The Knights Templar in Shropshire and Staffordshire: 1311-14

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The accounts to 1313 are preserved at:

E 358/18 rot. 54. Richard de Hailey (Shrops. & Staffs.), custos of Lydleye; Longestanton, Holpreve, church of Cardington in Shropshire and the manor of Keel in Staffs. Handover to Hospital; covers 3 years, listed separately. This follows Thomas de Ralegh for Devon, and is followed by William Marmion for Aslackby in Lincs.

E 358/19 rot. 36. Richard of Harleye (Salop & Staffs.) – years 5, 6, 7 and handover to Hospital. Lydley, Longstaunton, Holtprene, church of Cardington in Salop and manor of Keel. The account follows John of Bloxham for Oxon, Berks, Wilts and Northants and is followed by Edmund de Burnham for Bucks, which also includes the handover to the Hospital.

Endnote references are in curly brackets: {}

TNA E 358/19 rot. 36

{These accounts cover the period from 9 October 1311, when Richard de Harley received the estate from William de Woluardele, to 8 January 1314, when the estate was handed over to Brother Henry Pembroke, attorney for Albert of Nigro Castro and Leonard de Tibertis of the Order of St John of Jerusalem}.

Compot[us] Ric[ard]i de Harleye de exitib[us] Man[er]ior[um] de Lydeleye, Longestaunton', + Holprene una cum eccl[es]ia de Cardington' in Com' Salop + Maner[ij] de Keel in Com'

Staff' que quonda[m] fuerunt Templar' ab viij die Decembr' anno r[egni] R[egis] E[dwardi] fil' R[egis] E[dwardi] q[ui]nto{

1} quo die idem Ric[ard]us recepitMan[er]ia p[re]d[ic]ta una cu[m] bonis + catallis i[n] eisd[em] inventis de Will[elmu]s

de Woluardele nup[er] custode eor[un]d[em] p[er] Indentur[am] inde int[er] eos confect[am] p[er] bre[ve] Regis patens cui[us] datis est ix die Octobr' anno p[re]d[ic]to usq[ue] ad festu[m] s[anc]ti Mich[ael]is anno r[egni] d[ic]ti R[egis] E fil' Reg[is] E

septimo et ab eod[em] festo s[anc]ti Mich[ael]is usq[ue] viij die[m] Januar' p[ro]x[imum] sequent', videl[icet] de trib[us] ultimis quart[er]iis anni q[ui]nti, toto anno sexto + p[ri]mo q[u]\a/rt[er]io anni septimi anteq[u]\a/m lib[er]aret

Man[er]ia p[re]d[ic]ta + eccl[es]iam p[re]d[ic]tam una cum bladis in t[er]ra seminatis + ornamentis eccl[es]ie p[re]d[ic]te f[rat]ri Henr[ico] de Braybrok' attorn[ato] f[rat]ris Alb[er]ti de Nigro Castro Magni P[re]ceptor[is] dom[us] Hospitalis

s[anc]ti Joh[ann]is Jer[usa]l[e]m' + locu[m] ten[entis] citra Mare medit[er]raneu[m] magni mag[ist]ri Hospitalis eiusd[em] + Leonardi de Tib[er]tis Prioris venetiar[um] p[ro]cur[ator'] gen[er]alis Hospital[is] p[re]d[ic]ti no[m]i[ne Hospital' eiusdem

p[er] bre[ve] R[egis] cui[us] dat' est apud Westm[onasterium] xxviij die Novembr' anno septimo.

De tribus ultimis quarteriis anni quinti

De temp[or]e seq[ue]nti [com]p' inf[r]\a/{2}


[As the stock was sold in year one, income from milk and wool has vanished, and there are far fewer workers on the estate. The workers no longer receive a benefit in kind in autumn but they did receive food and drink in winter, in addition to potage. The manor is still receiving some income from the sale of freestone from the quarry, and the dovecote and pasture in the main manor are now making money. The water mill is still in operation. One of the draught horses fell ill and died despite being treated by a professional farrier. The barn roof needed repair. The crops grown have changed a little to include vetch and mixtil (maslin: a mixture of grains, possibly including rye and wheat). Three acres of hay were mowed and 141 acres of wheat, 24.5 acres of mixtil, 80 acres of oats and 6 acres of peas and vetch were harvested – a total of 254.5 acres under production. ]

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