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In 1340 April 9, Giles de Bello Campo (Giles de Beauchamp) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 14 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Alcestre (Beauchamps Court, Alcester)
Grant, of special grace, to Giles de Bello Campo, and his heirs, of free warren in all their demense lands of Alcestre, co. Warwick; with further grant that they may fortify the house (mansum) of their manor of Alecestre with a wall of stone and mortar and crenellate it and so hold it without impediment of the king and his ministers. (CChR)

Granted at Westminster. 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;

Giles de Beauchamp (1283-1361)
Giles de Beauchamp (1283-1361). His father Sir Walter de Beauchamp had been steward of the household of Edward I. Giles appears to have done some minor service for Edward II, receiving 10 marks for his expenses in going to Wales and to have been a courtier of Edward III, in the 1340's, appearing with the king in 1341 (Foedera, II, ii. 1141). He was a cousin to the powerful Beauchamp's of Warwick Castle.

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.