MEDIEVAL DOCUMENT - Bristol 1376
Deed (quitclaim) by John Bromhull in respect of lands and property in Little Torynton [Torrington, Devon], on vellum, 133 x 297 mm. (ca 5 x 12 inches). Dated at Bristol on the Sunday (9 March) before the feast of St Gregory (Pope, 12 March), in the 50th year of the reign of King Edward III (25 January 1376-24 January 1377). Lacking the original seal.
All of the named witnesses to the document are connected with the early history of Bristol: William Canynges the elder, the first mayor of the city in 1373; Henry Vyell, father of John, the first sheriff in 1373; Walter Derby senior, bailiff, mayor and MP; Walter Frampton and Elias Spelly.
'To all manner of Christ's faithful who may see or hear this writing John Bromhull son and heir of Nicholas Bromhull sends greeting. Know that I have promised released and altogether renounced for me and my heirs for ever to Stephen Phelip of Great Torynton, (Torrington), his heirs and assigns all my rights and claim that I legitimately have or in any way will be able to have in all lands and tenements common woods meadows pastures and all other their appurtenances within the demesne of Little Torynton lying in the hundred of Shebbear that will fall to my inheritance there after the death of Nicholas Bromhull my father. In such wise that neither I the said John Bromhull nor my heirs nor any other through me or in my name will be able to pretend to exactclaim or sell any right or claim in the said lands tenements commons woods meadows pastures and all other their appurtenances besides But we are excluded by these presents from all action right and claim in the same for ever. In witness whereof I have applied my seal to this present writing. Witness William Canynges then mayor of Bristol Henry Vyell deputy John Seymour Thomas Sampson Bailiffs Walter Derby Walter Frompton (sic For Framptom) Elias Spelly and others. Given at Bristol the Sunday next before the feast of Street Gregory, Pope, in the 50th year of the reign of King Edward the third after the conquest.'
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