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Notification of the King’s prohibition of the weaver’s guild, assigning responsibility to the citizens of London for the annual rent of 18 marks previously paid by the guild to the King

Identity

Title

Notification of the King’s prohibition of the weaver’s guild, assigning responsibility to the citizens of London for the annual rent of 18 marks previously paid by the guild to the King

Beneficiary

Men of London (People)

Date of issue

20 March 1202

Place of issue

Gournay (Places)

Archive

A = London Metropolitan Archives COL/CH/01/009. Reproduced by kind permission of London Metropolitan Archives, City of London

Copies

B = TNA C 53/ (Charter Roll 1 Henry IV) m.47, in an inspeximus, 25 May 1400
C = Oxford, Bodleian Library ms. Rawlinson B356 (London charters etc) fo.91r, copy, s.xiv med.

Seal

Sealed sur double queue, pink cords through 3 holes, seal impression (upper part missing) in green wax, cords hanging down at least 370mm. below the fold.

Enrolled

Printed

(from B) Cal.Chart.R. 1341-1417, 401 no.11; (calendar from A) The Historical Charters and Constitutional Documents of the City of London, ed. Walter de Gray Birch, revised ed. (London 1887), 18 no.10 (citing sources p.309: Sloane 754 fo.5v; Harley 1125 fo.7; Harley 2058 fo.5v, pd J.E. p.14; Maitl. 75; Noort 778; Luffin 29).

Scribes

Comment

Endorsed: carta de relaxacione gilge thelariorum (sic, s.xiii in); various post medieval endorsements. Approx. 231 X 95 + 28mm. Infilled at the end, Quia not alligned.

Photos
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Transcription

Iohannes Dei gratia rex Angl(ie) dominus Hybern(ie) dux Norm(annie) et Aquit(anie) et com(es) And(egauie) archiepiscopis, episcopis, abbatibus, com(itibus), baron(ibus), iustic(iis), vicecom(itibus) et omnibus balliuis et fidelibus suis salutem. Sciatis nos ad petitionem maioris et ciuium nostrorum Lond' concessisse et presenti carta confirmasse quod gilda telaria non sit decetero in ciuitate Lond' nec ullatenus suscitetur. Quia vero consueuimus annuatim percipere decem et octo marcas argenti de gilda illa telaria singulis annis, reddent predicti ciues nostri nob(is) et heredibus nostris viginti marcas argenti numero in festo sancti Mich(a)elis ad scacc(ariu)m nostrum. Testibus H(uberto) Cantuar' archiepiscopo canc(e)ll(ario) nostro, E(ustachio) Elyen' et W(illelmo) Abrincen' episcopis, Hug(one) de Gornac', Rob(erto) de Harecort', Thom(a) Basset, Petr(o) de Stok', Ricard(o) de Reuiers. Dat' per man(um) eiusdem H(uberti) Cant' archiepiscopi apud Gornac', xx. die Martii anno regni nostri tercio.

Calendar

Notification that, at the request of the mayor and citizens of London, the king has granted and in this his present charter confirmed that henceforth the weaver’s guild shall not be in the city of London or be supported in any way at all. Since the king is accustomed to take 18 marks of silver annually from the guild, the citizens of London are to render to the king and his heirs 20 marks at Michaelmas.

Original Charters of King John