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"Staffordshire, extracts from Cheshire Plea Rolls 1327-1413," Collections for a History of Staffordshire, published by the William Salt Archaeological Society, London, vol. XVI (1895).

PLEAS OF THE COUNTY OF CHESTER BEFORE HENRY DE PERCY, JUSTICE OF CHESTER, ON THE TUESDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. ANDREW.

3 H. IV. (DEC. 1401.)

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An inquisition taken on the 2nd November, 2 H. IV, was returned into Court by the Chamberlain of Chester, by which it appeared that Margaret, late wife of Fulk de Peubrugge, knight, the kinswoman and heir of William Trussell of Cublesdon, chivaler, died seised of the manor of Bruardeshalgh, within the со. of Chester, together with the Bailiwick and issues of the custody of the East Gate of the City with all the houses and edifices both above and below the gate, and which manor and Bailiwick had been valued at £13, and was held of the Earl in soccage for the service of a penny annually, and likewise for finding and presenting a bailiff for the service of the Earl of Chester, to the Мaуог and Sheriffs of the City of Chester, for the time being, in the office of the bailiff of Esteg.itestrete, and that William, son of Laurence Trussel, was her nearest kinsman and heir, viz., son of Laurence Trussel I, son of Warine Trussell, knight, brother of William Trussell, knight, the father of the said Margaret, and was thirteen years of age at the Feast of St. Barnabas last past, on which day Margaret had died, and the said William, son of Laurence Trussell now appeared by his mstos and stated that the said manor of Bruardeshalgh with the bailiwick in question wan held of the Prince as Earl of Chester by the service of a penny annually for all services, and not as stated in the Inquisition. Matthew del Mere who sued for the Prince, pleaded that the manor was held by the services named in the Inquisition, and appealed to a jury; the Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon a jury for the Tuesday after the Epiphany. A postscript states that on that day the plaintiffs appeared and a jury found in favour of William Trussell the heir, stating that the manor was held of the Earl by the service of a penny only in lieu of all services and exactions and demands, by right of a charter of King Edward, late Earl of Chester, which charter was put into evidence, and was in these words. Here follows a charter by King Edward stating that in recompense of two messuages, 215 acres of land, b'-j acres of meadow, 27 acres of waste, three gardens, a mill, and fishery, and other easements which Henry de Bradford and Robert his son held in the King's Forest of De la Mère, and which had been valued at £31 11s. 10d. annual value and, etc. (owing to the decay of the parchment the remainder of the suit is missing). m. 3, dorso.

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On the Quindene of Easter. 32 Elizabeth.

Between John Whitney, complainant, and William Underhill and Elizabeth his wife, deforciants of a messuage, a garden, 11 acres of land, an acre of meadow, an acre of pasture and common of pasture for all kinds of cattle in Huntyngdon.

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