of cudan dene on Sa 
6ic bufaa foxcotun ] long dices to fa bioce to pa stangedelfe, of tha 
fltangedelfe be pasre efese to pala crofte, of pata ci-ofte in fone su8 eran 
holan btecc ] long breces pi5 neo)«a eoslacote ] longdices in grendels 
mere, of grendels mere in stancofan, of stancofan ] longduneon sciran 
mere, of sciran mere on J>a etrete -j long strajte on [>astapelBs of yau 
stapulum on pindofer of pind ofere in adeg of aclea to lusdune of lusdune 
on sicaabyrig of stcanbyrig on JustrtBte et longstrste to meredic of 
msar edice on sture j long sture f est on Spinford. Qaam si quia face 
demonis subpositus aliqoibus maculis tnrbsre satagerit sciat se de 
superis pulau demonum in ima cadendum, nisi prius hie ad satisfactioDem 
venire malnerit. 

+ Ego Oda, Archieps., consensi. 

+ Ego Oscetel, Archieps., non renui. 

+ Ego Cynsige, Eps., conctusi. 

+ Ego Adulf Epa., prepuncxi. 

+ Ego .ffidelstan, dux. + Ego Edelwmund, dux. + Ego 
Albhelin, dnx. + .Sdelsige, min. + pulfbelin min. + .£lfwold, 
min. + ^thelwine min. + .£l&ige, min. + Ufa, min. 

The following charter is printed in Cod, Dip., Ifo. 1088, but there 
are many pointtt of difference between the two copies. 

+ In Nomini Domine nostri Jean Christ! ; Regnante in per- 
petuum domino nostro Jesu Christo et omnia de summo celi apice dis- 
pensante ac gubemant«, cernimus omnia temporalia et presentia perire, 
labi, transire, nliqaando maturus gubernanliB Doi dispensaUonibus 
cvidenter finibus aUquando secularum rerum ingrueutlbus accos^bus, id 




est endentibns cladibus bellorum, incendiU nrbinm et terramm, direp- 
tiooibne pi-edarum a[ixionibiisiiifimiitatum,etalii8 innumerabilibus causia 
ezisteDtibus se oblmone tradita que in nostria temporibua &cta 
sunt viderentur lltteram apicibus evidenter commendare curavimoa. 
Qua propter Ego Eadpeard Dei Indulgente dementia Angul Saxonum 
tax, tres villtia id eat peolingtua terram de sex manentium et Bocland 
ternim de qulnque manentium, atqne Lidgeard terram xii. maneii- 
tiam, dedi Asser, ScirebumenMS ecclesie Epiiicopo, et illi familie, 
causa commutadonia Ulius monasterii qui Saxonies dicitur Flymen- 
tun UD utraque parte in perpetuam bereditatem et michi et illis 
cum ommbus ad se pertinentibua id est hominibus, et pecoribus 
slrta campis, pascnis, pratia, piscnariia ut babeant suis diebua et 
reHnquant quibnscanque succeesoribua ad illam sedem post se venien- 
tibua quam diu nlla Cristianitas in ista terra fuerit, sine uUo cecsu et 
vectigali ulli nomini terreno, exceptie tribus caosis id est expeditione, 
et arcis et pontis constructione. Si quis boo caatodira et augere voluerit 
Bngeat ei Deus bona presentia et celestia gaudia consequatur. Si quis 
vero quod dod optamua instigante diabolo, boc frangere vel minuere 
ansos fuerit sciat se rationem redditunim ante tribunal Cbristi in illo 
tremendo et tembili die judicii nisi prius dura et pura emendaverit peni- 
tentia in ista presenti vita. Et si quis protulerit aliam heriditariam 
cartnkim contra banc noatre donationis taxatlcoien irrita coram Ueo et 
hominibus fiat, et anatbemitazaudus fiat bic et in futnro ille qui pro- 

+ Eadpeard, rex. + Asser Ep. + Beorhtmund, presb. 

+ Beocca, preeb. + Beomhieb presb. + Abbud, presb. 

+ pynaige, presb. + pulfric, presb. + Tida, presbyter. 

+ Bu'ga, M. + pul^TV, M. + Luhha ; + Eardnlf ; + pulfaige 
+ Sibba; + Beomstan; -|- .^:delBtan ; iBlfsige; + Beorhtulf; 
+ pynsige ; + pulfstan ; + Beorbtsige ; + Eai&tao ; + .Mi 
+ Leofbeh ; -|- Leofstan ; + pjmsige — . 

+ pis synt da land geouero et boclande •} tet pelingtune. .^rest 
uppandune set AchangraD of Acbangran adune on sandford land gemiere 
ySa adune on Us- ealdau die ]ian on 06 Sandford ]ion 7lang ]>eb ealdan 
peges oH cyteljjylle of cytel)>ylle 7laDg streames 08 tau adune 7lang tan 
ttreames o|> bradanford |>auou 7bing streames oS herpoSford, (lanon €a 
Seodlierpod oK {itestaB dauou on land gemere oS Stanford thanon upp 
onsiduc and laug iandgemieres spauppon mierbroc oS bjrnanhris Sanon 
on Ceodberpod spaest onachaugrau. + Sis synt fa land gem£ero to 
iidgerd, ^rest on linlege of linlegge upp on strem to tostanforda of 
cottanforda uppon Etr6m to goaforda of gosford uppon strem to stanforda 
of stanforda on fasingafpld oi fasingafelda on pyttapuldre, of pyttapuldre 
ouEest of teste adimeonfled to reaSauclife of readandife to rufiaDbeorge of 
mjianbeorge to ludanpylle of ludanpylle to fricaafenoe of fricanrenne 
appon streme to gattibricge of gattibricge to pibbanpilie uppon an 
s&d to holanpege of bolanpege uppon sited to bacganbeorge, of bacgan- 
beorge 10 pynestane of iWi st^e to mjianbeorge of tSam beorge to 
(^icbembamme, of Sam-bamme to collelade of colulade adune on strem 
to borspaSesforda of 4Sam forda uppon strem to oxeuagete of Sam gete 
to motlege of motlege on sideroces torre of sideroces torre to frecandorne 
of frccandome on suoccanmere of suoccanmere on stangedelfe on hreoS 
alraa of breed alrou on tideford of Sam forda adune on strem to cunccan- 
torda, of cunecanforda on cincgesget of cincgesgele on suran apuldran 
of surau apuldran oS hit cym)i est on linlege. 

B^linald de Lc^b, Treasurer of Wells, and Jobn, Vicar of Mertok, to 
thdr parishioner Fet«r de fiaucumberg. Quoaiiua dilecta filiatio veatra 

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Wklu has often sought for permission to build a chapel on the Manor <£ 
iisB. Mideiton, because you are often hindered irom attending at the mother 

^^^- church by the heavy floods, and the difficulties (discrimina) of the roada, 
we permit it quantum in nobis est. The rights of the mother church 
are reserved ; the chaplain is to swear fealty ; no parishioner is to be 
admitted to the sacramentalia except when they are prevented from 
attending at the Mother Church by the floods, or other sufficient cause. 
If the chaplain infringe the rights of the rector and the vicar they may 
suspend him, and place the chapel under interdict. 

The Dean Thomas and the C- of Wells confirm this, quatenus in 
nobis est. April 23, A.D. 1387. 

Bond of Galfrid de Brideport to pay out of his land at Eerchel lOOt. 

a year to the D. & C. for the support of two priests to celebrate on 

behalf of the soul of the lady Agatha de Moysy. 
fol. 291 indon. Test: Henry de Bratton; John de AIra; Galfrid de Laurton; Alan 

de Wanton; Hadulf de Crodmanneston ; William de Buttiller ; PhiUipde 

Button; Hugh deCranemere; Richard Noreis; Richard Lundre, &c. 

A.D. 1250. 
M. 28B. The agreement between Agatha de Meysey and Galfrid de Bridport. 

She had given him the Manor of Kerchel in Dorset on condition that he 

and his heira pay the above-named 100#. 

Test : Henry, Treasurer of Wells ; Peter, Prior of the Hospital at 

Wells; Matthew de Burnham ; Philip deButthoo; Richard de London; 

Adam de Kerchull ; Radulf, pistor, &c, A.D. 1251. 

Charter of William le Nywman of Lnvinthon granting to the 

Cathedral and to. the Church of Luvinthon a croft and one coW, to be 

, held of the Church by Adam Cisor and his wife Constance, my 

daughter, and their heirs on the paymeut of I2d. for the support of the 

hght at tbe high altar in the church, or of wax to that value. 

Test: Richu^ Venator; William Daniell; Philip HospineU; Wil- 
liam Busun ; Alward de Luvinthon, &c. 

Charter of the D. and C. about Dultingcote. cf. I. fol. 46. 

ful. 292 indora. The official of the Archdn : of Wells to the Dean of Ivelcestre and to 
the Vicar of Mertok. Sends a list of names of men who have been con- 
victed of sacrilege, and who have incurred the punishment of threefold 
castigation around the market place of Montacute, and around tbe 
Church of Mertok, in the usual manner naked except their breeches, and 
desii'es (hem to summon the said persons to give catisfuction to Richard 
de Thormerton, the Treasurer, within 15 days, under pain of excommu- 
nication. Given at Wells, Dec. 6, A.D. 1349, 

John Thomhull is condemned to pay the Treasurer 3rf. Thomas 
Crowe 2 bushels of wheat and 2 of b^s. Henry Takun 40d Hugo 
Bon ISd. 

fol. 293. Nicholas son of Nicholas, Treasurer of Wells and Rector of Mertok, 

leases some land at Esie to William Slavin de Cotes, for so long as he 
shfOI bo Rector. A.D. 1273. 

Richard de Clutton, Vicar of Wells, and custos of the Chapel in the 

Cloister submits a question about the division of the offerings between 

the Chapel and the Treasurer to the Bishop's decision. A.D. 1260. 

fol. 2»3indori. A question about the tithes of Mertok submitted to the decision of 

Bp. Josceliue by Andreas de Wynton,proct<>r fpr thePri9r and Convent 

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The Treasurer had appealed to the Bp. against his dispute with 
Kichard de Glutton being heard by the D. and C, because they are 
putiea interested. The Bp. therefore now calls upon the D. and C. to 
order the litigants to appear before him, Giren at l)<Mraaers£eld June 17. 
A.D. 1269. 

Acknowledgment by John de Godelee the Dean of the receipt of 
8 gdd rings from Richard Bake the Fub>treasurer, ad faciendnm 

quoddam jocale ad usum ecclesie. A.D. 1307. 

1 Oonflrmation by Thomas the Prior and the Convent of Glaston : of the fol. SM. 
giant of 10 marcs from the Church of Chiw made by Bp. Joaceline to 
the Abbey of Bath. 

Littera attomatoria of Walter Portifer of Northcory. 

Walter de Hull, rector of Shepton Beanchamp kdA ComaimiT 
General of the Bp., to Henry de Insula Vicar of Congreebiii^. Certwn 
persons named have not paid within the time allowed to them certain 
Sams which they owe for spiritualities to the D. and C. They have no 
sufficient excuse. He is therefore to pronounce sentence of excommu- 
nication, and cause it to be pronounced against them in due form 
(described), whenever and whenever the D. and C. desire, until they 
give satisfaction. August 31. A.D. 1330. 

A.D. 1243, in the month of July. In a chapter held at Axebrngg a fol. 294 in ( 

question was raised about Congreebury Church. The sub-dean 
claimed it as appn^riated to the communa and that it therefore is not 
now vaeant, and that Fetev Saracenns ought not to be instituted. 

He appeals on behalf of the Chapter of Wells and states their caw. foL «*5. 
On the other side arguments are propounded on behalf of the kiag's 
rights, who had presented Peter Saracenus. After two days discus- 
am the Chapter determined to appeal to Rome. 

The end of this document is wanting, but the paging goes on uninter- 

The names of the Bishoj^ in B<Hnermt from the year AJ>. Dconu. foi. age. 
Prmted in An^ia Sacra as " Canonicus Wellensis." 

Confirmation by Pope Nicholas V. of the order mads by Pope fol. 302. 
Boniface about the apportionment of the revenues, £&, of the Chapter. 
i.D. 1.J53. 

Hie first page obliterated, and also several words thrau^oot llie 


Consent of the D. and C. to a grant by William do Montagu, Earl fol. 808. 
of Sarum in his Manor of Bumham, 

Mentions Thomas de Graundson, Knight, and hia wife Maigaret ; 
Nicholas de Carven le Ejne, Nicholas his son, and William son of John 
de Carven, Knight, Auno regni Ric. II. 17°. 

Licence of the Chapter to annex the overiands of the Deanery to the 
lands de antique astro. 

It has not hitherto been allowed to lease the lands called " Overland 
als Demenelond " or to join them lo the tenancies of the other lands tor 
any bnger term than for the life (^ the Dean. For the future these 

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Oa»bi>ui laods mfif be added to the otbei tenancies, and cannot be i 
, ^ ' separated from those tenuDcies without the consent of thi 

I afterwards 

^ ' the tenants. 

fo1.3ti3ind0Ti. The tenant may also buy the said overlanda and join them to their 
fonner holdings. A.D. 1452. 

Grant by the D. and C. of a croft, Ac^ in Wells to Canon Henry 
Abendon. A.D. 1431. 

fcl. 30*. The D. and C. receive possession of Congresbury Chnrch from R. 

Passelewe, custodian of the vacant bishopric, and grant it ad firmam to 
P. SarraccDus. AJ>. 124S. 

Appointment of proctors by William do Button, rector of Gongres- 
bury, to act for him in th« acune matter. April 10, AJD. 1252. 
fol.SMindon. Confirmation by Thomas the Prior of Bath of a letter of Bp. William. 
A.D. 1249. 

Conf : by the same of a cbBTt«r of Bp. Boger given at Staweiya in 
Chiw parish. Aug. 13. AJ>. 1246. 
Confirmation is dated Aug. 19. AD. 1246. 

Bond to the Dean given by 10 of the tenants of Congresbury fiir 
66/. 13s, 4d. for the value of the tithe com of the whole parish now in 
the rectory barn ; to be paid by r^ular instalments, Dec. 7. Anno 
regni Edwardi ITL 3°. 

fol. 305. ^J^ Indenture made between Canon John de Hiwysh, Firmarius, of 

the Canon's Grange, and John son and heir of John de Wike of Milton 
by Wells. About certain returns of com from Milton Milit :, Estoa 
and Milton Denebond. A.D. 1353. 

fol. 80S In dots. Appointment by the Abbey of Bath of John their Prior, and W. 
Bndde their brother to be then- proctors in all causes, &o. A,D. 1493. 

tol. 306. Foundation of the Chantry of John Stortbwute the Chancellor, at 

the Altar of Holy Cross in the Cathedral. 

A pension of 10/. to support it is charged upon Wroxhale Church of 
which Theobold Gorges, Knight, is patron, and Thomas Haynes is 
rector. The stud Theobald and Thomas, the late Canon John Boland, 
his parents, 3, Storthwaite himself, and his parents, are the persons 
prOTed for. 

Four folios are filled with ibe details of the arrangements and pro- 
visions abont the appoiDtment of chapliuns. November 14. A.D. 

Confirmation of the last by TbornoB Bp. of B. and W. Nov. 18. 
■ ,D. 1451. 

Similar conf : by K. Carent the Dean. Oct. 4. A.D. 1452. 

Inspex: and conf: by Archbp. Simon, after visitation, of the letters 
of Archbp. John dated at Mortlake Oct. 17. A.D. 1281. A.D. 1331. 

I. Letter of John Abbot of Muchelnpy. 

The Abbey estftblishes a chantry on behalf <rf their benefactor the 
late Bp. Niciiolaa Bubbewith (who had cume to their aid when they 
were much burdened with debt, and had also given tbem ceilaiu vest- 
ments), at the Altar of All Saints on the North side of their choir. 

Full details are given. A copy of this document is to be hut^ up 
iu a conspicuous place in front of the said altar. A.D. 1433. 

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The fdlowing 24 fbliOB have appuently been injured by water, have Vblu 
been cot oat and carefully replaced. °"^f*^ 

Execution of a Bull of Pope John XXIII. (obliterated), by John 
Cossam, Prior of Brutcm, together with the Abbot of S. Augustine's 
Bristol; and the Dean of SaliBbiurr. The Bull ie recited. The D. and 
C. of Welle have appealed for aid against certain persona who have 
inirin^d their rights, and the above-named are ordered t« examine 
into the matter and support them. G-iven at Bononia. Anno Pontif . 1°. 

The said commission called upon all offenders [no names or any 
particular description of the offences are given] to make restitution 
tinder pain of EcclesiaBtical censures and upon all Ecclesiastical persons 
in the province of Canterbury to publish this. Given by the Prior at 
hia camera at Xorth Bruham, near Bruton, Oct. 20. A. D. 1411. In 
the presence of William Bargh and Thomas Blaaeford, domicelli litterati 
of Wells and of Sarum diocese, and Thomas Sergeaunt, specially Bum- 
moned for the purpose. 

A document of 4^ folios. 

The attestation of William Brett, public notary. 

Confirmatioii by John Bp. of Sarum of the appropriation of Buck- fol. 316 indori. 
land Abbots, of which the advoweon had been given to the D. and C. of 
Wells by the late Bp. N. Bubbewith for the establishment of a chantry 
sod for the promotion of divine service in the Cathedral at Wells, &c. 
Qiven by the Bp. of B. and W. at Woky, Oct. 16, anno regni, Hen. VI. 
3°, Test ; William Palton, Thomas Beauchamp, Thomas Stowell, 
Enigbts ; John Warre, Thomas Arthur Philip Hampton, John Palton, 
Confirmed at Kemmysbiiry, Feb. 29. AJ). 1424. 
Attested by John de Okobomo public notary. 

Conf : by the D. and C. of Sarum. f"'- '^^ «■ ^•■ 

Charter of Canon William de Welyngton granting to the D. and C. of 
Wells a rent upon houses in Wells of 10$. 

Belease to the D. and C. by Idoigne, wife of Sir Hngh de Beauchamp, fbl. 820. 
lady of Lilledone of a tenement, &e., at LiUesdone. Anno regni 
E. m. 2<P. 

In recognition of the benefits received under the Will of Henry, 
Bp. of WintoD, by the hands of the Exors., John Archbp. of Tork, &c., 
and Edmund, dux So. . . . et Marchio Dorset, the D. and C. of 
Wells make the said Henry a participator in the benefits of all prayers, 
&G., &&, offered in the Cathedral, and appoint April lltb to be 
observed as his obit. 

The late Bp. had divided many valuables among many religious 
houses. The portion which was left to Wells consisted of, unam 
imaginem argenteam deauratam Hesurrectionis dominice slantem super 
viride terr^um amilasatum habentem birillum in pectore pro corpore 
dominico imponendo ponderis troiani octuaginta ct quindecim uaciarum. 
Item duas pelves argenteas deauratas operis chaceati dc foliis coluni- 
binarum ponderis troiani centum octuaginta octo uuciarum. And 148/. 
in money. None of the other legacies are described here. — April 24. foL 331. 
A.D. 1448. 

Indenture made at Chewton subtus Menedepe on March 7, anno 
r^ni H. V, 3°, between John the Prior of the Conventual House of 
JesuB CbriBt at Bedlem de Shene, and the P. and C. of Wells. The 



wuxa former haTe sold to the latter the firm of theJRectory of Chewton, 
Hsa^ aaviDg only the advowson o£ the vicarage, for 10 years, at an annual 
— payment m 45/., beginning from Christmaa A.D. 1416, 

The details fill two folios. 

fol.3S3iDd(«. Charter of Bp. John gi-anting to William Barmine, Armjger, his 
Manor of Bysahoppes Compton in Berks with the Hundred annexed to 
it, for the term of his life on an annual payment of 8 marcs, &c. Anno 
regni H. VI. 5°. 

fol. SS3. Confirmatjon of last by John Forest the D. and the C. of Wells. 

Conflnuation of same by William Southbroke, Prior of the Cathedral 
Church of Bath, and the Cbapter.—A.D. 1427. 

fot.sastndm. Order made by Bp. John abont the Vicarage of Yevel. The Bps. 
William and Ralph bad in former days made certain arrangements abont 
the Parish Church que tunc per Rectores viros seculares snccesEive 
regi consueverat. Questions have arisen since then between the 
House at Syon to which the Churcb is appropriated and the Vicars 
about the revenues. Richard Stone is now Yicar. The two parties 
have come to an agreement, Tbe Rectors take the titbes of com, &e., 
&c., the mortuaria principalia of all parishioners. The Vicar takes all 
tbe attaroginm of the Chnrch of Teve! and of the Cbapel of Preston 
Plncknett, and the tithe of all hemp grown in fields or gardens, and of 
flax grown outside gardens, and also the mortuaria in secundia I^atis 
of those who die in the tenements or burgages, but not tbe mortuaria of 
the tenants of the Rector who are not burgesses. The Chapels of 
Berwyke, Stoford, and tbe lands of the Abbeyof Bermondsey in Preston 
and Stone are excepted. The Vicar has also two houses in Qaedam 
Street, Ac. 

foLS24indon. Given in London. Feb. 12. A.D. 1438. 

John le Merkaunt, the owner of houses upon which a pension bad 
been charged by Canon William do Pulton for^tbe support of an obit 
before the statute of Mortmain was eaacted, undertakes to pay it. 
Amio Ttgin E. m. 14°. 

foL 38S. A similar deed. 

foLsssiodon. Johanna Kortb, Abbess of Syon agrees with John Forest tbe Dean 
and the Chapter of Wells, to pay to them 20ys. a year in consideration of 
their loss of the two tliirds of the vacant benefice of Yevel, by its appro- 
priation. Jan. 4. A.D. 1427. 

fol. 836 in don. Indenture made at Wells, Oct. 2, A.D. 1474, by which tbe P. and 0. 
grant for their lives to John Sydenham, junior, of Wyveliscombe, 
"gentleman," to Elena his wife and their son Thomas, the Manor of 
Okehampton, in tbe parish of Wyveliscombe, which had been held for 
life by Thomas Brown of Yatton, at a yearly rent of 100*. 
Details fill a p^e. 

fol. 327 in don. Grant by Nicholas Caren I the Dean of the reversion of a tenement 
and lands in Wedmore to several persons named. March 20, A.D. 


Confirmation of the last by John Spekynton, president, andtbe chapter. 
Sept 19, A.D. 1458. ■ 

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Decree of Thomas Bp. of B. and W. abont tke pen§ion of 101, Wm a 

payable by Wroxhale Church to the Chantry of John Storthwaite. ''^^'^ 

GiTcn in the Chapel at the Pahice at Wella. Sept. 16, A.D. 1450. — ' 

AtteatatioQ by William North, and by John Mathon, public nolaries. "''■ '^*' 

A document of three f olioB. ^'>'- ^^ '" ^"'■ 

Grant by Bp. John to the D. and 0. of the gate leading into a close fol. ssi. 
belonging to them on the eouth side of the Choir, commonly called la 
Caroory, and which had been newly built ; with other gates, and righta of 
way by Euerbrigge and Torrehill, for the carriage of materials for the 
re[«ara or building of the Church, or for any other purpeee. 

The D. and C. to keep the road, wall, and pavement of the Market in 
repair. A.D. 1433. 

Grant by Nicholas Bp, of B. and W. to the D. and C. of the advowson fol. 831 in don. 
of Bokelond Abbots, which belongs to the bishoprick. King Henry YI. 
" Metuendissimus dominus," bad given his licence. . Given at Woky, 
Oct. 16, A.D. 1428. 

William the Prior of the Cathedral Church of Bath and the Convent foL 38s. 
Qodertake to keep the obit of John Trethek, Armiger, and of Johanna 
his late wife, under a penalty of 100s., to be paid to the Chapter of 
Wells for any omission. Sept. 33, A.D. 1445. 

Indenture between Thomas Bp. of B. and W., and Nicholas Carent (ol, 333 in don. 
the Dean and the Chapter. The latter bind themselves under a penalty 
of 40/., to carry out the wishes of the Bp. about the chantry founded 
by him near the High Altar. Jan. 10, anno regni H. VI., 37 . 

Confirmation to Bp. Ranald by Pope Alexander III. of the fee of &>' 333> 
Dyndra which bad been wrongfully taken from the Bp.'s predecessor by 
William sou of John, but bad been restored by his son William. 

Given at An^ni. April 28. 

Bp. Beginald about the Church of Harptre, cf. I. fol. 60. Indoik 

Indenture made by John the Prior and the Convent or the Chapter of 
Bath, by -which they bind themselves to celebrate two masses daily on 
behalf of Bp. Nicholas Bubbewith, in the Chapel newly constructed and 
built by him at his own expence in the nave of the Church on the sonth 
Bide, at the a^tar dedicated to SS. John the Bapt :, George, Fabian, 
and Sebastian, built and dedicated by the same Bp. 

The Bp. bad given to the Priory 320 marcs for the expence of re- 
building certain boasea in the Priory worth 7/. 1*. id. a year; and also 
vestments worth 200/. viz., una casula et duas tuniculas cum toto 
apparatu ad easdem de velvet crymesyn mb' aur* cum auritrysis contextis 
et p'nderatis cum margaritis sive penile, tres capas de panno aur* rub' 
unina secte, quarum due babent aurifrisas contextas cnm duodecim 
apostolis, et les morsea sunt contoxf et towchat' cum perulis ad modum 
K^aarum, ac tercia habet aurifrisam contest' cum ymaginibus de duplici 
hiatoria, necoon alia ornaments et bona quamplurima. 

The first daily mass is to be said at the 7tb hour in both summer and fol. 334. 
vinter and " Erit secundum devotionem celebrantis," but the other die 
niagis lucescente, viz. between the lOtb and the 1 1th bonr, and shall be 
" de S. Maria." 

Daring the lifetime of the Bp. the priest "postquam fuerit albis 
uidutus et antequam jdicat Confiteor, dicet in vulgari publico in audiencia 
" fibr biaabopp Nychol and for bis fader and raodcr saulis and al bis goode 
doeiys Miwlys, and al the goode doers sawlys of this chirche," 

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Ci,™™*! After the death oEthe Ep., the priest shall aay " fior bis«hopp Nychol 
H88. saule, Ac." aa before. Oct. 16, A.D. 1424. 
— The details fill two fohos. 

foL 835 in dors- John Cole, seneschal ia aathonged hy the D. and C. to receive foe 
them positessioD of the Manor of Bikenalre from John Jayn (or Ivjd), 
Jan. 1, anno regui H. VL 8. 

Consent of Thomas Bp. of Sanim to the appropriation hy the D. and 
C. of Wells of Bokelond Church. May 18, A.D. 1489. 

fol. 336. Charter of Richard le Touker granting a rent of 5s. to the D. and C 

to be distributed among the poor. 

Belease granted to the D. and C. by John Beanchamp, knight, lord 
of Lillesdon, for all services due fmoi the lands and men of Hele. 
tol 886 in doM. Test : John de Clyvedon, Edmund de Clyvedon, Richard de Acton, 
Walter de Eodeneye, knights; Matthew de Oyvedon, Hugh Cance, 
Henry Hacche, &q. Given at Wells on Saturday next after S. 
Catherine's Day. 36 £. III. 

The Church of Milverton is annexed to the Archdeaconry of Tanton 
by Bp. J. with the consent of the Chapter of Wells. 
Given at Woky, April 3. A.B. 1241. 

Conf : of the last by Thomas the Prior of Bath, &c. 

fol. 337. Charter of Canon Kichard Harowell granting to the D. and 0. a 

messuage, &c., in New Strete. 3 H. IV. 

Littera attomatoria de-eodem. 

Commissioners appointed by Bp. Nicholas to deliver to the D. and 0. 
possession of the Church of Bokelond. 
Given at Woky. Oct. 16. 3 H. VI. 

foL 837 in don, Ijittera attomatoria of the D. and C. de eodem. 

Admission by John Bp. of Sarum of John Axebrege rector of Boke- 
lond on the presentation of the D. and C. of Wells. Given at Rem- 
mesbury, Dec 22. A.p. 1424. 

fol. 838. Charter of Josceline de Tresvlmet to Bp. Ralph, cf. I. fol. 47. 

Test: Walter, Prior of Berliz : Richard Const : Archdn:; Roger his 
brother ; Josceline, chaplain ; Gtilbert de Berceville ; WHliam de Cicestre ; 
Helias de Wattelj Presbyters; Hugh de Monteacuto; Henry de Tracy. 

Confirmation of the Charter of JosceUne de Tresminettes, given in his 
presence, by John Bp. of Exon. 

Admission by H. Bp. of Exon, of Jehu de Thinemung, to Aulescumb 
Church, S. Bp. of Bath and Glaston in partibus transmarinis agente. 
Given at fferendon. Feb. 22, anno Pontif, 6P. 

fol 838 in dors. Bp. Savuric about Warminster, cf. I. fol. 47. 

Inspex : by Roger Sp. of B. and W. of a bond deposited by Robert de 
Evesham, Rector of Crislemeleford, by which he undertakes to pay 25 
marcs a year to Bditiua, perpetual Vicar of the sajd Church, Oct. 3, 
A.D. 1245. Given at Chyu, Oct, 4, anno Pontif 2°. 

ft>L839iBdon. Cariseimo dcmino et patri suo E. d g. Bath, Epo, Rogerus With 
pargcbiaans suoa. Has grouted to S. Peter's 'BnHi, and to the monks 

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there, the Church of Stocke, with the consent of hie heir Gifbrd, aod of „ Vblm 
hifl wife Jaliette. °*^Ss8^' 

Charter of Hugh Bp. of Lincoln, granting to hiB brotlier Josceliae, 
Bp.of Bath and Glaston :, the fee of htJf sknight in Rugebei^ and Dreicot, 
which Maurice de Benington and Giaufrid Maureward liad lield. Given 
at Stowa, by Wiiliam de Thomaco, Archdn; of Stowa, Julj 11, anno 
Pontif 5°. 

Inspex : of the Charter of King John, as on fol. 17. fol. 340. 

Charter of King Henry granting to Bp. Josceltne, and his saccesEors fol. 340 in dors. 
that they and their Exors. shall have undisturbed poesessioo of all their 
Iwna mobilia et omnes fractuB tarn do bladis . . . quam vinearam, 
&e., from the day of their death until the following Michaelmas, 

Given at Oxford, July 15, anno regni 15°, 

Charter of King William as in I. fol. 14, but there is added here tho ^»'- 841. 
conflnnntion of it by the King, at Dover, A.D. 1090, anno regni 4°, 
Indie. 13, vi. kal. Feb., Luna iii., in the presence of Thomas, AJrchbp. 
of York. Printed in tlie Monasticon. The original is in the Cathedral 


Charter of Maurice de Gannt granting to Bp. Josceltne all his rights 
in Arebrigg for 100 marcs. 

Charter of Hugh, Bp. of Lincoln granting to his brother Josceliae ful. 342. 
the vil! of Axebrigg. 

Test : Itoger do Lack 4 Amauricus de Bu^eden, William de Winch- 
ourab, canons of Lincoln ; Boger, chaplain ; Adam de Clevesend t 
Gilbert de Taoton ; Robert de Mont Sorell ; canons of Wells. Stephen 
Chamberlain ; Thomas de Hauteville ; William de Stoke j Philip de 
Wik; Peter de Cotiogtun ; Walter de Abbodeslun ; John Camerar ; 
R<^er de Waleis, Given per manus Badulf de WaravUI, canon of 
Liocoln, at Tinghnrst. Nov. 7, anno Pontif. 18°. 

Charter of Robert de Gurnay, granting to Bp. Josceline 6 acres of 
laud in Chiw. 

Charter of Stephen the Prior of Taunton, as in I. fol. 56. fal.343 ia don. 

Inspex : of the Charter of King John, as on fol. 17. 

Charier of Hugh, Bp. of Lincoln, granting the advowson of Axebrig fol. 343. 
Church to his brother Joseline. Given at Stowa, July 12, anno 
Pontif, 5°. 

Charter of Galfrid Chemmpneys, lord of Wylmyngdon, grautiug to 
Bp. Robert who had obtained from king Edward a warrep in his 
Manor, permission to use it. Test : John de S. Laudo ; Adam de 
Button ; Hubert Husee, knights j Robert de Wulton ; Boger de 
Sthokwyk i Thomas de Cumb : Gilbert Cissor of Bath, &c. 

Given at Bath, March 22. AJ). 1280. 

Charter of King Richard about lead mines, cf. L fol. 15. 

Archbp. Robert de patronatu Glaston. cf, L fol. 129. fol. 343 ia ion. 

Charter of King Edward about a market at Lydeard. cf I. fol, II6. M.344 in dors. 

Charter of King Edward de restitutione, as on fol. 3. ^l- ^*^- 

.V Co Ogle 


OiSmSii Licence of King Edwardfto Radulf Bp. of B. and W., to convej 
HSS. to tlie Convent of Bath "placeam palatii suj in Bathon, vulgariter 

fol. 845 in don. ""ncupatam BisBchop«slK)ur." Testflme ipso at York, July 4. Anno 
Togni 8°. 

fo(.S4sindon. Decidon of JoMeUne Bp. of Batli, to whoao judgment Bobert Abbot 
of Glaston : and bis honae, and Martin de Snmma, had submitted thur 

The Abbey b to pay over the tithes, Ac, of Bodeclya, and of Do- 
merbam, and also for arrears &c^ 100/. in 5 years, at 20/. a year in 
satisfaction all claims. 

The decision is accepted. 

G-iven in the Chapter at 'Glaston, on the morrow of S. Benedict. 
Anno Pontif. 27°. 

(61. 347 in (lore. Charter of Hugh'Bp. of Lincoln, granting that all the fees, lands, &c. 
held by his brother Josceline in the Hundreds of Winterstoke and 
Ceddre bo free de sectis hundrodorum. Test; G-alfrid fil: Baldwin, 
seneechall; Hugh de Wiltons William de £eyneGham; Peter de 
Wilton { Peter de Bath ; Stephen de Baddebury, &c. Given at Stowa 
by the hand of W. de Tbomaco, Archdn. of Stowa, July 12. Anna 
Pontif. 5". 

Charter of Hugh, capellanns, Minister paupemm domus hospitalis. S. 
Bartholomffii, London, granting to Bp. Josceline the Advowsou of the 
Church of S. George de Heanton. 

Thomas Davenant has received from Bp. Joeceline Bishopeswode in 
Lydiard, with feed for pigs and fnatjiam ad ignem. 

fol. 848. The Charter of King Henry, aa on fol. 340. 

fbl- S4S in ion. Chuter of the Hospital of S. Bartholomew granting to Bp. Joscehne 
a rent of 10*., which he used to pay on a tenement in S. Clements de 
Denissemanschirche on the south eide of the Church towards the 
Thames. Test : Andreas Bukerel, Mayor of London ; Hichard BeD^; 
Roger le due; Teric de Colon ; Stephen de la Strande; Bicard fil 
Edwardi, &c. 

fol. 349. Charter of Hugh Bp. of London, as on fol. 339 in dors. 

The D. and C. wOl release Hugh Cancy of North Cory from his bond 
for 100/. if he pays their expenses in a suit agMUst him for trespass in 
the warren. April 18. Anno regni £. lU. 40°. 

fbl.849 indon. Bp. Hugh about the Church of Axebrigg. cf. fol. 343. 

Charter of John de Abbedestou granting to Bp. Josceline a wood at 
Pnklescherche. Oct. 3. Anno Pontif. 25". 

fol. 850. Charter of Hugh Bp. of Lincoln granting to his brother Josceline, Bp. 

of Bath and Glaston :. the half knight's fee in Norton, which Stephen de 
Altaville had held, and Reginald his son holds of the said Bp. 
Given at Stowa July 12. Anno Pontif. 5°. 

Quit claim by James de Molendinis to Josceline, Bp. of B. and W. of 
a messuage, &c. at Kingsbury Episcopi. Anno regni, E. II. 18°. 

fol. 850 in ion. Grant by Bobert the Prior of Batli and his house fo Bp. Josceline of 
the AdvowBon of Stoke Gifiard. March 18. A.D. 1214. 

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Charter of Bp. Hngh de villa de Aiebrigg. cf. fol. 342. cJ^u. 


Charter of Walter do Scremebr granting to Bp, William land, &c — 

in Wells. **"■ ^^'■^ 

F. the Prior of the Hospital of S. John at Wella has built a mill at 
Hilemore, and binds himself not to int«ri'ere with the rights of the Bp.'s 


Charter of Maarice de Gaimt, as on fol. 341. fol- 351 in don- 

Letter of Bobert Archbp : Cant : concerning the dispute between 
the Bp. of B. and W. and the Abbe; of Glaston, aboDt the patronage 
of the Abbey, and condemnation of the proceedings of the monks in 
having proceeded to the election of Abbot John de Tanton withont 
Kcence from the Bp. 
Given at Otteford, Aug. 31. A.D. 1274. 

Charter of B. Gurnay, as on fol 342. fol. 3S8. 

Qalfrid de Stanewell acknowledges that he holds of Walter Bp. of B. 
and W. the lands in Evercric, Stratton, and ProBtelegb, which he hold 
under Matthew de Stratton, Archdn : of Buckingham. Test : fiadulE 
Sanlaver ; Eljas de la Mare ; Elyas Cotel, knights ; John le hu§ ; 
Heniy de Nunney ; Peter de la Mare ; Hugh Wytang de Cranemere, 

Confirmation by Thomas the Prior of Glaston ; and his house, of the 
proceedings about Stoke Gifiard, Dokemersfeld and Chiw. cf. fols. 
350-357, and I. fol. 46. 

Exchange made by Walter de Ounbeved and Walter de Wyke with fot.sss iodon. 
Bp. JoBceline of 5 acres in the park for other properties in Wells. 

Charier of Richard, iil i Walt : de Hentun granting to Bp. Josceliiie 
certain pieces of land near Wells. 

Inspejc : by Bp. William, the Chapter of Bath, and that of Wells, of fol. 854. 
an ugreement come to about tithes by Robert the Rector of Cristemele- 
M, and the Prior and bouse of Bradenestoke, on June 6, A.D. 1236, 
before the Abbot of EveBham Chancellor and the Dean of Oxford, 
eommifi^ouers appointed by the Pope. A.D. 1252. 

Charter of William son of John de Harptre granting to Bp, Josceline fol. 855. 
the Church of West Harptre. 

Appointment by Ilditius, Vicar of Cristemeleford, of a proctor to fol. 355 in doM. 
receive his 25 marcs. 
Dat. Mediolan. Nov. 6. A.D. 1246. 

Charter of Robert de Barnevill granting to the Hospital of S. Bar- 
tholomew, Smithfield, in the suburbs of London, the Church of Jon- 
hampton. Test ; Richarde de Valle Badonis ; Richard de Ware ; 
Richard de Vadis; Helias de Eswelle; Galfrid fil Eutachiij Bartho- 
lomew de 8. Bartholomew ; William de Hely, &c. 

Chatter of Thomas Walensis granting to Maurice de Gaunt the vill ibl. 30S. 
of Axebrugg, on the same terms as Hugh de Welts, Archdn : of Wells 
'wmerly granted it ; for this Maurice has paid 100 marcs, and pays 
half a Qutrc a year for all gervices. 

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ci™^ii. ^""^ °^ Hngh, son of Hugh Attehele of Northcory, to the D. and C. 
USB. for 100/. Anno regni £. 8°. 
fi)L 396 in dora. j_ dictus Curtusian, Prior et qui cum eo totius ordinis priorea et 
fnttres pro commuui capitulo congregati, to J. Bp, of Bath. Are very 
grateful for his kindness to the brethren at Wittham and to all the 
Order. They pray that he may have all the benefits of one of their 
Order, and they promise to give him the privileges of a brother when be 

Charter of William fftuna Artur granting to Bp. Joeceline the Advov- 
son of Weston Church. 

Test: Thomas de Cirencestr, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset ; John 
de Peauton ; Henry de Campo florido ; William, Beneschal of the Bp. ; 
Baldwyn de Wayford; Thomas de alta villa; William de Bonvillet 

Charter of Hugh de Welles, Archdn : of Wells [nMuc. Line. Eps.] 
granting to bis brother Joscetine the Bp,, that hia Manors of Brawell 
and Cnmpton be free de secta hundred! de Wintei-stoke. 

foL SS7. Letter of the Abbey of Glaston, as on fol. 13, 

Charter of Alice Koges to Bp. Rofpnald. cf. II., fo!. 59. 

foLSSfiadore. Charter of Julitta, widow of Roger Hwiteng, granting to S. Peter's, 
Bath, the Church of S. Bernard de Stokes, and also the tithe of the hay 
of the parish. 

Test! Henry de Monte fortl; Robert deS. Lando; Emaldtbe parswi; 
Robert ; Robert Hwiteng; Giermanus, chaplain ; Angod, chaplun; 
Albert de Eston ; Roger de Monte forti } Alexander do Monte forti ; 
Swife de Stokes ; Bd, Band, &c. 

Renunciation by the Prior, &c. of Bath in favour of Bp. Josceline (rf 
all claim to tho Church of Ohiw. A.D. 1214. 

foi. 338. Chwter about Hywish. cf. I. fol. J 39, and infra. 365. A.D. 1317. 

Charter about South Brent Church, cf. I. fol. 41. 

Report of Walter de Hull, the Bp.'s official, of an inqmsition held by 
an order given by Bp. Jolm at Banwell, Diee. 5, A.D. 1328, into the 
state of Berghes Viean^e, to which Archdn : Eobert de Wamberg has 
presented John de Hampton Meysi. The inquisition is held in the 
Church at Axebrigg before nine of the neighbouring rectors and vicars, 
and it finds that the tithe of wool, cheese, milki lambs, calves, foals, 
spides, eggs, fisheries, geese, houses, hay, and mills ; and the oblations 
at the altar, are worth IS marcs a year ; but the tithe of the sheaves ia 
worth 25 marcs. 

fbl. 359. Adam, Abbot of Glaston : and the Convent. Exchange one acre of 

glebe, and the Advowson of Berghes, for certain tenements, &c. at Middle- 
ton Abbots near Tevelcbestre, with Archdn : R. de Wambergh. 

fol. 35S indom. Given at Berghes on Friday of the Feast of the Mat. S. John Bapt. 
2 E. III. 

foL 360, ' The Abbot of Glaston : delivers certain Charters to die Archdn. con- 

nected with this exchange. 

Grant by Bp. Richard, alter consultation with the Chapters of B. and 
W., that (dl who are collated by him to any dignity in the Cathedral 

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fihali i-eceive instalment at the hands of the lieiin, the Sub-dean, or the caYbsdLi. 
president of the Chapter, having previously taken the oaths in the mss. 

Cliapter Houae, &c., &c. Inconveniences and irregularilies had arisen 
from the inalallations having come into the hands of pci-sona appointed 
by the Bp. ; and from neglect of the said oath to observe the statutea, 
JM!. because those who received installation in thia manner did not 
feel bonnd to attend to Catbedral duties. 
Given at Warwick, May 17, A.D. 1493, anno trEinsl. 1°. 

Confirmation of the last by John Cauntlowe, Prior of Bath, &c. 

Conf: by John Gunthorpe, the Dean of WelK &c. fol.Beiindorg. 

Ucence granted by King Edward for theexcbange betweea the Abbot 
of GlastoD : and the Archdn : as above. 
Qiven at Sempyngham, April 5. Anno regni 2°. fol. 3fi3. 

Gilbert Ca^ete'e land. cf. I. fol. 20. 

Order made by Bp. John about Berghes Vicarage. The Vicar's 
allowance is increased to 10/., and the Archdn : is to bear a pro rata 
ehare of all burdens. 

Given in London, Feb. 15, A.D. 1328. 

Indenture made by the Archdn : about the exchange with the Abbey foL.SSS. 
of Glaston : of Serghes, and Middleton. 

Appointment by the Abbot of a proctor to ^ve possession' to the fol,363indori. 
Archdn : of the land, &c. A.D. 132S. 

Inepex : by Thomas, the Prior of Bath, of the order made by Bp* 
Josceline, by which he converted the bequest of land at Merlegh made 
by Peter the Dean into an annual payment of 60s. to be made to the 
Cathedral by the Archdn : of Wells. 

The money is to be divided at Id, a day to the vicars who take part 
io the services of the dead, &c. at the altar of S. Calixtus, &c., &c. 

Report by the Archdn : of Wells, the Bp.'a official to the Bp., about fol 364 in dors. 
Berghes. A,D. 1328. 

Land at Hywisb, as on fol. 358. fol. 365. 

The Abbot of Glaston : grants the crop growing on the one acre at fal. 369 in dots, 
Berghes to the Archdn. 

The Abbot of Athelney's Charter, cf. I. fol. 40. 

Agreement made between the Abbey of Glaston : and the Archdn ; as 
to matters in dispute about Middelton and Berghes. 

Charter about South Brent, cf. I. fi^. 41. fol. 366. 

The Confirmation of Archbp. T. as in I. fol. 26. fol, 866 in dors. 

Hesignatiou of the Church of Bergh by John de Worthe the Hector.' 
Aug. 10, A.D. 1328. 

The Archdn : of Wells is to have a share in the residue at the end of fol. 367. 
the year. No name is given. 
Given at fiynnemere, A.D. 1290. 

Similar order by Bp. E. Given at ffyttnemere, August 10, A.D. 



viLM John de Wamberg li&ving been Bummoned to a chapter to t&be 

*'M^^ coancil about the iujuries inflicted by rapacious lajmea on the Church, 
feLSBT^don ^^^^^^^^ ^'''iB^ ^Q ^Iic @^"'^<1 t^^l^ ^^e Citation mentions neither place, 
■ nor day, nor year. At Wanton. June 3. 

A.D. 1242. With the consent of Robert, Hector of Comptone, Jolm 
BretBftche, senior, erected a chapel at hie houae at Tnibbcwell. 

Among the conditions it is stipulated that the lord and lady with 
their family shall [three times a year, at the principal feasts, attend the 
Church of Emmpnete which is a Chapel of Comptone. 

fol. 36B. Charter about West Harptre. cf. fol. 269. 

Confirmation by S. Archbp. Cant : of the Charter of William Briwer 

granting to Bp. Joaceline the Advowson of the Church (if Milverton, 

fcl. 868 in don. made in the King's presence and attested by Stephen, Archbp. of Cant : 

P. of Winton ; H. o£ Lincoln ; W, of Exon j and G. of Ely ; Bishopii, 

Ac. Conflnned A.D. 1226, in May. 

Alan de K}'ngeston, lord of half the manor of Cudeworth, quit 
claims to the D. and C. his claim in quadain communa trium deoaii- 
orum quam percipere solebam in dinta ecclesia singulis diebus adventos 
mei ad civitatem Wellen. Nov. 8. 24 E. III. 

Charter of Simon Brito. cf, I. fol. 40. 

fcl.SGS. ConfibyBp. B^inald ofthe grant ofEistonChnrch made by Willitm 


Bp. Sararic abont the prebend of Sutton, cf. I. fol. 49. 

(ol. 3G9 in don. Conf : by Robert, son of Hamo, ofthe grantofScaldeford Church, cf.I 
fol. 46. 

Alan de KyDgeBton's quit claim as on fol. 368 in dors. 

fol. 870. Indenture by Canon Richard Harewell, granted to John Veysy, of 

Shirbom, and Edith his wife a messuage and mill in Shirborn, tod 
land in his prebend of Lntton. 48 E. IIT. 

fol. S70 in don. Agreement between Thomas, Archdn; of Wells, and Stephen de 
Tornaeo, prebendary of Whitchirch jnxta Benanger, and Eoger de 
PaltOD, about a watercourse at Witchurch, Thomas and Stephen de 
Tomaco are brothers. 

Charter of George Desfeble granting to Bp. Josceline the Church ot 
Eston. Test: Jordan, son of Oliver, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset j 
William de Morevill ; Matthew de Clivedone ; Richardson of Arthar; 
Reginald de Alta Villa, Ac 
fol. 871. (^^. by the Bp.ofLondon of tie grantofScaldeford Church, cf.I- 

fol. 47. 

fol 371 in don. 

Bp. Josceline, about Wivelescnmb. cf. I. foL 59. 

Bp. Savaric, about the same, cf. I. fol. 59. 

Charter of Oliver de Dinan about tithe?, cf. I. fol, 60. 

Conf. of Bp. Reginald ot White Lackington Church, cf. I. fol, < 

Charter of J. de Mont Sorell. cf. I. foL 39. 

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lol. 38. 



cf. I. fol. 38. 



Bp. B«giDaId, about S. Decuautne. cf. 1 

Bp, John of Exon, about Bovi Church. 

Charter of Benedict, Abbot of Athelney, granting to Bp. Josceline 
the AdvowBon of Sutiou Church. 
Teet : Bicbard, Abbot of Muchelnej, &c. 

Charter of Eustace de CamviUe. cf. I. fol. 21. fol- 873f 

Order made by Bp. John about the Vicarage of St. Decumao's, of 
which Robert is Vicar, giving many names of places and people there, 
among them Balph fil Ursi as the owner of a mill at Williton and another 
at Watchet. 
aiven at Wivelescumb. March 19. A.D. 1320. ft''- ^"l*- 

Charter of AJex. de RedpUo. cf. I. fol. *S. fol. 874 in dors. 

Renunciation bj Henrjr fil Fagani de Panebrnge of all his claim in 
Winesbaro, Wrmestore, Modelege, in a vlrgate at Bidesbam, in Merke, 
and in the service of Ramer de Wandestreu, in the presence of Robert, 
quondam, Bp. Bathon : et Roger, Bp. of Wigcm, together with his father 
Pagan, bis relatives Roger Witeng and his brothers William, Robert, 
and G-tlbert de Almari, Osbert de Bathon, and Ralph Denebol and his 
brother Robert. 

Test: Eustace fil Stephen; Savaric de Vaus; Baldwik fil Gerold; 
Godefrid de Dime ; Philip de Wyke j Henry de Sella ; Adam de 
Lamber; Walchelin de Maresco ; Eaher de Alra, &c. 

Charter of Alan de Kyngeston. cf. fol. 368-369. 

Charter of William Lungespeye, granting for himseU and hia heir tol 3TS. 
Henty de Bratton, to the D. & C. of Welle, a walled park ad caniculos 
Tel ad bestias alias at Witchirche. 

Charter of Robert de Renni. cf. I. fol. 23. 

Test ; Cradoc de S. Julitta ; Simon de Bonevill ; William de Mirl ; 
iNicholas de Holecumb; William fil Hugh; Richard Penna. Apud 

CsBtell de Sta Julitta. 

Charter of Thomaa Walensis granting to Bp. Josceline the vil of fol. S7S in dots. 

Judgment given against Thomaa atte flenne, Vicar of Pokelchnrcbe, 
in a suit with the D. & C. of Wells, by (a Commission appointed by 
Pope Boniface to try the case. A.D. 1400. 

The details fill 3J folios. 

A suit brought by William Colvyle, rector of the prebendal church fol. ST9 in dots, 
of Barton, against William Bmer, rector of Kyngton Maundevyle, for the 
payment of an annual pension of 8^. is decided in his favour by Thomas 
Speit, D.L. the Bp's. Official, in Concilio Episcopali Wellense. 

The proceedings fill two Folios. 

. Agreement come to by William, Abbot of Bee, and Savaric, Bp. of f oL 381 in dor». 
Bath and Glaeton ; about the Church of Olive, claimed by the latter us a 
prebend of Wells. It is to be held by the Abbot as a prebend, but he 
is not to be bound to residence. 

Conf : by Bp. Reginald of the grant of the Church of Clive to the fol. ass. 
Cathe^, by W. de Roumara, Earl of Jiucoln. 



Welu Charter of Leticia de Sarum. cf, I. fol. 20. 

Mff- Charter o£ William Briwer, granting to Bp. Josceline the Advowson 

foi 181 in doM. of Milverton church. 

Charter of Cecilia de Timbrescum. cf. I. fol. 40. 

Ibl. SS3. Charter of Margery daughter ofBobert le Merchande granting to 

John son of Philip de Inaula, houses in Doddelye, &c. 

Confirmation by L. the Dean and the Chapterofa lease for life) of a half 
virgate of land made by Iterius prebendary of Wandestren to his 
nephew Emulf . 

IbL 883 in dors. Final concord made between Canon Henry de Pontibus, and Henry de 
Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, and Margaret his wife about the Advowson of the 
Chapel of Whjttecherche. T^e canon is to have it as attached to the 
prebend of Hengestridge on condition that a mass is celebrated every year 
at the Assumption for the souls of the Earl and Couatess. 22 E. I. 

Alexander the prebendary of Hengestrigg gives to the fabric of the 
Cathedral^ in lieu of the sum which he ia bound to pay on the prebend, 
all the arable land in the demesne, and half the meadow land of tbe 
prebend, ut fabrica celerius ad optatam consununatioaem mea sedulitate 
consurgat. B. is tbe Dean. 

fol. 184. Charter of Oliver de Tracy, cf. I. foL 37. 

Inspex : by William, Bp. of London, of confirmations by bis pre- 
decessor of the Charter of Uamo about Scaudeford. A.D. 1207. 

John Odeline, prebendary of Yattoo will submit to whatever decision 
the D. and C. may come to about the wood which he has rooted up- 
A.D. 1256. 

Edward tbe Dean and tbe C Formal declaration by them callationem 
aque benedicte ecclesie de Ceddre ad cancellarium Wellen de jore 
spectare, perpetuum sileutium impouens Bogero vicnrio eccWe 
Bupei- collatione ejusdem aque. A.D. 1258. 

Charter of Richard, Abbot of Michelney, (cf. 1. fol. 42). Granting 
tbe Church of Deminstre to the Church of Wells. 

Given at Wells in the presence of Bp. Savaric, Dean Alexander, 
William de S. Fide, precentor, on tbe morrow of S. Andrew. A.D. 
fol. 8S5. 1201. 

Inspex: of Hugh Abbot of S. Augustine's, Bristol, of the letter of Bp. 
W. of London about - Scaldeford. Test; Kalph de Diceto, Arehdn: 
Middlesex; Richard, Arehdn: of Colchester, Robert, Arehdn: <^ 
Essex ; Ralph de Alubrey, Master of the Schools, London, &c. Given 
at Bristol March 5. A.D. 1284. 

Charter of Ralph SI : Bernard, cf. I. fol. 20. 

Ibl. 885 in don. Charter of Alan de fibmellis. cf. L fol. 38. 

Charter of Hugh de Wells, granting to Bp. Josceline certain hou»s 
in Wells. Test : Hugh, Bp. Lincoln ; Ralph de Lecblade, tbe Dean, &c. 

Mem. Agreement made between tbe Chapter and Thomas de 
Bedeford, AJJ. 1249. Tbe Chapter defer Ibeir suit ^nst him about 

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the deprivation and institution of a Vicar at Yatton, in the hope of Tblm 
coming to an agreement, until the morrow of S. Hilary, when the fiS,*" 

parties are to appear at Sarum. At the instance of the Chapter the ^ 

Bentence of excommunication sent out by the Archbp. to the Bp. of 
S. and W. is also deferred to the same date. 

Confirmation by Bp. Reginald of the Chart«r ot Olirer de Diuou, foi. 39a. 
cf. I, fol. 60. 

Jvetter of the Prior of Bileswyke. cf. I. fol. 117. 

Renunciation of Richard de Cnoll of all clum to Cudeworth, and to foL 8S7. 
the AdvowBon of the Church of CnoH, in the presence Ranald Bp. of 
Bath, and Richard Dean of WeUs. cf. I. fol. 40. 

Bp. SaTnrie about S. Brent, cf. I. fol. 41. fol. 387 hidon. 

Deeodem. cf. I. fol. 41. 

Hugh the Legate de ecdeeia de Hengestridge. 
Testimony to H. de Camvilles Charter, cf. I. fol. 22. 

Inspex : by Richard Bp. of London, of Charters about Scaldeford. fol. 888. 
cf. I. fol. 48. 

Inspex ; of the Prior of Bath, &c. cf. I. fol. 27. 

Grant to Canon Helias (cf. I. fol. 26.) confirmed. 

Charter of Gerhert. cf. I. tol. 39. 

Charter of Bp. of Josceline about Kiwis, (cf. I. fol. 27.) It is to be 
held with the prebend of Cumtoo. A.D. 1228. 

Charter of Bp. Josceline about the liberty of Hiwls. cf. I. fol. 27. foL 889. 

An indulgence of 40 days release from penance produmed by Bp. 
Bobeit to all who come to the Cathedral to pray for the soul of William 
de Rous the Sub-dean, who is buried before the Altar of St. Mary 
Magdalene. Given at Wells, April 12. A.D. 1290. 

On East«r day, A.D. 1230, W. Arcbdn : of Wells and Sips, preben- foL 38» in dors 
dary of Compton, submit a question about the liberliea of Hiwis to the 
decision of Bp. Josceline. 

Institution by R. Bp. of Bath of Thomas dcTorniu, to the half share of 
Hiwis church on the presentation of Elyas de Meial and Galfrid his 
heir. Test. Richard, Bp. Winton, &c. 

About a virgate at Yatton. cf. 1. fol. 61. 

About land at Bidisham. cf. I. fol. 44. 

Citation issued in the suit about Yatton. cf. fol. 390. fol, 390, 

Conf:by Richard, Bp. of Winton, of the grant of William, son of fol. 390 ia don. 
William, son of Walter de Haselbei^, of the church there to S. Andrew's 

Teat ; Henry and John, brothers of William de Haselberg, Albert, 
precentor of Wells ; Thomns ; and Richard, Arcbdn : of Bath ; Stephen 
prior of Tanton ; Galfrid Sautes ; John de Cumb ; William de Gund 
paride ; Ralph, Chaplain ; William de Cicester, Canon of Samm ; 
William de Cicester, canon of Cicester ; ^mald de Broch ; Jordan, 



Wblu clerk de Turre; Joceline de Cheddeseia; Robert de Cadena; Adam, 

^"Ss'a" chaplain ; Peter, clerk of the Bp. of Bath ; Alured de Lincoln, Sheriff 

— of Somerset ; Robert fil : Bu j William fil : Osbert ; William 61 : Bernard ; 

William de Turbervil ; Bretill Juaa; Hugh de Puntchard ; Matthew de 

Wallop; Werimund de Crave, and William his brother; lUchard de 

Chartreia ; Robert de Brieves ; Richard de Ralega ; Hugh, piucerna ; 

Gilbert de Norfolc ; RaherdeAlra; Baldwin Malet ; Gilbert de Toma ; 

Robert Buleun; Peter Turlac; Humphry Juas; Walter Gifiard; 

Wariu de Ralega; Robert fKchet ; William de Stant' ; William de 

Burci; Adam fil: Roger; Jordan deBrocht ; William puherus; Baldwia 

de Orcherd ; Adam fil : Burand ; Radulf fil : Will fil : Durand ; Rand' de 

foLSeObdors. Ralega; WilliamdePuntcbardon ; RanulfdeFluri ; Robert fil: Thomas; 

William fil: Walter; Andrew de Lincoln ; Robert €1 : Atel ; Richard de 

Lifewig ; Hugh de Norris ; John fil ; Matthew de Wallop, 4c. 

Charter of Rad fil ; Bernard, cf. I. fol. 20. 
fol.391. About Melebum and Sutton ChurcheB. cf. I. fol. 60. 

Charter of William de Harpetre. cf. I. fol. 60. 

Conf ; by Robert de Renni of his lather's grant, cf. I. fol. 20. 

fbl. 391 in dors. AdmisBion of John de Tiuemuth to Aulescumb. cf. I. fol. 47. 

Charter of George Desfeble, as ou fol, 370, but with di&rent wit- 

foL 398. Carta de libertatihus ecclesie Wellen, by King Edward. 

A document of five folios. 
Given per matium nostram at Westminster, Nov. 11 anno regoi 18°. 

, foLSSTiudora. About Cad worth, cf. I. fol. 39. 

About Cumpton Church, cf. I. fol. 39. Called Childcumpton in the 
margin only. 

About lands, &c. at Ilton. cf. I. fol. 38. A.D. 1260. 

fol. 398. In the presence of Richard, official of the Bp. of Sarum, and H. 

Tessnm, canon of Sarum, and two clerks of the Bp. of Durham, the said 
Bp. assigned all the greater tithes of Great Corsleg, of Wbitebum, and 
Burgeleg, of Tolneston, of Cbupmanslade sub via, and the small tithes 
of Corsleg to form Warminster prebend at Wells, to which be is himself 
admitted on the presentation of J. Bp. of Bath. 

The tithes are worth 30 marcs, &c. 

Given at Tarent, anno pontif. £. Cant : Archiepi. 2°. 

fol. 3BB in ion. Charter of Johanna Perceval, widow of Roger Perceval, knight and 
lady of Carmeton, granting to John, Bp, of B. and W., 100 acres 
nomine glebe, and the Church of Exford. For this the Bp. has paid 
. 40i . 

Test: Andrew Luterel, and Henry de Glaston, Knights ; John de 
Balegh, Raduf fil Ursi, Walter de Meryet, Richard de Wyndesore, 
Roger le Walle, John de Membury, &c. 

Given at Carmeton, on Monday next after S. Lucia. AJ). 1319. 

Charter of Phihp, brother of the late John de Drokensford, Bp. of 
B. and W., granting to John de Godelee and Hamelin his brother, the 
said land and Church of Exford. 

Given fit Drokensford, Q E, III, 



About the Chnroh of Timbrescumb. cF. I. fol. 40. v>lu 


. Charter of Robert de YallibaB about Aisbull Church, u in I. foL 39, ^ 
but he is there called Robert de Well§. fol. 399. 

William Witheng quit claims to the D. and C. a rent at Wandestreu foi, 399 ;„ j{„, 
payable on certain lands called WjthorickBham every second ^ear. And 
other agreements about lands and fences, &c. 

At an inquiiy held at Stratford before N. de Turry, juBticiarius foL'400. 
assignatus, and William de Hammelton, it is decided that the advowson 
of Schandeford belongs to the Bp. of B. and W., and not to Constantia 
de BarneTllle. 49 H. IIL 

Charter of Robert fil Ursi. cf. fol. 39. 

Gilbert, Bp. of London, about Scandeford. cf. fol. 371. fol. 400 in doti. 

Charter of Benedict, Abbot of Athelney, granting to Bp. Josceline 
the advowson of Ilton Church. 

Gerbcrt or Oilbert de Perci about Whitchirch. cf. I. foL 50. fol. Mi. 

Charter of Robert de Meisy granting to Bp, Josceline the advowBon 
of Barton Church, and half that of Nuniz. 

Alan de tfnmell about Cud worth, cf. I. fol: 38. foL 4Di in don. 

Charter of Sibilla de Hewias. cf. I. foL 40. 

Charter of Oliver de Diuan. cf. I. foL 60. fol. 409. 

Renunciation by Henry fil : Fagan. cf. fol. 374. 

Charter of Shnon Bozon. cf.l.fol.24. foJ.402mdoM. 

Charter of Homo about Scaldeford. cf. I. fol. 48. 

Certiflcote by Bp. Reginald, enumerating the Churches, &c. given to fol. 408. 
the Cathedral in his own time. 

Conf s by John, Bp. of Exon, of Joaelina de Tresminetres grant of 
Anlescumb Church to Reghiald, Bp. of Bath, ttc. 

Joealena de Tresminet's Charter. fol. 403 in don. 

Charter of William Flandre de J)inre granting to Bp. Josceline the 
advowson of the Church of Dinre. 

Further proceedings about the Vicarage of Tatton.- A.D. 1247. fol. 404. 

About Sutton Church, as on fol, 372. 

About AisbuU Church, cf. I. fol. 38. 

Carta Kenulfi regis West Saxonum de terra que vocatur Well : dat : 
S. Andree Apio: 

Piinted in Dugdale's Monasticon. 

Conf: by King Edward of former charters of Kings Henry, John and j^j ^^^ ■ 
Richard, granting markets, Ac. at North Cory. 
Given at Wyndesore, Oct. 12. Anno regni 13°. 

Licence granted by King Edward, as on fol. 81, ^pl, 406. 

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- J™^* G-rant by Eiog Edward, at tho iaslanca cf Eichard Lovell, to William 

Hss. Ualherbe of a right to hold a weekly market in his Manor of Shipham, 

, , j-TT ,^^ aad a fair for three days at the Feast of S. Leonard. 

Given at Westminister per manum nnstram, Juue 5. Anno regni 2", 

Licence by King Edward to the D. and C. to grant 100 acres of moor 
fol 407 ^^ North dory to the Abbey of Athelney, notwithstanding mortmaia. 

' ' cf. fol. 27. 

Conf : by John Coant of Mortaigne of the grant made by bis brother 
King Biobard, and confirmed by himself, of Hacche, &c., to the D. and 
C. cf. I. fol. 10. 
fol. 407 in dors. Confirmation by Henry III. cf. I. fol. 10. 

fol. 408. A certifinate by King H. that the Chapter claims in North Cory are 

found in lihro feodorum. 

fol.40Sindora. Charter of Walter Retard granting half an acre, lifcc., in Cheddre, to 
Canon Walter de Purl. 

About the Church of tidiaid. cf. I. fol. 60. 

fol. 409. Appointment by Hugh Sogar, the Treasurer, and the Canons and 

Vicars of Wells, of proctors to take possession' of the land, &c., in 
Gheddre and Shepham and the advowson of the Church of Shepham, 
granted to them by Richard Swan, prepositns of the Cathedral. 18 E. 

foL 409 in dots. A similar appointment by Richard Swan. 

Charter of R. Swan. The aforesaid lands in Cheddre and Shepham 
and advowson had been obtained by the late Bp, Thomas de Bekinton, 
from Margaret, widow of Lord Hungerford, daughter and heiress of 
William Lord Botreaux and Mules, and granted by him to £. Swan and 
John Pope. Sept. 7. 18 E. IV. 

Letters patent of King Edward to the Sheriffof Somerset about the 
same. Anno regni 3°. 

fol. 411. Charter of Margaret Lady Hungerford, granting to Bp. Bekingten 

the aforesjud lands, &c. 3 E. IV. 

From fol. 411 to fol. 415, a series of documents upon the same subject 
and between the same parties. Fol. 413 in dors and fol. 414 contain lists 
of the tenants and the nature imd amount and rents of their holdings. 
Many are entitled "fresuters." 

fol. 4tS. A writ cessavitabout a messuage in Wells claimed from John Nedersole 

by Bp. Beckington. 

Upon the same matter, quia dubitatur de &aude Ot de collusione 
contrary to the statute of mortmain, a summons is issued to cause to 
appear at Westminster xii. tam milites quam alios liberos ot legates 
homines de visu de Wellys, quorum quihbet babeat centum solidates 
terre vel redditum per annum ad minus per quoa rei veritas melius seiri 
potest, &c. 

The names of 24 are given, b^inning with Thomaa Lyte, Armiger. 

foL 416. Proceedings before the Court. 

fpl. 418 in dors Charter of Robert Malherbe, Lord of Shipham, granting atonement 
there to WiUiam le Walahe, 



Charter of Henry de Cuntevill erantine to Bobert Malherbe lands ia Vsixa 
anipnara. Hss. 

Appointment by John de Cljvedon, son of Matthev de Gljvedon fol. 417. 
Knight, and Maria de Drokensford, the wife of John, to receive posses- 
sion from the said Matthew of certain lands in Shipham. 

Given at Aire. 12 E. II. 

Release by John Southennan, called Havekyn de la Barowe, to fol. 417 in dors. 
Conrad de Afflyn, of all his rights in Shipham, Barowe, and Langel- 
borowe. 30 E. lU. 

Eelease by Eobert Wrentche de Sampford to Robert M^herbe of oil 
his pasture rights, Ac., on Smaldon hill in Shipham. 11 £. 

Another Charter of John Pope and Richard Swan abont the lands fol. 41 s, 
&c., in Schepham. ? E. IV. 

Release by tlie same of the same. 9 E. IV. fbl. tl9. 

Charter of Agnes de Stratford, daughter and heiress of Thomas de fol. 419 In don, 
Stratford, widow, granting to Tliomas Kempe lands, &c., at la Barwe. 
23 E. UI. 

Charter of Thomas le Clerk about lands in Shipham. 39 E. III. fot. 430. 

Charter of John le Cly vedon, miles, Lord of Aire granting to Richard 
Hendibody and Margerie his wife a tenement in Shipham. 
Given at Aire, on Sunday next after S. Luke. 28 £. III. 

Quit claim of Peter de la Huese to John de S, Laudo and Johanna 
his wife of lands in Shipham. 6 E. 

Charter of Philip Wyndhull granting to John de S. Laudo, senior, tol, 421. 
knight, lands at Schepham. 39 E. Ill, 

Charter of Margerie Malherbe granting to Matthew de Clyvedon, 
knight, the curia at Schepham wiiich had been her dowry. 

Given at Schipham on Sunday next after S, Thomas. 15 E. 11. fol, 421 in flora. 

Charter of Isabell daughter and heiress of Walter le Eyre de Barwe, 
granting to Thomas Kempe lands at Schepham. 22 E, III. fol. 433, 

Charter of John de Clyvedon granting or life to Simon de Niweton 
a tenement, &c. at Schepham. 6 E. 

Charter of Lord Botreaux granting to John Broun his Manor of fol. 42B in dots. 
Schepham, with certain exceptions. 6 H. V. 

Exchange by Adam Malerbe with Robert Malherbe of lands in Loxton 
which he had aa a grant from Hawice de Sperkford, for lands in 

Matthew de Clyvedon gives to his son John and hia wife Maria de fol. 428. 
Drokensford possession of lands in Schepham. 12 E. II. 

William Aulak quit claims to Robert Malherbe, Lord of Schepham, a 
tenement in Draycote. 

Test : Hugh Malherbe : Thomas de Hanam, 8cc. . , 

" ' fol. 433 u) dors. 

John de Dourle quit claims to John de S. Laudo a crofl, &c. in 
Schepham. 6 E. 



wauj Charter of Robert Malherbe erantiDir to his daoehter Sara a half 

jsaa, Tirgate of land, &c. 

— Test: Gervase de Sparkford ; Odo de Wandestreu, Ac. 

fol, 484. Power of Attorney given by the D. & C. to their proctors to receive 

possession from John Storthwaite, clerk ; John Codeford, clerk ; John 
Beynold, clerk ; of lands in Ediston and Stokegurci, 8 H. VI. 

Charter of Thomas, brother and heir of Kobert Strecche, granting to 
John Vernay bis lands in Ediston or elsewhere in Stokegurci. 12 B. 

fol. 4SS, Charter of Richard Shirfield and John Blast granting to Hugh Cory 

and others tenements, &c. in Edeston, &c, 8 H. Y. 

foL 4S9indot3, A similar release in favour of R. Shirfields. 8 H. V. 

Another about the same land, 6 H. V. 

Power of Attorney given by I'homas, brother of Robert Streeche, to 
fol. 426. Richard Amys, Prior of Stok^arsy, and Hem? Hillacre, chaplaio, l« 

deal with lands in Ediston. 12 R. II. 

A release by R. Verney of lauds iu Ediston and a tenement lately held 
fol. 426 in don. by Alice, wife of Robert Streeche, as her dowry. 11 H, IT. 

Charter of Lucia Redmoi-e, sister and heiress of B. and T. Streeche, 
fol- 437. granting lands in Ediston to J. Vernay. 12 B. II. 

Release of John Deye de Slokelaud and Jobaana bis wife, widow of 
Michael de Ediston, to John Vernay, lord of Fayrefeld, of lands, Ac. in 
foL427indors. Ediston. 12 B. II. 

Power of Attorney by Lucia Rodemore similar to that given by T. 
Strecche. 12 H. II. 

fol. 4sg. Belease by the same Lucia, widow, of lands, &c. in Ediston. Robert 

Strecche is now dead. 12 B. II. 

Charter by William de Berre to his daughter Margaret of a virgAte o[ 
Und in Ediston. 

Lease for life to John Vernay, senior, of lands, &c., the dowry of, 
Alice, wife of Robert Strecche. 15 B. IL 

fol. 439. Belease by William de Ediston to John Vernay and his wife Anice, 

&C. of lands, &c. in Ediston, with the reversion of the property of his 
mother Johanna, widow of Michael his father. 11 B. II. 

Permission granted by Humphry Courtenay and Thomas Stowdl, 
Milites ; and John Copelston, Armiger ; and Gwido Baldwyn .; to John 
Storthwayte and others, exors. of the will of the late Bp. Bubwith, to 
grant to the D. & C. of Wells certain lands of which they are tenants 
in Ediston, &c., the Statute of Mortmain non obstante. 8 H. VI.j 

fol. 430. A similar licence granted to the same by Agnes Sydenham, widov, 

about other lands in Ediston, &c. 8 H. VI. 

fol. 430 in ion. Similar licence to the same by John son and heir of John Comesend 
about other lands in Stokegurcy. 7 H. VI. 

foL;43l. Charter of Hugh Cary, Philip Amottesbam and Ralph CowfoHe 

granting the same lands, Hk. in Ediston, ' 6 H. VI. 

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Another Bunilar docnmeitt between the eame parties, 6 H. TI, ttmlu 


Charter of the said exors. granting certain lands whloh had belonged M^^- 
to Ralph "Vernay to the D. and C. of Wells. 8 H. VI. fol. 431 in dors. 

Power of Attorney about the same. 8 H. VI, 

Deed between Nicholas de Plecy and Maurice de Ash, Vicars in the fol. 4ss. 
Cathedral, q,bout tenements in Wells. 30 £. 

Another deed about the same, between Cristina widow, Richard de 
Welweton, and John son of Bicharil Mogge of Tickenham, 7 E. lU. 

Another between Hugh le barbor, burgess of Wells, and the same, foL433indon. 
about tenements in Wells. 7 E. IXI. 

Another between Balpli de Welweton and the same, 7 E. III. M. 433. 

Another between Hugh le barbor and the same. 8 E, III. 

Indenture between Richard son of Davit de Welweton and Maurice fol. 438 in don. 
de Ash about a tenement in Wells. 30 E. 

Another deed between the same. 30 E, 

Charter of Cristina, widow of Bernard de la lidiete, leasing to William, foi. 434. 
son of Hugh de Edmeston lands in Edmeston. 

Charter of Lucia Rodemore confirming to Alioe, widow of her brother fol. 484 in dors. 
Robert Streccbe, lands in Stokegurcy. 12 R. H. 

Deed between Robert son of John de la Hurne and William de tol 435. 
Edyngton and W. de Bere about lands in Edingstou. 20 E. 

Release by Hugh Streccbe de Nethere Stawcye of two acres in the 
Manor of Wyk to Walter le Bakeler of Stokecurcy and Beatrice his 

Charter of Peter de Bera confirming to William Enst of Edeston the tot 435 b dors, 
house which Isabella daughter of Alan and Juliana de Stapela, and 
Cristina who w&s wife of Bernard de la Lidleta granted to the said 

Release by William Russell sou of Bernard de Pederton to William 
de Edeston of rents in Edigheston. 29 E. I. 

Release by John Pover to Matthew son of William de Edistoo, and to fc^ 49S. 
his wife Agneta of rents, &c. 8 E. III. 

Release by Robert de Cowys to his son Robert of land at the Cross of 

Release by John Vode to Robert Streccbe of a bui^age in Stokecurcy, fol 436 in dors. 
32 E. III. 

Similarly William son and heir of Peter de Bere to Robert son of 
Ealn : de Comuys. 

Indenture between John Ti-yvet and John Vernay about a sum of 20/, fol 487. 
The case had been before Elyas Spelly, Mayor of Bristol, and John 
Colston, clerk. 11 R. II. 

Release by Walter le Bakeler to Henry son of William de Ediston, tol, 437 in dors, 
and to Comlla hia wife, end to John the son of Henry de Edeston of 
two acres in la Wyk. 

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Ci^n'ou. Agreement between A^tha widow of Robert Strecche de Comys end 
H^. William son of Peter de Bere, the latter to hold all the former's dower 

fol iK~ l*nds in Ediston and Oomya, 9 E. I. 

Charter of Laurencia widow of Walter de Cowmyche leasing to 
Robert Cbandell three acres in Ediston. 7 E, II. 

fuL 438 in dore. Charter of John WilUames granting to Michael de Ediston, and John 
Stenyng, all his property in Canington Hundred. 44 E. III. 

Sir Boger Grey grants to Bobert Wilcok, pottar, a balf burgi^ in 
Stokecnrcy. 45 E. III. 

fol. 439. Agreement between Bobert de Comys and Walter Faty about three 

acres in Ediston. 56 H. III. 

Bond for 20/. given by William son and heir 'ot Michael Ediston, 
Merchant to John Tryvet, Knight, for merchandise bought from him. 
In default of payment distraint to be levied under the statute about 
merchants made apud Acton Bumell et Westm, tempore Edwardi III. 
7 R. II. 

Lease of half an acre in Stokecnry by Ralph Vernay. 9 H, IV. 

Michael de Edeston grants to bis son William, senior, a messuage in 
Edeston. 42 E. in. 

fol 440 Letter of Anna sister of Alice Strecche about lands in Ediston. 

12 B. IL 
M. de Ediston grant to W. Dullok a messuage. 51 E. III. 

fol 440 in dors Power of Attorney given by Tbomae Strecche to lUchard Amys, 
Prior of Stokcursy. J2 B. II. 

John Tryvet, miles, about the 201. due to him. 7 B. II. 

fol. 441, Charter of Thomas Strecche granting to Alice, his brother Robert's 

widow, various lauds in Edistou. ] 2 B. II. 

fol. 441 io doTB. Charter of John Temay granting to the same Alice and Thoraaa 
certain lands in Ediston. 12 B. II. 

fol. 443. Charter of Alice Strecche granting to Walter Trybon and Alice 

Bewepoll all her dower lands, Ac, 7 H. IV. 

fol. 443 in dors. Charter of Ealph Vernay granting to John Babbe, Senior, and Isabella 
his wife, aud to John Babbe, junior, and Isabella hia wife, the reversion 
of laud in Ediston. U H. IV. 

William de Edeston grants to his son John a messuage, 
fol. 443. Ralph, son of John Vernay, grants to William Lyghe a cottage, &o. 

15 E. n. 

M de Edeston and Agnes his wife leaees to Bichard Everard kinds. 
45 E. III. 
fol 443 in dors Agreement between Ralph Vernay and William Martyn about a croft 
' near Stenenford. 15 R. II. 

(^] 44, Lease for lives by John Vernay to Ahee and Thomas Strecche of land 

at Ediston. 12 B. II. 



Grant by Ralph Vernay to John llabbe of land in Ediaton. 11 H. Wbllb 
!■"• MSB. 

The same grants a tenement to T. Hugchou. 10 H. IV. fol- *** '" ^"m- 

The same to R. Lukays, &c. a half burgage. 12 R. II. ^'>*- **^- 

Michael de Edeston to Walter Boxse a messuage. 44 E. III. fol. 44S in dor*. 

Thomas Strecche, and the widow Alice, about lands in Ediston. 12 fol. 446. 


Michael de Ediston t« his son William, senior, a messuage. 42 

E. ni. 

Ralph Vernay to John Babbe, Ac. 9 H. IV. '•»'■ "« ^ d<"«- 
Letter of Anna and Alice Strecche as above. 

The grant by Lucia Rodemar to Alice Strecche. 12 R. II. M- **'■ 

Ralph Vernay to William Trybon a close in Ediston. 6 H. IV. fol.447indors. 

Agreement between John de Mahonn and Hamelin de Godley tenant fol- 448. 
of laJnds at Bickenalre. 
■ Given at Dunster. A.D. 1330. 

Eentale de Stokognmmer. fcl- **8 in dors. 

A list of 12 tenants and their holdings. 

Order made by Bp. R, abbut the revenues, &c. of Doulting. fol. 449, 

Marke annexed to the prebend of Wedmore. cf. I. fol. 51. fol. 449 in dors. 

Charter of Gallrid de Mandevitl granting to Bp. Josceline the advow- fol. 45o. 
son of Whitcherch. 

Order made by Richard Bp. of Sarum about the tilhes of Wodeton 
in Whitcherch of which Hugh de Greneford is the parson, and W. do 
Welles Vicar of Wodeton chapel, and Thomas de la Wise paison of the 
Chapel. Adam de Wodeton, Enight, is also a party in the case. 

Inspex : of the last by the Chapter of Sarum. A.D. 1224. fol. 4S0 in ion. 

Order made by Robert, Bp. of Sarum, with the consent of Bp. fo\.*il. 
Joscetine, for the appropriation of the Church of Whitcherch and payment 

of a pension, in order to provide a sufficiency for the canons of the two 
Cathedrals, who are now compelled to neglect to render their personal 
services on account of poverty, while they seek a means of support else- 

A document of more than two folios. 

Inspeximus by Bp. Robert of Sarum, of an order made by the fol, 453. 
papal commissaries in a cause between the rector of Whitcherch, Hugh 
de Greneford, and the Abbey of Abbedesbury, about the tithes of 


Order made by Robert, Abbot of Malmeabury and other commissaries fol. 4S3 in dors. 
in a dispute between Richard the parson of Whitcbei-ch and William 
Heiron lord of Cememue about the chapel of Cernemue. 

Fiaal concord about the same, fol- *^*- 

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[^ Charter Bobert de Mandevile, graDting to St. Wite and to the church 

s^ of Witechvirch the land U Bere. 

indora. Agreement made betTceen John do Chideok, Knight, lord of 
Chidiok, and the D. and C. of Wells, abont a place near the chapel of 

Institution of William de Wells as parson of Whitcberch on the 
presentation of Bobert de Mandevil, bj Bp. Herbert of Sarum. Jtn. . 
23, Anno pontif 21°. 

Order made by the Abbot of Mahneabary and the other 
about the pension of Cernemue. 

Institution by Bp. Bichard of Sarum of Hugh de Oreneford into the 
Church of Whitcberch on the presentation of Kobert de Mandevile. 

Confirmation by Josceline son of Hubert, canon of Wells, and 
Beginald KnJht of a sale of a tenement by Adam canon of Wells to 
Milo the chaplain, which Adam has brought ftom John de Cardevill 
and Mirabella bis sister. Test: Canon Henry de London, &c. 

Littera procuratoria of the Chapter of Sarum, A.D. 1239. 

Final Concord made between Galfrid de Maudevill, and Bp. Josceiifee 
and the Chapter of Wells, &c, about the advowscn of Witchnrch. — The 
advowBon of the Vicarage is to belong to the Bp. of Bath, and the 
Chapter promise that the said Galfrid and his heirs shall be participabDis 
in the benefit of all prayers in the said Church. 

!. De honore de Merswode. 

King John to all men, &c., recognitnm est in curia nostra, &t- 
" Senior" held the said Barony, and had a son Bobert de Mandevill; 
the same Bobert had a son Galfrid de Mandevill scilicet Galfrid de 
Cotre, who begat Bobert de Mandevill father of Robert de Mandevill 
who claims the Barony. The eaid Galfrid, senior, after the death of 
the mother of the aforesaid Bobert de Mandevill, married again aad 
had a son, Badulf de Mandevill, who after his father's death held the 
Barony by the will of the King because he was a better knight than his 
elder broUier. The said Badulf had a daughter Dionisia who married 
William son of John, then Seneschal of Normandy, and bore Henry ie 
Tilly, Ac. We therefore have restored (reddidimus) to the aforratud 
Bobert de Mandevill, who was bom of the eldest son and was the 
true heir of the said Galfrid de Mandevill, Senior, the Barony, &c. 
Given at Porecestre. May 24. Anno regni 8°. 

Large volume marked D. of 1 28 folios containing copies of Indentures, 
&c., A.D. 1535-1646. 

March 20, 33 H. VIII,, grant by the Chapter to Walter Cretyng oi 
" the rome of too copies within the walls from the end of the worke- 
house situate in the Cameiy of thesowthe syde of the foresaide Cathe- 
dral church towards the west end of the same workhouse, containing by 
eslimation xvi. foote of length, to make a stable, and all the whole lofte 



over all the eaide workhonse, witli a little orchard there lyeiog, and the Wku* 
herbage of the swd Camery, Ac,, ifce." ^Mss""" 

Between fols. 6 and 7 there are 5 folios blank. 

MaDumiaaion, by the Bishop, of the family of Goodriehe, nativus of foi. t. 
Banwell, " ab omni jugo eervitutis villenagii." 
Given at Banwell, Oct. 18, A.D. 1533. 
Confirmed by the Chapters of Bath and of Wells, A.D. 153S. 

Grant by Bishop John of an annuity of £20 secured upon the manor fol. 9 b Aote. 
of Pokelcburch " dilecto nobis in Christo magnifico el precellenti viro 
Thome Cromewell, armigero, sereniasimi et potentissimi principis Hen- 
rici octavi Anglis, &c. , . . ac ecclesie Angliaane in terrS, sub 
Christo snpremi capitis, primario secretario, propter preclara illius in 
nos merita, et pro ejus bono et sano consilio, et auxilio tarn nobis hac- 
tenus impenals quam nobis et snccessorihua in posterum impendendis, 

Dec. 22, 27 H. VIII. 

John Chamber, the Treasurer, Walter Cretying, Archdeacon of Bath, fol. lo in dors. 
Robert Byase, and John Gy, canons, appointed by the Chapter to pro- 
duce on their behalf before llionias Ci'umwell, &c. &c. vicegerent of the 
king, &G., &c. " Librum Ordinalis et statutorum eccl. cathedralis WeU 
lenBis et verum ejusdem, libri exemplar, ac onmes et singulas bullas sen 
scripta sive rescripts papistica in archivis nostris reperta, necnon plenum 
et fidele Inventarium iudentatum omnium et 'aingulorum JocaUum et 
denariorum in Thesanraria ejusdem ecclesie cathedralis WeJlensis rema- 
nentium et existentinm . . , Predictumque librum, &c. (collatione 
. . facta) atque nnam partem dicti Inventarii prefatis procurat«ribus 
. . retradi, &c. iruramentum insuper quodcumque in bac parte . , 
reqnisitum in animas nostras prestandum, &c. 

Given in the Chapter House, Jan. 31, A.D. 1535. 

Similarly, Mr, Richard Eryngton, and Roger Edgeworth, Professor of f"'' • ^ '" ^^'^■ 
Theology, canons rfc<udentiary of Wells, are appointed by the Chapter to 
produce before Thomas Orutnwell, &c., &c., &c. ''Omnia et singula 
scripta, cartas sive munimenta originalia dicte ecclesie, donationes, appro- 
priationes, porttones et pensiones, omnium et singularum ecclesiarum, 
parochialium eidem ecclesie cathedrali appropriatarum, fundationesque 
et ordinationea omnium cantariarum in eadem fundatarum, necnon 
omnes bullas . . . et Inventarium omnium Jocalium et denariomm 
&c. juramentum quoque in hac parte reqnisitum . . prestanduni, 8rc. 

Given in the Chapter Houae, April 22, A.D. 1536. 

Appointment by the Chapter of Polydore Vergil, Archdeacon of Wells ; fol. 12. 
John Chambre, the Treasurer ; Walter Cretyng, Archdeacon of Bath ; 
and John Naae, canons of Wells ; to be proctors in the convocation to be 
holden in St. Paul's on June 9. 

Given in the Chapter House, June 1, A.D. 1536. 

The Tythe corn, al' the Tythe Sheyf, of the parsonage at Chai-de, and 
the Barne and garden, let by William Eawlyns, provost of Wella, and 
parson of Chorde, to John Palle of Charde. 

The rent for the Tithe corn or eheaf of Elderchard ia f 3 13s. 4rf.; 

. of Tatieworth is £i 13s. id. ; of Southcrcherde £3 10s. Od. ; of Ker- 

mercberde £i 3*. id. ; of Fortbington £3 iOs. Od. ; of Demenae hinds 

£2 ; of the Town 3s. id. The rent of the pasture of the parsonage 

garden 6s. 8rf. 



Beserving to the said Provost the " Chester corn." The said J, PuUe 
ia also to find for the horBes of the officers of the said Frovoet, good and 
BufEcieDt hay, with plenty of litter, and 2 bushels of oats, on a payment 
of l^rf. a day and night, onco or twice in the year for the space of two 
days each time. And Bimilarly for the Provost's horses for one week 
every year, at the rate of lid. for every horse for each day and night. 

March 6, 27 H. VIIL 

Lease by the Chapter of Buckland Abbbts parsonage and its 
appurtenances, to WiUiun Bonde of the same place, yeoman of the 
Kkig's guard. 

June 4, 29 H. VIII. 

Petition from the Chapter to the Bishop for liceoce to elect a Dean in 
the place of Bichard Wolemfin, deceased. 

Sept. 23, A.D. 1537. 

Grant by the Bishop to Thomas Wiyotehesley, Armiger, and William 
Peter, D.L., of the next preseotaUon of Litton prebend. 

Given at Baowell, Sept. 23, A.D. 1527. Probably an error for 
A.D. 1537. 

Collation by the Dean and Chapter (do names given) to Bishop 
Erghum's Chantry, at the altar of S. Osmund, on the south side of the 
Nave of the Cathedral, o£ John Herpole, presbiter. 

Sept. 29, A.D. 1537. 

The King's letter. 

To our trustie and wellbelovyd the president and chapitre of our 
Cathedral Church of Wellys. 

Trustie and welbelovyd we grete you weU. And for asmocbe as 
upon significacion by our letters made unto you of our detertnynacton 
for the preferment of our right trustie and welbelovyd counsaillour the 
lorde pryvye scale to the rome of the deane in that ia our cathedrall 
churche of Wells as wc understonde with a right honest and a lovinge 
Borte ye have been confentyd therein to grutifie us. And soo have pro- 
ceeded thereunto so farre as with thobservacion of your laudable 
ceremonyes in that behalf accustomyd ye have elected chosen and 
enslalled our sayd counsaillour in the saide deanery. To thyntent ye 
shulde knowe y' we doo accept and take yonr proceeding in the »me in 
mosle thankfuU parte we thought yt convenyent for ua not onely by 
these our letters to geve untc you therefore our expresse and condigne 
thankea. But also to advertyse you y* in all your reasonable pursutes we 
shall soo fiu^her declare our good favour and afieclion towards yon and 
every of youe as ye shall have cause to thinke your confynuyty therein 
well employed. Geven under our sygnett at Asher the fyrste day of 

Grant by the Bishop John of the Advowson of the Archdeaconry of 
Wells upon the next vacancy, pro hac vice tantum, t« the King. 

Given at Banwell, Oct. 5, A.D. 1587. 

"Et nos Thomas Crumwell, miles, dominus Crumwell decanus 
ecclesie Cathedralb S. Andree Wellen," and the Chapter confirm it. 

Thomas Crumwell, &c.,'&c., decanus, and the Chapter, appoint Walter 
Dennys, miles; John Fryse, generosus; Thomas Swetman, Rector of 
Syaton, and Richard Wall, curate of Weaterley in Worcester diocese, to 
be their proctors for the Idng's visitation, and for the questions raised 
about the impropriate chnrch of Pokelchnrch. 

Given in the Chapter House, Oct. 15, A.D. 1637. 



An ladenture aboat Aahbury paraonage, in Berkshire, ie confirmed ^'^''l.t, 
bj Bp. John ; Williaiu, the Prior of Ba^ ; and by Thomas Crum- uas. 

well, Knight, &o., &c., Dean of WellB, and the Chapter, Oct, 24, , , „, — 
39 H. VIII. ^'"- ^'■ 

An Indenture about Thome S. Mai^aret's, confirmed by Thomas f"'- 26- 
Cramwell, the Dean, and the Chapter of Wells, on May 8, A.S. 1538. 

A grant of land at Chard, conarmed by William Prior of the Cathedral '<>'■ 26 in dor*. 
Church of Bath on May 28; and by Thomas Cramwell, the Dean, and 
the Chapter of Wells, on June 6, A.D. 1538. 

Collation of William ffenwyke. Chaplain, to the Chantry of Stephen fol. 57. 
Hull at the altar of S. Stephen in the Cathedral of Wells, by Thomait 
Crurawell, the Dean, and the Chapter. June 14, A.D. 1S38. 

An Indenture about Hengstridge prebend, confirmed by Thomas 
Cramwell and the Chapter. Aug. 12, A.D. 1538. 

A similar confii-mation by William, Prior of Bath, and by Thomas fol. as. 
Cromwell, Dean of Weils, and the Chapter, of the Bishop's grant to 
Nicholas FitzJames of the park at Ev^ercreech, on Oct. 10 and Oct. 20 
respectively, A.D. 1538. 

Thomas Crumwell acts as Dean in granting a reversion to Thomas 
Parry, on Nov. 30, A.D. 1538. 

A similar confirmation by William, the Prior of Bath, and Th. Crum- fol. 30 sna 30 
well, thi! Dean &e. of Wells, Nov. 2, A.D. 1 538. in dors. 

Order by Bishop John, as Commies ary for the King, with reference to 
the 30 marcs annually paid by the direction of Bp. Joceline for the 
(Iwly service of the Blessed Virgin at Her Altar in the Cathedrul ; 13 
Vicars Choral are appoiuied to that service ; the sum of £6 8s. -id. is also 
paid annually by his direction by the Provost of the Cathedral for a. 
certain " misea de requiem jam vulgariter Nuucupata ' Martyns Miisse,' 
duly in the chapel of S. Martin justa funlem in dicta ecclesia oithe- 
draU," by six vicars choral, on behalf of the souls of Bp. Savaric, his 
successors, and all benefacfors of the Church. Inasmuch as the duty of 
seeing that the statutes of these foundations are carried out lies with the 
Bishop, but he is frequently compelled to be absent from Wells upon 
urgent business of the realm, and cannot attend to these things in 
person as he ought and would wish, he by and with the advice of the 
Chapters of Bath and of Wells devolves this duty upon the Dean and 
Chapter of Wells, &c., &c. 

Attested by the seals of the Chapters ofBath and Wells, and given 
in the Palace at Wells on Dec. 14, A.D. 1535. 

Confirmed by the D. & C. of Wells, Jan. 2, A.D. 153S. 
Confirmed by William, the Prior of Bath, Jan. 2, A.D. 1535. 

Grant by Bp. John to Thomas Crumwell, &c., &c. (but not called fol, 32. 
Dean of Wells), the right of presentation, for oue turn upon the next 
vacancy, to the office of Provost of the Cathedral. 

Given at Chewe, Dec. I, A.D. 1538. 

Confirmed by the Chapter of Wells on Dec. 7, and by William Hol- 
loway. Prior of Bath, and the Chapter, on Dec. 3, 30 H. VIII. This is 
the last time that any confirmation by the Chapter of Bath occurs. 

A S0S41 . P 

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Ci^SS* Grant by the D. & C. to William Peter, D.L., in return for many 

"k^'' good offices, of an anuuitj of 40 shillioga. 
ly ^ — Given in the Chapter House, Jan. 10, 30 H. VIII. 

foL 86 in doTB. Grant by Bp. John to ThomaB Crumwell de Wilmjngton, nolriUs 
ordinis garterii mllitis, &c., &c. (but not called Bean of Wells), and to 
Thomas Writhealey, and to William Fopley, generosuB, of the pairtmage 
of the Prebend of Dultingcote, for one turn, upon the next vacancy. 

Given at Chewe, Feb. 25, A.D. 1537. 

Collation by Thomas Crumwell, &c., the Dean, and the Chapter, of 
John Smith, junior, a vicar choral, to the Cbantry in the Chapel of All 
Saints in the cemetery called " te palme cburche-yard," with leave to 
absent himself from the night services, as a reward for his great merits, 
and for his diligence in instructing the choristers, and for his great 
labour in composing " nonnultos cantus ad divini cultue augmenta- 

He must provide himself with books "Vulgariter nuncupat: square 
books and pricke songe books," for the choir, for the Chapel of the 
Blessed M&ry, and for the Processions on the principal Feasts, and 
shall leave them to his successors. The gmnt is " quoad vixens at 
vicari us choral is ■ . . ■ extiteris," but if the revenues of the said 
Chantry paid by the Hospital of S. Mark, near Bristol, should fail, he is 
to receive no compensalion from the Chapter, but " saltern prout fortuna 
duxerit in ea parte ens omnino contentua." 

Given in the Chapter House, WeUs, May 13, A.D. 1538. 

Until the above entry T. Cr(»nweU has not been mentioned by name 
as Dean of Wells since the entry on fol. 30. The entries are simply 
" The Dean and Chapter," until fol. 3d in dors. 
M 37 in dors. Petition of the Dean aud Chapter to the King. Inasmuch as their 
statutes " jam nuper per statuta et leges regni vestri Anglie justissime 
abolita , . . adnullata, &c., sunt, nulliusque momenti jam merito 
habita sunt," tbey petition the King to ordain new statutes. Dec. 6, 
A.D. 1538. 

foL 39 in dors. Presentation by William Bowreman, the Sub-dean, and the Chapter 
(decano dicte ecciesie absente), of Richard Adam to H. HuBeefs Chm- 
try, at the Altar of S. Calixtua. 

June 18, A.D. 1539. 
fol. 42. Grant by Bishop John to Thomns Crumwell " ordinis garterii inditi, 

ac sigilli privati lUuBtrissimi domini Regis Custodi," of all the messuage, 
tenement, and garden adjacent, &a. in the parish of S. Bartholomew's 
the Less in London, now held by Patrick Prouse, " mercator ecissor," 
with authority to his attorneys, Thomas Clarke, armtger, and Balph 
Hopton, generosus, to enter and give possession. June 30, A.D. 
31 H. VIII. 

Confirmed by the Dean and Chapter, July 5, A.D. 1539. 

fol. 4S In doFB. Grant by the Bishop to Edwai'd, Earl of Hertfort^ of the next pre- 
sentation of the Canonry and Prebend of Compton Episcopi. 
Given in London, June 22, A.D. 1539. 
Confirmed by the D. & C. on Sept. 30 of the same year. 

Similar grant of the next presentation of the Prebend of Tymbers- 
combe, to Mr. John Gostvike, armiger ; John Roke, of L<mdon, gene- 
rosus ; and Robert Bobe, a servant m the King's. 

Given May 31, A.D. 1539. 

Confirmed by the D. & C, Oct, 25 of the same yeai-. 

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Gcukt by the Bishop to his brother Thomas Gierke, and his daughter ?£^r, 
Alice, of the reversion of a close in Wells called the West Qarden hbS. 

laods in Westbnry, Congresbury, Wellyngton, Wyke by Pockelchurch, , , r~ 
atarentof£6 7«. 4(/. 

Given at Chewe, Nov. 10, 31 H. Vin. 

Appointmoit by Thomas Cmmwell, miles, dominua Crumwell, foL 44. 
decanua, with the consent of the Chapter, of W. Butler to be Bailiff of 
Bempston Hundred ; to have the custody of the park at Wedrnwe ; 
and also of the Woods of the Hundred, with wages 20s., 13a, id^ and 
6». 8d. for the several offices. 

Given Dec. 1, 31 H. VIII. 

Confirnied by himself as Dean, and by the Chapter, in the Chapter 
Bouse on the same day. 

Grant by the Bishop W his brother Thomas Clerke de Wokey, and fol. 45. 
to Thomas Horocr de Melles, generosus, of the next presentation (^ the 
parish Church of Laverfon. 

Given at Wells, Jan. 20, 25 H, VIII. 

Confirmed by the Chapter, Jan. 8, A.D. 1539, 31 H. VIII. 

Lease by John Chanibre, the Treasurer, to Christopher Newton offol. 43 in dors. 
Westminster, Yeoman, of all the parsonage of Martock and its appurte- 
nances for £59 a year, Dec. 30, 31 H. VIII. 

The premises are described. 

Grant by the Bishop of the Advowson of the Church of HentoD toL 48. 
S. George, to Hugh Powlett, relative and heir of John Gyfford, lord of 
the manor of Henton. The said Advowson had once belonged to the 
said manor, but it hud come into the hands of the Bbhop of B. tt W. 

by lapse, and been in his possession for long time. 
Given ia the Palace at Wells, March 15, A.D. 1539. 
" Vacat" is placed against this entry. 

Grant by James Fit^James, the Chancellor, of the Advowson of the (bL 61. 
Vicarage of Kyngsbury, to his natural sister Thomasine FitzJames. 
Given at Wells, Dec. 22, 31 H. VIII. 

Indenture between Bishq> John and Eaufe Pylkyngton, Citizen and fol. 51 in dors. 
Haberdasher of London. The Bishop grants and lets to the said K. P. 
for 40 years, at a rent of £1 7«. Sd. " AH that his hall called the fryer's 
hall, with parlour, Botry, and iiii. chambers called the fryers chambers, 
uid a garden therto and adjoyning with th appurtenances sette lying 
and beyng within the precincte of the late dissolved Monastery of the 
Mynores withoute Aldgete of London (excepts and alwayes reserved 
unto the saide Busshuppe at suche tymes as the same Busshoppe sliall 
happen to resorto and abyde at the said lale Monastery duryng his lyfe 
natural), too of the saide chambres, and the saide garden with free in- 
gresse and egrcsse in to and from the same at all tymcs during his saide 
abode there"). 

Made on June 9, 32 H. VIII. 

Confirmed by the D. & 0., June 11, A.D. 1540. 

A similar Indenture between the Bishop and Alice, wiilow of Thomas 
Lnpsett, Citizen and Goldsmith of London. 

The Bishop grants to her, for 28 years at a rent of 10 shillings, "all 
that his too lowe chambers and k^ihjn with their t^purtenances sett 
and being neer the Churche within the precincte of the said Busshoppes 

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, Wblls place, without Al^ate in London, late called the Minorca, whiche too 
*'"m8S.**'' chambers be nowe m the holding of the saide Alice." 
— Made Jnne 22, 32 H. VIII. 

Confirmed by die D. & C, Jnne 26, A.D. 1540. 

fot. 53. The petition of W. Bowennan, the Subdean, and the Chapter of WeUsr 

to Bp. John, for licence to elect a Dean "qnod decaoatas predictns 
ucclesie veetre cattedrsliB per attinctnram et mortem Thome Cnunwellr 
Comitis Essex, nltimi Decani ejuadem, iinper vacavit o( vacat in pre' 
sent! atque decani solatio desitatns est &c." 
Given in die Chapter House, Not. 2, A.D. 1540. 

The Bishop grants the licence, becanse "a regia majcBtate nobis con- 
ccssnm sc auctoritato parliament! provisara ut nobis juxta constitutiones 
antiquas ejnsdem ecclesie hojusmodi licentinm concedcndi impostei'nm 
reman ei-et, Ac." 

Given in hoepitio noatro London extra Aldgate, Dec. 3, A.D. 1540. 

fol. 54 in dors. Presentation by the Chapter to S. Cuthbert's Vicarage, addressed to 
Arcbbp. Thomas, the see of B. & W. being vacant. 
Jan. 26, A.D. 1540. 

fol. S.I. Petition of Dean ffitzwilliam and the Chapter to the King for licence 

to elect a Bishop. 
Feb. 8, A.D. 1640. 

fol. 57. Grant bj John ffitzJames, Prebendary of Whitchurch, of the 

Advowson of Benagre to his brother Nicholas, armiger. 
March 5, A.D. 1540. 

fol. 57 in don. The King's licence for the election of a Bishop. 
Given at Grenewyche, April 9, 32 H. VIII. 

fol. 58. The Chapter to the King, that they have elected as Bishop William 

Knight, Archdeacon of Bichmond, iSec. 
April 23, A.D. 1541. 

fol. 59. Collation by the D. & C. of B' Webhe to Bp's. Eighum's Chantry. 

Juno 30, A.D. 1541. 

Grant by the Bishop of the Advowson of the Treasurer's office, and 
the Church of Martock, to "John Russell ordinb gartcrii militi domino 
Bussell ct Magno 'Anglia Admirallo, fi'rancisco Bryan, militi, et 
Anthonio Denny, armigero private camere domini nostri regis, generoso, 
ct Johanni Chaniber, decano capelle regie S. Stephani infra palatinm 

Given July 18, A.D. 1541. 

Confirmed by the D. & C. on July 28. 

foL 59 in dors. The Advowson of the Vicart^eof Martock is granted by the above- 
named John Chamber, M.D., ttc, to the Bishop and to the Subdean of 
Wells, to John Daykn, D.L., and Cuthbert Walker, byman, Jaly 2, 
A.D. 1541. 

M. 50. A similar grant by the same te the same of the Vicarage of Wyvelis- 

combe. July 2, A.D. 1541, 

Gi'ant by the Bp. William of a piece of ground " in pomerio palatii 
nostri Wellen vocat ' the Busshop's Chamerey,' " containing 200 ft. in 
length, and 54 ft. from the wall of the pasture of the Cathedral called 

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Given at Chewe Magna, Sept. 1, 33 H. VIII. — 

9 yeaiB. M. 6S in don 

Another Indenture about the sarae. Feb. 21, 33 H. VIII, fol. ti. 

Grant by Bp. William to John Lord Bassell, and to Francis Brjan, M. 74 in don. 
or the next present&tion eitlier to the Archdeaconry of Bath, the Pre- 
bends of Compton Duudon, or tho Prebend of Whitelackyi^^ton, to 
wliiehever of thein first falls vacant. June 26, A.D, 1 543. 

fe C. to Bp. Erghiim's Chantry. June 30, A.D. fol. 75. 

Grant by the Bishop of the next presentation of the Prebend of foL 75 in don. 
Yatton to Thomas Duke of Xortblk. July 8, A.D. 1543. 

A similar grant of the Prebend of S. Decnman's to Robert Palmer, fol. 76. 
B.L., John Marshall, Guthbert Walker, generosus, and William 

Given in the Palace at Wells, June 28, A.D. 1543. 

Another Indenture about die parcel of ground In the Minores, lately fol. 77. 
called " the lavondrie, which late Monastery now by the King's 
Msjestie's grant is gyven by way of exchaunge for to be the manour 
or l<%yng of the Busshop of Bath and Wells, for the tyme being for 
ever. And the s^d grownde conteyneth in length fourtie foote betwest 
the way that leadeth towards the olde gate by the welt on the 
west syde, and the late Church wall of the same estwarde. And in 
breode xxxvi. foote betwexte the way of the north syde of the saide late 
monastery, and the buttrie of the same southwarde, wherin nowe 
standyth olde deformed lud ruynouse buldyngs, which saide olde 
buldyugs the said John Moore promiseth by these presents to reedifie 
and repayre, and to make in the saide place an apt and convenient 
mansion house to dwell in at his owne coats uid chaise. And also 
the said Busshop for himself and hb successors, by the consent of the 
Dean and Chapter aforesaid, doth demise . . to the said John 

Moore one garden place within the precincte aforesaide lyeng in length 
by the sowthewall of the saide late monastery and ext^dyng estward 
towards the common draught-house and westward to the corner of the , . - ■ 

Bryke house parcetl of the said manor place or lodgyng aforesaide." 

The lease is for three score years at a rent of Ss. a year. May 20, 
35 H. VIII. 

Indenture between the King and John Aylworth, junior, of Wells and fol. 78. 
London, by which the latter is to have the House or Hospital of S. John 
the Baptist lately dissolved, with the bouses and lands belonging to it 
(all specified), for 21 years at a rent of £6 4s. lOrf. 

Given Sept. 20, 31 H. VIII. This is confirmed by the Bishop, 
quantum in nobis est, with the consent of the Dean and Chapter, for 
another 60 years, that ia from the 1st of the present month of August 
for the term of 77 years- 
Given on Aug. 1, 35 H. VIII. 

CoUation by the D. & C. " Auctoritate fulciti illustrissimi fol. SO. 

principis .... Henrici &c.,&c.," of one of the four Chantries founded 
on behalf of Bp. Bubwith. Oct. AJ^. 1543. 

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Cii^DRii, Grant by ihe Bishop "Auctoritate regis fulcitus" toCtithbert Walkw 

HBS. Robert Palmer, and William Stroker, of the next presentalion to the 

fill SB. office of Treasurer together with the Cbnrch of Martock, &c. 

' Given at Wyveliscombe, Dec. 18, A.D. 1543. 

fol.8S A similar grant lo Cnthbert Walker, Galfrid Tipton, and John 

Galowaj of the next presentation to the Chancellorship. 
Given at the same time and place as tbe last. 

161.88. Similar grant of the nest presentation of tlio Prebend of ComploD 

Episcopi to John Pascal of Great Eadowe in Essex. 
Given at Wyveliscombe, Jan. 12, A.D. 1543. 

Similarly the Prebend of Combe III. to Walter Cretyng, D.L., 
Richard D^ye, generosus, and William Porter, yeoman. 
Given at Wyveliscombe, Jan. 29, A.D. IS43. 

foL 86 in don. Similarly the Prebend of Eston in Gordano to John Tregonwell, 
D.L. Jan. 20, A.D. I&*1. 

The Bishop to the Most Illustrious Princess Katherine . . . Queen, and 
to the Noble William Earl of Essex. Has granted to them the neil 
presentation of the Prebend of Yatton. 

Given at Wyveliscombe, March 19, A.D. 1543. 
f^ 98^ Indenture between Thomas Leight, gentleman, of the Middlft Temple, 

and George Parsons, yeoman, servant to Sir Thomas Awdeley, knight, 
Lord Awdeley, of Walden, and Lord Chancellor of England. Tiie latter 
is to have the parsonage at Bokeland Denham, glebe lands, tithes, &c, 
&c., saving only the Advowson of the Vicarage, for 60 years at a yearly 
rent of £B 6«. 8d. March 16, 35 H. VIII. 

A>L 91 In dors. Grant by the Bishop of the next presentation of AishuU prebend to 
John Hytlacre, generosus. 

Given in the Palace at Wells, Ajwil 15, 35 H. VIII. 

Presentation by the Chapter (decano in remotls agente} to the Chantry 
of H. Hasee. May 13, A.D. 1544. 

fbl. 99. To our tmstie and welbelovyd the dean and Chapter of Wells and in 

thabsencB of the dean to the cbapitow there. Somersedshire. 

By the kyng. 
fid, 93. Trusty and welbelovid we greate yon well. And wher as betwene us 

and themperour upon provocation of manifold injuries committed by the 
frenche kyng unto ns both perticnlerly and for his confederation with 
the Turke agaynstc tholl common wealth of Christendom. It ys agreed 
that ecbe of ns a parte in persoune with hia puissaunt arm^ in .sevwall 
p&rties this somer shall invade the realme of ffraunce we late yon wite 
that having not yet appoynted so greate a noniber for that purposeiie ys 
necessary upon the good opinion we have of you with ernest good wyfl 
to 'see us fumiabed as to our honour apperteyneth we have appoynted 
you to send the nomher of forty bable footemen whereof viii to be 
archers every one furnished with a good bow in a case and xxiiiigood 
arrowea in a case a good sword and a dagger. And the rest to be byll 
men having besides there bylles every of them a good sword and ■ 
dagger to be levied of your owne servaunts tennants and others fforseinf 
tht^ if any other man having tenants within any your manonrs A lord' 
shipps be by our letters appoynted to make ns any men ye shall hne 
the pi-eferment of the makyng of the aatae his tenants to serr« us in tbi> 

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journey not EaylytDg to have your eaid men in enche aredinea furnished 
with cotes and hose of suche colours as yg appoynted for oar Reregard 
as they fayle not to be at our towne of dover die xii day of June. Wher 
order his taken for theire transportacion accordingly. 

Geven nnder our Hignet at our polaice of Westminster the xxv day of 
May the xzxvi yere of our reigne. And our further is that in any vyse 
you send us the saide nomber being all pyked and hable men as ye 
tender thadvauncement of our affaires and for the contrary therof wylbe 
put to the losse of theire cotes condncte and hameys. 

Given at Wyveliscombe, March 10, 35 H, VIII. 

The Bishop grants the next presentation to the Vicarage of Chard ; fol. lOO. 
Fol. 100 in dors, that of the Prebend of Combe II. i Fol. 101 that of the 
Prebend of Combe V. to diverse p«8ons. A.D. 1544. 

The Prebend of Combe VII. and foL loa, 

the Church of Cristen Malvern in Samm diocese are similarly dealt fol. lOSindon. 

Collation by the D. & C. " anctoritate . . . domini Henrici " to the 'ol- !"■ 
Chantry of S. Edmund. Dec 10, A.D. 1544. 

Grant by the Bishop of the next presentation to the Archdeaconry of fol. 104 in dors, 
Taunton to several persons, viz., to Richard Morysin, generosus, John 
Dankiog, D.L., and Cuthbert Walker, generosus. 

Given at Sanwell, Aug, 12, A.D. 1544. 

The next presentation to the Prebend of Combe XIIII. granted by the M- 1 n. 
Bishop to three persons named. 

That of Whitchurch similarly to Lord Audeley. That of Eaton in fol. Ill in dors. 
Gordano to John Tregonwell. 

From the Erie of Hertforde. foL 115. 

After my hartie commendacions. Wheras I am enformed by this 
bersT whom heretofore I preferred unto the prebend of my donation 
there that ye withotde from him the canonicall house incident to the 
same by colour of a lease thereof heretofore to you made by thabbot and 
convent of the late Monaaterye of Mochelney which I suppose ye wolde 
be lothe to stande to yf ye well considered the lawe in that case before 
this established thendempnitie wherof for the good will I here you I 
wolde be lothe ye shiilde incnrre, have therfore thoughte good to will 
and require you at the contemplation herof to pennitte and snfh^ him to 
enbree theranto and to enjoy the same aa of righto he ought to doo, 
rather than othwwise to move any matier that might tume you to dis- 
pleasnre not doubtyng but that ye woll consider my good wyll therin 
and thanckfully foUowe myne advice and request so that ye sliall have 
no jnst occasion of further pursute in that foehalfe. Thus hartelly fare 
you well. 

At the Court the x"' of Maye 1595. 

Grant by Uie Bishop to tbe Kins of the Manor of Wykein Gloucester- fol. lie in dors, 
shire, " certis de causis me epecialiter moventibus." 
Given at, Wyveliscombe, June 20, 37 H. VIII. 

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13S in don. 


CilmMiL Grant by the Bishop to the Lord Thomas Wriothealey, Chaacellor of 
H8S, Engbnd, of an annuity of £20. 
tol. liriiidor*. *^'™° "' ^^lie, Sept. 18, A.D. 1545. 

fol. 118. Collation by the D. & C. to the Chantry of Bp. Erghimi, at S. 

Edmund's altar. Oct. 1, A.D. 1545. 

Grant by the Bishop of the next presentAtion to the Precentorship, 
to Lord Wryothesley. 
Given at Wyveliscombe, Oct. 3, A.D. 1545. 

fol. ll9indoH. Collation by the D. & C. to the Chantry of Bp. Erghum. Oct. 15, 

A.D. 1545. 
fol. 131 in dow. Wftirant by Dean ffitzWiiliam tor Thomas Gierke, armiger, to have 

every year nnum damum in summer, and unam damam iu Trinter from 

the park »t Wedmore. June 1, 3a Hen. VIII. 

Collation by the D. A C. to the Chantry of Bp. Bubwitb. Not. 4, 
A.D. 1546. 

A similar collation on Nov. '25. 

Grant by William Rawlyns, the provost, of the next presentation of 
the Vican^s of Combe S. Nicholas and of Wynesham, to Humphry 
Browne, knight, and to William Fawlett de Gothurst. Nov. 26, 
37 H. VIII. 

All the above Episcopal grants are confirmed by the Dean and 

Besides the documents noted above, there are others referring to 
Advowsons, Annuities, and to the Churches and Manors of Ashill, Ash- 
bury, Bladeney, Banwell, Buckland Abbots, Buckluid Dinham, Bum- 
ham, Complon Ep*, Compton in Berks, Congresbury, Charde, Cranmore, 
Chew, Cheddar, Cutcombe, St. Decumau's, Curry, Everci-eech, Huish, 
Hengestridge, Hinton St. George, Kingsbury, Loviugton, IJdyeard, 
Mudford, Marke, Okehampton, Pucklechurch, Sfaipham, Stogumber, 
Wansirow, Wiveliscorabe, Wellington, Wyke St. Lawrence, West 
Hatch, Whitchurch, Winsham, Winseombe, Wookey, Wraxnll, Yatton, 
and buainoss matters of all kinds relating to the Cathedral. 

There are also eleven manumissions in the volume (which conlaios 
128 folios) and a good Table of Contents at the beginning. 

Volume £., a continuation of Vol. D. as far as A.D. 1565. It con- 
tains 155 folios, and there is a good Table of Contents at the beginning 
in a later hand. 

The first entry with the marginal note " A speciall good Note to be 

" Mem., that whensoever the Deane and Cluster shall suffre or 
susteane any prejudyce, loase, or dammage by teceavyng of rent, and by 
receavyng of the same rent, ratyfye any Lease, that for remedy of that 
dammage, the saide Deane or Chapiter or there assignes, shall first entr^ 
and in that entry, if it be in houses, to avoide tlie house of all moner of 

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persons within the same, and yf it be in groundes to nvoide the same of Weim 
all and all maner of cattell in and npon the some groundea." "^'mIS."^ 

The three following entries are in a different hand and ink t'rom the 
rest, and are out oE order. 

^An order by the Qneen addressed to Stephen Payne and the other 
teoanta for the diaposttion of the rerenues of Combe St, Nicholns, 
pending the dumtion of a suit about them arising from a question about 
the possession of the Deanery, between John Goodman, clerk, and 
WiUiam Torner. 
Given at Westminster, Nov. 28, 3 Eliz. 

Commission issued by tfae Queen to Matthew, Archbp. of Canter- fol. i in don. 
bury ; Anthony Cooke, knight; Thomas Sack ford, and Richard Good- 
riche, armiger, and Thomas Tale, D.L., to decide upon the controversy 
between John Goodman, clerk, and William Turner, Dean of Wells, 
which had been examined into also by Thomas, Ai-chbp. of York ; 
Alexander Kowell, Dean of S. Paul's ; Thomas Davys, D.L.; and John 
Halea, armiger, as Oommiesioners. 

Given at London, March 15, A.D. 1660. 

An order by the Queen addressed to John Goodman that he forth- 
with, under a penalty of £1,000, vacate the Deanery, and sarrender it 
and all the decanal property to William Tamer, until the suit between 
the two shall have been decided. 

Given at Redgrave, March 21, 3 Eliz. 

Then follow two blank folios and the pageing begins again. 

An Indenture between the D. & C. and R. Evans of Wells, about a fbl. 1. 
tenement in " the New Work " in Wells. Oct. 8, 38 H. VIIT. 

There are a great many references in these two volumes D. and E. 
to this " New- work." 

Manumission by the Bishop of John Butler of Kingsbury, and all his fol. s. 
Given at WyveKscombe, Feb. 16, 37 H. VIII. 

There are four other manumissions in this volume. 

Grant by the D. & C. to John Russell, knight, Lord Privy Seal, &c., M. 3 in don. 
of the office of Seneschal for all their properties, " in guerris sive aliis 
oegotiis domini nostri regis " with a stJary of £4 a year, saving to 
William Portman and to Henry Portman, hia sou, all the rights thoy 
now possess as seneschals " quoad curias nostras tcnenda, et alia agenda 
quod officium Senescballi capitalis maneriorum, &c." ■ 

Given in the Chapter House, April 23, 38 H. VIII. 

Grant for life with a salary of £2, to Waud H. Portman, as in the fol. t. 
last and on the same day. 

Grant for life by W. Bawlvns, Provost, of the office of Supervisor and toL a in dors. 
Receiver of all the Manors within his jurisdiction, to his relative George 
Poolett, generosus, with a salary of £4 a year, 

April 6, 37 H. Vni. 

Grant to Anthony Browne, nobiUs ordinis garterii miles, &c., of the f),i. s. 
office of Seneschal ad guerras, &c,, for life as before granted to Lord 
Russell, but now with a salary of £5 a year. 

Given on April 28, 38 H. VIJI. 

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Wbu* Grant bj the D. & C. to Edward, Earl of Hertford, h<s., of the pre- 

^SSf^ wntatiou of the Vicarage of Bnckland Abbots, now vacant b}! the deatii 

~~ of John Strongei M. A. 

™- *■ Giren on June 1, 38 H. VIII. 

fol. 8 in Aon. Grant hy Bp. William, with the consent of the Chapter, of the next 
presentation of Ayshbury, to John Lord Rnesell, &c., to John Tr^on- 
well, DX., and Anthony Belassis, D.L. 

Gii'en at Wyveliscombe, July 14, A.D. 1546. 

A similar grant of Whitchurch Vicarage to Thomas Lord Wriothe«ley, 
Chancellor, &e. 

Given at WyveliBcombe, Sept. 6, A.D, 1546. 

fol, 9. Grant by Bp. William, with the consent of the Chapter, to Geoffry 

Upton for life, of the office of Custodian of the Palace at Wells, and 
also of the prison within the palace, commonly called "the Cowe 

He is to have charge not only of the present prisoners but of those 
also who shall hereafter be convicted per jura Anglie . . sen attinc- 
tendos a justiciariis domini nostri regis, sen successorum. 

The Bishop is not to be charged with any expenses beyond those of 
Ordinaiy years (communibus annis) hitherto ; nor is he to be liable to 
the King if pnsoners escape. 

The said G. Upton is to find sureties in £300 that he will hold the 
Bishop harmless before the King for any default. 

The said Q. U. is also to have the two chambers above the prison, and 
another chamber in the New Work, whose door is nearest to the prison, 
with a small stable adjacent, and four loads of firewood from the park 
and two loads of hay. The salary is £13 6s. Od., and " tres viigat 
panni melioris liberature nostre " every year. 

Given at Wyveliscombe, Sept. 16, A.D. 1546. 

fbL 11, Grant by the Bishop, with the consent of the D. & C, of the next 

IM^eaentation of the Prebend of Combe XIII. to John Dakyn, the Chan- 
cellor, William Bowreman, the Sub-dean, and John Kydd, Notary. 
Given at Wyveliacombp, Sept. G, A.D. 1546. 

foL IS in dors. Similarly G. Doygiin, Precentor and Prebendary of Holcomhe, grantf 
the next presentation of that Vicarnge to G. Carew, Archdn : ToUon, 
and two others, and it is confirmed by the Chapter. A.D. 1546. 

foL 16 in dors. Licence of 5 years noD'residence granted by the King, E. VI., with 
consent of the Duke of Somerset and the Council, to George Carew, 
royal chaplain Archdn : of Totton, Canon residentiary in Exeter Cathe- 
dral, and Prebendary of Baiton in Wells Cathedral, with leave to reside 
in foreign parts, " ibidem lingnarum, moram, hominum, et bonarum 
litterarura dieceodarom studio per quinquennium." 
Given at Westminster, March 27, 1 E. VI. 

Appointment by the Chapter of three proctors for the Convocation to 
be held at S. Paul's, Nov. 5. Given Oct. 29, A.D. 1547. 
bl. 17. Petition to the King for licence to elect a Bishop. Oct. 29, A.B. 


Letter from the King's Majestie's Commissioners 
foL 14 in dors. « Xo the Kight Worshipfull and our veary loving Friendes the Presi- 
dent, dignities, Archdeacons, and the Chapitour of Wells — 
Ader our hartie comendacions, 

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Wiiere as at the suite and ernest request of the MkiUrt«rs ef the 
QivircLe of ExceBter, -wee have put downe the iraariag of blaek coopes 
and scapalarB and amyasee of clothe because it ys thought to be a k^nde 
of monkeryc, and now entending to sett aa uniforme ordere through out 
»U our progresBe ; wee requyre you and yeat neverthelesse by the King's 
Majestiea awthoritie uDto ns oomytted, strail^ly charge you that ymedi- 
ately uppoa recept Iierof, all dignitiee, Freben^ries, and other Ministers 
of that Churche do surcease from using or wearing any bhick coope of 
cloth, or scapular of cloth above their aurplesses. And that as well 
yoa within all churches of your peculiar Jarisdictiou, aB alao all Arch- 
deacons, and others having ecclesiastical jurisdiction within the diocese 
of Wells, shall in their Beverall territories gipe comaundment unto the 
Chnrclie Wardens and other the pariahionera from henceforth to sur- 
cease from keping any Churche ales, because it hath byn declared unto 
ns that many inconveniences hath come by them. Nevertheless requiring 
the said Churche Wardens to make yerely collections tor reparation of 
their Chnrches and for austentation of o^er common charges of the 
pariah accordinglic. And that they likewise do abstain from such un- 
measurable ringing for ded peiwrns at theire bnriall and at the fieast of 
All Sowles. And that from hencefurthe they use to ringe oon bell At 
Eoch tyme as sicke persones lyeth in extreme daunger of death that tliey 
which he baile may be put in remembraunce of theire owne mortalitie, 
and also excited to praie unto God for eoche their sicke neighbours, that 
they may pacientlie sufire death if God send it, and the hard panges 
thereof for Christes love who sufired much more for them, and that they 
may so departe out of this life in truefaithe, hope, and charitie as their 
sowles may be afterward receaved unto etemall felicitie to raigne with 
Christ everlaatinglic in the kingedome of heaven. And when the corps 
of any suche dead persons shalbe brought to the Churche to be bmied 
then to . ring also modei^tlie in the time of the obsequies therof and no 
bnger. And fardre wee desire you Mr. Dr. Creting and Mr. Smyth to 
take ordre for the redrssse of the comperts that were delyvered unto 
Ur. Heth and then to certiSe us what you shall doe in the same. And 
Bowebiddoyouhartiliefarewell. Prom Sarisbury the first of Novembre.. 

" Also that the Ministers of your churche and other persons resorting 
thither may upon holy daies have some holsome doctrine for their in- 
struction declared unto theym, wee charge and in the King's M^esties 
aame comauDde you to see that oon of the vicar's priests of that churche 
whome you shall thincke moost« fytte for that purpose doe reade every 
holy daie openlie, plainlie, and distinctely in the quier ymedJatlie after 
the offertory of the high masse oon of the homelies in ordre as they 
stande in the booke, which his highness hatb sett furth for thinntruction 
of his people. And that you do punish soche as shall other negligeotlie 
reade theym, or that shall refuse to do their daetie herin by reteigning 
of their wages and stipend untill such tyme as they have doen tbev 
duetie in that behalf. Tour loving ftends WiUiJEim May, Symon 
Heynes, Walter Buclour, Thomas Totteford." 

" To the right worshipfnll the President and the Chi^itre of Wells. 

" After our right hartie commendations. 
" " Where aa it hath bjn credibly declared unto us that for dyverse gooA 
and honest respects it shuld be more conunodioas both for the reader of 
the divinitie lecture there and also for his auditours that the tyme of the 
TMding thereof shuld be altered and chaunged ffrom thafter none unto 
th^ morning. Wherefore by the vertue of our commission wee take this 
ordre that tVom hencefurthe the same Lecture shalbe had in the quyer of 
Oor Layde Chapell immediatlie before high masse. And that it may be 

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wsLu the more CiHiTeoientlie so done, ;c ehall upon the reading daies omitte 

^^sf^ an<l leave dot the pryme and the faoures any other formour Injunction or 

— comiu&undnieiit to the contrarie gyven notwithstanding. Aud theis we 

mooHt hartelie bydde you farewell, Ffrom London, the 9 daie of 

December, your loving Frends, William Mey, Simon Heynes." 

fo). 18. Mandate of the king, E. VI., for the installation of the Dean. 

The lat« Dean Fitzwilliam having made a complete surrender of the 
Deanery into Ms liands, the King now by virtue of the Act of the 
present Parliament, reconstitutes it, and in the exercise of his rights 
as patron appoints John Goodman, assigns to hiiu the canonical house 
lately occupied by John Dakyn, and orders the Chapter to install him. 

Given on Jan. 7, 1 E. VI. 

Letters patent for the translation of the Bishop of S. David's to Wells. 

InasmtK^ as by an Act of the Parliament commencing Nov. 4, 
1 E. VI., it was ordered that no " conge desljer " be henceforth 
issued for the election of Archbp. or Bishop to any Dean and Chapter, 
bat that the King should appoint by letters patent, &c., &c., the King 
now translates William, Bp. of St. David's to Wells, having chosen him 
not only for bis singular learning, bnt also upon the principle that he 
who has been faitliful in a little should be promoted to greater things. 
The said William is to hold the bishoprick " durante rita oaturali una 
cam omnibus . . possessionibus, &c., &c., tarn spiritualibas qvuan 

Given at Westminster, Feb. 3, 2 E. VI. - 

toL IB in dors. Indenture between the Bishop and Sir Kicholas Foyntz about the 
Manor of Pucklechurch. June 1. 

Confirmed by the Chapter, June 16, A.D. 1548. 

fol. 31 in dora. Indenture between the Biehop, and the High and Mighty Prince 
Edward, Duke of Somerset, &c., &c. The Bishop " as well for great 
somes of money to him beforehand paid by the ^d Duke, as for diverse 
other great considerations him moving, and by the licence of onr 
Sovermgne Lord the King uniler his Great Scale of England, &c. , . 
hath sold unto the said Duke, &c.., his manors of Bsuwell, Wells, Chew, 
Blackford, Welljngton, Cranemerc, and Evercreche, and his burgh of 
Wellyngton, and also his Hundreds of Wells and Wells Forum, Wynter- 
stoke and Chew. And also his parks of Wells, BanwcU and Evercrech. 

Also all his rights and jurisdictions, &c. in all those his manors in 
Somerset, &c, &c. 

Made on July 12, 2 E. VI. 

Confii-med by the Chapter, Janaai7 10. 2 E. VL, A.D. 1548. 

tol. gS. Indenture between the Duke of Somerset and the Bishop, by which 

the Bp. sells to the Duke his manor of Wokey. Feb. 4. 3 E. Vl. 
Confirmed by the Chapter. May 17, A.D. 1549. 

fol. 81 in dors. Letters patent of the President and Chapter. 

Inasmuch as by Act of Parliament, 1 E. VI. a new Deanery was 
established at Wells, and the Deans of earlier dale eigoyed only the 
quotidians of one Canon resident, and that only during Uie Dean's 8 
months of i-esidence, which quotidians were I6d, a day, but ^e said Act 
allots to the Dean the quotidians of the Dean, of the Archdn : of Wells, 
and of the Prebendary of Carry, which quotidiana are 8* . 4dl by the day, 
viz., U. id. for the Dean, 1$. 4d. tor the Archdn. and 8d. for the 
Prebendary, to enjoy as well when absent as when resident; which Act 
was passed without the knowledge of the Chapter and to their great 

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detriment, they now aj^int three of the Canons residentiary, George q.J^! 
Carew, Geui^e Dogeon and Walter Cretyng, to petition the King, usa 

Council, Lords and Commons at this tjme assembled for the redress of ~ 

the said grant of tbi'ee quotidianB to the Dean. 
Dated Nov. 20, 3 E. VI. 

The petition of the Chapter. fol. 33 in 

In it they complain that the Act of 1 E. VI. was piTicured by the 
Dean John Goodman and his friends without the knowledge of the 
Chapter. That over and above the aforesaid quotidians, the Deanery 
is endowed with the Archdeaconry, Sub-chantership and Prebend of 
Cnny and also with the Frovostship. 

That the quotidians come out of the Canons' portions so that they 
can no longer " keep such hospitality to the reliefe of the poore as in 
time past hath always been used." 

Confirmation by the Chapter of the grant made by Bp. William to fol. Si in 
Eing E. VI. of the manors of Congresburj- and Yatton. 
Given March 1, 3 E. VI. 

Indenture between the Duke of Somerset and the Bishop, by which toL a. 
the Bishop sells to the Duke the Palace at Wells, and also his manors 
of Wells and Westbuiy, and the Hundred of Wells, ihe park at West- 
hury and all manner of wild beasts in it, and all its nppnrte nances, Sx. 

In consideration of all this, the said Duke is pleased to pay to the 
said Bishop the sum of £400, and f^rant to him all that his mansion 
commonly called the Dean's House of Wells, and also his manor of 
West Coker with advowson of the Church there, and the Hundred of 
West Coker, and the boroughs of Sti^rsey and Wellington, with 
certain lands worth £60 2t. ll^d. a year J^ long list of tenants], and the 
park of Wedmore, and the Church and Gbapel and Vicarage of Mark ; 
also an annnity of £17 arising from the manor of Glastonbury, &c. &c. 

Made on Dee. 10, 4 E. VI. 

Confirmed by the D. & C. Dec. 29, A.D. 1650. 

Some atlditions to the above Indenture. g^ 47, 

A letter from Mr. Dakyn to the Chapter of Wells. fj,l. 49. 

Is informed that his singuler frynde Mr. Dr. Tumour is ^pointed 
by the King to be Dean of Wells ; that he has not a convenient house 
and wishes to have his house now in the occupation of Mr. Goodman : 
that he had let Mr. Goodman have it when he was pi-omoted to the 
Deanery, at the intervention of Sir J, Thynne, and that if the said 
Mr. Goodman is removed from the said office, he is willing to surrender 
all his own rights therein to Mr. 'I'urner if he becomes Dean. Feb. 22, 
A.D. 1550. 

Mandate of the King, E. VI. to the Chapter to install Dr. Turner in fol. 48 in 
the place of Dean Goodman who has vacated office by taking the 
Prebend of Wyveliscombe in addition to his other prefermenta. 
March 24, 5 E. VI. 

Dispensation from residence without low of emoluments granted by 
the Eing to Dean Turner whenever he may be occupied in preaching 
the gospel in any part of the Kingdom. April 10, 5 E, VI. 

Dispensation from residence in any of his preferments granted for fo). 50. 
life by the King to George Carew, Royal Chaplain, Precentor of 
Exeter, &a. &c. 

Given at (Lieghea ?) June 6, 5 E. VI. 

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TfMM Charter of the sale by W. Thynne, prebenduy o£ Baltingcote of the 

f*^^«** manor Uieie to the Duke of Somerset, with the royal licence. May 13, 
^ 6 E. VI. 

fol. 53 in dori. Confii-med by the Bishop and by th^ Chapter. 

foL 53. The royal liceoce for the above transaction, allowing the Duhe b> 

give to W. Thynne his manor of Tinghurst or Finghurst in Bnclm^ 

Given at Westminster, May 10, 5 E. YI. 

" Hanc licentiam predictam reperies semper in promptu in Cancel- 
loria dni nostri regis." 

P. Bkadhoht. 

foL SB. Another deed about the Exchange of Dnltingcote and Tinghurst. 

IbL G7 in dors. '^^^ Grant by the Bishop with the consent of the Cbaptei- of the 
next preseutation of the Treasuresbip, to William Barloo, cttisea of 
Wells; Ed. Meryke Bodgorgyn of Anglesey; Ceico Barret ofGoIecs- 
vryke, in Pembroke; Hugh Kowland, clerk, and Francis Barret. 
April 13, A.D. 1551. 

Dee. 21, A.D. 

foL 65 in doTR. Indenture between the Bishop and the Chapter and Sir John Gate 
vice-chamberlain to the King and Captain of the Guard. 

The said Bp. and Chapter "at the contemplation of our soverugne 
lord the King's Majesties most graoions letters to us dyrected, &c 

. . . grant to the said Sir John Gate the Chapel . . by the 
Cloyster on the Bouthe eide of the said Cathedral Church, commonly 
called the Ladyo Chappell, with all the stoues and stone work, ledd^ 
glasse & tymber, iron, &c. . . . the soyle that the said cbappel 
Btandethopon only excepted . . The said Sir J.. Gate covenaoteth te 
rydde the ground . . not only of such gtoue, ledde, &c., but of all 
rabble . . . and make the ground fair and plane within the space 
of foure years and a quarter next ensuing, &c." 

Signed June 21, 6 £. VI. 

The original document is in the Cathedral Library. No. 773. 

fol. 66. A commission appointed by the Chapter te examine the acconnts of 

J. Goodman, Canon residentiary, lately Dean. Sept. 12, 6 E. VL 

fol. es in dore. The Chapter to Sir J, Baker, Chancellor. 

When the Bp., W. Knight, died in Oct., 1 E. VI., and the see remained 
vacant until Christmas and longer the duty of coIlectiDg tithes, &o, 
fell upon the Chapter on behalf of the King by virtue of the Act of 
Parliament. They were not able to collect a sum of £180, due upon 
the Bishopric because all the revenues were in the King's hands during 
that vacancy, and there was no Bishop from whom to obtain it. They 
pray therefore for an acquittance. Nov. 22, 6 E. VI. 

Proctors for Parliament and Convocation are appointed on Feb. '6, 
A.D. 1552. 

loL 67. Sale by the Bishop of the manor of Wooky to the King. Feb. 4, 

6 E. VI. 

Confirmed by the Chapter. 

fol. 69 in don. Commission issued by the Chapter, acting during the vacancy of the 
see caused by the resignation of Bp. William, to Thomas Morren, 



geDtlemtm of Oialhampton, their sab-collector, to collect the 2s. in tho Vblu 

pound due the first of Oct, out of the 6». in the pouad granted to the "^^S*" 

crown upon all ecclesiastical benefices {the perpetaal tenth deducted) by — .' 
the Parliament of March 7th-31st, 7 E. VI., and payable in throe 

Given Oct. 4, A.D. 1553. 

Grant by Dean John Goodman to Humphry Walrond of See in foL 70 in ioti, 
Somerset, of the office of Woodward in the forest of Roche in the same 

" Per me Johannem Goodman, Dccanum Wellen." 

March 6, 1 Mary. 

This ie first time since his deprivation that J. Goodman appeai-s as 

The office of Seneschal granted by the Chapter to Sir Edward foL 71 id dors. 
Hasty ngs, Master of the Horse, and Privy Councellor. May 4, 
1 Mary. 

Petition of the Chapter to the Queen for leave to elect a Bii^hop, the fol. 73. 
see being now vacant de jure et de facto. 

They ask '■ Ne noe^tri prorsus officii immemores videamur, ritum 
laudabilem in hujusmodi negotio hactenus haberi solito observantes " 
for the licence " que admodum ex statuto parliamenti auctoritate insignis 
patris vestri . . anno regni XXV." 

Given Jan. 23. A.D. 1553, 1 Mary. 

Letters patent granting the petition. 

The see is vacant " per libenim ct spontaneam resignationem in maniis , . 

nostras ultimi episcopi." 

Griven at Westminster, March 13, 1 Mary. 

Grant by Bp, Gilbert, with the consent of the Chapter, of the next fol. 76 in dore. 
presentation of the Archdeaconry of Taunton, to John Bp : of Lincoln, 
Sir T. White, and John White, citizen of London. Nov. 2, A.D. 1554. 

The D, & C. grant the wardship of Thomas son of Anthony Norton fol. 78. 
the late holder of half the manor of Sl.ithe by military tenure, to William 
Lyte of Lyiesdon, armiger, for £20. Feb. 22, 7 E. VI. 

Manumission by Bp. Gilbert of Nicholas Hawkyns of Banwell, and fol. 104. 
Thomas and John, senior, John, medins, and John Hawkyns, junior, - - 

nativi. Jim. 12, A.D. 1556. 

After fol. 105, there are two fols. blank, and the Ciitries begin ^ain 
with another fol. 105. 

The entries on fol. 105, &c., are one about Wooky, dated Aug. 24, 
1 and 2 Philip and Mary. 

A bond by W. Goodman, gent, of Wells to the sub-dean for £40. 
Dated Jan. 31, 6 E. VI. 

A new Blister begins with the year A.D, 1659. fol. iDSindoTs. 

The office of seneschal in guerris gi-anted by the D. £ C. to Richard ^^ lOS. 
Dennys, armiger, &c. Dec. 10, 1 Eliz. 

Grant by Bp. Gilbert of the next presentation of S. Decuman's, foLllOindors. 
Prebend, to Rt. Hutchings and W. Grylle. Aug. 31, A.D. 1554. 
Confirmed by the Chapter on July 5, A.D. 1558. 

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Vbcu There are 10 similar gronts of next preaentatjons ia the next 14 

^ tolioa. 
fol. 1S4. Cong^ d'Elire issued Jan'r 11. 2 Eliz. 

Certificate by the Chapter (the Sean being absent) of their choice on 
the29of JanTofGilbei-tBarkley in the room of Gilbert Bourne deprived. 
Given on JanfJ 30, A.D. 1559. 

fill. 1S9. '^''^ appeal or proteBtation made John Goodman, (Dean as he 

asserU of Wells) June 19, A.D. 1560, in the house of William Ss;, 
notary, at the western corner trf the lane commonly called Pater Noster 
Row, in the pariali of Christ Church, London. 

He protests agtunst the decision of a Commission consisting of 
Matthew, Archbp. Cant.; Anthouy Cooke, Knight ; William May; 
Thomas Siickford j Richard Goodrick and Thomas Tale ; Legum 
Dnctores ; in the suit brought by Wtlliom Turner for the restitution to 
himself of the office of Dean of Wella ; on the ground of irregnlarities 
in the proceedings. 

His protest is given at full length on 1^ folios. 

fol. laoindori. Order by the Qneeo for the restoration of William Turner. 

The case had been heard in the house of Richard Qoodricke, near 
Fleet Street, and (he order is sealed on June 18, 2 Eliz. 

fii). ISlIndoTB. A pension of £20 given by thn D. & C. to George Carew, in con- 
sideration of his relinquishment of bis residence and all his revenues 
and advantages ss a Canon of Wells. Feb. 17, 2 Eliz. 

fel. 181. An Inspeximus and Confirmation by Queeu Klizabeth of the Letleis 

patent of E. VI. granting to Deau W. Turner, dispensation from 
residence with receipt of full allowances, whenever be is engaged in 
preaching the goB[>el, &c. 
Given JiUy 20, 2 Eliz. 

fol. 189 in doTB. CollaUon by Matthew, Archbp. Cant, patron of pro hac vice, of 
Gilbert BarkW, Bp. of B. & W. to the office of Chancellor in Wells 
Cathedral. " Tibi qui (ut aseeris) in hac parte sufficienter qualificatne 
esistis, pro statux tui juxta pontificalis dignitatis exigenttam melieie 
et uberiore sustentatione, durante vita in&, Sic." 
Given at Lambehilhe, Aug. 27, A.D. 1560. 

fol. iSiindoTs. Appointment by the Bp. of W. Lancaster and Rd. Snow to be 
Registrars. Nov. 3, A.D. 1558. 

From this date the capital letters become elaborate and omamentoL 

fol. 136 in dors. Grant by Bp. Gilbert Barkley, of tlie next presentation of the Chan- 
cellorship of Wells, and of the Rectory of Kingsbury united to it, to 
R(^er I'egge and Robert Lawgham, with the provision that R. L^ge 
may be presented to it, but if a vacancy does not fall until after B. 
Legge's death, then it reverts to the Bishop. 

Confirmed by the Chapter. Sept. 31, A.D. 1B61. 

fol. ISS. Appointment by the D.& C. of Thomas Bailie, Treasurer; and John 

Cotterel, Archdn : of Wells ; to hear all matrimonial causes, &c., within 
the jurisdiction of the Chapter, in North Cury, Cheddar, Longe Sutton, 
Lidiard Ej^, Combe St. Nicholas, Winsham, Loviugton, and South 
Barowe. Oct. 4, A.D. 1565. 

The last entry in this volume. 

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Besides tbe entries noteil above, there are maey more concerning tbe 
parishes of Allerton, Banwell, Bai-ton St. David's, Bicknoller, Burnham, 
Buckland, Cheddar, Congresbury, Charde, Oompton Dundon, Curry, 
Dioder, Dnlverton, Dulcote, Holcombe, Haaelbeere, Huish, Qton, 
Kingabury, Laverton, Litton, Lidyeard Ep', Lovington, Martock, 
Mudford, North Curry, Peanard, Puckleehureh, Shipham, South 
Barrow, Stanton Prew, Stogumber, Tymberscombe, Wellington, West 
Batch, Wedmore, Weatmeere, Weston Zoyland, Weatbury, West Coker, 
Whitchurch, Winsoombe, Winaham, Wiveliecombe, Wooky, Yatton. 
Many appointments to offices in connexion with the Cathedral, and 
many leases of Bectoiies, Tithes, and Lands, Ac. 

Ijber actoTiim coram venerabilibus viris decano et capitulo ecclesice 
Cathedralis Wellen in domo capitulari expedit : incipjens A.I>. Iu71°, 
tempore Jobannis Dane notarii publici actorum hujusmodi scrib^e et 
clerici capitularis usque ad mensem Maii 1509. Marked H. 

The first entry. March 3, 1571. • fol. 1. 

Admission of Mr. John Bugge to be a canon residentiary. 

March 4. I'he Chapter casts lots as usual for the apportionment 
among themselves of the Chapter patronage. 

April 24. John Bugge, Archdn : of Wells ; Awdriam Hawthorne, 
the Chancellor ; Philip Bisse, the Subdean ; and Walter Bower, Canon 
residentiary ; were chosen as the proctors of the S. & d for tjie Con- 
vocation to be held at St. Paul's on May 9. 

Confirmation by the D, & C. of an annuity of 20 marcs granted by fol. 1 in 
Bp. Gilbert to Hugh Pawlet, miles, and Amisus Pawlel, armiger. 

The Chapter decree " that the plate that before time wei'o used to id. 2. 
superstition shalbe defaced, and of the greatest Challaice shalbe made 
a fayer Communion cuppe with as muche convenient speede as maye 
be before the fieaste of Easter, and of the lesser Challaice anoiher by 
the tyme before limited." Nov. 19, A.D. 1572. 

Grant by the Chapter to Bp. Gilbert of £12 a year, for the term of fol a in 
his Episcopate under the name of quotidians. March 11, A.I>. 1672. 

A.D. 1573. Sept. 30. The Chapter, as also each year at this time, 
appoint their officers for the ensuing year. 

On the same day John MuUins appeared before the Chapter and foL 3. 
agreed to relinquish all claim to certain lands in Whitechurch, " if it 
be confessed and found by thomadge of Whitechurcbe or by the moste 
parte of them that Robarte Warram was at any time heretofore taken 
and sworue tenannte to the grounde, &c." 

Deprivation of a Vicar Choral. June 2, A.D. 1574. fol. s Id 

The above penalty remitted on the vicar's supplication. June 3, tol*. 
A.I>. 1674. 

The Chapter decree fhat the office of Seneschal shall not be held for 
more than two years by the same person. July 1. 

Annual appointment of officers. Sept. 30. {ol.4ia 

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Decree of the Chapter " Qaod ai atiqais vic&riorutn freqnentaTerit 
nrbem et usus fuerit ibidem joca illicita, vii pila polmaria, et alia ejus- 
modi," be shall be euspended and forfeit his aHowances for one «e«k 
for the first offence ; for a fortnight for the second oSeuce ; for a montli 
for the third ; and after that may he expelled for a further offence ; 
*' quia per irequeotatiooem vicariorum Jocamm illicitamm scaadaliim 
creacit ecclesiie." Dec 1, A.D. IS?^. 

John Amerye is called upon to shov cause before the Chapter, why 
he should not he expelled for having struck with a da^er one of the 
iH^thren in the cemet«ry of the Cathedral. He answers that he is not 
ATicar choral and not under the Chapter's jnrisdictioD, and therefore 
he is dismissed and leaves the Cathedral at once. Jan. 20, A.D. 1574. 

Upon April 1, A.D. 1575, " My lorde Bishoppe being moved by 
Mr. BiBse and Mr, Bowes in the preasance of the residue of the Chap- 
ter to gave his resolute awnswere concemioge the detemuQation of the 
lordes of the Counsell to gratyfye the lurde Seymer in one of these 
three, viz. eyther to make ihe lease of the mannei- of Buckland wortbe 
one thousand luarkes unto the said Lorde Seymer, or ells to geve him 
one hundreth pounds by the yere out <rf the manner of Banwell for the 
terme of xxi yeres, or ells to grannte the whole manner reserving Co 
him and bis successors flftye pounds yerelye over and above the reate 
allready reserved, made awnswere that he woulde doe no otherwjrse 
then allreadye he had donne, for that be had therin both satisfied ber 
Majestie's letters and allso tiie lordes of the Counsell." 

The Annual appointments. Sept. 30, AJ). 1575. 

The Chancellor is ordered by the Cbi^ter to collect together die 
books of registers belonging to them, and John Rugge, .^hdn : of 
Wells, late Chapter Clerk, is to give up those in bis possession, Oct. 1. 

The Members of the Chapter give their opinions separately, upon the 
case oi Mr. Newton. Mr. J. Rugge and Mr. W. Austin say " that 
forasmuche as there was read in the Chapter by Mr. Fhilip Bian, 
Subdean, an acte whereby Mr. Carewe was admitted into residence by 
letters of recommendation from King Ueniye the Eighte to the Dean 
and Chapter directed, they thinke Sia.t it is in dewtye belonginge to 
the Chapter, yeven soe to think of Mr, Newton being likewise recom- 
mended by the Queen's Mageatie." 

Mr. P. Biase; Adrian Hawthorne; Th. Baylye; and Walter Bower 
" do saye they will deliberat for hia admissioa untilL it be knowen or 
considered what efflcaeye or force the statute of Kinge Henrye the Eighte, 
of Famouse memorye, is touchinge that matter. And further forasmuch 
as Mr. Jurye and Mr. FilzJames were admitted accordinge to the saide 
statute, as appeoreth by the severall acts of their admission, they tbinka 
that Mr. Carewe beinge admitted ahortlye after them, and recommended 
to the Chapter by the King's letters, the Chapter was dispenside withiO 
touchynge that statute made to the contrarye in that behalf, and there- 
fore they doe still thinke that the saide statute doth stand and remfUDS 
in his full force and strength, and that they stand boande by othe to 
observe the some." 

They all agree that " towchinge Mr. Secretarye Wallsingebam his 
letters, (hat it is requisite that his hoaour's stud letters be answered." 
Oct. 24. 

On Deo. 26 the Chapter determine that Mr. Secretary Walsingham'i 
letters shall be anaweivd with as oknch expedition as may be, and Ur. 

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Newton referred to the answer which they have sent to the Queen aDd f,^^^^ 
to the Secretary, *' and further they thinke the Chapter was dispeased mbb, 

■withall towchyng thadmission of Mr. Carew." 

They also determine that no canons resident shall be admitted until 
this question is settled, and further because *' We have an injunclion 
from my Lorde of Bath that we shall not have above the number of 
eight Residents, which is not dissolved, &c." 

On Jan. 21 Mr. Sampson Newton is admitted into residence in foL 7 in dort> 
obedience to the royal mandate, or payment of 100 marcs caution 

On April 2, A.D. 1576, Laugham, a vicar, is suspended for one month, foL S. 
and if at the end of that time he does not acknowledge his faults with 
promise of amendment before the Chapter and ask the company for- 
giveness upon his knees immediately after the first lesson in the middle 
of the choir, he shall be utterly expulsed. 

On Feb. 23, A.D. 1576, a protest (not recited here) is received in fbl. 9. 
Chapter from Dean Valentine Dale. 

On Dec. 19, A.D. 1678, a vicar is admonished not to leave the fol. 11 in don. 
Cathedral and repair to S, Cuthbert's, but to give his services to the 


On April 2, A.D. 1562, ten wainloads of freestone given to Bartholo- hi IB in dor*, 
mew Hagget out of the Camery, 

On August 29, A.D. 1682, the proctor of Mr. J. Baker sought for foL 19 indan. 
absolution from a sentence of excommunication and on his personal 
petition it is granted. 

On Sept. 5 a similar case. 

On Oct. 1 the Chapter give to four men (named) "the benefit of the 
loane of the several ten pounds that is this year in their disposition." 
Sucli loans are made each year. 

Several I'^ulations about discipline among the vicars. fol. 30. 

On Feb. 20, AD. 1582, it is objected to the " skolemaster of the fol. so in don. 
Gramer skoole of Wells, that he did carrye with him the children of the 
Orammer skoole and the Choristers of the said Cathedral Chnrche unto 
Axebridge to playe in the parish church theare, the which hee con- 
fessed. That thearefore the said Skoolemaster the nexte Cliapter daye 
shall come into the Chapter house before the Deane and Chapter, viz., 
prime Aprilis pros., and snbmitt himself to the Chapter in that behalf. 
And shall farther nomine pene pecuniarie paye unto xxiiii of the poore 
people of the Almshouse 2t., viz., to each of them \d, before the next 
Chapter day and shall ther certify the same." 

On July 1, A.D. 1583, the Chapter cast lots, "vu^ariter nuncupatus fol. SlindotL 
Balle " for the apportionment of patronage. 

Theie are many similar entTies and the result is given in each case. 

On the Fame day the Chapter decreed " that in respecte that diverse tot 22. 
of the Canons Uesideutiaries . . . are some time of the yeare absente 
from Wells, by reason whereof th& clarks of the same Cath : Church are 
not satisfied of tbeir meate and drinke in the absence. It is tbearTore 
decreed that they the saide ctarkes shall receave yearelye of t^e Deano 




cSS^v ^"^ Chapter by the hand of their Commanar . . . xvu., viiid^ a peece 
SBS. to be paid at the end of every six weekes pro portiooibus." 

&1. « in don. On Sept. 30 a loan of £10 each for two years to two men. 

On the same day n Bum of 20«. given to the collector of the town aS 

foL ss. On AngUBt 5, A.D. 1584, the royal licence to proceed to the Election 

, ... of a Bishop received. 

fol. 2S in ion. On Jan. 2 it is ordered that " one brace of fatt backs of this next 
season to be delivered and divided to and amongst those Canons resident 
which are now present in Chapter, viz., Mr. Bisse, Mr. Austin, Mr. 
Jones, Mr. Newton, and &[r. Saunders." 

fal, S9. On Jan. 16 there is granted to Dr. Bysse, t>r. Cottyn|cton, and Ur. 

Powell, 80 many days of grace sine fnictn, as the Parliament shall 
continue this next sessions, and six days moro in coming and going. 

f«l. 93. Oct. 28, A.D. 1585. Note of a controversy between the Bean and 

the Chapter, and an order made that henceforth no allowances shall be 
given to the Dean otherwise tlian as he shall keep his residence. 

fol. 33 in don. On April 1, A.D. ljS86, the Sacrist is removed from office for negli' 
^nce, in that he had left the keys of the treasury for several days in 
^e Clockhonse, whither others do commonly resort, fuid that so the 
treasury had been robbed of the Chapter seal and other plate. 

foL M. On May 25 it is ordered that no more stones be j^ven or sold out of 

the Camery. They are to be tised only for the repairs of the Cathedral 
and canonical houses. 

fol. S4 in doH. Provision of a new Chapter seal. 

fol. 10. On March 1, A J). 1586. It is objected to William Gale that: in spiu 

of the order " That hee shoulde &om henceforth bettei' behave himself 
in his demeanour in amendmente of his lose and lycentiouse life, nihil- 
ominuB prefatus Gale did openlie in di^uised order, in the companie of 
others gor: in a maske with a visarde uppon his face into the parishe of 
Pilton and from thence to Croscombe, to the evil example of others 
servinge in the the same Chnrch. Quam quidera objectionem dictOB 
Gale &ssas est esse veram, &c," and it is ordered " that hee goe pre* 
sentlie to the Canon barne and theare contiane in fasting and prayer 
nntill hee weare by the Deane and Chapter og^ne remitted. And then, 
viz., primo die Aprilis prox. bee shall come into the Chapter house and 
openUe uppon his knees eonfesse hia faalt before the Chapter and aske 
them forgiveness. And soe the next Sundaie then followinge openlie 
in the quier make his repayer to every of the Masters severaillie and 
crave for^veness at their hands. And after he shall goe to everie of 
the vicars chorall and clarkes of the same Cathedral Chnrch in the quire 
at service time and will them all to take example by him," 

On April 1, A,D. 1587, because Mr. Paul-Methuen, prGbendary c^ 
Combe XI. has as much as in him lietli defrauded the Cathedral Chm'ch 
and Choristers of their revenues, all capitular acts hitherto in his favour 

are revoked. 

At the same time Mr. Francis Godwin having produced a dlq>ed-> 
nation by the Bishop irom the order mode limiting the nmnber of 
Omons rcBidentiary, is admitted. 



Aprn 3, A.D. 1587. St. Cnthbert'a Vicarage, Wells, is aeqaestrated w»im 
for wrears irf peneioa due to the D. & C. ""hm^ 

On the eome da^ it is ordered that all the Canooa residentiary shall 'ol- *^- ' 
mlDieter the Commanioa in their own persona once ervery year in the 
Cathedral ; and that the monetlilie Communions shalbe ailfraies minis- 
tared by a Clunoa reiidente, if anie one bee present within the towne at 
that time. And that hee whiche shall see minister shall likewise 
execute the whole service for that fore none. And this to bee done sab 
peaft per oapitnlam infligend&. And the hebdomadarius for that weeke 
shall assiste the Clianon in his ministratione." 

May 3. Dr. Powell is directed "to take order for the placing and 'o^- 4S. 
■ettling of the great bell .... in such manner as to him sbalbee 
thoughts tionveQlente, &c." "The fragments of mettall remaining of 
the bell to be sold . . towards the use of the Church." 

July 1. It is decreed "That in respect that the Choristers shall fld.4Siii4ori. 
from henoeforth remayne at home the UBuall festirall dayes, shall have 
alloired them qnarterlitj xxm. to be paid by the conununar." 

Sept. 23. The decree touching the payment of the Dean'a qnotidiaiiB, fo'- *>■ 
on fol. 32, is annulled. 

Feb. 16, A,D. 1587. An agi-eement between Dr. Powell and the bell- fol. 46. 
founder, Joseph Carter, of Beding, touching the new casting of the 
great bell, " Horwell," is confirmed. . . 

On Jan. 2, A.D. 1588. John Hnlett, a vicar choral, sought per- fcl. BO in dor*, 
mission to reside at Court in obedience to an appointment made by the 
Council of the Queea, The Chapter offer him an additional stipend of . .: . 

40s. a year to remain in residence at Wells. But if he determines to 
attend on Her Majesty's service in the Courte, they will continue to 
him his present stipend if he vill give to the Church of Wells ^rhat- 
ever time he may not be engaged at Conrt. 

On May 21, A.D. 1689. A visitation was held by the Chapter. fed. S3., 

Jan. 29, A.D. 1590. The installation of Dean John Herbert. f°l- S^' 

June 27. Certain of the vicars choral protest that they do not join fol. fil in dor*, 
in the attempt of others of their body to separate theniEelvea from the 
body of the Dean and Chapter, and form themselves into a "pcrticular 
bodie contrarie to their severalt othes at their admission." .';..'. 

Pols. 67-71 from Dec %0, AJ). 1590, to Aug. 20, A.D. 1591, have 
been cut out. 

On Sept. 2, A.D. 1591. In answer to letters from the Arehbp. of fol. 7S< - 
Canterbury the Chapter state that 

1°, Three parts of the parsonage of Crewkeme are impropriated to the 

D. & 0, of Winchester, and that they therefore ought to pay any 

2°. That tiiere are no exors. of the Will of the late Siehop Thomas of 

Bath and Wells. 
3°, That no commission to collect a benevolence boa been received by 

the Chapter of Wells. 

Ob Dec. ?3, A,JJ. 1591. A sentence of . excommunication ^aWt ^'■'*"'^"- 
Mr, W. Mosley, is read in the Chapter. 

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246 HI8I0BI0AL lumrscBiEia COBonSSIOH. 

ViLu On Jan. 3. ABimilarsentenceagiunBtJiiatiiiian Lancaster, prebendary 

-^*KBa,"*' oi Wansttow, Frem thie time there we many aiiUilar entries. 

foL 7'i. On May 4, A.D. 1591. All the prebendaries are cited to appear. 

foL 75. On Jan. 14, A.D. 1691, it is decreed " That the Consiatorie for the 

Busahopp of Bath and Welles shall not hereafter be any more kept within 
Our Ladie Cbappell, nor within any other part of the Cathedral Chtirch." 

On Feb, 18 it is ordered that the "Chancellor may keep his court 
within the same place [the I^ye Cbappell] for this one time and no 
fol. 77. . On April 3, A.D. 1592. It is ordered that the Consistory Court be 

removed " ad campanile (Anglice the belfrye) . . ad partem aquUo- 
narem . . secundum t«norera litterarmn a Rev^ . . . Johanne 
Cantuar: Archiep. 

foL 7a in don. On June 16. Mr. Cadwallader Hughes sought for confirmation of bis 
appointment by the aldermen of that town of preacher in the parish 
church of Bridgwater. 

fol. 80 in dort. July 3, A.D. 1592, it is ordered " that every Oanoa resident ether 
preaching in bia owne course or for anie other dignitie or prebendarie in 
his course shall upon everie snch preachinge daye, Sondaie, or other 
festivall due, preach in his sorplies and whoodd,. and yf he shall other- 
wise doe, then he' shall forfeit for everie such defanlte fortie shillings, 
&c." . . ■ And the peualtie of ten shillings in like sorte to be im- 
posed upon everie Canon resident for tbe omitting of the mynistfiring the 
nolle commnnion in his course." 

foL SI. On July 17, Henry Attwood sought confirmation of his appointment 

tS "ludima^ter oppidi" by tbe Aldermen, &c., of Bridgwat«r. 

f^, gjr. On Dec. 25 tbe appointment by the Aldermen of Bridgwater of 

Henry Wills ae curate or minister of the parish cburcb is confirmed. 

toLiB.- Jan. 3. It is ordered that the new letters patent be engrossed. 

On the same day " That tbe master of the fiabrick of this church shall 
have auctoritie to remove the communion table into such convenient 
place in tbe quier as it shall be most decent and comely for the same, 
and to be inclosed with rules as shall seem best tohym." 

foL S8 In don. Jan. SO, A.D. 1592. The process of election of Bp. John StiU. 

fol. 89 in don. ' Feb. 6. Dr. Powell is empowered to contribute on behalf of the 
Chapter a reasonable snm for tbe building of Reading Church. 

foL »o. Feb. 19. The installation and enthronization of Bishop Still. 

foL Sim dors. April 2, A J). 1593. The Wardship of Dorothy Smith of Trull, a 
minor, granted to J. Northover of Aller. 

fo). M. Tliere are many disciplinary entries in this part of the book. 

fol. 95. Jan. 22, A.D. 1693. The " White Book containing in it the records 

and the originals of the Cathedral Church of Wells wrapped up in canvas 
.and sealed with the seals of Mr. Cottingham andMr.Bisae nasdelivered 
unto Mr. Earle, prebendary of Litton, to be safely carried to London by 
hym and there to be delivered to Mr. Cottington that so much of the 
contents of the saide book shalbe by Mr. Cottington shewed nnto 

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Mr. Earle his coaueayle u shftll anj way conceroe the state of his said vilm 
prebend of Litton, and afterwards to be inclosed again in canvas, and ' *^*^^J"* 
■ealed with the seal of the said Mr. Cottin^n, and to be brought safely — 
wnto the Deane and Chapter by the first day of March nexj." 

June 17, A.D. 1594. A special concesBion made that the Bishop M. B7. 
may hold Ws general risitfttion for this part of the diocese in the Chapter 
July 2. This day the agreement was made with the bell-founder. foi. se. 
Sept, 30. The controversy between the Chapter and the vicars is fol. 99. 
leferred to the dedsion of the Bishop, 

On the same day 20s. is given to ihe Chapter tenants of CoDgresbury 
"concerning the defence of their common." 

Dec, 9. The booh called Albnm Begistrum is returned by M- 100. 
Dr. Cottington j and all records in the hands of any of the Chapter are 
to be returned by Jan. 2> 

On Oct, 1, A.D. 1596, it is ordered " That Hngh Ing sacrist shall foJ. 103 in dots, 
take away all the seat newly bnilt and sett in the quier by Monday 
Dext following sub pana amotionis ab officio, 
On Oct. 4 an extension of time until Got. 26 is granted to H. Ing. 
Jane 15. A.D. 1595. Dr. P. Bisse and Dr. Powell appointed to foL IW. 
appear before the Lords of the Council in the controversy between the 
Chapter and the vicars, 

Jan, 29. The Dean and the two above-named canona are appointed 
upon the same business. 

On Oct. 1, A.D. 1596, the vicars choral appear before the Chapl«r foLlOSin ion. 
wd gave their consent " touching the Mountire, viz., the everie canon 
resident of this church shall upon his death pay out of his divident and 
arrerages for and in consideration of his mountire^Bii pounds ... and 
13*. id. for the oheator for the bridle and saddle." 

On the same day the vicars are admonished to receive the Communion 
at least 3 tim^ a year- 
July 1, A.D. 1597. fioger Weichell of Fifett, tanner, to have ftj. 111 in dor*. 
timber to' build up the prison at North Curry and to have a lease of 
the prison-bouse for 21 years, paying the usual rent and keeping it in 

Oct, 7, A-D. 1597. Mandate of the Bishop to the Chapter to elect fol. lis in don. 
proctors for the Convocation to be held on Oct. 25. 

Jan. 2 A.D. 1597. The farmer of the parsonage of Buckland in fol. 118, 
Dorset has leave to pull down the parsonage house and build a hand^ 
some sufficient new one. 

On the same day an ancient order, that no canon jesident is to receive foLllSindoH. 
into bis service man or maid servant of any other canon without his 
especial consent, is renewed. 

On April 2, A.D. 1599. A lease of all the fowling in the hundred fol. 131. 
North Curry granted to Hugh Portman, miles, for 21 years at a rent 
of 4d. a year, reserving to the Dean and Chapter the right of hawking 
and fowhng there, when it shall please any of them so to do. 

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vnu April 3. It b ordered that 20», be given every month to the col- 

"'™"""' looWrsforthepoorofWellfl. 

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Another volame of Chapter Acta conbuning 215 folios, from the 
yearA.D. 1691-1607. 

By far the great majority of the entries relate to the ordinary pro- 
ceedings of the Chapter, such as Presentations to Benefices, Installations 
of Prebendoriee, fcc.. Appointment of Vicars Choral, &c. &c^ and 
correction of irregnlarities and offences among the Prebendaries and 
Ticarg Choral. 

Many of the entries are the same as in the last volume where the years 

A list of fees payable. 

Fro inthronizatione Ep* Bathoa et Wellen et pro Certificatorio super 
ejus electione, President^ Capitoli £2, Clerico Capitolari £2, Sacrista 
£4, ChoristiB it. 

Pro Instollatione alicnjus in dignitatem, to the same persona as shove 
13#. 4rf., 6d., 8d., 2Gt. 8d., 2». 8d. 

Fro Instaliatione in Pnebendam, to the same persons, 6(. 8d., St. id., 
ISs. 4d., 6d. 

Fro instmmento snper qnalibet Installatione, Presidenti Capituh 
6$. 9d.; Clerico Capitnlari it. id. ; cera id. 

A certun woman is ordered to do penance for three coasecative 
Sundays, standing in the Cathedral in a white sheet and holding a white 
rod in her hand, without any bat on her head or muffler on her face, 
she shall itand before the place irhere the sermon is usnaUy preacbed 
firom the time of the reading of the second chapter in the fore noon 
until the end of the divine service, and after that the minuter hath read 
the Efnetle and Gospel she ehall openly confesse her fault and say that 
she hath offended God with her lewd life, and hath showed an evil 
example to the inhabitants within the Liberty of the said church and to 
the rest of the town of Wells. And showing herself sorry for her offence 
upon her knees shall ask God forgiveness and (he congregation, and 
then say the Lord's Prayer. 

Dec. 4, A,D. 1593. 

A umilar penance laid upon James Hayward with the addition that 
he stand in a whitfi sheet and with a white rod in his hand in the 
Market place at the High Cross on Saturday from 11 o'clock to 1, and 
openly confess his fault, and show himself sorrowful for it, Ac- 
March 4, A.D. 1593. 

April 14, A.D. 1597. Prebendary W. Moseley prayed for absolo- 
tion frcm a sentence of excommuDication incurred by " not keeping bis 
course in preaching . . according to Her Majestie's injunctions in that 
behalf provided," 

May 18, A.D. 1597. Chancellor Rogers is cited to read the 
Divinity Lecture or provide a deputy "juzta i^junctiones regiaa 
fdterasqne ordiiiatioiies bqjns ecclesiie." 

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Oct, 6, A.D. 1598. It is ordered that the choristers ehall no longer Wsiia 
come to any canons bouse at any meal, and in lieu of this shall be pMd msl'*'' 
iCSayear. ,;rr' 

■' fol. ISOiodon, 

Oct 12. A,D. 1598. A lease of the Calamynt Stones and Lead foi. 135 in dors. 

July 2. A.D. 1699. The fee payable by the Bishop for the seal foL 136. 
when hia acta we confirmed by the Chapter is to be only £2 13». -Id. 

Oct. 16, A.D. 1601. Henry Jones is chai^d with allowing tipling fol. 171. 
la hia house during the time of divine service on Sundays. He con- 
fessed " that true it is that there were some persons in his house on 
Sunday last was three weeks, eating a cake as he thiaketh." He is 
admonished not to allow it again. 

Proceedings agtunst a vicar choral. fol, I7Biadon. 

" Whereas the Rev. Father in God the Bishopp of Landaffe by his 
1^1«rs missive, bearing date the vii daie of Jannarie AJ).J6(M, hath 
Bignefied unto the Deane and Chapter of this churche that not longe 
Bluoe William Moore and the wydowe Turner passed throughe Chep- 
stowe towards Bagland. And he the said Kev, Father suepecting that 
to be the cause of their jorney which now appeareth, made inquirie after 
them the best he could. But tliey carryed th^ busynesses so closeley 
as that he could not come to the perfect notice of anie thing. But that 
the Deane and Chapter maye be able to guesse at their arrand as well as 
Um selfe. Whereupon he signified that Walter Powell mentioned in 
their letters formerly sent unto him the Rev. Father is a priest ordered 
in Queene Marie's daies, and being eomtymea beneficed in this dioces 
of Landaff gave over his lyvinge some thii-tye years since contyne- 
^nge all this space a recusant. And for manie years before his 
comynge thither hath been accompted a comon masse monger. He is 
ft runegate abidinge in no certen place but lurking for the most part 
sbout Raglsnd as he heard for marriages and christening with masses, 
be the said Iter, father hath complayned him to the lord president, to 
the late Archbusshopp and to the Judges of the Assizes. All which 
notwithstanding doe what be can he contyneweth these courses. But 
he hopeth er longe to have order for him and other of his sort. And 
this is aU that he can certifie the Chapter concerning this matter, the 
consideration whereof he comytted to the Chapter, Ac." 

" Now upon the receipt and proving of the said letters the Deane and 
Chapter of Wells aforesaid in regard that the said William Moore one 
of the vicars chorall of the Cathedrall Church of Wells confessed in 
open Chapter as appeareth by act made in court that he was marryod 
by the said Walter Powell to Mary Turner, widow, and for as muche 
Bs yt appeareth to the said Deaoe and Chapter that this foresaid mar- 
riage thus made doth conteyne in yt over . . . evident breaches against 
the ordres and locall statutes and the jurisdiction of the said cathedral 
churche, and also seamely to conteyne in yt certen matters of greater 
<}a&titie agunst the poUticall lawes of this kingdorae then apperteyoe 
to their censure. The said deane and chapter reserving to them selves 
their said jurisdiction ecctesiaaticall of this cathedrall church thougbte 
good to refer the said breaches of the poUticall lawes by way of notice 
to the Lord Bisshop of Bath and Wells as a justice of peace of this 
countie, aiid that under their seal of office. 

The Said W". Moore is cited to appear and answer to the charge of fo], 179. 
having married without banns or licence Mr9. Marie Turner, she being 



WiLu ^ recuBant, and ao excommomcate person, and he thereb; breaking the 
Oathedral Statutes of the house and clmrcb, 

foL iTflindore. ^P^'* 3, A.D. 1605. 

" In ecclesia Wellen, juxta hondogiom ibidem . . . inhibitnm fnit 
pr«Fatis venerabilibus virie [i.e. the Dean and Chapter] virtnte Uterarnm 
iahibitoriarum . . . Bidiardi Arohiepiflcopi Cantuar." 

But DO further explanation is given. 

fcl. 185. Oct. 20, A.D. 1605. 

The Bp. of Llandaff a Prebendaiy of Wells, is granted a diipensation 
from residence. 

fol. 19S. Certain Statutes (not given here) about the Vicars are published, 

Oct. 30, AJ). 1605. 

fol. 197. Oct, 1, A.D. 1606. The scholars forbidden to plaj io the cloisters. 

fo). 19T in don. "^^ ^7^ '°' *^^ ministering of the Communion are to be set on the 
table of preaching, and it is to be minietered by a Canon once in the 
^ear according to an order beresfler made, and so monthly hj a Canon 
in his turn or some other Canon. And that the Minister shall give 
notice pnblickly in the church tbe Sondaj next before the monthly 
Sunday. And the Vicars are to be admonished to come to the Com* 

foL 196. On the same day Humphry WilliB and Martha Drurie submitted 

themselves to the Chapter for having procured matrimony io the Cathe- 
dral at an unlawful hour between eight and nine before noon without 
banns or licence. 

fol. 204iu don. April 1, A.D, 1607. The Chapter determine to send a petition tothe 
Archbishop for tbe reformation of negligence in preaching in the Cathe- 
dral church. 

fill. !0G. '^^ Vicars choral to remove to the higher stalls and doors to be 

made to them, and the choristers to be placed in the lowor rooms ot 
stalls and desks and doors to be added to Uiem. 
The clerks are to attend more diligently to sweeping the church, 

foL ail. Nov, 21. A.D. 1607. Dean Meredith is installed. 

The next volume which carries on the Chapter Acts from A.D. 1607- 
1621 contains in its 178 folios very little beyond installatJons and disci- 
plinaiy notices. 

fi>L 3. Jan. 4, A.D. 1607. The Master of the labric is ordered to provide a 

chest with three locks for tbe records of the chnroh, and all Canons, &c, 
who have any of them are to bring them in. 

fol. 9. March 29, A.D. 1608. Election of Bishop James Montague. 

fol. 8. His Enthronization on May 14, A.D. 1606. 

fol. 9 in don. J*>'7 ^> ^•^- ^608. Richard Mason one of the Vicars choral peti- 
tions the Chapter for the fees pud for Baptisms at tbe Font, fiw Ww- 
riages and for Burials. 

fol. IS in don. A table of fees for burial for any person whatsoever, or any other 
dwelling within the libei^. 

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For burial in the body of the church or in the Lady Chapel, except in Vblu 

the case o£ a canon residebt or any of his family, it is 20s. For crery "^^ mSI*" 

peala..8«. 4tt r—' 

la any aisle about the chancel or choir, 30j. 

Jan. 3, A.S. 1609. The stevrard need ooly entertain in the Audit fol/29. 
week, at the time of the steward's feast, the Binhop (if he be present) 
the I)ean and Gaaons residentiary, and the accustomed officers with 
their baiU& and reeves. 

The Communara Audit breakfast is to be for three days at the second 

Oct. 24, A.D. 1610, It is ordered that sermons be preached every fol. 84. 
year by the Dean and Canons or their deputies upon March 84, August 
6, and Nov. 5. 

Jan.3,A.i:>. 1611. A list of burial fees. foLfiliodon. 

For burial in the Palm Churchyard 2j. In the Cloisters 6s. 8d., and 
the grave is to be covered with a fair free stone. 

In the North or South Aisles of the body of the Church, 10«. and the 
grave to be covered with a stone. 

In the body of the church I3s.4d., and the grave to be covered with a 

In the North or South Aisle by the Clock or by the Font 20*. and the 
grave to be covered with a stone. 

In the N. or 8. Aisles of the Choir or in the Lady Chapel 26s. Sd., foL Bs. 
and the grave to he covered with a stone. 

In the Choir 40«. and the grave to be covered with fair marble. 

If a Bishop be baried in the Choir or elsewhere the fee is £6 I3s. 8d.; 
mi if he have a Monument it is to be by agreement with the D. & C. 

If the Dean or a Canon resident or any other be buried in the choir, 
and shall desire to have a monument erected, it shall be by agreement 
with the D. <& G. 

If any other desire to have a monument in any other part of the 
ehuTth the D. & C. shall fix a fee. 

AH such fees go to the fabrick of the church. 

The fee for the bell at a fiineral of one buried in the church 12d., and 
for every peal l2tL 

" If any hath his knell rung with the common . ? . . bell 
ahulde pay iii«. iiiji/., and for every peale rung with the great bells 
withoat the bell called Horewell he shall pay iiij. iiijrf." . , . with 
the Horewell beU vj». viiiA For every peal with the great bells and with 
Horwell vjs. viijt/. No peal shall be rung longer than half an hour, 

Alt such fees to go to the fabrick. 

There is not to be any ringing without the consent of the D. & C. or 
of the Canon resident. 

July 7, AJ). 1612. A letter is to be sent from the Chapter to tol. 57 In dtn, 
.... Still, son of the late Bishop Still, about the £500 
heqneathed by his father for the buildings of the new Almshouses or 
the enlargement of the old Almshouses, at the discretion of the Dean 
wd Chapter. The D. & C. intend to undertake the trust. 

Sept. 23, AJ). 1615. John Young, the Chancellor, a Canon resident, £>I. lOS. 
[>n>duces letters from the King in that behalf and obtains dispensation 
from readence. 

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Wills The next volume contains A.D. 1621-1635. 

"^ - July 2, AJ). 1623. An order nude tlist sermons be preached hy the 

fol. 33, Sean on Nov. 5, By the Archd" of Welle at the Qnatter Sessions, By 

the Chancellor on March 24. By the Treasurer, the Bp. of Bristol, on 

Aug. 5. For the year 1621, by the Archd" of Bath ; the Archd" of 

Tanoton ; Freb. Godwin, and Mr. Rd. Adame, on the same days. 

M- 47 ia don. Jan. 9, A.D. 1625^ Wm. Beomont gentleman is charged and cod- 
feseea that "he hath not neither doth come to the church to heare 
dyvine pnure and sermonB nor hath received the holly communion by 
the space of three or fowr yeares last past ;" and is ordered by the 
Chapter to attend service in the Cathedral. 

A marginal note " he is a popishe recusant and ** doth not freqoeDt 
the church to heare dyvine praier and sermons, nor receave the holly 
commnnion tliree tymes in Uie year as he ought to doe." 

fo1.48. A similar charge againat Maria wi& <^ W. Beamont, and agunst 

George Gierke his servant, Maria And Alice Clerk. 

(ol. 4S in doTB. A charge against Wm. Evans, gentleman, bis wife Maria and 
daughter Sarah, that he is snepected of being popishly inclined and doth 
keep his family in his faonse, who do not frequent the church, &c. 

James Morton, senior, when chaif^ed, answers that he was preeent at 
pravere and sermon on Sunday last in tbe Cathedral and received the 
Holy Communion on Easter Sunday. He IS ordered to attend again on 
the following Sunday. 

James Mortoo, Maria Aish are similarly summoned. 

Mapa ^fe of John Clark is summoned for chiding and brawling with 
Agnes Come and Btriking ber in the mouth and makmg her mouth bleed, 
during the time of divine service, &c. 

It is a quarrel about a seat. 

There are several other cases of citation for non attendance at divine 
service, recorded in the next 6 pages. 

fol, 55 in don. August 16, A.D. 1626. - 

The election of William Laud, Bp, of S. David's to the Bidioprick of 
Bath and Wells. 
There is no notice of the installation of the Bishop. 

fol. S7 in don. Certain dignitaries who are non resident are ordered to payillOa 
year each toward the support of the fabrick. 

fol. 65. Oct. 1, A.D. 1627. In compliance with a request from tie Bishop, 

the D. & C. desire Mr. Busshell " to surrender the patents of the offices 
which he holdeth of the Lord Bneshopp for iij lives, viz., the office of 
. ? . . baillf, keeper of the prison, called the cow house, woodwaid, 
and keeper of the pallace of the Busefaopp, and take them for his omi 
life (which then) the said Busshopp would graant them to hym ; which 
the said Mr. Busshell refused in regard whereof the said Lord Buss- 
hopp, as also in tiiat the said Mr. Busshell bath done many ill offices to 
hym, hath graunted the said Mr. BuBsheU's offices to Mr. Adam ToreleB, 
and Mr. Bicbard Robinson severally for their livex, which seveml 
patents the said Dean and Chapter nppon reasonable causes them 
movyng have graunted and confirmed with ibtir common or Obiter seal, 
and have sealed the same with the said seale." 

fol. 67. Jui. 2, AJ). 1627. Dispensation from residence granted to &e 

Dean in Mcordance with letters received from tli^ king. 

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July 24, A.D. 1628. The election of Leonard Mawe to the BUhoprick Velli 
ofBathandWolla, vocftnt by the translation of BiahopLnudtoIiOudon. '^^£^^ 

Jan. 2, A.D. 1628. An order made by the Chapter about prece- iol. 75. 
dency lunong the Vicars choral. *•'■ ^^■ 

The same subject and certain diaput«s about it as the last. A dis- fol. 8S. 
contented Vicar appeals for delay until the next Episcopal Visitation. 

Oct. 29, A.D. 1629, The election of Walter Curl to the Biahoprick M. 91 in don. 
vacant by the death of Bp. Ma we. 

In continuation of the last. fol. 93. 

£ntlironization of the Bishop. Dec. 24, A.D. 1629. fbl. B3 in don. 

A docoment of 3 pages. 

On the same day Tristram Towse, Notary, in return for many f^L gj in don. 
benefits received from the Chaptei*, undertakes to provide candles and a 
lantern for the Treasury for the term of his life. 

Oct. 25, A.D. 1630. Some regnlations about the payment of those fol. 101 in dors. 
vho celebrate the morning prayer " sometimes called the morning 


At the same time it is ordered that the Easter ofierings and other fol. los. 
casual fees for marriages, churchings, &c. be divided among the execu- 
ting priests of the church. And also that the two Rectories which have 
heretofore been appomted by the Master of the fabrick, shall go for this 
year to them that are named by D. Godwin, and in after years to be 
divided among the Vicars choral. 

Mr. Hunt, the sub-treasurer, is to keep the register book, and every 
minister that shall christen, marry, or bnry any person, shall enter it in 
the register with his own hand. 

Dec. 15, A.D. 1630. Four of the vicars admonished for not reading [ol. lOSiDdore. 
Morning Prayer in the choir of the Cathedral. 

Aug. 25, A.D. 1631. Installation of Dean George Warburton. fbl. 111. 

July 7, A.D. 1632. Wm. Clun is charged with having said to the tol. 133. 
Bishop in the palace, carrying himself irreverently, that his Lordship 
had token away all principaUt}- from the vicars, aod that he himself 
being principal could do nothing. 

On the same day the following letter was read by the Dean in the foL I3a in don. 
Chapter : 

" Sir, — ^His Majestic is informed that the Communion table in your 
church is not fuinished with such decent ornaments as are requisite and 
as in other cathedrall churches are supplied. He therefore commanded 
me to let you know that he expecteth from you a spedy redresse on that 
behalf that he may not have cause to chai^ you with the neglect of 
yonr deutie which he will not forbear to doe if he doe not receave a 
better accompt of your care heerein. Whereof not doubting, I remain, 
yonr loving frend, John Coke. 

" Greenwich, the ninth day of June 1632. 

Oct. 2, A.D. 1632. John Come, a vicar-chord is charged with feLUSindoni. 
irreverent behaviour in the choir, and with not bowing to the Dean. 

Protest made by the Dean against non-residence of Ctuons. fol. ise^ 

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Nov. 26, A.D. 1632. Election of William Peirs, Bishop of Peter- 
' boroagli to the Bishoprick of Bath and Wells, vacant by the tranalation of 
Bp. W. Curl to Winchester. 

Jan. 3, A.D. 1632. llie Dean thanks the Chapter for proceeding 
against John Come, hut is not satisfied because the penance enjoined is 
too light and comes too late. 

The Dean also declares that be does not hold himself bound bj law i» 
by promise to pay hia caution money. 

Jan. i, A.D. 1632. The Dean declares in Chapter that he is moat 
ready to obey the King's mandate, but that in addition to the other 
reasons already given there ai% no letters &om the !King nor any men- 
tion of them among the Chapter Acts. For the present therefore lie 
has not proposed the election of any one to be a. residentiary, when 
the royal letters do come be will be most ready to obey their directions. 
The canons present however protest that they have seen letters from 
both Kings, James and Charles, in favour of Mr. Abbot, and they thrice 
"instanler, instantius, et instantissime " desire that Mr. Abbot, the 
Precentor, may be called into residence. Then Mr. Abbot offered hia 
caution, but the Dean adjourned the matter. 

Jan. 4, A.D. 1632. The Enthronization of Bishop Feirs. 

Feb. 23, A.D. 1632. Richard Hayward, Vicar of Cnrtyrivil is 
called upon to answer for not having paid the first portion of the third 
subsidy to the King due on the 1st of Dec. ult., and show cause why he 
should not be suspended. 

The citation had been made by Thomas Vorcot on Feb. 14 three 
times with a loud voice at the said K. Hayward's house. 

This is the first of many similar entries concerning John Compton, 
Vicar of Castle Cary. Edmund Sutton, Rector of Hanlton. Fownall, 
Rector of Wraxall. John Hunt, Rector of Erford. John Coster, Rector 
of Brushford. Lawrence Uppington, Rector of Wythycombe, (he pays). 
Anthony Richardson, Rector of Kingsdon. Robert Reason, Rector m 
Otterhampton. Powell, Rector of Spaxton. Miisgrave, Vicar of 

March 4, A.D. 1632. The Dean produced copies of the royal 
letters in favour of Mr. Abbot, and they are ordered to be registered. 

March 5, A.D. 1632. Canon Wood protested that for bis part be 
was ready to elect Mr. Abbot to be a residentiary in obedience to the 
royal mandate, and that he believes that it is necessary to propose him 
for election, according 4o their statutes and customs, " et casu quo duUb 
esECt differentia inter dictos viros Abbott et Ciighton se paratissimnm 
esse pro electione dicti Magistri Crighton." 

Canons Revell and Godwyn join with him, but the dean declared that 
neither by Statutes nor custom was there any such necessity. The said 
Canons then appealed to " Ad Cartam sive litteras patentes statula at 
consuetudines " for corroboration of their jvords, and submitted them- 
selves to the royal will. 

The Dean desired to have a transcript of the said Charters, sub- 
scribed to by the Dean and Chapter, and it is oi-dered to be made. 

March 13, A.D. 1632. The Dean by virtue of letters patent 
from the King, proposes a second time Robert Crighton aa Canon 



He is elected, but his admission, and the acceptance of his cantion is "^stvi 
deferred to the next general Chapter. ^"^^^ 

April 1, A.D. 1633. John Thompaon, Vicar of Castle Cary, is foL 143. 
suspended in default of appearing when summoned. 

J. Coster, Sector of Bmehford, is also summoned and the Beotor of fol- U3 ia dors. 
Eingsdon. The latter pays. 

The Recttars of Otterhampton and Spaxton, do not appear and are 

April 29, A.D. 1632. The Bector of Brushford is suspended for foL UeindoM. 
non-appearance, but on June 21 he submits and pays 1<. 6d. 

Sept. 8, A.D. 1633. Roger Bredman presents a mandate from the fol. 148. 
King for hia admission to a place in the Hospital. 

On the same dayit is ordered that seats be made on either side of 
the choir over the Prebendaries stalls for the Bishop's wife, and the 
Dean and Canons' wives. 

I^py of a letter from King James, A.D. 1615, to the Chapter of fol. 149 in don. 

" James R. Trusty and wellbeloved wee greete jou well. Whereas 
John Young, D' of ^Divinity, Chauncellor, and one of your Canons of 
the Cathedral Church of Wells, by reason of his attendauace on us, and 
imployment in our service cann not Reside amongst you, and performe 
such ordinary dueties as his place may require. Tlieis are to certify 
you that notwithstanding his non Residence It is our special pleasor 
that henceforth he enjoy tJl commodityea, dividenls and quotidians any 
way belonging to his place in as fliill and ample mariner as yf he were 
there present. By doing whereof yon shall doe us very acceptable 
" Given at Cranbume the VIII. of August, 1615." 
Note. — " Mr. Deane of Wintou had the originall away with him this 

Sept. 30, A.D. 1633. John Young, D.D., Dean of Winton and Chan- fd. lao. 
cdlor of Wells Cathedral in virtue of the latter office nominates 
Tristram Towse to be Chapter Clerk, 

Jan, 31, A.D. 1633. A commission is to be issued to certain foL 153. 
clergymen and discrete laymen of the Chapter peculiar jurisdictions to 
Tiew the Churches, Parsonages, and Vicarage houses in the said 
peculiars, and to report on their defects. 

Feb. 6, A.D. 1533. Royal lettera in favour of Precentot Edward fbl. 153 in dors. 
Abbot are produced, and the Chapter declare themselves ready to obey 
with Verity and elect Mr. Abbot t« be a residentiary. 

Feb. 7, A.D. 1633. Mr. Simon answers to certain charges. The foh lS4indors. 
two first (not specified) are true. The 3rd is true saving that " he saith 
that he did not procure hin^f to be married with any intent to contemne 
the authority of this court ; -neither did he ride to Bristoll with intent 
or resolution to be married there. 

Other articles are about a disputed right to seats in the choir ; and 
be is chaiged with leaving the church before the sermon. To the 
latter he answers that he has never done so but when be has been ill. 

To the 8ib Art, he answers " that he did not wear a civil hood untill 
be was a M.A. of fbwer years standiDg ; and Bin«e that he hath worn 

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which he believeth he may doe hj the privileges of the UniTcrsity 
iHg)"" of Cambridge where he took his degree." But he is willing to give up 
~~ wearing it if desired. 

For abusing Caoon Grodwm he ehall be pardoned if he give a vritten 

W. 158. April 1, A.D. 1634, Mr. Budge's legacy (£160) towards sermoM 

to be disbursed by Mr. Wood. 

fol- 161. July 3, A.D. 1634, John Weston presented a mandate from the 

Archbishop for his induction to the Prebend of Compton Dundon, 
which is obeyed. 

fcl.l61indor8. July 14, A.D. 1634. Certain royal letters (not given here) were 
read in Chapter, it is resolved to obey them, and they are to be regis- 

fol. 183. Oct. 1, A.D. 1634. The above letters are described as forbidding 

the Chapter to make leases for more than 21 years. 

There are many documents extending over several pages dealing with 
the question of the residence of Dr. Young. 

fol. lea. j^ 2. A.D. 1634. Mr.' John Oker is chained with having giTsn 

notice to the vicars that " there should be no antumne sung in steeds of 
Kuncdimittis or Benedictus bnt only according to the forme of common 
prayer," without first consulting with the Canons Besident. He 
answered " that he was commanded by the Reverend Father in God the 
Lord Bushopp of Bath and Wells in the presence of Mr. Dr. Wood te 
give such notice, &c." 

The Dean after examination of the Statute pronouDced him conta- 
macious, and removed him from his olfice of Vicar for one wedc. 
John Oker is Master of the Choristers. 

fol. 168 in dixv. On the same day the Dean declared, "that in case it shallbe my 
Lord Grace of Canterbury his pleasure that Frauncis Lewis sballlw 
placed in a chorister of this church in the place of William Bisse, 
taking it to be in his grace his power soe to place him by meanes oi hie 
Metropolitiadl visitation, then he dgth decree (in all obedience to hie 
Grace his pleasure) that the ssid Lewis shall be soe admitted, but untill 
his Grace shall soe declare himself^ the said Mr. Oker is not to admit 
him a Chorister." 

The Dean is prepared to admit the a^d Lewis at the desire of the 
Bp. of B. & W. even though the Archbp. should not give any directions, 
if be be as fit as any other candidate. But there are three other boya 
(named) candidates, and it is right that the worthiest be chosen. 

fol. 169. Feb. 9, A.D. 1634. A vicar suspended for one week for going out of 

town to Bristol without leave. 
(oLlTllndott. April 1, A.D. 1635. The Dean informed the Chapter that he hsA 

received on order from the Ai-chbishop of Canterbury to remove nil 

the seats in the nave of the Cathedral, and the Chapter unanimously 

gave order accordingly. 

fol. 174. April 6, AJD. 1636. Fermission given to certain persons to iig 

and search for lead ore in the Manor of Winscombe, reserving one 
seventh to the D. & C. aa being loHs of the said ground, and also ibe 
tenth part or <' lottlead," to the D. & C. sa being the chief Lords royu 
of the soil. But If sufficient lead ia not found to defray Uie expo^ 

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then the D. ifc C. are to have only an eighth part and the leoth of the Wnm 
ore that shall be found in the groofea, *'^^8b'"' 

Oct. 1, A.D. 1635. "Mr. Dean proposed to the Chapter then pre- fol. i7~ 
sent that he had received a commaund from my Lord's G-race of Cant : 
that the D. & C. of this church should consult together for providing 
ornaments for this church, and casting upp what the charge of them 
would amount unto should sett apart out ot' their dividends the one half 
of such charge the ffirste yeare, and the other half the next yeare, to 
which monition tbc said Mr. Dean for his part declared his readiness 
and consent, and soe did the said Chapter, and they all resolved bo- 
tweene this and the next Chapter day to consider of the ornaments and 
charge, and then to give order for the same in performance of his 
Grace's commands. 

On the anme day the Chapter nnanimously agree that " such dales as 
Mr. Deane shall spend in waiting on his Majesty or in travelling 
towards him or home from such service shall be allowed as part of the 
dales of bia residence. And the like favour is granted to Dr. Walker, 

Scandalous words have been spoken by the wife of one of the vicars (q(, i76iiidon. 
choral against the certain of the ministers, saying that such ministers were 
made as would undoe the kingdome, that such had been appointed by 
the Bp. of Bristol, and that he should hear of it with both ears when 
he comes to town. 

The said Bishop protests that he has never made any vicars choral 
except on the recommendatiun of the Chapter, and he desires to be 
righted of the opprobrious scandal. 

Ledger G. 

Letter oJ Charles J. to the Bishop of B. & W.— « Right Reverend fol- S3>- 
Father in. God, Right trusty and well-beloved we greete you well, 
Wee have of late taken the state of our several Bishopricks into 
our princely consideration, that we may bo the better able to preserve 
that livelyboode which as yet is lost unto them. Upon this deliberation 
wee fynde that of later tymes there hathe not risen a greater inconve- 
nience than by throwing leases of one and twenty years into Lives, for 
by that means the present Bishop putt a greater fyne into his purse 
to enrich himself, his wife and children, and leave their successors 
of what deserts soever they be, and the Church destitute of that growing 
means which else would come in to help them. By which course should 
It continue, scarce any Bishop would he able to live and keepc house 
according to their place and calling. We know the Statute makes it 
lawful for any Bishop to lett a lease for one and twenty years or three 
lives, but tyme and experience have made it apparent that there is a 
great deal of difference between them, especially in Church leases ivhere 
men are commonly in great yeares before they come to those places. 
These are therefore to will and command you, upon peril of our utmost 
displeasure, and what will follow thereon, that notwithstanding any 
Statute or any other pretence whatsoever, you presume not to let any 
lease belonging to your Bishoprick into lives which is not in lives 
already, and further that where any fayre opportunity is oSTered you, if 
any such be for sayle not to reduce such as are in lives unto yeares, 
&c., &c." Given at Greenwich June 22. 10 C. I, 

Theee orders are to be put upon record. 

Similar M^ders are ^ven to the Chapter. 

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Another letter from the King enforcing the said order, and ezp lain- 
ing that it applies to individual Prebendaries as well as to the Chapter. 
Given at Hampton Coort, Oct. 1. 10 C. I. 

Letter from Archbp. Laud to the Chapter. — "After my hearty 
commendations. These are to let you knov that Dr. Warde, Resi- 
dentiary of your Cathedral Church, hath petitioned his Majesty that 
he may receive all dividends and other emoluments belonging to 
him though he kept not but one half of the raiidence to which the 
Charter binds him. This petition is referred to me (as you may see by 
the coppie of it which I send you here enclosed) and power given me to 
order it, as I shall think fitt, yet my respect to you and to tlie Church is 
such that I shall not determine anything till I bear from you what 
openeon you have of the busyness, which I pray forward with all the 
convenient speed you can. For my own part, I would wishe that both 
in that church and in all other catbedrnl charches such men were chosen 
into residence as might keep that time enjoyned them solemnly, which 
wonid he in great honour to the cathedral churches, and a great strength 
to the discipline of them. But since I find many worthy men actually 
in those places, which by reason of the places they hold elsewhere 
abroad in the Church cannot possibly without a great prejudice to it, as 
to themselves, reside soe fully as they should, I am in my owne thonghte 
inclinable (at least as I am as yet advised) to show some favour in that 
particular, unless you can showe some sufficient reason to the contrary. 
I am farther informed by Dr. "Warde that the major parte of the Chapter 
allowed of his cause of absence at Michaelmas last, that therefore he 
desires that dividend alsoe may be payd Lim, which I pray you to tuke 
into consideration, and let me know yourujpinion of it ; for if this cause 
of absence were soe allowed, I doc not yet see (the major pari, ruling all 
husynessea of Chapter) how the dividend can be denied him. Soe 
wishing you all health and happiness, I leave yon to the grace of God, 
and re$t your very loving friend. 

" Lambeth, Feb. 25. A.D. 1635. W. Cant." 

" S in xpo " The same to the same. — " After my harty commendations, I 
thank you hartily for the two letters which I have received from you. 
And to one of them concerning your choice of one Daniel Davis unto a 
tenor place in that church I pave given foe full satisfaction to Mr. 
Dean, and desire him to acquaint you with it, that I shall not need to 
write any other letter concerning it. And soe farr am I from desiring 
the choice of a tenor into the room of a Basse or a counter Tenor, as 
that I shall never think it fitt where the number is soe few to have a 
Tenor chosen at all, where a Basse or a counter-tenor may be had. Soe 
I leave you free for that busynesse of Davis, and thank you for giving 
me an accompt how unfitt it might prove for your church service, to 
choose a Tenor at this present. For the other busynesse concerning Dr. 
Warde I must write a little more because of his Majesty's reference to 
me. But otherwise you have dealt soe fairly with him that were it not 
for that reference I should not need to have written any more to you, 
for as for his dividends for the last year you have allowed it all unto him 
by common consent, for which as I thank you soe have I noe more to 
say concerning it. And for the seconde part of his busynesse since you 
consider the reasons upon which hia petition is grounded to be just and 
reasonable that some part of his residence may be abated him, I think 
it will be most fitt and indifferent for me upon the dividends for the 
same reasons (since his Majesty hath been pleased to refer the caose 
unto me) to require of Dr. Warde that he shall keep the same proportion 

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of residence and noe more as of neceesitj, than he did the last jear, Warn 
which is, as I consider, half the residence required by the Statute, ^'yssf 
Aiwa} B provided that this dispensation for half residence be noe longer —^ 

allowed to his use and benellttthan he shall continue the Lecture which 
he now reads in the University of Cambridge. These are iherefoie 
not only to allow and approve the Chapter Act which you have made 
for the time past, but farther to pray and require you, according to the 
power given me by his Majesty, that you doe confirm by another 
Chapter Act unto the said Dr. Warde, Prebend Residentiary of that 
your church of Wells his whole dividend, that in every year he doe 
keepeand observe but his half residence, with such limitation as is before 

" Soe wisfaiug you all health and happiness I leave you all to the 
grace of God, and rest your very loving friend, 

" Lambeth, April 26. A.D. 1636. W. Cant. 

" I shall expect that yon transcribe these letters into your Chapter 
Booke, that there may be a final end of this difference." 

Charles I. to the Chapter. — "Et. Creighton is employed in a service foj. 2s7. 
which we have commanded him to undertake, by reason whereof 
he cannot keep bis residence there as by the Statute of that Church he 
ia enjoyned. We doe hereby therefore dispense with the Statute in this 
particular . . . requiring you to take order that he be not any 
way injured by his non-residence .... but may receive the full 
profits of ht9 place of Canon Besidentiaiy, &c" 

Given at Hampton Court, July 22. 12 C. I. 

Another Volume of Chapter Acts. A.D. 1635-1644. 

Oct. 24, A.D. 1635. The Archdu: of Taunton, Samnel Ward, p. s. 
stated in the Chapter that he had been "detained from keeping his 
residence from the beginning of August until the 14th by letters Avritten 
in bis Majesty's name about the examination of business concerniog the 
Mastership of Catherine Hali, and partly upon occasion of My Lord of 
Canterbury his grace's letters sent touching the Universities records, 
whether the University of Cambridge by them were exempted from his 
Metropoliticall Visitation. And that he was detained from like residence 
by letters sent from the Honr^ Earl of Holland, Chancellor of Cam- 
bridge, from the twentieth of August 1633, when he was coming to- 
wards Wells untill almost Michaelmas last about the same business. 
Which day part of a letter written by Mr, Crighton to Mr. Deane being 
read, it appeared by the same that the said Mr. Crighton was detained 
from like residence by meanes of a lett«r sent by the Earle of Holland 
in his Majestie's name to command his abiding at Cambridge when he 
was coming hither in August last." 

Jan. 5, AJ>. 1635. It is reported that owing to the absence of p. 4. 
Mr. Martin Simon there were no morning Frayers on Suuday last, 
Jan. 3. He is suspended for a week, and ordered to perform divino 
service in the Lady Chapel throughout this week. 

April 1, A.D, 1636. A letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury !*• 6- 
in favoor of Dr. Ward, and the Chapter allow that Uie reasons given 
by Pr. Ward in bis petition to his Majesty are good and sufficient, and a 

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Ca^dIil dispensation from half hia residence is granted to him, with humble sub- 
HBS. mission to whatever his Grace shall order herein. 

p. 15. Oct. I, 1636. A Conncillor, John Baker, appointed for the Chnrch 

at a yearly fee of 40*. 

P- 16- Api-il 1, 1637. There ia gi-anled to Mr. Walter Brick of Weils 

part of ihe old Almshouse garden, measuring 70 ft. by 23 ft. to erect a new 
Almshouse thereon for 4 poor people, at a yearly rent of lOs. to the 
governor and 30s. to the 24 members of the old Almshouse. 

P' 38. Jan. 2, 1637. The vicars choral in reading the Litany are to take 

care that if any one be absent on either side "that such other as are of 
that side are to performe that parte to be procured by the party sbe 

p, 33. July 1, 1638. Installation of Thomas Ilow, B.D., as Prebendary of 

Whitchurch in the place of James Wedderbume, O.D., promoted to the 
Bishoprick of Dunblane. 

p. S7t Oct. ], 1638< Martin Simon is charged with irresular and con- 

tumelious behaviour, A licence had been issued by the D. & C. for 
the marriage of Sheppard of Banwell, and one Bath of the Liberty of 
the Cathedral. At the time for the ceremony in the Cathedral the said 
Mr. Simon refused to perform it without a fee ofi> 10s, notwithstanding 
a message from Dr. Godwin and a personal demand from him either to 
deliver up the licence or perform the ceremony. At length upon the 
advice of bystanders he delivered it in a grumbhng manner. 

p. 61. March 26, 1640. Th. Walker, U.D., Sebastian Smith, B.D., Canons 

residentiary, and NichtJas Busby, Prebendary ot Cudworth, chosen 
proctors for Convocation, 

p. 63. March 27, 1640. The Chi^ter resolved, because " it is unseemly and 

unusual in cathedral churches to have galleries set up and continued, 
and especially men and women to sitt together in so eminent a place in 
the view of the church as the two galleries that are already erected at 
the north and aouth sides of the Choyre of the said church are, and 
because the said galleries were not erected hy consent of Chapter 
or Chapter Act, and by reason of divers abuses to the eyea of many 
publiekly done, which they have in parte seene and otherwiae credibly 
heare of, and forasmuch they from good eares have understood that the 
same seats are very acandalously taken by men of quality of this 
diocese, they doe therefore unanimonsly consent and capitularly agree 
that the two doorea .... of the several stnyres to the said 
galleries sti^be forthwith fast nayled upp until they shall see cause 
otherwise to doe with them ; and they deputed and appoyented Dr. 
Godwyn to see it done as deputy Master of the ffabrick." 

p. 64. March 30, 1640. Martin Simon and C. Alderly are charged as 


That yesterday after the celebration of the Holy Communion they 
came into the vestry bringing the consecrated wine with them which 
had been left at the Communion, that the eaid Mr. Simon took the 
Challice and poured the wine into a pewter pot, and being asked what 
he WM about to do with it, he answered that it belonged to him and he 
meant to carry it home. Mr. Alderly answered that the D. & C. had 
■ ordered that no consecrated wine should be carried away to any raan'a 
house. Mr. Martin said he would, and in a violent manner pulled off 
his gown and surplice, and desire Mi*. Anthony Mowry and Humphry 

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Marsh then and there present, to depart out of the veatry and said in a 
choleric manner that he would deal with Mr. Alderly well enough, ci^ 
Whereupon Mr. Alderly went and held the door and said that he should M) 
not carry away any wine. Then Mr. Simon notwiihstanding an offer ~ 

by Mr. Marshe to go and ask the Dean if he might have the wine or 
not, set hands i^wn the pot in a violent manner and threw Mr. Alderly 
who sought to stop him to the ground, and much of the wine was spilt. 
Five pages of evidence. 

It is decided that both Simon and Alderly have come in pcenam „ ^^ 
Btatnti, and they are suspended a celebratione diviDorum. 

April 1, 1640. Mr. Alderly is absolved. 

April 2, 1640. Dr. Godwyn and Dr. Wood submit to the censure of p. 71. 
the D. & G. for certain sermons of theirs to which the Bishop bad 

Oct. 24, 1640. Certain members of the Chapter in recognition of the p. 79. 
re-establishment of concord between the Bishop and themselves, agree to 
confirm a 21 year lease of the Manor of Chard, and promise that they ^q 
will for the future confirm all such leases and patents of the Bishop's as 
shall be according to the laws of the Kingdom and customs of the 
Church, and that they will seek t« procure the assent to this of the 
other canons who are not now present. 

Oct. 26, 1640. M&Ttin Simon is charged again " that he being sent 
unto at the time of evening service by Dr. Crighton within this fortnight 
last past to read the reading psalmea deliberately, came at time of 
service in a hasty manner from his owne stfdl unto Dr. Crighton, and 
there expostulated with him for the sending to him, and withall there 
being no other minister or vicar choral there to execute in a con- 
temptnous manner went out of the choyre andleftnone to end the service 
but Dr. Crighton, soe that he was driven to supply the said Simon his 

Mr. Simon came et petiit orticulos in forma juris. 

Oct. 30, 1640. M. Simon not appearing to his citation he is p. BS. 

Dec. 4. The above suspension is taken off, Mr. Simon promises p. 83. 
obedience to the law, and he is ordered to appear a^ain on Jon. 2. 

Jan. 22, 1641. Installation of Walter Raldgh, Professor of p. 90. 
Tlieology, and Chaplain in Ordinary to the King, as Dean of Wells in 
the place of the late G. Warburton. 

April 1. 1642. A Chapter was held in usual form, Present^ the P' '*• 
Dean ; Dr. Gerard Wood, Archdnj of Wells ; Dr. Paul Godwyn ; 
Dr. Crighton, Treasurer, and T. Towse the notary acting as 
Chapter Clerk. The Vicars all, except Simon Alderley and Beaford 

Lots are cost as usual for the Chapter patronage. 

Two months residence are allowed to the Dean while he has been in p. 95, 
attendance on the King. The Chapter is adjourned to the following 



An entrjr inserted in a different band, stating that a loan of £20 ia 
repud to the Chapter, July 1, 1642. Signed, Q. Wood. 

Tristi-am Towso ie discharged from the sum of £260, viz., Mr. Budge's 
legacy. The Receipt signed by <J. Wood. 

At-the bottom of tbe page there is an entry in a different hand dated 
Jan, 28, 1644, " in domo decanali Wellen coram domino decano I>r. 
Wood et magifitro Rogero Wood, canoaicis residentiaiii dtctae Kcclesise 
actum fuit ut sequitur in prceentia mei Tr. Towse Notorii publici, 
actuarii," &c. 

An acknowledgment of the Dean's tliat he has received from Dr. 
Wootl £40 part of the £260 as above. Dr. Wood states that bo 
in obedience to an order of the Dean, Dr. Godwyn, Dr. Crigbton, and 
Dr. Smith had paid £80 of the same money to Dr. Walker, and he 
produced the order with their signatures. 

In tbe same hand as the last— 

At the same time the Chapter seal is affixed to the t^pointment of 
Arthur Mallet to be general receiver of the Bishop's Manors. 

Followed by — 

" It is ordered by consent of the persons lieere present that if it shall 
heare after happen that tbe Corporation of the Dean and Chapter be 
dissolved by Act of Parliament, or by any other lawful meanes. That 
then every Canon that hath paid in hie caution or tbeyer executors, &c. 
to whom the same shall bdooge . . . shall be paid his caution out of 
debts dew to the stud Dean and Chapter ortheyer predecessors or tbeyer 
L &c." 

The Chapter seal placed to a lease of Cheddar rectory to Christopher 

^j^ Tbe last two pages have evidently been entered npon a blank folio, 

p. 97, returns to tbe date July 1, 1642, and presentations to Benefices 

and Installations to Frebendal stalls go on in regular form until June 

p. 108. 23. 1643, when Mr. Humphrey Sydenham was installed as Prebendary 

of Wedmore III. 

At this Chapter the Dean and Dr. Crigfaton, Resldentiaries, and Mr. 
Sobert Ash, a Prebendary, were present. 

ptioi. Sept. 9, 1643. lu the Chapter House were present Dr. Crighton 

the Treasurer ; and B. Ash, Bobert Earle, and Samuel Laniire, Pre- 
bendaries, and Dr. Sebastian Smith was installed as Prebendary of 
Wormister, in tbe place of the late W, Woodhouse. 

A similar installation to Combe YIII. 

p 105. Sept. 30, 1643. There were present in the Chapter House, the 

Dean; Gerard Wood, Archdm of Taunton; Paul Godwin ; Kobert 
p. 106. Crighton, and Thomas Walker, Canons re^dentiitry. 

Officers were appointed for the coming year as usual. 

p. 107. On Sunday Oct. 1, 1643. Tbe same members met in the Chapter 

House, and adjourned to the following day, when they again met and 
p. 108. i)|-, Sebastian Smith was also present. 

The business included the petition of William Peirs, Archdn: of Bath 
to be admitted a residentiary, and he offered 100 marcs caution. But 
tbe Dean answered "se non teneri per aliquam priorem permissionem 
ad eligendum dictum dominum Archidiaconum, ideo non proposuisse, 
nee boc capttulo dictam electionem exponere velle." 



On tbe lame day Bobert Chaplioe is installed as Pi-ebendarr of Wsus 
Combe XI. in place of the late B. Lute and Mr. Dewbery ia admitted *'**mm."' 
vicar choral in asnal form, — 

p. 109, 

A aenscbal is appointed for two years, and the Chapter adjourned to p. iio. 
the following day, when Dr. Watta produced letters from die King in 
hia own favour, and he is admitted to be a Canon residentiary. 

The usoal entries follow from p. 110-118. 

Dec. 29, l&iS. W. Peirs is admitted Archdeacon of Taunton. p. u». 

Dec. 30, 1643. William Davis, installed as Archdeacon of Bath. 

Jan. 5, 1343. Admission of Boger Wood to be a residentiary, with p- m. 
reservation that he is not to come into residence until Oct, 1644. 

Lota cast as usual for the Chapter patron^e. 

" Whereas the D. & G. at their charge on the intreaty of the Vicars p. 118. 
Choral of this Church have built two seates for the wieles of the said 
Vicars to silt in the Choyre there, and since the erection of them soma 
of the said woemen cannot agree about their place therein, they doe 
order that the said woemen shall sit in the respective sides of the said 
Choyre by Freisthoode and seniority as their husbands places are in 
without any disturbances." 

On Monday, Jan. 15, 1643. Present in the Chapter House the p>n7. 
Dean ; Dr. G-. Wood, Archdn: of WeUa ; Dr. Rt. Crighton, the Trea- 
surer ; Dr. Th. Walker ; Dr. Sebastian Smith, the Precentor ; and 
Roger Wood, M.A. ; all Canons Residentiary; it was agreed to enter 
into an Indenture for all arrears and rents due to the Chapter. 

At the foot of the page there is a certificate that this book was shown 
iu a case, Reynold Dight versus the D, & C. of Wells, at Taunton, Oct. 
14, 1667. 

Then follow five blank pi^es and on 

January 28, 1644, a Chapter is held, present the Dean, Dr. Wood, p, m. 
Dr. CrightoD, and Roger Wood, which confirms the lease of Ohard for 
21 years to Arthur Mattock and Alexander Jett, and of some lands in 

The entry is imperfect and is the last, leaving two thirds of the 
volume blank, with the exception of three or four fr^mentary notes td 
the year 1671. 

EzTKAcra vvon the next Voloib of Cbapteb Acts. 

A.D. 1684, May 7.— After the ordinary chapter business is ended it 
is ordered as follows : — 

" Since all the indulgence of the Throne, and all the milduesse of 
the Church cannot oUige the Dissenters of this Eingdome to their 
Duty, but that they still foment dengns to lay them both in one com- 
mon mine ; and since it Is nnequall that those Persons should eujoy 
the Lands of the Church, and the Blessing of that Tenure who 
despise her Laws and professe themselves her Enemies. . . . That 
for the future do Persons whatsoever who hold any Estate from the 
Dean and Chapter of this Cathedral Church, either by Lease or Copy, 



shall be admitted to renew or purchase aoj further interest in any such 
estate, unlesse a certificate be first brongbt to the Chapter under the 
hand of the Minister of their Parish, that they doe live in obedience to 
his Majestie's Lawes, and that they have received the Blessed Sacra- 
ment t^ the Lord's Supper, within a yeare ne^ct before their admission 
to make any such purchase ; or that the Chapter by some other way be 
ascertained of euch conformity of y" purchasers. 

Oct. 23.— £50 part of Br. Busby's legacy of £100 to the Library is 
lent upon bond to Ecv, Mr. Sandys for half a year. 

Dec. 9. — Letter of King Charles recommending the Eer, Thomas 
Kenn, D.D., and one of the Chaplains in Ordinary, to be elected Bishop 
of Bath and Wetla. 

Several entries about the process of election. The names of the 
Besidentiaries and Frebendaries, 12 in number, who are present are 

Feb. 6. — The Enthronisation of Bp. Kenii. 

March 2. — Letter congratulatory from the Chapter to King James on 
his accession. 

A.D. 1686, May 4. — Civil war having broken out under the Duke i^ 
Monmouth, and the Duke'of Somerset, Lord Lieutenant, being in want 
of money and men, through the negligence and desertion of the military, 
the Chapter lend £100 to the Duke of Somerset 

July 1. — Note made between the hours of 4 and 5 p.m. in theCbapter 
House where were present T. Holt the Chancellor and Nich, Nebbert, 
Notary ; — 

" The Civil War still grows, this Cathedral Chur<:h has sufiered very 
grievously from the rebel fanatics who have this very morning hid 
hands upon the furniture thereof, have almost utterly destroyed the 
(O'gan, and turned the sacred building into a stable for horses." 

The Chapter meeting is therefore adjourned to July 29th, before 
which lime it is hoped that the ne&rious rebellion will be utterly put 

"Nor was the President of the Chapter deceived in his expeotatioo, 
for that happy day the 6 of July put an end to the rebellion at Weston 
Zoyland in this county. 

DeuB Dens nobis btec otia fecit." 

A.D. 1685, Oct. 7.— £20 is ordered fo be paid to Mrs. Frideswide 
Creyghton, wife of Canon Rt. Creyghton, because £20 was extorted 
from her, on July 1, when the late rebels army under the late Duke of 
Monmouth lay in the City, by their Commissary General Sam Story, 
under a threat that, if not paid, not only the CaUiedral Church but also 
the Canons bouses would sufier violence. 

Oct. 20.— £4 out of Dr. Busby's legacy of £30 to the chureh, is paid 
BWiky for a new silver verge to replace one stolen by the rebels on 
July 1. 

An4 £10 is given to James (fFilleef) the Sacrist, for his good service 
in having preserved the Ornaments and Plate of the Church from the 
rebels on July 1. 

AJ>. 1685, Jan. 7. — It is ordered that the Library be repaired and 
beautified out of Dr. Busby's legacy as he desired. 

A.D. 1686, Oct. 21. £500 had been expended dnrmg the last half 
year upon the repairs of the fahtic. The root of the nave had been in 
a bad state. 

A.D. 1687, Oct. 25. — Notwithstanding any Act of Chapter heretofore 
made, the D. and C. in consideration of the perversenesa and unkind- 
ness of several of their tenants, axe to be at liberty to grant reversions 
without the consent of the tenant in posaession. 

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A.D. 1691, July 8. — Royal letters about the election of a Bishop, the 
see beiug vacaut by the deprivation of Bp. Kenn, for reluBiug to take 
the oath prescrihed I5' the Act of Parliament. 

Sept. 10.— Walter Hart, Prebendary oi: AahiU, and on Sept 29 Samuel 
Thomfls, Prebendary of Compton Episcopl, are deprived for refusing to 
take the oath. 

Sept. 28. — Installation of Bishop Kidder. 

A.D. 1703, Jan. 19.— The Fast Day for "the Btorm," when Bp. 
Kidder and hia wife were killed by the fall of » chimney stack. 

FotTR Yearb of the Registbb of Thouab Godwin, Bishop of 
Bath & WeUs, from A.D. 1584-1590. 
A paper book of 68 pages, containing 201 entries. The pages are 
not numbered, but the entries are. 

1. AgrantbytheBp. to John Boys, armiger, of the Middle Temple, in 
consideration of his services in the pust and to be given hereafter, of 
an annuity For life of £2 secured upon the Bp's. Manor of Westbury. 
Jan. 20, AD. 1586. 

2. A letter from the Bp. to the Queen, in Latin, praying her to restrain 
certain persona (not named) who in contempt of law and right have 
impeded and disturbed Thomas Maatou, duly presented to the Vicarage 
of WollAvington, by Sir George Sydenham, and duly inducted there- 
into, so that the liberties of the Churuh may be in safety under the 
defence of lier shield. 

Given at Banwell, April 28, A.D. 1587. 

'6. Ltceace granted by the Bp, under the Statute to William Charleton, 
of SheptoB iCallet, who is well reported of by doctors of excellent 
repute for diligence aud success in many serious cases of sickness, 
(ninltis do vita desperantibus ac de salute corporis vere periclitantibus 
Deo Omnipotente Adjutore) to practice in the diocese during pleasure. 

At Banwell, May 2. 

1 by the Bp. 

5. Grant by the Bp. of an annuity tor life of £2 to Thomas Edgerton, 
of Lincoln's Inn, armiger, for his services. May 8. 

6. The Bp. of B. AW. to Archbp. John, to certify him that he has ap- 
pointed Thomas Godwin, generosua. Collector of the benevolence of 3^ 
in the pound, upon all church revenues within the province of Canter' 
bury, granted to the Qaeen by the last Convocation held at Westminster 
on March 4, A.D. 1586. 

At Banwell, May 8, A.D. 1587. 

7. A similar certificate, dated at Banwell, May 8, A.D. 1588. 

8. A similar certificate, dated at Banwell, May 3, A.D. 1589. 

9. A royal brief addressed to t>he Bp. desiring a certificate to be sent 
to the Barons of the Exchequer with the names of all persons instituted 
to any ecclesiastical preferment between Sept. 8, anno regni 28, and the 
Easter following, with dates of institution, name of place, with county, 
and deanery. 

Test, Sir Roger Manwood at Westminster, Feb. 13, anno regni 29. 


• • ^ Cbr. Hatton. 



10. The Bp'a. answer, with the following Schedule. 
At BanweU, M&j 8, A.D. 1587. 

A.D. 1586. 

11. Oct. 4. Thomas Big, admitted to Standerwick B. 

12. Woy. 8. Fraaeis Arundell to Cheddar "V, 

13. Oct 16. Abraham Gonham, B.D., to Eton pzebeud. 

14. Kor. 18. John Smarte to Hardington B. 

15. Nov. 19. WiUiam Prior to Culve E. 

16. Jan. 13. Francis Godwyn, M.A,, to S. Decuman's prebend. 

17. Jan. 20. William Webbe to Beckington B. 

18. Jan. 23. Henry Beamont, B.D., to Kingston al' Pitney H, on tbe 
presentation of John FitsJames of Leweston in Dorset, who had the 
Advowson from William Carent of Tomer. 

19. Jan. 23. John Beward, M.A., to Trent B. 

20. Jan. 30. Mathew SutcUSe, DX, to Arehd°? Taonlon ud 
Mifverton II. prebend. 

21. Feb. 3. Richard Wood, D.D., to f atton prebend. 

22. Feb. 22. Edward Doughtie, M.A., to Loxton B. 
28. March I. SilTesler Badcock to Hawkridge B. 
24. March 2. John Willmot to Badington B. 

26. March 6. John Powell to Shapwick V. 

26. March. 6. John Penvyn, M.A., to Badgworth B. 

27. March 24. William Wickham, M.A., to Combe VII. preb. 
A.D. 1587. 

28. April 1. John Wilkinson, M.A., to Babcarie B. 

29. April 12. William Slatear, to Tyckenham T. 

30. A dispensation granted by the Bp. to the Chapter to elect Fnaai 
Godwyn, a prebendary, to be a residentiary, notwithstanding the slatnK 
made by the late Bp. Gilbert, restricting the nnmber of reeidentiariii 
to 8. 

At BaaweU, Apr. 2, A.D. 1587. 

31. Licence to William Hill, M.A., to be a preacher in the vnlgir 
tongne, and in Latin, in any suitable Chnrches and places in ike 

At BanweU, Aug. 16, A.D. 1587. 

82, Licence granted by the Bp, to Edward White of Wells to prac- 
tise as a doctor. 

Given at Wells, April 20, AJ). 1586. 

33. Confinnation by the Bp. to Thomas Brigham of Carersham b 
Oxford of his right in the Advowson of Asheburie Eectory, Berks, whid 
he has derived from Boger Baylio of Dorchester in Dorset, to whtmi it 

34. Bobert Godwyn, BA.., ordained deacon in the Bp.'s cb^ at 
BanweU on Oct. 29, A.D. 1587. 

85. Licence to preach granted to Philip firye, clerk, of Thnrloztoo. 
At BanweU, Nov. 17, A.D. 1587. 

86. Certificate by the Bp, that he has admitted Joseph CoUier, BJ-, 
to be his private chaplain, in accordance with the statute for the appoiot- 
ment of the private ctiaplains of noble men. 

At BanweU, Nov. 10, A.D. 1587. 

37. Licence to preach granted to Edmund Brickenden, M.A. 

At BanweU, Oct. 23, A.D. 1587. 



38. Licence to Edward Pjnee, clerk, to serve in any pariah chnrcb 
in tho dioceae. 

At Banwell, Dec. 28, A.D. 1587. 

39. Certificate bj the Bp. that be had on Dec. 28, in the parish 
church of Banwell, admitted to the Diaconate and immediately after to 
the Priesthood, Thomas Wood, B.A., of S. John's College, Cam- 

At Banwell, Dec. 28, A.D. 1587. 

40. Licence to the same T, Wood to preach. Same date. 

41. Licence to Mr. John Snowe, parson of Kingston Seymer, to cele- 
brate marriage between John Badmau and Alice Hannam of Yatton, 
during the prohibited season. The banns have been dnly published. 

Given at Banwell, Feb. 18, A.D. 1587. 
This entry is in English. 

42. In the Bp'e manor house at Banwell between 9 and 11 o'clock on 
Feb. 6, A.D. 1587, Thomas Wells, curate of Brean, was thrice cited and 
pronounced contumacious for not appearing. He presented himself 
after midday and was absoWed. No statement of the case. 

43. Licence slmilai' to No. 41, gnmted to Th, Jenkyns, cnrate of 

44. Boyal brief similar to No. 9. Dated Feb. 12. 

45. Similar to No. 10. Dated April 13, AJ). 1588. 
A.D. 1587. 

46. June 8. William Marter to Walcotte It. 

47. July . Christopher Perin, M.A., to fiympton R. 

48. July 2. Francis Qodwyn, M.A., to Weston in ZoyJand V. 

49. Nov. 28. Thomas Powell to Fiddington R. 

50. Dec. 1. Philip Frye to West Monucton E. 

51. Dec. 2. Thomas Crane, M.A., to South Cadbnrie B. 

52. Jan. 8. Hugo Davyes to Brockley R. 

53. Jan. 17. Rowland Burrell to Brumpton Ralph R. 

54. Feb. 16. Henry Kindar to Coledge B. 

55. March 3. Robert Carr, M.A., to Thorn Paulcon B. 

56. March 3. Bichard Teem to Buckland Diuham Y. 

57. March 3. Thomas Jenkin to Backwell R. 
A.D. 1588. 

58. Mar. 29. John Gibbes, B.A., to Northcorie V. 

59. April 1. George Darbye, B.A., to Ernishi]! R. 

N.B. There were some institutions and admissions during the 
Archiepiscopal Visitation, but we have not the names. 

60. Certificate by the Bp. of the admission to the diaconate and 
priesthood of William Lnfie, in the chapel in the Palace at Wells, on 
April 5. 

Given April 10, A.D. 1588. 

61. Similar to the last. Thomas Merest, B.A., is orduned. 

62. Similar to No. 36. But J. Collier is now M.A. 
Given at Banwell, Aug. 22, A.D. 1588. 

63. Licence to Joseph ColUer to be a preacher. Same date. 

64. Similar to No. 36 in favour of Richard Dodde, M.A. 
Given at Banwell, June 20, A.D. 1586. 

65. Similar to No. 63, in favour of R. Doddc. Same date as last. 



c*?^!SS ^' ^i'^"'^*' **• Thomas Knight of Yatfon and JoboDoa Crooker of 

VbS^*^ Cheddar, who have entered into a contract of marriage in the pariah 
~~ cburch of Kingston Seymer, to be married without banns. 

Given at Banwell, Sept. 13, A,D. 1638. 

67. Similar to No. 63, in Eavoar of Thomas Wytbera, nuper rector of 
Boade. Sept. 20, A.D. 1588. 

68. Similar to No. 60, in favour of Robert Parkes, M.A., ordained in 
the private chapel at Banwdl. Sept. 7. 

Given at Banwell, Sept. 10, A.D. 1588. 

69. Simikr certificate of the admission of Robert G<>dwyn, BA.,to 
the priesthood in the private chapel at Banwell on Sept. 27, AJ>. 

70. Grant bj the Bp. of an annuity of £10 to John de Cardenaa, 
al» Carcenas, al' Ciprian. 

Given at BanweU, Oct. 30, A.D. 1586. 

71. Similar to No. 60, in favour of John Wyatt, literate, admitted to 
the diaconate in the private chapel at Banwell, Nov. 1. 

72. Similar to No. 63, in favour of John Wynter, at Banwell, Not. 1, 
A.D. 1588. 

73. Similar to No. 60, in favour of Hngh Collins, B.A., ordained 
deacon, in the private chapel at Banwell, Edward Dongbtie, M,A., as- 
sisting. Nov. 3, A.D. 16S8. 

74. Similar to No. 63, in favour of John Tmatram, clerk, of Chew 
Magna. Jan. 7, A.D. 1588. 

75. Similarly Henry Beeny, Vicar of Stanton Drew. Same date. 

76. Similar to No. 60, in favour of John Wyatte, deacon, admitted lo 
the priesthood in the parish church of Banwell on March 25, A.D. 

77. Similarly Thomas Collier, B.A. 

78. and Thomas Lewis, Literate, admitted at the same time 

79. Similar to No. 60, in favour of John Rowse, on the same day. 

80. 81. Similar to No. 9 and 10. 

A.D. 1588. 

82. May 10. Thomas Cl^ham admitted to Tatton Y. 

83. May 20. Thomas Methwyne to Norton Phi. V. with Henton 


84. May 30. Edward Tynes to Combe XV. prebend. 

85. June 19. John Hurford to Orchard B. 

86. July 8. Evan Owen to Camely E. 

67. July 12. William Clement to Ingasbeccmbe V. in Bath Deanerj. 

88. Aug. 9. John Morgan to Ezforde B. 

89. Oct. 15. Thomas Jones, M.A., to Buckland Dinham prebend. 

90. Oct. 18. Anthony Eglesfield, M.A., to ChewtonV. 
01. Oct, 23, Tobias Walkwood, MA., to Beckington R. 

92. Oct. 25, Robert Pynne to Oacke R. 

93. Oct, 25. Simon Mathew, M.A., to Exton R. 

94. Oct 26. John Bourne, M.A., to Shdford R. 

95. Oct. 28, Laurence Uppington to Witbycombe R. 

96. Oct. 31. Edmund Brickenden to East Quantox R. 

97. Dec 17. Thomas Higgings to Barton Davyd B. 

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98. Jon. 14. Bobert Bt^nald, B.A., to Boade B. 

99. Feb. 4. John Lan^ortb, S.T.P., to Arcfadeacoary of Wells. 

100. MarGb 6. Ralph Bixtoa, B.A., to Kingadon R. 

101. March 6. Samuel Brookea to Buckland Diaham V. 

102. March S. Richard Martjn, M.A., to Bymplon R. 

103. March 12. Aothonj Eglesfield, M.A., to Ghewton V. 

104. Marah 21. Guydou Gliatou, B.A., to Homebloton R. 

105. March 22. John Paige to Beiron' R. 
A.D. 1589. 

106. March 28. John Bowse to LjmingtoD R. 
A.D. 1588. 

107. March 14. Robert Wolfnll, M.A., to Westoo ia Zoyland V. 

~ 108. Thomas CcJlier ordained priest in the private chapel at Banwell, 
m the presence of W. Marston, precentor of Exeter, and Joseph 
Collier. May 8, A.D. 1589. 

109. Similar to No. 60, in fikvoar of William Gjlberte, M.A., and 
Robert Tynley, M.A., ordained in the parish Church of Banwell. May 
18, A.D. 1589. 

110. Similar to Ko. 63, in favour of John Dickin, B.A. April 19. 

111. Timothy Maye, B. A., ordained deacon in the private Chapel at 
Banwell. June 29. 

112. Robert Potter, literate, ordiuned deacon in tlie parish Church of 
Banwell. July 6. 

113. Similar to No. 60, in favour of Robert Traske in the parish 
Church of Banwell on Sunday, July 13. 

114. Licence to preach ^uted to W. Parr, B.A. Aug. 3. 

lis. Similar to No, 113, in favour of Henry Parry, M.A., and John 
Walmesley, B.A. April 24, A.D. 1589. 
116,117. Similar to No. 9, 10. 
118, 119, 120 are the same as No. 104, 105, 106. 
A J). 1589, 

121. April 11. William Dicke to Elworthy R. 

122. April 19. John Dirkin, M.A., to Monnksilver R. 

123. April 30. Richard Thomas to High Littleton V. 

124. May 14. Robert Peerse to Sanford Orcas E. 

125. May 19. Robert Cooke, B.A., to Poicole R. 

126. May 22. WiUiam Pymme to Kilton V. 

127. June 14. John Baber, M.A., to Chew Magna V. on the pre- 

sentation of Eatherin^ widow of Edward Baber, 
Esq' of Chew. 

128. July 2. Thomas Pembridge, M.A., to Skilgate R. 

129. July 5. William Marsson, B.L., to Combe 1. prebend. 

130. July 26. William Whitlocke, M.A., to Dultingcoto prebend. 

131. Sept. 2. Edward Hill to Wheathill R. 

132. Sept. 23. George Roche to Combe Abbas B. 

133. Similar to No. 113 in favour of James Millerd, M.A., in the 
private chapel at Banwell. Sept, 26, A.D. 1589. 

134. Similar to No. 113. in favour of Thomas Basden, M.A. Oct. 12, 
AD. 1689. 

135. Similar to No. 184, in favour of Henrv Symons, B.A. Jan. 9, 
A.D. 1589. 

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n.JK^.. 136- Similar to No. 185, in favour of William Osborne, B.A., scbolw. 

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HB8. Jan. 16. 

187-147. From Sept. 27 to Jan. 25. Hobert Carr, R. of Tbomefalcon ; 
Hugh Pyggot ; Th. Rocke ; Roderick Luellyn R. of North Stoke ; W» 
South, S.T.P. ; GerBon Davys, M.A. j W" Chessall, B.A. j W" Dicke, 
K. of Elworthy ; R' Hoopor R. of Chcwstoke ; John Powell, V". of 
-Shapwick; John Walhell, Curate of Cranmer; are lioensEd to preach. 

148, I4». Similar to No. 1 13, in favour of Thomas Jeay, M.A., on 
Feb. 8, and Henry WUIb, scholar, Feb. 16. 

150. Licence to preach to Thomas Collier, B.A., curate ofMelle. 

1S1-1S5. Are all ordinations, viz., of Walter Hnssey, William Cabl^ 
Samuel Davies, John Hallet, B.A. 

156, 157. Similar to No. 9, 10. 
A-B. 1589. 

158. Sept. 23. George Boche to Combe Abbas B. 

159. Oct. 17. John Wynter 1o Crowcombe R. 

160. Oct. 16. Hugo Collins, M.A., to Gompton Panncefote. 

161. Nov. 22. John Tnistram to Easton in Gordano V. 

162. Dec. 11. Walter Brian to Butcombe R. 

163. Dec. 19. Roger Gode, D.D., to S. Decuman's prebend. 

164. Dec. 19. Francis Godwyn, M.A., to Combe VIIT. prebend. 

165. Dec. 23. Thomas Manton, M.A., to be Chancellor in the 

166. Jan. 4. Francis Godwyn, M.A., to Forlook R. 

167. Jan. 15. John Wyat to Priston R. 

168. Jan. 25. Morgan Jones to Whateley R. 

169. Feb. 6. Thomas Thackam to iDglishcombe V. 

170. Feb. 27. Robert Godwyn, RA., to Dinder prebend. 

171. March 12. The same Robert Godwyn, B.A., to KingEttm 
Seymer B. 

A.D. 1590. 

172. April 13. John Hallet, B.A., to Pendomer R. 

173-179. Are all ordinations in tlie Church of Baowell, viz., Cadwal- 
lader Hughes and ChriBtopher Whitle, M.A.s. ; Jonas Lacy, M.A. ; 
Richard Eborne, literate ; Alex. Emmotte, B.A. ; Wm. Whitlotike, JU. A. ; 
Robert Lutlcy, literate ; James Smarto, scbolu ; between May 24 and 
Sept. 27. 

160-201. Are all licences to preach fVom April 1 to April 23, A.D. 
1590, to Rd. Martyn, M.A., Th. Clapham, Rd. Thomas, John Printer, 
John Cough, Alex. Spraggote, Arthur Colynge, M.A., Th. Cooke, 
M.A., Hen. Sothertou, M.A., Wm. Evans, Swithin Sambome, 
M.A., John Wyat, Edmund Watts, M.A., Wm. Jones, Edward 
Dowghtye, M.A., Thomas Keen, B.A., John Penven, M.A., John 
ParsouB, B.L., Edmund Burton, M.A., James Dugdall, M.A., John 
Davidge, M.A., Owen Griffith. 

An acknowledgment by Thomas Mlllewgan, curate of Ilchester, 
given atBmton, July 31,A.D. 1593, that be had received this book and 
left it with bis lord (domiunm meum). 

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A Bmall parcel conttuDing 12 loose documenU in a suit between Gyles 
Haot to wiiom Dean Creighton had let the Deanec; for three yeara 
from Oct. 6. 12 Car. II., and Dr. Comeliua Burgea. The Defendant 
had ejected the aaid G. Hunt by force. 

Several of the papers state the Dean's claim to the house, describing 
the foundation of the Deanery by Bp. Kobert — the surrender made 
by Dean William ritzwiUiam in 1 £. VI., which being contrary to the 
Ststntes of the church, and the Dean's oath, was confirmed tJie same 
year by an Act of ParliameDt, which dissolved both the Deanery and 
the Archdeaconry of Wells — tlie grant made of these by the king on 
July 9, 1 E. ^I., to the Duke of Somerset — the bai^ain made in 
4 £. VI., between the said Duke and Bp. William, for the exchange of 
the Bp's Palace for the Peanery — the restoration of the Palace to the 
Bp. on the attainder of the Duke, and possession of the Deanery given 
to the Xing 6 E. VI. The document goes on to stale that it would 
seem that the Deanery was then given to Dean Gioodman, for in the 
suit March 21, 3 Elis. between Goodman and Turner, the said Qoodmao 
ia removed " a Decanatu ac a domo mansionali ejuadem." Since that 
time it has remained in the possession of the succeeding Deans. 

The list of Jurymen is given, but not the result. 

The parcel also contains the following valuation of the Deanery in 
A.D. 1&19. 

'' All that capital Messuage or Manaion House with the appurtenances 
&c. &c. consisting of a Sayre gate house at the south entrance thereof, 
with lodgings over the same, together with one large Hall, two ffayre 
Parlours, a large Kitchen, Buttery, Larders, and Cellars, with divers 
other necessary Roomes below Stayres, a faire Dyning roome, and many 
Lodging roomes with a large Gallerye over the same, a large Stable, 
and Coachhouse, and other outhouses, £210. 

" Mem. The materialls of the said mansion house, the taking downe 
and severing the same being deducted, are valued att £210. 

'* All those orchards, gardens, and back sydea, with the appurtenances 
ac^oyning and belonging to the last meo^oned premisses as a parcell 
and member thereof encompassed with a high stone wall and devided 
with severail stone walla for conveniency thereof, cooteyning by esti- 
mation Three Acres more or less, per annum £9. 

" Mem. All the premisses above-mentioned are by virtueof a graunt 
from Mr. Edward Carle and Joseph Hill, Agents to the Committee of 
the Conntie of Someraett, in the occupation of John Bnrgeaae, gent., 
for one year to end the 15th of March 1650 att the yearly Rent of 

There is a similar document in which the materials of the Chapter 
Souse are vtdued at £160. 

Upon a loose sheet of paper there is a copy of the Besolntions of the 
Grand Committee upon the Bill of Si^ touching the purchase of 
Biahopa' and Chapter lands. 

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wsLi^ Among some loose papers the followine ocaurs-— 

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p- 2. After the said certiflcale William FitzvriUiam, Deane of Wella, did 

grauDte and surrender to King Ed. 6 the office of Deane and part of the 
mannOFB and lands Woaging by deed acknowledged bnt not iDrolled 
vizt. : 

13 M artii, 1 £. 6. — Willelmus Fitzwillism decanus Gccleaie Cathedral 
Wellen: in com: Sams' aciatia me prefatum decanum certis de cauais et 
consiliis me ad presona specialitor moveotibua, dedisse, concessisse et 
hoc presenti scripto meo conGrmasse domino nostro Edwardo 6 Regi, 
&c. totum decanatum meam eccleaie Cathedralis WclleD predict : ac totum 
oificium et dignitatem meum decanatus Ecclesie Cathedralis Wellen; pre- 
dicti ac omnia ilia dominia et maneria mea do Marke Modesley Wedmore 
et More ac hundredum meum de Bempston cum omnibus et singulis suia 
juribns membrts et pertinentiis universis, ac omnes illaa Rector i as et 
Ecdcsiaa meas de Marke et More, et Prebendam meam de Byddesham, 
ac totam tltam capellam meam, de Biddisham cum omnibus et singulis 
suis juribus et pertinentiis in dicto cumitatu Som: Ac omnia advoca- 
tiones, &c. de Marke et More, ac prebendam et capellam de Byddesham. 
Necnon omnia et singula measuagia domos cdiiiGia & cum pertinentiis in 
Marke, Modesley, Wedmore, More, Bempston, et Biddesham in dicto 
Gomit Soms* ac alibi ubicunque in eodem comitatu seu in aliquo alio 
comitatu dictis dominiis, Maneriie, Rectoris, &c., spectantibus, Ac. Ac 
etinm omnia et singula alia dominia, manor:. Rector:, Prebend:, Ac, &c 
... ubicunque infra regnum Anglic dicto decanatui et officio et dig- 

[Cti7le,p.lSS.] nitaji decanatus ecclesie Cathedralia Wellen quoquomodo apectautia, &c. 
Habond pre^ito domino noatro rc^ Edwardo 6 heredibus, sssig:, sois in 

Capt et recog coram me Ed. North, Milt. Cancellar, curse Augmenta- 
tionum, &c., xtL Martii, Anno 1 E. 6. 

CouucHA AccomtTB. 

Archdeacon Archer in bis Cbronicon Wellense, written at the 
beginning of the last century (the MS. is kept iii the Cathedral 
Library) gives information about the number of Canons resident from 
year to year, which must It seems have been derived from Communa 
Itolls, for 49 years between the years A. D. 1327-1539. But of these 
49 Rolis there ore now to be found only 25 and 2 more which are not 
noted in his list. 

The earliest of these rolls is for the year A.D. 1327-8. 

Computus Joheoinis FlemHtok Communarii Eccl; Wellen; a festo S 
Michaeiis A.D. 1327 usque ad idem featum sequens. 

Arrears of the preceding year, 216/. 10#. Sd. 

Total receipts from arrears of the Chapter Manors after payments of 
debt to W. de Peucrich, late Seneschal, and others 29il. 18*. lOjrf. 

Of this Hum 294/. 18a. 8d. is divided equally among 16 canons 
resident during that year, leaving 2^d. as a gift to the Communor. 

Receipts from all the Chapter Manors, and Rectories let to iArta, 
595/. 2s. id. A list ia given of the separate it«ms. 

£ s. d. 

Expenses. In Communa Canonicorum pet annj - 185 10 8 

In proceasiouibus eoruudem; ■ - 4 S 8 

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In obitu ejusdem in pane paapemm 
In obitu regis Ricardi 
In vino empto pro ceua et die Fascbe 
In Tino empto per annum 
Many entries of expea§eB for obits, &c., : 
Chaplain, the Commnnar for his trouble, and I 
the bell, are pud, and the poor receive bread. 

Solut pro medietate decime dn" Regt per a _ 

a clero concesM 18/. Ss. Aid. (but part of the fignres are rubbed 
out and it may be 15/. 5j. i</.) vith a list of the churches, &C., on which 
the payment is made. 

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In dono snbvicecomiti - - - - - 10 

In cirotecis emptis pro eodem ... - 6^ 

In cterico ejuBdem - - - - - 3 4 

Fro [H'ocuratione dni Hugonia de Engolisma pro sexto 

anno more sue in Anglia - - - - 7 

Pro acquietancia 2i/. ; in dicta pecunia London defereuda 

Is. 2 2 

There are several snms paid also for journeys to Stoke-sub-Hamedon. 

t ». d. 
Fro viridi cera per manus Rogeri atte Wall ballivi per 

acqnieia&cias dicti Bogeri - • - - 4 

Several small sums paid to bailiflV, messengers, &c. 
Job* Brown, eunti Curiam Regiam apud Northampton 
pro brevibus impetrandis in oegoiiis Monerii de 
Knappe - ■ - - - -13 4 

Joh' Mansbupe nttomato existent! in Cur : dni Regis 

apud Ebor - - - - - - 1 fl 7 

Job* Coke deferenti litteras Capituli apud Ebor : - 2 6 

In expensie dni Tbesaurarii versus Gloucestre in negotiis 

capituli - - - - - 10 2 

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Several similar expenses and pentdons foUevr, e.g^ 
Selut: Magietro Laiirentio de U Barre pro expends 
sois et negotiis Capitolt in parliamento apnd 
Northampton - - _ - - - 3 

Clerico gcribenti Begistrum - - - - 6 fl 

la pergameno empto pro eodem et litteris pro generaJi 

convocatione - - - - - -20 

In expensis dfii Willi : de Codeworth euntis apud Saram 
ad explorandum de consaetudineTaoationis decanatns 
ibidem - - - - - - 2 6 

Several more obits. 

Total 373/. 12«. Id. 

A list of monies still dne to the Communar. 

Another abort list of expenses, in which are the following entries :— 
Dno: Ricardo de Rodenye studenti apud Qratintebrigg (ex- £ f. d. 

gratia canonicomm (much blotted) hoc anno residenti - 10 
Barlholomeo de Welynton pro roba eua hoc anno - - 1 6 8 

Balance, 367^- 5», 9Jd., et sic erit portio 15 canonicomm hoc 

anno residentium, 241. 19s. 8d,, et Qd. dat communario. 
The names of the 15 canons resident. 

The roll for A.D. 1843-4, John Caramel, communar. 

Begins with arreara 34W. 10«., which are divided among 17 caooas 

The boy bishop is now called "parvus episcopna." 

41bs. of wax are bought for the obsequies of Isabella la Courl«D7>, 
and J, de Bello Campo. 

There is paid to the Frier of Tanton, collector for the Cardinal, for 
the temporalities and spiritualitiea of the Gathedral, Gs. lO^d. at ^d. in 
the 1^ 
: To Raymond pagfio pqtal nuncio, for his first year, 7x. 

For the building of the Chancel of 8. Cuthbert's, 20/., besides the 
20/. 9s. Q^d. given in the last account. 

In dono Decani et Capituli juratoribus hundredi de Nortfacory eiis- 
t«nt coram Will" Thorp et sociis suia justiciariis dni Regis apud Wellen: 
13«. Ad. 

Solut dno. "Ep" : pro dedicatione magai altaris de Stoke, 3/. Gs. Sd. 

In expensib unius garcicmis euittia uaque Marlebergh cum littera diii 
Hen : de Carleton ad inquirendum de adventu dne regine, I2d. 

Solut pro quodam amerciamento in Curia de Wylton quia Decanua 
non fecit personalem sectam ad dictam curiam pro Bikenalre, 3s. id. 

Item Will° de Worstane advocato Decani et capituli in Curia CantagK 
pro pensione sua de anno isto, 21. 

Total expenses, 415/. J5s. 5|rf. 

Other arrears due come to 425/. Is. 8d. Sundry other expenses are 
allowed, leaving a balance of 413/. 15a, 9d. to be divided among 19 
canons resident, wiiose names are given. 

The account is carried on upon the back of this roll. 

£ *. d. 
Paid to the Fabric - - - - 7 

„ Master of the School - - 1 6 8 

„ Gustos of the Organ - - 13 4 

„ for mending the Organ 
„ Carbon • - - -2d 

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Fro tabula dominion 2\d, Id verc^ros ad idem, \d, ; 

ID fi»Gtura, 2d, 
In 15 litteria UluminaDdis super uiuim legendam pro 

WyneBCombo - . . . - 

For writing tbe aaid tegeoda, \0d. ; for biDdiog it, Bd. ■ 
For mending four big belle in two clooheria 
For mending the " Clapar " of the bell called " Maria " - 
For mending diverse bells in the great clocberium 
For mending two bells in the campanile versus curiam 

dni decani .-.--. 
For a clapper for the bell called " Peter " • - 

For a baudrip for the big beU called '■ Buttone " 
For a clapper foi- the beU called " Buttone " r 
For new hanging the bell called " Donaton " - 
There are several other entries similar to the above,, but 

no other names of bells. ' Total, 10/. 9s. lid. 

A new form of entrj follows here (BeMch is Bo'lich or Buiinch of 
later rolls.) 

Belrich. Idem respondet de 57i. 2id. de arr anni precedentis. 

£t de 261. 3s. 4d. recept de Bdricli, 10/. 3*. 4d. in festo 8. Andree 
Apt: 10s. (a word torn off) Martir ; 6/. 3c. id. in tbsto Nat. S. Job* 
^pt:, et 106«. Hd. prime die Septembris, Ac, Ac. 

Total receipts under this entry 39/. 1 1». 6Jrf. .' 

Further expenditure on obits follows next, and is the last entry on 
this roll, but there are attached ro it two small documents. One an 
order from John de Gristeltone, clerk of tbe Dean, for the correction, of 
offences found in his visitation, addressed to Hugh, perpetual Vicar of 
Donden, ordering him to cite certain persons named to appear before 
him, and make answer to cettain charges (not specified). The other is 
an order to John Abbe, of Korthcory, to restore certain tithes which he 
confesses he has laken. 

The next Roll is for A.D. 1393-4. John Barington, communar. 

A new entry in thb Boll among the receipts is " feodi sigilli et alicorum 

Idem de 40«. rec : de Th : Croke de Malmesbury pro feodo sigilli super 
confirmatlone facta pet' capitulum super man umissione sua; et de5j. rec : 
de W. Westerely nuper magistro scolarum nomine decime; et de id, de 
armigero succeutoris nomine oblationum suarum per annum. 

Among the obits is one for King Edward and Queen Margai'et. 

Among the expenses a payment of 7s. lo the papal nuncio for tbe 
fourth year of his mission; for one half of the tenth to the King 
17/. 19*. 3i</. 

The sum divided among 20 canons (named) comes to 15/. 7c. Od. each., 

A new item among the expenses is an ell of canefas bought pro velo 
dedicatiouis et una parva campana, 9d. 

In 2 candelabris magnis eneis ad magnum altare, ultra 
20s. quos dni decanus et Gregory Botteley dederunt, 
et 70«. quos Job' Tyntenhull dedit, 51*. et sic est 
pretium - - - - - - 7/. 1«. Orf. 

For repairs to the hanging of the bell " Harewell " - 2s. lOd. 

In lines tela ad magnum altare - - -2s. 7d. 

For repairs to the clapper " Majoris Harewell " - 10*. Id. 

For repairs " magnorum organorum " - - - It. Od. 

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vblu Another new entn among the expenaea ie that of a stipend of U. to 

™m!**' '•^ ^ys who sing the Antiphon in honor B. Mary in the nave of the 
— church; and a payment of 16^. 8d, for wax <»na1es in the nave and 

behind the high altar. 

The next Roll ie A.T). 1394-5. John Bonyngdon, comnianar. 

The entries are very much the same as in the laeL Among the expenses, 
solut: feet; dfio Waltero Wynkalton pro qnadam fine facta per Joh" 
Russel apud Eboracum coram justiciariis dni Re^s nominti capituH pro 
eo quod quidam Henricus Grey nativue Decani et Capituli aligavit quod 
injustfl fuit incarceratuH ac de bonis suis spoliatus per eosdem, 3t. Bd.; 

The allowance to each of 20 canons (named) this year is 13^. I9t. Sd. 

Upon the back of the roll among the expenses there is another pur- 
chase of an ell of caaefas pro velo dedicationis ecclesie et una parva 
catnpana empta, 9d. 

Item in reparatioue Jhrauscote, 4d. 

There are repairs ad hostium CaiTCte comraunarii ad opus ecclesie pro 
diversia muuimentis cuetodJendia &c., and lock and key, and bare, and 
two pair of gemewea (binges) Ac. 

Bepairs also in the hanging of the three new bells " pendeutes in 
vetere campanile boriaIe,"for which, besidea money, the workmen receive 
" nonsyncb " (Pnunuh, lunch). In ligatnra ij portifer magnorum iacontium 
in choro in parte Decani de novo et tabbo pro eisdem 6t, &c. 

Avery common entry of sums of money given "in r^ardo" has now 
become " in rewardo." 

The cost of wax for the candles in the nave and behind the High 
Altar 1b this year 13*. 9d., quia cent carior est solJto. 

The next Boll ia A.D. 1400-1. John Bonyngdon, communar. 

Wine for the Altar this year oosts 21. 7*. 7d., in the iK^inning oF the 
year it costs Sd. per lagenam, afterwards fid. There is the uanal entry 
of wine " in cena Domini ct in die Fasch." 9*. Qd. at Gd. per lag. 

Jolin Russel receives for his labour in London, in the time of the 
Parliament, on behalf of the chapter 13<. 4(1., and Richard Bruton icx 
his expenses at the same time 51. i». 6d. 

There are many entries of legal expenses in connexion with property 
at Northc(»7, and houses, and also 11«. \0d. paid for meat and drink 
for the prior of W^orcester and others at Pokelchurch, during two days, 
whither they had come on business in place of the Bishop, sede vacante. 

To the servant of Sir Gilbert Denys for bringing " carnis ferine " from 
Pdcetchurch to Wells for the canons residentiary, 2«. 

There are several more entries about Pokelchurcli ; and the usual 
entries of payments to the King's and papal collectors. 

Total payments, 425/. 7s. &^d., leaving for 16 canons resident to re- 
ceive 24/. 2«. Qd. each. 

There are further entries as usual upon tlie back of the roll. Among 
tiie expenses, Gs, Sd. is paid " pro j drakone de novo fact ad portandum 
ante processionem in rogationibus." 

" Item pro emendetlone unius magne crucis cotidiane, ct pro ymagine 
Sti Salvatoris in dicta cnice de novo deauranda, 6;. 8f/. Item sotnt 
cnidam famulo dne comitisBe Cantie pro portatione duorum novorum 
pauQorum de auro ex dono dicte comitieae pro sepulcbro, 20«. 

Also 2t. Sd. for bread and wine for the burgesses of the city when 
their seal was attached to the deed about Moner's house. 

The payments for wax candles in the nave, and behind the High Altar 
oefore the cross there, and also for the 6 cbaplnina who celebrate at the 
Altar of S. Nicholas in the Chapel of B. Mary juxta elanstmm are 

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this year 16«. 7d., M 6d. per lb. " et eo plus solito quia matntioe ia Vxlli 
cboro (in nocte in the next roll) dicuntur a festo S. Triaitatia usque ad ^^£^ 
Vincula S. Petri aue solebant die! ia die." -•— 

Vincula S. Petri que solebant die! in die.' 


The next roll ia A.D. 1407-8. Robert Burgh, communar. 

Sir GilbertDenjrs now appeare as lirmariusof PokelchorchCburcb at 40/. 

The enlries for legal expenses are more than usual, in BOine rases 
against Huuipbry Stafford. 

2/. As. lid. ia paid to the Abbot of Clivc, collector for the aid at l\d. 
in tbe £, " ad curiam RomBuam trans mi ttend ; in ultima convocatione 
prelatorum concess :" 

Total expenditure, 416/. 12«. M. Arrears due, 303/. 1&. \l\d., 
leaving 20/. Os. G^d. each lo 19 canons (named) after all debts ai-e paid. 
Among the expenses upon the back of the roll, Edward Griover receives 
20f/. for making the Savioar's tunic " pro ludo in ebdomada Pasche. 

Mnny of the books and vestments are repaired. 

The messenger who briogs a precious vestment given for the soul of 
the Lord de Lovall and de Holond receives 1/. Gs. 8d. 

The next roll is A.D. 1408-^. Robert Burgh, communar. 

The Bishop's " pulpit," and the Dean's " st^l " are repaired. 

Two "chtifkrys" are bought for warming the hands of the priest when 
celebrating tbe High Mass, 21d. 

In every roll there is an entry of the purchase of" pannum pro scaccario 
«ooperiendo tempore compoti," 4». 4rf. 

The next roll, A.D. 1414-3, Robert Burgh, communar. 

Mentions the " Little Harewell " bell, and nev hanging of 5 bells ; 
and new clappers which are brought from Sherborne. The eeneschal's 
expenses in going to Canterbury to treat with the exurs. of Arcbbp. 
Arundell "pro diversis vestimentJs habendis," 26«. 

For mending the " Judas bell," 4rf. 

Paid to John, the organist of Gloucester, in part for a small organ, 6».Sd. 

"Solut: pro ii virgis et ii Cathenis pro i portipbor et i psalterio ex 
dono magri Bicardi Drayton in cboro continen: iii pedes, cuilibet, 8*. 9rf. 
Item pro fusione iij gunnys cent : 40 lb., 7t. Item pro 14 lb. enois pro 
predic: 2s. fit/. 

" Item pro lecterno ad snpportand: libi-um juris canonicalis ex parte 
boredi chori, 2(. 5d. 

" Pro ferro ad ligandum gunnas predictas, 16^. 

" Pro emendatione j pelvis vocat jumel in medio chori et pro " auri- 
calco ad idem, 2i. Et pro ij. cordulis pro pelve voc: jumel, id." 

Roll, A.D. 1416-7. Robert Burgh, communar. 
Among other expenses, "pro miasis in capitulo per annum, 8». lOrf. 
" Item in i-ewardo sacriste pro custodia cymbal, 3«. 4rf. 
*'Ih rewardo Joh' de Gloucester factori organorum, 14*. 4rf. 
"In rewardo Waltero Bageley, vicario pro organis custodiendis et in 
" w ludendis, 10»." 

Boll, A.D. 1417-8. Robert Burgh, communar. 

Among the expenses " in rewardo fact : vicario de Pokylcherch pro 
edificatione cancelle de Abbatyston ex precepto presidentis et capitnli, 

" Paid to tbe fir^nurius of South Barowe for repair of the chancel 
there, 3». 5rf." 

There are also entries about paving the via regja in the town before 
certain houses. 


978 msTOBiOAL hanuscbipts commission. 

Meven cuionB resident receive 37/. St. 6<l. each. 

Paid for 49 lbs. of wax for (wo great torticii 13 ft. long, 24«. Sd., 
and for 6 lbs. of rosin and 9 Ibe. of IJchnos for the some, 4s. 9d,, and 
for making them, 2i. 

For 2i elb of various coloured dlk to make a ** endarium ad circam* 
veniendum corpus dominicum in festo corporis Christi," 4s. 2d. 

"Item pro uno pip : de anro ad idem, 2s. 2d. 

Id addition to the usual entry pro toga S. Salvatoris pro ludo in Ebda 
Fascb, there is here " Et pro ij. barbia pro ij. palmers, I6d. 

Also there ia paid to John, organist, of Grloncester, for the great 
organ in the choir, and the organ in the chapel of B. Mary, II. 13t. id. 
And as usual a payment of 20s. to the boys for singing the Antiphon in 
hononr of B. Mary before her image by the door of the choir. 

Boll, A.D. 141&-9. Bobert Bargh, communar. 
The vicar of Fokelchurch receives 13«. 4d. more in rewardo for his 
expenditure on the chancel of Abbatiston. 

Roll, 1428-9. Nicholas Taunton, communar. 

The vicar of Bnmham is paid in rewardo, 6a. 8d., for his trouble in 
coming diverse times to Weils, and bringing money for the manumissiun 
of John Uardyng, oTBumham. 

16 caaona receive 28'. 14«. 9\d. each. 

Six staffs for the rectors of the choir are repaired and piunted for 2$. 

This roll is a double one and measures 10^ feet in length. 

Boll, A.D. 1430-1. Thomas Chelyngton, communar. 

The usual entry of money spent on the choristers dress thb year 
takes the lorm " magistro choristarum pro 6 chorietie et trlbus tabular 
pro eomm vestura," 60*. 

Candles are made, "de sepa" 
15 canons receive 261. 13*. 5{d. each. 

Boll, A.D. 1437-8. Hiomns Chelyngton, commnDar. 

The expenses of John the cnrsor of the church in riding to York to 
' fetch the veetmraita bequeathed bj the Lord Henry Bowet, 16f. id. 

In one initial S <£ the word " Snmma" in this roll is inscribed the 
legend " AnxUium meom a domino." In another " Qunm canis o« 
" rodit sociare pinribus odit," The latter belongs to the dividon of 
the surplus, 36?/. 6s. 3^d., among the canons residentiary, who are this 
year only 13 in number. 

The organist's fee is Qi, 9d, 

Boll, A.D. 144fi-6. John Fedeweli, commnnar. 

Ron, A.D. 1446-7. John Pedewell, commnnar. 

The expenses of Stephen Morpath at Winchester at the trigesimale 
of the Lord Henry Beanford, Cardinal and Bishop there, when treating 
with the exors. of the said Cardinal, for one day and night, for 6 horses, 
2 servants, and 3 documents (auppticationas) 5a, Sd. 

12 canons TeneWe 34/. 19*. 4d. each. 

144 ells of Buban lacys at Salisbury fair at 15d. the ell, 18*. Hd. 

This roll was produced A.D. 1667, Jan. 24, in the sail the D. and C. 
V. Charles nirlby. 

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Boll, AD, 1448-9. Jolin Pedewell, caminuitar. 

The expenaea of the leDescfaal Alex Uody "in tranalatione S, Cath- 
berti " 5». 5d. 

II canons receive 34^. 9i. 6d. each. 

Boll, A.D. 1449~S0. John Fedewell, communar. 

Expeuses of WiUiam Ewell when sent to Salisbury to make inquiry 
about the ftrrival of French people (Gallorum populorum) at South- 
ampton 2>. 

Expenses of Thomas Coker when sent to Salisbury to make inquiry 
about the insurgents there (" inRurrectoribne ibidem contra pacem ") 

John James is also sent to Salisbury on Sept. 23. 

Expenses of the Ixird de Bonvyle, Edward Hull, Walter Rodeney, 
John Wake, Alexander Hody, Ricb^d Chock, and other ooble men 
who came to Wella for the defence of the church of Wells, and its 
ministers 3/. 16«. U^d. 

II canons receive 36/. 13*. 7|d. each. 

The sacrist for his great labours in the exercise of his office in 
ringing the great bells in the western tower since the time of the ruin (rf 
die high tower "tempore decasus alte turris" receives 6s. Sd., and 
26a. Sd. for the four jnrerioua years. 

Boll, A.D. 1455-6. John Pedewell, communar. 

The repairs of the cbancet of Modford Church, " quasi de novo fact :" 
cost 29^ 9t. 7d., under the superintendence of Mr. John Shelford. 

13 canons receive 26/. 5t. &^ each, aiter payment of 443/. 4t, 2^ 
in the Qsoitl annual expenaes. 

Boll, A.D. 1461-2. John Pedewell, communar. 

Boll, A.D., 1470-1. John Combe, communar. 

" 21b. de canabo pro crinalibas fiendis ad 3 Marias ludentes nocte 
Pasche 6dL, pro 3 quoyfesempt: addictas 3 Marias Sd., etproSquacters' 
de finstike ul tincturam dictarum crinalium 6d." 

Boll, A.D. 1473-4. John Combe, communar. 

Boll, AJ). 1478-9. John Menymau, communar. 

Boll, A.D. 1490-1. John Menymaa, communu'. 
AmMig the revalues are 17/. 14«. Qd., the rents of 15 hooaes in Wells- 
built by Bp. BeckingtoD at his own expense, and given .to the Chapter, 

EoU, A.D. 1497-8. John Touker, communar. 

The expenses of the Ep". Tinensis and W. Beket riding to London 
during 15 days with 10 horses are 6/. 5». lOj^d. 

Boll, A.D. 1505. William Capron,oonHnunar, his Si^ year, and Thomas 
Tinensis Ep' seneschaJ. 

The form of aocounl is now changed, each separate' manor and fwarce 
of revenue being entered in a pan^aph by itself. 

The Chapter contribute towards the BidieleRtent of the now chancel at 
Northcory in this year 6/. 14». 4rf. 

Boll, A.D. 1514. W. Gapron, communar. 

Roll, A.D. 153S. Bichard Eryngton, commnnai. 
The first. part of this roll is printed from Chyle's History in Mr. 
Beyndd's Wdls Cathe^al, p. Ixxxiii. £«. 

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Roll, A.D. 1539. John G^e, commaaar. 

The proceHBion on S. Mark's Day seems to have ceased. 

The boy Bishop still receires pay. 

For the first time there is ao obit for " King Ine the original founder 
of the Churcli," 13*. 4rf. 

The Berlych money is now paid by the K'mg, because the hoase hu 
been dissolved. 

The receipt from Brnton of 4/, 13». 4d. is now "de Abbate nnper 

Roll, A.D. 1547. Andrew Thome, commnnar. 

The initial C. and S. are well drawn dragons. 

The sums formerly piud to the chaplains of chantries are now dirided 
into two parts, one to the chaplain, one to the King. 

Payment of 3/. 3«. 4d. is mode to the canons residentiary for the 
celebration for half a year of the mass in memory of Bishop Beckington 
at his altar, and 3/. 6». 8d. for his obit in the choir, and 1*. for wax for 
the obsequies, and 5s. for wax candles at the altar, and Is. to the 
Bftcrist Jbr the bell; to the communar 6>. 8d. for his labour, and lOt. to 
the clerk who keeps his chapel, and )«. 6d. for washing vestments. 

Similar pajments for Dean Gnnlhorp*s, but all other obit masses 
and obits have disappeared, and the King receives the revenues. 

Pensions on churches are now paid by the " Proprietors," " Reetori," 
and on chantries by " Govemorc " and " Possessors." 

The acoounls for the next six yesrs, from A.D. 1547-53, aro lU 
included in one roll. A. Thome, communar. 

The manorial property is altogether omitted from the receipts of 
these years, and the payments to the canons from the expenses. 

The receipts are from the old endowment of obita, Ac., and the 
expenditure is only upon the salaries of the vicars chon^ who are sU 
named and receive from 3^. to 21. each, and other officials. 

The next roll is A.D. 1559-60, the irst year of Th. Hoc^ier, 

This roll returns to the older forms, and includes manorial receipts 
and dividends to the canons, and all the usual cathedral expenses. 

Roll, A.D. 1560-1. Thomas Hooper, communar. 
A long roll with all the usual entries. 

There is also among these rolls one belonging to the vicars choral for 
the year A.D. 1669-70. 

EscHAETOBT AccximiTa. 

There are 36 Rolls extant between the years A.D. 1372-1560. 

CompotUB Johannis Modye escaetMis eccl : Wellen : a termino S. 
Micheelis A.D. 1372 usque ad idem festum proximum sequens. 

An-. 169/. U. 2d. anni precedentis. 

Keceptus oblationum. Idem respondet de 8». de oblatione provenicD' 
dum ad nundinas S. Kalixti, et de 13«. ob. de oblat; proveuienl: ad 
nnndinas S. Andree, et de 21f, provenient de [nxide S. Andree per 
annum, et de 3*. de oblationibus provenient: die sepuhnre et annirerearam 

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dotninornm.Nicb. Fonteabnrj', Job' Lutnbard, Roger Wjtechurch, Job* wells 

Curlelon, Rndulpb Ep*, et etiam Hogeri JoUblode, et de 13d. proven : de ^"uSS"'^ 

obl&t ; in die Pnsche, et de SO*, de palFredo et sella Magistri Nich : de — ' 
Pont«8hui V, et de 39*. 8rf. proven : ex legato Rogeri Joliblod pro obita 
sno et anniversario. Summa 6/. I5«. 9^d. 

Becept: novi provent: Idem reapoodet de 2t, 6d. de duabus croftie la 
bi Newestrele et de 5t. de domibus Crisline Barbour ibidem, et de I2d. de 
ano curtilagio in la Mnnterje (]uod Bolebat reddere cum domibus 
BupmdictiH. Summa 8*. 6d. 

Obits received in MicbaelmaB tenn — Elias Ffellard, R^inald Stori, 
"R^ Bnmpfeld, John de Axebrigge, Robert Burnell, Nicholaa Selboarne, 
Alice Boucb, Henry de Bath, Henry de Brattoo, William Archdeacon, 
Bishop Joceline, William de Button, Gitbeit Sanim, W&lt«r de Hakcbaue, 
William Boucb, Walter de S. Quentin, Galfred le Fferour, and Thomas 
Wodeford. In sum; of 5^ ., 6*., ICb., 20#., and in the case of W. de Button 
26*. 8d. Total 10/. 18*. 6d. 

Obite received in Cbristmae term — Elias, chaplain, Walter de Compton, 
Gilbert de Bingham, Adam GyGsycb, John de Cnmbe, William de 
Welhnmstede, Bichatd Button, Mabill Boucbe, John Watelegb, Willinm 
de Fnllon, Waller iNoreys, Rndulf Preciosue, John de Godelegh, Boger 
Cmk, Henry Huse, Stephen de Gioester, Luke Lundres, Radulf de 
Lnllyngton, Hugh de Bomeoale, John Martell, John Hubard, Hugh de 
^mynton (St. et non de majort summa quia . . . conceduntur Joh> 
Wareyn ct Thome ftntri auo ad terminnm vite eorundem), Henry 
Wyrcegtre, et de 6*. pro una processione coram ymagine beate Viiginu. 
Total 13/. 1*. Sd. 

Obits i-eceived in the term of the Annunciation — William de Bath, 
William Bution 'AH*.), Richard, King of England (20*.), William de 
Welyngton, Isaac de Mertok, Stephen de Tornaco, Walter de Homyngton, 
John Surrey, Peter de Ciceatre, Samuel d» Melles, Kichard Atteberc, 
John le Fibrter, Wilbert de Lyttlelon, William de Marchia, Walter the 
chamberlain, John de Herford, et de 5*. pro una proceseiime coram 
yma^ne S. Georgii proanima Willelmi Brocwortb — Total 11/. I3f.4d. 

Obita received in the term of S. John Baptixt — John Hoo, Walter 
Bumel, Hugh Greueford, John Chamfeld, Robert Buggelegh, Luke 
Membury, Richard Cobham, Henry Tesson, Bishop Radulf, John Pole, 
Humphry clerk, David de Welweton, John de Bution, Matthew de 
Stratlon, Henry de Lnndon, Luke de MeUesburjrii, Thmnas de Button, 
Roger Parson, Robert Netelton, and 24*. 4d, from renta of houses in 
Torlane and la Mnnterye tor the obits of Gilbert Byngham, Richard 
Bntton, and Henry de London, 21*. at the Feast of Gabriel the Arch- 
angel Jbr the obit of Hugh Rous, and 6*. 8d. for a procession on the 
Vigil of the Assumption for the obit of Hugh Rous. Total 18/. 14t.8d. 

Received horn the Frebend of Wedmore II. vacant by the death ot 
R<^r Wyte 4/. 

Total without arrears 65/. 12*. b^d. ; with arrears 234/. 13*. 7^. 

The rents of five houses are deficient because they are unoccupied. 
Total II. 11*. 

Distribution of oblaticm and arrears. 

To 7 vicets present at the Malulioal MaM on S. Caliztus day, 
Id. each. To the sacristan Id., to the choir 8d, to the guardian of 
the relics 4rf. 

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Item inter 57 penonas de Palfredo Nicbol Pont : 47«. 6d. cuilibet 
\Qd. Item polfredar : pro feodo sno '2i. Item inezpensta disti equi 
per tres dies \2d. Item in exeq: R<^«ii Joliblode ad dirige inter 
54persoDaB IZd. 6d., cuilibet Sd., Alt (Alteristoi), 3ef., Ohoro 3d.; 
ad Missam inter 54 personas 13#, 6d., cuilibet Sd., Al¥, 3rf., Choro 3d. 
Item in aaDiversario ejusdem ad dirige inter 52 personaa 6t. 6i/., cuilibet 
l^d., Alf Hd., Choro l^d. ; ad Missam inter 50 (?) personaa 4«. 7d., 
cuilibet Id., Alf Id., Choro Id. Item inter extraneos 2d. 

Total 4/. \2M.7d. 

Payments for obits in Micliaelmas term. 

In ex^uiia Helio ffellard ad dirige inter 44 personas ds. 6d., caUibet 
l\d., Alt l\d., Choro Ikd. In e . . . Reeinaldi Story et Bicardi 
Samfeld ad dirige inter 61 personas Ss. 6d., cnilibet 2d^ Alt 2d, 
Chor 2cf., ad Missam inter 51 personaa 4s. 3d. proportionately as in 
the last. 

Id e . . . Johannis Azebrngge, Robert! Bnmel, Nicholai Selboorne, 
Alice Booch, Henry de Bath, and Henry de Bratton, ad dirige inter 
54 personas 3Sa. 3d., cuilibet 8^d., AlL 6^d., Chor; S\d. ; ad Missam 
inter 68 persosas 38<. 9d., cnilibet 8d., Sk,, as in the last. 

In E . . Willelmi ArchJdiacooi ad dirige inter 49 personas 4s. Id. 

In E. Jocelini Ep' ad dirige inter 50 pereonaa 10*. ; ad Miwam 
inter 56 personas 9t. id., cuilibet 2d. &c. 

In E. Willelmi Button et Qilberti Sarum ad dirige inter 54 personas 
20s. 3d., cuilibet i^d. ; ad Missam inter 57 personas 20*., cuilibet id. 

Similar arrangementa for the obits ot Walter Haselchaue, Walter de 
S. Qoentin, with the addition of lid., in the latter case te be divided 
amoDg 7 vicars present at the Matutinal Mass of S. Catherine on 
her day. 

Total IW. 3*. 9d. 

SimilsT paymeato for 30 obits in Che C^uistBUH tAfm and 3s. It^., 
among 39 persons for a procession on the TigH of the ParifiGati<Mi. 
Total 11{. 14*. 10^. 

Similar payments for 13 olnts in the term of the Annunoatioo, 
and 4s. 8d. among 56 persona for a procession on the Vigil of the 
AnnunoiatioD to ' the iJter c^ S. CathariBe in the cloister, and lid. 
among 7 vicars present at the Matujinal Mass on the morrow at that 
altar, and 5d. among 40 persons present at the image of S. George. 

Total 9/. 5*. 7rf. 

Similar payments for 19 obits in the term of the Natinty of S. John 
Baptist. In this term there is one division " ad primam " of 3*. Sd. 
among 44 persons. 

Total 17/. 9*. id. 

ffecessary expenses. For torches at the altar of S. Savloor 20d, ; 
at the altar in die chapel <^ the Blessed Mary 10*. To the custodian 
of the fftbrick 4*. Also in one lb. of cummin to the Bishop 2^d. The 
Escheator's stipend for one year 6s. 8d. For the clerk who makes the 
accounts 3s. id. For parchment and paper bought for the account 8d, 
For 1 lb. of wax for the mass in the chapel of S. Catherine and " ad 
nund " (? nuudinaa) 7d. To the Sub treasure for the obit of Waller 
Compton 1 2d. For the repair of certain houses 4* • For the Escheator's 
ezpenses In going to Haipetrew for arrears due from that Prebend since 

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HISTOBICAI. MANtraCRIPTS ooHviasioir. 383 

the.Ume of John Lumbard, And to Chewton for an interriew wiili John „ Tnu 

Knygt on the Dew's behalf lOd. *'":^*" 

Total 1/. 12*. lljrf. — 

Total expeneea and payments &GL Hk. Id. 

Debts dne 178/. 3*. Bid. from the following sourcee. 

The Frebend ofShaldeford Tacant by the death of Rt. Chjkewell 
131. 6>. Sd. de anna 5SP. And 13L Q». 8d. from tbe same Frebrad, 
vacant by tbe death of Th. Bocketon, de anno 66^. And 40/. from the 
Prebend of Wedmore, at the first vacancy, caused by the death of John 
Carleton anno 60°. And 40/. from the Frebend of Hewish and Brent, 
vacant by the deaih of Eust Ep* Romana curie Oardinalis, Archds 
Wellen: eodem anno. Arrears for 48 years on the obit of Roger Cmk 
3/. I5s. On the obit of Walter Norreys 1/. 2*. 6d. On the obit of 
Balph Lultington payable by certain hooses II. Zt. 3d. for the years 
(13; 68, 69, 70, 71, 72. And it. from the Prebend of Harpetrew vacant 
by the death of John Lumbard Anno 66°- And 40/. from the Prebend 
of Brent and Hewieh, vacant by the death of Nich. Cardinal, Arcbdn. 
of Wells, anno 69°. 5/. 6i. fid. on the Frebend of Cnmbe XII., vacant 
by the death of John Newman, EVovost, eodem anno. 7/. on tbe obit 
of Hngh MouyngtoQ dae for the years 1364-70, wbch Stephen Hull 

Total 169/. 10(. lOd., and debts 8/. 12f. 8\d. 

These debts are distributed thus '.-As. for repair of a house in Chamber- 
lain Street. 4*. 4d. for the obit of William de Marchi a because 15*. 8d. 
and not more was found in the chest (piside.) St. to the Prior of the 
Hospital of S. John for certain honses. 6*. Sd, to the Precentor for 
boases " juxta le Glehall." To the Frebend of Wedmore II. 4/. To 
W. Wynd for his poverty de gratia anditoi-um I2d. To the accountant 
tor his great labour IOj. 8^. And there remains dne 3/. It. Od., which 
is distributed among 61 persons at the treasury at the winding up of the 
account, by the aocountutt, and thus he is olmr. 

Tbe Rolls for A.D. L380 and A.D. 1381 are very similar; but among 
tha receipts and offerings in the latter there are I4d. oblation " die 
^rasceve, et de 13*. 4d. de oblstione re^ et regine ; de oblationibna 
Mortnomm per annum 1/. 6«. Id." 

£t de 40*. de palafredo et sella dm°> Robert! Sambuc. 

Et de 41. 13*. 4d. de palafredo et sella Magistri Johannis Hors- 
inglon, Cancellarii. Et de 66*. Sd. de palafreda et sella magistri 
Ricardi Carleton. Et de 40d. de palafrido et sella magistri Roberti 

This roll is beantifully written and is in perfect urder. 

The next roll, AJ). 1391, is very similar to the above. 

The roll for AJ). 1399 contains among tbe usual oblations 18*. Ji/, 
de pixide Willelmi de Marchia. And 2s. lOd. de dn" Roberto Somerton 
VTcario de Chu bone memorie dm' Badnlpbi Erghum Ep* decano aive 
crucifero tempore quo corpus dicti dm> Ep* infra Falatium snum Wellen 
in capella ibidem jacuit inbumatum hoc anno. Et de 71. IBi. Bd. de 
palafrido cum sella dn' R. Ergbam nuper Ep'. Et de 16*. de pretio 
anius zone de serico argent: de mortnar; J. Gartborp jnaior: infra dotnnm 
canonicalem decedentis. 

Total receipts without arrears 96/. 11*. 2d. with arrears 807/. It.lOd. 

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The Roll for A.D. 1401 very perfect. It sfaowa that the pajmeDts 
from T&cant PrebeodB came from the Exors. of the deceased Fre- 

Boll A.D. 1402 balso s perfect one. Total receipts are 70^ 3s. 11^, 
With arrears 241/. 1*. ll^t;. 

A.D. 1408-1418 'are very similar. The offerings at William do 
Marchia's tomb have fallen to Id. 

A.D. 1425 contains oblations of 6*. 8d. from the Bp. of Winton, 
3i. 4d. IVom Thomas Polton, Bp. ; and 6«. 8d. from Humphrey Dale 
of Gloucester. And 4/. IZs. id. from the palfry and saddle of the late 
Bp. Buhbewith, and 21. from that of J. Eniglit. 

Total receipts 104/. 17*. S^ With arrears 219/. 11(. Oid. 

A.D. 1434, 1438, 1440, 1445, 1435, 1456, 1463, are alt very similar. 

In the later years, the nse of the belh at funerals, and processions in 
the chui-ch have increased, and the entries in general and obits are more 

A. D. 1469 there is an oUation of lOs. from King Edward, and of St. 
from the Dnko of Clarence, and 5*. from the Lady of Clarence, and 5d. 
fr(»n the Earl of Barwyke, made in the Dean's Chapel. 

A.D. 1472, 1473, 1481. 

AJ). 1491. AmoDg the oblatrons are 3i. id from Archbishop John 
Moreton, and 20*. from King Henry VII, ad tres vices ; and 4s. O^d. 
from the oblation on the day of the burial of Bishop Robert SttlliDgton, 
anti 21. the value of a pontifical ring de mortuario ejuadem. 

In this year there is also an obit of 33*. 4d. from King Edward IV.' 
This is a long and well written rtdl contuning many entriee. 

AJ>. 1495 is the first roll upon paper. Among the oblations are two 
t4^as as mortuary fees, and several offerings at anniversaries, which are 
a new form of oblation. 

A.D. 1498. The roll is again on parchment. 

The offerings at William de Marchia's tomb had frequently been nil, 
but are this year I2d. 

The Duke of Exeter offers 3s. ; the Lady de Mouhuns 

Total espenses for this year 108/. 2s. 8d. 

A.D. 1503. To the entry of " oblations " is now added '■' cnm mor- 
tnariis," which have become more numerous, 

A.D. 1506, 1509, 1510, 1511. 

A.D. 1514>. The mortuary and anoiversary offerings are 18 in 

AJ). 1516, 1519, 1521, 1525, 1530. 

There is a g^t here until A.D. 1544, when the oblations ad unndinas 
S. calixti et S. Andree have disappeared, and there remain only tlie 
oblntiona in diebus Forascere et Fasche, in die sepulture W. Budleigb, 
in die annirersarii !klgr> ffitzjames, and in die trigintal: Johannis Mil- 

The sums received for obits are all thrown together without any 
detail and occupy only 4^ lines. 

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A long list of houses, Ac., which nged to pay renls for obits bnt are 
now ruinoas, uninhabited, or granted ftway. 

The only distribution of oblations are lOd. to five vicara of the solemn 
mass on S. Catheriue's day at her altar in the Chapel of the Blessed 
Mai^ by the Cloister, 4d. to the Choristere, and 2d. to the Altarista. 

The paymeata for obits go on as usual, 

A.D. 1560. This, the next roll, has an initial letter a slrange 
dragon form, its claw grasping at a naked kneeliog Hgure, with me 
legend " Timor mortis conturbat me." 

ThoB. Hooper is the escheator. 

Thft contents cf this and of the next, A.D. 1561, roll are very siimlar. 

The I'eceipts are now from tenements and lands, from obit funds pay- 
able by tbo Archdeacons, the Vicar of Chew, the Montroye College, the 
Qoeen upon the dissolred boa«e of S' John Bapt: Wells, Gr. Owen on 
the Hospital of St. John Btpt: Bristol, another on Christ Church, 
Bristol, and from pensions paid by the holders of the property of thn 
dissolved house of Barlinub and Worspidng, &c. 

Total, 69/. 16*. Bd. 

Paymeata. To the Queen for diverse obits, 48/. 16t. 

Sundry small expenses. Total, 49/. 0*. Sd, 

There is also a loose sheet of paper which notes that in A.D. 1510 
the rents arising from lands assigned for obits, together with pensions, 
&c., amounted to 80/, I5s. ; but in the year A.D. 1570 the amount was 
only 68/> This wus until then accounted for by tho £scheator, but in 
that year the Chapter ordered that 48/. 16*. due on obits, and 129. 6d. 
payable to the King's receiver should be taken out of the Escheator'b 
account and be entei>;d upon the Commuuar's, leaving only 19/. 6*. for 
the Escbeator's account. 

Fabbice Bolls. 

A.D. 1390, 1457, 1481, 1492, 1501, 1506, 1550, 1565, are the only 
rolls remaining of early date. There are many more of later date, but 
they seem to contun few entries of general interest. 

Of the earliest of these fabrick rolls A.D, 1390 only the first half, that 
containing the receipts, remains, with some of the details of the 
expenditure upon the back. 

John Bovyndon is the master of the fabrick. 

Receipts; — 
Arrears from last year, 21/. 13*. 44. 

40«. from the Master of the House of S. Mark, Bristol, for the 

Easter and Michaelmas terms. 
40*. from the Prior and Convent of Bruton for the same terms. 
6t, 8^. from houses once held by T, Lychlade for Michaelmas term. 
4j, from W. Bome's house in Chamberlain Street for the same term. 
13«. 4d. from the Vicar of Stoke-sub-Hamdon for Easter term. 
5«. from the Abbot of the Convent of Keynsbam for the term of S. 
John Baptist, payable annually by the Prior for Lyttelton Church, 
10*. Od. from Uie Rector of Twyverton for the term of the Nativ: 
of S. John Baptist, as a pension. 

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6t. Bd. from the Prior and CoDTent of Berlych at S. Aiidreir*s 

ll(. 2d. rrom G/ldhorst. 
I2d. from a measuage in Clive. 
I6d. from hoiuea in Tucker Street, payable by the Prior and 

Brethren of S. John's, Wells. 
20*. from Canon J. Wareyn from the rents of certain houses for 

the Bupply of two lampB to burn eontjnually before the image of 

the Blessed Mary by the door of the Choir and of S. Savooi ante 

Total, 71. 19s. 2d. 

Oblatione : — 
il. 16t. 7^d. arising de pixide dn< Radulphi nuper Ep*. 
3^. Si. 9d. de pixide B. Marie by the door of the Choir. 
I5t. 5^d. de pixide S. Snivatoris in c^iella B. Marie juts 

3a. IJd. de piiide S. Salvatoria ant« Ubrariam. 
2f. 2it^ de pixide S. Michaelis. 
2s. 5{(f. de pixide coronationis B. Marie. 
2s. Id. de pixide S. Thome martyris. 
\6d. de pixide S. Andree ad hostium. 
Total, 9/. 8>. 

6d. pro oblaUouibus Wallicis diversis venditis. 
Is. 2d. for two old silver rings. 

6d. from Joanna Stone for a small gilt band (monile) given by W, 
Wynescombe to the image B. Marie ad ostium chori, and Bold to 

If. 6d. from James Mason for 300 stones de Itfercomb sold to him. 

6rf. for timber sold. 

2s. 4d., 4s. 4d., 6s. Sd., 3s. 4d., I3s. id. and I7s. 4d. for free stone 
sold to sevenil persons. 

Total 2/. 12*. 4d. 
Legacies : 

6rf. from R* Dagon of La Lye. 6*. Sd. from Master Lambert More. 
20», from Alice Fformour. 3s. Ad. from Cristina Hobekyns of 
Corscombe. 12d. from Walter Grolde of Puttenye. Qd. from 
John Bochard of Weston. 20d. from John Rider through the 
Chaptnin of Milborne Port. t3s. 4d. from the Rector of Ode- 
combe. 12rf. from W. Smyth of Yevele, I2d. from two men of 
Weston, 3s. 4d. from Robert Atte Wyke. 3*. 6d. from W. 
Paddock of Wolton as penance when excommunicated. 12(f. 
from a stranger. 6d. from Ralph Stradil from Milborne Fort. 
15d. from one of the Dean's servants for penance, 20s. from W. 
Wynescombe lately deceased. 3d. from a woman of Thome. 
22d. from tljree unnnmed ^vills. 6d. from John Mercer of 
Milborne. 6d. from William Jerard of Milborne for 8. Andrew's 
briefs. 2d. from a will at Eoston Gordaoo, I2d. ftom Elena 
Borton of Bristol. 12d. from John Bedel of Shepton MalleL 
12r'. from R' Grygory of Bruton. 12<f. from Margaret Jay of 
Chyriton. I2d. from Isabella Baker of Yevele. 12^. from John 
Scnuphurd of Welwe. 5*. Qd. from R^ Dylling of Corscombe 
from the will of Isabella of Bisschoppes (den ?) recovered from 
the said Richard in the Bishop's Consistory Court I2d. from 
John Piker of Modeford. I2d. from Joanna Pope of Glastonbury 
as penance. 6d. from Wareyn of Chyldecompton. 6rf. from John 

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F&rncoBibe of Latton. 6d. from Joha the monk, tiulor, for the Oum^u 
half of a abeep left by the will of Margery Slunner. it, from ^55- 
Th. Hobekyne. 6*. 8d. from Th. Sell of Scbeptoo. 3*. 4d. from 
the Rector of Stawell, All the above euma are legacies except 
when otherwise stated. 
Briefe, Ac 

3s. id. from Rt^er Tybrygton for S. Andrew's briefs for the year. 

20d. from Aa' John Gopethome, Vicsr of Bei-wes. 

20d. from do* GsUrid, Rector of Obleye. 

71. 1 3*. 4d. from John BIysset pro rotulo f ratemitatis B. Andree, for 
the terms of Christmas, Easter, Nativ:, S. John Baptist, and 

14/. Qs. 9^d. for S. Andrew's briefs throughout the Archdeaconry of 

11/. 8s. 8|d. for briefs in the deaneries of Gary, MerBtoii,Ivelcesti«, 
and in the jurisdiotion of Glastonbury. 

6/. 1 4f. 5^d. for briefs in the deanery of Bed (clifie) and of Bath. 

71. lOs. 7ld. for briefe in the deaneries of Frome, Axebrugg, and 
Powlett, and in the jurisdiction of the Dean of Wells. 

OS. given by Ralph Bernei-s, the Succentor, for the good of the soul 
of the Lady Margerie Meryet lately deceased, he had receWed it 
from her Exors. 

Total 63/. 8*. TJd. 

Total receipts with aiTears 85/. 1«. 5|//. 

The Boll is here torn off, the stitches remaining. On the back are 
certain payments. 

On April 16 to several men, for carriage of stone from Doultyug ; to 
Jphn the legtator ..." Logg cementariorum in Anglo." 

The chief work mentioned is the repairs of the great door of the 
plambalorinm ; and the carriage of stone from Doulting is mentioned 9 
or 10 times between April 16 and June 11. 

The total expenditure during this time is 8/. 194, O^d, 

In AD. 14o7. John Gamesy and John Tregadel are guardians of 
the &bric. 

This roll is perfect. 

The Eenta come to 8/. 12*. 2d. 

The oblations now include offerings de pixide S.S. Thome et Leonard, 
Willelmi Bytton, S. Michaelis in Angulo presbeterii, S. Marioe Magda- 
lene, S. George, S. Christopher, and S. Mary de Insyan (Jesina in the 
A.D. 1481 roll), as well as those named in the last. Total 21. Os. Id. 

22 lbs. of lead are sold for 19(/., and 6 loads of freestone at the quarry 
for 4rf. Total 5s. Id. 

Legacies and collections for S. Andrew's Briefs 31/. 5«. 9(/. 

There are also receipts from the Churches of Boclan<l, %d.; Curry 
MaUet, 2«. ; Be Bruers, 6d. ; Ayshbrytcll, \0d. ; Welyngton, 3*. M. ; 
Lydiard, 7s. 2d. tor two years ; Wynscombe, 2s, Sd. ; and from 17 Vicars' 
Btalls which are vacant ; amounting together to 14/. 13f. 4d. 

Eeceipts 57/. 2s. bd. Together with arrears 190/. 12*. \\d. 


A table of wages paid throughout the year comes to 3/. Om. Z\d. 
Expenses of the collections of the Fraternity of S. Andrew, " In 
omnibus consistoriis per annum, viz., commissariis dn' Ep*, offi- 
ciahs Archidiaconi Wellen, Eegiatrar, Bectoribus, Vicariis, et aliis 
capellanis supervenieutibus per diocesem," 7s. 4</. 

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In Ezpeosis compuli per totam diocesem snb uno cnreu, Ac, 28s. Sd. 
In the hire of two horses for 10 dajs, 6i. 2d. ; Wages to the 
servant riding with the accoantani at 2d. a day, 20tf. UfBdali 
Bathon ia regardo, 3*. id.; R^istr: ibidem, 20d. DecanU de 
BstboD et RedclyS pro liberatione brevect: et collect: dcnariomm 
S. Andree, 2*. Et offic: Archd: Wellen: 3«. 8rf. 

There are paymente to other oiflcials, and the rural deans throogh- 
out the diocese, 

Abo for writing 404 briefs, and 6 long rolb with the names of Pre- 
bends, Churches, and Chaplains throughout the diocese, 16*. 
For 6 " quateus " of paper, 2t. For parchment, 16d., and in re- 
gardo to all the Rectors, &c., <!fce. tiironghout the Deaneries, 

Total 8/. 3«. 4d. 

Purcbasea are only a load of timber for making ladders and Rongjrs, 
3s. ; 2 owt. of lead at S*. per cwt. ; and &7 lbs. of atatmnm, 
14*. lOd. 

Necessary Expenses. For the rent of Doultyng quarry, 20«, For 
28 flagons (lagenie) of oil nothing because receired from the 
Church store. To the keeper of the lamps peraannm I2d. Ac- 
countant's stipend 30«, 4(J. "Et in una processione facta iu 
primis vesperis sancte (Virginis?) ad altare ejnsdem inter 39 
peraouas 3s. 3d, cuilibet li^., alt. li^., chorist Id., hoc anno 20°, 
Et sic de cetero usque od persoiutionem 100*., recept de domibas 
in ... . strete vendit Htephano Merston nuper burgensi 
ville Wellen :" 

To John Cockill "pro tractnra et stapulationo de 81 csr 
de Ayahler, pretio car 7rf., 47». 3d." 

To John Hancock "pro tractui-aetatapult^one de 18 car : . . . 
. . . . de Daltyng pro pan no . . . 

claustii quia melius vellet . . . . to be hadd, pretio car 9dL, 
13*. 6d." 

For , . . loads from tbe said quarry to Wells at 12d. a load, 
41. 19s. Od. 

For 60 quarters of lime at 5d. n quarttir, 25s. 

To John ParaouB "pro ligatione" of 16 ft. square at Doultyng 
quarry for 12 days at id, a day, 4«. 

To T. Nabbe for the elm boards for a wheelbarrow (' Welebarw ') 
for the quarry 13rf., for the making 6rf., for iron lid, b'or a 
new key for ' le logg ' 2d. For a key for the Camery 2d. For 
one pair " Gymyes pro le palys circa baptisterium in ccclesia 
4d.; Et pro uno atanilardo ad portandam aquam I2d,; Et pro 
&ctura de ij. Evys ferreis pro eodem Id.; Et pro factura de 6 
hoks pro diversis fenestris et ostiia infra plummery 4d. ; Et pro 
emend: ij . . . . 2d. ; et pro emend de j haber ion barell 
2d. ; Et pro emend; cuudelabrnm S. Thome Id. ; for mending 
others 2d. ; " Et pro hoppying diveraorum vasorum 4d. ; Et pro 
emend: sei'e nove turris 3^. ; Et pro iiij. hoks ad teneudum 
novum pannum circa aummum altare Id. 

for several hooks for the doors within the plummery and togg, 
weighing 3 lbs, id. ; 

for mending one' tw^xte' of the outer door of the camery 2d.; 

for two ' b^ets ' Qd. ; for 4 ' bolla ' 4d. ; for two new ' orebria ' 5rf. 

To Thomas the smith for two ' vangis ferreis ' for the quarry at 
Doultyng weighing 19 lbs. at Id. per lb. I9d. 

Three more weighing 20 lb. 

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BISTORIOAIj hanusoripts cohuission. 289 

To the Bitme for mendiog " ij. Grete byteti ferreis crow et nna Wblls 

vanga nova" for the qaarry 3«. 4d, ; msk" 

To John Lacy for 9 loads " de rubea terra pro emendatione antique — 

partia clanstri " at 2d. a load, I8d. 
To John Clemment (or 8 loads of sand (cabalonis) for various 

repairs in the church aud for hiertacio (P hire) of J. Corrn, 

To John Turpj^a the mason (lathamns) for making three durns 

(" dnmeya") of free stone for three doora in the pl'jmmery at 

Id. a foot, Sa. Ad. 
John Wellesley's expenses to Tymberacombe nnd Bocland to fetch 

money, and hire <il a horse for three days, 2s. 6d. 
iUibert Curteys' e:t]>enses to Haselbury and Ayabill and horse hire, 

on a like errand, Ss. id. 
For one new ledepaone, 8rf. 
Totalis/. 15*. Orf. 
Expenses in the cloister : 

Paid to John Turpyn, the mason, or stonecutter (lathamus), for his 

labour and for the making " pavamenti panelli orientalis partis 

claustri, cum uno cyuery panelli Bustralis partis ejnsdem claustri, 

qiiod quidem panellum continet in se 14 Cynerya cam dicto 

Cynery pannelli australis, et quodlit>ct Cynery continet in ae 150 

pedes, preiio pedis ^d., 61. 1 Is. 3d. ; et in Regardo eidem pro 

sno diligenla labore 10s. 

Total 7/. I*. 3d. 

EzpeDsesat the School House; 

For 200 stone tiles lOd., for Uth nails lOd., for the tiler for 4 days 

Total 3«. 
Expenses for the " Canipee " : 

The pay of Nich. Felly for the carpentry (Carpentaria) of it ad 

taxam 4*. 7d. 
For one " playte de lunpyil pro eodem 2«. lOd. ; et in serico rubeo 

empto pro eodem IGd. ; et solut uxori Kichol Russell pro factura 

cooperture pixidis ibidem I2d. : el in una corda de twyne pro 

eodem 2s. Ad. ; et in repagulo ferreo ad portandam diclam canipe, 

23;ib. pret lb. \^ 2s. ll^d. 
Et sdut Th. Saunder lathamo ad caviUaodum unnm foramen ia 

le reredoos ibidem 5d. 
For two workmen for a day and a half, and for scaffolding I2d. 
Et in pictura canipe ad taxam 10*. 
£t in cariagdicte canipe a Well: adGlastoniet aQtaston: ad Well : 

Total 1/. It. I id. 

The Whirl^oge expenses ; 

To John Payne and Th. Saunders for two weeka, and J. Norman 
for two weeka, a day and a half it 2s. 6d, a week ; lo two masons 
(cementnrii) for two weeks at 2». 4d. a week each ; to a labourer 
for one week 2s.; to 4 quarters of lime 20d. { to 2 putts of sand 
4d, ; for the carpentry of a hatch, and timber " tablie et clavis" 
4s. Q^d. i to an iron bolt and chain weighing 57 Ihs., 13s. 4^. 

Total 21. 2». 5d. 
The Library : 

Divers repmrs not specified, 9«. Id. 

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Expenses at Dulling quarry : 

Id rigatione (f ridding) quairure 4*. 

To J. Stowell, the atonccutter, for tlie Christmas term iOt. 
For 7 loads ot freestone of Ashlar lis- Id. 

To the expense of J. Wellesley in going to Bocland, Keynsham, 
Ayshill, Mylverton prima for money, and hire of a horse for 6 
days 5s. 8d. 
For mending one " coterelli vasi pro aqna benedicts " id. 
For mending a bell wheel In the new tower 6d. 
Total 1/. lis. 7rf. 
External expenfles (forensecis) : — 

For the celebration of the mass when the rectory of the stall of the 

TJcarage of Combe I. was vacant, for a year 6». 8d. 
Similarly tor the stall of Uoselbury 6*. 8d. For reading the gospel 
when Middleton Stall was vacant, durbg the St. John Baptist, 
and Michaelmas terms 20d. Similarly for Bocland and Cudworth 
Stalls, during the Christmas and Paschal terma, 20d. each ; and 
for Combe III. and Combe IX. stalb lOd. and 20d. For read- 
ing the Passion of the Lord, when Combe T. Stall was vacant 
Forreading the Epistle when Tymberscombe Stall wa» vacantdnring 
S. John Baptist, and Michaelmas terms Wd. ; similarly for 
Dynre and Litton Stalls for a year, Sa. id. each. The Stall of 
Combe IV. for three terms 2s. 6d. Combo II. for a year Ss. 44. 
Wedmore II. for two l«rm8 20d. Wedmore III. and IV. tor 
three tei'ms 2a. 6d. each. And for reading the gospel during a 
vacancy of Ayshill Stall for one term lOrf. Total 2/. Is. 6d. 
There follows next a list of general expenses such as the flccountanl's, 
to the treasury for burials in the church and at ihe bottom c^ the roll a 
list of names and sums of money against them, 
Exors. dn' Nich. Calton 3s. 2d. 
Exrs. dni Rt. Borough 28*. 4rf. 
Exors. dn' Jobs. Bekynton 41. Os. id. 
Johannem Haydur 4§«. 4f rf. 
Thomam Gerrayn 221. I9s. 10\d. 

ffuk-ane Bermycham prebendar: de Compton Epi. 51s. 1^. 
Johannem Chichele, prebendar: de Warmynstre ale Luxvile 20». 
Bobt". Tarry, prebendar : de Haselbery 13». 4d. 
Andream Holes, Archm : Wellen : pro indempoilate Ecdesianim de Est 
Brent et Dultyng 10/. 13». 4rf., hoc anno 8° sic per annum 25s. 8d. 

Et solut ; ad thesaurarium ut in precedentibus de parcellis am annonim 
precedentum 4L 

Dn™ Johannem Garnesey 41/. 7s. 3jrf. 
Et Compotantem 13/. 7s. UJrf. 

Et mem. quod liberantur ad Thesaurariam per tempns hujus compoti 
ut supra patet, in pede hujus compoti ultra 4/. (retro resp: tuat :) 
superius descript ; 33^. 18s. 

The Roll for A.D. 1480-1, when John Hylle is custodian of the 
fabrick, is also a perfect one. 

Redditus Assise. ToUt 8/. lis. 8d. 

Oblations come iVom tbe boxes of B. Maria juxta ostium chori, 
S. Andrew, at tbe West door, S.S, Grasinus, David, Saviour in Angulo 
chori, Mary Magdalene, W. Button, Sitho, Coronation B. filary, 
S.S, Leonard, George, Saviour in claustro, Anna, Christopher, Ralph 
de Salopia, B. Mary in Jesina. The last receives 23d., S. Anne 2s., 
W. Button 4s. The rest snoaller sums. Total 32s. 0^. 

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S»les of boards bring io 6»., and 13 tabule vitri 13». Total 19». ■ 
Legacies and Collections 271. 3». 9i<i. 

Receipts from vacant stalls, 17 in nnmber, come to 201. Bs. 4d. 26». 
is the usual valne of a whole year's vacancy, a few pay only 20*. ; but 
Compton Ep' pays 30*. for three terms. ■■ 

Espenditure ; — 

A list of weekly sums paid in wt^es to stone-cutters and car- 
penters, &e., per diet', 71. 12*. lOJrf. 
On collections in the diocese 71. 13s. 6rf. 
Iiead purchased 16/. 10*. at 5s. per 100 lbs. Nails, 1/. 2*. 6d. 

Necebbart Expenses. 

300 lbs. of lead are bought for the Chancel of S. Cuthbert's. 

Three loads of reed ibr the honse by the chapel B. Mary 7*. 6d. 
An Ambo in the choir is mended at cost of 6d. 

Wax is bought at 6d. a lb., amonnting to 9*. 9d, ■ 

Paid to » brother who came to look at the oi^an 2*. 6rf. 

For mending the " Situla pro aqua benedicta " ; 20</. 

A hogshead of oil costs 45*., and its carriage from Bristol 22(/, 

A key i.i bought " pro domiuncula supra capellani B. Marie 7d. 

Total 12/. 9*. 3rf. 
External expenses tor such things as in the last roll 3/. 3«. ^d. 
Upon the back there is a list apparently of arrears and of lead and 
nails, &c., bought. 

The roll for A.D. 1492-3, when R^ Pomeroy is custodian of the fab- 
rick has the usual entries, but the sales of materials are much larger 
than usual, viz., 4/. 15*. Vi\d. 

They include freestone at the quarry, timber, tiles, lead, boards (in 
one case " pro sarcophago " J' Waynsforde 2*.}, a pint (pynta) of oil, 
tmd " tabute vitri," 

Legacies and collections come to 40/. 9*. \\d. 

Total receipts, 82/. 17*. l^f/-; together with arrears, 15U. 18<. 2^</. 

Lead at 3*. 4(/. ibr 100 lbs. is boagbt to the value of 8^ 2*. 6(/. 

Among the usual expenses for repairs, Ac, "pro 4 le Bonches de 
vitro colerato 9«., et pro factura unius ventik>gii erei et le socket ferri 

" Et dat : ministris dni. regis ne abducerent tree choristas 6s. 8</." 

" Et dat ; ministris dne. regine pro regard© 6*. 8rf. " 

The roll for A.D. lo(X)-l, when E^ Pomeroy is custodian of the fab- 
rick, contains much the same entries as the last. 

Among the expenses are payments of 6c, 'r'd. each pro regardo to the 
mimes of the King, Queen, and Prince ; and for the purchase of 2 ells 
of linen for the Bishop for the consecration of the new bell, 2*. ^d, ; 
for diverse articles needed for bringing the great bell, 13*. 4|d. 

The roll for A.D. 1505-6, when R"* Pomeroy is still custodian of the 
fabrick, is perfect and like the earlier ones. 

Among the sales, 6 lbs. of coloured glass are solil for 2*. 8^. 

A great deal of lead is sold, aod the total sales come to 6/. 3$. 4^1^. 
Bnt the pun:hases of material of the same nature come to 13/. 4*. 9</. 

AmoDg the pnrchaBes is a " baeulus ferrous pro sacrista," I2rf., and a 
silvOT rod forthe Altarist at tlie Dean's order, 4*. M. ; and fer 2^ os. of 
silver for the said rod at 3*. an oz., 6*. 9d. 

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All the rolls after A.D. 1505-6 are lost until A.D. 1549-50, vhen 
Bd. Brampton is custodian of the labrick. Reals which used to come 
direct from S. Mark's Briatol, are now paid by the Communar who 
receives them from the Major of Bristol, and other reots are paid in 
like manner by the holders of the Eccleaiaslicsl property which used 
to pay directly to the master of the fabrick. 

Oblations have disappeared. 

Sales include 4 candulsbra of brass 23t. ; Qt. for each (cnjuslibet) 
tabernacle lately standing in the choir near the altar, sold to die Lord 
Suffragan of Welle. Two figures of Bisfaops iu brass which were in 
the choirweighitig 310 lb. are sold for 2i<l. a lb. and a great quantity 
of lead is sold, total 221. Og. Id.' 

Legacies and collections produce only 20rf. 

Vacant stalls pay as usual, 33/. 

Total receipts 61/. \0m. Sd. 

There is an entry for the expenses of the collectors of the fraternity 
ofS. Andrew, but no sum is stated; and decime pi^d to the King's 
collectors are given. 

The expenses for repairs c>>ntain nothing uuusual. 

"External eipenaes" now provide for the "Celebration of the 
Communion," " Heading the Gospel," ** Reading the Epistle " when 
stalls are vacant. 

The Roll for A.D. 1564-6, when John Reage is custodian, is the last. 

The sales include tres tabiile containing 35 ft., 3«. ; 48 lbs. of brasa 
candlesticks at 2d. a lb., and lathes are sold to the Dean ; 4s. for two 
tables of white gloss ; 3«. ^d. for tres pelves orischalchie ; 16>. 9d. for 
67 lbs. of brass candlesticks ; 7*. for 100 ft. of tabule. 

Legacies and collections in the diocese bring in 37<- 

Yacant stallB 48/. 

Caution money paid by Mr, Walter Bower, 6/. 13«. 4d., is a new 

Paid to the Queen's collector for the tithe of the vacant stalls. 

Total 48*. 8d. 

ToUl payments 21/. 15t. 9\d. Debts 168/. 9«. 5^. 

Another new entry is an inventory, but it mentions only rope^ 
spades, hooks, &c. Sk. 


Besides the documents which have been copied into the Liber Albas 
and the Liber Ruber the Dean and Chapter of Welts have in their paa> 
session upwards of 1,100 original charters, &c,, many of them the 
originals of those thus registered. The whole of these " have beea 
opened ont, dried, cleaned, and examined, arranged in 36 boxes and 
placed in the Cathedral Library by Mr. W. de Gray Birch," who has also 
drawn up a descriptive Catalogue giving an abstract of the contents of 
each document, with a description ol' the seals upon them. 

" Many of the documents contain important notices of historical and 
political events, both general and local, records of matters of the highest 
value in relation to the history of the revenue and fubrie of the Cathedn) 
and instances of great interest to the student of church and monastic 
antiquities, pabeography, manner and customs, and topography." 

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The foUowing iioteit are taken for the most part from Mr. Birch'a 

1. Grant by Eadgar, king of the Mercians, for 40 Mancuste of gold, 
to Ealhstaoe, hie thegn, if a place for six maaeutes in StaiitUD in the 
territory of the Magasetai. A.D. 958. 

With the Saxon boundariea. 

Printed in faceimile by Mr. Itasevi Saundora for the Ordnance Surrey. 

2. Confirmation by Pope Nicholas (II.) to the Bishop of Wells 
(Willeasia) of the bishopric and its possessions. 

Given by the hand of Humbert " Sanclce Ecclesite Silvra Candidie 
Spiscopi, et aposloIicEB bedis bybliothecarii," VII. kal. Mail. A.D. 

Anno Pootif. 3°. ludiel. 14. 

3. Charterof William II. (Monarch of Britain). 

Copied into Lib. Alb. I. foL 14 and III., fol, 341. Printed in the 
Monaaticon, imd in Adam of Domerham, and described in " The Reign 
of William Eufus ; Freeman. Vol. 11^ p. 4B3." 

4. Copy of the last, 

5. Bp. Robert's order about ^rs in Wells, as in Lib. Alb. 

6. Statute made by Bp. Robert allotting two-thirds of vacant prebends 
to the chapter. As in Lib. Alb. 

7- Appointment by Louis (VII.) King of the French of Reginald 
(Eltz-Joceline, Up. Bath cousecr. 1174) Archdn : of Sarum to the 
Abbacy of S, Exuperins at Corboil. 

Given at Miledu . . . (Melun) A.D. 11G4. 

" Astantibus in palatio," Count Theobald, King's steward; Matthew, 
Chamberlain ; Guido, Butler, &c. 

With the Monogram of Hugh the Chancellor. 

8. Grant by Bp. Reginald to the Canons of Welle of the barn. Of. 
Lib. Alb. I., fol. 25 in dors. 

9. Certificate by Bp. Kainaud (Reginald) that Walter pistor of Bath 
had sold laud at Lanferlt^ to Edward de Wellis and to Hugh his heir 
for 5 marks of silver. 

The original grant made to Walter by the late Bp, Robert had been 

Test. Ralph de Lichedale, Archda: of Bath; Richard, Archdn: of 
Coutances ; Robert de Geldeford; Joetline the Chaplain ; Robert deS. 

10. Ingpex : and conf : by . . . of a grant by (Ralph) de Wilton, with 
the assent of his heirs, Henry and William, of all his land of Wellis to 
Edward de Wellis for 50 shillings and to Wimarc hia wife a gold broach. 

Test, to the original grant. Alexander, Sub-dean of Wells ; Ralph 
de Lichedale ; Robert son of Pagan, Sheriff of Somerset ; Richard de 
Mucegros ; William son of Osbert ; Gerard de Broct. 

Test, to the Inspex ; Alex, the Sub-dean ; Roger de Winton ; Joce- 
line the Chaplain ; Roger ; Matthias de \\'inton ; Ralph sine averio. 

11. Charter of John, Count of Mortaigne. Cf. hb. Alb. I., fol. 10. 

12. Charter of Walter dc Dunhaved to Adam de Lecton about one 
acre of land in Wells. 

13. Gi'ftnl by Gauter deDuniieved to Gauter son of Herevey his clerk 
of a messuage in Wells. 

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T«0t. Alexsnder tbe Dean ; Thomas the Sub-dean ; Williani de Dinn ; 
Hugh §on of Edward, and Joceline, his brother ; Thomas de Cicotna, 

14. John " dominns Angliffi" cf. Lib. Alb. I., fol. 10. 

15. Conf : by King John of the grant of Northcuri. Cf. Lib. Alb. I. 
fpl. 9. 

16. Deed of agreement between William, Abbot of Bee, and Savaricai 
Bp. of Bath and Qlastonbuiy and the Chapter. Cleeve Church is to be 
held by the Ahbct as a prebendary of Wells, he is not bound to residence, 
but shall pay a vicar 4 marcs n year. 

Test. Hubert, Archbp : of Canterbury ; Henry de Castell, Archdn : of 
Canterbury ; Master John de Ttnemue, William de Sumercot ; John de 
Kenovilla; Edmund de Hamplou ; Kichard de Alecto. 

17. Conf; by Archbishop Hubert of a deed by wbicfa Cleeve Church 
is let by the Chapter of Bee to the Abbey of Cleeve tor 40 mar^s 

Test. Godefrey, Archdn: of Cambray; S., Archdn: of Wells. 

18. Undertaking upon oath of Robert de Yeteri Fonte (al' Vipount) to 
his lord John, King of England, that he will not use nor ^ew the 
charter which the King had made to htm concerning Appelby and 

Test. William de Braosa; Hugh de Wellesj &c ' 

Iftl' The commSssion directed to Eustace, Bp. of Ely; Sampson de 
Botttagton, Abbot of 8. Edmunds ; and G., Prior of Holy Trinity, by 
Pope Innocent III., to settle terms of i^reement between the Bishop 
and the Abbey of Glastonbury. 

Printed in Adam of Domerham, pp. 410-420. 

20. Fope Innocent (HI.) to Joceline de Welles, Bp. of Bath. 

A certain M. a poor scholar, now in orders, when teaching his fellow 
schoolboys bad from time to time laid violent hands on them, and so 
&llen under censure. He has been absolved by the Abbot of S. Victor, 
the person duly appointed, and forgiven by the pope. Allow him to 
exercise his orders and promote him. 

Oivon at the I^teran, 6 kal. April. A.D. 1213. 

. 21. Grant by Waller de Dunhaved to Adam de Hereford of a messuage 
and land at Psnlesham, &c. 

Test. I'homaa. the Precentor i Simon the Succenlor; William de 
Dinra ; Henry de Traci, &c. 

22. Grant by Hugh, Bp. of Lincoln to Joceline, Bp. of Bath and 
Olastonbutj of half a knight's fee in Kugeberg and Drayeot. Given at 
Stow. A.D. 1214. Cf. Lib. Alb. 

23. Conf: by Lambert the Sub-dean &c. of a release of Thomas Lok, 
son of Adam and Agnes Lok. 

24. Powergivenby Speronus deCampomoIdo of Flacentia to Rnfinus 
Molinarius to demand 87^ marks from the Bishop of B, and G., for 
which the late Bp. Savarie had given security. A.D. 1219. 

25. Grant by the Friorv of Muntacute to Joceline Bp. of B. of the 
Advowsott of Modeford Cnurch and certain revenues. 

. .Test. William, ^hdn: of ^elk; Walter de S. Qainttn; Henry, 
parson of Tiot«^huIl; Kobert de Aula. 

26. Award by John, Abbot of B'ord ; Wilfrid, Prior of F<wd ; and 
Baldewine, Prior of Axem . . . papal commisaionera, in a cause 



betv^n'AlexciBiMrtlid Dean of Welle, and BrniuuH a Isdod, cnncertaing Wlu 
Mb iprebend of Bidwbimi. Cf. Lib. Alb. I., fol. 44. ^■^mK 

27. Institnttou of Hugh de Greneford to WTtechurch. Cf. Lib. Alb. 
m., fol. 455, 609. 

28. Order made by Bp. Bicbard Poore of Sarum, about Wudetou 
dapei. Cf. Lib. Alb. III., fol. 450. 

' 29. Grant hj Walter de Dunheved to Bp. JoeceHue of land in the 
park at Wells. 

30. Grant of land at Stoberg by Thomaa Lok to Roger do Chyuton, 
chaplain. A.D. 1229. 

3X. Inspei ; by Robert, Bp. of Sarum. Cf. Lib. Alb. HI., fol. 453. 

32. Grant of Roger, parson of Cbiu, of bouses in Wells which bad been 
held by Peter Canute. A.D. 1235. 

33. Another deed about the same house. A.D. 1235. 

34. Grant by Bp. Josceline of Congresbury Church to the Chapter. 
A.D. 1237. 

35. Grant by Helias, the Chaplain, of the " Muntoria " to the Chapt«r. 
Teat. Peter de Chichester, Dean, &c., &c. 

36. Grant by Katherine widow of Henry de Waltham to Roger de 
Cbewton of houses in Wells. 

37.. Ratiflcation by Walter Hoeatua of Wike of the sale by Ailric 
Faber to Henry de l^aci of land in Wells. Tent. Josceline the Bishop ; 
Alexander, the Dean, &c. 

38. Release by the Hospital of S. Bartholomew, London, of the rent 
of 10 shillings paid by Bp. Josceline on his messu^e in S. elements 
Danes. Cf, Lib. Alb. I., fol. 34S dors. 

39. Inspex: by William Brewer, Bp. of Exeter, A.D. 1242, of the 
following documents relating to Ihe agreement come to between the 
Churches of Wells and Bath with regard to the election of Bishops, 

1. Pope Alexander III. to the Chapter of Wells confirming the 
Election of Reginald Pitz Josceline. A.D. 1 174. 

2. The same confirming the canonical customs of the Chapter of 

, 3. Agreement between the two Churches for the electioa of tdahops, 
subscribed by all the members of the Churches. 

4. Alexander the Dean and the Chapter to Pope (Innocent III.) 
AnDouncing the death of Savaric and their election of Josceline. 
Subscribed by the members of the Chapter. 

5. Testimonial letters of many bishops to the Pope on the same 

6. Similar letters to the Legate J. 

7. The King's Assent to the Election, addreEsed to Cardinal J. At 
Dokemerefeld. April 23, A.D. 1206. 

f,40j laspext bjiJosgeliDe, Bp. ofBa&i WiUvim Bp. of ExsUr, and 
William Bp. of Norwich, A.D. 1242, of another series of documiaMift 
upon the same subject. 

a4A. 3bedacdof»9««Qeirttb<9tw«en.theChurobfia.c>f Batbud W^s, - 
with autograph ugnatures. i 

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42. Grant bj the Ch^ter to the noble lord Peter, eon of Fetet 
Suracenus de Urbe of Congresbvry Church at a rent of 40 ehillings. 
4 Don Nov., A.D. 1243. 

43. Sale of a tenement to Milo, the Chaplain. 
Test. Henry of London, Canon, &c. 

44. Inspex : hj the Convent of Bath of the grant made by Bp. Boget 
to the Chapter tn Wells of the custody of the Deanery when vacant. 
A.D. 1246. 

45-46. Assent of the Convent of Bath to the arrangements made for 
the Election of a bishop. A.D. 1246. 

47. Deed of the Convent of Bath respecting the settlement of ques- 
tions between themselves and the Chapter of Welb. A.D. 1246. 

48. Inspex. by Boger, Bp. of Bath of the grant made by Theodoric 
son of Walter, with assent of Beatrice his wife, and Henry and William 
his sons, of the Church of Mudiford to S.S. Feter and Fatil and the 
Monks of Montacute. 

Test. Helias, Chaplain of Cinnocli; Bobert, priest of Stokes, William, 
Chaplain of Montacute ; William Chaplain of Odecumbe. 
Test to Inpsex : Ralph, Archdn : of Bath, &c. 

49. Belease by Margciy de Stokes of lands in Northcuri. 

£0. Belease by Sibilla daughter of Simon de la Slo and niece of 
Margery de Stokes, of lands in Korthcuri. A.D. 1247. 

51. Release by Margery de Slokes, widow, of land in Meridon. A.D. 

52. Mem. of adjournment of proceedings by the Convent of Bath in 
the matter of the Election of a biahop, at the instance of the Prior of 
Winton; J. de Plessets; Earl ofWarwick; W. deKilkenDJe, Archdn: 
of Coventry, the King's messenger. A.D. 1247. 

53. Announcement by Canon Robert de Mariscis & of the election 
(^ William de Button, Archdn : of Wells to be Bishop of B. & W. 
Feb. 25. A.D. 1247, 

54. Commendatory letters in favour of J. de Azebrtdg^ and N. de 
Crauford, the bearers to the diocese of an Apostolic Mandate which 
the bishop has received. 

Given at Merton 10 kal. Nov. A.D. 1249. 

55. Receipt given by the agent of Bditins for 18 marks and 
10 ehillings paid to him by the Chapter for his Vicarage of Criste- 
meleford. A.D. 1250. 

56. Grant by Walter le Ffrie to the Chapter of the service of Richard 

57. Grant by Hugh de la Wyche lo Hugh de la Hele of 3 acres of 
land in Hnutham. 

58. Release by Agnes widow of William atte More of a tenement in 

59. Conf ; by John de Aura of a grant by Eva de Churuleghe to 
SymoD Gyan her kinsman. 

60. Grant by Greoffrey de Brideport to Hugh his son of rents in 

Test. Hugh de Romenal, treasurer, &c. 

61. Grant by Roger Bui^eyis to Richard eon of Tvo Code of a 
messuage in Wells. 

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63. Grant by Eva de Chumleghe to Simon Gyan of land in la 

64. Conf : of the last hy Lawrence son of Era de Chumlegbe. 

65, Belea^e by W. de Clova to E dmund de Welleslegh, hundredoriuB 
of Wells, of a tenemeDt in Wells. 

Teat. Thomas de Wellesleghe, knight; Richard de Bodenye, bailiff of 
Wells : Adam, canon, &c. 

68. Inspex : by William de Elman of a grant made by Nicholas his 
son to the Chapter, of land in Northcuri. 

69. Agreement on pai t of the Chapter to pay to William de Elmeham 
and Alice bis wife certain allowances of com Sec, 

70. Grant by Bobert gon and heir of William Gyan to the Chaptw of 
land in Shorteclyve in Northcuri, 4c. 

71. Grant by John de Laverlega of lands in Weet Peunard and 
Sutton Abbots to Nicholas Syrewold. 

72. Belease by Robert son of Herebert le Mazun and Isende his wife 
of a rent to Robert tinctor. 

73. 74, 75. Grant of Rt. de Givemey. Cf. Lib. Alb. HI., fol. 29 in 

76. Grant by CrUtiana ScoTye to Simon le Eyng of a rent in WelK 

77. Grant John de Sutton son of Richard de Spaxton of a tenement 
in Wells, to Robert Tinctor. 

78-81. Are all charters dealing with small parcels of lands &o. 

82. Mem. that on Sunday next after All Saints Day A.D. 1251, the 
suffragans of Canterbury met to dedicate the Monastery of Hailes, viz., 
Hugh of Ely ; Robert Groteste of Lincoln ; Walter de Cantelupe of 
Worcester ; Fulk Basset of London ; Waller de Sutbfeld of Norwich ; 
William of Salisbury; Richard Blondy of Exeter ; Richard do la Wich 
of Chichester ; William Bitton of Bath and Wells ; Thomas Wallensis 
of S. David's j Laurence de S. Martin of Rochester ; . . . . of St. 


On the morrow the stud bishops met at Wynchecumbe and agreed 
to dispatch Master John de Cheham M the Pope upon business relating 
to the Province of Canterbury. 

83. Obligation of Geofiry de Bridport to pay to the lady Agatha de 
Meisy £20 a year for her life on Kerchel Manor and £5 to two 
chaplains to commemorate lier in the cathedral. A.D. 1251. 

84. The formula of excommunication as pronounced in the Hall at 
Westminster; 3 Id. May. A.D. 1253. 

85-90. Charters dealing with small parcels of lands, Ac 

91. A Pinal Concord made at [Ichestor before Robert de Brywer and 
other Justiciaries between the Chapter and John de Aura about their 
rights in Northcori. A.D. 1263. 

92. Grant by Robert the Prior and the Couvent of Stavordale of a 
rent of 30 shillings to be paid to the vicar of St. Mary Magdalene's 

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iiltor, on bebftlf of .lohnde Axebrngge, the snb-desn, in coniideration 
of 40 marke given by him for the purchase of laud of Wincaaton. A.D. 

93. A aimilar deed. Seal of the Bishop of B. & W. bearing a faU- 
length flgnre of the Bishop and a cathedral tower and spire. 

94. A similar grant by the Prioi7 of Wor^riog on behalf of John de 
Axebrogge. A.D. 1266. 

95. ObUgatioD of G. de Bridport. Cf. Lib. Alb. I., fol. 84 dors. 

96. Hugh de Eomenal'B Chantry. Cf. Lib. Alb. I., fol. 86. 
97-98. Charters about small parcels of laad. 

99. Inspex : by the Pi-ior of Bath of grant by William I. Bp. ot B. & 
W. of the advowson of Htoke Gummer Church to the Cathedral. 

Test. Henry de Ertegh ; John de Aura. 

Aod of its appropriation to them by Bp. William II, Given at 
Wokey. 6 N.m. Oct., A.D. 1269. 

100. Grant by John de Laverton to Edward the Dean of land in 
Laverton, held by Isabella, widow of Richard de la Donne, and Juliana, 
widow of Gilbert Huggel. 

Test. Sir Heury de Monleforti ; Peter de Norton j Henry de Monto- 
forti of Nony; Bichard de London, &c. 

101-105. Charters about small parcels of laud, 

106-107. The establishment of a chantry in memory of Hugh de 
Eomenai, by the Brethren of St. Mark's Bristol. With details. A.D. 

108-109. About lenemenU in Wells. 

110. Becital by Archbp. Robert Kilwarby of the depositions of 
William de Smalebroke, Canon of Wells, sent by the Chapter, that the 
monks of Glaetonbury had elected John de Tanton to be Abbot without 
the consent of the Bishop of B. & W. 

CoDstantine de Mildehale, who is acting during the vacancy of the 
See, is to inhibit the monastery from further action. Wednesday afler 
Michaehnas, A. D. 1274. 

110-120. About small properties. Several of tbem in Lib. Alb. 

121. Grant by Henry de Erlegh to William de Plessetis of Isnd 
in North Petherton. 

Teat. Sir Thomas Trivet; Sir Thomas de Eegny ; Jordan de 

122-126. About small tenements, &c. 

127. Grant by William Warham, Knt., of Welleslegh, of a cottage in 
Doulcot« to W. Poupe, on his marriage with Alice his daughter. 

Test. George Welleslegh i John Welleslegh, &c 

128-133. Deeds relating to small properties. Several of them in Lib. 

134. Grant by tlieBrethrenofSt. John'sHospitalofan annualservice 
in memory of Richard de Buttun. . , . . 

Test. Edward the Bean, and many of the canons. 
- 18ff.'GMnt by Bichard le. Touher ito.dieicliapler-of a rest of 5 
■hillings 'to- be diatribuled among the - poor for tlie sool of Bogar ds 
Cruk, in return for 5 marks paid by his exors. 

ilSfl. Asraid tbat'Wallwf Aichdn : ofWelIsi BhaU.iwceivaUs riiare of 
tbe.vesithe, be hating rended for half thfr year. A.D. 1290. . 

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187. Certified copj of tbe Bull of Pope BoDiftce Till., MTonging the 
case of tbe Archbishop luid the convsot of S. Aagustine's, Cftnierbnry. 
Given at the Lsteren, 14 Kal. April, A.D. 129o. 

138. Bond by WHilam (de Marchia) Bp. of B. & W,, to repay on 
demaod £1,CNX> advanced to him, the Convent of Bath, and the Chapter 
of Wells, by Oliver Sutton, Bishop of Lincob, trustee ^ith John de 
PoDtisera, Biebop of Winton, of the tenths granted as a subsidy for the 
Holy Land to the King. 

Given at Doggemerfel*!, 14 Kal. Feb., A.D. 1295. 

139. Release by Robert le Brun to Thomas de Mere of lands in 
Northcuri. A.D. 1296. 

140. Grant by the Abbey of S. Peter's, Gloocester, to Agues de 
Prestbury, of two loaves of the monks aud one of the esquires (esquierii) 
with two dishes (ferculis) of potage such as Ibe convent b&q, and two of 
meal, viz., of beef and pork, &c., &c. 

J 41 -1.59. Deeds dealing with lands in Wells and North Cori, &o. 
Several of them in Lib, Alb. 

160. Royal licence to William de Kilkenny and Walter de Tottou to 
grant land and the advowson of Westansy to the Dean of Eseter. 
A.D. 1305. 

161. luspex: by the convent of Bath in A.D. 1306 of a grant by 
Walter de Haeelshaw, Bp. of B. & W., to the Chapter of Wells of land 
la Bumbam with the advowson of the church there. Given at Cberde^ 
12 Kal. April, A.D. 1305. 

Test. Sir Gilbert de Knovyle ; Sir Nicholas de Langlonde; Sir 
Thomas de Welleslegb. 

162. About a tenement in Welts, 

163-164. Lease of Wineacombe to the exors. of Dean H. Husee for 
£200 and 10 marcs a year. A.D. 1306. 

166. Ordinance about Bumham Church. A.D. 130G. 

166. Inspei: by the Convent of Bath of the deed of A.D. 1306, by 
which the Chapter of Wells establish a chantryof jElO in memory of Bp. 
Burael, in consideration of his grant to them of Yvelton, Burnham, 
Stanton Drew, and Cheleworth Churches. 

167-173. About sundry small properties. 

174. Sschange of lands in Corymoor between the Chapter and 
Osmund, Abbot of Athelney. A.D. 131 1. 

Test. John de Bello Campo ; Henry de Urtiaco ; John de Eriegh i 
Gilbert de Bere ; Hugh de Popham ; Knights. 

175-178. About small properties. 

179. The will of Richard de Chepmanslade. A.D. 1311. 

180-183. About small properties. 

184. Recital by Bp. John de Drokensford of— 

1. The Bull of Clement V. respecting the collection of funds for the 
vrar gainst the Saracens. A.D. 1312. 

2. Another Bull of the same subject and date. 

3. Appointment «{ the Chapter of Wells to be sub-collectors Jbr the 
diocese of B. & W. 

Given in London, 12 Kal. Nov., A.D. 1313. 
' 18<i Gi«Qti.)^iLaareD]na,'Widow of Williiun Gowmidie, oflaads to 
Robert CttMwidia. AJ)..18U.. . . - ,, 

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186. Transfiripts of— 

1. A letter of £. II. to Bp. John de Drokensfon], urging pftjment ot 
tithee due at an earlj' date, the same having been advanced to the king 
hj Florentine mercluDti. Given at York, Sept. 26, A.D. 1314. 

2. Letter of ThomaSf Earl of Lancaster and Leycester to the same 
effect. Given at York, Oct 3, A.D. 1314. 

187. Grant by John de Morebathe juxta Brideport, with the assent of 
his wife Margery, daughter and co-heir of Kob^ de la F«ine, to hit 
son Henry, of lands at la Fenne, juzta Mertoke. 

Test. William de Faucumberge, Knt. ; Peter de Bolonia; John de 
Widecumbe: William Aumbesas, &c. 

Given at Mertok la Fenne, on the Circumoision, S. E. II, 

188. Belease by John de Rayny, of Winterslowe, and Agnes de 
Carslade, his wife, to Agnes David, of Dulcote, of houses there. 

Test. William de la Wylhie; Bobei-t de Welesl^h ; John de 
Duddesden, &e. A.D. 1315. 

189. Grant by Simon de Domerliam of North Cury, to Thomas de 
Mere, of land in Wrenticli. 

Test. Ric de Lovenay ; Peter de Boloygne i John de le Sloo, &c. 
A.D. 1316, 

190. Undertaking by Bp. John de Droken&ford, principal collector of 
the Sexennial tenth imposed by Pope Clement V., and of the yearly 
tithe due to the king from the diocese of B. & W., relating to the pos^ 
ponement of the collection, and indemnifying the Chapter of Wells, the 
snb'CoUectors, for the loan of the same to the king. 

Given at Bauwell, 9 Kal. Jul., A.D. 1316. 

191. About lands in Lozton, released by Sir William le Mareys of 
Loxton, to Sir William de Welonde, Knt., Lord of Lozton. 

Test. John de Beauchamp de Marisco, and Adam de Walsshe, 
Knighte; William Artur; Philip le Irysshe, &c. A.D. 1316. 

192. Exemplification by E. II. of letters patent by E. I. " saper 
" prisis bonorum clert," in his 3'^ year, as eorollod at length on the 
Statute Roll in the Tower, membr. 33 dors. 

Given at York, Nov. 24, A,D. 1316. 

193. Notarial instrument by Roger de Clissehy, clerk of the diocese 
of Lincoln, public notary, of the admission of Sir Rt^er de Northbui^h, 
clerk of the king, by his proxy, to be a Canon of Wells. A.D. 1317. 

194-198. About small properties and tenements. 

199. Commission issued by Bp. John de Drokenesford, to cerbuo 
canons to inquire concerning the liberties of the cathedral, the juris- 
diction of the Dean, and the claim of St. Columban's Chapel at Cheddar 
to be a royal fre chapel. 

Given at Wyveliseombe, Oct. 7, A.D. 1321. 

200. About a tenement in Wells. 

201. Agreement between the Bishop and the Chapter. The Chapter 
to i-eceive the proceeds of vacant benefices in the diocese. To have 
jurisdiction in prebendal churches. The Archdeacons to enjoy their 
customary jurisdiction, and the Bishop to have his power of citation and 
correction. A.D. 1321. 

202-205. Tenements in Wells. 

206, Grant by John de Welleslegh, lord of Welleslegh, to Worine 
son of Alice de Welleslegh and to Elena his wife of a messuage. 

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Test Sir Thomas de WeUeslegh, Ent. ; Edmnnd de Welleflt«gh ; 
Robert (1e Wodeford ; &c A.D. 1324. 

In the ume vear, on Nov. 30, there i§ a Sir John de Wellesl^b, Knt. 
207-211. About small properties. 

2)2. Grant br Bichard de Wj^desores to Robert de Cormailles of 
lands at Bikenalre. 

T>^. John de Erlee ; Ralph Fitzbours ; Alexander Luttrell ; John de 
Membury; .John de Kejnny j John Fitchet; Knights, Ac. 

Given at WincheBter, onTrinitj Sunday. A.D. 1328. 

213-220. About landa in Wreutich ; Middleton Abbots ; Bergh 
Church ; M«rre in Kortht^ry ; Rergh Church ; do. ; do. ; appointment 
of a chantry priest. 

221. Inapex: by Roger de Cormayles in A.D. 1330 of a grant made 
by Robert de Cormayles of landn in Bickenalre to the Chapter. 

Test. John de Denham ; Ralph de Fitzhourse ; Simon dc ForneuEi ; 
John de Glevedon ; Jolm de £rleye ; Knights. 

Given at Wyke juxta Norton in Caunden, May 26, A.D. 1329. 

222. Release by the Exore. of Robert de Cormayle. A.D. 1330. 

223-225. About a messuage in Wells ; lands in Bickenalre ; land in 
North Cory Moor. 

226. Qrant by Hamelin de Godelee of land in Bickenalre for the 
Bapport of masses for the late Bishop John, Robert de Coroiailles. 
Richard de Alresford, aai others. 

Test. Dom. John de Cliveford ; Ralph Fitzyours ; John de Membury ; 
Knights, &c. A.D. 1330. 

227-239. About IukIb at la Fenne ; in Wells ; Woky-hole : Oke> 
hampton ; do. ; do. ; in Lillesdou i Okehamptoii ; do. ; do. ; do. ; in 
Wells; do.; A.D. 1330-1333. 

240. Release by the Chapter to Hameline de Godelee, Ricliard and 
Jolm de Chudderlegh, and Sir Roger de Acton, Exors. of Dean J. de 
Godelee, of all actions on account of the demolition of the church at 
Wells, the fabric and stalls of the same ; the canonization of Bp. William 
de Marchia, &c AJ>. 1333. 

241-246. About a messuage in Wells; lands in Stokegursey ; in 
Hyvish ; in Slolegh ; in Wells ; do. 

247. The confession of W. Parle that he bad taken certain tithe 
sheaves in Northcori. A.D. 133.'!. 

248-251. About the Vicnrage of Buruham; properties in Wells; do.; 

252. Inapex: by E. III. of an Inspex : by H. III. of King John's 
charter about the manor of Northcori, &c., Ac. 

263-261. About lands in Neweton in North Petherton ; in Wells ; in 
Chereleyeatath j in Mertoke ; in Wells ; do. ; do, ; do. ; do. Among 
the witnesses in A.D. 1339 are Sir Thomas de Welleslegb and Sir John 
de Wykc, Knights. 

262. ExempliScation of the SUtute 15 E. III. Stat. I. A.D. 1341. 

263-274. About property in Wells; da; Canon John ftfartel's 
chantry, for which he gives 100/. ; do, ; land at Wokyhole ; in Wells 
do. ; do. ; do. i do. ; do. ; do. A.D. 1341-1343. 




275. G^tifloate bjr tbe pabUo uatory that the de«d of Bp. £<^ter 
about the custody of the Deanery when vacant; had been ^ihibited to 
him. A.D. 1343. . . 

276-'28S.3About teaements, Ac. in Wells. 
.286-302. About tenements in Dulcote and Long Sutton; iu We^; 
do. ; do. ; do. ; do. i a bond of Robert Gyan for 2/. ; tenement^ &c. in 
W«lb ; do. ; do. : in Meulesbergh and Wokyhole ; do. ; do. ; do. ; in 
Wells ; do. ; do. A.D. 1346-1348. 

303. Licence in Mortmain by E. 111. to BUhc^ Balph. A.D. 1343. 

304. About lands at Newport in Northcory. A.D. 1349. 

805. Lease by Thomas de Sowy to Mutildis widow of Sir Thomas 
L'Ercedekne, Knt., and to Thomas her son, of landa in Xorthcory and 
Chirlegh held by Robert &yan and John his son. Oiven at Chirlegb. 
A.D. 1349. 

306-309. About lands at Melesberg and Wokyhole; Shortclyve; 
Melesberg ; copy of a writ " ad quod dampnum " addressed to John de 

310. Order by Bp. Ralph of Shrewsbury about grants to the Frater- 
nity of S. John for masses for his souL 

31 1-^14. About rents, &c. in Newton Plecy, and Exton ; in Wells ; 
at la Thele in Wedmore ; Statbe. 

315-318. Grants by John, sou and heir of John de Welleslegh, EaL, 
deceased, to John son of Warin de WeUeslegh, Clerk, of a rent of 
2 shillings. A.D. 1350. 

320. Agreement between Bp. RaJph and the Chapter with Abbot 
Monyngt«n of Glastonbury about the bounds of I^ndsherlegh and 
Bacchyngwere. A.D. 1351. 

321, 322. About tenements, &c. in Wells ; iu WeUeslegh (Roeaia 
Calf is widow of John de Wellestegh, £nt. A.D. 1351. The deed 
bears the seal of John, Archbishop of Dublin). 

323. Licence in Mortmain by E. III. to the Bishop to acquire lands 
in Welleslegh, Dulcote, and Eston, and grant them to the vicars choral. 
A.D. 1352. 

324. Release by John son and heir of John de Welleelegh, Knt., ol 
rents in Tt'ells. Test. Walter de Rodenye ; John de Falton ; Knightr, 
A.D. )3o2. 

326-330. Aboutamessaage in Wells ; at Cherlegh ; in Welleslegh (by 
Elizabeth widow of John de Welleslegh, A.D. 1333); in Wells; in' 
WeUeslegh; &c. 

331. Confirmation by John de Iford the Prior and the Convent of 
Bath in A.D. 1354 of the Charter of Bp. Ralph granting to the vicars 
who inhabit the new buildings erected by him, land at Welleslegh, 
Doulcote, Estoncote, and Eston, &c. 

Test, at Wy veliscombe, April 17. Sir Walter de Rodeny, Knt. ; Sir 
Walter de Pavely, Knt. ; John de Somerton. A.D. 1354. 

382. Grant by the Chapter of a house at a rent of two wax candles to 
be kept burning at the Elevation of the Host at the liigh Altar in the 
Cathedral. A.D. 1354. 

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333-345. About lands in Wells ; and Cherlegh. 

346. Acquittance by Hogh Pelegrini, Treasurer of Idchfield, Nuntio 
in England, to the Chapter of Wells for 14 shillings due on the 3th and 
6th years of his procuration. A.D. 1357. 

347. Acquittance by Richard de Carteton, Canon of Wells, Collector 
of the procurations of Talairand, Ep* Alban, et Kicholai.titnlo S. Vitalis, 
presbit. Cardinalium et SediB Apost. Nuntiorum to the Chapter of Wells 
for 8/. 19». 7Jd. A.D. 1357. 

348. Inspex ; by John de Carleton, Dean of Wells, of a lease by Bp. 
Ralph of Shrewsbury of a curtilage in Bath towards the " Cross ^th " 
(balneum erucis). A.D. 1354. 

349. Bond of the Chaste!- for 201. lent by Dean John de Carleton for 
the use of the fabric of the cathedral. A.D. 1357. 

350. Acquittance by Hugh Pelegrini for 7 shillings for one year. 
A.D. 1357. 

351. Inspex: by John de Mohoun, Lord of Dunsterre, AD. 1358. 
of a release by his grandfather John deMohone,A.D. 1339, to Dean John 
de Qodelee and the Chapter, of lands, &c. in Bichenalre. 

352. 353. Grant by Bichard Bole to certain canons of Wella of lands, 
&c. in Cherish. 

Test. Sirs Edmund de Clyvedon ; John de CTyvedon ; Bichard de 
Acton ; Knights, &c. A.D. 1356. 

354-365. About tenements, Ac. in Wells ; in Pouleshamesmede ; in 
Wells; do.; do.; do,; Newton Plecy ; Woky; a rent in Enfield, 
Middlesex ; Dynre ; Wells ; do. 

366. The will of John de Hywysch, Canon of Wells. A.D. 1361. 
Probate A.D. 1363. 

367-372. About tenements, &c, in Wells ; do. j do. ; do. ; do. ; New- 
ton Plecy. 

373. Asfiignment by the Priory of Worepring of an annuity of 53*. 4d. 
for the support of a chaplain in the Cathedral to commemorate bene- 
factors. A.D. 1366. 

374. Inquest by John de Beckyngton the Escheator about certain 
houses, &c. in Wells. A.D. 1367. 

375. Commission from the Chapter of Wells to John Wayfer of 
Glaatonliury to receive gifts and legacies for the fabric of the Cathedral. 
He is to pay 201. a year for the office. A.D. 1367. 

376-379. About tenements, &c. in Wells ; in the parish of St. Peter's, 
Cornhill ; in Wells ; in Ediston. 

380. Release by Stephen Penpel the Dean and the Chapter to the 
Exors. of the wilt of Bp. Ralph of Shrewsbury for a missal with musical 
notes, vestments, and 10/. for the fabric bequeathed by the bishop. 
A.D. 1368. 

■381. Receipt given by Margery le Moniers for 20 marcs. 

382-384. About tenements, &c. in Wells ; do. ; do. 

385. DisensHion by Henry de Derby, "Administrator apiritualis a 
sede Apoetolica deputatns," of the sequestration of a yearly payment of 
50 shillings to the Abbey of Glastonbury from the Church of Fokele- 
church. A.D, 1370. 

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3S6-391 . About loadfl in Bickeoftlre ; Mertoke ; Lancherl; ; ami West 
Fennard, Wells, West Peanard, Moneralaae [in Wells sold to the Dean. 
A.D. 1371. 

392. Will of Nicholas de Pontesbury, Sub-dean of Wells. Desires 
his body to be buried in his conooical dress at the door of All Saints' 
Chapel in the cemetery of the cathedral. Makes several bequests to 
vaiioQs persons. Probata, A.D. 1372. 

393-397. About teoements, &e. in Wells ; Mertoke ; Hessokjmore ; 
Wells; do. 

39tt. Inspex : by Stephen Peopel the Dean of the appropriation by 
Bp. John Harewell of the Kectory of Wyncaulton to Staverdale Priory. 
A.D. 1374. 

399. About lauds in Mertok. 

400. Copy of the Will of John de Oxenford, late citizen of New 
Ssrum. Probate, Aug. 26, A.D. 1374. 

401. Mandate by the official of the Court of Canterbury to the Chapter 
of Wells in favour of the Dean in his cose agninac 6p. John Harewell. 
i.D. 1375. 

402. About tenements, &c. in Wells. 

403. Copy of the Will of John Gy of Wells. A.D. 1377. 
404-408. Abont lauds, &c in Bickenalre ; Okehampton ,- in New 

Sarum ; do. ; do. 

409. Release by Feter de Yerelton, to Hugh Durburgh, Chevr. ; 
John Fitz Payn, Chevr.; Peter Bratton ; Henry SeyuUJohn, and 32 
others, of all actions against them. A.D. 1380. 

410. Grant of tenements formerly belonging to John de Ozenford of 
New Sanim, ekinner, attested by the mayor and certain citizens of New 
Sarum. A.D. 1380. 

411-415. About tenements, Ac. in Wells; Lozton ; acquittance by 
Sir Tboows Fychet, Knt., for 23/. 6t. 8d.; (enemeuts in Wells; 
Loxton; do. 

416. Licence in Mortmain by R. II. to the Vtcars Choral. A.U. 1382. 

417-^19. About lands at Loxton ;ManumiBBionatLoxton; tenements 
in Wells. 

420. Grant by John d6 Chidiock, Sen'. Knt., to certain canons of 
Wella of a rent of 20/. on Cottelygh and Benham in Dorset as long as 
tbeyholdan acre called St. John's acre at Atwynsheigh in Somerset, 
and the advowson of St. John's and All Saints Church at Eingeston. 
Given at Alwinesheigh. A.D. 1383. 

421. Conflrmation by John de Chidiock, jnnr., Knt., of a grant o( 
QD acre to the said canons, Ac at Alwinesheigh in Haogerloud. 
A.D. 1883. 

422-427. About Unds in PrestJei^ ; Woky ; Alwinesheigh ; 
do. ; do. ; do. 

428. Acknowledgment of fealty by the D. & 0. of Wells, to William 
de Mountsgue, Earl of Salisbury, for lands in Burnham, who derived ii 
from Thomas de Grandson, Chevr. It had passed from the said Earl 
to Dame Margaret, wife of the said Thomas, who in turn passed it to 
Nichol de Carren, senr., Nicbol her son, and William de Carren, son of 
John de Carren, Chev. A.D. 1384. 

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429-430. Appropriation hy Bp. John Horevell of Ein^eston Church 
to the Chapter of WeUs. A.D. 1384. 

431-452. About Okehatnpton Manor; NjTrport; Wells; Eingeston 
Church ; do. ; do.; do.; Loxton; do.; do.; Stykdmcbe; Loxton ; 
do.; do.; Woky ; Saltmoro ; Wells; Stokuniy; Wells; do.; do, 

453. The sentence prononnced by tlie Court of Canterbury in a case 
between the Chapter and the Vicar of S. Cuthbert's. A.D. 1388. 

454-463. About a tenement in Wells ; do. ; Ediston ; Wells ; do. ; 
with several acquittances for pensions. 

464. Mandate of Bp. Kalph Erghnm to the offlctsla of the diocese to 
require the clei^y to call upon their parishioners to become members of 
the Fraternity i^ S. Andrewe, and aid the fabric by donations and 
bequests, wim 40 day indulgence to benefactors. Given at Woky, 
Nov. 3, A.D. 1390. 

465. Mandate of same to all Rectors, Vicars, Ac, to denounce the 
sentence of major excommunication upon those who infringe the liberties 
of the church or injure the fabric. Same date. 

466-468. About tenements, &c. in Wells ; Ediston ; Wells. 

469. The award of Walter, Abbot of Ford, and other GOmmiasioners 
in a suit between the Chapter of WeUs and other parties. A.D. 1392. 

470. About tenements, Ac. in Wells. 

471. Appropriation by Thomas Pits Alan, Archbishop of York, of 
St. Sampson's, York, to the Vicars in the Cathedral of York. 

472-476. About tenements, he. in Wells. 

477. Promise by John, the Prior of Long Leat, to pay 6». 8rf. a year 
to the Chapter of WeUs in settlement of all questions about Lulliogton 
Church, granted to them by Bp. Balph Ei^hum. A.D. 1396. 

478-483. About tenements in Wells. 

484, Gbant by Tbonias de Sudbury, the Dean, to Umphrey Shiliere, 
of the tithes, Ac of Stoke St. Gregory Church, A.D. 1895. 

485-488. About tenements in Wells. 

489. Grant by Bp. B^ph Ei^hnm of the advowson of Fokelclinrch to 
the Chapter. AJ). 1396. 

490-494. About the same ; do. ; tenements in Wells ; Stykelinch. 

495-497. Certain pensions and a mem, of expenses "in prandio." 

498. Petition of the Chapters of Bath and Wells to H. IV. for leave 
to elect a bishop. April 22, A.D. 1400, 

499. Grant by H. IV. for 20 marcs to Humphry Stafford, Ent., 
Thomas Stawell ; John Juyn ; John Warre ; Hugh Pyke ; Hngb Cary ; 
Bobert Gefcey; John Barent; William Gaecoi^e of Brockley ; of the 
Hundred of Exton with a third of Exlon and Newton Placey Manors, 
with remainder of the advowsons of the third part of Hawkridge Chiu^h, 
and the free chapet of Newton Placey, ailer the death of Richard Moyn, 
who acquired the same from John Garten, who held them in chief from 
king R. II. A.D. 1400. 

500. Release by Richard Cliderowe and others to John Garton of 
Eeat of lands held by them in Eent^ Snrrey, Middlesex, Lincolnshire, 
Somerset, Devon, &c. A.D, 1401. 

601-511. About lands in Newton Plecy; .1 fishery at Northcory ; 
Wells; do.; do.; do.; do.; do.; do.; Mertok ; Wells. 

U 20541. D 



Wmm 512. Will of John Mylwarde son of John Mylwarde of Dyndre. 

""^"^ Probate, A.D. 1403. 

513. About houses, Ac. in Wells. 

514. irndertakiag by the Chapter to celebrate a cotumemoration 
service for Walter Wyncaulton, Prebendary of Westmenstre als 
Lnxvyle, in return for 1001,, a chalice, missal, and a vestment, for the 
altar before the cross on the north side of the high bell tower of the 
cathedral. A.D. 1406. 

515. Indenture between the same setting forth the details of the 
commemoration of Bp. Ralph de Salopia, Sac. A.D. 1406. 

516. Another release to John Clarton. A.D. 1406. 
617. About tenements, &c. in Dultecote. 

518. Bond in 401. given by the vicar of Fokelchui-ch for the doe 
performance of his duties. A.D. 1407. 

619-537. About lands in Stokecurcey i Pokelchurche ; Stokecurcey j 
do. ; Wells ; Woky ; Wells ; do. ; do. ; and Woky ; Mertoke ; do. ; do. ; 
WellajMertoke; do.; do,; Wells; Doultecote; Wells. A.D. 1408-1415. 

538-539. Assignment of the lands, &c. of the late canon John Waryn 
for a mass. A.D. 1415. 

540. Bond by John Kyng in 40/. that he will abide by the arbitration 
of certain of the canons about some lands. A.D. 1413. 

641. About tenements, &ic. in Wells. 

542. Defeasance of a statute staple between John GUrton, Richard 
Bruton, and William Gascoigne of Bridgwater respecting a grant by 
the said John of lands in Bruton, Meryet, Langport, Bridgwater, 
Cbelton, Northboure, Westboure, Cheselade, Compton Dundone, Cosp- 
ton, Ashington, Canynton. A.D. 1416. 

543-544. About lands in Wells and Woky; do. 

645. Release by Thomas Litewyre of Sutton, Surrey, to Richard 
Bruton and William Oiiscoigne of the Hundred of Exton, and the third 
part of Nevrton Plecy and Exton Manor, and the advowson of Hawk- 
rigde Church, and the free chapel of Kewton Plecy, which John Garton 
of Erith, granted the said Richard ^y fine on the death of Richard 
Mayn who leased them from the said John. A.D, 1417. 

546. Power of Attorney by J. Halap, Exor. of the will of Ealph 
Tregrisio, Dean of Exeter, to John Wareyn, to settle about certion 
rents in Wells. A.D. 1417, 

547-556. About lands, &c. in Wells; do.; Edeston ; Moniers Lane 
in Wells ; do. ; do. ; do. j do. ; Newton Plecy. A J>. 1417-1418. 

556. Exemplification by Cardinal Branda for Cardinal John Bishop 
of Ostia, at the command of Martin V. of certain constitutions agreed 
upon by the said Martin V. for the reformation of the English Church 
and of that of Ireland and Wales. 

At Florence, in domo habitacionis nostrie, April 17, A.D. 1419. 

567-562. Lease of lands, Ac. in Newton Plecy ; do. ; Wells i Newton 
Plecy ; do. i A.D. 1420-1422. 

663. Release b^ Richard Reed to Richard Harewell, William Hoddes- 
fleld, Alexander Lynde ; William Faston of Fasten ; and Thomas Poye, of 
the manors of Brandeston, Chareafeld, and Westenfetd in Su%>lk ; the 
manors of Oxburgh, Shipdene, and Ryeton, 140 acres of land and rent« 
in Sallbous, Berton, Byndich, and Henstede, in Norfolk j and the 

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manors of Radewell, Compton. Dureville, Ho&sc^more, and Loxton, in q^^J^ 
Somerset. A.D. 1422. HSS. 

£64. About tenements, &c. in Wells. 

565. Exemplification by John Bp. of Samm of the tetters of Pope 
Martin V. in fiivour of the privileges of the Chapter of Wells. Given 
at Home, Oct. 15, A.D. 1422. 

566-569. About a canon's house in Wells ; General pardon to W. 
Ghuicoigne ; the manor of Loxton ; an Inquisition about the Hundred 
of Ezton, and Newton Plecy. 

470. Release by John Holden and Joan his wife, widow of John 
Garton, to Humphry Stafford and Thomas Stawell, Knts., to John 
Juyn of Stanton Drew, to John Warre, Hugh Fyke, Hugh Cary, Robert 
Jeffrey, &c. of Exton and Newton Plecy, &c. A.D. 1423. 

o71-673. About the same. 

574-575. Appropriation of the advowBon of Buckland Abbot's Church 
to the Chapter by Bp. John Bubbewith. 

Test. Sir W. Palton, Sir Thomas Beauchamp ; Sir Thomas Stowell, 
!Ente, ; John Warre ; John Arthur, &c. 

Given at Woky, Oct. 16, A.D. 1424. 

576-577. Indenture of the convent of Bath for the foundation of 
Bp. N. Bubbewith's Chantry. A.D. 1424. 

57S. About the appropriation o£ Buckland Abbots. 

579-580, About lands at Melesbei^ ; General pardon to W. Gascoigne. 

581. Exemplification of an entry in the " Liber Feodorum " stating 
that the Canons of Wells hold the Manor of Northcury. AD. 1425. 

58^-597. About tenements, &c. in Wells ; Ediston ; Bykenalre 
Wells; the Manor and Hundred of Bysboppeston, Berks; Wells 
Bykenalre ; do. ; Depford, Wilts i Wells ; Bykenalre ; Edestou ; Wells 
do.; do. A.D. 1425-1431. 

598-600. About Pokerchureb j General pardon to the D. & C. of 
Wells ; lands in Kuigshuty. A.D. 1437. 

601. Indenture about the foundation of the ChantiyofNicholasCalton, 
Archdn : of Taunton. A.D. 1438. 

602. Details of the lasL 
603-606. About Monyer I>Nne in Wells ; houses in Wells ; do. ; laud 

in Bykenalre. A.D. 1438-1440. 

607. Account BoU of the Steward of the manor of Bykenalre. 
A.D. 1440-1441. 

And of the same as bailiff of Stoke Gommer parson^e for the same 

608-609. Copy of the will o£ Nicholas Calton. Probate, A.D. 1440. 

610. Grant of lands in Bykenalre by Wm. Jevan, the Vicar of Stoke 
Gommere, and Bobert Eente, rector of Sandford. A.D. 1441. 

611. Warrant of H. VI. to the escheator to make inquiry concerning 
Melebury Manor and lands in Woky, Cheddar, and Draycote, given to 
the Chapter of Wells for the support of the Chapel in Wells dedicated to 
S. Saviour, the Blessed Virgin, and all Stunts. A.D. 1441. 

612. The finding of the jury. 

613. Warrant to the king about the same. 
614-618. About lands in Prestleigh; Hentou; PrestleJgh; do.; do. 

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619. Judgment of William de Fondeara, Bp. of Uleron, Papal Anditor, 
&c., in ft cwise between Bp. Thomas de Beckington and the Prebea- 
dartes of the Cathedral, respecting the Bishop's jurisdiction orer their 
prebends. A.D. 1444. 

620-624. About lands at Melesburgh ; Wells; Melesbaty; Wells; 

625. IVIondate of Bp. Beckington to the Archd"* to cail upon the 
clergy to become membera of the Fraternity of S. Andrew and Md the 

Given at Woky, April 20, A.D. 1446. 

626. About land in Bykenalre. A.D. 1446. 

627. Exemplification by H. VI. of a record of the Star Chamber, 
dated July 11 last, against John Delabere, king's almoner, seeking 
the appointment to the Deanery, and pointing out tlwt the right of 
election is with the Chapter, "any provision made by oore holy fader 
the pope to the sayd Deanery notwitlistanding." 

Teste me ipso, at Westminster, July 12, A.D. 1448. 

628. General pardon to W. Gascoigne. A.D. 1446. 

629. Lease by the Chapter to Thomas Moleyns of Whitchurch in 
Dorset of their shai-e in the Church there. A.D. 1447. 

630. Grant by W. More of Naylsev to T. Brown &c. of Alvestm 
Manor. A.D. 1447. 

631-634. About lands at Bykeualre ; WestPennard; do.; do. 

635. Statement of sums distributed in the cathedral at the obse([nies 
of Robert Noteltun, Hugh Greneford, Robert Bugleigb, William .Ode- 
cambe, &c., and of snms for processions on the Feast of the AesamptioD, 
for the souls of sundry persons. No date. 

636. About East Coker Church. No date. 

637. Gift of books by Bp. Stafford to the Chapter. 

638. Atiout rents at Northcury. 

639. Letter from P— — to his brother and friend John Baryngtoo, 
Vicar of Wella Cathedral, in which he mentions the schools ; asks tiiat 
money may be sent. Has no leisure to write more, but will write 
again soon. Begs to be remembered to John .... and to ... . 
Ercbefound and all other companions and friends. 

Written at Oxford. 

640. About land in West Pennard. A.D. 1451. 

641 . Grant of 20/. and a set of vestments by the exors. of the wilt of 
Canon John Reynolds to the Vicars of the cathedral, for the doily repe- 
tition of certain prayers for the soul of the sud Canon, at the time of 
the Mass in All Saints Chapel in the Close. A.D. 1451. 

642. About a tenement in Wells. 

643. Notarial indorsement recording the appointment by John " Ep" 
Penuensia " Judge and Commissary, of the process to be carried out in 
a cause between Richard Ferour, Rector of S. Michael ad placita, Nor- 
wich and W. Fytell asserted to be bis clerk. 

" This curious document appears to have formed the cover of a book 
entitled 'Liber Actorum Gspitularium W^lensinm,' the title being 
written on the back." A.D. 1458. 

644-653. Abont a tenement in Wells ; land in West Pennard, 

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654-668. About » fishei7 in B«dclifib Too, and laud at Bydeaham ; 
laud in Dultingcote and Long Sutton ; BjkeAalre ; do. 

659. General pardon by H. VI. to the Chiq>ter. A.D. liS5. 

660. Grant by Thomas Staynour al' Muleward to John Tregodek of 
land at Frestldgb. A.D. U55. 

661-667. About a tenement in Wells; do.; Okehampton Manor; 
Prestlaigh; a tenement in WeUs. 

668. Award by Humphrey, Loi-d Stafibrd, of Southwyke; Nioh. 
Carent, Dean of Wells ; and Richard Chok, Justice of the Common 
PlcAS, between John More of Nailsea, son and heir of William Bithe- 
Hore, and Bobert Deye ala Kykke, abont lands in Wnrcheston and 
Burnham. The land is adjadicated to John More as kinsman and 
right heir of Baldewyne Countevyle, late lord of Alwarton, viz., son of 
William son of Johanna, daughter of Elizabeth, daughter of Bichord, 
sou and heir of the said Baldewyne. A.D. 1462. 

669. Grant by John Eaynall and Cristiae hia wife, daughter and heir 
of W. Qaseoigne to J. Fa^yuge jun' of land in North Newton. A.D. 

670-675. About tbe Ezton and Newton Plecy Manors, &c. ; lands in 
Wells ; Okehampton by Philip de Drokensford to his son PhiUp ; 
Wells; Newton Plecey; Wells. 

676. Will of Canon Jdm Pedewell. A.D. 1467. 

677-682. About Newton Plecey ; lands in Wells ; Bond of John 
ByUieinore of Alwarton and William hia son and heir; about Itmds 
in Overwere ; Newton Plecey ; do. 

eS3. G!eneral pardon by £. lY. to the Exors. of the Will of Rp< 
Beckiogton. A.D. 1468. 

684. Undertaking by Jon Henton, Prior of Brutou, and the Priory to 
carry out certain eervices on bebalf of Hugh Sugar, Treasurer of Wells. 
A.D. 1468. 

685. Similarly the Abbot of S. Augustine's, Bristol, admits the said 
Hugh to spiritual fraternity, &c, 

686-694. About Newton Plecy Manor ; do. ; do. ; the iUotintery 
Street in Wells ; a grange at Bydesham ; the Mountery Street in Wells ; 
a tenement in Wells ; do. A.D. 1468-1469. 

695. Will of Henry Goddislond. Probate, A.D. 1474. 

696-702. About lands in Alwerton and Overwere; in Wells; do.; 
WeatPennard; do.; Wells; do. 

703. Order by the vicars choral that a lamp be kept burning from 
Michaelmas to May day every year in requital of benefits received from 
T. Chews. A.D. 1479. 

West Pennord ; Wells ; do. ; Presteley 

709. Will of T. Hampson, burgess of WeUs. A.D. 1484. 

710-711. Bond of W. Bytbemore of Nailsea, A.D. 1483; about 
houses in Wells. 

712. General pardon by H. VII. to Dean J. Gunthorpe. A.D. 1486. 

713-716. About land in Wells ; do.; do.; Prestleigh. 

717. Mandate of Bp. Bobert Stillington to the Arcbd" to call upon 
the Clergy and parishioners to become members of the Fraternity of S. 

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718. About land in Frestleigh. 

719. Will of Andrew Graathain, a vicar. A.D. 1493. 

720-726. Abont Imd in Northcoryj The wm of W. Mulwarde; 
about land in Wella leased by T. ComiBh, Tinensia Ep" ; tenements in 
Wells ; do. ; do. 

727. Beleaee by Tlionutsine widow of William Bythemore to Dean 
J. Gonthorpe of Alwarton Manor. A.D. 1496. 

728-744. About tenements in Wells ; do. ; lands, Ac. at Alwarton ; 
Doultecote; Wells; do.; do.; Biddesham; BicknoUer; do.; Byke- 
nalre; Wells; Newt«n Flecey ; Wells; do.; do. A.D. 1498-1526. 

745. Award by Mrtun commissioners confirming to the convent 
of Buckland, Somerset, agunst tbe Chapter of Wells, the proceeds of 
their churches during vacancies. AD. 1526. 

746. Bond of certain basbimiteiien to observe covenants. A.D. 1S27. 

747. Deed setting forth the details of the appropriation of the 
Churches of HentoD UonacbOTum, and Norton S. Philip's to the Prioiy 
of Henton. 

748. Letter of William (Warbam) Archbp. of Canterbury to John 
Beckham, President of the Chapter of Wells, dismissing a case between 
him and Canon Gnmby Als. Awsten. A.D. 1528. 

749. Confirmation by Richard Woleman tbe Dean and the Chapter 
of Wells, of a licence formerly given to Richard Smith, als. Bramstone, 
a vicar choral, to be absent from Mattins for the term of his life, and 
two months leave in each year during which he may wear tbe apparel 
of a layman, and with a weekly allowance of 7d, In consideration of 
this he shall act as Clerk of the Works of the Cathedral without fee. 
A.D. 1530. 

760. Tbe D. and C. grant to the same an annuity of 41. in lieu of odier 
allowances and in consideration of surrender of the office of Clerk of tbe 
Works. Same date. 

752-755. An arbitration about the Christopher Inn in Wells; 
another about RedcliSe Yeo fishery ; another about the New Hospice in 

766-757. Abont a tenement in Wells; Bond of the D. andC. to Sir 
W. Luttrell to abide by an arbitration. A.D. 1534. 

758. Authority given to the Communsr to deduct from the Vicars' 
salaries fines for absence at the rate of \d. tor absence from Prime ; ^d. 
from Mass ; ^d. from Evensong. AJ). 1535. 

759. Commission by Bp. John Clerk, King's Commissioner, appointing 
the Dean and Chapter of Wells to nominate three Priors [vicars choral 
so-called for their year of service in turn] to examine into the affairs 
connected with the service instituted by Bp. Josceline in honour of tiie 
B. V. Mary ; and two Priors to examine into those of the " Martyrs 
Masse " in S. Martin's Chapel near the Font, instituted by the same. 

Confirmed by the Chapters of WeUs and Bath. Jan., A.D. 1535. 

760. Account of the Steward of Newton Plecey for the year A.D. 

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761. Acqaittance to the Denn of WeDa for one year's dues on the 
Scclesiastical Bubsidy. (Sede vacante) A.D. 1540. 

762. Copy of Bp. William Eaighf s commiBBion to the Burveyors of 
his lauds in Somereet and Devon. A.D. 1541. 

763. Grant by tha D. and C. to Walter Cretyng of a part of the work- 
house. March 20. A.D. 1542. 

764-771. About land in Eingsbnry ; Bonds; lands in Bykenalre; 
do. ; CongreBbury ; £ingsbiiTy ; do. ; do. A.D. 1542-1550. 

772, Sale by Sir John Thynne, Knt., and Lawrence Hyde, to William 
Stonrton, of a messuage lately belonging to the Guild of Gorescombe. 
May 4, A.D. 1550. 

773. The sale of the Lady Chapel to iSir John Gate. Jnne 20, A.D. 

774- 775. About a tenement in Northcory ; lands at Stathe and Salt- 

777. Extract from the Roll of the acconnts of the annual tenths of the 
clergy. A J). 1553. 

778. Bond in 100/. of John Fitz James, Aichd" of Tannton, warrant- 
iii£ the Chapter against loss through a lease made by him to John 
FfyyjBxi of Langton Budville. A.D. 1534. 

779. 780. About land in Wells ; bond of the Corporation of Wells in 
300/. to observe covenants. A.D. 1555. 

781, 782. Grant by W. St»urton of Wormyster of th« School House, 
&c. in Croscombe to certain of the vicars of Wells. A.D. 1555. 
784. About lands at Frestlegh. 

786. Deed bjr which the D. and C. and the Mayor and Burgesses 
of Wells specify the uses of the sum of 60/. bequeathed by Walter 
Cretyng, Archd" of Wells, to be lent for two years at a time to 6 
poor bui^eEsesat the rate of 10/. each. A.D. 1558. 

787, 768. About WiveliBcombe, too imperfect to be described ; luid 
at Weliesleigh, 

789. Bond by the Churchwardens of Wiveliscombe concerning 20/. 
given by the Vicar of Wiveliacombe to be distributed among "four 
honest men " and " four other young men." A.D. 1562. 

790. A similar bond by the Churchwardens of Woky. A.D. 1562. 

791-400. About houses in Wells ; lands in Northcory ; do, ; in 
Wells; the Conununers balance in A.D. 1569; a legacy of 40/. to tlie 
Bu loesses by John Haggett; tenements in Wells; do.; do.; do 
A.D. 1563-1584. 

From 800 to 836 the entries are about leases, &c., except — 

825. A bond in 500/. by Thomas Gerarde and others to the D. and 

C. for the presentation of the Dean to the Vicarage of Stokcumber, 

A.D. 1634. 

832. Articles of agreement between the D. and C. of Wells and 
Robert Taunton of Bristol, oi^n maker, to build "a fair well-tuned, 
Qsefull, and beautiful!, double organ," in the Cathedtal at a cost of 
800/. or less according to the award of the Surveyor when the work 
is Saished. 

The dimensiwia and stops are given. A.D. 1662. 



A second series of 90 documente, ending A.D. 1812, contain five 
which refer to archiepiscopal visitations in A.D. 1587, 1591, 1604; 
aeTBni! which refer to the election of Bishops; and many which con- 
tun the apprantment of proxies, and orders to collect rents. 

A tliird series containing 245 documents has been arranged in 4 
boxes, with full parldculars of their contents in each box. These consist 
for the most part of extracts from the Chapter minute books ; appoint- 
ments to offices ; sentences of excommunication pronounced against 
Prebendaries for aon<attendance when cited; lists of the members of 
the Cathedral body ; and accounts, &e. 


The Eeeve provides the Feast, and in order to enable him to do ao, the 
Lords of the Manor allowing the Lords rent of the Feast Tenement, in 
respect of which he is appointed to the office, an annual allowance of 
£2 by the name of Leaze Fees, payment of £2 under the name of Cane 
Wood, and £4 Sn. Od. under the name of Beef and Fork. The Reeve is 
also allowed by the occupier of the Lay Rectory now held by Mr. C. H. 
Dare for lives nnder the Dean and Chapter of Wales, 36 buBhels of good 
marketable wheat, and 484^ in money, to be rendered on demsad at 
any time within a month before Christmas, annually, and likewise by 
the holders of the undermentioned estates the quantity of wheat set 
opposite to the names of their Tenements respectively to be rendered 
within the like period. 

11 Tenements (named) provide 17| bnshels. 

The custom of preparing for and holding the feast is for the Reeie to 
provide 3 fat heifers and put them in the Manor Pound adjoining North 
Curry Chui-ch Yard the Sunday before Christmas Day if Christmas 
happen on any other day than Monday or Tuesday, but if it fails on a 
Monday or Tuesday then the Sunday week before Christmas day, for 
the inspection of the persons entitled to the feast who may insist on 
having them changed if good ones are not provided. Then these are 
killed by a butcher appointed and paid by the Eeeve, and the day before 
Christmas Day delivered with a good half Pig to two Tenants of the 
Manor of North Curry called Dealers, who continue for many years, 
but are annnally summoned to their duty by the Reeve aod have thor 
vacancies filled up by him. The Dealers are to attend the day before 
Christmas Day, except that day be Sunday, and then the day preced- 
ing, at the Reeve's with a clerk, to cot or Deal, or Dole out the Beef 
aod Pork to the persons entitled to receive it, and they have provided 
for them by the Reeve Beef steaks and onions for hret^fast, Top Butt 
of beef and 3 Marrow bones boiled, with marrow taken out and spread 
on toasted bread for dinner, and a feast each of 2 loaves of Bread, 8d. 
worth of Beef and 2d. in money, and 1 lb. of Beef suet to he sent home 
to their houses for their trouble. 

The Dealers serve out 2 Ribs of Beef, 2 Ribs of Pork, 2 Loaves of 
Bread, and 2d, in money to each of the holders of the following free- 
bold Manors, Knapp, Curry Vowels, Late Ceeley's, Calmady's, Slough, 
Hantbam, Curry Cum well. 

They also serve out to each of the occupiers of the 2 following Tone- 
ments-A. ... ■ . a feast and a half, viz., 3 Loaves of Bread, Is, worth 
of Beeff and 8d. In money. 

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They also serve the occupiers of the following Tenements, 2 Loaves 
of Bread, 8d, worth of Beef, and 2d. in money. 

In North Curry Mftnor 49 tenements. 

In Wmntage 36. 

In East Curry 35. 

The Dealers also serve out a Loaf and i of Bread, | of 8d. worth of 
Beef, and 24. In money to the occupier of late Powel's tenement in the 
Manor of E. Cuny, called a Two-third-in-GiJe Tenement .... Also 
one half of the last mentioned nllowance to au occupier of late Samuel 
Powell in the Manor of E, Curry, called a Third-in-Gale. 

They likewise serve out one loaf of Bread, id. worth of Beef, and 
Id. in money to the occupiers of the following tenements called half 
feast tenements. 

In N, Curry 7. In Wrantage 1. In E. Cnrry 5. 

Each of which loaves of Bread is to be made of good white flour, to be 
well baked, and to weigh after baking 5 lbs., and the Beef to be valued 
at the price for which beef of like quahty is then currently selling. 

To the Beeve of West Hatch within the said Manor, the Dealers 
serve half a bullock and the hind quarter of the half pig for the use of the 
Tenements of that Manor on his paying 5«. for it to the Beeve of North 
Curry, but before he is allowed to enter the Reeve's house he is to sing 
the foUowing song : — 

Eing John he was a noble knight 
I am come to demand my right 

Open the door and let n 

Else I'U 

Else I'll carry away my money again. 
The dealers sei-ve out these feasts to the persons entitled to them, 
who are to send for them between Sunrise and Sunset the day before 
Christmas day, unless it happaia to be a Sunday, and then the day 
preceding, and the dealers also serve out for the Reeve a Chine, 
round and romp of Beef for mince meat, and the belly part of the fore 
quarter of the luilf pig for a feast to be provided the day after Christmas 
day, except it be a Sunday, and then the day foUowing, by the Beeve 
for the Lord of ihe Manor of Knapp and Slough who are called the 
Jack of K!napp and Slough, and have this feast for themselves and their 
attendants after-mentioned, besides the Cbief-fe&st of Beef, &c. ; in 
common with the holders of the other 5 freehold Manors they or their 
Deputy arrive at the Reeve's house the feast day about 1 o'clock, the 
Jack of £napp or his deputy attended by 3 men and a boy, and the 
Jack of Slough or his ilepuly by 2 men and a boy. When the Jack of 
Knapp or his deputy arriving the key of the Reeve's Cellar, in which 
there ia to be provided a j Hogshead at least of good Ale for the feast, 
is given to one of his attendants. The Jack or deputy proceeds to 
divide the offal or inferior parts of the bullock and half pig and distri- 
bnte by the dealers to the holders of tenements into portions to be given 
in the afternoon to the 2nd poor. The Jack of Slough or Depnty divide 
Six Dozen ot bread weighing five pound each loaf when well baked, 
provided by the Reeve for the like purpose. The Jack and their 
attendants then set down to a dinner provided by the Reeve, consisting 
of the Chine of Beef roasted and the Rump and Bound Boiled, the belly 
piece of the foreqnarlerofthe half Fig rolled up and made into a ColW 
of Brawn and called and served up with a sprig of rosemary and 
powdered with flour. A Hen with the Head and Tail on but the rest 
of the feathers except the tail plucked off — a little boiled and served up 
on Sops of Bread, proper Vegetables. A large Mince Pie and efBgy ot 
King John in Paste properly painted to represent a king stuck up in 
the middle of it; Bread and Ale and br^ and cheese after when 

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they Bit down to dinner. Two Candles weighing a pound each are 
lighted, and until thej are burnt out the Jack and their attendants have 
a right to ait drinking ale, Aiter dinner the regular toasts are — To 
the Mortal Memory of King John ; The Heal Jack of Enapp; The 
real Jack of Slough. AfLerwarde, when toasta are given, the Jacka 
give away the bread and the offal beef and pork to the second poor. 
When they have drunk as much as they like they depart. The Jack of 
Slough or deputy holding the Stirrup of the Jaek of Enapp, or Depoty, 
for him to mount, and receiving a shilling as his fee. 

J. A. Bkhkitt. 

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Abbatyiton, cbsncel of ; 377, S7S. 
Abbnd; 197. 
Abbe, John; 105, a7a. 
Abbedeabmy Abbey ; 33 1 . 
AbbedeBtm, Jahn de, charter of; 206. 
Abbodestun, Walter de ; SOS. 
Abbot, Edward; 354, 355. 
AbinAdoD, AbeodoD ; 

Canon Henrf ; 300. 

Stephen de ; 81. 

Ricbnrd de ; 93. 
Acbangran ; 197. 

H. de ; 47. 

HiigD de; S3. 

Acrea, John de; 93. 

Bnrnell, tttOOe ot ; 330. 
JohadeiUl, 157, IBl. 
Bichard dei 178, IBO, 304, 303. 
Boger de ; 301, 

Biohard ; 336, 353. 
TbomSB ap ; 76. 
Adh^gen, Benedict Abbot of; IS. 

Pope, to Dean Ito, conflimiiig poB* 
seationfl of tbe Catbedral ; 1 34. 

IV.; 191. 
Adolf, Bishop ; 196. 
Adnlterj', accusatioiia of j 37, 38. 
JEAelmgB ; 196. 
MAOMtaa, dm ; 196, 197. 
Afflyii, Conrsd; 317. 
^gi^ua, Bisbop ; 67. 
.XlfRHT, dDx ; 195. 
.Xlfhelm ; 19S. 
.^nfhere, dux ; 196. 
.SUfred, Bishop ; 195. 
.anfrio; lOSpmm'm. 
ieifaiKeil95, 196, 197. 

.£lfirme ; 196. 
JGlfirold; 196. 
Aet«,Wm. de;I5S. 

.Stbelgar, Bishop ; 19S. 
.SMgeftrd ; 195. 
.£>eliiod; I9S. 

^thelsige; 195, 196. 

.Xthelst&n, dux ; 195, ISS. 
.£theliriiie ; 196. 
.Stored ; 195. 
Aids; 136, 176. 
AUnod, Abbot ; 29. 
Ailrio, Faber ; 395. 
Aimers, Thorn, de ; 73. 
Aish, Maria ; 353. 
Aithntle : 

grant of ths adTOWSon of; 3S. 

ohmoh, charter about ; 31 5. 

prebend, grant of; 980. 
Albin tanator ; 67. 
Albiniato, Phil, de; 154. 
Albretha, cliarter ot ; 164. 
AtdebiU7, Walter de, rector of Honet- 

puUe ; 113. 
Aldeilf : 

C; 360, 361. 

Simon ; 361. 
Aldeworth ; 73. 

Aldideford, Boger, presbyteT of ; 13. 
Alditheford, Thomas de; 31, 45. 
Ale, William, son of; 163. 
Aieci«, lUchatd de ; 894. 
Ab^ye, Abbot and Coovent ; 1. 
Alexander : 

Pope; 184, 195. 
Alexander m., Pope ; 58, 190. 

letter of ; 58. 

eonflrmadoQ by ; 303. 
Alexander IV., Pope; 189, 190. 
Alferode ; 84. 
AUheah, dux; 196. 
Alf>old, Edb. ; 196. 
Alhhelin, dnx ; 196. 
Al^, Bobert, Abbot of, agreement by 

Aling . . . charter of Benedict Ab- 
bot of; 33. 
Allen, W. ; 143. 
Aller ; 346. 

Almari, Will., Bobt., and Gilbert ; 31,211. 

Jolm de; 198. 

oharter of; 157. 

and Agoeta his wife; 7. 

Baher de ; 311, 314. 

' Dgit zed bv Google 


Aire; 317. 

John de, tic. ; 6. 

John le ClTvedon, lotd of; 317. 

Raer, ptrson of ; 170. 

Huebde;98, 104, 1S5, 

RicWd de ) »S, 301. 
Altabray, Balph de ; 313. 
AlU Villa, Begiiuld de ; SIO. 

Begni de; 166. 

Thorn, de ; 35, 89. 

ThoDlMde; 191,308. 
Almn, Eentr de ; 83. 
Atared, Magister ; 15. 
Alrerton, amortiiemeitt of) 147. 
AlvestoQ manor ; 308. 
AlwineBheigli, land in ; 304. 
Alwarton ; 309. 


or, release of; 310. 
Ambreabuiy, John de; 154. 
Amerye, John ; 943. 
AmotteahaiD, Philip ; alg. 
Amys, IticWd ; 218, 120. 
An^ui; 303. 
Andelay, Bobert de ; 3. 
Andelj, Walter de ; 2. 
Andeirarpia; I8B. 
Anglesey ; 338. 
AQgoilun, Bobert; 155. 
AiiDore, John ; 196. 

Appelby and Pmgh, eharter about ; 384. 
Aqnila, O. de ; B. 
AidMr, ArahdeaeoD ; 973. 
Arches, Court of; 108, 107. 
Arden, Bad. de ; 13. 
Ardenie, Jobs de ; 86. 
Ardeme : 

John de ; 13S. 

William de ; 107. 

cltarteTof; 106. 

Argenlon, Richard de ; 186. 
Argentant ; 8. 

John ; 307. 

Thomas ; 301. 

William ; 89. 
Arlur, William ; BOO. 
Anindel, £arl of, William; 4, 158, 154. 

Biohard ; 188. 

Francis ; 366. 

Archbishop, esecntoin of ; 377. 

John; 41. 

John de; 174. 

Mathillis de, wife of Gerb«n de 
Perci ! 15. 

Matilda; 153. 

Maniice de ; 319. 

Hobert ; 363. 
Ashbniy ; 333. 

advOTson; 77. 

parsoDage, indentore about; 335. 
rectory adrowson ; 2SG, 
John de ; 1 oa. 
Aehefolde, John ; 138. 

Asher; 394. 

bUuor; 147. 
Ashill ; 333. 

prebendary of ; 83, 38fi. 
Ashington ; 806. 

rector of, Thomas ; 170. 
Ashlar, freestone of; 390. 
Assebor, rector of, John de Bocton ; 67. 
Assebnty manor ; TS. 
Asser, Bishop ; 197. 
Asxbeholte manor; 84. 
Ataville, Stephen de ; 906. 
Atebera, William de; 186. 
Atel, Boberl, son of; 314. 
Athber, Itichard de ; 10. 
Atbel, AbbaB de ; 19. 
Athelney, Atheling ; S4. 

Abbey, suit about pastures in Sail- 
more ; 183. 

compositirai of fishery rights, &c. ; 

Abbot of, charter of; 157, 209. 

Benedict) I TO. 

.charters of; 311, 315. 

Joha Hewysschj 139. 

Osmund j 399. 

Boger, charter of ; 94. 

difference about land in North 

Cory ; 143. 

composition with the I>eui of 

WeUs; 159. 
of moor i 
1 Abbas;! 
Attebec, Bichard de; 176. 
Attebere, Hiobard ; 381. 
Atteberg, Bichard de; 175. 
Atte Boi, William; 107. 
Attebyre, Bichard de; 152. 
Altehele, bond of Hiigh; 308. 
Attwood, Henry ; 246. 
Aocker, Henry, son of; 154. 
Aueo, Hugo de; 11. 
Audelej, Lord; 331, 
Aadenard, Agidius de; G5. 
Aula, William de; 79. 
Aukk, William; 217, 
Aule, Bobert de ; 394. 
Anlescomb, church ; 37, 28, 153. 
adniMJon to ; 304, 314. 
grant of; 315. 
Anmale, WiUianl; 167. 
Amnbesas, William ; 30O. 
Aambcealete, John de ; 78. 
Aunger, John; 116, 117, 135. 
Anre or Aura : 

John de; 2, 156-160, 296, 398. 
William de; 39. 
Austell, John; 143. 
Austin, Mr. or W. ; 343, 344, 
Attttevill, Thom de ; 66. 
Avebury : 

Peter de ; 78. 
Bobert de ; 75. 
Thomas, exor. of ; 115. 


Nicholas; 166. 

Oliver; 158. 
AvignoQ ; 9S, 191. 
ATon, Bridf^e of i 44. 
Awd«l«y, ThonlM, Lord Airdeley of Wal- 

den, kc; 290. 
Axbridge, Azebragg ; 37, 69, £05. 

ftdTOWBOnOti 205. 

chapters held at ; 64,199. 

eharch ; 139, S06, 343. 

inquirition held in ; SOS. 

land at; 39. 

viajot; 207,511. 

grant of ; 305, 20;. 

Dean of ; H5, 86, 93, 1S3. 

deaneTf ; 93, SST. 

OilberCdej 21. 

J. de; 398. 

Johnde; 36, 68, 73, 173, 381, 283, 

John, Sector of Bokelond; 804. 
Azminiter, Prior of, Baldvin ; 36, 394. 
Aylwsrd, WUUam ; 122. 
Ayhrorth, John, of Wells and London ; 

Ayshbrytell church 1 28T. 
Ajehbniy, presentation, grant of: 334. 
AjBhlll 1 109, 389, 390. 
Ajahleii 388. 


Baac, Bichard de ; 89, 93, 94. 
Banker, Bichard de ; 92. 
Babbe, John; 230,231. 
Baboarie reetorj ; 366. 
Baber : 

John ; 369. 

Kaiherine, widow of Edward ; 269. 
Babington, land in ; 29. 
BacchTDgwere, bounds of ; 303. 

church, grant of a portJOD of ; 75. 

rectory! 367. 
Badcock, Silvester i 366. 
Baddebury : 

manor; 78. 

Stephen de ; 306. 
Baddeston, Elias de ; 44. 
Badeston : 

Brian de ; 67. 

B. de, obit of; 64. 

W. de, willof! 45 
Badeitr, Elide; 36. 
Badgeworth ; 69. 

rectory ; 36G. 
Bsdmao, John ; 367. 
Badyatton chnreh t 107. 

Bagborough; 84. 

commoners rights Tor men of ) 34. 

teoloroF, Holnwi; 169. 
Baggeley, rights in ; 07. 
Bagelay, Walter ; 377. 

Bagepath, :Kc de; 89. 
Bignald, Robert i 369. 
Bagpnz, Kad. de ; SB, 1 55. 
Baiguard, Bobert ; IBS. 
Bailie, Thoouu ; 340. 
Baioc, Henr. ; 7. 
Bakcler, Walter le ; 819. 

Isabella; S86. 

J. de ) 36. 

J.; 238,343. 

Hicbard de i 89. 
Balatto, Walta de, pronnucio ; 106. 
Raldevin, Archicp. Cant.; 9. 
Baldoh, Hobert de ; 94, 104, 105. 
Baldwyn, Owjdo ; 318. 
Bomfield :; 73. 

Ric. de, or Bichard; 19, SO, St, 95, 
381, 333. 

Canon of Wells, difference with 

the Dean ; 53. 

will of; 54. 

Statutes of; 168. 

William, charter of; 194. 

Bampton, John de ; 31 . 
Banbury; 63. 
Band, Bobert; 308. 
Banfeld, Alen de ; 36, 43. 
Bangor, Bishop of, B. ; 32, 33. 
Banwell ; IS, 71,80, 91, 92, 100, 133, 132, 
169, 170, 173, 193, SOS, 323, 334, 
231, 332, 241, 265-268, 300. 
chnrch of; 14, SG, 71, 140, 141, 152, 
367, 36B, 269. 

ordinations in ; 270. 

Bishop's chapel at ; 363. 

private chapel at ; 268, 369. 

manor of ; 208, 836, 343. 

Hymis in ; 15. 

the Bishop's manor bouse of; 267. 
Court of; 15. 

at FnttiDgtbarp,grant of landsio; 93. 
lands in; 15,363. 

Barber, Waller the ; 89. 
Barboi, Hugh lo ; 219. 
Barboor, Cnatina ; 381. 
Bard, Hngh; 4, 153. 
Bardeney, W. de ; 34. 
Barent, John ; 305. 

Bog.; 19. 
Borewe, Nicholas de, charters of; 23, 25. 
Barph, William ; 301, 
Bann^on, John ) 275. 
Barkley, Gilbert ; 240. 

Bishop, grant by ; 240. 
Barlincb ; 275. 

dissolved bouse of ; 385. 
Barloo, William ; 238. 
Barnet, John, Bishop ) 116. 
Barneville ; 

Conatandadet SIS. 

Robert de, charter of ; 307. 
Baronne, William t SOS. 

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Barowe; 317. 

H&Tekjn de U, John Sonlhenuaa 
called) 817. 
Barre, lAvtence ie la ; 374. 

Ceico; S38. 

FniDcis ; ('£. 
Boirov, South; 341. 

repair of the dumcel f 877. 
Barton; 109. 

advowBOD, grant of ; 315. 

prebend ; 91. 

prebendar; ot ; 83, 334. 

rector of, William ColTjle ; HI. 

St David's; 341. 

■ rectoiy; 368. 

Hatbew de ; 40. 

Feterde; 13S. 

Williun, son of Boget de ; 32. 
Barwe, South, Alredua de. Fonsond, lord 
of; 31. 

grant of lands at la; 317. 
Bsrwjhe, Earlofi £84. 
BarjugtoQ, John ; 123. 

vicar of Wells, letter to ; 308, 
BMden, Thomas ; 369. 
Basset, Folk ; 397. 

Fhil. ; 155. 
Batesforde, John d« ; S4. 

grant from church of Chiw tc 

ehoiee of proctors; 38. 

■— and Hampton ; BU. 
Prior of, precedence of ; 36. 

. citation by ; S6. 

letter of; 130. 

■~— Thomas ; 3. 

Walter; 15,82, 

Thomas I.acock ; 186. 

Robert; 173, 193, 

.^— John Caontlowe ; 309. 

William Holloway ; 325. 

Frior and Convent; 1, 33, 83, 68, 70, 

97, 303,206, 

letters to; 51, 63. 

deeds b; and eonceming; 14, 

23, 51, 134, ISS, 170, 171, 193, 

300, 302, 303, 204, 306, 313, 396, 

399, S03, 307. 
appropiiation ofcbmvhet to; 14,50, 

56, 67, 170, 193. 

monks of; 15,32, 37,46-51 pataim, 

57, 79, 154. 

poor chaplains of : 174. 
chapter of, proctors of; 45. 
. petition against 

to ^pointrepreaentativefi lor 

the Parliament ; 132. 
decree about the Consistory of ; 346. 
Sjnod in the cathedral at ; 36. 
cbotch of, grants to ; 37, 

liberties of; ISO. 

deanerj; 3 GB. 

House of the lepers without; 187. 
place called Bisschopesbour m ; 306. 
Hospital ; 187. 

privileges of; 154. 

Oodefr. ; 68. 

God^, charter to ; 33. 

- — J.J 192. 

J,, arrangement bj ; 166, 

R.; 189, 313. 

Reginald; 28, 213, 215. 

. letter of j 5. 

— agreement with ; 8. 

Bobert; II, 13,98. 

- — Robert, Fope Adrian to ; 191 
- Robert, formerly ; 81, 3U. 



1, a concord ; 3. 

HeU7 de ; 8, 46, 47, 281, 383. 

Hugh of; 94. 

Jolm de ; 5, 1S7. 

Nicholas de; 79,81,106. 

Osbertde; 21,311. 

Peter de ; 166, 306. 

Rad. ; 21. 

Walt, de ; 19. 

William de; 75, 82, 281. 
Bath and Glastoobary : 

Doion of chorchea of; 154, 190. 

Bishop of, S. ; 204. 

Josceline; 1, II, 32,27,39, 

166, 175,306,394,395. 

„ charters of; 25,71. 

,^_ grant* to j 25, 205, S94, 

Savanc ; 5, 13, 24, 166. 

-— charteroF; 13. 

-—— grant by ; 3S. 

-^; 189. 

agreements by ; 211, 294. 

Bath and Wells, chapters of; 103,133,309. 

agreements between the churehei; SI, 

respective rights in election of bishop ; 

fixed number of persons in ) 190, 

names of persons instituted, &c, ; !GC, 
367, HfiB, 369, 270. 

and Abbey of GlastoD, concotd be- 
tween; 77. 

Bishop of; 72. 138,201,213,249,238, 

— — William the brother andWiliiam 
the nephew of John de Button ; IS. 

—— villeins of; IB. 

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Bath snd Wells— conf. 

Bishop of, prayers foi ; 174. 

to the Archbishop ; 26S. 

-« — fees payable by-; 248, 249. 

letter about graating leases to ; 

357, 358. 

Gilbert Barkley.graot by ; 340. 

John; B5, 169, 

grant to i 214. 

John de Drokensford ; 155, 

JohaHatewelli 139. 

Josoeline ; 165. 

quit daiai to i 206. 

grant to ; 294. 

election of Leonard Mawe ; 


Nicholas, grant by ; 303. 

Balph ; 159, 172, 191. 

letters of Fope John on 

his petition; 141. 

an indentnie ; 169. 

licence to ; 306. 

Robert; 57,139,176. 

charters of; 71, 151. 

charter to; 78. 

. Bobert Bumel ; 31. 

grant to ; 71. 

Roger, an Inspeiimut ; 304. 

Thomas, grant by ; 188. 

Thomas, decree by ; 2(3. 

hia wiU ; 245. 

Thomas Bekjngton ; 18S, 184. 

Dr. Thoma* Kenu ; 264. 

Walter; 31. 

charterof; 151. 

lands held of; 307. 

Walter de Konyngton ; 114. 

W., inspez. of charter de 

theloneo; 168, 
Wiltiom, grant by ; 298. 

bond of; 299. 

WilUam Peirs elected ; 354. 

William de BattOD, grants by; 


William de MarcMa ; 71. 

will of; 73. 

William Laud ; 253. 

Batheneston : 
church ; G7, 

appropriated ; 66, 

Lady Matilda; 67. 

:e to be held ai 


Bathepole mill ; 147. 
Bavent, Walter de; *9. 
Bawdrip church ; 

SbIk of proceeds of; 88. 

&uitB to be paid to Dean, &o. ; 

Bishop's claim to ; 88. 
Baylie, Hoger ; 266. 
Baytye, Thomas ; S43. 
Bealknap, B.; 184. 
BeamoDt, Henry ; 266. 
Beandeford; 4. 

Idoigne wife of Sir Hagh ; 201 . 

Idoneade, an agreement; 182. 

John de ; 300. 

John, indenture by ; 163. 

release to Dean and Chapter ; 

de LiUesden ; 158. 

composition with ; 159. 

Thomas; 201,307. 

William, lord of half of LlUesdonc 
and Stalhe manor; 159. 
Beautbrd, Lord Henry, Cardinal and Bia- 

hop; 378. 
Beaulieu Abbey ; 113. 
Beaumont : 

Master, Archdn. of WelU, letter 


; 147. 

Thomas; US. 

Wm.i 252. 

William de ; 44. 
Beaupyue, Thomas ; 17y. 
Bebe, Robert; 226. 

Abbot of; 55,63. 

agreement about fines ; 38. 

William, agreement by ; 211,294. 

Chapter of, let Cleeic church to the 
Abbey of Cleave ; 2B4. 
Bechamstede,; 30. 
Beckham, John ; 310. 
Beckington : * 

rectory; 366, 268. 

John de, escheator; 167, 172, 290, 
303, 308. 

Bishop; 216. 

grant by; 188. 

mass for; 280. 

Thomas de ; 308. 

houses bnilt by ; 379. 

executors of ; 183, 184, 309. 

Bede, books of ; 72. 
Bedeford. Thomas de; 166, 188, 212. 
Bedel, John; 266. 
Bedellaria, grant of; 75. 
Bedford, Thomas de, Begister of Chan- 
cellor; 79. 
Bedmynstre, Henry Teasuro, prebendarj' 

of; 178. 
Beeny, Henry; 368. 
Be^eyn, Begiuald called; 93. 
Beket, W.i 279. 
Belaasis, Anthony ; 234. 
Bellet, WiU ; I5S. 
Bello Campo : 

Alice de; 120. 

Cecilia da ; 100. 

Hughde; 86, 181,182. 

de Northooe, John de; 82, 86. 

de Marisco, John de ; 69. 

Johnde; 177, 179,399. 

da Somerset, John de ; 100. 

concord by ; 100. 

Lodovic de; 19. 

Walter de ; 72. 
Bello Loco, H. de; 154. 
Bebich; 275. 


Bemeston Hundred, Wedmnrc in ; 34. 
BempstoD, Hnndred, &c. ; 3Ta. 

anit about ofllce of bailiff; IS5. 

appointment of bailiff ; SST. 
Benagre adrowson, grant of; 226. 
Benanger, Whitolinrch jnxta I 210. 
B«aeciimb, John de ; SO. 
Benedict Bcriptor rap«; 166. 
Benet, John; 112. 
Beneyt, John, prebeadary of Combe : 

Benf ord, a Tiear ; S61. 
Benbam in Dorset, fpVDt of rent on ; 

Benbam, Ric. de ; 66. 
Bcnbanger, Thomai de; 77. 
Benhangre church, admiarion to ; 65- 
Benington, Maurice de; 305. 
Bennecumb, John ; S9. 

Beiihalc, Bichard ; 108. 
Beorbnod, dax ; 186. 
Beoihtmund ; 197. 
Beorbtaige; 197. 
Beorhtnlf; 197. 
Beomheb; 197. 
Beomitan; IST- 
Bero, Feter de ; S19. 
Beroerille, Gilbert de ; ao4. 
Bercham. Boger dei 168. 

Gilbert de ; 157, 177, 179, 389. 

W.Se; 219. 

William son of Feter de ; 310. 

la, giant of; 2£S. 
Berebritt; 161. 
Berewe chorch ; 1S3. 
Berevich, Matilda de; 1S7. 
Bergh, Bergbes ; 

church; 209, 801. 

agreement abont; 209. 

grant of a crop growing in ; 209. 

vicarage, inquisition upon; 308. 

order abont; 209. 

report about; 209. 

glebe and advowsoo, exchange of; 
Berhe, Hugh de ; Bl. 
Berkamptlead ; 106. 
Berkela;, Berkelee, &c. : 

B. de; 6. 

Robert de I 35, 192. 

John, wanlsMp of his heira ; 86. 

Jobnde; 181. 

Maurice de; 37, IS5. 

Thomas de; 73, 112. 

letter of ; 74. 

Beriich; 27S. 
Berlii; 173. 

house of; 187. 

prior of , Robert ; 173. 

Walter; 21,204. 

William, bond of ; 174. 

prior and canons of ; 12. 

charter of; 69. 

prior and college or convent of; S3. 

priory of, purchase of Horba Manor ; 

Berloz, Galfrid ; 22. 
Berljch ; 

monej; 360. 

prioTj pension ; US. 

prior and convent of ; 266. 
Bermundse;, lands of the abbej ; 203. 
Bennycbam, Fnlcane ; 390. 
Bernard, Balph, bod of, charters of; S, 11, 

IBl, 214. 
Bemers, Ralph; 168,387. 
Berre, WiUiam de ; 316. 
Berrow, rectory ; 369. 
Berstall, William le Ras de i 66. 
Betton; 34,69, 306. 

advowion of; 85. 

R. de, gnmt to ; 36. 

church, appropriation of; 172. 

honse of; 187. 

John Copethome, vicar of; 2S7. 
chnrch, appropriation of 193. 
Benrick : 

John de; 168. 

William de; 168. 

chapel of; 20!. 
Beteoesden, Williatn, abbot of; 5. 
Betescumb. grant of land in; ISf. 
Beverley, W. de Eboraco, provortof; 47. 
Bewepoll, Alice ; 220. 
Bexius, Robert, son of; IBS. 

Thomas, son of I 163. 
Bickenalre, lands in ; 221,801,303,304. 
BicknoUer; 341,310. 
Bideford; 9. 

caatle of; 9. 
Bidesham; 18,92,26,115,311,310. 

land at ; 36, 213. 

grant of prebend of; 60. 

manor, customs, &e. of) 163. 

prebend, canse abont ; S95. 
Big, Thomas; 266. 
Bikenalre ; 

release of rights in ; 1S9. 

extent of; 163. 

grtM of land at ; 301. 

the dean's personal snit for ; 37t. 

manor of; 304. 
Bileswylie, Prior of, letter of; 218. 
Billing, Richard, mananiitled ; 40. 
BiUiswike, ijt. Mark de ; 175. 
Binedon,; 22. 
Bingham, Th. ; 137. 
BinEam, Gilbert de ; 44. 
Birch, W. de Gray; 398, 293. 
Birigg, via de; 11. 
Birt, John ; 147. 

Bishop's doga, charters concerning; 8. 
BIshopB Lydiard, chaich ; 91. 
Bisschopp; 173. 

BisBchoppesden, Isabella of ; 386, 
Bisse ; 

Mr. ; 246, 347. 

Philip; 341,343,244. 

Wilham; 256. 

Biashoppea CompioD, grant of manor of; 


Digitized bvGoOgIC 

Ktbemore, William; S09. 

ThomMiDc, widow of; 310. 

Bitton, William ; 397. 
Blachfbrd matior 1 164,336. 

piUaceM; 139. 
Bladenej ; 232. 
BUke.Rlcliardi 199. 
BWteibrd ; 77, 92, 97, l-tO. 

Hsmode; 1S3. 

Blaneturd, Tbomas 1 301. 

Blut, John; 21E. 

BlauDk, Gregory I SI. 

Blavilte, Bana dp ; 13. 

Bleadon, rector of, Jobu de Middleton ; 

105, 13l>. 
Biibergli, G.W.; 76. 
Blandc, Matilda ; 187- 
Blandell, WilUam ; 153. 
BIynet. John ; 3a7. 
Bocbjblde; 7S. 
Bochard, John ; 286. 
BofketoD, Thomas ; S83. 
Bockland, Buotsnd, Bokelond : 

S3, 77, 78, 109, 197, 289, 390. 
charter nboat; 176. 
church of; 13, 35, 153, 1B7, 189, S04, 


^^rant of ticbe in manor of ; 35. 

Wamberg, riKitOr of ; 175,30-1, 

eUll ; 390. 

vicanifce of; 53, 159. 

prior of, Walter i 33, 188. 

Abbots, graDttoDeBDandCbaplerof, 
adrowsonof; 303. 

Denham parsonage, indenture about ; 
230. Set Backlaod. 
BockroE. Tbomm ; 116, IlT,piu>uii. 

SloKegonimer cbnrch fint asBigaed 
to; 119. 

chantrj and burial place for ; 1 19. 
Boc worth, William ; 381. 
Boddecle^h with Balteneaborgh chapel, 

appropriation of I 172. 
Bodeciaya, tithea of; 206. 
Bodeketeye, Adam de ; 1 54. 
Bogelejth, John de ; SB. 
Bogle, JobD de ; SO. 
Boba . . . , Bogerde; ITS. 
BokelondTJcaTage, value of ; 170. 
Bokelon, Walter, canon <^ Chicheater; 

BokjDgg, John ; 130. 

Richard j 308. 

Waller le; 181. 
Boledich; 84. 
BolcTil, Robert de i 183. 
BoleviUe, Robert de, charter of; 13. 

. Beatrice his wife ; IS. 

Bole;n, Tboiiios; ISS. 
Bolouia : 

Peter dJ ; 800. 

Thomu de, ChristinB, danghter of; 
Bolojgne, Peter de ; 300. 
Boi^am church rerenuea ; 140. 
Bon, Hugo; 198. 
Sonde, WiUiam ( S34. 
U 30541. 

X. 321 


Archbishop g 6$. 

Pope; 163,172,178,199,211. 

letter of; 171. 

Bull of ; 171. 

BoniftceUI. ; 79. 
BonifeceVIII.; 190. 
BoDiface VIII., bulls uf ; 188, 299. 
BoDOOio; 201. 

Christina daughter of Thomas de; 
Bonrjle, Bouevill j 13. 

Nicholas de ; lOU, 

Kic. dc ; 66. 

Simoude j 211. 

Will, de; 23, 159,208. 
Bonyogdon, John ; S76. 
Bordeatm ; 4B. 
Bordeoewere ; 99. 
Borel, Robert, charters of ; 167. 
Borgeis, Edwy ; 163. 

W. i 285. 

William de ; 90. 
Bornliani church rcTeoueS ; 137-138. 
Boroforrl, John de ; 74. 
BorloQ, Elena ; 286. 
Bonigh, Rt. execntoTSof ; 390. 
Bo»i;o, Ric. de ; 72. 
Bostell, Will.; 158. 
BOByuton,; 50, S3. 
Boteleria, Will, de ; 88. 
Boterlake to Folkesmoor, right of way ; 

Botler. Robert; 144, 
Botreaux : 

and Mules, Margaret, daughter of; 

Lord; 217. 
Botry; 337. 
Bottelej, Gregory; 375. 
Bottington, Sampson de; 394. 
Bouche : 

Alice; 70,281,282. 

Mabill ; 281. 

William I 281. 
Boun, Hnmfrey de. Bat) of Hereford [ 

Boore, Gilbert ; 240. 
Bourne : 

Jubn ; 36B. 

William d* j 8S, 90, 99. 
Boveditch, Henry ; 167. 
BoTclie, Roger de ; 35. 
Borey, South, grant of the chui«h of; 

Bovy chorch ; 153, 311. 
BovyudOQ, John; 285. 

Walter; 341,343. 

William 1 293. 
Bowerman, William ; 236, 238, 234. 
Bowes, Mr. ; 343. 

H. Bishop; 186. 

Lord Henry; 278. 

.V Google 

Bomran, W. ; 810. 
Bowne, William de ; 85. 
Boxc, Robert Btte ; 141. 
Bosse, Waller ; 231. 
Boyx. Joho ; 265. 
Bof ion chnrcb i 71. 

Simou! 153. 

chuiereof; K, 31S, 

BrabazoD, Philip de ; 96. 
Bcadefotd : 

church; 174. 

Bo((eT de ; 13, 35. 
Bradegar, Robert, caooD of Ixiodon i 1S4. 
Bradelega-. G. 
BradeDBtock : 

Trior and Convenl of; 15, 207. 

graat to CaooDB of; SB. 
Bradeuye ; 

ADthoDj' de i 73, 78, 79,85, 89. 

Jordan de j 398. 
Bradestoke ; 94. 
Bradestrate; 9. 
Braiopton, Kichard, custodian of the 

fsbnc : 293. 
Branda, Cardinal ) fi06. 
Brandegtou manor ; 806. 
Branteston chapel, pension from; 176. 
Brnosa, William de ; 4. 994. 
B ration ■■ 

Ilenrj de ; 198, 21 1, 281, 283, 

Peter; 304. 
Braunch, Nicholas i 18t. 
Braundou, Kobert de ; S7. 
Bray : 

Nicholas le, called Lardyner i 139. 

Uaynold t 150. 

Kichardde; 99. 
Bray broke : 

Robert, Arcbdn. of Cornwall; 194. 

William dc; 91. 
Brean, Thomas Wells, curate of; 267. 
Breaiile, Falk de ; 9. 
Bredis, PnnChaleon de ; 173. 
Bri'dman, Itoyet; 255. 
Bremesgrove, Will, de ; 78. 
BreniDioc, John de ; 81. 
Brent : 

charter about ; 134. 
prebend; 383. 
churuh; 52, 174,390. 
South, and church ; 13, 14, 24, 153, 
189, 209. 213. 
BrcntemHcsh, Uienis in ; 18. 

R. 1 


Richard; 116, 118. 
Bretasche, John ; Sli), 
Bretoil, Robt. de ; 4. 
Breton, William le; 2. 
Biette : 

Jobn; 159. 

Simon; 159. 

William ; 201. 
Brever, William ; 295. 
Brian, Waller ; 370. 

Brice, Eiohard ; 158, 182, 
Blick, Walter ', 2GD. 
Brickenden, Edmund ; 366, 2S6. 
Bridgwater; 147,306. 

appointment of preacher in ; 

ludimagiller of ; 246. 


Chideok ; 53. 

de; 6S. 
id de; 53, 169, 198, 296, S97, 

Bridport : 

nunc I 



Walierde; 20,31. 
Brieves, Robert de ; 314, 
Brigge, WiUiam ; 88. 
Brigham, Xhomai; 2S6. 
Brioc, H. ; 8. 

Bristol; 86,154,168, 178, 179, 192,255, 

majors ; 167, 219, 393. 

bnrgeSBea of; 125, 167. 

proTOSt of ; 44. 

Cheddre de, Robert de ; 13S. 

Daniellde; 21, 

Peter de; 64. 

Sjmon de; 104, 136, 139, 140. 

Christ Church ; 285. 

at. Angustine'a, Abbot of; 35,201, 
313, 309. 

Pope Gregory's commis- 
sion to ; 1S9. 

appropriation of churches to ; 


Hospital of St. John; 36. 

grant to ; 75. 

master, &c. of ; 168, 178. 

St. Mark's ; 72, 175, 285, 392, 398. 

exchange by ; 85, 86. 

appropriation of Slockluid 

Church; 85. 

^omt to i 92. 

tllhei belonging to ;" 170. 

payment by ; 236. 

— |— St. Mary Redciifle, chapel built 
in the cemetery of i 173. 

Cathedral, chantry b ; 36. 

Bishop of; 353,357. 
Brittord, John de ; 67, 
Brilo, Simon, charter of; 210. 
Briton, SjTQon ; S3, 
BritlOQ, John de ; 94. 

Simon de ; i-j, 32. 
Briutua : 

church of I 14, 

Jordan, xub prior; 28. 
Briwere, William ; 4. 

charters of; 210,218. 
Briwes, John de ; 185. 
Briwelum, William, Prior of( 13. 

Philip, prior of; 37. 

Priory of; 71. 

John de-, 97. 
Brocas, Bernard; 142. 
Brocb, Brnald de ; 213. 

Digitized bvGoOgIC 

Broohet, Jordaa de ; S14. 
Brocklef ; 305. 

rectory i 267, 
Broct, Gerard de ; 293. 

Robert; 128. 

Tbomas; 156, ISO. 
Bromfelde or Brui^eld ; 

church ; 14, 15, 70, 91, 163. 
- peoflion from ; 183. 

BromptoQ, WiUism de ; 2. ; 
Broolieg, Samuel ; 269. 

Anthony ; 333. 

Humphry { 232. 

John; 217,373. 

T. i 308. 

Thomas ) 302. 

Waller-. 98. 
BrowBJng, John i 113, 
Braer, William ; 151,154,811. 
Braera, Gilbert de ; 80. 
Broetone, John de ; 79, 

hospital of; SO, 140. 
Will, de ; 37, 46. 
Bmham, North ; 201, 
Brain, Ric. dc ; 53. 
Bmmpton : 

church; 56. 

Ralph rectory ; 267. 
Bran, Thomas le ; 299. 
Bmton ; 192, 270, 280, 386, SOS. 

canoni of; 26. 

Prior and Convent ofj 30, 76, 77, 
144, 145, 153, 194, 2BS. 

Prior of, G. ; 23. 

— Gilbert 1 170. 

John Costam \ 201 . 

JohnHenton; 309. 

John de, exchange with, 87, 88. 

expenses of; 93. 

R. de, chanoellor c^ the cathedral g 
charter of; 191. 

Richard; 276,306. 

William de ; 86. 

Francis; 228, 339. 

John ; 1 72. 
Brygge, W. ; 161. 
BryBthelm, Bishop ; 196. 
Brywer, Robert de ; 387. 
BiTwes, Robert de [ 158, 
Btyifeton, Cbltteme church appropriated 

to; 173. 
Bo, Robert, son of ; 314. 
Bnbbeiryth i 186. 
Bubland, William de ; 101. 
Bubirith, ^hop, executors of; 218. 

Nicholas ; 200, 201, 384. 

masBes for; 203. 

chantr; of; 329, 333, 307. 
Bncel, Richard ; 39S. 

Elias; 67. 

of Wells, William, charter of ; 9 1 . 

I Buchet, William de ; 4. 
Backingham ; 338. 

Archdeacon of, Matb. ; 36, 307. 

miUam; 166. 

Backland; 341. 

convent of; 810. 

manor, lease of; 342. 

plraonage; 347. 

prebend, payment by ; 76. 

Abbots; 339. 

— — church advowson ; 201, 807. 

irarsonage, lease of ; 334. 

vicarage, grant of ; 284. 

DIuham ; 933. 

vicarage ; 267, 369. 

-— prebend ; 368. See Bockland. 
Buclour, Walter ; 335. 
Bucton, John de ; 67. 
Budeford, Adam de ; 193. 
Budekeleg, church of; 14. 
Budekleya church appropriat«d ; 174. 
Badge, M., legacy of; 256, 363. 
Budleigh, W. ; 384. 
Buali, grant of land at; 188. 
Buga; 197. 

Bugeden, Simon de ; 186. 
Buggeden, Amaurious de ; 305. 
Buggelegh, Robert ; 381. 
Bugleigh, Robert ; 308. 
Bnkerel, Andrew ; 206. 
BuleuQ, Robert ; 214, 
" ■ JOQCBCrOS ; 85. 

:i, William de; 214. 
Burdeg; 48. 

Burdegaliia, Gregory Blaunh de ; 81. 
Buceford : 

John de ; 186. 
WUIiamde; 49. 
Burford, John de ; 171. 
Bntgeleg, tithes of; 214. 
Bnrgea, Borgeys : 
Cornelius; 271. 
John; 271. 
Roger ; 396. 

charter of; 91. 

Waller de; 155. 
Burgh, Burgo, charter about ; 394. 
Hubert de ; 4, 5, 9, 151, 154, 193. 
Feter de hi ; 79. 
Robert ; 277. 
Burgundia, Hugh ; ITS. 

church, payment to the King ttom i 

vicarage; 301. 

rector of, Henry, payment by j 74. 
Burbelin; 196. 
Burhelines ; 196. 
Borial fees; 251. 
Burnell : 

Bean; 130. 

Nich, ; 73. 

Robert; 31, 56,381,382. 

Bishop ; 57, 92, 180. 399. 

Walter; S6, 57, 70, 381. 
WiUiam ; 19, 70, 165. 
Dean, William ; 73. 


Burnluim ; 93, 12S, 174, S3S, 341, 278. 

advowBoa, grants, &c. of; lot, 176, 

cburchj92, 119,120,399. 

peDsioDB from ; 76, 62, 86, 93. 

lundt in ; 102, 304, 309. 

grant ia manor of ; 19S. 

rector of J 32. 

Ticar of ; 27B. 

Ticarage. presentation to I 114. 

Btate, Acofj 171. 

watercourBe, agreement about ; 1 00. 

list oftenitatGof; 160. 

Hjwis io ; 24. 

Matthew de; 198. 

SiUUa dn Kwias domina de ; 24. 
Bunell, Rowland ; 267. 

Edmund ; 270. 

Johnde; 177, 179. 
Bnrwen* Gsherj, cliapter moor-warden of { 

Baiy, Riobard de, Deao ; 102, 138, 140. 

made Bishop of Durham ; 101. 


Dr., legacy of ; 264. 

Nicholas ; 260. 
BuBcet, William, son of Richard ; 32. 
Bushford, John Coster, rector of; 354, 

BDBsel : 

Kichnrd, and Agneta his wife ; 179. 

William and Agneta his wife ; 119, 
Busshell,Mr.; 352. 
BoBsinol, S. ; 49. 
Bustel, Adam, son of Richard and William 

his brother! 181. 
Bnstelesham, Canons of ) 177. 
Busim, WilUam ■, 198. 
Butcombe rectory ) 2 70. 
Butel, Richard ; 156. 
Boteler, W. le ; 64. 
Butb, William j 64. 
Botiller : 

Roger le i 297. 

wmUm de; 1S8. 
Butler : 

John ; ass. 

w.i 2ar. 

Batton ; 

Bishop; ISl. 

charter of execDtors of ; 86. 

Adam de ; 56, 205.; 36,40. 

grants by cliapter to ; 42. 


of; 1 

John de ; 12, 31, 44, 55, 56, 

charter of; 68. 

grant by ; 69. 

cbantijof; 173. 

Bishop; 193. 

will of J 12. 

executors of Ms will ; 96. 

altar built at the expense of; 

rbilip de; 40, 53, 54, 56, 68, 156, 

Bntton — cohI. 

Ric. de; 42, 46, 133, 261, 398. 
T. de. Archdeacon of Wells ; 18 
Thomas de ; 2, 56, 168, 281. 

grant by ; 71. 

pension to j 53. 

Bishop of Eion. ; 76. 

W. or WiUiaiu de ; 3S, S9, 40, 45, 48, 
52,56, 61-G5, 159, 179, 200, 281, 

a8a,-290, aae. 

chantry of ; 172. 

obitof; 173. 

Bishop of Bath and Wells ; 12, 

56, 132, 192. 

gifts bj ; 36, 64. 

grants by ; 40, 175. 

Bulum, Itainald, »{on of Simon ; 32. 

Robert; 14. 

Symon ; 14, 7n. 
Byddeshani prebend ; 272. 
Bydeabam ; 79, 309. 
Bjest Watlfl, tenement in ; 114. 
Bygod, K. le ; 72. 

Bygot, Roeer, Earl of Norfolk ; 1 10. 
Byham, Gilbert de; 36, 68. 
Bykenarle; 307-311 piutitfi. 

chapel, repairs ol' ; 119. 

grant of timber from ; 119. 
Byndich ; 306. 
Byndinellis, Byndan de j 139. 
Bjngham : 

Gilbert; 281. 

Thomas; 168. 

William de ; 1G7. 

charter of; 167. 

Byntewortb, Richard de. Canon of Wells : 

Bjrhtehebn, Bishop ; 195. 
I^htferd; 196 

Bysse, Robert ; 323. Sie Bisse. 
Bysshoppestou manor and hundred; 807. 
Bytesham, oaks for building at ; 144. 
Bythemore : 

John; 309. 

W.; 309. 
Bjtton, William ; 387. 


lUchardde; 183. 

Walter, charters of ; 163,188. 
Cable, William ; 370. 
Cndamo, Walter de ; 163. 

chu^erof; 162, 163. 
Cadbnry ; 182. 

South, rectory ; 267. 
Cadena, Roben de ; 214. 
Cadghnry, land ai 

Cadicote, Walter d< 
Caen; 4. 
Calais; 184. 

Digitized bvGoOgIC 

CalamyDtBtones; 349. 

Cftlewa, Robert d« i 84, 85. 

Calf,BoeBia; 803. 

Calmadj'g Dianor ; 31S. 

Calonga, grant of laad id moor of i 107. 

Calton : 

Nich., executors of; 390. 

— chanlrj of ; 307. 

will of ; 307. 

CslvestoD, mimor of; 33. 

Cam, Waller de 1 1S7. 

Cambray, Godfrey, Archdeacon of ; 394. 

Cambridge ; _259, 267. 

UuiverBitf ; 359. 

it* exemption from Tiajtation j 359. 

CatberiDe Hall ; 2S9. 

St. John's College ; 367. 

Earl of , EdmoDd ; 1S8. 
Camel, Willittm ; 117. See Cammel. 
CftDielBrlon j 77. 
Camely rectorj ; £66. 

Herbert; 187. 

Richard de; 187.; 89,111. 
Camerj, the ; 322, 223. 
Camm : 

Gilbert dei 193. 

Reginald de,192. 
Cammel, East, vicarage, arrangeinent 
about; 170. 

West, (eelorof, Janie»i 170. 

William dcj 111-114, 125,137,138, 
139, 141, 

rector of Pokeleschnrch ; 113. 

the precentor, death of ; 187- 

Camorj-, Is; 303. 

Campo Florido, Henry de ; 35, 191, 192, 

Campomoldo, Speroous de ; 294. 
CamptoD, John de ; 37. 
Camrille ; 

EaBtakede; 12. 

charter of; 311. 

Gerard de; 11. 

charter of; IS. 

H. de, charter of ; 213. 

R. de, charter of ; 171. 

Richard de ; II, 12, 13, 15?. 

confinnation of his charter ; 12. 

Cance, Hugh ; 204. 
Cancellor, G. ; 8. 

CaiK7,Hugh ; 1S9, ISO, ISO, aOE, 
CandOB, Matilda de ; 33. 
Cane Wood; 312. 
Canesloke, John ; 105. 
CaningtOD hundred ; 330. 
Csoniton, house of ; 187. 
Canono, Philip ; 156. 
Canteleo, Philip de ; 179, 
Cantelnpe, Walter de ; 397. 
Canterbury : 

court of ; 88, 274. 

Robert de ; 90. 

Uiffl-aganB of; 297. 

Cautetbary — cnnl. 

St. Angnsttne'B, bull conflrming liber- 
ties of i 188. 

case eoncemiog ; 3S9. 

letters from Prior and Convent of 

CbrUl Chorch j 38. 
Archbishop of; 45, 154, 314, 345. 

. Theobald ; 5, 1.^. 

Baldwin ; S, 9. 

Richard ; 13. 

William r 7, 18. 

Boniface, papal letters lo ; ,S0. 

Robert ; 77, 307. 

Simon, excommnnication of 

Bath; 114. 
Stephen ; 310. 

Matthew ; 383. 

John; 141,346. 

Richard ; II, 153, 350. 

Hubert ; 394. 

Cantia, Thorn, de ; 41. 

Caotilupe, William de; 4. 

Cantok, concord about waste land ; 84. 

Canute : 

Peter; 30, 295. 

William, son of Peter, charter of j 8 1 . 
Canynton; 306. 
Cape, OallT. le; 168. 
Capoll, Henry da; 151, 16*. 
Capenall, Osbert de ; 183. 
Capron, William ; 379. 
Caramptone church ; 91. 
Cardenas, John de ; 268. 
Cardevill, John de; 333. 
Cardman, Robert ; 16.^. 
Caidumull, John de; 91. See Kardu' 

N. ; 300. 

NichohiEj 303,303. 

Dean of Wells i 809. 

WiUiam; 266. 
Carenton church ; 1*6. 
Careutum, Bath Abbey, about ; 175. 
Careve : 

Mr. ; 242, 248. 

George ; 284, 237, 240. 
Carnladu, Richard de; 39. 
Carhampton church ; 70. 
Carle, Ednard j 371. 
Carleton, E. ; l?l. 

Henry de ; 101, 274. 

John; 281,383. 

Johnde; 101,105,112, 113,187, 138, 
UO, 303. 

Ralph de; 116. 

Richard or B. de ; 116,119, 130,283. 

death of; 136. 

Canon of Wells ; 303. 

William de, grant by; 107. 
Carlisle, Bishop of, Walter ; 151, 154. 
Carraeton; 314. 

lady of; 314. 
Carr, Robert ; 267, 370. 
Carren, William de ; 304. 
Carslade ; 

Agnes de ; 300. 

Isabella, widow of Richard ; 83. 

Digitized bvGoOgIC 

CarEWell : 

field; 54. 

aiiat Crairell, Bobett, d«Btb of ; 119. 
Carter, Joseph ; 243. 

la BjDe, Nicholas de ; 199. 

WIlluiiD, >on of John de t 199. 

deaaerj of ; 287. 

Hugh ,' SIS, 305, SOT. 
Castell :; 19. 

Henry de; 294. 
Castle Gary, yicara of; 254, 355. 
Caunteloo. Robert de ; 172. 
Caontlowe, John, Prior of Bath j 309. 
Cavereham; 366. 
Cftwete, Gilbert ; 11,209. 
Caynn, Adam ; SG. 
Ceddre, Cheddari 51, 100, aos. 

cbarch; 70, 79, 90, 91, 152,153, 166, 

presentation (o ; 81. 

Moor, disputed payment about ; 82. 

moor in Comptou and ; S5. 

agreement aboat land in ; S9. 

revenues from ; 95. 

liberties in i 153. 

S. Colnmban's chapel, offerings at ; 
S3. See Cheddar. 
Ceddrehole church ; 6B. 
Celeitine, Pope ; 22. 

Cenpald, Eps. ; 195. 
Cecde : 

cboichi 103, 105. 

trial in King's Court at ; 84. 

John de; 38, 46,51, S4. 

W. de; 62. 

William, the parsoa of; 23. 

William of; 29. See Chanl. 
CerDemue : 

chapel, dispute about ; S3I. 

order about pension of; 233. 

William, Heiroo, lord of) 221. 
Cestce, Reginald de I 187. 
Chacepork, Peter ; 46. 
Chamber ; 

John; 114,233,327,328, 

Babert de la ; 161. 



Chamberlain : 

Stephen ; 20S. 

Thomas !e; 156. 

Waiter the; 381. 
ChamberleDg, Richard le ; 60. 
Chamfeld, John ; 281. 
ChamnpneDt, Peter de I 73. 
Chandell, Robert; 930, 299. 
Chandos, Matildis de ; 33, 153, 175, 188. 
Chanflur, Henry de ; 174. 
Channel, John ; 17. 
Chapline, Robert ; 2flS. 
Chapmanalade, Bic. de ; 75. 
Chard; 69,233,383,341. 

cbnicbof) 87. 

grant of land at ; SSS. 

■rill ati 39. 

Chard — cont. 

lease of; 361, 363. 

William Bawijns, parson of; 29S. 

parsonage, tithe corn of ; 3S3. 

William, rector of ; 39. 

vicarage, grant of ; 331. Sre Cerde. 
CharesJeld manor ; 806. 
Chaises I., letters of; 357, 358, 359, 261. 
Charlton : 

John de ; 109. 

William de; 86. 

William; EGS. 

Makerel, institution of a parson ) 176. 
Cbarters, list of; 131. 
Charlhous, land held by those of; 163. 
Chartosa, brethren de; 162. 
Chartreia, ffichard dc ; 214. 
Cbaancumbe, Prior of ; Gl. 
Chawort, Patric de ; 163. 
Cheddar, Cheddre ; 39, 43, 69,232, 240, 
341, 368,307. 

churehof; 17,40,68,134,212. 

chantry in ; 125, 126. 

grants of land in; 68,84,216. 

rectory, lease of : 262. 

vicarace; 78, 143,266. 

St. CoTumban'a chapel at; 300. 

Robert de, agreement by ; 116. See 
Chfddeseia, Joceline de; 314. 
Chedesey church ; 8?, 89. 
Chediock, John ; 128. 
Chedneco, Oliver de ; 175. 
Chedyngtonfold, Robert de ; 168. 
ChebaDi,Johnde; 397. 
Cbelch, Gttlfridde; 136. 
Cbeldrinton, Kich. de ; 39. 
Chfleworth : 

church ; 299. 

Adam de ; 97, 167. 
Chellecott; 18. 
Chelleworth : 

William de ; 167. 
- charter of ; 167. 

bonds of; 167. 

Chelton; 306. 
Chelyngton, Thomas ; 278. 
Chemmpnejs, Galfrid, charter of ; 205. 
Cbepmanslade, liichard de, wilt of. 399. 
Cbepstowe; 249, 
Cberde; 399. 

John; 135. 

Symon de ; 74. 

See Chard. 
Cbeiiegh : 

a messuage at; 303. 

lands at ; 803. 
Cherleton : 

Thomas de ; 19, 7S, 81. 

W. or WiUiam de ; 73, 78, 79, 88, 
90, 174, 175. 

W. de, pension to ; So, 91. 
Cherlewode ; 69. 
Chereleye ; 178. 
Chereleyeatalh ; 

Is in) BOl. 

•riu; 1TB. 

Digitized bvGoOgIC 

CbennbiiT7> Richard de i ST. 
Clieselsde; 306. 
CbescaU, William; 370. 

com ; 224. 

Bishop of Hugh ; 13,14. 
Earl of, R. ; 4, 
Bichard of; 12. 
Cbettertjlde, Bicbard, canon of York ; 

Clietjnie, Bobertj 127. 
Chevelinch ; 124. 

Chew, Chin, or Chywe ; 17, 18, 40, 80, 
141, 153, 171, SOD, 204, 207,225, 
236, 327, 2S9, 332, S68, 269. 
grants of taud in; 67,205. 
church; 25, 71, 99, 139, 142, 152, 

191, 308. 
excommnnioBtiou l)y "prebendary of; 

manor, &c. of; 236. 

Dundry in ; 65. 

vicar of j 383, 285. 
Ma^a vicarage ; 177,369. 
pansli, Staweiain; 152. 
Peter de; 31, 186. 
Badalfde; 66. 
William de; 37. 
Chewi, T., beqneat of ; 309. 
Chewstoke, Robert Hooper, rector ofj 

Chewl^, Chiuton, Cbiweton; 30i, 283. 
church i "0, 104, 152, 176. 

cbarter about; 174. 

rector of; 19. 
rectory of; 303. 
vicarage; 268. 

Johanna de Vynona, lady of ; 74, 
Boger, parson of, grant to ; 91. 
Boger de ; 30, 295. 
Cbeyh^, J. de ; 66. 
Chicbele, John ; 390. 
Chichester : 

Bishop of, John ; 95. 

Balph; 4, 5, 151, 154, 1B2. 

Eicbord Praty i 183. 

Seftid; 11, 33, 163. 

GralforddeFerington, precentor of; 67, 
John of J 13. 
Peter de; 395. 

Brideportnunc; 53. 

cbap«t, agreement about a place near ; 

Johnde; 222,304. 

, charter of; 167. 

^— .grant to; 167. 
Chilcompton church ; 23, 91, 100, 

bounds of; 39. 

Wareyn of; 386. 
Childe, Eichard ; 143. 
ChildesmoTweye ; 6. 
Childingford, Robert de ; 75. 
Chillenbam, WillUm de ; 112. 
Chilterne church, appropriation of; 173, 
Chiltren Dununer eborch, payments to ; 

dispute abont; 145. 

Chilton, Symon rector of; I7o. 
Chinne, Gilbert ; 67. 
Chirlegh, lea«eof lands in; 302. 
Chiselden, Galford de Ferington, rector of; 

Chiu, Boger, parson of ; 295. 
Cbiverel, Johnde; 52. 
Chock, Richard; 279, 309. 

Chuddetlech, lUcbard and Johnde; 301. 
Chupmanshde gabvia, tithes of ; 914. 
Chnrcheleshani, land at; 72, 
Chumleghe, Eva de ; 296, 397. 
Churton ; S9. 
Cbyclet, B, de ; 65. 
Cbydyngfold, Bobert de ; 168. 

charter of; 166. 
Chykewell, Bobert ; 283. 
Chyle's History ; 379. 
Chyrton, Margaret Jay of ; 288. 
Cicestcr : 

Henry de ; 11. 
. Peter de ; 187, 281. 

Dean ot Wells ; 16. 

Stepbende; 175,281. 

Thomas de; 394. 

William de; 204,213, 

church ; 77. 

rector of, Oalirid de Lucy ; 76. 

appropriated to Bruton Piiory ; 76. 
Cinnoeb, Helias, chaplain of ; 396. 
Cirencester : 

Abbot of; 34. 

Thomas de; 35,206. 
Cisor, Adam, and his wife Constance ; 

CisBor, Gilbert ; 305. 
Cistercian monks, tithe not paid by ;' 55. 
aaffijrd, Will, de; 39. 
Clanefeld, Adam de ; 166, 176. 
Clapham, Thoniai ; 268, 270. 

Gilbert de; 73.; 130. 

Earl Blc. de ; 8. 

Bicbard de ; 84. 

Boger de ; 19. 
Clarence, Duke of ; 384. 

lady of; 284. 
Clarendon ; 8. 
Clarke, Thomas ; 236. 
Claverton; 69. 
Clawsy, Cuthbert ; 147. 
Clement, Pope ; 74, 89, 191. 
Clement III., Pope ; 189. 
Clement v.; 81, 800. 

Ball of; 299. 
Clement, William ; 368, 
Clenunent, John ; 289. 
Clerk, Clerke: 

George ; 353. 

Humphrey; 381. 

John, boivs in custody of ; 150. 

Bishop; 310. 

Maris aitd Alice ; 353. 

Digitized bvGoOgIC 

Clerk, Clerke—coKf. 

Robert le ; 13S. 

Thoniiu; 217, 337, 232. 
Clere or CliTe : 

Abbef and church ; S94. 

Abbot of; 377. 

ebtrters of; 2S. 

a messuage in ; 386. 

church, agreement about; 211, 394. 

grant of; 311. 

prebendar; of; 83. 

vicarage, arrangement about ; 170. 
Cleveden, John Ae ; 96. 
Cleveietid, Adam de ; 209. 
Cliderowe, Eichftrd ; SOS. 
Clifford, Roger de ; 102. 
Clifton, liogerde; &2. 
Clinlon, Galf, de ; 60. 

Cliveford, John de ; 301. 
Clopcote, William de ; 96. 
eloign, William de ; 87. 
Clova, W. de t 3S7. 
Clunis, William ; 253. 
Ctutton : 

Richard de, 198. 

dispute with j 199. 

Cljston, Gervase ; 184. 
Cljredei. : 

Edmondde; 3114,303. 

John de ; 78, 79, 80, 82, 8G, 8B, 97, 
100, 1S9, 180, 181, 304, 217, 308. 

Malbewdej79. 82,86, 169, 177,179; 
180, 204,210, 217. 

Richard de; 159. 
Coappe : 

John de; 159. 

Thomas; 180. 

WalU'rCaam ofj 163. 
Cnolli 24. 

grant of ; 23. 

advowBon, claim to ; 24,313. 

Alex, de la j SS. 

E. de ; 65. 

Edward de la; 18. 

elected Dean ; 66, 

Phil, de i 39. 

Richard de ; 34, 213. 

Will, de la ; 58. 
Cnolton, Walter de ; 177. 
Cobbsm : 

Reginald de ; S. 

Richard; 281. 

W. de; 41,42. 

William de; 157. 
Cochin, John ; 288. 
Cocns, Walensis ; 187. 
Code, Richard, son of Yvo ; 296. 
"■ grant by, 397. 

Johu; 218. 

Robert de ; 85. 
Codeword, William de ; 274. 
Codewortb church ; 153. 
Coke, John ; 253, 273. 

Collins, Hugh i 268, 270. 
Collinaon's history of Somerset [ 168, 


I^t church ; 808. 

approprialioo of ; 136, 169. 

pension from ; 174. 

provision for vicar of; 186. 

West manor, &c. ; 287, 241. 

John; 107. 

Robert de; 167. 

Thomat; 279. 
Cokham, William ; 119. 
Cotehester, Archdeacon of, Richard i 213. 

John; 204. 

Roger; 165. 
Coledge rectory I 867. 
Caleshnlie, Bic. de ; 7S. 
Coleslade; 84. 
Colaworlh church ; 93. 
CoUabe, Richard ; 182. 

JoMph; 266,367, 269. 

ThomBH; 368,269,270. 
Sugh 1 

I'shist*.^ . 

Colne, William; 158, 179, 182. 
Colon, Teric de ; 206. 
Colston ; 

John; 319. 

Nicholai; 114. 

John de ; 49, 100. 

Philip do; 2, 100, 177, 179. 

Robert de; 3.40, 180. 

grant to; 182. 

Columpstock, J. de; 24. 
Colvjle, William; all. 
Colynge, Arthur ; 270. 
Combe, Cumbe; 152. 

charteni about ; 131,188. 

letters about ; 3. 

canonry, &c, of; 111. 

church of; 29, 103, 105. 

manor of; 29, 105. 

[mgularities at; 106. 

reeves and reeveship of ; 35, 55, 60, 
64,68,71.73, 107. 
Combe I., prebend; 126,369. 

vicarage ; 290. 
Comhe II., prebend, grant of; 331 
Combe II., III,,IV., V., IX., sialla; 290. 
Combe III., prebend, grant of ; 230. 
Combe v., prebend, grant of; 33!. 
Combe VII., prebend ; 231, 266. 
Combe VIII., an installation ; 362. 

preheud ; 270. 
Combe IS., stall ; 290. 
Combe lOlh, gift of prebend of i 87, 
Comba XI., an installation ; 263. 

Paul Methueu, prebendary of; S44. 
Comhe 12th, prebendary of; 83. 
Combe XII.j 143,263. 
Combe 13ih, prebendary of; 89. 
Combe XnU,; 143, 

prebend, pteecntation to; 331. 

grant of; 334. 

prebend of; 113. 

Combe XV., prebend; S68. 

Digitized bvGoOgIC 

Combe and Wjaetham, union of i 39. 
Combe Abbas rectory ; 269, STO. 
Ckunbfl St. Nicbolw; 240. 

order about TfTeuuu of ; 238. 

Ticarsge -, Si2. 

Jdm; 144,279. 

Jobude; 313, 381. 

Lawrence do, waidihip of the n