Inquisition into offences committed in Essex, 1381
Catalogue reference: KB 9/166/2, no. 3


Inquisitio capta apud Chelmesford die martis proximo post Festum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli anno regni Regis Ricardi secundi post conquestum quinto coram Roberto Tresilian et Willelmo Morrers justiciis domini Regis, etc, per sacramentam Johannis Hobebyn, Jacobi Stokwelle, Rogeri Colnill, Johannis Beauchamp, Martini Stamer, Johannis Gobion, Laurencii Stamer, Nicoli Michel, Willelmi Cut, Benedicti Stubbere, Johannis Duywand, Johannis Aldewyn, qui dicunt super sacramentam suum quod Willelmus atte Stable nuper serviens Galfridi Dersham, Thomas Sprag de Southbeniflete, Ricardus Bertram herde manens in Southbenifletmerssh, Robertus Maryn de Southbeniflete, Nicholus Cartere qui uxorem nuper Willelmi Dekne duxit de Southbeniflete, Thomas Treche de la Leye, Willelmi Bocher de Hadleye, Johannes Colyn de Hadleye wryght et duo filii sui Willelmus Brachet de Hadleye, Ricardus Belle de Hadleye, Johannes Symond de Hadleye, Petrus Pekok de Bures Giffard, Johannes atte Merssh de Hadleye et Henricus Fleccher de Ralegh die mercurii proximo post Festum Sancte Trinitatis anno regni Regis Ricardi, etc quarto fuerunt ductores et manutentores comitive inique ad manerium Galfridi Dersham de Bernhalle et ibidem quinque boves precii quinque marcarum, tres boviculis precii viginti solidos, clx bidentes precii xvi li et ollas patellas ereas et alia bona et catalla ipsius Galfridi ad valenciam lxs felonice ac proditorie ceperunt et asportaverunt ac etiam domos ipsius Galfridi de manerio predicto fregerunt et prostraverunt et cxx capones precii xl solidorum suos ceperunt et felonice asportaverunt ac etiam omnes supra equitaverunt in terra pacis armati cum comitiva predicta quo surrexerunt contra Regem et ligeos suos ad Templum Prioris Sancti Johannis Jerusalem in Anglie de Cressy et ad domum Johannis Sewale de Coggeshale et domos edificia ipsorum Prioris et Johannis prostraverunt et bona et catalla sua ibidem inventa felonice ceperunt et asportaverunt. Item dicunt quod Johannes Tawyere de Raureth, Thomas Maude sexteyn de Fobbyng surrexerunt cum comitiva supradicta faciendo malicia supradicta. Item dicunt quod Johannes Wiltshire de Parva Burstede die veneris proxime post Festum Sancte Trinitatis anno regni Regis Ricardi predicti quarto amputavit capud cuiusdam armigeri Ducis Lancastrie vocati Grenefeld sua spontanea voluntate et sine coactione alicuius in civitate London.

 

Translation

Inquisition held at Chelmsford on the Tuesday next after the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul in the fifth year of the reign of King Richard II after the Conquest, before Robert Tresilian and William Morrers, justices of the Lord King, etc, by the oaths of John Hobebyn, James Stokwelle, Roger Colnill, John Beauchamp, Martin Stamer, John Gobion, Laurence Stamer, Nicholas Michel, William Cut, Benedict Stubbere, John Duywand, John Aldewyn, who say upon their oaths that William ate Stable, late servant of Geoffrey Dersham, Thomas Sprag of South Benfleet, Richard Bertram, herdsman in South Benfleet Marsh, Robert Maryn of South Benfleet, Nichola Cartere who was lately taken as wife by William Dekne of South Benfleet, Thomas Treche de la Leye, William Bocher of Hadley, John Colyn of Hadley, wright, and his two sons, William Bocher of Hadley, Richard Belle of Hadley, John Symond of Hadley, Peter Pekok of Bures Giffard, John ate Merssh of Hadley and Henry Fleccher of Ralegh, on the Wednesday next after the Feat of Trinity in the fourth year of King Richard II led and supported the commons to the manor of Geoffrey Dersham of Bernhalle and feloniously and traitorously stole and carried off 5 cows priced at 5 marks, 3 calves priced at 20 shillings, 140 sheep priced at £16, and pots and pans and other goods and chattels of the same Geoffrey worth 60 shillings; and furthermore broke and levelled the house of the same Geoffrey and feloniously took and carried away 120 chickens priced at 40 shillings. And furthermore they all rode armed through the peaceful countryside raising the aforesaid commons against the King and his laws to the Temple of the Priory of St John in England at Cressy and to the house of John Sewale of Coggeshalle, and they levelled the houses of the aforesaid Prior and John and feloniously came upon and took away their goods and chattels. Moreover, they say that on Friday next after the Feast of the Holy Trinity in the fourth year of the reign of the aforesaid King Richard II, John Wiltshire of Lesser Burstede freely and without compulsion lopped off the head of a certain esquire of the Duke of Lancaster called Grenefeld in the City of London.


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