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phen, obtained the full Payment by a Charter from that King. For
the new Money was 20d. ob. the Ounce, 20s. 6d. the Pound; so that
now the Prior's due was 25l. 12s. 6d. i.e. 25l. ad Scalam, at the
Scale. The Charter was in this Tenor;
"HENRICUS, Rex Angliæ, & Duz Normann. & Aquitan. & Comes
Andagav. Præpositis & Civib. Exoniæ Sal. Præcipio
vobis, quod sine dilatione & juste habere faciatis Canonicis meis
Sancte Trinitatis London. Reddit. suos de Exon, sicut unquam
melius & plenius habere solebant, tempore Regis HENRICI Avi mei,
& ad terminos Statutos; & nisi seceritis justiciam, vel Vic, meus
faciat fieri, ne inde a modo clamorem audiam pro penuria Recti. Et
de hiis qui Reddit. suos eis detinuerint, justiciam faciatis. Teste M.
Biset Dap. apud Wirecest."
There was also a Charter found in the Rolls of the Exchequer by
Geffrey Paine Attorney to the Sheriff; Quod Ecclesiam Christ.
London. debet habere prædict. denarios blanc. & ad Scalam,
i.e. ad pondus, qui fuerint meliores in pondere quam illa nova
moneta per 6s. 3d. pro termino Sancti Michaelis Archang.
præd. Et sic prædict. Prior & Conventus haberent
quolibet anno 12s. 6d. de incremento 25l. Blanc. prout patet in
I shall add one Chater more; whereby this Priory was privileged to
enclose the Way along London Wall, and stop the Passage, and
enlarge their Priory to the very Wall.
A Charter to enclose the Way to London Wall.
"HENRICUS Rex Angliæ, &c. Ric. Episcopo & Alberico de Vere
Vic. & omnibus Baronibus & fidelibus London. Salutem. Sciatis me
concessisse Sancte Trinitati & Homanno [Normanno, ut videtur]
Priori, & Canonicis Sancte Trinitatis London. ut claudant muro
viam quæ erat inter Ecclesiam & Officinas eorum, & murum
Civitat. Et in pace teneant. Et via quæ solebat ibi esse sit a
modò ante Ecclesiam suam ex alia parte. Et hoc concedo
eis pro animab. Patris mei & Matris, & Prædecessorum &
Successorum meorum, & pro salute mea & statu Regni mei. Test.
Ranulph. Cancellario meo, & Gaufri. de Guntona & Rad. Basset apud
Lib. C. fol. 48.b. in quadam Scedulâ pergamen.
Norman took on him to be Prior of Christ's Church, in the Year of
Christ, 1108. in the Parishes of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Michael, St.
Katharine, and the Blessed Trinity, which now was made but one
Parish of the Holy Trinity, and was (in old time) of the Holy Cross,
or Holy Rood Parish.
Parish of the Holy Trinity.
The Priory was builded on a piece of Ground in the Parish of St.
Katharine, towards Aldgate, which lyeth in length betwixt the
Kings Street, by the which Men go towards Aldgate, near to the
Chapel of St. Michael towards the North, and containeth in length
eighty three Ells, half quarter, and quartern of the King's Iron Ell,
and lyeth in breadth, &c. The Soke and Ward of Aldgate was then
bounded, as I have before shewn: The Queen was a mean also, that
the Land and English Knighten Guild was given unto the Prior
Norman. The honourable Man Geffrey de Clinton was a great
helper therein, and obtained, that the Canons might inclose the
way betwixt their Church and the Wall of the City, &c. This Priory
in process of time became a very fair and large Church, rich in
Lands and Ornaments, and passed all the Priories in the City of
London, or Shire of Middlesex, the Prior whereof was an Alderman
of London, to wit, of Portsoken Ward.
The Situation of the Priory.
The King's Iron Ell.
Prior of Christ's Church, an Alderman of London.
After this great Priory had swallowed up those four Parishes
abovesaid, the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Katharine's,
procured themselves a Chapel or Church to be built in the
Churchyard of the Priory, for their more convenient and quiet
resort to perform their Divine Service in: The Prior appointing
them one of his Canons, according to his Pleasure, to say Mass to
them: But still they were bound to christen their Children in the
Conventual Church, and to come thither at all solemn Times, that
being the Parochial Church: Where for a great while before they
commonly resorted in a part of that Church on the South, where
the Altar of St. Mary Magdalene was placed. So that hereby Mass
was saying in two Places of the Church at one time: Which by the
Noise of several celebrating together, a great Confusion and
Disturbance was occasioned. To prevent this, the said Chapel was
at length erected, where one of the Canons officiated. But in time
great Discord happened between the Priory and them, about their
Neglect of coming to the Conventual Church: And Restraint was put
upon them, as to their frequenting their own Church or Chapel,
and obliging them to resort to the great Church for the christening
of their Children, and upon all the Holidays, especially the greater;
as in the Night and Day of our Lord's Nativity, Good Friday, the
Day of the Benediction of the Easter Wax Candle, the Morning of
Easter Day; the Vespers and Vigils of the Feasts of the Holy
Trinity, and the Dedication of the Conventual Church of the Holy
Trinity. For these things great Contentions arose between the
Prior, Robert Exeter, and the Convent, and the foresaid
Parishioners; and continued to the time of William Haradon and
Lord Richard Clifford, Bishop of London. Who in the Year 1414
made an Accommodation of their Differences by a Composition
between them, which was this that follows:
Contest between the Parishioners of St. Katherines and the Priory.
Lib. S. Trinit. pen. me.
Compositio inter Prioratum SANCTæ TRINITATIS, &
Parochianos Sanctæ KATHARINæ CREECHURCH, per
Episcopum Londinensem facta.
RICARDUS permissione divina Episcopus London. Universis &
singulis ad quorum notitiam infrascripta pervenerint, Salutem,
Gratiam & Benedictionem. Summo Regi vota nostra credimus esse
gratiora, dum ad divini cultus augmentum, & Ecclesiarum
utilitatem perspicimus, ac decorem, dum concordie frigore oves
nostras dispersas, caritatis fervore, vinculo pacis conjungimus. Ut
sic oves in caritate congregate laudes debitas possint eo devotius
suo impendere creatori. Hinc est, quod nobis civitatem nostram
London. jure nostro ordinario, Anno Dom. Mo.
CCCCXIIIIo. visitantibus, ac in ead. vistatione nostra ad
Prioratum aliàs Ecclesiam Conventualem santæ
Trinitatis nostræ predictæ, ordinis sancti Augustini,
deitinerantib. ad nostrum pervenit auditum, quod dudum ad
honrem ipsius sanctæ Trinitatis, & sanctæ Katerine, in
cujus honore Ecclesia sive Capella in Cemiterio dict. Ecclesiæ
Conventualis extitit constructa, ad hunc finem & effectum, quod
dilecti filii parachiani, quibus per prius in dict. Ecclesia
Conventuali ad alture sanctæ Mariæ Magdelenæ, ex
parte australi Ecclesiæ Conventualis prædict. per unum
de Canonicis, ad nutum Prioris dictæ Ecclesiæ
Conventualis remotivum, ab olim deserviebatur, propter
dissonantium vocum & devotionis impedimentum tum Prioris &
Conventus, quum Parochianorum prædictor. consensu &
concordia in dict. Ecclesia sive Capella per prædict. Canonicum
quietius deserviretur, fonte Baptismali & cæteris solemnib.
viz. nocte & die Nativitatis Domini, ac die Parasceves, in toto
servitio, die sab-"
The Decree of Richard Bishop of London for the Parish of St. Kath. Creechurch.
Lib. S. Trin. penes me.