In 1477 March 5, John Holcot, esquire was granted, by Edward IV, (In year 17 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Bradden (Bradden Manor)
Licence for John Holcot, esquire, to crenellate his manor of Bradden, co. Northampton, and to enclose and impark 100 acres of land in Bradden and make a leap in the park, and grant that he and his heirs shall have free warren in all demense lands there and elsewhere in the said county, providing that the park and warren are not within the metes of the forest. By K. (CPR)
Granted at Westminster. Grant by King.
Original source is;
Lyte, H.C. Maxwell (ed), 1901, Calendar of Patent Rolls (1476-85) p. 42 online copy
(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'.)
Gatehouse can find no biographical details for John Holcot. He was almost certainly a local man, probably originally from nearby Holcot, and possibly a yeoman family made good after the Black Death. In the C16 Holcot's hold a few manors in the south midlands.
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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.