Tenants of the King's ancient demesne of his soke of Mansfield.
King and council.
Nature of request:
[This petition is damaged and faded.]The tenants of the King's ancient demesne of his soke of Mansfield state that the King has enclosed certain woods and pasture in his park of Clipstone, and made some of it into arable land; and this land contributes to their farm at the Exchequer, and they have to find a woodward for this and answer to the justices of the forest at each eyre for any waste, when there has been considerable waste to create the park. They request a remedy.
Nature of endorsement:
A writ is to be sent to the justice of the Forest etc. that he is to institute an inquiry etc. if the tenants were seised of the pasture etc., as is claimed by the petition, and when the park was created and the pasture enclosed etc. and if the tenants have sufficient pasture for their tenements outside that enclosure, and into other necessary articles etc. And the inquisition is to be returned in Chancery and the King advised of this etc.
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edw III, vol. I, 1327-1330, (Public Record Office, 1896), p.360 (writ to the keeper of Clipstone park to allow the tenants to throw down the ditch and hedge enclosing part of this new enclosure, and to have common of pasture there as before)
Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous, vol. II, Edw II - 22 Edw III, (Public Record Office, 1916), no.964 (inquiry into the pasture held by the petitioners)