BARREL, John, of Worcester.
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In December 1394, shortly after sitting in Parliament for the first time, Barrel was among the leading citizens of Worcester who drew up a lease of certain communal property. Five years later he was one of a similar group which confirmed earlier charters. Engaged in the manufacture of cloth, he was assessed for alnage on the product of his looms sold in Worcester between 1399 and 1404.1
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: L. S. Woodger
He has been distinguished from the Oxford graduate of the same name who, a B.C.L. and Lic. C.L. by 1384, became commissary and sequestrator-general to Bishop Wakefield of Worcester some four years later, acted as proxy for the abbot of Evesham in the Parliament of 1401, and on 14 July that year was appointed a royal envoy to the courts of Holland and Cleves. In 1403-4 that John Barrel was in receipt of an annual pension of £2 for legal services to Pershore abbey, Worcs., and he was still acting for the abbey three years later. Biog. Reg. Univ. of Oxf. ed. Emden, 107; Trans. Birmingham Arch. Soc. lvii. 40, 43, 44, 46; C76/85 m. 6; CAD, i. A868; E101/320/27; E364/45 m. D; Letters Hen. IV ed. Hingeston, 51.
- 1. Worcester Chs. (Worcs. Hist. Soc. 1909), 46, 166; E101/345/11, 12.