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In 1348 Feb 6, Radulphus, Baro de Stafford (Ralph, Baron of Stafford) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 22 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Madlee (Old Madeley Manor)
Licence for Ralph, baron of Stafford, to crenellate his dwelling-places of Stafford and Madlee and make castles of them. By p.s. (CPR)

Radulphus, Baro de Stafford ... mansum ... Madlee. (Turner and Parker)

the King granted for himself and heirs to Ralph Baron of Stafford licence to fortify and crenellate his "manses" of Stafford and Madlee with a wall of a stone and lime, and to make castles thereof, and hold those "manses" so fortified and crenellated and made into castles to himself and his heirs for ever. (Mazzinghi)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


Joint licence with Stafford.

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;

Stafford, Ralph, first earl of Stafford (1301–1372)
Ralph Stafford (1301-1372), soldier and magnate. Had severed successfully in France and won much booty. Also seneschal of Gascony and held other royal appointments. Was made Earl of Stafford in 1351.

Biographical source include;

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