Durham Cathedral Archive: Infirmarer's Rentals and Cartulary
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Catalogue

Reference code: GB-0033-DCD-Inf-Rntls&Cart
Title: Durham Cathedral Archive: Infirmarer's Rentals and Cartulary
Dates of creation: 1429 - 14
Extent: A regular quire of 12 leaves, but it is probable that f.3-10 originally formed a separate quire from f.1-2 and 11-12: the hand and content of f.11 continue from f.2v. More than half of the upper part of f.1 and 12 has been torn away; it is possible that f.12 was entirely blank.
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Origination: Durham Cathedral Priory
Language: Latin

Contents

This small volume is identifiable as belonging to the infirmarer from the heading on f.3 and references to him as beneficiary of grants copied on f.4-10. The script of the cartulary, f.4-10, indicates that it was written shortly after the rental for 1430-1431, f.3-4.

Accession details

Part of the medieval archive of Durham Cathedral Priory placed in the care of Durham University by Durham Dean and Chapter in 1948.

Conditions of access

Open for consultation.

Copyright and copying

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material

Arrangement

f.1r-4r Rentals
f.4r-10v Cartulary
f.11r-12v Rentals

Processing

Calendared by Alan Piper 1975 x 1992. His Wordperfect file was input to XMetal by Michael Stansfield in 2006

Alternative forms

A negative microfilm is available at PGFilm 125

Handlist

f.1r-4r
Rentals

f.1r-2v and 11r   [1417 x 1429]
Survey of the [infirmarer's] estate, fixed revenues and (f.11r) outgoings, compiled (f.11r) by John Fishburn chancellor [1417-31]. This document is very similar in nature to the survey of the freeholdings of the main monastic estate compiled in 1430, the Feodarium: it gives details of the descent, size and whereabouts of each holding. Comparison with f.3r-4r indicates that the holdings are those of the infirmarer's estate, and suggests that the document began at the top of f.1, now missing, rather than on lost preceding leaves. The addition on f.2r probably indicates that the document had been created by 1429.
f.2r (added at the foot)   mid 15th century
Memorandum of payment on 6 August 1429 in the infirmary at Durham to Robert Easby infirmarer by John Newsham of Walworth of 16d due for the previous Martinmas and Pentecost terms from a burgage in Framwelgate [Durham], formerly John Cronan's, held freely in the right of Isabella his wife.
Witnesses: John Fishburn, W[illiam] Partrick, T[homas] Forster and T[homas] Lewyn, monks of Durham; John Corbridge, Gregory Leyburn and Richard Lewyn, clerks.
f.3r-4r   1430 - [1431]
Infirmarer's rental, Pentecost and Martinmas terms 1430 [- 1431]. Robert Easby infirmarer.
f.4r-10v
Cartulary

f.4r
4.15.Spec.5.
f.4v
4.15.Spec.1.
f.5r-v
4.15.Spec.3.
f.5v-6r
As 4.15.Spec.8.
f.6r-v
4.15.Spec.10.
f.6v-7r
4.15.Spec.7.
f.7r-v
4.16.Spec.31.
f.7v-8r
2.17.Spec.16a.
f.8r-v
4.15.Spec.2.
f.8v-9r
4.15.Spec.6a or 4.15.Spec.6b.
f.9r-v   [8 May] 1330
Mandate by the commissary of the bishop of Durham's official to the parochial chaplain of St Nicholas' church, Durham, to admonish John Yekemond of the Borough of Durham, and compel him by suspension and excommunication, to pay within 8 days to the prior and convent of Durham and the infirmarer 2s. and 1lb. of wax, admitted by him as due to them annually.
Date: Durham, 8 Id. May 1330.
f.9v-10r
2.8.Spec.41.
f.10v
Blank.
f.11r-12v
Rentals

f.11r
See f.1r-2v above.
f.11v
Note of the whereabouts of the [infirmarer's] holding of two acres in Monk Hesleden.
f.12r-v
Blank fragment.