Pleas of the Manors of the Abbey of Bec in the Ninth Year of King Edward
Tooting [Surrey]. Court holden on Saturday next after the feast of S.
It is presented by unanimous verdict of the whole court that if anyone marries
a woman who has right in any land according to the custom of the manor and is
seised thereof by the will of the lord, and the said woman surrenders her right
and her seisin into the hands of the lord and her husband receives that right
and seisin from the hands of the lord, in such case the heirs of the woman are
for ever barred from the said land and the said right remains to the husband
and his heirs. Therefore let William Wood, whose case falls under this rule,
hold his land in manner aforesaid. And ofr the making of this inquest the said
William gives the lord 6 s. 8 d.
Ruislip [Middlesex]. Court holden on the Saturday after Quasimodo
The tenements of Lucy Mill are to be seized into the lord's hands because of
the adultery which she has committed and the bailiff is to answer for them.
The chief pledges present that Cristina daughter of Richard Maleville has
married at London without the lord's licence; therefore let the said Richard be
distrained. He has made fine with 12 d. Also that Alice Berde has done the
same; therefore let her be distrained. Also that Robert Fountain has committed
a trespass against William Gery; therefore the said Robert is in mercy; pledge,
Humfrey; fine, 6 d. Also that Richard Maleville has drawn blood from Stephen
Gust; therefore he is in mercy; fine, 2 s.
For the general fine of the vill payable on S. James' day, 40 s.
Bledlow [Buckinghamshire]. Court holden on the feast of SS. Tiburtius and
Geoffrey Coterel in mercy for a battery; fine, 12 d.; pledge, Adam Serjeant.
Geoffrey Coterel for trespass in the hay; fine, 6 d.; pledge, Alan Reaper.
Hugh of Senholt in mercy for trespass in the green wood; fine, 6 d.
Hugh Wiking in mercy for delay in doing his works; fine, 6 d. Hugh Churchyard
for trespass in [cutting] thorns; fine, 6 d. Thomas Gold in mercy for trespass
in the wood; fine, 3 d.; pledge, Robert Grinder.
William Dun in mercy for subtraction of his works due in autumn; fine, 2 s.
Avice Isaac for the same, 6 d.; Hugh Wiking for the same, 6 d.; Agnes Rede in
mercy for her daughter's trespass in the corn, 6 d.
Walter Ash in mercy for not making suit to the lord's mill; fine, 6 d. Hugh
Pinel in mercy for diverting a watercourse to the nuisance of the neighbours;
fine, 6 d.; pledge, Robert Fresel.
John Dun in mercy for carrying off corn in the autumn; pledge, Adam White.
Alan Reaper gives the lord 12 d. on account of a sheep which was lost while in
Adam White in mercy for bad mowing; fine, 6 d. Hugh Harding in mercy for the
same; fine, 6 d.
The chief pledges present that Henry Blackstone (fine, 6 d.), Hugh Churchyard
(fine, 18 d.), Walter Ash (fine, 6 d.), Henry of Locksbarow (fine, 12 d.),
Avice Isaac (fine, 6 d.), Richard Matthew (fine, 6 d.), Hugh Wiking (fine,--),
Ralph Dene (fine, 6 d.), John Palmer (fine, 12 d.), John Coterel (fine, 6 d.),
John Moor (fine, 6 d.), John Cubbel (fine, 12 d.), Hugh Andrew (fine, 6 d.),
Philip Chapman (fine, 6 d.), John Fellow (fine, 12 d.), Robert Bailiff (fine, 6
d.), Alice Squire (fine, 12 d.), John Grately (fine,--), Richard Hull (fine, 6
d.), Osbert Reaper (fine, 6 d.), and Robert Cross (fine, 6 d.), have broken the
assize of beer. Also that Henry of Senholt, Henry Brown, Hugh Hayward, Richard
Moor, Juliana Woodward, Alice Harding, Peronel Street, Eleanor Mead make
default. Also that Walter Ash (fine,--), John Wiking (fine,--), John Smart
(fine,--), and Henry Coterel have married themselves without the lord's
licence; therefore let them be distrained to do the will of the lord. Alan
Reaper for the trespass of his foal; fine, 6 d. Philip Chapman in mercy for
refusing his gage to the lord's bailiff; fine, 3 d.
For the general fine of the vill payable at Midsummer, 50 s.
Total 73 s. 6 d.
Wantage [Berkinghamshire]. Court holden on Tuesday next after
William Ash in mercy for trespass in the corn; fine, 6 d. John Iremonger in
mercy for contempt; fine, 6 d. The chief pledges present that William of
Ripley (fine, 6 d.), Walter Smith (no goods), Maud of Pasmere (fine, 6 d.),
have received [strangers] contrary to the assize; therefore they are in
Maud widow of Reginald of Challow has sufficiently proved that a certain sheep
valued at 8 d. is hers, and binds herself to restore it or its price in case it
shall be demanded from her within year and day; pledges, John Iremonger and
John Robertd; and she gives the lord 3 d. for [his] custody [of it].
This text was taken from:
Maitland, F.W., ed. Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial
Courts: Volume 1--Reigns of Henry III and Edward I. London: Bernard