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THE REGISTER OF THE DIOCESE OF WORCESTER DURING THE VACANCY OF THE SEE, USUALLY CALLED "REGISTRUM SEDE VACANTE".

EDITED FOR
THE WORCESTERSHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
BY
J. W. WILLIS BUND.

PART IV.

From the Death of Bishop William de Lynn, 18 November, 1373, to the Consecration of Bishop Bourchier, $th May, 1435.

Printed for the Worcestershire Historical Society,
BY JAMES PARKER AND CO., OXFORD.
1897.


INTRODUCTION.

THIS fourth part concludes the Sede Vacante Register. It covers a period of some 70 years, from the enthronement of William Whittelsey in 1364 to the enthronement of Thomas Bourchier in 1435. With this the Register somewhat abruptly ends. Whether the proceedings on subsequent vacancies were recorded in another volume that has not survived, or whether they were recorded at all, does not appear. In the next century up to the Reformation or to the enthronement of John Bell in 1539, who was the last Bishop of the whole Diocese, Gloucester being created in 1541, there were eight vacancies, but there is no record of what took place on any of them [l].

In the period covered by this part there were eight vacancies in the See:

1. 1368, on the translation of Bishop Whittelsey to Canterbury.
2. 1378, on the death of William de Lynn.
3. 1398, on the translation of Henry Wakefield to London.
4. 1401, on the death of Tideman de Winchcomb.
5. 1407, on the translation to London of Richard Clifford.
6. 1419, on the death of Thomas Peverell.
7. 1426, on the translation of Philip Morgan to Ely.
8. 1433, on the death of Thomas Polton at the Council of Basle, and the election of Thomas Bourchier.

These vacancies are thus dealt with. The two with which this part begins have been misplaced, the one on the death of Wolstan de Bransford, which took place on the 6th August, 1349, should have come in Part III. after p. 191. It occupies 32 pages, 223 to 256. On p. 256 the register of what took place on the previous vacancy, that from the death of Thomas Heminghale,


[1] On page 227 are three entries on the vacancy on the death of Bishop Robert Morton, in May, 1497, and the appointment of his successor, John de Gigliis, one of the Italian Bishops of Worcester. The entries are - application by the Prior William Wenloke for a conge d'elire, 5 May, 1497; appointment of Proctors to the Archbishop Morton, asking for the usual commission; and a letter to the Archbishop to the the same effect.

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1338, to the enthronement of Wolstan de Bransford in 1339, is given. This should have come in in Part III. at p. 191, and preceded the former entry. It occupies 26 pages, from 256 to 282. This part really begins on p. 282. There is no record of the vacancy in 1368, from the translation of Whittelsey to Canterbury to the enthronement of William de Lynn. The vacancy that arose on Lynn's death on the 8th November, 1373, is fully reported, in fact the longest in the Register. This lasted almost two years, to the 28th October, 1375, when Henry Wakefield became Bishop. This will be found on pages 282 to 353. Wakefield died on the 11th March, 1395, and the matters that happened between then and August, when the vacancy was filled by the transfer of Tideman de Winchcomb from Landaff to Worcester, will be found on pages 353 to 371 - Tideman de Winchcomb died on the 13th June, 1401, and the vacancy lasted till the 17th October of the same year, when Richard Clifford was appointed. The record of this vacancy is found on pages 371 to 386. Clifford was translated to London on the 21st October, 1407, and the See was filled up by the appointment of Thomas Peverell on the 21st November of the same year. This covers pages 387 to 390. Peverell died on the 1st March, 1418, and Bishop Morgan was consecrated the 3rd December, 1419. This vacancy is recorded on pages 390 to 407. There is no record of the vacancy in 1426, from the translation of Bishop Morgan to the appointment of Thomas Polton. Polton died in 1433, and the See remained vacant till the 5th May, 1435, when Bourchier was enthroned. This vacancy extends from page 408 to the end of the book. It will therefore be seen that, except in the case of the vacancies between Whittelsey to Lynn, 1368, and Morgan to Polton, 1426, all the vacancies from 1368 to 1435 are recorded in this part, and also two of those that should have been in Part III.

A very slight inspection of this part will shew that it is mainly made up of three things, Visitations, Ordinations, and Institutions. The subjects of both local and general interest recorded are much fewer than in the previous parts. What there are relate to matters of interest, but it is to be regretted that there are not more of them. Probably the most interesting, from a general point of view, is the letter of Edward III., ordering prayers to be offered up for the Black Death [1]. So far as can be ascertained, this letter has


[1] p. 241.

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not been previously published; it does not appear in this form in Rymer's Foedera.

Dividing the matters in this part in the same way as in the previous ones, the subjects will be dealt with in the three following divisions:

I. Matters relating to filling up the vacancy of the See, and the election of a new Bishop.

II. Matters relating to the general administration of the Diocese by the Prior and Monastery during the vacancy.

III. Miscellaneous matters.

I. As to matters relating to the vacancy of the See, and the election of a new Bishop. Of the eight vacancies, five elections are recorded, and it is worthy of note that although the King gave the monks his conge d'elire in each case, yet the elected candidate was set aside by the Pope in no less than six cases, and the Bishoprick given to the Pope's nominee. This shews most clearly that although in theory there might be freedom of election of Bishops before the Reformation, yet in practice the Pope not only claimed but enforced the right to place in the English Sees his own nominees. In many cases the See had been "provided" by the Pope in spite of the Statute of Provisors, and of all the English Laws declaring such a practice illegal, long before the actual vacancy took place. Thus, for instance, Archbishop Arundell wrote to the Prior that the Pope Gregory XII. had translated Thomas Peverell, the Bishop of Landaff, to Worcester [1], and this seems to have been accepted without question.

There is no account given of Thoresby's election nor of his enthroning; all that appears is the Prior's letter to the Archbishop informing him of Wolstan's death and asking for a commission to administer the spiritualities, and the letter to the King seeking for a conge d'elire. Of the election of Wolstan, the usual letters to the Archbishop notifying the death [2], and to the King for a conge d'elire, are given, and also the order for the Worcester monks to assemble for the election of a Bishop [3], and that on so assembling they had agreed to proceed with the election "by compromise".

On the death of Lynn [4] there are the usual letters to the King and Archbishop, and a letter of the King to the Archbishop saying the monks had elected the Prior, William Legh, and asking him to


[1] p. 39.
[2] pp. 223, 224.
[3] p. 267.
[4] p. 282.

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confirm the election. A full account of the election [1], which was "by inspiration", is given, and a decree of the Sub-Prior and Chapter to the Pope Gregory XI. recounting the proceedings of the election. All the proceedings were, however, useless, as on the 3rd October, 1375 [2], an order was received from the Archbishop informing them that the Pope had provided the Archdeacon of Canterbury, Henry Wakefield, with the See of Worcester, and ordering the Prior to permit him to exercise the spiritualities and to deliver up to him the Registers and seals.

On Wakefield's death, 1395 [3], there is a letter to the King, Richard II., asking for a conge d'elire, and that document is sent, but it is attested not by the King, but by Edmund, Duke of York, Keeper of England. There is also the customary letter to the Archbishop, but there is no further account of the election, only the usual order [4] by the Archbishop that, having heard the Pope has translated the Bishop of Landaff, Tideman de Winchcomb, to Worcester, they should deliver up to him the seals and registers.

On Winchcomb's death [5] the usual letters to the King and Archbishop appear, and also a long account of the election, which was "by inspiration", of Richard Clifford, elect of Bath and Wells. For once the Pope confirmed the election, and the Archbishop made the usual order [6] directing the Prior to hand over the registers and seals.

Clifford was translated to London [7], and the only note as to filling up the vacancy is the Archbishop's order that the Pope having translated the Bishop of Landaff, Peverell, to Worcester, the Prior is to deliver up all registers and muniments to the new Bishop [8].

On Peverell's death [9] the usual letters to the King and the Archbishop passed. The commission to the Prior authorising him to act in spiritualities during the vacancy in consequence of the absence of Archbishop Chicheley abroad, is given by Lyndewoode, official of the Court of Canterbury during the Archbishop's absence out of the kingdom. An account of the election of the new Bishop [10], Philip Morgan, is given. He was elected " by inspiration", and the Prior and Chapter wrote to the Pope, Martin V., asking him to confirm the election. No further entry appears, but in this case the election was confirmed; Morgan was Bishop from 1419 to 1426, when he was translated to Ely.


[1] p. 290.
[2] p. 353.
[3] p. 353.
[4] p. 369.
[5] p. 372.
[6] p. 385.
[7] p. 387.
[8] p. 390.
[9] p. 391.
[10] p. 405.

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Of the vacancy caused by Morgan's translation no record is given. Bishop Polton was translated from Chichester to Worcester to fill it, and held the See until his death. On the vacancy thus caused the usual letters [1] do not appear. The Bishop died on the 23rd August, 1433, at the Council of Basle. The Prior alleged he did not hear of the death till the 25th September. He must have written at once to the Archbishop, for the commission authorising the Prior to exercise spiritual jurisdiction was issued on the 2nd October. But the conge d'elire was not issued until the 16th November. There is a long letter [2] from the Prior to the Pope, Eugenius IV., detailing the proceedings at the election of Bourchier and asking for its confirmation; 45 monks were present, and they unanimously elected (it would seem "by inspiration") Thomas Bourchier.

The monks seem to have had considerable doubt about his age, whether he was old enough for a bishop, and, if not, whether he had received a dispensation from the Pope. The reasons given for his election are noteworthy: (1) That he would be very useful to the Church at Worcester and the whole English Church in expelling and extirpating the errors and heresies daily exercised in divers parts of the Diocese of Worcester; (2) that he would correct oppression in the Church and invasion of her rights and liberties by the secular power exercised in those days more than usual; and (3) he was born of the noble blood of the Kings of England. The conduct of the elected Bishop shewed that the Prior was right in attributing discretion to him. On being informed of his election [3] and asked to consent to it, he would neither consent nor dissent, but submitted himself to the will of the Pope. The subservience of the Bishop elect was rewarded, for the Pope confirmed the election. In order to obtain the confirmation of the election it was necessary to appoint Proctors to get the matter carried through at Rome, and the custom was to appoint one person residing at Rome and one person, usually one of the monks, who went over to Rome specially on the business; but in this case four Proctors were appointed, all residing in Rome, the reason given being the various dangers by land and water to those going to the Holy See on account of the wars between Henry, King of England, and his adversaries [4].

An unusual delay occurred in the confirmation of Bourchier's appointment; usually it was done in not more than two or three


[1] p. 48.
[2] p. 431.
[3] p. 434.
[4] p. 435.

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months, but in this case nearly two years elapsed, from 1433 to 1435, but whether the delay arose from the dangers of travelling, or from a desire to wait so as to get over the difficulty as to the Bishop's age, does not appear.

This closes the series of elections of Bishops in this part of the register. It is to be regretted that the details given in the first part as to the election and enthronement of Ginsborough were not repeated in at least another instance, and that the record of the elections becomes something like a form.

II. The most important matters relating to the administration of the diocese that occurred during the vacancies now being considered were usually (1) Visitation, (2) Ordination, and (3) Institution. As to visitation, as soon as a vacany occurred, and the Prior received from the Archbishop of Canterbury, or if the Metropolitan See was vacant from the Prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, the commission to exercise Episcopal jurisdiction during the vacancy of the See, he at once turned his attention to visiting the different churches, deaneries, and religious houses in the diocese. No less than eight visitations are recorded in this part. This constant exercise of the Prior's right had the desired effect. In the early entries some of the larger religious houses always resented, and sometimes went so far as to resist, the Prior's right to visit, but in these later visitations the right seems never to have been questioned, and the Prior's visitation passed without not only challenge but almost without comment. Not only did the religious houses not resist, but they seem to have entertained the Prior and his representatives when they came. At the last visitation here recorded [l], that in 1433, the Prior is mentioned as having dined or slept, or both, at Alcester, Winchcomb, Tewkesbury, Llanthony, St. Augustine's, Bristol, and Cirencester. Indeed some of the abbeys that were exempt from visitation shewed him or his commissaries hospitality, such as Evesham and the Cistercian abbey of Bordesley.

The first recorded visitation in this part is in 1349 [2]. The Prior visited his own house of Worcester, and the clergy and people of the rural-deanery of Worcester, in the cathedral. The Prior's commissaries then went on their rounds, Powick, Kidderminster, and the churches of Clent and Rowley. They then went to Tardebigge for the deanery of Wych, to the abbey of Pershore,


[1] p. 428.
[2] p. 249.

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the rural-deanery of Pershore, at St. Andrew's, the monasteries of Alcester and Studley, the rural-deanery of Warwick, at Wanneswotton, the house of St. Sepulchre, Warwick, the college of the Blessed Mary of Warwick, and the rural-deanery of Kineton at Wolford. For some reason the Blockley rural-deanery was not visited on this occasion. They finished up with the two Worcester hospitals of St. Wolstan and St. Oswald, and afterwards went to the monastery of Little Malvern. This completed the Worcester Archdeaconry.

The Archdeaconry of Gloucester was begun by visiting the rural-deanery of Campden at Wicwar, the parish church of Dydebrook, the abbey of Tewkesbury, the rural-deanery of Gloucester, at St. Nicholas' church, Gloucester, the monasteries of Llanthony and St. Augustine, Bristol, the rural-deanery of Bristol, at the church of St. Augustine the less, and also the houses of St. James and St. Mary Magdalene, Bristol, the Hospital of St. Bartholomew and St. Mark, Byleswyke. The deaneries of Bitton and Hawkesley at Chipping Sodbury, the deanery of Dursley at Dursley, the monastery of St. Peter at Gloucester, the deanery of Stonehouse at Byseleye, the deanery of Cirencester at the parish church there, the deanery of Fairford at Fairford, the deanery of Winchcomb at the parish church there, and the monastery of Winchcomb. At only one place did they meet with any obstruction [1], and that was at the abbey of Cirencester. The abbot of Cirencester not only refused to admit them, but obtained an order from the Court of Arches prohibiting the Prior of Worcester visiting the abbey, on the ground that it was notorious the abbey was free from visitation except by the Papal legate, the Metropolitan or Diocesan of the place. The matter ended in a compromise; the Prior was to enter, expound the word of God, if he was so minded, inquire, not on general matters, but only on two points and no others, (1) if the Mass of the Virgin was daily devoutly celebrated, and (2) if a daily chapter was held for correction of manners and regular observance. The Prior was enabled to do this by deputy, and to receive 4 marks and no more; he was not to lodge with his household and carriages, or exact anything more in payments, and if he attempted to do so he might be resisted.

This agreement settled the question of visitation; from


[1] p. 253.

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henceforth it became only a form, a means whereby the Prior collected a certain sum of money and received a certain amount of hospitality.

Although there appears notice of another visitation, yet the next recorded was in 1338. Then the same places were visited, and also the priory of Cokehill, the nuns of Whiston and the deanery of Campden at the parish church, the church of Dodebrook, the parish church of Hales, the houses of Wroxhall and finely, the deanery of Stowe in the parish church, and the parish church of Deerhurst. On this occasion there seems to have been no resistance anywhere. It would appear from the letter sent to the Prioress of Wroxhall after the visitation, that at her house there was considerable need for it, if not for something more. Certain things it is said were found that required amendment for the health of the nuns' souls, so the Prior made certain ordinances for them. They were to keep silence, cease quarrelling, and refrain from using bad language. They were not to go out without reasonable occasion, and when they went, two young sisters were not to go out together. No layman was to eat in the frater, no male servant over 12 to be admitted; the nuns were not to go on foot to Coventry or Warwick. The doors were to be locked at the sound of the curfew, and no one was to enter afterwards, and no layman be allowed in the infirmary after curfew. From this it would seem that the Lady Agnes de Broys, the Prioress of Wroxhall, was not the strictest of disciplinarians.

In 1373 [l] are two mandates, one to the Archdeacon of Worcester, the other to the Archdeacon of Gloucester, directing them to cite all abbots, priors, deans, provosts, masters, ministers, chapters, convents and colleges, and all portioners, pensioners, rectors, vicars, parish priests and others celebrating divine service, with three or four more for each parish to appear at certain days at certain places to undergo visitation. The schedule mentions the days and places, which latter are practically the same as those in the previous visitation.

The visitation held in 1373, and the record of it [2], so far as relates to the Archdeaconry of Worcester, shews that all went quietly, and the proxies were duly paid. No record appears as to the Archdeaconry of Gloucester.

The next recorded visitation took place in 1401 [3]. There not


[1] p. 284.
[2] p. 284.
[3] p. 382.

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only seems to have been no resistance, but the Abbey of Great Malvern, which was not visited, being a daughter-house to St. Peter's, Westminster, paid 40s. to the Prior, nomen subjectionis, due to the Cathedral Church, and 4 marks as a procuration for Powick. The college of St. Thomas at Stratford-on-Avon was also visited, and the college of Westbury.

Another visitation was made in 1407 [l], which does not seem to have been so complete as the previous one, the rural-deanery of Blockley was, however, visited with that of Stow at the parish church there. The visitation for the rural-deanery of Dursley was held in the church of Berkeley, that for Stonehouse in Nun's Hampton, and that for Winchcomb at Cheltenham.

In 1418, [2] a very full visitation of all the deaneries and religious houses and certain churches in each archdeaconry was made, but it does not seem that there were any additions to those previously visited at some one or other of the former visitations.

The last recorded visitation was in 1433 [3]. Here there was some variation in the churches of the different deaneries at which the visitation was held: for instance the deanery of Kidderminster was divided into two parts, one part was visited at Kidderminster, and the other at Halesowen. The deanery of Wych was visited at Bromsgrove.

This completes the recorded list of the Prior's visitations. It is of considerable importance in the history of the diocese, first in shewing how eager the Prior was to enforce his rights and get his revenue, next, the attempt of the great monasteries to resist the control of Worcester, trying to escape visitation altogether, and lastly the complete triumph of the Worcester House in establishing its authority over all the deaneries, churches and religious houses in the diocese that were subject to episcopal visitation. How eager the Worcester Prior was to extend his authority* is shewn by the attempts he made to visit the church of St. Oswald at Gloucester in 1374; that church was a royal foundation exempt from all jurisdiction but that of the Archbishop of York, and so free from the Prior's jurisdiction, who only acted as the deputy of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The See of York being vacant by the death of Archbishop Thoresby, the Prior at once gave notice of his intention to visit the church, in other words to get fees. A writ from the King promptly prohibited the Prior doing anything to


[1] p. 388.
[2] p. 396.
[3] p. 428.
[4] p. 306.

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prejudice the church of York. It may seem a small matter, but it shews the eagerness of the Worcester House to enforce its jurisdiction, especially when it is borne in mind that the vacancy in the See of York only lasted seven months. Archbishop Thoresby died in November, 1373, and Archbishop Neville was consecrated in May, 1374.

Ordinations and the consequent institutions also occupied a large part of the Prior's time, and it seems probable, having regard to the agreement here given as made between the Prior and the Bishop of Faro [l], that the pecuniary interest of the Prior and his monks had some bearing on these duties. The Prior by a formal commission dated the 28th March, 1395, gave the Bishop power to dedicate churches and churchyards and reconcile the same if polluted; to consecrate altars, bless chalices, vestments and other ecclesiastical ornaments; to celebrate Holy Orders, confirm boys, bestow the gift of benediction on abbots, consecrate virgins, and do the other things which should be exercised by the episcopal order. On the same day a deed was drawn up between the Prior and the Bishop settling the sums to be paid to the Bishop for exercising these episcopal functions, and the share the Prior was to receive out of them. For celebrating general orders, out of the fees paid by the candidates, the Bishop got 20s., and presumably the rest went to the Prior. If the Bishop conferred minor orders at times other than those at which general orders were given, he took all the fees of old time accustomed.

In settling up his accounts with the Archbishop, as soon as the See became full, the Prior had to account for the fees; a third of them he was entitled to retain for the use of the Worcester House [2], the other two-thirds went to the Archbishop. In the account of the Prior's receipts on the vacancy caused by the death of Bishop Wakefield in 1395, the fees for institution were:-

From institutions and exchanges 8 6 8 From letters dimissory 0 4 0

As in this vacancy there were several persons ordained on letters dimissory, it seems probable that the 4s. would be the net amount after deducting what was paid to the Bishop for performing episcopal functions.

The total amount received by the Prior was 68 10s. 6d. He


[1] p. 356. [2] p. 370.

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was allowed to retain 22, and the Archbishop had 45 13s. 8d.

A more elaborate account will be found of the Prior's receipts during the vacancy on the death of Thomas Polton [1], from 2nd October, 1433, to 5th May, 1435.

Visitations then produced 50 6 8 Institutions and exchanges 15 10 0

The total receipts were 203. These are clearly gross, for the Prior asks to be allowed for sums, for which he was unable to levy on account of the scarceness of money and letters of royal protection and by other means detained, amounting to 21 6s. 8d. He also asks for monies that he had not been able to get for synodals and pensions on account of the poverty of the payees, sums amounting to 1 6s. 8d., and in this way he makes his net receipts as 178 10s., of which 60 2s. 2d. was allowed to the Prior for his third. There is rather a curious charge made against the Archbishop by the keeper of the prison [2] of the palace of the Bishop. He first deducts his stipend of a shilling a week, and then for iron chains and other things for the safe keeping of the prisoners, 9s.

Whether these charges were fair and proper is a matter that cannot now be determined, but one thing is clear, that the Archbishop made the Prior account for every farthing that came to his hands, and that if the Prior was a hard taskmaster over those who had to pay to him, his master, the Archbishop, was as hard, if not harder, when the Prior had to settle up accounts. Another point in this account deserves notice. The court of the Marches of Wales had been recently established, and the officers of that court were very desirous of extending their authority. Part of Worcestershire, Bewdley, was admittedly within the area over which this court exercised jurisdiction; attempts were from time to time made to extend it over the whole county. Among the Worcestershire Sessions Records are writs, in the reign of James I., staying proceedings at Quarter Sessions and transferring the matter to the court of the Marches of Wales. Here we get an instance of the effect of the procedure of the new court. For the testamentary jurisdiction the Prior exercised during the vacancy of the See he only got 4, and he gave as the reason for the smallness of the sum, only half of the sum obtained on the previous vacancy,


[1] p. 435.
[2] p. 437.

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a much shorter term, not so much the scarcity of wills, but because the court of the Marches in the archdeaconry, assisted by their ministers, disturbed as well divers religious persons as beneficed ecclesiastics by their exactions, so that such emoluments and profits were almost of no value. From the time of its institution to the time of its suppression the court of the Marches of Wales appears to have been always regarded with dislike and aversion, especially by those in any way connected with the ordinary courts, and more especially by the clergy, both English and Welsh. In the vacancies from the death of Hemenhale to Bransford, 1339, and Bransford to Thoresby, 1349-1350, it would seem no ordinations were held. The need for them was obviated by giving letters dimissory [1]. In 1349 no less than 171 are recorded as being given for the orders of deacons, priests and all Holy Orders, as well as for minor and sub-deacons' orders. Obviously in this way an ordination at Worcester was saved. Whether read in the light of the arrangement with the Bishop of Faro it was more profitable for the Prior to do this does not appear, but it may well be that the whole of the fees on letters dimissory went to the Prior, while on an ordination he had to pay a part to the Bishop who ordained. If this was so it is strange that the granting of letters dimissory was not more extensively used than it appears to have been, although they occur pretty frequently throughout the Register, yet never in the wholesale way they do in this case.

The first ordination recorded in this part is in 1373 [2], when 28 priests (5 belonging to religious orders), 26 deacons (2 belonging to religious orders), 39 sub-deacons (2 religious brethren), and 36 acolytes (2 Friars Preachers), a total of 129, were ordained.

The next ordination was in 1374 [3], when 25 priests (7 of religious orders), 24 deacons (6 religious), 29 sub-deacons (9 religious), 63 acolytes (10 religious), and 22 clerks of the first tonsure, a total of 163, were ordained.

In 1375 [4], when the next ordination was held, 22 priests (5 religious), 20 deacons (9 religious), 22 sub-deacons (14 religious), ii acolytes (4 religious), were ordained, or a total of 75.

In 1395 [5], when in the vacancy on Bishop Wakefield's death an ordination was held, there were only 2 priests, 3 deacons, 2 subdeacons, and 1 acolyte, or a total of 8.


[1] p. 247.
[2] p. 295.
[3] p. 330.
[4] p. 340.
[5] p. 355.

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In 1401 [1], the ordained were 50. Of these 21 were priests (12 religious, 9 secular), 8 deacons (4 religious and 4 secular), 13 subdeacons, all religious, and 8 acolytes (3 Friars Minor and 5 secular).

In 1419 [2], the persons ordained were 9 priests (3 religious, 6 secular), 8 deacons (2 religious and 6 secular), 4 sub-deacons all secular, 14 acolytes, only I religious, or a total of 35 persons.

At Easter, 1419 [3], there was another ordination, when 36 persons, 13 priests, 1 a monk of Bury, 15 deacons (5 religious, 4 Cistercian and I Benedictine), 5 sub-deacons and 3 acolytes, all secular, were ordained.

At Trinity, 1419 [4], another ordination was held, at which were ordained 22 persons, 9 priests (3 religious), 6 deacons (3 religious), 4 subdeacons (2 religious), and 3 acolytes.

In 1433 [5] there seem to have been a number of ordinations. The first was at Christmas, when 25 persons, 4 priests, 5 deacons (2 religious), 8 sub-deacons (3 religious), 8 acolytes (i religious), were ordained.

At Lent, 1433 [6], the persons ordained were 10 priests, 9 deacons, 13 sub-deacons, and 5 acolytes, a total of 37.

The date of the next ordination is not given, it was probably Christmas, 1433 [7]; the number ordained was 32, consisting of 9 priests, 13 deacons, 6 sub-deacons, and 4 acolytes.

At Easter, 1434 [8], the ordained were 12, priests 7, deacons 2, sub-deacons 2, acolytes 1.

At Trinity, 1434 [9], there were only 3 priests, 1 deacon, 2 subdeacons, and 4 acolytes, a total of 10.

In September, 1434 [10], the number increased to 27, there being 8 priests (3 religious), 8 deacons (4 religious), 9 sub-deacons (4 religious), and 2 acolytes.

At Christmas, 1434 [11], the last ordination here recorded, the numbers were, 5 priests, 9 deacons, 2 sub-deacons, and 8 acolytes, or a total of 24. For some reason, probably because they would agree to take less or because they had more leisure, all the ordinations recorded in this part, that is, between 1373 and 1434, were by Suffragan Bishops, and the majority by suffragans, other than English, or to speak more accurately, suffragans in partibus.

In 1373, 1374, 1375, "Robert Prissinensis" was the Bishop.


[1] p. 374.
[2] p. 391.
[3] p. 393.
[4] p. 401.
[5] p. 417.
[6] p. 419.
[7] p. 438.
[8] P. 440.
[9] p. 443.
[10] p. 441.
[11] p. 444.

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He was suffragan of Hereford in 1360, Chichester, 1362, and Worcester, 1373-1375.

In 1395, William, Bishop of Faro. This Bishop, William Northbrugge (Pharensis), was consecrated at Rome, was suffragan of Lincoln, 1385 1387, York, 1390, and acted at Worcester in 1395. Before the next vacancy at Worcester he had got other preferment, having become vicar of Nafferton in 1398, Warden of the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalene at Kynewaldsgrave, 1399, Rector of Trinity Goodramgate, York, 1400. He seems to have also acted again as suffragan to York in 1403 and 1408.

In 1401 the Prior did not go far from home to get a Bishop. The then Abbot of Pershore, Nicholas, was, in addition to various other offices, Bishop of Dunkeld. He had acted as suffragan in the diocese to Bishop Wakefield, and Bishop Tideman had made him Rector of Beoley; so holding a living and being the head of a Religious House in the Diocese, both of which the Prior had the right to visit, he would be amenable to the Prior's wishes. He appears to have ordained on this occasion and also at the three ordinations in 1419. Between these dates he had further preferment in the Diocese, having been presented to the living of Belbroughton in 1411.

In the remaining ordinations in 1433 the officiating Bishop was an Irish suffragan, Robert Windel, Bishop of Emly (Imelacensis). He was "provided" in 1422, suffragan of Norwich in 1424, of St. Edmund's in 1430, of Worcester in 1433, and of Salisbury in 1435.

The ordination lists are of interest; they afford information that it would be difficult to get elsewhere. In the record of the early ordinations the titles and the value of the titles are carefully set out; this is gradually left out, and the division appears between religious and secular, which becomes more marked in the later ordinations. It is also interesting as shewing the number of the monks in orders. Looking through the lists and knowing the large monasteries there were in the Diocese, Evesham, Pershore, Winchcomb, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, the number of monks who were ordained does not appear very large. It will also be seen that of the religious who were ordained, a large proportion belonged to one or other of the orders of Friars, chiefly the order of Friars Preachers. It is perhaps not right to draw any

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inference from isolated cases of ordination extending over a series of years, but even after making all allowance for tin's, the change in the character of the persons ordained, as recorded in the register, reflects the change that was passing over the country in church matters.

The Institutions to benefices in the Diocese mentioned in this part are very numerous. In the General Introduction to this Book a Table is given shewing the Benefices mentioned and the Patrons; it is therefore not necessary to further refer to this point here. But there are other things disclosed by these lists of Institutions that are worthy of notice.

(1) It is clear that non-residence was becoming increasingly common, and that the Prior was trying to put a stop to it. There are several cases in which persons were deprived for absenting themselves and refusing to return, for instance, Wenrych, Alveston, and Twining [1].

(2) Resignations seem to have become fairly common, thus Kemerton, Cotton, Malvern, Minchinhampton, Barndesley [2], are all mentioned as resignations in August, 1349. And it would appear that in some cases a provision was made for an allowance out of the income by way of pension to the clerk resigning. For instance [3], in the case of Cowley, the vicar resigned on having an annuity of 4s. out of the fruits of the vicarage for his maintenance.

(3) Exchanges seem to have been greatly on the increase; there are numerous instances of exchange over all parts of the country between the holders of different benefices in other Dioceses, London, Salisbury, St. David's, Canterbury, Lichfield, Lincoln, Hereford, Winchester, Bath and Wells, Chichester [4].

Dilapidations formed one of the subjects of the Prior's complaints. In 1349 he directed the Archdeacon to enquire into the defects in the chancel of the church of Berford [5], and in the books, ornaments, house and manse of the rectory, by default of Adam the late Rector. In the same year the Prior directed the dean of the collegiate church of Westbury, on the complaint of one of the canons, Ralf de Daventre, who had succeeded to the prebend held by Thomas Murymouth, deceased, to enquire into the alleged defects in the manor of the prebend which this Thomas Murymouth was bound to make


[1] pp. 36, 320, 323.
[2] pp. 232, 233.
[3] p. 412.
[4] pp. 302, 303, 346, 309, 328, 344, 363, 364, 365, 377.
[5] p. 225.

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good while he lived. The Archdeacon of Worcester's official was also directed to enquire into' a complaint of the Rector of St. Mary of Witton, next Droitwich, of the defects in the chancel of the church, and in the books, ornaments, house and the manse of the rectory, by the default of the late Rector, William Lufton. In 1420 [l] there was a dispute as to the repair of the parish church of Hawkesbury. It was alleged on the one hand that the patrons, the Abbey of Pershore, were liable, as the Vicar, time out of mind, had been free from the repairs of the chancel. The Abbot alleged the usual rule prevailed. The matter was referred to arbitration of the Prior as to who ought to do the repairs to the chancel.

A peculiar case, somewhat of the nature of dilapidations, arose at Bromsgrove. By an act of Edward L, 35 Ed. I. Stat. 2, the Rector could only cut trees in the churchyard for the necessary repairs of the chancel. When the Prior visited the deanery of Wych, he found that in various parishes the parishioners asserted that the trees growing in the churchyards [2] were wholly at their disposition, and could be cut down at their pleasure, and that the Rector or Vicar could not cut any of the trees without the parishioners' leave. The Prior argued (1) that no such custom could be legal, as by the canons no faculty for disposing of ecclesiastical goods could be presumed to the laity; (2) that as the churchyard was dedicated to God, the soil of it, and so the trees growing in the soil, were ecclesiastical property, and any one who took or interfered with them incurred the sentence of the greater excommunication. The Vicar of Bromsgrove was therefore required in his church, and all other churches in the rural-deanery of Wych on Sundays and festivals, when the greatest number of parishioners were present, to admonish the parishioners to abstain from such damnable presumption, and to pay for the damages they had done within 18 days, otherwise they were to be proclaimed to be excommunicated.

It is hard to see why of all places the deanery of Wych should have put forward this custom. It comprised a good deal of the Forest of Feckenham, and probably there was as much or more wood in it than in any other part of the diocese; unless it was that the Forest laws were so strictly enforced as to vert that the


[1] p. 428.
[2] p. 270.

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parishioners had nowhere to get wood, and so it was more valuable there than elsewhere, the reason for this custom being set up in this particular place is not very apparent.

III. To turn to the matters of general interest. A letter of Edward III., dated 5th September, 1350, 23 Ed. III. [1] addressed to the Keepers of the Spiritualities of the Bishopric, the See being vacant, sets out that the people who have survived the Black Death are ungrateful to God, and stiff-necked, and that as there is nothing which prayer with its accompaniments, earnestness, humility, and fasting cannot obtain, the King exhorts them to urge on the people to repent and give themselves to prayers, fastings, and exercises of holiness, that God may in His pity drive away their plague and sickness. If the people cast out of their hearts spiritual wickedness, this scourge of the air and other tempests may depart from them. It does not appear if anything was done on this letter, which looks as if it was a circular to all the dioceses in the country, but it shews how much the Black Death must have affected the King for him to resort to these means of averting the plague.

In 1353, 26 Dec., 12 Ed. III., a writ from the King to the Keeper of the Spiritualities of the Diocese of Worcester was sent, requiring a certificate before the 25th March as to how much of the wool granted by Bishop Hemenhale and the clergy of the Diocese of Worcester in the last Parliament at Westminster, in accordance with the grant made in the great council of Northampton, had been collected, the number of sacks, and where and in whose hands the wool is.

In 1339 [2], 12 Ed. III., by reason of the war with France, the King had seized the temporalities of the alien Allies in this country. One of them, Lyra in Normandy, possessed the advowson of Feckenham on its becoming vacant; during the war the King presented to the living.

In 1373 [3], 48 Edward III., a writ was directed by the King to the Keeper of the Spiritualities of the Diocese of Worcester to certify what benefices, archdeaconries, dignities, parish churches, prebends or chapels were in the hands of aliens within the diocese, the name and value of each, not by tax but by the extent in the Registers of the Bishops; the names of aliens or indigens who


[1] p. 241. [2] p. 265; see p. 315. [3] p. 293,

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held benefices by the authority of aliens, for what time they have held them, and which of them are resident. The writ was dated the 6th March. On the 25th the Prior ordered the Archdeacon of Worcester to put it into execution, and the return was made in June [1]. It finds that the only aliens then holding benefices in the diocese were John Maubert, a monk of Couches, a monastery in the Diocese of Lissieux, who with another monk held the monastery of Wanes Wotton which was worth 40 marks a year. Roger Harewelle occupied that Priory by letters patent from the King and received the profits, but whether or not from aliens they did not know.

Another monk of Couches was the Prior of Astley, who resided there with one monk. The priory was worth 30 a year.

The living of Feckenham belonged to the Abbey of Lyra, the abbot was the rector. It was worth 20 marks a year, and occupied by a monk of Lyra. That abbey also owned the livings of Hanley Castle and Eldersfield, and farmed them out to the Prior of Little Malvern at a rent of 20, the estimated value of the livings, that is of the profits of the Prior beyond the rent, was 2os.

The Abbey of St. Denis, near Paris, owned Deerhurst. A monk of the Abbey was Prior, and he resided there with two monks. The estimated value of the spiritualities and temporalities was 200 marks.

The Church of Beckford and the Chapel of Aston, which together were worth 40 marks, belonged to the Priory of Newent. At that date the Prior was an alien, John de Fabri, who resided at Newent. The Priory of Beckford was occupied by a regular canon of the House of St. Barbara, who resided there with one monk. It was worth 40 a year.

The Prior of Brymsfield was also an alien; he held the parish church, which was worth 12 marks a year.

It will be seen by the return that the Houses divided themselves into two classes : (1) Houses here of abbeys abroad, such as Couches and Lyra, and (2) cells of English abbeys of which the Prior at the time was an alien. They stood on a very different footing. The King appears to have seized the first as enemies' property [2], but as far as can be ascertained in the second, aliens were not allowed to exercise any temporal rights; the King exercising them.


[1] p. 307. [2] p. 315.

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Thus on a vacancy the King presented. And also to the church of St. Andrew, Droitwich, which belonged to Deerhurste [1].

In 1375, 48 Edward III., a writ [2] was sent to the Keepers of the Spiritualities of the See of Worcester reciting that at the Convocation of the Clergy at the Church of St. Paul's, London, the King had been granted a tenth of their benefices in aid of the expenses of the war and in defence of the Kingdom and Church of England. Collectors of the tenth were ordered to be appointed, and the Prior at once appointed the Abbot of Cirencester to levy the tenth in the Archdeaconry of Gloucester, and the Abbot of Pershore in the Archdeaconry of Worcester.

In 1375 [3], 49 Edward III., it appears that the greater part of the tenth had been collected, but there were certain arrears outstanding, and a writ was directed to levy these arrears. Some of them are curious. The Church of St. Stephen, Bristol, owed 5s. on its own account and 12d. for the procuration of the Abbot of Galston' in that Church. From the portion of the vicarage in the Church of Berkeley, ids. From the prebend of Richard Michel in the Church of Westbury, 6s. 8d. It will be observed that all the arrears in this writ are in the Archdeaconry of Gloucester; there does not appear to be a similar one for the Archdeaconry of Worcester.

Another writ [4] from the King in the same year asked for the prayers of the clergy of the diocese for the King, the prosperous state of the kingdom, and of the peers, magnates, and all the people of the same, and especially for the state and happiness of the expedition of the King's sons, the Earl of Cambridge and John, Duke of Brittany, whom the King had sent to parts beyond the sea for the safety of the right of the Kingdom of England.

The Archdeacon of Worcester ordered prayers to be said in his Archdeaconry in all conventual and parish churches on Thursdays and Saturdays for the safety and happy return of the expedition to Brittany, but the prayers of the Diocese of Worcester did not have much effect. This expedition to Brittany was one of the fruitless expeditions to recover ground in France which brought neither honour nor gain to the country.

In 1393, 18 Richard II., a writ [5] was directed to the Keepers of the Spiritualities ordering them to levy the tenth granted to the


[1] pp. 315, 337, 344.
[2] p. 305.
[3] p. 329.
[4] p. 338.
[5] p. 359.

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Crown at the last Convocation of the Province of Canterbury on the 5th February last, poor nuns and religious women of whatsoever order being excepted from the grant. The Prior appointed the two great Cistercian abbots of the Dioceses, the Abbot of Bordesley for the Archdeaconry of Worcester, and the Abbot of Hayles for that of Gloucester, to collect this tenth, and certified to the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer that he had made these appointments. Tenths to the Crown were only one of the outgoings that the mediaeval clergy had to pay. It appears from this part of the register that there were two other levies that were treated as of common occurrence: (1) For the purpose of the Diocese, (2) to maintain foreign ecclesiastics.

The following seems to have been for Diocesan purposes.
An order [l] in 1374 by the Prior to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester warning all ecclesiastical persons in his Archdeaconry to pay a halfpenny on every mark of the value of their goods and benefices, and to call together the clergy and clearly make the mandate known to them.

The following appear to be for Foreign Ecclesiastics [2]: In December, 1338 [2], the Papal Nuncio, Bernard, ordered the Prior to keep in safe custody all the goods of Bishop Heminghale, which the Nuncio had sequestrated for the Peter's pence, and divers sums of money the Bishop owed to the Chamber of the Pope and refused to pay. This was certainly a large stretch of jurisdiction by the Nuncio purporting for an alleged debt to the Pope to seize the whole of the Bishop's estate to the prejudice of all the English creditors. The Prior was, however, equal to the occasion; he replied to the Nuncio's mandate that it could not be executed, as three days before its date the King's Escheator had seized the Bishop's goods for monies due to the King, so no officer of the Prior's could take them, nor could he give any information as to them.

In 1374 [3] three Papal Nuncii, the Spanish Bishops of Pampelona and Senigaglia and the provost of the church of Valentinois, were sent to Flanders on matters concerning the property of the Church. They had with them three letters from Pope Gregory, the one fixing


[1] p. 320.
[2] p. 266.
[3] p. 322.

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the sum of 12 florins of gold to be paid to the Bishop of Pampelona, the others, 6 florins of gold to each of the other two. This sum had to be raised. As the Nuncii went to Flanders it is hard to see why the English clergy should be taxed, but so it was. The See of Canterbury was then vacant by the death of Archbishop Sudbury; the Prior and Chapter of Christ Church, Canterbury, acted in the matter, and ordered all ecclesiastical persons in the city and diocese of Worcester to pay one halfpenny on every mark of the value of their goods and benefices within 24 days to the Rectors of the Church of St. Gregory next St. Paul's, London, and St. Botolph without Aldersgate, who had been appointed to receive the money. The Prior acknowledged the receipt, and ordered the Archdeacon to collect the money. This was in October [1]. In December the Canterbury Prior sent two further letters to the Worcester Prior: the first informed him that as the Nuncii had remained longer in Flanders than had been expected it was necessary to levy a further farthing in the pound for them, and the second, to require the levy of another farthing towards an allowance of 12 florins a day to a fresh Papal nuncio, Pileus, Archbishop of Ravenna, Nuncio to France and England; the money to be paid to the same receivers as the other [2]. In January came a further mandate from the Canterbury Prior, ordering the levy of another farthing in the pound for a further allowance to the three Nuncii [3]. This seems to have been too much. The Worcester Prior certified that he had received and published the order for the levy, and had sent letters certificatory by the Abbot of Winchcomb, but the Receiver refused to take the amount collected except in one sum.

In 1395 [4], the Archbishop ordered the Prior to levy procurations for the two Papal Nuncii, the Archbishop of Ravenna and the Bibhop of Carpentras. The Prior ordered the Archdeacon of Gloucester to execute the mandate, but there does not appear to be any order to the Archdeacon of Worcester. The Prior, however, certified the Archbishop that there were some alien priories in the Diocese on which nothing could be levied, as they were in the King's hands.

In 1395 [5], the Prior, by direction of the Archbishop, ordered a halfpenny in the pound to be levied for Bartholomew de Navarre,


[1] p. 323.
[2] p. 323.
[3] p. 324.
[4] p. 351.
[5] p. 358.

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advocate of the apostolic consistory, who was going to England on business of the Pope and the Roman Church.

There is a further order [l] on the same matter by the Archbishop, directing the collection of a halfpenny in the pound on every benefice in the province of Canterbury, for a provision for Bartholomew de Navarre.

It cannot be wondered that great discontent was felt with the Papal exactions of these levies for foreign officials, if the above are anything like a fair specimen of what took place.

As to the administration of justice and the conduct of the clergy there are several interesting entries.

The difficulty of the spiritual jurisdiction over the clergy seems to have been in full force. A writ of venire facias [2] was sent to the Prior, ordering him to cause the parson of the church of Ripple to come before the king's justice to answer Geoffrey Spenser of Upton on Severn in a plea of debt.

The Prior of Studley [3], patron of the church of Cokton, complained that the vicar was non-resident, and asked that he might be ordered to return in a month.

The vicar of Great Malvern [4] would not reside, so he was turned out and a new vicar appointed, the Prior first taking from the new vicar [5] an indemnity against any proceedings on the part of the old vicar.

John Strongmow, of Upton, Clerk [6], was charged before the King's Justices with robbery of woollen clothes and the murder of three persons. He was kept in the Bishop's prison for some time, and after proclamation made, and no one opposing his purgation, he was allowed to purge himself before the sub-prior [7], the Prior considering the laudable life and conversation of the said John before the defamation aforesaid, and his innocence in the premises by the testimony of faithful witnesses.

John Veynour, of Stoneleigh, was charged before the King's justices with stealing a blue robe and blue tunic from Simon Philip of Longedon; he was convicted and handed over to the Bishop's prison. The Rural Dean of Kineton certified that by an inquisition made by trustworthy men, both clerks and laymen, he could find no reason the purgation should not be proceeded with [7].


[1] p. 369.
[2] p. 247.
[3] p. 258.
[4] p. 260.
[5] p. 262.
[6] p. 271.
[7] p. 279.

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In 1373 [1] the Prior leased to John Newman, citizen of Worcester, the custody of the gaol of the episcopal palace of Worcester, and the bodies of the two prisoners therein, to be kept in a healthy and good state, during the pleasure of the Prior. Newman bound himself to pay 100 marks in the event of any prisoner delivered to him escaping.

In 1375 [2] there is another indenture between the Prior and Newman, whereby Newman acknowledges the receipt of the bodies of four clerks convicted of felonies before the King's justices. The rector of the church of Clifton next Bristol [3], was called on to shew cause why he should not be deprived from non-residence and not returning when called upon to do so.

The rector of Wolford [4] owed 4 marks to the church of Worcester; he did not pay, so he was excommunicated, his church placed under an interdict, and the fruits of it sequestered.

In 1374 [5] there are three writs from the Crown, the first doing away with the sentence of excommunication on John Weoleye for contumacy pending his appeal, the second enforcing the sentence, and the third [6] enforcing the ecclesiastical censure against the parson of Campden, excommunicated for contumacy.

On the 14th February, 1375 [7], William Drake, tinker, appealed Phillip Spence for stealing 2 yards of cloth of a bloody colour; the jurors convicted Spence, who thereupon acknowledges himself a clerk and claimed the ecclesiastical court, and was committed to the ordinary of the Prior of Worcester.

The rural dean of Fairford [8] was ordered to denounce with all due ceremony the Prior of Lechlade, as excommunicated, because he refused to carry out the order of Bishop Lynn, made on his visitation, for the better rule of his house, because he diminished the divine culture, wasted and defiled the goods of the priory, and led a dissolute life.

On the 23rd July, 1375, the rector of Hambury came before the Prior and J. Segg, notary public, and swore he would from thenceforth cease to have any improper intimacy with Margaret Joos, and would not meet her in suspicious places, under a penalty of 10.


[1] p. 286.
[2] p. 317.
[3] p. 303.
[4] p. 304.
[5] p. 310.
[6] p. 313.
[7] p. 325.
[8] p. 330.
[9] p. 340.

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In 1394 [1], William Bysseleye, the master of St. Oswald's Hospital, Worcester, was charged with dilapidation of the goods of the house and other excesses; he was found guilty, and unfit to have the care of the hospital, and was removed from it, and another brother, David Burnard, appointed in his place.

In 1401 [2] the Prior issued a commission to the rural dean of Worcester and two others, to ask the King's justices for gaol delivery for the county to hand over to them the body of Richard Medborne, who had fled to the churchyard of the cathedral, and remained there until arrested, contrary to the ecclesiastical liberties and customs of old time used in the kingdom of England. The Commission were to warn those who arrested him to deliver him up, and they were also ordered to be excommunicated. It would appear that Medborne and some others had escaped from the prison in the castle and fled into the adjoining churchyard of the cathedral, where they considered themselves safe from recapture, but that the civil officials had re-arrested them.

This notice of legal proceedings may close with three cases, each characteristic of the time. Worcester was a Benedictine House [3]; Hayles, a Cistercian, and the Worcester Prior would not regard the Cistercian Abbot with too friendly eyes. In 1419 the Prior declared one Agnes Porter contumacious, because she refused to answer to a charge of undue intimacy with the abbot. She appealed to the Archbishop but did not appear. The Prior was ordered to do what was necessary for the correction of the soul of Agnes Porter. She was again cited and did not appear, so it was ordered she should be suspended from entering churches, and was again cited to appear. It is not clear what further took place, but the case is a good instance of the limits of the jurisdiction of the time. Neither a Benedictine Prior nor English Archbishop had any jurisdiction over a Cistercian abbey; if the Abbot was really guilty nothing could be done to him, he was not amenable to the Prior's jurisdiction, and if Agnes Porter kept in the limits of the abbey she too was safe. The case reads as if something dreadful would happen to her, while in effect the Prior and Archbishop were powerless.

The next cases shew how hard the Church could hit in matters


[1] p. 360.
[2] p. 381.
[3] p. 403.

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where it had jurisdiction. The vicar of Dydebroke neglected to pay his procuration at the Prior's visitation. He was suspended; notwithstanding he went on doing divine service. For this he was cited to appear in the Archbishop's Court [l].

A mill belonged to the Worcester monastery; certain sons of iniquity entered the mill, beat the miller, cut off the ears and tail of a palfrey, the property of the church, and thereby incurred sentence of greater excommunication [2].

A man convicted of robbery was allowed to purge himself because he was a clerk, but a woman charged with impropriety was not allowed to enter any church; a person who would not pay his debt to the Prior, but would still do his duty as parish priest, was put to the cost of appearing before the highest ecclesiastical court in the kingdom, that of the Archbishop, while the men who cut off the ears and tail of a horse, the property of the Church, incurred the greatest penalty known to the Church, excommunication. Can it be wondered that the English people when they had the opportunity got rid of the criminal ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

In 1338/9 [3], there is a letter from the Prior to the King, acknowledging the receipt of a writ summoning the Prior and Archdeacon of Worcester by themselves, the Chapter by one proctor, the Clergy by two proctors, to appear at the Parliament to be held on the morrow of St. Hilary. This was the Parliament which Edward called before beginning his great war, and it was probably because the King was desirous of getting as much money as possible for the war that made him so particular in his summons. The Parliament granted him a proportion of the last crop of wool, much of which was in the hands of ecclesiastics, notably the Cistercians, and this no doubt furnished the idea for having as many ecclesiastics present as possible.

There are many other matters in this part that deserve notice, but this Introduction has already run to an excessive length, and most of the matters are mentioned in the General Introduction of the book, where it is attempted to classify as far as possible the contents of the Register. This introduction may therefore conclude with calling attention to two other matters: the dispute in the monastery of St. Augustine, Bristol [4], and the profits of the Church of Tetbury.


[1] p. 403.
[2] p. 223.
[3] p. 258.
[4] p. 318.

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With regard to the first, disputes had arisen between the abbot and the monks, and in some way - how is not very clear, but probably as visitor - it became the duty of the Worcester Prior to settle them; the Prior's award goes into the matters with a minuteness that supplies a most interesting and graphic picture of the life in a house of Augustine Canons at the end of the 14th century. Nothing seems to have been too minute for the Prior to inquire into: the diet and physic of the Canons when ill, the custody of the seal of the abbey, the recreation of the monks, the part the seculars were to take in the services in the chapel of the Virgin. The provision for wax in the chapel, for oil, for lights in the dormitory and infirmary, the sale of the corn of the monastery, the care of the bedding, the position of the kitchener, the quality of the bread and ale, the kinds and quantity of meat, when fresh fish should be served, the knives of the convent - all these are provided for in the award.

In the other case [1], the settlement of the shares of the Vicar of Tetbury and the Abbot of Eynsham in the portions of the vicarage; a very interesting account is given of the portions of a vicarage in 1374. It was found the vicar had the whole manse in which the rectors used all to live; he should also have the rents of certain houses, the tithe of hay, 90 acres of arable land, 4 acres of meadow pasture for six bulls with the bulls of the lord of the town. A part of the profits of ecclesiastical benefices were, it would seem, derived from the payment for the services of the bulls, 12 quarters of corn for the parish which is called "chircheschottes". The tithe of wool, lambs, calves, young pigs, geese, milk, cheese, mortuaries and oblations. Out of these he was to find a parish priest, to pay the stipend of a deacon, to maintain "a mortar" to burn at funerals and processions, to find lamp oil, four processional candles to be made of 8 lbs. of wax, corn for making the Host, and incense for the principal feasts, as well as certain other outgoings; everything else that the Rector did not take went to the Abbey of Eynsham.

From the matters already mentioned it will be seen what an interesting document the Register is, and the light it sheds on the life of the I4th and 15th centuries. While much that is in it is of merely local interest and material for a History of


[1] p. 325.

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Worcestershire, there is a great deal of far wider importance, and that has a bearing upon the general history of the time. The thanks not only of the Society but also of all students of English mediaeval history are due to the Dean and Chapter of Worcester, to whom, as the successors of the Prior and monastery, the Book now belongs, for allowing it to be published, and the facilities they have given for its publication.

J.W.B.
Lincoln's Inn,
November, 1897.


SEDE VACANTE REGISTER.

Vacancy of the See from the death of Wolstan de Bransford, August 6, to the translation of John Thorseoy, January 4, 1350.

ORDER by the Prior of Worcester to the abbot of Pershore, and all abbots, priors, &c., in the Archdeaconry of Worcester, that, under pain of excommunication, they shall cite those sons of iniquity (of whose names the Prior is ignorant) who went to the mill of the Prior and Convent of Worcester, next the river of La warn, which is called "le se", within the manor of Wyk Episcopi, with arms, and entered the said mill, beat the keeper of the same, and cut off the ears and tail of a palfrey, the property of the church, whereby they incurred sentence of the greater excommunication.

Presentation of John de Foxeleye to the church of Bacheshere in the diocese of Worcester by William de Salwarp' and Richard de Bromwych, by reason of the Wardship of Thomas de Hodynton. Dated 27 May, 1350 [1].

[Fol. 120] Register of Brother John de Evesham, Prior of Worcester, the See being vacant by the death of Wolstan, bishop of Worcester, on 6 August, 1349.

Letter of inquisition from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester upon the presentation by John de Bello Campo, lord of Holte, of Thomas atte Halle of Little Wytlegh to the church of Holte. Dated at Worcester, 9 August, 1349.

Letter from the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to Thomas [2], archbishop of Canterbury, acquainting him with the death of Wolstan, late bishop of Worcester, and praying for a commission


[1] These two entries are misplaced, they should have come at the end instead of at the beginning of the vacancy between Bransford and Thoresby. The whole vacancy is misplaced by several years. This is the vacancy from 1349-1350. The preceding one in the register was from April to July, 1364. [2] Thomas Bradwardine.

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to exercise spiritual jurisdiction during the vacancy of the See, in accordance with the composition made between Boniface, formerly archbishop of Canterbury, and the predecessor of the said prior. Dated 9 August, 1349.

Letter from the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to King Edward III., acquainting him with the death of Wolstan, late bishop, and praying for a conge d'elire.

Letter of inquisition from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester, upon the presentation by the abbot and convent of Evesham of Nicholas Avenaunt of Warwick, acolyte, to the church of Overswelle. Dated at Worcester, 9 August, 1349.

[Fol. 120d] Institution of Thomas atte Halle of Little Wytlegh, clerk, presented by John de Bello Campo to the parish church of Holt. Dated 11 August, 1349.

Induction of the same. Dated 12 August, 1349.

Letter of inquisition from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester upon the presentation by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, of Adam Careles, chaplain, to the church of Newynton. Dated at Worcester, 11 August, 1349.

Institution of William de Founteneye, chaplain, rector, as it is said, of the church of Willareseye, presented by the abbot and convent of Eveshame to the church of Broughton, and of John Radeford of Shirbourn, chaplain, rector, as it is said, of the church of Broughton, to the church of Willareseye. Dated at Worcester, 10 August, 1349.

[Fol. 121] Letter of inquisition from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester upon the presentation by Sir Nicholas Burnel, knight, of Thomas de Wyke, next Pershore, to the church of Brouton Haket. Dated at Worcester, 11 August, 1349.

Letter of inquisition from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester upon the presentation by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, of John Sonnebur' of Wyke, clerk, to the church of Little Comberton. Dated at Worcester, 12 August, 1349.

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Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester, that having received a complaint from Walter de Ross', rector of the church of Berford, that there are many defects in the chancel of the same church, and in the books, ornaments, and houses and manse of the rectory, by default of Master Adam, late rector, deceased, the said archdeacon is to inquire as to the same. Dated at Worcester, 12 August, 1349.

[Fol. 121d] Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the dean of the collegiate church of Westbury, that having received a complaint of Ralph de Daventre, canon of Westbury and late prebendary of Master Thomas Murymouth, lately deceased, that there are many defects in the manse of the said prebend, the repair whereof the late master Thomas was bound to make while he lived, the said dean is to inquire as to the same. Dated at Worcester, 12 August, 1349.

Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the official or commissary of the Archdeacon of Worcester, that having received a complaint from Richard Peperwhit, rector of the church of the Blessed Mary of Witton next Wych, of many defects in the chancel of the same church, and in the books, ornaments, and houses, and the manse of the rectory, by default of William Leffren, the late rector, deceased, the said official or commissary is to inquire as to the same. Dated at Worcester, 12 August, 1349.

Letters of appeal by brother John Lemenstere, monk of the church of Worcester, as to the spiritual jurisdiction of the Prior of Worcester.

[Fol. 122] Presentation by brother Peter, warden of the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester, and the brethren of the same house, of John de Dodyton', chaplain, to the vicarage of the church of Croule. Dated at Worcester, 13 August, 1349.

Letter of inquisition upon the same presentation. Dated at Worcester, 13 August, 1349.

Institution of the same John de Dodyton. Crossed out [l].


[1] See post, p. 232.

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Form of letters of institution.

Form of letters of induction.

[Fol. 122d] Form of letters of collation.

Form of letters of induction.

Form of letters for the repair of a church.

Form of letters of institution by reason of an exchange.

[Fol. 123] Form of letters of induction thereupon.

Form of letters of sequestration. The example given refers to the church of Etyngdon, and mentions John, the late rector.

Another form of letters of sequestration. The example refers to the church of Breodon, and mentions Master R. de Chik, rector, and J, de Lowe, late rector.

Form of letters dimissory.

Fol. 123d] Another form of letters dimissory.

Form of institution to a perpetual chantry.

Form of commission for making an exchange in divers dioceses.

Form of certificate thereto.

[Fol. 124] Form of institution by reason of an exchange.

Form of induction upon the same. The example given refers to an exchange between William de Est, rector of Overbury in the diocese of Worcester, and John Geraud, rector of the church of Netelham in the diocese of Lincoln.

Another form of institution.

Another form of induction.

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[Fol. 124d] Supplication [l] from William, Prior of Worcester, and the chapter there, to King Henry VII. for a conge d'elire upon the death of Robert, late bishop of Worcester. Dated in the chapterhouse of Worcester, 5 May, 1497.

Appointment of John Stratteford, almoner, and Thomas Myldenham, sacristan, monks of Worcester, as proctors and messengers of the Prior and Chapter of Worcester, to John [3], archbishop of Canterbury, to demand a commission for the prior to exercise spiritual jurisdiction within the diocese during the vacancy caused by the death of Robert, the late bishop. Dated in the chapter-house of Worcester, 13 May, 1497.

[Fol. 125] Letter from the Prior and Convent of Worcester to John [2], archbishop of Canterbury, praying for a commission to exercise episcopal jurisdiction within the diocese during the vacancy of the See. Dated in the chapter-house at Worcester, on the Vigil of Pentecost, 1497.

[Fol. 125d] Institution of John de Mershton, clerk and master of arts, to the church of St. Swithin of Worcester, at the presentation of the Prior and Convent of Worcester, upon the resignation of Master John de Teukesbury, the last rector. And he was admitted on 21 November, 1349.

Institution of Nicholas Sturmy, clerk, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, to the church of Elmeley Lovet, upon the resignation of Master Simon de Clare, the last rector. And he was admitted on 24 November.

Institution of John Symondes of Grafton, priest, presented by Hugh de Dokesley to the chantry-chapel of the Blessed Mary in the churchyard of Kydermustr', upon the death of Master John Bakoun, last ministering in the same. And he was admitted on the said day.

Institution of John Rogers of Febedon, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Evesham to the vicarage of the church of


[1] This and the two following entries are misplaced; they are in a later hand, and relate to the vacancy on the death of Robert Morton, and the succession of John de Giglis, 1497.
[2] John Morton.

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Ombresley, upon the resignation of Master Richard Golafre, chaplain, by reason of his exchange for the vicarage of the church of Hanley. And he was admitted on 26 November.

Institution of Richard Golafre, chaplain, presented by the prior and convent of Little Malvern to the vicarage of the church of Hanleye, upon the resignation of Master John Rogers of Febedon. And he was admitted on the said day.

Institution of Richard Dyere, priest, presented by Sir William Corbet, knight, lord of Chaddesley, to the church of Chaddesleye Corbet, upon the resignation of John de Boys, the last rector. And he was admitted on 27 November.

Institution of Nicholas de Southam, priest, presented by Master John de Bukyngham, prebendary of the prebend of Compton Murdak in the collegiate church of the Blessed Mary of Warwick, to the church of Budebrok, vacant by the death of Master Henry, the last rector. And he was admitted on 28 November.

Institution of Reginald le Parker of Abbedeleye, acolyte, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick and Marshal of England, to the church of Shraveleye, vacant by the death of Master Stephen, the last rector. And he was admitted on the same day.

Institution of John Dauwes of Radeford, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Nutteleye, of the order of St. Augustine, in the diocese of Lincoln, to the vicarage of the church of Swelle Inferior, vacant by the death of Master John de Stanwey, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 31 December.

[Fol. 126] Institution of Simon atte Bergh, priest, presented by Thomas Aspale and Walter de Haywod, proctors of Sir John de Sancto Philiberto, to the church of Thormerton, vacant by the death of William, the last rector. And he was admitted on 5 December.

Institution of William Stigant, priest, presented by John, Earl of Kent, and Lord Wake, to the church of Musarder, upon the

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resignation of John Gunnesby, who has taken another cure in the diocese of London. And he was admitted on the said day.

Institution of John de Todynham, priest, presented by the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to the vicarage of the church of Dodurhull, vacant by the death of Robert atte More. And he was admitted on 6 December.

Institution of John de Lonenhull, priest, presented by King Edward III., by reason of the priory of Brumesfeld being in the hands of the Crown on account of the war with France, to the vicarage of the church of Brumesfeld, vacant by the death of William, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 12 December.

Institution of Reginald Dod, priest, presented by the dean of the collegiate church of the Blessed Mary of Warwick, William de Naileston, and Master John de Bulkynton, to the church of St. Michael of Warwick, vacant by the resignation of Robert de Enderby, the last rector. And he was admitted on 1 5 December,

Institution of John Brymbrok, acolyte, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester to the church of Duntesbourne Abbatis, vacant by the resignation of Walter de Radeford, the last rector. And he was admitted on 17 December.

Institution of William de Walton, priest, presented by Ralph, Baron Stafford, to the church of Northcerneye, vacant by the death of Robert de Asschebourn, the last rector. And he was admitted by Henry de la Warn, his proctor, on 19 December.

Institution of William de Lalleford, priest, presented by the dean of the collegiate church of Warwick and John Bukyngham to the church of St. John in the market place (in alto foro) of Warwick, vacant by the death of William, the last rector. And he was admitted on 24 December, 1349.

[Fol. 126d] Institution of William de la Hull, clerk, presented by the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to the hospital of the Blessed Mary next Wych. And he was admitted on 8 December.

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Institution of John Wroxston, priest, presented by John Wailles of Dichford to the church or chapel of Dichford Frary, vacant by the resignation of William Averey, the last rector. And he was admitted on 4 January [1].

Form of institution.

Form of induction.

[Fol. 127] Institution of Adam Carles, chaplain, to the church of Newynton, vacant by the death of Richard de Hull, the last rector, at the presentation of Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick. And he was admitted on 14 August, 1349.

Institution of Adam de Holynton, chaplain, to the church of Sallewarpp, vacant by the death of Robert, the last rector, at the presentation of Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick. And he was admitted on the same day.

Institution of John de Sonnebury to the church of Little Comberton, vacant by the death of Master William Allot, the last rector, at the presentation of Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick. And he was admitted on the same day.

Institution of Thomas de Wyke, next Pershore, to the church of Brouton Haket, vacant by the death of Philip, the last rector, at the presentation of Sir Nicholas de Burnel. And he was admitted on the same day.

Institution of Walter le Hoppere, chaplain, to the church of Oxshulne, vacant by the death of John de Baynton, the last rector, at the presentation of Sir John de la Hale, knight. And he was admitted on 13 August, 1349.

Institution of William de Founteneye, chaplain, to the church of Bourghton, vacant by the resignation of John de Radeforde of Shirbourn, chaplain, by reason of an exchange for the church of Willareseye, at the presentation of the abbot and convent of Evesham. And he was admitted on 14 August, 1349.


[1] See post, p. 235.

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Institution of Thomas de Sottere of Rysyndon, priest, to the church of Great Rysyndon, vacant by the resignation of Sir William de Welleford, at the presentation of Walter de Hisle. And he was admitted on 14 August, 1349.

Institution of Roger, called Magorlynges, of Tettebur', clerk, to the church of Saperton, vacant by the [blank] of Thomas Gottere of Rysyndon, at the presentation of [blank] de Hisle. And he was admitted on 14 August, 1349.

Institution of Thomas atte Halle of Wytlegh Parva, clerk, presented by John de Bello Campo of Holte to the church of Holte, vacant by the resignation of Thomas, the last rector. And he was admitted on 11 August.

[Fol. 127d] Institution of John de Radeforde, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Eveshame to the church of Willarseye, vacant by the resignation of William de Founteneye, chaplain, by reason of an exchange for the church of Broughton. And he was admitted on 14 August, 1349 [1].

Institution of William de Elmeleye, presented by Sir Peter de Veel, knight, to the church of Charfeld, vacant by the resignation of Robert de Hamslap, chaplain. And he was admitted on 14 August, 1349.

Institution of Robert de Hamslamp (sic), presented by Sir Peter de Veel, knight, to the church of Torteworth, vacant by the death of Osbert, the last rector. And he was admitted on the said day.

Institution of William de Wymundham, clerk, presented by William, archbishop of York, to the church of Otyngdon, vacant by the resignation of John de Helwelle, chaplain. And he was admitted on the same day.

Institution of Walter de Piriton, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester to the church of Dorseleye, vacant because Thomas de Piriton, the late rector, took another benefice. And he was admitted on 14 August.


[1] See preceding page.

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Institution of John Blank, priest, presented by Sir Giles de Beauchamp, knight, to the church of Kenemerton, vacant by the resignation of William de Gulford, the last rector. And he was admitted on 17 August, 1349.

Institution of Nicholas Avenaunt of Warwick, clerk, presented by the abbot and convent of Eveshame to the church of Overswelle, vacant by the death of John de Iccombe, the last rector. And he was admitted on 18 August, 1349.

Institution of Ralph de Ullunhale, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Eveshame to the church of Ullebergh, vacant by the death of Nicholas, the last rector. And he was admitted on 18 August, 1349.

Institution of William de Cotton, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Eveshame to the vicarage of the church of Cotton, vacant by the resignation of John de Bengeworth, the last vicar. And he was admitted on the same day.

[Fol. 128] Institution of Edmond de Hanewelle, priest, presented by John de Brailles, rector of the church of Fladebury, to the vicarage of the chapel of Habbelench, vacant by the death of John de Budeford, the last vicar. And he was admitted on the said day.

Institution of John de Dodyton, priest, presented by brother Peter, warden, and the brethren of the Hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester, to the vicarage of the church of Croule, vacant by the death of Thomas, the last vicar. And he was admitted on the said day [1].

Institution of John de Knython, chaplain, presented to the church or chapel of Dychford Frary, vacant by the death of John le Bachiler, the last rector, by John de Brailles of Dychford. And he was admitted on 22 August [2].

Institution of Thomas le Clerk of Hereford, priest, presented by the sub-prior and convent of Great Malvern to the vicarage of the


[1] See ante, p. 225.
[2] See ante, p. 230; post, p. 235.

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parish church of Malvern, vacant by the resignation of Nicholas le Smythes of Poivvyk, the last vicar. And he was admitted on the same day.

Institution of Richard de Budeford, priest, presented by Sir Peter de Montefort to the church of Whitchirche, vacant by the death of Master William, the last rector. And he was admitted on 25 August.

Institution of Stephen Hathemare, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester to the church of Newynton, vacant by the death of Master Geoffrey, the last rector. And he was admitted on 26 August.

Institution of William de Rombourgh, priest, presented by Edmund de Bereford, clerk, to the church of Wodecestre, vacant by the death of Nicholas, the last rector. And he was admitted on 26 August.

[Fol. 128d] Institution of John de Middelton, clerk, presented by King Edward III. to the church of Mynchenehampton, vacant by the resignation of John de Houton, the last rector. And he was admitted on 27 August, 1349.

Institution of Thomas de Wodeford, chaplain, presented by Humphrey Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex, to the church of Barndesleye, vacant by the resignation of Nicholas de Neweton'. And he was admitted on 28 August.

Institution of Thomas de Hales, priest, presented by Philip de Tame, prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, to the vicarage of the church of Shirbourn, vacant by the death of John le Bacar, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 28 August.

Institution of William de Uppedich, clerk, presented by King Edward III., by reason of the wardship of the lands of John Moigne, deceased, to the church of Shipton Moigne, vacant by the death of Thomas, the last rector. And he was admitted on 30 August, 1349.

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Institution of John le Reve of Laxton, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Stodlegh to the vicarage of the church of St. Peter de Wytton next Wych, vacant by the death of Thomas Cassy, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 30 August, 1349.

Institution of William de Wikford, priest, presented by Ralph, Baron de Stafford, lord of Tonebrugge, to the church of Ryndecombe, vacant by the resignation of John de Rothewell, the last rector. And he was admitted on i September.

Institution of William de Hamenassh, priest, presented by the Prior of Worcester, at the nomination of Sir John Talbot, knight, to the church of All Saints of Worcester, vacant by the death of Ralph, the last rector. And he was admitted 9 September, 1349.

Institution of Philip Areme, acolyte, presented by John de Middelton, rector of the church of Nun's Hampton, to the perpetual chantry of the Blessed Mary in the church aforesaid. And he was admitted on 10 September.

[Fol. 129] Institution of John Frankeleyn of Brocworth, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester to the vicarage of the church of Great Bernynton. And he was admitted on 10 September.

Institution of Richard Upton of Cirencestr', priest, presented by Thomas de Berkelee to the church of Syde, vacant by the death of William, the last rector. And he was admitted on 15 September.

Institution of Richard atte Wode of Cheveryl, priest, presented by John de Sancto Laudo to the church of Clifton, vacant by the resignation of John Blank', the last rector. And he was admitted on 17 September.

Institution of William Martyn of St. John next Worcester, acolyte, presented to the perpetual chantry in the church of St. Martin of Worcester by William, rector of the same church. And he was admitted on 17 September.

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Institution of William Cely, chaplain, presented by King Edward III. (by reason of the temporalities of the priory of Derhurst [1] being in the King's hands, on account of the war with France) to the church of Culne St. Dennis, vacant by the death of Robert de Hayt, the last rector. And he was admitted on 20 September.

Institution of Ralph de Malton, priest, presented by King Edward III. (by reason of the temporalities of the abbot of Lyra 2 in England being in the king's hands, on account of the war with France) to the vicarage of the church of Cheddeworth, vacant by the death of Hugh, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 20 September.

Institution of William Brocworth, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony, next Gloucester, to the vicarage of the church of Brocworth, vacant by the death of John, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 20 September.

Institution of William Averey, chaplain, presented by John Brailles of Dicheford to the church or chapel of Dycheford Frary, vacant by the resignation of John de Knythton', the last rector. And he was admitted on 26 September [3].

Institution of Robert de Brewod, priest, presented by the prioress and convent of Brewod to the church of Brome, vacant by the resignation of Roger, the last rector. And he was admitted on 27 September.

[Fol. 129d] Institution of Henry de Hull, priest, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, to the church of Sallewarp, vacant by the death of Adam, the last rector. And he was admitted on 27 September, 1349.

Institution of Master Stephen Ally of Wych, clerk, presented by William Dabitot of Crombe Osbern to the free chapel of Crombe aforesaid, vacant by the death of Thomas de Hanleye, the last rector. And he was admitted on 27 September.


[1] Deerhurst was a cell to the abbey of St. Dennis, near Paris.
[2] Lyra was a Norman abbey that obtained large grants of land in England at the Conquest.
[3] See ante, pp. 230 and 232.

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Institution of Adarn de Ryngesthorp, clerk, presented by Ralph, Baron of Stafford, lord of Tonebrugge, to the church of Compton Wyndyates, vacant by the death of Robert le Ferour, the last rector. And he was admitted on 29 September.

Institution of John de Hokonere, clerk, presented by John Trussel of Cublesdon to the church of Billesleye, vacant by the death of Roger de Conyggesby, the last rector. And he was admitted on i October, 1349.

Institution of Robert de Overton, priest, presented by Sir William de Meldon, knight, to the church of Haselour, vacant by the death of John de Gildon, the last rector. And he was admitted on 6 October.

Institution of John de Blockeley, priest, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, to the church of Lytethurn, vacant by the death of Philip Mile, the last rector. And he was admitted on 7 October.

Institution of William Nayleston, priest, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, to the prebend which Master Henry de Stonleye lately held in the collegiate church of the Blessed Mary of Warwick, vacant by the death of the said Henry. And he was admitted on 10 October.

Institution of William de Wormynton Parva, priest, presented by Sarah de Pryeyeris to the church of Dorsynton, vacant by the resignation of William, the last rector. And he was admitted on 11 October.

Institution of John Morewy, priest, presented by the Prior and convent of Worcester to the church of the Blessed Clement of Worcester, vacant by the death of John de Gurdewell, the last rector. And he was admitted on 11 October.

Institution of Master William de Adelmynton, presented by the abbot and convent of Wynch1 to the church of Bladynton, vacant by the death of Thomas de Glouc', the last rector. And he was admitted on 12 October.

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Institution of John de Askam, clerk, presented by King Edward III. (by reason of the temporalities of the abbey of Pershore being in the King's hands) to the church of Bradeweye, vacant by the death of John de Ockeleye, the last rector. And he was admitted on 13 October.

[Fol. 130] Institution of John le Skynnere of Brailles, priest, presented by Sir John de Brailles, rector of the church of Fladebury, to the vicarage of the church of Fladebury, vacant by the resignation of Richard, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 13 October.

Institution of brother John Coci, monk of the monastery of St. Dennis in France, presented by the abbot of St. Dennis to the cure of the parish church of Derhurst, vacant by the death of [blank], And he was admitted on 29 September, according to the form of the composition made between Godfrey [1], formerly bishop of Worcester, and Matthew, then abbot, and the convent of St. Dennis.

Institution of Thomas de Freman of Oxindon, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Pershore to the perpetual chantry in the church of the Blessed Edburgh [2] of Pershor, vacant by the resignation of John de la Feld, the last minister. And he was admitted on 15 October.

Institution of John de la Pulle of Great Malvern, priest, presented by William de Defford to the church of Bradecote, vacant by the resignation of Henry de Tachebrok, the last rector. And he was admitted on 15 October.

Institution of Peter Roysonn of Yntebergh [3], priest, presented by Joan Comyn to the chapel of Morton Hundurhull, vacant by the death of Roger, the last rector. And he was admitted on 15 October.

Institution of Thomas, son of Peter, called the clerk of Gloucester, presented by Thomas Fabyan and Eva, his wife, Rose, sister of the same Eva, and John Coof, son of Matilda Helyonn, to the


[1] Godfrey Giffard, 1268-1302. [2] In the margin is "chantry in the conventual church of Pershore". The conven-tual church of Pershore was dedicated to St. Mary and St. Edburgh. [3] Qy. Inkberrow.

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church of Eggeworth, vacant by the death of Thomas, the last rector. And he was admitted on 22 October.

Institution of Henry de Bybury, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester to the vicarage of the church of Bernynton Magna, vacant by the resignation of Master .... the last vicar. And he was admitted on 23 October.

Institution of John Russel, priest, presented by Sir William Boteler, knight, to the perpetual chantry of the Blessed Mary in the parish church of Alyncestr', vacant by the resignation of Robert de Cherlynton, the last minister. And he was admitted on 23 October.

[Fol. 130d] Institution of John de Wyllaxford, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Alyncestr' to the vicarage of the church of Beoleye, vacant by the resignation of Richard de Fladebury, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 23 October.

Institution of Richard Hayward of Rowell, presented by the abbot and convent of Wynch" to the perpetual vicarage of the church of Rowell, vacant by the resignation of John, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 23 October.

Institution of brother Guillerinus, called Pinchart, monk of the monastery of St. Peter of Chastillon of Couches in the diocese of Evreux, presented by the abbot and convent of the said monastery to the priory and parsonage of Wotton, vacant by the death of brother Michael de la Bouch, the last prior. Date of presentation Tuesday after the feast of St. Dennis, and of admission, 24 October, 1349.

Institution of John Saunter of Grutelton, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Malmesbury in the diocese of Salisbury to the church of Lutelton upon Severn, vacant because Robert, the last rector, had taken the church of Stanbrugg in the diocese of London. And he was admitted on 26 October.

Institution of Master John de Briane, clerk, presented by King Edward III. (by reason of the vacancy of the bishopric of

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Worcester) to the prebend which Master Reginald de Briane had in the collegiate church of Westbury, by the resignation of the said Reginald. And he was admitted on 29 October, 1349.

[Fol. 131] Institution of brother Richard de Hampton, canon of the monastery of Hales Owweyn, presented by the abbot and convent of Hales to the vicarage of the parish church of Hales. And he was admitted on 2 November.

Institution of John Frankeleyn, chaplain, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester to the vicarage of the church of Brocworth', vacant by the resignation of William, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 5 November.

Institution of Thomas de la Feld, priest, presented by the Prior and Convent of Worcester to the vicarage of the church of Wyk and the chapel of St. John, vacant by process of law made before inquisition by the dean of Worcester. And he was admitted on 7 November.

Institution of Thomas de Yevele, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Great Malvern to the church of Upton Snodesbur', vacant by the resignation of Thomas de Yevele, the last rector. And he was admitted on 12 November.

Institution of William Fincham of Lavenham, priest, presented by Agnes, abbess, and the convent of Godestowe, to the church of Dagelyngworth, vacant by the resignation of Thomas, the last rector. And he was admitted on 14 November.

Institution of Master John Heyne of Kybworth, clerk and master of arts, presented by the warden and scholars of the house of scholars of Merton at Oxford to the church of Lapworth, vacant by the death of Master Richard de Wyte, the last rector. And he was admitted on 19 November.

Institution of Henry le Gardiner, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Maxstel to the vicarage of the church of Toneworth,

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vacant by the death of Richard Gardiner, the last vicar. And he was admitted on 19 November.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Gloucester to cite all abbots, priors, deans, provosts, preceptors, &c., in his archdeaconry to appear on Friday after the feast of the Assumption in the church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester, before the prior or his deputy, to make canonical obedience. Dated at Worcester, 15 August, 1349.

Mandate from the Sub-prior of Worcester to the dean of T. to cite all rectors, vicars, chaplains, clerks, ministers and three or four laymen from every parish to appear before him in the church of St. Andrew of T., and do all that pertains to the office of visitation.

The like mandate sent to every deanery.

[Fol. 132] Commission from the Sub-prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Gloucester for receiving the goods of intestates, or those dying without a will, and the fruits of vacant benefices within the ambit of his jurisdiction. Dated at Worcester, 23 August, 1349.

Commission from the Sub-prior of Worcester to W. de Chelt' to perform divine service in his oratory in his manse at Pokelchirch in the diocese of Worcester, for himself and his household, by a fit chaplain, without prejudice to the mother church.

Commission from the Sub-prior of Worcester to Master Simon Tankard, dean of Gloucester, and John de H., rector of the church of Holy Trinity of Gloucester, to ask for, exact, and receive from the King's justices all clerks indicted of felony or other crimes. Commission from the Sub-prior of Worcester to N. de P. to ask for, receive, and collect the fruits of the parish church of Clifton in the diocese of Worcester during the time of the present vacancy, and to provide a fit minister to perform divine service there.

[Fol. 132d] Form of resignation of a vicarage of a church. The example given is by W. de Aston of the church of R.

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Mandate by the Sub-prior of Worcester to the deans of the deaneries of Wych and Warwick to levy procurations for visitations and to cite all executors of wills in their deaneries to appear to prove such wills.

Form for resigning the presentation to a church.

Form of acquittance from administering a will.

Form of resigning a church. The example given is the resignation by Geoffrey de Weston of the rectory of the church of Harnhull, in the patronage of Sir John de Wyninton, knight. Dated the 6th of the Kalends of September.

Form of citation of the executors of a rector to answer to his successor.

[Fol. 133] Form of citation in a testamentary cause.

Form of mandate to religious persons to make visitation.

Mandate from the Sub-prior of Worcester to the dean of Bristol to cite the master and brethren of the house of St. Mark of Byleswyk, the prior and monks of St. James of Bristol, the religious women of the house of the Blessed Mary Magdalene and the hospital of St. Bartholomew there, to appear in their houses and prepare themselves for visitation.

Mandate from the Sub-prior of Worcester to the dean of S. to cite all abbots, priors, deans, provosts, &c., in his deanery to appear on a certain day and at a certain place to receive and do what to the office of visitation pertains.

EDWARDUS Dei gratia Rex Angliae, et Franciae, et Dominus Hiberniss, custodi spiritualitatis Episcopatus Wygorniensis sede vacante salutem. Dum pestilentias et tribulationes multas et malas quibus terribilis in consiliis super filios hominum Justus Deus mundum jam visitat et flagellat, ostendens populo suo dura ut timens et penitens quaerat humilius nomen ejus attenta consideratione

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pensamus nimirum obstupescimus et timemus quod populus modicus qui remansit tam infelix Deo ingratus et durae cervicis existit, quod tam terribilibns non flectitur Dei judiciis et exemplis, nam si credi debeat operibus, videtur semper ascendere iniquitas et superbia populi, et in eo caritas plus solito refrigescit, quod majoris calamitatis utinam non subversions videtur esse praesagium, et quod sic eveniet verisimiliter est timcndum nisi Deus, qui per culpam offenditur penitentia peccantium et orationibus firlelium complacetur, unde cum nichil sit quod oratio, suas habens circumstantias, instantiatn videlicet humilitatem et jejuniuni ac cetera munimenta virtutis obtinere non possit, ad orationis arma devote recurrimus, nos et commissum nobis populum divinae misericordiae humiliter commendantes, sed quia de propriis mentis minus confidimus, vos qui constituti estis pro hominibus ut offerabis dona et sacrificia pro peccatis ex, cordis intimis exoramus, quatinus pro nostra populique salute devotas Deo preces et hostias ofiferabis, parochianos vestros et alios quos poteritis salutaribus monitis inducentes, et induci per alios facientes, ut divina recognoscentes beneficia de peccatis suis peniteant, et orationibus jejuniis et virtutum exercitiis indulgeant, et a malo declinent, ut sic Deus miseratus pestem pellat et langorem, pacem et tranquilitatem tribuat, ac corporis animaeque salutem, speramus enim per Dei gratiam quod si populus a cordibus suis spirituales repellat nequitias discedet ab eo tam aeriarum quam aliarum malignitas tempestatum. Teste me ipso apud Westmonasterium v die Septembris anno regni nostri Anglias xxiij regni vero nostri Franciae decimo [1].

(Translation)

EDWARD, by the grace of God, King of England and France, and Lord of Ireland, to the Keeper of the Spiritualities of the Bishopric of Worcester, the See being vacant, Greeting. Whilst we regard the many and evil plagues and tribulations, with which a just God, terrible in his counsels with regard to the children of men, is now visiting and scourging the world, shewing to his people hard things, that in fear and penitence they may the more humbly with diligent heed call on his name, without doubt we dread and fear that the remnant of the people - so wretched -


[1] 1350, the year of the Black Death.

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who have survived, are ungrateful to God and stiff-necked, because they do not humble themselves under such terrible judgments and manifestations of God, for though he ought to be believed by his works, it seems that the iniquity and pride of the people ever increase, and thereby charity more than ever grows cold, which appears to presage a greater calamity, God grant it be not of utter destruction, and that it shall so happen is indeed to be feared, unless God, who is offended by guilt, shall tbe appeased by the repentance of sinners and the prayers of the faithful. Wherefore as there is nothing which prayer with its accompaniments, to wit, earnestness, humility and fasting, and other defences of holiness, cannot obtain, we devoutly have recourse to the arms of prayer, humbly commending ourselves and the people committed to us to the Divine pity; but because we have the less confidence in our own merits, from our inmost heart we beseech you, who are appointed to offer gifts for men and sacrifices for sins, to offer devout prayers and sacrifices to God, persuading, with wholesome admonitions, your parishioners and others whom you are able, and causing them to be persuaded by others, that, acknowledging Divine favours, they may repent of their sins, and give themselves up to prayers, fastings, and exercises of holiness, and turn aside from evil, that so God in his pity may drive away this plague and sickness, may grant peace and tranquillity, and salvation both of body and soul. For we hope, by the grace of God, that, if the people cast out from their hearts spiritual wickedness, this scourge of the air as well as other tempests may depart from them. Witness ourself at Westminster, the 5th day of September in the 23rd year of our reign of England, and in the 10th of our reign of France.

Form of mandate for receiving penances for contumacy.

[Fol. 134] Another form of a like mandate.

Another form of a like mandate and for citing executors of wills, not yet proved.

Form of writ to a dean for rendering an account of his ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

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Form of citation in a testamentary cause.

Form of a citation in a dispute touching tithes.

Form of a citation in a cause of defamation.

[Fol. 134d] Form of letter of suspension for contumacy.

Form of letters testimonial for resigning a church.

Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the official of Gloucester acquainting him with the prior's intention to make visitation in the diocese, and forbidding him and all ecclesiastical persons to do anything to prejudice the same.

Form of mandate to excommunicate " certain sons of iniquity" for defaming a person with the crime of fornication.

Appointment of William Ally of Wych as apparitor of the deanery of Wych.

Appointment of W. de F., rector of the church of T., as dean of Poywyk.

Form of letter for the excommunication of persons who impeded the administration of the goods of a deceased.

[Fol. 135] Another like form of letter.

[Fol. 135d] Form of commission to hear and determine a cause of matrimony and divorce.

Form of commission for holding a consistory court.

Form of citation to exhibit the register of causes in the consistory court.

Form of letter of absolution from excommunication for contumacy.

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Form of mandate to call and warn a person to perform the penance imposed upon him for fornication.

Form of suspension for contumacy.

[Fol. 136] Form of general commission from the Prior of Worcester to make visitation, institute, and deprive clerks, Sec., in the diocese of Worcester.

Another like form.

[Fol. 136d] Letter from William de Thynghull, commissary general of John [1], bishop of Hereford, to the dean of Poywyk asking him to cite Matilda Flemmyng, formerly the wife of Robert Flemmyng of Upton next the Severn, deceased, and executrix of the same, to appear in the cathedral church of Hereford to answer Walter le Sheremon in a testamentary cause. Dated at Hereford, 31 October, 1349.

Licence from the Prior of Worcester to Henry de Insula, prior of Horseleye, of the Augustinian order, to make the "pilgrimage of the apostles Peter and Paul", having obtained the consent of the prior of Bruton, to whom he is subject. Dated at Worcester, 31 December, 1349.

[Fol. 137] Letter from John [1] bishop of Hereford, Stephen, the dean, and the chapter of Hereford, to the Bishop of Worcester, or, the See being vacant, to the Keeper of the spiritualities. Desiring to glorify the Lord in his saints, and especially in the holy confessor the blessed Thomas, formerly bishop of Hereford [2], their special patron and protector, praying for their people, their city, and for the English nation; the merits of whose life having brought about miracles, the lord John, the pope [3], added him to the catalogue of twenty-two holy confessors. They are disposed to translate his body and to raise it above the ground and exalt it as a precious pearl hidden in the heart of the earth. Which translation was much desired in times past, now evils multiplying on all sides the people attempt this solemnity with the hope of divine pleasure and mercy. Therefore that a light of such brightness be not hidden


[1] John Trilleck, 1344-1360.
[2] Thomas de Cantilupe, 1275-1282. [3] John XXII., 1316- 1334.

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under ground they propose, for the honour, they believe, of God, and health of the faithful, as they hope, speedily to reveal him that by his intercession the Lord may purge the whole world from errors, allay disease, drive away famine, give peace, remove all harmful things, and grant all things in time to come, appointing for this the 8th of the Kalends of November, to wit, the 25th October. They therefore pray that the said day may be notified to all parishioners and others of Worcester diocese. They have requested indulgences from the treasury of Worcester, that to an office of so great solemnity a multitude of Christian people may flock together, and that the bishop or keeper will deign to adorn their church by his presence. Dated at Hereford, the feast of the Nativity of the blessed Margaret the Virgin.

[Fol. 137d] Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the subprior and chapter acquainting them with his intention to make visitation in the city and diocese of Worcester, and on Friday after the feast of the Assumption to visit their monastery. Dated ii August, 1349.

[Fol. 138] Certificate of the receipt of the same mandate.

Letter from John de W., president of the Consistory Court of Worcester, and commissary of John, bishop of Worcester, to the dean of Wych and vicar of Bromesgrave to excommunicate all those who had attempted to take away the rights and liberties of the Prior and Chapter of Worcester in Bromesgrave, according to the Constitution of Oxford and other Constitutions of the holy fathers.

[Fol. 138d] Writ of venire facias to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester to cause John de Wyndesore, parson of the church of Clive Episcopi, clerk, to come before the King's justices to answer Master Robert de Chikewelle, clerk, of a plea of debt. Dated at Westminster, 28 November, 23 Edward III.

Mandate to the Dean of Worcester to execute the same writ. Dated at Worcester, 28 December, 1349.

Certificate of the same writ to the Court.

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Writ of venire facias to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester to cause John de Ryvers, parson of the church of Rippel, clerk, to come before the King's Justices to answer Geoffrey le Spenser of Upton upon Severn of a plea of debt. Dated at Westminster, 23 November, 23 Edward III. And the Dean of Worcester is written to, to execute this writ and certify.

Certificate of the same writ to the Court.

[Fol. 139] Letters dimissory for the order of deacon: Reginald Parkere, rector of the church of Shraveley, to the order of subdeacon, Peter, called Somonour, of Upton upon Severn, William Mathoun of the same place, Robert Leget, Richard Lench, rector of the church of Lench Roudolf, Thomas Lucas of Lechlade, William Martyn, John Fryday of Pershore, Peter Groos, Nicholas, son of Ralph de Greotere, Robert Elene of Snetefeld, Thomas de Tydynton, and Thomas Lucas of Doddel.

Letters dimissory for priest's orders: Thomas de Lench, Walter Rom of Fladebury; brothers of Lechlad, John Lucas and John Molyn; Thomas, son of John Taillor of Morton Daubeneye, Simon, heir of Barndesleye, Richard Taillor of Cirencester, and Richard de Duddeleye.

Letters dimissory for all holy orders: William de Aston, rector of the same place, William de la Hull of Wych, Richard Freman, and Richard Lovecok of Lytethorn; canons of Hales, brother John de Wych, Adam de Hales, John de Bremesgrave, John de Clent, and Richard de Kydermenstr'.

Letters dimissory to minor and sub-deacon's orders: Walter de Graundon of Cheltenham, John le Deyere of Cheltenham, Roger Magerlyng of Tettebur'; brother Richard de Haukesbur', monk of Pershor'; Master John de Mershston, John Cade of Heyhamsende, Henry Wodeward of Eldesfeld, Nicholas Grene of the same place, William Pedys, Thomas Lokare, Thomas Taillor of Bokelond, Richard called Deye of Chiltenham, Richard atte Penne of Fairford, Henry atte Watre of Quenynton; brothers of Lechlad, Stephen Champ and Robert Carpenter; brothers of St. Bartholomew of

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Gloucester, John Klech and John Droys; William Palmer of Stowe, Nicholas Symcokes of Southcerneye, John de Oxindon, William in le Hale of Bradevvas, Master William de Adelmynton, rector of Bladynton; monks of Gloucester, John Temese, Walter de Cheltenham, and Walter Crook; John Bernard of Straford, Thomas atte Lude of Wynterbourn, Henry Leggar of Culne Roger, William Hasele of Maiesmor, Richard Salmon, William Hunte, Thomas atte Castel of Halford, Richard Ernald of Meone, Richard Wygget of the same place, John Cissote of Hampton Episcopi, John Billyng of Cherlecote, William Hocseye, William Robyns of Bladinton, John Thomkyns of the same place, and Philip de Duddel'.

[Fol. 139d] Letters dimissory for all holy orders: Canons of Lanthony of Gloucester, to wit, John de Grafton, John de Bolleye, Roger de Etone, Thomas de Donyngton, William de Evesham, Stephen de Archerstok, Nicholas de Cerneye and William de Chiriton; Roger atte Holyes of Kyngesnorton, John Knee of Poywyk, Robert Murdok, rector of Wynterbourn, Richard Calewe of Gloucester, John atte Brugg of Holenast', Walter de Poywyk, Thomas Piers of Cheddeworth, Thomas Yonge, rector of the church of St. Stephen of Bristol], Roger White, rector of the church of Coldeasshton, Henry Baldewyne, John de Badmynton, Walter Cheltenham, Richard Martyn, John Goldeney, John Snyte, Walter Ragon, John de Lanston, and Adam de Salusbur', canon of the monastery of St. Augustine of Bristol, Thomas de Stonehouse, John, son of Robert Cocus of Fayrford, John de Sanford, Nicholas Wyneband, rector of the chapel of Hildesleye, Richard Pillisgate, rector of the church of Hampton Meysy, John atte Fortheie of Chorleton Regis, Robert Wythyn, rector of the church of Hyndelup, and Richard Taillor of Nethetyndon.

Letters dimissory for the order of sub-deacon: Peter le Somenour of Upton upon Severn, William le Mathon of the same place, Philip Dreme, Roger Magerlyngof Tettebur', Richard Symond of Alneston, Robert Leget of Terdebygge; brothers John Hay, Richard de Pyryton, Nicholas de Seynesbur', Richard de Haukesbur', John Bourton, Robert Bourton, monks of Pershore; Master John de Mershston, Master William Aleyn, rector of the church of Wythindon, Thomas Lucas of Doddel', Thomas Fraunceys,

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Walter le Deye of Cheltenham, John de Paunceleye, Thomas atte Lude, John atte Chircheye, John Fryday of Pershore, Stephen de Neubur', brother of Lecchelad, Thomas Lucas of Lechelad, Robert Carpenter of the same place, Richard, rector of Lench Roudulf, John de Hedynton, rector of the church of Shosnecote, Robert Eleyne of Snetefeld, William Martyn St. John, John, son of Laurence de Ashton, Richard de Luttelbur', Richard de Ludyngton, Ralph de Kudynton of Shirbourn, and John Heyward of Bernynton with William his fellow.

Letters dimissory for the order of deacon: Thomas Cook of Lechlade, John le Clerk of Coverleye, Simon, heir of Barndesb', Richard Taillor of Cirencestr', John Sampson of Wyke next Pershore ; brother Thomas Catour, monk of Pershore; Richard de DoddeP; brothers of Lechelad, John Lucas, John Molyns, Henry Bonny of Great Bernynton, vicar of Campedene, Walter Rom of Fladebury, Thomas de Lench', Richard de Luttlebur'.

To minor orders and orders of sub-deacon only, Thomas Franceye, rector of Shipton Clive, and John atte Chircheye of Brithlampton.

Letters dimissory for deacons' and priests' orders: Thomas de Legh, rector of Estlech' St. Martin, John Starry of Wych, Richard de Wodeford de Bradewelle, William Ward, vicar of Little Wylmecote, Walter de Littlebur', Walter de Luttelbur', and John Rotteleye of Tysho.

Letters dimissory for priests' orders: Thomas [blank], rector of Estlech' St. Andrew, Henry Taillour of Lechlade, Robert Kyrkeby of Stowe, Edward, William de Pendok, Roger in le Hurne of Wynston, John Parkynes of Westecote, Henry de Honyton, Nicholas Gorewy of Fladebury, brother Henry de Biseleye, monk of Little Malvern, Richard Bolenynth, John Starye of Wych, Walter de Sandford of Cheltenham, Gilbert Uerlyng, vicar of Umpedene, John Sampson of Wyke, and Thomas Wast, vicar of Little Wilmycote.

[Fol. 140] Visitation made in the archdeaconry of Worcester in the time of the vacancy of the bishopric, A.D. 1349.

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The Prior of Worcester visited the chapter of the same on Friday before the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary, in the year abovesaid.

The Sub-prior of Worcester and Master Robert de Nettelton, commissaries of the same prior, visited the clergy and people of the city and deanery of Worcester on Wednesday after the feast of the Decollation of St. John the Baptist in the aforesaid year, in the cathedral church of Worcester.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Poywyk in the parish church of Poywyk on Thursday after the same feast, and there received in the name of procurations 4 marks.

The same Master Robert de Nettelton and Brother Nicholas de Clanefeld, commissaries of the said prior, visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Kydermenstr', in the parish church of the same place, on Thursday next after the feast of the Blessed Mary; visited the parish church of Clent and Rouley on the same day, and received from the same church of Clent in the name of a procuration, 20s.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Wych' in the parish church of Terdebygge on Friday next after the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mary in the aforesaid year, and received there in the name of a procuration 4 marks.

The same commissaries visited the monastery of Pershore in the chapter-house of the same on Monday the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the aforesaid year, and were supplied with meat and drink.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Pershor in the church of St. Andrew, on the same day. The same commissaries visited the abbey of Alyncestr' in their chapter-house on Thursday after the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and were supplied with meat and drink.

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The same commissaries visited the monastery of Stodlegh, in the chapter-house there, on Wednesday after the same feast, and were supplied with meat and drink.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Warwick in the parish church of Waneneswotton on Thursday after the same feast, and received in the name of procuration 4 marks.

The same commissaries visited the house of St. Sepulcre of Warwick, in the chapter-house there, on Friday after the same feast.

The same commissaries visited the collegiate church of the Blessed Mary of Warwick on the same day, and received there from the church of Pillardynton, appropriated to the same collegiate church, in the name of a procuration, half a mark.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Kyngton, in the parish church of Wolford, on Saturday before the same feast, and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks.

The same commissaries visited the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester on 22 September, and were supplied with meat and drink.

The same commissaries visited the hospital of St. Oswald of Worcester and the monastery of Whiston on Tuesday after the feast of St. Matthew the Evangelist, and were supplied with meat and drink.

The same commissaries visited the monastery of Little Malvern on Monday before the feast of St. Michael, and were supplied there with meat and drink.

[Fol. 140d] Visitation made in the Archdeaconry of Gloucester in the time of the vacancy of the See of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1349.

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Master Robert de Nettelton, clerk, and brother John de Leomenstr [1], precentor, commissaries of the prior, visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Caumpedene in the parish church of Wykewane, on Thursday before the feast of St. Michael, and there received in the name of a proxy 4 marks.

They visited the parish church of Dydebrok on Friday before the feast of St. Michael, and received in the name of a proxy 4 marks.

They visited the monastery of Teukesbury, in the chapter-house of the same, on Thursday after the feast of St. Michael, and were provided with meat and drink.

They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Gloucester, in the parish church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester, on Friday after the feast of St. Michael.

They visited the monastery of Lanthony, next Gloucester, in the chapter-house there, on Saturday after the feast of St. Michael, and were provided with meat and drink.

They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Bristol, in the church of St. Augustine the Less, on Monday before the feast of the translation of St. Oswald, the Archbishop.

They visited the monastery of the Blessed Augustine of Bristol, in the chapter-house there, on the same day, and were provided with meat and drink.

They visited the priory of St. James of Bristol, and the houses of the Blessed Mary Magdalene, the hospital of St. Bartholomew, and the house of St. Mark of Byleswyke, each severally in their chapter-houses, on Tuesday before the feast of the translation of the aforesaid saint, and were provided with meat and drink.

They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Button and Haukesbury, in the parish church of Market Sobbury, on Friday after the same feast.

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[Fol. 141] They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Derseleye, in the parish church of the same place, on Saturday after the said feast.

They visited the monastery of St. Peter of Gloucester, in the chapter-house of the same, on Monday after the feast of St. Dennis, and were provided with meat and drink.

They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Stonhouse, in the parish church of Byseleye, on Tuesday after the same feast.

They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Cirencester, in the parish church of St. John of Cirencester, on Wednesday after the same feast.

They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Faireford, in the parish church of the same place, on Thursday after the same feast.

They visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Wynchecombe, in the parish church of the same place, on Friday before the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist.

They visited the monastery of Wynch', in the chapter-house of the same, on Saturday before the same feast, and were provided with meat and drink.

[Fol. 141d] Note that on the next law day after the feast of St. Edward, the prior wishing to visit the abbey of Cirencester, had a controversy in the form following.
Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the abbot and convent of the Blessed Mary of Cirencester, reciting his title to ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the diocese of Worcester during a vacancy of the See, and declaring his intention to visit the monastery on the next law day after the feast of St. Edward in the chapter-house there; and if the said abbot should pretend that he ought not to undergo such visitation, that then the said abbot should appear in the church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester on the next law day before the same feast, to shew cause why he should not undergo such visitation.

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[Fol. 142] Inhibition by the official of the court of Canterbury to John de Evesham, prior of Worcester, setting out that it is notorious that the abbot and convent of Cirencester are free from visitation except of the legate of the Apostolic See and Metropolitan or diocesan of the place, and citing the said prior to appear in the church of the Blessed Mary of the Arches of London, on the fourth law day after the feast of the commemoration of All Souls. Dated at London, the 5th of the Ides of October, 1349.

[Fol. 142d] Another inhibition by the same to the same, in similar terms. Dated at London, the i6th of the Kalends of November, 1349.

Certificate by the Prior of Worcester of the receipt of the above inhibition. Dated at Worcester, the 3rd of the Kalends of November, 1349.

Appointment by the Prior and Chapter of Worcester of Master Robert de Nettleton and brother John de Lyce, sub-prior of the house of Worcester, brother Robert de Weston, cellarer, and brother John de Leoministr', precentor of the same house, as proctors to treat for the abbot and convent of Worcester upon the matter of the visitation, proxies, and correction of faults of the monastery of Cirencester by the said prior, during the vacancy of the See of Worcester. Dated in the chapter-house of Worcester, the 10 October.

[Fol. 143] Composition made between John, prior of the cathedral church of Worcester, and the convent of the same place, and the abbot and convent of Cirencester, touching the matter of visitation of the monastery of Cirencester during a vacancy of the See of Worcester. That the prior for the time being by authority of the court of Canterbury, official and administrator of the spiritualities in the city and diocese of Worcester, the See of Worcester being vacant, or the same prior being dead or otherwise reasonably impeded, the sub-prior of Worcester, official and administrator of the said city and diocese, during every future vacancy of the See, may go once to the said monastery for purpose of visitation, and then only with one monk and one secular clerk, the said abbot

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and convent nevertheless being first forewarned by letter. And he shall enter the chapter-house of the said monastery, and the abbot and convent being there come together, he shall expound, if they will, the Word of God, and having so entered, the said prior or sub-prior shall inquire in the manner accustomed at the visitations of bishops, without exacting an oath, upon two heads or articles, that is to say, whether there was daily celebrated the mass of the Blessed Mary the Virgin in the said monastery of Cirencester devoutly, and whether the chapter was held in the same every day for the correction of manners and regular observance. And the said prior or sub-prior may in manner aforesaid send any of the monks of Worcester as his commissary, with one monk and one secular clerk, who having entered the chapter-house, as aforesaid, shall first shew his commission and inquire upon the said articles. And if anything shall require correction such inquisitor or visitor shall shew the same to the abbot of Cirencester, or he being dead or impeded, to the elder of that place. The said prior or sub-prior or monk visiting in manner aforesaid shall receive 4 marks in the name of a proxy, and nothing more for all hospitality and other things whatsoever concerning such visitation, and the same prior, sub-prior or monk so visiting shall by no means lodge with his household and carriages in the same monastery, nor shall he exercise or exact anything further except by the special authority of the Apostolic See or of its legates; and the prior and chapter of Worcester declare that it shall be lawful to the abbot and convent of Cirencester to resist any visitation which shall be contrary to such composition. Saving to the said prior of Worcester all other jurisdiction and power by reason of his said office of official and administrator, as aforesaid. Dated by the prior and chapter aforesaid on 2 December, 1349, and by the abbot and convent aforesaid on the third of the Kalends of December, 1349.

Confirmation of the above composition by John, bishop of Worcester [1]. Dated at London, 1 March, 1349[-50].

Memorandum, that John atte Felde, of Leche Turville, had letters dimissory to the order of sub-deacon, under the title of the


[1] John de Thorseby enthroned January, 1349-50.

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monastery of the abbot and convent of Bruere, on the 30th of May, 1364.

Item, on the Wednesday next preceding, John Warde, chaplain, presented to the church of Haseleye by the prior and convent of St. Sepulchre of Warwick, and had letters of inquisition directed to the rector of Haselor', official of the archdeacon of Worcester.

Institution of W. Warde of W., priest, to the parish church of Haseley, vacant by the resignation of W. de Flaileston, at the presentation of the prior and convent of St. Sepulchre of Warwick.

Vacancy from the death of Thomas de Hemenhale, 21 Dec., 1338, to the enthronement of Wolstan de Bransford, April, 1339. [1]

[Fol. 145] Register concerning those things which were done in the See of Worcester, vacant by the death of Thomas de Hemenhale, bishop, on the day of St. Thomas the Apostle, A.D. 1338, and who died in his Castle of Hertlebury, and was buried in the cathedral church of Worcester on the day of St. John the Evangelist next following.

Intimation by Wulstan, prior, and the chapter of Worcester, to John, archbishop of Canterbury [2], of the death of Thomas, late the bishop, on 21 December, at Hertlebury, and requesting that, according to a composition made between Boniface, formerly archbishop of Canterbury, and the prior and chapter of Worcester, and confirmed by the Apostolic See, and brother John de Peckham, formerly archbishop of Canterbury, that he will appoint the said prior during the vacancy to take cognizance of causes belonging to the episcopal court, the institution and deprivation of clerks, the election, examination, and confirmation, and invalidating of the same and all other things which in the composition aforesaid more fully are contained. According to the same composition the said prior and chapter will be careful to answer to the archbishop of the issues and emoluments. Dated in the chapter of Worcester the pth of the Kalends of January, 1338[-9].


[1] This vacancy should precede the last.
[2] John Stratford.

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Intimation by Wulfstan, the prior, and chapter of Worcester, to the King Edward III. and to his eldest son, the Duke of Cornwall, of the death of the bishop, and praying for licence to elect a bishop. Sent by the hands of brother Simon Cromp, their monk, and Master William de Bergeveneye, their clerk. Dated in the chapter of Worcester, 24th of December, 1338.

Petition by John de Muchelneye, general proctor of the prior and chapter of Worcester, the See being vacant, to the Apostolic See, for the confirmation of the jurisdiction of the said prior and chapter in accordance with the abovesaid composition.

[Fol. 145d] Letter from the Prior of the cathedral church of Worcester, the See being vacant, intimating to the dean of Pershore, and all and singular the abbots, priors, rectors, and vicars in the said deanery, that, at the instance of Peter de Grote, his very special friend, he has appointed Hugh de Grote apparitor of the deanery. Dated at Worcester, the 7th of the Kalends of January, [1338-9].

Letter from the Prior of Worcester to William, perpetual vicar of the church of Beggesworth, of the deanery of Wynchecombe, enjoining him to exercise the office of dean of Wynchecombe faithfully and usefully as he had before done. Dated at Worcester, as above.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Kidderminster to sequestrate the goods of Master John de Careselle, late rector of the church of Kidderminster, now deceased. Dated at Worcester, as above.

Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the sub-prior and chapter of Worcester, declaring his intention to make visitation of the chapter of the monastery and the city, clergy and people of the deanery of Worcester, on Wednesday next. Dated at Worcester, as above.

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parishes, to appear before him at his visitation of the deanery on Thursday next in the cathedral church of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, as above.

Mandate by the Prior to the Dean of Poyvvyk to cite the clergy and people of his deanery to appear before him at his visitation in the parish church of Powyk on Saturday the morrow of the Circumcision. Dated at Worcester, the 7th of the Kalends of January, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 146d] Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the official of the archdeacon of Worcester, upon the complaint of the prior and convent of the Blessed Mary of Stodley, appropriators of the church of Cokton, enjoining him to go to the said church and other neighbouring churches, and there publicly before the parishioners admonish Richard Attenashe, perpetual vicar of the church of Cokton, to return to his vicarage within a month and reside there under penalty of the law, and to cite him to appear before the said prior in the cathedral church of Worcester, to shew cause why he should not be removed from the said church. Dated at Worcester, the 5th of the Kalends of January, 1338[-9].

Letter from the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester to King Edward III., acknowledging the receipt of a writ witnessed by Edward, Duke of Cornwall, at Berkhampsted, on 26 January, 12 Edward III., summoning the prior and archdeacons of Worcester by themselves, and the chapter of Worcester by one proctor, and the clergy by two proctors, to appear at the parliament to be held at Westminster on the morrow of St. Hilary. Which writ the keeper aforesaid will diligently execute. Dated at Worcester, 26 January.

[Fol. 147] Certificate by the dean of Christianity of Worcester that he had received the mandate of Nicholas Morice, sub-prior of Worcester, the official of the prior, dated the 3rd of the Ides of January, enjoining him to summon certain persons in a schedule annexed [1] to appear before the said prior, himself or other


[1] Schedule not given.

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commissary, in the cathedral church of Worcester, on the 12th of the Kalends of February next to come, to answer for contumacies and to receive punishment, and had cited them. Dated at Worcester, the 11th of the Kalends of February, as above.

Letter from the official of Worcester to John, archbishop of Canterbury, reciting that on the 7th of the Ides of January he had received the letter of Adam Murymouth, vicar-general of John, archbishop of Canterbury, and canon of London, dated at London the 4th of the Nones of January, 1338[-9], commanding him to sequestrate the goods of Thomas, late bishop of Worcester, who is said to have died intestate, and to cite the executors of his will, if he made any, to appear in the church of the Blessed Mary of Aldermaricherch, London, and the said official certifies that Sir William Trussel, Knight, the escheator and his sub-escheator, had already sequestrated the late bishop's goods by reason of a debt to the King. It is not known whether the late bishop made a will or appointed executors. Although he has enquired in whose possession the seals of the bishop were at the time of his death, he cannot truly certify. It is said by some of the household of the bishop that the seals are in the possession of Master Andrew Offord, the late bishop's chancellor, but as he resides outside the diocese of Worcester he cannot cite him. Dated at Worcester, &c.

Proclamation by Wulfstan, prior, and the chapter of Worcester (brothers Simon Crompe and John de Westbury, who were absent on lawful business, only excepted), reciting that Thomas de Emenhale, formerly bishop of Worcester, having died on the feast of St. Thomas at the castle of Hertlebury, and having been buried in the cathedral church of Worcester on the feast of St. John the apostle and evangelist, that on that present Sunday next after the Circumcision they had fixed the Monday following for the election of a future bishop; and that they had deputed brother R. de Clifton, precentor of their church, to cite the absent monks.

[Fol. 148] Proclamation by Robert, bishop of Chichester [1], vicar-general of John, archbishop of Canterbury, to the archdeacon of


[1] Robert of Stratford, 1337-1362.

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Worcester or his official, reciting the election of Wulstan, prior of the cathedral church of Worcester, as bishop, and ordering him to cite opposers to the election before the said archbishop on the next law day after the feast of St. Scolastica, the Virgin, in the parish church of Maydestone in the diocese of Canterbury. Dated at Aumbrele, the I4th of the Kalends of February, 1338[-9].

Letters dimissory by the prior, &c., for Sir Thomas de Pyriton, rector of the church of Derseleye, deacon of the diocese of Worcester, to be promoted to the order of deacon (sic) by any Catholic bishop, notwithstanding he was beneficed in the diocese of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, the 8th of the Ides of January, 1338[-9].

Mandate from the sub-prior of the cathedral church of Worcester, commissary general and special of the prior of the same place, to the dean of Wych to cite certain persons, whose names are mentioned in a schedule annexed [1], to appear before the prior in the church of S. Augustin of Dodurhull, next Wych, on the 1st of February next to come, to answer upon matters concerning the correction of their souls according to what appeared at the visitation in the said deanery, and also to exhibit the letters, instruments, and muniments that they had not exhibited at the said visitation. Further he is to cite all executors of wills not yet proved to appear before the prior to exhibit and prove such wills. Dated at Worcester, the 11th of the Kalends of February, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 148d] Security by Thomas Aleyn of Compton Magna, who had lately been instituted to the perpetual vicarage of the church of St. Thomas of Great Malvern, in the diocese of Worcester, at the presentation of the prior and convent of Malvern, patrons of the said vicarage, on the removal of Thomas de Blourton, the former vicar, that he has sworn to preserve the prior and subprior of Worcester indemnified against the said Thomas de Blourton. Dated at Worcester, the 12th of the Kalends of February, i338[-9]. Letters testimonial by the Prior of Worcester that the register of Thomas de Cobham, formerly bishop of Worcester [2], having been


[1] Schedule not given. [2] 1317-1327.

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searched, it was found that Richard de Bretforton, acolyte, of the diocese of Worcester, was ordained sub-deacon by Robert, bishop of Clonfert [1], on Saturday quatnor temporum, after the feast of St. Lucy the Virgin, 1323, in the church of St. Gregory of Croppethorn, in the place and by the authority of the said bishop of Worcester; that he was ordained deacon by the same bishop of Clonfert on Saturday, on which is sung the office Socientes, that is to say, the day before the Kalends of April, 1324, in a place exempt in the church of the Friars Minors of Gloucester to the title of patrimony; and that on Saturday quatnor temporum on the Vigil of Holy Trinity, 1324, in the conventual church of Wynchecumb, the same bishop ordained him priest. Dated at Worcester, the 12th of the Kalends of February, in the abovesaid year.

Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Kidderminster stating that he proposes to visit the parish church of Hales on the 4th of the Kalends of February next to come, and the clergy and people of the residue of the deanery in the parish church of Kydermenster on the 3rd of the Kalends of February, and ordering the said dean to cite the abbot and convent of Hales appropriators of the said parish church, and the said clergy and people, to appear before him in the respective churches on the above-named days to shew their privileges, instruments, muniments, &c. Dated at Worcester, the Nones of January, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 149] Writ from Edward III. to the keeper of the spirituality of the episcopate of Worcester to certify, before the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary next to come, how much of the wool granted by the late bishop and the clergy of the diocese of Worcester in the last parliament at Westminster, in accordance with the grant made in the great Council held at Northampton, had been collected in the said diocese, the number of sacks of wool, and where and in whose hands the wool is known to be. Witness, Edward, Duke of Cornwall, &c., at Windsor, 26 December, 12 Edward III.

Certificate of the keeper of the spirituality of Worcester to the King, that he has found no wool collected and could not know from


[1] Clonfert in Ireland.

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whom the wool ought to be collected or levied, as the names of those who granted it do not appear, but that he has received another writ, with a schedule enclosed, containing the names of the religious men owing the wool, which writ he will endeavour to execute with all possible diligence. Dated at Worcester, 26 January, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 149d] Confirmation by brother Nicholas Morice, sub-prior of Worcester, commissary general of the prior of the same place, of the election of brother W. de Wylton as prior of the House of regular canons of St. Sepulchre, Warwick, in the diocese of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, the 5th of the Ides of January, in the year abovesaid.

Institution by the sub-prior of Worcester of Thomas Aleyn of Cumpton Magna, priest, to the perpetual vicarage of the church of St. Thomas of Great Malvern, in the diocese of Worcester, at the presentation of the prior and convent of Malvern the true patrons. Dated at Worcester, the 2oth of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid.

Mandate by the sub-prior of Worcester to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester or his locum tenens to induct Thomas Aleyn of Cumpton Magna into possession of the above-named vicarage. Dated at Worcester, the 15th of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid.

Item, the said Thomas Aleyn of Cumpton Magna, priest, was instituted into the perpetual vicarage of the Church of St. Thomas of Great Malvern on the 15th of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid, and swore to make personal residence according to the form of the constitution.

Letters testimonial by the Prior of Worcester that Philip de Wytlaxford had been ordained to all holy orders. Dated at Worcester, the 13th of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid.

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Item, on the same day Roger de Midelton, rector of the church of Broxwell, obtained letters dimissory to the orders of sub-deacon and deacon.

Licence by the prior to Robert, sub-deacon, rector of the church of Severnestock, to be promoted to the orders of subdeacon and priest by any bishop, notwithstanding he was beneficed in the diocese of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, the 8th of the Ides of January, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 150] Letter by the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Pershore reciting that he had lately visited the chapter, city and deanery of Worcester, and ordering him to cite all whom it concerns to appear before him at his visitation of the residue of the diocese, on Tuesday next after the feast of the Epiphany next to come, in the church of St. Andrew of Pershore, in the year abovesaid. Letters testimonial by the Prior of Worcester stating that he has examined the register of Adam, late bishop of Worcester [1], and finds that Anthony Fossour, priest, was instituted by Adam de Harwynton, vicar-general of the said bishop, perpetual vicar of Aston Canntelow, in the diocese of Worcester, at the presentation of Robert Manduyt, then rector of the church of Aston and true patron of the vicarage. Dated at Worcester.

Declaration by the Prior of Worcester that the abbot and convent of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Cirencester, of the order of St. Augustine, in the diocese of Worcester, had sufficiently shewn at his visitation of the diocese their title to the parish churches of St. John, Cirencester, Cheltenham, the Blessed Mary of Aumeneye, Driffeld, and Preston, with the chapels annexed to the same, and also their right to receive a portion of the tithes within the parish churches of Cotes and Harnhull, and an annual pension of half a mark from the perpetual vicar of the church of Driffeld.

Sentence of deprivation delivered by the sub-prior of Worcester upon Thomas de Blourton, vicar of the church of St. Thomas of


[1] Adam Orleton, 1328-1333.

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Great Malvern, of his vicarage for not having returned and resided in the same as he had been enjoined. Dated in the cathedral church of Worcester, the 3rd of the Ides of January, 1338.

[Fol. 150d] Intimation by the sub-prior of Worcester to the prior and convent of Great Malvern of tha above sentence of deprivation, and authorising them as the true patrons of the vicarage of St. Thomas of Great Malvern to present a fit parson. Dated at Worcester, the 3rd of the Ides of January, in the year abovesaid.

Notification by the Prior of Worcester to the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester, that he proposes to visit the clergy and people of the deanery of Gloucester in the church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester, on the Ides of January next to come, the clergy and people of the deanery of Cirencester and Fayreford in the church of St. John of Cirencester, on the Friday following, the clergy and people of the deanery of Stonhouse in the parish church of Tetebury on the following Saturday, those of the deaneries of Haukesbury and Button in the parish church of Market Sobbury on the following Monday, the clergy and people of the deanery of Bristol in the church of St. Augustine the Less on the following Tuesday, and the clergy and people of the deanery of Derseleye in the parish church of Thornebury on Thursday next ensuing, to enquire into crimes, excesses and defaults committed, and to correct and reform errors, and commanding the said official to cite the said clergy and people to appear before him on the days and in the places named. Dated at Worcester, the 4th of the Nones of January, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 151] Commission by the official of the court of Canterbury, in the absence of John, archbishop of Canterbury [l], in foreign parts, to the Prior of Worcester, appointing him, during the vacancy of the See, to exercise all episcopal jurisdiction and power in the city and diocese of Worcester, according to the form and effect of a composition between Boniface, formerly archbishop of Canterbury,


[1] John Stratford.

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on the one part, and the prior and chapter of Worcester on the other. Dated at London, the 4th of the Kalends of January, 1338[-9].

Presentation by the King of John de Charneles, clerk, to the church of Tredynton in the diocese of Worcester. Witness, Edward, Duke of Cornwall, Keeper of England, at Berchamstede, 4 January, 12 Edward III.

Presentation by the King of Stephen de Grenebarwe to the vicarage of the church of Feckynham, in the diocese of Worcester, in the King's gift, by reason of the temporalities of the abbey of Lyra [l] being in his hands on account of the war with France. Witness, Edward, Duke of Cornwall, &c., Keeper of England, at Berkhamsted, 12 January, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 151d] Commission by the Prior of Worcester to A. de B., sub-prior, Robert de Clifton, precentor, and Simon Crumpe, sacristan of the cathedral church, and also to brother J. de Westbury, monks, or three, two or one of them, to visit the clergy and people of the whole diocese of Worcester, abbeys, priories, hospitals, monasteries, parish churches, chapels, oratories, and other collegiate places not yet visited by him, and to enquire concerning the state of all persons, correct, punish, and reform defaults, excesses and crimes, if they shall find any not corrected, institute, displace, appoint, and remove beneficed clerks, receive canonical obedience, examine, confirm and invalidate elections, commit the administration of both spiritual and temporal affairs to those confirmed, and to proceed in all causes pending or already commenced in the consistory court and without, and bring them to a due end; and further, to demand clerks arraigned before the King's justices, and retain them in safe custody, and canonically free those shut up in the episcopal gaol, grant letters dimissory, admit resignations of benefices, authorize changes of ecclesiastical benefices, and to do all other things which by the authority of the Court of Canterbury, the See being vacant, it was competent for the said prior to do. Dated at Worcester, the 8th of the Ides of January, in the year abovesaid.


[1] The abbey of Lyra was in Normandy.

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Commission by Wulstan, Prior of Worcester, to Roger, bishop of Coventry and Lichfield [l], to arrange the matter of exchange of benefices between Thomas de Leminton, perpetual vicar of the church of Market Kyngton, in the diocese of Worcester, and Henry, perpetual vicar of the church of Leminton Priors, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, and to institute the said Henry to the church of Kyngton at the presentation of the prior and convent of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Kenelworth. Dated at Worcester, as above.

[Fol. 152] Mandate by the Prior to the official of the archdeacon of Worcester to cite the said archdeacon to be present in the parliament to be held at Westminster on the morrow of the Purification, also to cite all the clergy of the archdeaconry of Worcester to appear before him in the cathedral church on the morrow of St. Vincent the Martyr next to come, to elect two proxies to be sent for them to the said parliament. Dated at Worcester, the 3rd of the Nones of January, in the year abovesaid.

Institution of John de London, priest, rector of the church of Doynton, in the diocese of Worcester, at the presentation of the prior and convent of the priory of Lantony, next Gloucester. Dated at Worcester, the 3rd of the Nones of January, in the year abovesaid.

Order for the induction of the said John to the same church by the official of the archdeacon of Gloucester. Dated as above.

Mandate from the Prior to the official of the archdeacon of Worcester on the authority of a mandate, dated at London, 30 December, 1338, from Master Bernard Sistr', canon of the church of Hilary Poitou, and Nuncio of the Apostolic See in England, to keep in safe custody all the goods of Thomas, formerly bishop of Worcester, sequestrated by the said Nuncio, for the Peter's pence, and great and divers quantities of money which he owed to the Chamber of the Pope, and had hitherto delayed to pay, to the prejudice of the said Chamber; and to certify before Sunday next after the feast of the Epiphany next to come, what he has


[1] Roger de Norbury, 1322-1359.

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done in the premisses, the quality and quantity of the goods, and the value of the same. Dated at Worcester, the 3rd of the Nones of January, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 152d] Certificate of the Prior of Worcester to Master Bernard Sistr', nuncio of the Apostolic See, of the receipt of the above mandate on 2 January, and that he had given commands to the officials of the archdeacons of Worcester and Gloucester to collect all the goods of Thomas, the late bishop, but that, three days before the date of the mandate, Sir William Trussel, Knight, the escheator, by reason of the large sum of money due to the King by the said bishop, had by royal authority sequestrated, taken, and removed the said goods, so that no one on his part could lay hands on them, nor could he give any information concerning the quantity and nature of the same. Dated at Worcester, the 8th of the Ides of January, in the year abovesaid.

Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the prior and convent of the monastery of Stodleye, of the order of St. Augustine, in the diocese of Worcester, to appear before him on Friday next after the feast of St. Hilary next to come, in their chapter-house, to undergo his visitation, and on the Thursday preceding to certify him at Terdebigg' by their letters patent the names and surnames of all the canons regular and the lay brethren (fratrum conversorum) of their house. Dated at Worcester, the 3rd of the Nones of January, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 153] Mandate to brother Robert de Clifton, their monk and precentor of the cathedral church, by the prior and chapter of Worcester assembled this Monday the next after the Circumcision, 1338[-9], for the election of a future bishop, to admonish all excommunicated, suspended, and interdicted persons among them, if any there be, which God forbid, and others who ought not of right to be present at such election, to depart from their chapter to permit the others freely to elect. Dated at the chapter on the year and day aforesaid in the capitular hour of that day.

Warning by A. de B., monk of the cathedral church of Worcester, in his own name and in the name of all and singular of the chapter,

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to all excommunicated, suspended, and interdicted persons, and others who ought not of right to be present at the above election to depart from the chapter.

Proclamation by Wulstan, prior, and the chapter of Worcester, that Thomas de Hemenhale, their bishop, having died on the day of St. Thomas the Apostle, 1338, and having obtained the King's licence to elect a pastor, and being assembled in their chapter on Sunday next after the feast of the Circumcision in the same year, they treated concerning the date of the election of a future pastor, and that with the assent of all present they appointed Monday next after the said feast of the Circumcision, with continuation and prorogation of the following days, for the said election in their chapter; and that so assembled at the close of the sermon, the Holy Spirit having been invoked and the constitution of the general council read, due deliberation being had, it pleased one and all of their chapter to proceed to make this election "by way of compromise", wherefore without a dissentient voice they elected A. de B., E. de C., and O. de N. compromisers, and gave them and the greater part of them full power, for themselves or the others, to provide a pastor, and promised that they would receive him as bishop and pastor whom the said compromisers might see good to elect. In witness whereof, &c.

[Fol. 153d] Commission by brother Nicholas Morice, sub-prior of Worcester, commissary of the prior, to the official of the archdeacon of Worcester, and Robert de Staverton, perpetual portioner of the church of St. Nicholas of Warwick, in the diocese of Worcester, reciting that he had confirmed the election of brother William de Wylton as prior of the regular church (ecclesice regularis) of St. Sepulchre of Warwick, of the order of St. Augustine, and instituted him in the same, and appointing them or either of them to install him as prior of the said church. Dated at Worcester, the 5th of the Ides of January, in the year abovesaid.

Memorandum, that on Saturday next after the feast of the Epiphany, to wit, on the 5th of the Ides of January, 1338[-9], in the chapel of St. Thomas in the cathedral church of Worcester, the see being vacant, a certain Walter de Wolkesheye, clerk, proctor

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of brother William Hereward, abbot of Cirencester, made canonical obedience in the name of his lord, to the Prior of Worcester, before brother Nicholas Morice, sub-prior and commissary of the said prior, for receiving canonical obedience from any subjects of the diocese of Worcester, and that the same sub-prior, with the consent of the said proctor, appointed Wednesday after the feast of St. Wulfstan to treat finally concerning the act of visitation in the Monastery of Cirencester to be exercised by the said prior, in the cathedral church, with those of the chapter of the same, there being present, Master John de Usk, rector of the church of Hanbury, next Wyche, Peter de Avebury, Henry de Neubold, Henry Tankard, and Thomas de Alston, and brothers Robert de Clifton, precentor, Henry Fouck', Simon Crump', sacristan, John Westbury, Nicholas de Stanlack, Robert de Weston, cellarer, and other monks of the cathedral church.

[Fol. 154] Mandate by brother Nicholas Morice, sub-prior of Worcester, to the prior of the church of Wawenes Wotton, and rector of the same, in the diocese of Worcester, to pay the proxy of 4 marks before the feast of the Purification next to come to the Prior of Worcester, by reason of the late visitation of the said church. Dated at Worcester, the nth of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid.

Mandate by the sub-prior of Worcester to the prior of the conventual church of Kenilworth and convent of the same place, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, to pay 4 marks proxy for visitation to the prior and chapter of Worcester, before the feast of the Purification next to come, by reason of the church of Dudiford, in the diocese of Worcester, being appropriated and united to him and his conventual church. Dated at Worcester, the 11th of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid.

Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the abbot and convent of Tewkesbury, notifying his intention to visit their monastery on the 4th of the Kalends of February next to come, and commanding the said abbot and his monastery to appear before him in their chapter on the above-named date, their scholars studying at the University alone excepted; also to certify him as to names and

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surnames of the brethren on the morrow of the Conversion of St. Paul, in the monastery at Wynchecumbe. Dated at Worcester, the Nones of January, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 154d] Notification by Robert de Clifton, precentor of the cathedral church of Worcester, by authority of the prior of the same church, to Roger, perpetual vicar of the church of Bremesgrave, in the diocese of Worcester, that in his visitation of the deanery of Wyche, which he had lately made by the authority of the Prior of Worcester, very many rectors and vicars intimated to him that their lay parishioners, asserting that the trees growing in the churchyards (cemeteriis) were wholly at their disposition, cut the same down without licence of the said rectors and vicars, and did not permit, nay even openly prohibited, their rectors and vicars to meddle with such trees, or to make use of them for the repairs of chancels when they should be in need, unless the consent and licence of the parishioners had been given. Considering that the premises cannot be sustained by right, or the longest custom cannot run against the institutes of the sacred canons, whereby it is provided that no faculty of disposing of ecclesiastical goods should be presumed to the laity, but was altogether interdicted, and which same custom is accounted vain. And whereas every churchyard being specially dedicated to God is the soil of the church, and consequently the trees planted in it must be numbered among the ecclesiastical property and faculties, and that it was provided by many constitutions of the holy fathers that all who impeded the ecclesiastical liberty under whatsoever plea, or took anything away from ecclesiastical places without the will of the lords thereof, especially from sacred places and those dedicated to God, as from churches and churchyards, should be considered as involved in the sentence of the greater excommunication and rightly considered sacrilegious. Wherefore the said Roger is commanded openly and publicly, in his church and the other churches of the deanery of Wyche, on Sundays and festivals between the solemn services of the mass, whilst the greater multitude of the parishioners are present, to admonish and persuade the said parishioners to abstain from all such vain and damnable presumption, and competently to satisfy for their offences the churches and their ministers whom they have not feared to prejudice, within 15 days

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from the time of such admonition, and if they will not take heed to obey the said admonition publicly and solemnly to proclaim them as excommunicated. Dated at Worcester, the Ides of February, in the year abovesaid.

Act of purgation by the sub-prior of Worcester for John Strongmow of Upton, clerk, charged before the Justices of the King with the crime of robbing Alice ate Mulne, John de Brocton, and Margery, daughter of the said Alice, of woollen cloths and other goods, to the value of 40s., and of feloniously killing the same persons at Driffeld, on Monday before the feast of St. John before the Latin gate, 10 Edward III., and yet for some time shut in the prison of the ordinary of the place, proclamation having been made and no one opposing the same purgation. The above was done on the 14th of the Kalends of March in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 155] Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the official of the archdeacon of Gloucester to sequestrate the ecclesiastical goods of the late rector of the church of Risindon Magna, to the value of the defects which at the time of his death he left unrepaired in the chancel, books, ornaments, and buildings, and in the dwelling-house of the rectory, which defects were notified by Robert de Teynton, the present rector.

Notification by Robert de Clifton, precentor of the cathedral church of Worcester, and commissary general of the prior of the same, that in his visitation of the city and diocese of Worcester he had found that the prior and monks of the priory of Duddeleye of the Cluniac order in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, had for some time without sufficient title taken an annual pension of 6 marks from the parish church of Northfeld, in the diocese of Worcester, and from John de Chastiloun, rector of the same; that he had cited the said prior and monks to prove their right to take the said annual pension, and because they had refused to appear he had pronounced them in contempt and sequestrated the 6 marks into the hands of the same rector; moreover that he had inhibited the said John, the rector, by John Maysei, priest, his proctor, from paying the said annual pension to the religious

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of Duddeleye, without the mandate of the prior of Worcester, under pain of the greater excommunication. Dated at Worcester, the 15th of the Kalends of March,

[Fol. 155d] Declaration by Robert de Clifton, precentor of the cathedral church of Worcester, that William, perpetual vicar of Aldermeston, in the diocese of Worcester, who had appeared before him in his late visitation of the deanery of Kyneton, had been instituted and inducted into his vicarage in form of law; notwithstanding the charge, he had not taken the oath of personal and continual residence in the same according to the constitutions of the Apostolic See. Dated at Wolford Magna, on the 3rd of the Ides of February, 1338[-9].

Memorandum, that the Prior of Worcester visited the chapter of the same on the 3rd of the Kalends of January, 1338[-9].

Item, on the 2nd of the Kalends of January, in the same year, he visited the clergy and people of the city and deanery of Worcester in the cathedral church.

Item, on the 3rd of the Nones of January he visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Poywyck, in the parish church of Poywyck, and took 3 marks in the name of procuration.

Item, on the 2nd of the Ides of January, in the same year, Robert de Clifton, commissary of the said prior, visited the clergy and people of the whole deanery of Pershore in the church of St. Andrew of the same.

[Fol. 156] Item, on the 19th of the Kalends of February, in the same year, the same brother Robert visited the clergy and people of the whole deanery of Wyche at Terdebygg in the parish church of the same, and took 4 marks in the name of procuration due by the same church.

Item, on the 18th of the Kalends of February, in the same year, the same brother Robert visited the priory of Stodleye and was there provided with food and drink.

Item, on the 15th of the Kalends of February, in the same year, the same brother Robert visited the abbey of Alincestr', and was there provided with food and drink.

Item, on the 17th of the Kalends of February, in the same year,

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the same brother Robert visited the clergy and people of the whole deanery of Warwyck in the parish church of Wavenes Wotton.

Item, on the 14th of the Kalends of February, in the same year, the same commissary visited the priory of Cockhull, and was there provided with drink.

Item, on the 12th of the Kalends of February brother Nicholas dc Stanlack, commissary of the prior, visited the hospital of St. Wulstan, Worcester.

Item, on the 11th of the Kalends of February brother Nicholas visited the hospital of St. Oswald.

Item, on the day of the Conversion of St. Paul, in the same year, the monastery of the nuns of Wyston was visited.

Item, on the day of St. Vincent the Martyr, in the same year, the clergy and people of the deanery of Campedene were visited in the church of Campedene by the said commissary.

Item, on the morrow of the said feast the church of Wykewane, and there they received 4 marks.

Item, on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the deanery of Wynchecumbe at Wynchecumbe.

Item, on the Morrow of the said feast the church of Dedibrock, and there he received 4 marks.

Item, on the 4th of the Kalends of February the abbey of Teukesbury, by brothers Simon Crompe and John de Westbury, and they were provided with food and drink.

Item, on the same day the parish church of Hales.

Item, on the 3rd of the Kalends of February the deanery of Kedermestr', in the parish church of Kedermestr'.

Item, on the 3rd of the Nones of February the abbey of Pershore.

Item, on the day before the Nones of February the abbey of Wynchecumbe.

Item, on Monday next after the feast of the Purification the priory of Little Malvern, and were provided with food and drink.

Item, on Tuesday next following the monastery of St. Peter, Gloucester, and were there provided with food and drink.

Item, on Wednesday, the feast of St. Scolastica, the priory of Lantony, next Gloucester, and there they were provided with food and drink.

Item, on Friday next after the said feast the monastery of

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St. Augustine of Bristol, and there they were provided with food and drink.

Item, on Saturday next following the house of St. Mark of Bristol, and there they were provided with food and drink as guests, and as visitors received 2 marks, half a mark of which they returned to the master and brethren.

Item, on Monday next following the house of St. James of Bristol.

Item, on Saturday next after the feast of the Purification the monastery of Wroxhale.

Item, on Sunday next following the monastery of Pinnele [1].

[Fol. 156d] Item, on Tuesday then following the house of St. Sepulchre of Warwick.

Item, on Thursday next after the feast of St. Scolastica the deanery of Kyncton, in the church of Wolvorde Magna, and on Friday then next following the deanery of Stowe, in the church of Stowe.

Visitation made in the archdeaconry of Gloucester at the time of the vacancy of the episcopal see, 1338, by brother John de Westbury, monk of Worcester, and Master H. de Neubold, clerk, commissaries of the prior of Worcester.

First, visitation of the clergy and people of the deanery of Gloucester, in the church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester, by the said commissaries on the day of St. Hilary in the abovesaid year.

Item, the deanery of Cyrencester, Fayreford, in the church of St. John, Cyrencester, on Friday then next following.

Item, the deanery of Stonhous, in the parish church of Tettebury, on Saturday then next following.

Item, the deanery of Bristol, in the church of St. Augustine-the- Less, on Tuesday, to wit, on the feast of St. Wulstan, bishop and confessor.

Item, the deanery of Dersle, in the parish church of Thornbury, on Thursday next after the feast of St. Wulstan the bishop.

Item, on the same day they visited the house of St. Mark of Bristol, and after midday meal the houses of St. Bartholomew and St. Mary Magdalene.


[1] Pinley, co. Warr'.

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Item, the parish church of Derhurst, on Saturday next after the feast of St. Valentine.

Memorandum, that on Saturday next after the feast of St. Scolastica, brother John de Westbury visited the house of St. Mark de Belleswycke, next Bristol, in chief and members, and received 2 marks in name of procuration; and because the master and brethren provided him, his clerks, and servants, with food and drink as guests, not as visitors, the said John returned half a mark, under such protest, however, that if the prior of Worcester did not see good to allow the said donation, the master shall without delay send the half mark by his faithful messenger to Worcester to the said prior.

William le Walche of Tessale, rector of the church of St. Lawrence, Warwick, had letters dimissory to all holy orders.

Richard le Solers, rector of the chapel of Shipton, to the order of deacon.

Richard Girnvile, rector of the church of St. Peter of Bristol, to the order of deacon.

John de Stock Giffard, to the order of deacon.

Henry le Harpour of Ippesleye, to the order of priest.

William Wyxi of Derseley, to the order of sub-deacon.

John le Botiler of Poywyck, to the order of priest.

Thomas de Segrave, to the orders of acolyte and sub-deacon.

[Fol. 157] A religiouses dames, dame Agnes de Broy, priouresse de Wroxhale et Covent de meme le lu de la dyocise de Wyrcestr', Robert de Clyfton, chaunteur de laglise cathedrale de Wyrcestr', commissar' general le priour de Wyrcestr' official et administrour de la espuritualite du cite et la diocise de Wyrcestr' le See vacaunte, Saluz en Dieuz. Cum nadgers en notre visitacioun a Wroxhale trovames acunes choses entre vous a redresser et a mender a lonour et pleysaunce de Deu e honestete de votre religioun e saluz de voz ames, si avums certeins ordinaunces et enjunxiouns fetz resonables et acordauns a ley solum le tenour ge ensut. Premcrementes en noun de Dieu le Pere le Fiez et le Seynt Espirit commaundoums et enjoynums a vous totez en vertu de obedience Ke deshore en avant en lenclostre et en la esglise, freytour, et dortour, tenoz silence selon volre rule de Scynt Benct meuz en ces houres avez fet, et

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cessez de tensouns, de reproves, et de vileynes paroulez et de desordenes veiles a pres corfu, e ge nule de vous sur peyne de escumengement parle en reproce ne en vilenie de votre seour dame Margaret de Acton la gele nous avum duvvement correct des choses queux nous aveums de luy a correcter e donums et grantoums a vous dame priouresse pleyn power dabregger sa penaunce solum sa contricioun quel houre ge vous veiez ge il seyt a fere, et vous emouvums dame prioresse ge vous ne seyez mes si legere de doner licence a voz soers de isser la encloystre et nomement la priourie cume vous avez este en ces houres saunz verreye ct resonable en chesun, et cause, et dans ge deux jeuenes ne issent poynt en semble pur male suspecioun ge de ceo purra legerement sourdre ke Dieuz defcnt. E ge vous dame prioresse et vous souzprioresse seez pluz diligentz damender les mesprisiuns desordeynes de vos soers ge en ces houres navez este, et fetez ge lez deuz parties du covent a meyns mangent checun jour en le refreytour et ge entre sy et la feste seynt Johan le Baptist nuyle seculere magne en le refreytour par la resoun de la penaunce en jounte a acun de vos soers taunt ge a tenz temps pur esclaundre eschure ge de lur presence purreyt de leger encrestre. Estre ceo vous commaundums totes et fermement cnjoynums ge vous ne eyez nule servaunte entre vous del age cle dusse auns et de plus et ge vous eyez un ordinal de votre service saunz demere on delay parconse, e ge rien ne seyt souz tret de [1] la sustinaunce et livere duwe et custumable de la dite dame Margaret par resoun de sa penaunce par nous a luy enjoyunte, e ge le dames ne voisent mes apee a Covyntr' ne a Warrwyck cum eles ount fet desordenement en ces houres e ge touz les huys de lencloystre au soun de corfu seyent ferme de clef par la vuwe de vous dame suzprieresse si ge nule dame ise ne entre lencloystre a pres corfu saunz graunt cause et saunz la presence de la prioresse ou la suzprioresse suz greve peyne gi seira enjoynte a cele gi le fra, a pres ces houres e ge nule home seculer ne seyt de nuytauntre dc denz la porte vers la enfermerie apres corfu sone, e ge apres ces houres facez serveyr al covent par la fenestie del freytour hors de la cusine cum apcnt a gcnz de religioun sour peyne ke apent en temoinance.

[TRANSLATION.]

Robert de Clyfton, precentor of the cathedral church of Worcester, Commissary General of the Prior of Worcester, the Official

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and administrator of the spirituality of the city and diocese of Worcester, the see being vacant, to the religious ladies, lady Agnes de Broy, prioress of Wroxhale and the Convent of the same place, in the Diocese of Worcester, salutation in God. Whereas lately in our visitation at Wroxhale we found certain things among you to redress and amend to the honour and glory of God, and the integrity of your religion, and the health of your souls, so we have made certain reasonable ordinances and injunctions, according to law after the tenor which follows. Firstly, in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we command and enjoin you all by virtue of obedience, that from henceforth in the cloister, and in the church, the frater and the dormitory, you keep silence according to your rule of St. Benedict, better than you have hitherto done, and that you cease from brawling, reproofs and bad words, and from disorderly vigils after curfew, and that none of you under pain of excommunication speak reproachfully or abusively of your sister lady Margaret Acton, whom we have duly corrected for the things for which we had to correct her, and we give and grant to you, lady prioress, full power to abridge her penance according to her contrition at such time as you see good to do so; and we exhort you, lady prioress, not to be so thoughtless as to give permission to your sisters to go out of the cloister, and particularly the priory, as you have hitherto done, without true and reasonable occasion and cause, and, moreover, that two young sisters shall not go out together for fear of evil suspicion which might thereby easily arise, which God forbid; and that you, lady prioress, and you, sub-prioress, be more diligent to amend the disorderly conduct of your sisters than you have hitherto been, and arrange that two parts of the convent at least eat every day in the frater, and that between now and the feast of St. John the Baptist no layman shall eat in the frater because of the penance enjoined on each of your sisters for all that time, in order to avoid slander, which by his presence might easily grow. Moreover we command all and firmly enjoin you that you have no servant among you of the age of twelve years and more, and that you have an ordinal of your service without waiting or delay, and that nothing be taken from the due and customary sustenance and livelihood of the said lady Margaret by reason of the penance enjoined on her by us, and that the ladies never go on foot to Coventry or

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Warwick, as, against the rules, they have hitherto done, and that all the doors of the cloister be locked at the sound of curfew by view of you, lady sub-prioress, so that no lady shall go out or enter the cloister after curfew without grave reason, and without the presence of the prioress or sub-prioress, under a heavy penalty, which shall be inflicted on her who shall do so after that time; and that no layman in the night-time be within the door leading to the infirmary after curfew sounds, and that after that time you shall have the convent served from the kitchen by the window of the frater, as is fitting for religious persons, under fit penance. In witness whereof, &c.

Mandate by the sub-prior of Worcester to the prioress and convent of the monastery of Wyston, next Worcester, to appear before him in their chapter on the 5th of the Kalends of February next to come, there to undergo his visitation, and to summon any sisters that may be absent to be present. Dated at Worcester, the 11th of the Kalends of February, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 157d] Presentation by the King, by reason of the wardship of the heir of Edmund de Mortimer, of John de Caumpeden, vicar of the church of Terdebigg, to the church of Odingleye, vacant by reason of an exchange with Warin, parson of Odingleye. Dated at Kenyngton, 5 February, 13 Edward III.

Presentation by the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of Bordesleye of the said Warin, rector of the church of Oddyngleye, to the church of Terdebigg. Dated in the chapter at Bordesleye, the 4th of the Nones of February, 1338[-9].

Presentation by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, of Master Thomas de Lench, clerk, to the deanery of the collegiate church of the Blessed Mary, Warwick. Dated at London, 10 February, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 158] Presentation by the prior of the monastery and convent of the Blessed Mary, Kenilleworth, of Henry, vicar of the church of Lemynton in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, to the vicarage of Kyntton, in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by reason of an exchange with Thomas, vicar of the same. Dated

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in the chapter at Kenilleworth on Tuesday next after the feast of the Nativity, 1338.

Certificate from Roger [1], bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, that in accordance with the Prior of Worcester's letter, he has examined and approved the causes of the above exchange, and instituted the said Henry to the vicarage of Kyntton, but has, as instructed, reserved his induction to the prior. Dated at Eccleshale, the 19th of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid.

Certificate by the Archdeacon of Gloucester that he had executed the mandate of the Prior of Worcester to cite any who desired to oppose the purgation of John Strongmow of Brocton, a clerk convicted of theft and homicide before the king's justices, and imprisoned, according to ecclesiastical liberty, in the prison of the bishop of Worcester at Worcester, the said prior considering the laudable life and conversation of the said John before the defamation aforesaid and his innocence in the premises by the testimony of faithful witnesses. Dated at Worcester on the morrow of the feast of St. Valentine, early in the morning, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 158d] Certificate by the dean of Kyneton to the Prior of Worcester, that, in accordance with the prior's letter, he had executed his mandate publicly to proclaim that if any opposed the purgation of John le Veynour, of Stonleye, clerk, charged before the justices of the king with the crime of the theft of a blue robe of the value of 3s., and a blue tunic of the value of 18d. from Simon Philip of Longedon, and at length delivered as a clerk convict to the prison of the bishop of Worcester, at Worcester, the same were to appear before the prior or his deputy in the cathedral church of Worcester on the morrow of St. Vincent the martyr next to come, and that by an inquisition made by trustworthy men, both clerks and laymen, he has found nothing whereby the purgation of the said clerk cannot be proceeded with. Dated at Schirbourn, the 13th of the Kalends of February, in the year abovesaid.

[Fol. 159] Certificate from the prior and convent of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Stodleye, of the order of St. Augustine,


[1] Roger de Norbury.

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to the Prior of Worcester, reciting that they had received his mandate to appear before him or his deputy in their chapter, on Friday next after the feast of St. Hilary, there to undergo his visitation. Dated in the chapter at Stodleye, the 19th of the Kalends of February, year as above.

Certificate from the abbot and convent of Alincestre, of the order of St. Benedict, to the Prior of Worcester, reciting that they had received his mandate to appear before him or his deputy in their chapter, on Monday next after the feast of St. Hilary, there to undergo his visitation. Dated in the chapter, the 16th of the Kalends of February, year as above.

[Fol. 159d] Similar certificate from the abbot and convent of Pershore to the sub-prior of Worcester, giving the names of the brethren and monks of their house, viz., brothers Richard de Licheffeld, their prior, Robert de Wynchecumbe, Robert Seuthsex, Roger de Clive, William de Mathine, John de Colleswell, Alexander de Besford, William Porter, Henry de Besford, Henry de Staunton, Andrew de Lega, William de Brerehull, William de Cleobury, John del Hay, John de Longedon, Thomas de Piriton, Henry de Dunclent, Walter de Flavel, Robert de Wotton, Robert de Clifton, John Dabitot, Philip de Stone, Robert de Lutteltone, William de Ridmarleye, John de Lideneye, William de Strengesham, John de Wygornia, John de Cleyhunger, Richard de Blockeleye, and Henry de Lench. Dated at Pershore, in the day before the Kalends of February, 1338 [-9].

Similar certificate from the abbot and convent of Wynchecombe of the order of St. Benedict, to the sub-prior of Worcester. Dated n the chapter at Wynchecombe, the 4th of the Nones of February,

[Fol. 160] Similar certificate from John, abbot, and the convent of the Blessed Mary of Teukesbury, to the Prior of Worcester. Dated in the chapter of Teukesbury, the 9th of the Kalends of February, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 160d] Similar certificate from the prior and convent of the monastery of St. Sepulchre, Warwick, to the Prior of Worcester,

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giving the names of their brethren, viz., brothers William de Wilton, prior, William de Wygornia, sub-prior, John de Wygornia, sacristan, William de Coderugg, Richard de Kyngton, Henry de Wylmeleygton, Richard de Kekyngwych, John de Kyngeslone, and Robert de Coderugg. Dated at Warwick, the 5th of the Ides of February, 1338[-9].

Similar certificate from the preceptor of the hospital of St. Oswald, next Worcester, to the Prior of Worcester. Dated at the hospital, on the day of St. Wulstan, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 161] Similar certificate from the preceptor and brethren of the hospital of St. Wulstan, next Worcester, to the Prior of Worcester. Dated at the hospital, on the 3rd of the Nones of January, 1338[-9].

Similar certificate from the Prior and Convent of Little Malvefn to the Prior of Worcester. Dated at Malvern, on Monday next after the feast of the Purification, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 161d] Similar certificate from Adam de Staunton, abbot of the monastery and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester, to the Prior of Worcester, giving the names of the brethren, viz., brother John Mangeaunt, prior, Walter de Etone, Henry de Leech, Philip de Quedesleye, John de Penebrugg, John de Zaneworth, John de Bolynchope, Robert de Oxonia, William Albehale, John Toky, Walter de Chaddesleye, Stephen de Essh, Richard de Monemuth, Walter de Ore, Henry de Poltone, Richard Heved, Robert de Somertone, John de Eldesfeld, John de Masindene, John de Kylpeck, John de Cerne, Richard de Hauteleye, William de Newent, John Chose, John de Teukesbury, William Ailmer, John de Felda, Warin de Essh, John de Longeneye, John Palmare, Walter de Hurtleye, John Straunge, John de Bergeveny, John Monyassh, William de Clopton, Robert de Aston, Henry de Blockeleye, William de Aure, Richard Toky, Thomas Cheltynhame, John de la Hulle, Reginald de la Boure, Richard de la Hulle, John Daubeneye, and William de Holt. Dated in the chapter at Gloucester, the 5th of the Ides of February, 1338[-9].

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[Fol. 162] Similar certificate from the Prior of Lantony, next Gloucester, to the Prior of Worcester. Dated at Lantony, on Wednesday next after the feast of St. Agatha, 133S[-9].

Similar certificate from the abbot of the monastery of St. Augustine of Bristol to the Prior of Worcester. Dated at Bristol, the 3rd of the Ides of February, 1338[-9].

[Fol. 162d] Similar certificate from the master and brethren of the house of St. Mark of Byllesvvyck, next Bristol, to the Prior of Worcester. Dated in the chapter at Bylleswyck, on Saturday next after the feast of St. Scolastica, 1338[-9].

Similar certificate from the Prior of St. James of Bristol, and the brethren of the same place of the convent of Teukesbur', to the Prior of Worcester. Dated at Bristol the 15th of the Kalends of March in the abovesaid year.

Vacancy of the See from the death of William de Lynne, 18 Nov., 1373, to the consecration of Henry Wakcfield, 28 October, 1375.

[Fol. 164] Register of brother Walter Legh, Prior of Worcester, of those things which were done, the See being vacant by the death of William Lynne, bishop of Worcester, on the 18 November, 1373. Letter from Walter, prior, and the chapter of Worcester to King Edward III., acquainting him with the death of William, late bishop of Worcester, and sending Richard Wenlake, cellarer, and John Malverne, precentor of Worcester, to pray for licence to elect another bishop.

Conge d'elire from Edward III. to the Prior and chapter of Worcester. Dated at Westminster, 28 November, 47 Edward III.

Letter from Walter, Prior of Worcester, and the chapter there, to W. [1], archbishop of Canterbury, acquainting him with the death of William, late bishop of Worcester, on 18 November last past, and praying that the said prior or the sub-prior of Worcester may be appointed official in the city and diocese of Worcester during the


[1] William Whiltlescy, 1368-1375.

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vacancy of the See, according to the form of the composition made between the predecessors of the said archbishop and the church of Worcester. Dated at the chapter of Worcester, 20 November, 1373.

Commission from William, archbishop of Canterbury, to Walter, prior of Worcester, to exercise all ordinary and special jurisdiction in the city and diocese of Worcester during the vacancy of the See by the death of William, the last bishop, according to the form and effect of the said composition. Dated at Lambeth, the 5th of the Kalends of December, 1373.

Letter from Edward III. to W., archbishop of Canterbury, acquainting him that the sub-prior and convent of Worcester had elected with his licence brother William Leghe, their prior, as bishop, as he has heard by letters from the same, and that he had given his assent to the said election. Requesting the archbishop to do whatever pertained to him in the matter. Dated at Wodestoke, the 24 December, 47 Edward III.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester, to cite all abbots, priors, and others to appear before the said prior in the cathedral church of Worcester on Saturday after the feast of St. Clement, to make canonical obedience [1], &c., and to enjoin all rectors, vicars, and priests to perform the service of the mass for the dead for the soul of the late bishop. Dated 20 November, 1373.

[Fol. 164d] Certificate by the Archdeacon of Worcester of the receipt of the above mandate. Dated at Worcester, 26 November.

A like mandate for making canonical obedience sent to the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester.

Certificate of the receipt of the same. Dated at Gloucester, 26 November.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the sub-prior and chapter of the same, telling them of his intention to make visitation in the


[1] This entry is in the same terms as the like order on p. 137.

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diocese of Worcester, and that he proposes to visit the church and chapter of Worcester on Friday after the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, and commanding them to prepare for the same. Dated at Worcester, 27 November, 1373.

[Fol. 165] Certificate of the receipt of the same. Dated at Worcester, 30 November.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester to cite all abbots, priors, deans, provosts, masters, ministers, chapters, convents and colleges in his deanery, and also all portioners, pensioners, rectors, vicars, parish priests, and others celebrating divine service, and three or four men from every parish to appear on certain days and at certain places in a schedule contained, to undergo visitation. Dated at Worcester, 24 November, 1373.

Form of the schedule to the same mandate annexed, viz.:
Firstly, on Saturday next after the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, in the cathedral church of Worcester, he shall visit the clergy and people of the deanery of the same. On Monday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Poywyke, in the parish church of Poywyke. On Monday after the feast of St. Vincent he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Pershore, in the church of St. Andrew of Pershore. On the same day he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Kyderminstr', in the church of Kyderminstr'. On Tuesday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Wych', in the church of Tardebygge. On Wednesday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the churches of Alync', Toneworthe, Ippesleye, Stodleye, Cottone, Arowe, Kynewarton, Salforde, Endeforde, Ecleshale, and Graftone, in the parish church of Alync'. On Thursday following he shall visit the churches, chapels, clergy, and people of the deanery of Warwick, in the church of Waweyneswottone, and the college and other churches of the town of Warwick. Also on the same Thursday he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Kyngton in the church of Wolvorde.

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Certificate of the receipt of the same mandate. Dated at Worcester, 3 December.

A like mandate directed to the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester. The tenor of the schedule annexed was as follows:
Firstly, on Monday next after the feast of the Conception of the Blessed Mary, he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Stowe, in the church of Stowe. On Tuesday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Fayforde, in the church of Fayrforde. On the Wednesday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Cirencester, in the church of St. John of Cirencester. On Thursday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Stonhouse, in the church of Tettebury. On Friday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Dursleye, in the church of Dursleye. On Monday after the Epiphany he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Bristol, in the church of St. James of Bristol. On Tuesday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Gloucester, in the church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester. On Wednesday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Hawkesbury and Butone, in the chapel of Sobbury Market. On Thursday following he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Wynchecombie, in the parish church of Teukesbury. On Tuesday next after the feast of St. Vincent he shall visit the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Caumpedene, in the church of Caumpdene.

[Fol. 165d] Certificate of the receipt of the same mandate. Dated at Stowe, 11 December.

Letter from Walter, prior of Worcester, to the King, that he had invoked the greater excommunication upon Giles Braban of Grymehull for forty days, for disobeying the mandates and monitions of the said prior, and prays the King to restrain (compescere) the said Giles according to the custom of England. Dated at Worcester, 5 January, 47 Edward III.

Like letter concerning William Thackere of Shenstone. Dated at Worcester, 21 November, 1373.

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Commission from the Prior of Worcester to brother William Power, monk of the cathedral church, and master John Dunclent, clerk, to receive canonical obedience from all abbots, priors, deans, provosts, masters, ministers, chapters, convents, and colleges, and all pensioners, portioners, rectors, vicars, parish priests, and others within the archdeaconry of Gloucester, and to visit the clergy and people of the deaneries of Stowe, Fayrreforde, Cirencester, Stonhouse, Dusleye [1], Bristol, Haukesbury, and Buttone, and the churches and chapels of the same deaneries, the monasteries of Cirencester, St. Augustine of Bristol, and the house of St. Mark of Bylleswyk, next Bristol, and St. Mary Magdalene there, and the other hospitals, oratories, and other collegiate places within the said deanery. Dated at Worcester, 1 December, 1373.

[Fol. 166] Letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury committing the administration of the goods of William, late bishop of Worcester, to masters Robert de la More, Richard Hunte, canon of Westbury, Adam Feurother, Richard Depedale, Robert Walsham, and John Cleyne. Dated at Lamheth, 27 November.

Letter from William, Archbishop of Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester, requiring him to commit the administration of the goods of William, late bishop of Worcester, to the executors named in the will, and others to be named by the Archbishop. Dated at Lambeth, the 6th of the Kalends of December, 1373.

Indenture made on 28 November, 1373, between brother Walter, prior of Worcester, and John Neweman, citizen of Worcester, whereby the said prior leased to the said John the custody of the gaol of the episcopal palace of Worcester and the bodies of the two prisoners, to wit, John Mallesore, spicer, of Worcester, and John Florence of Askeby, in the county of Lincoln, to be kept in a healthy and good state, during the pleasure of the said prior. And the said John Neweman binds himself in 100 marks to be paid in the event of the escape of any prisoner delivered to him. Dated at Worcester, in the Episcopal Palace.


[1] Sic.

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Memorandum, that on 6 December, 1373, immediately after vespers in a chapel in the priory of Worcester, in the presence of a notary public and of masters R. de la More and J. de D., clerks of the notary public, master Thomas de Lexham, Adam Feurother, W. de G., Archdeacon of Gloucester [1], clerks, and Robert Wyke, executors of the will of the lord William Lynne, late bishop of Worcester, deceased, exhibited the said will and a commission from the Archbishop of Canterbury committing to them and others the administration of the goods of the said bishop. And subsequently the Prior of Worcester, by virtue of the said commission, committed to them the administration of the said goods.

On 14 January, in a certain garden within the priory of Worcester, before a notary public and R. de la More and Richard Glynn, his clerks, Sir William Westeneys, knight, and William Hull, rector of the church of G., William More, rector of the church of Estham, and Robert Say, chaplain, executors of the will of Walter Huwet, deceased, exhibited the said will, and subsequently the aforesaid R. de la More, by command of the Prior of Worcester, handed the will and declaration to J. de Segg', Richard Glynn, and Robert Say to examine, read, and make collation thereof, and the said R. Say read the said will word for word from beginning to end.

Probate of the will of Sir Walter Huwet, knight, deceased, granted to John Jocu, priest, official administrator, the executors named in the will refusing to undertake the adminstration. Dated at Worcester, 14 January, 1373.

[Fol. 166d] Institution of John Pleystede, priest, presented by William Horseley, keeper of the church of Tormestone, to the vicarage of Acton Torvyle in the diocese of Worcester, on 5 December, 1373.

Institution of John Went, priest, presented by brother Robert Hales, prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, to the church of Quenyngton, by J. Noble, his sufficient deputy, on 19 November. And the official of Gloucester has letters to induct him.


[1] Will. Thrysford was Archdeacon of Gloucester, 1369-1400.

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Institution of John Rugge, priest, presented by John Rous and William Gille to the church of Eyford, on 3 December. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester has letters to induct him.

Memorandum, that Walter Bowyare, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Teuk[esbury] to W., late bishop of Worcester, to the vicarage of the church of Staneweye, was instituted to the same.

Institution by the Prior of Worcester of the said Walter Bowyare, chaplain, as above. Dated 22 November.

Letters of induction by the Prior of Worcester to the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester for the same Walter. Dated at Worcester, 22 November.

Resignation by the said Walter Bowyare of the said vicarage of the church of Stanweye on 9 December following, in a chamber in the priory of Worcester, to the hands of Walter, the prior, and in the presence of Master R. de la More and John Hambury. And the prior accepted the said resignation.

Institution of John Abbot, of Oxendone, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Teukes[bury] to the vicarage of the parish church of Staneweye on 9 December. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester has letters to induct him.

Memorandum, that Sir John Whysham, knight, presented John Pencruth', priest, to the church of Scheldesleye Beauchamp, vacant by the resignation of John Hackyndon.

Letters of inquisition upon the said presentation addressed to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, 22 November, 1373.

[Fol. 167] Institution of William Rome, priest, to the parish church of la Holte in the diocese of Worcester, upon the resignation of William Alewy, the last rector, by reason of an exchange with the hospital of St. Wolfstan of Worcester, and upon the presentation

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of John de Bello Campo, the true patron. Dated at Worcester, 2 February, 1373[-4].

Letters of induction for the same addressed to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, 2 February, 1373[-4].

Institution of William Alewy, priest, to the hospital of St. Wolfstan, by the resignation of William Rome, the last preceptor, by reason of the said exchange and upon the presentation of King Edward III., the See of Worcester being vacant. Dated at Worcester, 2 February.

Letters of induction for the same. Dated at Worcester, 2 February.

Institution of Oliver Clede, priest, presented by the Prior and convent of Kenilleworth to the chantry in the chapel of Walton [l] on 24 January. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester has letters to induct him.

Institution of John Curtays, priest, presented by J. Blaunchard, archdeacon of Worcester, to the vicarage of Claverdon, annexed to his archdeaconry, on 19 February.

Collation by the Prior of Worcester of Henry Machun, priest, to the chantry of Newton and Ryppell founded by J. Salamon in the church of Rippel', upon the resignation of T., priest of the same. Dated at Worcester, 4 April, 1374.

Institution of William Stephenes, deacon, presented by William Rome, rector of the church of la Holte, to the vicarage of the same church on 30 March, 1374.

[Fol. 167d] Proceedings upon the election of brother Walter de Legh to the bishopric of Worcester on 7 December, 1373, by the sub-prior and chapter of Worcester, the See being vacant by the death of the Lord W. Lynne on 18 November.


[1] In the margin is Walton Devyle.

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On 4 December, 1373, in the chapter-house of the cathedral church of Worcester, in the presence of a notary public, master Robert de la More, learned in the law, John Crauntforde, priest, and William Halet, clerk, witnesses of the dioceses of Worcester and Lincoln at the hour of the chapter, there personally appeared brothers Walter Lye, prior, Walter Froncestre, sub-prior, John Gloucestr', almoner, Richard Wenlak, cellarer, William Croule, John Lyndeseye, sacristan, John Teukesbury, Thomas Wyke, Nicholas Hodymone, John Malverne, precentor, John Tredynton, hospitaller, John Stanleye, Richard Wyrcestr', John Hatfelde, Robert Hanus, Robert Lambury, John Wytteneye, Thomas Dene, kitchener, John Grene, Roger Shrouesbury, William Merstone, Richard Graftone, Walter Kyrkeby, John Wytchurche, John Neuport, Roger Euesham, John Uptone, John Wyrcestr', John Kydermustr', Thomas More, and John Bradefelde, monks and brethren forming the chapter of the said church, and, as they asserted, there were no more who had power to elect a future bishop, except brother William Power, to whom leave of absence had been granted. It was then agreed that Wednesday, 7 December, should be fixed for the election of a future bishop, and that the said William Power should be recalled. On which day all the monks and brethren aforesaid, together with the said William Power, coming into the choir of the said church in the morning, the Mass of the Holy Spirit being then celebrated before them, and afterwards coming together into the chapter-house before the first hour of the day, and being so congregated, brother John Grene, monk of the said church, expounded the Word of God before them. And then the prior and monks abovesaid chanted the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus, and afterwards the King's conge d'elire was read before them, as was accustomed, and the said prior and convent asked the following seculars, viz.: Master Robert de la More, Thomas Lench, John Dunclent, John Hale, rector of St. Clement of Worcester, John Crauntforde, priest, and William Halet, clerk, who were then in the chapter-house but were not of the said convent, that they would be present as witnesses in the said election. And at the request of the same prior and convent the said master Robert asked the aforesaid prior and convent whether all and singular the brethren and monks of the said church or any others who wished, could, and ought to be present at such election were present, and they answered, Yes. And afterwards the aforesaid master Robert

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asked if all the brethren and monks who were there, were ordained in holy orders and professed the rule of St. Benedict and such as ought to be present at the election aforesaid, and they answered, Yes. And subsequently brother Walter, the prior, for himself and the whole chapter, and by will and mandate of the brethren made to him, made and read certain monitions and protestations stating that it was not the intention of him or of any of the chapter that any excommunicated, suspended, or interdicted persons, or any charged with crime, should take part at such election, and he warned such persons, if any there were, to retire from the chapter-house, and afterwards the constitution of the General Council, which begins Quiet Propter, was read before them by the aforesaid master Robert, who also explained to them the forms of election handed down. Whereupon the same sub-prior and all and singular the other monks abovesaid, except the prior abovenamed, with one voice and in one spirit elected brother Walter, the prior, as bishop of Worcester. And immediately after they chanted the psalm Te Deum Laudamus, and carried the said brother Walter to the High Altar of the said church, according to the custom. And thereupon they caused the same election, as aforesaid, publicly and in a loud voice to be proclaimed to the clergy and people by the said master Robert de la More. And afterwards on the same day about the ninth hour brother John de Malverne, precentor of the said church, and Richard Wenlak, cellarer, proctors of the sub-prior and chapter aforesaid, came to the same brother Walter in the chapel of St. Nicholas, within the priory of Worcester, in the presence of the notary and witnesses abovesaid, and asked him whether he would give his consent to such election. To which the said elect answered that he desired to deliberate thereupon. And afterwards on the same day about the hour of Vespers the said brothers John and Richard, the proctors, returned with a notary and witnesses aforesaid and asked the prior as before to consent to the election. Whereupon the said prior gave his consent.

[Fol. 168] Appointment by the sub-prior and chapter of Worcester of John de Malverne, precentor, and Richard de Wenlak, cellarer of the said church, proctors, to ask the consent of brother Walter, the prior, to his election as Bishop of Worcester. Dated in the chapter-house of Worcester on 7 December, 1373.

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Certificate by John, called Reginald de Segg, clerk of the diocese of Worcester, notary public, that the above things were done, as aforesaid, in the presence of him and the witnesses aforesaid.

Decree of the sub-prior and chapter of Worcester to Pope Gregory XL, recounting the death of the late bishop on 18 November, and his burial in the church of Worcester, and all the proceedings of the election as above set out, and praying the Pope to confirm the same. Dated 7 December.

[Fol. 168d] Certificate to the above by J. de D., clerk, in the presence of Robert de la More, Thomas Lovell, learned in the law, and also John de Seggesbergh, notary public, John Hale, rector of the parish church of St. Clement of Worcester, John de Crauntforde, priest, and William Halet, clerk, of the dioceses of Worcester and Lincoln.

Further notarial certificate of Reginald de Segg', clerk, of the diocese of Worcester.

Appointment of brother John de Malvern, precentor, and masters Richard de Draytone, Hugh de Harlam, clerks, as proctors of the sub-prior and chapter, to represent the same election to the Pope. Dated in the chapter-house, 12 December, 1373.

[Fol. 169] Notarial certificate by John de Dunclent, clerk.

Further notarial certificate by John, called Reginald de Segg'.

Appointment of brother John de Malverne, monk of Worcester, and John de Cherleton, dwelling at the court of Rome, as proctors of the sub-prior and chapter of Worcester, touching the business of the election, before the Pope. Dated 10 December, 1373.

Notarial certificate to the same by John, called Reginald de Segg'.

[Fol. 169d] Letter from the sub-prior and chapter of Worcester to Edward III., praying him to give his assent to the election of

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brother Walter Lyghe, their prior, as bishop of Worcester. Dated 9 December, 1373.

Letter to the Archbishop [1], asking him to write to the King by William Power, the bearer, for the royal assent to the election. Dated at Worcester, Thursday, the feast of St. Wulfstan.

Commission from the Prior of Worcester to John Hale, rector of the church of St. Clement of Worcester, appointing him to exercise jurisdiction of granting probates of wills, administrations, &c. Dated 20 January.

Writ from Edward III. to the keepers of the spiritualities of the bishopric of Worcester to certify what benefices as well archdeaconries or other dignities, as parish churches, prebends, or chapels, are in the hands of aliens within the diocese, what those benefices are called, what each one is worth, not by tax but by extent in the registers of the late bishops, according to the true value of the same, the names of the said aliens and of all others, indigens or aliens, who hold benefices by authority of aliens, for what time they have occupied them, and who of,, the said aliens are residents in the said benefices [2]. Dated at Westminster, 6 March, 48 Edward III.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester or his official to put the same writ into execution. Dated at Worcester, the feast of the Annunciation of our Lady, 1374.

[Fol. 170] Letter from William [3], bishop of Hereford, to Walter, prior of Worcester, to expedite the proposed exchange between Richard de Breohulle, vicar of the church of Wolvardel' in the diocese of Worcester, and John Halfpeny, vicar of Kynlet of the diocese of Hereford, whereof the abbot and convent of Wigmore are patrons. Dated at Wiggemore, 21 January, 1373.

Memorandum, that the sub-prior of the cathedral church of Worcester, commissary on this behalf, received the said commission and certified the Bishop of Hereford on 30 January.

Institution of John Halfpeny, vicar of the church of Kynlet in the diocese of Hereford, presented by the prior and chapter of


[1] William Whittelsey.
[2] See post, p. 307.
[3] William Courtenay, 1370-1375.

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Worcester to the vicarage of the church of Wolvardel' in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of exchange, on 30 January. And the vicar of Kydermustr' is required to induct him.

Institution of Richard Breohull, vicar of the church of Wolvardel' in the diocese of Worcester, presented by the abbot and convent of Wyggemore in the diocese of Hereford to the vicarage of Kynlet in the diocese of Hereford, by reason of exchange, on 30 January.

Commission from Robert, bishop of Salisbury, to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester to expedite the matter of the exchange between William Pynnok, rector of the church of Cheryngton in the diocese of Worcester, and John Sampson, rector of the church of Schawe in the diocese of Salisbury, whereof John de Estby is patron. Dated at the Park of Remesbury, 25 February, 1373[-4].

Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at Worcester, 11 March.

[Fol. 170d] Institution of William Pynnok, by William Speek, his proctor, to the church of Schawe in the diocese of Salisbury, by the resignation of John Sampson, the last rector, by William Avenel, his proctor. Dated at Worcester, 11 March, 1373[-4].

Institution of John Sampson to the church of Chyryngton in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the resignation of William Pynnok, the last rector, presented by Robert de la More, patron of the church of Chyryngton. Dated at Worcester.

Orders celebrated in the cathedral church of Worcester on Saturday, quatuor temporum, in the first week of Lent, 1373, by Robert, bishop of Presenens' [l], by licence and commission of the prior.

Commencement of the commission to Robert, bishop of Presenens' [1], to celebrate ordinations.


[1] The original Latin here is per Robertum, episcopum Presenens'. In various lists of foreign bishoprics such a title cannot be found; the nearest is Trecensis or Troys in France. Prenestinus or Palestrina, near Rome, also occurs. It has therefore been thought better to leave it untranslated,

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PRIESTS (RELIGIOUS}. John Abyndone, monk of Wynch[comb].
John Saltforde and William Spernore, monks of Alyncestr'.
Richard Braunforde of the order of the Friars Minors of Worcester.
John Brotton of the Augustinian order of Wych'.

PRIESTS (SECULARS). William Schipward of Scherbourne, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Hereford, to the title of the prior and brethren of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

Simon Pike of Upameneye, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John of Lochlade, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content, &c.

John Hale of Munchenhampton, to the title of the abbot and convent of Rewley (de Regali Loco) next Oxford, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

Alexander Saleman of Honynton, to the title of the prior and convent of Wrocston, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

John Hickes of Schendon, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

John Skinner of Welnesforde, to the title of the prior and convent of Stodleye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Eddon of Byles, to the title of the prior and brethren of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Harbard of Chastelmorton, to the title of the prior and convent of Little Malverne, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Grene of Westone, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cochull, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Sterre of Dombelton, to the title of the prior and convent of Cochull, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Smyth of Oxshelne, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bordesleye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Veysy of Newynton, to the title of the prior and convent of Great Malverne, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

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John Gerard, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cochull, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Kays of Wynch', to the title of the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Robert Bonch' of Oxindon, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Geoffrey Budel of Grafton Temple, to the title of the abbot and convent of Alync', of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Cok' of Kyngton, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Nicholas Bernhull' by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Lichfield, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John the Baptist, of the same diocese, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

[Fol. 171] William Aleyn of Extone, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the house of Land', of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

John atte Welle of Brailes, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bordesl', of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Fox, to the title of the house of Polton, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

William Sly of Wellesbourne, to the title of the abbot and convent of Stanley, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Freke of Beckeforde, to the title of the abbot and convent of Malmesbury, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Saundres of Breodone to a title.

DEACONS.

Walter Gerard, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cochull, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

Thomas Somey of Rammesdon, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Milton, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the abbot and convent of Radyng', of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Cok' of Cirencester, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. John of Lechlad', of which he gave particulars, &c.

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John Combe of Cirencester, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Smyth of Kenemafforde, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. John of Lechlade, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Hamptone of Gloucester, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Leney, to the title of the same prior and brethren, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Pebmore, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bordesl', of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Benet, to the title of the prior and convent of Chancombe, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Bakere of Chadesl', to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Robert Jolyf of Teukes[bury], to the title of the abbot and convent of Malmesbury, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Cosser (?), to the title of the prior and convent of Little Malverne, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Thorndon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Perschore, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Coupere of Barton, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

Richard Smyth of Chasteldon, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Frepet of Ch'lebyde, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John, son of Gervase, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, to the title of the house of Roucestr', of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Roo, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lichfield, to the title of the house of Holand, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Lacy, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lichfield, to the title of the house of Crookedon, of which he gave particulars, &c.

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John Brid of Walton Maudyt, to the title of the house of St. John the Baptist, of the City of Bath, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Coke of Cheltenham, to the title of the house of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Scot of Teukesbury, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald, next Whiston, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Walkere of Cirencester, to the title of St. John of Lechlade, &c.

Brothers John Roos and William Austyn, of the order of the Friars Minors of Worcester.

Brother John Brocworth, of the order of the Friars Preachers of Worcester.

SUB-DEACONS.

Robert Bonch of Wodestok, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the prior and convent of Nortone, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

Robert Wattes of Resyndon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Tailor of Bermynton Magna, to the title of the said abbot and convent, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Mathew of Churchull, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Torkeden of Northlegh, to the title of the prioress and sisters of Kyngton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Neweman of Pillardynton, to the title of the prior and convent of Poweleye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Nicholes of Bretforton, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Evesham, to the title of the prior and convent of Davyntre, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Berry of Warwick, to the title of the prior and convent of Chancombe, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Dodyntone of Stowe, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Henry Godeleof of Ascote, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Lucy of Tradynton, to the title of the prior and brethren

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of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Malle of Northlesh.to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John of Lechlade, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Nicholas Mulvvard of Bishampton, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cochulle, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Stephenes of Wytteleye, to the title of John Beauchamp, lord of la Holte, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Wattes of Cornbrok, to the title of the master of the hospital of St. John the Baptist of Bristol, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Marchall of Clyfforde, to the title of the prior and convent of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Hale of Ilmyndon, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Wellare of Clopton, to the title of his patrimony, of which he made oath and considered himself content.

Nicholas Caldewell of Northlegh, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. John of Lechlade, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Ranyotes of Honybourne, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Evesham, to the title of the prior and convent of Cochulle, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Stowe, to the title of patrimony, of which he made oath and considered himself content.

John Dalby of Campeden, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Horwode of Northfelde, to the title of the abbot and convent of Hales Owyn, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Clotte of Gloucester, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Kene of Teukes[bury], to the title of the master and brethren of the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content.

[Fol. 171d] John atte Grene of Newenham, to the title of the prioress and sisters of Hynewode, of which he gave particulars, &c.

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William Drew of Yerdeleye, to the title of the same, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Barown of Thormerton, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cochull, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Eddon, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Durham, to the title of the master and brethren of St. Wolfstan of Worcester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Tailor of Fromlod', to the title of the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Hod, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Robert Haukyns of Willarseye, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenortone, of which he gave particulars and considered himself content with the same.

Robert Bisshop of Bergh, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Nicholas Salewy of Piryton, to the title of the master and brethren of St. Wolfstan of Worcester, as he asserted, &c.

John Benge of Maresmore, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Clyve, to the title of the said prior and brethren, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Roger Aston, to a title.

Religious brethren: Reginald Dizare and Thomas Hertelbury? monks of the church of Worcester.

ACOLYTES (Religious).

Brother John Bradforde, of the order of the Friars Preachers of Worcester.

Brother Thomas Feckenham, of the same order.

ACOLYTES (Seculars).

William Schipstone.
John Astone.
John Humiltone of Worcester.
John Wilde of Overbury.
Geoffrey Haumbury.
John Wythyndon.
John Dodyng of Elmore.

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Henry Hull of Bremesgrave.
Robert Penne of Malverne.
Walter Bremmesfeld.
Thomas Bron of Schirbourne.
John Scherere of Tettesbury.
Richard Toft of Froncestre.
John Roberdes of Fromptone.
Thomas atte Venne of Hathrop.
Richard atte Heye of Dodenham.
John Brigth' of Aldryntone.
Richard Harries of Warwick.
Richard Norreys of Claynes.
Hugh Martyn of Warwick.
Henry Emmote of Reckeford.
William Prodomme of Mortone.
John Freman of Honynton.
Thomas Hobbes of Ollyndon.
John Hogges of Alne.
Thomas Veisant of Worcester.
William Kene of Kydermustre.
William Malpas.
William Colweld of Chaddesl'.
John Rook' of Wirrecestr'.
John Smyth of Hambury.
Thomas Capeldre of Cheltenham.
Richard Rotour of Wassebourne.
John Berewe of Marteley.
John Malverne.
Thomas Elmeleye.

Memorandum, that Walter Kyng of Bremmesfeld, Robert Penne of Malverne, the younger, Robert Neubolde of Stone, John Taylour of Wych, on 10 March, 1373[-4], had letters dimissory for the order of sub-deacon.

Also that William Godryntone, Robert Byssehop of Berga, John Borry of Warwick, Thomas Kene of Tewkesbury, John Drew, John Tregun of Gloucester, John Gregori of Gloucester, William Horewode, John Screveyn of Kemeseye, sub-deacons, on 16 March; and John Taylour of Fromlode, Walter Kyng' of Cronham, John

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Clot of Watdene, John Benge of Mayesmor, Robert Maudyt of Newbolde, Richard Wattus of Cumbrok', John Taylour of Salewarp, Thomas Turbeden of Northlegh, John Newemon of Pyllarton', Philip Kyngton, John Marchal of Clyfforde, also sub-deacons, on 22 May, 1374, had letters dimissory to the order of deacon. Also William Livesy, John Couper of Bartone, on 15 April; John Hamptone of Gloucester, John Thornebury of Bristoll, on 9 May; John Kene of Teukesbury, John Mot of Fayreforde, John Benet of Kyngtone, Thomas Bakere of Brayles, John Borry of Warwick, John Schyngey of Waweynneswotton, and John Bryd of Waltone, 20 May; and William Stevenes, vicar of Holte, on 31 March, deacons, had letters dimissory to the order of priests. Also of religious persons, brothers Roger Scholle, Roger Appulby, Walter Tene, John Uptone, William Britt, monks of Gloucester, and Robert Cele, John Ekyntone, John Calle, and Richard Wyrcestr', monks of Teukes[bury], on 22 May, had letters dimissory to the order of priests.

Also that John Malverne, Richard Test of Froncestr', John Roberdes of Frompton, William Caddo of Quentone, John Webbe of Watcote, John Bokelonde, and Thomas Hobbes, of Utlicote, acolytes, on 22 May, had letters dimissory to the order of subdeacons.

[Fol. 172] Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the Dean of Perschore to sequester the parish church of Twenynges, and the fruits thereof, for the repair of the same necessary by the neglect of Robert, the rector of the same church. Dated at Worcester, 1 April, 1374.

Institution of Robert de Retforde, priest, rector of the church of Iwele, in the diocese of Worcester (by commission of Simon [l], bishop of London), to the church of Loketon, in the diocese of London, whereof the abbot and convent of the monastery of the Holy Cross of Waltham are patrons, by reason of the exchange of the said Robert with John Wengrave, rector of the said church of Loketon. Dated at Worcester, 29 March, 1374.

Certificate of the receipt of the commission from the Bishop


[1] Simon of Sudbury.

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of London to make the above institution. Dated at Worcester, 29 March, 1374.

Institution of John Wengrave to the parish church of Iwele, in the diocese of Worcester, whereof the abbot and convent of Gloucester are patrons, by reason of the above exchange. Dated at Worcester, 29 March.

[Fol. 172d] Commission from the Prior of Worcester to Robert, bishop of Salisbury, to expedite the business of the exchange of Roger Kelham, rector of the church of Nyweton Tony, in the diocese of Salisbury, and Richard Hackestone, rector of the church of Derham, in the diocese of Worcester, whereof the patronage belongs to Sir Robert Aston, knight, by reason of the wardship of Maurice Rossel. Dated at Worcester, 31 March, 1374.

Certificate of the receipt of a commission from W., archbishop of Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester to commit the administration of the goods of W., late bishop of Worcester, in the province of Canterbury, to masters Thomas Lexham, William Thirford, archdeacon of Gloucester, and Robert Wyke, executors named in the will, and Adam Fenrother, appointed by the Archbishop. Dated at Worcester, 3 April, 1374.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the Dean of Bristowe to cite Robert Perraunt, rector of the church of Clyfton next Bristoll, to appear before the prior to shew cause why he should not be deprived for absenting himself from his cure and not returning when called upon to do so. Dated at Worcester, 6 April, 1374.

Acquittance by the Prior of Worcester to the abbot and convent of Eyvesham for 4li., in the name of an indemnity to the Bishop of Worcester, when the See is filled, and to the prior during a vacancy, due by them at the Annunciation, for the church of Tettebury. Dated at Worcester, 4 April, 1374.

Declaration by brother William Power, deputy to the Prior of Worcester, of the deprivation of Henry, vicar of Wenrick, for not

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residing in his parish, after due warning made in the cathedral church of Worcester on 22 April, 1374, in the presence of J. Segg', notary public.

Memorandum, that the Prior of Worcester on 4 April conferred upon Henry Machun the chantry of Rippel and Newynton, and the said Henry swore to observe and do all things incumbent. And the chaplain of the parish of Ripel' has letters for his induction.

[Fol. 173] Sentence given by Robert de la More, commissary general of the Prior of Worcester, against Nicholas, vicar of the parish church of Wolvorde, for a debt of 4 marks due to the church of Worcester, and on account of his manifest offence in this behalf he is excommunicated and his church placed under an interdict, the fruits of the same being sequestered. Made in a certain chapel within the priory of Worcester, on 22 February, 1373[-4] before the prior, brothers R. Hambury and G. Hambury.

Certificate by the Bishop of Salisbury of the receipt of the Prior of Worcester's commission to him touching the exchange between Roger Belham (sic) and Richard Hackestone. Dated at the manor of Renmesbury, 3 April.

Appointment by Roger Belham of Master Richard Haxtone and Thomas Yngelby as his proctors, to swear canonical obedience to the official or administrator of the spiritualities of the diocese of Worcester for the church of Derham. Dated at Bristol, 12 April, 1374.

Memorandum, that on 13 April, Richard Haxton, proctor of Roger Belham, rector of Derham, in the diocese of Worcester, made canonical obedience to the Prior of Worcester. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to, to induct him.

Institution of William Gretham, priest, presented by the prior and convent of St. Sepulchre of Warwick to the church of Haseld, in the diocese of Worcester, on April. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

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Commission from William, bishop of Hereford [1], to the Prior of Worcester, to expedite the business of the exchange between Thomas Kybbel, rector of the church of Nymdesfelde, in the diocese of Worcester, and William Maldon, chaplain of the chantry or chapel of Pyryton, in the parish of Lydeneye, in the diocese of Hereford. Dated at the manor of Whyteborn, 1 May, 1374.

Certificate by the Prior of Worcester of the receipt of the above commission. Dated at Worcester, 8 May, 1374.

Institution of William Maiden, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Gloucester to the church of Nymdesfeld, by reason of the above exchange on 8 May, 1374. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

[Fol. 173d] Institution of Oliver Glede, priest, to the parish church of Preston Bagot in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the resignation of Robert Barleston, the last rector, by reason of the exchange with the chantry in the chapel of Walton Devyle, presented by Baldwin Frevile, patron of the church of Preston. Dated at Ombresleye, 29 April, 1374.

Institution of Robert Barleston to the chantry of Walton Devyle. Writ from Edward III. to the keepers of the spiritualities of the see of Worcester. Whereas at the convocation of the clergy in the church of St. Paul, London, there was granted a tenth of the benefices in aid of the expenses of the war and in defence of the kingdom and Church of England, the said keepers are ordered to appoint collectors of the same tenth. Dated at Westminster, 20 March, 48 Edward III.

Certificate by the Prior of Worcester that by virtue of the said writ he had appointed the abbot of Cirencester to levy the said tenth within the archdeaconry of Gloucester, and the abbot of Pershore within the archdeaconry of Worcester.


[1] William Courtenay, 1370-1375.

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Appointment by the Prior of Worcester of the abbot and convent of Pershore, of the order of St. Benedict, to levy and receive the said tenth. Dated at Worcester, 12 April, 1374.

Certificate by the abbot and convent of Pershore of the receipt of the same appointment. Dated at Pershore, the feast of St. Vitalis the martyr.

Writ from Edward III. to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester. Whereas the church of St. Oswald of Gloucester, which was founded by the alms of the progenitors of the king, is a free chapel, exempt from all ordinary jurisdiction other than the Archbishop of York, and hearing that the Prior of Worcester intends to make visitation during the vacancy of the Archbishopric of York, the said prior is forbidden to do anything to the prejudice of the church of York. Dated at Westminster, 30 April, 48 Edward III.

Institution of John de Mortone, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Lanth', next Gloucester, to the vicarage of the church of Wynrych in the diocese of Worcester on 12 May, 1374. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of Richard Braderuche, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Pershore to the portion of Chokenhull in the church of Legam in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of the exchange for the portion of the church of Kymenhale in the same church, on 19 May, 1374.

Institution of Thomas Yevele, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Pershore to the portion of Kymenhale in the church of Legam in the diocese of Worcestery by reason of the above exchange, on 19 May.

[Fol. 174] Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Stowe to cite Henry, vicar of Wenrych, to show cause why he should not be deprived for non-residence and neglecting his parish. Dated at Worcester, Saturday before Passion Sunday, 1373[-4].

Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at Wenrych, 14 April, 1374.

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Memorandum, that about 5 June, 1374, the Archbishop of Canterbury [1] died.

Institution of William Noble, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Augustine next Bristol, to the vicarage of Almondesbury in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by exchange for the perpetual chantry of Overe in the same diocese, on 6 June, 1374. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of Richard Middelmore, priest, presented by Katherine de Berkele, lady of Wotton, to the perpetual chantry of Overe in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the above exchange, by Hugh Hore, priest, his proctor, on 6 June, 1374. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Certificates to the writ against aliens holding benefices, &c.> in England [2]:-

Brother John Maubert, monk of Couches [3], occupies the monastery of Waweynes Wotton and resides there with another monk, and the true value of the said priory is estimated at 40 marks a year. And it is said that Roger Harewelle occupies the said priory by letters patent of the king, and receives the profits thereof, but whether in the name of the said aliens or other manner, and for what time, the commissioners know not.

Brother John, prior of Asteleye, monk of Couches, occupies the said priory and resides there with another monk. And the value of the said priory is estimated at 20li. a year. The abbot of Lira [4] is rector of Feckenham, and John Bonds of the same place occupies the said rectory. And the value is estimated at 20 marks a year.

The same abbot is rector of Hanleye and Eldresfeld, and the prior of Little Malvern has the same at fee farm, as it is said rendering yearly 20li. And the value of the churches aforesaid beyond the said rent, is estimated at 20s.

Peter Pounchefichet [5], monk of St. Dennis in France, is prior


[1] William Whittelsey.
[2] See ante, p. 293.
[3] A monastery in Normandy.
[4] A monastery in the diocese of Lisseux.
[5] Sic. (?) for Mountfichet.

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of the priory of Durhurste [1]. And the true value of the said priory in spiritualities and temporalities is estimated at 200 marks. And he resides in the same with two regulars, his fellows.

Brother John Fabri, prior of Newent, has the church of Beckeforde with the chapel of Ashton. The true value whereof is estimated yearly at 40 marks. He does not reside at the same, but in his priory of Newent.

The prior of Brymmesfeld has the church of the same place, the value whereof is estimated at 12 marks yearly, and he resides in the same.

Brother Robert, a regular canon of the house of St. Barbara, occupies the priory of Beckeforde, and resides in the same with one monk. And the priory is worth 40li. a year.

There are no more of such benefices in the said diocese.

Deed absolving Master John de Briene, rector of the church of Clyve Episcopi in the diocese of Worcester, from the care and rule of his church and parishioners. Dated at Worcester, 18 June, 1374.

Institution of John de Bryene, presented by the King to the church of Clyve (by reason of the vacancy of the See of Worcester) by John Balsam, his proctor, on 25 June. And the Dean of Wynchcomb is written to for his induction.

Institution of Master Edmund de Sancto Lando, presented by the prior and convent of Bath to the church of Elveston, in the person of John Forstall, his proctor, on 23 June. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

[Fol. 174d] Commission from the Bishop of St. David's to Walter, Prior of Worcester, to expedite the business of the exchange between Robert Harwode, rector of the church of Oxinwych of the diocese of St. David, in the patronage of John David, lord of Oxynwych, and Thomas Erne, vicar of the church of Chepyngkyngtone in the diocese of Worcester. Dated at the bishop's house in London, 13 June, 1374.


[1] Deerhurst was a cell of St. Denis, near Paris.

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Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at Worcester, 19 June.

Institution of Robert Harevvode, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Kenilleworthe to the vicarage of Chepyngkyngtone in accordance with the above exchange, on 19 June. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Commission from the Prior of Worcester to Simon, bishop of London, to expedite the business of the exchange between Warine de Medbourne, rector of the church of Gynge atte Stone [1] in the diocese of London, and John Wengrave, rector of the church of Iwele in the diocese of Worcester, in the patronage of the abbot and convent of Gloucester. Dated at Worcester, 24 June, 1374.

Similar commission directed to the Bishop of London for the exchange between Warrine de Medbourne, rector of Gynge atte Stone in the diocese of London, and Richard Depedale, rector of Watcote in the diocese of Worcester. Dated 10 July, 1374.

Certificate of Thomas Cranele, to whom the Bishop of London committed the execution of the latter of the above commissions, Dated 3 September.

[Fol. 175] Commission to expedite the presentation of John Lynne, priest, presented by the abbess and convent of Elnystouwe [2] to the vicarage of Stonhouse.

Commission from Richard, prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, the See being vacant, to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between William Hanleye, rector of the parish church of Newetton in the deanery of Croydon, and John Wengrave, rector of the church of Iwele in the diocese of Worcester, the King being the patron of the said church of Newenton during the vacancy of the See of Canterbury. Dated at Godmersham, in the diocese of Canterbury, 8 August, 1374.


[1] (?) for Ingatestone.
[2] Probably the monastery of Elstow, in the county of Bedford.

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Certificate by the Prior of Worcester of the receipt of the above commission, and that he had admitted the said John, by Nicholas Lichfeld, clerk, his proctor, to the church of Newenton. Dated at Worcester, 16 August, 1374.

Institution of William Hanley, rector of the church of Newynton in the deanery of Croydon, presented by the abbot and convent of Gloucester to the church of Iwele in accordance with the above exchange, on 16 August. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester has letters to induct him.

Institution of John de Harwode, priest and clerk, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick and lord of Gower, to the parish church of St. James of Warwick in the diocese of Worcester, on 22 August. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester has letters for his induction.

Institution of Robert Warde, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Persschore to the perpetual chantry erected in the conventual church of Persschore, on 16 August. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester has letters for his induction.

Institution of John Colle, clerk, presented by Hugh Hopewas, canon of the cathedral church of Lichfield, Henry Tymmore, clerk, and Simon de Sekynton to the church of Hampton Lovet, on 27 July, 1374.

Writ of supersedeas from Edward III. to the sheriff of Worcester touching the appeal of John Weoleye, the elder, of Campeden, excommunicated by the Prior of Worcester for contumacy. Dated at Westminster, 6 July, 43 Edward III.

Writ from Edward III. to the sheriff of Worcester to enforce the ecclesiastical censure against Thomas Gayrstang, parson of the church of Severnestok, and Robert Iddesbury, parson of the church of Twenyng, in the diocese of Worcester, for contumacy. Dated at Westminster, 2 July, 48 Edward III.

Similar writ touching John Weleye of Campeden. Dated 8 April, 43 Edward III.

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[Fol. 175d] Notification by the Prior of Worcester to the abbot and convent of Perschore of his intention to make visitation at their monastery on Monday after the feast of St. Vincent. Dated at Worcester, 3 January, 1373[-4].

Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at Pershore, 18 January.

Like notification to the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester of the Prior's intention to make visitation on Tuesday after the Epiphany.

Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at the chapter of Gloucester, 9 January.

Like notification to the abbot and convent of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Teukesbury of the Prior's intention to make visitation on Thursday after the Epiphany.

Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at Teukesbury.

Like notification and certificate as to the visitation of the monastery of Cirencester on Wednesday after the feast of St. Lucy.

Like notification and certificate as to the visitation of the monastery of St. Augustine of Bristol on Tuesday after Epiphany.

[Fol. 176] Mandate to the dean of Bristol to cite the master and brethren of St. Mark of Buleswyk, the prior and monks of St. James of Bristol, and the religious women of the House of the Blessed Mary Magdalene and the hospital of St. Bartholomew to prepare for visitation on Tuesday after the feast of Epiphany.

Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at Bristol, 9 January.

Like notification and certificate as to the visitation of the priory of Lanthony next Gloucester on Tuesday after the Epiphany.

Like notification and certificate as to the visitation of the monastery of Alincestr', on Wednesday after the feast of St. Vincent

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Like notification and certificate as to the visitation of the priory of Stodleye on Friday after the feast of St. Vincent.

Fol. 176d] The visitation began on Friday after the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, 1373.

Brother Walter, Prior of Worcester, on the same day visited the cathedral church and all the monks in the chapter-house.

On Saturday, in the same chapter-house, he visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Worcester.

On Monday he visited the churches, clergy, and people of the deanery of Poywyke in the parish church of Poywyke, and received in the name of a proxy 4 marks.

Master Robert de la More, clerk, commissary of the said prior, on Monday after the feast of St. Vincent visited the abbot and convent of Pershore in their chapter-house.

On Monday, in the church of St. Andrew of Pershore, the same master Robert visited the said church and the clergy and people of the deanery of Pershore.

On Thursday following, in the parish church of Wolvorde, he visited the same church and the clergy and people of the deanery of Kyngtone, and received in the name of a proxy 4 marks.

On the said Monday master J. Dunclent and brother J. Hatfeld, in the parish church of Kyderminster, visited the same church and the clergy and people of the deanery of Kyderminster and received from the church of Clent, in the name of a proxy, 20s.

On Tuesday following the same commissaries visited the church of Terdebygge and the clergy and people of the deanery of Wych', and received in the name of proxy 4 marks.

On Wednesday the same commissaries visited the monastery of Alincestr' and procured meat and drink.

On the same day the same commissaries visited the parish church of Alincestr', and the clergy and people of the deanery of Warwick.

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On Thursday following, the same commissaries visited the church of Dodebroke and received 4 marks.

[Fol. 177] Writ from Edward III. to the sheriff of Worcester for seizing the body of John Weleye of Campedene, the elder, excommunicated for contumacy. Dated at Westminster, 8 April, 43 Edward III.

Writ of superseded* upon the said writ pending the appeal of the said John. Dated at Westminster, 6 June, 43 Edward III.

Writ from Edward III. to the sheriff of Worcester to seize the bodies of Thomas Gayrstang, parson of the church of Severnestoke, and Robert Iddebury, parson of the church of Twenyng, excommunicated for contumacy. Dated at Westminster, 2 June, 43 Edward III.

Commission by the Prior of Worcester to the dean of the collegiate church of the Blessed Mary of Warwick to ask for and receive clerks accused of crimes before the King's justices, stewards, and marshals. Dated at Worcester, 13 July, 1374.

Mandate from Richard, prior of Christ Church, Canterbury [l], and the chapter there, the See being vacant, to the Prior of Worcester, that whereas the executors of the will of William de Lenn, bishop of Worcester, desiring to pay all creditors and legatees, that proclamation be made in the cathedral church of Worcester and all the churches of the diocese on all Sundays and festivals between the celebrating of masses, that such creditors and legatees shall appear before the said Prior of Christ Church or his commissary, on the next law day after the feast of St. Peter ad Vincula, in the church of Christ of Canterbury. Dated at Canterbury, the 4th of the Nones of July, 1374.

[Fol. 177d] Certificate of the receipt of the above mandate. Dated at Worcester, 26 July.

Memorandum, on 20 September, 1374, John Keyte of Langevorde, Richard Herewartes of the same place, Peter Abyndon of Minchenehamptone, had letters dimissory to the order of acolyte.


[1] Richard Gillingham.

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Memorandum, that on the 19th December, 1374, John Baron of Calewehonybourne, John Cros of Warwick, Thomas Cheddeworthe, Ralph Cokes, rector of the church of Quenynton, Master Robert Underhull, John Fremon of Honyngton, and William March of Indeberwe, had letters dimissory to the order of sub-deacon.

Memorandum, that on the 21st September, 1374, John Baron of Throkmortone, Nicholas Melewart of Byshampton, John Screvyn of Kemeseye, John Hale of Ilmyndon, Robert Haukynes of Wyllareseye, William Caddo of Quenynton, John Malverne, John Webbe of Watcote, John Hurel of Berkeleye, John Bokelonde of Etyndon, and John Hed of Langevorde, had letters dimissory for the order of deacon.

Memorandum, that on the 18th September, 1374, John Clopton of Stratforde, William Thordene, Robert Maudyt, hermit of Gibbeclyf, John de Kyngton, Thomas Turkeden of Northleche, John Cokes of Cirencester, John Cumbare of Cirencester, Robert Byschop of Berga, Robert Penne of Little Malvern, John Clyfford, William de Clyne, John Taylour of Fromlod, John Newemon of Pyllarton, Richard Wattes of Combrok, John Thommes of Kymenesforde, Robert Jolyf of Trinleye, and Walter Gerrard of Interbergh, had letters dimissory for the order of priest.

Memorandum, that on the 20th September, 1374, brothers Robert de Badmynton, William Boure, and Thomas de Marcheye had letters dimissory for the order of acolyte.

Memorandum, that on the same day, brothers William de Ministreworthe and Hugh de Morton had letters dimissory for the order of sub-deacon.

Memorandum, that on the same day, brothers William de Aston and William Lodlowe, monks of Wynchcomb, had letters dimissory for the order of priest.

Commission from the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield to the keepers of the spiritualities of Worcester to confer the prebend of Gaia Minor upon John de Harewod, rector of the parish church

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of St. James of Warwick, upon his exchange of the said parish church with Richard Colet, canon of Lichfield and prebendary of the prebend of Gaia Minor, and to induct the said John into the canonry, and, as brother of the said church of Lichfield, into a place in the chapter and stall in the choir. Dated at Hey'vvod, the 4th of the Ides of September, 1374.

Certificate of the receipt of the above commission. Dated at Worcester, 12 September.

[Fol. 178] Institution of Richard Colet, priest, by William Pycot, his proctor, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick and lord of Goher, to the parish church of St. James of Warwick, by reason of the above exchange and resignation of John Harewode, by Robert Endreby his proctor, on 12 September.

Institution of Nicholas Aleyn of Hog Norton, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Eynesham [l] in the diocese of Lincoln to the vicarage of Tettebury in the diocese of Worcester, on 5 September. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of John Holgate, priest, presented by William Canyngns, mayor of the town of Bristol, to the chantry, called the second chantry of the brothers of the Kalendars, in the church of All Saints of Bristol in the diocese of Worcester, on 20 September. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of William Fenere, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Evesham to the vicarage of the church of Ambresleye, upon his exchange for the vicarage of Beckeforde, which he now holds, on 3 October, 1374. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Institution of Thomas Sibille, priest, presented by Edward III. to the vicarage of the church of Beckeforde, by reason of the priory of Newent being in the king's hands as an alien priory, upon the


[1] The monastery of Egnesham or Eynsham, in the county of Oxford.

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above exchange. And the official of the Archdeacon is written to for his induction.

Institution of Roger Caunt, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Perschore to the vicarage of the church of St. Andrew of Perschore on 4 October. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Sentence of deprivation by Robert de la More, commissary of the Prior of Worcester, of John Perraum, rector of the church of Clyftone, next Bristol, for non-residence and neglect of his cure.

Confirmation of the said deprivation in the chapel of the Prior of Worcester, 23 October, 1374, in the presence of Master John Hale, rector of the church of St. Clement of Worcester, Thomas Pope, and William Halet, clerks.

Institution of William Poleleye, priest, presented by Sir John de Sancto Laudo, knight, to the church of Clyfton, next Bristol, vacant by reason of the said deprivation, on 23 October. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction. Institution of John Frankeleyn, priest, presented by Edward III. to the church of St. Andrew of Wych, by reason of the priory of Derhurste being in the king's hands on account of the war with France, and upon his exchange for the vicarage of Great Bernynton in the diocese of Worcester, on 17 October. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Institution of Matthew atte Zate, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthon', next Gloucester, to the vicarage of the church of Great Bernynton, by reason of the above exchange, on 17 October. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

[Fol. 178d. On 25 September, a letter was sent to the Bishop of London to expedite the business of the exchange between the vicar of the church of Sabrychesvvorthe and the rector of the church of St. Swithin of the city of Worcester.

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Certificate by Simon, Bishop of London, of the receipt of the above, and stating that he had instituted Thomas Legh to the parish church of St. Swithin of Worcester, and William Wylde to the church of Sabrechesworthe. Dated at Stepney, 30 September, 1374.

Further certificate as to the above commission.

Institution of Henry Mallerstange, clerk, presented by Roger de Clyfford, lord of Westmoreland, to the church of Somerstoke in the diocese of Worcester, on 20 November. And the official of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Institution of William Lyththorne, priest, presented to the chantry in the chapel of Waltone Devyle by the prior and convent of Kynylworthe, on 20 December. And the aforesaid official is written to for his induction.

Admission of Thomas de Maddyngle, clerk, by John Meere, his proxy, to the prebend which Richard Mychel, deceased, held in the collegiate church of Westbury in the diocese of Worcester, at the presentation of Edward III., by reason of the vacancy in the See of Worcester. And the dean of Westbury is written to for his induction after taking the oath of obedience.

Institution of William Lye, priest, presented to the vicarage of Beoleye by the abbot and convent of Alyncestr, on 1 December. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

[Fol. 179] Institution of Walter Morchote, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Eveshame to the church of Overswelle in the diocese of Worcester, on 26 November. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Indenture between Walter, prior of the cathedral church of Worcester, and John Neweman, citizen of Worcester, keeper of the prison of the palace of the Bishop of Worcester, witnessing the receipt by the said John of four clerks convicted of felonies before the king's justices. Dated at Worcester, 22 March, 49 Edward III.

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Decree of the Prior of Worcester touching the dissension which lately arose in the monastery of St. Augustine of Bristol, between the abbot of the said monastery and the convent there. First, that alms shall be made as are accustomed and as the resources of the monastery will allow. Item, that the prior, in the absence of the abbot, may grant licences. Item, that the canons being in the infirmary may take recreation while they are ill, and may be provided with more delicate victuals and other healthful things and physic, as their infirmity may require; and the infirmarer shall have 40s. of grace, as was accustomed. Item, that seven trustworthy canons shall have the custody of the common seal, and each of them shall have a key of the same, and the said keepers shall be appointed by the abbot. Item, that the canons shall go out honestly to their labour, according to the accustomed rule, and shall have their recreation after dinner in due places as time allows. Item, let it be provided as often as may be for the secular clerks to sing in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin, and let them be maintained there as was accustomed of old time. Item, as to the wax which ought to burn in the said chapel and the lamps in the church, let the sacristan provide at his own costs. Item, as to the lamps which ought to burn in the dormitory and infirmary, let the chamberlain provide them. Item, let five of the elder and more discreet canons of the house be elected when the abbot shall treat, with the advice of the elders, upon the more important business of the house, as may seem the better, without the advice of whom the corn of the monastery, above the sum of 10li., shall not by any means be sold, and that these counsellors shall be elected by the abbot and convent; from which council also the officials of the monastery shall be appointed, who shall render an account of their administration every year or oftener, as shall seem to the abbot, who shall advise them, for their benefit. Item, as to the spiritualities of the convent for the disposal of the same and other things, two collectors and receivers shall be appointed by the abbot and convent, who shall faithfully levy and keep the monies in that behalf due and accustomed, and shall distribute the same amongst the convent by view of the abbot and the said five councillors, as is accustomed. Item, they shall take care of the bedding in the infirmary. Item, as to the secular officers serving in the infirmary and elsewhere, they shall be appointed by the abbot and

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the said five councillors, which same officers shall swear that they ought not to divulge the secret counsels of the convent to any one, but shall faithfully conceal the same; and they will not maintain any matter of discord between the abbot and convent or between any persons of the said convent, but shall instil peace, love, and quiet between the same according as they are able; and if any be found guilty of anything to the contrary, that they be removed as well on behalf of the abbot as of the convent. As to the principal and better bedding of the canons dying, it shall be appointed for the infirmary for the use of the sick. Item, that there shall be had a messenger (brevigerulns), who shall do his office and receive the accustomed maintenance. Item, that the kitchener shall not have over him any secular in his office. Item, as to the receipt of the common money of the monastery, there shall be elected two of the more prudent of all the convent by the abbot and the said five councillors, and they shall have three keys of the chest in which the said money ought to be put by them, and each of them shall have one of the said keys, and by order of the abbot with the counsel of the said five, the said money shall be expended to the use of the said monastery as shall seem expedient. Item, they shall amend the bread and ale, and shall have both bread and ale of better quality in future than was accustomed. Item, as to the kitchen, the convent shall provide two kinds of meat in sufficient quantity according to the discretion of the abbot and said five counsellors, to the feast of St. Michael next to come, and from thence to the same feast following; and they shall do likewise on fish days and Saturdays that there be served to them fresh fish when opportunity shall offer, and two feasts of St. Michael being past the convent be served with all things from the kitchen as of old time was accustomed to be served, unless any misfortune should happen whereby it cannot be fulfilled, whereupon the decision of the said abbot and the said five counsellors shall stand. Item, as to the five marks which the convent prays for, which it says were assigned to it formerly from the manor of Bagerugge, the abbot wills and grants to the same convent six marks from Mersfeld, if so great a sum can be raised from the said place, otherwise from other profits of the monastery according as the abbot and five counsellors shall see fit. Item, as to the knives (cultellos) to be mended yearly for the convent, that it be

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provided as was accustomed to be done. Dated at the chapterhouse in the year of the Incarnation of our Lord according to the course and computation of the Church of England, 1374, there being present masters John Scheppye, LL.D., Robert de la More, official of Worcester, and also John de Dunclent and John Segg', clerks, notaries public.

[Fol. 179d] Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the deans of Kyngton and Hampton Episcopi .hearing that John, perpetual vicar of the church of Alveston, has absented himself from the said vicarage and the cure of the souls of his parishioners, so that divine teaching is not had there, as it ought to be, that the parishioners die without the sacraments, and some also die without baptism, that the building of the said vicarage is ruinous, and that the said vicar receives and wastes the fruits of the said vicarage, and other scandals and perils of the soul are perpetrated there - that they shall enjoin the said John to go to the said vicarage and church and reside there, as he is bound, under pain of deprivation, and to sequester the profits of the said vicarage. Dated at Worcester, 16 December, 1374.

Certificate of the receipt of the above mandate, and the said deans find that John Bole of Alveston and John Jenkyn of Alveston have taken the fruits of the said vicarage, whom they have cited to appear before the prior or his commissary.

[Fol. 180] On the 16th December a similar mandate was directed to the dean of Worcester to warn Thomas Feld, rector of the church of Warmedon, in like manner.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the official of the archdeacon of Worcester to warn all ecclesiastical persons of his archdeaconry to pay one halfpenny upon every mark of the value of their goods and benefices, and to call together the clergy of his archdeaconry in the church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester, and clearly make known to them the said mandate. Dated at Worcester, the 17th November.

Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Campden, and all rectors, vicars, and parish priests of the said deanery, to

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pronounce sentence of the greater excommunication against all those who fished in the fishery of the abbot and convent of Wynchecombe in their manor of Adelmynton. Dated at Worcester, 23 March, 1373-4.

Commission to the abbot of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Teukesbury, of the Benedictine order, to appoint a monk of his house fit for the purpose, to hear confessions and grant absolution and impose penance of and upon any persons; (violators of the rights and liberties of the church of Worcester only excepted). Dated at Grymel', 7 November.

Licence to Lady Elizabeth, countess of Kent, to have the divine offices celebrated in her chapels and oratories within the diocese by a fit priest. Dated at Worcester, 7 November.

A like licence to William Folyot for his oratory at Pyriton. Dated 8 December.

A like licence to Robert Crowenhale. Dated 10 August.

A like licence to Thomas, earl of Warwick, with the addition as well Jn his presence as in his absence, at Goderests. Dated 19 February.

[Fol. 180d] Commission from the Prior of Worcester to William Wylde, rector of the church of St. Swithin of Worcester, to warn, induce, and, if need be, to force brother Thomas de Wyke, an apostate monk of Worcester, who has denied his habit, to return to the monastery.

Acknowledgment of the receipt of a mandate by the Prior of Worcester, dated 28 November, 1374, to the dean of Christianity of Warwick, Hugh, rector of the church of St. Nicholas of Warwick, and Robert Heremyte, priest, to cite master Alexander, rector of the church of Bodebrok, to appear before the prior or his deputy in the cathedral church of Worcester, on Tuesday after the feast of St. Lucy the Virgin, touching the vicarage of the church of Bodebrok, which on account of poverty cannot be maintained. And by authority of the said mandate the said dean and the others have sought the said Alexander but are unable to find him. Dated at Budforde, 18 December.

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Commission by the Prior of Worcester to Robert, bishop of Presinen (?) [1] to ordain certain persons of the diocese of Worcester who have exhibited sufficient titles. Dated 14 December.

Letters close directed to the Bishop of Hereford to confer holy orders upon John Kyderminster, deacon, John de Wigornia, and Thomas More, sub-deacons, monks of Worcester.

Form of superscription of the above. 'To our most reverend father in Christ and lord, the lord W., by the grace of God, bishop of Hereford.'

Mandate from Richard, the prior, and the chapter of Christ Church, Canterbury, the archiepiscopal See* being vacant, to the Prior of Worcester, reciting letters from Bernard, bishop of Pampelona, Ralph, bishop of Senigaglia, and Giles (Sancti Minnonis), provost of the church of Valentinois (ecclesice Valentinen'}, LL.D., papal nuncii, addressed to the archbishops, bishops, elects, abbots, priors, deans, provosts, archdeacons, chief priests, rural deans, rectors, and other prelates of churches and monasteries and their deputies, the chapters and convents of churches and monasteries and other ecclesiastical persons, secular and regular, exempt and not exempt, of the Cistercian, Cluniac, Premonstratensian, Camalduline, Benedictine, Augustinian, and other orders, the masters, priors and preceptors of the houses and hospitals of St. John of Jerusalem and of the Teutonic knights (Sanctae Maria Theotonicorum) of Calatrava' [2], and of the Humiliati (Humuliatorum), and other persons whomsoever reciting three letters from Pope Gregory. The first of which enjoins the payment of 12 florins of gold "de camera" a day, for the expenses of Bernard, bishop of Pampelona, nuncio of the Apostolic See to parts of Flanders, on account of certain matters concerning the prosperity of the Church; the second in like terms for the payment of 6 florins of gold "de camera" a day for Ralph, bishop of Senigaglia; and the third for the payment of the same amount for Giles, Sancti Minnonis, provost of the church of Valentinois, LL.D. Order thereupon by the said prior and chapter of Christ Church for all ecclesiastical persons of the city and diocese of Worcester to pay one halfpenny on every


[1] See note on p. 294.
[2] A military order in Spain.

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mark of the value of their goods and benefices within twenty-four days, to Robert, rector of the church of St. Gregory, next the church of St. Paul of London, and to Ralph, rector of the church of St, Botolph without Aldersgate, receivers of the same in the said church of St. Gregory. Dated at London, 3 September, 1374.

[Fol. 182] Certificate by the Prior of Worcester of the receipt of the above mandate. Dated at Worcester, 15 October, 1374.

Mandate to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester to execute the same within his archdeaconry. Dated at Worcester, 13 October.

Like mandate to the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester.

[Fol. 182d] Mandate from Richard, prior, and the chapter of Christ Church, Canterbury (in like terms to the mandate on preceding page), for the payment, by all ecclesiastical persons, of one farthing in every pound of the value of their goods and benefices for an allowance of twelve florins a day to Pileus, Archbishop of Ravenna, papal nuncio to France and England. To be paid to the same receivers as set out in the previous mandate. Dated at Canterbury, 5th of the Kalends of December.

[Fol. 183] Similar mandate to levy a further farthing in the pound of the value of the goods and benefices of ecclesiastical persons in the city and diocese of Worcester, the said Bernard, bishop of Pampelona, Ralph, bishop of Senigaglia, and Giles (Sancti Minnonis), provost of the church of Valentinois, having remained longer in Flanders than was before allowed for. Dated at Canterbury, 5th of the Kalends of December.

[Fol. 184] Order to the Archdeacon of Worcester to execute the above mandate.

Mandate to the dean of Pershore to sequester and sell the fruits of the parish church of Twenyng, because for a long time it has been destitute of the cure of a priest, and the buildings of the same, in a great part, have utterly collapsed, and the fruits of the said church placed in the barns of the same, which are

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unroofed and delapidated, so that by the rain falling upon them the contents are wholly and from day to day damaged, and will be in a short time undoubtedly destroyed, unless some remedy be applied. Dated at Worcester, 20 January.

[Fol. 184d] Mandate to the Archdeacon of Gloucester to execute the previous mandate as to the levying of halfpence and farthings upon the goods of ecclesiastical persons. Further mandate from Richard, prior, and the chapter of Christ Church, Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester for levying another farthing in the mark of the value of the goods and benefices of ecclesiastical persons in the city and diocese of Worcester for a further allowance to the said Bernard, bishop of Pampelona, Ralph, bishop of Senigaglia, and Giles (Sancti Minnonis), provost of the church of Valentinois. Dated 2nd of the Ides of January, 1374-5.

[Fol. 185d] Certificate of the receipt of the above mandate. Dated 6 February.

Institution of John Braddebury, priest, presented by William Horsley, warden of the church of Tormerton, to the vicarage of Acton Torville in the diocese of Worcester, on 19 February.

Institution of Richard Maddeleye, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Clyfford in Wales to the vicarage of the church of Frompton upon Severn, on 1 February.

Institution of William Wery, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Cirencester to the vicarage of the church of Preston, on 22 January.

Institution of John Buthe, priest, presented by Richard de la Mere, rector of the church of the Holy Trinity of Gloucester, Edmund Brugges and Thomas Styward of Gloucester, to the church of Little Sobbury by Richard Stotard, clerk, his proctor, on 25 February.

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[Fol. 186] Certificate by the Prior of Worcester of the receipt of the said mandate for levying a halfpenny in every mark of the value of the goods and benefices of ecclesiastical persons in the city and diocese of Worcester, of the publication of the same mandate, of the sending of letters certificatory by the abbot of Winchcomb> and the refusal of the receivers to take the amount collected except in one sum. Dated at Worcester, 6 February, 1374-5.

Like certificate of the receipt of the mandate for levying a farthing in every pound of the value of the goods and benefices of ecclesiastical persons. Dated at Worcester, 6 February.

Pleas of the Crown held before Walter Frompton, mayor of Bristol, Thomas Beaupyne, sheriff of the same town, and John Marscal, one of the coroners of the King in the town aforesaid, on Wednesday the feast of St. Valentine, 49 Edward III.

William Drake (tonker) appeals Philip Spence, sherman, because on Sunday after the feast of the Purification, 49 Edward III., he entered the close of the said William in the suburbs of Bristol, next Hundenlane, and stole 2 yards of cloth of bloody colour. William finds pledges to prosecute, namely, Walter Dybon and Philip Barwe. The case coming on later at the "Gihald" of Bristol, the jurors, namely, Peter Colston, Walter Payn, John Pay, John Stapelton, Henry Dunsterre, Thomas Lange, Walter Partrich, David Alisaundre, John Polgrym, William Not, John Pew, and Nicholas Pypercorn, say upon their oath that the said Philip Spence is guilty. And the said Philip acknowledges himself to be a clerk and claims the ecclesiastical court. Therefore he is committed to the ordinary of the Prior of Worcester.

[Fol. 186d] Confirmation of the portions of the vicarage of Tettebury. Upon the representation of Nicholas Alyn, vicar of the parish church of Tettebury, that the said church was formerly appropriated to the abbot and convent of Eynesham in the diocese of Lincoln, and that the vicar received certain portions of tithes and other things for his maintenance, which he does not have, - inquisition was made by brother John Huntyngdon, monk of Worcester, and proctor of the prior, whereby it was found that the vicar of the same church for the time being and his successors had, and

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ought to have, for their habitation the whole manse of the said church, in which the rectors of the same were accustomed to live together, with all buildings, &c., except two granges and one place or yard (area) joined to the same, which is inclosed between the said granges and a certain stone wall stretching from the gate of the said manse to the old grange, one of the aforesaid granges, which same granges, place or yard pertain to the aforesaid religious men for placing therein their tithes and other fruits of the same church. Also that the vicars should have the rents of the houses or burgages to the said church pertaining, in the town of Tettebury, and 90 acres of arable land and 4 acres of meadow to the said church belonging, and all the tithe of hay coming to the said parish church, together with pasture for six bulls with the bulls of the lord of the same town, which pertains to the aforesaid church. The same vicar should have a contribution of 12 quarters of corn due every year to the same church from the parish of the same, which same contribution is commonly called "chircheschottes", which the rectors of the said church formerly received. The same vicar should also have there all the tithe of wool, lambs, calves, young pigs, geese, milk, cheese, and all and singular lesser tithes, and also all mortuaries of parishioners and others dying there due to the said church, and all oblations coming to the said church. Which same portions, according to the affirmation and assertion of both the parties aforesaid, attain to the annual value of 40 marks. Out of which he should find one parish-priest to celebrate in the said church and should pay the stipend of one deacon 20s. yearly, and 2s. for sinodals; he should also maintain one little mortar [1] with nine holes to be filled with tallow (unum mortariolum cum ix foraminibus de cepo implendis), and find one lamp with sufficient oil and four processional candles to be made of eight pounds of wax, and one to celebrate mass and communicate the parishioners at the feast of Easter, and corn for making the Host and incense for the principal feasts, as is proper, he should pay also due and accustomed procuration to the archdeacon of the place, and also the tithes and other imposition for the tax of twelve marks. But all other tithes, profits and commodities of the said church except above expressed shall wholly belong to the said religious men.


[1] Mortar, a bowl filled with perfumed wax and oil in which a broad wick was kept burning at festivals and funerals.

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Dated in the chapel of St. Nicholas next the great hall of the Prior of Worcester, on 17 February, 1374.

[Fol. 187] Notarial certificate to the above confirmation.

Memorandum, that on 2 December, 1374, William Prossel of Wykewayne had letters dimissory to the first clerical tonsure, Henry Malerstang, rector of Severnestoke, acolyte, to all holy orders, Thomas atte Brugge of Haresfeld, William Stonhenge of Buscheleye, William de Prestebury, and John Kyng of Warwick to the order of acolyte.

On the same day John Bryth' of Aldryngton, John Toope, and John White of Gloucester had letters dimissory to the order of sub-deacon.

On the same day Thomas Hobbs of Utlicote, John Cros of Warwick, John Colyt of Yardeleye had letters dimissory to the order of deacon.

On the same day John Dalby of Bradeweye, Robert Hawkins of Wylareseye, John Hed of Longeborowe, John Clot of Gloucester, Thomas Gregory of the same place, Thomas Cokes of Cheltenham, and John de Malvern had letters dimissory for priest's orders. The names of those ordained in the diocese of Lichfield by Robert, bishop of Presinen [1], by commission of the Prior of Worcester.

Henry Slatter to the title of the house of Oseney, to all holy orders; John Tommes to the title of his patrimony; John Capeleye to the title of the house of Hayles, to all holy orders; William Scarp to the title of the house of Alyncestr', to all holy orders; John de Wotton, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald of Wyston [sic qy. Wygorn] to all holy orders; Thomas Skye to the title of the house of Stodleye, to all holy orders; John de Kent to the title of the house of Whitston, to all holy orders; as sub-deacons. John Fremon of Honynton to the title of the house of Murynil; John Stowe to the title of his patrimony; John Wellar of Clopton to the title of his patrimony; William Luttes of Tradington to the title of the house of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester; Richard Tommes of Cheddeworth to the title of the hospital of St. J. of


[1] See note, p. 294, ante.

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Bristol; William atte Churche to the title of the house of Bordsley; Thomas Adrewyn to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald of Worcester; John Donynton to the title of the house of Coldenorton; and John Taylor of Bernynton to the title of the house of Bruera, to the order of deacon.

Richard Walker to the title of the house of Lythlade; John Hurel to the title of the house of St. Augustine of Bristol; John Ranyotes of Honybourne to the title of the house of Cokhulle; John Cors to the title of the house of Little Malvern; William Caddo to the title of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; John Hale to the title of the house of Coldenorton; John, Baron of Throkmerton, and Nicholas Meleward, to the title of the house of Cokhulle, to priest's orders.

[Fol. 187d] Acknowledgment of the receipt of a commission from Robert, bishop of Salisbury, to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between Henry de Stratton, vicar of the church of Lyttelton Drew, of the bishop's collation and in his diocese, with Joseph Southcote, perpetual chaplain of the fifth chantry of the Canons of Bristol in the diocese of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, 10 February.

Institution of Henry Strattone, priest, presented by the Mayor of Bristol to the fifth chantry of the Canons, by reason of the above exchange. And the dean of Bristol is written to for his induction.

Acknowledgment of the receipt of a commission from Robert, bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between John Populday, vicar of the church of Womburne in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, and John Snyg', vicar of Duddeleye in the diocese of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, 15 February, 1374-5.

[Fol. 188] Institution of John Populday, priest, presented to the vicarage of the church of Duddeleye by reason of the above exchange. Dated 15 February. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

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Institution of Alan de Newton, priest, presented by Edmund de Stonore to the church of Cundicote in the diocese of Worcester, on 13 March. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Indictment of John Bollay of Fowenhope before the king's justices for robbery - on a high road leading to Campederie, near the gallows by the Wood of Snydeleye - of two horses; of one horse belonging to John Nygletyngale of Swyndon, and of certain articles from Hugh Hallyng'.

Indictment of Thomas Wolrych of Lecampton for burglary at the house of Thomas Dounton, at Lecampton.

Writ from Edward III. to the keeper of the spiritualities of the Bishopric of Worcester to levy the arrears of the tenth granted to the Crown from the clergy, viz.:- 5s. from the church of St. Stephen of Bristol, 12d. for the procuration of the abbot of Galston' in the same church, 3s. 4d. from the church of St. Michael of Bristol, 5s. from the church of Filton, 24s. from the church of Olveston, 6s. 2d. from the church of Rokampton, 12s. 8d. for the portion of the vicarage in the church of Berkeleye, 10s. from the church of Frompton, 7s. 4d. from the church of Dodynton, 27s. 4d. from the church of Buttone, 22s. 4d. from the church of Estmitton, 6s. 4d. from the church of Eggeworthe, 13s. 4d. from the church of Stok' Gyffard, 16s. from the church of Aston Magna, and 6s. 8d. from the prebend of Richard Michel in the church of Westbury. Dated at Westminster, 15 February, 49 Edward III.

Probate of the will of Baldwin de Frevell', granted by brother William Power, commissary of the Prior of Worcester, to Thomas de Morhalle and Henry Caytewayte, executors of the said will. Dated at Worcester, 6 April, 1375.

[Fol. 188d] Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Durseley to sequester the fruits of the church of Slymbrugge, destitute of a rector. Dated at Worcester, 21 March, 1374-5. Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to Thomas, perpetual vicar of St. Leonard's of Bristol, to collect and receive the fruits of the church of St. Stephen of Bristol.

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Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the deans, rectors, vicars, and parish priests throughout the archdeaconry of Gloucester to publicly denounce John Basset, clerk, official of the archdeacon of Gloucester, to be excommunicated for contumacy in not coming before the said prior when cited. Dated at Worcester, 22 March, 1374-5.

Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Fayreforde, and all rectors, vicars, and parish priests of the said deanery, that having put on their albs, with cross erect, having rung the bells, lit and extinguished the candles and thrown them to the ground, and with other requisite solemnities to denounce Stephen, prior of Lechelade, as excommunicated, citing him nevertheless to appear before the prior or his commissary in the cathedral church of Worcester to receive condign punishment for his demerits because he refused to fulfil the mandates and injunctions made by William, late Bishop of Worcester, at his visitation, for the better rule of his said house, and because he diminished the divine culture, wasted and defiled the goods of the priory, and led a dissolute life. Dated at Worcester, 22 March, 1374-5.

[Fol. 189] Orders celebrated in the cathedral church of Worcester on Saturday the first week of Lent, that is to say, the 17th day of March, 1374-5, by Robert, bishop of Presins [1] by licence and commission of the prior of the cathedral church of Worcester.

PRIESTS.

William Mounfort, rector of the church of Ilmyndon.

William Cleve, to the title of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Freman of Honynton, to the title of the house of Miravall, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Pors, to the title of the prior and convent of the hospital of St. John of Lecchelade, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Stowe, to the title of his patrimony, of which he gave particulars and made oath.

Thomas Adrewyn of Wynchecomb, to the title of the house of St. Oswald of Worcester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William atte Church, to the title of the house of Bordesley, of which he gave particulars, &c.


[1] See note ante, p. 294.

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John Cros of Warwick, to the title of the house of the hospital of St. Sepulchre of Warwick, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Clot of Gloucester, to the title of the house of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Thommes of Cheddeworth, to the title of the house of the hospital of St. John of Bristol, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Taylor of Great Bermyngton, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John de Donyngton, to the title of the house of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Scotte of Teukesbury, to the title of the preceptor of St. Oswald of Witeston [1], of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Colet of Yerdeley, to the title of the prior and convent of Cokhull, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Gregory of Gloucester, to the title of the prior and brothers of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Walter Kyng, to the title of the prior and convent of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Cokes, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas de Wynterton.

RELIGIOUS.

Brother Thomas Overton of Cirencester.

Brother John Monjoy of Lanthoni.

Brother Thomas de Cheltenham of Hayles.

Brother William Gloucester of Hayles.

Brother John Gloucester of Hayles.

Brother Thomas Walleforde, monk of the church of Coventry, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Lichfield.

Brother Richard Braunsford of the order of St. Francis.

DEACONS.

Thomas Capel, rector of the church of Fylton.

John Brygh of Aldrynton, to the title of the abbot and convent of Hayles, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Kent, to the title of the house of Wiston, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.


[1] See ante, p. 327.

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Thomas Skye of Halforde, to the title of the house of Stodleye, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Robert Wattes of Rysyndon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John White of Gloucester, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Geoffrey Hambury, to the title of the house of Stodleye, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Wotton, to the title of the house of St. Oswald of Whiteston. John Toop, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Scharp, to the title of the house of Alcester, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Boclonde of Etyndon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Stonl', of which he gave particulars, &c.

William de Conede, by sufficient letters dimissory by the Bishop of Lichfield, to the title of the house of St. Giles of Shrewsbury.

John Thommes, to the title of his patrimony, of which he gave particulars and made oath.

William Malle of Northlech, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John of Lechlade, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Botercram of the parish of Madeston, by sufficient letters dimissory by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to the title of St. John of Lechelade.

Henry Sclatter to the title of the house of Oseneye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Capelare, to the title of the abbot and convent of Hayles, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Palmere of Bretforton, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Eveshamme, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, of which he gave particulars, &c.

DEACONS (Religious).

Brothers Thomas Bristoll and William Blontesdon, monks of Malmesbury.

Brother John Leych, monk of Cirencester.

Brother Thomas Lydiat, monk of Cirencester.

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Brother Nicholas Conynges, monk of Stodleye.

Brother John Wynchecombe, monk of Hayles.

Brother John Dydebrokes, of the order of Friars Preachers.

SUB-DEACONS.

John Irische, to the title of the house of St. B. of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Maltyn, to the title of the house of the prioress and convent of Whiston, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Test of Froucestr', to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. B. of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Dyam of Stowe, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Holdre of Shenyngdon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Oseneye, to sub-deacon's order, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Stonhenge of the parish of Bysle, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, to all holy orders of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Heye, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony, next Gloucester, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars.

Simon Dittus of Brayles, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. B. of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Borgeys of Payneswyke, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony, next Gloucester, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Kyngton of Warwick, to the title of the prior and convent of St. Sepulchre of Warwick, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Priour of Chalforde, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Lincoln, to all holy orders, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Henry Hulle of Bremesgrave, to the title of the prior and convent of Doddeford, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Robert Hobkyns of Derlescote, to the title of the prior and convent of Hayles, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Broun of Warwick, to the title of the prior and convent of St. Sepulchre of Warwick, of which he gave particulars, &c.

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Thomas Ine, to the title of the prioress and convent of Pynleye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Philip Grenles, by sufficient letters from the Bishop of St. David's, to the title of the prioress and convent of Brewode, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Colle, rector of the church of Hampton Lovett.

John Somory, to the title of his patrimony, of which he gave particulars and made oath.

William Grysleye, rector of the church of Kolsale in the diocese of Norwich, by letters dimissory of his diocesan remaining in the possession of the registrar, of which he gives his word.

Thomas Levenamie, to the title of his patrimony, of which he gave particulars and made oath.

SUB-DEACONS (Religious).

Brother John Teynton, monk of Teukesbury.

Brother Nicholas Glouc', monk of Teukesbury.

Brother Robert Badynton, monk of Gloucester.

Brother William Boure, monk of Gloucester.

Brother Thomas Marcle, monk of Gloucester.

Brother John Wotton, monk of Cirencester.

Brother John Myddelton, monk of Cirencester.

Brother William Teshale, monk of Stodleye.

Brother Thomas Walton of the order of Friars Preachers.

ACOLYTES.

Thomas Jakemon of Dorsynton.

William Huyrene of Preston upon Stower.

Thomas Whytenhurste of Okynton.

Thomas Chapman of Campeden.

John Fairkener of Lech Andrew.

John Willames of Dychforde.

Richard Stanforde of Fayrforde.

John Ongchrich of Cheltenham.

John Creekes of Ebrygthton.

John Not of Teukesbury.

William Norton of Ikcombe.

Walter Canynges of Stratforde.

John Thommes of Merston Sicca.

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Robert Strange of Evesham, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Eveshamme to all holy orders.

William Gody of Gloucester.

Henry Leone of Gloucester.

John Danyel of Gloucester.

Nicholas Shaulden of the diocese of Lichfield.

William Thomas of Thyngden, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Lincoln to all holy orders.

Thomas Warner of Seynebury.

John Staunsun of Salewarp.

Richard Maydegod of Little Compton.

Richard Farman of the diocese of Lichfield.

Philip Toukes of Fekkenham.

Nicholas Marteley of Upton.

John Wodeward of Twenynges.

John Calne of Fayrreford.

John Kekeswych of Warwick.

William Byrtton of the diocese of Lichfield.

John Cotteys of Halforde.

William Adkyns.

Thomas Cokes of Ombresleye.

John Gardyner of Ombresleye.

Thomas Chalener of Durhurste.

William Whyte of Clyve.

John Clerkes of Bradewas.

John Eyton of Holte.

John Dekes of Severnestoke.

John de Teukesbury.

William Gerard of Morton.

John Tryekes of Cirencester.

Roger Aston of Severnestoke.

Richard Stokes of Warwick.

John Odam.

William Colyns of Oventon.

John Freylsel.

John Trylon of Weston.

Thomas Wyth of Longelalforde.

Nicholas Fyfhyde.

Thomas Aleyn of Clyve Episcopi.

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John Smyth of Avenynges.

Thomas Bette of Teukesbury.

Richard Broun of Ledebury.

ACOLYTES (Religious).

Brother Richard de Gloucester.

Brother William Ouston.

Brother Richard Staneworthe of the order of St. Francis.

Brother Thomas Stanewey.

Brother John Lemestre.

Brother Richard Perschore of the order of St. Augustine.

Brother John Hayston of Lanthony.

Brother John Chaddesleye of the order of St. Augustine.

Brother Thomas Ashton.

Brother Thomas Dene.

CLERKS OF THE FIRST TONSURE.

Richard Cumpayn of Pupleton.

Thomas Deysone of Evesham.

Robert Hert of Ruppul.

John Couper of Newton.

Thomas Grym of Worcester.

John Sprynges of Wolforton.

William Byrtton of the diocese of Lichfield.

Simon Giffard of Stodleye.

John Huwet of Clive Episcopi.

Richard Spelly of Aston Episcopi.

Roger Croket of Sokkoleye.

John Hayward of Newenton.

Henry Kekes of Bydford.

Richard Baker of Fleyford.

John Bache of Worcester.

Richard Wastel.

John Brydly of Wolforton.

Nicholvs Clercs of Ryppel.

John de Leye.

John Thorp of Newton.

Thomas Huwes of Twenynges.

Richard Penne.

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Memorandum, that on the 24th of March, 1375, Thomas Whytenhurst, John Gardener of Ambresleye, John Eyton of Holte, William Gele of Prestebury, William Webbe of Lythorn', and John Stumsum of Salewarp, had letters dimissory for the order of sub-deacon.

Memorandum, that on the 24th of March, 1375, Simon Brayles of Admescote, Robert Hopkyne of Derlescote, John Kyngton of Warwick, John Maltyn, John Gardener of Ombresleye, William Prodom of Morton, and John Winter of Defford, Superior, had letters dimissory for the order of deacon.

Memorandum, that on the 24th of March, 1375, John Toope of Gloucester, Robert Hopkynes of Derlescote, and John Brounynges of Warwick had letters dimissory for the order of priest.

Commission from Simon [1], bishop of London, to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between William Waghen, rector of the church of Upton Waryn, in the diocese of Worcester, and John de Obedon, rector of the church of Pakelesham, in the diocese of London. Dated at London, 28 January, 1374-5.

[Fol. 190d] Certificate of the receipt of the above commission. Dated at Worcester, 21 March, 1374-5.

Institution of John Obeden, priest, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick and Lord of Gower, to the church of Upton Waryn upon the above exchange on 21 March. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

John Caas, priest, presented by Beatrice Everard to the church or chapel of Sobbury Parva in the diocese of Worcester, for whom the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to, and he has not yet certified.

Institution of William Cheddeworth, priest, presented by the king to the vicarage of the church of Cheddeworthe in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of the temporalities of the abbot of Lyra, an alien, being in the king's hands on account of the war with France, on 24 April, 1375.


[1] Simon Sudbury, 1362-1375.

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Institution of John Scarle, priest, presented by the king to the charnel chapel (ad capellam carnariae) which master John Ware lately held in the city of Worcester, being in the king's gift by reason of the bishopric of Worcester being vacant, on 24 April.

Institution of William Taunton, clerk, presented by the prior and monks of Duddeleye of the Cluniac order, in the diocese of Lichfield, to the church of Northefelde in the diocese of Worcester, upon the resignation of Richard Gedynton, the late rector, on 28 April.

Commission by Walter, Prior of Worcester, to W., bishop of Hereford [1] to grant dispensation to Roger Goldhulle of Gloucester, priest, who omitted to receive the order of acolyte. Dated at Grymeleye, 1 May, 1375.

Writ from Edward III. to the keeper of the spiritualities of the bishopric of Worcester requiring and asking for the prayers of the clergy of the diocese of Worcester for the king, and the prosperous state of the kingdom and of the peers and magnates and all the people of the same, especially for the state and happiness of the expedition of the king's sons, Edmund, Earl of Cambridge, and John, Duke of Britanny, and of other lords, magnates, and faithful subjects whom the king had sent to parts beyond the sea for the safety of the right of the kingdom of England. Dated at Westminster, 8 May, 49 Edward III.

[Fol. 191] Writ to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester for prayers to be said, as above, in his archdeaconry for the safety and happy return of the expedition to Britanny, in all conventual and parish churches on the fourth and sixth days of the week.

Presentation by King Edward III., on account of the See of Worcester being vacant, of Robert Gerlethorp, clerk, to the chapel or chantry of the charnel-house (carnariae) in the churchyard of the cathedral church of Worcester, which master John de Ware, deceased, lately held. Dated at Westminster, 30 April, 49 Edward III.


[1] William Courtenay, 1370-1375.

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Certificate by John Blaunchard, LL.D., archdeacon of Worcester, of the receipt of a commission from the Prior of Worcester, dated 16 May, 1375, directing the said archdeacon to hear the cause of the fesignation by John Scarle of the chantry of the charnelhouse, and if it merits it to approve of the same and to admit and institute Robert Gerlethorp to the same chantry. Which commission the said archdeacon has executed and has approved of the said fesignation, and afterwards admitted and instituted the said Robert Gerlethorpe to the said chantry. Dated 24 May.

[Fol. 191d] Memorandum, that the said certificate was exhibited to the prior by William Asteleye, proctor of the said Robert Gerlethorp, on 29 May, on which day the said proctor made canonical obedience.

Induction of Robert Gerlethorpe to the chantry of the charnelhouse of St. Thomas the Martyr in the churchyard of the church of Worcester.

Institution of William Blount, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of the monastery of St Peter of Gloucester to the chapel of St. Margaret next Gloucester, by William Halyet, his sufficient proctor, on 15 May. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of Henry Rose, presented by Edward III. to the chantry of the Virgin Mary in the church of Blockeleye, by reason of the vacancy in the See of Worcester, on 23 May. And the vicar of the church aforesaid is written to for his induction.

Institution of William Tykenhale, priest presented by the prior and convent of Maxstoke to the vicarage of the parish church of Thoneworth, on 24 May. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Institution of John Bernard, acolyte, presented by the rector and convent of the house or monastery of Edyndon in the diocese of Salisbury to the church of Thormerton in the diocese of Worcester, on 31 May. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction.

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[Fol. 192] Letters dimissory for John de Stovvell, John de Cheltenham, Gilbert Moyne, deacons, canons of the monastery of St. Augustine of Bristol in the diocese of Worcester, and Edward Bowyare, canon of the same monastery, sub-deacon. Dated at Worcester, 15 May, 1375.

Memorandum, that on 23 July, in the garden of the Prior of Worcester, very near the great gate, John Salewarp, rector of the church of Hambury, next Wych, came before J. Segg, notary public, and the Prior of Worcester, and swore that he would not from henceforth have carnal knowledge of a certain Margaret Joos, nor meet her in suspicious places, under a penalty of 10li.

Orders were celebrated in the cathedral church of Worcester on Saturday, the Vigil of the Holy Trinity, to wit 16 June, 1375, by the venerable father the lord Robert, Bishop of Prenestinus [1] (?), (Priseneri), by licence and commission of the Prior of Worcester.

PRIESTS.

William Stonhenge of Bysleye, to the title of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Dycon of Stowe, to the title of the house of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Prodomme of Morton Hennemers, to the title of the house of Coldenorton, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Nicholes of Bretforton, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Eveshamme, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Breules, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of St. David's, to the title of the prior and convent of Brewode, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Maltyn, to the title of the prior and convent of Wiston, next Worcester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Borgeys of Payneswyke, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony, next Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Whyte of Gloucester, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester.

John Bokelonde of Etyndon, to the title of the abbot and


[1] Robert "Prissinensis", Suffragan of Worcester, 1373-1375.

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convent of Stonleye, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Palmer of Bretforton, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Eveshamme, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Colle, rector of Hampton Lovett.

John Taylor of Wych, to the title of the hospital of St. John of Lich', of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Whittenhurst to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Wynter of Dyfford, to the title of the house of Stonleye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Skreneyn of Kemeseye, to the title of the house of the Holy Trinity of Bruggenorth, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Copelar.to the title of the abbot and convent of Hayles, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Ombrisleye, to the title of the prior and convent [blank].

PRIESTS (Religious).

Thomas Upton, monk of Pershore.

John Paunteleye.

John Myddelton.

Philip Kenestar.

John Byshampton of the order of Friars Minor.

DEACONS.

Richard Maydengod of Little Comberton, to the title of the house of Coldenorton, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Pyper of Haresfelde, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Holder of Schenyndon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Oseneye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Heye of Staunton, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Richard Test of Froucester, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

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William Bele of Prestebury, to the title of the abbot and convent of Oseney, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Gardener of Ombresleye, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Nicholas Salewy of Pyryton, to the title of the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Thomas Lovelaunce, to the title of his patrimony, of which he gave his word.

John Smyth of Avenynges, to the title of the prioress and convent of Kyngton Monialium, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Robert Strange of Evesham, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Eveshamme, to all holy orders, to the title of the prior and convent of Cochull, of which he gave particulars, &c.

DEACONS (Religious).

Brother Nicholas Gloucester, monk of Tewkesbury.

Brother John Teynton, monk of Tewkesbury.

Brother John Kemeys of the order of Friars Preachers.

Brother Robert de Overbury of the order of Friars Preachers.

Brother Robert Wynter of the order of St. Augustine.

Brother Robert Badnynton, monk of Gloucester.

Brother William Boure, monk of Gloucester.

Brother Thomas Marcle, monk of Gloucester.

Brother John Warrewyk of the order of St. Augustine.

SUB-DEACONS.

Thomas Haukynes of Etyndon, to the title of the prior and convent of St. Margaret of Poghleye, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Elias de Wydeforde, to the title of the master of the hospital of St. John the Baptist of Bristol, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Freebody of Duddeleye, to the title of the prior and convent of Wombrugg, of which he gave particulars, &c.

Henry Leve of Gloucester, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony, next Gloucester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

William Geffrayes of Shypston, to the title of the house of the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester, of which he gave particulars, &c.

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John Warrewyk of Bredon, to the title of his patrimony, of which he gave particulars and gave his word.

John Spicer, by sufficient letters dimissory from the bishop of Hereford, to the title of the prior and convent of St. Thomas the Martyr, next Stafford, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

John Wylles of Walton, to the title of the prior and convent of Little Malvern, to all holy orders, of which he gave particulars, &c.

SUB-DEACONS (Religious).

Brother William Ouston, monk of the church of Worcester.

Brother John Lemestre, monk of the church of Worcester.

Brother John Stretforde, monk of the church of Worcester.

Brother John Doddeleye, monk of the church of Worcester.

Brother Roger Porter, monk of Little Malvern.

Brother Richard Malvern, monk of Little Malvern.

Brother John Munpe, monk of Little Malvern.

Brother Hugh Penne, monk of Little Malvern.

Brother Richard Gloucester, monk of Teukesbury.

Brother Thomas Staneweye, monk of Teukesbury.

Brother Thomas Ashton, monk of Teukesbury.

Brother John Ashton, monk of Teukesbury.

Brother Thomas Monemouth, canon of Lanthony.

Brother Richard Perschore, of the order of St. Augustine.

ACOLYTES.

John Combe of Wotton.

Walter Brau of Payneswyk.

Thomas Upton of Everdon, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of London.

Robert Penne of Teukesbury.

John de Bristol.

Thomas Olynton of Hynton.

John Rolnes of Walton.

ACOLYTES (Religious).

Roger Kytlyngton of the orders of Friars Preachers.

Nicholas Swyndon of the order of Friars Preachers.

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John Standych, canon of Lanthony.

William Elinor, canon of Lanthony.

Commission by John, Bishop of Lincoln [l], to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between David Michel, rector of the church of Dene, in the diocese of Lincoln, and John West, rector of the church of St. Peter of Upton upon Severn, in the diocese of Worcester. The said John West being presented to the said church of Dene by brother Robert Hales, prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England. Dated at the Old Temple, London, 6 June, 1375.

[Fol. 193] Certificate of the receipt of the above commission, and in accordance therewith, the said Prior of Worcester has instituted and inducted the said John West into the church of Dene by John Hale, clerk, his proctor, substituted for Richard Benet, bachelor of laws, his original proctor. Dated at Worcester, 28 July.

Institution of David Michel, priest, presented by the king to the church of Upton upon Severn, upon the above exchange, by the same proctor, as above, on 28 July.

Institution of Adam Fyfide, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Gloucester to the church of Duntesbourne Abbot, in the diocese of Worcester, on 16 June. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Memorandum, that the same Adam has a letter of repair (litteram reparationis) to the same official, dated 17 June. Institution of Stephen Welwykes, priest, presented by King Edward III. to the vicarage of the church of Brynnesfeld, by reason of the temporalities of the priory of Brynnesfeld [2] being in the king's hands because of the war, on 27 June. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of Clement Walshe, priest, presented by John Darundell, son of Richard, earl of Arundel, and Ralph de Farrariis, attorneys of E. le Despenser, lord of Glamorgan and Morgannok,


[1] John Bokyngham, 1363-1398. [2] Brimsfield, co. Gloucester.

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to the church of Staunton in Fosse in the diocese of Worcester, on 6 July. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Institution of John Huchyn, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Pershore to the vicarage of the church of Aldermeston in the diocese of Worcester, on 10 July. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Institution of William Seward, priest, presented by Sir Richard de Actone, knight, and Robert Cheddre, attorneys of Thomas de Berkeleye, lord of Berkeleye, to the church of Wottone under Hegge [1], in the diocese of Worcester, by Thomas Gelemyn, clerk, his proctor, on 28 July. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of Thomas Goos, priest, presented by Walter de Frompton, mayor of the town of Bristol, to the second chantry of the fraternity of the Canons in the church of All Saints of Bristol, by resignation of John Holgate, on 11 July. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

[Fol. 193d] Institution of John Pollesworthe, priest, presented by King Edward III. to the church of St. Andrew of Wych' in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of the priory of Durhurste being in the king's hands because of the war with France, on 6 August. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Commission from the Prior of Worcester to the dean and chapter of London to expedite the exchange between William de Stodleye, rector of the church of St. Benedict, next Pouleswharf, London, and William Greseleye, rector of the church of Bisshopeshampton in the diocese of Worcester. The patronage of the church of Bisshopeshampton being in the king's nands on account of the vacancy in the See of Worcester. Dated 18 July, 1375.

Certificate of the receipt of the above commission by the dean and chapter of London. Dated at London, at their chapter-house, 1 August.


[1] Wotton-under-Edge.

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Memorandum, that on 5 August, Henry Peny, proctor of the aforesaid William Stodleye, made canonical obedience. And the Dean of Christianity of Warwick is written to for his induction. Commission from John, Bishop of Lincoln [1], to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between William Lole, rector of the parish church of Rethurby in the diocese of Lincoln, and Robert Repyndon, vicar of the parish church of Kemseye, in the diocese of Worcester. The said Robert having been presented to the said church of Rethurby by the sub-prior and convent of the priory of Landa [2], the prior of the same being in foreign parts. Dated at Lydyngton, 2 August, 1375.

[Fol. 194] Certificate of the receipt of the above commission, and that the said Prior of Worcester had admitted the said Robert, by William, rector or portioner in the church of Leye in the diocese of Worcester. Dated at Grymeleye, 7 August.

Institution of William Fyseby, rector of the church of Rotherby in the diocese of Lincoln, presented by Roger, rector of the church of Kemeseye, to the vicarage of the same church, by reason of the exchange with the church of Rotherby, by the resignation of Robert Repyndon, the last vicar, and he is admitted to the same church by Richard, portioner or rector of the church of Chokenhulle, his sufficient proctor, on 7 August. And the rector of Kemeseye is written to for his induction.

Commission from Adam, Bishop of St. David's [3], to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester, to expedite the exchange between William Wattes, rector of the church of Porthcragham in the diocese of St. David's, and David Thomas, rector of the church of Nywenton in the diocese of Worcester. The said David being presented to the said church of Prothcragham by King Edward III., by reason of the alien priory of Pembroke [4] being in the King's hands on account of the war with France. Dated at St. David's, 26 July, 1375.

Certificate of the receipt of the above commission. Dated at Worcester, 9 August.


[1] John Bokyngham, 1363-1398.
[2] Laund in Leicestershire (?).
[3] Adam Houghton, 1362-1389.
[4] Pembroke was a Benedictine cell, belonging to the Abbey of Seez.

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Institution of William Wattes, rector of the church of Portcragham in the diocese of St. David's, presented by King Edward III., by reason of the vacancy of the See of Worcester, to the church of Nywenton, by reason of the above exchange. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

[Fol. 194d] Institution of Alan de Newton, priest, presented by Edmund de Stonore to the church of Harnhull in the diocese of Worcester, on 12 August. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of William de Blockeleye, priest, presented by Edmund de Stonore to the church of Cundicote, on 12 August. And the Dean of Blockeleye is written to for his induction.

Institution of John de Bradeleye, priest, presented by the prioress and convent of the Black Nuns of Brewode to the parish church of Brome in the diocese of Worcester, on 13 August. And the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester is written to for his induction.

Institution of John Wenrich', priest, presented by Thomas de Lodelowe, lord of the moiety of the town of Campeden, to the chapel of St. Katherine of Campeden in the diocese of Worcester, on 17 August. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Mandate to master John Hale, sequestrator general and dean of Stonhous, to sequester the fruits of the priory of Horseleye and of the parish churches of Horseleye and Whytehurste, on account of the absence of brother Richard Gary, prior of Horseleye and keeper of the churches aforesaid, and on account of the peril to souls, the withdrawal of hospitality, and the buildings of the priory having for a great part collapsed, and the profits having been wasted. Dated at Worcester, 30 July.

Revocation of the above mandate on account of the negligence of the sequestrator, and appointing the rector of the church of St. Ellen of Worcester in their place. Dated 16 August.

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Mandate to the dean of Stonhous and chaplain of the parish churches of Horseleye and Whitenhurste to release the sequestration upon the said churches; the said William Gary, prior of the priory of Horseleye, asserting that the fruits of the churches aforesaid belong to him. And to make proclamation that if there are any who wish to say anything against the releasing of the said sequestration, that they are to appear before the prior or his commissary in the cathedral church of Worcester on Saturday next after the feast of St. Bartholomew. Dated at Worcester, 17 August, 1375.

[Fol. 195] Letter to the Bishop of Prenestinus (? Prisenen'} requesting him to go to the church of Stone in the diocese of Worcester to perform there the office of reconciliation, the churchyard of the same church having been polluted by the effusion of blood; but before commencing the office he shall receive loos, from the parishioners in the name of a procuration. After which he is requested to perform the office of reconciliation at the church of Hertlebury. Dated at Worcester, 17 August.

Commission to the same bishop granting him faculty to perform the same office. Dated at Worcester, 17 August.

Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the deans of Kyderminster and Wych, that whereas the parish church of Hertlebury in the diocese of Worcester was lately polluted by the violent effusion of blood and the sounds of the divine voice are stayed; on account of which the parishioners, who are answerable for the charges of reconciliation, if the chief malefactor does not pay, are admitted to the divine offices and sacraments of the church on Sundays and festivals in the neighbouring churches, wherefore although the said parishioners have been warned to satisfy the procuration due for reconciliation, they neglect to do so; the said deans are therefore ordered to warn the rectors, vicars, and priests of neighbouring churches that they publicly proclaim before beginning the divine office that if any are in those churches from the parish of Hertlebury, that they depart, and none of the same clergy admit any of the same parishioners to any divine offices under pain of excommunication. Dated at Worcester, 17 August.

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Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester, and all deans, rectors, and parish priests of the deanery of Worcester, Kyderminster, and Wych publicly and solemnly to denounce Richard Lekhull, son of Thomas Lekhull, who mortally wounded Hugh Fyscheyre of Trokeston in the parish church of Hertlebury, and was excommunicated for that cause, every Sunday and festival before the solemnization of mass being clothed in albs, with cross erect, having rung the bells and lit and extinguished the candles, and not to cease such denunciation until they have orders to do otherwise. Dated at Worcester, 25 August.

Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Bristol to denounce as excommunicated those persons in a schedule annexed [l] who had not paid the procuration for divers nuncii of the pope, and to take the ecclesiastical fruits of the same to the amount of the said procurations, and satisfy the prior of the same on the morrow of the Assumption of the Glorious Virgin in the cathedral church of Worcester.

Licence to the Bishop of Prenestinus (?) to reconcile the church of Hertlebury. Dated at Worcester, 24 August.

Commission from Thomas Baketon, LL.D., Vicar-general, &c., of Simon, archbishop of Canterbury [2], now in foreign parts, to Walter, Prior of Worcester, reciting the appointment by the said archbishop of master Thomas Yong, official of the court of Canterbury, John de Appelby, dean of the church of St. Paul's, London, and Thomas de Baketon, doctor of laws, his vicars general, with notarial certificates attached to the same appointment, committing to the same prior the custody and rule of the spiritualities of the See of Worcester. Dated 28 May.

[Fol. 195d] Protestation made upon the admission of the said commission.

Proclamation of the said commission in the presence of witnesses.

Institution of Thomas Felde, rector of the parish church of Warmedon in the diocese of Worcester, presented by the Prior


[1] Schedule not given.
[2] Simon of Sudbury, 1375-1381.

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and convent of Worcester to the church of St. Clement in the City of Worcester upon an exchange.

[Fol. 196] Institution of John Hale, rector of the church of St. Clement of Worcester, presented by William Bracy of Warmedon, to the church of Warmedon in the diocese of Worcester, upon the exchange with the said church of St. Clement.

Institution of Philip Keys, priest, presented by Richard de Pyriton, canon of the collegiate church of the Blessed Mary of Warwick and prebendary of the prebend of Compton Mordake, to the church of Bodebrok, on 25 August.

Institution of Richard Vynt', priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Teukesbury to the church of Lech' Andrew in the diocese of Worcester, on 31 August.

Institution of John Poole, priest and canon of the monastery of Hales, presented by the abbot and convent of Hales to the vicarage of the church of Hales in the diocese of Worcester, on 2 September.

Institution of Reginald Pony, of the first clerical tonsure, presented by the abbot and convent of Abendon in the diocese of Salisbury, to the church of Dumbelton in the diocese of Worcester on 5 September.

Institution of William Blockeleye, priest, presented by King Edward III., by reason of the Wardship of the heir of Sir John Keynes, chivaler, to the church of Oxshelne in the diocese of Worcester, on 8 September.

Institution of John Morvyn, of the first clerical tonsure, presented by King Edward III. to the church of the Holy Trinity of Gloucester in the diocese of Worcester, by Henry atte Welle, chaplain, his proctor, on 7 September.

Institution of Henry Caytewayte, priest, presented by the abbess and convent of Pollesworth to the Church of Quynton in the diocese of Worcester, on 24 September.

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Institution of William de Goderyntone, priest, presented by King Edward III., the temporalities of the priory of Durhurste being in his hands, to the vicarage of the church of Trynley in the diocese of Worcester, on 25 September.

Institution of Walter Clerkes, priest, presented by Edmund de Stonore to the church of Cundicote in the diocese of Worcester, on 28 September.

Institution of John Lethyngburgh, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester in the diocese of Worcester to the church of Duntesbourne Abbas, on 30 September.

Institution of Richard Cole, presented by King Edward III., at the nomination of William Redeburgh, by reason of the temporalities of the priory of Durhurste being in the King's hands, to the chapel of Lega, next Durhurst, in the diocese of Worcester, on 28 September.

Memorandum, that on 4 October, the Prior of Worcester conferred upon Robert Brugge the chantry of Rippel' and Newynton, founded in the church of Rippel in the diocese of Worcester by John Saleman.

[Fol. 196d] Mandate [1] from Simon, archbishop of Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester to levy procurations for Pileus, archbishop of Ravenna, and William, bishop of Carpentras [2], papal nuncii to the kingdoms of England and France. Dated at Otford, the Nones of August, 1395.

[Fol. 197d] Order to the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official to execute the above mandate. Dated at Worcester, 19 August, 1375.

[Fol. 198] Certificate by the Prior of Worcester to Simon, archbishop of Canterbury, of the receipt of the above mandate, and stating that there are some alien priories in the diocese upon which nothing can be levied as they are in the hands of the King. Dated at Worcester, 23 September.


[1] In similar terms to that on fol. 180d. See ante, p. 322.
[2] Suffragan Archbishop of Avignon.

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Letters dimissory for Thomas Bochard of Schcnyndon, Thomas Halforde of Heydon, Thomas Sturdy of Allere, Robert Coly of Brewardyn, and Elias de Whitheforde to the order of sub-deacon, on 14 September.

Letters dimissory for William Bele of Lythorne, John Frebody, Walter Braw of Paynesvvyke, John Stamimsun (?) of Salewarp, Thomas Bette, and John Willes to the order of deacon, on 14 September.

Letters dimissory for Thomas Whithyndon, Robert atte Grene, William Wele of Prestebury, Richard Maydegod of Compton, Richard Heye of Staunton, Richard Holder of Schenyndon, Thomas Hobbes of Utlycote, Thomas Skyl of Halforde, Thomas Capel, John Benge of Mayesmore, Thomas Pyper, Simon Bryan, clerk, of Tredyndon, John Smyth of Avenyngges, and John Egrochs to priests' orders, on 14 September, 1375.

Letters dimissory for Thomas Mose and John Chapman to all holy orders, on 14 September.

Institution of William Sampson, priest, presented by John de Sancto Laudo to the church of Clyfton, next Bristol, in the diocese of Worcester, on 3 October. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Institution of John Wodeward, acolyte, presented by Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March and Ulster, lord of Wigmore, Clare, and Connaught, and marshal of England, to the church of Wynston in the diocese of Worcester, on 4 October. And the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester is written to for his induction.

Presentation of John Wetton, priest, by the prior and monks of the priory of Duddeleye to the church of Northfeld in the diocese of Worcester, vacant, as they say; after which presentation the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to that he should inquire as to the vacancy.

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Commission to master Robert, rector of the church of Haselore, official of the Archdeacon of Worcester, and William, rector of the church of St. Ellen of Worcester, to inquire as to the above presentation and vacancy. Dated at Worcester, 5 October, 1375.

[Fol. 198d] Mandate from Simon, archbishop of Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester, that having received letters from the lord Gregory, the pope, that he has provided Henry de Wakefeld, archdeacon of Canterbury, to the See of Worcester, the said prior shall permit the said elect to freely exercise the spiritualities in the city and diocese of Worcester, and deliver up the registers and seals and whatsoever concerns the spiritualities of the said city and diocese. Dated at Lamheth, 3 October, 1375.

Memorandum, that this mandate was shown to the same prior after the celebration of high mass on 8th October, 1375.

Vacancy on the death of Henry Wakefield, March 11, 1395, to the translation of Tideman de Winchcomb, Aug., 1395.

[Fol. 199] Register of brother John Grene, prior of Worcester, of those things which were done during the vacancy of the See by the death of the lord Henry Wakefeld, Bishop of Worcester, who died on 11 March, 1394[-5].

Letter from John, prior, and the convent of Worcester, to Richard II., acquainting him with the death of Henry, late bishop of Worcester, and praying by their monks William Power and John Clyve, cellarer, licence to elect another bishop. Dated at the chapter-house, 12 March, 1394-5.

Conge d'elire to the Prior and chapter of Worcester, attested by Edmund, Duke of York, keeper of England, at Westminster, 3 April, 18 Richard II.

Letter from John, prior, and the chapter of Worcester, to William, archbishop of Canterbury [1] acquainting him with the death of their late bishop on 11 March, and praying for a commission to exercise spiritual jurisdiction during the vacancy of the See by the said prior,


[1] William Courtenay.

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or during his absence by the sub-prior. Dated in the chapter of Worcester, 12 March, 1394-5.

Commission of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Prior of Worcester to exercise all manner of ordinary jurisdiction in the city and diocese of Worcester, according to the form of the composition between Boniface, predecessor of the same archbishop, and the prior and chapter of Worcester. Dated at Maydenston, 17 March, 1394-5.

[Fol. 199d] Notification by the Prior of Worcester to the subprior and chapter of Worcester of his intention to make visitation of the chapter of Worcester on Thursday, the feast of the Annunciation. Dated at Worcester, 19 March, "anno domini millesimo ccc. nonagesimo quinto incipiente".

Acknowledgment of the receipt of the above notice stating that William Power, John Clyve, and John Fordam are absent on the business of the House, and Thomas Hay is a scholar at Oxford. Dated in the chapter of Worcester, 19 March, 1395.

Mandate by the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester notifying his intention to make visitation in the city and diocese of Worcester on certain days and at certain places in a schedule annexed [1], and enjoining the same archdeacon to cite all abbots, priors, deans, prebendaries, preceptors, portioners, masters of monasteries, priories, churches, colleges, and hospitals of the said archdeaconry, also rectors of churches, vicars, perpetual chaplains of parishes, rural chaplains, and three or four men from every parish in the archdeaconry to appear at the times and places before expressed. Dated 13 March, 1394[-5].

[Fol. 200] Acknowledgment of the above mandate. Dated at Worcester, 25 March.

A like mandate to the Archdeacon of Gloucester.


[1] Schedule not given.

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Letter from John, abbot of Wylbek, of the Premonstratensian order, to the Prior of Worcester, presenting brother John Pooele, canon of Halesouwen, as father and pastor of that church, and praying the same prior to cause the gift of benediction to be imparted to him. Dated at Hales, 21 June, 1395.

[Fol. 200d] Orders celebrated in the cathedral church of Worcester on the Saturday on which is sung the office Socientes, 1395, by William, bishop of Faro [1], by licence and commission of the Prior of Worcester.

PRIESTS.

John de Castr', rector of the church of Hanlegh, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Lichfield, to the title of the house of St. Thomas the Martyr, next Stafford, of which he gave particulars and declared himself content.

John Trumpelyn, to the title of Andrew of Hamptonet, lord of Hamptonet, of which he gave particulars and declared himself content

DEACONS.

Richard Buk', to the title of the abbot and convent of St. Augustine of Bristol, of which he gave particulars and declared himself content.

John Accres, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Lichfield, to the title of the house of St. Thomas the Martyr, next Stafford, of which he gave particulars and declared himself content.

John Tailour, to the title of the prior and convent of Wroxton, of which he gave particulars and declared himself content.

SUB-DEACONS.

John Code, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of Hereford, to the title of the prior and convent of St. Oswald of Gloucester, of which he gave particulars and declared himself content

John Pachet, to the title of the prior and convent of Hales, of which he gave particulars and declared himself content.

ACOLYTE.

John Pachet.


[1] Phannsis, Faro in Portugal, a suffragan bishopric of Evora.

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[Fol. 201] Certificate by the preceptor and brethren of the Hospital of St. Wolstan, without the walls of Worcester, of the receipt of a notification from the Prior of Worcester, dated at Grymleye, 16 March, 1394-5, of his intention to make visitation at the same hospital on Friday after the feast of the Annunciation. Dated at the hospital, 26 March, 1395.

Commission by the Prior of Worcester to William, bishop of Faro, to celebrate holy and general orders in the city and diocese of Worcester during the vacancy of the episcopal see, and to confirm boys, until the same shall be revoked. Dated at Worcester, 25 March, 1395.

Commission by the Prior of Worcester to William, bishop of Faro, to dedicate churches and churchyards and to reconcile the same, if polluted; also to consecrate altars, bless chalices, vestments and other ecclesiastical ornaments, to celebrate holy orders, as well the greater as the lesser at due times, and to confirm boys, bestow the gift of benediction upon abbots, to consecrate virgins, and do other things which should be exercised by the episcopal order; also to hear confessions of any subjects of the said prior in the city and diocese of Worcester, wishing to be confessed by the said bishop, and to absolve them from the sins so to be confessed, and to enjoin salutary penance (violators of the rights and liberties of the said cathedral church, those judicially perjured in assizes or other thing done to the disinherison or death of a man, by apostolic command directed to us, specially reserved to us). Dated at Worcester, 28 March, 1395.

Indenture dated 28 March, 1395, between the Prior of Worcester and William, bishop of Faro, whereby the prior grants to the bishop power to exercise episcopal rights within the city and diocese of Worcester during the vacancy of the See; and it is decreed and declared that the bishop shall receive for his labour and expenses in dedicating or reconciling any church and churchyard, 20s. of the fee due and received by the prior. Item, that the same bishop shall not dedicate or reconcile any church or churchyard unless security shall be beforehand made to the prior for 100s. by those who shall procure such dedication or

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reconciliation. Item, the bishop for his labour and expenses in celebrating general orders within the city or diocese of Worcester upon a certain day and at a place to be assigned by the prior shall receive 20s. only, coming from the letters of orders to be celebrated by him. Item, the said bishop shall receive for his labour and expenses bestowed about the consecration of altars, a third part of the fee, and no altar shall be consecrated for a less sum than 6s. 8d. Item, the said bishop shall go round all the deaneries of the diocese of Worcester to confirm boys and infants before the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, at the expense of the said prior of three horses only. Item, the said bishop shall answer at his peril to the prior for all fees and emoluments pertaining and of right or custom due or bargained for such episcopal offices in the city and diocese of Worcester. Item, in the celebration of general orders, as is aforesaid, the said bishop shall have with him an examiner of clerks to be ordained, and a registrar to be named by the said prior. Item, the same bishop shall write, or cause to be written, in the absence of the registrar of the prior, a register of all dedications, consecrations, ordinations, and other things whatsoever by him exercised in such office, and shall deliver the same to the prior upon request. Item, the same bishop shall receive for conferring minor orders in his circuit through the diocese of Worcester out of the celebration of general orders all fees of old time accustomed, nevertheless no episcopal office shall be exercised in the city or diocese of Worcester in cases submitted to him, unless he shall have the express grant of the said prior to exercise such office, except any case shall newly arise in making his circuit.

[Fol. 201d] Commission from the Prior of Worcester to William Ouston, monk of Worcester, and master John Derlton, bachelor in civil and canon law, to receive in the prior's name canonical obedience of all abbots, priors, deans, provosts, masters, ministers, chaplains, convents, and colleges of churches within the ambit of the archdeaconries of Worcester and Gloucester, and also portioners and pensioners, rectors, perpetual vicars of churches, parish priests, and others celebrating divine service within the said archdeaconries, and also to visit the clergy and people of the deanery of Worcester not yet visited, and the clergy and people of the deaneries of Poywick, Kyderminster, and Wych; to inquire also of crimes,

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excesses, and defaults of the prior's subjects whomsoever in the said deaneries, and to punish and correct the same, and to ask for and receive procurations due by reason of such visitation. Dated at Worcester, 28 March, 1395.

Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Worcester, reciting a letter from master Thomas Stowe, doctor of laws, canon of London and vicar-general of Robert, bishop of London, in remote parts out of the city and diocese, dated at London, 18 March, 1394-5, reciting a mandate from William, archbishop of Canterbury, to the same vicar-general, dated at Maydenston, 4 March, 1394-5, reciting a bull of Pope Boniface to all ecclesiastical orders in England, dated at St. Peter's at Rome, the 4th of the Nones of August in the 5th year of his pontificate, that whereas Bartholomew de Navarre, doctor of civil and canon law and advocate of the apostolic consistory, is going to England upon the business of the Pope and the Roman church, the said ecclesiastics are enjoined to provide for his necessities, and thereupon the said archbishop commands that one halfpenny in the pound be levied in the name of a subsidy for the same. Dated at Worcester, 4 April, 1395.

[Fol. 202] A like letter directed to the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official.

[Fol. 203] Presentation of William Fleter of Wolston, priest, to the church of Stowell, by Anselm Gyse, John Hareffeld, Thomas Alford, rector of the church of Cowley, and Matthew Clyfford, lord of Stowell. Dated at Gloucester, on Sunday after the feast of St. Gregory, the Pope, 1394.

Certificate by the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester that he made an inquiry in the church of Northlech by Nicholas Staunton, John Hane, John Stratton, Richard Moyne, Simon Pyke, John Basse, rectors, and William Horsley, Thomas Toffeleye, John Bradbury, William Pyke, Richard Perkyns, Robert Blast, vicars of churches, inquisitors, who say that the church of Stowell began to be vacant on 13 February, when Richard Perkyns, the last rector, accepted the vicarage of the parish church of Staferton in the diocese

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of Worcester; that Anselm Gyse, John Harffeld, Thomas Alfbrd, rector of the parish church of Cowley, and Matthew Clyfford are true patrons of the same church, and have the right of presentation for this time, because a certain James Clyfford, late lord of Stowell and true patron of the same, by hereditary right, before going over to Ireland with the King, gave to the said Anselm, John, Thomas, and Matthew all his lordships, lands, and tenements, and the patronage of churches, and the said church is not in dispute nor a pensionary; also they say that the said church is a portionary of the vicarage of the church of Northlech, namely, from every acre sown in autumn time of the holdings of the tenants within the lordship of Stowell, one sheaf of corn; also that the presentee is of good and honest conversation, of the age of 24 years and more, holds no other benefice, and is in priests' orders. Dated at Northlech, 14th [24?] March, 1394-5.

[Fol. 203d] Letter from the Prior of Worcester to John Weston, bachelor of laws, reciting letters from John Maydenhyth, canon of Salisbury, vicar-general of the Bishop of Salisbury, to Henry, bishop of Worcester, acknowledging letters of expedition, dated at Blokleye, 10 March, 1394-5, from Henry, bishop of Worcester, to John, bishop of Salisbury, upon the exchange between Adam, son of Reginald, son of Adam de Kyngescote, rector of the parish church of Garesdon, and William Swyft, vicar of the parish church of Badmyngton Magna, of which the abbot and convent of Lilleshull are the true patrons, with mandate from the said prior to the said John Weston to do all that is required in the said matter and send certificate thereof. Dated at Worcester, 1 April.

Commission from the Prior of Worcester to John Hatfeld, monk and precentor of Worcester, to visit the monasteries of St. Peter of Gloucester, of St. Augustine of Bristol, of Teukesbury, of Wynchcombe, of Persshore, and Lanthony next Gloucester. Dated at Worcester, 20 May, 1395.

Writ from Richard II. to the keepers of the spiritualities of the bishopric of Worcester to collect the tenth granted to the crown at the last Convocation for the province of Canterbury, held in

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St. Paul's, London, on 5 February last past, poor nuns and religious women of whatsoever order not being included in the said grant. Dated at Westminster, 15 May, 18 Richard II.

[Fol. 204] Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the abbot and convent of Hayles, of the Cistercian order, to levy and collect the said tenth in the archdeaconry of Gloucester. Dated at Worcester, 24 May, 1395.

A like mandate directed to the abbot of Bordesleye to levy and collect the same in the archdeaconry of Worcester.

Certificate by the Prior of Worcester to the treasurer and barons of the exchequer of the appointment of the above collectors. Dated at Worcester, 23 May.

Notarial certificate that on 12 January, 1394-5, in the choir of the hospital of St. Oswald without the walls of the city of Worcester, master Robert de la More, doctor of laws, official of Worcester and commissary of Henry, bishop of Worcester, called before him William Bysseleye, master of the said hospital, and the brethren of the same, and publicly read a commission from the same bishop sealed with green wax, dated at the bishop's castle of Hertlebury, 14 December, 1394, requiring him to punish and correct the crimes and excesses of the master and brethren of the same house or hospital, and to appoint another master or preceptor, absolving the same master from the care and rule of the same house. Which being read the said master Robert accused the said master of the dilapidation of the goods of the said hospital and other excesses committed by him, of all which things the said master made public confession. Whereupon after deliberation the said master was found guilty, and unfit and unable to have the care, rule, and administration of the said hospital, from which he was absolved, and it was decreed that he was removed. The certificate is subscribed by masters Richard Wychekumb [l] and John Balle, notaries public for the dioceses of Worcester and Landaff, and John Chevve, clerk, notary public of the diocese of Bath and Wells.


[1] Sic.

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[Fol. 2O4d] Institution of David Burnard, brother of the hospital of St. Oswald, without the walls of the city of Worcester, as preceptor or master of the said hospital, upon the removal of William Bustheley, and upon the presentation of brother John Malverne, sacristan of the cathedral church of Worcester, the true patron, on 5 April, 1395. Dated at Worcester, on the same day and year.

[Fol. 205] Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to John Malverne to induct the said David. Dated 5 April, 1395.

Institution of Richard Cook, presented by the Prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester to the parish church of Coulusburn, in the diocese of Worcester, on 30 March. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction.

Institution of Roger Tangeley, chaplain, presented by Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, to the wardenship or mastership of the chapel and chantry of the Castle of Elmeley in the diocese of Worcester, on I May. And the Archdeacon of Worcester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of Thomas Standon, presented by Richard II. to the prebend of Hembury in the collegiate church of Westbury, on 15 May. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of John Beer, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Teukesbury to the parish church of the Holy Trinity, Bristol, in the diocese of Worcester, on 21 May. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of Hugh Pontesbury, chaplain, presented by the Prior and Chapter of the cathedral church of Worcester to the parish church of Herforton in the diocese of Worcester, on 28 May. And the Archdeacon of Worcester or his official was written to for his induction.

Letter from the Prior of the cathedral church of Worcester to John Grene, priest, informing him of his institution to the perpetual chantry of the chapel of St. Margaret next Gloucester, in the diocese of Worcester, on 11 June, 1395.

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[Fol. 205d] Institution of John Grene, presented by the abbot and convent of Gloucester to the said chantry of St. Margaret on II June, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of John de Ufford, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Wynchecombe, of the order of St. Benedict, to the parish church of St. Alban the Martyr, in the city and diocese of Worcester, on 18 June, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of John Scot, priest, presented by Thomas de Berkeley, Lord Berkeley, to the parish church of Slymbrugge in the diocese of Worcester, on 20 June, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction [1].

Institution of John Grover, priest, presented by the principal and scholars of the college of Queen's Hall in the diocese of Lincoln to the vicarage of the parish church of Newbolt Pacy, in the diocese of Worcester, on 3 July, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Worcester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of brother Henry Frebody, canon of the monastery of Hales, presented by the abbot and convent of Hales, to the vicarage of the parish church of Halesoweyn, on 27 June, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Worcester or his official, or the dean of Kyderminster, was written to for his induction.

Institution of Thomas Compton, otherwise David, priest, presented by Peter Deyvyle, lord of Evenelode, to the parish church of Evenelode, on 24 July, 1395. And the dean of Blockley was written to for his induction.

Institution of John Tommus, priest, presented by the prior and chapter of the cathedral church to the parish church of Marston Sicca, in the diocese of Worcester, on 5 July, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.


[1] See post, p. 365.

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Institution of John Pebvvorth, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Friars Minor, Malvern, to the church of Cold Aston in the diocese of Worcester, on 20 July, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

[Fol. 206] Institution of Thomas Ginworth, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Bytlesdon to the parish church of Ebryghton, in the diocese of Worcester, on 20 July, 1395. And the Dean of Gloucester or his official, or in their absence the dean of Campeden, was written to for his induction.

Commission from John, bishop of Hereford [1], to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between Edward Crompe, rector of the church of Mordeford in the diocese of Hereford, and John Munton, rector of the church of Bladynton, in the diocese of Worcester, of which church of Mordeford the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester are patrons. Dated at Whytebourne, 2 April, 1395.

Certificate of the receipt of the above commission dated 4 April.

Institution of Edward Crompe, priest, rector of the parish church of Mordeford, presented by the abbot and convent of Winchcombe to the parish church of Bladynton in the diocese of Worcester, on 4 April, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of John Munton, rector of Bladynton, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester to the parish church of Mordeford in the diocese of Hereford, on 4 April, 1395.

[Fol. 206d] Institution of William Malle, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Evesham to the parish church of Bradewell in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with the parish church of Aston-under-Edge, on 6 April, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction. Institution of Robert Bratforton, clerk, presented by the Lady Matilda de Stafford to the parish church of Aston-under-Edge in


[1] If the date is right, 1395, the name of the Bishop is wrong. John Gilbert was Bishop, 1375-1389, and Thomas Trevenant, 1389-1404.

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the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with the parish church of Bradewell, on 6 April, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of Walter Stonyng, priest, presented by Richard de Sancto Mauro, lord of Castle Gary, to the chantry of Bradeston in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with the parish church of Doyngton, on 24 April, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of John Grove, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester to the parish church of Doyngton in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with the chantry of Bradeston, on 24 April, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

[Fol. 207] Commission from William, bishop of Winchester [1], to the keeper of the spiritualities of the bishopric of Worcester to expedite the exchange between John Chitterne, rector of the parish church of Olveston in the diocese of Worcester, and master John Mere, canon of the monastery of Wherewell and prebendary of the prebend of Godeworth, of which canonry and prebend the abbess and convent of Wherwell are patrons. Dated at the bishop's manor of Merewell, 21 March, 1394-5.

Certificate of the execution of the above commission. Dated 20 May, 1395.

Institution of John Mere, presented by the prior and convent of Bath to the parish church of Olveston in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with the canonry of the monastery of Wherewell and the prebend of Godeworth on 20 May, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of John Chitterne, presented by the abbess and convent of the monastery of Wherewell to the canonry of the monastery of Wherewell and the prebend of Godeworth in the diocese of Winchester, by reason of his exchange with the parish church of Olveston.


[1] William of Wykeham.

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[Fol. 207d] Institution of Nicholas Geyll, presented by Thomas de Berkeleye, lord of Berkeley, to the parish church of Slymbrugge, in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with the archdeaconry of Gloucester, on 1 July, 1395 [1].

Institution of Richard Wynchecombe, presented by Richard II. to the archdeaconry of Gloucester, by reason of his exchange with the parish church of Slymbrugge, on 1 June, 1395.

Commission from Ralph, bishop of Bath and Wells [2], to the Prior of Worcester, to expedite the exchange between John Curteys, rector of the parish church of St. Mary of Shipton Solers in the diocese of Worcester, and Richard Spekynton, rector of the parish church of Thorlockeston in the diocese of Bath and Wells, of which the prior of Taunton is the true patron. Dated at the said bishop's manor of Windescombe, 26 May, 1395.

Certificate of the execution of the said commission. Dated 14 June.

[Fol. 208] Institution of Richard Spekynton, presented by Richard Monemouth to the parish church of Shipton Solers in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with the parish church of Thorlokeston in the diocese of Bath and Wells, on 14 June, 1395. And the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official was written to for his induction.

Institution of John Curteys, presented by the prior of Stanton to the parish church of Thorlokeston, by reason of his exchange with the parish church of Shipton Solers, on 14 June, 1395.

Institution of Robert Bateman, presented by the abbot and convent of the monastery of St. Peter of Gloucester to the parish church of St. John of Gloucester, on 22 August, 1395.

Process of election of brother William Bradeley as abbot of the monastery of Wynchecombe by the prior and convent of the same monastery, A.D. 1395, the see of the bishopric of Worcester being vacant.


[1] See ante, p. 362.
[2] Ralph Erghutn.

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Letter from John Honybourne, prior of the monastery of Wynchecombe, and the convent of the same place to the Prior of Worcester acquainting him with the death of brother Walter de Wynferton, the last abbot, on 22 June, 1395, and that after the body had been buried a conge d'elire was asked for and obtained from the king. On 3 July the said prior of Wynchecomb, at the will and command of the convent or chapter, being congregated together in the chapter-house of Wynchecombe, fixed Tuesday then next following for the election of a future abbot. On which day having celebrated the mass of the Holy Spirit at the High Altar of the church of Wynchcombe, all who ought, could, and would be present at the election coming together into the chapter-house, the grace of the Holy Spirit was invoked by singing the hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, and the constitution of the general council Quia propter was read, and likewise the royal letters of conge d'elire. Then brother John Honybourne, the prior, in the name of the said convent warned all excommunicated, suspended, and interdicted persons and others, if any by chance there were, who of right ought not to be present at such election, to retire from the said chapterhouse. At length it was determined to proceed to the election by way of compromise, and power was committed to brothers John Honybourne, William Bradeley, Walter Wyrcester, Thomas Abyndon, John Abyndon, Richard Wych, and John Bryan, during the whole of the said Tuesday till sunset only to elect an abbot from themselves or others of the said monastery. And afterwards they sat in the refectory of the said monastery, and after long treaty they elected brother William Bradeley, monk and cellarer of the said monastery, as abbot. And afterwards they returned into the said chapter-house, and the said Walter Wyrcester, one of the compromisers, having full power committed to him, elected and provided the said William Bradeley as abbot of the said monastery. After reciting the foregoing proceedings, and declaring that the said William was a man wise and discreet, to be commended for his science in letters, in his life, and habits, professed in the regular order of St. Benedict in the said monastery in priests' orders, and of lawful age, insomuch as he exceeded the age of 36 years, of free birth, and begotten in lawful matrimony, very prudent in spiritual and temporal matters, and having no impediment which ought to prevent his election as abbot of the said monastery. Whereupon

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singing the Te Deum Laudamus, they carried the same elect to the choir of the same monastery before the High Altar, according to custom. And afterwards the same Walter before the clergy and people publicly prodaimed the said election. Subsequently the said Walter Wyrcestre by mandate of ths chapter asked the said elect to give his assent to the said election, to which the said elect said that he wished to deliberate for a time. And after the hour of vespers on the said Tuesday the same brother Walter Wyrcestre returned to the said elect and prayed his assent to the said election, and at length the said elect being unwilling to resist the divine will on the same day a little before sunset consented to the election. Whereupon the said John Honybourne, the prior of Wynchcombe, prays the Prior of Worcester to confirm the said election, and transmits a decree of the election by Richard Laurak, clerk of the diocese of Exeter, notary public. Dated in the chapter-house of Wynchcombe, 18 July, in the presence of Masters Robert de la More, LL.D., and Robert Preys, rector of the church of Rypple in the diocese of Worcester.

[Fol. 210] Notarial certificate, to the above of Richard Laurak, clerk of the diocese of Exeter.

[Fol. 210d] Decree of the said election reciting all the foregoing proceedings, giving in addition the names of the prior, John de Honybourne, and eighteen monks of the monastery of Wynchcombe, viz.:- Thomas Alcestr', Nicholas Munstreworthe, Nicholas Bradeley, Walter Wyrcestr', William Bradeley, Thomas Abyndon, John Abyndon, Thomas Overbury, John Bruam, William Abyndon, Richard Wych, Philip Lodelowe, John Evesham, Henry Evesham, Thomas Honley, Robert Twenyng, Richard Gloucester, and William Chaddesley.

[Fol. 212d] Notarial certificate of the said Richard Laurak.

[Fol. 213] Appointment by the prior and convent of Wynchecombe of Walter Wyrcestre and John Bryan, monks of Wynchcombe, as their proctors, to seek confirmation of their election as above from the Prior of Worcester. Dated in the chapter-house of Wynchcombe, 18 July.

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Appointment by Thomas Abyndon, sub-prior, and the convent of Wynchcombe, of John Honybourne and John Brian as instructors and special messengers to the Prior of Worcester upon the same matter. Dated 18 July, 1395.

Letter from Thomas Power, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Wynchcomb, acknowledging a commission from the Prior of Worcester, dated Friday after the Feast of St. Thomas-the-Martyr, 1395, to the dean of the deanery of Wych; and the said Thomas Power is ordered to cite any opposers of the election of William Bradeley as abbot of the monastery of Wychcombe, to appear before the prior or his commissary in the parish church of Twenyng, on Monday after the Feast of St. Kenelm. In accordance with which mandate the said Thomas went to the conventual church of Wynchcomb, and made proclamation, in accordance with the said commission, before the whole convent and many secular persons, and no opposers to the said election appeared. Dated at Wynchcomb on Saturday.

[Fol. 214] Declaration by John Honybourne, prior of the monastery of Wychcombe, and the convent of the same place, that brother William Bradeley, brother of the same monastery, was professed in the regular order of St. Benedict in the aforesaid monastery before Walter de Wynferton, then abbot, on the feast of St. Benedict in March, 1366, and subsequently was promoted to sub-deacons' and deacons' orders, and served at the high altar and other altars of the church of Wynchcomb, and has lead a regular and modest life from the time of his profession, so far as the frailty of human nature permits, and is free and lawful. Dated in the chapter-house of Worcester, 18 July, 1395.

Oath of the abbot of Wynchcomb to the Prior of Worcester:-
Jeo serra foial et loial et foie et loialte portera a nostre seignour le Roy Richard et ses heirs, Rois de Engleterre, de vie et de membre et de terien honour a vivre et morer contra toutz gentz et diligianment serray en tendant as busoignes nostre seigneur le Roi solonc mon seu et poair et le conseil nostre seigneur le Roy celera et loialment comisera fra (sic) les services dusz des temporaltes de ma abbacie de Wynchecombe, les queux je cleyme tenir de nostre

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dit seigneur le Roy et les queux il me rent et a luy et a ses maundementez en quantque moy actient pour mes temporaltez serra obeisant si Dieu me eide et ses seintez.

[Fol. 214] Letter from William [1], archbishop of Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester, that whereas he is informed by letters from Pope Boniface, that the said pope had translated Tideman [2], bishop of Landaff, to the See of Worcester, the said prior is to deliver up the spiritualities of the said bishopric, and all registers, seals, and other things concerning the same spiritualities. Dated at the priory of Merton, 21 August, 1395 [3].

Mandate from Robert, bishop of London, to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester, reciting a mandate from William, archbishop of Canterbury, to the same bishop, reciting a papal bull, dated at St. Peter's at Rome the 4th of the Nones of August, in the fifth year of his pontificate, addressed to all ecclesiastical persons in the kingdom of England, to make provision for Bartholomew de Navaria, papal nuncio to the kingdom of England, and order thereupon from the said Archbishop for the collection of one halfpenny in the pound in the name of a subsidy from every benefice throughout the province of Canterbury. Dated at London, 7 June.

[Fol. 215d] Like mandate of Thomas Stowe, canon of London, commissary-general of the Bishop of London. Dated 18 March.

[Fol. 216] Commission from William [l], archbishop of Canterbury, to Robert More, LL.D., to hear the account of the Prior of Worcester of the receipts of the bishopric of Worcester during the vacancy of the See. Dated at the Archbishop's manor of Charleton, 22 October, 1395.

Account of the Prior of Worcester for the administration of the spiritualities in the city and diocese of Worcester, from the time of the vacancy of the said See, heard by master Robert de la More at Batenhall, 13 November, 1395.


[1] William Courtenay. [2] Tideman de Winchcomb. [3] This letter is out of its proper place. It refers to the vacancy on the death of Henry Wakefield, when the Pope translated Tideman from Llandaff to Worcester.

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PENSIONS.

From the church of Bibury, 4 marks, 12s.
From the church of Tettebury, 4 marks.
From the church of Thornebury, 26s. 8d.
From the church of Longedon, 20s.
From the church of Camms, 20s.
From the church of Downamoney, 4 marks.
Thereof received, 26s. 8d.
And so there are owed, 26s. 8d.

In the tithes of the church of Blockeley, 13li. 6s. 8d.
From the rent of two terms, 30s.
From certain acres of land put to money (positis ad denari), 10s.
Sum, 15li. 6s. 8d.

[Fol. 216d] From institutions and exchanges, 8li. 6s. 8d.
From letters dimissory, 4s.
From fines, wills, and perquisites, 8li. 4s. 6d.
From the account of the deans of the archdeaconries of Gloucester and Worcester, 22li. 3s. 4d.
Sum total, 68li. 10s. 6d.

Whereof there is allowed a third part to the Prior of Worcester, which is extended to 22li.
And so there remains for the Archbishop, 45li. 13s. 8d.
Whereof the prior paid Master N. Hereford, by mandate of the Archbishop, 6li. 13s. 4d.
And so there remains to be paid to the Archbishop, 39li. 4d.

Memorandum, that the prior of Makstok owes of the pensions for the churches of Aston Canlowe, Yredeley, and Tonworth, 66s. 8d. (they are paid).
Also the vicar of Downameney, 26s. 8d.

Warrant from [the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Prior of Worcester] to pay to Master Nicholas Hereford 10 marks from the revenues of the spiritualities of the bishopric of Worcester, which will be allowed. Dated at Maydeisston, 6 May.

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Receipt from Master Nicholas Herford to brother John Grene, Prior of Worcester, for the said 10 marks. Dated at Worcester, 26 May, 1395.

Memorandum, that the Archbishop of Canterbury challenged the said pensions due to the bishop, the See being full, and the fruits and profits of the church of Blockeleye, and threatened that he would rather be impleaded for them than give them up, because the chapter could by no means obtain a third part of them by virtue of the composition or otherwise, but with a moiety Master Robert de la More, auditor of the said account, had been satisfied, and the prior held and retained a third part of the same pensions and profits of the said church of Blockeley, as the tenor of the composition directs.

Item, memorandum, that these indemnities in this vacancy were paid, that is to say,
From the church of Fayreford, 5 marks.
From the church of Wolford, 4 marks.
From the church of Newbold Pacy, 20s.
From the church of Dydebrokes, 4 marks.
From the church of Poywyke, 4 marks.
From the church of Budeford, 4 marks.
From the church of Wykewan, 4 marks.
From the church of Terdebygg', 4 marks.
From the church of Wavveyneswotton, 4 marks.
From the church of Clent, 20s.
From the church of Bodmynton, 40s.

PROCURATIONS.

From the abbot of Cyrencestre, 4 marks.
From the prior of Great Malvern, 40s.

Vacancy of the See from the death of Bishop Tideman de Winchcombe, 13th June, 1401, to the translation of Richard Clifford.

[Fol. 217] Register of brother John Malvern, prior of Worcester, of those things which were done during the vacancy of the See by the death of the lord Tideman, bishop of Worcester, who died on 13th day of June, 1401, to the i7th of October, of the same year.

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Letter from John, prior, and the chapter of Worcester to King Henry IV., acquainting him with the death of Tidman, bishop of Worcester, and sending Master John Duddeley, professor of holy writ (pagine), and John Clyve, precentor of the cathedral church of Worcester, to pray licence to elect another bishop. Dated in the chapter-house of Worcester, 15 June, 1401.

Letter from John, prior, and the chapter of Worcester to Thomas archbishop of Canterbury [1], acquainting him with the death of Tidman, late bishop of Worcester, on 13 June, and praying for a commission to the prior, or, in his absence, the sub-prior, to exercise jurisdiction during the vacancy, according to the form of a certain composition. Dated in the chapter-house of Worcester, 15 June, 1401.

Conge d'elire from Henry IV. Dated at Westminster, 20 June, 2 Henry IV.

Commission from Thomas, archbishop of Canterbury [1], to the Prior of Worcester, or, in his absence, the sub-prior, to exercise jurisdiction during the vacancy of the See of Worcester. Dated at Lambeth, 22 June, 1401.

[Fol. 217d] Letter from the Prior of Worcester to the sub-prior and chapter of Worcester declaring his intention to make visitation at the church of Worcester and the chapter on Thursday, the vigil of St. John the Baptist, and commanding that all the brethren and monks be cited to appear on the same day. Dated at Worcester, 15 June, 1401.

Certificate of the receipt of the above. Dated at Worcester, 22 June, 1401.

Proclamation that on 24 June, 1401, in the chapter-house of Worcester, in the presence of a notary public, at the time of the chapter of the same day, there appeared John Malvern, the prior, Robert Hambury, the sub-prior, Walter Froncestre, John Lyndesey, John Tredinton, Richard Worcestre, John Hatfeld, almoner, John Dudley, infirmarer, John Wyttheney, Thomas Dene, cellarer, Roger


[1] Thomas Arundel.

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Schrouesbury, William Merston, shrine keeper (tumbar') Richard Grafton, Walter Kyrkeby, hospitaller, John Wythchurch, Roger Evesham, John Upton, third prior, John Wyrcestre. master chaplain, Thomas More, chamberlain, John Bradfeld, John Fordam, Reginald Dyer, succentor, Thomas Hertellebury, sacristan, William Ouston, pittancer, John Lemestr', John Stretford, refectorer, John Olyve, precentor, Thomas Ruyding, kitchener, William Cropp, subsacristan, Richard Dudley, William Maysmore, Thomas Bitindeley, sub-cellarer, William Ydushale, Thomas Brotton, chaplain, Ralph Fylkyn, scholar, John Ston', sub-chamberlain, John Bye, fourth prior, John Hambury, deacon, John Wodeward, deacon, scholar, John Coulesdon, John Tendebury, Richard Glouc', Thomas Ledbury, deacon, and John Alyncestr', sub-deacon of the said church, monks and brethren, and ordained in holy orders, forming the chapter of the said church, who fixed Monday the 27th of the said month to celebrate the election of a future bishop in the chapterhouse. On which day the monks and brothers aforesaid came together in the choir of the said church in the morning, the mass of the Holy Spirit being celebrated before them, and afterwards they went into the chapter-house for the said election, when brother John Duddeley, S.T.P., monk of the said church, expounded the Word of God before them, after which the prior and chapter caused the conge d'elire to be read, and then they sang the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus. Whereupon Master Pavy asked the prior and convent whether all and singular the brethren and monks of the said cathedral church and any other who would, could, or should be at such election were present, and they answered, Yes. Then the prior read a protestation warning all excommunicated, suspended, and interdicted persons and those charged with crimes to retire; and the said prior and convent caused to be read the constitution of the general council, which begins Quia propter, by the said Master Pavy. And immediately afterwards, as if by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the same prior and all the monks and brethren, no one wholly dissenting, desired with one voice and in one spirit Master Richard Clifford, bachelor in both laws, elect of Bath and Wells, to be the bishop and pastor of the same church. And scarcely had they sung the psalm Te Deum Laudamus, according to custom, than proclamation was made by the said Master John Pavy before the high altar to the clergy and people. These things were done in the

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presence of Master Richard Wynchecomb, archdeacon of Gloucester, Thomas Wybbe, canon of Wells, John Derlton, and Henry Grene, notaries public, William Wybbe and William Bracy, esquires, of the diocese of Worcester, and many other witnesses specially called.

[Fol. 218d] Letter from the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to Pope Boniface reciting the foregoing proceedings of the election, and adding that after the election, as above set out, brothers William Ouston, pittancer, and John Olyve, precentor, were appointed proctors to go to the city of London to the house of the said Richard Clifford, where they arrived on the last day of June, to ask him to consent to such election, who, having had mature deliberation, on 1 July, in the chapel of his house, after the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, at length gave his consent, being unwilling to resist the divine will.

[Fol. 219] Appointment of brothers William Ouston, pittancer, and John Olyve, precentor, proctors, as above. Dated in the chapter-house of Worcester, 28 June, 1401.

[Fol. 219d] Notarial certificate to the foregoing proceedings by Masters Richard Wynch', archdeacon of Gloucester, John Chew, John Derlton, Henry Grene, notaries public, of the dioceses of Worcester, Bath and Wells, York, and Hereford, and before other witnesses.

Orders celebrated in the cathedral church of Worcester by licence and special commission of the Prior of Worcester by Nicholas, bishop of Dunkeld [1], on Saturday quatuor temporum, viz.: 24 September, 1401.

PRIESTS (Religious).

John Wodeward, monk of Worcester.
John Clyve, monk of Wynchcombe.
Nicholas Wyitestr', monk of Wynchecombe.
John Glastyngbury, canon of St. Augustine's, Bristol.
Peter Power, canon of St. Augustine's, Bristol.
John Erley, canon of St. Augustine's, Bristol.
Thomas Lacok, brother of the house of St. Mark, Bristol.


[1] Abbot of Pershore.

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John Castelmartin of the order of Friars Preachers.
Alexander Kyngeley, of the order of Friars Preachers.
John Swynbrok, of the order of Friars Minor.
Nicholas Parys, of the order of Friars Minor.
Thomas Berford, of the order of Friars Minor.

PRIESTS (Secular).

John Ferthynhal, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester.

Thomas Balle, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bordesl'.

Richard Stowe, within the jurisdiction of Evesham, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Evesham, to the title of the abbot and convent of Alincestr'.

John Anger of Gloucester to the title of prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester and their house of Doteston.

Thomas Taylor, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Hayl'.

William Smyth, of the diocese of Salisbury, by letters dimissory, to the title of the hospital of St. John of Lechelade.

Roger Warde, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of his patrimony.

Thomas Bokelond, of the diocese of Salisbury, by letters dimissory, to the title of the hospital of St. John of Lechelade.

John Netheweye, of the diocese of Salisbury, to the title of the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester.

DEACONS (Religious).

Thomas Brythwelton, monk of Wynchecomb.
Thomas Perschor, monk of Wynchecomb.
Lewis Sedewych, of the order of Friars Minor.
John de Gaudino, of the order of Friars Minor.

DEACONS (Secular).

Pryse ap Gryffrith, of the diocese of St. David, by letters dimissory, to the title of his patrimony.

John atte Neude, of the diocese of Salisbury, by letters dimissory, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bradenstok.

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Philip Jackeson, of the diocese of Hereford, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of Worcester.

Robert Farley, of the diocese of Hereford, to the title of the prior and convent of Little Malvern.

SUB-DEACONS (Regular).

John Gloucester, } monks of Perschore.
William Newynton, }

Richard Walke, to the same.

John Melle, of the diocese of St. David, to the title of Thomas Rede, paying loos, yearly rent, by letters dimissory of his diocesan.

John Paradys, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior of Pulton.

John Onour, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of the hospital of St. Bartholomew, Gloucester.

William Lingeyn of Marteley, in the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the hospital of St. Wolstan, Worcester.

Gilbert Swyft, of the diocese of Norwich, to the title of the abbot and convent of Sybeton.

William Stacy, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Hayl'.

Robert Bengrove, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the hospital of St. Wolstan, Worcester.

John Mildenhall, of the diocese of Norwich, by letters dimissory to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera.

John Bengeworth, within the jurisdiction of Evesham, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Evesham, to the title of the abbot and convent of Alincester.

John Plumer, within the jurisdiction of Evesham, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Evesham, to the title of the hospital of St. Wolstan of Worcester.

ACOLYTES (Religious).

Henry Stenynton, }
John Hoppewus, } of the order of Friars Minor.
John Nanney, }

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ACOLYTES (Secular).

Richard Wode of Worcester.
Walter Perwer of the diocese of Worcester.
John Teynton of Teukesbury.
Robert Stanley of the diocese of Worcester.
John Plumer.

[Fol. 220] Certificate by Henry, bishop of Lincoln [1], of the execution of the commission from Tidiman, bishop of Worcester, dated 8 June, 1401, to expedite the exchange between John Wayte of Wodehous, perpetual vicar of the church of the prebend of Sutton (perpetuus vicarius ecclesice prabenda de Sutton') of the diocese of Lincoln, and Thomas Ymworth, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Ebrython of the diocese of Worcester, whereof the patronage belongs to the abbot and convent of Buttelesdene. Dated at Ledington, 11 June.

[Fol. 220d] Memorandum of the induction of the said John Wayte to the church of Ebrighton.

Institution of Thomas Cookes, chaplain, to the church of Shipton Solers, upon the presentation of Margaret Solers, lady of Shipton Solers, on 21 June.

Certificate by Robert, bishop of Chichester [2], of the execution of the commission from the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between John Marchal, vicar of the parish church of New Shorham, of the diocese of Chichester, and John Clerk, vicar of the parish church of Dydebrok, of the diocese of Worcester, whereof the abbot and convent of Hayles are patrons. Dated at Drungewyk, 29 June.

Memorandum of the induction of the said John Marchal to the vicarage of Dydebrok.

Commission from Richard, bishop of Salisbury [3], to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester to expedite the exchange between Sir Richard Mollyng, vicar of the church of Guytyng Inferior, of the diocese of Worcester, and Thomas Englyssh, perpetual vicar


[1] Henry Beaufort.
[2] Robert Reade.
[3] Richard Mitford.

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of the parish church of Sheraton Magtia of the diocese of Salisbury, whereof Master Henry Chichele, rector of the church of Sherston aforesaid, is patron. Dated 28 July, 1401.

[Fol. 221] Certificate of the execution of the above commission. Dated 9 August.

Institution of Thomas Englyssh, presented by brother Walter Grendon, prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, to the vicarage of Guytyng Inferior.

Institution of Nicholas Aston, priest, to the parish church of Old Swyneford in the diocese of Worcester, upon the resignation of John Htille, before Master William Neuport, notary public, and at the presentation of Sir Hugh Burnell, knight, on 15 August.

Institution of William Marchal, priest, to the church of Pebmore in the diocese of Worcester, upon the resignation of Nicholas de Aston, the last rector, and at the presentation of Richard Clodeshale, lord of Pebmore.

Exchange between Walter Nicholes, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Astleye in the diocese of Worcester, and John Bache, perpetual vicar of the parish church of la Holte in the same diocese, the said vicarage of la Holte being in the patronage of William Cookes, rector of the said church of la Holte, and the said vicarage of Asteleye being in the patronage of Sir Nicholas Lyllyng, knight, Thomas Aldebur', clerk, and John Onleye.

Institutions thereupon on 4 August.

[Fol. 221d] Commission from Robert, bishop of London [1], to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester to expedite the exchange between William Kydermynstr', rector of the parish church of Northcerney, in the diocese of Worcester, and John Claypole, rector of the parish church of St. Nicholas Aeon, in the diocese of London, whereof the abbot and convent of Malmesbury are the patrons. Dated at the Bishop's palace at London, 1 July, 1401.

Certificate of the execution of the above commission. Dated at Worcester, 7 July.


[1] Robert Braybrook.

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Institution of John Claypole, presented by Edmund, Earl of Stafford, to the church of Northcerneye.

Institution of William Brey, rector of the parish church of Specheleye in the diocese of Worcester, presented by the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to the parish church of St. Clement in the city of Worcester; and of Thomas Wylde, rector of the said church of St. Clement, presented by William Golafre and William Wyrhehalle, lords of Specheleye, to the said church of Specheleye on 10 August.

Institution of Peter Colyngham, priest, presented to the parish church of Rysyndon Magna (vacant by the death of Thomas Lucas, the last rector) by Robert Lyle, on 15 July.

Institution of William Gerard, priest, presented by the prior and convent of Kenilleworth to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Saltford in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the resignation of Richard Grffyn, the last vicar, on 23 September.

Institution of William Lilye, priest, to the perpetual vicarage of the church of Wenlond in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the resignation of John Otor, the last vicar, upon the presentation of the prior and convent of Little Malvern, on the same day. And the rector of Bredon was written to for his induction.

[Fol. 222] Declaration of John, prior of Worcester, that he has examined the matter of the exchange between Thomas Huggeleye, rector of the parish church of St. Nicholas of Worcester, and William Rudepot, rector of the parish church of Salwarp, in the diocese of Worcester, whereof King Henry IV. is patron by reason of the minority of age of Richard, now Earl of Warwick, son and heir of Margaret, who was the wife of Thomas de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, deceased, and has found that the titles of both the aforesaid rectors are sufficient. Notarial certificate to the same by Master John de Dunclent, notary public. Dated at Worcester, 22 August, 1401, in the presence of brother Thomas Brocton, monk of Worcester, and Henry Chamberleyn, layman, of the diocese of Worcester.

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Institution of John Alwerk, priest, presented by John the prior and the chapter of Worcester to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Clyve Prioris, vacant by the resignation of William Gerard, the last vicar, on 1 October.

On 29 June, Nicholas Burton, rector of the parish church of Culne Roger, was presented to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Holmer in the jurisdiction of the dean and chapter of Hereford; and John Palmer, perpetual vicar of the said church of Holmer, was presented by abbot and convent of Gloucester to the said church of Culne, by reason of an exchange between the said Nicholas and John.

Commission from the Prior of Worcester to the dean of Hereford to expedite the same exchange.

[Fol. 222d] Certificate by the dean of Hereford of the execution of the same commission.

Commission from Richard, bishop of Salisbury [1], to the keeper of the spiritualities of Worcester, to expedite the exchange between John Moryn, rector of the church of Quenyngton, in the diocese of Worcester, and John Chaundeler, rector of the parish church of Hamstede Marchal, in the diocese of Salisbury, whereof King Henry IV. is patron. Dated at the said bishop's castle of Shirebourne, 7 August, 1401,

Certificate of the execution of the said commission.

Institution of John Chaundeler to the church of Quenyngton upon the presentation of Walter Grendon, prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, in accordance with the above exchange in the person of John Bryzt, clerk, proctor of the said John.

[Fol. 223] On 18 August, Joan Burdon, lady of Oldebury, presented John Bache, priest, to the parish church of Oldebury.

On 29 August the said John Bache was instituted to the said church,


[1] Richard Mitford.

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On 10 October the Prior of Worcester received a commission from the Bishop of Lincoln 1 to expedite the exchange between John Barewe, rector of the parish church of Eccleshale, in the diocese of Worcester, and William Sly, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Blacolnesley, in the diocese of Lincoln.

Certificate of the execution of the said commission stating that the said church of Blacolnesley was in the patronage of brother Walter Grendon, prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England. Dated at Bugden, 6 October, 1401.

Institution of William Sly, presented to the church of Eccleshale by the prior and convent of Kenilworth by reason of the above exchange.

On 10 October, John Palmer, rector of the church of Culne Roger in the diocese of Worcester, whereof the abbot and convent of St. Peter's of Gloucester are patrons, and Richard Shirebourne, vicar of the church of Whitenhurst in the same diocese, whereof brother John Seisham, prior of Bruton, in the diocese of Bath and Wells, is patron, upon the exchange made between them, were instituted.

[Fol. 223d] Certificate from the Archdeacon of Worcester that he has received the mandate of the Prior of Worcester, dated at Worcester, 15 June, 1401, to make visitation in his archdeaconry, which on account of the shortness of the time and the distance of the places, he has been unable fully to execute, but as far as he could he has executed the same. Dated at Ippesleye, 21 June. A like mandate was directed to the Archdeacon of Gloucester.

Commission from the Prior of Worcester to John Clyve, precentor of the church of Worcester, and Thomas Whelere, vicar of the church of St. Peter of Worcester, and dean of Worcester, to ask the justices of the king for gaol delivery in the county of Worcester for Richard Medborne, who fled to the churchyard of the cathedral church of Worcester, and remained there from day to day till he was taken contrary to ecclesiastical liberties and


[1] Henry Beaufort.

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the customs of old time used in the kingdom of England. Dated at Worcester, 21 July, 1401.

[Fol. 224] Commission to brother John de Clyve, precentor of the church of Worcester, and the dean of Worcester, to warn those who took Richard Medborne, who with others fled from the King's prison within the castle of Worcester to the churchyard of the cathedral church of Worcester, to deliver the said Richard back to the said consecrated place.

Mandate to the Dean of Worcester and all rectors, vicars, and chaplains of the city of Worcester, to excommunicate the said persons, and cite them to appear before the said prior or his commissary.

[Fol. 224d] Mandate from the Prior of Worcester to the official of the Archdeacon of Gloucester to cite the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester, of the order of St. Augustine in the diocese of Worcester, to say wherefore they should not be removed from the perpetual vicarages of Payneswyk, Prestbur', and St. Owen of Gloucester, in which the perpetual vicars were wont to continually reside without canonical title.

Confirmation by the Prior of Worcester of the right of the prior and convent of Stodleye, of the order of St. Augustine in the diocese of Worcester, to the parish church of Aston Cantelowe, to which the said prior and convent of Stodleye had been required to shew their title.

[Fol. 225] Visitation made in the archdeaconry of Worcester during the time of the vacancy.

The Prior of the cathedral church of Worcester visited the chapter of the same church, and the clergy and people of the city and deanery of Worcester, on 23 June, and received 40s. from the prior and convent of Great Malvern in the name of subjection (subjectionis) due from them to the cathedral church.

Item, the same prior visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Poywyk' in the parish church there on 25 June, and received from the prior of Malvern aforesaid 4 marks in the name of procuration for the aforesaid church.

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Master John Duddeley, monk and master in Theology, and master John Dunclent, clerk, commissaries of the same prior, visited the abbey of Perschor', on 4 July, and they were provided with meat and drink, and on the same day they visited the clergy and people of the same deanery in the church of St. Andrew of the same town.

Item, brother Thomas Brocton, monk of the same cathedral church, and John Stoke, clerk, commissaries of the same prior, visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Kyderminster on the said 4 July, and received from the abbot of Halys 20s., due to the prior of the cathedral church aforesaid, the See being vacant, from the church of Clent and chapel of Rouley.

Item, the aforesaid master Duddel' and John Stoke, clerk, commissaries of the same prior, visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Wych', in the parish church of Tardebygg, on 5 July, and received there by the hands of Master Thomas Wylbe, rector of the parish church of Hambur', in the name of a procuration 3 marks for the church of Tardebygg aforesaid.

Item, the same prior visited the Hospital of St. Wolfstan on the same 5th July, and was provided with meat and drink.

Item, on 6 July he visited the priory of Wyston and hospital of St. Oswald.

Item, the same commissaries visited the priory of Crokhull, the priory of Stodley, and the abbey of Alyncestr', on the same 6 July, and were provided with meat and drink.

Item, the same commissaries visited the priories of Wroxhal and Pynley on 9 July, and were provided with meat and drink.

And on the same day the same commissaries visited the college of the Blessed Thomas of Strattford upon Avon, and the clergy and people of the same town on 12 July.

And on the same day the same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Warwick in the parish church of Waweneswotton, and there received by the hands of master Thomas Wylbe in the name of a procuration 4 marks.

Item, the same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Kyngton in the parish church of Wolvord on u July, and received from the vicar there in the name of a procuration 4 marks.

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Visitation made in the archdeaconry of Gloucester.

Brother John Hatfeld, monk of the cathedral church, and master John Pavy, clerk, commissaries of the said prior, visited the abbey of St. Peter of Gloucester on 4 July, and were provided with meat and drink, and received from the church of Holy Trinity there and from the church of the Blessed Mary before the gate there, 13s. 4d., due to the prior.

On the same day the same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of the same town in the church of St. Nicholas there.

On the same day, after dinner, the same commissaries visited the prior of Lanthony next Gloucester, and were provided with food.

The same commissaries visited the abbey of St. Augustine, the house of St. Mark, and the priory of St. James of Bristol, on 6 July, and were provided with meat and drink.

On the same day the said commissaries visited the clergy and people of the same deanery.

Item, the aforesaid commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deaneries of Haukesbury and Button in the chapel of the town of Sobbury Market on 7 July, and there received 40s. from the church of Badmynton, due to the prior of the cathedral church, the See being vacant.

Item, the aforesaid commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Stonhouse in the parish church of Tettebury, on 8 July.

Item, the same commissaries visited the abbey of Cyrencestr' on 9 July, and received 4 marks in the name of a procuration.

On the same day the same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of the same town in the parish church there, and moreover on the same day and in the same place visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Fayreford, and received from the same church 5 marks, due to the prior of the cathedral church.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Stowe in the parish church there on 11 July.

Item, the same commissaries visited the abbey of Wynchecomb on 12 July, and were provided with meat and drink. And on the same day they visited the clergy and people of the same deanery in the parish church there, and received from the church of Derhurste in the name of a procuration 4 marks.

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Item, the same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Campeden in the parish church of Wyke, Wor', on 13 July, and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks by the hands of the said master Thomas Wylbe. And on the same day the same commissaries visited the church of Dydebrok and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks.

[Fol. 226] Item, the same commissaries visited the abbey of Teukesbury on 14 July, and were provided with meat and drink.

Item, the same commissaries visited the priory of Little Malvern on 15 July, and were provided with meat and drink.

Item, master Richard Wynchecomb, archdeacon of Gloucester, commissary of the said prior, visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Deresley in the parish church there on 20 July.

Item, the same master Richard, commissary as above, visited the college of Westebury on 21 July, and was provided with meat and drink.

Item, the same prior visited the church of Asteley on 29 July.

Letter from Thomas, archbishop of Canterbury [1], to the Prior of Worcester, that whereas he is informed by apostolic letters that Pope Boniface IX. has translated the venerable man master Richard Clyfford, formerly elect of Bath and Wells, to the church of Worcester, he commands the said prior to deliver to the said master Richard the spiritualities, seals, registers and other things remaining in the prior's hands, which ought to be delivered. Dated at Totnam, in the diocese of London, on 5 October, 1401.

Institution of Thomas Baker, priest, presented to the vicarage of Old Sobbury in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the death of Philip Scherer, the last vicar, by brother Thomas Hertylbury, sacristan of the cathedral church, on 29 July.

Receipt from John, Prior of Worcester, to the prior and convent of Kenilworth, in the diocese of Lichfield, for 4 marks of silver due at Michaelmas last past for the payment every three years for the appropriation of the church of Budeford. Dated at Worcester, 5 October, 1401.


[1] Thomas Arundel.

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Institution of brother Robert Bremulle, monk of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Kyngeswode of the Cistercian order, presented to the parish church of Charfeld, by John le Veel, on 20 September, 1401.

[Fol. 226d] Commission from Thomas, archbishop of Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester and Master Richard Wynchecombe, archdeacon of Gloucester, to levy and collect certain pensions from divers persons in the diocese of Worcester during the vacancy of the See, and, if necessary, to compel the same persons to pay under canonical censure. Dated at Lambeth, 13 February, 1401.

Memorandum, that during this vacancy the provost and scholars of Queen's Hall, Oxford, refused to pay 20s. pension due to the prior and church of Worcester from the church of Newbold Pacy, appropriated to them, and payable every time the See of Worcester is vacant, desiring only to pay one mark and shewing two acquittances, by which it appears they paid only one mark, so that the Prior of Worcester proceeded against them by citations and excommunications; but at length it was agreed between the parties that the said provost and scholars should pay for this last vacancy 20s. to the Prior of Worcester, and should do likewise at every vacancy, and return to the prior the evidences which shewed the contrary.

Agreement made 13 June, 1402, between the Prior of Worcester and the provost and scholars of Queen's Hall, Oxford, by Master Thomas Borton, M.A., proctor and fellow of the said provost and scholars, and Master Richard Grafton, proctor of the said prior, at the house of Robert Stredforde in North Street, Oxford, between the inn commonly called "Kateryne Whele" and the North Gate, in the terms above recited. Witnesses, Master John Blew, D.C.L., John Forster and Thomas Rodborne, MM.A., of the University of Oxford.

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Vacancy from the translation of Richard Clifford to London to the appointment of Thomas Peverell.

[Fol. 227d] Register of brother John Malvern, prior of the cathedral church of Worcester, of those things which were done during the vacancy of the See by the translation of the reverend father and lord, the lord Richard Clifford, late bishop of Worcester, to the bishopric of London, from 21 October, 1407, to 21 November of the same year.

Commission from Thomas, archbishop of Canterbury, to the Prior of Worcester, to exercise jurisdiction in the city and diocese of Worcester according to the composition made between Boniface, archbishop of Canterbury, and the prior and chapter of Worcester. Dated at Gloucester, 20 October, 1407.

Institution of Thomas Cross, priest, presented by William Rede, rector of the parish church of Martley, to the parish church of Arley, in the diocese of Worcester, on 22 October, 1407.

Institution of Richard Brompton, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Teukesbury to the parish church of St. Owen of Bristol, in the diocese of Worcester, on 22 October, 1407.

Institution of John Garsyngton, priest, presented by King Henry IV. to the parish church of Condycote, in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the resignation of William Curteys, the last parson, on 25 October, 1407. And the rector of Swell was written to for his induction because it is in the deanery of Blockel'.

Institution of William Salter, priest, presented by the prioress of the black nuns of Brewode to the parish church of Brome, in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the death of the last rector, on 25 October, 1407.

Institution of John Seman, priest, presented by Thomas Berkeley, lord of Berkeley, to the perpetual chantry of "Wotton under egge", in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the death of William Haselton, the last priest there, on 26 October, 1407.

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Institution of John Machon, priest, presented by the abbot of the monastery of St. Peter of Gloucester to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Northlech, in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the exchange made by the rector of the parish church of Newenton with the vicar of Northlech, on 26 October, 1407.

Institution of Thomas Bylley, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester to the parish church of Newenton, in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the lawful exchange made by the vicar of the parish church of Northlech, on 26 October, 1407.

Institution of John Berston, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester to the perpetual chantry of St. Margaret next Gloucester, in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the death of the last chaplain, on 3 November, 1407.

Institution of Thomas Lucas, priest, presented by the prior and convent of the church of the Blessed Mary the Virgin and St. Michael the Archangel of Maxstoke to the parish church of Aston Cantelawe, in the diocese of Worcester, vacant by the exchange with the chantry founded in honour of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Thomas the Martyr, and All Saints at Lappoworth, at (ad) the parish church of Aston Cantelawe, on 15 November, 1407.

[Fol. 228] Institution of John Aston, priest, presented by lady Rose de Monte Forti, lady of Codbarwe, to the perpetual chantry founded in honour of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Thomas the Martyr, and All Saints at Lappoworth, by an exchange made with the vicar of the parish church of Aston Cantelawe, on 15 November, 1407.

Visitations made in the archdeaconry of Worcester during the vacancy aforesaid.

The Prior of Worcester visited the chapter of the same on 24 October, and the clergy and people of the deanery of Poywyk on 25 October, in the parish church there, and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks from the aforesaid church.

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The same prior visited the clergy and people of the city and deanery of Worcester, in the cathedral church of Worcester, on 26 October.

Also Master John Fordham, monk and clerk of the cathedral church of Worcester, and Richard Grafton, commissaries of the said prior, visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Kyderminstr' in the parish church there on 2 November, and there visited the parish church of Clent and Rouleye, and received from the church of Clent, by reason of the vacancy of the See, 20s. The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Wych in the parish church of Terdebygg, on 3 November, and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks. The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Warrewyk in the parish church of Wawenneswotton, on 4 November, and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Stowe and Blocley in the parish church of Stowe on 7 November.

Visitation made in the archdeaconry of Gloucester in the time of the vacancy aforesaid.

Master John Hatfelde, monk of the cathedral church, and Master John Pany, clerk, commissaries of the Prior of Worcester, visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Pershore on 2 November. The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Campeden in the parish church of Wykewone on 3 November, and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks from the said church, and 4 marks from the church of Dydebrok. The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Fryreford in the parish church there on 4 November, and received by reason of the vacancy of the See 5 marks. The same commissaries visited the monastery of Cirencistr' in the chapter-house there on 5 November, and there received in the name of a procuration 4 marks, and on the same day the same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of the same in the parish church there.

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The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Hank' and Button on 7 November in the parish church of Market Sobbury, and there received from the abbot of Lylleshull 40s. for his church of Badmynton, by reason of the vacancy of the See.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Bristoll in the parish church of St. Augustine, on 8 November.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Duresley on 12 November in the parish church of Berkeley.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Stonhous in the parish church of Nun's Hampton on 13 November.

The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Gloucester in the church of St. Nicholas on 14 November. The same commissaries visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Wynchecomb in the parish church of Cheltenham on 15 November.

[Fol. 228d] Letter from Thomas, archbishop of Canterbury [1], to the Prior of Worcester. Whereas Pope Gregory XII. has translated Thomas, bishop of Llandaff [2], to the bishopric of Worcester, the said archbishop enjoins the said prior to deliver all registers and muniments concerning the spiritualities of the city and diocese of Worcester. Dated at Gloucester, 20 November, 1407.

Incomplete entry of the proceedings between John, prior of Worcester, and John Arnald, vicar of the church of Dydybrok, as to the payment of an annual pension of 4 marks claimed by the said prior to be payable by the said vicar during the vacancy of the See of Worcester.

Vacancy from the death of Thomas Peverell on ist March, 1418, to the consecration of Philip Morgan, 3d Dec., 1419.

[Fol. 229] Register of brother John Fordham, prior of Worcester. of those things which were done during the vacancy of the See by


[1] Thomas Arundel.
[2] Thomas Peverell.

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the death of Thomas Peverell, bishop of Worcester, who died on 1 March, 1418 [19].

Letter from the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to Henry, archbishop of Canterbury [l], acquainting him with the death of Thomas, the late bishop, on 1 March, and praying for a commission to exercise spiritual jurisdiction in the city and diocese during the vacancy. Dated in the chapter at Worcester, 5 March, 1418 [19].

Letter from the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to King Henry V. acquainting him with the death of Thomas, the late bishop, and sending their monks, John Elene, sacristan, and John Hambury, cellarer, to pray license to elect another bishop. Dated at the chapter-house of Worcester, 9 March, 1418 [19].

[Fol. 229d] Commission by William Lyndewode, doctor of both laws, official of the court of Canterbury during the absence of the Archbishop of Canterbury out of the kingdom, to John, prior of the cathedral church of the Blessed Mary of Worcester, or in his absence out of the kingdom to the sub-prior, giving him power to exercise spiritual jurisdiction in the city and diocese of Worcester. Dated at London, 9 March.

Conge d'elire from Henry V. Dated at York, 25 March, 7 Henry V.

[Fol. 230] Orders celebrated in the cathedral church of Worcester on the Saturday on which is sung in churches the office Sicientes, 1419, by Nicholas, bishop of Dunkeld [2], by licence and commission of the Prior of Worcester.

ACOLYTES (Religious).

Richard Sthanton, of the order of Friars Preachers.


[1] Henry Chicheley.
[2] Nicholas, abbot of Pershore, rector of Beoley and Belbroughton. He acted as suffragan of Worcester, 1392-1421.

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ACOLYTES (Secular).

John Bradikote.
William Bachefore.
John Harrkes.
Richard Walle.
John Rokes.
John Andrewes.
David ap Jevan ap David.
Thomas Smyth.
William Hosyer.
John Wodeward.
John Colynnus.
Thomas Smallewode.
William Warde.

SUB-DEACONS (Secular). Richard Walle, to the title of St. Oswald of Worcester, of which, &c.

Thomas Darker, to the title of the house of the convent of Alyncester, of which, &c.

John Andrewes, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.

John Poole, to the title of the house of Teylesforde.

Thomas Schaunseys, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.

DEACONS (Religious).

William Evesham, monk of Worcester.
Thomas Lylleshull, monk of Worcester.

DEACONS (Secular).

John Davit, of the diocese of St. David, to the title of the canons of the church of Hereford.

Thomas Newbold, to the title of the house of St. Radegund of Teylesford.

Richard Hulle, to the title of the abbot of Bordesley, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Evesham.

Thomas Malle, to the title of his benefice.

PRIESTS (Religious).

John Sudbury, monk of Worcester.
William Sperman, monk of Tewkesbury.

FRIARS PREACHERS.

John ap Prys, priest.

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PRIESTS (Secular).

John Hawte, to the title of the house of Teylesforde.

John Leddebury, to the title of his benefice.

Thomas Leynard, to the title of the dean and chapter of Hereford, by letters dimissory of the Archbishop of Dublin.

John Bawn, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bordesley, by letters dimissory of the abbot of Evesham.

Nicholas Grene, to the title of the prior of St. Sepulchre in the county of Warwick.

John Perschore, to the title of the abbot and convent of Alyncester.

Institution of Richard Haukeslowe, priest, presented by the abbess of Cokhull to the rectory of Spernor in the diocese of Worcester, and the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 20 April, 1419.

Institution of Richard Cooke, priest, presented by Sir John Berkeley, knight, to the rectory of Syde in the diocese of Worcester. Dated 6 May, 1419.

Institution of John Salisbury, priest, presented by the master of the college of Forderynghaye to the church of Suckeleye in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with John Mortemer of the church of Bradewell, and the official of the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 10 June, 1419.

[Fol. 230d] Orders celebrated in the parish church of Bromesgrove on the vigil of Easter, viz. on 15 April, 1419, by Nicholas, bishop of Dunkeld [l].

ACOLYTES (Secular).

Roger Stratford.
William Laython, monk of Bordesley.
Hugh Geley, by letters dimissory of the Bishop of St. Asaph.


[1] See ante, p. 391.

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SUB-DEACONS (Secular).

Roger Stratford, of the diocese of Lincoln, to the title of the prior of Coldenorton.

William Layton, monk of Bordesley.

Robert Sele, of the diocese of Exeter, to the title of the abbot and convent of the monastery of Rewley.

John Haukes, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.

John Estmore, of the diocese of Bath, to the title of the abbot and convent of Schirborn of the order of St. Benedict.

DEACONS (Religious).

Henry Wyche, monk of St. Alban's, by letters dimissory, and licence of his abbot.

William Kidderminster, monk of Bordesley.

William Byrmycham, monk of Bordesley.

Walter Byrmycham, monk of Bordesley.

Richard Wode, monk of Bordesley.

DEACONS (Secular).

Thomas Darker, to the title of the abbot and convent of Alyncestr'.

Maurice Mevve, by letters dimissory of the diocese of St. David, to the title of the monastery of Comh' [1].

William Dowson, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, to the title of the priory of St. Fredeswythe, Oxford.

John Mewe, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of Kynton.

John Martyll, fellow of Oriel College in Oxford, of the diocese of Lincoln, to the title of the said college.

Noel Paul, of the diocese of Exeter, to the title of the priory of Bodmynne.

John Cryps, of the diocese of Salisbury, to the title of the abbess and convent of Warewell.

Richard Wall, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.


[1] Possibly Cwmhir in Radnorshire.

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John Andrewes, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of St. Oswald next Worcester.

Thomas Schauseye, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of St. Oswald next Worcester.

PRIESTS (Religious).

John Bury, monk of Bury, by letters dimissory and licence of his superior.

PRIESTS (Secular).

William Calched, of the diocese of Chichester, by letters dimissory, to the title of Stodle.

Richard Hull, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bordesley.

Master William Trebell, to the title of his benefice, of the diocese of Exeter, by letters dimissory.

Master William Andrewe, of the diocese of Exeter, by letters dimissory, to the title of the monastery of Oseney.

Richard Purty, of the diocese of Hereford, by letters dimissory of the diocesan, to the title of the free chapels of Mounte and Llezreth [1] in the county of Cardigan.

Master John Alleward, of the diocese of Exeter, by letters dimissory, to the title of the monastery of Hyda.

Alan Buckynham, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, to the title of the priory of Sandelford.

Master Richard Burnham, of the diocese of York, by letters dimissory, to the title of his benefice.

Roger Gune, of the diocese of Exeter, by letters dimissory, to the title of the priory of St. Stephen, Launceston.

Roger Wyresdale, of the diocese of York, by letters dimissory, to the title of the monastery of Holy Trinity, London.

John Davy, of the diocese of St. David, by letters dimissory, to the title of the dean and chapter of Hereford.

William Kingeot, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the house of Taylesford.


[1] Qy, Mount and Verwick. There is a parish of this name in Cardiganshire.

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[Fol. 231] Presentation by William, abbot, and the convent of Westminster, of William Causton, chaplain, to the vicarage of Longedon, vacant by the death of Richard Wat', the last vicar. Dated April, 1419.

Commission from the Prior of Worcester to brother Thomas Ledbury, bachelor of divinity, monk of Worcester, Master William Burdon, clerk, bachelor in both laws, Richard Grafton, bachelor in laws, and brother Thomas Musard, monk of Worcester, to make visitation throughout the diocese of Worcester to receive and prove wills, and to do all things touching such visitation. Dated at Worcester, 16 March, 1418[-19].

[Fol. 231d] Appointment by John, Prior of Worcester, of Masters John Estcourt, Robert Evebache, Walter London, and Richard Grafton, bachelors of law, as proctors in the matter of the refusal to pay a certain pension of 4 marks from the church of Dydebrok, and certain other pensions from the parish churches of Aston Cauntelowe, Yardeley, and Tonworth, due to the said prior, the See being vacant by reason of visitation. Dated at Worcester, 24 May, 1419.

[Fol. 232] Visitation made in the archdeaconry of Worcester in the time of the vacancy aforesaid.

The Prior of Worcester visited the chapter of Worcester on 16 March, 1418-9.

John Hatefelde, monk of the cathedral church of Worcester, and Master Richard Grafton, commissaries of the said prior, visited the priory of Wyston and hospital of St. Oswald on 17 March. On the same day they received 40s. from the prior and convent of Great Malvern in the name of subjection (subjectionis), from them to the cathedral church.

Master William Burdon and Thomas Musard visited the church of Asteley on 21 March.

Master Thomas Ledbury and Master Richard Grafton visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Poywyk on 21 March in the parish church there, and received in the name of a procuration 4 marks from the said church.

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Master Ledbury and Master William Burdon visited the abbey of Pershor' on 22 March, and were provided with meat and drink. On the same day Master Richard Grafton, commissary, visited the clergy and people of the same deanery in the church of St. Andrew in the same town.

Master Richard Grafton, commissary, visited the church of Bekford on 24 March and received 4 marks.

Master Richard Grafton and Thomas Musard visited the parish church of Tardybygg' and halft he deanery of Wyche, on 27 March, and they received from the abbot of Bordesley for the aforesaid church 4 marks.

On the same day the commissaries visited the parish church of Bromsgrove and the other part of the deanery of Wych, and the clergy and people of the same, and were provided with meat and drink by the vicar there.

The same commissaries visited the parish church of Hales and the same church and the clergy and people of the deanery of Kydyrmynstr', and dined and remained the night with the vicar there, and received in the name of a procuration 20s.

On Wednesday after, the said commissioners visited the prior and convent of Stodeley, and dined and remained the night there. On Thursday, they visited the abbot and convent of Alyncestr', and dined and remained the night there.

On Friday following, Master Richard Grafton and Thomas Musard visited the prioress and sisters of the priory of Cokehull, and dined at Alyncestr'.

On the same day, after dinner, they visited the parish churches of Alyncestr', and half the deanery of Christianity of Warwick, and the clergy and people of the same, and remained at the inn there for the night.

On the Saturday following, the same commissaries visited the parish churches of Waweyn Wotton, the same church and the other part of the deanery of Christianity of Warwick, and the clergy and people of the same, dined at Henley, and remained the night with the prior of St. Sepulchre of Warwick.

On Sunday before the feast of St. Ambrose, they visited the prior and convent of the same place and dined there. Also after dinner they visited the master and brethren of the hospital of St. John of Warwick, and spent the night there with the master.

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On Monday before the same feast, about the first hour they visited the dean and chapter of the collegiate church of Warwick, and after dinner they visited the collegiate church aforesaid, and the clergy and people of the said town of Warwick, and spent the night there with the master of St. John's.

On Tuesday, the feast of St. Ambrose, in the morning, they visited the prioress of Wroxale and her sisters, and dined and spent the night there.

On Wednesday after the same feast, they visited the prioress of Pynley and her sisters, and afterwards visited the collegiate church of Stretford, half the deanery of Kyngton, and dined with the warden, and spent the night at Blackwell at the manor of the Prior of Worcester.

On Thursday after the same feast, they visited in the morning the parish church of Wolford, and the other part of the deanery of Kyngton, and dined there with the farmer, and received from the vicar of Wolford four marks. About the hour of vespers they visited the parish church of Blockley, and the clergy and people of the same deanery, and spent the night at an inn at Campedene. On Friday after the same feast, they visited in the morning the church of Campedene and half the deanery, and dined at an inn there; and immediately after dinner they visited the church of Wykewane, and the clergy and parishioners, and received four marks. And about the hour of vespers they visited the church of Didbrocke, and spent the night at the abbey of Wynchecumb. On Saturday after the same feast, they visited the abbot and convent of Wynchecombe, and spent the night at Overbury, at the manor of the Prior of Worcester.

[Fol. 232d] Visitation made in the archdeaconry of Gloucester. On Tuesday after the feast of St. Edward, Thomas Ledbury, bachelor of divinity, and master Richard Grafton, bachelor of laws, visited the whole deanery of Poywyche, in the parish church of Poywyche.

On Monday after the feast of the Annunciation, Thomas Ledbury and master William Burden visited the abbot and convent of Teukusbury and dined there, and immediately after dinner they visited the parish church of Teukesbury and the whole deanery of Wynchecumbe, and spent the night with the abbot there.

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On Tuesday after the same feast, in the morning, they visited the parish church of Durhurst, with the chapel and the clergy and people, and dined with the abbot of Gloucester. After dinner they visited the abbot and convent of Gloucester, and spent the night there with the abbot.

On Wednesday after the same feast, they visited, in the morning, the parish church of St. Nicholas of Gloucester, the whole deanery, and the clergy and people of the same. They dined with the prior of Lanthony, and immediately after dinner visited the prior and convent there, and afterwards one of the commissaries visited the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, and they spent the night with the prior of Lanthony.

On Thursday after the same feast, they visited the parish church of Stanley Monachorum, half the deanery of Stonehurst, and dined and spent the night with the prior there.

On Friday following, they visited the parish church of Wottonunder- Egge, the whole deanery of Dursley, and the clergy and people of the same, and dined at an inn there and spent the night at Thornbury at an inn.

On Saturday following, they visited in the morning the collegiate church of Westbury, and dined with the abbot of St. Augustine of Bristol, and spent the whole of Sunday there.

On Monday after the feast of St. Ambrose, they visited the parish church of St. Augustine the Less of Bristol, half the deanery of Bristol, and the clergy and people of the same. They dined with the master of St. Mark, and after dinner visited the other part of the deanery of Bristol, the parish church of St. James of Bristol, and spent the night with the prior there.

On Tuesday, the feast of St. Ambrose, they visited in the chapel of Market Sobbury all the deanery of Haukesbury and Button, and the people and clergy of the same, and dined and spent the night there at an inn.

On Wednesday after the same feast, they visited the parish church of Tetebury, the other part of the deanery of Stonhurst, the clergy and people of the same, and dined there.

On Thursday following, they visited the abbot and convent of Cirencester, and dined at an inn there and received four marks. Immediately after dinner they visited the parish church of

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Cirencester, the whole deanery of Cirencester, and the clergy and people of the same.

On the Friday following, they visited the parish church of Fayrford and the whole deanery of Fayrford, and the clergy and people of the same, and dined at an inn there, and spent the night at Northleache at an inn.

On Saturday following, they visited the parish church of Stowe, the whole deanery of Stowe, and the clergy and people of the same, and dined there and spent the night at Overbury.

[Fol. 233] Commission from the Prior of Worcester to the Archdeacon of Gloucester or his official to induct John Rouland, priest, into the parish church of Dorsyngton, upon the presentation of Lady Alice Drayton, lady of Dorsyngton, by the resignation of William Erode, the last rector, by reason of an exchange with the vicar of the parish church of Ambursden in the diocese of Lincoln. Dated at Worcester, 10 March, 1418-19.

Institution of Richard Haukuslowe, priest, presented by the prioress of Cokehull to the rectory of Spernare in the diocese of Worcester.

Letters dimissory for Thomas Clive to receive holy orders from any Catholic bishop. Dated at Worcester, 9 March, 1418-19.

Licence to Giles Fililode, dwelling at Kydyrington, to have divine service performed in his oratory by fit priests. Dated at Worcester, 12 March, 1418-19.

Notification by the Prior of Worcester to the abbot of Pershore of his intention to exercise the office of visitation at the monastery of Pershore. Dated 8 March, 1418-19.

[Fol. 233d] Institution of Robert Brey, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Gloucester to the vicarage of Urlyngham, 16 March, 1418-19.

Institution of Richard Dene, priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Gloucester to the parish church of St. John the Baptist, Gloucester, on the same day.

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Notification by the Prior of Worcester to the Sub-prior and Chapter of Worcester of his intention to exercise the office of visitation at the monastery of Worcester. Dated at Worcester, 8 March, 1418-19.

Mandate to the dean of Wych' and his apparitor to cite certain persons (names are not given) to appear before the prior or his deputy in the parish church of Doderhull, to undergo visitation.

Institution of Walter Cromp', priest, presented by the abbot and convent of Malmesbury to the church of Luttelton upon Severn in the diocese of Worcester, upon an exchange with John Collyng', and institution of the said John to the vicarage of Donnanmeney in the same diocese, on 26 March, 1419.

[Fol. 234] Certificate from the preceptor of the hospital of St. Wolstan next Worcester of the receipt of a letter from the Prior of Worcester, dated, 10 March, 1418-19, notifying the prior's intention to visit the same hospital. Dated at Worcester, 12 April. Receipt from John, prior of Worcester, to John Bokeland, master of the college of Foderynghey, and his fellows, for 4 marks in the name of a procuration. Dated 18 May, 1419.

[Fol. 234d] Orders celebrated in the cathedral church of Worcester on the vigil of Holy Trinity, 1419, by Nicholas, bishop of Dunkeld [1] by licence and commission of the prior of the said church.

ACOLYTES (Secular).

William Oldebury.
John More.
Thomas Holder.

SUB-DEACONS (Secular).

Thomas Holder, to the title of the monastery of the abbot and convent of Haleys Oweyn.

John Ode, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.


[1] Abbot of Pershore.

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DEACONS (Secular).

Roger Stratford, by letters dimissory of Philip, bishop of Lincoln [1], to the title of the prior and convent of Oldenorton, John Pole, to the title of the house of Telysford.

John Hawkes, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.

PRIESTS (Secular).

John Andrewes, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.

Richard Walle, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester.

John Kyngman, by letters dimissory of Philip, bishop of Lincoln, [to the title of] the house of St. John of Lechelade, in the diocese of Worcester.

William Doweson, by letters dimissory of Philip, bishop of Lincoln, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton. Thomas Chaunseys, by letters dimissory of Henry, bishop of York [2], to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald next Worcester. Thomas Newbold, to the title of the house of Pynley.

SUB-DEACONS (Religious),

John Carpenter, of Lanthony.
Robert Cole, of Lanthony.

DEACONS (Religious).

Brother William Norton, canon of the monastery of Keynsham and of the diocese of Wells, by letters dimissory.

Brother Thomas Welle, canon of the monastery of Keynsham and of the diocese of Wells, by letters dimissory.

Brother William Leyzton, monk of Bordesley, of the diocese of Worcester.

PRIESTS (Religious).

Brother John Wythynton.

Brother Nicholas Poys, canon of Keynsh am, by letters dimissory of the diocese of Bath and Wells [2].

Brother Nicholas Russell, of the order of Friars Minor.


[1] Philip Ripingdon, 1405-1420.
[2] Henry Bowet, 1407-1426.
[3] Nicholas Bubwith, 1407 1425, was the Bishop.

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[Fol. 235] Suggestion or petition against the decree by James Cole, proctor of the Prior of Worcester, declaring Agnes Porter, of Hayles, contumacious in not appearing to answer a charge of committing fornication with Robert Alcestre, abbot of the monastery of Hayles. Dated at London, 9th of the Kalends of July, 1419. Entry unfinished [1].

[Fol. 235d] Mandate from Henry, archbishop of Canterbury [2], to John, prior of the church of Worcester, to cite William Wotton, vicar of the church of Dydebroke, to appear before the Archbishop to answer a charge of having performed divine service in the church of Dydebroke after having been suspended for not paying procurations at the prior's visitation. Dated 1 September, 1419 [3].

[Fol. 236] Institution of William Porter, priest, presented by William Spechesley, Esq., lord of Spechesley, to the rectory of Spechesley in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with Thomas Nelme, of the vicarage of Snetfeld in the said diocese. Dated 12 May, 1419.

Institution of John Clerk, priest, presented by the Prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, to the rectory of Madrisfeld in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with John Harpetre. Dated 30 June, 1419.

Institution of Master Gregory Newport, priest, presented by Thomas Blount, Esq., lord of Hampton Lovet, to the rectory of Hampton Lovet, in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with John Norton, of the vicarage of Eccleshale. Dated 8 May, 1419.

Institution of Thomas Stoke, priest, presented by Margaret Seebroke, to the rectory of Fylton in the diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with John Neucastall of the vicarage of Holt in the said diocese. Dated 29 April, 1419.

Institution of William Attemyllene, priest, presented by the Archdeacon of Worcester to the vicarage of Claverden in the


[1] See post, p. 404.
[2] Henry Chicheley, 1414-1443.
[3] This entry should be placed after the order on p. 404.

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diocese of Worcester, by reason of his exchange with John Rynelove of the vicarage of Dodyngton in the diocese of Lincoln. Dated 26 June, 1419.

Institution of Thomas Crosse, priest, presented by John Bodenham, Esq., lord of Wormynton, to the rectory of Wormynton, by reason of his exchange with Peter Braunche. Dated 6 July, 1419.

[Fol. 237] Mandate from the official of the Court of Canterbury to John Vampage, Richard Clebury, Nicholas Porter, John Gloucester, and John Rofford, clerks of the diocese of Worcester, to cite the Prior of Worcester to appear in the church of St. Mary-le-bow, London, on the fourth lawday after the Translation of St. Swithin, to answer touching the appeal or suggestion of Agnes Porter, declared contumacious in not appearing to answer the charge of committing fornication with the abbot of Hayles. Dated at London, the 9th of the Kalends of July, 1419 [1].

[Fol. 237d] Proclamation by William Lyndewode, doctor of both laws, official of the Archbishop of Canterbury, injoining all rectors, vicars, chaplains, having cures and not having cures, and notaries public and clerks whomsoever, throughout the province of Canterbury, to pay all procurations, pensions, portions and other rights and emoluments due during the vacancy of the See of Worcester to the churches of Canterbury and Worcester, to the Prior of Worcester, under pain of excommunication. Dated at London, the 3rd of the Kalends of June, 1419.

[Fol. 238d] Letter from the official of the Court of Canterbury to the Prior of Worcester to do what is necessary for the correction of the soul of Agnes Porter by reason of her crime of fornication with Robert Alcester, abbot of Hayles, notwithstanding the inhibition of the gth of the Kalends of July directed to John Vampage and others. Dated at London, the 12th of the Kalends of August [1].

[Fol. 239] Certificate by the apparitor of the Dean of Campedene that he had cited Agnes Porter to appear before the prior. Dated at Bokeland, 24 May, 1419 [1].


[1] See ante, p. 403.

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Mandate from Richard Grafton, clerk, bachelor of laws, commissary of John, prior of Worcester, to the Dean of Campedene and rectors of the parish churches of Somerfeldeshafton and Dombulton, to proclaim in church that Agnes Porter is suspended from entering the said churches, and to cite the said Agnes to appear before the prior or the said Richard in the cathedral church of Worcester on Saturday after the feast of Corpus Christi. Dated at Worcester, 17 June, 1419.

[Fol. 239d] Mandate to the Dean of Campedene to cite the said Agnes to appear before the prior or his commissary in the cathedral church of the Blessed Mary of Worcester on Saturday after the feast of the Ascension. Dated at Worcester, 21 May, 1419.

[Fol. 240] An Instrument [l] setting out that on 24 April, 1419, John Fordham, prior of Worcester, and the monks of Worcester, - in the presence of Richard Grafton, bachelor of laws, notary public, Sir John Brewer, chaplain, and William Drawer, clerk of the diocese of Worcester, witnesses appointed by the said prior and monks, - assembled in the chapter-house of Worcester, at the capitular hour, for the purpose of fixing a day for treating of the election of a bishop of the said church of Worcester, destitute by the death of the lord Thomas Peverell. the last bishop, who died on 2nd March last past, at his manor of Hanbury in the Salt Marsh (in Salso Marisco). And the aforesaid John Fordham, the prior, by consent of the brethren, appointed Monday, 24th April, for treating of the said election. On which day, in the presence of the said notary public, William Burdon, bachelor of laws, and John Ledbury, John Stokes, and John Swynerton, notaries public, the said John Fordham, the prior, and other the monks, came together into the said church, when the Mass of the Holy Spirit was celebrated by one of the monks at the High Altar; and after the celebration of the said Mass, and before the tenth hour of the day, the said prior and all the monks forming the chapter, appeared in the chapter-house; and brother Thomas Ledbury, bachelor of theology, monk of Worcester, expounded the Word of God. And his sermon being ended, John, the prior, caused the royal licence to elect a new


[1] Printed at length by Thomas, Appendix, 130.

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bishop, dated 25 March, 7 Henry V., to be publicly read by brother John Clyve, sacristan of the said church. Immediately after which the constitution of the General Council which begins Quia propter ut, &c., was read and explained in the Latin tongue. Then the prior, in the name of the chapter, made a monition and protestation in writing, warning all excommunicated, suspended, and interdicted persons and others, who by chance might be there who ought not by right or custom to be present, to depart and to permit the prior and other the monks freely to elect. Whereupon the said notaries public protested that they had no right to be present, and wished to retire unless their presence was specially asked; therefore they were specially asked to be present. Then Master Richard Grafton, director (regulator) of the election, asked whether the business of the election was to be proceeded with by way of scrutiny, compromise, or by the Holy Spirit, and it was decided by the said prior and monks assembled in chapter to proceed by way of the Holy Spirit, and, as it appeared to the notary public, no human instigation intervening, the aforesaid prior, being inspired by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and so all the monks of the said church, with one voice and in one spirit, no one disagreeing, elected the venerable man, Master Philip Morgan, doctor of both laws, a fit and discreet man, commendable in life and habits, in priests' orders, of lawful age, begotten in lawful matrimony, and very circumspect in spiritual and temporal matters. After which election they proceeded, solemnly singing the Te Deum, to the High Altar, and the singing being finibhed, the prior and monks asked the said Master William Burdon to publish the said election, which he did in the mother tongue in a high and intelligible voice before a multitude of people. After which the said prior and monks departed whithersoever they wished. Which things above written were done in the year 1419, in the presence of Masters Richard Grafton, and William Burdon, bachelors of law, and Masters John Ledbury, John Stokes, and John Swynerton, clerks, notaries public. Fol. 241. Notarial certificate to the foregoing by John Stokes, clerk of the diocese of Worcester [l].


[1] Printed by Thomas, Appendix, 133.

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[Fol. 242] Letter [1] from the Prior and Chapter of Worcester to Pope Martin V. reciting that whereas the church of Worcester being vacant by the death of the lord Thomas Peverell, the last bishop, who died on 2 March, 1418-19, and whose body was afterwards buried in the church of the Carmelite Friars next the University of Oxford, within the diocese of Lincoln, brothers John Fordham, prior, John Dudley, sub-prior, John Hatfeld, almoner, Roger Evesham, John Wyrcetre, chamberlain, Thomas Hertulbury, hostiller, Thomas Rudyng, kitchener, William Croppethorne, infirmarer, John Clyve, sacristan, Thomas Ledbury, bachelor of theology, Ralph Fylkyn, shrine keeper (? tumbarius), John Stone, John Lye, refectorer, John Hambury, cellarer, John Cowlesdon, master of the chapel, John Temedebury, precentor, John Alcetr', sub-chamberlain, Richard Wyrcetr', succentor, Thomas Colwell, third prior, Richard Cowerne, pittancer, Thomas Aldurton, Richard Tyburton, sub-cellarer, Robert Lawerne, William Brokton, Thomas Musard, chaplain, Richard Stoolton, William Hodynton, subsacristan, Thomas Blakwell, fourth prior, Richard Barndesley, scholar at Oxford, John George, John Esbury, John Whytynton, Richard Lychefeld, Robert Schrovesbury, William Hertulbury, John Sudbury, John Stodley, William Evesham, Thomas Lylleshull and John Stafford, monks professed in the rule of St. Benedict in the cathedral church of Worcester or its monastery, and ordained in holy orders, forming the chapter of the same church, being assembled on 14 April, fixed the 24th of the same month for the election of a new bishop. On which latter day all the monks being come together and the Mass of the Holy Spirit being celebrated in the choir at the High Altar, and afterwards the hymn Veni Creator Spirittis being solemnly sung in the chapter, the royal licence was read, the monition by the prior made. (The remainder of the proceedings of the election are recited in the same terms as in the instrument on p. 405.) The said prior and chapter therefore pray for the pope's confirmation of such election. Dated 26 April, 1419. Master Richard Grafton and William Burdon, notaries public, being witness.

[Fol. 243] Notarial certificate to the above by Richard Lanrake, clerk.


[1] Printed by Thomas, Appendix, 134.

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[Fol. 244] REGISTER OF THE LORD JOHN [1], PRIOR OF THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF WORCESTER.

By authority of the Court of Canterbury, official and administrator of the spiritualities in the city and diocese of Worcester, the See of the bishopric there being vacant by the death of Thomas, late bishop of Worcester [2], who died on the vigil of St. Bartholomew, to wit, 23 August, 1433, and the death of the same bishop was first heard of by the said John, the prior, on 25 September in the same year, to the 5th May, 1435.

Commission by Henry, archbishop of Canterbury [3], to the Prior of Worcester to exercise jurisdiction in the city and diocese of Worcester, according to the composition made between the predecessors of the same archbishop and the predecessors of the same prior. Dated at Slyndon, 2 October, 1433.

[Fol. 244d] Institution of John Aylewyn, chaplain, presented by William Somervyle, Esq., of Aston Somervyle, to the rectory of the parish church of Kyngton, void by the death of John Roode. Dated 14 October, 1434.

Induction of the above John Aylewyn to the said church on 14 April, 1434.

Institution of John Perschore, priest, presented by John Spechisley to the rectory of the parish church of Spechisley, Thomas Heynys having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 31 October, 1433.

Institution of John Bokelond, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Evesham to the rectory of the parish church of Upper Swell, void by the death of Hugh Catour. Dated 5 October, 1433.

Institution of Richard Mountfort, deacon, presented by Sir William Mountfort, knight, lord of Ilmyndon, to the rectory of the parish church of Ilmyndon, John Hathewey having resigned the same. Dated 13 October, 1433.


[1] John Fordham. [2] Thomas Polton. [3] Henry Chicheley, 1414-1443.

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Institution of David Glyn, clerk, presented by the abbot and convent of the Blessed Mary of Tewkesbury to the rectory of the parish church of Lech St. Andrew in the diocese of Worcester, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 28 Nov. 1433.

Institution of Thomas Facumberg, chaplain, presented by Thomas, abbot of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Kenilleworth, to the rectory of the parish church of Eccleshale, William Chapman having resigned the same. Dated 29 November, 1433.

Institution in the prior's manor of Bathenhale, of Robert Hasyll, chaplain, presented by Sir Thomas Blount, knight, to the perpetual chantry of St. Anne in the church of Hampton Lovet, Henry Amys having resigned the same. Dated 5 November, 1433.

[Fol. 245d] Institution of Thomas Whyte, presented by Katherine Beauchamp, lady of the manor of Donnehathirley, to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Donnehathirley, John Gutta having resigned the same. Dated 9 November, 1433.

Institution of John Hawkyns, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Evesham to the parish church of Willeberow, John Hasull having resigned the same. Dated 18 November, 1433.

Institution of John Gunne, chaplain, presented by Thomas Erdyngton and Sybill his wife to the parish church of Berston, void by the death of John Stark. Dated 18 November, 1433.

Institution of Robert Whyte, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Wynchcombe to the vicarage of the parish church of Twenyng, Thomas Berd having resigned the same. Dated 16 December, 1433.

[Fol. 246] Commission by John [1], bishop of Bath and Wells, to the Prior of Worcester, to expedite the exchange between William Woky, rector of Alludeford in the diocese of Bath and Wells, and Henry Hallyng, rector of Staunton in the diocese of Worcester; the said Henry being presented to the rectory of Alludeford by Simon Ralyghe, Esquire. Dated 2 December, 1433.


[1] John Stafford, 1425-1443.

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Certificate of the receipt of the above and institution made accordingly. Dated 17 December, 1433.

[Fol. 246d] Certificate by William Wylly, chaplain, keeper of the jurisdiction of Steynyng, neither mediately nor immediately belonging to the Roman court (ad curia Romana nullo media pertinent'), of the execution of the commission from John, prior of Worcester, to expedite the exchange between Henry More, rector of the church of Bradwell in the diocese of Worcester, and Richard Papy, vicar of Steynyng, of which church of Bradwell the abbot and convent of Eveshame, immediately subject to the church of Rome (ecclesie Romane immediate subject' [1]), are the true patrons. Dated at Steynyng, 9 November, 1433.

[Fol. 247] Institution of John Browne, presented by John Throkmerton, William Wolaschull, John Woode, and John Schyngey, patrons by virtue of a feoffment lately made of the manor of Schesyncote, with the advowson of the church, to the parish church of Schesyncote, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 22 December, 1433.

Institution of Thomas Chaworthe, clerk, presented by Henry VI. to the parish church of Hertilbury, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 31 November, 1433.

Institution of Thomas Hamell by Thomas Simon, his proctor, presented by the prior of the Blessed Mary of Perschor to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Hawkesbury, void by the death of Richard Maidegod, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 23 December, 1433.

[Fol. 247d] Institution of John Wolstone, presented by Giles Brugge, Esq., to the parish church of Cuberley, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 30 December, 1433.

Institution of Brother Richard War', canon, and professed in the hospital of St. John, Warwick, presented by the prior of St. Sepulchre, Warwick, to the rectory of Hareley, Ralph, the last


[1] Evesham was exempt from Episcopal visitation, except by a Legate from Rome.

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rector, having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 10 January, 1433-4.

Institution of Thomas Oldebury, presented by Thomas Erdyngton and Sybill his wife to the parish church of Berston, John Gunne having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 15 January, 1433-4.

Institution of John Godston, acolyte, by John Burnell, his proctor, presented by John Kemys, Esq., to the parish church of Derham, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 28 January, 1433-4.

Institution of Thomas Wheton, chaplain, presented by the abbot of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Tewkesbury to the parish church of St. John, Bristol, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 3 February, 1433-4.

Institution of Richard Hawkeslow, presented by the prioress and sisters of Cokeshulle to the parish church of Spernor, of an exchange made with Thomas Evesham of Weston-on-Avon, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 10 February, 1433-4. And on the same day and at the same place the said Thomas was instituted to the perpetual vicarage of Weston-on-Avon, presented by the prioress and sisters of Whistons next Worcester, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction.

[Fol. 248] Institution of Benedict Burgh', chaplain, of the diocese of Lincoln, presented by Anne [1], Countess of Stafford, Buckingham, Hereford and Northampton, and lady of Brecon and Holderness, to the rectory of Rendecombe, John Peton, chaplain, having resigned the same. Dated 31 January, 1433-4.

Institution of Nicholas Eliot, chaplain, presented by the abbot of St. Peter's, Gloucester, to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Cowley, Thomas Hooke having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 4 February, 1433-4.


[1] Anne, daughter of the Earl of Stafford, and widow of Edmund, 5th Earl of March.

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Composition whereby Thomas Hook, priest, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Cowley, who resigned the said vicarage, and in whose place Nicholas Eliot, chaplain, was instituted at the presentation of the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester, should have an annuity of 4li. out of the fruits of the said vicarage towards his maintenance. Dated in the priory of Worcester, 18 February, 1433.

[Fol. 248d] Institution of Hugh Crownyng, clerk, presented by the Prior and Convent of Worcester to the rectory of the parish church of Herforton, void by the death of William Longfeld, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated u December, 1433.

[Fol. 249] Institution of Richard Hulle, chaplain, presented by Robert Russell, Esq., to the rectory of Pypilton, void by the death of William Hedy, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 20 March, 1433-4.

Institution of William Lymeryk, clerk, by Thomas Sampson his proctor, presented by Richard, Duke of York, Earl of March, and Ulster, and Lord of Wygmor and of Clare, to the rectory of Wynston, John Lee having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 18 February, 1433-4.

Institution of John Fort, chaplain, presented by Sir Thomas Beaumount, knight, to the rectory of Weston Britte, William Flaxman having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 23 March, 1433-4.

Institution of Thomas Daddy of Querndon, in the diocese of Lincoln, chaplain, presented by Sir Thomas Burdet, knight, to the rectory of Arow, Thomas Motlow having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 4 April, 1434.

Institution of John Langdon, chaplain, presented by the prior and convent of Little Malvern, of the order of St. Benedict, to the

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perpetual vicarage of Eldresfeld, void by the death of John Kydyrmist', and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 10 April, 1434.

Institution of Richard Edrygge, chaplain, presented by the prior and' convent of Little Malvern to the perpetual vicarage of Hanley, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 7 April, 1434.

[Fol. 249d] Institution of Robert Bandy, chaplain, presented by Thomas, prior, and the convent of Kenilleworth, of the order of St. Augustine, to the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Braylye, void by the death of John Bentham, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 2 April, 1434.

Institution of Henry Astwode, chaplain, presented by Richard, Duke of York, Earl of March and Ulster, and Lord of Wygmor and of Clare, to the perpetual vicarage of Lychelade, John Bedhampton having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 17 April, 1434.

Institution of John Russell, chaplain, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester to the perpetual vicarage of Haresfeld, John Clot having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 23 April, 1434.

Commission from Robert, bishop of Salisbury [1], to John, prior of Worcester, to expedite the exchange between Robert Jankyns, rector of the parish church of Bryztwalton in the diocese of Salisbury, and John Seygar, warden or chaplain of the perpetual chantry of Wynterborn in the diocese of Worcester, the said John Seygar being presented to the church of Bryztwalton by the abbot and convent of Bello. Dated at Ramsbury, 5 January, 1433-4.

[Fol. 250] Certificate of the execution of the above and of the institution of Robert Jankyns, presented by Thomas Bradston, Esq., to the perpetual chantry in the parish church of Wynterborn.


[1] Robert Neville, 1427-1438.

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Commission from William, bishop of Lincoln [l], to the Prior of Worcester to expedite the exchange between William Colle, rector of the parish church of Sucley in the diocese of Worcester, and Nicholas Colman, rector of the parish church of Arthyngworth of the diocese of Lincoln. The said William being presented to the said church of Arthyngworth by the prior and convent of Landa. Dated 22 February, 1433-4.

[Fol. 250d] Institution of Adam Moleyns, presented by King Henry VL to the parish church of Kemsey. Dated November, 1434.

Institution of Robert Tunstall, chaplain, presented by the abbess and nuns of Godstow to the rectory of Daglyngworth, void by the death of Thomas Droys, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 13 May, 1434.

Institution of Robert Hepkyns, clerk, presented by John Greville, Esq., to the free chapel or church of Lascheberew, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 3 April, 1434.

Institution of Master Ralph Paret, presented by the Warden and Scholars of Merton College, Oxon, to the parish church of Lappworth, void by the resignation of Richard Peyntour, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 13 May, 1434.

[Fol. 251] Institution of John Campion, chaplain, presented by Sir William Bisshopesdon, Sir Humphrey Stafford, knights, John Bray, the younger, John Lenche, Richard Parmynter, chaplain, and Peter Cassy of Wyche, to the rectory of the parish church of Doverdale, John Foster having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 9 June, 1434.

Certificate by John Arnold, rector of the parish church of St. Michael of Gloucester, that in accordance with a commission received from the Prior of Worcester, he had made inquisition touching the free chapel of Lascheverugh in the diocese of Worcester,


[1] William Gray, 1431-1436.

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to which John Grevill, Esq., had presented Robert Hepkyns, clerk. Which inquisition was taken by Philip Talgard, rector of the parish church of Nimysfeld, Richard Totty, Nicholas Eliot, and Ralph Benet, vicars of the churches of Byseley, Cowley, and Horsley, Thomas Bulke, chaplain of the chantry of Cambrugg', Robert Wlpen, John Wolpen of Wolpen, John Rodleydom of Kyngyscote, William Kyngyscote, Robert Wollerygge of Nymmysfeld, John Butte of Lascheverow, and Nicholas Tuffeley of Stanley, in the parish church of Nymmysfeld on 5 April, who say that the said chapel was vacant, because the last chaplain could not hold it, having accepted the parish church of Buston Deverell in the diocese of Salisbury, and it began to be vacant about four months previously ; and they say that John Grevill is true patron by right and by virtue of his manor of Lasscheverow, and he who was presented had a chapel in the churchyard of Biseley worth 40s. or thereabouts, and the said church of Lascheverow is not litigious, a pensionary or a portionary. Afterwards they say that he who was presented is of good fame, a free man, fit and honest, having the first tonsure. And the said John Arnold further certifies he has admitted and instituted the presentee to the said chapel. Dated Nymmesfeld.

[Fol. 251d] Institution of Henry Payn, chaplain, presented by William Tracy, lord of Doyngton and of Todyngton, to the perpetual chantry of Doyngton, void by the death of Walter de Doyngton, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 24 June, 1434.

[Fol. 252] Certificate by John Hogel, rector of the parish church of Duntesborne Abbatis and dean of Cirencester, that he received a commission from the Prior of Worcester, dated 30 March, 1434, reciting that whereas Sir James Berkeley, knight, lord of the manor of Daglyngworth, presented Master Simon Barton, claplain, M.A., to the parish church of Daglyngworth, vacant by the death of Thomas Droys, the last rector, as it is asserted, and whereupon Master John Tumbrell, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Berkeley, was commissioned to make inquisition upon the usual articles and return a full certificate, and whereas now pending these things, the abbess and convent of Godstow in the diocese of Lincoln,

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have presented Robert Tunstall, chaplain, pretending they are true patrons of the same church, and thereupon the commission issued to the said Master John Tumbrell was revoked; whereupon the said John Hogel was commissioned to inquire as to the vacancy of the said church and the claims to the patronage thereof. The said John Hogel, therefore, now certifies that on Saturday, 24 April, an inquisition was held in the parish church of Cirencester, within which deanery the said church is situated, by the rectors, vicars, and old and faithful men of the said deanery, to wit, John Fynch, rector of the church of Stratton, William Netherton, rector of the church of Sodyngton Mary, William Gryce, rector of the church of Harewell, Richard Wyntyr, rector of the church of Cotes, Thomas Adonet, rector of the church of Hampton, Thomas Wapole, rector of the church of Colne Denis, John Rowlow, rector of the church of Colne Roger, John Maiesmore, vicar of the church of Cheddworth, William Yong, vicar of the church of Preston, William Yong (sic), vicar of the church of Sowthfarnay, and John Down, John Grey of Cirencester, Walter Hogges of Bagyndon, John Edmond of Daglyngworth, old and faithful men, who say by virtue of their oath that the parish church of D. was vacant by the death of Master Thomas Droys, the last rector, and the vacancy began on Wednesday, 17 March last past, when the aforesaid Master Thomas Droys, rector of the church of D., died. Of the right, title, or possession of the aforenamed Sir James B. to. present the aforesaid Master Simon to the aforesaid church they know nothing to depose, because neither he nor any of his progenitors time out of mind ever presented or ought to have presented, but of the right, title, and possession of the aforesaid abbess and convent of Godstow, now presenting the aforesaid Robert Tunstall to the said church of D., they say that the aforesaid abbess and convent are true patrons of the same church of D., and last presented and always ought to present to the same, as they hear and learn from faithful men their progenitors and predecessors; and the same abbess and convent presented the said Master Thomas Droys, and had the right of presentation by gift and fine levied in the Common Pleas before the Justices of the Lord the King, by the progenitors of the aforesaid Sir James. They say also that the said church is not litigious, nor a portionary, but is a pensionary, for which pension the said abbess paid the royal tenth when it happened to be collected. And he who was presented by the said

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abbess and convent is of good life and honest conversation and ordained in priests' orders, holding another ecclesiastical benefice, to wit, the parish church of Merston Bygot in the diocese of Bath and Wells, which latter benefice he will in rightful time, as he asserts, resign. Dated at Cirencester, 24 April.

[Fol. 253] Institution of Richard Parkhous, chaplain, presented by the abbot of St. Augustine's, Bristol, to the perpetual vicarage of All Saints', Bristol, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 6 July, 1434.

[Fol. 253d] General Orders celebrated in the charnel chapel within the churchyard of the cathedral church of Worcester on Saturday quatuor temporum, to wit, 19 December, 1433, by the reverend father in Christ the Bishop of Emly [1] (Imelacensis), by authority of John, keeper of the spiritualities of the bishopric of Worcester, the See being vacant.

Commission to Robert, bishop of Emly, to dedicate churches, celebrate orders, &c. [2]. Dated at Worcester, 17 December, 1433.

ACOLYTES (Religious).

[Fol. 254] Brother Robert Wotton, of the order of St. Augustine, of the house of St. Sepulchre, Warwick.

ACOLYTES (Secular).

Thomas Mumford, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first clerical tonsure, ordained acolyte.

John Suggdon, of the diocese of Hereford, by sufficient letters dimissory of his diocesan, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

William Stawnton, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.


[1] An ancient Irish bishopric, Emly, in co. Tipperary. Robert Windel, the Bishop here mentioned, seems to have had permanent duty in England as a suffragan at Norwich, 1424; Sarum, 1434-1441; Worcester, 1433.
[2] In same terms as commissions entered on fol. 201 of MS., ante, p. 356.

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Richard Kynman, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Simon Walker, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Thomas George, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Richard Muchell, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

SUB-DEACONS (Religious).

Brother Robert Framees, of the order of Friars Minor of Worcester, ordained sub-deacon.

Brother John Burges, of the order of Friars Minor of Worcester, ordained sub-deacon.

Brother Robert Wotton, of the order of St. Augustine of the house of St. Sepulchre, Warwick, ordained sub-deacon.

SUB-DEACONS (Secular).

William Barton, acolyte, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, by sufficient letters dimissory, to the title of brother John, Ministr' of the house of St. Radegund of Telisford, of the order of the Holy Trinity and the convent of the same, to all holy orders granted to him, ordained sub-deacon.

John Suggdon, acolyte, of the diocese of Hereford, by sufficient letters dimissory, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald in the suburbs of the city of Worcester, to all holy orders granted to him, ordained sub-deacon.

John Merston, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of St. Oswald's in the suburbs of the city of Worcester, to all holy orders granted to him, ordained sub-deacon.

John Gardyner, rector of the parish church of Madresfeld, by sufficient letters dimissory of the Bishop of Hereford, to the title of his benefice, ordained sub-deacon.

John Cokeshale, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the abbot and convent of St. Mary Bruera, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he says he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

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DEACONS (Religious).

Brother Hugh Knyghton, monk of the cathedral church of Worcester, sub-deacon, ordained deacon.

Brother Thomas Garstang, of the order of Friars Minor, ordained deacon.

DEACONS (Secular).

Robert Fynche, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the prioress and convent of Westwode, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he says he is content, ordained deacon.

[Fol. 254d] William Wyllys, of the diocese of Worcester, subdeacon, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cokehulle, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he is content, ordained deacon.

John Bruggemon, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the prior and brethren of St. Bartholomew, Gloucester, of which he is content, ordained deacon.

PRIESTS.

Thomas Jannes, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, of which he is content, ordained priest.

John Waferton, of the diocese of Ely, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of Bernewelle, to all holy orders, ordained priest.

Henry Yate, of the diocese' of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the preceptor of St. Oswald of Worcester, to all holy orders, ordained priest.

William Curteys, of the diocese of York, deacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior of St. Oswald, Gloucester, to all holy orders, ordained priest.

Orders celebrated in the chapel aforesaid on Saturday quatuor temporum of the first week of Lent, the 20th of February, by the said reverend father Robert [1].


[1] Bishop of Emly.

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ACOLYTES (Religious).

Brother John Bryzt, of the order of Preachers of the house of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Brother Denis Cavrane, of the order of Preachers of the house of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

ACOLYTES (Secular).

John Harryes, of Tewkesbury, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Thomas Arch, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Robert Chabunor, of the diocese of Worcester, ordained acolyte.

SUB-DEACONS (Religious).

Brother Denis Cavrane, acolyte, friar of the house of Preachers, Worcester, ordained sub-deacon.

Brother Robert Vere, friar of the house of Preachers, Worcester, acolyte, ordained sub-deacon.

SUB-DEACONS (Secular).

John Lewis, of the diocese of Llandaff, acolyte, by sufficient letters dimissory, to the title of the house or hospital of St. Oswald in the suburbs of the city of Worcester, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

Geoffrey Hunt, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of William, the prior of Holy Trinity, London, and the convent of the same, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

John Porrey, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of Robert, prior of Stodley, and the convent of the same, ordained sub-deacon.

Thomas Stevenes, of Bradwey, in the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. Bartholomew, Gloucester, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

[Fol. 255] Richard Fyscher, of Seynbery, acolyte, to the title of William, abbot of the monastery of the Blessed Mary of Bruera, and the convent of the same, of the order of Cistercians in the

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diocese of Lincoln, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

John Bost, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the prior of Derehurst and the convent of the same, ordained sub-deacon.

John Simonds, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the preceptor of the hospital of St. Oswald without Worcester, to all holy orders, &c., ordained sub-deacon.

William Hall, of the diocese of Salisbury, acolyte, by letters dimissory from his diocesan, to the title of Edmund Dauntesey, Esq., lord of the manor of Larkestoke, to all holy orders granted to him, ordained sub-deacon.

Thomas Maryner, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton in the diocese of Salisbury, ordained sub-deacon.

James Kyrton, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the hospital of St. John the Baptist of Warwick, ordained sub-deacon.

Richard Muchell, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of the hospital of St. Wolstan in the suburbs of the city of Worcester, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

DEACONS.

John Stevenys, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the prioress and sisters of the house of Pynley, ordained deacon.

John Salewey, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cokehulle in the same diocese, ordained deacon.

John Suggdun, of the diocese of Hereford, sub-deacon, to the title of the preceptor of St. Oswald without Worcester, ordained deacon.

William Barton, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, subdeacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of Brother John, minister of the house of St. Radegund of Telysford and the convent of the same, of the order of the Holy Trinity, ordained deacon.

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John Merston, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the preceptor of St. Oswald without Worcester, ordained deacon.

John Gardyner, of the diocese of Hereford, sub-deacon, rector of the parish church of Madresfeld, to the title of the said church, ordained deacon.

William Barton, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, subdeacon, to the title of the minister of St. Radegund of Telisford, ordained deacon.

Thomas Lye, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon and monk of Great Malvern, ordained deacon.

John Cokkeshale, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the abbot and convent of St. Mary Bruera, ordained deacon.

PRIESTS (Religious and Secular).

William Woland, of the diocese of Lincoln, deacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of Lychelade, ordained priest.

Robert Fynche, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the prior and convent of Westewode, to all holy orders granted to him, ordained priest.

Brother Richard Upton, monk of the monastery of St. Peter of Gloucester, deacon, ordained priest.

Brother David Anker, friar of the house of Preachers of Worcester, ordained priest.

Brother Michael Bary, friar of the house of Preachers of Worcester, ordained priest.

Brother William Sucley, monk of Great Malvern, deacon, ordained priest.

Brother John Stoke, monk of Tewkesbury, deacon, ordained priest.

Brother John Lache, monk of Tewkesbury, deacon, ordained priest.

Brother John Boys, monk of Tewkesbury, deacon, ordained priest.

John Bruggeman, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the prior and brethren of the house of St. Bartholomew of Gloucester, ordained priest.

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[Fol. 255d] Institution of Thomas Eburton, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Perschor to the portion commonly called Chokynhall, in the parish church of Lyghe, Richard Paine having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 8 September, 1434.

Institution of Thomas Wheton, presented by the abbot and convent of Tewkesbury to the parish church of St. John of Bristol, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 4 December, 1434.

Institution of John Stevenes, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Tewkesbury to the vicarage of the parish church of St. Peter of Stonwey. Dated 8 September, 1434.

Institution of Richard Parker, chaplain, presented by John Whyshatn, Esq., to the rectory of the parish church of Holt, John Eburton having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 24 September, 1434.

Institution of William Pykeryng, chaplain, presented by John Kemys to the rectory of the parish church of Cyston, Alan Olyver having resigned the same, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 5 October, 1434.

Institution of Walter Baker, chaplain, presented by Robert Russell, Esq., to the rectory of the parish church of Streynysham, void by the death of Robert Wykeham, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 21 October, 1434.

Institution of John Lampert, chaplain, presented by Roger Capes, Esq., and Margaret his wife, to the parish church of Rodmerton. Dated 20 November, 1434.

Institution of Edmund Stopp', chaplain, presented by Richard de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, to the parish church of Wolverdynton, for which he exchanged the church of Estangmaryng' in the diocese of Chichester, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 22 November, 1434.

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[Fol. 256] Institution of Thomas Hardy, chaplain, presented by ohn Celmsrde, master of the College of the Holy Trinity of Arundell and the chaplains of the same, to the parish church of Estangmaryng, for which he exchanged by authority of a commission from Simon, bishop of Chichester [1], the church of Wolverdynton. Dated 22 November, 1434.

Institution of William Stokes, chaplain, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony next Gloucester to the vicarage of the parish church of Wynryche. Dated 15 December, 1434.

Institution of John Langedon, chaplain, presented by the prior and convent of Little Malvern to the vicarage of the parish church of Eldresfeld, and the Archdeacon of Worcester was written to for his induction. Dated 19 November, 1434.

Institution of Robert Tunstall, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of the monastery of St. Peter of Gloucester to the parish church of Hatheropp, by reason of an exchange. Dated 9 November, 1434.

Institution of Robert Tolle, chaplain, presented by the abbess and nuns of Godstow, in the diocese of Lincoln, to the parish church of Daggelyngworth, for which he exchanged the church of Hatheropp. Dated 9 November, 1434.

Institution of John Langdon, the elder, presented by Guy Whytington to the parish church of Stawnton, void by the death of John Rodenhurst. Dated 8 November, 1434.

Institution of Thomas Brogham, chaplain, presented by the warden of the collegiate church of Stratteford-upon-Avon, to the under-keepership or under-wardenship of the said church. Dated 5 December, 1434.

Institution of Stephen Ladernge, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Malmesbury to the church of Luttelton-upon- Severn. Dated 20 January, 1434-5.


[1] Simon Sydenham, 1431-1438.

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Institution of William Delew, chaplain, presented by the prioress and sisters of Usk to the vicarage of Beggeworth, and the Archdeacon of Gloucester was written to for his induction. Dated 20 January, 1434-5.

[Fol. 256d] Institution of Hugh ap Jevan ap Howell, presented by Richard, Duke of York, Earl of March and Ulster, and Lord of Wyggemore and of Clare, to the parish church of Great Troy in the diocese of Llandaff. Dated 20 January, 1434-5.

Institution of Thomas Wodeford, clerk, by John Swynerton, his proctor, presented by Richard Abitot, Esq., to the free chapel of Crombe Abitot. Dated 25 January, 1434-5.

Institution of Thomas Hanwell, clerk, collated by Robert, bishop of Salisbury, to the parish church of Wyneford in the diocese of Salisbury. Dated 25 January, 1434-5.

Institution of John Tymmes, chaplain, presented by John, the prior, and the monks of Cokehull, to the parish church of Alincester. Dated 5 February, 1434-5.

Institution of John Coklys, clerk, presented by Henry VI., by reason of the temporalities of the bishopric being in his hands, to the rectory of Kynwarton, John Tymmes having resigned the same. Dated n February, 1434-5.

Institution of John Gardynner, acolyte, presented by William Bracy, Esq., to the parish church of Madresfeld. Dated 26 October, 1433.

Institution of John Bonyngton, presented by John Bylbury and Thomas Lane, chaplains of the perpetual chantry of the Holy Trinity in the parish church of Cirencester, to the parish church of Bageden; and institution of Walter Stonyng to the vicarage of Yabbeton in the diocese of Chichester. Dated 23 April, 1434.

Institution of Thomas Lyde, presented by the prior and convent of Little Malvern to the vicarage of Hanley, with the charge of

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residence. And the said Thomas is to pay a pension of four marks yearly to Richard Edryche, his predecessor, resigned by reason of old age, assigned by the Prior of Worcester. Dated 21 October, 1434.

[Fol. 257] Institution by Robert Pevesey, bachelor of both laws, of Thomas Dale, chaplain, presented by the sub-dean and chapter of Wells to the vicarage of Pochulchurche. Dated 28 September, 1434.

Institution of John Marschall, presented by Thomas Dykyns to the parish church of Churchehull in the deanery of Kyderminster. Dated 16 September, 1434.

Institution of Thomas Tiry, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Augustine of Bristol to the vicarage of Wappeley. Dated 19 November, 1434.

Institution of John Sutton, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of St. Peter of Gloucester to the vicarage of Kemesford. Dated 29 May, 1434.

Institution of John Byrmycham, presented by the chapter of the cathedral church of Worcester to the vicarage of the parish church of Clyve Prior. Dated 31 July, 1434.

Institution of John Sybson, presented by John Grevyll to the parish church of Tortheworth. Dated 22 March, 1434-5.

Institution of Robert Rose, presented by the abbot and convent of Gloucester to the vicarage of the parish church of South Cerney, William Yonge having resigned the same. Dated 5 March, 1434-5.

Institution of David Dewe, presented by Richard Beauchamp to the rectory of Schraveley, Walter Baker having resigned the same. Dated 13 January, 1434-5.

Institution of Roger Newton, presented by Thomas, rector of Edynton, to the parish church of Thormerton. Dated 24 February, 1434-5.

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Institution of Richard Hyde, presented by the prior and convent of Little Malvern to the vicarage of Hanley, Thomas Luyde having resigned the same. Dated 15 March, 1434-5.

Institution of Robert Wymbysch, presented by Richard Lestrange, lord of Knokyn and Mohun, and his wife Constance, to the church of Wycheford, void by the death of William Thommes. Dated 14 April, 1435.

Institution of Thomas Fletham, chaplain, presented by the prioress and convent of Cokehull to the parish church of Spernor. Dated 27 April, 1435.

Institution of Thomas Creek of Crek in Salicibus, presented by John Beauchamp, lord of Bergevenny, to the parish church of Kemerton, void by the death of William Crek of Herpoll in the diocese of Lincoln. Dated 1 March, 1435.

Institution of John Lucas, presented by the prior and convent of Derehurst to the vicarage of St. John the Baptist of Stauerton. Dated 3 May, 1435.

Institution of John Walron, presented by the abbot and convent of Perschor to the vicarage of St. Andrew of Perschor. Dated 21 April, 1435.

Institution of William Stapyll, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Perschor to the vicarage of Hawkesbury. Dated 19 April, 1435.

Institution of Thomas Yongge, presented by the abbot and convent of Tewkesbury to the vicarage of Ammeney Holy Cross. Dated 1 May, 1435.

Institution of Thomas Ball, chaplain, presented by the prior and convent of Stodley to the perpetual vicarage of Coghton. Dated 8 October, 1434.

Institution of Richard Gyldeford, presented by the prior and convent of Lanthony to the parish church of All Saints', Gloucester, John Bradford having resigned the same. Dated 26 August, 1434.

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Institution of William Berkeswell, chaplain, presented by the Earl of Warwick to the chapel or hospital of St. Michael the Archangel in the suburbs of Warwick. Dated 8 February, 1434-5.

Institution of Richard Vernon, chaplain, presented by the abbot and convent of Eveshame to the parish church of St. Alban, Worcester. Dated 19 November, 1434.

Decision by John Buvymour and Richard Grafton, clerks, of the diocese of Worcester, arbitrators in a dispute between the abbot of Perschore and master Henry Grene, vicar of Hawkesbury, as to the repair of the chancel of the parish church of Hawkesbury, reciting that the said abbot and convent produced a document which on account of its prolixity was not inserted, and the said master Henry alleged that all the vicars time out of mind had been free from the repair of the said chancel. The said master Henry, upon the word of a priest (in verbo sacerdocii), making the sign of the cross with his right hand on his breast, made a corporal oath, and the said abbot and convent in like manner giving security, submitted themselves to the said arbitrators, who declared that the repairs of the said chancel ought to be done by the said vicar and his successors. Dated 5 November, 1420. Confirmation of the same by the Prior of Worcester, 11 November, 1420.

[Fol. 259] Visitation exercised by the Prior of Worcester and his commissaries during the vacancy of the See in 1433, in the archdeaconry of Worcester.

Memorandum, that the Prior began his visitation in his cathedral church on Monday, 12 October, and on the same day in his proper person visited the clergy and people of the city of Worcester in the parish church of St. Ellen, in the said city.

On Tuesday following, to wit, 13 October, the Prior, in his proper person, visited the Hospital of St. Wolfstan.

On Monday after the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, to wit, 19 October, master Thomas Ledbury, S.T.P., and master John Swynerton, notary public, commissaries of the said prior, visited a moiety of the deanery of Kydyrmystr' in the parish church there, and spent the night there.

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On Tuesday following, the said commissaries visited the other moiety of the same deanery in the parish church of Halysoweyn, and remained the night with the abbot there.

On Wednesday, 21 October, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Wyche in the parish church of Bromesgrove. On the same day, after dinner, they visited the parish church of Tardebyg', and spent the night at Bordesley.

On Thursday, 22 October, one commissary visited the priory of Stodley, and the other the prioress of Cokehull, and they had dinner at Stodley.

On the same day, after dinner, they visited the monastery of Alincester, and spent the night there with the abbot.

On Friday, 23 October, the same commissaries visited a moiety of the clergy and people of the deanery of Christianity of Warwick, in the parish church of Alyncestr', dined at the inn there, and spent the night at Henley at the inn.

On Saturday, 24 October, they visited the other moiety of the said deanery in the parish church of Wawenwotton, and dined there. And after dinner one of the commissaries visited the priory of Pynley, and the other the priory of Wroxhale, and spent the night at Warwick, at the inn there.

On Sunday, 25 October, before dinner, they visited the master of St. John there, and after dinner the priory of St. Sepulchre there.

On Monday, 26 October, they visited the dean and college of Warwick, and spent the night at Stratford at the inn there.

On Tuesday, 27 October, they visited the college of Stratford, and a moiety of the deanery of Kyngton, before dinner, and they had dinner at the inn there, and spent the night at Schipston.

On Wednesday, 28 October, they visited the parish church and a moiety of the deanery of Kyngton in the parish church of Wolford', and spent the night at Evesham at the inn.

On Thursday, 29 October, they visited the deanery of Perschor in the parish church of St. Andrew, and on the same day visited the monastery of Perschor' and dined with the abbot.

Visitation made by the Prior of Worcester in the archdeaconry of Gloucester by William Hertilbury and master John Skeffyngton commissaries of the same prior, A.D. 1433.

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On Monday, the morrow of St. Luke the Evangelist, to wit, 19 October, the said commissaries visited the monastery of Wynchecombe before dinner, and after dinner, the clergy and people of the same deanery in the parish church there, and spent the night in the monastery there.

On Tuesday, 20 October, they visited the monastery of Tewxbury, and spent the night there.

On Wednesday, 21 October, they visited the parish church of Dcrehurst with the chapel annexed, and on the same day the monastery of St. Peter of Gloucester, and dined there.

On Thursday, 22 October, they visited before dinner the clergy and people of the deanery of Gloucester in the church of St. Nicholas there, and after dinner, on the same day, one of the said commissaries visited the priory of St. Bartholomew and the house of St. Margaret and Magdalene in the same town.

On Friday, 23 October, they visited the priory of Lanthon' next Gloucester, and spent the night there.

On Saturday, 24 October, they visited the deanery of Doreslegh in the parish church there.

On Sunday, 25 October, they dined with the abbot of St. Augustine of Bristol.

On Monday, 26 October, they visited the monastery there before dinner, and after dinner they visited the master of St. Mark and the brethren there.

On Tuesday, 27 October, before dinner, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Bristol in the church of St. Augustine.

On the same day, after dinner, they visited the prior of St. James there and the dean and chapter of Westbury.

On Wednesday, 28 October, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Hawkesbury in the church or chapel of Sobbery, and spent the night at the inn there.

On Thursday following, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Stonhous in the parish church of Tettebury, and spent the night there.

On Friday, 30 October, they visited the monastery of Cirencestre, and dined and spent the night there.

On Saturday, 31 October, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Cirencester in the church of St. John there.

On Sunday, 1 November, they were at the monastery there.

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On Monday, 2 November, the feast of All Saints, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Feyrford in the parish church there, and spent the night at Northleche with the vicar there.

On Tuesday, 3 November, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Stowe in the parish church there, and spent the night at the inn there.

On Wednesday, 4 November, they visited the parish church of Langeberew before dinner, and on the same day, after dinner, they visited the clergy and people of the deanery of Campden in the same church, and spent the night there.

On Thursday following, in the morning they visited the parish churches of Wykwom [1] and Dudbrok, before dinner.

On the same day, after dinner, they visited the parish church of Becford, and spent the night at the inn at Perschor'.

[Fol. 260] Conge d'elire to the prior and chapter of St. Mary of Worcester to elect a bishop in the place of Thomas, the late bishop of Worcester [2]. Dated at Westminster, 16 November, 12 Henry VI.

The last day but two of the month of November, 1433, was chosen for fixing a day for the election of a future bishop, there being then present master John Swynerton, notary public, Nicholas Hambury and William Meysy, esquires, of the diocese of Worcester, witnesses.

On the last day but two of the month of November, the prior and convent being assembled in chapter, fixed the 9 December, 1433, to proceed to the business of such election.

Letter from brother John Fordham, prior, and the convent of the cathedral church of Worcester to Pope Eugenius IV., stating that the See of Worcester had become vacant by the death of Thomas Polton, the last bishop, who died at the Council of Basle, the news of whose death reached the said prior and convent on 25 September last, and having obtained licence from King Henry VI. to elect a new bishop, the said prior and convent on the last day but two of November fixed Wednesday, 9 December, to elect a future bishop. Upon which Wednesday, having celebrated the


[1] Sic, Qy. for Wickwar.
[2] Thomas Polton.

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Mass of the Holy Spirit at the High Altar of the cathedral church, and the bell having been rung for the assembling of the chapter, as is accustomed, John Fordham, prior, Thomas Musard, sub-prior, Thomas Ledbury, S.T.P., Roger Evesham, William Croppthorn, John Clyve, Thomas Collewelle, Richard Cowarn, Thomas Alderton, Richard Tiburton, John Stafford, William Hodynton, Thomas Blacwell, Richard Barnysley, William Hertilbury, John Whytynton, John George, Richard Lychefeld, John Sudbury, John Stodley, Thomas Lylshull, Richard Wellys, John Hanley, John Malvern, William Lodlow, John Clyfton, Walter Evyace, Giles Holiwell, Giles Kydyrmystre, William Blount, John Morton, John Bokynhull, John Hertilbury, John Worcestr', John Longley, John Evesham, Hugh Leyntwardyn, Richard Tendebury, John Webley, John Broghton, Thomas Welford, priests, and John Lawarn, Iysaac (sic) Ledbury, Thomas Wyche, deacons, and Hugh Knyghton, subdeacon, monks and brethren of the said cathedral church, professed in the order of St. Benedict, and of sufficient and lawful age, there being no others who had right or voice in such election, who ought to be present, being assembled together, one of the brethren having expounded the Word of God, having sung the hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, and humbly invoked the grace of the Holy Spirit, the said prior made and publicly read a protestation warning all excommunicated, suspended and interdicted persons, and whosoever by chance was present who ought not of right or custom to be there, to depart and permit the monks freely to elect. Which protestation being made, none but the above forty-five monks and brethren remained in the chapter-house, except John Hody, chancellor of the cathedral church of Wells, John Stokys, LL.D., Adam Moleyns, John Cokkys, LL.B., John Skeffyngton, Robert Kent, Robert Dunnygg', and Thomas Litilbury, notaries public, which said John Hody and John Stokys were to direct and give information as to the forms of the election, and Robert Kent, Robert Dunnygg, and Thomas Litilbury were to reduce into writing the acts and instruments of such election, and the said Adam Moleyns, John Cokkys, and John Skeffyngton were to testify to the truth of such acts. The conge d'elire and a schedule containing the names of the monks and brethren being read, and Master John Stokys having read the chapter Quia propter, the prior and other the monks unanimously elected Master Thomas

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Bourgchier, M.A., begotten in lawful matrimony, a careful and discreet man, knowing in letters, commendable for his life and habits, ordained in priests' orders, circumspect in spiritual and temporal matters, wishing to preserve the rights of the said cathedral church, and, as they are informed, although not fully, the defect in his age [1] to hold the dignity of a bishopric had been sufficiently dispensed by the Apostolic See. Whereupon Master Thomas Ledbury publicly elected, and, on account of the probable doubt of the dispensation aforesaid, demanded (postulaverunt) from the pope the said Thomas Bourgchier as Bishop of Worcester, The postulation follows setting out that the prior and monks declare that the said Master Thomas Bourgchier was a free and lawful man and begotten in lawful matrimony, &c., as above, and whereas they are certified by faithful persons that the same Master Thomas Bourgchier had received dispensation as to the defect in his age from the Apostolic See, but of such dispensation or the certainty of his age they are not sufficiently informed, and also the same Master Thomas Bourgchier was very useful to the cathedral church of Worcester, and to all the English Church, and very necessary for expelling and extirpating the errors and heresies which are daily exercised in divers parts of the diocese of Worcester, and to correct the oppression of the churches and invasions and usurpations of the jurisdictions, liberties, and rights of ecclesiastical matters and persons which by the secular power are exercised in these days more than usual, and to reform these things according to the exigencies of divine and human law as it is hoped, bearing in mind the birth, discretion and power of the same being born of the noble blood of the kings of England [2]. And these things being


[1] A man could not be a bishop till he was thirty years of age. Bouchier was now about 28. It is not stated here what he was, but at this time; he was Chancellor of Oxford, and Dean of St. Martin's, London. See the reference to his being in the dean's chamber on the next page.
[2] His descent was as follows: Edward III. = Philippa of Hainault. | John of Gaunt, Thomas of Woodstock, 4th son. 6th son. | Henry IV. Ann = William Bouchier, Earl of Eure. | | Henry V. Thomas Bouchier, Bishop of Worcester, born 1405. | Henry VI.

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done, the said prior and convent solemnly singing the Te Deum Laudamus, came to the High Altar of the cathedral church, where the aforesaid Thomas Ledbury publicly proclaimed the said election and postulation, as is aforesaid, to a great multitude of clergy and people. After which the said prior and convent returning to the chapter-house, appointed brothers Thomas Ledbury and William Hertilbury, proctors on their behalf, to notify to the said Master Thomas Bourgchier the election and postulation aforesaid, and ask his assent to the same. Afterwards, on 15 December, in a certain high chamber in the house (hospicium) of the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, in the suburb of the city of London, the aforesaid Thomas Ledbury and William Hertilbury notified to the aforesaid Thomas Bourgchier the election and postulation aforesaid, and asked his consent to the same, to which he answered that he wished to deliberate thereupon. And after midday of the same day, about the fifth hour, the same proctors went to the aforesaid Master Thomas Bourgchier in a high chamber of the dean of the king's free chapel of St. Martin le Grand of the city of London, within the precincts of the said chapel, and asked him earnestly and often to give his consent to the said election and postulation. To which he replied that he had not had sufficient deliberation to give an answer. Consequently on 18 December, the said proctors in the same chamber, in the presence of Master John Stokys, Adam Moleyns, Henry Hamond, Benedict Stokys, and Roger Malmesbury, witnesses, again asked the said Master Thomas Bourgchier to consent to the said election and postulation without further delay. At length the said Master Thomas Bourgchier, as to the said postulation made of himself, neither consented nor dissented, but submitted himself to the will and pleasure of Pope Eugenius, and retired from the said form of election in a form set out, which states that being elected and demanded as bishop of Worcester, by the prior and convent of Worcester, they being ignorant whether the defect in his age might be dispensed, he had neither consented or dissented to the same election and postulation, but submitted the matter to the Pope. In witness of all which Master Robert Kent and Thomas Lytilbury, notaries public, have appended their seals. Dated 27 December [l].


[1] This account of Bishop Bouchier's election is printed in full by Thomas, p. 260, No. 124.

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[Fol. 263] Notarial certificate to the above of Robert Kent, clerk, of the diocese of Canterbury.

A like certificate of Thomas Litilbury, clerk, of the diocese of Lincoln.

Appointment of Master Andrew Huls, William Swan, Robert Sutton, clerks, at the Roman Court, and Adam Moleyns and Thomas Duffeld, bachelor of both laws, as proctors to the Pope, touching the business of the said election and postulation, reciting the various dangers by land and sea to those going to the Holy See, on account of the wars between Henry, King of England, and his adversaries.

[Fol. 264] Appointment of Thomas Ledbury, S.T.P., and William Hertilbury, S.T.B., to acquaint Thomas Bourgchier with his election and postulation, and ask his consent to the same. Dated 10 December, 1433.

[Fol. 264d] Presentation by John Fordham, prior, and the convent of Worcester, through Master Thomas Ledbury and William Hertilbury, their proctors, of Master Thomas Bourgchier, elect of Worcester, to the king. Dated at Worcester, 10 December, 1433.

[Fol. 265] Appointment by Thomas Bourchier, elect and confirmed of the See of Worcester, of John Stokys, LL.D., and John Harnham, bachelor of both laws, his proctors, giving them power to appear in his place before any judges, to present and exhibit bulls, apostolic letters, and muniments, &c., to obtain portions, pensions, services, jurisdictions, and rights due to him by reason of the church of Worcester, and to defend the same, &c. Sealed under the seal of the chancery of Oxford and dated at Oxford, 29 April, 1435.

[Fol. 265d] Account of Master John Fordam, prior of Worcester, of the issues and profits of the spiritualities of the bishopric of Worcester, the See being vacant by the death of Thomas Heton [1], last bishop, from 2 October, 1433, to 5 May, 1435.


[1] This is an error for Polton, who died 22nd August, 1433. Bouchier was consecrated 15th May, 1435.

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An account is rendered of 100s. 4d. received from the rents of the rectory of Blockley for the seven terms falling within the time of this account, every term 14s. 4d. And of 25li. 6s. 8d. received of the tithes of corn of the said rectory. Sum, 30li. 7s.

Of 22li. of the procurations of divers churches in the archdeaconry of Gloucester by reason of visitations. And of 33li. 6s. 8d. received of the procurations of churches appropriate in the archdeaconry of Worcester. Sum, 50li. 6s. 8d.

And of 33li. 14s. received from the pensions of divers churches as well in the archdeaconry of Worcester as of Gloucester, payable for two terms of Michaelmas falling within the time of this account. And of 39li. 4s. received of the pensions of divers churches in the said archdeaconries, payable for two terms of the Annunciation falling within the time of this account, every term 19li. 12s. And of 13s. 4d. received from the pension of the church of Quynton, payable at the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist only. Sum, 73li. 11s. 4d.

And of 12li. 19s. 8d. received from synodal moneys in the archdeaconry of Gloucester for two terms of St. Michael falling within the time of this account, every term 6li. 9s. 10d. And of 114s. 8d. received from synodals in the archdeaconry of Worcester falling at the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist within the time of this account. Sum, 18li. 14s. 4d.

And of 100s. 8d. received from pentecostal money in the archdeaconry of Gloucester for one term of Pentecost falling within the time of this account and payable at the same feast. And from pentecostal money in the archdeaconry of Worcester nothing here, because it pertains to the office of sacristan of Worcester of old time used and appropriated. Sum, 110s. 8d.

And of 15li. 10s. received from institutions and other things by way of exchange falling within the time of this account. Sum, 15li. 10s.

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[Fol. 266] And of 4li. received from the fines of wills and corrections falling and received within the time of this account. And so less on account of the scarcity of wills, because the court of the Marches 1 in the archdeaconries aforesaid, by their ministers, disturbed as well divers religious persons as beneficed ecclesiastics by thdtr executions that such emoluments and profits were almost of no value. Sum 4li.

Sum total of the rental, 203li.

From which the said accountant prays allowance for the procurations of divers churches in the archdeaconries aforesaid, which he was unable to levy for divers causes, as well by reason of payments to the prior and the scarceness of money as by reason of letters of royal protection and by other means detained, that is to say, from the churches of Langeberowe, 26s. 8d.; Dudbrok, 26s. 8d.; Campeden, 53s. 4d.; St. Mark of Bristol, 26s. 8d.; Asteley, 53s. 4d., because it is in the hands of the lady of Bergevenny; Wolford, 53s. 4d.; St. Sepulchre of Warwick, 53s. 4d.; Wroxhale, 53s. 4d.; Alcester, 53s. 4d.; Stratford, 26s. 8d. Sum, 21li. 6s. 8d. And also the same accountant prays allowance for synodal money payable in the township of Fulbrok, retained and denied on account of poverty, 13s. 4d. Also for part of the annual pension of the church of Down Ameney, by reason of poverty, for two terms, 13s. 4d. Sum, 22li. 13s. 4d.

And there remains beyond the allowances as appears by the account, 178li. 10s.

And there is allowed to the same prior accounting for the issues and profits above charged, a third part of the same due to him and his successors by composition, 60li. 2s. 2d.

The same accountant delivered to the Archbishop of Canterbury, by four acquittances, 86li. 13s. 4d. And to the same archbishop, by the hands of the rector of Avenyngge, for a third part of the institution of the same rector, 6s. 8d. And to the same archbishop, by the hands of Hugh Palyser, keeper of the prison of the palace


[1] This is the court of the Marches of Wales, then lately created, which claimed and occasionally exercised jurisdiction over all Worcestershire, down certainly to the Civil War.

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of the bishop, for his stipend of 12d. a week for a year, 52s. And to the same archbishop by the hands of the said Hugh for thirtysix weeks, as above, 36s. And to the same archbishop, by the hands of the same Hugh, for iron chains and other things for the safe keeping of the said prison, 9s. Sum, 91li. 17s.

Sum total with the allowances and deliveries, 174li. 12s. 6d.

And so there are owed to the archbishop, 28li. 7s. 5d., which are paid upon the audit, as appears by an acquittance. And so he is quit.

[Fol. 266d] Orders celebrated in the charnel chapel within the churchyard of the cathedral church of Worcester, by Robert, bishop of Emly [1], by authority of the prior.

ACOLYTES (Religious and Secular).

John Lye, regular canon of the monastery of Osney, of the diocese of Lincoln, ordained acolyte.

John Quenynton, regular canon of the monastery of Osney, of the diocese of Lincoln, ordained acolyte.

John Newman, having the first tonsure, by letters dimissory of his diocesan, ordained acolyte.

Thomas Browne, having the first tonsure, by letters dimissory, ordained acolyte.

SUB-DEACONS.

John Lye, regular canon of Osney, ordained sub-deacon.

John Quenynton, regular canon of Osney, ordained sub-deacon.

John Hodleston, rector of the parish church of Averham, in the diocese of York, acolyte, to the title of his benefice, ordained subdeacon.

Thomas Weston, of the diocese of Bath and Wells, by letters dimissory, to the title of the abbot and convent of Hathelney, of which he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

John Hawton, of the diocese of Durham, acolyte, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of St. Frideswide, Oxford, ordained sub-deacon.

John Colady, of the diocese of Lincoln, acolyte, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of the hospital of St. John the Baptist, Lychelade, ordained sub-deacon.


[1] See ante, p. 417.

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DEACONS (Religious and Secular).

James Kyrton, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the master of the hospital of St. John the Baptist, Warwick, of which he is content, ordained deacon.

[Fol. 267] William Halle, of the diocese of Salisbury, by letters dimissory, to the title of Edward Dauntesey, lord of the manor of Larkestoke, of which he is content, ordained deacon.

Thomas Stevenes, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. Bartholomew, Gloucester, of which he is content, ordained deacon.

Geoffrey Hunte, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the house of the Holy Trinity, London, and the convent of the same, ordained deacon.

Robert Spaynell, of the diocese of York, sub-deacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of Wyrkesopp, of which he is content, ordained deacon.

William Hertewill, canon of Oseney, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, ordained deacon.

John Walton, canon of Oseney, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, ordained deacon.

Richard Fysscher, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, in the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory.

William Kyrkarth, of the diocese of York, by letters dimissory, to the title of the monastery of Osney, in the diocese of Lincoln, ordained deacon.

John Porrey, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Stodley, ordained deacon.

John Symondes, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of the hospital of St. Oswald without Worcester, ordained deacon.

Thomas Thornell, of the diocese of York, by letters dimissory, to the title of the abbot and convent of Osney, ordained deacon.

Richard Muchell, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of St. Wolstan's without Worcester, ordained deacon.

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PRIESTS (Religious and Secular).

John Stevenes, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prioress and convent of Pynley, ordained priest.

Brother Giles de Flamalia, friar, of the order of Preachers, ordained priest.

Brother William Warrawik, friar, of the order of Preachers, Worcester, ordained priest.

John Sugdon, of the diocese of Hereford, deacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of the house of the preceptor and brethren of St. Oswald's without Worcester, ordained priest.

John Salewey, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cokehull, ordained priest.

William Barton, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, deacon, by letters dimissory, of the house of St. Redegund of Teylesford, of the Trinitarian order.

John Cokeshale, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, ordained priest.

William Willys, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cokehull, ordained priest.

John Gardyner, of the diocese of Worcester, rector of the parish church of Madresfeld, to the title of his benefice, ordained priest.

Orders celebrated in the chapel aforesaid, by the aforesaid bishop, on the vigil of Easter, 27 March, 1434.

ACOLYTES (Secular).

John Trafford, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

SUB-DEACONS.

John Willey, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of St. Oswald's without Worcester, ordained sub-deacon.

William Cowpere, otherwise Reysand, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the master or warden and convent of the hospital of Holy Trinity of Bruggenorth, to all holy orders granted to him, of which he is content, ordained sub-deacon.

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[Fol. 267d] John Trafford, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the abbot and convent of Alyncestr', ordained subdeacon. Philip Hopkyns, of the diocese of Worcester, acolyte, to the title of the abbess and convent of Cokehull, ordained sub-deacon.

DEACONS.

Thomas Weston, of the diocese of Bath and Wells, sub-deacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of the abbot and convent of Athelney, ordained deacon.

John Calday, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John the Baptist, Lychelade.

PRIESTS.

John Porrey, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the prior and convent of Stodley, ordained priest.

Robert Spaynell, of the diocese of York, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and convent of Wyrkesopp, ordained priest.

Thomas Thornell, of the diocese of York, deacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of the abbot and convent of Osney, ordained priest.

William Hall, of the diocese of Salisbury, deacon, by letters dimissory, to the title of Edmund Dauntsey, Esq., lord of the manor of Larkestoke, of which he is content, ordained priest.

Thomas Stevenys, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the prior of the hospital of St. Bartholomew, Gloucester.

James Kyrton, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the master and brethren of the hospital of St. John the Baptist of Warwick.

Geoffrey Hunte, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of the house of the Holy Trinity, London.

Orders celebrated by the aforesaid bishop in the chapel aforesaid on Saturday quatuor temporum, 18 September, 1434.

ACOLYTES (Secular).

John Colle, of Perschore, ordained acolyte.

Richard Ferby, of Braylye in the diocese of Worcester, ordained acolyte.

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SUB-DEACONS (Secular).

Master John Nichollys, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera.

Robert Hawkeslowe, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prioress and convent of Whytston in the diocese of Worcester.

Robert Schypper, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Kynggeswode.

Thomas Brown, of the diocese of Carlisle, by letters dimissory, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of St. Oswald without Worcester.

Richard Ferby, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera.

DEACONS (Secular).

John Willey, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of St. Oswald without Worcester, ordained deacon.

John Knyzt, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton of Sympringham in the diocese of Salisbury, ordained deacon.

[Fol. 268] John Reson, of the diocese of Lincoln, to the title of the abbot and convent of Osney, by letters dimissory, ordained deacon.

William Bartram, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton of Sympringham in the diocese of Salisbury.

John Lewys, of the diocese of Llandaff, to the title of the hospital of St. Oswald without Worcester, by letters dimissory.

SUB-DEACONS (Religious).

Brother John Eyton, of the order of Friars Minor of Worcester.

Brother John Syllull, canon of Stodley, ordained sub-deacon.

Brother John Morton, canon of Stodley, ordained sub-deacon.

Brother William Selston, canon of Stodley, ordained sub-deacon.

DEACONS (Religious).

Brother Richard Brenner, of the order of Friars Preachers, Worcester, ordained deacon.

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Brother John Sylull, canon of Stodley in the diocese of Worcester, of the order of St. Augustine.

Brother John Morton, canon of Stodley, of the order of St. Augustine.

Brother William Selston, canon of Stodley, of the order of St. Augustine.

PRIESTS (Secular).

John Trafford, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Alyncester.

John Hawton, of the diocese of Durham, by letters dimissory, to the title of the house of St. Fredeswide, Oxford, ordained priest.

John Bost, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Durhurst in the diocese of Worcester, ordained priest.

PRIESTS (Religious).

Brother John Lawarn, deacon and monk of Worcester, ordained priest.

Brother Isaac Ledbury, deacon and monk of Worcester, ordained priest.

Brother Thomas Wyche, deacon and monk of Worcester, ordained priest.

Brother John Davy, of the order of Friars Minor, Worcester, ordained priest.

Brother Thomas Lye, monk of Great Malvern in the diocese of Worcester, ordained priest.

Orders celebrated in the chapel aforesaid on the vigil of Holy Trinity quatuor temporum, on 21 May, in the week of Pentecost, 1434.

ACOLYTES (Religious and Secular).

Thomas French, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Thomas Parlor, otherwise Hosyntre, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Robert Clyve, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

Robert Pete, otherwise Molton, of the diocese of Worcester, having the first tonsure, ordained acolyte.

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SUB-DEACONS.

Walter Bartram, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton, of the order of St. Gilbert of Sympringham, ordained sub-deacon.

John Knyzt, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton aforesaid, ordained sub-deacon.

DEACONS.

[Fol. 268d] John Bost, of the diocese of Worcester, sub-deacon, to the title of the prior and convent of Durhurst, ordained deacon.

PRIESTS (Religious and Secular).

Brother William Payne, monk of the monastery of Durhurst, ordained priest.

John Person, of the diocese of Bath and Wells, by letters dimissory, to the title of the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John the Baptist, of Wells, ordained priest.

Richard Muchell, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of St. Wolstan without Worcester, ordained priest.

Orders celebrated in the said chapel by the aforesaid bishop on Saturday quatuor temporum, 18 December, 1434.

ACOLYTES.

William Rollys, of the diocese of Worcester.
Richard Wirlock, of the diocese of Worcester.
John Pery, of Longney, in the diocese of Worcester.
John Taylor, of Gloucester, in the diocese of Worcester, by letters dimissory.
William Harrys, of Odyngley, by letters dimissory.
Lewis Subdon, of the diocese of Hereford, by letters dimissory.
Richard Rys, of the diocese of Worcester.
William Frebarn, ordained acolyte,

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SUB-DEACONS (Religious and Secular).

Nicholas Whitebill, acolyte, to the title of the prior and convent of Coldenorton, by letters dimissory of the bishop of Lincoln.

Morgan Henmer, rector of Little Pakynton, in the diocese of Chester, to the title of his benefice, ordained sub-deacon.

DEACONS (Religious and Secular).

John Brugg, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Longbryge.

John Collys, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prioress and convent of Cokehull.

Thomas Maryner, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton, in the diocese of Salisbury. Richard Ferby, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera.

Thomas Browne, of the diocese of Carlisle, by letters dimissory, to the title of the preceptor and brethren of St. Oswald without Worcester.

Brother Robert Veer, of the order of Friars Preachers of Worcester.
Brother Richard Hanley, monk of St. Peter of Gloucester.
Brother John Stevenes, monk of St. Peter of Gloucester.
Brother John Beynam, monk of St. Peter of Gloucester.

PRIESTS (Religious and Secular).

John Reson, of the diocese of Lincoln, by letters dimissory, to the title of the abbot and convent of Osney.

William Bartram, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton.

John Knyzt, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the prior and convent of Polton.

John Lewys, of the diocese of Worcester, deacon, to the title of the master of the hospital of St. Oswald without Worcester. Richard Fyscher, of the diocese of Worcester, to the title of the abbot and convent of Bruera, in the diocese of Lincoln.

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Folio 269 blank.

[Fol. 269d] Certificate by John Arnold, bachelor of theology, rector of the parish church of St. Michael of Gloucester, of the receipt of the prior's mandate, dated 3 September, 1434, to him and John Mulle, bachelor of laws, to make inquiry touching the presentation by John Grevill, esquire, of Robert Hepkyns, clerk, to the free chapel of Lascheberow, in the diocese of Worcester [1]. Rest of entry missing,


[1] See ante, fol. 251, p. 414.

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