Simon Bonde, Grant

Type: Charter

Date: 1356

Setting: City

Produced By/For: Simon Bonde, citizen of London

Contents: Granting of rent

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.3

Location: Brown Collection Box 2 (Acc. 1991-088, Item #1)

Description by Alanna Blackall as part of coursework for a manuscript studies class with Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin (ENGL), April 2015

Rent and tenancy grant of Simon and Johanna Bonde

Grant pertaining to rent and tenancy on parchment, 29.5mm x 13.5mm. 14 lines in Latin in one English documentary cursive hand. Dated 3 May 1356 (30 Edward III), and marked on verso as read and enrolled in the Husting Court of Common Pleas on 16 May 1356 (i.e., the Monday before the feast of St. Dunstan). Two parchment seal tags intact but lacking seals (remnants of red wax visible on each). Evidence of one horizontal fold (mid-level) and two vertical folds show that the document was once folded. Signature on verso: ‘lucas’


One leaf, 14 lines of Latin script in dark brown ink. Additional notes on verso (3.5 lines plus endorsements). Stylized capital ‘S’ at the beginning of grant (crossed with four points). Further notes on people and place names housed with document.


Donated to the University of Victoria by Bruce and Dorothy Brown in 1991. Purchased by the Browns from Maggs Bros. Ltd. (London).

Named in Document

Simon Bonde, Johanna Bonde, John de Wyrhale, Thomas fil Simon Dolsley, Adam of Salesbury, Roger Carter, Simon Franceys, Thomas de Brandon, Walter Forestier, John Not, John de Gone Wardeby, John Bole, Nicholas Chaucer, William de Hanamstede, Roger Rotour, Thomas de Bouwode, Lucas (common clerk named on dorse).

Place Names in Document

London, Cordewaner Street, St Mary Aldermary (parish), “Wodhull Ciergier” (?)

Transcription* and summary description by Alanna Blackall, as part of coursework for a manuscript studies class with Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin (ENGL), April 2015, is available here.

* Transcription practice follows Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Ithaca, 2007), pp. 75-77.


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