Sources for Betley history

Legal Records - Criminal Proceedings

1361/2

DE BANCO, Hillary, 35 E. III [1361/2]

Staff. James de Audele, of Helegh, sued Thomas de Thicknes, and Hugh de Delves, for waste and destruction in houses in Betteleye, which he had devised to them for a term of years. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for three weeks from Easter. m. 23.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol XIII 1892 p.16


1380/1

DE BANCO, Mich, 4 Ric. II [1380/1]

Staff. James Daudeley, of Helegh, sued John de Thyknes, son of Richard Dun (sic) of Bettyley for breaking, vi et armis, into his close at Helegh, and taking a cow worth 13s. 4d., and cutting down his trees to the value of 100s. John did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing, etc. He was therefore ordered to arrest and produce him on the Quindene of St. Hillary. m.203, dorso.

[note] In other suits James de Audley sued Richard Thicknes, of Bettyley, for taking his game at Helegh.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol XIII 1892 p.163


1397 Sept 29 Sat

DE BANCO. Mich., 21 R. II [Sat 29 Sept 1397]

Staff. John Tochet, knight, sued John son of James de Thekenes for breaking vi et armis into his park at Heley and taking game from it, and likewise fish from his several fishery at Betteley to the value of 10. The defendant did not appear and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest and produce him on the Octaves of St. Hillary. m. 96.

Staff. John Tochet, knight, sued William de Egerton for breaking vi et armis into his park at Heley and chasing his game, and for taking fish from his several fishery at Betteley to the value of 10. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the same date. m. 96.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol XV 1894 p.81


1398 Sept 29, Sun

DE BANCO. Mich., 22 R. II [Sun 29 Sept 1398]

Staff. Richard de Thikeness, of Betteley sued John Staundon, Nicholas Keffesun, and Nicholas de Wolveley, for breaking into his close at Betteley, and taking fish from his several fishery to the value of 20. The defendants did not appear and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest and produce them at three weeks from Easter. m. 281.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol XV 1894 p.89


1414 Sep 29, Sat

Staff. John Lovote, son of William Lovote, who had been indicted for feloniously killing with a sword William Wodehull, at Betteley, in 12 H. IV [1410/11], was acquitted by a jury. m. 28, Rex.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol XVII 189) p.22


1415 Mar 31, Sun

Coram Rege. Easter, 3 H. V. [31 Mar 1415]

Staff. John Saxsy, of Betteley, chaplain, who had been indicted for the rape of Agnes, wife of William de Chelmeley, at Betley, in 10 H. IV [1408/9], and for assaulting John Hosyer, in 8 H. IV [1406/7], with a baselard, and cutting off a finger of his right hand, and for assaulting John Thiknes, of Betteley, clerk, in the church of Betteley, in 1H. V [1413/4], and attempting to kill him with a sword, and for breaking into the house of John Mareschall, at Betteley, in 6 H. IV [1404/5], and robbing him of 50 in money, surrendered at this term, and produced a general pardon from the King, dated 3rd March, 2 H. V [1415]. m. 20, Rex.

Staff. Thomas Overton, of Madeleyhome, in the parish of Chekley, who had been indicted for robbing Thomas Fleccher, at Betteley, of a sum of 40s., surrendered at this term, and produced a general pardon, dated 20th April, 3 H. V [1415]. m. 23, Rex.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol XVII 1896 p.28-29


1420, Jan 13, Sat

DE BANCO. Hillary, 7 H. V. [Sat 13 Jan 1420]

Staff. John Delves, the elder, sued Margaret, late wife of John Marshall, for waste and destruction in the vills of Audeley, Betteley, and Balterley, which the said John Marshall and she held for their lives, and of which the reversion belonged to him; and he stated that at Audeley she had pulled down a hall worth 6 marks, a chamber worth 40s., a grange worth 40s., and in Betteley had allowed six cottages, each worth 4, and a grange worth 40s. to remain unroofed, so that the main timbers had become rotten, and had cut down in Betteley 40 oaks, each worth 3s. 4d.; and 4 pear trees, each worth 3s. 4d.; 6 apple trees, each worth 12d., and had dug marl from the soil of Balterley, to the value of 40s., and sold it, and for which he claimed 100. Margaret denied the waste, and appealed to a jury, which was to be summoned for three weeks from Easter. m. 310.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol XVII 1896 p.72


1438 June 8, Sun

EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS.  DE BANCO. Trinity, 16 H. VI. [Sun 8 June 1438]

Staff. William Bourgchier and Thomasia, his wife, sued John de Tiptoft, knight, for waste and destruction in lands, gardens, and houses, which he held in custody of the inheritance of the said Thomasia in Bitteley (Betley), Heley, Tunstall and Horton. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Octaves of St. John the Baptist [Fri 5 Sept]. m.2.

Staff. Richard Bromle sued John Smyth, the parson of Fornham, All Saints, in co. Suffolk, for beating, wounding, and illtreating him at Betly. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest and produce him on the Quindene of St. John the Baptist [Fri 12 Sept]. m. 52, dorso.

in: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Vol 3 New Series 1900 p.144-5


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