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TIOS OP AXELIDGE.
yearly rent of 3 shillings, towards the support of the Grant by John Pecche to William de Martynseye and
these presents pays them one penny, in the name of a third, adjoining, which he had of the gift and grant of
of Edward II. This deed is beautifully written, and
land in the West field of Cheddre; one such acre lying
berwe, between the land late of John atte Folde, and
Release by Roger Brekebec to John Langelond of a causeway late of Geoffrey de Mackesmulle, at Were
probably of the Gournay family) returned members to
great well (magnum fontem) in the market-place there,
" Thomas Salamon," pro- bert Horn, Richard le King, John le King, Stephen de
the earlier part of the reign of Edward the first. The
opposite the gate of John Elyot, and above the Milledele,
Robert atte Bourne, Roger Taillour,
Grant by Richard Hot[ale] of Axbrigge to William welle, John Somerwelle, John Canynge, Thomas Gode, CORPORABRIDGE. Martyneseye in pure and free marriage with Cristina, William Berwyke, and others. Executed at Axbrigge ABBRIDGE.
his daughter, and the heirs of their bodies lawfully 9th Richard II. The three seals remain attached.
ear Axbridge, in these ancient documents, is still The two seals are nearly perfect.
Conveyance by John Fytz and Alice, his wife, to The preceding deeds are in Latin, the following is Thomas Wauder, Roger Wodeward, Henry Savyer, and written in French :-A grant by Robert atte Boxe, of John Oldymexone, of their lands and tenements in AxeCeddre, that Monsire Hugh de Langelonde, his heirs brugge, Cheddre, Comptone, ana Loxtone; 24th Henry and assigns, and all other the commoners of Axebrigge IV. The two seals are still appended. and Ceddre, may have peaceably, at every season in Release by Walter Rodeney, knight, as to a tenement the year, common in the land of La Butmes, formerly in Axbrugge; 37th Henry VI. The seal is perfect, called "Laghewodez," in the parish of Ceddre; which representing a boar's head. land he had of the grant and of the livery of Sir Grant by John Fitz, burgess of Axebrigge, and Alice, John de Drokenesforde, late Bishop of Bath and Wells, his wife, to William Payne and Thomas Payne, “ Mas and which the present grantor had had enclosed, against “ ters of the Commonalty of the Guild of Axebrigge," the will and assent of the said Sir Hugh de Langelonde that they may make holes in the wall of the house in and the commoners. Executed at Ceddre, the 4th year which Thomas Nony and Margery, his wife, now dwell, of Edward III. ; witnesses, Sir John de Actone, Sir and may put the timber and beams therein, called John de Clyvedone the Younger, John Teysaunt, Hugh “somerys," of the new house, about to be built at the de Dreicote, and others. The seal exists, but with a end of the Guild Hall of Axebrigge; in compensation blank impression.
for which, the Masters aforesaid shall make a leaden Conveyance (in Latin) by William Harewell (pre- gutter between the roofs of the said houses, and keep it viously noticed) and Agnes Barton, his wife, to Thomas in repair at their own expense. The said John and Saleman and Alice, his wife, of a shop in Axebrigge ; Alice are also to have easement in the curtilage (or 14th Richard II. The seal, which apparently repre- court-yard] of the new house aforesaid, for putting a sents the Virgin, with a lily, is in good condition. ladder there for tiling, spiking, and covering, the rooms
Richard Oldemixon, by deed having given to Robert of the said tenement in which Thomas Nony and MarLeigh and Alice, his wife, and the heirs of their bodies, gery dwell, at fit and proper times, they carrying away a rent of one rose, arising yearly from a tenement held the dust and refuse therefrom at their own costs ; 25th by Robert Seward, Giles Barton, William Huche, Henry Henry VI. The two seals appended, belonging appaAnderseye [PAngelseye], William Oldemixon, and Robert rently to John Fitz and Alice, his wife, are perfect. Oldemixon, for the term of the life of Agnes, wife of Notices of, or allusions to, the ancient Guildhall of William Harewelle, with remainder to the said Robert Axbridge are of extremely rare occurrence. and Alice after the death of the said Agnes, they now Another deed, relating to the same property.-Release attorn to the tenant for life ; 1st Richard II. The six by John Fitz, of Axebrigge, and Alice, his wife, daughter seals are still appended. A Richard Oldemixon, pro- and heir of John Martynsey, and cousin and heir of John bably the person named here, attests deeds at Axbridge Trippe, and by John Martynsey, of Chedder, to John in the 13th and 15th years of the same reign.
Yevan, Thomas Waudre, Roger Wodeward, William Grant by Cristina Codeworth [Cudworth] of Lym- Payn, John Hayne, toukere (fuller), John Crodmede, plesham (now Lympsham, in Somerset), to Juliana, Thomas Payne, William Harpere, Elias Silly, William her daughter, of all her property, moveable and im- Pryse, Thomas Westley, Henry Sawiere, and John Wymoveable, at Lymplesham, aforesaid. Given at Lym- ther, and their heirs, of their right and claim "in all that plesham, 16th Richard II. Witnesses, William Bounche, “ tenement, with the appartenances, which is situate Thomas Codeworth, William Pody, William Boyer, “ between the hostelry (hospitium] called ' Nonyesyne' William Prat, and others. The seal is still attached. [Nony's Inn) on the east side, and the Guild Hall of
Conveyance by John Hayward and Alice, his wife, to “ the same vill on the west; and also, in the said Guild
“south side, as far as the hill called 'Calowe,' on the Grant by William Wynyscomb to Helyas Jonys and “ north side;" as also, in a yearly rent of two shillings Matildis, his wife, of a messuage in West Street in Ax- arising from a tenement in which Robert Blakedone brigge. Witnesses, John Brown, William ate Schete, dwells, situate in West Street, in Axebrigge, between Walter Wylkyn, Alexander Togod, John Wheler, Tho- the tenement of the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the mas Togod, and others. Given at Axbridge, 10th cottage of John Hayne, tanner. Witnesses, Richard Col. Richard II. The seal is perfect.
verhous, Thomas Penryn, William Frost, John GoodGrant by John Horn, Parson of the church of Weston man, John Powne, and others. Executed in the 34th supra Mare, and Robert de Odyngton, Parson of the year of Henry VI. The three seals appended are in a church of Thorn Faucon [Thorne Falcon, near Taunton] perfect state. to Richard de Oldemyxen of a tenement in Axbrigge, Grant by John Oldemyxone and John Frost to John formerly belonging to Henry de Lye; 1st of Richard II. Fitz and Lucy, his wife, of all their lands, tenements, One of the seals is lost, the other remains, and is meadows, pastures, morhayes, rents, and reversions, in perfect.
the burgh of Axebrigge and the manor of Chedder : 2nd Grant by Thomas Salmon, of Cheddre, to John Smiythe, Edward IV. of that place. and Magota, his wife, of his cottage called Conveyance by Thomas Seyntmaur, knight, to Richard “Knyghtescote,” in Oheddre, with the garden thereof: Wyche, Richard May, and Hugh Forster, of all his the grantor to supply housebote and heybote (necessary rights to lands in Axbrigge, Cheddar, and Bishop Comptimber and hay] to the grantees, who are to work for ton, formerly belonging to Thomas Gurdeler, Clerk. him two days in autumn, and to pay a yearly rent of Witnesses, Richard Chok “Justiciar of the Bench,” 6 shillings, and heriots, as accustomed, when they fall Thomas Rodeney, esquire, John Fitz-James the Elder, in; the grantor to find them the necessary meat and esquire, John Porter, Nicholas Hervy, and others. drink on such two days: 8th Richard II. The two seals Given at Axbrigge, the 9th of Edward IV. The name are perfect, but the impressions were originally bad. of a Thomas More frequently occurs as a witness to
Grant by William Sydbury, Nicholas Tyntunhulle, deeds towards the close of this reign. 'and Robert Gy, Chaplains, of Bristol, to. Alice Denys, Deed poll, by which John Sterlyng, of Devizes, in and Sir Thomas, the Chaplain, her son, and to Robert Wiltshire, gives to John Ficchet, Thomas Shete, and Mulle and Alice, his wife, of a 'messtage in Axbryge, Roger Barker, lands in Axebrigge, Nether Were, and situate near Hornyslane.“ Witnesses, William Somer- Welles. Witnesses, John Seyntlow, knight, Thomas
Tows CLERK, BERWICK OX-TWEED.
CORPORA. Overey, Canon of Wells, Richard Vowell, John Atwater, Berwick Bridge, Account Books respecting-
1768–1774. of Edward V. There are counterparts of this deed, in
1774-1775. the wax of the seal of one of which platted rushes are
1775–1779. neatly inserted. The brass of the above Roger Barker,
1778–1779. it may be here remarked, is the only one now exist
1781-1782. ing in the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, at
Berwick Bridge, Roger Bennet's accounts respecting.
Berwick Bridge, Accounts of building and repairing, longer there. “The Common way which leads to Le
Bonds for safe delivery of convicts, from 1743.
Bonds to indemnify the Corporation against strangers buried in the porch of the Church of St. John the Bap- inhabiting within the Borough becoming burdensome. tist, at Axbridge, which porch he had lately built.
or using any trade prejudicial to the burgesses, from The borough of Axbridge, it deserves remark, was
Capture of a French ship, called The Prince Charles,
1746. which I experienced at the hands of Richard Lewis, Esq.,
Castlegate, houses demolished in, A.D. 1715. the Worshipful the Mayor of Axbridge, and the Cor
Catholic Religion, return of persons professing.
Charters, viz. :-
Inspeximus (18 Feb. 22 Edw. IV. [A.D. 1483]) of a
Charter of Edward III. (4 Aug. 30 Edw. III. (A.D. Clerk, for his unremitting attention, in the way of giving 1356]), which had been carried off by Robert a Brus," me every possible facility for the completion of my task,
on the taking of the town by the Scots, and which had and so enhancing the pleasure I derived from my visit.
again been confirmed
when it was given by Edward III. HENRY THOMAS RILEY. to Edward de Baillolo, late King of Scotland, dated
Westminster, 28 March, regni nostri Angliæ [blank]
silken cord to which it was affixed remains. Town
TOWN OF BERWICK-UPON-TWEED. CLERK,
Another Inspeximus of the above by King Henry V. BERWICK The liberality of the Town Clerk and Treasurer of
Dated 29 Nov. 3 Hen. V. [A.D. 1417]. Broken seal, in ON-TWEED.
the Corporation of Berwick-upon-Tweed having enabled green wax.
Another Inspeximus of the above by King Henry VII. and important Border Town, I have great satisfaction
Dated 6 Nov. 2 Hen. VII. [A.D. 1486]. No seal. in presenting to Her Majesty's Commissioners the fol
Another Inspeximus of the above by King Henry VIII. lowing Report upon the books and papers now in the
Dated 19 April, 1 Hen. VIII. [A.D. 1510]. No seal. custody of these two Officers.
Another Inspeximus of the above by King Edward VI.
Dated 1 June, 1 Edw. VI. [A.D. 1547]. No seal ; but Books and PAPERs in the custody of the Town CLERK of
a contemporary drawing of the King.
Another Inspeximus of the above by Queen Mary. BERWICK-UPON-TWEED.
Dated 25 April, 1 Mary (1554]. No seal; but a con1. A volume in large folio, containing various memo- temporary drawing of the Queen. randa respecting the town, of which the
more important Another Inspeximus of the above by Queen Elizaare the following:
beth. Dated 4 May, 1 Eliz. (A.D. 1559]. No seal; but Oaths of the Mayor, Aldermen, &c.; Proclamations a contemporary drawing. from the reign of Elizabeth ; Letter to James I. of 26 Charter by King James I. Dated 16 April, A.D. March 1603, from the Mayor and Aldermen, with the 1603. King's answer, 27 March; Divisions of the town for Coldmartin, deeds and papers respecting, from A.D. Inspections ; Copy of the testimony of the town of 1647. Grantham in favour of Dr. Eyston going to visit his Committee Books, from A.D. 1735. friends in Edinburgh, 20 May 1610; Opinions of counsel Council, proceedings of, from 19 July 1601 to 8 Oct. on various law suits from the time of James I., with 1603. A fragment, being the leaves numbered from Instructions for the same; Letters of the Earl of Dunbar
folio 144 to folio 153 inclusive. and others on the falling of the Bridge and about the Council Book, containing proceedings against Scots rebuilding of the Church, 24 Feb. 1607 ; Orders for the living within the town; respecting false measures, building of the Bridge, 27 May 1611; Correspondence scandals, &c. with the King on a riot committed in Edinburgh, 16 Court Books, a series of, viz. :June 1611; On the pieces of ordnance to be set up in
1681-1685. 1633; various Leases and Proclamations; Documents
1685–1687. about Fishing waters; Note of the Bounds and Marches
1687-1690. of Tweedmouth and Spittal ; Commitments to prison for
1690–1691. misconduct in 1616; Proceedings against Wm. Gent,
1691-1694. miller, for erroneous opinions on Baptism, Confirmation,
1680–1708. and the Lord's Supper, with his recantation, 6 March
1694-1697. 1616; “Table of Duties to be taken for all manner of
1697-1699. “ Commodities, and confirmed by orders of Gild,” no
Court Declarations, from A.D. 1752,
Court Papers, &c., from. A.D. 1744.
Court Minutes and other papers, from A.D. 1747.
Dock, papers about cleansing, from A.D. 1765.
Demises of Fishing waters and lands, from A.D.
Enrolments, on parchment, 1083 in number.
Enrolments, on parchment, irregularly numbered,
from A.D. 1736 to 1739. Bells, Letters about the purchase and setting up of,
Books of, 1570. 1754
Books of, 1574–1634.
Books of, 1640–1677.
exact nature of which has not een fully ascertained. Fee farm rent, letters and papers respecting, A.D. Those which have been examined were found to contain 1759, 1760.
a very miscellaneous collection of papers, extending Feoffments, from A.D. 1598.
from about A.D. 1680 to the end of the last century.
In the same office is an important volume, in folio,
at the beginning. It contains, among other matter, the quay for rebuilding the quay, A.D. 1766-1767.
Presentations by Jurors appointed for the regulation
of the town, with lists of offenders, and suggestions for
the better management of the streets, &c. 1509-1568.
Lists of Forestallers, with particulars as to the 1568-1576.
manner in which they evaded the law. This curious 1576-1584.
paper has no date, but it was drawn up early in the 1584–1595.
reign of Queen Elizabeth. 1588-1589.
Lists of Scottish men and women who were resident 1595-1598.
in the town, and whom the Jurors wished to banish.
They present that there is a vagabond woman in
[the] house with Gracy Pearson. She is sister unto 1614–1615.
“ Nicolas Pott's wife.' Opposite this entry occurs 1615-1628.
the following note in the margin by another hand,1627-1643.
“ To be whipt out of the town.'
They present that Goodchild's children do run
abegging through the town." Marginal note :Gild Minute Book, from 1724.
“ Set them awork, or they to be banished out of the
66 town.” Gild Papers, petitions, &c., from 1742.
They present that Widow Clarke is an idle vagaGrant by Queen Elizabeth, 1 Sept. 1560, to Cuthbert “ bond whore, who hath a child the last year to Gardiner, of a waste tenement in the Nesse.
" Mr. Kingarnel's son, and now she goeth abegging Grant by Thomas Shute to Matthew Johnson, Mayor through the town, with the child in her arms. of Berwick, and Richard Clarke and William Selby, Marginal note :-" To be taken and punished, and put Preachers of the Word of God there, and their suc- out of the town; and he to be punished.” cessors for ever, of a burgage with a garden in the "Item. Isabella Pickering, who hath her relief Nesse for four poor widows, from time to time to be “ forth of the Benevolence, doth neglect to repair to chosen. Dated 20 April 1600.
“ the Church, as well on the Sabbath day as otherGrant by Indentures of Lease and Release between “ wise." Marginal note :-" To be punished, and to the Earl of Suffolk and others and the Corporation of " have no relief." Berwick, of the Manor of Tweedmouth and Spittal. Then follows another set of Presentments, dated
Grant of Correction-house garden on which to build 22 March 1592, similar to the above. the Vicarage. 1749.
“ John Alexander's wife is a scold and a troubler of Highway papers, from 1762.
“ her neighbours."
“ John Preston doth great wrong, for that he buyeth Indentures to Parliament, from 1685.
“ salmon, and packeth them for London, contrary to Leases, from 1585.
“ the common wealth and privileges of the town.” Letters Patent for Collection for losses by the fire Proceedings in the Bailiff's Court, 23 Oct. 1594, which on 8 June last destroyed 35 houses, and property respecting slanders, evil living, Scotsmen resident in worth 3,0001. Dated 29 July 1659.
the town, scolds, dirt, dunghills, supply of water, and Licence of Alienation by the Dean and Chapter of various matters connected with its sanitary condition. Darbam to Thomas Dickenson and James Scott, of The Presentments are 106 in number. their Rectory of Berwick, with the tithes belonging to Another series of Presentments of a similar character, the same, without forfeiture of lease ; 28 July 1662. 70 in number. Licences
for persons in indigent circumstances to ask Another series, dated 1598. relief. A.D. 1747-1753.
Proclamations from 1568 on public and private affiairs
by the Lord Governor and Council of the Town.
Suits in the Council Chamber before the Governor,
the Mayor, Gentleman Porter, and other Officers, from
29 July 1573.
Orders touching Meadows and the adjudication of
suits respecting Town Lands, &c.
The volume ends with the year 1602.
My thanks are due to Robert Douglas, Esq., the
Town Clerk of Berwick, through whose kindness I
obtained the freest access to the Records in his custody, Returns to Corporation, from 1660.
and who personally afforded me every assistance during Resident rolls, from 1778.
Sacramental certificates and sessions papers, from 1689.
Scire facias, from 1747.
Books and PAPERS in the custody of the TREASURER of TREASURER,
ON-TWEED. Stint books, from 1760.
A series of volumes containing Inrollments connected Town house, proposals for building, reports, letters, with the Office of the Treasurer of the Corporation. agreement, &c., from 1750.
The first is in ancient binding, and contains the follow-
ing documents :-
Notes of Indentures of Apprenticeship to Burgesses,
from 1637. Copies of Deeds of Sale and other papers,
The ancient writing begins on fol. 43, and consists of 63 folios. It contains “A general survey of all the
Queen's Majesty's town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and • At least one Guild Book of an earlier date than that with which the
“ of all and singular Her Majesty's castles, messuages, series now commences was formerly in existence. In the “Book of [&c.] within the same, made 2 Oct. 4 Eliz. [A.D. 1562] " Memoranda " described above occurs a reference (fol. 64 b) to "the “ Gildbooks from 1498, where all the Orders of Guild, or By-laws for
“ before Valentine Browne, esquire, and Roger Mayn. “ the government of the Corporation, are recorded."
waringe, gentleman,” by a Commission dated West
TREASURER, minster 11 May, 4 Eliz. (A.D. 1562], which is here set ter of the House of Motyndone, in the Diocese of Can- CORPORA.
in the Holy
him, all the brethren and sisters of the Order may
“A boke of Inrolments appertaynynge to the Quene's in their lives from all sins whatsoever, even in cases
and charters as hathe passed under . not being denied to such, even in time of Interdict;
Majesty's Chamberlayne of the Towne aforesaid synce By this document he receives John Davy and Elinor, “ he entreyd into the saide office." The documents his wife, into the fraternity. On the back of it are extend from 1576 to 1598.
written three forms of Absolution from sin. The " seal
The order of Trinitarian Friars was a modified form of
The two small seals attached are in perfect condition.
Conveyance (in English) by John Hamond of Bridg-
Bridgwater, called “Le Three Crownes," and a barn
These volumes contain a large collection of miscel. of John Sydenham, of Brumpton, Esquire, and that of
and Harptree Gornay, 21st Henry VII. The deed is in
jesty's Engineers, to the Corporation of Berwick, Chaplain of the Chantry of St. Mary at Bridgwater, “ for the defence of that town, 17 Oct. 1715," and conveys to Walter Cosyn, and Alice his wife, and his “ Articles for building the Town House, 13 Feb. 1750.” son John, his half burgage in the street called “ Freren
strete,” situate between the land of William Gascoigne By the kindness of A. R. Lowrey, Esq., Treasurer and that of Thomas Skidipha. Witnesses, William of Berwick, the documents under his custody were Gosse, William Gascoigne, Richard Warde, John Warde, most liberally submitted to my inspection, for which Richard Dyut, and others ; 2nd Henry V. The deed is I beg to offer my best thanks.
in fair condition, and has a fine seal attached.
Conveyance by John Slopyr, above-named, to Thomas
Chamburleyn and Johanna, his wife, of a tenement with.
late of John Riche, and the quarter burgage, late of CORPORA- TAE CORPORATION OF BRIDGWATER-SECOND REPORT. John Shepherd; 6th Henry VI. Three seals, in fair
condition, are attached. BRIDG
Since the date of my Report in 1869 upon the docu- A small parchment deed, whereby James de la More,
Souche, on the west, and that in which Thomas Potter
A conveyance by John Bucklond, of Westharptree, to cured the seal of the Provostship (or Reveship, “Præ-
quest, have each set his seal thereto. Witnesses, Wil-
the seal of the Provosts, a one-masted galley, with two Brief, on a small parchment, of Friar Richard, Minis- men standing on it, back to back; which seal also occurs