Property at Paull, Holderness, Yorkshire, 1311-1617

Paull is a village in Holderness on the north bank of the Humber, just to the east of Hull. It was part of Yorkshire, until it was made part of Humberside in 1974, and is now part of the East Riding of Yorkshire again. Lands here were given to University College in 1320/1 by one Philip de Ingelberd of Beverley, the Rector of the neighbouring village of Keyingham. It was the first property to be owned by the College outside Oxford; indeed it was given to the College even before it had moved to its present site on High Street in 1332.

    Philip Ingelberd of Beverley (sometimes called Philip Beverley), the donor of the lands, had, according to Emden’s Register of Members of Oxford University, been granted licences to study at Oxford from 1305-1311. He was also Rector of Broughton, Hants., from 1305-1306, and then Rector of Keyingham from 1306 until his death in June 1325.  He was buried at Keyingham, as an entry the Chronicle of the Monastery of Melsa for 1396 (iii 193) refers to his tomb there.  He is described there as “Master Philip Yngleberd, formerly rector and professor of theology”, and is said to have helped rebuild the church (a translation of this entry may be found in L.F. Salzman, Buildings in England [Oxford 1952], pp.402-403). However, there is nothing to explain why he chose to give  land to University College. The old edition of the Dictionary of National Biography says that “probably” he had been a member of the College, but this may well just be assumption (the suggestion in the same entry that he gave land to the College in about 1290 is unfounded), albeit a plausible guess. However, it is striking that in his deeds of gifts to the College, he asks that prayers be said for the founders of Balliol College, which could imply a link with that College instead. In the absence of further information, nothing else can be said about the first person to give the College land outside Oxford.

    In 1529, the College sold its lands at Paull to John Lambert, Vice-Chancellor of the Curch of Lancaster, and a Customer of Hull, for £51 (the deed is in the archives of St. John's College, Cambridge, ref. D62.104), and then in 1530 Lambert in turn sold it to St. John's College, Cambridge, who retained parts of the property at least until at least the 19th century. As well as holding papers on the later history of the property, the archives of St. John's College, Cambridge also hold some deeds on the property before and during its tenure by University College, and also a small cartulary on the land, compiled c.1500-1530 (ref. D62.107) [I am grateful to Malcolm Underwood,then Archivist of St. John's College, for kindly supplying me with information on the Paull property in the College's archives]. A lease of 1617 in the University College archives (UC:E1/3D/18), therefore, is something of a puzzle, since by then the College had not owned this land for over three-quarters of a century.

The documents on this property are arranged as follows:

    UC:E1/1D - Early Deeds on the Property, 1311-1319
    UC:E1/2D - Deeds on the Gift of the Property to University College, 1317/8-1322
    UC:E1/L1 - Papers on a Dispute over the Holderness Property, 1340    
    UC:E1/E1 - Rental of Land in Paull, c.1322
    UC:E1/3D - Leases of the Property by the College, 1322-1617
    UC:E1/4D - Deeds of uncertain history, 14th Cent.

Because of the length of the complete catalogue, it has not been placed online. Instead, a pdf version of it may be consulted here.