priors, some parochial, as those of rectors of churches. Thus we must see for which  of the aforesaid the assise lies. It is clear that it lies only for rectors of parochial  churches who are instituted by bishops and ordinaries as parsons. [[Others] may be  called rectors, as canons of prebendal churches. Abbots, priors and others who have  churches to their own use may be called rectors, or quasi-rectors.1 This [to their own  use] is also understood of those who have the half of some church, divided into two  parts because of two fees and two patrons, if they have separate rights and estates,2  because each may plead and be impleaded by himself, without the other, as [in the  roll] of Trinity term in the fourth year of king Henry, [the case] of Gerard de Huwelle  and Richard, rector of a mediety of the church at Claypole.3 But if there is something  which is or ought to be [common] between them, it will be otherwise, as in the eyre of  William of Ralegh in the county of Leicester, near the middle of the roll.4 The assise  never lies for a vicar by himself. But we must see how he is a vicar; if5 he pays some  small pension yearly to some religious house, whether he does this under the name of a  pension or as a simple benefice, the assise will not on that account remain in the  person of the vicar. But if he pays it to an individual parson under the name of a  pension, the assise does not lie for the vicar but for the parson. Sometimes the assise  lies for both, the vicar and the parson together, as in the last eyre of Martin of  Pateshull in the county of Suffolk, an assise [beginning] whether one acre of land.6  Also, though the church is divided between two, whether their estates are common or  separate, if they have a single patron neither of them may plead or be impleaded  without the other, as in the same eyre of Martin of Pateshull in the county of Suffolk  in the twelfth year of king Henry, from the liberty of Ely, [a case] between Thomas  parson of Framesdune and Robert son of Ailric.]7 The form of the writ is as follows:
Form of writ.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. If such a one, the parson of such a church has made  you secure etc. summon by good summoners twelve free and lawful men of such a  neighbourhood to be before our justices at the first assise etc. ready to recognise on  oath whether so much land with the appurtenance in such a vill is free alms belonging  to the church of such a one of such a vill, or the lay fee of such a one. [That is, if it is  for a rector. If it is for a layman, then thus: If such a one, the layman, that is, etc.  to recognize whether so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill is the lay  fee