BINGHAM, John, of Nottingham.
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Bailiff, Nottingham Mich. 1395-6.2
Coroner, Notts. bef. July 1429.
Commr. of inquiry, Notts. July 1434 (concealments).
It seems likely that John was one of the Binghams of Car Colston, near Bingham, some ten miles east of Nottingham, who held property in the latter town. He was not of the main line, however, for Sir Richard Bingham, who died in 1387, left his estates to a grandson, William, then aged three.3
Early in his career Bingham had quite extensive mercantile interests. In 1388 he acted as agent at the Middleburg Staple for John Samon, senior, of Nottingham for the recovery of 84 sacks of wool he had sold to Sir Nicholas Brembre†, who, as Richard II’s supporter, was condemned for treason in the Merciless Parliament of that year. The alnage accounts of the 1390s and 1401-3 reveal his involvement in the manufacture of cloth, and in 1398 he and John Tansley* owed £34 14s.8d. in customs duties.4 Bingham perhaps lived in Stoney Street, Nottingham, for in 1395, and during his bailiffship, the constables presented that a hue and cry had been raised there against a servant of his. That he took an interest in the affairs of others is clear from his appearance as a witness to local conveyances and as executor of the will of a former mayor, William Hunston, as well as from his nomination by Thomas Leek, as feoffee of lands in Bathley and elsewhere. He served as a juror in March 1414, giving evidence against lollards, and was distrained, but not sworn, to serve again that June at the royal inquirie