DCD 1.2.Reg.13.

Ed., in record type, Raine, North Durham, app. p. 126; cf. Calendar of the Patent Rolls 1247-58, p. 539.

Letters patent of King Henry [III, 1257]

A typical example, duly enrolled, issued after the sheriff had been ordered to hold the standard local enquiry about damage and, presumably, returned his findings, cf. 1.5.Ebor.44. 'Qui{a} accepimus per inquisitionem quam per dilectum et fidelem nostrum Willelmum Heyron vicecomitem nostrum Norhumbrie fieri fecimus quod non est ad dampnum nostrum nec ad nocumentum Molendini nostri de Brokesmuth- concedere Monachis de Dunelm- in Insula de Farnealand commorantibus quod possint leuare quandam domum supra Ripam maris iuxta predictum Molendinum nostrum de Brokesmuth- continentem Quadraginta pedes in longitudine et viginti pedes in latitudine ad victualia et alia neccessaria sua in eadem domo repondenda' [view], the king concedes that they may do so, with free entry and exit, and hold the building from him in free alms. The standard clauses follow: 'In cuius rei testimonium has litteras nostras eisdem Monachis fiere fecimus patentes. Teste me ipso apud Westmonasterium vicesimo die Ianuariii. Anno regni nostri Quadragesimo primo.' [view]
The king concedes the building without referring to the ground on which it stood, and no trace of a grant of the ground has been found. It became known as Monkshouse and formed part of the endowment of the newly constituted cathedral in 1541 (Surtees Soc. 143, p. 17); it is still to be seen beside the sea, 2 miles south-east of Bamburgh.
The monogram 'JR' appears twice on the turn-up and is that of James Raine the elder, who printed the document. [view]