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Details of SC 8/173/8640
Laurence de Preston.
de Preston, Laurence
King and council.
Nature of request:
Preston requests remedy as the king's ministers at Rockingham castle have cut his wood of Gretton and taken it to the castle, and the wood is destroyed and he is unable to pay his farm.Copy of a charter of King John granting the manor of Gretton to Walter de Preston, dated 13 September.
Nature of endorsement:
He should have a writ in Chancery to the steward of the Forest between the bridges of Oxford and Stamford to make complete remedy upon the contents in the petition and to make amends for the damage done to the petitioner by the king's ministers.
John, King of England; Walter de Preston; Geoffrey Fitz Peter; Hugh de Neville; William Briwer; William de Cantelupe; Simon de la Pate; Hugh de Well, archdeacon of Wells.
The petition dates to 1280 as an inquisition into the petitioner's claims was held 1280 (CIM 1219-1307, no.1205). However, the matter apparently wasn't settled as pleas in the parliaments held in Hillary and Easter 1290 are clearly related (Rot. Parl. vol. I, I::pp.35b-6a (no.30)). The copy of the original charter is dated 13 September, and although the year is now missing, John's itinerary would suggest that this was 1204.
Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous, vol. I, Hen III - Edw I, (Public Record Office, 1916), no.1205 (inquisition concerning the activities of the king's ministers in the petitioner's woods)
Rotuli Parliamentorum; ut et Petitiones, et Placita in Parliamento, vol. I, Edw I and Edw II, (Record Commission, 1783), pp.35b-6a (no.30) (extensive pleadings relating to this and another on parliament roll)