mb 5d (25 May)
Inquisicio capta apud andeuere die sabati proximo post festum ascencionis domini anno regni regis Ricardi supradicto coram predicto coronatore domini Regis pro morte Iohannis Hounte seruientis Iohannis Pæker atte Mersshe per sacramentum Iohannis langedene Iohannis Daulyn Ricardi Barlych Iohannis Swetes Henrici Ienshe Ricardi Spede Thome abraam Petri Peuesy Henrici Perpond Thome Wilton et Iohannis Puryman & per iiij⸢or⸣ villas propinquiores videlicet andeuere Enham Cherleton & Hatherdon qui dicunt per sacramentum suum quod in villa de andeuere est una consuetudo in estate vsuata a festo sancte Crucis vsque ad festum sancti Petri ad uincula de I ludo vocato Kyngespleye & predictus Iohannes Hunt in dicto ludo venit in alto vico de andeuere erga crucem ibidem & obuiauit Gilberto Webbe de andeuere habenti in manu sua vnum cultellum vocatum Basyllard & per infortunium predictus Iohannes Hounte lapsus fuit & cecidit super punctum dicti cultelli & fecit sibi vulnus in dextera parte colli sui & cito obijt & nichil aliud potest inquiri Plegius inuentoris adam ffoghel<..> per plegium Iohannem Stene et Iohannem atte Welle – Proximi vicini Radulphus Tournepayn per plegium Iohannis Pikare et Roberti Picarde Thomas atte More per plegium Willelmi aleyn & adam aleyn Ricardus Sprot per plegium Willelmi Picard et Thome Phippe Ricardus atte Strete per plegium Iohannis Wylemyn et Roberti Haylyn Catalla de forisfacto I cultellum appreciatum in iiij d. Et respondet in villa de andeuere
atisfactio iiij d.: first s
mb 5d (25 May)
Inquiry held at Andover on the Saturday next after the feast of the Ascension of the Lord in the year of the reign of King Richard stated above before the aforesaid coroner of the lord king concerning the death of John Hounte, servant of John Pæker atte Mersshe by the oath of John Langedene, John Davlyn, Richard Barlych, John Swetes, Henry Jenshe, Richard Spede, Thomas Abraam, Peter Peuesy, Henry Perpond, Thomas Wilton, and John Puryman and by four neighbouring towns, namely Andover, Enham, Charlton, and Hatherden; who say upon their oath that in the town of Andover there is a custom used in the summer from the feast of (the Invention of) the Holy Cross until the feast of St Peter ad Vincula of a play called the king's play and the aforesaid John Hounte in the said play came into the high street of Andover toward the same cross and encountered Gilbert Webbe of Andover, who had in his hand a knife called a 'baselard' and by misfortune the aforesaid John Hounte slipped and fell upon the point of the said knife and he wounded himself on the right side of his neck and soon died; and nothing else can be ascertained. The first finder (is) Adam Foghel<..> by the pledges of John Stene and John atte Welle. The next neighbours (are) Ralph Tournepayn by the pledges of John Pikare and Robert Picarde; Thomas atte More by the pledges of William Aleyn and Adam Aleyn; Richard Sprot by the pledges of William Picard and Thomas Phippe; Richard atte Strete by the pledges of John Wylemyn and Robert Haylyn. Forfeiture of chattels: one knife valued at 4d. And he responds in the town of Andover.
The editors thank C.M. Woolgar for acquainting them with this record.
The feast of the Invention of Holy Cross is 3 May; the feast of St Peter Vincula is 1 August. Cherleton must be Charlton, a village close to Andover on the north side. Enham, a bit further north, was once known as King's Enham but now as Enham Alamein, Alamein having been added at the end of World War II. Since all the places are called 'villas propinquiores,' 'H'don' must be Hatherden, also to the north of Andover. The 'baselard' ('Basyllard') is a 'type of long dagger or short sword with a hilt shaped like a capital H on its side ... usually worn at the girdle by civilians' (OED). Woolgar suggests that 'Plegius inventoris' may be an error for 'primus inventor,' 'the first finder,' which would be the expected phrase, especially as the pledges follow after (C.M. Woolgar, email message to editor, 10 October 2013). Only the 'r' of respondet in the final line is visible at the right margin, as the edge of the leaf is darkened by damp; there is room for only one or two more letters.
Record title: Hampshire Coroner's Roll
Shelfmark: JUST 2/155
Repository location: Kew
Coroners' rolls primarily record inquests into unnatural deaths, as well as inquests into certain other matters, such as appeals and felons' confessions. This is a county roll for Hampshire, of Thomas Canteshangre.
1377–93; Latin; parchment; 21 membranes, joined at the top; 750mm x 265mm; modern pencil numbering at bottom of membranes (followed here); bottoms of membranes badly water damaged but perhaps 4/5 of each one in good condition and fairly legible, mb 5 has large hole near top, presumably original, as writing has been done around it; tag at top reads: 'Coroners' Rolls No. 155' and 'J2' has been added in pencil.