The commons of the Wirral state that, because of the destruction wrought by game in the forest of Wirral, the late Prince of Wales deforested it, as can be seen from his charter made to them on this, and asked the King to confirm this; which he did. However, this deforestation, charter and confirmation were made without process by ad quod damnum or in any other way, as the law demands. They ask that this deforestation, charter and confirmation might be ratified by statute with the common assent of parliament, so that they will be not be annulled because they were not properly sued.
Nature of endorsement:
[Edward of Woodstock], Prince of Wales.
Dated to 1376, as it is from the reign of Edward III but after the death of the Prince of Wales, and with reference to CPR 1374-7 p.378, which is dated 12 November 1376, and which mentions a charter of 20 July 1376, in which the King grants that the Wirral will be deforested forever.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw III, vol. XVI, 1374-1377, (Public Record Office, 1916), p.378 (order to give William de Stanlegh, forester of Wirral, his profits and putures as before, notwithstanding the deforestation)