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Abbatisse de Godestowe in capite xvjV. et nichil amplius [valet].

1074 Idem Petrus tenet xj acras terre in campo de Waltona ex hereditate
Rose matris sue reddendo Hugoni de Plessetis xiiijd?. in capite et
heredibus Henrici le Ryche xiiijr/., et valet xvjV. ultra.

1075 Ricardus Hcmel tenet j mesuagium cum j roda terre de Abbatissa
de Godestowe in capite pro vijV/. per annum, et nichil amplius
[valet].

1076 Idem Ricardus et Hugo de Ardintona tenent xi acras et dimidiam
terre in campo de Waltona ex hereditate Matilde et Alice vxorum
suarum, reddendo annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis ^xuyl., et heredibus
Henrici le Riche xiiijW., et valet x\]d.

1077 Hospitalis Bartholomei. Petrus Cudding et Ricardus Heme! et
Plugo de Ardintona tenent iiij acras et dimidiam prati in Bissopeseite



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pro seruicio reddendo Hospital! Sancti Bartholomei xxjV. et valent iijo'.
ultra.

lohannes de Curtlintona et Walterus Best tenent j mesuagium cum 1078
j acra et dimidia terre ex vendicione Thome le Ireis, reddendo inde
annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xiiijV., et heredibus Henrici le Riche
xiiijV., et non valet plus.

Item predict! lohannes et Walterus tenent ex vendicione dicti 1079
Thome x acras et dimidiam terre in Waltona reddendo Hugoni de
Plessetis xiiijV. in capite, et heredibus Henrici le Riche xiiijV., et
valent xiiijV. ultra.

Hospitalis Barth.olomei. Item predictus lohannes et Walterus 1080
tenent ex vendicione dicti Thome iij acras prati in Bissopeseite,
reddendo Hospitali Sancti Bartholomei xxa'., et valent iiijV. ultra.

Godestowe. Rogerus Semer tenet j mesuagium cum iiij acris et 108 1
dimidia terre hereditarie, reddendo Abbatisse de Godestowe \]s. in
capite.

Idem Rogerus tenet hereditarie xx acras et dimidiam terre in 1082
Waltona, reddendo Hugoni de Plessetis xxxjV. obolum in capite et
here dibus Henrici le Riche xxxjV. obolum et heredibus Bruman \xd.
obolum, et nichil valent amplius.

Stodleie, Item Rogerus Semer tenet hereditarie vij acras prati in 1083
Bissopeseite que quondam fuerunt ex feudo Fulconis Basset, reddendo
Priorisse de Stodleie ex dono Philippi Molendinarii iiijj. et valet xx^.
ultra.

Oseney. Hugo de Ardintona tenet j mesuagium de Abbate de 1084
Oseneye pro vjV. per annum, et nichil valet amplius.

Godestowe. Alicia filia Ade de Tame quondam tenuit j 1085
mesuagium hereditarie et vendidit illud Abbatisse de Godestowe, et
Abbatissa tradidit illud Ade le Waterman qui nunc tenet pro iijV. per
annum, et nichil amphus valet.

Godestowe. Idem Adam tenet iij acras terre in Waltona de 1086
Abbatissa de Godestowe pro iiijj. per annum, et nichil valet amplius.

Henricus Stok quondam tenuit j mesuagium et descendit jus 1087
Alicie filie sue que nunc tenet, reddendo ecclesie Sancti Egidii
xij^.

Godestowe. Clement le Bere tenuit j mesuagium cuius ius 1088
descendit lohanni fratri suo qui vendidit illud Thome de Sanford qui
dedit illud Abbatisse de Godestowe qui nunc tenet, et est locus
vacuus.

Rogerus filius luonis quondam tenuit mesuagium hereditarie et 1089
descendit ius luliane et Matilde sororibus eius que vendiderunt



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luliane de Buckenhulle, que nunc tenet, reddendo ecclesie Sancti
Egidii x\]d., et nichil amplius [valetj.

1090 Augustinus Gos quondam vendidit Ricardo le Waleys j seldam qui
nunc tenet, reddendo heredibus dicti Augustini j</. in capite, et valet ^

1091 Godestowe. Idem Augustinus tenuit j mesuagium, reddendo
Abbatisse de Godestowe xij^. in capite, et ad missam Beate Marie in
ecclesia Sancti Egidii \]s. et fabrice dicte ecclesie \]d., et nichil valet
ultra.

1092 Willelmus Culuerd quondam tenuit j mesuagium hereditarie et
descendit ius lohanni filio suo, reddendo Hugoni de Plessetis ijd?. in
capite, et valet xxj.

1093 Godestowe. Robertus de Godestowe quondam tenuit ij mesuagia
et vendidit ilia Willelmo Culuerd, et descendit ius lohanni filio suo qui
vendidit ilia Guidoni Carpentario qui nunc tenet, reddendo Abbatisse
de Godestowe xxijW. in capite et lohanni Culuerd v']s. \\d. et Ade
Londy \\]s.

1094 Godestowe. Walterus Hone quondam tenuit j mesuagium et
vendidit illud Rogero Dameri et ipse Matheo de Tackele ad terminum
vite qui nunc tenet reddendo Abbatisse de Godestowe j marcam et
nichil valet amplius.

1095 Willelmus de Cokesham Senior quondam tenuit j mesuagium, et
descendit ius Willelmo filio suo, et postea Waltero filio suo et idem
vendidit inde j cellarium cum solario, et idem Roger Nicholao
Rudeplonte qui nunc tenet, reddendo dicto Rogero \s.

1096 Godestowe. Idem Walterus dimisit Ade de Middletona vnam
partem dicti mesuagii cum j acra terre qui nunc tenet, reddendo
Abbatisse de Godestowe \]s. in capite, et ilia terra vacua est, et nichil
amplius valet.

1097 Godestowe. Rogerus Bolt tenuit j mesuagium de Rogero de
Trillemulne et Rogerus dedit illud misse Beate Marie in ecclesia
Sancti Egidii, et Nicholaus Rodeplonte tenet illud reddendo dicte
ecclesie vijj. et Abbatisse de Godestowe '\\]s. in capite, et nichil valet
amplius.

1098 Godestowe. Ricardus Canon tenuit j mesuagium hereditarie, et
vendidit illud lohanni de Cur[t]lintona qui nunc tenet, reddendo Abba-
tisse de Godestowe x\d. in capite, et ad luminare ecclesie Sancti
Egidii vja'., et nichil amplius valet.

1099 Godestowe. Alanus Dodeling tenuit j mesuagium hereditarie, et
vendidit ius suum lohanni de Curtlintona qui nunc tenet, reddendo
Abbatisse de Godestowe vijj. viijV. in capite, et nichil valet amplius.

^ Omission in MS.



DESCRIPTION OF OXFORD 93

Godestowe. Hugo de Meritona tenuit j mesuagium, et dedit illud iioo
fabrice ecclesie Sancti Egidii et procuratores ecclesie tradiderunt illud
Willelmo Motte pro '\]s. per annum et Abbatisse de Godestowe \]s.
in capite, et nichil amplius [valet].

Godestowe. Ricardus Canon tenuit j mesuagium et vendidit illud iioi
Hugoni de Miltona, qui nunc tenet, reddendo Rogero Hering xxijV. et
ad luminare Beate Marie in ecclesia Sancti Egidii vjV. et Abbatisse de
Godestowe xx^. in capite, et nichil amplius [valet].

Robertus But tenuit j mesuagium quod vendidit Hugoni de Miltoni 11 02
qui nunc tenet, reddendo dicte Abbatisse in capite xij^. et ecclesie
Sancti Egidii iiijV., et valet ijj. vltra.

Godestowe. Johannes Barlich habuit j mesuagium hereditarie 1103
quod vendidit Symoni filio Milonis, et Symon dedit illud misse Beate
Marie in ecclesia Sancti Egidii et Nicholaus de Wortona tenet pro xi-.
dicte ecclesie, et Abbatisse de Godestowe xxd. in capite, et nichil
amplius [valet].

Godestowe. Adam de Cokesham tenuit j mesuagium, et descendit 1104
ius lohanni filio suo, et lohannes legauit illud Ade de Middeltona qui
nunc tenet, reddendo Abbatisse de Godestowe xvjj. in capite et valet
ijj. vltra.

Godestowe. Abbatissa de Godestowe tenet j mesuagium de dono 1105
lohannis de Marleberge, et valet per annum j marcam.

Godestowe. Willelmus Crompe tenuit j mesuagium hereditarie, iio6
et descendit ius Willelmo filio suo qui nunc tenet reddendo Rogero
Hering j marcam et Abbatisse de Godestowe xijV. in capite, et ecclesie
Sancti Egidii \\]d. et nichil amplius valet.

Ricardus BuUoc habuit j mesuagium hereditarie ut prius annuatim. 1107

Godestowe. lohannes Cocus habuit j mesuagium hereditarie et 1108
vendidit illud Ade de Cokesham et descendit ius filio suo qui legauit
illud Abbatisse de Godestowe, et Abbatissa tradidit illud lohanni de
Cumptona pro xj. in capite.

Willelmus Crompe Senior tenet ij mesuagia, et vendidit vnum 1109
mesuagium Godefrido le Brayer, et descendit ius Willelmo filio suo,
et idem vendidit illud Ade de Middeltona qui nunc tenet. Item idem
lohannes vendidit aliud mesuagium Ade de Middeltona qui nunc
tenet, reddendo dicto lohanni xixj., et ille redditus assignatus est
Abbatisse de Godestowe que nunc tenet.

Oseney. Henricus Crompe habuit j mesuagium hereditarie et mo
vendidit illud Ricardo Cumfort et Ricardus vendidit illud Willelmo
Tabernario qui dedit illud Abbati de Oseneye, et valet dicto Abbati
j marcam in capite et ecclesie Sancti Egidii \\\]d.



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1 1 1 1 Willelmus de Merstona capellanus habuit j mesuagium et dedit illud
Petronille de Merstona, et ipsa dedit illud vniuersitati Oxonie et
lohannes de Eynesham tenet illud de vniuersitate pro iiijj. in capite
et ]d. ad missam Beate Marie in ecclesia Sancti Egidii.

1 1 1 2 Willelmus le Bere habuit j mesuagium hereditarie et descendit ius
fratri suo et postea Emme filie sue que nunc tenet, reddendo Rogero
Hering xviij(/. et ecclesie Sancti Egidii \]d.

1 1 1 3 Waltona : Godestowe. lohannes Capellanus vicarius de ecclesia
Sancti Petri Orientalis quondam tenuit septem astra cum pertinenciis
in Waltona de dono Henrici Regis Senioris vt dicitur. Reddit dicto
Regi et heredibus suis viijj. in capite, et v\]d. ecclesie Romane, et
idem lohannes dedit ilia septem astra cum pertinenciis Abbacie de
Godestowe cum hominibus septem astra tenentibus, nescimus quo
waranto nee quo waranto idem lohannes habuit ilia, et Hugo de
Plessetis recipit modo alium redditum ut firmarius domini Regis.

1 114 Godestowe. Astillus filius Wlfriche tenuit vnum mesuagium
cum xij acris terre, et descendit ius Nicholao filio suo qui nunc tenet,
reddendo Abbatisse de Godestowe \\]s. in capite et valet vjj. ultra.

1 1 15 Godestowe. Hugo le Riche tenuit j mesuagium cum xiij acris,
et descendit ius Ricardo et Waltero filiis suis et postea Hugoni filio ^
Ricardo et Hugoni filiis eius qui nunc tenent, reddendo dicte Abbatisse
ys. y\d. in capite et valet vjj. ultra.

1 1 16 Godestowe. Leuinus^ Donel habuit j mesuagium cum xxi acris
terre et descendit ius Brummano filio suo, et postea Waltero fratri suo
qui vendidit ilia Waltero de Botele et Willelmo filio Hugonis, et nunc
tenent ilia Philippus de Hale et Ricardus de Botele, reddendo dicte
Abbatisse iiijj. \\d. in capite, et valet \s. ultra.

1 1 1 7 Godestowe. Hugo le Riche tenuit j mesuagium cum xiij acris
et descendit ius Brummano filio suo, et postea Waltero fratri suo qui
vendidit ilia Waltero de Botele et Willelmo filio Hugonis, et nunc
tenet ilia Philippus de Hale et Ricardus de Botele reddendo dicte
Abbatisse iiijj. vjV. in capite, et valet xj. ultra '.

1 1 18 Godestowe. Ricardus filius Baldewini habuit j mesuagium cum
xiiij acris terre et descendit ius Edithe filie sue et postea Henrico filio

, suo qui nunc tenet, reddendo dicte Abbatisse \\\]s. obolum quadrantem
in capite, et valet vijj. vltra ^.

1 1 19 Godestowe. Sywardus de Camera habuit j mesuagium cum ij acris
terre et descendit ius Rogero filio suo qui dedit illud Ricardo Knithwine
cum luliana filia sua, et nunc tenet illud Symon filius dicti Ricardi,
reddendo dicte Abbatisse xijV. in capite, et non valet plus.

* Interpolated in MS. ' MS. Leiwnus. ' Cf. page i, note 5.



DESCRIPTION OF OXFORD 95

Godestowe. Giffardus Piscator tenuit j mesuagium cum ij acrisii2o
et dimidia terre, et dedit illud Thome Peny cum Agnete filia sua, et
postea dicta Abbatissa tanquam escaetam, et ipsa vendidit illud Ricardo
de Camera, reddendo ei ix^. quadrantem in capite, et valet '\]s. ultra.

Godestowe. Rogerus Wlward tenuit j mesuagium cum sex acris 1 1 2 1
et tribus rodis terre et descendit ius lohanni filio suo, et postea Isabelle
filie sue, que nunc tenet reddendo dicte Abbatisse xxixd. obolum
in capite, et valet xijV. ultra.

Godestowe. Herewardus Plelle tenet j mesuagium cum ix acris 11 22
et tribus rodis terre et descendit ius Rogero filio suo et postea Ricardo
filio suo, et ab ipso Vincencio filio suo qui nunc tenet, reddendo
dicte Abbatisse xxxjV. ob., et valet \]s. ultra.

Willelmus Wluard tenuit j mesuagium cum xxj acris terre et descendit 1 1 2 3
ius Ade filio suo, et postea Waltero filio suo.

Godestowe. Idem Walterus tenuit de dictis xxj acris terre xij 1124
acras et tres rodas tantum, et descendit ius lohanni fratri suo, et dicta
Abbatissa retinuit de dictis xxj acris terre xiii acras et tres rodas quas
tenet in dominico. Dictus vero lohannes nunc tenet de dicto tene-
mento sex acras et tres rodas tantum, faciendo inde annuatim totum
seruicium quod prius factum fuit pro toto tenemento.

Godestowe. Willelmus Stompe tenuit j mesuagium cum vij acris 1125
et tribus rodis terre reddendo dicte Abbatisse \]s. xd. in capite, et
postea Abbatissa tradidit illud Alano Stompe pro eodem seruicio, et
post ipsum dicta Abbatissa tradidit illud Thome Knith, et Alicia
relicta eius tenet nunc pro eodem seruicio, et valet x'\]d.

Godestowe. Robertus Piscator tenuit j mesuagium cum tribus acris 1126
terre et descendit ius Roberto filio suo, et idem Robertus dedit illud
Willelmo de Fonte cum Lucia, sorore sua, et postea Waltero filio suo,
et Agnes relicta eius tenet illud, reddendo inde dicte Abbatisse xi]d. in
capite, et alia seruicia, et valet vjd. ultra.

Godestowe. Ricardus Bruman Senior tenuit j mesuagium cum 11 27
xiiij acris terre et descendit ius Ricardo filio suo, et post ipsum dicta
Abbatissa tradidit illud Roberto de Cudolintona qui nunc tenet
reddendo dicte Abbatisse n]s. injd. in capite, et valet iijj. v'lijd. ultra.

Godestowe. Petrus Atteslo tenuit j mesuagium cum xvj acris 11 28
terre, et descendit ius Ricardo filio suo, et postea Henrico filio suo et
dicta Abbatissa eiecit dictum Henricum et tradidit illud Henrico de
la Wyke qui nunc tenet, reddendo dicte Abbatisse xxd. Dicta uero
Abbatissa tenet nunc dictas xvi acras terre in dominico, et valet xs.
ultra.

Godestowe. Achathus Piscator tenuit j mesuagium cum sex acris 1129



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et dimidia terre et descendit Rogero Wysman, filio suo, et postea
Waltero de Fonte, et Agnes relicta eius tenet nunc, reddendo dicte
Abbatisse xxiijV. in capite, et valet xiijV. ultra.
1 1 30 Johannes de Oxonia tenuit j culturam continentem ij carucatas terre
cum prato, aqua et pertinenciis in campo de Halywelle, et tradidit
illud lohanni de Brudeport, quondam rectori Sancte Crucis de Hall
welle ad firmam ad terminum vite, et idem Johannes de Oxonia obiit
infra dictum terminum ita quod dicta cultura remansit dicte ecclesie
usque nunc quasi concelata, et valet per annum xv libras.
113^ Summa valoris reddituum Abbatis de Oseneye
extra portam borealem in pratis et culturis
et huiusmodi ...... xxvi li. vs. 'liijd.

Et Prior Sancte Frideswyde . . . x /i. vs. v]d.

Et Godestowe xij //. ixj. vd.

Et Templarii de Coflea . . . . ij marce.

Et Stodleie xiijV.

Et Hospitalis Sancti lohannis extra portam

orientalem ...... lixj. '\\\]d. ob.

Et Hospitalis Sancti Bartholomei . . . xixj. ix^.
Item Abbatissa de Godestowe tenet iij carucatas terre extra portam
borealem Oxonie, et valent xxj marcas.

1 132 Brummanus le Riche quondam tenuit vnum mesuagium apud ....
Brummannes-welle et vnam carucatam terre arabilis et xxiiijor acras
prati cum aliis pertinenciis de dono Regis in capite, per quod seruicium
nescimus.

1133 Oseney. Idem Brummanus dedit dictum mesuagium et dictam
carucatam terre et dictum pratum cum aliis pertinenciis Abbacie de
Oseneye in puram et perpetuam elemosinam et fuit de dominico
domini Regis, set quo warento dicta Abbacia tenet nescimus, et valet
per annum centum sol.

1 1 34 Idem Brummannus tenuit xx acras terre arabilis a quo et per quod
seruicium nescimus, et idem Brummannus dedit illas xx acras cum
quadam pastura retro iacente predicte Abbacie, que nunc tenet in
puram perpetuam elemosinam, et totum fuit de feudo Doyli per quod
seruicium nescimus, et valet per annum cs. et x\\s.

1135 Thomas Decanus quondam tenuit vnum mesuagium et ij carucatas
terre arabilis cum aliis pertinenciis, quo warento et per quod seruicium
nescimus.

1 1 36 Oseney. Idem Thomas tenuit vnam culturam que vocatur Denes-
croft, et quo warento nescimus, et idem Thomas dedit illam culturam
in Abbaciam de Oseneye cum Thoma filio suo, reddendo inde



DESCRIPTION OF OXFORD 97

annuatim Hugoni de Plessetls vjj. in capite, et nunc pertinet hundredo
extra portam borialem Oxonie de dono domini Regis, scilicet Regis
lohannis, et valet per annum xxj.

Frideswythe. Willelmus Decanus filius Thome Decani Senioris 1137
totum residuum dictarum ijarum carucatarum dedit Prioratui Sancte
Frideswythe in puram et perpetuam elemosinam quo warento nescimus,
quod totum fuit de dominico domini Regis et valet ix libras.

Oseneye. Galfridus Sturdi tenuit x acras terre arabilis in campo 11 38
de Waltona quo warento nescimus, et dedit illas Abbacie de Oseneye
reddendo inde annuatim hundredo extra portam borialem iiiji-., et valet
Xi]d. plus.

Oseney. Idem Abbas tenet vnam culturam que vocatur Gyberys 1139
et aliam que vocatur Huniforlong et terciam que vocatur Thysteldene
et quartam que vocatur Lanerthulle, quo warento nescimus, quod
totum fuit de dominico domini Regis, et valent per annum cs.

Oseney. Item dictus Abbas habet in Waltona xiij tenentes de 11 40
dono Henrici Doyli reddentes annuatim eidem Abbati xliij solidos et
vjW. in vilinagium.

Oseney. Item dictus Abbas tenet vnum croftum quod vocatur 1141
Buricroft de dono Willelmi Decani, et habet super dictum croftum v
cotagia propriis sumptibus edificata, cotarii vero ea tenentes reddunt
eidem Abbati annuatim xvijj. et m]d.

Oseney. Item dictus Abbas tenet xij cotagia de dono Heruici 1142
Dayly, et tenentes reddunt eidem Abbati annuatim xxijV. et \]d.

Oseney. Item dictus Abbas tenet pratum per particulas retro 1143
Oseneye, reddendo inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xij sol. et v]d.
in capite.

Abingdonia. Abbas Abindonie tenet vnum pratum retro quod 1144
vocatur Northeye reddendo inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xxj.
et vi^,

Frideswythe. Prior Sancte Frideswythe tenet vnum pratum retro 11 45
Oseneye quod vocatur Langeneye, reddendo inde annuatim Hugoni
de Plessetis xxvj. in capite.

Walterus Feteplace filius Ade Feteplace tenet xx acras prati retro 1146
Osneye, reddendo inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xj. et x^. in
capite.

Walterus Aurifaber quondam tenuit xvj acras prati retro Oseneye, 11 47
cuius ius descendit lohanni filio suo qui nunc tenet, reddendo inde
annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis iijj. et viijV.

Willelmus de Eu tenet viij acras prati retro Osneye, reddendo inde 1148
annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis iij^-. \\\]d. in capite.

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1 1 49 Priorissa de Litlemore tenet vnum hamme retro Oseneye, reddendo
inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis v^'. et \\d. in capite.

1 150 Priorissa de Stodle tenet iiijo^ acras prati retro Oseneye, reddendo
inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis x\d. in capite.

1 151 lohannes Sewy et Randulphus le Tayllur tenent v acras prati retro
Oseneye, reddendo inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xijV. in capite.

1 1 52 Henricus Owayn et Randulphus le Tayllur tenent vnum hamme prati
retro Oseneye, reddendo inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis x\]d. in
capite.

1 153 Philippus de Eu tenet duas acras prati retro Oseneye, reddendo inde
annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis x\\]d. in capite.

1 154 Thomas Aurifaber tenet duas acras prati retro Oseneye, reddendo
inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis \\\]d. in capite.

iigg Henricus Owayn tenet iiijo^ acras prati retro Oseneye que fuerunt
Ernaldi le Goer, reddendo inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xxvij</.
in capite.

1156 Henricus de Swyndona tenet iiijo^ acras prati retro Oseneye, reddendo
inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xiiijV.

1 1 57 Philippus de Stocwelle tenet vj acras prati retro Oseneye, reddendo
inde annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xx]d. in capite.

1158 Galfridus le Mercer Junior et Philippus de Stocwelle tenent vnam
acram et dimidiam prati retro Oseneye, reddendo inde annuatim
Hugoni de Plessetis ix^. in capite.

1 1 59 Willelmus le Especer tenet x acras prati ibidem reddendo inde
annuatim Hugoni de Plessetis xxxijV. in capite.

1 1 60 Matheus Faber tenet quandam purpresturam in vico domini Regis
extra portam borialem Oxonie reddendo inde annuatim domino Regi
y]d. in capite.

1 161 Andreas le Sauser et Galfridus filius Thurstani tenent aliam pur-
presturam in vico domini Regis ibidem, reddendo inde annuatim
domino Regi vjd'. in capite.

1 1 63 Henricus de Dodeford tenet terciam purpresturam in vico domini
Regis ibidem, reddendo inde annuatim domino Regi v]d. in capite.

1 1 63 Ricardus Faber tenet quartam purpresturam in vico domini Regis
reddendo inde annuatim \]d. in capite.

1 1 64 Vicarius ecclesie Beate Marie Magdalene tenet vnum mesuagium
quod dicitur purprestura ibidem, et nescimus quo warento illud tenet
nee per quod seruicium.



PART II

OXFORD CHURCH NOTES
1643-4



EDITED BY

ROSE GRAHAM



H 2



PREFACE



These notes on the churches and some of the colleges of Oxford were
made by Richard Symonds between December 1643 and April 1644,
when the Royalist army was in the city in winter quarters. Symonds
belonged to an old Essex family, and was born at Black Notley in 1617.
When the Civil War broke out he took the King's side, and he served in
the troop of horse under the command of Lord Bernard Stuart ^.

This manuscript (Harl. 964) is one of several volumes of topographical
notes made by Symonds, and was written immediately before his diary
'of the Marches and Moovings of his Majesties Royal Army ^' His Note-
book measured 7 by 4| inches, and he wrote a very minute hand. The
coats of arms are often drawn in trick, and at other times the names of the
tinctures are neatly written in. A number of pages, as will be seen in
the text, are unfortunately missing.

The notes have a strong human interest as the work of a young cavalry
officer who was at the same time a keen student and antiquary. In the
three weeks after December 13, 1643, he wandered round all the churches
in the city, copying inscriptions and sketching unusual monuments as
well as all coats of arms. On January 2 he was in St. Giles's, and he
also went into the hall and chapel of Worcester College. Evidently he
intended to visit all the colleges in turn, but probably did not manage to
do so, as he only made notes on some of them. At Balliol the library
apparently absorbed all his attention, and he probably spent several hours
there examining the manuscripts *.

When Symonds was in Oxford, Antony Wood was a schoolboy of
twelve, and from 1644 to 1647 he was away at Thame*. Symonds's Notes
are therefore earlier by some years than those of Wood *, and of his
contemporary, Matthew Hutton. To avoid needless repetition, only those
entries in Symonds's Notebook which contain information not given by
Wood are here printed in full. Two other manuscripts in the British
Museum have also been searched, viz. (i) MS. Add. duodecimo 11,610,
' Notes of epitaphs, arms and stained glass in various churches and
colleges at Oxford written between 1656 and 1661 ' ; (2) MS. Harl. 6,365,
' a quarto containing inscriptions in several churches in Oxford,' written
about 1659. Both have yielded additional information, and they show
that some of the old glass mentioned by Symonds, and not by Wood, was
still unbroken.

A curious side light is thrown on the destruction of woodwork in the
use of the churches of St. Mary Magdalen, St. Thomas, and St. Giles as
prisons for the Roundheads captured at Cirencester in 1642 ; they were
confined in them for a week in February, and burnt the pews and choir
fittings as fuel.

Rose Graham.

^ Dictionary of National Biography.

' Ed. C. E. Long. Camden Society, 1859.

' Cf. p. 119.

* Survey of the Antiquities of the City of Oxford, composed in 1661-6 by
Antony Wood, ed. Andrew Clark, vol. i. p. 6.

** Ibid., vol. iii. pp. 109-197, and The History and Antiquities of the Collegts
and Halls in the University of Oxford by Antony Wood, with a continuation to
the Present Time, by the editor, John Gutch, 1786.



OXFORD CHURCH NOTES
1643-4

MS. HARL. 964
Civitas Oxon : p. 2 2

Parish Churches
Within the walls.

Al Saints Between S* Maries & Carfax, 37.

S* Aldates vulgo S* Giles, 49.

St Ebbes near S* Aldates, 55.

St Johns By Merton Colledge, 77.

S* Martins at Carfax, 32.

S* Maries The Schollars Church near All Sowles Colledge, 66.

S* Peters in the Baylie Between Carfois & the Castle on the right

hand, 45.
S* Peters in the East Ouer against Queenes Colledge, 57.

In the Suburbs :

Binsey Two Miles Westward.

S* Giles The furthest forth of the North Gate towards Woo-

stock, 99.
Holliwell Neare New Colledge, 92.
S* Thomas Beyond the Castle.

S* Mary Magdalen near the Northgate on the right hand syde, 85.
S* Clements Church without the East gate. This Church is in

the Hundred of Hedington Com. Oxon. and belongs not to

the Citty of Oxon.
Osney Abbey, 173.

Upon the East-Gate, and North-Gate of this Citty on the outsides, p. 23
this Escucheon is carued & Coloured.

[Quarterly, i and 4, azure, sem^e of fleurs-de-lys or, 2 & 3, gules,
three lions passant guardant in pale or, for the arms of France Ancient



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