The Will of John Molens of Fordingbridge, Hampshire and South Peterton, Somerset. Died 1483.


In the name of God, Amen, the ninth day of August 1483,

I John Molens of Sandhull in the parish of Forthingbrigge in the diocese of Winchester, being of sound mind and memory make my will in manner and form following.

First I give into the hands of the omnipotent God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints, my body to be buried in the parish church of Forthingbrigge aforesaid, that is in the east part of the church called Our Lady Aisle under the image of St. Michael the Archangel.

Item, I give to the furnishing of the altar in discharge of obligations 20d.

Item, I give to the Mother Church of St. Swithun at Winchester 6d.

Item, I give to the light of St.Mary of the North Aisle 12d. Item, to St.Katherine's light 12d.

Item I give to the light in the cemetery, called Allsouls light 12d. Item, to St.George's light 12d.

Item, I give to the light of St.Mary of Pity 12d.

Item, I give to the work on the Blessed Mary of the Bellhouse 12d. Item, to St.Antony's light 8d.

Item, I give to the new work on the belltower of the aforesaid church 6s.8d.

Item, I give to the work on the Great Bridge in the same parish 12d.

Item, I give to Richard Molens my son a bullock and a cow.

Item, I give to Alianora (Elinor) my wife the half part of all my goods, which were all those goods and chattels which sometime lately came into the possession of the aforesaid Alianora, for the personal use of the aforesaid Alianora.

Item, I will and grant that Alicia (Alice) my daughter have a certain annual rent of four pounds issuing from all my lands and tenements in southpeterton (South Petherton, Somerset) for which a sum of 20 in full payment has been made.

The Residue of all my goods not bequeathed above, my debts paid, I give to Alianora my wife, whom I ordain and appoint my sole executrix to dispose of them as she thinks fit, and by this will do appoint Charles Bulkeley and Edward Dyer and Ralph Bright joint administrators with my wife to see my body buried and my goods disposed of, and for their work do grant the said Edward and Ralph 20/-.

Witnessed by William, chaplain to the Rector of Wychehampton, ?Dom Robert Piper, Henry Edwardes and many others, the day and year above written.

Probate of the above written will was granted at Knoll on the 18th day of August in the year above written. And the trust and administration of all and singular the goods and debts of the said deceased is granted to Alianora, Widow and executrix of the same, and she swears honestly and truthfully to administer the inventory of all and singular the goods and debts before the festival of the Cure of Souls next.(?All Souls Day).