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In 1336 Nov 16, Henricus, Episcopus Lincoln (Bishop Burghersh) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 10 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Beatae Mariae de Netelham (Nettleham Bishops Manor)
Licence for Henry bishop of Lincoln to crenellate the dwelling-places of his manors of Stow St. Mary and Nettelham, co. Lincoln, and Lydyngton, co. Rutland. By K. (CPR)

Henricus, Episcopus Lincoln ... mansum manerii ... Beatae Mariae de Netelham, Linc. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Bothwell. Grant by King.


Joint with Stow and Liddington. Turner and Parker put the St Mary with Nettleham, the PRO put it with Stow.

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;

Burghersh, Henry (c.1290–1340)
Treasurer and Chancellor of England 1328-1330, 1334-37. Had been a supported of Queen Isabella.

In 1329 a licence was granted to Burghesh for Lincoln Bishop's palace, when Mortimer and Isabella were regents. This licence after Edward's coup of 1330 ' the king's attitude to Burghersh in the aftermath of the coup does not seem to have been unfavourable and, beyond relieving him of his office, he exacted no other penalty despite the ‘envious whisperings’ of some who had become hostile to the bishop through his association with Mortimer.' (Bennett)

Biographical source include;

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.