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TitleCardiff Charter '1' Inspeximus and Confirmation
Date14 Oct 1338
DescriptionHugh le Despenser (son and heir of Lord Hugh le Despenser and wife Alianor), Lord of Glamorgan and Morgan, confirms Charter granted c. 1331 to the Burgesses of Cardiff by William la Zousche and wife Alianor (mother of Hugh) [Alianor alias Eleanor de Clare married 1) Hugh le Despenser and 2) William la Zousche alias Zouche] Reciting: Charter, c. 1331; William la Zousche, Lord of Glamorgan and Morgan, and wife Alianor, grant to the Burgesses of Cardiff a plot of land (46' x 26') in the High Street, Cardiff, on which to build a 'Bothalle'. 'Bothalle' to be used for holding of courts of pleas by the Reeve, for the holding of markets, and for receipt of tolls. Burgesses to have profits arising from 'Botholle' for its building and maintenance. Annual rent: a pair of glided spurs at Michaelmas. [Witnesses: Lord William de Ercalewe, Seneschal; Lord William de [C]aresewll; Lord Henry de Umfravill; Sir John Davene; John le Norreys; Lewelin ap Kenewrek; Mathew le Soer; Thomas de Barry; Thomas ap Aron; and John Lavel, Bailiff of Glamorgan] [Sealed at the Chancery of Cardiff] [Endorsements, merely identifying document, not extracted] [Latin] [1 parchment, 10 1/4' x 7 5/8'; seal of Chancery of Cardiff missing, green silk cords]. Observation on condition of parchment: Extremely brittle and fragile; holes and cracks developing along folds. [This condition rectified by repair, December 1974] Hole in bottom right margin, larger hole in bottom centre of text. Biro mark in bottom left segment of text; ink stain in top right margin. Some staining and a few rust marks. Brown staining on dorse. Number '4' scrawled on dorse in biro. [Flattened and repaired by Glamorgan Record Office, December 1974.] Observations on condition of seal: Missing.

[Cardiff Records, vol. 1. pp.18-19 (publ. 1898). Noted as Charter no. IV and described as 'a small, narrow, oblong skin, somewhat decayed in the folds', with the seal missing]
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