John Polymond was a 14th century cloth merchant known to have been active from 1364 to 1393. He was mayor in 1365-66, 1369-70, 1380-83, 1384-86 and 1391-93. He was a parliamentary burgess on four occasions, and from 1371 (possibly earlier) was the collector of customs and subsidies in the port. He acted on behalf of the king on many occasions, most notably in supervising the construction of the new keep at Southampton Castle. Although found guilty of illegal activities, including fraud and embezzlement, he escaped with pardons.
He lived in a great tenement called Ongerisplace between French Street and English Street, which by 1454 was known as Polymond Hall and later became Hampton Court. He held other property on English Street, French Street and Porters Lane. He died some time between February 1393 and April 1394.


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Further reading:
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt, p255. (HS/h)


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