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H1298 A: Conspiracy in the court of Blessed Mary of York in case by writ of right. [1]

H1299 A: Regulation of occupations in the court of York by custom. [2]

H1299 B: Regulation of occupations (baking) in the court of York; pillory. [3]

T1299 A: Liberty of St Peter's; wills in York for tenements. [4]

T1299 B: Distraint for rent in York. [5]

T1299 C: Judicial treatment of cutpurses in the York fair. [6]


E1300 A: Thomas de Stodleye v. William de Wysebech. William had been bailiff of John de Cadamo in Montgomery and had been imprisoned after his account for arrears; he had thereafter escaped. Thomas, as the jailer, was held liable for the arrears and now seeks reimbursement from William. [7]; then [8]

M1300 A: John de Conyngeston v. Master Thomas Gra of York, doctor. Distraint for rent arrear by timber. [9]

M1300 B: wills of land under the custom of York. [10]

M1301 A: inn in parish of St Mary, Castlegate (?) occupied and provisioning taken. [11]

T1303 A: Custom of York for creditor's right to distrain debtors. Adam son of Peter de Bristollia v. Thomas Jade of York. [12]

M1303 A: Enforcement of the assize of bread by seizure of bread for testing; bailiff by mayor's order jails those who refused to surrender bread. Ralph de Wyltone v. Gilbert de Arnhale. [13]

M1303 B: Novel disseisin handling a corrody. Lawrence de Offyn v. Prior of Holy Trinity, York, Brother Gervase le Fraunceys, Brother Ingelram le Fraunceys, & Brother William le Flemyng. [14]

E1304 A: Will provisions relating to unexpired lease. John de Rykhale chaplain & Stephen le Barber executors of William de Carleton baker v. Nicholas de Clairvaux & Henry le Calfhirde together with William son of that Nicholas, Walter le Bereman, & Robert de Askham carpenter. [15]

M1304 A: Extent of the liberty of the hospital of St Leonard, York. Geoffrey Spynay v. Walter de Langeton, master of the hospital of St Leonard, York, Brother Nicholas de Thornton, & Brother Edmund de Bedale. [16]

M1308 A: Robert Pudel v. Blaise de Sancto Geminano, John de Appelby, Walter Guer, Walter le Fleming. False imprisonment. Defendants justified as bailiffs of York enforcing default under a debt by statute of Acton Burnel. [17]

M1309 A: Taking of listed ecclesiastical items (found to be worth 100 p.s.) from a woman's chapel; first defendant tried to bar by alleging marriage with the woman. A common law jury returned that she was not married to him or known to be so. Margery who was the wife of Roger de Wighton v. Peter de Cicestre & Thomas his brother. [18] See M1309 B& C.

M1309 B: Taking of woman's goods allegedly worth 1,000 marks, verdict of 240 p.s. Defendant claims he is married to the plaintiff woman. Jurors say that they don't know whether they are married or held to be married, but that the defendants took the goods. Margery who was the wife of Roger de Wighton v. Peter de Cicestre & Thomas his brother. [19] See M1309 A & C.

M1309 C: Taking of 80 p.s. in a chest. Hugh de Wighton v. Peter de Cicestre & Thomas his brother. [20] See M1309 A & B.

H1310 A: Continuance of the trial of the alleged burglar of the cathedral (William le Smale) of circa 33 Edward I. [21]

H1318 A: Violation of the liberties of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Burgesses of Berwick-upon-Tweed v. Robert Meek mayor, William Fox, Robert de Seleby, and William de Dureme bailifs of the city of York. [22]

M1318 A: Jail delivery at York castle. [23]

M1318 B: Certiorari on indictment in York City. Those indicted: Mankin le Hemmer, Thomas de Grantham, Thomas le Walsh, Ralph Berd, Thomas le Waleys, John de Maydenestan, Simon de Cantebrigge, Richard le Tournour, Robert de Bery, Simon de Haveringge, Richard de Castello, Geoffrey de Blide, Walter de Hereford, William Marmyoun, Richard le Keu, William de Kenilworth, Walter de Croydon, William Weyngham, William de Dovre,Robert Turpyn, William de Briddesmere, William de Pagrave, Elyas de Thorpe, Hugh Samon, Simon de Kendale, John de Derlington, Richard le Mazoun, John de Bolymer, John Martin, Hugh le Clerk, John le Keu, Thomas de Leddred, John le Bret, William de Norfolk, Henry de Hyde, Richard de Westmonasterio, Nicholas Stel, Walter Seintcler, John Dunstygh, John de Carleton, William le Hunte, John de Whitefeld, Nicholas de Cornubia, Henry le Bokeler, Adam de Massingbury, Peter Bush, Richard Alisaundre, John de Meldebourne, Walter le Burner, Stephen de Lodelawe, Nicholas de Bathe, John le Clerke, John Waps, William de Novo Castro, Alan Godehewe, Robert atte March, Robert le Pursere, Thomas de Kingeston, Stephen atte Ellefeld, Geoffrey le Hirde, Nicholas le Gurdeler, Simon de Watford, Walter de Brugewauter, Thomas de Pykeringge, Robert Story, Adam Russel, John Sweyn, Thomas Horn, and Clement de Balsham de London. Indictment for the deaths of Thomas Hulleson of York, William de Clifford de Walmegate, Thomas Rabayn, William de Dalton, Geoffrey de Killum, Thomas de Wystowe and Hugh le Sonur of York and for the death of Thomas le Porter of London, Roger Frowe, Thomas de Burgo, Stephen le Kerner, and William de Tanfeld butcher of London. Thomas le Porter, Roger Frowe, Thomas de Burgo, Stephen le Kerner and William de Tanfeld butcher of London (together with Richard le Tournour and Thomas de Grantham of London) in evening went to the stall of Thomas de Corbrigge to buy spices, for which they refused to pay. Contention ensued between them and Ralph the servant of Richard de Huntingdon. They beat Ralph. Thomas le Porter and the others from London plundered William de Hemelsai Fourbour of York of his swords and other goods and went and collected their company (Richard de Westminster, Nicholas Stel, Henry de Fene, John Wapse, Thomas Lethered, William de Wyngham, Robert Turpyn, Adam Gedhewen, Geoffrey de Blith, William de Kenelworth, William de Dover, Nicholas le Gurdeler, Simon de Watteford, Simon de Cauntebrigge, William de Novo Castro, Adam de Chanton, Simon de Kendale, Hugh Samnon, Thomas Horne, Hugh le Clerk, Thomas de Pykeringe, John Bret, John Marttin, Walter Sengler, John Bulmer, John de Dunstowe, William Hunte, John de Carleton, Peter Bush, John de Derlington, John le Kewe, John le Clerke, Nicholas de Cornwaylle, Thomas le Waleys, John de Melbourn, Walter de Herford, John de Maydenstan, Richard le Kewe, Robert de Byry, Adam de Mathebiry, Thomas de Kyngeston, William Marmyoun, Richard Pechi, Richard de Castro, John de Herlay, Elyas de Thorpe, Richard de Taustoke, Richard Alisaundre, Richard le Mazon, William de Briddesmere, Stephen de Elefeld, Ralph Berd, John de Whitfeld, Nicholas de Bath, Walter de Croydon, William de Norfolk, William de Irlaunde, Robert de la March, Stephen de Lodelowe, Henry Bokeler, Robert Stori, John Judde, William de Palgrave, Walter le Gurdler, Geoffrey le Carter, Simon de Haveringge, Walter de Bruggewauter, Robert le Purser, John Swan, and Mankin le Hemner) armed with standard raised and bows out and shouting "We will put, we will put fire to the whole city, because they are Scots and dogs and enemies of the king!" Some of them then occupied the garret of Foss Bridge like a castle. Then came Thomas Hulleson of York, William de Clifford de Walmegate, Thomas Rabayn, William de Dalton, Geoffrey de Killum, Thomas de Wystowe and Hugh le Sonur of York together with John de Layburne smith of York, William de Corbrigge of York, Patrick of Aberdene of York, Adam de Paslay of York in defense of the city to restrain their malice and they were attached with swords and people on both sides were killed: Thomas Hulleson, William de Clifford, Thomas Rabayn, William de Dalton, Geoffrey de Killum, Thomas de Wistowe and Hugh le Suur of York; and Thomas le Porter of London, Roger Frowe, Thomas de Burgo, Stephen le Kerner, and William de Tanfeld butcher of London. Some were then jailed; other escaped. [24]

E1319 A: Jail delivery at York Castle. [25]

T1319 A: The prebend of Donnington in the church of St Peter York; with royal charter to St Peter York. [26]


  • M1342 A: Yorkshire. Prosecution of John de Dist, Clarions de Pykeryng, Giles de Frabrigg, Hamo Morel, William de Marum, John de Lenen, John de Honsom, Thomas Hert, John de Welbergh de Pokelynton, William Frere de Wartre William de Hayton, Wiliam de Patrington, John Damysell de Pokelyngton, John Martynet de Kyllom, Adam de Fulford, Roger Webster de Polyngton, John Colle de Hedon, Robert de Sutheld de Sykelynghale, Richard Speller de Drax, John son of Nicholas de Acum, William Rose webster de Acum, Agnes Webster de Skelton, John de Merston de Harewod, John Man de Ledes, William Soutere de Lillyng, Geoffrey Webster de Morlay, Hugh de Pokelyngton, Robert de Hennyngburgh, Robert de Skelton de Hendon, Alan de Patryngton, Robert Cay de Flasby, Roger le Mason and Matilda Suel his wife, Roger de Gaynesford, and Adam de Kirkelemyngton for infringing the liberties of the weavers' guild granted by Henry III. [27], [28], [29], [30] rcp
  • T1343 A: Yorkshire. Rex v. Richard de Driffeld dean of the court Christian of York, Robert de London cleric, Richard de Rothewell, and Robert de Rampton. Defendants cited John de Holt the king's lieutenant of the Hospital of St Leonard and subwarden to apear in the court Christian of St Peter, York, contrary to the liberties of the hospital. [31] rcp
  • M1343 A: Yorkshire. John de Shirburn mayor of York attached William son of William Askham by order of William Scot CJKB. William son of William then went to William Scot's hall and attacked him with vile words in the presence of many and so broke his attached and refused to submit. [32] rcp
  • E1346 A: Yorkshire. Adam le Cartewright, John Yong Jenkynson, William de Kelkefeld jr, and Robert de Swyne men of Torksey which is of the ancient demesne v. John de Shirburn mayor of York, William Craa and Thomas de York bailiffs of the city. Whereas, as men of the ancient demesne, they should be free of tolls, the defendants levied tolls. [33] rcp

M1348 A: Yorkshire. Presentment that the Prior of Durham and fishermen at Hemingbrough put piles into the Ouse so that the Ouse became dangerous to navigate. This situation was a problem for ships travelling from the Humber up the Ouse to York or back. [34]

M1348 B: Yorkshire. Presentment that John Goldbeter of York brought into Yorkshire from abroad 4,000 p.s. of false money from 18 to 22 Edward III. [35]

M1348 C: Yorkshire. John Bate and Cecilia his wife (qui tam) v. John de Dalby fleshhewer. On 16 November 1348 in the presence of the justices at York he assaulted Cecilia and broke her left arm. The justices determined that she had been maimed and added 8 p.s. to the jury award for a total of 10 p.s. [36]

M1348 D: Yorkshire. Presentment that Walter de Kelstern of York between 18 and 22 Edward III brought in from abroad 40 p.s. of false money. [37]

M1348 E: Yorkshire. Presentment that Stephen de Grantham of York between 18 to 22 Edward III brought in from abroad 200 p.s. of false money to Yorkshire. [38]

M1348 F: Yorkshire. Presentment that William de Skelton of Yorkshire between 18 to 22 Edward III brought in from abroad 200 marks of false money to Yorkshire. [39].

M1348 G: Yorkshire. Presentment that Richard Barry of York between 18 and 22 Edward III brought in from abroad 100 p.s. of false money to England. [40]

M1348 H: Yorkshire. Presentment that John de Roston of York between 18 and 22 Edward III brought in from abroad 200 marks of false money. [41]

M1348 I: Yorkshire. Presentment that William de Haxby of York between 18 and 22 Edward III brought into England from abroad 40 p.s. of false money called Lusheburgh. [42]

M1348 J: Yorkshire: other presentments for importing false money: Thomas de Lyndesay of York for importing 400 p.s. [43] rcp; Adam parson of Ottelay for importing 200 marks [44] rcp; Nicholas de Santon of York for importing 200 marks [45] rcp; William de Estrington of York for importing 40 p.s. [46] rcp; Robert de Skelton of York for importing 100 p.s. [47] rcp; William de Scorburgh of Beverley for importing 300 p.s. and using at Beverley [48] rcp; John de Wom of York for importing 200 marks called Lusheburgh [49] rcp; Richard de Santon of York for importing 200 marks called Lusheburgh [50]; John de Wesenham for importing 10,000 p.s. called Lushburgh with order from Edward III procedatis of 27 November 1348 and Wesenham is found not guilty by jury [51] rcp

M1348 J: Yorkshire. Rex v. Henry Taillour de Hedon, William de Maisterson de South Cave, Adam Chaunterel de Shirburne, and William de Holthorpe de Thresk. They had wrongfuly taken toll from the men of the liberty of St Peter, York, as well as from the men of the hamlets of Langtoft, Cotum, Ulskelf, and many others. Found by jury. [52]

M1348 K: Rex v. Thomas de Estryngton and John de Eshton (now dead) for various extortions found by jury while they were bailiffs of the city of York. [53]

M1348 L: Yorkshire. Rex v. Master Robert de Newenham procurator in the court Christian in the church of St Peter, York. Newehnam was found to be a common ambidexter; he took 10s for his fees. [54]

M1348 M: Yorkshire. Found by jury: William de Scorby and John Fox of York, collectors of tolls in the city of York, in 11 and 12 Edward III wrongly took tolls from the liberty of St Peter, York, particularly from Langtoft and arrested carts and held them until the owners made fine with them. [55] rcp

H1349 A: Yorkshire. Presented that William son of Henry Sampson in the summer of 1347 assaulted and nearly killed William de Meryngton, subsheriff or Yorkshire and minister of the king, at damages of 200 p.s. [56]


M1351 A: Yorkshire. Inquisition concerning certain lands held by the Hospital of St Leonard, York, for the sustenance of the poor. [57] rcp

  • T1352 A: Yorkshire. Support of the Hospital of St Leonard of York. [58] rcp
  • T1362 A: Yorkshire. Rex (by Simon de Kegworth who follows for himself as for the king) v. Richard de Barneby butcher one of the bailiffs of York. Qui tam prosecution for dealing in meat while serving as bailiff. Found guilty with forfeiture of 10 ps, a third of which went to Kegworth. [59] rcp



  • M1399 A: York: William Sallay and John Hewyk, sheriffs of the city of York, received Hugo Straunge (who was being sued by William Barneby, citizen and merchant of York) from their predecessors as sheriffs, John More and Thomas Howeden, and kept him in the common gaol of the city, called Kydecote, for a day and a night before letting him go. Sallay and Hewyk are now sued by Barneby for trespass by bill [60] - and for a similar case see [61] SJ
  • M1399 B: York: discussion whether the privilege of the mayor and bailiffs of York to decide felonies and trespasses extends to the liberty of St Peter [62][63]








  • M1530 A: Arbitration performance bond. London. William Barlow de London merchant tailor and Richard Pymond de London merchant v. John Playne de London merchant. Defeasance of standing to arbitration of two alderman and two merchants, all of York. [64] rcp