Durham Cathedral Muniments: Locelli
Introduction
Arrangement
Bibliography

Catalogue

Reference code: GB-0033-DCD-Loc
Title: Durham Cathedral Muniments: Locelli
Dates of creation: 1087 - 1606
Extent: Over 1500 items in 30 boxes
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Origination: Durham Cathedral.
Language: Latin

The creation of a series of locelli dates from the late Middle Ages. The contents are chiefly medieval documents of legal and administrative business (but cf. XXIX), rather than title-deeds (but cf. XXXVI). The principle of arrangement was to bring together materials concerning a particular subject in a single locellus.

Accession details

Placed in the University's care by the Dean and Chapter of Durham in 1948.

Arrangement

The medieval arrangement no longer obtains, although a reconstruction of it would be possible from endorsements of documents, many of which are now classed as Miscellaneous Charters. A summary description of the arrangement as it stood in the seventeenth century is to be found in (14) fols. 155v-157v. The present arrangement is presumably the work of Joseph Stevenson, who was engaged on cataloguing the cathedral's muniments 1841-48; he preserved the principle of arrangement by subject, but apparently undertook major re-organization of the details. The changes have left some locelli devoid of documents (XI-XII, XV, XXII-XXIII, XXVI, XXX-XXXVI, XXXVIII-XL), and one with only a single item (XXIV:79) so that only 24 of the original 40 locelli have contents. Documents were added later, when appropriate, by the Revd. Canon William Greenwell, Chapter Librarian 1862-1907, and by others.

Many of the documents have endorsements by the monk Thomas Swalwell of the earlier 16th century. Joseph Stevenson compiled catalogue slips for the collection, in the language of the original (ie mostly in Latin) in the 1840s. These were augmented by Canon William Greenwell in the later nineteenth century and occasional others throughout the twentieth century as additions were made to the collection. Photocopies of these slips, with introductions (in English) to each series, were bound up as two volumes in the mid-twentieth century and served as the searchroom finding aid to the collection. Word-processed lists of some small sections were compiled in the later twentieth century, but it was not until October 2002 that a systematic programme to produce an online EAD catalogue in XML, beginning with Loc.IV and then proceeding sequentially from Loc.I, was started by Michael Stansfield. This was completed in May 2013. It attempted to incorporate the work of others where appropriate, providing technical details of the physical description of each item as well as a description of the item's contents, and cross-references to copies or originals elsewhere in the archive and published editions, calendars, transcriptions or images of the items.

Bibliography

Benedict of Peterborough: Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi, ed. W.Stubbs (Rolls Series 1867 No. 49)
Bishop, T.A.M. Scriptores regis (Oxford, 1961).
Chaplais, P. “The seals and original charters of Henry I”, English Historical Review lxxv (1960), p.260-275 [cited as EHR 1960].
Rotuli Chartarum in Turri Londinensi asservati, ed. T.D. Hardy (London, 1837) [cited Rot.Cart.
Calendar of the Charter Rolls (London, 1903-1927) [cited as [C.Ct.R.]
Durham Episcopal Charters, 1071-1152, ed. H.S. Offler (Surtees Society 179, 1968)
Feodarium prioratus Dunelmensis: A survey of the estates of the prior and convent of Durham , compiled in the fifteenth century, ed. W. Greenwell (Surtees Society 58, 1872)
Greenwell, W. and Blair, C.H. “Durham seals”, Archaeologia Aeliana, 3rd ser. vii-xvii (1911-20) [cited as G&B ]
Rotuli litterarum patentium in Turri Londinensi asservati, ed. T.D. Hardy (London, 1835) [cited Rot.Lit.Pat.
Calendar of the Patent Rolls (London, 1891-1916) [cited as C.P.R.]
Rymer, T. Foedera ... (London, 1704-35).
Somerville, R. History of the Duchy of Lancaster vol. i (London, 1953)
Storey, R.L. “The Wardens of the Marches ...” EHR 72 (1957) pp. 609-614
Wyon, A.B. and Wyon, A. The great seals of England from the earliest period to the present time, (London, 1887).

Catalogue

I - Mortuary rolls etc
Dates of creation: 1225 - 1517
A very miscellaneous collection of documents concerning the affairs of the kingdom, the church, and the monastery of Durham, but including mortuary-rolls and drafts of obituaries therein (1-13), and commissions to brief-bearers to carry mortuary rolls (14-18 & 58).

Loc.I:1   [1283]
Obituary roll of Robert [of Holy Island], bishop of Durham, containing:
Lamentation in praise of Bishop Robert by Richard [of Claxton], prior of Durham, recording his death on the 7 Ides of June [7 June] 1283 and his burial with his predecessors in the Durham [cathedral] chapter house.
Indulgence of 40 days from Robert [de Prebenda] bishop of Dunblane for those who should pray for the late bishop's soul. At Durham, 6 Ides October [10 October] 1283.
Tituli of: St Mary's abbey, York; [Whitefriars], York; [Greyfriars], York, at York, 11 Kal. November [22 October] 1283; [Blackfriars], York; Holy Trinity, York, at York 1283; church of St Clement, York; [priory of] St Andrew, York; brothers of the penance of Jesus Christ [Friars of the Sack], York, at York, 11 Kal. November [22 October] 1283; [abbey of] St German, Selby, at Selby 1283; St James Warter [priory]; Master of the scholars, York; Holy Trinity, Kirkham [priory], at Kirkham 3 Non. November [11 November] 1283.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 685 x 315mm
Script: Large, stately hand for the lamentation; the indulgence is in a smaller, different hand, and then each titulus is in a different hand
For a discussion of all of Durham's surviving obituary or mortuary rolls, see L. Rollason, “Medieval Mortuary Rolls: Prayers for the Dean and Travel in Medieval England”, Northern History (XLVIII:2 September 2011), p.187-223.
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.51-53 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.351-355.
Loc.I:2   [1381]
Obituary roll for the soul of Thomas Hatfield, bishop of Durham, and his parents, lower part only, comprising tituli for 32 houses starting with St Mary of Graces by the Tower, London, and continuing through London, Southwark, Bermondsey, Aylesford, Canterbury, Lesnes, Rochester, Boxley, Faversham, Sandwich, Langdon, Dover, Fulston, and Horton, to Bilsington.
On the dorse is a cancelled index to a theological text.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 670 x 315mm
Obverse printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.56 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.538-558.
See DCD Loc.I:3 next below for 3 further membranes.
Loc.I:3   [1381]
Obituary roll for the soul of Thomas Hatfield, bishop of Durham, and his parents, upper part only, with the ornamental heading missing, comprising tituli for 107 houses starting with Tynemouth, and continuing through Newcastle, Newminster, Brinkburn, Alnwick, Hulne, Blanchland, Dodnash, Hexham, Lambley, Lanercost, Carlisle, Holmcoltram, St Bees, Calder, Seton, Furness, Conishead, Cartmel, Shap, Penrith, Cockersand, Burscough, Holland, Preston, Whalley, Sallay, Bolton in Craven, Fountains, Jervaulx, Coverham, Easby, Eggleston, Hartlepool, Jarrow, Guisborough, Handale, Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington, Nunkeeling, to Meaux.
(End of the obverse; Loc.I:2 then follows on but there is probably at least 1 membrane now missing. Then on the dorse, following on from the end of Loc.I:2.)
Tonbridge, Combwell, Robertsbridge, Battle, Winchelsea, Hastings, Michelham, Lewes, Calcet [?Selsey], Tortington, Boxgrove, Sele, Chichester, Hardham, Rusper, Reigate, Tandridge, Chertsey, Ankerwyke, Burnham, Little Marlow, Bisham, Hurley, Reading, Wallingford, Dorchester, Abingdon, Osney, Oxford, Medmenham, Godstow, Eynsham, Bruern, Cirencester, Bradenstoke, Stanley, Lacock, Hinton, Longleat, Stavordale, Witham, Ilchester, Montacute, Sherborne, Cerne, Milton, St Mary and St Edward Cheptonia [?Shepton], Wilton, Winchester.
Parchment roll   3m
Size: 1640 x 310mm
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.54-56 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.538-558.
See DCD Loc.I:2 above for a further membrane.
Loc.I:4   [1406]
Obituary roll of Walter Skirlaw, bishop of Durham, comprising:
Lamentation in praise of Bishop Walter by John [of Hemingbrough], prior of Durham, citing his work for peace in England and France, his chantries at Skirlaw and Oxford, his hall at Howden, his reconstruction of the dormitory at Durham, and his bequests to the cells and monks of Durham;
Tituli seeking prayers for his soul for 294 houses, starting in (m2) Newcastle, then Tynemouth, Alnwick, Brinkburn, Langley, Newminster, Hexham, Lanercost, Wetheral, Carlisle, Holmcultram, St Bees, Calder, Furness, Conishead, (m3) Cartmel, Bolton in Craven, Kirkstall, Sawley, Whalley, Preston, Cockersand, Lancaster, Upholland, Warrington, Norton, Vale Royal, Birkenhead, Chester, Combermere, Haughmond, Shrewsbury, Wenlock, Bromfield, Ludlow, Wigmore, Wormsley, Hereford, (m4) Little Malvern, Great Malvern, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham, Tewkesbury, Hailes, Winchcombe, Gloucester, Llanthony, Cirencester, Malmesbury, Bradenstoke, Butley, Stanley, Lacock, (m5) [Monkton] Farleigh, Norwich, Bath, Keynsham, Bristol, Glastonbury, Ilchester, Athelney, Montacute, Muchelney, Buckland, Taunton, Cleeve, Barlinch, Exeter, Buckfast, (m6) Plympton, Sutton, Buckland, Tavistock, Launceston, St Michael's [?Mount], Truro, Bodmin, St Germans, Plymouth, Cornworthy, Torre, Sherborne, Cerne, Abbotsbury, Dorchester, Milton, Bindon, Tarrant, Twinham, Beaulieu, Southampton, Netley, (m7) Romsey, Mottisfont, Wherwell, Hyde, Winchester, Reading, Goring (prayers for the souls of Prioress Lucy, Thomas Besford, Avisia, Thomas Gloucester, Alexander Besford and his wife Joan, Alexander Besford and his wife Beatrice, and Roger and Petronella his wife), Wallingford, Dorchester, Abingdon, Oxford, Osney, (m8) Eynsham, Wroxton, Chacombe, [Canon's] Ashby, Northampton, Huntingdon, St Ives, Cambridge, Barnwell, Walden, Tilty, [Little] Dunmow, Waltham, St Albans, (m9) Carhow, Westminster, London, Southwark, Bermondsey, Lesnes, Dover, Langdon, Sandwich, Canterbury, Faversham, Boxley, Aysleford, (m10) Rochester, Hatfield Peverell, Coggeshall, [Earls] Colne, Colchester, Wix, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Campsey, Snape, Leiston, Dunwich, Blythburgh, Wangford, Rumburgh, Flixton, Bungay, (m2d) Norwich, Hulme, Horsham, Hickling, Broomholm, Walsingham, Binham, Coxford, Castle Acre, West Acre, Pentney, [King's] Lynn, (m3d) Wormegay, West Deerham, Bromehill, Thetford, Bury [St Edmunds], Babwell, Ely, Ramsey, Sawtry, Peterborough, Crowland, Spalding, Stamford, Vaudey, Bourne, Swineshead, Boston, Freiston, Revesby, (m4d) Kirkstead, Stixswould, Tupholme, Bardney, Stainfield, Barlings, Lincoln, Bullington, Louth Park, Grimsby, Wellow, Nun Cotham, Thornton, Newsham, Bella Landa [?Elsham], (m5d) Newhouse, Kingston upon Hull, Swine, Meaux, Beverley, Selby, Nun Appleton, York, Marton, Rievaulx, (m6d) Guisborough, Yarm.

Size: c.3050 x 300mm
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.56-63 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2007), p.198-238.
Loc.I:5   [1234]
Lamentation of the convent of Durham on the death of their prior, Ralph [Kerneth], who died on 4 Non. March [4 March] 1233/4.
Followed by an unconnected verse in a different hand of comparable date.
Incorrectly endorsed by Swalwell as a lamentation for Prior Richard.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 580 x 175mm
Copy or draft of DCD Loc.I:5* below.
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.45-48 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.244-249.
Loc.I:5*   [1234]
Obituary roll of Ralph Kerneth, prior of Durham, comprising:
Lamentation in praise of Prior Ralph by the convent of Durham.
Tituli of 3 houses:
Blanchland has held a full service for him in the convent and a thirty-seven day ? for him as if he had been one of their canons, and each priest has said three masses on his anniversary, those in lesser orders a psalter and the lay brothers 500 pater nosters, his name has been written in the martyrology to be recited each year, he also has the common blessing of the house, and Canon Richard de Kenebelle has offered fully a tricenarium.
Hexham has held a full service and a tricenale for him with a canonical corrody, and each priest has said 3 masses and those who are not priests have said a psalter, and he has the common blessing of the house.
Lambley has given the common blessing of the house.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 665 x 250mm
Formerly DCD Loc.VI:14.
Lamentation printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.45-47 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.244-249.
Loc.I:6   [1244]
Obituary roll of Thomas of Melsonby, prior of Durham, comprising:
Lamentation in praise of Prior Thomas by the convent of Durham.
Titulus for ?Stanley, (only part remaining), with other membranes with further tituli now missing.

Size: 720 x 230mm
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.48-50 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.315-318.
Loc.I:7   [1416]
Lamentation in praise of John of Hemingbrough, prior of Durham, 89 years old, 66 years a monk and prior for 25 years, who died on 17 Kal. October [15 September 1416].
[Draft for an obituary roll] with a [draft] petition for prayers for his soul and those of all the faithful departed.
Endorsed (contemporary) as ordinances in the annual chapter of Durham 1417 and written in the martyrology (all cancelled)
Paper roll   1f
Size: 285 x 295mm
Fair copy in DCD Loc.I:7* which is printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.63-64 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2007), p.385-441.
Loc.I:7*   [1416]
Obituary roll of John of Hemingbrough, prior of Durham, comprising:
Lamentation in praise of Prior John, 89 years old, 66 years a monk and prior for 25 years, who died on 17 Kal. October [15 September 1416].
Petition for prayers for his soul and those of all the faithful departed.
Tituli for 407 houses (noting where other than Prior John is to be prayed for) in Tynemouth, Newcastle, Stamford, Alnwick, Hulne (with a verse on its foundation), Brinkburn, Hexham, Sherborne, Lanercost, Wetheral, Carlisle, (m2) Holmcultram, Coupland, Calder, Furness, Conishead, Cartmel, Lancaster, Cockersand, Preston, Whalley, Sawley, Bolton, Kirkstall, Fountains, Sandwich, Jervaulx, Coverham, Richmond, Easby, Egglestone, Meaux, (m3) Blanchland, Jarrow, Guisborough, Whitby, Scarborough (for the soul of Prior John of Durham and Brother William Scott), Bridlington, Beverley, Haltemprice, Hull, Thornton, Newhouse, Grimsby, Louth Park, Markby, Hagnaby, Kirkstead, Tupholme, Bardney, Stainfield, Barlings (for the soul of Thomas former abbot of Crowland, cancelled and Prior John of Durham interlined), Lincoln, (m4) Swineshead, Kyme, Boston, Freiston, Spalding, Crowland, Stamford, Newstead, Peterborough, Sawtry, Ramsey (with a prayer), Chatteris, Ely, King's Lynn, Pentney, West Acre, Castle Acre, Wendling, Hempton, Coxford, Creake, Walsingham, (m5) Binham, Snyterleye, Weybourne, Broomholm, Hickling, Yarmouth, St Benet of Hulme, Norwich, Langley, Bungay, Flixton, Rumburgh, Mendham, Eye, Leiston, Ixworth, Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Ipswich, St Osyth, (m6) Colchester, Earls Colne, Coggeshall, Hatfield Peverell, Chelmsford, Blackmore, Thoby, Rochester, Boxley, Aysleford, Leeds, Faversham, Canterbury, Sandwich, Dover, St Radigunds, Folkestone, Monks Horton, Bilsington, Winchelsea, Battle, Pontefract, Robertsbridge, (m7) Tonbridge, Bermondsey, London, Westminster, Ware, Hertford, St Albans, Hitchin, Royston, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Stonely, Bushmead, Newnham, Caldwell, Bedford, Northampton, (m8) Sulby, Leicester, Lenton, Nottingham, Newstead, Worksop (with a rebus representing ?Nailston in the margin), Blyth, Roche, Doncaster, Monk Bretton, Nostell, Pontefract, Selby, Drax, Ellerton, York, Kirkham, (m9) Marton, Newburgh, Sibton, Byland, Rievaulx, Northallerton, Kirkby Bellars, Belvoir, Shelford, Thurgarton, Newbo, Croxton, Owston, Launde, Ulverscroft, Charley, Pipewell, Leighs, Tilty, Maldon, Hatfield Regis, Beeleigh, Blythburgh.
(Dorse)
Thremhall, Maldon, Wangford, Mendham, Flixton, Bungay, Langley, Herringfleet, St Neots (for the souls of John, Margaret, William and Richard), Stonely, Bushmead, Bedford, Caldwell, Elstow, Warden, Woburn, Kings Langley (for the soul of William abbot of Thornton, cancelled and John prior of Durham added), Missenden, Thame, Notley, Rewley, Oxford, Osney, Eynsham, Bruern, Worcester, (m2d) Great Malvern, Little Malvern, Hereford, Abbey Dore, Llanthony Prima, Wormsley, Leominster, Wigmore, Ludlow, Lilleshall, Shrewsbury, Haughmond, Stafford, Stone, Hulton, Dieulacresse, Croxden, Rocester, Tutbury, Church Gresley, Merevale, Atherstone, Combe, Coventry, (m3d), Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Hailes, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Llanthony Secunda, Cirencester, Hyde, Winchester, Titchfield, Southwick, Chichester, Durford, Sherbourne, Reading, (m4d), Wallingford, Dorchester, Abingdon, Bicester, Bath, Bristol, Glastonbury, Bruton, Stavordale, Maiden Bradley, Shaftesbury (for the souls of Elizabeth Hugh, Alice Wilton, and Thomas Calwe), Tarrant (for the soul of John of Sherburn, abbot of Selby (d.1408); also at the next two), Milton, Cerne, Abbotsbury, Dorchester, Bindon, Beaulieu, St Denys by Southampton, Romsey, Netley (Lettele), Boxgrove, (m5d) Tortington, Chertsey, Bisham, Hurley, Medmenham, Salisbury, Ivychurch (Ederosae), Forde, Newenham, Dunkswell, Exeter, Totnes, Buckfast, Plympton, Buckland, Bodmin, St Germans, Launceston, Hartland, Frithelstock, (m6d) Pilton, Barnstaple, Cleeve, Barlinch, Bridgewater, Athelney, Stanley, Bradenstoke, Malmesbury, Alcester, Studley, Bordesley, Halesowen, Maxstoke, Arbury, Norton, Chester, Vale Royal, Darley, Derby, Dale, Thurgarton, Welbeck.
(Inverted)
Oxford, Evesham, Pershore, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Burton upon Trent, Winchcomb, Winchester, Selborne, Monkton Farleigh, Keynsham, Witham, Montacute, Torre, Tavistock, Barlinch, Muchelney, Repton, Rufford.

Size: 7015 x 230mm
On display in the Cathedral Treasures Exhibition [from 7 February 1972] to 24 October 2011.
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.63-71 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2007), p.385-441.
Loc.I:8   [1451]
Lamentation in praise of John Wessington, prior of Durham, over 60 years and 6 months a monk, prior for 29 years and 6 months, who died aged 80 on 5 Ides April [9 April] 1451 at the 9th hour, by Prior William [Ebchester] and the chapter of Durham. Draft (an obituary roll with tituli does not survive).
Endorsed (contemporary) “1451” .
Paper roll   1f
Size: 290 x 305mm
Fair copy and reduced version of DCD Loc.I:9.
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.72-73 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2007), p.678-681.
Loc.I:9   [1451]
Lamentation in praise of John Wessington, prior of Durham, over 60 years and 6 months a monk, prior for 29 years and 6 months, who died aged 80 on 5 Ides April [9 April] 1451 at the 9th hour, by Prior William [Ebchester] and the chapter of Durham. Draft, with corrections (an obituary roll does not survive).
Paper roll   1f
Size: 300 x 310mm
Draft of DCD Loc.I:8.
Verse incorporated in the text is printed with the final version in Loc.I:8 in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.72-73 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2007), p.678-681.
Loc.I:10   [1464]
Lamentation in praise of William Ebchester and John Burnaby, priors of Durham, by Prior Richard [Bell] and the convent of Durham. Draft.
Paper roll   1f
Size: 220 x 295mm
Fair copy from B.IV.48 printed in T. Rud, Codicum Manuscriptorum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Dunelmensis Catalogus, (Durham, 1825), p.436 and, with all the tituli, in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.1-44 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iv, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2008), p.261-362.
Fair copy in the full obituary roll in Durham Cathedral Library, MS B.IV.48.
Loc.I:11   [1488]
Obituary roll of Robert Ebchester, prior of Durham, (part) comprising:
Lamentation in praise of Prior Robert, by Prior John [Auckland] and the convent of Durham (repeating that in DCL MS B.IV.48), by [the prior's] nuncio Robert Dyton, 1488.
Tituli for 334 houses (noting those to be prayed for other than Prior Robert) in (m2) Durham (bis) (the first with a decorated initial containing the priory's arms, with also some decorated ascenders; the second with an initial in the form of a rose tree, with a rose in bloom, with other initials infilled), Coventry, Easby (decorated initial of a rose-tree with a rose in bloom, with other initials infilled), Richmond, Stainsfield, Coverham (blank space for a decorated initial), Jervaulx, Byland, Newburgh, Marton, Moxby, Kirkham, Warter, Beverley, Meaux (decorated initial), Swine, Hull, Haltemprice, Bridlington (decorated initial and others), Nunkeeling, Scarborough, Whitby, (m3) Handale, Guisborough, Jarrow, Mount Grace, Rievaulx, Rosedale, Keldholme, Malton, Nun Monkton, Healaugh, Pontefract, Nostell, Monk Bretton, Doncaster, Roche, Blyth, Mattersey, Axholme, Drax, Selby, Nun Appleton, York, (m4) Thornton, Elsham, Thornholme, Torksey, Worksop, Welbeck, Newstead, Rufford, Thurgarton, Shelford (decorated initial), Nottingham, Lenton, Dale, Darley, Repton, Burton upon Trent, Tutbury, Rocester, Croxden, Stone, Trentham, Hulton, Dieulacresse, Vale Royal, Norton, Chester, (m5) Combermere, Lilleshall, Wombridge, Aconbury, Haughmond (very elaborate initial containing a shield), Shrewsbury (elaborate initial with a face with the tongue sticking out), Buildwas, Wenlock, Wigmore (elaborate coloured initial with a grotesque shield, faces and star of David; other initials coloured and elaborated), Hereford, Leominster, Wormsley, Monmouth, Tintern, Flaxley, Llanthony Secunda, Lincoln, Stamford, (m6) Huntingdon, Merton, Newark, Waverley, Winchester, Hyde, Mottisfont (for the soul of William Westcarr prior), Ivychurch (Ederose), Salisbury (cathedral, for the souls of William Nessyngwyke canon and Thomas Burton vicar), [Wilton] (for the souls of Alice Comalend abbess of Wilton, Elisabeth Ellewell prioress and Eleanor Romsaye [nun]), Shaftesbury, Witham, Maiden Bradley, Glastonbury, Athelney, Muchelney, Montacute, Bindon, Milton, Christchurch, Beaulieu, St Denys by Southampton, (m7) Netley, Titchfield, Southwick, Boxgrove, Tortington, [Pynham by Arundel], Lewes, Michelham, Hastings, Battle, Robertsbridge, Combwell, Tonbridge, Stratford (elaborated initial), Walden, Ely, Denney, Ramsey, Sawtrey, Peterborough, Newhouse, South Lynn [by King's Lynn], Bromehill, (m8) Langley, Eye (written by R. Belynges), Redlingfield, Ipswich, Colchester, St Osyth, Coggeshall, Hatfield Peverell, Beeleigh, Rochester, Boxley, Canterbury, London, Missenden, Grantham.
(Dorse, early entries badly faded and stained)
Hulton,,, Ranton, Lilleshall,,, (m2d) [Nostell], Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Winchcomb, Hailes, Bruern, Eynsham, Oxford, Rewley, Osney, Abingdon, Dorchester, Wallingford, Goring, Hurley, Bisham, Little Marlow, Chertsey, Southwark, Bermondsey (large initial containing a cross), West Smithfield, London, (m3d) Haliwell (for the soul of Elizabeth Prudde prioress), Waltham (elaborated initial, with a border; this and other initials colour washed), St Albans, Dunstable, Markyate, Woburn, Bradwell, Luffield, Snelshall, Biddlesden, Canon's Ashby, Chacombe, Clattercote, Evesham, Pershore, Worcester, Great Malvern, (m4d) Ludlow, Studley, Wroxall, Kenilworth, Stoneleigh (decorated initials), Coventry, Combe, Croxton, Belvoir, Newbo, Lincoln, Watton, Thicket, Knaresborough, Fountains, Vaudey, Newstead by Stamford, Royston, Winchester, (m5d) Romsey, Stavordale, Sherborne, Cerne, Abbotsbury, [?Bindon], Bruton, Jervaulx, Kirkby Bellars, Owston, Launde, Leicester, Bordesley (elaborated initial containing a shield and a rose, also a face emitting a scroll with a verse extolling the house), Halesowen, Wroxton, Westminster, Reading, Sele, (m6d), Bayham, Stratford at Bow (for the soul of Elizabeth Gayton prioress), Ickleton (for the soul of Constancia Bozim prioress), Cambridge, Barnwell, Anglesey, Thorney (elaborated initial), Crowland, Spalding (elaborated initial containing a monk holding a rosary), Swineshead, Boston (for the soul of Robert Thron' prior of the Augustinian friars), Freiston, Revesby, Kirkstead, Stixwould, Tupholme, Bardney, Barlings, Grimsby, Humberston, Louth Park, Hagneby, (m7d) Greenfield, Markby, King's Lynn, West Dereham, monastery of St Edmund King and Martyr, Babwell, Ixworth, Thetford, West Acre, Castle Acre, Coxford, Walsingham (decorated initial with a head emitting a scroll with “Walsingham” on it), Binham (prayer on an elegant scroll), Beeston, Broomholm, Ingham, St Benet of Hulme, Norwich, (m8d) Faversham, Canterbury, Lesnes, Northampton, Pipewell.

Size: 2610 x 280mm
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.73-81 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iv, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2008), p.381-433.
.
A further obituary roll for Ebchester is in DCD Loc.I:13 and 12.
Loc.I:12   [1488]
Obituary roll of Robert Ebchester, prior of Durham, (part), comprising:
Tituli for Beverley, Watton, Warter, Nunburnholme, York, Kirkham, Yedingham, Rosedale, Rievaulx, Arden, Jervaulx, Coverham, Fountains, Bolton in Craven, Sawley, Whalley, Upholland, Warrington, Norton, “Danstriae” (?Doncaster), Chester, (m2) Vale Royal (decorated initial), Haughmond, Combermere (decorated initial), Shrewsbury, Buildwas, Wenlock, Wigmore, [Leominster], Wormesley, [Hereford], Monmouth, Tintern, Chepstow (decorated initial), Bristol (decorated initial), (m3) Witham, Maiden Bradley, Shaftesbury, Wilton, Mottisfont, Romsey, Winchester, Hyde, Wherwell (for the soul of Juliana Dure abbess), Lacock, Stanley, Bradenstoke, [Cirencester], Malmesbury (decorated initial), (m4) Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Little Malvern, Great Malvern, Bromfield, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham (decorated initial), (m5) Studley, Bordesley (decorated initial), Halesowen, Pinley, Kenilworth, Stoneleigh (decorated initial), Coventry, Combe, Arbury, Atherstone, Merevale, Polesworth, Church Gresley, Burton upon Trent, Tutbury, Repton, Darley, Derby, Felley, Newstead, (m6) Welbeck, Worksop, Roche, Wallingwells, Monk Bretton, Nostell, Kirkstall, Knaresborough, Newburgh, Pontefract, Tickhill, Lenton, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton, Bedford, Lavendon, Newnham, Caldwell, Wardon, Dunstable, Sopwell, London, (m7) St Albans (elaborately decorated initial with an animal head), Shelford, Westminster, Rochester, Faversham, Canterbury (decorated initial containing a shield), Bermondsey, Southwark, London (decorated initial with a capped head), Bisham, Hurley, [?Reading] (decorated initial containing a flower), Rufford, (m8) Dorchester, Abingdon, Oxford, Osney (for the soul of William Wygynton), Byland, Marton, York, Selby, Drax, Blyth, Thurgarton, Dale, Rocester, Croxden, Trentham, Wormbridge, Flaxley, Kingswood, Bath, Forde (decorated initial), Newenham.
(dorse)
(m1d) [?Barnstaple], Pilton, Frithelstock, Hartland, Bodmin, Tywardreath, St Germans, Tavistock, Buckland, Plympton, Buckfast, Totnes, Torre, [?Cowick], Polsloe, Abbotsbury, Cerne, Milton, Bindon, Beaulieu, Quarr, Southampton, Bekley [Netley], Titchfield, (m2d) Southwick, Chichester, Boxgrove, Tortington, Calcet [Pynham] by Arundel, Lewes (elaborately decorated initial containing an animal head and leaves), Michelham, Hastings, Battle, Robertsbridge (for the soul of Prior Robert N), Combwell, Leeds, St Radigunds, Dover, Langdon, Boxley, Aylesford, Malling, Lesnes, London, Stratford Langthorne, (m3d) Waltham, Walden (decorated initial), Ickleton, Cambridge, Barnwell, Ely, Denney, Ramsey, Sawtrey (for the soul of John Alcumbre), Peterborough, Thorney, Crowland, Bourne, Vaudey, Stamford, Fineshade, Launde, Owston, Kirby on Wreak [Bellars], Croxton, Belvoir, Newbo, Easby, (m4d) Healaugh, Sinningthwaite, Beauvale, Garendon, Ulverscroft, Wroxall, Winchcombe, Hailes, Bruern, Wroxton, Clattercote, Chacombe, Canon's Ashby, Daventry, Eynsham, Notley, Missenden, Marlow, (m5d) Chertsey, Newark by Guildford, Waverley, Merton, Barking, Thoby (decorated initial), Blackmore, Leighs, Dunmow, Tilty (for the soul of Thomas Hamlbe), Hatfield, Coggeshall, Colne, Colchester, St Osyth, Ipswich, Woodbridge, (m6d) Campsey, Butley, Snape, Leiston, Sibton, Rumburgh, Carrow, Norwich, St Benet of Hulme, Hickling, Ingham, Broomholm, Binham (decorated initial), Walsingham, Coxford, Castle Acre, West Acre, Pentney, Bury St Edmunds, Babwell, Thetford, (m7d) Bromehill, West Dereham, Spalding, Swineshead, Boston, Freiston, Revesby, Kirkstead, Tupholme, Bardney (elaborately decorated coloured initial), [?Belvoir], Bullington, Barlings, Lincoln, Markby, Greenfield, Legbourne, (m8d) Louth Park, North Ormsby, Humberston, Grimsby, Nun Cotham, Irford (or Orford), Newhouse, Thornton, Elsham, Thornholme, (inverted at the foot) Twynham, Anglesey, Thame, Hagnaby.

Size: 440 x 300mm
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.82-90 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iv, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2008), p.455-507.
A further obituary roll for Ebchester is in DCD Loc.I:11 above.
Probably originally sewn to the foot of: DCD Loc.I:13 below, with DCD Reg.IV f.241r-243v probably also being originally part of the same roll.
Loc.I:13   [1488]
Obituary roll of Robert Ebchester, prior of Durham, (part), comprising:
Tituli for 21 houses at Mount Grace (decorated initial), Baysdale, Guisborough, Handale, Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington, Nunkeeling, Meaux (decorated initial containing ? “Mar Flite” ), Beverley,
(dorse)
Monkton Farleigh (decorated initial with “Wyott” beneath), Bruton (decorated initial), Glastonbury, Athelney, Muchelney, Montacute, Sherborne, Taunton, Cleve, Barlinch.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 440 x 300mm
Printed in The Obituary Roll of William Ebchester and John Burnby, Priors of Durham, ed. J. Raine (Surtees Society 31, 1856), p.81-82 and Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iv, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2008), p.451-455.
A further obituary roll for Ebchester is in DCD Loc.I:11 above.
Probably originally sewn to the head of DCD Loc.I:12 above, with DCD Reg.IV f.241r-243v probably also being originally part of the same roll.
Loc.I:14   9 May 1467
Letters patent of Richard [Bell], prior of Durham and the chapter, giving licence to John Preston during pleasure as a brief-bearer on behalf of the souls of the deceased of the priory.
Given at Durham, in the chapter house, 9 May 1467.
Parchment   1m
Size: 340 x 95mm
Seal: Sealed open, on a central tag through a turnup, fragments of G&B 3427
Formerly numbered Loc.I:18a.
Printed in Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iv, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2008), p.107 (though incorrectly dated there as March).
Image in L. Rollason, “Medieval Mortuary Rolls: Prayers for the Dean and Travel in Medieval England”, Northern History (XLVIII:2 September 2011), p.197.
Copy: DCD Reg.IV, f.195v.
   Digitised version
Loc.I:15   20 July 1397
Letters patent of John [of Hemingbrough], prior of Durham and the convent, giving licence to Stephen de Lyth for two years as a brief-bearer on behalf of the souls of the deceased of the priory.
Given at Durham, in the chapter house, 20 July 1397.
Parchment   1m
Size: 255 x 90mm
Seal: Sealed open, on a central tag (now missing) through a turnup, seal missing
Formerly numbered Loc.I:18b and 1.2.Loc.I.
Printed in Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.578-579.
Loc.I:16   24 June 1494
Letters patent of Thomas [Castell], prior of Durham and the chapter, giving licence to Edmund Pynder during pleasure as a brief-bearer on behalf of the souls of the deceased of the priory.
Given at Durham, in the chapter house, 24 June 1494.
Parchment   1m
Size: 440 x 100mm
Seal: Sealed open, on a central tag through a turnup, seal missing
Formerly numbered Loc.I:18c.
Printed in Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iv, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2008), p.444-445.
Loc.I:17   9 July 1412
Letters patent of John [of Hemingbrough], prior of Durham and the convent, giving licence to Stephen de Lyth for two years as a brief-bearer on behalf of the souls of the deceased of the priory.
Given at Durham, in the chapter house, 9 July 1412.
Parchment   1m
Size: 310 x 135mm
Seal: Sealed open, on a central tag (now missing) through a turnup, seal missing
Formerly numbered Loc.I:18d.
Printed in Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2007), p.376.
Loc.I:18   9 June 1451
Letters patent of William [Ebchester], prior of Durham and the chapter, giving licence to Robert Alwent (cancelled, John Colynson interlined in a different hand) for two years as a brief-bearer on behalf of the souls of the deceased of the priory.
Given at Durham, in the chapter house, 9 June 1451.
Parchment   1m
Size: 310 x 135mm
Seal: Sealed open, on a tongue (now missing), seal missing
Formerly numbered Loc.I:18e.
Printed in Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.iii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2007), p.727.
Loc.I:19   [mid 14th century]
Articles for an inquisition into the king's [?Edward III's] subjects, their rights and their misdemeanours, and especially those of royal officers - sheriffs, bailiffs, coroners, and escheators.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 790 x 210mm
Similar roll: DCD Loc.I:39 below.
Loc.I:20   [1304]
Process of a plea between the prior of the predicant friars [Dominicans/Black Friars] and the warden of the friars minor [Franciscans/Grey Friars]of Cambridge on the one part, appealing to the pope, and Chancellor Stephen [de Haslingfield] and the masters of the university [of Cambridge] on the other concerning the edition of certain statutes to which the said friars could not agree. ?Draft.
(m1-4) Recording the progress of the case with Nicholas de Dale of the friars predicant and Adam Howden of the friars minor against John de Clare of the Austin friars, detailing the three statutes concerning matters to be held as statute only if ordained by the greater and saner part of the regent and non-regent masters with the carrying out of statutes and dispensations being reserved to the regent masters, sermons being delivered in Great St Mary on three specified days of the year by the chancellor or regent masters appointed by the chancellor, and bachelors in theology having to preach publicly in Great St Mary on a day assigned by the chancellor and nowhere else before inception as doctors, and detailing the arguments of the friars against the statutes, with insertions and comments on the dorse. The statutes were agreed in November 1303, and Dale and Howden first protested and then appealed to Rome. Early in March 1304, proctors John and John, one for each order, were dispatched to Rome. On 25 April they put the case before the curia. On 2 May a congregation was held at Cambrdge to which Dale and Howden were cited to explain their behaviour. They refused to withdraw their appeal and were both excluded from the society of the masters and deprived of all position in the university. On 11 June the proctors at Rome appealed John de Clare of the Augustinian friars and again on 1 July, along with the chancellor and the regent masters, pleading amongst others, that they now had to preach their examinatory sermons outside their own churches, which had not been done in Paris or Bologna, and that it was unclear what might happen if the rector of St Mary's refused to have a friar preach in his church, as some of the masters who were beneficed had done.
(m5-6) (In a different hand) Summary of the case as presented to the chapters for the election of the master general of the friars predicant at Toulouse in 1303 and the minister general of the friars minor at Assisi at Pentecost 1304 by the prior of the convent of the predicant friars of Cambridge and the provincial minster of the friars minor for the province of England, detailing the outline of the case and the statutes.

Size: 2760 x 160mm
Printed in J.R.H. Moorman, The Grey Friars in Cambridge 1225-1538, (Cambridge 1952), p.227-238, and discussed there p.35-37.
Loc.I:21   [1 September] 1439
Letters of grace and mandate by Eugenius [IV], pope, considering whether the day would dawn when he would see the peoples of the east return to the apostolic see and the Roman church, describing his efforts to bring about reunification, including reference to his dealings with John Palaeologus, emperor of Constantinople, Joseph, patriarch of Constantinople, &c; intimating that the work of reunification is necessary and involves great expense; granting to all who contribute, according to their abilities, to the support of his work, the faculty of choosing a confessor who is to be able, once and for all in a lifetime, to give absolution, and a confessor to give full remission for sins confessed at the point of death; and granting that the confessors so chosen be able to lift sentences of excommunication (&c); and also be able to commute vows of abstinence or of pilgrimage, including those to the Holy Land, Rome and Compostella, to other good works, provided that the estimated cost of the journey and of the oblations were paid to the subsidy. The confessors could also absolve usurers, if they delivered to the cause the profits which for one reason or another could not be restored to the individuals from whom they had been taken, and could likewise absolve those who had sold arms to infidels or to heretics contrary to the prohibitions of canon law, if they surrendered the gains which they had made. He ordered prelates, convents, chapters and other ecclesiastics to make the indulgences known to the people through suitable preachers. To those who listened to the preachers he granted relaxation of 2 years and 2 quarantines of enjoined penance. The money was to be kept by 2 good men of each place selected by the ordinary or by the executive agent appointed by the pope. It was to be consigned by them to those designated as receivers by the pope.
Date: Florence, Kal. September 1439, 9 Eugenius[IV].
Endorsed (contemporary) as for the reformation of the Greeks.
Parchment   1m
Size: 720 x 530mm
Previously numbered Loc.I:39.
Copied in DCD Loc.I:22 below and Reg.III, f.254r-255v.
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England (Cambridge, Mass. 1939-1962) vol.II, p.570-572.
Loc.I:22   [1 September] 1439
Bull of Pope Eugenius [IV] granting indulgences to those who would help his work of reuniting the Eastern Church to Rome.
Date: Florence, Kal. September 1439, 9 Eugenius[IV].
Copy, with some amendments and marginalia.

Size: 215 x 305mm
Previously numbered Loc.I:13.
Copy of DCD Loc.I:21 above. Also copied in DCD Reg.III, f.254r-255v.
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England (Cambridge, Mass. 1939-1962) vol.II, p.570-572.
Loc.I:23   [6 October 1399]
Petitions and supplications of the prelates and clergy of the province of Canterbury to [Henry IV] king of England against his ministers, threatening the liberties of the Church. Only articles 15-35 remain.

Size: 820 x 250mm
Articles 15-19 and 21 are printed in D. Wilkins, Concilia Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae, vol.iii, (1737), p.245 articles 58-63.
Loc.I:24   [6 October 1399]
Petitions and supplications by Thomas [Arundel], archbishop of Canterbury, the suffragans and clergy of his province against injuries to the English Church by the ministers of the king [Henry IV]. Articles 4-[31] remain.
Also petitions by the clergy of the province of Canterbury of grievances against the court of Canterbury. 9 articles.
Also a letter from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to the archbishop seeking royal protection for their ancient liberties.

Size: 1265 x 250mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:20.
Printed in D. Wilkins, Concilia Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae, vol.iii, (1737), p.240-243 articles 4-27, 29-43, 28.
Loc.I:25   [1225] & [1253]
Copies of Magna Carta documents.

Size: 730 x 225mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:23.
verso   1225
1.2.Reg.2
(Henry III's reissue of Magna Carta in 1225).

verso   1225
1.2.Reg.5
(Henry III's reissue of the Charter of the Forest in 1225)

dorse   [13 May] 1253
Copy of a sentence of excommunication pronounced by B[oniface of Savoy] archbishop of Canterbury, F[ulk Basset] bishop of London, W (sic, recte H[ugh of Northwold]) bishop of Ely, R[obert Grosseteste] bishop of Lincoln, W[alter Cantilupe] bishop of Worcester, E (sic, recte P[eter d'Aigueblanche]) bishop of Hereford, W[alter Kirkham] bishop of Durham, R[ichard Blund] bishop of Exeter, S[ilvester Everdon] bishop of Carlisle, J (sic, recte L[awrence of St Martin]) bishop of Rochester, and Th[omas le Waleys] bishop of St David's against violators of the liberties of the church and the liberties or free customs of the realm of England, and especially those contained in [Magna Carta] and the Charter of the Forest; also extending to those who disturb the peace of the king and the realm.
In the presence and with the assent of Henry [III] king of England, R[ichard] earl of Cornwall the king's brother, R[oger Bigod] earl of Norfolk and Suffolk, Marshal of England, H[umphrey de Bohun] earl of Hereford, H[ugh de Vere] earl of Oxford, J[ohn du Plessis] earl of Warwick, and other magnates (assembled as at a council).
Date: Westminster Hall, [3 Ides May (from the dating clause in the following copy papal confirmation)] 1253

Discussed: English Episcopal Acta 29: Durham 1241-1283, ed P.M. Hoskin (Oxford 2005), p.85.
dorse   1253
Copy papal confirmation.

Printed in D. Wilkins, Concilia Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae, vol.i, (1737), p.703-704.
Loc.I:26   [February 1388]
Appeal exhibited to the king [Richard II] in parliament and the council by [the Appellants] Thomas duke of Gloucester and constable of England, Henry earl of Derby, Richard [FitzAlan] earl of Arundel, Thomas [Beauchamp] earl of Warwick and Thomas [Mowbray] Earl Marshall against Alexander [Nevill] archbishop of York, Robert de Vere duke of Ireland, Michael de la Pole earl of Suffolk, Robert Tresilian justice and Nicholas Brembre, accusing them of high treason in 39 articles, detailing their undue influence over the king, their abuse of their power and taking advantage of the king's tender years for personal gain, their encouragement of the king's bid for French help and of his military action against the Appellants, with some additions.
Language:  French

Size: 1730 x 250-310mm
Printed in Rotuli Parliamentorum vol.iii, (1832), p.229-232. Extract translated and printed in English Historical Documents 1327-1485, ed A.R. Myers, (1969), p.157.
Loc.I:27   8 March 1517
Letters of confraternity for Thomas [Castell] prior of Durham and the confraternity from Elizabeth [Gibbs], abbess, and John [Trowell], confessor general, and the whole congregation of the sisters and brothers of the monastery of St Mary and St Bridget of Syon of the order of St Augustine, London diocese.
Date: at the monastery [of Syon], 8 March 1516/7.
Parchment   1m
Size: 425 x 420mm
Seal: G&B No.3549, on a parchment tag, through 3 slits in a turnup
On display in the Cathedral Treasures Exhibition [from 7 February 1972] to 24 October 2011.
Loc.I:28   [1349]
Copy of the Statute of Labourers of Edward III addressed to the bishop of Durham.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 410 x 190-210mm
Another copy printed in Statutes of the Realm i, (1810), p.307-308.
Loc.I:29   [c.1440]
Memoranda of papal bulls securing plenary remission at the point of death for the monks of Durham, namely
Firstly bull of Boniface IX, year 8 [12 November 1396];
Secondly bull of Alexander V, 15 Kal. August year 1 [18 July 1409], personally procured by Bishop Thomas Langley at the general council in Pisa in 1409;
Thirdly bull of Eugenius IV, 12 Kal. April [21 March] 1438;
With a description of forms of absolution whereby a chosen confessor should absolve a penitent according to the force of the apostolic letters of plenary remission, after hearing and absolving the penitent as is the custom.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 650 x 210mm
Formerly Loc.I:15.
Memoranda re the bulls also cited in DCD Reg IV, f.19r-v with the forms of absolution repeated there f.19v-20r.
Loc.I:30   1 May [1459]
Copy of a plea between Richard of Bingham and Alice his wife against Master Alan de Newsom over the manor of Bingham and Clipston, 9 messuages, 28 acres and 8½ bovates of land, and 12 acres of meadow in Owthorpe, Kinoulton, Cotgrave, Nottingham and Ruddington (Rodyngton), and the advowson of the church of Ruddington together with a writ of Henry VI to John [Burnaby] prior of Durham to appear in the case, and a note of Richard Sutton's ancestry as heir of Richard Bingham. 1 May 37 Henry VI.

Size: 420 x 295mm
Formerly Loc.I:2.
Also recited in DCD 4.5.Reg.2.
Loc.I:31   2 May [1462]
Copy quitclaim of Richard Sutton, esq., to John [Burnaby] prior and convent of Durham in the advowson of Ruddington (Rotington alias Rodyngton) church, with warranty against the abbot of St Peter Westminster.
Dated: 2 May 2 Edward IV.
Sealed in the presence of William [Booth] archbishop of York.

Size: 340 x 300mm
Formerly Loc.I:2.
Original: DCD 3.5.Ebor.19a.
Loc.I:32   [c.1460]
Copies of quitclaims about Ruddington church advowson.
1. Quitclaim of Thomas of Bingham, son of William of Bingham rector of Bingham church, to John Nevill, lord of Raby, and the prior and convent of Durham, of 2 bovates of land with the advowson of Ruddington church. Dated at Bingham 8 March 1387. Witnesses: Hugh of Annesley; Thomas Bulcote of Cotgrave; John of Colston Basset; William Odenell of Herdby.
2. Quitclaim of Joan, former wife of Richard of Bingham, kt, deceased, to the prior and convent of Durham, in 40s rent from land in the vill of Ruddington and in the advowson of the same church. Dated 20 May 15 Richard II [1392].
3. Quitclaim of Edmund of Bingham, cleric, son of William of Bingham, kt, to the prior and convent of Durham of 2 bovates of land with the advowson of Ruddington church. Witnesses: Gerard of Braybroke kt; William Thirning kt; Thomas of Mapperley; Robert Germen of Nottingham; John of Thannesley of Nottingham. Dated 20 August 22 Richard II [1398].

Size: 210 x 290mm
Original of (1) in DCD 3.5.Ebor.14a and 3.5.Ebor.14b.
Original of (2) in DCD 3.5.Ebor.17 (with a different date of 11 May).
Original of (3) in DCD 3.5.Ebor.15a with a copy (without witnesses or date) in DCD Reg.II, f.329v.
Loc.I:33   [c.1460]
Copy of:
(1) Letters patent of Richard II granting, for the use of Durham College, Oxford, 3 bovates of land in Ruddington and Claxton, with the advowsons of the churches of Ruddington, Bossall & Fishlake.
Given at Westminster 10 October 10 Richard II [1386].
(2) Bond in 2,000 marks from John de Nevill, lord of Raby, to Robert [of Walworth] prior of Durham.
Given at the staple in Westminster 26 May 5 Richard II [1382].
(3) Bond in £500 from John de Nevill, kt, lord of Raby, to Robert [of Walworth] prior of Durham.
Given at the staple in Westminster 19 August 5 Richard II [1381].
(4) Grant from William Fitzwilliam, knight, to the prior and convent of Durham of licence to appropriate 2 bovates of land in Ruddington with the advowson of the church.
Given at London 3 November 1386.

Size: 400 x 305mm
Formerly Loc.I:2.
Originals: (1) DCD 3.4.Reg.10 (not surviving); (4) DCD 3.5.Ebor.11.
Copies: (1) DCD Cart.III, f.233v; (2) & (3) 4.5.Ebor.8a.
Calendared: (1) Calendar of Patent Rolls 1385-1389, p.243.
Loc.I:34   23 June 1476
Inspeximus by Richard [Bell] prior and chapter of Durham of the following grant.
Dated in the chapter house at Durham 23 June 1476.
Parchment   1m
Size: 260 x 360mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:45.
   19 June [1476]
Letters patent of Lawrence [Booth] bishop of Durham granting, on the surrender by Henry Preston of an earlier grant, to Henry Preston, esq, and Henry Radcliffe, esq, [the bishop's] nephew, the office of constable of Durham castle, for life, at 20 marks per annum, with livery or 13s 4d each year at Christmas.
Dated at Durham 10 June 19 Pont. per manus Henry Gyllowe clerk of the chancery.

Loc.I:35   [November 1326]
Judgement against Hugh le Despenser [the younger], detailing his acts of tyranny, that he had robbed the Church of land and possessions, that he forbade the cult of Thomas of Lancaster, was a pirate, acquired lands, maltreated the Queen and usurped royal power by compelling men to swear allegiance to him.
Language:  French
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 510 x 240mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:27.
Printed in G.A. Holmes, “Judgement on the Younger Despenser, 1326”, English Historical Review 70 (1955), p.264-267 with some discussion on this and other versions of the text on p.261-263. Also printed from one of the other 6 versions in J. Taylor, “The Judgement on Hugh Despenser, the Younger”, Medievalia and Humanistica 12 (1958), p.70-77 and printed and translated from yet another version, somewhat imperfectly, in Literae Cantuarienses vol.iii, ed J.B. Sheppard (Rolls Series, 1889), p.404-412.
Loc.I:36   Trinity [1460]
Plea between the prior of Durham and Richard Sutton, esq, kinsman and heir of Richard of Bingham, about the advowson of Ruddington church, concerning the descent of the right through the heirs of Richard of Bingham and the legitimacy of William Bingham kt.
Dated Trinity term 38 Henry VI.
[Extracted by] S. Elryngton, with, at the foot on the dorse, in English, [his opinion] that evidence must be sought to prove William Bingham knight mulier (legitimate) for the issue is whether he is mulier or bastard and that is the point that will be put to the jury; if they find him bastard, the church will be lost.
Endorsed (contemporary) “To ye mastir of Durem College in Oxenford”, “mastir or wardeyn of College in Oxenford delyverit in hast” and “Elryngton pro priore de Durham” .

Size: 780 x 280mm
Loc.I:36*   10 June [1462]
Copy plea of the quitclaim of Richard Sutton of 2 May 1462 (copy in Loc.I:31 above) releasing his right to the advowson of Ruddington church to Durham prior and convent.

Size: 220 x 205mm
Original: DCD 3.5.Ebor.19a.
Loc.I:37   5 November 1397
Letter of John [of Hemingbrough], prior of Durham, to John of Ripon, his fellow monk of Durham, ordering him, by virtue of a recited bull of Pope Boniface [IX] (3.2.Pap.15), to aver all ecclesiastical benefices and return to the cloister at Durham, his licence to receive and hold a benefice with or without care of souls having been revoked.
Dated in the chapel of St Nicholas next to the private chamber within the abbey of Durham, 5 November 1397.
Witnesses: John Hyndelay litteratus and Richard Normanby cleric of Durham and York dioceses.
Notary: Thomas Ryall clerk of Lincoln diocese.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 110-310 x 300mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:49.
Loc.I:38   19 November [1317]
Copy bull of Pope John [?XXII] against plurality of benefices with or without cure of souls annexed to them, reciting the constitution exsecrabilis).
Dated at Avignon 13 Kal. December Pont. 2.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 315 x 250mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:3.
The constitution is printed in the Extravagantes of John XXII, tit.iii de praebendis et dignitatibus, in Corpus Iuris Canonici II Decretalium Collectiones (Lipsiae, Tauchnitz, 1928), p.1207-1209.
Loc.I:39   mid 14th century
Articles listing the subjects, offences, officials, fees and lands about which the king's justices itinerant ought to make inquisitions, in order to defend the crown's rights and privileges.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 825 x 170-190mm
Similar roll: DCD Loc.I:19 above.
Loc.I:40   [17 June 1335]
Copy bull of Pope Benedict [XII] reciting a constitution that monastic prelates could be compelled by papal deputies to receive back into the cloister apostates and monks who had strayed into the secular community, and should discipline them mercifully so as not to frighten them from resuming their habit.
Dated at Avignon 15 Kal. July Pont. 1.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 430 x 200mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:6.
Cf. DCD Reg.II, f.168v.
Loc.I:41   [1355]
Extract from the Exchequer memoranda roll of Michaelmas 29 Edward III for Northumberland about the case of wool of Robert Cokside of Durham not having paid custom dues and thereby being forfeited, detailing wool sold by William de Cotes and Robert Cokside at Dordrecht (Durdraght) [for the king in 1338/9], through his attorney William de Swethorp, in two shipments, appearing in the account of William de la Pole and Reginald de Conductu, for which payment was made at Dordrecht, from the customs at Hull and Newcastle, and by allowances against the customs of Newcastle, Hartlepool and Hull. Cokside took more than his allowance and was to answer for 16 sacks 6 stone and 5 pounds of wool price £107 14s 11¾d on which he has paid no customs. Cokside's executors, his wife Lucy and William de Stapilton, with Thomas de Seton and William de Walton, answered that rather this sum was part payment of £127 7½d still owed Cokside by the king as per two letters patent; these were to be surrendered and new letters patent issued entitling him still to £19 8d. Incomplete.
Endorsed (contemporary) as the forfeit of wool “non custumate” .
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 575 x 235mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.I:26.
Cokside's allowances from the customs are calendared in: Calendar of Close Rolls 1337-1339, p.424-429.
Loc.I:42   [6 September 1419]
Dispensation of Pope Martin [V] to Robert de la Haye, who by both parents is of noble birth, and holds the canonries and prebends of Chester in Chester[-le-Street] and Barneby in Howden churches, not exceeding 10 marks and 30 marks in value respectively, to hold after his 20th year any benefice with cure and to be promoted to the priesthood and minister therein.
Dated at Florence 8 Ides September Pont. 2.
Parchment   1m
Size: 155 x 300mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:4.
Calendared in Calendar of Papal Letters vii, p.122-123.
Loc.I:43   10 June [1462]
Copy plea of the quitclaim of Richard Sutton of 2 May 1462 (copy in Loc.I:31 above) releasing his right to the advowson of Ruddington church to Durham prior and convent.

Size: 285 x 210mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:2.
Original: DCD 3.5.Ebor.19a.
Loc.I:44   [6 April] 1397
Letters of confraternity by William, prior of Beauvale, for Thomas Ile, monk [of Durham].
Dated at [Beauvale] 8 Ides April 1397.
Parchment   1m
Size: 110 x 335mm
Loc.I:45   1446
Letters of confraternity by the chamberlains, warden and brothers of the hospital of the Holy Trinity and St Thomas [Becket] at Rome for Robert Westmorland, monk of Durham, (the monk's name and status are written in a different hand), allowing him to choose his own confessor for all but reserved sins and once for all sins at the hour of death. 1446.
Endorsed with various English and Latin doodles including “Feriby” variously.
Parchment   1m
Size: 120 x 290mm
Seal: G&B No.3719 on a tongue
Formerly numbered Loc.I:44.
Printed, translated and discussed in: M.M. Harvey, “Some documents on the early history of the English Hospice”, Venerabile 30 no. 4 (1994), p.39-41.
Loc.I:46   11 August 1444
Letters of confraternity by John [Wessington], prior of Durham, for John Portington, king's justice.
Dated at Durham in the chapter house, 11 August 1444.
Endorsed “comonie nundum totum” .
Parchment   1m
Size: 110 x 305mm
Seal: Fragment of seal on a tongue, with a wrapping tie
Formerly numbered Loc.I:44.
Loc.I:47   30 July 1448
Licence of Cardinal John [Kemp], archbishop of York, to John Gateshead, monk of Durham, that he might be the third of ten persons entitled to have a portable altar, as allowed to Cardinal Kemp by authority of the following bull of Pope Nicholas V.
Date: his house near Westminster, [30] July 1448, translation 24.
Parchment   1m
Size: 155 x 385mm
Seal: G&B No.3239, on a double parchment tag through a double slit in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.I:16.
   [8 June] 1447
Bull of Pope Nicholas [V] granting to Cardinal John [Kempe] of York power to license ten noble persons to have portable altars at which mass and other divine offices may be celebrated in the presence of them and their households.
Date: St Peter's Rome, 6 Id. June 1447.

Loc.I:48   21 July 1391
Declaration of the official of the bishop of Durham that, at the petition of Master Robert of Ashbourne, proctor of John of Aycliffe subprior, John of Normanby, John of Bishopton, Richard of Sedgebrook, Richard of Birtley, William of Killerby, Reginald of Wearmouth, Robert of Pikton, William of Kelloe, Richard of Stockton, John of Charlton, Reginald of Billingham, Thomas Dautre, Roger of Mainsforth, Robert of Ripon, John of Barton, John of Newborn, William Mounceux, William of Appleby, William of Pocklington, John Harley, John of Durham, Robert of Emyldon, Adam of Durham, Robert of Easby, John of Houghton, John of Ryton, Robert of Bolton, Stephen of Howden, William Creshopp, John of Lytham, William Barry, Richard of Hessewell, John of Wessington, and John of Gisborough, [monks of Durham], John Dunbar, earl of Moray, of the Scots race, whom they had admitted into their confraternity, is a catholic man and a faithful son of the Holy Roman Church and not a schismatic as declared by Robert of Geneva, formerly cardinal of the Roman Church and now the antipope Clement [VII].
Date: Durham, 21 July 1391.
Parchment   1m
Size: 260 x 260mm
Loc.I:49   [?1318]
Quarrels of the cardinals [Gaucelin d'Eauze and Lucas Fieschi] sent by the pope to Scotland concerning the breaking of truces by Robert the Bruce, his disrespect for the envoies from the friars minor of Berwick sent to promulgate the truce in Scotland, Bruce's hostile occupation of the town and castle of Berwick-upon-Tweed and besieging of Wark and Harbottle castles, and his despoliation of the lands of the kingdom of England.
On the dorse is a memorandum of a certain commission about the same quarrels sent to the king of England, necessitated by the suit raised about this at the Roman curia, and a note that the articles were delivered to the dean of York and the priors of Durham and Carlisle churches.
(Berwick was captured by the Scots in 1318).
Parchment   1m
Size: 140 x 240mm
Loc.I:50   [13 November 1396]
Dispensation by Francis [Tomacelli], cardinal priest of St Susanna, for Roger Mainsforth and John of Newburn, priests and monks of Durham, formerly of minor years, to be promoted to holy orders and to minister therein.
Date: Rome, St Peters, Ides November, 8 Boniface IX.
Parchment   1m
Size: 140 x 230mm
Formerly numbered Loc.I:47.
Loc.I:51   16 February 1438
Licence of John Marshall, LLB, canon of Wells and vicar-general of John [Kemp] archbishop of York and keeper of spiritualities in the diocese of Durham sede vacante after the death of Bishop Thomas Langley, for Stephen Howden subprior of Durham cathedral, William Ebchester STP, and Richard Barton BTh, monks of Durham, to hear confessions.
Date: Sherburn by Durham, 16 February 1437/8.
Parchment   1m
Size: 100 x 265mm
Seal: G&B No.3241, on a parchment tongue, with a wrapping tie stub
Formerly numbered Loc.I:46.
Loc.I:52   2 March 1430
Licence of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham for Stephen Howden, subprior, William Ebchester, STP, monk of Durham cathedral, Master Thomas Lyes, dean of the collegiate church of Auckland, Thomas Hebdon, DCL, rector of Boldon church, John Boteller, canon regular of the order of St Augustine, Richard Pennymaster, BTh, rector of Haughton[-le-Skerne] church, William Tart, rector of Whickham church, William Blackburn, LLB, rector of Stanhope church, William Doncaster, LLB, perpetual vicar of St Oswald's church in Durham, and John Rande, perpetual vicar of Norton church, to hear confessions.
Date: the bishop's manor at Auckland, 2 March 1429/30, Pont.24.
Parchment   1m
Size: 130 x 285mm
Seal: G&B No.3148, on a parchment tongue, with a wrapping tie stub
Formerly numbered Loc.I.46b.
Loc.I:53   4 February 1436
Licence of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham for Stephen Howden, subprior, Richard Barton, monk of Durham cathedral, Master Thomas Leys, rector of Wearmouth church, John Boughton, rector of Whitburn church, William Doncaster, dean of the collegiate church of Auckland, Richard Pennymaster, rector of Haughton[-le-Skerne] church, William Blackburn, rector of Stanhope church, John Lythom, perpetual vicar of St Oswald's church near Durham, and Master Christopher Knolles, precentor of Lichfield cathedral, STP, to hear confessions.
Date: the bishop's manor at Auckland, 4 February 1435/6, Pont.30.
Endorsed (contemporary) (amongst others) as the commission of Richard Billingham.
Parchment   1m
Size: 95 x 290mm
Seal: Stubs of a sealing tongue and a wrapping tie
Formerly numbered Loc.I.46c.
Loc.I:54   1 August [1442]
Mandate by Robert [Nevill], bishop of Durham, to the prior of Durham having on 30 July last past received the following commission/mandate, instructing him to have the aforesaid remissions and indulgences published forthwith, after receipt of the presents, in Durham cathedral on the said Sundays and festivals during masses, to the multitude of the people; and requiring certification, by letters patent incorporating the contents of the presents, at a suitable time and place, as to what he shall have done in the foregoing.
Date: (no place of issue), 1 August, Pont.5.
Endorsed (contemporary) that the mandate was exhibited by John Norton chancellor of the bishop of Durham to the prior of Durham on 4 August and was executed and declaimed in the common tongue to the congregation on 5 August in the nave of the church immediately after the procession by William Ebchester, sacrist of Durham.
Parchment   1m
Size: 280 x 375mm
Seal: Stubs of a sealing tongue and a wrapping tie
Formerly numbered Loc.I.46d.
Copy: DCD Reg.III, f.280r-281r.
   22 July 1442
Commission/mandate by John [Kempe], cardinal priest (&c), archbishop of York, to Robert, bishop of Durham, referring to the foundation of the college of St Mary at Eton, near the royal castle and town of Windsor, by King Henry VI, instructing him to publish in his cathedral and diocese, on solemn days and festivals when the greater number of people are present, indulgence and remission of sins to those who visit the college of St Mary at Eton between first and second vespers on the feast of the Assumption; Pope Eugenius [IV] having granted to those who so visit, in a bull which the archbishop has read and inspected, as many indulgences each year as are available at the church of St Peter's, Rome, and in a subsequent bull full remission of sins each year.
Date: Scrooby, 22 July 1442.

Loc.I.54*

Seal: G&B No.3179, on a parchment tag
Loc.I:55   11 August [1372]
Letters close of Edward III to the prior of Durham asking for his prayers, facto etc, to prosper the king's coming expedition to France.
Date: Westminster 11 August 46 Edward III.
Some erasures and amendments.
Parchment   1m
Size: 130 x 350mm
Calendared: Calendar of Close Rolls 1369-1374, p.460.
Loc.I:56   10 July 1462 & 10 July 1463
Copies of:
1. Lease by Thomas Caly, warden of Durham College Oxford, to Richard Wayte of Fishlake, gent, and William Perkyn of Fishlake, yeoman, of the tithes of the rectory of Fishlake church with the house there, from the feast of St Margaret 1463 for 3 years paying annually £15 at three terms at the feasts of the Purification, the Nativity of St John the Baptist and St Peter Advincula, supporting the church, keeping the buildings in good repair and not using any of the rectory's timber without the permission of the warden, and providing hospitality and stabling for the warden and 5 or 6 horses 3 or 4 times a year. For the greater security of the payment, they make a bond to the prior of Durham cathedral in £20.
Date: Fishlake, 10 July 1463.
2. Lease by Thomas Caly, master or warden of Durham College Oxford, to Nicholas Machell, perpetual vicar of Bossall church, of the tithes of the rectory of Bossall church with the house there, from the feast of St Margaret 1462 for 3 years paying annually £18 in the first two years at two terms at the feasts of the Purification and the Nativity of St John the Baptist, and £20 in the third year, and providing hospitality and stabling for the warden and 5 or 6 horses 3 or 4 times a year. For the greater security of the payment, he makes a bond to the prior of Durham cathedral in £20.
Date: Bossall, 10 July 1462.

Size: 265 x 285mm
Loc.I:56*   26 April 1496
Lease by William Cawthorne, warden of Durham College Oxford, to Thomas Fairburn, vicar perpetual of the church of Fishlake, of the tithes of the rectory of Fishlake church with the house there, from the term of St Margaret 1496 for 5 years paying annually £12 at three terms at the feasts of the Purification, the Nativity of St John the Baptist and St Margaret, supporting the church, not using any of the rectory's timber without the permission of the warden, and providing hospitality and stabling for the warden and 5 or 6 horses 3 or 4 times a year. For the greater security of the payment, they make a bond to the prior of Durham cathedral in £12.
Date: Oxford, 26 April 1496, 11 Henry VII.
Parchment   1m
Size: 200 x 280mm
Seal: Residue of a seal on a parchment tag through slits in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.I:4.
Loc.I:57   23 September 1476
Bond of John Halyman of Fulthorp, yeoman, and Thomas Yutson of Northallerton, mercer, to Richard prior of Durham in £40.
Parchment   1m
Size: 80 x 290mm
Seal: Stub of a sealing tongue
Formerly numbered Loc.I:41.
Loc.I:57*   23 September 1476
Indenture between Richard prior of Durham on the one hand and John Halyman of Fulthorp, yeoman, and Thomas Yutson of Northallerton, mercer, on the other, stating that if William Halyman chaplain, as long as he is vicar of the parish church of Northallerton, pays to the warden of Durham College Oxford £16 in equal portions at the feasts of St Martin and Pentecost as part of an annual £20 pension due from the vicar to the warden, beginning at the next feast of St Martin, then the bond in £40 between the parties of the same date will not obtain.
Parchment   1m
Size: 175 x 135mm
Seal: Residue of two seals on parchment tags through two slits in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.I:41.
Loc.I:58   20 December 1394
Appointment by John [of Hemingbrough] prior of Durham cathedral and the convent of Thomas of Barton as bearer of the mortuary roll (breviator) to solicit prayers for [Durham's] dead.
Date: Durham, chapter house, 20 December 1494.
Parchment   1m
Size: 90 x 340mm
Seal: Residue of a seal on a parchment tag through a slit in a cut-down turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.I:28.
Printed in Receuil des Rouleaux des Morts vol.ii, ed J. Dufour (Paris 2006), p.572-573.
Loc.I:59   23 February 1308
Notarial instrument reciting that William of Cowton and John of Layton (Lauton) monks of Durham, appointed proctors of the monks and chapter of Durham by letters dated at Durham 23 July 1307, are bound to pay 345 florins to a certain Stephen Speciario in the Roman curia or the city of London within 6 months for the funeral of the late Richard de Hoton, formerly prior of Durham, who died in the Roman curia, and other expenses.
Witnesses: Master Matthew Daynesis of Ploraco, notary; James de Montecinico and Lello de Fulgineo, papal cursors
Notary: Paul Rocca of Colle Vicul, Reacin diocese.
Parchment   1m
Size: 340 x 370mm
Loc.I:60   1260 - 1281
Instruments concerning the elections of Richard Stichill and Robert of Holy Island as bishop of Durham in 1260 and 1274 respectively, with some interlinking narrative, in the form of annals, with also instruments for the election of Richard of Claxton as prior of Durham in 1273, with various letters added, all providing a formulary of legal and administrative material in a similar form to the contemporary Misc.Ch. 5712.

Size: 2400 x 170mm
For Stichill's election, see also Misc.Ch.5519.
Further copies of the Holy Island election material: Misc.Ch. 5345, Misc.Ch. 5521a, Misc.Ch. 5712 (part), Loc.I:60 m.1d-2d and BL Cotton Julius D.iv f.96-100, which last is printed in Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, ed F. Barlow (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.46-53.
m.1
The three ways of holding an election: by scrutiny, compromissary or inspiration.

First one only printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.53.
m.2   [1273]
Commission by Richard subprior and the chapter of Durham to R [Robert] of Holy Island prior of Finchale, R [Richard] of Claxton prior of Holy Island, H [Henry] of Horncastle sacrist of Durham, R [Roger] of Aslakby almoner of Durham, John of Brafferton subprior of Coldingham, John of Walkington sacrist of Coldingham, Walter of Durham almoner of Coldingham, W [William] of Greatham librarian of Durham, and P [Patrick] of Wearmouth as compromissaries to elect a new prior of Durham on 24 January, after the resignation of Hugh of Darlington.
In the chapter house at Durham, 1272/3.

m.2   24 January 1273
Commission by Robert of Holy Island prior of Finchale, Henry of Horncastle and the other [compromissaries] to Henry of Horncastle to elect Richard of Claxton prior of Holy Island as prior of Durham.
In the chapter house at Durham, 24 January 1273.

m.2   [24 January] 1273
Decretum of Henry of Horncastle publishing the election on behalf of the compromissaries.
In the chapter house at Durham, day aforesaid 1273.

m.2
Decretum of Richard subprior and the chapter of Durham detailing the election of Richard of Claxton as prior of Durham.

m.2
Letters of Richard subprior and the convent of Durham to R [Robert Stichill] bishop of Durham seeking confirmation of the election.

m.3
To the council of Pope Gregory X at Lyons in May 1274, the prior and chapter of Durham sent Robert of Holy Island prior of Finchale, William of Masham prior of Stamford and Master Robert Avenele canon of Howden as proctors.

m.3   13 February 1274
Letters to Pope Gregory [X] announcing Robert of Holy Island and William of Masham as proctors of the prior and convent of Durham to the council at Lyons.
At Durham, 13 February 1274.

m.3   13 February 1274
Appointment of Robert [of Holy Island] and William [of Masham] as proctors of the prior and convent of Durham to seek letters at the papal curia.
At Durham, 13 February 1274.

m.3   13 February 1274
Letters to Pope Gregory [X] announcing Robert of Holy Island and William of Masham as proctors of the chapter of Durham to the council at Lyons.
At Durham, 13 February 1274.

m.3   13 February 1274
Letters of R [Richard of Claxton] prior and convent of Durham giving Robert of Holy Island authority to present to benefices in their patronage.
At Durham, 13 February 1274.

m.3   13 February 1274
Letters of Richard [of Claxton] prior and convent of Durham appointing Robert [of Holy Island] and William [of Masham] as proctors at the Roman curia.
At Durham, 13 February 1274.

m.3   24 July 1281
Letters from the succentor of Durham cathedral, judge subdelegate of the prior of Durham, principal judge delegate, to Master Thomas of Adderbury, official of York, concerning the case of the prior and convent of Carlisle against Geoffrey Laurence and Thomas of Laton.
At Durham, 24 July 1281.

m.3-4   1281
Letters from the succentor of Durham cathedral, judge subdelegate of the prior of Durham, principal judge delegate, to W [William Wickwane] archbishop of York concerning the case of the prior and convent of Carlisle against Geoffrey Laurence and Thomas of Laton.
At Durham, 1281.

m.4-5   17 March 1289
Citation of S archdeacon of Oxford to N rector of B reciting a mandate of O [Oliver Sutton] bishop of Lincoln about the university of Oxford's statutes to be published in the church of St Mary in Oxford.
At Iffley, 17 March 1289.

m.5
Letters of O [Oliver Sutton] bishop of Lincoln to the archdeacon of Oxford or his official concerning the jurisdiction of the chancellor of Oxford university.

m.5
Letters of King Edward [I] to W [William] of Kingscote about seeking confirmation of his election as chancellor of Oxford university from O [Oliver Sutton] bishop of Lincoln.

The dispute is discussed in J.I. Catto ed, The History of the University of Oxford vol.I The Early Oxford Schools, (Oxford 1984), p.110.
m.1d
Robert Stichill bishop of Durham died on the way back from the council at Lyons on 4 August. His body was buried in the Benedictine monastery at Savigny but his heart was brought back to Durham for burial in the chapter house.

m.1d   23 August 1274
Petition by R [Richard of Claxton] prior and convent of Durham to [King Edward I] for licence to elect a new bishop of Durham after the death of Bishop Robert [Stichill].
At Durham, 23 August 1274.

m.1d   12 September 1274
Mandate of Richard [of Claxton] prior and convent of Durham to all the priors of the cells to attend the election of the bishop of Durham on 24 September.
At Durham, 12 September 1274.

m.1d   1274
Appointment by Richard prior of Durham and Roger prior of Coldingham of Hugh of Darlington former prior of Durham, Richard of Escrick (Hescer') subprior, Robert of Holy Island prior of Finchale, Henry of Horncastle sacrist, Nicholas of Hexham, Richard of Barnby hostiller, and W [William] of Masham as compromissaries for the election of a new bishop of Durham, 1274.

m.2d   24 September 1274
Election by the compromissaries of Robert of Holy Island prior of Finchale as bishop of Durham.
In the chapter house at Durham, 24 September 1274.

m.2d   [24 September 1274]
Appointment by the compromissaries of Henry of Horncastle to publish the election.
Same place and date.

m.2d   [24 September 1274]
Announcement of the election by Prior Richard [of Claxton] and the chapter of Durham to W [Walter Giffard] archbishop of York.
Same place and date. (Printed in Raine, Historians of the Church of York iii, (Rolls Series), p.196.)

m.2d   26 September 1274
Appointment by Prior R [Richard of Claxton] and the chapter of Durham of Henry of Horncastle sacrist and Ambrose of Banbury as proctors to carry the announcement to W [Walter Giffard] archbishop of York.
At Durham, 26 September 1274.

Printed in Raine, Historians of the Church of York iii, (Rolls Series), p.195.
m.2d   [26 September 1274]
Letters of presentation by Richard [of Claxton] prior of Durham and his fellow monks to King [Edward I] of Robert of Holy Island prior of Finchale as bishop of Durham.
At Durham, date aforesaid.

m.2d
The announcement of the election was made to the archbishop at Ripon on 25 October and was confirmed by him at Durham on 30 October.

m.2d
Appointment of T and R as proctors by N and N.
At Durham.

m3d
Bishop Walter Kirkham died on the vigil of St Lawrence [9 August] 1260 at Howden and was buried on the octave of St Lawrence.

m.3d   [1260]
Appointment by G [odfrey Ludham], archbishop of York, of Master John de Gras, canon of Beverley, archbishop's clerk, as his official in the city and diocese of Durham, vacant by the death of Bishop Walter [Kirkham]; with mandate to the clergy of the diocese to submit to him. [Pont.]2.

m.3d
Brothers S, H and N went to the king [Henry III] at Winchester to seek a licence to elect a new bishop.

m.3d   30 August 1260
Licence of King Henry III, petitioning in favour of John Maunsel, treasurer of York.
At Winchester, 30 August 1260.

m.3d   30 August 1260
Petition of the Queen in favour of John Maunsel.
At Marlborough, 30 August 1260.

m.3d
The brothers returned to Durham on 10 September with their various letters; the election was to be held on the feast of St Jerome, the morrow of Michaelmas [30 September], and the priors of the cells were accordingly summoned.

m.3d   8 September [1260]
Petition of Prince Edward in favour of H [Hugh] de Cantilupe.
At Chester, 8 September.

m.3d
Others also sent letters but at last the day of the election arrived.

m.3d
Appeal to Robert [Stichill] as bishop of Durham of N, monk of Durham, on behalf of the prior and convent of Durham.

m.4d   [30 August] 1281
Mandate of William [Wickwane] archbishop of York to Master Adam of Darlington, prebendary of Howden church, to publish until further notice in the churches of Howden and [North]allerton and their chapels, and in all the churches in the diocese of York of which the prior and convent of Durham are the patrons, the excommunication by the archbishop, for resisting his visitation of the city and diocese of Durham, of the bishop of Durham, the prior, subprior, precentor, sacrist, cellarer, and chamberlain, R[oger] of Methelay monk and William of Fenham, clerk, and the archbishop's interdict of the cathedral church of Durham; Master Adam is to carry out the mandate in full on pain of excommunication, certifying what he has done within fifteen days.
At Sherburn, 3 Kal. September 1281.

Printed in The Register of William Wickwane, Lord Archbishop of York 1279-1285, ed W. Brown, (Surtees Society 114, 1907), p.175.
Another copy: DCD Misc.Ch.7168, m.1.
m.4d-5d   9 September 1281
Letters of the succentor of Durham, judge subdelegate of the prior of Durham, principal judge delegate, to the official of Durham concerning the case of the prior and convent of Carlisle against Geoffrey Laurence, Thomas Lanthon and Nicholas Pattern.
At Durham, 9 September 1281.

Loc.I:60*   1274
Papal statutes, with letters from Michael [VIII Palaeologus], emperor of Byzantium, to Pope Gregory [X], re the Council of Lyon and discussions about the union of the Greek and Roman churches.
m.1. Constitution “Zelus fidei” (on which see Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England, p.317).
m.2. Constitutions 3, 4, 5, 6, 76, 8, 9, 19, 15, 24, 29, 30.
m.2-3. Treatise on canon law as affecting the mendicant orders, marked “vacat” (continued on m.1d).
m.4. Letter of Emperor Michael Palaeologus to Pope Gregory X (printed in Binius, Concilia vol.iii part 2 (Cologne 1618), p.742-744).
m.4-5. Another letter of Emperor Michael Palaeologus to Pope Gregory X.
m.5-6. Letter of Andronicus, eldest son of Emperor Michael Palaeologus, to Pope Gregory X ( “aujourd'hui perdue” - Hefel, Histoire de Conciles, p.176).
m.6. Another letter of Emperor Michael Palaeologus to Pope Gregory X.
m.6. Letter of prelates of the Eastern church to Pope Gregory X (printed in Binius, Concilia vol.iii part 2 (Cologne 1618), p.745-746 and in other early collections, see also Raynaldi, Annales Ecclesiastici vol xiv, p.222-223).
m.1d. Conclusion of treatise on m.3.
m.1d. Letter to Pope Gregory X from papal envoys to the Emperor Michael Palaeologus.
m.1d. Letter of Emperor Michael Palaeologus to the cardinal bishop of Praeneste.
m.1d-2d. The errors of the Greeks (42 in number).
m.2d. Address of the envoys of Abaga king of the Tartars.
m.2d. Constitution 2 (incomplete).
m.3d Constitutions 10. 17, 20, 11, 28, 31, 12, 16, 25, 26, 27, 22 (with additional text at the beginning), 21, 23, 1 (marked “vacat” and differing in text from that printed).
m.4d. Constitutions 18, 13, 14.
m.4d. Constitution “Quoniam gravis”, incomplete.
m.5d-6d. Constitution “Quoniam gravis”, stated to be issued at the Council of Lyons, but not traced in print.

Size: 3190 x 225mm
Described in: P. Johanek, “Studien zur Überlieferung der Konstituionen des II. Konzils von Lyon (1274)”, ( Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Kanonistische Abteiling 65, 1979), p.149-216, especially p.165-169.
Discussed in B. Roberg, Das zweite Konzil von Lyon (1274), (Paderborn, 1990).
For the numbered constitutions, see Hefele, Histoire de Conciles, trs. Leclercque vol.vi part 1 (Paris 1914), p.181-209.
A negative microfilm is available at 5TCFilm 48
Loc.I:61   [1311 - 1321]
m.1-4 [Draft of] the ordinances of Edward II of 1311 promulgated by elected representatives of the clergy and barons, and confirmed by the king.
m.1d Copy of the 1316 statute of sheriffs, addressed to the sheriff of Nottingham 21 February.
m.1d Writ to the sheriff of Nottingham revoking the 1314 price ordinances, 20 February 1316.
m.1d-3d Grievances (gravamina) of the southern clergy presented in the parliament of Lincoln in 1316, with the king's responses.
m.3d Copy of the sumptuory ordinance of 3 August 1316 as sent to the sheriff of Northumberland.
m.4d [Possibly the earliest version of] the charges against the Despensers 1321.
Language:  French (ordinances); French and Latin (grievances); French (charges)

Size: 2170 x 190mm
m.1-4 discussed and printed in M.C. Prestwich, “A New Version of the Ordinances of 1311”, ( Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research lvii, 1984), p.194-203; m.4d discussed and printed in M.C. Prestwich, “The Charges Against the Despensers, 1321”, (Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research lviii, 1985), p.95-100.
Loc.I:62   [March or April 1261]
[Copy of] Henry III's grievances against his council (21 clauses), with a newsleter outlining political events.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 555 x 190mm
Discussed and printed in H. Ridgeway, “King Henry's Grievances against the Council in 1261: a New Version and a Letter describing Political Events”, ( Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research lxi, 1988), p.227-242.
Loc.I:63   [14th century]
Propositions against the exercise of secular authority by the clergy.
Incomplete.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 650 x 245mm
Formerly Loc.I:43.
II - Privileges
Dates of creation: 1214 - 1461
Miscellaneous legal and financial documents concerning the rights and privileges of the monastery, including several of Prior Wessington's compositions

Loc.II:1   [mid 15th century]
Draft letter from [a Durham monk] to [a fellow monk] re Robert Erghowe, a Durham monk, about whom the addressee has written through Edmund Hayward jointly with the prior, concerning his joining the Dominicans at Bamburgh, and also his personal effects.
Dated at Durham, February.

Size: 165 x 285mm
Formerly Loc.II:54.
Loc.II:2   1 June [1453]
Copy privilege granted by the Turkish sultan Mehmed II to Genoese merchants granting them licence to travel, trade, and retain their property within his lands together with certain other liberties and privileges.
Dated at Constantinople, 1 June 6961, first indiction.

Size: 135 x 295mm
Formerly Loc.II:35.
Loc.II:3   [13 April 1417]
Articles of the convent of Durham against the mayor and burgesses of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, presented before Robert Thresk, clerk, remembrancer [of the exchequer], holding an inquisition [over fishermen at North and South Shields and boats on the Tyne] on Tuesday in Easter Week, 5 Henry V, quoting from the Historia Aurea, Bede, Roger of Hoveden, and others, citing charters granted to the priory by William I, Henry I (bis) and Henry II (bis), also citing Henry II's confirmation of William I's charter, a record of Henry I of fishing rights in the Tyne and on the sea, a 1235 rental concerning South Shields, an agreement with the community of Newcastle of 43 Henry III, and an inquisition of 7 March 1353.
On the dorse are notes of King John's charter to Newcastle upon Tyne, as confirmed by Henry III, also King John's concession to the bishop of Durham and others of the liberty of the bishoprick of Durham of fisheries on the south of the Tyne on 5 February 1213, the bishop of Durham's concession to the prior of Durham of fisheries on the south of the Tyne in 1093, the rights of the South Shields fishermen and liability to tolls for fishing on the open sea.

Size: 870 x 300mm + 225 x 275mm
Formerly Loc.II:33.
See also DCD Misc.Ch. 6586 & 6586*.
Loc.II:4   [1453 x 1461]
Memorandum of the prior and chapter of Durham cathedral protesting that the rights of their almonry school were being impeded by Robert Grene, priest, who was seeking to run a grammar school in the city of Durham by authority of letters patent of Robert [Neville] bishop of Durham, and was taking boys from the almonry school.

Size: 420 x 290mm
Formerly Loc.II:43.
See R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.60 and M.M. Harvey, Lay Religious Life in Late Medieval Durham, (Woodbridge 2006), p.122.
Loc.II:5   [November 1439]
Historical narrative of the rights of the prior of Durham in the quarrel with the tenants of Elvet over pasture on Elvet moor and a place called Wardlaw. Incomplete.

Size: 205 x 265mm
For the rest, see DCD Misc.Ch. 5828/14.
Loc.II:6   [1437]
Evidence of the prior of Durham concerning the passage between Monkwearmouth and Sunderland, citing extracts from Bede and the Boldon Book and entries in the accounts of the master of Wearmouth (1335-1434) and the bursar (1384), along with various grants and confirmations of various kings and bishops of Durham, and comparing the rights in the passages between Berwick and Tweedmouth, and South and North Shields.
Endorsed (early 16th century) as 1437.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 635 x 260mm
Formerly Loc.II:29.
Draft: DCD 4.4.Spec.14.
Loc.II:7   [later 13th century]
Formulary of appeals, presentations and other instruments concerning the priory's churches in Yorkshire, the patronage of its priory of Lytham, the behaviour of an archdeacon and the penance of a monk.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 540 x 200mm
1.
The cardinal legate Ottobono orders a report to be made on the behaviour of an archdeacon who, he hears, is sinful, a pluralist, and a simoniac, and he orders that after the inquiry the archdeacon shall be summoned to appear before him.
Dated: London etc.

Also BL Stowe 930 f.15v (2).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.196-197.
2.   [18 May 1269]
Appointment by H prior and convent of Durham of H [Henry] of Horncastle terrar and master A [Adam] of Darlington clerk as proctors for the priory's business in the diocese of York.
Dated etc.

Also BL Stowe 930 f.20v (3).
3.
Appeal by Adam of Darlington, clerk, proctor of the prior and covent of Durham, against the archbishop of York, not to infringe the convent's rights in the churches of Howdenshire and Allertonshire along with other churches within the liberties of St Cuthbert in the diocese of York, especially by visiting the liberties.

Also DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.2 (1) and BL Stowe 930 f.20r (3).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.143.
4.
Appeal by Adam of Darlington, clerk, proctor of the prior and covent of Durham, against the official of the archbishop of York, especially lest he hear cases for Howden, Hemingbrough, Brantingham and other churches and vills within York diocese to the prejudice of the court of the prior and convent of Durham.

Also DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.2 (2) and BL Stowe 930 f.20v (1).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.143-144.
5.
Appeal by N of N in the name of the prior and convent of Durham against [Robert Stichill] bishop of Durham to preserve the liberties of Durham as did his predecessors, bishops Nicholas [Farnham] and Walter [Kirkham].

Also Misc.Ch. 5712 m.1 (23) and BL Stowe 930 f.20r (2).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.187.
6.   [18 June] 1267
Hugh [of Darlington] prior and the convent of Durham present to W [Walter Giffard], archbishop of York, Hervicus of Darlington, clerk, for ordination and admission to the church of Kirby Sigston, vacant on the death of Reginald, former rector there.
Dated at Durham, 14 Kal. July 1267.

Also DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.3 (12); BL Stowe 930 f.18v (2); DCD Loc.III:40 m.2 (10).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.174.
7.   [25 June 1267]
Report from Gilbert, official of the prior of Durham in Allertonshire, to H [Henry] of Corbridge, official of W [Walter Giffard] archbishop of York, as mandated by Corbridge on [21 June 1267], on an inquisition made into the church of Kirby Sigston on the occasion of the presentation of Hervicus of Darlington as rector there, vacant on the death of the last rector, Reginald, on the feast of St William of York [8 June] 1267, the patronage pertaining to the prior and convent of Durham, to the value of 40 marks.
Done in the church of Allerton [Northallerton], the morrow of St John the Baptist, year as above.

Also DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.3 (13) and BL Stowe 930 f.18v (3).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.132-133.
8.
Letters dimissory of R bishop of Durham for Hervicus of Darlington, ordained acolyte.
Dated etc.

Also Misc.Ch. 5712 m.4 (2) and BL Stowe 930 f.25r (8).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.149.
9.   [29 August 1265]
Mandate from the chapter of St Peter's York [Minster] to J[ohn] de Brumpton, official of the prior of Durham, to institute R[ichard] of Middleton to Saltmarshe, the fifth prebend in the church of Howden.
Dated at York, etc.

Original: DCD 1.4.Ebor.42a.
Other copies: DCD Cart.III, f.i.44v; Misc.Ch. 5712 m.4 (5); BL Stowe 930 f.25r (7).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.134.
10.   [12 October 1265 - 25 January 1266]
Appointment by Hugh prior and convent of Durham of R [Robert] of Holy Island (Insula) to receive 20 marks for the business of the house from its debtors. Dated etc [Durham].
Memorandum that R [Robert] of Holy Island, sacrist of Durham, came to the royal court after Michaelmas in 1265 with 2 contracts for 20 marks each, and came similarly at the conversion of St Paul with 2 contracts for 50 marks.

Also BL Stowe 930 f.25r (2).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.197-198.
11.   [13 December ?1214 - before 1259]
Memorandum that the patronage of Appleby church was collated by Margaret Banastre to the house of Lytham by her charter, which church in the time of Clement then prior [of Lytham] being vacant for the elapsed time, was sequestrated by the ordinary Hugh [?of Wells] bishop of Lincoln and at last by the negligence of the said prior, the clerk Thomas Audley was collated and was admitted by the bishop's letters as follows.
Admission by Hugh bishop of Lincoln, at the presentation of the prior of Lytham, patron of the church of Appleby, of Thomas of Audley, clerk, to the church of Appleby. Dated per manus Warin of Kirkton, chaplain, canon of Lincoln of the Stow prebend, Ides December pont. 5.
On the death of the last rector, Stephen of Dalton prior of Lytham had licence to present to the said church a suitable person for whom he is to answer to the prior and convent of Durham.

Also BL Stowe 930 f.19r (2).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.119-120.
12.
H prior of Durham to N subprior, imposing penance on a monk.

Also DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.2 (3) and BL Stowe 930 f.25v (1).
Printed: F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940), p.90-91.
13.
Letter from the prior of N telling of his intentions for celebrating his installation on the feast of the Purification of the Virgin.

Loc.II:8   [early 14th century]
1. Formulary of documents re marriage, burgages, rent, protection, liberties, sale of ale, quitclaims, agreements, leases, etc;
2. Regulations for making manorial accounts (continued in DCD Misc.Ch. 7130);
3. Oaths of fealty to be made to a superior;
4. Tables etc for the assize of bread and ale.
Initials not filled in, with letters noted in the margin.
Endorsed (early 16th century) as being various quarrels and propositions in the temporal court ...
Language:  1 & 2 Latin, 3 & 4 French

Size: 1230 x 190mm
Formerly Loc.II:79.
2 is discussed briefly in D. Oschinsky, Walter of Henley, (Oxford 1971), p.49.
Loc.II:9   [mid 15th century]
Headings for articles of complaint by the burgesses of Newcastle upon Tyne against the prior of Durham about various issues at North and South Shields (the Sheles).
Language:  English

Size: 240 x 210mm
Formerly Loc.II:39.
Loc.II:10   [?1323]
Rationes of the prior and convent of Durham refuting the articles of Thomas of Goldsborough, archdeacon of Durham, attempting to overturn the inhibition of the court of York and the appeals of the said prior and convent, in the case between them and the archdeacon over jurisdiction in the prior and convent's appropriated churches and chapels in the diocese of Durham, appealed by both sides [from Durham to York],
detailing the petition of the prior and convent,
listing the documents of the case with their incipits,
reciting the development of jurisdiction in the diocese of Durham from the time of Bishop Walcher,
and outlining the arguments of the prior and convent

Size: 1820 x 225-245mm
Formerly Loc.II:13.
See also DCD Misc.Ch. 7212 and Cart.III, f.182v-183v.
Loc.II:11   [c.1436]
Reasons for excusing the prior and monastery of Durham from paying the royal subsidy, with amounts detailed:
1. The prior has had to be collector of the tenths for the king for several years, paid in in 14 [Henry VI];
2. The prior and monastery have accommodated lords and their people going to the Scottish march for 28 years;
3. The monastery's properties in Northumbria and especially Norhamshire and Islandshire have suffered greatly in the wars over several years.
Details of expenses incurred in accommodating the lords as in 2 above:
1. The duke of Exeter, earls of Northumberland and Westmorland and many others discussing in the chapter house the relief of Berwick, besieged by the Scots.
2. Accommodating the comings and goings of the said duke, earls, Henry archbishop of York and many others on the same cause.
3. Negotiations between lords of England and Scotland for a fortnight and more over the release of the king of Scotland.
4. Various negotiations of Thomas bishop of Durham, the earl of Northumberland, and the prior of Durham in the chapter house and Newcastle over the death of William Heron.
5. The comings and goings of the archbishop of York, earl of Northumberland and others to relieve Roxburgh castle, besieged by the Scots.
6. The arrival of the duke of Norfolk the first time with 300 men and with others at various times in great numbers.
7. Negotiations at Durham between the amabassadors of the kings of England and Scotland about a truce in the previous May.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 370 x 175mm
Formerly Loc.II:44.
Loc.II:12   [c.1302 - 1305]
Complaints to the king [Edward I] by [Richard de Hoton] prior of Durham against [Antony Bek] bishop of Durham:
1. That the bishop's ministers Walter [of Rothbury, Peter of Emledon], Robert [the serjeant, Gilbert] the coroner, [Master Hugh of Saundon and others, on ?] took the prior's corn from the vills of Ancroft, [Horncliffe, Cornhill, Tweedmouth], Morton and Kyloe to the value of £700 6s 8d, and also took 240 lambs from Norham to the value of £16, at a cost to the prior of 100 marks.
2. That the bishop's ministers Walter of Rothbury, Peter of Emledon, Robert the serjeant, Gilbert the coroner, Master Hugh of Saundon and others on [1 October 1291] took the prior's corn at [Norham], Upsettlington, Horncliffe, and Berrington to the value of £50 11s 4d, at a cost to the prior of £40.
3. That the bishop's ministers Henry of Lusby, Henry of Stansted, Adam of Boyvill and Robert of Stanley took plate to the value of 1000 marks from the priory on 25 April 1302, at a cost to the prior of £300.
4. That the bishop obligated the convent together with him for £1000 received from Master Geoffrey Vezzano collector of the tenth for the Holy Land, promising to repay the money for the convent on 16 June 1296 to the king, Oliver [Sutton] bishop of Lincoln, Geoffrey Vezzano and others, but he defaulted and the convent was unable to meet the obligation so the convent was sequestrated and placed under an interdict, at a cost to the prior of £200.
5. That the bishop had agreed to repay £4000 to Restauro Bonaventure, Simon Gerard and the merchant company of Florence, and has defaulted, and as the bishop was obligated to the prior's predecessor Hugh [of Darlington] in this, the present prior is now being sued for the said debt by the said company, at a cost to the prior of £100.
6. That the bishop's ministers Master William of St Botulph, Roger of Esh, and Peter of Bolton, had forcibly ejected the prior from the wardship of 20 marks worth of land of the late John of Fery in Fery and Coppoun, of which the prior was lawfully seised, on [5 November 1292], at a cost to the prior of £200.
7. That the bishop's ministers Roger of Esh and Robert of Hawkhurst had, [on 25 June 1291], dismantled a windmill which the prior had built at Jarrow, worth 10 marks a year, so that the prior lost the profits of the mill for 10 years, at a cost to the prior of £100.
Language:  French
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 425 x 105mm
1. See Registrum Palatinum Dunelmense vol. IV, ed T.D. Hardy (Rolls Series 1878), p.63.
2. See Registrum Palatinum Dunelmense vol. IV, ed T.D. Hardy (Rolls Series 1878), p.35-36.
4. See C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.121.
5. See DCD Loc.VII:22c printed in Records of Antony Bek, ed C.M. Fraser (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.10-14.
6. See Registrum Palatinum Dunelmense vol. IV, ed T.D. Hardy (Rolls Series 1878), p.36-37.
7. See Registrum Palatinum Dunelmense vol. IV, ed T.D. Hardy (Rolls Series 1878), p.39-40.
Loc.II:13(1)   [c.1397]
Gift by Walter [Skirlaw] bishop of Durham to the prior and convent of Durham of £100 towards the cost of rebuilding the dormitory within 7 years. No date.

Size: 105 x 305mm
Loc.II:13(2)   [c.1402 x 1404]
Certificate that Thomas Lythe, sacrist of Durham, delivered to the prior, subprior and William Barry 50 marks given by the bishop of Durham towards the construction of the new dormitory: £10 per manus Peter del Hay; £10 by Peter Dryng on the vigil of Easter; £8 on the vigil of Pentecost.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 155 x 165mm
Loc.II:13(3)   [3 May] 1398 - [6 June] 1400
Account of Thomas D'Autre and Thomas Lythe of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory for two years from the Invention of the Holy Cross 1398 to Pentecost 1400.
Receipts, expenses, exonerationes, reconciliation.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 390 x 190mm
Formerly numbered Misc.Ch. 6073, transferred 20 January 1958.
Duplicates in DCD Loc.II:13(4) & (5).
Loc.II:13(4)   [3 May] 1398 - [6 June] 1400
Account of Thomas D'Autre and Thomas Lythe of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory for two years from the Invention of the Holy Cross 1398 to Pentecost 1400.
Receipts, expenses, exonerationes, reconciliation.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 385 x 195mm
Duplicates in DCD Loc.II:13(3) & (5).
Loc.II:13(5)   [3 May] 1398 - [6 June] 1400
Account of Thomas D'Autre and Thomas Lythe of receipts conceded towards the subsidy of the dormitory for two years from the Invention of the Holy Cross 1398 to Pentecost 1400.
Receipts, expenses, exonerationes, reconciliation.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 380 x 195mm
Duplicates in DCD Loc.II:13(3) & (4).
Loc.II:13(6)   [6 June] 1400 - [14 May] 1402
Account of Thomas D'Autre and Thomas Lythe of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory for two years from Pentecost 1400 to Pentecost 1402.
Remaining [from the previous account], arrears, receipts from obedientaries and cells, receipts various, expenses for wages, building work and materials, exonerationes, reconciliation.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 580 x 150mm
Duplicates in DCD Loc.II:13(7) & (8).
Loc.II:13(7)   [6 June] 1400 - [14 May] 1402
Account of Thomas D'Autre and Thomas Lythe of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory for two years from Pentecost 1400 to Pentecost 1402.
Remaining [from the previous account], arrears, receipts from obedientaries and cells, receipts various, expenses for wages, building work and materials, exonerationes, reconciliation.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 580 x 150mm
On display in the Cathedral Treasures Exhibition [from 7 February 1972] to 24 October 2011.
Duplicates in DCD Loc.II:13(6) & (8).
Loc.II:13(8)   [6 June] 1400 - [14 May] 1402
Account of Thomas D'Autre and Thomas Lythe of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory for two years from Pentecost 1400 to Pentecost 1402.
Remaining [from the previous account], arrears, receipts from obedientaries and cells, receipts various, expenses for wages, building work and materials, exonerationes, reconciliation.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 580 x 160mm
On display in the Cathedral Treasures Exhibition [from 7 February 1972] to 24 October 2011.
Duplicates in DCD Loc.II:13(6) & (7).
Loc.II:13(9)   [3 May] 1400 - [14 May] 1402
Account of Thomas Lythe of money receipts towards the subsidy of the dormitory from the Invention of the Holy Cross 1400 to Pentecost 1402 paid to the prior and subprior.
Receipts, expenses.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 200 x 180mm
Loc.II:13(10)   [3 May] 1402 - [3 May] 1404
Account of Thomas Lythe of money receipts towards the subsidy of the dormitory for 2 years from the Invention of the Holy Cross 1402 to the same feast 1404.
Remaining from the last account, receipts, expenses.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 190 x 140mm
Duplicate in DCD Loc.II:13(11).
Loc.II:13(11)   [3 May] 1402 - [3 May] 1404
Account of Thomas Lythe of money receipts towards the subsidy of the dormitory for 2 years from the Invention of the Holy Cross 1402 to the same feast 1404.
Remaining from the last account, receipts, expenses.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 190 x 150mm
Duplicate in DCD Loc.II:13(10).
Loc.II:13(12)   [14 May] 1402 - [18 May] 1404
Account of Thomas D'Autry subprior and Thomas Lythe of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory for 2 years from Pentecost 1402 to Pentecost 1404.
Remaining from the last account, arrears, receipts from obedientaries, cells and various, expenses for wages, building works and materials, exonerationes.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 445 x 210mm
Duplicate in DCD Loc.II:13(13).
Loc.II:13(13)   [14 May] 1402 - [18 May] 1404
Account of Thomas D'Autry subprior and Thomas Lythe of receipts conceded towards the subsidy of the dormitory for 2 years from Pentecost 1402 to Pentecost 1404.
Remaining from the last account, arrears, receipts from obedientaries, cells and various, expenses for wages, building works and materials, exonerationes.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 445 x 210mm
Duplicate in DCD Loc.II:13(12).
Loc.II:13(14)   [18 May - 12 October] 1404
Account of Thomas D'Autry subprior and Robert of Crayke of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory from Pentecost 1404 to the feast of St Wilfrid following.
Remaining from the last account, arrears, receipts from obedientaries and cells, various receipts and loans, expenses for wages, building works and materials, exonerationes.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 455 x 215mm
Duplicate in DCD Loc.II:13(15).
Loc.II:13(15)   [18 May - 12 October] 1404
Account of Thomas D'Autry subprior and Robert of Crayke of receipts granted towards the subsidy of the dormitory from Pentecost 1404 to the feast of St Wilfrid following.
Remaining from the last account, arrears, receipts from obedientaries and cells, various receipts and loans, expenses for wages, building works and materials, exonerationes.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 455 x 210mm
Duplicate in DCD Loc.II:13(14).
Loc.II:13(16)   [?21 September 1398]
Agreement between the prior and convent of Durham and John of Middleton mason for building the dormitory walls, quarrying, carrying and preparing materials, and providing his own scaffolding and tools, the work to be completed by Christmas in 3 years' time, being paid at 10 marks per rod, with messing for him and his assistant, being paid £40 at the start, and then £40 for each 6 rods, the work to start after Christmas with the prior and convent finding suitable timber to sustain the vault, with Middleton being obligated to the prior and convent with 4 others in £100 for the performance of this.
Language:  French

Size: 140 x 280mm
A fuller version, in Latin, with detailed building specifications, is in DCD Reg.II, f.216v-217r which is printed in Historiae Dunelmensis Scriptores Tres (Surtees Society 9, 1839), p.clxxx-clxxxii.
Loc.II:13(17)   [2 February] 1402
Agreement between John [of Hemingbrough] prior and convent of Durham and Peter Dryng mason for building new dormitory walls, erecting walls to match those already constructed on the west side, detailing the features, windows and dimensions, with the work to be finished by the end of October 1404, quarrying, carrying and preparing materials, and providing his own scaffolding and tools, under the same conditions as John Middleton mason had, with a garment of the suit of an esquire of the prior, and detailed food and drink, to be paid at the rate of 10 marks a rod, which is to comprise 6½ ells, 1 ell square, either above or below ground, with £40 at the start and then £40 for each 6 rods, with Dryng to enter into a bond with one other with the prior and convent for £100 for the perfomance of this.
Date: Durham, Purification of the Blessed Mary, 1401.
At the foot are the names [?of bondsmen]: William Lameton; William Jalkar; Thomas Forster; William Melode; Peter Dryng mason; William Benett vicar of Merrington; Robert Daywell mason; William Landes mason. Also a note of timber from Haining park.
On the dorse is part of a draft letter from John [of Hemingbrough] prior of Durham cathedral, ordinary of the spiritualities of St Cuthbert in Howden and Howdenshire to William Aghton concerning the rectory of the collegiate church of Howden, its profits, and service in the choir.

Size: 430 x 300mm
Printed (except for the dorse), with some minor errors, in Historiae Dunelmensis Scriptores Tres (Surtees Society 9, 1839), p.clxxxvii-cxc.
Loc.II:14   [c.1436]
List of free tenants who were amerced in the courts of Elvethall and New Borough for trespasses in Smithyhaugh at the time of the opening of Elvet wood and others within the demesne of Elvethall, listing tenants, their trespasses, the date of the court 1315-1400 and when [their amercement] was paid.
(Dorse)
Agistments in the appurtenances of Elvethall manor, namely Elvet wood, St Cuthbert place, the Peth with the adjacent Langmerflatt, Allers on the west side of the River Wear, Barncroft, Dedere and Dederebanks, the quadrante next to Smithyhaugh mill, Mountjoy, Kirkcroft, Welhews, Frenaseclose and Charleys, noting the amounts received from whom and for what, and when they appeared in either the Elvethall court roll or the hostiller's account 1381-1436.

Size: 595 x 420mm
Formerly numbered Loc.II:71.
Loc.II:15   [c.1381]
Treatise on accounting with an introductory section written for the accounting clerk, a specimen estate account for receipts and expenses for 1380-1381, rules, questions of the tenants, attachments, a specimen court roll for the prince [of Wales]'s honor of Wallingford, and a specimen grange stock account on the dorse.

Size: 3640 x 255-270mm
The introductory section is printed in D. Oschinsky, Walter of Henley, (Oxford 1971), p.464-467, and the whole is discussed briefly there at p.50.
Loc.II:16   4 January 1427
Notarial instrument inspecting charters of various archbishops of York granting privileges to the church of Durham:
extracts from (spurious) charter of Thomas [I] archbishop of York (as in 1.1.Archiep.1);
charter of Thurstan archbishop of York (as in 1.1.Archiep.7a);
extracts from charter of Roger [de Pont l'Évêque] archbishop of York (as in 1.1.Archiep.4);
revocation by Walter [Giffard] archbishop of York of the sequestration of Hemingbrough 14 November 1273 (as in 2.1.Archiep.18);
composition between William [Melton] archbishop of York and William [Cowton] prior and chapter of Durham 7 September 1325 (as in 4.1.Archiep.2c);
extracts from sentence of the commissary of Henry Bowet archbishop of York 26 September 1410 (as in 3.2.Archiep.1a).
Date: in the chapel of St Nicholas, 4 January 1426/7.
Witnesses: Masters Thomas Tange, Robert Berall, and John Runcorn, notaries public; John Binchester and John Pertrik chaplains of York, Durham, and Coventry and Lichfield dioceses.
Eschatols recited of Thomas de Ryhale, clerk, Thomas de Tang, clerk, and Robert de Berall, clerk. (Notarial signs repeated at the membrane break.)

Size: 1790 x 290-325mm
Loc.II:17   1424
List of free tenants by military service making suit at the prior's court fortnightly, from Staindrop, Monkton, Hedworth, Winstow, Symonds and Southwick, Wearmouth, Hesleden, and Wolviston, detailing, by place, the tenant, their acreage and the amount.
Endorsed (contemporary) as “Feodarium prioris Dunelm'...”.

Size: 940 x 315mm
See DCD Loc.IV for similar material.
Loc.II:18   [c.1380]
List of building works done in Prior Fossor's time in Durham and on the estates.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 480 x 145mm
Formerly numbered Loc.II:59.
Printed in Historiae Dunelmensis Scriptores Tres (Surtees Society 9, 1839), p.cxli-cxlii.
Loc.II:19(1)   1409 - 1413
Accounts of John Wessington for the Durham cloister work,
detailing receipts and expenses for lathwork, quarrying, carpentry, carriage of stone and timber, and tools and equipment, lime and sand, ironwork, and construction, with amounts and individuals listed. Accounts:
28 January - 25 December 1409;
25 December 1409 - 21 September 1410;
12 September 1411 - 1 October 1412;
29 September 1412 - 29 September 1413.

Size: 1110 x 220mm
Loc.II:19(2)   28 January - 25 December 1409
Accounts of John Wessington [for the Durham cloister work]:
28 January - 17 August 1409;
17 August - 25 December 1409.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 480 x 190mm
Loc.II:19(3)   25 December 1409 - 21 September 1410
Accounts of John Wessington for the Durham cloister work:
25 December 1409 - 1 August 1410;
1 August - 21 September 1410.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 600 x 155-180mm
Loc.II:19(4)   12 September 1411 - 1 October 1412
Account of John Wessington for the cloister work
Duplicate
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 620 x 180mm
Loc.II:19(5)   12 September 1411 - 27 May 1414
Accounts of John Wessington for the cloister work:
12 September 1411 - 1 October 1412;
29 September 1412 - 29 September 1413;
29 September 1413 - 27 May 1414.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 570 x 175-190mm
Loc.II:19(6)   27 May 1414 - 19 May 1415
Account of John Wessington for the Durham cloister work.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 485 x 180mm
Loc.II:19(7)   29 September 1415 - 29 September 1416
Account of John Wessington for the Durham cloister work.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 540 x 200mm
Loc.II:19(8)   29 September 1415 - 29 September 1416
Account of John Wessington for the Durham cloister work.
Duplicate.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 530 x 200mm
Loc.II:19(9)   15 May 1418 - 4 June 1419
Account of receipts and expenses for the work of the fourth part of the Durham cloister.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 520 x 220mm
Loc.II:19(10)   15 May 1418 - 4 June 1419
Account of receipts and expenses for the work of the fourth part of the Durham cloister.
Duplicate
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 320 x 210mm
Loc.II:20   15th century
Copy extracts of charters concerning the privileges of the prior and convent of Durham:
charter of William of St Calais bishop of Durham of 1082 (as in 1.1.Pont.2a);
diploma of William I [1083-1084] (as in 1.1.Reg.2a)
charter of Thomas [I] archbishop of York (as in 1.1.Archiep.1).
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 490 x 350mm
III - Privileges, papacy, licences
Dates of creation: 1121 - 1496
Documents concerning the privileges and property of Durham cathedral priory and its cells; business of the priory involving the Roman curia; licences, absolutions etc for individual monks.

Loc.III:1   7 December 1496
Notarial instrument made by the authority of Thomas Swalwell, monk and chancellor of the church of Durham, STB, having inspected certain charters of Thomas [?I] and Roger [de Pont l'Évêque], archbishops of York, and finding them to be uncancelled and uncorrupted, certain clauses from each being recited concerning the rights of the prior of Durham over his churches and clergy within the diocese of York, that the prior of Durham may appoint his own vicars in his churches, that they are to be free from exactions by archbishops, archdeacons and deans, that disputes are to be resolved in the court at Durham, and that the prior is not to be disturbed in his possession by the archbishop or his successors.
Witnesses: John Milner and John Neshe, chaplains; Richard Claxton, literatus of Durham diocese.
Notarial eschatol of Richard Emryson, clerk of Durham diocese.
Parchment   1m
Size: 280 x 435mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:22.
Loc.III:2   [c.1121 x 5 September 1128]
Copy charter of Thurstan, archbishop of York, confirming to the prior and monks of St Cuthbert the churches of Howden, Welton, Walkington, Brantingham, Holy Trinity (Goodramgate) York, St Peter the Little York, All Saints (Pavement) York, Holtby, Hemingbrough, Skipwith, Brompton, Allerton (Northallerton), and [Kirby] Sigston, with all their chapels, lands and other appurtenances, also granting the monks liberty to commit their churches to the custody of vicars, and freedom from exactions by archbishops, archdeacons and deans.
Witnesses: Ranulf [bishop of Durham] etc.
Mid-thirteenth century copy.
Parchment   1m
Size: 160 x 210mm
Originals: DCD 1.1.Archiep.7a & 1.1.Archiep.7b, printed in W. Farrer ed., Early Yorkshire Charters II (1915), p.274-276 and J.E. Burton ed., English Episcopal Acta V - York 1070-1154, (Oxford 1988), p.38-40.
Loc.III:3   [5 November 1319]
Copy of letters patent of Edward II, being an inspeximus of:
Inspeximus of Edward I, 20 March 1300 (2.2.Reg.4a & 2.2.Reg.4b);
Inspeximus of Edward I, 12 July 1293 (2.2.Reg.7);
Grant of Edward I, 16 September 1296 (unknown number following 1.3.Reg.2a);
Mortmain licence of Edward I, 20 January 1291 (1.3.Reg.12b);
Mortmain licence of Edward I, 20 January 1291 (1.3.Reg.12a).
(Only the first three witnesses are listed; date omitted.)

Size: 1505 x 220mm
Original: 1.3.Reg.2a and 1.3.Reg.2b.
Loc.III:4   1372
[Draft] notarial instrument of the bishop of Durham to the prior of Durham instructing him to provide a benefice for John of Askeby, a poor priest of Carlisle diocese, to the value of 20 marks if with cure of souls, or 15 marks if without cure of souls, as instructed by a bull to the bishop from Pope Gregory [XI] at Avignon of [22 May] 1371.
Date: Gateshead St Mary churchyard, 1372.
Witnesses: John of Henlay rector of Houghton, Henry Grespase rector of Boldon, Master William of Faknan notary public.
Notarial eschatol of John of Beringham clerk of York diocese.

Size: 720 x 290mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.III:38.
Loc.III:5   [27 February 1300]
Copy bull of Pope Boniface [VIII] to the abbot and convent of St Augustine, Canterbury, exempting them from the jurisdiction of the archbishop [of Canterbury], according to papal privileges, which have been infringed by the compositions made between the late archbishop Richard [of Dover] and abbot Roger, and with archdeacon Simon Langton, with the consent of archbishop St Edmund [Rich] and archbishop Robert [?Winchelsey]; all their possessions are secured to them and they are placed directly under the apostolic see, any compositions, ordinances, or constitutions to the contrary notwithstanding, or that they are in litigation with archbishop Robert about the churches of Lenham, Plumstead, Tenterden, Selling, Preston, Littlebourne, Canterbury St Paul, St Lawrence's hospital, and the chantry for the soul of Master Hamo Doge, or any other churches; one mark by way of cess is to be paid yearly to the pope and his successors at Easter in token of the above exemption.
Date: Lateran, 4 Kal. March, Pont. 6.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 480 x 180mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:60.
Calendared in Calendar of Papal Registers - Papal Letters I 1198-1304, p.585-586.
Loc.III:6   mid 14th century
Copies of charters relating to the leper hospital of St Leonard at Lowcross (between Hutton and Barnaby, North Yorkshire) and Guisborough priory.
In two hands, with a new hand starting with Roger of Stranton's grant on m.3, which also records witness lists in full.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being copies of various charters of Lowcross hospital relating to the canons of Guisborough and (15th century) as Guisborough.

Size: 1540 x 180-190mm
All the documents are taken from or also appear in a cartulary of Guisborough priory, now BL Cotton Cleop. D. ii, f.112-332, which has been transcribed and printed in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne, 2 vols., (Surtees Society 86 & 89, 1889 & 1891).
m.1
Quitclaim by John lord of Hutton (Hoton) to the prior and convent of Guisborough, and the almoner, warden of Lowcross hospital, of any right to the site of Lowcross hospital.
Witnesses: William Hastyngs; Adam of Thorp.

Printed in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.193-194.
m.1
Quitclaim by William of Barnaby (Bernaldby) and his wife of the site of Lowcross hospital, also granting 3½ acres of garden, ½ acre of assart and 10 perches of meadow, bounds detailed, with common of pasture at Barnaby for 60 sheep, 8 oxen, 2 cows, and 2 horses.
Witness: William of Tanton (Tampton).

Printed, with variations and more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.191.
m.1
Grant by John of Barnaby to Lowcross hospital of his land and meadow in Walrig.
Witness: John of Tocketts (Toscots).

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.180.
m.1-2
Grant by Richard, son-in-law (gener) of William Pinchin, and his wife Matilda to Lowcross hospital of an acre of land, 23½ rods in Pinchinthorpe field, and ½ rod at Pulaynbrigg.
Witnesses: William of Tocketts (Toschot), Richard of Hutton, John of Thorp.

Printed, with variations and more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.184.
m.2
Grant by Ralph of Tanton to Lowcross hospital of 3½ rods of land except the marsh on the east part of his cultivated land called Weshou next to the land which he exchanged with Walter son of Nicholas of Ayton towards the west, in exchange for 3½ rods and 6 fallis of land at Greneberg, bounds described.
Witness: Nicholas of Ayton.

Printed in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.177.
m.2   [c.1319]
Lease by John lord of Hutton by Guisborough to the prior and convent of Guisborough and the almoner, warden of Lowcross hospital, of the park of Tyngoudale, bounds described, from Pentecost 1319 for 20 years, rendering 6s 8d in equal portions at Pentecost and St Martin's, with authority to enclose and harvest the park.
Witnesses: William Hastyngs, Adam of Thorp, William of Morton, Thomas of Bourne, Ralph of Newton.

Printed in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.174-175.
m.2   [c.1218]
Confirmation by Walter of Percy, Alan de Parco with his wife Agnes, Helias de Wardhou, John Breton with his wife Basilia, Amice of Tunstal, Anselm of Tunstal with his wife Alice, Alice of Salkot, and Walter son of Richard of Lackenby of grants of land in Upsall to Lowcross hospital, with the proviso that they were not to build there nor claim any rights of common in Upsall field.
Witness: Michael prior [of Guisborough].

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.190.
m.2
Confirmation by by Geoffrey of Morsholm (Morusum) to the prior and canons of Guisborough and Lowcross hospital of the grant of 7 acres of land in Little Moorsholm to them by his sister Millicent.
Witness: Godfrey.

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.178.
m.2
Confirmation by Jordan Paen, at the petition of the brothers of Lowcross, of their grant to William of Westgail of 2 acres of land and a mill-pond which they had of the gift of him and his father William Paen for a rent of 8d, payable twice yearly at Pentecost and the feast of St Martin.
Witness: Lawrence [arch]deacon [of Cleveland].

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.179-180.
m.2
Grant by Lowcross hospital, with the consent of Jordan Paen, to William of Westgail of 2 acres of land in the territory of Great Broughton, which they had of the gift of Jordan Paen and his father William, together with a mill-pond, for a rent of 8d, payable twice yearly at Pentecost and the feast of St Martin.
Witness: Lawrence [arch]deacon of Cleveland.

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.195.
m.2
Grant by John of Barnaby to Lowcross hospital of ½ acre of land next to Gildesbeth, bounds described.
Witnesses: William of Tocketts, Richard of Hutton.

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.188.
m.2
Grant by John of Lackenby son of Ilger to Lowcross hospital of an eighth part of a quarter of wheat, for ½ acre of land which he had given to the hospital, bounds described, annually at the the feast of St Martin.
Witnesses: Hugh of Hutton, Henry of Lazenby (Leysingby).

Printed in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.189.
m.3   [c.1199 x 1203]
Grant by Geoffrey son of William of Moorsholm to Lowcross hospital of 2½ acres of land at Stordes in the field at Moorsholm with common of pasture, and confirmation of his father's grant of a toft, a croft, 1 acre and ½ perch of land in Moorsholm, bounds described, and 3½ perches at Engehil given by his brother Thomas and his sisters Millicent and Alice.
Witness: Roald prior of Guisborough.

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.179.
m.3
Grant by William Pinchin to Upsall hospital of ½ acre of land and ½ acre of meadow at Soukebrigge Wra.
Witness: Hugh of Hutton.

Another version below m.3.
Printed, with variations and more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.185-186.
m.3
Grant by John of Langbaurgh to Lowcross hospital of a bovate of land with a toft and a croft in Pinchinthorpe given him by Walter of Hutton, bounds described.
Witness: Ralph.

Printed, with variations and more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.188-189.
m.3
Grant by Roger of Stranton of Pinchinthorpe to Lowcross hospital of half a carucate of land in Pinchinthorpe with a toft, croft, and meadow.
Witnesses: William of Tocketts; John of Langbaurgh; John of Tocketts; John of Thorp; William of Morton; John of Barnaby; William the stable-man; Nicholas son of Stephen.

Printed, with variations and more and different witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.183.
m.3   [c.1136 x 1170]
Grant by William Pinchin (Pinzin) to Barnaby hospital of 5 acres of land in Thorp in Langelandes and Keldesik, bounds described.
Witnesses: Cuthbert prior of Guisborough; Ralph his brother; Richard Rufo; William of Eden; William of ?Tanton (Thampton).

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.184-185.
m.3
Grant by John Pinchin of Thorp to Lowcross hospital of 4 acres of land and ½ acre of meadow in Thorp, details given.
Witnesses: Reginald of ?Rose Hill (Rosel); Hugh of Hutton; William of Tocketts.

Printed, with variations and more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.187-188.
m.3
Grant by William Pinchin to Lowcross hospital of ½ acre of land and ½ acre of meadow at Southbriggewra.
Witnesses: Hugh of Hutton; William of Barnaby.

Another version above m.3.
Printed, with variations and more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.185-186.
m.3
Grant by William of Guisborough, clerk, to Lowcross hospital of an acre and a rod of land in the field of Thorp.
Witnesses: Ralph of ?Nevill (Novill); Roger of ?Rose Hill (Rosell).

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.184.
m.3
Grant by Robert son of Matthew Bosse to Lowcross hospital of 1½ perches of land at Wandaile in the fields of Thorp, bounds described.
Witnesses: Hugh of Hutton; Walter of Hutton.

Printed, with more witnesses, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.186.
m.3
Grant by Walter of Hutton to Roger of Stranton of ½ acre of land in Blakemolde in exchange. (Heading only)

Printed in full in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne I, (Surtees Society 86, 1889), p.192-193.
m.3d
Grant by Robert of Stuteville to the church of St Mary of Guisborough and the canons there of a carucate of land in Ayton which Nicholas son of Osbert of Ayton held of him with Nicholas's service for the land, namely an annual pound of cummin.
Witnesses: William of Tanton; Richard and Henry his brothers; Richard of Levington; John of Braithwaite; William of Guisborough; William of Boulby (Bolleby); Jordan of Beverley; Robert of ?Middleton (Mid').

Printed in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne II, (Surtees Society 89, 1891), p.63-64.
m.3d   [1 May] 1282
Grant by Nicholas Meynell (Menill and Meignill) of Whorlton in Cleveland to the prior and canons of St Mary Guisborough of all his lands and tenements in his fee in Cleveland, that is a carucate of land in Ayton, 82 acres of land and a mansion in Broughton, 3 bovates of land in Hutton Rudby, 2 bovates of land in Middleton upon Leven, and 2 bovates of land in Tunstall.
Date: Whorlton, St Peter and St James 1282.
Witnesses: John of Meynell, Walter of ?Rose Hill (Rosell), William of Bonington, Robert of Skutterskelfe, knights; John of Meynell; Hugh of Hilton; John of Lazenby; Adam of Tocketts; John of Goulton.

Printed, with variations, in W. Brown ed., Cartularium Prioratus de Gyesburne II, (Surtees Society 89, 1891), p.67-68.
Loc.III:7   [24 December] 1255
Letter from Master Rostand, papal sub-deacon and chaplain, to the prior and convent of Durham, mandating them, by virtue of a recited bull of Pope Alexander [IV] at Naples of 4 Nons May [4 May] Pont. 1 [1255] to him and [John] archdeacon of Paris, to repay 300 marks, which the bishop of Hereford has bound them in, to Hugh and Dulcis de Burgo, Florentine merchants, for themselves, and Hugnicio and Spinello Symonetti and others of their Florentine colleagues, to enable the carrying out of the affairs of the monastery at the apostolic see, by 1 May next on pain of excommunication and interdict.
Date: London, the vigil of the Lord's Nativity, 1255.
Parchment   1m
Size: 120 x 305mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:38.
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England to 1327, (Cambridge, Mass. 1939), p.268.
See also DCD 4.1.Pap.10 & 4.1.Pap.11.
Loc.III:8   [10 July 1358]
Copy bull of Pope Innocent [VI] appropriating the church of Appleby, Lincoln diocese, (in the patronage of the prior of Lytham), to the mensa of Durham College in the university of Oxford.
Date: Avignon, 6 Id. July, Pont. 6.

Size: 150 x 300mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:40.
Other copies: DCD Reg.II, f.159r; 3.4.Ebor.28.
Loc.III:9   late 14th century
Copy of a charter of William I

Size: 180 x 295mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:39.
Original: 1.1.Reg.2a and 1.1.Reg.2b.
Loc.III:10   8 September 1419
Copy of a charter of John de Swinton, granting, if he dies without heirs, all his lands of Little Swinton to the prioress and convent of Coldstream, rendering annually to the prior of Coldingham 1 mark.
Witnesses: William de Ekillis, Thomas Harker, William of Musselburgh (Muskylburgh), chaplains ; Patrick Browne , Alexander Browne , Robert Browne , Hugh de Spens esquires.
Date: Dunbar, 8 September 1419.
On the dorse is an incomplete and now partly missing draft or further copy of DCD 1.1.Pont.9 of [21 February 1419], being notarial transcripts of two charters of William [of St Calais], bishop of Durham.
Parchment   1m
Size: 255 x 270mm
Loc.III:11   18 May 1444
Notarial instrument of the comissary-general of the official of the consistory of Durham, enrolling documents concerning the rights and property of the prior and convent of Durham in Lytham, including:
Appointment of Robert Westmorland as proctor by John [Wessington], prior and convent of Durham, to produce and transcribe documents, at Durham, 9 March 1444.
List of the following documents exhibited concerning Lytham with their seals detailed.
Copy of Prince John's charter (2.4.Ebor.20a & 2.4.Ebor.20b).
Copy of Richard son of Roger's charter (2.4.Ebor.2a).
Copy of King John's 1201 charter (3.1.Reg.19).
Copy of Morgan, archdeacon of Richmond's, confirmation (2.4.Ebor.9).
Copy of Pope Martin [IV]'s confirmation of Richard of Roger's charter, at [Rome] (urbem veterem) Nones October [ 7 October], Pont.1 [1281].
Copy of Roger of St Edmunds, archdeacon of Richmond's, confirmation (2.4.Ebor.8).
Copy of Henry of Walton, archdeacon of Richmond's, confirmation, 7 October 1351 (2.4.Ebor.21).
Copy of John of Craven, canon of Chester St John's, confirmation, 13 July 1347 (2.4.Ebor.18).
Copy of the Benedictine constitution concerning general chapters, subventions and their collection, and obtaining benefices.
Date: Durham cathedral, 18 May 1444.
Witnesses: Richard Prentys, John Runkhorn priests, and John Berehalgh, clerk, all notaries public; John Hagerston, William Shirburn, Thomas Tebott, of Durham diocese, and William Bellendon of York diocese, literati.
Notarial eschatols recited of: Robert Bartram, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, N.P. by apostolic authority; Richard Prentys, priest of York diocese, N.P. by apostolic and imperial authority; John Runkhorn, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, N.P. by apostolic authority; John Berehalgh, clerk of Durham diocese, N.P. by apostolic and imperial authority, and that of the court of the archdeacon of Durham.
There are also notarial marks across the membrane join.

Size: 1210 x 445mm
Seal: Residue of a seal on a double parchment tag through 3 slits in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.III:14.
Another copy: DCD Misc.Ch. 5639.
Draft: DCD Loc.IX: 66.
Loc.III:12   [11 June] 1412
Letter of fraternity from Antony de Pereto of the Franciscans to John [of Hemingbrough] prior of Durham and the monks of the abbey.
Date: Babwell, 3 Ides June 1412.

Size: 190 x 330mm
Seal: G&B No. 3717, on double silk cords through a pair of holes in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.III:34.
Loc.III:13   17 July [1308]
Letter of Raymond de Monteboerii, canon Xaretoniensis, general auditor of causes of the court of Bernard, papal chamberlain, to John of Laton and William of Cauton, monks of Durham, [proctors of] Richard of Aslaby subprior, Richard of Grunton infirmarer, Roger of Stanhope sacrist, Peter of Sedgefield refectorian, Michael of Cithilton granetar, William of Egglescliffe, Robert of Langton, Thomas de Aldewood chamberlains, Roger of School Aycliffe (Scelacley) bursar, Geoffrey of Tynedale, Thomas of Haswell almoners, John of Haxby (Haysbey), Henry of Newcastle librarians, John of Becton cellarer, all monks of Durham, denouncing and excommunicating them and placing the monastery under an interdict for not having repaid to Avocadus ?son-in-law (neri) of Avocadus Raynucio, Gerard Hugh, Francis Raynuncio, and Beccino and Simon sons of the said Avocadus, citizens and merchants of Florence, 450 marks within a stipulated time now elapsed, this denunciation to be read publicly before the church of St Mary the Less in Padua.
Date: Padua, 17 July, Pont.3 Pope Clement V.
On the back are 14th century notes of payments for ?building materials.
Parchment   1m
Size: 200 x 345mm
Seal: Residue of an applied seal
Formerly numbered Loc.III:17.
Loc.III:14   [27 March] 1256
Letter of [John], archdeacon of Paris, papal judge delegate, and sub-delegate of Master Rostand, papal chaplain and his co-[judge delegate], to Masters Thomas papal subdeacon, Roger Aretun and Walter of Apulia, canons, reciting a bull of Pope Alexander [IV] to his chaplain Master Rostand and the archdeacon of Paris, dated at Naples, 4 Nones May [4 May] Pont. 1 [1255], ordering the prior and convent of Durham to pay the loan, under penalty of excommunication and interdict, as well as the damages, interest and expenses.
Date: Paris, Monday after Letare Jerusalem 1256.
Parchment   1m
Size: 320 x 300mm
Seal: G&B No. 3714, on a parchment tag through a turnup
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England to 1327, (Cambridge, Mass., 1939), p.271.
Loc.III:15   [21 March 1310]
Commission of Berengar, bishop of Tusculum, to the prior of Tynemouth, to absolve the prior and convent of Durham from the sentence of excommunication on account of a certain sum of money once borrowed by them from Avocadus Nerii of Avocandus, Ranucio and Gerard Hugh, Francis Rayner, and Bettino and Simon [?], citizens and merchants of Florence, for expediting their business in the Roman curia.
Date: Avignon, 12 Kal. April, Pont. 5 Clement V.
Parchment   1m
Size: 255 x 310mm
Seal: G&B No.3725, on cords, bifurcating in the seal, through 2 holes in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.III:21.
Loc.III:16   [25 June 1408]
Licence of Louis, archbishop of Tarento, acting as papal penitentiary and by special command of the pope given by word of mouth, to the prior of Durham, on this occasion, to ordain as priest 6 monks under the age of 22 years; the prior and chapter having petitioned that because of pestilence and lack of priests divine service is much diminshed in their church.
Date: Lucca, 7 Kal. July, Pont. 2 Gregory XII.
On the turnup: “Rta G pro cancellaris John de Masters” .
Parchment   1m
Size: 160 x 300mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:20.
Loc.III:17   13 June 1370
Licence of John [Fossor] prior of Durham to brother Simon of Leaventhorpe to choose any monk of Durham as his confessor.
Date: Durham, 13 June 1370.
Parchment   1m
Size: 80 x 255mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:41.
Loc.III:18   [14 June 1363]
Commission of William, priest cardinal of St Lawrence in Lucina, to the prior of Durham to absolve the monks of Durham, according to the form called “si inveneris”, from any violence up to and beyond the drawing of blood, within and outside the church, or any other cause for which they may have incurred excommunication.
Date: Avignon, 18 Kal. July, Pont.1 Urban V.
“Belli viginti' filius” at the foot. Endorsements include (contemporary): John of Stratford.
Parchment   1m
Size: 210 x 380mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:28.
Loc.III:19   1 August 1407
Letters patent of Lorenzo, bishop of Ancona, papal nuncio and collector in England, to the prior and convent of Durham, absolving Thomas Esh, monk of Durham, from the sentence of greater excommunication, on account of his assault, drawing blood with a knife, made on his fellow monk, Richard Stockton.
Date: London, 1 August 1407.
Parchment   1m
Size: 345 x 325mm
Seal: G&B No.3683, on a parchment tongue, with a wrapping tie
Formerly numbered Loc.III:16.
Loc.III:20   30 April 1255
Notarial instrument, in the presence of Cardinal Octavian of St Mary in Vialacti and papal legate, of Peter [d'Aigueblanche] bishop of Hereford, in the name of the prior and convent of Durham, acknowledging the loan of 500 marks from Christopher lord Tholonum, Peter Scott Dominicus and Reynold Rainery, merchants of Siena, at the Roman curia, to be repaid by the prior and convent at the New Temple, London, 250 marks on 1 May 1256 and 250 marks at Michaelmas 1256, with interest and damages on any sum unpaid to be paid at the rate of one mark every two months for every 10 marks owed, and renouncing protections and actions accorded to them by canon or civil law or given them by apostolic privileges.
Witnesses: Master Jordan, papal notary; Master William of Staxin, papal chaplain; Bertold Marthione de Hoemburth (?Hombruch); Oddo his brother; Octonicecionice, chaplain of the above cardinal; Robert of Barto, familiarus of the said Master Jordan.
Date: Naples.
Parchment   1m
Size: 345 x 340mm
Seal: 2 parchment double tags through single slits in a turnup, with a third slit
Formerly numbered Loc.III:23.
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England to 1327, (Cambridge, Mass., 1939), p.267-268.
Loc.III:21   4 December 1425
Transumpt by the commissary-general of the bishop of Durham, at the request of John Fishburn, proctor of the prior and chapter of Durham, of a licence by John [XXIII], pope, to the prior and chapter of Durham, that the prior and his successors may grant to monks of their church who attain their twenty-second year of age and who have no other canonical defects, licence to be promoted to the priesthood, at Bologna on 5 Kal. August [28 July] Pont. 5 [1414].
Witnesses: Thomas Tange, notary public; Robert Middleham and William Snayth of Durham diocese and proctors of the commissary's court.
Notaries: Robert de Berall, clerk of Durham diocese and NP by apostolic authority, and Thomas de Ryhale, clerk of Lincoln diocese and NP by apostolic authority (eschatols recited).
Date: Galilee, Durham, 4 December 1425.
Endorsed (contemporary): “dupplicatur” .
Parchment   1m
Size: 380 x 560mm
Formerly numbered Loc:III:5.
Licence also in DCD Cart.I, f.20v and Reg.Parv.II, f.65v-66r.
Loc.III:22   [1247]
Process of the case between the prior and chapter of Durham against Master Stefano Annibaldi, clerk and canon of Furnes [in the diocese of Therouanne (Belgium)], concerning a pension of 20 marks to be paid to him annually by the prior and chapter, by mandate of the pope, until he is provided with an ecclesiastical benefice, with memoranda of acta in the case, and recitals of papal and other commissions, indults, inhibitions and citations.
There are recited an indult of Pope Gregory [IX] to the prior and convent of Durham, releasing them from obedience to letters of provision for Leonard and Jacinto, papal chaplains, lacking express mention of this indult, at Viterbo, on [7 May 1237] (also in 2.1.Pap.42) and then a further indult from Pope Gregory [IX] of an annual pension of 20 marks from the prior and convent of Durham, at Lateran [7 May 1240].
On a mandate of P [Peter] de Supino, papal clerk, at Durham of 15 December 1240, Fulk dean of York and William archdeacon of Durham, as papal judges delegate, heard the case at York Minster ( “maior' ecclesia” ) on 19 July 1241 with Annibaldi represented by his proctor Peter the deacon and the prior and convent by their proctor B. Cornwall. The archdeacon of Durham mandated Nicholas of Elvet vicar of St Oswald and Roger chaplain of Durham St Nicholas to summon Thomas prior and convent of Durham to appear in York on 28 February 1242. There are further acta of the case at York on 14 May 1242, with the dean of York then excused, and with Hugh of Barnard Castle acting as proctor for the prior and convent of Durham.
Pope Innocent IV committed the case anew to the chancellor of Amiens and John de Ascaria, canon of St Mary Magdeburg, at Lateran, [15 January 1244]. The case was to be heard before R. prior of Carlisle and the archdeacon of Carlisle. The former appointed H. dean of Newcastle and Thomas of Barton, chaplain of Newcastle, and the latter appointed [J. Dusig] vicar of Newburn to act for them. The case was heard in the church of St Nicholas in Newcastle on 2 November 1245.
Annibaldi was to be declared excommunicate in Furnes on 31 August 1247 by the abbot and prior of Furnes, and this was carried out in the churches of St Nicholas and St Walburga in Furnes. He had disrespectfully seized letters from the papal judge delegates' messengers in the choir of the church of St Nicholas in Furnes. The prior and archdeacon of Carlisle commissioned the dean of Newcastle, the rector of Benton, the vicar of Newburn and the master of the scholars of Newcastle to hear the case. This was done in St Nicholas church, Newcastle, on 4 November 1247. R. de Oleseby and W. de Helton acted as proctors for the prior and convent of Durham and Anibaldi was fined 40 marks.
The abbot of Blanchland was mandated to hear the case by Pope Innocent IV, at Lyons [14 June 1247] (also in 3.1.Pap.19), and before him in St Nicholas church Newcastle on 12 November 1247, Annibaldi failing to appear, the prior and convent of Durham claimed 60s expenses.
On the dorse is noted [in the same hand] that the testimony was sealed by the bishop of Durham and the abbots of Fountains, Newminster, Meaux, Roche and Salley, and that it was written with his own hand by William de Helt', notary.
Parchment   1m
Size: 480 x 425mm
Seal: 6 double parchment tags through double slits in a turnup, 4 with seals on: G&B No.3121, 3517, 3527, 3539; 2 further double slits in the turnup.
Formerly numbered Loc.III:32.
Loc.III:23   19 November [1448]
Copy grant, by letters patent, by Henry [VI], king of England, to William [Ebchester], prior and the convent of Durham, their successors and their cells, of exemption from any tenth or other subsidy granted to the king by the clergy of the province of Canterbury or York and from the collecting of any such.
Dated: Westminster, 19 November 27 [Henry VI].
Bottom right corner: by the king and the authority of parliament, and “Sturgeon” .
Parchment   1m
Size: 215 x 390mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:33.
Original: DCD 3.5.Reg.3.
Petition: DCD Loc.III:37.
Loc.III:24   14 August 1357
Mandate of John de Silvis, dean of the collegiate church of St Agricola in Avignon, to the clergy in York, Durham and Carlisle dioceses, carrying out a mandate of Pope Innocent VI of 4 December 1355, for the publication of a sentence in an appeal to Rome in a case before him and Master William of Rothbury archdeacon of Carlisle, in favour of John Marescall against William of Embleton (Emeldon) over the church of Rothbury, notwithstanding an inhibition of Master Thomas of Buckton official of the court of York.
Witnesses: William Raymbaud; John de St Prisco and Andrew Constance, priests in the church of St Agricola, Avignon.
Notary: Jordan de Haya, clerk of Bayonne diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority (eschatol recited).
Date: in the house of our habitation in Avignon, 14 August 1357.
Parchment   1m
Size: 500 x 400mm
Seal: 2 large fragments of a bowl of wax on 2 silk cords through 2 holes in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.III:26.
DCD Reg.II, f.149r-v.
Loc.III:25   [4 November 1256]
Indult of Pope Alexander [IV] to the prior and convent of Durham to convert the tenth from their church and its cells, granted by the apostolic see to the king of England as a subsidy for the Holy Land, to the payment of 605 marks sterling to be paid by them to certain Florentine merchants according to a composition, concluded at the order of Master Rostand, papal chaplain and nuncio in England, between them and the merchants in settlement of a debt incurred on their behalf by the bishop of Hereford; notwithstanding papal letters which might hinder it. If this obligation, with the interest due to the merchants, exceeds the tithes to be paid from their church and cells in five years, the balance is to be made up to them from the tithes of the bishopric of Durham.
Date: Anagni, 2 Non. November, Pont. 2 [Alexander IV].
Parchment   1m
Size: 305 x 395mm
Seal: No bulla.
Formerly numbered Loc.III:44.
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England to 1327, (Cambridge, Mass., 1939), p.272-273.
Loc.III:26   December 1426
Ordinance (unexecuted) by John [Kempe], archbishop of York and papal legate, of the church of Hemingbrough as a collegiate church, with four canons (a provost and three prebendaries), six vicars including the chaplains of the existing chantries of Cliffe and Waas, and six clerks of the second order including the two aquebajuli, reciting the following submission.
Date: the archbishop's lodgings near Westminster, [blank] December 1426.
Endorsed (early 16th century) as being a copy of of the ordinance.
Parchment   1m
Size: 470 x 790mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:8.
Later version (March 1427): DCD 1.3.Archiep.6.
Copy (of the later version): DCD Reg.III, f.121r-123v.
Printed (from the register copy): Thomas Burton, The history and antiquities of the parish of Hemingbrough in the county of York, ed. J. Raine (York 1888) p.372-378; ibid., p.67-69 gives a summary of the statutes.
   10 November 1426
Submission by John [Wessington] prior and chapter of Durham of the church of Hemingbrough to the ordinance of John [Kempe] archbishop of York for the purpose of erecting it into a collegiate church.
Date: Durham, 10 November 1426.

Loc.III:27   9 October 1445
Notarized letters of John Norton, vicar-general and official of Robert [Nevill] bishop of Durham, at the petition of Robert Westmorland, monk of Durham and proctor of the prior and chapter there, exemplifying a bull of Pope Eugenius [IV] of [16 December] 1444 concerning claims to exemption from the authority of the priory of Durham by William Partrik, prior of its cell of Lytham.
Witnesses: Robert Sotheron, priest, John Mawer and William Bolton, literati of Durham diocese; John Mason, literatus of Carlisle diocese.
Notary: Robert Bartram, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by apostolic authority (eschatol recited).
Date: consistory court of Durham, 9 October 1445.
Parchment   1m
Size: 290 x 485mm
Seal: G&B No.3174, on a tongue, with a wrapping tie
Formerly numbered Loc.III:9
Copied in DCD Reg.IV, f.24r-25r.
Loc.III:28   [8 October 1311 x 1316]
Inspeximus by Richard [Kellaw] bishop of Durham of a [spurious] bull of Pope Gregory [VII] to William [of St Calais] bishop of Durham and his successors, at Benevento, 8 Id. January [6 January] 1083, ordering that no one is to interfere with the rights (some of which are specified) or possessions of the monks of Durham.
Date: Durham, 8 Id. October 13[?].
Some interlineations.
Parchment   1m
Size: 325 x 405mm
Further copies of Gregory's bull: DCD 3.13.Pont.6 (printed in W. Holtzmann, Papsturkunden in England, vol.II, (Berlin 1935), p.132-136), Cart.I, f.1r-v (printed in Historiae Dunelmensis Scriptores Tres (Surtees Society 9, 1839), p.vii-x, Cart.Vet., f.11r-12v and Loc.IX:2, and also Durham Cathedral Library MS A.II.16, f.101v
Loc.III:29   [25 April 1387]
[Copy] privilege of Pope Urban [VI] to the chancellor of the church of York granting licence to the abbey of St Mary, York, to have transumpts, exemplifications and authentications made of their privileges, muniments and instruments.
Date: Lucca, 7 Kal. May, Pont.10.
Parchment   1m
Size: 140 x 370mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:58.
Loc.III:30   [30 June 1408]
Letter from Louis [Bonito] archbishop of Tarento, acting as papal penitentiary and by authority of a general commission from the pope, to Thomas Lythe, priest and monk of Durham, giving him licence to choose his own confessor to give him absolution as often as is opportune for five years, except in the case of offences which ought to be referred to the apostolic see; the confessor may this once commute any vows of pilgrimage and abstinence into other works of piety, except for vows to make the overseas pilgrimages of SS Peter and Paul and of St James.
Date: Lucca, 2 Kal. July, Pont.2 Pope Gregory XII.
John de Caltrescans inside the turnup; B. de Troysio on the turnup; John Bloduell and T. Lyhte on the dorse.
Parchment   1m
Size: 125 x 215mm
Seal: Turnup with 3 holes [for a seal]
Formerly numbered Loc.III:29.
Loc.III:31   [14 March 1396]
Indult of Pope Boniface [IX] to John Bishopton, monk of Durham, to choose a confessor to hear his confession as often as it is opportune, give absolution, and enjoin penance, except in cases where the Holy See ought to be consulted.
Date: St Peter's, Rome, 2 Id. March, Pont. 7 [Boniface IX].
Parchment   1m
Size: 180 x 475mm
Seal: No bulla (bottom of document cut off).
Formerly numbered Loc.III:30.
Loc.III:32   11 May 1310
Notarial instrument of Teghia de Altis, Guy Donatus and Taldus Valoris, merchants of the society of the Bardi of Florence, proctors of Avocadus Neri of Avocadus and Gerard Hugonis, citizens and merchants of Florence, on behalf of them together with Ranuccio Hugonis, Francisco Ranuccio with Bertino and Simon, sons of Avocadus, their fellow merchants of Florence, substituting Master John of Suddington, William le Lardiner and Richard of Cave, clerks, to gain absolution from the prior of Tynemouth and the archdeacons of Durham and Cleveland for the prior and chapter of Durham from a sentence of excommunication and interdict on account of 1750 marks, in three separate sums, borrowed from the Florentine merchants and not repaid.
Witnesses: Master John of St Quentin of York diocese; John Giobeley rector of Scrayingham of York diocese; John de Sayligh citizen of London; Richard of Cave of York diocese; Randolph of Bride citizen of London.
Notary: Albertinus natus condam Rugieri Niccolai de Pistorio, NP by apostolic and imperial authority.
Date: London, in a house in the parish of St Antholin, 11 May 1310.
Parchment   1m
Size: 210 x 295mm
Seal: G&B No.57 & 2519, on double parchment tags through a single slit in a turnup, with another slit for a third seal
Formerly numbered Loc.III:31.
Loc.III:33   16 January 1429
Mandate of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to Prior [John Wessington], Robert [Foston] bishop of Elphin, the archdeacon of Durham and his official, the subprior of Durham cathedral, Master William Ebchester DTh monk of Durham, Master Thomas Lyes dean of Auckland collegiate church, John Boinour DD rector of Gateshead, George Radcliffe LLL rector of Sedgefield, Richard Pennymaster BTh rector of Haughton le Skerne, William Blackburn LLB rector of Stanhope, and William Doncaster LLB vicar of St Oswald's Durham, to publish in the city and archdeaconry of Durham the bull of Pope Martin V, given at Rome on [18 March 1427], granting Cardinal Henry [Beaufort] licence to gather troops to eradicate Wycliffites, Hussites and other heretics in Bohemia.
Date: Crayke, 16 January 1428/9.
Parchment   1m
Size: 425 x 610mm
Seal: Residue of a seal on a double parchment tag through 3 slits in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.III:19.
Printed from the register copy in The Register of Thomas Langley, bishop of Durham 1406-1437, Volume III, ed. by R.L. Storey, Surtees Society 169 (1954), p.146-147.
Loc.III:34   13 March 1397
Notarial instrument of John of Dalton, official of Durham, appointing William de Wales, chaplain of Newcastle upon Tyne, to exemplify the will of Richard of Pickering, burgess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, of 15 May 1340, endowing a chantry in the church of All Saints, Newcastle, probate 3 Kal. June [30 May] 1344.
Witnesses: Thomas de Well and Robert de Therillewall clerks of York and Durham dicoeses.
Notary: Robert de Berall, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by apostolic authority (eschatol recited).
Date: his lodging in Durham, 13 March 1396/7.
Parchment   1m
Size: 470 x 330mm
Seal: G&B No.3173, on a double parchment tag through a single slit in a turnup
Formerly numberd Loc.III:37.
Loc.III:35   16 January 1429
Mandate of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to Prior [John Wessington] and the official of the Durham court, to publish in the city of Durham the bull of Pope Martin V, given at Rome on [18 March 1427] granting Cardinal Henry [Beaufort, bishop of Winchester], papal legate in all Germany, Hungary and Bohemia, jurisdiction over Wycliffites, Hussites and other heretics in those parts.
Date: Crayke, 16 January 1428/9.
Parchment   1m
Size: 510 x 570mm
Seal: G&B No.3148, on a double parchment tag through 3 slits in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.III:13.
Printed from the register copy in The Register of Thomas Langley, bishop of Durham 1406-1437, Volume III, ed. by R.L. Storey, (Surtees Society 169, 1954), p.143-145.
Loc.III:36   [December 1429]
Instructions of Cardinal Henry Beaufort for his proposed crusade in Bohemia.
Those who came to hear the preaching were to receive each time they were present relaxation of 100 days of their enjoined minor penances. The preachers were to impress upon those who took the cross that it was to be received with due reverence. Specific detailed prayers, blessings and other services were to be used in the ceremony of affixing the cross, which was to be made of red silk or other cloth.
Those who went on the expedition at their own expense, those who died on the journey, those who did not go but gave money according to the extent of their faculties to pay the expenses of a soldier and those who went at another's expense were entitled to a plenary pardon. Those who gave advice or help other than financial, including those engaged in the administration of the business of the crusade, could have relaxation of 60 days of enjoined penance. Those who undertook to go in person and were unable to fulfill their pledges, if they were too poor to provide substitutes, could earn 60 days relaxation of enjoined penance on each day that they said prescribed prayers for the expedition. Religious and secular celrgy were given the same rewards for prayers.
The crusaders were to have the protection of St Peter for their families and goods and all the liberties granted by general councils to participants in crusades to the Holy Land. The preachers were to hear confessions and to give absolutions in forms as detailed, except for sins reserved to the pope, for which only the cardinal himself could give absolution. In all churches there were to be solemn processions and masses, as detailed.
The confessors could commute vows of pilgrimage to Jerusalem or Compostella to the estimated amount of money that would have been spent on the pilgrimage. They could also commute vows to take part in the crusade, provided the applicant sent a soldier or soldiers in his place, or, at the discretion of the confessor, shared with another person desiring redemption the cost of a soldier.

Size: 300 x 220mm
Printed in The Register of Thomas Langley, bishop of Durham 1406-1437, Volume III, ed. by R.L. Storey, Surtees Society 169 (1954), p.136-142.
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England 1327-1534, (Cambridge, Mass., 1962), p.564-565.
Loc.III:37   [1448]
Petition of William [Ebchester] prior and convent of Durham to [Henry VI] asking for exemption from tenths, parts of tenths, subsidies, aids, quotes and other contributions, for ever. Petition set out in the form of letters patent.
Endorsed (early 16th century) as “Copia ...” and “2a” .
Language:  English (preamble) and Latin (petition)
Parchment   1m
Size: 155 x 520mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:33.
Copy: DCD Loc.XIX:1.
Petition granted: DCD 3.5.Reg.3 and Loc.III:23 (both Henry VI).
Loc.III:38   1256
Roll of copy/draft documents concerning the prior and convent of Durham's appeal against their papal loan contracted by the bishop of Hereford. In various hands.

Size: 1195 x 125-160mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:48-52.
Discussed in W.E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England to 1327, (Cambridge, Mass., 1939), p.271-272.
m.1   1256
Memorandum that Hugh of Darlington and Martin [of St Romaldo], going to the Roman curia, took with them various writings of Master Rostand, the archdeacon of Paris and Master W. de St Sever concerning the 300 marks, in a roll under the seal of the bishop of Durham, together with a transcript of Master Bernard concerning 500 marks, the sentence of the subprior of York, and the letters of revocation of the same sentence of the prior of York and the same subprior in a roll under the seal of the same bishop, with letters of protestation and appeal from the chapter.

m.1   [1256]
Memorandum of petitions to be presented in the Roman curia as compensation, along with discharging the obligation by paying £100 a year in place of 500 marks in two years: tithes and the churches of Brantingham and Hemingbrough; similarly for Giggleswick; letters to judges delegate, the prior and subprior of Carlisle, concerning Gilbert Hansard; likewise to the dean of Stamford and the prior of the new order of St Augustine concerning John Bec; portions for vicars presented and instituted; exemption from contributing to quinquennia; an indulgence for the feretrary of St Cuthbert.

m.1   [1 April] 1256
Form of an appeal of B. prior and convent of Durham to the pope and his cardinals, and to the general council if necessary, against the sentence of excommunication and interdict of the archdeacon of Paris, professing obedience to the apostolic see, but refusing consent to the intolerable and impossible spoliation of their churches and the dissipation of their goods, opposing the introduction of the vilest servitude into the church of Christ; declaring themselves ready to pay the tenth granted to the king by certain of the major prelates, but protesting that they were not bound to honour the loan contracted for them fraudulently by the bishop of Hereford without their authorisation.
Date: Durham [cathedral], chapter house, Saturday known as Sitientes 1256.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712, m.2r and BL Cotton MS Julius D.iv, which latter is printed in F. Barlow ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1940) p.11.
m.1   [22 May 1256]
Another more general form of an appeal by B. prior and convent of Durham to the pope, and to the general council if necessary, against the sentence of excommunication and interdict of the archdeacon of Paris and Master Bernard Senens.
Date: Monday before Ascension year as above.
Present: Masters R of Driffield then official of [the bishop] of Durham; P then official of the archdeacon.

m.2   [3 June] 1256
Letters of Bertram prior and convent of Durham to Pope Alexander [IV] appointing their fellow monks Hugh of Darlington and Martin of St Rumbald as proctors in the Roman curia.
Date: Durham, 3 Non. June 1256.

m.3   [3 June] 1256
Letters of Bertram prior and convent of Durham appointing the monks Hugh [of Darlington] and Martin of St Rumbald as their proctors.
Date: Durham, 3 Non. June 1256.

m.3   [3 June] 1256
Letters of Bertram prior and convent of Durham authorising their proctors Hugh of Darlington and Martin of St Rumbald to borrow 20 marks for carrying out their business in the Roman curia.
Date: Durham, 3 Non. June 1256.

m.4   [8 June] 1256
Letters of Sewal [de Bovill] elect [archbishop] of York witnessing that the priors and convents of Durham and Guisborough have before him appealed to the Roman see as follows: when the pope empowered the bishop of Hereford to bind the two priories to pay a certain sum of money, he did not intend that the bishop should be able to bind them to pay more than the amount of the tenth granted to the king; yet Master Berardus of Siena, claiming to be a papal executor, is unjustly trying to compel them to pay to certain Sienese and Florentine merchants, Christopher Tholomei, Hugh Mace and others, a sum greater than the tenth, which the bishop is said to have bound them to pay; the proctors appeal to the pope against this situation, against threats of excommunication and interdict made against the priories by Master Rustandus and Berardus of Siena, papal chaplains and nuncii, and against attempts to compel the priories to pay 500 marks from Durham and 300 marks from Guisborough to the named marchants.
Date: Cawood, 6 (interlineated, 5 cancelled) Id. June 1256.

m.5   May 1256
Letters of J [John of Stonegrave] abbot and convent of Whitby acknowledging that he had received a loan at London from Aldebrand Aldebrand and Benevenuto, on behalf of them, Roland and other merchants, of 170 marks, with repayments and interest detailed.
Date: Whitby [abbey], chapter house, May 1256.

Loc.III:39   [?1378]
Commission of Robert of Walworth, prior of Durham, to the clergy of Durham and York dioceses, by virtue of a bull of Pope Urban [VI] given at Rome on [18 February 1378] whereby the accused is mandated to answer concerning the detention of tithes and other goods to the detriment of William Walworth dean of Auckland St Andrew. Undated.
Parchment   1m
Size: 370 x 295mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:25.
Loc.III:40   late 13th century
Formulary of letters.
Endorsed as being copies of various letters.

Size: 1330 x 215mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:11.
Calendared in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.241-245, (from which the following entries are taken) with some entries printed in extenso as indicated.
m.1r (1)   [c.1286]
H de B informs J [John le Romeyn], archbishop of York, that he has been unable to accede to the petition presented by Master T de N [Thomas of Normanton], the proctor of Durham convent, that the sentences incurred in the quarrel between the monastery and the archbishop should be revoked; he gives reasons.

m.1r (2)
Quitclaim for debts and pensions to the executors of a prebendary [?of Howden].

m.1r (3)
Form for a letter of thanks.

m.1r (4)   [January 1287]
Letter from Prior Hugh [of Darlington] to the abbot of St Mary's York agreeing to attend personally, or through proctors, the meeting of the General Chapter of black monks on 25 January 1287 at Northallerton.

Printed: F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.191-192; Chapters of the English Black Monks III, ed W.A. Pantin (Camden 3rd Series vol.liv, 1937), p.276.
m.1r (5)
Form for a letter of credence.

m.1r (6)   [?1285 x 1286]
Letter of J[ohn le Romeyn archbishop of York] to a p[rior of D[urham]: the archbishop has lately written to the prior through the prior's fellow-monk Ambrose [of Bamburgh] telling what was done at Ripon, and sends his steward, to whom the prior is to give full credence, to negotiate with the convent.

m.1r (7)   [1272 x before 1286]
King Edward [I] laments the quarrel between the convent of Durham and the archbishop of York; he complains that the convent did not meet his councillors, William de Hothum, provincial prior of the Dominicans, and Master Bonectus de N, at Beverley (?sic, recte Beauvais), as required; he informs the convent that a plan of peace was arranged in its absence with the archbishop in the presence of the bishop of Durham; he asks the convent to meet J [John] de Vescy and the same Master Bonectus who will expound the plan, to which, he hopes, the convent will adhere.

Discussed in: Brentano, York Metropolitan Jurisdiction, p.142.
m.1r (8)   [?1289 x 1290]
Prior H [Hugh of Darlington] informs Bishop Antony Bek that he is fairly well and that the monastery is peaceful.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.191.
m.1r (9)   [1286 x 1288]
Prior H [Hugh of Darlington] requests R [Robert] Avenel, one of the executors of the will of R [Robert of Holy Island, late bishop of Durham], to pay £300 owed by the deceased to the convent.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.187-188.
m.1r (10)   [before 1279]
R [Reginald] of Brandon, cleric, asks the prior and chapter of D [Durham] for the payment of the arrears of two pensions due to him from the the convent.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.88.
m.1r (11)
[The prior of Durham] orders a monk to return to his duties and to cease acting as executor of the will of Master A de Golyn, late archdeacon of Lothian.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.92.
m.1r (12)   [?1286]
O [Osbert], bishop of Asti, reminds the prior of D [Durham] of his promise to pay a pension to the bishop's relative, Sir Peter de Montecute, and offers to be serviceable at Rome.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.153-154.
m.1r (13)   [?1286]
H [Hugh of Darlington, prior of D [Durham], orders H [Henry of Horncastle], prior of Coldingham, to resume the wardship of the heirs of Paxton, alienated by the former prior [of Durham], R [Richard of Claxton], to his brother E and his son-in-law Jordan.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.182.
m.1r (14)   [1286 x 1290]
H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D [Durham], orders Master T [Thomas] de Birland to repay a loan of 107 marks.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.135.
m.1r (15)   [?1281]
W [William] de la Corner, [archdeacon of Northumberland] and papal chaplain, asks W [Walter Wickwane], archbishop of York, to postpone his visit of the convent [of Durham in 1281], so that he can consult its absent bishop.

m.1r (16)   [1258 x 1273 or 1286 x 1290]
R [Robert de Chaury or Ralph Ireton], bishop of Carlisle, informs H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D [Durham], that he is forced to postpone an ordination.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.149.
m.1r (17)   [1286 x 1288]
Prior Hugh [of Darlington] informs Robert Avenel that his co-executors of the will of the late bishop [of Durham, Robert of Holy Island] have agreed to a settlement and, as they require his assent, encloses letters patent for him to seal.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.188.
m.1r (18)   [1286 x 1288]
R [Robert] Avenel's assent to the settlement of his fellow executors of the will of the late R [Robert of Holy Island], bishop of D [Durham].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.188-189.
m.1r (19)   [?c.1286]
H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D[ Durham], appoints A [Ambrose] of Bamburgh as prior of Lytham.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.122.
m.1r (20)   [c.1286]
H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D [Durham], asks G [Gilbert] of Clifton, sheriff of Lancaster, to protect the cell of Lytham during a vacancy and to aid it in its quarrel with the lords of Weeton and Westby.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.121-122.
m.1r (21)   [1285 x 1290]
H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D [Durham], rejects overtures from J [John le Romeyn], archbishop of York, on behalf of Master T [Thomas] de Birland, his clerk, who owes the convent money for 4 years or more.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.136
m.1r (22)   [1286]
A [Antony Bek, bishop of Durham], about to go abraod to make peace between the kings of France and Aragon as commissioned by the king at Woodstock, asks H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D [Durham], to cause prayers to be offered for his safety.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.189.
m.1r (23)
A monk, recently arrived at the university, ingeniously seeks the prior [of Durham]'s aid in the purchase of a fine copy of the Decretals.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.130.
m.1r (24)
Form of authorisation for proctors to raise a loan at Rome or elsewhere.

m.1r (25)
H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D [Durham], orders his official to warn Master B [Benedict of Hartlepool] rector of Welton and [Master Thomas de Birland] rector of B [Brantingham] to repay debts under threat of sequestration.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.135-136.
m.1r (26)   [1286 x 1289]
W [William] de Montefort, dean of London St Paul's, regretfully informs H [Hugh of Darlington], prior of D [Durham], that he cannot revoke the sentences promulgated by his predecessors against the convent [of Durham] in the course of Durham's struggle with the archbishop of York; he gives welcome news of Durham monks studying in Oxford.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.129-130.
m.1r (27)
Various rhetorical forms.

m.1r (28)   [c.1286]
[The bishop of Durham], in accordance with the terms of a settlement of the quarrel between the convent [of Durham] and the archbishop of York, requests his correspondent to revoke all the sentences he has laid.

m.1d (1)   [c.1286]
[A papal judge delegate] by apostolic authority revokes and annuls all sentences etc laid by the convent of Durham and W [Walter Wickwane] and J [John le Romeyn], archbishops of York, during their quarrel.

m.1d (2)   [1273 x 1285 or 1290 x 1300)
R [Richard of Claxton or Richard de Hoton], prior of D [Durham], orders his official to warn Master H, rector, to pay the 10 mark pension due to [Durham] from his church, under threat of sequestration.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.136.
m.1d (3)   [1285]
Richard [of Claxton], prior [of Durham], and the convent appoint proctors to negotiate for a settlement of their quarrel with J [John le Romeyn], archbishop of York.

m.1d (4)   [1258 x 1273 or 1286 x 1290]
H [Hugh of Darlington], [prior of Durham], grants a corrody to the convent's carpenter Master R of N.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.183.
m.1d (5)
Rhetorical form.

m.1d (6)
Form for a proxy.

m.1d (7)   [?1290]
Promise to attend [a prior's] installation.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.85.
m.1d (8)   [9 April 1290]
Promise to attend the installatioin [of Prior Richard de Hoton] in Durham cathedral.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.85.
m.1d (9)   [?1290]
Request for hospitality in the monastery.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.85.
m.1d (10)
Rhetorical form.

m.1d (11)   [?c.1289]
[Hugh of Darlington, prior of Durham,] informs [the bishop of Durham] that he is extremely ill, and asks him to further the interests of the convent [of Durham].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.189-190.
m.1d (12)   [1286]
Prayers requested for the soul of the late Sir H [Hugh] Burnell by [his brother Robert Burnell], bishop of Bath [and Wells].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.97.
m.1d (13)   [1285 x 1286]
[The bishop of Durham] informs the convent [of Durham] that he has asked J [John le Romeyn], archbishop of York, to suspend action against it until he (the bishop) can have a personal talk with the prior, and so he orders the prior likewise to suspend operations.

m.1d (14)   [1285 x 1286]
[The prior of Durham] in reply rejoices in the safe return of [the bishop] from an arduous legation, thanks him for his mediation, and agrees to his proposals.

m.1d (15)   [1285 x 1286]
[The prior of Durham], in a further reply, regrets that the convent [of Durham] has been unable to suspend action, for it has been compelled to resist a hostile move.

m.1d (16)
Request for the ordination of Master T de N, rector of C, yet in deacon's orders.

m.1d (17)
Request for aid for the building of a palace.

m.1d (18)   [1291 or 1293]
[The prior of] Stamford is requested to resign the cell and hand it over to G de S [Geoffrey of St Botulph (Boston)].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.127.
m.1d (19)   [1291 or 1293]
The cell [of Stamford] is ordered to obey G [Geoffrey of Boston].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.127.
m.1d (20)   [?1291 or 1293]
A favour is requested at court for the prior [?of Stamford].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.127.
m.1d (21)
Form for an apology.

m.1d (22)   [1280 x 1283]
Commission to seize an excommunicate by O [Oliver Sutton], bishop of Lincoln, (used as a model at Durham).

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.137.
m.1d (23)   [?1283 x 1284]
Writ of R [Richard of Claxton], prior of D [Durham], to King E [Edward I], (based on the last preceding), signifying obdurate excommincates in Howdenshire.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.138.
m.1d (24)   [1283 x 1284]
Writ of significavit from King E [Edward I] to the sheriff of York, to apprehend an excommunicate, as advised by the prior of Durham.
Date: at N, 12 [Edward I].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.138.
m.1d (25)   [? before 1265]
Form for a commission of the prior of D [Durham] to his official in Howdenshire and Allertonshire.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.132.
m.2r (1)   [?1273 x 1285]
[The bishop of Durham] grants the late prior of Durham the right to hear the confessions of the monks, and the right to choose a confessor for himself.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.186.
m.2r (2)   [?1290]
King E [Edward I] protests to Pope N [Nicholas IV] about papal collations in the dioceses of Lincoln and York.

Printed in W. Prynne, An exact chronological vindication ... of our ... kings iii, (1668), p.417.
Calendared in Calendar of the Close Rolls 1288-1296, p.134.
m.2r (3)
Poems:
a. Veritas, equitas, largitas corruit; ... virtutis gaudent precio.
b. Avaricia querit spolia, quia propria facit communia ... amicicie sub effigie, nequicie structura.
c. Iam prelati sunt Pilati ... mentis in minores.
d. Canes impudicie avidi muti; ... solent esse tuti.
e. Omnis status immutatus ... fortune minoris.
f. Vota plura, preces, thura ... per hos ammoueri.

m.2r (4)   6 & 13 February 1292
An account of the Convocation of Canterbury held at the New Temple and Lambeth, London, led by [John Pecham], archbishop of Canterbury, detailing postponements, the reading of the papal bull, the consideration of five articles for a crusade to recover the Holy Land, the arrangements for the discussions and a report to be sent to the pope. The articles concerned the necessity of peace in Europe through the election of an emperor, a sexennial tithe from the clergy of his country for any prince going, the unification of the Templar and Hospitaller orders to fund the maintenance of the defence of the Holy Land, financial support through a clergy tax of a halfpenny or a farthing in the mark according to the Norwich valuation, and the archbishop and his suffragans arranging papal loans in the meantime.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.201-202.
Discussed in ibid., p.232 and D.L. Douie, Archbishop Pecham, (Oxford 1952), p.333-336.
m.2r (5)
Letters dimissory for a clerk.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.4r (3).
m.2r (6)   [1251 x 1266]
Letters dimissory of Thomas [O'Connor], bishop of Achonry, (or of Robert of Holy Island, bishop of Durham), for W of Howden, ordained priest, on the presentation of Sir John de Cogan.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.149-150.
Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.4r (4) and BL MS Stowe 930 f.25r-v.
m.2r (7)   [?1260]
Form for the acknowledgement of a loan.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.1r (16).
m.2r (8)
Reply to the prior of a cell who has asked to be recalled.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.104.
Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.4d (2).
m.2r (9)
Plea for the reception of a fugitive monk.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.2d (1).
m.2r (10)   [1267]
Hugh [of Darlington] prior and the convent of Durham present to W [Walter Giffard], archbishop of York, Hervicus of Darlington, clerk, for ordination and admission to the church of Kirby Sigston, vacant on the death of Reginald [de Frou], former rector there.
Dated at Durham, 14 Kal. July 1267.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.174.
Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.3r (12), Loc.II:7 and BL MS Stowe f.18v.
m.2r (11)
Rhetorical form.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.8d (5).
m.2r (12)
Rhetorical form.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.8d (6).
m.2r (13)
Form for a petition for counsel.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.8d (7).
m.2r (14)
Form for a letter of credence for a nuncio.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.8d (8).
m.2r (15)
Form for a petition for help for the convent's nuncios at the royal court.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.8d (10).
m.2r (16)
Rhetorical form.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.8d (11).
m.2r (17)
Form for a letter of reproach.

Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.8d (13).
m.2r (18)   [?1259 x 1260]
H de S [Henry of Silton], prior of Coldingham, announces his resignation to A [Alexander III], king of Scotland.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.110-111.
Also in DCD Misc.Ch. 5712 m.3r (1).
m.2r (19)   [1273 x 1285 or 1290 x 1300]
Commission by R [Richard of Claxton or Richard de Hoton], prior of D [Durham].

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.98-99.
m.2d (1)   [1279 x 1285 or 1290 x 1292]
R [Richard of Claxton or Richard de Hoton] prior of D [Durham] asks J [John Pecham], archbishop of Canterbury, to restrain the dean of Arches from publishing the excommunication of Master W de M, rector of a church in the diocese of York.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.138-139.
m.2d (2)
Rhetorical forms.

m.2d (3)
Rhetorical forms.

m.2d (4)
The general chapter of the Premonstratensian Order makes a grant of confraternity to the prior of Durham out of regard for the church of Blanchland.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.97.
m.2d (5)
Rhetorical forms, including some excerpts from John of Salisbury.

m.2d (6)
Rhetorical form.

m.2d (7)
Rhetorical forms.

m.2d (8)
Rhetorical forms.

m.2d (9)
Rhetorical form.

m.2d (10)
Florilegium of Becket correspondence:
a. Stultum est.
b. Utinam immundam.
c. Impium est.
d. Taciturnitas nutrit assensum.
e. Quante compassionis.
f. Licet faciem vestram.
g. Magna pars.
h. Humanitas vestra.
i. Ut honestas.
j. Quod dileccioni.
k. Ex assuetudine.
kk. Profecto rerum disposicio.
l. Unde presumcio videtur.
m. Confidencia securas.
n. Chaos quod inter nos.
o. Sepe nobis a pluribus.
p. Ne dissimulacio.
q. Dyurnitas silencii mei.
r. Ut ammoneat habundancius.
s. Circumspeccionis vestre.
t. Et me liberalitati vestre.
u. Malo is esse in quo.
v. Amicicie racio.
w. Ea que nobis litteratorie.
x. Quibus in breui Christus.
y. Instancia portitoris.
z. Licet per varios temporum discursus.

See: Materials for the History of Archbishop Thomas Becket vols. v & vi, ed J.C. Robertson (1875-1885); John of Salisbury, Letters, ed W.J. Millor, H.E. Butler, C.N.L. Brooke (1955) and St John's College Oxford, MS 126.
m.2d (11)
The prior and convent of D [Durham] promise Master N, a clerk, the next vacant benefice in Howdenshire or Allertonshire.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.158.
m.2d (12)
Rhetorical form.

m.2d (13)
Form for a petition for help.

m.2d (14)   [1289 x 1290]
The monks inform [Bishop Antony Bek] that Prior [Hugh of Darlington] is suffering from a paralytic stroke after journeying from Pittington manor to Finchale, and that they have been advised by their chamberlain Warner [of Craven] that the tenants in Hemingbrough are disaffected.

Printed in F. Barlow, ed, Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.190-191.
m.2d (15)
?Cover to the previous entry.

m.2d (16)   [1277 x 1280 or 1288 x 1292]
Edmund son of the king, W [William] de Valence, E [Edmund earl of] Cornwall, G [Gilbert de Clare earl of] Gloucester and the other magnates of the kingdom protest to Pope Nicholas [III or IV] about foreign clerks being appointed to English benefices.

m.2d (17)
Letter of recommendation for William de Stanford, who is with the correspondent at Newcastle.

Loc.III:41   [?1311 x 1316]
Copy letter of Richard [?Kellaw] bishop of Durham to the prior of the English province of the order of predicate (preacher) friars regarding the proposed removal of friar Henry Wawklin from the [Dominican] friary at Newcastle upon Tyne.
Parchment   1m
Size: 75-80 x 180-195mm
Loc.III:42   c.1400
Copies of documents about archdeaconry of Richmond visitations vindicating the rights of the abbey of St Mary's, York, to churches, pensions and tithes in the archdeaconry.
With cancellations and interlineations.

Size: 1910 x 300mm
m.1-2   2 May 1344
Notarial instrument being testimonial letters of Simon of Bekygnham, official of Robert of Woodhouse, archdeacon of Richmond, reciting the following commission, reporting his carrying out a visitation of Richmond archdeaconry, hearing the opposition of G. de Norton vicar of Burneston, proctor, and the petition of Master W. Moubray proctor of the abbey and convent of St Mary's, supported by documents from popes, archbishops of York, the church and chapter of York, archdeacons of Richmond and others, vindicating the rights of the abbey of St Mary's, York, to the churches etc in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and confirming those rights.
Affirmed by Masters J. of Thirsk of York diocese, John natus John Hall of Shipdham of Norwich diocese and Hugh of Grantham of Lincoln diocese.
Date: Nun Monkton church, 2 May 1344.
Witnesses: J de Tyneryngton claustral prior, Adam of St Botulph [Boston] monks of St Mary's York, J. de Stainton clerk, R. Tortemeyns domicellus, of Lincoln, York and Ely dioceses.
Notary: Hugh of Denton dictus of Grantham of Lincoln diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatol recited.
Note of the seal of the official of Richmond.

   15 September 1342
Commission of Robert of Woodhouse, archdeacon of Richmond, to Master Simon of Bekyngham, his official, W[illiam] of Langton iuris paritis and J[ohn] of Huntingdon vicar of Easingwold to visit Richmond archdeaconry and especially to ascertain the rights of St Mary's abbey, York, to the church of Kirkby Lonsdale with a half of the tithes of Dylaker, the church of Kirkby in Kendal, pensions of 100s and 20lb of wax from the church of Richmond, 100s from the vicar of Gilling, 5½ marks from the vicar of Middleton, £10 in tithes from the demesne of the earl of Richmond from the church of Croft, two parts of the tithe of sheaves from the parish of East Witton, tithes from the demesne of the lord of Coupland, and tithes from the rector of Egremont.
Date: Methley, 15 September 1342.

m.2   4 June 1344
Notarial instrument of R[obert] of Woodhouse, archdeacon of Richmond, being an inspeximus of Bekyngham's processus.
Date: Stamford, 4 June 1344.
Notary: Hugh of Denton dictus of Grantham of Lincoln diocese, NP by apostolic authority.
Witnesses: T de Lexham clerk of Norwich diocese, John Brown clerk.
Note of the archdeacon's seal and that this document agreed with the original.

m.3   21 August 1344
Letters testimonial of William [Zouche] archbishop of York witnessing that at his visitation the abbey of St Mary's, York, produced their title deeds from his predecessors as archbishop and from the dean and chapter of York to their churches and possessions in the archdeaconry of Richmond, that is the churches of Burneston and Catterick, a portion in the church of Well, tithes at East Witton, tithes at Holm and the fishery at Egue [Ehen] and Esk, pensions of 100s and 20lb of wax from the church of Richmond, 100s from the vicar of Gilling, 13s 4d from the vicar of Catterick, 5½ marks from the vicar of Middleton, and 13s 4d from the vicar of Bryneston, and confirming their possession of them.
Date: Cawood, 21 August 1344.
Note of the archbishop's seal and that this document agreed with the original.

m.4   26 September 1351
Notarial instrument being letters testimonial of Henry of Walton archdeacon of Richmond witnessing that at his visitation the abbey of St Mary's, York, through their proctor, Thomas Danby, monk of St Mary's, produced their title deeds to their churches and possessions in the archdeaconry of Richmond, namely the churches of Burneston, Middleton, Kirkby Lonsdale and Kirkby in Kendal, tithes at East Witton, tithes at Coupland and tithes from the rector of Egremont, pensions of 100s and 20lb of wax from the church of Richmond, 1 mark from the vicar of Catterick, 5½ marks from the vicar of Middleton, and 1 mark from the vicar of Burneston, whose possession their proctor sought and received confirmation of.
Date:St Bees priory, 26 September 1351.
Witnesses: Masters Adam of York, John Heriz, and John of Todyngton [?Tottington], juris paritis; John of Dishforth NP.
Notary: William Clavyle clerk of Salisbury diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatol recited.
Note of the archdeacon's seal and that this document agreed with the original.

m.5   3 December 1373
Notarial instrument being letters testimonial of Humphrey of Charlton archdeacon of Richmond witnessing that at his visitation the abbey of St Mary's, York, through their proctor, Master John of Stanton, clerk, produced their title deeds to their churches and possessions in the archdeaconry of Richmond, namely the churches of Burneston, Middleton, and Kirkby in Kendal, tithes at East Witton, Holm and from the fisheries of the Egues [?Ehen] and Esk, pensions of 100s and 20lb of wax from the church of Richmond, 100s from the vicar of Gilling, 5½ marks from the vicar of Middleton, and 1 mark from the vicar of Burneston, whose possession their proctor sought and received confirmation of.
Date: York, in the Minster, 3 December 1373.
Witnesses: Masters John of Norton and Hugh of Fleetham advocates of the court of York; Reginald of Weston priest of St Asaph diocese.
Notary: Master Roger de Clone clerk of Hereford diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatol recited.
Note of the archdeacon's seal and that this document agreed with the original.

Loc.III:43   [13 November 1385]
Commission of Peter [Amelius de Brunaco] archbishop of Tarento, acting as papal penitentiary, to the prior of Durham this once to absolve monks of Durham who are guilty of violence or other offences (listed in detail), according to the form of the custom of the Church, except in the casde of offences which ought o be referred tio the apostolic see, and to dispense them from irregularity inadvertently incurred thereby; granted at the petition of the subprior and monks of Durham.
Date: Janue [Genoa], under the seal which he used to have as bishop of Senogallia [Sinigaglia (bishop there 1376-1382)], Id. November, Pont. 8 Urban VI.
“Anthanasius” on the turnup and “Johannes de monasterio” on the dorse; also endorsed (early sixteenth century) as being a commission of the papal penitentiary.
Parchment   1m
Size: 175 x 245mm
Seal: 2 holes through a turnup [for seal cords]
Formerly numbered Loc.III:36.
Loc.III:44   [13 April 1400]
Licence of Francis [Tomacelli], cardinal priest of St Susanna, to the bishop of Durham to absolve Hugh Sherburn, monk of Durham, from a sentence of excommunication for wounding the subprior of Durham in the belly with a knife.
Date: Rome St Peter, Id. April, Pont.11 Boniface IX.
“John Rede” on the dorse.
Parchment   1m
Size: 155 x 240mm
Seal: G&B No. 3697(i), 3 fragments, on red and white cords through 2 holes in a turnup
Formerly numbered Loc.III:22.
Loc.III:45   25 May [1376]
Pardon by Thomas [Hatfield] bishop of Durham, at the request of the prior and convent of Durham, to Richard of Eden, their fellow monk, for any felonies, robberies, larcenies or other transgressions.
Date: Durham, per manus Richard of Barnard Castle our clerk, 25 May, Pont.31.
Parchment   1m
Size: 100 x 275mm
Seal: G&B No. 3138, on a parchment tag through a single slit in a turnup
Loc.III:46   [1 October 1422]
Letters of Jordan [Orsini] bishop of Albano to the prior of Durham absolving Robert Emuldon, Thomas Coton, John Lumley and John Morby monks and priests from excommunication for ministering the sacrament without licence in the parish church of Holy Island.
Date: Rome S Maria Maggiore, Kal. October, Pont. 5 Martin V.
“Pro p. textoris” and “Bertandus” on the turnup and “T::prys” on the dorse.
Parchment   1m
Size: 170 x 275mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:43.
Loc.III:47   [20 October 1423]
Dispensation by Martin [V], pope, to the abbot and convent of St Albans, of the Benedictine order, in Lincoln dioc., upon their petition that although they are bound to continue to observe according to their rule, as they have done hitherto, the general fast before Easter, with abstention from the eating of meat between Septuagesima Sunday and Easter, they bear greater difficulty than usual through observing the fast and maintaining their claustral duties because an abundance of fish is not readily to be had in their district, and their monastery is a long way from a seaport; granting them and their successors the indulgence that henceforward from Septuagesima Sunday until Quinquagesima Sunday, on every day upon which the eating of meat is not otherwise forbidden by Church precept, they be able to eat meat and dairy products, and that the fast should begin at Quinquagesima and not before, and continue until Easter; decreeing that in place of the days when the fast will lapse between Septuagesima and Quinquagesima they are to fast each year on the vigil of St Alban, whose body or relics are kept in the monastery.
Date: Rome S Maria Maggiore, 13 Kal. November, Pont. 6 Martin [V].
“A Fidelis Galhaidne” in the bottom left corner and “B de Montepolician” and “Pro B de Montepoliciano” in the bottom right corner (all contemporary).
Endorsed (c.1500) “Take this to ye prior of Tynmouth” .

Size: 225 x 300mm
Formerly numbered Loc.III:59.
Register copy in DCD Reg.III, f.203v-204r.
Loc.III:48   early 15th century
Fragment of a leaf from a register (?possibly a missing leaf from the back of DCD Reg.Pap. (as the handwriting compares with f.127v), or from a now otherwise lost register) containing:

Size: Maximum 155 x 200mm
r   [6 November 1385]
Part of the end of a mandate by [Urban VI, pope, to John Fordham, bishop of Durham, to expedite the appropriation of the churches of Frampton, Bossall, Ruddington and Fishlake, in the dioceses of Lincoln and York, to Durham College Oxford].
Date: Genoa, 8 Id. [November], Pont. 8.

Complete copy in DCD Cart I, f.27r-28r.
r
Part of letters to the prior and convent of Durham concerning the election of the prior.

v
Start of Le Convenit, comprising part of the introduction (with the first couple of lines missing), clauses 1 and 2

Full text in DCD 1.4.Pont.4, printed in Feodarium prioratus Dunelmensis, [ed W. Greenwell] (Surtees Society 58, 1872), p.212-217.
Loc.III:49   29 July 1476
Notarized exemplification by Hugh Snell', D.Dec., vicar-general in spiritualities of Lawrence [Booth], bishop of Durham, in distant parts, and chief official of the consistory court of Durham, making it known that when seated judicially (place and date as below), there appeared in person before him a certain Thomas Halver, monk of Durham, chancellor and almoner [of the monastery], claiming to be, along with others, a proctor or agent ( sindicus ) of the prior and chapter thereof, as was sufficiently apparent to the vicar-general; holding in his hands various muniments, whole and entire, concerning, as he claimed, the state, custom [?: modum] and utility of the church of Durham, which he showed and handed over, on behalf of the prior and chapter and in his own name, to the vicar-general for examination; declaring that the prior and chapter and he, of necessity, are sending these muniments, or true copies thereof, to various remote places for the protection of their interests, goods, liberties (&c), which are defended by force and authority thereof; that, since the proctor fears these original muniments, if sent to such remote places, might be damaged or destroyed through the hazards of the roads, flood, robbery, plunder, fire, loss, or other accidents, he begged the vicar-general to have the muniments transcribed and exemplified and reduced into public form; and that he, the vicar-general, accepting the petition as just, having received the muniments, examined them, found them to be above suspicion, announced that the following
[1] [Charter] by Thomas, archbishop of York, to all archbishops, bishops and abbots in England and their successors, and to his own successors, “&c” . [1070 x 1100 or 1108 x1114]
[2] [Charter] by Thurstan, archbishop of York, “&c” . [1114 x 1140].
[3] [Charter] by Roger, archbishop of York, “&c” . [1154 x 1181]
[4] [Charter] by Walter, archbishop of York, “&c”. [1215 x 1255 or 1266 x 1279]
[5] [Bull] by Honorius [III], pope, “&c” . Date: Lateran, 3 Id. April, Pont. 2 [11 April 1218]. [Cf. Cart. Vet. f.37r, a copy of 2.1.Pap.11, now missing.]
[6] [Bull] by Honorius [III], pope, “&c” . Date: Lateran, 6 Non. March, Pont. 11 [2 March 1227]. [Cf. Cart. I. f.10v-11r, a copy of 2.1.Pap.13, now missing.]
were to be copied and exemplified, and ordered this to be done by the notary, specially taken on as his scribe for this business and as scribe of the acts of the consistory court; and that he has ordered that as much faith, in and out of court, be applied to this present copy as ought to be applied to the original muniments if they should be brought to light.
Under the seal of his office of official, along with the sign and subscription of the notary.
Witnesses: Master John Rudd', B.Dec., Master John Pickering, LL.B., James Wilkinson and William Clerk, chaplains, Master John Whithead, N.P. by imperial authority, Thomas Claxton', gentleman, and William Fynlaw, of Durham diocese.
Notary: Robert Bartram, clerk of Coventry & Lichfield dioc., N.P. by apostolic authority (eschatocol recited)
Done: Durham, the customary place for passing sentences in the consistory, 29 July 1476.
Parchment   1m
Size: 720 x 560mm
Seal: 3 slits through a turnup [for a seal tag]
Formerly numbered Loc.III:24.
Copy: DCD Reg.IV f.175v-176v.
Loc.III:50   [1281]
Record of the dispute between W[illiam Wickwane] archbishop of York and the chapter of Durham concerning Durham's presentation to the church of [West] Rounton and York's visitation of the chapter of Durham.
Headed as “Incipit placita ...”.

Size: 2140 x 275mm
Described and discussed in R. Brentano, York Metropolitan Jurisdiction and Papal Judges Delegate (1279-1296), (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1959), p.115-120.
Continued by and possibly originally joined at the foot to DCD Misc.Ch. 7168.
m.1   [1281]
Presentation by the prior and convent of Durham to W[illiam Wickwane] archbishop of York of Adam de Barneby sub-deacon to the church of [West] Rounton vacant on the resignation of Master Benedict of Hartlepool.

m.1   April 1281
Appointment of Thomas of Normanton as proctor by the prior and convent of Durham.
Date: [?] Nones April 1281.

m.1   [9 April] 1281
Notification by Thomas of Normanton, clerk, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to W[illiam Wickwane] archbishop of York of the prior and convent's appeal to Rome against his refusal to confirm their presentation of Adam de Barneby to their vacant church of [West] Rounton.
Date: Lancaster, in the prior's chamber where the archbishop spent the night, Wednesday after Palm Sunday, 1281.
Witnesses: Master Henry of Stanton then chancellor of Oxford, Master Nicholas of Wells, Master Robert of Laford, Master Walter Gloucester, Master Robert of Swindon, Master Walter of Nottingham, Thomas of Boston, Adam de Barneby, clerks.

m.1   [1281]
Supplication of the prior and convent of Durham for the abbot and prior of Alnwick, the prior and subprior of Brinkburn, or the prior and subprior of Lanercost as [papal] judges [delegate] over [West] Rounton church.

m.1   [1281]
Appointment by R[ichard of Claxton], prior of Durham, of Master Peter of Assisi as proctor in the Roman curia to promote the choice of the abbot and prior of Alnwick as judges, with 6 marks as salary for the purpose.

m.1   [1281]
Appointment by R[ichard of Claxton], prior of Durham, of Master John of Haxby as proctor in the Roman curia.

m.1   [1281]
Announcement by R[ichard of Claxton], prior of Durham, of the appointment of Master John of Haxby as proctor in the Roman curia.
Sealed with the common seal.

m.1   [11 March] 1281
Mandate of William [Wickwane] archbishop of York to the prior and convent of Durham of his intention to hold a metropolitical visitation in the diocese of Durham to “recreacionem animarum vestrarum” by receiving “nostra salubria monita”, requiring them to be in the chapter house at Durham on the morrow of St John the Baptist [25 June]; this was to be certified by the Annunciation [25 March].
Date: Cawood, 5 Id. March, 1280/1.

Archbishop's register copy printed in: W. Brown ed., The Register of William Wickwane, Lord Archbishop of York 1279-1285, (Surtees Society 114, 1907), p.155.
m.1   [21 March] 1281
Certificate of R[ichard] prior and convent of Durham to W[illiam Wickwane] archbishop of York, [through Master Philip of Alverton], saying that he had received the above mandate from the archbishop's messenger on the feast of St Cuthbert in March [20 March] when vested for high mass in the church of Durham at the hour of terce, but that the bishop was away in Scotland, the maiores of the chapter were not assembled and that he could not answer the archbishop's mandate without consulting them as they would blame him if he did; they could not be consulted before the Annunciation.
Date: Durham, 12 Kal. April, 1280/1.

m.1-2   [1281]
Letter [from Robert of Holy Island, bishop of Durham, having been consulted when staying at Norham, to Richard of Claxton, prior and convent of Durham] advising [them] not to commit themselves to writing, but rather to send an answer of sorts to the archbishop through a proctor who might say that, except in certain cases, the archbishop had no jurisdiction over the subjects of his suffragans, and that thus the prior and convent of Durham were not subject to him, and further advising that appeals might be prepared that nothing should be done to the prejudice of the church of Durham; he would be in Durham about Easter after his arduous business in remote parts.

m.2   [23 March] 1281
Appeal of Thomas [of Normanton] proctor of the prior and convent of Durham to William [Wickwane] archbishop of York against his unjust refsual to admit Adam de Barneby to the church of West Rounton, as the prior and convent from its foundation had not had to acknowledge obediencia to the archbishop, they place themselves under papal protection; they have enjoyed their privileges in the diocese of York for 100 years or more under papal protection.
Date: chapter house, Durham, Sunday before the Annunciation 1280/1.
Witnesses: R[ichard of Claxton] prior of Durham, William of Masham hostiller, Nicholas of Hexham almoner, William Cuthbert terrar, Roger of Methelay sacrist, Ralph of Middleham librarian, William of Middleton bursar, Ambrose of Bamburgh, [monks]; Master Gilbert of Luton, John of Norham, Alan of Berford, Ralph of Stamford chaplain, Adam de Barneby clerk, Austin of York, John of Peebles, Ralph de Rotherline, secular [clergy].

m.2
[The bishop of] Durham came to Durham at Easter and then to Auckland on the morrow of the close of Easter, summoning the clergy and people of his diocese to Durham to discuss the archbishop's action, whence he returned to Auckland and then to the royal court.

m.2   [1281]
Letter of Richard [of Claxton] prior of Durham to Master William de la Corner, professor of canon law, archdeacon of Northumberland, and papal chaplain, seeking his advice about how to answer the mandate of the archbishop received by the prior on St Cuthbert's feast in the church of Durham at high mass, reciting his difficulties in responding to the mandate by the Annunciation with the bishop and maiores of the chapter away, and reciting the basis of the prior and convent's holdings of churches in the diocese of York under previous archbishops from the foundation of the church.

m.2
A further convocation of clergy did not gather in Durham as the bishop [of Durham] returned from the royal court only as far as Halton manor near Thornton in Lindsey to which he summoned the prior [Richard of Claxton].

m.2-3   13 July 1281
Appeal of Richard [of Claxton] prior of Durham on behalf of himself and his chapter that the proposed visitation of the archbishop of York on the morrow of St John the Baptist [25 June] was against the rights of the bishop of Durham.
Date: Halton in Lindsey, in the house of Henry earl of Lincoln, in the greater chamber near the hall, 13 July 1281.
Witnesses: Masters Thomas de Byrland, rector of Brantingham, Hugh de la Wodhalle rector of Ovingham, Adam perpetual vicar of Auckland, Robert Avenel rector of Stamfordham, Nicholas of Appleby, William de Insula, clerks; John de Lythegraynes sheriff of York, William of Masham, Jordan of Ulveston, Thomas de Heton, Robert de Hoton, Richard de Barneby, William of Wingate, Andrew of Hartlepool, William of Newsham (Neusum), laymen.
Notary: Edmund of Canterbury dictus of Verdun, N.P. by apostolic and imperial authority.

m.3
The bishop now went to Rome and the prior and his fellow [monks] returned to Durham.

m.3   [14 June] 1281
Certificate of the prior and convent of Durham to W[illiam Wickwane] archbishop or York that they had received his letters.
Date: Durham, 18 Kal. July 1281.
With a note in the margin that these were not shown.

m.3   [18 June] 1281
Appointment by R[ichard of Claxton] prior and convent of Durham to the archbishop, brought to him at Guisborough by the monks Roger Metheley and Stephen of Howden, of them as proctors of the prior and convent of Durham.
Date: Durham, 14 Kal. July 1281.

m.3-4   20 June 1281
Appeal by Roger Metheley, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to the archbishop of York against his proposed visitation of Durham; they did not wish to injure the archbishop or his jurisdiction but they had to defend the rights of the church of St Cuthbert.
Date: Guisborough priory, in the chamber called la blaunche chaumbre
Witnesses: Masters Thomas of Grimston archdeacon of Cleveland, Nicholas of Wells, Thomas de Byrland, William of St Quentin, Thomas de Alberosby, Robert Avenel, Nicholas of Appleby, Philip of Alverton, Hugh de la Wodehall, and William of Fenham clerks.
[Notary]: Edmund of Canterbury.

m.4
[The archbishop] was at the [hospital] of Sherburn by Durham on the vigil and feast of St John the Baptist [23 & 24 June] where the prior and his fellow monks and clergy came to ask him to desist from or at least postpone his visitation.

m.4   24 June 1281
Appeal by Roger Metheley, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to the archbishop of York against his proposed visitation of Durham.
Date: Sherburn hospital near Durham, in pratellus near the hall, 24 June 1281.
Witnesses: Masters Robert Avenel, William of St Quentin, Roger dictus Le Civite, Nicholas of Berwick, Nicholas of Wells canon of Southwell staying at Lincoln, Robert de Merley, Thomas de Abyrbyres, Gilbert de Sotheask, Hugh of Langley and Thomas of Normanton, clerks.

IV - Prior's & other courts
Dates of creation: 1270 - 1464
Extent: 247 documents
Locellus IV mainly comprises rolls of the prior's free court dating from 1302 to 1425, along with some rolls of estreats of the court. In addition there are rolls of the courts for the free tenants in the Durham boroughs of Crossgate (or Old Borough) 1311-1408, Elvet Borough 1329-1382, and Elvet Barony or Elvethall 1332-1402. There may well once have been earlier records for these borough courts as the surviving documents seem to suggest they were well-established series by the early fourteenth century. These courts regulated borough life and dealt with lesser offences by borough inhabitants concerning public health, food, nuisances and minor agricultural offences.
Outside Durham, there is a significant sequence of rolls for the halmote at Shincliffe held for the hostiller's estate there 1395-1443, a couple of rolls for the Shoreswood court in Northumberland 1345-1372 and a run of estreat rolls for the prior's halmote court for the first half of the fifteenth century, with one or two other records of the court. Finally, there are various documents not directly linked to the operation of these courts, dating from 1270 to 1408 and including most significantly a bursar's rental for 1270.
Language:  Latin with the occasional French item as indicated
The rolls were probably first arranged in Locellus IV by Thomas Swalwell in the early sixteenth century; he appears to have written the date and “locellus 4” on many of them. Joseph Stevenson listed them, in Latin, in the mid nineteenth century, recording their start and end date and occasional highlights in them, though the slips recording this are possibly not in his hand. Some of the rolls also have wrappers in this hand. James Conway Davies recorded each individual court sitting on paper wrappers which were applied to the rolls in c.1960 with Martin Snape subsequently recording the reference on each roll. These wrappers were all removed in July 2003 but are still stored with the rolls.
In the present listing, the catalogue entries have been sorted into the various courts, and then arranged chronologically within each court; the actual numbering of documents has been left untouched. The outside dates of each roll are listed and the dates of the individual courts where there are gaps or the normal pattern of court holding is no longer being followed for whatever reason. Details of the significant cases or events recorded for each court have been extracted providing the names of parties and places and something of the nature of the business to facilitate searches for individuals, places and types of cases.
Many of the rolls have damaged heads and sides which were repaired in around the 1970s with parchment or occasionally paper as appropriate.
Lomas, R A, “Durham Cathedral Priory as a Landowner and a Landlord, 1290-1540”, (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Durham, 1973), p.81-90;
Emsley, K. and Fraser, C.M., The courts of the County Palatine of Durham from earliest times to 1971 (Durham, 1984), p.7-12;
Bonney, M., Lordship and urban community. Durham and its overlords 1250-1540 (Cambridge, 1990), p.195-228.

Prior's Free Court
Dates of creation: 1302 - 1425
Extent: 134 parchment rolls.
Apart from the rolls recording the business of the court, to which some occasionally have lists of suitors or details of inquisitions attached, there are some separate lists of suitors to the court, some of which have been marked up with their attendance and/or fines. In addition there are other lists of the prior's free tenants, lists of estreats from some of the courts and also a rental of the prior's free tenants. There are also two copies of a 1317 inquisition into the prior's rights to have delivered into his court people previously indicted before other courts if they were his free tenants.
The prior of Durham held a separate free court for his free tenants whose privilege was to be judged only by their equals. Its activities and their records complement those of the prior's halmote court for the prior's customary tenants. The free court was in existence by the early thirteenth century and was still operating in the early sixteenth century. Records of its activities date from 1302 to 1426 with the first half of the fourteenth century being the most informative.
The relationship and extent of the jurisdiction of the prior's free court relative to that of the bishop of Durham's palatine court was subject to a lengthy enquiry in 1223 which led to “Le Convenit” of 1229 between the prior and the bishop. This in theory limited the prior's court's jurisdiction to tenurial service and petty debts, but did not pronounce on “peace” jurisdiction. This grew during the fourteenth century so that the prior's free tenants could bring actions in trespass in his court and have the benefit of trial by jury. The court's procedure reflected that of royal courts in that presentments were made before the prior's steward as president of the court, suspects had trial by jury and breaches of the peace were dealt with. The prior's bailiff could also seek the referral to the prior's court of felonies committed on his land when the cases had been initiated in the bishop's court. Conversely, the prior might also be directed by the palatine courts to do justice in his court.
The prior's court also had a more administrative function in allowing the prior to correct the offences of his free tenants, such as moving boundary marks, encroaching on closes or the highway, withdrawing suit of mill or infringing the common oven monopoly in Elvet Borough. As a court of record, its rolls were cited as evidence for terms of tenure and it was used to settle disputes over these. It recorded changes of tenants, and inquisitions post mortem were either entered in the rolls or sometimes attached to them.
Tenants could also bring their own cases over disputes with their neighbours. A plaintiff might appeal a defendant on a particular plea or the accused may have been arrested. Ensuring the attendance of the parties in court at the same time was problematical. If agreement could not be reached, the case was resolved by inquest or defendants had to prove their innocence by mustering sufficient neighbours to vouch on oath for them. Guilty plaintiffs were fined, as were also plaintiffs who could not find sufficient pledges so that the prosecution would continue. Guilty defendants might be fined or, for felonies, executed which was carried out by the bishop's officers; most juries found for the defendants in felonies as the death sentence was so harsh.
The court met in Durham (from at least 1346) fortnightly on Tuesdays, on the day after the bishop's court of gaol delivery. A “capitalis curie” or “head” court was held 3 times a year at Michaelmas, Christmas/Epiphany and Easter when the more important free tenants, those owing suit 3 times a year, had to appear. The court's year started at Michaelmas. There is an early mention of it being held by the sheriff (in 13??) and what seems to be an early roll of goal delivery by the sheriff.
Records of its meetings mainly consist of tenants' pledges for suit of court owed. Some small cases of debt, trespass and covenants occur. The early rolls have marginal notes recording the number of times a person might have been summoned, if they are in mercy, quit, distrained or in default. There are two records of the court held on 18 December 1347 (72 and 77) which may indicate that separate rolls of presentments were kept, perhaps for a while. By the middle years of the fourteenth century, more information was being recorded about the progress of cases with details of inquisitions and “loquela”. There is a 12 year gap in the records between 1360 and 1372. When the series re-emerges, the rolls are much less well kept and the court was evidently in decline. From thence, courts for a full year are entered on one roll. Gaps occured during the year and some courts did not meet. From the mid 1380s rolls comprise courts for more than one year. Cases were increasingly carried over from one court to the next. Several different hands also appear in rolls of this date and so the quality and content of the rolls are less consistent. Some cases were Referred to it from the bishop's courts, and matters to do with the assize of ale now appear, but suitors and the process of cases were not so consistently recorded. It was difficult to secure the attendance of sufficient suitors to form juries to decide cases and the rolls are increasingly simply lists of fines for absent suitors by the time that records of the court end in 1426.
The court was usually presided over by the prior's steward or “senescallus” . His instructions were carried out by a bailiff who summoned or attached people to attend, organised pledges for people, empanelled juries, levied fines and distrained goods. A coroner also assisted in swearing in jurors and clerks acted as attornies for parties, recorded proceedings and advised on precedents.
Initially the court's business was recorded on rolls of a single membrane. There are some stabbings for ties in the feet of some of these which indicate that they may have been filed together, perhaps the 2 or 3 that made up a year, or perhaps in larger groupings. By 1337, a whole year's courts are recorded on one roll made up of several membranes sewn head to foot chancery style. By 1400, several years are being filed together with the years running over the membranes. A number of the early rolls seem to have had their feet cut off, but little business seems to be missing. The rolls of the mid-fourteenth century have suffered from damp, mainly down one side, and a number are quite badly faded in parts.
Dating of the rolls is usually by the year of grace in the fourteenth century, often with the century date omitted. By 1400, the royal regnal year is being used, though on occasion the full year of grace is used instead. At this time the episcopal year is often used as well. Further confirmation is sometimes given by 1400 of the court meeting in the time of the named prior or/and the terrar/hostiller.
A number of the rolls of particularly the later fourteenth century have been endorsed and even annotated by ?John Fishburn, mainly noting rolls and entries concerning Scaltok mill and also the case of John Hedworth, possibly compiling information for the “Feodarium” of 1430. Most of the rolls have then also been endorsed by Thomas Swalwell in the early sixteenth century with the date and/or the locellus number. All of the rolls have been endorsed by Joseph Stevenson 1841-1848 with the locellus and item number, and also the date and that they are prior's court rolls.
C.M. Fraser, “The Free Court of the Priors of Durham”, in North-East England in the Later Middle Ages, ed C.D. Liddy & R.H. Britnell (Woodbridge 2005), p.111-117.
See also:
DCD 1.5.Pont.12 & 1.5.Pont.13: extracts of the prior's court for Michaelmas 1335 to Michaelmas 1336 and Michaelmas 1401 to Easter 1402 respectively.
DCD Misc.Ch. 5728: prior's court gaol delivery roll for 1381.
DCD Loc.II:17: list of prior's court free tenants by military service 1424.

Loc.IV:88   3 May - 16 November 1302
Prior's Free Court Roll
Courts - free court 3 May; free court 20 June; halmote; free court 20 July; (dorse) halmote; 16 November halmote. With a list of names, male and female, perhaps added later on m.1d.
  • Robert de Porteyath chaplain gave 5s to the hostiller for entering a tenement formerly of Robert son of Jordan of Whitworth.
  • Richard of Shadforth claimed that Robert Lander took “vestura” from his land in 1301.
  • John Pachet held 7 tenements … for 8d pa … suit at the lord's court or 1 man for a day at the moot of Shincliffe … John's heir is his [wife] Eda …

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Loc.IV:61   5 May - 16 June 1304
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts. First court titled “curie domini prioris”.
Endorsed (contemporary) “extracte facte” and (16th century) “Tempore antonii episcopi dunelmi”.
  • [Robert of] Hett in dispute with William son of Catelyn over 2 acres of land which John of Stockton held, William claiming it was delivered to him by the prior.
  • Alan Goldsmith brought a document about the wardship of John son of William Stele of Ferryhill as granted by Hugh [of Darlington] formerly prior of Durham.
  • Inquisition into the lands of William Stele of Ferryhill says that he died seised of 1 toft, 1 croft and 2 bovates of land at Ferryhill paying 5s pa to Durham prior and convent, worth 30s pa, services detailed as contained in Le Raudbok, John his son is his heir aged 21.
  • Robert son of John de Lassells claimed that Henry del Chippis and Cecilia his wife seized a messuage and 2 bovates of land in ?Great (?Mickel) Burdon about the time of the consecration of Bishop Antony (9 January 1284) at a cost of half a mark.

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Loc.IV:161   1 March 1306 - 19 March 1308
Prior's Gaol Delivery Roll
Courts for 1 March 1306, 11 April 1307, 5 February 1308, 5 March 1308, and 19 March 1308.
The roll is endorsed “rotulus super delib' prison'” and “rotuli vicecomit' super deliberacione gaole tempore domini lodowici”. On the front at the head is (in a later hand) “primus rotulus”, so there may originally have been more than the remaining one roll.
  • Richard of Hett of the fee of the prior of Durham, was taken in Durham Borough by the bishop's bailiffs, imprisoned by the royal court on 28 February 1306 for theft, and removed by the prior's bailiff.
  • Margaret of Horsley was imprisoned for theft.
  • Richard of Newcastle upon Tyne was imprisoned in Elvet borough for theft, the dean said that he was a cleric.
  • William Curur of the fee of the prior of Durham was taken at Gateshead by the king's bailiffs, and imprisoned for theft by the royal court on 10 April 1307. The dean said he was a cleric and the prior's bailiff removed him.
  • Elena de Graham and Alice Harpour were imprisoned for various thefts and for stealing 2 tapestries, 2 ?linen hangings (linthiaminibus), 1 tunic and 1 ?strong-box (forsar) from Adam de Paris.
  • John of Stockton living in Aycliffe, imprisoned for various thefts, claims he is a cleric and should not answer to a lay court.
  • Stephen Tropmell was taken in the prior's fee and imprisoned for various thefts and burglaries.

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Loc.IV:55   [5 April] - 17 May 1306
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts.
The foot of the roll has been cut off and is missing, leaving only the heading for the last court. Endorsed in a later hand as “Tempore antonii ep'i”.
  • William son of Walter Punder was in the peace of God and the king in the vill of East Rainton in the house of John Cook when Alan Paternoster came and assaulted him on 18 March 1296 at a cost of 40s.
  • John of Jarrow and Elena his wife were accused of taking the lord's corn and grass for 3 years.
  • Simon son of Simon of Heworth is enfeoffed by Ralph Fraunceys of Hedworth of 1 acre of land.
  • Inquisition that William Casse of Moorsley died seised of 1 toft and 2½ acres of land at Moorsley for 1d pa.

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part of the head is missing, but the second court is for Tuesday after Misericordia Domini and the first court presumably met the fortnight before
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Loc.IV:57   [23] January - 5 March 1308
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts.
The second court is described as the prior's court held at Durham by Richard of Stanley sheriff of Durham. It is dated by the episcopal year, but the first court is dated by the year of grace.
Endorsed in a later hand as “Tempore antonii episcopi Dunelmi”. The foot of the roll appears to have been cut off and is missing.
  • Inquisition that John son of Hugh of Hebburn died seised of 10 acres of land in Hebburn for 2s 6d pa, 40 acres of land in Hebburn for 4s 2½d, and a third of a weir on the River Tyne for ½d pa, all held of the prior of Durham. Services detailed. William his son is his heir and was of full age 2 years ago and all the land was the inheritance of his mother.
  • Inquisition that William son of John died seised of 1 toft and 3 acres of land and 3 rods in Wolviston and 1½ rods of meadow held of the prior of Durham for ½ mark pa. Services detailed.
  • Hugh of Ferryhill impeded Roger of Butterwick, the prior's bailiff, when he came to Ferryhill on 6 December 1307 to distrain him for certain debts and arrears of the prior of Durham at a cost of 40s.

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Part of the date of the first court is obscured by staining, but the feast is Sebastian and the second court is on 6 February 1308.
Head repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:56   23 December 1309 - 20 January 1310
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
Both the head and the foot of the roll appear to have been cut off and are now missing. The courts however run consecutively so no complete court is missing. The roll does, unusually, start half-way down what is now the dorse.
  • Inquisition that John Wethirhird and John Bercar used to pay tolls and the prior [of Durham], Richard Ebny, Hugh Carnfax, Richard Schatelok, William of Preston, Alice the wife of Walter Carter and William Elot do not.
  • Robert of Hett, a suitor of the prior, says that Richard of Mainsforth unjustly carried off the mulct of a bovate at a cost of ½ mark.
  • Robert Miller, a suitor of the prior, says that Andrew of Ferryhill carried off mulct owing to Ferryhill mill at a cost of 20s.
  • John Hyne gave 2s for entering a toft, a garden and an acre of land from Fraunceys in the vill of Heworth.
  • William Colteman said that he was assaulted on 18 January 1310 at North Pittington by Henry of Hett, Adam Burgess, Utred Sclator and Alan of Hetton at a cost of 40s.
  • Inquisition that Adam de Sessinghop gave to the chaplain for celebrating in the chapel of St Andrew on the new (Elvet) bridge in Durham 6s rent from a tenement lying between the tenements of Andrew Burgeys and John the chaplain. And Nicholas son of Hugh gave to the same chaplain 2s rent from a tenement lying between the tenements of Nicholas Tabernar and John of Haswell. Both described as mortmain and escheated. With an attached list of jurors.

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Loc.IV:49   20 June - 1 August 1312
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts.
“vj” on the foot of the dorse.
  • William Fat made homage for the tenement he holds of the prior in Burdon.
  • John son of Walter Punder made homage for his tenement in Wolviston.
  • Thomas son of William of Tudhoe accused Eustace Messor of insulting him on 28 April 1312 on Spennymoor moor.
  • Agnes daughter of John son of Richard of Wolviston made homage to the prior for 3 acres of land. Her sisters Matilda and Alice were summoned to show their tenancy but did not appear.

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Loc.IV:63   27 February - 13 March 1313
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts.
The foot of the roll appears to have been cut off and is missing.
  • Inquisition that John del Haye is of full age on next 25 March and holds 2 parts of a messuage in which his father used to live and 20 acres of land paying 13s 4d pa to the prior of Durham, and he holds the third part of the messuage of the feoffment of John Schirelok paying him ½d and 3s to the prior of Durham. Services detailed. He holds of the prior in Wolviston 24 acres of land and ½ acre of meadow with a toft and croft, paying 6s 8d pa. Services detailed. He holds in Billingham a messuage and 48 acres of land paying to the prior of Durham 10s pa. Services detailed. He holds in Billingham of Emma Hynde 6 acres of land and a messuage paying to the prior 10d pa. Services detailed.
  • Inquisition that William of Hebburn died seised of 40 acres of land in the vill of Hebburn held of the prior for 16d pa. Services detailed. He held 10 acres of the prior in parcanry for 2s pa. Thomas his son is his heir and is aged 21 years. He seeks seisin, relief 11s 8d.
  • Inquisition that Isolda Swan of South Pittington died seised of 1 messuage and 4 acres of land which she held of the prior for 2s pa and that William her son is her heir, aged 21 and seeks seisin, relief 4s.

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Loc.IV:86   22 May - 3 July 1313
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
  • Samson Paytefyn of Newcastle had a horse value 16s distrained by Agnes wife of John Tincton of Newcastle.
  • Inquisition into Samson Paytefyn of Newcastle's claim of 18 marks from Agnes wife of John Tincton of Newcastle as per a bond drawn up in 1312, and also costs of 26s 8d. With an attached list of jurors.
  • Inquisition that Walter of Aycliffe died seised of 1 toft and 22 acres of land in the vill of Aycliffe paying to the prior 16d pa, valued at not more than 6s pa. William his son is his heir.

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Loc.IV:59   3 June - 9 September 1315
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts.
“iiij” at the left end of the foot, also “temporis Ricardi Kellaw”.
  • Inquisition into the burglary by Hugh Talkan of Wolviston, William Body of Wolviston, and Agnes and Eleanor daughters of Hugh Talkan of the grange at Wolviston and other thefts.
  • Inquisition that Peter of Hedworth died seised of 1 messuage and 24 acres of land valued at 20s above his farm. William his son is his heir, is of full age and came to court to pay homage.

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Loc.IV:62   30 September - 21 October 1315
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts.
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Loc.IV:50   4 November - 2 December 1315
Prior's Free Court Roll. 3 courts.
  • William Smith of Merrington was taken and imprisoned for stealing corn, oxen, cows, horses and others.
  • Adam de Merley farmer of Heworth manor impeded Adam Bet chaplain from having his common pasture at Haveracres.
  • Taken and imprisoned for various thefts: John de Brereton and his wife Emma, Thomas son of Roger servant of John de Brereton, John of Moorsley, John servant of John de Moorsley, Lawrence son of Ennuc, Gilbert de Nesbit and Alice his wife (stealing corn, bread and others), Margaret daughter of Hawis.
  • Richard Ayre of Southwick was accused by the prior of taking a horse and a sack of corn from Brother Richard of School Aycliffe, master of the house of Wearmouth, going to the mill to mill his corn.

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Loc.IV:39   16 December 1315 - 10 February 1316
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
“Third” at the left foot.
  • Robert Smith of Billingham in a case over the distraint of a horse against John Wetherhird of Billingham by testimony of the bailiff.
  • William vicar of Heighington sought 23s from William of Heighington and Stephen Sabyne, pledges of Walter farmer of Aycliffe.
  • Richard of Ferryhill was insulted in Ferryhill on 22 July 1288 by William Knyth of Ferryhill and Amya his servant at a cost of half a mark.
  • James Cook of Hebburn to recover 8d from John Forestar and John Willy of Hebburn for a certain tree lopped (colp') in his garden.

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Loc.IV:202   23 February - 23 March 1316
Prior's Free Court Roll. 3 courts.
“iiij” at the right end of the foot.
  • William of Eden was taken and imprisoned for theft and burglary of the grange of Germanus of Norton and for stealing 1½ quarters of barley.
  • John of Newbottle acknowledges that he owes Peter Forestar 1 rase of wheat and 2 rases of barley.
  • Richard Marshall of Crossgate (the Old Borough), Roger of Hart of Crossgate (the Old Borough) and Cecilia Scaubys are accused by the farmer of Scaltok mill of carrying off mulct.

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Loc.IV:205   6 April - 29 May 1316
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
“v” at the left end of the foot. Endorsed (later 14th cent) “1346 (cancelled) 1316 ?R Solasby”.
  • Eleanor of Merrington acknowledges that she owes William Bruk 8s of silver for corn bought from him and she also owes him 2 quarters of barley, and 27s of silver to John Quaynt.
  • Richard Marshall, Roger of Hart and Cecilia called Scaubes took the mulct of 3 quarters of oats at a cost to the farmer of the mill of 10d.
  • William Corur and Denise his wife sought 2 quarters and 2 rases of barley bought from John of Newbottle.
  • Walter Hunter, Isabella his wife, John his son and Agnes his daughter were taken and imprisoned for sheep rustling.
  • Andrew Brenhand of Ferryhill acknowledges that he owes Peter Forestar of Merrington 1 rase and 3 kennings of barley and 20d of silver.
  • Simon Redworth sought 2 rases of barley from Hugh Knyth which his wife had bought from the said Andrew (sic).
  • Alice of Stanley acknowledges that she owes Leo of Claxton 20s of silver.
  • William Schort of Billingham made homage for land given by John son of Hugh Marshall of Wolviston.
  • William son of Gilbert of Bewley made homage for land given by Alice son of John son of Richard of Wolviston.
  • William son of Richard Stere of Wolviston made homage for 12 acres of land given him by his father.
  • Robert Smith of Billingham should recover from John Wetherhird of Billingham 12s of silver for corn carried off.
  • Hugh son of Gilbert of Bewley made homage for land given by John his brother and Walter Mus and the land of Robert Gretheved.

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Loc.IV:58   15 June - 13 July 1316
Prior's Free Court Roll. 3 courts.
“vi” at the left end of the foot. Some cancellations.
  • Richard of Romaldkirk was taken and imprisoned for stealing oxen, cattle and others.
  • Isabella daughter of Eustace of Ferryhill made homage for 4 acres of land with which Roger her brother had enfeoffed her.

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Loc.IV:37   [27 July] - 21 September 1316
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts. Some alterations.
Headed “? anni scripto sunt”. Numbered “vij” at the left foot.
  • Richard son of William of Hett to show his charter for a certain parcel of land in Windleston (Wlliston).
  • Inquisition into the lands held by William of Heighington of Aycliffe at his death; he held 58 acres of land in Aycliffe, paying 3s for 22 acres, 8s for 12 acres, milling at the prior's mill for 12 acres for 13 measures (vas') and paying ½d for mill stones for 12 acres. He held of the prior by feoffment of Prior H (Henry of Lusby) 10 acres, service unknown, and 12 acres of land there, service unknown. His son John is his heir, aged 13 years.
  • John Cotherer of West Merrington and Roger Chekyn were taken and imprisoned for stealing a horse and other thefts.
  • Alice and Isabella daughters of Michael son of Peter are to recover a charter from Peter the clerk of Ferryhill.
  • Thomas Tuffan and William Punder recovered 12d from the prior's bailiff in Elvet.

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Head damaged, but the second court is dated 10 August so the first is presumably a fortnight before
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Loc.IV:87   14 June - 20 October 1317
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts.
Endorsed (15th cent) “De diversis annis lodowici” .
  • Robert Tinator [insulted] Henry of Hett in carrying out his office at a cost of ½ a mark.
  • … Alice Frewif of East Rainton made homage for all the land … formerly held in the same town of which she was enfeoffed.
  • Goderic servant (garcio) of John de Haverington was taken at Wackerfield and was indicted for stealing 10 oxen fromJohn son of Lawrence and William Carpenter.
  • Agnes who was the wife of Robert of Hett should recover from Geoffrey de Cattedon farmer of the prior's mill 1 ken of wheat price 19d and 2s for her costs.

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Loc.IV:84   1 November 1317 - 7 February 1318
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts.
Endorsed (15th cent) “De diversis annis lodowici”.
  • William of Hebburn was denied his distraint of his farm of 4s from a certain tenement which he had bought from Thomas Scalter by John Goce who claimed that William had no right in it as he John had bought it beforehand from Th[omas Sclater] and his wife.
  • Roger de Halnton made homage for himself and his wife for [a messuage] and 3 bovates of land in Burdon with which he had been enfeoffed by Emma of Bur[don]. He agreed that Roger will hold the land for 40 days and will then enfeoff Emma with it for 15 years.

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Loc.IV:36   15 February - 14 June 1318
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts.
The roll is headed “scriptus”. Some alterations.
  • William of Chilton is to show his charter of feoffment for a messuage and 3 acres of land in Crossgate formerly of William of Newsham.
  • Andrew Brenhaud owes William Knyth 2 measures (ras') of barley to be paid at St Martin and 12d of silver to be paid after Pentecost.
  • William of Chilton made encroachment at Codesley.

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Loc.IV:74   27 June - 19 September 1318
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts.
  • Richard of Ferryhill was distrained for a horse and an ox.
  • Thomas son of Ralph of Wearmouth, William his brother and Alice their sister took at farm from the prior and convent 7 acres of land for 16 years which Ralph of Wearmouth their father took at farm from Robert de Castro, annual rent of 12d per acre, pledges Henry son of Thomas and Cecilia his wife, in respect of whom the writings remain.
  • Robert son of Alice de Trihonton seeks 17s of silver from William Punder of Ferryhill for 2 oxen bought from him.

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Loc.IV:3   9 December 1320 - 21 April 1321
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts. Pleas for debt and breaking of agreements or trespass.
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Loc.IV:4   5 May - 24 November 1321
Prior's Free Court Roll. 15 courts.
  • John of Lumley paid homage for Preston manor which he had of the gift of Robert of Lumley.
  • Thomas of Monkton of Billingham was imprisoned for stealing a tunic in Billingham and selling it in Durham for 4s.

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Loc.IV:32   8 December 1321 - 16 February 1322
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts.
  • John son of Amice of Burdon, farmer of the prior's mill in Burdon, against Henry del Chippis, Cecilia his wife and Ralph his son for insulting him on 17 October last and also for not bringing his corn to be milled at the mill in Burdon, Henry claiming that he had brought corn he had grown himself but that he did not have to bring corn he had bought in.
  • John son of Robert of Billingham acknowledges that he ought to pay Francis of Jarrow 13s 4d for his salary on 2 February.

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Loc.IV:5   12 October 1322 - 15 March 1323
Prior's Free Court Roll. 12 courts.
"Capit cur' post fm' sci' michis'" at the head of the roll. Some amendments and sums in a different ink.
  • Hugh Knyth of Ferryhill surrendered a messuage and 20 acres, as contained in Le Landbuk; Hugh son of Hawis of Ferryhill took over the messuage and 20 acres.
  • William Qwytheved made homage for land he holds of the prior in West Rainton.
  • Cristiana of Stanhope was imprisoned for burglary in the house of Agnes of Hett in Crossgate.
  • Richard de Dotland and William son of Julian of Gunnerton were imprisoned for losing the lord's cattle and sheep.
  • Henry Barker of Staindrop was imprisoned for losing corn.

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Loc.IV:6   [11 October] 1323 - 8 May 1324
Prior's Free Court Roll. 16 courts.
  • William of Woodham made homage for [land held] of the prior in Alle (?).

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Head of the roll is missing, the 4th court is dated Tuesday before St Katherine (22 November), so 6 Tuesdays beforehand is 11 October
Loc.IV:79   22 May - 14 August 1324
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. A number of the entries are described in the margin as gaol delivery. There are several instances of the scribe repeating words.
Endorsed “pro furno de Elvett”.
  • Lawrence Fullo of Elvet was taken and imprisoned for stealing harvested sheaves in the field of Old Durham and elsewhere.
  • William Mores was taken and imprisoned for stealing 2 kennings of wheat in the church of Durham St Cuthbert (?) which had been in the chest of Hugh Grey.
  • William Ayredy was taken and imprisoned for stealing a stone and a half of wool from Elvet which was taken from next to the north gate.
  • Alan son of Hawise of Moorsley was taken and imprisoned for breaking into the grange of William of Wolviston in Moorsley and stealing harvested sheaves and plough-irons.
  • Walter son of Henry of Wallsend was taken and imprisoned for stealing 2 cows of William Chiry in the field of Walker.
  • Geoffrey de Pykdon and Eleanor his wife were taken and imprisoned for stealing 8 horses of Masters William of Whickham and Gilbert Gategang and selling them at Malton.
  • Richard Frankelayn was taken at Staindrop and imprisoned for stealing a P[ ] son of the widow of Cleatlam.
  • William of Rowley was adjourned to the next court for unjustly setting up a furnace.
  • Robert de Gilley was taken and imprisoned for stealing a cow of Henry Trower at Hoppyland and selling it to John de Mora.
  • John de Abbrewik was taken and imprisoned for stealing £17 from John Scalle and despoiling the goods of Guy del Ridding and other men ?working in the mines of Relley.

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Loc.IV:81   28 August - 20 November 1324
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. Each court is headed as the court of the lord prior, but the fourth court is also headed as the chief court ( “capit' cur'”) after Michaelmas for the year etc 24 [1324]. Some cancellations.
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Loc.IV:80   4 December 1324 - 5 February 1325
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts. Mostly lists of suitors and defaulters with some gaol delivery cases for the first court.
  • Geoffrey Pykdon was taken and imprisoned for raping (rapuit) Marieria the wife of John son of John Randolf by Brancepeth and feloniously carrying off goods and chattels to the value of 20s of the goods of the said John.
  • John son of Peter of Ingleton and Mariota his wife were taken and imprisoned for breaking into the house of John son of Alan of Ingleton and carrying off cloth (pannos) and other goods to the value of 20s.
  • Alan Pacok of Ingleton was taken and imprisoned for stealing a lead-weight of John Tailor (Sutor) of Ingleton which weighed 20 stones and he also stole harvested sheaves.
  • John of Wolviston is to show how he entered the lord's fee at Wolviston.

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Loc.IV:7   [26 February] - 18 June 1325
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts.
  • Walter of Colchester acquitted of various thefts.
  • Copy letters patent of Louis [Beaumont] bishop of Durham at Durham of 10 November 1319 [appointing Henry rector of St] Mary in the South Bailey and Gilbert Burhard [judges] in his secular court.
  • Copy grant by Thomas prior of Durham and the convent to William Stele of 2 bovates of land with a toft and croft in the vill of Ferryhill at 5s pa, customary services described (another copy in Reg.I f.i.24r, but with a higher rent).

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The first identifiable date is of the fourth recorded court as being Tuesday after Easter 1325; 6 Tuesdays before that is 26 February.
Loc.IV:8   2 July - 10 September 1325
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts.
  • Thomas of Rainton carried off Henry of the Infirmary's grass (herbam) and hay to the value of 12d.
  • Robert of Coldingham used and limed the pasture of John son of Elias of Rainton to the value of 40d.

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Loc.IV:9   24 September - 31 December 1325
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts.
William of Billingham slandered Adam of Gilling.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:10   29 July - 23 September 1326
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
John de Elmedon distrained for the milling tithe from the prior's mill, likewise Roger of Butterwick.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:11   7 October - 16 December 1326
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts.
  • ? of Auckland and Cecilia his wife [surrendered] their right to a messuage which [they held] in Auckland of the exchequer of the lord prior.
  • William of Offerton clerk made homage for a messuage and ½ an acre in Wolviston which he had of the gift of Walter former vicar of Billingham.
  • John Tid made homage for a toft and 9 acres of land in Bill[ingham] which he had of the said Walter.
  • William of Offerton and John his brother made homage for a messuage with 5 acres and 2 parts of an acre in Bill[ingham] which they had of the said Walter.
  • Adam of Gilling was accused of his dogs trampling the demesne corn and meadow.
  • Adam of Gilling called Peter of Ferryhill false and a perjurer when he was in an inquisition with other tenants of the prior.
  • Agreement between Thomas Corur and Richard Malbissun, John son of Robert, John son of Alan, and Richard of Merrington that if either side offends the other, they will pay the prior and convent 40s.
  • (Attached) inquisition into the prior's lands in Staindropshire and Joan de Abbrewyk's holdings in Cleatlam.

Parchment roll   1m, + 1m attached
Loc.IV:12   30 December 1326 - 24 March 1327
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts ( “ij” at the head of the roll).
  • Inquisition into Adam of Gilling taking from the demesne 4 quarters and 2 rases of wheat, 2 rases of dredge and 2 quarters of beans value 6s, and also defaming Peter of Ferryhill value 40d.
  • Pleading between Thomas de Hank and John son of Robert of East Merrington over sheep rustling, also Richard of Woodham.
  • William Lardener of Hebburn, William son of John of Hebburn, Nicholas son of James of Hebburn, Thomas son of William Mayressun, John of Moorsley, Thomas Brunyng, John Blak, Simon Forar of Hebburn, Robert Fabeo, John son of Walter and Hugh son of the reeve on 24 February 1327 (Tuesday in the feast of Carniprivium) attacked the prior's men at Hayning wood, pursued them to Wardley manor, and attacked the prior and monks staying there at a cost of £20.

Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:14   31 March - 30 June 1327
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts.
William son of William Mayr of Hebburn provides (invenit) Roger of Wearmouth and Richard Ayr of Southwick as his pledges to satisfy the lord prior of all the arrears and services for the land with which his father had enfeoffed him in his father's time.
Parchment roll   1m
Some parchment repairs to the edges c.1975
Loc.IV:13   14 July - 3 November 1327
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts.
  • Inquisition into William of Abberwick taking a loose horse of the bishop [of Durham] from a field at West Rainton and selling it to John de Hackeslane of Morton for 4s, likewise Robert son of Agnes.
  • List of gaol delivery jurors attached.

Parchment roll   1m, + 1m attached
Loc.IV:15   17 November 1327 - 22 March 1328
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts.
  • Inquisition into Juliana del Communhous wife of Edward del Fisshus breaking into the chest of John Ferur in his own house in the Bailey, Durham, and taking 20 marks of silver, 30 florins, 1 gold buckle (firmaculum deaurum) and other goods to the value of £40, and also breaking into the chest of John of Barnard Castle in the same house and taking 20 marks of silver.
  • William Pinar of the manor of East Rainton insulted Robert Carpentar of East Rainton in his own house at a cost of 100s.

Parchment roll   1m
Head and left side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:18   11 July - 31 October 1329
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts. “j” at the head and foot (dorse) of the roll.
  • Gilbert Smith of Ferry had a quarter of wheat seized by William Tunnokman of Ferryhill and a quarter and a rase of wheat seized by John Wawayn.
  • Dispute between John Lukelyn serjeant of the prior's manor of Billingham and Adam of Gilling about ploughing at Billingham, involving arguments with forks and exchanges of words.

Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:17   14 - 28 November 1329
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts. “ij” at the head.
  • Richard Ayr of Southwick on 22 June 1329 insulted John son of Ralph of Southwick in Southwick and also hit him with a stone at the cost of 40s (cancelled and marked “vacat”).
  • William Bullock of Southwick was removed from the court of the hall of Southwick to the free court to answer Richard Ayr of Southwick on 26 June 1329 that he trampled his corn at Southwick with his animals continuously up to Michaelmas at a cost of £10 (cancelled and marked “vacat”).

Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:16   [12] December 1329 - 6 March 1330
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. “iij” at the head of the roll. Endorsed (c.1500) “pro secta de Solasby” .
  • Emery of Lumley, warden of Jarrow, sent his bailiff at Hebburn to distrain William son of John of Hebburn for various debts and services, the bailiff took a horse of William's from a meadow at Hebburn, and was leading it through Hebburn when William came out of his house with a sword and a bow and arrows and stopped the bailiff taking it to the fold at Jarrow.
  • Inquisition into Gilbert Derwent of Billingham and John Carter of Billingham [taking] 3 bushels of wheat in Billingham manor.
  • Hugh de Hildirton stole a mare of William Miller of ? and a plough of Walter son of Henry of Wallsend (entry cancelled).

Parchment roll   1m
Actually dated “martis proxime festum sancti Nicholi Episcopi”, ie “post” or “ante” omitted but is probably “post” as the next court is 26 December.
Head and left side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:94   mid 14th century
Prior's Free Court Estreat Roll. A list of names paying standard [fines], mostly for default of suit of court. No title.
Endorsed (15th century) as being the names of free tenants.
Parchment roll   1m
Undated but in a similar hand to Loc.IV:60.
Loc.IV:54   20 March - 29 May 1330
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts. “iiij” in the centre of the head, also (15th century hand) “Contra Johannem Hedworth in Southwyk” and endorsed (16th century hand) “De tempore lodowici”.
  • Letters of William [of Tanfield] prior of Durham at Durham 15 January 1313 giving to Margaret who was the wife of John of Southwick the marriage of Agnes and Alice the daughters and heiresses of the said John and also custody of the lands of the said John.
  • Inquisition that John of Southwick held a messuage and 100 acres of land paying 29s annual rent to the prior of Durham and suit of court every fortnight; the lands are worth above the farm 5 marks; Agnes and Alice daughters of the said John are his heirs and are aged 21 and 19 respectively; on 3 April 1330 they made homage in the prior's court for the said lands of which they have seisin from John de Hanlakby, the prior's steward.
  • (Attached) Hugh [ ] [was imprisoned] for stealing a mare worth 20s [ ] and also a whole plough with oxen.
  • Richard Hall of Wolviston has agreed that he will pay to John Barbur of the Infirmary 6 quarters of wheat, 3 quarters at Michaelmas 1330 and 3 quarters at Michaelmas 1331, and if he is in default the prior's bailiff can levy it from his own goods.

Parchment roll   1m + 1m attached
DCD Reg.I, f.i.33v-34r.
Southwick inquisition copied
Loc.IV:19   12 June - 24 July 1330
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts. “v” on the right side of the head. Endorsed “pro secta de F de Solasby”.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:44   14 May - 17 September 1331
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. The foot of the roll is missing as part of the heading for a further court is cut through on the dorse. “Tertius” at the head of the roll.
  • William son of John assaulted Hugh son of the reeve at Plawsworth.
  • Inquisition before Adam of Bowes steward of Durham priory on 17 September 1331 saying that William Rowet and Alice his wife were seised of a messuage and 3 acres of land in Billingham held of the prior for 8d pa, and it pays 16d pa at Billingham mill and 8d pa for maintaining a light in Billingham church; they demised the estate to Walter vicar of Billingham for 3 years, their daughter Alice is their heir, aged 16.

Parchment roll   1m
Repaired with parchment c 1975
Loc.IV:43   15 October 1331 - 21 January 1332
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts. “Primus” in the centre of the head.
  • Richard Agr threw stones on the demesne at a cost to the lord of 20s, and also removed soil from the demesne.
  • John of Thorpe and Eleanor his wife made homage for 3½ acres of land formerly of William Sabyne. Ralph of Ricknall holds 3 acres of the same land.
  • William Mus son of Walter is aged 18 and [holds] 1 messuage and 3 acres of land paying rent of 9d pa; he has paid 4s for 4 years.

Parchment roll   1m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:20   3 February - 26 May 1332
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts. “ij” at the head of the roll. Endorsed “anno terciodecimo Lodowici”.
  • Richard of Blakiston stole 17 ducks and a goose at Shincliffe and 26 woollen ?bags (bages) from the garden of Alexander Leicester at Elvet and also a tunic of Emma wife of William Ferur of Auckland.
  • Matilda wife of John son of Widon of Old Durham stole a chalice from the church of St Giles.
  • Geoffrey Marshall of Elvet harboured Thomas Hardymarchand, a common thief abjured at Darlington, for half a year, from whom he had 2 oxen price 20s which he slaughtered at his own house.
  • William Ward of Harton assaulted Bertrand of Heworth and stole 2s from him.

Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:48   9 June - 29 September 1332
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts. The roll is headed “iij”.
  • William Qwytheved made homage for land held of the priory in Moorsley (Moreslawe).
  • Peter Colier of Hett fined 6d for depasturing the hostiller's meadow at Tursdale.
  • Margaret of Howden died seised of 6 burgages in Crossgate and Allergate paying rent to the prior and other officers of 2s 10d pa and they are worth beyond the farm 15s 2d pa and are held by homage.
  • Richard son of Gilbert Smoule of Middlestone (midmeryngton) a villein (nativus) of the prior surrendered a bondage which he held of the prior in Middlestone paying 10s pro abbano starting at next 11 November.
  • Gilbert of Stamford and Christiana his wife demised to William Gilbiscosyn (elsewhere called nephew of Gilbert) of Wolviston 10 acres of land for 3 years with an agreement for the ploughing and sowing which William had not carried out in the first year at a cost of 100s.

Parchment roll   2m
Sides repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:190   29 September 1332 - 29 September 1333
Prior's Free Court Estreat Roll. Listing the fines from 25 courts, mainly for default of suit of court, also for gaol delivery, trespasses, agreements and debts.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:47   13 October 1332 - 5 January 1333
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts, the last one being titled “curie capitalis post festum natalis”. The roll is titled “capitalis curie post festum sancte Michaelis”. “.j.” on the foot of the dorse.
  • Gilbert of Stamford and Christiana his wife should recover 13s 4d from William nephew of Gilbert for breaking an agreement about land which he took at farm.
  • The bailiff has distrained William Gibbescosyn (elsewhere described as nephew of Gilbert) of a cow price 10s against Cuthbert Wolliston chaplain and the same for his chattels to the value of 3s against John of Belasis.

Parchment roll   1m
Left side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:42   12 October 1333 - 29 March 1334
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts. m.1 is headed as “curia capital post festum sancti michaelis …” and has the record of the pledges and defaulters for that court on the front with a list of fines from it on the dorse; m.2 has all the rest of the courts, front and dorse.
Endorsed (contemp) “nota contra Johannem Hetheworth”.
Parchment roll   2m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:45   19 January - 27 April 1333
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts.
  • Thomas of Greatham unjustly detains 5 estr' of ?wild (fere) wheat of Richard of Bolam for 2½ years.
  • Thomas of Greatham acknowledges that he should pay 2 rases of wheat to Thomas Murrok within the next fortnight.
  • Henry of Hett is distrained a horse and a cow in a plea of debt with John Randolf of Aycliffe and John of Heighington.
  • John Rose of Southwick claims that Richard Ayr took vesture from his land for 18 years at a cost of 12 quarters of wheat and peas.
  • William of Rowley has paid 20d of his 40d to the prior of Durham.
  • Reginald of Wearmouth is accused of taking mulct from 12 acres of John of Hedworth's ?free (fere) land over 14 years at a cost of 10 marks.

Parchment roll   1m
Left edge repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:197   11 May - 31 August 1333
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts. Endorsed (c.1500) “pro molendino de Shaklok” and “pro Solasby”. At the head is a (14th century) note that this proves that the tenants of Crossgate (Old Borough) have to mill at Scaltok mill. “iij” at the right foot of the dorse.
  • Thomas of Woodifield acknowledged that he owed Gilbert Smith of Middlestone 4s 6d for barley bought from him.
  • W[illiam] Pennissun distrained a tunic price 2s in a plea of debt by Gilbert Smith, and later distrained a surcoat price 3s, (Gilbert described on this occasion as of East Merrington).
  • William Pennyssun of Merrington acknowledged that he owed Gilbert Smith of Merrington 5s 10d to be paid at St Peter ad Vincula and Michaelmas.
  • Inquisition into Scaltok mill: John of Barnard Castle holds it of the prior and convent of Durham for a certain monetary sum paid annually to the prior and convent; John met on a certain day in Crossgate 2 women carrying half of a quarter of flour milled other than at the mill where all the prior's tenants in Crossgate (Old Borough) ought to mill, and he took the flour, and Gilbert de Duxfeld came and made relief from the said John by taking the flour against his will at a cost to John of 10s.
  • William Makand of Hett and Idonia his wife accused John of Hett clerk of insulting Idonia on last 26 May at a cost of 20s, fined 6d.
  • A pleading (loquela) between Richard Ayr and the men of Southwick was adjourned to Friday next at the hall of Horton.
  • Edmund de Wederington is to appear at the next court to pay homage to the lord prior for the 50 acres of land which he holds in the vill of Follingsby (Foletterby) and to show the muniments and writings by which he entered the land.
  • Inquisition into William Scherewind of Horton arrested for stealing 10s of silver in Easington from Alexander son of Hugh of Easington.
  • William of Hett, Adam Wythman, Robert son of John, William of Tudhoe, William son of Richard, Richard son of the marshall, Henry Denny, William Makand and Robert Makand were accused by the bailiff of the hostiller of pasturing their animals in his meadow and trampling the hay there.
  • A pleading between the hostiller and the men of Hett was put off to the next court.
  • John of Farnacres did not come to deliver the gaol of William Schere and Wyud of Horton.
  • Robert Smith of East Rainton has become the pledge of Margaret widow of William farmer of East Rainton along with Thomas of Haswell, Robert de Scouland and Robert Selvan to answer to the lord for the stock of the said manor and to make everything as is contained in a writing between the lord prior and the same William made in the time of his taking over the said manor.

Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:196   14 - 28 September 1333
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts. Endorsed (c.1500) “pro Solasby”.
Edmund de Wederington made homage to the lord prior for land which he claimed to hold of the prior in the vill of Follingsby (Folectby).
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:164   29 September 1333 - 29 September 1334
Prior's Free Court Estreat Roll. Listing the fines from 23 courts, mainly for default of suit of court, also for trespasses and agreements.
Parchment roll   1m
left side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:23   12 April - 21 June 1334
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts. “ij” at the head.
  • William son of John of Hebburn may recover from John of Heworth of Jarrow 16 sheaves of wheat to be paid at next Michaelmas for the loss of his corn.
  • Thomas Pulter and Emma his wife took 2 capons and 2 hens at Le Brome from John de Aldewod.
  • William son of Thomas Cook paid homage for land which he holds of the prior and convent in East Merrington.
  • William Schrop of Shields owes 24s 6d to Richard de Milveton for staying with him for 21 weeks (stetit ad mensam), and he has also withheld 20s from their shared boat.

Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:29   29 June - 23 August 1334
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts.
  • William son of John of Hebburn is to recover 16 sheaves of wheat from John of Heworth of Jarrow at next Michaelmas.
  • Richard de Milneton is in dispute with William Schrop of Shields over a half share in a boat.
  • Thomas Pulter and Emma his wife stole 2 capons and 2 hens from John de Aldewod at Le Brome.
  • Hugh Wright of Wolviston for distraint recovered from William Archer, the prior's bailiff.
  • William son of Alan of Wolviston makes homage for 2 messuages and 18 acres of land at Nedelerland, Wolviston.
  • John de Pothowe makes homage for the land of his wife Joan, the heir of William Chapman.
  • John of Redworth of Burdon broke the assize of ale.
  • Peter Dryng owes suit for his mill.
  • John de Gildforth to show what services and works are due from his free tenement in East Rainton towards the prior's mill and pond there.
  • John of the North took a horse from the lord's fold (interlineated that he had died).
  • John of Hedworth of Southwick has died and the bailiff has seised his lands.

Parchment roll   6r each of 1m
Loc.IV:52   5 July 1334 - 4 June 1337
Prior's Free Court Roll
r.1 7 courts 5 July to 27 September 1334. Endorsed (15th century) “anno primo Ricardi Bery” and at the head of the front “liberacio cuiusdam indictati ad curiam Prioris. Et comiss' ad recipiendum clericum ad carteres Episcopi”.
r.2 9 courts 28 March to 18 July 1335. At the head of the front (16th century) “W de Offyngton de Wolviston”.
r.3 10 courts 29 January to 4 June 1337. Endorsed (15th century) “de diversis annis Ricardi Bery” and various others badly rubbed, mentioning locello 4 and “prout ab 1311 ad 1422 & ultra”.
  • r.1 Robert Smith of East Rainton was attached to answer the charge that he insulted and maltreated Robert Freeman of East Rainton on 26 June 1334 in the vill of East Rainton at a cost of 100s.
  • r.1 Inquisition that William de Schropp of Shields is owed 7s of silver by Richard de Milneton 7s for standing at his table (ex eo quod stetit ad mensam), and Richard has had half of a boat, and its profits, detained by William de Schropp for half a year at a cost to Richard of 5s.
  • r.1 Robert del Claye was taken in the lord prior's fee at Southwick, imprisoned and arraigned in the lord bishop's court for stealing 12 oxen at Consett, the prior's bailiff came and claimed the said Robert and he was arraigned in the prior's court. He claimed he was a cleric and did not have to answer in a secular court, Adam de Hosposcock dean of Durham came with the authority of the bishop which he showed by letters of Bishop Richard [de Bury] to him of 1 March 1334 at York authorising him to claim criminous clerks from any secular court in the diocese [of Durham].
  • r.1 William of Hett was accused of pasturing [his animals] on the herbage and meadows of the hostiller.
  • r.1d Gilbert son of the farmer of Aycliffe is accused on behalf of the prior of striking the prior's reap-reeve (messor) when carrying out his office.
  • r.2 John Shepherd (Schiphird) living at Follingsby (Folecteby) was indicted before John of Durham, coroner of the lord bishop's ward of Chester, for stealing 6 sheep at Le Dernecruk from Richard of Sleekburn and also 6 sheep at Farnacres from Alan of Sleekburn; he is a common horse thief and sheep thief. The prior's bailiff came and took him away to be arraigned in the prior's court.
  • r.2 Robert Gyk, Thomas Lyttist, John Alman, William of Cornsay, Alexander Littist, Reginald of Haswell and Thomas Bell were distrained an oll each for not presenting their measuring devices (mensur').
  • r.2d William son of Eustace of Renigill came and made homage for [land] in Aycliffe and Ferryhill held of the lord prior.
  • r.2d John of the Infirmary claimed 10s of silver had been unjustly detained by John del Haye at a cost to him of 12d.
  • r.2d Hugh son of the reeve of Monkton was distrained a surcoat [ ] land of John of Bywell.
  • r.2d John Potter claimed he took nothing from Robert of Middleham hostiller of the house of Durham.
  • r.2d Inquisition into the dogs of Roger of York strangling 10 sheep of John son of Robert of East Merrington at a cost to John of 16s.
  • r.2d Thomas del Buskes made homage for tenements and land which he claimed he held of the prior and convent [of Durham] in East Rainton.
  • r.3 John Tunnok was indicted before the sheriff and coroner for stealing 3 tanned skins (cor' tannata) from Robert de Gretwyche's tannery in Saddlergate in Durham, 2 tanned skins from the tannery of William del Somerhouses his father in South Street in Durham and a rase of barley from Thomas Bell's kiln in Durham. He was claimed by the bailiff of the prior and arraigned in the prior's court.
  • r.3 Thomas Freeman of Middridge sold to John of Merrington on 9 August 1335 a horse for 27s 8d, assuring him it was good and true and without defects, but it was not at a cost of 40s.
  • r.3 Inquisition held in the full court of the prior of Durham on 12 March 1337 before Walter of Scarisbrick terrar of the house of Durham says that Margaret Wall died seised of a tenement in Crossgate (Old Borough), Durham, held of the prior in chief by service of 6d and [appearing] every 3 weeks at the prior's court in the same borough, value pa of 2s, Walter son of William Forsterknave son of William Forsterre her ?uncle (adiunculi) is her nearest heir, aged 22 and more.
  • r.3d Eva wife of Robert Beaumont with her husband stole at Bi[llingham] a mare and a foal.

Parchment roll   3r each of 1m, the rotuli are not attached
Loc.IV:22   [11 October] 1334 - 14 February 1335
Prior's Free Court Roll. Around 10 courts.
Parchment roll   1m
Head of the roll badly damaged, first clear date of a court is 21 November 1334 and there are at least 3 courts before that
Head and left side extensively repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:21   28 February - 14 March 1335
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts.
Parchment roll   1m
Sides and head repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:24   1 August - 26 September 1335
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
  • Beatrice del Clay was accused by John Bewpeync and Alice his wife of entering John's house, insulting them and stealing bread at a cost of 6s 8d.
  • William of Tudhoe, William son of Richard, Henry Denny, William Makand, Robert Makand, Robert son of John, Richard Marshall, Thomas Daynell, and Walter de Cowesby of Hett were accused by William of Walworth, the prior's steward, of pasturing their animals on the demesne pasture of John Fossor, the chamberlain, for two years at a cost to the chamberlain of 40s.
  • John son of Agnes of West Rainton accused William son of Robert de Scouland of, on 6 August last, insulting John in East Rainton against the peace at a cost to John of 40s.

Parchment roll   1m
DCD 1.5.Pont.12: a roll of extracts for the courts of the year 1335-1336.
Loc.IV:69   [8 October] 1336 - 14 January 1337
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts. “j” at the centre head of the roll.
  • John son of Bernard of Thrislington, through his attorney Gilbert de Mora, said that Thomas of Woodifield sold him wine with a false measure and not marked for a year and a half at a cost of 20s.
  • Thomas of Eryholme made homage for land which he holds for life in Wolviston, enfeoffed by Master Richard of Eryholme.

Parchment roll   1m
The head is damaged, but the date is Tuesday and the second court is on 22 October 1336.
Head repaired with parchment c.1975
DCD 1.5.Pont.No.12: A roll of extracts for the courts of the year 1335-1336
Loc.IV:203   17 June - 14 October 1337
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts. The 9th court is titled as the court of the lord prior “videlicet capital' cur'” after Michaelmas. Only the heading survives for the last court; it and the previous one are cancelled as they were entered on the head of Loc.IV:2.
Endorsed (contemporary) “extract fuit”.
  • m.1 John Fayrey in dispute with Robert Rose over the relief of a horse taken for a debt.
  • m.1 William of Barrow was taken at Fordhouses next to Finchale for the theft and robbery in the park of Frankland of silver and clothes.
  • m.2 The lands of William son of Thomas of Merrington were taken into the lord prior's hand since they had been alienated without licence.

Parchment roll   2m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:234   26 August 1337 - 30 June 1338
Prior's Free Court Extracts Roll. Extracts of 3 courts of later 1337 (feast day lost), 30 June 1338 and 26 August 1337. Mid 14th century with several later additions. Endorsed (15th century) as being men of Elvet pleaded from the prior's court to the bishop's.
  • John Horn burgled the house of William of Stanhope in Elvet in Durham on 27 May 1337 and stole a sword price 2s which was that of Robert son of Alexander of Stanhope and 2 items price 12d which were those of the said William, and money and various other goods; he claimed he was a cleric but he was still convicted by the inquisition and put in the bishop's gaol as he was a cleric.
  • John Buseld was taken in South Street [Durham] in the prior's fee for stealing a horse of John Goce.
  • William of Barrow was taken at Fordhouses next to Finchale for the theft and robbery in the park of Frankland of silver and clothes.
  • Hugh Talkan of Westoe, William Bodi of Westoe, and Agnes and Eleanor daughters of Hugh Talkan were taken and imprisoned for burglary at the grange in Westoe.

Parchment roll   1m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:2   [7 October 1337] - 22 September 1338
Prior's Free Court Roll. 26 courts. For a complete record of the first court, see Loc.IV:203 m.2 below.
  • Inquisition into William of Ryton of Willington being assaulted by John son of Euune of Willington at Willington (jurors attached).
  • Inquisition into William de Kirk, keeper of the prior's pound at Billingham being assaulted by Alan Bishop of Billingham despoiling the prior's pasture at the West Meadow in Billingham as the hedges had not been maintained (jurors attached).
  • Inquisition into an assault by William Frere and Reginald Gilbesman ferrant of Shincliffe on John son of Gilbert Ward of Shincliffe with swords, bucklers and staves.
  • John Nouthird was assaulted by John Potter, Sybil his wife and Nicholas his servant in Durham.
  • Memorandum of a dispute between the prior and convent of Durham and William of Hett son of Richard of Mainsforth over Hett mill and pond: William would do the things prescribed in the charter of his ancestors, including grinding corn at the mill up to 12 vas except for the corn grown on the 46 acres and 3 rods of his demesne, repairing the mill pond, carting grind stones and timber for the repair of the mill and providing straw for the roof from all the bovates known as wereland.
  • Inquisition into Nicholas of Lamesley and Alice his wife being assaulted in Elvet by John Alman, Rose his wife and Elena his daughter; Joan maid of Nicholas Lamesley also assaulted there by them was attached.
  • John Horne burgled William of Stanhope's house at Elvet and stole a sword of Robert son of Alexander of Stanhope, a hanging (tapetum) and a linen sheet (lintheamen).
  • Thomas son of Robert Ferrour of Kirk Merrington was assaulted by Thomas son of John son of Robert of Kirk Merrington.
  • John de Byfeld stole a horse of John Goce in South Street [Durham].
  • John son of John of Howden stole money, a hood and a knife in Crossgate (Old Borough), Durham.

Parchment roll   7m + 3 attached schedules each of 1m
The head of the roll is missing, so the first court is not dated, but the second one met on 21 October 1337 and its predecessor would have met a fortnight before
Loc.IV:1   6 October 1338 - 21 September 1339
Prior's Free Court Roll. 26 courts.
  • John Potter took building materials from the terrar's house in South Street [Durham].
  • Inquisition into the lands and heir of Henry del Chippes of Burdon.

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Loc.IV:53   5 October 1339 - 25 July 1340
Prior's Free Court Roll. 22 courts. The first court is titled “Capital' cur' domini prioris dunelm'”.
  • m.1 John Barchew unjustly detained 32s for certain tithes from Richard son of Gilbert, William of Monkton, Clavis of Wallsend, William Bolt, Patrick Yoreward, Thomas Padre and John of Hebburn (attorney John Hawe).
  • m.1 John Barchew unjustly detained 9s for a ?shipboom from Robert Mastillon.
  • m.1 Christiana daughter of Thomas Cook of Merrington against Lawrence son of Perciose in a plea of trespass; Lawrence has nothing by which he can be attached, but since he is staying in the house of Thomas vicar of Merrington, the vicar is attached to produce him at the next court.
  • m.1 William of Chilton and Emma of Hart acknowledge that they ought to mill at the prior's mill of Scaltok.
  • m.3 John son of Gilbert of Wolviston owes John Tydde of Billingham 20s for a horse sold to him at a cost to John Tydde of ½ mark.
  • m.3 William Taylor of Kirk Merrington on 3 October 1339 assaulted Alice wife of Thomas Currour at Kirk Merrington at a cost to Alice and Thomas of £20.
  • m.3 Thomas Godybour of Gateshead has a plea of debt against Robert Kilpyn who has not appeared. It is testified in court byJohn Russell the prior's bailiff at Ferryhill that he ordered John son of Simon Gabriel reeve of Ferryhill to seize goods of Robert so that he would answer Thomas's plea, and so John seized goods of Robert to the value of 50s from the house of Thomas of Woodifield of Ferryhill, that is a horse and a load (lad) of salmon.
  • m.3 Thomas Ulkill of West Rainton owes 3s 6d to William son of Ivette of West Rainton for a pledge of William of Southwick.
  • m.4 John Russell owes John Hawe 5 quarters of barley for a pledge of Stephen Miller.
  • m.4 Adam Mason (Mayessone) of Crossgate (Old Borough) has carried off mulct from John Alman farmer of Scaltok mill.
  • m.4 Inquisition that William son of Margery of Wearmouth died seised of a messuage and 24 acres of land and meadow in Jarrow held of the prior by service of 3s pa and working at milling along with 4 acres of land in Hebburn, John his son is his heir and is aged 5.
  • m.4 John Watson owes Gilbert Smith of Ferryhill 2s 2d.
  • m.4 Robert Perotsone of Middlestone owes Gilbert Smith of Ferryhill 2s 9d.
  • m.4 Adam Wytchemun owes Gilbert Smith of Ferryhill 12d.
  • m.5 Hugh Smith of Ferryhill owes Gilbert Smith of Ferryhill 3s of silver and a quarter of wheat.
  • m.5 William farmer of the manor of East Rainton owes William son of Ivette of West Rainton 9d of silver and ½ quarter of wheat.
  • m.5 Stephen Miller of Ferryhill owes Gilbert Smith of Ferryhill 4s 2d of silver.
  • m.5 Stephen Miller of Ferryhill struck Gilbert Smith of Ferryhill at Ferryhill in contempt of the lord prior.
  • m.5 William of Coldingham of East Rainton was attached for breaking a fold.
  • m.5 Juliana who was the wife of Robert of Coldingham was attached for breaking friths (frithes fractis).

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Loc.IV:30   17 October - 12 December 1340
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
  • Andrew of Winyard is owed 2 quarters of wheat and 4[s] of silver by John del Hay and John of Belasis and 6s of silver by Thomas of Greatham.
  • John son of Robert of Merrington was assaulted by William son of John son of Emma at East Merrington on last 16 September at a cost of £20.

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Loc.IV:199   9 January - 1 May 1341
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts. The first court is head “Cur capital domini prioris Dunelm'”. There are no courts recorded between 6 February and 3 April. The last court has only a heading and there may have been a further membrane(s) originally attached at the foot.
Endorsed (contemporary) “pro From”.
Ivette de Manfield was indicted for stealing by night from the treasury ( “bursa”) of William Standupright of Aycliffe at various times 10s and from his barn at various times 2 quarters of barley around Christmas 1336.
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Loc.IV:25   [30 October] - 27 November 1341
Prior's Free Court Roll. 3 courts.
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Head badly faded but 2 weeks before the second court is 30 October
Loc.IV:35   19 March - 14 May 1342
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts, though only the heading remains for the last court and the rest of the roll has been cut off.
  • Thomas of Woodifield of Ferryhill is to answer John [Fossor] prior of Durham for diverting an underground watercourse so that a coal mine was flooded at Ferryhill halting production at a cost to the prior of £100.
  • Inquisition into the lands John Herring held of the prior, being 1 messuage and 32 acres in Westoe by the service of 16s pa, Emeric Herring aged 21 or more being his heir.

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Loc.IV:33   23 July - 17 September 1342
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts. Note on the dorse that the men of ELvet plead in the free court of the prior.
  • William son of John of Billingham, John de la Haye of Wolviston and Cuthbert Stere had pastured their draught animals in the corn and meadows of the prior at Billingham, Bewley and Belasis at various times at a cost of 100s.
  • John of Billingham was owed 30s by John son of Gilbert of Wolviston for a horse bought from him which should have been paid on 29 September 1323 at a cost now of 20s, and he has a bond to prove it.
  • Walter de Scoresburgh of Wolviston, John of Newton of Wolviston and Robert of Kent of Wolviston took corn from the land of John del Haye which had been in the seisin of the prior as John's farm.

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Loc.IV:38   1 - 29 October 1342
Prior's Free Court Roll. 3 courts.
  • Thomas of Elvet and John of Birchover communars of the house of Durham say that William of Hett, Robert Brand, Richard Fayrbarne, Richard son of the marshall, Thomas Daliell, John Clerk, William Brown, Peter Colyer, and Adam Hynd broke the ditches of Hett wood and over time felled and carried off oaks, allowed their pigs to feed in the woods and mined the prior's coal at Hett at a cost to the prior of £20.
  • William son of Richard of Coxhoe demised to Hugh son of Hawys of Ferryhill a toft and 20 acres of land in Ferryhill for 3 years at 20s pa but then William ejected Hugh and demised it to Alan of Chilton at a cost to Hugh of 40s.

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Loc.IV:51   4 March - 15 April 1343
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts. A symbol at the left side of the foot (? “quartus” ).
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Loc.IV:153   6 December 1345 - 31 January 1346
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts. Defaulting suitors written in a different hand, some interlineation and only 2 courts recorded, possibly a draft. “In tergo” at the foot (though courts are only recorded on the front).
Endorsed (15th century) “pro seta Johanni Hedeworth Freman”.
Maurice of Galway and Agnes Brown had been indicted before William of Mordon sheriff of Durham for stealing in the field of Kirk Merrington on 24 December 1345 7 sheep price 7s, 2 being of William Kay and the others of John son of Robert, Peter Smith and Hugh of Ferryhill, and they are also thieves of geese and hens. They were taken at Kirk Merrington in the prior's fee and so their case has been transferred to the prior's court.
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Loc.IV:60   18 July 1346 - 13 January 1349
Prior's Court Gaol Delivery Roll
Endorsed (15th century) as being for various years of Lord Thomas Hatfield.
18 July 1346. John Alman of Elvet was indicted before the sheriff for taking hay at Houghall, filling 2 carts price 40s from the prior of Durham around 1 August 1325.
27 February 1347. John Aycliffe, Alan his son and Eda his daughter were indicted before the sheriff for furtively taking a yoke ox (bovem iugrum) price 16s from Richard son of Gilbert of Durham at Relley Hall on 9 November 1346. Walter Durand of Blakiston was imprisoned for stealing by night a bushel of peas from the grange of Roger of Blakiston at Blakiston on 27 January 1347.
10 April 1347 (actually dated Tuesday after Claus Pasch 1346 but it must be 1347 from the dates of the cases and the date of the previous court). William Smith of Great Lumley and Adam his son were indicted before the sheriff for stealing at Great Lumley 20 geese and 40 hens price 6s 8d from Roger Kellawinwi and other neighbours in the same vill around 18 October 1346. They were also indicted for burgling the house of Robert Ayre at Lumley and taking a ewer price 6d and 2 ?stone vats (petras plumb) price 6d also around 18 October 1346. They were captured at Ferryhill.
18 December 1347. Custanica daughter of Alan son of Eda of Shields was indicted before the sheriff for stealing at Shields 5s in money from William son of Eda around 24 June 1347.
15 January 1348. John of Sadberge was indicted for breaking into the house of Matilda Curtyn of Durham by night and carrying off kerchiefs (flammeola), towels (manitargia), cendal (sindalum) and other merchandise to the value of 40s within the borough of Durham on 21 July 1342. He was captured in Elvet and is resident there.
13 January 1349. John Smith of Monkton was indicted for burgling the house of William Marson of Hebburn at Hebburn and for taking 2½ bushels and a peck of wheat price 2s and a sack price 6d on 7 December 1348.
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See also DCD Reg.I, f.ii.67v-69r.
Loc.IV:170   13 February - 25 September 1347
Prior's Free Court Estreat Roll. Listing the fines from 17 courts, mainly for default of suit of court, also for trespasses and agreements.
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Loc.IV:77   [9 October] 1347 - 25 March 1348
Prior's Free Court Roll. 13 courts. The 1 January 1348 court is headed “Cur' capital' domini prioris”.
  • m.1 Richard son of Reginald of Wearmouth was attached for an encroachment made at Wearmouth.
  • m.2 William Wakster on 30 September 1347 assaulted Alan Sklater of Esh at Elvet at a cost of 40s.

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Loc.IV:72   18 December 1347
Prior's Free Court Roll. 1 court. The 2 Elvet bakery entries have been marked (15th century) as “pro furno de Elvett”. This contains additional information to that for the same court in Loc.IV:77.
  • John of Framlington of Elvet baker is prohibited … within his tenement on penalty of 20s since by this he withdraws his suit from the prior's bakery in contempt of the prior and to the great loss of the farmers of the prior's bakery.
  • John son of Richard son of Mabil several times drove his animals - horses, oxen and sheep - from Windleston to Merrington and trespassed on and trampled the corn and meadows of the prior making a path where he ought not to.
  • Hugh of Ferryhill is to answer for encroachment made in the field of West Merrington at various times to a length of 100 feet, that is for throwing up banks (fodiendo curbas) in the lord's waste in repairing his ditching and making meadow from fallow.
  • Robert Vaux of Billingham is to answer for encroachment made before his door (ante hostium).
  • John of Hedworth farmer of Southwick mill says that Reginald of Wearmouth has carried off mulct from 12 acres of land of Robert de Castro now for 27 years at a cost of 20 marks, and Richard Ayre of Southwick has carried of his mulct now for 3 years at a cost of 10s.
  • Reginald Forester farmer of the prior's bakery in Elvet says that Simon Alman bakes metbred and chepbred himself in contempt of the prior and at a cost to Reginald of ½ mark, with an attached list of inquisition jurors.

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Loc.IV:78   8 April - 23 September 1348
Prior's Free Court Roll. 13 courts. A “Capital' cur'” was held on 22 April.
  • m.1 William son of John Miller of Billingham was attached for carrying off timber from a place of the prior in Billingham to his own tenement in Billingham at a cost to the prior of 10s.
  • m.1 Hugh Smith of Ferry was attached for day and night at various times fishing in the prior's fishpond (vivar') at Ferryhill to the great cost of the lord.
  • m.2 Writ from Bishop Thomas [Hatfield] to Prior John [Fossor] of 20 May 1348 in favour of Geoffrey Hunter about 22 acres of land at Wolviston of which John del Hay 9 acres, William del Hay and Agnes his wife 9 acres and Cecilia Lam 4 acres had deforced him.
  • m.2 John Framlington was attached for an iron ?fireplace (caminum) price 12d.
  • m.3 John Webster of West Merrington was attached for lopping an ash tree growing in the lord's waste.
  • m.3 Alan Bishop and Robert Vaux of Billingham were attached for an encroachment at Flagden.
  • m.3 John Grys of Cowpen junior was attached for distraint made of the reap-reeve.
  • m.3 Hugh of Ferryhill was attached for encroaching on the prior's selion/ploughland in various places to a length of 80 feet, and also for agisting alien animals on the lord's pasture and for severally depasturing the lord's pasture at a cost to the lord of 20 marks.
  • m.3 The prior says that John of Framlington has a common bakery in Elvet Borough within the fee and lordship of the prior and by taking a toll he gains a profit which should accrue to the prior at a cost to the prior of 10 marks.
  • m.4 John of Sadberge of Wolviston says that Geoffrey Hunter of Wolviston on 20 August 1348 assaulted John in his own house in Wolviston at a cost to John of 100s.
  • m.5 Under 23 September 1348 is an entry that the lord bishop ordered a writ in these words followed by a blank section of parchment.
  • m.5 William del Hay brought a writ against Joanna who was the wife of Walter Hunter about a messuage and 4 acres of land in Wolviston.

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Loc.IV:65   7 October 1348 - 2 June 1349
Prior's Free Court Roll. 18 courts. “Capital' cur'” are held on 7 October 1348, 30 December 1348 and 21 April 1349. Some interlineations and cancellations.
  • m.3 An inquisition says that Thomas of Morpeth vicar of the church of Merrington depastured and trampled the corn and meadows of John son of Alan of Merrington with his horses and oxen at a cost of 40d in one suit and at a cost of 40d in another suit. John also claimed Thomas had not paid him 39s 11d for breaking a bond in 40s not to trespass drawn up on 5 August 1347 by trampling with his horses, oxen and sheep on 21 April 1348 John's wheat, barley, peas and oats at Merrington, and he further claimed 40s damages for the breaking of the bond.
  • m.4 Thomas son of John son of Robert on 31 October 1348 assaulted Peter Smith at Merrington and also threw stones at his doors and windows at a cost of 40s.
  • m.4 When William Cursor of the lord's exchequer came to Merrington on 28 November 1348 to distrain Hugh of Ferryhill, Hugh made recovery from William in contempt of the lord prior.
  • m.5 William de Huton handed over to John of Chilton of Elvet a piece of wool cloth for fulling for the use of William but John discoloured it at a cost to William of 40d.
  • m.5 William son of William Lardener has not made suit for his father's land in Hebburn whereof his father has enfeoffed him.
  • m.5 William son of John of Hebburn enfeoffedJohn son of William Mayr of his land in Hebburn and John needs to make homage to the prior.
  • m.5 William son of Margery held in Jarrow (interlineated above “Hebburn” cancelled) 22 acres of land which were seised into the lord's hands and which John of Hedworth now holds and has now to show the prior's coroner why they should not be reseised. He also has to show why a messuage and 4 acres of land in Monkton of which Robert son of Reginald died seised should not be reseised.
  • m.5 John Ster of Wolviston claims to hold from Thomas Roter 12 acres of land in Wolviston.
  • m.2d John son of Alan of Merrington, Hugh of Ferryhill and Christiana Coke are attached for encroachments made at Crossthorngate.
  • m.3d Juliana of Coldingham of East Rainton was questioned about making a way beyond the lands of her neighbours.
  • m.3d The heir of John Jackson of Hebburn is to show the service by which he holds the lands he has of the inheritance of his wife.
  • m.5d Writ of Bishop Thomas [Hatfield] to Prior John [Fossor] of 28 April 1349 to restore to William del Hay 2 messuages in Wolviston which Joan Hunter and John Hunter have deforced him of.
  • m.5d Writ of Bishop Thomas [Hatfield] to Prior John [Fossor] of 28 March 1349 to give dower to Margery who was the wife of Robert Warde of Shincliffe of a third part of 16 acres of land in Shincliffe.
  • m.5d William son of John Miller of Billingham was arraigned for making recovery of John Bill bailiff of the lord prior.

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Loc.IV:228   2 June 1349
Prior's Free Court Suitors List. Recording those owing suit every fortnight and 3 times a year.
“Nomina sectatorum libere Curie Prioris de quindena in quindenam ad Curiam tentam die Martis post festum Sancte Petronille virginis [2 June] anno (domini) xlixno ... Sectatores ter in anno ...”. 35 names in the first section and 10 in the second. Almost every name in the first section is followed by a row of up to about 10 added marks, either a dot or +, which presumably indicate whether or not a tenant attended; the increasing prevalence of + marks towards the end of each row probably shows that + refers to non-attendance, coinciding with the arrival of the Black Death in Durham. Notes of fines are added against some entries.
Marmaduke of Lomley & Ralph Bulmer miles, William Tailleboys Miles, Thomas of Whitworth, Beatrix of Skerningham, Alice relict of Roger of Fery, Peter Clericus of Fery, William son of Peter Clerici, Hugh son of Hauwys of Fery, Hered Richard son of Mabilla, John son of Alan of Merrington, Christiana daughter of Thomas Cocus, Thomas of Nesbitt, Hugh of Fery, Roger son of Walter of Bishopton, Stephen Barker, Gilbert of Wodom chaplain, William de Renegill, William of Hett, Roger of Blakeston, William of Billingham, John of Bellasis, Richard de Ask, Joanna of Etton, John del Hay, John de Hetheworth, William Mayre of Hebburn, William Lardener, Richard Ayre of Southwick, Reginald of Wearmouth, Richard son of Reginald of Wearmouth, John son of William of Hilton, Heredes John of Farnacres, John son of Thomas of Rainton, Thomas Othebuskes
Ter in anno
William of Masham, Thomas of Greatham, William Otheholm, John son of Gilbert of Bewley, Simon son of Rauli, John Ayre, Robert son of Robert Lucas, Heredes Hugh son of Gilbert, Robert Vaux & Alan Bishop, John Tydd.
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Loc.IV:28   16 June - 25 August 1349
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts.
  • William del Hay against Joan Hunter for 2 messuages in Wolviston (badly stained).
  • John Marmaduke farmer of Southwick mill accuses Richard son of Reginald of Wearmouth of obstructing the mill.
  • William of Masham and Thomas del Busbes are to answer about encroachments at Yarestreet.
  • Hugh Baxter of Wolviston against John Belasis of Wolviston for unjustly detaining 2 quarters of wheat and 7s, as Hugh on 3 August at Wolviston bought from John 2 quarters of wheat and on the same day he sold to John a mare for the said 7s, which wheat and money John would give him at Christmas which he has not done, at a cost to Hugh of 10s.


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Loc.IV:144   6 October 1349 - 10 August 1350
Prior's Free Court Roll. 22 courts. “Capital' cur'” were held on 6 October 1349, 29 December 1349 and 6 April 1350. The courts are now described as being held at Durham.
  • m.1 Thomas of Morpeth vicar of the church of Merrington is accused of trampling the prior's corn with his animals at various times at a cost of 100s. The jurors say that Thomas trespassed 12 times in the wheat, 32 times in the oats, twice in the peas and caused 2s of damage to the lord's hedges and by breaking ditches.
  • m.1d William de Bakworth against William of Hylton and Katherine his wife executors of the will of Geoffrey Hunter in a plea of debt.
  • m.1d John son of Thomas of Rainton took a bowl and a tripod price 40d from Adam Seriaunt of Ferryhill.
  • m.1d Avota who was the wife and executrix of the will of John son of Ralph of Aycliffe, together with John, agreed on 26 June 1340 at Durham to pay Thomas Currour 11 marks of silver on the next 4 September and 11 November and, despite repeated requests, he has still not received satisfaction at a cost of 40s.

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Loc.IV:85   10 August - 21 September 1350
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts.
John Littlefair says that Adam Jonesmaniopson of Newton unjustly detains a horse of his price 8s which he handed over to Adam at Norton on 12 July 1349 for 3s in which he was held to Adam on condition that if John should recover from a certain infirmity which was afflicting him he should recover the horse and that if he died Adam would keep the horse for the said debt and that John did recover and had often requested that Adam should return the horse which he had not done at a cost to John of 2s.
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Loc.IV:175   29 September 1350 - 29 September 1351
Prior's Free Court Estreat Roll. Listing the fines from 26 courts, mainly for default of suit of court, also for trespasses, agreements, debts and other cases. 3 courts in November have been added on another roll.
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Loc.IV:26   [5 October] 1350 - 25 April 1351
Prior's Free Court Roll. 15 courts.
  • John Menevill accused William of Plumpton kt, William of Silksworth, Thomas Shepherd (Schiphirde) of Silksworth, John Wake, and John Gering of, on 26 July 1347, taking away his animals, corn and herbage from his field at Silksworth, and at various other times for the next year, at a cost to John of 100s.
  • John son of Peter the clerk of Ferryhill accuses Thomas son of John son of Robert of Merrington of detaining 10s for a good iron-tyred cart bought from Agnes wife of John which has thereby deteriorated at a cost of ½ mark, similarly for 3 linthamina, 2 blankets, 1 shalloon, 1 tripod, 1 pair of plough irons, 2 great barrels, 1 iron barrel and all the equipment for 2 cart-horses costing 10s at a cost of ½ mark.
  • William Mayr of Hebburn with his servants cut withies and arkenspyrs at Haining and took them off to Hebburn at a cost to the prior of 20s.
  • Inquisition into William Gynour selling a bullock against the will of the lord and unjustly keeping the money.

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Loc.IV:29   3 May - 23 August 1351
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts.
  • William Mayrson of Hebburn on 21 June 1350 took 2 horses of Thomas Willy at Hebburn, value 40s, and worked them for 3 days and more so that they died, at a cost of 60s.
  • Lawrence Port to answer Peter Luband for insulting him in Elvet on 11 July 1350 at a cost of 20s.

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Loc.IV:83   4 October 1351 - 6 March 1352
Prior's Free Court Roll. 12 courts. Described at the head (contemporary) as for the bakery and the mill.
  • John Kitson skinner was attached to answer the prior for not baking his bread in the prior's common bakery in Elvet as all the inhabitants of the streets of Old Elvet and New Elvet had been supposed to do since time immemorial at a cost to the prior of 100s.
  • John of Hart was attached to answer Robert of Ellingham farmer of Scaltok mill for not milling at Scaltok mill as all residents of Crossgate (Old Borough) of Durham had been supposed to do from time immemorial at a cost to the farmer of 40s.

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Loc.IV:66   26 June - 4 September 1352
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being for the suit of Scaltok mill and on the front as for the mill.
  • William of Shadforth and Alice his wife have to answer the prior that when John del Hay distrained sheaves of wheat, barley and oats of the same Alice at Wolviston on account of damages made by Alice in various lands and tenements which she held of the prior's fee in Wolviston, William and Alice carried off these sheaves at a cost to the prior of 100s.
  • John of Hart has to answer Robert of Ellingham farmer of Scaltok mill for not milling at Scaltok mill as residents of Crossgate (Old Borough) ought to at a cost to the farmer of 20s.
  • William de Harelme has to answer Robert of Ellingham farmer of Scaltok mill as William and all others residing in Crossgate (Old Borough) of Durham ought to mill all manner of corn within the borough at the said mill or to hand over some of the mulct as by ancient custom, the same William has not done so for 6 quarters of wheat, 2 quarters of silage and 20 quarters of malt at a cost to the farmer of 10s.
  • Richard the farmer of Aycliffe, Thomas of Stainton, William Rose and Thomas Becce servants of Richard the farmer, Gilbert Randolf, John le Webster of Aycliffe, Thomas Perkynson, William son of Henry of Yolton, Richard Lofe Shepherd and Christiana his wife have to answer the prior for trespass as John del Hay says that John de Marten reeve of Ketton manor and William Forester of Aycliffe were impeded at Aycliffe on 17 August from recovering from the lands and tenements of the said Richard et al at Aycliffe at a cost to the prior of £20.

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Loc.IV:107   18 September 1352
Prior's Free Court Roll. 1 court.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being “libere curie”.
Richard son of Reginald of Wearmouth has to answer the prior for taking corn on [15 July] 1352 to the value of 40s from the land of the late William Yole's heir as the land was in the lord's hand because of the heir's minority at a cost to the prior of 100s; and also to answer the prior for on 7 May 1352 trampling wheat, barley, peas and oats at Monkwearmouth to the value of 40s with his cows, oxen, pigs and hens at a cost to the prior of 40s; and also to answer William Dawson for driving off his pigs at Monkwearmouth at a cost of 40s.
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Loc.IV:70   2 October - 27 November 1352
Prior's Free Court Roll. 5 courts.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being for the suit of Scaltok mill, with such entries noted in the margin.
  • Inquisition into William of Shadforth and Alice his wife seizing and taking away the prior's corn valued at 13s at a cost to the prior of 40d.
  • John the shearman of Wolviston was to answer Adam Walker of Billingham for not taking woollen cloths to Adam for fulling, as he ought, but rather taking them across the Tyne for fulling.

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Loc.IV:82   11 December 1352 - 19 March 1353
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts.
  • William Shepherd was to answer Thomas son of Richard of Ferryhill for depasturing 3 acres of oats of Thomas's at Ferryhill with certain sheep at a cost to Thomas of 20s.
  • Richard son of Roger of Wearmouth to answer John of Elvet cleric over a bond in 60s made in Durham on 14 May 1352.
  • John Cage, John of Sadberge, William Smith of Elvet and Richard Dawson were to answer the prior for taking 14 quarters of wheat to a bakery other than the prior's in Elvet where John Baxter was the approver, and baking bread for resale and their own use, at a cost to the prior of 20s.
  • John Baxter of Elvet, approver and farmer of the prior's bakery in Elvet, was to answer John of Sadberge for not baking bread from his quarter of wheat at a cost of 10s. Marked “pro furno de Elvett” in the margin.

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Loc.IV:67   2 April - 9 July 1353
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts. “pro furno” at the head.
  • Inquisitions into the cases between: the prior and Richard son of Reginald of Wearmouth, John Baxter of Elvet and John Cage et al; John of Sadberge and John Baxter; William Smith of Elvet and John Baxter; and Richard Dawson and John Baxter.
  • Matilda formerly wife and executrix of John Edmondbyres to answer William Seriant in a plea of debt.
  • Nicholas Bewick, Gilbert Randolf and Thomas Perkynson depastured the herbage del leyes in the lord's hand with their animals.
  • John Potter to answer William Shouff for, with his servants John and Richard, assaulting William in Crossgate (Old Borough) at a cost of 40s.
  • John of Staveley, John Byng, John de Orsum, Cuthbert Stere, Thomas of Greatham, Robert Lucas, Simon Randolfson, Thomas son of Peter, Cecilia del Pole and William of Edingham are to answer the prior for trampling and consuming his corn with their animals in Wolviston, Belasis and Billingham since Easter 1349 at a cost of 100s.

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Loc.IV:208   23 July - 6 August 1353
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts.
William de Scoresburgh [trampled] the corn and grass of the lord prior with a horse over four years.
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Loc.IV:31   27 May - 30 September 1354
Prior's Free Court Plea Roll. 6 courts. These were held on 27 May, 10 June, 8 and 22 July, 5 August and 30 September. There may well have been courts held on 24 June, 19 August, 2 and 16 September but no pleas have been recorded for these.
  • William de Shaltford recovered a mare from John del Hay, serjeant of the prior at Houghall.
  • Thomas son of John of Merrington brother and heir of Richard son of John of Merrington against John son of Peter of Ferryhill and Agnes wife of the same John executors of the will of Richard son of John of Merrington in a plea of debt, and similarly against them as executors of the will of Alice former wife of the said Richard and executrix of the will of the same Richard for detaining chattels.
  • John of Elvet against Gilbert Randalf and Anocean Randalf for chattels to the value of 40d.
  • William son of John of Wolviston and Scolastica his wife executrix of the will of William the Clerk of Wolviston against William of Hilton and Katherine his wife for chattels to the value of 10s.
  • William de Ragill against Gilbert Randolf for wounding his servant at a cost of 40d.

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Loc.IV:76   11 November 1354 - 17 February 1355
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. The first court is headed “Capitalis cur'”.
  • William de Renegill depastured les leyes of the lord at Aycliffe with his animals; likewise Thomas Perkynson and Nicholas of Bewick.
  • John son of Peter depastured Coxsydeleyes with his animals.
  • John de Tolliston unjustly detained one of William del Banks's servants.
  • Thomas Perkynson says that William de Barfer unjustly detains his itemised goods, and further itemised goods which ought to come to him from his brother whose heir he is.
  • Thomas son of Richard of Merrington says that John son of Peter of Ferryhill unjustly detains a basin, a cauldron (ollam eneam), a lead vessel (plumb'), a vat (masfat), a cart with all its equipment, a silver bowl (cocliar), a cart with iron wheels, and a set of bed-hangings (lect') which he ought to have inherited as the heir of his late father. He said that he had also unjustly detained 3 silver bowls (cocliar) price 5s, 2 quarters of barley price 10s, and an iron grate (camin' ferr') which his father had left him in his will.
  • William Gyns says that John Ethewra depastured his herbage with his animals at a cost of ½ mark.
  • John Hopper says that William Gyns depastured his black and white peas at a value of 6 thraves and 8 sheaves during the last year at a cost of 40d.
  • Richard Hopper says that William Gyns depastured 4 years ago with his animals corn estimated at a quarter of oats and 6d, and also oats, wheat and peas in following years.
  • Also added later - 12 January 1377 appointment of John Dent, William Lombard and Gilbert of Elvet as proctors for the Westminster parliament of 27 January 1377.

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Loc.IV:154   7 July - 27 October 1355
Prior's Free Court Roll. 6 courts. The court for 13 October 1355 is headed “Capitalis cur'”.
Endorsed (15th century) as “tempore Thome Hattfeld” and (16th century) “quartus” on the front.
  • Gaol delivery in the 21 July court. Thomas son of John of Bruntoft had been indicted before the sheriff of Durham for depriving John Chapman of Barnard Castle of 15s of silver along with a bag and a knife price 5s in the field of Wolviston on 14 November 1354. He was taken and brought before the gaol delivery justices of the bishop and then claimed by Hugh of Middleton, the prior's bailiff, under the terms of an agreement between the bishop's and prior's predecessors.
  • Also gaol delivery in the same court, on an attached schedule. John son of William Salter had been indicted before the sheriff of Durham for stealing a coffer price 8d with 37s in silver inside and a purse price 8d from Richard of Burton in Crossgate (Old Borough) of Durham on 22 September 1354. He was claimed by Hugh of Middleton, the prior's bailiff.
  • The corn and meadow of Richard of Heworth, that is his wheat, oats and peas at Aycliffe, had been trampled and eaten by the oxen, horse and sheep of John of Nesbitt cleric for the last four years at a cost of 40s; similarly the corn of Thomas Perkynson at Aycliffe for the last 3 years at a cost of £4, and the corn of William de Renegill at Aycliffe for the last 3 years at a cost of 20s, and the corn of Gilbert Randolf at Aycliffe for the last 3 years at a cost of 40s, and the corn of Hugh de Yolton at Aycliffe for the last 3 years at a cost of 40s.
  • John [Fossor] prior of Durham says that John Creler of Wearmouth took wheat from 2 acres at Osworthland at Wearmouth which was being held for the prior for the farm and other debts of the reeve at a cost of 10 marks.
  • William de Scoresburgh, Hugh and Robert sons of Richard have to answer Richard of Monkton over a bond of 42s at a cost of 13s 4d.

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See also: DCD Reg.I ii f.67r-v.
Loc.IV:34   10 November 1355 - 16 February 1356
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. The 19 January 1356 court is a “capitalis curie” or chief court.
  • John of Belasis broke a wall of Agnes the maid of the chaplain in taking his corn to the grange and he had not made it as new at a cost of 11s 8d.
  • Richard of Monkton had chattels detained on last 27 October by William ? and Hugh Bayster to the value of 32s.
  • John of Belasis pastured his animals on the prior's grass at Wolviston at a cost of 100s.
  • William of Southwick had let his oxen and pigs eat the sheaves of oats and wheat of Robert son of Ivette in the field of Moorsley 6 years ago at a cost of 3s.
  • Richard Hopper had [made a bond] with William son of Ivette at Michaelmas 4 years ago that each would not attack the other or their household, then Thomas Hopper servant of Richard had assaulted John servant of [William] at a cost of 40s.

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Loc.IV:68   1 March - 2 August 1356
Prior's Free Court Roll. 12 courts.
Endorsed (16th century) “Wythouse”.
  • John of Belasis, Thomas of Greatham and William del Hay were attached to answer the prior for abducting a horse of the prior's bailiff in Old Elvet in Durham.
  • John of Belasis is committed for depasturing and trampling the corn and grass of the prior with his animals at a cost of 3d.
  • Robert son of Richard of Merrington detained 6s 8d of John Prior of Durham and Thomas of Graystanes his fellow monk, he paid it here in court to Adam of Darlington.
  • Thomas Toller to answer Thomas Willy of Hebburn for, with his dogs, driving off and devouring nine of his sheep at a cost of 20s.

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Loc.IV:40   4 October 1356 - 29 August 1357
Prior's Free Court Roll. 22 courts. The first court is titled “Capitalis Curie”, the next 7 are just “Curie”, then the rest are “Libera Curie”
  • Thomas Williamson's animals depastured the lord's corn at a cost of 6d and Les Bayes at a cost of 4d.
  • John of Belasis depastured the lord's corn with a horse.
  • William del Hay damaged Hugh Baxter's oats.
  • Thomas Chapman died seised of 2 tenements and 40 acres of land in Wolviston held for 3 suits a year, his son William is his heir and is of full age.
  • John of Wellington has not been making ditches.
  • John Lewyn at Durham on 25 May 1354 demised to John of Hart a messuage in Crossgate (Old Borough) Durham for 1 year at a rent of 5s 6d which has not been paid. Also Alexander of Thurgarton on 11 November 1352 demised to John of Hart a messuage in Crossgate (Old Borough) Durham to hold at the will of Alexander at a rent of 5s 6d pa which has not been paid, and Alexander loaned to John of Hart on 10 November 1353 various named and valued goods and utensils which are still retained at a cost of 30s.
  • William Dalton says that in Crossgate (Old Borough) Durham, John Potter's dogs chased and killed 22 of the prior's sheep price 30s on 13 November 1356 at a cost to the prior of 40s.
  • Thomas Seguntson carried off 5 acres of wheat growing on the land of Robert Lucas at a cost of 15s.
  • William de Scoresburgh carried off 3 rods of barley price 10s and 1½ acres of wheat price 10s growing on the land of Robert Lucas.
  • Andrew Taylor carried off 3 acres of wheat price 15s growing on the land of Robert Lucas.
  • Anota Randolf at Aycliffe on 11 November 1356 agreed that John of Coxhoe would have the office of baker at Aycliffe from 11 November for 1 year, but the same Alice (sic) expelled him from the office on 25 December at a cost of 20s.
  • John of Hart owed John Lewyn 2s 6d and Alexander of Thurgarton 9s 6d.
  • John of Elvet says that Lawrence Payter on 4 May 1357 stopped the prior's servants from removing his dung from his field (solum) at Elvet at a cost of 100s.
  • William of Wolviston and his wife Colette on 27 July 1355 had taken custody of a certain headland price 30s from John of Belasis and it had now deteriorated at a cost of 20s.

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Loc.IV:212   27 February - 31 July 1358
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts. The 10 April court is headed “Capitalis cur'”. There are no courts recorded for 3 and 17 July.
  • John son of Richard of Merrington acknowledges that he owes Prior John [Fossor] 13s 6d.
  • Peter Brown of Ferryhill admits his trespass against Robert son of Gilbert Faukes at a cost of 12d.
  • William of Bolton subcoroner does not come to court.

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Loc.IV:75   8 October 1359 - 22 September 1360
Prior's Free Court Roll. 26 courts, a roll for a full year. The courts of 8 October, 31 December, and 7 April are headed “Capitalis cur'”. Very short entries for almost all courts recording just the suitors.
Endorsed as (15th century) [mill of Scaltok].
John Lambe [to answer] for mulct carried off to the cost of Thomas Harpour and Thomas of Ellingham farmers of Scaltok mill at a cost of 40s; Christiana of Aydon likewise at a cost of 13s 4d.
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Repaired with parchment probably some time pre-1975, with a silk gauze cover attached to the head
Loc.IV:92   1372
Prior's Free Court Suitors List
Recording those owing suit either every fortnight or 3 times a year. Some names have [fines] against them and others dots and/or crosses possibly indicating attendance at court. With some earlier (14th century) notes about [fines] on the dorse.
Ralph Bulmer in the prior's hand, Marmaduke of Lumley, William Tailboys, John of Whitworth, Isolda de Doudall, Isabella of Skerningham, Richard son of John son of Peter of Ferry, Robert son of Richard of Merrington, Agnes de Lowlyn, John of Elvet, William of Heighington, Thomas son of Richard of Ferry in the prior's hand, William de Renegill, William of Hett, William of Blakiston, John of Bellasis, Richard of Heworth, John of Heworth, William Lardener, Thomas Ayr of Southwick in the prior's hand, Richard son of Reginald of Wearmouth, heirs of John son of William of Hilton, William Whithead, Alice del Bulks of Rainton, Thomas Hadham for the tenement of Richard of Hett, Alan of Billingham
Ter in anno
Heirs of William of Masham, Cecilia of Greatham, William del Holm, William son of John of Bieulw, John son of Simon
Endorsed (15th century) as being names of suitors of the prior's court.
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Loc.IV:194   30 November - 14 December 1372
Prior's Free Court Roll. 2 courts.
Endorsed (16th century) “1373 .secta Jo.Hedworth”.
  • John [Fossor] prior of Durham sued Richard [of Wolviston] chaplain and John of Belasis for on 10 May 1372 depasturing the lord's grass at a certain place called Parkflat in Wolviston with their animals and carts, and likewise at Ryacres on 4 October with their animals at a cost of 100s.
  • John [Fossor] prior of Durham sued Richard of Wolviston chaplain on 7 June 1367 for digging up the prior's land (solo) and taking it for himself for 5 years at a cost of 20s.
  • John Coik of Durham farmer of the prior's mill of Scaltok sued Peter Dryng for carrying off 30 quarters of malt which he ought to mill at Scaltok at a cost of 20s.
  • John Coik sued William of Harholme for a horse and ½ a quarter of malt at a cost of 20s.
  • John Coik sued William of Chilton for carrying off the mulct of 10 quarters of malt at a cost of 6s 8d.
  • John Coik sued William Harwood for carrying off 12 quarters of malt and having them milled other than at Scaltok at a cost of 40d.
  • Gilbert son of John of Cowpen sued John of Belasis for abducting a servant of his household for his own office against the law at a cost of 20s.

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Loc.IV:41   4 October 1373 - 8 January 1376
Prior's Free Court Roll. 4 courts. “Capital' cur'” 4 October 1373 and 3 October 1374, “cur'” 24 October 1374 and 8 January 1376.
First court
  • John de Farnhamsman for 3 years from 29 September 1370 harvested and carried away the corn and grass, valued at 20 marks, growing in the third part of the demesne of Aycliffe held by Thomas son of Peter of Aycliffe at a cost of £20, similarly John's animals had depastured the corn and grass of the same Thomas for 3 years at a cost of 40s, and also similarly John's oxen, horses and animals had devastated William Usher's part of the demesne from 29 September 1370.
  • John Farnhamsman and Alice his wife sued Thomas son of Peter of Aycliffe over a pot (ollam eneam) taken by Thomas for Prior John [Fossor] of Durham at a cost of ½ a mark.
  • Thomas Watson and William Usher on 11 December 1373 broke the doors and windows of John Farnhamsman's house at Aycliffe, entered his house, broke his pots (vasa sua ligina) and carried off his goods and chattels at a cost of 100s, and also attacked his wife Alice at a cost of 100s.

Last court
Prior Robert [Walworth] of Durham said that William Poner of Aycliffe brewed there illicitly at a cost of 20s.
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Loc.IV:64   late 14th century
Prior's Free Court Gaol Delivery Inquisition.
Copy of a sheriff's inquisition into the prior's rights to hear gaol delivery of those brought before Adam Bowes, sheriff of Durham 28 March 1317, sede vacante, that is John son of Walter of Wingate, Elias son of Walter of Wingate, Robert son of Lawrence of Hesleden, Walter Gaudy, Robert of Eden and William his brother, Isabella wife of William del Hall and Agnes her daughter, Thomas Bell of Woodham, and Margaret his wife, taken at Wingate, Hesleden, Ferryhill, Wolviston and Woodham for various robberies, crimes and burglaries, whose delivery to the prior's court was requested by Robert Gretheved, prior's steward. The sheriff had questioned the prior's ancient right to this, and so the prior had secured a mandate from King Edward II of 15 March 1317 and the sheriff had also held an inquisition to verify the prior's rights to have delivered from the bishop's court and from the king's court sede vacante to his own court those taken on his demesnes, imprisoned by the bishop and hanged on his gallows and his entitlement to half their chattels. They were delivered on the morrow when Robert of Eden, William his brother and Robert son of Lawrence of Hesleden were hanged and the others were acquitted.
Possibly copied for a dispute over sede vacante rights after the pontificates of either Bishop John Fordham (translated 1388) or Bishop Walter Skirlaw (d. 1406).
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Loc.IV:157: other copies
Loc.IV:93   late 14th century
Prior's Free Court Suitors List.
Recording those owing suit every fortnight and 3 times a year. Annotated with fines, and dots and/or crosses possibly indicating attendance at court.
Ralph Bulmer miles, Marmaduke of Lumley, William Tailboys miles, heirs of Thomas of Whitworth, tenants of the land of Robert of Cockside, heirs of Roger of Ferry, Beatrix of Skerningham, John son of Peter of Ferry, Robert son of Richard of Merrington, William of Merrington (Thomas of Heighington and Diota his wife), Christiana daughter of Thomas Coke, John of Elvet, William of Heighington, Thomas son of Richard of Ferry, William de Renegill, William of Hett, Roger of Blakiston, John of Bellasis, Richard of Heworth, William Mayr of Hebburn, William Lardener, Richard Ayr of Southwick, Richard son of Reginald of Wearmouth, heirs of John son of William of Hilton, heirs of John of Farnacres, William Whithead, Alice del Buskes, Richard of Hett, Alan of Billingham
Ter in anno
William of Masham, Thomas of Greatham, William Otheholm, William son of John of Beaulie, Simon son of Rauli (now John son of Simon son of Rauli), Thomas Seriaunt, John Tydd, Robert Lucas, Robert Vaux in the lord's hand, Alan Bishop in the lord's hand
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Undated, but the names are more similar to Loc.4:92 and Loc.4:148 than Loc.4:91.
Right side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:157   late 14th century
Prior's Free Court Gaol Delivery Inquisition.
Copy of a sheriff's inquisition into the prior's rights to hear gaol delivery of those brought before Adam Bowes, sheriff of Durham 28 March 1317, sede vacante, that is John son of Walter of Wingate, Elias son of Walter of Wingate, Robert son of Lawrence of Hesleden, Walter Gaudy, Robert of Eden and William his brother, Isabella wife of William del Hall and Agnes her daughter, Thomas Bell of Woodham, and Margaret his wife, taken at Wingate, Hesleden, Ferryhill, Wolviston and Woodham for various robberies, crimes and burglaries, whose delivery to the prior's court was requested by Robert Gretheved, prior's steward. The sheriff had questioned the prior's ancient right to this, and so the prior had secured a mandate from King Edward II of 15 March 1317 and the sheriff had also held an inquisition to verify the prior's rights to have delivered from the bishop's court and from the king's court sede vacante to his own court those taken on his demesnes, imprisoned by the bishop and hanged on his gallows and his entitlement to half their chattels. They were delivered on the morrow when Robert of Eden, William his brother and Robert son of Lawrence of Hesleden were hanged and the others acquitted.
Possibly copied for a dispute over sede vacante rights after the pontificates of either Bishop John Fordham (translated 1388) or Bishop Walter Skirlaw (d. 1406).
Endorsed by [John Fishburn c.1417x1431] as being about sede vacante gaol delivery.
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See also: DCD Reg.II, f.55v and Reg.I ii, f.64r-v.
Loc.IV:206   2 October 1375 - 1 April 1376
Prior's Free Court Roll. 9 courts. Not all courts are dated; one is just titled as the court of the lord prior and another as the court of the prior of Durham held there, and it is noted that a court is not held as it was Christmas. Possibly a draft. The courts of 2 October and 8 January are titled “Capitalis cur'” ".
Endorsed (16th century) “Wytheved”.
  • William Yut broke the assize of ale, and sold a gallon of ale other than at 1d, and sold [ale] (cancelled) in measures not sealed (cum disc' & ciphis non sigill').
  • William Poner of Aycliffe brewed against the assize.
  • John de Tolliston unjustly detained one of William del Banks's servants.
  • Nicholas of Bewick broke the assize of ale.
  • Inquisition that William ?[Poner] did not brew ale within his house or outside for sale from 29 September to 11 December 1375.
  • Thomas Willy sued John of Lumley formerly master of Jarrow for depasturing 7 acres of wheat and 3 acres of peas and oats with his oxen, cattle and stotts in June 1374 at a cost of 100s.
  • John of Elvet attorney of the prior sues John Willy and Thomas Willy who had made an agreement with John of Lumley formerly master of Jarrow to seal a bond in £4 7s 8d for damages made to the said John at a cost to the prior of 100s.

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Loc.IV:152   29 April - 19 August 1376
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. The courts are dated on the roll in order 29 April, 13 May, 27 May, 10 June, 24 June, 8 July, 10 June, 24 June (different data from the previous entries for 10 & 24 June), 19 August. The roll is possibly a draft.
  • Adam Wright of Wolviston was indicted before the bishop's officers in the county court for stealing 39 marks on 8 January 1375 from the goods and chattels of Robert of Layton kt in the charge of William of Forcett chaplain at Wolviston. He was claimed for the prior's court by John of Hindley, prior's bailiff.
  • William Gaugi of Ferryhill sues Robert Dickinson for demising to him a messuage and 18 acres from 25 April 1373 for 9 years and then expelling him and putting in Isabella of Ferryhill at a cost of 100s.
  • Thomas Cockerton was attached in a plea of debt by Thomas son of Alan of Southwick before the sheriff of Durham over a quarter of barley, and the prior had claimed him for his own court through John of Elvet his coroner.
  • John Coik sued William Carter for milling 40 quarters of malt other than at Scaltok mill at a cost of 10s.
  • John of Whitworth sued Hugh Acchetonnhand for cutting wood and carrying it away without licence at a cost of £10.

An attached list of jurors.
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See also: DCD Reg.I ii, f.67v.
Loc.IV:193   30 September 1376 - 23 June 1377
Prior's Free Court Roll. 15 courts. The courts of 30 September and 30 March are headed “Capitalis cur'”. The courts of 28 October, 11 and 25 November are noted as not having been held, the court of [14 October] has no business recorded and no courts are recorded between 23 December and 30 March. The roll may have been written up at various times and is possibly a draft.
  • William de Nouwyk [of Darlington] sues John Yoill of Ferryhill for 10s for leather hides bought from him which he ought to have paid for a year ago, at a cost of 6s 8d.
  • John of Heighington broke the peace.
  • Margaret Miry of Wearmouth sold ale against the peace.
  • William Poner of Aycliffe broke the assize of ale, likewise William Renegill, William Randolf and Nicholas of Bewick.
  • John Coik of the bailiwick of Durham farmer of Scaltok mill sues William Carter for milling 40 quarters of malt at a cost of 10s.
  • Adam servant of the bursar sues William son of Thomas and Alice his wife for detaining a brooch.
  • Robert of Owton (Owythton) cursor of the exchequer was ordered to attach Nicholas of Bewick and Agnes daughter of Thomas Parkynson for encroachments made on the highway at Aycliffe, and also for depasturing Le Balks of the prior there.
  • Gilbert Randolf, Thomas Parkington and William Yut attached for digging the soil (solo) of the prior himself in the highway from Aycliffe and for taking and carrying away the dug up land (terram proiectam) to the value of 40s, and for also mowing and carrying away the grass of the prior himself growing on Le Balks at various times over 20 years at a cost of 40s.

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Loc.IV:71   12 October 1378 - 10 May 1379
Prior's Free Court Roll. 15 courts. The 12 October and 18 January courts are headed “Capitalis cur'”; 3 are undated and have no business recorded.
Endorsed (15th century) as for Scaltok mill. With a list of those ?owing suit at the head.
  • Thomas Kendale wright sued Gilbert Webster for assaulting his wife Elena at a cost of 20s.
  • William Chapman and William of Wolviston depastured the prior's grass on the land formerly of William Hardlad with their cattle to a value of 10s.
  • Gilbert Randolf took away a cartload of ?loam (lame) from the prior's waste and Thomas Parkinson likewise 100 cart-loads.
  • Robert of Witton, prior's bailiff and cursor of his exchequer, took a brass pot (ollam erream) from the house of Hugh Cronan for the farm and arrears of the said house, and Hugh with his wife Isabel took it back by force.
  • John Teddi sues John servant of John son of Firmer for employing him up to Pentecost when he ought to serve him from St Martin up to Pentecost.
  • John Coik farmer of [Scaltok] mill sued John of Chilton for milling malt other than at Scaltok mill at a cost of 4 quarters of malt.
  • John Hopper says that William Gyns depastured his black and white peas at a value of 6 thraves and 8 sheaves during the last year at a cost of 40d; likewise Peter Dring at a cost of 4 quarters of malt; Richard Smith 4 quarters of wheat, 4 quarters of malt, 2 quarters of peas; Thomas Lester 2 quarters of wheat and 2 quarters of malt; John Legg and William Plummer 1 bushel of malt; John Short and Lawrence Jaks 4 quarters of wheat and 2 quarters of peas; William de Haihelm 4 quarters of wheat and 2 quarters of peas; Adam Barker 8 quarters of malt; Thomas Hert 1 quarter of wheat and 1 quarter of peas; Robert Barker 1 quarter of malt, 1 quarter of wheat and peas; Agnes Marshall ? quarters of peas.

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Loc.IV:198   14 October 1382 - 18 November 1383
Prior's Free Court Roll. 16 courts. Courts are held 14 October to 30 December 1382, then there is 1 undated, followed by courts in 1383 for 3 June, 29 July, undated [12 August], 26 August, 24 June, 21 October, 4 and 18 November. The first is titled as “Capitalis curie”. 2 of the courts have no entries. Possibly a draft.
Endorsed with a note (15th century) that the tenants of Crossgate (Old Borough) hold by suit of Scaltok mill, also headed on the front as being for the mill.
John of Elvet the prior's attorney sues William of Wolviston for ? (sinc') le Balks within the open field and for not holding the hirsel (hirsillum, cattle-pound or sheep-pen) and for also taking lute within the lord's waste at a cost of 40s.
Thomas Parkinson and Gilbert Randolf came and showed copies of certain charters whereby they had been enfeoffed with certain lands in Aycliffe.
Robert of Masham sued John of Boldon for a debt of 5s for the farm of a messuage in Elvet for 2 years past at a cost of 40d.
Alan of Billingham has to show his charters for his tenement; William del Raw and Thomas son of William have to show copies of their charters; Peter Dryng, John of Windleston and Thomas Jenkinson have to show charters for their tenements.
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Loc.IV:148   1384 - 1385
Prior's Free Court Suitors List.
Recording those owing suit every fortnight and 3 times a year, with annotations of [fines], and marginal dots and/or crosses. With another list of names on the dorse, some marked as jurors. The foot has been cut off.
“Nomina sectatorum libere Curie domini Prioris Dunelm a festo Sancti Michaelis Anno domini MoCCC (iiijxx iiijto) vsque idem festum Anno domini Mo CCC iiijxx (vto) ... Sectatores ter in anno ..”; the added elements in the date are contemporary, over an erasure. 30 names in the first section, and at least 12 in the second, the last being largely cut away. Dorse: List of names in a hand of the later fourteenth century. 24 names, the last two added in a contemporary hand responsible for writing “iurator” against these two and eight other names.
Ralph Bulmer, Marmaduke of Lumley, William Tailbus, John of Whitworth, Thomas Walworth, Thomas of Esh pro Skerningham, Richard Person, Hered Robert son of Richard of Merrington, Peter Ayer, (John Jackson), John of Elvet, John of Heighington, Thomas son of Richard of Fery, William Renegill, William of Hett, William of Blakeston, John of Bellasis, Richard de Hetheworth, John de Hetheworth, William Lardener, Thomas Ayer, Richard son of Reginald, Hered William of Hilton, John Lile, John Busse of Rainton, Dom John Nevill, Alan of Billingham, William Willy, Thomas Willy, John Willy, Hered William of Merrington.
Ter in anno
Heredes William Masham, (Colinson), Alan Whithead, William del Holme, Heredes William son of John of Bewley, John son of Simon, Robert of Bishopton, John Miryman, Robert Waux, Emma Barry, John Tidde, William del Rawe, William ...
Endorsed (15th century) as being the names of suitors of the prior's court.
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Loc.IV:200   3 October 1385 - 17 October 1386
Prior's Free Court Roll. 23 courts. The courts run to 24 July, then 3 and 17 October. 2 courts are undated and 6 courts have no business recorded, one being noted as “nihil quia infra Natale” and one being filled with practice 16th century letters.
Endorsed (15th century) “secta Johanni Hedwroth”.
John Willy showed a charter for his lands and tenements in Hebburn.
The prior sued Thomas Willy of Hebburn for cutting thorn trees within Le Redings at a cost of 40s.
The prior sued John Roy of Burdon for various encroachments in the open field of Burdon and for mining the demesne at a great cost to the lord.
The prior sued John Wily for cutting thorn trees to the value of 12 futhers in the lord's waste without licence at the great cost of 20s.
Elena Standupright of Woodham sued Hugh of Monkton for buying from her 6 pigs price 13s 6d, hay price 5d, 1 moldebred price 2d, and straw price 3d; and Elena also had an agreement with John of Whitworth and Hugh that she should have a dwelling-house up to Pentecost but Hugh ejected Elena from it so that she lost her goods and chattels at a cost of 46s 8d.
The prior sued Thomas Willy for ?cutting ?thorn trees in the lord's ?waste for 40 years past without licence at the great cost to the prior of 100s.
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Loc.IV:207   [17 September] 1387 - [4 February] 1388
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts. “Capital' cur'” are 1 October and 7 January. Courts are held [17 September], 1, 15 and 29 October, 12 and 26 November, 10 December, 7 and 21 January, and [4 February].
William son of Robert of Kent of Wolviston, ward of the lord prior and heir of Robert, came to seek his father's land as he is of full age.
Thomas Tumby, John Skaling, John Palman and William Barker, sued by William Thryn the approver of the prior's bakery in Elvet, baked bread for their own table and for resale at a bakery other than the prior's at a cost of 40s.
Parchment roll   1m
The first court is only dated as Tuesday, but the following one is 1 October 1387. The last court is dated Tuesday before the Purification, but that would be only a week after the previous one so it is probably the Tuesday after, ie 4 February. This roll appears to cover the same period as the first part of Loc.IV:73 above, ie the end of 1387 and start of 1388. However, the dates of the courts do not appear to be the same. The year dates in Loc.IV:73 appear to have been written in a different hand and it may be that that roll actually starts in 1386, then the overlapping courts for late 1387/early 1388 could be the same dates, though the business of the only court with some business in both rolls is not synonymous. That would also fit with William of Kent first appearing in court (in Loc.IV:207) on 10 December 1387 and then the inquisition has been made and he makes his homage for his lands on 1 April 1388. Loc.IV:73 could then be a draft for Loc.IV:207, but it could also be that Loc.IV:207 actually covers 1386/7.
Loc.IV:73   26 November 1387 - 21 December 1389
Prior's Free Court Roll. 24 courts with 1 Crossgate (Old Borough) court. The courts are quite intermittent - 26 November, 3 and 17 December 1387; 2, 16 and 30 January, 13 February, 13 March, 24 April, 1 May, 19 June, 9 July 1388, 12 and 26 January, 9 February, 20 April, [4 May], undated, 14 September, undated [28 September], 12 and 27 October court of Crossgate (Old Borough), undated, 7 and 21 December 1389. A number of the courts have no business recorded.
Inquisition that John Palman took nothing from John Piercebridge for baking his bread in his bakery.
Thomas Reis sued John of Guildford for owing him 3s 3d, 3 sheep price 3s 6d, 1 bushel of wheat price 6d and 1 iron clamp price 6d which he unjustly detains at a cost of 2s.
William the son and heir of Robert of Kent says that he is of full age. An inquisition says that Robert his father died 19 December 1368 seised of 20 acres of land and ½ an acre of meadow in Wolviston held of the prior by military service and an annual rent of 2s, and that William was born in Wolviston and baptised in Billingham church on 8 September 1365 and is of full age being 21 and more, whereby William, present in court, sought his lands and tenements according to the law and made his homage.
William Poner farmer of Aycliffe mill sued Thomas Parkinson for not milling his corn at Aycliffe mill at a cost of 4 quarters of malt and 3 quarters of wheat.
Parchment roll   1m
The first court is dated Tuesday in the feast of St Edmund king & martyr, which should be 25 November, in the year above, with the year date 1387 added in a different [later] hand, so this first court could well be 1386. However, the rest of the dates of the following courts fit in with it being 1387 and so, as the court always met on a Tuesday, it should probably be dated 25 November 1387, although see also Loc.IV:207 for a suggestion that this roll may well actually be for 1386-1388.
Some parchment repairs on the edges c.1975
Loc.IV:210   3 October 1396 - 9 January 1397
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts. The 3 October and 9 January courts are titled “Capital' cur'”. No business was recorded for the 26 December court as it was Christmas. All the other courts only record defaulting suitors.
Endorsed (15th century) as “pro secta Johanni Hedeworth”.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:188   2 October 1397 - 17 September 1398
Prior's Free Court Roll. 26 courts held by the steward William de Calthorn. The suitors for the first time are individually listed with details of their holding that they owe suit for in the “Capitalis cur'” which is held on 2 October. At many of the courts later in the year, business was postponed.
r.1 John of Guildford accused of not repairing the roof of the prior's mill nor repairing the mill-pond which he ought to do for his free tenement in East Rainton; the archives were to be checked. He also sold ale not measured in gross by barrel and olla and in retail by gallon, pottle, quart and other small measures.
r.1 William son of Alan of Wolviston paid homage for 2 messuages and 18 acres of land in Wolviston called Nedelerland; he is to show by what service he holds them.
r.1 John de Pothowe of Wolviston paid homage for tenements in Wolviston which were his wife Joan's as daughter and heiress of William Chapman; he is to show by what service they are held. He also, with John Stere of Wolviston, acknowledged that they sold ale against the assize.
r.1 The bailiff is to distrain William Stevenson of Cowpen, William Tomson of Cowpen and John del North to answer the prior for breaking into his park at Bewley and cutting down and carrying off [timber] growing in the wood there; likewise Hugh Wright of Wolviston for impeding the distraint that William Archer the prior's bailiff had sought to take for customs, services and amercements which he ought to have rendered.
r.1 John of Redworth of Burdon has broken the assize of ale.
r.2 Richard Manyour and John de Leynthorp, farmers of the prior's mill of Scaltok, sue William of Wheatley (Whetlawe) for not milling wheat and malt at the mill to their great cost of 10s; William de Blenkhowe has similarly withdrawn his suit from the mill for the last 3 years at a cost of 20s; Agnes Gray similarly for the last 2 years at a cost of 10s; Alice Jakes, and also Margaret Gibson and Peter Dryng likewise are attached for suit owed to the mill.
r.3 William of Chilton similarly had withdrawn his suit from the mill for the last 6 years at a cost of 40d.
Parchment roll   3r each of 1m sewn together at the head
Right side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:27   1 October 1398 - 25 April 1402
Prior's Free Court Roll. 87 courts, held before William de Calthorn, steward. Very little business is now being recorded for courts other than the 3 chief courts and, from Michaelmas 1399, this almost exclusively comprises the names of tenants owing suit of court.
John of Guildford to have a record of the roll for the service made for the tenement he holds in East Rainton and also for selling ale in gross rather than by small measures.
William Stevenson, William Tomson, John del North, all of Cowpen, cut down and carried off wood from the prior's park at Bewley (Bevlove).
Hugh Wright of Wolviston recovered from William Archer, the prior's bailiff.
William son of Alan of Wolviston makes homage for 2 messuages and 18 acres of land at Nedelerland, Wolviston.
John de Pothowe makes homage for the land of his wife Joan, the heir of William Chapman.
John of Redworth of Burdon broke the assize of ale.
Peter Dryng owes suit for his mill.
John of Guildford is to show what services and works are due from his free tenement in East Rainton towards the prior's mill and pond there.
John del North took a horse from the lord's fold (interlineated that he has died).
John of Hedworth of Southwick has died and the bailiff has seised his lands.
Parchment roll   6r
DCD 1.5.Pont.13: a roll of extracts from the courts for Michaelmas 1401 to Easter 1402
Loc.IV:89   early 15th century
Prior's Free Court List of Free Tenants. Listing names and places. Some names annotated in the margin with places and acreages and others with later tenants. Some notes of free court cases on the dorse.
Endorsed (15th century) as being the free tenants of the prior of Durham.
Parchment roll   1m
Undated but very similar in content to Loc.IV:90.
See also DCD Loc.IV:90
Loc.IV:108   early 15th century
Prior's Free Court List of Free Tenants. Listing names and places of free tenants by military service and owing suit at the prior's free court every fortnight (on the front) and 3 times a year (on the dorse). With a few later amendments.
Paper roll, 1p
Undated but very similar in content to Loc.IV:90.
See also: DCD Loc.IV:90
Loc.IV:219   29 September 1404 - 29 September 1406
Prior's Free Court Estreat Roll. Listing those owing fines for the 2 years, mainly for default of suit of court.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:90   1406
Prior's Free Court List of Free Tenants. Listing names and places. Some names annotated in the margin with later dots and/or crosses.
Endorsed (15th century) as being the free tenant suitors of the prior's court.
Parchment roll   1m
The date has been erased from both the front and the dorse but is visible under ultra-violet light.
See also: DCD Loc.IV:89
Loc.IV:143   1414
Prior's Free Tenants Rental. A list of names, places and amounts, organised by place. On the dorse are various earlier (14th century, one dated 1342) rough notes about rents.
Endorsed (15th century) as being a rental of the free rents of those tenants in the fee of the prior of Durham.
Parchment roll   2m
Loc.IV:91   1418
Prior's Free Court Suitors List. Recording those owing suit every fortnight and 3 times a year.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:195   12 October 1423 - 17 January 1424
Prior's Free Court Roll. 8 courts held before Thomas de Langton prior's steward. 12 October and 3 January are “Capitalis cur'”.
William Hudson farmer of the lord's mill at Wolviston says that Richard Dyghton of Wolviston has not paid the service he ought to the lord's mill at Wolviston by not milling there 4 quarters of wheat and 20 quarters of malt at a cost of ?20s.
John Welles of Aycliffe sues John Lancaster of Aycliffe for on 17 July 1423 taking away ?40 wagon-loads of dung price 6s 8d at a cost of 39s.
Thomas Brown sues Thomas Lax of Merrington for continuously over 12 years depasturing his herbage growing on 18 acres of his at a cost of 39s.
Parchment roll   1m
Right side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:209   1 February - 25 April 1424
Prior's Free Court Roll. 7 courts. 25 April court is “Capitalis cur'”.
John Wadle farmer of the prior's common bakery in Elvet Borough sues Robert Elge and Robert Wolviston of Elvet for not baking bread for sale at his bakery, as all regrators of bread living within the borough ought to do, for the last 4 years at a cost of 20s.
John Richardson of Monkton made homage for lands which were of John Tosson there which he holds by right of his wife formerly wife of the said John for the life of the said wife.
Parchment roll   1m
Left side repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:46   9 May - 12 September 1424
Prior's Free Court Roll. 10 courts.
John Wadle says that Robert Wolviston no longer bakes bread in the common bakery.
Roger Milner former farmer of the mill of the prior of Durham at Scaltok next to the borough of Elvet accuses Robert Elge, a regrator of bread and ale, of not using the mill from 1 November 1420 to 11 November 1421 at a cost of 35s; Robert claimed that an agreement had been made with Roger in the presence of Richard Thornton in Durham cathedral. Similar cases between Roger and William Heighington, Agnes Barker, William More of Old Elvet, and William Carter.
John Prior of Durham recovers 8s owed by Richard Thornton of Durham fleshewer for his tenement in Elvet.
Parchment roll   1m
Head repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:204   26 September 1424
Prior's Free Court Roll. 1 court.
Endorsed (16th century) as being for the suit of Scaltok mill, and similarly on a detached inserted parchment slip.
Roger Millner former farmer of the prior's mill at Scaltok in Elvet Borough sues Richard Webster for not milling there for 16 weeks from 1 November 1420 during which time he milled 10 quarters of malt at a cost of 40d.
Agreements between Roger Milner and Robert Elge, William Heighington and William Carter respectively that they are quit of all actions.
Agnes Barker had not milled 4 quarters of malt at the said mill at a cost to Roger [Milner] of 8d.
William Lethome and Thomas Turner, and William More of Old Elvet also in suits with Roger Milner.
William Maddeson made homage for lands which were of William Merlay in Winston.
Parchment roll   1m + 1m inserted
Loc.IV:113   [6 November] 1425 - [27 August]1426
Prior's Free Court Roll. 22 courts. The head of the roll is missing and damaged and the roll was probably originally for the whole year from Michaelmas to Michaelmas.
John Pulyng of Billingham made homage for 1 messuage, 21 acres of land and 1 meadow paying 3d per annum in the prior's exchequer.
Parchment roll   1m
The heading for the first court is missing and the heading of the second is damaged, but the third one is 4 December, and 6 November is 2 fortnights beforehand. Similarly, the last court is all but lost, but the penultimate one is dated 13 August.
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:237   29 September 1426 - 29 September 1427
Prior's Free Court Estreat Roll. Listing those owing fines for the year, mainly for default of suit of court, with crosses against some names ?indicating they had paid.
Parchment roll   1m
Crossgate (Old Borough) court
Dates of creation: 1311 - 1400
Extent: 5 rolls The priory's Crossgate or Old Borough lay on the west side of Durham, linked to the centre of Durham by Framwelgate Bridge. Its court met weekly on Wednesdays and was presided over by the cathedral priory's sacrist. Business included recovery of debts and rent arrears, the registration of title deeds, some cases of theft and violence, and the regulation of brewing and baking. Many cases were dropped or postponed indefinitely and punishments for others were small fines or amercements or the confiscation of goods.
DCD Crossgate Court Books I and II:: Records of proceedings in the Sacrist's Crossgate Borough Court 1498-1531

Loc.IV:229 m.12   18 February 1311 - 20 December 1312
Crossgate (Old Borough) Court Roll. [Inquisitions] by the terrar and prior's steward of weights and measures and trangressions at Elvet 18 February 1311. List of defaulters.
“Crossgat” cases.
Roger son of Lucian sued John Goce and John of Thirsk for implicating him in a plea of debt with Richard son of Randolph.
John of Hart was accused of carrying off mulct from the prior's mill over a year and a half; 9 others similarly accused, along with Gilbert Burghard chaplain who had been doing it for 5 years.
John Gore accused of falsely measuring corn; 3 others similarly accused.
William del Gyle sought satisfaction for a debt of £10 which Thomas of Swalwell, Richard of Chilton, Roger Walle, Roger de Aske, Ralph Barker, William of Bolam and John Barker had bound themselves to repay him at ½ a mark each term from Pentecost 1309.
A session of the terrar and steward in South Street 12 December 1312. Cases adjourned a fortnight thence and the bailiff was also then to present all the measures of corn and ale.
A session on 20 December 1312. John Lorimer to pay Emma wife of William Barker a sack and 5 rases of malt barley which he took from the mill in ignorance.
Parchment roll   1m, part of a roll of 12m tied together at the foot with a parchment tie
Head repaired with parchment c.1975
Printed in: Records of the Borough of Crossgate, Durham 1312-1531, ed R.H. Britnell (Surtees Society 212, 2008), p.1-4.
Loc.IV:229 m.1-11   18 January 1390 - 11 September 1398
Crossgate (Old Borough) Court Roll
m.1 18 January to 8 June 1390. 18 courts, several with no data. John Rossell of Durham bought a burgage of Peter Dryng formerly held by Ralph of Whitby, fine 2s. John Betly jr of Durham bought a burgage of Peter Dryng situated between the burgages of Robert Godinbuer and William de Olverwik fine 18d. Thomas Kirkland sues Robert of Linarce over the debt of 1 yetling price 16d. Adam of Blackburn of Chester made homage for a burgage in South Street now held of Thomas Gray chaplain. The prior sues John Pearson for herbage bought from the almoner for 3s which has not been paid for 1 year at a cost of 12d. John Paerson sues Agnes Nesham for defaming him and calling him false and a thief so that he could not carry out any merchandising, buying nor selling. Agnes Nesham sues John Pearson and Christiana his wife for the latter abusing her in the high exchequer and carrying off her goods to the value of 20s. Agnes Nesham sues John Pearson for maliciously carrying off her goods at a cost of 40s.
m.6 29 November 1391 to 5 June 1392. 15 courts, 24 April 1392 is a “Capitalis cur'”. Several reporting about the deteriorating roof of a tenement of John Couper. Peter Dryng sues William Growsmith over a horse price 6s 8d. John Legg sues John Parson because his wife abused and maltreated Margaret, John Legge's daughter, at a cost of 40s. John Parson sues John Legge because his daughter Margaret abused Peter, son of John Parson at a cost of 100s. John Legge sues John Parson for allowing his dog to cause 5 futfals (foot-fells (dropped lambs)) at a cost of 12d. John Parson sues John Legge for entering his house and abusing Elena.
m.4 6 to 20 August 1393. 3 courts.
m.5 8 October 1393 to 28 January 1394. 10 courts, 8 October 1393 is a “Capitalis cur'”. Thomas Hawick sues William Aspoure over a debt of 1 horse and 1 pound of coal. William Smith sues John Norton over a debt of 12d. William Fleshhewer of Durham made homage for a burgage fine 20d.
m.2 22 April to 26 August 1394. 10 courts. Alice Jakes sues Matilda Ravyn over the payment of a roofer's wages of 20d. An inquisition into bread and weights reports that Robert Baxter has bread with insufficient second sifting and Alice has insufficient first sifting, being fined 12d each. Richard Py sues William Ryton for detaining an axe price 6d. John del Mos sues William de Bellishewe and Joanna his wife for Joanna abusing him on 4 June last in Crossgate (Old Borough) at a cost of 10s. Richard Fisher of South Street sues John Chester barber over a debt of 18d for a pannier of haddock not paid for at a cost of 12d.
m.10 2 September to 13 December 1394. 7 courts, 2 with no data. Roger of Easingwold sues Thomas of Durham for on last Monday allowing his pigs to get into his yard and trample and consume the grass at a cost of 2s. Agnes Hardgill sues Robert Baxter over a breach of contract for not repairing property he leased to her.
m.3 13 to 27 January 1395. 3 courts, 13 January1395 is a “Capitalis cur'”. Thomas Waiter and Elena his wife acquired a burgage from the almoner of Durham fine 20d. John del Schel acquired a burgage from the chaplain of St Mary. John Smith acquired a burgage from the chaplain of St Mary. William Bay acquired a burgage from Thomas Gray chaplain. John Bare sues Alan Horseley for hiring a horse for 1 day and returning it in poor condition at a cost of 6s 8d. John Kaif sues Roger Easingwold over a debt for a canvas weight 2½ pounds and an ewer. Adam Watson acquired a burgage from John of Chester cleric fine 20d.
m.8 3 November to 29 December 1395. 8 courts. Agnes of Stanhope sues Thomas Gregory over a debt of 4s. William of Chilton sues Thomas Emery chaplain for allowing his animals to depasture his corn. William of Chilton sues Christiana Jakes over a debt of 21d.
m.7 6 October 1395 to 22 March 1396. 11 courts, “Capitalis cur'” on 6 October 1395 and 12 January 1396 (no courts recorded in between). Robert Taylor sues John Moss over a debt for a tenement leased at an annual rent of 2s 6d. Robert Fonrother sues William del Wra over a debt of 4s. John Garnet sues Thomas Harbourhouse over a debt of 19d. William of Bishopton sues Elena Ka over paying 3 stones of wool for harrowing. Robert Taylor sues John Moss for allowing his horse to depasture his grass. A pleading between Thomas Gray and John of Billingham over a debt of 2s. A pleading between William Horseley and John Newton and John Garnet over debts of 11d and 2s 1d respectively.
m.11 31 May to 4 October 1396. 18 courts, 4 October 1396 is a “Capitalis cur'”, most courts have no data, the top of the membrane has been cut off and is missing. Thomas Colvill jr chivaler by his attorney Robert de Belforth sues Robert del Bank carpenter over a debt of a bushel of peas price 4d and a sack price 2d.
m.9 27 February to 11 September 1398. 27 courts, many with no data. Robert Palman sues Alice del Peik over the rent of a house for 2 years. John of Doddington sues Richard Smith over a horse bought in 1396. Robert Trip sues William of Hedley over a sack of coal and the roofing of a building next to the bridge. Thomas Gray demised to John Couper a burgage for life for which John made a fine of 20d.
Parchment and paper roll, 11m (m.2 only is of paper), joined together at the foot with a parchment tie through 2 central stabbed holes
all membranes repaired with parchment (m.2 with paper) c.1975
Printed in: Records of the Borough of Crossgate, Durham 1312-1531, ed R.H. Britnell (Surtees Society 212, 2008), p.4-11, 18-21, 27-32, 35-63.
Loc.IV:95   24 May - 25 October 1391
26 courts. Crossgate (Old Borough) Court Roll. No business is recorded for several courts.
John son of Peter (alias John Pearson) sues John Mosse for allowing his pigs to enter his garden and trample and devastate his flax and grass growing there at a cost of 40d.
Inquisition says that John Glover drew his knife to strike Alice of Sherburn.
Robert of Kirkham and Juliana his wife sues William Emery for withholding 5s for hay bought 3 years ago at a cost of 6s 8d.
Robert of Belford sues William Sefwright over a debt for a pair of wheels.
John Glover sues John Couper over 1 olla ennea.
John Beckley sues Hugh Cronan over his labour for having been his attorney.
Robert of Kirkham sues John son of Robert of Kyo over pledge for a debt of 4s against Emma del Forth.
John Pearson sues John of Dondale for taking a pair of ?baskets (crels) without licence at a cost of 6d.
John Dondale sues John Pearson over a debt for 1 quarter and 2 bushels of coal.
John Pearson sues John Dondale for allowing his animals to enter his garden and destroy his grass, vegetables, leeks and other necessaries growing there.
John of Heddon sues Robert Jonson of Harom over a debt of a horse with saddle and bridle valued at 6s.
Richard of Foxton sues John Pearson over a debt of 3s 8d which he has not paid.
Parchment roll   1m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Printed in: Records of the Borough of Crossgate, Durham 1312-1531, ed R.H. Britnell (Surtees Society 212, 2008), p.11-18.
Loc.IV:120   4 September 1392 - 14 January 1393
Crossgate (Old Borough) Court Roll. 15 courts. No business is recorded for the last 4 courts.
Endorsed (16th century) as “1390 &c”.
John Legg sues Robert Baxter concerning bread bought from him.
Adam of Burdon sues Hugh Cronan about a horse price 10s.
John Legg sues Robert Baxter in a debt case about an agreement over an easement of 100s [not paid] at a cost of 6s 8d.
Thomas Bell by his attorney John Beclay sues William Arrowsmith about detaining 4s 6d.
Hugh Cronan sues Roger Tomson over Roger's [wife] Agnes depasturing his meadow at ?.
Robert Doncaster sues John Chester about a horse price 4s.
John of Chester of Whitley sues Nicholas Fullar about a horse.
Parchment roll   1m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Printed in: Records of the Borough of Crossgate, Durham 1312-1531, ed R.H. Britnell (Surtees Society 212, 2008), p.22-26.
Loc.IV:127   5 February - 17 April 1393
Crossgate (Old Borough) Court Roll. 8 courts.
John Glover sues Robert Cornay about 2 stalls in Durham market unjustly detained at a cost of 4d.
Parchment roll   1m
Repaired all over with parchment c.1975
Printed in: Records of the Borough of Crossgate, Durham 1312-1531, ed R.H. Britnell (Surtees Society 212, 2008), p.32-35.
Loc.IV:201   7 April - 1 September 1400
Crossgate (Old Borough) Court Roll. 5 courts. 3 of the courts are undated and it seems to be meeting intermittently.
Thomas del Fishhouse sues John Walker of Claipworth for destroying and devastating his corn, grass and hay in Relley field over 3 years at a cost of 20s.
Loquellus between Simon Gray and Margaret Gibson over a door-handle (anulum) price 8d.
Parchment roll   1m
Left side repaired with parchment c.1975
Printed in: Records of the Borough of Crossgate, Durham 1312-1531, ed R.H. Britnell (Surtees Society 212, 2008), p.63-65.
Elvet Borough court
Dates of creation: 1329 - 1382
Extent: 2 rolls Elvet Borough (New Elvet) was a long rectangle of land bound by the River Wear, Green Lane, Court Lane and Hatfield View, and was part of the hostiller's estate. Only 2 court rolls survive, but account rolls record the existence of the court from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. It met fortnightly. The court's business included recovery of debts, the registration of title deeds, the performance of fealty, some cases of theft and violence, various agricultural offences such as animals straying and illicit wood gathering, and the regulation of brewing and baking. Many cases were dropped or postponed indefinitely and punishments for others were small fines or amercements or the confiscation of goods.

Loc.IV:130   [20 April] - 21 September 1329
Elvet Borough Court Roll. 11 courts.
Richard de Bleincham sues Andrew Postell over a debt of 14s.
Several cases between Henry Camera and Adam Cuper and his wife Agnes about the sale of ale, and verbal and physical assaults on 3 August 1329.
Agnes of Barton was accused by the steward of saying that the almoner and the hostiller were in disagreement.
Parchment roll   4m
m.1 of the roll is badly damaged and the head is missing, but counting back from the last clear date (13 July), with the court meeting fortnightly on Thursdays, comes back to 20 April as probably the first court on the roll.
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:123   3 October 1381 - 8 May 1382
Elvet Borough Court Roll. 13 courts.
List of brewers.
Various people making homage to Hugh of Sherburn hostiller - John of Belasis, John Bacon fleshhewer, Alan Webster, John of Bainton, Benedict Skinner.
Ordinance about brewers showing signs of their rates and measures, and that tenants should control their pigs and should not obstruct the highway with dung, with various people summoned for these offences.
Parchment roll   1m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Elvet Barony court
Dates of creation: 1315 - 1402
Extent: 23 rolls The Barony of Elvet (Old Elvet) was situated to the south and east of Durham, being bounded by the Wear on the west and east, and Rotton Row or the Borough of Elvet on the north. Its court was presided over by the hostiller and met on Wednesdays at Elvethall, by which name the court was known until 1352. The court's business included recovery of debts, the registration of title deeds, the performance of fealty, some cases of theft and violence, various agricultural offences such as animals straying and illicit wood gathering, and the regulation of brewing and baking. Many cases were dropped or postponed indefinitely and punishments for others were small fines or amercements or the confiscation of goods.

Loc.IV:137   [3 October] 1315 - 9 January 1316
Elvethall Court Roll. 8 courts. The court is headed as “Cur' de Elvethall” .
Various defaulters for suit of court, and also various in mercy for trespassing variously with various animals, such as Richard of Shadforth's draught animals taken in the lord's corn.
Robert Feraund attacked (rebellus est) Ralph son of Adam at a cost of 3d.
Incaura Hay removed fencing (clausturam) from the lord's hostelry (hostil).
Matilda wife of Gilbert de la Wachery was seised of a tenement between those of Dennis Daunce and Robert Cementar.
Parchment roll   1m
The roll is quite badly damaged but enough is visible to discern 8 courts, meeting regularly every fortnight on a Friday, and the date of the last court is clear enough. Several cancellations and interlineations.
Backed on to fine silk gauze c.1950
Loc.IV:192   [9 December 1332 - 9 June] 1333
Elvethall Court Roll. 8 courts, at least. The [20 January] court is a “capitalis cur”. The courts are headed as “Cur' tenta apud Elvethall”, all meeting on a Wednesday.
Richard Datenese spoke badly of the prior.
William Pellipar [attacked] the hostiller's groom, and he was also sued by the forester for depasturing the pasture with his sow.
The serjeant of Houghall sues William Bacon for breaking fences at ? and cutting wood there and in Waldefhesheued.
Hugh Gray and John Punder sue William Bacon and his wife for speaking badly of them.
Inquisition into Richard of Shadford's trespassing in the lord's enclosures for 20 years, as have other bondsmen.
Parchment roll   1m
Only the lower part of the roll survives. The only clearly dated court is that of “Wednesday before St Cuthbert in the above year”, though the previous one is “Wednesday … and Sebastian in the above year”. There are at least 3 more courts before the earlier one of these. The last court on the dorse has the year date 1333 and the previous one to that has Pentecost in its date. So the roll would seem to cover at least the dates cited.
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:238   9 August - 4 October 1340
Elvethall Court Roll. 5 courts. The lower part of the membrane is missing. There would probably also have been a membrane attached to the head of this as there are sewing thread remnants and the first court is dated as the “above year”. The courts are headed as “Cur' tenta apud Elvethall” .
Inquisition that William son of Emer of the [G]range greatly insulted John Barbitons and Isabella his wife at a cost of 40d.
Parchment roll   1m
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:239   [1340]
Elvethall Court Roll. 2 courts, only the foot of the first one remains, which is probably an Elvethall court. The second is dated Friday after Michaelmas and is entitled “Cur halnutorum apud Elvethall …” .
William son of Eleanor sowed a rod of land for 2 years without licence.
Robert Felow tambuavit a rod of land of Walter Ferand in Helymerside, of Gilbert of Ireland in Bradlands, and of William son of Elen in Fareknolt.
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One of the membranes is identified on a modern wrapper as being 1340; it may even be the foot of Loc.IV:238, though the hand does not appear quite the same and the texts do not match. It is certainly in the same style and the thread appears to be similar.
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Loc.IV:110   [5 January] - 3 August 1345
Elvethall Court Roll. 9 courts. The courts are dated [5] and 21 January, 2 and 16 March, 8 and 22 June, [6] and 20 July and 3 August. The first is a “Capitalis” court held at Elvethall, the second is a court for the bondsmen of Shincliffe held at Elvethall on a Friday (Elvethall courts normally met on Wednesdays). The other courts are just headed as courts held at Elvethall, except for the seventh and ninth courts which are headed as being for free tenants held at Elvethall.
Hugh Gray [trespassed] with his sheep in Elvethall wood.
Brewers listed.
Peter Liban sued Thomas and Ralph the sons of Ralph the reeve saying that on 19 December 1344 they attacked and wounded him at Shincliffe at a cost of 100s.
Thomas son of the reeve sued Peter Bell for coming to his house in Shinclffe and calling him a false man and a thief at a cost of 12s.
Thomas son of Robert [broke] a ditch at Noubrokes.
A case over Shincliffe mill.
William de Dokesfeld is to answer the hostiller about milling.
Isabella del Kirk sued John Black and Joanna his wife saying that Joanna came to her house at night in Old Elvet and abused her.
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Loc.IV:118   18 April - 31 October 1352
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 11 courts. 1 “capitalis curie” on 17 October. The court is titled as being for the barony of Old Elvet held at Elvethall.
John Baxter was summoned to answer for a debt of 14s for faggots sold.
John Baxter was sued for letting 2 pigs wander into the lord's corn.
William Langley was sued for letting 3 pigs wander into the lord's corn.
William del Chastel was sued for transgressing 3 times in the lord's corn.
John Milner was sued for letting 3 piglets wander into the lord's corn.
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Loc.IV:109   [24 August] 1356 - 1 March 1357
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 11 courts. 1 “capitalis curie” on 4 January.
William of Shadford was attached to answer John de Coldon of Brillesdon for allowing his oxen, cattle, pigs and sheep to trample his grass growing in Old Elvet over 6 years at a cost of 10s.
John Baxter was attached to answer concerning William of Ryton, Thomas the Ostlerman and Old Elvet mill.
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Loc.IV:102   11 March - 20 May 1360
Elvet Barony Court Roll. Probably 6 courts, but badly damaged.
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Loc.IV:116   30 December 1360 - 24 March 1361
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 7 courts.
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Loc.IV:104   7 May - 24 September 1382
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 11 courts. The court is described as being held at Elvet Hall.
The hostiller sues ?Beatrice wife of William Carter for being a common scold against the sheriff.
John Hyde sues Thomas Ripon for taking a ?water jug from his house at a cost of 3s.
William Webster owes 8d to Ralph Shepherd.
John de Boynton made homage for a certain tenement in Old Elvet held for life.
William Barker in a plea of debt with John Hobson was attached for chattels to the value of 6d, he was also distrained for chattels to the value of 4d, that is an iron tripod.
Robert Dawson in a plea of contract with Robert Ward was attached for chattels to the value of 3s 8d, that is the price of a cow.
Thomas Baxter in a plea of debt with William Saywer was attached for chattels to the value of 6d.
Alan Balter and Thomas of Ripon were attached for breaking the assize.
William Barker was attached for selling ale for 1½d against the assize and at a cost to the lord of 20s; he said that John of Elvet steward of the hostiller brewing at Shincliffe sold a gallon of ale for 1½d and a quart for 6s.
John Palman was summoned to answer Richard Paulyn about a debt of 13s 4d.
John Tayllor trespassed in the lord's herbage and broke ditches.
William Barker trespassed in the lord's corn with his pigs.
Thomas Baxter trespassed in the lord's corn.
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Loc.IV:134   27 June 1386 - 16 June 1387
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 17 courts. This roll is a little problematical, particularly in its dating, as it has been written up by various hands. The head is damaged, but the date of the first court appears to be “anno p…”, which is probably referring to the episcopal year. The third court is dated “anno quinto” . The courts on the dorse are dated as being in the sixth year of the bishop with some of the last ones being dated by the year of grace, 1387. This would all seem to fit with the roll being for a year's worth of courts covering years 5 and 6 of Bishop John Fordham. However, the fourth court is dated as 1385 and the “quinto” on the other courts on this side of the roll could be a shortening of this, a dating style which does appear in some of the earlier fourteenth century rolls. But this 1385 may actually be a mistake as this hand appears to be quite careless: the court is dated “sancti crucis” with no further mention of which particular feast, invention or exaltation; Wednesday is added at the end of the clause, almost as an afterthought whereas it should normally come before the feastday. The conclusive factor would seem to be that the previous court is dated as Wednesday in the feast of St James; in 1385 this was on a Tuesday and in 1386 it was a Wednesday. Previous cataloguers have dated this roll as 1385-1387; more information may have been visible before the roll was repaired but it would appear to be rather 1386-1387.
So the dates of the courts recorded are (some did not meet or have not been recorded): 1386 27 June, 11 and 25 July, 19 September, 3 and 17 October, 14 November; 1387 9 and 23 January, 6 and 20 February, 6 March, 17 April, 1 and 29 May, 12 and 26 June.
Before the sixth court is the heading “Extracte lib'” .
John Benton sued Juliana Spark over detaining a pot (ollam).
Goods and chattels which were Sabota Shepherd's to the value of 6s were delivered to William de Vewetrone.
John Emanson sued Elena his wife for abusing Alice Bennwyr.
Robert Spark trespassed with his cows at Charleys.
Various trespassed with various animals.
William Bainbridge is the nearest heir of Agnes [widow] of ? of Dalton and so he makes homage for the 2 messuages.
Hugh del Bate died seised of a messuage between the tenements of the prior of Durham and the hostiller, Nicholas del Bate is his son and heir, aged 21 and more, and makes homage for the messuage.
Agnes of Sedgefield sued Alexander Bay and Matilda his wife because Matilda refuses to return 2 ?covers/curtains (velamina) price 12d despite frequent requests at a cost of 6d.
John Ward sued Thomas Katryk and his wife Margery because Margery ligitavit and abused him at a cost of 6d.
Richard Pawleyn broke the lord's fold.
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Loc.IV:235   13 June 1397 - 22 May 1398
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 15 courts. No courts recorded between 11 July and 3 October 1397.
Richard Moynyour made homage for all the lands and tenements which were of John Frend in Rotten in Elvet and made a fine of 40d.
William Wright was distrained to answer for breaking folds.
John Skaling was in mercy for pigs taken in the lord's corn.
Peter Greveson and Juliana his wife sued Thomas Tindall and Constance his wife for unjustly detaining 5s for ale bought last Easter and not paid for at a cost of 40d.
Robert Berall made homage for a garden formerly of Alan of Aydon chaplain.
Roger White is in mercy for a horse taken in the lord's corn.
William Wright of Beron and John del North were attached to answer about carrying off the lord's wood and trampling the lord's wheat.
Richard Smith was attached to answer for cutting withies and underwood.
The bailiff presents Richard Dawson, Robert of Bradbury, Wiliam of Middelton and Alexander Bay for, each with 1 horse, nightly depasturing the lord's wheat at a cost of ½ a mark.
The bailiff presents John Skaling, Robert Bradbery, John Piercebrig and Alice of Lambton for brewing and selling ale against the assize.
John Skaling took the lord's wood and carried it away, and he also depastured the lord's corn, trampling it with his pigs, as did John Henrison with 2 horses.
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Loc.IV:101   26 June - 4 September 1398
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 6 courts. The first three courts are titled as being courts of the prior and hostiller of Durham for the Barony of Elvet held at Elvethall … held before William de Calthorn steward.
Walter del Polhill sues Wiliam Playfair for abusing Roger his son and servant so that he lost his service at a cost of 20s.
The bailiff presents that Gilbert of Guildford depastured, trampled and consumed with 7 geese the lord's grass in Smithyhaugh.
The bailiff presents that William Wright bored into and opened up a certain oak of the lord's in Elvet wood, revealing a nest of bees, and he took away honey and wax at a cost of 10s.
John Aspour was attached to answer William Payntour, William of Wolsingham, and John Banes for breaking into their closes at Wellehough with his animals and depasturing, trampling and consuming their grass growing there at a cost of 10s.
The bailiff attached Alan of Aydon chaplain for dumping manure on the lord's land in Le Lonyng without licence.
[William] of Bishopton (Bysshton) forester presents that on 5 August 1398, John Skaling webster was in Elvet wood with 15 pigs and depastured, trampled and consumed the lord's grass and damaged the ditches at a cost of 100s. William tried to stop them through his son Richard, but John prevented him, and he also harvested and carried off [grass] from [Pe]th meadow, for which William attached him for a falcon, about which John abused William's son Richard.
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Loc.IV:96   2 October 1398 - 22 January 1399
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 9 courts. “Capital' curie” held on 2 October 1398 and 8 January 1399.
William Carter was distrained to answer for cutting down and carrying off oak wood in Elvet wood.
William of Bishopton forester did not come to present the defects in his office.
All the brewers, bakers and regrators were to come to the next court to answer the lord for excesses.
Peter Greveson despastured the wheat in the demesne with 4 pigs; similarly Richard Moniour with 3 pigs in the stubble, also John of Wadley with 3 pigs, Mabil Porter with 4 pigs in Smithyhaugh, Walter Lyster with 2 pigs there, Robert of Dalton with 4 pigs in the stubble, William of Wolsingham with 1 boar, William de Thornburgh with 5 pigs in Smithyhaugh, Robert of Bradbury with 1 pig in the stubble, John of Burdon with 1 pig, Thomas of Tynedale with 1 horse in the wood, William Potter with 1 horse, Thomas of Blencow with 1 horse, William Payntour with 1 pig in the stubble, Robert Plummer with 12 geese in Smithyhaugh all variously depastured, trampled and consumed the lord's grass.
John Saling, Robert of Bradbury, William Hyndley, John Piercebridge and Thomas of Tynedale brewed and sold ale against the assize.
John Palman and William Strong sold ale against the assize.
William of Lumley webster was to answer for cutting down and carrying off the lord's wood without licence.
Alan Webster was attached for cutting down and carrying off 7 holyns in Elvet wood without licence.
Adam Webster cut down and carried off brush (brucr) (brome in Loc.IV:132) formerly growing on the lord's soil next to Maiden Castle; similarly brush cut down in Elvet wood.
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Loc.IV:132   5 February - 25 June 1399
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 12 courts.
John Henrison sues Thomas Hyne for unjustly detaining 10d due to him from the judgement of an arbitration by neighbours for a pig of John's killed, at a cost of 6d.
The bailiff presents that John Arthore with his pigs depastured the lord's grass at Cuthbertplace by ?digging up the lord's soil without licence.
The bailiff presents John Rose for depasturing with a horse the lord's grass at Smithyhaugh; John Fletcher for his servants taking and carrying off the lord's wood formerly growing in Le Wellehalgh; and Roger White for depasturing with a horse the lord's grass formerly growing in Smithyhaugh.
Thomas Tynedale common baker sells bread of less weight than it ought to be.
Roger White trespassed in the lord's wheat at Langmeredike with his horse.
Richard Stabler trespassed in gardens with his horse.
William Collinson trespassed at Lamgmeredike with his horse.
John Benett trespassed there with his horse.
The bailiff presents that William of Lumley webster depastured wheat at Peth meadow with his horse; similarly Thomas del Polhill with 3 horses there, also John Winship with 20 beasts depastured the lord's barley at Kirkcroft.
William of Ovingham and Mariot his wife were summoned to answer William de Burbrig abbot of Blanchland, and Hugh of Durham canon for unjustly detaining a girdle (singulum) price 6d and 14d in cash.
William Lardyner places himself in the lord's grace for trespassing in the lord's corn with 2 cows and a stirket.
William of Lumley webster trespassed at Charleys with a horse; similarly Richard Glover for trespasses made there, and John Henrison for trespassing in the wood and grass with 2 horses.
John Rose is distrained for on 11 June trespassing with his horse at Smithyhaugh without licence.
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Loc.IV:128   9 July 1399 - 21 January 1400
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 15 courts. Capitalis curie held on 1 October 1399 and 7 January 1400.
m.1 William of Lumley webster was to answer for trespassing at Charleys with 4 geese.
Alexander Bay places himself in the lord's grace for trespassing at Wollerode with his horse; similarly William Hyndley for trespassing at Charleys in the barley with his horse, likewise William Potter.
John of Cawood depastured with a horse the barley at Charleys without licence.
Robert Webster with his 2 pigs depastured, trampled and consumed the barley at the Kirkcroft.
Robert Webster depastured, trampled and consumed peas and oats at Barncroft with 2 pigs.
Attached for ter capt: Robert of Bradbury with 4 pigs; William Payntour with 4 pigs; Walter Lyster with 4 pigs; John Banes with 1 sow; [Thomas Clerk] with 4 geese.
m.1d Attached for trespasses: Alexander Bay with 1 horse; William of Lumley with 7 geese in the Kirkcroft; Thomas Clerk with 4 geese there; Thomas Bole with 1 horse there; John Skaling with 11 pigs in the lord's barley at Kirkcroft; John Reddyman with 3 pigs in the lord's peas in the Barnecroft; Robert Webster with 1 horse twice taken in the Peth; John of Cawood with 1 horse; Henry Chaloner with 1 horse; John Skaling with 1 horse; John Henrison with 1 horse; William Potter with 1 horse in the lord's stubble at the Barnecroft; William de Hyndley with 1 horse in the stubble in the Peth; Richard Pawlyn with 1 cow in Smithyhaugh.
The bailiff presents that the horse of John Palman, with the horses of 6 others, seized for trespassing in Le Peth, were being held in the lord's fold and Palman broke into the fold and took away his horse, at the same time allowing the 6 other horses to escape, to the great loss of the lord.
John Skaling, William of Bishopton, Richard Pawlyn, William Potter, John Raper, Robert Webster, Henry Chaloner and Robert of Bradbury took herbage from the lord at Smithyhaugh, Barncroft and Saintcuthbertplace up to next February 2 at a rent of 15s payable at Christmas.
John Palman to stand (ad stand) the ordinance of the court and the lord's council for breaking into the fold.
m.2 William Palman depastured the lord's herbage in the stubble in the Peth with 1 horse.
John Banes was attached for trespassing in the Barncroft with 2 horses.
John Skaling and his colleagues farmers of Barncroft sue John Banes for depasturing the herbage in the stubble there with 2 horses and a cost of 40d.
John Rose to answer for trespassing in Smithyhaugh with his horse without licence.
The forester presents that John Waynman harvested the lord's grass in Smithyhaugh around 1 August and at other times.
John Skaling, William Wright, Robert of Bradbury and John Piercebridge brewed and sold ale against the assize; likewise William String, Thomas of Tynedale (also baked), John Palman, William de Hyndley, William of Lumley, William Potter, Robert Webster.
m2d Robert of Bradbury sues William Bishopton for allowing 4 of his pigs to intrude into his garden and eat his grass growing there at a cost of 6 marks.
John Henrison with 8 pigs depastured the lord's herbage in the Westwood; Stephen of Shincliffe took and carried away the lord's wood from the Horseclose in Elvet wood without licence; John Fabian took and carried away wood from there; Juliana of Middleton wife of John of Middleton took and carried away the lord's wood blown down by the wood at St Helen's well. (Seintlynwell).
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Loc.IV:119   4 February - 26 May 1400
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 9 courts. The courts are numbered [ix] to xvii.
William Bishopton was attached to answer William Potter for, on 2 December 1399, at Horseclose next to Elvet wood, impeding him from carrying a carcass from the wood which he had bought from John Wright junior which he had bought from John of Newburn former hostiller.
Thomas Tymby and John ? in a case over a debt for the farm of the Tollbooth.
Alan Webster wasattached for digging up the lord's soil without licence.
John Harpour was attached for trespassing with a horse on Charleys; John Beper for [trespassing] with 2 horses on Charleys; William ? with 1 horse in Elvet wood; Walter Lumley with 18 geese at Charleys; William Wright with 7 geese in the wood; Henry Chaloner with a horse in Les Allers.
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Loc.IV:124   9 June - 29 September 1400
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 9 courts. Numbered [x]viii to [xxvi].
William Potter was attached to answer the lord for trespassing at Charleys with his 2 horses.
William Lax sued Richard Pawlyn over a debt who was attached for a horse which the bailiff impounded in the prior's fold at Elvethall but which Pawlyn, breaking into the fold, took away.
In mercy for depasturing the lord's herbage - William Potter with 2 horses; William Hyndley with 1 horse; Henry Souter with 1 horse; William Taylor with 1 horse; Henry Taylor with 1 horse; John of Wadley with 1 horse.
William Todd trepassed in the lord's herbage with his horse.
Attached for trespassing: John Piercebridge with 4 pigs in Elvet wood; Walter Barker with 2 pigs there; John Skaling with 4 pigs, 1 pig and 2 pigs there; Robert Plummer with 1 calf in Smithyhaugh; Alexander Bay with 1 horse; Walter of the Hall with 1 horse.
Thomas of the Guesthall sues William of Evenwood over a debt of 2s 8d which he ought to have paid him for a stirket bought from him, at a cost of 18d.
Thomas del Lough sues William of Evenwood over a debt of 20d which he ought to have paid him for 2 bel' de crispe bought from him at Durham on 20 March 1393 which should have been paid at the following Easter, at a cost of 12d.
Attached for trespassing - John Rose with 1 horse on the lord's land; John Lawnell with 6 oxen next to the Peth; John Frere with 1 horse in the lord's wood; John Lyster with 1 horse on the lord's land.
Richard Pawlyn took his horse away from the lord's fold, being held in a suit of debt with William Lax.
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Loc.IV:129   13 October 1400 - 30 March 1401
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 12 courts. The courts are numbered [i] to [xii]. The first court is a “capitalis curie”.
The bailiff orders that William Wright be distrained a small pot (ollulam) and that Henry Chaloner has nothing in his bailiwick.
John Piercebridge trespassed with 4 pigs in Elvet wood beyond the Peth.
Alexander Bay trespassed in the lord's herbage with 2 horses and a foal.
Richard Glover took the lord's wood from the place of St Cuthbert; likewise John Raper.
John Piercebridge's servant William Brook took a cow from the lord's fold without licence.
William Wright depastured with his stirket.
Alexander trespassed with 2 horses.
Case about a potter digging lute in the lord's soil.
The bailiff presents that he sent his servant to attach the son of Walter Blo but Walter Capper impeded him so that he could not carry out his office in contempt of the lord.
William Plummer with his 4 pigs dug up the lord's soil at Saintcuthbertplace.
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Loc.IV:103   13 April - 27 July 1401
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 9 courts. The courts numbered [i] to [ix].
Presentments for trespassing - Robert Spyer with 1 horse at Charleys; Henry Potter with 2 horses there; William Potter with 1 horse there.
Selling ale against the assize - John Skaling, William Potter, John of Piercebridge, William Stronger, John Fabian, William of Lumley.
Ale assize - William Wright, William Hyndley, Henry Potter, Eustace of Weardale, John Palman, Thomas Tyndale, William Chaloner, William Qwarres.
Presentments for trespassing - William Palman with a horse in oats at Charleys; John Wederard with a horse in corn at Houghall; William Wolsingham with a horse and a foal there; Walter Baley/Bayley with a horse there.
John Couper depastured the lord's oats at Charleys with 1 horse.
Alice de Crannttwyk and Joan wife of William Piercebridgeman carried off hedging and new fencing of Peter of Elvet from the enclosures by Beutrouegatt.
John of Dinsdale mason with 1 horse twice and with 2 horses depastured the lord's oats at Charleys; similarly William Carter with 1 horse the lord's oats at Charleys, Thomas Hyndley with 1 horse the lord's grass in Elvet wood, Henry Potter with 2 horses the lord's oats in Charleys.
David Cooper with 1 horse depastured the lord's oats in Charleys; similarly William Friend with 1 horse in the lord's oats there, William de Cotes in Allers; William Aldyngshels with 4 pigs in the corn and grass in Smithyhaugh.
Richard Pawlyn owed John Roos 6s 8d of silver.
Robert Spyre and Joan his wife sue John Martyn and Agnes his wife over Agnes abusing and assaulting Joan, causing an affray and drawing blood in Elvet on 21 June 1401 at a cost of 100s.
John Cawood depastured corn at Charleys with 1 horse; similarly John Glover with 1 horse at Bynethgate, John Raper with 1 horse in the meadow there.
Robert de Cotes with 1 horse depastured the lord's grass by Milnedam.
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Loc.IV:236   3 August - 26 October 1401
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 7 courts. The courts are numbered [ix] to [xv]. The last court has a note at the end of it stating that the rest of the court will be found on the following roll (Loc.IV:131).
Elena Carr sues William Carter for a debt of 12d which he ought to have paid for victuals bought from her on 22 May.
Hugh of Teesdale sues William Carter for a debt of 7s which he ought to have paid for a cow bought from him on 11 November 1400.
John Bathan sues William Carter for a debt of 19d which he ought to have paid for a pair of carnibus bought from him on 11 November 1399.
John Raper formerly staying in Darlington dug up the ditches, hedges and fences of the lord at Smithyhaugh between the highway and the fencing in a certain place by the end of Elvet vill and he broke down the ditch and made an entrance through the middle of the ditch and also depastured the lord's grass. He is attached for a horse price 1 mark.
Presentments of trespassings - John of Cawood in Charleys, John Glover in the meadows of Bynethgate, John Raper syvyer in the meadows, Robert Cotes in Barncroft, Walter Barker with his pigs in Smithyhalgh,
Thomas Cooper sues Robert de Cotes in a plea of debt; Cotes is not resident and is attached for hay to the value of ½ a mark.
William Blyth sues John Walker about a debt of 9s 4d for fulling bread for milling at various times over the last year.
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Loc.IV:131   26 October 1401 - 18 January 1402
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 7 courts. The first court is a continuation of the last court on Loc.IV:236. The roll is headed “Elvethalle”; barony is no longer mentioned in the heading of the courts.
Robert de Brall sues John Fabian for impeding the way to his door at a cost of 40d.
John Skaling, John Fabian, William Potter, Henry Potter, Agnes Cooper, Constance of Weardale, John Palman, William Hyndley, William Strenger, Wiliam Wright, William of Lumley, Thomas of Tynedale brewed and sold ale against the assize.
William Palman depastured the hedges and grass in the lord's wood with 2 horses.
Anyone polluting the common well should pay the lord 2d.
Proclamation about brewing ale and baking bread, using the correct weights and measures.
Presentments of trespassings - William of Wolsingham and Walter Bailey in the lord's corn and meadow at Houghall, John de Cawood in Charleys, John Glover in the meadows of Bynethgate, John Raper syvyer in the meadows, Walter Barker and John Elge with their pigs in Smithyhaugh.
William Wright sued Alexander Bay for trespassing with his horse in his garden and eating up his hay, vegetables, leeks and other things growing there.
Peter Greveson and Julia his wife sued Richard Pawlyn and Matilda his wife over a debt; they were attached for a stone of woollen cloth.
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Loc.IV:99   1 February - 10 May 1402
Elvet Barony Court Roll. 8 courts. Some of the courts are now headed as the court of the prior of Durham held at Elvethall; generally they are just headed as the court held at Elvethall; as well as the regnal year, they are also being dated by the episcopal year. 29 March court is [“Capitalis curie”].
Stephen Piper sold ale by cups, measures and other vessels which were not approved and he sold a gallon more dearly than the assize allows.
Thomas of Tynedale violently beat John de Frere.
John Elge the bailiff of the manor presents that William of Lumley broke the enclosures (hayas) of the lord at [blank].
Proclamation about ale pricing.
The forester [presents] that John del North cut down and carried off wood at Saintcuthbertplace, and he also abused the forester in trying to carry out his office.
The same forester presents John Blechester for carrying off the lord's wood from the lord's enclosures (haiis) of Elvet wood.
The same presents Robert Plummer for, by his servants, breaking and carrying off from the lord's enclosures at Saintcuthbertplace and Dederebank.
Henry Potter with his horse depastured the lord's wheat at the Hallcrofts.
Affeerers listed.
The forester presents Robert Spire for depasturing with a horse the lord's oats in Elvet wood; also John Cooper with a horse depastured the lord's wheat at Pythend.
The forester presents David Cooper for depasturing with a horse the lord's grass in Wollayrodes; similarly with a horse there Thomas Wadle.
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Shincliffe court
Dates of creation: 1395 - 1464
Extent: 15 rolls Shincliffe was the rural township within the hostiller's estate, sited 3 miles from the centre of Durham by the River Wear on the main road from Durham to Stockton. It was relatively moderate in size, containing in the early thirteenth century 24 bondlands each of 20 acres.
Its court was very much akin to the bursar's halmote court. It met 3 times a year in early spring, mid-summer and late autumn. The hostiller and his steward presided. The court was held usually at Elvethall but sometimes in Shincliffe. The court's business included recovery of debts, the registration of title deeds, the performance of fealty, some cases of theft, violence and lairwite (adultery), various agricultural offences such as animals straying and illicit wood gathering, and the regulation of brewing and baking. Many cases were dropped or postponed indefinitely and punishments for others were small fines or amercements or the confiscation of goods.

Loc.IV:105   13 January 1395 - 19 October 1397
Shincliffe Court Roll. 6 courts. Courts were held on 13 January and 3 November 1395, 5 April 1396, 10 January and 10 July 1397 (actually dated 20 Richard II but it must be 21 Richard II as it would seem to follow on in sequence) and 19 October 1397 (no year date but it is dated as Friday in the Vigil of St Luke, which vigil was a Friday in 1397). The court met on Wednesdays, except on the last 2 occasions when it met on Tuesday and then Friday. The courts are headed “Cur' de Shynklet tent' apud Elvethall”. The 10 January 1397 court is a “Capital' Cur'”.
The bailiff presents John del Hall for cutting trees called alders unlicensed.
Joan Smale surrendered a cottage with garden to John Huetson and Margery his servant.
Roger of Cowesby (Comsby) has not enclosed his garden.
William Biwell variously depastured the common pasture in the meadow.
Walter de Hall by his son cut the grass of Richard del Hall.
Thomas Dawson depastured his neighbour's corn with his geese. Various others [trespassed] with calves and pigs.
Margery servant of John Hottson committed lairwite (adultery).
William Thomson, William Penther and Richard del Hall brewed and sold ale against the assize.
Isabella of Lowick occupies a tenement formerly held by John Alanson and afterwards by Thomas Coltman; Thomas Coltman has entered a tenement formerly held by William Penther.
Joan Sharpe has not enclosed her front garden.
Adam Webster has broken fallow land.
Richard del Hall and Roger of Cowesby defiled the common spring with their geese; likewise William Penther.
Richard del Hall put his horse at night into his neighbour's corn; similarly Roger of Cowesby and Thomas Hodgson.
Jurors named; also constables.
Thomas Coltman came and took a tenement with a husbandman land in Shincliffe which William Pencher formerly held, situated on the west side of the vill, with the demesne grange in front of it, for life.
William Clerk sued John de Grandon for, on 1 October 1394, depasturing his hay at Sherburngate with his animals at a cost of 2s.
Roger of Cowesby flooded land at Hebekmore by not repairing the watercourse.
All tenants to repair their tenements by All Saints.
Joan Ward took a cottage which Robert Ward formerly held, for life, where she now lives.
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Elena former servant of the parson of Hilton took hedging from the park.
Richard del Hall, Roger de Comsby and Thomas Ward defiled the spring at the end of the town with their geese.
Thomas Robinson trampled his neighbour's corn with his geese, and also damaged the pasture with his oxen.
Roger of Cowesby (Colvysby) and John de Grandon with their oxen and pigs depastured the lord's grass in the park and despoiled the soil.
Elizabeth daughter of Robert Taylor of Kelloe committed lairwite with William Penther.
Various trespassed in the west field with pigs, oxen and geese.
No tenant should speak badly of a juror.
Various presented for depasturing the corn of their neighbours.
Thomas Coltman and Thomas Dawson damaged corn with geese.
Roger of Cowesby and Agnes Alanson put a horse at night into the corn.
William Thomson and John del Hill brewed and sold ale against the assize.
Various with their pigs made an agreement about pannage at 2d per pig.
Tenants should not go through the lord's park.
John of Lowick and Alice wife of John of Brandon claimed a tenement and 20 acres of land.
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Loc.IV:112   11 July 1396 - 24 February 1399
Shincliffe Court Roll. 5 courts. Courts are recorded for 11 July 1396, 19 October 1397, 28 January and 18 October 1398, and 24 February 1399. The courts are variously titled “Cur' de Shinkclyff tent' ib'm” and “Cur' tent' apud Skynkley”. The courts met on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays. The 19 October 1397 court is a repeat though not an exact copy of the same court recorded in Loc.IV:105. The entry for the 24 February 1399 court is continued in Loc.IV:125.
Elizabeth daughter of Robert Taylor of Kelloe committed lairwite with William P…
Various depastured with various geese, pigs and oxen the corn and grass in the [west field].
Roger of Cowesby and John of Brandon depastured the grass in the park with their geese.
William Thomson and John del Hill brewed and sold ale against the assize.
No tenant should reprove a juror.
Various with various pigs depastured their neighbours' corn.
Agnes Alanson and Roger of Cowesby put their horse at night into their neighbours' corn.
Alice wife of John of Brandon with the consent of her husband John surrendered a tenement and 20 acres of land and meadow, and then Alice and John of Lowick took the tenement and land for life.
Inventory of the goods seized from William Gem and John Yate.
Each of the 24 husbandman tenements should pay 4d and each of the 6 cottages 3d.
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All the tenants should repair the common fold.
Richard Sharpe did not make the lord's hay or work on the mill pond.
John Ward did not work on the mill pond.
Richard Sharpe had 2 stirkets in the field at night.
Roger of Cowesby hobbled his horse at Welgreve.
John del Hill, Agnes Alanson, Roger of Cowesby, and Thomas had pigs/horses in the corn.
Robert Smyth of Sedgefield cut down and carried off withies in Le Burne; similarly William servant of John Dickson.
Agnes Alanson, Thomas Dawson, William Thomson and Thomas Ward have ruinous houses.
William Bishopton forester does not make the return of his office.
William Thomson, John del Hill and Richard del Hall came and leased two parts of a brewery called Tolale in Shincliffe at an annual rent of 9s.
Richard Sharpe surrendered to the hostiller a cat' and 3 acres of land which John del Hill and Isabella his wife took on.
Appointments of reeve, ale tasters, constables and jurors.
All tenants to repair their tenements by the Invention [of the Cross (3 May)].
John del Crake took away 1 bushel of silage and half a bushel of wheat from the lord's mill, John Dickson miller.
Agnes who was the wife of John Alanson took away wood unlicensed.
Megot daughter of Thomas Ward [sued] for lairwite.
Jurors are to present those who have cut down tress or have defects within the town.
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Loc.IV:125   24 February 1399 - 4 February 1400
Shincliffe Court Roll. 4 courts. The first court continues the entry at the end of Loc.IV:112 above and the last court is continued on Loc.IV:139 below. The courts were held on 24 February, 11 June, and 17 November 1399, and 4 February 1400.
Stephen del Brome took a piece of land with 3 acres called ?Hellner and another piece of land at Hallerhedes surrendered by Richard Sharpe paying a fine of 3s.
Thomas Ward took a cottage and 3 acres of land surrrendered by his mother Joanna Ward paying a fine of ½ a mark.
Thomas Ward is to repair his close by Easter and to make ditches before 3 May.
William Thomson, Richard del Hall and John de Hill broke the assize of ale.
Robert Colinson, Richard del Hall, John Huetson and Thomas Robinson ought to repair their ruinous houses.
John del Hill ought to build a new cottage for which he has been given the timber.
Thomas Ward has neither repaired nor roofed his tenement.
John Robinson surrendered a messuage and a bondage, taken by John del Hill paying a fine of 20s.
William Sharpe sues Agnes widow of John Alanson for a debt of 5s for the vestur of a meadow in Hillmere.
John of Brandon and Thomas Ward hold jointly a close of which they ought to repair the half nearer their houses each, and they have not done so.
Inquisition into the nativus ancestry of Richard Sharpe whose father John Sharpe in the time of Prior John Fossor held a bondage in Shincliffe, and William Annotson's claim to it.
Richard of Mainsforth and Joanna his wife took from John of Newburn hostiller on 26 September 1399 a tenement containing a tithe barn and a husbandland formerly held by the late Thomas Coltman.
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Thomas Ward did not repair his grange. John of Cowesby has not repaired his ruinous house.
Depasturing the lord's grass - Thomas Dawson with 2 pigs, Thomas del More with 3 pigs, John Colinson with 1 pig, William Thomson with 1 cow, John of Lowick with 1 beast, Agnes Alanson with 3 oxen and 2 pigs, John of Brandon with 2 oxen, Richard del Hall with 1 ox.
Emma de Bocland took wood unlicensed.
John del Hill repaired his tenement whilst he lived, which the jurors say could be done for 13s 4d.
John del Hill held a tenement and a bondage, he has died and Isabella his widow has surrendered them, which William Dande and Stephen del Brome have taken paying a fine of 46s 8d.
William Hogson took a messuage and a husbandland formerly held by the late Thomas Coltman paying a fine of 5 marks.
John Dickson sued Roger of Cowesby and Juliana his wife for hitting his servant John with a stone and so losing him his service and the profits of the mill.
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Loc.IV:139   [4 February 1400] - 24 August 1401
Shincliffe Court Roll. 3, possibly 4, courts. [4 February] and 2 November 1400, possibly a third court in early 1401, 24 August 1401. The second court is headed as “Cur de Shyncliff tent' apud Elvethall” and the [fourth] as “Cur & hallm' de Shynclif tent' apud Elvethalle”.
Elena Sharpe sued for lairwite.
For depasturing [the lord's] corn: John Lovell, John Colinson with 1 pig, Richard del Hall with 1 pig, William Thomson with 3 pigs, Robert Colinson with 1 pig, Richard of Mainsforth with 2 pigs.
Thomas Ward has not bailed his land as he ought to the great nuisance of his neighbours.
[William] Thomson and Isabella his wife sued William Dande about a belt' price 5s and other works and goods to the value of 11s.
Thomas Clerk sued John Lawnell and Agnes his wife about a capon price 20d.
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Roger of Cowesby (Cowycby) came to court about reproofing and vilifying.
William Sharp placed himself in the lord's grace for his mother Joanna Sharp.
For trampling and depasturing the lord's corn: William del Hall with 2 pigs, Roger of Cowesby (Cawysby) with 4 oxen, Adam Webster with 2 horses, William Dand with 3 oxen.
Richard del Hall and Adam Webster brewed and sold ale against the assize.
John Colinson is elected reeve and juror.
Thomas Hodgson did not take any squirrels from the lord's park at Shincliffe as was presented beforehand.
John Atkinson trespassed with his pigs in the park.
John Geffrayson broke the lord's fold in Shincliffe with his horse.
Trespassing in the corn: John of Lowick with 1 calf, William Hodgson with 1 calf, Richard del Hall with 1 calf, John Colynson with 2 calves, Roger of Cowesby with 1 calf, William Dand with 2 calves, Stephen del Brome with 12 calves, Thomas Warde with 1 calf, William del Hall with 1 calf, Thomas Robinson with 1 calf.
William Thomson defiled the common spring with his geese, similarly Richard of Mainsforth and Thomas Dawson.
William del Hall trespassed in the lord's corn with 1 pig.
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Loc.IV:138   [October 1401] - 3 March 1404
Shincliffe Court Roll. 6 courts. The courts were held [October/November 1401], 24 February and [18 October] 1402, 22 February and 18 October 1403, and 3 May 1404. The courts are generally titled as the court and halmote of Shincliffe held at Elvethall.
Jurors and reeve elected.
Richard of Mainsforth has not repaired his barn in Ryagehink.
Richard del Hall fornicated with Alice Fowler.
Richard del Hall does not stay at his tenement.
William Thomson of Shincliffe and Adam Webster brewed and sold ale against the assize.
Peter Colinson is to repair his cottage at Le Hink by 24 June.
Isolda who was the wife of [Robert] del More came to Robert Crayke hostiller at Elvethall and surrendered a messuage and a husbandland at Shincliffe formerly held by Robert del More, for the use of William son of John of Mainsforth, paying a fine of 66s 8d.
William Thomson with John Lovell impounded a horse, and with horses variously depastured his neighbours.
William del Hall hobbled a horse in the corn and depastured the hedges of the pasture with his oxen. Similarly John Lovell and Richard of Mainsforth depastured with calves, oxen and geese.
No tenant is to take a Scot into service, or a tenement, or their household, and none are to stay more than 3 nights on pain of forfeiture.
Licences sought for pannage for pigs in the lord's park.
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Roger of Mainsforth former hostiller of Durham presents William Thomson [of] Middleham for felling an oak in the lord's wood.
John Harteshed committed lairwite with Margery Ward.
William Thomson defiled the common spring with his geese.
William Thomson of Middleham and Isabella his wife formerly the wife of John del Hill took a cottage and 3 acres of land which Isabella formerly held for life after the death of John del Hill paying a fine of 3s 4d.
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Loc.IV:97   11 February 1405 - 3 November 1406
Shincliffe Court Roll. 4 courts. Courts held on 11 February, 31 July, and 21 December 1405, and 3 November 1406. The courts are headed as being the halmote court of Shincliffe held at Elvethall.
Ralph Lunbrum and John Blackburn of South Sherburn felled an oak in the west wood of Shincliffe.
John Blached of Sedgefield had a licence with Richard Smyth of Durham.
William Thomson brewed and sold ale against the assize.
Consuming corn: John Lowick with 1 calf, William of Mainsforth with 1 calf and pigs, Richard of Mainsforth with ?.
William Bishopton sold to John Barker of Gilesgate various items of timber including cortice, 15 silez, ribs, baulks, joists and 24 spars.
Cecilia who was the wife of John Colinson and held a whole bondage has died and the said John took her land and tenement, paying a fine of 40s.
Roger of Cowesby has not repaired his 2 ruinous granges and John Brandon has not repaired his roofed building (tectura).
Defiling the common spring: Richard of Mainsforth with 4 geese, William of Mainsforth with 2 geese, Thomas Dawson with 2 geese, similarly with geese William Sharp, Richard Colinson, John Lowick sr and John Lovell.
Richard of Mainsforth with 1 horse and John Lovell with 2 horses through their servants damaged wood.
Isolda de Hill committed lairwite with Thomas of Mainsforth.
In the court baron at Elvethall of 27 August 1404 William Thomson was presented for felling an oak in the park of Shincliffe, and for detaining 100 gallons of ale over 4 years.
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Various with pigs depastured the lord's park of pannage.
Various with oxen depastured the lord's park of herbage.
Various with calves depastured their neighbours' corn.
William Thomson seeks a licence for taburand 4 acres of John Dicson.
William of Mainsforth and Margaret his wife took a tenement and a land which William del Hall, Margaret's father, had held.
Richard of Mainsforth felled and carried off oak branches from the lord's park.
John Huetson sued Thomas Cosin and Margaret his wife for on 11 November 1404 taking from John in Shincliffe a cottage and not paying the agreed rent. Thomas also retained money owed for repairs.
Corn was consumed by various and the common spring defiled by various with their geese.
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Loc.IV:121   24 February 1407 - 2 August 1409
Shincliffe Court Roll. 6 courts. Courts held on 24 February, 6 May, and 16 October 1407, 2 March and 28 November 1408, and 2 August 1409. The courts are headed as being pleas of the halmote of Shincliffe held at Elvethall.
  • Julian of Cowesby ?blocked up the water course at Newmore.
  • Constance the servant of Thomas Ward [committed] lairwite with Thomas himself.
  • John Mowbray took and carried off 3 bundles of briars from the lord's park.
  • Thomas Dawson depastured the herbage of the park with 9 stirkets.
  • Richard del Hall took a wagon-load of underwood in the west wood.
  • John Dickson broke the assize of ale and once sold ale before the ale tastors had approved it.
  • Alan Page tenant of Gilbert Elvet sold ale without letting the ale tastors approve it.
  • John Lovell took a tenement and 20 acres of land which John Colinson had held, paying a fine of 20s.
  • Roger of Cowesby surrendered his right to 1 tenement and 16 acres of land, and then he and his wife Juliana took the tenement paying a fine of 20s.
  • John Huetson sr surrendered his right to 2 tenements and 32 acres of land and then he, his son John Huetson jr and his wife Isabella took them paying a fine of £4 6s 8d.
  • Thomas Cosin and Margaret his wife took a cottage which John Huetson sr had held, paying a fine of 12d.
  • Isolda daughter of John del Hill committed lairwite with Thomas of Mainsforth once and with Thomas son of William Milner on another occasion.
  • William Thomson of Middleham brewed and sold ale against the assize.
  • William Thomson husbandman has a licence to sublet 4 acres of land for life, paying a fine of 2s.
  • Various trespassed variously with calves and geese in stubble and corn.
  • Isabella Baret committed lairwite with an outsider.
  • Adam Webster broke the assize of ale.
  • For the pannage of pigs this year is deducted 5s from the fees of the officers.
  • The reeve impounded William Richardson's horses taken in the corn but William took them away so breaking the common fold on penalty of 40d, and he also reproved Robert Colinson the reeve in carrying out his office.
  • William Thomson of Middleham cut down underwood.
  • Adam Webster and William Thomson broke the assize of ale.
  • Thomas Cosin took a cottage with a garden last held by Peter Colinson paying a fine of 12d.

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  • William of Bishopton has not brought Hugh Gilson or Ralph Salter to answer for trespasses.
  • Richard of Mainsforth and William of Mainsforth diverted the water course at Le Fulle.
  • Richard of Mainsforth and William Dand blocked the water course at Howden to the inconvenience of adjoining landholders.
  • Richard Colinson hobbled a horse overnight in the corn.
  • The forester presented Richard of Mainsforth with 11 oxen and Thomas del More with 1 ox for depasturing the lord's herbage in the park.
  • Various depastured the corn with their geese.
  • Thomas del More, William Bywell and Thomas Ward have not repaired their tenements.
  • Isabella Baret committed lairwite with Thomas Ward.
  • Thomas Ward insulted William Chaloner and William Dand.
  • William Sharp depastured the corn and herbage of his neighbours with pigs and a calf.
  • Robert son of Richard of Mainsforth took a dovecote in the garden of Richard's tenement paying 12d.
  • John del More and Maria his wife took a messuage and a husbandland which Thomas his father and then Agnes his mother had held, paying a fine of 19s 5d.
  • Various trespassed variously with stirkets, calves, geese, horses and a young stallion (stag).
  • William Piper scolded (obiugacione) his wife.
  • Thomas Ward has not repaired his house.
  • William of Mainsforth and Elena his wife took 10 acres of exchequer land formerly held by Thomas del More paying 16s.
  • Thomas Ward unjustly withheld 18s from William Richard son of Mainsforth for 5 acres.
  • Richard del Hall and Isolda his wife took 1 cottage and 3 acres of land and 2 acres of exchequer land surrendered by Thomas Ward paying 4s 3d.
  • William Thomson and Isabella his wife took 1 other cottage and 3 acres of land and 2 acres of exchequer land surrendered by Thomas Ward paying 5s.

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Loc.IV:111   28 November 1409 - 28 November 1410
Shincliffe Court Roll. 2 courts. Courts held on 28 November 1409 and 28 November 1410. The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe held at Elvethall.
Various with beasts and oxen depastured the lord's herbage in the park.
William Dand and Adam Webster broke the ale assize.
William of Mainsforth and Elena his wife [took] a perch of land 20 feet long and ? feet wide lying in Shincliffe between the tenements of the said William and John Lowick, paying a fine of 12d.
William Dand and Richard his son took a tenement and a husbandland formerly held by Thomas del More and surrendered by his son John del More and his wife Maria, paying a fine of 26s 8d.
?Alice wife of John Coltman took 1 ?tenement and 1 husbandland formerly held by Thomas del More paying a fine of 36s 8d.
Tenants are to make repairs before next ?.
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The bailiff presents John Colinson for cutting briars in the west wood and Roger Peillek for carrying off cut wood there.
Alan Page on 27 March [1410] insulted John son of William Dand and attacked him with a knife and abducted a horse.
Various depastured corn in the fields with geese and calves.
William of Mainsforth sued Thomas More for detaining his mulct for a year.
Elections of reeve, jurors and constable.
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Loc.IV:100   24 October 1429 - 22 January 1432
Shincliffe Court Roll. 8 courts. Courts held on 24 October 1429, 27 February, 2 August, and 26 October 1430, 26 January, 13 May, and 5 October 1431, and 22 January 1432 (this last court being continued on Loc.IV:106). The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe. Each court begins with the names of the jurors and has the total at the end of it and extract liberant.
Roll endorsed (contemporary) as being for Shincliffe in the year 1429.
John Lovell, William Mainsforth of Elvet, John Robinson and William Thomson have not repaired their buildings.
John Rose felled 6 hollies (holyns) for enclosing a close called Tonnokiner.
William Esshet and Thomas Esshet broke horses out of the pound, and they owed William Green 46s 8d according to an agreement between them.
Various dug up the lord's soil in the park with their pigs.
Isabella Huetson owes for merchet with John Hunter, and similarly Emma Colinson with John Bates.
Robert Andrewson and William Thomson each took a tree (lentiscum) washed up by the river at the weir which should pertain to the lord as wreck.
Various had pigs and oxen digging up the lord's soil and depasturing his herbage and so they were impounded.
William Esshet and Thomas Esshet ought to pay for the last year for land formerly held by William Green.
William Mainsforth says he has not repaired his house because he has received no timber from the lord.
John Lovell and John Dand still have not repaired their houses; William Esshet and Thomas Esshet have not repaired their barn.
William Mainsforth has newly built a kiln (ustrina) and he has to roof a barn at the upper end of the town; William Esshet and Thomas his brother have to repair a walled barn and roof their house by Easter; John Lovell has to roof his house.
When Robert Andrewson the constable on 7 January 1421 arrested John of Mainsforth to keep the peace of Henry Wigton, the same John with William Esshet struck the constable
William Ruture, William Thomson miller for the wife of Thomas Esshet and John Smyth took cut wood.
Richard Colinson and John Bost broke the ale assize.
William Mainsforth sr to repair a kiln, John Mainsforth and John Dand to repair a close between the tenements of them and John Huetson; John Dand, William Richardson, Richard Colinson, Richard del Hall, and John Lovell to repair their houses.
The jurors are to view and present encroachments in the field at the next court.
Elena servant of Robert Colinson was presented for lairwite.
John Mainsforth reproved Robert Colinson the reeve.
John Dand has not enclosed his frontage at Helmersyde.
John Bates for 1 messuage and 1 husbandland formerly held by John Dand and William Mainsforth.
Adam Barbour for 1 cottage and 3 acres of land and 1 acre of exchequerland which William Thomson surrendered.
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William Mainsforth has to repair his kiln; John Dand, John Lovell and William Esshet have not repaired their houses; John Mainsforth has repaired his tenement; William Thomson milner and Adam Barbour are to repair their houses.
John Bost and Richard Colinson did not carry out the assize of ale.
William Hackforth unjustly sued John Robinson for blocking his way towards the River Wear.
The tenants should repair the common bakery and fold.
John Dand and William Mainsforth are to abide by arbitration in their quarrel.
William Esshet has unjustly withheld 8s 2d from William Mainsforth for mulcture for the last 2 years, and he also owes him 10s for a horse bought from him.
First proclamation that Thomas Esshet sr should live on his tenement.
Thomas Mainsforth has taken a messuage and 19 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore.
William Esshet and Thomas Esshet have taken 2 messuages and 40 acres whereof 4 acres are on Newmore.
Robert Colinson has taken 1 messuage and 19 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore and another messuage and 20 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore and ½ acre of land at Allerheved and 3 acres of land at Helymer.
William Hogeson took 1 messuage and 16 acres of land and another messuage and 20 acres of land whereof 1 acre is on Newmore.
William Richardson took 1 messuage and 19 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore and another messuage and 21 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore.
William Mainsforth of Durham took a messuage and 19 acres of land whereof 1 acre is on Newmore and another messuage and 21 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore.
John Dand took 2 messuages and 40 acres of land whereof 4 acres are on Newmore and 3 acres at Helymer.
John Lovell took 3 messuages and 60 acres of land whereof 6 acres are on Newmore and 2 other acres of land there.
Richard Colinson took a messuage and 19 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore and another messuage and 21 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore.
William Mainsforth of Shincliffe took 1 messuage and 21 acres of land and 10 acres of land formerly held by Thomas del More and a perch of land newly approved at [blank].
William Mainsforth and Thomas Mainsforth took a messuage and 20 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore, cancelled and interlineated that it was cancelled because in the second year following it was divided between Robert Hodgson and Thomas Mainsforth.
John Mainsforth took a messuage and 20 acres of land whereof 2 are on Newmore and a small dovecote in the said messuage.
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Loc.IV:106   22 January 1432 - 24 September 1433
Shincliffe Court Roll. 5 courts. Courts held on 22 January (continued from Loc.IV:100 above) and 30 October 1432, 12 January, 16 May and, 24 September 1433 (continued in Loc.IV:122 below). The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe and sometimes held at Elvethall.
Endorsed (contemporary) as Henry Helay [hostiller]1431, 1432, 1433 and Shincliffe.
Each court begins with the names of the jurors and has the total at the end of it and “extract liberant”. Tenants are variously fined for not repairing their property, for various transgressions with their animals and for breaking or not carrying out the assize of ale. Besides the appointment of officers, other business includes -
John Bates took a messuage and 20 acres of bondland formerly of John Dand whereof 1 acre is on Newmore.
John Huetson took a messuage and 20 acres of bondland formerly of Richard Sharp whereof 2 acres are on Newmore along with another 2 acres on Newmore.
Richard del Hall took 2 cottages with crofts and 16½ acres of land whereof 6 acres are on Newmore.
Adam Barbour took a cottage with a garden and 4 acres of land whereof 1 acre is on Newmore formerly of William Thomson.
William Thomson miller took a cottage with a garden and 4 acres whereof 1 acre is on Newmore and another 2 acres on Newmore.
Second proclamation that Thomas Esshet should live on his tenement.
Richard Le Nowe insulted and made affray against Hawise Bost.
John Halywell broke out of the fold the pigs of William Lumley.
William Mainsforth has not repaired ditching at Hebrigmer.
John Carter carried off underwood from the lord's wood.
Thomas Cooper of Elvet unjustly sued John Bost for a debt of 4s for a horse bought from him.
William Esshet detained 2 bushels and 2 pecks each of wheat price 20d, barley price 12d, oats price 7½d, and peas price 7d of John Smyth.
Robert Andrewson owes Emma Dawson 9s.
John Green took a messuage and 20 acres of bondage land and 2 acres on Newmore last held by John Lovell.
John Halywell took a messuage and 20 acres of bondage land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore last held by John Dand.
Third proclamation that Thomas Esshet should live on his tenement, he has not done so, so loses his right.
Roger Esshet took a messuage and 20 acres of husbandland whereof 2 acres are on Newmore which John Lovell had surrendered.
Adam Barbour and John Bates took a cottage with a garden and a croft and 3 acres of land on Le Lawe and 1 acre on Newmore which Richard Hall had held.
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The reeve and tenants have to repair the common forge.
Thomas Middleton has licence to espouse Agnes widow of Richard del Hall; similarly William Hodgson to espouse Emma former wife of Thomas Dawson.
Richard Colinson has not produced Henry Raper to answer for breaking the fold in the autumn of 1430 and to answer Robert Colinson then reeve and the tenants for his trespasses last autumn in the corn with his horse.
William Esshet to answer for partly damaging (with William Milner) ditches called Moredikes and Hillymerdikes, and for the merchet of Margaret former servant of Adam Barbour, and for 3s detained from Richard Colinson for 5 years.
Richard son of Robert Colinson took a cottage with a garden and 10 acres of land whereof 3 acres are on Newmore and 4 on Le Lawe, 2 acres are called Watisparke and 1 acre is on Le Butleys which were of Richard del Hall.
John Dand owed 20s to John Halywell for repairs to his former tenement.
Tenants to be fined for allowing their animals on to others' corn.
John Dand reproved John Bost the pound-keeper (punderus) openly in court saying he was a liar.
John Green was fined for his servant Stephen striking the pound-keeper when impounding his oxen.
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Loc.IV:122   24 September 1433 - 16 November 1436
Shincliffe Court Roll. 10 courts. Courts held on 24 September 1433 (continued from Loc.IV:106 above), 21 January, 11 May and 18 November 1434, 3 February, 20 May and 17 November 1435, 4 May, 27 July and 16 November 1436. The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe and, sometimes, held at Elvethall.
Endorsed (contemporary) as Henry Helay [hostiller] 1433, 1434, 1435, 1436.
Each court begins with the names of the jurors and has the total at the end of it and “extract liberant”. Tenants are variously fined, especially for not repairing their property, and also for various transgressions with their animals. Besides the appointment of officers, other business includes -
Roger Esshet depastured and trampled the oats of Elena May.
John Huetson took a messuage and 20 acres of bondland whereof 2 acres are on Newmore which John Halywell surrendered.
William Esshet was fined for the insult made by Margaret his wife against Juliana wife of Roger Esshet and for drawing blood, and also for a recovery made of Adam Barbour, the lord's bailiff, coming to make a certain execution at the suit of William Mainsforth of Elvet.
John Green was fined for recovery made of the same bailiff distraining amercements.
Robert Hogeson took a messuage and 21 acres of land and ½ a messuage and 10 acres of husbandland which William Mainsforth had held.
Thomas Mainsforth took ½ a messuage and 10 acres of husbandland which William Sharp had held.
John Dand to answer for encroachments made at Le Denebankes.
William Esshet unjustly detained 3s of John Bates.
First proclamation that William Thomson miller should live on his tenement.
John Huetson cut down an ash-tree now used by the lord's carpenter.
Second proclamation that William Thomson miller should live on his tenement.
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Third proclamation that William Thomson should live on his tenement, he has not done so, so he loses his right and Robert Andrewson takes the tenement of 1 cottage and 4 acres of land whereof 1 acre is on Newmore.
The tenement formerly of the late William Mainsforth now held by Robert Hodgson was defective when Robert [took it] in addition to repairs made in William's name to the value of 2s which Ralph Skipton chaplain paid to Robert in open court in the name of William's widow Elena.
William Newham to answer for an affray against John Green.
Robert Colinson is in mercy for his unjust quarrel against Robert Green over the killing of his sow.
John Huetson and John Green agree to arbitration.
John Stevenson took a messuage and 20 acres of land whereof 2 acres are on Newmore last held by John Lovell.
Reginald of Green made insults and affray against John Huetson in his yard and broke his head with an iron fork drawing blood. Also William Newham is to answer for affray made against John Green.
William Esshet is in contempt of the lord for reproving his reeve about his governance in court.
Thomas Johnson took a cottage with a garden and 4 acres of land whereof 1 acre is on Newmore late held by Adam Barbour.
Plea between John Dand and William Esshet over unjustly occupying and ploughing a perch of land next to Tandlawe.
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Loc.IV:126   12 February 1437 - 10 March 1441
Shincliffe Court Roll. 11 courts. Courts held on 2 February, 25 June and 14 November 1437, 28 November 1438, 18 February, 23 June and 26 November 1439, 25 April, 1 July and 26 October 1440, and 10 March 1441.
The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe held some at Shincliffe and some at Elvethall. Each court begins with the names of the jurors and some have at the end a total and extract liberant. Tenants are variously fined, especially for not repairing their property, and also for various transgressions with their animals. Besides the appointment of officers, other business includes -
Each tenant should enclose his front towards the vill.
A messuage and 20 acres of land to be divided between Robert Hogeson and Thomas Mainsforth.
William Esshet has not provided a man on account of his husbandmanland to work at the mill as his neighbours have.
John Green has to repair a small building, its walls, timber and roofing, on his tenement formerly held by John Lovell, from whose goods he has had 20s towards it.
John Huetson and John Green are not to argue.
The executors of Robert Colinson's will have to repair a house formerly his.
John Dand had not hobbled his horse at the west end of vill but allowed it to wander.
The jurors have to place a dolstan between the free land formerly of Gilbert Elvet and the demesne land now held by John Dand.
In the lord's hand towards Le Felyyng are the tenements formerly of Robert Colinson and of John Stevenson.
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The land of the rector of St Nicholas in Old Durham is to be divided from the lord's land next to Shepcrokhill held by John Green.
John Green is to answer for not obeying the reeve or his neighbours; he has also voluntarily absented himself from court.
John Green recovered from Thomas Clough the almoner's bailiff 2 oxen distrained of John for the farm of Shirburnleys.
John Green spoke maliciously openly against the steward in court.
The tenants have a day for cutting thorns and underwood growing within Les Denes for protecting the ox pasture.
John Mainsforth and Robert Hodgson have a day to clean out a certain watercourse called Le Fullech towards the mill.
Parchment roll   1m
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Loc.IV:135   1 June 1441 - 18 February 1443
Shincliffe Court Roll. 5 courts. Courts held on 1 June and 6 October 1441, 27 April and 28 September 1442, and 18 February 1443. The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe held at Elvethall.
Endorsed (contemporary) as John Oll terrar 1441 and 1442 and Thomas Ahr' terrar 1442.
Each court begins with the names of the jurors. Tenants are then variously fined, especially for not repairing their property, including dovecotes, barns and the common forge, and also for various transgressions with their animals. Besides the appointment of officers, other business includes -
John Green surrendered the tenement he allegedly held and the lord exonerated him.
John Bates took a messuage with a husbandmanland and 2 acres of land on Newmore last held by William Hogeson for 3 years, being thereby exonerated from a cottage.
John Huetson took a messuage and a husbandmanland last held by John Green for 3 years, with the agreement that he is to have it for life after then and that he will be exonerated from 1 other messuage with a husbandmanland.
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Robert Gibson took a messuage and a husbandmanland formerly of William Bywell last held by Richard Colinson containing 21 acres of land whereof 2 are on Le Newemore for 3 years.
Thomas Mainsforth took a messuage and a husbandmanland at the east end of the vill last held by Richard Colinson containing 19 acres whereof 2 are on Newmore for 3 years.
Richard Colinson only has one holding for life which he and his brother Thomas took as in the halmote of 23 June 1439 and for which the said Thomas is exonerated.
Richard son of William Mainsforth was fined for recovering from Robert Hogeson, and for insulting him.
John Lemanton took a cottage and 4½ acres of land whereof 1 acre is on Newmore formerly of John Bates for 3 years.
It is agreed that the tenants have transgressed in the park with their pigs and so they are to make hedges round the park for a day and their transgression will be pardoned.
No tenant should have more sheep than as agreed in the ancient extent, that is for each bovate 15 sheep and that they should be in the common sheep-pen (hirsello) and that they should make an adequate sheep-pen.
Thomas Mainsforth surrendered for the use of Robert Hodgson for his life ½ a messuage and 10 acres of land formerly held by William Sharp.
John Dand took a messuage and a husbandmanland containing 16 acres late of William Hogeson now in the lord's hand for 3 years with the profits of Le Wareland this year.
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Loc.IV:114   15 July 1443 - 17 November 1445
Shincliffe Court Roll. 8 courts. Courts held on 15 July and 8 October 1443, 23 January, 22 May and 21 ?October 1444, 1 February, 12 May and 17 November 1445. The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe held at Elvethall. Each court begins with the names of the jurors and some have at the end “extract usque huc lib'” in a later hand.
Tenants are variously fined, especially for not repairing their property, including dovecotes, kilns, piggeries, breweries, barns, and trespassing with their animals. Besides the appointment of officers, other business includes -
John Mainsforth has a day to enclose his fronts at Henryacr and Buksid.
Robert Gibson felled 2 ash trees in the park without licence, William Esshet likewise 2 ash trees.
Thomas Mainsforth, John Huetson, William Mainsforth and John Dand have a day to divide the bounds of a certain parcel of land at Bradelandendz next to Whitwelgate and to place markers (metas) there.
John Mainsforth bought a block of wood (trunco) from the lord.
John Dand felled an ash tree and greenwood (virid) next to Le Sledyn.
William Sparow took a messuage formerly held by the late William Mainsforth and 20 acres of land of which 2 are on Newmore and a messuage formerly held by John Robinson with 18 acres of land whereof 2 are on Newmore for 6 years with the profits of Le Wareland for this year.
John Bates took a messuage formerly held by William Hogeson for 3 years.
John Huetson took a messuage formerly of John Dand.
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John Preston tailor sues William Cawe over a debt of 17s 6d.
William Milner is to answer for abusing Joan Hardye and for breaking arrest and taking dung from the mill.
John Esshet took a messuage formerly held by the late William Mainsforth and 20 acres of land of which 2 are on Newmore for 6 years.
Richard son of Thomas Mainsforth took a messuage and a husbandmanland with 21 acres on Newmore formerly held by Robert Gibson for 6 years.
John Esshet broke arrest and carried off dung formerly of William Sparrow, he also carried off a sheaf (kavill) formerly of John Robinson and felled an ancient ash tree.
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Loc.IV:133   14 February 1463 - 11 January 1464
Shincliffe Court Roll. 3 courts. Courts held on 14 February and 7 November 1463, and 11 January 1464.
Endorsed (?16th century) as being Shincliffe W Cuthbert 1462 1463. The courts are headed as being the halmote of Shincliffe held at Elvethall. Each court begins with the names of the jurors. Tenants are variously fined, especially for not repairing their property, and also for various transgressions with their animals. Besides the appointment of officers, other business includes -
The common furnace was not fired up when Edward IV was in Durham.
Tenants should not have pigs wandering about but they should rather be in the common pound; they should also enclose their frontages, ditch the field, make the common way, and repair the mill roof.
John Hewetson, Thomas Melbeck, John Coke bailiff and John Halywell have been chosen to supervise and arbitrate on next Friday at the second hour after nones over the holding of a certain close within the demesne for the use of all tenants.
Richard Henryson took a messuage and a husbandmanland and 3 acres of land on Helymere formerly held by Cecilia Dand for 6 years.
John Mainsforth, William Robinson, William Mainsforth and Robert Robinson have not made a gate called Le Moreyate.
John Mawer and William Mainsforth have each hobbled their horse with a tether in the grain field against the ordinance.
Everyone should carry straw for roofing the mill within the next 2 days, should keep their pigs in their own enclosure to prevent them depasturing the grain and digging up the field, and should enclose their frontages.
William Mainsforth took a messuage and a husbandmanland which he formerly held, for 3 years.
John Wilkinson miller cut down and carried off underwood, greenwood and willows formerly growing next to the mill.
John Mawer took a messuage and 2 bovates of land containing 40 acres of land which he formerly held, for 3 years.
John Hewetson, William Sharp, John Mawer and Richard Halywell in the name of all the tenants of the vill took 5 cottages and 32 acres of land for 3 years.
Richard Halywell took one other cottage next to his holding for 3 years.
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Shoreswood court
Dates of creation: 1345 - 1372
Extent: 2 rolls The Shorewood or Shoresworth halmote was held at either Shoreswood or Norham by variously the bursar, the steward and/or the proctor.

Loc.IV:117   ?16 July 1345 - 25 February 1372
Shoreswood Court Roll. 15 courts. Courts held on ?, ?16 July 1345, ?, 24 March 1346, ? 1347, 4 April , 11 July and ? 1348, 20 January and 17 June 1349, 26 June 1350, 29 July 1364, 6 August 1370, 9 August 1371, and 25 February 1372. Recording of the courts does not seem to have been consistent as there are various hands and styles in the presentation of the information. The courts are generally headed as being the court of Shoresworth held at Norham, and occasionally as the prior's court held at Shoresworth, with the ? 1348 court being held by his proctor Robert of Kelloe. The business of the courts includes fines for trespasses and depasturings with various animals, non-repairs of tenements, non-attendance at court and the following particular cases.
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?16 July 1345
William son of Custance sues Hugh the servant for unjustly taking a cow and hitting him with a stone.
Agreed between the proctor and the husbandmen that pigs should be kept penned up.
Adam son of Simon, Adam son of Richard and Hugh Stacer dug glebe.
Thomas son of William Schaclok took a husbandland which Costentinus [formerly] held.
Adam son of Walter took a house with its curtilage and 1 acre.
Thomas Fipelle took that a husbandland, that is 2 bovates, formerly of Richard son of Stephen and Robert Bishop, for life.
Agreed in court that anyone holding a husbandland in Shoresworth should build a chief house at the front.
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John son of William Schaclok took a cottage formerly of Salmon Schoten for 6 years.
? 1348
Thomas Fipelle and the goods of Hugh Stater.
William Schaclok provides bail for John son of Costantinus who will be resident on the prior's land.
Richard chaplain of the parish of Norham took that tenement with a curtilage and 2 acres of land formery of William ? for 5 years.
20 January 1349
Agreement by the community of the vill of Shoresworth about ploughing waste land.
Thomas Fipelle (Fipil) sr has to build on the lands formerly of Richard son of Stephen and Robert Bishop.
Walter Levay took land formerly of Simon Morand for 6 years.
17 June 1349
Heriot cases concerning Thomas Fipelle (Fippill) and the executors of Robert son of Cristiana.
26 June 1350
Mariota who was the wife of Thomas Schaclok took that husbandland formerly of the said Thomas to hold for John son of Thomas Schaclok.
Emma who was the wife of Robert Kitson took the husbandland which her husband formerly held for her life.
Matilda who was the wife of Adam son of Richard took that husbandland formerly of the said Adam for life.
Adam son of Robert Kitson took that husbandland which Nicholas Cissor formerly held for life.
John son of Costantinus took that husbandland formerly held by Thomas Fipelle for life.
Injunction about the duties of 6 holders of cottages at Shoresworth as ordained in the Landbook at Durham, concerning Castlefield, Norham parish, Roxburgh, Ellingham, and Holy Island.
William Custson has not looked after 14 lambs of the proctor.
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6 August 1370
Hugh Hatheran has claimed falsely against William Smyth.
Injunction that William Smyth is not to transgress nor rape the wives or handmaidens of his neighbours.
William Hirlawe took a gresland formerly held by William de Coxnall for 3 years.
William Shaklok took a tenement and 8 acres formerly held by Walter Levay for 7 years.
Robert Bally claims 3s 6d from William Smyth for a bullock.
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25 Feb 1372
Robert Wetherard assaulted William Rassh.
William Colt took a husbandland formerly of Walter Levay for 6 years.
William Herlawe took 1½ acres of land formerly of Walter Levay for 6 years.
John Elder sues Thomas Johnson for detaining a sheep and its lamb which he had agreed to hand over for a debt owed to Agnes sister of John.
It is ordained by the prior that no tenant of the said vill is to implead his neighbour before the sheriff or at Norham except before the prior's steward at Shoresworth.
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The roll starts with the end of a court which may well be early 1345 and the heading of the first full court is damaged but it is dated as the vigil of a virgin and it may be Margaret as a "g" is visible and she was a popular local saint.
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Loc.IV:98   28 July 1361 - 6 August 1369
Shoreswood Court Roll. 8 courts. Courts held on 28 July 1361, 12 August 1362, 10 November 1363, 29 January 1364, 12 August 1363, 10 August 1367, 14 August 1368, and 6 August 1369. The courts are generally headed as being the prior's court held at Shoresworth, with the 1369 court being headed as held at Norham. The 1368 court is recorded as being held by John of Berrington, bursar, Gilbert of Elwick, steward, and John Scott, proctor; the 1367 court by just the first 2; and the 1369 court by just Berrington. The court business includes various trespassings and depasturings with animals, breaking of folds, non-appearances, appointments of jurors and the reeve, cases of lairwite and also -
28 July 1361.
Eda who was the wife of Adam Symson took a cottage and 4 acres of adjacent land for life.
John Watson took a husbandland formerly held by Constantinus at Newbiggin for life.
Thomas son of John took a husbandland formerly of William Shakelok for life.
John son of Robert Younger jr took a husbandland formerly of Robert his father for life.
Walter Levay concealed 2s pa from his farm for land taken in 1349 and he has not built a house as he should have, as accounted by the jurors and the court rolls.
John son of Robert reproved the reeve in court saying he had spoken falsely concerning a certain sale.
John Costantiuson recovered from the reeve.
John son of Robert and Thomas his son abused John Costantiuson.
Ordinance about pigs depasturing corn at night and that they should be safely shut up.
12 August 1362.
Dispute about the goods of John Ditchburn, left to his daughter Margery and his servant John Dikyson after whose deaths they were taken for the prior by the proctor, but 35 gimmers and lambs were abducted from Shoresworth by John of Ditchburn living in Bluewyk and William of Ditchburn living in Ditchburn, and Christiana Inglys and Robert Nouthird of Felkington took various household utensils; Robert Wetherhird, John Edler and John Younger, and Christiana Inglys also took sheep and corn of John Dikyson.
William of Ditchburn took a husbandland and a half formerly of John of Ditchburn for 10 years.
William Shakelok took a cottage and 5 acres of land formerly of John Archer for 10 years.
Thomas son of John took a husbandland formerly of John son of Robert for 6 years.
Robert Bally took 1½ husbandlands formerly of Adam Bally his uncle for life.
Robert Bally and John son of Walter took a husbandland formerly of John Constantynson for 6 years.
Hugh Hacherman of Shoresworth took a cottage and 5 acres which Eda former wife of Adam Symson held for 10 years.
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10 November 1363
Cases about digging peat on various moors of the proctor and bishop.
Milling dues from Shoresworth tenants.
Rent for a brewery attached to a cottage and land called Brueland.
Stones thrown on to the lord's meadow.
Ditches made through the middle of a meadow.
Margla daughter of Constantinus nativa of the lord has been espoused to John de Paris in Grendon.
Elena daughter of John Costyson nativa of the lord is in the custody of Walter Skinner of Norham.
Penalty for anyone going from Shoresworth to Duddo not by the road, similarly from Westwell to Hemmedowe.
Peter Brook took half a husbandland with a messuage formerly of Robert Kitson for 10 years.
Those who have husbandlands may have 6 cartloads of peat, those who have cottars may have 3 cartloads.
Goods and chattels of John Cotison, nativus of the lord, valued at 4½ marks, held by John Younger sr, nativus of the lord, as his next of kin. John Cotison's daughter Elena aged 3 is in the custody of Walter Skinner of Norham.
Names of the nativi.
29 January 1364
Hugh Hathirman took a cottage formerly of Beatrice Small for life.
Hugh son of Hugh took a husbandland formerly of Thomas son of John for 9 years.
Walter Levay, William of Ditchburn, John Watson, Robert Bally and Thomas son of John took Monkmeadow and Wellmeadow for 10 years.
Goods and chattels of Adam Balli nativus of the lord valued at £9.
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Peter Brook took a cottage and 5 acres of land formerly of Robert Bally for 10 years.
John Levey took a cottage and 5 acres of land formerly of his brother Robert Levey for life.
Mariota who was the wife of John son of Robert took 1 husbandland which John her husband had held for life.
Mariota who was the wife of Thomas Parkin took a cottage and 5 acres formerly of Thomas her husband for life.
Each tenant to purge his land of Gulde.
12 August 1363
John Elder detained a saddle of Christiana Braday appraised at 16d.
Tenants should shut up their animals and not let them wander into their neighbours' corn.
Robert Wetherard took a husbandland formerly of William Custon for life.
Walter Bryd took a cottage formerly of John Levay for 5 years.
John son of Hugh took a husbandland formerly of John Costynson for 9 years.
10 Aug 1367
John Thomson and John Litill recovered from Hugh the Pondere.
John Baxter took a cottage and 2 acres of land formerly of John son of Hugh for 8 years.
John son of Hugh should repair his tenement.
Each tenant should impound their pigs.
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William of Greenlaw took a tenement and 24 acres of land formery of Walter Levay for 3 years.
Tenants should not allow their animals to go out of the vill beyond the pound (hirsill).
John son of Walter took a husbandland formerly held by Mariota wife of John for life.
14 August 1368
All should repair their ditches.
Walter Levay should repair William of Greenlaw's tenement with his own timber and wattel and they should both roof it.
Various tenements waste, and a grisland deteriorated.
William of Cornhill took a grisland which which Walter Levay formerly held for 1 year.
John son of Walter sues William Greenlaw for devastating his hen-house.
Adam Kitson sues Walter Levay over the death of a sheep.
All tenants to repair the common fold.
6 August 1369
Walter Levay has not repaired William Greenlaw's tenement.
John Helder abused the son of William Greenlaw.
William of Greenlaw unjustly made a path.
William Herring took a tenement and 24 acres of land formerly of William of Greenlaw for life.
William of ?Greenlaw took a husbandland formerly of John Watson for 5 years.
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Halmote court
Dates of creation: 1395 - 1437
Extent: 3 rolls
Loc.IV:115   9 July 1404
Edmundbyers Halmote Court Roll. A membrane from what was probably originally a longer roll (stitching holes head and foot) of a summer halmote tourn with the end of a court covering Hesleden and Aycliffe and the start of a court for Edmundbyers on 9 July 1404. The business lists jurors, fines for assizes of ale, non-attendance, non-repair of tenements, affray, and leyrwit. Also -
Hesleden
William Raynton took a cottage and 20 acres called Plugstasland formerly held by Cecilia Maccher for 3 years.
Aycliffe
Robert Taylor stabbed Thomas Forsterman.
Simon Johnson carried off branches of Richard Forster's.
Simon Jakson, common pig-keeper, lost a pig of John Swayenston.
Edmundbyers
William Marshall cut down Les Birkes.
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DCD Halmote Court Rolls c.1295-1507:: this roll was probably originally part of this series
Loc.IV:250   [1395]
Halmote Draft Court Roll. Possiby a draft record of business for West Rainton and East Rainton, listing jurors, fines for lairwite and various trespasses with animals, ordinances about controlling animals and repairing the common fold, debt pleas and the appointment of officials. On the dorse are fines for brewing for West Rainton, East Rainton and Pittington, and Nicholas of Barton taking a messuage and 48 acres of land at West Rainton, formerly held by Richard del Stile. Incomplete.
Paper roll, 1f
Dated from the internal evidence of a tenement being taken up in 1395
Loc.IV:150   1437
Prior's Dimidiation Roll. Recording the halves of fines from the halmote court and assize justices due to the prior. Some entries marked ?as paid.
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Halmote Court Estreat Rolls
Dates of creation: 1373 - 1439
Extent: 53 rolls Rolls of estreats from the three halmotes held each year. This collecting of halmote fines by the bursar was evidently not working by August 1438, as Prior Wessington then replaced the incompetent bursar Thomas Lawson with a reorganised system of three main financial officers, namely the cellarer, granator and bursar. This was an attempt to reduce the workload, and thereby the unpopularity, of the post of bursar, and to improve the efficiency of the priory's financial administration. Part of the drive to recoup the debts of Lawson's time seems to have been to parcel out the [unpaid] fines from the halmote court between the three officers, drawing up fresh rolls of these fines in three series going back at least 10 years. The cellarer had the northern part of the county, the bursar a few estates in the centre along with estreats from the prior's free court, and the granator had the more southerly estates. This did all thereby increase bureaucracy which became a criticism of this new system so that the bursar regained sole financial supremacy in 1445.

Loc.IV:251   1373 - 1379
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Fragment of a roll of probably unpaid estreats, listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for various tourns.
Paper roll, 1f
Repaired with and backed on to paper c.1975
Loc.IV:189   c.1400
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for most of a halmote tourn for c.1400. Some entries are marked ?as paid and a few are cancelled.
Parchment roll   1m
Undated, the hand and format would suggest around 1400
Head and foot repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:168   1409 - 1410
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns for the year 1409. Some entries are annotated and a few are cancelled.
With a wrapper cut from a folio listing estreats of the late fourteenth century (?from the same document as the wrapper on Loc.IV:182).
Parchment roll   4r of 2m, 1m, 1m and 1m respectively
Ends of the rotuli repaired with parchment c.1975
For a briefer, ?later listing, see Loc.IV:220.
Loc.IV:173   1409 - 1411
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for most of a halmote tourn c.1410 whose head is missing, with added at the end fines for Edmundbyers from the second tourn of 1409, the first tourn of 1410 and the second tourn of 1411.
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Loc.IV:187   1409 - 1411
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns aggregated for the years 1409 and 1410.
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Loc.IV:220   1409 - 1410
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns for the year 1409. Some entries are marked ?as paid and a few are cancelled.
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Parts of the right side repaired with parchment c.1975
For an [earlier], fuller version, see Loc.IV:168.
Loc.IV:178   1410 - 1411
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns for the year 1410. Some entries are marked ?as paid and a few are cancelled.
With a wrapper cut from a near contemporary listing of debts due to the bursar from various estates.
Parchment roll   2r of 2m and 1m
A [later], shorter version of Loc.IV:182 with some fines now omitted and others reduced.
Loc.IV:182   1410
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the first and second halmote tourns for the year 1410. Some entries are marked ?as paid and a few are cancelled.
With a wrapper cut from a folio listing estreats of the late fourteenth century (mentions John of Berrington bursar (first bursar in 1367)) with references to folios 22 and 25.
Parchment roll   4r of 2m, 1m, 1m and 1m respectively
Wrapper repaired with parchment c.1975
For a [later], shorter version, see 178 with some fines omitted and others reduced.
Loc.IV:162   1411
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the first halmote tourn for the year 1411. Some entries are marked ?as paid and a few are cancelled.
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Loc.IV:179   1411
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second halmote tourn for the year 1411. Some entries are marked ?as paid and a few are cancelled.
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Loc.IV:149   1412 - 1413
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second and third halmote tourns for the year 1412.
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Loc.IV:221   1412
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the third halmote tourn for the year 1411. Some entries are marked ?as paid.
Parchment roll   1m
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Loc.IV:225   1419
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second halmote tourn for the year 1419.
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Loc.IV:176   1426 - 1427
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the year 1426.
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Loc.IV:174   1427
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the third halmote tourn for the year 1426. With some cancellations and insertions.
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Loc.IV:215   1427 - 1429
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for all the halmote tourns for the 2 years 1427 and 1428, with similar information for the Hesleden court of 13 April 1428. With some erasures and insertions.
Parchment roll   1m
Various small parchment repairs c.1975
Loc.IV:217   1427
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second halmote tourn for the year 1427. With some cancellations and insertions.
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Loc.IV:185   1428
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the third halmote tourn for the year 1427, with similar information for the Hesleden court of 13 April 1428. With some cancellations and insertions.
Parchment roll   1m
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Loc.IV:214   1430 - 1431
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for each of the 3 halmote tourns for the year 1430. Shorter than the original lists, perhaps representing those fines still outstanding.
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Loc.IV:240   1430
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second halmote tourn for the year 1430. Some alterations.
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Loc.IV:223   1431
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the third halmote tourn for the year 1430.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:224   1431
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the first halmote tourn for the year 1431.
Parchment roll   2m
Loc.IV:211   1431
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second halmote tourn for the year 1431.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:180   ?1432
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for probably the third halmote tourn for the year 1431. Noted on the dorse are totals of fines for the halmotes from 1427 to 1436.
Parchment roll   1m
Listed by Stevenson as ?1431 and the date could possibly be read as that, and it may have been clearer in his day (1840s).
Upper part repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:165   1432
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the first halmote tourn for the year 1432, some noted as paid. With a list of those owing so many ?loads (lade) on the dorse.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:167   1432
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second halmote tourn for the year 1432, some with indications of payment.
Parchment roll   2m
Loc.IV:191   1432 - 1435
Halmote Court Estreat Roll Extracts. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the each of the 3 halmote tourns in the years 1432 to 1434 for places in North-East Durham and beyond the Tyne. Endorsed with the years and Celerar. ?Perhaps outstanding fines for each tourn.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:158   1433
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the 3 halmote tourns. For East and West Rainton and Hesleden, see Loc.IV:245. Possibly a draft?
Paper roll, 2f
Head repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:166   1433
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the ?first halmote tourn for the year 1433. Some alterations and indications of payment.
Parchment roll   2m
Head and edges of m.1 repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:213   1433 - 1434
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns of the 1433 year, with some alterations. The third tourn has only extracts of amercements.
Parchment roll   3r of 2m, 2m and 1m respectively
Repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:216   1434 - 1435
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns of the 1434 year, with some alterations and erasures.
Parchment roll   2r each of 2m
Head repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:183   1435 - 1436
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns of the 1435 year, with some alterations and erasures.
Parchment roll   2r of 2m and 1m
Head repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:181   1436 - 1437
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns of the 1436 year, with some alterations and erasures.
Parchment roll   3r each of 1m
Head repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:218   1437 - 1438
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns of the 1437 year, with some alterations.
Parchment roll   3r each of 1m
Loc.IV:184   1438
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts, for the first halmote tourn for the year 1438.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:227   1439 - 1440
Halmote Court Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts, for all the 3 halmote tourns for the year 1439; some cancellations and annotations.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:241   [1428] - 1432
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Totals of fines each year [1428]-1432 for the halmote tourns for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with also fines from the prior's free court for each year.
Paper roll, 3f
The head of the roll is lost but there is part of a year present before the first complete and dated year of 1429.
f.1 repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:242   1431 - 1432
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Fines for the 3 halmote tourns of the year 1431 for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with fines for the prior's free court.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being “pro burc”.
Paper roll, 1f
Damage to the head repaired with paper c.1975
Summarised inDCD Loc.IV:241 above.
Loc.IV:243   1432 - 1433
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Fines for the 3 halmote tourns for the year 1432 for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with fines for the prior's free court on the dorse.
Endorsed (contemporary) as “pro burc”.
Paper roll, 1f
Damage to the head repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:244   1433 - 1434
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Fines for the 3 halmote tourns of the year for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with fines for the prior's free court on the dorse.
Paper roll, 1f
Damage to the head repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:245   1434 - 1435
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Fines for the 3 halmote tourns of the year for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with fines for the prior's free court on the dorse.
Paper roll, 1f
Damage to the head repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:246   1435 - 1436
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Fines for the 3 halmote tourns of the year for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with fines for the prior's free court.
Endorsed (contemporary) as “pro burs”.
Paper roll, 1f
Damage to the head repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:247   ?[1436 - 1437]
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Fines for the 3 halmote tourns of the year for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with fines for the prior's free court.
Paper roll, 1f
The head and its dating information is lost but this roll seems to be part of this sequence in hand and style and this year is the only gap in the sequence
Damage to the head repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:248   1437 - 1438
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Fines for the 3 halmote tourns for the year 1437 for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden, with fines for the prior's free court on the dorse.
Endorsed (contemporary) as “pro burs”.
Paper roll, 1f
Damage to the sides repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:249   1438 - 1439
Halmote Court Bursar's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts, for the 3 halmote tourns for the year 1438 for East Rainton, West Rainton and Hesleden.
Paper roll, 1f
Loc.IV:191   1432 - 1435
Halmote Court Cellarer's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for each of the 3 halmote tourns in the years 1432 to 1434 for places in North-East Durham and beyond the Tyne. ?Outstanding fines for each tourn.
Endorsed (contemporary) with the years and “Celerar”.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:186   1435 - 1438
Halmote Court Cellarer's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns of the years 1435, 1436 and 1437 and the first tourn of 1438 for places in North-East Durham and beyond the Tyne.
Endorsed (contemporary) “Celerar”.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:171   1438 - 1439
Halmote Court Cellarer's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the second and third halmote tourns of the year 1438 for places in North-East Durham and beyond the Tyne.
Endorsed (contemporary) “Celerar”.
Parchment roll   1m
Small parchment repair to the head c.1975
Loc.IV:160   1439 - 1440
Halmote Court Cellarer's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts, for the second and third halmote tourns for the year 1439, for places in North-East Durham, possibly for the cellarer.
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:172   1439
Halmote Court Cellarer's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts, for the first halmote tourn of the year 1439 for places in North-East Durham, possibly for the cellarer. With a total for the 3 tourns (though it does not add up with Loc.IV:160).
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:159   1434 - 1435
Halmote Court Granetor's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns of the 1434 year, with some annotations. Titled as being extracts of amercements.
Endorsed (contemporary) with the year and “pro granario”.
Paper roll, 2p
Head repaired with paper c.1975
Loc.IV:222   1431
Halmote Court Granetor's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the first two halmote tourns of the 1431 year, with some annotations. Titled as being extracts of amercements. Possibly for the granator as the places are similar to Loc.IV:159.
Parchment roll   1m
Edge of the head repaired with parchment c.1975
Loc.IV:163   1436 - 1437
Halmote Court Granetor's Estreat Roll. Listing the places, those owing fines for what and the individual amounts for the three halmote tourns for the year 1436. (Now in 2 parts a and b).
Paper roll, 2p
Other material
Dates of creation: 1270 - 1408
Extent: 9 documents Records not directly linked to any of the priory's courts but which have been placed in Loc IV by [Swalwell].

Loc.IV:226   1270
Bursar's Rent-Roll. A list of places or names for the Pentecost term, with rents [received] written in later and then anotations later still. Including rents from estates, rekepen, senagium, wodeladepen, tithes, pensions, fisheries on the Wear and Tyne, mills and farms. Titled as being rents of Durham priory. A large marginal cross on m.1.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a bursar's rental.
Parchment roll   4m
Transcribed and discussed in Durham Cathedral Priory Rentals Volume I Bursars Rentals, ed. A.J. Piper and R.A. Lomas, (Surtees Society 198, 1989), p.21-29.
See also DCD Loc.V:30, a similar roll for 1273.
Loc.IV:156   1291 - 1309
Language:  Latin & French
Parchment roll   3m (writ loose)
Copied in: DCD Reg.I, f.ii 89v-90v.
m.1&2   1292 - 1295
Extracts of County Durham pleas recording the progress of a case between Ranulph Neville and Richard de Hoton prior of Durham over the seizure for the prior of Neville's heifer in Raby.

m.2d   1309
Transcript of Robert earl of Leicester's charter of confirmation to the monks of Durham of land in Normanton and Gotham (Nottinghamshire) made by authority of Thomas earl of Lancaster (?1309) and a writ of Thomas earl of Lancaster to Elis de Stapilton, his steward in the honor of Leicester, to restore to the monks the ancient view of frankpledge in Normanton and Gotham.

m.3   [20 July 1291]
Writ of fieri facimus from Antony Bek bishop of Durham to John de Lithegreyns associating him with Guychard de Charrons and Peter of Thoresby in the assize between Ranulph de Neville and [Richard de Hoton] prior of Durham.
Dated at Balloch (Dunbartonshire, Scotland) 13 kal. August 8th year of his consecratrion.

Printed in: C.M. Fraser ed., Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.23-24.
Loc.IV:151   31 August 1346
Bishop of Durham's Assize Roll Extract
John of Hedworth, John de Olendon, Ralph Colman, Roger Scot and Elias son of Gregory disseised John Fossor prior of Durham of a tenement of 2 acres of land and 2 acres of moor and pasture in Hedworth and Southwick.
Parchment roll   1m
See also: DCD Reg.I, f.i 78r-v.
DCD Reg.I, f.ii 88v-89r.
DCD Loc.V:27.
DCD Loc.V:41, f.2r-v (copies of this case).
Loc.IV:141   1349 - 1350
Inquest on Free Tenants Who Died in the Plague
A 1349 inquest detailing the free tenants who died in “prima pestilencia” describing their holdings.
With at the foot in another hand a similar inquisition held at Aycliffe in 1350.
“In prima pestilencia Inquisiciones Anno domini Millesimo CCCmoxlixo”, added at head, “Inquisiciones de Liberis Tenentibus Prioris in Prima Pestilencia”, added 170mm from the head, both earlier fifteenth century. It is not clear on what basis the headings were added, but it is possible that the nature of the document was a matter of corporate memory. No external evidence now in the monastic archives has been traced to identify the nature of the document, but there is some internal evidence. An unusual entry added near the foot of the face refers to an inquest held “die veneris proxima post festum Sancti Petri Anno etc quinquagesimo”; the script is clearly fourteenth-century. Each of the general run of entries refers to a tenant dying seised of a holding and often mention those claiming to inherit, and also homage and fealty, showing that the property was a freeholding. Comparison with the list of free tenants of the main estate owing suit of court on 2 June 1349 (Loc.IV:228) and the rentals for the 1340s (Bursar's Book A) does not make it immediately obvious that all those named on this document were alive until the latter part of 1349 when the Black Death reached Durham, and on one of the associated documents (Loc.IV:147a) an added note states that one of the tenants had died c.1346, although this appears to be an error. This document is very similar in appearance to three other documents (Loc.IV:146, 147a and b) concerned with unfree holdings, and sample comparisons of these with the bursar's rentals for the 1346/7 and 1347/8 (Bursar's Book A f. 128r-139v and 144r-156v) reveals that those named as dead had been tenants in the late 1340s. On these other documents the run of entries for each township was almost invariably written at a single sitting; if they were compiled from existing records of deaths taking place over a considerable period of time after the late 1340s it is strange that the value of including dates was not appreciated. It is easier to conclude that the deaths recorded took place over a short period, and that the documents were drawn up to deal with the consequent confusion. It is moreover the case that there are no other documents like these in the monastic archives; they are not part of a series and seem to have been occasioned by an exceptional crisis.

Loc.V:78:: similar document with similar information
Loc.IV:146   1349
Inquest on Tenants Who Died in the Plague
Detailing the tenants who died in “prima pestilencia” who held at the will of the lord and were not free tenants, describing their holdings in the townships of Billingham, Aycliffe, (dorse) Mid and West Merrington, and Newton Ketton.
“De Tenentibus Prioris Mortuis in prima pestilencia qui tenuerunt ad voluntatem et non fuerunt liberi tenentes”, added at the head, earlier fifteenth century. Reasons for accepting the description of this document given in the added heading are those set out in Loc.IV:141 above. Unlike that document, the entries on this document and two others to be associated with it (Loc.IV:147a and b) make no mention of heirs or homage and fealty; many concern bond-lands and there is no evidence to suggest that any of the other holdings were freeholdings rather than held at will. The simplest form of entry gives the name of the dead tenant and the holding, sometimes stating the crop sown on it; a small proportion of entries give an inventory of the tenant's utensils, equipment and stock and it seems likely that these concern tenants who were personally unfree.
Parchment roll   1m
Analysed: Victoria County History Durham ii p.258-259.
Loc.IV:147a   1349
Inquest on Tenants Who Died in the Plague
Detailing the tenants who held at the will of the lord, describing their holdings in Fulwell, Monkwearmouth, East Rainton, Dalton, (dorse) Wolviston and Newton.
“De tenentibus Prioris ad voluntatem”, added at the head, earlier fifteenth century, together with a note “In dorso istius rotuli continetur terra W Offyngton de Woluyston qui obijt circa annum dominum Ml CCCxlvj”. Reasons for accepting the description of this document given in the added heading are those set out in Loc.IV:141. The note referring to the date of William de Offyngton's death is puzzling: in the bursar's rental for 1347/8 he is found with the holding at Wolviston recorded on this document with nothing to suggest that it had been vacated (Bursar's Book A f.151v/6).
Parchment roll   1m
Loc.IV:147b   1349
Inquests following the deaths of tenants at will of the main estate in the Black Death [in autumn 1349].
“Inquisiciones de Tenentibus Prioris ad voluntatem Mortuis in Prima Pestilencia”, added at the head, earlier fifteenth century. Reasons for accepting the description of this document given in the added heading are those set out in Loc.IV:141. Marginal headings for the townships of [Willington ?], [Wallsend], Monkton, Westoe, Over Heworth, Nether Heworth, Hedworth, Jarrow, Harton, [South] Shields, (dorse:) Southwick, North Pittington, West Rainton, Moorsley, South Pittington and Hesleden.

Loc.IV:145   1356
Case over Brewing Dues
The prior's bailiff, Adam of Relley, had distrained Thomas Copper of Crossgate (Old Borough) Durham of various goods in a dispute over brewing dues.
Parchment roll   1m
Copied in: DCD Reg.I, f.ii 90v-91r.
Loc.IV:232   1386
Transcripts of 3 notarial instruments re the appropriation of Frampton, Bossall, Ruddington and Fishlake churches to Durham College Oxford.
Endorsed (16th century) as being the incorporation of the churches of Frampton, Bossall, Roddington and Fishlake for Durham College.
Parchment, 1m
No.1   28 July 1386
Commission of John [Fordham] bishop of Durham's commission to proceed with Pope Urban VI's mandate of 6 November 1385 to appropriate the churches of Frampton, Bossall, Ruddington and Fishlake to Durham College Oxford.

Original in 4.5.Ebor.1.
Further copies in Misc Ch 5825 m.6-7. 2.5.Ebor.3a and 1.6.Ebor.15.
No.2   10 October 1386
Notarial exemplification at the petition of John of Berrington monk of Durham of a 10 November 1385 grant by Richard II to the prior and convent of Durham and Durham College Oxford of 2 bovates of land and the advowson of the church of Ruddington (Notts) and 2 bovates of land and a messuage in Claxton and the advowsons of the churches of Bossall and Fishlake (Yorks).

Further copies in Misc Ch 5825 m.9, 1.6.Ebor.15.
Also 1.6.Ebor.3, 1.6.Ebor.4b, and 4.6.Ebor.7 (just Richard's grant); also 2.5.Reg.7 (1406 exemplification by Henry IV).
No.3
Appropriation of the churches of Ruddington, Bossall and Fishlake to Durham College Oxford.

Original in 4.5.Ebor.4a and 4.5.Ebor.4b (with minor differences).
Further copies in Misc Ch 5825 m.9 and 1.6.Ebor.15.
Loc.IV:233   30 January 1408
Notarial instrument by Thomas Ryhall, being a copy of a declaration of 1 April 1404 by Pope Boniface [IX] in response to a petition by the prior and convent of Durham, that the mandate of Urban VI and subsequent documentation in the matter of the appropriation of the churches of Frampton, Bossall, Ruddington and Fishlake (Yorkshire) to Durham College Oxford, shall have full legal force, certain errors in wording notwithstanding; confirmation of the foundation and appropriations. With a notarial mark of Thomas Ryhall.
Parchment, 1m
See also: DCD Cartulary I, f.29v-30r: abbreviated copy
V - Lay courts & bursars' indentures
Dates of creation: 1260 - 1504
Extent: 78 items
Locellus V contains two main series of documents, with in addition a number of varied unrelated items.
Firstly there is a series of indentures of payments to the bursar of Durham cathedral priory by collectors recording rents paid in each township (1-10, 56-63, 66). Each document consists of a piece of parchment, typically c.150x150mm square, indented along the top, and endorsed with the name of a township. The heading begins “Hec indentura testatur de denariis et denaratis liberatis”. Then follow the names of the bursar and the local collector, and the terms (Pentecost and Martinmas) covered by the payments. This heading is usually followed by entries recording payments giving the amount and the name of the person paying, with also sometimes the place of payment, and on occasion an indication that the amount represented the value of goods delivered. These entries seem to have been written as and when the payments were made as they vary in style and neatness. The indentures for a particular year were usually fastened together to form geographically arranged files.
The bursar drew up with the collector in each township an annual indenture on which payments of rents were then recorded as they were made. The records only survive for the term of office of Thomas Lawson as bursar 1432-1438, so they may either represent a peculiar financial administrative system introduced by him, or they may have been specially retained because of subsequent investigations into his incompetence, whereas ordinarily such records may well have been disposed of. As indentures, there would have been two parts originally, the bursar and collector each having one, though generally only one was used to record payments on, as in Loc.V:6 and 7.
Secondly, there is a group of various legal documents concerning business in lay courts, mostly of the bishop of Durham. In particular, there is a series of extracts from pleas and assizes before his justices in Durham, with one in Sadberge, 1332-1443 (12, 24-27, 37, 41, 43, 64, 67, 74; 2 more are in Loc.IV:151 and 156). There survives also a short run of coroner's rolls of presentments about deaths, and occasionally other matters, before the sheriff in the county court 1320-1333 (33, 75, 76; 2 more rolls for this period are in Misc.Ch. 52 & 7023). A considerable file of documents survives for a case between Isabella Heron and John Manners over the alleged killing of Isabella's husband William by John and debts owed to her (44-50, 52-54). This went to arbitration in 1430.
Apart from a number of inquisitions, mandates and notes about court business, the unrelated material comprises: valuations of Bishop Kirkham's temporalities 1260 (14), a bursar's rental 1273 (30), Bishop Bury's receiver's account 1339-1340 (32), notes about the priory's Durham tenants (55), the resignation of a prebend in Hemingbrough 1504 (69), the appropriation of Frampton church to Durham College (72), litigation over Frampton's tithes 1490 (73) and an inquisition into the priory's Black Death victims (78).
Locellus V was created in the late Middle Ages as originally documents relating to a particular subject. The present arrangement and numbering is the work of Joseph Stevenson who worked on cataloguing Durham cathedral's muniments from 1841 to 1848.
Photocopied and bound up manuscript slips by Joseph Stevenson 1841-1848, supplemented by William Greenwell, Chapter Librarian 1862-1907, and Martin Snape, Assistant Keeper 1953-1988
Discussed in Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350, Archaeologia Aeliana, 47 (1969), p.51-52.
See also Durham Cathedral Priory Rentals Volume I Bursars Rentals, ed. by A.J. Piper and R.A. Lomas, Surtees Society, 198 (1989), p.13 and Dobson, R.B., Durham Priory 1400-1450 (Cambridge, 1973), p.285-287.

Loc.V:1   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. Cowpen, Thomas Shoronton sr collector. 2. East Merrington, William March collector. 1 payment only. 3. Ferryhill, John Taillour and John Thomson collectors. 4. Mid Merrington, John Byng collector. No payments recorded. 5. Newton, Adam ? collector.
5 parchment indentures
Loc.V:2   1433 - 1434
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. West Merrington, Robert Meryngton collector. No payments recorded. 2. East Merrington. No payments recorded. 3. Ferryhill, [?] Stevenson collector. No payments recorded. 4. Aycliffe. No payments recorded. 5. Newton. Only 2 payments recorded. 6. Wolviston, John Golding collector. 7. [Cowpen]. 8. [?] (fragment only).
8 parchment indentures
Loc.V:3   1434 - 1435
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. Southwick, Thomas Atkinson collector. 2. Monkwearmouth, Robert Greencroft collector. 3. Fulwell, Robert Watson collector. 4. Harton, John Taillour collector. 5. Westoe, Thomas Robinson collector. 6. Hedworth, Robert Bell collector. 7. Monkton, John ?Tomson collector. 8. Heworth, John Daniell collector. 9. Wallsend, John Punchon collector. 10. Willington, John Wilkinson collector.
10 parchment indentures
Loc.V:4   1434 - 1435
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. West Merrington, John Robinson collector. 2. Mid Merrington, John Byng collector. 3. East Merrington, John Hykson collector. 4. [Ferryhill]. 5. [Aycliffe], William Thomson collector. 6. Newton, John Richardson collector. 7. Wolviston, Thomas Sasson collector. 8. Cowpen, Thomas Shoronton collector. 9. Billingham, John Jokill jr collector.
9 parchment indentures
Loc.V:5   1435 - 1436
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. West Merrington, William Robinson collector. 2. Mid Merrington, John Dukett collector. 3. East Merrington, John ?Ayth collector. 4. Ferryhill, John Huchonson collector. 5. Aycliffe, ? collector. 6. Billingham, W[illiam] Colynson & R[obert] Osborne collectors. 7. Cowpen, Thomas Shephird collector. 8. Newton, William Smith collector. 9. Wolviston, John Hoghird collector.
9 parchment indentures
Loc.V:6   1435 - 1436
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. Monkwearmouth, Richard Jonson collector. 2. Southwick, [blank] collector. 3. Fulwell, Thomas Nicolson collector. 4. Harton, [blank] collector. 5. Westoe, Robert Green collector. 6. Hedworth, William Paxton collector. 7. Monkton, John Durham collector. 8. Heworth, William Pencher collector. 9. Wallsend, Richard Durham collector. 10. Willington, Robert Jonson collector.
10 parchment indentures
Loc.V:7   1435 - 1436
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. Monkwearmouth, [blank] collector. Only 2 payments. 2. Southwick, [blank] collector. 3. Fulwell, [blank] collector. Only 2 payments. 4. Harton, John Newton collector. 5. Wallsend, [blank] collector. No payments recorded.
5 parchment indentures
Loc.V:8   1436 - 1437
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. West Merrington, Henry Jackson collector. 2. Mid Merrington, John Smith collector. 3. East Merrington, Richard Heighington collector. 4. Ferryhill, John Fleshewer collector. 5. Aycliffe, Richard Robinson collector. 6. Wolviston, William Robinson collector. 7. Newton, John Gibson collector. 8. Cowpen, Thomas Wilkinson collector. 9. Billingham, John Gryce collector.
9 parchment indentures
Loc.V:9   1437 - 1438
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms.
1. Wolviston, Robert Perit collector. 2. Newton, William Jonson collector. 3. Billingham, Robert Goldyng collector. 4. Cowpen, Richard Oleyfland collector.
4 parchment indentures
Loc.V:10   [1432 - 1433]
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for [the Pentecost and Martinmas terms].
1. [Wolviston], fragment only. 2. [Billingham], fragment only.
2 parchment indentures, 3m
Date possibly 1432 or maybe 1433, heads missing
Loc.V:11   9 January 1422
Record of the process of a plea before the bishop of Durham's chancellor about the property inherited by Nicholas gent, a minor, son of William arm, son of the late William Blakiston knight, in Blakiston, and about Thomas Langton's claim to a messuage and land there called Chamberland.
The document is incomplete with some blanks, the end is missing, and the last 9 lines have been cancelled.
Paper roll, 2p
Originally numbered 15 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
Loc.V:12   3 January 1364
Plea at Sadberge before John Moubray and his fellow justices about 2 messuages in Hartlepool recovered by [John Fossor] prior of Durham from William of Bruntoft, demised by Richard [of Claxton] prior of Durham to Germanus of Norton, paying rent to the almoner of Durham cathedral priory.
Endorsed (15th century) as being a recovery by a writ called quare cessavit per biennium and (16th century) as being for the almoner
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 22 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
Other copies in DCD Reg.I, f.i.77v-78r & Reg.I, f.ii.91r-v.
Loc.V:13   14 August 1346
Inquisition before the escheator of Durham to enquire if it would be to the bishop of Durham's loss if Thomas de Tours gave a messuage, 45 acres of land and 3 acres of meadow in Burdon to the prior and convent of Durham.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 30 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Copy: DCD 1.11.Pont.1 no.6.
Loc.V:14   September 1260

Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 9 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
Printed: Testamentary Records of the English and Welsh Episcopate 1200-1413, ed C.M. Woolgar (Canterbury and York Society 102, 2011), p. 130-134.
Loc.V:15   [c.1420]
Case for counsel, outlining the case followed by questions for counsel, over the entitlement to the estate of the late Sir John Darcy in the bishopric of Durham and Lincolnshire. His son Robert died (1416) shortly after him, heirless, and his four sisters and their heirs, that is Lady Elizabeth Percy [of Rydall] sister, John of Hedworth a sister's son, Roland Darcy a sister's son, and Alice of Newton a sister's daughter, are in dispute with Robert Darcy's widow Margaret. Robert Darcy had enfeoffed Sir Robert Umfraville and others with his lands, but Margaret claims that her husband devised them to her on his deathbed. The Darcy coheirs dispute the legality of this and also claim that Margaret feigned pregnancy after her husband's death, borrowed another woman's child and wasted and sold her late husband's estate [the manors of Harraton and Herrington, and burgages in Durham and Sunderland in Co Durham].
Language:  English
Paper roll, 1f
Originally numbered 37 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Undated, but Robert Darcy's Durham inquisition post mortem was 18 May 1416.
Loc.V:16   22 July 1427
Writ recordare facias from the bishop of Durham to the sheriff of Durham to record a loquela between John Pollard litster and Richard Couhird of Durham yeoman about animals being unjustly detained, before the bishop's justices at Durham on 19 September next.
Given at Durham per manus William Chaunceller, bishop's chancellor.
Endorsed (contemporary) “Richard Coward”.
Paper, 1f
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell)
Another copy: DCD 2.6.Spec.50.
See also DCD Loc.V:40, a later, similar writ.
Record of proceedings in the case 1429-1435: DCD Reg.III, f.174v-176r.
Loc.V:17   2 October 1284
Notification that Matilda, called the widow of Shincliffe, has received dower land from Alan of Sherburn in the fields of Shincliffe, being 3 selions by the Durham way, 1 selion in a place called Horpol, 1 selion by Hyman's croft, 1 selion in Walrigeway, 1 selion in Holden towards the south, 1 selion in Vydop on the south side, 1 selion on Scroggingsyde on the south, 1 selon in Blakedenford on the south, 1 selion in Hylmersyde on the south, 1 selion in Bartunlid on the south, 1 selion in Blakelawe on the south abutting on Caldewelleche, 1 selion in Staynfordlaw towards the west, 1 selion at Salunth above the park, and 1 selion in Blakedensyde on the south, paying 1d per acre each year for life.
Witnesses: John of Malton steward of the prior of Durham, Thomas of Beverley, William son of Thomas, Henry Ben, Thomas Danbury, Thomas de Kylminton cleric and others.
Endorsed (14th century) “Ward”.
Parchment, 1m
Loc.V:18   30 June 1347
Writ of Thomas [Hatfield] bishop of Durham to the sheriff of Durham to hear a case in which Robert Ward of Shincliffe claims that John [Fossor] prior of Durham, Nicholas of Skelton, John of Sedgefield, Robert Clerk of Greatham and John of Hett disseised him of his free tenement in Shincliffe.
Endorsed (14th century) “Ward”.
Parchment, 1m
Loc.V:19   [?1347]
Description of a bondage land at Shincliffe held by John reeve of Shincliffe nativus of the prior of Durham in Shincliffe in the time of Prior Thomas [of Melsonby] (1234-1244), and its descent to his sons Nicholas son of John, Robert son of John and Elias Cappe, Nicholas' wife Juliana, John son of Nicholas, his wife Sibilla and now claimed by Robert Ward.
Endorsed (15th century) as being an inquisition about a bondage [land] in Shincliffe and its services.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 51 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Undated but this may be a document generated in response to the writ in Loc.V:18
Loc.V:20   19 July 1346
Inquisition held at Elvethall by Robert of Hexham hostiller and Walter de Ludew his steward into Gilbert Ward's lands held of the prior and hostiller in Shincliffe.
The dorse is a draft of the necessary expenses section of the hostiller's account for 1346-1347.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 51 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Discussed in Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350”, (Archaeologia Aeliana 47, 1969), p.51-52.
For the hostiller's account for 1346-1347, see DCD Hos.Acs.
Loc.V:21   1 August 1346
Inquisition at Elvet Hall into Gilbert Ward's lands in Shincliffe held of the prior and hostiller of Durham, detailing the lands, their services, his heir Robert his son, other sons, and lands of his mother Matilda; with a list of [jurors].
Endorsed (16th century) as being an inquisition about a bondage [land] in Shincliffe.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 51 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Loc.V:21*   1342 - 1347
File of documents about the case over Gilbert and Robert Ward's lands in Shincliffe.
Parchment roll, 8 items each of 1m
Originally numbered 31 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Some documents are undated but all seem to relate to the Ward case of 1346/47.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser and K. Emsley, “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350” (Archaeologia Aeliana xlvii 1969), p.51-52.
Loc.V:21*/1
Inquisition into Gilbert Ward's lands held of the prior and hostiller of Durham in Shincliffe, and his heirs.

Loc.V:21*/2
Inquisition held by the hostiller at Elvethall into Robert Ward's lands in Shincliffe, formerly of Gilbert Ward.

Loc.V:21*/3   [1273 x 1285 or 1290 x 1308]
Gift by Richard prior of Durham to Alan of Sherburn of the land which Robert son of John of Shincliffe formerly held in the vill and field of Shincliffe together with a bondage which John reeve, father of the said Robert, formerly held, until the heir of the said Robert is of full age, paying 6s 8d annually to the hostiller.
Endorsed as being a transcript (early 14th century).

Loc.V:21*/4   11 October 1342
Gift by Gilbert Ward of Shincliffe to his son Robert of his free land and meadow in the field of Shincliffe in various parcels (detailed), paying 5 marks annually to Gilbert during his life.
Witnesses Walter of Ludworth, John de Harpun, Adam of Edderacres, John Freman of Cassop, Reginald Forester, Gilbert de Hyrland, Robert of Ellingham, William of Lincoln, Robert Gyk, John of Chilton.
Date: Shincliffe, 11 October 1342.
On the dorse is a note about John reeve, his heirs and the descent of his lands.

Loc.V:21*/5   11 October 1342
Appointment by Gilbert Ward of Shincliffe of William of Egglescliffe as his attorney to deliver seisin of his land to his son Robert.
Date: Shincliffe, 11 October 1342.

Loc.V:21*/6   29 December 1344
Gift by Gilbert Ward of Shincliffe to his son Robert and his wife Marjory of his tenement, (bounds described), in Shincliffe field.
Witnesses Reginald Forester, Robert Gyk, Robert of Ellingham, Robert de Slinglawe, Robert Scipard and Thomas son of Adam.
Date: Shincliffe, 29 December 1344.

Loc.V:21*/7
Memorandum of events around and after the death of Gilbert Ward in Shincliffe 12 April 1346 with the hostiller Robert of Hexham interrogating Robert Ward before the assembled community of Shincliffe about his right to his late father's property; also the case before the Shincliffe court at Elvethall on 28 April 1346 to decide Gilbert Ward's heir and whether his messuage was part of the bondage; the inquisition held on 1 August 1346 at Elvethall detailing Gilbert Ward's holdings and their services in Shincliffe; memorandum that on 11 October 1325 Gilbert Ward of Shincliffe acknowledged in the Elvethall halmote that he held his Shincliffe property in villeinage of the prior of Durham; inquisition at Elvethall on 13 April 1347 to establish if Gilbert Ward's 9 acres were part of the ancient land of Shincliffe or part of the waste.

Loc.V:21*/8
List of names of [jurors] “ad visum”.

Loc.V:22   1346
Case for counsel over Robert Ward's lands in Shincliffe outlining the descent from John reeve to Robert Ward of a messuage and a bondage in Shincliffe claimed by Robert Ward of the prior of Durham, with responses to Robert Ward's evidences.
Language:  French
Parchment roll, 1m
Undated but is probably of the same date as much of the other documentation in the case.
Loc.V:23   1303 - 1305
Amercements for pleas before the [bishop of Durham's] barons of the exchequer for terms in years 3, 4 and 5.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 20 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Loc.V:24   21 August 1443
Case heard at Durham before William Eure knight, Robert Beaumont clerk, John Portyng..., Christopher Boynton, John Lownde clerk, William Raket and Richard Weltden justices of the bishop, that William Elmeden knight, William Bowes knight, Christopher Conyers, William Hoton of Hardwick, William Hoton of Hunwick, Robert Staynton chaplain and Thomas Peerson of Elmdon had disseised John [Wessington] prior of Durham of his common pasture in Quarrington which pertained to his free tenement in Shincliffe.
Parchment roll, 2m
Originally numbered 44 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Discussed in C.M. Fraser and K. Emsley, “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350” (Archaeologia Aeliana xlvii 1969), p.53 n.18.
Loc.V:25   3 August 1332
Extracts from the bishop of Durham's assize roll of cases heard at Durham before Nicholas Gategang, William Denn and Adam of Bowes justices of the bishop.
1. William of Hett, John of Hett and John of Tudhoe disseised William [of Cowton] prior of Durham of his free tenement in Hett of 1 acre of land, 3 acres of pasture and a third part of 100 acres of moor and pasture.
2. William [of Cowton] prior of Durham, John of Hartlepool his fellow monk, Thomas Pratiman and Peter of Shincliffe disseised William of Hett of his free tenement in Hett comprising one place of pasture 100 feet long and 40 feet wide, involving a grant to the prior by Walter of Hett, kinsman of William of Hett.
Also a copy of a grant by William [of Cowton] prior of Durham of a portion of 21 marks and a dwelling in Whittonstall to Gilbert of Healy vicar of Bywell St Peter. At Durham 20 May 1337.
Parchment, 2f
Originally numbered 24 (tres) loc 5 (bis) (Swalwell)
Discussed in C.M. Fraser and K. Emsley, “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350” (Archaeologia Aeliana xlvii 1969), p.53.
Loc.V:26   [13 January 1343]
Case [from the assizes at Durham before the bishop's justices] that [John Fossor prior of Durham, Roger Fossor, and John Gray] disseised Reginald [Forster of his tenement] and his appointment as hostiarius of the bakery within the priory by [John Fossor]'s predecessor as prior, William [of Cowton], discussing the office's duties and entitlements.
Endorsed (16th century) as being an assize about the office of panetarius with a cross-reference to Reg. I, f.87-89 etc.
Parchment, 1f
Originally numbered 28 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
Part of the head is missing, but the full date is recorded in the Reg.I copy.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser and K. Emsley, “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350” (Archaeologia Aeliana xlvii 1969), p.57-58.
Other copies in DCD Reg. I, f.ii.87v-88v & Loc.V:41, f.2r-v.
Loc.V:27   31 August 1343
Assize held at Durham before Thomas de Metham and his fellow justices of the bishop that John of Hedworth, John of Cleadon, Ralph Colman, Roger Scot and Elias son of Gregory of Southwick disseised John [Fossor] prior of Durham of his free tenement in Hedworth and Southwick, 2 acres of land and 2 acres of moor and pasture.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being a recovery of a free tenement in Hedworth and 1 acre of land, moor and pasture in Hedworth and Southwick by equal portions and (16th century) as an assize against John of Hedworth about a tenement in Hedworth and Southwick.
Parchment, 1f
Originally numbered 23 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
Other copies are in DCD Reg.I, f.i.78r-v, Reg.I, f.ii.88v-89r, Loc.IV:151 & Loc.V:41 f.2r-v.
Loc.V:28   1315 - 1334
Extracts of fines levied in the bishop of Durham's court
1. Part of Penshaw manor and land in Offerton 1316 (6 Bishop Richard).
2. Land in East Brandon 1315x1316 (5 Bishop Richard).
3. Land in Consett 1315x1316 (5 Bishop Richard).
4. Part of Consett manor 1315x1316 (5 Bishop Richard).
5. Land in Swainston 1315x1316 (5 Bishop Richard).
6. Part of Medomsley and Hamsterley manor 1316 (6 Bishop Richard).
7. Sheraton manor 1321x1322 (4 Bishop Louis).
(dorse)
8. Stranton manor 1322x1323 (5 Bishop Louis).
9. Land in Blakiston 1321x1322 (4 Bishop Louis).
10. Land in Blakiston 1322x1323 (5 Bishop Louis).
11. West Hirdon manor 1320x1321 (3 Bishop Louis).
12. Final concord of 7 April 1333 between Gilbert Hansard and Lora his wife, and Robert de Themetleye and Thomas de Greingham and, after Gilbert's death, on 22 September 1334, again between the remaining parties about Newton and Embleton manors.
Endorsed (16th century) as being for the bishop of Durham.
Paper, 1f
Loc.V:29   18 April 1379
Writ of Thomas [Hatfield] bishop of Durham to John de Hyndely, his escheator in Co Durham, to hold an inquisition ad quod dampnum to discover if it would be to the bishop's loss to give to John of Bamburgh clerk lands (amounts and former owners detailed) in Wolviston, Great Burdon, Aycliffe, Ferryhill, Monk Hesleden, Edmundbyers, Durham, Hett, Hebburn, Spennymoor, Relley manor, Aldingrange, Elvet in Durham, the Old Borough in Durham, to give to the prior and convent of Durham in satisfaction of lands to the value of £20 given by the former bishop Richard de Bury and in partial satisfaction of lands to the value of £40 given by [Bishop Thomas Hatfield], to discover the values, services and customs of the lands.
Parchment, 1f
Originally numbered 29 loc 5 (Swalwell), 3.9.Pont (cancelled) (Swalwell) and 1.10.Pont (cancelled) (Swalwell).
See also DCD 1.11.Pont.2a (copy of the resultant inquisition) and 1.11.Pont.2b (draft of the resultant inquisition.)
Loc.V:30   1273
Bursar's rent-roll
A list of places or names for probably the Pentecost term (an erasure in the title could have accommodated the relevant words, and the roll is otherwise very similar to Loc.IV:226), with rents [received] written in later and then annotations later still. Including rents from estates, rekepen, senagium, wodeladepen, tithes, pensions, fisheries on the Wear and Tyne, mills and farms. With a total, Islandshire and munita recepta on the dorse.
Titled as being rents of Durham priory; endorsed (16th century) as a roll of rents of the monastery.
Parchment roll, 4m
Originally numbered 8 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Discussed in Durham Cathedral Priory Rentals Volume I Bursars Rentals, ed by A.J. Piper and R.A. Lomas, (Surtees Society 198, 1989), p.21
See also DCD Loc.IV:226, bursar's rent-roll for 1270.
Loc.V:31   1418 - 1422
File of inquisitions, writs and petitions about William Blakiston's lands.
Language:  Latin & French
Parchment roll, 5m + 2m attached
Originally numbered 15 loc 5 (Swalwell)
m.1   18 August 1418
Inquisition post mortem at Auckland before William Claxton, bishop's escheator in Co Durham, found that the late William Blakiston, knight, held when he died - Coxhoe manor and vill, except for 4 messuages, 10 cottages, 24 bovates, 5½ acres of land, 4½ acres of meadow held by his son William and his wife Katherine; 53 acres of land and 3 acres of meadow in Carlton; Blakiston manor and vill, except for a messuage and certain acres of land called Chamberland. He died on 22 April 1418 and his heir is Nicholas son of William [and Katherine] son of William, aged 20 years and more.

Another copy in DCD Reg.I, f.i.73r-v.
Another version in DCD Reg.I, f.II.96r.
m.1   1 October 1418
Writ of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to William Claxton, the bishop's escheator in Co Durham to enquire by what service William Blakiston held his lands.

Another copy in DCD Reg.I, f.i.73r.
m.1   28 November 1418
Inquisition held at Durham before William Claxton, bishop's escheator in Co Durham, found that William Blakiston enfeoffed on 28 November 1396 William Gentilman and Richard Redemershill, chaplains, of his lands in Blakiston, Coxhoe, Witton and Washington. They regranted them on 29 November 1396 to William Blakiston for life, with remainder to his son William Blakiston and heirs of him and his wife Katherine. The Coxhoe lands were held of the bishop of Durham by military service, and are valued at £8; the Blakiston lands were held of the prior of Durham for 2 marks rent, valued at 40 marks; Chamberland was held of the prior of Durham, service unknown, valued at 60s; the Witton lands were held of Anne former wife of Thomas Adamson, service unknown, valued at 10s.

Another copy in DCD Reg.I, f.i.73r-v.
m.1   26 September 1418
Letters patent of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham committing William Blakiston's lands, held by the bishop since his death because of the minority of his grandson, to Nicholas Blakiston, his grandson, for 40 marks pa.

m.1
Thomas [Langley bishop of Durham] writ of scire facias to Ralph Eure, Richard of Norton and James Strangways to inquire into the claim of Thomas Langton of Winyard, knight, that he was enfeoffed of a messuage, 2 cottages and 1 carucate of land in Blakiston called Chamberland by William de Hoton, along with all his lands there, but that the escheator William Claxton in his 18 August 1418 inquisition said that William Blakiston held Chamberland.

m.1 (attached)
Petition of Thomas Langton of Winyard esquire to [Thomas Langley] bishop of Durham that he held Chamberland until the escheator William Claxton said that William Blakiston held it in his inquisition of 18 August 1418.

m.1   20 April 1419
Inquisition held at Durham by Ralph de Eure, Richard of Norton and James Strangways saying that Thomas Langton held Chamberland until 18 August 1418 when the escheator William Claxton said that William Blakiston held it when he died.

m.2    16 December 1419
Writ of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to the sheriff of Co Durham, at Durham, summoning Nicholas Blakiston to appear in the bishop's chancery on 3 January 1420 to show why he should have Chamberland rather than Thomas Langton.

m.2   6 December 1419
Royal exemption from all actions and protection for all his property for 1 year to Nicholas son of William son of William Blakiston knight, alias Nicholas Blakiston of Co Durham gentleman, alias Nicholas son of William Blakiston armiger, staying in the company of Roger Salvayn captain of the king's castle of Ballingham, issued by John duke of Bedford at Westminster.

m.2   1 March 1422
Writ of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to the sheriff of Co Durham to summon Nicholas Blakiston to his chancery on 8 April 1422 to show why he should have Chamberland rather than Thomas Langton, as when Blakiston appeared on 3 January 1420 he was exempt from any action by reason of his royal protection of 6 December 1419, given at Durham.
Endorsed with the return of Robert Eure, sheriff of Durham, of the writ, that Nicholas Blakiston had appeared and shown the letters patent of the bishop of Durham giving him the custody of all William Blakiston's lands.

m.3   12 September 1422
Writ of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to William Chaunceller, his chancellor of Durham, to investigate the justice of Thomas Langton's claim to Chamberland as when Nicholas Blakiston appeared as ordered on 8 April 1422 to justify his claim to Chamberland he showed the bishop's letters patent committing all William Blakiston's lands to him, given at Stockton.

m.4   26 March 1419
Writ of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to the sheriff of Co Durham to cause Ralph Eure, Richard of Norton and James Strangways, or two of them, to inquire into Thomas Langton's claim to have been unjustly disseised of Chamberland on 18 August 1418 as a result of William Claxton's inquisition then into the lands of the late William Blakiston, given at Durham.

m.4   1 April 1419
Writ of James Strangways and his fellow justices to the sheriff of Durham to summon 24 men to Durham on 20 April 1419 to enquire into Thomas Langton's claim to Chamberland.

m.5   2 December 1422
Writ of Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham to William Chaunceller, his Durham chancellor, to decide the case quickly and according to the law and custom of England and Durham, given at London, with an attached statement that Nicholas Blakiston said he had had William Blakiston's lands committed to him by the bishop's letters patent and that Thomas Langton said he had been enfeoffed of [Chamberland] by William de Hoton and he had held it during William Blakiston's life.

Loc.V:32   10 November 1339 - 11 November 1340
Account of Nicholas Gategang receiver to the exchequer of Richard de Bury bishop of Durham
The head of the roll is missing (probably 1 membrane). The roll records [arrears] (missing), receipts for the four greater and five lesser quarters (St Martin, Christmas, Purification, St Cuthbert in March, Easter, Pentecost, St John the Baptist, St Cuthbert in September and St Michael), with 2 attached schedules of receipts, and annual receipts, with the expenses on the dorse.
Parchment roll, 6m + 2m
Originally numbered 28 loc 5 (bis) (Swalwell)
See SGD 27/1 for a 9-10 Richard II account and CCB B/1 for accounts from 4-5 Henry V onwards.
See TNA SC11/1012 for a 25 Bek account and DUR 20/114/8 for a 7-8 Richard II account.
Loc.V:33   18 April 1328 - 30 April 1330
Coroners' presentments of William of Walworth sheriff of Durham, being 51 cases of deaths, thefts and murders recorded on 29 court-days, with the township(s) or borough(s) concerned recorded in the left margin along with the amercement.
6 June 1328. William of Thorpe of Burdon riding from Newcastle towards Burdon on 1 May was thrown by his horse at Wrekendyke and killed.
13 June 1328. Ralph son of John Tailor was dozing in the kitchen of John parson of Whickham on 8 June when straw next to the fire caught light and burnt him to death. Henry of Widdrington on 23 March collected at Streatlam Thomas Hardymarchaund, indicted before the former sheriff, John of Hamby, of stealing Richard Hunter's horses. He led him towards Sadberge [gaol] through Darlington to the house of William of Durham whence he escaped to Darlington church. So he has to leave the kingdom. William de Parys was staying at William Bette's house in Darlington and stole 4s 10d from Alexander son of William of Barton. He was seized and held in the toll booth in Darlington before being taken to Durham but he escaped to Darlington church and so has to leave the kingdom.
27 June 1328. Adam, servant of Master Luke, parson of Elwick church, on 25 April was taking a horse to water it in the Tyne at Blythestaghes when he fell off and drowned.
22 August 1328. Robert son of Reginald of Kelloe, a boy aged 4½, was playing on 29 July with other boys in Easington by the house of Robert Tailor when Robert's mare, tied up outside the door, kicked him in the head. He died on 16 August. Unknown men trampled the corn of Thomas Tuffan of Ferryhill on 26 July; he asked for compensation but was beaten up and stabbed and died on 4 August.
5 September 1328. John del Kirk chaplain was looking for William of Walton his master on 4 August when he met Richard son of Alan Goldsmith and William his brother at Alexander of Middleham's shop. Richard struck him in the head with a sword called a falchion. He died on 9 August. John son of John Tailor of Durham was watering his horse in the middle of the Wear by Elvet Bridge on 4 September when he fell off and drowned. Adam Chapman of Cateneys and 2 unknown men were travelling from Newcastle upon Tyne at Lamesley after sunset on 26 July when they were set upon and killed by unknown thieves at Le Derncroke.
19 September 1328. Robert Snart and Roger Tinkler came to blows at the hour of vespers on 10 August in Darlington at Prestgate. Robert killed Roger with a blow in the throat with a long knife. Certain unknown men broke into Alan de Mora's house in Le Wodesyde in Tribley at midnight on 17 September, breaking the doors and windows with iron hammers and poleaxes. They abducted Alan and goods of his to the value of 5s.
3 October 1328. John of Heslerton was riding between Durham and Kimblesworth carrying 2 bags of flour beneath him and 1 bag of salt in front of him on 21 September when he met and came to blows with John Alcock. They had a running fight with staves to Wodmansdyke where John of Heslerton, in self-defence, killed John Alcock.
17 October 1328. Margaret, wife of Stephen de Swynarton, lady of Offerton, on 28 September at midday came with her household over Penshaw (Peucherdon) hill with Thomas of Woodburn and Thomas of Seaton from Northumberland in her company. Woodburn sent William of Rowley to Penshaw to ask Thomas de Miridon to come to the hill. When [Rowley] did not return, William Baker was sent with 3 others who met Marmaduke Bassett there. An argument broke out. Bassett raised a handaxe to strike Baker on the head who defended himself with his buckler. Then Thomas de Miridon, of Bassett's company, struck Baker in the back with a gisarme (halberd). Wounded, Baker fled to Margaret, along with his associates, in the northern field of Penshaw. Margaret, with her followers including Thomas of Seaton and Thomas of Woodburn, went into Penshaw to confront Bassett on the edge of town before his mother's gate. He raised his handaxe at her. She cried “peace, peace, peace”. He replied that there could be no peace whilst Thomas of Seaton was in her company. He raised his handaxe at Seaton's head who defended himself with his buckler and then struck him on the left arm with his sword so that Bassett dropped his handaxe. Thomas de Miridon now struck Seaton in the back with his gisarme. Others pushed Bassett to the ground and would have killed him but Margaret threw herself on him and protected his body with her own. However his shins were still exposed and Baker, Seaton and others struck them with their swords, wounding him in 7 places. John de Burton Annays, Bassett's groom, standing in Bassett's mother's garden, shot Hugh son of William de Uffreton with an arrow in his right breast. He was also struck by Thomas de Miridon with his gisarme in the midriff and he died on 29 September. John de Burton Annays also shot Thomas of Seaton with arrows in the windpipe and the left breast, and Thomas de Miridon struck him in the middle of the back in 2 places with his gisarme so that he died on 7 October. Agnes, wife of Stephen de Whetley, was coming from her house at Medcroft by Pelton on 22 September. Her son John, aged 3, was chasing animals from the corn, so she left her daughter Isolda aged 6 months sitting by the fire, into which she fell and burnt her foot from which she died on 8 October.
14 November 1328. Robert Shepherd of Winton and William Lecelyn of Billingham were coming from the tavern at the house of William son of John of Billingham at 9 o'clock at night on 30 October when Robert struck William in the stomach with a long knife in Billingham high street. He died on 4 November. Agnes of Lutterington was coming from Alice de Wylnby's house on 1 November, crossing the Wear at Slaty Ford (Sclatford) going towards Bradley. She fell off her horse and drowned. William Couper of Prudhoe was coming from the hall of Ravenshelme when he slipped on the bridge, fell in the river and drowned.
28 November 1328. Unknown thieves broke into Emma Queneld's house at Brancepeth at midnight on 26 November on the north side. They abused her and stole silver brooches and other goods to the value of 40s. William de Bonynton of Chester, William Haltclerkson of Chester and William le Couper of Woodside by Tribley on 20 November were in a coble crossing the Wear at Lumleyford when it sank. Only Couper escaped drowning.
9 January 1329. John of Ulgham was coming from Kepier fulling mill on 4 January when he entered the house of Richard del Marche in Durham and found there William of Hartlepool fuller with others sitting drinking there together. William asked him for the farm for his house which he owed him and John struck him with a long knife under his left breast and killed him. (dorse) William Scot of Whickham was cutting coal in a mine at Whickham on 31 December when a stone the weight of a plough fell on him and killed him. Roger Kerchand of Haswell (Hessewelle) was coming from Ludworth towards Great Haswell at night on 3 January when he was struck down by a storm at a place called Le Piperdyk. Isabella, daughter of the widow of Jarrow, with others, was carrying sheaves from the garden of John of Hebburn of Jarrow to John's barn on 31 December. William Chaplain was stacking the sheaves in the barn. Coming down from the stack, Isabella caught him under the arms but his knife fell out of its sheaf and struck her in the throat and killed her.
20 March 1329. 4 men were working in Thrislington (Thurstanton) coal mine on 1 March at around vespers. 3 of them left the mine and Gilbert, the coalminer by name, was coming to the surface of the mine, carrying a leather bottle in his hand. In changing it from one hand to the other, the rope slipped out of his hand and he fell back into the pit of the mine. His colleagues fetched him out and took him to Thrislington where he made his will and an oath, dying there on 2 March. Thomas Crowder of Wolsingham and Geoffrey Collier of Wolsingham disputed a land survey in Wolsingham on 3 March. Thomas shot Geoffrey with an arrow in the left breast and he died in the house of John the Medic at Auckland on 7 March.
1 May 1329. William Glover of Scotland came to the Tees, stood on the bank after sunset on 23 April and hailed Eudes of Lincoln in a boat to come ashore and speak with him. When he did, William tried to kill him with a long knife, driving him into the Tees up to his arms. Eudes drew his own knife and struck William in the stomach. He died at daybreak.
29 May 1329. William Herring left his hut on 24 May for the forge at Mourhill by Hamsterley after the ninth hour to work in the forge. He left his son Thomas, a boy aged 3, asleep in his bed in the hut but the fire set light to the straw in the bed, and burnt down the hut with Thomas inside it.
26 June 1329. Roger Cranpolle asked Roger Tabard in jest for 2d for ale at the old bridge in Durham on 12 June. But Tabard did not see the joke and struck Cranpolle on the head with a stave. He died on 15 June.
7 August 1329. Matilda Douf of Hett, coming at night from Tursdale (Trillesdon) to Hett on 30 July, fell down an old coal mine in Hett field and broke her neck.
21 August 1329. John son of Hugh de la More, a boy aged 3, fell into a full vat (patellam) of English grout (ciromelli anglica groute) of his father's in Picktree (Piktrea) on 11 August. He was scalded and died on 13 August.
4 September 1329. Simon son of John of Kelloe and John of Wingate (Wyndgates) had an argument in the exchequer in Wingate opposite the forge over a small hay-rick on 19 August. Afterwards Simon's son Nicholas stabbed John in the arm with a long knife. He died on 29 August.
18 September 1329. Matilda Corter of Chester, coming to Durham, was travelling towards Beutroue manor on 4 September. Crossing the Wear around vespers at Ryolford, she fell in and (m2) drowned. She was washed up at Trollesden. William Gilet of Whitburn (Whitberme) and John Dunyng of Whitburn had an argument in Whitburn opposite the cross at night on 3 September. William struck John in the head with a long knife. He died on 6 September.
2 October 1329. John le Reeve, groom of Master Richard de Netesworth, was standing at night on 16 September by Le Moothall in Durham when Jordan de Knotylay of Durham Castle came along. John shot him in the left breast with an arrow. Jordan died in Auckland on 17 September.
27 November 1329. William le Clerk of Hamsterley and Richard de Killum were arguing in the tavern of Henry Carpentar of Hamsterley on 19 November. William struck Richard in the head with a sharp instrument (pugione). Richard afterwards stabbed William in the stomach with a long knife. He died on 22 November. John of Whessoe and William Tricurator were arguing on 5 November and drew their knives. John's wife Isolda, hearing the commotion, came in and accidentally ran into her husband's knife. She died on 9 November.
11 December 1329. Richard Ostler of Winstow was riding from Durham towards Winstow when he came to a stream between Boldon and Newton which he fell into and drowned in.
8 January 1330. Stephen, servant of the abbot of Coverham, was coming from Darlington, riding a horse laden with fish and herrings. He came to a stream (sikettum) called Le Louping stanes below Blackwell where his horse fell in the water. He fell under the horse and was drowned around dawn on 15 December. Thomas son of John of Haswell (Hessewelle), riding from Haswell towards Hutton (Hoton) on 25 December, came to Shotton. Crossing a stream, he fell in, was drowned and carried down to the sea at Edenmouth. Alice of Kendal, going from Sunderland to Hett on 29 December, came to Le Law in Sunderland field and found an unknown man who had been killed there.
22 January 1330. Adam Punder of Horden came to William Sutor's house in Easington around vespers on 11 January. Asking for his wife's shoes, he got into an argument there with Adam de Helbek, groom of John de Gildford, and John Ponn. Helbek then punched Punder. Punder struck back with a blow of a stave to the head. They grappled and fell to the ground. With Punder on top, Helbek stabbed Punder with his knife in the left eye (humor). He died during the night. Ida de Northumber, going from the hall of Thomas de Beufowe of Hawthorn on 2 January to fetch water with a pot from a fish-pond in Thomas's garden, slipped and fell into the fish-pond and drowned.
19 February 1330. Isolda, maid of Thomas of Woodifield, was watching over an ewer of malt of Agnes of Ketton in Ferryhill on a fire on 5 February when she fell in and was burnt. Hugh Prestkane of Simonside on 12 February took from his horse a half quarter of wheat and was carrying it into his house in Simonside when he slipped and fell breaking his shin and died.
5 March 1330. Around midnight on 22 February, in the house of John Todhunter in Newland, a fire started in the straw and the house burnt down, burning Juliana the daughter of John Moyses inside. Unknown thieves broke into the house of Matilda daughter of Juliana de Eighton around midnight on 12 February on the west side, tied up Matilda, Agnes the maid of Hugh Bond and Matilda de Skithby, and carried off 30s, 2 robes price 20s, 4 table-clothes price 2s, and linen garments price 40s.
19 March 1330. Thieves broke into the house of William Sutor on 12 March and, tying up 2 men and 2 maids, carried off goods. William Hesser of Blackwell, travelling from Darlington to his house at Blackwell on 12 March, met with William Logg and other thieves unknown [and was killed]. Unknown men on 5 March were riding on the highway by Great Brun with a groom of theirs leading a horse by a halter tied to his belt when the horse kicked him in the head and he died.
16 April 1330. Thieves broke into the chamber of Robert Fullon at Gateshead on the west side around midnight on 20 March and stole silver.
30 April 1330. John son of William son of Lawrence of Ryton, a boy aged 9, on 10 April drowned crossing the Tyne by [Ryton] church at Le Woleford.
Endorsed (16th century) as crown pleas for men drowned, killed, hanged, or otherwise found dead on the lands of the bishop or the prior.
Parchment roll, 3m
Originally numbered 16 loc 5 (Swalwell)
17 October 1328 Marmaduke Bassett case discussed in:
Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350”, (Archaeologia Aeliana 47, 1969), p.62-63;
Northern petitions illustrative of life in Berwick, Cumbria and Durham in the fourteenth century, ed C.M. Fraser, (Surtees Society 194, 1981), p.236;
Emsley, K. and Fraser, C.M., The courts of the County Palatine of Durham from earliest times to 1971 (Durham, 1984), p.29.
3 October 1328 John de Heslarton case discussed in Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350”, (Archaeologia Aeliana 47, 1969), p.61-62.
13 June 1328 Darlington sanctuary cases discussed in Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350”, (Archaeologia Aeliana 47, 1969), p.66.
Loc.V:34   4 June 1279
Extract of a plea of quo warranto into the bishop of Durham's lands at Ellerker, Welton, Howden and Lockington and elsewhere in Yorkshire, with the bishop's description of the history of Durham's connection with Crayke and its liberties from the grant of the manor by King Ecgfrith (Edolf) to St Cuthbert.
Endorsed (15th century) as being the recovery of liberties in Crayke and Howdenshire before the justices itinerant in the time of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham and (16th century) as being about the bishop's ?rights in Crayke and elsewhere.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 27 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
Loc.V:35   September 1346
1. Inquisition at Durham before William de Mordon escheator of Durham that a messuage, 4 tofts, 152 acres of land and 7 acres of meadow in Wolviston which the prior and convent intended to acquire from Cecilia who was the wife of John Schirlok were worth 100s and are held of the prior and convent by service of 9s pa, fortnightly suit in the [prior's] court and milling at Wolviston mill, except for 2 acres held of John of Bruntoft by service of 1d pa and that John of Stanley and his wife Alice hold a toft in Wolviston of Cecilia for 1d pa. 25 September 1346.
2. Writ of Thomas [Hatfield] bishop of Durham to his escheator in Co Durham to enquire into the value of a messuage, 4 tofts, 152 acres of land and 7 acres of meadow in Wolviston which the prior and convent intend to acquire from Cecilia who was the wife of John Schirlok. Given at Durham by the hand of John Pulhore clerk 18 September 1346.
(Reversed) 3. Licence to Cecilia formerly wife of John de Schirelok of Eden to grant 1 messuage, 4 tofts, 142 acres of land, 7 acres of meadow, and an annual rent of 1d to the prior and convent.
Endorsed (16th century) as an inquisition about lands in the vill of Wolviston now conceded.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 30 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
DCD Loc.V:38 & 39 are about the same case, were originally numbered the same and were possibly filed together.
A similar inquisition to 1 is in DCD 1.11.Pont.1 no.7.
Loc.V:36   24 September 1330 - 13 July 1331
Durham gaol delivery roll

Endorsed (16th century) “nil pro priore”.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 13 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Dated by the pontifical year, Monday after St Matthew 13 Louis to Monday after the Translation of St Thomas the Martyr 14 Louis.
February 1331 cases discussed in Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350”, (Archaeologia Aeliana 47, 1969), p.67.
Loc.V:37   4 January 1379
Pleas of assizes held before Thomas de Ingleby and Roger of Fulthorpe justices of the bishop at Durham. Richard Peressan chaplain and John of Wearmouth hosier (souter) disseised the prior of Durham of a free tenement in Durham and its 3s rent.
Endorsed (16th century) as the recovery of the rent of a certain tenement in Durham.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 25 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell).
Loc.V:38   3 October 1346
Writ from the bishop of Durham to William de Mordon, escheator, to hold an inquisition ad quod dampnum about the bishop allowing John of Wolviston to grant the reversion of a messuage, 4 tofts, 152 acres of land and 7 acres of meadow and 1d rent in Wolviston, now held by Cecilia who was the wife of John Schirelok, to the prior and convent of Durham in part satisfaction of 20 librates of lands, tenements and annual rents which Richard de Bury formerly bishop of Durham granted to the prior and convent of Durham by his letters patent.
Given at Durham per manus John Pulhore clerk.
Endorsed (16th century) as an inquisition about conceding lands in Wolviston.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 30 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
DCD Loc.V:35 & 39 are about the same case, were originally numbered the same and were possibly filed together.
Loc.V:39   9 October 1346
Inquisition ad quod dampnum at Durham before William de Mordon escheator of Durham saying that it would not be to the bishop [of Durham]'s disadvantage if he allowed John of Wolviston to grant the reversion of a messuage, 4 tofts, 152 acres of land, 7 acres of meadow and 1d rent in Wolviston, held by Cecilia who was the wife of John Schirelok for life, to the prior and convent of Durham, and their value is 100s.
Endorsed (16th century) as an inquisition about lands in the vill of Wolviston
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 30 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell)
Copy in DCD 1.11.Pont.1 no.7.
DCD Loc.V:35 & 38 are about the same case, were originally numbered the same and were possibly filed together.
Loc.V:40   16 April 1428
Writ recordare facias from T[homas Langley] bishop of Durham to the sheriff of Durham to record a loquela between John Pollard and Richard Couhird about animals being unjustly detained, before the bishop's justices at Durham on 16 September next.
Given at Durham per manus William Chaunceller, bishop's chancellor.
Endorsed (?contemporary) "“D” and “Richard Coward”.
Paper, 1f
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell)
See also DCD Loc.V:16 for an earlier, similar writ.
Record of proceedings in the case 1429-1435: DCD Reg.III, f.174v-176r.
Loc.V:41   13 January 1343 - 31 August 1346
Assize held at Durham before Roger of Esh, bishop's justice 13 January 1343: John [Fossor] prior of Durham, Roger Fossor and John Gray disseised Reginald Forster of Durham of his free tenement in Durham and of the office of hostiar pistrini of the prior of Durham.
Assize held at Durham before Thomas de Metham, bishop's justice 31 August 1346: John of Hedworth, John of Cleadon, Ralph Colman, Roger Scot and Elias son of Gregory of Southwick disseised John [Fossor] prior of Durham of his free tenement in Hedworth and Southwick, 2 acres of land and 2 acres of moor and pasture.
A copy of a charter (inspeximus) of Edward III to the burgesses of Newcastle-on-Tyne, confirming a charter of Edward II dated 12 November 1318 [ Calendar of Close Rolls vol.III p.392] confirming with additions a charter dated at Durham 28 January 1216 [Rot.Chart. p.219] concerning their rights and liberties. Given at Waltham, 26 January 5 Edward III.
Parchment booklet, 5f
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell)
Forster case discussed in Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350”, (Archaeologia Aeliana 47, 1969), p.57-58.
Edward III inspeximus calendared in Calendar of Charter Rolls vol.IV, p.214.
Other copies of the Forster case: DCD Reg.I, f.ii.87v-88v & Loc.V:26.
Other copies of the Hedworth/Southwick case: DCD Reg.I, f.i.78r-v, Reg.I, f.ii.88v-89r, Loc.IV:151 & Loc.V:27.
Loc.V:42   mid 15th century
Memorandum of commissions issued by the bishop's chancery.
Commission issued 27 August 1344 to John [Fossor] prior of Durham, Ralph de Neville, Alexander of Hylton, Thomas Surtees, Roger of Esh, Roger of Blakiston, Adam of Bowes and John de Menevill to inquire of transgressions against the bishop in the River South Tyne.
Commission issued 18 March 1379 to Thomas Ingelby, Roger of Fulthorpe, John Heron, William de Elmedon and John Hyndeley to inquire of transgressions in the Rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees.
Commission issued 18 March 1430 to William Eure knight, Robert Hylton knight, Thomas Holden, Christopher Boynton, William Chaunceller, Robert Strangways and John Aslakby to inquire of defects in the Rivers Tees, Skerne, Gaunless, Wear, Tyne and Derwent.
Paper, 1f
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell)
Loc.V:43   26 July 1344
Plea at Durham before Richard de Aldeburgh, bishop's justice: Thomas Rutour took a ewer (urceolum) from John of Barnard Castle's house next to the old bridge of Durham in the Old Borough on 22 March 1344.
Endorsed (16th century) as being about a distraint taken by the prior's bailiff in the Old Borough [Rutour] for unlicensed brewing.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 26 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell).
Loc.V:44   [c.1430]
Articles of Isabella widow of William Heron in a case for arbitration before John [Wessington] prior of Durham, John prior of Guisborough and Thomas [Barton] prior of Tynemouth against John Maners, claiming that he killed her husband, that she is owed £666 of her husband's, along with the issues from his lands during her son John's minority, and £137 5s 3d legal expenses, and also Thomas Atkinson asks that the death of Robert Atkinson brewer “may be amendit” and his costs repaired. John Maners denies the charges saying that he, his son John and his servant William Andrewson said they were not guilty before the arbitrators William Tempest knight, Robert Euer esquire, William Hoton, John of Middleton knight, William of Strother and William Vincent; they also deny killing Robert Atkinson, William Heron's servant.
Endorsed (16th century) as being articles exhibited before the prior and other arbitrators.
Language:  English, with the endorsement in Latin
Paper roll, 1f
There is a Durham inquisition post mortem for William Heron of 1428, and there were a John prior of Durham, John prior of Guisborough and Thomas prior of Tynemouth all around 1430, and Loc.V:45 is the award in the same case, dated 28 September 1430.
See also DCD Loc.V:50 (John Maners's answers).
Loc.V:45   28 September 1430
Award by John [Wessington] prior of Durham and Thomas [Barton] prior of Tynemouth chosen by Robert Umfraville knight, Isabella late wife of William Heron esquire, Thomas Atkinson, and other friends of William Heron on the one part, and John Maners the elder, John Maners the younger, Robert Ogle knight and other friends of John Maners on the other part, that John Maners and John Maners shall submit at Newcastle upon Tyne, organise 500 masses for William Heron's soul, keep the peace towards Isabella Heron, and pay her 250 marks, and she will likewise keep the peace towards Maners. With arrangements for bonds.
At the foot it is stated that copies are to be held by each party and the arbitrators. On the back is a memorandum that the payment of the 250 marks will be made in St Nicholas church, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 24 May 1431.
Endorsed (16th century) as being the process and fine levied between the widow of W[illiam] Heron knight and John Maners over the killing of the said W[illiam] by the said John.
Language:  English, endorsement in Latin
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered 38 loc 5 (Swalwell)
See also DCD Loc.V:45* next below, a draft.
Loc.V:45*   28 September 1430
[Draft] award by John [Wessington] prior of Durham and Thomas [Barton] prior of Tynemouth chosen by Robert Umfraville knight, Isabella late wife of William Heron esquire, Thomas Atkinson, and other friends of William Heron on the one part, and John Maners the elder, John Maners the younger, Robert Ogle knight and other friends of John Maners on the other part, that John Maners and John Maners shall submit at Newcastle upon Tyne, organise 500 masses for William Heron's soul, keep the peace towards Isabella Heron, and pay her 250 marks, and she will likewise keep the peace towards Maners. With arrangements for bonds.
With a note on the back that this was drawn up in the prior's chamber at Tynemouth before John Waltham, Thomas Thornburgh and William Bawetry. Many cancellations and interlineations.
Language:  English, endorsement in Latin
Paper, 1f
See also DCD Loc.V:45, final version.
Loc.V:46   [c.1430]
Memorandum, that Isabella the widow of William Heron and John Maners have entered into bonds in £1000 to abide by the judgement of the arbitrators in their dispute.
Language:  English
Paper, 1f
Undated but concerns the bonds referred to in the arbitration in Loc.V:45
Loc.V:47   3 April [1431]
Letter from Robert Umfraville to [John Wessington] prior of Durham concerning his proposed actions in the Heron/Maners arbitration, he will “take of John Maners and his frendship for detts of Sir William Heron and William Heron cccc marcs” and will send to London “that the processe for oure partie shall cesse”. Written at Farnacres.
Language:  English
Paper, 1f
No year date, but it is probably soon after the arbitration in Loc.V:45.
Loc.V:48   [c.1430]
Objections to the arbitration on the part of John Maners, raising 10 points about the award concerning John Maners' appearance in Newcastle, the bonds and the sums of money to be paid.
Language:  English
Paper, 1f
Undated but refers to the arbitration award in Loc.V:45.
Loc.V:49   6 April [1431]
Letter from John Maners to [John Wessington] prior of Durham asking to be allowed to consult his friends about how to pay the 400 marks to Sir Robert Umfraville; he will come to Durham on 15 April to discuss this. His letter is being delivered by his son Robert Forster. Written at Etal.
Language:  English
Paper, 1f
No year date but refers to the letter in Loc.V:47.
Loc.V:50   [c.1430]
John Maners' answers to Isabella Heron's articles, denying that he had killed William Heron and owed money.
Language:  English
Paper roll, 1f
Undated but the arbitration award in Loc.V:45 is dated 28 September 1430.
See also DCD Loc.V:44 (Isabella Heron's articles).
Loc.V:51   23 April 1427
Sir William Tempest, Sir Thomas Lambert, William of Lumley and Thomas of Lilburn dayers (arbitrators) on the part of William Heron ask of Sir John Bertrom, Sir Richard Mosegrafe, Thomas of Ilderton and William of Strother dayers on the part of John Maners that John Maners pay William Heron's debts, set up a chantry for his soul, abide south of York and pay a 40s annuity to the dead Robert Atkinson's mother.
Language:  English
Paper roll, 1f
Loc.V:52   27 September 1430
Draft arbitration award of John [Wessington] prior of Durham and Thomas prior of Tynmouth in the Heron/Maners case giving two options of John Maners paying 200 marks to William Heron's party, and arranging 1300 masses for his soul in the next year, or paying 250 marks and arranging 500 masses. Made in St Nicholas Church, Newcastle upon Tyne. Some cancellations and interlineations.
Language:  English
Paper roll, 1f
Loc.V:53   [23 June 1431]
Draft points of agreement between Isabella Heron and John Maners outlining that John Maners, his son J. Maners and their servants met with Isabella Heron and her party in Newcastle before [Henry Percy earl of] Northumberland. They regretted William Heron's death at Etal when he assaulted them with his servants and with arrows and swords. The parties agree to make up. Maners has arranged for 800 masses for Heron's soul in Durham, Guisborough and Tynemouth, and he will pay the sums ordered by the arbitrators and enter into bonds.
Including also a draft quitclaim by Isabella Heron to John Maners of all actions.
Language:  English
Paper roll, 1f
The parties are recorded as meeting “a day before midsummer”, probably in the year after the award in Loc.V:45.
Loc.V:54   [c.1430]
Memorandum that John Maners, his son and all their servants are quit of all indictments brought by [Robert Umfraville] lord of Kyme and Isabella Heron.
Language:  English
Paper roll, 1f
Undated but the arbitration award in Loc.V:45 is 1430.
Loc.V:55   [1336 - 1402]
File of notes about holdings in Durham Old Borough
1. Descent of Richard Chilton's tenements on the south side [of Crossgate], many falling initially to William Chilton (who appears in the 1340-1341 bursar's rental). 2. Tenements in Allergate (Allertongate) held by Thomas Claxton, the [incumbent of the chantry] (cantor) of John Belasis [in the North Bailey] and the sacrist. On the dorse are further tenements, some of John Barnard Castle. 2A. Extract from the bursar's rental of 1397, holdings of Agnes Gray and John Marshall [in Crossgate]. 3. List of [tenement holders in Old Borough] dated 1336. 4. Extracts from the bursar's accounts of 1336, 1337, 1338, 1340, the prior's free court rolls of 1316, 1331, 1332, 1334, 1335, 1337, 1338, the sacrist's rental of 1311 and a 1349 charter re tenements in [Old Borough]. 5. Notes of Adam de le Brome and Walter de le Brome appearing in the 1280 Allergate rental and Henry de le Brome in rentals 1319-1327. Notes of Richard Chilton appearing in Allergate rentals 1310-1315, and of being a bailiff of the Old Borough with Robert de Cornsay in 1302. Notes of John of Barnard Castle's holdings in the Old Borough 1334-1338 and being a bailiff there in 1337. Notes of William Chilton being bailiff of the Old Borough in 1316 and of his holdings there in 1318. 6. List of [tenement holders in the Old Borough early 14th century]. 7. Notes on tenement holders in the Old Borough, officers (coroners) and the hanging of ? Skoit 1280-1360. 8. Copy of a quitclaim by Bona widow of Elia Salter of Gilesgate to Ralph de Warshope to a quarter part of a burgage in Elvet Borough which came to her from her father William of Whitwell situated between the burgages of John son of Alan Hall and Richard Smith [early 14th century]; copy of a quitclaim by William son of Thomas del Somerhouses to Adam Wither miller and Eda his wife to a burgage in Milburngate situated between the burgages of John de Whelpedall and Peter of Langley, at Durham 8 January 1342; copy gift by William Randolf son of John Randolf of Durham tanner to Thomas Cupper of Durham of a burgage in Crossgate between the tenements of John Chester cleric on the south and William de Harhelme on the north, at Durham 30 September 1402. 9. Lists of [tenement holders in the Old Borough] 1305, 1319 and 1360. 10. List of [tenement holders in the Old Borough], with references to documents 1310-1344 about holdings and/or offices noted for ?den senior, ? Randolf tanner, John Bill burgess of Durham, John Brunnynghill, John de Aldwod, ?, John Welpdal, William son of Adam Scot, Ralph de Warshope and John Scot of Brandon.
Paper and parchment roll, 10f of paper, 1f of parchment
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell).
Undated, dated from the contents and the hands.
Loc.V:56   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to John Oll as bursar except for No 3 which is to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. Dalton, Richard Fermor collector. 2. Dalton. No payments recorded. 3. Fulwell. Left half missing. 4. Fulwell, Thomas Nicolson collector. 5. Fulwell. No payments recorded.
5 parchment indentures
Loc.V:56*   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indenture with a local collector
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to Thomas Lawson as bursar for Dalton, Richard Fermor collector.
1 parchment indenture
Previously numbered Misc Ch 6314.
Loc.V:57   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to John Oll as bursar except for No 5 which is to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. East Rainton, Henry Shotton collector. 2. East Rainton, Henry Shotton collector. No payments recorded. 3. West Rainton, Richard Wedouson collector. 4. West Rainton, Richard Wedouson collector. No payments recorded. 5. West Rainton, Richard Wedoweson collector.
5 parchment indentures
Loc.V:57*   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indenture with a local collector
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to Thomas Lawson as bursar for West Rainton, Richard Wedoweson collector.
1 parchment indenture
Previously numbered Misc Ch 6342 (20th century).
Loc.V:58   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to John Oll as bursar except for Nos 5, 8 and 9 which are to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. Harton, John Robinson collector. 2. Harton, no collector named. No payments recorded. 3. Hedworth, Robert Bell collector. 4. Hedworth, Robert Bell collector. No payments recorded. 5. Hedworth, Robert Bell collector. 6. Nether Heworth, William Wardeley collector. 7. Nether Heworth, William Wardley collector. No payments recorded. 8. Nether Heworth, William Wardeley collector. 9. Hesleden, John Wilkinson collector. 10. Hesleden, John Wilkinson collector. 11. Hesleden, no collector names. No payments recorded.
5 parchment indentures
Loc.V:58*   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indenture with a local collector
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to Thomas Lawson as bursar for Wallsend, William Baron collector.
1 parchment indenture
Previously numbered Misc Ch 7111e (20th century).
Loc.V:59   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to John Oll as bursar except for No 3 which is to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. Monkton, William Coke collector. 2. Monkton, William Coke collector. No payments recorded. 3. Monkton, William Coke collector. 4. Moorsley, John Kybson collector. 5. Moorsley, no collector named. No payments recorded.
5 parchment indentures
Loc.V:60   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to John Oll as bursar except for Nos 2 and 3 which are to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. North Pittington, Robert del Hill collector. 2. North Pittington, Robert del Hill collector. 3. ?, Stephen Chilton collector.
5 parchment indentures
Loc.V:61   1437 - 1438
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. Wearmouth, Robert Wak collector. 2. Southwick, Thomas Atkinson collector. 3. Fulwell, John Alanson collector. 4. Harton, Richard Neuton collector. 5. Wistoe, William Hunter collector. 6. Simonside, Robert Walsh collector. 7. Hedworth, Thomas Lambert collector. 8. Monkton, John Durham collector. 9. Heworth, William del Kechyn collector. 10. Wallsend, John del Yate collector. 11. Willington, William Rakett collector.
11 parchment indentures
Loc.V:62   1433 - 1434
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. Southwick, no collector named. No payments recorded. 2. Wearmouth, no collector named. No payments recorded. 3. Fulwell, Thomas Nicolson collector. No payments recorded. 4. Harton, no collector named. No payments recorded. 5. Westoe, no collector named. No payments recorded. 6. Hedworth, no collector named. No payments recorded. 7. Monkton, Alan Tomson collector. 8. Heworth, no collector named. No payments recorded. 9. Wallsend, no collector named. No payments recorded. 10. Willington, no collector named. No payments recorded.
Endorsed (16th century) as indentures of moneys received by various bursars.
10 parchment indentures
Originally numbered 2 loc 5 (Swalwell) and 12 loc 4 (cancelled) (Swalwell).
Loc.V:63   1436 - 1437
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to Thomas Lawson as bursar.
1. Southwick, Thomas Atkinson collector. 2. Wearmouth, John Birche collector. 3. Westoe, Robert Jonson collector. 4. Harton, John Betson collector. 5. Fulwell, Thomas Nicolson collector. 6. Hedworth, John Collonwod collector. 7. Monkton, John Durham collector. 8. Heworth, W[illiam] Wardley collector. 9. Wallsend, Hugh Odnell collector. 10. Willington, John Mawdysman collector.
10 parchment indentures
Loc.V:64   December 1440
Pleas before the bishop of Durham's Co Durham jps of two cases of various men from New Elvet and Old Elvet causing £40 worth of damage with their animals to the prior of Durham's crops growing at Elvet, and also damaging his ditches and felling his trees and underwood there.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 42 loc 5 (Swalwell)
See also DCD Misc Ch 5828/20, other transgressions by the same people.
Loc.V:65   31 January 1330
Inquisition of the sheriff of Durham and the coroner at Chester[-le-Street], noting 12 separate cases of interfering with water-courses and roads, and thefts of animals and goods in Gateshead, Monkton, Wallsend, Hebburn, Shields, Ouston and Birtley.
Endorsed (16th century) as being an inquisition against certain tenants diverting a watercourse by Kabencross at Gateshead and for impeding and obstructing roads etc.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 14 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Loc.V:66   1432 - 1433
Bursar's indentures with local collectors
Payments for the Pentecost and Martinmas terms to John Oll as bursar.
1. Wearmouth, John Hochwnson collector. 2. Wearmouth, John Huchonson collector. No payments recorded. 3. Westoe, no collector named. No payments recorded. 4. Wallsend, William Baron collector. 5. Wallsend, William Baron collector. No payments recorded. 6. Willington, Robert Durham collector.
6 parchment indentures
Loc.V:67   19 April 1346
Plea held at Durham before Thomas de Metham, bishop's justice, that Richard of Shadforth was a free man of the bishop of Durham's liberty as his grandfather Walter Pygot had entered it after the time of King Richard [I], and he is not a nativus as Henry de Hecce alleges. Citing the bishop's mandate to his justices of 25 March 1346 to inquire into this.
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered 18 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Discussed in Fraser, C.M. and Emsley, K., “Law and Society in Northumberland and Durham, 1290 to 1350”, (Archaeologia Aeliana 47, 1969), p.55.
Loc.V:68   16 October 1431
Inquisition of the prior of Durham at Hemingbrough held by the steward of the court, saying that the prior of Durham was entitled to the goods and chattels, itemised, of John Paget, chapman, of Hemingbrough who had fled after murdering John Codyn, chapman, and his servants John Risseyn and Robert Wryghte on 25 January 1431 at Hemingbrough and had been outlawed.
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered 45 (bis) loc 5 (Swalwell).
Loc.V:69   23 December 1504
Resignation by William Ratcliffe from the fifth prebendary in the collegiate church of St Mary, Hemingbrough.
Witnesses: William Symson and Roger Bylkyngton, literati, of York and Coventry and Lichfield dioceses.
Date: Stonegate, York, 23 December 1504.
Notary: Robert Cheston, clerk, NP by apostolic authorty, eschatocol recited.
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell)
Loc.V:70   early 16th century
Label for extracts of amercements of various Tourns and courts
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell) and loc 4 (cancelled) (Swalwell)
Loc.V:71   July - October 1325
Extract from Westminster court of pleas of a plea before W. de Bereford, king's justice, rotulus 255, 8 July 1325 about the right to present to Appleby church (Leics) between Edmund of Appleby and the prior of Lytham, including an extract from the roll for Trinity 1323 when the prior of Lytham and William Vernon disputed the presentation.
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered 47 loc 5 (bis) (Swalwell).
Another copy: DCD Reg.II, f.92r-93v.
Loc.V:72   11 December 1386
Copy notarial instrument of the confirmation by John [Fordham] bishop of Durham, delegate, of the appropriation by Thomas Schirford archdeacon of Suffolk and Ralph Berners canon of Wells Cathedral, sub-delegates, of Frampton church to Durham College Oxford.
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell), loc 4 (cancelled) (Swalwell) and T.1.
Another copy is DCD 2.5.Ebor.3b.
Loc.V:73   11 February 1491
Appointment by John [Auckland] prior of Durham of Thomas Castell warden of Durham College, Mr William Lovell LLB and Percival Lambton as proctors in a case between the warden of Durham College Oxford and the warden of Wykes chapel, Lincoln diocese, over tithes from the appropriated church of Frampton.
Parchment, 1m
Seal: G&B No.3427 on parchment tag through 3 slits in a turnup
Originally numbered loc 5 (Swalwell) and 3.2.
Copy in DCD Reg.V, f.12r-v.
Loc.V:74   9 October 1402 - 22 September 1404
Pleas before Ralph de Eure and his fellow justices of the bishop [of Durham] about the statute of servants and labourers. Cases cited at each of the fortnightly sittings:
1. John prior of Durham against Lawrence Paver.
2. William Jackson of Wolviston against John Tomson.
3. John of Sockburn of Auckland against John de Inglewode.
4. John Brady of Redworth against John son of Thomas Smith of West Thickley.
5. John of Whitworth against William of Stanley of Whitworth.
6. John de Hagthorp cleric against Katherine Forster.
7. John del Ostell against Thomas his servant, Richard Barker and Thomas Lang.
8. Thomas Gibson of Sadberge against Agnes daughter of John del Chaumbre.
9. Geoffrey of Eltham against Robert Raynold.
10. Thomas de Bourn against Robert del Spense.
11. John Burgeys clerk against William Henrison.
12. John prior of Durham and Walter of Teesdale his fellow monk against Matthew Tomson.
13. John Aspore against John son of John Smyth of Merrington.
14. John Hunter of Brancepeth against Robert Cook of Gainford.
15. John Appilton saddler against Agnes his servant.
16. Thomas Shephird of Mainsforth against Thomas formerly his servant.
17. Margery Smyth of Shadforth against Agnes of Netherton.
18. John prior of Durham and Thomas Lythe his fellow monk against William Glasier.
19. John Knayth of Darlington against Adam his servant.
20. John Alrede against John of Seaham.
21. Mr Thomas of Weston against Thomas Robynmilnerman.
Parchment roll, 3r of 1m, 1m and 2m
Loc.V:75   9 November 1332 - 10 May 1333
Coroners' presentments before William of Walworth.
9 November 1332. Richard of Richmond hit Robert of Bishopton in the head in Framwellgate in Durham on 14 October. He died on [28 October] at Sherburn fulling mill. Adam and William sons of Master Adam of Morpeth, Adam Thomas clerk of Billingham, Adam Fourbour and Matilda Tapster attacked Gilbert son of Ralph of Shincliffe with swords and cudgels by the churchyard of Billingham church. Adam son of Master Adam struck him on the head and killed him on 1 November.
23 November 1332. A commotion arose on 7 November in John Underwood's house around bedtime between William of Craven and John. John of Upton and Andrew de Corhob joined in with swords and staffs, and Gilbert of School Aycliffe also became involved. [Gilbert] was eventually shot with an arrow from which he died.
7 December 1332. Richard Belers, staying in John Lardener's thorallo in Gateshead, was hit in the head by his own servant, Nicholas, with a cudgel on 17 November and died. William of Stainton and John of Blackworth met in Newton field. William struck John with a cudgel and killed him on 17 November.
21 December 1332. Stephen son of John of Auckland St Helen, aged 11, was [struck down] by a storm in West Thickley field going from Aycliffe to Auckland St Helen.
18 January 1333. Christiana, Robert and Emma, children of Simon Taillour of Wolsingham, were suffocated in the night in their bed by ? falling on them.
1 February 1333. Thomas ? was crushed by the mill wheel at Scaltok mill. He was found by his wife Avota.
15 February 1333. John del Hay, reap-reeve of Old Durham, struck Thomas of Hurworth, ploughman of Old Durham, with a cudgel in Old Durham, killed him and fled to the church of St Oswald on 31 January. John Galway of Hetton coming from Houghton mill towards Hetton at a place called Le Lovyng in Hetton field was seized by unknown robbers, taken to a place called Greslawe, bound, robbed (items listed) and killed on 4 February. William Elwald, coming into Brancepeth forest at a place called Ruttock, was killed by an unknown person on 30 January.
12 April 1333. Gilbert le Barbour of Finchale (Fynghaulgh) struck and killed John Taylor of Rereake in Elvet Borough at midday on 20 March. Juliana de Harden going from Chester towards Edmondsley came to a place called Redpeth and fell into Cong Burn (Conkburnhough) and drowned.
10 May 1333. Robert of Offerton struck and killed Juliana Salter at Offerton mill. William de ? stole 2s from the treasury of his master Stephen Hunter of Waltham.
Mandate from Louis [of Beaumont] bishop of Durham to Adam of Bowes, Richard of Esh, William of Walworth and Simon of Esh to hold an inquisition into damage done to William son of Mr William de ?'s ditches and crops. (Foot damaged; date missing).
Parchment roll, 2r each of 1m
Originally numbered 12 loc 5 (Swalwell)
Loc.V:76   12 May 1320 - 6 July 1321
Coroners' pleas before William of Walworth sheriff of Durham:
Darlington ward

(dorse) Stockton ward

Darlington ward

Endorsed (16th century) as being pleas about dead bodies found on the lands of the bishop or the prior of Durham, and as having nothing for the prior or the bishop.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 13 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Loc.V:77   1346
Records of a lawsuit between John, son of Hugh of Brakenholme, and the prior of Durham over a bovate of land [in Brackenholme by Hemingbrough] in which several royal documents are quoted:
(1) Writ of Edward I ? (precepimus) to the prior of Durham, directing one messuage and one bovate of land to be given up to the rectors.
(2) Writ of Edward I ? (sicut alias) to the sheriff of Yorkshire, summoning the prior of Durham to appear before the king for not obeying a writ to deliver seisin to John Yol.
Given at Westminster, 3 May 1297?.
(3) Writ of Edward I ? (recordari facias) to the sheriff of Yorkshire to record the proceedings of the court of the prior of Durham at Hemingbrough.
1297?
(4) Copy of 2.3.Reg.2a and b.
With some 15th century annotations and marginalia.
Parchment roll, 2m, with a leather wrapper
Originally numbered 48 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Loc.V:78   [1349 - 1350]
[Inquest on tenants who died in the plague], detailing tenants and their holdings in Wolviston, Billingham, Aycliffe, Merrington, Burdon, Willington and Edmundbyers.
Reversed is an inquisition diem clausit on Thomas de ?Fery.
Parchment roll, 1m
Originally numbered 6 loc 5 (Swalwell).
Dated by comparison with Loc.IV:141
DCD Loc.IV:141, an inquest on free tenants who died in the plague, 1349-1350, is a similar document with similar information.
VI - Bishops' elections, early
Dates of creation: 1153 - 1484
Documents concerning bishops' elections. There are occasional documents about some of the earlier elections of bishops of Durham from the time of Hugh le Puiset (1153) onwards: 1226 (Richard Poore), 1237 (Thomas of Melsonby), 1283 (Anthony Bek). Then there are particular quantities of documentation about the 1311 (Richard de Kellawe) and 1316 (Louis de Beaumont) elections, mostly about the monks' ultimately abortive attempt in the latter to elect one of their own, Henry of Stamford, as bishop, including representations to Rome and a number of drafts/copies/duplicates of documents. Occasional documents are present for the subsequent episcopal elections of 1333 (Richard de Bury), 1381 (John de Fordham), 1406 (Thomas Langley) and 1484 (John Shirwood), with another significant quantity of documents, mainly appointments of proctors for the 1438 election of Robert Neville.
In addition, there are a number of documents more or less related to elections:
The rights of probably Newcastle Westspitell Hospital;
Notification of the election of a prior of Brinkburn 1424;
The removal of the prioress of Newcastle St Bartholomew 1367;
A commission for an exchange of benefices 1438;
Durham cathedral priory's attempt to recover election expenses for Bishop Robert of Holy Island's executors;
Bishop Bek's visitation and deposition of Prior Hoton;
The election of a prioress of Holystone 1422.
Language:  Latin, unless otherwise stipulated
The current arrangement is Joseph Stevenson's of the later nineteenth century, with the numbering being his also. This has been retained in this catalogue. There is evidence of an earlier, different, arrangement in the early sixteenth century endorsements by the monk-archivist Thomas Swalwell. The logic of this is not immediately apparent, but he may have been trying to group the same types of document together, and there are a few the same type in this Loc; there are also a number of gaps in his sequence, some of which are now to be found amongst the Miscellaneous Charters sequence.
Catalogued in MODES by Michael Stansfield January to April 2004; uploaded to XML and revised by Michael Stansfield September to October 2007.
Related material - here Former members of this Loc are now Misc. Ch. 2630-2639 and 2641-2643.

Loc.VI:1   12 April [1251]
Part of a papal constitution about maintaining the rights and liberties of ?[Newcastle Westspitell Hospital].
Date: Lyon, 2 ides April, indiction 8, year of grace 1200 (erasure), then “pontificatus vero domini Innocentii xxiiij anno octavo”.
Addressed to “religioso viro domino Stepheno conmoranti in le Wespitell” . A 15th century copy.
24 in the date may be an error; Innocent IV was at Lyon in April 1251 (his 8th year), but the indiction should then be 9, Innocent III's 8th year (1205) was the 8th of the indiction, 1360 (Innocent VI) and 1492 (Innocent VIII) are also possible 8th years of a pontificate, but 1251 is most likely.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 130 x 290mm
Loc.VI:2   [11 April 1406]
Letter from [Thomas Weston] to Thomas Rome and William Barry, monks at Durham, protesting that he was ignorant of his nomination as bishop of Durham before he had seen the letter to the king of Prince John [of Lancaster], son of Henry IV, via his squire William Massy, advocating his candidature. He was unwilling to press for election if Henry IV intended to promote either [Thomas Langley] the chancellor or [Nicholas] Bubwith [the keeper of the privy seal]. If [Langley] continued to seek promotion to the see of York, or both other candidates were to be promoted elsewhere, then he would press his case, even to the exclusion of [Henry Bowet] bishop of Bath [and Wells]. He was reluctant to oppose [Langley] and would send a messenger to London to discover his intentions. (Weston, archdeacon of Durham, received 9 of the 57 votes in chapter on 17 May; Bowet received 1 and Langley 47).
Date: Howden, Easter Day.
Endorsed with the address (contemporary) and [Swalwell's] description (16th century).
Paper, 1f
Size: 190-255 x 290mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.6:63.
Discussed in R.L. Storey, Thomas Langley and the Bishopric of Durham 1406-1437 (1961), p.165-166.
Loc.VI:3   16 May 1381
Citation and mandate by Robert prior and the chapter of Durham to Master Uthred, prior of Finchale, summoning him to attend in chapter in Durham 29 May 1381 for the election of a bishop of Durham to replace the late Thomas [Hatfield]; and instructing him to cite his fellow monks to attend therefor.
Date: Durham chapter house, 16 May 1381.
On the dorse is Uthred's reply that he received the mandate on 21 May and had executed it.
Date: Finchale, the morrow of Ascension [24 May], year as above.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 110 x 295mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.6:41.
Similar citations and mandates for this election, and other election documents, are in DCD Reg.II, f.200r-202v.
Loc.VI:4   [26 October 1316]
Instrument of the prior and convent of Durham announcing arrangements for the election on the Saturday before St Martin [6 November] of a bishop of Durham after the death of Bishop Richard [Kellaw] on 10 October 1316, his burial in the cathedral, and the granting of a licence by King Edward [II] to elect a successor.
Date: Durham chapter house, 8 Kal. November, year as above.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being an instrument fixing a day for electing a bishop.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 90 x 270mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:46 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:5   9 November 1424
Notarial instrument from the subprior and convent of Brinkburn asking Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham or his vicar-general to confirm the election of John Crossynsyd as prior following the resignation of Thomas Hertwayton on 7 November. The election was held on 8 November, with Alan Prestwick and William Wodyfeld as the other candidates. Includes details of the process of the election.
Date: chapter house, 9 November, year as above.
Notarial mark and eschatocol of William Doncaster clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority.
On the dorse is a note that on 16 November 1424 in the collegiate church of St Andrew, Auckland, Alan Prestwick, canon and subprior of Brinkburn, sought confirmation of the election from T[homas] Leys, vicar-general of the bishop of Durham who confirmed it and instituted the prior-elect.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being the election of the abbot of Brinkburn.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 360 x 290mm
Previously numbered: Loc.6:102.
See also - DCD Langley's Register f.290v (transcribed in R.L. Storey ed, The Register of Thomas Langley vol 5, (Surtees Society 177, 1962), p.181-182: confirmation by the vicar-general, and his order to the canons to obey their prior, on 16 November 1424.
Loc.VI:6   1367
Copies of 3 mandates of Thomas [Hatfield] bishop of Durham about the nunnery of Newcastle St Bartholomew.
On the dorse is a list of documents about the case.
Endorsed (16th century) as being about the election of a prioress of the nunnery of Newcastle St Bartholomew.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 200-220 x 360mm
See also - DCD Hatfield's Register f.47r: 2 further 1367 mandates about the case.
   15 June 1367
Mandate to Hugh of Arncliffe, chaplain, to investigate a dispute between Amice of Belford, who had intruded as prioress of the nunnery of Newcastle St Bartholomew, and Emma del Hill, nun.
Date: Auckland manor, 15 June 1367.

   26 June 1367
Mandate to Emma del Hill, warden of Newcastle St Bartholomew, and certain nuns there to chose a prioress in place of the intruder Amice of Belford.
Date: Auckland manor, 26 June 1367.

   21 April 1367
Mandate to Hugh of Arnecliffe, chaplain of the church of Newcastle St Nicholas, to investigate the eviction of the nuns Emma del Hill and Joan of Farnley from Newcastle St Bartholomew by Amice who had intruded as prioress.
Date: Auckland manor, 21 April 1367.

Loc.VI:7   16 December 1438
Commission of Richard Arnall, subdeacon of York Minster and vicar-general of the archbishop of York, to Robert [Nevill] bishop of Durham to hear a case about an exchange of benefices between Robert Grymsar alias Bett rector of York Holy Cross and Peter Fryston vicar of Gainsford.
Date: York, 16 December 1438.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 120 x 380mm
Seal: G&B No. 3249, on a parchment tongue, with a wrapping tie
Originally numbered: Loc.6: 42 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8a   9 January 1438
Appointment by John Burnby, monk of Durham cathedral, of Stephen Howden, subprior of Durham cathedral, as his proctor in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: the hall of Durham College, [Oxford], 9 January 1437/8.
Witnesses John Goldyng and Thomas Gretham clerks of York diocese.
Sealed with the common seal of Durham College Oxford (no longer present).
Endorsed (16th cent) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 140 x 350mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:48 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8b   19 January 1438
Appointment by John Both, monk of Durham cathedral, of William Dalton, monk of Durham cathedral, as his proctor in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Farne Island, 19 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 140 x 340mm
Seal: John Both, no legend, octagonal, red, 9x12mm, a T surmounted by a crown flanked by palmleaves, complete, fine, on a parchment tongue, with a wrapping tie
Originally numbered: Loc.6: 48. (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8c   20 January 1438
Appointment by Robert Emeldon senior, monk of Durham cathedral, of William Dalton, chancellor of Durham cathedral, as his proctor in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Durham, 20 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 115 x 315mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:48 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8d   20 January 1438
Appointment by William Pocklington and John Swineshead, monks of Durham cathedral, of Stephen Howden, subprior of Durham cathedral, as their proctor in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Durham, 20 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 140 x 315mm
Seal: William Pocklington, no legend, octagonal, red, c9x13mm, W surmounted by a crown, good, right half missing; John Swynesheved, no legend, octagonal, red, 10xc13mm, eagle rising wings displayed and inverted in a border with a cabled surround, good, lower left half missing; on 2 sealing tongues, labelled, with a wrapping tie.
Originally numbered: Loc.6:48 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8e   20 January 1438
Appointment by Thomas Cotom, monk of Durham cathedral, of Henry Helay, monk of Durham cathedral and prior of Holy Island, as his proctor in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Holy Island, 20 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (contemporary) as Thomas Cotom and (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 135 x 320mm
Seal: Thomas Cotom, no legend, round, 11mm, “ihs” surmounted by a crown with an engrailed edge, fair, lower left corner damaged, on a parchment tongue
Originally numbered: Loc.6:48 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8f   20 January 1438
Appointment by John Hoton, monk of Durham cathedral, of John Durham senior and Richard Barton monks of Durham cathedral, as his proctors in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Lytham, 20 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 115 x 310mm
Seal: John Hoton, no legend, oval, dark red, 8x13mm, ?head, indistinct, lower left side missing, on a parchment tongue, with a wrapping tie
Originally numbered: Loc.6:48 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8g   20 January 1438
Appointment by Thomas Wheill, monk of Durham cathedral, of George Syther and Thomas Forde, monks of Durham cathedral, as his proctors in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Lytham, 20 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 120 x 270mm
Seal: Thomas Wheill, no legend, octagonal, red, c.9xc12mm, T [surmounted by a crown] flanked by palm leave[s], good, right and upper part missing, on a parchment tongue
Originally numbered: Loc.6 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8h   12 January 1438
Appointment by Thomas Hexham, monk of Stamford St Leonard, of Master William Ebchester, monk of Durham cathedral, as his proctor in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Sealed with the seal of the official of Lincoln (not now present).
Date: in the priory aforesaid [Stamford], 12 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (contemporary) that it came after the election so it is without force and (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 140 x 285mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:48 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8j   20 January 1438
Appointment by William Partrik, monk of Durham cathedral, of Thomas Nesbett, John Oll and William Dalton, monks of Durham cathedral, as his proctors in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Lytham, 20 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (16th century) as being the proctor of the prior of Lytham for the election of the bishop.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 175 x 265mm
Originally numbered 48 loc 6 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:8k   20 January 1438
Appointment by John Peucher, monk of Durham cathedral, of William Drax, monk of Durham cathedral and prior of Coldingham, as his proctor in the election of the bishop of Durham on 27 January [1438] in Durham cathedral chapter house.
Date: Coldingham, 20 January 1437/8.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 145 x 325mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:48 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:9a   19 April 1311
Notarial instrument recording the request by Richard de Aslakby subprior of Durham and William of Guisborough proctors before [William Greenfield archbishop of York at Ripon for the confirmation] of the election of their fellow monk Richard Kellaw as bishop of Durham by compromissary by the monks Henry of Teesdale, Nicholas of Rothbury, Thomas of Winstow, Thomas de Aldewod, Geoffrey of Haxby, Geoffrey Burdon prior of Lytham, John of Burdon, Thomas of Haswell terrar, Hugh de Monte Alto almoner, Henry de Castro and Gilbert of Elwick, detailing the process of the election, the documents procured and listing all the monks involved. Incomplete.
2 complete and 1 partial notarial marks of William Tang. The various documents are indicated in the margin.
On the back is an index, titled “testimonial' super forma commissiacione diligencia etc” to probably a formulary which has some references to an old register, a new register and (most) of the form letter (a or b) number (1-173) letter (a-f). The document was folded centrally before the index was compiled and it seems to postdate the detachment of the membranes now in the Cathedral MS.
Endorsed (15th and 16th century) as the election of Richard Kellaw, monk of Durham, as bishop by way of a delegation
Parchment roll, 3m
Size: 1905 x 530mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:1 3 parts (?) (Swalwell).
See also - Durham Cathedral Library MS B.II.1 f.1 and 270: 2 further membranes of the same document.
Loc.VI:9b   [31 March 1311]
Commission by the monks of Durham (all named) of 11 of their number (Henry of Teesdale, Nicholas of Rothbury, Thomas of Winstow, Thomas de Aldewod, Geoffrey of Haxby, Geoffrey of Burdon, John of Birden, Thomas of Haswell, Hugh de Monte Alto, Henry de Castro and Gilbert of Elwick) as compromissaries to elect a new bishop of Durham.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, date as above.
Endorsed (15th century) as being the process of the election of Richard de Kellaw as bishop of Durham and (16th century) as a commission of chapter of compromissaries for electing Richard Kellaw as bishop of Durham.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 250 x 220mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:54 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:9d below, another version.
Loc.VI:9c   [31 March 1311]
Publication by Henry of Teesdale of the election, by the compromissaries of himself, Nicholas of Rothbury, Thomas of Winstow, Thomas de Aldewod, Geoffrey of Haxby, Geoffrey of Burdon, John of Birden, Thomas of Haswell, Hugh de Monte Alto, Henry de Castro and Gilbert of Elwick, selected by the chapter of Durham cathedral, of Richard Kellaw as bishop of Durham. (No dating clause).
Endorsed (16th century) as the publication of fellow monk Richard de Kellaw as bishop of Durham.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 145 x 245mm
Originally numbered: [Loc.6:]34 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:9e below, a fuller version.
Loc.VI:9d   [31 March] 1311
Commission by the monks of Durham (all named) of 11 of their number (Henry of Teesdale, Nicholas of Rothbury, Thomas of Winstow, Thomas de Aldewod, Geoffrey of Haxby DTh, Geoffrey of Burdon prior of Lytham, John of Birden, Thomas of Haswell bursar, Hugh de Monte Alto almoner, Henry de Castro and Gilbert of Elwick) as compromissaries to elect a new bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, Wednesday after the Annunciation, 1311.
An expanded version of Loc.VI:9b, with interlineations including the posts held by some of the monks.
Endorsed (16th century) as a commission of chapter to compromissaries to chose a bishop.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 200 x 280mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:30 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:9b above, another version.
Loc.VI:9e   [31 March] 1311
Publication by Henry of Teesdale of the election, by the compromissaries of himself, Nicholas of Rothbury, Thomas of Winstow, Thomas de Aldewod, Geoffrey of Haxby DTh, Geoffrey of Burdon prior of Lytham, John of Birden, Thomas of Haswell terrar, Hugh de Monte Alto almoner, Henry de Castro and Gilbert of Elwick, selected by the chapter of Durham cathedral, of Richard Kellaw as bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, Wednesday after the Annunciation, 1311.
Endorsed (16th century) as the publication of the election of fellow monk Richard de Kellaw.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 155 x 250mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:34 (Swalwell).
Swalwell's endorsement is printed in A.J. Piper, “Dr Thomas Swalwell : monk of Durham, archivist and bibliophile (d.1539)”, in Books and Collectors 1200-1700, ed. by J.P. Carley and C.G.C. Tite (1997), p.79.
See also - DCD Loc.VI:9c above, another version.
Loc.VI:9f   [31 March] 1313
Monition by Henry de Castro monk that all ineligible to elect the new bishop should be absent from chapter.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, Wednesday after the Annunciation, 1311.
Endorsed (16th century) as a monition to be absent from chapter.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 80-100 x 225mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:35 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:9g   1 April 1313
Notification to Edward [II] by the prior and subprior of Durham of their election of their fellow monk Richard de Kellaw as bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham, 1 April 1311.
With a note at the foot that two other documents were sealed with it.
Probably a draft, with some erasures and interlineations.
Endorsed (16th century) as notification of the election of Richard Kellaw as bishop by the prior and subprior.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 90 x 230-240mm
Originally numbered Loc.6:33 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:9h   [20 March] 1311
Notification of the day for electing a new bishop of Durham on Wednesday after the Annunciation [31 March 1311] in the chapter house.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, 13 Kal. April, 1310.
Endorsed (16th century) as fixing a day for electing the bishop.
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered Loc.6:32 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:9j   [31 March 1311]
Mandate from the Durham chapter, priors of the cells and monks of Durham to their fellow monk Henry de Castro to exclude all those not entitled to vote in the election of the new bishop of Durham.
Sealed with the common seal of chapter (no longer present)
Date: [Durham] chapter house, Wednesday [after the Annunciation, 1311].
Endorsed (16th century) as the procuration of chapter for a monition for the election.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 110 x 225mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6: 31 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:9k   [15 April] 1311
Mandate from W[illiam of Tanfield] prior of Durham and the chapter to Richard de Aslakby subprior and William of Guisborough, their fellow monks, to seek confirmation of the election of Richard Kellaw as bishop of Durham from W[illiam] Greenfield] archbishop of York.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, 17 Kal. May, 1311.
Various cancellations and interlineations.
Endorsed (16th century) as a procuration to seek confirmation of the election from the archbishop.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 90 x 225mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:36 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:10a   [20 December 1316]
Petition of Geoffrey [of Burdon] prior and convent of Durham to Pope John [XXII] for confirmation of the election of Henry of Stamford, prior of Finchale, as bishop of Durham on 6 November 1316 by compromissaries (Henry of Teesdale, Thomas of Winstow, Henry of Stamford prior of Finchale, Geoffrey of Haxby DTh, Richard de Aslakby subprior, John of Layton almoner, William of Cowton third prior, William of Greatham prior of Coldingham, Adam of Pontefract prior of Stamford, Henry de Castro, John of Seaton chamberlain, Gilbert of Elwick prior of Oxford, and Alexander of Lamesley terrar), selected by the monks (all named).
With a notarial instrument of the process of the election with the notarial sign of Andrew son of William de Tang, clerk of the diocese of York, N.P. by apostolic authority, detailing the burial of Bishop Richard [Kellaw] on 16 October, the calling of the election on 26 October, and the election on 6 November with Henry de Castro's monition, the commission to the compromissaries, the election of Henry of Stamford as bishop, and the election's publication.
The dating clause is omitted, but, up to that point, this document has the same text as Misc Ch 2630 which is dated 20 December 1316.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description and that it is about the election of Henry of Stamford as bishop which was suppressed in favour of Louis [Beaumont], followed by references for Loc.VI:1, 4-17 (ie the original bundle of documents about the election), and “Rome” .
Parchment, 1m
Size: 720 x 460mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:1, 3 parts (Swalwell).
See also: DCD Misc.Ch. 2630: another copy, with dating clause but not the notarial instrument; DCD Loc.VI:10b another version, without the notarial instrument, and dated 16 December 1316.
Loc.VI:10b   [16 December] 1316
Petition of Geoffrey [of Burdon] prior and convent of Durham to Pope John [XXII] for confirmation of the election of Henry of Stamford, prior of Finchale, as bishop of Durham on 6 November 1316 by compromissaries (Henry of Teesdale, Thomas of Winstow, Henry of Stamford prior of Finchale, Geoffrey of Haxby DTh, Richard de Aslakby subprior, John of Layton almoner, William of Cowton third prior, William of Greatham prior of Coldingham, Adam of Pontefract prior of Stamford, Henry de Castro, John of Seaton chamberlain, Gilbert of Elwick prior of Oxford, and Alexander of Lamesley terrar), selected by the monks (all named).
Witnesses: the prior and monks of the convent.
Date: Durham chapter house, 17 Kal. January, 1316.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 515 x 475-490mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:1, 3 parts (Swalwell).
See also: DCD Misc.Ch. 2630: another copy; DCD Loc.VI:10a another version, with a notarial instrument, and dated [20 December 1316].
Loc.VI:10c   [6 November] 1316
Monition by Henry de Castro monk that all those ineligible to elect the new bishop should be absent from chapter.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday before St Martin, 1316.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 110 x 270mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:14 (Swalwell).
Another copy: DCD Misc.Ch. 6041.
The procuration appointing Henry de Castro is DCD Misc.Ch. 7029.
Loc.VI:10d   [6 November 1316]
Commission by Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and 58 other named monks of their fellow monks Henry of Teesdale, Thomas of Winstow, Henry of Stamford prior of Finchale, Geoffrey of Haxby DTh, Richard de Aslakby subprior, John of Layton almoner, William of Cowton third prior, William of Greatham prior of Coldingham, Adam of Pontefract prior of Stamford, Henry de Castro, John of Seaton chamberlain, Gilbert of Elwick prior of Oxford, and Alexander of Lamesley terrar as compromissaries to elect a new bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) as a commission made to delegates to elect and (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 250 x 340mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:10 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10h & Loc.VI:10j, other versions.
Loc.VI:10e   9 November 1316
Notification from Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and the chapter of Durham to Edward [II] that William of Cowton and Henry de Castro will report the election of Henry of Stamford as the new bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, 9 November, 1316.
Endorsed (contemporary) as letters directed to the king and (16th century) as supplication to the king for licence to elect a bishop of Durham.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 110 x 235mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:17 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:10f   6 November 1316
Instrument of William of Cowton publishing the election, as commissioned by his named fellow compromissaries, of their fellow monk Henry of Stamford as bishop of Durham.
Sealed with both the common seal of Durham and his own seal.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) as the election and publication of the election and also as the form of election of the bishop.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 205 x 300mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:11, 4 parts (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10g; Loc.VI:10k; Loc.VI:10m, duplicates.
Loc.VI:10g   6 November 1316
Instrument of William of Cowton publishing the election, as commissioned by his named fellow compromissaries, of their fellow monk Henry of Stamford as bishop of Durham.
Sealed with both the common seal of Durham and his own seal.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) as the election and publication of the same and (16th century) as the election and publication of the same.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 240 x 295mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:9, 4 parts (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10f; Loc.VI:10k; Loc.VI:10m, duplicates.
Loc.VI:10h   [6 November 1316]
Commission by Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and 58 other named monks of their fellow monks Henry of Teesdale, Thomas of Winstow, Henry of Stamford prior of Finchale, Geoffrey of Haxby DTh, Richard de Aslakby subprior, John of Layton almoner, William of Cowton third prior, William of Greatham prior of Coldingham, Adam of Pontefract prior of Stamford, Henry de Castro, John of Seaton chamberlain, Gilbert of Elwick prior of Oxford, and Alexander of Lamesley terrar as compromissaries to elect a new bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 295 x 280mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:10 (9 cancelled) (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10d & Loc.VI:10j, other versions.
Loc.VI:10j   [6 November 1316]
Commission by Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and 58 other named monks of their fellow monks Henry of Teesdale, Thomas of Winstow, Henry of Stamford prior of Finchale, Geoffrey of Haxby DTh, Richard de Aslakby subprior, John of Layton almoner, William of Cowton third prior, William of Greatham prior of Coldingham, Adam of Pontefract prior of Stamford, Henry de Castro, John of Seaton chamberlain, Gilbert of Elwick prior of Oxford, and Alexander of Lamesley terrar as compromissaries to elect a new bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary & 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 245 x 310mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6: 10 (12 cancelled) (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10d & Loc.VI:10h, other versions.
Loc.VI:10k   6 November 1316
Instrument of William of Cowton publishing the election, as commissioned by his named fellow compromissaries, of their fellow monk Henry of Stamford as bishop of Durham.
Sealed with both the common seal of Durham and his own seal.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) as the election and publication of the same.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 220 x 280mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:9, 4 parts (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10f; Loc.VI:10g; Loc.VI:10m, duplicates.
Loc.VI:10l   [16 December 1316]
Notification by Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and the chapter of Durham to Pope John [XXII] of the appointment of Henry de Castro and John of Layton as proctors to seek confirmation of the election of Henry of Stamford as bishop [of Durham].
Sealed with the common seal of the chapter.
Date: Durham chapter house.
Undated, but is a variation and probable draft of Loc.VI:10q, which names different proctors.
Endorsed (contemporary) as proctors of the convent to seek confirmation of the election in the Roman curia.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 145 x 280mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6: 8 (15 cancelled) (Swalwell).
See also: DCD Loc.VI:10v and Loc.VI:10z, other drafts; Loc.VI:10q fair copy (dated).
Loc.VI:10m   6 November 1316
Instrument of William of Cowton publishing the election, as commissioned by his named fellow compromissaries, of their fellow monk Henry of Stamford as bishop of Durham.
Sealed with both the common seal of Durham and his own seal.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) as the election and publication of the same
Parchment, 1m
Size: 230 x 290mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:9 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10f; Loc.VI:10g; Loc.VI:10k, duplicates.
Loc.VI:10n   26 October 1316
Notification by the prior and convent of Durham to the priors of the cells and their fellow monks of Saturday before St Martin [6 November] 1316 at prime in the chapter house for the election of the new bishop [of Durham].
Date: Durham chapter house, 7 Kal. November, year as above.
Endorsed (contemporary) as fixing the day of election and a decree of citation.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 110 x 310mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:12 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10s, duplicate.
Loc.VI:10o   6 November 1316
Procuration by Geoffrey [of Burdon] prior and chapter, the priors of the cells and all the monks of the church of Durham to their fellow monk Henry de Castro to issue a monition that all ineligible to elect the new bishop should be absent from chapter.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) as a procuration for a monition.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 105 x 285mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:14 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10r and Misc.Ch. 7029, duplicates, with minor variations.
Loc.VI:10p   [30 October] 1316
Certification from Stephen of Howden prior of Holy Island to Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and the convent of Durham, that he had carried out their recited mandate of 26 October 1316 to summon their fellow monks to attend the election of a new bishop of Durham on 6 November 1316.
Date: Holy Island, 3 Kal. November, 1316.
Endorsed (contempory) as the certificate of Holy Island and as the certificate of the summons of the priors and masters of cells.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 140 x 280mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:15 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:10q   [16 December] 1316
Notification by Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and the chapter of Durham to Pope John [XXII] of the appointment of William of Cowton monk and Master Henry of Lusby clerk as proctors to seek confirmation of the election of Henry of Stamford as bishop [of Durham].
Sealed with the common seal of the chapter.
Date: Durham chapter house, 17 Kal. January, 1316.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a procuration to seek confirmation from the pope.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 95 x 300mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:8 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10l, Loc.VI:10v and Loc.VI:10z, probably drafts (undated).
Loc.VI:10r   6 November 1316
Procuration by Geoffrey [of Burdon] prior and chapter, the priors of the cells and all the monks of the church of Durham to their fellow monk Henry de Castro to issue a monition that all those ineligible to elect the new bishop should be absent from chapter.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, Saturday [before St Martin, 1316].
Endorsed (contemporary) as a procuration for a monition.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 85 x 270mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10o and Misc.Ch. 7029, duplicates, with minor variations.
Loc.VI:10s   [26 October 1316]
Notification by the prior and convent of Durham to the priors of the cells and their fellow monks of Saturday before St Martin [6 November] 1316 at prime in the chapter house for the election of the new bishop [of Durham].
Date: Durham chapter house, 7 Kal. November, year as above.
Endorsed (contemporary) as fixing the day of election and a decree of citation.
Parchment, 1m
Originally numbered: Loc.6:12 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10n, duplicate.
Loc.VI:10t   6 November 1316
Consent of Henry of Stamford, priest, monk of Durham, to his election as bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, 6 November, 1316.
Endorsed (contemporary) as consent of election.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 70 x 265mm
Originally numbered: [Loc.6:] 13 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10x and Loc.VI:10y, duplicates.
Loc.VI:10u   [6 November 1316]
Commission by the compromissaries Richard de Aslakby, Henry of Teesdale, Thomas of Winstow, Henry of Stamford, Geoffrey of Haxby, John of Layton, William of Cowton, William of Greatham, Adam of Pontefract, Henry de Castro, John of Seaton, Gilbert of Elwick and Alexander of Lamesley, to William of Cowton to publish their election of Henry of Stamford, prior of Finchale, listing his qualities, as bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday as above.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 220 x 270mm
Originally numbered 16 loc 6 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:11c, duplicate.
Loc.VI:10v   [16 December 1316]
Notification by Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and the chapter of Durham to Pope John [XXII] of the appointment of William of Cowton and Henry de Castro as proctors to seek confirmation of the election of Henry of Stamford as bishop [of Durham].
Sealed with the common seal of the chapter.
Date: Durham chapter house.
Undated, but is a variation and probable draft of Loc.VI:10q, which names different proctors
Endorsed (contemp) as proctors of the convent to seek confirmation of the election in the Roman Curia
Parchment, 1m
Size: 140 x 260mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:8 (Swalwell).
See also: DCD Loc.VI:10l and Loc.VI:10z, other drafts; Loc.VI:10q fair copy (dated).
Loc.VI:10x   6 November 1316
Consent of Henry of Stamford, priest, monk of Durham, to his election as bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, 6 November, 1316.
Endorsed (contemporary) as consent of election.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 70 x 280mm
Originally numbered: [Loc.6:] 13 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10t and Loc.VI:10y, duplicates.
Loc.VI:10y   6 November 1316
Consent of Henry of Stamford, priest, monk of Durham, to his election as bishop of Durham.
Date: Durham chapter house, 6 November, 1316.
Endorsed (contemporary) as consent of election.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 65 x 675mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6: 13, 3 parts (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10t and Loc.VI:10x, duplicates.
Loc.VI:10z   [16 December 1316]
Notification by Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and the chapter of Durham to Pope John [XXII] of the appointment of William of Cowton and Master Henry of Lusby clerk as proctors to seek confirmation of the election of Henry of Stamford as bishop [of Durham].
Sealed with the common seal of the chapter.
Date: Durham chapter house.
Undated, but is a variation and probable draft of Loc.VI:10q.
Endorsed (contemp) as proctors of the convent to seek confirmation of the election in the Roman Curia
Parchment, 1m
Size: 140 x 280mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:8 (Swalwell).
See also: DCD Loc.VI:10l and Loc.VI:10v, other drafts; Loc.VI:10q fair copy (dated).
Loc.VI:11*   [February x May 1227]
Part of articles in the case heard before the archbishop of York between King Henry III against the prior and monks of Durham over the election of William Stichill archdeacon of Worcester as bishop of Durham, being the testimony of W[alter Mauclerc] bishop of Carlisle.
On the dorse are copies made by the monks of letters of the king and the archbishop asking them to delay their election by a further period of two months.
Endorsed (15th century) as attestations of the testimonies produced on the part of King Henry III appellant and Prior Ralph and the monks of Durham appellators over the election of William Stichill ...
Parchment roll, 2m
Size: 300 x 200mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:23 (Swalwell).
Extracted and discussed in F.M. Powicke, King Henry III and the Lord Edward vol. I, (Oxford 1947), p.266-270, drawing on Evers' transcriptions.
Transcribed in W.K. Evers, “Disputes about epsicopal elections in the reign of Henry III, with special reference to some unpublished Durham documents”, (Oxford B.Litt. thesis 1934), p.92-94.
See also: DCD Misc Ch 5522 & Misc Ch 5708, the rest of the roll (all numbered Loc.6:23 by Swalwell) and DCD Misc Ch 5520, another (partial) version of the roll.
Loc.VI:11a   30 September 1333
Mandate from Prior William [of Cowton] and the chapter of Durham to the prior of Finchale to attend the election of a new bishop of Durham in the chapter house on Friday after St Calixtus next [15 October 1333].
Date: Durham, 30 September 1333.
Endorsed (16th century) as being a citation to elect a bishop. This overwrites a draft ?certification by the prior of Finchale, contemporary with the mandate. Also on the dorse is a letter about the excommunication of malefactors if they do not appear within 15 days, also roughly contemporary with the mandate.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 110 x 240mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:55 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:11b   [16 December 1316]
Letter of Prior Geoffrey [of Burdon] and the chapter of Durham presenting to Pope John [XXII] their proctors John of Layton and Henry de Castro for instruction in making Henry of Stamford bishop of Durham.
Sealed with the common seal, no longer present.
Date: Durham chapter house.
Endorsed (contemporary) as letters for instruction in the business of the election (bis) and (16th century) as a procuration for the liberty to choose the bishop of Durham.
Undated, but is probably coterminous with their appointment as proctors in Loc.VI:10l.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 90 x 295mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:60 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:11c   6 November 1316
Commission by the compromissaries Richard de Aslakby, Henry of Teesdale, Thomas of Winstow, Henry of Stamford, Geoffrey of Haxby, John of Layton, William of Cowton, William of Greatham, Adam of Pontefract, Henry de Castro, John of Seaton, Gilbert of Elwick and Alexander of Lamesley, to William of Cowton to publish their election of Henry of Stamford, prior of Finchale, listing his qualities, as bishop of Durham.Includes a testimonial of Stamford.
Date: Durham chapter house, Saturday as above.
Endorsed (16th century) as the testimony of the compromissaries of their election of their brother Henry of Stamford as bishop.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 135 x 280mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:29 (Swalwell).
See also - DCD Loc.VI:10u, duplicate.
Loc.VI:12a   [February 1153]
Notification by the chapter of Durham of the election of Hugh [of Le Puiset] treasurer and archdeacon of York as bishop of Durham, explaining their wrongs generally, the unanimity and complete propriety of the election, and the very worthy character of the bishop-elect [in an attempt to assuage Archbishop Murdac's opposition to the election].
Endorsed (first half 15th century) as the publication of the election of Bishop Hugh.
Undated, but Puiset's election took place on 22 January 1153 and the document is probably the chapter's response to Archbishop Murdac's opposition in February 1153.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 210 x 190-210mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:3 (Swalwell).
Transcribed in Scammell, G.V., Hugh du Puiset Bishop of Durham (Cambridge, 1956), p.249-250.
Loc.VI:12b   [February 1153]
Notification to Pope Eugenius [III] by the Durham chapter of the election of Hugh [of Le Puiset] archdeacon of York as bishop of Durham.
Some interlineations, cancellations and additions, probably a draft.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a letter and (first half 15th century) as a letter sent to Pope Eugenius about the election of Hugh as bishop.
Undated, but Puiset's election took place on 22 January 1153 and the document is probably the chapter's response to Archbishop Murdac's opposition in February 1153.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 75 x 260mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:2 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:13   [9 July 1283]
Commission by the monks of Durham of 8 of their number to elect a new bishop of Durham, Bishop Robert [of Holy Island] having died on 7 Id. June [7 June] and been buried in the church [of Durham], and a licence to elect a new bishop on 7 Id. July [9 July] having been obtained from King Edward [I], and the summoned monks being present in the Durham chapter house, Richard [of Claxton] prior of Durham and all the monks present (all named) appoint Hugh of Darlington former prior of Durham, Henry of Horncastle prior of Coldingham, Roger of Metheley subprior of Durham, Richard of Barneby prior of Holy Island, Stephen of Howden, Henry of Teesdale and Richard de Hoton as compromissaries for the election of a new bishop.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, [9 July 1283].
Endorsed (contemporary) ?letter (most missing) (16th century) as a commission of chapter for a delegation to elect a bishop.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 170-185 x 315mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:39 (Swalwell).
Copy (omitting most of the monks' names) printed in Durham Annals and Documents of the Thirteenth Century, ed F. Barlow (Surtees Society 155, 1945), p.54-55.
Loc.VI:15   8 April 1288 - 26 July 1289
Process of the case of Durham prior and chapter against the executors of Bishop Robert of Holy Island for over £400 election expenses recording the various stages of the case heard before the abbot of Blanchland and his deputies in St Nicholas's church, Durham, from the abbot's appointment by Pope Nicholas [IV] of 8 April 1288 to acta of 26 July proroguing the case to St Nicholas's church in Newcastle at Michaelmas. The late bishop's executors were Master Robert Avenell canon of Howden, Thomas of Levisham rector of Stanhope and Henry de Insula (?Holy Island).
Endorsed (15th and 16th centuries) with descriptions.
Parchment roll, 4m
Size: 1905 x 185-205mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:27 (Swalwell).
m.1   [8 April 1288]
Mandate of Pope Nicholas [IV] to the abbot of Blanchland ordering him to hear a case between the prior and convent of Durham and Master Robert Avenel canon of Howden, Thomas of Levisham rector of Stanhope, and Henry de Insula layman and others of York and Durham dioceses, executors of the will of Robert [of Holy Island] late bishop of Durham, concerning sums of money and other things owed by the bishop to the prior and convent.
Date: St. Peters, Rome, 6 Id. April, Pont.1.

Original: DCD 4.1.Pap.29.
m.1   [9 October] 1288
Memorandum that the above papal mandate was exhibited at Blanchland abbey on behalf of the prior and convent of Durham.
Date: Blanchland, 7 Id. October, 1288.

m.1   [9 October] 1288
Memorandum of a citation by the abbot of Blanchland, papal judge delegate, to the dean of Durham to cite Master Robert Avenel canon of Howden, Thomas of Levisham rector of Stanhope, and Henry de Insula layman and others of York and Durham dioceses, executors of the will of Robert [of Holy Island] late bishop of Durham to appear in the church of Durham St Nicholas on the morrow of St Katherine the virgin next [26 November] to answer the prior and convent of Durham.
Date: Blanchland, 7 Id. October 1288.

m.1   [26 November] 1288
Appointment by the prior and convent of Durham of their fellow monks Warner of Giggleswick, Robert of Stamford, Robert of Blakiston and John of Alnwick as their proctors.
Date: Durham, 6 Kal. December 1288.

m.1
Libellus in principali of the prior and convent of Durham before the abbot of Blanchland claiming from the executors of the late bishop of Durham the sums of £326 11s for expenses at his election, £78 loaned to the bishop, £12 10s for 50 quarters of wheat sold to him, and £30 worth of silver plate.

m.1   [26 November] 1288
Acta before the abbot of Blanchland in the case between the prior and convent of Durham, represented by their proctor John of Alnwick, against Robert Avenel canon of Howden, represented by his proctor John of Stamford clerk, Henry de Insula layman, represented by Alan of Coton clerk, and Thomas of Levisham rector of Stanhope, with the libellus presented to the proctors of Robert Avenel and Henry de Insula, and the dean of Christianity instructed to summon Thomas of Levisham, who had failed to appear, to the next hearing on the day after the Purification of the BVM.
Date: the church of Durham St Nicholas, morrow of St Katherine the virgin, 1288.

m.1   [27 November] 1288
Copy of the acta was made by the abbot of Blanchland for [Robert Avenel etc].
Witnesses: William of Horton his fellow canon; Masters Richard of Coxhoe and John of Barnard Castle; John of Alnwick priest; William of Fenham clerk.
Date: in his house at Durham, Saturday following [the 26 November] 1288.

m.1   [28 January] 1289
Commission cum excusacionem by the abbot of Blanchland to his prior and sacrist to take over the case because of his infirmity.
Date: Blanchland, 5 Kal. February, 1288/9.

m.1   [28 January] 1289
Commission simplex by the abbot of Blanchland to his prior and sacrist to take over the case.
Date: Blanchland, 5 Kal. February, 1288/9.

m.1
First recusations of Robert Avenel etc objecting to the abbot of Blanchland as a familiar of the prior and convent of Durham and suggesting the appointment of Master John of Pickering as an arbitrator.

m.2   [3 February] 1289
Acta before the prior and sacrist of Blanchland when the recusatory exceptions to the libellus were presented.
Date: the church of Durham St Nicholas, the morrow of the Purification of the BVM, 1288/9.

m.2   [18 April] 1289
Acta before the sacrist of Blanchland, with Thomas of Levisham represented by his defensor Lawrence dictus de Gardino, when the recusatory exceptions were discussed and the following dilatory exceptions were presented.
Date: the church of Durham St Nicholas, Monday after Quasimodo, 1289.

m.2-3
Dilatory exceptions 1-14 questioning the authority of the abbot of Blanchland and the case of the prior and convent of Durham.

m.3   [26 May] 1289
Acta before the prior and sacrist of Blanchland, with R[obert] of Blakiston acting as proctor for the prior and convent, and Robert Avenel saying that he will ratify the litis and submit himself to judgement on pain of 20s, and with disputations over the exceptions.
Date: the church of Durham St Nicholas, Thursday after Ascension, 1289.

m.3   9 June 1289
Appointment by Robert Avenel of John of Stamfordham, William of Fenham, and Eustace de Insula (?Holy Island), clerks, and Lawrence of Esh layman as his proctors, and ratifying the actions carried out by John of Stamfordham on his behalf in the church of Durham St Nicholas in the case against the prior and convent of Durham on [26 May] 1289.
Sealed with his seal and that of the dean of Durham.
Date: Durham, 9 June 1289.

m.3   [27 June] 1289
Acta before the sacrist of Blanchland, with a copy of Robert Avenel's appointment of proctors being presented, and further disputation over the dilatory exceptions.
Date: the church of Durham St Nicholas, Monday after the nativity of St John the Baptist, 1289.

m.3-4   [26 July] 1289
Acta before the sacrist of Blanchland, with further disputation over the dilatory exceptions and an error in the libel, with the case prorogued to Monday after Michaelmas in the church of Newcastle St Nicholas.
Date: the church of Durham St Nicholas, Tuesday the morrow of St James the apostle, 1289.

Loc.VI:16   [later 1304]
Articles of the convent of Durham objecting to letters of the late Pope Benedict XI removing Prior Richard de Hoton and ordering reforms, as they had been obtained surreptitiously, and thereby the bishop [Bek] had falsely depicted the prior as dilapidating the priory, and had removed him from the administration of his monastery, and they objected to Pope Benedict's instruction to the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishops of Lincoln and Worcester to visit and reform the priory, and to the accusations of perjury, simony, homicide and other crimes against Prior Richard [de Hoton] at the instigation of Bishop Antony [Bek].
Endorsed (16th century) with a description, overwriting the original, faded, text.
Undated, but refers to the late Pope Benedict XI (d.7 July 1304).
Parchment roll, 1m
Size: 495 x 150mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:27 (Swalwell).
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek Bishop of Durham 1283-1311 (Oxford 1957), p.163-164.
Loc.VI:17   [1316]
Draft letter about confirming the election of Henry of Stamford as bishop of Durham.
Undated.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 180-190 x 260mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:61 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:18   30 January 1484
Mandate of Prior Robert [Ebchester] and the monks of Durham that they have decided to use the compromissary method for electing a new bishop, and appointing William Elwick subprior and all the monks present and the proctors of those not present as compromissaries.
Date: [Durham] chapter house, 30 January 1483/4.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 150 x 300mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:49 (Swalwell).
Loc.VI:19   16 April 1432
Notarial instrument of William, abbot of Newminster, and William Berehalgh, sequestrator of the archdeaconry of Northumberland, commissioned by Thomas [Langley] bishop of Durham on 2 April 1432, reporting the election on 9 April 1432 of Alice Botecom as prioress of Holystone, on the death of Joan Bagot, late prioress, detailing whom each nun (Alice Botecom, Katherine Moll, Maria Ellom, Margaret Bethom, Marjorie Harbottle, Agnes Otrother, Joan Tailfer) voted for, presented to the bishop at Auckland on 16 April 1432.
Witnesses: Roger Smyth chaplain and Robert Smeton of York diocese.
Date: Holystone, day and year as above.
Notarial sign and eschatocol of John Berehalgh, clerk of Durham, NP by apostolic and imperial authority.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description
Parchment, 1m
Size: 450 x 335mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:100 (Swalwell).
Transcription of the bishop's register copy in R.L. Storey ed, The Register of Thomas Langley vol 4, (Surtees Society 170, 1955),p.55-59.
Loc.VI:20   [23 October 1237]
Exceptions of King Henry III against the election of Thomas Melsonby, prior of Durham cathedral, as bishop of Durham, accusing him of being:
illegitimate, the son of a former rector of Melsonby;
the son of an ancilla;
an enemy of the king and kingdom for having paid homage to the king of the Scots which would compromise his position as bishop as a keeper of the king's peace against the Scots and might lead him to invite in French, Flemish and other enemies of the king;
irresponsible in allowing an acrobat (istrio) to walk a tightrope between two [of the cathedral's] towers from which he fell and was killed;
disrespectful of the episcopal liberties of the church of Durham in the time of Bishop Richard Marsh, in particular usurping those in Allertonshire in the time of the last Bishop Richard [Poore];
ailing, namely with gallstones (calculosus);
a multiple transgressor in eating meat after the new prohibition and in allowing his monks to do likewise;
a simoniac for receiving as monks Richard of Sherburn and a certain William in return for money and land respectively, and for being involved in an agreement over the advowsons of churches in Yorkshire with Bishop Richard [Poore], and for appointing Master Odo of Kilkenny to Brantingham church in return for his support in his election;
involved in offering great sums of money to magnates in return for their promoting his election to the king;
instrumental in the beating of Master Lawrence of Tonbridge;
insufficiently literate.
Endorsed (contemporary) “Acta de secunda die” and (?John Fishburn, early 15th century) with a description.
Parchment, 1m
Size: 230 x 205-215mm
Originally numbered: Loc.6:22 (Swalwell, restored to Loc.6 from uncatalogued miscellaneous rolls 5 February 1975).
Transcribed in Historiae Dunelmensis Tres Scriptores, (Surtees Society 9, 1839), p.lxxii-lxxiv.
Related material cited in F.M. Powicke, King Henry III and the Lord Edward vol. II, (Oxford 1947), p.778.
   Digitised version
VII - Bishop Bek litigation
Dates of creation: 1281 - 1428, mostly 1300 - 1312
Documents concerning litigation between the prior and convent and Bishop Antony Bek over the bishop's visitation rights of the cathedral, which led to the besieging of the cathedral in 1300 and the temporary replacement of Richard de Hoton as prior by Henry of Lusby.
Language:  Latin, unless otherwise stipulated
The current arrangement is Joseph Stevenson's of the later nineteenth century, with the numbering being his also. This has been retained in this catalogue. There is evidence of an earlier, different, arrangement in the early sixteenth century endorsements by the monk-archivist Thomas Swalwell. Most of the documents also have what are probably his numbers on them which represent an arguably more logical ordering that those of Stevenson. Some documents also have runs of numbers on their dorse which probably represents the medieval grouping of half a dozen or so documents together, filed perhaps on thongs through the holes more or less carefully inserted at the foot of many of the rolls.
1-80 were described on slips in Latin by [Stevenson]. William Greenwell added descriptions for 81-86 in Latin and Martin Snape added 87, in English. All have been catalogued in XML by Michael Stansfield October 2007 to February 2008.
The many twists of this disputes are outlined, with many of the following documents cited and summarised, in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957).
Some of these documents, as indicated, are also printed and calendared, along with related material from this archive and eslewhere, in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953).
Some material relating to this dispute, formerly numbered as Loc.VII, is now in the Miscellaneous Charters sequence, especially Misc.Ch. 5523 and 5526.

Loc.VII:1   [26 August] 1302
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by John of Barnard Castle, monk of Durham and proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, submitted to Master Richard of Morpeth official of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, against grievances inflicted by Master William of St Botolph, archdeacon of Durham and vicar-general of the bishop of Durham, after the mandate for the restitution of Richard de Hoton to the priory of Durham, through the detention of tithes from the churches of Durham St Oswald, Whitworth, Witton, Jarrow and Heighington.
Witnesses: Richard of Brompton (Brunton) and Richard of Aislaby, monks; Adam Let chaplain; John of ?Butterwick (Buiterwike) clerk.
Date: church of St Nicholas, Durham, 7 Kal. September 1292.
Notary: Geoffrey Patricius of Malton, clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 250 x 270mm
Formerly numbered 64.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.160.
Loc.VII:2   [14 August] 1302
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by Geoffrey of Burdon, monk and proctor of the church of Durham, to the apostolic see and the court of York on account of grievances inflicted on the convent's churches by William of Stanhope official of Northumberland, Thomas of Herrington vicar of Hartburn, and other collectors in the archdeaconries of Durham and Northumberland, demanding subsidies from them on pain of interdict and sequestration.
Witnesses: Richard Pichun chaplain; John of Witton and John de Aulakeby clerks.
Date: priory of Durham, 19 Kal. September 1302.
Notary: Geoffrey Patricius of Malton, clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 370 x 210mm
Formerly numbered 65.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.160.
Loc.VII:3   [20 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an exception made by Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, before Antony [Bek], bishop of Durham, declaring that it is known to all and sundry in Durham dioc. that the religious of the priory of Durham have had the right, from time without mind, to admit the bishops of Durham alone, without other religious or secular clerks and with one or more monks of the chapter taken in place of a notary, when the bishops have hitherto made their visitation; notifying the bishop that he can neither bring others with him on the visitation which he intends now to undertake nor force the religious of the priory of Durham to admit such others for the visitation, particularly since there are no secular clerks in Durham cathedral; and asking for the foregoing to be proved before a competent judge.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave, Adam of Darlington, Alexander of Ponsonby, and Peter of Kelloe, clerks.
Date: Durham chapter house, Friday 12 May exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton, clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being an exception with protestation.
Parchment   1m
Size: 320 x 175mm
Further copies, with variations: DCD Loc.VII:3* and 3** below.
Register copy in DCD Reg.III, f.88v.
Related agreement: DCD 1.9.Pont.2.
Loc.VII:3*   [20 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an exception made by Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, before Antony [Bek], bishop of Durham, declaring that it is known to all and sundry in Durham dioc. that the religious of the priory of Durham have had the right, from time without mind, to admit the bishops of Durham alone, without other religious or secular clerks and with one or more monks of the chapter taken in place of a notary, when the bishops have hitherto made their visitation; notifying the bishop that he can neither bring others with him on the visitation which he intends now to undertake nor force the religious of the priory of Durham to admit such others for the visitation, particularly since there are no secular clerks in Durham cathedral; and asking for the foregoing to be proved before a competent judge.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave, Adam of Darlington, Alexander of Ponsonby, and Peter of Kelloe, clerks.
Date: Durham chapter house, Friday 12 May exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton, clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being an exception with protestation.
Parchment   1m
Size: 300 x 220mm
Further copies, with variations: DCD Loc.VII:3 and 3**.
Register copy in DCD Reg.III, f.88v.
Related agreement: DCD 1.9.Pont.2.
Loc.VII:3**   [20 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an exception made by Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, before Antony [Bek], bishop of Durham, declaring that it is known to all and sundry in Durham dioc. that the religious of the priory of Durham have had the right, from time without mind, to admit the bishops of Durham alone, without other religious or secular clerks and with one or more monks of the chapter taken in place of a notary, when the bishops have hitherto made their visitation; notifying the bishop that he can neither bring others with him on the visitation which he intends now to undertake nor force the religious of the priory of Durham to admit such others for the visitation, particularly since there are no secular clerks in Durham cathedral; and asking for the foregoing to be proved before a competent judge.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave, Adam of Darlington, Alexander of Ponsonby, and Peter of Kelloe, clerks.
Date: Durham chapter house, Friday 12 May exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton, clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being an exception made before the bishop and (16th century) with a description..
Parchment   1m
Size: 290 x 230mm
Formerly numbered: 41.
Further copies, with variations: DCD Loc.VII:3 and 3*.
Register copy in DCD Reg.III, f.88v.
Related agreement: DCD 1.9.Pont.2.
Loc.VII:4   [?1301]
Articles of complaint exhibited by the prior and convent of Durham to King [Edward I] containing a detailed account of the injuries they had sustained from the bishop [of Durham] and his officers, in consequence of their refusal to admit the bishop's visitation, including: priory manors being in the hands of the bishop's serjeants, their tenants being molested, and food, money and winter stores being diverted from the convent; the imprisoning of the prior and convent's proctor Geoffrey of Burdon; the bishop's appropriation of Hemingbrough revenues; the irregularity of the bishop's visitation; the sequestration of the priory's churches, lands and goods, temporal and spiritual, and the specific case of Rainton manor; Walter of Berrington, the bishop's minister, unjustly attaching the prior for trespasses in the bishop's forest; Philip Darcy, Hugh Darcy, Peter Bolton, John Pichard, John Brully, Henry the armourer, Richard Le Harper, John Edmondsley (Edmunddysley), William Le Husser, and Hugh of Wales with a force of 140 archers from North Tynedale and 300 foot soldiers on [7 August 1300] besieging the priory, imprisoning the king's messengers, ordering all the lay brothers to leave, despoiling the priory of valuables, forcibly entering the cloister and restricting the liberty of the convent; dragging the prior from his stall and imprisoning him in the comunhuse, then the castle, then the priory, and torturing him; and John of Barnard Castle, proctor of the prior and convent, also being imprisoned, despite being gravely ill in the infirmary.
Dorse: incomplete (?draft) account of Gilbert of Wingate for Wingate manor. 29 September 1304 - 29 September 1305.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description
Language:  French

Size: 1070 x 205-215mm
Another copy of m.2, with variations: DCD Loc.VII:4* next below.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.143.
Loc.VII:4*   [?1301]
Articles of complaint exhibited by the prior and convent of Durham to King [Edward I] containing a detailed account of the injuries they had sustained from the bishop [of Durham] and his officers, in consequence of their refusal to admit the bishop's visitation, including: Philip Darcy, Hugh Darcy, Peter Bolton, John Pichard, John Brully, Henry the armourer, Richard Le Harper, John of Edmondsley, William Le Hussere, and Hugh of Wales with a force of 140 archers from North Tynedale and 300 foot soldiers on [7 August 1300] besieging the priory, imprisoning the king's messengers, ordering all the lay brothers to leave, despoiling the priory of valuables, forcibly entering the cloister and restricting the liberty of the convent; dragging the prior from his stall and imprisoning him in the comunhuse, then the castle, then the priory, and torturing him; and John of Barnard Castle, proctor of the prior and convent, also being imprisoned, despite being gravely ill in the infirmary.
Dorse: incomplete (?draft) account of Gilbert of Wingate for Wingate manor. 29 September 1303 - 29 September 1304.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being the quarrel and ?contumacions against the bishop of Durham.
Language:  French
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 615 x 205mm
Another copy, with variations: DCD Loc.VII:4 m.2 above.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.172, 176.
Loc.VII:5   [27 August] 1302
Notarial instrument in which Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham appoints Master Robert of Cave DCL, and Brothers Geoffrey of Burdon and Richard of Aislaby monks as his proctors.
Witnesses: William of Cowton monk; Adam de Aldewod clerk; Roger of Tocketts valettus.
Date: Anagnia, in the house of the bishop of Albano in the prior's chamber, 5 August exeuntis, 1302.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, with eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description, though dated as 5 August (sic).
Parchment   1m
Size: 200 x 220mm
Formerly numbered: 63.
Loc.VII:6   26 April 1305
Notarial instrument recording the protestation of Richard de Hoton prior of Durham in a case before William de Bereford and Roger de Hegham [the king's] justiciars specially deputed to hear and terminate the prior's complaints against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, Peter of Bolton, Roger of Esh, John of Edmondsley and other malefactors over the taking of goods of the priory, explaining that Hoton does not intend to pursue before them business belonging to an ecclesiastical forum, so he was prosecuting only for compensation for damage and not for judgement of blood, and that his action should not prejudice his cause pending at the Roman curia.
Witnesses: William of Greatham and Richard of Kelloe, priors of the cells of Coldingham and Holy Island; William de Herle and William de Denom.
Date: Durham hall of pleas, 26 April 1305.
Notary: Thomas of Selby clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority and judge ordinary, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 275 x 220mm
Formerly numbered: 84 and 2a.
Another copy: DCD Loc.VII:7 next below.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.164.
Loc.VII:7   26 April 1305
Notarial instrument reciting the protestation of Richard de Hoton prior of Durham in a case before William de Bereford and Roger de Hegham [the king's] justiciars, specially deputed to hear and terminate the prior's complaints against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, Peter of Bolton, Roger of Esh, John of Edmondsley and other malefactors over the taking of goods of the priory, explaining that Hoton does not intend to pursue before them business belonging to an ecclesiastical forum, so he was prosecuting only for compensation of damage and not for judgement of blood, and that his action should not prejudice his cause pending at the Roman curia.
Witnesses: William of Greatham and Richard of Kelloe, priors of the cells of Coldingham and Holy Island; William de Herle and William de Denom.
Date: Durham hall of pleas, 26 April 1305.
Notary: Thomas of Selby clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority and judge ordinary, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description, expanded in the 16th century.
Parchment   1m
Size: 300 x 190mm
Formerly numbered: 84 and 2a.
Online image available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/medieval.documents/pages/locvii-7_i.htm discussion of the document's contents and diplomatic available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/medieval.documents/pages/locvii-7_t.htm#.
Another copy: DCD Loc.VII:6 next above.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.164.
Loc.VII:8   27 October 1302
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Richard [de Hoton], prior of Durham, of Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham, as his proctor in the Roman curia.
Witnesses: William Cowton monk of Durham; John de Crefort familiarius of the bishop of Albano; John of Lusignan layman.
Date: Rome at the church of St Stephen at the Coelian (Celiomoto) in the house of Leonard [Patrasso] bishop of Albano, 27 October 1302.
Notary: Francis son of Master Oddo de Lande, NP by authority of the prefect of Rome, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 240 x 200mm
Another copy: DCD Loc.VII:8* next below.
Loc.VII:8*   27 October 1302
Notarial instrument recording the appointment by Richard [de Hoton], prior of Durham, of Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham, as his proctor in the Roman curia.
Witnesses: William Cowton monk of Durham; John de Crefort familiarius of the bishop of Albano; John of Lusignan layman.
Date: Rome at the church of St Stephen at the Coelian (Coliomoto) in the house of Leonard [Patrasso] bishop of Albano, 27 October 1302.
Notary: Francis son of Master Oddo de Lande, NP by authority of the prefect of Rome, eschatocol recited, with a note of an alteration.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a procuration in the curia.
Parchment   1m
Size: 240 x 250mm
Another copy: DCD Loc.VII:8 next above.
Loc.VII:9   29 - 31 October 1302
Notarial instrument recording that on 29 October 1302 in the Galilee chapel of Durham cathedral, in the consistory court of Richard of Morpeth, official of the bishop of Durham, before Masters Robert of Cave professor of canon law, Peter Kelloe, and Henry of Hett clerks, Master Peter of Fishburn clerk, in the presence of Roger of Shincliffe, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, and proctor of the deans of Bamburgh and Alnwick, who were in a case against Richard of Rothbury, letters of Ralph of Stamford, canon of Salisbury, commissary of Nicholas bishop of Teano (Theanensis), deputed papal executor for the restitution of Richard de Hoton, was recited the following mandate, and also that in the presence of Richard of Tynedale and John of Barnard Castle, monks of Durham, Masters Peter of Fishburn and Peter of Kelloe clerks, on 3 Kal. November [30 October] 1302, before the official, Richard of Aislaby, monk of Durham, was appointed as a substitute for Robert of Rothbury as proctor of the prior and convent of Durham to publish the excommunication of Richard of Rothbury, and again on Pridie Kal. November [31 October] 1302 in the house of the official in the city of Durham, Richard [of Aislaby] was appointed in the presence of Master Peter of Fishburn clerk, John of Barnard Castle monk of Durham and Richard Malifet chaplain.
Notary: Geoffrey Patricius of Malton clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited, noting an interlineation.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 520 x 240mm
Formerly numbered: 66.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.160.
   [2 October] 1302
Mandate of Ralph of Stamford, commissary of the papal executor, to Richard of Morpeth, official of the bishop of Durham, to excommunicate Richard son of Walter of Rothbury, Robert called coroner, Roger called Wellrester and Robert Schirloke for impeding the restitution of Hoton.
Date: St Radigunds, 6 Non. October 1302.

Loc.VII:10   22 January 1303
Notarial instrument transcribing the following letters of the official of the bishop of Durham.
Date: 22 January 1303.
Notary: Thomas of Selby, NP by imperial authority.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description and a note that this [bundle contains] 56-66 [inclusive].
Parchment   1m
Size: 335 x 210mm
Formerly numbered Loc.7:56.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.160.
   [1 May] 1302
Revocation of a tuitorial appeal in the court of Durham before the official or his commissary Master John de la Dale clerk by Henry of Lusby against Richard de Hoton prior of Durham and Richard of Kelloe subprior.
Witnesses: Master Peter of Fishburn; Henry of Hett; Roger of Butterwick.
Date: Durham, Kal. May 1302.

Loc.VII:11   30 August 1300
Notarial instrument being a transcription of and ratifying the following certificate.
Witnesses: Master Robert of Cave; John of Bretby his clerk; Walter of Norton and Warin of Pontefract clerks.
Date: York in the house of the official, penultimate day of August 1300.
Notary: Andrew son of William Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 470 x 255mm
Formerly numbered 25.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.143, 146.
   [29 August] 1300
Certification of Master Robert of Cave, rector of Sigston church, to [Master John de Nassington] the official of the court of York saying that he had received at Sigston on 4 Ides August [10 August] the following mandate, and providing confirmation of the sentences of excommunication imposed by the commissary of the official of York against anyone impeding his jurisdiction in a tuitorial case brought by Richard de Hoton, prior of Durham, and reporting that Henry of Lusby had been inserted as prior of Durham, being confirmed by A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham at [North]allerton, then the priory was broken into, with Richard [de Hoton]and his fellow monks being besieged in their stalls in the choir for three days before being forcibly evicted on [24 August], with the obedience of the monks being exacted, and goods carried off, the principal protagonists being: Master William de St Botulph, Brother Henry of Lusby intruded as prior, Henry of Teesdale, Warner Gilbert of Sherburn, Stephen of Howden senior, Henry of Stamford, Robert of Stanley, Roger of Melsonby monks of Durham; Master Henry of Lusby, Robert of Baldock, Thomas of Levisham junior, Philip Darcy knight, Peter of Bolton, William the Usher, Hugh Wales, David of Wark, John of Edmondsley, Walter of Brafferton, Richard of Hertford of Brompton, Richard his son, William Ironpurse and Simon son of Gamelin.
Date: York, 4 Kal September 1300.

   [5 August] 1300
Mandate of the official of York to Master Robert of Cave rector of Sigston, Peter of Kelloe keeper of the spiritualities of Howden, Elias of Cowton canon of Southwell, Adam of Barnaby rector of Rounton (Rungeton), Benedict of Hartlepool rector of Welton, and Andrew of Tang ordering the excommunication of any hindering appeals to the apostolic see or the court of York in a tuitorial case in the court of York between the prior and convent of Durham against John de Lascy canon of Auckland and Robert of Abberwick official of the bishop of Durham about the removal of the prior of Durham and other officers of the priory, the almoner and feretrar excepted.
Date: York, Non. August 1300.

Another copy: DCD Loc.VII:64.
Loc.VII:12   [27 June] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting a protest by John of Barnard Castle, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to Masters Adam of Driffield and Thomas of Levisham, clerks of the bishop of Durham, that the convent of Durham would renounce no appeals to the court of York or the apostolic see until the sentences against the prior and monks had been revoked in exact accordance with the agreement reached in the royal presence at Evenwood.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave DCL and Richard Gani notary public.
Date: Durham, in the monastery close, 4 June exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 160 x 195mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.140.
Loc.VII:13   29 June 1302
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Richard [of Kelloe] subprior of Durham, with the consent of the chapter of Durham, of their fellow monks Robert of Rothbury, John of Appleby and William of Cowton, with Master William of Parlington clerk, as proctors in the Roman curia.
Witnesses: John of Burdon, Robert of Coldingham and Richard of Middleton.
Date: the chapter house in Durham, 29 June 1302.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 240 x 235mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162.
Another version: DCD Loc.VII: 56.
Loc.VII:14   [May 1305]
Old pleas [before the assizes] ( “de veteribus querelis” ).
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, Walter of Uffington chaplain, and Master Robert of Baldock, that the bishop, through Philip Darcy, ordered all seculars to withdraw from the priory on pain of losing life and limbs, which they did leaving the prior and convent with no servants but themselves, after which on 20 August 1300 the said Walter of Uffington and Master Robert of Baldock with Philip Darcy and Hugh Darcy, Master Henry of Lusby and Master Thomas of Levisham with men from Tynedale broke down the priory gates and entered the prior buildings, on Sunday the next day they broke open the cloister and refectory doors and chests and carried off goods and treasure to the value of £300, at a cost of £100. The parties were heard with the defendants stating that they were seeking to install Henry of Lusby as prior, that Philip Darcy, constable of Durham castle, ordered the lay servants to evacuate on pain of imprisonment, that Hugh of Wales led the Tynedale men and no goods were carried off. The case was to continue on the quindene of St John the Baptist.
The same prior sued the same bishop, Master Richard of Morpeth, Peter of Bolton, Walter of Uffington and John Shirlock, for, with Philip Darcy, Hugh Darcy, Master Thomas of Levisham, William the Usher and Hugh of Wales with men of Tynedale, on 22 August entering the cloister from one side and the cathedral's door towards the castle on the other. There the prior and convent gathered around the body of St [Cuthbert] to save their lives in their stalls and were shut in with none allowed to leave for 3 days, with the 46 monks there having just 6 loaves and 16 herrings to sustain them, at a cost of £10000. The parties were heard and the jurors said that they were attempting to install Henry of Lusby as prior, but that the priory had been entered at a cost of 200 marks. The case was to continue on the quindene of St John the Baptist.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham stating that Peter of Bolton with Philip Darcy, the men of Tynedale, Hugh of Wales, Hugh Darcy and William the Usher on 24 August forcibly removed the prior from his stall and led him out of the church and imprisoned him in the priory, and there was neither services nor ringing of bells for three days, at a cost of £1000. The parties were heard and the jurors awarded damages to the prior of £20. The case was to continue on the quindene of St John the Baptist.
The same prior sued the same bishop stating that Philip Darcy, Hugh Darcy and Philip de Nevill took him out of the priory prison on 6 September 1300 and led him through Durham at the ninth hour to the castle where he was imprisoned until 12 September when he was taken back to the priory and imprisoned again, and tortured, having hot wax poured on his neck, so that he was in fear of his life and made his confession, and so he was detained for 16 further weeks, at a cost of £1000. The parties were heard and the jurors [awarded damages to the prior of £400]. The case was to continue on the quindene of St John the Baptist.
(Dorse)
The same prior sued the same bishop, John Shirlock, Robert brother of Thomas of Levisham, for, with Master Thomas of Levisham and Thomas son of William de Nevill of Calthorn, entering his manor of Belloloco [?Newton Bewley] on Good Friday 30 [Edward I] [20 April 1302] and removing stock and chattels to the value of 200 marks at a cost of £40. The parties were heard, Shirlock claiming that he was acting under orders as the steward of Prior Henry of Lusby, and Robert brother of Thomas of Levisham was the serjeant of the manor; Richard de Hoton was restored as prior on the following day, 21 April 1302; [he was awarded damages of 100s]. The case was to continue on the quindene of St John the Baptist.
Assize held at Durham before W de Bereford and R de Heyham king's justices on Monday the morrow of Mens' Pasch' 33 Edward [I] [17 May 1305]
Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham and John Gategang unjustly disseised Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham of a tenement in Heworth comprising 4 acres of moor and pasture. The bishop's bailiff, Richard of Stanley, says that the tenement is in Gateshead and not Heworth and it was demised to John Gategang by the bishop. The jurors say that the tenement is in Heworth, adjacent to a waste place in Gateshead demised by the bishop to John Gategang, and they award 1 mark damages to the prior.
Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, William of St Botulph, Roger of Esh, James called Spicer, Gilbert Goldsmith, Peter of Bolton, William son of Ralph, Richard of Chilton, Walter of Brafferton (Barafferton), Thomas formerly serjeant, Emerice of Kelloe, John son of John Bille, Margaret late wife of John of Howden, and ?Imama late wife of Robert of Pockerley unjustly disseised Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham of his tenement in the Old Borough, Durham, comprising 80 acres of moor and pasture. The defendants claim the tenement was in Chester-le-Street, Framwellgate and Durham, and not the Old Borough; John son of John Bille claimed his father died seised of 6 acres of the tenement. The jurors reject these claims, saying the tenement is the prior's and awarding him £4 damages.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham because when Richard de Hoton was formerly subprior of Durham he took a roe-deer (capriolam) in a common chase in a wood at Finchale for which the bishop unjustly demanded 1500 marks at Michaelmas 15 [Edward I] [29 September 1287], with the prior citing the statute of Marlborough in support of his case.
Endorsed (contemporary) as pleas between the prior and Bishop A over temporalities and (16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 600 x 230mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.143, 145, 158.
Further copy in: DCD Reg.I, f.ii.72v-75r, 77v-78r, 82r-v.
Probably originally part of the same roll: DCD Loc.VII: 38, 46, 70.
Loc.VII:15   11 November 1302
Notarial instrument reciting that Richard of Kelloe subprior and formerly third prior, Thomas de Aldwode chamberlain, John of Selby hostiller, Thomas of Haswell bursar, Roger of Stanhope formerly cellarer, John of Barnard Castle, Nicholas of Rothbury, and John of Wolviston, monks of Durham, appointed as their proctors at the Roman curia their fellow monks Robert of Rothbury and William of Cowton in their dispute with A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham.
Witnesses: Master Peter of Fishburn clerk; William of the Exchequer (de Scaccario) and Richard Wood valets.
Date: the chapter house of Durham, 11 November 1302.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a procuration to seek absolution ad cantelam.
Parchment   1m
Size: 225 x 210mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162.
Loc.VII:16   [18 June] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting a protest by John of Barnard Castle, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, that any agreement reached by the royal mediators Master John de Craucombe archdeacon of the East Riding, John of Caen (Codomo) canon of York, Otto de Grandison knight, and brother Walter of Winterburn Dominican in the visitation dispute between A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham against the prior and convent would not prejudice the appeals lodged at the court at York and the apostolic see.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave, Alexander of Ponsonby, and Peter of Kelloe, clerks.
Date: Durham, in the cathedral vestry (revestiario), at the hour of prime 13 June exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 250 x 200mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.138.
Loc.VII:17   11 November 1302
Notarial instrument reciting that 54 monks representing the subprior and convent appointed as their proctors at the Roman curia their fellow monks Robert of Rothbury and William of Cowton.
Witnesses: Master Peter of Fishburn clerk; William of the Exchequer (de Scaccario) and Richard Wood valets.
Date: the chapter house of Durham, 11 November 1302.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a procuration to seek audience with the pope.
Parchment   1m
Size: 230 x 225mm
Online image available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/medieval.documents/pages/locvii17_i.htm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162.
A longer version, but damaged, is DCD Loc.VII:41.
   Digitised version
Loc.VII:18   [29 June] 1310
Certificate from Richard of Foston to the abbot of St Mary's, York, judge or executor deputed by the apostolic see, reciting the following mandate and certifying that he had carried it out, declaiming it in the churches of Durham, [North]allerton and elsewhere.
Date: Durham, 3 Kal. July 1310.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions and “.b.”.
Parchment   1m
Size: 180 x 370mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.174.
   [21 June] 1310
Mandate of the abbot of St Mary's York to Richard of Foston, reciting the following papal mandate, and summoning the monks who had incurred the sentences of the papal executors, the abbot of Lézat and the archdeacon of Cleveland to appear before him at Durham on 30 June.
Date: Cottingwith, 11 Kal. July 1310.

   [20 November 1309]
Mandate of Pope Clement V to the abbot of St Mary's York to relax the sentences of excommunication passed on the monks of Durham by reason of the dispute between Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham and Prior Richard de Hoton which led to the suspension of Prior Hoton and the bishop taking over the administration of the priory.
Date: Avignon, 12 Kal. December, 5 Pont.

Loc.VII:19   [1300]
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by Brother Geoffrey [of Burdon] to the apostolic see against the injustices - besieging and breaking into the priory - inflicted on the prior and convent of Durham by the bishop of Durham.
Witnesses: Master Robert of Cave rector of Kirby Sigston; Brother Thomas of Haswell monk of Durham; Gilbert de Burghdon and John of the same; William of Cressingham and John of Haltwistle.
Date: Brother Geoffrey's house in York, [?1300 (from the wrapper)].
Notary: Andrew son of William of Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 350 x 240mm
Loc.VII:20   9 March 1301
Notarial instrument reciting that Master Alexander of Ponsonby, clerk, proctor of Richard [de Hoton] prior and the chapter of Durham, arrived at the castle of John Dalderby, bishop of Lincoln, at Sleaford on the previous day, 8 March, at the hour of vespers, with a papal mandate to summon A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham and Henry of Lusby monk of Durham before the bishop together with the archbishop of Canterbury, but he was told by Hugh of Normanton, canon of Lincoln, steward of the bishop, that the bishop was at compline and could not be seen and that he should return after mass in the morning when he could speak with him; however, on returning the following morning, he found that the bishop had already left Sleaford for the Isle of Kyme, five miles distant, at dawn, whence he might follow at his own peril as [Philip] lord of Kyme was of the household and family of the bishop of Durham and would not take kindly to anyone bringing letters against the bishop; so the proctor instead went but half a mile to the parish church of Old Sleaford and publicly placed a copy of the mandate on the high altar for the bishop of Lincoln's attention.
Witnesses: Adam parish priest of Old Sleaford; Adam called Stele Valletus; Thomas called Bond; and William called Lord.
Date: Old Sleaford parish church, 9 March 1301.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 285 x 205mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.154.
Loc.VII:21   [20 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by Robert of Rothbury, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to the court of York, and failing that to the apostolic see, seeking their protection, declaring that it was known to all and sundry in Durham dioc. that the religious of the priory of Durham had the right, from time without mind, to admit the bishops of Durham alone, without other religious or secular clerks and with one or more monks of the chapter taken in the place of a notary, when the bishops have hitherto made their visitation; notifying the bishop that he can neither bring others with him on the visitation which he intends now to undertake nor force the religious of the priory of Durham to admit such others for the visitation, particularly since there are no secular clerks in Durham cathedral; and asking for the foregoing to be proved before a competent judge.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave DCL, Adam of Darlington canon of Howden, Alexander of Ponsonby and Peter of Kelloe clerks.
Date: Durham chapter house, Friday 12 May exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Some marginalia.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions and “producatus” .
Parchment   1m
Size: 400 x 280mm
Formerly numbered: 42.
Loc.VII:22   1288 - 1294
Copies of obligations and receipts of Antony Bek bishop of Durham (3 on the front) and the prior of Durham (1 on the dorse).
Endorsed (contemporary) with descriptions of the 3 entries on the front.
Parchment   1m
Size: 575 x 260-280mm
Formerly numbered: 23.
a   22 June 1294
Acknowledgement by Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham of a loan of £1000 from Oliver [Sutton] bishop of Lincoln for the use of himself and the church of Durham, with a promise of repayment within two months of the date of demand, and with the bishop obliging himself, his heirs and the moveables and immoveables of his church, and promising to gain the speedy assent of the prior and chapter of Durham.
Date: London, 22 June 1294.
Ratified by the prior and chapter of Durham, undated.

Calendared in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.45.
Copy in Durham Cathedral Library MS C.IV.24 f.119r-v.
b   [25 August] 1292
Ratification by Richard [de Hoton] prior and convent of Durham of the following letters.
Date: Durham, 8 Kal. September 1292.

Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.121.
Copy in Durham Cathedral Library MS C.IV.24 f.119v.
   [19 September] 1291
Letters of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham indemnifying his sureties, Robert [Burnell] bishop of Bath and William [of Louth] bishop of Ely, for a loan of 6000 marks from Edmund, earl of Cornwall, to be repaid 500 marks every 6 months at the New Temple, London.
Date: Devizes (Deruses), 13 Kal. October 1291.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.25-26.
c   27-28 March 1288
Notification by Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham that he and Hugh [of Darlington] prior and convent of Durham had received from Restauro Boneaventure, Simon Gerard and Chinc Vesii, citizens and merchants of Florence, for them and also Thomas Spiliati, Lapo Hugonis de Spinis, Nero Cambii, John Bentaviegne, Gerard de Bosculis and their fellow members of the Mozozorum society of Florence, the sum of £4000, with repayments at the New Temple, London, specified in the years 1289 to 1292.
Date: Durham chapter house, 27 March 1288.
Aknowledgement by A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham that he had received all the money and that the prior and convent were quit from any obligation for the money.
Date: Durham, 28 March 1288.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.10-14.
d   [18 August] 1294
Recognition by [Richard de Hoton] prior and convent of Durham of the deposit with them of £300 collected from the tithes of the Scottish churches by John [of Halton] bishop of Carlisle, deputed principal papal executor of tithes and obventions in Scotland for 6 years.
Date: Durham, 15 Kal. September 1294.

Loc.VII:23   1/3 March 1309
Notarial instrument recording that, before Stephen de Mauley, dean of Auckland and vicar-general of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, and Master William of St Botulph, archdeacon of Durham, commissaries, acting on the following commission to them of the bishop of Durham, Roger dictus Postel of Greatham, in the presence of them and William of Tanfield prior, Henry of Stamford subprior, Reginald of Barneby third prior, Thomas of Winston sacrist, Osbert of York infirmarian, and Robert of Stanley feretrar, was charged that he with other monks and many others from the prior of Holy Island's household had been involved in a brawl, and that he had been chief amongst those conspiring to ensure that none should be received as a monk at Durham who had been born beyond the Trent or other certain limits; so the commissaries fixed a day for him to purge his innocence in chapter on the Monday following, on which day (3 March) he appeared and purged his innocence, whereby the commissaries restored his good name and pronounced him immune from his alleged crimes.
Witnesses: Master Robert of Baldock and Dom. Roger of Waltham, canons of the church of London.
Date: Durham cathedral chapter house, 1 March 1308/9.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Ganyo, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (15th/16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 360 x 270mm
Formerly numbered: 90.
Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.151-152.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.170-171.
   10 February 1309
Commission of Antony [Bek], bishop of Durham, to Stephen de Mauley, dean of Auckland and vicar-general of the bishop of Durham, and Master William of St Botulph, archdeacon of Durham, to act as his commissaries for consideration of articles of delinquency proffered during his recent visitation, associating with themselves in their task the prior, subprior and four or five of the senior monks.
Date: Auckland, 10 February 1308/9.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.137.
Loc.VII:24   [c.1300]
Exceptions of [Richard de Hoton] prior of Durham against the proposed visitation of A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham.
Parchment   1m
Size: 125 x 275mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.145.
Loc.VII:25   18 December 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal to the apostolic see by John of Appleby, monk and proctor of Richard de Hoton prior and convent of Durham, against certain grave attacks brought by the official of the court of York in the dispute with Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 210 x 235mm
See DCD Loc.VII:53 for probably the lower part of the roll.
Loc.VII:26   [?22 January 1302]
Notarial instrument [reciting/ratifying an appeal to the apostolic see] by John of Appleby, proctor of [Richard de Hoton prior and convent of Durham]. (Only the end of the document survives.)
Witnesses: Master Robert of Cave rector of Sigston, Master Elias of Cowton notary public, Brother William of Cowton monk of Durham, John of ?Burdon (Biydon) and John of ?Brattleby (Bractby) clerks.
Date: Lincoln in the chamber of Prior Richard in the house of Master Thomas de Birland canon of Lincoln, [?22 January 1301/2 as it is dated in the same place as the next].
Notary: Andrew son of William of Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 180 x 225mm
Loc.VII:27   22 January 1302
Notarial instrument reciting a ratification by Richard de Hoton prior and convent of Durham, now freed from prison, of an appeal, formerly made by his proctors to the apostolic see, against the attacks on the prior and convent of Durham by the official of York in the court of York, at Tocketts on 27 December [1301], then witnessed by Master Robert of Cave rector of Sigston, John of ?Brattleby (Brecteby), John of Burdon, Roger of Levington and Patrick of Kelloe.
Witnesses: Master Robert of Cave; Brothers Robert of Bowes, Robert of Ditchburn, Geoffrey of Burdon, Thomas of Haswell, John of Appleby and William of Cowton monks of Durham; John of Burdon, Roger of Tocketts, Andrew of Hartlepool and Roger of Levington.
Date: Lincoln in the chamber of Prior Richard in the house of Master Thomas de Birland canon of Lincoln, 22 January 1301/2.
Notary: Andrew son of William of Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 320 x 185mm
Loc.VII:28   3 October 1304
Notarial instrument reciting the following extracts from the court records of John Spoleto, chamberlain of the pope-elect.
Witnesses: Master Philip [son of] Peter de Esculo and William [son of] Master Hugolin de St Faustino.
Notary: Peter Graticii of Piperno, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description and (16th century) with a description a a public instrument about the inspection of the bishop's proctors; also with marginal notes in the same 16th century hand (Swalwell) summarising the documents.

Size: 1060 x 255mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.7:78.
Mentioned in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.164 n.6.
m.1m.1   8 June 1304
Citation of [Antony Bek] bishop of Durham at the request of Master Richard de Erynin clerk proctor of the prior and chapter of Durham to appear before Archdeacon John, auditor of the chamberlain.

m.1m.1   [8 June 1304]
On the same day Master Bartholomew of ?Bologna was substituted as proctor for master Richard [de Erynin] proctor of the prior and chapter of Durham.

m.1m.1   4 October 1303
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Richard [de Hoton] prior and convent of Durham of John of Appleby fellow monk and Master Richard de Erynin clerk as proctors of the prior and convent in the Roman curia.
Witnesses: John de Wirsop, Hugh of Haswell, and William de Sabrey clerks.
Date: Durham priory, 4 October 1303.
Notary: Thomas of Selby clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority.

m.1m.1   8 June 1304
Notarial instrument substituting Master Bartholomew de Boicis of Bologna for Master Richard de Erynin as proctor of the prior and convent of Durham at the Roman curia.
Witnesses: Master William rector of ?Abbalton, Richard of Caistor in Lincoln diocese, and Adam William of Bolton in Carlisle diocese.
Date: Perugia, 8 June 1304.
Notary: James Massarelli, NP by imperial authority.

m.1m.1   9 June 1304
Master Bartholomew of Bologna substitute proctor of the prior and convent of Durham presented himself before the auditor sitting in tribunal in the case against the bishop of Durham.

m.1m.1   10 June 1304
Master Henry of Lusby clerk and proctor of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham appeared.
Witnesses: Hugolin de Foucan, Frederick de St Sever and John de Martenay. .
Date: Perugia in the chamberlain's hall, 10 June 1304

m.1m.1   24 July 1302
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham of Master Henry of Lusby clerk and his familiarius as his proctor.
Witnesses: Perrina and James de Casulus advocates in the Roman curia; Adam de ?Diffrendo clerk and familiarius of the bishop.
Date: the church of St Francis near Anagni, 24 July 1302.
Notary: Peter Capulupus de Poncecurno, NP by imperial authority.

m.1-2m.1-2   [10 June 1304]
Master Bartholomew of Bologna on the one part and Count de Certaldo on the other, proctors, in court before the auditor were assigned eight days for the receipt of mandates.

m.2   17 June 1304
Objections made by Master Bartholomew of Bologna, proctor of the prior and chapter of Durham, and the Count de Certaldo, proctor of the bishop of Durham, against each other and their schedules.

m.2
The Count de Certaldo made his objections against this schedule.

Loc.VII:29   [14 February] 1312
Acquittance of Guido de Baysio, archdeacon of Bologna, papal chaplain, and auditor “litterarum contradictarum”, for the salary of Master John de Ancona, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham at the curia at Rome, paid by Master Boniface de Vercellis.
Date: Avignon, 16 Kal. March 1311/2.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 160 x 275mm
Formerly numbered: 99.
Loc.VII:30   29 May 1311
Acquittance of Bertrand, cardinal priest of SS John and Paul, papal chamberlain, to William [Tanfield] prior of Durham for 1500 gold florins paid per manus Joti Butiatu, merchant of the Perugia society of Florence, for Bartholomew Huguiciotus of the same society, with 282 gold florins 4s 8d still to be paid.
Date: Avignon, 29 May 1311.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 180 x 260mm
Formerly numbered: 100.
Loc.VII:31   [June 1303]
Notarial instrument reciting a petition of Master Bartholomew of Bologna proctor of the prior and chapter of Durham before Peter Yspano bishop of Sabino, the pope's referendario, against the attempt by Master Bartholomew de Ferentino to levy from the prior, subprior, sacrist and other obedientaries of Durham, £2000 10s 10¼d as arrears of a crusading tenth falsely acceded to by Henry of Lusby when he had been intruded as prior of Durham.
Witnesses: Nerio de Podio Bovici and Matthew son of Master Guy de Ripafracta.
Date: on the steps of the papal palace at Anagni before the door of the referendario, ?June [?1303].
Notary: Peter son of Master Hugolin de St Faustino, NP by imperial authority.
Parchment   1m
Size: 295 x 260mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162-163.
Loc.VII:32   [22 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal, made in the prior's chamber in Durham, witnesses John and Adam Bertrand, Hugh of Grindon and Richard Wood (de Bosco) clerks, by Robert of Rothbury, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to the apostolic see against the sentences of Master Robert of Abberwick, dean of Auckland, and Master John de Lascy, professor of civil law, commissaries of A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham on [21 May] in the cathedral, removing the prior from office, suspending the sub-prior, third prior, sacrist, precentor, chamberlain, hostiller, cellarer, granetar, bursar, keeper of the seal, and the infirmarian from their offices, excommunicating brothers John of Wolviston junior, John of Appleby, John of Castle Barnard, Richard of Brompton and other monks, and sequestrating the fruits of the monastery.
Witnesses: Master Peter of Kelloe clerk; Thomas of Egglescliffe scutifer.
Date: Durham in the cathedral, 10 May exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 270 x 200mm
Formerly numbered: 44.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.135.
Loc.VII:33   [5 July] 1302
Notarial instrument reciting that in the consistory court in the Galilee chapel of Durham cathedral, before Richard of Morpeth official of the bishop of Durham, and before John of Selby and Richard of Tynedale monks of Durham, Masters Robert of Cave and Peter of Kelloe, and John of Butterwick clerk, John of Barnard Castle, monk of Durham, was substituted as proctor in the business of the restitution of Richard de Hoton as prior of Durham by Robert of Rothbury, and that the following letters of Ralph of Stamford, canon of Salisbury and commissary of the papal executor Nicholas bishop of Teano (Theanensis), were recited and copied.
Witnesses: Richard of Tynedale and John of Jarrow monks of Durham; Robert of [?Guisborough] and Francis of Jarrow clerks.
Date: Durham cathedral Galilee chapel, 27 July exeuntis 1302.
Notary: Geoffrey Patricius of Malton, clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 590 x 325mm
Formerly numbered: 60.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.160.
   [25 April] 1302
Declaration by Ralph of Stamford, commissary of the papal executor, that he had put Richard de Hoton, back into possession of the priory of Durham on the vigil of Easter [21 April] in the person of his proctor Robert of Rothbury to whom he had also restored the priory's possessions, including those of Holy Island priory.
Date: Durham, 7 Kal May 1302.

   [4 May] 1302
Mandate by Ralph of Stamford, commissary of the papal executor, for the excommunication of Richard son of Walter of Rothbury, Robert of Helmsley, Robert dictus Coroner, Roger dictus Welbester and Robert Shirlock for denying Robert of Rothbury, proctor of Richard de Hoton the restored prior of Durham, access to Fenham manor and the priory of Holy Island.
Date: Durham, 4 Non May 1302.

   [ca. 1302]
Petition of the proctor of Richard [de Hoton] prior and convent of Durham to Master Richard of Morpeth official of the bishop of Durham to inquire into the restoration of the following detentions of priory goods: Walter of Essington, chaplain, has plate to the value of £100 and has intruded on the vicarage of Billingham; Walter of Rothbury has horses and other goods to the value of £40; Richard son of Walter of Rothbury has horses and 100s which he had from Gilbert of Stamford monk of Durham and other goods to the value of £40; John Shirlock has horses, plate and other goods to the value of 100 marks; Master Thomas of Levisham, with Geoffrey and Robert his brothers, have horses, plate, corn and other goods taken from the manors of Bewley, Ketton, Pittington and Wardley to the value of £100; Master Robert of Baldock has two horses, one bay and one white, and other goods to the value of £20; John of Horncliffe has oxen and cattle to the value of 100 marks; Philip of Swafield (Suafeld) chaplain, former proctor of the church of Holy Island, holds, on behalf of Walter of Rothbury, Richard his son, and John of Horncliffe, goods at Norham to the value of 100 marks; William de la Hay holds corn to the value of £10; Robert of Newbiggin holds a horse, piebald (varium), to the value of £10; John of Denton, chaplain, vicar of Newcastle, holds the greater tithes of Heighington parish church to the value of £120 and to the detriment of the parishioners; also the official had rebuked the deans of Alnwick and Bamburgh for notifying Richard Rothbury of his sentence of excommunication.

Loc.VII:34   28 September 1310
Notarial instrument of absolution of the monks of Durham from their sentence of excommunication by Antony Bek bishop of Durham, reciting the following mandate, and having heared the personal petition before him of William of Tanfield prior, Henry of Stamford subprior, Thomas de Castro, Walter of Egglescliffe, Nicholas of Rothbury, Roger of School Aycliffe (Scolacley), William of Guisborough, Geoffrey of Burdon, Thomas of Allerton, Robert of Durham, John of Barnard Castle, Henry de Castro, Gilbert of Elwick, William of Durham, Alan of Marton, John of Seaton, Roger of Stanhope, Michael of Chilton, Thomas of Rillington, William of Egglescliffe, Thomas de Aldwode, Thomas of Haswell, John of Allerton, Richard of Aislaby, John of Haxby, Peter of Hilton, John of Howden, John of Darlington, John Luttrell, William of Killingworth, William of York and John of Whitby, monks of Durham, for absolution from sentences of excommunication imposed by the bishop or any papal legates or delegates, at which he duly pronounced their absolution.
Witnesses: Thomas [of Kirkcudbright] bishop of Whithorn; Stephen de Maulay archdeacon of Cleveland; Master Richard of Morpeth official of Durham; John of Holy Island rector of Boldon; Roger of Waltham canon of London; John of Denton prebend of Chester.
Date: in the bishop's chamber in Durham castle, 28 September 1310.
Notary: Robert Adam of Darlington, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary/16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 555 x 240mm
Formerly numbered: 92 and “R prima octave” .
Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.169-172.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.175.
Duplicates, with some variations: DCD Loc.VII: 35, 35* and 35** below.
   [9 August 1310]
Mandate of Berengar bishop of Tusculum, papal penitentiary, to [Antony Bek] bishop of Durham, agreeing to the monks' petition for absolution from their sentences of excommunication, and instructing Bek to carry this out and impose suitable penances for Thomas de Castro subprior, Richard of Kelloe third prior, Walter of Egglescliffe precentor, Roger of Stanhope cellarer, Thomas of Haswell terrar, Thomas de Aldwode chamberlain, John of Barnard Castle and Geoffrey of Burdon monks and all the other monks of the monastery.
Date: Malaucerne, Vaucluse diocese (France), 5 Id. August, 5 Pont. Clement V.

Loc.VII:35   28 September 1310
Notarial instrument of absolution of the monks of Durham from their sentence of excommunication by Antony Bek bishop of Durham.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 530 x 240mm
Formerly numbered: 92.
Duplicate of DCD Loc.VII: 34 above, except that it omits the actual act of absolution.
Loc.VII:35*   28 September 1310
Notarial instrument of absolution of the monks of Durham from their sentence of excommunication by Antony Bek bishop of Durham.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 495-560 (tapered head) x 270mm
Formerly numbered: 91.
Duplicate of DCD Loc.VII:3 4 above, except that the papal penitentiary's mandate is quoted at the end.
Loc.VII:35**   28 September 1310
Notarial instrument of absolution of the monks of Durham from their sentence of excommunication by Antony Bek bishop of Durham.
Endorsed (contemporary/16th century) with a brief description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 320 x 220mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.7 (8 cancelled): 93 and “L prima octave” .
Duplicate of DCD Loc.VII:34 above, omitting the papal penitentiary's mandate.
Loc.VII:36   18 August [1310]
Commission of Raymond de Monteboerii, canon of Xanton, auditor-general of Bertrand bishop of Albi, papal chamberlain, to the abbot of St Mary's, York, to absolve the priory of Durham from its sentence of excommunication on the repayment by William of Cawton and John of Layton, proctors of the monks and chapter of Durham, to Stephen de Reate in the Roman curia of 345 gold florins borrowed by the late Richard de Hoton prior of Durham.
Date: Avignon, 18 August, 5 Pont. Clement V.
“Petrus” at the foot.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions and the date.
Parchment   1m
Size: 255 x 335mm
Formerly numbered: 97.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.174.
Loc.VII:37   [9 July] 1282
Mandate of John Clarel papal chaplain and John de Luco (Giovanni da Lucca) canon of St Paul's London, judges subdelegate of the dean and chancellor of Lincoln, with the abbot of Waltham, in an appeal between the bishop of Durham and the prior and chapter of Durham against William [Wickwane] archbishop of York, to the archdeacon of Durham, revoking the authority of the abbot of Waltham, and the sentences of the abbot with Ralph de Merlawe and Henry la Feyte falsely claiming to be commissaries of the chancellor of Lincoln, and confirming the archbishop's denouncment of the bishop, prior and convent as excommunicate, the church interdicted and the fruits of the bishop and monastery sequestrated, with fines of £500 from the bishop and £500 from the prior, for the unpaid expenses of the archbishop of York on his visitation.
Date: London, 7 Id. July 1282.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 245 x 250-270mm
Formerly numbered: 88.
Discussed in: R. Brentano, York Metropolitan Jurisdiction and Papal Judges Delegate (1279-1296), (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1959), p.129.
Loc.VII:38   [1305]
Inquisition into whether or not the prior held [land] by barony
Reciting: a writ of Edward I to William de Bereford and Roger de Hegham, justices, to hear and determine certain quarrels in the bishoprick of Durham as a result of a petition from the prior of Durham, date: Westminster, 1 April 33 Edward I [1305]; a petition (in French) of the prior of Durham about his lands being held in barony; endorsed by the council that it should be sent to W de Bereford and Roger de Hegham by writ of chancery and that they should hear if the prior held his lands by barony; which an inquisition carried out by Robert of Hilton, Luke Tailboys, Walter de Wessington, John de la Ley, Thomas of Whitworth, John of Byker, Wiliam of Southwick, John of Usworth, William of Redheugh, Walter of Lutterington, Emeric of Kelloe and Adam of Hollingside decided was not the case.
Old quarrels.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham against Philip and Hugh Darcy, Roger Pichard, John Broylly, John the Armourer, Richard the Harper, William Le Husser, and Hugh of Wales in a plea that Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham through them, with Peter of Bolton and John of Edmondsley, together with 90 men from North Tynedale, enemies of the king, and 300 men from the bishoprick, besieged the priory for 9 weeks; they were attached for 116s worth of growing corn, to be handed over to Richard de Boteland, Richard his son, John Miller, and Ralph of Leyburn for the king's use.
The same prior also sued Philip and the others for breaking the priory's water conduit in many places.
The same prior sued Thomas son of William de Nevill of Charlton for, on behalf of the bishop, and with Master Thomas of Levisham and others unknown, breaking into the prior's manor at Newton Bewley (Bello Loco) and taking away 200 marks worth of goods.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Hugh of Weardale, Robert the Taylor, William de Lubham, Ralph le Venir and Philip Darcy over the blocking of the priory's passage through Durham's north gate which passage the priory had had since the foundation of the church, on behalf of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, aided also by John de Crepping, John Shirlock and William of Brafferton, and the sheriff of Durham had demanded an attachment from Hugh of Weardale etc of a patellam and an ollam ercam, price 22d, which were to be kept by Willliam of Newton by way of an attachment.
The same prior and Thomas of Bamburgh sued Philip of Swafield and Reginald master of the scholars of Norham about when Thomas of Bamburgh came with royal letters for the restitution of the prior in order to read them out in the church of Holy Island on [22 April 1302], he was assaulted by Philip and Reginald, the seal of his letters was removed and he was dragged out of the church and imprisoned in the priory there [Lindisfarne] for 7 days.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham that the former prior Hugh [of Darlington] on [5 July 1285] at Durham [had loaned 200 marks] to the bishop whose repayment the present prior had frequently requested, at a cost of £40.
(Dorse)
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham for when Adam of Boisville, monk of Durham, was sent from his house in Durham by the prior and convent with 700 marks to pay Bartholomew de Ferentino, collector of the tenth granted to the king by the pope, the bishop, against the will of the prior and convent, on [19 March 1301], at Darlington took 200 marks which the prior and convent are still owed. The bishop through his attorney said that the 200 marks had been taken from Boisville when he overnighted at Darlington on his way to London with the agreement of the then prior Henry of Lusby and was sent to the Roman curia for the use of the bishop's and prior's proctors there.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, Master William of St Botulph, Roger of Esh and Peter of Bolton, ministers of the bishop, for, when the prior was in peaceful seisin of 20 marks worth of land in the vills of Ferryhill and Cowpen (Cupun) after the death of John of Ferryhill, the prior's tenant, William, Roger and Peter on [5 November 1292] forcibly ejected the prior at a cost to the prior of £200. An inquisition reported that the prior had not been ejected, but that Ralph of Warcop (Warshop) then sheriff of Durham, and escheator, William of Middleham and William of Edmondsley [as coroners] had paid certain moneys to Master William of St Botulph [as steward of the bishop] at the Durham exchequer from the land, but that Ralph, William and William are now all dead.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Peter of Bolton, Walter of Brafferton and Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham because the same prior and convent sent their messengers Robert the Messenger and William of Carlisle to the king to seek remedies concerning the imprisonment and siege, but that the messengers with their royal letters, returning to Durham, were seized by Peter, Walter, Philip Darcy and others on [28 March 1300] and imprisoned in Durham castle and their letters were seized which was in contempt of the royal protection at a cost of £1000. The jurors say that there was no such messenger as William of Carlisle, but Robert the Messenger was apprehended overnighting in Durham by Peter and Walter, taken to Durham castle and imprisoned there. On the third day after this, Robert's wife came to the bishop and pleaded for her husband's release, but the bishop affirmed that the messenger had been carrying letters in breach of the bishop's rights and would be imprisoned for a month.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham and Roger of Esh his minister for invading his manor of Pittington on [6 August 1300] and carrying off 16 sacks of wool worth 200 marks. The same prior sued the same bishop and Peter of Bolton his minister for breaking into his Ketton manor on the same day and carrying off 4 sacks of wool worth 40 marks. The jurors say that they did not take them.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop [of Durham] stating that on [16 November 1292] the prior loaned to the bishop two pairs of decrees, a pair of decretals, a book called Tripartita Historia, a ?bible, a book called Historia Anglorum, a missal and a book called Liber Sancti Cuthberti in which are written the suits of the house, price £200, to be returned to him or his successors, but they had not yet been returned, despite frequent requests. The bishop said that he had returned the Historia Anglorum and a book of the miracles of St Cuthbert; he intended to return the rest but they were in London.
Endorsed (contemporary) as pleas between the prior and Bishop Antony about temporalities and (16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 640 x 230mm
Further copy in DCD Reg.I, f.ii.76r-v, 77r-v, 78r, 80r, 81r.
Probably originally part of the same roll: DCD Loc.VII: 14, 48, 70.
Loc.VII:39   13 April 1306
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Richard de Hoton prior of Durham, before the NP, John Layton monk of Durham and John Deison, of Robert of Wolviston as proctor, his taking the prior's protest and appeal, beginning and end quoted (as in Loc.VII: 76), to R[alph Baldock] bishop of London at his manor at Fulham, who refused to give him a copy of the papal mandate or to hear in person the protest and appeal.
Witnesses: John Engleis; John Deison; William of Sutton.
Date: Hoggeston, 13 April 1306.
Notary: John of Spaldwick, clerk of Lincoln diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 270 x 330mm
Formerly numbered [Loc.VII:] 82.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.167.
Loc.VII:40   1309 - 1313
Contemporary copies of three notarial instruments concerning Geoffrey of Burdon.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.

Size: 1170 x 170mm
m.1-2 & 1d   15 February 1309 - 27 May 1310
Proceedings of the bishop of Durham's commissaries against Brother Geoffrey of Burdon as a result of the visitation of the convent by the bishop.
15 February 1309 Stephen de Mauley, dean of Auckland and vicar-general of the bishop of Durham, and Master William of St Botulph, archdeacon of Durham, commissaries of the bishop, in the chapter house of Durham before the notary and Dom. Roger of Waltham and Master Robert of Baldock, canons of the cathedral church of London, and together with Brothers William of Tanfield prior of Durham, Henry of Stamford subprior, Osbert of York third prior, Robert of Stanley feretrar and Thomas of Winston, monks of Durham, as commissioned by the bishop of Durham (10 February 1309, as in Loc.VII:23), they investigated complaints proffered at the recent visitation.
7 March 1309 Geoffrey of Burdon was charged with holding divine office despite having been excommunicated for resisting the bishop's first visitation, and of having been the principal instigator of the convent's rebellion, of encouraging Prior Richard de Hoton, of promoting appeals against the bishop of Durham's authority, of continuing to promote Prior Richard de Hoton's cause for a year and a half after his removal from the priory, of instigating a conspiracy that the liberty of Durham had been taken into the king's (Edward I) hand, of impleading the bishop and archdeacon in lay courts, of holding inquisitions against the bishop on the death of William Pollard, of refusing to swear fealty to the bishop as prior of Finchale for its temporalities, of denying that he was bound by no oath of obedience to the bishop, of continuing to exercise the office of proctor despite it having been revoked by the chapter of Durham, of dilapidating the priory of Finchale and not communicating with his fellow monks, of despoiling Finchale priory after Prior Richard de Hoton's death of many goods though he claimed that he had sold them to Adam de Elwold, of burdening Finchale with an annuity to Adam de Elwold and his wife, of not accounting for his administration of Finchale, of being a man of property holding valuables without his prior's knowledge which Geoffrey de Burdon said was actually bonds with Bernard of Thrislington, John of Haswell and William of Haswell for timber not delivered to Finchale, of despoiling his fellow monks of their goods, of being notorious for adultery and incontinence, holding the wife of Elias de Hautvile at Oxford in the dormitory there for eight days, of being renowned for adultery with Joan wife of Henry of Lumley and for maintaining a certain woman in York.
11 March 1309 Geoffrey of Burdon denied the various charges.
Subsequently, the bishop of Durham commissioned the prior of Tynemouth and Master Thomas of Clifford dean of Auckland, with Dom. Roger [of Waltham] and Master Robert of Baldock, canons of London, to continue the visitation which they did on 10 May 1310, the prior of Tynemouth being absent, in the chapter house of Durham, in association with the same monks as above.
10 May 1310 Geoffrey of Burdon requested a prorogation to 18 May which was granted.
18 May 1310 Geoffrey of Burdon asked to be absolved from the sentence of excommunication which was granted.
27 May 1310 Geoffrey of Burdon was sentenced for his crimes, being deprived of all office, denied the fellowship of the other monks and a voice in chapter for ten years, demoted to the last place on the south side of the choir, forbidden communication with the outside world, set to say psalms for the soul of Antony Bek, bishop of Durham, and given a meagre diet.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Ganyo, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.137-149.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.170-174.
m.1d-2d   12 January 1311
Notarial instrument reciting the following mandate.
Witnesses: Dom. Roger of Waltham canon of London; Dom. Richard of Morton chaplain; John of Waltham.
Date: the prior's chapel in Durham priory, 12 January 1311/2.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Ganyo, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority.

   [13 December] 1310
Mandate of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham to the prior, subprior and third prior of the monastery of Durham, in furtherance of the correction of offences identified at his visitation, ordering the monk Geoffrey of Burdon to be sent to the cell of Coldingham within eight days.
Date: London, feast of St Lucy the Virgin 1310.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.174-178.
m.2d   2 July 1313
Notarial instrument reciting, on the resignation of William of Tanfield as prior of Durham, the announcement of the 2 July as the date of the election, by Geoffrey of Burdon subprior, with the convent then proceeding from the church to the chapter house, the doors being then closed, and after a long delay Brothers William of Tanfield and Geoffrey of Haxby appeared, whence they proceeded to the church, a Te Deum was sung and Geoffrey of Burdon was presented at the high altar as prior, this being solemnly published to the assembled people and clergy in lingua gallica.
Witnesses: Masters Andrew de Tang, Robert of Darlington and Nicholas of Staindrop, NPs.
Date: Durham.

Also in DCD Reg.II, f.18r.
Loc.VII:41   11 November [1302]
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment, in the presence of 54 monks, of their fellow monks Robert of Rothbury and William of Cowton as proctors in the Roman curia in their dispute against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham..
Witnesses: Master Peter of Fishburn clerk; William of the Exchequer (de Scaccario) and Richard Wood (de Bosco) valetti.
Date: chapter house at Durham, 11 November.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 310 x 220-230mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162.
Shorter version in Loc.VII:17.
Loc.VII:42   [19 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting a declaration by Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham, proctor of the religious of the monastery of Durham, to Antony, bishop of Durham, that he hereby appeals to the court of York, failing which to the apostolic see, in the name of the said religious, subjecting the said religious, their associates, rights and properties (&c) to the protection of the abovenoted sees, lest the bishop of Durham attempt anything prejudicial to the liberty and immunity of the said religious, or attempt to impose penalties on them; because they have the right to be visited by the bishop alone, and are accustomed to supply one or more of their number to assist the bishop, should he need clerks to carry out his visitation; and in view of what is implied in the letters directed to the said religious by the bishop concerning his visitation, and because of the manifest and unamended hurt done to the religious by the bishop in the recent past, with the appeal being drawn up as if it had been read in the bishop's presence, though it was not recited in the presence of the bishop until the next day, the Friday.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave, Adam of Darlington, Peter of Kelloe clerks.
Date: Durham, 13 exeuntis May 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions and a note that [this bundle] contains [Loc.VII:]40-45.
Parchment   1m
Size: 300 x 220mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.7:40.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.132.
Another version: DCD Misc.Ch. 5523(a).
Appeal copied in DCD Reg.III, f.87v-88r.
Loc.VII:43   [26 March] 1301
Notarial instrument reciting that Geoffrey of Burdon, monk of Durham and proctor of Richard [de Hoton] prior and chapter of Durham met [Robert Winchelsey] archbishop of Canterbury travelling from Bredon manor in Worcester diocese and queried why he had delayed for three weeks in responding to the papal mandate to summon A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham and Henry of Lusby monk of Durham; the archbishop responded that he objected to sending clerks at his own costs, with the proctor replying that Prior Richard [de Hoton] could not pay until the mandate had been executed and he had been restored to the administration of the convent of Durham.
Witnesses: Masters Ralph of Malling, Thomas of Upton and Richard of ?Worcester (Morcester), the archbishop's clerks.
Date: on the road between Bredon manor and Tewkesbury abbey, 6 March exeuntis1301.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 190 x 200mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.154.
Loc.VII:44   [?1305]
Statements of the jurors about the siege of the priory of Durham by the men of Weardale and Tynedale taken at Durham before the justices.
The jurors said that certain senior monks had conspired against the prior, and the bishop had sought to carry out his visitation, but the prior had been disobedient, so the senior monks numbering 8 or 9 had met with the bishop at Northallerton, agreeing to have Henry of Lusby as a new prior. On their return to the priory, the prior had barred their entrance to the inner cloister. They, remaining in the outer court of the priory, had requested assistance from the bishop to install Henry of Lusby and remove Richard [de Hoton]. The foresters of Weardale and Hugh of Wales with men of Tynedale were sent and besieged the priory for 9 weeks, allowing no monks out nor victuals in. This was all at the will of the bishop. Damages 300 marks.
The jurors say that Peter of Bolton and John of Edmondsley seized Nicholas Applegarth from his bed where he was staying in Durham and imprisoned him in Durham castle for 40 days. Adam of Twizell, William of Hurworth and Robert of Killington, monks of Prior Richard, went to the bishop at Beaurepair manor to ask for the messenger's release which was denied, and he was detained for a further 8 days before being allowed to go.
(dorse)
As to Robert the Messenger, the jurors say that Robert the Messenger and William of Carlisle, messengers of the prior, were seized by Peter of Bolton and Walter of Brafferton, with Robert the Messenger being taken in his bed overnighting in Durham, taking messages to the royal court about the priory's business, and being then imprisoned in Durham castle. On the third day after, Robert's wife came to the bishop to ask for his release, but the bishop affirmed that the messenger had been carrying letters in breach of the bishop's rights and would be imprisoned for a month.
The prior recovered damages for: all the intrusions of the bishop £2000; the moors of Heworth, Monkton, Jarrow and Hedworth dissesied by the bishop 100s: the blocking of Durham's gate £20; for 200 marks taken from ?Richard Adam at Darlington £10; for a loan of 200 marks by Prior Hugh of Darlington £10; ... Thomas of Levisham; from Roger of ?Hett £30.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description as disputes before the king's justices and that the prior recovered £2045 and 200 marks.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 295-230 x 200mm
Formerly numbered: 119.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.143, 145.
Loc.VII:45   [1305]
Articles of complaint, numbered 20 to [41], exhibited to [Edward I] by [Richard de Hoton] prior of Durham, against the aggressions of Antony Bek bishop of Durham.
Some interlineations and alterations, especially of the damages amounts.
20. The former prior, Hugh of Darlington, loaned 200 marks to Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham on Michaelmas 15 [Edward I] [29 September 1285], which has not been repaid. Damages £40.
21. When Richard de Hoton was formerly subprior of Durham he took a roe-deer (cheveroyl) in a common chase in a wood at Finchale for which the bishop unjustly demanded 700 marks at Michaelmas 15 [Edward I] [29 September 1287]. Damages £100.
22. Adam of Boisville was sent by the prior and convent of Durham with 700 marks to pay to Bartholomew de Ferentino [for the crusading tenth] but he was intercepted at Darlington and 200 marks was taken off him for the bishop on the morrow before the Annunciation 19 [Edward I] [24 March 1291]. Damages £40.
23. Prior Hugh of Darlington loaned the bishop itemised plate on St Martin 17 [Edward I] [11 November 1289] which had not been returned. Damages £100.
24. The prior's bond villeins and farmers of Ferryhill, Mid Merrington, Kirk Merrington and West Merrington had been denied their custom collecting of fallen wood in the bishop's woods at Auckland. Damages £40.
25. Philip Darcy, bishop's minister, took a ?horse (runcyn) price £10 at Shincliffe on Wednesday before St Barnabas 29 [Edward I] [7 June 1301]. Damages £20. Cancelled.
26. Roger of Esh and Peter of Bolton, ministers of the bishop, took beasts from the prior's manors between the Tyne and the Tees on Wednesday before St John 25 [Edward I] [19 June 1297]. Damages £40
27. Richard of Kelloe subprior had appeared in the bishop's court of pleas in Durham on the vigil of St Cuthbert in March 29 [Edward I] [19 March 1301] before Sir Ralph FitzWilliam, Sir William of Brompton, Sir John of Crepping, bishop's justices, in the hall of pleas in Durham castle, asking for the observance of the royal protection, but the bishop's justices refused to admit the validity within the franchise of any writ or protection save that of the bishop. Damages £200. Cancelled.
28. On Sunday before St Martin 20 [Edward I] [9 November 1292] Prior Richard loaned books to the bishop, two pairs of decrees, a pair of decretals, a book called Tripartita Historia, une Riche Bible, a book called Historia Anglorum, a missal, a book called the book of Saint Cuthbert which had not been returned. Damages £20.
29. John of Horncliffe, the bishop's servant, on St George's Day 30 [Edward I] [23 April 1302] took various sheep at Fenham, price £27. Damages £9.
30. Thomas of Bamburgh, with the royal protection and bearing letters for the restitution of the prior, entered the church on Holy Island at Easter 30 [Edward I] [22 April 1302] whence he was dragged out by John of Horncliffe, Richard of Rothbury, Reynold master of the scholars of Norham and Roger the Webster, also the seal of his letters was broken and he was imprsoned in [Lindisfarne] priory for 7 days. Damages £200.
31. The bishop or Henry of Lusby sent under the guard of Walter of Rothbury and John of Horncliffe, the bishop's ministers, to Norham chapel a container (huyche) full of books, that is bibles, missales, decrees, decretals and others, value 200 marks, and sent with Richard of Tynedale another container of vestments and books to the value of £100, and two sacks of dratz price £10 and two candelabra price £10 on Wednesday before the Annunciation 21 [Edward I] [18 March 1293]. Damages £300. Cancelled.
32. Richard Rothbury and Robert the Coroner, bishop's ministers, assembled with Robert Shirlock, Robert of Newbiggin and Roger the Webster on Friday after St Mark 30 [Edward I] [27 April 1302], took animals and goods from Fenham manor and Holy Island priory to the value of £100 and held them for 15 days. Damages [£]300.
33. Roger of Esh, the bishop's minister, forcibly entered Pittington manor on Saturday after Gules Aust 28 [Edward I] [6 August 1300] and took 16 sacks of wool to the value of 200 marks. Damages £340.
34. Peter of Bolton, the bishop's minister, forcibly entered Ketton manor on Saturday after Gules Aust 28 [Edward I] [6 August 1300] and took 4 sacks of wool to the value of 40 marks. Damages £60.
35. The bishop had detained for three years for his own use £800 due for the Holy Land and so the priory's churches had been sequestered by Master Bartholomew de Ferentino. Damages £1000.
36. A cargo of 22 sacks of wool was due to sail from Hartlepool to Boston, but William of St Botulph and Richard the Mason, ministers of the bishop, on Wednesday before St Margaret 27 [Edward I] [15 July 1299] held it up for 6 weeks so that the sale was lost and the value of each sack dropped from 10 marks to 4 marks. Damages £200.
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37. Master William of St Botulph, Walter de Bermeton, Roger of Esh, John Brand, John Gilmin, and William Leante had disseised the prior of 200 acres of moor and pasture at Heworth, Hebburn, Monkton and Hedworth since the first passage of King Henry III to Gascony.
[38]. Master William of St Botulph, Walter de Bermeton, and John Gategang had disseised the prior of 4 acres of moor at Heworth since the first passage of King Henry III to Gascony.
[39]. Master William of St Botulph, Roger of Esh, Gilbert Goldsmith, Peter of Bolton, James called Spicer, Walter de Bermeton, William son of Ralph, Richard of Chilton, Thomas formerly serjeant, Emerice of Kelloe, John son of John Bille, Ymani late the wife of Robert of Pockerley, Margaret late wife of John of Howden, Walter of Brafferton, and Robert of Cornsay disseised the prior of 100 acres of moor and pasture in the Old Borough of Durham since the first passage of King Henry III to Gascony.
[40]. The prior's tenants had been free of townentz and stallages by royal charter, but the bishop's bailiffs John of Grendon and Robert of Paxton had imposed dues on goods in the Old Borough and Elvet. Damages £100.
[41]. Walter of Rothbury, the bishop's minister, had taken away animals and goods to the value of £24 from Haggerston and Lowlynn on Monday after Michaelmas 24 [Edward I] [1 October 1296]. Damages £40.
Endorsed (14th century) as quarrels of Prior Richard for King Edward I against Bishop Antony in French.
Language:  French

Size: 945 x 220mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.7: ?113.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.155.
Loc.VII:46   8 December [1305]
Pleas between the bishop and prior of Durham, concerning the siege of the priory and the injustices inflicted by the men of Weardale and Tynedale, specifically:
- On the quindene of Michaelmas the prior came, but the bishop did not; Peter of Bolton, John of Edmondsley, Walter of Uffington and Thomas of Levisham came; it was verified that Walter of Brafferton had died; Richard of Stanley, attorney of the bishop, claimed an essoin; the prior said that the bishop had other general attornies admitted in the king's chancery as could be verified from the chancery rolls whose scrutiny revealed that the bishop had appointed two general attornies in the king's chancery before his journey abroad, and judgement was made that the bishop had taken £40 from the prior against the ordinance made before the king at Evenwood.
- Other claims by the prior against the bishop resulting from the siege of the priory were that the water condut had been broken, the mill damaged, its timber taken away, doors and chests were broken, goods carried off, the prior and monks were confined to their stalls in the church, and the prior was forcibly removed from his stall and imprisoned in Durham castle and then the priory for 16 weeks, with the bishop sending foresters from Weardale and unknown men from Tynedale, with Peter of Bolton, John of Edmondsley, and Walter of Uffington chaplain, to carry this out, damages detailed; the three latter were committed to the marshal; but the principal and captain of all these transgressions was the bishop, who had not come, so he incurred damages of £840; also Robert brother of Thomas of Levisham who was serjeant of ?Newton Bewley (Bello Loco) took the prior's goods from there, so he was committed to the marshal and damages of £18 6s 8d were awarded to the prior.
- Furthermore, the bishop and Peter of Bolton imprisoned Robert the Messenger, the prior's messenger,carrying the king's letters about remedying the siege; damages of 20 marks were awarded.
- Furthermore, concerning the prior's quarrel, and also that of Geoffrey of Hartlepool, in that two messengers of the prior, Nicholas of Applegarth and Robert the Messenger, carrying missives to the bishop on separate occasions were imprisoned in Durham castle, the former for 8 days, which was an abuse of his regalian authority.
- Furthermore, the bishop took 500 marks from the prior's house.
With a writ from the king to the sheriff of Northmberland to take the regalian liberties of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham between the Tees and the Tyne into the king's hand.
Witness: R le Brabazon.
Date: Westminster, 8 December 34 Edward I.
Endorsed (contemporary) as pleas between the prior and bishop of Durham concerning temporalities, as judgement rendered for us in the king's court against the bishop, and as quarrels between the bishop and prior before William de Bereford and his fellows at Durham, and (16th century) with a description.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 500 x 260mm
Formerly numbered: 111.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.164, 198.
Further copies: DCD Loc.VII: 47 and 48 next below.
Probably originally part of the same roll: DCD Loc.VII: 14, 38, 70.
Loc.VII:47   8 December [1305]
Pleas between the prior and bishop of Durham.
Endorsed (contemporary) as quarrels of the prior against Antony duplicate and (16th century) as the taking of the regalian liberty of Bishop Antony into the hands of King Edward on account of the attacks against the prior and against the agreement and ordinance of the king ...
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 590 x 235mm
Formerly numbered: 113.
Copy of DCD Loc.VII: 46 next above.
Another copy in DCD Loc.VII: 48 next below.
Loc.VII:48   8 December [1305]
Pleas between the prior and bishop of Durham.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) as the taking of the regalian liberty of A bishop of Durham into the king's hands ... and “3a” .
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 610 x 240mm
Formerly numbered: 112.
Copy of DCD Loc.VII:46 above.
Another copy in DCD Loc.VII:47 next above.
Loc.VII:49   [5 June] 1282
Mandate of [Reginald Maidenhead] abbot of Waltham principal papal judge delegate, together with Ralph of Marlow papal chaplain and Henry le Feyte official of Rochester, subdelegates of [Simon Bamburgh] the chancellor of Lincoln, and [Nicholas Heigham] the dean of Lincoln as the third delegate, to the dean of Stamford to denounce the sentence of excommunication pronounced by [William Wickwane] archbishop of York against R[obert of Holy Island] bishop of Durham, R[ichard of Claxton] prior of Durham and the chapter of the church of Durham.
Date: Stamford, Non. June 1282.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 210 x 200mm
Formerly numbered: 83.
Loc.VII:50   [30 March 1306]
Memorandum of appeals of the monks of Durham against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham to the apostolic see.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 650 x 255mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.166-167.
   n.d.
Appeal by Henry of Hett, proctor of Richard de Hoton prior and convent of Durham, against Stephen de Mauley archdeacon of Cleveland and Thomas of Goldsborough canon of Lincoln acting as executors or judges delegate as they are notoriously household clerks of [Antony Bek] bishop of Durham.

   n.d.
Appeal by Henry of Barnard Castle, monk of Durham and proctor of the prior and chapter of Durham, against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham commissioning Henry of Lusby, monk of Durham, to administer the convent of Durham, committed to [Bek] by Pope Clement V, as Lusby was a notorious fugitive and unsuitable for the role, having previously been intruded as prior when he despoiled the priory of its goods.

   n.d.
Appeal by Henry of Barnard Castle, monk of Durham and proctor of the prior and chapter of Durham, against the commissioning of [Stephen de Mauley] archdeacon of Cleveland as his executor by Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, along with the bishop of London and the abbot of Lézat, to administer the convent of Durham by papal authority.

   
The following were made in the chapter house at Durham on 30 March [13]36 (sic) before Masters Roger de Haslarton, Peter of Fishburn and Richard de Heron clerks:

   10 March 1306
Appointment of Brother Henry of Lusby as proctor by Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, commissioning him to administer the convent of Durham.
Date: Massay (Masticon), [dept. Cher, France], 10 March 1306.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.119-121.
   n.d.
Appeal by Henry of Barnard Castle, monk of Durham and proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, against officials, abbots, priors, rectors of churches, chaplains of parishes and other prelates of the diocese of Durham doing anything prejudicial to the interests of the prior and convent.
With another version.

Loc.VII:51   [19 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Richard [de Hoton] prior and convent of Durham of Robert of Rothbury, fellow monk, as proctor.
Date: in a full chapter at Durham, 13 exeuntis May 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being a proctor ad causas and vacat.
Parchment   1m
Size: 220 x 230mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.132.
Copied in DCD Reg.III f.87r-v.
Loc.VII:52   20 May 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham and proctor of the prior and convent thereof, to the court of York, failing which, to the apostolic see, rehearsing and bringing up to date the narrative of events contained in earlier appeals, stating that, notwithstanding earlier appeals, the bishop had, against the form of law, fulminated excommunication upon the prior of Durham, and the subprior, third prior, sacrist, chamberlain, infirmarer, cellarer, hostiller, bursar, granator, and incanar' [?] and other obedientiaries thereof, the almoner and feretrar alone excepted, and Geoffrey of Burdon, John of Barnard Castle, and John of Appleby, monks of Durham, and cited them to appear before him or his commissaries in Durham cathedral, outside the chapter house, to receive punishment; and, knowing the prior and convent, himself and the monastery of Durham to be unduly burdened because of this, appealing in their name to the said court and see, placing the prior and convent and their goods (&c) in the protection of the said court and see, lest the bishop should attempt punishment, or anything prejudicial against them.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave, Alexander of Ponsonby, anf Peter of Kelloe; Henry de Menyle and Thomas of Egglescliffe clerks.
Date: Durham, 20 May 1300.
Notary: Andrew [son of] the late William de Tang, clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions and as an appeal not admitted “excepcio proscripcionis” .
Parchment   1m
Size: 445 x 240mm
Formerly numbered: 43.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.133-134.
Copied in DCD Reg.III, f.89v-90r.
Loc.VII:53   [18 December 1300]
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal to the apostolic see by John of Appleby, monk and proctor of Richard de Hoton prior and convent of Durham, against certain grave attacks brought by the official of the court of York in the dispute with Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham.
Witnesses: Master Philip of Nassington; Brother Geoffrey of Burdon; John of Paxton canon of the chapel of St Mary and the Holy Angels [college of St Sepulchre] of York; Warin of Pontefract; John of Osmotherley.
Date: York minster.
Notary: Andrew [son of] the late William de Tang, clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 345 x 240mm
See DCD Loc.VII:25 for probably the upper part of the roll.
Loc.VII:54   22 October 1331
Notarial instrument reciting, in the presence also of Master Peter de Cainus, papal scriptor, the complaint of John de Crepping, monk of Durham, against Prior [William of Cowton]'s spoliation of the church's goods and his subjection to the protection of the apostolic see to which the prior had sent him.
Witnesses: Master Bernard de Gatrico; John Anglius; Nicholas of Parma; Michael de St Vicon; Matthew of Viterbo; ?Peter [de St] Vicon.
Date: Avignon, 22 October 1331.
Notary: John Nicolai of Aquamandula, clerk of Gaietarum diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 355 x 270mm
Loc.VII:55   [11 June] 1282
Transcript of attestations on the part of the prior and convent of Durham in the case of the appeal against the archbishop of York produced on the Thursday after the octave of Trinity 1282 before [Reginald Maidenhead] abbot of Waltham principal papal judge delegate, and Masters R[alph] of Marlow and Henry la Feyte official of Rochester, commissaries of [Simon Bamburgh] the chancellor of Lincoln.
Master Robert Avenel, examined on the first article, said that it was true as he had seen the mandate of the archbishop to the prior and convent about the visitation which was to be on the morrow of St John the Baptist 1281. He said the second article was true, and the exception had been proposed by Roger of Methley (Medeleye) sacrist and proctor of the prior and convent, on the morrow of St John the Baptist, around the first hour, with Master Nicholas of Appleby and many others present, outside the north gate of Durham. The third article was true as he had not admitted the said exception. The fourth article was true as he had been present when the proctor of the prior and convent had appealed the mandate on the said morrow of St John. The fifth article was true except for the word adherentes. The sixth article, he was aware of £200 but not of a greater sum. The seventh article was true except for as in the fifth and, as in the sixth, he was not aware of a sum of £20000; it had been published in Durham and neighbouring parts.
Master Nicholas of Appleby, the second witness, had nothing to add to what Master Robert had said, except that, on the fifth article, the archbishop had excommunicated the adherents of the prior and convent, and, on the sixth and seventh, he did not believe the sum was so large.
Brother Stephen of Howden, the third witness, had nothing further to add to what Master Robert had said, his testimony ending part way through the fourth article.
At the foot is “Venerabili patri domino” .
Endorsed (16th century) with a description (faded).
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 370 x 190mm
Printed: R. Brentano, York Metropolitan Jurisdiction and Papal Judges Delegate (1279-1296), (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1959), App.XI, p.236-238.
Loc.VII:56   29 June [1302]
Notarial instrument reciting the inspeximus by the professed monks (names surviving: Adam of Twizell, Robert de Kil?, Richard of Brompton, Roger of Stanhope, Peter of Sedgefield, Thomas of Howden, ? of Barnaby, Robert of Langton, William of Egglescliffe, John ?, Walter of Egglescliffe, Thomas de Aldewode, Roger ?, Robert of Rothbury, Richard de Erington, Richard of Aislaby, Thomas of Allerton, Thomas of Rillington, Roger of Tynemouth, Geoffrey of ?Lincoln, William of ?, Roger of Greatham, John of Barnard Castle, Robert of Birtley, William of York, John of Durham, ? of Carlisle, William of Ripon and Peter of Helton) of the chapter of Durham of the appointment by Richard [of Kelloe] subprior of Durham of their fellow monks Robert of Rothbury, John of Appleby and William of Cowton with master William of Parlington clerk as proctors in the Roman curia.
Witnesses: John of Burdon, Robert of Coldingham and Richard of Middleton.
Date: the chapter house in Durham, 29 June.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 270-360 x 225mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162.
Another version: DCD Loc.VII: 13.
Loc.VII:57   10 January 1303
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Geoffrey of Burdon terrar and Thomas of Haswell bursar of their fellow brothers Robert of Rothbury and William of Cowton as proctors, in the absence of the subprior and Prior Richard [de Hoton] in the Roman curia before Pope Boniface VIII.
Witnesses: Henry de Menyle, Roger of Levington and John of Burdon clerks.
Date: Durham priory in the bursar's exchequer, 10 January 1303.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 270 x 160mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162.
Loc.VII:58   [?June 1300]
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by John of Barnard Castle, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to the apostolic see against the non-observance by Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham of the agreement made before the king [Edward I] at Evenwood, by still intruding his ministers into the monastery at Durham and its manors, and also to York for protection.
Witnesses: Master Robert of Cave DCL; Dom. Henry de Menyl; Walter of Aycliffe and Hugh of Grindon clerks.
Date: Durham, in a small chamber next to the prior's chamber.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: c.400 x 205mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.140.
Loc.VII:59   10 May 1302
Notarial instrument reciting a protestation by Richard of Kelloe subprior of Durham and vicar-general in the prior's absence, in the name of the convent of Durham, against certain acts of the bishop of Durham carried out in the time of Henry of Lusby namely levying tithes from the priory, exacting arrears of 700 marks for the papal crusading tenth during Lent 1302, and granting pensions and acknowledging debts against the consent of chapter but under the chapter seal, and making presentations and collations to their benefices.
Witnesses: Masters William of Parlington rector of Kirkham, Whithorn diocese, and Geoffrey of Malton, NP by imperial authority; Richard of Middleton and William called the Spicer laymen literati.
Date: chapter house of Durham cathedral, 10 May 1302.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 290 x 250mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.156, 160.
Another copy in DCD Loc.VII: 59* next below.
Loc.VII:59*   10 May 1302
Notarial instrument reciting a protestation by Richard of Kelloe subprior of Durham and vicar-general in the prior's absence, in the name of the convent of Durham, against certain acts of the bishop of Durham carried out in the time of Henry of Lusby namely levying tithes from the priory, exacting arrears of 700 marks for the papal crusading tenth during Lent 1302, and granting pensions and acknowledging debts against the consent of chapter but under the chapter seal, and making presentations and collations to their benefices.
Witnesses: Masters William of Parlington rector of Kirkham, Whithorn diocese, and Geoffrey of Malton, NP by imperial authority; Richard of Middleton and William called the Spicer laymen literati.
Date: chapter house of Durham cathedral, 10 May 1302.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 310 x 230mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.156, 160.
Another copy in DCD Loc.VII: 59 next above.
Loc.VII:60   24 February 1302
Notarial instrument reciting a notarial instrument of John son of James de Bonoma, notary public by apostolic and imperial authority, reciting the appointment by Richard [de Hoton] prior and convent of Durham of Brothers Robert of Rothbury, Richard of Brompton and Geoffrey of Burdon, fellow monks of Durham, as proctors, especially at the apostolic see for his restitution to the priory of Durham.
Witnesses: Masters Baldred Biset auditor of [Leonard Patrasso] bishop of Albano, William of Parlington rector of Kirkham in Whithorn diocese, Thomas of Selby clerk of York diocese and Adam de Aldewod clerk of Durham diocese.
Date: Rome, 24 February 1302.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary/16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 290 x 265mm
Formerly numbered 61 and 62.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.157.
Loc.VII:61   3 June 1300
Notarial instrument reciting a protest by John of Barnard Castle proctor of the prior and convent of Durham that the incarceration of the prior and convent and their proctors in the priory by the bishop's officers was frustrating their rightful attempts to make appeals to the court of York and the apostolic see.
Witnesses: Master Robert of Cave DCL, John Bertram and Hugh of Grindon clerks.
Date: Durham, in the inner chamber of the prior, 3 June 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 250 x 195mm
Formerly numbered: 45.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.136.
Loc.VII:62   29 June 1302
Notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Richard of Kelloe subprior of Durham, Roger of Stanhope cellarer, Thomas de Aldewode chamberlain, Thomas of Haswell bursar, John of Selby hostiller, Nicholas of Rothbury, Nicholas of Carlisle incanarius, John of Wolviston, John of Appleby, and John of Barnard Castle monks of Durham. of their professed fellow monks Robert of Rothbury and William of Cowton as proctors before Pope Boniface VIII in the dispute with A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham over his visitation.
Witnesses: John of Burdon, Robert of Coldingham and Richard of Middleton.
Date: the chapter house in Durham, 29 June.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) as procuration to seek absolution “ad cantelam” .
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 250 x 160mm
Loc.VII:63   [10 June] 1310
Mandate of the official of the court of York to the prior of Tynemouth saying that he had received the following mandate and that the excommunication of Prior William [of Tanfield] and Henry of Stamford subprior was to be relaxed..
Date: York, 4 Id. June 1310.
Endorsed (contemporary/16th century) with a description and the date (incorrect).
Parchment   1m
Size: 190-205 x 345mm
Formerly numbered: 95.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.174.
   [4 June] 1310
Mandate of the prior of Tynemouth to the abbot of St Salvator near Florence judge and executor together with Alan of Perugia prior of the secular church of St Angelo of Prefolio, Spoleto diocese, and the archdeacon Alnixiens, in association with the archdeacons of Durham and Cleveland, commissaries of the archbishop of York, to relax the sentence of excommunication imposed on Prior William [of Tanfield], Henry of Stamford, and the rest of the chapter of Durham as 700 marks loaned to the late Richard [de Hoton, prior of Durham] in Rome by merchants of the Avogadi society of Florence had been repaid, to be published in the cathedral at York and other churches throughout the diocese of York.
Date: Tynemouth, 2 Non. June 1310.

Loc.VII:64   14 July 1303
Notarial instrument recording that Robert Cave exhibited and published the following recited mandate.
Witnesses: Master Peter of Fishburn; Hugh of Sadberge and Henry of Hett clerks.
Date: Durham cathedral, 14 July 1303.
Notary: Thomas of Selby, clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) descriptions
Parchment   1m
Size: 400 x 160-180mm
   [5 August] 1300
Mandate of the official of York to Master Robert of Cave rector of Sigston, Peter of Kelloe keeper of the spiritualities of Howden, Elias of Cowton canon of Southwell, Adam of Barnaby rector of Rounton (Rungeton), Benedict of Hartlepool rector of Welton, and Andrew of Tang ordering the excommunication of any hindering appeals to the apostolic see or the court of York in a tuitorial case in the court of York between the prior and convent of Durham against John de Lascy canon of Auckland and Robert of Abberwick official of the bishop of Durham about the removal of the prior of Durham and other officers of the priory, the almoner and feretrar excepted.
Date: York, Non. August 1300.

Another copy in DCD Loc.VII:11.
Loc.VII:65   11 August 1306
Notarial instrument recording the intention of Richard de Hoton prior of Durham to journey to the Roman curia to pursue to an end the various appeals and protestations against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, and invoking the protection of the Roman curia for the church of Durham and all its rights and possessions.
Witnesses: John of Haxby and John of Layton monks of Durham; Master Peter of Fishburn clerk; Roger of Alverton.
Date: Durham priory, 11 August 1306.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 245 x 205mm
Formerly numbered: 78 and 81.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.167.
Loc.VII:66   31 July 1303
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by William of Cowton, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to the apostolic see against Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham's intention of visiting the priory and to York for protection.
Witnesses: Alan of Teesdale, John son of John of Durham, Dom. Henry of Cockfield chaplain, Adam de Aldewode, and Master Thomas of Selby NP by imperial authority, clerks.
Date: in the chapel of the prior's manor at [Newton] Bewley in the bishoprick of Durham, 31 July 1303.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang, clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 530 x 240mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.163.
Loc.VII:67   14 April 1302
Notarial instrument reciting the protestation of Richard of Kelloe, subprior of the church of Durham and vicar-general of Prior Richard de Hoton, that he had received a mandate of the apostolic see from Nicholas bishop of Teano authorising the restoration of Prior Richard [de Hoton], but he was not going to carry out the office of executor of that restitution but would rather read out the restitution to the assembled clergy and people.
Witnesses: Robert of Lumley knight; Gilbert of Durham; John of Gilesgate chaplain in the cathedral; Nicholas of Offerton clerk.
Date: Durham cathedral, 14 April 1302.
Notary: Geoffrey Patricius of Malton, clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority.
Endorsed (contemporary/16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 190 x 195mm
Formerly numbered 62.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.158.
Loc.VII:68   [12 August & 10 September] 1282
Transcription of:
Mandate of [Reginald Maidenhead] abbot of Waltham principal papal judge delegate and Masters H[enry] le Affeyte official of Rochester and R[alph] ofMarlow papal chaplain, commissaries of the chancellor of Lincoln papal judge delegate, with the dean of Lincoln as the third papal judge delegate, to [Henry] bishop of Whithorn, in an appeal between Robert bishop of Durham and the prior and chapter of Durham against W[illiam Wickwane] archbishop of York, revoking the judgments against the bishop, prior and chapter of Durham of Masters John Clarel rector of Hemmingford, William of Newark archdeacon of Huntingdon and John de Luco canon of St Pauls London, falsely pretending to have apostolic authority in this case, made in the church of St Pauls London and elsewhere, which are to be denounced.
Date: London, 2 Id. August 1282.
Mandate of [John of Northwold] abbot of Bury St Edmunds and [Thomas Inglethorpe] dean of St Pauls London, papal judges delegate, with [Hugh le Brun] abbot of Furness though he is now excused as he is overseas, to [Henry] bishop of Whithorn not to publish a judgement of the abbot of Waltham, with Masters William of Newark archdeacon of Huntingdon, John Clarel or John de Luco canon of St Paul's, calling themselves commissaries of the dean and chancellor of Lincoln, principal papal judges delegate with the abbot
Date: dean [of St Paul's] at the Newington prebend near London 4 Non. September 1282; abbot of Bury St Edmunds at Melford, 4 Id. September 1282.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 425 x 220-230mm
Formerly numbered: 85.
Another copy: DCD Loc.VII:68* next below.
Loc.VII:68*   [12 August -10 September] 1282
Transcription of:
Mandate of [Reginald Maidenhead] abbot of Waltham principal papal judge delegate and Masters H[enry] le Affeyte official of Rochester and R[alph] of Marlow papal chaplain, commissaries of the chancellor of Lincoln papal judge delegate, with the dean of Lincoln as the third papal judge delegate, to [Henry] bishop of Whithorn, in an appeal between Robert bishop of Durham and the prior and chapter of Durham against W[illiam Wickwane] archbishop of York, revoking the judgments against the bishop, prior and chapter of Durham of Masters John Clarel rector of Hemmingford, William of Newark archdeacon of Huntingdon and John de Luco canon of St Pauls London, falsely pretending to have apostolic authority in this case, made in the church of St Pauls London and elsewhere, which are to be denounced.
Date: London, 2 Id. August 1282.
Mandate of [John of Northwold] abbot of Bury St Edmunds and [Thomas Inglethorpe] dean of St Pauls London, papal judges delegate, with [Hugh le Brun] abbot of Furness though he is now excused as he is overseas, to [Henry] bishop of Whithorn not to publish a judgement of the abbot of Waltham, with Masters William of Newark archdeacon of Huntingdon, John Clarel or John de Luco canon of St Paul's, calling themselves commissaries of the dean and chancellor of Lincoln, principal papal judges delegate with the abbot
Date: dean [of St Paul's] at the ?Newington prebend near London 4 Non. September 1282; abbot of Bury St Edmunds at Melford, 4 Id. September 1282.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 580 x 220mm
Formerly numbered: 87.
Another copy: DCD Loc.VII:68 next above.
Loc.VII:69   [29 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by [Robert of Rothbury] proctor of the prior and convent of Durham to the apostolic see and the court of York against the sequestration by A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham of the revenues of the church of Durham and its estates, his removal of its officials from its estates and his intrusion of his own, his blockading of the priory, denying access to the mill for corn, not allowing the watering of horses or the delivery of supplies, and other injustices inflicted on the priory and its members on the authority of Master Robert of Abberwick official of the bishop and Master William of St Botulph archdeacon of Durham and steward of the bishop.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave DCL, Peter of Kelloe and Hugh of Grindon clerks.
Date: Durham cathedral, 3 May exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 340 x 205-215mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.135.
Loc.VII:70   [26 April 1305]

Size: 340 x 205-215mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.131, 140, 143, 145, 159.
Probably originally part of the same roll: DCD Loc.VII: 14, 38, 46.
aa
Pleas at Durham before W[illiam] of Bereford and R[alph] de Hegham, king's justices, concerning old quarrels and assizes of the men of the bishoprick of Durham, Monday the morrow of the close of Easter 33 Edward I.
Reciting the following letters patent.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham because when the king had ordained a peace between them at Evenwood on [20 June 1300] , in contempt of this the bishop, who had seized the priory's manors, namely Bewley, Ketton, Wardley, Pittington, Belasis, Dalton, Muggleswick, and Beaurepair, which he ought by the ordinance to have returned, reseized them, put his own bailiffs in in place of the priory's and took goods from them through Thomas of Richmond and other malefactors to the value of £1000. The bishop responded through his attorney Richard of Stanley on the grounds of the prior's disobedience and his removal from office, and the disregard shown by the prior in reference to a mediation proposed by the king. Rejoinder made by the prior to the bishop's defence.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.

Size: 455 x 230-240mm
Formerly numbered: 115.
Another copy: DCD Reg.I, f.ii.69r-70v.
   26 March [1305]
Letters patent of Edward I to William de Bereford and Roger de Hegham being a commission of oyer and terminer and of assize concerning causes arraigned in the liberty of the bishoprick of Durham at the time when that liberty was in the king's hands, as it has been found before the king and his council that since the restitution of the said liberty to Antony [Bek], bishop of Durham, when the latter was commanded to do justice to Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham, and the rest of the men of the liberty, in old pleas commenced before it came into the king's hands, or while it was in the king's hands, and the king's justices were there, he has failed to do so. They are to be at Durham by the morrow of the close of Easter, and to save to the king the amercements and other things belonging to him, and the sheriff of Northumberland will be attentive to them.
Date: Westminster, 26 March 33 [Edward I].

b
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Roger of Esh and Peter of Bolton ministers of the said bishop who, despite the prior holding his estates freely without owing any service to them, on [19 June 1297], seized carts, ploughs, oxen and horses from the prior's estates between the Tyne and the Tees, namely the manors of Beaurepaire, Middle and West Merrington, Kirk Merrington and Ferryhill, Aycliffe and Ketton, East Rainton, West Rainton, Moreslaw, Hesilden and Wardley, to the value of £20. Roger of Esh and Peter of Bolton responded that they had been taken for the king's war in Scotland. Rejoinder made by the prior.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, Peter of Bolton and John of Edmondsley over their siege of the priory, along with Philip Darcy, Hugh Darcy, Roger Pichard, John Broilli, Henry the Armourer, Richard the Harper, William the Usher and Hugh of Wales together with 280 men of North Tynedale and 300 foot soldiers from the bishoprick, from [7 August 1300] for 9 weeks, allowing in no victuals nor any remedy from the royal court as Nicholas Applegarth who brought royal letters was imprisoned for 40 days. The defendants responded that they had been carrying out their offices of coroners of the bishop, keeping the king's peace, for which they bore a virge as a sign of their office. The jurors said that certain senior monks had conspired against the prior, and the bishop had sought to carry out his visitation, but the prior and been disobedient, so the senior monks numbering 8 or 9 had met with the bishop at Northallerton, agreeing to have Henry of Lusby as a new prior. On their return to the priory, the prior had barred their entrance to the inner cloister. They, remaining in the outer court of the priory, had requested assistance from the bishop to install Henry of Lusby and remove Richard [de Hoton]. The foresters of Weardale and Hugh of Wales with men of Tynedale were sent and besieged the priory for 9 weeks, allowing no monks out nor victuals in. The bishop denied imprisoning Nicholas Applegarth. The jurors say that Peter of Bolton and John of Edmondsley seized Nicholas Applegarth from his bed where he was staying in in Durham and imprisoned him in Durham castle for 40 days. Adam of Twizell, William of Hurworth and Robert of Killington, monks of Prior Richard, went to the bishop at Beaurepair manor to ask for the messenger's release which was denied, and he was detained for a further 8 days before being allowed to go.
(dorse)
Durham. The prior sued the bishop and John of Edmondsley for, on [11 August 1300], together with Philip Darcy, Hugh Darcy, John Broille, Richard the Harper, William the Usher, Hugh the Armourer, and Hugh of Wales with other malefactors, breaking the priory's water supply aqueduct, carrying off all the equipment from the mill and breaking the mill-wheels so that the priory was without water or the ability to mill corn for 9 weeks. This was denied but the jurors affirmed it, as carried out by John of Edmondsley, Hugh of Wales and the men of Tynedale.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Roger of Esh minister of the bishop stating that, when the prior had constructed a windmill at Jarrow to the annual value of 10 marks, Roger of Esh, together with Robert of Hawkhurst, another minister of the bishop, removed the equipment and ironwork from the mill on [25 June 1291] so that the prior has lost any profit from the mill for the 10 years since, nor have they permitted the prior's men who owed suit there to repair it. Roger of Esh denied the charge, but the jurors affirmed it, saying that the prior had been denied any income from the mill for 6 years to the extent of £20.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, John of Crepping, John Shirlock and Walter of Brafferton for, together with Philip Darcy, Hugh of Weardale, Robert the Tailor, William de Lubham and Ralph le Venur, from [23 May 1300] until after [2 February] following, denying the prior and convent their customary way through the North Gate of Durham, enjoyed since the foundation of the priory. The defendants denied the charge. The jurors said that John Shirlock was not involved, but the others did close the gate, denying the priory access from [23 May 1300] until 24 August following when Henry of Lusby was installed as prior, and denying the priors and monks of the cells of the amicitia of Richard de Hoton, access from [23 May 1300] until [2 February] following when the king being in those parts ordered the gate to be opened.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham stating that Prior Hugh [of Darlington], his predecessor, had loaned the bishop 200 marks on 5 July [1285] at Durham, to be repaid at the following Michaelmas, but, despite frequent requests, the loan was still outstanding. The bishop said the money had been given rather than loaned. The jurors affirmed the charge, with the money to be repaid with £10 damages.
Durham. An assize that Antony [ Bek] bishop of Durham, Roger of Esh, John Brand, William Leante and John Gilmyn had disseised Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham of his free tenement with 200 acres of moor and pasture in Heworth, Hebburn, Monkton, and Hedworth. The jurors refuted the claim that the tenement was rather in East Boldon, West Boldon, Whitburn, Cleadon and Gateshead, but there was a dispute over the tenement in the time of Bishop Robert of Holy Island and Prior Hugh [of Darlington] with the men of those places seeking to deny the prior's men from clearing the heath, cutting turves and pasturing their animals through the bishop's bailiff, the late John Bille.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.

Size: 540 x 250mm
Formerly numbered: 117
Another copy: DCD Reg.I, f.ii.70v-72v, 75r-v, 76r, 81v-82r.
c
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued John of Horncliffe minister of the bishop for, with others unknown on [23 April 1302], forcibly seizing 300 sheep, 300 ewes and 80 lambs of the prior at Fenham value £27. He denies the theft.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham and Walter of Rothbury for taking corn, horses, oxen and cows at a value of £80 at Haggerston and Lowlynn on [1 October 1296]. The defendants deny the theft.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham and Brother Thomas of Bamburgh sued John of Horncliffe minister of the bishop stating that when Thomas of Bamburgh came with a royal protection and letters for the restitution of the prior on [22 April 1302] to Holy Island parish church, to read them there, John together with Philip of Swafield, Reginald master of the scholars of Norham, and others, assaulted him, removed the seal from his letters, dragged him out of the church, and imprisoned him. The defendant denied the transgression.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, Master Hugh de Sandon, Walter of Rothbury and Walter the Serjeant for, on [1 October 1296] and for 8 days following, taking the prior's corn to the value of £107 6s 8d at Ancroft, Horncliffe, Cornhill, Tweedmouth, Morton and Kyloe, also 240 lambs of the prior value £16 at Norham at the same time, and also corn at Norham, Upsettlington, Horncliffe and Berrington to the value of £50 11s 4d taken by the same on [1 October 1291]. The defendants denied the theft with some having been sold.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Walter of Rothbury minister of the bishop, for, when the prior had had timber felled and prepared for building a mill near Holy Island, with Peter of Embleton preventing the construction of the mill and taking away the timber worth 10 marks on [12 January 1291]. The defendant denied any transgression because the prior was building the mill on the bishop's land.
Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham sued Thomas of Richmond for, when the king ordained a peace between the prior and the bishop at Evenwood, Thomas, the bishop's bailiff, removed goods from the priory to the value of £1000. The sheriff ordered his apprehension.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Robert son of Robert of Auckland of Newbiggin and Robert the Coroner, ministers of the bishop, for, together with Richard of Rothbury, Robert Shirlock, Roger the Webster, on [14 November 1302] entering Holy Island priory and the manor of Fenham and removing corn, horses, oxen, cattle and other goods to the value of £100 and preventing the prior and his ministers from entering his own for 15 days. The defendants denied the charge.
Durham. Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sued Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, William of St Botulph and Richard le Mateon for, when the prior sent 22 sacks of wool to be shipped from Hartlepool to Boston, on [1 July 1299] the defendants held up the wool for 6 weeks whereby the prior lost his sale for a year and the value per sack reduced from 10 marks to 4 marks. The defendants denied the charge, saying rather that one Ralph of Warcop then sheriff of Durham and William Serneth had ordered the detention of the wool.
(Dorse)
Durham. The same prior sued the same bishop stating that Hugh [of Darlington], former prior of Durham, loaned the bishop within the priory on [11 November 1289] itemised plate which had not been returned to a value of £100. The bishop responded that Prior Hugh had given him these items at his consecration, with which the jurors concurred.
Endorsed (contemporary) as pleas between the prior and Bishop A de temporalibus and (16th century) with a description.

Size: 540 x 235mm
Formerly numbered: 116.
Another copy: DCD Reg.I, f.ii.78r-v, 80r-v, 81r-v, 83r.
Loc.VII:71   [?1302]
Roll of pleas of the prior of Durham:
Plea between Richard de Hoton prior of Durham against [Hugh of Weardale, Robert] the Taylor, William de Lubham, Ralph le Venir and Philip Darcy over the blocking of the priory's passage through Durham's north gate which passage the priory had had since the foundation of the church, on behalf of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, aided also by John of Crepping, John Shirlock and William of Brafferton; the sheriff of Durham had demanded an attachment from Hugh of Weardale etc of a patellam and an ollam ercam, price 22d, which were to be kept by Willliam of Newton by way of an attachment.
The same prior and Thomas of Bamburgh against Philip of Swafield and Reginald master of the scholars of Norham over Bamburgh coming with royal letters for the restitution of the prior to read them out in the church of Holy Island on [22 April 1302], where he was assaulted by Philip and Reginald, the seal of his letters was removed and he was dragged out of the church and imprisoned in the priory for 7 days.
The sheriff of Durham is ordered to distrain 66s 8d from the lands and goods of John of Edmondsley in his bailiwick to render to William Ykemund as part of 6½ marks awarded to him in the royal court of William of Ormesby and his fellow justices at Durham on [9 September 1302] for his damages for being imprisoned; and a further 100s from the same John's lands etc to render to Thomas of Haswell for £10 awarded in the same court for damages against John and Hugh the porter of the Northgate for being imprisoned.
Richard de Hoton prior of Durham sues Roger of Esh and Peter of Bolton, ministers of the bishop of Durham, for, [on 19 June 1297], taking ploughs and oxen, carts and horses from his lands between the Tyne and the Tees, namely the manors of Beaurepaire, Mid Merrington, West Merrington, Kirk Merrington, Ferryhill, Aycliffe, Ketton, East Rainton, West Rainton, Moorsley (Mereslawe), Hesilden, and Wardley; Roger and Peter claimed that they had been ordered to requisition the items for the king's Scottish war and that they so acted as coroners of the bishop in the wards of Easington and Darlington respectively, and with the will of the local men.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description and that this bundle contains 110-119.
Parchment   1m
Size: 450 x 185mm
Formerly numbered: 110.
Loc.VII:72   24 February 1307
Notarial instrument in which John of Stanhope, executor of the will of John of Barnard Castle, appoints Henry of Hett, Roger of Shincliffe, John de Tresk clerks, Geoffrey Lewin, Henry of Cleatlam and William of Carlisle laymen, as his proctors.
Witnesses: Theobald son of Nigel of Fishburn, Robert son of Adam of Fishburn, and Bartholomew of Fishburn, laymen.
Date: chapel of St Julian, Fishburn, 24 February 1306/7.
Notary: John of Butterwick, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Parchment   1m
Size: 300 x 240mm
Loc.VII:73   [20 May] 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal by Robert of Rothbury, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, to the court of York, and, failing that, to the apostolic see, seeking their protection, against a citation of Master Richard of Morpeth, official of the archdeacon of Durham, made to the prior, the obedientaries and named monks at vespers within the cloister to appear on the next day, the Saturday, before the bishop of Durham or his commissary to receive their sentences.
Witnesses: Masters Robert of Cave DCL, Alexander of Ponsonby, Hugh of Whitby and Walter of Norway clerks.
Date: in the chamber of the prior of Durham, in the evening, 12 May exeuntis 1300.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 225 x 210mm
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.134.
Loc.VII:74   [15 & 17 August] 1282
Copy of a notarial instrument transcribing the following certifications.
Notary: Hildebrand (Ildebrandinus) Bonadoce of Sens, NP by apostolic and imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 300 x 230mm
Formerly numbered: 84.
Printed: R. Brentano, York Metropolitan Jurisdiction and Papal Judges Delegate (1279-1296), (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1959), App.III, p.192-194.
   [15 August 1282]
Certificate of the dean of St Mary the Arches London, that he had received on the vigil of the Assumption of the BVM a recited mandate (as in Loc.VII:75 below) of the official of Canterbury dated London Id. August 1282.
Date: London, Assumption of the BVM.

   [17 August] 1282
Certification of the official of the archdeacon of London to the dean of St Mary the Arches London, that he had carried out a recited mandate from the dean, dated London the vigil of the Assumption of the BVM 1282, instructing him, on authority of the official of Canterbury, to publish the official of Canterbury's sentence of excommunicaton against the bishop, prior and convent of Durham throughout the archdeaconry of London.
Date: London, 16 Kal. September 1282.

Loc.VII:74*   1281
Process between [William Wickwane] archbishop of York against [Robert of Holy Island] bishop of Durham and [Richard of Claxton] prior and convent of Durham about the archbishop's visitation.
Missing c.1970, still missing 30 October 2007.

For more on the 1281 visitation dispute, see W. Brown ed, The Register of William Wickwane, Lord Archbishop of York 1279-1285, (Surtees Society 114, 1907), p.153-178.
Loc.VII:75   [14 September] 1282
Mandate of the dean of St Mary the Arches London, commissary of the official of the court of Canterbury, to [the archdeacon] of Northampton or his official, reciting the following mandate,
and instructing him to publish the official of Canterbury's excommunication of the bishop, prior and convent of Durham with the abbot of Waltham, Masters Ralph of Marlow, H[enry] Lafeyte official of Rochester and their adherents, as demanded by John Clarel and John de Luco.
Date: Instow (Ywyngestona) in Devon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross 1282.
Endorsed (contemporary) with the address and a description, naming “G de Sancto Leofardo” as the official of Canterbury, and (16th century) with a description.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 120 x 280mm
Seal: Seal described in Brentano no longer present (30 October 2007)
Formerly numbered: 89.
Printed: R. Brentano, York Metropolitan Jurisdiction and Papal Judges Delegate (1279-1296), (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1959), App.III, p.190-192.
   [13 August] 1282
Mandate of the official of Canterbury, detailing that, in a case between William archbishop of York against the bishop, prior and chapter of Durham, he had mandated to be pronounced the excommunications of the abbot of Waltham, Ralph of Marlow papal chaplain and Master Henry dictus Lafeyte, along with the bishop of Durham, the prior of Durham and the obedientiaries of the church of Durham; these the abbbot, Ralph and Henry inhibited, and the official of Canterbury, with Master Adam of Hales rector of Banham, Norwich diocese, and dean of Canterbury, was mandated by the abbot and Master R[alph] of Marlow to pronounce the excommunications of the archbishop of York, and Masters John Clarel, William of Newark archdeacon of Huntingdon and John de Luco canon of St Paul's London, at which the parties were summoned to the church of St Mary the Arches, London, on the morrow of the octave of St Michael.
Date: London, Id. August 1282.

Loc.VII:76   [9 April] 1306
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal and protestations by Richard de Hoton prior of Durham against a certain papal rescript giving custody of the priory to [the bishop of Durham] or a deputy, with the bishop of London, Master Stephen de Mauley archdeacon of Cleveland and the abbot of Lézat as executors, and suspending Richard de Hoton as prior, with the abbot having then appointed Thomas of Goldsborough canon of Lincoln as his subdelegate and having issued a mandate for the papal rescript to be implemented.
Witnesses: John of Layton monk of Durham; Robert of Wolviston rector of Hunstanworth and Adam de Aluod, clerks.
Date: Hoggeston, London diocese, 5 Id. April 1306.
Notary: John of Spaldwick, clerk of Lincon diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description and that the roll contains [Loc.VII:]77-84.
Parchment   1m
Size: 520 x 395mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.7: 80.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.166, 167.
Loc.VII:77   12 February 1302
Notarial instrument of Ralph of Stamford, canon of Salisbury, commissary of Nicholas bishop of Teano, executor deputed by the apostolic see to restore Richard [de Hoton] as prior of Durham, to the bishop and chapter of Durham, reciting letters from Nicholas bishop of Teano to the bishop and chapter of Durham authorising the archdeacon of Canterbury, the chancellor of York, Master Bartholomew de Ferentino canon of London and Ralph of Stamford canon of Salisbury to carry out the following mandate to restore Richard [de Hoton] or his proctor to possession of the priorship of Durham.
Witnesses: Master Baldred Biset auditor of Leonard [Patrasso] bishop of Albano; Elias of Cowton canon of Southwell in York diocese; Paul de Tocco canon of Teano; Ralph of Rouen diocese domicellus of the bishop of Teano.
Date: the Lateran papal palace, 12 February 1302.
Notary: James Nicholai Vallilarge de Wartino, NP by papal and imperial authority.
Endorsed (16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 450 x 430mm
Formerly numbered: 57.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.157, 158, 159.
Another copy of the text is in DCD Loc.VII:80.
   [28 November 1301]
Bull of Pope Boniface VIII to Richard [de Hoton] mandating his restoration as prior of Durham, rehearsing the dispute with Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham over his visitation of Durham cathedral priory, Hoton's removal as prior through the offices of Robert dean of Auckland church and Master John de Lascy clerk, his replacement by Henry of Lusby pseudomonachus of Durham, and the assault on the priory; and that Boniface had summoned to Rome Bek and Lusby who were rather represented by their proctors Master Adam of Driffield and Henry of Lusby respectively; they had been questioned on the justification for Bek's appointment of Lusby as prior which Driffield contended had been because the appointment of a prior had devolved on Bek through lapse of time, as in the Lateran statute, but this appointment had been within six months of Hoton's deprivation, thereby against the Lateran statute, and so Lusby's nomination was to be revoked.
Date: Lateran, 4 Kal. December, Pont.7.

Loc.VII:78   7 February 1308
Notarial instrument transcribing Loc.VII:78* next below.
Witnesses: Henry of Newcastle, John of Haxby and John Luterel, monks of Durham.
Date: Durham priory, 7 February 1307/8.
Notary: John of Butterwick, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions (dated 29 December 1308) and “K K prima octave” .
Parchment   1m
Size: 450 x 395mm
Formerly numbered: 86.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.168-169.
Loc.VII:78*   30 December 1307
Notarial instrument of Master Hugh Gerald precentor of Périgueux, executor deputed by the pope with the archbishop of York and the archdeacon of Nottingham in the church of York, to A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham, the bishop of London, the abbot of Lézat, the archdeacon of Cleveland, Thomas of Goldsborough canon of Lincoln and chaplain of the church of Durham, reciting, as verified by Brother Robert of Guisborough monk of Durham and proctor of Richard de Hoton prior of Durham, the following papal mandates of Pope Clement V,
notifying the bishop of Durham, the bishop of London, the abbot of Lézat, the archdeacon of Cleveland, and Thomas of Goldsborough of the restoration and instructing them to restore Richard de Hoton fully to the administration of the convent and to protect his officers, under pain of excommunication and other dire sentences, and commissioning the abbots of Jedburgh and Whitby, the priors of Newburgh and Bolton, the archdeacon of Cleveland and Thomas of Goldsborough canon of Lincoln to effect this.
Witnesses: Master Peter de Gardo canon of St Severinus of Bordeaux; Lawrence James canon of St Salvator of Metz; Adam of Kirkby rector of Culford, Norwich diocese; Peter Landerot notary public of Lemovicen diocese.
Date: Poitiers (Pictavis), 30 December 1308 (sic, the pontifical year and Hoton's own death early in 1308 must make it 1307), 3 Pont.
Notary: James Nicolai Vaillarge de Guartino, NP by apostolic and imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary & 16th century) with descriptions (dating it as 1308), and “L L primus octave”, and that this file contains 85-93.
Parchment   1m
Size: 620 x 495mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.VII:85.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.168-169.
Duplicate in Loc.VII:78** next below.
   [25 October 1306]
Mandate of Pope Clement V to Richard de Hoton prior of Durham reversing his earlier suspension from the priory and the commissioning of its administration to the bishop of Durham.
Date: Pessatum near Bordeaux, 8 Kal. November 1 Pont.

   [1 October 1308]
Mandate of Pope Clement V to the archbishop of York, the archdeacon of Nottingham and Master Hugh Gerald precentor of Périgueux to restore Richard de Hoton as prior to the administration of Durham priory in place of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham.
Date: Poitiers, Kal. October 3 Pont. (sic; see 78 above for a more viable dating of Kal. December 3 Pont.).

Loc.VII:78**   30 December 1307
Duplicate of Loc.VII:78* next above.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 625 x 490mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.VII:85 2a.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.168-169.
Loc.VII:79   [23 December 1302]
Letter of Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham to the subprior and chapter of Durham, decrying the non-payment of 2253 florins for two years' expenses and the salaries of their advocates and proctors at the curia, H[enry] of Teesdale and R[obert] of Killingworth, together with Robert of Rothbury, for a year before the prior's own arrival at the curia, with the bishop of Durham denouncing the misconduct of the monks, to the extent that the pope was considering dissolving the monastery and changing it into a college of “honest” secular canons.
Date: Rome, 10 Kal. January.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 225 x 130mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.VII: ?141.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.162, 170.
Loc.VII:80   [21 April 1302]
Notarial instrument reciting the following mandate and bull, and recording the execution of that mandate by the restitution of corporal possession of the priory of Durham to Richard [de Hoton] in the person of his proctor Robert of Rothbury.
Witnesses: Geoffrey of Malton, notary public by imperial authority; Alan of Teesdale; William de Scakar; Hugh of Grendon; Robert of Cotum; William of Brackenbury.
Date: in the body of the church of Durham, 10 April exeuntis.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 430 x 425mm
Formerly numbered: 59.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.157, 158, 159.
   12 February 1302
Mandate for the restitution of Richard [de Hoton] as prior of Durham, reciting a bull of Pope Boniface VIII (here dated as 3 Kal. December Pont.7 [29 November 1301]), as in Loc.VII:77 above.
Date: Lateran, 12 February 1302.

   [29 November 1301]
Bull of Pope Boniface VIII (as in Loc.VII:77 above) ) now addressed to the archbishop of York and the bishops of Teano and Carlisle.
Date: 3 Kal. December Pont.7.

Loc.VII:81   8 July 1300
Notarial instrument recording the process of the tuitorial appeal in the court of York before the official, between the proctors of the prior and convent of Durham and the proctors of the bishop of Durham and his commissaries.
Presentation of the following initial three appointments of proctors.
The following certification and inhibition against the commissaries.
The proctors of the bishop and his commissaries were repeatedly summoned but persistently defaulted. The official of the court of York adjourned the convent's suit successively out of reverence for the bishop of Durham or because the archbishop of York might wish to preside over his court in person. The commissaries, through their proctors, denied any responsibility in the matter of the sentences of excommunication and deprivation of the prior and his obedientiaries, asserting that they were only the bishop's agents.
The following appointments of proctors by the monks opposed to Prior Hoton; on the basis of which Henry of Lusby then petitioned the court of York to be admitted as proctor for these Durham monks, who accepted the validity of Bek's sentences, and which was conceded by the official.
A further appointment of a proctor by one of the commissaries.
Exceptions of the proctor of John de Lascy canon of Auckland and Robert of Abberwick official of the bishop of Durham, commissaries, against the citation and certification brought by Geoffrey of Burdon proctor of Richard [de Hoton] sometime prior of Durham, and other documents in the case, denouncing the appeals as made without the consent of the whole chapter, disputing the proctor's authority, and arguing that the Durham monks ought not now to be claiming the protection of the court of York when for many years previously they had denied the metropolitan jurisdiction of the archbishop.
Substitute proctors appointed by the Durham monks opposed to Prior Hoton and one of the commissaries.
Exceptions of the above proctor, John de Stok, against Geoffrey of Burdon, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham.
Libellus of the proctor of the prior and convent of Durham before the official of the court of York about the intrusion and visitation of the chapter of Durham by the bishop of Durham
Witnesses: Masters Elias of Cowton NP by public authority, Adam of Louth NP by public and imperial authority, Edward of York and Richard of Clifton NP by apostolic authority, Richard de Ganyo, William de Syreston and John son of Robert of Bamburgh NPs by imperial authority
Date: York minster, in the consistory court, 8 July 1300.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang, clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
With 16th century marginalia summarising the process, also recorded on the dorse and numbered in five sections. Also endorsed that this file has chapters (items) 27-39.

Size: 2690 x 390mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.VII: 27-32.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.136, 141, 142, 144, 147.
Continued by DCD Misc Ch 5526 (formerly Loc.VII: 33-37).
m.1   [9 July] 1300
Appointment by John de Lascy, chancellor of Chichester, judge delegate, commissary, of John de Boys, clerk, as his proctor.
Date: York, 7 Id. July 1300.

m.1   [5 July] 1300
Appointment by Robert of Abberwick dean of Auckland, judge delegate, commissary, of John de Boys, clerk, as his proctor.
Date: Auckland, the morrow of the translation of St Martin 1300.

m.1   23 May 1300
Appointment by Richard [de Hoton] prior and convent of Durham of Brothers Geoffrey of Burdon and in his absence Richard of Kelloe, Richard of Tynedale, John of Barnard Castle, John of Appleby and William of Cowton, fellow monks, as proctors.
Witnesses: Master Elias of Cowton NP by apostolic authority; Master Alexander of Ponsonby; William of Burntoft; William of Newsham; Richard of Middleton; Robert of Coldingham.
Date: Durham chapter house, 23 May 1300.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang, clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority.

m.1   [10 June] 1300
Certification by Elias of Cowton canon of Southwell to the official of the court of York that, on the Wednesday after the receipt of the following mandate, it was published before the said commissaries Robert of Abberwick and John de Lascy in Durham cathedral, as in the following inhibition.
Date: Durham, 4 Id. June 1300.

m.1m.1   [2 June] 1300
Mandate of the official of the court of York to Elias of Cowton canon of Southwell prohibiting the commissaries of the bishop of Durham from taking any action against the monks of Durham pending their appeals, and instructing him to cite these commissaries to appear before the official at York on Friday after the octave of SS Peter and Paul [8 July] 1300.
Date: York, 4 Non. June 1300.

m.1-2   6 June 1300
Inhibition published by Brother Robert of Rothbury, monk of Durham, proctor of the prior and convent of Durham, from the pulpit in Durham cathedral to the bishop's commissaries as a result of the prior and convent's petition against the bishop's visitation, his intrusion into the priory with many seculars and the excommunication of the prior, subprior, third prior, sacrist, chamberlain, infirmarian, cellarar and Brothers John of Castle Barnard, John of Appleby, Richard of Brompton and John of Wolviston junior, summoning them to appear before the official in York on Friday after the octave of SS Peter and Paul [8 July] 1300, as in the above mandate; this was also confirmed by John of Barnard Castle, fellow proctor, to Robert of Abberwick on the Wednesday following, all verified by Elias of Cowton.

m.2   14 June 1300
Appointment by Henry of Teesdale prior of Finchale, Adam of Corbridge subprior [of Finchale], Richard of Haughton sacrist [of Finchale], Adam of Boisville cellarer [of Finchale], Thomas de Deveneys, Nicholas of Yarm, Thomas of Burton, Nicholas of York, Roger of Melsonby, Thomas of Wolviston, Walter of Frampton, Nicholas of Durham, [monks of Finchale], and also Henry of Lusby prior of Holy Island, Geoffrey of Boston (St Botulph) prior of Stamford, Warin of Craven prior of Lytham, Gilbert of Sherburn warden of St Cuthbert's shrine in Durham, Henry of Stamford almoner of Durham, Stephen of Howden senior, Reginald of Barnby and Gilbert of Stamford monks of the chapter of Durham, of Masters Thomas of Levisham and Henry of Lusby clerks as proctors against the appeals of Richard de Hoton former prior of Durham to the apostolic see and the court of York.
Witnesses: Dom. Thomas of Levisham canon of Chester, Hugh of Lockington, and Thomas of Durham clerks; Richard of Danby squire of the said Thomas [of Levisham].
Date: Finchale priory chapter house, 14 June 1300.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Gano, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by imperial authority.

m.2-3   16 June 1300
Appointment by Thomas of Durham and Adam of Pontefract, monks of Durham, of Masters Thomas of Levisham and Henry of Lusby clerks as their proctors.
Witnesses: Henry of Lusby prior of Holy Island, Geoffrey of Boston prior of Stamford, Warin of Craven prior of Lytham, Stephen of Howden, Reginald of Barnby and Gilbert of Stamford , monks of the chapter of Durham; Hugh of Lockington and Thomas of Durham clerks.
Date: Finchale priory chapter house, 16 June 1300.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Gano, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by imperial authority.

m.3   15 June 1300
Appointment by Ralph of Middleham master of Jarrow, Robert of Stanley and Walter of Swinburn, monks of the chapter of Durham, of Masters Thomas of Levisham and Henry of Lusby, clerks, as their proctors.
Witnesses: Henry of Lusby prior of Holy Island and Stephen of Howden senior, monks of the chapter of Durham; John of Middleham and Hugh the steward (Dispensator) clerks.
Date: Jarrow in the master's chamber, 15 June 1300.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Ganyo, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by imperial authority.

m.3   [22 July] 1300
Appointment by Master John de Lascy, chancellor of Chichester, of Hugh of Coldingham, clerk, as his proctor instead of John de Boys.
Witnesses: Masters William of Boston archdeacon of Durham, Reginald of Brandon canon of St Pauls London, Philip Martel and William of Fotheringham, advocates.
Date: York, in the house of the treasurer of the minster, 11 Kal. August 1300.
Notary: Adam son of Adam Swayny of Butterwick, dictus of Lindsey, Lincoln diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority.

m.4   23 July 1300
Substitution of John de Stok clerk for Henry of Lusby as proctor of Henry of Teesdale prior of Finchale and other monks as above.
Witnesses: Master William of Fotheringham, Dom. Richard de Landbeech his chaplain, and John de Boys clerks.
Date: Carmelite friars outside York, 23 July 1300.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Ganyo, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by imperial authority.

m.4   23 July 1300
Substitution of John de Stok clerk for John de Boys as proctor of Master Robert of Abberwick dean of Auckland.
Witnesses: Master William of Fotheringham, Dom. Richard de Landbeech his chaplain, and Master Henry of Lusby clerks.
Date: Carmelite friars outside York, 23 July 1300.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Ganyo, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by imperial authority.

Loc.VII:82   18 December 1300
Notarial instrument reciting an appeal of John of Appleby, proctor of Richard de Hoton prior and convent of Durham, to the apostolic see against the official of the court of York in the dispute with Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham over his visitation of Durham cathedral priory and reciting an inhibition of the bishop by the court of York of 2 June 1300.
Witnesses: Master Philip of Nassington; Brother Geoffrey of Burdon monk of Durham; John of Paxton canon of the chapel of St Mary and Holy Angels, York; Warin of Pontefract; John of Osmotherley.
Date: York minster, 18 December 1300.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang, clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.

Size: 1335 x 380mm
Formerly numbered: 39.
Loc.VII:83   [6 December ?1302]
Notarial instrument reciting that Master William of Maldon NP pronounced that when, with Adam of Skeffington, clerk, proctor of William of Burdon chaplain, he went to Eltham to deliver an inhibition of the court of York to A[ntony Bek] bishop of Durham, they came up with a certain valet at Greenwich, three leagues from Eltham, who refused to let them see the bishop and, with three or four others, seized their horses' bridles, attacked them with staves and plundered their clothes, as reported by the notary in the house of Master Bartholomew de Ferentino in London before John of Stapleton and Bartholomew of Fishburn.
Witnesses: Masters William of Rothwell, Thomas of Longstock, and Peter Hardel.
Date: St Paul's cathedral, London, Thursday 8 Id. December.
Notary: Robert son of Gilbert of Wisbech, clerk of Ely diocese, NP by imperial and the prefectory of Rome authority.
Parchment   1m
Size: 1335 x 380mm
Loc.VII:84   [21 April] 1302
Notarial instrument recording that Ralph of Stamford, canon of Salisbury, commissary of Nicholas bishop of Teano (Theanensis), deputed papal executor with the archbishop of York and the bishop of Carlisle for the restitution of Richard de Hoton, formally restored Richard de Hoton through his proctor Robert of Rothbury, reading the papal letters in the church and leaving copies of them on the bishop's seat in the cathedral, the bishop or his representative being absent, with the executor issuing a decree of excommunication in many copies against those opposing the restitution, witnessed by Master Geoffrey of Malton NP by imperial authority, Alan of Teesdale, William de Scaccario, Hugh of Grindon, Robert of Cotum, William of Brackenbury and many other clerks and laymen; on the morrow the proctor Robert of Rothbury went to Sherburn hospital to notify the bishop's official, Master Richard of Morpeth, of proceedings with which he said he would concur, witnessed by Nicholas de Hesington, John of Weardale, William of Haswell, and Hugh of Grindon; on [29 April] the same proctor set out for Holy Island to claim possession of Fenham manor where Robert Shirlock responded that its custody had been entrusted to Robert the Coroner by the bishop's ministers Walter of Rothbury and John of Horncliffe and it could only be yielded up under a special mandate from the bishop, the papal letters notwithstanding; the proctor then went to Holy Island, meeting Robert the Coroner who was leaving there and who reiterated the position about Fenham; the proctor came to the priory of Holy Island where his entry was resisted by Richard of Rothbury, Robert of Helmsley, Roger dictus Welbester and others, with Rothbury rejecting his claim for the restitution of the priory to Hoton, saying he would not do so, even to his own father, without the express mandate of the bishop, and forbidding any in the area from giving hospitality to the proctor on pain of imprisonment; whereat the proctor withdrew from the bishop's lands by night, not without great danger.
Witnesses to this and the many copies: Gilbert of Rothbury and John of Compton, clerks; John of Burdon, Hugh of Grindon and Andrew Postel valetti .
Date: 10 April exeuntis 1302.
Notary: Elias of Cowton clerk, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with descriptions (twice).
Parchment   1m
Size: 375 x 320mm
Formerly numbered: 21.
Another copy (with the notarial sign but no eschatocol): DCD Misc.Ch. 5523(m).
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.159.
Loc.VII:85   [3 December 1300]
Notarial instrument transcribing a rescript of Pope Boniface VIII to [Robert Winchelsey] archbishop of Canterbury and [John Dalderby] bishop of Lincoln to secure the release of Richard [de Hoton] prior of Durham, rumoured to be held imprisoned by Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham, so that he might plead his suit personally at Rome, and to summon the bishop of Durham and Henry of Lusby, so-called prior of Durham, to appear before the pope within three months.
Date: [Lateran, 3 Non.] December, 8 Pont.
Notary: Andrew son of William de Tang, clerk of York diocese, NP by apostolic authority.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 505 x 280mm
Formerly numbered: 26.
Another copy of the papal rescript: DCD Misc.Ch. 5523(h).
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.151, 153.
Loc.VII:86   9 October 1428
Copy of a notarial instrument for Thomas Ryhall, chaplain, proctor to Dom. Richard Haswell, monk of Durham cathedral and prior of Lytham, starting on a journey to the Roman curia, bearing a staff and documents to pursue an appeal against the injuries and injustices of Thomas abbot of Chester.
Witnesses: Master William Berall LLB, William Thornbrough and William Dilston of Durham diocese.
Date: Shincliffe Bridge, 9 October 1428.
Notary: John Berehalgh, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
With cancellations and interlineations.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 140-155 x 325mm
Another copy: DCD Loc.IX:40.
Loc.VII:87   [March 1306
Copy executory letters of the papal judges-delegate for enforcing Pope Clement V's appointment of Antony Bek bishop of Durham as adminstrator of Durham priory on the suspension of Prior Richard de Hoton.
Endorsed (16th & 19th centuries) with descriptions.
Parchment roll   1m
Size: 540 x 260mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.VII: 141.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.128.
   9 March 1306
Mandate of the abbot of Lézat, executor [for the administration of Durham priory], to the chapter and convent of Durham, reciting the following papal mandates, and instructing them to accept the bishop of Durham's authority and administration thereby, which can be explained further if necessary by the dean of Auckland, the treasurer of Lincoln or Thomas of Goldsborough canon of Lincoln.
Witnesses: William de Monte Laudimo monk of the abbot's chapel; Roger of Waltham canon of London; Robert of Baldock canon of the same; Peter of Navarre; Gerald de Spars domicellus of the abbot.
Date: Massay (dept. Cher, France), 9 March 1306.

Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.166.
   [5 March 1306].
Mandate of Pope Clement V to Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham to take over the administration of the priory of Durham from Richard de Hoton prior because of his maladministration of it.
Date: St Cyriacus near Lyons, 3 Non. March, 1 Pont.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.118-119.
Calendared in Reg. Clement V, I, no.394, p.77.
   [6 March 1306]
Mandate of Pope Clement V to the bishop of London, the abbot of Lézat and the archdeacon of Cleveland to assist the bishop of Durham in investigating the extant of Prior Hoton's dilapidation of the convent's revenue.
Date: St Cyriacus near Lyons, 2 Non. March, 1 Pont.

   n.d.
Mandate of Thomas of Goldsborough canon of Lincoln, subdelegate of the above abbot, to the chapter and covent of Durham to follow the instructions of Henry of Lusby, deputy of the bishop [of Durham].

   n.d.
Monition of Stephen de Mauley archdeacon of Cleveland, executor of the administration of Durham priory with the bishop of London and the abbot of Lézat, to the chapter and convent of Durham to carry out the abbot's mandate.

dorsedorse   n.d.
Appeal of Henry of Barnard castle, monk of Durham and proctor of the prior and convent of Durham against the suspension of Richard de Hoton as prior and their appointment of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham to administer the priory with the bishop of London, the abbot of Lézat and the archdeacon of Cleveland as executors, protesting the virtues of Prior Hoton, his augmentation of the convent's annual revenues, his building and repair works at the priory and on its estates, his recovery of the priory's liberties unlawfully acquired by strangers under his predecessors, and his universal fame, condemning the actions of the bishop of Durham, and the intrusion of Henry of Lusby as prior, and the consequent despoiliation of the priory and its estates, exacerbated by the effects of the Scottish wars.

Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.127-128.
VIII - Allertonshire wills and jurisdiction
Dates of creation: 1309 - 1531
Allertonshire wills and inventories; and documents concerning Durham priory's spiritual jurisdiction there; with a couple of documents from the Bek dispute
Language:  Latin, unless otherwise stipulated
1-37 were described on slips in Latin by [Stevenson]. William Greenwell added descriptions for 38-40 in Latin and Martin Snape added 41-42, in English. All have been catalogued in XML by Michael Stansfield March 2008.
The wills and inventories are discussed in A.J. Pollard, North-Eastern England During the Wars of the Roses, (Oxford 1990), p.70.

Loc.VIII:1   4 November 1497
Will of William Caype, mentions his son, appoints his wife Agnes as his executrix and his brother John Caype, John Hert and Lawrence Hunter as his supervisors, with debts itemised to Thomas Thornton, Henry Hert of Danby, Robert Conizers, John Caipe, Henry Nichell, Thomas Glover and Thomas Batt. Made 4 November 1497.
Endorsed (contemporary) as approved by Thomas Swalwell official.
Inventory of the goods of William Capes of Northallerton, made 4 November 1497 by Robert Chaloner, Robert Greathead, Henry Marshall and Thomas Arkengarthdale, itemising and valuing goods in the various rooms of the house, and his creditors.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description and T Swalwell official.
Language:  The inventory list is in English, the rest is in Latin

Size: 215 x 295mm + 710 x 100mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: Allerton 22, also 49 cancelled and 23.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.65, 111.
Loc.VIII:2   20 November 1446
Inventory of Thomas Birdale, rector of Kirby Sigston, itemising and valuing his animals, goods and creditors, including some held by his servant John Walker, approved 20 November 1446.

Size: 290 x 215mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 22 and 17.
Loc.VIII:3   10 April 1497
Will of Thomas Smith of West Rounton, to be buried in the churchyard at West Rounton, bequests to the church, appoints as his executors Thomas Wright, Richard Johnson, John Smith, and John Smith's daughters Isabel and Elizabeth.
Witnesses: Dom. Roland Burton clerk, John Mason, John Smith, James Hackforth.
Date: West Rounton, 10 April 1497.
Endorsed as proved before T Swalwell official of the prior and Allertonshire.
Inventory of the goods of Thomas Smith approved by John Mason, Thomas Ward, John Smith and George Mason, itemising and valuing his animals, goods and creditors.
Endorsed as proved in 1499.

Size: 100 x 290mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 48.
Loc.VIII:4   20 October 1472
Will of John Scroby of Sigston, to be buried at Sigston, bequests to the church and the lights of St Mary, appoints as his executrix his wife Isabella.
Witnesses: Thomas Laton, John ?Cheke.
Date: 20 ?October 1472.
Also an inventory of his animals and goods, an account of his funeral expenses, and his debts, and a record of probate in the church of All Saints, [North]allerton on 14 November 1472, with administration of his goods being granted to his widow Isabella Scrowbe.
Endorsed (contemporary) various descriptions, also “The good wyeffe .v. Sonnys .ij. Doughtters”.
Language:  Inventory in English, rest in Latin

Size: 300 x 210mm
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.111.
Loc.VIII:5   [later 15th century]
Inventory (part only, will now missing) of Joanna Yotson (?Watson) [of Allertonshire], listing debts and creditors, mentions also Janet Yotson
Language:  English with Latin headings

Size: 420 x 150mm
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.66.
Loc.VIII:6   15 December 1486
Will of William Eryam of Northallerton, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequests to the church fabric, the Trinity and St Mary guilds, his sons William and Richard, appoints his son William and wife Joan as his executors.
Witnesses: Thomas Shortred chaplain; William Cape; Lawrence Hunter.
Date: 15 December 1486.
Inventory of William Eryam, husbandman, approved by Simon Bercar, John Yafforth, Thomas Arkengarthdale and William Cape, listing his crops, animals, goods and debts.
Language:  Inventory list in English, the rest in Latin

Size: 150 x 145 & 105 x 145mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 17.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.4-5.
Loc.VIII:7   6 April 1499
Will of Joan Smith, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequests to the church, her daughter Elizabeth Scrube, Robert Scrube, Maison Dieu, Ellys Wyff, Garton Kyrk, Robert Heed, Edward Badyson, with Robert Clay vicar to be supervisor.
Witnesses: John Bell, Katherine Turner, Elizabeth Marchand.
Date: 6 April 1499.
Endorsed with probate by T Swalwell prior's official, 1499.

Size: 210 x 285mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23.
Fair copy of Loc.VII: 7* next below.
Printed: C.J.D. Ingledew, The History and Antiquities of North Allerton, (1858), p.327.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.64, 145.
Loc.VIII:7*   6 April 1499
Will of Joan Smith, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequests to the church, her daughter Elizabeth Scrube, Robert Scroby, Maison Dieu, Elles Wyffe, Garton Kyrk, Robert Heed, Edward Badyson, with Robert Clay vicar to be supervisor.
Witnesses: John Bell, Katherine Turner, Elizabeth Marchand.
Date: 6 April 1499.
Some cancellations and interlineations.
Inventory of Joan Smith's goods and debts approved by John Fuller, Makyn Pardefax, Simon Clarkson and William Styll.
Endorsed with probate by Thomas Swalwell prior's official, 1499.

Size: 210 x 285mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23.
Will is a ?draft of Loc.VII: 7 next above.
Loc.VIII:8   1498
Will of William Remmon/Ryman, to be buried in Brompton St Mary churchyard.
With an inventory of his debts, land, farm and household goods, approved by four neighbours: Thomas Milner, Thomas Dale, William Artes and John Dale.
Endorsed as the will and inventory of John Remmon of Brompton parish of Northallerton proved by T Swalwell, prior's official, 1498.

Size: 210 x 280mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 50.
Loc.VIII:9   9/14 July & 3 October 1498
Will of John Stevenson [smith, of Northallerton], to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, his wife to be his executor.
Witnesses: Robert Clay vicar; William Leyk; Thomas Batys/Battes; William Hunton; Richard Spicer.
Date: 9/14 July 1498 (two versions).
With an inventory of his goods in house, shop and field, and his funeral expenses and debts, approved by William Leek, Thomas Battes, Robert Greathead and William Wadelove, 3 October 1498.
All endorsed with probate by T. Swalwell, prior's official, 1498.

Size: 220 x 290, 120 x 215, 420 x 145mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 51.
Online image of the inventory available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/medieval.documents/pages/locviii9_i.htm
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.5, 106.
Loc.VIII:10   1486 x 1488
Inventory of the goods and debts of John Artayse.
Endorsed as various wills and old inventories of various testors of 1486 and 1488.

Size: 295 x 105mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23, 14, 17, 46, 86.
Loc.VIII:11   3 February 1494
Will of Robert Simpson of [North]allerton, butcher, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequests to the Holy Trinity and St Mary guilds, appoints Christopher Simpson chaplain, John Simpson junior and his wife Alice as his executors.
Witness: John Farlooker (Pharlokir) parish priest of [North]allerton.
Date: 3 February 1493/4.
Endorsed with probate by T. Swalwell, prior's official, 1493/4 and (16th century) names and sums.

Size: 120 x 295mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 52.
Loc.VIII:12   24 April 1444
Will of John Danby, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints church, bequests to the church, the guilds of Holy Trinity and St Mary, the new bell-tower, the fabric of Deighton, Sigston, York and East Harlsey churches, Warlaby and Yafforth bridges, his kinsman William Danby and his wife, his brother Thomas [Danby], John Forcett, his daughter Alice, William Ampleforth, John Ampleforth, Stephen Lame, the wife of Thomas Dese, the wife of John Kirkby and John Lange, the lord of Mount Grace [priory]; appoints William Danby and John Forcett as his executors and William Ampleforth and Stephen Lame as his supervisors.
Witnesses: John Lessham parish chaplain; John Ruddo clerk; Robert Godson.
Date: 24 April 1444.
Endorsed as proved 1444 with the accounts of the will's executors.
With an account of William Danby and John Forcett executors of John Danby's will (including 4s 10d for a gravestone) and an inventory of John Danby's goods and debts approved by William Barker, William Pegytt, Richard Pickering and John Maltby.

Size: 160 x 290, 290 x 135, 295 x 150mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 42.
Printed: C.J.D. Ingledew, The History and Antiquities of North Allerton, (1858), p.324-325.
Loc.VIII:13   17 September 1486
Will of William Fox of Brompton, husbandman, to be buried in Brompton St Mary church, bequests to the chaplain there Thomas Schortred, the poor, and Agnes, Joan and Elizabeth his daughters; appoints William Pearson and Fox's wife Margaret as his executors.
Witnesses: Thomas Schortred chaplain; John Brown.
Date: 17 September 1486.
With an inventory of his goods and debts approved by William Laton and William Pearson.

Size: 155 x 210, 120 x 215mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 17.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.65.
Loc.VIII:14   12 April [?1497]
Will of Richard Barber, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequest to William Hert, appoints his wife Elizabeth as his executrix and Richard Kirkby and Robert Head as his supervisors.
Witnesses: John Farlton; Richard Kirkby; Robert Head; William Hort.
Date: 12 April 149?7.
Inventory of his debts and goods in itemised rooms approved by John Wall, Thomas Glover, Richard Kirkby and Thomas Harrison.
Endorsed with probate in [North]allerton before T. Swalwell, prior's official, 18 April 149?7.

Size: 290 x 290mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 38.
Loc.VIII:15   10 October 1472
Inventory of the goods, corn and livestock of Dom. John Pickering chaplain approved by Richard Patarson, Henry Lound, John Turner, John Wilkinson.
Endorsed with a description.

Size: 205 x 135mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23.
Loc.VIII:16   10 October 1503
Will of Edward Badeson [?or Sadeson] of Northallerton, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequests to his wife Alice whom his appoints as his executrix.
Date: 10 October 1503.

Size: 130 x 280mm
Printed: C.J.D. Ingledew, The History and Antiquities of North Allerton, (1858), p.327.
Loc.VIII:17   2 May 1499
Will of Thomas Arkendale, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequests to the church and the two guilds, and to his daughter Agnes; appoints his wife Elizabeth as his executrix.
Witnesses: Robert Clay vicar of [North]allerton; William Arkendale.
Date: 2 May 1499.
Inventories of his debts, goods and livestock.
Endorsed with probate by T. Swalwell, prior's official, 1499.

Size: 160 x 310 & 310 x 145mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23.
Printed: C.J.D. Ingledew, The History and Antiquities of North Allerton, (1858), p.327.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.64-65, 111-112.
Loc.VIII:18   7 July 1486
Will of Emmota Beveringham, widow, of Brompton, to be buried in Brompton St Mary churchyard, bequests for lights and masses in the church, Thomas Schortred chaplain and Richard Beveringham her sons, whom she also appoints as her executors.
Witnesses: Thomas Schortred chaplain, John Torcren, Lawrence Gray.
Date: 7 July 1486.
With an inventory of her goods and debts.

Size: 155 x 210 & 100 x 165mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 17.
Loc.VIII:19   27 October 1486
Will of James Lune of Northallerton, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints churchyard, bequests to the church and the two guilds, his wife Alice and his children; appoints his wife Alice and his son Richard Lune as his executors.
Witnesses: William Halyman vicar of [North]allerton; Robert Fowler.
Date: 27 October 1486.
With an inventory of his goods and livestock approved by Richard Clarkson, Robert Fowler, John Blithe, Henry Syghwyke, and Richard Vecars.

Size: 145 x 215 & 420 x 135mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 17.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.65.
Loc.VIII:20   [c.1490]
Inventory of the goods and debts of John Robinson of Brompton, [approved by ?], William Rymour, ? ?osce, and Thomas Smith.

Size: 285 x 215mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23 and 17.
Loc.VIII:21   [c.1440s]
Evidences for the pensions to be paid to the prior of Durham from his churches in the diocese of York and his jurisdiction in them, under seven heads:
First quoting from two charters by William of St Calais bishop of Durham (1.1.Pont.2, SS 179 p.15-20; and 1.1.Pont.3, SS 179 p.26-29), and charters by Thomas I, Thurstan and Roger of Pont L'Evêque, archbishops of York (1.1.Archiep.1, SS 58 p.lxxvi-ix; 1.1.Archiep.7, EYC II, 274-75; 1.1.Archiep.4, Scammell p.265-266), and by referring to confirmations by Popes Lucius III and, with a quotation, Honorius III (were 1.1.Pap.29, PU no. 223, and 2.1.Pap.11, see Cart.Vet. f.12v-13r and 37r).
Second quoting again from a charter by Thomas I archbishop of York (1.1.Archiep.1, SS 58 p.lxxvi-ix).
Third by quoting grants of the churches of Holtby, Brantingham with the chapel of Blacktoft, and Skipwith (as Reg.I.i. f.119r, 120r-v and 120r).
Fourth by quoting from a charter by Walter Gray archbishop of York (2.1.Archiep.1, SS 56 p.153-154).
Fifth by quoting receipts by archdeacons of the East Riding for payments by the prior and chapter of Durham of an annual pension of 4 marks for their jurisdiction in Howden and Howdenshire in 1279, 1357, 1372 and 1434.
Sixth by mentioning charters by Thurstan, Roger of Pont L'Evêque and Geoffrey Plantagenet, archbishops of York, by quoting from a charter by Walter Giffard archbishop of York (2.1.Archiep.2) and from an agreement between William Melton archbishop of York and the prior and chapter of Durham (4.1.Archiep.2), and by mentioning the sentence by Mr Richard Pittes (3.2.Archiep.1) confirmed by Pope John XXIII (was 2.2.Pap.8, see Cart.I f.22r-27r).
Seventh by argument referring to Extravagantes, Henricus Hostiensis on Extravagantes, the Archdeacon Guido de Baysio on Liber Sextus, Summa of Henricus Hostiensis, etc.
(dorse)
Evidences for the right of the prior and convent of Durham to receive an annual pension of 10 marks from the church of Brantingham; referring to the payment of 4 marks a year by the prior and chapter to the archdeacon of the East Riding to indemnify him for their jurisdiction in the churches of Hemingbrough, Howden, Brantingham, Welton, Walkington and Skipwith; and to the holding of chapters and the probate of wills by the officials of the prior and chapter of Durham in the churches of Howden and Howdenshire, with the perquisites shown in the accounts of the bursar of Durham.
Front and the dorse in different hands, with some later amendments.
Endorsed (contemporary and 16th century) with [descriptions].

Size: 1660 x 300mm
Formerly numbered: 27 and 6.
Copy in DCD Cart.III, f.i.11r-15r.
Loc.VIII:22   7 February 1490
Will of William Ampleforth of Northallerton, made before William Halyman vicar [of Northallerton], William Stephenson vicar of North Otterington, Thomas Hobson chaplain of Northallerton, and Thomas Robinson steward of the hospital of St James by Northallerton, to be buried in Northallerton All Saints church nave, bequests to clergy at the church, his wife Elizabeth (lands in the city of York and Northallerton), his lands in Northallerton to be sold, at a value to be agreed by the above named four with his wife, to Henry Causon, or if Henry Causon is unwilling to buy at that price then the vicar is to sell them for the benefit of the church at the best price available, and the above named four, if they love him, are to give what they think fit to his kinsman Thomas Ampleforth, the residue of his goods to go to his wife Elizabeth, who is appointed his executrix.
Witnesses: Dom Thomas Pleyslay; Dom Richard Smith; Thomas Ampleforth.
Date: 7 February 1489/90.
Endorsed with probate by the prior's official, 1489/90.

Size: 195 x 290mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 23.
Printed in C.J.D. Ingledew, The History and Antiquities of North Allerton, (1858), p.326.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.65-66.
Loc.VIII:22*   15 ? [1438 x 1452]
Letter from Cardinal J[ohn Kempe], archbishop of York, to the prior of Durham, exhorting him not to allow the archidiaconal jurisdiction in Howdenshire granted to priors of Durham by the archbishops of York to be exercised by any other person; as the archbishop is informed that “divers other curates within the said shire” have been improperly exercising it..
Date: London, 15 ?.
Endorsed with the address.
Language:  English

Size: 190 x 290mm
Loc.VIII:23   9 August 1443
Notarial instrument reciting a petition of Robert Westmorland, proctor of the convent of Durham, about the execution of spiritual jurisdiction in Lazenby in Allertonshire by John Thornton, vicar of Northallerton, concerning the cases of Peter, butler of Nicholas Hulme, master of Lazenby, and his crime of fornication with Joan ?, being condemned to three whippings at Northallerton church by Thornton, and also cases before Thornton's successor, John Levisham, of Nicholas Hulme's servant John Rokley, also condemned to three whippings at Northallerton for fornication with ? Singleton of Nicholas Hulme's household, and Robert of Quarrington priest, whose executor or administrator Thomas Woodcock paid moneys to Levisham.
Witnesses: Thomas Coken; John Horslee; ?.
Date: Durham, 9 August 1443.
Notary: ?, NP by imperial authority.
Endorsed (16th century) with descriptions and [that this roll contains] Loc.8:16-20.
Parchment   1m
Size: 260 x 380mm
Loc.VIII:24   7/8 June 1485
Notarial instrument reciting that Thomas Pickering, official of the prior of Durham, before the altar of the Holy Trinity in the church of All Saints, Northallerton, received the oath purging William Norham of the hospital next to Northallerton from the defamation of being progenitus of the Scottish nation; and that subsequently on the same day in a high chamber in the house of William Raybok of Northallerton, William Roy chaplain was appointed executor of John Barker of Lazenby late chaplain whose will was approved on payment of 2s 8d; and that on the next day in the choir or chancel of the church of [North] allerton, John Artays of Lazenby chaplain swore obedience to the prior of Durham.
Witnesses: Master William Clayton rector of Sigston; Dom William Halyman vicar of [North]allerton.
Date: [North]allerton, 7/8 June 1485.
Notary: John Batmanson, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by papal and imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 295 x 310mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 21.
Loc.VIII:25   [28 February 1329]
Transcript of a bull of Pope John XXII to the abbot of Holme Cultram, the archdeacon of Carlisle and the prior of the predicate friars [of Carlisle] to inquire into the right of the archbishop of York to hold visitations within the jurisdiction of the bishop of Durham in Allertonshire, namely the nuns of St Stephen [Foukeholme], and the churches of Birkby, Osmotherley, Leake, Cowesby, Thornton-le-Street, and North Otterington with their dependant chapels, and the hospitals of [North]allerton and Lazenby, which ancient rights of the bishop of Durham, the archbishop of York had commissioned the chancellor of Lincoln, Gilbert Lovell canon of Salisbury staying in the diocese of Lincoln and the prior of the predicate friars of Lincoln to investigate, with John of Harrington canon of Lincoln subsequently replacing Gilbert Lovell.
Early 16th century copy.
Endorsed (same hand (?Thomas Swalwell)) with a description.

Size: 310 x 310mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 17.
Another (complete) copy in Loc.VIII: 27 below, with a dating clause.
Loc.VIII:26   [c.1430]
Transcripts of the following documents concerning the bishop of Durham's visitation rights in Allertonshire.
With some marginalia.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.

Size: 870 x 310mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 18.
Possibly originally sewn to the head of Loc.VII: 27 (stitching holes largely match).
p.1p.1   [4 July 1329]
Transcript of a mandate of Pope John XXII to the abbot of Holme Cultram, the archdeacon of Carlisle and the prior of the predicate friars [of Carlisle] to inquire into the rights of the bishop of Durham to hold visitations within the churches of the prior and chapter of Durham in Howden, Howdenshire, [North]allerton, Sigston and Rounton, and a composition between the prior and chapter and the archbishop of York about visitation rights.
Date: Avignon, 4 Non. July, Pont. 13.

p.1-2   16 & 28 May 1351
Transcript of a notarial instrument reciting the process of the visitation of [North]allerton hospital, namely the following certifications, the production of the inventory before the bishop by Robert of Deighton, his responses to the dilapidations detected by the visitation, with sentence to be given on Saturday after the Ascension [28 May] as per the following commission, which was carried out along with the correction of the fornication of Thomas of Ellerbeck and Matilda Kirkby, servants at the hospital, in the presence of Master William of Farnham official of the prior and chapter of Durham in their spiritualities in Allerton[shire] and Howdenshire.
Witnesses: (16 May) John of Whiterichurch canon of Salisbury, William Legat rector of Brancepeth, Walter Colby rector of Ryton; (28 May) Masters William of Langton and John Herico, advocates in the court of York; Adam of Pickering rector of Long Newton.
Notary: John Thomas of Hackthorpe, clerk of Carlisle diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.

Another copy: DCD Register of Thomas Hatfield, f.4v-5v.
   9 May 1351
Certification to Thomas Hatfield bishop of Durham by Robert of Deighton, warden of the hospital of Northallerton, reciting the following mandate, that all had been summoned to appear before the bishop or his commissaries, and reciting that the bishop's official in Allertonshire had also instructed that the foundation deed of the hospital and an inventory of its goods should be then exhibited, but no foundation document had been found in the archives though an inventory would be compiled.
Date: the hospital of Northallerton, 9 May 1351.

   9 May 1351
Mandate of Thomas Hatfield, bishop of Durham, to Robert of Deighton, warden of the hospital of Northallerton, and the brothers and sisters there, summoning them to the bishop's visitation in the chapel of the hospital on the next Monday [16 May].
Date: the bishop's manor at Middleham, 9 May 1351.

   [22 April 1351]
Certification by the bishop's warden of the spirituality of Allertonshire to Thomas Hatfield bishop of Durham that he had carried out the following mandate.
Date: Seaton, 10 Kal. May, year above.

   3 April 1351
Mandate of Thomas [Hatfield] bishop of Durham to the official of his spirituality of Allertonshire to summon Robert of Deighton warden or master of the hospital of Northallerton, the brothers and sisters there, and the corrodians and pensioners to be in the hospital chapel on Thursday after St Mark [28 April 1351] and to exhibit the foundation deed of the hospital, an inventory of its goods and its other oaths and charters.
Date: the bishop's manor at Middleham, 3 April 1351.

   27 May 1351
Mandate of Thomas [Hatfield] bishop of Durham to Master William Legat his spiritual chancellor and Adam of Tanfield his treasurer, on account of the dilapidations detected in the administration of the hospital of Northallerton by his visitation, confessed to by the warden Robert of Deighton, to remove him from its administration and to correct and reform the hospital on the following Saturday [28 May].
Date: the bishop's manor of Middleham, 27 May 1351.

Loc.VIII:27   [c.1430]
Transcripts of three documents concerning the bishop of Durham's visitation rights in Allertonshire.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.

Size: 440 x 310mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 20.
Possibly originally sewn to the foot of Loc.VIII: 26 next above (stitching holes largely match).
rectorecto   [15 July] 1324
Certification by the warden of the spiritualities of Allertonshire to Louis [de Beaumont] bishop of Durham or his commissaries of having carried out the following mandate.
Date: Northallerton hospital, Id. July 1324.

   [6 July] 1324
Mandate of Louis [de Beaumont] bishop of Durham to the warden of his spiritualities of Allertonshire to summon his clergy to attend his visitation, the parishes of North Otterington, Thornton-le-Street and Leake on Monday before St Margaret [16 July], the parishes of Osmotherley and Birkby on the Tuesday [17 July] and the hospitals of Lazenby and Northallerton on the Wednesday [18 July], with documents of title, ordination or foundation to be produced as appropriate.
Date: Elwick, the octave of SS Peter and Paul, 1324.

rectorecto   [July 1324]
Names of those cited to attend the visitation of Louis [de Beaumont] bishop of Durham:
At North Otterington on [16 July]:
Master and brothers of the hospital of St James, Northallerton; rector of Northallerton; Dom Robert of Brompton perpetual vicar of Northallerton; Dom John of Selby parish chaplain of Northallerton; Adam clerk of Northallerton; Alan Penne of Otterington layman;
from Thornton-le-Moor: Dom Thomas celebrating in the chapel there; Robert Hogman and William son of Matthew laymen;
from Thornton-le-Beans (in Vivar): Ralph Garett from the church of Thornton-le-Street master and brother of the said hospital, rector of the same church; Dom John Lardan perpetual vicar of the same; John Fairandgood and Roger atte Beck laymen; John son of Bartholomew and William Ottwy laymen of Kilmington;
from Leake church: Dom William of Cliffe rector; Dom Ralph Cowesby parish chaplain;
Cowesby: Dom John of Graythwaite rector of Cowesby, John of Sutton parish chaplain, William son of Agnes, William Gadald and Robert the mason, laymen;
Knayton: Dom Alan chaplain of Knayton chapel, Nicholas Chapman, Peter son of Alan, Peter Dance and Robert de Glouver;
Borrowby: John the Pinder, William Foster and William Cogtor;
Landmoth: William Barrat, Brawith and Walter miller;
Silton: Adam Tiller chaplain and Robert Stuerd layman.
At Osmotherley on [17 July]:
Master William of Hassington, Master Richard of ?Swinesale (Swaneshull) and Dom Richard of Melton prebendaries of Osmotherley; Dom Henry Sikal vicar of Osmotherley; Dom Elias parish chaplain of Osmotherley; Thomas son of William and Robert Redhouse laymen;
from the vill of Ellerbeck: Simon son of Thomas, John Pickton and William son of Adam;
from the vill of ?Harlsey (Heresay): Robert son of the smith;
from the vill of ?Thimbleby (Thymewy): Robert de Raper and Adam of Sale;
prioress of Foukeholme;
at Birkby on the same day: Master Robert de Wycomby rector of Birkby; Dom William parish chaplain of Birkby; Henry clerk of Birkby; William reeve, Adam son of Ralph and John son of Gerte laymen;
Hutton: Dom Thomas Shpeton chaplain of Hutton chapel; Robert son of Thomas and Thomas son of Sibyl laymen.
At Lazenby on [18 July]:
Dom John Sleght master of the hospital and Dom Richard canon celebrating in the chapel there; in the hospital of Northallerton Dom Robert of Brompton master of the house, Brother Robert of the same house and chaplain there; Dom John Brawith chaplain celebrating in the chapel there.

verso   [28 February 1329]
Transcript of a bull of Pope John XXII to the abbot of Holme Cultram, the archdeacon of Carlisle and the prior of the predicate friars [of Carlisle] to inquire into the right of the archbishop of York to hold visitations within the jurisdiction of the bishop of Durham in Allertonshire, namely the nuns of St Stephen [Foukeholme], and the churches of Birkby, Osmotherley, Leake, Cowesby, Thornton-le-Street, and North Otterington with their dependent chapels, and the hospitals of [North]allerton and Lazenby, which ancient rights of the bishop of Durham, the archbishop of York had commissioned the chancellor of Lincoln, Gilbert Lovell canon of Salisbury staying in the diocese of Lincoln and the prior of the predicate friars of Lincoln to investigate, with John of Harrington canon of Lincoln subsequently replacing Gilbert Lovell.
Date: Avignon, 2 Kal. March, Pont. 13.

Another copy (without the dating clause): DCD Loc.VIII: 25 above.
Loc.VIII:28   6 April 1402
Notarial instrument recounting the process against William Levan in Northallerton church begun on 16 February 1402, for fornication, reciting the following commissions, with the examination of Levan's proctor John Barber's credentials, and culminating in Levan's suspension by Roger Morton, commissary of John [Hemingbrough] prior.
Witnesses: (16 February) Robert Pocklington chaplain and John Bolom layman; (7 March) Robert Pocklington chaplain and John Yvelyth of York and Durham dioceses; (6 April) Dom William Middleton and John York chaplain, of York and Durham dioceses.
Date: [North]allerton church, 6 April 1402.
Notary: Thomas de Ryhale, clerk of Lincoln diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 340 x 270mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 8.
   12 February 1402
Commission of John [Hemingbrough] prior of Durham and ordinary of the spiritual liberty of St Cuthbert in the parish churches of [North]allerton, [Kirkby] Sigston and [West] Rounton to Masters Roger Morton and John Hagthorp and Dom John Crayke chaplain to implement the correction of William Levan chaplain as revealed in the visitation.
Date: Durham, 12 February 1401/2.

   3 February 1402
Commission of John [Hemingbrough] prior of Durham and ordinary of the spiritual liberty of St Cuthbert in the parish churches of [North]allerton, [Kirkby] Sigston and [West] Rounton to Dom John York, parish chaplain of [North]allerton, and John Masham, apparitor of the said spiritualities, reciting the scandal of William Levan chaplain and Alice Peacock, to which crime Alice confessed before the prior's commissaries Dom Thomas Rome and Master William Bristol in Northallerton church, to apprehend Levan and produce him before the prior's commissaries in Northallerton church on [16 February 1402].
Date: Durham, 3 February 1401/2.

Loc.VIII:29   [1401]
List of ten injustices committed by Thomas Rome, monk of Durham, and William Bristol, clerk, commissaries of the prior and convent of Durham deputed to visit [North]allerton and other churches in Allertonshire, against William Levan, priest of York diocese, including suspending him from entering church on 25 October 1401, acting against him despite his not having been in the prior and convent's jurisdiction for 10 years, giving him no copies of the documentation against him, obstructing his appeal to the court of York, citing him for his account of the will of John of Gilling, former vicar of Northallerton, for goods allegedly not given to the church of Northallerton which is patently untrue in his account rendered on 10 August [13]94, sequestrating the fruits of his leasing of Northallerton glebe from William Camell then vicar with Thomas Edmondson, and acting against civil and canon law and the rights and customs of the kingdom of England.
Endorsed (contemporary) as articles of a certain person made against visitation in Allertonshire.

Size: 300 x 220mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 9 and 41.
Loc.VIII:30   12-14 November 1398
Notarial instrument reciting the process of a visitation held in:
Northallerton church on 12 November by Walter Teesdale and Thomas Rome monks of Durham with Master Roger Morton clerk commissaries of the prior of Durham under the terms of the following commission, before whom came William Bristol warden of the spiritualities, and produced the following certification that the appropriate persons had been summoned, then the Northallerton clergy made due obeisance to the prior of Durham, then the laymen of Northallerton presented: on the ornamentation of the chancel stalls; that Dom John Gilling former vicar of [North]allerton left in his will the residue of his goods to support a chaplain in the said church, which itemised goods and moneys are still held by his executors William Levan and John Broughton chaplains; that Katherine former wife of John Houghton left goods to support a chaplain in the said church for 2 years, which goods John Houghton still holds; that Katherine formerly the wife of Thomas Cook left goods to support a chaplain in the said church, which goods Thomas Cook still holds; that the vicar of Northallerton ought to provide a chaplain for Deighton which has not happened for half a year; that the following committed fornication: John Danby with Beatrice of John Simpson's household, John son of Robert Appleton with Cecilia Budd, and John son of John Hobson with Alice of his own household, and that John Jekill committed adultery with Cecilia Louth; (m.2) that Nicholas of Deighton ought to repair certain parcels of Brompton churchyard which parcels are insufficiently enclosed; and the clergy and people of the hospitals of St Lawrence in [North]allerton and Lazenby, and the chapels in the bishop's manor at [North]allerton and at Worsall were to be summoned for the next 3 March; witnesses John Killerby jr and Thomas Hoton clerks of Durham and Carlisle dioceses;
Rounton church on 13 November by the said Walter, Thomas and Roger commissaries, before the high altar, where John Barker parish chaplain made due obeisance, and the laymen presented: that the rectory is ruinous; that the churchyard is insufficiently enclosed; to which the commissaries stipulated repairs with financial penalties if they were not done, including appointing a holy water clerk (aquebaiulus) within 15 days; witnesses John Killerby jr and Thomas Hoton clerks of Durham and Carlisle dioceses;
Sigston church on 14 November by the said Walter, Thomas and Roger commissaries, before the high altar, where Dom William Grandison rector, John Cowesby chaplain and John holy water clerk made due obeisance, and the laymen presented: that Nicholas son of Nicholas of Sheffield committed fornication with Joan Dovedaughter of Sigston; that the Sigston churchyard stile which the rector ought to repair is broken so that the rector pastures his horses there; that the holy water clerk only attends church on feast days; that William del Bank, Thomas of Settrington and Robert Dawson carried coal in their waggons on Sundays; that there is not an honest and competent holy water clerk, and that Robert Ingelond and Agnes Bullock committed adultery; with due remedies and penalties stipulated by the commissaries; witnesses John Killerby jr and Thomas Hoton clerks of Durham and Carlisle dioceses;
then in a chamber of the house of Thomas Bower of [North]allerton, John son of John Hobson was cited for fornication with Alice of his household, for which the commissaries imposed penances on three feast-days at Deighton chapel and on all the feast days at Northallerton church;
and John son of Robert Appleton, cited for fornication, was to receive 6 whippings.
Witnesses: William Thornton chaplain and Thomas Hoton clerk of York and Carlisle dioceses.
Notary: Thomas Ryhale, clerk of Lincoln diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with descriptions as the Allertonshire visitation.

Size: 900 x 265mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 8.
   8 November 1398
Commission of John [Hemingbrough] prior of Durham and ordinary of the spiritual liberty of St Cuthbert in the parish churches of [North]allerton, [Kirkby] Sigston and [West] Rounton to Walter Teesdale and Thomas Rome monks of Durham and Master Roger Morton clerk to carry out a visitation of the prior's churches and clergy in Allertonshire.
Date: Durham, 8 November 1398.

   12 November 1398
Certification by the official or warden of the spiritualities to John [Hemingbrough] prior of Durham and ordinary of the spiritualities of Allertonshire that he had carried out the following mandate and accordingly summoned the clegry and laymen whose names were appended on a schedule, namely:
Dom Robert Redmarshall vicar of [North]allerton; Dom Thomas Todd chaplain of [North]allerton; Dom Robert Pocklington, Dom William Romanby chaplains of St Mary's chantry in [North]allerton; Dom Robert Porter, Dom John Otterington, Dom John Gourneys chaplain; John Masham parish clerk of [North]allerton; Dom William Thornton chaplain of Deighton; Dom Ralph Seamer; Richard Todd parish clerk of Brompton; Thomas Bower, Thomas Sadler, John Cook, John Greathead, John Redham, Thomas Bedlington, John Bainton, laymen of [North]allerton; Thomas Edmondson, John Strensall, laymen of Lazenby; John Balayne, John Carter, William Marshall, laymen of Romanby; Peter Wright, Thomas Dodyng, John de Griffe, John Irby, laymen of Brompton; John Hobson, Thomas Brown, John Jackson, John of Rounton, laymen of Deighton; Dom Thomas del Bowes rector of Rounton; Dom John Barker parish chaplain of Rounton; John Tomson, William Gell, John Ermyn, Robert Foxton, laymen of Rounton; Dom William Grandison rector of Sigston; Dom John Cowesby parish chaplain of Sigston; John clerk there; John Themelsby, John son of Geoffrey, John Geldard, laymen of Sigston; Nicholas Winton layman of Winton; John Redham, William Evenwood, laymen of Sowerby; Richard Darcy, John Modersaule, laymen of Kirkby; Robert Smart layman of Foxton.

   8 October 1398
Mandate of John [Hemingbrough] prior of Durham ordinary of the spiritualities of Allertonshire to his official to cite the clergy and laymen to attend his visitation in Northallerton church on 12 November, in Rounton on 13 November or in Sigston on 14 November.
Date: Durham, 8 October 1398.

Loc.VIII:31   [later 15th century]
Memorandum about the foundation of a chantry with six chaplains by John de Lythgraynes and his wife Alice at his manor of Lazenby for the souls of themselves, Edward I and his heirs and Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham and his successors, and that Walter of Preston was the first warden, on whose death, and with the founders dead, Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham appointed, in accordance with the foundation charter, Roger of Bassingham, vicar of Newcastle, as the second warden thereof.
Endorsed (contemporary) as Lazenby.

Size: 135 x 295mm
Original 1290 foundation charter confirmed in 1292 in Calendar of Charter Rolls II, p.413-414; 1343 public instrument of inspection copied in DCD Reg.II, f.322r-v.
Loc.VIII:32   10 November 1401
Notarial instrument reciting the process by Thomas Rome monk of Durham and Master William Bristol clerk, commissaries of John [of Hemingbrough] prior of Durham, as in the following commission, against Dom William Levan, chaplain of Northallerton hospital, cited by John Masham, clerk of Northallerton and apparitor, for fornication with Alice Peacock, summoned to appear at Northallerton church on 25 October, witnesses William Bishopton and Stephen of Guisborough of York and Durham dioceses, and again at West Rounton church on 26 October, and of his suspension by edict of the commissaries for contumacy being pinned up on the south door of Northallerton church, to appear before them in West Rounton church on 1 December.
Date: [North]allerton church, 10 November 1401.
Witnesses: John Kilpyn and John Kirkby chaplains; William Bishopton and John Bland laymen of York and Durham dioceses.
Notary: Thomas Ryhale, clerk of Lincoln diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with descriptions.
Parchment   1m
Size: 340 x 270mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 8.
   6 October 1401
Commission by John [of Hemingbrough] prior of Durham cathedral and ordinary of the liberty of St Cuthbert in Allerton and Allertonshire to Thomas Rome BTh and fellow monk with Master William Bristol proctor of the court of York to visit the churches and clergy of [Kirby] Sigston, [West] Rounton and [North]allerton.
Date: Durham, 6 October 1401.

Loc.VIII:33   [c.1500]
Will of ? [Halyman], including bequests of land, money and personal effects to Edmund [Skarlett] and his wife, the prior and convent of Mount Grace priory, [North]allerton parish church, the testator's brother Richard Halyman, the wife of William Stapilton, the wife of Edward Cotysworth, William Thorpe and his two daughters, Richard Halyman senior, John Halyman his son, Richard Halyman junior, Richard Halyman's daughters [Eliza]beth and Agnes, John Halyman son of Nicholas Halyman, John Phalton, Simon Fowler chaplain, John ?, John Hoperton, Henry Clarkson and his wife, Elizabeth Marley, Margaret Weggan, Sibyl Fox, ? Freer, Agnes Ward, ? wife of Thomas Arkendale, Janet Strangways, Elizabeth Halyman, wife of John Robinson, Nicholas Sawyer chaplain, Katherine Laker, wife of Robert Fownd, John Hosburne, Thomas Halyman and Janet Wright his daughter, Thomas Wright, Thomas Fowler's wife, each of William Thorpe's sons-in-law, Alice Hoton, Janet Head, Richard Kendall, John Mitchell, Margaret Gibson, Janet Batyson, John Greathead, Emmot Wright, Janet Weggan, and Janet Jackson; appointing Edmund Skarlett and Thomas Halyman as his executors and Thomas Strangways as his supervisor.
Witnesses: Robert Clay vicar of Northallerton, Edward Cotesforth, William Stapilton, and John Hede.

Size: 650 x 295mm
Loc.VIII:34   [later 15th century]
Evidences of the prior and convent of Durham's jurisdiction in Lazenby chapel, discussing and reciting the spurious charter of William [of St Calais] bishop of Durham granting to the prior and monks of Durham the churches of [North]allerton, Sigston and Brompton in Allertonshire (original in 4.1.Archiep.1), the subsequent history of this jurisdiction after the death of Archbishop Thomas [of Bayeux] until the foundation of the chantry at Lazenby by John Litelgraynes in 1291 and Lazenby's relationship to Northallerton church, also reciting the Lazenby instances in visitations held at [North]allerton:
1427 chapter, penances imposed on Roger Carter of Lazenby;
1333 visitation, William of Wath chaplain of Lazenby made obeisance;
1[3]72 chapter, will of William Wright of Lazenby was proved;
1387 visitation at Northallerton by Robert Blacklawe and Roger Manysforth monks of Durham commissaries of the prior, Thomas de Harnirton was absolved from suspension;
1392 visitation at Northallerton by Robert Ripon and Thomas Loth monks of Durham commissaries of the prior, Thomas Lazenby made obeisance;
1401 visitation by Thomas [Rome] and [William] Bristol commissaries of the prior of Durham, John Kilpin chaplain made obeisance;
1417 visitation by Thomas Rome and John Fishburn commissaries of John Wessington prior of Durham, John Kilpin of the chantry in the bishop's manor of [North]allerton and William Middleton warden of the chantry of St Mary in [North]allerton church and the chaplain of Lazenby chapel made obeisance;
John Rinkhorn chaplain and notary testified that he had for several years been in the service of Peter Redley vicar of Northallerton but he had not celebrated as chaplain at Lazenby, but that Thomas Emmotson had been there;
and reciting:
the 20 July 1387 confirmation by Alexander [Nevill], archbishop of York, to the prior and convent of Durham of their liberties in the churches of Howden, Eastrington, Brantingham, Hemingbrough, Skipwith, Welton, Walkington, Holtby, Northallerton, [Kirby] Sigston, and Rounton, by virtue of writings of archbishops Walter [Giffard], William [Melton], and others (original in DCD 3.2.Archiep.6a and 6b);
the grant by Ralph prior and the convent of Durham with the consent of Robert, vicar of [North]allerton, to Ralph Faderles of a chantry in his chapel of Lazenby, with the chaplain found by Ralph to have an oxgang of land in Lazenby pertaining to the church of [North]allerton (original in DCD 2.1.Ebor.1);
(m2d)
Prior Ralph's dates, and that John Litlegraynes inherited from Ralph Faderles and amplified the chantry and chaplain,
and that at the [13]41 chapter at [North]allerton, John Roklay of Lazenby, cited for fornication with Christiana Singleton of the same, had to walk round Northallerton church in his underwear with a candle and wax; in [13]42 20d was received [for the probate] of the will of Robert Overington; and Peter ? at Lazenby paid ? to the warden of the prior's jurisdiction;
and reciting the confirmation by John prior and chapter of Durham of the grant by Robert bishop of Durham and Nicholas Hulme to the abbot of Jervaulx of the manor [of Lazenby], notwithstanding the rights due to his church of [North]allerton and his jurisdiction at Lazenby;
1486 chapter at Northallerton before monk Thomas Castell official, John Taylor one of the chaplains of Lazenby chapel made obeisance to the prior of Durham;
1489 chapter at Northallerton before monk William Cawthorn official, John Taylor and Thomas Langrig made obeisance to the prior of Durham, and on the morrow the will of John Norham of the hospital of St James by Northallerton [was proved].
(Marginal summaries and the last two entries in different hands from the rest of the text.)

Size: 1000 x 330mm
Loc.VIII:35   [c.1330]
Articles (83 in total, first 12 damaged) about the jurisdiction of the bishop and prior and chapter of Durham in the churches of Northallerton and Allertonshire, and the rights of the archbishops of York, featuring:
29. The appointment of masters and wardens of the hospitals of Northallerton and Lazenby by the bishop of Durham.
31. The bishop of Durham's role in the election of the prioresses of Foukeholm.
46. A composition without the bishop of Durham's consent between the prior and chapter of Durham and the archbishop of York over visitation rights in the churches of [North]allerton, Sigston, Rounton, Howden and Howdenshire.
49. The bishop of Durham's rights of visitation in Foukeholm priory, and the churches of Osmotherley, Leake, Cowesby, North Otterington, Thornton-le-Street and Birkby and the hospitals of [North]allerton and Lazenby.
50-54. Dionysius chancellor of Lincoln, Gilbert Lovell canon of Salisbury and the prior of the predicate friars of Lincoln investigating the bishop of Durham's rights in Allertonshire.
57-68. The abbot of Holme Cultram, the archdeacon of Carlisle and the prior of the predicate friars of Carlisle enquiring into the right of the archbishop of York to hold visitations within the jurisdiction of the bishop of Durham in Allertonshire against Master Dionysius Avenell and Master William of Staines acting for the archbishop.
74-76. Masters John of Woodhouse commissary-general of the official of the court of York, John of Shotteswell prior of the Augustinian friars of York and Adam of Corbridge, acting as commissaries of the archbishop.
81. Appeal of the bishop of Durham to Master Philip Turvill, and Doms William of Leicester and Nicholas Taynturell canons of Lichfield (81)
82. Impeding of the bishop of Durham's subjects in Hexham and Hexhamshire by the archbishop of York.

Size: 1830 x 265-310mm
Loc.VIII:36   [c.1401]
Memorandum of comperta and detecta in the prior's visitation:
John Gilling former vicar of Northallerton took plate from the high altar which then William Levan and Robert Broughton [his] executors are to pay the church for.
The same William was cited before the commissaries at the visitation for adultery with Alice the wife of William Peacock (Pakok).
The same Alice underwent penance.
William Camell the last vicar [of Northallerton] was indebted to the prior and convent of Durham for an annual pension of £20, for which the vicar's goods to the value of £40 within the jurisdiction of Allerton were sequestrated, whose custody was given to William Levan who removed them from the jurisdiction.
Endorsed (16th century) as being detecta against W Levan.
Parchment   1m
Size: 100 x 280mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.9: 26, also 20 and 19 cancelled.
Loc.VIII:37   18 November 1458
Letters of William Seton, subprior of Durham and commissary of John [Burnaby] prior of Durham and ordinary of the spiritualities of the liberty of Allerton, at the instance of John Clifton chaplain of Lazenby and Thomas Lovell of Lazenby layman, concerning a cause in the court of audience of William [Booth] archbishop of York over the rights of the same prior in the chapel at Lazenby.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 170 x 360mm
Seal: G&B No.3449, part only, on a parchment tongue
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: 22.
Loc.VIII:38   20 October [1432]
Appointment by Katherine widow and executrix of Richard Forman, late citizen of York, of Master Thomas Appleby as her attorney.
Date: 20 October 11 Henry VI.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 110 x 255mm
Seal: Seal of Katherine Forman, capital “S” with a central line, pentagonal, c15mm, complete, fair, detached from a parchment tongue, stub of a wrapping tie
Formerly numbered: Loc.8: ?29.
Loc.VIII:39   27 February 1309
Notarial instrument reciting that before Stephen de Mauley dean of the prebendal church of Auckland and vicar-general of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham and master William of St Botulph archdeacon of Durham, commissaries as a result of the following commission, Brother Henry of Stamford was accused before William of Tanfield prior, and Brothers Reginald of Barneby third prior, Thomas of Winstow sacrist, Osbert of York infirmarian and Robert of Stanley feretrar, of disobedience since the first visitation by staying outside the priory and refusing to return when summoned and of squandering a great sum of the priory's money, to which Henry responded that he had fled to the bishop in fear of his life and had expended the money staying in the bishop's household with his permission, which he proved through documents and responsible witnesses, so he was pronounced innocent of the charge and restored to good fame.
Witnesses: Master Robert of Baldock and Dom Roger of Waltham canons of the church of London.
Date: Durham cathedral chapter house, 27 February 1308/9.
Notary: Richard son of Henry de Ganyo, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (14th and 16th centuries) with descriptions as the impetitio of Henry Stamford.
Parchment   1m
Size: 410 x 270mm
Formerly numbered: 87, 89 and Misc.Ch. 7176.
Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.149-151.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.171-172.
   10 February 1309
Commission of Antony [Bek] bishop of Durham to Stephen de Mauley dean of the prebendal church of Auckland and his vicar-general with master William of St Botulph archdeacon of Durham to hear the articles of the bishop's visitation in the chapter house of Durham cathedral with the prior, subprior and four or five of the more senior and wise monks of the chapter.
Date: Auckland, 10 February 1308/9.

Printed in C.M. Fraser ed, Records of Antony Bek, (Surtees Society 162, 1953), p.137.
Discussed in C.M. Fraser, A History of Antony Bek, (Oxford 1957), p.170-171.
Loc.VIII:40   16 January 1309
Notarial instrument reciting the appeal of John of Haxby monk of Durham against his exile to Finchale as an adherent of Prior Richard de Hoton by Stephen de Mauley archdeacon of Cleveland.
Witnesses: John of Galilee and John of Redesdale clerks.
Date: the claustral cell of Finchale, 16 January 1308/9.
Notary: Roger of [North]allerton, clerk of York diocese, NP by imperial authority, eschotocal recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 200 x 200mm
Formerly numbered: 89.
Loc.VIII:41   [1531]
Legacies from the will of John Sayer (Sair) of Worsall esq to: Francis Sayer, “little” John Sayer, William “son and heir”, Jean Westrop, Sir William Benson, the churches of Stokesley, Egglescliffe, and [North]allerton, Richard Eschdell, John Milborne, Richard Henryson, Sir William Busby, the friars of Yarm, [North]allerton, Newcastle and Hartlepool, Leonard Sayer and his servant Alison, also his debts, funeral and other expenses.
With some later notes of sums.

Size: 1200 x 210mm
Added to Loc.VIII from uncatalogued Miscellaneous Rolls by Martin Snape 27 May 1964.
Loc.VIII:42   12 January 1531
Inventory of the goods of John Sayer of Worsall esq both within and without his house, listing and valuing the items in each room, along with his animals and corn, appraised by Edward Oglethorpe, John Hall, Thomas Makarigh, and Thomas Wraa.
With some later notes of sums.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.

Size: 880 x 180mm
Added to Loc.VIII from uncatalogued Miscellaneous Rolls by Martin Snape 27 May 1964.
Discussed in C.M. Newman, Late Medieval Northallerton, (Stamford 1999), p.66.
IX - Lytham priory
Dates of creation: [1083 - 1532]
Records relating to the priory of Lytham in the later middle ages, and especially the dispute between Durham and William Partrike in the 1440s over his attempt to be prior of Lytham for life.
Language:  Latin, unless otherwise stipulated
1-67 were described on slips in Latin by [Stevenson]. William Greenwell added descriptions for 68-73 in Latin. All have been catalogued in XML by Michael Stansfield May 2008.
The Partrike dispute is discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.327-341.
Further material about the Partrike dispute, referenced by Dobson as Lytham Miscellanea, is now in DCD Misc.Ch. 7308/1-17.

Loc.IX:1   11 November 1428
Notarial instrument reciting the provocacio by Richard Haswell monk and warden of Lytham priory to the court of York of his position as prior and of the rights and privileges of Lytham priory.
Witnesses: Dom Lawrence ? chaplain, Robert Singleton and Stephen Spynay literati and John Wedoson, of Lichfield, York, Winchester and Durham dioceses.
Date: Lytham priory, 11 November 1428.
Notary: William of Kirby, clerk of Carlisle diocese, NP by apostolic and imperial authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 350 x 310mm
Loc.IX:2   [6 January 1083]
[14th century] copy of a [spurious] bull of Pope Gregory [VII] to William [of St Calais] bishop of Durham and his successors, ordering that no one is to interfere with the rights (some of which are specified) or possessions of the monks of Durham.
Date: Benevento per manus John Cartern papal notary and chancellor, 8 Id. January 1084 (sic) Pont.10.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 260 x 305mm
Further copies: DCD 3.13.Pont.6 (printed in W. Holtzmann, Papsturkunden in England, vol.II, (Berlin 1935), p.132-136), Cart.I, f.1r-v (printed in Historiae Dunelmensis Scriptores Tres (Surtees Society 9, 1839), p.vii-x, Cart.Vet., f.11r, and also Durham Cathedral Library MS A.II.16, f.101v.
Bishop Richard Kellaw inspeximus in DCD Loc.III:28.
Loc.IX:3   [early 15th century]
Roll containing:
(a) Copy of a charter of Richard II inspecting and confirming a charter of Richard, son of Roger, granting the town and church of Lytham to the prior and convent of Durham.
Witnesses: S[imon Sudbury] archbishop of Canterbury; W[illiam Courtenay] bishop of London; W[illiam of Wykeham] bishop of Winchester; T[homas Brantingham] bishop of Exeter; J[ohn of Gaunt] king of Castile and Leon, duke of Lancaster; Edmund [of Langley] earl of Cambridge; Thomas earl Warenne; William of Ufford, earl of Suffolk; Robert prior of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England; Aubrey de Vere chamberlain; Hugh of Segrave, steward of the royal household; John of Fordham, keeper of the privy seal.
Date: Westminster, 22 March 4 Richard II [1381].
(b) Two extracted clauses from a charter of William I concerning the rights and liberties of the prior and convent of Durham.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 530 x 280mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.9:10.
Original of Richard son of Roger's charter: DCD 2.4.Ebor.2a.
Loc.IX:4   [14 February 1445]
Writ of praemunire facias of Henry VI to the sheriff of Middlesex to attach William Partrike and Thomas Harper, so-called prior and monk of Lytham, and to cause them to appear at Westminster to answer charges of obtaining papal provision to Lytham contrary to the Statute of Provisors and to the prejudice of Prior John [Wessington].
(Undated: date from Loc.IX: 45.)

Size: 430 x 290mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.334.
Similar document: DCD Loc.IX:45.
Loc.IX:5   24 February [1446]
Arbitration award of Sir Thomas Stanley, controller of the royal household, and Master Richard Andrew, king's secretary, in the dispute between John Wessington prior of Durham and William Partrike prior of Lytham, with John Portington justice of the Common Pleas and John Lematon of London gent being bound to Stanley with William Booth clerk and Thomas Bryan in £200 for Wessington's abiding by the award: Partrike was to surrender his 7 March 1443 bull of perpetuity to John Gateshead, monk and proctor of the prior of Durham, and was to resign the priory of Lytham before a notary in St Paul's cathedral; he was then to clear his debts from his goods at Lytham and return to Durham and be admitted “in gentill and easy wyse”, to be excused for life “of rysing at matyns and all other manor of observaunces at any tym to be doon in the Queer, intablyng, kepyng of the Fratour and comyng to the Chapitour and all other observaunces of religion both as any Doctor of Divinite doth, or at any time doon on the monasterie aforesaid”, to be given an annual pension of £2 until he might have a benefice, his own chamber in the infirmary, a servant and a place at the prior's table, and to be allowed to retain the papal bull permitting him to hold an ecclesiastical benefice.
Date: 24 February 24 Henry VI.
Endorsed (16th century) as “W Partrik” .
Language:  English
Parchment   1m
Size: 480 x 350mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.337.
Loc.IX:6   [28 December ?1445]
Copy letter from Thomas Urswick to Henry Helay accusing William Partrike, prior of Lytham, of “fowle untristy governance” and excusing himself from the imputation of having associated himself with the said prior.
Date: Childermass day.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Language:  English

Size: 120 x 305mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336.
Loc.IX:7   31 August and 5 October [1444]
Copies of two letters:
1. Sir Thomas Stanley to the prior of Durham asking that William Partrike, prior of Lytham, may be permitted to remain undisturbed in the enjoyment of his priory, as he was “a gude preste and haseben of my dole and felawship” and had “shewed me kyndnesse sith tyme he com to lethom” ; with a PS hoping that [Wessington] would continue to be a “gud lord & fadre” to Partrike whom he had appointed to Lytham.
Date: Lytham, 31 August.
2. Prior of Durham to Sir Thomas Stanley in reply, stating that he cannot comply with Stanley's request, as Partrike's “dede may torne in evill exsampell and preiudiciell to all patronez of benefice sprituell and temporell” and that Wessington was being blamed by many of his brethren for being too slow in pursuing Partrike, and that John Portington had arranged with Cardinal [John Kempe, archbishop of] York an agreement at York on 3 August between the parties, and that Partrike was not being “charged ovir power” by Wessington, and that Partrike had attended chapter inconsistently, and then at times of his own choosing.
Date: Durham, 5 October.
Language:  English

Size: 285 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333, 335, 336, 337, 340.
Copy: DCD Loc.IX: 7 below.
Draft of 2: DCD Loc.IX: 7*a next below.
Incomplete copy of 2: DCD Loc.IX: 7*b below.
Loc.IX:7*a   [5 October 1444]
Draft letter of the prior of Durham to Sir Thomas Stanley, as in the next above.
With cancellations and interlineations.
Language:  English

Size: 340 x 290mm
Fair copy: DCD Loc.IX:7 next above.
Loc.IX:7*b   [5 October 1444]
Copy letter from the prior of Durham to Thomas Stanley, as in the next but one above. Incomplete.
Language:  English

Size: 105 x 290mm
Another copy: DCD Loc.IX:7.
Loc.IX:7**   31 August and 5 October [1444]
Copies of letters from Sir Thomas Stanley to the prior of Durham, and the prior's reply.
Language:  English

Size: 435 x c.290mm
Copy of DCD Loc.IX: 7 above.
Loc.IX:8   16 February [1444]
Draft letter from Robert Westmorland to William Partrike, prior of Lytham, informing him that the prior and monks of Durham are indignant at the attempt made by him to exempt himself from their jurisdiction ( “sen the first fundation of the kirke of Durham was ther neuer sich a thing so preiudiciall attempt agayns the priuileges and the libertes therof” ), saying that only John Crepping, Hugh Sherburn amd John Ripon had ever had such exemption, and that the prior and monks were resolved to resist it to the uttermost, appealing to his loyalty, also offering threats of being “full hevy” towards him and suggesting a personal meeting at Barnard Castle or [North]allerton, and concluding that if he remains a monk of Durham he will be his for ever, but if he sticks to his purpose then it is farewell for ever.
Date: Durham, 16 February.
Some interlineations.
Language:  English

Size: 290 x 285mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.327, 331, 332.
Another version of DCD Loc.IX: 33 below.
Partrike's reply is: DCD Loc.IX: 52.
Loc.IX:9   [c.1445]
Copies of:
(1) Writ of [Henry VI] to William Partrike, prior of Lytham, saying that the general pardon recently granted [Loc.IX:17] had been obtained without a full statement having been made by William, forbidding him to avail himself of it, and summoning him to Westminster, date blank. Undated.
(2) Writ of [Henry VI] ordering an unspecified officer to favour the prior and convent of Durham in the procuration of their rights, infringed by William Partrike through his attempt to be exempt from their jurisdiction as prior of Lytham by his papal bull in perpetuity. Undated.
Language:  English

Size: 440 x 295mm
Loc.IX:10   [mid 15th century]
[Copy] letter [from the prior of Durham to ?Sir Thomas Stanley], thanking him for his letter and his support for Lytham during the vacancy after the death of the late prior, informing him of the new appointment as prior there, and reporting that the addressee cannot hold his office for life as the king has forbidden it, verbally and in writing, and also apologising that he cannot give the prebend to his son as it was promised to a “wirshipfull clerke and doctor” many years since.
Date: Durham, 20 August.
(Dorse)
Two draft letters (or two versions of one) requesting information on the writer's title in certain fisheries in the rivers Ouse and Derwent, upon which application had been made to Sir James Pickering, which will be supported by documents to be produced by the chamberlain and by extracts from the court rolls held by the receiver William Goldsborough.
Date: Durham, 3 September.
Language:  English

Size: 220 x 295mm
Loc.IX:11   2 June [1446 x 1449]
Letter from William Partrike to Thomas Harper of Corkham seeking his advice, lamenting that Prior [Ebchester] never loved him, and Robert Westmorland, John Gateshead, and Richard Bell “ar cheff wit hym, & none of them luffis me”, and asking him to speak privily with Master Thomas Harrington to seek his help. Signed.
Date: Lytham, 2 June.
Language:  English

Size: 170 x 290mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336, 339.
Loc.IX:12   17 August [1444]
Letter from T[homas] Harrington and W[illiam] Partrike, prior of Lytham, requesting an interview between their counsel and the counsel of the prior of Durham in London concerning some points in the dispute between the parties over the prior of Lytham being prior for life.
Date: Lytham, 17 August.
Language:  English

Size: 160 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333, 336.
Loc.IX:13   [?1444]
Draft letter from a monk resident at Durham to a monk resident at Lytham, replying to a previous letter, saying that he is glad to hear that he is not party to the prior of Lytham's plans and he is grateful for his advice that the gentleman of Lancashire purpose certain matters against the house of Durham, and stating that he and the other monks at Durham are resolved to resist the plans of the prior of Lytham, but he will otherwise help him as much as he can, as is his nature.
Language:  English

Size: 120 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.335.
Loc.IX:14   [23 February] 1443
Copy bull of Pope Eugenius [IV] to William Partrike, prior of Lytham, allowing him to be prior for life because of Lytham's great distance from Durham (80 miles) and the susceptibility of the priors of Durham to remove them from office to the cost of the spiritualites and temporalities of Lytham.
Date: Florence, 7 Kal. March 1442/3.
Dorse
Responses to the reasons for Lytham's suggested need for a prior for life:
Lytham's distance as a cell from Durham was not exceptional by comparison with Coldingham, Stamford and the college in Oxford, or even such as Tynemouth's distance from St Albans.
Several recent priors of Lytham had needed to be removed: Richard of Birtley and William Aslakby had asked to be returned to Durham because Lytham was uncongenial; Thomas of Corbridge and Robert Masham had had to be purged of incontinence with local women; and Masham and Richard Haswell had been involved for many years in serious litigation because of the malice of their neighbours.

Size: 430 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328, 330.
Loc.IX:15   10 November 1425
Mandate of the dean of Amounderness to the clergy in his deanery to pronounce excommunication against those destroying the property, refusing to pay the tithes and mortuaries, and generally infringing the rights of Richard Haswell, prior of Lytham.
Date: the church of St Michael, 10 November 1425.

Size: 180 x 305mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Loc.IX:16   27 February [?1462]
Draft letter from the prior of Durham to Thomas Osborne (Usburne), of the hospital of St Leonard in York, informing him of his intention to grant to the Lord Chancellor the disposal of the first prebend which may become vacant in the collegiate church of Howden, notwithstanding that the bishop of Durham wants John Marshall's prebend for John Gisburne, and the archbishop [of York] also so desires it.
Date: Durham, 27 February.
Endorsed with an address to the prior of Durham.
Language:  English

Size: 95 x 290mm
Copy letter in: DCD Reg. Parv. III, f.110v-111r.
Loc.IX:17   [3 December 1443]
Copy letters patent of Henry VI pardoning William Partrike, so-called prior of the cell of Lytham, all transgressions etc, done by seeking a bull of Eugenius IV, the Statute of Provisors notwithstanding.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a royal pardon.

Size: 190 x c.270mm
Original copy: Calendar of Patent Rolls 1441-1446, p.237.
Further copies: DCD Loc.IX: 17* (with an additional clause) and 17** below.
Loc.IX:17*   [3 December 1443]
Copy letters patent of Henry VI pardoning William Partrike, so-called prior of the cell of Lytham, all transgressions etc, done by seeking a bull of Eugenius IV, the Statute of Provisors notwithstanding, and permission to enjoy the privileges recited in the bull.

Size: 230 x 300mm
Original copy: Calendar of Patent Rolls 1441-1446, p.237.
Further copies (without the final clause): DCD Loc.IX: 17 and 17**.
Loc.IX:17**   [3 December 1443]
Copy letters patent of Henry VI pardoning William Partrike, so-called prior of the cell of Lytham, all transgressions etc, done by seeking a bull of Eugenius IV, the Statute of Provisors notwithstanding.

Size: 190 x c.230mm
Original copy: Calendar of Patent Rolls 1441-1446, p.237.
Further copies: DCD Loc.IX: 17 and 17* (with an additional clause) above.
Loc.IX:18   4 October [1442]
Copy letter from [William Partirke] prior of Lytham to John Wessington prior of Durham, after the bishop's visitation, exonerating himself from the charge of having money and goods as his private property - he had never had so little money since he was in his sixth year as a monk [1420] as he had had “mony grett causez” over the last 4 or 5 years, and many cattle were dying locally - and that he had incurred debt for the priory of Lytham - he only had a debt of 12s 1d on his last account - and that he intended to be a monk all his life.
Date: Lytham, 4 October.
Language:  English

Size: 270 x 290mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.330.
Loc.IX:19   2 December 1445
Memorandum that John [Wessington] prior of Durham, Master John Mody subprior, Master William Ebchester sacrist and Prof of Theology, Henry Helay, Thomas Nesbitt infirmarian, John Gateshead terrar, Thomas Ward hostillar, William Dalton third prior, William Eden bursar, Robert Westmorland almoner, Robert Embleton BTh and decanus ordinis, John Warner precentor, Thomas Lewin, and William Seton chancellor had decided that, through the mediation of Master John Marshall, if William Partrike, supposed prior of Lytham, would come to York on the Conception of the BVM [8 December], and renounce his papal bull of perpetuity as prior of Lytham, he would be received back as a monk at Durham as a wayward child rather than as an obdurate sinner, with the mastership of the cell of Wearmouth being offered as possible compensation.

Size: 140 x 200mm
Another copy: DCD Loc.IX: 19* next below.
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336, 337.
Loc.IX:19*   2 December 1445
Memorandum that John [Wessington] prior of Durham, Master John Mody subprior, Master William Ebchester sacrist and Prof of Theology, Henry Helay, Thomas Nesbitt infirmarian, John Gateshead terrar, Thomas Ward hostillar, William Dalton third prior, William Eden bursar, Robert Westmorland almoner, Robert Embleton BTh and decanus ordinis, John Warner precentor, Thomas Lewin, and William Seton chancellor had decided that, through the mediation of Master John Marshall, if William Partrike, supposed prior of Lytham, would come to York on the Conception of the BVM [8 December], and renounce his papal bull of perpetuity as prior of Lytham, he would be received back as a monk at Durham as a wayward child rather than as an obdurate sinner, with the mastership of the cell of Wearmouth being offered as possible compensation

Size: 150 x 215mm
Another copy: DCD Loc.IX: 19 next above.
Loc.IX:20   [5 March 1444]
Draft citation of [John Wessington] prior of Durham to William Partrike prior of Lytham summoning him to Durham to discuss certain matters.
Date: Durham, [date from register copy].
With interlineations and cancellations.

Size: 120 x 290mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.332, 335.
Copy: DCD Reg.III, f.301r.
Loc.IX:20*   [5 & 15 March 1444]
Memorandum that on 5 March 1444 in the registry of the prior and chapter of Durham, Robert Westmorland, in the presence of John Berehalgh NP, John Dale domicellus of the prior, Thomas Coken and William Underwood, handed over to Thomas Clough the following mandate, with the certification by Thomas Cleugh of 15 March 1444 in the same registry that he, with John Berehalgh, had arrived at Lytham on 10 March 1444 to deliver the said mandate to William Partrike who angrily refused to accept it and, returning the next day, three armed men - Oliver Butler, Roger Tinkler and one other - insulted Cleugh within the precinct of Lytham and made him eat his letters and their box, threatening him by brandishing their swords, at the instigation of Partrike, but Cleugh got the notary to recite the letters to Partrike, and also the priest Thomas Harper, and others of his council, and John Ryall (Rihall) and Thomas Wheill (Qwele), fellow monks of Partrike staying at Lytham, who claimed they had not received them as they had not heard them.
Witnesses: John Berehalgh notary public; John Dale domicellus of the prior of Durham.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.

Size: 290 x 300mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.9:3.
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336.
Another copy: DCD Loc.IX: 71.
   5 March 1444
Mandate of John [Wessington] prior and chapter of Durham to William Partrike prior of Lytham summoning him to Durham on Friday 3 April to discuss certain matters.
Under the other part of the common seal.
Date: Durham chapter house, 5 March 1443/4.

Copy: DCD Reg.III, f.301r.
Loc.IX:21   [?1440s]
Legalistic suggestions against the authenticity of William Partrike's bull appointing him prior of Lytham for life.

Size: 115 x 295mm
Loc.IX:22   27 January - 6 April [1446]
Copies of:
Bond of [?John Port]ington justice of the King's Bench and John Lamaton of Lond gent to Sir Thomas Stanley controller of the king's household, William Roth clerk and Thomas Bryan in £200, 27 January 24 Henry VI, with the condition that the prior and convent of Durham would grant on 6 April, as in the following letters patent, and would also then enter into a bond with the same Thomas Stanley, William Booth and Thomas Bryan in £100 to abide by the arbitration of Thomas Stanley and Master Richard Andrews, king's secretary, made between John Wessington prior and convent of Durham and William Partrike formerly prior of Lytham at London on 24 February 24 Henry VI.
Bond of John Wessington prior and convent of Durham to Sir Thomas Stanley controller of the royal household, William Booth clerk and Thomas Bryan in £100. Date 6 April 24 Henry VI.
Letters patent of John Wessington prior and convent of Durham giving to Sir Thomas Stanley controller of the royal household, William Booth clerk and Thomas Bryan an annuity of 40s during the life of William Partrike until he should be provided to a benefice or another priory or cell. Date: 6 April 24 Henry VI.

Size: 430 x 300mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336, 337.
Loc.IX:23   [c.1445]
Charges against William Partrike prior of Lytham whereby he should be removed from office:
1. Against the constitutions of Pope Benedict XII ca.3, he did not hold annual chapters.
2. Similarly, he had not paid any contribution towards their expenses.
3. In pretending he had apostolic authority for holding the priorate of Lytham for life, he was subverting the authority of the prior and chapter of Durham.
(dorse)
Monks in future obtaining positions are to be obedient to their religious superiors.

Size: 110 x 295mm
Loc.IX:24   [4 December] 1443
Copy bull of Pope Eugenius [IV] to William Partrike prior of Lytham allowing him to hold an ecclesiastical benefice in addition to his priorate, notwithstanding the constitutions of Otto and Ottobonus, formerly papal legates in England.
Date: Rome at St Peter's, Pridie Non. December, 1443.

Size: 185 x 300mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.331.
Loc.IX:25   [c.1445]
Draft letter [from John Wessington prior of Durham to counsel] mentioning Coldingham priory and seeking advice about the defence of the church of Durham's rights in Lytham, against William Partrike prior of Lytham, reciting the foundation of the priory by Richard son of Roger knight, confirmed by kings John, Edward III and Richard I (sic) and the popes Innocent III and Martin IV, then appropriated to Durham by Morgan archdeacon of Richmond, and its governance under the constitutions of Pope Benedict XII.
Many interlineations and cancellations.

Size: 120 x 290mm
Loc.IX:26   28 October 1445
Draft notarial instrument of John [Wessington] prior and the chapter of Durham appointing Alexander Hume, David Hume, John Logane and William Creniston, knights; John Oll', prior of Coldingham, and John Pencher, monks of Durham, Master Alexander of Castlecary and Gilbert de Parke, canons of Glasgow, Archibald Laurison M.A., Master Robert ?Lowther (Lawedyre), James Parklee and Alan Clerk (clericus) as their proctors, for the utility of their church and their priory of Coldingham, giving them full, free and lawful power, and special mandate to appear on their behalf and that of their prior of Coldingham before the abbots of Kelso, Holyrood, and Newbattle, judges delegated by Eugenius IV, pope, as contained in the commission directed to them, or before any of them, jointly or severally; and to present to them, or to whomsoever of them, the said commission and another letter of the same pope, namely a writ for the protection of the said priory of Coldingham, granted for the reformation thereof over the right of patronage of certain benefices pertaining to the prior and chapter of Durham and the priory of Coldingham, and, by reason thereof, against James, bishop of St Andrews; and to act for them in that cause; responsibilities enumerated.
Subscribed by the notary and under the chapter seal.
Witnesses: Edmund Tillett, William Bolton and John Hexham.
Date: Durham cathedral chapter house, 28 October 1445.
[Notary]: John Berehalgh.
(dorse)
Draft memorandum of the debts of William Partrike prior of Lytham listing sums owed to individuals with an inventory of animals.
Some interlineations and cancellations in both.

Size: 340 x 305mm
Debts discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.338.
Fair copy of the notarised proxy (with some variations): DCD Reg.IV, f.25r-v.
Loc.IX:27   [?1428]
Exceptions of Master John Coton, vicar of Kirkham in Amounderness, exhibited against the libel of Richard Haswell, prior of Lytham, in the court of York, that Coton had unjustly published Haswell's excommunication, as imposed by Thomas abbot of St Werburgh's, Chester, in a tuitorial appeal between Haswell and the abbot and convent of Vale Royal.
Parchment   1m
Size: 250 x 285-305mm
Possibly part of the same case as DCD 2.2.4.Ebor.69.
Documents in the tuitorial appeal over Kirkham church are also in the cause papers of the court of York at the Borthwick Institute, F.167, as listed in D.M. Smith, The Court of York, 1400-1499 a handlist of the cause papers (Borthwick Texts and Calendars 29, 2003), p.26.
Loc.IX:28   [?1428]
Draft libel of Richard Haswell, prior of Lytham, against Dom John Coton vicar of Kirkham in Amounderness, in the court of York for publishing, during mass in his church of Kirkham, Haswell's excommunication, as unjustly imposed by Thomas abbot of St Werburgh's, Chester, in a tuitorial appeal between Haswell and the abbot and convent of Vale Royal.
With interlineations and cancellations.

Size: 305 x 290mm
Possibly part of the same case as DCD 2.2.4.Ebor.69.
Loc.IX:29   [24 February 1446]
Decrees and ordinances of Sir Thomas Stanley and Master Richard Andrew in favour of William Partrike, prior of Lytham, with the prior of Durham's comments on them (?in his own hand), some with proprietas in the margin.
1. Partrike's debts to be discharged from goods at Lytham.
2. Partrike to be treated kindly.
3. Partrike to be spared attendance at matins or chapter as if he was a doctor of Divinity.
4. Partrike and a servant to have meat and drink for life.
5. Partrike to eat at the prior's table.
6. An annual rent of 40s to be given to Stanley until Partrike be given a benefice or another cell.
7. A bond of £100 to be made for the keeping of the terms of this award.
8. Partrike to be allowed his own goods and money to spend.
9. Partrike to have a chamber in the infirmary for life.
10. Partrike's supporters not to be sued.
11. Partrike not to be sued for past actions.
(dorse)
Memorandum that Thomas Stanley, controller of the royal household, and Master Richard Andrew, king's secretary, have made their award between John Wessington prior and convent of Durham and William Partrike prior of Lytham, whereby John Portington, justice of the Common Bench, and John Lematon of London gent have made a bond in £200 for the prior of Durham to carry it out.
Language:  Decrees in English, responses in Latin

Size: 200 x 305mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.337-338.
Copy of the award in DCD Loc.IX: 29* next below.
Loc.IX:29*   [24 February 1446]
Decrees and ordinances of Sir Thomas Stanley and Master Richard Andrew in favour of William Partrike, prior of Lytham, with the prior of Durham's comments on them (here all in the same hand), as in Loc.IX: 29 next above.
(dorse)
Memorandum that the prior and convent of Durham had agreed to the award of Thomas Stanley, controller of the royal household, and Master Richard Andrew, king's secretary, to allow Partrike to enjoy the privileges of a DTh at Durham, to retain his papal bull allowing him to hold an ecclesiastical benefice, to have an annuity of 40s until he has a benefice or another cell, and to have goods from Lytham to the value of £78.
Language:  Decrees in English, responses in Latin

Size: 435 x 305mm
Original of the award in DCD Loc.IX: 29 above.
Loc.IX:30   15 July [1448 x 1449]
Letter from W[illiam] Par[trike] (autograph) to Thomas Harper complaining of his harsh treatment by [John Wessington] prior of Durham despite his good behaviour, that the prior alone does not love him, and others think he would be better off back at Lytham; the subprior and Thomas Ayre the hostiller suggested that he handed over all his documents against Durham but could offer no other reason for the prior's ill-will towards him; Partrike suggests that something may be done in the furtherance of his cause at Rome, the convent having no resident proctor there for the past three years, their proctor Master William Freston being based rather at the Arches in London and so his procuracy was revoked at Whitsun, the prior trusting rather in Master William Gray and Master John Lay; Partrike asks Harper to thank Christopher Boyne for two sheaves of arrows with peacock and peahen feathers, also to thank W[illiam] Nyensar and John Hewitson for debts, and Adam of the Holm; and he asked to be commended to James and Angus Fox.
Date: Durham, “in gret” (tears), St Swithun's Day.
Endorsed with the address (to Harper) and (contemporary) “non malicia contumacia” .
Language:  English

Size: 230 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336, 339.
Loc.IX:31   [1416 x 1446]
Copy pleas in Kent between Katherine who was the wife of John son of William Latimer against Henry duke of Lancaster over the custody of William Latimer, son of John, and also against Richard [FitzAlan] earl of Arundel over the same custody, Lancaster claiming that William Latimer held 40 messuages of him and Arundel claiming that William Latimer held 100 acres of him.
(dorse)
The prior's attorney claimed that the box had been handed over to John Hemingbrough, the present prior's predecessor, at Durham for safe keeping by Ralph [Neville] earl of Westmorland.

Size: 230 x 300mm
Loc.IX:32   5 March [1444]
Draft letter from a monk of Durham (?Robert Westmorland) to William Partrike, prior of Lytham, remonstrating with him over his conduct and malice against the prior and convent of Durham, warning him that [the bishop of Durham] will seek to remedy matters detected in his visitation, and hoping that he was not becoming too emboldened by the support of his neighbours and friends.
Date: Durham, 5 March.
With cancellations and interlineations.
Language:  English

Size: 240 x 290mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.331, 332, 334.
Loc.IX:33   16 February [1444]
Draft letter from Robert Westmorland to William Partrike, prior of Lytham, advising him to desist from his efforts to gain exemption from the jurisdiction of the prior and monks.
Date: Durham, 16 February.
Language:  English

Size: 420 x 290mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.332.
Another version of DCD Loc.IX: 8 above.
Partrike's reply is: DCD Loc.IX: 52.
Loc.IX:34   [later 1444]
Draft letter from Robert Westmorland to William Partrike, reporting that he had received the letters of Partrike and Thomas Harrington, and rehearsing the treaty at York by John Portington before himself and the bursar, with Partrike's bull to be taken from Lytham to Durham, with Partrike to remain prior at Lytham until Whitsun and then to return “home” to Durham, and that this was reported to the prior at Durham by Portington, and the prior reported it to chapter, but Partrike's subsequent bad faith meant that Westmorland was not hopeful of the next proposed treaty at London.
Many cancellations and interlineations.
Endorsed (contemporary) as being about Partrike's variance from the agreement made at York.
Language:  English

Size: 210 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333, 336, 339.
Loc.IX:35   [1428 x 1429]
Complaints of the prior of Lytham against Sir John Butler, his tenants and servants, for injuries committed by them against the prior and hs convent, servants and tenants.
- Butler threatened to dowse the prior in the sea, so the prior went away from Lytham, cost £10;
- Gerrard Thomas mercer and other tenants of Butler cast their fishing lines in the sea before the prior's servants;
- the cattle of Butler and his tenants destroyed a 30 acre field of oats of the prior, cost ?£20;
- similarly the cattle have destroyed wheat, barley and other corn in Crokyns Barnfield North Field and in the prior's meadows so that his hoped-for 24 ?sothers of hay is reduced to 3, cost £20;
- similarly the cattle have destroyed pasture from the cross in Hawes to Lytham town ;
- also Butler sent 16 honest men to take away grass that grew on St Cuthbert's ground as mentioned in the charter of Richard son of Roger, founder of Lytham;
- also Butler, with his servants James of Coton and Richard of Ireland, beat and wounded old Richard of Plumpton, the prior's servant, shot him with an arrow, took away his staff called a padell, and also beat and wounded his daughter Isabel, so that the prior lost his servant's sevices for a long time, cost £20;
- Butler's servant William of Hold, miller, assaulted the prior at Lytham mill with a great club and threatened him with great words before he rode away;
- Butler's tenants and servants Thomas Mercer of Lytham, John Mercer of Lytham, Richard Mercer of Lytham, and Thomas of Hold of Lytham took away the prior's grass and timber in a cart;
(dorse)
- Butler's tenants and servants Thomas Mercer of Lytham, John Mercer of Lytham, Richard Mercer of Lytham, and Thomas of Hold of Lytham broke open a ?gate so that 6 horses and mares lay in the prior's corn for a day and a night;
- Butler had been fishing with a net and given no profit to the prior, despite the indenture sealed between Butler and the house of Durham;
- Butler withholds a couple of swans from the prior which Thomas Urswick gave him, along with a swan taken by the prior's tenants on the sea;
- John Meylis, John Sadler, and Wilkin the mydeler broke into the prior's fields and loaded his wood on to a cart on the Decollation of St John the Baptist after the surety made at Lancaster;
- Butler would not abide by an arbitration made and sealed by 12 men and the sheriff of Lancashire;
- Butler sent two men, John Sadler his own servant and Roger Pansun, the servant of Wilkin of Hole, in war harness on Holy Rood day with pallets and clubs to menace the prior in his own place;
- Butler has punished the prior's tenants' cattle and taxed them against the law of the land;
- Butler had evicted the prior's tenants from St Cuthbert's landemere against the ordinance, surety and bond between them whereby they agreed to refer all claims to the judgement of Sir John Stanley and Sir William Harington;
- John Casse, Butler's tenant, withholds £8 from the prior which the prior has dared not sue for these last 3 years.
Language:  English

Size: 430 x 285mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Another copy: DCD Loc.IX:36 next below.
Loc.IX:36   [1428 x 1429]
Complaints of the prior of Lytham against Sir John Butler, his tenants and servants, for injuries committed by them against the prior and his convent, servants and tenants, as in the next above.
Language:  English

Size: 425 x 285mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Another copy: DCD Loc.IX:35 next above.
Loc.IX:37   7/18 November 1450
Copy notarial instrument reciting the process and loquela of William [Ebchester], prior of Durham, and certain fellow monks of the superior stalls in the monastery of Durham against William Partrike, prior of Lytham, about renunciating the process begun in the Roman curia and the expulsion of Partrike from the monastery,
reciting the following two letters as evidence of Partrike's intrigues, with Prior Ebchester appealing to him to renounce using his bull of capacity to hold an eccelesiastical benefice and to live in accord with his fellow monks and the rule of St Benedict, which Partrike refused to do, displaying, to the consternation of the monks, the following institution.
The prior and convent wished to prevent Partrike's departure because of the scandal to their church and religion, and they threatened him with excommunication if he had alienated any of the monastery's possessions, but when they went to inspect his private chamber on 18 November they discovered a straw-covered bed in an otherwise empty room, with Partrike having removed the rest of the goods.
Witnesses: Master William Newton NP and LLB; John Haggerston chaplain and John Hexham literatus of York and Durham dioceses.
Date: the chapel of St Nicholas in the monastery of Durham, 7 November 1450.

Size: 435 x 300mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336, 339, 340.
Draft in DCD Loc.IX:39 next below.
   [late 1440s]
Letter from “WP” [William Partrike] to Thomas Harper, thanking him for his recent letter sent with Richard Benson, and asking him to continue his efforts to get him back to Lytham, offering him a pension from there and whatever fee he might ask for, but he cannot get him 10 marks from Durham as he would be under suspicion and the prior would be told, but Harper is to tell him when the bull arrives so that he can sell his bedding and pay all those who have laboured for his cause.
Language:  English

   [late 1440s]
Letter from Master John Lax at the Roman curia reporting that Master Thomas Harper, travelling to Rome to pursue the cause of William P[artrike] as prior of Lytham, had died nearby, leaving Master John Gray, a Scotsman, advocate of [the court of] Arches of London, as his executor, who then handed over the business to a certain Franciscan friar of Bristol who took up residence for a month outside the papal court.

   22 August 1450
Institution by Walter [Lyhert] bishop of Norwich of William Partrike to the parish church of Euston St Mary on the death of John Brown, last rector, patrons the prior and convent of St Andrew Ferriby, Canterbury diocese (sic), to be instituted by Master Robert Aylmer, NP and proctor.
Date: the bishop's manor of Thorpe next Norwich, 22 August 1450.

Loc.IX:38   7 November 1450
Draft of the next above, with the sections in different order and in various hands, with interlineations and cancellations.

Size: 345 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.340.
Fair copy in DCD Loc.IX:37.
Loc.IX:39   [?1428 x 1429]
Charges brought by [Richard Haswell] prior of Lytham against [John Coton] vicar of Kirkham
- the vicar drove his cart through the priory's ground where no way was and loaded it with hay from land which had been given by the founder, Richard son of Roger, by his charter to the priory and to the church of Durham, at a cost of £1000;
- the vicar wrongfully had him summoned before the keeper of the peace at Chester, at a cost of £20;
- after the appeal to the court of Rome, the vicar denounced the prior as cursed without any commission from the court of York, at a cost of £100, and he warned his parishioners not to eat or drink with the prior or greet him in the street;
- in defiance of the inhibition of the court of York, the vicar had stood up in his pulpit and denounced the prior, and pointed to a boy and declared that he had as much power to sing a mass as the prior, thereby blackening his name throughout England at a cost of £1000;
- the vicar made Sir John Butler send two men, including the vicar's brother, to beat up and rob the prior's servant on the highway, at a cost of £500;
- the vicar sent Sir John Butler to take hay from where he had never had any before, offending 16 men, the prior and the rights of St Cuthbert, at a cost of £1000;
- the vicar went from lord to lord and from gentleman to gentleman, and to other commoners and gave them gystys to come to Kirkham and there to despoil the church of Durham without any spiritual or temporal validity, and took there hay from land which the charter of Richard son of Roger had given to the priory of Lytham claiming it to be part of the lordship of Westby though this is not claimed by Henry Clifton, (dorse) at a cost of £2000;
- the vicar encouraged Sir John Butler, Nicholas Butler, William of Westby and Henry of Fleetwood to be enemies of the priory so that they intruded on the priory's land, cut his grass for hay, and broke the franchises of the house of Durham, at a cost of £1000;
- the vicar sued out a writ at York against the prior, at a cost of £100.
- the vicar took fish within the bounds of Lytham, at a cost of 100s.
Language:  English
Parchment   1m
Size: 385 x 280mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Loc.IX:40   9 October 1428
Copy of a notarial instrument for Thomas Ryhall, chaplain, proctor to Dom. Richard Haswell, monk of Durham cathedral and prior of Lytham, starting on a journey to the Roman curia, bearing a staff and documents to pursue an appeal against the injuries and injustices of Thomas abbot of Chester.
Witnesses: Master William Berall LLB, William Thornbrough and William Dilston of Durham diocese.
Date: Shincliffe Bridge, on a highway called Elvetpath by Durham, 9 October 1428.
Notary: John Berehalgh.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.

Size: 215 x 295mm
Another copy: Loc.VII: 86.
Loc.IX:41   29 September 1428
Copy notarial instrument reciting the appointment by Richard Haswell, prior of Lytham, of John Fishburn, his fellow monk of Durham, and Thomas Ryall (Ryhall) [the younger] as his proctors in the Roman curia in a case before Thomas abbot of St Werburgh, Chester, between Haswell and the abbot of Vale Royal.
Witnesses: Stephen Spinay of Winchester diocese, literatus, and Richard Plumpton of York diocese literatus.
Date: Lytham, parish church of St Cuthbert, 29 September 1428.
Notary: John Berehalgh, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with descriptions.

Size: 430 x 295mm
Loc.IX:42   24 September 1428
Copy notarial instrument reciting the certification of an appeal of Richard Haswell, prior of Lytham, to the apostolic see against the injustice imposed by Thomas abbot of St Werburgh, Chester, conservator and judge, sitting in tribunal, in a case between Haswell and Master Richard Prestbury, proctor and syndic of the abbot and convent of Vale Royal.
Witnesses: Stephen Spinay of Winchester diocese, literatus, and Richard Plumpton of York diocese literatus.
Date: chapter house of the conventual church of St Werburgh, Chester, 24 September 1428.
Notary: John Berehalgh, clerk of Durham diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.

Size: 215 x 295mm
Loc.IX:43   5 July [1532]
Memorandum that John Bamburgh of Layton husbandman, Henry Warbrek of Layton labourer and Lawrence Baily of Layton labourer came before Antony FitzHerbert kt, royal goal delivery justice for Lancaster Castle, and William FitzWilliam kt, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster and jp for Middlesex, on 5 July 24 Henry VIII and acknowledged that they each owed the king £20 to be paid at the next feast of St Margaret, on condition, as examined by John Warbrek, Thomas Davy, John Lytham, Roger Sydgreves, Thomas Bamburgh, Richard Bamburgh, John Russowe, William Crokey, Thomas Bamburgh of Marton, John Herman of Marton, Richard Hull, James Sanderson, John Hill, William Whinwray of Bispham, John Dagger of Bispham, John Lyghwarke, William Dary, John Anyan, Robert Wade, John Bispham and Henry Lytham, that they keep the peace for pulling down ditches at Hawes in Lytham.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Language:  Latin and (condition) English

Size: 430 x 315mm
Loc.IX:44   Trinity term [1532]
Decree in the case [before the chancellor and council of the duchy of Lancaster] between the prior of Lytham against Lady Margaret Butler widow and Thomas Butler esq her son, with John Bamburgh and others of their tenants over the use and title of a common waste in Hawes and Kylgremoss, that the defendants are only to use Kylgremoss common, to restore the prior's cattle on Hawes and to allow him to put back a cross there.
Signed: ? J W Heydon.
Date: Trinity term 24 Henry VIII.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description (in Latin) and as the Lytham decree.
Language:  English

Size: 290 x 300mm
Loc.IX:45   14 February [1445]
Writ of praemunire facias of Henry VI to the sheriff of Yorkshire to attach William Partrike and Thomas Harper, so-called prior and monk of Lytham, and to cause them to appear at Westminster to answer charges of obtaining papal provision to Lytham contrary to the Statute of Provisors and to the prejudice of Prior John [Wessington].
Date: Westminster, 14 February 23 Henry VI.

Size: 250 x 295mm
Similar writ: DCD Loc.IX:4.
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.334.
Loc.IX:45*   14 February [1445]
Copy writ of Henry VI to the sheriff of Middlesex to attach William Partrike, so-called prior and monk of Lytham, and Thomas Harper, formerly of Lytham, chaplain and abettor of William, and to cause them to appear at Westminster on the octave of Trinity to answer charges of obtaining papal provision to Lytham contrary to the Statute of Provisors and to the prejudice of John [Wessington] the prior.
Date: 14 February 23 Henry VI.
Endorsed with a copy return of Stephen Forster and Hugh Wythe that they were not be found in their bailiwick, and (contemporary) with a description.
With some cancellations and interlineations.

Size: 440 x 300mm
Original: DCD Loc.IX: 45** next below.
Loc.IX:45**   14 February [1445]
Copy writ of Henry VI to the sheriff of Middlesex to attach William Partrike, so-called prior and monk of Lytham, and Thomas Harper, formerly of Lytham, chaplain and abettor of William, and to cause them to appear at Westminster on the octave of Trinity to answer charges of obtaining papal provision to Lytham contrary to the Statute of Provisors and to the prejudice of John [Wessington] the prior.
Date: Westminster, 14 February 23 Henry VI.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description and “versus Pertryke” .

Size: 150 x 360mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.9: 2.
Copy (with a copy return): DCD Loc.IX: 45* next above.
Loc.IX:46   [c.1428]
Articles exhibited in the court of York by Richard Haswell, prior of Lytham, against Dom. John Coton, vicar of Kirkham in Amounderness, seeking his punishment for publishing Haswell's excommunication:
1-2. The authority and liberties of the diocese of York had been damaged;
3. Haswell is a venerable and religious man of good fame throughout the dioceses of York and Durham;
4. Haswell was excommunicated in a tuitorial appeal against the abbot and convent of Vale Royal before Thomas abbot of St Werburgh, Chester;
5. At Haswell's instance, the official of the court of York through Robert Singleton inhibited the abbots of St Werburgh and Vale Royal along with John Coton;
6. Singleton's inhibition was certificated in the court of York;
7. In spite of the inhibition, Coton published Haswell's excommunication in his Kirkham church during mass.
8. Coton asserted to the public during mass that Haswell was excommunicated but was still celebrating mass.
9. The publication of Haswell's excommunication was in contempt of the jurisdiction of the court of York and to the prejudice of Haswell's good name.
10-15. Haswell's reputation had been impugned throughout the deanery of Amounderness and the dioceses of York and Durham.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.

Size: 445 x 300mm
Loc.IX:47   [c.1445]
Draft responses of the prior and convent of Durham to the arguments alleged by William Partrike, prior of Lytham, in defence of his bull of perpetuity.
With interlineations and cancellations.

Size: 290 x 295mm
Fair copy: DCD Loc.IX: 47* next below.
Loc.IX:47*   [c.1445]
Responses of the prior and convent of Durham to the arguments alleged by William Partrike, prior of Lytham, in defence of his bull of perpetuity.
1. To his frequent requests to be spared the monastic regimen and to be provided for in the infirmary on account of his great infirmity, they responded that he would be treated like anyone else.
2. To Lytham's distance of 80 miles from Durham and his desire to be spared annual chapters at Durham, they responded that annual chapters are prescribed by the rule and he can send a proctor, as he has done, and other cells are further away such as the college in Oxford, and Stamford priory.
3. To the imposition of contributions by Durham on Lytham against the will of the founder Richard son of Roger, they responded that they are doing nothing against the founder's will nor against the rule, and other cells make contributions, and that in his 12½ years as prior, Partrike has paid £36 6s 8d.
Endorsed (contemporary) with “vide infra” .

Size: 275 x 285mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.9: 7.
Draft: DCD Loc.IX: 47 next above.
Loc.IX:48   22 September 1444
Letter of William [Heyworth] bishop of Coventry and Lichfield to William Partrike, Benedictine monk and priest, admitting him to the church of St Olave, Chester, vacant on the resignation of the last rector Thomas Cliff, on the presentation of the abbot of St Werburgh, Chester, through his proctor Master William Asser NP.
Date: Maxstoke priory, 22 September 1444.

Size: 105 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333.
Loc.IX:49   24 September 1444
Induction by the official of the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield of William Partrike prior of Lytham to the parish church of St Olave, Chester, on the resignation of Thomas Cliff the last rector, presented by the abbot and convent of St Werburgh of Chester, and admitted by William [Heyworth] bishop of Coventry and Lichfield.
Date: Chester, 24 September 1444.

Size: 110 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333.
Loc.IX:50   [c.1445]
Legal opinion on the validity of William Partrike's papal bull to be prior of Lytham in perpetuity, in three sections, with references to canon law.

Size: 215 x 295mm
Loc.IX:51   [?1447]
Letter from [William Partrike] to Thomas Harper exhorting him to fidelity, discussing buying wood and coal for fires against the winter, being asked for money by John Walsh of Little Layton in a letter through Nicholas John barleyman, with Thomas Harington also involved, and complaining that the prior of Durham only loves John Oll, false [John] Gateshead, Robert Westmorland, John Penshaw the chamberlain, William Dalton, W[illiam] Hesleden the cellarer, Thomas Ford refectorer, W[illiam] Cuthbert [senior] the master of the Galilee, W[illiam] Easby the under sacrist and John Middleham the bursar, that they have all the rule and governance of the abbey and neither he nor Henry Helay are ever called to councils, and none dare speak to him.
Date: Durham.
Language:  English

Size: 220 x 295mm
Loc.IX:52   4 March [1444]
Copy letter from William Partrike prior of Lytham to Robert Westmorland, responding to his letter, refuting his suggestions, boldly and at length asserting his independence of the prior and convent of Durham who should not “attempt to be above the lawe nowr spirituell nor temporell”, and suggesting meeting at Bolton in Craven, as more convenient for both of them, rather than Barnard Castle once the weather was rather more clement and once he had recovered from being “rygth seke & lyke to dye” .
Date: Lytham, 4 March.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description as a copy
Language:  English with some Latin

Size: 430 x 300mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.332.
Reply to Westmorland's letter in DCD Loc.IX 8 and 33.
Loc.IX:53   [3 May 1445]
Grant by William Partrike prior of Lytham to William Ashton kt, Thomas Harington esq and Thomas Harper chaplain of all his goods and chattels in Lancashire and elsewhere in pereptuity.
Date: Invention of the Holy Cross, 22 Henry VI.
Parchment   1m
Size: 75-85 x 270mm
Loc.IX:54   [1445]
Draft petition of the prior and convent of Durham to King [Henry VI of England] asking him to revoke in the present parliament the letters of pardon [of December 1443] which he had granted to William Partrike for having violated the Statute of Provisors, and that Partrike return to abide as a monk at Durham, and no longer enjoy the issues of Lytham, and not leave the country for Rome or elsewhere, on pain of £100, half going to the king and half to the prior.
With interlineations and cancellations.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Language:  English

Size: 430 x 300mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.334.
Loc.IX:55   7 February [1531]
Copy bond of Hugh [Whitehead] prior and convent of Durham, Richard Ashton of Middleton, Lancashire, esq, and Thomas Holt of ?Gristlehurst, Lancashire, esq, to Thomas Butler of Bewsey, Lancashire, esq, and Lady Margaret Butler, widow of the late Sir Thomas Butler, in £200, to abide by the arbitration of Sir Antony FitzHerbert kt and Sir John Port kt, the king's assize justices at Lancaster, and Sir Alexander Osbaldeston kt, Henry Farington esq, Ranulph Pole clerk and William Westbe esq over a pasture called Hawes in Amounderness, with Prior [Whitehead] or Ralph [Blakeston] prior of Lytham to appear in the duchery chamber at Westminster before the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster within a month of Easter if no award is made.
Date: 7 February 22 Henry VIII.
Endorsed (contemporary) with descriptions.
Language:  English and Latin

Size: 295 x 310mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Loc.IX:55*   7 February [1531]
Copy bond of Thomas Butler of Bewsey, Lancashire, esq, Lady Margaret Butler, widow of the late Sir Thomas Butler, Henry Delves of Doddington, Cheshire, esq, and John Urmeston of Westley, Lancashire, esq, to the prior and convent of Durham, in £200, to abide by the arbitration of Sir Antony FitzHerbert kt and Sir John Port kt, the king's assize justices at Lancaster, and Sir Alexander Osbaldeston kt, Henry Farington esq, Ranulph Pole clerk and William Westbe esq over a pasture called Hawes in Amounderness, with Thomas Butler to appear in the duchery chamber at Westminster before the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster within a month of Easter if no award is made.
Date: 7 February 22 Henry VIII.
Endorsed (contemporary) with several descriptions.
Language:  English and Latin

Size: 410 x 310mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Loc.IX:56   [1532]
The jurors present that William Whynwray formerly of Bispham, husbandman, Thomas Hapey, formerly of Layton, husbandman, Thomas Bamburgh, John Herdman, Richard Hole, Robert Bamburgh, Richard More, Henry Norres, Peter Pearson, Robert Hodgson, William Norres, Rochard Warbreck, James Pearson, Robert Hornby, Matthew Lytham, John Lytham, John Hebson, William Bamburgh, all formerly of Great Marton, husbandmen, and Nicholas Sandson, Robert Jackson, Thomas Hodgson, all formerly of Great Marton, labourers, John Hole, Edward Jameson, William Dobysse, John Bother, all formerly of Great Marton, husbandmen, William Bamburgh, Henry Warbreck, John Hodgson, all formerly of Great Marton, labourers, Thomas Hebson and Robert Harrison, both formerly of Great Marton, husbandmen, Robert Croka, James Simpson and Henry Harrison, all formerly of Warbreck, husbandmen, and others riotously assembled with various weapons (detailed) at Lytham, claiming rights to a pasture at Hawes and knocking down a cross there.
(Dorse)
In the indictment there were 66 names cited by the jurors, and the intention had been to murder or at least wound Ralph [ Blakeston], prior of Lytham, and his servants, and despoil Lytham, so the prior sent Thomas Eden his fellow monk and George Lorimare, parish priest of Lytham, carrying the cross from the high altar, towards the mob to pacify them, which the mob did respect, but later made a proclamation declaring their adherence to their cause with God, and then they wrecked a building which the prior had constructed and threw down a boundary stone between Lytham and Layton, smashing the image of St Cuthbert that it contained.
Dated as 24 Henry VIII.
Endorsed (contemporary) as a bill of indictment found at Preston and that “It shuld have bene fonde as is specified on ye bakke hereof”
Language:  Latin with some English

Size: 380 x 310mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Loc.IX:57   [1532]
Draft complaint of Ralph [Blakeston] prior of Lytham to Sir William FitzWilliam, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, against Lady Margaret Butler widow and Thomas Butler her son, for entering and pulling down priory property and cutting down rushes, reciting proceedings to date, the prior's title to the property, the decree of the court, the “secrete & craftye handlyng” of Lady Margaret and her son, and most particularly their organising of a gathering of 200 of the tenants at around midnight on 4 May last armed with weapons as if “they had entendyd an insurrecion”, the names of the leaders being in an annexed schedule (no longer present), which riotors then wrecked 400 rods of ditching on the prior's land, and returned on 7 May to take away 154 of the prior's cattle, a number of which died in the process, after which the prior sent a servant who attempted to reason with them, with one of the prior's tenants attempting likewise and being threatened with being put in the stocks, and now none of the prior's servants dare go there; then on 11 May 300 of the riotors returned and destroyed a cross with St Cuthbert's image which had been acting as a boundary mark between the land of the prior and Lady Margaret from time immemorial, and they also broke more ditches, destroyed a building and threatened the monastery itself, so much so that the prior got one of his brethren and the parish priest to take the sacrament and crucifix from the high altar and confront them to stop breaking God's and the king's peace, which caused them to depart; the prior also left the area, in fear of his life, and then justices of the peace issued a warrant against 16 of the ring-leaders, which the sheriff's officers, somewhat fearfully, confronted the riotors with, at which they dispersed; so the prior supplicates for the riotors to be summoned to the court, along with the instigators Lady Margaret and her son.
With interlineations and cancellations.
Endorsed (contemporary, English and Latin) with descriptions and as being 24 [Henry VIII].
Language:  English

Size: 1660 x 305mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Loc.IX:58   [1532]
The answer of Thomas Butler esq to the bill of complaint of Ralph [Blakeston] prior of Lytham, denouncing it as “uncerteyn and insuffycyent in the lawe”, and also slanderously untrue, denying any riotous assembly or any knowledge of the misdemeanours described in the bill.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description (Latin).
Language:  English

Size: 390 x 280mm
Loc.IX:59   [1532]
Draft replication of Ralph [Blakiston] prior of Lytham to Thomas Butler's answer, asserting that his bill [of complaint] is “certeyn & suffycye to in the lawe” and is true as regards the actions of Thomas Butler and the other riotors named in the annexed schedule concerning the prior's waste ground.
With interlineations and cancellations.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description (Latin).
Language:  English

Size: 385 x 280mm
Loc.IX:60   [1532]
Draft interrogatories for examining Thomas Butler esq in the case against the prior of Lytham in the duchy [of Lancaster] chamber [court]:
1. Was he aware of tenants from the lands of himself and his mother Lady Margaret Butler in Great Marton and Layton riotously assembling on the prior of Lytham's land at Hawes, as specified in the decree, on 4 May and destroying 400 rods of ditching?
2. Was he aware of a great number of his tenants removing a great number of the prior's cattle from the Hawes on 7 May?
3. Was he aware of a great number of his tenants from Marton and Layton on 9 May destroying an old boundary cross at the Hawes, and also destroying a great number of rails and ditches there?
4. Was he aware of the riotors plans beforehand?
5. Were any of his household servants involved?
6. Did the rioters use Butler horses?
7. Did he say that he would maintain and justify the tenants after the riots?
8. If he knew of the rioters' intentions, did he do anything to stop them?
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description (Latin).
Language:  English

Size: 385 x 280mm
Loc.IX:61   21 - 22 June [1532]
Answers to the prior of Lytham's interrogatories:
Thomas Butler, sworn and examined 22 June [1532], says to the first that he heard that tenants had cast down a new ditch and rails on the Hawes which had been newly made since the decree, to the second that cattle had been taken and put in the king's fold, and that a cross to “one wheler” and not a boundary stone had been pulled down, along with rails and a ditch but no building, the rest he knows no more than the common report or denies;
John Bamburgh, sworn and examined 21 June [1532] at Westminster, denies the first, confesses the second, for the third there were 200 persons variously attired with weapons, the fourth he confesses driving 1000 cattle, with 21 of the prior's put in the king's fold, the fifth he denies, the sixth he says he was almost put in stocks, the seventh he confesses, the eighth he denies, the ninth he says they obeyed the sheriff's warrant;
Henry Warbreck, sworn and examined [21 June 1532], the third there were 200 variously armed persons, and the eighth they were going to the prior about an anchor that was wreck;
Lawrence Bailey, sworn and examined [21 June 1532], says that there were 300 persons variously armed;
John Warbreck says that there were over 100 persons;
Thomas Davy says that Henry Warbreck (Walbrake) encouraged him to go to the common, and that there were not 100 [persons];
John Lytham says that Henry Warbreck encouraged him to go to the common, there were 200 of them, and they would have gone to the gates if the sacrament had not met them;
Roger Silgrave says that they were all agreed and Henry Warbreck spoke to him;
Thomas Bamburgh says that Henry Warbreck told him what to do, they were all agreed it was “ther dede”, there were 300 persons, with 2 appointed in each township to give warning, those in Layton being Henry Warbreck and Roger Seggrales;
Richard Bamburgh says they were all agreed to say it was their “dede”, there were 300 and some had spades, Roger Seggrave warned him, with two of every town to give warning;
Thomas Bamburgh of Marton, tenant to Lady [Butler], says that Richard Hull is grave there, and Benson of Layton tenant to Lady Butler gave him the first warning, and there were 200;
Richard Hull says he is grave of Marton and that all the graves agreed to warn each other when to go and all were agreed to say it was their “dede” whatever was asked of them;
William Whynwra says that John Lyghtwarke is grave of [blank] and was at each pulling down of the ditches, and that Lyghtwarke gave him the warning the second time and that they were all agreed it was their “dede” ;
John Russewe aged 18 says that he twice pulled down ditches;
John Herdman says that John Howe of Marton encouraged him to come and pull down the prior's ditches, so he did;
James Sanderson says that Richard Hull of Marton said that their neighbours were keen to pull down the prior's hedges, so he went along;
John Hull of Marton says he was at the pulling down by common assent;
John Dagger says he was at the pulling down by common assent, as were 100;
John Lyghtwarke says he was at the pulling down by common assent, warned by none, as were 100;
William Davy says that John Bispham, grave of Bispham, warned him to be at the ditch pulling down, so he was;
John Anyan says he was there, none warned him, as were 100;
Robert Wade says he was there, with 100;
John Bispham says he was there, he warned no one and no one warned him, and 100 and his wife were there;
Henry Lytham of Bispham says he was there, no one warned him;
William Croker says the same.
Endorsed (contemporary) as responses of the Butler tenants (in Latin).
Language:  English

Size: 1420 x 280-315mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.328.
Loc.IX:62   4 February [1445]
Letter from [Henry Percy] earl of Northumberland to John of Broughton and others urging them to assist the prior of Durham through his writ of praemunire facias and in resisting the claims to independence advanced by William Partrike, prior of Lytham, through his papal bulls and privileges.
Date: London, 6 February.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Language:  English

Size: 110 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.336.
Loc.IX:63   11 January 1445
Letters of discharge by John prior and the chapter of Durham, having the priory of Lytham to their own use, to William Partrike, monk of Durham, occupying the office of prior of Lytham, stating that he has presided there as prior of Lytham for no little time, and referring to his obligations as prior: to attend the annual general chapter and to render his account of the administration and condition of his priory, whether in person or, if legitimately prevented, by a proxy; and to submit to any annals set by the president and definitors of the chapter; notwithstanding which he has neglected, led by what counsel they know not, to come to the chapter in the required form in one year and to pay the contribution set by the prior and chapter during the last two years;
wherefor, surprised at his refusal, they directed letters of monition and citation to him, to be presented in the priory of Lytham by their sworn nuncio Thomas Clough, that he should appear before the prior and chapter on 3 April last upon pressing business concerning the monastery of Durham; they delivered a true copy of the letters to Thomas for publication at a suitable time and place to him and others as he should see fit, and associated John Berhalgh, N.P., with the nuncio to assist in the execution of the letters; and from the certification of the two mandataries they accept:
that on 10 March last, in the garden there, Clough himself, being illiterate, set out the reason for his arrival through the aforesaid John Berhalgh, having the said letters in his hand, and gave notice of the date and place at which William should appear; that William, not accepting these things, immediately uttered a certain threat concerning the rising ( insurrectionem ) of a secular force against their mandate, to inflict beatings ( verbera ) and torture in the event that Thomas should present him with prejudicial or displeasing things; and that on the morrow, Thursday 11 March, a company of three armed men, in warlike array with swords drawn, apparently in accordance with William's threat, came to the mandatary at the priory, inflamed into threatening him, so that he would eat the documents he had brought with him, on the pretext of carrying them out, along with the box, if their indignation had not first been softened through placatory conversation or discussion; and that thereafter, once they had been read out and published by John Berhalgh in the presence of William, his fellow monks and others, William did not care to receive the letters, but, not content with things thus far, heaped evil upon evil and committed other enormities; stating: that at the instance of William and his friends the prior and chapter sent certain monks of Durham to York in the present year for discussions, and William entered into certain agreements to reform himself, under a time limit now past without bearing fruit; that William, not making good his deeds, has deluded the prior and chapter; and discharging him from the cure and rule of the priory of Lytham by common consent, since his faults demand it, lest audacity in perpetrating similar things be served up ( ministretur ) to others if, with eyes closing ( conniuentibus ), this kind of crime ( facinus ) remain uncorrected; and ordering and urging him to acknowledge the yoke of his regular observance.
Date: Durham chapter house, 11 January 1444/5.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 230 x 420mm
Seal: G&B No. 3427, on a parchment tongue, with a wrapping tie
Formerly numbered: Loc.9: 6.
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333.
Copy: DCD Reg.IV, f.15v-16r.
Loc.IX:64   2 January 1445
Notarial instrument reciting that at a chapter meeting of Prior John Wessington with Master John Moodey subprior, Master William Ebchester sacrist, Doms Roger Lanchester, Henry Helay, John Gunnerton, Thomas Nesbitt, John Moreby, Richard Kelloe, John Gateshead, Thomas Ward, Thomas Ford, William Dalton, William Eden, John Warner, Thomas Hexham, Richard Blackburn, Richard Bell, William Seton, John Middleham, John Ripon, William Kelloe, Henry Raket, John Bradbury, William Fyge, William Hesleden, William Rodburn, William Burdon, John Eden, John Kirk, William Jervaulx (Gervace), John Bedford, William Easby, Richard Billingham and Thomas Holme, the prior reported that on last Christmas Eve a certain matter concerning Lytham priory and especially the status of its prior William Partrike had led to the drawing up of a protestation, and thence Robert Westmorland, their fellow monk, was unanimously appointed as proctor, who proceeded to publish the recited protestation against Partrike's acquisition and use of his papal and royal privileges.
Witnesses: Master John Norton, Doctor decretorum, of Lincoln diocese; Master John Lethum, LLB, of York diocese; Dom Richard Prentys, priest, NP by both apostolic and imperial authority, of York diocese; Dom John Binchester, priest, of Durham diocese.
Date: Durham cathedral chapter house, 2 January 1444/5.
Notary: Robert Bartram, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, NP by apostolic authority, eschatocol recited.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description and that it is a duplicate.
Parchment   1m
Size: 320 x 430mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333.
Duplicate: DCD Misc.Ch. 5638d.
Loc.IX:65   [15th century]
Translation of a petition from the chaplains and prior of Lytham to the earl of Lancaster against the trespasses by Sir William Clifton on the bounds of the priory.
Endorsed with a description (Latin).
Language:  English
Parchment   1m
Size: 120 x 330-350mm
Formerly numbered: Loc.9: 1.
Original: DCD 2.4.Ebor.46.
Copies of both the original and this English translation: DCD Cart.III, f.143r-144r.
Loc.IX:66   18 May 1444
Draft notarial instrument comprising enrolments of instruments concerning the rights of Durham priory in its cell of Lytham, made by authority of the archdeacon of Durham at the request of Robert Westmorland, proctor of Durham priory, listing the documents and describing their seals, then reciting the documents.
Also the start of a similar instrument concerning documents about the prior and chapter of Durham's rights in Coldingham priory, listing four documents and describing their seals.
Endorsed (16th century) with a description and as being against William Partrike.
Language:  Latin

Size: 1665 x 295mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.333.
Fair copies: DCD Loc.III:11 and Misc.Ch. 5639.
Loc.IX:67   [1446 x 1449]
Letter from [William Partrike] to Thomas Harper asking that all measures may be adopted for his restoration as prior of Lytham, including at Rome, and detailing the grievances which he suffered at Durham - the only servant he has is a child who eats in the almonry and he is more “stric' bon” than any wife is to her husband - discussing the indenture made at London by Stanley and the king's secretary, and asking Harper to cultivate the support of [Thomas] Stanley by offering to make him steward of Lytham for life, as he should be ill-disposed towards Durham having been deprived of the stewardship, and including an inventory of his animals.
Endorsed with the address, a description and “W Partrik”.
Language:  English

Size: 380 x 290mm
Discussed in R.B. Dobson, Durham Priory: 1400-1450, (Cambridge 1973), p.335, 336, 339.
Loc.IX:68   21 July 1446
Notarial instrument of the dean of christianity of Durham and the official of the prior of Durham's archdeaconry jurisdiction, enrolling articles that John Oll, prior of Coldingham, was, along with his parents, free-born, and that they were freeholders within the barony of Brancepeth, and enrolling depositions testifying to this from:
William Blithman, priest, aged 48, who knew Robert Oll, John Oll's grandfather, who lived in Boggle Hole in the western part in the west park of Brancepeth where now Robert Lethom lives, and where William Oll, Robert Oll's father, was born, and that Robert was born there also, before his father took him with his mother Lucy to Durham;
Peter Bireley aged 77, who remembered John Oll playing football at Helmington Row, a game for the better valets of the barony and free men;
Robert of York aged 74 agreed with the previous Peter;
John Letham aged 58, born in the same place as as John Oll's father, agreed with the first deposition;
Richard Maynherde aged 58 knew William Oll of Stanley, brother of Robert Oll, John Oll's grandfather, as of the better valets of the barony;
Thomas Wren aged 60 agreed with the first deposition;
Hugh Watson aged 56 agreed with the first deposition;
Thomas Hamsterley aged 56 agreed with the first deposition;
William Hoton of Elvet aged 60 agreed with the previous depositors;
Robert Lethom aged 40 says that John Oll's father William gave him an ornate silver knife and that he had been born in the same place as William Oll by the west park of Brancepeth;
Thomas Wilkinson of Brancepeth aged 60 was formerly William Oll's servant and agrees with Richard Maynherde;
Richard Hamsterley aged 33 agrees with his deposition;
John Mainsforth of Durham aged 71 says his wife was of William Oll's household
Witnesses: William Hoton, bishop of Durham's jp and prior of Durham's steward; Dom Thomas Todd and Dom William Barkdale priests of Durham diocese.
Date: the church of Durham St Oswald, 21 July 1446.
Notarial eschatols recited of: John Berehalgh, clerk of Durham diocese, N.P. by apostolic and imperial authority; Richard Prentys, priest of York diocese, N.P. by apostolic and imperial authority; John Runkhorn, clerk of Coventry and Lichfield diocese, N.P. by apostolic authority.
Endorsed (contemporary) with a description.
Parchment   1m
Size: 530 x 430mm
Seal: G&B Nos.3317 & 3455, on parchment tags through slits in the turnup
Loc.IX:69   26 May 1397
Notarial instrument being a precautionary appeal by Robert Picton, prior of Stamford, asserting his good name and against infringements of his position.
Witnesses: Robert Aldeston and John our father, literati of Durham and York dioceses.
Date: in the choir of St Leonard's, Stamford, 26 May 1397.
Parchment   1m
Size: 285 x 340mm
Loc.IX:70   [c.1444]
Memorandum about: letters against [William Partrike] being falsely attributed to the priory's chancery, nor do any such emanate from the papal chancery; a monk