In 1318 Dec 10, Edo. de Passeleye was granted, by Edward II, (In year 12 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate La Mote (Iden Moat)
Licence for Edmund de Passeleye to crenellate his dwelling place of la Mote, co. Sussex. By K. (CPR)
Edo. de Passeleye ... mansum suum de ... La Mote, Sussex. (Turner and Parker)
The king to all bailiffs and his faithful liegemen, to whom, &c., greetingKnow that of our special grace we have granted and given licence on behalf of ourselves and our heirs, to our beloved and faithful Edmund de Passeleye, that he may fortify and krenellate his manse of La Mote, in the County of Sussex, with a wall of stone and lime, and may hold the said manse so fortified and krenellated for himself and his heirs for ever, without penalty or impediment from us or our heirs, justiciaries, sheriffs, and others our bailiffs or officers whosoever. In witness whereof, &c. Witness the king at York, on the 10th day of December. (Pat. 12 Edw, II., p. 2, m. 8.) (Blaauw)
Granted at York. Grant by King.
Original source is;
Lyte, H.C. Maxwell (ed), 1903, Calendar of Patent Rolls (1317-21) p. 255 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'.)
Significant later sources are;
Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses Vol. 3 (Cambridge) p. 439 King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 478n479n50 Blaauw, William Henry, 1861, ' Royal Licenses to Fortify Towns and Houses in Sussex' Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol. 13 p. 110-11 online copy Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 part 2 p. 407 online copy
Edmund de Passeleye and Margaret his wife were granted a market and fair at Empingham, Rutland in November 1318 but, otherwise, Gatehouse can find no other details.
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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Sunday, October 4, 2015.