The Will of Richard Caister

Translation by Frank Meeres

“Will of the Vicar of St Stephen in Norwich.

In the name of God, Amen. I, Richard Caister, perpetual Vicar of the Church of St Stephen in Norwich being in good memoery make my will on March 27 Anno Domini, 1420, in this manner.

First, I commend my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all the Saints; and my body to be buried in the Chancel of St Stephen aforesaid.

Item, I leave for the purchase of two antiphoneries for the service of God in the said Church in Divine things, £10.

Item, since the goods of the Church according to the canons are the goods of the poor, I leave all my other goods for the larger part to the poor, so that the poor of my parish may be sustained. The residue of my goods I give and leave in the hands of my executors, that they may dispose of them and order them for me, as may seem to them best to pease God and be for the good of my soul.

I appoint as my executors Sir John Barsham, Rector of St Michael in Coslany; Sir Henry Brissl, Chaplain; and Sir John Rich, Chaplain”

Revelation 3:20

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

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