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The 1463 Injunctions upon the hospital of St John the Baptist Bridgwater
From Bishop Bekynton's Register Somerset Record Society vol 59 entry 1514

Injunctions laid by the bishop on the master and convent of the hospital of St John the Baptist, Brugwater, to be administered and delivered to them by Master Hugh Sugar, the bishop's chancellor.

1 All the brethren are to attend in the choir at times of divine service, day or night, and not to absent themselves without special licence of the master on account of infirmity or for some other reasonable cause, under penalty of having 1d deducted from their yearly pension on every occasion.

2 All the brethren, unless excused by the master, are immediately after compline to repair to their dormitory and remain there in silence until matins, under penalty of abstinence on bread and water on the following Friday.

3 The brethren are to have a laundress in common to wash their linen, and not to take special laundresses as in past times, under penalty of keeping to the cloister, the refectory and the dormitory for a fortnight.

4 No brother is to invite or receive a woman, especially a suspected one, into his chamber or any other private and suspicious place of the hospital, or to eat or drink with one, without special licence of the master, under penalty of imprisonment for eight days on the first occasion, the penalty to be doubled for each succeeding offence.

5 The brethren are not in future to be allowed to be idle, but each of them is to be put by the master to some good and virtuous work, according to his capacity and disposition at such times as he is not engaged in divine offices.

6 The brethren are at all times and places to show due reverence to the master and their seniors and not to use insulting, opprobrious, scandalous, or dishonourable language against the master or any of their fellows, under penalty of observing silence and keeping to the cloister for a fortnight.

7 The brethren are not henceforth to swear by the limbs of Christ or play publicly at ball ( pilam ) with lay persons, under penalty of fasting on bread and water on the following Friday.

8 No brother to go outside the bounds of the hospital, even into the street called Estover or the town of Brugwater, or the garden called the uttergardeyn (outer garden) without licence of the master, under penalty of keeping to the cloister for a month.

9 The master is to cause the two doors giving entry to the chapel of St Mary the Virgin of the said hospital from the street adjoining the said chapel, commonly called utterdorys (outer doors), to be kept shut every day from immediately after high mass until the hour of vespers, and from immediately after vespers until the hour of the first mass celebrated in the chapel, under the penalty of disobedience and contempt.

10 The master is to cause the path adjoining the churchyard of the hospital, whereby free exit is given nowadays from the said churchyard to the outer court and east gate of the hospital, to be closed and walled up before the Assumption next, under the same penalty.

11 The master is to cause the stone wall adjoining the hall and parlour of the hospital and enclosing the fishpond on its south side to be made straighter and higher, and the door now existing therein to be closed and walled up, before the Nativity of the Virgin Mary next, as was lately enjoined on him by Master Hugh Sugar, doctor of laws, the bishop's chancellor, under penalty of suspension from the administration of the spiritualities and temporalities of the hospital.

12 No brother is to reveal the counsels or secrets of chapter without just, reasonable and lawful cause approved by the bishop, under penalty of observing silence and keeping to the cloister, the dormitory and the refectory for a month.

13 The master is to make before Michaelmas next, a cob ( luteum ) wall of a suitable height enclosing the east side of the fishpond and extending from the aforesaid stone wall as far as the wall of the churchyard of the hospital, under a penalty of 10 shillings to be distributed among the poor inhabitants of Brugwater.

14 The master is to cause a dungeon, or prison, to be made before Michaelmas next in the place lately appointed by the aforesaid Master Hugh, with suitable stocks and fetters, for the correction of the brethren, under the same penalty.

15 The master is not in future to receive Alice Gye in the hospital, or to hold converse with her in the hospital or any other private or suspicious place, in accordance with an oath already taken by him in this behalf, under penalty of being deprived of his office.

16 The master is not in future to alienate the goods of the hospital to the said Alice, or her husband, by pretext or gift, or sale, or by any pretext whatever, under penalty of suspension from the administration of the temporalities of the hospital.

17 The master is to produce to the bishop before Midsummer 1464, an inventory of the state of the hospital and the jewels and other silver things thereof, with a description of the latter and a statement of their weight, under the penalty of disobedience and contempt.

18 The master is once a year at least to render an account of the receipts and expenses of the hospital before his convent or certain brethren appointed by the convent to represent them, under penalty of 20 shillings to be levied from him and applied to the fabric of Wells cathedral.

19 The master is to deal with difficult and important matters in the chapter-house, and to act in accordance with the advice of his convent when it seems expedient to do so, under the penalty of disobedience and contempt.

20 The master is before Michaelmas next to cause the common seal and the more important evidences of the convent, to be deposited in a chest with three locks and three keys, whereof one is to be kept in the custody of the master and the others in the custody of two brethren, to be appointed by the convent, under the same penalty.

The master is to cause these injunctions to be read aloud once a month at least to all brethren assembled in chapter and to have them observed so far as he can, under the same penalty.

Wells palace 1 July 1463

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