Grants and Deeds

The deeds listed below, with several Royal Charters already mentioned in the Charters section, were in the possession of E Fellows Esq.
Numbers IV, V, VIII, IX, X, XII, and XIII have the seals originally attached to them still affixed, though considerably mutilated.  (Ref 7)

Grant XV Grant and Deed XVI Grant and Deed XVII  Deed XVIII
 Deed XIX Grant XX Grant and Deed XXI Deed XXII
Grant XXIII Deed XXIV Deed XXV Grant XXVI
Grant and DeedXXVII Grant XXVIII Grant XXIX Deed XXX


XV.  Theobald who was Archbishop of Canterbury from as early as A.D. 1143 to 1161       grants this confirmation, to the Abbot and Monks of Ramsey, of Ripton which Stephen the King granted, this charter is at variance with Dugdale, who says that Ripton was given to Ramsey Abbey by Henry II.
Theobald anathematizes all who shall in any way alter, or try to alter, the gift of the King.


XVI.  This is a confirmation of the right of Ramsey Abbey to demand 3 marks annually from the ‘poor’ church of Burwell, and one mark annually from the church of Depedale.  The confirmation is granted by John, successor to Herbert de Losinga, who was the first Bishop of Norwich.
The seal on this Charter is in a very good. state of preservation, having on one side the figure of the Bishop, with his pastoral staff; and the inscription ‘Johannes dei gratia, Norwicencis Episcopus,’ John, by the grace of God, Bishop of Norwich; and on the other a lamb with this inscription, ‘Angellus dei qui tollis peccata mundi,’ a perversion of the text— ‘The Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.’


XVII.  Explains itself, a translation of it is given in full. To all who look at the present letter, Thomas by divine permission, Bishop of Lincoln, greeting—

Be it known to you all, that, the holy  men, the Abbot and Monks of the monastery of Ramsey, in our diocese, on a day and at a place assigned by us for them, have produced and shewn before us visiting our diocese with our authority as ordinary, the privileges, by right of which, as they said, supported, they hold the parish churches of S. Ives, with its chapels, rights and all its appurtenances, of Ramsey, with its rights and all its appurtenances and Bury with its chapels and all its appurtenances, in our said diocese for their use for ever and claim and say that they have a right to claim annual payments, viz:
5 marks from the church of Aylington, 4 marks from the church of Therefeld, 20 shillings from the church of Cranfield, 1 mark from the church of
Broughton, one parcel of land from the church of S. Andrew, of Huntingdon, 20 shillings from the church of Houghton, 20 shillings from the church of Barton, 40 shillings from the church of Hemingford, 40 shillings from the church of Warboys, 10 marks from the church of Schittelyngdon, 2 shillings from the church of Ripton, and half a mark from the chapel of Wistow; moreover portions of the tithes of their demesne lands of Higney, Upwood, Wistow, Abbot’s Ripton, Warboys, Broughton, Houghton, S. Ives, Holywell, Hemingford, Aylington, Weston, Brington, Bythorn, Gidding, Ellington, Therefeld, Schittelyngdon, Barton, Cranfield; and two parts of the tithes of sheaves of the demesne lands formerly belonging to Berengarius le Moyne in Barnwell. 

We have seen examined, and carefully weighed these (privileges, &c.) produced and shewn; and because we have found that the said Abbot and Monks have canonically possessed the churches enumerated with their chapels, and all their appurtenances, and have claimed the payments and portions previously mentioned; and that they have canonically held these churches with their chapels, and all their appurtenances for their use for ever, and do hold them, that they have possessed and do possess them, and that they have claimed, and have a right to claim, the said payments and portions, moreover that the same religious men have been protected by sufficient titles, in addition to service and prescription, we acquit the same religious men from our suit instituted against them on this question, and we hold them acquitted.  In testimony of which, our seal is affixed to these presents given at Danentre (Daintree) on the5th kal. March, in the year of our Lord, 1343, and the second of our consecration.


XVIII.  This deed contains the terms of an agreement between the Abbot and Monastery of Ramsey on the one hand, and S. incumbent of Ailington; the terms agreed upon are as follows :—the said S. shall pay to the Abbot and Monastery 5 marks per annum, and 2 marks in addition; and the said S. shall have the tithes of Barnwell.  The arbiters or judges in this case were S. Abbot, of Wells, W. Subdeacon, of Lincoln, and Master R. of Derby acting under the authority of the Pope. ‘summi pontificis.’


XIX. Is a deed bequeathing 5s. per annum to Abbot Ranulph and the Monastery of Ramsey, the testator is Gilbert de Stanton.

XX.  Is a bequest of land from Robert de Graveley, to Hugh Abbot, and the Monastery of Ramsey.

XXI Ralph Marshall, of Cranfield, gives to the Abbot and Monks of Ramsey a rent charge of eighteen-pence a year, in exchange for one mark and one robe, in hand.  Date between 1267 and 1286.


XXII.  In exchange for 15 marks of silver, Johanna, widow of William le Waleis, gives to the Abbot and Monastery of Ramsey 6 acres of land, in Gravenhurst.  The deed mentions that the money was advanced to meet her pressing necessities.  Date between 1267 and 1286.

XXIII.  Walter de la Sale gives 2 ridges of land in exchange for 8 quarters of corn.  Date between 1267 and 1286.

XXIV.  This deed is an agreement by which Berengarius le Moyne makes over the manor of Chatteris to William of Godmanchester, Abbot of Ramsey, in exchange fur 400 marks sterling. Date about 1267.

XXV.  By this deed Nicholas Fareman makes over a field called Gocelinescroft, and other lands, to the Abbot and Monks of Ramsey.  Date between 1267 and 1286.


XXVI Galfrid de Suthorpe and his wife Roys for the health of their souls, and of the souls of their ancestors and descendants grant an estate in S. Ives to the Abbot and Monks of Ramsey, receiving only 10 marks in exchange.  Date between 1267 and 1286.

XXVII Emma, widow of Berengarius le Moyne, grants to the Abbot and Monastery of Ramsey, all the estates and rights she possessed in Holywell, Crawethorpe, Needingworth, Barnwell, S. Ives, Ramsey, Hurst, and the advowson of the church of S. Andrew of Barnwell, reserving only till her death, lands and tenements in Hemingford, which the Abbot, had granted as her dowry; this deed is evidently later than XXIV, but previous to 1286.

XXVIII.  By this deed William of Corton and Robert of Peterborough grant to Abbot Simon and the Monastery of Ramsey, 8 acres and 1 rod of land, and 4d. rent with appurtenances.  To this deed of gift Edward III gave his consent, on May 7th, 1329 ; he being, at the time, at Northampton.


XXIX.  Robert of Peterborough grants to Abbot Simon and the Monastery of Ramsey, 145 acres of land, and thirteen shillings and four-pence animal rent, with appurtenance in Broughton, Wood Weston, and
Ramsey, and in addition, 4 dwelling-houses.  This deed was executed on Sunday, on the feast of the ‘Nativity of Mary,’ 1337.

XXX.  John de Houghton gives a deed entitling the Abbot of Ramsey to two-pence, under the name of Henschire, and eight shillings as keeper of S. Ivo's shrine in Ramsey.  This is apparently a written confirmation of a custom which had existed for some time.  The date is probably 1344.

XXXI.  By this deed John Litlyngton makes over a house which previously belonged to Robert Lavender, to the Abbot and Monastery of Ramsey.  The house was situated in Bridge Street, Ramsey.  Date 1390.


XXXII.  Is a lease of a house in the ‘Michylewyght’ belonging to James Fisher for three years to the Abbot and Monastery; the annual rent consisted of two red roses, one to be paid at the festival of the Nativity of S. John the Baptist, and the other at the festival of the translation of S. Thomas the Martyr.  Date, 1422.

XXXIII.  Is a deed of gift handing over the above house entirely to the Abbot and Monastery of Ramsey, and their successors. Date, 1423.  The Abbot at this time was John Tychmarsh.

XXXIV.  This, the latest of the deeds, was not issued. till after the dissolution, and gives authority to Gulfrid Trygarn to settle certain disputes, within the peculiar jurisdiction of the late Abbey.  It is signed by SirRichard Cromwell, into whose hands the Abbey property, in the County, had passed four year previously, by purchase. It is dated 1544.

Translation of “Permission” for the Election of ar Abbot, from an original, in possession of E. Fellowes, Esq.


HENRY, by the grace of God, King oI England and France, and Lord of Ireland, to our beloved in Christ the Prior and Convent of our Monastery of Ramsey, greeting.  On your part you have humbly prayed us, that since the aforesaid Monastery has been deprived of happiness by the death of Lord Henry Stukely, the last Abbot, Pastor there, to grant you leave to choose another worthy man as Abbot and Pastor of that place.  We on our part being favourably disposed, have thought it right that the aforesaid leave be granted you, by the tenor of these presents.  Enjoining that you choose, an Abbot and Pastor, one who is devoted to God, suitable to your Church, and good and true to us and our kingdom.  In testimony of which, I have caused the letters patent to be issued.  Witness, myself, at Croydon, on the fourth day of March, in the twenty second year of our reign. Cavnbrig?

By the writ of our private seal, and of the aforesaid given authority of parliament.—qf, p. 47.