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CARTULARY OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST MARY

MRJ number: 
507
College classmark: 
Aa.1.59

Cartulary of the Hospital of St Mary of Ospringe, Kent. Latin, late 13th century.

The Maison Dieu at Ospringe, Kent, was endowed by Henry III in 1234. It was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1516 and its property transferred to the nascent St John's College, Cambridge through the offices of Bishop John Fisher.

Physical description

Vellum. 275 x 185mm. vi, 66 folios. Folios 63-66 are damaged with some textual loss. Collation: 6 preliminary leaves, 112-512 66. Written in good charter hands of the late 13th century, with a few 15th-century marginal notes from folio 59r. Binding: gold-tooled straight-grained red goatskin over boards; gold-tooled spine, board edges and inside edges; marbled endpapers; gilt lettering on spine reads 'Cartulary of S. Mary's Hospital Ospringe', 'Bound 1869'.

Contents

On folio i verso is a note of tenants at Monketon in 31 Edward I (i.e. 1302-3) and another memorandum dated 19 Edward II (i.e. 1325-6). Folios ii-iv contain a list of the charters (148) with a note of the folio on which each appears. Folios v and vi are blank. The text of the charters runs from folios 1 to 66, the first being of William de Becco.

The following charters are dated: no. 8 (Hugo de Somerfelde) 1215, no. 66 (Prior and convent of Christ Church Canterbury) 1242, no. 79 (Gilbert Springet/Sperget de Hamolde) 42 Henry III (i.e. 1257-8), no. 81 (John son of William de Bernesole) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 82 (John de Bernesole) 50 Henry III (i.e. 1265-6), no. 83 (John and Sabine de Eschambio) 41 Henry III (i.e. 1256-7), no. 84 (John son of Margery de Bernesole) 41 Henry III (i.e. 1256-7), no. 85 (Hugo Kenewy) 48 Henry III (i.e. 1263-4), no. 86 (Joseph de Scheldeforde) 1261, no. 87 (John son of Edward de Somerfeld) 1256, no. 88 (Thomas le Quilter de Wyncham) 52 Henry III (i.e. 1267-8), no. 89 (Thomas de Pedding) 54 Henry III (i.e. 1269-70), no. 90 (Roger de Pedding) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 92 (Thomas le Quilter de Wyncham) 1263, no. 97 (Robert de Chilton) 42 Henry III (i.e. 1257-8), no. 98 (Roger de Chilton) 41 Henry III (i.e. 1256-7), no. 99 (Thomas de Acholte) 43 Henry III (i.e. 1258-9), no. 101 (Robert Cornesar de Scheldeford) 42 Henry III (i.e. 1257-8), no. 102 (Joseph de Seldeford) 1272, no. 109 (Hamo de Tenacre) 42 Henry III (i.e. 1257-8), no. 110 (Hamo de Paris) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 111 (Margaret son of Hamo) 42 Henry III (i.e. 1257-8), no. 114 (Alexander de Broco) 42 Henry III (i.e. 1257-8), no. 115 (Robert de la Forde) 7 Edward I (i.e. 1278-9), no. 116 (Gilbert de la Forde) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 118 (Robert de la Forde) 8 Edward I (i.e. 1279-80), no. 119 (John Stronge) 42 Henry III (i.e. 1257-8), no. 120 (John Stronge) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 121 (John le Suthre) 50 Henry III (i.e. 1265-6), no. 122 (Stephen Mareschall de Staple) 16 Edward I (i.e. 1287-8), no. 125 (Walter and Alan sons of William Cotelet) 43 Henry III (i.e. 1258-9), no. 127 (Simon Faber) 1263, no. 130 (Sampson clerk) 50 Henry III (i.e. 1265-6), no. 131 (Stephen le Flur) 43 Henry III (i.e. 1258-9), no. 132 (William de Snakestone) 52 Henry III (i.e. 1267-8), no. 135 (Paul de Snakestone) 3 Edward I (i.e. 1274-5), no. 136 (Henry de Snakestone) 43 Henry III (i.e. 1258-9), no. 138 (Sampson de Cruce) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 139 (Adam de Cruce) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 140 (Robert de Cruce) 50 Henry III (i.e. 1265-6), no. 141 (Henry son of Warin de Broco) 41 Henry III (i.e. 1256-7), no. 142 (Stephen de ecclesia) 49 Henry III (i.e. 1264-5), no. 143 (Richard de Retlinge) 2 Edward I (i.e. 1273-4), no. 144 (Richard de Dovoria) 14 Edward I (i.e. 1285-6), no. 145 (Roger le Crek) 1251, no. 146 (Roger and Thomas le Brasur) 1252.

The last charter is followed by a memorandum dated 1275 of an agreement between Thomas prior of Christ Church, Canterbury and William master of the Maison Dieu, Ospringe. This ends imperfectly on folio 66v.

Date

The latest dated charter is of 1287-8.

Provenance

Acquired by St John's College with the property of the Maison Dieu in 1516.

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