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Simon of Gloucester (fl. 1330)

Mayor of Oxford 1336/7

Simon of Gloucester (or de Gloucestre/de Glovernia) held a large amount of property in Oxford, some of which was granted to his ancestor William of Gloucester by King Stephen in c.1137. As well as owning the eponymous Gloucester Hall in St Aldate’s parish, Simon of Gloucester also owned the nearby Kepeharme Hall and Bekes Inn in St Edward’s parish. Anthony Wood also records that he held a property called White Hall:

Then was there demised to this college [Canterbury] by St Frideswyde also another void plot of ground called White Hall. Of which I find mention in their book in a certain recognition of Simon Gloucestre a burgesse of Oxon 1342 wherein ’tis delivered by the said Simon that he and his praedicessors were wont to pay to them as capitall lords 9d per annum from his tenement called White Hall situated between the tenement of the abbesse of Godstow and a tenement of the said piory in S. Edward’s parish in Schydyard Street.

Gloucester was elected Junior Bailiff on the council in 1323 and again in 1331.

He was first elected as Alderman in 1332 and 1333.

Simon of Gloucester was elected Mayor of Oxford for the year 1336/7.

He was elected as Alderman again in 1339, and 1344.

Gloucester was elected Member of Parliament for Oxford on 20 January 1339/40.

† Simon of Gloucester died after 1344.

In 1367 his son Thomas of Gloucester granted to William le Northern and his wife Margaret two messuages in the parish of St Peter-le-Bailey between Elm Hall in St Michael’s parish to the north and land belonging to the canons of Osney to the south (in the area of the present New Inn Hall Street).

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Last updated: 23 September, 2018

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