l355 September 29 Edward III.
First Court of Thomas Hardyng held there at le Newehall on Wednesday next after the feast of St. Michael in the 29th year of King Edward III after the Conquest.
To this Court came John Aleyn and acknowledged that he held of the lord 50 acres of land wood and meadow which were of Robert Mistelegh called Spoures (‘?) land by homage and fealty suit of Court every three months(?) and service of 30 pence by the year at the four usual terms and he did fealty to the lord.
John Besouche came and acknowledged that he held of the lord one Messuage and three acres of land with appurtenances which were formerly of William by the service of 12d. and suit of court and he did his fealty.
Robert Lucas came and acknowledged that he held of the lord seven acres of land at le Thorne formerly of Nicholas Gernon by service of 14d. by the year and he does to the lord his fealty and says that he owes no suit. He has a day to show his charter upon which he claims to be quit.
John atte Wode comes and acknowledges that he holds of the lord a moiety of ten acres of land by service of 10d. by the year at the four terms and suit of court twice in the year end it is ordered to distrain the said John for suit of Court every three months until he shows his charter by which he claims he ought to be quit and he does fealty.
It is ordered to distrain Walter (?) de Reydon to do homage and fealty for the lands which were formerly of Richard do Hastings.
It is ordered to distrain Roger Bekelegh (or Dekelegh) for lands and tenements in Mistelegh called Bekelegh (or Dekelegh) for which he ought to do homage and fealty to the lord.
It is ordered to distrain the lord Thomas de Veer Earl of Oxford for homage, fealty to be done for his manor of Wrabnesse.
Thomas Payn holds one Messuage and six acres of land formerly of Stephen atte Ponde at the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor And he did fealty.
And the said Thomas Payn holds one messuage and six acres of land formerly of Margery atte Ponds at the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor And he does fealty to the lord.
John Shamen holds one Messuage and twenty acres of land formerly of Sewall Compere at the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor and he does fealty.
And the said John holds one Messuage and nine acres of land formerly of Walter Skyp at the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor and did his fealty.
Robert atte Stone holds one Messuage in Uysakerware(?) formerly of John Compere and twenty acres at the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor I And he did fealty.
Penalty 20s: Robert atte Stone has a day to answer ———-
Robert atte Born Thomas Payn Godfrey Panyman because they refused to elect a bailiff -
1348 Robert Lucas of Manytre
messuage in Misteleye
Essex Fleet of Fines Vol 3
889. Trin. Roger de Hanyfeld, pi. Robert Lucas of Manytre and Sarah his wife, deforciant.. i messuage in Misteleye. PI. and his heirs to hold of the chief lords.
XXXVI. Grant by Hubert de Ruyly, knight, to Adam, son of Beatrix,’ and Margery, his wife, for their homage and service, of all the land and tenements which Hugh Maneston held of him in the township of Mysteleghe (Mistley) with common of heath (bruarium) and which lie between the lands of Geoffrey le Neweman and Lucas de la Strande, and abut to the north of the bank of the river: to hold of himself and his heirs with the right to give, sell, bequeath or assign except to a religious house or a jew, rendering annually two shillings at the four usual terms in equal portions for all services, provided that Adam and Margery and their heirs paid two suits annually to his court, namely the first courts after Michaelmas and Easter, and saving as much royal service as was due from that amount of land of that fee in that township. Consideration: two marks of silver. Warranty. Witnesses: William de Kokaine, Gilbert de Bromleghe, Robert de Hastynges, Alexander the clerk, Geoffrey Ic Neweman, Richard Page, Robert Gernum, Geoffrey P’no, John Parcar’ and Thomas the clerk.
‘He appears to be the same as Adam son of Betun (see nos. 214, 248).
Date: —1279 [sir Hubert de Ruyly died in that year]. MS.: f. 134v.
(This is the first of the group of Sheddon deeds which was entered at the end of the cartulary.)
1364 April 16
Evading Customs/ Smuggling Edward III Calendar of Patent Rolls
. Commission to John de Sutton, the elder, Robert de Naylynghersi
Westminster. John de Bampton and the sheriff of Essex, to make inquisition in th said county touching a petition to the king on behalf of Nichols Bajston for the release of a ship of his called la Hilde of Hull, laden with firewood at Manytre by Ipswich, which was arrested on its way to Great Yarmouth by Richard de Heverlond, searcher of the king
forfeits, because two pockets of wool and 80 wool fells, not customec were found in it, which were put therein without his knowledge.
The Lucas Family in Manningtree
Sometime before 1279, we have mention of Lucas de La Strande holding land North of bank of the River Stour.
La Strande is an interesting title, meaning a stretch of land running along the edge of a river. Was this possibly a local reference -
Was he from the Strand area of London which was already well established as an area of the Capital at this time?In 1388 we have the first mention of the Lucas family in Essex. John [Cloth Merchant] ‘of Manningtree’ was exporting goods via Harwich. John was born in 1355, his father also John was born in 1330
I believe he was also born in the area.
From this it would appear that the Lucas family has been established in the Mistley / Manningtree area for over 700 years.
I have detailed lineage in Manningtree from 1700’s
Note: In medieval times Manningtree was involved in the very prosperous wool trade as was the Lucas family in West Suffolk.
LUCAS Family in Manningtree