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The "Liberate Rolls (1240-1245)" are the chancery liberate rolls of the 25th to 29th years of the reign of Henry III of England. They record details of payments, allowances, and directives during the administration of the government.

Entries typically begin with the Latin words “liberate,” meaning “deliver,” or “allocate,” meaning “allow.” There also are “contrabreves" which are warrants mainly to sheriffs of shires, assigning them tasks and allowing expenses. Most of the entries relate to England and Wales, but there are occasional references to Ireland and the English possessions in France.

This document is comprised of pages 164-165 pertaining to December 15, 1242. Here is a transcription of the pertinent entries mentioning "Hungerford" [the references to Hungerford are shown in bold for ease of reference here and are not bold in the original]:

“1242 Dec. 15, Reading.
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“To the sheriff of Sussex. Contrabeve to take without delay Henry le Mazun ….
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“To the sheriff of Hants. The like as to Andrew Turnecutel, dwelling at Rumes’, appealed of partnership in robbery by William the Welshman, Mansel the cobbler of Winchester, Walter the forester of Alresford and his wife, William de Corsham and his mistress (amicam), and Edelota de Neubir’, dwelling at Winchester, appealed of the same by the king’s approver William de Hungerford, and Robert de Basingstok, dwelling at Basingstok, appealed of the same by John de Lydinton.
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“To the sheriff of Kent. The like as to Robert le Clerc, dwelling at Newinton, and Richard Halvedevel, serjeant of Ospreng, appealed by William de Hungerford.
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“To the sheriff of Gloucester. The like as to Stephen le Selkenesewer, dwelling at Cyrenc’, appealed by Walter de Hungerford, William de lvinton le Mercer, dwelling at Gloucester, and John le Suether of Cyrenc’, dwelling at Cyrenc’, appealed by John de Lidinton, John le Tyneker and Thomas le Vielur his brother, wandering through divers counties, John de Lechelad, foreger (fabricatore), appealed by the same John the approver for fraud on the coinage (falso moneto), and Robert le Potter and Margery his wife, William le Hattere, Roger de Oxon,’ Walter de Walllingford, cobbler, and William le Serpe, dwelling in Bristol, appealed by Roger de Ledebur’.”

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