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In 1322 July 14, Fulco Lestrannge [Lestraunge] (Fulk Le Strange) was granted, by Edward II, (In year 16 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Whitecherche (Blakemere Moat)
Licence for Fulk Lestraunge to crenellate his dwelling-place, of Whitecherche, co. Salop. By p.s. (CPR)

Fulco Lestrannge ... mansum ... Whitecherche, Salop. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at York. Grant by privy seal.

Original source is;

(In fact, the original source given is usually a transcription/translation of what are precious medieval documents not readily availably. It should be noted that these transcription/translations often date to the nineteenth or early twentieth centuries and that unwitting bias of transcribers may affect the translation. Care should also be taken to avoid giving modern meaning to the medieval use of certain stock words and terms. Licentia is best translated as 'freedom to' not 'permission'.)

Significant later sources are;

Fulk Lestrange (1267-1324)
Fulk Lestrange of Blackmere served against the Scots, and was appointed seneschal of Aquitaine in 1322. Died 1324. Younger brother of John Le Strange (granted licence in 1308).

More information about licences to crenellate can be found here.

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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Sunday, October 4, 2015.