Name: Thomas Gamel
Death: 24 MAY 1355
Note: Sat after feast of St Dunstan
Burial: Shrewsbury, Salop: Collegiate Church of S. Cedde
Note: Will wishes
Residence: Shrewsbury, Salop
Occupation: MP Shrewsbury 1336
Change Date: 15 MAY 2012
Thomas Gamel who represented Shrewsbury in Parliament in 1336 and died in 1355, leaving his extensive property there and in Meole Brace to his son by Margery Offeley, John, then a minor, and to his daughter Eleanor, who later married John Perle senior.
Will of Thomas Gamel 1 of Salop, dated the Saturday after the feast of S. Dunstan, Bishop, 1355.
To be buried in the Collegiate Church of S. Cedde, and all the chaplains who attend his funeral to be looked to in the accustomed manner. He leaves 60 Ibs. of wax to be burnt about his body and wills that eight poor men shall have new tunics, and wear them as they carry the said wax [candles] before his body to the church. He leaves:
^10 to be distributed to the poor by his executors.
To the fabric of the said Collegiate Church, half a mark and his two best brazen pots.
To the fabric of the church of B. Mary, Salop, and S. Juliana, 40 pence each.
To the fabric of the Church of Lichfield, 2 shillings.
To the Fraternity of Priests 3 of the town of Salop, 5 shillings.
To the Churches of S. Cedde, B. Mary, and S. Juliana, Salop, 2 shillings each for forgotten tithes.
To each of the Orders of Friars Mendicant, 4 Salop, 5 shillings.
To the Hermit of Cadoganescroys 1 2 shillings.
To the Hermit of the Wreoken [Wrekin] 18 pence.
To the Hermit of Newcastle (Novi Burgi), 40 pence.
To the Incluse of the Church of S. Cedde, 2 2 shillings.
To the Vicars and Ministers serving in the choir of the Church of S. Cedde, a tenement in the street called le Stallus, 3 situate between the tenement sometime of William le loksmyth and that of Hugh de Lodelowe, and extending from the King's highway to the tenement of Hugh de Acton, for the term of 99 years, and also an annual rent of 5 shillings from a tenement in the street of Muryvans 4 between the tenement of Sir Thomas Vaghan, Kt, and that sometime of Roger de Tromwyne, and extending from the King's highway to a garden, sometime the said Roger's, and a plot of land belonging to the chapel of S. Blase, for the term of 99 years, on condition that during the said term they celebrate the anniversaries of John and Alice, the testator's parents, the testator's own and that of Christine his wife, on the days written or to be written in the book called " Martilogium " 5 or on the following Sundays.
To Margery, wife of Robert de Hulton, a tenement in the street of Romaldcsham between the tenement called Blakehalle and that sometime of Robert de Weston, and 4 acres of land on le Monkeshull.
To Thomas Carpenter, his servant, the shop in which he has been accustomed to pass the night, for the term of his life, to revert on his death to testator's son John.
Two plots of land by le Brodcok, viz., Pykfurlong and Aldeford, and 4 shops in the street of Romaldesham which he
had of the legacy of Roger de Bosford, to be sold by his executors for the fulfilment of this will, and Thomas de Mutton to have the first refusal of the shops.
To Elianora, his daughter, the tenement in which he dwells and all the tenements, rents, barns, gardens, etc., lying between the path called Claremount 1 and the street of Scheoteplache, and extending from Doggestrcet to the walls of the town.
Also a plot of land behind the town walls alongside the land of Hugh de Lodelowe. Also all his lands and tenements, etc., in le Cotone and in the fields of le Coton.
To the Commonalty of the town of Salop, an annual rent of 2s. 6d. which they owe for 2 shops in Mardesole, 4 on condition that the testator and his heirs are released from a rent of 10 pence due to the said commonalty for a way outside the walls of the town.
The guardians of his son John are to pay yearly to William le Carter, and Juliana, testator's servant, 10 shillings each for the term of their lives.
Reginald Perlee to be guardian of the said John and to order his legacies and marriage.
The 2 shops with a plot of land adjoining in the street of Muryvans between the tenement sometime William Male's
and the King's highway to be sold to pay testator's debts.
To John, testator's son by Margery de Offeley, all his lands Foi. 81. a. and tenements, rents, etc., in the parish of S. Cedde, and in the fief and lordship of Mcole Bracy, except those previously bequeathed, and if he die in his infancy without lawful heirs of his body, the said lands, etc., are to be sold by the executors
and the money expended in masses and alms for the souls of testator and his ancestors and all whom he may have wronged.
And if John outlive the executors and die without lawful heirs of his body, then the Bailiffs of the town of Salop and
4 trustworthy men of the same shall, with the supervision and advice of the Abbots of the monastery of S. Peter, Salop, and of Haghmond, sell the said lands, etc., to the highest bidders and expend the money faithfully at their soul's peril.
Also to the said John a silver cup with three feet and a silver cover, a pair of cups of maser, 12 silver spoons, one wide brazen pot for fish, and 5 brazen pots, the best after those already left, the 2 best beds, a bookcase and all books, the 2 best hoes and axes, and all stoneworking tools, his best doublet, a quilted tunic (akedon cooper turn aim camaca) his best hauberk (fortcarri), with an aventayle, 1 his best basinet, and a pair of plates with shoulder and arm-pieces of iron.
To Thomas Lombard a pair of plates and a falchion.
To each of his executors a cup of maser and 5 silver spoons.
Eight chaplains shall be hired for the first year alter his death, four for the second, and two for the next eight years, to celebrate in the church of S. Cedde for his soul and the souls of his ancestors and others as aforesaid, if the residue of his goods is sufficient.
His jewels, vessels of silver, brass, pewter, lead and iron, all corn growing or in granary, all horses, oxen, and sheep, all timber and other goods not before specified, to be sold, for the fulfilment of his will.
Executors : Thomas de Mutton and Roger atte Gate, and dss. Nicholas de Meole and Richard de Upton, chaplains, whom Reginald Perlee and Elianora, testator's daughter, are to advise and help.
Proved before the Dean of Christianity, xij. Kal. Jul. 1355, in the Collegiate Church of S. Cedde, and letters of administration granted to the abovesaid executors.
Quit-claim from John Perle of Salop and Elianora his wife to John, son of Thomas Gamel, of all lands, etc., which the said Thomas left to the said John within the liberties of the town of Salop, excepting those in the fief of Meole Bracy and the Frankemyle 2 suburb of Salop. Witnesses : Richard de Pontesbury and John Gefferey, bailiffs of the town of Salop, John Stury, Robert de Thornes, Reginald de Mutton, James
Dyer, John Rondulf and others. Dated Salop, the Saturday after the feast of S. Dionisius, 48th Edw. III. .
Footnote: Thomas Gamel was bailiff of the town in 1346 and 1353 and Member of Parliament in 1336.
- Eleanor Gamel b: BEF 1354